December 25, 2015
By Elizabeth Mosier Hark! the herald angels sang throughout my childhood in Phoenix, whenever The Glorious Sound of Christmas played on my parents' hi-fi. Fourteen songs performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Temple University Concert Choir. Forty-five minutes of satin sound, from a treasure box that opened with trumpet fanfare and closed with the hushed choir singing a solemn "Silent Night, Holy Night. " This album of familiar carols and rarely recorded sacred songs was my favorite, if an unlikely soundtrack to our 1970s Southwestern celebrations.
December 25, 2015 |
The story so far: Penn Comic Theatre has a holiday hit on its hands, but the personal life of its leader, Gwendolyn Driver, is headed in the other direction. Four weeks into the run, one day until Christmas . . . 'Angels! I need you here! No, not you, Damon, you're a shepherd. Just the angels; the things with wings. " Gwendolyn Driver really didn't feel like herding first-graders into position for the Christmas Eve pageant at St. Patrick's Church. But she didn't have a better place to be, now, did she?
December 24, 2015 |
LONGTIME COMMUNITY activist Minnie Moore-Johnson grew up poor and spent part of her childhood as a migrant farm worker, traveling from her native Brooklyn, N.Y., to the deep South with her family. After moving to Philadelphia as a teenager, Moore-Johnson became a social worker who gained national acclaim for feeding hundreds of elderly and poor people with annual Thanksgiving Day meals. "People used to give to my family when I was growing up, so it was always important to me to give back to others," Moore-Johnson, who is small and wiry with short curly hair, said at the dining room table in the Southwest Philadelphia home she shares with her husband, Leonard Johnson.
December 23, 2015 |
Now, these folks know how to do a Christmas concert right. The Crossing's annual holiday program is reliably one of the loveliest musical events of the year in Philadelphia: masses of candles glowing invitingly on the windowsills, an hour-plus program sung with no intermission to break the spell, a postconcert reception where the musicians are genuinely happy to meet you. On Friday at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, this terrific choir...
December 21, 2015 |
Last week, just days after signing a lifetime deal with Nike that figures to earn him more than a half-billion dollars, LeBron James tweeted a recipe for kale cake to his 25 million followers. Where to begin? Whatever their implications for the future of sports - not to mention humanity - the details in that sentence, coming to light so close to the holidays, got me thinking about a somewhat more obscure professional athlete and a favorite Christmas sports memory. In this Age of Irony, Christmas remains the last bastion of earnestness, the only day when sentimentality is not just permitted but demanded.
December 7, 2015 |
What about pajamas? That's what Pamela Badolato, a Berwyn mother of four, wondered last winter. She was trying to find a way to teach her kids about giving back. She thought of a long-standing tradition in her family: Grandparents give their grandchildren pajamas to open on Christmas Eve. Badolato, 32, continues to receive PJs from her grandparents to this day, and her parents give them to her children. "I was just inspired," Badolato said. "What if we collected pajamas?" So the former preschool teacher started the Plaid Pajama Project in November 2014, hoping to round up 50 or 100 pairs of PJs from friends and family to give to kids in need for the holidays.
December 2, 2015
The long: Now, for the sixth winter, Philly's media giant opens its memory-chip-shaped skyscraper's lobby to crowds for a 15-minute, extra-hi-res, wall-projected LED show that puts your TV screen to shame while simultaneously recalling beloved local holiday traditions. The short: The only free thing you'll get from Comcast this season - or ever. The demo: All ages. If you're short, arrive 20 minutes early for a spot up front. The times: On the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
November 20, 2015 |
In "The Night Before," Seth Rogen attempts the first bros before ho, ho, hos comedy. He plays Isaac, who tries, along with high-school buddies Chris (Anthony Mackie) and Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), to maintain a fraying tradition of spending Christmas Eve together, though Isaac now has a family and Chris is a famous pro athlete. The odd dude out is Ethan, who has a botched music career and works on the fringes of the catering business, when he's not alone in his apartment moping about his breakup with Diana (Lizzy Kaplan)
September 6, 2015 |
From the column archives. Question: It's almost Christmas, and I know my beloved ADD husband hasn't done a thing about my present. I tried to make things easy on him by asking for one thing related to his hobbies and interests, but, honestly, he forgets. I try not to badger him but keep blurting out attempts at humorous reminders ("Now you'll have to get me diamonds and chocolate!"), but I don't like myself when I say stuff like that. I just get so frustrated.
January 5, 2015 |
Cary Soldevila was driving to a Walmart store to grab pineapples for the holiday ham and shrimp for the seafood salad - both her son's favorites - when she detoured onto Cove Road in Pennsauken. It was about 10 a.m. Christmas Eve, and Soldevila wanted to see her son, Ernesto Torres. It had been eight months since Torres, 22, had been shot to death in Camden during a fight over a girl, and this dreary morning - the start of the first Christmas without him - was especially hard on Soldevila.