Erdenheim songwriter hits number one on Billboard chart

Arts | December 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Mike D’Onofrio Julian Blake Ray, 28, unexpectedly discovered his big break on social media. That’s how the singer and songwriter learned that Grammy award-winning artist Chris Brown would cover his original song in Brown’s recently released album, “Heartbreak on a Full Moon.” “I was just completely blown away. That’s just an absolute dream come […]

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From medicine to European opera to Chestnut Hill theater

Arts | December 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Even after hundreds of years since it was first performed, audiences still seem to love Moliere’s classic, “The Miser,” now continuing through Dec. 10 at the Stagecrafters, 8130 Germantown Ave., where it is directed by Barbara Mills. The plot centers around a brother and sister, both ready to set out on their […]

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Mendelssohn Club Feast of Carols at St. Paul’s Saturday

Arts | December 7th, 2017 | Leave a comment

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia’s A Feast of Carols will return to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill on Saturday, December 9 at 5pm. Sing in the holidays with seasonal classics like O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; and learn new favorites such as Sistah Mary, We’ll Dress This House, and Some Children. For online sales, general seating is […]

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Race issue probed at Allens Lane

Arts | December 1st, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Blending awkward workplace comedy with intense racial tension, “Rasheeda Speaking” is currently running at Allens Lane Theater, 601 West Allens Lane, through Dec. 3. This workplace thriller examines the realities of so-called “post racial” America when two middle aged female co-workers – one black and one white – are driven apart by […]

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Moliere classic at Stagecrafters not miserly with laughs

Arts | December 1st, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter “The Miser” by Moliere is still a theater favorite hundreds of years after its creation, and the flashy production now running at Stagecrafters shows you why. Using the translation of David Chambers, director Barbara D. Mills amuses you all night with the angst of Harpagon and his curious entourage. Harpagon imagines money […]

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Allens Lane drama explores racial conflict and revenge

Arts | November 24th, 2017 | Leave a comment

 By Hugh Hunter “Rasheeda Speaking” is currently making its Philadelphia debut at Allens Lane Theater in West Mt. Airy. It’s a play that explores race relations in America, centering on Jaclyn, a middle-aged black woman who finally lands a decent job as a receptionist, but Dr. Williams (Tom Boland) plots to engineer her dismissal on […]

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