Entertainment

CONCERT PREVIEW: Rediscover the surf rock sound with The Ventures |Jan 17, 2018

Sellersville Theater presents a concert of beachy instrumentals with The Venutres, which of course will feature “Walk, Don’t Run” and “Hawaii Five-O,” as well as related popular ‘60s surf rock songs that the band has made their own, such as “Pipeline” (recorded by The Ventures in 1963, but best known for the top-10 version in that same year by The Chantays) and “Wipe Out” (recorded by The Ventures for their 2016 album “‘60s Rock Instrumental Collection, Vol.

CONCERT PREVIEW: ‘80s-fixated ‘Midwest boys’ Walk the Moon playing Fillmore Philly |Jan 16, 2018

Taking their name from The Police song “Walking on the Moon,” Cincinnati band Walk the Moon proudly wears their obsession with the 1980s.

MUSIC: Flobots at Coda in Philly, 3 things to know |Jan 15, 2018

Its latest album is called “Noenemies,” and Denver’s Flobots has certainly won plenty of friends over the course of four albums during the past 11 years.

A world of entertainment is available through Chesco, Montco, Delco libraries |Jan 15, 2018

These cold wintry days and nights can be a challenge when the family is spending a lot of time inside. The kids may be bored with the same games they have been playing, and everyone is looking for something to occupy their time at home.

MUSEUMS: Invaluable glimpse of the Revolution in special exhibition at Museum of the American Revolution in Philly |Jan 12, 2018

Just when you think the last word of the final draft has been written and said about a period in history ...

CONCERT PREVIEW: Rufus Wainwright to perform with Philly POPS at the Kimmel Center |Jan 11, 2018

The Philly POPS Presents Rufus Wainwright will take place at the Kimmel Center on January 19th. The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC) will join Wainwright and the POPS on Wainwright’s popular version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.

EAT & DRINK: New eats, new beers and some ‘Forbidden Flavors’ |Jan 11, 2018

Congratulations to The Farm at Doe Run in Coatesville, which won “Best in Show” for the fourth year in a row at the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s recent cheese competition. Individual category winners included Yellow Springs Farm in Chester Springs, Birchrun Hills Farm, also in Chester Springs, and Valley Milkhouse in Oley.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Albert Lee, Vance Gilbert and Say Anything, among next week’s best bets |Jan 11, 2018

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.

INXS 2.0: If you miss the old days of INXS, try Sellersville Theater Jan. 19 |Jan 10, 2018

Singer Michael Hutchence died in 1997 and INXS stopped touring in 2012. This sets up the perfect opportunity for a tribute band called Kick — The INXS Experience.

COMEDY: Observational humorist Steven Wright, appears at the Keswick in Glenside |Jan 9, 2018

Delivered in a drowsy deadpan, one of his jokes goes: “I’m gonna get a tattoo over my whole body of me, but taller.”

EVENTS: Winter festivals in Reading, Hatfield, Lambertville and more, beckon you to venture out |Jan 8, 2018

Shake off cabin fever and keep seasonal affective disorder at bay.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Here are some things to do this weekend and next |Jan 5, 2018

Home trends Pennsylvania Convention Center: Get ideas to renew, refresh and restore your home at the Philly Home Show noon to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 and 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 and 20, 10 a.

MOVIE REVIEW: So-so ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ unlocks sufficient scares |Jan 4, 2018

While it’s not the meatiest role an actress could ever hope for or the biggest movie franchise of the day, there’s something nice about Lin Shaye’s parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier becoming the central figure in the “Insidious” series.

Philly musician Ryan Tennis’ ‘Graceland’ show to feature ‘all-star’ lineup at Ardmore Music Hall |Jan 3, 2018

West Philadelphian Ryan Tennis has been compared to Ben Harper, Bill Withers, and even Paul Simon.

ART: Last chance to catch these offerings at Woodmere Art Museum |Jan 3, 2018

Chestnut Hill’s Woodmere Art Museum has two special exhibitions you should see before their engagement is over.

