Out of genocide: Magnificent sculpture in Chestnut Hill

Arts | July 27th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Part Two Innovative self-taught sculptor Vanny Channal’s wonderful “Steel Mantis” is currently on display at Morris Arboretum through October of this year. Channal’s parents are survivors of the Cambodian genocide from 1975 to 1979. •Did your parents often talk about what they went through with the Khmer Rouge? “Never directly to me. […]

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Ben Arnold to close Pastorius Concert Series on July 25

Arts | July 20th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Carole Verona Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill favorite Ben Arnold closes out the 70th Anniversary “Best of the Best” free Pastorius Park summer concert series on Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. To celebrate the occasion, singer/songwriter Arnold will rock the park with a four-piece electric band augmented by a four-piece horn section. Performing with […]

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From Cambodia to Chestnut Hill; sculptures for humanity

Arts | July 20th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear If you have been to Morris Arboretum lately, you have undoubtedly seen the spectacular sculpture of a praying mantis on the grounds, which will be there until October. What you could not possibly know is that the sculptor responsible for this memorable work, part of the “Time in the Garden” theme this […]

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Mt. Airy multi-tasker does it all at high level: Journalist, singer, teacher, cellist and yoga instructor

Arts | July 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Talk about your talented multi-tasker. West Mt. Airy resident Rachel Cama Nemer, 37, who will be offering free cello introductory workshops on July 26 and Aug. 23 for the Chestnut Hill Music Academy at St. Paul’s Church, has been a journalist, singer, teacher, cellist and yoga instructor, all at the professional level. […]

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‘Frank Sinatra’s musical spirit’ at Hill site this week

Arts | July 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Bruce Klauber, journalist, author, public relations professional, drummer and a working jazz musician since childhood almost six decades ago, brings his “Bruce Klauber Swings Frank Sinatra” to the stage of Chestnut Hill’s Paris Bistro, 8229 Germantown Ave., for the first time on July 12. “Although I usually play the drums at my […]

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Celtic band RUNA returns to Pastorius Park

Arts, Concerts | July 6th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Carole Verona In August, award-winning Celtic band RUNA will celebrate its 10th anniversary of bringing traditional Irish, Scottish, Americana and bluegrass music to audiences around the world. The band will combine the celebration of its anniversary with that of the Pastorius Park concert series at a free show on Wednesday, July 11, at 7:30 […]

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Close is open about role in profound play on local stage

Arts | July 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston An old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson. This is the basis of “Tuesdays With Morrie,” a play by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by newspaper sports columnist Albom and being staged July 10-29 at Ambler’s Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave. Albom recounts the […]

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