May 10, 1988 |
Did a Newark, N.J., man think he was shooting at lizards when he shot and killed a North Philadelphia man and wounded the man's daughter in 1985? That's the question being debated behind closed doors today, as a Common Pleas jury is trying to decide whether to buy James E. Brown's lizard alibi. Brown, 32, testified that he doesn't recall shooting at anything but "green lizards" inside Luther Guyton's home on Firth Street near 12th, on Feb. 6, 1985. Assistant District Attorney Bashi Buba said Brown's targets were not lizards, but Guyton, 57, and his daughter, Roselyn Peterson, 33. Guyton died of a gunshot wound.
October 23, 2001 |
It was not a good night for the iguana. The reptile, which had been used to soothe students sent to the vice principal's office, indirectly unleashed a commotion early Sunday when firefighters discovered that its cage had sparked a fire that destroyed the DeMasi Middle School office. No one was injured, school spokeswoman Jeanne Smith said, and school was held as usual yesterday. The female lizard, named Nasdaq, was at a veterinarian's office at the time of the fire and coincidentally died of natural causes there Sunday night.
November 13, 1993 |
Did filmmaker Duncan Gibbins, a retired postal worker and her invalid husband perish in the recent firestorm so the coast-horned lizard might live? No one knows for sure. But that conflagration might have been less deadly had firefighters been free to set "prescribed burns" to clear the thickets of wild foliage that blanket the craggy mountains beside the Pacific Ocean here. Prescribed burn acreage in the Southern California region has dropped from 20,000 acres in 1987 to 5,000 today, largely due to environmental red tape and concerns about wildlife and air quality.
October 2, 1994 |
On July 14, 1936, Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain's best-known poet and playwright, arrived in Granada to visit his mother and father for the family's annual celebration of St. Frederick's Day. Just over a month later, in the early morning, in an olive grove on a hill outside the Andalusian city, he was executed by a firing squad. What happened in the period between Lorca's arrival in Granada and his death - which was a tragedy for art, a tragedy for Spain, and a tragic case of Lorca's being in the wrong place at the wrong time - is the subject of Sign of the Lizard, a new play by Louis Lippa opening Friday at People's Light & Theatre Company in Malvern.
September 18, 2011 |
It's breakfast time at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica, and that means not only fabulous food but also exotic entertainment. Hannah, my 7-year-old daughter, is enjoying tropical banana pancakes, while I savor the tipico breakfast of beans, rice, eggs, tortillas, and plantains. Perched on the back of the third chair at our table is a white-throated magpie-jay. The thunder of Pacific Ocean waves breaking 90 feet away bothers neither us nor the bird. Adjacent to the patio restaurant where we sit, a large spiny-tailed iguana ambles across the lawn.
May 15, 1995 |
You recognize him immediately in the crowd: the tall, well-dressed gentleman with a Nat Sherman cigarette delicately dangling from one hand and a frosted-over martini glass of Kettel One vodka cupped in the other. The silver hair greased back. The faint smell of aftershave. The tanned face, bobbing like a boxer to buss the cheeks of fading beauties in tight dresses and the gray-suited, middle-aged lizard men who lust after them - and know him: The Last Playboy. On this night in the Palm Restaurant Bar, Harry Jay Katz, wooer of women, sultan of schmooze, King of Late Night and Early Morning, looks like he hasn't lost a step since one of his dates happened to drown in his hot tub two months ago. "Harry !
September 7, 2007 |
David Yow's confrontational noisemaking '90s band The Jesus Lizard have lots to answer for in Pennsylvania. Clockclean Er and Pissed Jeans are proof. Allentown's Pissed Jeans brusquely borrows the Lizard's atonal post-hardcore abrasion as the prime motivation behind its needling recent CD, Hope for Men. North Philly's Clockclean Er has noise and sludgy guitars in spades. But the trio makes that musical morass more melodic while maintaining its angularity and doubling its contentiousness.
April 6, 1998 |
Here's the bare-bones plot of Tri-Star Pictures' $100 million sci-fi blockbuster "Godzilla," scheduled for release May 20: A huge lizard with big spiked plates down his back - a dead ringer for a dinosaur - shows up in the middle of New York City. It's up to Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno and Hank Azaria, among others, to stop the creature before it whomps and stomps Manhattan - as well as the rest of the world - into dust. Does this sound familiar? Of course. After all, there have been 22 previous movies about Godzilla.
October 11, 1994 |
Colorful, cartoony screens wheel into view and unfold to define the interior of a house. Huge, black-fabric rectangles, outfitted with flapping arms, glide here and there. A quartet of women in outsize masks chants and sings in the manner of a Greek chorus. Before a backdrop on which a handwritten manuscript is overlaid with projections of the Andalusian countryside, silhouetted figures walk silently across the rear of the stage, stooped from the burdens of a world gone mad. And the hero's alter ego - his imagination, his muse, his inner reality - hovers around his corporeal self, offering advice and caution.
March 4, 2011 |
Leaping lizards! We all know that Johnny Depp is a chameleon. He plays one, or more precisely, voices him, in Rango . This off-center animation from Gore Verbinski (Depp's director in the Pirates of the Caribbean series) opens with a quartet of owls in mariachi garb singing the legend of the lizard. They pop up at regular intervals to musically comment on the chameleon's exploits in the Southwest, where the land is bone dry and the wit even more so. Rango is best enjoyed by those over 10 who have an idea of what "existential" means and can appreciate a surreal mashup of Chinatown , Gladiator , High Noon , and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly . You know those animated films that have bits that the parents will enjoy?