May 20, 2016 |
'A twisty tale of mayhem and allegorical ridiculousness" - that is how the Pig Iron Theatre Company described its own dizzying 2015 production I Promised Myself to Live Faster . The description could well stand for everything the interdisciplinary ensemble has done in its 20 official years of existence, with more than 24 original works (not counting daringly athletic takes on, say, Twelfth Night , as they did in 2011) and an educational program (the seriously clowning Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training)
April 22, 2016 |
In a small, cluttered office at the University of Pennsylvania, a bespectacled scholar deciphers the writings of an ancient culture that has enthralled him for decades. This month, his work can be found in an academic journal titled Antiquity. And oh, by the way, on the tail fin of a 747. Heavy metal called, so Simon Martin, associate curator at Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, obligingly answered. The veteran rockers of Iron Maiden chose an ancient Maya theme for their latest album, The Book of Souls , and Martin, 54, is the man to see on that subject.
February 20, 2016 |
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is teaming with a Greenwich, Conn.-based private-equity firm to expand the brewpub's regional footprint, making it the latest Philadelphia-area food and beverage chain to get a boost from a deep-pocketed benefactor with a broad geographic scope. Iron Hill received the investment from A&M Capital Opportunities to support the Wilmington-based chain's expansion into new Mid-Atlantic markets, the companies said in a statement Thursday. The investment from AMCO puts Iron Hill on a footing with La Colombe Torrefaction Inc. coffee roasters and Honeygrow fast-casual eateries in tapping private investment to take a locally developed concept to broader markets.
January 10, 2016
At last year's Fringe, Philadelphia sextet Dr. Dog brought its obscure 2001 The Psychedelic Swamp back to life with Pig Iron Theatre Company. "Bring My Baby Back" is the pure-pop first single on the rerecorded Swamp , out Feb. 5 on Anti-Records.
December 16, 2015 |
Pig Iron Theatre Company's anniversary remounting of its 2006 production of Gentlemen Volunteers , which toured the world to acclaim, is performed in English, in French, in song, and in mime. This new production is directed by three of the original crew - Dan Rothenberg, Quinn Bauriedel, and Dito van Reigersberg - but the cast is new, as is Michael Castillejos, who provides music on an accordion and sound effects on a Foley table. The gentlemen volunteers of the title are two young men right out of Yale who sign up to drive ambulances for the American Field Service in France in World War I, before the United States had entered the war. Vincent (Scott Sheppard)
December 4, 2015 |
His first varsity start was the opening game of his freshman season on Sept. 7, 2012. "Kingsway," Shawnee senior David Gajderowicz recalled the other day. "They were big. I was really, really nervous. " Gajderowicz was a 14-year-old, thrust into the starting lineup of one of South Jersey's strongest programs. More than that, he was a defensive lineman. "That almost never happens," Shawnee coach Tim Gushue said. "You see it sometimes with wide receiver/running back types. Defensive line is something different.
September 12, 2015 |
Back in 2001, the Philadelphia psych-rock pop band Dr. Dog made a cassette-only album called Psychedelic Swamp . The concept album concerns a man named Phrases who gets trapped in a marsh, where he receives an encoded tape from outer space that needs to be translated into music by Dr. Dog. Naturally, the album, never officially released, has attained mythic status among fans. And at Union Transfer on Wednesday, a packed house got to hear it brought to life most imaginatively in Swamp Is On!
August 11, 2015
WHEN NEWS BROKE that Frank Gifford had died yesterday at the age of 84, my friend Paul posted this on my Facebook page: "Frank better ask St. Peter to tell him where Concrete Charlie is hanging out, so he can steer clear. " That is how every Philadelphian who cares about football, and appreciates history, thinks about the man who participated, wholly against his will, in the most iconic gridiron photograph of all time. Paul is a Delco boy transplanted to Tennessee but green blood will tell: For us, Gifford exists as one of two men frozen in time and symbolic of the brutal warrior dance that football used to be. Of course, there was an awful lot more to the man's life than an unfortunate brush with Chuck Bednarik's cosmic greatness.
August 6, 2015 |
The irony of the situation isn't lost on Phil DiMaio Jr., a union janitor who, until last Friday, picked up trash, vacuumed hallways, and swept sidewalks outside the gleaming 34-story high-rise apartment building at 2116 Chestnut St. Now, with new owners and new building management, DiMaio, 33, and 12 other janitors, engineers, and security guards are out of work, fired from a building with a long labor history. Non-union workers now hold their jobs. "It's a pretty sad state of affairs to know that this building helped guys like us, and then new owners come in from out of state and out of the city and kick guys like us to the curb," DiMaio said.
July 31, 2015 |
Tuesday at Union Transfer, Iron & Wine - sobriquet of folk-rocker Sam Beam - joined close friend and Band of Horses front man Ben Bridwell for a sold-out, all-ages show that filled the 2,000-capacity venue's floor space and balcony alike. The Philly stop was the latest on a tour promoting the fruits of their collaboration, Sing Into My Mouth , a covers album jointly released July 17 by Beam's Black Cricket and Bridwell's Brown Records, with support from independent distributor Caroline.