Entertainment

FILM: Local UFOlogist shares ‘Travis’ doc on alien abduction |Oct 23, 2017

The 1993 Paramount Pictures film “Fire in the Sky” brought a mysterious tale of abduction by extra-terrestrials to the big screen. But according to 1973 North Penn High School grad, self-taught filmmaker and Radnor Studio Channel 21 host Jennifer W.

FALL FESTIVITIES: Special weekend at Chester County’s St. Peter’s Village |Oct 23, 2017

A former 19th century industrial company village in Warwick Township is getting artsy Oct. 28-29 with an Autumnal Artisan Weekend.

EAT & DRINK: Sample everything ... from Beer & Cider Festival in Oaks, meal and wine pairings in Exton to Restaurant Week in Media and more |Oct 20, 2017

Just in time for the holidays, Chaddsford Winery opens a new “rustic outdoor Wine Garden” at the King of Prussia Mall between Neiman Marcus and Macy’s. Think cozy seating, fire pits and spiced apple wine.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: From Harry Potter to Medieval times ... you won’t have to travel far for lots of fun |Oct 19, 2017

Harry Potter magic Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival: A variety of Harry Potter events are set for the evening of Oct. 20, and all day Oct. 21, at various locations. Find the full schedule of performances and activities, and a festival map at www.

EVENT: Pottstown Brew Fest welcomes 50+ craft brewers, wineries, cider makers, and food trucks |Oct 19, 2017

Pottstown — The award-winning Pottstown Brew Fest returns to Pottstown in a new location — the Norco Fire Company on Oct. 28 for a celebration of craft beer, wine, cider, food and music.

MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: Yumi Zouma, Soulfly and Death From Above among next week’s best concert bets |Oct 19, 2017

For Digital First Media 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.

Elysian Camerata makes a second home in Ambler |Oct 18, 2017

True music lovers will brave any obstacle to hear a favorite piece — except, perhaps, the Schuylkill River.

New family-friendly ‘The Glow’ drawing crowds to Fairmount Park |Oct 18, 2017

The concert season at the Mann Center is done; so what’s all that light coming from West Fairmount Park in Philadelphia?

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Only the Brave’ a mostly winning tribute to Granite Mountain Hotshots |Oct 18, 2017

Josh Brolin’s character in “Only the Brave,” Eric Marsh, has a recurring dream about a charging bear made of fire.

MUSIC SCENE: Benefit show turns into ‘Music for Everyone’ in Phoenixville |Oct 17, 2017

Orion Communities believes every person deserves shelter, food, clothing, transportation and access to health care.

‘Final Journey’ for Johnny Clegg. Career retrospective of upbeat Afropop comes to Keswick Theatre in Glenside |Oct 17, 2017

“Just bring your dancing shoes,” said world music superstar Johnny Clegg from a hotel room in Quebec.

Beach Fossils sonically expand. Band to incorporate new sounds into live set at Philly concert |Oct 17, 2017

The breezy jangle of Beach Fossils is back.

CONCERT PREVIEW: J. Geils Band’s ‘Magic Dick,’ guitarist Shun Ng playing mix of R&B, rock, jazz. Duo plays at the Sellersville |Oct 16, 2017

They were born about 45 years apart, yet blues harp master Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz and singer/guitarist Shun Ng (pronounced shoon-ing) seem to be musical soul mates.

DINING REVIEW: Spring House Tavern still satisfies after 298 years |Oct 16, 2017

According to Bean’s History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (where would I be without the Internet?), in October of 1804, Alexander Wilson, a distinguished ornithologist, and two companions on a journey from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls stayed overnight at the Spring House Hotel and Tavern in Lower Gwynedd Township, Eastern Montgomery County.

EAT & DRINK: New restaurant in King of Prussia, new menus at Suburban Restaurant in Exton and much more |Oct 13, 2017

First, the new: Founding Farmers (of Washington D.C. fame) opens Nov. 1 at the King of Prussia Town Center. It’s the restaurant group’s sixth location, but first outside the capital region.

