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Author’s Corner: Azuka Theatre Presents Premiere of “Boycott Esther” by Emily Acker “Diary of a Single Mom” Hear Author Vanessa Jackson Speak on “Diary of a Single Mom: Learn How I Turned My Pain Into Power” May 10

zuka Theatre presents the world premiere of “Boycott Esther” by Philadelphia playwright Emily Acker. In an urgent response to the #metoo movement, Acker’s new work chronicles the aftermath of a young woman’s career once her boss, a


Main Line Art Center’s “Art in Action” Page 7

South Street Spring Festival May 4 Page 11

World Premiere of “Polly Mope” Page 12

Alison Ormsby plays the title role in Azuka Theatre’s production of “Boycott Esther.” Photo/Johanna Austin/ Hollywood mogul, becomes enmeshed in a workplace sexual misconduct scandal. In a world where information is spread and opinions are formed in the click of a mouse, this hilarious drama begs the pressing question, what is our collective capacity for forgiveness? “Boycott Esther” is directed by Azuka Artistic Associate Maura Krause and stars Alison Ormsby (Esther), Alexandra Espinoza (Mary) and Steven Rishard (Barry Bloom). This new work runs from May 1 to May 19, with opening night set for Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. Azuka continues its pay-what-you-decide model for this show where audiences are invited to experience the art on stage and pay based on the value of their experience after. For reservations, visit “Boycott Esther” runs 90 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for audiences 13+. Acker was inspired to create “Boycott Esther” in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandals that rocked the Weinstein Company. Acker was working for the company when the news broke. With the national scandal roaring through the company, her project was shelved and never saw the light of day. In the wake of the national discussion that erupted, she was compelled to write the play. “Once the news hit it spiralled quickly across the internet and media. That was right when we were on the cusp of selling our show. The larger controversy at Weinstein made it clear though the project wouldn’t move forward. After my first big break in TV, I had to take time to process all the hard work we did and how it wasn’t going to hit the next level,” said See Azuka Theatre Presents World Premiere of “Boycott Esther” page 4

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Author Vanessa Jackson presents her book, “Diary of a Single Mom: Learn How I Turned My Pain Into Power,” on Friday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Neumann University. he Cultural Arts Forum at Neumann University presents the final edition of Author’s Corner for the 20182019 season with author Vanessa Jackson and her book “Diary of a Single Mom: Learn How I Turned My Pain Into Power” on Friday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. Vanessa Jackson retells excerpts from her book, “Diary of a Single Mom: Learn How I Turned My Pain Into Power,” which follows her experience and struggles as she strived for a better life. Jackson describes the book as not only an autobiography, but a story written to provide hope and encour-


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Orchestra Concordia Presents Free Concert May 10 rchestra Concordia will present the final concert of its season on May 10 at 8 p.m. at the Radnor Middle School, 150 Louella Avenue, Wayne, PA. The performance is free and open to the public, and is wheelchair accessible. Under the direction of conductor Gary White, the program will feature Philadel phia Orchestra French horn soloist Jeffrey Lang in Morceau de Concert for Horn and Orchestra by Saint-Saëns. The mostly French program will also include Fauré’s Pavane with guest choir Coro da capo under the direction of Marsha Core, L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 by Bizet, Orpheus in the Underworld Overture by Offenbach, Coronation March from “Le Prophète” by Meyerbeer, and


Elgar’s Serenade for Strings. By offering admission free performances at a convenient location, Orchestra Concordia strives to make superb concert experiences accessible to all. Orchestra Concordia is Orchestra Concordia Music Director and Conductor Gary D. White with Philadelphia Orchestra French Horn virtuoso Jeffrey Lang in preparation for the May 10 free concert by Orchestra Concordia. Photo/Greg Prichard a volunteer orchestra comprised of outstanding professional and amateur musicians from the Philadelphia area. They work together in an atmosphere of respect and See Orchestra Concordia Presents Free Concert page 8

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EVEN MORE EVENTS Morris Arboretum’s Nature Play Outdoor Space Opens Morris Arboretum’s Nature Play, a new outdoor space opening May 1, is the ultimate place for fun investigation! This rustic play area, open all day, every day through October 31, encourages kids to use what’s available in the outdoors for fun; learning to love nature and loving to learn naturally. Nature Play debuted last year as a monthly event series and was so popular that the Arboretum created a dedicated, fenced area in the Sculpture Garden for unstructured, outdoor fun. The concept of Nature Play is to give children space to discover the wonders of the natural world in an intuitive and informal way. Children are invited to create their own play patterns with a variety of natural elements, including fallen tree trunks and stumps; twigs and hollow logs; tree bark pieces; water and dirt. Seating for adults is provided, so kids may explore at their own pace for an extended time. For info, visit:

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Storybook Presents the “Princess and the Pea”

Bread & Puppet Theater Performances Bread & Puppet Theater comes to The Rotunda Thursday - Sunday, May 2 - 5, with “Diagonal Life: Theory & Praxis,” a new play full of fiddles, chairs, clouds, paper maché giants and cardboard dwarves that all shed light on possibilities inherent in our current collective precarity. Performance Dates & Times: Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m.; Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5 for a 3 p.m. matinee. Tickets: By donation at the door: $10 - $20 sliding scale suggested, kids $5, no one turned away for lack of funds. The Rotunda is located at 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143. Visit and

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Storybook Musical Theatre, the Abington, PA-based professional Equity children’s theatre company, presents the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale about a disheveled girl, who must prove she is a real princess by taking a very unusual test involving twenty mattresses and a tiny pea. The production will run from May 9 through May 18 at the Gratz College Theater, Old York Rd. and Melrose Ave., in Melrose Park, PA. Tickets are $14 for children and $16 for adults. For reservations or information, call 215-659-8550 or visit Princess Georgiana (Laura Barron) is puzzled at the pea that kept her awake all night in Storybook’s production of “Princess and the Pea.” Photo/Mike Levin

