June 29, 2015 |
I spent my first semester of college in London making friends, traveling, and having all sorts of unexpected adventures, thanks to a program my university calls the First Year Study Abroad Experience. Lots of cool things happened, but my best story is the time my friend Sara and I got lost in Pompeii at night. We were the last ones allowed inside for the day, and we had only an hour to spend there. They had run out of maps by the time we arrived, so we were left to our own devices to explore.
April 26, 2015 |
Nothing all that unusual seemed likely to unfold at the Philadelphia Orchestra's second consecutive subscription week with principal guest conductor Stéphane Denève: A potentially pop-slanted John Williams film score suite; Graffiti , a choral work by the increasingly popular Magnus Lindberg; and excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet. Yet the orchestra, Philadelphia Singers Chorale, and the audience had plenty to contend with at Thursday's concert, which was one of the more distinctive programs of the season - a confounding, mixed success.
February 25, 2014 |
In its third weekend, The Lego Movie still leads at the box office, besting 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii on their opening weekends. The animated Warner Bros. film earned $31.5 million, pushing its domestic total past $183 million. Relativity Media's 3 Days to Kill , starring Kevin Costner and Amber Heard , came in second with $12.3 million, and Sony's Pompeii took the third-place slot with $10 million. Justin justice TMZ says Justin Bieber will reject the plea deal prosecutors in his Miami Beach DUI case have offered - community service, an alcohol ed course, and random drug testing - because, sources tell TMZ, he won't go for any plea that includes probation, meaning the judge can throw the book at him if he screws up. Self-knowledge is a good thing.
February 21, 2014 |
AS SOMEONE who's spent the last week frantically putting pots underneath leaks dripping from my flat roof, I'm at a loss to explain the behavior of people in "Pompeii. " As they go about their normal, 79 AD business of wearing togas and peeling grapes and complaining about Roman rule, the earth will suddenly tremble, and tiles will fall from the ceiling. There is a pause, a few casual, "probably nothing" looks upward, then it's back to business. Really? No one's the least bit bothered by these events and their possible relationship to the nearby volcano?
December 2, 2013 |
Peter Domenic Carlino, 92, of Blue Bell, who started Penn National Gaming, died Friday, Nov. 29, at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery of heart disease. A Philadelphia native, the youngest of nine children, Mr. Carlino attended Our Lady of Pompeii parish school and graduated from Northeast Catholic High School. He took classes at the University of Pennsylvania and St. Joseph's University, but health issues kept him from earning a degree. Instead, Mr. Carlino went into business, becoming a florist at shops owned by two of his brothers and later establishing his own shop, the Flower Box, in Ardmore.
November 15, 2013 |
Few ancient sites stimulate the imagination as vividly as Pompeii. The Great Pyramids of Giza have passed down to us void of life - save for the souls buried there. But Pompeii was teeming with activity, with the lives of men, women, and children when it was buried - and preserved - under ash and pumice after Mount Vesuvius erupted on Aug. 24 in A.D. 79. The Franklin Institute pays homage to Pompeii's vibrant life with One Day in Pompeii , an exhibition of 150 artifacts from the famous Italian city now through April 24. Produced by Premier Exhibitions, Inc., the exhibition will have its world premiere at the Franklin before touring the rest of the country.
November 16, 2008 |
When our cabdriver, Peppino, met me and my husband at the Naples airport, it was easy to guess that he was from Pompeii, because his craggy old face looked as if it was carved out of lava rock. Peppino took great pride in his hometown and acted as though the eruption of 79 A.D. had happened yesterday. "Look, you look. Lava, look," he said as we drove past lava formations. Early on, Peppino commanded my husband to sit in the front seat and me in back. That's how we drove everywhere.
March 20, 2008 |
Collingswood keeps growing. Alex Capasso of Blackbird Dining Establishment (619 Collings Ave.) says he's starting work on West Side Gravy - a 50-seat contemporary diner - across the street at 616 Collings. "I kept looking out the window and saying, 'I wish somebody would open another restaurant here,' " Capasso says. He's also location-hunting in Philly. Meanwhile, Colls crowds have found Joseph Tucker, who's owned a slew of eateries in Philly and at the Shore, including Joseph's, Joseph's on the Avenue, Pompeii, and Tucker's Steak & Seafood House.
April 26, 2006 |
Editor's note: As a tribute to Daily News op-ed contributor Rotan Lee, who died on Monday, here are some excerpts of his columns that are . . . quintessentially Rotanesque. THE FIRST of anything deserves special note . . . So, understandably, my first column in the Daily News merits my pause and reflection, reaching deep down to find my voice and take advantage of this print microphone to say what matters, to capture the essence, to write for righteous change. "Maiden Voyage," first column for the Daily News, May 12, 2005 The shadow of the municipal corruption investigation is steadily eclipsing any relevant vestige of an embattled Street administration and a tarnished Philadelphia, giving black folk little reason to rally to their defense . . . Elevating the marginally talented and inexperienced to high office, especially when sycophancy and malleability pre-empt talent, sadly signifies everything wrong in government.
February 27, 2005 |
It's a poetry circle, but like an untamed verse, this eclectic group runs counter to what you might expect. First of all, the 16 people who gathered two weeks ago in a meeting room in the new Cherry Hill Library sat at tables that formed a rectangle. Two extra people who arrived late gave it legs. The chairs were hard, the setting not exactly cozy. But what transpired made up for first impressions. Iambic pentameter and metaphor ruled, but no one banged a gavel when life intruded.