September 18, 2016 |
What does one troubled girl's suicide matter when weighed against the enormousness of an unfeeling universe? Quite a lot, if judged by the wealth of theatrical potency, musical skill, and humor displayed by César Alvarez's musical The Elementary Spacetime Show , a new work that, given a wide enough audience, will become Rent for the social-media generation. Alameda (Julia Louise) wants to die and chugs a handful of pills before singing the last verses of the show's opening number.
August 19, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - After the Eagles had five takeaways in their 17-9 preseason win over the Tampa Bay Bucs last week, somebody asked defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz whether he puts particular emphasis on forcing turnovers. "Well, you can emphasize it all you want," he said. "You can do drills all you want. But you've got to have players (who can force turnovers). Standing up and giving a speech or putting a PowerPoint up or making an emphasis in a drill doesn't get it done on the field.
August 16, 2016 |
As a Philadelphia firefighter, Steven Mesete often is required to spring into action at a moment's notice, abruptly sending his heart into rat-a-tat mode. "You can be sitting still, and then running at 100 miles an hour," he said. One day last week, Mesete ramped up his cardiovascular system in a much more controlled fashion, walking on a treadmill with wires stuck to his chest and a cardiologist standing nearby. The 41-year-old firefighter with Engine 49 in South Philadelphia was among the first in the 2,200-member department to undergo what is now a mandatory physical exam every two years.
June 26, 2016 |
An Iraq War veteran in York County, Pa., has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was denied a type of physical therapy because she has HIV. The 40-year-old woman, whose suit was filed under the pseudonym Bonnie Jones, said she sought help from OSS Orthopaedic Hospital in York for chronic spine pain and limited range of motion. She said the pain resulted from wearing a bulletproof vest for an extended period. Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, which operates physical therapy services at the hospital, and Timothy Burch, a physical therapist, also were named in the suit, filed by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania.
June 1, 2016 |
The Servant of Two Masters (1746) by Carlo Goldoni is an enduring theater favorite, but I doubt many revivals stand up to the energetic panache of the show now running at Hedgerow Theatre. Jared Reed excels as the servant Truffaldino, who latches on to two masters, then spends the night fighting to keep them separate. Truffaldino expands in stature, but in the early going has only the modest ambition of getting one good meal out of the deal. Servant is commedia dell'arte, and all the usual elements are there -- wily menials, venial old men, frustrated young lovers, cross-dressing, mistaken identities, props with almost magical power, purloined letters, physical humor, and lots of wordplay.
March 25, 2016 |
Niger Ali is writing a script for a kids' TV show. About physics. "The basis of everything," the Freedom Prep High School freshman explains, "is physics. " Ali, 14, has a chance to write, produce, and host the show of his dreams because of the Institute for Development of Education in the Arts, or IDEA. The nonprofit organization offers classes in the 130-seat "black box" theater complex - "we call it the IDEA Performing Arts Center," president Cynthia Primas says - at the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden waterfront.
March 22, 2016 |
The Temple physics professor whose life was turned upside down when the U.S. government filed and later withdrew espionage charges against him has been notified that the government will not refile the charges. "The U.S. Attorney's Office has notified Professor [Xiaoxing] Xi's defense team that there will be no new charges and that the government will return his seized property," said Michael A. Schwartz, one of Xi's lawyers. Whether the government might recharge Xi had been an open question since September, when prosecutors withdrew the existing charges "without prejudice," meaning that they could be revived.
March 20, 2016
Paul Halpern is a University of the Sciences physics professor and the author of "Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics" At its best, Twitter can offer the kind of creative connections and sharing of ideas that would have been nearly impossible decades ago. It can link individuals with parallel or complementary interests, and offer them the chance to enrich each...
March 17, 2016
By B.G. Kelley Among those who believe in redemption and resurrection, Easter time resonates spiritually more than any other time of the year. Yet it also resonates physically, for the two are not mutually exclusive. The connection is resoundingly made in the redemptive suffering and pain of Jesus carrying and enduring the cross. It is a triumphant connection. I became convinced of the intrinsic spirit and value of this link when I was a teenager. I became assured that the physical-spiritual journey takes a shape as particular as a snowflake, making a difference from the departure point to the end. And it is not a lucky drift.
March 11, 2016 |
RODNEY McLEOD was asked what makes him a good fit for Eagles coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense. "Just my physicality," McLeod said in his introductory news conference Thursday, after he signed on for five years and $37 million. "I'm able to just be fearless out there, honestly, even though, my size, you know a lot of people wouldn't say I'm that big (at 5-10, 195). " McLeod, who has played in every game since he arrived in St. Louis as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2012, and has started 48 games in a row at safety, said one of the reasons he took the Eagles' offer was that he wants to play alongside and learn from Malcolm Jenkins.