Entertainment

ART: Historic Yellow Springs hosts 45th annual art show |Apr 26, 2018

Since the Revolutionary War, women have played important roles in the history and culture of Historic Yellow Springs. From Abigail Hartman Rice, who was a war nurse at the Revolutionary War Hospital in the village, to Connie Fraley, who formed the Yellow Springs Association in 1967, women have left their marks.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Celtic tunes at Pottstown Regional Library, Monster Jam in Philly, beers, film and much more on tap |Apr 26, 2018

Mechanical monsters Lincoln Financial Field: Monster Jam features Black Pearl, Grave Digger, Great Clips Mohawk Warrior, Hurricane Force, Lucas Oil Crusader, Max-DTM, Mutant, Over Bored, Saigon Shaker, Son-Uva Digger, Team Hot Wheels Firestorm, VP Racing Fuel’s Mad Scientist, along with the new truck Whiplash.

THEATER: A quick look at what’s on stage in the region |Apr 25, 2018

Act II Playhouse: “Zuzz the Alien Needs Your Help!” (an interactive comedy for kids) through April 29; Lerner and Lowe’s “Camelot,” May 15-June 17, 56 E. Butler Ave.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ the epic, entertainment payoff of Marvel Studios’ efforts |Apr 25, 2018

“Avengers: Infinity War” isn’t just the biggest comic-book-character team-up we’ve ever seen on the big screen.

CONCERT: Lauren Ruth Ward doesn’t hold back. Stops at Johnny Brenda’s |Apr 25, 2018

Her first full-length album, “Well, Hell,” makes frank, brash, clear-the-air statements like “Did I Offend You?”, “Make Love to Myself,” “Sheet Stains” and “Blue Collar Sex Kitten.

LOCAL MUSIC: In the Pocket remake of ‘Frankford El’ expands scope of song |Apr 24, 2018

Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen has added quite a curiosity to his living, growing “In the Pocket” playlist of quintessential Philadelphia songs.

COMEDY: Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood on the road with ‘Whose Line is It Anyway?’-style improv |Apr 24, 2018

Known for their TV roles, especially on “Whose Line is It Anyway?”, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood have been touring with their two-man improv show for 16 years now.

ON STAGE: ‘Newsies’ burst with force at Media Theatre |Apr 23, 2018

Once upon a time, an outstanding Broadway show would be turned into a great movie. There so many — “My Fair Lady,” “42nd Street,” “Lion King,” and many Rogers & Hamerstein musicals.

EAT & DRINK: Come out for food trucks, lend a hand at the farm and much more foodie fun |Apr 20, 2018

From farmwork to festivals, it’s time to savor some spring foodie fun.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Enjoy local festivals, Earth Day activities |Apr 19, 2018

Beyond Black Panther African-American Museum in Philadelphia: “Black Pulp!” features small-run magazines, novels, posters, comic books, and traditional and experimental fine art prints from 1912-2016 through April 29.

Pennsylvania proud: Farm-to-table Suburban Restaurant in Exton also brews their own beer nearby |Apr 19, 2018

It’s been a year since chef Eric Yost opened the doors to Suburban Restaurant & Beer Garden in Exton’s Eagleview Town Center at 570 Wellington Square.

CONCERT: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito returns home at the Kennett Flash |Apr 18, 2018

Armed with his electric guitar pursuing his dream of becoming a great blues guitarist, Springfield, Pennsylvania native Rick Vito submersed himself in the fertile L.A. music scene of the early ‘70s.

ALBUM REVIEW: The Wonder Years’ new, mature sound |Apr 18, 2018

The teenagers in Liverpool who supported The Beatles in their earliest, unpolished, rough-and-tumble days reluctantly had to accept the reality that they had to share their hometown boys with the rest of the world.

SEVEN IN SEVEN: A few concerts to wrap up the week |Apr 17, 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.

ON VIEW: ‘Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950’ in the spotlight at Philadelphia Museum of Art |Apr 17, 2018

Sure, life comes at you fast these days. But a hundred years ago, things were also technologically and socially transforming at a remarkable pace.

Danlu; Main Line entrepreneur does things ‘his Wei’ |Apr 16, 2018

You would think that a 75-year-old entrepreneur with three massively successful businesses would be content and not want to burden himself with a whole new army of challenges and headaches. In the case of Michael Wei, you would be wrong.

