August 14, 2015 |
The show is called So You Think You Can Dance , but Virgil Gadson, who on Monday made its top 10, doesn't need proof. Gadson, 28, from Philadelphia, has already been on Broadway, in the 2013 musical After Midnight . He was nominated for an Astaire Award for outstanding male dancer in a Broadway show. He was in commercials for the NFL. Nor is this his first stint on reality TV. Gadson, who grew up in Mount Airy, attended Overbrook High School, and graduated from Martin Luther King High School, made it to "the green mile," the final audition phase, on Season 8 of SYTYCD . And he and his Philly crew, Phresh Select, danced on the second season of America's Best Dance Crew in 2008, finishing seventh.
July 22, 2015 |
A wide range of styles typifies the annual Come Together Festival, opening Wednesday at Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The brainchild of Roni Koresh and brother Alon, the festival began in 2013 and has expanded rapidly, jumping from 26 companies presented last year to 33 this year. That includes a few out-of-towners: 10 Hairy Legs (Highland Park, N.J.), Ballet Inc. (New York), and Donald Byrd's Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater. Byrd has achieved international visibility for his creation of the Harlem Nutcracker and his choreography for the Broadway smash The Color Purple . In between rehearsals and coffees in the cafés surrounding his Rittenhouse Street studio, Roni Koresh stopped to chat about the festival.
July 10, 2015 |
AMID ALL the overheated rhetoric surrounding the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriages across the nation, evangelicals have alternated between defiance and a kind of martyrdom. "It's time to be a light in these dark times," Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, said. Franklin Graham declared that the court was "endorsing sin" and that God's "decisions are not subject to review or revision by any man-made court. " Echoing many other conservatives, Graham went on to say that churches and others who oppose same-sex marriage would be subject to discrimination and persecution.
July 5, 2015 |
Karen Warrington is anything but a shrinking violet. She resists categories. Early on, back in the 1950s and 1960s, she studied dance with Sydney King and then became a member of Arthur Hall's Afro American Dance Ensemble. Always interested in writing and communication and politics, she moved into journalism, becoming news director for WDAS radio, and has been an off-and-on reporter and talk host on black radio in the city for nearly 40 years. From 1984 to 1992, she was press secretary for Mayor W. Wilson Goode.
June 24, 2015 |
Would you know the moment when you must flee your homeland? Where do you think is the safest place to go? What do you do once you find it isn't a welcoming haven? How do you navigate the roadblocks of immigration, citizenship, language? These are questions choreographer Silvana Cardell and artist/sculptor Jennifer Baker asked themselves and their collaborators a year ago when they began work on Supper, People on the Move . The multimedia project runs Thursday through Sunday in Crane Arts' Icebox space, with a free simulcast Friday evening on Independence Mall.
June 23, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Along with the pomp and pride that comes with hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, there's an underside for Philadelphia: begging Congress for money. Since 9/11, federal lawmakers have set aside $100 million every four years to help cover security costs for the cities hosting the national party conventions, but only after overcoming resistance from those who balk at laying out taxpayer money for lavish political rallies. The wrangling in those fights provides a window into how pet causes creep onto the federal tab - often as footnotes in larger and more pressing bills.
June 7, 2015 |
Anonymous Bodies is an arts collective founded in Philadelphia a decade ago by Kate Watson-Wallace and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Although very successful here - Watson-Wallace was a Pew Fellow - the two moved the collective to Brooklyn. I worry that's a reversal of the trend of New York artists moving to Philadelphia, but this weekend at least, the group makes a hometown appearance at FringeArts in Mash Up Body . Watson-Wallace had the small audience seated around the perimeter of the stage and left a few seats strategically empty.
June 1, 2015 |
CLASSICAL and contemporary programs, and plenty of hybrids, fill the summer dance calendar. Major and fledgling talents perform, including a student company from Pennsylvania Ballet dancing a Balanchine masterwork. Metropolitan Ballet Company, May 30-31. Last month's Youth America Grand Prix awarded high honors to this pre-professional company, and they're ready to show us the reasons. Muller Auditorium at Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, 1 and 4 p.m. both days, $15, 215-663-1665, metropolitanballetacademy.com.
May 27, 2015 |
Having four highly regarded dance companies within a few blocks on the Avenue of the Arts makes Philadelphia unique in all of America. Some of that Broad Street dazzle will be on display at Longwood Gardens on Saturday night when Wilma Theater-based BalletX and the Kimmel Center's Philadanco share a bill under the stars. Since Tom Warner's move four years ago from the Kimmel, where he was a visionary presenter, to director of performing arts at Longwood Gardens, he's hosted Noche Flamenca, Kulu Mele, Pasion y Arte, and Savion Glover - all known for innovations in their genres.
May 25, 2015 |
The long-awaited Winslow Township High School's junior/senior prom was supposed to be a night dreams are made of. For months, a committee of juniors worked long hours to craft a fitting send-off for the seniors, who had looked forward to the gala for four years. The theme was Old Hollywood "Glitz & Glam," and for the close to 400 students who turned out at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, it was an absolute star turn. But just about two hours into the May 15 prom, as the DJ was playing Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen," the power went out. Some thought it was a senior prank.