December 17, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Glenn Straub has a broken bone that's just not fitting into his schedule. It's an odd lump on the 69-year-old Florida billionaire's shoulder, some cracked something from a few months back that he never got checked out and probably won't. He figures that it's healing on its own or that he'll probably break it again, the same way he did before, playing full-contact polo atop 1,000-pound thoroughbreds with other wealthy men in tony ZIP codes. "Yeah, I fell off a horse for like the 47th time or something and broke something, but I don't have time to get it fixed," he says, a West Virginia drawl still deep in his voice.
October 1, 2015 |
THE THIRD SEASON of the NBC police drama "Chicago PD" starts tonight, and Jesse Lee Soffer , who plays Detective Jay Halstead, sat down with me yesterday to offer a sneak peek of what to expect. Soffer, who's been acting since he was 6 years old, had a smaller role in "Chicago Fire," playing an ambiguously dirty policeman. It's when producers on the show decided to make a spin-off based on the police department's perspective that they cast Soffer as a cop in the intelligence unit whose moral and ethical boundaries are a little muddled.
September 28, 2015 |
Atlantic City's history is a stupendous symphony of superlatives, a tale of how "America's Queen of Resorts" wowed the masses with the most, the best, the greatest. There's also . . . the Boardwalk Hall Pipe Organ. "It's the world's largest musical instrument," organ scholar, builder, and showman Steven Ball declares. "The sonic Mount Rushmore," says Ball, whose official title is organist and director of outreach for the Historic Organ Restoration Committee Inc. "It was designed to be a library of all sound.
September 19, 2015
Madonna There's always a lot to look forward to when Madonna comes to town. There's the longtime female fans and drag devotees who find Madge's skimpy outfits of the '80s and '90s inspirational and empowering. There are dance music aficionados who continue to load their sets, personal and professional, with her house-heavy tracks. This year, however, with Madonna hitting Philly on the very eve of the pope's visit, she's so sure to have something to say (or to wear, from early tour reports)
September 15, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Betty Cantrell, a 20-year-old opera singer from Georgia, became Miss America 2016 Sunday night before a cheering crowd in Boardwalk Hall. History was also made when a contrite pageant official apologized to entertainer Vanessa Williams, who was stripped of the title as Miss America in 1984 after nude photos of her were published without her permission in Penthouse magazine. Cantrell, who is from Warner Robins, Ga., wowed the judges with her lovely version of the aria "Tu, tu Piccolo Iddio" from Puccini's Madama Butterfly . Cantrell has studied music at Wesleyan College and Mercer University in Macon and would eventually like to graduate from a conservatory for musical theater.
September 11, 2015 |
MORE CHANGES are afoot at CBS3. For one, station executives have decided not to renew their contract with award-winning TV news reporter and former beauty pageant winner Syma Chowdhry . Chowdhry, who just had a baby, was very gracious about the split. "I am sad to leave such a great group of people, but I'm extremely excited about what's to come," she said. "With my contract coming to an end, it was the perfect time to take a look at my life and make some changes myself.
September 10, 2015 |
It's an unfortunate name. A new $32 million music and entertainment complex opens in Fishtown on Oct. 1, with hometown heroes Hall & Oates. Do we really have to call it the Fillmore ? Can't the club in the former Ajax Metal Co. factory have its own Philadelphia name, rather than one borrowed from a San Francisco club, one also being used for a host of other venues in the Live Nation chain? But like the name or not, the opening of the Fillmore, which will include a concert hall that holds up to 2,500 and a 450-capacity top-floor club known as the Foundry, is the biggest news of the season for the Philadelphia live music scene.
September 10, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - At the Miss America Pageant, it's always about the shoes. And about what all those former beauty queens are up to these days. So on Tuesday morning, it was announced that the actress and singer Vanessa Williams - who resigned as Miss America 1984 for violating a moral turpitude clause in her contract with the organization - would return to the pageant this year as the head judge. The pageant, which will crown Miss America 2016, will be televised live from Boardwalk Hall at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC. Williams - who was the first African American Miss America and has gone on to a successful career as an entertainer - gave up the crown after Penthouse published nude photographs taken a year earlier as part of a modeling photo shoot.
September 6, 2015 |
Saturday STONE HARBOR If the Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Discovering the Impressionists" exhibition put you in the mood for paintings of that style, you'll love Ocean Galleries' (9618 Third Ave.) latest show, "Renoir: Modern Day Impressionism," on display through Sept. 7. The exhibit features the colorful still-lifes, landscapes, and seascapes of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's great-grandson Alexandre Renoir. Alexandre, who was born in France and trained in Canada as an artist, will appear from 7 to 10 p.m. for a special reception, where he'll paint live for guests.
July 16, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Take my empty buildings and lots - please. This is the message Atlantic City is sending, by issuing requests for proposals for, well, pretty much the entire town. The properties available for reimagining range from a pier to a kiosk, from the Boardwalk to outer neighborhoods. In all, 14 vacant lots and buildings owned by the city or, in a few cases, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority are included in the RFPs. Planning director Elizabeth Terenik is to discuss the properties at a noon meeting Wednesday in City Hall.