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How many of you missed church today? (and not on purpose!)Daylight Savings Time photo: hcgreenthumb.wordpress.com
 
Fall back. Spring ahead (except Arizona and Hawaii). That’s what we have been told from as far back as fifth grade.
 
And yet I still wonder why is Daylight Savings Time still such an issue for people?

Now I can understand not knowing exactly what day it happens. However, unless you’re hiding under a gigantic rock, have no television, computer or cell phone older than 1998, there is no excuse for not knowing when Daylight Savings Time is about to transpire.

If you have a television, just go to the DVR. You can always look in the bottom right hand corner of your computer for the time, and if you have a new cell phone, it updates this automatically.  Even some clocks these days update this on its own!

There you have it: just some basic ways to tell when exactly Daylight Savings Time has arrived.  Or, you could just remember that it’s 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March to 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. This year it’s November 4th!

 

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The Darlington Arts Center Hosts 10th Annual Art Salute to Spring

This years Art Salute to Spring marks the 10th Annual fundraiser that The Darlington Arts Center has hosted.

The fundraiser will include a live and silent auction as well as a fun wine game. Students of Darlington will provide a few musical and dance performances.

When: Sunday March 18th 2012, 3pm-6pm

Where: Concord Country Club- 1601 Wilmington Pike West Chester, PA 19382

The essence of Darlington’s mission is to provide to the creative and artistic demands of the surrounding communities. This includes supplying to underprivileged youth in the area. If the demand for art is there, why should underprivileged youth be ignored? Darlington feels the responsibility to cater to these children, and it is done so through donations and the annual fundraiser.

How: Request an invitation to register for the event from Executive Director Susan Quinn. Her email is Susan@darlingtonarts.org.

The Darlington Arts Center phone number is 610-358-3632. Tickets to the event are $40 for one person or $75 for two people.

Entertainment: String quartet students as well as tap dance students will be present.

Interviews with the Executive Director for the media can be scheduled by contacting Heather Gillotti at 267-357-9900 or hlg42@drexel.edu

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Van Halen is “totally okay with” shooting videos and taking photos for their show at Wells Fargo Center on Monday, March 5th.
 
And that’s exactly what we want YOU to do!Van Halen photo: vhnd.com

If you’re attending the show Monday, we want you to submit a review as well as videos from the concert!  The best ones will be posted on Philly Buzz during the week.

Just send your YouTube linked videos and review to PhillyBuzz@Philly2Philly.com

Enjoy the show and good luck!!

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I dated someone for a year or so who was just a walking man of extremes.  Everything that he was into, he was INTO. The man didn’t have hobbies, he Leo and Kate Titanichad passions. Being his girlfriend was great for the first few months or so because he was that guy who every kiss was like Leo and Kate’s in Titanic, and he was so interesting to get to know. He enveloped so many loves and could speak about so many topics with such flare because you could see how intensely he felt. I originally praised this quality and admired his convictions, but then it got real old, real quick.  

You cease to be a passionate person when you’re brought to an unbridled frustration at a restaurants use of bendy straws rather than those which simply stand upright. I started to realize that he might be a bit unbalanced. I eventually concluded that he was pretty regularly eating a “big bowl of crazy” for breakfast and this was not going to change. He was someone with more of an issue then I had recognized before.  I soon there-after ended it and asked him to leave my house and life, which he did, but not before he took not just his belongings from my home, but he also left with every non-perishable item in my pantry. He even took the last can of who-hash.

My point here is that we’re pretty quick now-a-day to brand someone a “nut” because they may have an emotional outburst, or show their frustrations in a way that differs from how you may. However, the reality is this most of these folks aren’t psycho, they’re just working out the kinks of life in general. We all encounter situations that throw us off our game, and we struggle to find that effective way to communicate without coming off like a loon, or finding you delivering multiple apologies after the dust settles.  Some are better than others at this balancing, but we all have fallen short a few times I am sure.

zoloftI make all attempts to walk away from each relationship in my life and find the lesson, and what I learned from Captain Zoloft above was more or less that it’s impossible to not judge someone. We all do it, but what we need to have an abundance of is patience.  We don’t know how or why or what drives someone else and their emotional lashings all the time. It’s way too simple and hypocritical for me to write “We all should just not judge anyone. Ever.”

That’s just impossible.  We all judge and we all label pre-maturely.  I would just suggest taking that step back when you encounter someone who comes off with a more extreme way of dealing, and give them the courtesy of your patience while they work themselves out.  Granted, you will (I’m sure some time or another) come across those folks who by no stretch of the imagination are crazy.  Not like 'eating pennies' crazy, but just delusional enough where they can’t grasp the reality in certain situations and take responsibity for their own actions. In those instances, I just wouldn’t recommend “poking the bear”.

Getting a good level of patience in your life will help you clearly access which folks those just figuring out their coping tactics of life, and those who are more likely to someday be accused of duck taping someone in their basement.

