August 27, 2016 |
Mary Lou McCloskey Miller, 82, of Gradyville, an entertainer, antiques appraiser, and civic volunteer, died Thursday, Aug. 18, at Crozer-Chester Medical Center of complications from a fall. Born in Chester, Mrs. Miller was the daughter of William A. and Margaret Linnington McCloskey. Her father was known as "the singing ice man of Chester," delivering songs along with blocks of ice in the days before refrigerators. She attended Lincoln Elementary School in Chester before moving with her family to Sea Isle City, N.J. She graduated from Wildwood Catholic High School, then returned to Delaware County to attend nursing school at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough.
August 21, 2016
Sunday Opera gratis Verdi was persuaded to come out of retirement to write what became his penultimate opera, Otello , based on Shakespeare's drama of jealousy, treachery, and revenge. The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival presents a preview performance of its production at 2 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341. Monday Fringe is coming Can't wait for the Fringe Festival to arrive in September? Get a look at what's on the bill with Scratch Night , featuring short theater and dance sets by Fail Better Productions , the Phenomenal Animals , Revolution Shakespeare , Medium Theatre Company , Almanac Dance Circus Theater , Irina Varina , and LeeAnn Mallorie . The show goes on at 7 p.m. at the Rotunda , 4014 Walnut St. Admission is free.
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, email@example.com