Entertainment

JAZZ: Twenty jazz sets of different styles, all within walking distance, at CC Jazz Fest |Apr 26, 2017

“People often ask me if jazz is dead, meanwhile the past Center City Jazz Festivals have sold out in advance. Good music is alive and well in Philly. We benefit from having a great number of talented musicians in the area, and many attendees return yearly to see them,” said Center City Jazz Festival founder and artistic director Ernest Stuart.

DANCE: Philly NextMove season finale features Aspen Santa Fe Ballet |Apr 26, 2017

The Aspen Sante Fe Ballet is making just their second appearance in Philadelphia in their 21-year history.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Festivities mark the 82nd NFL Draft; Civil War Re-enactment; festivals, art, music and more |Apr 26, 2017

Ode to olive oil College of Physicians: Discover the tastes, travels and science behind olive oil with “The Sense-sational World of Olive Oil” 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 2. Events include olive oil tasting; a small plate reception; wine, beer and specialty olive oil cocktails; science demonstrations led by Monell Scientists; presentations on “What is Oleocanthal and Why Should I Care?,” “Virgin Territory?” and “Press On!” and a raffle.

Swing dancing makes yet another comeback with classes in Lansdale, West Chester, Pottstown, Reading and more |Apr 26, 2017

No need to be a wallflower, daddy-o!

Escape to the world of Piff the Magic Dragon at Punch Line Philly |Apr 26, 2017

Grumpy magicians are rare since they’re not very employable. “It’s true because I was once that sort of magician,” Piff the Magic Dragon aka John van der Put said while calling from London.

Lili Añel returns to Steel City, celebrates release of ‘Another Place, Another Time’ |Apr 26, 2017

Lili Añel is an award-winning jazz/pop singer, songwriter and guitarist from Philadelphia. She returns to Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville to celebrate the release of “Another Place, Another Time” (WalI-I, 2017), her seventh release since 1994.

RESTAURANTS: Mistral KOP now serving its signature cuisine at the mall |Apr 26, 2017

The depth of King of Prussia’s dining scene continues to grow.

FCT takes on Chekhov with a Pennsylvania twist |Apr 26, 2017

Fleetwood Community Theatre is presenting the Tony Award winning comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. This six character play, directed by Tara Sands, has all the great comedy elements and will take the stage in Fleetwood at 5 West Arch Street for one weekend only starting May 4.

LOCAL MUSIC: Ursinus College hosts inaugural JazzFest Music and Dance Festival |Apr 25, 2017

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Ursinus College students and guest performers are ready to paint the town — and all that jazz — during the college’s inaugural JazzFest Music and Dance Festival April 28 and 29 on the Ursinus College campus.

EAT & DRINK: Love bacon? Chaddsford Winery hosts Baconfest (there will be wine, too); new restaurant opening in Glenolden and more |Apr 25, 2017

Spring not only signals a rebirth in garden, but also on the restaurant scene. Here’s a quick look at tasty events, restaurant openings and more in the region:

SAVED FROM DESTRUCTION: Penn Museum displaying Syrian, Iraqi artifacts representing thousands of years |Apr 25, 2017

“Imagine losing your identity, history and homeland,” reads the introductory wall in the new “Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq” at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Playcrafters presents Wendy Wasserstein’s ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’ |Apr 22, 2017

Coming to Playcrafters’ stage this April is a tender story steeped in Jewish culture and humor. The play centers around three Jewish (and very successful) sisters on the eve of a long awaited reunion—and a birthday.

On stage in Pottstown: ‘The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds’ |Apr 20, 2017

“The most compelling work of its kind since Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie” – Variety

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready for Brick Fest Live! in Oaks; International Spring Festival in Lansdale and more |Apr 19, 2017

Build it! Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: Founded by a pair of area dads, Brick Fest Live! returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.

Genesius’ ‘Noises Off’ is a side-splitting onstage romp |Apr 3, 2017

Genesius Theater has done a bang-up job with their current production – “Noises Off.” In fact, I hope the stage crew includes an EMT, because the show has some of the most physical comedy I’ve seen on stage in a long time.