Happy Trails Riders!

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It was September of 1987 and The Monkees were playing at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, and my sister and I were lucky enough to get backstage and meet Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones.Me and my sister with Davy Jones of The Monkees. September 1987.
 
All of the guys treated us very well, so needless to say the news was pretty jarring when I heard that Jones passed away of a heart attack Wednesday morning at the age of 66. 

Yeah, yeah, The Monkees weren’t the Beatles, but they sang on all their records and on some albums they even played the majority of the instruments (By the way, the Beach Boys had session players too). Furthermore, their songs have held up just as well as some of the best recorded music of the 1960’s. In fact, The Monkees outsold both The Bealtes and The Rolling Stones back in 1967.

Jones also had ties to the state of Pennsylvania, having owned a horse farm in Beavertown for several years, as his love of horses was his true passion. Prior to marrying his wife, Jessica, Jones was even one of Philly.com’s sexy singles back in 2009.  

The youngest of the four Monkees, Jones is survived by his wife and four daughters. Jones sang a lot of great songs with the Monkees, but I personally think 'Daydream Believer' was his best.

RIP Davy. Thanks for once being totally awesome to a nine-year old kid.

 

 

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On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Oxford Valley Mall held a special event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the publishing of Dr. Seuss’ first-ever published book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” Children were treated to the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with event VIP Cat in the Hat, an in-mall book reading, and a screening of PBS Kids “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That.” This year’s event enjoyed strong attendance, with nearly double the number of visitors that turned out last year.

Dr. Seuss 75th Anniversary Event at Oxford Valley Mall

 

Dr. Seuss 75th Anniversary Event at Oxford Valley Mall

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A StreetCar Named Desire has been performed thousands of times, adapted into a major motion picture staring Marlon Brando, and for the next two weeks it’s being performed at the Haddonfield Plays and Players theater.  I was lucky enough to see this legendary play Thursday night and was moved by the amazing performance of the actors and actresses.Ian Kimble, of Vineland, plays Stanley in Haddonfield Plays & Players' "A Street Car Named Desire." The play opens tonight at Haddonfield Plays & Players' theater in Haddonfield at 8 and runs through Saturday, March 10. Photo: David Gold
       
A StreetCar Named Desire covers a wide variety of taboo issues such as abuse, rape, and mental illness. Director Craig Hutchings and the cast (who were nice enough to speak to after the play) made it very clear they took extreme precautions as to how they approached these sensitive topics.

Hutchings sought the advice of the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) before production began. In addition, he has asked them to be present at each show and is holding an auction in support of this amazing organization.
       
While the play touches on many major issues that will always be prominent in society, the cast and crew delivered them with grace and class. Kristin Forman plays Blanche DuBois, a slightly delusional women running away from her past. Forman gave one of the best performances of Blanche I have ever seen, bringing the character’s issues to life, and tears to your eyes as her world fell apart and past lies of her life were discovered. Forman delivered the delusional and constantly drunk Blanche in a one of a kind refreshing way. As Blanche slowly fell apart throughout the course of the play, Forman’s performance continued to surprise and delight the audience.

Blanche’s sister Stella Kowalski was played by Kaitlyn Delengowski, who delivered a powerful performance. Kowalski’s character represents the prototypical victim of abuse that continues in society today. Delengowski was able to deliver her role in a convincing and relatable way while still keeping the deeper, relevant issues at hand.

Ian Kimble played Stanley Kowalski, Stella’s abusive husband who ultimately causes Blanche’s delusional world to crash down around her. Hutchings and the cast noted that Kimble had a difficult time grasping the abusive side of his character, something he finds extremely disturbing. With that being said, he rivaled Marlon Brando’s now famous “Stella!” scream, and gave an excellent performance of the abusive and manipulative Stanley.  

The rest of the cast not only played their parts, but they played them extremely well. Each helped bring the story to life and greatly enhanced their respective performances. It is very rare that you find a cast this talented with the abilities to pull off such a hard-hitting play outside of Broadway.

If you’re looking to mix up date night this week, or just looking to spend a few hours lost in a classic, you wont want to miss this performance of A StreetCar Named Desire. The playhouse is just ten minutes outside of Center City. The show will be run from Friday, February 24th to Saturday, March 10th at 8:00pm.

For more information on this must see play and all of their upcoming shows, visit www.haddonfieldplayers.com.

Mandelyn Kilroy is currently attending Full Sail University and majoring in Creative Writing For Entertainment. Mandelyn currently lives out side of Philadelphia near King of Prussia with her cocker spaniel Chloe. When she is not working or studying, she spends her time reading, writing, and taking in everything Philly has to offer.

Check out Mandelyn's review of  The Vow: Book vs Movie

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Phillies legend and former manager Larry Bowa will appear at The Sports Cave in Philadelphia (1625 Chestnut Street) this Saturday, February 25th from 1pm to 2:30!  Tickets are $20.

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