• Reel Reviews: Winners, losers, and a bonus review

      I went 10 for 24 in Oscar predictions during the Academy Awards last Sunday night. That’s not good. But, oh well. It goes to show you never know what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and...

    • Posted February 27, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: A fest to end hibernation

      Seven years ago, the folks at CrocodileDog (who bring fest fans Taste of PA and Rivertown Hops) noticed a slump in beerfest activity in the winter months. They had a logo — a Nordic-looking bear downing...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: Time to laugh

    In Ephrata, the New Main added extra showtimes Saturday for “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” but nationwide not everything is so awesome. By industry standards, the animated sequel flopped by bringing in $35 million, about...

    • Posted February 13, 2019
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  • Happy Anniver8ary, St. Boniface!

    According to a quick search on the Google machine, the number 8 is pretty good. “The number 8 is generally read as indicating material abundance and career success,” reads a tarot card website I stumbled on. That’s...

    • Posted February 6, 2019
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  • EPAC’s ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’ is a practically perfect production

    Theatre is where imperfect people strive for perfection. I jotted down this general observation during a moment of reflection unconnected to the subject at hand: the opening of “Mary Poppins Jr.” at EPAC. But, bear with me...

    • Posted February 6, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: Origin stories

      ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ It was a rough weekend for one of my favorite production companies, Working Title Films (“Les Misérables,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Fargo”). Both “Mary Queen of Scots” and “The Kid Who...

    • Posted January 30, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: Collusion course

    A couple months ago, I was one of many wandering around downtown Lititz during 2nd Friday, the town’s monthly promotional event, when my wife spotted a sign for a St. Boniface beer tasting in the window of...

    • Posted January 23, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: Oscar talk starts

    ‘The Favourite’ With the holiday movie hangover coming to an end, it’s time to look at some serious movies. Or, well, movies in serious contention for Oscar nominations.* I never claim to be a voice for historical...

    • Posted January 16, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: Blue ribbon beers

      Beer has been an agricultural commodity for thousands of years. It is only natural the fermented beverage has a place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. And while you still can’t grab a milk stout alongside a...

    • Posted January 9, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Mary Poppins Returns

    ‘Aquaman’ You know how the holidays go: always a ton of plans and not all of them are met. Well, I only got to see two of the many movies I wanted to watch over the holiday...

    • Posted January 2, 2019
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