At New Horizons Senior Center on Mondays at 10:30 a.m., seniors are invited to join the Full Circle Support Group, facilitated by Janet Levit, MSW, LCSW. Full Circle is a comfortable and safe place for seniors to discuss ideas and strategies to develop rewarding, enriching and fulfilling ways to utilize their time and to get support for any pressing issues. Participants share strategies to find meaning and purpose in their later years and ways to enjoy the present while supporting each other in their goals. Stay after to enjoy a catered lunch provided by Betty the Caterer for only $2. Stop by 100 Conway Avenue, 2nd Floor, Narberth, to sign up, annual spring concert. Jan Jochems is the featured euphonium soloist, playing a piece by James Curnow, entitled “Rhapsody for Euphonium or call 610-664-2366. and Band.” The balance of the concert features a variety of audienceWorld and National Affairs Discussion Group pleasing tunes by composers John Wasson, Claude T. Smith, Eric Whitacre, David Holsinger and Itaru Sakai. The Band is directed by Charles NeidNew Horizons’ World and National Affairs Discussion Group takes place hardt, former Music Department Chairperson for the Methacton School on Fridays, May 3 and 17 and Wednesday, May 29 at 1 p.m. Local hisDistrict, assisted by Bret Mascaro, former Music Educator at Methacton torians Robert and Susan Bond lead a lively discussion of current events. and Ryan Pongras, Elementary Music Educator in the Souderton School Participants are invited to bring articles on current events of interest to District. Comprised of close to 80 area musicians who volunteer their discuss and offer their response. All views and political orientations are time and talent to bring high quality music performance to the commuwelcome! Come early (at noon) to enjoy a catered lunch provided by Betty nity, the Band has performed over 300 concerts for community parks and the Caterer for a suggested donation of only $2 before the workshop! For retirement communities as well as a formal spring and fall concert each information or to sign up for lunch, stop by 100 Conway Avenue, Naryear, since its 1995 inception. Dock Mennonite Academy is handicap berth or call 610-664-2366. accessible and the auditorium is on the first floor. No admission is charged but free will donations are accepted and appreciated. The Band also Free Concert at the Cathedral supports Manna on Main Street in Lansdale, so if you are able, please The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul welcomes the Central bring a donation of a canned or boxed food item, or household cleaning Bucks High School-West Chamber Choir for an evening of spiritual and supplies. Information about the Band as well as directions to Dock Mensacred music, Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Joseph Ohrt, con- nonite Academy can be found at ductor. The Central Bucks High School-West Chamber Choir from Doylestown, Pennsylvania is on for the most respected school choral ensembles Rain Check Workshop in the nation. Having presented 500 world premieres in the last 30 years The Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library is hosting a the choir is a pioneer in the collaboration of contemporary art. West Rain Check Workshop for Philadelphia residents! Come to this workChoirs have performed 11 times in The White House and for many presshop to learn how you can get a FREE rain barrel from the Philadelphia idents and heads of state. The choir will perform many contemporary Water Department. Reduced pricing for downspout planters, rain garworks including a new set of 13 choral songs based on poetry of Charles dens, depaving, and permeable pavers will also be offered. The program Anthony Silvestri and written for the choir by 13 different composers. will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. Register online by visiting Concert is open to the public. Free-will offering. No tickets are required. or call 215-988-1698. The Rain Check Program Complimentary parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Cathedral. is managed in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society GPS address: 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia. For venue info: call/ and The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. Lucien text 610-223-4191. E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library is located at 125 South Street, Phila., PA 19139 (corner of 52nd & Sansom Streets). For Montgomery County Concert Band Performance 52nd information call 215-685-7433. Join the Montgomery County Concert Band on Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of music at Dock Mennonite Academy (formerly known Support Your FREE Community Newspaper – as Pennview Christian Academy), 420 Godshall Road, Souderton. Having just recently performed at the Association of Concert Bands ConvenAdvertise Your Business or Organization Here! tion in New Jersey, the Band looks forward to performing locally for their

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The Roxborough Male Chorus will present a program of “Faith, Family, Country” for its Spring Concert on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Leverington Presbyterian Church, in Roxborough. he Roxborough Male Chorus, singing a variety of favorite classics under the direction of Scott Santo, will present a program of “Faith, Family, Country” for its Spring Concert on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Leverington Presbyterian Church, 6301 Ridge Avenue at Hermitage Street, in Roxborough, the northwest section of Philadelphia, PA. Lois Terry will accompany on piano. Members will open the Spring Concert with the classic “Salutation” by William P. Benetz followed by the third verse of “Brothers, Sing On!” by Edvard Grieg. Ninety-six years strong, The Roxborough Male Chorus is growing in numbers. Tenors include: Alan Ankeny, John Barkley John Boyce, Mike Duffy, Wayne Dunlap, Larry Hastings, Chuck Poupard, Scott Santo, and Richard Siller. Baritones are Chris Ippisch, Bob McClenahan, Dave McClenahan, and Tom Muldoon. Basses are Harry Dews, Bob Konowol, and Ken Wilson. Members Steven Aldinger, George Ginther, Peter Gowen, and Ted Ongirski are on hiatus this season but are expected to return in the fall. Producing two concerts a year, during the spring and winter seasons, the Roxborough Male Chorus began in 1923. Its first director, W.C. Ames, and its first accompanist, William E. Tippet, created the singing group for men, who loved music and resided in and around the neighborhood. Members of the Roxborough Male Chorus display their musical talents (including barbershop style) and versatility singing a variety of love songs, classical pieces, sacred and patriotic tunes, and members’ personal favorites. Tickets to this spring concert may be purchased from any member or at the door for a suggested donation of $12 per ticket. Parking is free in the Leverington Presbyterian Church lot or on the street. For handicap access, enter the 1st side door off parking lot. Light refreshments will be served after the performance when audience and chorus can chat about their favorite sentimental journeys. For more information about booking a concert or becoming a member, speak with any member of the Chorus or contact Alan Ankeny, President of the Roxborough Male Chorus (215-753-0203). Visit


PAFA’s 118th Annual Student Exhibition Opens May 10 he Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents its 118th Annual Student Exhibition, May 10 - June 2, 2018 in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at 128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. The exhibition has an exclusive preview party on May 9 with first access to art sales, and then opens to the public with a reception on May 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. An academic capstone and the longest-standing exhibition of its kind, the Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) offers PAFA’s emerging artists the opportunity to curate, install, and sell their own work in a professional setting. While graduating student art exhibitions are not uncommon, PAFA’s show takes place in a major museum and is one of the most celebrated student group shows in the country. The exhibition marks the conclusion of a student’s time at PAFA and the beginning of their contribution to the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia and beyond. Among the many successful artists who have launched their careers at the Annual Student Exhibition are Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Bo Bartlett, Moe Brooker, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Sarah McEneaney. Other graduates have gone on to open their own galleries, from Gerry Givnish (The Painted Bride) in 1969 to Katherine Stanek and Deborah Fine (Stanek Gallery) in 2015 to Automat, a collective run by eight PAFA alumnae. This year’s ASE will feature approximately 1,000 works in various media by 29 graduating MFA students, 60 third- and fourth-year Certificate and BFA students, and 5 Post-Baccalaureate students. One of the most highly anticipated student group shows in the country, the ASE offers a rare chance to view and purchase works by the art world’s young talents, including winners of PAFA’s prestigious travel awards, museum purchase


