Friday, May 17, 2013
Classic cars will be the theme of the June 7 event.
Gentleman, start your engines. The June iteration of First Friday Main Line will center around the finest classic, sports, and antique cars the area has to offer, according to FFML executive director Sherry Tillman. The "CARtastic Car Event" will return to Cricket Avenue and the Cricket lot in downtown Ardmore on June 7 starting at 6 p.m. In addition to the automobiles that will be on display, FFML will, as always, feature live music, food, and craft demos. Next month, music will be provided by The Everyday People Band, as well as duo Jenny Ziller and Chris Ross. A variety of craft artists will be on hand as well, including Elements By Na, Karen Godwin Jewelry, and more. In addition, the following venues will house FFML art: For more …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Kate Flannery grew up in Ardmore. You might know her better as Meredith on 'The Office.'
The final episode of 'The Office' isn't just a difficult goodbye for the long-running NBC sitcom's die hard fans. It marks a major turning point for the cast too. In an interview with Philly.com, America's favorite fictional alcoholic, Ardmore native Kate Flannery, opened up about her humble beginnings and her favorite moments from what was she said was the best, and longest, job of her life. Here's what the Archbishop John Carroll graduate said when asked about her favorite episode of the show: Favorite episode ever, from Meredith's perspective? "I'm going to have to say 'Moroccan Christmas,' where Michael Scott [Steve Carell] basically decides to hold an intervention during a Christmas party, literally dragging [Meredith, whose hair …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Amie Potsic is nearing a year as executive director of Main Line Art Center.
Last year, the Main Line Art Center in Haverford marked 75 years in existence. While celebrating its long past it also took a step into the future with the hiring of a new exective director. In the summer, professional photographer and arts administrator Amie Potsic succeed executive director Judy Herman, who retired after nearly 25 years there. So far, Potsic has curated two shows that she said were "contemporary, challenging and brought in new artists," Atmospheric and Urban Pop (see photos) and is overseeing a renovation and addition to the art center's building. While still offering more traditional exhibits, Potsic said she was brought into the organization for her artistic vision for exhibit programming in addition to her arts …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
On Saturday and Sunday, the church is hosting a concert to benefit an organization that works for gun reform.
Headlined by local musicians Gerald Veasley and Bill Jolly, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church is hosting a jazz festival this weekend to raise money for a faith-based gun control group. On Saturday, the "Jazz Fest for Peace" will kick off at 6 p.m. with a dinner and jazz ensemble performance by a group of student musicians from Philadelphia's Girard Academic Music Program. Tickets for the meal and show cost $20 for adults and $10 for children. At 8 p.m. that evening, Veasley—a Philadelphia-based bassist who has played on a number of Grammy-nominated albums—will perform for the crowd. A general admission ticket for the concert costs $30, while preferred seating runs at $50. The grand finale of the event is a 1 pm. Sunday concert by Bill Jolly, …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Benj Pasek and his writing parter composed the score for a musical adaptation of 'A Christmas Story.'
Ardmore, a community that prides itself on its artistic bent, might have a new favorite son. According to Philly.com, Ardmore native and Friends Central graduate Benj Pasek was nominated for a Tony Award on Tuesday morning for the score he and partner Justin Paul wrote for the new musical adaptation of "A Christmas Story." Yes, that "A Christmas Story." Paskek told the paper the Best Original Score nomination came as a surprise, but a welcome one. "It’s the craziest day of my life. I’ve never gotten more text messages in my life. It’s so overwhelming," he said. The Tony Awards are scheduled for June 9. Good luck Benj. And if you take home the statue, be careful: you can poke your eye out with that thing.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Watch a movie and dance along: not a bad way to spend a Friday night.
The theme of First Friday Main Line is "Art in Unexpected Places." Suffice it to say, it doesn't get a lot more unexpected than in a parking lot behind a video store. On Friday at 10 p.m., as a capstone of sorts for the May iteration of the monthly festival, Viva Video is hosting a free outdoor screening of Girl Walk//All Day. If you haven't heard of it, no problem says Viva Video owner Miguel Gomez. The independent feature is a simple story of a girl's adventures in a big city, set entirely to an album by popular DJ Girl Talk. "These folks took a full album of this guy and made a movie length music video," Gomez explained. "You'd think it would be boring, but it's not. It's people dancing through the streets of New York for 75 minutes!" …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Lower Merion High School alumnus' work is on display in the Phillies' stadium, Lower Merion High School and other local spots.
Lower Merion High School alumnus Jonathan Mandell was a history major at Northwestern University, but it was his first fine arts class, in his last semester of college, that changed the course of his life and career. "It lit a spark," explained the Bala Cynwyd resident, now a full-time mosaic artist of more than 25 years. "… It was one of those things where it was very serendipitous and just fell together." If you've spent much time around Lower Merion, you've likely seen Mandell's art: the large mosaic in the Lower Merion High School lobby is his work, as is the Bryn Mawr Film Institute mosaic and the recently-installed piece at Bryn Mawr Hospital. If you're a baseball fan, you might have seen Mandell's art at Citizens Bank Park, home of …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The upcoming crafts fair and brew fest will help benefit the Ardmore Initiative.
Feeling crafty? Oggle at some local crafts while enjoying a few beers at the second annual Cricket Crafts & Brew Fest on May 4. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., the festival will feature local craft vendors as well as 10 different hand-crafted beers from around the nation all along Cricket Avenue in Ardmore. The event is sponsored by Ardmore businesses and the proceeds from the festival will go towards the Ardmore Initiative—a business district authority responsible for physical improvements and economic development. In addition, live music will be played at the outdoor family-friendly festival and a variety of food from restaurants along Crciket Avenue will be available. Don't forget to bring the kiddos too—a kids' section will also feature moon …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Take a look at the top 20 DVDs that were recently rented at Ardmore's video store.
Wondering what your neighbors are watching lately? Miguel Gomez, owner of Viva Video in Ardmore, gave us a list of the top 20 DVDs rented in the past week at his shop. 1. Lincoln (2012) 2. Zero Dark Thirty (2012) 3. This Is 40 (2012) 4. Life of Pi (2012) 5. Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) 6. Killing Them Softly (2012) 7. Flight (2012) 8. Hitchcock (2012) 9. Skyfall (2012) 10. Argo (2012) 11. Holy Motors (2012) 12. Late Quartet (2012) 13. Les Miserables (2012) 14. Parental Guidance (2012) 15. Royal Affair (2012) 16. Hobbit: Unexpected Journey (2012) 17. Iron Lady (2011) 18. Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) 19. Sessions (2012) 20. Game of Thrones: Season 2 Viva Video is located at 16 W Lancaster Ave. in Ardmore.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Viva Video will host a screening and a meet-and-greet with the director of 'Video Violence: Redux Deluxe' on Saturday.
Does the idea of watching "really schlocky, low-budget horror movies" appeal to you? If so, you're not alone: Miguel Gomez, owner of Ardmore's new movie rental shop Viva Video, is a self-confessed cheesy horror movie junkie. On Saturday, horror fans across the Greater Philadelphia area will gather at Gomez's store for the world premiere of Video Violence: Redux Deluxe. The screening, which is part of the Philly-centric Cinedelphia Film Festival, is a new cut that combines 1987's Video Violence... When Renting is Not Enough! and Video Violence 2: The Exploitation. The festival's website describes Video Violence: Redux Deluxe as: One of the great cinematic time capsules of the golden age of the brick and mortar video rental store, 1987's …