On Stage (Extra): Cirque du Soleil crawls into area

Also: Jersey Boys come to Playhouse on Rodney Square By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Cirque du Soleil’s OVO comes to Philadelphia this week. The entertainment calendar is looking good for next week with two blockbuster shows heading to the area for multi-day runs — Cirque du Soleil and “The Jersey Boys.” Many traditional circuses have relied on their animals as major draws....

On Stage: Sticky Fingers brings the swagger

Emerging acts in Delaware Valley spotlight this week By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  Sticky Fingers There used to be just two main meanings for “sticky fingers.” There was the literal translation and there was the slang meaning. Someone with sticky fingers was prone to stealing on a regular basis — especially shoplifting. In 1971, another meaning for the phrase entered the...

Art Watch: Gallery Walk in West Chester

Entire borough turns into an art party for one thrilling night By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times This Friday is “Gallery Walk” in downtown West Chester, which is “First Friday” on a huge celebratory scale. Every “First Friday” of the month galleries and local businesses have special art openings in Kennett Square, West Chester and Phoenixville, but only twice...

On Stage: Delco’s Tom Keifer comes home

Also: Cowboy Junkies in area to support new release By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The quote “You Can’t Go Home Again” is taken from the title of a novel by Thomas Wolfe. It’s not a quote you could apply to rock musician Tom Keifer. He is going home again. Keifer is a local boy who rose to international fame as the lead vocalist of the glam-rock band Cinderella. He is a Philadelphia...

Rhoads tops songwriter competition

Steve Rhoads WEST CHESTER — The Uptown! Third Annual Songwriter Competition was a hit! Our judges narrowed down many great local artists to five singers for our live show at Sprout Music Collective. They were: Anna Kerstetter, Steve Rhoads, Autumn Walden, Greg Thomas, and Tyneisha Menginie. Each of the performers performed three original songs and folks were blown away by the amount of talent...

Art Watch: Art for the whole family

Art on The Square, Student Art Show in Kennett By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times The big news for art events this week is happening in Kennett Square with two community art shows this weekend that will delight the whole family. Art on the Square is a large annual outdoor art show and sale with over 35 participating artists and craftspeople exhibiting their work this Saturday April 30 from 10am-5pm. A...

On Stage Extra: Pagliacci performed by Delphi Opera

Classical options for a sweet Sunday By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times If you’re looking for a concert to attend this Sunday and want to shift into classical mode, you’re in luck because two concerts in the area can fill the bill. On April 24, Delphi Opera will present Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s signature verismo masterpiece “Pagliacci” at Padua Academy’s Roberto Hall (905 North...

On Stage: Lloyd Cole still breaking categories

Also: Nalani & Sarina get back to their roots By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Lloyd Cole Lloyd Cole has built a legion of fans over the last few decades and has remained hard to pin down musically. Cole, who will be performing April 22 at the Tin Angel (20 South Second Street, Philadelphia, 215-928-0770, http://www.tinangel.com), has definitely had a varied music career.

On Stage: Uke virtuoso comes to Phoenixville

Tiffany, yes that Tiffany, is back and playing Philly By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times v Hawaii native Jake Shimabukuro just released his “best of” live collection album — an album titled “Live In Japan.” On April 17, his fans will be able to experience the ukulele master “Live in Phoenixville,” when Shimabukuro performs in concert at the Colonial Theatre (Bridge Street,...

Art Watch: Delaware Valley Art League

An opportunity to celebrate beauty By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times This Saturday, April 16th “Chroma and Contrast” opens at Beauty Gallery in Newtown Square, featuring brightly colored juried art selections from members of the Delaware Valley Art League (DVAL). Beauty Gallery is located at 3857 Providence Road in Newtown Square, and offers an ever-changing permanent gallery as well...