August 15, 2016
As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' new temple in Logan Circle opens for public viewing, consider Philadelphia's ties to early Mormon history. Though the church was founded in New York and associated with Illinois and Utah, Philadelphia played a significant role in its early history. Missionaries had reached Chester County and parts of central New Jersey by the 1830s. In 1839, the Philadelphia branch of the church was organized by Joseph Smith Jr. while returning from Washington, D.C. Smith and fellow early converts met on the corner of Seventh and Callowhill Streets.
August 3, 2016 |
A large and commanding portrait of Jesus, his face aglow, his arms extended in a welcoming embrace, will greet the faithful who enter the new Mormon Temple, opening its doors in Center City next month. The granite-clad, Federalist-style building near Logan Square will serve as the site of sacramental rituals, or "ordinances," for the region's 41,000 Mormons. "We believe our temples to be the house of the Lord," Elder Larry Y. Wilson, executive director of temple development for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said at the start of a media tour Monday.
August 3, 2016 |
The new Mormon Temple on Logan Square may be the most radical work of architecture built in Philadelphia in a half-century. Clearly, that's not because the gleaming classical tabernacle offers a fresh, 21st-century take on architectural form-making, or because the designers inventively use new materials, or because they stretch the limits of technology. It's radical because it dares to be so out of step with today's design sensibilities and our bottom-line culture. There have been, of course, plenty of classically inspired designs in Philadelphia in recent years, most of them insipid.
June 23, 2016 |
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced its leadership for Philadelphia's new Mormon temple - the first in the city and the state. Bruce and Nancy Winn of Hockessin, Del., will oversee the functioning of the temple, the church said late Monday. Bruce Winn had previously served as president, then CEO, of Wilmington-based Corporation Service Co. A few years ago, the Winns returned from a three-year missionary assignment with the church in Salt Lake City. They will be assisted by James and Nancy Boik of Berwick, Columbia County, Pa., about a 2 1/2-hour drive north of Philadelphia, and Wynn and Pamela John of Newark, Del. Each of the six new leaders will serve as an unpaid volunteer for about three years, the church said.
May 19, 2016 |
Philadelphia's new Mormon temple - the first in the city and state - will be open for public tours this summer, with reservations available online starting Monday. Tours of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple, at 1739 Vine St. in Franklintown, will be offered from Aug. 10 through Sept. 9, except Sundays. "We are excited about welcoming the community to our open house," Flora McConkie, a church spokeswoman for the Philadelphia region, said Tuesday. "With the large number of visitors anticipated, we highly encourage reserving a date and time online.
March 25, 2016 |
Divergent results in Western states that voted Tuesday reflect how polarized the presidential race remains in both parties as the primary calendar starts to run out of pages. In a normal cycle, the question of Republican and Democratic nominees would be settled (or pretty much so) by now. On the GOP side, Donald Trump crushed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 22 percentage points in Arizona's primary, 47 percent to 25 percent. It was a winner-take-all contest, so the front-runner picked up 58 more delegates.
January 24, 2016 |
The public will be able to see the inside of the first Mormon temple built in the city - and in the entire state - when it opens in Philadelphia this summer. A four-week open house, with free tours, will begin Aug. 5 and last until Sept. 3, but will exclude Sundays, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release this week. The massive, neoclassical, granite-exterior temple, with two soaring spires, is nearing completion on the 1700 block of Vine Street in Franklintown - about a block north of Logan Square, the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
November 29, 2015 |
It's the second coming of The Book of Mormon 's national tour, with a new cast singing that ancient tale of the angel Moroni's appearance in late-1800s Upstate New York. The elders still ring the world's doorbells, shouting out wow, and fight female genital mutilation in Uganda. And it's convenient that they've arrived for the holidays, because this might be the best time for their message. Though, before anyone trades in their Christmas Carol tickets, that Ugandan plot should be a tipoff that this message comes delivered in a winning and hilarious, but very much R-rated, song-and-dance package.
July 30, 2015 |
C ONAN O'BRIEN was sued last week for allegedly stealing jokes from Twitter. Robert Kaseberg claims that Conan, TBS, Time Warner and others swiped four jokes. As Entertainment Weekly reported, Kaseberg said that the jokes were posted to his blog and Twitter account, and that versions of the jokes were later told by Conan on his show. Conan sidekick, Andy Richter , tweeted dismissiveness toward the suit, saying that the topics in question were in the news and fodder for comedy writers.
March 22, 2015 |
The Book of Mormon will be back in Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre late this year for a month-long reprise of its successful 47-day 2014 engagement, part of Broadway Philadelphia's 2015-16 season, officials of the Kimmel Center and the Schubert Organization announced Friday. The Kimmel and the Schubert Organization are joint presenters of the season. "Each season, we seek compelling theater productions with story lines that resonate with our diverse audiences," Anne Ewers, Kimmel president and chief executive, said in a statement.