On Stage: Modern day minstrels take their art to the people

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times hackedepicciotto Europe in medieval times had minstrels. A minstrel was an entertainer. Originally describing any type of entertainer such as a musician, juggler, acrobat, singer or fool, the term later, from the 16th century, came to mean a specialist entertainer who sang songs and played musical instruments. From the 14th century until the present...

On Stage: Intense is how Ministry likes it

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times People may disagree about what kind of band Ministry is – industrial, metal, rock, goth. But they all have to agree that Ministry is one of the most intense bands they’ve ever heard – lyrically and sonically. Ministry has been making music that rattles your bones, challenges your brain and touches a need for rebellion for almost four decades...

On Stage: Navarro finds new voice as part of Threefer Madness

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Dan Navarro Dan Navarro became familiar to a lot of listeners not so much as a solo artist but more as one-half of the popular duo Lowen & Navarro. Lowen & Navarro was a songwriting team composed of David Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro, who met in Los Angeles, California, in the 1980s. They wrote the song “We Belong,” which became a major...

Mixed Media: A lot going on at the Wayne Art Center

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times There’s a lot going on at Wayne Arts Center this month. FIVE new exhibitions are on display. You should definitely pay a visit, and here’s why: First exhibition to greet you in the foyer, “Geometry In Color,” will offset the bleak grey winter days of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Warm up and take in the large, playful paintings, vibrating with color....

On Stage: Wild Child’s adventurous journey

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Wild Child Wild Child’s itinerary for the recording of its new album “Expectations” was more adventurous – and featured more mileage – than many band’s full tours. Area fans will get to hear the band’s new music live when Wild Child — Alexander Beggins, Kelsey Wilson, Sadie Wolfe, Matt Bradshaw, Tom Myers, Tyler Osmond, Cody Ackors...

On Stage: A little something for everyone this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Michelle Lewis There is a great variety of live music on tap in the area this weekend – a folk/country singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, rocking twin sisters from New Jersey, a young Australian singer-songwriter, a Pennsylvania-born song stylist whose repertoire covers more than a half-century, a guitarist-singer-songwriter from Kenya, a heavy...

On Stage: Americana is front and center this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Old Sea Brigade Over the next few days, there will feature be several shows bound to pique the interest of fans of Americana music — concerts by Old Sea Brigade, The Bumper Jacksons and The Dirty Grass Players. On November 29, The Foundry at Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal Street, Philadelphia, 215-309-0150, www.thefillmorephilly.com) will...

Mixed Media: Celebrating our local holiday art traditions

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Welcome back from wherever Thanksgiving took you for the last week. For me, I ventured to Charleston, South Carolina to visit family and enjoy the temperate weather, brightly colored colonial buildings, and the smell of salty sea air. It was a lovely respite, but I welcome the return to the Brandywine Valley and our beautiful holiday traditions. Perhaps...

On Stage: Closeness finally comes together

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Closeness Orenda Fink and her husband Todd Fink has been making music for a long time. Todd Fink is most known as the singer/writer for The Faint. Orenda Fink has built a legion of fans as a member of Azure Ray and her work with Moby, Isaac Brock, Bright Eyes, Delerium, and Sparklehorse.    Send article as PDF   ...

On Stage: The circus is always in town these days

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Cirque Dreams Holidaze You could paraphrase the old saying “When one door closes, another door opens,” with this — “When one circus finishes its run in this area, another circus will open soon.” In the past few months, the Delaware Valley has received visits from Cirque Italia’s water circus, Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta,” UniverSoul...