Entertainment

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.”

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.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Phoenixville’s Kevin Fulmer performs during St. Catrick’s Day benefit event; some restaurants extend DineKOP |Mar 9, 2018

Good tastes DineKOP Restaurant Week: Twenty-eight restaurants will be participating in the fourth DineKOP Restaurant Week through March 11, offering special three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.

EVENT: Delight in original designs, handmade crafts in Oaks |Mar 8, 2018

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival returns to Halls A and B of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center March 16-18.

RACING: Region boasts venues where you can meet that need for speed |Mar 8, 2018

Race season officially began Feb. 18 with NASCAR’s Daytona 500 in Florida. But you don’t necessarily have to go on a long interstate trip to enjoy the excitement of racing.

Louie Anderson talks the acting role of his career; will perform in Sellersville |Mar 6, 2018

Some say, if you want to understand your parents, you have to walk a mile in their shoes.

ON STAGE: People’s Light presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ |Mar 5, 2018

Anne Frank was born in Germany in 1929, but when the Nazis took control of the country, her family moved to the Netherlands. Then the Nazis took over that country in the second year of World War II.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Stu Hamm brings his one-man show to the Kennett Flash |Mar 5, 2018

One of the world’s preeminent bass players that helped usher in the slapping and two-handed tapping technique, Stu Hamm continues to flourish as a solo artist, sideman, songwriter and producer.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Five For Fighting makes Colonial Theatre debut |Mar 5, 2018

Coveting a music career that was nearly derailed from the outset, John Ondrasik, who performs and records under the name Five For Fighting, remembers the challenges he faced as an unknown artist.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready to DineKOP Restaurant Week, OJR’s craft show and much more |Mar 2, 2018

Good tastes DineKOP Restaurant Week: Twenty-eight restaurants will be participating in the fourth DineKOP Restaurant Week from March 5-11, offering special three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.

COMEDY: Rob Schneider’s ‘Please Join Me for an Evening of Lies’ in Sellersville Saturday |Mar 1, 2018

Comedy, even the lowbrow variety, requires a lot of forethought.

‘David Bowie for Kids!’: Concert brings the tunes of the Thin White Duke to Ardmore Music Hall |Mar 1, 2018

Are you a parent who’s tired of listening to “Baby Beluga” in the car with your kids? Do you long for the days of rocking out to “Rebel Rebel” and “Suffragette City” with the windows down and the volume up? You’re in luck.

Plant artists explore ‘Wonders of Water’ theme with exhibit during Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 28, 2018

The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators presents the fine art exhibit “Wet Feet: Plants That Live in a Watery World” at the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show March 3-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia.

MOVIE REVIEW: While clumsy, spy tale ‘Red Sparrow’ mostly succeeds at holding interest |Feb 28, 2018

Just like the spy work it celebrates and likely exaggerates, “Red Sparrow” can be pretty messy.

MUSIC: Lilly Winwood opening for dad’s current tour — five things to know |Feb 28, 2018

Lilly Winwood has gone into the “family business” — quite happily, in fact.

MUSIC: Steve Winwood on the road with ‘Greatest Hits Live Tour’. Makes three stops in the region |Feb 28, 2018

Few artists have reached the same kind of “Higher Love” with music as Steve Winwood.

MUSIKFEST 2018: Local tattoo artist behind new Musikfest logo |Feb 27, 2018

Musikfest isn’t until Aug. 3-12, but the marketing for the annual summer event has already begun with the unveiling of this year’s official festival artwork.

LOCAL MUSIC: Telford metal musicians set to rock Philly |Feb 27, 2018

Despite 25 years in the music business, it was like starting over again from scratch.