November 17, 2012 |
Unlike pool, according to Prof. Harold Hill in The Music Man, billiards is a pastime that requires "horse sense and a cool head and a keen eye. " Alderfer Auction and Appraisal in Hatfield will promote those virtues with a sale, beginning at 9 a.m. next Friday, of 450 lots of what it advertises as antique and vintage billiard collectibles. About half are promotional and ephemera items, but the sale also offers cues, balls, chalks - even three tables, although to judge from the descriptions in the online auction catalog accessible at www.artfact.com , a lot of the items pertain to pocket billiards, the formal term for pool.
October 2, 2012 |
Conditions were less than ideal when the Bad Plus first played Chris' Jazz Cafe in 2003. The club's notoriously tuning-resistant piano was crammed into a narrow corner opposite the bar. Young fans drawn by the band's penchant for covering Nirvana and Blondie hits crowded around cross-legged on the floor, uncomfortably close. Yet the irreverent jazz trio kept coming back, and this weekend they helped celebrate Chris' 22d anniversary with a two-night stint Friday and Saturday. Much has changed at Chris' over the last nine years.
February 3, 2006 |
Odds are good that the next time you go furniture shopping, you'll be drawn to a new player. Time to deal. Make your move. Game tables have become a decorating focus. Designed for a dedicated game or family room, or to slip into living rooms, libraries and even bedrooms, some are chameleons, crafted with beautiful woods that convert with a twist or flip to reveal a protective felt board for poker chips or safe tossing of dice. It's estimated that more than 50 million Americans, and possibly as many as 80 million, are playing poker these days.
December 16, 2000 |
Main Line restaurateur Mel Glickstein and his friend Richie Coppolino were ordered yesterday to stand trial on charges that they sexually assaulted Coppolino's ex-girlfriend on a pool table in October. After hearing the alleged victim's graphic testimony during a three-hour preliminary hearing, District Justice Henry Schireson raised Coppolino's bail from 10 percent of $25,000 to $250,000 cash. "I've been hearing cases for 16 years and I can't recall a more compelling case with a scenario for high bail," said Schireson, of Narberth, who added that he thinks the victim was credible.
January 10, 2000 |
Hot tubs and $21 mops. Hot tubs and $39.95 mops. In every other aisle at the Philadelphia Home Show, it seemed some salesperson was showing off a hot tub or selling some super-absorbent mop. Of course, there were other necessities for an affluent, modern existence, like a $2,695 table hockey game and a $3,195 pool table. But hot tubs and mops were as prevalent as dust bunnies in a bachelor's home at the 19th annual Philadelphia Home Show, which opened Saturday and runs through next Sunday at the Convention Center at 12th and Arch Streets in Center City.
September 13, 1998 |
Andy Sanchez says he no longer trusts most adults. Hanging out on Market street with five friends, mostly bare-chested and tattoed, he tells his life story in the past tense. "With us, it's kinda too late. We're already lost," says the 17-year-old, who has moved out of his mother's house. But among the growing number of teens, marked by absentee fathers, financial struggle and a sense of hopelessness, one grown-up voice - and his youth center - hold the respect and keep the faith of even the toughest teens.
August 15, 1998 |
It wasn't just that Vernon Delaware stole the quarters from the pool table and the beer proceeds from the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in King of Prussia. It was that he stole from his own, according to the former soldiers and sailors gathered in a Montgomery County courtroom yesterday. They watched as Delaware, a 51-year-old Vietnam vet from Pottstown, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $49,000 from the post last year. "When a person is in a position of fiduciary responsibility, they violate not only that responsibility, they violate trust," said Assistant District Attorney Wendy Demchick-Alloy.
June 16, 1998 |
On a recent Friday night, groups of young boys played pool as a nearby boom box played Verve's "Lucky Man. " Across the room, three girls huddled and giggled in private conversation. "It's cool here," said Paula Neal-Mink, 10, as she threw her body face-down into the cushions of bright orange sofa. "There's stuff to do - or not to do - depending on how you feel," she said. The "cool" place where kids are gathering in Moorestown these days is called the Third Floor, a community center for the under-20 set. It's on the third floor of the township's recreation building - which once housed Moorestown High School - on Third Street.
December 21, 1997 |
On the final weekend before Christmas, merchants and shoppers found Philadelphia-area malls less crowded yesterday than they were a year ago, as people appeared to look for less commercial ways to express holiday sentiments. The four-day Christmas weekend and a strong economy, meanwhile, appear to be spurring lots of holiday travel. Industry spokesmen say more people are expected to drive, ride and fly this holiday than last. As shoppers swarmed yesterday looking for last-minute Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa gifts, merchants said that despite packed parking lots and checkout lines, sales were down from last year.
September 28, 1997 |
Fred Moran does not want people to get ahead of themselves. The president of the township Board of Commissioners understands that residents in this somewhat congested and highly developed suburb are excited by the prospect that Haverford State Hospital's 239 acres - one of the last tracts of mostly open space in the area - could be turned over to the township when the state closes the hospital in June. Although Moran thinks the township will receive the land, or a portion of it, that will not be definite until the state legislature passes a bill that deeds the property to the township.