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When West Mt. Airy resident Susan Russell and her business partner Lucy Noland launched their publishing company, Archimedes' Printing Shoppe & Sundry Goodes, in late 2019, there was no way they could know, of course, that the crippling coronavirus pandemic was just around the corner like a snake, waiting to strike. more
Cosgrove is an artist-in-residence and associate professor of art at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre whose representational work has almost brought me to tears when I have seen it. more
Chestnut Hill author, singer/songwriter and professional storyteller Ted Fink, 81, left a copy of his fifth novel, “Pebbles in the Fire,” which came out in March, for me in the Local office with a handwritten note saying in part: “I hope you find this story a fun read.” more
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s final “virtual” concert of its regular 2020-21 season proffered one of its most compelling programs since the suspension of “in-person” performances. more
In his latest book, “A Course Called America” (Avid Press), Tom Coyne set out on a goal to play every course that has hosted US Open and a golf course in every state.  I’ll spare you the suspense: He achieves it. The real story, however, is in the how, with who, why and the search for the quintessential American course. more
Al-Mudhif - A Confluence, which opens to the public on Thursday, June 24. The intent was to use the construction process to heal from the twin traumas of war and displacement. This unusual environmental art structure is the first built in North America outside of Iraq. more
Ray Didinger starts out his new book with a Q & A he gave “in the activities room at the Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church.” Why would a local church invite a sportswriter to address their congregation? more
Alex London, 41, a resident of Mt. Airy (“I love this community”), surely has to be one of the most prolific authors in the Philadelphia area (or anywhere else). more
You cannot help but be stunned by the fact that these are mostly recent paintings by a lifelong Chestnut Hill area artist who celebrated her 100th birthday last year on Aug. 16. more
For his introduction to the local community, Tyrone Whiting conducted an expanded choir in the parish’s final Choral Evensong of the liturgical year. more
I have been a long-time admirer of the work of Jane M. Von Bergen, 66, who retired in late 2017 as a labor writer for more than half of her 35 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Jane and her … more
So many food trends exploded on the scene this year, from Instacart to TikTok meals, but there is one food trend experiencing a resurgence in popularity and it seems to be here to stay: the good old gift basket in all its goodie-filled glory. more
Quintessence Theatre Group will present Thornton Wilder's “The Seven Deadly Sins" as an audio theater series. more
“Gideon Mendel: Drowning World” dramatically demonstrates the effects of catastrophic flooding on people in the U.S. and around the world. more
The Germantown Friends School All-School Art Show is now open, hosted online for the second year! The virtual portrait exhibit was conceived as a communal reflection of the past year. … more
Quiara Alegria Hudes, a former Germantown resident, may not be a household name, but she co-wrote “In the Heights” with Lin Manuel Miranda, of “Hamilton” fame. Now their much-honored musical has been made into a Hollywood movie more
Piffaro, Philadelphia Renaissance Band, closed out its 2020-2021 season of concerts with a “virtual” performance of “Fuguing from Obrect to Bach,” recorded in Christ Church, Christiana Hundred, Wilmington, Delaware. more
Michele Corbman, 66, who has lived in Chestnut Hill for nine years, has mastered several creative disciplines. At first the pandemic did not have the corrosive effect on her artistic endeavors that it had on so many others. more
The Mt. Airy Art Garage will introduce its first exhibit at its new home, “Black Art Matters,” on June 19. more
Jonathan Eckel's brilliant abstract paintings (sort of like a marriage of Picasso and Jackson Pollock) are currently on display through June 30 at Awbury Arboretum's Francis Cope House. more
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