October 23, 2015 |
A LONGTIME FRIEND said Robert Ash was "Philadelphia proud. " It was true that while this highly praised sculptor spent most of his time in Santa Fe, N.M., his thoughts remained in his native city. As a result, his family intends to place one of his more spectacular works in Philadelphia. The piece is called "Finding Grace," a bronze nude created in Robert's highly original style to express the uniqueness of the human experience. A site has yet to be chosen. Robert's works, a critic once said, "explored the complexity of the human spirit.
August 6, 2015 |
LAST SPRING, my colleague David Gambacorta wrote about the slow-but-unmistakable signs of improvements on struggling 52nd Street, also known as West Philadelphia's Main Street: New transportation hub, clean and well-lit? Check. Removal of filthy, tattered storefront canopies that made the street look like a war zone instead of a shopping destination? Check. Uptick in police patrols, contributing to a serious drop in crime along the corridor? Check. Stepped-up services from Ready, Willing and Able, whose workers regularly clean the streets?
August 4, 2015 |
SANTA FE, N.M. - The new Jennifer Higdon/Gene Scheer opera Cold Mountain premiered amid intense expectations Saturday at the Santa Fe Opera Festival. Years in the making, with some of the best voices and creative minds in the business, the opera's five performances sold out and one has been added, and the Dutch recording label PentaTone is committed to releasing it. Nearly 50 media representatives were present, and "all of Philadelphia is here," noted one Santa Fe Opera staffer. Cold Mountain was co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, and written by Pulitzer-winning composer Higdon in a two-year stretch that she spent barricaded in her Spruce Street apartment.
March 11, 2013 |
Early on a chilly morning, my 25-year-old son and I could detect the odor of burning garbage as we walked down a dirt road in a poverty-stricken section of Santa Fe, Argentina, bordered by ditches full of stagnant water. Ahead of us lay a day of construction work with a group of volunteers and local families, most of whom we had met only a few days earlier. We could not have been happier. Such is the experience you can expect on a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip. I was the team leader for our group of 14 during a week in which we worked hand-in-hand with three "partner" families to repair and expand their homes.
November 2, 2012 |
IT'S BEEN EIGHT YEARS since Gene Hackman last appeared in a movie - 2004's "Welcome to Mooseport. " Since then, except for writing, he's been out of the public eye. But Hackman popped up in the news Wednesday when Santa Fe, N.M., police said the retired actor unretired and acted in self-defense, slapping a homeless man who had become aggressive toward Hackman and his wife. The Hackmans have a home in Santa Fe. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in downtown Santa Fe, where there are a lot of homeless people, a lot of jewelry for sale and awesome fajitas.
July 22, 2012
Readers of Travel + Leisure apparently haven't been to Philadelphia. The magazine's 2012 World's Best Awards readers' poll rated the Top 10 Cities in the United States and Canada, based on sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, and value. Read more at travelandleisure.com. 10. Honolulu 9. Quebec City 8. Savannah, Ga. 7. Vancouver, B.C. 6. Santa Fe, N.M. 5. New Orleans 4. Charleston, S.C. 3. San Francisco 2. Chicago 1. New York City
January 1, 2012
15 Santuario Dr., Chimayo, N.M. It's eight miles east of Espanola, about 30 miles north of Santa Fe, and 40 miles south of Taos. www.elsantuariodechimayo.us/ Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., October-April and 9 a.m.-6 p.m., May-September.
June 22, 2011 |
TEANECK, N.J. - A New Jersey physics professor who dabbled in scuba diving and harbored dreams of working in the theater had another hobby, New Mexico police say: operating a sophisticated prostitution website that may have catered to as many as 200 prostitutes and 1,200 clients. David Flory, 68, was arrested Sunday at a Starbucks in Albuquerque on 40 counts of promoting prostitution. The professor, who has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University since 1969, has a vacation home in Santa Fe. A specialist in elementary particle theory, Flory also spent a decade in the school's administration, where he said he spent time working on human-resources database systems and measuring academic productivity - skills that were evident from the three-tiered system police say he created for rating the privileges of johns who used the prostitution service.
March 27, 2011
Here are travel bargains around the globe, by land, sea, and air. Deals sell out quickly and are not guaranteed to be available. Restrictions such as day of travel, blackout dates, and advance-purchase requirements may apply. Land The Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M., is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 25 percent off sale for April stays. Rooms that normally start at $229 per night double are going for $169. Add about $25 a night in taxes. The pueblo-style hotel, adjacent to historic Santa Fe Plaza, has a spa and a rooftop pool.
September 1, 2010
IF YOU GO GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE: Located near Mosca, Colo., about 240 miles southwest of Denver and 185 miles north of Santa Fe, N.M. The park is open daily year-round, although the visitors center closes at night and on holidays. Admission is $3 for ages 16 and older. Under 16 free. Info, www.nps.gov/ grsa.