November 23, 2014 |
Sometimes, less really can be more - and more can be far too much. Noche Flamenca's Antigona , which had its East Coast premiere Thursday night at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, consists of 15 short scenes, some of which seem to belong in other productions. Instead of enhancing the overall work, the projected texts, ancient Greek-style masks, and comedic interludes too often distract from the power and beauty of the stripped-down dance and musical sequences. Based on Sophocles' tragedy, with a nod to recent Spanish history, Antigona marks a significant departure for Noche Flamenca.
November 6, 2014 |
Plaintiffs' lawyers and Howmedica Osteonics Corp., a medical-device maker, have reached a $1 billion-plus settlement over claims that Howmedica hip implants failed in thousands of patients, requiring costly and painful surgery to correct the problem. The settlement involved plaintiffs from around the country, but was fashioned in large measure in Philadelphia by former federal magistrate Diane Welsh, acting as a court-appointed mediator, and members of the plaintiffs' steering committee, including Thomas Anapol and Tobias Millrood, two Philadelphia-based personal-injury lawyers, along with company lawyers.
September 25, 2014 |
WHEN IT comes to money, no one in hip-hop beats Dr. Dre . Beats, get it? Thanks to his ownership stake in the headphone company sold to Apple, Dre has finished No. 1 in Forbes ' latest list of the top earners in hip-hop. His pretax earnings? $620 million - the biggest number of any entertainer ever evaluated by Forbes , the magazine said, and more than the combined earnings of the other 24 heavy-hitters on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list. Even among the 1 percent, there's a 1 percent.
August 19, 2014 |
ANTHONY STOLARZ cannot talk about the hip surgery he had in May. He has been instructed not to discuss the nature of what the procedure entailed. What he can talk about is his future in the Flyers organization, and how he believes he will be back and better than ever. "I'll be 100 percent, probably better than 100 percent," Stolarz said. "Looking at it, it is a thing of the past. Like Ron Hextall said, he wishes he had the surgery when he was playing. Moving forward, it is not going to hinder me or affect me. It is going to be good.
July 10, 2014 |
QUICK! NAME a landmark bar on Robbins Street on the way to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Got it? Great. Now name a landmark bar on Robbins Street on the way to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge that isn't the original Chickie's & Pete's. If you said the Shore Road Tavern, pour yourself a frosty Bud to celebrate. No one seems to know exactly how long the Shore Road Tavern has been open for business on Robbins Street near Jackson, but for generations of Shore-goers, passing by it on the way to Cape May (or Wildwood or Ocean City)
July 1, 2014 |
THE BET Awards are the most casual of the awards shows (anything but black tie goes), the most self-promotional (rare was the presenter who didn't a push a TV show, movie or album) and the most sponsored. It seemed as if not a minute went by without seeing a logo or hearing a product placement. Strong on music (auto-tuning and backing tracks allowed) and spectacle, the BET Awards suffer from some of the same problem as the Grammys: In attempting to lure younger viewers, the show makes it seem as if there are no black entertainers over 40 - no singers who don't come out of rap and hip-hop.
June 6, 2014 |
The word is ratchet . It's a slang term, derogatory, for a person or activity that is considered distasteful. To Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Carvin Haggins, the words demeaning, destructive, disrespectful, derogatory, defamation , and debauchery come to mind when defining it. He believes ratchet , or rather the world of bad values from which it arose, is taking over our airwaves. Haggins is founder of the Ethical Music Entertainment record label.
June 6, 2014 |
Despite all its pomp and circumstance, Baz Luhrmann's 2013 movie The Great Gatsby was hardly the most innovative iteration of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 masterpiece. Unlikely as it seems, that honor may well belong to Power (9 p.m. Saturday on Starz), a contemporary crime drama that counts Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. rapper 50 Cent, as one of its executive producers. Created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, the Emmy-nominated writer/producer of The Good Wife , and fueled by a powerful yet understated performance by Omari Hardwick, the series captures the spirit of Fitzgerald's novel while telling a story that's very much of our time.
May 25, 2014 |
With the flagship listing, it is all hands on deck over at Urban Outfitters Inc. Even the boss' wife has joined the bucket brigade. How bad are things? Well, the iconic purveyor of hip just completed its fifth straight quarter of slipping sales. For the record, that's Urban Outfitters, the brand. The overarching company of the same name - No. 20 on the Philly50 - saw sales up, thanks to Anthropologie and Free People, the firm's other major brands. Still, that success hardly ameliorates the disappointment in the missteps of the company's firstborn.
May 25, 2014 |
In January of 1998, I was at home sitting down to dinner when my pager went off. It was the medical resident on call, saying that she needed me to come to the hospital and look at an abnormal test result on a newly admitted patient. He was an African American man in his late 40s, who had been born in Philadelphia and had never left, with hemoglobin SC disease, a type of sickle-cell disease. Due to this inherited abnormality of his red blood cells, he had undergone removal of his spleen.