February 12, 2015 |
The East-meets-West nexus in classical music still comes with so much creative leeway and remains so uncodified that a program titled "New Music From Asia" means that the only possible preconceived notion is the complete lack of one. In fact, the best-known composer in Orchestra 2001's Sunday program in Swarthmore delivered the most unexpected sounds. In Distance by Tan Dun sounded nothing like the composer's recent concert works (not to mention his Oscar-winning film music) - thanks to a particularly strong Chinese accent.
November 5, 2013 |
When a revision-oriented violinist such as Tim Fain comes along, one realizes why standard concert formats have endured, why they could use a change, and how difficult that change can be. In a Friday Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital, the youthful, charismatic Fain (with pianist Pei-Yao Wang) played 10 midweight, short-to-medium-length pieces rather than the usual trio of multi-movement sonatas in chronological order. All of these smaller pieces were good to hear at the American Philosophical Society, especially as you're not likely to hear them in more standard formats.
December 28, 2012 |
Sometimes the best-laid plans are last-minute plans. Before all the comings and goings of this holiday week are done, extend one last invitation to friends and family. An impromptu gathering at your home is by definition informal, and relieves you of the obligation to have every detail covered. With even a semi-stocked larder, you can invite folks on New Year's Eve to join you for brunch on New Year's Day. The loose time frame of an open-house invitation lets people drop in, or settle in. Spanning either lunch or dinner, the food to offer will shift accordingly.
August 10, 2012 |
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The line had already begun to form by the time we arrived at 5:30 p.m. By 6, when the door opened, the wait had stretched to two hours for a seat in the tent behind Pok Pok Ny . Such competitive waits for hot new restaurants are nothing new for New Yorkers. And Pok Pok Ny, the much-anticipated East Coast outpost for acclaimed Portland, Ore., chef Andy Ricker's authentic Thai kitchen, certainly qualifies. But this determined crowd, growing eager as the intoxicating smell of lemongrass-stuffed hens on the charcoal grill wafted over, was not queueing up in tony Manhattan.
February 10, 2012
Special Events Love Potion Fundraiser for Homeless Animals Helps fund medical supplies and equipment. Franklin's, 3521 Bowman St. $5. 2/11. 6-9 pm. Naked at the Philadelphia Museum Scavenger Hunt Focusing on art featuring nudity. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 877-946-4868. www.WatsonAdventures.com . $38.50. Closes 2/12. Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival W/Adrien Reju, Chris Kasper, Swedeland, Fantasy Square Garden, Black Stars, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, many more.
February 8, 2012 |
DAKAR, Senegal - This is Africa, the place where human history began and where the new world order is evolving. Twice I've stood in Senegal, on the eastern edge of the Atlantic Ocean, meeting people and sharing experiences that make me understand my own family history and black history much better. Each trip, first in December 2010 for the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture and now this past December with the World Summit of Mayors, has made me want to go deeper - to explore more, to learn more, and to understand more about this continent and our world.
January 12, 2012 |
Even as Pennsylvania State University president Rodney Erickson began a statewide goodwill tour this week to address alumni, he faces a battle back on his main campus over whether the university is doing enough to investigate allegations that it missed or ignored signs that onetime coach Jerry Sandusky was abusing kids. On Tuesday, a faculty leadership group agreed to place before the full faculty senate a motion that calls for Erickson to create a separate task force to investigate the conduct of the board of trustees, according to a source.
December 2, 2010
Latkepalooza, in its eighth year, happens from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Gershman Y (401 S. Broad St., 215-445-4400). Hanukkah started yesterday, so don't delay. Tix are $15 adults, $5 kids, under 5 free. New this year: a Jewish Bakeoff; details at www.gershmany.org . Le Castagne (1920 Chestnut St., 215-751-9913) serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet includes Eggs Benedict and Prosciutto Cotto with Truffle Hollandaise, and Brioche French toast stuffed with Nutella and finished with dark rum and caramelized banana.
October 14, 2010
Also reviewed by Lari Robling: Cafe Con Chocolate, 2100 S. Norwood St., 267-639-4506. This small cafe in the western edge of South Philadelphia is often called Mexican-Japanese fusion. Best to say the chef/owner's heritage makes it a mixed menu of Mexican dishes and Japanese dishes. This is a welcoming place that offers a good brunch as well as dinner. Some nights there is a live music venue - check the website listings. Menu is heavier on the Mexican side with some stellar egg dishes and a sweet and spicy mole.
October 12, 2010 |
AS MATT Britt wanders through the Huntingdon Valley home he once hoped would be a launching pad for a happier life with his three daughters, he shakes his head at how wrong he'd been about that. But how could he have known? How could he have known that, eight years after burying his first wife, he'd mourn a second one? That his mom would take her own life? That his girls would lose stepsiblings they'd loved? And that he'd now be losing the house where they'd all tried to become a new family?