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The Art Benefit You’ll Take Home With You

The Art Benefit You’ll Take Home With You

The Phoenix Village Art Center, in Phoenixville, is staging its second annual Art from the Heart fundraiser May 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Over a hundred pieces of art will be displayed throughout the center’s four floors. And it’ll be ripe for the picking. Patron Tickets are going for $75. (Bring a guest […]

May 15, 2015 | By More
Kid-friendly Garden Party May 30

Kid-friendly Garden Party May 30

Main Line Art Center, in Haverford, is hosting a Sensory Garden Party and Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser  May 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will feature music and garden-themed art projects for kids. Buy an ice cream-filled, handcrafted ceramic bowl for $15 or a disposable one for $5. The party will […]

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Art Star Pop-up Market Returns May 23

Art Star Pop-up Market Returns May 23

The Art Star Pop-up Market will return to Spruce Street Harbor Park, located along the Delaware between Lombard and Walnut streets, every Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., from May 23 through September 26. Each market will feature up to 20 curated art and craft vendors, who’ll be set up al fresco-style under a tree-lined […]

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Shares Some of its Collection with the Main Line

Philadelphia Museum of Art Shares Some of its Collection with the Main Line

Imagine encountering Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” along a bike path, or Claude Monet’s “The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny” in the middle of a park. Such a reality began to unfold earlier this month when the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, launched Inside Out, an initiative […]

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Your Lifestyle Update is Now Available

Your Lifestyle Update is Now Available

This eco movement has always felt a little heavy on the green and guilt and light on the convenience and comfort. But a perceptive Philly design outfit is reworking that algorithm and making the great outdoors more user-friendly. By Scott Edwards It feels counterintuitive to descend to a basement—albeit, one in a retrofitted mansion a […]

April 29, 2015 | By More
A Clash of Natures

A Clash of Natures

Some of the most delicate looking décor around is being forged by an unyielding hand. “Michael’s pretty intense,” says Josie Gluck. She’s referring to Michael Schunke, the other half of Vetro Vero. Together, they make glass vessels—the literal translation of Vetro Vero from Italian is “true glass”—whose simplicity and uniformity seemingly belie their rare craftsmanship. […]

April 29, 2015 | By More
A Final Show for the Late Painter Donald Wilf

A Final Show for the Late Painter Donald Wilf

An exhibition and sale of 18 paintings by the late Donald Stanley Wilf will be held Nov. 22 and 23 at The Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre at Harcum College, in Bryn Mawr. Wilf owned the Ardmore interior design firm Donald Stanley Inc. from 1959 to 2011. He died in January 2012 at the age […]

November 12, 2014 | By More
Small-Batch Christmas Shopping

Small-Batch Christmas Shopping

Main Line Art Center’s Holiday Fine Craft Sale will run through November 23 at its Haverford location. The work of a jury-selected field of 38 professional artisans, who range in disciplines from handmade jewelry and clothing to ornate glass and pottery, is ripe for stocking stuffing. An added incentive: The proceeds will benefit the center’s […]

November 12, 2014 | By More

Connoisseur

Burritos, But With a Twist

Burritos, But With a Twist

Dinner is now served at Mugshots Coffeehouse, in Fairmount, where Manita Burrito is taking over Thursdays through Sundays. Partners Noam Kugelmass, a serial entrepreneur, and chef Michael O’Halloran, of Bistro 7 in Old City, are expanding and revising their original pop-up concept, formerly known as Freekeh Burrito, from the summer. Their signature, though, remains the […]

November 12, 2014 | By More
Happy Birthday to Us

Happy Birthday to Us

Conshy’s Isabella is marking its fourth anniversary with a $35-, four-course dinner menu through the end of the month. It reads like a greatest hits playlist by the Spanish-centric restaurant: a charcuterie sampler featuring fennel salami, chorizo, hot coppa and Serrano ham; sautéed octopus coupled with chorizo and garlic; and a grilled, herb-marinated chicken breast […]

November 12, 2014 | By More
No Bribing, Just Barbeque

No Bribing, Just Barbeque

In the proud tradition of those who can’t turning to judging, our resident glutton, Mike Madaio, works the system to win a coveted front-row seat at the state barbeque championship. I rose to my feet, legs wobbly from the weight of the fatigue and pork fat and reeking of smoke. My right hand went up […]

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Pass the Cookie, Keep the Milk

Pass the Cookie, Keep the Milk

A cookie made without butter, it turns out, can be an improvement. By Mike Madaio While food allergies are something of a modern phenomenon, food preparation according to strict kosher standards is about as old of an active practice as there is. Only in this strange new world could a bakery emerge catering to both […]