DANCE: Metropolitan Ballet celebrates dance, music with annual collaborations performance |Mar 21, 2017

The studio pulsated with the scurry of ballet slippers sashaying across the floor at the Metropolitan Ballet Company headquarters in Jenkintown. A group of young dancers, moved gracefully from one beautiful movement to the next as a recording of Faurè’s Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Springfield’s Jeff Coon brings The Summer Club back to Manayunk |Mar 21, 2017

The Summer Club, an ensemble that performs big band hits, returns to Venice Island Performing Arts Center on April 3rd as part of their Mondays in Manayunk series. This performance will feature the group’s founder Jeff Coon as well as special guest Krissy Fraelich, both Springfield residents.

Everlasting fashion |Mar 21, 2017

Through July 9, you can check out “Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection.”

FILM TALK: Allentown-born Amanda Seyfried talks finding love on set, expecting her first child |Mar 17, 2017

Allentown native Amanda Seyfried came away from “The Last Word” with more than a starring role in a crowd-pleasing comedy. She also found a fiancé.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Have you heard of ‘Graeme of Thrones’? |Mar 16, 2017

Bring the beat back Santander Performing Arts Center: Catch international percussion sensation “Stomp” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. Tickets range from $35.

REVIEW: Steel River’s ‘ Laramie project’ is thought-provoking, relevant theater |Mar 15, 2017

Plays often hold up a mirror to real life, but when the play is based on actual events and the actual words of real people, it is has even more impact. Such is the case with Steel River Playhouse’s current production, “The Laramie Project” which runs through March 26.

MUSIC BEST BETS: Bring Me the Horizon at the leading edge of metal |Mar 15, 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.

‘Church of Broken Pieces’ one of two street photography installations at The African-American Museum in Philadelphia |Mar 15, 2017

Street photographer and Philadelphia resident Shawn Theodore’s handle on Instagram is _xst (exist), where he has 62,000 followers.

Go back in time at Constitution Center with ‘American Spirits’ |Mar 15, 2017

Two of the U.S. Constitution’s Amendments are about alcohol — one to ban it and one to undo the ban.

Joseph Parsons returns ‘home’ to tour and record; performs at Burlap and Bean |Mar 7, 2017

Joseph Parsons used to be a staple in the Philadelphia area singer-songwriter scene. Since the late 1980s he performed as a solo artist and later with 4 Way Street, which morphed into US Rails.

Help others, sample fare from four West Chester area restaurants at Chef’s Best |Mar 7, 2017

“Our goal is for this to become one of the can’t-miss food events in our region,” ACT in Faith board president Denise Antonelli said in a prepared statement.

Ambler’s Act II Playhouse dispenses a healthy dose of ‘Tomfoolery’ |Mar 6, 2017

Once upon a time, not so long ago when the nation was in a similar state of turmoil and doubt, when there were fewer Americans and no Internet, there were artists called satirists.

THE BREWHOLDER: Band Of Brewers: A surprising showcase of local brewers’ musical talents |Mar 2, 2017

The focus of most craft beer events is, obviously, on the beer, with perhaps some live music in the background to provide ambience. Band of Brewers flips the typical craft beer event on its head, focusing on music performed by bands composed of only brewery employees.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Matchmaker’ brings 1880’s Yonkers to People’s Light |Mar 2, 2017

Not everyone wants to leave Yonkers.

Upper Merion musician in the thick of St. Patrick’s revelry |Mar 2, 2017

John Forth is a member of the classic rock cover bands Sons of Thunder and Acoustic Rewind. But one of the Upper Merion resident’s busier times of the year is in March, as the lead singer and guitarist of the Irish music outfit JohnnyDew.

‘Avatar’ meets Cirque du Soleil in ‘Toruk — The First Flight’ |Feb 28, 2017

In case you missed it, Cirque du Soleil’s “Toruk — The First Flight” made one of its first U.S. performances in late 2015 at Allentown’s PPL Center.

Mike Doughty appearing with different band at World Cafe Live |Feb 28, 2017

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Mike Doughty fronted the ‘90s alternative rock outfit Soul Coughing, and has built a following since going it alone in 2000.

‘Stitch to Learn, Learn to Stitch’ at Pennypacker Mills |Feb 26, 2017

Pennypacker Mills announces “Stitch to Learn, Learn to Stitch,” an exhibition of embroidery opening Wednesday, March 1 and continuing through Jan. 31, 2018. With more than 50 selected objects, this exhibit explores the interrelationship between fine embroidery and the education of young girls.

Oscars 2017 may be one for the record books |Feb 24, 2017

Even before the awards are handed out, the 89th Academy Awards is stacking up as one for the record books.

