April 8, 1988 |
Only a few years ago, the quickest way for an aspiring young director to open doors in Hollywood was to churn out a slasher film and make sure that everyone - including the ox, if necessary - was gored. But there have been fewer mad killers on the loose in movies lately. Historians of the horror film may argue over when and why we are in a merciful downturn in this obnoxious form of "entertainment. " Personally, I date it from the installment of the Friday the 13th series where - since no ox was available for goring - a rabbit was nailed to a shed door.
April 11, 1988 |
"I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself the king of infinite space were it not that I have bad dreams. " Shakespeare, "Hamlet. " Andrew Fleming is not the Bard of Avon, but he's on to the same thing: the way internal terrors, even more powerfully than external realities, can be incapacitating. In "Bad Dreams," which Fleming directed and co-wrote (with Steven E. de Souza), those terrors are pretty scary. It's 1975. The members of a cult called The Unity, under the leadership of a wickedly charismatic Jim Jones type named Harris (Richard Lynch, also the bad guy in "Little Nikita")
April 17, 1999 |
The psychiatrist decided to leave town after being victimized in what the prosecutor called a gay-bashing incident in Northeast Philadelphia last summer. Dr. Thomas Harry, 45, was "so humilitated" he moved to Atlanta after the July 27 attack, Assistant District Attorney Richard Negrin said yesterday. Two men beat and kicked Harry because he was gay, said the prosecutor. Both were given jail terms by Common Pleas Judge Teresa M. Sarmina, who called the case "disturbing. " Steve Grimscheid, 20, of Akron Street near Levick, who has a prior record, was sentenced to three to six years.
August 3, 1998 |
Twenty-four years after the United American Indians of Delaware Valley held their first powwow, they may finally be getting people's attention. The annual event attracted thousands of people to West Fairmount Park's Belmont Plateau this weekend - many of them first-timers, organizers said - for a taste of authentic food, homemade crafts, colorful regalia, live music and dance. "Even though we have 24 years of doing this, we've only just begun to get it right," said Michele Tinsley Leonard, the group's executive director.
December 21, 1991 |
Christmas traditions in the theater have mainly been adapted from those of other countries. They try to reflect a child's wonder through fantasy and the triumph over some kind of evil in a way that doesn't produce bad dreams afterward. The Nutcracker is an American tradition supported by ballet companies; Hansel and Gretel is one encouraged by opera companies. AVA Opera Theater is testing the viability of that opera as an annual holiday event with its new production, which opened last night at the Shubert Theater.
August 22, 1995 |
A Royersford man who skipped bail and headed for Texas six years ago was sentenced yesterday for sexually molesting an 8-year-old girl in 1989. Montgomery County Court Judge Stanley R. Ott sentenced Anton Habenschuss to four to 20 years in prison and 15 years' probation for involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of a minor. Habenschuss, 35, was returned to Pennsylvania in June. Authorities said he and his mother absconded to Texas in 1989 while Habenschuss, who had pleaded guilty to the charges, was awaiting sentencing by Ott. In pronouncing sentence yesterday, Ott recommended that Habenschuss, who authorities said had been abused as a child, undergo intensive sex-offender treatment.
May 5, 1997 |
They came to buy crafts, ride ponies, listen to music, and watch dance performances. But most of all, the hundreds of people at the West Chester Festival of the Arts in Everhart Park yesterday came to enjoy spring. And enjoy it they did, despite the clouds overhead and a biting wind that whipped through jackets, caused goosebumps on bare legs, and grounded the popular hot-air balloon rides. "They tried twice, but the wind was too strong," said Kathy McBratnie, director of West Chester Recreation, the group sponsoring the annual May Day event along with the Pennsylvania Arts Council.
June 8, 1993 |
Margie Rodriguez-Ortiz sat with her grief yesterday in a Cherry Hill High School teachers' room. Around her, women in spring skirts and white stockings and men in ties chatted about nothing and laughed. Ortiz, in shorts and sandals, talked brokenly of her dead daughter, Samalica, and wept. Rodriguez-Ortiz knows little of the suburban world that she visited Monday. Her days are spent in North Camden, a scant block from the house where, in November, her beloved 11-year-old Samalica was killed by a random, anonymous bullet.
July 22, 1998 |
One month ago, the president of Venice-Ashby's Residents' Council warned township officials that if they didn't help clear out a trash-strewn, drug-infested area, she would be back as "their worst nightmare. " Joyce Graves showed up at a township meeting last night - not to conjure bad dreams - but to remind the Township Council members that Venice-Ashby still needs help. She said nothing during public comment but planned to invite officials who had not yet been to Venice-Ashby on a tour.
October 27, 2007 |
WHEN I SAW Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" hit No. 1 at the box office, it made me ask myself that very question. And the answer, for me, was simple. LaVeta dazzled me. I still remember our first date. It was July 5, 1997. We went to the Blue Moon and listened to jazz over a seafood dinner. Then we strolled to Penn's Landing, sat by the river, and talked for hours in the moonlight. That night my thoughts were filled with everything about her: The sweet scent of her perfume, the reddish caramel of her skin, the velvety softness of her voice.