April 6, 2016 |
Citing the likelihood of another impasse over the next state budget, Moody's Investor Services has affirmed its negative credit rating for the Philadelphia School District. Moody's highlighted the district's recent efforts to stabilize the finances of the city's schools. But the credit opinion released Friday said that the continued "Ba3" rating for the district's debt "reflects the continued uncertainty surrounding" the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and the potential impact it could have on the district's finances and ability to borrow money.
April 3, 2016
Mayer Hawthorne, Man About Town; The Lumineers, Cleopatra; Deftones, Gore; M83, Junk
March 31, 2016 |
The junk man tuned his radio to the classical station and considered his bare windows. As Beethoven's Creatures of Prometheus climbed to its crescendo, the junk man posed to himself questions befitting an artist: "What I am trying to do? What am I going to say?" In each empty shelf the junk man saw a blank canvas. A chance to pick through his piles of baubles and bric-a-brac - and make a statement. It is the junk man's fun. But in the rush and roar of a metropolis, the junk man's windows also serve as small markers of time's endless march.
March 22, 2016 |
U.S. investors squeezed by low bond yields and discouraged by the volatile stock market have pumped more than $50 billion into business development companies, or BDCs, in the last 10 years, in hopes of earning more. BDCs typically invest in debt sold by U.S. middle-market companies, including private-equity merger targets, energy-development projects, and mainstream companies that don't qualify for cheap bank loans. For the hope of higher, steadier interest yields, BDC investors often pay high broker fees.
September 11, 2015 |
First things first: The theater is un-air-conditioned and may be 80 degrees or more. You sit on huge bales of straw, covered with horse blankets if you choose to keep the sharp bits at bay. The second floor of South Philadelphia's Shiloh Baptist Church has become a barn to house Brian Sanders/JUNK's performance of American Standard , the company's Fringe Festival offering this year. The setting may not be comfortable, but it's worth it to see Sanders' wacky Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -type show, which runs through Sept.
December 19, 2014 |
Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, Brian Sanders' JUNK's 1.1 Holiday Revue Special will make you want to celebrate something, or just get drunk and fall down like the elongated, shabby clown featured in a skit late in the program. JUNK's 60-foot-high Christian Street performance space is in a portion of the sprawling Shiloh Baptist Church, and Sanders' dancers float, flop, and fly through every inch of it. With comedic timing and acrobatic elegance, JUNK proves it is one of the best aerial troupes in the country.
November 11, 2014 |
This nation's first Supreme Court was an appointed court. President George Washington selected John Jay of New York as its first chief justice and, as his associates, John Blair of Virginia, William Cushing of Massachusetts, James Wilson of Pennsylvania, James Iredell of North Carolina, and John Rutledge of South Carolina. That first panel, established by Congress in 1789, set the standard not only for its successors, but for each state supreme court as it was created. There have been many honorable courts along the way, and many distinguished justices.
September 7, 2014 |
Brian Sanders' new show, Suspended , opened with a gala Thursday night during Neighborhood Fringe at the headquarters of his troupe, JUNK, at Shiloh Baptist Church. The aging, dilapidated church, having given over its soaring nave to Partners for Sacred Places, is perfect for Sanders' company to build its skyscraper scaffolding and bungee-cord rigging. But Lordy, I sure hope the church elders don't catch drift of what's going on in there. The scandalous nature of the "Locker Room Pre-Show" - Theodore Fatcher, Peter Jones, and Tommy Schimmel frolicking bathhouse-style in wooden barrels - had me gobsmacked.
May 8, 2014 |
This being spring, the season of renewal, the idea was to be a good citizen, clean the block, rent a truck, and haul the trash to a designated sanitation site. Or so Celia Pretter believed. "I thought I was doing a community service, doing this all nice and legal," the Mount Airy horticulturist said. She wanted to help, "given that the city is in crisis and has no money for schools. " But logic quickly took a backseat to red tape, time was wasted, officials were phoned, funds were squandered, and, truth be told, emotions flared and unkind words were uttered.
October 10, 2013 |
EARL WOLFF met Mike Glennon at the North Carolina State football camp between their junior and senior years in high school. "I've never seen a quarterback in high school throw the way he did. I was like, 'Who is this guy?' " Wolff recalled yesterday. On Sunday, the rookie safety and the Eagles visit the Tampa Bay Bucs, quarterbacked by Glennon, who, a year after their high school encounter, joined Wolff in the 2008 freshman class at N.C. State. They redshirted together, so they ended up spending five football seasons in Raleigh before the Bucs took Glennon in the third round last spring, two rounds before Wolff became an Eagle.