April 4, 2013
S HANA HEIDORN, 42, of Pennsport, owns Society Hill Dance Academy, which she started in 2002 on 2nd Street near Pine. She opened a second location in Manayunk in 2008. The school specializes in ballroom and Latin dance. Heidorn also runs a nonprofit called the Philadelphia Dance Foundation, which brings ballroom and Latin dance to inner-city schoolchildren in Philadelphia. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the academy? A: I moved here in 1995 to work for a dance school.
March 29, 2013
Penn Dixie Productions Animal Animal Mammal Mine . This dance-theater piece - inspired by the changes wrought by the Pill, enriched by interviews with 50 childless women, and involving an installation by sculptor Martha Posner - creates a vision of female fertility and ecological collapse. (Underground Arts, April 10 to 20.) Taller Puertorriqueño Sounds of Rhythm and Resistance . With a nod to the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico in 1873 and a stomp to Afro-Puerto Rican bomba, Pleneros de la 21's music foments Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble and Familia Rojas' multigenerational ensemble to dance the drums.
March 24, 2013
Villanova's 1985 NCAA Tournament championship remains a watershed of local college basketball. Not quite so well-remembered these days is the 1971 Wildcats squad that came within one game of winning the whole enchilada. On March 27 - after beating Fordham, Penn (by a 90-47 margin) and Western Kentucky - the Jack Kraft-coached 'Cats lined up at Houston's Astrodome against the juggernaut that was John Wooden's UCLA Bruins squad (featuring three future NBA standouts, Henry Bibby, Curtis Rowe and Sidney Wicks)
March 20, 2013 |
The tarnished remnants in tiny Tom Gola Arena are reminders of La Salle basketball's increasingly distant golden era. Trophies and mementos from the Explorers' 1950s NCAA and NIT titles, along with photos of Gola, the homegrown superstar who made those championships possible, are ubiquitous inside the 3,400-seat facility that is itself a relic. "La Salle is known for lots of things, but a very prominent one is our basketball history," said athletic director Tom Brennan. "When we're not doing well, we don't get to think about it much.
March 20, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - On Friday afternoon, with the long march that is the South by Southwest Music festival past its halfway point, Sam Beam stood on stage at the Austin Convention Center before a crowd of weary listeners. "Wow, you people must really love music," said Beam, who records as Iron & Wine, during a show cosponsored by Philadelphia's WXPN-FM. "How are you holding up? Do you still love music?" At SXSW, it helps a great deal if you do. From Tuesday until the wee hours of Sunday morning, when Prince, Justin Timberlake, Vampire Weekend, and rapper Kendrick Lamar were among the last on stage, more than 2,000 acts pushed fans to the brink of exhaustion.
March 19, 2013 |
Temple and Villanova are back for more in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. After a 21-year hiatus, La Salle will join them. For the first time since 1992, the university that produced all-time greats such as Tom Gola and Lionel Simmons has qualified for the tournament. Coach John Giannini's La Salle team (21-9) will head to Dayton, Ohio, to play Boise State (21-10) on Wednesday in a first-round game for the No. 13 seed in the West Regional. The game at 9:10 p.m. will be televised by TruTV.
March 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Now, the only things Villanova will have to worry about come Selection Sunday are where it's going next week and whom it'll be playing. If nothing else, the Wildcats have eliminated the bubble part of the equation. We'll never know what would have happened had they lost to St. John's Wednesday night. So much for conjecture. By beating the 10th-seeded Red Storm at Madison Square Garden in the second round of the Big East Tournament, 66-53, a team picked to finish 12th in the conference has seemingly secured at least an at-large spot in the 68-team NCAA tourney field for the eighth time in 9 years.
March 10, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Twenty minutes from a potential upset and a huge step toward the NCAA's dance card, La Salle crash-landed on Saturday. Ramon Galloway, La Salle's leading scorer and one of the Atlantic Ten's top players, was held to just eight points in a critical 78-54 loss to 16th-ranked St. Louis at Chaifetz Arena. The Explorers (21-8, 11-5 A-10), like at Temple a few weeks back, had a chance to all but secure an NCAA tournament at-large bid, and this time maybe the top seed in this week's A-10 tournament.
March 10, 2013 |
For college basketball fans, this is a great time of year. As the season winds down and the conference tournaments near, it's great fun to speculate about "who's in and who's out" of the NCAA Tournament. Many schools have no realistic chance of winning it all. Just making the tournament and stealing a game or two is the whole goal of their season. Here in Philadelphia, we have a rich tradition regarding the NCAA Tournament. Every team in the Big 5 has not only been in the tournament many times, but each has advanced to the hallowed "Final Four.
March 1, 2013 |
Emily Vaughan, 19, came and sat on her bucket Tuesday in the courtyard of Liberty Place. She put a second bucket down in front of her, and began to drum. She was surrounded by 14 other drummers. They were University of the Arts students drumming up attention - literally - at lunchtime for Art Unleashed, a university fund-raiser and art sale from April 10 to 13. Vaughan, smiling in her red bandanna, drummed perfectly in sync with her ensemble, called Rumble, as it pounded out a rousing, breakbeat groove.