What To Do: Restaurant Festival dishes it up this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Chester County Restaurant Festival (Gay Street and downtown area, West Chester, 610-436-9010, http://www.downtownwestchester.com/view_program.php?id=29) has been treating visitors to the borough with the opportunity to sample a wide variety of gourmet treats for almost 40 years. This year, the free festival, which will be held on September 16 from...

On Stage: jazz legend Mike Stern makes the best of his ‘breaks’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mike Stern Back in 2016, legendary jazz guitarist Mike Stern experienced a bad trip. But, it had nothing to do with a scary travel experience or a hallucinogenic mis-step. Stern, who will headline a show on September 13 at the Ardmore Music Hall (23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, 610-649-8389, www.ardmoremusic.com), physically tripped and suffered...

On Your Table: Don’t rush to say goodbye to summer, just yet

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Pasta with fresh corn, chicken and vibrant vegetables makes a colorful farewell-to-summer dish. September is all about the fine line between saying goodbye to summer and looking forward to the crisp weather and new flavors that fall brings.  The changeover is happening earlier this year, thanks to a hurricane bringing rain and cloudy, humid and...

Mixed Media: Decorus and Wilmington Art

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times If you are looking for a reason to go to Philly (besides this months’ Fringe Festival!) go to Decorus at Space and Company just north of Fitler Square and just west of Rittenhouse Square. Potsic, formerly of Main Line Art Center, and Center For Emerging Visual Artists, has been engaged in the Philadelphia arts for decades and is, as well as a curator, an...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Getting back on track

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It’s fun to step away from the usual for a while and kick your heels up, but, inherently, we are creatures of habit and feel more centered when we have a routine. What have you set aside? What do you have to take off the back burner and fire it up again? Labor Day, 2018, is behind us and although we still have two weeks remaining of the summer, our minds...

On Stage: ohGr keeps it industrial

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times There are two acts performing shows in the area on July 11 that, even though they both fit into the realm of popular music, could not be more dissimilar – ohGr and Gaelynn Lea. ohGr is a veteran industrial band that has been making intensely aggressive music for almost two decades. Lea is a singer-songwriter who makes pleasant, melodic music while...

Hurricane Florence could impact area by week’s end

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The current projected path of winds from Hurricane Florence as it is expected to make landfall Thursday. The latest computer models suggest a turn to the north that could impact the Chester County area. While there are a large number of variables, local residents should at minimum stay alert as to the path and progress of Hurricane Florence, which looks to make landfall...

On Stage: Escovedo headlines Mushroom Festival show

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Alejandro Escovedo This weekend, the annual Mushroom Festival in downtown Kennett Square (http://mushroomfestival.org) is celebrating its 33rd anniversary. The Mushroom Festival will run from September 8-10 at various locations in downtown Kennett Square. A musical highlight will be a live performance by Alejandro Escovedo with Don Antonio on Saturday...

What To Do: Mushrooms and more to kick off fall events

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Mushroom Festival After three decades, anniversaries begin to take on a special significance. This weekend marks the 33rd anniversary of the annual Mushroom Festival in downtown Kennett Square (http://mushroomfestival.org). The Mushroom Festival supports the old southern Chester County axiom “There’s a fungus among us.”

Mixed Media: A trifecta of Civil Rights art shows

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Black Survival Guide Last week, I went on a field trip to the Delaware Art Museum for their beautiful trifecta show on Civil Rights. The shows, Black Survival Guide: Or How To Live Through A Police Riot, Danny Lyon: Memories of The Southern Civil Rights Movement, and The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Drawings by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman, are an important...