Entertainment

‘A Wonderful Life, The Musical’ hits the main stage at Steel River Playhouse |Nov 30, 2016

Pottstown >> “A Wonderful Life,” the music version of the classic story, opens Friday, Dec. 2, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 18, with a total of 12 performances to choose from, including four matinees.

STREAMING: ‘Gilmore Girls’ find life on Netflix |Nov 25, 2016

Can you go home again? Will they still love you? Will it feel the same?

Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club hosts Model Railroad open houses |Nov 21, 2016

The Model Railroad Open House is “fun for kids of all ages”. See and hear freight and passenger trains pulled by steam or diesel engines over 700 feet of track. Four different railroads are depicted on the 1,000+ square foot HO scale (1/87) model.

Perk Valley H. S. Drama focuses on Love, supports local charities |Nov 11, 2016

In a world where hate and tragedy are all too common, the Perkiomen Valley High School drama department will turn the spotlight on the power of love. The cast and crew of more than 30 students will present “Love is Love is Love is Love is Love,” an original production that celebrates the many forms of love in our world through a combination of scenes, songs, and poetry.

BEER CALENDAR: Get ready for a Thankful Brewers Feast and much more |Nov 9, 2016

Nov. 14: Round Guys Beer Dinner, Round Guys Brewery, Lansdale

Norristown’s Centre Theater, Kennel Club celebrate dogs |Nov 9, 2016

Let the tail wagging begin. As the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks prepares to welcome The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s annual all-breed dog shows on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20, and the Centre Theater in Norristown stages the whimsical “The Perfect Dog” on Nov.

Philadelphia region celebrates the arts |Oct 27, 2016

The arts are alive throughout the Philadelphia region. Check out these upcoming and ongoing events.

Colonial Cooking Workshop at Pottsgrove Manor set for Nov. 5-6 |Oct 22, 2016

Learn about colonial hospitality at historic Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, during “At Table with Mrs. Potts: A Georgian Dining Experience.” Historic foodways expert Niel V.

Fleetwood Community Theatre presents ‘Love, Sex and the IR$’ through Oct. 30 |Oct 22, 2016

Love and laughter take the stage when Fleetwood Community Theatre presents “Love, Sex and The IR$,” by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore, Oct. 20 through Oct. 30.

Playcrafters present ‘The Hollow’ by Agatha Christie |Oct 21, 2016

A classic English country home outside of London in the 40s is the setting of Playcrafters’ next stage play, “The Hollow,” first written as a novel in 1946 by the brilliant and famed queen of mystery, Agatha Christie.

Forge Theatre presents ‘The Addams Family’ — a musical |Oct 20, 2016

From the imagination of Charles Addams, to the pages of The New Yorker, to television screens, to the big screen, to the Broadway stage, The Addams Family has captured our hearts and secured a place in Americana right alongside Lil’ Abner and Peanuts.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Oct. 23 |Oct 20, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to cthornburg@berksmontnews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

WTIM: Music Around Town Oct. 19 edition |Oct 18, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

3 unique aircraft found at the American Helicopter Museum |Oct 14, 2016

Festival celebrates Mouns Jones 300th Anniversary |Oct 14, 2016

DOUGLASSVILLE >> The Mouns Jones 300th Anniversary will be celebrated by the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County with an exciting living history event at Morlatton Village. Costumed volunteers will demonstrate a variety of eighteenth and early nineteenth century crafts and trades and visitors can enjoy tours of the buildings in Morlatton Village.

WATCH: ‘Incomparable’ Golden Rams Marching Band ‘Paint it Black’ |Oct 13, 2016

The Golden Rams Marching Band call themselves “Incomparable,” and for good reason. The band performs regularly at West Chester University football games, numerous exhibition events throughout the region and at special events for the university and community.

Chestnut Hill transforms into Hogsmeade for Harry Potter Festival |Oct 12, 2016

Celebrate all things Harry Potter with the sixth annual Harry Potter Festival.

