On Stage: Experience shows for two acts playing locally

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Renaissance If something lasts for 50 years, it must have something going for it. If a music act lasts for 50 years, it definitely has something going for it – something that translates into guaranteed staying power. Two acts that have lasted a half-century are the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which was formed in 1966, and Renaissance, which will celebrate...

Mixed Media: Unionville Art Gala, more coming this weekend

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Happy unofficial snow day, Chester County! Snuggle down and read on, we’ve got some events in the coming week. First off, a reminder, this weekend is the Unionville Art Gala at the Unionville High School. Event kicks off tomorrow night from 6 – 9pm with live music and hors d’oeuvres. The gala continues on Saturday November 17th from 11am –...

On Stage: The Ultra comes to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Ultra Anyone who heads to the show on November 16 at the Fire (412 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, 267-671-9298, firephilly.com) expecting to hear a concert by the British hitmakers Ultra might be disappointed. That band — a British boy band from the 90s that had a major hit with “Rescue Me” – is simply “Ultra.”

On Stage: Dominque brings free concert to WCU

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times David Dominique West Chester University’s Wells School of Music will present a special show on November 13 as part of its “New Music Series.” The show Tuesday night at WCU’s Ware Family Recital Hall (Swope Music Building, 817 South High Street, West Chester, https://25livepub.collegenet.com) is highly attractive for two reasons – primarily...

On Stage: New Romance brings back that 80s vibe

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The 1980s was a decade when MTV was a major player in the world of rock music. Bands found instant success when their videos got into regular rotation on the music-based cable channel. More than 30 years have passed since that era in the history of pop music. Many of the acts are long-gone. Some have persevered over the last three decades and other...

On Stage: Pennsylvania Ballet starts season with a classic

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jiří Kylián’s “Petite Mort” at the Pennsylvania Ballet Year after year, the Pennsylvania Ballet has been able to present a season schedule that has just the right balance between the old and the new …the right mixture of traditional and contemporary. The Pennsylvania Ballet and Artistic Director Angel Corella kicked off the 2018-2019 season...

Mixed Media: Art shows closing, opening

By Caroline Roosevelt,  Columnist, The Times The severity of the rain held out long enough last Friday for Kennett Square to welcome a bustling crowd to its’ Expanded Art Stroll. Congratulations to all the merchants, artists, organizations and volunteers for contributing to such a fun event. Special shout out to Casa Guanajuato for their phenomenal installation experience, “Journey to Mictlan”...

Thank You Project mushrooms in Kennett Square

In 2017, Roberta Little and Stella Scott of the former Mala Galleria, began Thank You Project. They focused on the community of Kennett Square to encourage feeling, expressing and living in gratitude. While Thank You Project’s slogan is Gratitude Mushrooms in Kennett Square, it’s mission is to document gratitude spreading here and eventually everywhere. Since it’s conception, many local...

On Stage: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Charlie and the Chocolate Factory “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” exists in a variety of forms. It started with a children’s novel published in 1964 by British author Roald Dahl. Its second incarnation was “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” an Academy Award-nominated musical fantasy in 1971 starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.

On Stage: Downingtown’s Haas brings his comedy home

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Chris Haas Chris Haas is coming back home – at least for a few days. Haas, who now lives in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, graduated from Downingtown High in 2005. On November 3, Haas is returning to Chester County to perform a live comedy show. On Saturday evening, Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org)...