December 7, 2005 |
In December, traditions abound. But it seems like all the good ones are already taken and all the bad ones taste like instant oatmeal. They are so forced, transparent and neatly packaged it's as if they're in a little plastic bag - just waiting for water. My wife and I have tried to get some traditions going for the last 15 years, but traditions can't keep up with today's living. Before having kids, we bought our first tree in the pouring rain in a Kmart parking lot. As we watched the teenage boy fasten the $30 tree to the top of our Honda Accord, we agreed that this is where we would always buy our trees.
February 18, 2006 |
If you're curious how contemporary dance looks when deeply rooted in African tradition, you'll want to see Kariamu Welsh's group. Welsh, a Temple University professor, is a revered teacher whose Umfundalai technique, a synthesis of pan-African movements with modern idioms, forms the basis for her choreography. Beginning a two-weekend run in especially fine form, Kariamu & Company: Traditions offered six new and older works, both group pieces and solos. The choreography is mutable.
February 19, 1997 |
A dancer threw rocks onto a small square of gold fabric during the opening moments of Ndimire Zuwa (Wait for Me Sun), a dance based on a Zimbabwe legend that daylight could be prolonged if stones were placed in the fork of a tree. Then eight dancers, all dressed in orange, yellow, purple, and red, became a kaleidoscope of colors as they high-stepped into rhythmic patterns Saturday night at Temple University's Conwell Dance Theater, at the annual program by Kariamu & Company, which continues this weekend.
September 18, 1992 |
In 1947, Gregory Peck posed as a Jew, exposing rampant anti-Semitism among New England swells in Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning Gentleman's Agreement. In 1992, Brendan Fraser is a Jew, exposed to the insidious anti-Semitism of an ivy-covered New England prep school, in director Robert Mandel's School Ties. (The two characters even share the same last name, Greene, although Peck's was spelled without the final e.) A sensitive, earnest examination of ethnic prejudice and the cultural traditions that feed it, School Ties - from a script by Dick Wolf and Darryl Ponicsan - walks the fine line between drama and "message movie.
January 3, 1986 |
The most recent Bonnie Raitt album, a rocking affair called Green Light, was released in 1982. The great singer-guitarist recorded a follow-up (titled Tongue in Groove) for release in '84, but it wasn't, and Raitt was - from her contract with Warner Bros. Records. Thankfully, the absence of recorded music from this gifted singer- songwriter has not meant the absence of Raitt herself. In fact, in 1985 she was eminently visible: performing at the first Newport Folk Festival in 16 summers, sharing the stage with a host of rock and country notables at the Farm Aid benefit in September (singing a riveting solo set and backing up John Cougar Mellencamp)
November 23, 1989 |
It is my turn now: My aunt, the keeper of Thanksgiving, has passed the baton, or should I say the drumstick. She has declared this a permanent legacy. Soon, according to plan, my grandmother's dishes will be delivered by cousin-courier to my dining room. So will the extra chairs and the communal chafing dishes. The tradition will also be transplanted. But this morning, she has come over to personally deliver a piece of this inheritance. She is making stuffing with me. In one hand, she carries the family Thanksgiving "bible," a small blue book that bears witness to the recipes and shopping lists and seating plans of decades past.
April 4, 1997 |
It took John Jacobs, Isao Aoki, J.C. Snead and Gil Morgan a while to shake off the record-breaking chill in the air yesterday during the first round of the Tradition in Scottsdale, Ariz. When they did, they heated up the year's first Senior major. All were 1-under-par at the turn, and each birdied five of the last nine holes to finish at 6-under-par 66. Simon Hobday, with a later start, took a different route - he was 7-under by the 10th hole, then lost ground and had to birdie No. 18 for his 66 and a share of the five-way tie for the lead.
September 18, 1988 |
While greeting club members at the door, George Suleta, 76, reflected upon the old days when "baby sitters were unheard of" and children accompanied their parents nearly everywhere. The old days were Camden in the 1920s and what Suleta had in mind was a Slavic social club organized by his father for Yugoslavs newly arrived in the United States. Today, Suleta presides over a similar organization, the Jadran (pronounced Yah-dran) Social Club in Hainesport, and he said the young and old members coming through the door were there for the same reason - to celebrate their ethnic traditions.
May 16, 1999 |
In many ways, Thomas and Carolyn Swett are typical homeowners. Twenty years ago, they moved to the township and purchased an old dairy farm, complete with a tumbling-down milk-house ruin. But the "jungle" has been transformed, Carolyn Swett said. The couple's property, just outside Unionville, is now a private oasis filled with flower beds and rock gardens. And that urge to transform - converting an old barn foundation into a swimming pool or building an addition - is evident each year during the annual Bayard Taylor Memorial Library Home and Garden Day Tour.
May 23, 2005 |
The area between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Kelly Drive has had many visitors of late, drawn by the Dal? exhibit and regatta season. High on Fairmount Park's Lemon Hill, across from Boathouse Row, stood a different set of newcomers Friday night: traveling tents that opened to reveal conceptualist/composer Peter Buffett's multimedia production Spirit - The Seventh Fire. Like a Native American version of Philip Glass' dance/performance opera 1,000 Airplanes on the Roof, Spirit presents an allegorical peek at one man's American Dream turned deeply inward to consider heritage: his own and that of his nation, its inner life, struggles and success.