Hill author’s latest novel finds old neighborhood bleak

Arts | March 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear In Chestnut Hill author Ted Fink’s poignant and gripping third novel, “The Incident at Parkside,” 77-year-old Melvin Kappernick does something unexpected; instead of retiring to a gated community in Florida, he moves back to the neighborhood of his youth in an attempt to recapture some of the mystery and magic he knew […]

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Irish super group, RUNA, at Mt . Airy venue this Sunday

Arts | March 4th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear When asked what was the hardest thing she has ever done, Shannon Lambert-Ryan, front-person, singer and step-dancer for the Irish super group RUNA, replied, “Deciding to become an Irish folk musician! Ha ha! You definitely don’t choose this career for the wealth or the fame! It’s a love of really hard work, […]

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Amish play’s actor finds “best of both worlds” in G’town

Arts | February 28th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Rita Charleston The Philadelphia Theatre Company continues its 45th season with a powerful drama about forgiveness set in the Pennsylvania Amish Country. “Everything is Wonderful,” written by Chelsea Marcantel and continuing through March 8 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St., deals with contemporary issues like consent but also explores timeless topics […]

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Prominent, historic blacks live again in “Deep Rivers” at Maxwell Mansion

Arts | February 28th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Constance Garcia-Barrio The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St., stands poised to celebrate Black history in high style. When it comes to African Americans, the mansion, an authentically restored Victorian house museum, occupies an unusual niche among the Northwest’s historic sites.  Enslaved blacks toiled at Cliveden and Stenton, nearby historic sites, while the […]

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An accident led to acting career for star of ‘Rachel’

Arts | February 27th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Jessica Johnson, who plays the title character “Rachel Loving” in Angelina Weld Grimke’s 1916 play, “Rachel,” never intended to be an actress. As an honors sophomore student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., she accidentally walked into the wrong class, Acting 101. (“Rachel” is now being performed at Quintessence Theatre, […]

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World-renowned jazz guitarist performing at Hill venue

Arts | February 27th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear  The New York Times recently wrote that Stephane Wrembel, 46, is “perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today, Mr. Wrembel plays the guitar with a rich and colorful lyricism.” Rolling Stone magazine has called him “a revelation.” Watching him play his own recent composition, “Apocalypse,” on YouTube, one is simply […]

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Mt. Airy actress playing iconic Stella in “Streetcar”

Arts | February 27th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Frank Burd “Stella!” Say the name aloud, and most theatergoers will know the play and the playwright — “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams. Next month, “Streetcar” will be performed at the Arden Theatre, and Stella will be played by Mt. Airy resident, Emilie Krause. “I only moved here this past fall,” she […]

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