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December 12, 2003 | By Amy Phillips FOR THE INQUIRER
There are still people who think that punk and disco shouldn't mix, but there are a lot fewer of them now, thanks in part to the Rapture. In the spring of 2002, the Brooklyn-based band's anthem "House of Jealous Lovers" took the underground dance and rock scenes by storm, wooing ravers and indie kids alike with its deep bass groove, searing guitar work, and irresistible beat. That song left hipsters from San Francisco to London desperate for more Rapture, but all the band had to offer was a handful of singles and EPs that mostly predated "House.
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May 23, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
At a union hall in Delaware County where, just one week ago, 150 Judgment Day believers gathered to celebrate their last Sunday on earth, there were signs yesterday that the believers may have indeed been raptured. The building was locked and the parking lot desolate - except for a single crumpled blue hoodie and a toy frog that lay on its back, all bug-eyed and soulless. The Dumpster on the lot was filled with the remnants of a decent last meal - pizza boxes and a case of Rolling Rock - and broken bottles of Jagermeister and beer littered the lot's perimeter.
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May 17, 2011 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
THE SECOND coming of Jesus Christ - if and when it happens - raises all types of questions for believers who expect to "meet the Lord in the air" during the Rapture, as the Bible states. Such as: Who's going to feed the dog? Bart Centre has you covered. For only $135. Centre, a retired retail executive for a major national chain, has found a way to profit from what he sees as the misguided beliefs of God-fearing Bible thumpers. "I'm not looking to make a statement here," said Centre, 62, an atheist author and founder of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets.
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May 21, 2011 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
As you probably know by now, this promises to be a hell of a day. Perhaps you've read the newspaper reports or seen the billboards along I-95; or clicked on the CDC's posting, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse"; or tuned into Camden's 106.9 FM, one of Family Radio's 150 stations that have been broadcasting warnings for months that the End of Days will occur ... today. Based on revised, painstaking readings of the Bible, and using algorithms he says are derived from God's own word, Harold Camping, 89, an evangelist from Oakland, Calif., has determined that Armageddon will begin at 6 p.m. Philadelphia time.
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May 8, 1997 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Mr. Sugiyama, a Japanese salaryman, is 42 and has attained all of his social and material goals. So why does he feel a spiritual void? Despite the accountant's secure job and marriage, his pretty daughter and lovely suburban home, his heart is heavier than his leaden feet. In this rapturous comedy from Masayuki Suo, Mr. Sugiyama finds transcendence on the ballroom floor. Initially Sugiyama enrolls at the dance academy because he has a crush on a female instructor. But this is to pursue dance as a means to a false goal rather than to put one's life into true spiritual balance.
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October 18, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Rapture, Blister, Burn may go down in history as the first feminist play to end with brainy female characters toasting Phyllis Schlafly, that bête noire of the Equal Rights Amendment, without sarcasm. It's no gimmick. Gina Gionfriddo's intellectually ambitious comedy, reopening the question of women choosing between career and family, allows that all choices are valid, even mediocre ones. A bit dour, perhaps? No. Rapture , which opened Wednesday at the Wilma Theater, is part of a growing genre that might be called war-of-the-brain-cells plays, such as Yasmina Reza's 2008 God of Carnage , with intelligent urbanites talking, drinking, and destroying each other's pretensions.
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November 6, 2006 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
The first thing to know about Friday's packed party at Pure with Making Time - a Philly DJ collective dedicated to "indiedancecocainesexjamspartytrainanthemsnitemusic" - was that it was a three-ring circus. If you weren't in the gay club's mezzanine wriggling to Digitalism spin techno tracks like "Jupiter Room," you were in the basement digging Rock T-s' dudefest. When you weren't drinking Sparks while Justice spun blazers like "Waters of Nazareth," you romped to resident DJs Dave P and Pak. Mostly, you dug the live sound of the Rapture and Hot Chip.
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September 28, 1988 | BY DONALD KAUL
To those of us who view religion primarily as a spectator sport, The Rapture was very disappointing. You don't know about The Rapture? Where have you been? The papers have been full of it. Here was the deal: according to some biblical scholars, many of whom wear funny-shaped hats, the other week was supposed to be marked by The Rapture, a divine rescue of the Saved that would signal a seven-year worldwide tribulation destined to culminate in the Second Coming and the Battle of Armageddon.
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October 10, 1992 | By Ralph Cipriano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last week, a tall, slender woman named Ina stood on a porch in Northeast Philadelphia, and talked about how she was going to heaven today as the bride of Jesus Christ. "I am going to be raptured," Ina said. "I hope to see you in heaven. " She was standing in the doorway of a rented house that city officials say is an illegal church, operating out of a residentially zoned neighborhood in the 6500 block of Bradford Terrace. "We don't want them here," a neighbor said. "The house is open 24 hours a day. They chant all the time.
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October 12, 1992 | By Ralph Cipriano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was no Rapture on Bradford Terrace this weekend. That's the quiet Northeast Philadelphia street where a religous sect, the Taberah World Mission, had upset neighbors by operating what city officials said was an illegal church in a residential neighborhood. The Taberah sect, which originated in Korea, preaches that Jesus will return this month and levitate the faithful, both living and dead, to heaven. Last week, Taberah members had said the Rapture would occur Saturday.
