December 4, 2015 |
If you're looking to stuff a stocking with something a little more special than a sixpack (not that there's anything wrong with a sixpack, hint-hint), Joe Sixpack has just what you're looking for - from bottle openers to worldwide travel. For your dog The gift shop at Victory Brewing (420 Acorn Lane, Downingtown) is fully stocked with glassware, apparel and beer-infused foods. But what about Fido? Get your pooch an "I love Victory" leash. $10. For the cellar A share in Joe Sixpack's holiday case club is a great way to taste a big variety of Christmas beers and winter warmers.
November 16, 2015 |
There's a new movement changing the landscape of our neighborhood dining scene. And it's flowing on draft at an independent brewpub near you. With the craft-beer movement doubling its share of the U.S. market over the last five years, most Americans now live within 10 miles of a brewery. In the beer-savvy Philadelphia region, people are even closer. Increasingly, those breweries are taking the form of brewpubs, the number of which has quadrupled over the last four years in Pennsylvania.
November 4, 2015 |
HOW MUCH BLOOD has been spilled and battles fought to protect something that so few of us take advantage of? Yes, we're talking about voting and yes, we're talking to you. If you're trying to decide whether to go to the polls today, think about this: Plenty of people hope you stay home today. Some wish you didn't have the right to vote, and continue to work to try to take it away. They think it's an easy right to chip away at, because so few people care. They would rather have money decide elections.
October 31, 2015 |
It is dark when the alarm goes off. It remains dark well past that first cup of coffee. Fear not, sleepyhead, for help is on the way Sunday - in the form of that annual mass reprogramming of digital devices that comes with the end of daylight saving time. But coping with the shift requires more than just turning clocks back by an hour, sleep medicine specialists warn. Many people will feel off their game for a day or two, and those with existing sleep issues can take up to a week to recover, said Philip Gehrman, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.
October 12, 2015 |
Elaine Catherine Pierson Mastroianni, 89, of Bryn Mawr, a physician and the author of Sex Is Never an Emergency , a sexual-health guide for young adults, died Saturday, Oct. 3, of lung cancer at home. Dr. Pierson's slim paperback appeared on campuses a decade before Dr. Ruth Westheimer suggested a frank approach to human sexuality, and three years before Our Bodies, Ourselves , a landmark book on sex, was released. "My primary objective of this little book is to prevent unwanted pregnancies and, secondarily, to help students be more comfortable with their level of sexuality, whatever that level is," she wrote.
October 9, 2015 |
THE SO-CALLED "sexual revolution" was in full cry in the mid-1960s when Elaine Pierson-Mastroianni was running the student health clinic at the University of Pennsylvania and noticed an interesting phenomenon. Young female students would show up at the clinic in October and February, a few months after their last dates with boyfriends back home during summer and the holiday breaks. Why then? Well, it didn't take Elaine long to come to the obvious conclusion. She had been writing frank articles about sex and contraception for the University of Pennsylvania's undergraduate newspaper, the Daily Pennsylvanian, and she was well aware of where these young women were coming from.
September 21, 2015 |
Philadelphia - cradle of American democracy, the first city in the colonies to grant religious liberty, and for three centuries a welcoming port city to immigrants from around the world - will this week host what promises to be the largest gathering in its history: a two-day visit by Pope Francis to cap the Catholic Church's eighth international World Meeting of Families. With 750,000 people predicted to see Francis next Saturday, and more than a million on Sunday, this special 24-page section is a guide to the World Meeting and Philadelphia.
September 14, 2015 |
New faces - and the artistic presence that comes with them - arise on multiple fronts this fall. The old model of an extended tryout for new leadership candidates is happening alongside quicker successions and educated risks. Camden's Symphony in C made consistency a priority, forgoing tryouts and hiring Stilian Kirov, recently associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony, as music director for the new season. Mendelssohn Club's Paul Rardin has already filled the shoes of retiring Alan Harler with his choral work at Temple and has assembled a season peppered with virtually all Philadelphia's most prominent composers.
September 13, 2015 |
Call it the season of the maker. Philadelphia has always been a center for crafts-based artists, but this fall more will be on view than usual. In conjunction with November's Craft NOW Philadelphia conference, several local institutions, including the Art Alliance, the Clay Studio, and the Center for Design in Wood, will show work by some of the area's acknowledged masters. Two shows will spotlight the monumental - or more accurately geological - porcelain sculpture of Paula Winokur.
September 13, 2015 |
In nubby sweaters on cool, clear days, Philadelphians turn out for fall events feting the arts, the season, the harvest, the city's ethnic mix - and this year, in a first, the cheesesteak. (So wear a big sweater.)The papal visit adds a spiritual dimension to the always-packed festival calendar. The annual Puerto Rican and Thanksgiving Day parades draw their crowds to the Parkway, too. The Fringe Festival Through Sept. 19 Thespians push the envelope and occupy unexpected venues.