August 5, 2014
West Philadelphia Alliance for Children , a nonprofit that focuses on improving literacy in children by opening previously shuttered libraries in public elementary schools, has named the following officers: Keith J. Richardson, managing director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Development Corp., president; Ruth Brader , retired assistant general counsel in Wells Fargo & Co.'s legal division, vice president; Siobhan A. Reardon ...
May 18, 2014
Seek security from civic strength In his remarks at the Sept. 11 museum dedication in New York last week, President "Yes We Can" Obama made a George W. "Bring It" Bush-worthy statement ("Obama: 'Nothing can ever break us'," May 16). Sounds good, but it's not true. Are we nothing? We can break ourselves by continuing down the wrong paths, including the creation of a surveillance nation, trade deals that off-shore better jobs for cheap, shiny objects and corporate profits, growing wealth inequality, and government dysfunction led by one party favoring a tax-free and science-denying America, and another that's well-meaning but enabling.
May 16, 2014 |
Lily Yeh folds her hands on the small dining table in her tiny Philadelphia townhouse, drops her forehead to her ropy knuckles, and weeps. It is not unusual to see Yeh, 73, overcome with feeling. Since cofounding the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia in 1989, she has made it her mission to bring creativity and art to broken communities. More often than not, she grieves for others' pain and finds joy in their successes. Her tears this time, however, are not for the neglected children of drug addicts in the city, or victims of genocide in Rwanda, or orphans in China, or the poor in Kenya, Palestinian areas, Ecuador, and India - all of whom have moved and inspired her. No, this time, the pain is personal.
April 28, 2014 |
On May 11, 1967 - four days before the opening of a group show in Philadelphia that would feature his paintings and prints - 36-year-old James Brewton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The show, which also included the works of Thomas Chimes, Jim McWilliams, and Paul Anthony Greenwood, took place as scheduled, with Brewton's suicide bringing it more attention from local critics than such a show might typically have received. Nevertheless, the consensus was that Brewton - who had won several awards as a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, among them the coveted Scheidt Prize, and who painted in Denmark for two years before returning to Philadelphia - had been an exceptional young artist.
April 9, 2014 |
Barbara L. Greenfield, 82, a grand dame of Philadelphia real estate and a tireless worker for civic causes, died Sunday, April 6, of cardiovascular complications at her Philadelphia home. During a career that spanned 50 years, Mrs. Greenfield was one of the leading real estate sales and listing agents for high-end residential properties in Center City. She started out as a broker for Greenfield Realty Co., the firm founded by her late husband, Albert M. Jr. Later, she moved to Albert M. Greenfield & Co., founded by her father-in-law and now operated by her oldest son, Albert M. III. Both firms are in Philadelphia.
April 9, 2014 |
Violinist Francesca Rose dePasquale would seem to be well on her way: She was born into one of Philadelphia's foremost classical-music dynasties, is finishing her master's degree at the Juilliard School of Music, and is both a student of and teaching assistant to none other than Itzhak Perlman. Yet the career machinery that once waited for promising musicians such as herself only half-exists these days. That's why the 24-year-old is a grateful recipient of a grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, to be announced Tuesday: Hers is an era of do-it-yourself careers.
March 27, 2014 |
IT WAS THE laugh that defined Jason Pennypacker. It embodied the essence and spirit of a man whose zest for life defied all constraints. It was a laugh that told the world that everything was right and fine, and that it was always sunny in Philadelphia. Frank Dougherty, former Daily News writer who was Jason's landlord for a time, employed his well-honed flair for description when he said Jason's laugh was like "naval guns booming across the water. " Actually, it was Frank's garden that took the brunt of that exuberance.
March 22, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The Salvation Army has agreed to donate its property at 22d and Market Streets for use as a memorial park to honor the victims of the building collapse that killed six people there in June. The agreement was announced Thursday by Mayor Nutter, who praised the charity for its generosity. The transfer still needs approval from several authorities in New York state, where the Salvation Army is headquartered. Maj. Robert W. Dixon, the Salvation Army's regional director of operations, attended Nutter's news conference but, by prior arrangement, did not speak.
February 7, 2014 |
Nothing really prepared sculptor Walker K. Hancock for what he saw in the towns of Europe as Allied forces closed in on Germany in 1945. Siegen, east of Bonn, was a rubble field. "The city had been solidly bombed for three months," Hancock wrote in his memoir, A Sculptor's Fortunes . "Corpses had been cleared away, but in one place I noticed a pool of blood with an American helmet beside it. " In this grisly and devastated place, Hancock also found some of the greatest of all European treasures.
December 2, 2013 |
Paris before it became the City of Light; the watercolors of an artist best known for portraits; creatures conjured from the medieval imagination - these are just a few of the fruits in this year's crop of books to be put out in the open, not hidden away on shelves. If you think books may be passé, check out the gorgeous buildings that house so many of them. Prices are list, but discounts abound. John Singer Sargent: Watercolors (MFA Publications/Brooklyn Museum, $60) . Sargent wasn't eager to show or sell his watercolors.