Entertainment

Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ still relevant today; now on stage at Act II in Ambler |May 22, 2017

Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is the first of three plays often known as his Eugene trilogy. Following the life of Eugene Morris Jerome, it is a coming of age story of a Jewish kid from New York, set in the Great Depression and it ran for three years on Broadway, back in the 1980’s.

Baahubali fans, check out Fathom’s new ‘Best of Bollywood Event Series’ |May 22, 2017

Fast on the heels off the insanely successful “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” which has grossed $20 million so far, the folks at Fathom Events are going big on Bollywood with their new “Bollywood Classic Event Series.

MOVIES: ‘Alien: Covenant’ part of stream of violent films bursting out of screens |May 19, 2017

The new “Alien: Covenant” boasts stellar production design, Michael Fassbender’s subtly masterful dual performance and thoughtful musings about the creation of life.

NEW ON DVD: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter off to save the world in ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ |May 19, 2017

Clad in leather and toting all kinds of heavy artillery, Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Claire (Ali Larter ) are such a lethal pair of zombie-killers that you can’t help but wish that “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (2017, Sony, R, $30) was a movie worthy of all that bad-assery.

MOVIES: Danny McBride gets serious in ‘Alien: Covenant’ |May 19, 2017

For Danny McBride, being asked to join the cast of “Alien: Covenant” was a long-cherished nightmare come true.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Chastity Brown at World Cafe, Dreamcar at TLA kick off the concert week |May 18, 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.

Chester County Studio Tour promises much excitement |May 18, 2017

The art highlight of the month is The Chester County Studio Tour which kicks off Saturday May 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and finishes up the next day Sunday May 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Time to smell the ... flowers |May 18, 2017

This is such a delightful time of year, with plants bursting into flower and leaf, making the landscape come alive again. But would spring be quite as wonderful if it didn’t smell so good? How many of us plant flowers for their fragrance as much as for their visual appeal? I’m thinking hyacinths, magnolias, lilies, lilacs, irises, roses, lily-of-the-valley, heliotrope, viburnum, honey locust, honeysuckle, jasmine.

EAT & DRINK: Get ready for a Mac & Cheese Cookoff and other appetizing events in Montco, Chesco and more |May 18, 2017

From restaurant openings to foodie fundraisers to patriotic parties, grab your calendar and make plans now. You don’t want to miss a thing!

Guitarist Ana Popovic brings multi-genre show to Sellersville Theater |May 18, 2017

Guitarist/vocalist Ana Popovic will bring her band to Sellersville Theater in support of her latest album “Trilogy” (Artist Exclusive, 2016), her most ambitious recording to date. The three-disc package features three distinct styles of music — funk/soul, jazz and rock/blues.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: A few ideas to help you have fun this weekend and next |May 17, 2017

Shrine circus LuLu Shrine Arena: The 76th annual Shrine Circus continues at 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Township. Performances are at 7 p.m. May 19, 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. May 20, and noon and 4 p.

NEW ON VOD/STREAMING: ‘Mission accomplished’ for Vin Diesel in ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’ |May 17, 2017

In “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” (2017, Paramount, PG-13, $30), Vin Diesel proves there’s still some life left in the fur-coat-wearing superspy Xander Cage.

Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale |May 17, 2017

Open the “Last Don Standing” and you’re transported to the mafia underworld in Philadelphia through the eyes of former mob boss Ralph Natale.

‘Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ is unusual look at life; on stage now at People’s Light |May 17, 2017

What happens to a personal object when it is lost or disappears? In life, we usually forget about it. In “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” it takes on a larger meaning when a china rabbit toy of a young girl, falls into the sea, and begins its own journey.

Macy Gray makes long awaited return to Philly; performs at Ardmore Music Hall |May 17, 2017

There is no mistaking the unique raspy vocal of Jazz, R&B and pop songstress Macy Gray. Influenced by Billie Holiday, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Rihanna, Gray’s ability to consistently deliver an unforgettable performance merged with her flamboyant costuming makes for a treat to the ear and an eye catching visual experience.

