May 16, 2013 |
Perennial candidate Warren Bloom pulled the top ballot position for Philadelphia Traffic Court in Tuesday's primary. Which is troubling because, six years ago, Willie Singletary was first on the ballot and, despite being spectacularly unsuited, won the job. Bloom is the poster candidate for why voters are wretchedly served by this multicar crack-up of an institution. Nine former "judges" on this "court," including Singletary, were charged last fall with conspiracy and fraud for fixing tickets.
March 21, 2013 |
Ursula Augustine has big dreams; make that universe-size dreams. The Philadelphia makeup artist wants to grow her business - internationally. She wants to win professional awards - as in an Academy Award. She wants to meet certain people - Muhammad Ali, Michelle Obama, Motown's etiquette queen Maxine Powell, to name a few. On that last one? Mission accomplished. On Saturday, Augustine shared the stage with Powell during a self-esteem/beauty workshop. Happy coincidence? Not according to Augustine.
February 17, 2013 |
If anyone out there has a giant (27-inch by 41-inch) original MGM-issued poster for the 1929 King Vidor film Hallelujah! , John Kisch would very much like to meet you. The director of A Separate Cinema, an archive of almost 35,000 posters, lobby cards, film stills, and graphic images chronicling the history of black cinema in America - from the Silent Era to the not-at-all-silent Tyler Perry - Kisch is still on the prowl, 40 years since he began...
December 27, 2012 |
LEMONT, Pa. - Helen Hargleroad made many gifts in a long life spent working in clay. On her potter's wheel, Hargleroad's fingers shaped pitchers and plates, birdhouses and bowls. Her popular handmade pieces brought joy to those who frequently shared them as presents over the past 40 years. But none of those gifts had more meaning than the four that were unwrapped Christmas morning. Hargleroad, who died in May at 89, left something special hidden for those who meant the most to her. Tucked in a box of her old tools sat four Advent candleholders, one each for her husband, Jack, and their three children.
September 27, 2012 |
"REAL HOUSEWIVES of New York City" cast member Ramona Singer signs bottles of her new wine, Ramona Red, at Canal's Bottle Stop (10 W. Route 70) in Marlton from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Last year, Singer launched her own line of pinot grigio, which can be found in Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits stores, which will also carry Ramona Red, priced around $14.99. Of course, Pennsylvania residents would buy them only at state stores and wouldn't dream of traveling to New Jersey to buy alcohol.
September 12, 2012
Mario Armond Zamparelli, 91, an internationally renowned artist who for nearly 20 years created the distinctive, often colorful logos, images, and posters for reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes' many companies, died Saturday of heart failure, his family said. He had homes in the Los Angeles suburbs of La Canada-Flintridge and San Marino, Calif. Mr. Zamparelli, who worked in numerous styles and forms, was an illustrator for major magazines and movie posters in the early 1950s when Hughes came looking for someone to design posters for his RKO Pictures' movies.
September 1, 2012 |
Collecting travel posters is as much about historical evaluation as it is about aesthetic appreciation. Certainly, the vivid colors and intricate designs make these posters visual masterpieces and a focal point for any room. But if you were at the Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble or honeymooned in Hawaii, posters featuring those places will ring more bells when you find them in the marketplace. There are some great examples that boost Pennsylvania - especially Philadelphia - on paper: The Philadelphia Sesquicentennial International Exposition in 1926 celebrated 150 years of American independence with a poster of the Liberty Bell against the American flag, "a very strong image," says Nicholas Lowry, who appraises posters for PBS's Antiques Roadshow and is the president of Swann Galleries in New York City.
June 29, 2012 |
Norah Jones and Brian Burton, the producer who is also known as Danger Mouse, recorded Jones' sterling new album, Little Broken Hearts, in Burton's Los Angeles studio. The album, which is Jones' best and most distinctive since her Grammy-grabbing, mega-selling debut, Come Away With Me, in 2002, conveys a coolly retro-pop feel touched with a hint of darkness, and even menace, which is surprising coming from the sweet, sultry, and sometimes soporific Jones, who plays the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park Thursday night.
June 16, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS - There was no use dancing around the subject for Charlie Manuel. The manager had presided over a dominant pitching staff in 2011, and with much of the same personnel returning in 2012, he envisioned something similar. "For our staff to be struggling," Manuel said Thursday, "that's kind of unexpected. " Granted, it was hard to expect the Phillies to post the same numbers as in 2011, when they allowed fewer runs per game than any Phillies team since 1917. But the starting staff had a 5.70 ERA in its previous 24 games entering Thursday.
May 17, 2012 |
It only took about a decade for the rally towel to become the Philadelphia sports giveaway of choice. Like all great Philadelphia ideas, it's a ripoff: In this case, we ripped off Pittsburgh and their famous yellow terrible towel. (Pittsburgh's terrible towel is a ripoff, too, of a regular towel.) Philadelphia rally towels are white, not yellow, and every local sports team has given them away. The earliest towel I have is the Dec. 31, 2000, Eagles' Wild Card playoff win over Tampa Bay. (This was so long ago one of the heroes of that game was Mike Mamula.)