On Stage: Phoebe Legere really is unique

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Phoebe Legere, who will headline a show on August 4 at The Steel City Coffee House (203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, 610-933-4043, www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com), is a talented singer, songwriter, instrumentalist — a multi-talented artist who is like no other. The descriptive word “unique” is often misused – frequently as an unsubstantiated hyperbole....

Art Watch: August ‘First Friday’ Gallery openings and artistic fresh starts

  By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times By now most everyone knows that studies have shown that having some creative outlet in your life increases longevity and personal happiness; but where to begin? This August, consider signing up for Fall classes at the many art associations in our area, or a class with private art teachers, or going back to school, or entering an art competition. The greater...

On Stage (Bonus): The Wrecks bring indy rock to Philly

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Wrecks On July 29 and 30, Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal Street, Philadelphia, 215-309-0150, www.thefillmorephilly.com) will host the “Rockstar Energy presents: All Time Low – Young Renegades Tour,” a tour which also features SWMRS, Waterparks, The Wrecks The Wrecks are a Los Angeles-based indie rock band with roots in Thousand Oaks, California....

On Stage: Spackman returns to Phoenixville for Planned Parenthood benefit

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Anna Spackman Anna Spackman, a talented singer-songwriter whose career has bicoastal roots, played many shows in her formative years at Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville. On July 27, Spackman will be performing in Phoenixville again. Laura Keen is hosting a benefit for Planned Parenthood’s West Chester Health Center in West Chester at her home at...

Art Watch: Stop, look and listen when it comes to Andrew Wyeth

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times As most of Chester County knows by now, July 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of artist Andrew Wyeth, which is being celebrated locally in an exceptional exhibit at The Brandywine River Museum of Art, “Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect.” The Brandywine River Museum of Art offers an opportunity to see over 100 works by Andrew Wyeth, created...

On Stage (Extra): Toronzo Cannon grew up surrounded by the blues

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Toronzo Cannon Some artists pursue a career in music because it’s in their DNA. For others, the path to making music can be traced to environmental sources. Toronzo Cannon, who will perform on July 24 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com), is an American electric blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. His...

On Stage (Extra): Kozie beginning to make a name for himself

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Kozie Kozie can mean different things to different people. People familiar with the Slovak Republic know it as an area in the western Carpathian Mountains. Other people know Kozie as a clothing line that makes high-quality special needs children’s clothing. Music fans in the Philly area and Los Angeles know Kozie as a rock musician who is starting...

On Stage: DiBuono ‘Trumps’ the competition with dead-on impression

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Bob DiBuono as Donald J. Trump, Billionaire. Bob DiBuono never set out to be a stand-up comedian. But, life as a comic is where the New Jersey native’s career path has taken him. On July 20, the veteran comedian will make a rare area appearance when he headlines the Candlelight Comedy Club (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, 302- 475-2313, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org) “For...

Art Watch: New solar art installation is out of this world

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times West Chester University has been steadily increasing the presence of art throughout its beautiful campus in West Chester Pennsylvania. The latest artistic space was created outside the entrance to WCU’s Mather Planetarium, located off of the intersection of Church Street and Rosedale Avenue. Clay artist Rhoda Kahler was commissioned to create “Constellation”,...

On Stage (Extra): Gilfillian returns to his roots

Devon Gilfillian By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times It’s not uncommon for musicians who have relocated to different cities to return to their hometowns to perform in concert for their welcoming fans. Such is the case with Devon Gilfillian. Gilfillian grew up in suburban Philadelphia – in Morton in Delaware County – and then got his degree from West Chester University. A few years ago,...