June 26, 2015 |
FOR NEARLY two decades, the garden behind Don LaJeunesse's Merchantville home was an organic tribute to his unique artistic skills. LaJeunesse, a former sculpture instructor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, was a self-described "putzer," said his wife, Patrice - he was always tinkering with the shaded area behind their home, trimming flowers and rearranging his self-made furniture. The garden outlived its creator, who succumbed to cancer in 2010. But the gale-force winds of Tuesday's storm ended the 17-year legend of one of the Camden County town's most unusual landmarks.
May 13, 2015 |
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania, Kanye West now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
February 6, 2015 |
A STATE Welfare Department employee has been released from the hospital after being injured last month in a tragic accident in Center City. Erica Goodwin, 44, of Lansdowne, Delaware County, was discharged from Hahnemann University Hospital on Jan. 27, a hospital spokeswoman said last night. She had been there since Jan. 15, when she was crushed by a Temple University student who fell to her death from an eighth-floor window, police said. The student - identified by Temple as Rebecca Kim, a freshman in the university's pre-pharmacy program - had been visiting friends in an Art Institute of Philadelphia dorm on Chestnut Street near 16th when she fell while apparently trying to take a photograph, police said.
January 30, 2015 |
Tiberino: The Art of Life , a feature-length documentary to premiere Saturday at the Trocadero, does what no single, intricate, incendiary Tiberino painting or sculpture or mural or wall relief or carving or mask or etching can do: encapsulate the wide-reaching aesthetics and cultural importance of a family so creatively accomplished as to be called the "West Philly Wyeths. " The film, by local director Derrick Woodyard and family patriarch Joseph Tiberino, 76, is a cinematic testament to not only the elder's work, but also that of his wife, Ellen Powell Tiberino, the late doyenne of African American art. Anyone who has been to the family's panoramic garden enclave at 38th and Hamilton Streets, the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum, can attest to its wild abundance of riches.
January 17, 2015 |
An 18-year-old Temple University student who may have been taking pictures from an eighth-floor Center City dorm room Thursday evening fell to her death and struck and injured a pedestrian on the sidewalk below, police said. Shortly before 6 p.m., police responded to numerous 911 calls reporting that one or two people may have fallen from a building in the 100 block of South 16th Street, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. They found two women lying next to each other on the sidewalk outside the H&M store at the high-traffic corner of 16th and Chestnut Streets, Small said.
December 15, 2014 |
Roy Scarfo, 88, of Downingtown, an artist whose illustrations of outer space captured the imagination of Americans from the 1960s on, died Monday, Dec. 8, of pancreatic cancer at the VA Medical Center in Coatesville. Mr. Scarfo's first illustrations came to the attention of the public in 1957 when they were published by his employer, General Electric. He spent 16 years as creative art director for GE's Space Technology Center, which opened in 1961 in Valley Forge. At the same time, he became a space art consultant and illustrator for Sun Co., NASA, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Senate, and others.
November 12, 2014
P ATRICK MICHAEL Carrow, 46, of Bella Vista, is owner and creative director of Patrick Michael Accessories, in North Philly. Carrow creates one-of-a-kind handbags, clutches, wallets and wine totes from discontinued fabrics he sources from textile mills overseas. The business, started in 2009, sells from a website, at craft shows and at boutiques. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I've always collected beautiful fabrics, and one night I stacked all the fabrics and, after running errands, came back and saw this harmony of color, print and texture.
October 31, 2014
What to eat: Cupcakes? Pshaw! Wonderland Cakes offers "cake shots," an unusual, delicious alternative. These perfect parfaits come in a plastic tumbler with a spoon - layers of cake, mousse, syrup, frosting, fruit, preserves, liqueurs and even surprises like breakfast cereal and candy. Their best shots: When we visited, the cake shots on the menu were Apple Spice Seductress, Peanut Butter Bombshell and Pumpkin Pinup. All tasted and looked as lovely as they sound. Makin' whoopie: Yes, Wonderland bakers also make jumbo whoopie pies.
September 4, 2014 |
With curly brown hair, red lipstick, and much devotion, Arturo Galster performed for years as the incarnation of country-music superstar Patsy Cline. "He was hilarious. He was ridiculous. He was a genius," entertainer D'Arcy Drollinger remembered on Facebook. And producer Marc Huestis said: "He was THE MOST brilliant performer and loyal to the core. " Mr. Galster, 55, a popular star of San Francisco's drag performance scene and a Philadelphia native, died Monday, Aug. 25, in his adopted city.
July 18, 2014 |
JEREMIAH JAKSON was a lousy security guard. He wasn't good at casing robbery victims, either. The 22-year-old Mantua resident was fired last month from AlliedBarton Security Services "due to performance reasons," the company said last night. So he decided last weekend to rob Laura Araujo, 23, a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia who was living in the same rooming home on 40th Street near Brown, police said. Jakson, who has at least four aliases and prior arrests on robbery, theft and gun charges, figured that Araujo had money because she drove a 2011 Toyota RAV4.