prizes, and other prizes awarded for various categories of excellence. Thousands of visitors come to see the work: artists, collectors, curators, gallery owners, and the general public, both at the exclusive preview party on May 9 and through the run of the show until June 2, 2019. PAFA’s curriculum prepares students for the ASE through studio classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and illustration; critiques from faculty and visiting artists; student-organized exhibitions throughout the academic year; and ASE workshops on topics ranging from pricing artwork and talking about their work, to planning and installing an exhibition, as well as artwork management practices, and curator discussions. The Annual Student Exhibition will feature a multitude of experiences for visitors that are unique to this year. Among the BFA students, Daniel Flinchbaugh (BFA ’19) will create an installation that he describes as an “immersive and intimate experience of the Philadelphia landscape,” including a bench with a topographic map of Philadelphia with the city’s historic streams carved into it. Visitors will be able to sit on the bench while they view his Philadelphia landscape paintings. Another exhibiting student, Ash-Bob (BFA ’19) is working on a series of mixed media abstract paintings where she showcases “the dualities that we all face in life – the contradictions that we hold within ourselves.” “This show will be my first major public opening and I’m beyond excited to have a large audience see my work,” she said. The ASE opening reception will take place immediately following the school’s 214th Commencement ceremony on May 10 at 3 p.m. at 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia.

The Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive in Radnor Township The 8th annual Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive in Radnor Township will take place on Tuesday, May 7, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Radnor Township Municipal Building (301 Iven Avenue, Wayne). All presenting blood donors will receive a gift bag, free entry into prize drawings, and special refreshments. For every unit of blood collected, Carol’s family will make donations to Radnor Fire Company/Radnor Ambulance and to the Wayne Senior Center; if the blood drive collection surpasses last year’s total of 168 units, these donations will be doubled. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (mention sponsor code “CHAMemorial”). More information about the Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive in Radnor Township is available at Thank you for scheduling your lifesaving donation appointment today! Advertise Your Special Events and Programs in City Suburban News!

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Philadelphia-Area Hadassah Members to Discuss Hate Crime Legislation with State Representatives May 6 adassah Greater Philadelphia will join forces with members of the LGBTQ community and disability rights advocates to lobby for passage of HB 635 on May 6 in Harrisburg. A press conference is set for noon in the capitol rotunda. Philadelphia region members will travel to the state capitol to meet with representatives about Hadassah policies aligning to the nonpartisan bill, which expands current hate crime legislation. Hadassah policies in alignment with the provisions of HB 635 include: combating anti-Semitism, hate crimes, LGBTQ and disability rights. The offense of ethnic intimidation is currently defined to include malicious intent toward the race, color, religion or national origin of an individual or group of individuals. The bill proposes amending the law to include malicious intention against the actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity of another person or a group of people. For additional legislative information on HB635, contact the office of the bill’s prime sponsor, Representative Kevin Boyle at 215-331-2600. For program details, contact Hadassah Greater Philadelphia, Stephanie Guy at the regional office, 215-732-7100. Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is the largest women’s membership organization in the United States—including 12,000 regional members from Greater Philadelphia, Harrisburg, York and State College, PA and Wilmington, DE. In Israel, Hadassah supports cutting-edge medical care/research, education and services for troubled youth. In the U.S., Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, education and research, and connections with Israel.


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Azuka Theatre Presents World Premiere of “Boycott Esther” Continued from front page

Acker. “I was balancing my personal disappointment with my feelings of solidarity with the movement and empathy toward the women speaking out. In order to process those feelings, I started writing – it was a cathartic way to work through this – and lend a voice to the important issues arising.” Acker is no stranger to Azuka. She started out as an intern with the company and became an employee. She was a member of the playwriting collective Orbiter 3, which produced inclusive, accessible theater that embraced risk, valued local artists, and chased the playwright’s vision. There she debuted her play “I Am Not My Motherland.” She left Azuka for the writing job in New York. “Boycott Esther” brings her career and her relationship with Azuka full circle with this world premiere. “I think the ideal outcome of this play is to foster conversation—about the #metoo movement, about the lack of nuance on how we position ourselves online, and what we project online by choice or not. Personally as a playwright and young member of the millennial generation, I also wanted to spark discussion on how theatre represents our modern world in the digital age How should we represent the internet and digital experiences on stage? What does the art of theatre look like with social media, video projections, video chats, social media hangouts? I am interested in the intersection of the live artform of theatre and the increasingly digitized world we live in,” said Acker. Bringing the story to life on the stage will be Maura Krause, who will make her directorial debut with Azuka since she joined their staff last year as Artistic Associate. Krause also has special insight as she has been involved with the development of the show for the last year. She was part of Orbiter 3 with Acker. Krause is excited to direct this exciting new work from her longtime friend and colleague. “I love Emily’s writing and I love stories that are about messy flawed human beings, especially women,” said Krause. “Emily is a great collaborator and an incredible presence in the rehearsal room. As a writer, she is receptive to feedback, but clear-eyed about what’s right for her script—and she rewrites like nobody’s business. As another eye on the production being built, she is generous and detail-oriented.” She adds, “On the content level, both the #metoo movement and the phenomenon of internet shaming are very compelling to me,” said Krause. “As a society we’re grappling with new levels of communication and visibility, and while mostly I think that has resulted in transparency and righteous action, the internet is obviously a double-edged sword that I'm very wary of. Beyond the thematic resonance, the challenge of manifesting the force of the internet onstage really excited me.” The production team of “Boycott Esther” includes regional familiar names and Azuka alums, as well as new team members, including Jorge Cousineau (Scenic & Video Design), Mike Inwood (Lighting Design), Asaki Kuruma (Costume Design), Shannon Zura (Sound Design), Avista Custom Theatrical, LLC (Properties), Jamel Baker (Stage Manager), Lauren Tracy (Production Manager), Joe Daniels (Technical Director) and Flannel & Hammer (Scenic Construction). Together, they will bring Esther’s New York studio apartment to life through the use of three huge screens that represent a part of her digital life. Krause teased and said, “There’s a ton of video – even a few Philly favorite cameo appearances – and we’ve been exploring how music can transmit the raucousness and pace of social media.” “Boycott Esther” is supported by Executive Producers Karen Kruza and Richard Quinn, and Gayle and David Smith. Azuka continues its commitment to the community by extending the innovative pay-what-you-decide box office initiative for the 2018-2019 season. No money is exchanged before the show. Audience members reserve tickets in advance, see the production, then decide on a price which they think is suitable based on their experience and pay as they leave the theater. Ticket payment can be made after the performance by cash, check or credit card. All money collected helps to pay Azuka artists and further support future productions. As part of this production, Azuka will present pre-show happy hours sponsored by Two Roads Brewing Company on May 10 and 17, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For show, special event and reservation information, visit or call 215-563-1100.



