November 30, 2012 |
Passion Pit, the electro-pop band whose hit single "Take a Walk" is familiar to all who've been exposed to TV and radio commercials for Taco Bell's Doritos Locos tacos, headlines the Electric Factory Thursday. This Philadelphia date for the band fronted by Michael Angelakos, which played the Made in America festival in September, is part of a world tour in support of the group's emotionally fraught, seriously catchy sophomore album, Gossamer , that is scheduled to continue into next year.
May 5, 2010 |
Though you may not be familiar with Lois Lowry, author of Gossamer, to children and the many teachers who employ her work in their classrooms, she's a two-time Newbery Award-winning literary goddess. Writer of more than 30 books, many of which tackle difficult subjects without condescending or relying on happy endings, Lowry dredges deep beneath the surface of kids' lives, tapping into their very real, and justified, anxieties. Gossamer, now playing at Malvern's People's Light & Theater Company, is no exception: John (Daniel Dychala)
April 29, 2010 |
People's Light & Theatre doesn't shy away from presenting challenging work for children. In 2007, the company produced The Giver, an adaptation of Lois Lowry's Newbery Award-winning sci-fi novel about a futuristic village in which things are not quite as utopian as they appear. This weekend, People's Light opens its production of Gossamer, the first of her novels that Lowry herself has chosen to adapt for the stage. She will be at the theater in Malvern for talk-backs and book signings after Friday's performance and Saturday's matinee.
February 11, 2010 |
On a fairy-tale day, hushed and ethereal, Chestnut Hill played the snow queen of the city. Elegant and self-possessed, the enclave, in the northwest corner of Philadelphia, rarely appears in public looking anything less than lovely. But yesterday, she was exquisite beyond words. Trees curtsied deeply in her royal presence. Her knights rode plows to clear paths through her domain. And Josiah Albrecht repaired one of her forts. Josiah, 6, and his sister, Evangeline, 2, had worked hard earlier in the week to build the defensive post outside their house.
December 27, 2008 |
There aren't many light verse practitioners left in America. Like typewriter repairmen and polka-playing TV hosts, they are hard to find. - New York Times, Dec. 17 Oh, woe, alas, and a dose of alack, Light verse is having a heart attack. What happened to rhyme, what happened to rhymesters? They're not worth a dime, not even in dimestores. Times may be trouble but times could be worse, Could that be a reason for not making verse?
June 2, 2008 |
HELLO, young lovers, wherever you are . . . getting ready to walk down the wedding aisle. Engagement party. Check. Bridal shower. Check. Bachelor party weekend. Check. Bachelorette party weekend. Check. Destination wedding so the party goes on for at least three or four days. Check. Photos and videos. Check. Matching table linens, party favors, exquisite floral arrangements (so what if the blooms have to be flown in from Tahiti? The colors must be PERFECT)
October 14, 2007 |
Angels and devils have peopled the spirit world of some major religions for eons, roaming between the Almighty and mere mortals. But fairies and goblins, gnomes and pixies have roamed an alternative universe, imagined perhaps to explain all that went bump in the night. Yesterday, folks wearing butterfly wings on their backs and pointy ears and painted faces were wandering Faerie Con: The International Faerie Convention, in Philadelphia. A bit of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
November 11, 2003 |
John Pace Seavering is a publisher whose future life is an open book. But something strange and ominous has happened: The pages recounting the years he has yet to live have already been printed, and he can read them. The path Richard Greenberg takes to set up Seavering's predicament and ponder the role of time in our lives in The Violet Hour involves ingenuity and no small measure of contrivance. As a result, the production, the first offering at the splendidly refurbished Biltmore Theatre, is by turns intriguing, moving and exasperating.
October 12, 1997 |
Nose to tail, the three purple and white kites gracefully carved through the sky in a quick and perfect aerial ballet, twisting and circling effortlessly as the kite lines crossed, tangled, and found their way straight again. In the sky, it's elegant and simple. On the ground, it's choreographed mayhem. Holding two control lines for each kite, the three fliers split, dashed forward, back and sideways, shouting commands to keep the kites' dance seamless and fluid. It's the pinnacle of sport kiting.
January 27, 1997 |
You're Dennis Rodman and you play basketball in the NBA for a living. You're one-fifth of one of the strongest starting lineups in basketball history. At 35, your value stems as much from your youthful personality as from your ability to snag rebounds off the boards. Fans laugh at you and shake their heads in disbelief as you engage in muscular battles with your NBA opponents. While your teammates play to win, you conduct private contests in public view. Despite your multicolored hair and brazen off-the-court interviews, many agree that your distracting presence improves the Chicago Bulls basketball team.