On Stage: DiBuono ‘Trumps’ the competition with dead-on impression

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Bob DiBuono as Donald J. Trump, Billionaire. Bob DiBuono never set out to be a stand-up comedian. But, life as a comic is where the New Jersey native’s career path has taken him. On July 20, the veteran comedian will make a rare area appearance when he headlines the Candlelight Comedy Club (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, 302- 475-2313, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org) “For...

Art Watch: New solar art installation is out of this world

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times West Chester University has been steadily increasing the presence of art throughout its beautiful campus in West Chester Pennsylvania. The latest artistic space was created outside the entrance to WCU’s Mather Planetarium, located off of the intersection of Church Street and Rosedale Avenue. Clay artist Rhoda Kahler was commissioned to create “Constellation”,...

On Stage (Extra): Gilfillian returns to his roots

Devon Gilfillian By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times It’s not uncommon for musicians who have relocated to different cities to return to their hometowns to perform in concert for their welcoming fans. Such is the case with Devon Gilfillian. Gilfillian grew up in suburban Philadelphia – in Morton in Delaware County – and then got his degree from West Chester University. A few years ago,...

On Stage (Bonus): Pokey LaFarge, old-time with a new twist

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Pokey LaFarge Pokey LaFarge’s new album “Manic Revelations” was just released on May 19 on Rounder Records. On the following day, he started a tour in support of the album with a special album release show at St. Louis’ The Pageant. The tour makes a stop locally on July 14 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com)

On Stage: Dinosaur Pile-Up finds identity as a band

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Dinosaur Pile-Up If you’re going to Chevelle’s show on July 13 The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal Street, Philadelphia, 215-309-0150, www.thefillmorephilly.com), you’d be wise to get there shortly after the doors open. Getting there early is not about getting a good place in front of the stage to watch – although that is another good reason – but...

Art Watch: From wild African Dogs to Sound & Light journey in Wilmington

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times Summer is a great time to take respite from the heat, and enjoy viewing art in the cool, open settings of a gallery space or museum. There are plenty of excellent shows currently on view at our local museums, galleries and art centers, which are continuing throughout the Summer, and this weekend we have two special new exhibitions to start up your art weekend ahead. In...

On Stage (Extra): Andy T Band overcomes to play the blues

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Andy T Band Blues will be in the spotlight when Andy Talamantez and Michael A. Benjamin headline a show at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) on July 9. Blues fans may not recognize this act until they realize the act’s stage name is The Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike. Andy T, a veteran Nashville...

On Stage (Extra): Caravan Palace manages to combine EDM with Swing

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Caravan Palace In recent years, there have been blends of things that seem unlikely in concept but work out well in reality. One example is the coming together of Philadelphia food and oriental cuisine – the highly-popular cheesesteak egg roll. In the world of popular music, the combination of modern electronic music and traditional swing music seems like...

On Stage: Music offerings, domestic and international

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times David Cook If you’re looking for some live music this weekend, you can go American or international. On July 6, American Idol winner David Cook will play at the World Café Live while Tengger Cavalry, a metal band fronted by a Mongolian throat singer will headline a show at The Fire.

Art Watch: First Friday and much, much more

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times First Friday this July 7th kicks off with brand new exhibits from Kennett Square Pennsylvania to Elkton Maryland, as well as artist demonstrations at local galleries. Blockbuster museum shows, including “Andrew Wyeth-In Retrospect” at the Brandywine River Museum of Art and “The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner” at The Delaware...