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 !
January 27, 1995 |
Brain researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have uncovered strong evidence of what everybody already knew. In some important respects, men and women don't think alike. They literally use their brains differently. A study of brain use patterns in 61 Philadelphia-area subjects reported in the current issue of Science found a biological basis for long-noted behavioral differences between the sexes - differences such as that, for instance, men are far more prone to violence than women, or that women tend to have a harder time with math.
November 1, 1994 |
Ever hear the one about Flute the horny horn frog, who every morning at 2 o'clock during mating season would make this whistling sound ("like a kid's sliding flute") hoping to attract a honey? Or about Igor the irrepressible iguana, who escaped from its cage, knocked out the screen in the kitchen window and went squiggling down the alley in search of a partner? Lisa Bryant has. Knows why they did it, too. It's called nature. "You don't just invite them into your house and expect them to stop this mess," explained Bryant.
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.
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.
January 25, 1994 |
Louisiana crickets aren't making it to Pennsylvania in time for dinner. The crunchy insects, the diet of choice for pet lizards, are freezing to death en route, say local pet store owners. Last week, for example, not one of the 8,000 crickets survived the low temperatures while being shipped from a Louisiana cricket breeding company to Worldwide Aquarium & Pets in Upper Darby, said manager Tim Flood. "There are a lot of hungry lizards," said Tim McKenna, who owns Pet Paradise in Boothwyn.
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.
April 12, 1993 |
Sometimes the last period is the noisiest in the Lenape High School library. But not this one. For once, something else supplanted high school gossip and hand-holding. Jazz. Live jazz. "If you close your eyes, you'd never guess you were in a high school library," said librarian Sandra Bazar as the sound of music punctuated the silence. The music was courtesy of the Lenape Lounge Lizards. March, it seems, was national Music in Our Schools Month. Missed it? The Lounge Lizards almost did, too. But when your bookings have been limited to school functions, you have to wait until there is an opening in the school calendar.
January 19, 1993 |
ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR OF LATE PUBLICATION Just as we prepare to swear in the first sitting governor elected president in 60 years, a book that's been gathering dust since the administration of the last such president has arrived in Texas bookstores. The book is the Works Progress Administration's Dallas Guide and History, one of hundreds created by Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal agency for cities across the nation. The guide was to have been released in the 1940s, but a little thing called World War II got in the way. The manuscript sat on a shelf at the Dallas public library for decades, consulted frequently by writers, historians and scholars but unknown to the public.
December 10, 1990 |
At the Theater of Living Arts on Saturday, the Lounge Lizards found joy - ecstasy, even - in repetition. At one time or another, every member of the nine-piece ensemble was forced to play a repetitive phrase that helped define the composition. Sometimes it was as simple as two notes hammered over and over on a vibraphone; other times it was a full horn-section shout lifted from the big-band era. Such repetition, common in the contemporary classical style known as minimalism, is less accepted in jazz improvisation.