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May 13, 2002 | By Daniel Webster FOR THE INQUIRER
Marc-Andr? Hamelin is not a throwback to a bygone day of pianism, but a complete contemporary musician whose gift makes him fit the template of the 19th-century keyboard titans. Those early giants made the newly powerful piano the dominant force in 19th-century music. Their concerts included great repertory pieces, but also their own paraphrases of current hits and, most important, their own compositions. Hamelin's recital Friday at Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts could not have evoked that era more if he had sported a chest covered with medals and peeled off kid gloves to play.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1986 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
The three one-act plays that the People's Light and Theater Company has brought to the Annenberg School Theater are billed as "The Best of the Festivals. " The festivals in question are the annual summer showcases for plays of either new or very recent vintage. Picking the best would be difficult, but there is no question that the two Murphy Guyer plays on this program are far and away the best written by any playwright associated with the company. The curtain-raiser called "The Interrogation" and the longer "The American Century" have wit and theatrical flair.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2012 | By Layla A. Jones, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Lochner is wearing a wool sports jacket with a yellow pocket square over a plaid button-down, striped cardigan, purple-and-gold tie, and black-and-white wingtip shoes - the perfect getup for any respectable grandfather. Except Lochner is 35. Nearly every visible area of his skin is decked in tattoos - a rose on his hand, a pinup girl on the left side of his neck, and a skull and crossbones on the other. Lochner's swag (though arguably more outrageous than some) is far from foreign on Philadelphia streets.
NEWS
July 15, 1993 | Inquirer photographs by Elizabeth Maltby
Bastille Day, France's Independence Day, made a splash in Philadelphia yesterday. One spirit-filled event was the Perrier Jouet Waiters Race, in the South Street and Head House Square area. The object wasn't speed alone, but not to spill a drop.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1994 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Charles Dickens initially published his beloved comic novel The Pickwick Papers in serial form, and readers anticipated each new episode with the eagerness of Dallas fans. The sheer sprawl of the book and the huge cast of characters hardly made it congenial feature-film material. But there is a way around everything, as Noel Langley demonstrated with his amusing and engagingly acted 1953 version of The Pickwick Papers. Langley started bellowing "Cut!" before the cameras began rolling and managed to convincingly compress what was left.
LIVING
March 19, 1999 | By Paddy Noyes, FOR THE INQUIRER
Vicky, 12, is a saver. There's a good use for everything, and she'll find out what it is. Last Christmas, she took some old ornaments and put them in the cardboard box she had turned into a dollhouse. Now her dolls can celebrate the holidays all year long. And her artistic talents shine forth in many areas. She created her own dance routine, and it was a hit. She takes piano lessons, makes note cards on the computer and designs jewelry with beads. She's beginning to blossom, and her foster mother says, "There's a tremendous hope for this child.
NEWS
June 19, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In September 1991, Orville S. French, a retired State Store worker, had perhaps his most prominent role in a theatrical production in the Philadelphia region. Jason Miller, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, was portraying a character based on William Jennings Bryan. Malachy McCourt, whose films had included The Molly Maguires, was embodying a Clarence Darrow character. But only Mr. French was eye-to-eye with the audience, in a real judge's seat in a real courtroom, in the Scranton Public Theater production of Inherit The Wind , staged at Philadelphia City Hall.
SPORTS
June 17, 1986 | By DICK WEISS, Daily News Sports Writer
Harold Katz conducted his own version of an NBA tryout camp last week. When Brad Daugherty, North Carolina's All-America forward, flew to Philadelphia to interview with Sixers' management, he told the team's owner he felt like shooting some hoops. The next thing the 6-11 3/4 Daugherty knew, he was lacing up his sneakers for a pickup game against Maurice Martin, Tony Costner and Sedale Threatt at Katz's $2.6 million gymnasium, next to his posh Huntingdon Valley home. "I was just in awe," Daugherty said.
NEWS
July 11, 2002 | By Nick Cristiano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chris Isaak led off his concert at the Tweeter Center on Tuesday with "American Boy," one of his more upbeat rockers and the theme to his Showtime TV series. "I'm the original American boy," the first line boasts. In truth, when it comes to music, the 46-year-old San Franciscan is far from an original. His all-American sound synthesizes jittery Elvis sexiness, Orbisonian grandeur and Rick Nelson wholesomeness, all wrapped around a lovelorn persona. It's a style that has served him well through eight albums, including his latest, Always Got Tonight.
NEWS
January 2, 1995 | By Lily Eng, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Celestine Florence Williams Welcome, 74, a zesty, fun-seeking woman who worked more than three decades for the federal government, died Thursday at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Darby after a two-month illness. Mrs. Welcome worked for the Army Signal Corps and the Army Support Activity Center as a budget analyst for 34 years before retiring in 1977. After her retirement, she was not content to stay home. That would have been too boring, not the life for her. So she joined LOLs, the Little Old Ladies club, and she and fellow seniors visited casinos and museums and caught a Broadway show or two the first Wednesday of every month.
