August 7, 2016 |
Like centuries of momma pigs before her, sow No. 9 was bred to eat and have babies. But as an exemplar of 21st-century farming, how would the 400-pound, bristle-haired creature fare when confronted with a rudimentary video game? Quite well, it turns out. Upon spotting a red square on a video screen the other day, the animal nudged a joystick with her snout, as she had been trained to do, and was rewarded with a snack. "She's not our prettiest sow, but she's a smart one," said Kristina M. Horback, an animal behavior scientist at the University of Pennsylvania.
July 29, 2016 |
The game through the eyes of Blake Countess is a simple one, particularly as an NFL rookie trying to win a roster spot, and hoping to make a contribution more meaningful than just that. "Keep showing the coaches they can trust me out there," Countess said. "That's the biggest thing coming in, the coaches being able to trust you. So you keep grinding, and you get better every day. " Countess, a sixth-round pick in the April draft, is a versatile defensive back who played both safety and cornerback in college, often on the inside in nickel coverage.
July 18, 2016 |
As an owner of The Bacon Jams, Michael Oraschewsky insisted there was nothing significant about his decision to order a vegetarian entree during our recent lunch interview. Yet on that late June afternoon in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood, Oraschewsky revealed that his spreadable-bacon company plans to drop the word bacon from its product name. Also vanishing from the label is the sunglasses-wearin', guitar-strummin', electric-pink pig. A new subdued look is on the menu for a fourth- quarter debut: TBJ Gourmet , thick black letters say. Discreetly tucked in the white space between the "T" and "B" are the tiny face, front legs, and curly tail of a pig, its snout a soft pink.
May 20, 2016 |
'A twisty tale of mayhem and allegorical ridiculousness" - that is how the Pig Iron Theatre Company described its own dizzying 2015 production I Promised Myself to Live Faster . The description could well stand for everything the interdisciplinary ensemble has done in its 20 official years of existence, with more than 24 original works (not counting daringly athletic takes on, say, Twelfth Night , as they did in 2011) and an educational program (the seriously clowning Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training)
January 10, 2016
At last year's Fringe, Philadelphia sextet Dr. Dog brought its obscure 2001 The Psychedelic Swamp back to life with Pig Iron Theatre Company. "Bring My Baby Back" is the pure-pop first single on the rerecorded Swamp , out Feb. 5 on Anti-Records.
December 16, 2015 |
Pig Iron Theatre Company's anniversary remounting of its 2006 production of Gentlemen Volunteers , which toured the world to acclaim, is performed in English, in French, in song, and in mime. This new production is directed by three of the original crew - Dan Rothenberg, Quinn Bauriedel, and Dito van Reigersberg - but the cast is new, as is Michael Castillejos, who provides music on an accordion and sound effects on a Foley table. The gentlemen volunteers of the title are two young men right out of Yale who sign up to drive ambulances for the American Field Service in France in World War I, before the United States had entered the war. Vincent (Scott Sheppard)
December 9, 2015 |
Philadelphia police, the FBI, and the city's Human Relations Commission launched investigations Monday after a worker at a North Philadelphia mosque found a severed pig's head outside its door. Surveillance video outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society, on Germantown Avenue near Jefferson Street, showed a red pickup truck drove past the building twice just before 11 p.m. Sunday. The first time it crept along slowly near the curb. On its second pass, the video shows, someone extended an arm from the passenger window and tossed something that rolled to a stop near the mosque's front door.
September 12, 2015 |
Back in 2001, the Philadelphia psych-rock pop band Dr. Dog made a cassette-only album called Psychedelic Swamp . The concept album concerns a man named Phrases who gets trapped in a marsh, where he receives an encoded tape from outer space that needs to be translated into music by Dr. Dog. Naturally, the album, never officially released, has attained mythic status among fans. And at Union Transfer on Wednesday, a packed house got to hear it brought to life most imaginatively in Swamp Is On!
July 31, 2015 |
MOOSIC, Pa. - In middle school, Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle was at a crossroads. Already 6-4 by the time he finished eighth grade, Biddle knew he had a bright future in sports, but he wasn't sure whether that future included a baseball field or a basketball court. "I really thought I was going to be 7 feet tall," Biddle said. "When I was in eighth grade, I was just like towering over everybody on the basketball court, and I was like, 'Man . . . I like basketball, I don't like it as much as baseball, but if I'm going to be 7 feet tall, I better learn how to post up or something.' " Biddle, a Mount Airy native, made the varsity basketball team as a freshman at Germantown Friends School, but he quickly learned great height doesn't always equal great success on the court.
July 17, 2015 |
THEIR intentions shrouded by the cloak of deep night, the drivers hurried up the interstate. The body, sawed into four pieces, sat motionless in the back of the pickup, hidden from plain view. When they finally reached their destination, they heaved the fleshy quarters onto a metal table in a silent kitchen, where a tattooed man with a sharp, sharp knife went to work. Hours later, after the body was butchered beyond recognition, the man called his friends, each of whom grew giddy when told they were allowed to pick their favorite parts and play with them.