September 2, 2011 |
Hyphens proliferate in descriptions of Manu Chao. The pan-global pop star is a multilingual singer-songwriter-producer whose kinetic songs are equal parts agitprop exhortations and party-starting celebrations. He's a stylistic omnivore: While Jamaican reggae, Latin punk, and North African guitar rock are most prominent, individual songs can embrace hip-hop, French ballads, football chants, surf music, or other genres. And his live performances amp everything into overdrive, as heard on last year's live double album, Baionarena , and as he and his new trio, La Ventura, will demonstrate Friday night at the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing.
May 30, 2011
Teachers and staff at the Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School in North Philadelphia have voted to be represented by an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania. In balloting Friday, the school's 25 teachers, counselors, and office and support staff voted for representation by the Alliance of Charter School Employees, an affiliate of AFT Pennsylvania that represents employees of four other charter schools in the city, the union announced. The decision comes several weeks after Multi-Cultural's board of trustees voted to remove Vuong Thuy, the school's founding chief executive, as top administrator amid allegations that charter money was being diverted to cover his legal bills stemming from a federal probe and a state ethics investigation.
October 24, 2010
Multiculturalism has completely failed. That's the assessment of Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, in a recent speech before the youth wing of her conservative political party, the Christian Democratic Union. The idea that disparate peoples can "simply live side by side and live happily with each other" has failed, she said. "Utterly failed. " Merkel insisted that Germany still welcomes immigrants, particularly those whose high-tech skills make them valuable workers. But she conditioned that welcome upon a warning: "We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity - that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.
July 7, 2010 |
Some curly hair is fuzzy. Other grades are frizzy. And some locks naturally twist into perfectly formed Shirley Temple corkscrews. But however your locks twist and turn, the well-moisturized, defined spiral is within your reach: whether you're black or white, Buddhist or Jewish, Puerto Rican or Italian. Or all of the above. That's the mane mantra according to Kim Etheredge and Wendi Levy. Their quest for the consummate curls led them to concoct "Mixed Chicks," a line of shampoos, leave-in conditioners, and serums for divas (and dudes)
November 9, 2009 |
With a presence in Philadelphia that has made it seem almost indigenous, Imani Winds has managed the trick of paying homage to its woodwind quintet ancestors, while overhauling its repertoire with genre-bending commissions. Friday night's visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, hosted by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, was a different matter altogether. The ensemble's adrenaline rush came by way of virtuosity in mid- to late-20th-century works unknown to all but insiders.
July 7, 2009 |
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. A place for chamber music, right? Small jazz gigs? Well, starting on Thursday night, and on three of the next four Thursday nights after that, Perelman will transform into a world-music dance hall, with dance floor, bar, and music to shake your multicultural assumptions to. Slavic soul. Sufi folk/funk. New York Latin fusion. Congolese rumba and soukous. It's called Global Grooves, and the Kimmel folks have been putting on the summer series since 2004.
June 27, 2009 |
At first blush, Penn State - tucked away in the mountains hours from a major city - may not seem a likely locale for a worldly program. But a year ago, Pennsylvania's flagship university opened its doors to a new graduate School of International Affairs, enrolling 27 students - 13 of them from foreign countries. Taking Pennsylvania State University international is just what university president Graham B. Spanier first proposed more than a decade ago. "There are so many ways in which we've become more international," Spanier said this week.
February 6, 2009 |
At age 4, Bryan Collier read a picture book about a boy playing in a city blanketed by fresh snow. "I was drawn to it, but I couldn't articulate what I was feeling at 4. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized how important that book was - because it was the first time where there was this kid who looked like me and I saw myself in a book," said Collier, 42. Collier read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, a son of Polish immigrants, who...
August 1, 2008 |
Gospel, R&B, and a mix of African and Caribbean cultures will provide the sounds floating from the Gallery at Market East this weekend during the 19th annual Pathmark Multicultural Arts Festival. The festival, which begins at noon both Saturday and Sunday, explores cultures through various song and dance performances. Singer-songwriter and radio personality Diane Brown, who was recently honored with the Philadelphia Image Award at the African American Museum, will emcee the festival.
October 9, 2007
"Niche marketing" has become a common term in the tourism industry, as almost every American city and town that's looking for more visitors spending cash seeks an edge in the competition. This city is way ahead of the pack in targeting specific groups with a tourism message. That's in large measure due to the creation of the Multicultural Affairs Congress, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. An offshoot of the Philadelphia Visitors and Convention Bureau, MAC's hard work has won this city a number of tourism kudos.