September 13, 2015 |
The Please Touch Museum, which borrowed more money than it could pay back to renovate a new home in Fairmount Park's Memorial Hall, has filed for bankruptcy. The children's museum filed Friday for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Philadelphia. The action has two main objectives: to shed the majority of the $60 million it owes holders of its debt, and to negotiate a deal whereby the museum turns over maintenance and repairs of Memorial Hall to the city, which owns it. The first Bankruptcy Court hearing on the matter is expected next week.
September 4, 2015 |
The developer of the luxury Parke Place townhouse project in the 1300 block of Bainbridge Street has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection but says he remains "100 percent committed" to completing the work there. In an interview Wednesday, Donovan Clarke, of Clarke Real Estate Development L.L.C., of Philadelphia, attributed his decision to file for Chapter 11 reorganization to a "timing issue" with his lender. The bankruptcy follows mortgage-foreclosure actions by Clarke's original financial partner, the Dietz & Watson Defined Benefit Pension Fund for workers at the Northeast Philadelphia cold-cuts company, which resulted in listing several of the Parke Place properties for sheriff's sale.
September 2, 2015 |
A women's advocacy group on Monday condemned two city prosecutors linked to pornographic and racially charged emails revealed in court documents unsealed last week. The Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women said it "strongly denounces the demeaning, misogynistic, and racist emails sent by Frank Fina and E. Marc Costanzo on state-owned computers while they worked for the Attorney General's Office. " Fina and Costanzo now work for District Attorney Seth Williams.
July 14, 2015 |
Independent booksellers, long the losers in the Internet war with Amazon, are seeing a modest rebound in their fortunes by being hyperlocal, diversifying into new products, and of course selling books online. The American Booksellers Association, a trade group promoting independent booksellers, had 1,712 members as of May, an increase of 311 members - or 22 percent - since 2009. "There is no doubt about the resurgence of the independent bookstore," said Oren Teicher, CEO of the booksellers association.
April 5, 2015 |
Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach have worked together before. Naomi Watts and Noah Baumbach have not. For the actress, trying to crowbar her way between the collaborators of 2010's Greenberg - Stiller starred in a decidedly Baumbachian role, Baumbach wrote and directed - seemed like it might not be that easy. "Noah's relationship with Ben was already well-established," Watts says. "So it was scary coming into that dynamic. I thought, 'How am I going to hold my own?' These guys are, like, besties and totally in love with each other.
March 26, 2015 |
The weekend traffic crawled onto the turnpike and inched along Route 611. Then slow-moving local roads lined with big-box stores opened up into fields of melting snow interrupted by sprawling developments. We were getting close. My wife, Jackie, and I drove out to Bucks County this weekend to visit two of my closest friends, Mike and Jay. We all grew up in Brooklyn, and we've all been growing up together ever since. Mike and Jay lived in downtown Brooklyn when it was beautiful, bruised-up downtown Brooklyn.
March 2, 2015 |
Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis and Participant Media Executive Vice President of Production Jonathan King announced today that production on the upcoming sequel, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2," had begun in India. – Press release, Jan. 10, 2014 They're called art house films, or specialty films. You know, the ones that never show up at your local multiplex. Except that every once in a while, they do . Look what happened with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , the saffron-scented romcom about a group of British pensioners who resettle to cheaper digs, and sunnier climes, in a rundown hostelry on the subcontinent.
January 14, 2015 |
If leaders of the Philadelphia Singers are ready to throw in the towel, the singers themselves aren't. A core group of members, plus assistant conductor Brian Schkeeper, says it is forming its own successor organization - a new 150-voice symphonic choir. The effort is being led by six or seven members, and already about 80 current singers have signed on to sing on, says Schkeeper. "I think it's an artistic imperative to continue professional music-making," he says, referring to the Philadelphia Singers' pioneering role as a substantially paid, rather than all-volunteer, choir.
December 8, 2014 |
Voters elected minister Rodney Muhammad president of Philadelphia's NAACP chapter Saturday, and he promised to bring stability and direction to a group riven by controversy. One defeated candidate immediately sought to challenge the results of the three-person race to replace J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, who was ousted by the national NAACP along with three board members in April. Election workers announced the winner to a rain-soaked crowd of voters, candidates, and supporters who waited outside the Beech Cos. offices near Temple University in North Philadelphia.
December 7, 2014 |
Leaders of the National Urban League announced a $1 million grant to the organization's Philadelphia chapter and voiced concern Friday about fatal shootings by police in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City that have sparked protests over the last two weeks. With Mayor Nutter and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) standing by, Marc H. Morial, president of the league, announced that the chapter would receive the five-year commitment to boost its programs for job-seekers, entrepreneurs, and youth development.