February 27, 2011 |
I figure, if something happens once every 372 years, it's worth staying up to see. At least, that was my logic at 3:17 a.m. the night I stood at my window and peered up at the lunar eclipse. Dec. 21 was the first time a lunar eclipse occurred on the winter solstice since 1638. To take you back to eighth-grade Earth Science for a minute: The winter solstice - in December in the Northern Hemisphere, June in the Southern - is the longest night of the year, when the earth is tilted as far from the sun as possible.
January 31, 2011 |
The Little Prince - beloved by many over the course of its 67 years - is a gentle, sweet fantasy that magnifies human behavior through the lens of existentialism. It's filled with metaphors, with many adult characters who represent some aspect of the human condition. The original story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry seems made for puppetry, as a new version with actors and puppets clearly demonstrates, in a technically pumped but strangely distant production at Bristol Riverside Theatre.
January 28, 2011 |
THIRTY-THREE (and a third) years ago, Brian Eno famously proposed a style (and album) of soothing, ambient music that he thought would be the perfect balm for weary travelers at the airport. Now Tom Moon , a musician/critic best known from his long stint at the Philadelphia Inquirer , is casting out a similar net to the stressed-out brand of road warrior who "huddles over their laptops" in hotel lobbies and also brings the work home. He's doing it with an energized yet easy-on-the-ears contemporary jazz group dubbed the Moon Hotel Lounge Project and a crafty debut album, "Into the Ojala" (Frosty Cordial Records)
January 11, 2011 |
A portentious release date like 1/11/11 doesn't come along often. So what does today's haul deliver? A goodly share of sonic magic from jazz man/critic Tom Moon and nu-folkster Abigail Washburn, plus fresh slices of Cake, Edie Brickell and a ghostly nod from Tim Buckley. MOON HORNS IN: It's often said of critics that those who can't do, write about it. Yet Tom Moon, former music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer , NPR correspondent and author of "1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die," is also a jazz saxophone player who toured in his youth with Maynard Ferguson.
November 16, 2010 |
Logan Pszalgowski can't believe his eyes. "I can see the whole moon," exclaims the 7-year-old Mount Laurel resident, his wonder-struck little voice rising into the night sky. Logan, his twin brother, Aidan, and their mother, Bonnie, are exploring the heavens through Steve Mattan's 80mm refracting telescope at a Star Watch sponsored by the Willingboro Astronomical Society. Mattan, 50, a software-development manager from Edgewater Park, is among about 20 amateur astronomers gathered in an open field near the Batsto Historic Village Visitor Center in Wharton State Forest.
July 4, 2010 |
Chester Park was filled with people craving the usual stuff of an Independence Day weekend festival, and there was plenty of food, vendors, games, and entertainment at Saturday's festivities to satisfy everyone. But the biggest craving this year was for something different - a reprieve from the violence that lately has engulfed the city's streets. Chester is holding its July Fourth weekend activities despite the state of emergency that Mayor Wendell N. Butler Jr. imposed last month - and that the City Council extended - after a series of shootings and homicides.
July 1, 2010 |
"THE TWILIGHT SAGA" has rung up another record, proving once again that nothing rings a cash register like teenage girls. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" took in more than $30 million from midnight screenings yesterday, according to distributor Summit Entertainment. That surpassed the previous midnight record of $26.3 million set on opening day last November by its predecessor, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon. " The huge start for "Eclipse" puts the latest chapter in the vampire-romance series on track for one of the biggest opening days ever.
May 27, 2010
7 p.m. National Geographic If you suffer from any kind of generalized anxiety disorder, you're probably going to want to take a pass on "Cosmic Collisions," a hair-raising hour that re-creates some of the most intense known smashups in the cosmos, including those that created Earth and the moon.
March 15, 2010
TODAY IS the Ides of March and a new moon. The former, since Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," carries foreboding. The latter, ritualistically, is cause for renewal. The way things are, I get the foreboding. But the renewal? Not so much. For, politically, even more than usual, the signs lead to lunacy. Take the Massa thing. Are you kidding? This schizoid, just-resigned New York congressman, Eric Massa, married father of two, lived with "bachelor" staffers, groped a male staffer and made "salty" remarks to male employees.
February 25, 2010
I'M UPSET with our leaders for allowing the space agency to continuously send up rockets or spaceships messing up the atmosphere (and don't forget shooting the moon), causing the atmosphere to go completely haywire. We the people of this planet are dealing with snow, and then it will be rain and flooding. When will you call a halt to this madness? You won't be able to live on the moon. You can't take care of what's happening on Earth. I'd like to see you stop for at least five years and get the Earth back on its feet.