November 30, 2013 |
Take a cultural trip Sunday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's 18th annual Peace Around the World holiday celebration. From 1 to 4 p.m. guests will receive a passport enabling them to explore cultures via speakers from Kenya, Pakistan, Cameroon, Brazil, India, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Middle Eastern percussionist Joe Tayoun will lead an instructional drum circle at 1:30. At 2, guests can enjoy an Indian dance performance by Nrutika Sankar, Leena Chakraborty, Sonal Makwana, and children from the Bhartiya Vidalaya Cultural Center.
November 19, 2013 |
SOME EAGLES FANS egged the Washington Redskins team bus as it pulled into Lincoln Financial Field yesterday. It was, for the national media, a softball they predictably smacked out of the park. CBSSports.com gleefully reported the following: They don't just boo Santa Claus or flip off the opposing team, but Eagles fans reportedly have tried to physically harm the Redskins on Sunday. Or, at the very least, the Redskins bus. Not to be outdone, Yardbarker.com posted this little gem: The infamous Philly fan has struck again.
November 16, 2013 |
My family doesn't celebrate Christmas. We don't even have a Hanukkah bush, that multiculti concession to the holiday's ubiquity and allure. However, every year we watch Elf , sometimes even in summer. Elf the musical, warming up the Walnut Street Theatre's main stage, attempts to capture the film's oddball appeal and repackage it with an even wider-eyed, toe-tapping, more universal appeal. With a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar, and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, the story remains mostly the same.
November 11, 2013 |
It's not even Veterans Day yet, but guess who's coming to town. That's right. Santa Claus. Although November is usually associated more with turkeys than elves, Santa Claus has begun appearing at malls across the region in a sure sign of holiday creep. On Friday night, he arrived at the Montgomery Mall in North Wales on a fire truck. Across the river, he paraded through Gloucester County's Deptford Mall on Saturday morning. And at the Moorestown Mall a little later, Santa got a warm welcome when he arrived in a limousine with Mrs. Claus with an entourage that included Frosty the Snowman, Jack Frost, elves, and a nutcracker.
January 7, 2013 |
The fans pelted Santa Claus with snowballs, because the 1968 Eagles stank like the sewers of Manayunk, because an incompetent coach named Joe Kuharich, who couldn't win at Notre Dame, had been given a 15-year contract by the owner, Jerry Wolman. The fans pelted Santa Claus with snowballs because they were fed up with a lousy football team and glitzy halftime shows featuring a 50-piece brass band, because the Eagles were 2-11 at that point, because the two games they'd won after losing the first 11 would cost them the chance to draft O.J. Simpson.
December 25, 2012
By Paul F. Bradley I have an aversion to shopping, specifically to Christmas shopping. Some years ago, our sister coerced my brothers and me into an endless yuletide trudge through the Willow Grove Mall. She ignored any and all appeals for lunch or breaks as the packages piled up and the store-by-store invasion slogged to the next door-busting sale. To this day, I still get flashbacks of the "just one more store" refrain whenever I pass the place, even in the summer. Now I try to avoid the malls, stores, and, most of all, the seemingly endless parade of giddy holiday shoppers for another reason: the total lack of courtesy that abounds during this purported season of peace and giving.
December 23, 2012 |
'D ear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Other friends say there is a Santa Claus and bad Eagles fans hit him with snowballs. Papa says, 'If you see it in SportsWeek , it's so.' Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus and did Eagles fans hurt Santa?" Virginia O'Hanlon Fifth and Shunk South Philadelphia Virginia, your little friends are peddling half-truths. Eagles fans did pelt Santa, but they aren't bad people. Your pals are brainwashed by urban legend, fueled by the mindless chatter of national sports announcers and sports writers piling on Eagles fans as if they were Satan's green-garbed disciples, assaulting St. Nick without provocation.
December 22, 2012 |
Travel back to 19th-century London Saturday and meet Ebenezer Scrooge at the Walnut Street Theatre production of A Christmas Carol . The play, based on the 1843 novel by Charles Dickens, takes audiences to the world of the vitriolic, selfish, and greedy Scrooge - who begins to change his feelings toward Christmas when he receives visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. "A Christmas Carol," 11 a.m. Saturday at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. Tickets: $10-$25.
December 13, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Santa has kicked the habit in time for Christmas. No, not the sugarplum habit, or his fur-wearing habit, or his penchant for romping recklessly around open flame. No, this is the year the man in red gave up pipe tobacco, at least in a new book version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas that has received attention from some lofty corners, including the American Library Association. The self-published Pamela McColl of Vancouver, Canada, has a mission for her story, to protect children and their parents from the ravages of smoking.
December 10, 2012 |
We raise our kids to be truthful. We teach them about the laws of physics. And then we tell them that nine flying reindeer pull an immortal fat man and his sleigh through the sky so that he can deliver gifts to millions of kids around the world one night a year. Is it bad that we lie to our kids about Santa? Though lying can be an awfully convenient parenting crutch - "Sorry, sweetheart, but the police might arrest you if I let you have more candy, so we better not" - it's generally best to keep it to a minimum, both to develop trust between yourself and your child and to lead by example.