On Stage: Wild Child’s adventurous journey

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Wild Child Wild Child’s itinerary for the recording of its new album “Expectations” was more adventurous – and featured more mileage – than many band’s full tours. Area fans will get to hear the band’s new music live when Wild Child — Alexander Beggins, Kelsey Wilson, Sadie Wolfe, Matt Bradshaw, Tom Myers, Tyler Osmond, Cody Ackors...

Coatesville residents forced to light street themselves

By Tony Buck, Coatesville Resident Tony Buck hanging shop-light from front of home (Editor’s Note: As part of our evolution toward citizen journalism, we offer this submission from a Coatesville resident about an issue in his neighborhood. It is written entirely from his perspective and does not reflect input from city officials on this issue. They, of course, are welcome to respond.) It is four...

On Stage: A little something for everyone this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Michelle Lewis There is a great variety of live music on tap in the area this weekend – a folk/country singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, rocking twin sisters from New Jersey, a young Australian singer-songwriter, a Pennsylvania-born song stylist whose repertoire covers more than a half-century, a guitarist-singer-songwriter from Kenya, a heavy twin-guitar...

What To Do: Santa hits area for local parades

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Coatesville Christmas Parade The Coatesville Christmas Parade is a cherished area holiday tradition. The event, which is Chester County’s largest hometown parade, will be held on December 1 in downtown Coatesville. The festive annual parade (http://coatesvillechristmasparade.com) will get underway at 10 a.m. with Strode Avenue and Lincoln Highway...

Welsh will not seek reelection as Sheriff

Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh After nearly two decades, the first female sheriff elected in Chester County has announced that she will retire from the Sheriff’s Office and therefore won’t be seeking re-election. Her term ends in early 2020. Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the longest-serving sheriff in county history, said she plans to pursue one of several opportunities that have...

On Stage: Americana is front and center this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Old Sea Brigade Over the next few days, there will feature be several shows bound to pique the interest of fans of Americana music — concerts by Old Sea Brigade, The Bumper Jacksons and The Dirty Grass Players. On November 29, The Foundry at Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal Street, Philadelphia, 215-309-0150, www.thefillmorephilly.com) will present...

Mixed Media: Celebrating our local holiday art traditions

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Welcome back from wherever Thanksgiving took you for the last week. For me, I ventured to Charleston, South Carolina to visit family and enjoy the temperate weather, brightly colored colonial buildings, and the smell of salty sea air. It was a lovely respite, but I welcome the return to the Brandywine Valley and our beautiful holiday traditions. Perhaps you’ll...

Inner Nature: Getting touchy-feely with Somatosensation

By Vidja Rajan, Columnist, The Times Somatosensation is the ability of the body to sense stimuli, but is not as straightforward as it seems. For example, touch can range from being barely perceptible to being excruciating; an itch that is scratched can go from feeling pleasurable to painful. Percussion and loud music can can be felt as a physical sensation. How does this happen, and is it touch or...

On Stage: Closeness finally comes together

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Closeness Orenda Fink and her husband Todd Fink has been making music for a long time. Todd Fink is most known as the singer/writer for The Faint. Orenda Fink has built a legion of fans as a member of Azure Ray and her work with Moby, Isaac Brock, Bright Eyes, Delerium, and Sparklehorse.

What To Do: Kicking off the Christmas season in style

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Thanksgiving 2018 is now in the rear-view mirror. Black Friday, which unofficially started about two weeks ago, has “officially” arrived. The Christmas holiday season is here — complete with non-stop over-played holiday songs emanating from everywhere, incessant bell ringers and an amazing amount of traditional holiday events and activities. The holiday...