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March 19, 2010 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Samuel Barber's notoriously unsuccessful opera Antony and Cleopatra must be far better than anybody thought: It wasn't dragged down by make-dos and peripheral missteps in the Curtis Opera Theatre production that opened Wednesday at the Kimmel Center. Nothing was terribly wrong (operas of greater repute have been scuttled by less) and much was surely good enough, in a performance whose primary compensations were the tight pacing and sharp dramatic contours from conductor George Manahan.
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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
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June 4, 2010 | By MADOREE PIPKINS, pipkinm@phillynews.com 215-854-5444
The name Cleopatra conjures an image of beauty and mystery. Modern movies and artists portray the Queen of the Nile as powerful and glamorous, but there is much more to her story. After Egypt fell to Roman forces, Cleopatra famously took her own life after her lover Mark Antony killed himself. The Romans then tried to wipe her legacy from the pages of history. To this day, her body and burial crypt, as well as much of the evidence of her reign, have been lost to the sands and waters of Egypt.
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April 12, 1990 | BY BRUCE A. STAFFORD
I am black, and most of my close friends are into black history, which they pass onto their children. I believe it's just as important to teach it to white people because many of them believe Cleopatra looked like Liz Taylor. I believe this idea of Liz Taylor being box office was a ruse. Liz Taylor could have played another part in the movie and still have been on the marquee. It was done because of fear of black people learning their true identity. In this type of society, many people believe someone has to be kept down so they can be on top. If you can't do it physically with beatings and lynchings, you do it mentally.
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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.
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May 30, 2010 | By Christopher Yasiejko FOR THE INQUIRER
The two red granite statues, each more than 16 feet tall, entered the Franklin Institute one recent morning through soaring glass loading doors on the second floor. The great figure of a king went first, resting in a crate atop a metal pallet lifted by a crane. Soon he would stand beside an Egyptian queen, also from Cleopatra's Ptolemaic era - two monumental artifacts of her mysterious world. A rigging crew and several Egyptians - present whenever their country's antiquities are in transit - worked quietly, pulling the statues inside, unpacking them, standing them upright.
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March 14, 2010 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
If there's one reason why Samuel Barber should have lived to be 100, it's the upside-down irony that his monumental New York flop is Philadelphia's hottest opera ticket. Born a century ago in West Chester, Barber is being performed far and wide, though the most closely watched event is Curtis Opera Theatre's production of his Antony and Cleopatra - the composer's most ambitious score but a devastating failure at its 1966 Metropolitan Opera premiere. Nonetheless, Curtis' run of three performances, starting Wednesday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, has been sold out since July.
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April 3, 2016
Mayer Hawthorne, Man About Town; The Lumineers, Cleopatra; Deftones, Gore; M83, Junk
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January 27, 2001 | SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / Inquirer Suburban Staff
This could be yours - 150-plus items of Hollywood memorabilia at Atlantic City's Sands Hotel buffet. The decor is getting a new look. Jerry and Hilda Cohen of Monroe Twp. dine with a Richard Burton costume from "Cleopatra," going to the high bidder at Sotheby's online auction. Bids opened yesterday; today and Sunday, a public exhibit.
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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.
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June 15, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
The Lumineers released their sophomore record, Cleopatra - which the New York Times touted as "a valiant turn inward" - in April. Now, they're on the road with both new music and with familiar favorites, like the breakthrough hit "Ho Hey," from their self-titled debut album. On Friday, the folk-rockers will join Florence + The Machine, Cold War Kids, Elle King, and more at the second night of Radio 104.5's Ninth Annual Birthday Celebration at BB&T Pavilion in Camden. In a phone interview, Lumineers cellist and backing vocalist Neyla Pekarek shared what she and vocalist/guitarist Wesley Schultz and drummer/pianist Jeremiah Fraites have been up to since their first album dropped in 2012 and about the challenge Cleopatra posed after the whirlwind of instant fame and its consequences.
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April 3, 2016
Mayer Hawthorne, Man About Town; The Lumineers, Cleopatra; Deftones, Gore; M83, Junk
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April 26, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
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September 11, 2012 | By Joe Trinacria, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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June 21, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
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.
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June 10, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 28, 2010 | By MOLLY EICHEL, eichelm@phillynews.com 215-854-5909
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)
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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....
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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
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