Death of director’s mother helps bring life to new play at Norristown’s Theatre Horizon |Oct 12, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> If Matthew Decker decided he couldn’t move forward with his role as director of Theatre Horizon’s season-opening “A New Brain,” his colleagues would have understood.

EVENT: Philadelphia-based artist James Dupree shares his artwork and documentary at Montgomery County Community College |Oct 11, 2016

Can one person fight city hall and actually win? In the case of artist James Dupree, the answer is yes. This nationally renowned artist battled the City of Philadelphia for two years to save his art studio from the government’s eminent domain claim and won.

Nationally touring art quilt exhibit comes to Pottstown |Oct 5, 2016

Montgomery County Community College, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will present a traveling juried art quilt exhibit, “Piecing Together a Changing Planet,” which illustrates how pollution and climate change have affected national parks.

William Shatner’s one-man show makes its regional debut |Oct 5, 2016

Now 85 years old, William Shatner seemed a little offended when asked if there was any one thing he’d most like to change about his life.

Can’t-miss for Minecraft enthusiasts: Minefaire debuts in Oaks |Oct 3, 2016

Who’s up for setting some Guinness World Records?

REVIEW: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Steel River in Pottstown |Oct 3, 2016

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is quite unlike anything I have ever seen -- it’s a multilayered comedy with a gifted ensemble cast and lots of one-liners that have double, sometimes triple, meanings.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Fun for all — including an Oktoberfest featuring a Hasselhoff-Off competition |Sep 30, 2016

Bounty of good times Mennonite Heritage Center: The 43rd annual Apple Butter Frolic on Oct. 1 begins with a pancake and apple sausage breakfast 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Frolic runs 9:30 a.

Experience Adele, A Live Tribute Show to benefit theater |Sep 29, 2016

Our Town Foundation hosts award winning singer, Andrea Taylor, in her iconic performance of “Experience Adele”, a phenomenal live tribute of the popular singer Adele, at the Hamburg Strand Theater, 6 South 4th St.

Travis Wetzel Trio will liven up the Reinholds Fire Company Oct. 1 |Sep 29, 2016

Farm Country Shindig opens its 2016-2017 season on Saturday, Oct. 1 featuring “The Travis Wetzel Trio” at the Reinholds Fire Company Banquet Hall.

Berks County Art show to celebrate 35 years in business |Sep 29, 2016

Greshville Antiques and Fine Art, Route 562 near Boyertown, will present the Annual Berks County Art Show Oct. 2 through 9, held in honor of the milestone anniversary of 35 years in business.

Rock Music Menu: Robert Plant joins Lampedusa tour, Philly date |Sep 29, 2016

Robert Plant has confirmed that he will join Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and more for select dates on the Lampedusa tour, including a show at the Merriam Theater Oct. 19.

‘Long Island Medium’ coming to Liacouras Center in Philadelphia |Sep 28, 2016

“Don’t be discouraged because I’m at such a large venue. I’m not on stage the whole time,” Theresa Caputo said in a phone interview about her upcoming “Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience” tour date at Temple University’s Liacouras Center.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Sept. 18 |Sep 18, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to cthornburg@berksmontnews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

Playcrafters brings ‘Next to Normal’ to area theater fans |Sep 16, 2016

You may often wonder … is it normal to forget your keys or where you parked? Or the name of the person to whom you were just introduced ten minutes ago? What passes for normal these days anyway? While the boundaries of normal may be flexible, there is ultimately a tipping point when the fence begins to splinter and crack, and it’s the theme of Playcrafters’ upcoming production when the spotlight falls on the topic of mental illness in “Next to Normal” — an engaging and emotionally charged, multi award-winning musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

September offers musicals and more at area theaters |Sep 15, 2016

There’s a lot coming up this month in area theaters. From family shows to thrillers to Broadway hits – there’s something for just about everyone. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Music lovers flock to Phoenixville Blues Festival |Sep 12, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Steamy temperatures failed to keep music fans from enjoying some of the hottest music around.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: From Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square to art festivals in Lansdowne and Doylestown |Sep 8, 2016

Looking to the east St. Mary and St. Kyrillos Coptic Orthodox Church: Middle Eastern food, prizes and games are some of the highlights of the Christian Egyptian Festival, held 11 a.m. to 8 p.

