March 16, 2016 |
In its rehearsal spaces and on its main stage, the venerated Walnut Street Theatre currently resembles a jungle gymlike maze of elevated catwalks and open portals - all for Peter and the Starcatcher , which opens Thursday. Peter is such a massive, madly active production that, for the cast to rehearse adequately, a replica of the huge, multilevel, Rube Goldbergian set on the main stage, all ladders, paths, and openings, had to be built in the fourth-floor rehearsal space, for which, in the words of director Bill Van Horn, "rail heights and step lengths were cut in half, to get used to the real estate.
October 19, 2015 |
Interior designer Parisa Abdollahi has spent the last 14 months renovating her expansive Tudor in Rydal, with several projects still to complete. One guest room is bare except for a beautiful Persian rug. "If you enter a room with a rug," she says, "you have a place to sit down. A rug warms the room and gives it personality. " Abdollahi, descended from a tribe of fine-rug makers in what is now Iran, owns Parisa Rugs & Décor in the Marketplace Design Center in Center City.
September 22, 2015 |
"The Maz Runner: The Scorch Trials" edged out "Black Mass" at the box office on the first weekend of the fall movie season. 20th Century Fox's sequel to "The Maze Runner" earned an estimated $30.3 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Although that came in slightly below the debut of the 2014 young-adult dystopian sci-fi original, it counted as a win for a movie that cost $61 million to make. Warner Bros.' "Black Mass," starring Johnny Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger , premiered with $23.4 million.
November 12, 2014 |
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to streamline its tangle of websites and launch a new customer service system, overhauling how veterans interact with the agency. The reorganization, announced on the eve of Veterans Day and touted as the largest in VA history, could come alongside a sweeping round of discipline at the beleaguered agency, in which more than 1,000 employees have been pegged for potential action, according to VA Secretary Robert McDonald. In Philadelphia, where the city's VA hospital and benefits office have been tied to the national scandal over delayed care, veterans and their advocates responded to the announcement with optimism.
August 5, 2014 |
"It's the only job I ever had," says Eddie Gindi , co-owner of the eight New York-area Century 21 department stores. He is preparing another one for Philadelphia this fall. Scion of a retailing and real estate family, Gindi went to work for his father and uncle - who founded Century 21 - as a student in 1977. "Back then it was just two stores: Brooklyn Bay Ridge and Manhattan," across from the World Trade Center, he said. The store had been there since 1961, even before the towers.
June 22, 2013
The Riddle of the Labyrinth The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code By Margalit Fox Ecco Press/HarperCollins. 384 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Richard Di Dio If George Smith, the 19th-century Assyriologist, supposedly stripped and ran screaming with excitement through the British Museum upon finally translating the Epic of Gilgamesh , what might happen with a translation exponentially more difficult?...
March 11, 2013 |
OVERALL CHAMPION Tina Maze , of Slovenia, beat Mikaela Shiffrin in a World Cup slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany, to overtake the American teenager in the discipline standings and close in on becoming the first woman to win five crystal globes in a season. Maze also got a piece of another record in a season when she has already broken several, equaling Austrian great Hermann Maier's mark of 22 World Cup podiums in 1999-2000. She earlier broke Maier's record for points in a season, and she extended her total to 2,254 with her 10th win. Shiffrin, 17, finished third, giving Maze a seven-point lead in the slalom standings going into Saturday's last race of the season.
March 4, 2013 |
WORLD CUP-winning skier Tina Maze was placed under police protection for a super-G race on Sunday after an emailed death threat against her. The Slovenian finished fourth and had two bodyguards close by after the race, won by Anna Fenninger , of Austria, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The threat came in an email received Saturday afternoon after Maze won the downhill on the same slope and become the first skier to collect more than 2,000 points in a season. Aksel Lund Svindal won the men's event in Norway to clinch the World Cup super-G title.
October 18, 2012 |
It's hard to think of a more shadowy world than the private intelligence industry, which serves as the backdrop to Cinemax's exhilarating espionage thriller Hunted , a BBC co-production from X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz that begins an eight-episode first season at 10 p.m. Friday. It's a realm where spies and special-forces operatives are deployed to gather intelligence about corporations, individuals, or foreign governments - and sell it for a profit. Disturbing ethical questions abound: Should spy companies work for anyone with the money, no matter how questionable their ends?
November 7, 2011 |
No tiptoeing Saturday-evening spiders had disturbed the dominoes, no rumbling trucks passing in the dark. "Nothing overnight," Steve Perrucci said. "The mice were kind, the spiders. " But early Sunday afternoon, a 2-year-old boy dropped a ball no bigger than a cough drop and knocked over a short line of Perrucci's dominoes. Quickly repaired, the line was made upright. And so at 3 p.m. Sunday, about 100 folks clustered around a maze of, yes, 10,000 dominoes on the third-floor rotunda of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.