December 16, 2014 |
If the takeout beverage industry embraces Drexel University sophomore Patrick Bowlin's half-inch invention, his father, Thomas, stands to be a very happy man. "I was going to buy my dad a Porsche 911 for his 60th birthday," Bowlin said. "I've got two years. " Young Bowlin is off to a promising start - with an idea that started with a sip of hot chocolate in April and now seems to have a strong shot at a patent. "I couldn't find anything . . . so, keep our fingers crossed, hopefully Patrick's got something here," said Joseph E. Maenner, of Maenner & Associates L.L.C.
September 10, 2014 |
Rock-star envy is creeping into the classical world, as artists from Christopher O'Riley to the Ebene Quartet transcribe music conceived for electric pop instruments for whatever they play best - with varying success. Few have hurled themselves into this rock/classical netherworld as fearlessly as cellist Maya Beiser, whose late-night FringeArts Stage concert on Sunday encompassed Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Lou Reed with two rock-based sidemen. No question that she has the chops to make her cello a license-to-kill instrument, helped by a hybrid electric instrument she used intermittently.
July 28, 2014 |
When Maurice Kanbar got headaches from drinking alcohol, he came up with a solution: Skyy Vodka, regular vodka minus the impurities that he said gave him headaches. He also invented the "D-Fuzz-It" sweater comb and a hypodermic needle protector to prevent health-care workers from getting pricked. But the wealthy San Francisco entrepreneur has another claim to fame: He's the godfather of Philadelphia University. He is the biggest donor in the university's history. He gave his alma mater a whopping $21 million during its current capital campaign - more than half the amount the university was aiming to raise.
July 15, 2014 |
Eternity, infinity, and other ultimate abstractions are described in such entrancing detail by 17th-century poet and theologian Thomas Traherne that he seems to have personally visited the afterlife's "transparent temple of infinite luster" to know what he knew. Such is the intriguing basis of The Fifth Century , a 45-minute work by British composer Gavin Bryars, premiered Saturday by Philadelphia choir the Crossing and PRISM Saxophone Quartet at Crane Arts. Ambitious and subtle, and at the same time not for everybody, The Fifth Century doesn't attempt to describe eternity's "mysterious absence of time and ages" but gives Traherne's words an ethereal showcase.
May 9, 2014
SIXTY YEARS ago this week, Englishman Roger Bannister ran the first sub-4-minute mile. In a tribute that could be dreamed up only by a beer drinker, Californian James Nielsen pulled on his running shoes, headed to the track, stretched a few times . . . And cracked open a can of Budweiser . Make that four Buds. One for each lap of a quarter-mile track in Marin County. In an achievement that - even if it's not quite as historic as Bannister's - lit up YouTube and Facebook, Nielsen became the first man to run a sub-5-minute beer mile.
May 1, 2014 |
Call it craps for the Google generation. Props & Hops is a new game at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, where Thomas McCann, a table games dealer, has experienced a much younger crowd than he was used to during nearly three decades in Atlantic City. McCann, 52, had the idea of simplifying craps - a complicated game of dice with multiple ways to wager - after seeing multitasking young gamblers wanting to "talk on their phones and try to gamble at the same time," he said Tuesday.
April 22, 2014 |
THE PACKER-Combo-Mower - It cuts! It mulches! It edges! It whacks! - was born in the dead of winter, when Bruce Packer, 78, was booted out of the house he'd rented for 18 years across Borbeck Avenue from his Rhawnhurst neighbor, Dennis Gesker, 73, who took him in. Packer had dreamed up a lawn mower on steroids that did everything but kill crabgrass and swat mosquitoes. He told Gesker about it. "I've worked on mowers all my life, finding them in the trash, fixing them up, selling them at flea markets," said Packer, who has been a meat cutter for 60 years.
December 3, 2013 |
The all-time record for a long-awaited Philadelphia Orchestra debut by a major composer may well be held by Henry Purcell. Though his opera Dido and Aeneas surfaces periodically, the baroque composer's 1692 The Fairy Queen was heard for the first time here on Friday with an added distinction: None of the musicians had ever played Purcell at all. They had a resourceful tour guide in Richard Egarr, the British harpsichordist who led the...
September 25, 2013
Hold the questions There must have been an intensive training program for local waitstaff that included a mandate to ask diners the question, "Is everything all right?" This questioning is probably proper, but I suggest that I should not always be quizzed only a moment after putting a morsel of food into my mouth. At that point, all I am able to do is nod my head - even though the broccoli may be cold and the mashed potatoes lumpy. Another possible training item is that, after requesting another cup of coffee, I more often than not hear a response of "No problem!"
February 5, 2013 |
FORGET ORLANDO! Pakistani officials say the government plans to build a recreation complex in the town where al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011. Syed Aqil Shah , sports and tourism minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Monday the project in Abbottabad will have a zoo, paragliding club and water-sports facilities, and is part of a revival of recreational and cultural activities in the province - and is not intended to counter Abbottabad's negative reputation following bin Laden's discovery there.