August 14, 2016 |
Big companies headquartered here? Many people might think the list begins and ends with Comcast Corp., which is now busy broadcasting the Olympics. But in the Philadelphia region, the gold-medal winner, at least by revenue, is a quiet operator in the world of drug distribution. Chief executive Steven Collis, 55, leads AmerisourceBergen Corp. The company, with 18,000 employees worldwide and about 1,000 in the region, ranks 12th on the Fortune 500 list, with $136 billion in annual revenue, compared with Comcast, ranked 37th with $74.5 billion.
August 7, 2016 |
In the past school year, 70,000 face-painted, tutu-wearing, dancing students raised more than $5.5 million to fight childhood cancer, the fund-raising group Four Diamonds announced Friday. The students, most of them either in middle school or high school, raised the money through programs modeled after THON, Pennsylvania State University's annual dance marathon. Mini-THON has raised has raised more than $23 million since 1993, according to a news release from Penn State. The money raised goes for clinical care of pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Children's Hospital and for research at its College of Medicine.
July 29, 2016 |
You can't make this stuff up. No, you wouldn't want to make this stuff up about a presidential candidate who could wind up running this country. Donald Trump actually said yesterday that he hoped Russia had hacked into Hillary Clinton's email server and would now release 30,000 emails. In other words, the GOP candidate sanctioned cyber-spying by a foreign nation in order to influence an election in his favor. This just as U.S. intelligence agencies say they are highly confident - as are well-known cybersecurity firms - that it was Russian government spy agencies that hacked into the Democratic National Committee's emails, 20,000 of which were released the day before the convention with the clear intent of undercutting Clinton.
July 17, 2016
Porcelain A Memoir By Moby Penguin. 416 pp. $28 Reviewed by Katie Haegele In case you missed them, the rave and electronic music scenes of the late '80s and early '90s were about happiness and dancing and doing drugs that made you feel happy and want to dance. Eventually, things took a dark turn (that'd be the drugs), but it was essentially a good-natured milieu, a now-closed chapter in pop music history that began in the gay clubs of black and Latin New York but that is better remembered by the suburban kids with glow sticks who loved the same disco and funk records but who gave them their own, ya know, spin.
July 13, 2016 |
Health club memberships, political contributions, and $3,000 line-dancing lessons are among the expenses that a well-connected Philadelphia lobbyist is accused of illegally charging to a state grant program meant to help welfare recipients land steady jobs. Now, Melonease Shaw - who has at times worked as the city's lobbyist in Harrisburg, and who was, until her arrest, seeking the job again - faces a court hearing next week on charges including theft, deceptive business practices, and tampering with public records.
June 21, 2016 |
IT'S ONLY THE second rehearsal for percussionist/composer Pablo Batista's new suite, El Viaje (The Journey) , and quite a few elements are missing: the dancers, the spoken-word recitals, the multimedia imagery (though in their place, basketball games play silently on two screens). Still, there are 15 musicians arrayed in a tight circle in a rehearsal space in East Oak Lane, grappling with an ambitious piece that combines jazz, classical music, neo-soul, and traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms, and the mood grows a bit harried.
June 19, 2016 |
We're clearly not in Kansas anymore. In Jamaica , the songwriters of The Wizard of Oz have transported us to a rural fishing community where the humor is broad, the costumes colorful, the rhythms calypso - and the inhabitants improbably rhyme Pagliacci and Liberace . The New Freedom Theatre's revival of the 1957 Broadway musical, an idiosyncratic theatrical artifact, is energetic, athletically danced, vocally uneven, and often unabashedly...
June 13, 2016 |
The little girl appeared out of nowhere, materializing at Tawanda Jones' side so suddenly that she drew Jones' attention away from the members of her drill team, the Camden Sophisticated Sisters, as they rehearsed in the low-ceilinged union hall. "Hi, honey," Jones said, startled. "Did your mom bring you? Did she come in?" "She just dropped me off," the girl said softly. "OK," Jones said, resting her hand on the child's shoulder. "Well, let's take off your jacket. " Jones had not seen her in eight months.
June 12, 2016 |
Here is a selection of dance shows, both local and worth a day trip. BalletX (July 6-17, Wilma Theater) Two world premieres by two top choreographers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and BalletX cofounder Matthew Neenan. Collaboration with Klip Collective, which works with immersive projection lighting and technology. (215-546-7824, balletx.org ). National Ballet of Canada (July 28-31, David H. Koch Theater) Winter sounds good in the summer, and one of North America's top companies will present Christopher Wheeldon's take on The Winter's Tale in the Lincoln Center Festival.
June 12, 2016 |
For the last two decades, the Philadelphia dance community has become so inclusionary and collaborative that it has given rise to a kind of stylized local circus that I hope will run on. The Shame Symposium by Chelsea & Magda exemplified this trend Thursday night, beginning this weekend's run at FringeArts. Chelsea Murphy and Magda San Millan came on the scene about three years ago, probably not long after (as they say in the show) they met trying out for the dance department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and were not accepted.