December 17, 2014 |
AN 1849 TRAVEL guide for men visiting Philadelphia aimed to make sure visitors really felt at home. A Guide to the Stranger was the 19th-century equivalent of Trip Advisor - only, instead of rating restaurants and room service, it reviewed brothels. The document has generated buzz since it was posted online by its owner, the Library Company of Philadelphia. The Library Company is a research library founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin. It's open to anyone with a research project and also hosts exhibits throughout the year.
December 5, 2014
BEER ENTHUSIASTS are so easy to buy gifts for. As long as it comes in a sixpack, we're happy with whatever you give us. And we're even happier with a little more imagination on your part. Look no further than Joe Sixpack's Annual Ultimate Gift Guide. For the DIYer Local home-brew shops offer all-in-one starter kits for kitchen brewmasters. Or head to Northern Brewer, an online home-brew supplier, for one of its holiday-inspired kits, including Festivus Miracle Holiday Ale ($49.99)
December 1, 2014 |
Last spring, when my wife Gretta and I began planning a trip to Paris to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in September, we knew this would probably be our only opportunity to realize a dream Gretta had nurtured for years: to make a pilgrimage to the countryside where her father, William, had fought in World War I. William arrived in France in spring 1918. From then on, until his return to the United States in 1919, he kept a diary. He was with the Army as a machine-gunner in the 28th Division.
November 28, 2014 |
NO MATTER how late Thanksgiving is, the winter holidays come quickly every year. And every year, the People Paper has you covered. This year's rundown lays out three dozen Philly-in-December traditions. Some - the Pops, Longwood Christmas, "The Nutcracker,"; all those light shows - you already know, and love. Others - Joybells of Melmark, Christmas Posada, City Hall's new ice rink - you really oughta give a try. Sure, you'll be busy. 'Tis the season. (Free events have an *) CITY LIGHTS Macy's Light Show,* Nov. 28-Dec.
November 13, 2014 |
Blind Comcast Corp. TV executive Tom Wlodkowski says the company's talking TV guide for the visually impaired will go live on the nation's largest cable TV system by Dec. 1. The talking guide, still in its beta phase, can be accessed by Xfinity subscribers on the company's X1 set-top boxes. There are five million X1 set-top boxes in American homes, and Comcast is switching out older boxes for X1s throughout its cable TV franchise areas. Of about 22 million Xfinity TV subscribers, 600,000 to 700,000 could be classified as blind or visually impaired, based on national statistics.
November 4, 2014 |
VOTERS WILL decide in tomorrow's general election whether Gov. Corbett gets a second chance in office or whether Democrat Tom Wolf will be the first candidate to defeat an incumbent governor since the state's Constitution was amended in 1968 to allow a second term. Voters in Pennsylvania also will cast ballots for members of the U.S. House, state House of Representatives and half of the 50 state Senate members. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters with questions about their registration status or polling place can call the Philadelphia City Commission at 215-686-1590 or visit PhiladelphiaVotes.com.
October 14, 2014 |
As Clayton Gonzalez makes his way through the hallways at Veterans Memorial Family School, he stops every few minutes to ask a student, "You all right?" He checks in with a 7-year-old new to the K-8 Camden school who was bummed out to learn it had no soccer program, then stops by the cafeteria and talks with a boy sitting alone at lunch. Earlier in the day, he visited the home of a family who had just lost its patriarch to a car accident, and then went to help a father translate court documents into Spanish.
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.