March 18, 2014 |
Awaiting her first public appearance Sunday as Miss Philadelphia 2014 - in the St. Patrick's Day Parade - Diamond Edmonds was still aglow with post-pageant euphoria. "It's just a feeling of accomplishment," said the 24-year-old teacher and North Philadelphia native who was first runner-up in last year's contest. "I worked hard and then I finally got it. " She won Saturday's competition at the University of the Arts with a crowd-pleasing tap routine to Michael Jackson music. "She brought the house down," said Mary Kaye Jacono Anthony, co-executive director of the Miss Philadelphia Scholarship Committee and a former Miss Philadelphia.
March 17, 2014 |
Leonard Bogdanoff, 83, of Elkins Park, a violist with the Philadelphia Orchestra for a half-century, died Friday, March 15, at his home. Colleagues said Mr. Bogdanoff personified the best qualities of the orchestra's old guard. "When I think of Leonard, I think of the kindness in dealing with all of the other members of the viola section. He was just very fair," said Pamela Faye, a substitute violist with the orchestra and a frequent stand partner of Mr. Bogdanoff's. "You can have people who can make or break a section, and he was one of the ones who gave a positive influence, sound-wise, stylistically, all of it. That was really an inspiration to me. " Retired orchestra member Louis Lanza, who as a second violinist sat not far from Mr. Bogdanoff, called him "a very steady player, very accurate, and just a wonderful musician.
March 16, 2014 |
Although perfectly congenial, the Philadelphia Orchestra's high-concept program was up around the ozone Thursday when the Fauré Requiem was preceded by a succession of composers that spanned three centuries and as many nationalities - for no clear reason. Not knowing the connecting thread isn't a bad thing: Such things can reveal themselves over time. Hitting so many musical bases, though, translated into less cumulative impact, despite superb performances under guest conductor Alain Altinoglu.
March 15, 2014 |
Update: All runways reopened Friday morning and some of the passengers who were on the aborted flight arrived earlier in Fort Lauderdale. Earlier story A US Airways jetliner bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., blew a tire and skidded nose-down to a stop Thursday evening at Philadelphia International Airport. Flight 1702, carrying 149 passengers, was trying to take off about 6:20 p.m. when the tire blew and the front landing gear collapsed, officials said. The flight had been scheduled to take off at 5:50, according to US Airways' website.
March 15, 2014 |
Sharon Corr, of the Irish band the Corrs, appreciates the way Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day. "It's a huge celebration, and I don't really believe in under-doing anything. If you're going to do something, do it big, and that's what you guys do, which I think is really, really great. We [Irish] do have that great heritage of great art, great music, so it's good to celebrate. " Saturday night offers a convergence of opportunities to explore Irish music of several shades of green, from Corr's own debut solo appearance at World Cafe Live to the Philly-based Irish American band Solas at Wilmington's Grand Opera House to Celtic Nights' celebration of traditional step-dancing and music at the Annenberg.
March 15, 2014 |
Philadelphia is a city that is all too willing to squander its assets. We've hacked away entire blocks of Center City for parking lots, leveled Frank Furness' greatest buildings, and stripped our neighborhoods of their stately banks and churches. We're so blase about our past, we've even razed the houses where the city's founder and the nation's first president lived. The destruction has proceeded at a slow, steady pace for more than half a century, and yet we never seem to learn from our mistakes.
March 14, 2014 |
Years before winning over diners with dishes like chowder-poached oysters and gnocchi with snails, Fitler Dining Room chef Robert Marzinsky had a different artistic vision: He and a group of fellow art-school graduates made site-specific installations using ceramics and other materials. Since the works were temporary, he said, "We recognized that, to some extent, the real work was when you documented it. You'd come back with 500 slides, and spend $300 to process the film. " Today, in his kitchen at 22d and Spruce, Marzinsky is still making things that are ephemeral and beautiful - and he still acknowledges the impulse to document those creations.
March 13, 2014 |
BELIEVING HE was a prophet with supernatural powers on a mission from God to conquer evil in Philadelphia, a Virginia Beach police officer stabbed two firefighters he thought were demons trying to stop his crusade, according to a lawsuit filed recently in Illinois federal court. Bradley Colas, the officer who filed the lawsuit, said that a generic form of the antibiotic Biaxin, which he was prescribed to treat bronchitis, caused him to experience an intense psychotic episode on March 4, 2012.
March 11, 2014
UMB Financial Corp., Kansas City, Mo., hired Louis Maricondi as senior vice president and global sales director for its institutional banking and investor services division in Chadds Ford. He was vice president and senior director of business development for BNY Mellon. BDO USA L.L.P., a Chicago accounting and consulting firm, named Terri Albertson assurance partner in the firm's Philadelphia office. Albertson had been a partner for Grant Thornton, leading the Northeast not-for-profit and higher-education industry practices.
March 4, 2014
J ACK PRAUL, 51, of Washington Square West, co-owns Philadelphia Photographics, a digital-imaging and film photo lab in Midtown Village that has served photographers, artists and businesses since 1990. Q: How'd the biz start? A: My life partner, James Hood, who's 67, started the business. I was part of the team that came aboard in 1990 and helped set up darkrooms, build equipment and buy used equipment. I worked part time from 1990 to 1995, and in 1995 I came to work full time.