January 11, 2016 |
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia - We arrived by train after dark, and despite the late hour, we were eager to begin exploring the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. It was only a five-minute stroll, under the luminescent glow of a harvest moon, to reach Prešernov Square - five minutes during which we felt we had stepped into the pages of a fairy tale. With a magical castle perched overhead and the city center encircled by cotton-candy-colored buildings designed in the gaudy Vienna Succession style, as though dressed for a ball, Ljubljana sets the tone for the entire country.
September 11, 2015 |
IT WAS Nick Aliotti, then the Oregon defensive coordinator, who gave Kiko Alonso the nickname "Goldilocks. " This had nothing to do with Alonso's blondish-brown curls. "That's a pretty funny story," Alonso acknowledged yesterday, before agreeing that, in fact, it is a funny story only by virtue of having receded very far in the rearview mirror of the linebacker who might turn out to be the Eagles' most significant defensive acquisition of 2015, cornerback Byron Maxwell notwithstanding.
August 3, 2015 |
It's the afternoon of the release of Jill Scott's new album. It's also the 15th anniversary of her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott?, and the middle of the Jill Scott Summer Tour. Speaking by phone from the road in Cincinnati, the Grammy-winning singer says she feels as though she's given birth. "It feels like I've been pregnant for a long time," Scott says. The baby she's talking about is her fifth studio album, Woman. She's been working on it for 21/2 years. "I can finally let the baby go," Scott says.
June 19, 2014 |
MARVEL AND DC may dominate the comic-book market, but one of the top independent publishers is based in Horsham. It's Zenescope, started by Upper Dublin's Ralph Tedesco and Abington's Joe Brusha, which is celebrating its ninth year in business and the 100th issue of its flagship comic, Grimm Fairy Tales . Growing up, Brusha was the comic-book fan, while Tedesco wanted to be an actor. The pair had written screenplays, but it was when Tedesco was home from California for a wedding that Brusha asked him what he knew about comic books.
January 21, 2014 |
What a difference two decades make. In 1993, Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing seemed like a fairy tale of two gay teens finding love and acceptance in the violent, addiction-plagued public housing of London's working-class suburbs. Twenty-one years later, Mauckingbird's uneven production treats Beautiful Thing like an after-school special. In director Peter Reynolds' production, truant Jamie (Griffin Back), popular athlete Ste (Kevin Murray) and dropout Leah (Sofie Yavorsky)
September 26, 2013
A SH MONIF, 36, of Center City, is co-founder and chief executive of Grimm Bros, a studio developing online role-playing video games. Monif, in the game industry 10 years, helped develop the mobile game "Fort Courage" as chief operating officer of Human Head Studios. Grimm Bros wants to meld twisted versions of classic fairy tales with black humor and artwork. Q: When did you start Grimm Bros? A: My business partner, Randis Albion, who lives in Bangkok, and I started in November 2012 but didn't officially launch until February.
May 19, 2013 |
As a little girl, Evelyn Haines (nee Schufrieder), dreamed of marrying Prince Charming. Instead of living in a turreted castle, though, she and her prince would live in the big barn in Roxborough where she and her father bought produce every week. Evelyn didn't know why the barn held her spellbound. "There was just something about it," she says. Time went by. The barn, which was built in 1750, became a horse stable, then for two decades sheltered Girl Scout campers. Evelyn grew up, married a prince named Evan Haines, and moved to a condo nearby.
May 16, 2013 |
PRINCETON - "Is this professional or volunteer?" asked one of the younger audience members at Into the Woods , now playing at the McCarter Theatre Center in a production by the Fiasco Theater. Good question. Before the show began on Saturday afternoon, the scrupulously casual actors loitered around the stage, greeting friends in the audience, slowly coalescing into the intricate web of fairy tales retold by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine with a wisdom that grows deeper with repeated exposure.
May 6, 2013 |
Aliyah is a beautiful 14-year-old with sparkling eyes and a brilliant smile. Very articulate and outgoing, she has many friends and is usually the center of attention. Aliyah has an eye for fashion and loves to get dressed up and wear costume jewelry. Her favorite pastimes are shopping at the mall with her friends and creating art projects. She also enjoys writing poetry, which she feels is good for her. "I don't like to talk about my feelings," she says, "but when I get them down on paper, it helps me a lot. " Aliyah likes going to school and works very hard to please her teachers.
March 27, 2013 |
Storybook tales are easy to write. The truth is messier. It doesn't hold still to be tied up with a neat bow. The truth can actually be a lousy storyteller. From the outside, La Salle is the perfect fairy tale for college basketball in March. The Explorers haven't been in the NCAA tournament for 22 years and now, after three wins in five days, they are in the Sweet 16. Isn't that cute? A 13 seed. Among the current survivors in the tournament, only Florida Gulf Coast University, a 15 seed, is more adorable.