July 31, 2016
Pierced by the Sun By Laura Esquivel Amazon Crossing. 216 pp. $14.95. Reviewed by Katherine Hill When we first meet the Mexican policewoman at the center of Laura Esquivel's new novel, Pierced by the Sun , she has just witnessed the murder of a local politician she reveres. It's an awful scene for Lupita, who not only fails to stop the unseen assailant, but also wets her pants in fear. By almost every conventional measure, Lupita is an unlikely heroine.
May 22, 2016
Hello there Craig came home to King of Prussia with a bachelor's in drama from Ohio's Kenyon College and assembled a collection of local theater jobs, including directing and backstage work at Lantern Theater Company. A year later, his college friend Jonny joined the Lantern as a production intern. Friends joked that the South Philadelphia apartment Craig and Jonny rented in 2011 would be an epic bachelor pad. But within months, Jonny was dating Theresa, and Theresa brought Laura, her friend and roommate since their days at Hope College in Michigan, to hang out with the guys.
May 19, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Laura Jennings, 31, and Jen Jennings, 35, of Phoenixville THE CHILD: Joss Lynne Jennings, born March 16, 2016 HOW THEY CHOSE THE BABY'S NAME: They wanted a gender-neutral name that would work for a boy or a girl; plus, they liked that the child could be called "JJ. " It doesn't look like a mixed marriage. But for Jen, raised Catholic in Bucks County, and Laura, who grew up in central Pennsylvania as the only child of evangelical parents, differences surfaced from the start: Laura chattered when she was nervous; Jen grew quiet.
February 17, 2016 |
After Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace, formerly known as Tom Gabel, came out as transgender in 2012, the punk band's already obsessive fans quickly unearthed prescient lyrics in past songs. (The clearest, from 2007's "The Ocean": "If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman / My mother once told me she would have named me Laura. ") On Saturday night at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, Grace picked up the thread of lyrical exegesis herself, taking the sold-out crowd on a mostly chronological journey through 14 years of recordings, from Against Me!
November 2, 2015 |
Hello there After graduating from Lehigh in 2009, Laura, who's from Roslyn, took an accounting job in North Jersey and moved to Hoboken, where her brother and two college friends lived. Laura ran cross-country and track in college, and played basketball, soccer, and softball growing up. She and her friends fielded a two-hand touch-football team for adult league competition. In summer 2010, Greg, a friend of a friend, joined them. And there he was again that fall on their softball team.
September 19, 2015 |
Novelist Ruth Rendell's work has inspired some of the best TV mysteries in her native Britain, including the Inspector Wexford series starring George Baker. Less familiar perhaps is the growing number of Rendell adaptations crafted by European auteurs such as Claude Chabrol ( La Ceremonie , The Bridesmaid ), Claude Miller ( Alias Betty ), and Pedro Almodovar ( Live Flesh ). French cinema's bête noire François Ozon (Y oung & Beautiful , Potiche ) joins that impressive club of filmmakers with The New Girlfriend , an ironic, if strangely suspenseful, gender-bending dramedy about self-discovery and self-acceptance that upends some of the basic distinctions in human experience - male and female, straight and gay, friend and lover, mother and father.
August 4, 2015 |
Although only 25, Laura Marling is a veteran performer. Her first album, 2008's Alas, I Cannot Swim , came out when she was 18 and established her as a leading voice in Britain's nascent new folk movement. Her densely worded songs, her forceful acoustic guitar playing, and her clear, confident alto voice, caused her to be labeled an "old soul" from the start. This year's Short Movie is her fifth full-length album, and in some ways it's her most youthful: She's gone electric on several tracks, and the songs are less elliptical and allegorical.
July 12, 2015 |
LANCASTER - Laura Davies is not here at the 70th Women's U.S. Open on a player's exemption, but she made you wish some other players from her era of golf dominance were. "Laura Davies was a beast 20 years ago," one middle-aged man said Friday morning as he followed the four-time major winner around the final holes of her second round at Lancaster Country Club. "She was a beast 25 years ago. " Truth is, Laura Davies, at 51, is still a beast when it comes to hitting a golf ball. Just ask Candie Kung and Jennifer Song, the twenty-something and teenager who played in Davies' group during the first two rounds.
July 12, 2015 |
LANCASTER, Pa. - Laura Davies said she gets the same thing all the time and she does not get it. "When are you giving up?" Davies is often asked as she continues to navigate the world's golf courses at the age of 51. No time soon is the answer Davies provided with her actions rather than words Friday morning at the Lancaster Country Club. She completed her rain-delayed first round at even par before shooting 2-over in the second round, putting her in position to make the cut in the 27th U.S. Women's Open of her career.
May 7, 2015 |
WOODBURY native Laura Guzzo has become a staple at Wizard Philly and other cons over the past few years, but the South Jersey artist says she has a great reason for attending the Wizard show in her backyard. "The thing that I look forward to about the convention is that it's my best show every year by a huge margin," said Guzzo, an increasingly accomplished comic-book cover illustrator. "I don't know what it is about Philly's Wizard World, but it's three times as profitable as any other show I do - and I do shows in Chicago and Boston.