September 20, 2016 |
Jeff Larson, Caleb Hammons, and Andrew Dinwiddie are Brooklyn-based curators of absurd performance. Their aesthetics and tastes are disparate, unconventional, and, well, Brooklyn-y. The seven performances, a one-off FringeArts production at the former Bok Technical High School in South Philadelphia, were not interconnected or thematically bound by any commonality. But somehow they worked together as an event, though some soared far higher than their peers. Cynthia Hopkins began the night with a haunting darkness, a tone that would not reappear.
September 18, 2016 |
For art museums, this season is all about the Big Picture, in more ways than one. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is providing a visual panorama of how Americans responded to one of the most catastrophic events of the 20th century. And at its heart is an epic, CinemaScope-scale painting of a grotesque event, Gassed by John Singer Sargent, on loan from the Imperial War Museum in London. The great 20th-century Mexican muralists also produced some big pictures, often on big subjects, such as The Epic of American Civilization , by José Clemente Orozco.
September 17, 2016 |
If any musician / composer could lay claim to a been-there-done-that badge, it's Jah Wobble. An old friend of Johnny Rotten, Wobble cofounded Public Image Ltd. when his singer pal left the Sex Pistols. Together, Rotten (now going by his real name, John Lydon) and Wobble (born John Joseph Wardle) crafted a hauntingly atmospheric ensemble, with the latter creating the rhythm of post-punk with the dub-reggae-infused pulse that filled albums such as Public Image and Metal Box / First Edition . Wobble's bass lines were as aggressive as they were laconic, as harsh as they were balming.
September 11, 2016 |
Sometimes you eat the catfish, and sometimes the catfish falls from the sky and smacks you in the face. Lisa Lobree learned that lesson Labor Day morning when she was walking to meet her CoreFitness class near the Art Museum, heard a "rustling" in the trees, and then -. "Suddenly I was slammed by something," Lobree recalled Friday. "I was like, 'What?!' I was freaking out. " The injuries: Minor. The trauma: Immeasurable. The theory: A bird was flying with the fish in its mouth and accidentally dropped it. On her face.
September 11, 2016 |
Ian McEwan was ranked by the Times of London among the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His novels, including Amsterdam , which won the 1998 Man Booker Prize, and Atonement , a 2001 novel made into a 2007 Oscar-winning movie, have attracted a large worldwide audience. McEwan visits the Free Library on Wednesday for a conversation about his new novel, Nutshell . The book is based on the story of Hamlet , told from the point of view of a fetus. McEwan talked about his new book and his writing life.
September 8, 2016 |
By 1987, the terrifying and mysterious new syndrome afflicting gay men had become a deadly epidemic with a name: AIDS. That year, 28,000 Americans would get HIV. One was 19-year-old Brian Sanders, infected by a man in New Hope who got sick shortly afterward. "I thought it was the flu. Then I heard he died three months later. I never really put that together," said Sanders, now 49 and artistic director of the dance-theater company Brian Sanders' JUNK. "Maybe I just never wanted to. " Today, Sanders is marking 30 years of living with HIV - and, with the benefit of perspective, finally putting the pieces together.
September 5, 2016
Arts smarts. What is the job of arts journalists today - to be mere cheerleaders, or to ask tough questions about what we are hearing on stage, what we are missing, and why? A group of Philadelphia arts leaders and journalists consider the question at the Kimmel Center's free open house at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Howard Shapiro of WHYY's Newsworks leads a panel that includes Philadelphia chief cultural officer Kelly Lee, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance president Maud Lyon, Karin Copeland of the Arts and Business Council, and other arts administrators.
September 4, 2016 |
Patricia Ilgren Kapp, 63, of Ridgefield, Conn., an art therapist who worked in and around Philadelphia, died Thursday, Aug. 18, of cancer at Regional Hospice & Home Care in Danbury, Conn. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Kapp was the daughter of Dr. Herbert and Maxine Ilgren. She lived in Roxborough before moving to Connecticut. A gifted artist, Mrs. Kapp had always wanted to pursue a career in art. She graduated from Lower Merion High School and attended Alfred (N.Y.) University, but took two years off to travel and study art in Europe.
September 3, 2016
Sweet deal Every first Sunday of the month, the Barnes Foundation offers free admission for its stunning collection of some of the greatest art ever created. But this free Sunday is sweeter than the rest. Weckerly's Ice Cream, the small-batch purveyor in West Philadelphia, has set up a pop-up shop at the Barnes so you can fuel your love of art and your sweet tooth. In addition to such flavors as nectarine- rosemary sorbet, caramel corn, and peaches and cream, the Weckerly's pop-up will also sell an exclusive ice cream sandwich called the Barnes Ensemble.
August 27, 2016 |
Recently, some have noted that a statue of Frank Rizzo — police chief, law-and-order mayor, and lifelong South Philly scrapper — makes for a charged presence , looming nine feet tall on the steps of the Municipal Services Building. Rizzo - whose enduring image may be rushing to quell a riot, nightstick in his cummerbund - is a complicated fixture in the public square. But his likeness is just one quirk of a public art collection that looks very little like Philadelphia today, and a lot like a Main Line country club circa 1950.