August 15, 1995 |
Participants in a workshop sponsored by the Clay Studio and the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank made flower pots for "Greening Day," part of Meridian Bank's 6th Annual Day of Hope Calendar Campaign to benefit the homeless.
September 9, 2008 |
There have been few debuts by a Philadelphia athlete as memorable as DeSean Jackson's. A second-round pick, the wide receiver caught six passes for 106 yards and averaged 12.1 yards on eight punt returns. His over-the-top start brought to mind a few other first games in Philly by the following athletes: Eagles Reggie White, Sept. 29, 1985 Playing his first game for the Eagles after coming over from the United States Football League, White recorded 10 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks in an overtime loss to the Giants.
March 12, 2016 |
After last year's Disney extravaganza - the emphasis on PHS Philadelphia Flower Show - this year's offering was a calm and earthy salute to the National Park Service. Especially in our current political celebration of all things divisive, it was reassuring to walk through exhibits featuring what all Americans are privileged to share: our spectacular natural beauty that previous generations have preserved for us and our children. Here are a few sketches from my visit.
October 31, 1997 |
There was a time when Bill Acosta was strictly a vocalist, singing jazz and pop tunes on the Playboy Club circuit and at clubs in Florida, New Orleans and Alabama. Back then, he was a singer who occasionally did impressions. Then, about 10 years ago, Acosta became an impressionist who occasionally sings. "I kept the impressions in my back pocket for the most part," said the 50-year-old entertainer, currently starring in a mini-revue called Lasting Impressions at Trump Plaza. "I'd occasionally bring one out if the crowd needed to be perked up. " Over time, Acosta noticed that he was getting more reaction from his impressions than from his straight singing.
March 2, 1990 |
Remember Punchline? The sometimes grim and despairing movie, a tale of a housewife working in a comedy club and finally achieving stardom, could almost be the story of Louise DuArt's life. Almost, but not quite. DuArt, 39, an impressionist making her first headlining appearance, at the Bay Cabaret of Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, doesn't care for stand-up comedy. It's something she'd rather not do. "When I was a kid, watching The Ed Sullivan Show, I liked the dog acts, loved the jugglers and the singers and everything else, but every time a stand-up comic came on, I'd change the channel," she says.
September 3, 1986 |
Joe Conwell's eyes danced across the clubhouse yesterday, past the lockers with QUICK and JAWORSKI and BYARS emblazoned above them, and came to rest in the snug, comfortable shelter of his own cubicle. A full day had passed since the extent of Conwell's extraordinary good fortune had become known, but an expression of joyful disbelief remained etched in his rugged face. "I'm really just tickled to death to be here," said the Eagles' newest offensive lineman. "This is, without question, a once-in-a-lifetime thing for an athlete.
July 28, 1993 |
People keep telling Louise DuArt that she should just grow up and be herself. "When I was a kid and I'd be visiting my aunt or someone and the phone rang and I was pretty sure it was my mother I'd answer the phone as Jimmy Stewart," DuArt said. "She would say, 'Cut that out.' She kept telling me to be myself. Well, I'm glad I didn't listen to her. " Then when DuArt signed with the William Morris Agency not too long ago, she heard more of the same. They foresaw her in a Roseanne Barr TV sitcom situation.
January 16, 1997 |
"It's a thrill to be in such a stunning place," says Jackie Mason at the outset of his new show, Much Ado About Everything, at the Theatre of Living Arts. He's not serious, of course; the seedy TLA is a far cry from the cozy, handsomely appointed Booth Theatre in New York, where his last show, Love Thy Neighbor, closed just 11 days ago. Doesn't this man ever take a vacation? Probably not, judging from what he has to say about vacations. Mason hasn't much use for all those Caribbean islands with the French names - or, come to that, for the French.
March 31, 1995 |
Holly Faris left her job as an Atlantic City casino-hotel waitress a few years ago, heading for Baltimore. She landed in Aruba, where she became an entertainment star. Now she's back in Atlantic City - somewhat better known this time. Faris is costarring in a new show that opened this week at Trump's Castle: Unforgettables. The performer has hit pay dirt as a stand-up comic with an arsenal of impressions that includes Tina Turner, Cher, Bette Midler, Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers and Carol Channing.
March 10, 1995 |
"What we're doing," said Bob Andre, "is bringing back real show business. None of that jive. Sure, we can be contemporary, but this is the real thing - real entertainment. What we try to do is fill people's bellies with entertainment. " Bob Andre is half of the team called Andre & Cirell, and they are starring in their own mini-revue featuring the Castle Dancers in the King's Court Showroom at Trump's Castle through March 19. The show is called Just Kidding. Bob Andre and Frank Cirell have been a team for the last 20 years, and, as Andre stressed, there aren't that many comedy teams left these days.