July 20, 2015 |
Accuracy or dramatic flair? Just what do we want from a historical epic? It's a question that makes some critics froth at the mouth with the premiere of every historical miniseries or show, from HBO's painstakingly researched Rome to Starz's saucy Spartacus and Showtime's downright naughty The Borgias . The question will no doubt be raised again this weekend when Spike unveils its first major scripted production , Tut ...
May 11, 2013 |
When people think about the Wanamaker organ - if they think about the Wanamaker organ - they likely associate it with the light show that illuminates Macy's Grand Court in Center City during the Christmas season. That, cautions L. Curt Mangel III, is a mistake. Europeans "worship this instrument," said the organ's curator and chief caretaker. "This is a mecca for organ lovers and organ builders, [yet] most people in Philadelphia don't even know it's here. " Mandel hopes that Philadelphia Open House will help change that.
November 11, 2010 |
Why did it take Brad Craig and Bob Storti four years to turn Toad's Tavern in Conshohocken into 8 East ? They did all the work themselves, and they did it during nights and weekends between their day jobs, says Robin Binnall, the manager. Craig, an electrician, and Storti, a carpenter, are lifelong Conshohocken residents who simply wanted to create a blue-collar pub. They ended up having to gut and refurbish the building, which Storti's father owns. It's off Fayette Street at 8 E. First St. (484-351-8452)
May 18, 2009 |
RIDDLE COMICS GUY this: How is it possible that one of the Batman villains best-known to the general public for the past four decades just concluded his first comic-book battle with the Dark Knight this past month? The answer is simple, if somewhat surprising. King Tut was an adversary created specifically for the 1960s "Batman" TV show and immediately made an indelible impression. Unfortunately, that's because the character was so over-the-top, so ridiculous in both his appearance and actions that he made all the other actors and situations in the camp-fest that was the TV phenomenon look serious enough to be in a Martin Scorsese film.
October 24, 2007 |
A blockbuster exhibit about a boy king and three major conventions over holiday weekends helped propel Philadelphia hotel occupancy and tourism to their best summer in recent memory, hospitality industry officials said yesterday. "The summer was a home run," said Jeff Guaracino, vice president of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. "There was so much to do. And visitors found great hotel deals, especially compared with other East Coast markets. . . . It was the best summer for a long time.
September 1, 2007 |
Egypt's top antiquities official was down in the fabled tomb of Tutankhamun a few weeks ago - doing a television interview, of all things - when he noticed something curious he had never seen before. In a back room closed to public view, Zahi Hawass spotted a cluster of reed boxes crammed with plaster fragments and limestone seals used to stamp hieroglyphs. Intrigued, the scholar took a closer look and saw that both were marked with a trio of icons - sun, scarab and basket - whose meaning he recognized instantly: Neb-kheperu-re, the throne name of the boy pharaoh.
July 2, 2007
If it's ever confirmed, this is one of the biggest announcements in the history of archeology. If. See, there's this tooth. But before we get to the tooth, let's look at the hype. When the King Tut exhibit opened in February at the Franklin Institute, special guest Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, gave a stirring speech, predicting stunning Egyptological finds soon, including the identification of: The mummy of Maatkare Hatshepsut, one of the first female rulers in history.
June 1, 2007
I'LL NEVER DRINK Yuengling as long as this boycott is in effect. I love it as a good Pennsylvania beer, but not as long as the company attacks the rights of its workers to have a union. Even if they haven't touched pay or benefits, now that there is no union at the Pottsville plant, they can take all of that away at anytime. Yuengling has lost one loyal drinker. James Robinson, Philadelphia I applaud Dick Yuengling Jr. for standing up for the welfare of his company.
May 25, 2007
I'M AN AFRO-American senior-citizen Democrat. I tell my grandkids, when they come into my home using street slang, that you wouldn't go to a job interview and call the executive "boo" or "dawg. " Michael Nutter and his wife are well-educated people, but I'll never vote for someone whose wife refers to him by those terms. Albert C. Wilson, Philadelphia Tut, Tut! Re the King Tut protest: Nobody else cares if King Tut was black or white, people just wanted to see the exhibit.
May 23, 2007 |
Imagine the thrill British archaeologist Howard Carter felt when he discovered King Tut's tomb after scouring the Egyptian desert for years. Can't see yourself unearthing gold artifacts and the king's sarcophagi? Then try to remember going on childhood scavenger hunts, scurrying around the neighborhood for soda bottles, a library card and a picture of Mike Schmidt. Add a bit of 21st-century technology, and you have geocaching - a craze that is spreading around the world. "It's the thrill of the hunt," says Brian Vaughan of Narberth, who has been caching with his wife and two children for almost three years.