Two Plays, and One Sick Bed – on Stan Lai’s Bedroom Dramas 一張病床與兩臺戲—談賴聲川的床戲

by Chou Fen-ling 周芬伶 The 1986 play, Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring, features a sick bed, in which an ailing old man dreams of his youth and first love. In the 2000 play, Dream Like a Dream, there are five sick beds, and the sudden deaths of four patients leave one patient alone to recount her life stories that span space and decades. … Continue reading Two Plays, and One Sick Bed – on Stan Lai’s Bedroom Dramas 一張病床與兩臺戲—談賴聲川的床戲

Kyoto Kaiseki at Kyo Tomi I 京富・京都懷石 之一

by Wen Si-ding 溫思定 In Kyoto, the Kaiseki beckoned. 京都。啊!懷石料理的召喚。 A taxi took us as far as it could into Kyoto’s Higashiyama (“eastern mountain”) District, and we found ourselves in an old neighborhood with winding streets of traditional-style wooden buildings. We walked the last 100 meters through a narrow alley to the inn, or “ryokan,” where we were staying for the night. At check-in we … Continue reading Kyoto Kaiseki at Kyo Tomi I 京富・京都懷石 之一

Kyoto Kaiseki at Kyo Tomi II 京富・京都懷石 之二

by Wen Si-ding 溫思定 Chef Tomi stood looking at us sitting across the counter looking at him, nodded and smiled uneasily, then pulled from beneath the counter several plastic containers of fresh seafood and other ingredients and went to work with his knife. Later in the evening we learned that Chef Tomi is a “knife master” of the Hōshō Ichijō School of “ceremonial knife cutting,” … Continue reading Kyoto Kaiseki at Kyo Tomi II 京富・京都懷石 之二

There’s a certain Slant of light 那斜照的日光

by Emily Dickinson 艾米莉 • 狄金森 There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons — That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes — 冬日的午后 那斜照的日光 有如大教堂裏的聖樂 滯重 令人無法呼吸 Heavenly Hurt it gives us — We can find no scar, But internal difference, Where the Meanings, are — 來自上天的創傷 看不到瘡疤 然而最隱微的變化 卻是真義所在 None may teach it — Any — ‘Tis the seal Despair, — An … Continue reading There’s a certain Slant of light 那斜照的日光

Britten, Strauss and Mahler 布瑞頓/史特勞斯/馬勒

by Michael Caruso Yannick Nezet-Seguin led the Philadelphia Orchestra in a trio of concerts October 4 – 6, 2013 in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The evening’s major score was Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major, but the program’s opening’s work – Benjamin Britten’s Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell – offered the most thrilling playing of the concert. 亞尼克・聶澤・賽金(Yannick Nézet-Séguin)率領費城交響樂團(Philadelphia … Continue reading Britten, Strauss and Mahler 布瑞頓/史特勞斯/馬勒

My Tea with Deborah 與 黛柏拉 喫午茶

by Deborah Kaplan/Fenching Wainstein 黛柏拉•卡布郎/周芬青 Before Miel Patisserie, and long before Belle Cakery, Deborah Kaplan helped define for the boomer generation of Philadelphians the meaning of European gastronomical flair. Kaplan operated SUD Fine Pastry in South Philadelphia for 30 years. She was featured in a 1989 Philadelphia Inquirer article for her extravagant wedding and party cakes and rich continental style pastries. 對嬰兒潮時代的費城人來說,Deborah Kaplan 在蜂蜜法式西點 (Miel … Continue reading My Tea with Deborah 與 黛柏拉 喫午茶

At Home in the Studio: Alice Austin, Book Artist 悠遊於工作室:手製書藝術家 愛麗絲·奧斯汀

Alice Austin (AA) is a Philadelphia artist and book conservator well known for creating artist books. She teaches book arts both locally and internationally. Here she speaks with her sister, Mary Bell Austin (MBA). 費城的藝術家愛麗絲 · 奧斯汀 (AA),除了從事古籍修復的工作外, 還是位頗有名氣的手製書藝術家。奧斯汀經常在美國本土及國外教授藝術家手製書的課程。以下是奧斯汀和她姊姊 瑪麗 ·貝爾 · 奧斯汀 (MBA) 的對話。 MBA: When people ask me what book art is, I have a hard time answering. How do you describe it? … Continue reading At Home in the Studio: Alice Austin, Book Artist 悠遊於工作室:手製書藝術家 愛麗絲·奧斯汀

Paella 西班牙海鮮飯

by Patricia Manley I had my first taste of paella while living in Argentina as a teenager. Families in our neighborhood would drop off the large, round shallow pans called ‘paelleras’ (for which the dish is named) with a local restaurant on Sunday morning. After church, we’d walk home carrying the warm pan, now filled with delicious paella. Placed in the center of the table, … Continue reading Paella 西班牙海鮮飯

Journey to Luzzara 路札拉之旅

Written by Kim Maialetti 作者:金・瑪雅雷提(Kim Maialetti) Image by David Maialetti 攝影: 大衛・瑪雅雷提(David Maialetti) We set out to Luzzara, a small rural town in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, without knowing much more than how to order an espresso. We knew Luzzara is where American-born photographer Paul Strand created some of his most important work, documenting the Luzzarese in the now famous book Un Paese with film … Continue reading Journey to Luzzara 路札拉之旅

Haydn’s Oratorio “The Creation” 海頓神劇《創世紀》

by Michael Caruso The Mendelssohn Club, Greater Philadelphia’s premiere symphonic chorus, joined forces with Symphony in C for a performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio, “The Creation,” Sunday, May 19, in the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Savior in West Philadelphia. Conducted by the Symphony’s music director, Rossen Milanov, the concert was one of the highpoints of the 2012-13 season and drew an audience that … Continue reading Haydn’s Oratorio “The Creation” 海頓神劇《創世紀》