April 30, 2014 |
Since 2006, Shen Yun ("the beauty of divine beings dancing") has been presenting programs designed to "revive 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture" through music and dance. On Friday, the 2014 edition of Shen Yun began a brief run at the Merriam Theater, where it charmed and astonished, but ultimately left this viewer feeling profoundly uncomfortable. Large-scale "folkloric" extravaganzas like Shen Yun have a venerable history - think Riverdance, or Philadelphia's Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
October 2, 1991 |
At the gateway to the Please Touch Museum's new "Gateway to China" exhibit sits the front of a SEPTA bus, which has been part of the museum's regular collection for some time. Actually, just like Claus Oldenburg's famous "Clothespin," which is not really a clothespin, the Please Touch object merely evokes a bus. It isn't one. No matter. Kids adore it. They run inside, sit in the driver's seat, fiddle with the steering wheel and, best of all, honk the horn. Just past the bus, only a handful of the displays in "Gateway to China," a colorful representation of selected aspects of Chinese culture, seemed to elicit quite as much passionate play from the preschoolers visiting the museum yesterday, the opening day of the exhibit.
August 8, 2008 |
Technicolor dragon dancers swirl down decorated avenues. Diverse throngs of people enjoy succulent pot stickers and bowls of hot, sticky rice purchased from street carts. Excitement builds as the audience counts down to the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony. And the best part? You can experience this Olympic-like scene and fervor without buying an expensive plane ticket and traveling the 7,000 miles to Beijing. The Summer Games begin at 8:08:08, Beijing time, tonight, 8/08/08.
April 27, 1987 |
Graham Chapman, the M.D.-turned-Monty-Python-comic, is making another house call in this area tonight. His last visit a couple of weeks ago was mired in visa red tape and he couldn't give his "patients" at the Comedy Factory Outlet, 31 Bank St., the full benefit of his bedside manner plus his prescription for laughter. But he promises not to be late this time for his shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Info: FUNNY-11. MUSICAL NOTES The School of Music of the Philadelphia Colleges of the Arts presents The de Pasquale String Quartet, assisted by students, in an all-Mendelssohn program at the Shubert Theatre, 250 S. Broad, at 8 p.m. It's free.
March 4, 1996 |
After the amazing plays, after the controversy, after the mad stampedes onto the court by first one school's fans and then the other school's fans, and then the first school's fans again . . . There was Mark Peterson, all by his lonesome. His four fellow starters on Thomas Edison High's heaven-blessed basketball team were buzzing around the Civic Center floor, snatching down nets, mugging for TV cameras and jumping on - and being jumped on by - person after person after person.
October 11, 2012 |
Ann Boccuti says that when people look at her, a young Chinese woman, they assume she might not speak English. It happens even on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she's a 19-year-old sophomore. "I'm treated as an immigrant," she said in an interview. Boccuti, of Lansdale, spent the first 17 months of her life in a Nanchang orphanage before being adopted by a white couple and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. She is unique. And one among thousands.
December 18, 2008 |
This weekend, dozens of dancers in brilliant costumes will leap across the stage of the Merriam Theater, before digitally projected Chinese landscapes. An orchestra will perform original scores melding Western and Chinese instruments; the violin will befriend the two-string erhu. The production promises a renaissance of traditional Chinese culture, which Divine Performing Arts, the New York nonprofit organization that runs the show, says the Chinese Communist Party long has tried to erase from public consciousness.
January 16, 2004 |
Happy New Year! No, we're not confused. It's Chinese New Year. Celebrated on the first day of the first lunar month, Chinese New Year - 4701 by the traditional Chinese calendar - will fall on Thursday. The calendar designates an animal to represent each year, and this year is the Year of the Monkey. There are plenty of activities for kids to celebrate the holiday and learn about Chinese culture. Visit the Primate Reserve at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, where chef Joseph Poon will demonstrate fruit and vegetable carving, and will talk about the holiday's history and customs.
January 6, 2012
Friday Notes of laughter A lineup of comedians will perform at 10:30 p.m. Friday through a collective coordinated by High Note Humor's Kevin Hurley and James Cristiano. This week's show features comedian Anton Shuford at the High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St. - known for singing chef Franco Borda and an operatic staff. The group plans monthly First Friday shows at this venue. Tickets: $10. Information: 215-755-8903, www.facebook.com/highnotehumor . Friday Jazz at the Point The fourth annual Somers Point Jazz Society Benefit Concert & Silent Auction will celebrate a new year of great jazz Friday with one-hour sets at 8 and 9:30 p.m. Featured will be the George Mesterhazy Trio with special guest Barry Miles.
November 13, 1987 |
For centuries, puppetry has delighted children and adults worldwide. This weekend, parents and their pint-sized charges can watch a Far Eastern interpretation of the art when the Peking Puppet Theatre opens the Annenberg Center's Theatre for Children series. The Peking Puppet Theatre, which is on its first U.S. tour, has staged more than 10,000 shows since 1955 in the People's Republic of China, where puppet theater is a tradition. Working with highly manuverable rod puppets that range from two to five feet high, puppeteers below stage can create subtle moves in their puppets' bodies, legs, arms, fingers and heads, even the eyes.