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Last week my wife and I were sitting in the waiting room of Mt. Airy Family Practice when I could not help but notice a series of beautiful paintings of birds on the wall that were for sale. more
Chestnut Hill's multi-talented French-Canadian chanteuse Lucie Daigle, a virtual local legend, is the only local musician I have interviewed since last March who has actually been performing live semi-regularly during the pandemic. more
Piffaro, Philadelphia Renaissance Band, continued its “virtual” 2020-21 season of entertaining historic concerts Jan. 5-12 with “Music for Twelfth Night.” more
The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect on the past year in order to move forward more thoughtfully. At Woodmere, this is always the agenda for our first staff meeting in January. more
Fiammetta Hsieh Rubin, who has been living in Chestnut Hill for 47 years, was born in Rome in 1936. She was raised seven miles outside of Rome on the ancient Appian Way, one of southern Europe's … more
You never know where interesting stories will come from. I recently Googled the name Nick D'Angelo, an artist from upper Roxborough whom I wanted to know more about after learning about him. more
I would never claim to be a jazz aficionado, but I do listen to many genres of music, depending on my mood, and I was blown away this week when I happened to listen to “Piano Arrangements,” a 2018  jazz CD by Mt. Airy pianist Lou Walinsky. more
How long does it take to walk down the aisle? In this case, half a decade. Or, as the old joke says, "Marriage is a three-ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, suffer-ing." more
Matthew Glandorf led the combined forces of Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Bach Festival of Philadelphia to welcome in the new year with music by Henry Purcell, Heinrich Schutz and Johann Sebastian Bach. more
Meghan Cary, an Erdenheim resident who has acted in more than 100 plays and whose music won her the coveted Billboard magazine “Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer” is a multi-talented performer who is just as resilient as she is talented. more
Having seen Ellen Formanek Tepper play the harp — she was a regular before the pandemic at the William Penn Inn on Route 202 in Gwynedd — I know what an ethereal quality her performances add to the dining experience or just to quiet contemplation. more
Tempesta di Mare provided local music lovers with a remedy to the COVID-19 lockdown that has eliminated in-person concerts since mid-March, 2020. Piffaro will present their “virtual” concert, “Music for Twelfth Night,” January 5-11. more
In a year characterized by so many uncertainties, one Christmastime tradition was carried on in spite of the multitude of challenges surrounding it. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, … more
Anyone who struggled through Chaucer, Milton, Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, etc., in an English-Lit course has to be surprised by this news: Poetry reading is up in the U.S. while reading books for pleasure is down slightly. more
Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts continued its “virtual” 2020-21 season Saturday, Dec. 13, with its annual recital of “Russian Romances.” Assembled, directed and … more
The goal is for unique collaborative artworks to be created while also helping raise money for the USPS. more
Rarely if ever – just to understate the case by a country mile – have we needed a jolt of holiday spirit in the form of a feel-good Christmas movie. more
Adapted to the Quintessence Theatre Group's stage by Suli Holum from the Frances Hodgson Burnett 1902 play, “The Little Princess,” this complete virtual production runs through Dec. 27. more
Lantern Theater Company continues its current season with a remount of its original adaptation of the play, now in its third year and reimagined for film, virtually (streaming) through Dec. 27. more
The Philadelphia Orchestra continued its season of “virtual” concerts from Dec. 3 through 6 with a chamber music arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. more
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