January 10, 2016
The Innovator. Lots of minds these days lay claim to innovation as the abiding force in their work, but no one wore innovation as naturally and completely as did Pierre Boulez, 90, who died Tuesday. As a composer, writer, and conductor, Boulez had the kind of unshackled 20th-century imagination for classical music that now, upon his departure, seems all but extinct. What if, for instance, orchestras today could break through the image barrier by inviting audiences in to listen while lying on the floor?
December 18, 2015 |
At the height of Philadelphia's neo-soul renaissance in the late '90s and early 2000s, many flowers bloomed right in the heart of Old City. Every Tuesday night, many of the most talented singers and prolific songwriters took center stage to sing classics and test new material in front of shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of critical music lovers. If you could make it at the Black Lily, you could make it anywhere. Among the voices filling the air at the female-theme jam sessions were Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Jazmine Sullivan, Kindred the Family Soul, Floetry, Jazzyfatnastees, and Jaguar Wright.
December 16, 2013 |
In the days when Jack Yoast's front yard was a light-free zone, the Upper Dublin businessman would cruise the suburbs for holiday-decorating inspiration. Houses on Terwood Road in Willow Grove and nearby Joel Drive were the kind of shimmering spectacles that made his then-10-year-old daughter, Kelly, beam from the car. One day, Yoast thought, he'd have his own light show. Yoast, who co-owns a business telecommunications firm with brother Mike, has turned his front lawn into an incandescent corner of Upper Dublin Township where children and their parents stop to gaze at glowing depictions of Santas, penguins, fire-breathing dragons, and the baby Jesus.
February 16, 2013 |
Kids go behind the scenes Saturday for PNC Arts Alive's annual Family Day at the Opera. The free event takes place at the Academy of Music from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with timed entrances at 10 and 11. Children can do cool things such as learn how to conduct under the direction of Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and music director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra - and actually conduct members of the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra. Actor and fight director Payson Burt will show how fight scenes are done.
February 5, 2013 |
War is being declared - literally and repeatedly - on stage at the Academy of Music in the acclaimed opera Silent Night , which has much to do with Christmas, though on an anything-but-silent World War I battlefield. Knowing that, audience members at Friday's Opera Philadelphia opening might wonder if they're in the wrong theater: Initially, the opera appears to be, and for some minutes sounds like, 18th-century Mozart. But that opera-within-an-opera, being performed in 1914 Germany, is interrupted by officers of the Imperial Army announcing the outbreak of World War I. Soon, the stage is dominated by a bombed-out church surrounded by German, French, and English encampments.
January 1, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of 2011 with prayers of thanks and said humanity awaited the new year with apprehension but also with hope for a better future. "Another year approaches its end while we await a new one with the trepidation, desires, and expectations of always," Benedict said at the traditional New Year's Eve vespers service as he delivered his homily from the central altar of St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday evening. "With the spirit filled with gratitude, we prepare to cross the threshold of 2012, remembering that the Lord watches over us and takes care of us," Benedict said.
December 21, 2011 |
It's Christmas week, and that means it's time for our annual sports-related carols: "The Winter Time Blues" (To the tune of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year") It's the least bearable time of the year. The Phillies are idle, and I'm suicidal with little but hockey to cheer. It's the least bearable time of the year. It's the crap-crappiest season of all. The Eagles are finished, their dream much diminished, I long for "Play ball.
December 2, 2011
Repertory Films Ambler Theater 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-345-7855. www.amblertheater.com . Elf (2003) $4. 12/3. 11 am. Bryn Mawr Film Institute 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-527-9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org . Going Gaga: The Descendants . $7. 12/7. 2 pm. White Christmas (1954) $5; $4 children. 12/3. 11 am. Talk Cinema. $20; $10 students with ID. 12/4. Open Screen Night. 12/5. 9:15-11 pm. Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
July 24, 2010 |
Susan Boyle is in the studio recording a Christmas album, according to U.S. retail sources. While specifics are unclear, Sony is targeting it for an October release. Columbia spokeswoman Fran DeFeo confirmed that Boyle is "recording a new album to come out later this year. " Boyle recently announced a competition, called "Susan's Search," to give her fans the chance to sing on the follow-up to her chart-topping debut, "I Dreamed a Dream. " Aspiring Boyle collaborators can enter the competition by uploading a video of themselves singing "Silent Night" to her YouTube page.
November 27, 2009
OUR EYES ROLLED at the news Wednesday that a federal appeals court upheld a New Jersey school district's ban on Christmas carols with religious references. Five years ago, a parent sued the Maplewood-South Orange School District over its ban of Christmas carols with religious references. He claimed that the ban violated his children's freedom to worship. The judges in their decision this week disagreed, saying that times had changed, and that "many decisions about how to best create an inclusive environment in public schools, such as those at issue here, are left to the sound discretion of the school authorities.