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.
March 11, 2015 |
'Someday My Prince Will Come" is, of course, the signature song from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - the animated gem that enjoyed impressive box office at the Karlton, a second-run movie house at 1412 Chestnut St., way back in the spring of 1938. "Someday My Prince Will Come" could also serve as the new anthem for film lovers across Philadelphia and, in particular, Center City, which has fewer dedicated movie screens (14) than many suburban multiplexes.
March 9, 2015 |
Coming to a choice parcel on Chestnut Street just west of Broad: neither a chic new condominium nor another drugstore. The Prince Music Theater isn't going anywhere. The defunct theater in the center of town was sold Thursday to the Philadelphia Film Society - a transaction that not only gives the film group a new home, but also preserves the hall's role for arts groups that cannot afford pricier venues like the Kimmel Center. The theater has already reopened for business. Its first show under new ownership - The Last Jimmy , a hip-hop musical - is slated to open March 18. It will still be known as the Prince Theater for the time being.
February 27, 2015 |
A MEASLES outbreak among more than 100 children has turned political, and apparently so has hand-washing. Earlier this month, repeating the conservative trope of an over-regulated America, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., told a bipartisan group in our nation's capital that "restaurants should be allowed to opt out of certain regulations, like making employees wash their hands after going to the toilet. " This misguided belief in the primacy of individual liberty over the larger benefits of society often transcends political parties.