May 30, 2016 |
The first job of any remake is to justify itself. Why do we need a new version of Roots , the beloved 1977 ABC mini-series whose finale more than 100 million people watched and whose most recent rerun - in high-definition on TV One - was only last fall? Because the world has changed enough in 39 years to justify more sophisticated writing and better production values, but not enough to make Roots any less relevant. Our understanding of the history underlying Roots has changed, too, though not in ways that hurt the History Channel's four-night version, which premieres at 9 p.m. Memorial Day and will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime.
April 25, 2016 |
After being the Rodney Dangerfield of retail for so long, "plus size" customers are finally getting some respect. The plus-size sector is booming as women's apparel stores such as stalwart Lane Bryant and 15-year-old Torrid, which cater to women and girls who wear bigger sizes, typically 14 and up, reported sales growth last year. And what about that trio of Sports Illustrated covers for the magazine's 2016 swimsuit issue? One of them features - drum roll, please - plus-size model Ashley Graham, 28, who happens to be the face of Lane Bryant.
February 13, 2015 |
Your favorite pan in the kitchen, the one that delivers the best results time and again, inspires a special kind of love. A love that can't be tempered by rust nor by achy arm muscles. This is an ode to the cast-iron skillet. No one remembers purchasing his first cast-iron skillet, as Ellen Brown points out in her well-researched The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook (Sterling Epicure). Like umbrellas, they come into our lives full of functional possibility, often well-used, patiently waiting at the ready for us to discover their indispensable place in the kitchen.
August 7, 2013 |
Ask Rich Rubin, producing artistic director of Quince Productions' GayFest 2013, why his theatrical extravaganza is a must-attend for audiences both LGBT and straight, and he'll tell you: He's out to upend gay theater's standard themes. "What I love about the plays in this festival is that they aren't your usual dramas about coming out to your parents or why gay people have it so hard," Rubin says. "These things are, obviously, important, but we've seen them before. " So: Have Philly audiences seen a play featuring a Long Island Jewish mother and her leather-clad doctor/slave son, as they will during playwright Paul Rudnick's The New Century (Aug.
January 28, 2013 |
Two years after mounting an illuminated model of the Eiffel Tower and a monthlong run of 145 performances, exhibitions, lectures, screenings, and other events - all capped by a huge South Broad street fair - the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts returns. While it's smaller and less overwhelming, intriguing collaborations and ubiquitous venues will nevertheless still define PIFA, which begins March 28. And, yes, a South Broad street fair will again mark the end, on April 27. This time the festival will be loosely organized around the theme "If you had a time machine.
December 13, 2012 |
It happened. A weird convergence of clock and calendar the likes of which won't happen till next century. We're talking about 12:12:12 on 12-12-12. For the second time today, it happened - and the planet's still here, and the country still hasn't gone over a fiscal cliff. OK, not exactly a big event. Except for those who booked wedding chapels for the hour and date in Vegas and other cities. But this milestone does mark the end of a period with frequent numerologically curious date patterns.
August 25, 2011 |
The world's most important married couple, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith , injected a dose of fiber into their blanket denial that they are breaking up with a brazen, bald-faced public relations move: They spent Wednesday visiting shops - on foot and in full view of John and Jane Q. Public - all around Malibu, Calif. They had breakfast at an outdoor cafe, bought craft and arts supplies for amateur painter Jada, lovingly lingered in front of boutique windows.
December 9, 2010 |
AMANDA HESSER had her doubts. Six years ago, when the sprightly New York Times food columnist, author and cofounder of food52.com signed on to distill 150 years of Times recipes into one cookbook, she wasn't sure she was up to the task. The breadth of the project intimidated even this seasoned writer. "I worried about doing a good job," she said. "The time period was so vast. I felt I needed some guidance. " Hesser, who was food editor of the Sunday magazine when she left the Times for digital ventures in 2008, put out a call to readers to send her their crumpled, stained, most-loved recipes.
March 22, 2010 |
At Broad and Berks Streets in North Philadelphia, the 36,000-square-foot Baptist Temple, a once-upon-a-time Romanesque church now owned by Temple University, stands like a mysterious, lifeless elephant. At a ribbon-cutting April 14, the 119-year-old building will shake off its dust and take in a breath of new air. Through a $30 million renovation funded partly by the state, the building's innards have been ripped out and refurbished, and its core has been transformed into a grand multipurpose center to be used by the university and community for concerts, presentations, and other performances.
March 13, 2007 |
New Century Financial Corp., the nation's second-biggest subprime lender, said yesterday that it did not have the cash to pay creditors who were demanding their money, increasing speculation the company would go bankrupt. The mortgage company's stock did not trade yesterday, as the New York Stock Exchange decided whether to keep listing its securities in light of the liquidity problems. Shares of the Irvine, Calif., company are down 90 percent in 2007. They closed Friday at $3.21.