October 28, 2015 |
The same morning the Phillies introduced Matt Klentak as their new general manager, the man he replaced officially landed his next job. The Boston Red Sox confirmed Monday that Ruben Amaro Jr. is their new first-base coach. The career move is a unique one for Amaro, who had been a prominent member of the Phillies front office since 1999, the year after his final season as a player. He has never coached at any level of professional baseball. In addition to his duties as first-base coach, Amaro, 50, will be Boston's outfielder instructor and help instruct baserunning.
October 23, 2015 |
Once a week in the name of poetry, Hila Ratzabi opens her living room to strangers. They lounge, snug on the red wraparound sofa in her West Philadelphia home, and discuss, over wine and homemade vegetarian food, how to become better poets. Ratzabi, 34, is their teacher. A poet and freelance editor, Ratzabi has held the biannual Red Sofa Salon and Poetry Workshop in her living room since 2013. This fall, a small group gathers in her home on Sundays from noon to 2:30 p.m. to read and discuss published poetry, participate in writing exercises, and critique one another's work.
October 22, 2015 |
Philadelphia police arrested one man in a violent Kensington home invasion and abduction Tuesday morning - and are asking for the public's help in finding another suspect. Edwin Velez, 28, of Frankford - who was in custody facing charges of robbery, kidnapping, and unlawful restraint - wasn't cooperating with investigators, police said. Just before 2:30 a.m., police said, Velez and another man broke into a home on the 3100 block of F Street. Both were wearing masks and they were armed with a hammer and a knife.
October 21, 2015 |
Coming off a five-day layoff, the Flyers will try to slow down the NHL's highest-scoring team, Dallas, when they meet Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Stars (4-1), led by linemates Jamie Benn and Tyler Sequin, are averaging a league-best 3.80 goals per game. Seguin centers left winger Benn and right winger Patrick Sharp, a former Flyer who won three Stanley Cups with Chicago. "It's probably the best offensive line in the league," Flyers defenseman Mark Streit said after Monday's practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
October 17, 2015 |
Big dogs have big hearts. Based on Norman Bridwell's classic 1963 book and the subsequent TV show, the exhibit Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Please Touch Museum celebrates the colossal canine. Clifford started out as the runt of the litter, but the copious love of his owner Emily Elizabeth caused him to grow to 25 feet. He tries to be helpful and friendly, but his size can sometimes be a difficulty. One can see why small fry find him appealing. The interactive exhibit, opening Saturday, illustrates Clifford's 10 Big Ideas (they come with a lifetime guarantee)
October 16, 2015
Wilbur Olin Atwater, considered to be the godfather of food science in this country, thinks "well-to-do" Americans have too much fat, too much sugar and not nearly enough physical activity. The many modern conveniences of the food supply have rendered the population unhealthy; we'd all do much better with a more reasonably balanced diet and regular rigorous exercise, the doctor and researcher concluded. He drew that conclusion in 1890. So, maybe our kinship with lousy-for-you foods and the associated laziness hasn't evolved all that much over the past 125 years.
October 9, 2015
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I saw a big display of Spanish wines that were a mix of red, white and rose, but they were all labeled "Rioja. " Marnie: October is Rioja month in Pennsylvania wine and spirits stores, so I'm not surprised by that. Buzz: "Rioja" means red, so why the blanca are they calling white and pink wines Rioja, too? Marnie: Buzz, I can see how you might have gotten confused. The words for red in Spanish are "rojo" for things that are considered male and "roja" for those considered female.
October 9, 2015 |
* RED OAKS. Friday, Amazon. * UNDATEABLE. 8 p.m. Friday, NBC10. 'Undateable' live The business model at NBC still works best when people watch shows when they're on, which is one reason the home of "Saturday Night Live" is so interested in live anything lately, from musicals to the possibly mistitled "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. " As "Undateable" returns for a third season tomorrow with a one-hour premiere, it's expanding last season's live-episode experiment to the whole season.
October 9, 2015 |
Two radically different, if equally wonderful, historical series premiere: Amazon's nostalgic sitcom Red Oaks is set at a New Jersey country club in the mid-1980s, and BBC America's swords-and-hoofs epic The Last Kingdom takes us back more than a millennium to the 860s, when England was beset by a wave of Viking invasions. Ragnar redux Fans of the History Channel's gorgeous, surreal series Vikings, about the adventures of young Viking leader Ragnar Lothbrok, will get a kick out of The Last Kingdom.
September 17, 2015 |
Former Eagle Jeremiah Trotter never wanted to star in a movie - even after he had agreed to do so. But a friend of his working on The North Star , the story of two escaped slaves who make their way to Bucks County, was persistent, and Trotter found himself in front of the camera. The North Star premieres Thursday at the Kimmel Center before opening at the County Theater, Penn Cinema, and Newtown Theater on Friday for its first regular run. Director Thomas K. Phillips, a Bucks native, also is launching an educational component to the film.