May 17, 2015 |
Rob Garfield knows he is fighting an uphill battle. He has written an important book about men, friendship, and emotional intimacy, and he knows most men aren't inclined to buy such books. In fact, most books are bought by women, and unless they are especially concerned about the welfare of the men in their lives, they, too, may not be as responsive as they should to a book with the title Breaking the Male Code - Unlocking the Power of Friendship: Overcoming Male Isolation for a Longer, Happier Life.
May 11, 2015
Hardcover For the week ended May 10, compiled by Nielsen BookScan © 2015 the Nielsen Co. Fiction 1. Gathering Prey John Sandford. Putnam. $29 2. Memory Man David Baldacci. Grand Central. $28 3. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins. Riverhead. $27 4. The Liar Nora Roberts. Putnam. $28 5. The Bone Tree Greg Iles. Morrow. $28 6. Death Wears a Beauty Mask Mary Higgins Clark. Simon & Schuster.
May 9, 2015 |
The 2015 Philadelphia International Children's Festival at the Annenberg Center celebrates its 31st year Friday and Saturday with a plethora of performances: The acrobatic Pilobolus Dance Theater mixes dance, theater, and technology (ages 5 and older; 10 a.m. Friday). The Catherine Wheels Theatre Company drama Lifeboat is about two teen girls struggling to survive after their ship is torpedoed during World War II (ages 8 and older; 10 a.m. and noon Friday; noon and 2 p.m. Saturday)
May 8, 2015 |
MOST COLLEGE students are busy. Most student-athletes are even busier. You don't know busy until you've seen Saint Joseph's graduate student Myra McCann's color-coded planner. In addition to pursuing her master's degree, she is a redshirt senior coxswain on the women's rowing team and a Miss New Jersey contestant. She also helps with the Precious Gem Pageant in New Jersey, a pageant for girls with special needs. With the Dad Vail Regatta coming up this weekend, McCann and her teammates are eager for the challenge that the largest intercollegiate rowing event in the United States will provide.
May 1, 2015 |
MENTION the name Claude Monet, and most people think of the acclaimed French artist whom many consider the father of Impressionism. And, while it's true that Monet's work will be prominently featured in the blockbuster show "Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting," making its only U.S. stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art starting June 24, Monet himself said, "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece. " A closer study finds the man as driven by his palate as his palette.
April 30, 2015 |
David Wiesner is beloved for his picture books, lavishly illustrated Caldecott Medal-winners that invite children to tumble, like Alice down the rabbit hole, into strange, sideways universes. But, a few years ago, he got a taste of the forbidden fruit, by way of an Apple store. He wandered in and was mesmerized by the iPad, with all its pinching, zooming, and swiping capabilities. And so, at age 59, the Chestnut Hill resident has ventured from the cozy confines of the children's book section to the infinite expanse of the App Store.
April 29, 2015 |
"I have just one ground rule when I visit book clubs," novelist Nomi Eve said. "My standard phrase is, 'I have a thick skin, but it's not that thick, so please be nice to me.' " It's just as well that Eve's fans take her words to heart. Over the last six months, the lifelong Elkins Park resident has visited 90 book clubs to discuss her latest novel, Henna House . "I go into so many people's living rooms, and if they beat up on me, I'll come home every night crying," said Eve, who turned 47 last month.
April 20, 2015 |
SALLY GUARIGLIA believes that eyes are portals to a person's true self, so when she first saw Savannah Harvey's sea-green peepers, she knew that the sophomore from Moore College of Art & Design was a kindred soul. "Look at those eyes!" Guariglia, 75, exclaimed while she and Harvey worked on Guariglia's memory book of digital photographs at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, on East Passyunk Avenue near Dickinson Street. Harvey is among Moore College art-education majors teaching digital photography to 16 senior citizens at the center and helping them handcraft memory books with their photos.
April 18, 2015 |
At first, Pivot's new series Fortitude sounded like an oddity: an English-language murder mystery set on a remote Norwegian island, populated by a cast of characters from every corner of the Earth, including Scandinavians of all stripes, Brits, Americans, Spaniards, and Russians. It was a curiosity. Yet, it was also highly addictive and seriously, severely suspenseful. Writer-producer Simon Donald's 10-episode drama is now available for home entertainment courtesy of PBS Video. Fortitude excels in just about every way: The cast, the setting, and the story all are superb.
March 30, 2015 |
JEFF BENJAMIN has no plans to run for mayor. He's doing fine as managing partner of the Vetri family of restaurants - seven eateries he co-owns with founding chef Marc Vetri and two others. He probably gets a better paycheck than the current occupant of City Hall's Room 215 does, too. But whoever replaces Mayor Nutter in 2016 should hire Benjamin as a consultant. Not because City Hall needs craft brews on tap. (Although wouldn't that make the budget hearings a gas?) But because Benjamin knows that no business can survive if it takes its customers for granted.