How Using Medical Marijuana to Treat My Chronic Pain Totally Changed My Life

One Patient’s Story: “How Using Medical Marijuana to Treat My Chronic Pain Totally Changed My Life”
For nearly a dozen years, Debbie Armstrong was taking large prescribed doses of opioids to deal with severe chronic back pain, but she hated the way she felt physically and emotionally and was worried about becoming addicted.
While looking for a different path for pain management she met Barry Greenberg and discovered his The Greener Institute in Hatboro

Philadelphia’s Autism Cares Foundation Gears Up for Race for Resources

Philadelphia’s Autism Cares Foundation Gears Up for Race for Resources
Every Wednesday, when 13-year-old Jack Albeser tosses around a weighted ball in a local gym, he gets way more than just a usual workout at the Fit-n-Focus program hosted by the nonprofit Autism Cares Foundation.
The 8th grader feels invigorated, connected to a tight-knit community, and is making new friends. It all adds up to a life-changing opportunity for him and his family.

Emma Brock on The Office! A Musical Parody : “There is Everything Wrapped Up In a Perfect Little Bow for All of The Office Fans Out There”

Who wouldn’t want to be part of the biggest inside joke around?

On a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until,,,for no logical reason a documentary crew begins filming the employees of Dunder Mifflin. This is the premise behind The Office! A Musical Parody.

Featuring everyone’s favorite TV characters, the hilarious, unauthorized parody of The Office, the hit TV show now on tour and in Manhattan, lovingly pokes fun at The Office,

Film Director Julius Onah Probes Evocative Issues in Luce

[Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison-Jr, and Naomi Watts in the movie Luce. Photo by Jon Pack/Neon Studios]

From the moment that film director Julius Onah read J.C. Lee’s play, he wanted to take this complex story about the assumptions we make about people and turn it into a movie.

The result: a fascinating indie film starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer, that has viewers thinking and discussing difficult topics.

Onah, a Nigerian-American filmmaker with a …

China’s Beautiful and Famous Hua Ballet Comes to Merriam Theater on Wednesday, August 28

The Liaoning Ballet of China (Hua Ballet), one of China’s most famous ballet ensembles, brings the magic of Mulan to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia.

The notable ballet ensemble has dedicated over 35 years to producing new Chinese cultural works and performing beloved ballet classics.

The show will grace the Merriam Theater’s stage on the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus on Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m.

This time-honored company toured the world and …

Visionary Diana Liberto Walks to Transform Our Health & Wellness

Diana Liberto, a true visionary, has turned her family difficulties into an opportunity to transform the health and wellness of others around the nation. 

An attorney and honors graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law, who clerked for a U.S. District Court Judge and joined the office of the General Counsel of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., serving in various capacities from 2004 until October 2015, including an interim assignment in Wal-Mart India.

After leaving Wal-Mart, …

CherryPicks Offers Movie Lovers ‘a View from the Female Perspective’

Miranda Bailey, a prolific indie movie actor, director, and producer noticed a void in film criticism and stepped up to fill it with, her cutting-edge new website.

Bailey describes the website as a “new media platform bringing you unique and nuanced perspectives on film with reviews, ratings, and high-quality original content, all through a female lens.”

More than a film review site, Bailey calls a new kind of film-loving community. …

Father’s Day Treat: Sage and Heartfelt Advice and Other Stuff From a Wise Grandpa

Hard working author and family man Jim Knipp has put a great deal of hard work into his latest endeavor and labor of love, Stuff Every Grandfather Should Know.

Published just in time for Father’s Day, the wise little book is a lovely and informative read and recounts how Knipp’s life was transformed when he became a “Pop Pop” or grandfather nearly six years ago.

The informative – and often humorous book – runs the …

Legally Blonde: The Musical Charms Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre

[Kathryn Brunner plays Elle Woods – Photo by Mark Garvin]

Watching Elle Woods “bend and snap” her way into our hearts in Legally Blonde: The Musical is the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

Concluding its 210th season, the Walnut Street Theatre is hosting the show, directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford. The high-energy musical continues through Sunday, July 14.

Based on the smash hit movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows the transformation …

Expert Advice on Picking Just the Right Summer Camp for Your Child

[Andy Pritikin, owner/operator of Liberty Lake Day Camp, entertains his campers]

Although he’s a rather humble guy, Andy Pritikin is clearly a camp expert.

