April 27, 2016 |
With the premiere of the most ambitious work of his still-nascent career arriving just before the conclusion of his graduate studies at Temple University, Elijah Thomas finds himself at a crossroads. Rather than honing his focus on his own life, however, the occasion seems to have widened his perspective. Scenes From the Life of a Young Man in Philadelphia , which Thomas will perform with a 15-piece ensemble of his peers at the Painted Bride on Saturday, was initially conceived as something of a musical autobiography for the 24-year-old jazz flutist.
April 23, 2016 |
In mid-March, Kevin Lacon's place of refuge was suddenly infiltrated by dread. The La Salle High senior watched as his older brother, Patrick, an assistant coach for the Explorers, walked with purpose toward head coach Bill Leahy during a scrimmage against Upper Dublin. "When Coach Leahy said, 'Kevin,' I looked over, and I knew for some reason it was my dad, and my heart dropped," said Lacon, whose brother, Liam, is also a sophomore defenseman for the Explorers. "My brother said I turned white.
April 20, 2016 |
It certainly didn't feel as though summer was drawing to a close as a sweat-soaked crowd gathered on Labor Day weekend under a blazing sun on Detroit's Hart Plaza to witness the first performance of guitar great Pat Metheny and famed bassist Ron Carter. When I mentioned to Carter I'd been fortunate enough to attend that Detroit Jazz Festival concert, giving me some idea of what to expect from the pair's reunion set for this weekend at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May, he responded with a single word: "Surprise!"
April 16, 2016
If toads aren't your style, wildlife is there for the viewing in other places in and around Philadelphia. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (8601 Lindbergh Blvd., 215-365-3118, www.fws.gov/heinz ) is an important rest stop and feeding site for migrating birds, and home to a breeding pair of bald eagles, whose nest can be seen from one of the refuge's hiking trails. There are volunteer opportunities and family-friendly activities scheduled all year round. In the fall, you can watch the migration of 16 different kinds of birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles, from the observation deck at Fort Washington State Park (500 Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, Pa.)
April 4, 2016
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April 4, 2016 |
'Give me a broken system, and I see the problem really easily," says Mark Jessen , a Palo Alto, Calif.-based IT technology consultant for global business-software maker SAP , on a visit last week to the company's North America headquarters in Newtown Square. Jessen is one of 100 people SAP has hired in its Autism at Work program since 2012. The first few hires were in India. SAP says it has developed supports to help autistic people cope with office demands they may find stressful, so they can apply their abilities to fixing software errors and other tasks.
March 23, 2016 |
Anyone interested in the future of new music in the city might have paid close attention to Timothy Weiss' dates last weekend with Orchestra 2001. The ensemble's search for a new artistic leader hasn't exactly gone as planned - snow prevented one candidate's appearance, and another withdrew - but Weiss reminded listeners this was less a search for conducting competence than for taste. It's safe to consider Sunday night's program at Christ Church Neighborhood House an expression of Weiss' interest in a particular aesthetic.
March 16, 2016 |
From the ballads sung by convicts in Australian penal colonies to "Folsom Prison Blues," song has been a means for incarcerated people to express their feelings about being locked up. Visual artist Erik Ruin and vocalist Gelsey Bell explore those thoughts and emotions in Prisoner's Song , which they'll perform at the Rotunda on Friday. The show, directed by Rick Burkhardt, uses Ruin's meticulously cut shadow puppets, which often resemble intricate woodcut images, and other projections to accompany a song cycle drawing on traditional folk ballads, poetry, archival sources, and audio interviews Ruin conducted with people who have spent time in prison.
March 12, 2016 |
NEW YORK - La Salle has been playing in the Atlantic Ten since 1995-96. During that time the Explorers have won more than one game in the conference tournament exactly once. That was in 2002, the first of coach Billy Hahn's three seasons, when they beat Fordham and Temple at the Spectrum before getting sent home by Richmond the semifinals. Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in the last of the four second-round matchups, the Explorers had an opportunity to do it again, three years after they'd won three NCAA games in five days.