March 11, 2015 |
Inside the art gallery at the end of the block on South Fourth Street, an eclectic array of artwork is bathed in harsh slants of light. Somehow both gritty and clean, lost-object art by an artist named MyDogSighs hangs across from A Common Name's stunning geodes, gleaming and winking in the light. The two artists, the former from the United Kingdom, the latter from California, were brought to Philadelphia by an arts initiative named HAHA x Paradigm. A collaborative effort of Paradigm Gallery, owned by Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, and Ginger Rudolph's global art publication HAHA magazine, HAHA x Paradigm is focused on bringing art to the community.
June 18, 2014 |
THE GROWING number of schools that the School District of Philadelphia has handed over to charter operators is sad. The district's "failing" school pronouncements beg some questions: Why are so many urban schools deemed failing? What are the largest urban education issues? How does the district paradigm address the specific urban issues? Without those answers, the handoff to "charter businesses" is academic gambling, financially fraudulent and morally vacant. Even with a myopic focus on test scores, there is still no charter operator clearly delivering higher scores at a sustainable investment cost.
July 28, 2013 |
Steven Spielberg saw it coming. In June, speaking at a University of Southern California event with George Lucas, the Lincoln director said, "There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm" and force the industry to rethink its reliance on gargantuan spectacles. A month later, the first part of his prediction already has come true: The latest high-profile box-office calamity is the ill-buzzed R.I.P.D ., which followed such heavily marketed titles as Pacific Rim , The Lone Ranger , White House Down , and After Earth in failing to attract its expected audience.
June 22, 2012 |
KAY HEALY converts the Paradigm Gallery into a nostalgic retreat Friday. Plush skeletons of childhood homes caught in fabric and stitched with sentiment cover the gallery walls for "Starter Home. " The exhibit explores the human experience through organic interaction. The work includes stuffed furniture inspired by abandoned furniture, memories of local Philadelphians' childhood homes and the artist's own home. Healy collected stories from strangers in her quest to examine the role "home" plays in life.
December 1, 2011 |
Rob LaScala, whose flagship restaurant is the casual, family-friendly LaScala's at Seventh and Chestnut Streets, is launching side-by-side Italian concepts a few blocks away. Earlier this year, he bought the adjoining Old City restau-clubs Paradigm and Dolce. The Paradigm side has opened as Rocchino's (239 Chestnut St., 215-238-6900), a smart-looking spot, named after his mother's side of the family, with brick walls, a curved bar with moderately priced beers and wines, booths and table seating, and a mammoth, colorfully tiled coal-fired oven that fires up pizzas, pastas, and the like; it's billed as a rustic small-plater, but portions, especially pastas, are decent.
October 2, 2011
"You mention QE2, and everything goes dark. " - Charles I. Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, joking when the lights went out during his speech Thursday at the Villanova School of Business second annual Business Leaders Forum. "It's hard to see the possibility of losing on a home purchase right now, with these mortgage rates. " - Dean Baker, codirector of the Center for Economic & Policy Research. "There's a lot of different kinds of people here who want to shift the paradigm to something that's addressing the huge gap between the rich and the poor.
July 31, 2011
George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center When Pope Benedict XVI appointed Charles J. Chaput as the new archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, the usual suspects were trotted out to say the usual things that the usual suspects say. Thus, David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, continued his nine-year rant against the Catholic Church by pronouncing Chaput's...
May 23, 2010
An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland By Stephan Salisbury Nation Books. 312 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by David Cole Much of the debate surrounding the effectiveness of the Bush administration's response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, focuses on zeros. Defenders of the administration point out that there have been no successful terrorist attacks on the U.S. mainland since 9/11. Critics note that the Bush administration cannot point to a single imminent attack averted through its preventive initiatives, and that of the more than 5,000 foreign nationals it detained in the U.S. in the first two years after 9/11, none stands convicted of any terrorist crime.
January 31, 2010 |
In their exuberance, oil- and gas-industry officials repeat a single refrain when describing the natural gas from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale: A game-changer. Tony Hayward, chief executive officer of oil giant BP P.L.C., was the latest to gush enthusiastically when he called unconventional natural gas resources like the Marcellus "a complete game-changer. " "It probably transforms the U.S. energy outlook for the next 100 years," Hayward said Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
March 2, 2009 |
If you live in the region, chances are this woman has fed you. She's Judith A. Spires, president of Acme Markets Inc., and on March 12, the checkout-girl-turned-bigwig will receive the Paradigm Award, an annual tribute to a female chief executive in the region. Spires, 55, has spent 30 years in the grocery business. The Cherry Hill native and daughter of an Acme truck driver was 16 when she took a part-time job at Acme to earn money for college. She oversees 16,000 Acme employees in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.