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FOOD
January 22, 2015 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
A resurrected seafood house on the site of Bookbinder's. A pub serving fried bologna and roast beef sandwiches. A 1980s theme restaurant bringing back the surf and turf. A vintage-styled dinette, slinging Western omelets. Suddenly, it seems that the newest local trend in food isn't about the future at all - it's about looking back. Just when you thought it was safe to hock your fondue pot on eBay, here comes all the food you haven't seen on menus for a couple of decades. The good news is that verbs and conjunctions might also return to menus as chefs forgo their molecular aspirations to get back to the basics.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Considering that the old granary on 20th Street, north of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was originally a concrete storage bin for wheat and corn, it puts on some grand airs. Topped by an array of towers, it commands the site like a great medieval fortress or a 1920s Gothic skyscraper, proof that powerful architecture exists even in the humblest buildings. The granary's crenellated roofline is so distinctive that DAS Architects picked up the castle theme and worked it into its Granary Apartments next door.
REAL_ESTATE
June 30, 2014 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
The decor of Melinda and Grif Bates' Blue Bell Colonial reflects the couple's traditional tastes. Then there is the art: twenty colorful, surrealist paintings prominently displayed throughout the two-story residence. Combining abstract depictions of faces, birds, animals, and geometric shapes with conventional furnishings - china cabinets, an upright piano, and upholstered chairs and couches, for example - has produced a strikingly attractive home. The art is the work of Grif's father, Grif Bates Jr., a retired physician whose "passion is now painting," says his son, Grif Bates III. Dr. Bates' work has been exhibited at shows in Maryland and Vermont.
REAL_ESTATE
June 16, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
You no longer have to be a man or woman of the cloth to live at the Palmer. The Depression-era structures that housed the classrooms and dormitories of the former Palmer Theological Seminary at City and Lancaster Avenues in Wynnewood are being updated into modern yet historically accurate apartments that will be available for rent by December. Redevelopment of the eight-acre property is a $35 million adaptive reuse of the hotel-turned-seminary. The space is being renovated into mostly one- and two-bedroom units, with rents that will range from $1,650 to $2,300 a month.
NEWS
November 10, 2013 | By Joey Cranney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five area field hockey schools will compete Saturday in the PIAA state quarterfinals, a collection of the best teams in the state. However, for four area teams, the competition will come from within Southeastern Pennsylvania. Gwynedd Mercy, the No. 3 seed from District 1, will face Archbishop Carroll, the top seed from District 12, in a local matchup in the Class AA bracket at noon at Wissahickon. Two other area teams - West Chester Henderson (No. 1 seed, District 1) and Hatboro-Horsham (No. 4)
SPORTS
November 8, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The hair was not supposed to make a statement - at first, anyway. "It started basically because I didn't like doing my hair in the morning," Carin Arline said with a laugh, describing her somewhat retro Afro hairdo that is two-tone and spans about two feet in length and width. It has become something of a trademark. "People will yell, 'Get the girl with the hair,' " said Arline, a senior striker for the Burlington Township girls' soccer team who also has added neon cleats to her game-day wardrobe.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
People joke about nosy dinner guests snooping through bathroom medicine cabinets. Not Skip Rosskam, 67, chief operating officer at David Michael & Co., the Northeast Philadelphia food flavors and product development company. If he's a dinner guest, he has an entirely different goal. Question: What is it? Answer: I'd be sneaking in the kitchen, and I'd be looking in your refrigerator, and I'd be looking in the spice cabinet. Q: What are you actually looking for? A: I'm looking for brands, trends.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Villa has been in the hip-hop fashion game since the baggy days of Cross Colors and Fubu. So execs of the retail chain figured if anyone could help designers from "the block" make fashion, they could. In winter 2012, Patrick Walsh, vice president of marketing, launched a contest calling on designers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and surrounding states to submit their best work. More than 250 entered, and the winner, Khaleel Salaam, 30, saw his collection of men's fitted T's, hoodies, and tanks produced by the Philadelphia-based company.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
On Saturday, celebrate Please Touch Museum's fifth-year anniversary of Dia Del Nino (Day of the Child), an international extravaganza presented by Telemundo Philadelphia and El Sol. The day will have arts, cultural, and health activities. Festivities kick off at 9:30 a.m. with the Philadelphia Eagles' Drum Line Pep Rally, the Eagles cheerleaders, and mascot Swoop. Singer Louie Miranda will perform Latin children's music at 11 a.m., 1:15 and 3 p.m. Theater and crafts activities will be featured, and Telemundo, using a mini television studio, will let kids record a weather report and explore their TV talents.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2012 | By Layla A. Jones, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Lochner is wearing a wool sports jacket with a yellow pocket square over a plaid button-down, striped cardigan, purple-and-gold tie, and black-and-white wingtip shoes - the perfect getup for any respectable grandfather. Except Lochner is 35. Nearly every visible area of his skin is decked in tattoos - a rose on his hand, a pinup girl on the left side of his neck, and a skull and crossbones on the other. Lochner's swag (though arguably more outrageous than some) is far from foreign on Philadelphia streets.
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