April 20, 2012
Special Events 2012 Forgiveness and Hope Conference A spiritual outreach conference. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2178. 4/21. 7:30-5 pm. Beer-B-Q Spring Festival City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. $45-$55. 4/21. Noon-4 pm. Darby Creek Clean-Up John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.; Registration required: 215-365-3118. 4/21. 8 am-noon. F. Harold Comedy Festival Over 40 stand-up, sketch & improv comedy groups perform.
January 23, 2012
A LOOK BACK AT 'TODAY' NBC's "Today" is turning 60, and Jane Pauley's in town to mark the occasion. The former "Today" anchor will appear on a free and open-to-the-public panel at 6:30 tonight at Drexel University's Bossone Research Center, Mitchell Auditorium (3140 Market St.) with former "Today" executive producer Steve Friedman and Stephen Battaglio, author of From Yesterday to 'Today,' and moderated by Karen Curry, executive director of the Rudman Institute in Drexel's Westphal College and a former news executive at NBC. STONE SOUL PICNIC Kate Ferber, a Lower Merion grad, brings her one-woman cabaret show, "One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro," to World Cafe Live on Wednesday.
August 20, 2011 |
Jerome J. Shestack grew up with his parents and grandparents in an Atlantic City boardinghouse until he was 7 years old. Both his grandfathers were rabbis and, his family recalled, he spoke Hebrew and Yiddish before he began to speak English. But he was a fast learner. Mr. Shestack, 88, the Philadelphia lawyer who was president of the American Bar Association in 1997 and 1998 as well as an international human-rights leader, died of kidney failure Thursday, Aug. 18, at his home in Center City.
February 23, 2010 |
Could there be a more pregnant title than "Dialogues With Darwin"? Network for New Music tantalized and rewarded weekend audiences with its Darwin project, involving new poetry, settings of three of those poems by still-evolving young composers, and a highly evolved major piece by Maurice Wright. Where else could such a program convene but at the American Philosophical Society, for the concert and the poetry readings asked fundamental questions about changing understandings, and even sidled up to the unanswered question: "Does music (or any art)
October 7, 2007 |
Philadelphia poetry impresario Herschel Baron, 94, a mechanical engineer and a rabid, lifelong defender of the First Amendment who was fired in 1957 by RCA for alleged Communist activity, died of lung cancer Monday at the Watermark at Logan Square, where he had lived for one year. The bantam retiree, a familiar character in Philadelphia poetry circles for more than 20 years, was hard to miss with his shock of white hair and beard, rakish Greek fisherman's cap, pipe (he owned 300 pipes)
October 29, 2006 |
The 2.7-mile stretch of Lancaster Avenue from just east of Church Road in Ardmore to County Line Road in Rosemont appears like many other busy suburban downtowns. Slaves to the traffic light, motorists could be forgiven for missing the multitude of businesses that line the street, but Ardmore, Bryn Mawr and Haverford are hoping to stop traffic with "First Friday, A Main Line ARTitude. " "We're trying to showcase art and culture," said Sherry Tillman, owner of Past Present Future in Ardmore and the driving force behind the event, which made its debut this month.
June 9, 2005 |
Watching TV, playing computer games, surfing the Net - popular American pastimes. Along with poetry. Poetry? Yes, poetry, that most rarefied of literary endeavors, is hot - hotter than ever, in fact - especially among young people. Poetry readings, poetry slams, and spoken-word performances attract sellout crowds in clubs and auditoriums locally and across the country. Poetry anthologies and audio collections are selling briskly. And the weekly HBO program Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry is entering its fifth season.
April 24, 2005 |
After Mary Lou Adams moved to Gloucester City, her parents urged her to join the local historical society. Parents know best. "My parents helped start Magnolia's historical society, and my father even helped build the railroad museum that is modeled after the old railroad station," Adams said. "They thought belonging to such a group would be a good way to learn more about a community and meet new people. " Her parents, Mary and Jim Hannold, as usual gave her good advice.
October 13, 2004 |
Ted Kooser gets up every day before dawn. But, unlike some of his neighbors in rural America, he's not rising to milk cows or scatter feed to chickens. He gets up to write poetry, and he's been doing it since he was an insurance executive and had only a few hours before putting on a suit and going to work. On March 11, 1999, less than a year after surviving a bout with cancer, he wrote: The sky a pale yellow this morning, like the skin of an onion, and here at the center, under layer upon layer of brooding and ferment, a poet, and cupped in his hands, the green shoot of one word.
April 21, 2004 |
Glitzy tourist attractions - the big three being the Tweeter Center, the New Jersey State Aquarium, and the Battleship New Jersey - have defined Camden as a hot spot to visit at least once. But in the background, a cultural revolution with less fanfare has taken root. A handful of arts venues tucked throughout the diverse community have been quietly and regularly exhibiting art, from splashy abstracts to classical sculpture. Together they have also presented dazzling acts, including an Ecuadoran pipe band, a Shakespearean comedy, jazz singers, modern dance, a Cinderella ballet, and poetry readings.