Block party with Spin Doctors, Grateful Dead Meet Up this week

The Spin Doctors perform at a block party ahead of Reading Royals hockey team’s opening home game at Santander Arena, Reading on Saturday. The block party begins at 4 p.m. along Penn Street. The Spin Doctors are an alternative rock band best known for the early 1990s hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”, which topped the Billboard Top 100 list at #7. and #7. 17, respectively. The concert is free. The hockey game will follow at 7 p.m. For more information, see royalshockey.com.

Bob Weir, foreground, and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead perform in Copenhagen in 1972.

The Grateful Dead Meet Up, a fan event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Grateful Dead concert at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 17, 1972, will take place on Tuesday and Saturday, November 5. , in some cinemas. This event was the first major live Dead concert broadcast anywhere, and a first in Danish television history. Now fully restored and color-corrected in high definition with audio mixing from the 16-track analog master tapes, Tivoli 4/17/72 presents nearly 90 minutes of the Grateful at the height of their performing career. Numerous highlights include versions of “China Cat Sunflower”, “I Know You Rider”, “Big Railroad Blues”, “Truckin”, “He’s Gone”, “Ramble on Rose”, “Jack Straw”, “One More Saturday “Night” and “It Hurts Me Too”. For show times, participating theaters and tickets, see www.MeetUpAtTheMovies.com.

The Theater Organ Society of Delaware is celebrating the 100th anniversary of FW Murnau’s haunting film “Nosferatu” with a Sunday screening at 2 p.m. at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, complete with live organ accompaniment. Organist Brett Miller will perform musical pieces based on Hans Erdmann’s original 1922 score, which has since been lost; however, portions of it can be found in old German music books from the 1920s. After the film, Miller, a finalist in the American Theater Organ Society’s Young Organist Competition who has been performing for 10 years and specializes in the art of silent film accompaniment, will stay for a question and answer session. For tickets and more information, visit thecolonialtheatre.com.

SoulJoel’s Comedy Club at Sunnybrook Ballroom, Pottstown, presents the Jessimae Peluso and Carly Aquilino Gyrl Tour for two nights Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The comedians are best friends who appeared on MTV’s hit show “Girl Code.” Since then, they’ve been seen and heard on Comedy Central, Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network, and numerous hit podcasts. Together they host the “GYRL” podcast. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP at souljoels.com.

The Ardmore Music Hall presents two funk nights featuring Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Fresh off the road as a Rolling Stones saxophonist, Denson, aka “Diesel”, is back on the road to celebrate his 65th birthday. In addition to touring with the Stones, Denson is a Lenny Kravitz alum and co-founder of founding boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars. Saturday’s special guest will be Stones singer Bernard Fowler, and GA20 will open. Sunday’s special guest is famed pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and John “Papa” Gros will open. Tickets are $29 per night or $55 for a two-night pass at ardmoremusichall.com.

The Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College presents Capitol Comedy Friday at 7:30 p.m. Washington-based writer-director-producer Nicholas Zill has assembled this cast of sketch performers, singers and impressionists for fill a void of political comedy created by the retirement of the group Capitol Steps. In this new show, Capitol Comedy sends the first 18 months of the Biden administration and more with comedy skits, song parodies, fake ads and fake news. Figures from all political stripes – left, right and center – are ripe for comedic dissection. Tickets are $30 at millercenter.racc.edu.

The Santander Performing Arts Centre, Reading presents Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Beatles tribute band The Fab Four on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Caputo, known as the Long Island Medium, has been practicing for over 20 years as a reality television host, author and podcast host. “The Experience” brings her face to face with her fans, as she lets the spirits guide her through the audience. “Experience is not about believing in psychics. It’s about witnessing something life-changing,” she said. “It’s like Long Island Medium live, witnessing spiritual communication first hand.” The Fab Four are a California-based tribute band founded in 1997 and fronted by John Lennon impersonator Ron McNeil. For tickets and more information, visit santander-arena.com.

MercyMe perform Friday night at Santander Arena, Reading.
MercyMe perform Friday night at Santander Arena, Reading.

Christian pop band MercyMe bring their tour to Santander Arena, Reading on Friday at 7pm, with support from Rend Collective and Andrew Ripp. MercyMe performs a mix of rock and worship music, with hits like “I Can Only Imagine” and “Even If.” The six-time Dove Award-winning band are on tour in support of their 11th studio album, ‘Always Only Jesus’, released last Friday and featuring lead single ‘Then Christ Came’, which is climbing the Christian Airplay charts. Billboard. “The message of this song is simple in that it’s about who I was before, then Jesus appeared, and now everything has changed,” frontman Bart Millard said. Tickets start at $25 at santander-arena.com.

The eighth Reading FilmFest, featuring more than 70 films from independent filmmakers around the world, including student films, shorts, documentaries and feature films, will be held Thursday through Sunday at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. and at R/C Reading Movies 11 downtown. While reading. Highlights include LUNAFEST (a traveling festival featuring films by and about women supported by Reading AAUW), a presentation of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a live shadow cast and the return of the Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Lynn Nottage nominee and Emmy winner Tony Gerber at the RACC’s Miller Center with a screening of the documentary ‘This Is Reading’ and a discussion of the impact of the arts on community development. For the full schedule and ticket options, visit readingfilmfest.com.

The 72nd Annual Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at O’Pake Fieldhouse on the university’s South Campus of Kutztown. More than 80 artisans and jured artists from Pennsylvania and beyond will exhibit their work, including traditional and contemporary handcrafted pottery, jewelry, baskets, photography, furniture, carving and woodturning, handicrafts, calligraphy, handmade clothing, fiber art, paper art, hexagonal signs, metalwork, folk art, glass, mops, carpets, block printing and feather trees. The Acoustic Road Show will feature live music. Admission is $6, with children 12 and under free. For more information, see rbcrafts.org.

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