August 18, 2016 |
For 19 seconds, Chase Utley circled the bases as an opposing player in South Philadelphia, and an entire ballpark stood. Utley did not slow his emotionless jog after he touched home plate. As he returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout, a nearby fan held a sign that read, "CHASE UTLEY, A PHILLIE FOREVER. " Utley disappeared into the dugout in the fifth inning of a 15-5 Phillies loss. The home fans kept yelling. His Dodgers teammates mobbed him. The cheers at Citizens Bank Park endured.
July 11, 2016 |
HARRY WILSON JR. had just reached for the phone to check the score of a Penn State football game when he heard the gunfire. Nicetown born and West Oak Lane raised, he was a little more than four years on the job as an emergency team member of the Secret Service. And a mostly uneventful day inside the security booth on the North Lawn of the White House had quickly turned into one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of his life. "As soon as I picked up the phone to check the score, the shots rang out and I said, 'This is not a firecracker,' " he recalled.
October 4, 2015 |
Bucks County's largest municipality is the latest to join the region's riverfront development craze. Just days after New Jersey officials announced a major Camden waterfront project, Bensalem officials on Friday released details of their long-awaited plan to transform 675 acres along the Delaware River over the next two decades. They dubbed the plan "River Renaissance in New Bensalem. " "Right now, Bensalem is at a crossroads. One path leads to obsolescence, the other path leads to relevance.
May 23, 2015
Q: I have numerous pairs of antique lace curtains. The lace itself is intact, but the netting sections have tears/holes in them. Is it worth repairing the netting or cost prohibitive? And where could I get them done? Should the lace itself be cut away for another use? - Hannah A: Although I don't have experience in antique lace, a lot of my readers often wonder what to do with old things that are in need of repair - so your question is a good one. For information about your lace curtains, I reached out to the American Textile History Museum, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.
February 8, 2015 |
OK, I made the mistake of eating a large, healthy-looking but unexpectedly sugary cookie shortly before I went to see "The Sky's Gone Out," an exhibition at Moore College of Art and Design that examines the influence of the uncanny on contemporary art and design. But that only partially explains the queasy feeling I experienced seeing this show inspired by Sigmund Freud's 1919 essay, "The Uncanny," which posited the uncanny as an aesthetic quality that could make the familiar appear mysterious or frightening.
October 26, 2014 |
When the audience settles in and the lights dim at the Merriam Theater on Monday night at 7, a full-scale theatrical celebration returns to Philadelphia for the first time in three years. The Barrymore Awards are back - and back in a robust style that reflects the thriving nature of the city's stage community. Not since the demise of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia in 2012 have local theater efforts been recognized across the boards, so to speak. A small teaser ceremony was held last year.
October 15, 2014 |
Brace yourselves, Philly theater people: Joanna Settle, the new head of the Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts, has arrived with big plans - for herself, her students, and the city's theatergoers. Blindingly articulate and brimming with new-kid optimism, Settle recently returned from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she collaborated with Passing Strange singer/songwriter Stew on his new musical, Family Album . She is making her local directorial debut at the Wilma Theater this week with Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn . During an interview in which big names dropped right and left, Settle - wearing silver shoes - explained the similarities involved in directing, producing, and running a school within a university: "There's a reason they call it 'helming' - you're steering this thing.
August 30, 2014 |
When leaders of the Pennsylvania Ballet grew weary of a seemingly endless loop of financial strain, they turned to Michael M. Kaiser. With unpaid vendors knocking on the Philadelphia Theatre Company's door and its chances of surviving increasingly in doubt, it was Kaiser who was tapped to gauge how bad the crisis was, why it existed, and what could be done. From his perch in Washington, Kaiser, 60, has become an unseen hand in the Philadelphia arts realm, consulting with PTC and the ballet, the Mural Arts Program, Philadanco, and the Asian Arts Initiative.
July 3, 2014 |
The Prince Music Theater will close its doors and cease to exist as a cultural institution Nov. 30 unless new leadership takes on the expense and work of keeping it alive, its current leaders say. With the death in May of meat-processing entrepreneur and philanthropist Herb Lotman, the Prince lost its board chairman and chief fund-raiser. His widow, Karen Lotman, and their family are not interested in continuing his role in remaking and running the theater since it emerged from bankruptcy auction in January 2013.
May 24, 2014 |
BEIJING - The Philadelphia Orchestra is used to veneration in China, but not like this. The orchestra was said to be "rewriting the history of our musical life" by Patrick Ren, executive director of programming at Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts. Facing a battery of TV cameras Thursday morning, he said, "Every time they walk on stage, they are in some way . . . creating a new epoch. " His comment indicates that Year Three of the Philadelphia Orchestra's five-year plan with the National Centre is anything but redundant.