April 13, 1987 |
Since the last Monty Python picture - 1983's Monty Python's The Meaning of Life - Graham Chapman has been doing some pretty perilous stuff. Like, being strapped into a harness and catapulted 130 feet into the air above London's Hyde Park. Like, traveling to Ecuador with guys who go hang-gliding over lava-spewing volcanoes. Like, making a pirate movie with Cheech and Chong. Chapman, however, has lived to tell the tale, and he'll be telling it - along with some jokes, ruminations on life and old Python anecdotes - and showing a few film and video clips when he makes an extremely rare solo appearance tonight at the Comedy Factory Outlet in Old City.
March 12, 1995 |
I'd hate to play poker with Gerald Gutierrez. The director of Ruth and Augustus Goetz's The Heiress, which opened Thursday in a Lincoln Center production at the Cort, has managed to stage the whole thing without so much as a solitary giggle. You'd never guess he was holding nothing more than a pair of eights. Well, let's not be ungenerous. The Heiress, a 1947 Broadway hit based on Henry James' 1881 novel Washington Square, isn't really a bad play - just, perhaps, an irrelevant one. If you surrender to its creaky theatricality, it can work pretty well, which is why Gutierrez has had the good sense to play it absolutely straight.
May 8, 2009
AFTER 6,000 YEARS of drinking beer, you'd suppose mankind knows how to actually taste the stuff: Pop open the can, raise toward face, open mouth, pour contents down throat - it's a straightforward challenge best undertaken, according to the beer commercials, with the able assistance of two or three girls in bikinis. A more meaningful, possibly less-debauched experience awaits the reader of Randy Mosher's new "Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink" (Storey Publishing, $16.95)
February 2, 2012
OK, POP QUIZ everyone. If the Eagles' defense succeeds in 2012, it will be because: A) New secondary coach Todd Bowles is really calling the shots; B) The star-studded secondary, the one gashed for one big play after another in the first 12 games of last season, will have a full training camp and a much better secondary coach; C) Casey Matthews will evolve into a premier NFL linebacker and/or the Eagles will acquire a proven elite linebacker and/or the Eagles will have a brilliant draft in which they address holes at middle linebacker and safety; D)
July 22, 2014 |
ONCE UPON a time, Atlantic City's casino showrooms hummed and buzzed year-round. Classic gaming-hall venues like the Claridge's Palace Theater and the Trump Plaza showroom were dark only when one midweek presentation had ended and another was preparing to open. Today, extended-run presentations, much like the city itself, are pretty much warm-weather attractions - somewhat odd when you consider that summertime is AyCee's peak season and thus less-dependent on such attendance-growing lures.
January 19, 2009 |
Before going to a hotel with his new girlfriend, Michael Murtha, 68, took a special "love potion" from a vitamin store to enhance the moment. "I looked at the bottle and there was some vague reference to be careful about potential interactions," said Murtha, who was on drugs for high blood pressure and mild diabetes. "But she was eager and I was eager so I threw it down. " It was New Year's Eve 2006. And far from the fireworks of a new love, Murtha got a queasy stomach. His heart raced.
May 28, 1999 |
Another summer season of entertainment begins this weekend in Atlantic City. Which means . . . a smorgasbord. And not just at the buffet counters. The headliners are still with us. Just check some of the names on display this weekend. We have: Tony Bennett, who opened at Caesars last night and will continue through Sunday. Lorna Luft at the Hilton tonight through Sunday, with a show called "Songs My Mother Taught Me" (that, of course, would be Judy Garland). Texas country/blues singer Delbert McClinton at the Claridge tonight through Sunday.
July 30, 1995 |
Sellout or savvy signing? You be the judge. PBS has inked a deal to air a TV version of Book of Virtues by conservative champion William J. Bennett in the fall of 1996. Congressional Republicans have been rallying to chop the PBS budget. A little programming from one of their heroes, the former drug czar and secretary of education, couldn't hurt in the fight to quiet their cries, one might assume. But that would be wrong, PBS president and CEO Ervin Duggan said at public television's segment of the TV critics' summer press tour last week - a two- day presentation that included jazz, rock and roll, and the inside story on Nastassja Kinski's nude photo with an eight-foot python.
January 2, 1998 |
This was the year that alternative wasn't. WDRE died and went to Y-100. Courtney Love switched from Village Thrift to Versace. Lollapalooza loitered around the country. Soundgarden broke up and no one noticed. The "new" Khyber struggled with its restaurant-versus-rock identity and it remains unclear who the winner is. And Philadelphians who were left-of-the-dial lost underground icons like The Original Sins and Third Street Jazz and Rock. The record industry pitted rockers against DJs in this thing called electronica.
January 8, 1993 |
This weekend, families can cure the post-holiday blahs with blues-busters ranging from musical concerts to art workshops to a bridal shower . . . at the Zoo. Gary Rosen and Bill Shontz - or, as they are known to their legions of young fans: Rosenshontz - bring their blend of original music and humor to Conestoga High School in Berwyn on Sunday. The Vermont-based recording artists will sing selections from their new video, Teddy Bears' Jamboree, a compilation of hits including "The Teddy Bears' Picnic," "These Are the Questions," "Brothers and Sisters," and "Jenny the Bubble Gum Queen.