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FOOD
June 27, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matthew Deibert gently tended to the 10-foot tower of sand at Long Beach Island's Fantasy Island Amusement Park. On a recent overcast afternoon, the 49-year-old Smithville resident began to carve what would likely take him several visits between his 10-hour days as an Atlantic City fire captain. Deibert's sand creations have been among the centerpieces greeting visitors - attractions whose twists and dips will never be the same season to season. This year, he planned to depict amusement-park icons and give its mascot, "Mayor Al Gator," an ice cream cone.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Kih'asia is a happy, creative 13-year-old who has set her sights on the performing arts and the music industry. She dreams of a career in rap, and already rhymes and sings her own songs. If that doesn't work out, she has an alternate plan: to attend college and become a law-enforcement officer. Kih'asia also loves sports-related activities and, like other teenagers, enjoys spending time with her friends. Enrolled in the seventh grade, she is doing well in school, and her report card is filled with Bs. Her favorite subjects are physical education and English.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a couple of hundred years now, it has been the light - its brilliance and refraction spoken about with reverence here - that has brought great artists and those unknown to West Cape May on the southern tip of New Jersey. A kind of stepsister to more chichi - and expensive - Cape May proper, West Cape May has long been evolving as an artisan's outpost where artsy mom-and-pop shops and galleries have been springing up in recent years. So it seems fitting that the 19-member Cape May Artists' Cooperative has opened its new gallery at 122 Sunset Blvd.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
ARTIST James Dupree says that despite the city's "You're gonna love the arts in Philly" slogan, Philadelphia hasn't been showing him any love. Instead, Dupree said, he has been confronted with pain and despair over a continuing legal struggle with the city to keep his studio space in Mantua. The city Redevelopment Authority wants to take his massive, 8,600 square-foot studio building, on Haverford Avenue near 36th Street, to make room for a supermarket and parking lot. His studio is filled with 5,000 works of art - including wildly colorful pieces, mixed-media jewelry boxes with feathers, and a wall installation showing how the city helps developers take property from low-income homeowners.
SPORTS
October 2, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - After Cliff Lee shook David Montgomery's hand in a back hallway underneath Turner Field, the Phillies lefthander and club president went their separate ways Sunday morning. Lee, a 35-year-old man who lamented the ticking clock of his career, wants to believe the Phillies can win because "you've got to expect the front office to make moves and do everything they can to keep that going. " Montgomery, ownership's public face, bestowed faith in Ruben Amaro Jr. as the man to fix a $160 million team that was outscored by 139 runs.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
  EACH NIGHT on the corner of Hammer & Nails Sts. the words of the screech owl bleed over the pavements and echo down airshafts through the Milky Way. This was the opening of a poem by Philadelphia poet, artist and teacher Paul Grillo about the death of his friend, Beat Generation poet Gregory Corso, in January 2001. The poem, "Midnight on the Gethsemane Local," provides a look at Paul's creative vision, an often far-out blend of surrealism and reality, colored by the influences of rock 'n' roll, jazz, foreign films and the music of the street.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  When schools open this month, students in Bristol Township will be hopping onto a fleet of new buses fueled by propane. Beyond being more environmentally friendly, the buses are expected to generate a significant saving: The two-year contract the Bucks County district negotiated for propane sets the price at $1.50 per gallon, according to district Superintendent Samuel Lee, and the district has submitted a grant proposal to further lower...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Creative , energetic , confident , and fashionable are words frequently used to describe Serenity. The 12-year-old delights in always looking her best. Very neat, she takes great pride in keeping her belongings in good condition. Serenity's favorite pastimes include singing in her church choir, cheerleading, and playing the flute. She also enjoys writing stories and creating funny videos. Very sweet and personable, Serenity has the ability to make a positive impact on the people closest to her. Enrolled in fifth grade, Serenity receives special-education services and has made significant progress academically and behaviorally as a result of the small class size and individual attention.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The image of the writer funneling the muse's whisperings onto paper has tickled the imagination for decades. Books about the creation of books and biopics about great poets are a cultural mainstay. So it's no surprise a TV show would be devised about the creative goings-on at some of today's most lauded series. Hosted by Jim Rash - the Academy Award-winning cowriter of The Descendants - Sundance Channel's The Writers' Room , which premieres Monday, takes us to the heart of the creative process behind six current shows, including HBO's Game of Thrones , Showtime's Dexter , and FX's American Horror Story   . The season premiere features a roundtable discussion with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, series star Bryan Cranston, and more than a half a dozen of the show's writers.
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