February 21, 2014 |
DIGGING THE NEW SET for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon "? It's got a Carson flair with a modern twist, don't you think? It's all thanks to Philly guy Eugene Lee , who's also set designer for "Saturday Night Live" and has won Tonys for his designs for "Wicked," Leonard Bernstein 's "Candide" and Stephen Sondheim 's "Sweeney Todd. " Before that, Lee cut his teeth at South Street's Theatre of Living Arts. Lee's next act? Working at the Arden Theatre. Lee is the scenic designer for "Three Sisters," Anton Chekhov 's classic.
August 24, 2013 |
After sleeping two nights on a Center City sidewalks to protest a lack of shelter beds, a group of homeless women and their children intensified the drama Thursday morning by taking over part of a city office. Their activist leader expected to be arrested by noon. Instead, the women and children were served pizza, then offered places in shelters by midafternoon. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease," Cheri Honkala said triumphantly. City spokesman Mark McDonald countered, "Her point was to engage in publicity.
August 14, 2013 |
PHILLY-BORN AND -BRED actor/director Mark Webber is having a baby. Well, most of the work falls to new fiancee Teresa Palmer , the Australian beauty who recently starred in zombie rom-com "Warm Bodies. " Webber, the son of local activist and former Green Party vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala , has a son, Isaac Love , from a previous marriage. "She seemed like a very smart, intelligent young woman who knows that Mark is connected to many mothers in the fight for economic justice.
October 18, 2012 |
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Cheri Honkala, a veteran Philadelphia antipoverty activist and Green Party vice presidential nominee, was arrested along with her running mate as they tried to enter the debate site Tuesday afternoon. Police said that Honkala and Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, were charged with disorderly conduct. The Green Party said in a statement that Stein and Honkala were walking with supporters toward the Hofstra University campus when they were met by uniformed police officers.
October 9, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. SUNDAYS are for laundry in Cheri Honkala's Kensington rowhouse, but this Sunday she's sidetracked, sitting on a comfy red loveseat, chatting with some friends. They're discussing how Honkala, 49, a well-known advocate for the poor and homeless, hopes to become one of the nation's most powerful people next month. She's the Green Party's vice-presidential candidate. "I really need to do laundry," Honkala says, her cellphone ringing constantly.
July 12, 2012
Cheri Honkala, a welfare-rights activist and former candidate for Philadelphia sheriff, was selected as the running mate for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who announced her choice Wednesday. "Ever since deciding to run for president, I've been thinking about who would have the strength and courage to take up this fight with me," Stein said on her campaign website. "Cheri Honkala has shown tremendous perseverance and leadership, despite remarkable odds. Her selflessness and demonstrated capacity to inspire make her the perfect vice presidential candidate to help me reclaim democracy.
September 22, 2011 |
ACTOR/DIRECTOR Mark Webber was in town Tuesday night at a party for his mother, Cheri Honkala , the Green Party candidate for Philadelphia sheriff. The party was held at the Center City offices of the Bochetto & Lentz law firm where George Bochetto introduced Honkala, a longtime advocate for the homeless through the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, whom he is supporting. Former City Paper columnist Mary Patel was among the guests. She was a producer on Webber's directorial debut, "Explicit Ills.
December 3, 2010 |
About a dozen activists protested conditions inside a crowded welfare office in North Philadelphia yesterday, prompting applause from some case workers and citizens, and fury from supervisors and guards, who forcibly booted the protesters. Volunteers with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign walked into the second-floor office, on Broad Street near Lehigh Avenue, shortly after 10 a.m. Within minutes, they began chanting, marching with signs and distributing flyers to people waiting for service.
August 19, 2004 |
As if organizing the whole poor people's fight for human rights weren't enough of a headache, Cheri Honkala has a Russell Simmons problem. A day ago, still in Kensington, Honkala was doing things like showing up at Miss Betty's rowhouse, cajoling the tired-but-still-willing woman to put together a hundred sandwiches for a Bronx protest later in the week. But now, a march over the George Washington Bridge later, she's in St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem with her usual entourage - the homeless, the once-homeless, the idealistic college grads, the recovering drug addicts - camped out down the hall.