September 24, 2015 |
POPE FRANCIS made his first visit to the U.S. yesterday on a gray, blustery day at a military base outside Washington, D.C. - the start of his six-day, three-city tour that will wind up in Philadelphia this weekend. He arrived from Cuba, where he met with Fidel Castro, toured the country and celebrated Mass on Revolution Plaza. Ahead of him are an address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow, a speech to the United Nations in New York on Friday, and being feted by celebrities as well as visiting with immigrants, prisoners and the homeless.
September 18, 2015 |
AFTER A WEEK at the Toronto International Film Festival (more on that throughout the fall), Tattle has returned to a trifecta of apologies. * Comedy Central said yesterday that it is rethinking what to do about Steve Rannazzisi 's planned stand-up special, "Breaking Dad," this weekend after the comic apologized for lying about working in the World Trade Center when terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Rannazzisi said he didn't know why he told the story, which he called "a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough.
September 9, 2015 |
Candidates came a-courtin' to Philadelphia's annual Labor Day parade and rally Monday, but only one of them - a man already elected - got to speak. The rest, including Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney, worked the crowd, posing for pictures, shaking hands, and slapping backs. "Today is about jobs, jobs that pay, and jobs that fairly recognize the work that people do," Gov. Wolf said, addressing a cheerful crowd where people were as interested in catching up with one another as listening to his remarks from a podium set up in the parking lot of the Sheet Metal Workers union hall in South Philadelphia.
September 5, 2015 |
Amid public outcry over news that the best spots for seeing Pope Francis in Philadelphia would require tickets that were already allotted, the World Meeting of Families announced Thursday that Francis would parade along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on both days of his visit this month. "This will allow everyone who turns out to see him," Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting, told a hastily called news conference. She also said an additional 25,000 tickets would be made available for the pontiff's three major public appearances.
July 3, 2015 |
AFTER MONTHS of gloom, Lawncrest could use some light. And its residents, besieged by bad news at every turn, are hoping the brilliance of fireworks will do the trick. Tomorrow marks the 100th time the Northeast Philly neighborhood will hold its Fourth of July celebration, a platinum anniversary beyond precious to the people planning it. Because it's about more than just sparklers and water ice. The pride of an aging community battered by turmoil hangs in the balance of the grass-roots celebration, one of the city's oldest.
June 18, 2015 |
IT WASN'T quite "Waiting for Godot," but it did resemble the waiting game that Russian President Vladimir Putin played on Pope Francis last week in the Vatican. Like the Russian leader, who made the pontiff wait for more than an hour on Wednesday, Fran Drescher kept Mayor Nutter waiting for more than an hour during Gay Pride this past weekend. On Sunday, at the 27th annual Pride Day LGBT parade, Drescher was scheduled to join the mayor and Gayborhood celebrity and parade emcee Henri David on stage at Penn's Landing.
June 16, 2015 |
Beverly Jordan, 70, vividly remembers how upset she was about the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998, one of the most notorious hate crimes against gays in American history. "Any kind of injustice, I have to fight," the West Philadelphia resident said Sunday. Jordan helped hold a banner for PFLAG Philadelphia at Philadelphia's 27th PrideDay LGBT Parade & Festival. It was her second year attending the event, as an ally and friend of LGBT people. An uncontainable energy swelled around the parade's starting location at 13th and Locust Streets in an area of the city known as "the Gayborhood.
March 19, 2015 |
E GYPT SHERROD , host of HGTV's "Property Virgins" and a native of Philadelphia, was in Cherry Hill last week to sign copies of her new book, Keep Calm . . . It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home . Sherrod, originally from West Oak Lane, is famous for being known as "America's most beloved real-estate agent," appearing on TV and radio. She's hosted "Property Virgins" since 2012. Co-authored by real-estate expert Amber Noble Garland , who also was born and raised in Philly, the book offers a guide to navigating the sometimes complicated process of buying a home - from saving for a down payment to signing on the dotted line at the closing table.
March 11, 2015 |
THE MUMMERS Parade broke with tradition and marched the "wrong way" on Broad Street on New Year's Day. The (remaining) fans seemed to like it. The crowds were somewhat larger in Center City (which is what happens when you contract the parade route). As a veteran parade watcher and reviewer, I liked it, even knowing the reversal of direction was born out of necessity. Doing everything the "old" way was turning into a funeral procession for this Philadelphia tradition, one that should be embraced.
January 13, 2015 |
WHILE SOME thought that having DJs along the Broad Street Mummers Parade route on New Year's Day to be sacrilegious and the equivalent of putting Swiss on a cheesesteak, or sitting in Jerry Jones' luxury box during a Cowboys vs. Eagles game, most would agree that the parade lulls and backups were up there with the Watch Paint Dry Olympics. I volunteered to be the disc jockey at the City Hall grandstands,hoping to spin some tunes and get the crowd in a good mood before and during the parade.