May 29, 2015 |
DORTMUND, Germany - What is Yannick Nézet-Séguin doing on the back of a winged rhinoceros? And where is he expecting to go with such unconventional transportation? One possible answer in this poster image for his concerts here at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, in what used to be the heart of Germany's coal and steel industry, is that he's using his artistic frequent-flyer miles to ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra's success here. "I went to Yannick's first concert as chief conductor [in Philadelphia]
October 18, 2014 |
Rapture, Blister, Burn may go down in history as the first feminist play to end with brainy female characters toasting Phyllis Schlafly, that bête noire of the Equal Rights Amendment, without sarcasm. It's no gimmick. Gina Gionfriddo's intellectually ambitious comedy, reopening the question of women choosing between career and family, allows that all choices are valid, even mediocre ones. A bit dour, perhaps? No. Rapture , which opened Wednesday at the Wilma Theater, is part of a growing genre that might be called war-of-the-brain-cells plays, such as Yasmina Reza's 2008 God of Carnage , with intelligent urbanites talking, drinking, and destroying each other's pretensions.
October 15, 2014 |
Brace yourselves, Philly theater people: Joanna Settle, the new head of the Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts, has arrived with big plans - for herself, her students, and the city's theatergoers. Blindingly articulate and brimming with new-kid optimism, Settle recently returned from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she collaborated with Passing Strange singer/songwriter Stew on his new musical, Family Album . She is making her local directorial debut at the Wilma Theater this week with Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn . During an interview in which big names dropped right and left, Settle - wearing silver shoes - explained the similarities involved in directing, producing, and running a school within a university: "There's a reason they call it 'helming' - you're steering this thing.
February 8, 2013 |
Not all of Hugo Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch (Spanish Songbook) portrays desperation, plus its aftermath and echoes. But most of the best songs do, exploding the emotional violence latent in the Paul Heyse and Emanuel Geibel poems so insistently that it's no wonder singers and audiences are intimidated by the density of the 44-song cycle. So few were likely to feel shortchanged when Angelika Kirchschlager and Ian Bostridge sang only 34 of the songs Tuesday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater.
December 22, 2012 |
Once again, the Earth has survived. Unless typing at this terminal is Heaven - and it's clearly far from Hell - no rapture or disaster happened overnight, contrary to movie-inspiring misreadings of Mayan calendars. Add that to the list of dead-wrong prophecies about the end of the world. Here are 10 previous apocalyptic flops: 1. Radio preacher's dud and redux. California evangelist Harold Camping said he could "absolutely guarantee," based on his Bible-based math, that on May 21, 2011, a grave-opening earthquake would let 200 million blessed souls get "caught up" or "raptured" into Heaven, while remaining billions would feel "horror and chaos" until Oct. 21, "when God will completely destroy this earth.
November 13, 2011
Jay Rubenstein is a professor of history at the University of Tennessee and the author of Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse On Oct. 21, the world did not end, despite predictions by Christian radio personality Harold Camping. We have by now laughed him off, but perhaps we owe Camping one more serious hearing. I for one can't help but ask: What if the apocalypse had happened? Or if not "the" apocalypse, then at least something fairly apocalyptic? That is what occurred 900 years ago. Thousands of people expected the apocalypse, and they got it, though not the one they were expecting.
May 23, 2011 |
At a union hall in Delaware County where, just one week ago, 150 Judgment Day believers gathered to celebrate their last Sunday on earth, there were signs yesterday that the believers may have indeed been raptured. The building was locked and the parking lot desolate - except for a single crumpled blue hoodie and a toy frog that lay on its back, all bug-eyed and soulless. The Dumpster on the lot was filled with the remnants of a decent last meal - pizza boxes and a case of Rolling Rock - and broken bottles of Jagermeister and beer littered the lot's perimeter.
May 21, 2011 |
So here we are: May 21, the day that a surprising number of people around the world think will mark the beginning of the end - The Rapture. If this strikes you as news, here's a quick recap: Harold Camping, an 89-year-old Christian evangelist from Oakland, recently declared that decades of studying the Bible had led him to believe that today will, in fact, be Judgment Day, the day that Jesus Christ returns. (The Rapture is supposed to begin locally at 6 p.m.) Camping launched a massive ad campaign to bring his message to the masses.
May 21, 2011 |
As you probably know by now, this promises to be a hell of a day. Perhaps you've read the newspaper reports or seen the billboards along I-95; or clicked on the CDC's posting, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse"; or tuned into Camden's 106.9 FM, one of Family Radio's 150 stations that have been broadcasting warnings for months that the End of Days will occur ... today. Based on revised, painstaking readings of the Bible, and using algorithms he says are derived from God's own word, Harold Camping, 89, an evangelist from Oakland, Calif., has determined that Armageddon will begin at 6 p.m. Philadelphia time.
May 17, 2011 |
THE SECOND coming of Jesus Christ - if and when it happens - raises all types of questions for believers who expect to "meet the Lord in the air" during the Rapture, as the Bible states. Such as: Who's going to feed the dog? Bart Centre has you covered. For only $135. Centre, a retired retail executive for a major national chain, has found a way to profit from what he sees as the misguided beliefs of God-fearing Bible thumpers. "I'm not looking to make a statement here," said Centre, 62, an atheist author and founder of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets.