October 13, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Philip Fanning, a retired horse breeder, likes that he can't see his neighbors from his home in Unionville, Chester County, has abiding religious faith ("God bless" is how he ends a phone conversation with a stranger), and so hates government waste that he criticizes his monthly disability checks from the military, saying he doesn't need them. Above all, says Fanning, 91, he values character. It's that trait that has drawn him to Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who has surged in the Republican presidential field, risen to second in national polls, and posted a mighty $20 million fund-raising haul from July through September.
September 25, 2015 |
In 2006, Heroes premiered on NBC with a tight first season. We met characters from all over the globe who were becoming aware that they possessed extraordinary powers. Like comic book superheroes, each had a special talent, from time travel to flight to cellular regeneration. The first season was good fun, even if it had its flaws. That first entry, unfortunately, begot second, third, and fourth seasons that expanded the world with too many characters and muddled up the central mystery that had kept the first season so thrilling.
August 4, 2015 |
The world is full of terrible and average people, lots of half-decent ones who do dumb things when they're drunk, and those rare heroes who lift our collective spirits with a game-winning touchdown or successful round of CPR. That whole mishmash of humanity exists in Philly, like a plate of steaming scrapple, and it's evident in the people offering to rebuild a hitchhiking Canadian robot and those who allegedly jumped him over the weekend in...
July 21, 2015 |
Grab your wigs and fake boobs, guys: The glitter is in the audience for Divine/Intervention . The onstage show, which just opened at a nightclub called Voyeur (dark, dark, dark, with gigantic lavender-lit chandeliers), is actually a serious and often moving bio-drama about the counterculture icon known as Divine. Divine's real name was Glenn Milstead, a fat, unhappy kid from a middle-class home in Baltimore. How he wound up starring in John Waters' schlock/shock movies - where he was raped by a giant lobster in Multiple Maniacs , and ate a dog turd in Pink Flamingos , and made it mainstream big in Hairspray - is incidental here.
July 12, 2015 |
F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said "there are no second acts in American lives," but Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire didn't think so when they penned Closer Than Ever , a two-act sung-through revue about how life goes on long after halftime. The pair cultivated stories from their friends and, in 1989, wrote Closer Than Ever , which catches the aftermath of the first generation that followed the nationwide passage of no-fault divorce laws. Four actors (two men and two women)
June 28, 2015 |
Jen Cohen knew what she wanted: "a house with character. " She and husband Brett liked the family-friendly Wynnewood neighborhood they had lived in for six years, but their 1960s home was a hodgepodge of styles. They were ready for a change, but "there was nothing for sale," Jen says. Then, last year, she saw a Facebook posting by a former neighbor who had moved to Boston. She had been renting out her house and was ready to sell. The Cohens promptly purchased the charming 1928 stone Colonial.
June 11, 2015 |
A 68-year-old actor who made a career playing Irish characters on stage in Philadelphia and New York City was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Center City early Tuesday. The accident forced doctors to amputate his right leg. Police know little about the accident on Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets. It happened before 1 a.m., when a passerby found Michael Toner and alerted authorities. No one reported witnessing the crash. No parts of the vehicle were found at the scene.
June 8, 2015 |
'I am the new normal. " That's how Caitlyn Jenner ends the first trailer for her forthcoming E! docu-series, I Am Cait , set for a July 26 premiere. In the July issue of Vanity Fair, Jenner told former Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News writer Buzz Bissinger she would like I Am Cait to focus on issues such as the rates of suicide in the transgender community. There will also be a segment in which Jenner sees whether she can still hit a golf ball 300 yards with the addition of newly acquired "ample breasts," as Vanity Fair calls them.
June 7, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Holidays are special in small towns. Some go all out for Fourth of July, with fireworks. In some, Thanksgiving is a favorite, with Santa arriving by fire truck. In West Grove, Memorial Day gets the attention. "There's a big parade and speeches, and the whole community joins in," says Jill Callahan, an agent with Coldwell Banker Preferred in Media, who has lived in the southern Chester County borough for 18 years.
May 8, 2015 |
THOUGH Greg Horn has been a fixture at Wizard World Philly for years now, the one constant is that Horn remains one of the rare artists whose art on the cover alone moves comics off shelves. So much else has changed, though, in the industry and for Horn personally. "There's a lot more business to comics than I thought there was when I was a fan," he said. "You'd come in here and draw and if you drew the best, everything [was] going to go your way. "There's a lot of politics.