June 15, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Ballet closes its 50th anniversary season as a company in transition. Artistic director Roy Kaiser will leave once a new director can be found. Executive director Michael Scolamiero is off to a new job. The ballet's 50th anniversary finale program, which opened Thursday night at the Merriam, is a rather serious celebration, but the dancing - much of it duets set to piano music played by Martha Koeneman - impressed. The cast of dancers has changed more than usual in the last year or two, as well, and presumably will change even more under a new director.
June 2, 2014 |
In 1984, after five years of marriage and the birth of two daughters, Clemente Pascarella came out, moved in with a man in Northeast Philadelphia, and sought visitation with his girls, ages 2 and 5. AIDS was becoming rampant, many homosexuals were closeted, and Pascarella's estranged wife was concerned for the physical and emotional well-being of the children. She opposed unrestricted visitation. Pascarella lost his court battle, but in so doing unknowingly planted a beacon in the public record that would flash decades later.
May 23, 2014 |
Moments after a federal judge cleared the way for gay marriage in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Tim Sabol was sitting with a financial-planning client. Suddenly, his smartphone buzzed. And then it went off again. And then, it just wouldn't pipe down. "My phone was vibrating nonstop in my pocket," said Sabol, 32, from Center City, who has been dating his partner and fiance, Judd Flesch, for 11 years. "But I couldn't check it. " As he walked from a conference room, though, Sabol's assistant rushed up. "Did you hear the good news?"
May 16, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Ballet's administrative leader is leaving. Michael G. Scolamiero, the ballet's executive director since 1997, has accepted the same post with Miami City Ballet. The announcement comes two weeks after artistic director Roy Kaiser said he would step down as soon as a replacement is found. Both changes come as the ballet puts in place a strategic plan prepared by Michael M. Kaiser (not related to Roy) to bring the company, in Scolamiero's words, "back to the top ranks of American ballet companies.
May 14, 2014 |
PENNSYLVANIA'S Democrats will select their nominee for governor one week from today. But front-runner Tom Wolf is already being targeted by Gov. Corbett and his Republican allies as the likely general-election challenger. Corbett is running TV ads critical of Wolf's 18 months as state revenue secretary under Gov. Ed Rendell. The state Republican Party sent campaign mailers to Democrats, accusing Wolf - without providing proof - of dodging taxes with his family's business. Pollster G. Terry Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College says the singular Republican focus on a Democrat - before primary election ballots are even cast - is a first for a statewide race here.
May 13, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's ambitious alternative to expanding Medicaid - a private-market initiative that Gov. Corbett says is designed to save money - would require 723 new state workers, about one percent of the current workforce. The projected number of hires, detailed by state officials, is far higher than most states have needed and surprised some public-policy experts. Many states are adding employees to review applications and confirm eligibility, and to implement all the changes required by federal law. Those new hires typically are in the dozens.
May 7, 2014 |
THE PENNSYLVANIA Innocence Project, which works to free people who have been wrongfully convicted, will celebrate its fifth anniversary tonight at the Kimmel Center with cocktails, dessert and actor Tony Goldwyn of TV's "Scandal" fame. The event will honor those who have doggedly pursued justice for people wrongfully behind bars and also will recognize those wrongfully convicted. Eugene Gilyard, 35, who spent 15 years in state prison before a judge tossed out his and co-defendant Lance Felder's convictions in a 1995 slaying, will speak.
May 5, 2014
Rob McCord's great verbal volleys can be so relentless that he once joked to a Daily News reporter that he gets worn out listening to himself. But unlike politicians who prattle on at length without ever getting around to the question, the state treasurer and would-be governor tends to answer the question at hand along with half a dozen others. McCord's volubility may have its pitfalls, but it comes from an obviously rich reservoir of intelligence, knowledge, and energy. Along with his substantial experience in politics, government, business, and finance, those qualities make ROB McCORD the best of a strong group of Democrats vying to challenge Gov. Corbett in the fall.
May 2, 2014
OUT IN western Pennsylvania, just up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh, brewer Matt Gouwens has a green thumb and a dream: One of these days, he'll be brewing fresh beer with Pennsylvania-grown hops. He's so certain of that dream, he's planted almost an acre of hops on his own property and boldly named his company Hop Farm Brewing Co. "Local hops, local beer," Gouwens vowed. For now, it's just a dream. His acreage is nowhere near enough to provide enough hop for his small-batch brewery.
May 1, 2014 |
Roy Kaiser, Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic director for two decades, is stepping down. The former dancer, who started his career with the company 35 years ago, will stay on until a successor is found. A search committee will be assisted by outgoing Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser (not related), who is also the author of a plan designed to raise the ballet's artistic and institutional ambitions. Roy Kaiser, 56, joined the company in 1979, and danced his last role - Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet - before becoming full-time ballet master in 1992.