March 28, 2014
ORI FEIBUSH just doesn't get it. His first big mistake was spending nearly 25G to clean, landscape and decorate a trash-strewn city-owned lot without the city's permission . How dare he! After international publicity about the earnest developer vs. clueless city government, the city backed off. He now has permission to keep the lot - next to his Point Breeze OCF Coffee Shop at 20th and Federal - clean and tidy. Seems like wanting to make things better is a sin in Philly.
March 1, 2014 |
Among operagoers, Prince Igor is one of those titles that you're sure you know. Orchestral excerpts turn up in light symphonic music. Aleksandr Borodin tunes adapted into pop songs for the musical Kismet long ago achieved elevator-music status. The plot about noble Russians battling Polovtsian invaders is business-as-usual in medieval Russia. Yet the Metropolitan Opera HD simulcast at noon Saturday (encore presentation 6:30 p.m. Wednesday) at six area theaters is only the company's second-ever production.
February 7, 2014 |
THE BUFFALO are gone, the beating drums replaced by tree branches colliding in the winter wind, and on a frigid afternoon last month a wide, metal gate blocked the entrance to what was once South Jersey's only Native-American reservation. Beyond the gate, down a snow-covered road, the Powhatan Renape Nation's museum sat empty, its artifacts in storage. Deeper in the forest, two-pronged deer tracks led to the late Chief Roy Crazy Horse's rancher, built illegally atop a bluff overlooking Rancocas Creek, birds now fluttering in and out of its chimney and broken windows.
January 30, 2014 |
PRINCE AND HIS LAWYERS have unleashed a "Purple Rain" of terror on fans he believes to be bootleggers. The Artist presently known as Plaintiff has filed a $22 million lawsuit against 22 people, accused of illegally posting concert footage on Facebook, blogs and other online spots. The move has split Prince's kingdom, but the suit says, "The defendants in this case engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material. "For example, in just one of the many takedown notices sent to Google with respect to Doe 2 (a/k/a DaBang319)
December 2, 2013 |
At 10, Jane Cohen of Moorestown is already a veteran of Pennsylvania Ballet's George Balanchine's The Nutcracker . In the last two seasons she's been the bunny, an angel, and a grandchild. This year's goal was to be a girl in the party scene and a Polichinelle - one of the children who emerge from Mother Ginger's immense skirt. Instead, she was stunned to find herself cast as Marie, the female child lead. Jane had dreamed one day of landing the coveted role, but "I thought maybe two years from now. " Nor was she the only one so happily surprised.
September 27, 2013 |
MUSICALS - all those cats and teenagers and fiddlers bursting into random songs in the middle of knife fights or rainstorms - require a suspension of disbelief I'm usually incapable of. But give me an ancient book bound in human flesh, a creaky, old cabin in the woods and a bunch of dumb college students getting possessed by demonic forces, and I'm spellbound. To be fair, I haven't seen many musicals and likely won't. But when I first heard that the unholy film trinity, "Evil Dead," "Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn" and "Army of Darkness (Evil Dead III)"
July 27, 2013 |
Let us begin with that most beautiful event, birth - which, we are assured, happens not only to royal families and celebrities, but also to all humans. Jimmy Fallon , 38, has revealed that the baby girl his wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon delivered on Tuesday has been named Winnie Rose Fallon . "I'm the father of a beautiful baby girl," he said during his Late Night monologue Wednesday, "and she's so cute. She's 5 pounds, 9 ounces. " Facts of Life alum Kim Fields , 44, and hub Christopher Morgan , 37, are expecting a boy in early December.
July 26, 2013 |
LONDON - The bookies were right: He Who Had Not Been Named is now Prince George. His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, to be exact. On Wednesday, that regal name was bestowed on Britain's 2-day-old royal baby by his parents, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton. Although the thoroughly modern royal couple chose a thoroughly modern way to distribute the news - via Twitter - "Prince George" is as old-school as it gets.
July 25, 2013 |
You're a boy! Photographers are no doubt bribing your parents for the privilege of being the first to cram their zoom lens between the bars of your crib. You're not even days old, and you are a bigger celebrity than your rivals - Suri, Blue Ivy, North West. Life seems sweeter than breast milk, softer than that toy kangaroo the former Australian prime minister knitted for you. And it will stay that way until you turn, say 8 or 9, depending on how precocious you are, and you realize what a royal bummer it is to grow up as the royal heir.
July 25, 2013 |
LONDON - Prince William and his wife, Kate, presented their newborn son to the world for the first time Tuesday, drawing whoops and wild applause from well-wishers as they revealed the new face of the British monarchy - though not, yet, his name. "We're still working on a name. So we'll have that as soon as we can," William told scores of reporters outside St. Mary's Hospital as he cradled the child. The young family's debut public appearance was the moment the world's media had been waiting for, but the royal couple showed no sign of stress in the face of dozens of flashing cameras.