On Stage: Uriah Heep keeps it heavy for nearly 50 years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Uriah Heep In 1969, guitarist Mick Box formed a band in London called Uriah Heep – its name taken from a Charles Dickens character. Box has remained the core element of the band and has kept it going for more than five decades. On May 20, Uriah Heep visits the area for a show at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com).

On Stage: Brand X returns, again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Brand X Brand X, which is headlining shows at the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org) on May 18 and 19 has a similarity to horror film characters like Freddie Kreuger and Chucky – just when you think they’re dead and gone for good, they reappear. The London-based band started in 1975...

Op/Ed: Trump budget cuts will be devastating to Chester County

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone It’s déjà vu all over again.  The numbers and the analyses are out and President Trump’s FY 2020 budget contains brutal cuts even more drastic than his 2018 budget.  This budget targets key federal programs that are vital to Pennsylvania counties which provide necessary human services, emergency services...

What To Do: Valley Jamboree in Chadds Ford

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The weather forecast is lovely for the next week — sunny days and highs ranging from 75-83 degrees – and that’s great because many of the popular events on this weekend’s calendar are outdoor activities. The Chadds Ford Historical Society’s “Valley Jamboree” is scheduled for May 18 and 19 at the Barn Visitors Center (1736 Creek...

On Stage: Fab Faux focus on the sound of the Beatles

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Fab Faux Beatles fans will never be able to see the Beatles perform live — unless John and George somehow come back from the dead. But the band’s music lives on with a wide array of tribute acts performing songs from the foursome’s impressive catalogue. Some of these tribute acts put on stage shows in which they try to look and sound like...

On Stage: Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe bring history to the stage

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe When legendary singer/songwriter/rocker Carla Olson and iconic guitarist/songwriter Todd Wolfe come to perform at The Living Room (35 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, https://thelivingroomat35east.com) on May 16, they will bring a lot of music history with them. The two music veterans are touring in support of their new...

Mixed Media: Chester County Studio Tour

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times The studio of local artist Al Moretti. What does a “studio” mean to you? What does that word evoke? Do you imagine a messy den of creation filled with loose papers (something like Francis Bacon’s hoarder nightmare?), or,  spartan–save the paint splattered walls a la Jackson Pollock? Or maybe you envision neatly stacked paintings in an airy...

Commissioners join Westtown students to prep Meals on Wheels

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell and Kathi Cozzone (center, left and right) prepare meals with Westtown School 11th grade student Eli Aruz (left) and Mitch Bernstein (right), Work Program and Service Coordinator at Westtown School. WESTTOWN — Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell joined middle school and high school students and staff at Westtown School to...

On Stage: Josh Ritter goes for a new sound

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Josh Ritter If you’re a fan of singer/songwriters who write great songs and have strong stage presence, you have quite a few good options this Tuesday and Wednesday with shows by Josh Ritter and Art d’Ecco on May 14 and concerts by Lissie and John Shakespear on May 15. Ritter, will headline a show at the Keswick Theatre (291 N. Keswick Avenue,...

Spare me the ‘outrage’ on Sims’ abortion comments

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times So there it was, the screaming email this morning from someone named Marian Casillas declaring “Bully Brian Sims must RESIGN!” Sims is a state legislator from Philly who got a little over the top when calling out anti-abortion protestors (they are decidedly not pro-life when they want to cut food stamps, slash health care, and fight against gun safety) they...