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November 9, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Dancers, drummers, and workshops take center stage this weekend as the Community Education Center, in partnership with Drexel University, continues its DanceAfrica Philadelphia festival. All activities will take place at the university's Main Building. At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the auditorium, a DanceAfrica concert will be hosted by artistic director and founding elder, Charles "Baba Chuck" Davis. The concert will feature performances by Philadelphia troupes Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble; Kariamu & Co.: Traditions; and Illstyle & Peace Productions, and a guest percussion dance performance by troupe Farafina Kan from Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Metrione can't remember the names of all the ornamental grasses in her Haddonfield garden, but her affection for them makes an unforgettable impression: "I like their lines. They're taller than most plants that I have, and I just love it when the wind blows - they're all bent over - and I like the ethereal ones that are real fluffy. I like the ones that are heavy with seeds, too. Then they bend differently. I just think they give shape and form and a lot of motion to the garden.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
After 60 years as one of America's most beloved dance makers, 83-year-old Paul Taylor could rest on his laurels. But he won't. Like his late peer Merce Cunningham and onetime mentor Martha Graham, Taylor has carved his own path in the genre and, as they did, continues creating new work well beyond the point at which many artists retire. In the 1950s and '60s, as others pioneered pure dance, abstract, or conceptual works, Taylor continued to choreograph work that was, and is, delighted to tackle narrative, emotion, humor, and sheer beauty.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
What a strange time the 1930s must have been. The world was hurtling toward a cataclysm of unimaginable proportions, yet there was a stunning flowering of the arts, of hope and of new ideas in the West as painters and philosophers, poets, and musicians congregated in New York and London, in Paris and Berlin. That's the world so vividly captured by the brilliant British playwright and screenwriter Stephen Poliakoff ( The Lost Prince ) in Dancing on the Edge , a grand ensemble drama with a stunning cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Janet Montgomery, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Head, John Goodman, Matthew Goode, and Angel Coulby.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA In the end, the Philadelphia Tax Review Board didn't have to decide on the artistic merits of lap dances. Instead, the board ruled Tuesday that the city was wrong to apply the amusement tax - typically paid on cover charges and tickets to ball games and concerts - to lap dances at three of the city's largest strip clubs. One of the arguments attorneys for the clubs made during hearings this summer was that lap dances are theatrical performances exempt from the levy. But the board simply said the amusement tax is "generally understood" to be paid only on the cost of admission to a venue.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary E. Atkinson, 93, of Gloucester City, a performer and owner of dance studios in Philadelphia and Gloucester City, died of heart disease Monday, Sept. 23, at Alaris Health at Cherry Hill. Born Oct. 29, 1919, in Minneapolis, Mrs. Atkinson was a gifted entertainer, family members recalled. She trained in dance at the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts in North Minneapolis and later performed professionally, going on the RKO theatrical organization circuit. Mrs. Atkinson also performed benefits for the military as "The Dancing Majorette.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Greeks drank to it. Shakespeare rhapsodized about it. But young love has never been fetishized more than in modern pop culture. As far as TV and the movies are concerned, romance exists only for twentysomething hardbodies with tight abs and heaving bosoms. Not so Alan and Celia, the septuagenarians who fall passionately in love in PBS' superb six-part dramedy, Last Tango in Halifax , which premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday. Played to perfection by stage and screen virtuosi Sir Derek Jacobi, 74, and Anne Reid, 78, Alan and Celia knew each other 60 years ago when, as teenagers, they secretly developed crushes on each other.
NEWS
September 1, 2013 | BY PATTY GRAHAM, For the Daily News
Modern dance and alternative performance artists are igniting the city with a fresh season of work, in theaters, lofts and basement gardens. Nichole Canuso Dance Company's "The Garden," playing throughout November, stands out as a participatory experience. Audience members, four at a time, will be guided through a labyrinth, illuminating the beauty of being alone in one's body. In October, Sean Dorsey's "The Secret History of Love" appears at the Painted Bride Art Center. Named a top choreographer to watch by Dance Magazine , Dorsey explores social and gender themes.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
THERE'S an old Henny Youngman joke: "A doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill, so he gave him another six months. " Valerie Harper , suffering from a rare form of terminal brain cancer ( leptomeningeal carcinomatosis ), was given only three months to live back in March and, now, nearly six months later, she's not only still going strong, she's signed on to "Dancing With the Stars. " (So have "Showgirls" star Elizabeth Berkley - so you know who's getting a "10" in the pole dance - Leah Remini , Snooki , Amber Riley and Christina Milian .)
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