April 17, 2014 |
PARIS - There's no such thing as a casual stroll through the streets of Paris with former Philly girl Karen Reb Rudel. Rudel, 45, is the proprietor of Sight Seeker's Delight, a company offering walking tours of Paris with a theatrical flair. She passes a brick building in her old neighborhood, Butte-aux-Cailles, renowned for its examples of art nouveau design, and explains that it holds three swimming pools fed by a thermal spring. A fountain across the street in Place Paul Verlaine, with graceful, arced silver spigots, is fed by the same spring and, she says, the water that runs beneath this part of the city is said to hold rejuvenating qualities.
April 10, 2014 |
THIS WEEK, Philly will be invaded by fans from schools competing in the Frozen Four NCAA ice hockey championships that will be held tomorrow and Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. We'd like nothing better than to give them a real Philly experience. Send then home saying "yo" and "wudder. " There are, of course, the obvious places to visit: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Rocky statue. But hey, a guy's gotta eat. We figure the fans from Boston College, North Dakota, Minnesota and Union College already know about Pat's and Geno's cheesesteak emporiums.
April 9, 2014
Traffic information can be found at www.511pa.com , www.511nj.org or by calling 511 before or after the game. Mass transit: www.septa.org.ncq Tickets: Standing-room-only tickets go on sale at noon at the first-base ticket windows. Citizens Bank Way party, beginning at 1 p.m. and free for fans, includes a live performance by Go Go Gadjet. Phillies batting practice begins at 1:13 p.m. Gates open at 1:35 p.m. All fans will receive a Citizens Bank Park commemorative banner.
March 31, 2014 |
Winger Wayne Simmonds is right: The Flyers have put themselves in a good spot, and, with nine regular-season games left, they do control their playoff destiny. Considering the disastrous manner in which the season started, that's an amazing development, one for which the Flyers deserve credit. But their great turnaround - they are 38-20-7 since their franchise-worst 1-7 start - won't mean a thing if they don't have a strong finish and secure a playoff spot. The Flyers know that, know they must continue to be a hard team to play against, know they have created some good chemistry the last several months.
March 27, 2014 |
Lil' Terminator & her mom Precocious and quite talented, The Govinator 's 24-year-old daughter, blogger and author Katherine Schwarzenegger , on Tuesday will release a new book, I Just Graduated ... Now What?: Honest Answers From Those Who Have Been There . Despite the awkward question-mark-colon conjunction, it reportedly is a useful guide for the young and lost who are bewildered when faced with a future full of possibility. KS chats in the book with grown-up folk dripping with sagacity (and fame)
March 24, 2014 |
BLOCKBUSTER musicals, a world premiere or two, the arrival of the Tony Awards' 2013 best play - yeah, we've got those. The Kimmel Center's Broadway series, source of crowd-pleasing "bus-and-truck" musicals, brings in "The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Wizard of Oz. " Local productions of note range from the Wilma's "Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq," a new play by Pulitzer Prizer Paula Vogel, to InterAct Theatre Company's "Down Past Passyunk," based...
March 24, 2014 |
LIKE SWALLOWS to Capistrano and stinkbugs to windowsills, festival season returns to Philadelphia the instant the weather turns warmish. Mark your calendar for these fun fests: Philly Tech Week, April 4-12. The planet's coolest nerds (ours) launch their week with the world's tallest video game - Tetris on the Cira Centre facade, controlled by gamers at Eakins Oval. Other STEMtastic events include a night of tech Quizzo. Arcade @ the Oval, 7-10:30 p.m. April 4, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, free, full Tech Week schedule at 2014.phillytechweek.com.
March 24, 2014 |
READY TO SPRING forward, showgoers? Get your ears engaged and your body in motion with some fine musicians, two big back-to-back radio-sponsored rock fests, the return of Philly's Center City Jazz Festival and more fabulous femmes - Miley Cyrus, Cher and Lady Gaga, too - than your dance-pop-loving heart can take without bursting. Okkervil River, March 28. This brittle, edgy folk-rock troupe (named after a Russian short story) is so literate, its lyrics stand alone as vivid poetry, short yarns.