Film premiere, food festivals, family fun on tap throughout the region [Events roundup] – Reading Eagle

The following events are planned for the upcoming week throughout the region:

• The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, presents the world premiere of the horror movie “Hayride to Hell,” shot in Malvern, on Wednesday at 7 pm The movie, directed by Dan Lantz (“Alpha Rift”), is about a small-town farmer (Bill Moseley) who exacts his bloody revenge on unscrupulous town folk who try to steal his land with the help of a corrupt sheriff (Kane Hodder). It runs 90 minutes and is rated R. Official merchandise will be available in the lobby, and Moseley and Hodder, along with select members of the cast and crew, will be present for Q&A after the screening. For tickets and more information, see thecolonialtheater.com.

• TASTE! Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine & Spirits will be held Friday and Saturday at Valley Forge Casino Resort. Sessions are scheduled for 6 to 10 pm Friday, 11 am to 3 pm Saturday and 4 to 8 pm Saturday. the event features demonstrations by celebrity chefs and A-list personalities; tastings from award-winning wineries, breweries and distilleries; samples from the best chefs and restaurants in the region; educational and informative hands-on seminars; food-centric exhibits; as well as a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store onsite with celebrity bottle signings. The $95 general admission ticket grants you access to all food samples and wine, spirit and beer tastings. It includes a wine glass, shopping bag and the majority of culinary demos. All attendees must be at least 21. For tickets and more information, see phillytastefest.com.

• Reads & Company will present an author event featuring Nora McInerny, host of the “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” podcast, to celebrate the release of her most recent book, “Bad Vibes Only,” on Monday at 7 pm at the Colonial Theater , Phoenixville. McInerny has captured the hearts of millions by discussing grief and loss with wit and warmth. Now, with “Bad Vibes Only (And Other Things I Bring to the Table),” she turns her eye on our aggressively, oppressively optimistic culture, our obsession with self-improvement, and what it really means to live our lives online. The event is free to attend, and books will be available for sale. For more information, see thecolonialtheater.com.

• Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center, West Chester, present Lili Anel performing “Songs of the Heart and Mind” on Friday at 7:30 pm Anel’s music extends the boundaries of jazz, R&B, soul and folk. Whether performing her original songs or reinterpreting Nina Simone, she makes these classics her own. On Friday at 8 pm, Let’s Hang On! will perform the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Uptown, and on Saturday at 8 pm, the ELO Tribute Show will perform the songs of Electric Light Orchestra and front man Jeff Lynne, including hits like “Don’t Bring Me Down, “Mr. Blue Sky” and “Evil Woman.” For tickets and more information, visit uptownwestchester.org.

• Cheesetoberfest — A Muenster of an Event will be held Saturday from noon to 3 pm in Riverfront Park, Pottstown. Local restaurants, organizations, caterers and others will compete in a grilled cheese contest. Attendees have the opportunity to sample and vote for their favorite grilled cheese, shop local vendors and enjoy a band and beer tent. Tickets cost $25 for ages 12 and older and $10 for ages 12 and younger and are available online at cheestoberfest.org through Thursday, and any left over tickets will be sold at the gate. Each ticket purchased allows you to taste one grilled cheese sample from each of the competitors. Proceeds benefit the TriCounty Active Adult Center, Pottstown.

• SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Reading, will host its annual Greek Festival and Food Bazaar on Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 pm and Sunday from noon to 6 pm The event features Greek fish platters on Friday, and Athenian style baked chicken platters all three days, plus gyro sandwiches, souvlaki, pastries, a taverna, a Greek coffee house, fine jewelry, other vendors and Greek music. Drive-through takeout is available. For more information, see stsconstantinehelen.org.

Comedian Brian Regan performs Thursday at the Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading.

• The Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, presents back-to-back comedy shows featuring Brian Regan on Thursday at 7:30 pm and Daniel Howell on Friday at 7:30 pm Regan has been filling theaters across the country through 30 years of touring , prompting Entertainment Weekly to call him “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” He co-stars in Peter Farrelly’s Amazon Prime series “Loudermilk” and released his second Netflix stand-up special, “Brian Regan: On the Rocks,” in 2021. With his new solo show, “We’re All Doomed!,” Howell is as stressed over the fate of the world and as depressingly dressed as ever, but determined to find some hope for humanity, or at least laugh like it’s the end of the world. For tickets and more information, see santander-arena.com.

• The Miller Center at Reading Area Community College presents Parsons Dance on Friday at 7:30 pm The contemporary American dance company is internationally renowned for its energized, athletic ensemble work. Founded in 1985 by Artistic Director David Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, the company has toured to more than 445 cities, 30 countries and five continents and has performed at such notable venues as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Sydney Opera House, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Tickets are $35. On Saturday, the Miller Center presents two family shows: Pirate School: Sea Dreams at 1 pm and Wizard Academy at 4 pm David Engel’s Pirate School is a swashbuckling solo variety show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. Wizard Academy features bumbling Professor Hackensneeze making a visit from the Realm of Mysteries to teach children 4 to 12 the secrets of their innermost powers. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children for each family show. To reserve, visit at millercenter.racc.edu.

• Penn State Berks will hold its Fall Fest on Friday. The event has two-parts — a family fun program from 5 to 7 pm at the Perkins Plaza and the witching hour haunted tours for adults from 7 to 10 pm Space is limited for the family fun portion of the event and preregistration is required at https ://berks.psu.edu/form/registration-fall-fest. Both portions of the event are free and open to the general public, and refreshments will be served. For the family-oriented program, attendees are invited to bring their children for trick-or-treating in their Halloween costumes, fall-themed games, hayrides around the campus, a magical land for children to explore in the Thun Library, and a costume parade led by the Nittany Lion mascot, which will begin at 6 pm During the witching hour, student Lion Ambassador tour guides will take attendees on a haunted tour of the campus. Penn State Berks community members dressed as vampires, witches and other scary characters will tell stories of the ghosts and legends that surround Penn State Berks. This part of the event is not recommended for children. Tours will begin at the Perkins Plaza and preregistration is not required. The last tour will depart at 9 pm

• The Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Township, will host a Fall Fun Fest in conjunction with the Yocum Institute for Arts Education on Saturday from noon to 4 pm Geared toward children and families, the free event includes pumpkin painting, juggling workshops, music and a play based on local folklore and legends performed by Yocum’s Theater Ensembles.

• The Daniel Boone Homestead Associates will celebrate the arrival of fall with the return of the annual Heritage Day on Sunday from noon to 4 pm at the homestead in Exeter Township. This living history event features a variety of 18th-century demonstrations, trades and hands-on activities including blacksmithing, gunbuilding, leatherworking, hearth cooking and sawmill operation. The event will also feature craft and specialty food vendors as well as fall activities for children. In the Boone House, volunteers will be cooking a hearty meal over the hearth. Visitors can also tour all the first-floor rooms of the Boone House including the spring cellar and learn about the three families who lived there during the 18th and early-19th centuries. Children and adults will be able to participate in various hands-on activities including quill pen writing and eighteenth-century toys and games. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for ages 65-plus and $5 for ages 6-17. For more information, see www.thedanielboonehomestead.org.