July 10, 2014 |
Julie Bogle, 10, and her sister Mallory, 7, are mean Skylanders players. But surprisingly, so are parents Jeff and Jill. In fact, video games are the Exton family's favorite pastime. It started about three or four years ago when the girls received a Nintendo Wii and had trouble managing the controller and "nunchuk" at the same time, so the parents paired up to help them. "It was fun and quickly became a tradition," recalled Jeff, 38, who says their family now plays together at least once every other week.
August 9, 2013 |
RUTH WOODS laid out a few of the family photos she'd been staring at all night on her kitchen table. Marky, at around 12, posing sheepishly in a family portrait. Marky, an awkward teen, holding his cat Fluffy near the family Christmas tree. Marky, with that beaming Woods-family smile, laughing at his grandmother mugging for the camera. Woods, 69, had called me to set the record straight. Or as straight as a grandmother in mourning could, given her unresolved shame and guilt and denial.
July 22, 2013 |
'Family friendly," whatever that term might signify in particular applications, appears to be catching on in area art museums as a marketing concept. The phrase really means "child friendly" - that is, the content will either interest children, or amuse them, or at least not bore them. In the best possible scenario, it might even instruct them. "Family friendly" apparently emerged in the smaller regional museums, with exhibitions devoted to the Muppets, sculptures made from plastic Lego bricks, and masterpiece paintings executed in jellybeans.
June 25, 2013
"WITNESS: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" headlines Art Splash, a new, multishow, integrated, family-centric summertime exhibit at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Pinkney's work joins "Candy Coated Wonderland," an environment of textiles from the museum's costume collection, alongside playful ceramics and geometric decals by ever-fun Philadelphia artist Candy Depew. "Family Portrait" offers a photographic view of families, while "All Dressed Up" is a side-by-side comparison of adult and children's fashion.
November 17, 2011 |
Question: My in-laws had a family portrait taken with spouses and grandchildren. Then they wanted a picture with just their nuclear family - again, no problem. But then they wanted another portrait with their nuclear family plus the grandchildren minus the spouses. I thought this was incredibly insensitive and hurtful for the message it sent. Answer: "Incredibly insensitive" is leaving spouses out of every shot. Taking several shots organized by category - nuclear family, blood family, full extended family, single generation - is a smart way to scratch the varied itches of a big crowd.
April 21, 2011
Congratulations to The Inquirer and the Acel Moore Career Development Workshop for providing Archbishop Prendergast High School student Christa Oestreich the opportunity to write her wonderful article "A lifetime of lessons learned in the Great Depression" (April 2). I attended the same elementary school as Marie Oestreich - St. Bonaventure. Marie's sister, Catherine (the nurse in the family portrait), and I were in the same classes (eighth grade in 1938 and Little Flower High School in 1942)
July 23, 2010 |
To watch the movie producer Gregoire Canvel (played by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) walking through the streets of Paris in the heartbreaking Father of My Children is to witness a man with the weight of the world pressing down on him. In the early sequences of Mia Hansen-Love's beautifully observed family portrait, Canvel, wielding a mobile phone (or two), smoking cigarettes, fielding panicky missives from a Swedish film set, is all resilient charm. Sure, he owes millions to labs, to studios, to the banks.
August 20, 2009 |
The oil painting by N.C. Wyeth depicting the artist with his wife and five children is an affectionate rendering of the famously creative brood from Chadds Ford. If you could rotate the canvas 180 degrees, however, and peer through the top layer of paint with a kind of X-ray vision, you would behold a snarling villain, his face lit by the red glare of an iron furnace. In fact, three scientists have done just that, unveiling their find yesterday at an American Chemical Society conference in Washington.
November 20, 2008
RE JILL PORTER'S Nov. 12 column on the Preston family, who were told they had no right to be in the house the city supposedly gave them: What is wrong with this picture and story? You have three adults and their numerous children who are sharing a home with a mother and grandmother who is about to be evicted. What is wrong with adults who want to continue to live on somebody else's dime year in and year out, having more babies along the way? Shame on these women for not getting out and making a way for themselves and their children.
June 24, 2005 |
Like Ang Lee's 1994 family portrait, Eat Drink Man Woman, Alice Wu's Saving Face deals with the ties that bind, and the lies that go with them, among several generations of a close-knit Chinese clan. Set in the teeming Asian-American community of Flushing, Queens, Saving Face stars Michelle Krusiec as Wilhelmina "Wil" Pang, a crackerjack young surgeon for a New York hospital who makes her weekly pilgrimage home from Brooklyn to "swim in the Chinese gene pool," patiently tolerating her mother's efforts to match her with an eligible Chinese guy. One problem: Wil is gay, a fact that her mother (a droll performance from Joan Chen)