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–UPPER DARBY— The musical “Big Fish” exacerbated an existential crisis I was having on the eve of my 30th birthday. A single line sung by the character Will Bloom in the song “Stranger” really struck a chord with me as I watched a preview of this Summer Stage production at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center: “Because after almost 30 years, I still don't know the man.” How peculiar that this line was uttered to me at this time in my life? Did I know myself?

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The Dead Don't Die (2019, directed by Jim Jarmusch. U.S.A., in English, Color, 104 minutes) Auteur Jim Jarmusch has devoted an almost 40-year feature film career to the dynamics and personalities of human interaction, giving audiences something more substantial than the ordinary box office f…

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MEDIA — “Beehive, The 60’s Musical,” playing until March 31 at the Media Theatre, captures the music, culture, politics and flower-power innocence of the 1960s when beehive hairdos, mini skirts and go-go boots were all the rage, and popular songs by the Shirelles, the Supremes, Connie Francis, Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield and other female singers ruled the AM dial airwaves.

MEDIA— The 2019 Media Film Festival will once again take the stage at the historic Media Theater from April 4 – 6 for a showcase of short films. Continuing a tradition of elevating exceptional storytelling, this year’s 52 film lineup includes the work of emerging talent from as far away as C…

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Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most exciting young performers, star of PBS’s "Celtic Thunder" and multi award-winning Irish tenor Emmet Cahill will perform at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center March 16 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a nationwide tour of the United States.

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Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019, directed by Milorad Krstić. Hungary, in English [with English subtitles as needed], Color, 94 minutes) A psychotherapist has vividly horrific nightmares about masterpiece paintings. So what’s the cure? Well, steal them, of course, and hang them in his house!

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"The Snow Queen" is the perfect winter tale for children ages 4 and up, and it's on The Media Theatre stage Sundays at noon through March 3.

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An exhibition of original paintings and mixed media by local artist Kathy Agostinelli will be on display through Jan. 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave., Swarthmore.

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The Lansdowne Folk Club will present an evening with singer-songwriter John Gorka Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne.

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"The Wizard of Oz" is the beloved tale in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home that has been entertaining audiences for generations.

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I generally miss the films that won prizes for the best features in the fest como casi siempre by the secret jury I don't think people even realize are part of the festival. That has always been a bone of contention for me considering we don't know who the jury is. What can be said is that t…

The Lansdowne Folk Club will present the Stable Shakers, a progressive Americana band with inter-tangling influences of folk, jazz and country western themes, Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne.

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By the end of day seven I was 18 films deep. There's no prize at the end of the festival awarded to the person who sees the most films, but I try to see as many as I can at one time. The festival is the event that affords me to see about half of the movies I see in any one year. During a bat…

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Oh man, how great it is to have liked almost everything you've seen after days of viewings! By the end of day six I had seen a meager 14 films - trust, people are at, or over 20 films already - and liked all but one of them. I haven't had this consecutive level of positive reception to any o…

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Work got the better of me as day two of the Philadelphia Film Fest started. I was trying to nail down a feature for a weekend issue before heading out to catch some flicks.