April 22, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: It seems there are new breweries opening every week. The latest to announce a big development is Evil Genius, which is building its brewery under the El on Front Street in Fishtown by early 2017, according to Michael Klein. That joins the new St. Benjamin's tasting room and brewpub set to open to the public in nearby Kensington next month, as well as at least another couple of brewery/cidery projects that have been discussed for the neighborhood.
April 10, 2016
By Simon Callow Viking. 496 pp. $40 Reviewed by Michael Magras He was an actor and director of such intensity that some of the leading ladies he kissed during performances - Eartha Kitt in the play Time Runs , Margaret Lockwood in the film Trent's Last Case - ended up with bruised lips. He was known to eat at one sitting "a meal consisting of five copious courses, two bottles of red wine and many glasses of fifty-year-old cognac. " And he thought so much of himself that when an agent who could resuscitate his flagging career said upon meeting him, "May I call you Orson?"
January 23, 2016 |
Oscar Wilde: From the Depths is a bio-drama about the author of some of the most delightfully witty social comedies ever written. Lantern Theater Company is presenting the world premiere of Charles McMahon's play - in which delight, wit, social comedy, and general theatrical joy are in very short supply. This is Wilde in earnest mode, sloshing around in self-pity and sentimentality, reciting long passages from his books as though they were conversation. The play's subtitle is the English version of De Profundis , Wilde's long letter to his lover, Bosie, which he wrote while in prison for "gross indecency.
December 14, 2015 |
Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan were geniuses at different times for the same amount of time: two years. That's how long each of them had atop that pedestal before the rest of the NFL knocked them off. If you're a head coach and want to be a genius for more than two years, you'd better have Joe Montana or Tom Brady as your quarterback. Otherwise, there will be a reckoning, and it will be humbling. Kelly's reckoning, of course, began in the final four weeks of last season, his second with the Eagles, and has continued through the first 12 weeks of this one. His up-tempo, simplified-playbook approach to offense doesn't catch opponents off guard as often as it once did, and his reliance on a rigorous sports science program has at times inspired eye rolls from at least some of his players.
December 8, 2015 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The scoreboard decides genius and makes its final judgment over years and decades, not days and weeks. It always looks a lot smarter to win than to lose. Time has already made a call on New England coach Bill Belichick, who has built a football edifice that, even if it fell right now, would still be ranked among the most enduring in NFL history. Chip Kelly? Well, the jury is sequestered and has asked for reams of additional evidence. Get back to us on that one. But if a football analyst from any era took a hard look at the Sunday game between the Patriots and the Eagles, it would be really difficult to determine which guy is the genius and which is considered several answers short of a good SAT score.
October 2, 2015 |
Jacob Soll was walking on the University of Pennsylvania campus on a rainy September day in 2011, thinking his career might as well be over. The Boston-bred son of a single mother, Soll held a doctorate in history from Cambridge University and was a tenured professor at Rutgers-Camden. But he thought that his groundbreaking research on early modern Europe was not having an impact. He earned far less than his peers, and lived with his wife and two young daughters in a West Philadelphia home whose roof was literally caving in. "I felt completely hopeless," he said.
October 1, 2015 |
WHEN YOU WRITE about celebrities every day, it's not often that you get to write about geniuses. But once a year the MacArthur Foundation gives out its "genius" grants, and after we get over the heartbreak of again not winning (people think cracking wise on Kanye West is so easy), we like to mention the people who won. Newly minted "Black Panther" writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and "Hamilton" composer/writer/star Lin-Manuel Miranda are two of the bold-faced names on this year's list of 24. Each receive $625,000, paid out in quarterly installments over five years.
October 1, 2015 |
Carrey: Deeply saddened Jim Carrey , 53, on Tuesday spoke up about his gf of three years, Cathriona White , who died Monday of an apparent suicide. Carrey said he was deeply saddened by her death. "She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving . . . was all that sparkled. " Mimi Lien wins genius grant You may have seen her work at a performance of BalletX, Pig Iron Theatre Company, or at FringeArts. Perhaps you noticed but not really.
September 4, 2015 |
FROM TIME to time, I like to check in with the U.S. Patent Office for a progress report on the exciting field of beer inventions. Over the years, we've seen brilliant ideas, ranging from tooth protectors on beer bottles to beer pong tables that keep your beer cold. Honestly, if we could channel some of that ingenuity into, say, theoretical aerodynamics, we'd have those rocket packs by now. So, what's new? Here's a handful of recent patent applications. * Shotgun Accessible Beer Can (#2015-0183547)
August 10, 2015 |
For years, Jason Segel has proved himself a reliably funny dude, a comic foil and sometimes-leading man in rom-coms, brom-coms, and a sitcom, too. Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man, The Five-Year Engagement, and nine seasons' worth of the CBS hit How I Met Your Mother - the guy's comedy cred is without question. But Segel, like comic actors before him (Bill Murray and Robin Williams, to name two), was itching to try something different, something with more heft, more meaning.