July 29, 2015 |
With witches, temptresses, and all manner of homicidal activity, Center City Opera Theater's first season under its resurrection moniker Vulcan Lyric would seem to be operatic business as usual. But the four productions clustered into Vulcan's 18-day festival Thursday through Aug. 16 are all new to Philadelphia. That's the plan that came out of a two-year hiatus full of soul searching, and, of course, market analysis. "Is there a role for us? How do we fit in? We've emerged with a much clearer vision," general director Andrew Kurtz said.
July 7, 2015 |
Sydia Brown, 55, was released from prison in November 1998 after serving time for aggravated assault. After a six-month parole, she was referred to Baker Industries - where she's remade her life. "I didn't have to wait. I was hired immediately," said Brown, who started 16 years ago as a laborer. "It was very helpful to me to rebuild my life and not just get out of prison. " James Markel, 47, heard about the company through his parole officer and joined Baker Industries in 2010.
July 1, 2015 |
FRANK VEGA'S life was a mess. A serious heroin addict, drug peddler, jail bird, suicidal. In other words, a hopeless case, like so many in the dreary inner-city neighborhoods that harbor society's dregs. But something happened to Frank Vega while he was serving a 19-month sentence on drug charges in Holmesburg Prison. He had a dream. He saw broken people, like him, going into buildings and coming out restored. He believed it was a message from God, telling him he'd better do something for the people in his community, the ones he had for so long simply exploited for his own selfish gain.
June 28, 2015 |
'This is the way we do it," Mission of Burma's Peter Prescott said from his drum kit at Boot & Saddle Thursday. "This is the way we've always done it. And that's all there is to it. " The Boston quartet, whose initial four-year run ended in 1983, are hardly the only band of their era to reunite in the new millennium. Bassist Clint Conley thanked the sold-out audience for choosing them over the Misfits show at the Electric Factory: "We know you have choices in heritage punk acts tonight.
June 24, 2015 |
SISTER MARY Scullion yesterday announced a campaign to address poverty in Philadelphia in time for Pope Francis' visit. Scullion's Project HOME and the World Meeting of Families Hunger and Homelessness Committee unveiled the three-pronged Mercy and Justice Initiative outside the Free Library. "The Pope could come - as he's done - to many countries, and it's an amazing experience, but when he leaves, it's all over," said Scullion, executive director of Project HOME. "We hope the Francis Fund and bipartisan legislation will be a lasting impact, a concrete way of affecting the lives of people that are hungry and homeless in our communities.
June 21, 2015 |
Anthony Perno watched closely as Joshua George sprinkled tomatoes and mozzarella onto flatbread. George, a chef and dietitian, was manning the grill outside the Merchantville Fire Department, making the unusual pizzas for firefighters and their family members Friday as part of a Camden County and Cooper University Health Care program to promote healthy living among local first responders. About 75 percent of firefighters are obese, according to Cooper officials. Perno, 39, has been a volunteer firefighter with the Merchantville department for 13 years.
April 10, 2015 |
RUTH ARLYNE Campbell was a pastor's wife with a strong mission of her own. As the wife of the Rev. Albert F. Campbell, longtime pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philly, Ruth Arlyne took it upon herself to be more than a helpmate. She pitched in on church activities with her customary zeal and dedication. She was also a tireless supporter of community programs to better West Philadelphia, especially those concerned with teaching young people to be better citizens. At the same time, she was raising two sons and holding down full-time jobs.
March 19, 2015 |
The state title is in the bag. The trophy is back in Paulsboro. The championship jackets are on order. Paulsboro coach Sean Collins wants his boys' basketball team to have a "great experience" in the Tournament of Champions. "Enjoy the moment," Collins told his players of an adventure that included the T of C luncheon at Pines Manor in Edison on Monday afternoon. Still, Collins knows his players. He knows what is likely to happen when the T of C quarterfinal between Paulsboro and Bergenfield tips off Wednesday at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River.
March 12, 2015 |
To put it mildly, Dakota Williams loves books. "I think books are the best things in the world," said Dakota, 11. "I think books can really intrigue people. And books can help them not think about bad things that are going on. " So when his teachers at William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood challenged him and his fellow fifth graders to come up with projects that would be good for the community and make the world a better place, for Dakota it was a no-brainer: He was going to do something with books.
February 12, 2015 |
Philadelphia's political insiders have serious concerns about the city's campaign-finance laws. They say one restriction in particular, affecting contributions from companies doing business with the city, limits their political participation and perhaps the overall role of money in the mayoral race. In other words, it's working. The array of criticisms deployed against the rule makes a remarkably strong, if inadvertent, case for its wisdom. "Leaders of law firms, corporations ... are being disqualified from participation in city elections," City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who considered running for mayor, told The Inquirer's Chris Hepp.