April 14, 2001
Since nothing lives forever, it's safe to say that newspaper series - like everything else - must come to an end. The only possible exception could be Urban Warrior's "Dump of the Day. " Her source material seems inexhaustible. Even if, by some miracle, every trash-strewn eyesore in Philadelphia could disappear overnight, more would spring up by morning, like the proverbial dragon's teeth. Sad to say, there seems no limit to Philadelphians' capacity to foul their own nests.
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.
February 3, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has acquired five major French paintings - a late Cézanne view of Mont Sainte-Victoire, a Manet still life of fruit, a landscape and a cityscape by Pissarro, and a portrait of a young girl by Berthe Morisot - all as a bequest from long-time museum supporter Helen Tyson Madeira, who died last year. In addition, the museum has received two early portraits by Marcel Duchamp, of the parents of his lifelong friend, Gustave Candel, donated by Candel's daughter, Yolande Candel.
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.
March 2, 2012 |
Freeman's next big sale will take place March 17, but it is timed to coincide with Asia Week New York, not St. Paddy's Day, Philadelphia. The nearly 800 lots that will be offered beginning at 10 a.m. at the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St. are examples of fine and decorative Asian arts. The nearest thing to green to be seen on sale day will be items made of spinach jade, such as an 18th-century perfumier, and malachite, including a vase with a Fu lion mounted on its cover - and big bucks.
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)
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.