December 6, 2012 |
State store pick of the month Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay $13.99* PLCB Item No. 6406 White burgundy wines are the world's original chardonnays, but those grown in France are often lighter, brighter and less oaky. The Burgundy region's cool climate creates wines of delicacy and finesse that are dry and extremely food-friendly. Modestly priced examples like this one are generally given only a light touch of barrel aging, if any at all, so the purity of their orchard - fresh apple and pear flavors - shines through.
July 20, 2012 |
The Virgin Mary was due to appear on the night of Sept. 20, 1953. Reappear, actually, as she had already appeared to a group of youngsters twice in two days at 52d Street and Parkside Avenue at the edge of Fairmount Park. More than 50,000 came to see the expected miracle. Among them was Henry R. Darling, a young reporter for the Evening Bulletin, who had been on the paper only a few years and had been assigned obituaries, 50th anniversaries, and innocuous features.
July 18, 2012 |
THE VIRGIN MARY was due to appear on the night of Sept. 20, 1953. Reappear, actually, since she had already appeared to a group of youngsters twice over the previous two days at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue at the edge of Fairmount Park. More than 50,000 people showed up to witness the expected miracle. Among them was Henry R. Darling, a young reporter for the Evening Bulletin, who had been on the paper only a few years and had been assigned mostly to obits, 50th wedding anniversaries and a few innocuous features.
June 2, 2011 |
Summer TV's not the old song and dance anymore. It's the new song and dance, with NBC's America's Got Talent and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (both premiered in May) leading the charge of reality shows. They'll try to marry people off (The Bachelorette is back) or stick them in a box until they blow the roof off (Big Brother premieres July 7). And enough freaks and fakes, not to mention chefs with their fryers and fricassees, will fill the tube to give everyone a huge tummy ache.
May 1, 2011
Pop Helplessness Blues (SubPop . ) The beardy harmonizing in vogue in indie rock is epitomized by Fleet Foxes, the suburban Seattle quintet that froze listeners in their tracks with "White Winter Hymnal," the reverb- drenched, bucolic Beach Boys highlight of the band's 2008 self-titled debut. With Helplessness Blues , the Robin Pecknold-led band makes music that's staggeringly pretty. Check out the swooning "Lorelai," and just try to resist. It's almost entirely without anything resembling an edge, unless you count the skronky free-jazz sax solo that takes the eight-minute "The Shrine/An Argument" by surprise.
September 11, 2010
An interception machine and three-time Pro Bowler derided for his light touch, coaches say Samuel has gotten stronger and more committed to tackling. This feisty and fast corner paired with Samuel in New England and is back from neck surgery with something to prove. He will also return kicks. Smooth and calm, he appears wise beyond his years and has a way of finding the football. We need to see more of his hitting. The dean of the Eagles defense says he is focused on his on-the-field play instead of forcing himself into a leadership role.
January 15, 2009
DONOVAN McNABB has done this before, happy and joking on the eve of the NFC Championship Game. It was true in 2002 and it was true in 2005 and it is true in 2009. It is not all that predictive about how things will turn out. He will play well or not, and the Eagles will win the game or not, and it will not be about demeanor. It will not be about smiling through a bad moment or picking up a sideline telephone or jokes on the Wednesday before. We're all past that at this point, right?
October 8, 2008 |
In this season of election-related nonsense, know one thing: Bernard Brown is a vegan, but he's not campaigning to turn you into one. The founder of the PB&J Campaign doesn't care if you sprinkle cheese on your pasta, or if you like a schmear of mayo on that veggie wrap; his efforts are not part of some animal lover's plan to rid the world of meat products. Brown asks only that you think about the meal you're about to eat, and the very long tail your very quick lunch hour can have.
August 25, 2008 |
He wasn't the gold-medal game's top performer, or the emotional leader for Team USA, but the signature Olympic basketball moment belonged to the Olympian most of China craved to see. It was a three-pointer by Kobe Bryant - no, a four-pointer, after the referee added to the moment, signaling a foul. As the shot fell, Bryant stood tall and coolly held an index finger to his lips, signaling for quiet. The crowd loved it, ignoring Bryant's order, screaming for their idol. Most stuck around to watch an American flag raised for a 118-107 U.S. victory.
January 28, 2008 |
These days, we would call her an outsider artist, but in the 1940s, Florence Foster Jenkins, the 60-ish society eccentric whose musical career is chronicled in Media Theatre's production of Stephen Temperley's Souvenir, was regarded as a one-of-a-kind oddball spectacle, the William Hung of her day. Her intimate "concerts," first attended by close friends, widened in scope as word of her melodic, um, talents, spread. Jenkins, who believed she compared favorably with the world's great sopranos, regaled her audiences with ridiculous costumes, onstage histrionics as she clumsily acted out the lyrics to her chosen tunes, and a voice so startlingly awful that those who came to hear her were often moved to stuff handkerchiefs in their mouths to stifle their laughter.