Stunning exhibit by Chestnut Hill artist on the Avenue

Arts | October 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Jennifer Hawkes Spaeth, 50, is an extraordinarily talented artist and Chestnut Hill resident whose paintings are currently on display until Oct. 31 at Tailored Home, 8528 Germantown Ave. The Princeton, NJ, native is married to Karl Spaeth, Jr., nephew of a Chestnut Hill legend, the world-renowned ophthalmologist, Dr. George Spaeth. Jennifer, who […]

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‘Humanitarian’/former teacher hits all the right notes

Arts | October 10th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Lisa Bello, who left special education teaching to devote full time to a music career, will perform as a headliner at Dino’s Backstage next to the Keswick Theater in Glenside on Thursday, Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m. Bello, a singer/songwriter and mother of a 5-year-old boy named Cassius who is actually on three […]

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“Frankenstein” is returning to haunt audiences in Mt. Airy

Arts | October 10th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Quintessence in Mt. Airy opened its ninth season with “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus” (1818) by Mary Shelley. The new adaptation by director Alexander Burns commemorates its 200th anniversary. While there have been countless versions of the seminal classic, few bear much resemblance to this revival. Most of us are familiar with […]

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Dramatic ‘Achromatic’ exhibit opens in gallery at SCH

Arts | October 3rd, 2018 | Leave a comment

“Achromatic” is an exhibit that opened Oct. 1 at the Barbra Crawford Gallery on the campus of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH). It has been curated by Melissa Maddonni Haims, a local sculptor and curator and an SCH parent (of Noa, class of ’21). Achromatic, which is color without hue, can refer to black (the […]

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G’town opera singer stars in powerful Alzheimer’s drama

Arts | September 26th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston In this 44th year of Opera Philadelphia performances, it has launched its “O18 Festival” with the world premiere of “Sky on Swings,” an unflinching yet uplifting look at Alzheimer’}s disease. The work, by composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch, questions if time’s cruel and random loss of memory can still produce […]

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At Stagecrafters, a charming romantic comedy with a bite

Arts | September 19th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter John Patrick Shanley has written a diverse body of plays, most notably the controversial Pulitzer Prize winner, “Doubt.” But when he writes in the romantic comedy genre, as in “Outside Mullingar,” now running at Stagecrafters, he knows how to hit the sweet spot. He eludes the schmaltz of romcom by situating the […]

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Germantown Colored Girl Museum founder to appear at Wagner Institute

Arts | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

On September 13 at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia Contemporary and the Wagner will present the first event of their new collaborative series, Museums of the 21st Century. The Wagner’s 19th-century lecture hall will host a public conversation between Ghanaian writer, art historian, and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta Ayim and Philadelphia artist, writer, and museum […]

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Mt. St. Joe alum thrilled by ‘Best of Philly’ selection

Arts | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Elizabeth Coady Sara McCorriston drolly recounts how some people have called her ‘‘brave’’ because she dares to leave the few gray hairs in her mass of dark tresses au naturel. As if a few aberrant melanin-deprived strands portend failure or the derailment of youth. The dig actually shows a lack of insight into McCorriston, […]

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