MUSIC: Bush at BB&T Pavilion, 5 Things To Know |May 16, 2017

“Black And White Rainbows” is an apt title for Gavin Rossdale and Bush’s latest album.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Alien: Covenant’ entertains but doesn’t blaze interesting new trail |May 16, 2017

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Closed-off medical wing at Eastern State Penitentiary now open for tours |May 16, 2017

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site senior vice-president Sean Kelley said visitors “have been clamoring to get into this for years.”

DINING: This ‘Gypsy’ sees fine food & drink in your future |May 12, 2017

I can still remember being impressed by Bella Luna, a beautiful Italian BYOB, and its charming owners, Marianne Gere and Kim Strengari, shortly after it opened in Bryn Mawr in March of 2000. The 50-seat gem was an immediate hit, but we (and other diners, I’m sure) were shocked when it closed.

NEW TO STREAMING/VOD: Flaws and all, ‘The Comedian’ is a must-watch |May 12, 2017

Playing sitcom star-turned-insult comedian Jackie Burke in “The Comedian,” Robert DeNiro digs into his best role since “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Charlie Hunnam talks updating Arthurian legend in Guy Ritchie’s new film ‘King Arthur’ |May 12, 2017

Call it destiny that Charlie Hunnam won the title role in Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”

Wilmington cultural ambassador David Bromberg headlines festival close to home |May 11, 2017

Known for his prowess on guitar, fiddle, mandolin and dobro, (he’s played with Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Jerry Garcia, among others) Americana godfather David Bromberg also runs a speciality music store.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Here’s a quick look at some titles that would make great gifts for mom |May 11, 2017

If you need a last minute Mother’s Day present, why not give the gift that keeps on giving and pick up a DVD or Blu-ray she can watch over and over again?

CONCERT BEST BETS: York’s Live comes to Philly for WMMR BBQ event in Camden |May 10, 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.

Main Line tradition: Hurdling horses, with tailgating, in the countryside with Radnor Hunt Races |May 10, 2017

It’s tent parties and six steeplechase jump races for open space with the 87th Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern on May 20.

Crack The Sky makes rare area appearance at Sellersville Theater |May 10, 2017

Emerging in the early ‘70s with the talent and promise of impending commercial success, progressive rock band “Crack The Sky” never attained the heights of notoriety that the group had hoped for.

REVIEW: Theatre Horizon’s ‘White’ delves into artistic, racial and gender politics |May 10, 2017

The intersection where Art and Commerce meet has always been a rough neighborhood. Nowadays it seems worse than ever.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Festivals, concerts, regatta and much more planned around the region |May 10, 2017

Get some fresh air Peddler’s Village: Celebrate berry sweet traditions at the 39th annual Strawberry Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20-21. The weekend features a variety of strawberry foods, a Strawberry Fields Fun Area for kids, a Strawberry Express Train, live music, dance performances, strawberry pie eating contests, an artisan marketplace and more.

Pa. Academy of the Fine Arts presents student exhibition — artists from Chesco, Delco, Berks featured |May 10, 2017

Among the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ famous former students are Fern Coppedge, Edward Redfield, Walter Baum and Daniel Garber.

Kennett Flash show with W. Chester’s Mason Porter celebrates music of Bob Dylan |May 9, 2017

Bob Dylan turns 76 on May 24, but West Chester band Mason Porter (and friends) gets the party started early on the 19th.

LOCAL MUSIC: A Cappella Pops to sing at WCU |May 9, 2017

“There is something really special about singing without instrumental accompaniment,” said Cindy McGroarty, a member of the West Chester-based singing group A Cappella Pops.

Phoenixville’s Colonial Theater celebrates opening of new wing with special events; support sought |May 9, 2017

The iconic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville welcomes movie lovers to its newly constructed wing on Friday, May 12.

Daryl Hall and John Oates’ Hoagie Nation Music Festival celebrates Philly |May 9, 2017

More than 40 years after embarking on what remains one of the most enduring success stories in rock and roll history, Philly’s own Daryl Hall and John Oates are more popular than ever.

