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Chestnut Hill's multi-talented French-Canadian chanteuse Lucie Daigle, a virtual local legend, is the only local musician I have interviewed since last March who has actually been performing live semi-regularly during the pandemic. more
Piffaro, Philadelphia Renaissance Band, continued its “virtual” 2020-21 season of entertaining historic concerts Jan. 5-12 with “Music for Twelfth Night.” more
The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect on the past year in order to move forward more thoughtfully. At Woodmere, this is always the agenda for our first staff meeting in January. more
This is typically the time of year I start to count the days until spring. Just when I think it can’t get any colder, a polar vortex is here, with plans to stick around for weeks. more
How many nerdy young men have felt insecure looking in a mirror, envying the handsome, muscular star athletes who seem to effortlessly wind up with the beautiful, popular and most desirable cheerleaders, prom queens, etc.? The answer: Millions! more
Fiammetta Hsieh Rubin, who has been living in Chestnut Hill for 47 years, was born in Rome in 1936. She was raised seven miles outside of Rome on the ancient Appian Way, one of southern Europe's … more
You never know where interesting stories will come from. I recently Googled the name Nick D'Angelo, an artist from upper Roxborough whom I wanted to know more about after learning about him. more
I would never claim to be a jazz aficionado, but I do listen to many genres of music, depending on my mood, and I was blown away this week when I happened to listen to “Piano Arrangements,” a 2018  jazz CD by Mt. Airy pianist Lou Walinsky. more
The Springfield Township Historical Society will present guest speaker Nancy Moses, author of “Fakes, Forgeries and Frauds.” more
How long does it take to walk down the aisle? In this case, half a decade. Or, as the old joke says, "Marriage is a three-ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, suffer-ing." more
Simone Zelitch, a Mt. Airy professor and author of six books, and author Max Gross will discuss their works by Zoom on Monday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. more
The year 2021 may just be the perfect storm for a restaurant revolution, an experimental food frenzy unlike any we‘ve ever seen. more
I happened on John Kaag's "American Philosophy: A Love Story" back in 2016 and immediately became a fan of this young philosophy professor. more
Matthew Glandorf led the combined forces of Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Bach Festival of Philadelphia to welcome in the new year with music by Henry Purcell, Heinrich Schutz and Johann Sebastian Bach. more
Meghan Cary, an Erdenheim resident who has acted in more than 100 plays and whose music won her the coveted Billboard magazine “Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer” is a multi-talented performer who is just as resilient as she is talented. more
Having seen Ellen Formanek Tepper play the harp — she was a regular before the pandemic at the William Penn Inn on Route 202 in Gwynedd — I know what an ethereal quality her performances add to the dining experience or just to quiet contemplation. more
I can't think of a more charming and endearing way to start the book-reading year than to recommend Shaun Bythell's "The Diary of a Bookseller" (2018) to you. more
Tempesta di Mare provided local music lovers with a remedy to the COVID-19 lockdown that has eliminated in-person concerts since mid-March, 2020. Piffaro will present their “virtual” concert, “Music for Twelfth Night,” January 5-11. more
In a year characterized by so many uncertainties, one Christmastime tradition was carried on in spite of the multitude of challenges surrounding it. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, … more
This week marks the end of a very long, very dismal year, a year that was nothing we hoped it would be. more
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