May 1, 2015 |
THE RIGHT crew chief at the right time. That's the Tony Gibson-Kurt Busch pairing. Although he's only 50, Gibson is one of the few remaining old-school crew chiefs in NASCAR. He has been crew chief for Danica Patrick, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Bill Elliott. Gibson's NASCAR career goes all the way back to 1992 when he was car chief and mechanic for the late Alan Kulwicki, the '92 Cup series champion. With three races remaining last season, Gibson moved from Patrick's team to Busch's.
April 19, 2015 |
Rubberbandance Group's Empirical Quotient is a blend of ballet and hip-hop, but it's a quieter piece than one might expect. In just over an hour, six dancers dressed in subtle grays, navy blue, and dark reds perform a series of dances loosely centered on the push and pull of human interactions, set to vocals and electronica by DJ and composer Jasper Gahunia. The evening begins as the audience arrives, with the dancers warming up on stage. As the lights go down, they huddle, forming a single unit that moves across the stage.
March 31, 2015 |
When Nick Bayer, now 37, went to college, he had no idea what he wanted to do. Business, industry, finance - each internship served to eliminate those as possibilities. "I remember Sunday nights were the most depressing nights for my family, because my parents had to go to jobs they didn't really like," Bayer said. "I didn't want to have a depressing Sunday night every week. "I wanted to love what I did. It dawned on me that the only way to really do that was to create something for myself.
May 23, 2014 |
FOR A FILM that opens in a Hooters, with Adam Sandler wearing a Dick's Sporting Goods shirt, "Blended" is a surprisingly honest comedy that explores the challenges of single parenthood. Early on, some of the dialogue doesn't seem natural and the circumstances that land Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) at the same resort in South Africa are ridiculous. That word "ridiculous" came to mind a few times in the first half of the film, especially as Terry Crews and his band of omnipresent African singers provide musical narration to Jim and Lauren's awkwardly blossoming romance.
May 2, 2014 |
As a child, Elaine Sirna Shaughnessy never liked the smell of perfume. Too unnatural. But she happily inhaled whatever wafted from her mother's kitchen in Delaware Township, later to become Cherry Hill. Especially on Sunday mornings, before church, when Mom made "gravy" for the week. Those scents were very pleasurable, and may have been a subconscious trigger for the turn her life would take in the mid-1980s. That was when Shaughnessy, a stressed-out school administrator, read an article about aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine using fragrant "essential oils" distilled from plants.
April 6, 2014 |
As a general rule, gas-electric hybrid cars and trucks are not fun; their very nature precludes it. Hybrids are made to maximize conservation at the expense of stimulation. The thrill of driving one is seeing the m.p.g. indicator creep higher, rather than the speedometer. Certainly that's true of the Toyota Prius, which loudly proclaims its mission without any endearing aesthetic quality. But a fuel-sipper doesn't have to look ugly to be efficient; you could opt for the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
March 2, 2014 |
Every Philadelphia Flower Show has a vibe that gets communicated in a one-word answer to this question: What'd you think of the show? Here's the word on 2014: Different . In random interviews at Friday's preview for members of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which produces the show, visitors again and again described it that way. This show is, quite literally, different. The theme this year is ARTiculture, the nexus of art and horticulture, which is a complete departure from the themes of recent years.
February 25, 2014 |
Martin Luther King's march to its first Public League boys' basketball championship was a chemistry-building process that involved blending a bunch of new players. "We spent a lot of time together on and off the court," said 6-foot-8, 200-pound senior forward Jahmir Taylor. "It was important that we get to know each other, become a family. You have to be ready to handle the ups and downs of a season. " Sunday afternoon at Temple's Liacouras Center, Taylor and four other transfers helped the new-look Cougars hold off Constitution, 46-44, for top league honors.
November 4, 2013 |
MONSIGNOR Wilfred Pashley has pastored both St. Rose of Lima parish in Overbrook and St. Barbara parish in Wynnefield simultaneously for the past 13 years, so when St. Rose merged into St. Barbara last Sunday morning, he served as a spiritual bridge between the two. The 76-year-old priest's grandfatherly presence was deeply felt from the moment he arrived at Lebanon Avenue near 54th Street in a black Toyota open convertible, accompanied by a...
September 16, 2013 |
Their house sits at the end of a winding trail off a country road in Moorestown. As it comes into view, its angles and elevations are revealed, but slowly. Contemporary, yet with definite touches of the French countryside, part farm and part sophisticated retreat, the home that Renee and David Weisband built back in 1989 reflects how the couple have managed to synthesize their divergent tastes. Renee, an actor/director/drama teacher and producing artistic director of Isis Productions, a regional theater company, remembers how she initially rejected the notion of moving when her physician husband found a lot in what seemed to be wilderness compared with their suburban home at the time.