May 3, 2016
_ JANE THE VIRGIN. 9 p.m. Monday, CW57. It's Mother's Day on the show that, its original premise aside, is one of the most realistic on television about what motherhood actually entails. _ HOUDINI & DOYLE. 9 p.m. Monday, Fox29. Even Harry Houdini (Michael Weston, House) can't escape TV's demand for amateur detectives in this period procedural that celebrates the magician's friendship with Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan, Episodes) X-Files-style. _ AMERICAN MASTERS: JANIS - LITTLE GIRL BLUE.
May 1, 2016
* 2016 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY. 8 p.m. Saturday, HBO. Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. (pictured), Steve Miller, and late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun are this year's inductees. Special includes tributes to David Bowie and Glenn Frey and recalls Prince's 2004 induction. * WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER. 6 p.m. Saturday, C-SPAN. Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore hosts. CNN covers it, too, but no one reports on the arrivals with the deadpan sincerity of C-SPAN.
May 1, 2016
The Good Wife. Only one episode until the Mother's Day series finale. Is Peter going back to prison? Isn't this where we started? 9 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Penny Dreadful. Season 3 of the Gothic horror series premieres. 10 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. Houdini & Doyle. Even Harry Houdini (Michael Weston, House ) can't escape TV's demand for amateur detectives in this period procedural that celebrates the magician's friendship with Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan, Episodes )
April 29, 2016 |
Not even the great Harry Houdini can escape TV's unceasing demand for amateur detectives. Starting 9 p.m. Monday on Fox, the famed magician, played by Michael Weston ( House ), will join Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan, Episodes ) in Houdini & Doyle , a Canadian-British period drama that celebrates one of history's more interesting friendships, X-Files style. Doyle, the man behind literature's leading skeptic, is the Fox Mulder in this duo, a man who wants to believe in an afterlife and in communication with the dead.
February 9, 2015 |
With lagging student test scores and only about 120 students in grades K-4, Spring City Elementary School three years ago looked more like a candidate for closure than for an extreme makeover. But with the boldness of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the Spring-Ford Area School District gambled on a radically different approach to fixing the struggling school near the border of Montgomery and Chester Counties. It spent roughly $300,000 over three years to arm students and their classrooms - even kindergartners - with the latest desktops, iPads, Apple TVs, and smartboards.
April 2, 2013 |
Sometimes you pick 'em right, and sometimes you don't. This was one of my don'ts. I chose EgoPo's The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini as one of my three PIFA recommendations in Friday's Weekend section. Although I wasn't naive enough to expect a real magic show on stage, I did expect some stage magic, and not a dramatized Wikipedia biography of the world's most famous escape artist. Created/written/directed by Brenna Geffers (who has repeatedly proved herself an excellent director and who should stick to that)
March 30, 2013 |
So much to see and hear. So little time. Or maybe a surfeit of time. That's the promise of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which begins its second monthlong citywide splash this week - two years after a rousing debut of more than 135 performances and events wrapping up with a street fair on the Avenue of the Arts that drew more than 200,000. This time, the festival, though smaller, returns with a bang, as in the Big Bang of almost 14 billion years ago, although this weekend the oldest moment being evoked is only between three and four billion, when life emerged from the primordial soup.
January 28, 2013 |
Two years after mounting an illuminated model of the Eiffel Tower and a monthlong run of 145 performances, exhibitions, lectures, screenings, and other events - all capped by a huge South Broad street fair - the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts returns. While it's smaller and less overwhelming, intriguing collaborations and ubiquitous venues will nevertheless still define PIFA, which begins March 28. And, yes, a South Broad street fair will again mark the end, on April 27. This time the festival will be loosely organized around the theme "If you had a time machine.
August 9, 2009 |
These days, it's best known as the setting of the quirky TV sitcom The Office, or as Electric City, because it operated the first electric trolley system. But it was daredevil Harry Houdini who lured me here - and he's been dead for 83 years. Now, that's a magic trick. It started as a day trip for my husband, Frank, and myself to explore the Houdini Museum - touted as the only building in the world devoted to the famous escapologist - with our grandson, Christopher, 12. And it expanded to a Weekend Journey a few weeks later, to tour this city of more than 70,000 that's enjoying a cultural renaissance, with historic sites that celebrate the industrial past; glorious, restored buildings; and a vibrant ethnic diversity.
March 24, 2007 |
The great Houdini: Was it . . . m-u-r-r-r-d-e-r? Was Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween 1926, actually murdered? That's what the magician's great-nephew George Hardeen wants to know - so badly, he's filing papers Monday beseeching the court to allow him to exhume Harry's corpse to determine whether he was poisoned. "It's time to take a second look," said Hardeen, who plans to test the body for poison. "There was a motive to murder Harry Houdini and it was suppressed and covered up," said Hardeen's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina.