The following events are planned this weekend across the region:
• The Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, offers a great series of shows, starting with comedian Tim Dillon Friday at 7 pm. Dillon won the title of New York’s Funniest 2016 at the Carolinas New York Comedy Festival, and in 2017 was named one of the Top 10 Comics You Must Know By Rolling stone magazine. On Saturday, Puerto Rican comedy duo Susa Y Epifanio takes the stage at 8 p.m., then Kathleen Madigan brings them “Do You Have Any Ranch?” Tour ”in town at 8 pm Sunday.
Madigan has made over 40 appearances on late night talk shows and several comedy specials that air on Netflix, Comedy Central and HBO. She also joined Jerry Seinfeld on his Netflix show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. “Bothering Jesus” is her fifth one-hour stand-up special and her third to be available on Netflix. Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot returns to the SPAC stage Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. Then it’s Cirque Dreams “Holidaze” on Wednesdays at 8 pm. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus art in the ultimate holiday gift for the whole family. For tickets and more information on these and more upcoming shows, visit santander-arena.com.
• The Keswick Theater, Glenside, presents Abington PAL Comedy Night starring Tammy Pescatelli and Jessica Kirson on Thursdays at 8 p.m., and Tex-Mex, rockabilly and Latin group The Mavericks on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit keswicktheatre.com.
• The Sellersville Theater presents the original blend of jazz, funk and soul by trumpeter Matt Cappy on Thursdays at 8 p.m., singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw with opener Leslie Mendelson on Fridays at 8 p.m., A John Denver Christmas by Ted Vigil Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., the ABBA tribute band ABBAFAB on Sundays at 7:30 p.m., the grassical DePue Brothers Band on Mondays at 8 p.m. Irish Christmas in America on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit st94.com.
• The Colonial Theater, Phoenixville, features an appearance by Kathy Hunt, author of the New Tech cookbook “Luscious, Tender, Juicy: Recipes for Perfect Texture in Dinners, Desserts, and More” Friday at 7 pm at the White Rabbit Theater. On the menu, mouth-watering food and travel stories, cookbook samples, tips for making scrumptious, tender and juicy dishes, food-themed music and imagery and more. The evening includes a book signing and questions and answers from the public. Hunt’s writings on food appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Taste of Home, VegNews and other publications. She is the author of the Seafood Cookbook “Fish Market” and the non-fiction book “Herring: A Global History”. For tickets visit readsandcompany.com/events.
• SoulJoel’s Comedy Club features Usama Siddiquee & TJ on Fridays at 7 pm and Aunt Mary Pat on Saturdays at 7 pm and 9:30 pm at its pop-up location at the Westover Golf Club, Jeffersonville. Usama Siddiquee is a Bengali-American comedian living in New York City who has appeared on “America’s Got Talent”. TJ is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer born and raised in Haiti and currently based in Brooklyn. It has appeared on “Gotham Comedy Live” on AXS TV and has been featured at the San Francisco Sketchfest and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival. Aunt Mary Pat was recognized as 2019 Delaware Readers’ Choice Artist’s Choice and 2019 Best of Delco Best Comedian. Her taglines have become synonymous with the Philadelphia area. She released a Christmas album called “Mary Friggin Christmas”. For tickets and more information visit souljoels.com.
• Genesius Theater, 153 N. 10th St., Reading, will present A Berks County Christmas Carol, a holiday classic with a Dickensian twist, Friday through December 19. The production also highlights many popular places in Reading / Berks. Region. Tailor-made for Genesius with completely original music, “A Berks County Christmas Carol” features a local cast of around 30 adults, teens, tweens and children. The performances are scheduled from Friday to Sunday, then from Wednesday to the following Sunday. Show hours are 3 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. for all other performances. For tickets and more information visit genesiusdifference.org.
• West Reading shops and restaurants celebrate Friday night with “2nd Friday on the Avenue” hosted by the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation. This month’s event celebrates the season with a ‘Nifty Gifty’ theme, with merchants offering unique giveaways, hot refreshments, and a game night. A brass quartet will stroll down Penn Avenue from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. playing holiday tunes.
• Ardmore Music Hall presents Dopapod Thursday and Friday at 8pm. The openings will be Blendmode Thursday and Solar Circuit Friday. Dopapod has released seven albums, each with a palindromic name, which means it can be read the same forward as it does backward. This balance became the band’s modus operandi, the band consciously juggling the darker tones of heavy rock with light humor; synthesizing funk, jazz, bluegrass, electronics and more in their complex improvisational compositions. On Wednesday night, comedian Aunt Mary Pat will perform at 8 p.m., with opener Gary DeNoia. For tickets and more information visit ardmoremusichall.com.