Friday, May 17, 2013
Classic cars will be the theme of the June 7 event.
Gentleman, start your engines. The June iteration of First Friday Main Line will center around the finest classic, sports, and antique cars the area has to offer, according to FFML executive director Sherry Tillman. The "CARtastic Car Event" will return to Cricket Avenue and the Cricket lot in downtown Ardmore on June 7 starting at 6 p.m. In addition to the automobiles that will be on display, FFML will, as always, feature live music, food, and craft demos. Next month, music will be provided by The Everyday People Band, as well as duo Jenny Ziller and Chris Ross. A variety of craft artists will be on hand as well, including Elements By Na, Karen Godwin Jewelry, and more. In addition, the following venues will house FFML art: For more …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Kate Flannery grew up in Ardmore. You might know her better as Meredith on 'The Office.'
The final episode of 'The Office' isn't just a difficult goodbye for the long-running NBC sitcom's die hard fans. It marks a major turning point for the cast too. In an interview with Philly.com, America's favorite fictional alcoholic, Ardmore native Kate Flannery, opened up about her humble beginnings and her favorite moments from what was she said was the best, and longest, job of her life. Here's what the Archbishop John Carroll graduate said when asked about her favorite episode of the show: Favorite episode ever, from Meredith's perspective? "I'm going to have to say 'Moroccan Christmas,' where Michael Scott [Steve Carell] basically decides to hold an intervention during a Christmas party, literally dragging [Meredith, whose hair …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Amie Potsic is nearing a year as executive director of Main Line Art Center.
Last year, the Main Line Art Center in Haverford marked 75 years in existence. While celebrating its long past it also took a step into the future with the hiring of a new exective director. In the summer, professional photographer and arts administrator Amie Potsic succeed executive director Judy Herman, who retired after nearly 25 years there. So far, Potsic has curated two shows that she said were "contemporary, challenging and brought in new artists," Atmospheric and Urban Pop (see photos) and is overseeing a renovation and addition to the art center's building. While still offering more traditional exhibits, Potsic said she was brought into the organization for her artistic vision for exhibit programming in addition to her arts …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
On Saturday and Sunday, the church is hosting a concert to benefit an organization that works for gun reform.
Headlined by local musicians Gerald Veasley and Bill Jolly, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church is hosting a jazz festival this weekend to raise money for a faith-based gun control group. On Saturday, the "Jazz Fest for Peace" will kick off at 6 p.m. with a dinner and jazz ensemble performance by a group of student musicians from Philadelphia's Girard Academic Music Program. Tickets for the meal and show cost $20 for adults and $10 for children. At 8 p.m. that evening, Veasley—a Philadelphia-based bassist who has played on a number of Grammy-nominated albums—will perform for the crowd. A general admission ticket for the concert costs $30, while preferred seating runs at $50. The grand finale of the event is a 1 pm. Sunday concert by Bill Jolly, …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Benj Pasek and his writing parter composed the score for a musical adaptation of 'A Christmas Story.'
Ardmore, a community that prides itself on its artistic bent, might have a new favorite son. According to Philly.com, Ardmore native and Friends Central graduate Benj Pasek was nominated for a Tony Award on Tuesday morning for the score he and partner Justin Paul wrote for the new musical adaptation of "A Christmas Story." Yes, that "A Christmas Story." Paskek told the paper the Best Original Score nomination came as a surprise, but a welcome one. "It’s the craziest day of my life. I’ve never gotten more text messages in my life. It’s so overwhelming," he said. The Tony Awards are scheduled for June 9. Good luck Benj. And if you take home the statue, be careful: you can poke your eye out with that thing.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Watch a movie and dance along: not a bad way to spend a Friday night.
The theme of First Friday Main Line is "Art in Unexpected Places." Suffice it to say, it doesn't get a lot more unexpected than in a parking lot behind a video store. On Friday at 10 p.m., as a capstone of sorts for the May iteration of the monthly festival, Viva Video is hosting a free outdoor screening of Girl Walk//All Day. If you haven't heard of it, no problem says Viva Video owner Miguel Gomez. The independent feature is a simple story of a girl's adventures in a big city, set entirely to an album by popular DJ Girl Talk. "These folks took a full album of this guy and made a movie length music video," Gomez explained. "You'd think it would be boring, but it's not. It's people dancing through the streets of New York for 75 minutes!" …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Bala Cynwyd resident's work is on display in the Phillies' stadium, Lower Merion High School and other local spots.
Lower Merion native Jonathan Mandell was a history major at Northwestern, but it was his first fine arts class, in his last semester of college, that changed the course of his life and career. "It lit a spark," explained the Bala Cynwyd resident, now a full-time mosaic artist of more than 25 years. "… It was one of those things where it was very serendipitous and just fell together." If you've spent much time around Lower Merion, you've likely seen Mandell's art: the large mosaic in the Lower Merion High School lobby is his work, as is the Bryn Mawr Film Institute mosaic and the recently-installed piece at Bryn Mawr Hospital. If you're a baseball fan, you might have seen Mandell's art at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies—and both …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Nancy Campbell has turned a small art center into a well-known and respected resource.
Harriton High School alum Nancy Campbell is celebrating 25 years as executive director of the Wayne Art Center this year. When the Penn Valley native came to the art center in the mid-1980s it was a small cinderblock shack of 2,600 square feet, she recalled. Today, the art center gets international submissions of work and has made a name with its Craft Forms and Plein Air exhibits. It has grown to 28,000 square feet, and it may not end there. "They opened up so many opportunities," she said of the center's two expansions. There are now two main art galleries, a gift shop, a ceramics studio, sculpture studio, jewelry studio, children's studios and a culinary studio. People from all over the world submit works to the center's shows, and some…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Crayola Experience in Easton will reopen in May with new features for kids to enjoy.
What will you get if you head to Easton, Northampton County to the new Crayola Experience? Ink that puffs up when you heat it. A 40-foot wall of crayon bins. An 85-foot water attraction. Those are all among the new features kids will be able to see and take part in when the Crayola Experience reopens in May. The children's tourist destination closed for renovations in mid-February, but on Tuesday, the company gave a tour of its soon-to-be-upgraded building to members of the media and local officials. "This really is going to be a reimagined facility," said Victoria Lozano, Crayola's VP of corporate strategy and development, who led the tour. Stops along the way included a look at a new two-story playground, and the Water Works, an 85-foot-…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Highway billboards will show the pieces and invite tipsters.
FBI officials announced Monday they know who committed one of the biggest art heists in history, but they still need the public's help to locate $500 million worth of missing artwork, some of which they believe is in the Philadelphia area. The heist, which happened at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, led to the theft of 13 works of art by by Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Govaert Flinck, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet. Two thieves dressed as Boston Police officers infiltrated the museum, tied up the guards, and stole the artwork, according to the FBI. And for many years, that's where the case went cold. But thanks to a tip that came in in 2010, 20 years after the theft, FBI officials now believe the stolen artwork may be in …