Tiny Beautiful Things at Arden Theatre is big and beautiful.

-Brenda Hillegas Feature photo: Bailey Roper, Akeem Davis, Emilie Krause, and Joilet Harris. Photo by Wide Eyed Studios Here’s a thought or two for you. Advice columns. If you were to send in a letter to one, seeking advice obviously, would you prefer to not know who is giving you advice? Or are you looking for a name and credentials? Does it matter? Does knowing … Continue reading Tiny Beautiful Things at Arden Theatre is big and beautiful.

Bella Vista to host Da Vinci Fest in October 2020

-Mark Casasanto Already a city lush with festivals and fairs, the Bella Vista neighborhood of Philly will soon serve as a launching pad for a new and unique opportunity to get out and explore, embrace and enjoy… this time, awash in the principles of Leonardo Da Vinci.  Born of the creative minds at the Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA), the first time festival is set … Continue reading Bella Vista to host Da Vinci Fest in October 2020

“Tiny Beautiful Things” actor Akeem Davis talks about his role; on stage now at Arden Theatre.

-Brenda Hillegas Now playing at the Arden Theatre- Tiny Beautiful Things, a stage version of Cheryl Strayed‘s best selling book that collects highlights of The Rumpus’s “Dear Sugar” advice columns. The play explores Strayed’s time as the advice columnist and her anonymous, unpaid work that was published between 2010-2010. Actress/producer/screenwriter Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) adapted Tiny Beautiful Things for the stage along with Marshall … Continue reading “Tiny Beautiful Things” actor Akeem Davis talks about his role; on stage now at Arden Theatre.

PhillyCAM Awards 2019 Winners

Content courtesy of PhillyCAM; photos by Brianna Spause Local non-profit PhillyCAM– which just turned 10- is a community media center that trains Philadelphians in broadcast production and airs original content on Philadelphia’s public access television and WPPM 106.5 FM. This past Sunday, the third annual CAMMY Awards (held on national Community Media Day at Lightbox Film Center) celebrated producers whose television and radio content brings together … Continue reading PhillyCAM Awards 2019 Winners

Come From Away celebrates the real people and stories in Gander, Newfoundland during 9/11/01.

-Brenda Hillegas Cover photo by Matthew Murphy Somewhere…in the middle of nowhere… The lyrics to the songs of Come From Away have been in my head since the first time I saw the musical, just this past May. At that point, the show’s first North American tour had been announced and I already knew it would be coming to Philadelphia as part of the Kimmel … Continue reading Come From Away celebrates the real people and stories in Gander, Newfoundland during 9/11/01.

RENT returns to Philadelphia this weekend only. Catch the last few shows!

-Brenda Hillegas Cover photo: The company of RENT, photo by Amy Boyle Eight. Times. Sure, I’ve seen movies that many times or more. Even some television shows. But a musical? Surprisingly, I’m in the minority for the number of times someone has seen RENT. Meaning…there are people who have seen the show way more than that. “RENTheads” are out there. They are dedicated, hardcore fans … Continue reading RENT returns to Philadelphia this weekend only. Catch the last few shows!

The Day Tripper: Exploring the Secret Valley by Rail

by Mark Casasanto File this one under the “things you don’t ordinarily get to do” category. Then, you can thank me later.  Back in the summer of 2017, I was doing a security site survey for a country music festival that was going to occur a little further along as the summer transitioned to fall. As I made my way around the pretty and well … Continue reading The Day Tripper: Exploring the Secret Valley by Rail

Celebrating the 25th Annual Barrymore Awards at the Bok Building

-Brenda Hillegas Twenty-five years is a long time to celebrate something. It’s a number worthy of recognition. When it comes to Philadelphia theatre’s scene, though, and everything Theatre Philadelphia has done to help our city’s arts culture strive, every year is deserving of a celebration. That’s why we have the Barrymore Awards. The awards and ceremony, nationally recognized, honors the local artists and theatre companies … Continue reading Celebrating the 25th Annual Barrymore Awards at the Bok Building

Theatre actor Nick Duckart talks about Come From Away- here in Philadelphia 10/22 to 11/3.

-Brenda Hillegas Cover photo: Nick Duckart, Kevin Carolan, Andrew Samonsky and Company in the First North American Tour of Come From Away. Photo by Matthew Murphy. I saw Come From Away in NYC this past May. At that point, I knew the musical would be coming to Philadelphia, but I heard such amazing things about show and couldn’t wait a minute longer. This true story … Continue reading Theatre actor Nick Duckart talks about Come From Away- here in Philadelphia 10/22 to 11/3.

Go to The Glow! Thousands of pumpkins, lit up and on display in Fairmount Park until November 3rd.

-Brenda Hillegas Whether you’re looking for a festive family outing, a date night, something different to do with your friends, or new inspirations for your instagram- Jack’s Pumpkin Glow is the place to be. This event is only in four cities throughout the US (Chicago, DC, and Nashville are also on the list) and features thousands of hand-carved pumpkins. Jack’s Pumpkin Glow is literally a … Continue reading Go to The Glow! Thousands of pumpkins, lit up and on display in Fairmount Park until November 3rd.