July 10, 2014
R USS OSTER, 42, of Yardley, is founder and CEO of Grassroots Unwired. The Bristol-based startup provides real-time, GPS-enabled mobile canvassing and fundraising solutions for nonprofit and political clients. Oster previously had a 15-year consulting career organizing field campaigns across the U.S. on behalf of political candidates. Q: How'd you get the idea for Grassroots Unwired? A: I was in a meeting with the campaign manager for [then-New Jersey Gov.] Jon Corzine in 2009, and she said, "We're about to spend thousands of dollars on people going door-to-door and we have no idea if they're doing what they're supposed to be doing and, if they are, we've got to enter all that data into a computer.
July 9, 2014 |
'We're having so much fun!" Not what you expect to hear from the composer of a new evening-length ballet for which neither the music nor the choreography was complete only two weeks before its world premiere. But, despite long days of hard work and little sleep, New Zealand's Rosie Langabeer seemed utterly sincere, remarkably relaxed, and infectiously enthusiastic when she said this at a late-June open rehearsal of BalletX's Sunset, o639 Hours , opening Wednesday. Inside the Performance Garage on Brandywine Street, while Langabeer rehearsed the musicians, choreographer Matthew Neenan worked with the company's dancers: 10 first-rate artists in shorts, tank tops, and pointe shoes.
July 4, 2014 |
Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist Rodrigo Amarante de Castro Neves gave a richly soothing concert Tuesday night at World Cafe Live. It was just the right thing at the right time for some of us - namely, those who've been in a virtual Brazil for the last three weeks, absorbed by the World Cup, televised from locales across the vast South American nation. What made the concert hit such a sweet spot? The Rio de Janeiro native, 37, didn't overdo the futebol references. He was a genuine, nuanced manifestation of Brazilian culture, as opposed to all that hot sun, beachy fun, and giddy soccer-crowd imagery TV has been serving up. More than that, Amarante's 14 beautifully rendered, often melancholy songs - one in French, five in English, the rest in Portuguese - offered a tuneful tonic for those of us smarting from the elimination of Team USA by Belgium a few hours earlier.
July 3, 2014 |
The commentator called it "another World Cup match absolutely dripping in drama. " And at Commerce Square in Philadelphia, the drama was flowing as fans came together to cheer on Team USA. The stone courtyard at 20th and Market Streets transformed into a stadium Tuesday, filled with fans whose chants echoed off the two buildings nearby. People in suits having outdoor meetings conveniently during the match, college students, and families packed themselves in for the United States-Belgium showdown, which ended in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss for Team USA. Keith Barry, 26, of Philadelphia, was shaking from nerves.
July 3, 2014 |
CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI will undoubtedly have a recurring nightmare. Ever since he started kicking a soccer ball, he probably dreamed of a moment like this - every kid does. It's the closing moments of a World Cup elimination game and a game-winning opportunity is gifted to your foot. In your dream, you are perfect. You do everything right and slam the ball into the back of the net. Reality wasn't as kind. Wondolowski was far from perfect on his attempt in the closing moments of the United States Round of 16 loss to Belgium yesterday in Salvador, Brazil.
July 3, 2014 |
CHILE'S GONZALO JARA took the slow, long 45-yard walk from the midfield line on the pitch to the penalty area all alone on Saturday. Thousands of Brazilians screamed for him to fail. The hopes of his team, and his country, rested on his right foot. When his shot on Julio Cesar sailed just a few inches more than he would have liked and bounced off the right post, the stadium erupted with joy, and Chile's World Cup dreams were broken. Last weekend highlighted the first games of the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which featured two games decided by penalty kicks.
June 24, 2014
E VAN MALONE, 43, of Center City, is founder and president of NextFab, a "gym for innovators. " The 21,000-square-foot space in Southwest Center City offers cutting-edge hardware and software tools, technical training, consulting and incubator services. NextFab houses a wet lab, 3-D printers, scanners, laser engravers and cutters, and electronics, wood and metal shops. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for NextFab? A: I was working on my Ph.D. at Cornell in 3-D-printing technology, and a colleague and I created an open-source 3-D printer called Fab at Home.
June 23, 2014 |
Despite the ad campaign and all the hype and hoopla, there's very little that's actually new in The Last Ship , the latest concoction by Hollywood megaplayer Michael Bay (the Transformers series). An admittedly stirring, occasionally surprising, if formulaic 10-part series, The Last Ship is about the end of the world, a topic that has taken pop culture by storm since the 9/11 attacks. It premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on TNT. Adapted from the 1988 novel by William Brinkley ( Don't Go Near the Water )
June 22, 2014 |
Watching the World Cup is serious business for Matt O'Connor, proprietor of Humphrys Flag Co. in Old City. To O'Connor, the tournament's 32 countries might as well be stocks. After a big win, sales go up. And vice versa. "I tell people, 'Oh, I have to watch [the World Cup] now, just to keep up,'" O'Connor said. He does the same with the news. Humphrys has sold far fewer Russian flags than expected during the tournament due to the crisis in Ukraine. "There was a huge spike in sales during the Olympics," O'Connor said, "then, all of a sudden, no one wanted them.
June 21, 2014 |
The Awesome Fest and its founder, Josh Goldbloom, did a lot of growing up last year. With 2013's edition of the summer film and music festival, Goldbloom reverted to his childhood and unleashed upon Philadelphia a sensory-overloading package of '80s film fare, era-centric concerts, and themed promotions that he had always wanted to curate. There were problems. Goldbloom works with "a budget 10 times less than the big guns" of other local film festivals. And his van and film equipment were stolen.