December 21, 2012
THERE'S SOME truth to the joke that Jews like to take in Chinese food and a Woody Allen movie on Christmas Eve, to get away from all that. This year, Allen has denied his tribe a new opus. But look-alike comedian Ross Bennett is ready to make Christmas Eve escapees laugh while you nosh, as star of the Moo Shu Jew Show, sponsored by the Gershman Y. Actually returning for the fifth year, this multicourse Chinese feast plus comedy show will be landing at a new Chinatown location, Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. Also serving up the yuks are Lenny Marcus - a funny bunny who recently debuted on "The Late Show with David Letterman" plus standup comic/author Joel Chasnoff, whose material (and book The 188th Crybaby Brigade)
December 21, 2012
A TRADITION continues. John Chaney, who has made many memorable Christmas Eve appearances on "Daily News Live," will be part of the festivities again on Monday from 5-6 p.m. It promises to be anything but boring. Neil Hartman will be the host, as always, along with staffers Dick Jerardi and Mike Kern, aka the digit and the midget. But there's no doubt who will be doing most of the talking. So tune in to catch a truly one-of-a-kind Philly institution put his spin on the holiday as only he can. - Mike Kern
December 20, 2012 |
A Facebook friend put up his Christmas tree Monday, then wondered how he and his wife could ever celebrate, given what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Thinking about the families of those 20 kids killed in Newtown, Conn., brought them back to the death of their own child, lost years before to a birth defect. "I just want to get through this year," he said. Between the deaths of his mother and his wife's father, and then the suicide of a nephew home from Afghanistan, the couple went to more funerals than birthday parties.
December 19, 2012 |
Name that Christmas tune and Ronald M. Clancy knows the story of its origin. He'll mention the composer and often the lyricist, arranger, or artists who have performed it. Pressed for more details, he'll reveal the label, estate, or recording company that holds the rights to the song. And he might even describe a great painting that he thinks captures its spirit. The Christmas-music historian, who lives in Lower Township, N.J., when he's not delving into library stacks around the country, is the founder of Christmas Classics Ltd. in Cape May, a company that sells thoughtfully compiled packages of holiday CDs, bound sheet music, and finely illustrated companion books.
December 18, 2012
'TIS THE SEASON for another Italian tradition, the Feast of Seven Fishes, usually served Christmas Eve and sometimes involving up to 13 - but never 40! - courses. Did we say this was an Italian tradition? Some say Italian-Americans came up with the idea to show folks back in the Old Country how good life was here. However it started, the custom's pretty entrenched around these parts now. Here's how several local restaurants are observing: * Northern Italian restaurant Le Castagne (1920 Chestnut St., 215-751-9913, lecastagne.com )
December 17, 2012 |
The final 45 minutes of yuletide rock enigma Trans-Siberian Orchestra's set Friday at the Wells Fargo Center was packed with the over-the-top, guitar-solo-laden Christmas jams that attract the group's rabid fans by the thousands. It nearly made up for the first 100 minutes. The seven-member band - two guitarists, two keyboardists, a bassist, a drummer, and one very energetic violinist - played effortlessly with nine backing singers, a seven-member string section of local players, plus a light and pyrotechnics show right out of Apocalypse Now . Trans-Siberian Orchestra's songs, which repackage familiar classical music themes and tease them out with hair-metal pantomime and arena-rock bombast, have proved such a winning formula that the TSO franchise dispatches two separate touring units each holiday season.
November 20, 2012
1. Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert Starts 10 a.m. Friday and every hour to 8 p.m. daily until Dec. 23 (5 p.m. Christmas Eve). Closed Christmas Day, then daily (hours vary) through Dec. 31. Macy's, 1300 Market St. Free. Also stop by the Dickens Village on 3. 2. Holiday Garden Railway: Friday is also opening day for Morris Arboretum's twee holiday tradition (through Dec. 31), featuring miniature replicas of local landmarks decked out for Christmas. Saturday, carolers perform from 1-3 p.m., and there's a take-home craft project.
February 22, 2012 |
Hello there Heather and Steve met in junior English at West Chester East High School in 2002 and got to know each other in an after-school Christian youth group called Young Life. That's also where Heather noticed Steve's wonderful sense of humor and contagious smile. "I had my eye on him," Heather confesses. "She didn't make this apparent to me," said Steve. There was a reason Heather kept her crush a secret: Steve had a girlfriend all through high school. After graduation, Heather earned her elementary education degree at Shippensburg University and is now a kindergarten teacher at KinderCare in Downingtown.
February 5, 2012 |
For our first Christmas after retirement, we chose to do something different. As a pastor, my previous 39 Christmas Eves had been spent leading worship. As happy as that experience was, the thought of being free was also exciting. So on the morning of Dec. 24, my wife, Hope, and I left the quiet central Pennsylvania town of Gratz (population 662) and drove to New York City. At lunch before seeing War Horse at Lincoln Center, Hope whispered that Hoda Kotb was at the next table.
December 28, 2011 |
GINO GAETANO PAPOLA was not only a busy physician, but a devoted Catholic who found time to lecture around the country on the sanctity of life. He also was a regular visitor to the Vatican, where he was honored by two popes, met Mother Teresa (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) and other Catholic dignitaries and clergy. He received Communion from Pope John Paul II and was honored with the Knighthood of St. Gregory by John Paul II and Pope Paul VI. Dr. Gino Papola, who served leadership roles at St. Agnes Hospital, had his private practice for many years in Upper Darby, was two-term president of the International Association of Catholic Physicians, an Army veteran and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Christmas Eve. He was 91 and was living in a nursing facility in West Brandywine, but had lived in South Philadelphia, Drexel Hill and Bryn Mawr over the years.