On Stage (Extra): Saying goodbye to the Tin Angel

Dar Williams’ show kicks off two weeks of farewell events By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Dar Williams Picture a situation in which an older and much-loved friend was diagnosed with a terminal illness and had just a few weeks left to live – despite having the appearance of being healthy. Friends would come from near and far to pay their respects, share some memories and say goodbye. That’s...

On Stage: Davy Knowles returns to his roots

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Davy Knowles On January 19, two acts from the British Isles will be performing at venues in the area. But, neither act hails from a country that is part of Great Britain or the United Kingdom. Davy Knowles, who will perform at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com), is a native of the Isle of Man. We...

Art Watch: Longwood Art Gallery changes it up with new owner

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times Megan Umbs and her father David recently purchased the iconic Longwood Art Gallery that has been a fixture at 200 E. State Street in Kennett Square for almost 12 years. While the gallery will continue to exhibit the traditional landscape paintings that have been a benchmark for the gallery, owner Megan Umbs wants to shake it up a bit and also bring in a contemporary,...

On Stage: McCaslin inspired by Bowie

Sax ace who played on superstar’s final album is changed by working with him  By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Donny McCaslin It seems hard to believe that a year has gone by since rock legend David Bowie passed away but it’s true – almost to the day. Bowie died on January 8, 2016. Two days later, his final album “Blackstar” was released. Recording of this album took place...

Art Watch: Portia Mortensen opens at Church St. Gallery

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times This Friday January 13th be prepared for a treat at Church Street Gallery, with the opening of “The Texture of Serenity” paintings by Portia Mortensen. Once a year, Church Street Gallery changes it up and presents an exhibit of purely abstract art, and Portia Mortensen is the abstract painter chosen for 2017. The artist reception is this Friday, January...

On Stage: Hooters’ Bazilian highlights ‘Light of Day’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Last year, Philadelphia area finally had its own Light of Day event. Now, it’s back for another year. On January 7, the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, philly.worldcafelive.com) will host “Light of Day Philadelphia: Songwriters Up Close & Personal” – Philly’s second installment in the “Light of Day WinterFest”...

Uptown! opens Knauer Center with a bash

The four people who envisioned the Knauer Center six years ago are (from L to R) Richard K. May, Linda Foster, Connie McEvoy and Tom McEvoy. Photo by Christie Green Photography. WEST CHESTER — After six years of hard work, Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is ready to debut its theater, the Knauer Performing Arts Center, to the public. The New Year’s Eve Gala, sold out since October, was one of...

Art Watch: Gallery 222 opens 2017 with two Heathers

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times Gallery 222 in Malvern reopens after the busy holidays with two terrific art openings on January 11th. Award-winning local oil painter Heather Davis will be exhibiting in the West Gallery, and artist and printmaker Heather McMordie exhibits her layered prints and drawings in the East Gallery. The opening reception for the shows will be Thursday January 12th from...

On Stage: Rusted Root meets every challenge

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Playing a show on the Thursday before New Year’s Eve weekend can be a challenge for a band – especially with potential audience members having the tendency to be saving their energy and money for the upcoming holiday festivities. Rusted Root is a band that isn’t fazed by challenges such as this. The Pittsburgh-based rockers have built a well-established...

Art Watch: Give the gift of art memberships

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times If you just can’t decide on that perfect piece of art, then consider buying a museum or art association membership for your friend or family. Memberships allow the recipient free admissions, discounted classes and lectures, and get the member invited to lots of fun art-filled activities with creative-loving people; plus memberships are mostly tax-deductible...