June 12, 2016
* HELL ON WHEELS and THE AMERICAN WEST. 9 and 10 p.m. Saturday, AMC. Westward ho! AMC is pairing the final seven episodes of its drama about the transcontinental railroad with an event series from Robert Redford about such Western figures as Jesse James, Wyatt Earp, and Billy the Kid. * THE 70TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS. 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. Can't get tickets to Hamilton , either? We at least have a rooting interest in this year's Tonys, hosted by James Corden. Among Hamilton's 16 nominations is one for Philly's Leslie Odom Jr. (pictured)
May 16, 2016 |
With the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of preservationist Jane Jacobs, consider the history of one of the city's most iconic neighborhoods: Chinatown. Philadelphia is connected to one of the earliest instances of Sino-American relations. The 1784 journey of the ginseng-laden Empress of China to Canton (present-day Guangzhou) - the United States' first successful voyage to insular imperial China - was financed primarily by Philadelphian Robert Morris. The beginning of the city's Chinatown is often traced to the early 1870s, with the opening of Lee Fong's laundry on Race Street's 900 block.
September 2, 1990 |
Chadds Ford painter N.C. Wyeth liked to call it the "Great West. " America's western frontier presented a vast and rich canvas for the Chester County artist. In 1903, Wyeth's first illustration of a bucking bronco and rider appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. He soon gained national recognition as an artist who could convey the rugged charm of the American West. And beginning this Saturday, the Brandywine River Museum will feature some of Wyeth's best western illustrations in the "N.C.
December 24, 1993 |
It's always a treat to learn about a new artist, especially one who has been "lost" for a long time. Charles James Theriat (1860-1937), an American who lived most of his life in France, turns up in a small exhibition at Schwarz Gallery as a "forgotten Orientalist. " In the 19th century, Orientalists were artists, mostly French, who were drawn to Middle Eastern and North African subjects, then considered exotic. Henri Matisse went through an Orientalist phase early in this century.
September 14, 2010
William H. Goetzmann, 80, who in a Pulitzer Prize-winning book overturned the idea of Western exploration in the 19th century as a series of random thrusts into the hinterland, finding instead that it was a far more systematic effort, died last Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Austin, Texas. Mr. Goetzmann's Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West synthesized a vast repository of diaries, reports, monographs, and scholarly studies in presenting a comprehensive picture of what he called the American government's "programmed" information-gathering.
April 7, 1989 |
Some keen-eyed individuals made their way through the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Robert Adams retrospective one recent morning. Barbara Feeney and her friend Marilyn Smith, for instance, who thought that one of Adams' photographs was particularly intriguing. Visitors to Philadelphia, the Newburyport, Mass., residents nearly bumped heads as they peered at Dead Shrub in a Landfill, a close-up of a very scraggly, very dead plant. "The pulled-up shrub looks like a person's heart that's been ripped out and cast aside," said Feeney.
May 6, 1990 |
German-Americans, says H. Richard Dietrich Jr., hold "a belief in sharing. " It's a trait reflected in his family's generous offerings of Early American painting and furniture to museums and galleries around the country. Part of the family's large collection is on display this month at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. The offerings from the Chester Springs- based Dietrich American Foundation include 19th-century painting, drawings and hand-colored lithographs from the American West as well as fraktur from Eastern Pennsylvania.
July 15, 2012
Philip Fradkin, 77, whose 13 books often focused on the legacy of environmental destruction in the West and who took aim at what he viewed as the simplification of the region by many in the East, died last Sunday at his home in Point Reyes Station, Calif. The cause was cancer, according to his wife, Dianne. Mr. Fradkin grew up in New Jersey and moved to California while in his 20s after becoming enamored of the West during a road trip with his father when he was 14. He went on to explore many major Western themes in his books.
January 8, 2013 |
If Muhammad Ali's approach to the boxing ring was to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, Philadelphia's Jon Barthmus sounds as though he's thinking likewise when it comes to making music. Yet rather than treat his audience to pummels and poetry of insults, Barthmus - as the main man and singing compositional center of Sun Airway - soothes and romances his listeners with an insistent and constant flutter. Two albums of Barthmus' chirruping tones and sparse lyrics - 2010's Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier and last year's Soft Fall - are as metrical as any Ali rant and doubly melodious to boot.
May 15, 2006 |
In the 25 years since its premiere, Sam Shepard's True West has become an American classic, tempting actor after actor with its big ideas, its juicy roles, its macho humor, and its many opportunities to wreck a set. Recently, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly took it on in New York; John Malkovich and Gary Sinise made a terrific film version. Hunger Theatre's production misses the play's ideas by a mile, but it's pretty good on the set-bashing. Two brothers meet in their mother's kitchen in a suburb of Los Angeles where coyotes lure cocker spaniels away from domestic safety.