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CONCERT PREVIEW: Reggae meets hip-hop meets jam — ‘Broken Crowns’ Tour with Matisyahu, Common Kings, and Orphan at the TLA |Dec 12, 2017

In the middle of Hanukkah comes a show with alternative rock musician Matisyahu.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A joyous occasion deserves a sweet, decadent treat |Dec 12, 2017

Reminding you of pecan pie, this recipe is far and above better flavored, joyous to the occasion and did I mention it has chocolate in it as well? One look at the crispy, toasted and decadent topping that literally crackles as you cut it, and it will soon become a favorite this Christmas.

WINE: A witty way with wine |Dec 12, 2017

A year of good wine? Yes, please. Especially when it comes in page-a-day calendar form from the pen of Karen MacNeil (“The Wine Bible”).

Creating S-Town: Brian Reed to discuss his blockbuster podcast at the Merriam Theater |Dec 11, 2017

When the “S-Town” podcast premiered on a Tuesday morning in March, millions of people downloaded it thinking they were signing up for a true-crime story — a murder mystery not unlike the 2014 phenomenon “Serial.

Lower Providence Police seek suspect in road rage incident |Dec 8, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> Police are looking for a suspect after a woman reported she was assaulted inside her car.

HOLIDAY TREATS: Locals share the art of clear toy candy |Dec 7, 2017

Wearing a long skirt and apron, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans worked tirelessly in the kitchen of Perkiomen Township’s historic Pennypacker Mills. During last year’s Victorian Christmas, curious visitors filled the room, watching her make an old-fashioned favorite: clear toy candy.

LOCAL DESTINATION: Where sky meets water. Get to know Welkinweir in Chester County |Dec 7, 2017

Tucked in a little valley in northwestern Chester County, there’s a place called Welkinweir — “where sky meets water.” Welkinweir is the former home of Everett and Grace Rodebaugh, who in 1935 purchased the property — which includes a large, stone estate house — as a weekend retreat and summer home.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Holiday lights, music and much more |Dec 7, 2017

Arty party Wayne Art Center: The preview party for “Craftforms 2017” and “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Glass” is held 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. Enjoy contemporary crafts, food, wine, cocktails, live music, an auction and a raffle.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Muscle Tough to release ‘Magical Achievements’; celebrates with event at Johnny Brenda’s |Dec 6, 2017

It’s time to get tough! Muscle Tough, the power trio comprised of Philly musicians Ross Bellenoit (guitar), Joe Baldacci (drums) and Jonathan Colman (bass), will release their first full-length CD at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, Dec.

Downtown Phoenixville dons new wreaths with help of sponsorship |Dec 6, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville is getting some extra help with getting into the holiday spirit this year.

DINING; Fine, affordable Persian BYOB in Bryn Mawr |Dec 6, 2017

A retired teacher from Broomall named Ernie whom I met online recently over shared political views suggested getting together with me and my wife to continue our ongoing discussion in person. I asked him to pick out any restaurant on the Main Line, and he said his favorite was Mediterranean Grill, 870 W.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Rabbi Jeff Sultar |Dec 6, 2017

Rabbi Jeff Sultar came to Phoenixville in the spring of 2016 to attend to the spiritual needs of Congregation B’nai Jacob. The congregation was formed over 100 years ago in a small building in the downtown.

Upper Providence man admits exposing himself to female shopper |Dec 6, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An Upper Providence man faces court supervision after he admitted to exposing his genitals to a woman on the parking lot of a township shopping center.

No charges in Phoenixville police standoff |Dec 6, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE>> An elderly borough resident armed with a gun will not be charged after a Friday incident in which he barricaded himself inside a home, according to police.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Aimee Mann doing things on her own terms. Appears at the Colonial in Phoenixville |Dec 6, 2017

Rising from Boston’s punk music scene to international prominence as the lead vocalist, bassist and contributing songwriter for the ‘80s band ‘Til Tuesday, Aimee Mann continues to enjoy a thriving solo career.

MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: Wolf Alice, The Score, Elephant Stone among upcoming best concert bets |Dec 6, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

Phoenixville stabbing suspect nabbed by border patrol |Dec 5, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> A man police say was responsible for the brutal stabbing of a woman in Phoenixville was apprehended by border patrol agents attempting to flee to Mexico.

BROOKS ON BEER: 6 books for the beer lover on your gift list |Dec 5, 2017

The holidays are just around the corner. While beer is the obvious gift for that beer lover in your life — something to impress, like a winter seasonal or other specialty brew — you might consider giving them one of the many stellar beer books that debuted in 2017.

CONCERT PREVIEW: In a retrospective frame of mind, Lloyd Cole to play Sellersville Theater |Dec 5, 2017

On his website British-born singer/songwriter Lloyd Cole wrote: “Yes, it was me who opened his solo venture (the eponymous 1990 release) with a song called ‘Don’t Look Back.’ I know, I know .

EAT & DRINK: Pizza, tacos and plenty of festive eats on the menu |Dec 5, 2017

Need to refuel from all that holiday shopping? The King of Prussia Town Center welcomes two newcomers: MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company and District Taco. http://www.mymidici.com/ https://www.

International Nativity display, guided tours and more with Christmas at Glencairn in Bryn Athyn |Dec 4, 2017

The medieval style castle of Bryn Athyn’s most famous family invites all ages in for some seasonal wonder, beauty and joy.

CONCERT PREVIEW: The folk, pop and rock sounds of Don McLean featured at New Hope Winery |Dec 4, 2017

Songwriters Hall of Fame member Don McLean landed six songs in the Billboard top-40 between 1971 and 1981, and went on to amass more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide.

Phoenixville police: Man with gun barricaded himself inside home |Dec 1, 2017

Phoenixville >> Police are questioning a man after officers say he barricaded himself inside a home with a gun early Friday morning.

Phoenixville Police purchase new utility vehicle thanks to community donations |Dec 1, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville Police Department got something on their wish list just in time for Christmas.

MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: Narcotic Wasteland, Dustin Lynch and Morrissey kicke off next week’s concert best bets |Dec 1, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

FROM THE GROUND UP: That magical time of year |Nov 30, 2017

Do you believe in fairies? Do you know someone who does? Just when Tchaikovsky’s Sugar Plum Fairy will be taking to stages everywhere comes a new book from the editors of Faerie Magazine: “The Faerie Handbook — An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Dave Gautreau |Nov 30, 2017

Finally found out how to pronounce Dave Gautreau’s last name — “Go trow.”

Police: Horse threw rider, made its way to downtown Phoenixville |Nov 30, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Police spent part of their Tuesday chasing down an unusual suspect.

After losing election, Perk Valley school board president resigns, applies for vacant board seat |Nov 30, 2017

PERKIOMEN >> A new member was appointed to the Perkiomen Valley School Board Tuesday night — but not before the board president, who was rejected by the voters and said he would not apply for the post, nonetheless resigned at his last meeting and asked to be appointed to fill the vacancy.

Reps seek support for proposed new recreation/senior center, fire station, transit center in Phoenixville |Nov 30, 2017

HARRISBURG >> State Reps. Warren Kampf, R-157, and Becky Corbin, R-155, have requested that House leadership support two projects that would benefit Phoenixville with funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

FOOD: Holiday-ready rolls: 3 sweet, 1 savory |Nov 29, 2017

Warm up your house and your guests’ hearts this holiday season with rich, buttery rolls — ranging from savory dill to sweet cinnamon.

