January 15, 2015 |
Big businesses moving in. Less crime. A school district under new leadership. Camden was front and center during portions of Gov. Christie's State of the State address Tuesday, as he revisited now-familiar talking points about the city as Mayor Dana L. Redd, School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson listened from the front of the legislative chambers. Five years ago, Christie said, violence-wracked Camden was "devoid of hope," with corrupt leadership and failing schools.
April 29, 2013
Phoenix Bankrupt! (V2 ***) Phoenix achieved commercial breakthrough with the 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix , fueled by the inclusion of their song "1901" in a Cadillac commercial. How can you tell that the sleek, synth-happy, French power-popsters are diffident about their success? Now that they've won wealth and fame, they've chosen to call their fifth album Bankrupt! , in part to point out the hollowness of it all. And they've stuck the seven-minute, momentum-killing title track smack in the middle of their 10-song collection, just so you know that life is full of miseries when you're not hanging out with R. Kelly at Coachella.
April 28, 2013 |
Whether they're expecting it or not, the fun-seeking denizens of Macau have some potentially great Brahms coming their way, to judge from Thursday's unofficial preview concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra's tour of China next month. Donald Runnicles is the guest conductor, and if you've heard that he has evolved from a solid musician to a profound one of late, his Brahms Symphony No. 2 at the Kimmel Center was evidence of that. So fluidly and organically written is Brahms' Second that one seldom hears a truly fresh performance of the piece, which evolves so effortlessly from its opening three-note motif that the piece seems to play itself.
February 22, 2013 |
With his cunning wisps of dance tunes and church harmonies, Schubert gives even the mildly astute performer an easy way into his music. But Imogen Cooper doesn't have the kind of mind that lends itself to the easy way in, or out. The London pianist, in Wednesday night's all-Schubert recital at the Perelman Theater, introduced an air of struggle and vulnerability that went far beyond the usual highlighting of abrupt mood swings, major-minor ambiguity, and...
January 18, 2013 |
VILLAGE IDIOT on Monday, dressed up for the big press conference on Thursday; welcome to Howie Roseman's world. It is a strange place in which the Eagles' general manager lives, in which all of them live, including new coach Chip Kelly. It is a world in which the media is voyeuristic at best and predatory at worst, a world where people seem to be able to find out how long your lunch interview lasted before the check has been paid. As Kelly said, "Seriously, it's kind of creepy, to be honest with you. " But it is the current reality, and it bit Roseman in a very big way during the Eagles' search for a head coach.
November 25, 2012 |
Can you imagine if it were Arian Foster who scored that disputed touchdown on Thanksgiving? Holy cow. Not only would Lions fans be all over the NFL, but perhaps thousands of irate fantasy owners who were playing against Foster would have marched to the league's Park Avenue office in protest - just what Manhattan traffic cops would have needed on Black Friday. But it wasn't Arian Foster. It was Justin Forsett, a running back who hasn't done anything of fantasy value since 2009, when he had 130 yards and two touchdowns for Seattle in a game against the Rams.
November 25, 2012 |
Hebron is a flash point of tension between Palestinians and Jewish settlers, and the city's streets are rubble-strewn relics of strife and of shops closed by a straitened economy. Parts of Hebron are probably frightening places to be at night, and schoolchildren darting into the sidewalkless streets gave me palpitations. "God forbid we should hit one of these kids," I thought. "We won't make it out of here alive. " My driver for the day, an Israeli Arab named Alexander, said he couldn't leave his car alone in Hebron for fear that it would be stoned.
February 21, 2012 |
Of Mice and Men is so well-known and universally taught in American middle and high schools, you'd think a staged production, such as People's Light & Theatre Company's, must go out of its way to distinguish itself. But despite plenty of obvious contemporary parallels, director David Bradley keeps John Steinbeck's 1937 classic, well, classic, and stripped to its bare essence. Everyone remembers George and Lennie - that mismatched pair of bindle stiffs looking for farm work, hoping to save up some scratch and "live off the fatta the lan' " - but this production takes its time in highlighting the story's peripheral characters, the men and the sole woman on this farm who pass for a community.
February 13, 2012 |
A number of Catholics attending Sunday Mass in the Philadelphia area said they backed their church's stance against President Obama's contraceptive mandate - even in its revised form - but how strongly they felt seemed to depend on their age. "It's against the Catholic [teachings]," Barbara Kashon, 66, said of birth control while leaving St. Patrick's Church off Rittenhouse Square. "I've grown up that way. " But her daughter, Kim Kashon, in her 30s, who was holding her own child in her arms, looked at her mother with astonishment and said: "Really?
February 12, 2012
Frank Wilson is a retired book editor of The Inquirer and the proprietor of the blog Books, Inq. - The Epilogue In March 1976, the New Yorker featured what would become one of its more famous covers: a drawing by Saul Steinberg providing a Manhattanite's view of the world. In the foreground was Lower Manhattan. Then there was the Hudson and a sliver just beyond called New Jersey. Next came a modest rectangle representing what was in fact the entire United States bracketed on two sides by blank regions named Canada and Mexico.