September 21, 2016
By Jon Caroulis A man in ancient Rome named Claudius tells members of the Senate he is half-witted, but adds, "I have survived to middle age with half my wits while thousands have died with all of theirs intact. Evidently quality of wits is more important than quantity!" Those words were spoken on one of TV's greatest shows, I, Claudius , a 12-hour BBC miniseries about the first four emperors of Rome that debuted 40 years ago this month. One year later, it appeared on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre and became one of the network's most-watched shows.
August 26, 2016 |
THIS ONE might be the toughest. It's strange to think about. We've sat through how many of these already? The centerfielder, the shortstop, the second baseman, the World Series MVP. Could it really be that the eight-hole hitter was the one to burrow furthest into that part of your mind where the visceral memories go? The Phillies traded Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers Thursday. They didn't receive much in return; nor were they expected to. Tommy Bergjans is the name. A 23-year-old righty whom the Dodgers drafted in the eighth round in June 2015.
August 26, 2016 |
HERE IS THE difference between becoming Olympic heroes and Olympic dimwits. On Tuesday, the gold medal-winning United States women's gymnastics team was in Manhattan for a taping of the The Tonight Show and just happened to swing by the Richard Rodgers Theatre for prime seats to the Broadway hit Hamilton . On the secondary market, tickets to the high-demand show start at $300 to $500 for the cheapest seats, and reportedly average around...
July 9, 2016 |
EUGENE, Ore. - Marielle Hall has already made American track and field history. Now she's doubling down on her Olympic ambitions. Hall is bound for Rio de Janeiro after her third-place finish Saturday in the 10,000-meter final at the U.S. Olympic trials. The Haddonfield High and University of Texas alumna now has set her sights on the 5,000 meters. She finished in 31 minutes, 54.77 seconds behind Molly Huddle and Emily Infeld on Saturday at Hayward Field. Hall will be the first African American runner to represent the United States in the Olympic 10,000, "and that's very meaningful to me," she said.
June 5, 2016
A Personal History of L.A. Punk By John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends Da Capo. 336 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Tom Wilk The music that emerged from the Los Angeles punk rock scene of the late 1970s and early '80s resisted easy categorization. The aggression of X, the thrash of Black Flag, the pop/rock sounds of the Go-Go's, and the roots-music dynamism of the Blasters reflected the variety of the musical landscape. It's an era skillfully recounted in Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends.
May 29, 2016
The Gene An Intimate History By Siddhartha Mukherjee Scribner. 592 pp. $30 Reviewed by Jim Higgins 'Like Pythagoras' triangle, like the cave paintings at Lascaux, like the Pyramids in Giza, like the image of a fragile blue planet seen from outer space, the double helix of DNA is an iconic image, etched permanently into human history and memory," Siddhartha Mukherjee writes in The Gene: An Intimate History...
May 27, 2016 |
Seasonal spring eating is all about shoots and sprouts. Tomato and cucumber plants may be in the ground, but they are far from bearing fruit. Spring is a season to celebrate green: emerald lettuces, celadon kale, jade green asparagus, tender chartreuse spring peas, and a palette of herbs. The earliest crops in my garden are always the spinach planted last fall, the garlic that sprouts from last year's harvest, and the arugula and cilantro that went to seed and self-sowed all about in bare patches, waiting for the rain and warm weather of May. Asparagus has popped up in gardens and is coming in abundance from South Jersey farms.
May 2, 2016 |
JERSEY SHORE, Pa. - Blake and Gerlinde Trimble lived for nearly 30 years in the Riverdale Mobile Home Park outside this curiously named borough. But four years after they were evicted to make way for the shale-gas boom, they hardly recognize the place. "I'm having some trouble getting my bearings," Blake Trimble, 61, said as the couple wandered through a grassy field where their trailer once stood, identifying traces of raspberries, blueberries, and honeysuckle they had planted. It was their first visit since 2012, when security guards and the state police told residents that after they packed up, they couldn't come back.
April 27, 2016 |
Jennifer Childs, longtime artistic director for 1812 Productions, debuts Tuesday night in her self-penned, one-woman show I Will Not Go Gently at Plays & Players Theatre. Childs plays multiple roles in a musical tale of ageism, egoism, comebacks, and rock and roll. Three characters - a podcasting fan-mom, a faded television heroine, and a tech-centric tween - try to grab for glory they may or may not ever have had. These characters all bear some connection to Sierra Mist, an imaginary '70s/'80s female rocker icon whose music and image (Childs says)
March 26, 2016 |
You don't need to visit France to enjoy a good château. Just wander over to Chestnut Street, where the nine-story Crozer Building lords over the 1400 block. Unlike the aristocratic French homes, this is a vertical château, and it was created for a burgeoning American commercial district. Designed by Frank Miles Day & Bro. in the late 1890s for the American Baptist Publication Society, the Crozer Building is one of the earliest tall buildings in Philadelphia. At the time, architects were making the transition from masonry to lighter steel-frame construction.