CONCERT: Max Weinberg returns to his rock and roll roots; performs at World Café Live |Oct 12, 2017

Celebrating more than four decades as the driving beat behind Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, drummer Max Weinberg is paying homage to the music that served as his musical inspiration.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Wolf Parade, Stone Foxes and Kaleo among next week’s best music bets |Oct 12, 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.

Engage with the artists during Delaware County Studio Tour |Oct 11, 2017

Did you know there are 59 artists in Delaware County?

CONCERT PREVIEW: Chris Botti staying focused on his musical craft; performs as part of Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest |Oct 11, 2017

Trumpeter Chris Botti has successfully blended jazz and pop since 1995, winning a Grammy and selling more than 4 million albums.

MOVIE REVIEW: Horror-comedy ‘Happy Death Day’ reasonably kills it with ‘Groundhog Day’ formula |Oct 11, 2017

What if you could relive the worst birthday of your life again and again?

MINECRAFT FANS: Build Battles, VR, a costume contest, YouTubers and more at Minefaire. Event is held at the Philadelphia Expo Center |Oct 10, 2017

If you’re a superfan of Minecraft, you’ve got to be there.

THEATER REVIEW: Arden Theatre stages a ‘Cabaret’ for our time |Oct 10, 2017

“Meine damen und herren, willkommen!” The smirking, slinky Emcee purrs the familiar greeting from center stage and the audience is back at the Kit Kat Klub in 1929 Berlin. Once again, as spot lights whirl and a chorus line in various stages of undress marches forward, “es ist zeit für ‘Kabarett!’”

Film on Liberian supergroup by Lower Merion woman premieres in Philly |Oct 10, 2017

Some of Liberia’s most famous singers, entertainers and activists are now living in Philadelphia and singing as part of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change.

Friends Folk Club in Oxford to present Tish Hinojosa, Mason Porter, Charlie Zahm |Oct 10, 2017

Mary Louise Bove explained why the century-old Oxford Friends Meeting has the acoustics that it does.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Last call for oddball, irreverent singing group The Bobs |Oct 10, 2017

Since the early ‘80s, they’ve been like a demented cross between Manhattan Transfer and Monty Python, or Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin.

CONCERT PICKS: Bruno Mars, Third Eye Blind, Paramore among this week’s best bets. |Oct 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.

These films will haunt you all the way through Halloween |Oct 5, 2017

From zombie stalkers and demented scientists to fanged mermaids and possessed dolls: there are plenty of scary figures ready, willing and able to shred your nerves and haunt your dreams.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Fall Festival at Morris Arboretum, Apple Festival in Limerick, musical Oktoberfest in Trappe and much more |Oct 5, 2017

Modern art Brandywine River Museum of Art: Opening Oct. 7 are the exhibitions “Dylan Gauthier: highwatermarks” (on view through Jan. 7) and “Ana Vizcarra Rankin: time/scale” (on view through Nov.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Jazz supergroup Hudson to visit Ardmore Music Hall |Oct 4, 2017

Hudson, the jazz quartet that released their eponymous debut album (Motéma, 2017) in June, will visit Ardmore Music Hall on Oct. 11. The group was founded by legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette and includes bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Mountain Between Us’ satisfyingly mixes romance into survival tale |Oct 4, 2017

It sounds fraught with potential pitfalls, a survival tale in which a man and a woman slowly develop feelings for one another as their prospects for living more than a few more days dwindle.

MOVIE REVIEW: Denis Villeneuve’s secretive ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is dark, artistic and engrossing, but sssshhh |Oct 4, 2017

Could the sequel to a 1982 science-fiction film be one of the best films of the year and even take home the statuette for the Academy Award for best picture?

Hunter Hayes headlines Citadel Palooza event in Pottstown; local talent also performing |Oct 3, 2017

Memorial Park will be the site for the inaugural “Citadel Palooza” festival to benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Come on down! ‘Price is Right Live’ coming to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside |Oct 3, 2017

“The Price is Right Live” host Todd Newton discovered the TV game show “The Price is Right” as a kid, thanks to his grandmother.

Spring City woman to compete in ‘Jeopardy!’ this week |Oct 3, 2017

A Spring City resident will be tested as she takes the stage as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” Cathy Subick, an architectural conservator, participates in the quiz show airing Thursday.

