March 30, 1987 |
Keith Taylor was an easy convert. "The way I felt was that anyone on our team could go on someone else's team and start," said Taylor. "So it made sense to me. " The other Chester Clippers fell quickly into that line of thinking. "We had a couple players who were upset," said Taylor, who is co-captain with Joe Abner. "We had to sit them down and tell them what was up. And that was that. " What Taylor, Abner and the rest of the Chester Clippers had to be convinced of was a team concept of basketball that truly emphasized the team.
August 28, 1989 |
The name Forrest J. Willingham evokes a certain ring of majesty for a producer and director of musical theater, even if his namesake wasn't the noble Edwin Forrest but the Confederate Civil War general Nathan Bedford Forrest - and even if his troupe, the Songs of Broadway Company, is as indigenous to that street of dreams as a truck-and-bus company doing business in South Florida. Which is literally what it is. After 17 seasons of playing condo social halls, hotel ballrooms, country clubs, amusement parks and civic auditoriums from Fort Lauderdale to Apalachicola, Willingham has decided to "spread our wings a little" by bringing the Lerner-Loewe Arthurian opus "Camelot" to the Walnut Street Theatre for three weeks.
November 3, 1991 |
Back in the mid-1980s, when Robert Bynum was working in the import-export business, he spent a couple of years in Togo, Africa. The experience was a kind of cultural shock, but not the way you might think. "I noticed there was a lot more happening there at night than here in Philadelphia," Bynum said. "All the hotels had things going on and there were tons and tons of French restaurants. " When Bynum, now 34, got back to the States, he decided he'd try to do something to reshape Philadelphia's nightlife.
December 6, 1994 |
Americans usually look to Washington for solutions to social problems. On Sunday, Washington looked to Hollywood. Hollywood, 1938. Asked to comment on Hillary Clinton's criticism of his proposal to ship welfare children to "orphanages," Rep. Newt Gingrich (R., Ga.), told the panelists of NBC's Meet the Press that the First Lady should hie on down "to Blockbuster and rent the Mickey Rooney movie about Boys Town. " This advice, from the man who yesterday was elected speaker of the House of Representatives, confounded the nation's movie lovers, not to mention its social-service professionals.
September 21, 2009 |
Truth in advertising: The first song in Rhett Miller's set at World Cafe Live on Friday climaxed with Miller and his bandmates singing the word love in full-voiced three-part harmony, effectively setting the stage for 90 minutes of songs about that all-important four-letter word. As a solo artist or fronting the Old 97's, Miller is an unabashed romantic, although he sometimes wishes he weren't. "The trouble with being in love is it's so awfully hard to get out of, you might as well be in jail," he sang on "Another Girlfriend," a slithering shuffle about a weak-willed man who's discovered his spine one woman too late.
November 30, 1990 |
The night is foggy. The bridge outside is the Ben Franklin. The river is the rather unromantic Delaware. Fortunately, Jeannine's Bistro has no windows in the dining area to remind us. Sitting in these cozy second-floor confines, listening to owner Jeannine Mermet's sultry alto caress "I Love Paris" to accordion accompaniment, sipping a glass of Beaujolais nouveau and digging into a hearty white bean stew, it's entirely possible to imagine you're...
June 20, 1986 |
"Legal Eagles. " A comedy-drama starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger & Daryl Hannah. Directed by Ivan Reitman from a screenplay by Jim Cash & Jack Epps Jr. Photographed by Laszlo Kovacs. Edited by Sheldon Kahn, Pem Herring, William Gordean. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Running time: 114 minutes. A Universal release. Despite what you may have read in the newsmagazines, the marvel of the summer movie scene is not stone-faced Sylvester Stallone, once again successfully doing his quiet-man bit in "Cobra," or Kelly McGillis slinking her way through the macho love story "Top Gun. " The revelation is a writing duo that seems to have come out of nowhere and taken hold of Hollywood, churning out high-concept non-scripts that, at best, can be complimented for "getting the job done.
November 5, 2007 |
They are troubadours of doom, singing about the futility of . . . everything. "Oh, yes!" they avow, to a folksy tune, "it's another lost song of hopeless despair. " Don't buy it. You won't be able to. All you'll want to do is laugh. Pig Iron Theatre Company's latest - a 45-minute leg that the cast will be pulling in Philadelphia for only one more performance, tonight - is a delicious deceit, a musical treatise of disappointments, a self-described cabaret of "rites and wrongs.
March 3, 2000 |
Whatever else it will be remembered for, the desperately unfunny What Planet Are You From? has earned its footnote in the annals of pop culture as the first sex comedy of the Viagra Age. The story of an alien from the "far reaches of the universe" sent to Earth to procreate with a woman, thereby assuring the future of his race (highly evolved eunuchs who wear nicely tailored suits), this vacuum-sealed Mike Nichols-directed dud can be read as some kind of fuzzy-headed allegory about that Dole-endorsed wonder drug from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
March 22, 1987 |
In the diminishing ranks of the women's clubs, there are still members who go far beyond the call of duty to continue a tradition that is older than this century. Dorothy Krape, 68, of the Woman's Club of Springfield is one such volunteer. In her 30 years as a club member, she has held every office of her club and is now the public relations director for the Delaware County Federation of Women's Clubs. In Springfield, she has been a leading promoter of her club, helping to present fashion shows and revues and organizing membership drives and fund- raisers.