February 13, 2015 |
This year, Plays & Players Theatre dedicated its season to "One Voice," or, as artistic director Daniel Student explains, one-person shows "about what it takes for someone to go from a concerned citizen to an active citizen. " The fourth production in this series, Jeanne Sakata's Hold These Truths , confronts the legacy of the so-called internment camps of World War II. Created as a result of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, they were filled with people of Japanese ancestry who were held for the duration of the war. In the play, which starts previews Thursday, Makoto Hirano plays Gordon Hirabayashi.
January 14, 2015 |
Around a sumptuous lunch table, the colonel and the dean chat with the professor and the salesperson. The politician takes a seat as our hostess, who's at the piano, makes an announcement. "I will play for you some cafe music," Jean N. Rances says, fingers cascading into "The Glory of Love. " And why not? A frosty afternoon in Cherry Hill has left us in need of a bit of warmth. And Rances (rhymes with Frances) offers that and more, melting the ice with a blaze of hospitality and personality.
January 9, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Some artists are influenced by Pop Art. Others, such as sculptor Maddelinde Wiker, 20, are influenced by Pop Pop's art. In this case, Pop Pop is Lance Balderson, 73, a well-regarded abstract painter whose work hangs in the Woodmere Art Museum, Columbia University School of Law, and the Curtis Institute of Music. One painting, Tryst , has been displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But beginning this week, the art of Balderson and his granddaughter bookend a distinctive exhibit at the Ocean City Arts Center.
December 16, 2014 |
Model trains capture the sweep of American economic history, keeping alive railway company names such as Erie Lackawanna, Western Maryland, and Lehigh Valley, that were long ago caught up in consolidation. That historical dimension turns many railroad buffs into sticklers for accuracy, evident Sunday at Greenberg's Great Train & Toy Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. "Pennsylvania Railroad never ran that engine," said collector Joe Desiata, pointing at a 1930s model steam engine that was actually used by the New York Central Railroad.
December 12, 2014 |
CHESTER WAS a bustling port city on the Delaware River 103 years ago. It built sailing ships for the Navy. Horse-drawn wagons clattered over the streets. There were no airplanes in the sky; few cars on the streets. William Howard Taft was in the White House. And Ada Elizabeth Dawson was born. She was the fourth of the nine children of Samuel P. Dawson and the former Mary Johnson. She lived long enough to see men land on the moon, jet planes fly faster than sound, streets clogged with traffic - and a black man in the White House.
December 9, 2014 |
Even the Christmas season evidently can't bring peace on Earth to the contentious Neshaminy School District, where a bitter labor dispute with the teachers' union dragged on for five years, and an uproar over the high school's Redskins mascot and student journalists' free speech made national headlines. Now, the school board is being accused of trying to ram through a controversial consolidation plan - even of stifling parental consent by scheduling a hearing for the same time as their children's holiday concerts.
December 8, 2014 |
Tom "Chico" Stafford is an imposing figure - both physically, at 5-foot-10, 240 pounds, and by what comes out of his mouth. He apologizes for cursing but says he gets frustrated with his African American community. What especially riles the 64-year-old serial entrepreneur are those who ask for handouts and those who allow money to define them. The latter has happened to hip-hop culture, Stafford said, with rappers whose lyrics degrade women and celebrate drugs and gross consumerism getting all the attention - and a good deal of sales.
December 5, 2014 |
Like so many inventions before it, the BKON Craft Brewer began with a tenacious individual, a basement workshop, and a flash of inspiration. In this case, that individual was Dean Vastardis, who then worked at his family's business, Pennsauken's Lacas Coffee. The inspiration? It came from the Food Network. "I was watching Iron Chef and seeing how they sous-vide marinate proteins," he said. "It was very interesting to me how you could take something that would take hours - to marinate meats - and do it in a matter of minutes.
November 21, 2014 |
I HAVE A POSTER hanging in my house advertising a panel discussion at my old newspaper. The title of the panel? "Twenty-somethings Tell Us Why The Paper Sucks. " When I pass by that poster these days, I mostly wonder one thing: "How did no one slap the smug snot out of us?" But the other night, as I listened to a panel of millennials at an event that was part of Young Involved Philadelphia's State of Young Philly, I started to wonder - maybe reminisce is the word - about other things.
October 17, 2014 |
As they flock to urban areas, members of the so-called millennial generation are discovering that they prefer to get around by public transit, biking, or walking instead of driving, according to a report promoted Wednesday at Rutgers University's Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses. "It's basically just saying that transportation investment should be used to accommodate us millennials much more, because we're going to be the people using them in the future," said Rutgers-Camden freshman Samantha Buchner, 18, a member of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, which held the campus news events.