January 24, 2014
THE VARIETY of content conjured by the region's theater community is breathtaking. But on the other side of the footlights, diversity isn't nearly as prevalent. The audience at any production, from a world-premiere drama to a touring Broadway musical, is overwhelmingly baby boomers and people old enough to be their parents. While some established local theater types wring their hands over this, an 18-year-old theatrical rookie is taking action. Norristown-based New Cavern Productions was established last year to stimulate young people's interest in theater with original and adapted productions that play to youthful interests.
November 27, 2013
M Y FORMER hairstylist, Steve Duross, 51, of Midtown Village, a native of Willow Grove, is founder and owner of duross & langel, on 13th Street near Sansom. The shop specializes in natural, handmade soaps, bath and body products. It opened in 2004 in the front room of Duross' former home on Locust Street near 12th, which also housed the salon where he styled my hair. Q: When did you get into the soap business? A: I opened my first store in 1999, the Philadelphia Soap Co., which I later sold.
October 19, 2013 |
Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles is a charming, naturalistic family drama. It has no agenda, no big ideas, just an excellent cast portraying characters who feel like family - which is saying quite a lot. It is exactly the kind of play that gets nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for drama (as it did this year), and exactly the kind of play the Philadelphia Theatre Company favors. Mary B. Robinson directs with a light, affectionate touch. In the middle of the night, Leo (the excellent Davy Raphaely, looking like a young Mark Ruffalo)
October 18, 2013 |
WE HAVE two infamous shower scenes in American movie history, one from "Psycho" and the other from "Carrie. " The first offers the portentous spectacle of proto-slasher murder, the second a spectacle of humiliation, based on every teen's sexual anxiety and gnawing fear of being singled out and ridiculed by the pack. In the new remake of "Carrie," Kimberly Pierce has the apparently thankless job of trying to improve upon the 1976 Brian De Palma/Sissy Spacek original, but she has a few things on her side.
July 26, 2013
Kartik Hosanagar and Prasanna Krishnan have the earmarks of a power couple. At 36, Hosanagar is a professor at Penn's Wharton School, cofounder of Yodle Inc., an online marketer, and an angel investor in a dozen other start-ups. Krishnan, 34, has done stints in tech development at Comcast, venture investing in Silicon Valley, and management at Jetsetter, a travel website. But you might say that a third family member - their 21/2-year-old son, Aarav - is at least as important to Mom and Dad's latest venture: SmartyPAL, envisioned as a series of interactive children's books designed for the iPad generation.
July 10, 2013 |
MICHAEL LOCKHART was 12 years old when he stood stoically over the open gray coffin. He looked down at the body of his father, his namesake, known on the streets of West Philadelphia as MG, for "Major Gangsta," and wondered why he looked nothing like the man he knew. MG had been shot 22 times with an AK-47. Everyone fell silent in the funeral home as Michael, his voice quivering, read a poem he had written for his dad: What happens when the lights go off? What happens when the wind blows and I have no jacket to keep me warm?
July 7, 2013 |
LONG POND, Pa. - There's another racer from Nazareth, Pa., except he is not named Andretti. Sage Karam, 18, is attempting to follow in the fast footsteps of Mario, Michael, Jeff, John and now Marco Andretti. Karam has won the last two Firestone Indy Lights races. He'll race today in the scheduled 4 p.m. Indy Lights event at Pocono Raceway. Karam should be easy to find on the track: His No. 8 car is one of only eight in the 40-lap/100-mile race that supports tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco.
June 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will edge out natural gas as the second-biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Developing countries are building more wind, solar, and hydroelectric power plants to meet rising power demand and combat local pollution problems. And the costs of renewables are falling below the cost of traditional power sources such as coal, natural gas, and oil in some markets with high-priced power.
May 20, 2013 |
The flag hung from the house like a beacon, regardless of weather and sometimes in spite of it. It paid no tribute to country or ancestral motherland, but simply spoke of the nature of the home and the man who put it there. The bright, yellow smiley-face flag was the first thing my children spotted when we turned onto the street. "We're there!" they'd shout, their faces reflecting the flag itself. "Grandpop's!" Over countless visits, my children learned that flag had many messages to share.