On Stage: Coatesville’s Mascherino brings back The Color Fred

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fred Mascherino The Color Fred is back from the dead. Coatesville’s guitar hero Fred Mascherino has reignited his solo project The Color Fred with a revamped lineup. Mascherino has also resurfaced with a brand-new song titled “Don’t Give Up On Me” – released as a single and a lyric video as well. To celebrate its first new material in over...

What To Do: Fun for Fathers’ Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fatherfest If there is a hot air balloon, a blimp, a helicopter or a giant condor in the sky above you, it’s almost a certainty that you’re going to look up. If it’s a helicopter, the audio part emphasizes the visual part as it attracts your attention. When there is a chopper flying overhead, it is virtually impossible to resist a skyward gaze.

On Stage: Karen Gross mixes humor and timeless cabaret

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Karen Gross Karen Gross is a talented singer and storyteller…a composer of heartfelt original music. She is also a throwback to a bygone era…a playful chanteuse who can perform sophisticated, sassy cabaret shows. She has performed at prestigious venues including Lincoln Center in New York City and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kimmel Center...

On Stage: Sibling-powered Lawrence comes to The Met

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Lawrence Usually, mid-week is a slow time for live music – especially Wednesday nights. But that isn’t so this week – not this Wednesday. The area music calendar has several great shows in a variety of genres – indie-pop, blues and pop-rock on Wednesday. Years ago, a much older generation had George and Gracie – comedians George Burns and Gracie...

Dental tips for a great vacation

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Hooray — it’s time for the long awaited vacation.  I’m going to share some of the tips on how to handle a dental problem when you are away from home. Nobody wants a tooth problem but being prepared will help lessen the inconvenience and perhaps keep that vacation on track.

BKG-Brickus Funeral Home reopens with renewed focus on community and families

The BKG-Brickus Funeral Home, 977 W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville PA VALLEY — While it may be a familiar name to local folks, the BKG-Brickus Funeral Home has reopened, still locally and minority owned, not just with a focus on customer service, but as their role as members of the broader local community. To be sure, this isn’t some chain-operated or corporate funeral home: the BKG-Brickus...

Inner Nature: Immunity — Autosurveillance

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times The immune system is the mechanism that protects and defends the body. Although its main purpose is defense against attack, the immune system is also a barrier, border patrol, soldier, police, doctor, parent, and amazingly, a fortune-teller, all in one package. Not only that, it exists in every living organism from bacteria to plants to animals to protect against...

Trump’s new move on Cuba is idiotic

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Havana, Cuba, 2018 near El Malecon John Bolton is full of crap. And his boss, Donald J. Trump, is in the words of a friend of a friend on Facebook, is a “DoucheCanoe.” This week, the Trump Administration announced that the U.S. government would again tighten and restrict commercial and travel to Cuba. Bolton, a hard-line lunatic who helped get us into pointless...

What To Do: Gilbert & Sullivan at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Yeomen of the Guard Great flower gardens, an impressive fountain show and live performances of theater and contemporary ballet all can be found at one location this weekend — Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org). On June 7 and 8, Longwood is hosting a special live production by the Savoy Company. The...

On Stage: Son Step comes home to drop new album

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Son Step Son Step has a new album to drop and the band knows when and where it wants it to drop. On May 17, Son Step released its third full-length album, “Fossilillies” on the Grind Select label. The Philly-based band will start its support tour with a hometown album release show at Johnny Brenda’s (1201 North Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-739-9684,...