Pritikin, past president of the American Camp Association and owner/operator of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown, New Jersey, wants every child to experience the magic of Summer Camp.

As a spokesman and leader of the summer camp industry, before starting Liberty Lake Day Camp, Pritikin worked for 10 years with …

Director Ed Zwick’s Trial By Fire Presents a Riveting Cautionary Tale

[Jack O’Connell plays convicted murder Todd Willingham in “Trial By Fire]

Oscar-winning director Edward Zwick brings the life the tragic and controversial story of Cameron “Todd” Willingham, (Jack O’Connell), who was executed in Texas for the arson-related deaths of his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.

This powerful true-life story shows the unlikely bond between Willingham, an imprisoned death row inmate, and Elizabeth

Molly Pope’s Candid Musical Polly Mope Comes to the Kimmel Center

Molly Pope stars in Polly Mope at the Kimmel Center

Performer Molly Pope could have been daunted by her mental health issues, but instead, she has turned them into a witty, candid and intimate musical.

Her live show, Polly Mope, is playing to the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio from Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11.

Born out of Pope’s time as a Kimmel Center Theater Residency artist in 2017, her performance is …

Didi Conn on Grease, Middletown and Enduring Friendship

[Didi Conn with Adrian Zmed in the new play Middletown]

Sometimes life imitates art. Just ask Didi Conn, whose recent stage reunion with old friends is giving us a  happy walk down memory lane and attracting new pals.

Conn is best known as Frenchy the “beauty school drop-out” in Grease, the John Travolta-Olivia Newton-John classic movie musical that has celebrated its 40th Anniversary, and she continues to have an active career as an actress, …

Spend an Evening with The Sunshine Boys and Be Prepared to Laugh…A Lot

[Allen Lewis Rickman (L) and Carl Wallnau in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys.]

Funnyman Allen Lewis Rickman portrays one member of a famous Vaudeville duo that parted on bitter terms and haven’t spoken for a decade in the Bristol Riverside Theatre’s hilarious production of The Sunshine Boys.

Running through March 31, the production is a lovely homage to the award-winning late playwright, Neil Simon, and a showcase for a great deal of talent.

With noted

Epic and Sweeping Production of Miss Saigon at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia

From the moment that an American G.I. named Chris and a young girl named Kim fall in love during the fall of Saigon, we are swept up in their harrowing love story.

From the creators of Les Miserables Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon is having its Philadelphia premiere from March 19-31, and it is a show not to be missed.

With a soaring musical score and an …

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Brings Magic to the Philadelphia Broadway Series

Kaitlyn Mayse fell in love with musical theater at the tender age of seven when she played a munchkin in a high school performance of The Wizard of Oz.

Already a dancer from the age of three or four, Kaitlyn said she knew during that first show that she had “caught the acting bug.”

The 25-year-old St. Louis native has performed in Oklahoma, Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime and Rapunzel, and now she is starring …

Second City Tour Member Andrew Bolduc Spreading Love in Philadelphia

Second City Tour Member Andrew Bolduc

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, who doesn’t need a little relationship advice and a chance to laugh out loud?

That’s why Andrew Bolduc of Second City’s Touring Company is excited that the show is currently in the City of Brotherly Love.

The show, It’s Not You, It’s Me, is playing from Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Kimmel Centers’ Perelman Theater. The world-famous …

Jorrel Javier Shines in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Photo: Jeremy Daniel

[Jorrel Javier (far left) and the cast of the Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical]

Ever since Jorrel Javier was a young boy, the Lightning Thief book series truly captured his imagination, so it seems fated that he would be on stage in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.  

The high energy and clever show, which has something to offer both young and old, is making its international touring debut at the Merriam

Carole King Surprises Beautiful Audience on Broadway

The Fifth Anniversary performance of Beautiful –The Carole King Musical had a truly memorable surprise for the audience —  Carole King stepped on stage and sang with the cast.

The rock and roll icon went on stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre as the hit musical celebrates its fifth anniversary on Broadway. This took place on Saturday, Jan. 12.

