October 6, 2013 |
JERRY LEWIS, uh-huh, that Jerry Lewis, the slapstick comic, looks Muhammad Ali right in the eye, and screeches, "You're a big bag of wind. " A startled Ali interrupts, sputtering. Lewis finally yelps, "Shut up and let me finish . . . you're a big bag of wind but you're one of the greatest entertainers . . . " It's just a moment in "The Trials of Muhammad Ali," a lively new documentary being shown at the Ritz at the Bourse. A defining moment? Entertainer? Is that what Ali was?
July 11, 1986 |
Philadelphians have been showing some style lately in getting rid of their trash. At left, Michael Clayton Jr., 7, hefts a big bag at the garbage dump in the 4700 block of Market Street. Below, Howard Peters adds to the growing trash mountain. At right, Reggie Morris sees his opening and takes a shot basketball-style. At far bottom, Diane Baring unwinds and gives it her all.
November 22, 1994 |
I was at an airport, reading a newspaper, when the World's Three Most Boring People sat down next to me and started talking as loud as they could without amplifiers. They were so boring I took notes on their conversation. Here's an actual excerpt: First Person (pointing to a big bag): That's a big bag. Second Person: That IS a big bag. First Person: You can hold a lot in a bag like that. Third Person: Francine has a big bag like that. First Person: Francine does?
June 25, 2010
THIS WEEK'S DVD releases are a big bag of so-so. The most prominent title is "Green Zone," the failed Iraq thriller that reunited Matt Damon with "Bourne" collaborator Paul Greengrass, without much success. Younger viewers may prefer "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," but this is another kid-lit adaptation that failed to capture the appeal of the book and certainly failed to ignite another Harry Potter-like franchise. Teen girls prepping for next week's "Twilight" sequel might want to check out Robert Pattinson in a non-vampire role in "Remember Me," but then again they might not. Especially if they've seen it. Mom and dad might get something out of "The Last Station," a staid period and literary drama that scored Oscar nominations for Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.
July 19, 2009 |
Who would have thought that little yellow containers of the smelly clay I used to mold and shape as a little girl could bring so much joy and amazement? That they could make children who didn't speak my language laugh and play? Or make the teachers in their fancy saris break out of their strict, authority-figure roles and giggle like little girls? My two fellow Lehigh University students and I, in India last winter as part of the Global Citizenship program, had been getting desperate.
February 24, 1995 |
"We learned black history in school. I was the cop in the play we put on. I acted. It was about Martin Luther King. He died and saved this nation and paid freedom's cost. He was a great man. " Jonathan, 10, is delighted to be sitting on the rug having a conversation. Though his speech is not clear, he repeats words with gentle grace. He wants to be understood, above all, no matter how his patience is tried in the process. His social worker says he is on about a second-grade level and making slow but steady progress in special classes for educably retarded children.
July 16, 2014 |
WITH ITS LONE graffitied, abandoned house, grassy vacant lots and sparse signs of life, the desolate stretch of 3rd Street just north of Susquehanna Avenue in North Philadelphia seems like the perfect place to dump a body. And that's exactly what someone did, police said yesterday. About 5:30 a.m., a man picking through trash on the block, which is flanked by several grassy lots and the back of a warehouse, spotted a duffel bag outside the three-story, tan-brick rowhouse with boarded-up windows and made the grisly discovery, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman.
May 23, 1994 |
ALL ABOARD CONCORDE: Like the speed-traveling rich and famous, you too can board the world's fastest commercial aircraft, British Airway's Concorde, when it touches down here on a promotional visit Thursday. Free tours start at 7:30 p.m. from Gate 11 of Terminal A at Philadelphia International Airport. Although they are only scheduled to last an hour, a British Airways rep said she doubted anyone would be turned away. The supersonic bird is scheduled to land at 7 p.m. en route from Dulles Airport in D.C. Capt.
October 17, 1993 |
Guess what? Garden State Park - where they race horses, bet money, have flea markets, and generally provide lots of neat stuff for adults but not much for children - is giving itself entirely over to the younger set next Sunday. Big time. The second annual Kids Fair will come to town then, and about 15,000 people, at least a third of them children, are expected. Those who missed last year's fair might not know the day will be a kind of utopia for the small people, with face painting, cookies, an indoor playground, a chance to listen to their heart beat, bike checks, dance lessons by the Pennsylvania Ballet, Tastykakes, insects, a story hour, yogurt, fingerprinting, a lesson on snake care and hot dogs.
February 26, 2004 |
Phillies closer Billy Wagner flexed his finger. He moved it around. "There's not too much concern," he said yesterday morning at Bright House Networks Field. "Just give it time. " Wagner has inflammation in the soft tissue in the middle finger of his left hand. An MRI showed no ligament, tendon or joint damage. Phillies manager Larry Bowa said the best-case scenario is that Wagner begins to throw again Monday. "I didn't think it was anything serious because he threw the ball well [Tuesday]