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O U T - A N D - A B O U T – Dining & Entertainment News By Jerry H. Bloom, Staff Writer On Stage • Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, presents Civil War Voices, through May 26. A cast of actor/musicians immerse us in the compelling, passionate, and true stories of real people from both sides of our See Laura Giknis, Ben Sheppard, and Damon Bonetti in “Civil War Voices” at the Walnut Street Theatre, through May 26. Photo/Mark Garvin country’s most divisive conflict. In their own words taken straight from the writings they left behind, this insightful and stirring play with music brings to life a deeply human celebration of what makes us American. For tickets or info, visit • Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore, PA, presents Minka – Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute) Saturday, May 11, Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 8:30 p.m. The musicians in this sevenpiece band take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads’ entire career by bringing much of the Heads unique live show to the stage. For tickets ($17 Advance; $20 Day of Show; $29 Seated) or information, call 610-649-8389 or visit • Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, presents Big Apple Circus, from Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, June 16. Playing under the Big Top with new ringmaster Stephanie Monseu, the show also features a new VIP experience leading into the Big Top tent, with craft circus treats and entertainment for all ages. Renowned for its one-ring, intimate and artistic style – where no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers, the Circus offers modern-day audiences unique and astounding human feats in the ring and enough sizzle outside the ring to entertain guests from the very moment they enter. Upgrades to the food selection include beer and wine for adults. For tickets or info, visit Dining Around • Blume, 1500 Locust Street in Philadelphia, is a newly opened bar and restaurant that will focus on eclectic appetizers, approachable entrees, wood fired pizzas, light flatbreads, and ample vegetarian and vegan options. The bar program will offer cocktails, natural wines a robust selection of local ales, lagers and ciders – available by draft, can and bottle. For reservations or info, call 267-761-5582 or visit Special Events • Rittenhouse Row 2019 Spring Festival on Rittenhouse Square, 1800 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, takes place Saturday, May 18 from noon to 5 p.m. (rain or shine) and showcases Philadelphia’s finest fashions, cuisine and entertainment to enjoy the best of Rittenhouse Row. For info, visit • 6th Annual Haverford Spring Fest for music, arts, and fun takes place on Brookline Boulevard, May 5, noon to 7 p.m., offering the sounds you grew up with both in your life, homes, schools and streets of Havertown, as well as classic rock and roll to keep you dancing all day on Cinco de Mayo. Detailed info available at • Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road in Havertown, PA, hosts the Annual Summer Sidewalk Paperback Book Sale, May 18, 10 - 5 p.m., featuring thousands of volumes for sale across various genres of adult fiction and children’s books for various ages. Refreshments available are soda, water, and pretzels. For information, call 610-446-3082 or visit Submit event listings 2 weeks in advance of publication date to: Follow paragraph format.

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2019 Philadelphia Children’s Festival May 2 - 4 he Annenberg Center presents the 34th annual Philadelphia Children’s Festival, May 2 through 4. The 2019 Children’s Festival features three days of the best in contemporary family-friendly entertainment on stage, plus a host of hands-on activities in the outdoor PlazaMania. Tickets are available at or 215-898-3900.


The 34th annual Philadelphia Children’s Festival, May 2 through 4, features performances by Air Play, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, Pennsylvania Ballet II, Moona Luna (shown), Pilobolus @ Play and SMIRK, plus a host of hands-on activities in the outdoor PlazaMania. Photo/Signe Schloss Daily stage performances include the magical circus-style adventures of Air Play, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company’s playful, multimedia production Shadow Play, Pennsylvania Ballet II’s beloved Prince Charming, the Mexican folk and Cumbia of kindie music favorite Moona Luna, the slapstick antics of SMIRK, and Pilobolus @ Play’s creative workshop, Giraffes Can Dance. The outdoor PlazaMania opens at 9:30 a.m. each day with hands-on activities from arts partners from across Philadelphia. PlazaMania partners and performers vary by day and will include The Clay Studio, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Fleisher Art Memorial, FringeArts, Koresh Dance Company, Mister John’s Music, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philly POPS, and Stimulus Children’s Theatre. Additional outdoors activities include face painting, balloon creations, roving performers, and special appearances (Phillie Phanatic!), food trucks, and more. Tickets to all performances are on sale now at or 215-989-3900. Prices vary by show and include most PlazaMania activities. (Additional charges apply for face painting, balloon creations, and food.)


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N ARBERTH S ONGWRITER S HERRI N ORTH ’ S S INGLE F EATURED IN F ILM See the Award-Winning Film “Right Before Your Eyes” at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival May 11 he film titled “Right Before Your Eyes” is an original screenplay based on true events and is currently up for eight nominations at this year’s Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, including best actor


