February 11, 2013 |
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Hedgerow Theatre serves up the world premiere of Larry McKenna's Strictly Platonic , a cute, chocolate-covered cherry of a romantic comedy. McKenna's 11-scene, 90-minute script wastes no time setting up its well-worn premise: It poses the life-altering question, "Do you ever look for meaningful relationships?" The recipient of that question invariably is a self-centered, shallow playboy, in this case, real estate agent Tim (Brendan Cataldo). We meet him in the first scene as he rides home on the train from a night of bar hopping - and phone-number scoring - with his best friend, Josh (Jamie Goldman)
November 12, 2012 |
Drexel University's entrepreneurial president has set his sights on the possibility of building over and developing part of the Schuylkill Rail Yards, long ogled by visionaries for its expansive prospects yet largely untouched because of the potential infrastructure problems it poses. President John A. Fry is embarking on a university-funded million-dollar-plus feasibility study with Amtrak and SEPTA to determine options. Could 30th Street Station and its West Philadelphia community be connected to the Art Museum and Center City via an elevated platform built atop the rail yards?
October 19, 2012
Joseph Patrick Purcell, 64, a retired elevator mechanic in Philadelphia and Phoenix, Ariz., and a longtime Mason, died Wednesday, Oct., 10, of complications of cancer at his home in Phoenix. Mr. Purcell was born June 18, 1948, in Philadelphia, the son of John and Catherine Purcell. He attended Philadelphia public schools, graduating from George Washington High School in 1967. Mr. Purcell worked as a mechanic as a member of International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 5 in Philadelphia from 1968 to 2000.
September 21, 2012 |
IF YOU KNOW THE NAME Melanie Lynskey, you're already planning to see her in "Hello I Must Be Going. " If you don't, this film will have you making up for lost time. That's how good an actress she is. Lynskey's career began unforgettably in 1994 when she and fellow teen Kate Winslet co-starred in Peter Jackson's unsettling "Heavenly Creatures. " But while Winslet's profile went sky-high three years later when she intoxicated Leonardo DiCaprio in "Titanic," Lynskey's career has been more under the radar.
August 3, 2012 |
Police are looking for a man who they say violently assaulted and robbed an 86-year-old SEPTA passenger in an elevator at the Church Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line last month. The attack was captured on video by a surveillance camera. Around 9 p.m. July 2, according to police, the victim got onto an elevator on the westbound platform at Church Street in Frankford and was followed on by a man who pushed him into the corner of the lift, grabbed him by the throat and went through his pockets, stealing his wallet and $500 cash.
June 18, 2012 |
After 87 years at 400 N. Broad, The Inquirer newsroom is moving to rented space this month in the grand old Strawbridge & Clothier store at Eighth and Market. I don't remember when I started calling the Inquirer Building the Tower of Truth. I don't even recall if it started as a joke, as in the Tower of "Truth. " When I began communications classes at Temple University in 1970, the newspaper was still living down its reputation for vendetta journalism and the blacklisting of liberal politicians, civil rights leaders, and suspect entertainers.
May 25, 2012 |
Whoa! Someone got quite a scare this morning at the Convention Center Parking garage on North Broad Street, between Race and Cherry Streets, in Center City. A black Infiniti, with a driver inside, partially fell down a ground-level car lift before 10 a.m. Andrew Afandor, an employee with the 1st Choice Response Unit tow-truck company, who was there afterward waiting to tow the car away, said he heard this account from garage employees: A garage worker had gotten into the Infiniti G375, which was in front of a closed elevator door.
April 24, 2012 |
400 passengers had to be evacuated from a stalled train on an elevated section of the Market-Frankford El this morning. There was no fire, no one was in jeopardy, and no one was injured, said SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern. "It was a mechanical issue," she said. After the westbound train become immobile about 7:15 a.m. between the Erie-Torresdale and Tioga stations, the fire department determined that the best course of action was to use another train to evacuate the passengers.
April 13, 2012 |
The best time of day for Etta Winigrad is sundown. From the expansive windows at her condominium, she watches the sky change colors. It's never exactly the same, but it's invariably spectacular. Winigrad used to see the sky from her longtime family home in Cherry Hill, where she and her late husband, Allen Winigrad, raised four sons. More recently, she saw sunsets far from Center City when they lived as empty nesters in a ranch house in Paoli. But in May 2010, Winigrad made the leap from country to city, moving into the elegant 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street, whose name is also its address.
March 16, 2012 |
"SEEKING Justice," this week's movie starring Nicolas Cage, starts intriguingly, turning the "Death Wish"-formula inside out. Will (Nicolas Cage), a high school English teacher, is distraught after his wife, Laura ("Mad Men's" January Jones), is beaten and raped and left clinging to life. In the hospital waiting room, a sharp-dressed man named Simon (Guy Pearce) approaches Will with an offer he can't refuse. Instead of having to wait for the cops to apprehend the perp - if they ever even catch him - and enduring a drawn-out trial that could result in a lenient sentence, Simon offers to track down and dispose of the cretin, completely free of charge.