Entertainment

CONCERT PREVIEW: Springfield’s Jeff Coon brings The Summer Club back to Manayunk |Mar 21, 2017

The Summer Club, an ensemble that performs big band hits, returns to Venice Island Performing Arts Center on April 3rd as part of their Mondays in Manayunk series. This performance will feature the group’s founder Jeff Coon as well as special guest Krissy Fraelich, both Springfield residents.

FILM TALK: Allentown-born Amanda Seyfried talks finding love on set, expecting her first child |Mar 17, 2017

Allentown native Amanda Seyfried came away from “The Last Word” with more than a starring role in a crowd-pleasing comedy. She also found a fiancé.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Have you heard of ‘Graeme of Thrones’? |Mar 16, 2017

Bring the beat back Santander Performing Arts Center: Catch international percussion sensation “Stomp” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. Tickets range from $35.

Go back in time at Constitution Center with ‘American Spirits’ |Mar 15, 2017

Two of the U.S. Constitution’s Amendments are about alcohol — one to ban it and one to undo the ban.

MUSIC BEST BETS: Bring Me the Horizon at the leading edge of metal |Mar 15, 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.

‘Church of Broken Pieces’ one of two street photography installations at The African-American Museum in Philadelphia |Mar 15, 2017

Street photographer and Philadelphia resident Shawn Theodore’s handle on Instagram is _xst (exist), where he has 62,000 followers.

Help others, sample fare from four West Chester area restaurants at Chef’s Best |Mar 7, 2017

“Our goal is for this to become one of the can’t-miss food events in our region,” ACT in Faith board president Denise Antonelli said in a prepared statement.

Joseph Parsons returns ‘home’ to tour and record; performs at Burlap and Bean |Mar 7, 2017

Joseph Parsons used to be a staple in the Philadelphia area singer-songwriter scene. Since the late 1980s he performed as a solo artist and later with 4 Way Street, which morphed into US Rails.

THE BREWHOLDER: Band Of Brewers: A surprising showcase of local brewers’ musical talents |Mar 2, 2017

The focus of most craft beer events is, obviously, on the beer, with perhaps some live music in the background to provide ambience. Band of Brewers flips the typical craft beer event on its head, focusing on music performed by bands composed of only brewery employees.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Matchmaker’ brings 1880’s Yonkers to People’s Light |Mar 2, 2017

Not everyone wants to leave Yonkers.

Pa. native Vanessa Carlton at World Cafe Live — 3 things to know |Mar 2, 2017

It’s been 15 yeas since Vanessa Carlton released her debut album, “Be Not Nobody,” which featured the Grammy Award-nominated anthem “A Thousand Miles.”

Upper Merion musician in the thick of St. Patrick’s revelry |Mar 2, 2017

John Forth is a member of the classic rock cover bands Sons of Thunder and Acoustic Rewind. But one of the Upper Merion resident’s busier times of the year is in March, as the lead singer and guitarist of the Irish music outfit JohnnyDew.

‘Avatar’ meets Cirque du Soleil in ‘Toruk — The First Flight’ |Feb 28, 2017

In case you missed it, Cirque du Soleil’s “Toruk — The First Flight” made one of its first U.S. performances in late 2015 at Allentown’s PPL Center.

Mike Doughty appearing with different band at World Cafe Live |Feb 28, 2017

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Mike Doughty fronted the ‘90s alternative rock outfit Soul Coughing, and has built a following since going it alone in 2000.

NEW ON DVD: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a heartrending instant classic |Feb 24, 2017

For his first film since “Margaret,” Kenneth Lonergan writes and directs “Manchester By The Sea” (2016, Lionsgate, R, $20), the engrossing saga of a Boston janitor named Lee (Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown following the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to help care for his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges).

Oscars 2017 may be one for the record books |Feb 24, 2017

Even before the awards are handed out, the 89th Academy Awards is stacking up as one for the record books.

NEW TO VOD AND STREAMING: ‘Bleed for This’ is a brutal boxing biopic worth seeing |Feb 24, 2017

Downingtown native Miles Teller commits body and soul to “Bleed For This,” a biopic about boxer Vinny Pazienza, one of the strongest-willed belters in the history of the sport.

TV PREMIERE: ‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’ premieres on Smithsonian Channel |Feb 24, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> If any single image best represents the new hour-long documentary “The Obama Years,” it would probably be the close-up shot of a speech Barack Obama delivered to Congress in 2009.

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.