May 8, 2015 |
DANNY TREJO may be best known for playing the lead in the "Machete" film franchise, but he has had a long and memorable career. "I've worked with Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard, Amber Heard and - oh, yeah - Amber Heard," Trejo said, with a laugh. Trejo has made a career out of playing hyper-masculine, tough characters at a time when many complain that Hollywood's leading men have gotten soft. "I like the way Robert Rodriguez works," Trejo says of the director he has worked with on numerous films.
April 17, 2015 |
Alex Niles, 32, formerly of Yardley, a businessman who created clothing designed to provide comfort for cancer patients during treatment, died Wednesday, April 8, of gastric cancer at his mother's home in the Forest Hills section of New York City. Mr. Niles founded CureWear, a nonprofit that made clothing with a flap so an intravenous line could be hooked up to a medical port without requiring the wearer to undress. His own health crisis inspired Mr. Niles to make treatment "a little more comfortable for the chronically ill," his family said in a statement.
March 17, 2015 |
JOHNZEE TOOK A break from the breakneck pace of the JFCS Thrift Boutique's back room and said that he and Robin Michaelson are pioneers, which is true. "Me and Robin are like the founders of this program," said JohnZee, 64, who prefers to use his email name. "JFCS does so much for people with special needs. " Michaelson, 46, nodded. In 2013, when Jewish Family & Children's Services opened the JFCS Thrift Boutique on Frankford Avenue near Tolbut Street in Pennypack Woods, its goal was to offer low-income residents donated clothing, housewares and toys for pennies on the dollar.
February 17, 2015 |
The clothing donation bin appeared on the North Philadelphia street corner without warning, a metal box caked with bubble-gum pink paint and rust. Stenciled on the side in small blue letters was this message: "Through your donations we provide money to charities & give employees occupation. " Jay Butler, who owns the adjacent property near Erie Avenue and 21st Street, didn't think much of it. Until the bin filled up, and clothing - along with a mattress, a broken television, and an empty bottle of brandy - littered the sidewalk.
January 5, 2015 |
BRIAN LINTON, 28, proudly calls himself the founder and chief trash collector of United By Blue, his eco-friendly cafe/clothing/cool-stuff business on 2nd Street near Quarry in Old City. Linton promises that every time he sells one of his sustainable-material outdoorsy goods - a shirt, a backpack, an ax - in the store or online, he removes a pound of garbage from a body of water through company-organized cleanups. Linton said that since he founded United By Blue in 2010, he's removed 203,510 pounds of trash during 116 cleanups of vulnerable sites, including Bartram's Garden, Penn Treaty Park, the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, and down the Shore.
December 25, 2014 |
Rapper/producer Tyler, the Creator, who played Monday night to a sold-out crowd at the TLA, is a goofball. On solo efforts away from the Odd Future hip-hop collective (whose other star is singer Frank Ocean), such as the albums Bastard and Goblin and the mix-tape Wolf , Tyler indulges in everything from hilariously, hypersexualized vampire and automobile fantasies to scabrous riffs on homophobia, rape, and misogyny that he swears are just jokes. He named his clothing line after a spoonerism for the Odd Future alter-ego Wolf Gang.
December 12, 2014
D REXEL SENIORS Ashley Revay, 21, of Center City, and Erin Moffitt, 21, of Fairmount, co-founded Chakra Fitwear, which designs and manufactures women's yoga pants from recycled plastic bottles. The e-commerce business is in the midst of an $80,000 Kickstarter campaign and has raised more than $8,200. I spoke with Revay. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Chakra Fitwear? A: I knew Erin wanted to start a fitnesswear line and I came to her and said, "Why don't we incorporate our ideas with more of a sustainability background?"
December 4, 2014
SORRY, you've been lied to. Forty is not the new 30, and there is no surgery, cream, magic elixir, age-proofing diet or fountain of youth. Exercise, I'm afraid, is not a cure-all. In our youth-obsessed culture, we resist the inevitability of change. Even worse, we want guarantees that if we eat the "right diet" and do the "right exercises" we will not only bypass aging and avoid diseases, we will ultimately cheat death itself. A few weeks ago I overheard a conversation between two women who were grappling with the sudden death of a dear friend.
November 6, 2014 |
Pages of prayers. Computer equipment. Toilet paper. Soy sauce. Korean liquor. Laundry detergent. Those were among the supplies investigators say they found in the abandoned airplane hangar next to the Tannersville, Pa., field where Eric Frein was captured last week. The long list of items was made public Wednesday in a search warrant filed in Monroe County Court. Neither document nor investigators said Frein used the items or put them into the building. But the list appears to offer insight into how the alleged killer of a state trooper survived and evaded police for 48 days in the Poconos.
October 28, 2014 |
He has none of his own, but it was kids who led Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein to write the book for the 2012 musical Newsies , which launches its national tour Tuesday at the Academy of Music as part of the Kimmel Center's Broadway Philadelphia series. Fierstein didn't love the 1992 Disney movie, which failed at the box office, but it seemed that children, specifically, his brother's, did. So he used the saga of the 1899 strike by New York City's spunky, exploited newsboys ("terrible as it was")