For the first time in the show’s history, King stepped into the role of herself and …

Riveting Teaser Scene for Impuratus is Stunning Film Audiences

Jody Quigley truly embodies the suspenseful characters that he portrays, and as a result, his latest horror movie, Impuratusis no exception. In fact, he spent hours in a make-up chair where an expert make-up artist worked to turn him into a 90-year old man.

The 38-year-old actor, best known for the suspense thriller, Apparition, portrays two stages in the life of Daniel Glassman in Impuratus; a young Civil War soldier, and a …

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Returns to Philadelphia

[Dylan Wallach and Sarah Bockel as Carole King and Gerry Goffin]

Music is clearly a universal language that transports us to a place and time where we first heard a melody or a song and we associate that song with that memory.

So when we sit in the audience and listen to Dylan Wallach portray the icon songwriter Gerry Goffin croon the love song Up on the Roof, we might just remember hearing that tune …

Take a Magical Journey with Colton’s Pocket Dragon

If you are looking for the perfect last-minute Christmas, birthday gift – or anytime gift — look no further than Colton’s Pocket Dragon that will make bedtime reading soar for the young child in your life. Once you begin this journey, it will be a long and happy ride.

Children’s author Rebecca Massey uses her vivid imagination, and inspiration from her grandson, to craft these books. These charming and memorable books tell the story of …

Stand-up Comic Allan Sidley Advises: Follow Your Passion

[Allan Sidley performing stand-up]

Renaissance Man Allan Sidley A Favorite on the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Comedy Scene

Did you have a rough day, a rough week, or a rough year? Do you need to de-stress? Do you need to leave your woes behind?

Three words to keep in mind: Tysons Comedy Cellar. Located in the basement of Tyson’s Biergarten, TCC is a comedy room run by rising star Allan Sidley, located in …

The Grinch is Coming to Steal Christmas in Philadelphia This Holiday Season

What better way to start the holiday season than to spend an evening with a tall grouchy green guy who will surely steal your heart?

So head to Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical when it makes its Philadelphia premiere from Wednesday, Dec. 19-Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Kimmel Center’s Merriam Theater.

It will be a delightful time with Cindy Lou Who, her family, the rest of the adorable residents of Whoville, …

The Favourite Tops Women Film Critics’ Circle Awards List

[Olivia Coleman in The Favourite]

The Women Film Critics’ Circle (WFCC) has just announced its 2018 awards and it is a great place to go to select the best movies to watch this holiday season and beyond.

Topping the list is the female-driven period film The Favourite, starring Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

Olivia Coleman was awarded best actress and best comic actress, for her portrayal of Queen Anne in an unusual love …

Stand-up Comic Allan Sidley: Follow Your Passion and Pursue Your Dreams

Renaissance Man Allan Sidley A Favorite on the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Comedy Scene

Did you have a rough day, a rough week, or a rough year? Do you need to de-stress? Do you need to leave your woes behind?

Three words: Tysons Comedy Cellar. Located in the basement of Tyson’s Biergarten, TCC is a comedy room run by rising star Allan Sidley, located in Northern Virginia.

Sidley, a witty and wry host, …

World Premiere of Madcap Musical Farce The Rivals Shines in Suburban Philadelphia

Rarely do theatergoers have the pleasure of watching an engaging, well-written, and beautifully-performed mapcap musical like The Rivals and also making theater history at the same time.

(Erin Mackey and Kevin Massey in The Rivals at the Bristol Riverside Theatre)

The world premiere of this charming new musical comedy, running through November 18 at the Bristol Riverside Theatre, is based on the famously funny farce about Mrs. Malaprop and has the perfect blend of ingredients …

Noah Weisberg’s Willy Wonka Provides a Sweet Treat for All of Our Senses

It is a journey of Pure Imagination in the current Philadelphia Tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory From the moment Willie Wonka steps on the stage at the Academy of Music he takes his audience on a tasty and magical journey sure to enliven all of our senses.

Wearing his signature fuchsia velvet coat and top hat, the endearing and tricky chocolate factory owner with a big marketing plan is hosting its colorful splendor …

Noted Film Directors Bring Riveting New Dramas to 2018 Philadelphia Film Festival

Noted film directors Peter Hedges, Joel Edgerton, Paul Dano, and Jason Reitman have come to Philadelphia well aware they are reaching an appreciative film audience eager to witness their latest cinematic treasures, which are already receiving early Oscar buzz.

Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges in Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back

Each of these directors has been discussing the art and craft of making movies and the behind-the-scenes bonding that went on during their film shoots …

Fiddler on the Roof Dances its way into Philadelphia Broadway Series

The beloved classic Fiddler on the Roof comes to Philadelphia for the first time in decades For the leading man, portraying Tevye in the Broadway Tour of Fiddler on the Roof is a true family affair, both on and off the stage.

Yehezkel Lazarov, a distinguished Israeli actor, director, and multidisciplinary artist, is portraying Tevye the Dairyman, who cares for his wife and five daughters in the remote Russian village of Anatevka, and knows this …

Philadelphia Families Gear Up to Race for Children and Adults With Autism

Caring Families Race for Autism Cares Foundation’s Race for Resources on Saturday, November, 3 at picturesque Bucks County (PA) Community College

  Being the mother of a child with autism is often both a great joy and a tremendous challenge. Just ask Linda Kuepper and Jacqui Makowski, the loving mothers of sons with autism, who know how vital the right support can be in their lives.

These moms, along with their friends, neighbors, and extended families, …

Learning About Compassion From New Amsterdam’s Dr. Eric Manheimer

New Amsterdam’s Dr. Eric Manheimer is a Renaissance Man With Great Vision For Humanity

Throughout his career, Dr. Eric Manheimer, a distinguished physician, has provided much more than top-notch medical care by giving his patients large doses of compassion.

Now, Dr. Manheimer, a noted physician, author, and family man, is witnessing the fruits of his labor come to life with the season debut of New Amsterdam, the new television drama inspired by his years of …

Ryan Eggold Shines in New Amsterdam is TV’s Compelling New Drama

Step Inside the World of New Amsterdam the New Hospital Drama With Great Heart and Humanity

Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin — (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

The riveting new fall  television drama New Amsterdam is a stellar team effort. As such, because of that attention to detail, it often resembles the actual practice of medicine.

Making its much-anticipated series debut on NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. [ET] right after the season …

Dazzling An American In Paris Comes From the Stage to the Cinema

Dance Duo Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild Wax Poetic About An American In Paris Movie

When one ponders the beauty of the Geroge and Ira Gershwin musical An American In Paris the immediate thought is a timeless treasure of dance, romance, and music.

Now, the Tony Award-winning show that dazzled audiences on Broadway and the stages of London and Paris is now a movie from Trafalgar Releasing, showing at movie theaters around the nation on …

Playwright Neil Simon Leaves Behind Unforgettable Legacy

Neil Simon’s Plays, Musicals, and Movies Will Long Endure After His PassingThe evening when I met Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon, whose work I had long admired, was a night I will never forget.

The year was 1996 during a celebration of Jewish Book Month and the prolific scribe was in South Florida to talk about and answer questions about his memoir Rewrites, and sign copies of his book for his devoted fans.

Discovering …

KIN Directors Jonathan and Josh Baker Offer A Thrilling Ride

The Riveting Movie KIN is an Explosive Sci-fi, Crime Thriller That Keeps Us Guessing

Rarely does a film take us on such a wild adventure that we cannot predict anything that is coming next, and we are at the edge of our seats wanting more and more – basically it is a thrilling ride!

Part crime thriller, sci-fi, part buddy road trip, part Western, and part family drama, the movie KIN, from the creative minds …

Sarah Jane “Salty” Sands Ferguson is in A League of Her Own

Inspiring Professional Girls Baseball Player Helps Girls and Young Women Follow Their Life Passion

Growing up in small-town Orangeville, Pennsylvania, Sarah Jane “Salty” Sands Ferguson was an avid baseball fan who fondly remembers attending her first game at the tender age of four.Ferguson was instantly smitten and vowed to become a pro baseball player, not caring about the fact that at the time girls were not allowed to play pro ball.

She was extremely …

American Idol Winner Maddie Poppe is Setting the Music World on Fire

America’s Sweetheart Maddie Poppe is Delighting Fans Around the Nation During The American Idol 2018 Summer TourIf you work hard, and believe in yourself, the impossible can happen. Just ask American Idol winner Maddie Poppe, the new sweetheart of the music world.

