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.
April 16, 2014 |
JAMES RAGO wore what any respectable strip-club owner would to his court hearing on charges of promoting prostitution - a black leather jacket and neck tattoos. He took the witness stand in a Plymouth Meeting courtroom, near a painting of cave drawings featuring a bipedal man-bear-alligator holding a sickle. Rago, 71, told Judge Tania Wright that he was the owner of Scruples at the Oakford, a "gentlemen's club since 1990," in Trevose. What did he mean by "gentlemen's club?"
April 7, 2014 |
Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has declared war on "the man in Pennsylvania. " This bizarre battle pits Erdogan against an elderly Turkish scholar of Islam named Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Saylorsburg, on a 26-acre compound called the Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center. The distance between Istanbul and the Poconos makes it hard to conceptualize this battle. Yet it will affect the future of democracy in a country viewed as a model of moderate political Islam.
March 15, 2014 |
Coppelia is a thoroughly enjoyable family-friendly ballet, the silly story of a love triangle among a girl, a boy, and a doll. Pennsylvania Ballet made it as fresh and funny as it deserves to be when it began a two-performance run at the Academy of Music on Saturday. The evening cast featured Lauren Fadeley as Swanilda, and her acting was spot-on - charming, naive, playful, a little naughty. Her real-life husband, Francis Veyette, played her boyfriend, Franz, who would flirt with anything on two feet - even if that anything turned out to be Coppelia, a doll sitting in the window of Dr. Coppelius, the toymaker.
March 9, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Ballet gave an encore of a signature work and added another Balanchine ballet to its repertoire for its opening Thursday night at the Academy of Music. Both were part of the company's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. Carmina Burana has been in the troupe's repertoire since 1966, when John Butler staged his 1959 work on Pennsylvania Ballet to Carl Orff's secular cantata. In 2007, choreographer-in-residence Matthew Neenan reinterpreted the ballet with new choreography, costumes, and sets.
March 5, 2014 |
THE MAN who shot off-duty Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Penn early Sunday remained at large yesterday and his motives remained unclear, but what was certain was that he couldn't keep Penn down. Penn, shot once in the shoulder as he got out of his car shortly after midnight near his Overbrook Park home, was released from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania last night, said Lt. John Stanford, police spokesman. Stanford said homicide detectives - who are handling the case because it involves a police officer - had not been able to interview Penn properly because he was under sedation.
February 28, 2014
"I CAN'T remember the exact name. Mart something. It's a red wine . . . " "What part of the world is it from?" "I think it's from us?" That's all the info Rob Peters needs. After a lickety-split visual scan and a series of quick steps through the Ardmore Plaza Wine & Spirits store, he's got his hands on the exact bottle - a Cabernet Sauvignon from Louis M. Martini out of Sonoma County, Calif. - that his customer is seeking. Peters has been presented with such cryptic oenophilic conundrums for 20 years, and it's his job to field them.
February 18, 2014 |
When Phil Racobaldo wanted to expand his 85-worker Deluxe Italian Bakery in Runnemede last year, he did it the old-fashioned way: He borrowed $2 million from Fulton Bank. When Chad Vilotti and James Liscio wanted to update their 176-worker business, Liscio's Italian Bakery , in Glassboro, they also went to their bank. Then they took an extra step: They threatened to move to Pennsylvania. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority responded by giving Liscio's up to $13.5 million over 10 years, under the Grow New Jersey tax credit program.
February 15, 2014 |
A Norfolk Southern Corp. train bound for the Philadelphia area and carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed in Vandergrift in Western Pennsylvania on Thursday, the company confirmed. Twenty-one tank cars came off the track and at least three tank cars leaked crude oil onto the ground, said a Norfolk Southern spokesman. There were no injuries or fire. The thick, heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands is not as explosive as the light, volatile North Dakota crude that has been involved in several recent rail accidents that caused explosions.