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July 6, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
   When I lined up to run the Haddon Heights Firecracker 5K on Friday, I was in a costume of sorts: blue tank, blue shorts, and calf-high socks emblazoned with the Captain America symbol. It is not the best running outfit - the socks are cotton, which can lead to blisters, sweat-soaked socks, or both. The point was to dress in a patriotic theme, not break my personal record. It's the closest I've ever come to running a race in a costume. It was an attempt dwarfed by Jeff and Karen George LeClair of Princeton, who have won the Oddyssey Half Marathon costume competition four years in a row, in a June race in Philadelphia that's only five years old. "I wish we had known about the first year because we feel like we could have won it five years in a row," Jeff said.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1993 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
The Sands Hotel Casino in Atlantic City has agreed that its cocktail waitresses can . . . um . . . cover up a little. The agreement, announced yesterday by the Sands and Local 54 of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union, resolves a dispute that began in July 1992, when Anna Grimes, a waitress, accused her employer of sex discriminaton. Grimes complained then that the Sands allowed male servers to wear tuxedo pants and shirt, and flat, comfortable shoes, while insisting that female servers work in scanty little costumes and walk about on five-inch heels.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Enjoy spooktacular sounds and artistry, in your favorite costume, Saturday at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Halloween Fantastique with Cirque de la Symphonie at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will perform 10 pieces including Danny Elfman's Batman movie theme. Other featured works include Adam Glaser's "March of the Little Goblins," French composer Hector Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie Fantastique , and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" from The Snow Maiden . Cirque de la Symphonie will perform acrobatic dance, and kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes.
NEWS
October 17, 2011
Ray Aghayan, 83, an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated costume designer whose credits included more than a dozen Academy Awards shows and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. In a career that spanned television, film, and Broadway, the Iranian-born Mr. Aghayan designed costumes for such stars as Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dinah Shore, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, and Doris Day. "He was a darling man, and I loved working with him on my films," Day said in a statement.
NEWS
October 31, 1997 | For The Inquirer / DAN OLESKI
Many costumes and characters turned out for West Chester's annual Halloween parade yesterday. Among them were Andy Wade, who dressed up as a devil, and his daughter, Kay, 4. Kevin Ryan, 8, came as the Grim Reaper.
NEWS
June 28, 1987 | By Kate Shatzkin, Special to The Inquirer
Rasa Brittain entered Cappelli's tailor shop in Strafford on a hot, muggy Saturday afternoon, looking thoroughly modern in a short denim skirt, silver belt and a white knit top decorated with black musical notes. Fifteen minutes later, she had been transformed into the picture of a Lithuanian woman dressed for church in the 19th century. White ribbons embroidered in red cascaded down Brittain's blond head. A matching white blouse with a tulip pattern showed its pleated collar above a fitted vest with horizontal stripes.
SPORTS
October 23, 2014
PENGUINS star Sidney Crosby admitted yesterday he donned a Rocky Balboa costume for his team's Halloween party last weekend. So, was Sid trying to stir the pot for tonight's nationally televised "Wednesday Night Rivalry" matchup, or did he just happen to be a fan of his least favorite city's cultural icon? "Am I not allowed to be Rocky?" Crosby asked reporters yesterday. "I like the movie, too. I was Maverick from 'Top Gun' last year. Maybe [Philly fans] will soften up on me because I picked that.
NEWS
October 15, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services
It's costume crunch time again. And as usual, there are two choices - go with the store-bought variety ("Jurassic Park," "Aladdin" and "Barney" are hot this year) - or (gulp) make it yourself. You don't have to be a sewing expert. Only a needle, thread and a little creativity are needed with some of the no-sew pattern designs, available at fabric stores. Or try the "Make Believe Book of Costume and Fancy" (Klutz Press, $17.95), 85 pages of 100 creative ideas. The book comes with a plastic box of accessories such as earrings, rings, an eye patch, vampire teeth and other goodies.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 1994 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Just because you're way past trick-or-treat age doesn't mean you have to spend Halloween waiting for post-holiday candy bargains at the Rite Aid or wiping Mischief Night eggs off your windshield. Halloween is for anyone who wants the chance to be ridiculous, beautiful or horrifying - or for those who just want to be spectators. We, of course, vote for the former. And the event that's consistently over the top is Henri David's Halloween Ball. Over two decades, this colorful jeweler has made partying an art form and turned the ball - described in his bright orange flier as a "return to decadent elegance" - into a major folk event in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
October 26, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nnamdi Asomugha's black-rimmed glasses were square, and the gold-and-maroon scarf didn't quite make it all the way around his neck, but that didn't matter to the young patients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The cornerback, as Harry Potter, joined linebacker Akeem Jordan and punter Chas Henry on Tuesday for the Eagles' Trick or Treat community event at CHOP. Jordan was costumed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Henry was a caveman. The players autographed hats, posed for photographs, and chatted with many of the children who made their way to a common room at the Children's Seashore House.
