On Stage: Time for some ‘Kinky Boots’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times With the arrival of autumn’s cooler temperatures, many people are thinking that it’s time to put away sandals and opt for warmer footwear. Area fans of musical theater, meanwhile, know that it’s time for an entirely different type of footwear – that it’s time for “Kinky Boots.” “Kinky Boots” is a Broadway musical with music...

On Stage (Bonus): Little Steven carves out his own niche

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Little Steven Some know him as Steven Van Zandt. Others know him as Little Steven. Some refer to him as Stevie Van Zandt. Still others think of him as Miami Steve. There is one thing all can agree on. Van Zandt is a rock legend – a guitarist extraordinaire who has become an integral part of rock music’s DNA. Van Zandt, who might best be known as Bruce...

On Stage: Coco Montoya remains a blues guitar ace

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Coco Montoya Coco Montoya has built a reputation as an ace guitarist – a guitarist who spent 10 years in one of the best Anglo-American blues band ever – a guitarist who had a blues icon as a mentor. Not bad for a drummer from Santa Monica, California. Montoya, a legendary blues-rock guitarist and vocalist, has just released a new album “Hard Truth”...

Art Watch: Keep on the lookout!

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times There are 100 different clay creatures (Clay-tons) hidden throughout Chester County by the 20 clay artists involved in the Annual Clay Days art exhibition. This year, “Clay Days” is revving up the excitement by including an art-inspiring treasure hunt all over the county. If you find one of these hidden clay creatures, it is yours to keep, and the...

On Stage: Wire rolling out new album, Silver/Lead

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Wire In the summer of 2015, Union Transfer 1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, 215-232-2100, www.utphilly.com) hosted a show by Wire and the British quartet rocked the house. On September 26, Wire — Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey and Matthew Simms — is returning to the scene of the crime to do it again. The show at Union Transfer will be...

On Stage Profile: Kathleen Turner conquers caberet

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Kathleen Turner In the entertainment realm, there is not much that Kathleen Turner hasn’t conquered. She starred on Broadway in “High, Indiscretions,” “The Graduate,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” She was brilliant in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and received Tony nominations for Best Actress. On screen, she garnered critical acclaim...

On Stage (Bonus): Human Heat gets back to Midwest roots

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Human Heat Human heat can best be measured by a non-contact MEMS thermal sensor. Human Heat can best be measured by fan response. Human Heat, a music act that evolved from a previous band Yellow Ostrich, will be looking to generate some heat when it plays a show at Kung Fu Necktie (1248 North Front Street, Philadelphia, 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com). Human...

On Stage: Chris Hillman isn’t just ‘bidin’ his time

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Chris Hillman Music fans – young and old – have been drawn to the music of the Byrds for more than a half-century. Those who love the jangly pop sound pioneered by the Byrds will be in a state of ecstasy with the arrival of Chris Hillman’s new album “Bidin’ My Time,” which will be officially released on September 22 on Rounder Records. On September...

Art Watch: Celebrating Gallery 222’s first anniversary

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times The big go-to art event this weekend is Saturday’s 1st Anniversary Exhibition and celebration reception at Gallery 222 in Malvern from 6:30pm to 9:30. Artists, art lovers , friends and public are all welcome to enjoy art, live music, food and drinks to toast the gallery’s first year in business. Gallery 222’s 1st Anniversary Show, “Graham,...

On Stage (Spotlight): Colony House is not what it seems

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Colony House Colony House, which is headlining a show on September 19 at Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal Street, Philadelphia, 215-309-0150, www.thefillmorephilly.com), is a band that could be confusing to people. The quartet from Franklin, Tennessee – Caleb Chapman, lead vocals, guitar; Will Chapman, drums, percussion; Scott Mills, guitar, additional...