September 20, 2013 |
DONTARI POE "is a bigger guy," Eagles center Jason Kelce noted this week. Yeah, you could say that. The Kansas City Chiefs' nose tackle is listed at 6-3, 346. Kelce is listed at 6-3, 295. Poe also is a dominant defensive lineman on a dominant defense. His 3 1/2 sacks lead the Chiefs, who have nine of 'em through two games. Poe also is hard to move out of running lanes, which is why Kansas City ranks second against the run. "He's a very good run-playing player," said Kelce, who had his thumb wrapped in practice this week after suffering an injury to his snapping hand against the Chargers.
November 9, 2012
Theater B. Someday Productions: Problem Child A couple trying to get their child back from Social Services encounter a series of problems. Closes 11/17. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255. www.bsomeday.org . $20. Cape May Stage: Poe, Times Two 1-man theatrical adaptations of the Poe stories 'The Cask of Aomontillado' & 'The Black Cat.' Closes 11/16. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; 609-884-1341. www.capemaystage.org . $35; $30 seniors; $15 students.
October 20, 2012 |
You wouldn't know from a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination that his dead wife showed up on stilts to dance with him one night. You wouldn't suspect from the richness of his poetry and short stories that Poe and his family were starved for calories for much of their lives. And you wouldn't guess from the bitter obituary written by his literary executor and rival Rufus Griswold - who claimed that Poe "had few or no friends" and that few would grieve for him - that his reading public not only adored Poe, but would soon elevate him to the status of dark literary god. Nothing about Poe seems obvious: not the literary squabbles that cost him the support and admiration of people who could have furthered his career; not the scandals surrounding his flirtations with drugs, booze, and married women; not even the details of his mysterious death in a Baltimore hospital.
October 8, 2012 |
Edgar Allan Poe's troubled life, which ended 163 years ago Sunday in Baltimore, was relatively brief, just 40 years, but his macabre stories and poems earned him a celebrity that has endured for more than a century and a half. Vividly imagined works such as "The Raven" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" made him one of the most widely illustrated authors of the 19th century. In fact, some artists who weren't primarily illustrators were inspired by his intensely gothic imagery, even into the late 20th century.
September 11, 2012
In my imagination, Edgar Allan Poe as a person is much the same as he's portrayed in the striking and beautifully staged Red-Eye to Havre de Grace : dark in mood, deliberate in tempo, flashing with brilliance, often broke and confused, routinely drunk. He is, in a strange sense, larger than life because he lives with a mental abandon that puts him at constant risk. That's probably one reason we don't know the details of his death, although some documentation exists about his last days on a lecture tour, many of them spent on trains and one of them in Philadelphia, where he once lived.
September 11, 2012 |
JUMATATU POE wasn't the type of kid who was sent to dance class the moment he could walk. He learned about movement socially, from what he saw at parties and on TV, not from a stern teacher with her hair in a tight bun. He didn't even take a formal class until he was at Swarthmore College, where he decided to train in contemporary African dance. There's no separation between low and high dance culture for Poe. Maybe that's why he's been able to take complex ideas about identity, space and transformation and present them using, in part, a form of dance that's been most widely experienced through Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
June 8, 2012 |
Remember "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"? Part of that miseducation must have involved taxes. Hill has been charged with failing to file income-tax returns for several years with the IRS, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey announced Thursday. The former member of the Fugees earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007, the three years that she failed to file returns, federal prosecutors said. If this had happened a decade earlier, she would owe a lot more.
June 8, 2012 |
Singer Lauryn Hill is facing the wrath of the federal government: The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, N.J., has charged the former Fugees singer with three counts of willfully failing to file income-tax returns. The IRS says Hill, 37, best known for her '98 solo record, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, never paid taxes on more than $1.6?mil she made over a three-year period. Hill, who lives in South Orange, N.J., must appear in federal court June 29. She faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count.
April 27, 2012 |
The Raven opens with Edgar Allan Poe near death on a Baltimore park bench, which conforms to what historians know about the writer's final moments. Circumstances surrounding Poe's death remain a mystery, but The Raven offers its version - we see that not long before, Poe had been trying to get money out of a newspaper publisher, which would kill just about anybody. Poe, as we learn in The Raven, was not just the genius inventor of the detective story, the proto-Goth poet, nor the swooning balladeer to the departed.
April 27, 2012 |
THE BEST THING about the new thriller "The Raven" is John Cusack's amped-up performance as Edgar Allan Poe. Cusack lost 30 pounds and pushed himself to the point of exhaustion to play Poe, a sometime action figure in "The Raven" who gallops on horseback through the fog and shoots guns. Cusack, however, said the really taxing aspect of the role was trying to achieve Poe's famously agitated mental state. "He was a starving writer and a pretty serious alcoholic, so I thought it was correct for him to be very lean and working on the edge.