The following events are planned for this weekend throughout the region:
• Boyz II Men will take the stage of the Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, for a concert Thursday at 7 p.m. Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations. The band has penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past two decades. The group’s four Grammy Awards are just the tip of the iceberg. They also have also won nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well and a Casino Entertainment Award for their acclaimed residency at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which has been ongoing since 2013. The trio holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 64 million albums sold. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.
• The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, presents Swedish rock guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen on Thursday at 8 p.m., young blues phenom Christone “Kingfish” Ingram with Ally Venable on Friday at 8 p.m., and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on Saturday at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit keswicktheatre.com.
• The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, presents Jake Shimabukuro — Christmas in Hawaii on Thursday at 8 p.m. The Hawaii-born virtuoso has taken the ukulele to points previously thought impossible, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.” Tickets range from $29.50 to $55 at thecolonialtheatre.com.
• Sellersville Theater kicks off its weekend with the comedy of Paula Poundstone on Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by a Max Swan CD release show on Friday at 8 p.m., Joe Conklin and the City Rhythm Orchestra on Saturday at 6 p.m., Tommy Castro & the Painkillers album release tour on Sunday at 8 p.m. and Kategory 5 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit st94.com.
• The Choristers will present “A Celebration of Black Composers” on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale. Featured will be works by talented, highly educated and trained but obscure Black composers including Rosephanye Powell, Adolphus Hailstork and R. Nathaniel Dett. Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $5 for students, free for children, at thechoristers.org. There’s a $5 up-charge at the door.
• The North Penn Holiday Craft Market will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at North Penn High School, Lansdale. It will include over 95 artists and feature pottery, jewelry, fiber, dried flowers, fraktur, tinware, baskets, folk art, theorem, quilts, appliqués, furniture, wood carvings and more. Admission is $6. For more information, see northpennifc.org.
• St. John’s Lutheran Church, Phoenixville, presents The Strings of The Providence Chamber Orchestra, its resident ensemble, in concert on Sunday at 4 p.m. The program features brief compositions written or arranged for strings. Selections range from 18th century English composer Henry Purcell to 20th century Swedish composer Dag Wirén. Featured works are String Symphony No. 10 in B minor by 14-year-old Felix Mendelssohn and Serenade for Strings by Dag Wirén. Compositions by Gabriel Pierné, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Enrique Granados, and Alexander Glazunov are included in the program. Admission is free; a donation will be collected. Masks are required.
• SoulJoel’s Comedy Club presents Chuck Nice on Friday at 7 p.m. at its pop-up venue at Westover Golf Club, Jeffersonville. Nice is an 18-year veteran of stand-up. During that time he’s been making a name in television, radio and film. He was a primary player on VH1’s “Best Week Ever” and Tru TV’s “World’s Dumbest.” He has recently appeared in “The Week of” with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, and he’s also the co-host of StarTalk on Nat Geo. Tickets are $20. To reserve, visit souljoels.com.
• Busker Incognito and crew will host a live album release party and concert for “THE SHOW” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, Wyomissing, as a part of Reading Blues Fest. The event will also be a Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame special event. “Busker Incognito — THE SHOW” features eight new and original songs with a stellar lineup of regional and internationally known talent including Victor Wainwright, Alex Meixner, Mike Anderson, Chris Crandle, Rob Diener, Chris Heslop, Marty Hill, Jerry Laboranti, Amy Lewis, Dave Lewis, John Loos, Chuck Steinle, Melissa Tomaszewski, Terry O’Boyle, Steve O’Boyle, Kerry Renninger and, of course, Busker Incognito himself. Tickets are $15 at eventbrite.com.
• Reading Community Players presents “Present Laughter” by Noel Coward on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Baer Memorial Reception Hall, Sixth and Cherry streets, Reading. The show centers on Garry Essendine, who is the center of his own world and is in the midst of a midlife crisis. As he prepares for a trip abroad, his past catches up with him, providing a humorous evening of entertainment. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased either at the door or at www.readingcommplayers.com.
• The Reading Theater Project will stage “Mixed MESSages,” a collage of several plays and solo performances, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth St., Reading. This production’s themes were developed by the creative artists associated with the Reading Theater Project. After several brainstorming sessions, local playwrights submitted scripts, all related to the idea of mess or mixed messages. The production features local performers and playwrights. Tickets for all performances are pay-what-you-will, with a recommended price of $20 per person. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all. More information at https://readingtheaterproject.org/mixed-messages.
• The WizBangs, a father-and-sons rock ‘n’ roll trio from Reading, will play the Miller Center at Reading Area Community College on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. They will be performing 27 songs — some unrecorded and never played live — and the concert will be recorded for an upcoming live album. Tickets are $11 at millercenter.racc.edu.
Source: Berkshire mont