March 24, 2014 |
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - When grad school at U.C. Berkeley pulled me from my East Coast roots, I experienced my first winter without snow - oh, yeah. Family and friends visited so often I had to devise my own little tour to make sure they were well-entertained. But as impressed as they were by the Bay Area, they often said that this was not what they had in mind when they dreamed of the West Coast. I really didn't have a handle on what they were saying until my brother-in-law, who lives and works on France's Cote d'Azur, showed me. I was showing him websites about California when we stumbled on the movie poster for The Endless Summer - the one with the surfers silhouetted against the setting sun. He couldn't manage the English, but he did blurt out "C'est California!"
February 3, 2014 |
Piers Wedgwood, 59, of Chestnut Hill, a British lord and a fifth-generation great-grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, creator of the distinctive blue-and-white pottery that embellishes tea tables and china collections, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, of cardiac failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Lord Wedgwood devoted his life to keeping alive regard for his family's ceramic and decorative arts. During a career spanning four decades, he traveled thousands of miles as Josiah Wedgwood & Sons' international ambassador.
February 1, 2014 |
Piers Wedgwood, 59, of Chestnut Hill, a British lord and fifth-generation great-grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, creator of the distinctive blue and white pottery that embellishes tea tables and china collections, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, of cardiac failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Lord Wedgwood devoted his life to keeping alive regard for his family's ceramic and decorative arts. During a career spanning four decades, he traveled thousands of miles as Wedgwood's international ambassador.
October 23, 2013 |
The Race Street Pier, alongside the Benjamin Franklin Bridge off North Columbus Boulevard, extends into the Delaware River like a woman's slender hand slipping into an elegant opera glove. By day, the pier's landscaped, dual levels of metal, reclaimed plastic, and wood hover beautifully over the waters of the Delaware. By night, lit by more than 200 LED solar light blocks embedded into its paving, the pier is positively haunting. With the new FringeArts building across the boulevard, there couldn't be a more dramatic setting for the wistfully cinematic soundscape that Philadelphia musician Michael Kiley has created for the pier, a popular spot for picnics, weddings, and live concerts since it opened in 2011.
October 7, 2013 |
Early in the morning, as the sun climbs above the horizon, Rosemary Daley marvels at the massive freighters gliding on the Delaware past her balcony. Only when she turns just so and can see Philadelphia's skyscrapers is she reminded that she resides in a cosmopolitan city. After years of living in sprawling houses, Rosemary and husband Stan say their 1,050-square-foot condo at Pier 3 was the perfect strategy for a pair of retired empty nesters. "It's very much like resort living in a culturally rich city," says Rosemary, 66. Trips to the Caribbean and Key West influenced their decision to buy at the waterfront sanctuary.
October 6, 2013 |
In Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall , Alvy Singer, played by Allen, asks sarcastically about a rock concert: "Did it achieve total heaviosity?" As of 2013, Allen could have been asking about Thursday's neo-psychedelia showcase with the Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Festival Pier. The Lips is the noisy soul of heaviosity itself, with a front man - Wayne Coyne - who has become America's huckster of cascading doom-psych, rimmed with trippy hope.
August 14, 2013 |
A Woodbridge, N.J., girl who says she was physically and emotionally scarred when a pole fell on her at an amusement-park ride has filed a lawsuit against Morey's Piers in Wildwood. But the ride's manufacturer - not named in the lawsuit - says the girl's Twitter account seems to suggest she is happy and healthy, contrary to her claims of injury. Gia Mastroserio was 13 when she took a seat in the rear of Morey's Sea Dragon, a ride featuring a large gondola decorated like a pirate ship that swings back and forth until riders are nearly vertical at the top of each arc. Her suit contends that about 9 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2011, part of the tall steel pole at the center of the ride broke off and fell onto the gondola, striking her. She alleges that she suffered "severe and sustained injuries" to her face, hands, and arms and that Morey's was negligent because Chance Rides Inc., maker of the Sea Dragon, had warned amusement parks to remove or inspect the pole because it could collapse.
July 22, 2013 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - A fire, two World Wars, women's lib, a barge accident, and a half-dozen storms threatened to destroy it, but the venerable Ocean City Fishing Club and its fabled pier have stood against the odds, surviving to celebrate the club's 100th anniversary this summer. "It really is a remarkable tradition when you think about it," said Paul H. Keuerleber, 70, of Hatboro and Ocean City, president of the oldest continuously operating fishing club in the nation. The club limits its membership to 190 anglers and only in 2002 began to allow women to join.
July 21, 2013 |
Atlantic City's iconic diving horses won't be there. Shiloh and Amir and all those other audience-thrilling equines have gone to the big Water Tank in the Sky. But one of their warm-up acts, Rich "Cannonball" Carty, will be among those gathering Saturday for a reunion of the Steel Pier's performers, workers, and patrons. "The pier was a part of my life," said Carty, 73, who as a young man would climb into a little car atop a 50-foot high tower, have it plunge down a track, and then do a midair backflip over the water before oohing crowds.
July 19, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 16, 2013: Craig LaBan: In last week's chat, a reader recommended Kidari Sushi Yatai, from Raw's former sushi chef Sam Yoon, the new raw-fish counter on the 1800 block of South Street (across from the old Graduate Hospital). I'd had a so-so visit, so decided to go back and I really enjoyed it - especially this Cy-sashimi don, basically a sashimi salad with ribbons of tuna, yellowtail, and salmon with roe over greens and a bed of rice with gochuchang vinaigrette on the side.