April 19, 2015 |
Rubberbandance Group's Empirical Quotient is a blend of ballet and hip-hop, but it's a quieter piece than one might expect. In just over an hour, six dancers dressed in subtle grays, navy blue, and dark reds perform a series of dances loosely centered on the push and pull of human interactions, set to vocals and electronica by DJ and composer Jasper Gahunia. The evening begins as the audience arrives, with the dancers warming up on stage. As the lights go down, they huddle, forming a single unit that moves across the stage.
March 16, 2015 |
For most of the season, Flyers winger R.J. Umberger has seemed slow and out of sync. The reason became clear Saturday. Umberger, 32, will undergo surgery Wednesday on his right hip and abdominal muscles, the Flyers announced. General manager Ron Hextall said that Umberger had two cam lesions in his right hip, and added that it's not unusual for players to play through that type of injury. The Flyers knew about the condition, Hextall said, when they acquired Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick from Columbus last June for Scott Hartnell.
March 7, 2015 |
Every changing neighborhood in Philadelphia seems to have one: a developer who dominates the scene. In Northern Liberties, it's Bart Blatstein. In Newbold, it's John Longacre. In Point Breeze, it's Ori Feibush. On South Broad Street, it's Carl Dranoff. They amassed their real estate holdings when the neighborhoods were cheap, then became the masters of their destinies when the places emerged, Sleeping Beauty-like, from slumber. Now, it's Fishtown's turn, and Roland Kassis is the reigning developer.
February 24, 2015 |
West Philly rapper and producer Hezekiah Davis III - usually known to the hip-hop world as simply Hezekiah - has two sides, the first of which you can catch Feb. 24 at International House, when he screens his debut, self-directed short, Dreams Don't Chase Themselves . His new album, also out Thursday, bears the same title. In both album (his first solo album since 2010's Conscious Porn ) and film, Davis portrays a man of great depth and exquisitely expressed, socially aware goals.
February 13, 2015 |
During Sunday's Grammy awards show, rapper Kanye West pulled a Kanye and jokingly interrupted Beck, who was at the microphone to accept the award for best album. Beck's win was the upset of the evening: Many, evidently including West, had expected Beyoncé to take the award home. In a post-show interview with E!, however, West said, "Beck needs to respect artistry. He should have given his award to Beyoncé. At this point, we tired of it. " In his statement, West seemed to oppose the "he" (white pop star Beck)
January 3, 2015 |
Before Wiz Khalifa's mellow vibe told us to "Roll Up," Snoop Dogg was sippin' on "Gin and Juice," and "I Need Love" by LL Cool J championed rap's sensitive side while Drake was still in diapers. Hip-hop, so often thought of as a young person's genre, is getting older. Rev. Run of Run-D.M.C. and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy are grandfathers. And now there's a radio format in Philadelphia recognizing hip-hop's coming of middle age. It's called by various names - "old-school" or "throwback hip-hop" - geared toward listeners who grew up with the genre.
December 16, 2014 |
It is not a stretch to recognize the similarities between hip-hop dance and Japanese butoh . As Rennie Harris said after the local premiere of Flash on Friday at the Painted Bride, both are forms of crisis and contradiction and grew from mid-20th-century historical and social contexts. Each seeks a new aesthetic. Master practitioners Harris and Michael Sakamoto have been exploring their genres for years - the moves and motives of what they do as a way to reflect on who they are now. They achieve some insights into themselves, how they relate to each other, and how their art forms engage with, mirror, and change each other - and maybe us. They explore their psyches through recorded interior monologues, dialogues, the languages of their inventive movement, even lullabies.
December 13, 2014 |
Check out a dance theater duet as the worlds of hip-hop and butoh meet Friday and Saturday during Flash at Painted Bride Art Center. The performance features dancers Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto. In the interdisciplinary show the artists communicate through dance and find commonalities and shared cultural experiences between African American and Japanese cultures. The multimedia show takes the audience on a journey with doses of humor; it also has remakes of pop, funk and hip-hop songs from "back in the day. " "Flash" featuring Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
December 9, 2014 |
Josh Huff left the Eagles' 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a hip injury. Huff said it was a bruise and did not believe it was serious. Huff finished with three kick returns for 93 yards, including a 46-yarder. He was the only player to leave the game Sunday with an injury. Tight end Trey Burton was inactive with a hamstring injury, leaving the Eagles without one of their top special-teams players. Jeff Maehl was active in Burton's place. The Eagles' other inactive players were quarterback Nick Foles, cornerback Roc Carmichael, defensive back Jaylen Watkins, offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, offensive lineman Dennis Kelly, and defensive end Taylor Hart.
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.