June 10, 2015 |
AT FIRST, the commotion in front of the old police district's front walls attracted some stares. Then drivers pulled over and started taking pictures with their phones. Some marched up to police officers who were standing around and peppered them with questions. And then the damnedest thing happened: People started smiling. Laughing. Might even have done a little clapping, too. Velvet ropes, a red carpet and balloons hugged the entrance to Olney's 35th District headquarters — in honor of a movie night for dozens of excited local kids.
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.
March 19, 2015 |
After two months of refusing to answer questions from residents during the public portion of Evesham Township Council meetings, Mayor Randy Brown broke his silence Tuesday night. Brown and the four other members of the all-Republican council interacted with residents by answering questions, sharing concerns, and offering explanations. "I see tonight things have changed, and I compliment the council for that," said Kenneth Mills, an 81-year-old resident who frequently attends meetings and who had complained about the mayor's recent policy of not responding to questions.
March 13, 2015 |
The sprawling culture and technology summit known as South by Southwest takes place in Austin, Texas, every March. It started out as a music festival in 1987. It still is one, but the madness that this corporate-branded mega-event brings to the streets of Austin, with thousands of acts, including a few dozen from Philadelphia, playing in more than 100 venues, doesn't get under way until next week. Before that happens, both the SXSW Film Festival - behind Sundance, the most influential annual festival for independent movies in the United States - and SXSW Interactive, the wide-ranging technology conference that first brought Twitter to the attention of the world in 2007, will occupy the Texas capital city.
February 9, 2015 |
OUTSIDE it's bleak and cold, but inside St. Raymond of Penafort, a predominantly black Catholic parish in Mount Airy, the atmosphere is joyous and warm. Parishioners smile. A live band and talented choir perform. Happy toddlers dance on their wobbly legs as their parents try to keep them from bumping into others around them. "I feel the presence of God each weekend," said the Rev. Christopher Walsh, the church's pastor. Parishoners lay their burdens down, he said, "bringing them to the community to raise up . . . Our weekend experience is very vibrant and touches hearts.
January 24, 2015 |
InterAct Theatre Company's world premiere of Jen Silverman's The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane examines the "new" South Africa. Postapartheid, it's a progressive nation (it was the first in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage) except when it isn't. With the 2010 World Cup as its backdrop, foreign journalists arrive to cheer and toast a new day, while for Noxolo and her lover Pretty, lesbians living under constant threat of violence, little has changed. Noxolo (Aimé Kelly) is a soccer star who managed to escape to London on an athletic scholarship while Pretty (Lynette Freeman)
May 14, 2014 |
The birds of paradise are a group of 39 outrageously feathered tropical species with enough colors to rival a rainbow. They are captured in photos and videos, some of them for the first time, in a National Geographic exhibit now on display at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. So with all that eye candy on hand, why is a group of younger visitors playing a video game? Children strut, flap their arms, and bounce as a camera tracks their movements to see how well they mimic an avian courtship dance.
March 15, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Is SXSW Interactive the nerdiest place on earth? The conference, which brought more than 30,000 busily networking techies from all over the globe to Austin last week, and which precedes the better-known SXSW Music, is where the superstar attractions were NSA leaker Edward Snowden (via teleconference), Mythbusters host Adam Savage, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who referred to the confab as "geek central. " Panels drilled down into topics like "The Future of Genetics in Everyday Life," "Your Next UX Skill: Prototyping With HTML," and "Combinatorial Creativity: The Future of Innovation.
March 12, 2014 |
Dan DeLuca from SXSW South by Southwest kicked off in Austin, Texas, over the weekend, with its Interactive and Film festivals first. Statistics whiz Nate Silver and Grantland founder and hoops analyst Bill Simmons discussed sports tech at a panel for the SXsports segment. "A scientist is just a kid who never grew up," said astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at his SXSW keynote Saturday with journalist Christie Nicholson . The host of the TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey , which debuted on Fox Sunday night, Tyson held 3,500 attendees rapt in an engaging, funny hour-plus talk.
March 12, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - The music portion of the South by Southwest conference doesn't begin until Tuesday, but there's no question that the week's biggest rock star has already appeared before the crowd gathered in this capital city. On Monday, Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents last year, focusing world attention on the U.S. government's data-surveillance programs, appeared via teleconference from Russia before a packed house of 3,500 at the SXSW Interactive conference.