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 are...

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”...

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)...

Mixed Media: Don’t let weather forecast scare you from First Friday

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Ok listen up! We’ve got a lot going on this weekend for First Friday so don’t let those looming thunderstorm warnings deter you, you’ve gotta show up! Let’s start with my favorite, Kennett Square. Historic Kennett Square is putting on it’s second Expanded Art Stroll of the year from 6 – 9pm. I mentioned a few offerings but there’s so much...

Mixed Media: A chill in the air part of the fun for art walks

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times We’ve officially experienced our first frost! The chill of mid-autumn is upon us, and staying warm will again, becoming a hobby. Next weeks’ First Friday offerings in the area will make the chilly, trek from one destination to another, a part of the fun. Dovetailing off of the popular West Chester expanded art walks, Kennett will host its second November...

On Stage: The HumblemanBand is at it again, thankfully

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The HumblemanBand The HumblemanBand, one of the Philadelphia area’s longest-running rock bands, is at it again. The five-piece group from Northwest Philly is ready to release a brand-new album titled “Beautiful Day.” The band’s self-released new disc is already available on Amazon, i-Tunes and CD Baby. The official release date is November 10...

On Stage: Even after more than 50 years, Fiddler still relevant to today’s issues

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fiddler on the Roof There is a lot to like about 3-D movie theaters, home viewing of an endless array of television series and the immediate access of music videos. Still, nothing can compare to a live theater performance of a timeless play or a hit musical. This week, area theater fans have an opportunity to enjoy live performances of two Broadway hit...

On Stage: Eric Johnson brings it back to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eric Johnson Texas guitar ace Eric Johnson played the area back in the spring on the first leg of his “Ah Via Musicom Tour.” Now, he is returning to Philly on the second leg for a show on October 22 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com) Johnson is a highly-acclaimed guitarist from the Lone...