After 10 years, Mt. Airy rock band on path to stardom

Arts, Local Life | December 14th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear They may not be the Rolling Stones, but the Mt. Airy-based rock band, Restorations, just may be a household name if they maintain momentum on their uphill trajectory. According to local music writer Matt Cohen, “It’s been 10 years since Restorations formed, and in that time they’ve accomplished more than most bands […]

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Acting by classical pianist in harmony on Mt. Airy stage

Arts, Local Life | December 13th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!,” presented by the Quintessence Theater Group, has been extended and continues at the Sedgwick Theater in Mt. Airy through Dec. 30. Directed by Alex Burns, the group’s Artistic Director, the show takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England following the […]

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Charming irreverence in ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show’

Arts, Local Life | December 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter “The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged),” by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, is currently being performed at Allens Lane Theater until this Saturday, Dec. 15. While three cheerfully lighted Christmas trees dominate the stage, the interests of “Saint Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church” are more broad. Their creed? “We’ll believe anything.” Under director Mariangela […]

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Christmas concerts at three Hill area churches this Sunday

Arts, Local Life, Note Worthy | December 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill music lovers will have the privilege of taking in some of the region’s finest performances of Christmas music this weekend. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, will present its annual “Lessons & Carols” service Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. Interim music director Steven Gearhart and interim organist James Batt […]

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Award-winning actor playing gay character on Hill stage

Arts | December 6th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Premiering in 2013 at Lincoln Center, nominated for three Tony Awards and winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play, “The Nance,” written by Douglas Carter Beane, is currently being presented by The Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave., through Dec. 9. Directed by Barbara Mills, the play follows the […]

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Chestnut Hill’s multi-talented scholar: A Rose by any other name is still a Renaissance Man

Arts | December 6th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear The term “Renaissance Man” has become a cliché for those who excel at several disciplines, but I cannot think of a more appropriate expression for long-time Chestnut Hill resident Dan Rose, who has published myriad publications, including academic work, poetry and artist books; received national and international acclaim for exhibits of his […]

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Thrilling program at St. Martin’s ushers in liturgical year

Note Worthy | December 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, ushered in the new liturgical year with its 32nd annual Advent Procession Sunday, Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent. Music director Erik Meyer presided over a program of music that included works by Hugo Distler, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Norman Luboff, Caroline Mallonee, […]

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50 years in area, ‘Designing Woman’ exhibits artwork

Arts | November 30th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Normally, when I ask an article subject for his/her age, the individual either mentions a number (most of the time) or declines to answer. But Joselyn Kinstler Ney, who says that answering my questions about her personal history is “like writing my eulogy,” gave me more than I bargained for. “Biologically I […]

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‘Oliver’ at Quintessence in Mt. Airy; it is the Dickens

Curtain Call | November 30th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome I’d love to report that the Quintessence Theatre Group’s “Oliver!,” Lionel Bart’s magnificent musical take on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” is getting a smashing production at Mt. Airy’s Sedgwick Theater. The truth is that director Alex Burns’ mounting (running through Dec. 23) is a mixed bag. Some of the scenes and performances […]

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