July 22, 2016 |
THE WASHINGTON POST reported that as part of her "Joining Forces" initiative, first lady Michelle Obama invited a group of veterans and active military to a special pre-release White House screening of Star Trek: Beyond . Stars Chris Pine , Karl Urban and Simon Pegg were also guests. President Obama was absent, but he is reportedly a "Star Trek" fan, although Mrs. Obama may not be. "May the force be with you," she said in her welcoming remarks. D'oh! Urban (who plays Dr. McCoy)
July 16, 2016 |
Egan Rittenhouse - the 770-square-foot lifestyle boutique nestled inside that grand hotel off the square - is filled with beautiful home goods you never thought you'd ever want or need. Take, for example, the carved wooden candlesticks (starting at $62) courtesy of Philadelphia furniture company Lostine, with calming wavelike engravings. Or John Derian's decoupage trays - especially the ones coated in rainbow colors - and Alexander Stadler's Philadelphia-centric etched cheese plates.
May 24, 2016
Kiss Me, Kate Through June 26 at the Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets: $35-$41. Information: 215-654-0200 or www.act2.org .
May 24, 2016 |
If it had nothing else to recommend it, Act II Playhouse's production of Kiss Me, Kate would still have the winning combination of Cole Porter and Shakespeare on its side. That mix - Porter's music and lyrics, paired with Sam and Bella Spewack's reimagining of The Taming of the Shrew - was, in fact, so winning that it took the first Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949. Packed full of classics, including "Another Op'nin', Another Show," and "So in Love," the story is loosely based on rumors of battles between Lynn Fontanne and her husband, Alfred Lunt, during a 1930s production of Shakespeare's comedy.
April 12, 2016 |
At the Ostaszewski house in the Chalfont neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, there's no doubt about who is in charge. At least not according to the family's two youngest members: Emily and Kate. "Sarah is the boss," Emily said through laughter, when speaking about her older sister. Kate would later agree with the sentiment. The same goes for the Archbishop Ryan softball squad, where Sarah, a two-year captain, is often referred to as the "team mom. " On the field, Sarah - a catcher - calls the pitches for the Ragdolls, led the team in batting last season, and has an impressively accurate arm. "Talk about a five-tool player," Ryan coach John Kidwell said.
February 1, 2016 |
Its official name was the Southeast Rec Center. Everybody in Bridgeton called it the "Tin Can. " That's where Charlie Kates got his start in basketball, a gangly kid with athletic ability but little direction, and little expectation that his life would stretch far beyond the chained-link fences that surrounded those asphalt courts. "I had no clue," Kates said. "It never occurred to me in a million years that I'd be able to do what I was able to do. " Kates, a former star at now-closed Sacred Heart High School in Vineland, as well as St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., will be inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame Feb. 14 as a member of the club's 36th annual class.
December 3, 2015 |
They met in the middle. In the Green Street Friends Meeting House, Kate and Ted walked toward each other while a friend sang Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" with a hymnlike cadence. And then there was silence. It was a Quaker wedding, after all - a spiritual third rail between Ted's evangelical Christian upbringing and the Catholicism of Kate's youth. They planned everything themselves, from the self-written vows to the reception playlist. At the party, the floor pulsed with friends and relatives, including Ted's legion of dance-loving cousins.
October 28, 2015
Welly Wanging, anyone? Monday was a fun day for England's charitably minded, fun-loving royal trio. Prince Harry , the Duke of Cambridge (may we call him William ?) and Duchess Catherine ( Kate , to those who know and love her) showed up for a meeting of their Charities Forum, greeting dozens of kids from organizations they sponsor. The gathering took place at BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television, where the trio watched a 30-minute clip from the new "Shaun the Sheep" production "The Farmer's Llamas," sat down with kids to make mini Shauns and snowmen out of modeling clay, made a short film and took turns flinging a colorful children's rain boot at a gourd-shaped scarecrow head.
October 16, 2015 |
STEVE JOBS' famous Reality Distortion Field, created by his feats of persuasive razzle dazzle, gets turned against him in the new movie bearing his name. The wacky, don't-call-it-a-biopic "Steve Jobs" creates a distortion field of its own - it's loosely based on Walter Isaacson's biography, but is obviously and flagrantly slippery in its use of facts. Even its casting is strange. Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Jobs and makes no attempt to mimic him, adding to a wave of dissent from This-Isn't-The-Real-Steve detractors.
June 4, 2015 |
Olsen-free 'Full House' Will anyone watch Netflix's Full House reboot without those adorable original stars, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen , who have turned down the opportunity to star in the new version? (In other words, is a life without the Olsen girls worth living?) Their costars seem copacetic. "They're not doing it, and I'm just happy that they're happy," Bob Saget tells E! News. (But will you be happy when the series fails?) Says Saget, "I want my friends to do what they want to do. . . . They have a whole different creative life now. " Honoring R&B legends The Phillies game Friday against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by live music by Odunde 365 and an awards ceremony honoring the O'Jays and R&B and jazz maestro Jean Carne . Part of the 12th annual Phillies African American Heritage Celebration, the event also will feature appearances by Philadelphia Sound pioneers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff . Carne will perform her hit, "Don't Let It Go to Your Head," and Bunny Sigler will sing the national anthem.