April 13, 2015 |
Local arts watchers had to wonder why InterAct Theatre's hands-on boss, producing artistic director Seth Rozin, wasn't directing, or including any of his own plays, in much of his company's 2014-15 season. Few realized that by April, Rozin would be announcing not only that InterAct was leaving its longtime home at the Adrienne Theater but also that it was leading four other theater organizations into a new space in the old Drake Hotel ballroom in September. "Truthfully, when we selected this season, we didn't exactly know we'd be spending the year in lease negotiations, design meetings, and fund-raising mode for a new home," Rozin said April 1, the day he announced the Drake deal.
April 12, 2015 |
If you're looking for a way to celebrate National Parks Week, or to challenge your legs on rolling hills - or both - add the Valley Forge Revolutionary Five-Mile Run to your calendar. The April 19 event will be the 10th running of the race, which is more commonly known as the Rev Run. It started as an event to to get people to come to Upper Merion Township, said race director Kirsten Tallman. Together with the Valley Forge and Montgomery County convention and Visitors Bureau and the National Parks Service, they came up with a five-mile run through Valley Forge National Historic Park.
April 10, 2015 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Is it really possible for the top-ranked golfer, who's only trying to win his third straight major and complete a career Grand Slam a month shy of his 26th birthday, to come into the Masters flying under the radar? Maybe Rory McIlroy doesn't want to be considered the obvious favorite this week. Too bad. No way it can be Tiger Woods, even though his first sighting in 2 months has driven the price of a tournament badge way up. When asked, Rory suggested defending champ Bubba Watson, who also won a green jacket in 2012.
April 5, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - You know the world is spinning wildly out of control when Duke is on the undercard and Mark Emmert is on the right side of history. That is the backdrop to tonight's Final Four - college basketball's most successful program of the last 30 years relegated to warmup act for college basketball's most successful program ever, and the NCAA president a voice of reason in the debate around Indiana's capital on the now-revised "religious freedom" law that was devised by minds that needed opening.
April 3, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Here are my suggestions as you get set to watch Kentucky try for 40-0 at the Final Four. Ignore the slogans: "one and done," "succeed and proceed," "players' first program. " Forget what you remember of John Calipari at Massachusetts. Don't get caught up in the morality play that some of these players are not really students or at least not for long. Look at college basketball at the top levels in 2015 the way it should be looked at - as a big business. The Kentucky coach recognized that when he got the highest-pressure job in the game and created a model that is built for short-term students and long-term success.
April 1, 2015 |
WILLIAM Scott Vare was a vote-stealer and a boodler. It seemed unlikely that his bid for a U.S. Senate seat would win the endorsement of any of Philadelphia's five daily newspapers. So he started his own. The International News Service announced its March 31, 1925, birth this way: "The first edition of the ' Philadelphia Daily News ,' a pictorial tabloid paper, made its appearance on the streets here at noon. A forty page paper was the initial offering of the Philadelphia Tabloid Publishing Company, publishers of the paper.
March 29, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - What do you call it when you enter an inning out of the bullpen and give up five straight hits, record only one out, and see seven runs tagged to your pitching line when it comes to an end? "The worst outing in the history of the world," Jake Diekman said. Diekman, one of the locks for a spot in the Phillies bullpen, got battered by the Yankees' bats in the fifth inning of yesterday's 10-0, rain-shortened Phillies loss. Diekman gave up a double to nine-hole hitter Brendan Ryan and then four straight singles before recording an out. Seven of the eight batters he faced reached base and scored.
March 27, 2015 |
Though few corners of the classical music world have the cultivated dignity of song recitals, they're also places where a singer's emotions of the moment can't hide behind characters, plots, or costumes. Only an hour or so before singing his all-Schubert joint recital with soprano Susanna Phillips, bass-baritone Eric Owens learned that Tuesday's Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps had killed his fellow Metropolitan Opera Wagnerite contralto Maria Radner, who sang Erda to his Alberich in Das Rheingold . Not until after intermission did he mention it and explain he was so tearful - by way of explaining his need to use a music stand to stay better focused on the program at hand.
March 27, 2015 |
Of the 22 young women who founded the nation's largest predominantly African American sorority, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor was very much a mystery. The life of the Philadelphia High School for Girls graduate, who founded the sorority with fellow Howard University students in 1913, was a jumble of often disconnected parts. Minor was valedictorian of her college class. She taught school in West Chester, wrote two books, and was an accomplished singer. And yet, Delta Sigma Theta members only recently confirmed, she died as a housekeeper in Philadelphia and was buried in a place seemingly unfit for her accomplishments: with three other bodies in a pauper's grave in Delaware County.
March 24, 2015 |
The messages the company received were the usual sort. A few impatient customers asked the company to speed up their orders. One paid off a bill. Another apologized for not having the money just yet. One message demanded the company pay money it owed. What makes the messages unusual - and precious - are the dates on the letters, 1834, and to whom they were addressed, the family of Rebecca Lukens, the nation's first female industrialist. "We're all aquiver because this [letter]