Entertainment

‘Creating S-Town’: Brian Reed to discuss his hit podcast at the Merriam Theater |Dec 11, 2017

When the “S-Town” podcast premiered on a Tuesday morning in March, millions of people downloaded it thinking they were signing up for a true-crime story, a murder mystery not unlike the 2015 phenomenon “Serial.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Holiday lights, music and much more |Dec 7, 2017

Arty party Wayne Art Center: The preview party for “Craftforms 2017” and “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Glass” is held 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. Enjoy contemporary crafts, food, wine, cocktails, live music, an auction and a raffle.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Muscle Tough to release ‘Magical Achievements’; celebrates with event at Johnny Brenda’s |Dec 6, 2017

It’s time to get tough! Muscle Tough, the power trio comprised of Philly musicians Ross Bellenoit (guitar), Joe Baldacci (drums) and Jonathan Colman (bass), will release their first full-length CD at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, Dec.

DINING; Fine, affordable Persian BYOB in Bryn Mawr |Dec 6, 2017

A retired teacher from Broomall named Ernie whom I met online recently over shared political views suggested getting together with me and my wife to continue our ongoing discussion in person. I asked him to pick out any restaurant on the Main Line, and he said his favorite was Mediterranean Grill, 870 W.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Aimee Mann doing things on her own terms. Appears at the Colonial in Phoenixville |Dec 6, 2017

Rising from Boston’s punk music scene to international prominence as the lead vocalist, bassist and contributing songwriter for the ‘80s band ‘Til Tuesday, Aimee Mann continues to enjoy a thriving solo career.

MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: Wolf Alice, The Score, Elephant Stone among upcoming best concert bets |Dec 6, 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.

CONCERT PREVIEW: In a retrospective frame of mind, Lloyd Cole to play Sellersville Theater |Dec 5, 2017

On his website British-born singer/songwriter Lloyd Cole wrote: “Yes, it was me who opened his solo venture (the eponymous 1990 release) with a song called ‘Don’t Look Back.’ I know, I know .

EAT & DRINK: Pizza, tacos and plenty of festive eats on the menu |Dec 5, 2017

Need to refuel from all that holiday shopping? The King of Prussia Town Center welcomes two newcomers: MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company and District Taco. http://www.mymidici.com/ https://www.

International Nativity display, guided tours and more with Christmas at Glencairn in Bryn Athyn |Dec 4, 2017

The medieval style castle of Bryn Athyn’s most famous family invites all ages in for some seasonal wonder, beauty and joy.

CONCERT PREVIEW: The folk, pop and rock sounds of Don McLean featured at New Hope Winery |Dec 4, 2017

Songwriters Hall of Fame member Don McLean landed six songs in the Billboard top-40 between 1971 and 1981, and went on to amass more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide.

MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: Narcotic Wasteland, Dustin Lynch and Morrissey kicke off next week’s concert best bets |Dec 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.

WINTER HIGHLIGHT: 100th anniversary of Ben Franklin Parkway culminates with eye-catching ‘Winter Fountains’ |Nov 29, 2017

From sunset to midnight through March 18, the Parkway Council presents “Winter Fountains,” an installation by artist Jennifer Steinkamp.

American Music Theatre’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ show delivers Broadway-style holiday fun |Nov 28, 2017

If you’re looking for some whimsical and joyous holiday fun, the American Music Theatre in Lancaster has it. Their “2017 Christmas Show: Home for the Holidays” captures the warmth of family holiday traditions in a production that is sure to bring smiles to the family.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Andrea Bocelli to sing program of opera, pop and Christmas with Philly Pops |Nov 28, 2017

Recording opera and pop selections since the mid-’90s, his voice has moved many — from celebrities to regular folks — to tears, making him a worldwide superstar.

REVIEW: An ‘excellent cast’ delivers the fun in ‘Aladdin: A Musical Panto’ at People’s Light in Malvern |Nov 27, 2017

It’s likely that no sultan, sheik or caliph of ancient times ever heard the yarn about the kid with the magic lamp and the flying carpet. Their loss is our gain.

