July 13, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - They are still dancing in Atlantic City. In a summer of bad news along casino row, Phyllis Papa, founder, choreographer, and director of the 32-year-old Atlantic City Ballet, has found her place on the Boardwalk for the first time. Long headquartered outside of the city, the company has settled into its new home at Boardwalk Hall, with all the dancers living close by in two big houses. The company will dance regularly at the Claridge, on the Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza, and in a series of "Up Close and Personal" performances inside its new ballet studio in Room 311 at Boardwalk Hall.
March 2, 2014 |
BURLINGTON CITY City officials are rolling up their sleeves to pass measures that could spark a revival in the half-shuttered downtown and generate interest in the vacant buildings that dot the city. Last month, the City Council proposed the creation of an arts district on East Union Street, where a vacant fire hall is expected to be turned into a restaurant within a year. Jim Kennedy, a redevelopment consultant hired by the city last year, said the designation of the arts district is "the very first step.
December 25, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Back in Nucky Thompson's fictional Atlantic City, as imagined by HBO, there was an arts district all right. Yeah, it was Angela Darmody painting half-faced man Richard Harrow in a house on the beach, and if you watched the last two episodes of Boardwalk Empire this month, you know how that all worked out. Not too well. Luckily, in the present-day and real-life Atlantic City, the arts district idea, unlike Angela, is alive and kicking, if a bit pie in the sky. But it's one of a bevy of ideas now under consideration as the master plan for Gov. Christie's tourism district takes shape.
December 10, 2011 |
A new theater is coming to downtown Norristown next fall. The professional stage company Theatre Horizon plans to open a 120-seat house of its own, a $900,000 project being funded by private donors and audience members, plus Norristown and Montgomery County. The company's cofounders and artistic directors, Erin Reilly and Matthew Decker, will officially announce the new theater, to be housed in the former Bell Telephone building next to the county courthouse at DeKalb and Penn Streets, at the opening Friday of Voices of Christmas.
April 14, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Government agencies and private businesses are looking to revitalize Atlantic City's downtown as another way to help the struggling gambling resort thrive. At an economic growth forum Wednesday, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) unveiled plans that included new residential and commercial development near Atlantic City's shopping and outlet store district, The Walk. It also proposed housing for students and casino workers in underused sections of the city, and consolidating government offices in a dense area of downtown to generate more economic activity there.
February 1, 2007 |
It began with ghosts. In September, tours of supposedly ghostly places in West Chester were the first events sponsored by the infant Chester County Cultural Center. Then, on Jan. 27, the Cultural Center - in the auditorium of the Chester County Historical Society - took its second baby step, hosting its first performance, right there in the auditorium. Location mattered, Malcolm Johnstone said in an interview, because the cultural center consists of just the auditorium.
August 16, 2005 |
In a city that has trouble providing jobs, curbing crime and educating its children, establishing a six-theater arts district might seem an extravagance. To Paul Fejko, who envisions doing just that in Chester, it's a necessity. "Much of society has forgotten that the arts are part of a normal, civilized culture," he said last week, sitting in the first of his proposed theaters, a dollhouse-size cabaret at the corner of Fifth Street and Edgmont Avenue. "The arts are a way to solve many problems.
December 13, 2004 |
SOMETIMES IT seems that Philadelphians are genetically programmed to shop on east-west streets, like Market and Walnut. But now that Broad Street has attracted a critical mass of retailers - on top of all those shiny new cultural spaces and restaurants - it's worth reconsidering the city's Y-axis as a holiday shopping destination. The mix of stores on and near the Avenue of the Arts is appropriately eclectic for an arts district, with a handful of popular retail chains like Banana Republic and Tower Records, a couple of Philly institutions like I. Goldberg and Mitchell & Ness, two unusually good gift shops inside major cultural venues, and a brave new cluster of high-end boutiques on lowbrow 13th Street, one block over.
September 13, 2003
The 11-story office building being readied for students of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts doesn't look much like a new gem on the city's cultural landscape. Just wait 'til the paint dries. Its ground floor may be shrouded in scaffolding. But high inside the old Navy recruiting post at Broad and Cherry Streets, students' creative juices are flowing. And along the North Broad Street side, a stunning two-story exhibition space is taking shape behind the scenes.
May 9, 2003 |
If buildings could see, City Hall's tower would be the eyes of the nation. Now with the April 28 reopening of its observation deck, tourists can once again view a snapshot of our country's development. For five weeks, the tower was closed as U.S. troops fought in Iraq to oust a dictator, liberate a people, and create an opening for democracy. That war took place far away, in the cradle of civilization. Here, in the cradle of liberty, an orange alert had curtailed access to many areas, including the tower.