Entertainment

‘Good Neighbors’ coming to the Berman Museum at Ursinus College |Oct 6, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — “Good Neighbors,” opening at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art Oct. 14, finds its starting point in the many possible notions of home and community, such as memories of a particular place or object, gatherings of like-minded individuals, or the unexpected juxtapositions that come from living in close proximity.

‘Fall in Love with Facetime’ and win tickets to SNL or Fallon |Sep 25, 2014

Facetime Theatre is planning its fourth annual fundraiser for Oct. 10 at the Spring Hollow Golf Club in Spring City, and it’s kicking it off with a fantastic raffle of VIP tickets to see “Saturday Night Live” or “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in New York City.

Phoenixville cellist with musical legacy set to release folk rock collaboration |Sep 19, 2014

Phoenixville’s arts and music scene continues to thrive as native Michael Ronstadt, along with his musical partner Aaron Nathans, get ready to release their new album, “Crooked Fiddle,” on Oct. 10. The duo will embark on an East Coast tour to promote their first collaborative effort.

Harpeth Rising to finally make local debut |Sep 12, 2014

Harpeth Rising was scheduled to make their debut at Chaplin’s on Feb. 13. But a snowstorm that dumped a foot of snow throughout the area resulted in the oft-touring band’s first snow-related cancellation in its five-year history.

VIDEO: Lancaster filmmaker releases documentary short on Firebird Festival |Sep 11, 2014

Firebird Festival, the popular community celebration honoring Phoenixville each December, is the subject of a new short film by Lancaster-based filmmaker Josh Hankins.

Wet weather fails to wash out Phoenixville’s fifth annual Blues Fest |Sep 10, 2014

Music fans from throughout the area came to Reeves Park on Saturday, Sept. 6, for Phoenixville’s fifth annual Blues Festival. Despite scattered showers throughout the day, more than 5,000 people enjoyed the all-day jam featuring dozens of musicians.

Phoenixville prepares for fifth annual Blues Fest |Sep 2, 2014

Phoenixville is getting ready to groove to the blues in Reeves Park on Sept. 6 with their fifth annual Blues Festival. The all day jam, which features a wide variety of blues bands and musicians, begins at 12 p.

Fifty-third Philadelphia Folk Festival winds down |Aug 18, 2014

UPPER SALFORD — Philadelphia Folk Festival security volunteer Vic Martinson eloquently summed it up.

VIDEO: Irish Thunder performs at Valley Forge |Aug 14, 2014

UPPER MERION — The thunder heard at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park Wednesday night surprisingly meant beautiful weather and a song-filled evening.

Metalwork art and historical exhibit opens in Phoenixville |Aug 8, 2014

On August’s First Friday, the Historical Society of Phoenixville celebrated opening night of its new art exhibit, “Blasting Heavy Metal!” The evening was a special fusion of honoring the legacy of the Phoenix Iron Company with the future, by featuring local blacksmith artists.

Facetime Theatre presents ‘Tarzan the Stage Musical’ |Jul 31, 2014

Facetime Theatre’s Summer Stage II program will be the first in the area to present “Tarzan the Stage Musical” on Aug. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. in the beautiful Lenfest Theatre in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center at Ursinus College.

Metalwork exhibit to bring past, present together in Phoenixville |Jul 29, 2014

The public will have the chance to learn about Phoenixville’s history as a steel town and see artwork produced in a modern iron forge when the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area’s newest exhibit opens Friday.

US Army Field Band to play free concert at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge |Jul 24, 2014

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is celebrating its 65th anniversary in grand style.

On stage this summer in the Phoenixville area |Jul 16, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Methacton Community Theatre will present its summer musical “Oliver!,” July 18 through July 26 in Collegeville. The popular show, with book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart, is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.

Colonial Theatre to host Jewish short film series |Jul 16, 2014

Retreat from the summer heat and delight in the Summer Shorts Film Series presented by The Kehillah of Chester County at the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. The series, which will feature the screenings of contemporary Jewish short films from around the world followed by lively discussions, will be presented on consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 p.

