January 1, 2015 |
When Jason Weckstein looks at a bird, he doesn't just see a creature with feathers that flies. He sees the bird as a habitat of related creatures, a teeming community of wee beasties, some of which live - and feast - on its feathers, others that roam more widely and engage in more general mayhem, including gorging on the bird's blood. When he talks about these nasty things, his eyes light up and he smiles with pleasure. "When I'm in the field," he said, "when I'm out bird-watching, I think, 'Boy, I'd love to get the parasites off that host.' " Weckstein, 43, is an expert on chewing lice - about 4,000 of them are known to live on birds - and this year left the Field Museum in Chicago to become associate curator of ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
October 15, 2014 |
WHEN THE SEASON began, it seemed that one thing the Eagles lacked was a slam-dunk Pro Bowl performer on defense, a talent other teams would have to game plan around. There was a time when Trent Cole was that guy, and Cole is still playing well at 32, but Cole's most recent Pro Bowl appearance followed the 2009 season. Though it's early yet, if the squads were chosen today, you'd have to think Connor Barwin, the outside linebacker opposite Cole, might be that guy - maybe along with Malcolm Jenkins, the safety whose cover skills have freed Barwin to rush the passer to the tune of six sacks, tied for third in the NFL going into last night's action.
August 1, 2014 |
* EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL. 12:45 p.m. Sunday, BlackStar Film Festival, International House. Tickets: $10. Info: blackstarfest.org. * THE KILLING. Season 4 on Netflix beginning today. LANDING SPIKE LEE as executive producer of his first film is only a piece of the good fortune of Darius Clark Monroe. An honor student who became a bank robber at 16 in an attempt to help his family, Monroe was sentenced to five years in prison, emerging with a determination to go to New York University to learn how to make movies.
July 25, 2014 |
Mike Cahill's debut feature, Another Earth , showed with much grace and visual splendor that the most fantastical, grand sci-fi tropes - say, the sudden appearance of a parallel universe in our own - could be metaphors for much more intimate aspects of the human condition. Cahill, who won a Sundance special jury prize for the 2011 film, this time delivers a dose of science fact with his follow-up, I Origins , opening Friday, an arresting piece that touches on religion, evolution, reincarnation, and the nature of the human soul.
June 7, 2014 |
Since making her full-length album debut in 1993 with Plantation Lullabies , Meshell Ndegeocello has undergone more musical and lyrical changes than Cher has costumes. Gender- and genre-bending, she has ripped through ever-hazier shades of avant-pop and soul in her most recent albums, the salty jazz and decadent rock of 2012's Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone , and the oddly layered dub/dance-hall pop of 2014's Comet, Come to Me . Does she even recognize the woman and the artist she started out as, considering all her changes?
September 14, 2013 |
'We're very aware that the kind of music we play, you could just push a space bar on a laptop and karaoke about. But that's not really how we want to do things," says Lauren Mayberry of the Scottish trio Chvrches. Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty are very aware of how they want to do things. Chvrches' story is a mixture of natural evolution, social media buzz, and cautious control. The three were veterans of a variety of guitar-based bands before beginning to write together in 2011.
May 31, 2013 |
SHANGHAI - After 14 hours in the tiny seats of a trans-global flight, the Philadelphia Orchestra musicians might question the reasons for performing so far from home, so regularly, in what is becoming an annual springtime visit to China. It's tough. The 6-foot-4 cellist Richard Harlow seemed to spend as much time stretching his legs in the aisle as he did sitting. Another cellist, Robert Cafaro, could only tune out the packed-to-the-gills flight by sleeping in his sunglasses as the plane traveled past Greenland, over the northern ice cap and south, high above Russian cities most people hadn't heard of. But once on the ground in Shanghai, cameras flashed, TV crews came in for close-ups, and large bouquets of roses greeted the nine musicians who were part of the original 1973 debut, when the Philadelphia Orchestra was the first American ensemble to play in the People's Republic of China since the Maoist revolution.
May 7, 2013 |
Here is a year-by-year look at some of Kyle Kendrick's statistics. Kendrick, 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six starts this season, is 10-5 in his last 18 starts dating back to last season. He will pitch Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants. Opp. vs. Year Record ERA avg. L.H. batters SO per 9 IP 2007 10-4 3.87 .280 .321 3.6 2008 11-9 5.49 .304 .334 3.4 2009 3-1 3.42 .273 .267 5.1 2010 11-10 4.73 .283 .312 4.2 2011 8-6 3.22 .255 .234 4.6 2012 11-12 3.90 .254 .238 6.6 2013 3-1 2.43 .235 .233 6.4 - Bob Brookover SOURCE: BaseballReference.com
April 15, 2013 |
In 2004, the Eagles started Brian Dawkins and Michael Lewis at safety. Both reached the Pro Bowl. Both were also second-round picks - Dawkins in 1996, Lewis in 2002. Those picks were the highest the Eagles allocated on a safety since Jesse Campbell in 1991, and the Eagles' evaluations proved to be correct. Replacing them has been an ongoing issue. Other than Quintin Mikell, who was a four-year starter and one-time Pro Bowler, the position has been a revolving door in Philadelphia.
March 22, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. chief executive Brian Roberts, speaking at the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday, said he believes that TV evolved more in the last five years than it did in the prior 50 years. He also said the number of Comcast Internet customers should exceed the number of Comcast TV customers over the next couple years. Comcast currently serves about 20 million Internet subscribers and 22 million TV customers.