Daughter of Asian immigrants making impact as TV reporter

Arts | April 25th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear “Growing up, I saw very few Asian-Americans on television. Those I did see were journalists. They were confident, informed about the world and respected, things that even as a child, I aspired to be.” Trang Do, 34, who uttered those words in an interview last week, has certainly achieved her goal. The […]

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Prolific area playwright opening ’12 Chairs’ this week

Arts | April 24th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest dramatist in any language in world history, wrote 37 plays in his 51 years of life. (Although the great Mel Brooks insisted in his record, “2000-Year- Old Man,” that Shakespeare actually wrote a little-known 38th play titled “Queen Alexandra and Murray,” obviously a comedy.) In sheer numbers, […]

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Where some see deteriorating buildings, she sees beauty

Arts | April 19th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear When most of us look at an old, deteriorating building, we simply see a hulk that has outlived its usefulness. But Lara Cantu-Hertzler sees a potential work of art. I have called her the Philadelphia artistic maven of old, crumbling buildings since her artistic renderings of them have earned her numerous gallery […]

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City’s new opera house is magical

Arts | April 19th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by James Smart (Ed. Note: The Metropolitan Opera House is a historic opera house located at 858 North Broad St. It has been used for many different purposes over its history. Now known as the Met Philadelphia, the theater reopened in December, 2018, after a complete renovation as a concert venue.) The fuss that is […]

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Overcame abuse, abandonment as a child: Former Hiller’s ‘magical book’ spreads the Love to kids

Arts, Books | April 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Brenda Lange In spite of a challenging childhood, Susan Love, teacher, author and activist, tapped into her inner happy child to create a magical book for kids that reminds them they are special and can achieve whatever they set their minds to. In 2014, Love published “Ms. Love’s Mystical Island Adventure” on Kindle. The […]

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Holocaust-inspired music soars at St. Paul’s Church

Arts, Note Worthy | April 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the final installment of its series of “Five Fridays: Concerts for the Community” in this its eighth season April 5. The performers were a trio of musicians brought together by Astral Artists, the local organization that helps young musicians make the transition from conservatory student […]

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