April 4, 2016
Concert with benefits. Tri-County Concerts in Rosemont has been presenting up-and-coming classical performers for some 75 years. It will hold a benefit concert at 7 p.m. next Sunday with artists who have most definitely arrived. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, the acclaimed French pianist, heads a lineup that includes flutist Mimi Stillman, violinist Xiao-Fu Zhou, cellist Isaiah Kim and pianists Charles Abramovic, Natalie Zhu, and Matthew Bengtson. Tickets are $30 at the Rotwitt Theater in Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Ave. in Rosemont.
January 6, 2016 |
At some point during an extended encounter with Philadelphia Orchestra guest conductor Fabio Luisi, you can't help comparing your socks with his - and wondering what that means. A studious, scholarly presence, the 56-year-old Luisi is probably the most soft-spoken person backstage at the Metropolitan Opera, where he is principal conductor and preparing for a revival of two of the noisier Italian operas in the repertoire, the blood-and-guts pair of I Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana.
October 19, 2015
Brian Love loves this time of year, when ghost tours and haunted houses are in abundance. As an artist, he says, he finds them "inspiring. " But in the interest of immediate deadlines, his head is in another holiday. Duross & Langel, the handcrafted-bath-products boutique in Center City, has hired him to design a line of six candles it will feature in a German alpine-inspired Christmas village planned for the second floor of its shop on 13th Street, where it operates a hair salon.
March 1, 2015 |
The life of a touring ensemble is one in which most essential decisions are made well in advance. What music is played, and where, at the Jerusalem Quartet's Thursday concert for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the American Philosophical Society, was determined at least a year ago. And being one of the best of its kind, the string quartet played its Mozart/Bártok/Schumann concert with the commitment and artistry one has come to expect...
November 26, 2013
STEVEN GRASSE, 49, of Society Hill, is CEO of Quaker City Mercantile, a Center City branding firm that serves as the hub for mostly craft-spirits brands Grasse develops, brings to market and manages. He also acquired a 72-acre farm in New Hampshire and plans to open a micro-distillery there in 2014. Q: What does QCM do? A: We're a branding-management company. We create a brand, find a partner to distribute and then stay on to manage. We sold Sailor Jerry [rum] but signed a long-term contract to manage it. We did the same with our flagship store Art in the Age. We also created Hendrick's Gin, which, along with Sailor Jerry, are probably the most famous spirits brands in the last 20 years.
August 15, 2013 |
Artist Ruth Miller was going to give Leslie Kelly - homeless for 14 years and who still sees herself as a likeness to Botticelli's Birth of Venus - an early birthday present. The plan was to meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at a coffee shop at Fourth and Gaskill, where Kelly likes to read. But it was pouring rain. So Miller called Kelly on her cellphone - yes, she has a phone - and they agreed to meet at Kelly's current residence, under the canopy at Headhouse Square. Kelly went over to Xochitl, a Mexican restaurant, grabbed a cardboard box from the trash, and folded it nicely as a seat for her guest.
May 23, 2013 |
In the dance lexicon of Sutie Madison, an uncontrollable twitch is a beautiful thing. A flailing arm and jerking head are the equivalent of a graceful pirouette. Dance, for Madison, is an art form whose choreography is based on the symptoms of the Ambler artist's neurological disease. "We take the tics and teach them," Madison, 32, said last week. Since she was 8, the multimedia artist has lived with Tourette syndrome, a disorder marked by vocal and oral tics that include grunting, barking, head jerking, and arm-flailing.
February 24, 2013
Beth Kephart is the author of 14 books, and "Handling the Truth," a book about the making of memoir, is due out in August I take the Blue Route south and I-95 north. The day is gray and bitter, the lanes too aggressively pocked. Beyond me the Delaware River crawls, heavy with the exhaust of bedlam truckers and implacable with its reminisce of pirates, oil tanks, and whale bones. At the Allegheny/Castor Avenues exit I veer right, then left toward the heart of Port Richmond. This was collier country once - home to coal traders, but also shipbuilders, cargo holders, and dockhands.
February 14, 2013 |
Food can be high art in some of Philadelphia's best restaurants. But why is it so hard to find a masterpiece meal in one of the city's great art museums? We know it can be done, since Danny Meyer set the bar high for arty destination dining in New York with the Modern at the Museum of Modern Art. But don't hold your breath for such haute-culinary inspirations at a museum near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Barnes Foundation's Garden Restaurant was our best hope for something extraordinary.
February 3, 2013 |
SARASOTA, Fla. - This sophisticated city on the central Gulf Coast has all the charms and attractions of metropolitan life with the added advantages of warm weather and soft, sandy beaches. And then there are the sunsets. As dusk gathers over the barrier islands, tourists and residents stop what they are doing and head for the beaches to watch one of the great natural wonders of the area, the setting of the sun into the Gulf of Mexico. Each evening the show is different. Sometimes, if the sky is clear, the sun is a blazing ball that looks like it is burning its way into the Gulf.