• LR20170323_HopinSkyline
    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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  • Kristie Ohlinger, Megan Riggs and Ed Fernandez appear at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center in Shakespeare's "King Lear" on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
    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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  • LR20170317_ReelReviews
    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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  • LR20170309_HopinAround2
    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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  • LR20170223_Hopin2
    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 watch...

    • Posted February 22, 2017
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  • LR20170216_JohnWick2
    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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  • LR20170209_HopinAroundBoose
    ‘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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  • Front row l-r, Maya Burdick as Nala, Katie Latta as Rafiki and Alexander Hamel as Young Simba, back row l-r, Miguel Prysakar as Simba, Liam Roy as Scar and Olivia Eichler as Young Nala in the "Lion King" at Ephrata Performing Arts Center on Monday, January 30, 2017.
    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” in...

    • Posted February 8, 2017
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  • LR20170202_ReelReviews
    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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