Firebird Theatre to present ‘Shrek: The Musical’ |Jul 15, 2014

Once upon a time, there was an animated film about a lovable ogre named Shrek and a beautiful princess named Fiona... And now, that story comes to life on the stage in “Shrek: The Musical!”

Local teens and kids to perform ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’ in Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2014

Travel with us to a quaint French village where Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman, yearns for something more than her provincial life. Come see “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” as presented by Firebird Theatre.

Theater News in Brief: ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Oliver!’ coming to Collegeville |Jul 10, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Methacton Community Theatre will present its summer musical “Oliver!,” July 18 through July 26 in Collegeville. The popular show, with book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart, is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.

The Blob Invades Phoenixville |Jul 7, 2014

During the weekend of July 11 through the 13 Sci-Fi, horror, B film movie fans and curiosity seekers will converge on downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania for the 15th annual “BlobFest.”

Chesco Pops Summer Series includes performance at Phoenixville Area Middle School |Jul 1, 2014

The Chester County Pops Orchestra will present three concerts in July 2014. Performances will take place at:

Washington Memorial Chapel presents Summer Carillon Concert Series |Jun 18, 2014

Washington Memorial National Carillon at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge will present the 2014 Frank P. Law Summer Carillon Concert Series.

Phoenixville resident to perform with professional orchestra |Jun 13, 2014

A Phoenixville resident is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Devin Doherty spends his days as an investment specialist, but next Saturday, he will be spending a night playing his trumpet with world-class musicians.

Forge Theatre goes ‘Full Monty’ to close out 2013-14 season |May 29, 2014

The Forge Theatre closes out its 2013-2014 season with the musical “The Full Monty,” directed by Wendy Mirto. This hit musical, with a book by Terence McNally and a score by David Yazbek, is an Americanized musical version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name.

Steel City Coffee House welcomes A.J. Croce |May 5, 2014

For singer songwriter A.J. Croce, fame and fortune was never on the radar of this highly-gifted artist. Standing in the shadow of his late father, music legend Jim Croce, A.J.’s desire for creative self-expression was a necessity early on.

CEC Associates sponsors environmental film at the Colonial |Apr 21, 2014

The Colonial Theater will be showing the movie “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” next weekend in honor of Earth Day, which is this Tuesday.

Third Dinner and a Show promotion to feature Jazz 5 Pack |Apr 4, 2014

The Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is gearing up to host the latest “Dinner and a Show” event on Sunday, April 6. The CEDC has partnered with the Community Music School (CMS) in Trappe for the event, which will feature a live musical performance by Philadelphia area band the Jazz 5 Pack.

Steel City Coffee House presents ‘Night of Extraordinary Guitars’ |Apr 3, 2014

If you are a fan of acoustic guitar, consider hading to Phoenixville Saturday when Steel City Coffee House presents a “Night of Extraordinary Guitars.”

Steel City to host benefit concert for PACS |Apr 1, 2014

Tin Bird Choir, A Fistful of Sugar, Sweetbriar Rose and Kicking Down Doors are playing a benefit show this Friday at Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville.

Area youth take the stage for Devon Prep’s ‘Oklahoma!’ |Mar 19, 2014

Devon Preparatory School will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! at 7 p.m. on March 27, 28 and 29 at the Devon Prep Auditorium, 363 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon, Pa.

Spring-Ford students to present ‘The Wizard of Oz’ |Mar 17, 2014

This being the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” Spring-Ford Area Senior High School is paying tribute to the classic story and marking new grounds for musicals done at the high school level.

It’s a musical month of March at Ursinus College |Mar 10, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The month of March is full of musical events at Ursinus College. All events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

PAMS to transport audiences to Whoville |Mar 5, 2014

The Phoenixville Area Middle School Proudly presents “Seussical Jr.” March 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at the middle school.

PVMS West Drama Club to venture down the Yellow Brick Road |Mar 2, 2014

ZIEGLERVILLE – The Perkiomen Valley Middle School West will remind everyone that there’s no place like home with their musical performance of “The Wizard of Oz,” to take place March 7-9 in the school auditorium.

