December 2, 2008 |
The FBI is looking for help in finding the owner of a box. Drivers who were regular commuters on the Schuylkill Expressway in October 2004 might remember it as the box that caused a four-hour logjam on a Monday-night ride home. Four years later, the case has gone cold, and the FBI is hoping to generate fresh leads. "We haven't given up on trying to determine who is responsible for this," said spokesman J.J. Klaver. The metal box with "ELF" written on a side was found near the Belmont Avenue exit, attached to a Peco Energy tower with clamps and industrial glue.
November 16, 2013 |
My family doesn't celebrate Christmas. We don't even have a Hanukkah bush, that multiculti concession to the holiday's ubiquity and allure. However, every year we watch Elf , sometimes even in summer. Elf the musical, warming up the Walnut Street Theatre's main stage, attempts to capture the film's oddball appeal and repackage it with an even wider-eyed, toe-tapping, more universal appeal. With a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar, and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, the story remains mostly the same.
November 22, 2013
IT'S A good thing I thoroughly enjoyed "Elf," the musical-stage version of the hit 2003 movie that runs through Jan. 5 at the Walnut Street Theatre. If I hadn't, I'd likely have to surrender my membership in the human race. That's because only the Grinchiest of Scrooges (or is that Scroogiest of Grinches?) could give a "Bah, humbug!" to this merry melange of yuletide music and mirth. Like the film upon which it is based, "Elf" follows the misadventures of a bumbling but lovable North Pole denizen who, though raised from infanthood as one of Santa's elves, is actually a human being (hence his unusual height and inability to speedily and efficiently construct toys)
November 12, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL "Just because it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean it isn't going to happen. " That statement, by a participant in a discussion about privacy in the Internet age, summed up the thinking in a room where references to classified- documents leakers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning on the one hand and Philip K. Dick and Cory Doctorow novels on the other were both treated as authoritative. At Philcon, the annual Philadelphia-area gathering that bills itself as the world's oldest science- fiction convention, the experts on panels about privacy were novelists, not NSA technicians.
November 11, 2003 |
David Berenbaum wants you to know that Aldo's Pizzarama on Bustleton Avenue in the Great Northeast serves the best pizza on the planet. "And I've checked out a lot of pizza," insists the Philadelphia native, now residing in Beverly Hills, where, he laments, "the pizza is horrible. " There's a joke about pizza places - New York City's ubiquitous Ray's - in Elf, the cheerfully screwy Christmas comedy that earned a whopping $31.1 million when it opened this weekend. Santa, played by Ed Asner, is counseling Buddy the Elf - actually, a 6-foot-3 human raised among the pointy-eared helpers of the North Pole - as he's set to leave his foundling home in search of his dad in the Big Apple.
December 17, 1989 |
PORTRAYING a saxophone-playing elf, Billy Bach unsuccessfully tries to get Lemuel Rivera, 8, to sing along during a Christmas party at Shriners Hospital. The annual event on Monday was sponsored by the Seventh District police. A magician, clown and police band also attended.
December 18, 2012
Wreath-making, cookie-baking Workshop for middle- and high-school students, 7 p.m. Tuesday, West Deptford Free Public Library, 420 Crown Point Road, West Deptford, N.J. Preregister at 856-845-5593. Santa's storytime On Wednesday at 4 p.m., Santa himself will read Clement Moore's The Night Before Christmas , then listen to children's gift wishes and pose for pics. (BYO camera.) Free at Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut St., 215-665-0716. 'A Christmas Carol' Theatreworks U.S.A.
December 29, 2012 |
See your favorite animals and bugs this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University as the All Star Week celebration continues through Sunday. Each day features a different theme. On Friday, Animal Day, naturalists will walk through the building showcasing birds, reptiles, and mammals, and visitors can pet some of them. At shows at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. guests can learn about the creatures. At a specimen table, the academy will bring out specimens from the collections for visitors to observe.
December 5, 2012 |
No ducking it. This is your last chance to enjoy the daffy, down-home charm of the Robertsons. Duck Dynasty , which for some fowl reason has become must viewing on Wednesday nights, finishes its second season this week (10 p.m. on A&E) with an hour-long holiday special: "I'm Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas. " No, I'm not making up that title. Down in Louisiana, they wear their lack of couth proudly. For the uninitiated, Duck Dynasty is a reality show devoted to the spectacularly hirsute Robertson clan, which is living large down in the bayou, thanks to a very successful hunting accessory company founded by old man Phil.
December 7, 2009 |
Seventeen years ago, David Sedaris made his debut on National Public Radio with The Santaland Diaries, a ridiculously sublime account of his tenure as a Macy's holiday elf. Since then, he has released seven collections of stories and essays (several of them best-sellers), won a Grammy Award, and influenced a generation of humorists with deadpan, wickedly funny observations about his fellow humans. But Santaland has proved the most enduring of all his work, as evidenced by Flashpoint Theatre, which is producing its sixth consecutive iteration of the staged version.