December 3, 2004 |
International music and dance carry a message of holiday harmony as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology celebrates "Peace Around the World" on Sunday. The ninth annual event, with this year's theme "Smiles, Laughter and Friends," offers an afternoon of all-ages activities - musical and otherwise. "We're a museum of the world," says Pam Kosty, assistant director for public information. "It really is seen as the museum's gift to, and with, the community.
December 21, 1994 |
Some conspicuous signs that Mixed Nuts, a comedy about a bunch of lonely Venice Beach misfits on Christmas Eve, doesn't work: Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks' ditzy muse of movies past, plays someone named Mrs. Munchnik. Adam Sandler plays the ukulele. And Carly Simon sings the closing-credits song - a typically melody-killing version of "The Night Before Christmas. " Mixed Nuts, which stars Steve Martin as a hapless suicide hotline operator, has been directed by Nora (Sleepless in Seattle)
December 16, 2006 |
Just when you think you've reached your lifetime quota of Christmas Carols, along comes a genuinely original production. There are, currently, at least four professional productions of stage adaptations of Charles Dickens' famous story on the boards locally (and who knows how many others lurking in high school auditoriums and community theaters), plus the inevitable TV screenings of the movie versions. But the Christmas Carol at Mum Puppettheatre is a two-man, many-puppet show. Of course, it's still the same old story, of tightwad taskmaster Ebenezer Scrooge and the visits by three ghosts, as the cosmos stages some last-ditch attempt to save him from his own inhumanity.
December 4, 1995 |
He wore an outrageously bright red suit, and his white curly whiskers bobbed when he laughed. But this Santa Claus was different from many seen in the malls and the jolly old man depicted in most books. Sandra Evans said she opened the Santa Shop, at Park Plaza in Edgewater Park, "to fulfill a community need. . . . There was no place for African American people to take their children to an ethnic Santa. " Evans, the proprietor of the 5-year-old Panache Ethnic Collectibles and Fine Art store, which features African items, said she decided to create a Santa Shop next door because "children of ethnic background need to have a Santa that looks like them.
September 27, 1989
Seventy-five school employees this year were placed on an official Florida list of chronic child abusers. Predictably enough, they don't like being on such a list, and some are trying to get their names deleted. Beating children in school, no matter how elegantly or formally done, is child abuse. There is more than enough scientific literature on the subject that only the most confirmed believer in brutality could still think that hitting people makes them learn - or behave. But only this year did the Florida Legislature remove a law that prohibited local schools from banning so-called corporal punishment.
December 22, 1986 |
Charlie Davis doesn't mind that the pollsters aren't paying any attention to his Lincoln ball club this season. Davis figures that sooner or later, people will come around. "I see where The Inquirer had Frankford rated No. 7 in their poll," Davis said after Lincoln's 89-73 win over Bodine Thursday. "We played them pretty close last season. They were good. " Davis is quietly hoping that Lincoln will surprise a few people by season's end and maybe along the way, slip into the top 10. The victory over Bodine was the Railsplitters' third in four games this season.
December 22, 1988 |
Malvern Prep coach Bud Tosti would just like to forget about Tuesday night. His Friars are without their best player right now - Jim Rullo still is recovering from an ankle sprain - but Malvern has continued making too many mistakes regardless of Rullo's absence. And those mistakes, combined with visiting Solebury's talents, added up to a 74-48 breeze for the visitor from Bucks County. Solebury jumped out to a 23-7 first-quarter lead before the Friars (3-5) battled back to trail by 11 at the half, 35-24.
December 21, 2004 |
The fictional tale so far: Biz Archer, a college student from Philadelphia who's spending a semester in London, has concocted a plan to stay in the city for Christmas, and beyond - much to her father's dismay. This time, the couple was Japanese. Other times, they might be German, American, Egyptian. Attending college classes in a building next door to the Dickens House in Bloomsbury meant being asked frequently to click the shutter on a vacation snapshot of some smiling fans of David Copperfield.
November 23, 2003 |
There's a nip in the air, and the white-tailed buck knows it is time to rub off the velvet clinging to his antlers. He meticulously shines his rack against a tree's bark, a ritual that removes the coating and enhances his seductive power over the females of his species. Catching the rhythm of the season, the male and female owls call to each other through the night. The cavorting has begun - it's mating season in the woods and elsewhere. You can see many animals at the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, and at the Cohanzick and Cape May County Zoos, engaged in rituals or exhibiting more playfulness as temperatures begin to dip. The three animal havens are open to the public year-round.
December 22, 1998 |
The story so far: Having toured the subterranean wonders of the North Pole - the Santa clone farm, Naughty-or-Nice Central and the Christmas Eve command post - journalist Thomas Blunt is ready to interview The Boss himself, St. Nicholas. "Right this way, Mr. Blunt. " As Blunt's feet took him across the threshold of legend, Holly the secretary shut the door behind him. The room was dim. His eyes roved, hungry for details. His heart quickened. When was the last interview that had done that?