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.
July 16, 2015 |
ONE LANCASTER County man likes pork a little too much. You could say that he loves it. Larry William Henry, 65, was charged late last month with criminal trespass, defiant trespass, indecent exposure and related offenses after he was caught in his birthday suit hamming it up with a bunch of pigs, police in Manor Township told the Daily News yesterday. He was released after posting bail. Henry allegedly broke into a hog barn on Coffee Street in Millersville at 10:18 p.m. on June 26, police said.
June 16, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - Aaron Nola is one step away from joining the Phillies. The team's top pitching prospect was promoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday afternoon. Nola made 12 starts this season at double-A Reading. He was 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA. The righthander struck out 59 batters in 762/3 innings. "We kind of had this date in our mind for a while," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development. "There's nothing magical about today versus five days ago. We thought it was important for him to spend the amount of time that he spent in double A. Obviously, he performed very well and it's time to go. "I feel very confident that Aaron is going to be himself and do what he does.
May 27, 2015 |
Here's what an extravaganza Pig Iron Theatre Company's new devised production, I Promised Myself to Live Faster , is: I had to check the program several times, because I couldn't believe it listed only five performers. As a tribute to Charles Ludlam and his Ridiculous Theatrical Company, this is right and good. Ludlam, who died in 1987 at 44, wrote, among other madcap works of camp and comedy, The Mystery of Irma Vep , in which two actors play approximately a zillion quick-change characters, all adapted from the overwrought gothic horror films and novels that no doubt influenced Ludlam's youth.