IN THE WINGS: A Conversation with Blood Wedding Star Judith Lightfoot Clarke

JudithLightfootClarkeMy name is … as you might suspect, a family name, coming from Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Although when asked by a prospective landlord in NYC if I was related to Gordon, I didn’t deny it …

I am … blessed to work in the theatre, where talent, values, politics, vision and humanity all serve at the pleasure of bringing the written word off the page and into a room with people breathing the same air.  Turn off your cell phones and be present with us …

On opening night I … will be grateful that my husband, Dean Harrison, and sons, Owen and Beckett, are in the house (theatre house, that is … )

If I had to describe Blood Wedding in one sentence, I’d say … a wrenching poetic saga about forces, seen and unseen, that lead men to violence in the name of love while the women watch, written as only the genius Lorca can. (I’ve made it sound so upbeat! Truly, though, there is much music, love and laughter in the mix.)

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David Bowie Diehards Rejoice: Rare Recordings Find Home in Drexel’s Archives

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Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia made its mark on music history in the 1970s when artists recorded hit after hit in its studios. Artists from all genres, like Madonna, Billy Joel, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, and The Roots, recorded at this local institution. In 2005, Drexel University inherited 6,200 of the studio’s master tapes dating from 1968 to 1996, when Sigma began recording digitally.

One of these tapes, labeled “reel 4,” was a recording by none other than David Bowie.

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Mark Ladner Is Doing A Gluten-Free Pasta Flyer Lunch At Drexel

pastaflyer2.0_standard_400.0This Friday, October 3rd, Mark Ladner–executive chef of New York’s Del Posto–will be giving a lecture at Drexel, starting at 11 a.m., at the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management’s Academic Bistro located on the 6th floor of the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research building.

Sounds pretty dull, right? But wait, there’s more.

Ladner will be there to talk about his new kinda-pop-up-y gluten-free pasta concept, Pasta Flyer, which we have talked about before. But while, previous to this announcement, the best way to get a taste of Ladner’s new gluten-free pasta was to show up to Fork and pay $150 a head for a collaboration dinner between him and former Del Posto employee Eli Kulp, now there’s this Drexel lecture–at which Ladner will be serving lunch.

For $10.

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The Chew’s Carla Hall Is Opening A Restaurant (With A Little Help From Drexel)

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So first, the bad news. Famous TV person, Carla Hall, isn’t opening any of her Nashville-style hot chicken restaurants here (which is fine by me because I like Kevin Sbraga’s version just fine). The way things are looking right now, she’ll be opening in NYC first, then Washington D.C., with a Kickstarter funding program already in place–because god knows, what with the cookbooks and TV shows and everything else she does, I’m sure that my ten bucks is what’s really standing between her and her dream of opening a chicken restaurant.

But putting aside for a moment my issues with celebrities using crowdfunding platforms, this whole thing does have a kinda cool Philadelphia angle. Hall turned to Drexel’s Center For Hospitality and Sports Management as a partner in her enterprise, and now, according to Drexel, “culinary and hospitality students at Drexel will work alongside Hall and her team to learn every aspect of opening a new restaurant and help develop the first location in New York City.”

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Drexel Renames Law School After Thomas R. Kline

Thomas R. Kline, center. Photo: Courtesy of Drexel University.

Thomas R. Kline, center. Photo: Courtesy of Drexel University.

The Legal Intelligencer reports that Drexel’s Earle Mack School of Law is being renamed — the newly rechristened Thomas R. Kline School of Law is taking on the name of the Philadelphia litigator who just donated $50 million to the school.

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Drexel Scientists Discover Largest Dinosaur Ever

Illustration: Jennifer  Hall

Illustration: Jennifer Hall

In a paper published Thursday in Scientific Reports, Drexel scientists announced the discovery of the largest animal ever found: Dreadnoughtus schrani, a supermassive dinosaur that lived 77 million years ago in South America. It was 85 feet long and weighed 65 tons.

Kenneth Lacovara, an associate professor at Drexel, discovered “Dread” in Argentina. “It weighed as much as a dozen African elephants or more than seven T. rex,” he said in a release. “It is by far the best example we have of any of the most giant creatures to ever walk the planet.”

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Hilariously, Penn Students Named Most Polite in Nation

If there’s one reputation Penn students have, it’s being impolite — especially to workers in the service industry. Penn kids reportedly tipped 40 cents at McGlinchey’s earlier this year. Other waiters and waitresses have similar tales of rudeness and cheapness.

And it’s not just food service. “I sit at this post and some of the kids just glare and keep it moving … no ‘good morning,’ ‘good afternoon,’ or anything … where are some of their manners?” AlliedBarton security guard told the Daily Pennsylvanian in 2012.

But, apparently, Penn kids are nice to delivery people. Really nice. Best-in-the-nation nice.

A new survey from GrubHub and the Huffington Post’s Spoon University ranked the 10 nicest colleges in the country, based on how frequently students used “please” and “thank you” in the special orders box. Penn came out on top.

Really. Penn.

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Time-Lapse Video: Does It Seem Like Construction Moves Slowly?

A screen shot from the time-lapse video of Lancaster Square's construction. Actual video below.

A screen shot from the time-lapse video of Lancaster Square’s construction. Actual video below.

With the exception of Evo, a building that’s going up so fast, it’s apparently an emergency — or maybe it just looks that way from my office window — watching construction projects take shape can be like watching paint dry, or grass grow, or people at IKEA walk toward the Marketplace. And in the case of some notable projects, there can be chasms of years when absolutely nothing happens even after construction has begun, leaving literal chasms in the ground. One of the best examples? The Rittenhouse Hotel, which paused mid-construction due to some very serious developer shenanigans, and left a big hole (not quite a DisneyHole, though) where kids used to play when I was growing up. It was basically an adjunct playground to Rittenhouse Square, though not technically condoned by the Fairmount Park system.

Anyway.

This aerial time-lapse video of the construction of Drexel’s Lancaster Square, submitted by user filadelfea to reddit philadelphia, is, in concept, very exciting. Everyone loves time-lapse videos! But the reality is that even when construction is sped up, it’s still very slow. And some folks just don’t cotton to it. As reddit user gtlgdp writes:

Could somebody please speed this up? I got too bored too fast.

I understand that reaction. Especially at the beginning. But it is worth watching the video from start to finish to see, from that all-encompassing aerial view, exactly what’s involved in a large-scale building project like this. It’s staggering to see all the moving parts and when in the process they’re deployed. Not only that, but the weather! You can really understand the way the snow necessarily interrupts these kinds of projects, or any construction for that matter. And like any time-lapse video, the changes in the weather and the landscape are just, well, pretty. And if you want to see more, go to Drexel’s official site for the time-lapse, here. It’s updated every day. Obviously.

You know what they say: Rome wasn’t built in a day. And neither was Drexel. (But this project is moving along quite nicely, incidentally. John Fry makes things happen.)

Drexel Alum Endows “Entrepreneurial Leadership” Professorship

Drexel University has announced that alumni Stanley Silverman and his wife, Jackiehave donated $2 million to endow The Silverman Family Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Drexel University.

Donna De Carolis, founding dean of Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, will be the first person to hold the professorship.

The full press release after the jump:

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