December 5, 2015 |
There's a lot of sermonizing going on in Spike Lee's Chi-Raq , although only about five minutes' worth of it comes from the pulpit. There, John Cusack in the role of a Chicago preacher, the only white man in his parish (it's explained), rails against gun violence and a system rigged against the black, poor, and disenfranchised. Adapted from the trusty Greek satire Lysistrata , by Aristophanes, about women withholding sex from men until they stop killing one another, Chi-Raq couldn't be more relevant right now: Chicago, gang killings, kids caught in the cross fire, cops viewed warily by the community they're supposed to serve.
December 4, 2015
TEYONAH Parris descends like an angel from Quote Heaven to discuss her starring role in Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq. " Asked to describe her favorite scene, Parris says: "I got really excited about the sex match. " There really is such a thing in "Chi-Raq," adapted by Lee from the Greek play "Lysistrata," about a woman who stages a sex strike to end the Peloponnesian war. Lee applies the strike to present-day Chicago (the name, borrowed from Chicago rappers, conflates Chicago and Iraq)
October 14, 2014 |
EVEN THOUGH two months and a heartbreaking reunion with the wrong dog had passed since Nia Kora's beloved Pomeranian, Chi-Chi, was stolen during a burglary at her Francisville apartment, the Penn State nursing student held out hope that she'd see her dog again. Over the weekend, Kora's wish came true when a salon owner who had unknowingly bought Chi-Chi - whom he knew as Candy - days after the July 30 burglary spotted a Daily News story last week about Kora accidentally being reunited with the wrong dog. "Something inside me felt like, 'Hold up, a dog was stolen in the summer, and it wasn't too far from my barbershop, at the same time I got my dog, the same kind of dog, the dog wasn't answering to her name,' " Henry Collins, who owns Mecca Unisex Salon in Progress Plaza on Broad Street, said yesterday.
September 8, 2014 |
When Seok Seo Park was 18, he began practicing tai chi and a martial art called hapkido. At tournaments, he would see people get injured, and he became interested in how to alleviate muscular problems and pain. He enrolled at the Pusan School for Acupuncture in South Korea and the Taipei Changron Chinese Medicine College in China. Over time, his focus became chi energy healing, and he studied with 30 to 40 masters, adopting what he considered most effective and developing his own system.
February 27, 2014 |
Pei Chi Chou, 89, a nationally known engineering professor and a leader in the local Chinese American community, died of heart failure Thursday, Feb. 13, at Shannondell at Valley Forge in Audubon, Montgomery County, where he had resided for the last few years. Born in China's Hubei province in 1924, Mr. Chou came to the United States for graduate study in 1947, earning advanced degrees at Harvard and New York Universities, and soon decided to forge a career here. He joined Drexel University as an assistant professor of engineering in 1953.
November 1, 2013 |
IN "MAN OF TAI CHI" everybody is not kung fu fighting. One guy is beating the tar out of kung fu specialists with his own version of tai chi, best known for its deliberate movements and meditative attributes. Wayward student Tiger Chen Linhu (Tiger Chen) speeds it up and uses it to kick ass, to the chagrin of his sorrowful master, who warns the young man that his hubris and aggression will be his undoing. Whispering in Tiger's other ear - a ruthless businessman (Keanu Reeves, the movie's director)
August 9, 2013
What to eat : You really can't go wrong with any choice on the "Korean with a twist" menu, which is why Ka'Chi is one of this Truck Stop reviewer's favorite spots in the city. The details: The spicy pulled-pork sliders with pickled cucumbers (two for $7) hit the spot, but Ka'Chi also sells lots of Bulgogi (beef) and soy-ginger chicken tacos (one for $3 or three for $8) and rice bowls ($8), made with red cabbage and vinaigrette slaw. Get a side of cheese fries with house-made kimchi ($4)
February 15, 2013 |
Nihilistic fatalism . Not a term one usually associates with Seth MacFarlane . But that's how he feels about doing the most dangerous job he's ever done: hosting the Oscars. "There is sort of a comfort in knowing that no matter what you do, you're going to get the same reactions in the reviews," the Family Guy creator says. "So I could put on the worst or the best show in the world and I will still be flayed by the press. " Seth, 39, is stuck: If he does what he's famous for - sharp, gutter-level jokes à la American Dad , then the chi-chi crowd will walk out. He says he'll try to strike a balance between Billy Crystal 's classic charm and Ricky Gervais ' shark-toothed satire: "The whole point of their bringing me on was to give it a little bit more of an edge.
September 29, 2012 |
Dun Mark is the kind of person who makes Chinatown a community, not merely a place to live. Cross Spring Street early weekday mornings, cut through the alley to the basketball court tucked behind the Chinese Christian Church, and you'll find Mark teaching tai chi to senior citizens, free of charge. Some of his students are 80 or older. "They're healthy as hell," Mark said. So is he. At 88, Mark is fit, strong, and expecting to be around for a while. His mother lived to 107. On Saturday, he and his graying-but-vibrant students will perform at the 17th annual Mid-Autumn Festival, expected to draw 5,000 to Chinatown from across the Philadelphia region for kung fu exhibitions, Peking opera, health screenings, and a moon cake-eating contest.