April 5, 2012 |
Shobo, Shady, Polka, Dot, and the rest of Kapo's Gang begin their monthly meeting at a Cherry Hill church with a prayer. Then the fun starts. "Ho-ho, ha-ha-ha," the 20 or so professional clowns chant in a circle, practicing Laughter Yoga with a visiting instructor (and civilian), Melanie Galioto. The mostly middle-aged men and women are not in costume or in character, but soon enough everybody is laughing spontaneously, including me. Especially me. "You're like a big cartoon character," observes Mark St. Marie, 50, a Philadelphia firefighter who lives in the city's Bridesburg section and performs as Buster T. Clown.
April 1, 2012 |
A is for April, A is for ambitious, A is for Awesome Fest. Throwing a first-anniversary bash for itself - and for genre film/midnight movie/doc-centric Philly audiences - the Awesome Fest is basically taking over the month, mounting screenings in Chinatown and Fishtown, Penn's Landing, Old City, and University City. "It's a birthday party celebration, and we really want to kick off these festivities with a bang," says Josh Goldbloom, the fest's tireless founder and artistic director.
February 9, 2012 |
There was a clown in the net at the Flyers' practice facility Wednesday afternoon. Before you add your own punch line, it was a real clown. Someone from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus named Mike Richter (no relation to the former Rangers great with the same name) took shots from a handful of Flyers after their practice. Maybe the Flyers should see whether he is available in shootouts. The Flyers are 1-5 in shootouts this season and an NHL-worst 20-39 in franchise history.
November 25, 2011 |
Zion Spearman tried not to laugh as a costume artist smeared white makeup over his face and painted his lips gold. The 10-year-old noticed a box of red foam clown noses on a table at the Sheraton Hotel in Center City, where participants in the annual Thanksgiving Day parade gathered in the predawn hours to prepare for their march. "Do we get the ones that squeak?" he asked. Zion was one of 22 children who led the first crew of clowns in the city's 92d annual parade Thursday.
October 7, 2011 |
TERRELL OWENS recently told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that he was retiring, then quickly added, "I wish today was April 1st, April Fools, because I just got you. " The funnyman went on to say he expected to be playing in the NFL in "a month or less" and will "be even better next year. " The only problem is he's a free agent without a team. The 37-year-old Owens, who played for the Bengals last season, had surgery on a torn ACL in April. When asked what a team would get if it signed him, Owens replied, "They gonna get the T.O. that they expect.
August 30, 2011
BATAVIA, N.Y. - A Massachusetts man whose colorful golf attire was briefly mistaken for a clown outfit has been charged in New York with driving a golf cart while drunk. The Genesee County sheriff says authorities got a report that someone dressed as a clown was operating a stolen golf cart in the western New York town of Batavia on Sunday night. Deputies found 37-year-old James Straub, of Stoneham, Mass., driving along a road. He wasn't dressed as a clown - just wearing some colorful clothing after an outing at Terry Hills Golf Course.
August 13, 2011
ALLENTOWN - A woman who donned a clown suit and robbed a bank a year ago was ordered Friday to spend two to 10 years in prison. Carolyn Williams, 44, was sentenced in Northampton County Court. She pleaded guilty in June to a felony robbery charge. Williams made off with about $7,000 after wearing a garish outfit, red nose, and rainbow wig into a Bethlehem Township bank last August and saying she had a bomb. - AP
July 8, 2011 |
Florence "Flossie" A. Picariello, 61, known for her work as a volunteer clown, died of brain cancer Tuesday, July 5, at her Bensalem home. Mrs. Picariello donned a blue wig and costume and, using the name Blue, did clown ministry at churches and charity fund-raisers in the Philadelphia area. She was president of the Mid-Atlantic Clown Association for three years, until 2008. In 2009, Mrs. Picariello won the association's Clowntarian Award for organizing the annual conventions of the roughly 300-member group, according to Sandi Smith, the treasurer and a longtime friend.
June 10, 2011 |
There's nothing funny about dressing like a clown to rob a bank, says an Eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor. "I'm going to ask for the maximum sentence," which is 20 years, said Patricia Mulqueen, assistant district attorney for Northampton County. Last Aug. 6, someone with a rainbow wig, a red nose, whiteface, striped socks and a riotously colored frock walked into a KNBT Bank in Bethlehem and, warning of a bomb, demanded cash. Within a couple of hours, police found Carolyn A. Williams in a nearby park, smoking in the getaway car with clown clothes and makeup, more than $7,000, a phony bomb, two real guns, and a big excuse: Men said they'd hurt her kids if she didn't pull off the heist.
May 10, 2011 |
There are indeed parallels to be drawn between training pit bulls for dogfighting and soldiers for war. The Kevin Augustine-helmed Lone Wolf Tribe, in its production of Hobo Grunt Cycle , takes an unusual approach to connecting these dots, while adding a few extra in the form of life-sized puppets and clowns. The results - maddening, touching, manipulative, ridiculous, often all at once - highlight Augustine's considerable artistry, while simultaneously showcasing his equally considerable hubris.