On Stage: Aimee Mann comes to the Colonial

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Aimee Mann Aimee Mann has probably played more different area venues than any other act on the scene – starting with her formative days in ’til Tuesday and  continuing through her long solo career. Mann has played everywhere from huge arenas (the Spectrum) to outdoor venues (Mann Music Center, Philadelphia Zoo) to small clubs (Chestnut Cabaret, World...

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Color Purple For the second time this season, area theater fans are being treated to an inaugural run of a hit Broadway show’s National Tour. The North American Tour of the Tony Award®-winning revival of “The Color Purple” visits Philadelphia from December 12-17 as part of the Broadway Philadelphia series, which is presented collaboratively by...

On Stage Spotlight: Ryan Tennis is home for the holidays

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Ryan Tennis Ryan Tennis is a Philadelphia musician — a globe-trotting Philly musician. He is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who in last two years has mounted successful tours through Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Colombia, and Argentina.  He spent February 2017 doing a massive tour in Colombia from Bogota to Barranquilla and from Cali to Cartagena. Tennis...

On Stage: Nothing like The Nutcracker to make it feel like Christmas

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet. The Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” is one of the most cherished—and longest running—family holiday traditions for families in the region. For many, a visit to Philadelphia to enjoy the lavish presentation by the world-famous Pennsylvania Ballet is a integral...

On Stage: Ventura fire forces cancellation of Phillips’ show

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Veteran rock and jazz drummer Simon Phillips was forced to cancel his tour — including a local stop tonight — after his Venture County, Cal. home burned in a wildfire. Two British musicians who first arrived on the scene in the late 1970s and have been going strong ever since have concerts scheduled in the area at different venues on December 6 – Gary...

Longwood FC plans numerous holiday events

EAST MARLBOROUGH — Longwood Fire Company is celebrating the holiday season by participating with organization in numerous events benefiting members of the community. “The holiday season is a special time of year to assist those having specific needs,” said Chief A. J. McCarthy. “I’m proud of the way our members respond not only now but throughout the year.”    Send...

On Stage: Kick off the holidays with the Kennett Symphony

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Kennett Symphony invites you to join with its musicians and special guests for a festive holiday celebration this weekend. On December 2, the Kennett Symphony (http://kennettsymphony.org/) is presenting “Pops Goes the Holiday with Special Guest Philadanco” at 7:30 p.m. at Unionville High School (750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square).   ...

On Stage: A chance to preview ‘Wolf-in-skins’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Wof-in-Skins Years ago, Broadway shows would frequently open “out of town” prior to heading to New York. The productions would have week-long runs in Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. – sometimes even in Hartford, Wilmington or Baltimore. The productions were in “partially-finished” stages — presented on stage to gauge audience reaction...

Twilight Tidings at the Tavern, Dec. 2

Celebrate the holidays with Twilight at the Tavern in Chadds Ford. CHADDS FORD —  The Chadds Ford Historical Society introduces a new event for the holiday season, Twilight Tidings at the Tavern, on Saturday, December 2 at the Barns-Brinton House in Chadds Ford. Celebrate the season with a historic look at the four major holidays of the 18th century winter season: Christmas, New Year’s, Twelfth...

On Stage: Something ‘Better than Bacon’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Better Than Bacon Vegetarians looking for a breakfast choice will tell you that anything is “Better Than Bacon.” Fans of comedy throughout the Delaware Valley will tell you that “Better Than Bacon” is a top-flight improvisational comedy act. For the last eight years, Better Than Bacon has been generating laughter at its shows and has become a local...