Narberth Songwriter Sherri North’s single “Heaven Song” is featured in the film “Right Before Your Eyes,” which will be screened May 11 in the closing block of films at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. (Adam Ratcliffe). The film was directed by another local (actor turned Film Producer) David Vincent Bobb, who stems from Lebanon, PA. “Right Before Your Eyes” is a wide-ranging, inspirational film about a newly recovering alcoholic who embarks on a journey home to visit his autistic son whom he has not seen since birth. Covering such a wide array of thought-provoking topics – alcoholism, recovery, self examination, autism, spirituality, faith, hope, and the ability to overcome hardship – the film has been getting a very emotional response. Sherri North’s single is featured at the end theme of the film. When asked about the nominations and attention the film has been receiving, North states: “I’m so proud of everyone involved, and was honored when they wanted to use my song. I watched it go from idea, to actual script (I initially read the script), to now at fruition, so it’s really awesome. It was such a brave project to take on, I think it’s well deserved.” North has been in the music industry for many years, both in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Having started as a local in the South Street Scene, to being heavily involved in the recording industry in LA, working at some of the top tier Recording Studios where she had multi years of apprenticeship in music production. “It was an amazing experience,” says North, “I got to meet and work around some of the best creatives in the business, who I totally admired, as well as learn how to make records, which I really wanted to learn. People like Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones), Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses), Ed Cherney (Willie Nelson), and Jimmi Mayweather (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rod Stewart). I was assisting on sessions with major artists who I loved like Donna Summer. It was a dream come true and a really great time in my life.” Already an accomplished acoustic and electric guitar player in the early 90s, North came back to Philadelphia and began cultivating her own artistic capabilities as a singer-songwriter. She released her first self-produced single which garnered a lot of local airplay and also won the “Philadelphia Songwriter Showdown,” coming in at number three of the top 500 in the Tri-State area, and gaining the attention of another great creative person, legendary recording engineer/producer Jimmy Robinson (Jimi Hendrix, Detective, Paris), with whom she started making demos for a full album. After outside circumstances interrupting that project coming to completion (they remained lifelong friends), North was invited back to LA to record new material with long-time friend and mentor, recording engineer Jimmi Mayweather, with North writing the entire album and also producing most of the songs. Part of that project became the EP “Star” a follow up to the single which went on to critical acclaim. North has also shared the stage with some notable players, opening for bands like “Sweet,” (Ballroom Blitz) and Mick Taylor and Terry Reid (Blues), as well as the late John Entwistle (The Who). Sherri’s song in the film, “Heaven Song,” was written about a very personal experience, and is also essentially a song about hope, healing, and redemption. “It’s a very spiritual tune, and a beautiful film, so it was really a perfect fit.” “Right Before Your Eyes” has also been gaining outside attention at various other film festivals, including a “Gold Award Winner” for Best Feature Film (Family/ Faith), Best Writer, and “The Silver Award” for best supporting actor (Brian Anthony Wilson), also with honorable mentions for editor (Bridget Smith) and for Cinematography (Joe Hennigan) at the “Queen Palm International Film Festival” in Palm Springs CA. The cast and crew have been invited to Palm Springs for the Live Annual Screening and Awards Event. “Right Before Your Eyes” will be presented May 11 in the closing block of films at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, which starts at 8:30 p.m. at Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall, 401 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA (corner of Broad and Pine Streets). “Right Before Your Eyes” will be the final film showing at the festival. Tickets are on sale now. The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival runs May 8 through May 11. Visit for information and tickets. Following the run at festivals, the official movie will be released in theaters next year. Sherri’s song, “Heaven Song,” is set for release during the festival on her own music label (American Rock Music Records) aka ARMR Records, and will then be available for public purchase. Sherri is currently working on a new EP due out in September. For additional information and updates you can follow Sherri North on Facebook.

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Annual Potters Guild Sale at Community Arts Center to Feature Live Demos and Raffle he Potters Guild’s annual spring sale offering handcrafted functional and decorative pottery opens


Potters Guild members and CAC instructors Laura Demme of Wyndmoor and Ann Suchecki of Media prepare to load the soda kiln with handcrafted pottery for glazing in advance of the Potters Guild’s Spring Sale opening with a Preview Party on May 2 and running through May 5 at Community Arts Center, in Wallingford. in The Duke Gallery at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, with a preview party, 6:30 - 9 p.m., Thursday, May 2. Party attendees get first dibs on the original pottery made by professional guild members. Admission to the preview party is $5 and includes refreshments. The sale continues all weekend long from May 3 through May 5. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the Duke Gallery is handicapped accessible. Shoppers will be treated to an eclectic collection of pottery, some of which will have been fired in Community Arts Center’s new soda kiln, created by the skilled ceramicists of The Potters Guild. For 2019, the guild has added a Raffle Friday, awarding a $20 gift certificate every hour, towards a spring sale purchase. You must be present to win. Also new this year, guild members will be performing live demonstrations showcasing various techniques used in their work throughout the weekend as part of this Makers’ Market event. Check the Facebook and Instagram feeds for @ThePottersGuild for updated demonstration schedules, and stop by the show to see how these talented makers create their work. Paul Downie, Executive Director of CAC, said, “We’re excited to be offering pottery fired in our new soda kiln at this year’s Potters Guild Spring Sale. Shoppers will have a greater selection of colors and textures in the ceramics being sold due to the various firing processes that CAC offers. This is a great opportunity to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for Mother’s Day and graduations, or just something special for yourself. The artists put a great deal of love and personality into each piece!” Thirty Participating Potters Guild Members include: Nadia W. Bond, Effie Brenner, Bonnie Ann Burnett, Bob Deane, Laura Demme, Linda Eiteljorg, Rich Farrow, Jessica Greet, Brad Hagmayer, Deanna Haldeman, Bridget Hughes, Suzanne Kent, Debra L. Lane, Peggy Martin, Susan O’Hanlon, Jean Schmidt, Carol Seymour, Jim Sheffler, Shari Sikora, Jeanie Silver, Shelby A. Smith, Ann Suchecki, Marianne Tebbens, Brett Thomas, Patricia Tolton, Mark Tyson, Kate White, Nathan Willever, Ryan Wheeler, and Matthew Wren. The Potters Guild is located at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford, PA. For information on The Potters Guild, visit For information or driving directions, contact Community Arts Center at 610-566-1713, or visit

DCYO Spring Concert and Auditions

The Delaware County Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Andrew Hauze, Conductor and Music Director (shown), will present its Spring Concert, the final offering of its 2019 season. The concert will be held on Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. at Strath Haven High School, 205 Providence Road, Wallingford, PA. The orchestra will feature renowned pianist Marcantonio Barone, soloist, playing de Falla’s “Nights in the Gardens of Spain.” In addiHedgerow Theater Presents “The Three Musketeers” tion Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio “The Three Musketeers,” from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, adapted and directed by Matthew Tallman, runs Espagnol” will complete the profrom May 2 to May 26. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, with matinees on gram. Please consult the website Saturdays and Sundays. Performances are at Hedgerow Theater, located at 64 Rose Valley Road, in Rose Valley, at for directions. PA. Tickets range from $20 to $37, with some discounts available. Buy tickets by calling Hedgerow at 610-565Admission is free, and the venue 4211 or clicking on is handicapped accessible. Auditions for new musicians for the NarbEarth Day 2019-2020 season will be held on The 30th annual NarbEarth Day, a fun environmental fair for children and adults, will be held on Saturday, Thursday, May 16 and Saturday, May 4 from noon to 4 p.m. in Narberth Park next to the Narberth Community Library. This free family event May 18, 2019 at the Proclamation features exhibits and activities promoting environmental responsibility and sustainability. Locally sourced Presbyterian Church on Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr. Go to to schedule an audition on food and artisan goods will be available for purchase. Walk over or ride your bike. A free bike valet will be pro- the “Auditions” page. vided! Rain date: Sunday, May 5. For info, visit: and or contact Patsy Higgins at 610-608-2445 or email LIKE City Suburban News on Facebook for weekly links!

