The enemies of writing: No escape from bugging out

Enemies of Reading | October 1st, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 1st, 2014 | 8 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 26th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 25th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 25th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 24th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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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Baseball season not over at local theaters

Curtain Call | September 18th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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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