Switchfoot are holding their first-ever holiday tour at the Santander Performing Arts Centre, Reading on December 6. The show will feature popular Christmas classics as well as a set of the band’s greatest hits. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
The Southern California-based Christian rock band never thought their music would reach tens of thousands of fans around the world – or propel them to fame. It just worked like that.
Wanting to express his feelings and spirituality, singer-songwriter Jonathan Foreman formed Switchfoot with his brother, bassist Tim Foreman, in 1996 while the two were attending the University of California, San Diego. A year later, the duo was joined by their mutual friend, drummer Chad Butler. After playing only 20 concerts together, the trio signed with the Christian re:Think label and released their debut album, “Legend of Chin”. Their alternative rock/pop mix and insightful Christian-influenced lyrics catapulted the band to the top of the charts and earned them a place among the top rock bands of the early millennium.
The band’s second effort, “New Way To Be Human”, broke musical barriers and gained fans for the band across the musical spectrum. The title track won a Dove Award for Song of the Year in 1999 and other songs from the album have been featured in teen dramas such as ‘Dawson’s Creek’, ‘Popular’, ‘Jack and Jill’ , “Felicity”, “Party of Five”. and “Time of Your Life”.
Switchfoot released their best-selling and best-selling album to date, “Beautiful Letdown,” in 2003 on Columbia/RED Ink. It entered the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart at No. 85, while the single “Meant To Live” (inspired by TS Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men”) helped bring the band into the mainstream. , peaking at No. 5 on the modern Billboard. rock chart and #2 on the contemporary Christian chart.
“My Politic,” a musical duo based in Nashville, Tennessee, will perform today at a home concert at the Wyomissing Public Library. Doors open at 3 p.m.
Reminiscent of the late John Prine and inspired by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel among others, Missouri natives Kaston Guffey and Nick Pankey have recorded nine albums to date; their latest, “The Shortsighted in Power,” gives voice to many of the emotions the nation has felt over the past few years.
The duo have toured the country extensively, performing at intimate venues including Home Concerts, which are intimate concert experiences combined with a pot-luck-style shared meal. Participants are asked to bring a starter, appetizer, dessert or drink to share.
A donation of $15 per person or $35 for a family is requested; all donations go directly to the musicians.
This season’s first installment of the Know Your Symphony lecture series will take place September 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing. The lecture by Dr. Douglas Bomberger, professor of music at Elizabethtown College, will give an overview of the opening concert of the Reading Symphony Orchestra season scheduled for September 24 at the Santander Performing Arts Center.
The lecture series is a continuing education service of Penn State College of Arts and Architecture in cooperation with the Reading Symphony Orchestra League.
Reading Community Players will hold the local premiere of ‘Calendar Girls’ on September 30, October 1 and October 2 at George Baer Chapel, Sixth and Cherry Streets, Reading. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on September 30 and October 1 and 3 p.m. on October 2. Tickets are $18.
“Calendar Girls” was written by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth, and is based on a true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a calendar to raise money for leukemia research in April 1999.
After her best friend’s husband dies of cancer, feisty housewife Chris Harper hatches a scheme to raise money to honor her. Using a tradition from the hidebound Woman’s Institute, Chris encourages Annie and their friends to create a calendar – with the new detail of using middle-aged women in their village as nude models. The idea stuns husbands and a suspicious young photographer, and the calendar becomes a media sensation.
Tara Lutz leads a cast that includes Amy Hudak, Megan Martin, Susan Behm, Debbi Silas, Laura Jones, Laura Stewart, John Fielding, Steve Reazor, Bill Eschbach, Mackenzie Buchter, Sean C. Hafer, Jeanie Malarkey, Ivy Martin and Veronica Julian .
For more information, see readingcommplayers.com.
Marilyn J. Fox, former director of the Freyberger Gallery at Penn State Berks, will open her Kutztown studio to visitors beginning next Sunday with an open studio sale from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and continuing throughout the fall on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment. The studio is located at 447 Normal Ave.
Throughout the season, guest artists will join Fox to show and sell their work. On the program, Dolores Kirshner, founder and director of Clay on Main, Oley, presenting mixed-media ceramic sculptures; JoAnn Morell, textile artist and musician, offering recycled clothing; and ceramic artist Bev LeViener, owner of HillTop Studio, showcasing unique vases and other objects.
Clay on Main Gallery, 313 Main St., Oley, will present the exhibition “Rhonda Counts & Bob Hakun: Bold Textures/Embracing Color”, with an opening reception next Sunday from 4-6 p.m.
Hakun and Counts exhibit their own work as well as collaborations.
As Counts said, “I create a textured canvas, then I paint. My works are instantly recognizable for their unique textures. I apply various acrylic mediums to wood panels and print organic and inorganic elements into the mediums to mimic textures found in nature. I appreciate the mindfulness of applying color over texture.
It’s a perfect match for Hakun’s Assemblages, where bits of anything and everything are reimagined into intriguing sculptural works.
Hakun describes his work as “industrial primitive”, incorporating discarded objects such as bones, wood, wheels or gears that show the effects of aging.
“I want the art to have a strong emotional presence,” he said, “but the aesthetic is secondary to the context.”
The gallery’s opening hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or call 610-987-0273 for an appointment.
“The Net Beneath Us,” the debut novel by Carol (Butler) Dunbar, a graduate of Gov. Mifflin High School, will be published Tuesday by Forge Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group.
The author, the daughter of Lorraine and Richard Butler, writes from her off-grid life experiences.
In the summer of 2002, Dunbar moved to the woods in northern Wisconsin with her husband and their 15-month-old daughter. They set up a carpentry workshop powered by a diesel generator and sold bespoke furniture, using wood from the trees they sliced and air-dried on their land.
In the fall of 2006, her husband had an accident with a table saw that became the springboard for “The Net Beneath Us.” Told over the course of a year, it is a lyrical exploration of loss, marriage, parenthood and self-reliance; a tale of how the natural world – outside of us and within us – offers us healing, if we can learn where to look.
Dunbar has been writing books since kindergarten and freelancing as a ghostwriter on her way to becoming a novelist. In 2018, she won the Hal Prize for Fiction and her stories appeared in The New York Times, The South Carolina Review, The Midwest Review and others. His essays on life off the grid can be heard on Wisconsin Public Radio; an essay, involving his encounter with a mother bear, was televised as an animated short.
Before devoting himself to writing, Dunbar earned his BFA in theater and worked as a professional actor based in Minneapolis. She trained as a coloratura soprano, co-founded the Huldufolk Theater Company, and served as director of various summer camps for young people.