At Large

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

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

First Friday: the unlikely success story of artists having a vision

It started with a vision—a vision to create a community of artists sharing their work with the community. The vision became a reality for Lancaster City. The vision has transformed a city once known for its Amish roots and farmland into an art destination. The vision began about 14 years ago with a small group […]

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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

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

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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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

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

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 | Bikes are the problem children of the garage. Two or three can suck […]

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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 […]

September 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

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

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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Other Recent Features

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 […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

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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Pumpkin-lovers, Load Up on Advil

The end of summer is surely nigh when pumpkin-flavored everything begin surfacing. It’s hard, though, to be weary of the trend when it all tastes so damn good. Well, most of it, at least. Among the first offerings—and early candidates for the tastiest iterations—are Iron Hill’s Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Classic Pumpkin Ale, which […]

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A Taste of Something Different

Brian Sirhal and Timothy Spinner seem to harbor the same raging appetites that their restaurants inspire in us. Following close on the heels of Taqueria Feliz, their first Manayunk venture and their third restaurant in the Philly region, Sirhal (pictured, left) and Spinner (right) earlier this week unveiled Beast & Ale, their updated take on […]

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An Addition and a Facelift for Menagerie

Menagerie Boutique’s second location opens Monday in Haverford Square. A Main Line staple, the new shop will carry the same labels as the Eagle Village flagship, including Calypso, Claire Vivier, Jillian Gulius, Karen Walker and Coolchange. It’ll also have a collection of owner Kate Lawson’s one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The Web site,, was […]

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