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Main Line Art Center Hosts Art in Action Spring Fundraiser and Exhibition Art in Action Spring Fundraiser: Saturday, May 4 – Free & Open to the Public Art in Action: 2019 Teaching Artists & Accessible Art Exhibition: April 27 - June 1 ain Line Art Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Art in Action, aims to raise funds for need-based scholarships and art programs for children and adults with disabilities. The family-friendly event on Saturday, May 4, will feature live artmaking by exhibiting teaching artists including demos in wheel throwing, Raku firing, painting, and comics. This free event will also offer an exclusive first look at the 2019 Teaching Artists & Accessible Art Exhibition, on view in the Center’s galleries from April 27 through June 1. Along with works for sale, there will be a silent auction of works from exhibiting artists and experiences including rounds of golf at the area’s most exclusive country clubs, tickets and memberships to museums and cultural organizations, finedining gift certificates, free weeks of camp, and more! The Center aims to provide more than $35,000 in scholarships to students with disabilities and those facing economic difficulties in the community. In past years, the Center has granted up to $12,000 in scholarships, but there is highElaine Lisle’s “Lotus Reflections,” Oil on canvas, 2015. demand and those funds are quickly depleted. In lieu of buying tickets to the fundraiser, attendees will be encouraged to donate to the scholarship fund the night of the event. “This is the second year of our new tradition of asking our community of artists, students and stakeholders to consider how important the act of creation is in their own lives, and to help us ensure that same opportunity for those less-resourced than ourselves,” said Thomas Scurto-Davis, Executive Director of Jessica Curtaz’s Main Line Art Center. “Beetles,” “Art in Action is both an Crocheted yarn opportunity to reflect on chainlink, on and celebrate what 2018. our stakeholders have built at the Center, and to share it with an ever-wider community of folks who deserve to experience the power of art,” said ScurtoDavis. “The funds raised will replenish our tuition assistance programs which support the Center’s accessible art programs for Wes Valdez’s adults and children with “Azul Arches,” disabilities, and provide Handbuilt earthenware and access for those with financial need in our mixed media, community.” 2018. The Art in Action exhibition will feature a diverse and impressive display of artwork by our teaching artist and accessible art students including painting, drawing, print-making, ceramics, mosaics, and metals. The exhibition celebrates our creative community and honors our vision of making art accessible to all. Main Line Art Center’s galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free public Sensory Garden Party will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 1 - 4 p.m. and features family-friendly art activities, live art experiences, and more. For details visit


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agement to those who need it. The book follows her journey growing up in the projects of South Philadelphia, to purchasing her first home at age 21 and then her struggles through her multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Struggles, arrests, a divorce, and many other hardships—all leading to her enrollment in college at Neumann University and push towards a positive road. After successfully overcoming trials and tribulations, Vanessa decided to write a memoir to leave for her descendants for generations to come. This event is presented by the Cultural Arts Forum, which has been sponsoring events to support adult women students at Neumann University through the endowed scholarship named in honor of the founder of the Forum, Margaret Mary Kearney. Since its founding in 1970, the Forum has presented more than 250 events and seminars. The event will be held in the Fred P. Meagher Theatre in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center on campus. Admission is free. Free will donations for the Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship are accepted. Please contact Nicholas DiMarino at 610558-5626 or for more information. Let Your Business Grow in City Suburban News! Call 610-667-6623 for Great Solutions to Reach Your Customers!

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EDUCATION NEWS Neumann President Digs in Waldron Mercy Academy’s 19th Annual Tigerfest Auction as Celebrity Scooper

Waldron Mercy parents Andrew Deibel, Jane Meconi-Deibel, Daphne Kwan, and Ken Chan connect during the Tigerfest silent auction. ore than 200 guests attended Wal dron Mercy’s 19th annual Tigerfest auction in the Connelly Lyceum at Merion Mercy Academy. Attendees at the Monopolyinspired event raised money by bidding on a wide range of items, including oneDr. Chris Domes serves up a cup of Rita’s Italian Ice on-one teacher experiences, gift certifiduring a celebrity scooper event in Aston. cates, sports tickets, and vacations to Costa Rica and an African game preserve. Pror. Chris Domes, president of Neumann University, rolled ceeds directly benefit Waldron Mercy stuup his sleeves to serve Rita’s Italian Ice at a “celebrity dents through academic programs, scholscooper” spirit night on April 24 in Aston. Rita’s donated part arships, and facility improvements. Ten perof the proceeds to the Sport Management Senior Seminar Parent and second grade teacher project, an annual student-managed networking event with Courtney McLaughlin lands in “jail” with executives from local sports franchises. husband Sean McLaughlin. Each spring semester the Sport Management seniors take a capstone course that is considered a workplace rather than a class. Students are referred to as associates and are given cent of the proceeds are given to the school’s the opportunity to display the key skills in management, mar- many outreach partners and strengthened keting, finance, and human resources that they have learned the school’s service learning mission. Durthroughout the past three years at Neumann. Each student ing the event, Waldron Mercy honored alumplays a role in planning and executing the networking event, nus Harry Williamson, class of 1971. Harry which has grown to attract more than 100 alumni, current stu- is a visible presence and always very supdents, and professionals working in sports each year. portive of WMA. He comes from a large famIn recent years, students have met professionals in the sport ily with a commitment to Mercy education. industry from the Eagles, Union, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers at the event, as well as executives from the Wilmington Blue Rocks, National Lacrosse League, the PGA, NBC Sports, and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. The seminar embodies Neumann’s educational approach of blending theory and practice to prepare students for the post-graduation marketplace. Currently, more than 85% of the university’s students complete an internship or field experience before they graduate.


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Harcum Awards Scholarships to Eight Area Contest Winners


arcum College has selected the winners of the First Annual 2018-19 Art/Design and Photography Contest for high school and transfer students. The contest has awarded tuition scholarships totaling $16,000 to category and place winners who enroll in either the Digital Design or Photography associate degree programs at the College. A panel of judges, comprising faculty in the art and design programs, selected the winners. The entries had to focus on the theme of “endless beginnings” and were judged on originality and adherence to the theme.


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joyful camaraderie to produce orchestral music of the highest quality. David Kim, Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster, and Nancy Campbell, Executive Director of the Wayne Art Center are members of Orchestra Concordia’s Artistic Advisory Board. For information, visit

In the Art/Design division, first place, and receiving a $5,000 Harcum tuition scholarship, is Shakiya Brown of Frankford High School. Shown is her design.

