January 16, 2014 |
When it was time to give the benediction at Gov. Christie's State of the State address Tuesday, the Rev. Wayne Zschech could have been at his Haddonfield church. As soon as Christie concluded his highly anticipated, 46-minute speech to a packed Statehouse, the audience of lawmakers and dignitaries began chatting. Zschech, senior pastor at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, said his congregation often responds in a similar manner after the closing hymn, packing up and preparing to leave.
October 9, 2013 |
Tarell Alvin McCraney has been scooping up grants, prizes, and residencies like jelly beans; he is young, black, and gay, and his trilogy, "The Brother/Sister Plays," gives voice to the voiceless. The Brothers Size , in a haunting production at Simpatico Theatre Project, is the middle play of the three. The setting is San Pere, La., and the time is the tantalizing "Distant Present. " The older of the Brothers Size is Ogun (Carlo Campbell), who owns a car repair shop; his exasperating younger brother Oshoosi (Akeem Davis)
June 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Many of the same social problems highlighted in a landmark 1965 study on black family structure have only worsened over the last 48 years and are now causing similar hardship for white and Latino families. That's a major finding of a new report by the Urban Institute, a liberal think tank, which reexamines the circumstances of black families nearly five decades after former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan authored the controversial report, "The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.
May 31, 2013
By Fouad Ajami 'We swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone: We must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. " This was Michael Adebolajo, age 28, born in the United Kingdom to a devoted Christian family of Nigerian background. His hands covered with the blood of a young off-duty British soldier, Lee Rigby, Adebolajo and a younger accomplice made no effort to flee the scene of the crime last week in London.
March 12, 2013 |
Although orchestra programs are set years in advance, they sometimes presage events in a way that makes them frighteningly relevant by the time they reach the stage. Rudolf Buchbinder's appearance Friday night with the Philadelphia Orchestra so soon after Wolfgang Sawallisch's death brought symbolic as well as practical significance. After the conductor became too ill to return for his laureate duties, the Viennese pianist, a close Sawallisch associate, would often arrive here as soloist with the maestro's greeting in hand.
February 26, 2013 |
In fall 2004, Ashley Brown, a 5-foot-4 sixth grader, was days away from lacing up her cleats and throwing on a helmet for the football season. She had a permission slip to join the Catholic Youth Organization team at St. Laurence School in Upper Darby and was salivating over the prospect of lining up at left tackle or nose guard, two of the sport's grittier positions. "I wasn't going out there to be twinkle toes," Brown, now 20, said in an interview last week. "I was going out there to play.
February 1, 2013 |
Lucia Bone is one of the few people who knows exactly what the family of slain Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti is going through. Her sister, Sue Weaver, was raped and murdered in 2001 by an air-conditioner repairman, who then set fire to her Florida house in an attempt to destroy evidence. "There are no words to describe it," Bone said in an interview. "It's the most horrific thing anybody can ever experience. " Ketunuti, 35, was found strangled, bound, and set on fire in her Graduate Hospital-area home Jan. 21. Police have charged Jason Smith, a 36-year-old Levittown exterminator.
January 29, 2013 |
As the search continued on Tuesday for a popular New Hope bartender who went missing early Saturday morning, many local residents were reminded of a strikingly similar incident that happened in this close-knit riverside community more than a decade ago. In 2000, local musician David Anderson went missing after spending a Friday night at John and Peter's, a New Hope bar. Anderson, according to an Inquirer article from the time, walked across the...
January 22, 2013 |
Does it matter why we hear the musicians we do? With its deep relationships and pedagogical bloodlines, Philadelphia risks a certain provincialism and clubbiness every time an artist steps out on stage. Astral Artists, though, is a vital hedge against that dynamic, expressed most recently on Sunday afternoon at the Trinity Center in the Philadelphia recital debut of Romie de Guise-Langlois. Where we're used to hearing refinement across all registers, this clarinetist argued for variety of tone.
January 18, 2013 |
They were 23 miles apart in driving distance, but light-years apart in their views of President Obama's speech Wednesday - a gun-control advocate in Philadelphia and a foursome of shooting enthusiasts in the suburbs. At midday, as Obama went on the air, Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA, paused from planning an anti- gun-violence rally and opened her laptop to watch the live stream. She was glad to hear Obama, together with Vice President Biden, pledge to try to stop the manufacture of military-style assault rifles, ban large ammunition clips, and require universal background checks for gun purchasers.