July 20, 2015 |
Misty Copeland was showered with love and attention when she became the first African American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre last month. She received thousands of congratulatory tweets. Her promotion was big news in media nationwise. Ballet fans rejoiced, and so did many who had never heard of her. Would this mean a new era of opportunity for ballerinas of color in a world of white swans, snowflakes, and sylphs? The outlook depends on whom you ask. Joan Myers Brown, founding artistic director of Philadanco, created her troupe 45 years ago "because there were no opportunities for black dancers, not because I wanted to have a black company.
June 26, 2015 |
NEW YORK - What will Sam Hinkie do? That's perhaps the biggest question in Philadelphia, if not the NBA. The 76ers general manager has many options heading into the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center. Although he has remained quiet throughout the process, the common belief is that Hinkie will take Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell with the third overall pick. Citing several league sources, CBSSports.com reported that the Sixers are interested in trading up with the Minnesota Timberwolves (first pick)
May 17, 2015 |
CHICAGO It's no secret that D'Angelo Russell and the 76ers have mutual interest. Russell could become the lead guard the Sixers covet should they select him with their first overall pick in the June 25 NBA draft. It would also enable him to reunite with former high school teammate Joel Embiid and play with good friend Nerlens Noel. Russell had what could be the first of many meetings with the Sixers brass here at the NBA draft combine. "It went well," he said of his interview.
April 11, 2015 |
When the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (a.k.a. PhilaMOCA, at 531 N. 12th St.) hosts the third annual Cinedelphia Film Festival, curator Eric Bresler will unspool his usual glut of oddball renegade films. For 2015's theme - filmmakers working outside Hollywood's system - Cinedelphia will run a 12-hour Best Worst Movie Marathon, the famously cheesy fan-film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation , and a retrospective of Broomall native and Johnny Carson-regular Len Cella's aptly titled Moron Movies . Cinedelphia's main event pays tribute to local filmmaker Don Argott, his producing/life partner, Sheena Joyce (the couple just welcomed a baby)
October 2, 2014 |
WHEN WORD leaked this summer of the other players involved in the three-team Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins trade, Joel Embiid texted his mentor seeking confirmation. Yes, the reports were indeed true, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute verified. "It was kind of weird because it's like, 'Wow. Really, this is happening?' But it's exciting at the same time," Mbah a Moute said this week before the start of 76ers' training camp. "I never thought that [Embiid] would be in the NBA this quick, let alone be my teammate.
June 27, 2014
JOEL EMBIID Full Name: Joel Hans Embiid Position: Center How he got here: No. 3 pick in draft Height: 7-0 Weight: 250 Birthdate: March 16, 1994 (20) High School: Rock School, Gainesville, Fla. Hometown: Yaounde, Cameroon College: Kansas Class: Freshman 2013-14 season: Associated Press All-America Second Team . . . Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year . . . All-Big 12 Second Team (Big 12, AP) . . . Big 12 All-Defensive Team . . . Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.
February 12, 2014 |
'AS the Palaces Burn" is not a typical life-on-the-road film, or, at least, it didn't turn out to be. Instead, the film, which will have its world premiere Sunday at the Trocadero, is a gripping look inside a band in crisis, with its lead singer fighting to stay out of prison. As the metal band Lamb of God was touring the world in support of its seventh studio album, "Resolution," accompanied by Philadelphia filmmaker Don Argott's crew, frontman Randy Blythe was arrested in June 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic, and charged in the death of a fan who had suffered fatal injuries at a concert two years before.
May 7, 2012 |
‘Don't be nervous," Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser told the 23 girls and two boys with their left hands on the barre, wearing solemn expressions and numbers pinned to their neat dance clothes. "Relax and work hard. " The first of two groups of 12- to 14-year-olds followed principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa through an hour of pliés, tendus, jetés, and pirouettes last Sunday morning in the company's East Falls studios. "She's my teacher's wife!" one girl squealed on the way out of the audition, referring to Ochoa, a calm, gentle instructor with a striking presence.
March 24, 2012
The parents of Polina Kadiyska, the Bulgarian ballet dancer who was killed early Sunday in a hit-and-run, boarded a plane Friday with enough money to cover the cost of returning their daughter's body home for burial. A two-day fund-raising drive raised $11,350 for the family, said Valeria Gospodinov, owner of the Euro Market in Broomall, which organized the effort. "People were so generous and helpful, and I'm proud of what we did," said Gospodinov, who had known Kadiyska since she arrived in the United States three years ago on a scholarship to the Rock School for Dance Education.
March 22, 2012 |
BULGARIAN ballerina Polina Kadiyska had just finished dancing in a side job when she was struck down by a hit-and-run vehicle on South Broad Street earlier this week. The 22-year-old, a student at the Rock School for Dance Education in South Philly, was elated that her performance at a bar had gone well, a friend said Wednesday. So she called her boyfriend, Nick, to let him know while she waited in a Chinese takeout for food, said the friend, who did not want her name published.