December 15, 2015 |
CHILDHOOD'S END. 8 tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday, Syfy. Can science fiction and religion co-exist? Mike Vogel doesn't see why not. "I think God created us with an imagination, and for me, science fiction, it's the ultimate in opening the expanse of what's possible," said the Warminster-raised star of "Childhood's End. " The three-night miniseries premieres tonight on Syfy. Vogel, who spent some time at the Christian Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University)
November 16, 2015 |
BUCHAREST, Romania - This isn't the first city Americans think of visiting on a European vacation. During the Iron Curtain years, Romania was an elusory country known for turning out Olympic gymnasts and for steering an independent, yet totalitarian, course from the rest of the Soviet Bloc. Tourism was not a priority. The breach of the Berlin Wall in 1989 set off a chain of relatively peaceful transitions to freedom through most of Eastern Europe. Romania, however, endured violent protests in which more than 1,000 people were killed, leading to the Christmas Day execution of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena.
March 13, 2015 |
High above all the merriment and learning of the Please Touch Museum, in the chamber between the inner and outer domes that cap Memorial Hall, you can't hear any children playing. The only sound is a distant train whistle - and, at certain inopportune times, flowing water. Once, when the museum was rented for a wedding, building engineer Hosea Brawley had to go up to the chamber and balance buckets on cast-iron beams to catch the leaks. Despite undergoing a recent extensive renovation, Memorial Hall has suffered damage to both the plaster work and the floor from water intrusion.
January 12, 2015 |
There is nothing like a dome. Especially when it's as soaring and serene as the one that spans the Chinese rotunda at the Renaissance-style Penn Museum. The tiled canopy rests as lightly as a soap bubble on the walls of the rotunda, 90 feet above our heads, and the spare, unadorned walls make us feel as if we were entering an ancient sanctuary. When this section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opened on South Street in 1916, visitors marveled at the structure's gravity-defying grace and openness.
July 2, 2014 |
* UNDER THE DOME . 10 p.m. Mondays, CBS3. MAYBE you knew all along that Dale "Barbie" Barbara would cheat death on CBS' "Under the Dome" last night. Mike Vogel had a few bad moments, though, before his character's time on the gallows. "Dome" showrunner Neal Baer called him last year and said, " 'OK, the finale's going to be fantastic. It's fantastic. This, this and this happens and this happens. And then we hang you,' " recalled Vogel in an interview last week. "And I waited.
July 1, 2014 |
* 112 WEDDINGS. 9 tonight, HBO. * UNDER THE DOME. 10 tonight, CBS3. DOCUMENTARY filmmakers tend not to make Michael Bay money, so for years Doug Block ("51 Birch Street," "The Kids Grow Up") supplemented his income by producing cinema verite-style videos for couples getting married. "It's hard to resist getting swept up in it all," Block says in "112 Weddings," which premieres tonight on HBO. "A few weeks later, I send out their videos and I never see them again.
May 29, 2014 |
SUMMER TV: It's not all about the singing and dancing anymore. Or even about the sitting around watching other people sit around - waiting for someone to say or do something incredibly inappropriate. All those remain on the menu, but it says something about how seriously some broadcasters are finally taking the cable-spurred trend toward year-round programming that when CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves met with advertisers at New York's Carnegie Hall two weeks ago, the first schedule he talked about wasn't the fall's, but the summer's, reminding ad buyers that "Under the Dome" drew more viewers last summer than NBC's freshman hit "The Blacklist" did in the regular season.
February 10, 2014 |
EVEN IF you've never heard of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northern Liberties, chances are you've seen it: Its signature golden dome is easy to pick out on the city's skyline. But the church is much more than a pretty facade - it's one of four major hubs for the Ukrainian Catholic faith in America. Rev. Ivan Demkiv, who's steered the congregation for more than a decade, explained what happens beneath the church's brilliant dome. (Full disclosure: Demkiv is the father of one of this reporter's college friends.)
December 13, 2013 |
PEOPLE SAY, and tweet, the darndest things. Fox NFL Sunday co-host Terry Bradshaw, for example, didn't mince words when asked what he thought of Super Bowl XLVIII being played outdoors in Metlife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. Bradshaw told WFAN in New York: "It's freakin' outside in New York, are you kidding me? Not even New York - New Jersey. It's not like Minnesota, it's a dome. It's not like it's Detroit, it's a dome. It's not like it's Indy, it's a dome . . . I don't want it to be bad, 'cause I'm there.
November 16, 2013 |
Forty years ago, friends gave John Whitenight a Christmas present like no other: a Victorian glass dome with three stuffed canaries inside. He recalls the moment this way: "Boom! It was a dome explosion. " In the decades since, this retired high school art teacher has amassed about 200 of these oddly fascinating pieces, which contain artful, antique displays of flora, fauna, and food made of wax, paper, human hair, wool and muslin, feathers, seashells, and buttons. There are real animals in there, too - not just canaries, but wide-eyed monkeys and goats, huge pheasants and tiny pugs and terriers, forever preserved by the skilled taxidermists that enchanted those nutty Victorians.