Tech expert authors book on how to evaluate your cat’s IQ

Arts, Pets | December 27th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear In her day job, Calla Knopman is a “data integration practitioner” for The Hackett Group in Conshohocken, which provides digital transformation services to global companies. For those who may share my ignorance about such arcane matters, data integration is “the art of converting bits of data into information that can be used […]

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Acting the Meryl Streep role is a souvenir for audiences

Arts | December 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston In 1932, Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy socialite with a famously uncertain sense of pitch and key, met mediocre pianist Cosme McMoon, and the two teamed up in hopes of achieving musical success. Over the next dozen years their bizarre partnership yielded off-key recitals that became the talk of New York but […]

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Stunning botanical artworks blossoming until Dec. 31

Arts | December 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear What Vincent Van Gogh did for sunflowers and Manet for water lillies and Renoir for beautiful women, Maryfran Cardamone has done for plants. The acclaimed Mt. Airy native spent lots of time in her formative years exploring the woods of the Wissahickon Valley and horseback riding. The love of nature led to […]

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Leigha Kato stunning in ‘Wizard’ on Mount Airy stage

Arts | December 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Frank Burd According to a review by Hugh Hunter in the Dec. 12 Local, Leigha Kato, now starring as Dorothy in L. Frank Baum’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz” at Quintessence Theatre in Mt. Airy, is “a winsome presence, sometimes fearful and imploring, sometimes aglow with wondrous joy. It is over 10 years since […]

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Wyndmoor native one of just two Jewish country music stars

Arts | December 12th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Ray Benson, 68, who was born Ray Benson Seifert in Wyndmoor, is almost unique. The towering (6-foot-7) musician is, according to Wikipedia, one of only two Jewish country music stars in the U.S. (The other one is Richard “Kinky” Friedman, 75, whose band is called The Texas Jewboys.) Benson, who is currently […]

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