February 3, 2016 |
Monday was Karen Chigounis' first day on the job - at the place where she's been at work for the better part of four decades. "Day One has been absolutely beyond my wildest dreams," said Chigounis, 66, the new chief administrator of the Perkins Center for the Arts. "One of the most positive experiences of my life. " A Moorestown resident, a mother of four and grandmother of four, Chigounis succeeds Alan Willoughby, a respected ceramist who retired Jan. 29 after 25 years as Perkins' executive director.
February 1, 2016 |
West Philadelphia's 52nd Street is crowded with shops, a somewhat faded commercial corridor that still buzzes with life. Spiffy shoe stores have been recently renovated and, at closing time, a young man in the striped shirt of the Reebok sales clerk attends to the welcome mat with a broom, preserving that shine for the next day's customers. Jamaican bakeries compete for business, alongside purveyors of Muslim fragrance oils. And amid this crowded street of stores is the Urban Art Gallery, a half-mile south of the elevated train stop.
February 1, 2016
Patience. Sergio Martins, a master tailor at Boyds for 16 years, has massive amounts of it. After all, a tailor's work is never done, and he's at the top of his game. About 90 percent of Boyds' clients for men's suits are fitted by Martins. Tailoring, he explains, is an art form that can't be measured in the number of suits or dresses sold. "It's an inner feeling," he said, "that you've done your best work, and a customer is going to look his best. You just know. " But his craft is dying, and others like Martins, 56, who spent years, if not decades, honing their craft in their native countries and taking it to the United States are disappearing.
January 28, 2016 |
Admirers of the seldom-heard 1913 Italo Montemezzi opera L'amore dei tre re ( The Love of the Three Kings ) are used to having to hunt for it, if only because it was so popular in the first half of the 20th century and fell off the map during the second half. But at the intermission during the Academy of Vocal Arts presentation of the opera Tuesday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, I was on a different search - for what I wasn't hearing. All the right things were on stage - a good, 60-strong orchestra under Christofer Macatsoris, a cast who, even if their voices weren't always up to the considerable task at hand, understood the piece so minutely as to know exactly how each scene functioned.
January 25, 2016 |
Threats of big, bad snow disrupted cultural life in Philadelphia on Saturday - including that annual ritualized civic assembly of arts, business, and political leaders, the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball. The event, planned for Saturday, was canceled for the first time since its start nearly six decades ago. Other groups nixed concerts Friday and Saturday, and the fates of several Sunday concerts remained in doubt, pending the timing and severity of the storm. Jerry Blavat at the Kimmel was put off until Feb. 28. Fans of Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re won't be able to hear it Saturday, but the Academy of Vocal Arts is still offering two other performances.
January 24, 2016 |
Threats of big, bad snow disrupted cultural life in Philadelphia on Saturday - including that annual ritualized civic assembly of arts, business, and political leaders, the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert & Ball. The event, planned for Saturday, was canceled for the first time since its start nearly six decades ago. Other groups nixed concerts Friday and Saturday, and the fates of several Sunday concerts remained in doubt, pending the timing and severity of the storm. Jerry Blavat at the Kimmel was put off until Feb. 28. Fans of Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re won't be able to hear it Saturday, but the Academy of Vocal Arts is still offering two other performances.
January 22, 2016 |
At an April 8 grand opening, a ball of fire will rise from Penn's Landing. A massive South Broad Street fair will follow on April 23, featuring art, music, performance, and a trick or two. Bookended by these attractions, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will return to the city for its third run, a bit smaller this go-round, more concentrated, but with dozens of events and a decidedly international flavor. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, organizer of the festival, will release details of many events Thursday.
January 21, 2016 |
The Queen Village Neighborhood Association said it had these ugly electrical junction boxes on every street. What could be done about them? On a recent Wednesday, Ryan Psota was the 15th artist to transform the nearly six-foot-tall metal boxes into works of art. Using brushes, a roller, a beaded paddle, and cardboard coffee-cup sleeve, Psota, 26, created a background texture for his line drawings at a box at Seventh and South Street - with the...
January 16, 2016 |
When Richard Reiss was 14 and still in school, he began his cooking career at his father's restaurant near his home in Alameda, Calif., according to his autobiographical notes. "His family roots, a combination of Russian, Jewish, and Greek, meant there was a big emphasis on both food and family," the notes say. But for most of his career, he was "running GE's technology division in Maryland," he wrote. Until 2001. At age 55, he decided to become a chef, and enrolled in Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I., from which he graduated cum laude.
January 13, 2016 |
Philadelphia advertising executive Marc Brownstein has been appointed chair of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia's advisory board to help further collaboration between the region's creative and business communities. Brownstein, president and CEO of the Brownstein Group, succeeds Ray Carballada, president and CEO of ShootersINC, a digital content firm with offices in Philadelphia and New York. Brownstein said he looks forward "to strengthening the links between creativity and workforce innovation, and helping ABC continue to develop nationally renowned programs that incorporate design thinking, employee engagement and social impact.