December 13, 2015 |
With the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia going full throttle, the region's year in classical music was bound to be excellent. And it was, with particularly distinguished activity in the outlying areas involving specialists in music both ancient and modern from Chestnut Hill to Princeton. That doesn't mean everything worked out. But while lapses and misfires aren't as satisfying as successes, they can be just as interesting. Pope Francis' visit, for example . . . Most distracted concert.
March 3, 2015 |
Any artistic cutting edge can come with the sensation of falling off a cliff. The listener is bewildered for a bit, until someone (often the composer) shows how the most forbidding concoctions have precedents in the past. Rarely, though, has the road map to such precedents been established with the concrete as it was in a talk before Bhob Rainey's Axon Ladder Friday at Vox Populi. Was this an advanced calculus class? At the same time such well-known composers as Stephen Hartke and Louis Karchin unveiled their response to the visual stimuli at the Barnes Foundation in a Network for New Music concert, Rainey was at the gallery wrestling with music based on mathematical abstractions of squid neurons so big they were studied in the pre-high-tech era. Some skepticism is warranted - attention-grabbing concepts don't necessarily unleash worthy music.
October 2, 2012 |
The Giant Squid, a great homegrown goof of a show that was a dark-horse hit of the 2008 Philly Fringe festival, is back in a version that's eerier and a little less playful than the original. Yet it comes together with more polish - especially in Mark Valenzuela's spooky sound design and the lighting by David O'Connor and Terry Brennan, both aspects of the show that are essential to the fun. An earnest so-called professor (Robert DaPonte) lectures us about the giant killer squid he pursues, aided by his enormously pregnant wife (Jenna Horton, new to the cast)
November 12, 2010 |
Gareth Edwards, a visual-effects brainiac from Britain, has, in his writing and directing debut, delivered a deft existential road movie, a muted romance, and, above all, a sci-fi allegory with giant squidlike creatures thumping around Mexico, cutting a deadly path to the walled borders of the United States. These tendriled behemoths are the titular Monsters , and the way they yelp and moan (think distressed elephants) and overturn pickup trucks and knock down buildings is a scary thing.
July 31, 2009 |
From the moment I left Yale and started working for Goldman Sachs, I've felt uneasy interacting with those who don't. It's not that I think less of outsiders than I did while I remained among you. It's just that I feel your envy and know that nothing I do or say will ever persuade you that I am no more than human. Thus, like many of my colleagues, I have adopted a strategy of never leaving Goldman Sachs, apart from a few brief attempts to make what outsiders call "love. " Goldman people recognize the importance of replicating themselves.
October 16, 2008
Q: Is there a difference between calamari and squid? My whole family enjoys fried calamari and I was told that they are interchangeable. I use a mixture of egg and bread crumbs, dipping the calamari in egg first, then bread crumbs. Is there another method for crispy calamari? - Julie V. A: The word calamari is the plural for calamaro , which is the Italian word for squid. So anyone who hasn't had too many alcoholic beverages along with their calamari would obviously think that since calamari is the Italian word for squid, they must be one in the same.
September 2, 2008 |
Seems like every year, at least one Fringe musical explores - or maybe exploits - the trials of an aspiring singer who looks for fame and love against all odds. Trite? You bet, but when it's good it connects. The Hoppers Hit the Road, about two singing brothers on a quest for the big time, is composed of a cast of Philadelphia improv actors who decided it would be fun to use a script. And it's good. If it can smooth out rough edges during this run, it will be better than that. Hoppers is classic Fringe, done with joy and a sense that everyone, audience included, is a conspirator.
September 1, 2008 |
Seems like every year, at least one Fringe musical explores - or maybe exploits - the trials of an aspiring singer who looks for fame and love against all odds. Trite? You bet, but when it's good it connects. The Hoppers Hit the Road, about two singing brothers on a quest for the big time, is composed of a cast of Philadelphia improv actors who decided it would be fun to use a script. And it's good. If it can smooth out rough edges during this run, it will be better than that.
January 5, 2007 |
FOOD IS LIKE fashion and the hemline goes up and down. Lately, it seems Contemporary Asian cuisine is on the dining runway a lot. Philadelphia's own Stephen Starr has taken his designer labels, Morimoto and Buddakan, to New York City to much acclaim. I would argue that the term "contemporary" ? which means it belongs to the same time of Asia ? really makes no sense. But I will say, despite the hoopla over Starr's Manhattan collection, Philadelphia's small neighborhood BYOB's remain the comfortable outfit for everyday wear.
September 7, 2006 |
There's really only one way to skin a cuttlefish: very carefully. You want to remove the spine and the innards without spilling the ink sac. But oops! Pippo Lamberti, the exciting young chef at Positano Coast, who has gathered us together on this August afternoon so that we may learn to cook with cephalopods such as cuttlefish, squid and octopus, accidentally breaks the sac. Too bad, but not a disaster. Ink from cuttlefish (and squid) is often used to tint risotto or pasta, but that's not what Lamberti, 25, planned for today.