Portraits

Jermel Johnson is the first African-American male principal dancer at Pennsylvania Ballet. He made a name for himself early with his impressive jumps and high energy. Johnson has performed several leading roles, including as principal in George Balanchine’s “Square Dance” and Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which led to Pointe Magazine naming him one of their standout performances of 2013.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

— Virginia Woolf

I saw Michael Kelly-Cataldi perform a while back at a backyard gathering of jazz singers and musicians. In a crowd of amazing and seasoned performers like the great Jeannie Brooks and our host Wendy Simon, Kelly-Cataldi brought the house down with his whimsical version of Ella Fitzgerald’s “A-Tisket A-Tasket.” While on stage he mentioned that he and his husband Dino were opening a supper club called Dino’s Backstage. The dashing and dynamic pair already own and operate the popular Kelly-Cataldi HOME boutique in Glenside.

Thanksgiving is coming soon and for many of us that means the three Fs: fun, family and food. But for some, that last F can be hard to come by, not just at Thanksgiving but throughout the year. You would think in a country as “great” or bountiful as ours, hunger and access to nutritious and healthy food wouldn’t be such a problem. But apparently, in addition to the mountains and the prairies and the oceans white with foam, we also have large food deserts. Working at the Reading Terminal Market, Duane Perry become well-acquainted with the lack of access many Philadelphians experience and decided to do something about it. He started the Food Trust and began helping to change the landscape and mindset for food consumption in our city and beyond.

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