October 16, 2013 |
While John Coltrane's influence is pervasive in the last half-century of jazz history, only tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders could be considered a Coltrane apostle. Sanders was a member of the saxophonist's band during the last two years of Coltrane's life as he pushed into the furthest reaches of the avant-garde, and Sanders continued making his own music in a similar vein, combining explosive freedom and spiritual purpose. Leading a quartet at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday, the night before his 73d birthday, Sanders continued to carry the torch for his mentor, with more than half the set consisting of pieces composed by or associated with Coltrane.
October 11, 2013 |
CLOUT HAS ALWAYS been captivated by "punching up," the practice in which little-known politicians swing haymakers at well-known foes just so folks will think they're standing in the same ring. The practice has another side - seen less often - where high-profile pols punch down to tactically elevate an opponent. That's what Gov. Corbett appears to be doing these days with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz , one of eight Democrats vying in the May 20 primary election for the nomination to challenge his bid for a second term.
July 24, 2013 |
New Jersey on Monday announced a $100 million fund to help primary homeowners with the cost of elevating homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The fund will grant up to $30,000 to reimburse homeowners for elevation work performed on existing single-family homes to meet new flood-map requirements. Homeowners who have begun or completed elevation work are not eligible to receive the grant, the state said, though preparatory work will not disqualify the homeowner from possible reimbursement for the actual elevation work.
July 19, 2013 |
More ups and downs are in store for PATCO riders. Elevators will be installed in all PATCO commuter train stations by 2017, under a plan approved Wednesday by the board of the Delaware River Port Authority. Eight new elevators are expected to cost about $15 million. The six PATCO stations that do not have elevators installed or under construction are Ashland, Haddonfield, Westmont, Collingswood, and City Hall in South Jersey and the 12th-13th and Locust Streets station in Center City.
July 17, 2013 |
Every summer for a dozen years, Hedgerow Theatre has trotted out a farce - some new, some old - by England's reigning farceur, Ray Cooney. Run for Your Wife was their first, as well as Cooney's most successful, and the company revives it again with Penelope Reed behind its wildly veering wheel. The comedy ran for nine years on London's West End, closing in 1991, but last year received an abysmal screen treatment that left reviewers decrying its stale humor. So, have we moved past this zigzagging farce's freshness date?
July 14, 2013 |
A Montgomery County pastor was arrested Friday in Harrisburg after he knelt and prayed for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who supports gay marriage, and then attempted to board an elevator to her office. "This is the first of many arrests," Pastor Bill Devlin, cochair of a group called Right to Worship and who lives in Lower Moreland, said in an interview after his arrest. "We're going to have many pastors out here. " Kane said Thursday that she could not ethically defend the state against a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage.
May 14, 2013 |
On a long enough timeline, every theater in the country will stage Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor . Like Michael Frayn's Noises Off , Ludwig's farce fills the stalls with patrons wanting a laugh and willing to pay for it. But the perfect casting at Ambler's Act II Playhouse elevates its current production far above the level of late-season filler aimed at middle America. Ludwig's comedy, about the mishaps surrounding a big-name Italian tenor guest-starring in a performance of Otello in Cleveland, doesn't require stellar voices for the evening's sole musical number.
March 9, 2013 |
The pair of flares taped to two pipes in the resealable storage bag sitting in the elevator in Lawnside's borough hall looked threatening enough. There was what looked like a timer; the mayor's name was on a white label. Mayor Mary Ann Wardlow, who has served on the council for more than two decades, had left the building at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The device wasn't in the elevator then, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Lawnside police said. On Thursday, the municipal court clerk discovered the device shortly before 8:30 a.m. as she headed to the elevator to the second-floor courtroom.
February 23, 2013 |
Elevators for two PATCO train stations have been delayed by construction problems and the discovery of the remnants of an abandoned, century-old subway station during excavation work. The elevators were supposed to be ready for use by the end of 2012 at PATCO's Ninth-10th and Locust Street subway station in Center City and the elevated Ferry Avenue station in Camden. But the $5 million project has been slowed by permitting delays, supplier problems, utility conflicts, and, most important, the discovery of the old station under the Ninth and Locust site.
February 11, 2013 |
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Hedgerow Theatre serves up the world premiere of Larry McKenna's Strictly Platonic , a cute, chocolate-covered cherry of a romantic comedy. McKenna's 11-scene, 90-minute script wastes no time setting up its well-worn premise: It poses the life-altering question, "Do you ever look for meaningful relationships?" The recipient of that question invariably is a self-centered, shallow playboy, in this case, real estate agent Tim (Brendan Cataldo). We meet him in the first scene as he rides home on the train from a night of bar hopping - and phone-number scoring - with his best friend, Josh (Jamie Goldman)