April 26, 2013 |
Prepare for an extended but potentially satisfying visit to the Nile with Caesar and Cleopatra looking Victorian, acting nothing like their Hollywood portrayals, but moving with Bollywood grace and, one hopes, sounding as agile as they are authoritative. The Metropolitan Opera's season-ending simulcast (noon Saturday at six area movie theaters) is Handel's Giulio Cesare , an opera long considered among the composer's best, that made a star of Beverly Sills in the 1960s and that now reaches the mainstream opera public in a close-to-uncut form.
September 11, 2012 |
When Michele Pich first walked into the University of Pennsylvania's Ryan Veterinary Hospital, she had no idea it would drastically change her life. Her only concern five years ago was the declining health of her Staffordshire terrier mix, Cleopatra, who had recently been diagnosed with a form of lymphoma. After the grim prognosis, Pich was relentless in her effort to improve her dog's quality of life. "I could have let her die peacefully without attempting any treatment," said Pich, who at the time was a counselor and researcher in forensic studies.
October 23, 2011
Theodora Actress, Empress, Whore A Novel By Stella Duffy Penguin. 352 pp. $15 (paperback) Reviewed by Merilyn Jackson She rose from actress to empress, from prostitute to political powerhouse, as tough an infighter as any man in the labyrinthine Byzantine Empire. New Zealand native Stella Duffy, who now lives in London, tells the story in Theodora , an evocative historical novel released last year in the United Kingdom and now available in paperback in the United States.
June 21, 2011 |
D EBBIE REYNOLDS had a pretty good weekend - or at least her creditors did. The star of "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," mother o f Carrie Fisher and ex-wife of Philadelphia crooner Eddie Fisher, auctioned off her collection of Hollywood memorabilia. Marilyn Monroe's vent-blown dress from "The Seven Year Itch" fetched $4.6 million. The outfit worn by Audrey Hepburn in the Ascot race scene of "My Fair Lady" drew a $3.7 million bid. The auction house, Profiles in History, was still calculating the sale's final tally yesterday.
June 10, 2011 |
First, you have to get yourself a red carnation, or some facsimile of a red carnation, which you're supposed to wear in order to be recognized at the corner of Girard Avenue and Front Street. That's where a god or a guide (I'm not sure which, maybe both) meets you, outside the SEPTA station, to escort you to the theater. On this night, he was Mercury, which seemed right, as the street temperature was right up there. On Wednesday's opening night of Antony and Cleopatra , about 80 of us wore carnations for what is called a "secret Shakespeare production" by the traveling outré theater company called the Missoula Oblongata, which has performed in the city before and has a following, and Puppet Uprising, which began in Philadelphia and supports puppeteers from all over.
December 28, 2010 |
THE NEW year ushers in a fresh start for many of Philadelphia's cultural institutions. Catch these events before they shutter for good. And don't say we didn't warn you. Franklin Square Remember summer? Prolong those sweet memories with one last visit to Franklin Square before the rehabbed park closes up shop until April. The mini-golf course, playground and Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel are all open, despite the weather outside being more frightful than delightful. Kids are treated to their own version of New Year's Eve ( sans champagne)
October 29, 2010
AS A FORMER resident of Oxford Circle - or escapee after social engineering moved North Philly to the Northeast - I shopped on Rising Sun Avenue where Glatz Jewelers was, including occasionally patronizing it. It was always a clean and well-kept business, much like the others on Rising Sun. But the face of the neighborhood, thanks to those who mistakenly believe we should give to some what others work hard to earn, changed dramatically over 10 years....
October 28, 2010
REGARDING letter-writer Lyndell Graham's claim that Cleopatra was a black African, historical facts show otherwise. While it's true that for a brief period the rulers of Egypt were black Numidians, the majority of ancient Egyptian rulers were the same race as modern Egyptians: Caucasian. As for Cleopatra, she was a direct descendant of Alexander the Great's general Ptolemy. That makes her a Macedonian Greek. Sean McKinney Philadelphia
October 25, 2010
IRECENTLY visited the Cleopatra exhibit at the Franklin Institute with my wife. We are a mixed couple. (I'm black, she's white.) The exhibit inspired me to finally watch the 1963 film "Cleopatra," which I'd had no interest in seeing. As much as I enjoyed the story, I still had a bitter taste in my mouth for I found the film full of laughter and insult. But the time is now for someone to create an updated version of the film that will refute the 1963 pigmentation of Cleopatra. Someone needs to re-create the reality of the true African who is the last daughter of Egypt.
June 4, 2010
"Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt" opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 2 at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. Tickets are dated and timed. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday; Daytime ticket prices: Monday to Thursday, adults $26.50; seniors (62+) $24.50; children (4 to 11) $19.50. Friday to Sunday: adults $29.50; seniors $27.50; children $19.50. Information: 1-877-834-8497, www.fi.edu/cleopatra . During the run of "Cleopatra," the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St. ( www.penn.