August 23, 2016 |
If Philadelphia experiences a small uptick in population in spring next year, celebrity lovebirds Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman won't be surprised. They'll just rest easy knowing that their "Summer of 69: No Apostrophe" tour worked as intended. "Nine months from now, I hope you'll send us pictures of all the show babies," Mullally, of Will & Grace fame, told a house packed with couples at the Merriam Theater on Saturday. Offerman, known best as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation , meanwhile, told the audience that they should "walk out of this theater ready to make love.
August 21, 2016
Around the world without a plane ticket. Thanks to web radio, the great festivals of the United States and Europe are available live and archived. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday concerts at Tanglewood are heard live on WGBH in Boston - www.wgbh.org . - including this Saturday's concert performance of Aida, Acts 1 and 2, starring Kristine Opolais. The February-through-April concerts from Boston's Symphony Hall are available for streaming on www.bso.org . The BBC Proms are archived on www.bbc.co.uk in concerts that range from straight classical to Gershwin.
August 17, 2016 |
Wilmore to go. Noah next? Comedy Central is pulling the plug on Larry Wilmore 's The Nightly Show , which replaced Stephen Colbert 's The Colbert Report in January 2015. The finale will run Thursday. Wilmore has been unable to retain the viewership Colbert built up, reports USA Today. "I'm . . . saddened and surprised we won't be covering this crazy election," Wilmore said. There are renewed whispers that Trevor Noah , who replaced Jon Stewart on The Daily Show , may also be in danger due to low ratings.
August 10, 2016 |
A 29-year-old man shot in the face early Monday morning in South Philadelphia and, 14 hours later, a 45-year-old man shot multiple times while on a Summerdale street, becoming the fourth and fifth men to be killed in the city since Saturday night. During the bloody interval, at least 12 other people were wounded in separate shootings since Saturday night, including a man critically injured in a barbershop shooting Monday afternoon, authorities said. In the latest fatal shooting, the 45-year-old man, whose name was withheld, was gunned down shortly before 5 p.m. while on the 1000 block of Alcott Street.
August 7, 2016
Masterpiece Mystery!: Inspector Lewis. It's not all Olympics. Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a final, three-episode season as Oxford police inspectors Lewis and Hathaway. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. Guns on Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates. Fifty years ago this month, a student at the University of Texas at Austin shot 49 people, killing 16. Now Hall - NBC/MSNBC correspondent and anchor and a Temple grad - looks at the challenges college officials in Texas face with a new state law that allows students to carry concealed weapons on campus.
August 1, 2016 |
Late last summer in Toronto, after a festival screening of Maris Curran's Five Nights in Maine , the film's star, David Oyelowo, stood on the stage and told the audience how he came across Curran's screenplay. "It was at the premiere of Middle of Nowhere at Sundance," he said, referring to the acclaimed 2012 movie he had made with Ava DuVernay. "And Maris walked up to me with this envelope with a script in it, and said, 'I wrote this for you.' "And I literally walked away going, 'I think Cameron Diaz just offered me a script.' "But then I went to my hotel room, read it, and was blown away.
July 29, 2016 |
The nights are getting hotter in Philadelphia, and it has nothing to do with nightlife. Overnight temperatures have been creeping upward for the last 25 years, more robustly than daytime highs, and health experts say that is a cause for concern. An analysis of daily minimum temperatures showed that between 1874 and 1991, lows failed to get below 70 an average of 29 times during meteorological summers, the June 1-Aug. 31 period. But in the last 25 years, temperatures failed to get below 70 an average of 43 times - a 50 percent increase - and 47 times already this summer.
July 29, 2016
Sleepy this morning? The Democratic National Convention pushed past prime time for a third night as Wednesday's most anticipated speaker, President Obama, finally took the stage at 10:53 p.m. to say that he's "more optimistic about the future of America than ever before. " Obama followed not only his vice president, Joe Biden; former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, but another day of controversy, cable-news "analysis" and time-filling, punctuated by the occasional stirring speech.
July 23, 2016 |
It's hard to beat a political convention for comedy. Even professional comedians have struggled this week to keep up with the Republicans in Cleveland, who gave us Melania Trump feeding Michelle Obama lines to a cheering crowd, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rounding up angry villagers for jury duty and Dr. Ben Carson playing Six Degrees of Satan with Hillary Clinton. Carson, apparently unaware that conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch owns a network that just gave a second season to, yes, Lucifer , proved almost beyond the reach of parody.
July 23, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - Bryan Hambley had never organized a protest before, and so the Cleveland physician made sure to do his research on what to expect at the Republican convention. What he learned alarmed him. Chaos and violence were forecast. Open-carry advocates had vowed to lug loaded assault rifles into the city. Police had recruited dozens of officers from departments across the nation to help handle demonstrations. High security fences rimmed the perimeter of the arena where Donald Trump would accept the nomination.