Local best-selling author also a ‘ghost’ for others

Arts, Books | October 4th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear I have interviewed well over 100 authors during my 25 years at the Local, many self-published but others whose sweat-stained work was accepted by traditional book publishers, a feat today virtually akin to be picked to play center field for the Phillies. Never before now, however, did I meet a successful author […]

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Neurodiverse art exhibit expands Woodmere’s offerings

Arts | October 3rd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Samuel Newhouse The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill is known for chronicling the story of Philadelphia artists. They expanded that story with a new chapter recently with “wordshapes,” a show of artwork by artists who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. “Wordshapes” features pieces by various artists who work at the Center for Creative […]

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Melody makes great theatrical music on Mt. Airy stage

Arts | October 3rd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Not that I am an expert at such predictions, but I would not be at all surprised if Melody Ladd becomes a household name someday as a stage/screen actress nationwide. Ladd, who was stunning in February as Hennie Berger in Quintessence Theater’s production of Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing,” returns to the […]

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Artists compete in ‘Dinah Memorial Project’ at Stenton

Arts | October 3rd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Constance Garcia-Barrio In recent months, Northwest Philadelphia has taken up the gauntlet in representing women of African heritage in its history. Reenactments this year of life at Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., have included the perspective of black women down the generations who cooked, washed clothes and cleaned windows at the Chew family mansion. In […]

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New fall art exhibit at SCH’s Barbara Crawford Gallery

Arts, Schools | October 2nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

“Lit,” the fall exhibition at the Barbara Crawford Gallery at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, will feature a small group of internationally known artists. This exhibition features books, both literal and metaphorical, and will open with a reception for the community on Thursday, Oct. 10, 5 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibition has been curated by Melissa […]

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‘Girard’ raises questions about sexism and mental illness

Arts | October 2nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston In a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale from Lanie Robertson comes “The Insanity of Mary Girard,” continuing at Allens Lane Theater through Oct.6. The play centers around Mrs. Stephen Girard who became pregnant by her lover in 1790. Her husband, the prolific Philadelphia philanthropist (Girard College), quickly committed Mary to an insane asylum, where she […]

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