May 14, 2012 |
Did you prom? Back in the day, before prom shed its the like some painful four-inch pump, the dance was an annual rite of passage, an opportunity for embarrassment, mischief, and lousy living-room photography memorializing Farrah hair, powder-blue tuxes, ruffled shirts, and supersized bow ties, now all blessedly extinct. Proms weren't yet an industry but a middle-class response to the debutante ball of toffs and swells. Now, prom has become the alpha and omega of adolescent consumption, reduced to one word, like Cher.
May 8, 2012 |
Emma Tierney and her friends blew off Unionville High School's junior-senior prom last year, but they never for a minute considered skipping the after-prom party. "It's just a lot of fun," Tierney said. More than that, it turned out to be one of the most exciting days of the 17-year-old senior's life: She won the evening's grand prize, a 2002 Honda Civic. Though proms are still a memorable rite of passage for most high schoolers, the after-proms are boldly becoming bigger, showier, and more fun than the main event.
February 29, 2012 |
Hello there Courtney and Gabe used to see each other on the "city kids' bus" that dropped him off at St. Joe's Prep and her at Merion Mercy Academy. But they didn't really know each other until she took him to her junior prom. It was a date of convenience; her friend was dating his friend. They had fun at prom and the post-prom parties, but there was no romance. Gabe graduated shortly after and left Fishtown to study advertising at the University of Hartford. The next year, Courtney left for Baltimore, where she studied marketing at Loyola University Maryland.
February 29, 2012 |
Now that the 2012 red-carpet hoopla is over, another high-drama fashion season is under way. Prom. If teens take their cues from this year's awards shows, high school gyms will be chock-full of old-school Hollywood glamour. Along with the latest blush tones, I'm predicting a plethora of frocks in fiery reds like the peplumed Louis Vuitton Michelle Williams wore Sunday night at the Oscars. (My absolute fave.) Bluish greens and cobalt blue will be important, too, and we can't forget black.
February 24, 2012 |
PSST, Taylor Swift, I know a boy who likes you. He loves your music and thinks you're really sweet. He thinks you're really cute, too. No wait, he actually said "beautiful. " His name's Kevin McGuire, and yesterday he poured his big, romantic heart out to me from his room on the third floor of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. That's the oncology unit. He's dealing with a relapse of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He's very tired and a little homesick. But when I asked what he'd say to you if he saw you in person, he perked up a little and said he already had something prepared.
February 23, 2012 |
A Facebook campaign is urging country music megastar Taylor Swift to go the Sterling High School prom with a South Jersey teen who has leukemia. On his birthday, June 1. "It was my idea," said Victoria McGuire, sister of Kevin, who's at Children's Hospital dealing with a relapse. When he talked about being unable to attend his school in Somerdale, Camden County, she said he could still go to the prom. "He said, 'Who's going to want to go with me? I'm going to be bald,' " recalled Victoria, an education student at Rowan University.
November 23, 2011
ALLENTOWN - A former high school teacher could face jail time after admitting she had sex with a student on the school's prom weekend. Gabrielle Marvelli, 39, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lehigh County Court to a charge of corruption of a minor. The former Allen High School teacher admitted having sex with the student, who was a week away from his 18th birthday at the time. Marvelli and the student had an early-morning encounter May 28, the day of the school's senior prom, authorities said.
September 8, 2011 |
LONDON - Some had been waiting since 8:30 Thursday morning. The less devoted had only been there since 3 p.m. But they all said they were there to score a prime spot on the main floor of Royal Albert Hall to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra play music that was written for it - Rachmanionoff's Symphonic Dances - and join star soloist Janine Jansen in the Violin Concerto of one of the orchestra's other specialties, Tchaikovsky. The Thursday BBC Proms concert had been completely sold out for weeks, except for the 5-pound day-of-show tickets to the main floor area, where listeners stand throughout the concert (except for the early birds, who claim the handful of seats around the side)
September 6, 2011 |
Here comes the big one. The BBC Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall, now in their 116th season and the largest classical music festival anywhere, have long been a significant platform for musicians, but never more than now - so much so that the Philadelphia Orchestra, a week after leaving the United Kingdom, will double back from Germany to perform there Thursday. It's worth the hopscotch. "You can't explain it to anybody who hasn't been to Royal Albert Hall," said the orchestra's concertmaster, David Kim. "It's like making it to the playoffs or the Super Bowl.
September 2, 2011 |
Two of this week's new releases might make you feel nostalgic. Top Gun, Grade B: The action film/romance starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis is being rereleased to mark its 25th anniversary. It's been a quarter of a century but Top Gun will still have you feeling "the need for speed. " The action part of the film has to do with an elite group of pilots who compete to be the best in their class and earn the title of Top Gun . Cruise and McGillis provide the romance as a hotshot test pilot and a civilian instructor who do their own form of flying.