October 6, 2014 |
Gone is the sprawling complex of buildings where the recording industry took root and made history in downtown Camden more than a century ago. The lone reminder of the city's crucial role in the early music business is the Victor apartment building with its iconic Nipper tower and stained-glass images of the dog listening to "his master's voice. " Phonograph recordings by the Victor Talking Machine Co. once captured the voice of opera singer Enrico Caruso and performances by classical musicians such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and orchestras conducted by Leopold Stokowski and Arturo Toscanini.
September 19, 2014 |
Take 100 Philadelphians drawn from every age group, ethnicity, and neighborhood, put them on a theater stage, and have them share stories about their lives. Sheer madness? Pure cacophony? Try a piece of cutting-edge theater. And a fascinating one at that. Called 100% Philadelphia , the FringeArts production will stage three performances, Friday through Sunday, at Temple Performing Arts Center. And yes, each will be an evening of storytelling, show-and-tells, and audience Q&As featuring 100 ordinary Philadelphians ranging in age from 2 months to 81 years.
September 19, 2014 |
THAT BEAUTIFUL woman prowling around the junk yard, what could she be looking for? Or rooting in trash bins. Or just ransacking the urban environment for the castoffs of a reckless society. It would have been the artist Dina Wind, looking for discarded objects that she could fashion into the installations that made her one of Philadelphia's more interesting artists. She took old car fenders and other auto castoffs, as well as tools - hammers, saws, pliers, shears and the like - and welded them into shapes and contours that the motorists who once drove the cars and the workers who once wielded the tools wouldn't have recognized.
September 16, 2014 |
Dina Wind, 76, of Gladwyne, a sculptor and longtime patron of the arts in the United States and Israel, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, of ovarian cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mrs. Wind juggled roles as artist and art patron, board member and consumer of cultural offerings, advocate of education and lifelong student, matriarch, and business person, and citizen of Israel and the United States. She led a busy, productive life. As a sculptor, she worked primarily in scrap metal, welding items like car bumpers and old farm tools into what she saw as three-dimensional drawings in the air. Though Mrs. Wind was best known for her sculpture, she also did painting, paper creations, and installations that were shown in 14 shows at two venues - the Viridian Gallery in New York, and the Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia.
August 23, 2014 |
Plant radish seeds now for fall crop. Radish is a very easy edible root crop to grow. It's not only one of the first vegetables to emerge in the spring, but by planting seeds by Labor Day, it can extend the veggie garden season. If you don't have leftover seed, look for discounted seeds at your local hardware or garden center. You can grow a typical red radish like 'Cherry Belle' - which I've grown in the past but found a bit too hot - or milder daikon or oriental radish that has long, white roots, and is often used in Asian-inspired cooking.
August 17, 2014 |
Standing on her 55-foot-tall sculpture at the tip of a spit of land on the Delaware at Washington Avenue, artist Jody Pinto peered down the river and thought of her father and grandparents arriving at the same spot from Italy nearly a century ago. The sculpture, entitled Land Buoy , a silver spire with a spiral staircase wrapped around it, is the focal point of Washington Avenue Pier, a new park, which opened Friday morning where a million European...
March 17, 2014 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - As a globe-trotting adult, I've tended to err on the side of caution and have learned to approach overly novel attractions with a great deal of hesitation. Such was the case on a recent visit to Bogota, Colombia, when against all restraint I kept thumbing back to a dog-eared page in the guidebook referencing a so-called Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, situated in an underground salt mine about 30 miles north of the capital. To prompt myself into finally hazarding Bogota's paralytic traffic so as to discover if the cathedral was worth its salt as a destination, I first had to channel a bit of Clark Griswold, goading his kids into the family car to make time to see the world's second-largest ball of twine as they made their way to Wally World.
March 6, 2014 |
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke came to an agreement on the renovation of John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known to skateboarders, lunching office workers, tourists, and bridal parties as LOVE Park. There had been a fierce debate about its fate, but one thing had never been in dispute: The LOVE sculpture would stay. After all, the sculpture - based on a distinctive, stacked composition created by Robert Indiana 50 years ago - is practically the unofficial logo of Philadelphia.
January 5, 2014 |
As shivering but curious passersby stopped to watch, holding up scarves to shield their faces from below-freezing winds, Kevin Gregory lifted a 10-pound Eagles helmet made of ice onto a clear, frozen podium. "Couldn't have asked for better weather - except for the sun," said Gregory, founder of Ice Concepts and the Eagles' unofficial go-to ice sculptor, on the 15-degree morning Friday. Gregory, 45, has been carving ice since 1994, most of that time with his business partner, Antonio Young.
October 28, 2013 |
Katie Grinnan's interactive sculpture For Your Information , the putative star of her show at the Print Center, "Katie Grinnan: Three Headed Lady," is still developing - and you can be part of its evolution by browsing on its computer (recipes, You-Tube videos, selfies, whatever), printing your contribution (yes, there's a printer, too), then clipping your papers together and filing them (real, old-fashioned folders hang on hinged compartments next to the seats). Grinnan's growing knowledge center has the best of intentions: She wants it to reveal "the nuances that are missed through computer interactions" and to "slow people down and focus on the way thought patterns emerge.