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Jacob Agar's paternal grandfather, Vladimir Agaronov, died when Jacob was 22 years old. The rabbi officiating at the funeral service suggested that Jacob sing some Jewish prayers because he knew that … more
This fall two major Chestnut Hill institutions will offer a rare glimpse into the work of Sam Feinstein, a prominent Philadelphia artist in the abstract expressionist style. The retrospective … more
The current generation of teenagers is anything but apathetic. Since the 1960s we have never seen so many young people of all races, economic classes and parts of the country engaging in traditional … more
Countless art exhibits, plays, concerts, lectures, etc. have been cancelled since the coronavirus outbreak catastrophically changed life as we know it in mid-March, but one new extraordinary, maybe … more
“Friday evening’s performance of 'The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross' by the members of the Fairmount String Quartet was splendid. From a purely technical standpoint, the playing … more
Among the letters I most enjoy receiving are those from children asking when Woodmere’s annual straw maze will be opening. These special communications — sometimes accompanied by a happy … more
Justin Hopkins, 36, of Mt. Airy, is a bass-baritone opera singer who has received critical raves everywhere he has sung but who always returns home to stay with his parents in Mt. Airy in between … more
Amy Carson Smith, 44, of Glenside for the past three years (Elkins Park before that), had an almost idyllic existence until 2016 with a wonderful husband, David, son and daughter and a rewarding … more
Emil DeJohn may be short in stature, but he is a giant in the fashion world. Emil, 83, designed collections for men, women and children, including stars like Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli, in … more
Every September, the pace of activity at Woodmere accelerates and this year is no exception. But the new normal of our challenging times means that we have to think of all activity in three … more
Walker, a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist who graduated from Our Mother of Consolation elementary school and Springfield Township High School, had a career that was soaring, but the pandemic made … more
The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will perform at Woodmere as part of an Afrocentric jazz and fashion show on Aug. 29. by William Valerio At Woodmere, we think of our exhibitions as a platform for telling … more
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota joined Subway sandwiches' fan club with a bust made out of their food products by local food sculptors Marie Pelton and Jim Victor. (Photo courtesy Jim … more
Ensemble Novo, which will perform live this Sunday, Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m., consists of (from left) Ryan McNeely, guitar; Jim Hamilton, percussion; Tom Moon, flute and tenor saxophone; Mark … more
Woodmere guests can enjoy a dinner from Mica, one of Chestnut Hill’s finest restaurants, on the museum’s magnificent front porch. By William Valerio Forging a path out of the pandemic will … more
Chestnut Hill artist Talia Greene was selected to create a huge mural, “Charting a Path to Resistance,” for The Philadelphia City Archives, which contain countless thousands of city records … more
Hoenig and her friend, Theresa Maebori, are seen at a vigil in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Mermaid Lane in front of Chestnut Hill Meeting on June 7. by Len Lear Rebecca Hoenig, 61, … more
The Woodmere opened to the public again on July 25. By William Valerio On July 25, Woodmere opened its doors again, and it has been very satisfying to welcome visitors back. We are grateful to every … more
Hill native Caeli Smith was inspired to launch an online music school, Music Ally, that will match purchased class time with free lessons for less fortunate music students. by Pete Mazzaccaro As … more
Germantown residents Boz Heinley, Buck Buchanan, Kim Empson, Charlie Cooper and Wain Ballard make up the Humbleman Band, which has played for years at Northwest Philly venues. Cooper is recovering … more
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