February 28, 2014 |
ARTIST James Dupree says that despite the city's "You're gonna love the arts in Philly" slogan, Philadelphia hasn't been showing him any love. Instead, Dupree said, he has been confronted with pain and despair over a continuing legal struggle with the city to keep his studio space in Mantua. The city Redevelopment Authority wants to take his massive, 8,600 square-foot studio building, on Haverford Avenue near 36th Street, to make room for a supermarket and parking lot. His studio is filled with 5,000 works of art - including wildly colorful pieces, mixed-media jewelry boxes with feathers, and a wall installation showing how the city helps developers take property from low-income homeowners.
February 13, 2014 |
An enchanting play about enchantment. With Aaron Cromie working his theatrical magic, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium's production of Ondine , by the French modernist Jean Giraudoux, is a charmer. The tiny stage at the Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 5 is the perfect venue. Lisi Stoessel's set looks like an illustration from an old book of fairy tales, a little house in the midst of a dark forest. This, combined with Matt Sharp's evocative lighting and Adriano Shaplin's sensational sound design in which storms rage and the air is filled with voices, creates a world where Hans (Andrew Carroll)
February 10, 2014 |
SOME OF THE artwork in the basement art studio that Vicki Landers and Ray Deca run in Center City brims with the perspective of the disabled artists who created it. On one canvas, "PISS on pity" is the slogan beside the symbol of a person in a wheelchair. Another work pictures a woman sitting, head bowed, in a wheelchair, beside an image of the same woman standing, head held high, in a slinky, sexy gown. Artists Landers and Deca opened Independence EDGE Studio last weekend in the same space where the disability-advocacy group Liberty Resources has run an art studio since 2000.
January 28, 2014 |
James Dupree says city officials are trying to pave paradise and put up a supermarket. Dupree, a renowned Philadelphia artist, is embroiled in a bitter back-and-forth with the city over the fate of his art studio, an 8,600-square-foot building that takes up nearly a block along Haverford Avenue in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. The property was seized in December 2012 by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. The authority condemned a two-block stretch through eminent domain, a legal process that allows government to take private property, pay the owner, and develop the land for public use. When the authority seized the Mantua property, it said the surrounding neighborhood was in desperate need of a supermarket.
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.