If it weren't for Fox's Glee, there would be little excitement in a fall TV season whose biggest promise is five prime-time hours a week of the soporific stylings of Jay Leno. While lacking creative dazzle, they may stimulate the late-news ratings, if local stations tone down the shows so snoozing Leno fans don't awake to turn the TV off before Conan comes on.
It's the end of the world as we know it (The Road, 2012), our wives and/or children are being killed (The Boys Are Back, Law Abiding Citizen, The Lovely Bones), vampires and woolly beasts are on the prowl (Twilight, Where the Wild Things Are), a 1930s aviatrix and a 1960s Japanimation icon are flying high (Amelia, Astro Boy), and the monosyllabic movie musical is back (Fame, Nine, Dare)!
Over the last 15 years, Philadelphia's dance climate has improved dramatically. Festivals such as the Live Arts/Fringe and the now-dormant DanceBoom! cultivate ever-larger audiences, and excellent university dance departments turn out performers who often plant roots here instead of heading north. The funding climate lures out-of-towners - Headlong Dance Theater, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers - to relocate here, providing both competition for the community's dancers and mentoring in alternative styles and dance vocabularies.