At age 20, the native of small-town Clarksville, Iowa, (population 1,500), took a leap of faith with her musician father, Trent, and auditioned in New York for ABC’s first season of American

Falling in Love with Author Kevin Kwan and his Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is an Engaging and Hilarious Film About Zany Families and Young LoveEven though Kevin Kwan is an international best-selling author whose brilliant romantic comedy is opening on the big screen, this master wordsmith still has family members who don’t quite understanding his high-profile writing career.

All of this makes a great deal of sense when it comes to his mega-hit 2013 novel Crazy Rich Asians, and the colorful, romantic and poignant …

Dazzling, toe-tapping 42nd Street Delights the Bucks County Playhouse

Tessa Grady is Dancing and Singing Her Way Into the Hearts of Audiences Near and Far

By Debra Wallace

When it comes to the Grady family legacy one can easily say like father like daughter.

When Tessa Grady was a young girl it seemed quite natural that she would go into the family business and perform on stage and on television.

Growing up just outside of Hollywood; young Tessa was surrounded by examples of the …

Living Legend Nik Wallenda is Flying High in Philadelphia

Big Apple Circus Wows Crowds at the Philadelphia Mills Mall Through Sunday, June 24When Nik Wallenda was just two years old he learned how to walk on the hire wire by holding his mother’s hand. He has never looked back from that lofty career move that continues to capture everyone’s imagination.

A seventh-generation member of the legendary Wallenda acrobatic family, known for his incredible feats as an acrobat and high wire artist, he is …

A True Friend Ann Cavanaugh Francis Brightened Our World

Loving Tribute for Ann Cavanaugh Francis Who Left the World a Brighter Place Than She Found ItMy friend Ann Cavanaugh Francis was a friend in every sense of the word.

When she touched your life, she truly made it better in every possible way.

A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Francis moved to Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (Suburban Philadelphia) with her loving parents, Aileen and Harold. She attended St. David’s School starting at the 4…

Contortionist Elayne Kramer Wows the Crowds at the Big Apple Circus in Philadelphia

Big Apple Circus is Now Thrilling Audiences of all Ages at Philadelphia Mills MallWhile some of us believe we are extremely flexible, circus performer Elayne Kramer is one talented young woman who definitely knows that she is.

Kramer, 29, a contortionist, who started practicing her art at age four, performed aspects of her current act in the circus ring at age 11, and began traveling around the world as a circus professional at the …

Come Witness The Magic of Aladdin with Michael James Scott As The Genie

Philadelphia’s Upcoming Premiere of Disney’s Aladdin Is Everything You Could Wish For

When watching the vibrant production of Disney’s Aladdin it is difficult to divert your eyes for one moment.

Everything about this fantastical show is dazzling, colorful, thrilling, memorable and romantic, and a key ingredient of this success is the infamous role of the Genie, being performed by Michael James Scott for three weeks, from Wednesday, June 13 through Sunday, July 1, at the …

British Actor Billy Howle Turns Heads in On Chesil Beach

Exploring Love, Loss and Romance On Chesil Beach With British Actor Billy HowleHaving a chat with British actor Billy Howle about his film, On Chesil Beach, is a perfect way to spend a moody spring afternoon across the pond.

Nestled at home in the British countryside, just blocks from the coast, he is eager to talk about On Chesil Beach, his latest movie with Academy Award-winning actress Saoirse Ronan, who is best …

Lili Bordan Joins the Charming and Hilarious Book Club

Lili Bordan Learns from Four Legendary Leading Ladies in the Book ClubLili Bordan attended a recent premiere of the movie Book Club — a night that she will never forget. In her stunning hot pink gown, and surrounded by Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen, walking this red carpet was memorable in countless ways.

In the romantic comedy, Book Club, the lovely raven-haired Bordan is starring as a dance instructor …

Develop Your Palate with the Starz Tasty New Series Sweetbitter

Caitlin Fitzgerald is Stunning as Simone in Starz New Series SweetbitterCaitlin Fitzgerald’s television characters are always enhanced by her extraordinary attention to detail and her latest role of Simone in Starz new series Sweetbitter is no exception.

