December 27, 1996 |
Entertainment for the young and old - from magic to mime to music, capped by an explosion of fireworks - is what First Night Bristol has to offer to families on New Year's Eve. This is the second year for the alcohol-free event, which will include more than 50 performances at 11 sites in the borough. The celebration will begin with a parade down Mill Street at 5 p.m. Elvis wannabes are invited to join the parade and then participate in a look-alike contest. The performances will begin at 6 p.m., with shows changing hourly and including storytellers, mimes, jugglers and magicians.
August 24, 1993 |
The best praise is reserved for music that calls to our best selves, that connotes a touch of grandeur or conveys an intimation of nobility. Pianist Don Pullen delivers this exalted vibe on his aptly named Ode to Life ( ), his second Blue Note release investigating the African- Brazilian connection. Pullen began in this vein in 1990 during a two-week stay at the Yellow Springs Institute in Chester County, and the first fruit of his experience came last year with the release of the well-regarded Kele Mou Bana.
April 8, 2012
Sunday Matter of conscience In John Patrick Shanley's layered and engrossing 2004 drama, Doubt , a nun at a Bronx Catholic school in the 1960s becomes suspicious of a parish priest's attention to a troubled altar boy. Is she right to be mistrustful or are her perceptions the result of the threat to her own rigid beliefs by the progressive pastor? The Tony Award-winning play goes on at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St., and continues with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m Saturday and next Sunday.
January 28, 1994 |
The holidays are long past and you've entered full winter slump. The sofa by the fireplace is starting to seem pretty cozy, and who cares if you don't move for the next few weeks? Ah, but there are at least two more months of chilly weather, and bike riding on the ice just doesn't cut it. Bathing-suit season looms large - and unless you are graced with an overactive metabolism, you can't just eat all you want and not have it show. Even if you could, it wouldn't do much for your health.
March 5, 2014 |
"Lord; take me now!" These words sprang unbidden to my lips after experiencing the beautifully composed, exquisitely executed, and completely thrilling solo by the handsome young flamenco dancer Jesús Carmona. And, mind you, I'm Jewish. Such was the power of "Gala Flamenca," the 2014 edition of the annual all-star, all-Spanish program that has appeared, for a decade and a half, in Boston, New York, Washington, Miami, and points west, but never before in Philadelphia. And the excitement didn't come only from Carmona.
February 5, 2014 |
Take a MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient as your composer, add a Tony Award-winning playwright who has collaborated with the likes of Philip Glass and Elton John, and what do you get? In a word: Ainadamar . A Grammy Award-winning opera by Osvaldo Golijov, with a libretto by David Henry Hwang, Ainadamar premiered in 2003 at Tanglewood and later was lauded by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most moving and meaningful operas of our time. " On Friday, Opera Philadelphia's production - unusual, in many ways - will open at the Academy of Music and run through Feb. 16. In a series of flashbacks, Ainadamar (pronounced "eye-nah-dah-MAHR")
March 18, 2012 |
As a longtime flamenco aficionada, I practically wept with joy when I heard about the forthcoming First Philadelphia Flamenco Festival, a two-week-long orgy of flamenco performances, classes, discussions, and films that begins Monday and runs through April 1. To be fair, this won't actually be Philadelphia's first such festival; alert readers may recall the Ferias de Sevilla en Filadelfia (springtime Seville-style fairs) held some years ago at International House, that also included flamenco performances, classes - plus Spanish food.
January 30, 2003 |
Flamenco: It isn't just for aficionados anymore. We've come a long way from mistaking the word for the name of a pink bird or from baby-boomer memories of Jos? Greco on The Ed Sullivan Show. In Spain, of course, flamenco festivals, competitions and celebrations have been around for decades; Madrid's prominent daily newspaper El Pa?s employs a full-time flamenco critic, and international flamenco Web sites are so jammed with information that it's difficult to keep up with them.
May 1, 1995 |
Flamenco Ole's performance at the Movement Theatre International Saturday night emitted a fiery energy. Graceful hand gestures and staccato foot stomps make flamenco a uniquely subtle and symbolic style of dance. Add a guitarist - playing sounds from gently lyrical to full-throttle strum - to accompany and punctuate these movements. On Saturday, a hand drummer provided extra accents. A male singer's plaintive vocals embodied the soulfulness of a cantorial chant joined with the theatrical passion of an operatic aria.
September 11, 2001 |
Here's what you have to do between now and next Wednesday: Forget the NFL referees' strike, and stop fantasizing about the fall television season. Instead, go see Noche Flamenca at least two or three times. Seriously. It's that good. This eight-member troupe, which has played to sold-out houses the world over (including the Wilma Theater in January and June 1999), is back in town for a series of shows at International House. If you care anything at all about flamenco, you should not miss this opportunity to see some of the best dancers, singers and guitar players in Southeastern Pennsylvania, their home city of Madrid, or anyplace else.