December 21, 2012
IT SEEMS as if the world is always ending, and PhilaMOCA is taking on the perpetual apocalypse with "The End of the World (Again!). " Whether it was the sun and the earth colliding in 1603, Y2k or the Mayan calendar some say predicted the world would end Friday, mankind is constantly anticipating doomsday. What's the best way to say goodbye? PhilaMOCA would say a three-day celebratory symposium that climaxes Friday night with a party and a panel discussion, "The End of World, Again: The Apocalypse in Media, Science, and Culture.
March 28, 2011
IF THE PUBLIC bears umbrage against teachers for perceived underperformance, consider the moon - and Mars. However imperfect our practices, teachers are indirectly responsible for propelling America to both, as we taught the scientists and engineers who took us there how to read and write and think and live. The moral and economic imperatives, then as now, demand that teachers stand up and believe in who they are and what they've done. It's not hard, even though much of the reportage wrongfully sells us short.
July 24, 2010
MARGATE, N.J. - An attempt to break the Guinness world record for the most people simultaneously blowing bubbles in multiple locations has burst. The effort raised more than $18,000 for autism research, its organizer said. Isabelle Mosca, the Ventnor woman who organized the attempt in April, said thousands of claims from participants did not follow strict documentation guidelines and would be rejected by the London-based Guinness organization. She said she did not submit the documentation to the group.
April 19, 1987 |
Under the cloud of a massive trade imbalance with many of its major trading partners, the United States is undergoing a cathartic self-evaluation, raising profound questions about its own, once prideful, work ethic. Have American ingenuity and resourcefulness been superseded by Japanese fortitude and German technical brilliance? Are these countries to blame for the apparent decline in U.S. economic dominance? Once economically supreme in the world, Americans are asking themselves whether they can recoup from a diminishing status and re-emerge phoenix-like as a competitive force again.
April 21, 1996 |
Neil Smith, 33, and Shannon Hazell, 34, needed to play only one game yesterday to retain their World Open Racquets Doubles Championship in the second leg of the challenge series at the Racquet Club. Hammering the tiny, hard white ball with crushing force off the slate composition walls of the huge court, Smith, pro at the New York Racquet Club, and Hazell, squash pro at the Merion Cricket Club, defeated challengers John Prenn, 42, and James Male, 32, the world open singles champion, 17-14, in a tense, well-played game.
November 19, 2012 |
CAMDEN - Post-World War II Germany no doubt needed a good rumba, but who would have thought the furrow-browed modernist composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970) would be the one to provide it? His 1950 Violin Concerto was heard in an extremely rare outing thanks to violinist Leila Josefowicz and Symphony in C under Rossen Milanov on Saturday in the sort of performance that showed how easily worthwhile works get lost. Compared to the composer's great but grim, fiercely atonal opera Die Soldaten , the Violin Concerto is an easily apprehendable, midweight piece with the clarity of intent and rhythmic energy of Prokofiev.
May 15, 1987 |
My fascination with politics came early. As a child of television's first generation, I watched news film of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I watched live coverage of the Army- McCarthy hearings, and film of the Soviet invasion of Hungary. I watched Edward R. Murrow's Harvest of Shame, about the poverty of America's migrant workers. I witnessed the devastating power of the atomic bomb. I thought about these shaping images of my early life as I tried to imagine what the headlines of today look like to my daughter, who is as old as I was when the political bug first bit. The world I awoke to in the 1950s was a world where conditions seemed to demand personal involvement: to support the peaceful civil rights revolution; to fight for civil liberties without any illusions about Soviet beneficence; to understand that poverty was all too present in our affluent society; to understand that all mankind stood on a nuclear precipice.
October 17, 1992 |
The subject of uprooted neighborhoods and urban change is apt for the Bushfire Theatre, whose very home, the old Locust movie house, recalls the ghosts of a different time. There are ghosts in "The Courage of Flies" as well, people who grew up together many years before becoming the neighborhood drunk, the powerful senator, and the world-weary lady who remembers it all. The specter of this distant past hovers over the play, representing the key to everything that occurs. The play's premise and mood is set by an opening meeting between a victorious city councilman (Michael Brown)
October 30, 2002 |
There are times when the world seems a cold and forbidding place. The last month is an example of the widespread cruelty, indifference and anger that break out so often in this country that they threaten to become routine. Terror in Maryland, Russia, the Philippines, Oklahoma, Arizona . . . what's happening? I may be wrong, but despite all these misfortunes, I still believe people everywhere are fundamentally decent. We all make mistakes, but most of us possess honest and well-meaning instincts.
October 20, 1995 |
Edward H. Riddle has proven once again that those who give of themselves get back in abundance. For 42 years, this retired scientist has been recording magazine articles for the blind. His Walter Cronkite-like voice has been heard - and gratefully so - by thousands of visually impaired listeners around the world. What Riddle, 79, of Jenkintown, has received in return has been devoted friendships with many members of his audience, a strong purpose for his life, and now, a high honor.