November 4, 2015 |
BY THE TIME the streetlights clicked on above Marston Street at Susquehanna Avenue last night, there was barely room to stand. It was a warm night in North Philly, warmer than it should be in early November. The kind of night that would've found Saleem West out on the blacktop working on his jump shot, laughing with his friends. Shakur Simmons was often out there with West, talking about their love of Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors. Simmons last saw West late Friday, after they had shared a ride on the bus home from Delaware Valley Charter School in Logan.
October 30, 2015 |
Is there some unwritten rule that if a Broadway musical has enough clever choreography, snappy tunes, and human traffic onstage you can get away with confoundedly stupid writing? Or "stooo-ped" in the gangster parlance of Bullets Over Broadway , the touring musical that arrived Tuesday for a run through Sunday at the Academy of Music. Though Woody Allen is the show's credited writer, I refuse to believe that he authored the many lame fat jokes or that the original director/choreographer, Susan Stroman (whose work is recreated here by Jeff Whiting)
October 23, 2015 |
It's not unusual to leave a Broadway musical humming a tune or two. But starting Tuesday, those heading into the Academy of Music to see "Bullets Over Broadway" (here through Nov. 1) might have some of its songs running through their heads before the show starts, even if they haven't seen it before. That's because the score to the musical comedy based on Woody Allen's 1994 film of the same name is culled from what is commonly referred to as the "Great American Songbook. " Rather than commission a new set of songs for the comic tale of a 1920s playwright who makes a Faustian bargain with a gangster to get his new piece produced, Allen and director-choreographer Susan Stroman decided to populate the score with era-appropriate classics.
September 30, 2015
Editors note: This column has been edited. THE NUMBERS FELL short - about half of the delirium-fueled, maximal expectation of 1.5 million - but numbers aren't the right yardstick, a weary but happy (and relieved) Mayor Nutter told the press yesterday. He's right, and I will cozy myself on his lap like a content pussycat before revealing necessary claws. This was the Philly disaster that failed to happen. There were only three "event arrests" - one for drunk driving, one for a parole violation and one of a "complete idiot" who tried to bring a large stash of drugs in through a checkpoint, said Nutter.
June 8, 2015 |
ANDREW ELLERBE'S revolver was loaded with blanks. But off-duty Philly Detective Mark Flacco didn't know that when he saw the gun's flash and then pulled the trigger of his own weapon, a Glock pistol loaded with real ammo. Ellerbe collapsed and died from Flacco's bullets, just steps outside of Rising Sun Pizza in Lawndale. I have three words for Flacco: Thank you, sir. Because the next time that Ellerbe used that gun to terrorize hard-working merchants, he might have used real bullets.
May 28, 2015 |
The first time Saleem Nurid-Din heard gunfire on his Overbrook street, it was the sound of the shots that killed his daughter. Hafeezah Nurid-Din was struck by stray bullets fired in an endless fight between neighborhood street crews in October 2011, a spate of shootings maddening in their frequency and their triviality. Symbolic of the violence that cycles through some Philadelphia neighborhoods seemingly without end. When the shooting started, Hafeezah and her father were getting into his car for a short trip to the grocery store.
March 9, 2015 |
In their shock and grief, other cops offered Robert Wilson III the best compliments they knew. That he made them proud to be a cop. Proud to wear the same uniform. That in his final moments, Officer Wilson, Badge #9990, saved lives - that he could have dived for cover but instead relied on instinct and guts and drew fire away from others. That he fought until he couldn't. That he held his own. That this city was a lesser place without him. It was a security stop, a chance check on a business.
December 13, 2014
A 13-year-old boy suffered a graze wound from a bullet fired into a house during an attempted robbery Thursday evening in the city's Wissinoming section, police said. About 7:50 p.m. in the 4000 block of Creston Street, a 34-year-old man was on the steps of his residence when two males attempted to rob him, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man fled into the house, and one of the males fired at least three shots through the doorway, including one through the door that had been slammed shut, Small said.
November 13, 2014 |
Police are investigating how a bag of bullets ended up in the common area of a Main Line Hebrew school Wednesday, prompting a major law enforcement response and an early end to the school day. "There was never a threat or any type of imminent threat," Lt. Andy Block, a Radnor police spokesman, said of the discovery before noon of the ammunition at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on South Bryn Mawr Avenue. He said officers and dogs from the Radnor and Haverford police departments did a security check of the school and, because of the hour of the day, students were dismissed early.
October 17, 2014 |
AS SHERITA DICKENS sat on her front porch braiding the hair of a 3-year-old neighbor on Aug. 1, she had no idea all hell was about to be unleashed on tiny Etting Street in Grays Ferry. Dickens, 28, said during a preliminary hearing yesterday that as she tended to the hair of Tynirah Borum - who was seated on her lap - she saw three men talking, about 12 feet from her porch. Michael Thomas, 24, whom she knew from the neighborhood, dismissively waved his hand at the men with whom he had been speaking and began to walk away, she said.