April 16, 2003
PHILADELPHIA is about to lose two of the most distinctive towers in our cityscape. No, not Liberty Place, but the two steam stacks of the SS United States, the massive cruise liner that's been languishing in Port 82 of the Delaware River since 1996. Yesterday, Norwegian Cruise Lines announced it has bought the liner with plans to refit it as one of four American-based cruise ships. We have mixed feelings about this news. This editorial page has been agitating for years about this looming hulk; her owner, real estate developer Edward Cantor, had it towed to Philadelphia in 1996, thinking he could talk the city into helping him get financing to fix it up. When that failed, he seemed to have done nothing but pay dockage fees - rumored to be $1,000 per day - for letting it sit. Private groups like the United States Foundation, who cared about the ship's future, launched many rescue efforts to ensure the ship not end up as a giant scrap metal heap, and at one point had the ship included on the National Register of Historic Places.
August 13, 1988 |
Adam Michaels, who lives in Secaucus, N.J., places his ear against the funny-looking wooden contraption and sits stiller than any 8-year-old boy ought to be expected to sit. But it's only for a minute, while Mark Jones traces his profile. Then, voila! A silhouette, of the kind that the celebrated American painter Charles Willson Peale and his black servant (later free citizen) Moses Williams used to produce on the original physiognotrace. That's what the funny-looking contraption is called - although, as Jones tells visitors, Peale's painter son and favorite pupil Raphaelle used to call it the face-a-tracer.
November 26, 1989 |
The U.S. Postal Service is braced for a busy week at its World Stamp Expo '89 in Washington, with first-day ceremonies scheduled on six days. The lineup: TODAY. A cityscape 15-cent postal card, last of four in the series, featuring a night scene of Washington. Collectors who purchase their cards should send requests for first-day cancellations to Customer Supplied Cards, Washington, D.C., Postal Card, Box 96851, Washington, D.C. 20090-6851. If the Postal Service is to provide cards, requests with a check or money order of 15 cents should be sent to Washington, D.C., Postal Card, Box 96852, Washington, D.C. 20090-6852.
May 11, 2013 |
Gambling foes filled the audience at Wednesday's hearing before the state Gaming Control Board, silently standing to strongly protest the building of another casino in Philadelphia. About 75 people, mostly from Chinatown, held anti-casino signs during back-to-back testimony from gaming opponents at the end of the fourth and last day of public input on a second license . The protesters represented a coalition of community groups called No Casino in Our City. While most of the earlier speakers were endorsing one project or another, the 11 people to testify at the end of the hearing denounced gambling as bad public policy that was promoting addiction.
February 27, 2009 |
A couple of skinny teens, stripped to their underwear, unleash a reckless storm of automatic weapons fire - weapons they've jacked from local criminals - just for laughs. In Gomorrah , these kids, Marco (Marco Macor) and Ciro, a.k.a. Piselli (Ciro Petrone), walk around playing bad guys, snorting coke, quoting Al Pacino in Scarface , and brazenly, stupidly, crossing paths with the Camorra crime clan - the real thugs who run Naples. Marco and Piselli supply but one plot strand in Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone's searing, documentary-like adaptation of Roberto Saviano's expose about the Naples mafia - gangs whose influence infests the community and the country at large.
April 20, 2012 |
In recent years Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal has changed mightily; since I last saw it in Philadelphia eight years ago, the company has replaced all but one of its members, Youri de Wilde. He returned, along with many new faces and some really great legs in the cast to dance the world premiere of Wen Wei Wang's Night Box as well as Aszure Barton's Les Chambres des Jacques at the Annenberg Center's Dance Celebration series Thursday evening. And what crowd-pleasers they were. Wang's piece opens with a cluster of dancers, backs to us, isolating torsos, arms, and necks like figures in a video game.
November 27, 2011 |
Arcadia University Art Gallery frequently goes out of its way to accommodate both artists and exhibitions. Until now, though, three arched windows, covered 30 years ago to transform the former power plant into a more gallerylike space, remained hidden. Then came sculptor Francis Cape, who knew what a little more daylight could do for the site-specific installation he envisioned there. Asked how he would like to alter the gallery's architecture for "Francis Cape: Utopian Benches," Cape, a British wood carver-turned-sculptor based in Narrowsburg, N.Y., took a look around and had a single request: Uncover those three windows.
August 31, 2007 |
"The story of this film is very Shakespearean," says director James Wan. Executive producer Andrew Sugerman agrees: "It is a kind of classical Greek tragedy. It's a story about a man wrestling with his own inner demons. " Studio production notes are typically rife with such backslapping, highfalutin hyperbole, but really, please, Death Sentence? Wake up, guys. Get real. This cheesy exploitation drama, with Kevin Bacon as a dad gone mad when his son is killed by tattooed gangbangers, has been adapted, and updated (sort of)
September 20, 2002 |
Snipes moves across a gritty Philadelphia cityscape where gangstas and rappers - and greedy record moguls - collide. A solid, suspenseful thriller with a surprising noir twist, the film, from director Rich Murray, follows a 17-year-old kid who gets tangled up in some nasty business involving stolen master tapes, kidnapping and murder. Snipes premiered at the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema in April, and is now rolling out into select markets nationwide. Erik (Sam Jones 3d)
March 15, 2003 |
And now, for something completely different. Looking like a nation of crazed Wallace Beerys, Brits of all ages appeared in public yesterday with hairy red plastic noses stuck on the front of their real noses. Others did stranger things. Several people took public baths in tubs filled with baked beans. Men shaved their legs in stripy patterns. Men and women in fright wigs jogged across the Thames. An entire class of police recruits posed with red noses beneath their bobby hats.