Frank Zappa tribute band Project/Object returns to Sellersville Theater |Apr 16, 2018

Project/Object has been delighting Frank Zappa fans with live performances of Zappa’s music for over 20 years. Over the years founder, bandleader and guitarist/vocalist Andre Cholmondeley grew the band from a minor tribute act that played in tiny clubs in the New Jersey/New York City area to a touring act featuring Zappa alumni as guest performers and playing at larger, more renowned venues like Sellersville Theater.

‘Kids Corner’ producers reflect on 30 years at XPN; anniversary celebration planned |Apr 11, 2018

Kathy O’Connell, the host of WXPN’s iconic children’s show “Kids Corner,” is sitting in a bare recording studio at the radio station’s West Philadelphia headquarters.

EAT & DRINK: Make room for a good helping of these: podcast on cheese; seasonal ale; free shaved ice and more |Apr 11, 2018

April’s all about foodie festivals, fundraisers and fabulous debuts, beginning with a new podcast on cheese and cheesemaking.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Beirut’ an entertaining geopolitical thriller with nice work from Hamm, Pike |Apr 10, 2018

“Welcome to Beirut.” Jon Hamm’s American diplomat Mason Skiles says these words to a group of folks he is entertaining at a cocktail party he and his wife are hosting at their beautiful home on the Mediterranean Sea.

‘Game Masters’ at the Franklin Institute celebrates a virtual world |Apr 9, 2018

If you grew up during a certain era, the first part of the new Game Masters exhibition at the Franklin Institute will be able to keep you entertained for hours.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘I Will Not Go Gently’ making a point at People’s Light in Malvern |Apr 6, 2018

Sierra Mist is a middle-aged British rocker on a comeback tour who has something to say.

‘Hamilton’ fever spreads to Philadelphia |Apr 6, 2018

And you thought the discourse on Twitter was vitriolic.

MUSIC: A quick look at some of the region’s must-go concerts this spring |Apr 5, 2018

Looking out the window, it might not seem like it, but spring is officially here. We promise the snow will melt and the flowers will bloom … at some point. When they do, it will be time to put that cabin fever in the rearview and figure out which shows to attend as the concert season is about to kick into high gear.

PhilaMOCA to hold reunion event for cult-classic TV series ‘Eerie, Indiana’ |Apr 4, 2018

For one night in mid-April, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Modern Art (PhilaMOCA) will resurrect a long-dead but much-beloved early-90s TV series: “Eerie, Indiana.”

MOVIE REVIEW: With its odd but fun mix of elements, ‘Isle of Dogs’ an interesting stop-motion work from Wes Anderson |Apr 4, 2018

You’ve never seen anything quite like “Isle of Dogs.”

ART: Local artists featured in Philadelphia’s Moore College student show |Apr 3, 2018

You’re invited to see some of the latest works by Moore College of Art & Design students in the annual Student Show, on view through April 14 at The Galleries at Moore.

Jukebox the Ghost eager to play new songs. Former Philly residents to perform at Union Transfer |Apr 3, 2018

Jukebox the Ghost will kick off a tour to promote their fifth and latest album, “Off to the Races,” at Union Transfer.

More local craft distilleries to check out. Opportunities abound for tours, tastings and more |Mar 30, 2018

Craft distilleries in the region are booming to the point where it can be argued that Pennsylvania’s once-prominent reputation for liquor production is being restored.

Reading area set to buzz with annual Berks Jazz Fest |Mar 30, 2018

Thanks to the Berks Arts Council, Berks County becomes a regional hotbed for music each year with the Berks Jazz Fest.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Billy Cobham pays tribute to Crosswinds at the Colonial |Mar 28, 2018

Undeniably one of the greatest drummers of all time, Billy Cobham elevated the art of jazz- fusion drumming to new heights leaving a legacy that has inspired his peers and contemporaries for decades.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Noises Off’ is an insiders look at classic farce. On stage now at Walnut Street Theatre |Mar 28, 2018

Farce has been around since the first pie in the face got a laugh, and it’s an essential part of the theatrical art, necessary for grounding in reality what’s seen on the stage.

