Entertainment

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Rev up for Grad Prix in Coatsville, cheesesteak feast, some scares and much more. |Sep 22, 2017

Happy motoring Coatesville International Vintage Grand Prix: In the spirit of auto and motorcycle racing through the streets and roads of towns across America, in the early days of auto racing, the 2017 Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix is an individually timed driving event, run over a 2.

‘Rock ‘n Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story’ is rockin’ the house at Bucks County Playhouse |Sep 21, 2017

Like others, I go to be entertained. But every so often, a show that is filled with good music and a good story, gives me more — it gives me an understanding of a person or a time in the world that I knew little about.

EAT & DRINK: New eats come to Paoli, Villanova and Exton, cheer at brew fests in Kennett Square and Pottstown; and plenty of treats all around |Sep 21, 2017

For Digital First Media New eats

ART: Pay-what-you-wish admission for Art Museum’s multifaceted ‘Philadelphia Assembled’ |Sep 21, 2017

Too many cooks can spoil a kitchen.

Singer of 2015 hit “Roses” headliner at Whitpain Community Festival |Sep 20, 2017

Whitpain Township and Montgomery County Community College are getting ready for the 2017 edition of the Whitpain Community Festival 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 23.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lego Ninjago Movie’ is fun, family-friendly, far too familiar |Sep 20, 2017

Oh, irreverent Lego humor, we barely had time to miss you.

Fall for music: A quick look at must-see concerts this autumn ... from Katy Perry to The Hooters and much more |Sep 20, 2017

It’s officially fall this weekend, so get ready for the layers to get added and sweaters to come out in full force. It also means for the most part that the outdoor shows are over, but there is still plenty going on in the region in terms of concerts.

LOCAL AUTUMN 2017: Where foliage color comes from, and where it’s going to be |Sep 19, 2017

It’s that season for crisp crimsons, burnt oranges and vibrant yellows on the landscape.

A new graphic novel book discussion group to take off at Chester County Library |Sep 19, 2017

Comics Unbound, a new graphic novel book discussion group, kicks off at Chester County Library & District Center at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. The new discussion group will meet on the third Monday of the month.

MOVIE REVIEW: Bloated ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ sticks with what works |Sep 19, 2017

Considering its predecessor played with genre and did things in a bit of an unorthodox and interesting way, “KIngsman: The Golden Circle” plays it pretty much by the book.

ON STAGE: Norristown’s Centre Theater hosts 1880 Theatricals’ production of ‘‘night Mother’ |Sep 19, 2017

It won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama in 1983, but in the more than 30 years since it debuted, “‘night Mother” has not seen a ton of performances across the United States. That is because the subject of Marsha Norman’s powerful script is a very difficult one to process.

MUSIC BEST BETS: Arcade Fire, Outlaw Music Festival and Ozone Squeeze kick off next week’s concert picks |Sep 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.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mother!’ an unpredictable, unsettling and satisfying work from Darren Aronofsky |Sep 15, 2017

You may believe, early on, you know where “Mother!” is going — where the Darren Aronofsky film is taking you — but understand you’re almost certainly incorrect.

MUSIC: Randy Newman, the ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ composer, to play at the Keswick in Glenside |Sep 14, 2017

Randy Newman is back. Not that he ever left. But when he’s not working on film compositions he tends to wait a long time between albums. Too long for his fans. “Dark Matter” released earlier this year is his latest studio release following 2008’s “Harps and Angels.

ART: Works by 15 artists in new exhibit at Ursinus looks at architecture as art form |Sep 14, 2017

“Real Estate: Dwelling in Contemporary Art” points out that architecture is actually an artform through March 18 at Ursinus College.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Family Game Night at Penn Museum, Scarecrow season begins at Peddler’s Village and lots of community fests, gatherings and more |Sep 14, 2017

Taste of Egypt St. Mary and St. Kyrillos Coptic Orthodox Church: The 10th annual Egyptian Festival is held 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16-17 on the grounds of the church and community center, 2500 Unionville Pike, Hatfield.