Sweetbitter, based on Stephanie Danler’s 2016 bestselling book of the same name, is a fish-out-of-water tale of 22-year-old Tess, who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. She comes to the Big Apple …

Jenny Vidbel and Spectacular Big Apple Circus Comes to Philadelphia

Animal Trainer Jenny Vidbel in Big Apple Circus National Tour Comes to the Philadelphia Mills MallWhen the time-honored Big Apple Circus comes town, third-generation animal trainer Jenny Vidbel, along with her 16 horses and ponies and six adorable rescue dogs, will be ready to charm and delight Philadelphia area audience members of all ages.

Vidbel, who has lived a fascinating circus life surrounded by beloved friends, learned the art of animal communication from her …

Suburban Philadelphia’s Catie Turner Makes It to American Idol’s Top 10

Langhorne’s Catie Turner Waiting to Find Out Her Future As She Inches Toward the Big PrizeWhile other high school seniors are getting ready for final exams, 18-year-old Catie Turner is performing on the world stage in American Idol.

The quirky and high-energy singer, songwriter, and musician from Suburban Philadelphia has made it to American Idol’s Top 10, a major achievement that she is still pinching herself about in addition to how dramatically her life …

Sound of Music Tour to Delight Philadelphia Audiences

Jill-Christine Wiley is Glorious as Maria in The Sound of Music as Tour Comes to the Merriam TheaterWhen Jill-Christine Wiley was in kindergarten she fell in love with ballet and dance and attended a memorable performance of The Sound of Music.

The native of Lancaster, PA., fondly recalls being in the audience of her first stage musical – a high school production — along-side her mother, who remembers that Wiley sat on the edge …

A Loving Tribute to Former First Lady Barbara Bush

My Recollections of Former First Lady Barbara Bush As The World Says Farewell to A Family MatriarchWhen I first heard that Former First Lady Barbara Bush – the matriarch of the Bush family — had passed away my mind immediately focused on my personal experiences with this extraordinary woman.

It was with great sorrow that I took the news, along with the nation and the rest of the world, that Mrs. Bush passed away …

Dating Coach Helps Couples Find Romance This Spring

Suburban Philadelphia Dating Coach Helps Couples Fall in Love This Spring

Spring is the prefect time to share a trip to the local farmer’s market, a leisurely lunch or a trip to Doylestown or New Hope, with someone special, with an eye on finding love and romance.

But with our busy work and home lives, finding Mr. or Ms. Right can often be extremely tricky.

Especially, since as we get older, and accumulate more baggage, …

Catie Turner Makes It to the Top 24 on American Idol

Suburban Philadelphia Teen Catie Turner Fulfilling Her Music Dreams on American Idol

The vibrant 17-year-old singer and musician from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, comes across in front of 10 million American Idol fans as honest, frank, bubbly and genuine. She is a likeable girl-next-door that the judges Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie and Lue Bryan, find both talented and unique. In fact, Perry, called Turner “a star.”

After surviving American Idol’s Hollywood Week, rigorous rehearsals and forging friendships, …

Bucks County Playhouse Hosts TV Icons Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter


Love Letters From Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter of Family TiesThere are few television parents as beloved as Steven and Elyse Keaton from Family Ties, whose heart-warming family dynamics brought family entertainment to our homes in the ‘80s thanks to the immense talents of Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter, who filled those roles with perfection.

The five-time Emmy Award-winning show ran from the fall of 1982 to the spring of 1989, focusing on …

Philadelphia Contestant Dennis Lorenzo Goes From Homeless to Hollywood

American Idol Contestant Dennis Lorenzo Attracts World-Wide Attention

Philadelphia native Dennis Lorenzo is inching closer to the big prize on American Idol.

Dennis Lorenzo of West Philadelphia is continuing his life-altering musical journey toward the American Dream, and is thrilled that his family members, friends and legions of new fans around the world are rooting for them.

The newly-married 26-year-old Lorenzo, who now makes his home in L.A., has been going through the American Idol …

Getting Grace Opens Our Eyes to a World of Possibilities

Daniel Roebuck Delivers an Inspiring and Memorable Family Movie in Getting GraceSeeing the world through the eyes of a severally-ill child in the new film, Getting Grace, is a truly memorable family movie experience.

A labor of love from long-time film and stage actor, Daniel Roebuck, who is making his feature film directing debut about a spunky, funny, sarcastic, and empathetic young girl, who is losing her battle with cancer.

