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Main Line Events for October 2006

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Star Power
First Friday finds its way to Lancaster Avenue thanks to an ambitious new program called A Main Line ARTitude. From Ardmore to Bryn Mawr, galleries, performing arts spaces and local restaurants are teaming up for the monthly event. Main Line ARTitude’s Oct. 6 debut spotlights the life’s work of Hollywood photographer Frank Worth at Bryn Mawr’s Fine Art Liaisons Gallery. Worth was a friend and confidant to Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elizabeth Taylor and other Tinseltown legends, and many of his stunning photos have never been seen until now. The evening also features a free trolley, and restaurants along the row will offer special menus. Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Call (610) 642-4040 or visit firstfridaymainline.com.

Fashion Free-for-all
Each year, the Community Clothes Charity hosts a Designer Clothing Sale to raise money for a worthy cause. The last event amassed $195,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and this year’s blowout, scheduled for Oct. 26-28 at Spread Eagle Village, promises to top that stunning amount. Browse hundreds of items from famed fashion houses like Chanel, Armani, Escada, Ralph Lauren and Givenchy—all new or lightly worn. More than 40 dedicated women from the Main Line and Chestnut Hill came together to sort, tag and properly display the selection of coats, suits, dresses, gowns, scarves, belts, handbags and more. This year’s beneficiary is the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Philadelphia. Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Village Hall at Spread Eagle Village, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Strafford. (610) 995-9096

Driving Mr. George
Local artist George Rothacker thrives on the close-to-home exotic, filling his canvases with everyday Main Line scenes from landscapes to local homes. His latest exhibit, Memories of the Open Road: Lost and Found, opens Oct. 8 at Newman & Saunders Gallery. Featuring more than 40 paintings of cars and trucks, it celebrates Rothacker’s dual passion for art and autos. Works include “A Thorn Among Roses” and “The Old Couple,” the painting that fueled Rothacker’s fire for depicting classic four-wheelers. The latter shows two 1954 Buicks parked side by side like an old married couple. He noticed the pair in a barn while visiting Dick Hopeman, a former Villanova professor who now restores cars. Proceeds from Memories of the Open Road benefit the Radnor High School Scholarship Fund. 2-6 p.m. Tickets $10. 120 Bloomingdale Ave., Wayne. Visit georgerothacker.com or call (610) 566-0334.

For a complete listing of October events, see our Calendar.