November 18, 2015 |
'This leg must be stretched all the way out. I have to see you struggling to get it all the way," choreographer Nicolo Fonte insists as he pulls Edgar Anido's leg up to demonstrate to the rest of the BalletX dancers. Such were the rigorous demands of rehearsal last week - fine-tuning every gesture, every facial expression. The Brooklyn native retired from dancing 15 years ago, once his now-international choreographic career began to soar. He last worked with BalletX in 2013, when he set Beautiful Decay , his first full-length evening, on the company.
October 30, 2015 |
Marina and Viki Mancoridis weren't thinking about winning the Public League cross-country title as they crested the hill above the Aegean Sea this summer. Their coach wasn't, either. He was thinking about winning World War II. When Masterman coach Luigi Borda found out the Mancoridis twins would spend part of their summer running in the Greek islands, he pictured one of his favorite books, Natural Born Heroes, by Christopher McDougall. "It's about a runner who saved World War II in Greece," Borda said.
October 9, 2015 |
In July, natural gas surpassed coal as a fuel source for electricity generation for the second time ever, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday. The first time was in April, a month in which electricity demand is much lower. Gas, which has been capturing more market share in the last decade as domestic production has boomed and prices have plunged, fueled 35 percent of total power generation compared to coal's 34.9 percent share, EIA said. Coal-fired generation fell in every region of the country from July 2014 levels, even though electricity comsumption nationwide in July of this year was 3.6 percent higher than in the year before, according to EIA. In the mid-Atlantic region, coal was still king in July, accounting for 35.7 percent of electricity production, compared to 33.5 percent for nuclear, 26.5 percent for natural gas, and 4 percent for hydroelectric and renewables, the agency said.
October 3, 2015 |
Reptiles are cool (and not just because they're cold-blooded). Find out why and get up close and personal with the scaly set during the opening of the exhibit Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly at the Academy of Natural Sciences, featuring 20 species of live examples, including a monitor lizard, bearded dragon, Gila monster, crocodile, alligator, chameleon, gecko, python, viper, cobra, and more. Opening events include hands-on activities, crafts, and live-animal shows with naturalists giving talks such as "Dandy Dinos and Bodacious Birds," about the most popular reptiles of all time - the long-gone dinosaurs - and their fine-feathered relatives still with us (11 a.m.)
September 25, 2015 |
When she was younger, Shaye McGoey was the Mo'ne Davis of Marlton sports. "I started as a batgirl for my older brother's baseball team," she said. "And one day, I picked up a baseball and I realized I could really throw it. " And so she kept throwing it. From ages 7 to 12, McGoey was a pitcher and second baseman for rec and travel baseball teams in her town. She didn't quite make it to the Little League World Series like Davis. But it's one of the earliest examples of a point that's been made clear over the past four years: McGoey, a senior at Cherokee, is a natural athlete with coordination, instincts and determination that translate to any sport.
September 18, 2015 |
Natural soda with a probiotic pop Soda isn't generally considered health food. Water kefir, on the other hand, is a fizzy, fermented, probiotic alternative. If you're hesitant to home-brew it with water and kefir grains (mostly yeast and bacteria) - try Pollock's Kefir Pop, made in Kutztown by kefir aficionados Rich Fravel and Paul David. On tap at places like Bodhi Coffee (410 S. Second St.) or available by the bottle, it's made with organic sugar, dried apricots, and ginger, and comes in flavors like lemongrass and cucumber-mint.
September 9, 2015 |
ISN'T IT always the way? The best Shore weekend of the year is the one when you gotta say goodbye. Friday and Saturday, the sun shone brightly, even if light winds caused beachgoers to turn their backs to blowing sand, and swimmers and surfers to brave choppy waves. But Sunday and yesterday saw gentle breezes, occasional clouds and peaceful, 76-degree waters - near-perfect conditions. You could practically read the regret on the faces of folks packing up their cars. On the other hand, the whole summer was pretty darn nice.
August 18, 2015
JESS EDELSTEIN, 26, of Society Hill, and Sarah Ribner, 26, of Manhattan, are co-founders - and president and CEO, and vice president and CFO, respectively - of PiperWai, a natural charcoal deodorant. They launched the brand in March 2014. The two have been besties since they sold lemonade the summer after fourth grade at a park in West Mount Airy. I spoke to Edelstein. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I wanted to stop using anti-perspirant, but couldn't find a natural deodorant that lasted all day and didn't irritate my skin.
August 10, 2015 |
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Although it is the very essence of Vermont, Burlington is decidedly not one of the quaint village towns that define the popular image of the Green Mountain State. Burlington in August is a lot like Philadelphia in August, without the oppressive heat and the odor of trash, but with cool breezes and spectacular views of one of North America's largest glacial lakes. Its magnificent natural setting and lively Vermont culture make it an ideal summer oasis for Philadelphians looking to try a different flavor of New England - a place where some of the best craft beer in the country flows like water, where bikers glide into sunsets over Lake Champlain, where cars really do stop to let you cross the street, where parking is anywhere from cheap to free, and people eat local because, up here, being a "locavore" is positively the best choice.
July 24, 2015 |
David George Gordon, author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, offers tips on how to (and how not to) cook with insects. He'll be on hand to answer questions at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's Bug Fest , Aug. 8 and 9, 11 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. His insect cooking show starts at 1 p.m. 1. Buy, don't scavenge. The backyard and basement are not the best places to source insect-ingredients. "The big problem is pesticides. If the bugs have been eating pesticides, you can become a bioaccumulator and wind up storing all that pesticide in your body.