January 1, 2015
A story Tuesday on high-profile deaths in 2014 contained erroneous information about the singer Jimmy Ruffin, who died in November. He was a solo act who recorded the hit "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" in 1966. David Ruffin, a member of the Temptations, died in 1991. Also, Richard Attenborough, who died in August, was the director of Gandhi and an actor in Jurassic Park and other films. David Attenborough is a naturalist and television host. A story Tuesday misidentified a project manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
April 24, 2013 |
James Martin Stewart, 87, of Lafayette Hill, a businessman and naturalist who was a founding member of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, died Friday, April 19, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications from a fall. The longtime resident of Ambler had lived for the last few years at the Hill at Whitemarsh retirement community. Mr. Stewart devoted much of his life to nature conservation. "He really felt that God revealed himself in nature," said his son Mahlon.
November 11, 2011 |
If you wonder what drives Pat Sutton, come on in. Clues are everywhere inside her 19th-century farmhouse in Goshen, Cape May County, a tiny dot of a place between Delaware Bay and the ocean. The shower curtain is imprinted with butterflies. Owls decorate throws on the sofa. Piles of plant and bird books cover the coffee table. Had you gone around to the backyard, you'd have no need for clues. The key to understanding Sutton is staring you in the face: It's her wildlife garden.
August 7, 2011 |
In a long-ago satiric routine called "Christ and Moses," comedian Lenny Bruce imagined Jesus and Moses returning to Earth and walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue during a Mass. The flustered celebrant, Cardinal Francis Spellman, calls the pope for advice on how to handle the situation. Are you sure it's them? the pope asks. Yes, Spellman replies, it's Moses, and he's brought a very attractive Jewish boy with him. What Bruce, born Leonard Alfred Schneider, probably didn't know was that it was Rembrandt van Rijn who, three centuries earlier, invented the "attractive Jewish boy" as a model for depictions of Jesus.
September 5, 2010 |
To friends and family, he was "the grand old man," "the stuff of legend," a World War II veteran who believed in hard work and service to family, country, and the environment. Robert U. Cassel, 95, a decorated infantry captain in Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army and a devoted birder and naturalist, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, at his temporary home in Little River, S.C. He was a longtime resident of Mantua Township. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Cassel was raised in Paulsboro and Woodbury and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1932.
February 23, 2010 |
Could there be a more pregnant title than "Dialogues With Darwin"? Network for New Music tantalized and rewarded weekend audiences with its Darwin project, involving new poetry, settings of three of those poems by still-evolving young composers, and a highly evolved major piece by Maurice Wright. Where else could such a program convene but at the American Philosophical Society, for the concert and the poetry readings asked fundamental questions about changing understandings, and even sidled up to the unanswered question: "Does music (or any art)
February 12, 2010 |
Creation marks Paul Bettany's second go-round as a 19th-century naturalist in a movie from screenwriter John Collee. In Master and Commander, Bettany was the proto-Darwin whose findings about how animals use camouflage to elude predators had immediate application during the Napoleonic Wars. In Creation, he is Darwin himself, decades pregnant with the research for his seminal On the Origin of Species, but too hopeless to deliver the manuscript. Does Darwin have prepartum depression because he fears the laws of natural selection he has so carefully documented will challenge the laws of God?
March 27, 2009 |
Derek Fell's interest in Paul Cezanne is different from most. Of course, he delights in the great postimpressionist's penchant for painting bathers, still lifes, portraits, and landscapes, many of which can be seen in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's current exhibit, "Cezanne and Beyond. " But Fell, a well-known horticulturist, photographer, and author of 50 garden books, is especially keen on the role Cezanne's Proven?al garden played in his work. "Being in his garden, I felt like I was stepping into one of his canvases.
June 27, 2008 |
How many artists wish they were Mark Dion? Probably most who've encountered his witty, over-the-top installations of objects arranged to recall the explorations of the great naturalists and their particular (and often peculiar) collecting habits. This is an art form that also has conveniently required Dion to travel in the far-flung footsteps of his paradigms - to Belize, to Venezuela's Orinoco Basin, and to the coasts of the Baltic Sea and North Sea, among other places. Dion's most recent project, however - proposed by independent curator Julie Courtney and awarded a generous $171,650 by the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initative, a program funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts - has kept him conveniently close to us. For "Mark Dion: Travels of William Bartram - Reconsidered," an installation in the historic Bartram house at Philadelphia's Bartram's Garden, Dion made his own version of the Philadelphia-to-Florida expedition undertaken by the city's own great 18th-century explorer, artist and ornithologist William Bartram, a son of John Bartram, the legendary early-American botanist who built the aforementioned house.