April 18, 2015 |
Amazing animal sculptures made from recycled material will be on display at the Philadelphia Zoo through Oct. 31. "Second Nature" features works by 12 artists from around the globe (including some from Philly) using recycled and repurposed materials, like a pink eight-foot crocodile made entirely of chewing gum. Philly artist Leo Sewell shows off his 175-pound rhinoceros sculpted from 250 silver serving trays collected from scrap piles, junk sales, and curbsides. Sculptures range from bunnies and gorillas to flowers made from a car hood.
April 15, 2015 |
When director/screenwriter Nefertite Nguvu appears at International House on Tuesday to screen and discuss her debut feature, In the Morning , she'll talk about sadness, laughter, love, and all the other everyday emotions portrayed in her visually and poetically arresting look at relationships among a group of black Brooklyn friends. That kind of normalcy, she contends, is missing from African American cinema. "In this increasingly vulgar climate of violence against us," Hollywood's penchant is to present black lives in the context of heroism, crime, or racial adversity, says the 38-year-old Nguvu.
December 10, 2014 |
We live in the era of unlimited texting, Snapchats, direct messages, and LinkedIn connections. But Corey Carter believes we are everything but direct or connected. Verbal Connections, founded by Carter, is a conversation party, held every two months, that welcomes adults of all ages, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds to generate discourse on current events, relationships, and situation-ships. In 2011, Carter and his then-fiancée and now wife, Akilah Carter, held conversation parties in their living room.
April 18, 2014 |
When chef Chip Roman was a lad and wanted things a touch on the fancy side, his grandmother would say, "Where do you think you are? The Tremont?" She pronounced the name of the erstwhile Lansdale landmark hotel TREE-mont - and that is what Roman has named his new Center City restaurant. The Treemont (231 S. 15th St., 267-687-2237) is a bilevel bistro in the Aria Condos. Roman (Blackfish, Mica, Ela, Tradestone Cafe, and Tradestone Confections) and business partner Victor Fellus revamped Fellus' short-lived Tietra, moving the staircase from the southern wall to the northern.
January 8, 2014 |
Pornography became a chic topic this summer with the release of Lovelace , a biopic starring the brilliant young actress Amanda Seyfried as hard-core porn actress Linda Lovelace, who shot to fame in 1972's Deep Throat . Lovelace's film was so popular at the time that mainstream threaters did the unthinkable and began screening it. For good or ill, pornography was inextricably tied to the reshaping of America's sexual mores during the...
November 1, 2013 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Jewish Film Festival gets underway tomorrow, kicking off two weeks of internationally heralded movies and accompanying talent. Tomorrow's opening night movie is "God's Neighbors" (Gershman Y, 8 p.m.), an award-winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and praised in Variety as an "assured, provocative" look at young Hassidic men who enforce religious laws in their own neighborhood, until one falls for a woman who doesn't follow rules. Director Meni Yaesh will discuss the movie via Skype.
August 9, 2013 |
ROY RUBIN, known more for his ineptness as the coach of the 1972-73 Sixers than for his superb coaching at Long Island University, died Monday in Florida at age 87, according to the LIU Brooklyn athletic website. Rubin came to the Sixers in 1972 with a reputation as a defensive genius, having written a book on the subject, and as one of the founding fathers of the Five Star Basketball Camp. But it quickly became apparent that Rubin was not cut out to be an NBA coach. The Sixers lost their first 15 games, on the way to a 4-47 mark by the All-Star break and a 9-win, all-time NBA-worst 73 losses.
July 13, 2013
Friday The art of jazz Saxophonist Uri Gurvich , a rising star of Israel's jazz scene, performs as part of the Art After 5 series, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Great Stair Hall, 26th Street and the Parkway. Admission: $20; $18 seniors; $14 students; free 12 and under (includes museum admission and food). Time: 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. Information: 215-763-8100 or philamuseum.org. Saturday A genuine place for poetry As Bryn Mawr grad Marianne Moore once wrote, poetry has "a place for the genuine.
January 18, 2013
THE 1966 film "Daisies," directed by Vera Chytilova, created quite the stir with its vivid surrealist imagery, nonlinear plot and feminist message. The film follows two mischievous women, both named Marie, who repeatedly defy authority. Banned from theaters by the Communist party of the time, the film comes from a place of political turbulence. It's an anarchist statement that, in some ways, transmits the political attitude of the Czechoslovakian people in the late '60s. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St., 7 p.m., Friday, $7-$9, 215-387-5125, ihousephilly.org.
August 31, 2012
THE FEMALE FORM is one of art's oldest inspirations. Friday, International House opens an exhibit, "The Woman Represented," that examines the role of women as muse and showcases local artists who portray women in their work. "The exhibit was designed to highlight the diverse and fascinating story of the contemporary woman in America," said Reza Ghanad, the curator of the exhibit. Exhibitors include painters Jenn Warpole, Maria Maneos and Julia Clift. Ghanad said she "was specifically trying to highlight the talented ladies making great work here in Philadelphia.