December 11, 2011
A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History By Robert Hughes Knopf. 512 pp. $35 Reviewed by John Timpane Could you have a better guide to Rome than Robert Hughes? To the idea of Rome, I mean, or, closer yet, to the idea of the history of Rome? This book is a panoramic account of Rome's several ascents: pagan empire of 1,229 years; Christian empire for nearly as long; capital of art for millenniums; one of the homes of modernism; dysfunctional yet somehow influential modern citadel of corruption.
November 9, 2011 |
EVERY SON tries to one-up his father. Heck, isn't that half the fun of being a boy, especially as the years zip by and cluelessness yields to perception? Friday night at 7 o'clock, before what promises to be a large, energized crowd at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium, Mike Piscopo will have a chance to help La Salle High win a fourth straight Catholic AAAA football championship. Piscopo, a 6-1, 190-pound senior, makes his most significant contributions at outside linebacker.
October 19, 2011
THE ROYAL THEATER is in Southwest Center City, but three historic venues in transition are on North Broad Street: * Uptown Theater, near Dauphin. Built in 1927. Art deco building opened in 1929 as a movie house. From 1951 to 1978, known as Philadelphia's version of Harlem's Apollo Theater. Listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Renovation of Education and Entertainment Tower began in August. Got $10,000 grant from National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve theater's historic features.
October 19, 2011 |
If it seemed odd that the new owners of the 76ers would hold a loud celebration Tuesday to mark their acquisition of a becalmed basketball team that plays in a league that currently doesn't exist, then you haven't really paid attention to how these guys run their businesses. The group led by Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, two men who have done very well moving money from one pocket to the next, didn't buy the Sixers despite the fact the team operates in the red and isn't a very attractive commodity on the market.
September 23, 2011 |
Those who witness Saturday night's ATP Champions Tour Shootout at the Wells Fargo Center will see something most U.S. tennis fans haven't over the last decade - American men with Grand Slam titles. The fab four competing here - Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and Jimmy Connors - combined to capture 34 majors. That's 34 more than U.S. males have won since 2003, when Andy Roddick took the U.S. Open. Whether this drought is the result of cyclical factors, the game's globalization or something systemic has become a popular topic of tennis debate and one that defies easy answers.
September 14, 2011 |
Built in 1936, the massive concrete stands of Collingswood's football stadium cast a large shadow - literally and figuratively. New Collingswood coach Jack McConnell knows the history. He's a Collingswood guy. He played four years for the Panthers before graduating in 1988. McConnell also is trying to build for the future. He and his staff have invested a ton of time and effort in helping a youth football program in town get off the ground. But right now, the Panthers' focus is the present - the season opener Friday night at Haddonfield and the rest of the 2011 season.
September 3, 2011 |
Penns Grove's tailback was racing toward the end zone, and Clint Wiley was in hot pursuit. The new Sterling coach wasn't trying to make a tackle. He was trying to make a point. "Heads up, heads up," Wiley yelled as a few Sterling players took on that dejected, this-feels-familiar look after an opposing touchdown. Wiley won't have it. Neither will his assistants. If the tri-scrimmage that Sterling hosted the other day against Penns Grove and Cedar Creek is any indication, the Silver Knights are going to be a dramatically different team this season - and for years to come.
August 29, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll spice up the day by going for a bigger challenge than you did last week. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Normally, you subscribe to the "no guts, no glory" adage. But today you're not really after glory, so you take it in a different direction: No guts, no fun. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). A conflict is still dragging on. Lay down your arms. The other team is as tired of the battle as you are. CANCER (June 22-July 22). It takes discipline, but you do your work whether or not you feel inspired to do it. A sudden flash of insight comes in the afternoon.
August 26, 2011 |
DETROIT - Esther Gordy Edwards, who helped build Motown Records alongside her brother Berry Gordy Jr. and led efforts to turn its original Detroit headquarters into a museum, has died. She was 91. Edwards died yesterday surrounded by family and friends in Detroit, the Motown Historical Museum said in a statement. Edwards was a Motown executive for nearly three decades, holding numerous leadership positions within the music company whose artists included Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Four Tops.