Chesco’s Usher picked for Philadelphia Fine Art Fair

Donna Usher’s Arrangement 101, 10 inches x 8 inches, acrylic on panel PHILADELPHIA — Internationally-exhibited artist Donna Usher has been selected to participate in the inaugural Philadelphia Fine Art Fair. Usher, who lives in Chester County and has a studio in West Chester, will exhibit seven paintings. The fair offers Philadelphia area residents a unique opportunity to experience high quality...

On Stage: Broadway hits area with ‘Rent’ and ‘Rotten’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Rent This week, the national tours of two Tony Award-winning musicals will visit the area – “Rent” in Philadelphia and “Something Rotten” in Wilmington. “Rent”, which had record-breaking sales when it played Philadelphia on numerous previous occasions, has established itself as one of America’s all-time best Broadway shows. Based...

On Stage: ‘Divas’ on stage at Keswick

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times “Calling All Divas,” which is being presented by the Keswick Theater (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com) on March 2, is more than just one form of entertainment. It’s a play. It is a concert. It is an evening of fun in a theater. And, it is a world premiere. There are other things about the show that come...

On Stage: Popa Chubby comes to Kennett Sq.

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Popa Chubby Get ready to rock out, Kennett Square. On March 1, Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) will host a show by Popa Chubby, one of America’s modern-day blues-rock/blues masters. Popa Chubby plays between 180 and 200 shows each year and his shows this weekend will be the last stateside...

Mixed Media: Workshop offers marketing, branding advice for artists

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Last weekend, I attended a workshop for artists and creative entrepreneurs at Square Pear Gallery in Kennett Square. I’m not usually one for productivity on a Sunday, but this workshop piqued my interest as it appealed to a very specific creative audience. Square Pear’s “Winter Workshop” featured a two part event hosted by a panel of artists and...

On Stage: One degree of separation from Beissel to music’s greats

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Danny Beissel “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” is a parlor game based on the “six degrees of separation” concept, which posits that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. If you look at rock vocalist Danny Beissel’s long and varied resume, you’ll quickly notice that there is just “one degree of separation”...

Mixed Media: As snows thaw, arts schedule heats up

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times I hope everyone’s enjoying the gentle springish thaw this week after all the snow. At this point, the light has changed and, in my opinion, spring can’t come soon enough. So let’s look forward towards the upcoming art events leading us into March. March 12th – April 6th, Somerville Manning will be hosting a solo exhibition of figurative paintings...

On Stage: Pavone is a revelation in solo viola show

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jessica Pavone A solo viola concert might not seem to be the most interesting of choices for an evening of musical entertainment. But, if the artist onstage is Jessica Pavone, then all preconceived expectations fly out the window. When Pavone performs her solo viola concerts, audiences get drawn into her complex compositions. Boredom never becomes...

On Stage: intersect series at Annenberg spans the world

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This season, the Annenberg Center (3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, https://annenbergcenter.org/events) has teamed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for a special internationally-themed series called “intersect.” One portion of the series deals with the music of Africa. The first presentation was “Origins and Diaspora” back in October....

On Stage: Neal Morse continues ‘The Great Adventure’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Neal Morse Band The last time Neal Morse played a show in the area was a year ago when he visited the Sellersville Theater on his solo acoustic tour. That tour was sandwiched between a 2017 tour in support of a massive project – an intellectually challenging double-CD titled “The Similitude of a Dream” – and his current tour in support...