April 13, 2016 |
PHILADELPHIA lost its most influential sports figure in history with Monday's passing of Flyers co-founder and Comcast Spectacor creator Ed Snider at 83 after a long battle with bladder cancer. The icon was a sports "futurist" who played some kind of role in virtually every major sporting occurrence in Philadelphia over the past five decades. From his bringing the NHL to Philadelphia in 1967 with the expansion Flyers to the birth of the sports television and entertainment entity known as Spectacor in 1974 that grew into Comcast Spectacor to the opening of the state-of-the-art CoreStates Center (now Wells Fargo Center)
March 24, 2016 |
Amanda Phelan is among the new breed of emerging designers who are quietly disruptive. For example, the 28-year-old Chadds Ford native sent a hypnotic women's wear collection - including a stunning mini-skirt, bandeau bra, and coat suit made from dichroic flowers - down her New York Fashion Week runway while an expressive, modern-dance routine was underway. "I want to create experiences for people that leave them tingling," Phelan told me recently at a Drexel University trunk show she hosted.
December 8, 2015 |
TRANSPARENT. Friday, Amazon. When "Transparent" premiered on Amazon last year, Caitlyn Jenner hadn't yet had her Vanity Fair closeup, and the story of 70-year-old Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) revealing herself, at last, to those who knew her only as Mort put the dysfunctional-family comedy in a class of its own. As it returns on Friday for a second 10-episode season (the first episode is already available online), "Transparent" is still in a class of its own. But it's also just one of the shows - along with "I Am Cait," "I Am Jazz," "Becoming Us," and, of course, "Orange Is the New Black" - that have helped make 2015 the year in which TV turned its attention more fully to the T in LGBT.
October 16, 2015 |
With enough cameras trained on the Metropolitan Opera stage often enough, something historic is bound to be captured - and possibly was this month with the emotional uproar that greeted Dmitri Hvorostovsky's performance in Il Trovatore . It was the Oct. 3 opening of the Met's 10th season of HD simulcasts, which are seen in six Philadelphia-area cinemas. The celebrated Siberian baritone was returning after treatments for a brain tumor. Too professional to break character, he fought back a smile while the audience cheered his first entrance.
August 2, 2015 |
Mark M. Cordes, 59, of Drexel Hill, a landscape designer and community volunteer, died Friday, July 24, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and reared in Broomall, Mr. Cordes was the son of Ruth and George Cordes. He attended Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County, and Villanova University. A talented high school athlete, Mr. Cordes earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. He received many offers to play football at other schools, but chose Villanova, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing.
July 26, 2015 |
The Counselors of Real Estate is a group of 1,000 individuals, invited to join, who are considered the crème de la crème of the industry. Over the last 26 years, the organization has provided considerable fodder for this column. Today's focuses on the top issues facing residential real estate in 2015-16, as seen by the group. I'm skipping over commercial real estate issues, unless they affect residential or result from housing shifts. First up: demographic shifts, with baby boomers and millennials having the greatest impact.
July 11, 2015
Q: Our neighbors just put in synthetic turf, and it looks really nice. Now, we want to do this to save ourselves from the maintenance on our traditional lawn. Plus, water restrictions mean we can't water anyway. Synthetic turf seems like such a good idea - are we missing something? - Ginny A: With all the concerns about water conservation these days, it makes a lot of sense to investigate alternatives to a thirsty lawn. I have synthetic turf in my backyard and love it. You don't need to mow, water, or fertilize it, which really makes life easier.
June 27, 2015 |
Actor Alan Rickman helms A Little Chaos , his second film as a director, with Kate Winslet as a royal landscaper helping to design the vast gardens of Versailles in the court of King Louis XIV (played by Rickman himself). Winslet's powerhouse performances holds up A Little Chaos , a movie that cannot necessarily support her inherent force. She plays Sabine de Barra, a fictional landscaper employed by André le Nôtre, mastermind behind Versailles' gardens. Matthias Schoenaerts, as le Nôtre, is getting mileage out of costume drama this summer: He also stars in the Thomas Hardy adaptation Far From the Madding Crowd . De Barra's life is not the only fudged part of history.
June 18, 2015 |
Domenic and Tommy are the closest thing to royalty at the Reading Terminal Market. Domenic M. Spataro, owner of Spataro's cheesesteaks. Tommy Nicolosi, owner of DiNic's Roast Pork & Beef. Some afternoons, the two old friends allow themselves a liquid lunch at the Terminal bar, Molly Malloy's. Who's going to tell them otherwise? Between them, they have about 85 years of experience at the Terminal. Domenic started working weekends and summers at his father's buttermilk stand when he was 8, then went full time the day after graduating from Northeast High.
May 15, 2015 |
TRAINS HAVE barreled down the tracks behind R-Way Gasket & Supply day and night for decades, past the prostitutes parked with johns out front and the man who took a bullet to the head while he polished hubcaps at the car wash next door. The building on Sedgley Avenue near Frankford shakes when the trains come, employee Will Puchalski said, and in the neighborhood he couldn't name, people simply have gotten used to them. "It's really no man's land around here," he said through a gate at the garage yesterday afternoon.