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December 9, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Helen Stroud Hamilton, 93, of Holland, Bucks County, a faculty member of the former Philadelphia College of Art and a children's book illustrator, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Saturday, Nov. 22, at Twining Village. Mrs. Hamilton created the drawings for the Happy Hollisters books, a 33-title series about a family who enjoyed solving mysteries. The author was Andrew E. Svenson under the pseudonym Jerry West. The imaginary family of two adults, five children, a cat, dog, and burro took shape in Mrs. Hamilton's brightly colored, whimsical drawings.
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | By Frank Wilson, For The Inquirer
A contemporary master painter and one of the greatest painters of all time, jewelry made in accordance with an ancient tradition and jewelry made millennia ago by a people nearly forgotten, the records of life set in stone-these are just some of what is featured in this season's selection of books designed for both reading and display. They're all worth their price tags. Jamie Wyeth by Elliot Bostwick Davis and David Houston (MFA Publications, $50). It's time Jamie Wyeth's work was looked at on its own terms, not in terms of family resemblances.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
If a cinema orgy promising more than 100 films from 28 countries in 11 days can ever seem manageable, the 23d Philadelphia Film Festival does it. It's not remotely possible to catch everything in the ambitious program, which began Thursday night with the gala premiere of Birdman and ends Oct. 26 with more than a dozen titles spread across four venues. But the selection and scheduling of films - from awards-season candidates to homegrown docs, from musicals to new masterworks - makes sense, somehow.
NEWS
September 21, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Low-income Pennsylvania residents will be able to gain low-cost admission to 17 of the region's biggest and most popular museums and cultural sites, thanks to a program to be announced Tuesday. The program, dubbed ACCESS Admission, will provide $2 admission for all holders of Pennsylvania ACCESS cards, electronic cards used for dispensing Medicaid benefits, food stamps, and other services. Each ACCESS card can be used by families of up to four, at $2 per family member; approximately 480,000 residents with ACCESS cards are eligible, according to officials.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia knows its families of artists, families in which the spark of creative vision is passed from one generation to the next and ignites in each. Just stand in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, beneath Alexander Calder's white mobile, Ghost , look down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Swann Fountain's sculptural figures by Alexander Sterling Calder, and on to City Hall's tower, where Alexander Milne Calder's William Penn presides. Son, father, grandfather - three generations of artists defining one city boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
WHEN Sheinelle Jones left "Good Day Philadelphia" in March to spend more time with her three kids, she promised she wouldn't stay at home for long. After a seven-month hiatus, Jones is back with an even more high-profile gig. I've learned Jones will be the new weekend news reader on the "Today" show. Jones replaces Jenna Wolfe , a former WB17 sports reporter, who will move to the weekday "Today" as its first lifestyle and fitness correspondent. She begins the gig Oct. 4. Jones told me that the shift to the weekend "Today" show works around the reasons she left "Good Day" in the first place: to be with her family.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
An artist has been selected to design a centerpiece at the planned memorial park at 22nd and Market Streets to honor victims of the Center City building collapse that killed six people last year. Barbara Fox, a 1988 graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), won a competitive selection process that was opened earlier this year to alumni, students, and faculty of the academy. She now joins a design team to work on the final plans for the memorial and park, said David R. Brigham, president and chief executive officer of PAFA.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
How can you bore me? Let me count the ways: 99. Fortunately, we don't have to sit/stand through all 99 Breakups , just 11, in Pig Iron's disappointing, self-indulgent, and thoroughly fatuous new work. My overwhelming feeling was, "What a waste!" A waste of a superb venue, a waste of fine performers I recognized from many other shows, and a waste of Pig Iron's honored spot in opening on the Fringe Festival's first official night. Not to mention a waste of my time. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a magnificent building, filled with major paintings.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
With a handsome new home down by the riverside, the 2014 Fringe Festival is ready to strut its stuff, officially starting Friday, though some things already are under way. Said stuff includes 130-plus "Neighborhood Fringe" productions, which pick themselves, plus the 11 invited shows of the "Presented Fringe. " FringeArts' headquarters at 140 N. Columbus Blvd. features a comfy 225-seat theater and a new brasserie and late-night bar called La Peg, run by chef Peter Woolsey. The bar offers free late-night festival programming starting with the startling combo of Martha Graham Cracker's famous drag act plus members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2014
West Philadelphia Alliance for Children , a nonprofit that focuses on improving literacy in children by opening previously shuttered libraries in public elementary schools, has named the following officers: Keith J. Richardson, managing director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Development Corp., president; Ruth Brader , retired assistant general counsel in Wells Fargo & Co.'s legal division, vice president; Siobhan A. Reardon ...
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