Blues Traveler front man, John Popper, plays the Sellersville Theater |Sep 12, 2017

It has been 30 years since Princeton, New Jersey’s Blues Traveler surfaced as one of rock and roll’s premier jam bands. Merging blues, psychedelic, folk and southern rock, they attained significant commercial success with their Top 40 classic hits “Run-Around” and “Hook,” off the Grammy Award-winning album “Four,” as well as giving birth to the infamous “H.

TV: Devon woman appearing on ‘Jeopardy’ |Sep 12, 2017

An awards program manager from Devon will be competing on the enduring ABC-TV quiz show “Jeopardy.”

Jake Clemons remembers his greatest inspiration, releases debut album; performs at World Café Live |Sep 11, 2017

Growing up in awe of his late uncle Clarence Clemons, celebrated saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jake Clemons could never have imagined he would one day fill the shoes of one of rock and roll’s most coveted sidemen.

A&E: Adventurous fall-through-spring offerings at colleges in the region |Sep 11, 2017

We took a look at what arts and culture events are scheduled at our area universities and colleges for 2017-2018.

Ars Nova Workshop and Ardmore Music Hall team up for contemporary jazz series |Sep 11, 2017

Ars Nova Workshop and Ardmore Music Hall are teaming up to present a live contemporary jazz series of artists known for stretching musical boundries.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Bringing in the music this week are The Afghan Whigs, The Stray Birds and John Splithoff among others |Sep 7, 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.

Legendary guitarist Mike Stern releases ‘Trip’; performs at Ardmore Music Hall |Sep 6, 2017

One might surmise that Mike Stern titled his new album “Trip” to signify his lifelong musical journey, which included stints with Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius and Steps Ahead as well as leading his own bands.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘It’ terrifies at first, then clowns too much |Sep 6, 2017

The more clowning around “It” does, the less scary it is.

Kennett Square hosts its 32nd Mushroom Festival |Sep 5, 2017

Kennett Square calls itself the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”

CONCERT PREVIEW: 2 Cellos to bust music genre boundaries in Philly |Sep 5, 2017

The classically trained Croatian duo 2 Cellos made a name for themselves for imaginatively rearranging modern songs.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready for Bike Night in Lansdale, Oktoberfest at Elmwood Park Zoo, Chadds Ford Days, Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue and more |Sep 5, 2017

Star vehicles Lansdale Bike Night: The Blue Comet Motorcycle Club hosts the 22nd annual Bike Night 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 on West Main Street in Lansdale. Highlights include live music, vendors and food.

VIDEO GAMES: Crossover ‘Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’ adds up |Sep 1, 2017

When Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Ubisoft co-founder Yves Guillemot took the stage at E3, it was an unexpected sight for an unusual collaboration. Standing back to back, they held blasters and promoted a crossover game called “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Allentown Fair wraps up, Circus Week at Morris Arboretum and more |Aug 31, 2017

Fringe in the mainstream 2017 Fringe Festival: The festival brings unusual theatrical, improv, music, spoken word and dance offerings at multiple venues throughout Philadelphia Sept. 7-23.

1880 Theatricals presents ‘‘night, Mother’ at Centre Theater in Norristown |Aug 30, 2017

If you knew today would be your last day on earth, how would you spend your time? What would you talk about? How would you savor the last precious moments of life in your final hour? These are some of the questions that come to the fore in playwright Marsha Norman’s poignantly dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning script, “‘night, Mother,” which also received a Tony Award nomination for best play in 1983, among others.

Haverford Music Festival features local to national musical talent |Aug 30, 2017

Sponsored by Acme Markets and presented by WXPN, the seventh annual Haverford Music Festival is happening noon to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 on four stages near Darby and Eagle Roads in Havertown.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Queens of Stone Age, Tom Jones, Billy Joel bring in the music |Aug 30, 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.

ON TV: Germantown Academy, Wissahickon HS alumni appearing on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” |Aug 29, 2017

The new season of “The Great Food Truck Race,” which began Aug. 20 on Food Network, is subtitled “Battle for the South.”

