From Haiti to G’town and now nominated for film awards

Arts | October 19th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Rita Charleston Germantown resident Dasha Sainstremy, known professionally as “Da Saint,” has been named a finalist for both the “Quality of Message Award” and the “Discovery Award” for her “Closet Doors,” a short film about a young female minister. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, to Haitian parents, she has been in Philadelphia for […]

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Feminist/socialist defied society’s conventions: Mt. Airy visionary and pioneer’s works now at Woodmere

Arts | October 12th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Stacia Friedman Through contemporary eyes, it may be difficult to fully appreciate the radicalism inherent in “A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance” at Woodmere Art Museum through Jan. 21, 2018. But if you look closely, you will see that every mural, painting, portrait and stained glass window reflects the artist’s passion […]

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Tragedy on stage and in real life for Mount Airy actor

Arts | October 12th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston One fateful summer day, the Tyrone family gathered in New London, Connecticut, bound to a past they are unable to forgive or forget. James and Mary Tyrone and their two sons fight for the stability and survival of their family, but they are caught in a hopeless cycle of love and resentment. […]

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Mt. Airy late bloomer paints ‘Women of Inspiration’

Arts | September 28th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Stacia Friedman Artistic ability is often a matter of inheritance, passed down from one generation to the next. Mt. Airy portrait artist Keisha Whatley, 38, doesn’t have to look far for the source of her passion for painting. “My father, who died recently, was a working artist his entire life. He was a talented […]

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From Zen monastery to new men’s book group in Mt. Airy

Arts | September 28th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Mt. Airy resident Chris Tyler, 39, is not a macho man. Just the opposite. He is thoughtful, reflective, sensitive, considerate and questioning what it means to be a real man (as opposed to the bullying, braggart, aggressive, narcissistic Donald Trump paradigm). In other words, a perfect fit for Mt. Airy. Tyler, 39, […]

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