February 18, 2011 |
Saturday Salute to Maria Tallchief Pennsylvania Ballet II, a troupe of pre-professional dancers, will perform a special program Saturday based on the life and work of Maria Tallchief. Tallchief is a member of the Osage Nation and was the first prima ballerina of the New York City Ballet. The performance will be led by former Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer William Degregory. The free program begins at noon in the Montgomery Auditorium of the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library, 1910 Vine St. Information: 215-686-5322; www.freelibrary.
February 9, 2011 |
There was a time when most African American women didn't know who Yves St. Laurent was, let alone believe they could ever own a crisp YSL pantsuit. But that was before Eunice W. Johnson. Johnson, who died a little more than a year ago, spent more than 50 years introducing all things fashionable, fabulous, and fly to brown-skinned belles, first with her husband, John, by founding Ebony and Jet magazines, and then through her runway show, the Ebony Fashion Fair. Billed as the world's largest traveling fashion show - in its heyday the extravaganza stopped in 170 cities - the show featured more than 200 over-the-top, colorful and avant-garde looks worn by black models at a time when African Americans were still banned from basic privileges like trying on department-store clothes.
December 24, 2010
Rodger William Wagner, 74, of Mount Airy, a retired court officer and fashion-show impresario, died of apparent heart failure Sunday, Dec. 19, at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Mr. Wagner grew up in North Philadelphia. A talented basketball player, he won the 1954 North Philadelphia Federation Foul Shooting Tournament and played basketball for Simon Gratz High School. From 1956 to 1960, he served in the Air Force in Texas and Wyoming. After his discharge, he worked for Philco-Ford in South Philadelphia, where he met his future wife, Betty J. Brockington.
October 29, 2010 |
Valet parking - for bicycles. A fashion show - cycling couture. A cocktail party, a Halloween bash, a yoga clinic, author readings - bikes, bikes, bikes, bikes. The official tag: Philadelphia Bike Exposition. The location: The 23d Street Armory. The concept: A two-day "celebration of everything bicycle," organized by Philly bike artisans Bilenky Cycle Works in cahoots with the advocacy group Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. "The idea is to have something for everyone," says Stephen Bilenky, the Olney-based craftsman (ornate lugs?
October 21, 2010 |
Free to a good home: The Spectrum's scoreboard. There are a few catches, says Lou Scheinfeld , helping Comcast-Spectacor liquidate the doomed arena's contents before its demolition next month. "It's as big as a house, weighs 20,000 pounds, and has no spare parts," Scheinfeld says. The new owner would have to hire electricians and carpenters - union members, as this is Philadelphia - to take the 30-by-40-foot behemoth apart and put it back together. So far, six people inquired about the scoreboard, got the lowdown, and said, "No, thanks," he said.
October 14, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Simon Baker ( The Mentalist ); Christina Hendricks ( Mad Men ); Bruno Mars performs. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Inside the Sister Wives family: a man with four wives. 30 Rock (8:30 p.m., NBC10) - The show is broadcast live from Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 p.m., CBS3) - A serial killer punishes local Vegas heroes who harbor secrets. Grey's Anatomy (9 p.m., 6ABC)
September 23, 2010
RE SOLOMON Jones' column on Ines Sainz: Great article. I couldn't agree more. Women have every right to be in a locker room, however, there has to be some professionalism on their part. I have seen too many pictures of this particular reporter wearing tight jeans and half shirts. She looks great, but this isn't a fashion show. Keep up the good work - I look forward to reading more. Bryan Lebowitz Deptford, N.J.
July 13, 2010 |
TEN YEARS AGO or so, Marci Schankweiler was living a different life. She had a career as a tax attorney and was in the early years of her marriage to a young man named Peter Bossow. They had attended their high school prom together, gone to La Salle University and had looked forward to years of happiness when Peter was diagnosed at age 29 with a rare form of testicular cancer. For just over a year, Peter waged a courageous battle with the disease, a period during which he underwent surgery and chemotherapy.
June 15, 2010 |
Snakeskin espadrilles with a fierce wedge. By Jimmy Choo. From the closet of Jennifer Aniston. Could it get any better for a fashionista? Apparently not. The shoes were one of 20 pairs sold last week during the Hero in Heels charity auction that raised more than $9,600 for women battling cancer. The fashion show, held at the Trust building on Arch Street, was put together by Dave Girgenti's Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, an online nonprofit that grants requests to people in need.
June 9, 2010 |
The sunlight surrounding Urban Outfitters' loft-like corporate headquarters Saturday afternoon illuminated Drexel University's end-of-year fashion show. As usual, the 40-plus presentations were stellar, all exemplifying a keen sense of design. The garments' construction was very top-of-the-line; no unraveled hems on this runway. Among the first works presented was a grouping of dresses fashioned from airy fabrics donated by Lilly Pulitzer, showcasing the students' ability to create ruching and draping techniques.