September 29, 2014 |
Maker Designer, collector, and design advocate Lisa Roberts of Center City. Creation DesignPOP (Rizzoli, September 2014), a coffee-table-worthy compendium of game-changers in 21st-century product design. The book identifies key trends like sustainability, design for social responsibility, and advancing technology. Vision "One of my agendas is to make design understandable and accessible to people who are not in the industry," Roberts said. "It's like when you go into a museum and you have a curator who takes youaround and talks to you about the artworks.
September 20, 2014 |
Jane Godshalk is out to demystify the art of floral design. It's not that hard, she insists. "All you really need to do is pay attention to the flowers themselves - their shapes, their colors, where you want to put them - and then learn a few tricks. " A few tricks? Sounds like Julia Child suggesting we whip up a little dinner party. It's OK to laugh. The 66-year-old Godshalk is disarmingly, charmingly, earnest about this demystification thing, but given her talent and expertise, "a few tricks" qualifies as serious understatement.
September 14, 2014 |
HOLLYWOOD'S summer box office was off 15 percent this year, for obvious reasons such as "Blended" and "A Million Ways to Die in the West. " By season's end, parents were white-knuckling it though "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," wondering when the nightmare would end. It will - in just a few weeks, as it turns out. That's when Hollywood starts angling for awards and even the genre pictures are stocked with better talent. Here are some fall highlights: The Guest, Sept. 17. Dying in "Downton Abbey" was the best thing that could have happened to Dan Stevens, who has four titles coming out this fall.
August 29, 2014 |
A top Veterans Affairs administrator in Philadelphia insisted Wednesday that the pictures of Oscar the Grouch peppered around its internal training guide were not meant to depict cranky veterans. Instead, director Diana Rubens said, the image of the crass Sesame Street character who lives in a trash can was a message to VA employees to keep "our inner Oscar" inside. Rubens made the comments as she opened the first of two town-hall meetings Wednesday for veterans and their families.
August 20, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Before the Taney Dragons arrive at their assigned field for practice, Josh Lupacchino is already there, equipment in the back of his golf cart, a Mid-Atlantic team hat on his head. Lupacchino, 30, is one of about three dozen volunteers, most from the Williamsport area, who are assigned to help teams and stick with them throughout their stay in the tourney. The Little League calls them hosts, but their shirts - and the players - call them "uncles. " "Sunup to sundown, we're just here to help them out, whatever they need," Lupacchino said.
August 2, 2014 |
Another day, another road map. The day after a City Council contingent presented plans for an ambitious data-driven program to guide city spending, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce announced its own ambitious data-driven program to guide economic growth to pay for that spending. Both initiatives involve deep statistical dives into the city's health, listening tours, and final reports. While Council hopes to affect the spending habits of future mayors, the chamber wants to put its imprint on the coming race for the city's next chief executive, as well as on his or her first term in office.