February 24, 2013 |
Last year was my Ford Madox Ford year. But this year is likely to be yours. Ford (1873-1939) was the English author who, between 1924 and 1928, published four novels about World War I titled, as a bundle, Parade's End . Parade's End comes to American TV Tuesday, when a five-part BBC adaptation hits HBO (over three nights). The script is by Sir Tom Stoppard ( Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ; Arcadia ; Shakespeare in Love ). U.K. superstar Benedict Cumberbatch is Christopher Tietjens, the elusive central figure of the novels.
February 13, 2013 |
Even former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey called the video "disturbing. " The video of him swinging at and decking a woman at a Fairhill street party after last year's Puerto Rican Day parade was enough to end his decorated 19-year police career and get him charged with simple assault. But after a three-hour nonjury trial Tuesday, in which Josey testified that he accidentally hit Aida Guzman while trying to knock a beer bottle from her hand, a troubled-looking Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan seemed uncertain.
January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - It was altogether a more intimate affair than four years ago. Just a party of untold hundred thousands, chilling in the nation's backyard. President Obama's inauguration Monday brought out a festive crowd of flag-wavers who filled the National Mall to overflowing, hailed his moment with lusty cheers and spent their down time spotting celebrities amid the bunting. No match for the staggering masses and adrenaline-pumping energy of his first turn as president on the west front of the Capitol.
January 17, 2013 |
Kate Feerrar remembers her visit to Washington, when she was 9, as the last time she was able to climb the marble steps of museums and historic sites on her own. Feerrar has muscular dystrophy and can no longer walk. But the 21-year-old Moorestown resident will be part of President Obama's inaugural parade on Monday and will celebrate the work of a nonprofit organization that has changed her life. She will travel the 15 blocks in her motorized wheelchair accompanied by Weber, the dog that has become her arms, legs, and best friend.
January 9, 2013
AS A long-standing member of Froggy Carr, I want to thank you for bringing our story to the people in Philadelphia. ("Frogs croak rare apology," Stu Bykofsky column, Jan. 7.) As you well know, we only have 100-plus members in the club. What we have done in the last 25 years is allowed others who have no other club affiliation to march with us to enjoy a day in the sun as a Philadelphia Mummer. Without this gesture from the Frogs there would be over 500 "stragglers" (a term of endearment for Mummers without a club affiliation)
January 3, 2013
FRALINGER String Band's "Back from the Dead" theme this year had more than one meaning: The band survived near-disaster when a fire tore through its workshop space last month. And after a two-year drought outside the top three, Fralinger is back on top after snagging first prize - the band's first top honor since its eight consecutive first prizes from 2003 to 2010. Fralinger captain Thomas D'Amore, 24, was awarded top honors as captain for the second year running. As for the rest of the results, no surprises or upsets to speak of. The oft-high-scoring Quaker City String Band came in second place, with last year's winner, Woodland, taking third.
December 28, 2012 |
Forget watching college football bowl games on TV and nursing hangovers. If you're a Philadelphian, one New Year's Day activity trumps all others. We speak, of course, of the Mummers Parade, the now-112-year-old orgy of banjos, glockenspiels, feathers and sequins that as much as anything we hold dear, symbolizes our sweetly eccentric corner of the universe. But for something that virtually defines the word "tradition," the Mummers Parade is a surprisingly evolving entity, which is likely why the relic of the horse-and-buggy era has survived into the time of Instagram and "Gangnam Style.
December 28, 2012
Here's the order of march for the 2013 Mummers String Bands. The first band steps off at Broad and Ritner at 10:30 a.m. (Number in parentheses indicates a band's 2012 prize ranking.) Greater Overbrook (15) Captain Bill Razzano Theme: Headin' For The Hills High in the Smoky Mountains, a shotgun wedding is about to take place. The groom to be is Captain Bill Razzano, the hillbilly clan leader. Plenty of homemade moonshine is served at this ceremony, accompanied by dueling banjos and mountain music.
December 19, 2012 |
JONATHAN JOSEY II, the decorated Highway Patrol supervisor who was fired from the Philadelphia Police Department after being filmed punching a woman during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade in September, will be tried in February, a judge ruled Monday. Josey, 39, who is charged with simple assault, was not at the brief status hearing in Municipal Court, but his attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he would be exonerated at trial, scheduled to get under way Feb. 12. "When we have the opportunity to present all the evidence in the courtroom, we'll be able to show that Lt. Josey acted reasonably under the circumstances.