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.
July 30, 2015 |
A group of students gathered around Bri McGee, crowding in uncomfortably close, eyes wide and hands outstretched. "Oh, my God, is that really your hair?" one exclaimed. "You gotta touch it!" another cried. This study in awkward interracial dynamics was only a staged scenario, designed as a teachable moment. But McGee and others, students of color at elite college-prep schools, said it's typical of their day-to-day interactions. They were gathered in a similarly rarefied clime, the idyllic Main Line campus of Rosemont College, for an orientation run by A Better Chance, a nonprofit that helps underserved minority students access top-quality private- and public-school educations that might otherwise be out of reach.
June 29, 2015 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - The selection of Ivan Provorov truly represents general manager Ron Hextall's stance that he was taking the best player available with the seventh overall pick in last night's first round. The farm system is lacking in forwards and Provorov is a defenseman. "He has elite hockey sense," Hextall said, "and is a real good competitor. A 200-foot player. " Some scouts considered Provorov, 18, the best blue-liner in the draft. If nothing else, he's one of the few who has been to Lincoln Financial Field for an Eagles game.
March 25, 2015
THIS WEEKEND we went to a bat mitzvah. For many black families, this peek into Jewish tradition is culture shock. For the Joneses? It's old hat. We've been to so many bat mitzvahs that LaVeta is starting to hum along to the tunes. Little Solomon has started checking out the young men's yarmulkes. And Eve? Well, she's 13, so she's eyeing the bat mitzvah benefits. Having been to three bat mitzvahs so far, Eve has come to understand that girls her age who become "bat mitzvah" have the same rights as adults, are morally responsible for their actions and, best of all, get lots and lots of stuff.
September 13, 2014 |
James Bartleson says there's a big difference between low crawling through mud in full military gear with a rifle in your hands and running around the football field in pads. He would know. His Triton High School teammate and close friend, Paul Mueller, also appreciates the difference between boot camp with the National Guard and training camp with a high school football team. But the remarkable thing about what the two squared-away seniors did this summer was their willingness and ability to embrace both: to sign up for the National Guard, endure 10 weeks of intensive training, come to celebrate the military lifestyle, and still set their sights on a successful senior season with the Mustangs.
February 14, 2014 |
CHEESESTEAK impresario Tony Luke Jr. will shine the bright lights on his hometown, bringing his new reality show "Frankenfood" to Philly from Feb. 24 to 26. Luke and his co-star, NYC chef Josh Capon , will film at local restaurants. "Frankenfood," which was picked up by Spike, features amateur cooks going head-to-head to create unexpected food innovations. The winner of each episode gets $10,000 and his or her item on the menu of a local restaurant. Luke and Capon held auditions for "Frankenfood" in Philly back in November.
July 24, 2011
With a high-profile crackdown on two city workers over free meals and scoring TVs and other goodies through dealings with Verizon and other city contractors, Mayor Nutter reminded Philadelphia voters that he meant what he said with his 2007 campaign pledge to "throw the bums out. " By firing a top technology officer, and demoting and suspending another aide, Nutter offered a case study last week on the risks of an often too-cozy relationship between...
May 23, 2011 |
Established by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961, barely a month after he took office, the Peace Corps has always seemed such a quintessentially '60s initiative. The volunteer program, which has sent more than 200,000 American volunteers to 139 countries over the last half-century, is as robust as ever, said organizers of Sunday's Peace Corps Around the World Expo at the National Constitution Center. "Actually, the number of volunteer applications has been going up," said Anne Baker, vice president of the National Peace Corps Association, which cosponsored the event.
March 6, 2011 |
Never mind the blow that GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C.'s decision to leave Center City has dealt Philadelphia's already vacancy-battered commercial landlords. What about the effect on the pharmaceutical company's 1,300 employees, who will move by 2012's end from a bustling downtown location to the Navy Yard? Talk about culture shock. Their new digs will be part of a tranquil, suburbanlike corporate campus along the Delaware River at the city's southern edge - the towers they now occupy on 16th Street, between Vine and Race Streets, but a speck, if that, on the distant skyline.
December 31, 2010 |
It was all about going home for Lamon Church. He was born and raised in Chester and, like budding basketball stars, recruited by a number of outside schools that like to mine the young talent in the Chester Biddy League. They couldn't miss Church. He was taller than most of the kids his age, had a good handle, and wore the "The next one . . . " tag. In Chester, that could mean a variety of previous young stars, such as Whip Cooper, Zain Shaw, Jameer Nelson or Tyreke Evans. Church and his family opted to go the Inter-Ac League route and attend Malvern Prep.