October 22, 2014 |
R OB McELHENNEY is getting behind the camera to direct his first movie, and it's nothing like his TV show, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. " The St. Joe's Prep grad (and booster - he regularly speaks at alumni events) will direct a children's movie. Yep, the co-creator of the wonderfully perverse "It's Always Sunny" is going the family-film route with "Figment," a "Goonies"-style adventure movie about a boy and his family whose fears come to life. So, how'd he get the gig his first time out of the gate (although, to be fair, McElhenney directed two episodes of "It's Always Sunny" in its early run)
October 19, 2014 |
Sometimes a single part of an architectural design can explain the whole. At Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation, the building's entire aesthetic sensibility is summed up by a humble staircase tucked off to the side of the lobby. Unlike the grand flights of steps in a big art palace, the purpose of the Barnes stairwell is more functional than ceremonial: transporting visitors from the main floor to the amenities on the lower level. But like the rest of the understated Barnes, the stairs also are packed with quiet theatrics.
August 16, 2014 |
Help kick off the 40th season of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the teen flick Mean Girls with Emmy award-winner Tina Fey in person. Screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Fey, who graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1988, wrote the screenplay and starred in Mean Girls , loosely based on her experience as a student. She was also an active participant in the school's Summer Stage program. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Fey. Summer Stage is one of the longest-running children's theater programs in the nation.
July 17, 2014 |
Mark T. Smylie, 70, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Center City, a security company executive who loved ice skating and the arts, died Friday, June 27, of a heart attack. He had just finished lunch and was stricken while sitting in his car outside a Fort Lauderdale restaurant, said James D. Stoup, his former partner and present companion. For 25 years, Mr. Smylie was president of Philadelphia-based General Security Systems Inc., a security guard provider and private detection agency.
July 16, 2014 |
Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire who died July 4, left nearly half his large art collection, a 900-acre Western Pennsylvania estate, and $15 million to the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, according to a will filed with the register of wills in Westmoreland County, southeast of Pittsburgh. Scaife, 82, known for his backing of conservative and libertarian causes, and his support of conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, was an heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune, and publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and other newspapers.
July 15, 2014 |
FRANCOPHILES can't always put their finger on it. Call it a certain je ne sais quoi , an undefinable yet unmistakable quality that makes all things French so enticing. Today's the 225th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, which makes this a good time to get your French fix right here in Philadelphia, where we've loved all things French since 20-year-old Gen. Lafayette volunteered to fight on our side in the American Revolution. Let us count some ways. Forget that bowl of cherries, French painter Paul Cezanne might have said.
June 24, 2014 |
WIRED 96.5'S Chunky has just rendered his own name irrelevant. The morning-show host has lost a whopping 219 pounds over the past year. For real. Two hundred and nineteen. Chunky essentially lost an entire person. All without ever stepping foot inside a gym. "If I walk by a window or a mirror, it'll weird me out. I still feel the same on the inside," Chunky, who wouldn't reveal his current weight because he's not done yet, told me. "Since it's been happening gradually, you never really get used to it. " Sometimes, even his co-workers don't recognize him. For the record, he's keeping his radio name.
June 24, 2014 |
Visiting the other Barnes icon - the arboretum, not the art museum - just got a whole lot easier. For the first time, the 12-acre landscape on North Latchs Lane in Merion is open to the public on weekends with none of the old constraints on visitation. No more reservations. You can just show up, pay $5 admission, as opposed to $15 when the art was there, and park free instead of shelling out another $15. More tours, more programming. You can even bring a picnic lunch. "Instead of being the place you keep people out of - which, in some ways, is part of our history - we want to be a place that welcomes you," said Margaret B. Zminda, acting director of the Barnes Foundation, which oversees the horticulture and the art that moved in 2012 to a new site on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
June 13, 2014 |
It may seem a little like bringing coals to Newcastle, but the small show of Cézanne still-life paintings soon to open at the Barnes Foundation is more like bringing a shiny apple to school. In fact, it's a lot like bringing many apples to school - along with a skull or two. "The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne" opens in the Barnes' special exhibition space on June 22 and runs through Sept. 22 before traveling to the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, where it will be a centerpiece of the gallery's 2014 centennial exhibition season.
April 18, 2014 |
AS RENOWNED AS the Barnes Foundation is for its collection of artwork by masters like Cezanne, van Gogh, and Monet, it's equally famous for the idiosyncratic way that Dr. Albert Barnes arranged his collection. The elusive connections and intuitive leaps represented on the Barnes' walls resonated with saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark, whose own work incorporates inspirations from the entire history of jazz as well as avant-garde classical, post-punk, Ethiopian music and other styles from well outside the usual tradition.