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August 15, 1995 | Inquirer photographs by Bonnie Weller
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.
SPORTS
September 9, 2008 | by Daily News
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2016 | Signe Wilkinson, Editorial Cartoonist
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 1997 | By Jack Lloyd, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1990 | By Bill Kent, Special to The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
September 3, 1986 | By Angelo Cataldi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 28, 1993 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1997 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1995 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1995 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"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.
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FOOD
August 12, 2016 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
Greece has been producing wine for 6,500 years, with at least 200 varietals coming out of the country today. And yet most wine drinkers don't know the Roditis grape from the Moschofilero. But Greek wines are increasingly moving into the mainstream here and around the country. The most recent figures show exports to the U.S. up 39 percent over the last five years. "Popularity is growing slowly but surely," says Mark Squires, wine reviewer for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate who writes frequently about Greek wine.
SPORTS
August 5, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
IT'S EARLY and nothing is set in stone. You don't win jobs after only seven training camp practices and you don't really lose them, either. But when you're dealing with a new coaching staff that had nothing to do with drafting you and has zip invested in you, well, the sooner you prove you can play, the better. Which brings us to cornerback Eric Rowe. Rowe, who was selected by Chip Kelly in the second round of the draft last year, has not had a very good first seven days of training camp, which was preceded by an equally unimpressive showing this spring in the Eagles' OTAs and minicamps.
FOOD
July 15, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 12, 2016: Craig LaBan: Lots to talk about as we prep for the big DNC convention and its tens of thousands of visitors. You'll be hearing more from me fairly soon on where to send out-of-towners. But I'm curious to know where would you be sending your out-of-town friends if you wanted to impress them with Philly's food scene? Reader: I've been dreaming about a cheesesteak at the SpOt ever since seeing your review.
SPORTS
July 12, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
EAGLES ROOKIES and select vets don't report to NovaCare until July 25, but 14 Birds convened last week in San Diego, under the auspices of trainer Todd Durkin. Durkin is the fulltime offseason fitness guide for a number of NFL players, including Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who still looks quite spry at age 33. All three Eagles quarterbacks - Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz and Chase Daniel - attended the daily workouts, which began on July 4 and went heaviest through the 5th and 6th, with some players leaving the 7th, before the rest of the group finished up the next day. Durkin, speaking via phone minutes after the last Eagle left his Fitness Quest 10 facility, said that despite the scenic locale, it was a hard-work week.
SPORTS
May 26, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Watch Jim Schwartz coach from the sideline, then listen to him afterward, and it is easy to come to this conclusion: Praise is not passed around to his defensive players as if its turkey and mashed potatoes at a Thanksgiving dinner table. If a player gets a compliment from the Eagles defensive coordinator, it is because he has earned it. Not many of the players on the field at the NovaCare Complex for Tuesday's padless practice session achieved that status. In fact, after being asked about quarterback Carson Wentz, Schwartz voluntarily mentioned his disdain for what he saw from his defense.
SPORTS
May 26, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Kenjon Barner topped the Eagles' running back depth chart on Tuesday, and Chip Kelly was nowhere in sight. With Ryan Mathews ill and Darren Sproles training in California, Barner became the Eagles' top running back at the beginning of the second week of organized team activities. The 27-year-old has impressed in an Eagles uniform before - he returned two punts for touchdowns last preseason, and he averaged 4.4 yards per carry during the second half of the season. But his next act could be shedding any suggestion that his spot on the roster was solely the creation of the coach he starred for in college.
NEWS
May 19, 2016
By Rebecca Johnson This week, starting Wednesday, the American Institute of Architects is hosting its annual convention in Philadelphia. This year's gathering will be its highest-attendance convention in the past decade for many reasons, not least of which is the quantity and quality of the architecture here in Philadelphia. The AIA Philadelphia chapter has organized more than 120 tours of buildings and places here in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties - and they are almost all sold out. There are highlights of our local "starchitect" heroes: Louis I. Kahn, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Frank Furness, and many more.
SPORTS
May 14, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Kris Dunn commanded the moment. It wasn't hard for him to do. The Providence point guard was the only projected top-six draft prospect available to the media here at the NBA draft combine. "I have no problem talking to the media," Dunn said Thursday at the Quest Multisports Complex while a horde of reporters surrounded his chair. "Whatever you guys have [to ask] I'm going to try to answer to the best of my ability. " That's a good thing for the 76ers. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder didn't conceal his interest in playing for them.
SPORTS
May 14, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - DeAndre Bembry will tell you that he isn't trying to accomplish anything. The St. Joseph's guard/forward is just here at the NBA draft combine playing his game. "I feel like if there are teams that really didn't get to see me, they'll get to see me," Bembry said. "They'll see that I can do multiple things on the court. " That's what happened during Thursday's scrimmage at Quest Sports Complex. The 6-foot-6, 210-pounder scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He also finished with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a turnover in 12 minutes, 46 seconds of action.
NEWS
May 13, 2016
The South Jersey Jazz Society is bringing an impressive lineup of local and national jazz artists to Somers Point and Ocean City this weekend. Many of the acts playing this year's Cape Bank Jazz @ The Point Festival look back at the music's storied history, with a few torch-bearing younger artists who are carrying on the tradition. Below are a few sets not to be missed; events are at the Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Rd., Somers Point, unless otherwise noted. Andreas Varady Quartet: Hungarian guitar prodigy Varady is only 17 but already has an impressive list of accomplishments to his name.
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