May 30, 2016 |
Jay Schwartz has been screening his personal collection of 16mm films for Philadelphia audiences since 1992. The first showings were at the Khyber Pass Pub in Old City, back when it was a grungy punk-rock bar. Since then he's ranged all over the city, from coffeehouses to, for the first time this year, the Art Museum. Schwartz is a lifelong resident of the city, growing up in the Northeast and now a resident of South Philly. He began collecting films in the pre-VHS dark ages, when the only chance to catch an old movie was on late-night TV or during a rare silver-screen rerelease.
May 9, 2014 |
J ET MAGAZINE, which first hit newsstands in 1951 to cover issues impacting African-Americans, is ceasing regular print publication and going all digital. Johnson Publishing, which owns both Jet and Ebony , says the switch will occur at the end of next month. The Chicago-based company says the move is a proactive effort to adapt to its readers' growing desires for quicker and easier access to information. Jet , conceived by Johnson Publishing founder John Johnson , publishes every three weeks, but will soon be able to update every three seconds.
June 19, 2013
Helen Brush Jenkins, 94, a pioneering photojournalist who made Life magazine when she snapped a photo of her child moments after giving birth, has died. Her daughter, Genji Leclair, told the Los Angeles Times that Ms. Jenkins died Wednesday at her home in Chicago, days after suffering a stroke. Ms. Jenkins became a photographer for the now-defunct Daily News in Los Angeles in the 1940s at a time when few women held such jobs. Over more than a dozen years, she snapped Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, and John Wayne.
September 11, 2012 |
In the new musical Chaplin , which is every bit as entertaining as Charlie Chaplin himself, Rob McClure portrays the film genius with an irresistible sweetness, like candy you can't - and don't want to - stop eating. In that, of course, he mirrors the Chaplin film persona perfectly. And so does the show, which itself comes off looking like a movie from the pre-talkie years. Most of the evening is costumed by Amy Clark and the late Broadway designer Martin Pakledinaz, in remarkably varied shades of black, white and gray.
March 13, 2009 |
Try these headlines: "STOCKS CRASH, PANIC FOLLOWS," "BANKS FAIL, RIOTS ENSUE. " Who would have thought the rerelease of Charlie Chaplin's darkly comic Monsieur Verdoux would be so terrifyingly timely? From a story idea by Orson Welles, Monsieur Verdoux is the tale of a bank clerk (Chaplin) who loses his job during the Great Depression and crafts a new career as a bigamist serial killer - he marries women with money, murders them, and lives off the proceeds. An opening scene that is stiff, stagy, and a setup for the plot to come is pretty much the only flaw in this sly, existential black-and-white classic.
July 5, 2007 |
Singer/songwriter Lauren Hart is no stranger to the musical scene, and for years, she has been a perennial performer along the local club circuit. From Philadelphia's World Caf? Live to Phoenixville's Steel City Coffee House, her melodic vocals have soared from sound systems throughout the Philadelphia area. In early June, Hart was back on stage at one of her favorite area venues: Chaplin's The Music Cafe in Spring City, certainly a bit more off-the-beaten path than some of the other better-known sites she plays.
December 9, 2001 |
Visitors to the Broadway Theatre tonight will be treated to the sounds of a musical giant, brought back to life after a quarter-century of silence. During the prime of the Broadway Theatre in the 1920s and '30s, the house organ flooded vaudeville performances and radio shows with notes from its eight levels of pipe and three keyboards. Since those days, though, the grand instrument, like many of its counterparts in aging theater halls, had succumbed to decay and neglect. Its keys were dull, its pitch less than perfect.
March 5, 1996 |
So here's this onetime Saturday matinee fanatic sitting down to coffee and cookies in the "majestic without being overwhelming" home of Gregory Peck gathering material for a biography on one of Hollywood's revered legends. "To see this hero, this star . . . I couldn't believe it," said Gerry Molyneaux. "What a jolt. " How did Molyneaux finagle such a jolting moment? The same way he got to write the lives of film icons James Stewart and Charlie Chaplin. "Luck, persistence and stuff," Molyneaux says, smiling.
May 15, 1995 |
They blew up Sears last year, but another beloved landmark at Roosevelt Boulevard and Adams Avenue stands unharmed - to the relief of pizza lovers from Tacony to Texas. To some it seems that Charlie's Pizzeria has stood on Roosevelt Boulevard forever, but the building is a mere 36 years old - although the business will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Charlie's, like Pat's Steaks and Original Texas Wieners in South Philly, is one of those unchanging "don't mess with success" Philadelphia eating institutions that inspires amazing loyalty.