June 28, 2011
If you ever find yourself in the middle of a violent youth mob, here are some tips from David Nance, a personal-safety expert in Chicago, a city that is experiencing similar violence this year. 1 Be alert and aware: Have a "360-degree" awareness, Nance said. Look over your shoulder, and if you see a group of people approaching, get out of the way or duck into a building 2 Hide your valuables: People in youth mobs tend go after your possessions, so don't flash your iPhone around if you find yourself in the middle of one, Nance said.
August 19, 1988 |
Huey P. Long has been making appearances in New Orleans, and it's not just his affiliation with the Democratic Party that makes it curious. The legendary Louisiana governor has been dead for 53 years. But there he is, holding forth on the stage of the Orpheum Theater, just a few blocks away from the Republican National Convention at the Superdome. "We need to share the wealth!" he boomed the other night. "Let's put the jam jar on the lower shelf!" Beneath the makeup was actor John McConnell, star of The Kingfish, the one- man play written by Texans Larry L. King (author of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
March 20, 1991 |
RADON TESTING Forget those government recommendations for testing your home for radon in the winter. The theory was that tightly sealed doors and windows were likely to trap the radioactive gas and produce the highest readings. But experts have found that many factors - such as rainfall, soil type, vegetation, climate and construction quality - can cause high indoor radon readings. So "what you really want to do is test your house two times a year, or quarterly," advises Daniel J. Greeman, Pennsylvania State University geologist.
March 31, 2006 |
In Awesome; I ... Shot That!, the Beastie Boys hand out high-8 videocams to audience members at Madison Square Garden and then take the stage while Mix Master Mike turns the tables, letting the rap and roar begin. A guerrilla-style concert pic, featuring the Adidas-clad rappers Mike D (Michael Diamond), Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), and MCA (Adam Yauch), this jumpy, slap-happy and loud historical document (the performance is from Oct. 9, 2004) should satisfy Beastie Boy fans and the 50 untrained shooters whose footage is deployed.
June 9, 2000 |
"Better Living Through Circuitry" is the second in an unofficial trilogy of rave films being released this summer. The first, "Human Traffic," breezed through Philly last month, and the third, "Groove," will be released June 30. "Better Living," unlike the other two films, is a documentary that sets itself up as an expose on rave culture but quickly shifts gears to become a concert film for the bands that use raves as venues. The rave scene has been well explored, particularly on prime-time news magazine shows, so the last thing anyone needs is another documentary proclaiming that the rave culture and the Gen-X kids it attracts are responsible for all of society's ills.
April 5, 1990 |
You are in a big room. You are sitting in the dark. The attraction is Laurie Anderson, the elfin performance artist who has won a remarkable measure of mainstream attention since making her recording debut in 1982. You are there to experience the combination of choreography, film and slide projection, Mark Twain-like anecdotes and music that is her trademark. You expect big ideas. You expect the abstract. You do not expect "Ramon," a world-brotherhood song with lyrics that could have been lifted from Sesame Street: "So when you see a man who's broken, pick him up and carry him / And when you see a woman who's broken, put her into your arms.
May 14, 1992 |
The Boston Celtics are still blinking this morning, wondering what hit them. The Celts expected to take their share of punishment last night from Brad Daugherty, Mark Price and Larry Nance - perhaps even John "Hot Rod" Williams - but it was Craig Ehlo who delivered the sucker punch. Ehlo, not a high priority on an opposing team's scouting report, plundered Boston's defense for 20 points and a career-high 13 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Celtics, 114-98, before a packed house of 20,273 at Richfield Coliseum.
February 15, 2013
THERE'S no question that the region's theater scene has undergone many changes during the past decade or so, especially the increase in the number of professional companies. But one constant remains: The demographic makeup of the audience. There are no hard numbers available, but anecdotal evidence paints a picture of a customer base with a median age on the far side of 40. At least one local group is hoping to change that with events like Wednesday night's "UMAMI" at the Power Plant Basement in Old City.
October 31, 2008 |
How are you doing? Still having heart palpitations? Trouble breathing? Tightness in your chest? Is your brain on sensory overload - clouded by a jumble of thoughts? Don't worry. The American Medical Association tells me those are all common symptoms of Championshipfluenza. It's a contagious ailment that has spread through the area with great haste. No one has proven immune. And, from what I understand, there is no vaccine or cure. Not that you'd want one. Two days ago, the Phillies delivered the city from despair.
January 29, 1989 |
Christopher Hagee can give a running commentary on every point scored in the last five minutes of a UCLA basketball game in 1974, but he forgets to use both hands when doing manual work. The handsome, scholarly looking young man can recite the bus and train schedules of San Francisco, London and New York, yet he needs a checklist to remember to clean his room. He can quote sports statistics, dates and details of events by the hour, but he has no idea how. "I just see it," he said.