March 10, 2014 |
ABOARD THE CRYSTAL SERENITY - I'm sitting beside a pool in the Bay of Biscay, sipping a gin and tonic as a Thai band plays a vigorous rendition of Van Halen's "Jump. " A life-sized Barbie in a black-fringed thong bikini has just lowered herself into the water, no doubt inducing heart palpitations and several cases of whiplash among the men relaxing on the Lido Deck around me. That might seem to be sufficient excitement for one afternoon, but all eyes are directed upward when a crimson helicopter appears overhead, dangling two black-clad men from cables.
December 22, 2013 |
The average fuel economy for a new car in the United States is 25 m.p.g. That's far less than the 121 m.p.g.-equivalent of the Scion iQ EV, which is the most fuel-efficient passenger vehicle on the market. But what if a car could get 200 miles per gallon? That's what Volkswagen has achieved with its XL1 - a two-seater that will be the most fuel-efficient car to ever go into production when it makes its way down a German assembly line next year. With a price tag of about $145,000, the return on investment, at current fuel prices, would take decades.
December 4, 2013 |
NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Since leaving her Upstate New York home for Switzerland seven years ago, pianist Hélène Grimaud has had new recordings, unexpected collaborators, repertoire nobody could have predicted - and a dashing German photographer often by her side. Yet the news coming back from Europe was also dire. Her long professional association with revered conductor Claudio Abbado came to a crashing halt in a disagreement over cadenzas, shelving their Mozart concerto recording. A series of Job-like health problems (chicken pox, pneumonia)
November 13, 2013 |
Barbara Cheeseborough, 67, a South Philadelphia native who became an international model and was featured on the cover of the first issue of Essence, died Thursday, Oct. 24, of colon cancer in Pomona, Calif. Mrs. Cheeseborough was the face of Essence for its debut in May 1970. She also made the cover of Harper's Bazaar Italia. Born Barbara Bowman in Philadelphia, she graduated from South Philadelphia High School and started her modeling career in Philadelphia. She married William Edward Cheeseborough in 1966.
November 6, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter, in the midst of a trade mission to the United Kingdom and Israel, announced Monday that the Philadelphia Orchestra will tour Europe in 2015. The orchestra will conclude its tour with two performances in London, Nutter said. The mayor called the orchestra "a vital cultural ambassador for the city, and one that brings tremendous economic development to the city by making the case for doing business in Philadelphia. " Nutter pointed out that the orchestra, with music director Eugene Ormandy, toured Britain in 1949, becoming the first orchestra from America to cross the Atlantic after World War II. The ensemble performed 28 concerts in 27 days in England and Scotland.
October 23, 2013 |
Composer Ned Rorem has always seemed to exist in his own well-furnished sphere, writing music regardless of current fashion, saying exactly what he thinks (right as he's thinking it), and striking stances that are effortlessly provocative and contrary. He may even give you an argument about his 90th birthday Wednesday. " Other people turn 90," said the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rorem, who will be celebrated at a tribute concert Wednesday at the Curtis Institute, where he was on the faculty until recent years.
October 18, 2013 |
What a strange time the 1930s must have been. The world was hurtling toward a cataclysm of unimaginable proportions, yet there was a stunning flowering of the arts, of hope and of new ideas in the West as painters and philosophers, poets, and musicians congregated in New York and London, in Paris and Berlin. That's the world so vividly captured by the brilliant British playwright and screenwriter Stephen Poliakoff ( The Lost Prince ) in Dancing on the Edge , a grand ensemble drama with a stunning cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Janet Montgomery, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Head, John Goodman, Matthew Goode, and Angel Coulby.
October 5, 2013 |
The 76ers are looking forward to their European two-game road trip on a number of fronts. On Thursday the Sixers departed for Spain, where they will face host Bilbao on Sunday. That will be followed by Tuesday's game in Manchester, England, against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The trip is anticipated for several reasons. After beating up one another during training camp at St. Joseph's University, the Sixers are looking forward to taking on somebody other than themselves. And the bonding that will be done on this trip can't be underestimated.
October 4, 2013 |
IMAGINE, or recall, coaching a group of youngsters playing T-ball for the first time. While hitting the ball off the tee is something they could attempt almost all day long, trying to teach the other aspects of the game is quite a challenge. Training a 5-year-old to stand out in the sun and wait for a ball that never comes is a demanding task. Heads spin (literally and figuratively), attention wanes and frustration builds. Welcome to 76ers coach Brett Brown's world. The coach left for Europe yesterday for two preseason games armed with a 15-man active roster that features six players who haven't played a game in the NBA (Vander Blue, Michael Carter-Williams, Hollis Thompson, Royce White, Rodney Williams and Khalif Wyatt)
August 2, 2013 |
PENN, TEMPLE and Saint Joseph's could have a mini City Series round-robin this summer in Europe, if NCAA rules allowed such things. The basketball teams of all three schools will be taking a European tour before heading home for the fall semester. Penn's team will be in Italy from Aug. 15 to 23. The Quakers will be in Venice, Florence and Rome. They have four games scheduled. "It is one thing to compete in a foreign setting," Penn coach Jerome Allen said. "However, the larger piece of this trip involves showing our players that, especially in this day and age, we are all citizens of the world.