December 12, 2013 |
WHEN LOGAN DRY looks at Vernon Park, he sees potential. Dry and his partners, architecture and landscape-architecture students at Philadelphia University, have a big vision for the green space, on Germantown Avenue near Chelten, including building up the park's path system and revitalizing the business and housing corridor along its borders. "It has great bones, and is rooted in great history," said Dry, 22. "We wanted to bring life back to it while keeping its distinctive identity.
November 15, 2013 |
The Kimmel Center is shining a light on its black box. The center's Innovation Studio has long been a forgotten space, a rehearsal room turned into a no-frills performance space that hosted second-rank touring productions. All that is changing. On Thursday, the Kimmel will unveil an inviting glass entrance on Spruce Street for a re-branded SEI Innovation Studio, and show off improvements made to the 200-seat black-box theater with funding support from SEI, the financial-services firm based in Oaks.
November 11, 2013 |
A half-century ago, pop music's most popular, most important band had its first of seven straight anni mirabiles . In 1963, the Beatles became an international sensation. A very good year it was. (In a much-discussed June article in the Atlantic, Colin Fleming declared 1963 the quintessential Beatles year.) They released two albums, Please Please Me in March, Meet the Beatles in the fall. In their groundbreaking hit, "Please Please Me," they discovered what they could do in a studio; it got to No. 1 in England.
November 1, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN – What started as a klieg-lit dream to put a movie studio in Norristown ended Wednesday with the old Logan Square Shopping Center being bought at a sheriff's auction by its main investor. Now that the foreclosure suit that spurred the sheriff's sale is over, Montgomery County officials can pursue "whatever remedies are open" to the county to recoup some of the $24.5 million in public funds it put into the project, said the county's chief financial officer, Uri Z. Monson.
October 15, 2013 |
William Knight can still see the flashing lights of the state police car and the trooper's bemused look when he tried to explain why he'd stopped along I-295 near the Rancocas Woods exit. "I said to myself, 'Remain calm, tell him you're an artist and that you're collecting raw material for your artwork,' " recalled Knight, of Burlington City, who had been picking up shredded tire treads along the shoulder. The trooper "just rolled his eyes and gave me the benefit of the doubt," he said.
October 4, 2013 |
Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon are ready. They've got their artblog.org postcards laid out on Fallon's dining room table. They've got some artblog.org stats printed up. They've got a lime-green artblog.org tote bag tucked into itself like a tiny sculptural ball! "It's scary!" Fallon jokes, eyeing a reporter's tape recorder. "It's like us going in and interviewing people. We scare the bejeezus out of them!" Rosof chimes in: "We tag-team 'em!" Not to worry, she adds quickly.
September 29, 2013 |
Mary E. Atkinson, 93, of Gloucester City, a performer and owner of dance studios in Philadelphia and Gloucester City, died of heart disease Monday, Sept. 23, at Alaris Health at Cherry Hill. Born Oct. 29, 1919, in Minneapolis, Mrs. Atkinson was a gifted entertainer, family members recalled. She trained in dance at the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts in North Minneapolis and later performed professionally, going on the RKO theatrical organization circuit. Mrs. Atkinson also performed benefits for the military as "The Dancing Majorette.
August 31, 2013 |
The meeting of the minds that is DRGN KING - Brent "Ritz" Reynolds and Dominic Angelella's psychedelic soul-hop picnic - is often viewed as an "opposite attracts" scenario: a rap-based producer and an indie-rawk instrumentalist miles apart from the other conceptually. Instead, let's consider DRGN KING's heated atmospheric 2013 debut album, Paragraph Nights , as a highly stylized, united front - one nation under a wonky groove and a dreamy cloud. The pair met in 2009, through each man's connection to The Roots: Reynolds was producing for them, Angelella was playing with auxiliary Roots Dice Raw, Khari Mateen, and manager Rich Nichols on projects such as Nouveau Riche and Elevator Fight.
August 24, 2013 |
There are two pivotal moments in Fernando Trueba's lovely, elegiac The Artist and the Model , and they both have to do with the elderly gentleman played by Jean Rochefort, a sculptor and painter by the name of Marc Cros, imparting a bit of wisdom to his new, young Catalan model, Mercé (Aida Folch). In one, she finds a drawing in his studio. It is by Rembrandt, of a child learning to walk. Cros explains that the Dutch master probably knocked it off in a flash, like a snapshot, a captured moment.
August 13, 2013 |
When the renowned Bucks County woodworker George Nakashima acquired a stunning, 300-year-old black walnut tree in 1983, he puzzled over exactly what to do with the spectacular wood. But then, in a dream, a lofty idea hit the man who had studied woodworking at a World War II internment camp: It should be used to build magnificent altars, all dedicated to peace and sent to the far corners of the world. The first "Altar for Peace" was dedicated in grand fashion at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan on New Year's Eve 1986, with a thrilled Nakashima, who operated his furniture-making business from a leafy enclave near New Hope, on hand for the celebration.