February 22, 2013 |
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey asked about 600 Philadelphia middle school students Wednesday to raise a hand if they had ever seen a Phillies game. Nearly everyone in the auditorium did. He noted that a packed Citizens Bank Park holds about 44,000 people, then asked the students to imagine an additional 16,000, for 60,000. That, he said, is the number of U.S. students each day who stay out of school because they are being bullied. "Now that's a big crowd," he said. Casey (D., Pa.)
December 25, 2012 |
A version of this review appeared in Sunday's Arts + Entertainment section. Neck-deep into Quentin Tarantino's antebellum western Django Unchained , I had this mental image of the über-geek genre filmmaker tapping furiously on his laptop, beaming at the brilliance of every new piece of dialogue he's writ. For all I know, Tarantino works on a typewriter, or longhand on a legal pad (or dictates his copy to a Gal Friday in spike heels), but in any event, as the banter ping-ponged across the dining table in the plantation mansion of slave-master Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio, twirling his mustache)
December 23, 2012
10 for the Road Connecticut. Catch the Holiday Model Train Display at the Connecticut Cellar Savers Fire Museum. The display is open Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 13. View antique trains, participate in a museum scavenger hunt, and have a chance to operate some train accessories on seven operating layouts. 634 Main St., Portland. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. www.ctcellarsavers.org Delaware. Family Concert: A Musical Storybook is Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at Wilmington Music School, 4101 N Washington St., Wilmington.
November 10, 2012
Ultimate feminist Larry Eichel gives a fairly good, comprehensive review of Backwards in High Heels , with the exception of his opening remarks, in which he asserts that author Thomas J. Carty overestimates Faith Whittlesey when he compares her to Hillary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Nancy Pelosi. What Eichel does not acknowledge - and what makes Carty's assertion reasonable and Whittlesey's rise to prominence the more remarkable - is the fact that she did not have a powerful or wealthy husband standing behind her as did Clinton, Roosevelt, and Pelosi.
October 8, 2012
John Rovick, 93, the beloved host of a children's show in Los Angeles throughout the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday in Boise, Idaho, after a brief illness, his former station, KTTV-TV, told the Associated Press. For nearly two decades, Mr. Rovick appeared on the daily Cartoon Time show that earned him an Emmy Award for outstanding children's program. It was so popular that KTTV said it added another Rovick show, Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade , that stayed on the air until 1970.
August 28, 2012 |
If Batman, Thor, and the Avengers have proved anything artistic while raking in box office billions, it's that Hollywood actors can get away with cartoonish acting when playing comic-book characters. Not so on the stage, where even comic thrillers demand credible villainy. Which makes it such a delight that Robert Smythe - who for more than two decades infused humanity into the puppets he created at Mum Puppettheatre - imparts immense gravity and complexity to the murderous lead character in Hedgerow's production of Ira Levin's 1978 thriller, Deathtrap . Here, Smythe plays struggling playwright Sidney Bruhl.
June 8, 2012 |
Stereotypes seen in cartoon A cartoon drawn by Rob Tornoe in Sunday's Sports section depicted Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee doing housework while a black/brown player with the word "Offense" written on his T-shirt slept on a couch. The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists submits that this cartoon is racially insensitive. African American and Latino men are often stereotyped as being lazy and not wanting to work hard. The cartoon may suggest to readers that male athletes of color are lazy.
April 5, 2012
Cartoons by Tony Auth
April 1, 2012 |
Today marks the end of my employment as staff editorial cartoonist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. It has been a joyful and happy ride. The Inquirer has been my home since my weeklong job interview in 1971, where my task was to attend editorial board meetings, take positions, argue my point of view, win some arguments, and lose others. In short, for a week I did everything a political cartoonist does at a newspaper - except draw cartoons. I lost most of those arguments, but won the job. John S. Knight had recently purchased the paper and was determined to make it a major metropolitan daily.