July 11, 2015 |
Communiy development and independent cinema combine in Movies on the Block, a series of free outdoor screenings sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society and backed by local foundation Fierce Advocacy Fund. PFS established Movies on the Block to increase access to films across the city, adapting existing urban spaces to meet the needs of areas with "chronic concerns," such as gun violence and health issues such as obesity and diabetes. "When movie houses started, it was always a community gathering place," said Allison Koehler, education and programs director at PFS. Now, "a lot of us feel that going to the movies is an individual experience, and we want to bring back movie-going as a gathering place.
June 30, 2015 |
A year and a half ago, most of the Camden County Historical Society's three-building complex was closed by water damage, the result of broken pipes during a severe winter cold snap. Leaks sprouted in the Camden County Museum, then in the Charles S. Boyer Building, where the Richard Hineline Library and administrative offices are located; and later in Pomona Hall, an 18th-century plantation house. But the setback didn't stop the institution from hosting visitors and researchers even as repairs got underway and plans were made for the future - now with help from the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
June 29, 2015 |
WHEN I WAS 11, the Supreme Court legalized abortion. It jumped into the social battles that had been waging across the country at a slow boil, snatched a constitutional right from the penumbral shadows and gave dignity to the coat hanger. After all, it was this bloody symbol that had been raised to prove that women needed abortions, and when they couldn't get them they'd resort to fatal home remedies. And voila , the issue was finally laid to rest. Now let me dislodge my tongue from my cheek.
June 3, 2015 |
That composer Michael Djupstrom won the 2012 International Delius Society competition speaks well for the ears of the British judges charged with choosing a work that might be programmed with chamber music by Frederick Delius. Walimai was the boldly contrasting focus Sunday at the Pennsylvania German Society when Djupstrom and violist Ayane Kozasa surrounded his piece with gentler works by Delius, Rebecca Clarke, and Frank Bridge. These two young artists accommodated such contrasting scores, finding the right voice for transcriptions of Delius's Violin Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 and Bridge's Two Pieces , before crossing time barriers to find compelling rhythmic adventure and virtuosic flights for both instruments in Djupstrom's dramatic narrative.
May 12, 2015 |
Sister Mary Theodosia Linus, 98, an elementary school teacher and librarian who served at Catholic schools here and elsewhere, died Sunday, May 3, of cancer at Holy Child Center in Rosemont. She was a sister of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus for 78 years. Born in Philadelphia, Sister Theodosia was one of five children of James and Margaret Ahern Linus. Her family was large and fun-loving. Sister Theo, as she was called, inherited a bright, happy spirit that she carried with her wherever she went, her family said.
May 6, 2015 |
Imagine being given another human being as your 11th birthday present, as happens to Sarah, the heroine of Sue Monk Kidd's 2014 best-seller, The Invention of Wings . Kidd's fact-based story is about the lives of famed early 19th-century Quaker abolitionist Sarah Grimké and the person she was gifted, her maidservant Handful, an 11-year-old born into slavery. The novel vividly brings to life an era when such an event seemed normal; when slavery was considered natural, even righteous.
April 25, 2015 |
John Seffrin, 70, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, will retire next Friday after 40 years with the venerable nonprofit cancer-fighting organization, including 23 at the helm. In an interview this week, he talked about some of the 102-year-old society's accomplishments under his leadership, financial issues, and his plans. Progress against cancer In 2009, the society (ACS) trademarked the slogan "Official sponsor of birthdays" to highlight that its work to prevent cancer, detect it early, and improve treatment helps people live longer.
April 23, 2015 |
Philadelphia police say they are searching for two men who robbed a Society Hill man with what appeared to be an AK-47 rifle outside his house earlier this month. The victim, 52, was getting out of his car on the 300 block of Fifth Street about 2:40 a.m. April 10, after arriving home from a club. That's when he was approached by two men from behind, police said. One was carrying what looked like an AK-47, police said. The men grabbed his wallet and iPhone and then fled in a white SUV. Police said they obtained surveillance footage from the unnamed club that showed the suspects inside, and, later, their SUV, following the victim.
March 29, 2015 |
Enter the dining room of Palmer and Judy Hartl's regal rowhouse in Society Hill, and your eye is drawn to an imposing Empire buffet made of crotch mahogany. So powerful is its scale that the piece would be out of place in a less splendid setting. But here, it's right at home, sharing space with a Knabe grand piano, a glass-topped dining table, and a gilded mirror. "The dining room is my favorite place in the home, especially at night, when the lighting looks great," says Palmer Hartl, 72, who sees the same majesty in the 9,000-square-foot, four-story house that he first saw 15 years ago. Back then, the couple owned a three-acre property in Gladwyne with expansive gardens and a pool.
March 12, 2015 |
THANK GOD for the Philadelphia Film Society! On Monday, it officially announced the acquisition of the historic Prince Music Theater, on Chestnut Street near Broad. The beloved theater had been shuttered since October, when the theatrical organization that occupied the building - the American Music Theater Festival - failed to find new leadership after its board chairman died. Prince reps tell me that the beleaguered theater had been in a constant state of bankruptcy but was being floated by its board chairman.