Give the gift of entertainment |Nov 24, 2017

If you’re still wondering what to give your friends and family this holiday season, why not let Hollywood do some of the hard work for you?

Holiday film preview: Upcoming movies through the end of 2017 |Nov 24, 2017

Rejoice! It’s the holiday movie season. It’s awards season, too. And you know what all that means.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Ted Vigil presents ‘John Denver Christmas’ at Sellersville Theater |Nov 22, 2017

That portal to the 1970s is about to open again.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: The after-Thanksgiving music schedule brings us St. Vincent, Beach Slang and more |Nov 21, 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: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ has rocky start, but ultimately tells compelling story |Nov 21, 2017

When you strip everything else away, “Coco” is about family.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Black Friday show by Sheppard happening in Fishtown |Nov 20, 2017

The Brisbane, Australia pop-rock group Sheppard will be getting a very early start the day they’re scheduled to come to Philly.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready for Wild Wizarding Weekend, Holiday Garden Railway, Chesco Best Kept Secrets and much more |Nov 16, 2017

Wizards Academy of Music: TV personality Adam Savage (“Myth Busters”) and YouTube star Michael Stevens celebrate curiosity by demonstrating crazy toys and tools with “Brain Candy Live!” at 8 p.

EAT & DRINK: Thinking about Thanksgiving in Malvern, tacos in King of Prussia, wild game; and party time in Kennett Square |Nov 16, 2017

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time to talk turkey… mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Don’t want the hassle this year? Plenty of places offer buffet or sit-down dinners.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING RUN: Ideas to get your gift shopping going. Belsnickel Craft Show, others have you covered |Nov 15, 2017

No need to kill yourself over those Black Friday doorbusters.

Out of the sky, into the arena: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ in Philadelphia |Nov 14, 2017

The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of “Varekai” begins.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Stanley Clarke celebrates homecoming at the Ardmore Music Hall |Nov 14, 2017

For Philly born and bred music prodigy Stanley Clarke, a flourishing career as one of modern music’s premier bassists was imminent.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonder’ touches the heart without overdoing it emotionally |Nov 14, 2017

Yes, “Wonder” has that bring-two-fists-full-of-tissues-to-the-theater look about it.

CONERT PREVIEW: Pick up some Silversun Pickups at the Fillmore in Philadelphia |Nov 13, 2017

California indie rockers Silversun Pickups are still hard at work touring to promote their 2015 album “Better Nature.”

McLovins’ guitarist Justin Berger, a Devon native, looking forward ‘to be coming home.’ Band plays at Milkboy |Nov 13, 2017

Emerging from obscurity as college friends that played jam music on the weekends, Hartford, Connecticut’s “McLovins” are rapidly gaining momentum as a band on the rise.

ON STAGE: ‘Rasheeda Speaking’ will ‘give you something to talk about’ |Nov 13, 2017

Considering the turbulent racial climate, “Rasheeda Speaking” couldn’t be more topical. The clever off-Broadway hit, which was written by Joel Drake Johnson, blends awkward workplace comedy and intense racial tension.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Bully, Tiësto and The Contenders among next week’s best bets |Nov 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.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Dance, art, beer and much more on the weekend menu |Nov 10, 2017

The magic begins Upper Darby Performing Arts Center: Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society performs “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 18, and 1:30 and 5:30 p.

Piano duo to perform at Venice Island, Manayunk |Nov 9, 2017

For once, Philadelphia did something right.

National Dog Show returns to Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks |Nov 9, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE>>Of the more than 3,000 dog shows in the country, only a few allow visitors to personally experience the nobility of a purebred show dog.

