Charming high comedy and time capsule at Allens Lane

Arts | January 17th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Check out the witty charm of “The Philadelphia Story” (1939), now on full display in director Noel Hanley’s revival at Allens Lane Theater. Complete with elegant set and lush costuming by Morgan McCoy, “Philadelphia” is all about the vivacious socialite, Tracy Lord, whose character was based on Helen Hope Montgomery Scott (1904 […]

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Hill jazz pianist performing at the legendary Birdland

Arts | January 17th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Len Lear Virtually every great jazz performer in the U.S. over the last 71 years has performed at Birdland, which opened in December of 1949 at 1678 Broadway in Manhattan, closed in June of 1964 after a bankruptcy and reopened in 1985 at 2745 Broadway in the heart of the New York theater district. […]

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Last Call: ‘Our Town,’ A retrospective of Edith Neff

Arts | January 15th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by George McNeely The retrospective of the paintings of Philadelphia artist Edith Neff is closing on Sunday, January 19, at the Woodmere Art Gallery. Now is the time to visit. Edith Neff (1943-1995) grew up in Philadelphia and studied painting at the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts). She taught at the […]

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Taking flight and Crossing into new year at Hill church

Arts, Note Worthy | January 3rd, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Micahel Caruso Donald Nally and The Crossing presented their annual “The Crossing @ Christmas” choral concert Dec. 20, 21 and 22. The first performance took place at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; the second was sung in the Fuentiduena Chapel of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters in New […]

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Five favorite records and catchiest song of 2019

Liner Notes | January 2nd, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro I would normally follow the critical convention of calling this a “best of” list, but that would be dishonest. To be candid, I simply don’t feel like I’ve listened to enough popular music this year to make that sort of judgment. What I can do, however, is list my own personal favorites. […]

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Mt. Airy ex-hair stylist shear magic as ‘Dragon’ voice

Arts | December 31st, 2019 | Leave a comment

By Rita Charleston Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is shattered suddenly by the invasion of annoying fairytale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home — not to mention  his — Shrek cuts […]

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