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance to turn it up a notch in Chester |Sep 7, 2016

Sure, it gets lively at Talen Energy Stadium for Philadelphia Union home matches, but nothing quite as intense as this.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Haverford Music Festival features local, national entertainers |Sep 2, 2016

The lineup for the sixth annual Haverford Music Festival is loaded.

Grammy winner Bunny Sigler to perform at Ardmore Unity Day |Aug 31, 2016

When Ardmore’s Unity Day celebration kicks off Sept. 3, a legionary writer, producer and singer who made his mark nationally in the 1960s and ’70s will be performing a new song that he hopes will send a message to listeners.

FUN GRAB BAG: Weekend events include SangriaFest, Tomato Fest, Jerk Fest, Bachata and a Butterfly Celebration |Aug 25, 2016

Summer treats SteelStacks: The first SangriaFest takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Sample 10 different sangrias, all made with wines imported by South Italy Imports.

Kiss goes back to its small market roots on latest tour |Aug 24, 2016

As far as Gene Simmons is concerned, Kiss is back on the road because that’s just what the band does.

Lolly & YoYo bring interactive fun to Colonial Theater |Aug 4, 2016

Lolly & YoYo, Bucks County music and fitness entertainers for children, will be spreading their playful vibes at the Colonial Theater on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The two have been performing together since 2011.

West Rockhill fourth-grader chops the competition on ‘Chopped Junior’ |Aug 3, 2016

Just days away from her 10th birthday, West Rockhill resident Lucy Chelton is the latest winner of “Chopped Junior.”

West Rockhill girl to appear on ‘Chopped Junior’ |Aug 1, 2016

Among the contestants on the Aug. 2 episode of Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” will be a local girl who will celebrate her 10th birthday 11 days after the show airs.

MUSIKFEST 2016: A look at what’s planned this year. North Penn grad amongst performers |Jul 28, 2016

One of America’s largest free music festivals, Musikfest features more than 550 performances on 15 stages over 10 days.

Imperial’s Catering to host ‘Lights Out: A Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ |Jul 27, 2016

On Sunday, Aug. 21, Imperial’s Catering in Trappe is hosting “Light’s Out: A Tribute to Frankie Valli And the Four Seasons,” a fund raising event to benefit the local non-profit Pillars of Light and Love, whose mission focuses on creating happy, confident and courageous kids, teens and adults.

‘Star Trek’: 50 and ‘Beyond’ |Jul 22, 2016

In September 1966, NBC unenthusiastically began broadcasting a “too-cerebral” science fiction series created by former LAPD speechwriter Gene Roddenberry and championed by, among few others, producer Lucille Ball.

Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown to host a second ‘Pokemon Go’ event |Jul 20, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The Elmwood Park Zoo hosted a “Pokémon Go” event on Tuesday, July 19, but due to the hours of the event — noon to 4:30 p.m. — many Pokémon trainers weren’t able to attend.

Firebird Theatre presents ‘Hairspray’ live on stage |Jul 20, 2016

We can’t stop the beat! Come see this fabulous performance of “Hairspray” the Broadway musical, complete with live orchestra! In this Tony-winning show, set in 1962, Baltimore teens are dancing and singing while trying to integrate a local TV show.

Facetime Theatre summer stage to perform Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ |Jul 20, 2016

Facetime Theatre’s summer stage program will be one of the first in the area to perform Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” from July 21 through July 23 in the beautiful Lenfest Theatre at Ursinus College in Collegeville.

RECAP: ‘Pokemon Go’ at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown |Jul 19, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown held a “Pokémon Go” event from noon to 4:30 p.m. The zoo put a lure on each PokéStop located at the zoo throughout the event to give guests the chance to catch a lot of Pokémon.

GUIDE: How does ‘Pokemon Go’ work? |Jul 15, 2016

At this point you’ve probably heard of “Pokémon Go,” but you might not be sure how it works. If you’re interested in playing the game that’s sweeping the nation but need some insight, check out the helpful guide below.