Entertainment

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.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: From PAW Patrol to food trucks to community festivals and more — lots to enjoy |Aug 16, 2017

Take off American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: Celebrate World Helicopter Day noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at 1220 American Blvd., West Chester. Every day thousands of people rely on helicopters for rescue, disaster relief, transport, firefighting, medical transfers, power line maintenance, tourism, agriculture and many other roles.

MOVIE REVIEW: Action-comedy ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ largely wastes Jackson-Reynolds pairing |Aug 16, 2017

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is evidence that it takes more than an appealing pair of leading men to make the dynamite go boom.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wind River’ a chilling, compelling drama in harsh setting |Aug 16, 2017

One can argue that in the tales penned by Taylor Sheridan, the setting is a character, one almost as important as the protagonist.

LOCAL MUSIC: Royersford rock band Rofo Audio involves local businesses in their music videos |Aug 16, 2017

Power trio Rofo Audio are like unofficial ambassadors for the Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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.

PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL: Graham Nash enjoying being a solo artist |Aug 15, 2017

A member of either The Hollies; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; or Crosby & Nash for most of his musical career, Graham Nash is finally getting some alone time.

TRENDING: Safely celebrating the upcoming Great American Eclipse |Aug 15, 2017

It’s not going to be your average Monday.

CD REVIEW: With ‘potent’ new CD out, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer play World Cafe Live |Aug 15, 2017

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer Not Dark Yet

The Infamous Stringdusters play the Philly Folk Festival |Aug 11, 2017

Critically acclaimed and award winning, The Infamous Stringdusters, featuring Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (double bass) have gone to painstaking efforts to secure their presence as a major player in the indie blue grass scene.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Lionel Richie, Valley Queen, Hank Williams Jr., and more, bring in the music next week |Aug 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.

EAT & DRINK: New restaurant, brewhouse taking shape in Phoenixville area, and more regional eats |Aug 10, 2017

Work is under way on two new Phoenixville restaurants: Morrell Park, “a casual counter-service café,” and Rebel Hill Brewing Company, a seven-barrel brewhouse. https://www.rebelhillbrewing.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: From Thomas the Tank Engine, to cycling to bluegrass and much more. Don’t miss the fun |Aug 9, 2017

Thomas from TV Morris Arboretum: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12-13 the Garden Railway features Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends on the garden’s 15 rail lines at 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

Otis Gibbs makes rare PA appearance at Philadelphia Folk Festival |Aug 9, 2017

If you’re like me, when you look at the Philadelphia Folk Festival lineup every year, you’ll see a lot of familiar names. And more than likely you’ll see at least as many names that are unfamiliar to you.

Baile An Salsa makes Philadelphia Folk Fest debut |Aug 9, 2017

Out of Galway, Ireland emerges Baile An Salsa, a ten-piece band comprised of world class musicians featuring, Andres Martorell (vocals), Alan Preims (congas), Benjamin Becerra (bass), Michael Chang (fiddle), Frailan Moran (bata and percussion), Ger Chambers (accordeon), Brid Dunne (piano), Rags Ferguson (timbales and bodhran) and Gabriel G Diges (flute/ bouzouki).

Santana at the Borgata in AC, 5 things to know |Aug 8, 2017

Carlos Santana has never been at a loss for interesting musical things to do.

Get your groove on at Philadelphia Folk Festival |Aug 8, 2017

The time has come to override your scheduling conflicts and get in the leisurely Philadelphia Folk Festival mind-set.

Pennsylvania impressionist George Sotter gets a retrospective at James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown |Aug 8, 2017

“George Sotter is one of the most revered artists from the New Hope art colony,” James A. Michener Art Museum director and CEO Lisa Tremper Hanover said in a press release.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Guitar virtuoso Arlen Roth returns to Kennett Flash |Aug 8, 2017

Guitarist Arlen Roth is perhaps not a household name. But ask any professional guitarist and they’ll tell you – Roth is the real deal.

Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull, headlining final night of Musikfest in Bethlehem |Aug 4, 2017

In 1968 it seemed like a good idea to name the newly-formed band after 18th century English agriculturalist Jethro Tull.

CONCERT PICKS: This week’s best bets include Switchfoot and Lifehouse at The Fillmore; The Districts at Union Transfer and more |Aug 4, 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.

Ardmore Music Hall hosts a ‘lollapalooza’ of grunge tribute acts |Aug 4, 2017

Grunge-A-Palooza — a double 1990s music reference, and the name of an Aug. 12 concert with at Ardmore Music Hall.

MOVIE REVIEW; ‘The Dark Tower’ is beginning, feels like end of Stephen King fantasy series’ adaptation |Aug 3, 2017

It’s hard to decide what’s more confusing: the story author Stephen King told in his sprawling fantasy book series, “The Dark Tower,” or the path that story has taken — and is still taking — to being adapted for a visual medium.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Go back in time at Pa. Dutch Folk Festival, enjoy Cycling Classic and play some vintage games |Aug 1, 2017

Area heritage Henry Antes Plantation: The Goschenhoppen Historians’ 51st annual Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival is held noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug.

