Entertainment

Oasis of orchids: Horticultural display at Longwood highlights varieties of orchids |Feb 21, 2017

The party is called “Orchid Extravaganza” and you can come see it through March 31.

A new ‘Kingdom’ from Frontier Ruckus. Band to play at Johnny Brenda’s |Feb 21, 2017

Matthew Milia thinks it’s “a miracle” that his Detroit-based band, Frontier Ruckus, has been around for nearly 15 years and [just released] its fifth album.

Monnette Sudler’s Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit concert returns to MCCC |Feb 21, 2017

This is the 8th year of the Philadelphia Guitar Summit at Montgomery County Community College. Philadelphia’s first lady of guitar, Monnette Sudler, continues to present an interesting and diverse group of artists for this annual event.

THEATER: ‘Paw Patrol Live!’ coming to Merriam Theater |Feb 20, 2017

Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest are going to look a lot different than they do on TV.

NEW TO STREAMING: Fresh and funny, ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is a mini-masterpiece |Feb 17, 2017

Produced by the great James L. Brooks (“Broadcast News”), “The Edge of Seventeen” is a breath of fresh comic air.

FILM TALK: New doc follows Eagles of Death Metal in the aftermath of the Bataclan attack |Feb 17, 2017

Producer Heather Parry will never be accused of taking the easy way out.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Enjoy hippo-themed games, plenty of art; plus Mummers in Manayunk |Feb 16, 2017

On view Wayne Art Center: “Expressions of Radnor 2017,” “Art Work by Frank Bernard” and “Elisabeth Braun: Deep Space” will be on display Feb. 21-March 18 in the Davenport Gallery.

DINING: Autograph Brasserie: Upscale newcomer in Wayne |Feb 15, 2017

Walter Pater, a brilliant analyst of the arts in Victorian England, wrote that the soul of an artist should “burn with a hard gem-like flame.” Pater might just as well have been writing about Ralph Fernandez, the current executive chef and co-owner at the opulent 160-seat Autograph Brasserie in Wayne’s Spread Eagle Village.

A closer look at the ‘Game of Thrones’ Live Concert Experience coming to the Wells Fargo Center |Feb 14, 2017

The “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience 28-city tour is something that has been three years in the making. It took a lot of strategic planning, but composer Ramin Djawadi said it was all worth it as his full orchestra and choir rehearsed on an elaborate stage, fully set up inside of a large sound stage on the Warner Bros.

Whether you’re loving or listing it ... Home show happening in Oaks |Feb 13, 2017

The Philly Home + Garden Show, running Feb. 17-19 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, welcomes HGTV and Bravo design experts to join the weekend’s schedule of workshops, vendors and interactive features.

FILM TALK: After years away from the spotlight, actress Rosamund Pike returns with ‘A United Kingdom’ |Feb 10, 2017

It’s been three years since British actress Rosamund Pike scored a career breakthrough playing the title role in “Gone Girl,” the hit adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller.

NEW ON DVD: ‘American Pastoral’ marks Ewan McGregor’s fine, if flawed, directorial debut |Feb 10, 2017

Adapting “American Pastoral” (2016, Lionsgate, R, $20), Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tome about a splintering family chasing the American Dream, would be a challenge for any filmmaker, let alone a first-timer.

Home Theater: Post-WWII series ‘The Collection’ examines a fallen fashion empire |Feb 10, 2017

From Oliver Goldstick, the man behind “Ugly Betty” and “Pretty Little Liars,” comes “The Collection,” a stylish series set in Paris after the end of World War II.

Some movies to watch with your significant other this Valentine’s Day |Feb 8, 2017

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on movies to watch with your significant other.

Review: ‘Clybourne Park’ is eye-opening, must-see theater |Feb 8, 2017

I always look forward to productions in Steel River Playhouse’s“ Newberry Loft, but I was unprepared for the profound impact of “Clybourne Park,” as performed in this compact space.