Fozzy at The Foundry, 5 Things To Know |Mar 28, 2018

Fozzy is no longer just Chris Jericho’s band.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Acoustic Hot Tuna returns to the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville |Mar 28, 2018

Pivotal members of the legendary Jefferson Airplane, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady return to the concert stage with acoustic Hot Tuna.

21st Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Philly’s connection to Japan |Mar 27, 2018

It’s a sign spring has arrived, plus it’s a fun-size dose of Japanese culture.

Comedy troupe Capitol Steps tries to keep pace with the news. Show comes to Kimmel Center in Philadelphia |Mar 27, 2018

Their 41st album of topical song parodies is titled “Orange is the New Barack,” with titles like “Oops, I Tweeted Again,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alt-Right” and “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?”

Easy Easter cocktails: Sip sangria, martinis, or even a mocktail. How about a Peeps Cocktail |Mar 27, 2018

Hop to it! This Easter pour some fun and colorful cocktails like a Bubbly Bunny or white chocolate Peter Cottontail.

EAT & DRINK: Come out to taste some new offerings in West Chester, Collegeville, Media and more |Mar 22, 2018

Spring’s synonymous with growth not only in the natural world, but also on the restaurant scene.

QUICK COOK: Pita goes fresh and elegant |Mar 21, 2018

I recently had this salmon sandwich at a San Francisco restaurant and I have to say, it’s a dish worth copying. I raced to the market, then to the kitchen to develop my own twist on it.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Beatles tribute show to spotlight ‘Sgt. Pepper’ at Academy of Music in Philadelphia |Mar 20, 2018

Join Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this weekend.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band delivers finger-lickin’ good Country Blues; comes to World Café Live |Mar 20, 2018

Reverend Peyton is a larger than life figure who delivers boot stompin’ backwoods country blues music on just about any stringed instrument, and that includes customizing shotguns and axes into playable instruments, while keeping them functional.

ON STAGE: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center presents ‘Artrageous’ |Mar 16, 2018

“Artrageous,” a one-of-a-kind interactive art and music experience, will be staged at Upper Darby Performing Art Center on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. A team of artists paints at electric speed and creates giant works of art accompanied by live music, powerful vocals and creative choreography.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: K.Flay kicks off the week’s best bets |Mar 16, 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.

Philadelphia’s Joshua Howard, former contestant on ‘The Voice,’ celebrates debut release at World Cafe Live |Mar 14, 2018

Singer-songwriter Joshua Howard, who appeared on Season 6 of “The Voice” in 2014, is releasing his debut EP “Forgive my False.” He’ll be celebrating with an event at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Violinist Regina Carter pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater |Mar 14, 2018

Regina Carter, a virtuoso jazz violinist who has also dabbled in other genres, presents Simply Ella, her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, at the Perelman Theater.

Spend St. Patrick’s Day with Mat Kearney at Fillmore Philadelphia |Mar 13, 2018

Pop singer/songwriter Mat Kearney, whose voice has an eerie similarity to Coldplay’s Chris Martin, is bound for the Fillmore Philadelphia March 17.

RADIO: Preston & Steve reflect on 20 years on the air in Philly |Mar 13, 2018

A notable subplot to this year’s 50th anniversary of Philadelphia’s WMMR becoming a rock station is the 20th anniversary of “Preston & Steve” morning duo Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison.

Pablo Batista: Carrying the torch for Latin Jazz. Performs as part of Bass BootCamp All-Star Concert at Ardmore Music Hall |Mar 12, 2018

Following in the footsteps of Mario Bauza, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and Machito, internationally renowned award winning master percussionist, songwriter, producer, bandleader and educator Pablo Batista is spearheading a movement to bring Latin jazz into the mainstream.

LOCAL MUSIC: Gerald Veasley presents Bass Bootcamp + All-Star Concert at Ardmore Music Hall |Mar 12, 2018

Gerald Veasley, one of Philadelphia’s most celebrated bassists and a bass instructor at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, is presenting the Bass BootCamp All-Star Concert at Ardmore Music Hall on March 17.

EAT & DRINK: Area restaurants, breweries mark plenty of celebrations |Mar 9, 2018

Congratulations to two local restaurants named James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists: Teresa’s Next Door in Wayne for Outstanding Bar Program and Talula’s Table in Kennett Square for Outstanding Restaurant.