Mt. Airy theater group brings out passion in area teens

Arts, Mt. Airy | July 31st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Brenda Lange As public schools shutter arts programs and limit students’ access to music, theater and the visual arts, private groups have stepped into the breach with a variety of creative programs. One of those programs is the Picasso Project, an initiative of the Public Citizens for Children & Youth (PCCY) in Philadelphia. Since […]

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Area chains: Overly fast service, but good food and value

Arts | July 31st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s most famous catchphrase was “I don’t get no respect.” The same phrase could be applied to mid-level chain restaurants such as Bertucci’s, Olive Garden, Chili’s, Carrabba’s, Applebee’s, Bonefish Grill, Outback, etc. Restaurant critics like Craig LaBan (Philadelphia Inquirer) almost never mention them except in a derisive way, […]

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GFS (and Local) grad adds Steele-y prose to Inquirer

Arts | July 24th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Even when a story’s elements swing around like an Alexander Calder mobile, Allison Steele’s prose swings like a downhill slalom. Her sentences fill up with truth like a balloon in a Thanksgiving Day parade. Steele, 39, a graduate of Germantown Friends School, was a journalism major at New York University almost 20 […]

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Acclaimed ex-Springside poet is an animal’s best friend

Arts, Pets | July 24th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Among the many distinguished Springside School alumnae, it is not likely that there is a more sensitive, lyrical poet than Ann Kolakowski, 56, who now lives in Brookeville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Kolakowski is the author of an acclaimed collection of poems called “Persistence.” The poems in the book tell […]

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‘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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