• No food desert, Philly’s Chinatown has its ducks (and chickens and
ribs) in a row. (Photo by Mel Upton)
    On the Road: Philly’s Chinatown

    Food desert: noun. An urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. Beer desert: noun. An urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh beer. Okay,...

    • Posted March 22, 2017
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  • (Left to right) Kristie Ohlinger, Megan Riggs, and Ed Fernandez
appear at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center in Shakespeare’s
“King Lear.” Four showings remain, on March 23, 24, and 25.
    King Lear: the method to the madness

    Et tu, Brute? The Ides of March ushered in the year’s only major winter storm, dumping more than a foot of snow on Lancaster County. The white stuff blanketed the grounds around the Sharadin Bigler Theatre over...

    • Posted March 22, 2017
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  • Skull Island, home of King Kong, is host to many largely-mutated creatures. The CGI effects seem to be
well worth the price of admission.
    Battle of the beasts — ‘Logan’ and ‘Kong’

    “Logan” is a horrible movie. Now, know that this initial response comes from the kid inside me who in his pre-teen years had a life-sized cardboard standee of the adamantium-clawed X-Man in his bedroom. The reason why...

    • Posted March 15, 2017
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  • Francisco Ramirez of Mad Chef Brewing (Photos by Michael Upton)
    The best of The Fest

    For the most part, beer is being taken seriously by most of the world. It hasn’t reached the status of wine or standing of Scotch, but beer is well on its way to being a respectable spirit....

    • Posted March 8, 2017
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  • Matt Damon has a starring role in “The Great Wall.” Critic Michael Upton says the film is full of “fight scenes, ferocious fire, dazzling damsels, and diabolic demons.”
    Reel Reviews: ‘Get Out’ and ‘The Great Wall’

    There was no giant swell in ticket sales for previously released feature films at the box office over the weekend stemming from whatever movie decided to win best picture at the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday,...

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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  • A Rock ‘N’ Goldsprints event will be held at Rock Lititz’s Pod 2 on Saturday night. (image from Lititz Bikeworks)
    Bikes, bands and beer: Rock ‘N’ Goldsprints has it all

      Mark and Rebecca Branle want to see which local can go 500 yards the fastest from a dead stop on a single gear bike — and they’re putting beers in the hands of those who want to...

    • Posted February 22, 2017
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  • Stylish hitman Keanu Reeves is reloaded for non-stop action in
“John Wick: Chapter 2. (Thunder Road Pictures)
    Reel Reviews

    Action! — ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ and ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ It was a good weekend at the box office with higher than expected numbers showing up to see new releases and Oscar nominations. The top three spots...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • A new I.P.A. named after Boose Aluminum Foundry — Boose Ale — is available at Union Barrel Works in Reamstown.
    ‘Bowl’ing for beer

    I was hoping to write a funny column about all the awesome beer ads during the Super Bowl. What happened? The Budweiser family of beers, like always, made a splash, but where did all the funny stuff...

    • Posted February 8, 2017
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  • Liam Roy (left) as Scar and Alexander Hamel as Young Simba in “Lion King, Jr.”
    Up-roar-ious applause for ‘Lion King, Jr.’

      When “The Lion King” hit the screens in 1994, Walt Disney Animation Studios was at its zenith of a renaissance, which during preceding years brought “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Prior to “The Little Mermaid”...

    • Posted February 8, 2017
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  • Matthew McConaughey doesn’t look like his normal “hunky” self
in his role of Kenny Wells in “Gold.” Like the look, “Gold” didn’t
go over well at the box office, either.
    Reel Reviews: ‘Gold’ and ‘Split’

    When the going gets tough… For those of you looking to see Matthew McConaughey in his full-hunk glory, you may be disappointed in “Gold.” For his role as Kenny Wells the actor shaved his head, donned fake...

    • Posted February 1, 2017
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