Budweiser Made in America unofficially brings summer to close |Aug 29, 2017

Now a staple of Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, the Jay-Z-curated two-day music festival, Budweiser Made in America returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a sixth year Sept. 2-3.

OUTDOORS: Waterside lounging and recreation close to home |Aug 25, 2017

Take a stroll and check out these area waterfronts:

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: This week’s best bets include Authority Zero, Budweiser Made in America Festival and more |Aug 24, 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.

LOCAL MUSIC: Upper Dublin’s Forge Recording works with musicians of all kinds |Aug 24, 2017

Forge Recording lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro plays back some new songs by a diverse array of area artists.

A rare B-17 Flying Fortress offers a glimpse into the World War II era |Aug 23, 2017

Philadelphia >> To climb aboard the Madras Maiden, a B-17 Flying Fortress, is to step back in history to World War II when its sister B-17s flew missions over Nazi Germany, dropping deadly bombs.

Arts center re-opens as Community Arts Phoenixville |Aug 22, 2017

When Phoenix Village Art Center closed in March, the future of the space at 207 Bridge St., Phoenixville, was uncertain.

MUSIC SCENE: Song duet leads to cooking show for Lisa Bouchelle |Aug 22, 2017

New Jersey singer/songwriter Lisa Bouchelle has crossed the state border plenty of times to perform in southeastern Pennsylvania. But there was still one more previously unexplored line to cross: 1 million total plays on Spotify.

Eilen Jewell hits the road in support of latest album release; performs at Kennett Flash |Aug 22, 2017

It was destiny that led singer songwriter Eilen Jewell to embark on a career as a blues artist. While rock and roll initially ignited her passion for music at an early age, it was the great blues artists, Mississippi John Hurt, Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Memphis Minnie that left an indelible impression.

Regional companies Theatre Horizon, People’s Light, Bristol Riverside and many others garner Barrymore Award nominations |Aug 22, 2017

Philadelphia, — Theatre Philadelphia announced the 2017 nominees for the Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre. Celebrating the rich, diverse professional theatre scene in the Greater Philadelphia region, the Barrymores will be awarded on Monday, Oct.

Hari Kondabolu brings politically charged jokes to Helium Comedy Club |Aug 22, 2017

You might say Hari Kondabolu has been ahead of the curve. For more than a decade, the left-leaning, unapologetically political comedian — who is, in his own words, “a killjoy who does comedy” — has been tackling the sort of hot-button issues that only recently entered mainstream American discourse.

NOW STREAMING: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ combines Netflix’s heroes into a punchy new series |Aug 18, 2017

Don’t overthink this. “Marvel’s The Defenders” brings the paths of four New York City-based comic-book superheroes together so they can fight a common enemy. The eight-part Netflix series wastes no time getting into the action, but is somewhat slow picking up steam.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: ‘The Wall’ is a white-knuckle war movie |Aug 18, 2017

In “The Wall,” director Doug Liman and scripter Dwain Worrell brilliantly reduce the Iraq War to a few skirmishes between a pair of American soldiers (Aaron Taylor- Johnson, John Cena) and an unseen sniper who has them pinned behind a crumbling wall.

Doubleclicks’ ‘Love Problems’ is a leap forward |Aug 17, 2017

Happiness has not spoiled the Doubleclicks. Singing sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Turner, who return to Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville Aug. 26, have both married since their previous appearance there last year.

BEST BETS: Next week’s concert highlights bring Jonny Lang, Miknna and others to our region |Aug 17, 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 class of honorees for Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame examples of powerhouse vocals, soulful vibes |Aug 16, 2017

Spanning the 1930s to the present, this year’s honorees for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame include a notable number of women.

Six Flags sets world record fon National Roller Coaster Day |Aug 16, 2017

Six Flags Great Adventure celebrated National Roller Coaster Day by setting a new record, and it involves pajamas.

Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton bring high-powered blues to Sellersville Theater |Aug 16, 2017

Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton, two of the hottest young blues artists today, will be sharing the night at Sellersville Theater. They will each perform with their own bands.