Articles by Jess Herbine
Jun. 8, 2012
Stars assemble at Comic Con
Article by Jess Herbine & Anne Most
Apr. 27, 2012
Philadanco dazzles audiences
The aesthetics seemingly took precedence over the choreography in “Tribute,” in which the men were wrapped in bright green V-necks while the women drew energy from vibrant blue bikinis over vivacious pink. The combination of these colors with the movement’s quick partner-and-ensemble work often gave the impression of a Technicolor TV blurring in and out of focus. The piece, an abstract ballet from 2000, paid tribute to Philadelphia International Records (Gamble and Huff) with selections like the O’Jays’ “For The Love of Money” and “Livin’ for the Weekend” and Teddy Pendergrass’ “And If I Had.” These cool, jazzy tunes gave way to a highly sensual piece that lacked character chemistry but impressed by displaying the dancers’ sheer flexibility and agility, which was so highly stylized that I was shocked to hear it was considered a ballet.
Apr. 20, 2012
Say Anything packs the TLA
South Street may harbor a certain flare for the fringe lifestyle, but the Theatre of Living Arts was packed front to back April 15 with young adults and teens preparing for anarchy. Fueled by the power position of no. 17 on Billboard’s Top 200, Say Anything commandeered the venue en route of the band’s tour promoting its latest release, “Anarchy, My Dear.” Like its title implies, the concert performance and audience response were not aggressive but rather passionately ardent.
Apr. 6, 2012
DU promotes creativity in Philly School District with ColorWheels
Over the past few years, severe budget cuts throughout the Philadelphia School District have shortchanged students, offering minimal arts education and nearly no opportunity for students to participate in creative self-expression. Fleisher Art Memorial teamed up with Drexel University’s graphic design program to retaliate against artistic apathy by storming the streets of South Philadelphia in ColorWheels, a new Ford Transit that is so brightly coated it can’t be ignored.
Dec. 2, 2011
Local artist hosts bazaar
Philadelphia designer and children’s book author and illustrator Alexander Stadler has his name popping up all around the city. The Rhode Island School of Design graduate brought together 40 local designers to sell their work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Store in a pop-up bazaar that he calls Philadelphia Produces Original Design or P.POD. Stadler describes his unique, handmade items as “freakish, brilliant or gorgeous.” They are on sale until Dec. 31.
Oct. 28, 2011
‘Like Crazy’ explores love and long distance dating
The 20th annual Philadelphia Film Festival opened Oct. 20 to the buzzworthy winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Picture, “Like Crazy.” An honest and independent romantic film directed by Drake Doremus, “Like Crazy” promotes rising stars Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek,” “Charlie Bartlett”) as Jacob and Felicity Jones (“Page 8,” “Chalet Girl”) as Anna: two college seniors whose Los Angeles undergraduate relationship feels the strain of long distance after England-born Anna overstays her visa.
Oct. 21, 2011
Student makes website a reality
Drexel University senior Ari Winkleman won first prize in an entrepreneurial competition that took place over 10 weeks during the summer and challenged young entrepreneurs to develop their own startup ideas in the realm of digital media.
Sep. 23, 2011
Motion City Soundtrack: Four albums, two nights in Philly
With a promising fifth studio album on the way, what else is a successful pop-punk band to do with their free time? Celebrate their victories, of course.
Sep. 16, 2011
‘Sunny’ gang celebrates season seven with a Philadelphia party
On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Trocadero presented loyal fans of Philadelphia’s outrageous showpiece, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” with a premiere party for the show’s seventh season. Hopefully a tradition in the making, the occasion marked the second annual party for the show’s return to FX Networks Thursday, Sept. 15.
Jul. 29, 2011
Music venue to open September
As a prelude to their weekly email blast, R5 Productions made the official announcement July 12 regarding a brand new music venue opening in Center City come fall. Spearheaded by the king of Philadelphia’s alternative music scene, Drexel graduate Sean Agnew, the former Spaghetti Warehouse at 10th and Spring Garden streets will be resurrected from its glory days as the Union Transfer train depot station into a music hall of the same name.