February 24, 2016 |
It's a safe bet the only thing standing between children and their ability to absorb the most challenging art is the adult with a limited imagination. There was no danger of that happening Sunday at the Curtis Institute of Music, where a new production of The Jungle Book emerged from the pen of a group of grown-ups with an enormous sense of regard for their audience. What's more, the 45-minute ballet with a stunning small-ensemble score and crisply told story is an absolute charmer.
October 29, 2014 |
BILLY EDWARDS, who spent 15 years entertaining tourists as a costumed Colonial mischief-maker in the city's historic district, has been battling pancreatic cancer since July. So a bunch of his closest friends - including Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross and the Phillie Phanatic - will host a "Philly Helps Billy" fundraiser for the 47-year-old tonight at Franklin Square, on Race Street near 6th. The $25 cash-only admission - all of which goes to Edwards for cancer treatments - includes 18-hole Spooky Mini-Golf, carousel rides and refreshments.
April 16, 2014 |
If you want to appreciate a work of art, your attitude matters. Personally, I dislike romantic comedies, unless tempered with a darker subplot or an element of fantasy, or when carried off with panache. So I didn't expect to enjoy Midsummer (a play with songs) , a 2009 Scottish romcom by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre. I didn't know that Inis Nua's sly, fantastical production at the Off-Broad Street Theater would transform the genre. Midsummer opens on romcom staple number one: an unlikely pair of lovers, 35-year old childless divorce lawyer Helena (an utterly delightful Liz Filios)
November 21, 2013 |
TURN BACK NOW, herpetophobes. That means you, people afraid of snakes and reptiles. Robert Keszey , the star of Discovery Channel's "Swamp Brothers," was found guilty of conspiracy to traffic in state- and federally protected reptiles in U.S. District Court here in Philadelphia. Keszey was convicted along with Robroy MacInnes , his partner at Glades Herp Farm Inc., of trafficking in protected timber rattlesnakes in violation of the Lacey Act. "Swamp Brothers," the 2011 Discovery show, features Keszey and his brother Stephen Keszey legally selling snakes at the Glades Herp Farm.
October 30, 2012 |
In the middle of Aimee Mann's set at Union Transfer on Friday night, a single piece of confetti dislodged itself from the rafters and floated down in front of her, lazily spinning in the stage lights. "Quite a party," she quipped. Mann's set, which dwelled heavily on her new album, Charmer , was full of frustrated hopes and fizzled dreams, in keeping with a career that, she readily acknowledges, is not long on upbeat emotions. During an unscheduled pause occasioned by an onstage computer crash, she improvised a self-parodic song about a sad kitten lost in the rain.
June 14, 2012 |
MILTON ANDERSON was the consummate charmer. Dapper in his Sunday best, he would greet congregants at the door of the Reformation Lutheran Church in Mount Airy, paying special attention to the ladies, whom he would welcome in French. How cool was that? "He was very suave," said his daughter, Tracey L. Anderson. Milton was a pillar of the church, not only as the greeter, but also as a member of the Men's Ministry and the Church Council. He also took it upon himself to provide transportation and guidance to those who needed help and a ride.
June 4, 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams Werner Herzog's privileged look at the Chauvet Caves in France's Dordogne region meditates on the Paleolithic artists whose paintings of horses and lions were executed 32,000 years ago. No MPAA rating. Midnight in Paris What's Owen Wilson doing in a Woody Allen movie about a time-traveling tourist to the Jazz Age? Making light and making us laugh in this wistful charmer costarring Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams. PG-13 X-Men: First Class This "pre-boot" of the popular saga about mutants with superpowers has an Austin Powers-y love for the 1960s and committed performances by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.
April 17, 2011 |
Sometimes, searching for the perfect house is like looking for the perfect mate: You meet, you court, you try to close the deal. In the case of Janet and Jim Bogorowski, patience and perseverance were the operative words. They were living in Upper Makefield when they had an epiphany about moving. "We were spending more time leaving Bucks County than staying in it," says Janet, a stay-at-home mother of four. They golfed at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, and their two older boys were attending La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor.
March 18, 2010 |
With his smooth-as-silk vocals and boy-next-door good looks - not to mention plenty of self-deprecating humor - Canadian crooner Michael Bubl?, 34, is a true onstage charmer. So much so that not even the cavernous Wachovia Center could detract from the intimate vibe at his sold-out performance Tuesday night. Nor could it hide the mutual affection between the much-adored singer and his much-praised audience, which joined him for sing-alongs several times during the 90-minute show. It didn't seem to matter that Bubl?'s song list was all over the place in terms of genre and pacing, everything from Kurt Weill ("Mack the Knife")
June 17, 2009 |
No smiling, dancing little girl should ever have a funeral at age 6. Yesterday, it seems, someone upstairs agreed. Above the enormous Deliverance Evangelistic Church at 2001 W. Lehigh Ave., once the sprawling site of Connie Mack Stadium, somber clouds remained in place throughout the 2 1/2-hour service taking place there, as if in apology for the tragedy being experienced inside. Beginning at 11 a.m., nearly 800 mourners streamed in to organ music and hymns to say goodbye to Aaliyah Tysheria Sernora Griffin - the first of last week's four victims of the Feltonville car crash to be buried.