January 14, 2013 |
Zachary Downer grinned through a mouthful of braces and tried to catch his breath backstage at Swarthmore College's Lang Center for the Performing Arts. Moments ago, he'd completed his contemporary solo dance in front of a panel of judges, leaping and rolling around the stage in a manner that suggested talent far beyond his 15 years. Still to come was his classical ballet solo. And later that night, Downer would learn whether he'd join the handful of dancers selected to compete in the finals of the biggest student ballet competition in the world.
December 16, 2008 |
Christopher Goodrich, 65, of Tinicum, an advertising agency owner and activist for the arts and other causes, died of heart failure Dec. 1 while deer hunting in the woods near his home. A native of Surrey, England, Mr. Goodrich moved to Australia in the late 1970s and worked in Melbourne and Adelaide for Ogilvy & Mather, an international advertising agency. He later was with the agency in Dallas and New York City before joining Earle Palmer Brown Advertising in Philadelphia in 1987.
November 2, 1996
Time was, kids collected baseball cards to read the backs, admire the photo amd play flipping games. Time was, a player's autograph was the memento of a treasured experience: meeting the player and having him focus on you, if only for an instant. But then sports cards became commodities in which to invest. Kids - and adults - cared not so much about a favorite player's card as wagering on which cards would appreciate in value. Forget about the bubblegum. As for autographs, it's hard to know which came first: the muscle-bound collector elbowing away 6-year-olds to get to the player or players demanding big bucks to pick up a felt-tip pen. And now comes word - from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, no less - that 70 percent or more of auto-graph-ed sports memorabilia is fraudulent.
December 5, 1989 |
Director-playwright Emily Mann will succeed Nagle Jackson as artistic director of the McCarter Theatre Co. of Princeton, effective in July. Mann's acceptance of a three-year contract was announced yesterday at a press conference in the theater lobby. The 37-year-old Mann not only will be solely responsible for the selection of plays and their personnel, but will set the artistic policy for the diverse programs (theater, music, dance, education) of the McCarter Center for the Performing Arts, of which the theater company is a part.
March 28, 1987 |
Three artists with nothing in common but a love for language shared the stage last night at the Painted Bride Art Center in a program called "body/ language. " Organized by dancer and choreographer Ellen Forman, who was one of the participants, the program was invigorating for its bold mix of talent. Two of the artists - Forman and Steve Krieckhaus - are dancers who like to talk as they move. Peter Rose's body does not figure in his work (although he does indeed have one). He makes film and video.
June 30, 2011 |
HEY, litter critters! If you're fed up with trash and illegal dumping in your area, email me at email@example.com or find me on Facebook, and I'll try to get your problem fixed. LET'S PLAY 'WHO CLEANS THAT LOT?': My last adventure took me to Broad Street and Washington Avenue, where a vacant lot on one corner and a parking lot on another have been used as dumping grounds. Natixis Real Estate, based in New York City, owns the northeast corner of the intersection, and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation owns the northwest corner.
May 19, 2012 |
Family Philadelphia on Parade at the Mann Center. Saturday is a day of performances, dance workshops, and other activities of the second annual Philadelphia on Parade at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, a free family arts festival presented by PNC Arts Alive. The celebration begins with a parade led by the 130-member marching band from the Girard Academic Music Program. The festival will offer five stages with more than 100 performers, including the Rock School for Dance Education, Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, and the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.
May 11, 2011 |
A night to remember Nearly 25 members of the Philadelphia Orchestra were among the 200 guests who attended its Perfect Harmony benefit, held Thursday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Perelman Building. The evening featured cocktails, a buffet supper, and musical performances by members of the orchestra. The live auction, which raised nearly $30,000, included lunch with music director designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a home recital by concertmaster David Kim and first associate concertmaster Juliette Kang followed by dinner for 10. The benefit, cochaired by Elizabeth Crowell, Esther Schwartz, and Lisa Weber-Yakulis, raised $85,000 for the orchestra.
May 16, 2012 |
Most schools might prefer that graduating students show up to collect their diplomas. But at Saturday's ceremonies launching 36 graduates into uncertain futures, the Curtis Institute of Music noted a no-show with some pride: Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi sent his regrets, as he was busy being a finalist in Belgium's prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition. Several names on the roster of graduates were able to don caps and gowns only through luck of the calendar. Almost any member of this year's class — busy pianist Haochen Zhang, rising violinist Benjamin Beilman, soprano Allison Sanders, who was tapped for the Philadelphia Orchestra's recent Elektra — could have been otherwise engaged in a career taking him or her around the globe.
June 26, 2010 |
The tiny ballet dancers' jaws dropped at the mere glimpse of photographs of the Kimmel Center. But the real nerves for students in the Julia de Burgos School likely won't tighten until they take the stage Saturday evening. Burgos students, along with those from Fairhill School, Pan American Academy, and Thomas Edison High School, will make their Perelman Theater debut at 6 p.m. The after-school program, presented by Congreso de Latinos Unidos Inc., works with the Rock School for Dance Education, Raices Culturales, Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos, and Chosen Dance in an activities partnership to bring free dance classes to the four schools.