November 19, 2015 |
Jadee grew up swarmed by children: her siblings and step-siblings, and the 10 kids her mom cared for in the day-care center she ran from their house. By age 4, Jadee could change a diaper; as a teen, she was a sought-after babysitter. Eero remembers her childhood fondly: Her father taught her to fix motorcycles and bleed the brakes on old cars; sometimes, he woke her in the middle of the night to go stargazing. When the couple met via the online dating site OkCupid and Jadee compared their profile questions, the answers matched in nearly every instance except one: Eero said she wanted to be a parent.
November 18, 2015 |
JASON CULLER'S heart sank as he read about the kids who found the corpses of two newborn babies in an alley behind a North Philly car lot on Saturday. It's disturbing enough that babies were dumped like garbage. But Culler's thoughts kept going back to the 9- and 12-year-olds who made the gruesome discovery of the baby boy and girl. Twenty years ago Culler was in their shoes. And now, as he watched an all-too-familiar scene of reporters circling a 9-year-old boy who detailed his shocking find, Culler hoped the young boy would get the help that he hadn't.
November 16, 2015 |
What's so exciting about the region's current brewpub boom? The sheer diversity of the movement. Yes, the area's corporate pioneers are still thriving. But the indie newcomers have gone well beyond the familiar templates, with quirky concepts in unlikely locales, from far-flung strip malls to bike paths along the river, colonial inns, emerging city neighborhoods, and vibrant suburban main streets. Some have full kitchens. Others make the most of crock pots, induction burners, and a panini press.
November 14, 2015 |
The Second City, Chicago's improv sketch comedy theater, surely has extended its Windy City reach with comic legends such as John Belushi, John Candy, Joan Rivers, Alan Arkin, Bob Odenkirk, Adam McKay, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray. Still, the moment someone mentions the troupe or its school, Chicago rears its ugly head. "I am a member of one of Second City's touring companies, three of them, all based out of Chicago," says comedian Andrew Knox, who managed to get out of town long enough to perform on a cruise ship for nearly five months - albeit a Second City-based excursion.
November 14, 2015 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia edged closer to breaking even financially in its core operations in the year ended June 30, officials said Thursday. The Archdiocesan Office for Financial Services, which administers insurance, pensions, and other functions for parishes and church-related entities, reported a loss of $700,000 in its latest fiscal year, down from a $2.3 million loss the year before. Both figures exclude certain items that do not reflect recurring day-to-day operations.
November 13, 2015 |
In recognition of the substantial trade between their two regions, Mayor Nutter and Frankfurt, Germany, Mayor Peter Feldmann on Wednesday formally announced a "sister city" relationship. The ceremony took place at the Center City offices of Morgan Lewis L.L.P., which itself has an office in Frankfurt, Europe's preeminent banking and finance center. Philadelphia is a significant U.S. entry point for German companies seeking to do business in the American market. "It's the perfect match," Nutter said in a short address at a reception for German and U.S. dignitaries and business leaders at the law firm's Market Street location.
November 13, 2015 |
The largest Asian American film festival on the East Coast kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday at International House in West Philadelphia. The eighth annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will promote and explore Asian identity through a modern artistic lens. Running through Nov. 22, it features more than 60 films, filmmaker-led discussions, and programs on music, culture, and food. Guest speakers include actor Peter Shinkoda, from Netflix's Daredevil , and spoken-word artist Michelle Meyers.
November 12, 2015 |
Three decades after rising to public attention, Beethoven's metronome markings still have a tantalizing news value. Dirk Brossé brought up the issue at Monday night's Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia concert at the Perelman Theater by telling the audience he would adhere to Beethoven's metronomic wishes in the Symphony No. 2 , which he said might not be what we are used to hearing. It's probably true that, with some notable exceptions, conductors and the orchestras they led slowed down quite a bit in the 20th century.
November 11, 2015 |
Hannibal Lokumbe calls his new work, "One Land, One River, One People," a "spiritatorio. " Commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, it's less a concert piece than a spiritual explosion - a gumbo of blues, jazz, spirituals and joyful rhythm. Yannick Nezet-Seguin will conduct the work this weekend in a program that will begin with Copland's familiar "Appalachian Spring" and Sibelius' stirring "Finlandia. " "One Land" is scored for soprano Laquita Mitchell and tenor Rodrick Dixon, plus three choirs: the Delaware State University Choir, the Lincoln University Concert Choir and Morgan State University Choir.
November 10, 2015 |
Serafin Natal had trouble walking in Philadelphia's first Veterans Day Parade on Sunday. But he would not stop. The 65-year-old Navy man had beaten renal cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Doctors took a kidney out of him 10 years ago - only for diabetes to come along, knocking some of the feeling out of his feet. But the retired Juniata Park factory worker was on a mission Sunday. His colonial city was making history, if more than two centuries late.