Entertainment

THE LISTENING ROOM: “Sgt. Pepper’s...” turns 50 with variety of reissues |May 26, 2017

Album of the Week: The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” 50th Anniversary Editions (Capitol/UMe): The Fab Four’s experimental landmark celebrates its golden anniversary in a number of configurations, with plenty of rare and unreleased material from the sessions, videos and documentaries spread throughout.

FILM TALK: Javier Bardem takes to the high seas in latest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film |May 26, 2017

Spanish actor Javier Bardem is an enormously talented performer who’s played characters from all walks of life. He’s illuminated a poverty-stricken single father dying of cancer in “Biutiful,” a quadriplegic fighting for the right to end his life in “The Sea Inside” and a gay Cuban poet in “Before Night Falls.

NEW ON DVD: ‘Logan’ shreds comic-book film conventions |May 25, 2017

Hugh Jackman’s dry-witted, sharp-clawed Wolverine has been one of the most electrifying of all comic-book heroes so it makes perfect sense that Wolvy’s final screen appearance in “Logan” (2016, Fox, R, $30) should be a highwater mark for the genre.

Golden Globe-, Tony-winning actor Barry Bostwick one of the guests at Wizard World |May 25, 2017

There was almost a mini-“Spin City” reunion at this year’s Wizard World Philadelphia.

Wizard World convention has star-studded guest list |May 25, 2017

The stars will be out June 1-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City for the 2017 Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: There’s lots to do this holiday weekend and next. Here are some ideas |May 24, 2017

Thursday thing Main Street, Manayunk: “Stroll the Street” is a weekly evening series with theme nights and food trucks running 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays June 1-Sept. 7. June 1 is “Meet Your Neighbor Night.

NEW TO STREAMING/VOD: ‘Get Out’ remains the year’s biggest must-see film |May 24, 2017

A mind-bendingly original and terrifying horror thriller, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” follows an African-American photographer named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who reluctantly agrees to meet the parents (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener) of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams).

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ somewhat successful in finding formula of first ‘Pirates’ adventure |May 24, 2017

On the one hand, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” — the fifth installment in the highly successful Disney franchise — has all the ingredients for another enjoyable adventure on the supernatural high seas.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Baywatch’ a beached whale of a comedy that doesn’t know what it wants to be |May 23, 2017

In retrospect, it was silly to think “Baywatch” might just be a beach beauty.

OUTDOORS: David Rogers’ ‘Big Bugs’ at Tyler Arboretum this summer |May 23, 2017

There will be “Big Bugs” on exhibit June 3-Aug. 29 at Media’s Tyler Arboretum.

Staff Picks: Best factory tours near Philadelphia |May 23, 2017

It’s no seceret that Pennsylvania is home to some of the most famous brand names in the country but some may be surprised to learn our area is also home to some of the best tours of the factories where those products are made.

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.

Longwood Gardens debuts $90 million main garden fountain |May 19, 2017

On May 27, visitors to Longwood Gardens will be able to see a water show unlike any in the world. But on May 18, a the fountains debuted with a private showing to municipal officials, foundation sponsors, and select others.

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: ‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.