August 8, 2016 |
About 90 years after his grandfather helped introduce talking movies to Philadelphians, Bruce Frank returns with an innovation of his own. He has named his new business Revolutions, opening at month's end in Fishtown's Penn Treaty Village development. You can call Revolutions an MVE - industry term for a multi-venue entertainment site. Just don't call it a bowling alley, because it's much more than that. While spinning gears, balls, bottles, and turntables seek to create what Frank calls "the wow factor," Revolutions' primary come-on will be 26 lanes of Brunswick bowling tweaked with some pretty cool creature comforts and technology.
July 23, 2016 |
This is the time of year for ambitious phone calls, missed connections, and irrational fantasies. The trade deadline is in 11 days. Other teams have called Matt Klentak, and the Phillies general manager said trade dialogue has intensified in recent days. "Truth be told, a lot of those conversations go nowhere," Klentak said. "None of them have led to anything. Some are fairly superficial. Some are fairly detailed. We'll just continue to take the calls and see what may happen. " The targets are familiar: Jeremy Hellickson, Jeanmar Gomez and Peter Bourjos.
July 12, 2016 |
Julian, 16, dreams of having a career in entertainment, as a singer or an actor, or perhaps both. He is proud of having participated in theater productions at his school and would like to take acting classes. He is also interested in learning to be a director or working behind the scenes. Julian's other interests include reading about superheroes, playing video games, and learning about other cultures. He loves going to school and works hard to achieve academically. He also finds time to participate in the school's drama and chorus clubs.
June 5, 2016
By Richard Russo Knopf. 485 pp. $27.95 Reviewed by Bob Hoover In the alternative universe of the novel, the universe without an alternative, i.e., the actual world, seldom intrudes unless the novelist is able to reflect one within the other. Richard Russo's hermetically sealed novels roll without even a distant signal from real life. Set vaguely in the recent past, the books are concerned chiefly with his world of underclass white folks whose thoughts center largely on themselves.
May 27, 2016
The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2016 Asia tour is under way, with initial stops in Shanghai and Beijing. On Sunday, the orchestra did a side-by-side concert with members of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. On Wednesday, Curtis Institute-trained pianist Lang Lang performed with the orchestra to a sold-out National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The next day, orchestra members toured the Eastman Strings workshop, and members played the Mozart Clarinet Concerto for workers and their children.
May 10, 2016 |
Justin Bieber does not smile. During the Purpose World Tour on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the 22-year-old Canadian pop star wavered between a hardened stare and a blank expression as he bounced, flipped, and falsetto-ed his way through a two-hour spectacle. It was difficult to determine whether the constant shrill screams of the mostly female crowd were in support of this newfound stoicism or a cry to let loose and take his shirt off. Either way, Bieber commanded their attention and delivered a set that both baffled and entertained.
April 15, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Certain people who know the facts may exaggerate and distort them for their own entertainment. If you take it too seriously, it's confusing. If you don't, it's fun. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You strive to leave the world better than you found it. Your commitment to add good cheer wherever you go will be the side project that becomes a main part of your legacy. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your leisure time is too precious to spend on entertainment you're not that into.
March 9, 2016
ISSUE | ACADEMY AWARDS Give us entertainment, not lectures I'm not sure I enjoyed watching the annoying, boring, dark humor (pardon the pun), reverse discrimination, and excessive protesting at the Oscar presentations (" 'Spotlight' wins best-movie prize," Feb. 29). Enough, already. I also want to thank the participants, including Vice President Biden, who gave us sermons on proper behavior. The TV viewers just wanted some entertainment, not preaching. |Richard Fitterman, Oreland, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2, 2016 |
Tony Award-winning actor and star of TV Land's hit comedy Younger , Sutton Foster just flew in from Australia, and, boy, are her arms tired. "It was a really long flight and a long, but happy night," says Foster, who performed the music of composer Stephen Schwartz ( Wicked , Pippin ) in Sydney right before this interview from her home in Brooklyn. "What he does that no one else does is 'I want' and 'I can get' songs," she says, pointing out theater staples such as "Corner of the Sky" and "Defying Gravity.
January 13, 2016
By Peter J. Wallison We can all agree that the financial crisis was caused by a "mortgage meltdown" mostly among subprime and other risky mortgages. But what neither The Big Short nor its greed narrative tells us is why there were so many of these mortgages in the financial system to begin with. The answer: It was not Wall Street. In June 2008, just before the crisis, more than half of all U.S. mortgages - 31 million loans - were subprime or otherwise risky. Of these, 76 percent were on the books of government agencies, primarily the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs)