The enemies of writing: No escape from bugging out

Enemies of Reading October 1, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I’ll be offering a workshop titled “The Enemies of Writing” for Musehouse next week, so I’ve been collecting “enemies” whenever I notice them. This one-and-done meet-up will happen on Thursday, Oct. 9. (Go to for details, or call them. They’re on Germantown Avenue near Willow Grove Avenue.) All through the summer […]
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Chestnut Hill Radio Station? A real possibility

Opinion October 1, 2014 0 Comments

by Will Detweiler, CHCA President Imagine walking down the Avenue hearing Coltrane or Chopin, or Kilian’s Russ Goudy sharing tips for fixing a leaky shower, or a live interview with a horticulturist, a preservationist, or local politician. Imagine too, listening to all of this in your home or car. That’s the promise of an idea […]
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From Romania to Chestnut Hill: moving classical musical journey

Note-Worthy September 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season this weekend, Sept. 26-28, with a trio of concerts in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin will conduct a program that includes Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony” and Curtis Institute of Music alumnus Lang Lang as the soloist in Mozart’s “Piano Concerto […]
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Two great new shows, as entertaining as it gets

Curtain Call September 25, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Last week was as enjoyable a week for this theater critic as I’ve experienced in ages. Let’s get right to it. La Bête About three-quarters of the way through David Hirson’s brilliant “La’ Bête,” the play’s mood changes drastically, becoming, after more than 90 minutes of unalloyed hilarity, a thought-provoking piece about […]
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When impatience can be painful

Out and Back September 25, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala I just celebrated my birthday. In this small period of reflection, I can appreciate that I’ve learned a lot in my 39 years. But it’s a wonder that I’m a distance runner because one thing I still haven’t mastered is patience. Despite many episodes of getting ahead of myself only be to […]
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Looking at an independent Chestnut Hill

Opinion September 24, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro Self determination is in fashion. It was narrowly defeated last week in a popular election in Scotland where a majority decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom. In California, a ballot will go before state voters to split the state into six states, the idea being that carving the large […]
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Joining thousands of demonstrators at the People’s Climate March in NYC

Opinion September 24, 2014 1 Comment

by Amy Edelman Sunday morning I woke up at an hour when I am usually snuggled up and dreaming to get ready and hop on the bus to NYC for the world’s biggest climate march. My friend Ron and I grabbed coffee, cell phones and chargers and headed to the bus leaving from Ardmore. Our […]
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Esteemed English choir at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday

Note-Worthy September 19, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, will host the Schola Cantorum of Oxford Sunday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m. The concert is free and open to the general public. This intercollegiate choir from Oxford, England, has a long-held reputation as one of the oldest and finest chamber choirs in the United Kingdom. Its […]
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Baseball season not over at local theaters

Curtain Call September 18, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Last week two baseball-themed plays opened a day apart. They are very different plays, but both are blessed with strong productions. They almost make you forget about the futility of the Phillies season. Rounding Third Two Little League coaches with differing points of view about the purpose of their team’s activities bicker […]
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‘Qualifying’ for marathons and everything else

Out and Back September 18, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala Ryan Hall is fast. He is qualified. He’s the only American marathon runner to break 2:05, accomplishing that at Boston in 2011. So when he toed the line at the same event in 2014 with the world’s best, you’d have to believe he deserved to be there; except that he hadn’t actually […]
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