July 12, 1990 |
A robbery victim gave Upper Darby police more than just a description of the gunman - he drew them a picture. Police said the drawing had come from an art teacher in the Philadelphia School District, one of two residents robbed of $260 in their home in the 100 block of Powell Lane at 7 a.m. Saturday. They gave this account: A woman resident was entering the home when a man with a handgun approached her and told her that he "was a junkie" and "needed money. " He told her that if she gave him money, "everything would be OK. " The man pointed a gun at her head, and she agreed to give him money.
June 6, 1998 |
Each month during the theater season, the Brick Playhouse, which specializes in developing new plays, presents a program of short works-in-progress that it dubs the "IT" (Independent Theater) series. The program began last season, and last June the Brick staged the first "The Best of IT," consisting of six plays from the monthly programs. Because that initial "The Best of IT" was not all that good, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that the second one, now at the Painted Bride Art Center, is a worthwhile evening of theater.
May 24, 1998 |
Jeff Buckley, the singer-songwriter who drowned in a Memphis, Tenn., harbor last May, was an old soul. He sang Edith Piaf and caught the ache just right. He called one of his music publishing companies El Viejito ("the little old man") Music, and its catalog contained songs that were heavy with the weight of the world. At the same time, Buckley - who died at age 30, after issuing just one album, the 1994 Grace - was the quintessential brash young artist. Prone to long-winded phrases and purple prose, he wrote with feverish intensity, as if to bludgeon listeners until they shared every ounce of his grandiose passion.
November 12, 1986 |
The architect for the proposed addition to Pemberton Township High School No. 2 unveiled sketches of the project last night at the school board meeting. Charles W. Thorne, of the Trenton-based architecture firm of Faridy, Thorne, Maddish, showed drawings of the proposed two-story addition, which would add 55 classrooms, a large gym, three smaller gyms and a new library to the existing building. If the school board approves the plan in December, voters will be asked in a referendum in January to decide whether the addition should be built.
November 29, 1987 |
It is reasonable to assume that architecture emerged from mankind's basic need for shelter from the elements. But it may not be true. It is at least as likely that people intentionally began to alter their surroundings in an effort to invoke or palliate forces beyond themselves. At its origins, architecture links earth and sky and is inseparable from those impulses we call religion, magic and art. The present-day practice of architecture provides few opportunities for those who would be successors to those primordial wizard-visionaries, because after you pay for the mechanical systems there isn't much left for speaking to the cosmos.
February 22, 2004 |
The two artists ran a big risk by taking to the streets amid the 1956 Montgomery bus boycott with sketch pad and pencil in hand. Drawn from New York by a catalytic event in American history taking place in that Alabama city, Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman are now featured in a show - "Glorious Dignity" - of 38 of those drawings at Delaware Art Museum. The museum owns 46 of 90 sketches that the artists made on this boycott theme. The two approached their task in the same spirit of adventure as reporter-illustrators a century ago did when they rushed to cover breaking news for American newspapers before the advent of press photographers.
September 24, 2003 |
Michael Frayn's Alarms and Excursions is calculated to convert even the most committed geeks into devout Luddites. The Luddites, both literally and figuratively, attacked the new machinery developed for manufacturing at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Frayn's theme is the tyranny modern technology inflicts on the hapless consumer that leaves so many of us lost in cyberspace - or screaming at an intricately coded burglar alarm that won't let us into our own house. Frayn came to Alarms and Excursions after writing Copenhagen, his cerebral and provocative consideration of one fascinating chapter at the opening of the atomic age. Is it such a long way from Armageddon to humanity threatened by hostile smoke alarms, timers and answering machines?
June 9, 2006 |
Sydney Pollack isn't aiming for huge psychological insights with his deliberately casually titled homage to his architect pal, "Sketches of Frank Gehry. " He hasn't come to understand Gehry, so much as to praise him. And, really, with buildings like the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain and Los Angeles' own Walt Disney Concert Hall, who can argue with a salute to the man's genius? Still, there are more than a few moments during "Sketches" in which you wish Pollack had dug a little deeper.
April 14, 1999 |
The show with the very long name, Canker Stores and Other Distractions: New & Recent One-Act Comedies by Christopher Durang, is quite short. So are the nine plays that comprise it. Even with an intermission, the Theater Rumpus production runs under 90 minutes. By adhering to a such a tight format, Durang, whose considerable reputation is based on such substantial fare as Beyond Therapy and Bette and Boo, gives himself time to do little but present a situation and play around with it a bit before wrapping it up with an imposed conclusion.
January 5, 1991 |
On the surface, the two men have little in common. One is an African American, the other a native Russian artist visiting America on a soon-to-expire visa. Beyond that, however, is a vision shared and realized in the form of a religious mural that graces an inside wall of the Mount Pleasant Memorial Baptist Church on Germantown Avenue near Chelten. The painting depicts a dark-skinned Jesus floating angelically in the midst of several adoring African-American worshipers, one of whom is the the Rev. Gilbert Aiken, pastor and founder of the church.