May 22, 2011
Here's something to meditate on - a travel alarm clock that wakes you with a chime instead of a beep. And we're not talking about a recorded chime, but an authentic long-resonating acoustic chime set in a hardwood case. The Digital Zen Alarm Clock , which runs on two AA batteries, can be used as a standard alarm clock or set to chime at selected intervals - on the hour or as a countdown or meditation timer. The lighted display and control buttons are on the inner face of the hinged lid, so they're protected during transport.
May 6, 2011 |
Theatre Exile's Saturn Returns , by Noah Haidle, is a short play about a very long emotion - grief. It's about a man who cannot forget his dead wife and dead daughter, and we watch him endlessly remembering, decade after decade, ruefully, lovingly, angrily, and so, so sadly. Saturn Returns is about memory and time and endless waiting for the remembering to end. The title refers to the cycle of the planet's revolution. According to astrologers, when Saturn returns to the position it was in when you were born, your life will undergo important changes; the cycle takes 30 years.
April 28, 2011 |
The murderer, the drug dealer, and a dozen other convicted criminals close their eyes and concentrate on the words. "Breathe in . . . and slowly breathe out. Nice and slow and easy," instructor Marie Jackson intones, pleasantly and firmly. "Inhale the beautiful light of your intention for this class today, and then exhale it. Share the light of your intention with the room. Share the light of who you are. " With this brief session of guided meditation, another "Living the Power" workshop gets under way at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, Hunterdon County.
April 21, 2011
AH, THE GIFT of meditation. I admit, I initially struggled with it. Perhaps because I am a fidgety person by nature, or just resistant, or skeptical - or maybe all three. I was formally introduced to meditation last year when I studied classical yoga at the YogaLife Institute in Devon. Frankly, I was a little put off when I realized classical yoga was not just about mastery of the asanas. My internal dialogue was something like, "I don't need meditation; I need to master these postures . . . why are we wasting time with this crap?"
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.