December 26, 2015 |
Since he captured the public imagination in 1999 with his remarkable breakout hit The Sixth Sense , M. Night Shyamalan has directed 10 features (an 11th, Split , is due in 2017). And each one, including The Happening , Devil , Lady in the Water , and personal favorite The Village , has received wildly mixed reviews. Yet Shyamalan, 45, who was born in India, retains a core fanbase in the Philadelphia region where he lives and where he consistently shoots his pictures.
September 12, 2015 |
Despite his best efforts at anonymity, Chinese author Lü Jiamin became a worldwide sensation in 2004 with Wolf Totem , an autobiographical novel he released under the pseudonym Jiang Rong. A deeply political story about a young Beijing intellectual sent to live with nomadic herders in the wide expanse of Mongolia's grasslands, Wolf Totem tackles everything from ecology and the environment to the corruption at the heart of the communist system. Epic in scope, yet at the same time intensely intimate in its handling of its protagonist's inner life, it's a unique wildlife tale that sets a tribe of humans against a majestic pack of wolves.
January 20, 2015 |
ALL THAT'S left is a soggy cliche, a makeshift memorial on a lonely stretch of road in New Jersey where people chuck empty beer cans into the woods without slowing down. Flowers, ribbons, police tape, an electric candle. Cheery stuffed animals that lose their charm as soon as it rains. Atop this sad totem pole, there's a white teddy bear in a ballerina outfit with the words "Camden pray for you" written across the front. Pemberton Township residents placed the items there in memory of a baby whose name they don't know.
June 14, 2013 |
BEEN THINKING about treating your kids to Cirque du Soleil? To this seasoned Cirque-goer, the new adventure dubbed "Totem" is the most family-friendly of the tent spectacles brought here by the performance-art-minded, French-Canadian nouveau-circus stagers. For starters, the mostly mimed (or exotically mumbled/sung) themes are less obtuse and pretentious, more earthbound and accessible - be it the comic portrayal of the evolution of monkey to man, or the celebration of Native American music and dance.
June 2, 2013 |
If Darwin could juggle . . . That seems to be the premise behind Cirque du Soleil's show Totem , now playing on the Camden waterfront. I don't know why it's called Totem . The press information said the narrative is about evolution; I actually couldn't find much of a narrative, despite the fact that it was written and directed by the avant-garde French-Canadian actor/director/filmmaker Robert Lepage. But narrative aside, Cirque du Soleil is always fun in a circusy way - trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats, clowns - and it's great that it's back in the Big Top, the signature blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau, after several years at Temple University's Liacouras Center.
May 31, 2013
THE BIG "first" for the local run of Cirque du Soleil's "Totem," which opened yesterday and runs through June 30, is that it is housed in a specially erected tent on the Camden waterfront. Heretofore, whenever the celebrated Montreal-based company has presented its groundbreaking blend of you-gotta-see-'em-to-believe-'em specialty acts (aerialists, acrobats, contortionists etc.) and psychedelic staging in this area, it has always been on the west side of the Delaware River. But "Totem" boasts another "first.
May 31, 2013
Special Events American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. An informative History Sail, musical Tropical Sail or romantic Sunset Sail. American Sailing Tours - Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com . $40-$50. Friends of Seger Park Playground Spring Festival Moon bounce, free tennis lessons for kids, face painting, karate, crafts, live music, dance performances, food & more. Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St. www.friendsofseger.org . 6/2. 11 am-3 pm. Hidden City Festival 2013 A city festival.
May 29, 2013
Read more about Cirque du Soleil's "Totem" - and its Phila. connection - at www.inquirer.com/cirque
May 29, 2013 |
It all began with a turtle - the origins of life, that is. Or at least that's how the producers of Cirque du Soleil imagine it. Cirque's Totem , which opens on the Camden Waterfront on Thursday, tells the story of humanity's journey from amphibian depths to "its ultimate desire to fly. " There will be plenty of flying, of course, given Cirque du Soleil's brand of gravity–defying theatrics - trapeze artists, aerialists, unicyclists, and, of...
November 19, 2012
William Turnbull, 90, a highly regarded British sculptor who drew inspiration from primitive forms, died Thursday, according to the public relations firm Bolton & Quinn, which is promoting a forthcoming show of his work. The cause of death was not announced. Mr. Turnbull's works were frequently extremely simple shapes, suggesting masks or totem poles. He was exhibited at the prestigious Hayward, Serpentine, and Tate Galleries in London and the Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco. British sculptor Anthony Gormley described Mr. Turnbull as "a radical modernist who recognizes that sculpture is of its nature archaic.