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NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Gretchen Schroeder began attending comic conventions 15 years ago, she appeared out of place in the small crowd of mostly male comic book fans. "I was a single mom bringing daughters to a con, and that was unusual back then," Schroeder, 58, of Philadelphia, said. Times have changed. Comic cons continue to gain popularity and the crowds are diverse, the former school librarian noted Saturday morning as thousands of fans - many dressed in elaborate and colorful costumes - filed into Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
America loves Cookie Lyon - the female lead on Fox's breakout hit Empire - riotously played by Taraji P. Henson. Cookie is a Philly-bred, around-the-way girl who drinks hard-core rappers under the table, and unapologetically tosses the belongings of her ex-husband's fiancee from the top floor of a suburban mansion. And, whoa, the Cookie Monster fiercely loves her children. But we wouldn't connect to Cookie so completely if her sense of style - or, sometimes, lack thereof - wasn't so very on point with her character: Cookie dresses like a woman who doesn't play.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2015 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Flower Show and its 2015 theme - "Celebrate the Movies" - will be a paean to Disney films. Floral and garden designers will be interpreting, rather than replicating, characters and props. Which means there'll be no selfies beside giant cutouts of Mulan's plucky Chinese heroine or Jack Sparrow, the roguish captain of Pirates of the Caribbean - or, alas, Johnny Depp himself. But you will see, in Stoney Bank Nurseries of Glen Mills' Mulan -inspired exhibit, subtle features that characterize Chinese gardens, such as a moon door; a reflecting pool with water lilies, iris, and ceramic koi; and sculptured rocks that resemble natural limestone, with their weathered holes, etched cavities, and smoothed edges.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 23 years, since he founded it in 1985, Robert Smythe ran a unique theater in Philadelphia - a theater of tragedy and comedy, the bizarre and the ridiculous, the surreal and the not-so-real. When he finally departed from Mum Puppettheatre in 2008, shortly before its closure, Smythe had done something magical: He had brought puppetry out of the shadows and into the consciousness of adult theater-going Philadelphians. No mean feat for a guy who cut his teeth on the Muppets and Burr Tillstrom of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie fame.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHO DAT, Who Dat, Who Dat costume thief? Some toad broke into Froggy Carr's clubhouse in South Philadelphia late Tuesday or early Wednesday and stole about a dozen costumes stored there for the coming Mummers Parade. "The club was broken into last night and suits were stolen any information to help us catch the thief would be highly appreciated our organization does a lot to help anyone in need for this to happen is a disgrace if you hear of anyone selling frog suits contact the page or the club thanks a lot!
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
Philadelphia's most expressive company, Koresh Dance, opened its home season at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Thursday night, flaunting its signature emotive style. Ev-o-lu-tion , a reprise from 2009, adds primordial grunts to its signifying gestures. Koresh notes that if you flip the first four letters of evolution , you get love , which inspired this piece - an examination of how humans expressed love in pre-language ages. It opens with the company women, in designer Brittany Ann Cormack's rags, struggling as if to free themselves from the muck.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
SEVEN CLASSIC sex-symbol cars will have their curvaceous bodies covered with bloody limbs and gaping jaws in today's Liberty Region Corvette Club Show at Katie O'Donnell's Irish Pub in Northeast Philadelphia. The eerie entries in the EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest - try saying that with a mouthful of candy corn - will be scattered among the street rods and muscle cars in the pub's parking lot on Woodhaven Road near Franklin Mills Boulevard. Among the dozens of local student-artists entering solo and group creations to win the $250 to $1,000 prizes, Holiday Campanella, 25, of South Philly, was shocked when she first saw the size of her blank canvas.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2014 | By Jacqueline Bigar, For The Inquirer
ARIES (March 21-April 19) **** You could be uptight with a loved one's cloak-and- dagger attitude. Your curiosity peaks. How could it not? Some of you might decide to go undercover to see what's going on. You don a costume to go incognito. Late Saturday you discover all is well. A new energy releases, honoring the good times and Halloween. Let the confusion and the parties begin. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ***** You charge where others dare not go. You might do a tour of haunted houses before arriving at TGIF.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Enjoy spooktacular sounds and artistry, in your favorite costume, Saturday at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Halloween Fantastique with Cirque de la Symphonie at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will perform 10 pieces including Danny Elfman's Batman movie theme. Other featured works include Adam Glaser's "March of the Little Goblins," French composer Hector Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie Fantastique , and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" from The Snow Maiden . Cirque de la Symphonie will perform acrobatic dance, and kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes.
SPORTS
October 23, 2014
PENGUINS star Sidney Crosby admitted yesterday he donned a Rocky Balboa costume for his team's Halloween party last weekend. So, was Sid trying to stir the pot for tonight's nationally televised "Wednesday Night Rivalry" matchup, or did he just happen to be a fan of his least favorite city's cultural icon? "Am I not allowed to be Rocky?" Crosby asked reporters yesterday. "I like the movie, too. I was Maverick from 'Top Gun' last year. Maybe [Philly fans] will soften up on me because I picked that.
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