Sunday, February 10, 2013
'Somebody That I Used to Know' wins Record of the Year, 'Babel' wins Album of the Year and 'We Are Young' claims Song of the Year
The 2013 Grammys had many surprises this year, as well as memorable performances from musicians like Fun., Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and Elton John. Gotye and Kimbra won the big prize — Record of the Year — for their collaboration "Somebody That I Used to Know." They beat out Fun., Kelly Clarkson, Frank Ocean, The Black Keys and Taylor Swift. Gotye and Kimbra also nabbed the Best Pop Duo/Performance category, and Gotye won Best Alternative Music Album for "Making Mirrors." Song of the Year went to "We Are Young" by Best New Artist winner Fun., who reminded those watching that "We are old!" Mumford & Sons beat out Fun., The Black Keys, Jack White and Frank Ocean for Album of the Year for "Babel." The Black Keys cleaned …
The Palmer Museum boasts one of the best private collections of American art – on or off any college campus.
I know from personal experience that the exhibition currently on view at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art demonstrates works of art from one of the best private collections of American art anywhere —certainly on a university campus. This collection was amassed privately by longtime Penn State arts patrons and community philanthropists, James and Barbara Palmer. While parts of the collection have been viewed by the public on many occasions at museums and art institutions both far and wide, this local exhibition showcases a portion of the major gift of art that the Palmers have made to Penn State University. As a Penn Stater, I recall that the Palmers’ door was always open to scholars, art enthusiasts, museum patrons, fellow collectors, …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Youth from Lee-Ming Chinese School, one of the oldest Chinese cultural education schools in Montgomery County, performed traditional Chinese folk dances to celebrate 'Year of the Snake.'
When the music started, 10 little girls, all dressed in red, picked up paper bamboo parasols and playfully spun them as they began to dance. The girls, ages 8 – 10, represented the Lee-Ming Chinese School, based in the Montgomery County Community College’s Blue Bell campus. They gathered at the Lower Providence Community Library (LPCL), on Wednesday night, to demonstrate traditional Chinese Folk dances. The occasion was organized by the library’s Children and Teen Department, in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year (taking place Feb. 10). “It’s our highest holiday for the year for the Chinese people,” Teh Lin, Lee-Ming Chinese School dance instructor, told the library audience. Lin hosted the dance performance, which included …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Lansdale Fun A Day will make its second-annual appearance, celebrating accessibility to the arts and the local artists that make them.
The Fun A Day challenges artists to create art every single day throughout the month of January. The challenge was started over a decade ago in Philadelphia by a group of artists who became known as the Artclash Collective. According to artclash.com, the Fun A Day challenge comes to a head in an annual inclusive and participatory public exhibition sometime in February. The event highlights the results from the challenge. The exhibition is meant to be fun and accessible to both appreciators of art and the artists themselves. While the Philadelphia-based Fun A Day event is slated for the weekend of Feb. 15, residents and artists in the Montgomery County suburbs will have their chance to see local art early at the Lansdale-based Fun A Day …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Hundreds of residents enjoyed food and spirits from more than 40 local restaurants in support of the Ambler organization, which advocates for families with children who have illnesses and disabilities.
The Sixth Annual Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Wine in Winter event was held on Feb. 1 at Normandy Farms Conference Center in Blue Bell, bringing together hundreds of supporters for the non-profit, which helps families caring for ill and disabled children. Guests enjoyed the fare from more than 40 restaurants from throughout Pennsylvania, and were able to participate in a silent auction and raffles for unique and exclusive items and experiences, including a Walt Disney World package, dinner with a local food critic, and more. Presenting restaurants included Blackfish from Conshohocken, Cantina Feliz from Whitemarsh, Forest & Main Brewing Co., The Farmer’s Daughter, Mina Cucina Rustica, Origlio Beverages, 10 Bella, Joseph Ambler Inn, …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Youth dance members from the Audubon YMCA STRONG program shared center court with Montgomery County Community College Dance Ensemble at the college's men's basketball home opening game.
At the Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) men’s basketball game Jan. 29, there was an energetic half-time dance performance. This performance was a particularly special treat for certain youth in attendance. However, these eight girls and one boy, ages 8 to 13, weren’t in the stands watching the show, rather, they were in it. “It was a chance of a lifetime,” Abreeyah Samuel, 10, said. “It felt good. It was a good opportunity.” Abreeyah is a student at the Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy in the Norristown Area School District. She is also enrolled in the STRONG (Striving to Reach Our Needs and Goals) program, a before-and-after-school enrichment program. STRONG, which caters exclusively to youth living in …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Lansdale Business Association is in the embryonic stages of pushing for mural beautifications in downtown Lansdale Borough. It needs the support of, ideas from and decisions by the community
Let me paint a picture for you. Imagine driving down East and West Main Street and passing sides of well-known buildings on the strip, beautified by artistic murals. There's one mural on the side of Centennial Blueprint at Main and Ridge. Stop at Broad and Main and peer at the mural on the side facade of McQuillin Studio. There are another two on the massive span of the North Penn Boys' and Girls' Club wall and the side of Hen's Coins and Collectables at Main and Susquehanna. Across the street, adjacent to Railroad Plaza, there is a fourth mural along the side of Tabora Farms. Up a little ways, a fifth mural spanning the length of the National Auto Stores building on Wood Street. As you head out of town, approaching Cannon Avenue, is a …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Ambler artist, Liz Coppola, exhibits a hauntingly beautiful eulogy of social institutions with her first solo show in Ambler’s Art in the Storefront gallery.
The latest gallery at the Art in the Storefront in Ambler, features the photographs of local artist Liz Coppola. The subjects of Coppola’s art are not people, but rather places. She focuses her lens on the ins-and-outs of abandoned and dilapidating structures, most notably former asylums, and the social injustice that reportedly took place within many of those walls. Through her artist’s statement, she describes her work, in part, as documenting the “failed tenants of the American Dream,” and the lasting impact these places have on the rest of society. “It’s a eulogy of all the people that used to live there,” Liz Coppola said. “It’s a remembrance.” Liz Kallikak Coppola, 25, who also goes by her artist’s name “Kallikak,” is a 2006 …
Monday, January 21, 2013
A pre-show look at some of the vehicles the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show has to offer.
Monday, January 21
Patch photographer Kristen McMaster, along with Abington Patch Editor Mischa Arnosky, participated in Friday morning's media-only sneak peek of the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show, which featured a vast array of vehicles ranging from exotic to domestic. The end result? The beautiful gallery above, showcasing all the automotive innovation that 2013 has to offer. Check out the above gallery, and see if your favorite car was captured in our lens. For additional photos, as well as detailed info on the show, check out Mischa Arnosky's recap by clicking here. The 2013 Pennsylvania Auto Show will continue to run through Sunday, January 27. For hours of operation and ticket availability, visit www.phillyautoshow.com.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The Fort Washington School of Rock takes a trip back to a time of keyboards, drum machines and big hair.
The Fort Washington School of Rock went "Back to the 80s" on Friday night, treating those in attendance to music by Billy Idol, Journey, Madonna, and other prominent artists from the decade of big hair. Check out our gallery from the concert, and if you have photos of your own, feel free to add them. Did we catch you in our lens?