March 22, 2015 |
What made Jessica Lang Dance's debut in Dance Celebration at Annenberg Center for the Arts on Thursday night - Philadelphia's introduction to the troupe - such a pleasurable surprise was the range of the six works on Lang's artfully planned program. She's the Bucks County girl who made good choreographing for companies around the world and is now a Bessie Award-winning choreographer in New York. Lang set a masterful table with the first Mondrian-inspired piece, "Lines Cubed," and as tastes of the variety of her choreography, offered five more delectable courses.
February 16, 2015 |
For someone who still pulls his high school yearbook out of a desk drawer at least three times a week and can still recite the 1967 all-Catholic basketball team, Wednesday was a fairly typical day. I signed up for trivia nights at St. Pius and Cardinal O'Hara along with friends from St. Dorothy's and St. Laurence and St. Anastasia. Later, an acquaintance from Sacred Heart asked me to take part in O'Hara's career day. That afternoon, I drove to Neumann-Goretti for a story on the nation's top-ranked girls' team, one whose coach went to St. Gabriel's and Archbishop Carroll.
October 11, 2014 |
A blue-tinged dog guarded the perimeter of a Bryn Athyn backyard on a warm afternoon in September. Beyond, vats of logwood chips and fermented indigo flowers steeped on the lawn, and swaths of fabric in shades of navy, lavender, and cornflower dried in the sun, draped over drying racks, bushes, and lawn chairs. At the center of this blue streak were Mira Adornetto and Elissa Meyers of BlueRedYellow, Philadelphia's natural-dye house. They were running a "blue" workshop, the first in a tricolor fall series.
August 18, 2014 |
Behind a glass wall in Drexel University's ExCITe Center, a fully pregnant mannequin stands tall with nothing on but a strip of knitted blue fabric around its bulging stomach. The garment, called a belly band, isn't the latest trend in maternity wear; it's an all-knit, wireless fetal monitor. Drexel's Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory creates smart garments with electronic circuitry knitted right in. So instead of a boxy device on your wrist or around your waist, the clothes themselves become a monitor that is flexible, comfortable, and soft.
August 16, 2014 |
Dino DiMucci removes his weathered fingers from the gray suit coat he's been hand-stitching. He wants to tell a story. It's clear he has the time. The shelves are half-empty in the narrow Newtown, Bucks County, haberdashery where he works. The back has more thread spools than garments. So DiMucci holds his right hand in the air and pinches his middle finger to his palm. This, he says, is how tailors push needles through fabric. For a week as a boy in southern Italy, his hand was tied in that position with a piece of string.
July 17, 2014 |
Growing up in West Philadelphia, Betty Leacraft was drawn to the look and feel of fabric and its many creative uses. "I've been sewing since I was a child," said Leacraft. "My maternal grandmother put the first needle and thread in my hand. " At Overbrook High School and Cheyney University, Leacraft developed a keen interest in African culture. Over the years, she combined those passions to create bold and colorful artwork as a fabric mixed-media artist. Later this month, Leacraft will visit South Africa, where one of her works will be part of an exhibit of art quilts in tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela.
April 30, 2014 |
The hardest part of St. Joseph's Hawks basketball practices under Jack Ramsay? Don DiJulia said it was being selected to play one-on-one. With Ramsay. "If you won - 'OK, we're playing again,' " said DiJulia, former Ramsay player, longtime St. Joe's athletic director. "If you won again - 'OK, we're playing again.' " Jack Ramsay, who died Monday at age 89, was nearing 40 when DiJulia joined his team. Not that age ever meant anything with Ramsay. This man goes down as Philadelphia's greatest contribution to basketball coaching, or maybe the coaching of any sport.
October 19, 2013 |
This was the week of the DesignPhiladelphia festival, but you would have hardly known it in the granddaddy of design districts, South Fourth Street's Fabric Row. Foot traffic was light. There were no presentations on Big Topics, no signs touting glamorous parties with beer-sipping design types. Instead, the business of cutting and selling cloth continued as usual. At Jack B. Fabrics, two generations of Blumenthals gathered on Friday afternoon around the shop's battered work table, the sole clearing in a thick forest of upright fabric bolts.
September 1, 2013 |
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker said Friday that allegations raised in a report that he fabricated a Newark street character named "T-Bone" for dramatic effect amounted to a "fake controversy. " Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, has said T-Bone was a drug dealer who threatened his life when Booker moved to Newark, but later sought his help, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Back in 2007, the Star-Ledger reported that Booker said T-Bone "is an archetype of so many people that are out there.
July 19, 2013
D AN WILBUR, 44, of Center City owns Wilbur: Vintage/Designer Clothing & Accessories, on 4th Street near Monroe in Queen Village's "Fabric Row. " The popular store opened in 2008. Q: How'd you get into the biz? A: I've been interested in clothing and fashion since the '80s. When I was younger, I visited a lot of shops [in Greenwich Village] when new wave and punk rock were in. I loved the color and texture of the clothes, and kind of formulated my shop from that. Q: What were you doing before you opened your shop?