Epiphany 3 – latest project from Bet Williams and John Hodian to visit Steel City |May 9, 2017

Worldwide travelers Bet Williams and John Hodian, known for their musical projects the Bet Williams Band, Epiphany Project and Naghash Ensemble, return to Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville with their new project Epiphany 3.

Rival Sons at BB&T Pavilion, three things to know |May 8, 2017

It’s been a heady year and a half for Rival Sons.

Bucks County Playhouse’s ‘Clue’ will have you laughing through the mystery |May 8, 2017

It was the 1950’s and we were playing board games. The biggest one was “Monopoly,” though many were still playing “Parcheesi.” Sometime in that decade, Parker Brothers, the developers of Monopoly, brought a new game to us baby boomers, “Clue,” and we fell in love with it.

Details released for this fall’s Haverford Music Festival |May 8, 2017

During the Haverford Spring Fest, the headliner of the Sept. 9 Haverford Music Festival was announced as Matthew Sweet.

It’s all about family, in a good dysfunctional way, in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ |May 5, 2017

Family, family, family. All the big movie franchises seem to be about family.

‘Batman & Bill’ tells story of forgotten co-creator |May 5, 2017

True comic-book fans may be aware of the story of writer Bill Finger, who died in 1974 poor and alone, but most people are not.

New on DVD: 40 years of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ |May 5, 2017

For its 40th anniversary, the picture which made a movie star out of John Travolta gets a new transfer and a tweak or two from director John Badham.

Plein air artists to start painting around Main Line May 8 for annual Wayne Art Center-hosted competition |May 4, 2017

WAYNE >> One of the most sought-after national juried festival competitions of plein-air landscape paintings, hosted by the Wayne Art Center, will take place from May 8-13 as artists paint in the Delaware Valley.

FOOD CALENDAR: Food festival, craft beer and Mother’s Day brunches |May 4, 2017

From fundraisers to farm days to festivals, the food calendar’s filled with fun events for everyone — especially mom as area chefs prepare Mother’s Day menus.

First ever Phoenixville Beer and Wine Festival to support library |May 4, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Beer and wine aficionados are sure to get a kick out a new fundraiser that aims to help the local library.

NEW TO VOD/STREAMING: Matthew McConaughey strikes ‘Gold’ |May 3, 2017

Matthew McConaughey hits the motherlode in “Gold,” a fascinating real-life adventure which tells the story of Kenny Wells, a balding, pot-bellied prospector who’s down to his last few bucks when he teams with a geologist (Edgar Ramirez) and strikes gold in Indonesia.

SUMMER MOVIES: A brief look at a new season of films |May 3, 2017

MAY 5 Chuck: The true story of Chuck Wepner, the liquor salesman who inspired the billion-dollar film series “Rocky” when he went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali. Starring Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts.

SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW: Season’s offerings hold less junk and more substance |May 3, 2017

At this point in movie marketing history, they’ve almost conditioned the entire world to think that summer films should only be big escapist fantasies and loutish comedies. But like the sentient simians from the Planet of the Apes, some of us staged a rebellion last summer.

Tribute bands, family fun, wine and beer and much more at Haverford Spring Fest |May 2, 2017

Kelly Music for Life presents the fourth annual Haverford Spring Music and Arts Festival, sponsored by Acme Markets.

Kevin Nealon squeezes in a stand-up date in Bethlehem before shooting new sitcom |May 2, 2017

A forthcoming TV show has forced “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Kevin Nealon to reschedule some of his upcoming comedy shows. Fortunately the May 7 one in Bethlehem is not one of them.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Take an art walk, see the goat races and more |May 2, 2017

Out and about Pottstown ArtsWalk: The free community event noon to 9 p.m. May 6 features food, door prizes, live music in Smith Plaza from Jordan White, Hexwork, Maddam Ink and Another Day Dawns and a screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

SEVEN IN SEVEN: UK’s 1975 among next week’s concert best bets |May 2, 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.