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May 29, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
DORTMUND, Germany - What is Yannick Nézet-Séguin doing on the back of a winged rhinoceros? And where is he expecting to go with such unconventional transportation? One possible answer in this poster image for his concerts here at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, in what used to be the heart of Germany's coal and steel industry, is that he's using his artistic frequent-flyer miles to ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra's success here. "I went to Yannick's first concert as chief conductor [in Philadelphia]
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October 18, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Rapture, Blister, Burn may go down in history as the first feminist play to end with brainy female characters toasting Phyllis Schlafly, that bête noire of the Equal Rights Amendment, without sarcasm. It's no gimmick. Gina Gionfriddo's intellectually ambitious comedy, reopening the question of women choosing between career and family, allows that all choices are valid, even mediocre ones. A bit dour, perhaps? No. Rapture , which opened Wednesday at the Wilma Theater, is part of a growing genre that might be called war-of-the-brain-cells plays, such as Yasmina Reza's 2008 God of Carnage , with intelligent urbanites talking, drinking, and destroying each other's pretensions.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Brace yourselves, Philly theater people: Joanna Settle, the new head of the Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts, has arrived with big plans - for herself, her students, and the city's theatergoers. Blindingly articulate and brimming with new-kid optimism, Settle recently returned from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she collaborated with Passing Strange singer/songwriter Stew on his new musical, Family Album . She is making her local directorial debut at the Wilma Theater this week with Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn . During an interview in which big names dropped right and left, Settle - wearing silver shoes - explained the similarities involved in directing, producing, and running a school within a university: "There's a reason they call it 'helming' - you're steering this thing.
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February 8, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Not all of Hugo Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch (Spanish Songbook) portrays desperation, plus its aftermath and echoes. But most of the best songs do, exploding the emotional violence latent in the Paul Heyse and Emanuel Geibel poems so insistently that it's no wonder singers and audiences are intimidated by the density of the 44-song cycle. So few were likely to feel shortchanged when Angelika Kirchschlager and Ian Bostridge sang only 34 of the songs Tuesday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater.
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December 22, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Once again, the Earth has survived. Unless typing at this terminal is Heaven - and it's clearly far from Hell - no rapture or disaster happened overnight, contrary to movie-inspiring misreadings of Mayan calendars. Add that to the list of dead-wrong prophecies about the end of the world. Here are 10 previous apocalyptic flops: 1. Radio preacher's dud and redux. California evangelist Harold Camping said he could "absolutely guarantee," based on his Bible-based math, that on May 21, 2011, a grave-opening earthquake would let 200 million blessed souls get "caught up" or "raptured" into Heaven, while remaining billions would feel "horror and chaos" until Oct. 21, "when God will completely destroy this earth.
NEWS
November 13, 2011
Jay Rubenstein is a professor of history at the University of Tennessee and the author of Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse On Oct. 21, the world did not end, despite predictions by Christian radio personality Harold Camping. We have by now laughed him off, but perhaps we owe Camping one more serious hearing. I for one can't help but ask: What if the apocalypse had happened? Or if not "the" apocalypse, then at least something fairly apocalyptic? That is what occurred 900 years ago. Thousands of people expected the apocalypse, and they got it, though not the one they were expecting.
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May 23, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
At a union hall in Delaware County where, just one week ago, 150 Judgment Day believers gathered to celebrate their last Sunday on earth, there were signs yesterday that the believers may have indeed been raptured. The building was locked and the parking lot desolate - except for a single crumpled blue hoodie and a toy frog that lay on its back, all bug-eyed and soulless. The Dumpster on the lot was filled with the remnants of a decent last meal - pizza boxes and a case of Rolling Rock - and broken bottles of Jagermeister and beer littered the lot's perimeter.
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May 21, 2011 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
So here we are: May 21, the day that a surprising number of people around the world think will mark the beginning of the end - The Rapture. If this strikes you as news, here's a quick recap: Harold Camping, an 89-year-old Christian evangelist from Oakland, recently declared that decades of studying the Bible had led him to believe that today will, in fact, be Judgment Day, the day that Jesus Christ returns. (The Rapture is supposed to begin locally at 6 p.m.) Camping launched a massive ad campaign to bring his message to the masses.
NEWS
May 21, 2011 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
As you probably know by now, this promises to be a hell of a day. Perhaps you've read the newspaper reports or seen the billboards along I-95; or clicked on the CDC's posting, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse"; or tuned into Camden's 106.9 FM, one of Family Radio's 150 stations that have been broadcasting warnings for months that the End of Days will occur ... today. Based on revised, painstaking readings of the Bible, and using algorithms he says are derived from God's own word, Harold Camping, 89, an evangelist from Oakland, Calif., has determined that Armageddon will begin at 6 p.m. Philadelphia time.
NEWS
May 17, 2011 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
THE SECOND coming of Jesus Christ - if and when it happens - raises all types of questions for believers who expect to "meet the Lord in the air" during the Rapture, as the Bible states. Such as: Who's going to feed the dog? Bart Centre has you covered. For only $135. Centre, a retired retail executive for a major national chain, has found a way to profit from what he sees as the misguided beliefs of God-fearing Bible thumpers. "I'm not looking to make a statement here," said Centre, 62, an atheist author and founder of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets.
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