July 2, 2016 |
Michael Gira has been making gorgeously abrasive music as Swans on and off since 1982, when he was part of New York City's No Wave scene. The brooding singer/composer took a long Swans hiatus after 1996's cinematic Soundtracks for the Blind to start the shimmering, acoustic Angels of Light ensemble. He then shuttered Light and combined the dark Swans' and more sun-dappled Angels' sounds for 2010's My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky and the rebirth of Swans 2.0. Now it's time for another change.
May 5, 2016 |
The morning that 3-year-old Brendan Creato was reported missing in Haddon Township, sparking a massive search by residents and authorities, a K-9 dog tracked his scent using one of Brendan's Mickey Mouse slippers. The police dog led investigators down Cooper Street, into woods near South Park Drive, down a dirt path, to a creek where Brendan's body was partially submerged. Brendan was wearing pajamas and socks, and the socks were clean. The site was three-quarters of a mile from his father's apartment, where he was last said to have been seen.
April 22, 2016 |
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's legal team dropped a bid to secretly pursue a legal motion on her behalf Wednesday, after a Philadelphia judge accused one of her lawyers of grossly distorting the judge's words. As a result, Kane's lawyers now plan to file in open court her argument that political enemies have made her a victim of "vindictive and selective" prosecution. In a previous filing, Ross Kramer, a member of Kane's legal team, said the judge, Diana Anhalt, had warned that she might hold Kane and her lawyers in contempt if they filed a public defense motion alleging that Kane was a victim of selective prosecution.
April 17, 2016 |
The festivalization of the arts has long been one way for audiences to see artistic works from other places. And whether it's a dance or theater company, if spectacle is a hallmark, you can bet Los Angeles-based Diavolo will be at the top of the list of festival programmers around the world. Thursday evening at the Merriam Theater, as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), they performed a show titled Architecture in Motion , comprising two gigantic works, L'Espace du Temps and Cubicle . They were to have had a two-night run but were cut down to one, which may have accounted for the excited overflow audience.
April 3, 2016 |
The day his 3-year-old son's body was found in Haddon Township woods, the boy's head face-down in a shallow creek, his pajama-clad body slumped over a rock, David "D.J. " Creato Jr. spoke with detectives. "I want to know what happened to my son," Creato, who had called 911 on Oct. 13 to report Brendan missing, told a detective, according to a transcript of the interview included a court record. "I want to see my family. " "I know you do," Haddon Township Police Detective Don Quinn said.
April 2, 2016 |
The attorney for David "D.J. " Creato Jr., the Haddon Township father charged with killing his 3-year-old son, Brendan, filed motions in court Thursday to prevent prosecutors from using Creato's statement to investigators as evidence, and to have the indictment against his client dismissed. The motions suggest Creato, 22, who was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder and endangering the welfare of a child, was not read his rights or told he was a suspect when he willingly spoke to investigators in the days after Brendan's body was found.
March 3, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge Tuesday agreed to hear a resentencing motion in the case of Kathryn Knott, the Bucks County woman jailed for her participation in an attack on a gay couple in Center City in 2014. Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington set a 9 a.m. hearing on March 14 "to consider the merits" of a motion filed by defense attorney William J. Brennan. The motion asks Covington to reconsider the five-to-10-month jail sentence she handed down to Knott last month. The proceeding is not a resentencing hearing, but one in which the judge will consider the merits of the defense's request.
January 9, 2016 |
NOTE: A version of this review appeared in the Oct. 22, 2015, issue of The Inquirer, when "Anomalisa" premiered as the opening-night selection of the Philadelphia Film Festival. The singular and stunning Anomalisa - brainchild of Charlie Kaufman, in cahoots with animation director Duke Johnson - begins with a pitch-dark screen and a cacophony of voices: aural detritus, everyday yak. Then, a sun-burnished cloudscape appears, a jet slices through the cumulus, we're inside the plane, and the passengers are all . . . puppets.
December 28, 2015 |
I'm delighted to hear that Mother Teresa is going to be made a saint. But I'm also surprised. That she wasn't already. I mean, what does it take? Before I begin, please understand that I'm not criticizing the Catholic Church. This is a humor column, and I'm Catholic myself. Of course, it goes without saying that Mother Teresa is incredibly inspiring, but looked at another way, there's nobody like Mother Teresa to make you feel inadequate, especially in the holiday season.
December 13, 2015 |
A Philadelphia judge on Friday denied an emergency motion to vacate the guilty verdict of Griffin Campbell - the demolition contractor in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse - for what Campbell's lawyer argued was "selective racial prosecution. " Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson rejected defense lawyer William D. Hobson's motion on procedural grounds: Court rules require that such a motion be made before trial, not after the verdict. Bronson said he would permit Hobson to try to prove his allegation at a hearing after the 51-year-old North Philadelphia contractor is sentenced Jan. 8. Hobson filed his "motion for extraordinary relief" Thursday, contending that the county grand jury investigation that led to charges against Campbell and excavator operator Sean Benschop was supervised by Assistant District Attorney Frank Fina.