July 11, 2014
WITH THE wonderful Marilu Henner heading the cast, there's already enough of a reason to see Christopher Durang 's 2013 Tony-winning comedy, "Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike" at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse. But if you still need a nudge, know that you'll also be seeing Durang's debut in the role of Vanya. The July 17 to Aug. 10 run marks the first time that Durang, 65, who has sporadically performed for decades, will be on the boards since 2005, when he co-starred with Tony recipient Debra Monk in a Boston production of his two-person "Laughing Wild.
July 10, 2014 |
THE ODDS of Philadelphia hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention just improved a bit. And the thanks goes to Cleveland. The Republican National Committee yesterday announced that it is recommending Cleveland for its 2016 convention. Cleveland is one of six cities that filed applications last month to host the Democratic convention that year. The Democratic National Committee's "exclusivity clause" in that bidding process will cut Cleveland from the running if that city signs a deal with the Republicans.
July 2, 2014 |
WHEN THE FIRST U.S. Open at Merion in 32 years ended last June with Justin Rose holding a trophy that many were probably hoping would have been Phil Mickelson's, the conventional wisdom seemed to be that the venue had done enough to earn itself a fifth Open at some point. And the most logical return date appeared to be 2030, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bobby Jones completing his unprecedented Grand Slam there at the U.S. Amateur. Turns out it might not take nearly that long.
June 25, 2014
IN ITS LAST match before resuming MLS play, the Union plays tonight against the New York Cosmos in a fifth-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game at PPL Park. Kickoff is set for 7 o'clock. The Cosmos, who play in the North American Soccer League, advanced to the fifth round by defeating the New York Red Bulls, 3-0, on June 14. Three days later, the Union defeated its USL PRO affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-1, via two overtime goals from Andrew Wenger. Tonight's winner advances to the quarterfinals, July 8 and 9, against the New England Revolution or the Rochester Rhinos, who play tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The Rhinos are New England's USL PRO affiliate.
June 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia has become a big player on the national hockey stage. With the NHL draft at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend, it caps a four-year span in which the city has also hosted the Stanley Cup Finals, the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, and the NCAA's Frozen Four. In other words, Philly has come a long way since it held a parade to welcome an NHL expansion team in 1967 and about 25 people showed up. "It's obvious we are one of the top hockey cities in America," said Larry Needle, executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress, "and this is another in a long line of hockey events in the city.
June 21, 2014 |
A mist of white chalk sprang from the hands of David Praiss as he dropped a barbell into a shoulder-high stand Thursday morning. He had just come back up from a squatting position when his knees nearly touched his bright-orange "Genuine Jersey" T-shirt - meaning the state, not the fabric. He had 120 kilograms, or 265 pounds, of weight on his shoulders. As many champions do, Praiss pumped his arms in the air while cheers engulfed him inside Kendall Hall at the College of New Jersey in Ewing.
June 18, 2014 |
EAGLES LINEBACKER Connor Barwin bikes from his Rittenhouse Square apartment to work most days. Riding through Point Breeze in March, he passed a dilapidated basketball court and decided it needed a facelift. He wasn't the first to think so. In fact, Barwin was late to the party. Efforts to revitalize Ralph Brooks Park, at 20th and Tasker streets, had been underway for nearly a year. With support from local nonprofit Urban Roots, the ACE Mentor Program and the Philadelphia Water Department, the goal was to transform the aging park into a local hoops hub on par with New York City's legendary Rucker Park.
May 30, 2014 |
SAYING HE wants kids to play sports but play safely, President Obama called yesterday for more and better research into the effects and treatment of concussions in youth athletes. The issue is one of growing concern for parents who spend weekends driving their kids from one game to another. But without direct authority over youth sports leagues, Obama's ability to address the issue meaningfully is limited to calling for research and trying to jump-start a national conversation to teach parents, coaches and young athletes about concussions - the goal of a summit he hosted at the White House.
May 30, 2014 |
A year after enthusiastically announcing that Philadelphia was throwing in its hat to seek the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Mayor Nutter has pulled that hat back. Citing concerns about cost and the logistics of hosting other large events here in the near future, Nutter said the timing was just not right. "The time, the effort, the fund-raising, the prospect of creating new venues . . . it is a tremendous, costly endeavor," Nutter said Wednesday. "We decided that, at this time, we would not put in or submit a bid. " The mayor notified the U.S. Olympic Committee earlier this month of the city's decision not to pursue a bid to host the 2024 summer games.
May 25, 2014 |
Lucy is one of the oldest surviving examples of zoomorphic architecture (building in the shape of animals), a male elephant (tusks) who identifies as female. But that only begins to get at the hollow by enduring and evolving heart of Lucy the Elephant, who will host her first same-sex wedding June 7. If Lucy the Elephant is the unofficial mayor of Margate, then Rich Helfant would have to be her chief of staff. "Janitor," he asserts when asked his title. It's also executive director, CEO, all of which sounds ridiculous when you're talking about a wooden roadside elephant 100 feet from the ocean.