September 3, 2015 |
When artist Shelley Spector based her latest work on the life of the late Philadelphia folk-art historian Frances Lichten, it was, she said, an act of "creative nonfiction. " She assumed Lichten had been in a semi-closeted, 40-year romantic relationship with the author and illustrator Katherine Milhous. "I took all these liberties with the story," she said, "and I always thought that there were no living relatives that would be close enough to this to care about it that were going to call me up. " Then, one did. A week ago - just a month before the exhibition, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Perelman Building, was set to close on Sept.
January 6, 2013 |
CONCHE, Newfoundland - I'm preparing to be drawn and quartered by my friends as we drive a long gravel road on the northeast tip of Newfoundland's rugged Great Northern Peninsula with no idea how far it is to the French Shore tapestries in Conche, an outport of 200 that had no road connection with the rest of the island until 1970. Just an hour and a half earlier we'd sat chummily, but road-weary, in St. Anthony - some 90 miles northwest - pondering the five-plus-hour drive we faced back to Corner Brook, when someone suggested nixing our planned side excursion.
October 6, 2012 |
The title of Scottish playwright David Harrower's A Slow Air refers to a type of free-form bagpipe melody, but it also describes this drama's narrative. In Inis Nua Theatre Company's production, an adult brother and sister, Morna (Emma Gibson) and Athol (Brian McCann), alternate monologues, riffing individually on the circumstances that led to their 14-year estrangement. Ultimately, it's lovely music, a departure for the dark-ink playwright who penned the passion-driven works Knives in Hens and Blackbird . Its backdrop is the 2007 failed Glasgow Airport attack in which a pair of Muslim terrorists, one British-born, the other Indian, tried to drive an explosives-laden SUV into the airport.
August 23, 2012
We love this "pad" of paper place mats that you tear off as needed. Just right for a brunch on the back porch or a simple dinner in the dining room, or even for lunch at your desk. Lots of charming designs to choose from, including roses, artichokes, tapestry, and tulips as well as kid-friendly versions with disguises and jewelry to color and punch out. Kitchen Papers place mats, pad of 50, $24.95 at Open House Living, 107 S. 13th St., 215-922-1415; Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, 610-459-2400; or online at wwww.cakevintage.com . - Maureen Fitzgerald
November 23, 2011 |
The progression of Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby continues. He started cooking vegan back in the '90s at Horizons Cafe, inside a health-food store in Willow Grove. She joined him. They married and moved everything downtown in early 2006 as the more refined Horizons. Now they're really aiming for the big leagues in Center City. At the romantic Vedge (1221 Locust St., 215-320-7500), which occupies several rooms in a cozy, historic-certified building in Washington Square West (the former Deux Cheminees)
November 17, 2011 |
America's restaurant climate has been improving during the last few months, as national government job statistics suggest. Regionally, November may be the busiest month in years for openings, with nearly two dozen newcomers. What's the magic of opening in November? "It's because we couldn't open in October," said Stephen Starr, who on Friday debuts Route 6 , his seafood house at 600 N. Broad St. , a sprawling, shore-style fish house in the former Wilkie auto showroom; see www.philly.com/route6 for the rundown, photos and menu.
May 15, 2011 |
Their art may be visually dissimilar, but Cecilia Biagini and Matthew Cox, who are currently having their first solo shows at Pentimenti Gallery, share an interest in pattern, repetition, construction, and materials. And, like that of many of the artists who've exhibited here, their work is meticulously made. Biagini, from Buenos Aires and now in Brooklyn, shows paintings and wall-mounted sculptures that create a sense of rhythm with repeated lines and geometric forms. In her paintings, thin parallel lines of yellow, orange, and pale blue swoop synchronistically against darker backgrounds, looking as though they're floating in space.
April 15, 2011 |
Bill and Winnifred Morrow, the fourth-generation sibling owners of Langhorne Carpet Co. in Penndel, Bucks County, were looking for a way to honor their forebears as the business - which calls the White House a client - approached its 80th anniversary. The answer involved a young talent, a Pearl Buck book, and two Habitat for Humanity branches, one here and one in Japan. "We have been in this area for a long time and wanted to find a way to give back - to affect the community in a positive way," said Bill Morrow.
May 13, 2007 |
"We did everything we could, but your mother died. " Those were the shocking words that Diana Kelly heard on July 8, 2005, at a local hospital emergency room. She had taken her mother, Georgia Brewley Wurster, to the ER when she was in extreme pain after a routine colonoscopy earlier that day. Kelly was all alone that night, and could not grasp that her 70-year-old mother had died so suddenly and unexplainably. The precise cause of death is still somewhat unclear. "My grief was so wide and so deep that I was in a total daze for months," said Kelly, 45, of Lumberton, a corporate concierge.
January 21, 2005 |
If Africa is the origin of human life, it is also the origin of language, art, music and dance. As Philadelphia's most renowned modern and Africanist dance writer and scholar, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, writes in her elegant DanceBoom! catalog essay, "African culture [and its] seeds pervade our daily lives from basketball to ballet and beyond Broadway. "Africanisms are not a choice," she writes, "but an imperative that comes to us the way electricity comes through wires. " With a dozen dance groups, this year's DanceBoom!