July 21, 2015 |
Grab your wigs and fake boobs, guys: The glitter is in the audience for Divine/Intervention . The onstage show, which just opened at a nightclub called Voyeur (dark, dark, dark, with gigantic lavender-lit chandeliers), is actually a serious and often moving bio-drama about the counterculture icon known as Divine. Divine's real name was Glenn Milstead, a fat, unhappy kid from a middle-class home in Baltimore. How he wound up starring in John Waters' schlock/shock movies - where he was raped by a giant lobster in Multiple Maniacs , and ate a dog turd in Pink Flamingos , and made it mainstream big in Hairspray - is incidental here.
July 15, 2015 |
The last time his friends saw Glenn Milstead, he was waving from the balcony of his Los Angeles hotel room, singing "Arrivederci, Roma. " The next day, March 7, 1988, he was dead at 42 of cardiomegaly. He had died in his sleep; he weighed more than 300 pounds. The obituaries didn't just announce the death of Glenn Milstead; they marked the end of Divine, the larger-than-life "drag queen of the century," the trash goddess at the heart of such notorious films by director John Waters as Pink Flamingos , Female Trouble , and - teetering on the brink of respectability - Hairspray . The division between the queen and the man is at the heart of Divine/Intervention , a new play conceived by Braden Chapman and written by E. Dale Smith.
June 19, 2015 |
Bette Midler reminded nearly 10,000 fans of her enduring power and charisma on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, putting ona muscular show filled with palpable emotion, wise-cracking jokes, and charming nods to Philadelphia. Midler opened with her tour's namesake "Divine Intervention," before jumping into "I Look Good," a classic full of characteristic sass.Midler quipped that she's like vodka: ageless, odorless, and tasteless. Her famed dancers, the Harlettes, were fabulous and essential to the performance, not just as backup, but as gossip girls and playmates.
April 14, 2014 |
CHAIRESE HOLMAN and Patrina Anderson took seats at the end of opposite rows inside Bartram High School's auditorium. The two mothers didn't know one another but almost as soon as Holman and I started talking about her 17-year-old son's struggles to get a good education at the violence-plagued school, Anderson chimed in. Anderson, who lives nearby but whose daughter goes to elementary school, was there to talk about Bartram students wreaking havoc...
October 28, 2013 |
Holly Phares was a mouse click away from becoming the first, and she was psyched. "I want to 'confirm,' " she proclaimed to the three people gathered at the Resources for Human Development office in Roxborough. Everyone stared at the screen bearing the words "Confirm and Save Your Health Care Plan" as Phares positioned the cursor and clicked. Since the health-insurance marketplace opened Oct. 1, RHD has not enrolled one client using the federal Healthcare.gov website. It wasn't for a lack of trying.
May 24, 2013 |
SYLVESTER OUTLEY graced his adopted city of Philadelphia with 30 years of service to the homeless and drug-addicted, saving thousands of souls, but in his youth he had another title: one of Texas' 10 most-wanted criminals. A wild kid, Outley spent his teens and 20s in and out of prison. He was incarcerated more than 85 times, including spells in solitary, and in 1955, at the age of 29, faced life in prison as a habitual criminal. Certainly, as far as the Texas authorities were concerned, Outley was a hopeless case, a man forever locked in the limbo of the lost, to be stashed away out of sight and his name erased from the memory of decent society.
March 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK - St Joseph's guard Langston Galloway put his head down and with a small opening made one burst through a slew of bodies. And for the next 1.4 seconds of basketball time, a season was saved after the Hawks survived the most bizarre circumstances. St. Joseph's kept its faint NCAA hopes alive after a free throw that seemed to take forever to go in, and a length-of-the-court pass that almost became the most famous assist in basketball. The 10th-seeded Hawks defeated No. 7 Xavier, 58-57, Thursday night in an Atlantic Ten tournament classic at the Barclays Center.
March 15, 2013 |
JORGE BERGOGLIO didn't make an appearance at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night, as he was busy being elected Pope over in Rome. If anyone is going to beat the Miami Heat any time soon, some divine intervention may have to occur. With their exciting, 98-94 win over the 76ers, the Heat has now won 20 games in a row, tying for the third-longest streak in NBA history. It was also the 14th straight regular-season victory over the Sixers by the Heat, who improved to 49-14. The Sixers, who meet Miami one more time this season, fell to 24-40.
February 27, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You'll win points and gain favor just as long as you don't let anything restrict the way you feel about yourself. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You'll have two clear choices: play big or play small. It's better to choose big or choose nothing than to go tentatively forward. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Everyone loves a happy ending, but not all happy endings read the same way. Be careful not to settle for the generic version of the story. CANCER (June 22-July 22)
February 8, 2013 |
On the Wednesday before 2010's African American Children's Book Fair, director Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati felt a pain in her stomach. The ballet dancer thought she had pulled a muscle while performing. It was appendicitis. Despite the pain, she pleaded with doctors at the hospital to postpone surgery until after the fair. "Ma'am," they said, "If you walk out of here, you might die. " Until she went under anesthesia, and again after she woke up, she was on the phone planning last-minute details.