December 11, 2012 |
EVERY FAMILY HAS its difficult members - black sheep, if you will. But it didn't matter to Uncle El. He loved them anyway. "If you were the black sheep or if you were in the doghouse, Uncle El embraced you anyway," said the family of Elwood Rucker, a son of old Virginia who never got the South out of his bones. "He was a loving, kind, generous spirit. He was not judgmental. He accepted you the way you were. " Elwood Rucker, a 12-year employee of the Philadelphia International Airport motels and a city Streets Department worker for 33 years, died Friday.
November 16, 2012 |
Tiny, sturdy Sylvia Kauders' Mama has the stoic face of thousands of Jewish grandmothers before her. When she announces, deadpan in a fluffy bathrobe, to her son Ronnie, "Did you hear who's coming? The Momzer," the audience for Marty's Back in Town , a new play by attorney/author Norman Shabel at the Skybox at the Adrienne, laughs. A momzer is a jerk, a thorn in your side, and the audience knows: These are our mishpucha , our kind of people, and this is a comic family drama that will be sprinkled with liberal doses of Yiddish, in which crazy relatives will argue, eat, and reconcile, Neil Simon-style.
December 26, 2011 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On responding to ignorant comments in shared company: I find "In my experience . . . [contrary example]" or "The information I have from [other source] . . .," said calmly and not accusingly, often works. Cross-politics friendships are really important for our society, because you may be the only person someone likes and respects who presents a different view. We're very balkanized right now, talking only with those who agree with us and getting our news from agreeable sources.
July 25, 2010 |
When the economy came crashing down in 2009, it brought Kim and Edgar Alvarez's crab cakes with them - at least for a moment. Those cakes were among the signature items at the couple's former prepared foods store, the Delaware Market House in Gladwyne. But once the recession prompted enough Main Liners to start cooking more for themselves, the Alvarez' business, which thrived on small pleasures like fresh chicken salad and sirloin broil, suddenly went "completely off the deep end," says Kim. It was a sorry moment for Gladwyne take-out addicts, perhaps, but has turned into a boon for Mount Airy, where the resilient Alvarezes have resurfaced with Avenida, a Latin-inspired neighborhood restaurant well-cast for a neighborhood that can use all the good flavors it can muster.
July 26, 2009 |
A tidy, brown-paper-covered booklet sold in the office of the intimate Morris House Hotel, a "boutique hotel" ("We say boutique so we can charge more," says co-owner Gene Lefevre), offers an eloquent summary of its venerable, if mildly defiant, history. When it was built in 1787, you learn, it was beyond a meadow at the edge of the potter's field that would later become Washington Square, putting it at unfashionable remove from the grander homes going up on Second Street. Though its sturdy brickwork - which remains admirable today - alternated red stretcher and black header bricks, the architecture was resolutely out of step, as well, with the tenor of the times: In this postwar moment when Frenchification was in vogue, the Morris House reached backward, employing retro-Colonial styling, so plain and staid, so frumpishly, well, yesterday.
July 20, 2007 |
Zombie sheep. Kind of a natural symbolic link there, don't you think? But as the recent "Fido" proved, a clever connection between this particular horror genre and a metaphorical target doesn't necessarily make for either funny satire or good scares. "Black Sheep," however, pulls off both tricks marvelously. As you may know, New Zealand is home to some 40 million head of mutton, so the humor here comes from deep down in the cultural DNA of Kiwi writer-director Jonathan King.
November 10, 2006 |
He has the beard, the flowing robes, the sandals, and the bloody crown of thorns. But there is something different about the wanted man who slips stealthily into Jerusalem for Passover in the independent film Color of the Cross, which opens here today. He is not the tall, light-skinned, blue-eyed, sandy-haired Jesus so favored by Western artists and sculptors of the last thousand years. Instead, the film portrays him as a man of average height, slightly cross-eyed, with short, wiry hair.
October 13, 2006 |
The King, amen, is among us. Not the King as in Jesus, but the ThinkFilm movie released Tuesday on DVD. Written by Milo Addica, who wrote Monster's Ball and Birth, this "psychological thriller" is about a black sheep character named Elvis Valderez. After being discharged from the Navy, Elvis, played by Gael Garc?a Bernal of The Motorcycle Diaries, arrives in Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of his father, David Sandow, a Baptist preacher. The reunion is anything but pleasant: Sandow (played by William Hurt)
January 7, 2005 |
The holidays are over, the decorations have been taken down, and it's a brand-new year. You are no doubt ready for a little rest and relaxation. While it hasn't been a freezing winter so far, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be looking for a place to get in out of the cold. The frigid temps are just around the corner, so now is a great time to scout out a new watering hole. These pubs could be homey extensions of your living room - the bartenders are expecting their regulars, the fireplaces are burning bright, and the kitchens are brimming with comfort foods.
March 19, 2001 |
They're called "black sheep" - those children who forever misbehave, and challenge their parents and teachers and drive them crazy. "Everyone I've ever talked to has one, knows one or was one," said author and social activist Johann Christoph Arnold, who was in Philadelphia to address a weekend conference of child-care providers and educators. Instead of viewing such black sheep as a thorn of parenthood, Arnold suggested that difficult children be seen as providing the opportunity to fully realize the sacrifice, joy and rewards that come with being a mother or father.