October 3, 1994 |
"Young people nowadays," two men tsk-tsk, "all they do is kill each other. " "Drugs are the scourge of society," the politician intones. "They must be stamped out once and for all. " This is not the chat at a Chester County Republican picnic, but rather the majority thought of the people of Lijiang, a small Chinese trading center half a world away. But, as you can see by what's on people's minds there, it could be right next door. China: Beyond the Clouds, a superb four-hour National Geographic special, gently bathes its audience with the images and sounds of Lijiang, gorgeously ensconced in a mountain valley 8,000 feet above sea level.
December 11, 2008
The coming year will not be Shangri-La. But it should not be a complete disaster, either, thanks to a diverse economy, said Steve Wray, executive director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. It is the benefit of not having all your eggs in one basket. "We're not the financial capital of the U.S. or the aerospace capital of the U.S.," said Rich Stein, the league's research director. Said Wray: "What we have to continue to do is leverage those assets we have.
January 20, 1991 |
With excellent cuisine and a spanking-new setting, the Shangri-La may surprise those who wonder whether we are drowning in a surfeit of Chinese restaurants. While several good Chinese places have closed in recent months, the Shangri-La confidently opened in mid-November in the new Holly Ravine shopping center at Springdale and Evesham Roads in Cherry Hill, the former site of the famed Cowtail dairy bar. One reason Shangri-La may buck the trend lies in its association with Bo's Wok, the superb Chinese restaurant on Route 130 in Cinnaminson.
August 9, 2012 |
Since Susanna Foo gave way to a Chipotle, Rittenhouse has lacked a high-style, business/date-appropriate Asian option. Now open is the polished Jane G's (1930 Chestnut St., 215-563-8800). Namesake is Jane Guo, who owned the long-gone Noodle Heaven on Broad Street. Steven Clofine, a real estate broker and former customer, was instrumental in setting up the deal, said Guo's son Jackson Fu, general manager. Jane G's quasi-open kitchen - open behind a row of glass windows - is set up in front of a raw bar. A 10-seat private table in the window, behind carved wooden dragons, has the makings of a power perch.
December 19, 2003 |
Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) shambles around Las Vegas' old-school casino, the Shangri-La, rubbing his bad luck off on high rollers. With his sad-sack mug and subterranean self-esteem, Bernie's the Shangri-La's official "cooler" - a mascot of misfortune guaranteed to turn a winning hand into a losing one, a run of providential roulette bets into a train wreck. All he has to do is sidle up to a lucky gambler, or lay down a bet at the same table, and glory turns to bankruptcy. Bernie's aura of doom is contagious.
August 10, 2010
Stanley A. Breckley, 66, of Sellersville, a retired residential supervisor at Girard College, died of complications from surgery Wednesday, Aug. 4, at St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital. In 1976, Mr. Breckley became a house parent at Girard, a boarding school that educates children from families with limited financial resources headed by a single parent or guardian. Mr. Breckley's wife, Carol, said former students remembered him fondly. He was a member of the Girard College Boy Scout Committee and was past president of the Girard College Credit Union.
August 6, 2012 |
By Silvio Laccetti In this time of concern about economic inequality in America, we sometimes forget the valuable contributions that at least some of the "1 percent" can make to the public good through philanthropic works. Among them are those of the Duke family, whose charity extends to their former estates. One, Duke Farms, in central New Jersey, is a short trip from the Philadelphia area. Another is far away, in Hawaii. Both are now run by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and seeking to address pivotal issues of our time: respectively, environmental sustainability and understanding among the world's peoples.
February 15, 1987 |
The late Benjamin J. Reynolds was either a visionary or an eccentric, depending on who is talking. The truth is that he probably was a bit of both. About 28 years ago, Reynolds, an environmentalist and former state representative from Avondale, Chester County, predicted that the world was inexorably headed toward a severe shortage of fuel, food and water. So he set out to build a self-sustaining community called Shangri-La, in a 350-acre valley of forests and fields in New Garden Township.
September 15, 1998 |
If you had left our beloved Philadelphia in the last few decades (particularly Center City), then returned, you might think you had come to a different city. No, it's Philadelphia, but it's not the Philadelphia you grew up in. Change is inescapable. Nobody lives forever. Not people, not cities, not states - the land changes. The popular Center City motion-picture palaces have disappeared - the Fox, the Mastbaum, the Earle, the Stanley, the Viking and others, There, we worshiped Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Humphrey Bogart and other superstars - so many now dead.
February 26, 2012 |
PARIS - Paris is a city where possibilities are endless, expectations are high, and no one doubts that magic can happen. Anyone who saw Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris , his recent homage to the City of Light (up for four Academy Awards Sunday), knows what I'm talking about. Allen's protagonist, a Hollywood screenwriter who yearns to be a serious scribe, takes to wandering the rainy streets of Paris at night in search of a muse. On one such night, he accompanies a couple in 1920s dress to what he assumes is a costume party.