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Pet expo set for Oaks; Al Franken goes for laughs at Keswick [Events roundup] – Reading Eagle

The following events are scheduled throughout the region for the week ahead:

• The Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo will be held Friday through Sunday at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. The 80-plus special exhibits will feature some of the hottest new products coming out often before they hit the 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 Alpacas exhibit. Dogs on leashes are welcome, and several area rescue groups with adoptable pets will be on hand. Hours are 4 to 9 pm Friday, 10 am to 7 pm Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for ages 3 to 11. Friday is Family Night with children under 12 admitted free. For additional information, call 631-423-0620 or visit www.familypetshows.com.

Al Franken performs Saturday at the Keswick Theatre, Glenside.

• Al Franken brings his The Only US Senator Currrently on Tour Tour to the Keswick Theatre, Glenside, on Saturday at 8 pm An original writer for “Saturday Night Live” and winner of five Emmys for writing and producing, Franken has returned to comedy after serving Minnesota in the Senate from 2009-2018. On Sunday at 8 pm, the Keswick presents a concert by Tower of Power, who last year released “50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater,” 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 keswicktheatre.com.

• The Reading Symphony Orchestra will perform “Boléro,” featuring guest soloist Philippe Schartz on trumpet, during its concert Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading. Schartz is principal trumpet at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Maurice Ravel’s most famous composition is a one-movement orchestral work known for beginning softly and gradually building to a powerful ending. Conducted by Reading Symphony Orchestra’s music director, Andrew Constantine, the performance will also feature Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto and Debussy’s La Mer. Tickets are available at www.readingsymphony.org 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 Theatre, Phoenixville.

• The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, presents the Dublin-based Irish folk quartet the High Kings on Sunday at 7:30 pm and An Evening of Songs and Stories with John Oates, featuring Guthrie Trapp on Wednesday at 7:30 pm The High Kings will set the tone for St. Patrick’s Day in their return to the Colonial after a sold-out show in September. Oates, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his contributions to the 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 blend of blues, folk and mega-hits while telling behind-the- music stories about the creation of such Hall & Oates classics as “Maneater,” “You Make My Dreams” and “Private Eyes.” For tickets and more information, visit thecolonialtheater.com.

• The Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College presents comedian Tom Papa on Saturday at 7:30 pm With more than 20 years in stand-up, Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success in film, 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, always funny conversations. He also hosts the Netflix radio show “What a Joke With Papa And Fortune,” on SiriusXM’s Netflix Channel. For tickets, visit millercenter.racc.edu.

• The tweens and teens ensemble of Genesius Theatre, Reading, will stage “Once Upon a Mattress — Youth Edition” from Friday through March 20 at its playhouse at 153 N. 10th St. The classic 1959 family musical, a comedic retelling of “The Princess and the Pea,” was written by Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Richard Rodgers, the composer of such hits as “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I” and “South Pacific.” This weekend’s show times are 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and 3 pm Sunday. For additional showtimes and ticket options, visit genesiusdifference.org.

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

• Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown, presents “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” from Friday through March 20. In this comical whodunit, the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher ” assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people, all of which figure in the mayhem that ensues when the “slasher” strikes again. This weekend’s showtimes are 8 pm Friday and Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. Tickets are available at steelriver-playhouse.org or by calling the box office at 610-970-1199.

• Los Tigres del Norte, a norteño band from San Jose, Calif., that has won six Grammys and 12 Latin Grammys, headlines a concert Friday at 8 pm at the Theater at Santander Arena, Reading. The group uses the centuries-old tradition of corridos (story songs) to express not only the plight and adventures of many who have come to this country from different parts of the world seeking a better life, but also to bring attention to the many challenges faced by working people. A career spanning more than three decades, millions of records sold and extensive concert tours throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and Asia have made Los Tigres Del Norte international legends. Tickets start at $49 at ticketmaster.com.

• The Daniel Boone Homestead, Exeter Township, Berks County, will host Community Day on Sunday from noon to 4 pm 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 be showcasing a variety of colonial period activities. The Amity Colonial Dancers will offer dancing demonstrations with audience participation encouraged. Hearth cooking will be conducted 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. Displays of colonial trappers and leather hunting bags as well as gunsmith and militia muster demonstrations will be on site. Children can partake in hands-on activities such as quill writing and playing period games. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit thedanielboonehomestead.org.

• SoulJoel’s Comedy Club presents Damien Lemon on Friday at 7 pm and Louis Katz on Saturday at 7 pm at its pop-up location at Westover Golf Club, Jeffersonville. Lemon is a stand-up comic, 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 podcast “In the Conversation.” Katz’s comedy combines the highbrow and the lowbrow, creating a unique style that has been described as “cerebral filth.” He has 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 souljoels.com.

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