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.
July 27, 2013
Jamie Lokoff and Tommy Joyner, the musicians turned coffee shop owners turned movie producers, have sold their MilkBoy coffee shop in Ardmore. With the sale of a smaller coffee shop next to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in 2011 - now called HotHouse Coffee - the Main Line entrepreneurs have officially left the area. "It was time, we have a lot of stuff going on in the city and our energies have shifted focus," said Lokoff. The new MilkBoy owners, Mark and Cathy Roy, plan to keep the space the same for now until they get to know the business better, he said.
June 24, 2013
In a story Sunday about yoga's prominence in Philadelphia, studio owner Corina Benner's name was misspelled. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail email@example.com .
June 24, 2013 |
At 6:15 a.m., with the streets blinking awake, Eden Silverstein and Jacki Silva groggily made their way up to the 2000 block of Walnut Street. Slipping through an obscure door, they climbed stairs to a room where they spent the next hour wringing out their bodies to clear their heads. Across the city, throughout the day and well past dark, many others would make similar pilgrimages. The Philadelphia yogis are everywhere lately and steadily gaining in numbers. They are young, mostly, thin, mostly, and calm, relatively - their rolled mats sheathed in hemp, canvas, or Lululemon Namaste Mesh, slung over shoulders, as they wend their way through the city's pandemonium.
June 6, 2013
AMY VOLOSHIN OF Fishtown is co-owner and art director of Printfresh, which sells digital prints - original designs and vintage textiles - to major clothing brands. It occupies 6,000 square feet in a former box factory in North Philadelphia that Voloshin, 32, and husband Leo, 31, bought and renovated. The business, started with $25,000 from personal savings and family, ranked No. 23 on the 2013 Inner City 100 list of fast-growing small businesses compiled by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.
May 22, 2013 |
So often in the fine arts these days, everything has to be called a "project," always sounding a bit more like research or fact-finding than anything creative. But in the case of Simpatico Theatre Project's premiere, The Lysistrata Project, at Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 5, the creators perhaps didn't know what else to call it. Part update, part adaptation, part new play, part political theater, this Aristophanes play is no longer about Greek women withholding sex until their husbands make a peace treaty to end one of their eternal wars.
May 21, 2013
Through June 2 at the Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 5, Ninth and Walnut Streets. Tickets: $17-$22. 215-423-0254 or www.simpatico.org
April 17, 2013 |
In the Studio 34 performance space in West Philadelphia, I watched a brand-new local band bask in the afterglow of its first performance. As an ardent music fan, I'd witnessed this scene hundreds of times before. But on this night, an unfamiliar feeling lurched in my stomach, an addictive combination of nerves, excitement, and fear. My band, Youth Decay, was taking the stage next. After decades of harboring a dream to rock out on stage, my moment had arrived, thanks to Ladies Rock Camp.