A reunited Live rocks again at Musikfest in Bethlehem |Aug 1, 2017

Certain friendships never die. At the end of last year the original lineup of the alternative rock band Live — Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey — officially announced their reunion.

Ready for the fair? Your local 4-H fair at a glance |Aug 1, 2017

The 4-H Fair is the culmination of the project year for 4-H members.

Space-, tropical cruise-themed escape rooms now open at Franklin Institute in Philadelphia |Aug 1, 2017

Even The Franklin Institute has gotten in on the escape room craze.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Not-to-miss music highlights include Social Distortion, Queen plus Adam Lambert, Rocket Summer and more |Jul 27, 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: Taste a wine slushie in Chadds Ford, check out a ‘street food’ event in Ambler, new eats at KoP and something sweet in Ardmore |Jul 27, 2017

Now open in Exton: Bluefin Eagleview joins Eagleview Town Center’s growing restaurant row. The Japanese sushi BYOB is chef-owner Yong Kim’s third location. www.bluefineagleview.com/

300+ performances scheduled over a week and a half with Musikfest 2017 in Bethlehem |Jul 26, 2017

It’s the 34th year for Musikfest Aug. 4-13 in the City of Bethlehem.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Enjoy some summer games, comedy, beers, Harry Potter music and more |Jul 26, 2017

Celebrate summer Pennypacker Mills: In the Good Old Summertime runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5, reviving summertime from the early 1900s. Try on Victorian clothing and pose for a photo. Visit the 1900s History Center, where the General Store will be open for business.

The Dream Syndicate joins stellar lineup at XPNfest |Jul 26, 2017

An integral presence in the alternative rock scene of the 1980s, L.A.’s The Dream Syndicate, featuring current members Steve Wynn (guitar, vocals) and Dennis Duck (drums), along with Karl Precoda (guitar) and Kendra Smith (bass), left an indelible mark in the landscape of the neo-psychedelic and Paisley Underground music movement.

REVIEW: ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ gets the audience laughing at People’s Light in Malvern |Jul 25, 2017

A summer of bad weather and bad news makes folks cry out for diversion. It’s a fine time for comedies and farce in local theaters and fortunately the resident company at People’s Light in Malvern knows farce.

Strand of Oaks taking root at XPN Fest |Jul 25, 2017

For former schoolteacher turned professional musician, songwriter, guitarist and producer, Timothy Showalter is living the dream, fronting his band Strand of Oaks.

Enjoying some newfound success, Pinegrove will perform at XPN Fest |Jul 25, 2017

In less than a decade, the indie alternative rock band “Pinegrove” is on the rise.

Alternative band, Garbage, co-headlining ‘Rage and Rapture’ Tour with Blondie |Jul 24, 2017

Not surprisingly, Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson looks up to Blondie’s lead singer, Debbie Harry. What is surprising is that a band that started in the ‘90s and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that started in the ‘70s would go on the road together.

Nickelback brings tour to BB&T Pavilion, Hersheypark Stadium |Jul 24, 2017

Nickelback takes it on the chin quite a bit, whether it’s petition drives to keep it from playing at football game halftimes or, most recently, from fellow rocker Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: WWE Battle Royal, Beer for a Cause, Moth Maddness and more |Jul 20, 2017

Check out our top picks for fun things to do this week in the Philadephia region.

Movie Review: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ more fun than flaws |Jul 18, 2017

Few cinephiles would accuse Luc Besson of being a master storyteller.

Camden Jam: 2017 XPoNential Music Festival begins July 28 |Jul 17, 2017

With more than 30 artists on three stages at two venues, it’s not a bad idea to plan ahead if you’re heading to the XPoNential Music Festival July 28-30.

Summer exhibit highlights overlooked world of science outside |Jul 14, 2017

“Who loves summer?,” asked George Gephart, the President and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

EAT & DRINK: Beer lovers’ alert; dine at the farm and more |Jul 14, 2017

Calling all beer lovers! Wet your whistle at several new spots like Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company’s Borough Brewhouse in Jenkintown. www.boroughbrewhouse.com

‘GAME OF THRONES’: Who will die next? We rank the top contenders |Jul 13, 2017

Death is pretty much a way of life on “Game of Thrones,” where the body count rises at nearly the same startling rate as our premium-cable bills.

Civil engagement leads to multimedia installation at The Barnes |Jul 13, 2017

A French-Algerian artist busts the American, white, male cowboy stereotype in “Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders.”

What Jon Snow’s true identity means for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 |Jul 13, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you still need to catch up with Season 6 and don’t want to know any revelations from its final episodes or you don’t want to develop any preconceived ideas about Season 7.

Sonny Landreth releases ‘Recorded Live in Lafayette,’ will perform at World Cafe Live |Jul 13, 2017

Legendary guitarist Sonny Landreth has just released “Recorded Live in Lafayette” (Provogue, 2017), a career retrospective that comes as close as possible to capturing the iconic guitarist’s depth and musical diversity.