January 29, 2016 |
Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada may or may not like baseball, but he holds a soft spot for millennials. His sinister, slightly funny, and intelligent God Bless Baseball , which played Jan. 22-23 at Fringe Arts, teems with insights in its allegorical look at a game that's as American as apple pie and global economic domination. Okada's play starts innocently enough. On Tadasu Takamine's set, two twenty-something women (Aoi Nozu and Sung Hee Wi) stand inside a baseball diamond. One Japanese, one Korean, their words appear in English on a pair of short screens that flank a giant, imposing white disc that resembles the inside of an umbrella.
January 28, 2016 |
BLOOMFIELD, Iowa - Ted Cruz continued a weeklong sprint toward Monday's Iowa caucuses, traveling the state with high-profile conservatives who helped him frame the election as a moral choice between two candidates: the Texas senator, a self-described consistent conservative, and Donald Trump, portrayed as a con artist who shouldn't be trusted. The case for Cruz, pitched by the candidate, as well as by Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, boiled down to this: his respect for the Constitution and his faith in God. "It's a binary decision now," King told a few dozen people at a church here, about 100 miles southeast of Des Moines.
January 15, 2016 |
We would be remiss in calling Randy Blythe nostalgic, but there are hints that the Lamb of God frontman longs for the old days. For instance, he said in a recent interview, he likes when his band is the opening act. "I hate headlining," Blythe said, chuckling, speaking in advance of Saturday's sold-out show at the Electric Factory in which Lamb of God will, in fact, headline. The bill also features Anthrax, Deafheaven, and Power Trip. "I'd rather open up. It's a lot easier to steal a show early on. By the time we play, three other bands are going to play.
January 11, 2016
'In God we trust. " The obverse side of every modern U.S. coin is stamped with this, America's national motto. Many hold this as an affirmation of a Christian origin of the American republic, while others argue - often in court - that freedom of religion may also be construed as freedom from religion. As debate kicks up concerning which faces and phrases adorn U.S. fiat currency, consider a brief history of the minted maxim: The first coins struck by the nascent United States did not bear the motto.
January 7, 2016 |
The Haddon Heights School District will not fight an American Civil Liberties Union complaint about a school tradition of saying "God bless America" after the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The challenge involved the district's Glenview Elementary School, where faculty who are no longer with the district began having children say "God bless America" after the pledge following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The practice took root at Glenview but was not picked up by other district schools.
December 30, 2015
Continuing a tradition, the annual dialogue between God and Your Favorite Columnist. YFC: What's the matter, God? You seem preoccupied. GOD: There's a lot of evil in the world, other than Snapchat. I'm trying to take my mind off things. YFC: You're playing with a drone. GOD: The joy stick is giving me fits. It's a Christmas gift. YFC: From whom? GOD: Rachel Dolezal. She wants me to change her back to white. YFC: She is white. GOD: Who's to say, really?
December 25, 2015
By Lauren R. Stanley If you could have anything you wanted for Christmas, I'm often asked, what would it be? OK, if I could have anything, of course I would ask for world peace. I'm a priest - what else would I ask for? But I don't get to have just anything, any more than anyone else does. So I'm going to make a realistic list of things that are entirely within the realm of human gift giving. What do I want? I want a restoration of civility in the world. I want us to be nicer to each other.
December 24, 2015 |
'Five minutes, everybody, five minutes. " Harris Diggs, stage manager for Penn Comic Theatre, strolled through the basement warren that masqueraded as a dressing area for the cast of 2015: Was It Just a Dream? Intermission was half over. Dressing-room speakers buzzed with audience chatter. "Another great house tonight!" Nick O'Malley said. "You killed with the new bit, Marsh. You killed!" Marshall Jefferson took this praise with a smile. As was her half-crazed wont, creative director Gwendolyn Driver had scrapped one sketch that, in her judgment, hadn't "landed" with audiences during the first week of performances.
December 21, 2015 |
S ix weeks to Christmas, two weeks to opening night . . . "OK, shut it down, shut it down, shut it down. " Gwendolyn Driver waved her arms. She was not satisfied - her standard state this time of year. "Take a break, everyone. I need a minute to think. " Gwen stood up to her full 5-foot-11 and gazed across the rehearsal room in the former Catholic school in Fishtown. But her focus wasn't on the old blackboard on the wall, or the clutter of props and guitar cases on the floor.