August 20, 2016
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we got you covered. BUMP, GRIND 9 p.m. Friday, World Cafe Live , 3025 Walnut St. $18. 215-222-1400. Approved by Game of Thrones scribe George R.R. Martin (but not necessarily part of the Westeros canon), this show features swords, skin, and steamy goings-on. If not for having a bit less gore - and a lot more pasties - it might qualify as an episode of G.R.R.M.'s and HBO's pastiche epic, albeit less grim and more fun. The cast, featuring the talents of Bella La Blanc and Cherie Sweetbottom, will be joined by guest Noelle Reigns from the far-flung region of New York - the fabled metropolis to the north said to exist past the wilds of New Jersey. - Michael Harrington FILM Party at 6 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. Friday, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. $25. 215-587-9377.
July 23, 2016
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we've got you covered. KIDS 10:30 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, Gratz College Theater, 7605 Old York Rd., Melrose Park. $14; $12 ages 12 and under. 215-659-8550 . Abington's Storybook Musical Theatre presents Patricia Goldberg and Kevin Arruda's musical adaptation of the classic tale of a selfless young woman betrothed to an arrogant prince transformed into a hideous creature - and the true meaning of love. - Michael Harrington 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Historic Fair Hill , 2901 Germantown Ave. Free.
July 16, 2016
KIDS 10 a.m. Friday, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory , 100 Stellarator Rd., Princeton. Free. pppl.gov. Got a little Einstein? Of course you do. Give him or her a boost in science curiosity with a tour of the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory led by an engineer or physicist. Learn about fusion energy, and get a behind-the-scenes look at a place where scientists are creating "a star on Earth" as a future power source. (Yeah, we know - it's really cool.)
August 15, 2015 |
Avast, ye landlubbers! Keelhaul the mizzenmast, and take those scurvy doubloons and, uh, bury them someplace obscure, make a confusing map on crumbly paper, and then lose the map. Aaaaarrrrrr! We're just practicing our buccaneer-type lingo for Saturday's Pirate Day at Fort Mifflin , where a gang of freebooting corsairs will swoop in and battle with the fort's soldiers (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.), then pillage, loot, and - oh, wait, no. It says here they'll actually be helping visitors explore 18th-century history by, among other things, explaining the difference between a privateer and a pirate.
July 21, 2015 |
Over its nearly 240-year history, Fort Mifflin has survived a siege and a prison break across three major wars. But last Saturday, the brick-and-mortar fortress next to Philadelphia International Airport saw combat of a different sort. Grown men and women ran back and forth across the fort's parade ground with broomsticks between their legs. They were playing Quidditch - the magical sport from the Harry Potter wizard-fantasy series. With planes flying overhead to land at the airport, members of the South Jersey Hellhounds , an amateur Quidditch squad, chased after the elusive Golden Snitch - or in this "Muggle-re-enactment," a player in yellow gym shorts with a ball attached to the backside.
July 18, 2015 |
What everybody remembers about Geppetto's famed puppet is that his nose grows when he's untruthful - his elongated proboscis has even become a symbol pasted on those who lie habitually, such as, say, politicians. It's kind of unfortunate, because what's really touching about the little wooden fellow's story is that he wants to be a real boy. The incident with his nose is just a step in the moral learning process leading to his goal, which means there's more to Pinocchio than meets the eye. The Storybook Musical Theatre's production of Carlo Collodi's tale of the mischievous marionette ends its run this weekend.
March 31, 2015 |
The Hessians were out for blood that autumn day in 1777. They marched 10 miles from Haddonfield to Red Bank, hoping to surprise the American defenders of Fort Mercer on the Delaware River. Instead, they fell into a trap. Many of Britain's German allies passed over the abandoned earthen walls topped with pointed logs, and then cheered, thinking they'd breached the fort and were close to victory. On the other side, though, was another wall - and a deadly hail of artillery and musket fire that cut through their ranks like a scythe.
March 9, 2015 |
The reenacting season opened with a literal cannon shot over the mud and snow at Fort Mifflin on Saturday afternoon. A diverse array of reenactors portraying German and Allied soldiers slogging through the bloody Battle of Verdun in 1916 looked on, and a group of 21st-century visitors watched in the bright sun, enticed by the fort's First World War reenactment and a break in the frigid weather. Despite the tangled, time-warpish nature of the gathering, it would seem a typical opening for Fort Mifflin, a local and National Historic Landmark by Philadelphia International Airport on the Delaware River.
July 30, 2014 |
When a breathless Jonas Cattell dashed into Fort Mercer that October day in 1777, the enemy wasn't far behind. Hours earlier, the 18-year-old had overheard talk of an attack on the American fort and ran the 10 miles from Haddonfield to Red Bank, Gloucester County, bypassing Hessian mercenaries along the way. His timely warning gave the American defenders time to reposition their artillery and set a trap that decimated the Hessians. About 400 of them - a third of the German force - were mowed down by cannon and musket fire, then buried in a mass grave at what is now Red Bank Battlefield Park.
June 7, 2014 |
Join the troops and celebrate the bicentennial of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Saturday at Fort Mifflin's "The War of 1812: Celebrating Our National Anthem. " Guests will learn the history of the fort, including its preparedness to defend Philadelphia. Guided tours and living history activities will be featured, and you can sign up to join the Fort Mifflin Rifle Regiment to learn drills and colonial military activities. In honor of the bicentennial, guests will learn the little-known connection between Fort Mifflin and Fort McHenry.