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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.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Mads Mikkelsen won the best-actor prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival for his star turn in The Hunt . Directed by the Danish director Thomas Vinterberg , it is a dark tale of a reckless accusation that upends a man's life. Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a mild-mannered kindergarten teacher, accused of sexually abusing a young child. The lie spreads, people turn hateful, hysterical. Everything unravels. The actor, wearing eyeglasses and an air of quiet purpose, gives the role incredible dignity.
REAL_ESTATE
July 8, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Six months ago, Kerri Nahas made a bold move to brighten the "blah and boring" beige couch and matching drapes in the second-floor Phoenixville condo she shares with her husband, Chris. She striped the drapes with turquoise paint and scattered a half-dozen multihued pillows on the couch. The new pillows and embellished drapes complement two contemporary floral-pattern chairs and complete the decor in the living area. Kerri had already stained the coffee table mahogany; arranged photos, prints and paintings on pale pumpkin walls; and crafted seats for the black kitchen bar stools from a tweedy welcome mat. By the front door, Kerri converted an 8-by-8 alcove into a stylish dining lounge with strawberry walls.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
'Buy a paper from Jerry," they used to say, "he may give you a drawing!" That was back in the early 1950s, when now-renowned illustrator Jerry Pinkney worked as a kid at a newsstand at the corner of Germantown and Chelten Avenues. "You couldn't find me without pencils and sketch pad . . . In between selling newspapers I would sketch people waiting for the bus or the trolley," Pinkney, now 73, said recently. "It was a very busy intersection. The department store, Rowell's, was right across from the newsstand and I would draw the window displays.
NEWS
May 20, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Inside the former Collingswood Theatre, Tom Marchetty and Josh Longsdorf talk about assembling the cast of their new production. "We've got a photographer, a printmaker, a guy who makes portable power systems, and a woman who's got her own clothing line," Marchetty says. "We're looking for innovators," Longsdorf adds. "People who are passionate about what they do. " The 1,200-seat Haddon Avenue movie house, which was renovated decades ago for other commercial uses, reopened in January as the Factory Workers ("the Factory" for short)
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