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.
April 21, 2014 |
Spring has been here for more than a month, and I'm just getting to seasonal cleaning suggestions. From Robin Wilson, described as a healthy-space designer and "ambassador" for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, come the following tips: In the bathroom, get rid of your vinyl shower curtain, because it holds mold more easily and off-gases. Use a nylon curtain instead. Use nontoxic cleansers, and always lower the toilet seat when flushing to ensure that spraying particles do not land near or on your towels, toothbrushes, or soaps.
April 18, 2014 |
Volvér, the first prepaid, ticketed restaurant in the city, debuted Wednesday night at the Kimmel Center with Jose Garces at the stove serving his guests Siberian sturgeon caviar and Wagyu beef cooked on embers, as part of the priciest tasting menu in town. The concept of paying big bucks in advance before diners even know what's for dinner is a novel experiment, not only here, but across the country. Volvér's menu was announced just on Wednesday morning. About 40 percent of the available seats have been sold through mid-June, said Scott Steenrod, vice president of restaurant operations for the Garces Group.