September 15, 2016 |
IF YOU'RE LOOKING to recharge your fitness routine for the new season, consider taking group fitness classes, which have something to offer the novice as well as the seasoned veteran. Group exercise classes are no longer just obnoxiously loud music and frenetic movements led by an even louder fitness instructor in thong tights while the class struggles to keep up. These days, there are endless choices in group fitness. Here are three that may motivate you to try something new. Vinyasa yoga If you're looking for an exercise fitness class that provides an inner adventure with a focus on body awareness, mental focus, flexibility and strength, vinyasa yoga may be for you. All yoga methods use similar movements, but how they're put together and the way they are done can vary widely.
September 13, 2016 |
Thursday evening saw the opening dance salvo of this year's Fringe Festival: the world premiere of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group's Citizen in the FringeArts space under the Ben Franklin Bridge. Salvo is the right word: Many of this year's Fringe dance performances will have, in different ways, this explosive quality. Citizen drove its heart-stoppingly relentless message home without firing a shot or saying a word. Profusely varied repetitions of many spiritual-movement phrases by each of the dancers were based on enslaved African American worship practices called by their masters "fist-and-heel" dancing.
September 9, 2016 |
Joan Makas and her husband had a Saturday tradition: Turn on the radio and dance the polka around the home they made for themselves and their four girls in Tacony. Through the good times and bad, she danced. Even after a leg was amputated three years ago and she had to use a wheelchair, she kept on dancing, right from her seat. "She had a love for life and people that was just incredible," said daughter Denise Gallo. Mrs. Makas, 90, who also had four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, died at home Wednesday, Aug. 31, from complications of an infection due to circulatory problems.
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...