Mark your calendars for Goschenhoppen Folk Fest, comedy of Jon Lovitz [Events roundup] – Reading Eagle


The following events are planned for the week ahead throughout the region:

• The 54th annual Goschenhoppen Folk Fest will be held Friday from noon to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm at the Henry Antes Plantation, Perkiomenville. The festival showcases daily life of the Pennsylvania Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Over 500 volunteers dressed in period clothing use authentic tools to recreate traditional home skills, trades, pastimes, foods and folk music. This year’s theme highlights corn, a staple crop within the Goschenhoppen region during 18th and 19th centuries. Tickets are $12 for ages 16 and older and $3 for ages 6 to 15. Two-day passes cost $18. For more information, see goschenhoppen.org.

Jon Lovitz performs Saturday at the Colonial Theater, Phoenixville.
Jon Lovitz performs Saturday at the Colonial Theater, Phoenixville.

• Former “Saturday Night Live” star Jon Lovitz brings his stand-up comedy act to the Colonial Theater, Phoenixville, on Saturday at 8 pm Lovitz gained fame as an “SNL” cast member from 1985 to 1990 and earned two Emmy nominations. His distinctive voice resulted in voiceover work for various animated series, including numerous episodes of “The Simpsons.” Lovitz also had many starring roles and cameos on various television shows, including the NBC sitcom “NewsRadio,” “Friends” and “The New Celebrity Apprentice.” His notable films include “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Big” “and A League of Their Own.” Opening will be Chris Coccia. Tickets start at $34.50 at thecolonialtheater.com.

• The West Reading Tavern’s sixth annual French Fry Fest will be held Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm on Sixth Avenue in West Reading, between Penn Avenue and Franklin Street. Thirteen of the borough’s restaurants will be offering creative takes on french fries on a pay-as-you-go basis.

• The Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, presents a double dose of the blues on Friday at 7:30 pm, featuring Buddy Guy with special guest Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who ranked Rolling Stone at No. 23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Ingram is an up-and-coming sensation whose 2019 debut album, “Kingfish,” was nominated for a Grammy. Tickets start at $54.50 at santander-arena.com.

• The K-pop girl group Loona brings its world tour to Santander Arena, Reading, on Monday at 7 pm The 12-member group made a strong impression on international fans with their third mini-album, “Midnight (12:00)” charting on the Billboard 200, along with their previous mini-album, “#,” topping the iTunes charts in 56 countries around the world. Tickets start at $58 at santander-arena.com.

• Media Theater presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” starting Thursday and running through Aug. 21. Six mid-pubescent youngsters vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime in this musical comedy that won a Tony for best book of a musical. Showtimes are 7 pm Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 pm Sundays. For tickets and more information, see mediatheatre.com.

• The Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert Series presents singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor on Saturday at 7 pm at Bryn Mawr Gazebo Park. Taylor’s career has spanned over 50 years. Described as equal parts Mark Twain, college professor and musical icon, Taylor has delighted audiences with his charm and vast repertoire of his 22 albums and popular classics. He has written Top 40 hits recorded by his brother James Taylor and has appeared with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac and Jimmy Buffet. Mark Schultz will open. Tickets are $15 at brynmawrtwilightconcerts.com.

• The Upper Merion Township Concerts Under the Stars Series presents Dave Hause & The Mermaid with Jamie and the Guarded Heart on Sunday at 6 pm at the Upper Merion Township Building Park. With a career spanning two decades and five solo albums, Philly-raised punk troubadour Hause carries on in the voice and tradition of classic American songwriters by tackling topics of hope, depression, global warming, a crumbling democracy and growing old. Tickets are $17 for ages 13 and older at umtownship.org.

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