‘Obsessed’ sisters bring Celtic music to Pastorius Park

Arts, Concerts | July 19th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Carole Verona Contemporary Celtic trio The Gothard Sisters will bring “lots of instruments, Irish step dancing, humor, ballads, fiddle tunes and much more” to the closing performance of this year’s free Pastorius Park Concert series. “And we’re pretty kid-friendly, as well,” said Greta Gothard, 32, who will be performing with her sisters, Willow, about […]

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Area musicians: Playing instrument boosts aging brain

Arts | July 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Barbara Sherf Ask many seniors and their musical instructors in and around Northwest Philadelphia, and they will attest that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks when it comes to playing a musical instrument — and those tricks are leading to improved memory and mental acuity, as well as a sense of […]

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Jamaican native, once hungry, now nourished through art

Arts | July 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Constance Garcia-Barrio At one of Kingston, Jamaica’s, traditional Christmas markets, a big, boisterous December 25 street fair featuring loads of toys and presents, Jamaican native Rupert E. Salmon, aka Ikruwarmaneazy, got an unexpected gift. “I looked at toys made of wood, straw, cloth and clay, and I knew in that instant I could make […]

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‘Tree hugger’ travels 9,000 miles to run Hill workshops

Arts | July 17th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Over the years, the term “tree hugger” has been used as an insult against environmentalists and “New Agers” by certain corporate and right-wing politicians and opinion makers. Hannah McQuilkan, however, is one person who is proud to be a literal “tree hugger.” McQuilkan, 39, a New Zealand-based Naturopath, Medical Herbalist and Forest […]

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He wanted to be an actor ‘since Moby Dick was a guppy’

Arts | July 17th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Both widowed in their 70s, Irving and Peg are introduced to each other by the questionnaires they fill out on an online dating service. And we, in turn, are introduced to them thanks to the award-winning play written by Michelle Kholos Brooks and Kelly Younger, “Kalamazoo,” which continues at Act II Playhouse […]

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Vocal Arts endowment skyrockets from $3 million to $36 million

Arts, Note Worthy | July 17th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso James McDowell, president and artistic director of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, has announced the school’s 2019-20 season of performances. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”), Gaetano Donizetti’s “La favorite” and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” (“The Masked Ball”) will be performed in fully staged productions […]

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