October 15, 2015 |
Don't be surprised to catch Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins riding around town on a bicycle. That's his modus operandi when he comes to Philly. Last night, Jenkins, one of my teenage heartthrobs, was to perform for a large audience as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania 's 100th anniversary " Big Night Out Gala " at the Kimmel Center (300 S. Broad St.). The night was planned to honor folks who've helped the mentoring organization grow and marks the biggest ceremony in its history.
October 5, 2015 |
On the bus over to Franklin Field, two Mungermen remembered how Penn's campus used to be crazy on Friday nights; how their coach, George Munger, would get his team out of there, taking over Philmont Country Club for the night. All the players got enormous steaks. "Except us Catholics ate scrambled eggs," said Ernie Prudente, Penn Class of 1951. "We almost cried. " Those were the days when Penn football dominated this city, leading the nation in attendance, dwarfing the local professional team in popularity, taking on the nation's best.
October 2, 2015 |
WITH "THE MARTIAN" generating terrific early buzz (see Gary Thompson 's 4-star review and interviews with star Chiwetel Ejiofor and author Andy Weir starting on Page 25), 20th Century Fox is pulling out all the stops to get people into theaters. Part of their campaign landed stars Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis , the film's NASA consultant Dr. Jim "Mr. Mars" Green and retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott at the Franklin Institute Planetarium on Wednesday for a discussion with chief astronomer Derrick Pitts . We got a little space with the foursome before the event.
September 22, 2015 |
A bustling crew of volunteers stuffed scores of items into plastic backpacks called "pilgrim packages" Sunday, preparing for the record-setting crowd expected to attend the World Meeting of Families Congress at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. T-shirts, hats, water bottles, and rain ponchos were among the 67 items loaded, assembly-line style, into the plastic backpacks for the nearly 20,000 people expected to begin registering Monday for the international gathering, which is held every three years by the Roman Catholic Church.
August 19, 2015 |
In the side yard between two houses on a broiling block of South Broadway, tall trees create a canopy of shade over four rows of tables covered in white. Volunteers fire up a massive, custom-made barbecue grill. Hungry people form a line as more volunteers arrive with side dishes, salads, jugs of iced tea, and a tub of mango water ice. Another "Dinner on Broadway" is getting underway in Camden's Waterfront South neighborhood. And everyone's welcome. "It started with one monthly meal 20 years ago," says Ted Fox, 78, of Cherry Hill, a retired Realtor who schedules the volunteers.
July 13, 2015 |
"THIS IS NOT a stoner event," N.A. Poe said yesterday while proudly sporting a tank top depicting marijuana buds, cigars and joints arranged in the shape of the American flag. "It's a direct action by stoners to raise awareness and make progress. " Nearly 200 people assembled in LOVE Park yesterday for Smoke Down Prohibition 2.0: Free the Weed, a protest calling for the legalization of the herb by the federal government. The group gathered at 4 p.m., some toting homemade signs and banners, others bringing more creative props, like one man's six-foot tall "bong.
June 25, 2015 |
TICKETS are still available to a star-studded party with some major heavy hitters. The Hamels Foundation's sixth annual Diamonds and Denim charity event is tomorrow night at Vie (600 N. Broad St.). Heidi Hamels , once famed for taking her top off for peanut butter and chocolate cookies on season 18 of "Survivor," will be surrounded by many of her reality-TV-star sidekicks. She and her husband, Cole Hamels , will host more than 500 party people, including fellow Phillies and other professional athletes, celebrities and debutantes.
June 25, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - The event was scheduled months ago, well before nine people were killed while praying in a South Carolina church. But that shooting added a fresh, raw layer of emotion to Tuesday's inaugural Sandy Hook Promise dinner here. Arranged by relatives of victims in the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre, family members and lawmakers gathered in the hope of furthering their work to prevent gun violence. Last week's slaughter underscored that mass shootings have failed to change the politics of gun control.
June 19, 2015 |
Some lived in Gloucester County; others had moved elsewhere. But many who attended the Victims Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday in Woodbury carried stories - most of them harrowing - that had forever changed them. For former Philadelphia Police Officer Don McMullin, 47, it has been nearly 24 years since his. It was June 27, 1991, when he and his twin, Brian, were on patrol and pulled over a car of drug dealers at 57th Street and Washington Avenue in West Philadelphia. One of the men inside shot Don McMullin, then 23, in the head.
June 8, 2015 |
As Center City Realtor Laurie Phillips paused in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia - her refuge, clubhouse, and second home for 32 years - Carol Tamburino approached her mournfully. "We need a new hangout. Where are we going to go?" Tamburino lamented. "I've been crying. I'm really depressed over this. " The hotel that redefined luxury in Philadelphia when it opened on Logan Square on July 31, 1983, closed Saturday, checking out its final guests and serving its last power breakfasts even as staff quietly whisked paintings off the walls.