THE BREWHOLDER: City Tavern’s ‘Ales of the Revolution’ perfect for Presidents’ Day, regardless of your party affiliation |Feb 8, 2017

To say that our nation’s feelings about newly inaugurated President Donald Trump are mixed would be a severe understatement. And while some may be considering ignoring President’s Day this year in protest, here are four very good reasons to observe the holiday — The City Tavern’s “Ales of the Revolution”: “George Washington’s Tavern Porter,” “Thomas Jefferson’s 1774 Tavern Ale,” “Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Ale,” and “Benjamin Franklin’s Tavern Spruce Ale.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Maceo Parker presents 50 Years of Funk at Ardmore Music Hall |Feb 7, 2017

Maceo Parker, the iconic saxophone player who got his start in James Brown’s band, brings his show 50 Years of Funk to Ardmore Music Hall on Feb. 19. The show will be a retrospective of his career and will feature material from his days with Brown, Parliament Funkadelic and from his own bands.

ART: Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes expressive sculpture exhibition based on ‘The Kiss’ |Feb 7, 2017

After being closed during the month of January, Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum has reopened with a new installation with a stirring theme of passionate embrace.

Cirque Zuma Zuma’s acrobats tumble into West Chester University |Feb 7, 2017

Want some non-stop action designed to keep you on the edge of your seat? That’s the promise of Cirque Zuma Zuma, which will tumble, dance, contort, and otherwise entertain on the stage at West Chester University (WCU).

SEVEN IN SEVEN: It’s a Code Orange week |Feb 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.

National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum a place to encounter, explore, learn about Chester County’s steel town past |Feb 6, 2017

“Coatesville wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the company,” said LeAnne Zolovich, education services manager of The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (NISHM).

‘Capturing Pablo’: An evening with the real DEA agents of ‘Narcos’ at Keswick Theatre |Feb 3, 2017

When DEA agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy were initially approached by Netflix producers about turning their experiences in the manhunt for the infamous Columbian drug cartel leader, Pablo Escobar, into a television series, they were skeptical.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Philly Folksong Society concert with Rose Cousins coming to Ardmore |Feb 1, 2017

“I love Philadelphia as a city,” said Canadian singer/songwriter Rose Cousins, who drops her fourth full-length album, “Natural Conclusion,” on Feb. 3.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Make a splash at the Annual Polar Plunge into Brandywine Creek |Feb 1, 2017

Exodus Pearl S. Buck International: The stories of Jewish communities in China over the centuries intrigued Pearl S. Buck and her husband, Richard Walsh, so much that each explored them in their published works.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Sons of Serendip bring Stevie Wonder tribute show to Sellersville Theater |Feb 1, 2017

Sons of Serendip, the quartet that rose to prominence as contestants on America’s Got Talent in 2014, will visit Sellersville Theater on Feb. 9. The show will predominately feature the music of Stevie Wonder.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Moody Blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Hayward to play SteelStacks |Feb 1, 2017

Best known as the voice of The Moody Blues (Their fans sometimes call them “The Moodies”), Justin Hayward talked about the beginnings of his career as a solo artist.

ON STAGE: The ‘Lagan’ river flows through the Villanova Theatre’s latest production |Jan 31, 2017

Ireland is a different world from ours, but the inhabitants and stories will feel familiar when “Lagan” takes the Villanova Theatre stage. The latest production by those in the Master’s in Theatre program will be performed Feb.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Lucy Dacus isn’t playing to the gallery |Jan 31, 2017

In a recent essay for The Talkhouse, indie-rock artist Lucy Dacus paid tribute to the late David Bowie, citing a segment from the 1997 documentary “Inspirations” in which the music legend offered advice to young musicians: “Never play to the gallery.

COMEDY: Standup by Pete Holmes, Artie Lange, Judd Apatow at the Troc |Jan 31, 2017

Three of the stars involved with the forthcoming HBO comedy series “Crashing” are on a collision course for Philly Feb. 10.

REVIEW: The story of ‘John’ unfolds at Arden Theater |Jan 30, 2017

Take a nascent ghost story that’s short on ghosts, stir in some mystery not particularly mysterious, add a crash-burning relationship that makes little sense, then call the whole thing an exploration of character through meaningful silence and what do you have?