In the Art/Design division, the winners were as follows: First Place, $5,000: Shakiya Brown, Frankford High School; Second Place, $2,500: Carina Sun, Central Bucks East High School; Third Place, $1,000: Tyler Price, Upper Darby High School; Book Reading and Signing and Honorable Mention $500: ShaVonte McGuire, Upper Darby At New Horizons Senior Center on Wednesday, May 8 at 1 p.m. Cherie High School. Goren reads from her newly published memoir, “A Time to Keep: A Memoir In the Photography division, the winners were as follows: of Growing up in Memel, Lithuania,” a personal and inspiring story about First Place, $5,000: Katie Baylor, Penncrest High School; Second growing up in Lithuania and coming to America as a refugee in 1939. Place, $2,500: Nyls Meredith, Woodrow Wilson High School; Following the reading, her film “Leaving Memel” based on her book, will Third Place, $1,000: Polina Novozhilova, Sparta High School; be screened. Hosted by Ellensue Jacobson. Refreshments will be served! Come early (at noon) to enjoy a catered lunch provided by Betty the Caterer Honorable Mention, $500: Brandon Bracero, Fairchild Wheeler IT Campus. Harcum College congratulates the winners, appreciates all the entries submitted, and acknowledges the high school art for a suggested donation of only $2 before the workshop! For more information or to sign up for lunch, stop by 100 Conway Avenue, Narberth or programs and art educators for encouraging student participation. The contest will run annually. Students from across the country are invited to enter. Students interested in the Digital call 610-664-2366. Design and Photography programs should submit an inquiry form to be kept informed of future contest deadlines. Inquire Dance Fitness Class for Seniors at On Fridays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 10:30 a.m., Dance instructor Betsy Klausman leads a new Dance Fitness Class at New Horizons Senior Center. First Friday Free Film Screening Dust off your dancin’ shoes. Learn easy dance steps to Latin music while On Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m., the 2018 film, THE HATE U GIVE, will be screened at the First-Friday Free Large-Screen Film Series at the Peace Center getting some fun exercise. No partner required. Just bring comfy shoes! of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. The First-Friday free film series at the Interested parties can stop by New Horizons Senior Center to a make an Peace Center of Delaware County is organized monthly by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to the Peace Center visit www.delcoappointment, 100 Conway Avenue, 2nd floor or call 610-664-2366. or call 484-574-1148.



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South Street Spring Festival Returns May 4

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10 Blocks, 20 Bands, 30 Restaurants, 125 Vendors, Maifest and More!

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at, drink, shop, rock! Philadelphia’s largest all-day, all ages spring block party is back. South Street Headhouse District presents the 6th Annual South Street Spring Festival, on Sunday, May 4, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Look for over 125+ vendors,


Sat., May 18 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. The Suzanne Roberts Theatre 480 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19146

South Street Headhouse District presents the 6th Annual South Street Spring Festival, on Sunday, May 4, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Photo/Kory Aversa 215-735-7161 Tickets: $35-$50 each

Next Performances at 35+ restaurants and food trucks, 20+ bands, Longwood Gardens Fri., June 7 3 stages, dozens of makers, and Philly’s & Sat., June 8, at 8:30 p.m. largest Maypole. Come hungry for a taste of Queen Village’s red hot food scene as THANKS FOR READING CITY SUBURBAN NEWS EVERY WEEK! restaurants and bars serve food and drink out in the street under the blue skies. Get out your dirndl and lederhosen as Brauhaus Schmitz presents Maifest with German music, dancers, beers, food, flower crowns and other Bavarian surprises. Eat like a pro during the Philly Taco Eating Contest featuring a Jim’s Steaks cheesesteak wrapped in 10% Discount a giant slice of Lorenzo & Sons pizza. Celebrate a galaxy far, far away with a special National Comic Book Day held on May For seniors, the 4th (be with you). Shop and support local artists and designers offering up spring fashion, home goods, artwork, jewnew Moms & clEaning sERvicE elry, artisan foods and much more. Philly, call your friends and tell them, “Meet me on South Street!” South Street Spring special needs • Residential cleaning (one time/Weekly/ Festival is free and open to the public. South Street Spring Festival is presented by South Street Headhouse District, with Moms Biweekly/Monthly) (First time service) support from the City of Philadelphia, Specialty Productions, Aversa PR & Events and DVT Entertainment, as well as cor• Property “turnover” cleanings porate support from Pepsi (Stage Sponsor), Ben FM and Yelp Philly. Family Owned • Party/Event clean up • small office cleaning South Street Spring Festival is free and open to the public. All music concerts are free! Food and drink are pay-as-youInsured • FREE Est. go. Twenty-one and up with identification to drink. Tracey & Marlys Martin Be Smart, Spring Festival will close South Street to traffic and transform this historic business district into one of the city’s largest Let Us Tidy Up! 484-531-7444 • block parties. Enjoy al fresco dining and sips from 30+ restaurants, bars, vendors and food trucks. Look for everything from free samples, to special one-off dishes, to signature favorites, to specially priced graband-go. Pricing will vary by vendor and ranges from free samples to pay-as-you-go. South Street Headhouse District participants for 2019 include Bridget Foy’s, Cry Baby Pasta, Neighborhood Ramen, Bahn Mi & Bottles, Bistro Romano, Brauhaus Schmitz, Copabanana, Jim’s Steaks South Street, MilkBoy, Nomad Pizza, Paddy Whacks, Puyero Venezuelan Flavors, PHILADELPHIA AND THE MAIN LINE’S FAVORITE WEEKLY Queen Village Food Market, Tattooed Mom, Twisted Tail and many others. Philadelphia’s best food trucks and mobile vendors will also line the 10-block festival footprint, including French Toast Bites and Lokal Lemonade by Lokal Artisan Foods, Bassetts Ice Cream, Cambur Pinton, Dr. Wutzit’s Wonder Balls, Happy Hour Dive Car, Lil Pop Shop, Mompops, MomMom’s Polish Cart, PaperMill Foods, Tuck-ins Foods, and the debut of the new Street Food truck by Chef Michael Sultan. Cafe seating and outdoor service will be available throughout the festival footprint, at spots like Ishkabibbles, Las Bugambilias, Pietro’s Pizza, Pizzeria Stella and Woodrow’s Sandwiches. The 7th Annual Maifest by Brauhaus Schmitz will take over the 700 block of South Street with food, drinks, dancers and live music, all free and open to the public; limited VIP tickets are available now. Open to the public, Maifest has quickly become a beloved Annual South Street Spring Festival tradition of food, drinks and live music. Maifest is free to attend, with pay-as-you-go food and beer, and limited 9 February 5, 201 VIP Tickets. VIP Tickets include an exclusive January 30 – munity News Years of Com Celebrating 34 appetizer buffet, served from Noon to 6 p.m., IST S F R E E Year 34, No. 21 E ME RG IN G A RT along with access to private restrooms, a comson Robert Ja RE S C EL LIS T d FIND YOUR TU an EA an F S rm IE No ER a S Marsh son County” memorative beer stein, exclusive beers in the COMMUNITY A LE XA ND ER H ER SH he Bridges of Madi NEWS HERE! Brown’s “T VIP Brauer Bund Bierhall and seven tokens good for a beer or food item each ($100 per person).

