What would you do?

Enemies of Reading June 11, 2014 2 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore She was a genuinely nice young woman and noticeable at first glance for her wide brown eyes, straight nose and full lips. Her thick, dark hair framed an exceptionally pretty face. She was a full-size woman too. I always looked at her and caught myself trying to remember just what Italian movie […]
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Competing for medals that matter

Out and Back June 11, 2014 2 Comments

by Dante Zappala “Hey, Dad?” “Yes, son?” “Are you going to win a medal?” “Nope.” Kid stares off into the twilight, not sure how to respond. “Well, will you win something?” “Not a chance.” Dad puts on his racing flats and heads down to the track. “But cheer for me, yeah? I’ll be coming around […]
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Music made in Chestnut Hill a beacon for entire region

Note-Worthy June 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, presented its final Choral Evensong of the season Sunday afternoon, June 1. The roster of choral works included two scores by Orlando Gibbons, the first great truly Anglican composer for the reformed Church of England, and one by the contemporary American, Stephen Paulus. The […]
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Newest play openings: one winner and one loser

Curtain Call June 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome A thrilling play by local playwright Michael Hollinger and a disappointing production of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” opened last week. Here’s my take on them. Incorruptible When I saw the world premiere production of Michael Hollinger’s “Incorruptible” 18 years ago, I was taken by its wit, which bordered on farce, and […]
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Join the parade down any street

Out and Back June 5, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala We’re a long-suffering sports city that doesn’t get many parades down Broad Street. That made the recent Broad Street Run even sweeter. Close to 40,000 people made their way on the 10-mile jaunt from Broad and Olney to the Navy Yard. The sun glare created by all the fluorescent shirts and shoes […]
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A Book Festival in the last days of the novel

Opinion June 4, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro What you might notice is that the Book Festival is several degrees smaller in scale this year than it has been in the past. The reason is that the organization sponsoring the festival has spread out events throughout the year. Instead of a focused weekend of authors and lectures, the Book Festival […]
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What if your doctor said you had ‘Terribly sad life syndrome’?

Enemies of Reading June 4, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore (A poem) “begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness …” – Robert Frost, 1916 Last Friday, I picked up the May 5 New Yorker magazine and started to read an article titled “Prescription for Disaster: The heartland’s pain-pills problem,” by Rachel Aviv. The story describes how […]
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‘Prisoners’ at Hill church; local singers on the Parkway

Note-Worthy May 30, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, brought its 2013-14 season of concerts in Chestnut Hill to a close Saturday, May 17, with a program entitled “Prisoners & Penitents.” Performed in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, the oddly named selection of scores drawn from the late Renaissance and early Baroque repertoires was one of […]
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Get lost, Verizon! Jim likes slower speeds, more waiting

Life So Far May 30, 2014 0 Comments

by Jim Harris I’m a little worried. Verizon has not called me for almost two weeks now. They had previously called my home every night for about two years, trying to get me to switch to FIOS. They also sent me junk mail several times a week offering me “higher speeds,” “less waiting” and “blazing […]
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Scene-chewing pace not very successful in ‘Succeed’

Curtain Call May 30, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Ever since I first saw “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” at Philadelphia’s Shubert Theatre (now the Merriam) on its way to Broadway in 1961, I was hooked. So, apparently, was everyone else. The show got ecstatic reviews and went on to win seven Tonys, including the one for best […]
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