May 23, 2010 |
The year was 2001, months before the 76ers would galvanize a city with a rare combination of heart and tenacity, propelling the team to heights unseen since its halcyon days nearly two decades earlier. Inside Gustine Lake, a dilapidated gymnasium, never to be associated with affluence, was a potpourri of Philadelphia stars in attendance looking to hone its skills, determined to make itself better - and leaning on John Hardnett, who left us last week. Aaron McKie was there one minute.
February 26, 2010 |
Shock and weather, sore throats and Disney-love, freeze-dried roses and a hot-air balloon in six neat pieces. This is the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show? You betcha. Center City's MODA botanica, which calls itself "an art-driven floral studio," caused a stir at the 2009 flower show with an imaginative interpretation of the traditional garden allée, terrace, and waterfall. "People either loved it or hated it," says Armas Koehler, one of the two-year-old firm's three founders.
April 11, 2008 |
Between them, the Philadelphia Antiques Show and the Original 23d Street Armory Antiques Show will offer two interesting exhibitions, 93 excellent dealers, and myriad opportunities to become better acquainted with fine old things. The buying and selling begins today and runs through Sunday at the Armory Show. The Philadelphia Antiques Show opens to the public tomorrow and runs through Tuesday at a new location, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier One at the Navy Yard. Closely tied to the Philadelphia Antiques Show's new venue is its 2008 loan exhibit, "Fore & Aft - Philadelphia Collects Maritime," which celebrates the city's seagoing past.
November 7, 2004 |
Say the word horse in Franklin Township, and Police Chief Michael DiGiorgio groans. DiGiorgio's officers have spent so much time keeping the peace on a local horse farm at the center of a nasty - sometimes violent - dispute that a joke making the rounds in town suggests that the police open a satellite station on the property. "It's a very volatile situation," DiGiorgio said in a recent interview. People connected to the Gloucester County farm have called police 81 times since the start of a continuing animal-cruelty case 13 months ago, police dispatch records show.
July 2, 2002 |
Civilization depends on, or simply is, appearance. It's the slight lie, the thin veneer, the cosmetics, the corporate uniform, the etiquette that covers up the hairy mammal each of us is. This is a good thing, within certain limits. I don't necessarily want to follow you into the bathroom or bedroom to witness the full truth of your mammalian being. But it's possible to take the thing too far, to lose the truth completely. Martha Stewart is a symbol of civilization. She's the empress of appearances.
August 17, 2001 |
Andre Englehart is a professional inline skater. The 20-year-old from Lansdale, Montgomery County, says he is also a "huge Flyers fan. " Today, his two loves merge at the First Union Center, when Englehart will compete in the seventh annual ESPN X Games. When he performs aerial tricks off a vert ramp under the Flyers' championship banners, "it's going to be one of the biggest moments of my life," he said. Starting today, the X Games will switch from outdoor locales around Philadelphia to the First Union Center for a final six-day run. And Philadelphia will finally get some of that big media exposure the city is banking on when ABC, which, along with ESPN, is owned by the Walt Disney Co., begins televising selected events Saturday and Sunday.
March 16, 2001 |
The 11th annual Berks Jazz Fest kicks off this weekend with its usual blend -heavy on the "smooth jazz" with a dash of straight-ahead, blues and R&B. But it's a mixture that works - and infuses $2 million into the Berks County area. "We really strive to have a balance," said John Ernesto, the festival's general manager for seven years. "We have a great affiliation with WJJZ," Philadelphia's "smooth jazz" radio station. "Fans of contemporary music come out. They come out to the shows.
August 1, 2000 |
What if they gave a demonstration against police brutality - among scores of other social injustices - and a brutal beating not only didn't erupt but cops smilingly strolled alongside demonstrators holding "Free Mumia" signs? That was pretty much the scene on the Ben Franklin Parkway at Sunday's Unity 2000 protest-a-rama. Cops, protesters and observers mingled under a blistering sun that soon had demonstrators doffing their costumes and giant papier-mache heads while lines formed at the decidedly capitalistic cheesesteak and beverage stands.
October 6, 1999
The tendency to view things in black or white, to think in opposing categories, is setting back our deliberations on diversity and multiculturalism, as it often does in other areas. Actually, we have, to some extent, and can further develop, a societal conception that allows ample room for diversity without sacrificing unity. An Image may help: Instead of thinking of a melting pot ( in which all differences are melted down to one homogenous potpourri) or rainbow (in which different colors lie next to one another, like many tribes stretching over a landscape)
June 8, 1997 |
For readers, summertime is book time. More precisely, paperback time. It's tough enough getting a beach towel and sunscreen in that bag. Who wants a big, heavy, expensive hardback stuffed in the beach bag (or the backpack, if the mountains are your destination)? But what to read among this season's paperbacks? Here are a few suggestions. Just don't get so absorbed that you forget to slather on the sun protection or the bug repellant. The most gripping read of the summer may be Matthew F. Jones' rural-noir novel A Single Shot (Delta, $11.95)