On Stage: Uptown! offers looks at MLK, Rustin to celebrate Black History Month

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Black History Month has arrived and Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (226 North High Street, West Chester, www.uptownwestchester.org) is kicking off Black History Month in style with a stage performance focusing on one of America’s most important Civil Rights leaders. Now through February 19, the Uptown! Knauer is presenting “The Mountaintop,”...

DCCC to merge Exton campus into Downingtown site

Delaware County Community College announced Tuesday that it will close the College’s Exton Center location and consolidate the staff and resources with the Downingtown Center, located at 100 Bond Drive in Downingtown. The Exton Center is closing effective June 30, 2023. All staff are being reassigned to the Downingtown Center.   “The College enjoyed 26 successful years in Exton, and the decision...

On Stage: ‘A Soldier’s Play’ Comes to Kimmel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  A Soldier’s Play Some plays are light and fluffy, some are outrageous, some are filled with humorous scenes, some have delightful music and almost all have a plot. And some are brutally intense. The Kimmel Cultural Campus, in partnership with The Shubert Organization, is presenting the Philadelphia premiere of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2020...

On Stage: Tribute bands hit local venues

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  In recent years, new genre of live music has emerged – a genre that spans genres. The new genre is tribute acts. Sure, tribute acts have been around for a while. For years, there have been artists who have devoted their lives to recreating music from previous stars – mostly solo singers like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Now, there is a plethora...

On Stage: Slambovian Circus of Dreams ready to rock in the new year

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Slambovian Circus of Dreams The Mummers Parade is a great Philadelphia tradition which dates back more than a century, has its roots in South Philadelphia and is always held on January 1. There is another Mummers tradition in Philadelphia which dates back more than a decade, has its roots in South Philadelphia and is always held on December 30. Some...

On Stage Extra: A rockin’ voice from Ukraine headlines at Brooklyn Bowl

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Gogol Bordello plays international punk music that is wild, aggressive and filled with Eastern European influences. That’s because frontman/founder Eugene Hütz is wild, aggressive and a native of Eastern Europe. This week, the band is celebrating 15 years of New Year’s Eve shows in New York and Philadelphia with shows at the two cities’ Brooklyn...

On Stage: Three options to see ‘The Nutcracker’

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Brandywine Ballet Company There are many holiday activities which have become yearly rituals for area families – decorated houses, exchanging presents around the Christmas tree, holiday parties with cookies and eggnog, listening to Christmas carols and, of course, shopping at malls (or Amazon). Another popular family favorite is attending a live performance of...

On Stage: Matt Cappy taps into holiday spirit at City Winery

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Matt Cappy Matt Cappy, one of the top young trumpeters in the jazz scene, is a musician on the move. On December 15, he will travel 1,125 miles south to be a guest performer at the Mississippi Jazz Foundation’s 19th Annual “Night of Musical Artistry” in Jackson, Mississippi. In April, Cappy will travel 3,400 miles overseas to start a U.K. tour...

On Stage Extra: ‘The Butterfingers Angel’ at Uptown!

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (226 North High Street, West Chester, www.uptownwestchester.org) is bringing live theater to its stage with a rarely seen production of “The Butterfingers Angel.” The official opening night for the comedic show is December 3. The show will run through December 23. Created by William Gibson (The Miracle Worker), one...

On Stage: ‘Hairspray’ returns to Delaware Valley

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Hairspray Prior to May 2022, it had been more than a decade since “Hairspray” went on a National Tour and played a run in the area. The show, which is filled with fun numbers and poignant messages, is a delight that shouldn’t be missed. The National Tour touched down at the Miller Theater (formerly the Merriam Theater) in Philly in May. Now, it’s...