On Stage: Gina Sicilia is happy to be home

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Gina Sicilia Gina Sicilia is happy to be coming home – if even for just one night. Sicilia, a highly-acclaimed blues vocalist who grew up in the Philadelphia area, is coming back to the area on September 26 for a show at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400,www.worldcafelive.com). She will share the mid-week bill...

On Stage: Locks at Sona debuts with Fitzsimmons show

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times William Fitzsimmons On September 22, the will be an area concert that has “newness” written all over it. This Saturday night, William Fitzsimmons will visit the area for a show at the Locks at Sona (4417 Main Street, Manayunk, 484-273-0481, sonapub.com) The Locks at Sona is a brand-new club that opened its doors for the first time this month. Fitzsimmons...

On Stage: Spend some time with Family and Friends

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Family and Friends For a lot of people, Thursday night is a good time to get an early start on the weekend – a good time to enjoy an evening with family and friends. This Thursday night is an especially good night to enjoy an evening with family and friends – more specifically, Family and Friends. On July 20, Family and Friends, a highly energetic...

Mixed media: A few closings, and openings in local arts shows

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times We’ve got a few shows that just opened, or are about to open, but first, here’s what’s ending. Art Trust’s current mixed media exhibition, “Mixed,” will end September 28. Join them for their artist talk on September 27th from 7 – 8pm. Sharon Bartmann, Jennifer Hartz, and Jim Roberts will discuss their work and there will be some time...

On Stage: Othmer returns to where it all started

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Julia Othmer There are three major cities in Julia Othmer’s life – Kansas City, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Kansas City is where she was born and raised. Philadelphia was where her career as a singer/songwriter/keyboardist came to life. Los Angeles has been her home for more than a decade. This week, Othmer is bringing her music back to where...

On Stage: Step back in time this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Nicky as Carol Channing, a Musical Revue Entertainment history will be on display this weekend at a pair of live shows at the Rrazz Room (6426 Lower York Road, New Hope, 888-596-1027, www.TheRrazzRoom.com). One show will feature a live performance by a multi-faceted entertainer who has been plying his trade for more than 50 years. The other show...

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...

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,...

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...

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...