August 12, 2011 |
BUDDY-COP FILMS have jumped every shark in the sea, but "The Guard" imagines a wickedly funny fish-out-of-water twist. An incorruptible black FBI man travels to rural West Ireland to coordinate a big international drug bust. His only real ally among the useless local cops is an abrasive bugger with a taste for drugs, prostitutes, Russian literature and racist wisecracks. Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) hasn't got much use for the niceties of the law. If he finds drugs at the scene of a car crash, he'll swallow them.
March 31, 2011 |
LONDON - No need to bell this cat: A gray-and-white tabby named Smokey has cat-apulted to fame with purring so loud it has been recorded at a potentially record-setting 73 decibels. The British community college that measured the sound said it peaked at 16 times louder than that of the average cat. By some estimates, that is about as noisy as busy traffic, a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner. The 12-year-old, ordinary-size feline first came to national attention last month when her owner, Ruth Adams, decided to run a local competition for the most powerful purr.
January 8, 2011 |
Coming into view slowly before he takes the post of music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2012, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has only begun to fill out a public profile, and what the public thinks of him inevitably hinges on what expectations one harbors of an orchestra leader in this unfortunate trough of institutional ambition. If, for instance, you feel the group's way out of financial and organizational chaos is to connect a podium personality and a community, then Nézet-Séguin's Thursday-night guest appearance was a tidy triumph.
November 26, 2010
G UINNESS STOUT is one of the most well-known brands of any kind in the world. Its harp logo is as familiar as the McDonald's arches. Its dark body and tan, cascading head are instantly recognizable from across the bar. Even beer drinkers who've never left Port Richmond can tell you it's been brewed since 1759 at St James's Gate, in Dublin, Ireland. It is the very definition of Irish stout. Turns out, Americans really don't know Guinness. At least not the Guinness that much of the rest of the world enjoys.
November 24, 2010 |
NEW YORK - Even if Verdi is your favorite composer and Don Carlo the most substantial of his 28 stage works, you could still be relieved that conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin wrapped up the opera 15 minutes under its near-five-hour estimated running time Monday at the Metropolitan Opera. That's not to suggest the opera needs to be shorter. The opening night of this new Nicholas Hytner production was a clear-cut hit, with all working parts falling so easily into place that the hyper-alert reading of the score - so richly detailed as to warrant comparison to Herbert von Karajan - by the Philadelphia Orchestra's music director-designate could put you in a rare state of Verdi overload.
October 24, 2010 |
BERLIN - The music was finished. Many bows had been taken. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra had left the stage Thursday night, except for a few straggling double bassists. But listeners were still there and still clapping. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin obligingly scooted back onto the Berlin Philharmonie stage with characteristic energy, and was greeted with yet another approving roar. The orchestra had played not just well, but interestingly, with a spontaneity that sometimes teetered on the edge of chaos in ways that suited the music and were encouraged by the guest conductor.
September 2, 2010 |
PHILLIES RYAN Howard and Chase Utley have secured spots in the "Guinness World Records 2011" book, due out Sept. 15. Howard, whose picture appears in the book, has the record for "Fewest Games to Reach 200 Career Home Runs. " (He did so July 17, 2009, in his 658th game.) Utley captured the "Most Home Runs in a Single World Series" by hitting five against the Yankees. Fishtown's Doogie Horner took the $1,000 prize and the title of Philly's Phunniest Tuesday night at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom)
August 12, 2010 |
James A. McGuinness, 88, of Woodbury, founder and longtime manager of McGuinness Funeral Home in Woodbury, died of congestive heart failure Monday, Aug. 9, at his home. Mr. McGuinness, known for his patience and listening skills, was cut out for the job of dealing with the loss of a loved one, his son Bill said. However, he also could have made a good politician. When Mr. McGuinness opened his funeral home in 1950 with just his wife as a business partner, he would go to four or five diners each morning to meet people and promote his business.
July 24, 2010
MARGATE, N.J. - An attempt to break the Guinness world record for the most people simultaneously blowing bubbles in multiple locations has burst. The effort raised more than $18,000 for autism research, its organizer said. Isabelle Mosca, the Ventnor woman who organized the attempt in April, said thousands of claims from participants did not follow strict documentation guidelines and would be rejected by the London-based Guinness organization. She said she did not submit the documentation to the group.
July 24, 2010 |
Hats, ejections, slippery fan, and no Guinness After a badly blown call, the hats and ejections flew furiously at Camden Yards, and now Orioles first baseman Ty Wigginton is looking at a three-game suspension. Among the lowlights from Thursday night: Wigginton screaming himself red in the face, appearing to chest-bump (he denied it) first-base umpire Gary Darling, who later admitted he should have called a pickoff on the Twins' J.J. Hardy, then throwing down his hat. Baltimore pitching coach Rick Kranitz ejected - from the dugout, no less - for "sarcastic" (his term)