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Life

The Selfie as Art (Sort of)

The Selfie as Art (Sort of)

From man’s first sketches on the cave wall to the rise of the selfie, the portrait has been an ever-present subject matter for artists. The power of the portrait to tell a story, illuminate social injustices or capture a moment in time lies in the pictorial representation as well as the media and process by which […]

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A Humbling Celebration for a Landmark Nonprofit

A Humbling Celebration for a Landmark Nonprofit

Tickets are now on sale for Philabundance’s Beet Hunger Bash, which will be held November 7, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, in West Philly. The affair will celebrate the nonprofit’s 30th anniversary and its founder, Pamela Rainey Lawler, and, of course, chip away a little further at its […]

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Back and Bigger than Before

Back and Bigger than Before

The King of Prussia Beerfest Royale returns Thursday with Donnerstag: Happy Hour, which’ll feature a food-and-beer tasting, a pumpkin beer bar, beer-infused cocktails, a concert by The Hoppin’ John Orchestra and a cigar lounge (complete with a complimentary cigar). It will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Court at the King of […]

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A Family-friendly Theater Company to Debut in Bryn Mawr

A Family-friendly Theater Company to Debut in Bryn Mawr

The Bryn Mawr-based Two Ducks Theatre Company will be staging its inaugural production, the kid-friendly Rainbowtown, Sept. 6 through Sept. 20 at the Radnor United Methodist Church, in Bryn Mawr, as part of the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. A hilarious, interactive short play, Rainbowtown was written by Carrie Nielsen, a Bryn Mawr resident and a professor […]

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Living With Your Art

Living With Your Art

Why you shouldn’t try to turn your home into a gallery, and a few other guidelines for personalizing your collection. By Morrie Breyer Art is my addiction. I’m far from a collector of fine works, if “fine” means expensive. I don’t buy investment pieces (for myself, at least. I’m happy to hunt for them on […]

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Summer Style Watch

Summer Style Watch

Sun! Barbeque! Vacation! But style doesn’t rest. To that end, our resident designer shares the goods that’ll be keeping him cool through the dog days. In professional circles, when I’m asked what I’m into at any given moment, my standard reply is, “I have no taste.” It’s not that I’m trying to be difficult. Just […]

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With a Little Help from Some Friends

With a Little Help from Some Friends

A few reasons to look forward to a fresh start. Spring cleaning’s silver lining: buying new stuff. Sleek and efficient, these are fast becoming essential tools around my house. —Laurie Palau Gear Up Platinum 2 Bike Freestand Rack | $100 | thegstand.com Bikes are the problem children of the garage. Two or three can suck […]

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A Designer’s Wish List

A Designer’s Wish List

Seven ideas that’ll make your home a little homier. And, should you buy two (or more) of everything, those of your friends and family, too. By Michael Herold Barneys New York Geometric Throw $225 | Barneys New York, Rittenhouse Square A wool and silk blend that’s as comfortable as it is stylish. And, at a […]

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The Tax Man Cometh

The Tax Man Cometh

The first article in this series reminded us of the high burden of taxes that are determined in a variety of ways.  Our focus this year is on managing taxes, including the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT).  NIIT began in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is an extra 3.8% tax on the […]

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The Tax Man Cometh

The Tax Man Cometh

2014 is behind us but the impact of its tax burden looms ahead.  In the past two years the top tax rate for taxpayers returned to the highest rates seen in almost 15 years weighing in at 39.6%.  Medicare tax, which has affected all wages over the last several years, now adds surtax over a […]

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The Dreaded ‘R’ Word: Managing Risk in Investments

The Dreaded ‘R’ Word: Managing Risk in Investments

Volatility—It’s baaaaaack! After riding the gravy train of the Fed easing policy for years, the market began to pick up its highly volatile ways in the first two weeks of October. Market concerns over mounting global economic crisis, the first domestic case of Ebola, the departure of the Federal Reserve’s 3 phases of Quantitative Easing […]

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The Dreaded “R” Word —  Managing Risk in Investments

The Dreaded “R” Word — Managing Risk in Investments

OK, here goes, the third article in our series on investment risk and in this edition we feature the, “big dog”, stock market risk. Market risk to the average investor represents the most volatile aspect of investing and is associated with terminology such as crash, bear, collapse and other words designed to have the heart […]

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The Dreaded “R” Word — Managing Risk in Investments

The Dreaded “R” Word — Managing Risk in Investments

This is the second in a series of pieces that will discuss risk in investments, causes and possible strategies to mitigate risk. Soon after our first article was written, global and political events translated into an increased spike in volatility so we hope this series proves helpful to you. We painted with fairly large brushstrokes […]

May 1, 2015 | By More