June 25, 2013 |
ON JUNE 15, when Jimme Wallstreet's performance at an anti-violence rally in West Philadelphia was canceled, the up-and-coming rapper shrugged it off and stayed at the event. Family and friends said the situation exemplified the 34-year-old's calm nature. It was Wallstreet's even-keeled personality that made it difficult for his family and friends, in part, to understand why someone gunned him down Friday in front of his mother's house in East Germantown. "He wasn't even upset about [the rally]
November 25, 2012
Sunday No man's land Nick Stafford's 2007 drama War Horse is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel, later made into an acclaimed film by Steven Spielberg. It's a moving story of a beloved plow horse taken for military duty in World War I and his travails on both sides of the trenches while his teenage English master searches for him. The show goes on at the Academy of Music , Broad and Locust streets, at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday.
July 2, 2012 |
CAN WE get a "whoo hoo!" for Pat Ciarrocchi ? The Channel 3 anchor and midday "Talk Philly" co-host turns the big 6-0 today. She's graced local airwaves longer than any other female anchor in Philly, celebrating her 30th anniversary at the station this year. Popularity, self-confidence, balance at work and home — it's looking good as she starts another decade personally and professionally. Legendary DJ Jerry Blavat, a/k/a the Geator with the Heater, celebrates 72 Tuesday at his club, Memories Lounge in Margate, N.J.; the party continues here Wednesday at SugarHouse Casino from 5 to 7 p.m. Upper Darby's own funny man Kevin Hart turns 32 the same day. — Jenice Armstrong
April 2, 2012 |
By way of introduction to his offices in Villanova, Edmond Dougherty stops at a desk cluttered with gadgets: various shapes of plastic, a model quadcopter, a linear induction motor, and squares of foam sandwiched by metal film. "It's almost like an island of broken toys," said the president of Ablaze Development Corp. Except that it's all for serious business - for clients ranging from the U.S. military to a variety of private companies. Well, as serious as a guy who wanted to be a stand-up comic is willing to let his workday be. "I figured the best moment in someone's life was when they laughed, so I wanted to make people happy," explained Dougherty, an Overbrook native.
December 1, 2007 |
In a mere matter of weeks, after an incessant buzz of promotion, Jerry Seinfeld went from beloved icon to full-blown pest, a stinging pain in our collective sides, deserving of swatting and an industrial can of insecticide. In launching his itsy-bitsy Bee Movie, Seinfeld wore out his welcome at the picnic, joining the legion of obnoxious Jerrys - Springer, Lewis, Falwell and Bruckheimer. How does a celebrity erode more than a decade's worth of overwhelming goodwill in a little over a month?
April 28, 2004 |
The son of a Philadelphia peace activist has been killed while serving in the National Guard in Iraq, friends and family of the dead soldier said yesterday. Details about the death of 30-year-old Sherwood Baker - a disc jockey, a Flyers fan, a husband and a father - have not been released by the U.S. Department of Defense, but his family was told he died Monday in an explosion outside Baghdad. Baker was the foster son of Celeste Zappala, executive director of the Mayor's Commission on Services to the Aging.
June 27, 1999 |
Whether entertaining nightclub patrons as a stand-up comic or readers as a sit-down novelist, Eric Jerome Dickey always seems to be having fun. And why not? He has a terrific sense of humor, as displayed in his latest book, Cheaters (Dutton, $24.95), which follows the loves and relationships of a group of young black professionals in Los Angeles. Dickey had been working as a software developer in the aerospace industry in Los Angeles. On the side, he was acting in student films, trying to get parts in plays, and doing stand-up comedy.
December 29, 1998 |
Herbert L. Olivieri, lawyer, businessman, former state deputy attorney general and a civic booster who launched the drive to clean the statue of William Penn atop City Hall, died Thursday of cardiac arrest. He was 64 and had lived in East Mount Airy. Herb Olivieri decided in 1987 to spearhead a drive to finance the cleasning of the 27-ton statue in time for the Constitutional Convention Bicentennial. He told Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky in a interview: "My dad, Pat Olivieri, originated and founded the Philadelphia steak sandwich, and I think it's about time one original helped out another original.
September 27, 1998 |
It was an unusual scene. A 72-year-old man, tap dancing and rapping in the aisle of a Cherry Hill diner, demonstrating his act to a person too young to have seen him and his contemporaries in their heyday. Unique, yes, but that is Thomas "Cozy" Morley, the legendary Jersey Shore entertainer who was inducted into the Haddon Township Cultural Hall of Fame on Sept. 18, joining Broadway and recording star Laurie Beechman, who was inducted as its inaugural member last year. The honor is bestowed on residents of Haddon Township or people who work in the town and who have contributed to the cultural environment of the region and beyond.
August 21, 1998 |
In a conference call with reporters this week to promote the launch of the new season of "The Chris Rock Show," which begins at 11:30 tonight on HBO, the Emmy-winning comedian defended his decision to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair dressed as a clown and dished about his first guest, O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran, the guests he'd like to land and about talk-show hosts who've come and gone: People have expectations that you're somehow representative...