The power of nostalgia

Totally awesome: Nostalgia Fest Philly will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, in Bensalem. The lineup includes (from left) Gary Busey, Vanessa Angel, Dustin Diamond, Dennis Haskins and David Faustino. PHOTOS: WIKIMEDIA Eric Cohen was born in 1980 and just turned 37, and he considers himself fortunate to have grown up during the …

‘A story of first loves’

Lights, camera, action: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on stage at the Arden Theatre through April 13. This is the latest project for local director Matt Pfeiffer, whose extensive Shakespeare experience includes 17 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. PHOTO: ARDEN THEATRE Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is currently on stage …

Fit for a king

It’s showtime: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I plays at the Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., through April 2. According to many, The King and I is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest works. With a lush score featuring such beloved classics as Shall We Dance, Hello Young Lovers, Getting to Know …

A world of wonder

PHOTO: JESSE FAATZ Elizabeth Brown Gagnon is a Texas native who began gymnastic and dance at age 7, performed in local theater through childhood, then became a college cheerleader. All of that is serving Gagnon well as she performs in Toruk – The First Flight, a North American touring production of Cirque du Soleil. “It …

Melodies of love

Romance is in the air: Bustleton’s John Primerano will perform at Tiffany Diner banquet room on Sunday, Feb. 12. MARIA YOUNG / TIMES PHOTO Bustleton’s John Primerano has been in the entertainment business for more than a half-century, though some caregiving duties in recent years cut back on his appearances. Primerano, though, is now looking …

A new perspective

MARIA YOUNG / TIMES PHOTO Etsy Frankel-Fersel doesn’t presume to be the next Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Van Gogh or Cezanne. Yet the Bala Cynwyd resident possesses an amusing while poignant insight into the Jewish experience that the great masters somehow managed to overlook. From now through March, the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art at the …

Concert of carols

Bells will be ringing: The Philadelphia Orchestra will present The Glorious Sound of Christmas concerts Thursday through Saturday, at 7 p.m. at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. Tickets are available online at philorch.org, or call 215-893-1999 or visit the Kimmel Center box office. This weekend, the Philadelphia Orchestra musicians will …