November 5, 1987 |
A Hollywood casting agent gets an early morning call from the East Coast. She excuses herself to get some coffee. Then she snorts two lines of cocaine and downs a shot of bourbon. "OK, Arnie," she says, returning to the phone. "I'm awake now. " That's just one very funny moment in the very funny "Drinking in America," a one-woman play by Eric Bogosian that opened last night at Theater Center Philadelphia. The comedy, a compilation of 10 quick-hit skits, demands that Patricia Langford play a myriad of roles, from a hobo to a Baptist preacher to a suburban matron.
October 6, 1989 |
Mike LaCoss wants the wind to howl tomorrow night, when he starts the third game of the National League playoffs for the Giants. He wants the wind to screech and the Candlestick Park crowd to cheer. He won't be happy with one out of two, but if he had to choose, he'd pick a howling wind and a hostile crowd. "They boo me when I work the count to 3-and-2," the big redhead sighed before last night's game. "The playoff atmosphere may change things, I hope. Some of those season ticketholders will be way out, in the upper decks.
March 12, 2000 |
It may not be every woman's fantasy to be surrounded by gyrating, nearly naked men - most women want their men to clean the bathroom or pick up after themselves without being asked. But a nightclub dedicated to flaunting bathroom-scrubbing men wouldn't be much fun, would it? So the Cave (on Delaware Avenue near Spring Garden Street) has filled the role by giving women a wicked night out with buff, handsome men, all more than willing to get their groove on just for fun. For a $10 cover, women can enjoy a floor show featuring an Army guy, a cowboy, or a regular suit-and-tie guy. A specialty of the house is a lap dance.
November 26, 1993 |
Gloucester County's first and only bomb-detecting canine is howling mad. Until this fall, Zeus was pretty content with police work that consisted of the sundown-to-sunup chore of helping transport prisoners, followed by an early morning bomb check through the three-story courthouse on Hunter Street. Then his master messed everything up. Sheriff's officer Leonard Oullette began working the day shift in the courthouse, ushering prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims and defendants through the court's metal detector.
October 7, 2005 |
Fifty years ago tonight, the 29-year-old poet Allen Ginsberg was fourth to read in a group of five unknown (in this case, all men) poets at a converted garage turned art gallery on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. These are the first words of a new poem Ginsberg read that night: I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked That first line, and this first reading of Howl at the Six Gallery on Oct. 7, 1955, caused a stir that has yet to settle.
June 10, 2005 |
Architecturally, Howl's moving castle resembles the prow of a galleon jutting from an immense shingled cauldron perched atop chicken feet. A bay window shaped like a shark's mouth smiles menacingly from its face, a mermaid tail wags from its rear. The marching mansion is part building, part beast, accommodating as many moods as it does species and styles. Howl's Moving Castle is as eerie, bewitching and fantastic a film as it is an abode. In this fever dream from animation master Hayao Miyazaki (who adapted the 1986 young-adult book by Diana Wynne Jones)
December 31, 1999 |
O heart green acre sown with salt by the departing occupier James Merrill Odometer turning with a long coo of wonder Omega meeting Alpha Ode to our scarred century, torn and mended O heart O wolf's tender belly, a gathering howl O yes you feel it Once you Opened to the history we made, the light we broke Only the end of time could darken its knowing, hopeful smile O fire and flood ...
March 29, 1990 |
During her first semester at Bryn Mawr College, Karen Tolchin wanted to be anywhere but there. With forum after forum on controversial issues at the prestigous women's college, "it was a politically tense year," Tolchin, 19, said last week. "It was a tough introduction to this school. " But as a sophomore this year, she couldn't be dragged away from the institution, thanks to encouragement from her parents, a lighter outlook on college and a special endeavor. Tolchin and several other students have created a satire magazine, The Howl, that takes a humorous look at Bryn Mawr women, college life along the Main Line, dating, roaches, parental relations and the world in general.
January 7, 2011 |
The TV landscape in the late 1970s and early 1980s was dominated by mini-series - unwieldy, grand, and often grandiose affairs that sacrificed story and character for spectacle. To modern viewers, these shows feel dated, hokey. There are notable exceptions: Roots (1977) is still essential viewing. As is Shogun , a lavish, fiercely paced, five-part drama based on the James Clavell novel that aired on NBC in 1980. The 547-minute epic has been digitally restored and released by Paramount in the five-disc set James Clavell's Shogun ( www.paramount.
April 20, 1986 |
It has been three decades since Allen Ginsberg wrote in his poem Howl about seeing the best minds of his generation "destroyed by madness. " In 30 years, the society that Ginsberg raged against, cursed and even affectionately embraced in his verse has, like the poet himself, changed a lot. But Ginsberg - his poems now widely anthologized, the poet himself venerated and on the verge of turning 60 - retains some of his old rage. And he has an opinion about what is happening to the best minds of America's younger generation.