July 7, 2016 |
Isla Martinez-Iglesias has come to believe that anything is possible. But that wasn't the case when Manor College invited her to compete for its presidential scholarship. She didn't think she had a chance. In high school, she doubted she would go to college, believing her family couldn't afford it. The day of the scholarship competition, she had car problems and almost didn't go. But her parents, Mexican immigrants who work in factory jobs and wanted more for their daughter, insisted.
June 3, 2016 |
I HAVE BEEN TOLD by otherwise intelligent, alert, accomplished women that I must vote for Hillary Clinton. Some have said it's because failing to cast my vote for Bill's charming better half will be a de facto "plus one" for Team Trump. While I doubt that is the case, and polls seem to bear me out, it's a fairly respectable argument: Hillary minus me minus many other women equals Donald. But there are also the sisters who tell me I must vote for Hillary because she is a woman, and I am a woman, and It Is Time.
April 23, 2016
Literary Calendar Barnes & Noble - Rittenhouse Square 1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716. www.barnesandnoble.com . Carol Mitchell: Breaking Through "Bitch" - How Women Can Shatter Stereotypes & Lead Fearlessly. 4/22. 12 pm. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-525-2821. www.bmpc.org . Catherine Steiner-Adair: The Big Disconnect - Protecting Childhood & Family Relationships in the Digital Age. 4/27. 7:30-9 pm. The Doylestown Bookshop 16 S. Main St., Doylestown; 215-230-7610.
April 16, 2016 |
A.V. Christie, 53, of Malvern, a Philadelphia-area poet and teacher, died of breast cancer Thursday, April 7, at the Neighborhood Health Inpatient Hospice at Chester County Hospital in West Chester. Ms. Christie was born in Redwood City, Calif., and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Montana, and British Columbia. She was a graduate of Vassar College, where she studied with the writers Eamon Grennan and Nancy Willard, and received her master of fine arts degree from the University of Maryland, studying with the poet Stanley Plumly.
April 13, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney turned to Virginia for a new fire commissioner, but is staying in house for the city's next prison leader. Blanche Carney, a 21-year veteran of the Philadelphia Prison System and its current deputy commissioner for restorative and transitional services, will be named the city's first female prison commissioner, according to Kenney's communications office. Adam Thiel, Virginia's deputy secretary of veterans affairs and homeland security, will be the city's next fire commissioner.
April 1, 2016 |
Few local musical artists have worn as many masks or shed as many skins over the last decade as Michelle Zauner. The singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist - a Eugene, Ore.-to-Philadelphia transplant, who turns 27 today - has fronted the now-defunct indie-synth-pop Post Post , the lyrically challenging emo-core Little Big League , and now her softly buzzing synth-and-sequencer-driven Japanese Breakfast , a solo project releasing its...
January 25, 2016 |
Annie Wilson's been thinking a lot about burlesque. Sex and dancing in general, really. And she has concluded that they are subjects ripe for mutation, satire, and not a little appreciation. Her dance theater performance Lovertits is the result of her musings, her obsession with sultry film star Mae West, and Googling "the weirdest porn I could find. " The performances this week are only the latest in a show five years in the making. Last featured in Philadelphia during the 2014 Fringe Festival, Lovertits is not for the prudish, as over the course of the 75-minute production the three female performers bare all. Wilson started crafting the idea as a modern dance take on burlesque, which got her thinking about all the bizarre ways the human body is portrayed in performance.
January 24, 2016 |
Colson Whitehead unnerves me. Every time I think I've found the thread that connects his seven books, from his stunning 1999 debut, The Intuitionist , about elevator examiners, to his best-selling zombie adventure story/existentialist dialectic, Zone One (2011), to 2014's The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death , a reportorial account of the World Series of Poker, it slips through my fingers. Whitehead, 46, will speak about his diverse writings at Bryn Mawr College on Feb. 3. "Who is Colson Whitehead?"
January 2, 2016 |
Lucien Roland Roy, 91, a mathematics professor at Villanova University for 40 years, died Monday, Dec. 28, of natural causes at a nursing home in Needham, Mass. Mr. Roy was known for his enthusiasm and high standards in the classroom, although colleagues said he was not to every student's taste. "He had a French Canadian accent, and he'd get quite wrapped up in a given theorem or something. Students would be standing there, and he's ranting and raving about how important this thing is," said David Strows, director of graduate programs.