Illusionist Adam Trent defies logic with upcoming performance at Reading’s Santander Performing Arts Center |Nov 8, 2017

Adam Trent, one of the breakout stars of Broadway’s “The Illusionists,” will soon bring his signature brand of magic and illusion to Reading’s Santander Performing Arts Center.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Folk artist Richard Shindell makes area appearance at the Kennett Flash |Nov 8, 2017

Treasuring a passion for music dating back to his youth, courtesy of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bill Monroe and Rogers & Hammerstein, among others, singer songwriter Richard Shindell could never have imagined he would one day take the creative reigns and emerge as one of folk music’s most prolific artists.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Susan Werner releases Cuba-inspired EP, returns to Philadelphia |Nov 8, 2017

Susan Werner will return to the city of Philadelphia to perform at World Cafe Live on Friday, Nov. 17. The show will feature material from her latest recording, “An American in Havana,” which she released independently on Sept.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Glenside’s Keswick Theatre hosts Squeeze — group that emerged during new wave era |Nov 8, 2017

Chris Difford, Glenn Tillbrook and company are taking the British pop/rock band Squeeze on a “Join the Dots” tour, with a catalogue spanning 40 years.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Lukas Nelson continues superstar legacy begun by Willie |Nov 8, 2017

When Lukas Nelson sings, there’s no denying who his father is.

Guitarist Adrian Legg to take the stage at the Kennett Flash |Nov 7, 2017

England’s Adrian Legg has spent decades as one of the world’s most unique and talented guitarists. Merging acoustic and electric guitar and a finger style picking and tapping technique that is difficult to define, Legg has deservedly earned accolades from a long list of fellow guitar masters including Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

MOVIE REVIEW: With family-friendly ‘Wonderstruck,’ director Todd Haynes pushes worthwhile buttons |Nov 7, 2017

A little gem of a movie — one that should be suitable for a wide range of ages — “Wonderstruck” is concerned with helping us understand what it is like to have no hearing.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Herb Alpert to deliver ‘knockout’ show in Sellersville |Nov 7, 2017

There’s still no stopping the 82-year-old Herb Alpert.

It’s no con, twin sisters Tegan and Sara bring their acoustic tour to The Tower |Nov 3, 2017

A decade ago Canadian twin rockers Tegan and Sara released their fifth album, “The Con.” It was a departure from their earlier albums. The Quin sisters were signed to Neil Young’s label as an acoustic duo while they were still in their teens and until that point had yet to explore what would define their sound.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Sample some refreshments at the Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival; celebrate Veterans; and enjoy some local art |Nov 2, 2017

Food and drink Newlin Grist Mill: An 18th century Tavern Night Dinner is on tap, with colonial period food, drink and music, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at 219 S. Cheney Road, Glen Mills. Cost is $60 per person and you must be 21 or older to attend.

The Strumbellas at Union Transfer, 3 Things To Know |Nov 2, 2017

The Strumbellas “Hope” has been more than realized during the past year and a half.

EAT & DRINK: Lots to dig into — from new wedding venue, new eatery in Media, apple festival, to cider sampling |Nov 2, 2017

A new wedding and event venue opens on the Main Line next fall. URBN Food and Beverage announced plans for Terrain Gardens at Devon Yard. The complex also will include Terrain Garden Cafe and Amis Trattoria.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Things can get loud with Barb Wire Dolls; psychedelic with All Them Witches; and downright jaw-dropping with ‘guitar god’ Yngwie Malmsteen |Nov 2, 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: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ goes a bit too much for laughs, but huge Hulk battle helps |Nov 1, 2017

Why so serious? No need to ask that of the folks running Disney-owned Marvel Studios.

CONCERT PREVIEW: ‘Groovin’ once more with Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals with shows in Sellersville |Nov 1, 2017

The 50th anniversary victory lap continues for Felix Cavaliere and The Rascals.

GAME REVIEW: ‘Odyssey’ takes Super Mario to another world of pure imagination |Nov 1, 2017

By now, gamers are familiar with Mario. They’ve followed his evolution from Donkey Kong’s nemesis all the way to Nintendo’s iconic mascot. Players know his every jump. They know the basic plot for nearly every adventure.