February 15, 2001
Parallel parking on South Street doesn't seem quite so difficult anymore. Not when you consider the maneuvering done this week by NASA scientists, who landed a spacecraft the size of a car on an asteroid 196 million miles from Earth. Landing the NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) Shoemaker spacecraft on the Eros 433 asteroid's surface was a bonus, since the legless craft was built for orbiting the asteroid and collecting information - not for putting down roots. It was a redeeming moment, too, for the space agency, which has suffered a series of bungled missions.
February 23, 2001 |
"It was a vision I had from watching MTV Unplugged, where it's almost like someone is playing in your living room," says Richard Kardon, explaining the impetus for opening the Point, a folk club and cafe in Bryn Mawr. "Everyone is sitting on sofas and easy chairs and the performer is not on a stage, but playing right in the middle of the crowd. " True to his vision, no table at the Point is more than four tables from the stage, which has hosted folk-circuit luminaries such as Dan Hicks, Graham Parker and the Monkees' Peter Tork since opening two years ago. It is pure coincidence, Kardon says, that the piece of real estate he had sought for years just happened to be two doors down from the site of the old Main Point, a like-minded coffeehouse and folk venue that operated from 1966 to 1981.
November 16, 1998 |
A cabaret series began Nov. 6 at the Ritz-Carlton in Center City. Though the Ritz's Grill Room lacks the jewel-box splendor of the Bellevue's Barrymore Room, its muted Georgian elegance makes up for it with a drawing-room ambience that is both oddly staid and cozy. KT Sullivan - who has appeared on Broadway in revivals of Gentleman Prefer Blondes and with Sting in Threepenny Opera - opened the new series. And a perfect choice she is to do it. For the second of four consecutive Fridays, Sullivan strung together opalescent moments as if they were a strand of uncultured pearls.
October 27, 1986 |
Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman proves herself a triple threat (she writes! she directs! she stars!) in her curious 1974 feature debut, Je Tu Il Elle (I You He She), receiving its Philadelphia premiere run today and tomorrow. As in her domestic epic Jeanne Dielman (1975), the movie for which she is justifiably celebrated, Je Tu Il Elle tells its story in long takes, the camera at a discreet distance from the characters - and equally distant from their simmering emotions. Naturally, the "I" of the title is played by Akerman.
June 5, 1995 |
Looking Back, Dancing Forward, staged by Ariel Weiss Holyst and Karen H. Carlson's Two to Go Productions at the Community Education Center over the weekend, consisted of three original works. Each was self-contained, still certain themes pervaded, in particular the need for intimacy and mutual support. The program's opener, "Triple Trouble," incorporated mime, dance and dialogue and spun off the classic love-triangle motif. It begins with Carlson, Susan Chase and Bill George as a cellist, pianist and violinist attempting to play Beethoven's Triple Concerto.
January 19, 2006 |
Even if you didn't know that Mi and L'au were a couple - so went the hype preceding their appearance Tuesday night at World Cafe Live - you'd have to guess at something going on between them. You could tell by the way they gazed at each other during brief interludes, the way their reed-thin bodies huddled throughout their creeping, intimate ballads, songs so subtle and sparse they seemed an afterthought. You just wanted to tell the Finnish Mi and French L'au - ever so quietly - to get a room.
January 12, 1986 |
It began as a quarrel about the two companions' professional roles, and gave way to a profound and unexpected rupture. For a long month, each kept up a brittle silence that mocked their 10 or more years of confidences. Finally, Diane Rehm, a Washington radio talk show host, and her estranged friend, Jane Holmes Dixon, an Episcopal priest, agreed to try the unconventional - to review the blow-up together with a therapist. "We did go," said Rehm, 49. "For the most part, the therapist listened.
January 18, 2002 |
Call it brave, call it embarrassing, call it obscene, call it foolhardy, call it unnecessary, call it real, or call it the opposite of real: pretentious. Watching Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox having sex - brutal, un-pretty, thumping-around-on-the-basement-floor sex - is, whatever it is, a disconcerting experience. It is also, in Intimacy, Patrice Chereau's grim film of sex-that-becomes-love (kind of) between a man and a woman in a dreary London brightened by splashes of red and green, fascinating.
October 2, 1993 |
It's hard not to wonder how much more insighful Jake's Women might have been had it been written by one of Jake's women - instead of by Jake. Jake is, of course, a stand-in for Neil Simon, who once again mines his own past for inspiration. Nor is the irony of this unsatisfying exercise in self- analysis lost on us: In this Walnut Street Theatre production, the playwright condemns his character for writing about his life rather than living it. He does this by writing about his life.
February 23, 2007 |
My Chemical Romance, New Jersey's infamous glam emo band, definitely turned operatic with its finest and latest album, The Black Parade. Between its doom-laden conceptualism and its orchestrated roar, singer/lyricist Gerard Way and the rest of "Chem Ro" have grown grand while essaying the decline of the human body. My Chemical Romance, considered alternative pop rock, once nursed a darker intimacy when on the independent Eyeball label. "I ache for the smaller shows, the power of just 50 people in one room," says Chem Ro guitarist Frank Iero.