January 8, 2016 |
Donna Mae Stemmer was a pistol. You can see it in each faded Polaroid and snazzy outfit of hers on display at Philly AIDS Thrift on South Fifth Street and Philly AIDS Thrift Giovanni's Room at 12th and Pine. In all of them, no matter the year, there's a mischievous glint in her eye and a smile playing on her lips. "She might have come out a bit less toward the end of her life, but she was still decked out," says friend Michael Byrne. The 82-year-old transgender trailblazer, who died in June at her Pennsauken home, was a University of Pennsylvania grad with a law degree from Temple who worked as a lawyer and served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years, fighting in Korea, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel, and being decorated 25 times, including a Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
September 28, 2015 |
The 365 voices from parishes in Newark, Elizabeth, and Linden, N.J., were triumphant as they marched across the Ben Franklin Bridge on Saturday, eager to arrive for the papal festivities. "Glory! Glory! Glory!" the group sang, accompanied by guitars and drums, as the crowds parted to let them pass. The 1.8-mile span was like a fall block party - thousands of joggers, in-line skaters, cyclists, dog walkers, and families pushing strollers - and then there were the faithful headed to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia.
September 21, 2015 |
Where can a small, formerly all-women's Catholic college beat - well, actually trounce - an Ivy League university in its inaugural outing? On the football field. The sprint football field, that is. In its first game ever, Chestnut Hill College, which went coed in 2003, beat Princeton, 48-13, Saturday at a field in Plymouth Meeting. Sprint football is played the same as the regular version, except that players can't weigh more than 172 pounds, leading to faster action in which even a trim 5-foot-3 Raevon Floyd-Bennett could land a spectacular tackle for the Griffins.
September 3, 2015 |
In the late 2000s, Robert B. Hanna and Bill Lammey became the last winners of the legendary Merchantville Cup. Legendary among the only four golfers who competed for it, a couple of times a year, by going out in a friendly foursome to lay claim to the honor that they had devised for themselves. "It was only for the four guys," Kristin Abbe, Mr. Hanna's daughter, said. "More for the bragging rights. " Golf for fun. "That's the kind of guy my father was," she said. On Saturday, Aug. 29, Mr. Hanna, 73, of Merchantville, owner of the Philadelphia Fruit Market there from 1982 until the late 2000s, died of pancreatic cancer at ManorCare Health Services in Sewell.
September 3, 2015 |
Frank Wilczynski still remembers making those handoffs to Frank Hales and feathering those passes to Justin Stippick. "Like it was yesterday," Wilczynski said of the 2003 football season. In those days, Wilczynski was Overbrook's star senior quarterback. Now, he's the Rams' head coach. As a player, Wilczynski was part of Overbrook's last run of football glory. He led his last high school team to the South Jersey Group 2 final. The Rams lost, 17-12, to a West Deptford team led by Boston College-bound Tom Walls and featuring Penn State-bound Anthony Scirrotto and Rutgers-bound Kordell Young.
August 8, 2015 |
Jon Stewart, who redefined political satire and energized a generation of activists during his 16 years, 2,676 episodes, and 20 Emmy awards as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, ended his tenure Thursday. He had help from a slew of visiting friends and former colleagues, including Samantha Bee, Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Mo Rocca, Rob Corddry, and Olivia Munn. "This show isn't ending. We merely are taking a pause in the conversation," Stewart, 52, said at the end of the night.
August 7, 2015 |
If any of the four productions in Vulcan Lyric's first summer festival claims a solid place on the Philadelphia landscape, it's Glory Denied , a tough, uncompromising piece by Tom Cipullo that seemed to light a fire under the cast in an effective if bare-bones presentation Tuesday in the Prince Theater's black-box space. Though the opera tells the true story of Col. Jim Thompson - the longest-held prisoner of war in American history, imprisoned in Vietnam from 1964 to 1973 - this is no docu-opera: While sketching the general outlines of Thompson's story, Glory Denied embraces the artificiality of the medium in ways that get at the emotional truth of the situation as nothing else can. Obviously, it's not a tune-inspiring story.
July 22, 2015 |
This is going to be something to see and that is seldom said around here anymore. For a five-year span, Citizens Bank Park trumped the Jersey Shore, the Poconos and every other site in our area as the place to be in the searing heat of summer. From the parking lot tailgates to the congested strolls out on Ashburn Alley, the ballpark was a happening as much as it was a place for a great baseball game. That is all gone now. Only the diehards and those with free or deeply discounted tickets plop into the blue seats to watch a team that has trouble hitting, pitching and fielding most nights.
June 9, 2015 |
ELMONT, N.Y. - Racetrack lifers, those who knew Bob Baffert well enough to wander inside Barn 1 at Belmont Park, congregated in a corner as American Pharoah walked around the shed row. One guy held Baffert's coffee while the trainer signed a Belmont Stakes program for him. Out on Hempstead Turnpike, just over a fence, traffic spilled by, past a Wendy's and a Subway across the street, which seemed a world away. Inside the fence, there was an air of contentment. Why would the glow wear off?
April 10, 2015 |
After the Decemberists played the driving, lyrically ornate "The Infanta" at the Academy of Music on Tuesday night, singer Colin Meloy made a confession. The song, he told the audience, "serves no practical purpose whatsoever. " It was a strange moment, not because he was wrong, but because the issue of practicality is not one that seems to weigh heavily on the band's collective conscience. Over the last 15 years, the quintet from Portland, Ore., augmented on stage by singers Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor, has built a devoted, ever-growing fan base with elaborate, hyperliterary folk tunes - a cross between a medieval history seminar and an advanced vocabulary quiz.