April 19, 2016
12 MONKEYS 9 p.m. Monday, Syfy Season 2 premiere of the time-travel drama inspired by the 1995 movie. CONTAINMENT 9 p.m. Tuesday, CW57 Families and friends are separated as Atlanta is placed under quarantine in an attempt to contain a deadly virus in a new limited series adapted from a Belgian drama. OUTSIDERS 9 p.m Tuesday, WGN America Season 1 finale of the drama that stars Philly's David Morse as the would-be leader of an outlaw clan fighting to stay on the mountain it's occupied for generations.
March 17, 2016 |
VILLANOVA had just won its quarterfinal game against Georgetown last Friday in the Big East tournament. And maybe the third question coach Jay Wright was asked in the interview room was whether his team was going to get past the first week of the NCAA Tournament for a change. It was maybe the same third question that had come up at his first preseason press conference. And the one he has fielded the most since his top-seeded Wildcats lost their second NCAA game to North Carolina State last March.
March 7, 2016 |
'There he is," said Juan Jose, pointing to the young sloth on a tree near the entrance to Nayara Springs. Not wanting to see a sloth is akin to not wanting to go zip-lining in Costa Rica. I had declined the vertiginous sport, but am thrilled to gaze upon that little guy hanging on to that tree for dear life. Juan Jose is one of the most enthusiastic staff members any hotel could have - a true naturalist at heart. As a matter of fact, heart has everything to do with this ultimate romantic boutique hotel, tucked away near the town of La Fortuna, steeped in the rain forest, and within sight of the one of the world's most active volcanos, Arenal.
February 8, 2016 |
About 11 o'clock Saturday morning, three lions showed up among the apples, grapes, and lettuces arranged in the packed aisles of Iovine Bros. Produce in Reading Terminal Market. To the beat of drums so loud that the floorboards vibrated, the yellow and red lions ducked and wove, stopping customers over at DiNic's Roast Pork in mid-bite. One man held a sugar cone from Bassetts Ice Cream in one hand and a phone in the other, snapping pictures as the traditional lion dancers snaked their way around the market.
November 20, 2015 |
A ROBBER who made off with $18,500 from an Upper Darby check-cashing agency late last month only put on his "monkey style mask" about halfway through the crime, giving the victim ample opportunity to study the robber's face and provide a description to a sketch-composite artist, police said. On top of failing to properly mask himself throughout the duration of the crime, the bumbling suspect also managed to lock himself inside of the check-cashing business and required his victim's help to get out, according to police.
November 11, 2015 |
SERVING UP BANANAS laced with marijuana to rhesus monkeys on an island in the Caribbean - all in a day's work for Jon Greene. Well, not exactly, but Jon was the cameraman recording the effect of this unusual repast on the unsuspecting primates as part of a study. Jon, who spent most of his life behind a camera, mostly with Philadelphia's Channel 10, had been hired for this project by a researcher from the Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital in Raleigh, N.C. It involved lugging heavy cameras onto the island off Puerto Rico, tramping through the jungle, dodging an irate ape that threatened to attack, and setting up the cameras to record the pot-eating monkeys' reactions compared with a control group that got a regular monkey diet.
June 27, 2015 |
Pop quiz! Settle down! 1. The name of the Seattle-based band Recess Monkey is an example of what kind of groan-inducing joke? 2. The band's moniker refers to a simian that is native to what region of the world? 3. How much fun are they? (Answers at this item's end.) A power trio of elementary-school teachers (one is lead singer and guitarist Drew Holloway, who grew up in Wayne and graduated from Upper Merion), Recess Monkey purveys a pure pop that appeals to all ages in an interactive and funny show.
April 17, 2015 |
DISNEY'S "Monkey Kingdom" had me wondering if documentary filmmakers have finally run out of cute animals. The subject of this movie is a Sri Lankan creature called a macaque, which is the noise you make when you have bronchitis and cough up a phlegm ball. The macaque embodies that sound. Picture a blond chimp with eczema and a bad toupee and you have the macaque, a species that has also built for itself a rather oppressive social order. "Monkey Kingdom" follows the story of Maya, a female who's a "low born" macaque, and thus excluded from access to the best food, even to interested suitors - when a handsome young bloke expresses interest, he's chased off by the alpha male, who then proceeds to ignore Maya (men!
January 16, 2015 |
For time-traveler Cole, his mission to prevent the viral plague that will wipe out nearly all of mankind two years from now is complicated. In 2043, the temporal technology (which looks a lot like the device in Stargate ) isn't really fine-tuned yet. They can calibrate the machine to slingshot Cole back to Philadelphia in 2015 (in fact, the desired target), but he might pop up years or even decades earlier - and halfway around the world. They keep trying to work out the bugs because the stakes are pretty high.
March 24, 2013
Remember when wine became popular enough to be "the new beer"? And then it flipped when craft beer became "the new wine"? It was inevitable the two would collide someday into one crazy fermented creature, and now we have it, an all-out "Bine" Revolution with everyone from Sonoma (Russian River) to Portland, Maine, (Allagash) aging beer in wine barrels. Victory is the latest to go grape guns on their brews, with the recent limited release of White Monkey, their popular Golden Monkey tripel aged three months in used chardonnay casks from Wente Vineyards.