March 14, 2013
EVEN BEFORE the head in the box arrived, I was feeling a little worn down by TV's love affair with crazed killers. OK, so it wasn't an actual head. But mounted on a Styrofoam stand, the bewigged and slightly cartoonish mask of Edgar Allan Poe, sent to promote Fox's "The Following," was an unpleasant reminder of the episode I'd recently screened in which a man wearing just such a Poe mask had set another man on fire. The next day, there would be genuine horror on all our TV screens, as reports began to come in about a shooting massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
March 13, 2013 |
There are plays about adolescence and plays for adolescents. Theatre Confetti's inaugural production, A. Rey Pamatmat's Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them , aims high at adults, but its bull's-eye is a younger target audience. Plenty of plays with kids as their subject make an easy transition to adulthood: Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive and Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade are but two examples of adult works with children as their messengers. But despite what could, in certain circles, be considered "adult themes," Pamatmat's sincerity and the straightforward, episodic nature of his script keep Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them squarely within the realm of Hansel-and-Gretel-style child-fantasy fulfillment (that's the Grimm edition, not this year's bounty-hunting witch-chasers)
March 13, 2013 |
The theme of this week's class is desire . The "How to Write a Song" class, that is, taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning Northern Irish poet Paul Muldoon and English songwriter John Wesley Harding to a room full of impressively talented Princeton University undergraduates. Each week this semester at Princeton, two dozen students have split into small groups and written songs on a given emotional topic, such as loneliness , or remorse . Then, when the class meets on Tuesdays on the Ivy League university's idyllic campus, they perform it in front of their impressively credentialed, though not stern, taskmasters.
March 7, 2013
LET'S FACE IT, the real question here is: Does Rocky's cheesesteak live up to the high standards we natives set for this most Philadelphian of delicacies? The answer, in short, is no. The combination of machine-processed cheese and mayonnaise glopped onto the steak is distinctly un-Philadelphian. (Argentines have a love affair with mayo, so its presence here is not surprising.) These ingredients create a topping you'd be more likely to get at a bar in Davenport, Iowa, or Omaha, Neb., than on a steak from an authentic joint in the City of Brotherly Love.
January 7, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Given the opportunity to say goodbye, Andy Reid ducked out the back and four days later resurfaced here of all places. The divorce was a long time coming and it got nasty at the end, with the chants and the papers bags and the banners. But when Reid chose not to have one final news conference it was as if he wanted to deny Eagles fans their chance at closure. Fourteen years is a long time in one place for any NFL coach, but perhaps nowhere as long as in Philadelphia.
November 23, 2012 |
The setup: After years of rumors, rhetoric and bickering, the 76ers, on Dec. 19, 2006, finally put their actions where their hearts were and sent Allen Iverson, one of the most beloved players, and the most exciting, in franchise history, and Ivan McFarlin to the Denver Nuggets for veteran point guard Andre Miller, former Sixer Joe Smith and two first-round draft picks. And on March 19, 2008, he came home. THE CITY of Philadelphia had a love affair with Allen Iverson.
November 21, 2012 |
IF SHE didn't know it already, Lisa DeBella will now: her husband of 17 years has been carrying on a 30-year love affair. But she needn't worry: the object of his affection isn't a woman; it's Philadelphia. How else do you explain why John DeBella, the 62-year-old WMGK-FM (102.9) morning-drive host - a native New Yorker, no less - has been in Philadelphia since the days when Ronald Reagan was president and Julius Erving and Moses Malone were the talk of the town? Why else would he have hung around even during the years when he was suffering professional humiliation and personal tragedy?
September 30, 2012 |
Stop the carousel; I want to get off. Not without sadness (and a curious twinge of betrayal), I'm dropping Glee from my DVR's to-do list. Three episodes into the fourth season, and I'm calling it quits. It's not just the changes in this year of the diaspora that sent Rachel and then Kurt to New York and the rest of the Class of McKinley '12 who knows where. I mean, I like some of the new cast members (Dean Geyer's Brody) and don't like others (Jacob Artist's Jake). But I will admit I miss Santana (Naya Rivera)
September 28, 2012 |
MANY PEOPLE never would have pegged Diquan Gilbert for eventual football stardom. Prominent among the doubters? Good, ol' Gilbert himself. Even now, though he routinely fashions eye-popping performances at outside linebacker (he also plays running back) for Communications Tech, Gilbert acknowledges that his love for football is exceeded by his mother's. He also confesses to this: When he was getting started with the sport, he was never in the running to win the Most Dedicated trophy.
July 28, 2012 |
It won't be long now before teens across the globe take to the streets in sackcloth and ashes in mourning over Kristen Stewart's swan dive from media grace. K-Stew, whose romance with Twilight costar Robert Pattinson has helped us keep at bay the horrors of a world engulfed in poverty, war, and famine, admitted this week that she had engaged in what she called a "momentary indiscretion" with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders. The fallout has been shocking: Fans, for the most part teenage girls, have unleashed a fury of disappointment and outrage, a wave of hysteria not seen since Sigmund Freud set up shop in Vienna.