April 8, 2011
The economy seems to be finally creating jobs - not a lot, but a good, solid number. That's great for those who are getting jobs, but many are not. In fact, the percentage of long-term unemployed is increasing, as is the average length of unemployment, the U.S. Labor Department reported last week. All the good news about job creation isn't doing much, for example, for Luis Rosado, 31, of Stroudsburg, Pa., a Marine veteran who drove to Philadelphia to attend a job fair for veterans at Lincoln Financial Center on March 31. Unemployment among veterans is higher than that of the population as a whole, and it is particularly tough on "Gulf War II" vets such as Rosado, people who have served in the military since September 2001.
April 1, 2011
Special Events American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. Try an informative History Sail, musical Tropical Sail, or romantic Sunset Sail. American Sailing Tours - Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com . $35-$45. Awbury Arboretum Volunteer Event Volunteer to maintain a historic green space in the heart of Philadelphia. Awbury Arboretum, One Awbury Rd.; Rashmi Mathur 215-814-5243. 4/3. 10 am-2 pm. Boathouse Row Open House Kelly Drive $25; $15 students; free under 12. 4/2. Noon-4 pm. FIRST Robotics Competition Teams construct robots & guide them through a series of tasks.
October 21, 2010 |
Zenlike in its mix of the serene and the wise, the whimsical and the jarringly odd, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is a beautiful, slow-moving meditation on life, death, and relationships that transcend time and space. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Thai director whose experimental fusions of fiction and documentary have won a passionate following in international cinema circles, opens Uncle Boonmee with a dreamlike excursion into the woods, where a water buffalo lopes in the dark.
June 25, 2010 |
When we first meet Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally), the hapless hero of James Ivory's literate and luminescent - if sometimes lumbering - romantic drama The City of Your Final Destination , he's stuck in a patch of quicksand near his house. Thus begins a movie that feels as if it should have been a masterpiece. As it is, it's flawed, uneven work but deserves careful viewing. The image of quicksand, of course, is a not-too-subtle existential metaphor: Omar, an Iranian American Ph.D.
May 28, 2010 |
It is no minor accomplishment that the Wilma Theater secured the U.S. premiere of Leaving, the first new play in 20 years by former Czech dissident, playwright, poet, and president V?clav Havel. It also, however, fits naturally with director Jiri Zizka's absurdist leanings, his own ties to the Velvet Revolution (subscriber's bonus: last season's Rock and Roll, by Czech-born Tom Stoppard, is almost a primer for this work), and the Wilma's reputation as a home for new plays of international importance.
December 18, 2009 |
'Meditations on Collage," a group show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, provides a fluid framework for six regional artists who arrived at their present approach to cut-and-paste. What all have in common is that they interpret the world around them, often abstractly. Tom Judd, the elder statesman, creates the dominant impression in this show, capturing the intimate communion with nature and close affinity with trees, plants, and birds. There's some indication Judd takes refuge in the art world, if not in the academy.
October 28, 2009
FOR EACH TOPIC this postseason, Charlie Manuel has a story, an anecdote, an allegory. So it was the other day when Ryan Howard's pre-at-bat meditation came up. Nothing unusual, Charlie insisted. See it all the time. "Willie Davis, he used to hum," the Phillies' manager was saying, and wel-l-l, away we went again. You spend 47 years of your life inside of professional baseball, traveling from Wisconsin to Tokyo, something always reminds you of something else. Willie Davis played for the Dodgers in the 1960s and 1970s.
July 2, 2009 |
To have any shot at enjoying the sci-fi mystery "Moon" you have to stop reading about it. There probably isn't one review in 50 that will refrain from spilling the movie's beans, since there is almost no way to examine the movie without doing so. So let us carefully say that "Moon" is a decent example of the kind of space-exploration movie we've seen since the original "Alien. " This type of movie (think "Outland") departs from the classic "Space Odyssey" view of space (antiseptic, mystical)
April 6, 2009 |
OM TOGETHER, right now, over me. An all-star concert on meditation brought Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together for their first performance together since the Concert for George seven years ago. The reunion of McCartney and Starr was the highlight of the "Change Begins Within" benefit concert on Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which aims to teach at-risk youth meditation techniques. Saturday's concert, which also featured Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Donovan and others, ran for about four hours.
March 5, 2009 |
"Sometimes the only way out," says Jenny Phillips, "is in. " That's the jailhouse mantra at the Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Bessemer, Ala. The barbed-wire-wreathed bunker resembles the cheerless pen in The Shawshank Redemption except that at Donaldson, murderers serving life terms don't break out. At least not physically. Mentally though, through a Vipassana meditation program introduced by Phillips in 2002, some Donaldson inmates are breaking the cycles of anger and revenge that got them there in the first place.