January 18, 2016 |
David Bowie's death last week played out like the final, showstopping performance of a career full of unpredictable star turns. His last mournful, mysterious album, Blackstar , was released to unanimous praise on his 69th birthday, Jan. 8. Two days later, he was gone. That sudden surprise - planet Earth was blue, and there was nothing we could do - focused attention in a spectacular demonstration of the connective power of music and the Internet. Facebook logged 100 million interactions in 12 hours after Bowie's passing.
December 28, 2015 |
'If we had met in high school," Jim Cole was saying a few days after he and his wife, Ellen, celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on Dec. 15, "she wouldn't have given me a second look. " "I wouldn't have," Ellen confirmed matter-of-factly. In the social caste system comfortably in place at Northeast Philadelphia High School in the mid-1960s, a drop-dead gorgeous Jewish American in-crowd goddess like the former Ellen Blum would have been as approachable to a fast-talking Irish Catholic disciplinary transfer student from Father Judge High School like Jim Cole as Princess Leia would have been to a Wookiee.
November 12, 2015 |
'Lights Rise on Grace" begins with a meet-cute: Grace (Bi Jean Ngo), a 16-year-old high school girl who is shy and socially inept - apparently, from what we're told, because she is Chinese - meets Large ( Ashton Carter), an African American boy, also in her high school. Their sweet meeting turns into many, which turn into a love affair, violently disapproved of by both the black and the Chinese communities. Romeo and Juliet are invoked. One day, Large fails to meet Grace; she feels abandoned and betrayed, and it will turn out he's in prison, apparently for beating his brother into a wheelchair.
September 24, 2015 |
The Lianne La Havas/Philly audience lovefest was in full swing Sunday after 11 songs at Theatre of Living Arts. The guitar-wielding British singer-songwriter pronounced the affair "a lovely way to kick off the tour!" The ascendant soul/pop/jazz/what-have-you La Havas, 26, fronted her tight six-piece band to support her acclaimed second album, Blood , released in July. She had just knocked out the crowd with an ebullient performance of that disc's "Midnight," a song cowritten and produced by Jamaica's Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor that La Havas recorded in Kingston during a recent roots-exploring trip to the island with her Jamaican mother.
March 19, 2015 |
Foxx 'n' Holmes: True love! Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are conducting the most soulful, fulfilling, maddening, epochal, ballistic - indeed, nukyuler - love affair since Marc Anthony clapped hands on Cleopatra . It began in the summer of '13, when they danced the night away at a Hamptons charity do. Foxx 'n' Holmes? You jest! Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are simply pals. Yes, they are very good friends. But like all cross-gender celeb friends, the mere expression of their friendship has led gossipers - those spiritual hunchbacks who hide in the shadows and plot ugly plots - to make absurd claims.
September 4, 2014 |
IT ALL STARTED with the smoky eye. I didn't know how to create the look and I wanted to, so badly, that I watched countless how-to videos on YouTube until I got it right. That year, I used all my holiday gift money to buy a new collection of makeup. My love affair with beauty products had begun. I'm a graphic designer by profession, with degrees in that and in fine arts. I view makeup as an art, too. Contouring, blending, choosing the right eye shadow and lipstick to enhance natural features - it's really like drawing on your face.
February 19, 2014 |
NEWS ITEM: Former 76ers coach Larry Brown said Sunday that he was "sick" that he wouldn't be able to attend Allen Iverson's jersey-retirement ceremony on March 1. "I know a lot of people think we banged heads and stuff like that," Brown said, "but I know God put me here to coach him. " Are you there, Larry? It's Me, God. First things first: I'm sorry that you and your Southern Methodist team lost to Temple on Sunday. Tough one. I actually watched the game from beginning to end. That's one of the perks of being all-powerful and all-knowing.
January 31, 2014 |
Rihanna does hot selfies Why does Rihanna post so many - sooo many! - photos on Instagram (she has 11 million followers) showing her in various states of undress? "I think [people] think I'm drunk all the time. I think they think I am always partying, that my house is probably a party all the time with tons of people and tons of music and no clothes. I think that's what they think," Rihanna tells USA Today. Um, that was our theory. No, says R, she's not about partying or nudie exhibitionism or drunken orgies.
July 29, 2013 |
Is America's love affair with the car over? Or just less torrid? Some key indicators - such as vehicle use, driver's license registration, and public-transit ridership - suggest that the 100-year-old Auto Age is waning. Economics, urbanization, technology, and environmental concerns are changing the way Americans travel, and young people are leading the shift, transportation experts say. Young people are getting driver's licenses later or not at all. They take the train or bus or bike to work, or telecommute.
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.