March 10, 2015 |
New Jersey's public-sector unions don't particularly trust Gov. Christie: He has twice underfunded their pension system since he signed a law in 2011 obligating the state to contribute more, and last month he again proposed a payment that falls short of what's required by statute. So to Statehouse observers, the participation of the state's largest teachers' union in private talks with a commission the governor had tasked with proposing changes to public employee benefits marked a significant development.
March 6, 2015 |
GREENVILLE, N.C. - March Madness might be in Temple's future, but the only thing the Owls are focused on right now is Connecticut. After winning at East Carolina, 70-56, last night, the Owls have tomorrow's regular-season finale against visiting UConn and the American Athletic Conference Tournament left to try to pad their NCAA Tournament resume, but they insist they are not worried about what the bracketologists are thinking. At least not yet. "That's what I've been preaching for the past couple days.
February 23, 2015 |
After an hour of rocking the dance floor, Penny Warn takes a break. "I think people with disabilities have more fun than regular people," she says, as about 120 developmentally disabled men and women party like it's not a frigid Thursday evening in February. Inside Paris Caterers in Berlin Township, the heat is on. Fist-bumps, high-fives, and funky floor moves are the rule. And the hits keep on thumping, thanks to "DJ Dave" Michaels. "It's a fun night," says Robin Rowand, 32, of Pittsgrove.
February 15, 2015 |
The dance is Polynesian and contemporary; the story is from New Zealand's history, yet the themes are familiar. You could cut-and-paste in many people's stories, but for Neil Ieremia, the Samoan-New Zealander artistic director of the company Black Grace from New Zealand, the struggle is for Pacific Islanders. The company opened a run Thursday night at the Annenberg Center, presented by Dance Celebration. In his "Gathering Clouds," Ieremia speaks of a Tongan Christian priest arrested for overstaying his welcome, of 30 percent of the population filling 80 percent of the jail spots, of getting teased for the shape of his eyes, of new immigrants holding on to traditional songs and dances, and of their children trying to assimilate.
February 9, 2015 |
Time was running out in Denver's Super Bowl XXXIII victory over Atlanta when the cattle drive began. Reporters, shuffling unthinkingly like barn-ward Herefords at sunset, began exiting the press box and crowding into a single elevator. Reaching the basement of the Miami stadium, we were herded - literally herded - into a gated corral. Soon the insufficient space was overflowing, the brays of unhappy, uncomfortable sportswriters mingling with the noisy postgame atmosphere. Finally, we were unpenned and marched down a narrow chute to a place where Broncos and Falcons sat in raised pulpits like gods we'd come to worship.
February 8, 2015 |
On my recent study abroad trip to Syracuse, Sicily, there were many incredible sights to see: the sparkling blue ocean that extended to the horizon, the picturesque Italian streets, and then there was me dancing shirtless with a belly dancer while my classmates cheered me on. It was our last night in Italy. We had bonded quite a bit throughout the week, and now we were forced to say goodbye to our tours of temples of Athena, puppet theaters, and the mime who cursed us out for being tourists.
January 30, 2015 |
You probably know what continental drift is - but what's Choreo_Drift? Simply put, it's the movement of choreographic ideas that relate to one another, to art and politics, and to society and communities across the continents. It's the brainchild of Italian-born, Sweden-based choreographer and theorist Cristina Caprioli, and the collaborator/dancers in her company, ccap. The project, which takes many shapes, has this week drifted down from the Museum of Modern Art's PS1, in Queens, N.Y., to Philadelphia.
January 25, 2015 |
The arts axis shifted a few degrees, from Avenue of the Arts toward the Delaware riverfront, where the old municipal pump house opened last fall as FringeArts headquarters and year-round performance space. Because producing director Nick Stuccio is a former dancer, it's no surprise that programming is big on dance. But he doesn't hold all the dance cards. Randy Swartz has a winning hand with Dance Celebration at Penn's Annenberg Center. And South Broad hosts Philadanco, BalletX, Koresh Dance, and Pennsylvania Ballet with its new artistic director, incurable charmer Ángel Corella.
January 18, 2015 |
The Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre brought some much-needed Miami heat Thursday night to Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center. The Philadelphia premieres of Herrera's Dining Alone and Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret also provided a few good laughs along with some puzzling and thought-provoking moments. Both shared oblique historical and political references and autobiographical material. Herrera's father, a Cuban émigré to Miami, had been both a baker and a waiter.