February 24, 2009 |
Chamber music is less the sublimation of personalities than the examination of them. The intimate playing demanded in trios and quartets requires accommodation, but not surrender or mere imitation. The performance of two sprawling Schubert trios Sunday in the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series illustrated the definition of such playing at the same time it celebrated the joyous outpouring of melody in the two works. It seemed apt that the concert - by Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano; Sophie Shao, cello; and Soovin Kim, violin - was at the American Philosophical Society, because the performance seemed to be as much about music as being of music.
January 16, 2009 |
Che is not your conventional biopic. Released in a "roadshow" version at the Ritz Five - no trailers, no credits, with an intermission and a beautiful program booklet, total running time: 4 hours, 17 minutes - Steven Soderbergh's portrait of the Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara dispenses with basic personal and historical data. There are no flashbacks of the schoolkid in short pants, no epiphanies of college radicalization, no merchandising confab where the Argentine physician-turned-guerrilla fighter and posthumous counterculture icon negotiates royalties for all those T-shirts and poster sales.
January 16, 2009 |
It was so cold, and so dark, those early winter days at Valley Forge Military Academy hundreds of miles away from everything he knew. Larry Fitzgerald was a kid in culture shock. His long hair? Gone. His freedom? Gone. His future? On hold, replaced by a present that he didn't know or particularly like, with pre-dawn wake-up calls and stringent schedules and shiny shoes. Fitzgerald just wanted to catch footballs, but there he was in 2001, a spoiled little teenager derailed by sub-par grades, wearing a uniform and trying to earn the simple privilege of using the telephone.
January 3, 2009 |
Owners of pro sports teams might expect to be loved for their largesse, embraced for their beneficence. They are, at least by their telling, committing vast sums of their personal fortunes to ensure the fans' viewing and rooting pleasure. Then there is New Jersey real estate developer Zygi Wilf, the principal owner of the Vikings and a man who would settle for about $635 million in Minnesota taxpayers' funds for the construction of a new football stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
November 28, 2008 |
In hockey, tough guys are an archetype. They have traits and a persona all to themselves. Matt Clackson, a rookie forward on the Phantoms, is living that character on the ice. Off the ice, however, is another story. When he left Western Michigan University after 3 years to turn pro, he had a 3.96 grade-point average. He might throw punches for a living, but Clackson is a bright guy. Just ask his roommates, Andreas Nodl and Jonathon Kalinski, who are currently with the Flyers. "He is a very smart guy," Nodl said.
October 31, 2008 |
Question: I have a composite deck, light gray in color, and, even though I clean it two times a year with a power washer, there still is this light green mold that appears under the railing and on the steps. Do you have any suggestions for cleaning, and what type of cleaner/detergent do you suggest? Answer: As you surmise, mildew forms where the sun don't shine, even on "maintenance-free" composite decking. Just to clarify: No manufacturer ever claims its products are maintenance-free.
October 11, 2008 |
At times like these, when Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is being vilified for the disappointing performance of his team, toughness is not the first trait that comes to mind. A bumpkin's facade - the Ruthian potbelly, fractured grammar, and Blue Ridge twang - this is the stereotypical picture Philadelphia sees. He is the latest in a long line of Philadelphia coaches who have been mocked and ridiculed, joining such characters as the Eagles' Rich Kotite and the Phillies' Gene Mauch.
May 4, 2008 |
Jeffrey R. Smith probably was destined to become artistic director of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale. Although he initially resisted becoming the hand-picked successor to founder Robert Hamilton a few years ago, he eventually felt "called" to lead the Philadelphia institution. Smith, a Delran High graduate, sang for Hamilton as a boy growing up in Delran, one in a long line of South Jersey boys whose voices helped form the choir's reputation as a world-class vocal group.
December 26, 2007 |
Harmony Thompson and Yvonne Lung wheeled their cart past the metal detector and down the long hallway, onto the elevator, and into the art room. When Dorothy Johnson saw the supplies they unloaded - bottles of paint, glitter, colorful feathers, brushes, glue, scissors, and dozens of pieces of hardened, polished ceramic - she lit up. The Claymobile had come to Strawberry Mansion High. The outreach arm of the Clay Studio, a city nonprofit group specializing in education and promotion of the ceramic arts, sent Thompson and Lung to the school to open students' eyes to a new medium.