Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Harlem Shade

havent posted in a long time but now just feels right. i know i said i was going to fix the site but clearly i have forgotten. oh but wait. maybe ur reading this after the site has been updated so u dnt see my struggle. if so, ignore my rant.
anyway I came here to say, i need to get out of philly. i want to move to new york. does everyone experience this urge or is it just me? maybe if u aspire to be a dentist you wanna move to arkansas, a lot of models are flocking to miami, im gonna take myself to the closest version of silicon valley and settle in flatiron. settle at a job not an apartment i couldnt afford to live in flatiron unless i had a sugar daddy and im just not that type of girl. but anyways yes. i want to move. i currently live between two cities. well. no. if my 'roommate' saw that he'd be outraged. i LIVE in philadelphia. i have an entire vacant apartment in philadelphia. why? because im in new york two to three days out of my week. so many job opportunities, so much inspiration, so much faaaashion and hustle and bustle omg its orgasmic. wait. i cant remember the purpose of this post anymore. maybe to update you all on my living arrangments? probably. check with me in a couple weeks and lets see if anything has changed.

---Philly Raised, NY Paid ;)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

REVIEW: The Academy of Music Presents 'Beauty and the Beast'

Growing up I was obsessed with the concept of 'happily ever after'. I didn't have any evil stepsisters and my mother wasn't murdered by hunters, however, I still daydreamed about the day my prince would rescue me and I too would live 'happily ever after'. 

My favorite fairytale was 'Beauty and the Beast'! And I'm not just saying this for the sake of this review ; I honestly consider this to be a classic love tale. The only way Prince Adam could break the spell Enchantress cast upon him was to learn to love and be loved. Enter Belle, our Beauty, add Gaston, the typical antagonist, and a slew of other characters adding comedic relief and shedding light on this dim tale and here we have 'Beauty and the Beast'. 

The original creators of the Broadway play, the original design team, and the original score have all been meshed together to create a theatrical wonder piece. The animated version literally jumped to life with the scene changes the design team put together. Add in five new songs sung by wonderful performers and there is nothing not to love about this production. The script remains the same so the only fear I had was that the acting wouldn't be up to par. Luckily, these performers proved me wrong. Emily Behny was totally believable as Belle. Which wasn't hard; what's not to love about Belle? Her performance was warm and her personality firm. Dane Agostinis is our 'Beast' and his baritone voice combined with his confidence showed us exactly why he was selected for the role. Lumière and Cogsworth were the dynamic duo, keeping the laughs coming, while Mrs. Potts and her optimism kept our hearts smiling. Gaston played his role perfectly, I almost wanted to 'boo' when he took his bow at the end. 

We all know the details of this classic tale and this production does it much justice. Everything from the lighting, swift scene changes, and amazing vocals makes this a wonderful show. The running time is approximately 2 1/2 hours but the way the cast captures your attention the time flies by, making it enjoyable for even the younger children. 

Director: Rob Roth 
Belle: Emily Behny 
Beast: Dane Agostinis 
Gaston: Matt Farcher 

Costume Design: Ann Hould-Ward 
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz 
Scenic Design: Stanley A. Meyer 
Sound Design: John Petrafesa Jr. 
Music Supervision: Michael Kosarin 
Choreography: Matt West *score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice  

PHOTOS BY: Joan Marcus

-- Nola Darling

Saturday, March 24, 2012

#MillionHoodieMarchPhilly: Support for Trayvon Martin

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" 
If a guilty man walks free in our community because a murder occurred but no one was around to witness it, will our screams of injustice be heard? This question has been answered by recent protests of the murder of Trayvon Martin.
"What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!"
Demonstrators chanted this and other phrases Friday, March 23rd as they marched through the streets of Philadelphia to honor the life of seventeen year old Trayvon Martin. Martin was shot and killed February 26th in Sanford, Florida by Mark Zimmerman, a vigilante whom, claiming self defense, was never arrested. The seventeen year old was wearing a hoodie and armed with a bag of skittles and an iced tea,  however Sanford police claim that with little facts about the incident there is not enough evidence to arrest Zimmerman. Police arrived on the scene of the crime at 7:17pm, which also marked the start time of the Million Hoodie March in Philadelphia. This march is the latest in a string of protests putting the Sanford Police Department on the spot and supporting Martin's family.

Police estimated numbers in the thousands for those in attendance at the march, which started at 30th street station and ended at Love Park. Oftentimes demonstrators were asked to slow their pace however no violent incidents occurred which further amplifies the impact of the intended message. Many carried signs and nearly everyone wore a hoodie ; some carried skittles and iced tea held high.

I had the pleasure of speaking with, Jay Moody (@jaymoody_), one of the organizers, as well as various spectators. The purpose of this event was clear but now what happens? Where do we go from here? 

Excerpts from the interviews as well as more details about the demonstration are coming soon!

-- Nola Darling

Photo Credit: Nola Darling and Brian Artis (www.humblebeez.com)

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