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Hop on the car, bus or train for comedy, art, music and more |Jan 26, 2017

Rainbow of amphibians Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” is in the Special Exhibits Gallery Feb. 4-May 14. See live frogs from around the world in recreated habitats with live plants, waterfalls and rock ledges.

HOME THEATER: ‘Battle for Incheon’ offers solid Korean War story |Jan 26, 2017

“Battle For Incheon: Operation Chromite” (2016, CMJ, unrated, $15) is a solid, if slightly stiff, historical epic, about a little known chapter in Korean War history.

THE BREWHOLDER: Craft beer memories relived: What is your Groundhog Day? |Jan 25, 2017

In the 1993 film “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray, an arrogant news reporter is caught in a time loop while covering the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, forced to relive the day over and over again.

BEER CALENDAR: Tastings and a British invasion on tap |Jan 25, 2017

Feb. 2: Fegley’s Bethlehem Brewworks, Bethlehem Charity Cask Night, Bethlehem

SEVEN IN SEVEN: Parquet Courts, Birds of Chicago among this week’s best bets |Jan 25, 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.

MUSIC: Alter Bridge enjoying more time to be a band |Jan 24, 2017

Alter Bridge has been together for 13 years.

MUSIC: Old City’s Tin Angel closing after 24 years |Jan 23, 2017

Old City Philadelphia listening room The Tin Angel presents its last show (for now) Feb. 4.

‘Inheritance’ shares bond Media artist has with grandfather |Jan 19, 2017

It’s a story of two generations, and a link between Delaware County and the eastern European country of Georgia.

HOME THEATER: ‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’ makes for a fun watch |Jan 19, 2017

It’s never quite as hilarious as it should be but “Keeping Up With The Joneses” is so charmingly unpretentious that it makes for a fun watch.

SEVEN IN SEVEN: Luka Graham, The Band of Heathens bookend next week’s best bets |Jan 19, 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.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Kristin Chenoweth, orchids and creepy, crawly creations among highlights |Jan 19, 2017

What about the kids? Hedgerow Theatre: Child’s World presents the first episode of “The Raising of America” documentary, a five-part series aimed to spark a conversation about improving the lives of children and American families.

Ursinus students curate first art exhibit |Jan 18, 2017

COLLEGEVILLE >> On an otherwise desolate campus at Ursinus College, days before students were scheduled to arrive to start the new semester, there was a flurry of activity in the upstairs section of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art.

St. John’s, Devon, presents the music of Gershwin, Porter and Bernstein |Jan 18, 2017

When Iris came to the United States from Cuba in 2002, she was 22 years old and spoke little English. Stuck, as she likes to say, “in the middle of nowhere” ― that is, in Lancaster― she missed Havana, where she could visit the beach every morning and practice her piano for the rest of the day.

Blues Brothers tribute set to play The ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem |Jan 18, 2017

Wrap your brain around this — a tribute band to a tribute band.

Find what you want to drive at Philadelphia International Auto Show |Jan 17, 2017

A Philadelphia institution since 1902, the Philadelphia International Auto Show lets you get up-close looks at models from more than 40 manufacturers. There will be more than 700 vehicles in all.

SEVEN IN SEVEN: Pat Metheny, Jill Scott, a Winter Jawn, Kings of Leon and more |Jan 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.

Creativity, celebrity tips and more at the Philly Home Show |Jan 11, 2017

What’s your home improvement resolution this year?

In her latest PBS special, Lidia Bastianich explores the lives of American veterans |Dec 14, 2016

In her latest one-hour PBS special, Chef Lidia Bastianich demonstrates that it doesn’t have to be Veterans’ Day or Memorial Day to honor members of the American armed services — any holiday will do.

A mesmerizing Los Angeles love story |Dec 9, 2016

It might seem a bit early to make Oscar predictions but “La La Land” has already emerged as a frontrunner for Best Picture.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Events spread plenty of holiday cheer |Dec 8, 2016

Academy of Music: Dec. 9-31 The Pennsylvania Ballet presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker.” The Academy of Music is at Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. For show times and ticket availability, call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.