NEW TO VOD AND STREAMING: ‘Bleed for This’ is a brutal boxing biopic worth seeing |Feb 24, 2017

Downingtown native Miles Teller commits body and soul to “Bleed For This,” a biopic about boxer Vinny Pazienza, one of the strongest-willed belters in the history of the sport.

TV PREMIERE: ‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’ premieres on Smithsonian Channel |Feb 24, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> If any single image best represents the new hour-long documentary “The Obama Years,” it would probably be the close-up shot of a speech Barack Obama delivered to Congress in 2009.

NEW ON DVD: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a heartrending instant classic |Feb 24, 2017

For his first film since “Margaret,” Kenneth Lonergan writes and directs “Manchester By The Sea” (2016, Lionsgate, R, $20), the engrossing saga of a Boston janitor named Lee (Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown following the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to help care for his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges).

Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville joins nationwide screening of ‘1984’ |Feb 23, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Art house movie theaters across the country, and right here in the borough, will hold a screening of the film “1984” in an effort to initiate a community conversation during the current politically charged environment.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Celebrate Mardi Gras and much more |Feb 22, 2017

Good times roll XFinity Live: Wear your purple, yellow and green and enjoy live performances by Drop Dead Sexy during Mardi Gras 2017, starting at 9 p.m. Feb. 25. The fun features beads, contests, a $500 cash balloon drop, stilt walkers, hula hoopers and more.

Oasis of orchids: Horticultural display at Longwood highlights varieties of orchids |Feb 21, 2017

The party is called “Orchid Extravaganza” and you can come see it through March 31.

Monnette Sudler’s Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit concert returns to MCCC |Feb 21, 2017

This is the 8th year of the Philadelphia Guitar Summit at Montgomery County Community College. Philadelphia’s first lady of guitar, Monnette Sudler, continues to present an interesting and diverse group of artists for this annual event.

A new ‘Kingdom’ from Frontier Ruckus. Band to play at Johnny Brenda’s |Feb 21, 2017

Matthew Milia thinks it’s “a miracle” that his Detroit-based band, Frontier Ruckus, has been around for nearly 15 years and [just released] its fifth album.

THEATER: ‘Paw Patrol Live!’ coming to Merriam Theater |Feb 20, 2017

Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest are going to look a lot different than they do on TV.

NEW TO STREAMING: Fresh and funny, ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is a mini-masterpiece |Feb 17, 2017

Produced by the great James L. Brooks (“Broadcast News”), “The Edge of Seventeen” is a breath of fresh comic air.

FILM TALK: New doc follows Eagles of Death Metal in the aftermath of the Bataclan attack |Feb 17, 2017

Producer Heather Parry will never be accused of taking the easy way out.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Enjoy hippo-themed games, plenty of art; plus Mummers in Manayunk |Feb 16, 2017

On view Wayne Art Center: “Expressions of Radnor 2017,” “Art Work by Frank Bernard” and “Elisabeth Braun: Deep Space” will be on display Feb. 21-March 18 in the Davenport Gallery.

Unconventional guitarist James ‘Blood’ Ulmer appearing at MCCC |Feb 16, 2017

The legacy of Ornette Coleman (and, some say, Jimi Hendrix) lives on in jazz-soul-funk electric guitarist and singer James “Blood” Ulmer.

Jim Messina: Reconnecting with the fans; set to perform at Sellersville Theater |Feb 15, 2017

It was 1970 when Jim Messina made the fateful decision to produce a new ABC/Dunhill songwriter with folksinger tendencies named Kenny Loggins.

DINING: Autograph Brasserie: Upscale newcomer in Wayne |Feb 15, 2017

Walter Pater, a brilliant analyst of the arts in Victorian England, wrote that the soul of an artist should “burn with a hard gem-like flame.” Pater might just as well have been writing about Ralph Fernandez, the current executive chef and co-owner at the opulent 160-seat Autograph Brasserie in Wayne’s Spread Eagle Village.

A closer look at the ‘Game of Thrones’ Live Concert Experience coming to the Wells Fargo Center |Feb 14, 2017

The “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience 28-city tour is something that has been three years in the making. It took a lot of strategic planning, but composer Ramin Djawadi said it was all worth it as his full orchestra and choir rehearsed on an elaborate stage, fully set up inside of a large sound stage on the Warner Bros.