Drive-thru movie series at GoggleWorks to mark Hispanic Heritage Month [Spotlight] | Things to do


The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts and Centro Hispano are teaming up to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of in-car movies on Saturday nights throughout September at the GoggleWorks parking lot, 201 Washington St.

“We kicked off this type of month-long drive-thru programming at GoggleWorks with the Pride Drive-In series in June 2021, which was successful in promoting inclusion and showcasing the work of Reading Pride Celebration,” said Steven Nicodemus, director of GoggleWorks Theater, who designed the program. “Centro Hispano is an incredible force in our community. We hope this program will serve moviegoers across our community and develop familiarity and interest in art for those who are new to our art center.”

For four weeks starting September 4, organizations will screen a film aimed at people of various Hispanic and Latin American origins, in a drive-in or walk-up format. Film screenings begin at 8 p.m. Food sales and take-out art activities begin at 7 a.m.

“We are thrilled to partner with the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Michael Toledo, President and CEO of Centro Hispano. “Each year, our goal is to promote and recognize the contributions and influences of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. Celebrating Hispanic achievements in the arts through film is a great way to bring our diverse community together and we thank the GoggleWorks team for recognizing Latino achievements in the arts. “

Here is the film program:

September 4: “In The Heights” – A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a friendly New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings a better life. (English)

September 11: “Selena” – The True Story of Selena, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having albums topped the music charts Latin. (English)

September 18: “Buena Vista Social Club” – Aging Cuban musicians whose talents were all but forgotten after Castro’s takeover of Cuba are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who traveled to Havana to reunite musicians, which resulted in triumphant performances of extraordinary music and resuscitating the careers of musicians. (English)

September 25: “Pan’s Labyrinth” – In Phalangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young daughter-in-law of a sadistic army officer escapes into a strange but captivating fantasy world. (Spanish with English subtitles)

Tickets cost $ 10 and are available at


The Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College will present HYPROV – Improv Under Hypnosis with comedian Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci on January 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Twenty volunteers chosen at random from the audience will be put under hypnosis, their inhibitions evaporated and their minds no longer theirs. The top four or five are left on stage when one of the world’s greatest improvisers takes the stage. Colin Mochrie (co-creator) will initiate and manipulate people under hypnosis himself and transform the show into an improvisational show.

Tickets can be purchased on the Miller Center website,

For more information on memberships, visit the website or email Megan Schappell at [email protected]


Actor, comedian, screenwriter and director Rob Schneider will present his “I Have Issues” tour at the Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, on March 4th.

Schneider is an accomplished actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. Stand-up comic and veteran of “Saturday Night Live”, he has pursued a successful career in film and television.

He is currently co-starring on Netflix’s “Home Team,” with Kevin James. In addition, Schneider recently completed production on the film “Daddy Daughter Trip”, which he produced, directed and starred in.

Tickets are on sale at


Dave Kline will be playing music next Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., Pennsburg, in conjunction with Berks County artist Jon Bond and his “Farm Life” exhibit, which is taking place until September 30. The exhibition includes 50 original works, including oils, egg tempera, watercolor and silver point. It is free and open to the public.


The Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, in cooperation with the Reading Symphony Orchestra League, will present its Know Your Symphony lecture series on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing. The speaker will be Dr Robin Bier, contralto of the Philadelphia Opera Company.


The Reverend Harry L. Serio of Fleetwood is the author of a new book titled “The Mysticism of Ordinary and Extraordinary Experience”, published by Resource Publications, Eugene, Ore.

According to press documents, the book is a journey through cultural, religious and scientific realms, providing context for building bridges and suggesting that current physical concepts are compatible with spiritual ideas. It contains 16 pages on “The Mysticism of Jazz”.

Serio is a pastor in the United Church of Christ, having served churches in Womelsdorf, Kutztown and Temple. He is the past president of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies Inc. and the author of “The Dwelling Place of Wonder” (2016).

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