On Stage: Kiranavali Vidyasankar showed early talent

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kiranavali Vidyasankar Many musicians trace their history of playing music back to the days of their early childhood – piano lessons when they were four years old or picking up a guitar at the age of six. Kiranavali Vidyasankar, who will perform in concert on March 17 at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, http://firemuseumpresents.com),...

Commissioners rip ‘redacted’ Sunoco pipeline emergency plan

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell view an excerpt from the heavily redacted Sunoco pipeline emergency management plan. WEST CHESTER — After many requests, and eventually demands, the Chester County Commissioners confirmed receipt Thursday by the Department of Emergency Services of the long-awaited Sunoco pipeline emergency management plan.  But...

On Stage: Todd Snider has stories to tell, still

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Todd Snider In the 11th century, Occitania had troubadours. Starting in the mid-14th century, West Africa had griots. In the 20th and 21st centuries, America has Todd Snider. Troubadours, griots and Snider all are travelling performers who tell stories and make music. They move from town-to-town entertaining and enlightening listeners with their...

County files suit against opioid manufacturers

The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced today that the County has filed an action to combat the devastating effects of the opioid crisis on its residents.  The County has retained the law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP to file a civil lawsuit in the Federal Eastern District of Pennsylvania against drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.

On Stage: John 5 and The Creature to rock Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times John 5 Prog rock fans have a lot of concerts from which to choose every year and the smart ones know that anytime John 5 and the Creatures play the area, it is a concert not-to-be-missed. On March 12, John 5 and his band return to the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) to treat fans to an evening...

Inner Nature: Digestion and food processing

By Vidja Rajan, Columnist, The Times The previous group of Inner Nature articles were loosely organized around how organisms sense the external environment using vision, sound, touch, taste and smell. What is most remarkable about this cluster of what appears to be completely different mechanisms is the profound underlying similarity. This similarity is due to the outcome of notionally different...

So…who died and made you God?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times I was reading about President Donald Trump’s latest appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, Allison Jones Rushing, not just a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, but someone who thinks homosexuality should be illegal again. She’s also wildly inexperienced and completely unqualified for the bench, but whatever. And while we could get tied...

On Stage: Thumpasaurus makes Philly debut

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Thumpasaurus Philly get ready — Thumpasaurus is on its first national tour and has a stop in Philadelphia planned for March 9. The genre-bending band from Southern California is bringing its “Book of Thump Tour” to the Kung Fu Necktie (1248 North Front Street, Philadelphia, 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com).

SEPTA trains to return to Coatesville; Commissioners pledge $1M

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Michelle Kichline (front row left and second left) and Kathi Cozzone (second from right) present a check for $1 million to Coatesville City Council and city staff to kick-start a train station parking garage. The presentation was made as SEPTA announced its plan to return regional rail service to the city. Also pictured, is State Representative Dan...

What To Do: Celebrating Charter Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This weekend’s calendar features a wide array of Charter Day activities. Charter Day, which is “officially” celebrated on March 11, recognizes the day William Penn received his land grant for Pennsylvania from King Charles II of England in 1681.