December 26, 2015 |
Kadir LaLena pushed his finger against the glass of the small tank in his mother's living room. Michelangelo, his pet turtle, was hiding. Gina LaLena guided the boy's hand. He'll come out, she said. He'll think it's food. Five years ago, Kadir came to LaLena as another foster child who required a bed for the weekend. She was divorced before age 25, was unable to conceive a child, and felt adrift. Hers was 5-year-old Kadir's 16th long-term home. He is autistic. He suffers from ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and other developmental delays.
December 7, 2015 |
Once again, it's that time of year when merry gentlemen and ladies go looking for books to give to friends and family. Real books. Beautiful books. Books you put on display, not away. Among the best this year is a comprehensive look at American still-life painting. Another reveals how Dutch painting in its heyday helped distinguish high from low in Dutch society. There's a book about the most-photographed 19th-century American and another about a well-traveled sphinx. There are books on the beauty of dragonflies, flowers, and even New Jersey, and much more.
September 15, 2015 |
A FULL-SIZE casting of a legendary Michelangelo sculpture will be on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this month, officials from the World Meeting of Families announced yesterday. Only 100 Vatican-sanctioned marble castings of "Pieta" exist, according to the World Meeting. The 1499 work depicts Jesus post-crucifixion in the arms of his mother, Mary. The World Meeting and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are hosting the replica in collaboration with Arte Divine, the Vatican Observatory Foundation's licensed distributor of Michelangelo replicas.
September 13, 2015 |
Call it the season of the maker. Philadelphia has always been a center for crafts-based artists, but this fall more will be on view than usual. In conjunction with November's Craft NOW Philadelphia conference, several local institutions, including the Art Alliance, the Clay Studio, and the Center for Design in Wood, will show work by some of the area's acknowledged masters. Two shows will spotlight the monumental - or more accurately geological - porcelain sculpture of Paula Winokur.
September 11, 2015 |
At the mention of Flemish baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens and his masterpiece Prometheus Bound , the first thing that comes to mind probably is not Spider-Man. And yet - why not? Is Prometheus, the titan who defied Zeus and stole fire from Mount Olympus and then bestowed it on humanity any less a tortured superhero than Spidey? He suffered terribly for his heroic act of aid and defiance. The infuriated Zeus had him chained to a rock where, every night, an eagle descended and savagely ripped out his perpetually regenerating liver.
August 1, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Historical Commission has unanimously designated as historic the frescoes of St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, the oldest of their kind in this country. They were painted in 1848, one year after the church, at 243 N. Lawrence St., alongside the Ben Franklin Bridge, was rebuilt. It was burned down during anti-Catholic riots in 1844, a time when Irish immigrants largely made up its thousands of parishioners. It's remarkable, historians say, that the frescoes have survived to the present day. "The Lord Seeth," inscribed above a massive fresco depicting the Crucifixion, appears at the front altar of the Old City church, built in a style reminiscent of Roman cathedrals.
February 21, 2015 |
She boasted that she was called the "Michelangelo of buttocks injections," had performed hundreds of the cosmetic procedures, and counted many celebrities among her satisfied clients. But the women who sought out Padge Victoria Windslowe for "buttocks enhancement" were far from starlets. Most were naive 20-somethings in low-paying service-industry jobs with dreams of a more glamorous appearance but not the cash for a plastic surgeon. They were women like Stephanie Matos, 32, a New York hotel desk clerk who told a Philadelphia jury Thursday that she paid $1,000 to Windslowe in 2008 to inject her buttocks with what turned out to be "industrial-grade silicone.
January 22, 2013 |
Leonardo Hidalgo's art career spanned several countries and dozens of years, but it was a dance school that brought him to Philadelphia. Mr. Hidalgo, who was born in the Philippines, was already a well-established artist and professor there when his only daughter won a scholarship to Philadelphia's Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet in 1992. Mr. Hidalgo moved the family to Philadelphia - where he kept painting - and ended up staying for the rest of his life. He died at home Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 78 after suffering a heart attack.
June 23, 2012 |
Forget Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears or that Aguilera girl. The rockingest album by a woman is an old-school classic, 1967's I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You by Aretha Franklin. So proclaims the Delphic Oracle of rock, Rolling Stone mag. (Not even Madonna makes the top 10.) Joni Mitchell's Blue and Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis round out the top three. Oprah and Kim, Round XC Oprah Winfrey has released tidbits from her 90-part epic interview with Kim Kardashian, which will air on OWN until the end of time.
November 7, 2011 |
Tenors don't arrive quietly - it's just not their nature - though Nicholas Phan leaves me wondering why I didn't know about him sooner. He sang in the Philadelphia Orchestra/Pennsylvania Ballet's collaboration of Stravinsky's Pulcinella in the spring, but not until his Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital Friday could one take the full measure of his considerable talent, thanks to his passionate commitment to potentially fatal repertoire....