March 20, 2016 |
The Most Interesting Man in the World died on a Friday, which is just another Christian coincidence in the story of Joe Tiberino, whom I spoke to for the last time about a week after he had risen from the dead. "I was sitting right here when I died the first time," he said from an upholstered armchair in his second-floor bedroom in the family home in West Philadelphia, the heart of a multi-rowhouse enclave that could be called an artists' colony because everyone who lives there becomes an artist sooner or later.
February 24, 2016 |
Harvey Spencer Sr. wasn't thinking about strategic plans, boards of directors, or long-term fund-raising when he suggested to a few friends that they start a museum. Spencer, 88, a retired landscaper from Langhorne, was worried only about who would pick up where Walter Jacobs Jr. had left off. Jacobs, a historian and collector who devoted decades to chronicling Bucks County's African American heritage, had just died. What, Spencer fretted, would become of his mission? "I want to let people and their children know what blacks have done," Spencer said.
October 25, 2014 |
Enjoy spooktacular sounds and artistry, in your favorite costume, Saturday at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Halloween Fantastique with Cirque de la Symphonie at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will perform 10 pieces including Danny Elfman's Batman movie theme. Other featured works include Adam Glaser's "March of the Little Goblins," French composer Hector Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie Fantastique , and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" from The Snow Maiden . Cirque de la Symphonie will perform acrobatic dance, and kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes.
October 15, 2014 |
No punches are pulled on the top floor of the African American Museum in Philadelphia. No blinking. No turning away. Greeting the visitor are 15 life-size cement figures shackled together. Bits of twine, fabric, and stick weave through their stony skin. Men, women, and children are bound together, chained to a wooden pallet - goods ready for shipment. Visitors can wander through the silence of sculptor Stephen Hayes' installation, Cash Crop , listening to the unspoken but very visible history of slavery filling the gallery.
July 17, 2014 |
Growing up in West Philadelphia, Betty Leacraft was drawn to the look and feel of fabric and its many creative uses. "I've been sewing since I was a child," said Leacraft. "My maternal grandmother put the first needle and thread in my hand. " At Overbrook High School and Cheyney University, Leacraft developed a keen interest in African culture. Over the years, she combined those passions to create bold and colorful artwork as a fabric mixed-media artist. Later this month, Leacraft will visit South Africa, where one of her works will be part of an exhibit of art quilts in tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela.
May 3, 2014 |
The Nutter administration, faced with rising concerns over postponed renovations to a Queen Village playground that sits atop one of the nation's most historically significant African American cemeteries, will host a public meeting Monday to hear from as many people as possible about the site's future. The 6:30 p.m. meeting, to be conducted by Mayor Nutter's chief of staff, Everett Gillison, will be at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, Seventh and Arch Streets. At issue is what should happen to Weccacoe Playground, which covers nearly an acre at Queen and Lawrence Streets, and Bethel Burial Ground, where more than 5,000 African Americans were buried between 1810 and the mid-1860s.
April 26, 2014 |
Leap over to Camden's Adventure Aquarium for a two-day celebration of Save the Frogs, part of the "Frogs: Nature's Messenger" exhibition. Proceeds will support the Save the Frogs Foundation. You will see more than 20 kinds of frogs, including the huge African bullfrog, the red-eyed tree frog, and the golden poison dart, and meet some of the colorful amphibians as they make an appearance with the aquarium's animal experts and biologists. To make the amphibian experience complete, there will also be a Frogger station, where visitors can play the '80s arcade game.
March 31, 2014 |
Lucille and Harold never quite recovered from the loss of their son Jacob, who drowned on his eighth birthday. Now in their 70s, they have spent nearly half a century dealing with their regrets, their guilt, their anger. Then one day Jacob shows up at their door - still 8 years old. That's the heartrending premise of Jason Mott's best-selling debut novel, The Returned , an intimate portrait of scores of men, women, and children who inexplicably return from the dead. Released in August, it was issued in paperback Tuesday.
January 18, 2014 |
When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 20th century's saint of civil rights, told the world about the dreams he had, the list didn't include being lionized alongside American presidents such as Lincoln and Washington. It didn't include a holiday bearing his name on which all Americans, of whatever race, would celebrate the freedoms that only racial equality provides. While most of the MLK Monday holiday is dedicated to events humble, honorable, and often tinged with spirituality, there are parties throughout the weekend that include the sort of respectable dance-centric festivity worthy of King's potent message.
October 20, 2013 |
John L. Wade Sr., 76, of Germantown, an award-winning artist and professor emeritus of the Temple University Tyler School of Art, died Monday, Oct. 7, at Good Shepherd Penn Partners in Philadelphia of complications from sarcoidosis. In addition to having received numerous awards, Mr. Wade's primarily abstract works were exhibited in galleries throughout the country, including the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Mr. Wade was born in Wilmington and graduated from Howard High School in 1955.