November 23, 2015 |
At last, Akeem Davis - one of Philadelphia's most continuously busy actors - has time off to contemplate the fact that he won the F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award at the Barrymore Awards this month. The 28-year-old, Miami-raised Davis has cut a wide swath through theatrical genres since arriving in Philadelphia in 2011, from Arthur Miller's All My Sons at People's Light to the title role of Henry V at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Company to the recent sold-out closing weekend of Theatre Exile's Rizzo . For once, he wasn't rehearsing the next play while finishing up the latest: He'll start work on Lobby Hero for Theatre Horizon in January.
October 30, 2015 |
Scan the room and you could see some old and familiar faces. Always friendly Joe Giles, the Phillies' longtime director of ballpark enterprises and business development as well as the son of chairman emeritus Bill, had a front-row seat Monday for new general manager Matt Klentak's introductory news conference at Citizens Bank Park. Equally affable father Bill, now 81 and nearly two decades removed from his role as the franchise's chief decision-maker, was a few rows back. He sat next to Pat Gillick, whose time as team president officially expired earlier this month.
October 28, 2015 |
In mid-September, a 15-second video that went viral showed an industrious New York City rat dragging a slice of pizza down the steps of a subway stop. Five days later, the Arizona costume company Yandy began accepting preorders for an $89.95 "Pizza Rat" Halloween costume. True to Yandy's lingerie-company roots, the ensemble was designed for those who like their vermin sexy, featuring a gray mini-dress, conspicuously placed pockets that look like slices of pepperoni pizza, and "an attached hood with adorable rat ears," as the company website notes.
October 26, 2015 |
The scary Babadook showed up. So did Spider-Man, wearing a Hawaiian shirt. Yes, the South Jersey Geek Fest also had an Imperial Stormtrooper and a fuzzy Pikachu Pokémon roaming the grounds of the Woodbury Heights Community Center Saturday. Besides costumed characters, the fourth South Jersey Geek Fest featured swordplay, video-game tournaments, and musicians who mix and arrange nostalgic sound clips from 8-bit and 16-bit Super Nintendo and GameBoy favorites to produce compositions.
October 16, 2015 |
EVGENY MEDVEDEV walks confidently into an office on the second floor of the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., carrying a smoothie in his right hand. His left wrist sports a bright silver, yet understated, watch. He's wearing a black V-neck T-shirt and jeans. The Flyers had an optional skate on this morning. Medvedev wasn't on the ice but he did work out. His day isn't done, though. He's in this office to work, too. He walks in with a smile and says to the people in the room: "Hello.
September 30, 2015 |
They call American culture a melting pot, but a better name for it would be a stew - chock-full of ingredients from black culture. To explore that potent blend, the Annenberg Center is presenting "African Roots, American Voices. " The series, celebrating the contributions of the African diaspora to American culture and running through 2018, begins this week. Each year will focus on a different musical genre, said Dawn Frisby-Byers, Annenberg director of marketing and communications , born "out of the African American experience in this country.
September 25, 2015 |
THE FIRST MESSAGE speaker Erika Bachiochi posted on the big screens behind her during yesterday's World Meeting of Families lecture "Responding to 'Hook-up' Culture" came from the Bible's book of Genesis. "Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you," it read. The self-proclaimed "new feminist" spoke to an audience of mixed ages and nationalities. Most were female. Some were nuns. Others she referred to as "noble, virtuous men. " "The Catholic Church is more pro-female than any strand of women's studies that I've ever studied," she said, to applause.
September 21, 2015 |
As Philadelphia prepares to welcome Pope Francis this week, its museums and cultural institutions are offering visitors opportunities to engage with religion - and, sometimes, not just one. On view, not surprisingly, are historical documents of the Catholic Church and treasures from the Vatican. But Dead Sea Scroll fragments, an ancient illuminated Quran, a Sumerian tablet, and George Washington's assurances to the Jews of Rhode Island also are out there. And should you choose to get smarter at home, there's the latest of Sam Katz's city-centric documentaries, Urban Trinity : The Story of Catholic Philadelphia, to be broadcast over the course of the week on 6ABC . In three parts, Katz's History Making Productions 78-minute film describes the suspicion and sometimes violent prejudice that early Catholic immigrants faced in a Protestant-dominated Philadelphia, the phenomenal growth of church membership and influence from the mid-19th to mid-20th century, and the changes and challenges of the post-war era. Says Katz, "We planned this production schedule to deliver an iconic story about American Catholicism in one of the nation's most Catholic cities to be seen at a moment when the world's eyes would be on Pope Francis and Philadelphia.
September 17, 2015 |
Philadelphia might soon be able to answer the question: What if you have a million people visit but nobody can get in? Some might think the question relates to the city in general during next week's visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. But it specifically applies to at least a half-dozen exhibitions - largely of the "treasures" variety and specifically inspired by the papal visit and the World Meeting of Families - that will be on view for the million-plus visitors city officials are expecting.
September 5, 2015 |
The uphill battle covers just 400 words. On Page 18 of its Constitution and Bylaws, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association uses 12 bullet points to cover those 400 words in its fight against athletes transferring between high schools. Those rules state that students cannot transfer for more playing time, to play with a certain coach or team, for more college exposure. But in the PIAA's District 12, made up of the Philadelphia Public and Catholic leagues, the prevalence of Amateur Athletic Union basketball and loose geographical boundaries have coaches pointing to a thriving "transfer culture" in high school hoops.