Knowing she is dying …

The Energetic School of Rock Is Now In Session

Philadelphia Native Stars in Philadelphia Tour of School of Rock Through April 1 at the Academy of MusicWhen a cast of uber-talented children play their own instruments, act, dance and belt out songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, you know that you have arrived.

This is the premise of School of Rock –The Musical, now playing on tour at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music through Sunday, April 1.

The show, which opened to rave …

John Legend to Star in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on Easter Sunday

Multi-Award-Winning Music Man John Legend Takes on Iconic Leading Role in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar on April 1

John Legend is always memorable — regardless of the venue.

The masterful 39-year-old singer/songwriter is currently on tour, awaiting the birth of his second child, a son, with his model-wife Chrissy Teigen, and rehearsing for his leading role in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

Before this, the soft-spoken gentlemen has been working on Broadway musicals, …

Mae Whitman is Stellar in NBC’s Black Comedy Good Girls

NBC’s Dark Comedy Good Girls Features Three Formidable ActressesAs an adorable child actress, Mae Whitman, completely captured our hearts in One Fine Day and Hope Floats, two endearing romantic comedies. Now, the 29-year-old actress is making an indelible mark in her NBC dark comedy Good Girls, that keeps us coming back for more.

 The new NBC series, which airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, follows the lives of three dynamic and nuanced suburban …

NBC Taken Star Clive Standen Has Strong Family Ties

 Everyone is Taken with Clive Standen in the Riveting NBC drama

Not only is Irish actor Clive Standen extremely charming, and a dedicated television actor in the NBC drama Taken, he is also equally devoted to his family.

In Taken, the NBC drama, Standen stars as a younger version of Bryan Mills, the character played by Liam Neeson in the trilogy.

His character, Bryan Mills, a former Green Beret, must overcome a personal …

Sara Bareilles Portrays Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar on Easter Sunday, April 1

Sara Bareilles is Stunning in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert As She joins John Legend and Alice CooperWhen it comes to a role of a lifetime there are few that come close to spending time with Sara Bareilles, who is now portraying Mary Magdalene in NBC’s special event of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert airing on Easter Sunday.

The highly-anticipated special event, an exuberant staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim …

Chris Sullivan Gets to the Heart of His Character Toby on This Is Us

Catching Up with Chris Sullivan About Landing On NBC’s This Is Us

When Kate Pearson started to fall in love with Toby Damon on This Is Us, her protective fans wanted to make sure that he was worthy of her affections.

Since then Kate, (Chrissy Metz), and Toby, (Chris Sullivan), cemented their relationship and are currently planning their wedding, amid the trials and tribulations of their family issues.

In the meantime, scores of fans around …

Two Philadelphia Musicians Get Their Shot at Stardom on American Idol

Fans Rejoice as They Get Ready for Season 16 of  American Idol on Sunday, March 11 on ABC

Dennis Lorenzo and Catie Turner wake up every morning and pinch themselves as they are getting more than their fifteen minutes of fame.

The two Philadelphia-area musicians found their “golden ticket” by mustering up their nerve to audition in front of the all-star judges for American Idol, and being selected for the premiere episode.

Now starting its …

Exploring Complex Family Dynamics in The Humans

Actress Alex Keiper Brings Warmth and Humor to The HumansSpending Thanksgiving with your family can often bring up a roller coaster ride of emotions served with the turkey, stuffing and other holiday fare. This is the premise behind The Humans, a well-written, beautifully performed, touching, and memorable award-winning play starring Alex Keiper, now playing through March 4, at the Walnut Street Theatre, during its landmark 209th season.

Stephen Karam’s 2016 Tony Award®

Waitress Broadway Tour is Serving a Slice of Heaven

 Leading Lady Desi Oakley Whips Up a Hit in the Waitress Broadway TourFrom the time Desi Oakley was a young girl growing up in Wichita, Kansas, she loved performing in musical theater and her passion continued to grow. Now she is starring in the Broadway tour of the musical Waitress and can’t believe the incredible journey that got her here.

It started with her first role as the spunky middle daughter, Brigitta von Trapp, …

Jane Diamond’s Dazzling Road to Heath, Wellness, and Success

Health and Wellness Coach Helps Clients Find Their Passion, Grit and Determination to Foster Healthier Minds and Bodies

When you listen to Jane Diamond’s story you immediately understand that if you follow her lead you can use perseverance, grit, and passion to change the world for yourself and your loved ones.

