Pet Expo for Oaks; Al Franken mocks Keswick [Events roundup] – Reading eagle


The following events are scheduled across the region for the coming week:

• The Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo will be held Friday through Sunday at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. The more than 80 special exhibits will showcase some of the hottest new products that often release before they hit retail shelves. Popular performers and presenters will include Gail Mirabella and the Dynamo Dogs, Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix, the Dog Lovers Lure Course, A Flyball Tournament, Rainforest Reptiles, Rabbit Hopping, a TICA Cat Show and a special Alpaca exhibit. Leashed dogs are welcome, and several area rescue groups with adoptable animals will be on hand. Hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for ages 3-11. Friday is family night with children under 12 admitted free. For more information, call 631-423-0620 or visit

Al Franken performs at the Keswick Theatre, Glenside on Saturday.

• Al Franken brings his The Only US Senator Tour Currently touring the Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Saturday at 8pm. Original screenwriter for “Saturday Night Live” and winner of five Emmy Awards for writing and producing, Franken returned to comedy after serving Minnesota in the Senate from 2009 to 2018. Sundays at 8 p.m., the Keswick presents a concert by Tower of Power, who released “50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater” last year, recorded in their hometown of Oakland, Calif. It features some of their classic hits, including “You’re Still a Young Man”, “So Very Hard To Go”, “What Is Hip?” and “Don’t change horses”. For tickets and more information, visit

• The Reading Symphony Orchestra will perform ‘Bolero’, with guest soloist Philippe Schartz on trumpet, at their concert on Saturday at 7.30pm at the Santander Performing Arts Centre, Reading. Schartz is principal trumpet with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Maurice Ravel’s most famous composition is a one-movement orchestral work known to begin softly and gradually build to a powerful ending. Conducted by Reading Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andrew Constantine, the performance will also include Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto and Debussy’s La Mer. Tickets are available at or by calling 610-373-7557.

John Oates will be joined by guitarist Guthrie Trapp on Wednesday for an evening of stories and songs at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville.

• The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, presents Dublin-based Irish folk quartet The High Kings, Sunday at 7.30pm and An Evening of Songs and Stories with John Oates, featuring Guthrie Trapp, Wednesday at 7.30pm. The High Kings set the tone for St. Patrick’s Day when they returned to the Colonial after a sold-out show in September. Oates, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his contributions to rock and soul duo Hall & Oates, experienced a burst of creativity after being forced to stop touring due to the pandemic. In their new concert series kicking off at the Colonial, Oates and Nashville guitarist Guthrie will explore the musical roots of pop, tracing its origins back to the beginning, and perform a mix of blues, folk and mega -hits while telling behind the scenes. musical stories about the creation of Hall & Oates classics such as “Maneater”, “You Make My Dreams” and “Private Eyes”. For tickets and more information, visit

• The Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College presents comedian Tom Papa on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. TV, radio and podcasts, as well as on stage. He is a regular guest on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast and late night TV shows. His latest podcast, “Breaking Bread With Tom Papa,” premiered in May 2020 and features Papa and his guest for an hour of eating, drinking, and revealing conversations that are always fun. He also hosts the Netflix radio show “What a Joke With Papa And Fortune”, on SiriusXM’s Netflix channel. For tickets, visit

• The tween and teen ensemble at the Genesius Theatre, Reading, will perform ‘Once Upon a Mattress – Youth Edition’ from Friday to March 20 at its performance venue at 153 N. 10th St. The classic 1959 family musical, a comic retelling of ‘The Princess and the Pea’, was written by Mary Rodgers, daughter of Richard Rodgers, the composer of hits such as ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘The King and I’ and ‘South Pacific’. Show times this weekend are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more showtimes and ticket options, visit

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Steel River Playhouse’s production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” features, from left, Eric Crist, Amanda Morrell and Shelli Pentimall Bookler.

• Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown, presents ‘The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’ from Friday to March 20. In this comedic thriller, the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop in which three backing singers were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher” reunite for an audition for a backer of their new show at the property. of a wealthy ‘angel.’ The house is full of sliding panels, secret passageways, and a German maid who is apparently four different people, all of whom figure into the chaos that ensues when the ‘slasher’ knocks at New. Showtimes this weekend are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 610-970-1199.

• Los Tigres del Norte, a norteño band from San Jose, Calif., winners of six Grammys and 12 Latin Grammys, will headline a concert Friday at 8 p.m. at the Theater de Santander Arena, Reading. The group uses the age-old tradition of corridos (songs of history) to express not only the plight and adventures of many who have come to this country from different parts of the world in search of a better life, but also to draw attention to the many challenges. faced by workers. A career spanning over three decades, millions of records sold and numerous concert tours across the United States, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and Asia have made Los Tigres Del Norte legends. international. Tickets start at $49 at

• The Daniel Boone Homestead, Exeter Township, Berks County, will host Community Day on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate the reopening of the site for the 2022 season. The Boone House and other historic structures will be open for tours. Volunteers will present a variety of activities from the colonial period. The Amity Colonial Dancers will provide dance demonstrations with audience participation encouraged. Hearth cooking will be done in the Boone House. In addition, the 18th century Bertolet sawmill will be in operation. The Hopewell Quilters will demonstrate a variety of quilting activities throughout the day. Exhibits of colonial trappers and leather hunting bags as well as gunsmith and militia demonstrations will be on site. Children can participate in hands-on activities such as quill pen writing and period games. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit

• SoulJoel’s Comedy Club presents Damien Lemon on Fridays at 7 p.m. and Louis Katz on Saturdays at 7 p.m. at its pop-up location at Westover Golf Club, Jeffersonville. Lemon is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor best known for hosting “Comedy Knockout” on truTV, and his appearances on “Guy Code”, “Hip-Hop Squares” and “Uncommon Sense”. He is also the host and producer of the weekly “In the Conversation” podcast. Katz’s comedy combines the intellectual with the intellectual, creating a unique style that has been described as “brain dirt”. He’s been featured on NBC, HBO and Comedy Central, including his own half-hour special and an appearance on their storytelling show ‘This Is Not Happening’, which has been viewed over 2.7 million times. on Youtube. For tickets and more information, visit


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