WINTER HIGHLIGHT: 100th anniversary of Ben Franklin Parkway culminates with eye-catching ‘Winter Fountains’ |Nov 29, 2017

From sunset to midnight through March 18, the Parkway Council presents “Winter Fountains,” an installation by artist Jennifer Steinkamp.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Dates get the spotlight in this cake recipe |Nov 28, 2017

Although there are very few dates that can live up to Medjool’s reputation, using the cheaper, bagged variety is perfect for this recipe. Not only will it allow you to taste the orange-flavored tea, but if you were to compare two cakes side by side, one with Medjools and the other with the dates we are using, you will find the recipe below to be far superior.

American Music Theatre’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ show delivers Broadway-style holiday fun |Nov 28, 2017

If you’re looking for some whimsical and joyous holiday fun, the American Music Theatre in Lancaster has it. Their “2017 Christmas Show: Home for the Holidays” captures the warmth of family holiday traditions in a production that is sure to bring smiles to the family.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Gardening gifts for the holidays |Nov 28, 2017

As much as I’d love to play Santa to everyone who reads this column, that’s just not practical. But what I can do is put together a list of some of the gardening tools and related items that I think you or the gardeners on your own gift-list might enjoy.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Andrea Bocelli to sing program of opera, pop and Christmas with Philly Pops |Nov 28, 2017

Recording opera and pop selections since the mid-’90s, his voice has moved many — from celebrities to regular folks — to tears, making him a worldwide superstar.

ST. PETER’S VILLAGE: Show your creative side, brighten the holidays |Nov 28, 2017

Partake in ornament glassblowing, gingerbread house making and more during St. Peter’s Village’s Holiday Treasures Weekend.

REVIEW: An ‘excellent cast’ delivers the fun in ‘Aladdin: A Musical Panto’ at People’s Light in Malvern |Nov 27, 2017

It’s likely that no sultan, sheik or caliph of ancient times ever heard the yarn about the kid with the magic lamp and the flying carpet. Their loss is our gain.

New book reflects on the life of Al Boscov |Nov 27, 2017

A newly released book celebrates the late Albert Boscov, who was chairman of the department store chain that bears his family’s name.

Give the gift of entertainment |Nov 24, 2017

If you’re still wondering what to give your friends and family this holiday season, why not let Hollywood do some of the hard work for you?

Holiday film preview: Upcoming movies through the end of 2017 |Nov 24, 2017

Rejoice! It’s the holiday movie season. It’s awards season, too. And you know what all that means.

FOOD: Try your hand at homemade pasta |Nov 22, 2017

Celebrate fall with a homemade pasta dish that’s sure to please. Whether you’re a pasta pro or first-timer, award-winning chef, author and restaurateur Marc Vetri has you covered.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Ted Vigil presents ‘John Denver Christmas’ at Sellersville Theater |Nov 22, 2017

That portal to the 1970s is about to open again.

Small Business Saturday puts the focus on small business |Nov 22, 2017

Small businesses across the region are getting ready for the holiday shopping season.

Philadelphia region revs up for Thanksgiving travel |Nov 21, 2017

Nothing says economic security like jammed roads around Thanksgiving.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: The after-Thanksgiving music schedule brings us St. Vincent, Beach Slang and more |Nov 21, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

MOVIE REVIEW: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ has rocky start, but ultimately tells compelling story |Nov 21, 2017

When you strip everything else away, “Coco” is about family.

Phoenixville man accused of raping Montgomery County teen held for trial |Nov 21, 2017

UPPER DUBLIN >> A Phoenixville man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Upper Dublin girl was held over for trial on rape and related charges following a Nov. 16 preliminary hearing.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Try this light, airy autumnal treat |Nov 21, 2017

Not quite a pie, not quite a custard. This deliciously moist dessert is light, airy and bursting with that warm, “cuddly” taste, if that makes sense. There is just something about the smell of pumpkin cooking that instantly puts a smile on your face, and this treat will put a smile on even that one relative that is a little hard to crack.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Black Friday show by Sheppard happening in Fishtown |Nov 20, 2017

The Brisbane, Australia pop-rock group Sheppard will be getting a very early start the day they’re scheduled to come to Philly.