November 22, 2013 |
THE PEEP show must go on. After losing in front of a board of its own appointees, Mayor Nutter's administration is taking its case for the so-called lap-dance tax to Common Pleas Court. Earlier this year, the city audited and levied retroactive taxes on three Philly strip clubs for not charging the amusement tax - 5 percent on the price of admission - to the cost of lap dances. The clubs appealed to the Tax Review Board, which in October ruled unanimously against the city.
November 9, 2013 |
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.
November 9, 2013 |
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.
October 25, 2013 |
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.
October 18, 2013 |
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.
October 10, 2013 |
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.
September 29, 2013 |
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.
September 6, 2013 |
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.
September 1, 2013 |
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.