April 20, 2015 |
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy committed the nation to landing a man on the moon by decade's end. In July 1969, it was mission accomplished. A half-century later, invoking Kennedy's challenge, scientists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced they, too, were shooting for the moon. They launched the Cancer Moonshots Program, with the aim of reducing cancer deaths within five to 10 years. "It's a very goal-oriented effort that seems to impact one thing - and that is cancer mortality," Dr. Ronald DePinho, president of MD Anderson, said Saturday at the annual meeting convened by the Philadelphia-based American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
April 20, 2015 |
'One of these days, Alice, straight to the moon!" That clenched-fist line, immortalized by Jackie Gleason playing Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners , supplies the title for Jennifer Childs' new play, To the Moon , now in previews by 1812 Productions at Christ Church Neighborhood House. For people too young to have watched this vintage sitcom series, The Honeymooners featured two working-class couples in a Brooklyn apartment building (this was in the 1950s, long before Brooklyn became the pricey hipster paradise it is now)
April 18, 2015 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) Friday night starts with an unanticipated snap, crackle, and pop. Saturday, the new moon points all its beams at you, making you appear the most desirable with charisma plus. A possessive game starts late Saturday . . . someone might want to "possess" you as you are the darling of the zodiac or maybe vice versa. Let the games begin. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (*****) You might not realize it but others count on you being around and available nearly all the time.
March 11, 2015 |
Azuka Theatre has given Philadelphia playwright Douglas Williams his first professional production with Moon Cave , and although Williams has an intriguing idea, the thin script feels stretched to its hour and a half playing time. The sound design (by Nick Kourtides) - composed of loud music and muffled, frantic whispers of "I'm sorry" - fills the long breaks between scenes, taking up almost as much time as the dialogue. Kevin Glaccum directs an excellent cast, but it can't provide narrative substance.
January 20, 2015
MAYBE IT'S FITTING that when the sun sets on the day Tom Wolf is sworn in as Pennsylvania's 47th governor, we get a new moon. That's tomorrow. Perhaps he'll howl. Astrologers say a new moon symbolizes new beginnings, a time to lay out intentions for things you'd like to create or develop. So, you know, pretty good timing for the Wolfman's start. And whether or not he believes celestial bodies influence human affairs, ya gotta think the new guv wants any help available, even astrological.
May 20, 2014 |
Anne-Marie Mulgrew opened her spring season Friday at Christ Church Neighborhood House with Six Short Works for Dance and Film 1992-2013 , all choreographed by her. I've been watching the Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company for most of its 28 years, yet had never seen some of these pieces. In red tights, Barbara Tait bolted from the seat behind me onto the stage for a two-minute solo called "The Busker. " She jiggled, lunged, and splayed out beseeching hands, cute as a giggle.
May 9, 2014 |
'The moon has a strange look tonight . . . she is like a mad woman who is seeking everywhere for lovers . . . the clouds . . . clothe her nakedness but she won't let them . . . she reels through the clouds like a drunken woman. " And that's only a scene-setting speech in Oscar Wilde's lurid telling of how Princess Salome used her sexual wiles, amid the night sky, to bring about the execution of John the Baptist - magnified to the nth degree by Richard Strauss' scandalous music. Often presented in concert versions (by the Vienna Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony this spring alone)
January 31, 2014 |
STEP RIGHT UP, ladies and gentlemen, and hear all about the life-changin', heart-racin', neighborhood-revitalizin' benefits of a new-fangled casino in Center City or South Philadelphia! OK, OK: The hucksterism didn't quite reach that level yesterday when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board held suitability hearings for two of the five applicants angling for the city's second casino license. But the honchos behind the proposed casinos - Market8, at 8th and Market streets; and Casino Revolution, at Front Street and Pattison Avenue - each stated that theirs was truly the best location for a new casino, and destined to spur development in their respective neighborhoods.
November 24, 2013 |
Pennsylvania State University is racing to be the first college on the moon. Since 2011, a team of faculty, researchers, and students has been hatching "Lunar Lion," a robotic spacecraft that is four feet in diameter and weighs 500 pounds. The team hopes that by landing in December 2015 and completing a precise series of tasks, it will win an international competition known as the Google Lunar Xprize. "What we are doing was once the business of national governments, and now we, a university, are doing this," said Michael Paul, director of space systems initiatives at the university's Applied Research Lab. The project costs $60 million, and donors have provided more than one-third of that amount.