November 6, 2015 |
The 215 Festival, part urban rave, part pub crawl, part literary fest, part movable dance party, is back this weekend. Except for a 2010-12 hiatus, the quirky gathering has been going since its 2001 founding by writer Neal Pollack. Opening night is on Thursday at Ortlieb's, and it keeps rocking and reading and dancing from there. City librarians can take to the dance floor on Friday night at Bourbon & Branch in Northern Liberties at the Bibliodiscotheque Dance Party ("dance party freakout, 11 p.m. "!
November 6, 2015 |
In 1973, fans of beloved newsman Walter Cronkite were shocked and appalled when his broadcast of the CBS Evening News was disrupted by a long-haired youth who ran onto the set with a yellow sign that read, "Gays Protest CBS Prejudice. " Mark Segal had arrived. Son of a cabdriver who grew up in near poverty in South Philadelphia, the then-23-year-old activist made history with his stunt, or "zap," as his guerrilla team, the Gay Raiders, called their political actions. Minutes later, Cronkite delivered CBS's very first report on a gay protest when he recounted the incident to viewers with his characteristic grace and reserve.
October 25, 2015 |
In its 30-year history, the Brooklyn dance company Urban Bush Women have performed their black, female, Africanist, and Americanist take-no-guff style on all the continents. Founded by Jawole Will Jo Zollar and nurtured by multiple other mothers and sisters over the years, its repertoire mourns for and celebrates the dancing bodies of African American women in their struggles and triumphs. The company opened Annenberg Center Live's dance series Thursday night. They began with Mash Up , a pastiche of some of the iconic Zollar moves UBW audiences have come to expect and love.
October 17, 2015 |
A new era for dance swept into Philadelphia with the opening Wednesday night of NextMove at Chestnut Street's Prince Theater. After a 32-year run at Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center, Randy Swartz brings Dance Affiliates in its new incarnation, NextMove, back to Center City, where it began decades ago. An important venue change for him and for Philadelphia, it concentrates more dance downtown than ever before, presenting eight companies in...
October 16, 2015 |
Her money danced away If you're going to hide money when you declare bankruptcy, you can't be rich. You have to be very, very, very rich. "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller found that out the hard way and has been charged with hiding $775,000 worth of income from her Lifetime network reality show and spin-off projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is what hedge-fund managers call chump change. Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh on Tuesday announced the bankruptcy-fraud indictment against Miller, formerly of Penn Hills.
October 12, 2015 |
Clients of the Youth Consultation Service live with foster families or in group homes. They attend alternative schools. And like their mainstream peers, they love to get their groove on. "The kids just want to dance," YCS southern regional vice president Michael Preston said, or rather, shouted, above the boom-bastic digital din of the "Cha Cha Slide. " "We decided to give them what they asked for. " The result was "A Night in Paris," the first-ever formal dinner-dance for juveniles and young adults under YCS care in South Jersey.
October 6, 2015 |
A beloved dermatologist and talented dancer who grew up in Gloucester County died Sunday after she was found unconscious in the doorway of a New York City apartment building, authorities said, stunning those who knew her. Kiersten Cerveny, 38, a mother of three children who resided on Long Island, was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Washington Township High School in 1995. She was also the winner that year of America's Junior Miss, a national scholarship program for high school girls for which she was awarded $30,000.
September 25, 2015 |
For the last five years, many ballet fans in this country have found it easier to see a foreign company dance than an American one, as Russia's Bolshoi Ballet has shown its full-length ballets in 1,000 movie theaters around the world. But now American companies are getting in on the act, with Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance , a five-film series that launches at 7 p.m. Thursday at Philadelphia's UA Riverview Plaza and at other theaters nationwide. First up, San Francisco Ballet's Romeo & Juliet . "As a dancer, I never had the opportunity to dance the role of Romeo," said Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet's artistic director and principal choreographer.
September 23, 2015
IN HIS MEMOIR, without him saying it - maybe not even realizing it - gay icon Mark Segal is transformed from a long-haired, "left-wing pinko fag" social outcast into a bald, suit-wearing, political-power insider. A national LGBT leader, the South Philly-born Segal was at the 1969 Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, the Bunker Hill of gaydom. The supporting cast in And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality includes Pennsylvania Gov. Milton Shapp, an early supporter; Walter Cronkite, a zap victim; Ed Rendell; Tom Corbett; Patti LaBelle; Vince Fumo; John Street; Elton John; Cecil B. Moore; Morton Downey Jr.; Andy Warhol; even Frank Rizzo.
September 9, 2015 |
This fall looks to be an exciting one for dance in Philadelphia. It's year X for BalletX, as the troupe turns 10. Pennsylvania Ballet opens its action-packed first full season under artistic director Angel Corella. After 32 years at the Annenberg Center, Dance Affiliates is relocating its programming to Center City's Prince Theater with a new series, NextMove. Meanwhile, the Annenberg rebuilds its dance presence as Annenberg Center Live. Starting in October, Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series presents a season-long festival celebrating Trisha Brown, honoring the postmodern choreographer and company director, whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia, with performances, lectures and classes.