November 7, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - This season probably didn't start out quite the way Penn State wide receiver Geno Lewis expected. Last season, playing behind DaeSean Hamilton, Lewis logged 55 catches for 751 yards. But the 2015 season began slowly for the 6-foot-1, 205-pound redshirt junior, who went four games without a single catch. In nine games, he has made nine catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the Lions' last two games. "I've been through a lot harder things in life than not playing football," Lewis said.
July 8, 2015 |
Comic HeadKrack from "Dish Nation" was in town yesterday to tout a new, hotter Philly time slot for the popular Fox tabloid talk show. "Dish Nation" is moving from midnight to 7 p.m. because it's been doing so well in the ratings. HeadKrack, also a regular DJ on the nationally syndicated radio program "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" appeared on "Good Day Philadelphia" yesterday with Fox 29 anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley . He thanked Philly for giving him and the show that coveted new spot on Channel 29. "It was originally a dirty little secret - airing in the middle of the night - just getting buried after 11 p.m., but people are starting to recognize," HeadKrack told me yesterday.
May 8, 2015 |
THE MAN who helped Spider-Man reach the "big time" is coming back to the City of Brotherly Love for Wizard Philly 2015 - and he couldn't be happier. "I've been to Wizard Philly numerous times. I love Philly," said Dan Slott, one of the most popular and prolific writers working in comics today. "I am most looking forward to finally putting to rest . . . Pat's or Geno's? The eternal question! Though, I hear if I want the real Philly cheesesteak experience, I have to stray from the bright lights of Pat's and Geno's.
April 17, 2015 |
It is an empty parcel at the edge of a block of rowhouses, a corner aglow from the nearby cheesesteak meccas that make South Philadelphia hum all night: Pat's and Geno's. But the lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets - like other real estate in resurgent South Philly - is the front line in a war over disappearing parking, a battle that finds longtime residents fighting the lucrative forces of progress. A developer's proposal to fill the space with a batch of apartments and stores is being met with fierce resistance in Passyunk Square, where redevelopment has made parking harder than ever for those who live in the century-old rowhouses that spoke off newly resurgent Passyunk Avenue.
January 24, 2015
ISSUE | FOOD SAFETY Gents, Ladies wit? The analysis of which is cleaner, Pat's or Geno's, neglected to mention that neither has public bathrooms ("Which Is Cleaner: Pat's Or Geno's?" Jan. 18). How does the city permit this when they each have seating for in excess of 50 people? I was at Geno's once and a tour bus from Cleveland pulled up. Ever been on a tour bus? Then you know that after riding for hours, people head right for the bathrooms before eating. In this case, several people went back to use the bus toilet and, of course, could not wash their hands.
January 19, 2015 |
The eternal debate about which South Philly icon makes the better cheesesteak rages on. But now we can add a fight over which is cleaner. Data from the city's food inspection reports show some minor and not-so-minor violations at both Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks over the last five years. In this Philly-style smackdown, the Geno's team executed a more disciplined game plan, being cited for just two food-borne-illness violations since 2009, compared with five for Pat's.
September 8, 2014 |
After six consecutive scoreless drives and holding a four-point lead over Akron, Penn State's offense turned to wide receiver Geno Lewis to begin its third possession of the third quarter. It picked the right guy. The redshirt sophomore jump-started the Nittany Lions' drive by nearly making an acrobatic, one-handed catch along the sideline, drawing a pass-interference penalty in the process. And on a critical third-and-25 play shortly after that, quarterback Christian Hackenberg found Lewis in stride just beyond the first-down marker for a diving reception that extended the momentum-shifting drive.
April 12, 2014 |
A. Zell Williams' Down Past Passyunk is one of those rare plays that makes you sympathize with the very kind of person you despise. And that makes it exactly the sort of play that InterAct Theatre Company specializes in: a human story about a politically volatile topic. The plot springs from the true and ludicrous events that took place - and perhaps are still taking place - eight years ago at Geno's Steaks (which, for anybody who has not been down past Passyunk, is the garishly lit competitor of Pat's King of Steaks - both South Philly landmarks.)
April 11, 2014
SURE, IT'S based on the infamous episode sparked by the late cheesesteak impresario Joey Vento posting a sign at Geno's insisting patrons place their orders in English. But at its essence, "Down Past Passyunk" is a legal drama. As in the law of unintended consequences. The A. Zell Williams ensemble piece is having its world premiere staged by InterAct Theatre Company through April 27 at Center City's Adrienne Theatre. It is an intense, thought-provoking piece that starts out as what appears to be the kind of wise-guy riff on working-class Philadelphians that Bruce Graham has taken to the bank for decades.
March 20, 2014 |
TWO WEEKS ago, Geno Vento stood in the back of the the Penn's Landing Playhouse. It was the VIP performance of "The Calamari Sisters' Big, Fat, Italian Wedding," and Vento, wearing a short beard, thick gold chain and T-shirt beneath a loose-fitting gray suit, unobtrusively watched the wacky musical comedy's two characters, Carmela and Delphine Calamari, sing, dance, crack jokes and cook sausages. The 42-year-old cheesesteak heir, the guy named after his family's South Philly steak shop (and not the other way around)