Facetime Theatre Summer Stage to present ‘Tarzan’ |Mar 2, 2014

Facetime Theatre’s Summer Stage program will be the first in the area to present the musical “Tarzan,” based on the hit Disney movie and featuring the music of Phil Collins, including the Grammy- and Oscar-winning song, “You’ll Be in My Heart.

St. John’s to host Susquehanna University Choir concert |Feb 24, 2014

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville, is pleased to present the Susquehanna University Choir in concert on Sunday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

Kimberton Waldorf to perform a ‘thoroughly modern’ musical |Feb 21, 2014

The high school students at the Kimberton Waldorf School are working hard to get ready for their production of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which opens this week.

Ursinus to present ‘Dinner and a Show’ promotion with first large-scale musical |Feb 19, 2014

Ursinus College is getting set for its “Dinner and a Show” event, which will be a run of the Broadway musical “Wonderful Town” from Feb. 26 through March 2.

PHOTOS: Rock & Roll After School holds grand reopening at new Collegeville location |Feb 17, 2014

When Rock & Roll After School’s Supergroup opened their set with Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Night” Wednesday night, they were setting the tone for the rest of the evening.

Classically trained folk band Harpeth Rising to rock out Chaplin’s |Feb 11, 2014

Anyone looking for some excitement in the Spring-Ford area this week need not look further than Chaplin’s Music Café.

Ramblin Jack Elliott brings his folksy musical stylings to Steel City |Feb 6, 2014

He is a highly respected artist who has been on a musical odyssey for about, believe it or not, 60 years. He has appeared with such musical legends as Woody Guthrie, the Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, among others.

Chesco Pops return to Phoenixville for winter concert |Jan 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Chester County’s premier orchestra, the Chesco Pops, will make the Phoenixville swing of its annual winter concert series this weekend.

‘Glass Menagerie’ brings out an intensity in Youth Theater |Jan 20, 2014

Last weekend, the Spring-Ford Youth Community Theater showed a new side of their theater.

The Kennedys return to Phoenixville on an all-request tour |Jan 13, 2014

Longtime Steel City patrons will remember the Kennedys as one of the touring acts who once made regular visits to the coffeehouse. After three years of supporting Nanci Griffith, the dynamic duo is back to headlining shows.

David Brenner to present ‘Comedy Stars of Tomorrow’ at Valley Forge |Dec 23, 2013

David Brenner has made audiences laugh across the country, from small clubs in Philadelphia to huge stages in Vegas, to the set of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Phoenixville Area Middle School chorus takes third in B101 competition |Dec 16, 2013

For fans of Philadelphia radio station B101, the start of the holiday season each year means two things: 24/7 access to Christmas music on the radio and the station’s annual Christmas Choir Competition.

Dog Day Afternoon — National Dog Show is back! |Nov 11, 2013

She once honed her skills on a softball field. Not anymore. Most weekends will find 13-year-old Berkeley Thompson dressed in conservative blazer and skirt, hair pulled back, scooting around a ring with her Viszla, Paisley, at an American Kennel Club conformation show.

Pumpkin Fest brings fun activities to downtown Phoenixville |Nov 1, 2013

On Oct. 27, members of the community of Phoenixville celebrated the fall season with the borough’s second Pumpkin Festival. Hosted by RISE, which is an organization made up of Phoenixville area churches, the event and its many activities took place all afternoon along Main Street, as well as in the parking lot of Bridge and Main Streets.

Pennypacker Mills begins Holiday Tours Nov. 26 |Oct 29, 2013

Schwenksville, PA – From a vintage-inspired Christmas tree to exquisite room displays, Christmas at the Pennypackers’ is a feast for the eyes.

Peter Pan On Stage in Trappe |Oct 24, 2013

Family Stages returns to Trappe in November with James Barrie’s classic tale of youthful joy and adventure, Peter Pan. Performances are set for Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 PM and Monday, November 11 at 10:00 AM.

A Stitch in Time: A Brief History of American Quilts |Oct 21, 2013

One of the world’s most collected antiques is also one of the coziest. As winter comes on full steam ahead, all of us are seeking to cuddle up with a hot cup of tea under a warm quilt. Happily, Americans are preserving our quilting heritage.