Around Town Oct. 31

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It’s magic night this Saturday when Jason Bishop and his dog Gizmo perform at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall on the West Chester University campus.

The Harmony Hill Puppet Theatre presentation of “The Mystery of Mannerly Mansion,” previously scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Chester County Historical Society, has been canceled.

State Rep. Steve Barrar and state Sen. Tom Killion are hosting a veterans’ breakfast this Saturday, Nov. 2 at Elam United Methodist Church, 1073 Smithbridge Road in Concord Township. There are three seatings — 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. The event is free and all veterans are invited. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Barrar’s district office at 610-358-5925 or Killion’s district office at 610-447-3163.

West Chester University’s WCU Live! performing arts series continues its 25th anniversary season with world-renowned magician, Jason Bishop, on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, 700 S. High Street, West Chester. Tickets range from $15 - $27 and are available or by phoning 610-436-2266.

Slide guitarist Sonny Landreth will be performing with steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar at The Kennett Flash on Friday, Nov. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m.; showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available at All tickets are $40.

The Chester County Historical Society will be hosting the West Chester Wedding Guide Showcase on Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available here.

Bet Williams performs at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center welcomes Bet Williams to West Chester as she returns to her Philadelphia area roots Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Williams launched her singing career with The Bookends at Penn State University and the Bet Williams Trio is always a popular act at regional folk festivals. They are eager to re-connect with loyal fans and get to know more at Uptown. All are welcome to attend a reception with Bet after the show, a meet and greet birthday celebration. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is conveniently located at 226 North High Street, West Chester. Purchase tickets at, at the box office or call 610-356-ARTS(2787).

More than 30 local employers are scheduled to participate in the latest Coatesville Job and Career Fair. The free event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the CCIU — Gordon Early Literacy Center, 351 Kersey Street in Coatesville. The Job and Career Fair is open to the public, and candidates of all ages, experience levels and industries are encouraged to attend. All job seekers over the age of 18 who are looking for work or a better paying job are welcome but should be professionally dressed and come prepared with resumes.

The Concord Township Historical Society presents “The Amazing Success of Philadelphia’s William Penn” on Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. at the Concord Township municipal building. Historian Jim Murphy is the speaker. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

Rudolph is on his way.

The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest-running and highest-rated holiday television special will return live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical ( The show comes to The Playhouse on Rodney Square for two shows only on Nov. 23. Showtimes are 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $33-$36 and are available online at, or by calling 302-888-0200, or visiting The Playhouse box office located within the historic Dupont Building at 1007 N. Market Street, Wilmington. Discounts are available to groups of 10 or more people, email for more information.

The Chester County Community Foundation will host three philanthropy video talks and receptions open to the public in November. The series is a continuation of the foundation’s programming to inspire and educate the community on legacy philanthropy and build a strong culture of nonprofits. Each talk will feature a viewing of Katherine Fulton’s TED Talk “You are the Future of Philanthropy” followed by a discussion led by local community members. The first program will take place on Monday, Nov. 4 at Longwood Gardens Theatre in Kennett Square; the second program will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville; the third will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester.

A group of businesspeople working in the senior care field gathers for a professional happy hour at the Pub at Wegmans. The Oct. 29 event was hosted by The Summit at Glen Mills, which is expected to open on Dec. 2.


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