On Stage: ASH comes home to Delaware Valley

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times In world of mythology, a phoenix rises from the ashes. In the world of modern dance, it’s ash that has arisen – actually ASH. West Chester’s Braham Crane put together his highly-acclaimed dance company in Chester County more than 10 years ago and called it A.S.H. (which stands for “Artists.Simply.Human”).

On Stage: Philly still loves Bowie

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times David Bowie may be gone but he is far from forgotten – especially with events such as the “Philly Loves Bowie Week.” “Philly Loves Bowie Week” is an annual volunteer production of a family of fans of the Starman – music lovers who felt it was important to gather together as a city to celebrate the life and work of a truly one-of-a-kind...

Mixed Media: When the wall(paper) is the art work

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times The Main Line Arts Center unveiled their Professional Artist Members’ Exhibition last week. Stop by to celebrate at the reception this Friday, January 11th from 5:30 – 8pm. This exhibition will showcase a variety of media (sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media) from the programs’ 2019 cohort. Participating artists include: Frank de Pietro,...

On Stage: ‘Beautiful’ music on stage at Academy

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Sarah Bockel as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. It’s very likely that you know these songs — “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” But you may not know what links these familiar songs together. All these classic...

On Stage: Coatesville’s Fitzy comes home to perform — and teach

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Brian Fitzy If asked to name people from Coatesville who have become famous, most area residents would probably think of professional athletes/C.A.S.H. alumni such as boxing’s Calvin “Silky Smooth” Grove, who had 49 professional victories and won the IBF featherweight world title in 1988; football’s Billy Joe, who was “Rookie of the Year”...

Mixed Media: An exploration of the self

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times HALF:HALF at the Delaware Contemporary Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019, and in the Chinese new year, it will be the Year of The Pig. Let’s not read into that too much. Anyway, in terms of the Chinese Zodiac, the pig represents wealth and fortune. The pig is a rational, hard worker that occasionally treats itself. It brings energy to anything it does....

On Stage: Get ‘Slammed’ for New Year’s Eve Eve

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Slambovian Circus of Dreams There is one date each year when the penultimate and the ultimate come together. Once the calendar year starts, area music fans have to wait until the very end of the year to enjoy what ultimately is one of the best shows of the year – to wait until the final full night of the year – to wait until the penultimate...

On Stage: Lend Me a Tenor at RTC in West Chester

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times If you’re looking for something to do that isn’t linked to the Christmas holidays, consider attending a theater production. An excellent choice can be found right here in Chester County. Now through December 30, The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) is presenting “Lend Me A Tenor” at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (236 North High Street,...

Mixed Media: Kennett Square is an arts Mecca this month

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Square Pear Gallery Kennett Square is absolutely bustling with holiday activity. Walking along State Street on the weekend, I can hear the horse drawn carriages, and see the lines at the shuttle taking people from Kennett Square to Longwood Gardens and vice versa. Holiday shoppers are out in full force, buzzing from one boutique to another, and making...

On Stage: The Grinch is ready to steal your heart

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Grinch It probably would be pretty hard to find anyone in the area who is unfamiliar with a certain holiday story written by Theodor Geisel just over a half-century ago. Geisel is better known as Dr. Seuss and the protagonist of his timeless story is the Grinch.