June 5, 2011 |
TOKYO - The Japanese government wants the country's suit-loving salarymen to be bold this summer. Ditch the stuffy jacket and tie. And for the good of a country facing a power crunch, go light and casual. Japan's "Super Cool Biz" campaign kicked off Wednesday with a government-sponsored fashion show featuring outfits appropriate for the office yet cool enough to endure the sweltering heat. This summer may be especially brutal. The loss of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which was crippled by the March 11 tsunami, means electricity could be in short supply around the nation's capital, Tokyo, during especially hot days.
June 5, 2011 |
"We have one more stop before heading back to Izmir," said Ahmet, our tour guide. I was surprised, because I was ready to go back to the hotel. We had been touring the Turkish countryside for 10 hours, and my sweaty clothes and the dirt between my toes were making me very cranky. A shower was calling me and I needed a tall glass of cold water. No historical site or shop could be worth visiting at this time of day. I glanced at Amy, my college-age daughter sitting next to me in our chauffeur-driven car. I rolled my eyes, but I didn't say anything because I didn't want to insult the driver and our guide with my refusal.
April 19, 2011 |
The wheel was already in place. Ernie Kovacs invented the engine and the transmission and the windshield wipers and that little Hawaiian hula dancer that sticks to the dashboard and jumps around whenever the car turns or hits a bump. Commercial TV had been kicking around for about five years when Kovacs came along and laid the foundation for just about every comedy-show host and TV sketch style that would follow. Without Kovacs, it's difficult to imagine Monty Python or Saturday Night Live, Johnny Carson or David Letterman.
March 31, 2011 |
Haute cuisine monthly magazine Saveur (the name is fancy-schmancy French for flavor ) will honor the city of Philadelphia in its April edition, which is devoted to the sandwich. Declaring Philly as the best "Sandwich City" in the universe, the mag proclaims, "There's no better place for lunch on a roll than Philly. " (They're just figuring that one out now?) Saveur will include write-ups of 11 hoagie houses and a plethora of sandwich recipes. Taste their fine writing at www.saveur.com . Phillies phashion show What should Phillies ballgirls wear out there, on the field, when they're executing their duties?
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)