FAMILY FUN: From ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ at the Merriam Theater to ‘Beatles for Kids!’ at Ardmore Music Hall and much more |Jan 2, 2018

All little tigers, and their grown-ups, are welcome at “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

MUSIC: 2018 Concert Preview: Confirmations & rumors |Jan 2, 2018

Another year is just about in the books, but while 2017 is in the rear view, it’s time to look forward to 2018 and what music it’s going to bring to the area. Yes, it’s still early, but so many shows are already on-sale, about to be announced or heavily rumored to be coming to town.

MUSIC: Scot Sax returns to Philly to debut ‘Mr. Chocolate’ at Burlap and Bean |Jan 2, 2018

“Mr. Chocolate” is the latest album release from multi-talented singer, songwriter and Philadelphia native Scot Sax. Offering a six song collection riddled with pop tendencies, Sax headed into the studio with the sole intention of writing great songs with no pressure and no expectations.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Delbert McClinton to welcome fans at Colonial Theater in Phoenixville |Dec 22, 2017

A seasoned veteran of the road, music legend Delbert McClinton has spent a lifetime sharing his straight-ahead roadhouse blues with adoring audiences around the world.

NEW ON CD: Holiday tunes for all to enjoy |Dec 22, 2017

Well, the holidays are here once again… And once again, we try to help all of our music lovers out there find just the right collection of music to enhance their celebrations and help to make these days all the more memorable.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Celebrate the season all around the region |Dec 21, 2017

Fun for all National Museum of American Jewish History: Then annual family day, “Being __ at Christmas” is open to all 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 25. The day includes crafts, a story time, live music by Alex & the Kaleidoscope, exploration of the exhibits and galleries — including “Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews” — and more Admission is $15, $5 for children.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Levin Brothers Celebrate the release of live album at Kennett Flash |Dec 20, 2017

Pete and Tony Levin have been a creative force as solo artists and sidemen for decades. Working with an astonishing list of high profile artists in the jazz, progressive rock and rock and roll world, they are about to release the Levin Brothers debut live album “Special Delivery.

MOVIE REVIEW: Fairly entertaining musical ‘The Greatest Showman’ weighed down by its music |Dec 20, 2017

Because it feels so at odds with itself at times, “The Greatest Showman” is a far cry from the greatest show on earth — or even of this movie season.

REVIEW: ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG Playhouse Christmas Show’ at Bucks County Playhouse is a ‘treat’ |Dec 19, 2017

“A Christmas Carol!” Is there anyone out there who can’t connect to one of the scores of stories in print, on film, or on the stage? Even I played the infamous “Ebenezer Scrooge” in a production when I was in 6th grade.

ON STAGE: Percussion show comes to Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater ‘for a STOMP’ing good time’ |Dec 19, 2017

STOMP will make some noise at the Merriam Theater next week. Billed as an “international percussion sensation,” the production will be on stage Dec. 26 through 31.

MOVIE REVIEW: In excellent ‘Darkest Hour,’ Gary Oldman is force with which to be reckoned as Winston Churchill |Dec 19, 2017

It’s early on in “Darkest Hour” when you say to yourself, “Oh, Gary Oldman is getting an Academy Award nomination for best actor for this.”

Did you know? Santa prefers beer and cookies |Dec 19, 2017

Many of us with small children leave out milk and cookies on Christmas Eve on the theory that Santa Claus might be hungry and thirsty — at every single stop. I suppose it explains his rotund physique.

EAT & DRINK: Give yourself the gift of an evening out this holiday season! |Dec 15, 2017

Take a break ... area restaurants are dishing out plenty of things to enjoy.

FOOD: Give these 3 holly, jolly holiday desserts |Dec 13, 2017

This season, deck the halls with boughs of holly and stack the dessert table with showstoppers like Black Forest cake, white chocolate mousse trifle and vanilla cheesecake with thyme-cherry compote.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.