Art, Books and Fitness

Our staff tells you what you need to see, read and do on the Main Line this month.

Barre 3 Studio

1149 E. Lancaster Ave., Rosemont

Recommended by Melissa Jacobs

What’s so great about the new Barre3 in Rosemont? Well, there’s the sun-filled studio and friendly staff. Oh, and it’s just around the corner from MOM’s Organic Market, which has the best veggie-fruit smoothies on the Main Line. But the clincher is its ab-mazing, tush-tastic fusion of ballet and Pilates, with a sprinkling of yoga. Barre3’s lengthening, strengthening take on cross-training remains one of the most effective ways to tighten what jiggles. 

Cheryl Harper’s Convenient Vanities & Political Fancies 

Through Jan. 15, 2015, at James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia  

Recommended by Hobart Rowland

I once lived across the street from this Paoli-based sculptor, so I’m familiar with the local 7-Eleven that inspired her sublime exhibit. Incorporating prints, woodworking, ceramics, quilting and more, Harper offers a delightfully skewed spin on modern-day consumer culture. Big Gulp, indeed.

Love, Lashes and Lipstick: My Secrets for a Gorgeous, Happy Life  

By Mally Roncal (Ballantine Books, 224 pages)

Recommended by Theodora Malison

Want a red-carpet look for all those holiday parties? Celebrity makeup artist and QVC star Mally Roncal—who’s worked her magic on such one-of-a-kind beauties as Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, Heidi Klum and Jennifer Lopez—lets you in on her secrets. Half how-to and half memoir, this book traces Roncal’s evolution from a young girl bullied about her skin color to a woman who embraces her unique appearance.

Our Best of the Main Line Elimination Ballot is open through February 22!