April 2, 2013 |
Sometimes you pick 'em right, and sometimes you don't. This was one of my don'ts. I chose EgoPo's The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini as one of my three PIFA recommendations in Friday's Weekend section. Although I wasn't naive enough to expect a real magic show on stage, I did expect some stage magic, and not a dramatized Wikipedia biography of the world's most famous escape artist. Created/written/directed by Brenna Geffers (who has repeatedly proved herself an excellent director and who should stick to that)
January 1, 2013 |
Two First Nights. Dozens of performers and shows. Thirty-six degrees. That's the numerical rundown for tonight's two family-friendly New Year's Eve celebrations, in Haddonfield and Mount Holly. This morning, event coordinators were cruising around Haddonfield posting signs and making final arrangements for the celebration. The event, now in its 15th year, is even more grand this year as the borough starts observing its 300th anniversary. Thousands are expected to attend. Fireworks at 9 p.m. with a countdown for kids will be followed by the cutting of an elaborately decorated three-layer cake reflecting Haddonfield's history, including its Native American heritage of the Indian King, and archaeological discovery of the famous Hadrosaurus.
December 29, 2012 |
For the 15th year in a row, Haddonfield will usher in the new year with a family-friendly First Night celebration Monday. The 2012 version offers events ranging from rock music to a magic show, from historical reenactors to fireworks. More than a dozen sites on or near Kings Highway will host events, starting at 6. Many of the shows are for children, including several musical performances and the magic act. Shuttles will stop every 15 minutes at each venue. Admission to all indoor activities costs $15, the price of a First Night button, which may be purchased in advance or on Monday.
December 14, 2012
Special Events Germantown White House Exhibits Interactive exhibits featuring George Washington's family & household. Germantown White House (formerly Deshler-Morris House), 5442 Germantown Ave.; 215-965-2305. Prohibition Cocktail Tour With tastings. Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St. $55. Closes 12/22. Cirque Dreams Two act extravaganza, filled with circus acrobatics & pyrotechnic wizardry. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; 877-598-8696.
April 6, 2012 |
CARMELO ANTHONY scored 19 points, Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds and the visiting New York Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic, 96-80, on Thursday night. J.R. Smith and Toney Douglas each added 15 points for the Knicks, who won for just the third time in their last 13 visits to Orlando. New York also hit 13 three-pointers. Jason Richardson scored 16 points and Glen Davis 15 to lead Orlando. The Magic's loss came on the heels of coach Stan Van Gundy's comments earlier in the day that included him saying he'd heard from top team officials that Dwight Howard has asked that he be fired.
October 28, 2011 |
This weekend will be the last chance to get a good scare at the Einstein Healthcare Network's Nightmare at Elmwood Zoo. The annual event, which began last weekend, will take place Friday through Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Kids can wander through corn mazes and fill their bags with goodies at candy stations throughout the zoo. Families can have fun at the Haunted Barn and go through the Wizard's Magical Alley, a life-size portrayal of the wondrous passageway...
August 14, 2011
10 for the Road 1. Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival. Greensburg, Pa. Sept. 2-5. More than 500 artisans will don period costumes and sell floral designs, embellished clothing, ceramics, flags, personalized ornaments, and decorative painting. 724-863-4577; www.familyfestivals.com . 2. Evolvefest. Vernon, N.J. Sept. 2-5. This event celebrates "the creative human spirit" with four days of 50 bands and 30 yoga workshops, plus camping opportunities.
August 4, 2011 |
Tucked into a corner of the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties is a room filled with wondrous and sometimes unbelievable sights. Coins disappear in the palm of your hand. A pen impales a dollar bill without leaving a hole. Think of a card, any card, and the deck seems to know exactly which one you had in mind. The illusions are courtesy of magician Seth Rovner and his store, Trick Zone, which opened in May 2009 as Philadelphia's only magic shop. Rovner, 29, a native of Lower Moreland, caters to everyone from experienced magicians who want to try out the newest tricks to children who want to try their hand at magic for the first time.
April 19, 2011 |
PYONGYANG, North Korea - Amid a burst of fireworks and a haze of smoke, a burly showman in a white sequined suit and gold lame cape appears with a flourish. Over the next 45 minutes, he appears to make a Pyongyang bus levitate and wriggles free from a box sent crashing to the stage through a ring of fire. This is magic North Korean-style performed in a show touted as the country's biggest ever and mounted in a city where old-fashioned illusion, a dancing bear and a dose of slapstick comedy can still command the biggest crowds of the year.
August 25, 2010 |
Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Oct. 1, 2007 Darius stood in the Tbilisi airport arrival lounge, scanning for Iranian counter-surveillance. Though he towered above the Georgian crowd, his 6-foot-5 frame was unlikely to betray him. He shared his parents' Baltic cheekbones, spoke Russian and wore the slacks of a wealthy German. Few would suspect that Darius was an undercover agent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He checked the monitor again; the flight from Baku had just landed; passengers were moving through customs.