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.
May 22, 2015 |
WHEN DR. ELI Zebooker was born, Woodrow Wilson was president, the Philadelphia Athletics had just won the World Series and, most shockingly, a Republican was mayor of Philadelphia. That was 102 years ago. Zebooker - along with 89 other Philadelphians over the age of 100 - joined Mayor Nutter yesterday for the 15th annual Mayor's Centenarians Celebration. The event, held at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in South Philly, honored centenarians and their families. "Centenarians serve as outstanding role models of how we can make the most of our years with which we are blessed," Nutter said in a speech to honorees.
May 12, 2015 |
After 32 years, the party is over for Dance Celebration, the popular series of dance concerts presented at West Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The series and name will be retired as of Monday. The decision arose from the diverging artistic visions of co-presenters Dance Affiliates and the Annenberg Center, said F. Randolph Swartz, artistic director of Dance Affiliates, and Michael J. Rose, managing director of the Annenberg. But there is a happy result: Each organization will go ahead with its own series as Dance Affiliates moves to Center City.
May 10, 2015 |
Wearing nothing but G-strings, two men and a woman showed off their superhuman strength and chiseled physiques Thursday as they arranged themselves into a series of impossible shapes atop a small table at the Annenberg Center. The ever-changing relationships among the trio - made up of Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Jordan Kriston, and Mike Tyus - suggested both seduction and violence. And that was just the opening number. The popular Pilobolus Dance Theater combines collaboratively choreographed dance pieces with short films that act as visual palate cleansers and give the stage crew time to set up for the next item.
April 26, 2015
The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings By Marc Kushner TED/Simon & Schuster. 176 pp. $16.99) Reviewed by David L. Ulin What is the future of architecture? That question grows more compelling the more we think about cities as vast networks in which infrastructure and sustainability are two sides of a very complicated dynamic. The way we build teaches important lessons about who we are. Not only that, suggests Marc Kushner in The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings , but also "the world's 1.75 billion smartphones are fundamentally changing the way architecture is consumed.