• Johnny Depp is back as The Mad Hatter in “Alice Through The
Looking Glass.” Is his quirky sex appeal enough to propel the
film to #1 in the box office?
    ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

    Early summer smackdown Not many people nerd-out on movies like I do, so you’ll have to pardon me and my talk about box office numbers for a minute. There is an epic showdown brewing, which will all...

    • Posted May 25, 2016
    • 0
  • Beer connoisseur Michael Upton attended the Little Big Beer
Fest at Appalachian Brewing Company’s Abbey Bar in Harrisburg
on April 30.
    Across the county line: Dauphin

      I crossed the county line looking for some big beers, and they were pretty easy to find. In Lancaster County we have our own Appalachian Brewing Company (in Lititz), but I had to head to Dauphin...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
    • 0
  • Tom Hayden (left) of Foodstock, organizer of the NachoMama’s Taco Cook-off, and taco creator
Amanda DeVine, of DeVine Destinations. The tacos shown, are Amanda’s creation, filled with pulled
pork. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    Black Forest event to raise money for FoodStock

    Black Forest Brewery’s summer events kick off Sunday, May 22, with NachoMama’s Taco Cook-off. All proceeds from the $5 per person admission will go to FoodStock, a seven-band concert event benefiting Power Packs and the Manheim Central...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
    • 0
  • LR20160512_ReelReviews
    ‘Captain America: Civil War’

    Avengers divided! If you haven’t made a firm decision on which side you sit, Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you will after seeing The film kept course with other Marvel ventures, bringing in $181 million over...

    • Posted May 11, 2016
    • 0
  • Boulevard’s Hibiscus Gose pays tribute to the pleasantly
sour, slightly salty wheat beers that originated
in Goslar and became popular in Leipzig, Germany,
around the late 1800s. A great introductory sour
beer, Hibiscus Gose receives coriander and sea salt
during boiling, and is steeped with dried hibiscus
flowers at the end to create a vibrant pink hue. The
result is a tangy, sweet and sour ale with a refreshing
citrus character. (Photos by Michael Upton)
    Across the county line: Berks

      I crossed the county line looking for a statue and ended up drinking a few beers. No, this is not the start of one of my infamously bad jokes; the two are actually — seriously — related. On...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
    • 0
  • Tricia Corcoran (left) as Dolly Levi, and Bruce Weaver as Horace Vandergelder in “Hello, Dolly!” at the
Ephrata Performing Arts Center. The show runs through May 14. (Photos by Vinny Tennis)
    Hello (again), Dolly!

    In all honesty, I had never seen the musical “Hello, Dolly!” on stage. I did not remember seeing the 1969 Oscar-award winning movie starring Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau, and Michael Crawford … until I heard “Call on...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
    • 0
  • Sexy Charlize Theron is downright evil as Ravenna in “The Hunstman: Winter’s War.” But even
she and the handsome Chris Hemworth (”Thor”) cannot save what reviewer Michael Upton calls a
“cash grab disguised as a movie.”
    ‘The Hunstman: Winter’s War’ and ‘The Jungle Book’

      ‘The Hunstman: Winter’s War’ This is not your child’s Snow White. This is the sequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a. Thor) is back as Eric the huntsman in “The Huntsman: Winter’s...

    • Posted April 27, 2016
    • 0
  • Scott Schmittel (left) and Mary Jeanne deGroot will star in the barbershop music-laden "Somewhereville Station" at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater on Sunday. (Photo by Melissa Hunnefield)
    ‘Somewhereville Station’ revisits the 50s and 60s

    In early 2015, Ephrata native Paul Stober had an idea. The member of the men’s Red Rose Chorus thought it would be swell to join with the all-female Red Rose City Chorus from Lititz for a combined...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
    • 0
  • LR20160421_BeerFest2014Shull
    Let the festivals begin!

    Rails & Ales puts the season on the right track Over the weekend, I attended the inaugural Rails & Ales brewfest at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and by far, the museum is one of the best...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
    • 0
  • ER20160420_FunkComedy1
    Funk brings funny to Reamstown

      In his online biography, comedian Zach Funk describes Ephrata as “the kind of place where biology and debate class is the same thing (and) you can get into arguments about the minutia of manure.” “Ephrata was...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
    • 0