May 18, 2015 |
THEIR LOVE story began nearly 40 years ago when Leslie Manas walked into Sassafras Cafe in Old City and "Jean and I met in a mirror's reflection and we've been partners ever since," she said. Jean is Jean Huffenus, a French designer/metalsmith on Jewelers Row whose creations range from tender "Mother and Child: Arms of Love" necklaces to erotica. "Jean's back was to me," Manas said. "He was facing this wall of mirrors. He saw me pass by behind him. He said to his crazy French friend Jean-Claude, 'Oh, I must know her.' " Manas laughed and said, "So I guess you could say our partnership started in bed. " One fruit of that partnership is this weekend's Craft Phila Liberty Bell Fair, an outdoor show of made-in-the-USA handcrafts, art and fashion on 6th to 7th streets between Chestnut and Market.
April 28, 2015 |
NEXT MONTH, one local lucky lady will be the recipient of a first-ever summer block party hosted by the female-focused cable network TLC . The network recently asked its viewers to nominate their town and demonstrate why their respective neighborhood was deserving of an all-expenses-paid bash. Lisa Miller , a single mom from Northeast Philly's Pennypack section who recently went back to school for autism studies, won out over more than 5,000 applicants. The Duggar family, focal points of "19 Kids and Counting"; Kate Gosselin , of "Kate Plus Eight"; and several other TLC stars will join Miller at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing on May 30 for picture-taking and autograph-signing.
October 17, 2014
THE TRUCK: Impossible to miss. David Song's Korean-American fusion food truck is basically a rolling mural with stars and stripes, a red-and-blue taegeuk, the Liberty Bell, a ferocious white tiger and the Philadelphia skyline, among other things. Hungry or not, you kind of want to check it out anyway. WHAT TO EAT: The Cheese Steak Korean ($9) caught our attention immediately. We will eat any variation of this sandwich - breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack, whatever. Song's has thinly sliced Korean marinated beef, Cheez Whiz, sauteed kimchi and onions.
September 27, 2014 |
Louise C. Guthrie, 97, formerly of Wayne, a longtime public relations professional, died Monday, Sept. 22, of heart failure at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, where she was a resident. From 1967 to 1982, Mrs. Guthrie was the director of school and community relations for the Upper Merion School District. After retiring from the school district, she ran her own public relations business. She served as a charter member and vice president of the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association and as vice president of the Pennsylvania Community Education Association.
September 20, 2014 |
Liberty is not free. It's fragile, and it occasionally needs to be updated. To that end, Old City's National Liberty Museum on Thursday unveiled a new welcome center that bridges the gap between its exhibits and the concepts it promotes. Since 2000, it has been tasked with conveying a lofty ideal - "liberty" - in a historical district flush with museums, national landmarks, and other attractions. Gwen Borowsky, the museum's CEO, said the Welcome to Liberty Gallery would help visitors understand the museum's mission.
September 16, 2014 |
As a tenuous cease-fire agreement remained in place Sunday between Ukraine forces and pro-Russian separatists, about 100 members of local Ukrainian, Russian, Lithuanian, and Georgian communities gathered near Independence Hall in Philadelphia to express solidarity with one another. The rally was held in protest of recent actions taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been accused of invading Ukraine on several fronts. Putin has denied the accusation, but media outlets have documented Russian soldiers in parts of the country.
August 12, 2014 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - There is, most definitely, crying in baseball. As the players filed past one another for the post-game handshake, both the winners and the losers shed tears. And because many members of the victorious Taney Dragons and their opponents from Delaware had become close friends over the last 10 days, they hugged with surprising affection. But there was no question that the 8-0 win, which will take the Philadelphia upstart team to the Little League World Series, was overwhelmingly, deliriously sweet for the Taney kids, many of whom had been playing ball together since they were 5 or 6 years old. While the final out flashed on the scoreboard, they toppled over one another in a tangled heap on the field.
July 11, 2014 |
Next week, perhaps Tuesday, should see the opening of Independence Beer Garden , an ingenious use of the vast outdoor space ringing Dow Chemical's headquarters at Sixth and Market Streets, across from the Liberty Bell (215-922-7100). It's the old longtime home of Rohm & Haas. Michael Schulson, who owns Center City's Sampan and Atlantic City's Izakaya, commissioned Groundswell Design Group's David Fierabend to landscape the 20,000 square feet with trees, ivy-covered pergolas, two large bars (40 taps)
June 19, 2014 |
FIRST THINGS FIRST. Here in Philly, we spell our signature sandwich in one word, not two. We sometimes shorten it to "steak. " You, know, like "Angel. " Or Whoopi. (We don't call it a "Philly. " You shouldn't, either.) Steak slingers operate all over town. They ply their wares "wit" or "witout" sauteed onions, with cheese - usually sharp provolone or gooey goldish "Whiz," as in "Cheez. " Add hot peppers for free. Here's a list of where to find 'em, in order of closest to the Con. Really close * READING TERMINAL Gotta get one for breakfast?
June 16, 2014 |
Chris Goldstein sees momentum in the battle to legalize marijuana. As a paid blogger with NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and an activist who later worked on New Jersey's medical-marijuana law and Philadelphia's decriminalization bill, he has been caught up in a swirl of hearings, media conferences, and street theater for more than a decade. Goldstein, a 38-year-old Willingboro resident, says the groundwork has been laid. But for him, the effort came with an unanticipated setback.