Entertainment

CONCERT PREVIEW: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kip Berman looking forward to Philly return |Jun 28, 2017

July 2’s date at World Cafe Live is a homecoming concert for the Britpop-influenced indie band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

America’s Party: Communities big and small celebrate July 4th |Jun 28, 2017

The words of the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, have inspired more than 100 similar declarations of human rights and self-government around the world. Communities in the region ready to celebrate America’s big day, here’s a sampling of events:

Ben Mauger’s Dixieland Band” performs concert at Kutztown Park |Jun 28, 2017

This Saturday evening, July 8, the Borough of Kutztown will welcome back to the Park bandshell stage the sounds of Ben Mauger’s Roaring 20’S Dixieland Orchestra. They will be performing from 7 to 9 p.

MUSIC: R5 at the TLA — 5 things to know |Jun 28, 2017

Music isn’t something Ross Lynch necessarily HAS to do.

‘Project Dawn’ now on stage at People’s Light |Jun 27, 2017

Think of prostitution as portrayed on stage. Tragic, measured and distant, for many decades it was done in a well-worn approach seen in such plays as “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” or “Anna Christie.

Radio Free Honduras’ debut concert tour stops at Kennett Flash |Jun 27, 2017

It has taken nearly a lifetime for Honduran musician Charlie Baran, 67, to reignite his once promising career as a recording artist and performer.

‘Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect’ on view at Brandywine River Museum of Art |Jun 27, 2017

Occupying two floors at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the new “Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect” exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Chadds Ford master painter’s birth.

Elmwood Park Zoo ready for Beast of a Feast |Jun 26, 2017

NORRISTOWN – Elmwood Park Zoo’s (temporary) transformation from daily family destination to wild party location is underway as it prepares for its biggest event of the summer. Guests of this year’s Beast of a Feast, Elmwood Park Zoo’s annual summertime fundraiser, will enjoy sample selections from nearly 50 local restaurants, making it the largest food celebration in the event’s nearly ten year history.

Intra-Berks Cultural Exchange: Clay On Main and Art Plus Gallery trade showcases |Jun 25, 2017

Clay on Main in Oley and Art Plus Gallery in West Reading are exhibiting work in a unique way. Both centers are artist cooperatives with gallery space, and will show their sister organization’s work this June and July.

NEW ON DVD: ‘A Cure For Wellness’ is the work of a true visionary |Jun 22, 2017

“A Cure For Wellness” (2017, Fox, R, $30), the latest from Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), is old-fashioned in all the right ways.

Imelda May kicks off next week’s concert picks |Jun 22, 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.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: Far from a classic, space-thriller ‘Life’ has its moments |Jun 22, 2017

A sci-fi thriller in the “Alien” tradition, the formulaic “Life” is far from a classic but it’s a decent time-waster especially for genre fans who can’t get enough of slimy, homicidal space creatures.

Nine-week Philadelphia Zoo attraction mixes education and frosty fun in the middle of summer |Jun 22, 2017

Just you wait till the next heat wave.

Clay on Main offers summer programs |Jun 22, 2017

Clay on Main is offering classes for kids as well as adults this summer.

Music Around Town for June 21 |Jun 21, 2017

22 June – Kim & Paul at Open Mic at Greshville Inn, Boyertown (8 p.m. start)

The Adam Ezra Group headlines at the Sellersville Theater |Jun 21, 2017

Drawing from the tradition of American folk music, The Adam Ezra Group embraces their artistry, nurturing a community of fans through heartfelt words and music. Exemplifying this mission, the bands latest album release “Hurricane Wind” is a hands-on, groundbreaking collaborative effort with their fans.

The Purple Xperience out to channel essence of Prince at Keswick Theatre |Jun 21, 2017

Minneapolis guitarist and pianist Marshall Charloff talked about being a Prince tribute artist in 2011, when Prince was still alive.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Arts fest in Manayunk, beer tasting in Lansdale, Irish fest in Havertown, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and much more on tap |Jun 21, 2017

Festival time Manayunk Arts Festival: The 28th annual Manayunk Arts Festival runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 on Main Street from Shurs Lane to Green Lane and Cotton Street from Main to Cresson streets.