Metalcore group August Burns Red cranks up the decibels at Rock Allegiance event in Camden, N.J. |Oct 3, 2017

Headlined by Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson and Halestorm, the third annual Monster Energy Rock Allegiance lineup will also feature the Lancaster band August Burns Red.

Ancient China’s ‘Terracotta Warriors’ invade the Franklin Institute |Oct 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> On a normal day in late March, 1974, some farmers in the Xi’an province of China needed a new source for water after their well ran dry.

DINING: Bargains at Carrabba’s wine dinners easily digested |Oct 2, 2017

Restaurant critics can be a pretty snobbish lot. Most usually have little or nothing to say that’s positive about downscale and midscale chains, for example, although those chains could obviously not exist if millions of consumers did not think they were providing good value for the money.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Ani DiFranco to ‘Rise Up’ at Keswick Theatre in Glenside |Sep 29, 2017

After urging citizens to vote during 2016’s “Vote Dammit” Tour, Ani DiFranco is back on the road urging those around her to connect with each other and work for change with the “Rise Up” Tour.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Manchester Orchestra, 36 Crazyfists kick off a new week of music |Sep 29, 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.

Yes featuring Anderson Rabin Wakeman in Philadelphia area this weekend |Sep 28, 2017

Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman will perform at the Patriots Theater in Trenton, NJ on Sept. 30 and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 1. The show will feature Yes favorites spanning the band’s many incarnations.

Jazz trio Bad Plus makes final Philly area performance with Ethan Iverson |Sep 28, 2017

Ars Nova Workshop and Ardmore Music Hall’s contemporary jazz mini-series includes a Sunday night show by The Bad Plus.

Ike Willis Project makes Sellersville Theater debut |Sep 28, 2017

Frank Zappa fans will recognize Ike Willis from his tenure with Zappa. The vocalist and guitarist performed and recorded with the late musical icon from 1978 through 1988, other than during a short break in 1981 and ’82.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Catch The Red Hot Chilli Pipers in Reading or the Terracotta Warriors at the Franklin Institute in Philly |Sep 28, 2017

Blockbuster Franklin Institute: “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor” opens Sept. 30 and continues through March 4 at 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia. A significant archaeological discovery made in 1974 in China, the warriors are life-sized statues, constructed more than 2,000 years ago to “guard” the tomb of China’s first emperor.

PHOTOS: Doors guitarist Robby Krieger performs at Colonial Theatre in Phoenxville |Sep 27, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville residents and those traveling from other areas were in for a treat Thursday evening, Sept. 21, as one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock-and-roll took the stage at The Colonial Theatre.

ON STAGE: Norristown’s Theatre Horizon to present ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ |Sep 26, 2017

It’s been quite an excursion for Leah Walton. The award winning actress has been challenged and exhilarated while preparing for her role in Lisa Kron’s acclaimed one-woman play, the dramatic and amusing “2.

LIVE MUSIC: Longwood Gardens Performance Series set for October through May |Sep 26, 2017

A handful of them have already sold out.

Phoenixville High School grads, filmmakers hope to make project a reality |Sep 25, 2017

Phoenixville High School grads Tyler Schnabel and Ryan Dellaquila hope to catch the attention of the Duplass Brothers (“The Skeleton Twins,” “Asperger’s Are Us,” HBO’s “Room 104” and “Togetherness”).

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Rev up for Grad Prix in Coatsville, cheesesteak feast, some scares and much more. |Sep 22, 2017

Happy motoring Coatesville International Vintage Grand Prix: In the spirit of auto and motorcycle racing through the streets and roads of towns across America, in the early days of auto racing, the 2017 Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix is an individually timed driving event, run over a 2.

‘Rock ‘n Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story’ is rockin’ the house at Bucks County Playhouse |Sep 21, 2017

Like others, I go to be entertained. But every so often, a show that is filled with good music and a good story, gives me more — it gives me an understanding of a person or a time in the world that I knew little about.

EAT & DRINK: New eats come to Paoli, Villanova and Exton, cheer at brew fests in Kennett Square and Pottstown; and plenty of treats all around |Sep 21, 2017

For Digital First Media New eats