Things We Like
Tickets to Ride, An Alphabetic Amusement
By Mark Rogalski (Perseus Books, 64 pages)
Former Franklin Mint employee Mark Rogalski breaks into the children’s book biz with an eye-catching alphabetic journey through a fantasy amusement park. Visually and mentally stimulating, Tickets to Ride will amuse your kids—and trick them into mastering the alphabet—with its whimsical graphics and design and its colorful illustrations reminiscent of Miss Spider’s Tea Party.
Raised in Bryn Mawr and Ireland and now living in Kentucky, well-traveled artist Pat Gallagher makes a return visit to the Main Line this month after enjoying a flurry of attention for his distinctive abstract drawings inspired by his travels, friendships and favorite artist, Van Gogh. Gallagher’s exhibit runs through the end of the month at Milkboy Coffee.
(2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269, milkboycoffee.com), with an April 6 opening reception in conjunction with First Friday. patgallagher.org.
Matt Santry (Tin Ace City Records)
Highly lauded for its spirited instrumentation and singer/songwriter sensibilities, Matt Santry’s six-song disc will leave a mark on your psyche with its pointed lyrics, wiry guitar and jazzy overtones. You may have heard the Malvern resident’s warm baritone—equally brawny and passionate—on WMMR or WXPN. If not, catch him April 21 at Chaplin’s (66 N. Main St., Spring City; 610-792-4110, chaplinsthemusiccafe.com).