Diamond, who grew up with humble beginnings with two brothers and a caring single mother, learned at a young age to approach life with …

A Confident Natacha Karam Shines On NBC’s The Brave

Natacha Karen as American sniper Jasmine “Jaz” Khan Inspires Viewers Far and Wide as a Bad-Ass role ModelEarlier this season, The Brave’s heroine Sgt. Jasmine “Jaz” Khan killed a terrorist leader and was captured by his guards and endured gruesome torture as a prisoner waiting for her team to rescue her.

When this was going on for Natacha Karam, the actress who quickly embodied this bad-ass sniper character on the dramatic television show, she …

A Dating and Matchmaking Expert Wants to Help You Fall in Love This Valentine’s Day

Find Your Perfect Match This Valentine’s Day With Tips From An Expert

With just days away from Valentine’s Day, the holiday of love, this is just the right time to take the plunge and fall in love.

As many of us single men and women know, especially those who are over age 40, the dating scene can be confusing or bleak.

But Jill Elliott’s more than 32 years of experience as a dating coach and …

Eagles Player Bryan Braman Inspires Fans of All Ages As Super Bowl Nears

Eagles Players Show Great Heart On Their Unforgettable Journey to the Super Bowl


Two young fans looked up at Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End Bryan Braman with adoring eyes during a recent stop on their journey to the Big Game.

Sporting midnight green jerseys, the adorable Izabella Perekupka, 6, and her sister, Isla, 4, nearly the same age as Braman’s two young daughters, clearly had a severe case of Eagles Fever and were totally …

Women Film Critics Circle Gives Awards to Lady Bird, I Tonya, Three Billboards, Mudbound and More

Women Film Critics Circle Gives 2017 Awards to Several Movies That Are Receiving Attention As Oscar HopefulsIt was a year to highlight and celebrate women in film and there were several movies, directors, actresses and more that are worth cheering about.

As such, The Women Film Critics Circle has declared Lady Bird — the mother-daughter story starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf  — 2017’s Best Movie About Women.

Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, …

Nik Wallenda Soars to New Heights in the Big Apple Circus

Performer Nik Wallenda Dazzles Audiences at the Big Apple Circus and BeyondWhen Nik Wallenda was two years old he learned how to walk on the hire wire by holding his mother’s hand. He has never looked back from that lofty career move.


A seventh-generation member of the legendary Wallenda family, known for his incredible feats as an acrobat and high wire artist, Nik is currently holding court at the Big Apple Circus at …

Important Tips to Finding Love and Romance To Keep You Warm This Winter

Philadelphia Matchmaker and Dating Coach Helps Women and Men Find Their Special Someone This Winter

Winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with the one you love, next to a roaring fire with cup of hot cocoa, and watch holiday movies.

But for those of us who are single, especially when it comes to women and men over age 40, the dating scene can be confusing or bleak.

But Jill Elliott’s more than 32 …

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker This Holiday

Pennsylvania Ballet’s Sensory-Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker Provides a True Holiday GiftIt is time for you and your children to immerse yourselves in sugar plum fairies, the land of the sweets, and other delights, with the return of a favorite holiday tradition, The Pennsylvania Ballet’s memorable presentation of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

The Pennsylvania Ballet will present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music, from Friday, December 8, to Sunday, Dec. …

Interview with Carrie Compere for The Color Purple

The Epic Tale of The Color Purple Returns to Philadelphia

When people enter the world of The Color Purple they immediate see that they are embarking on a remarkable, emotion-filled journey.

The Color Purple celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life, and its themes of empowerment for women are still relevant today.

The epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia, began as …

Screenwriter Susan Coyne Interview for The Man Who Invented Christmas

Noted Screenwriter Susan Coyne Creates Magic in The Man Who Invented Christmas

 Having two leading actors of the caliber of Christopher Plummer and Dan Stevens embrace the magic of your screenplay is quite memorable for any writer.

This is definitely the case for Susan Coyne, who wrote the screenplay for The Man Who Invented Christmas, a charming holiday movie that takes us on the magical journey that led to the creation of Charles Dickens’ …