January 10, 2015 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (****) After the celebrations, high-voltage excitement, and romantic touches, you probably will be happy to have a quiet few days. Choose your favorite relaxing pastime, and schedule just that through Sunday a.m. At that point, your interest in others will start peaking. Make appropriate plans. You are getting ready for another round of fun! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (****) You are acting as if there is no tomorrow as you push the torrid temperature up. The intensity between you and another person could be hard to contain.
November 1, 2014 |
It cannot be a simple task, adapting Charles Dickens' Great Expectations for the stage, but playwright Gale Childs Daly gave it a go. A few nips and tucks later, the Arden Theatre Company's new production brings bright, young Pip, dismal Miss Havisham, and her ice-cold adopted daughter Estella (along with more than 30 others) to life with a six-person cast and minimal props. However, those reasonable cuts - even Dickens purists might not miss the excised personages and events - don't result in an entirely taut show.
October 15, 2014 |
Targa Resources Corp. is buying two oil-and-gas pipeline companies controlled by Philadelphia's Cohen family for $5.9 billion, creating a substantial energy transportation and storage firm. Targa announced Monday that it had agreed to buy Atlas Pipeline Partners L.P. and the "midstream" assets of Atlas Energy L.P. for a combination of cash and partnership units. With the acquisition, Targa, owner of a Gulf Coast plant to export natural-gas liquids including propane and ethane, would expand its operations in the Permian Basin oil field and gain footholds in shale regions in Texas and Oklahoma, where Atlas has a strong presence.
September 26, 2014
I DID NOT have a Dickensian childhood. I had more than enough to eat, unlike orphaned Oliver Twist. I had the love and attention that was denied to poor little David Copperfield. I was not forced to scavenge in graveyards, like Pip from Great Expectations . All in all, it was much more Brady Bunch than Bleak House . But there were moments when one of the parental units - usually dad - would explain to my butt those things that my mind was unwilling or unable to process. This is a roundabout way of saying that I sometimes got slapped on my roundabout.
September 14, 2014 |
THEATER season has kicked off, as always, with the Fringe Festival, now in its 18th year. Between now and the holidays, the region will see a slate of performances ranging from Broadway-blockbusters like "Newsies" to dramas like Arden Theatre's take on "Great Expectations" to one-person presentations on a dizzying array of topics - including a cheeky zoology lesson by Isabella Rossellini. If you blink you'll miss what figures to be the most talked-about one-night stand on the schedule - the musical horror story "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett.
August 19, 2014 |
HISTORY HAS shown that teams that can't rush the quarterback generally don't win a lot. In the last 4 years, just eight of the 48 teams that qualified for the playoffs finished 20th or lower in the league in sacks. One of those eight teams happens to be the 2013 Eagles, who managed to win 10 games and a division title despite registering just 37 sacks, the 13th fewest in the league. The only playoff team with fewer sacks than the Eagles last year was the Chargers, who had 35. So, here we are, just 3 weeks before the unveiling of the Season of Great Expectations, and the question on today's docket is this: Is the Eagles' pass rush really any better than it was a year ago?
June 10, 2014 |
THINGS WERE hopping in and around Philly last year at this time. On the Monday before Merion hosted the U.S. Open, the Daily News published a 36-page pullout featuring Tiger Woods on the cover. The headline read: "Great Expectations. " The staff at Merion had great expectations, too. They had worked diligently to manicure the East course. In the end, some 25,000 fans attended each day of the 113th production of the 4-day tournament. Justin Rose, not Tiger, won the event.
April 11, 2014 |
Richard Power Hoffmann's lightbulb moment - a beautifully simple, why-hasn't-anyone-thought-of-this idea - is now being projected through the twin 15-kilowatt xenon short-arc lamps of IMAX theaters. "Watermelon Magic," the charming, 30-minute tale of a little girl (Sylvia Green Hoffmann, the director's daughter) and a patch of watermelons, was shot with his Canon 5D still camera. Hoffmann employed the technique in his 2007 shorts "Fridays At the Farm" and "Prayer For Philadelphia," winner of that year's Great Expectations: Citizen Voices on Philadelphia's Future competition (cosponsored by The Inquirer)