On Stage: Kathy Mattea finds her voice, again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kathy Mattea Sometimes, dealing with your body as you grow older is like dealing with an old car. Everything works, but some of the parts just aren’t working as well as they used to work. Just ask Kathy Mattea. Mattea, a country music star who is headlining a show – “Kathy Mattea: The Acoustic Living Room Songs & Stories” — on October...

Mixed Media: Fall fundraisers highlight busy art events schedule

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Fall is such a nostalgic, family oriented month, and my childhood memories are filled with the weekends my parents would take us to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins to carve. Funny enough, I didn’t care for the actual carving, but I lovingly selected my pumpkin, and waited impatiently for the toasted seeds we’d eat while carving. If you’re...

On Stage: Ricci and Appleton bring no-holds bar sound to Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jason Ricci and JJ Appleton What do you get when you pair a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist from New York City and a kickass harmonica player and singer from the South? You get an act billed as Jason Ricci and JJ Appleton. The two veteran musicians will bring their no-holds-barred sound to the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville,...

On Stage: Pete RG fans to get album preview at Ortlieb’s

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Pete RG Pete RG, who is headlining a show at Ortlieb’s (847 North Third Street, Philadelphia, 267- 324-3348, www.ticketfly.com) on October 9, will be treating his fans to a preview of his soon-to-be-released album “Whatever We Want Whenever We Want.” Three years ago, RG was in Philly playing the now-defunct North Star Bar while touring in support...

On Stage: Petras fashions a music career in pop

By Denny Dyroff,  Entertainment Editor, The Times Kim Petras Kim Petras has been developing a lot of avenues to fame recently – including some runway work this week at New York Fashion Week. But, her main claim to fame is her music. Petras writes and sings pop songs – good pop songs that have the potential to be earworms. Her latest single is a catchy pop song called “Heart to Break.”...

Mixed Media: A first on First Friday, starting on Thursday

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Gallery DUO starts in on this months’ First Friday a little early. Their reception for Visions of Summer, on Thursday from 7-9pm, will feature new work by gallery owners/artists Alessandra Manzotti and Sus Iserbyt. Alessandra showed me around the gallery, which is in the old forge building in Fairville. The exposed beams and leaning brick chimney which...

On Stage: Electric Six stays on cycle

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Electric Six Electric Six released its debut album “Fire” in 2003. The band’s popularity took off after the release of the LP. The album was fueled by a pair of hit singles – “Danger! High Voltage,” which hit Number 2 on the UK singles chart, and “Gay Bar,” which reached Number 5 in the UK charts. On October 5, Electric Six will...

On Stage: Don’t call it a ‘Phantom’ sequel, but…

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Love Never Dies There’s a show running this week that is part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series at the Academy of Music (Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia, 215-731-3333, www.kimmelcenter.org) that is a sequel and, at the same time, not really a sequel. The show could be considered a “Broadway Preview” but, at the same...

On Stage: Brigadoon makes a rare local visit

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times “Brigadoon” is a well-loved Broadway musical that had its debut on the Great White Way in March 1947 at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where it ran for 581 performances. Songs from the musical, such as “Almost Like Being in Love,” have become standards. Bur, “Brigadoon” is a show that is relatively unfamiliar to the last few generations of theater...

On Stage: Gina Sicilia is happy to be home

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Gina Sicilia Gina Sicilia is happy to be coming home – if even for just one night. Sicilia, a highly-acclaimed blues vocalist who grew up in the Philadelphia area, is coming back to the area on September 26 for a show at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400,www.worldcafelive.com). She will share the mid-week bill...