June 27, 1994 |
Michael Moschen is a juggler. But he does not do bowling pins or tomahawks. He twirls no plates, tosses no hats. "My form is more on the lines of a Chinese porcelain-jar juggler," Moschen said in an interview here last week. "They learn it as a child. They learn, learn, learn, learn - but not with a porcelain jar. Then, when they're ready to perform, they're taken to a museum, and they're given a porcelain jar for a lifetime to use. When they're done, it's returned to the museum.
May 11, 1989 |
To Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, "bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation. . . . I hate message movies. I pride myself on the fact that my work has no socially redeeming value. " The man behind the madness of Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Girl Trouble and Hairspray tells all - or certainly enough - in a recent recording of his 1981 autobiography, Shock Value, for Caedmon (90 minutes, $9.95). The book has been abridged for audio, but in this case, if you're a normal human being, you probably wouldn't want to listen to the whole book.
April 27, 2012 |
THE BEST THING about the new thriller "The Raven" is John Cusack's amped-up performance as Edgar Allan Poe. Cusack lost 30 pounds and pushed himself to the point of exhaustion to play Poe, a sometime action figure in "The Raven" who gallops on horseback through the fog and shoots guns. Cusack, however, said the really taxing aspect of the role was trying to achieve Poe's famously agitated mental state. "He was a starving writer and a pretty serious alcoholic, so I thought it was correct for him to be very lean and working on the edge.
April 19, 2011 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra's decision Saturday to declare bankruptcy has drawn worldwide attention, from both major news outlets and niche readerships. "Philadelphia - it's the worst outcome," wrote popular London music blogger Norman Lebrecht. "It foments uncertainty across musical America. " Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who began stumping for the orchestra's move to the Kimmel Center as mayor, said he didn't think the news was a black eye for the city as long as the orchestra continues its schedule, which it says it will.
January 30, 2003 |
Rookie coach Bryan Trottier was fired by the New York Rangers yesterday as the league's highest-paid team could face a sixth consecutive season without a playoff berth. The Rangers have a payroll of more than $70 million but are last in the Atlantic Division just over halfway through the season. Trottier, who starred for the rival New York Islanders for 15 years, replaced Ron Low in June but held the job just 54 games in his first head-coaching stint. The Rangers showed signs of getting back into the playoff race, winning five of six games heading into last weekend.
February 25, 2000 |
FAME: THE MUSICAL. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday. $25-$55. Info: 215-336-2000. Singer/dancer/actor James T. Lane grew up around the way in the dearly departed Southwark homes. Little more than three years after attending the Girard Academic Musical Program, the GAMP grad has returned to his home town with a lead role in the national touring production of "Fame: The Musical. " What kind of local stuff did you do before being cast on the show?
July 31, 1987 |
Jonathan Valin is probably not a household name, even among fans of the Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald lineage. Pity. Because Valin and his Harry Stoner series (six capers thus far) are major league. Life's Work (Dell, $3.50), the latest in paperback, is more than just a bang-up page-turner; it's also an unblinking scrutiny of the curious breed that plays professional football. Harry Stoner works out of Cincinnati. He's hired by Hugh Petrie, an executive of the NFL Cincinnati Cougars, to find a missing player, Billy Parks.
April 18, 1991 |
Thirteen years after her daughter Nancy was murdered by punk rocker Sid Vicious, Deborah Spungen can finally speak a little more comfortably with the news media. Last week, Spungen was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Delaware County Press Club, discussing the line between a victim's right to privacy and the press's right to know. Spungen, 53, who lives in Huntingdon Valley, explained that one of the hardest things a family must handle after a highly publicized murder was the press coverage.
December 14, 1999 |
A Catholic magazine's cover portraying a dark skinned Jesus to update the image of Christ for the new millennium won't have much shock value in Philadelphia. Black Jesuses are already on display in more than several dozen Catholic and Protestant churches and Christian schools. And while a national furor erupted in Brooklyn over a painting of an African woman titled "The Holy Virgin Mary" by Chris Ofili, the controversy was not about the subject's race but about the inclusion of elephant dung and bare buttocks surrounding her. The National Catholic Reporter yesterday announced "Jesus of the People" as the winner of its worldwide cover contest among 1,700 entries.
May 26, 2000 |
You know it, we know it, so let's not be ashamed of it: A film with the title "The Lifestyle: Group Sex in the Suburbs" is bound to attract some interest. So I'll start by answering the question that is probably on everyone's mind. It's not a porn film. It is a documentary examining "the lifestyle" also known as "swinging. " And yes, it's actually pretty good. Director David Schisgall is a serious documentarian - a former assistant to Errol Morris ("Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" and "The Thin Blue Line")