The Christian pop duo of KING & COUNTRY performs tonight at the Santander Arena [Spotlight] – Reading eagle

The four-time Grammy-winning Christian pop band for KING & COUNTRY perform their ‘What Are We Waiting For’ tour at Santander Arena in Reading today at 6pm.

A sibling duo of Joel and Luke Smallbone are nominated for Top Christian Artist for the upcoming 2022 Billboard Music Awards, and their album “What Are We Waiting For?”, which features hit singles “Relate” and “Together,” has recently debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Selling Albums chart, marking the second Top 10 album of their career.

The album contains 13 original tracks that confront relevant issues and confirm the duo’s commitment to community, unity and family.

The group has won 10 GMA Dove Awards, a Billboard Music Award, 13 K-LOVE Fan Awards, and their nine No. 1 songs have racked up over a billion on-demand streams. Concert tickets start at $29.99 at

Several new shows have been announced for Santander Arena’s sister venue, Santander Performing Arts Center: Ancient Aliens LIVE: Project Earth on May 11, Joe Gatto’s Night of Comedy on July 10, blues great Buddy Guy with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram on August 28. 12 and Mariachi Vargas from Tecalitlán on August 14. Tickets for all four events are on sale at

Ancient Aliens LIVE: Project Earth will explore questions as old as the planet itself: have aliens visited Earth? Are they here now, and when will they show up? The 90-minute experience celebrates the long-running “Ancient Aliens” program on The History Channel and features ancient astronaut theorist Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, author David Childress, inquiring mythologist William Henry and the investigator of UFOs Nick Pope.

cultural arts

“Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges,” an evening of multicultural dance, music, spoken word and art performances, will take place Friday at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Perkins Student Center at Penn State Berks. The program is free and open to the public, but places are limited and registration is required at

This collaborative project brings together the Penn State Berks Center for Academic and Community Engagement (CACE), Reading Senior High School, community organizations and selected artists from the Reading community. The program’s community liaison and production partner is Jobany Bedoya of Red Tie Affairs.

The goal of the program is to bring all members of the local community together through the arts.

“This event hopes to break down the barriers of stereotypes so that we can build bridges between groups to strengthen our community,” explained Donna Chambers, director of CACE at Penn State Berks.

The event will feature dance performances by community organizations including Gray Cloud – American Indian Song and Dance Group; Rize, a creative arts organization for young people; Barrio Alegria, a community engagement organization that uses the arts to create transformation; and WH Dance Academy, as well as the Reading High School Dance Team and the Penn State Berks Step Team and Dance Team.

Spoken word performances will be presented by South Central PaARTners Artist-in-Residence David Nazariom and Berks County Poets Laureate Jayne Brown, retired Penn State Berks English teacher, and WITF Multimedia Journalist Anthony Orozco .

Live music will be provided by local talents Los Monstros and Juan Londoño. Additionally, Penn State Berks will highlight stories and videos aired on Reading’s Star City Boxing programs.

Reading High School held a student competition to design the cover illustration for the program, and the winning submission was created by Meyshalee Bonilla.


Albright College graduate and YA award-winning novelist Frank Morelli publishes the mid-level contemporary epistolary novel “Breaking News” via Fitzroy Books on Thursday.

“Breaking News” is told in the often-conflicting journal entries, field notes, audio files, and school newspaper articles of three eighth-graders dedicated to finding the truth…or perhaps protecting us from it. .

“Breaking News” is set at Ridgewood Arts & Technical School, a prestigious progressive institution, where Principal Hardaway announces that a scandal has rocked the fundraising committee. Everyone’s a suspect, and student council special investigator Hunter Jackson vows to root out the student who was ruthless enough to steal donation money or die the death of a thousand forensic notes trying. .

Joining him in the search for the truth – or at least their version of it – are Ridgewood Roar editor Anthony Ravello and independent press pioneer Liberty Lennon.

With reality growing murkier by the day, all the RAT students can do is swallow bits of news and wash it down with locker room gossip as they try to unmask the comrade class responsible for the missing funds.

“Breaking News” compares to the epistolary works of Avi (“Nothing But the Truth”) and Julie Halpern (“Get Well Soon”) due to the interactive format and use of shifting perspectives that force readers to use a reading strategy to decipher between fact and fiction.

Morelli, a Philadelphia native and North Carolina resident, is the author of the young adult novels “On the Way to Birdland” (2021) and “No Sad Songs” (2018), a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee and winner of an American Fiction Award for Best Coming of Age Story. Morelli’s fiction and essays have appeared in various publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Boog City Press.

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