February 26, 2014 |
To be Irish is to have an existential dark spot in the soul, an ingrained gateway to fatal despair if it's not kept in check - which is what lies beyond the congenial face of Brian Friel's poetic, bittersweet play Dancing at Lughnasa . Though the play had an international vogue in the 1990s followed by a film starring Meryl Streep, West Philadelphia's Curio Theatre Company made a fine case for revisiting Dancing at Lughnasa at its Friday...
February 17, 2014 |
Everyone talks of Comcast Corp. in terms of cable TV, and in the hours after the Philadelphia company announced Thursday its $45.2 billion megadeal for Time Warner Cable Inc., Comcast executives signaled to Washington regulators that they were willing to divest three million cable-TV subscribers to obtain approvals for the deal. But for some consumer advocates there was a much more important issue: the power that the combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable will have in the residential Internet market, which many consider to be the delivery platform of the future for video and information into American homes.
February 13, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - After more than 23 years, the abrupt end to U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews' time in Washington came even faster than expected. With a snowstorm bearing down on the mid-Atlantic, the House voted a day early to raise the nation's borrowing limit and rushed out of Washington Tuesday, making the day Andrews' last in the Capitol while representing South Jersey. The Democrat's last day on the job is next Tuesday, but Congress is out next week, and Wednesday's votes were called off as the looming storm produced what negotiations, strong-arming, and pleading rarely do: swift, decisive action.
January 31, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - A lot of Eagles fans wondered aloud this season how much better Chip Kelly's high-powered offense might have been with the injured Jeremy Maclin mixed in among the wide receivers. Here's one obvious answer: not nearly as good as Peyton Manning and his cast of dynamic wide receivers with the Denver Broncos. This, of course, will forever be known as The Season of Peyton. It will be his name next to the NFL-record 55 touchdown passes and the 5,477 passing yards. With a win in the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium, he will have completed the greatest season by any quarterback in the league's history.
January 21, 2014 |
CHRIS CLOVER is St. Joseph's Prep basketball. The 6-4 junior forward is the only player who can score. If you stop him, you stop the Hawks. Not so fast! "Yeah, we've been hearing that a lot," said SJP senior Tom Fox yesterday. "We've been hearing that he's the only one scoring, but we don't listen to it. Chris does a good job of finding us when he's double- and triple-teamed. " Clover headlined yesterday's 64-56 victory for the Prep (13-3, 5-2) over host Archbishop Ryan, but without Fox and Co. the Raiders might have taken tops on the marquee.
December 30, 2013 |
LESEAN MCCOY is unquestionably "the man" in Philadelphia. If it were not for the remarkable season Peyton Manning is having in Denver, McCoy would have a great chance of being named the NFL's MVP. But every now and then, even the league's leading rusher needs a rest, which has helped the Eagles earn a reputation for their three-headed rushing attack. Behind McCoy stands backup running back Bryce Brown, who, after a strong rookie season, has struggled with a roller-coaster 2013 season.
December 13, 2013 |
'This looks like fish food," said Mark Ramirez, when he opened the bag of lentils we would be using to make soup. "Or the stuff you feed the ducks at the zoo. " None of the fifth graders in the cooking class at Bayard Taylor Elementary School in North Philadelphia had ever had lentils. "Do they taste like peas?" Kareema Brown asked. "Not really," I said. "They don't really have a strong taste, they take on the flavor of the things they're cooked with. But they are so good for you - full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
December 7, 2013 |
Judging by their latest work, The Big Time: New Vaudeville for the Holidays , the writers at 1812 Productions should have been born 100 years earlier. Their show illustrates that while the need for comedic talent and a knack for performance may hold constant from era to era, each age's subject matter must reflect its time - and audience. The Big Time consists of two acts of skits, songs, and comedic segments, most introduced by titled cards. "The Hillbilly Legend," Scott Greer, sings clever ditties about reluctant girls; Jennifer Childs proves attitude equals appeal in the bubblegum burlesque "Up and Away"; and in "Dave's Day in Court," Dave Jadico plays a mustachioed tennis player from the '70s, wearing too-short shorts that would have embarrassed the cast of Three's Company . In a running interlude, Childs and Jadico appear as a young couple preparing for a date ('50s prom, '80s club, etc.)
November 17, 2013 |
THE LEGAL BATTLE being waged among the investors who own the Philadelphia Inquirer , Daily News and Philly.com is shaping up to answer one key question: Was Robert J. Hall acting with the traditional authority of a publisher when he fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow on Oct. 7, or was he serving as an inside agent of owner George Norcross III? The struggle was cast in World War II terminology in court yesterday when Joseph Podraza Jr., an attorney for owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, pressed Hall on the issue.
October 30, 2013 |
It was another day of class for 76ers coach Brett Brown and his staff at the practice gym on Monday, just two days before the start of the team's NBA season, and, not surprisingly, there was another new kid in school. Many things are uncertain about those who will wear the Sixers uniform this season, but one sure thing is that there will be a bunch of them. The line figures to move quickly as general manager Sam Hinkie searches for undervalued role players and hidden gems who merely need the polish a good coach can apply.