CONCERT: The End of America makes Steel City Coffee House debut |Jun 20, 2017

Critically acclaimed Indie folk rockers The End of America is one of the latest bands to emerge from the burgeoning creative renaissance that is putting the thriving Philly music scene back on the map.

‘The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord’ now at Lantern Theater |Jun 19, 2017

So you’ve worked closely with America’s most famous atheist for two decades and decide to write a play. What would you choose to dramatize?

Kids summer movies at The State Theatre |Jun 19, 2017

Shrek and the Troll visited the Philadelphia Street Fair on Saturday, June 10, as the guests of the State Theatre and St. John’s Lutheran Church. Shrek and the Troll visited Boyertown to promote the six summer matinees for the State Theatre program of Kids Summer Movies.

Blue Bell man: Never too late to pursue what you always wanted to do |Jun 19, 2017

Every once in a while, Whitpain Township resident Michael J. Lyons gets a “you look familiar” from somebody he’s never met.

ON STAGE: Genesius brings ‘Side Show’ into the spotlight |Jun 16, 2017

Theater fans will get to experience an innovative new work when Genesius Theatre presents the heartwarming Henry Krieger and Bill Russell musical “Side Show” June 21-July 2. Behind its gorgeous music and carefully crafted lyrics is a story about two bright and beautiful young women who were joined together at the hip -- literally.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Treats for dad; Conshy Music Festival; Irish Festival in Haverstown and much more |Jun 15, 2017

For Fathers Day American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: The Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” became a symbol of the Vietnam War. One of these helicopters, that is now an artist’s sculpture entitled “Take Me Home Huey,” will be the focus of a presentation by three of her original crew members at 10:30 a.

CONCERTS: Area venues, festivals offer a summer full of music |Jun 15, 2017

Though it might feel like we got an early jump on it weather-wise, it’s not officially summer until Wednesday, which means it’s time to plan a getaway down the shore, hit up the neighbors about using their pool, and most importantly, figure out which shows to attend as the concert season is about to kick into high gear.

EAT & DRINK: More restaurants to try, food truck fair and much more to taste |Jun 15, 2017

King of Prussia’s restaurant boom continues with the opening of Tiffin Indian Cuisine. It’s the popular restaurant’s ninth spot (and first franchise), located in the Valley Forge Plaza Shopping Center.

Neil Diamond marking a milestone |Jun 13, 2017

As he celebrates the 50-year career mark, good times never felt so good for Neil Diamond.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: Talent abounds in charming ‘3 Generations’ |Jun 13, 2017

A quartet of terrific actors, including Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Linda Emond, helps to turn “3 Generations” into something special.

Area man appearing on ‘Jeopardy’ June 14 |Jun 12, 2017

This local man will appear as a contestant on a classic quiz show on Wednesday night.

Go-kart racing event debuts at SteelStacks in Bethlehem |Jun 12, 2017

It’s a race through the streets of SteelStacks as up to 30 teams fielded by area businesses compete in the first SteelStacks Grand Prix June 18.

The Cramer Brothers Band performs free concert at Kutztown Park June 17 |Jun 9, 2017

This Saturday evening, June 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., The Cramer Brothers Band will be returning to the Kutztown Park Bandshell stage as part of the 2017 Borough of Kutztown Concert Series in the park.

“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” exhibition benefits Animal Rescue League |Jun 8, 2017

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown announces the opening of “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” on Saturday, June 10, as part of the Philadelphia Avenue Street Fair.

MOVIES: A unique Marine and her dog story |Jun 8, 2017

We’ve never seen a woman-and-her-dog movie like “Megan Leavey.” Haven’t seen a war movie like it, either. The two go together in making this true life-based film unique, but there’s a third quality — let’s call it a heightened level of no-nonsense — that’s the real reason why this military biopic stands out.

Experience science: Young Innovators Fair at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center this weekend |Jun 8, 2017

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: The Young Innovators Fair brings STEM to life at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, June 10-11, with more than four football fields of hands-on experiences that immerse children K-12 and their families.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Deftones and Sigur Rós among the week’s highlights |Jun 8, 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.