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South Street Spring Festival returns Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with 30+ restaurants, 20 bands, free comic book day, Maifest, Philly taco eating contest and free family fun. Photo/Hughe Dillon Individual tokens can be purchased for $7 each, or buy 10 tokens for $60, good for use on food and beer throughout the day. Note: The regular menu will not be served inside this day, food is available outside or through a VIP ticket. Visit for details and tickets. This year’s South Street Spring Festival will keep the crowd dancing in the street from start to stop. Three main stages (at 2nd, 5th, and 8th Streets) as well as other locations in the festival will showcase many of the region’s rising stars. The street will reverberate with tunes ranging from New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, country, jam bands, indie rock, and the blues. Curated by DVT Entertainment, this line-up of musical talent features a diverse array of styles offers something for everyone. Celebrate May the 4th with Philadelphia’s single largest comic book giveaway for National Comic Book Day. Come dressed in your favorite Star Wars costume—or dress like your favorite hero or villain from your favorite comic. Celebrate a galaxy far, far away with South Street’s very own Atomic City Comics. Look for free family fun for kids of all ages in the family area: including kids’ games, balloon makers and more. For the first time ever, South Street Spring Festival will feature dazzling aerial and circus performances from Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and Airplay Entertainment. Look for the largest selection of handmade gift items from local makers, artists and crafters this year—with over sixty vendors signed up to-date. Come ready to shop for everything on your list, from men’s and women’s fashions, to jewelry, to handmade soaps, to gifts and home decor, to artisan foods, and more. For updates and line-ups, visit, follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest and visit South Street Headhouse District on Facebook.

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Acclaimed Actress Molly Pope Stars in World Premiere of Polly Mope An Intimate Portrait of Her Personal Experience with Manic Bipolar II he Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to present the world premiere of the witty, comedically-candid musical, Polly Mope in the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio, May 9 - 11, 2019. Born out of Molly


Molly Pope performs world premiere of witty and charming musical “Polly Mope” in the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio, May 9 - 11, 2019.

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Pope’s time as a Kimmel Center Theater Residency artist in 2017, Molly tackles the question “How Do You Get through the Night?” in this equally comedic and dramatic one-woman-show, which tells an intimate and poignant story about coping with humanity, mental health, and keeping yourself company. Pope will be backed by a live band. “Our Kimmel Center Theater Residency serves as an incubator for innovative performance development, while challenging artists on both professional and personal levels,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Polly Mope illustrates this program’s vision, as Molly pushes both artistic and personal boundaries, pulling audience members into her world, wrapping them within this bewitching and yet private musical production.” “The least I can do is to be as open and frank as possible about my experience being manic bipolar II,” said Molly Pope. “Too many people living with mental illness, of any kind, are not able to do that, for innumerable reasons. It’s about fighting the stigma with songs and jokes and a refusal to be ashamed.” Pope is a critically-acclaimed cabarettist whose shows have played Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Ars Nova, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, OBERON (A.R.T.), Teatro ZinZanni (Joe’s Pub Seattle), and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia. Hailed as “One of downtown cabaret’s most adventurous performers” by The New York Times, she is the recipient of both the 2016 Bistro Award for Creative Cabaret Artistry and the 2016 MAC Award for Musical Comedy. She has been named a Time Out New York “Top Ten Cabaret Act of 2008” and 2012 and a Village Voice Best of NYC 2011 for “Best Singer To Turn Life Into A Cabaret.” Polly Mope was conceived during the artist’s time as a Kimmel Center Theater Residency artist in June 2017 with her collaborator Matt Aument. The Kimmel Center has produced various full-length works born out of its Theater Residency, a 2-week annual intensive inviting artists to gather and create new works on the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, in partnership with Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. Entering its sixth season in June 2019, these works include: Mary Tuonomen’s Hello! Sadness!; Jamie Leonhart’s Estuary; Ethan Lipton’s The Outer Space, which then played at The Public Theater in New York City; Deb Margolin’s 8 Stops; Dito Van Reigersberg’s Martha Graham Cracker production of Lashed But Not Leashed; Courtnee Roze’s The Culture; Martha Stuckey’s Due to the Sensitive Nature; Daniel Alexander Jones’ BLACK LIGHT; and David Sweeny’s Johnny Showcase alter-ego in The Johnny Shortcake Show. The Theater Residency program is generously supported by Linda and David Glickstein. Polly Mope performance dates & times: May 9, 2019, 8 p.m.; May 10, 2019, 8 p.m.; May 11, 2019, 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now starting at $25. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See for information.

“Women Defining Themselves: The Original Artists of SOHO 20” Exhibit Commemorating the 45th anniversary of SOHO 20, the historically significant women’s cooperative gallery in New York, Rowan University Art Gallery presents “Women Defining Themselves: The Original Artists of SOHO 20,” an exhibition featuring works by the founding artist-members first shown at the gallery in the 1970s. The artists represented include Elena Borstein, Barbara Coleman, Maureen Connor, Mary Ann Gillies, Joan Glueckman, Eunice Golden, Marge Helenchild, Cynthia Mailman, Marion Ranyak, Rachel Rolon de Clet, Halina Rusak, Lucy Sallick, Morgan Sanders, Rosalind Shaffer, Sylvia Sleigh, Eileen Spikol, May Stevens, Suzanne Weisberg, and Sharon Wybrants. The exhibit runs from May 4 - July 27, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 301 High Street West, Glassboro, New Jersey, 08028. Free 2-hour public parking is available in the Mick Drive Parking Garage across the street from the gallery. Admission to the gallery, lecture, and reception is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Directions can be found on the gallery website. For information, call 856-256-4521 or visit

Spring Fair at Lankenau Medical Center The Women’s Board of Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood will hold its annual Spring Fair on May 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (3 p.m. on Friday) in the main lobby area. Approximately thirty vendors will be selling items including jewelry, garden decor, handbags, homemade gourmet candy, children’s items and more. Themed baskets containing many exciting items contributed by the staff of departments in the hospital will be raffled. Spring flowers will also be available for sale. All proceeds will benefit patient care enhancement programs at Lankenau. Chair of the event is Women’s Board member Renee Healy. More information is available by contacting the Volunteer Office at 484-476-2139.

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