September 13, 2016 |
Across the street from Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philly, a former paint factory on Grays Avenue is serving as the venue for three shows in this year's Fringe Festival, including Albert Camus' The Just , presented by Übungsflugzeug Theatre Company. While the warehouse venue is decidedly nontraditional, The Just happens to be one of the few traditional plays in this year's Fringe line-up. Camus, a member of the French resistance during World War II, wrote the play in 1949, basing it on the stories of members of Russia's Socialist-Revolutionary Party who aimed a 1905 assassination plot at the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, uncle of Nicholas II, last emperor of Russia.
September 12, 2016 |
Filling in for injured halfback O'Shaan Allison, Zac Fernandez proved to be the X-factor for Malvern Prep in its nonleague triumph Friday night over La Salle. Fernandez, usually a slotback, carried 17 times for 94 yards and made an 11-yard touchdown catch as the Friars topped the Explorers, 21-12, at Franklin Field. Allison, a junior who rushed for 1,500 yards and 18 scores last season, sat out after suffering a shoulder injury in the previous week's 47-30 loss to South Jersey's St. Augustine Prep.
September 10, 2016 |
La Salle and Malvern Prep are set to play under the lights and in front of a large crowd at historic Franklin Field. Aaron Brady, Malvern's third-year coach, says he spent considerable time talking with Penn administrators over the last year to make the contest a reality. "It's an opportunity to play on a great field against a great team," Brady said. "It's going to be a memorable experience for the kids. " La Salle, ranked No. 6 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by the Inquirer, and No. 8 Malvern will square off at 8 p.m. Friday.
August 29, 2016 |
The small wooden cottage nestled among the birch trees in Lapland looks quite inviting. However, the building overlooking a crystal-clear lake isn't a house; in typical Finnish fashion, the entire structure is a sauna. As we enter, the scorched air hits our bare skin like a coarse wool blanket. Michael winces, looks at the thermometer, and declares bravely, "It's only 75 degrees, we can handle that. " Then we realize the temperature is in Celsius. A quick bit of clumsy mental math converts the temperature to about 165 degrees Fahrenheit - yikes, you could practically smoke some baby back ribs in that heat.
August 28, 2016 |
Reece Udinski played a huge role as North Penn ended its six-year, season-opening losing streak to La Salle. The senior quarterback completed 12 of 20 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns as the quick-starting Knights downed the Explorers, 33-24, Friday night in a nonleague game at steamy Crawford Stadium. Due in large part to its strong beginnings against North Penn, La Salle arrived in Lansdale with a 7-1 advantage in the head-to-head series. This time, it was the Knights who came out of the gate with efficiency and purpose.
August 27, 2016 |
La Salle's outlook for this season significantly changed when Isaiah Jones, a dual-threat quarterback and talented defensive back, went down with a season-ending knee injury just before the start of training camp. "He was really poised to be a big threat," Explorers coach John Steinmetz said of the athletic junior. "We're going to miss him a lot. " With little time to get fully acclimated to his starting role, senior Tom LaMorte will be under center for La Salle at 7 p.m. Friday in the nonleague opener at North Penn.
July 11, 2016 |
After nearly a quarter century as a Burlington County elementary schoolteacher, Patricia "Patt" Osborne was intent on reinventing herself. So in 2002 she blended her fledgling career as a life coach with her lifelong love of the outdoors to launch Boomer Chick Adventures. "I know what being outdoors does for me," Osborne, 63, says. "I hope to help people experience a similar feeling. I don't teach; I just facilitate. The transformation comes from Mother Nature. " A Haddon Township grandmother of four, Osborne annually organizes more than a dozen hiking, kayaking, and other recreational activities in the Pinelands and elsewhere for small groups of women, most of whom are over 50. During a typical year about 125 people, many of them regulars and a handful of male spouses, participate; most activities involve day trips, although the schedule ( www.boomerchickadventures.com )
July 10, 2016 |
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum EcoBoost 4WD vs. 2016 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD: Midsize SUVs mano a mano . This week: Ford Explorer. Price: Starts at $31,050, though the Platinum starts at $52,970. $55,155 as tested. Only options of note on the test vehicle included second-row bucket seats and console. Marketer's pitch: "Life is a sport. We are the utility. Be unstoppable. " Conventional wisdom: When I tested the 2011 model, I wrote: "A tough companion if you're exploring the land of old, narrow streets and country lanes...
June 3, 2016 |
Sometimes all it takes is a look. Quality defense helps, too. La Salle High had it all working Wednesday in a boys' lacrosse thriller against Bishop Shanahan. The PIAA first-round playoff game at Plymouth Whitemarsh needed extra time to decide a winner. Fortunately for the Catholic League champion Explorers, Brett Baskin netted the game-winner with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left in overtime to give La Salle an 8-7 victory. The goal was set up by a defensive deflection by senior long-pole Matt Webster, which allowed fellow senior Jared Walls to scoop the loose ball, find Baskin, and head for glory.
May 27, 2016 |
In one of Theodore Harris' collages, now on view at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, bursts of red bleed over a printed ballot form, stickers and images layer the surface: U.S. Out of Iraq Now, Does Praying Do Any Good?, Stop Executions, the Death Penalty Is a Hate Crime. At the center of this jittery, violent triptych, beneath a plume of exploding, cascading black, is an image of Malcolm X. Harris' piece is called The Ballot or the Bullet , a very direct reference to Malcolm X's famous 1964 speech: "It's time now for you and me to become more politically mature and realize what the ballot is for; what we're supposed to get when we cast a ballot; and that if we don't cast a ballot, it's going to end up in a situation where we're going to have to cast a bullet.