NEW ON DVD: Live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ sparkles anew |Jun 7, 2017

Filmmaker Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”) scores an unexpected triumph with “Beauty And The Beast” (2017, Disney, PG, $30), the superb live-action revamping of the beloved 1991 animated hit.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Mummy’ — a new monster mash |Jun 7, 2017

“Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.”

Philly artists to pay tribute to The Soul Survivors’ Richie Ingui in concert at Underground Arts |Jun 6, 2017

Charlie Ingui and The Soul Survivors, David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket, Rob Hyman (of The Hooters), Don Lee Van Winkle (of The American Dream) and other special guests will perform a concert to honor the memory of Richie Ingui.

REVIEW: ‘Gypsy’ one Broadway’s biggest hits on stage at Arden |Jun 5, 2017

It is impossible to think of the show “Gypsy,” without thinking of Ethel Merman, the originator of the role of Rose, the controlling, pushy, mother of the little girl who is to become Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous burlesque stripper.

OUT AN ABOUT: An interview with famous restaurateur, super chef Guy Fieri |Jun 5, 2017

When New York Times best-selling author, restauranteur and super chef Guy Fieri hosted a private engagement at his first area restaurant, Guy’s Philly Kitchen & Bar inside Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester, last week, I was lucky enough to be among the guests.

Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow slated for June 18 at the Kimmel Center |Jun 5, 2017

Haverford >> Nelly Berman’s life was inspirational and her legacy continues to inspire young musicians through the Nelly Berman School of Music. On June 18, the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow performances will be held at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, a competition to be held in Berman’s memory.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: New wave of punk-flavored folk in spotlight at this year’s XFest |Jun 5, 2017

XFest’s edginess is back. That’s according to new Xtreme Folk Scene president Damian Lynch, nephew of the music-loving group’s previous president, Kevin Lynch. Going over the individual acts of the upcoming, two-day public event at Montgomery County’s Country Creek Winery, he pointed out bands that play the acoustic instruments associated with folk music, but do so with a punk rock attitude and energy.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’ doesn’t leave an impression |Jun 2, 2017

If atmosphere was everything, “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” would be some kind of a masterpiece.

EAT & DRINK: Love discovering new restaurants? You’re in luck. |Jun 2, 2017

Here’s a look at a few places you might want to discover and tastes to sample:

Greg Sover releases song ‘My City,’ a ‘love song’ to Philadelphia; concert benefits Manayunk’s North Light Community Center |Jun 2, 2017

Philadelphia recording artist Greg Sover, who released his critically acclaimed debut album “Songs of a Renegade” last year, is officially releasing his song “My City,” which he wrote as a ‘love song’ to the city of Philadelphia.

NEW ON DVD: ‘Before I Fall’: ‘Groundhog Day’ for a new generation |Jun 2, 2017

Just like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day,” high-school mean girl Samantha (Zoey Deutch) is forced to relive the same day over and over again in “Before I Fall” (2017, Universal, PG-13, $28).

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Plan for Brewfest, food truck feast, local music and much more this weekend and beyond |Jun 1, 2017

World War II Weekend Mid-Atlantic Air Museum: Gates open at 8:30 a.m. June 2-4 for the 27th annual World War II Weekend, with air shows, operating military vehicles, live entertainment, first-person war stories, reenactor battles and encampments, the Oral History Van of the American Wartime Museum, a “Main Street 1944” look at the home front, big band dances and more.

CONCERTS: This week’s best bets brings us Iron Maiden, Royal Blood, Bryan Adams and more |Jun 1, 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.

Tedeschi Trucks Band firing on all cylinders on their own terms |Jun 1, 2017

The Grammy Award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band led by guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks and his wife, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, brings its powerhouse of soul, gospel and bluesy rock to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia for three nights.

Orion Tango celebrates release of ‘The Apple of No’ |Jun 1, 2017

Experimental rock group Orion Tango is about to release their second CD, “The Apple of No” (1K Recordings, 2017). Their first CD Release event will be at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia on June 6th.