October 13, 2014 |
Stephen Klasko hadn't been running the Thomas Jefferson University empire for long before his thoughts turned to Sidney Kimmel. A Philadelphia native who became a billionaire in the fashion industry, Kimmel had given generously to Jefferson in the 1990s but not much since despite funding the performing arts center that bears his name. But Klasko, who last month hit the one-year mark as university president and health system chief executive officer, knew Kimmel had built Jones New York by aggressively expanding and thinking outside the box. So his hunch was the two would get along.
September 30, 2014 |
"HOW do you get to the Academy of Music?" asked the shaggy-haired musician toting an electric guitar. "You can't," was the unfunny reply we ruefully used to share. "Rock's not allowed in our hallowed hall. " That's how it was for decades. But the times, as Bob Dylan sang, are finally a-changin'. Dylan himself returns to the Academy of Music for the first time since 1966 for a series of three electric shows Nov. 21 to 23. Fellow "classic rockers" Neil Young and Jackson Browne play the gorgeous concert hall even sooner: baleful-voiced Young for two nights of career reflections on Oct. 8 and 9; then Browne, running on premium (and all eight cylinders)
July 22, 2014
ISSUE | OBAMACARE On Corbett's watch, benefits go to others A recent White House Council of Economic Advisors report details the impact of states' decisions not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. In Pennsylvania, the report notes, that has meant 11,100 women have not been eligible for mammograms, and 17,600 did not receive a cervical cancer test. To that, add another 44,400 men and women who did not receive cholesterol-level screenings, along with about 824,000 yearly physician visits that are not happening because Gov., Corbett refuses to expand Medicaid.
June 20, 2014
It's important that a man remember his roots, which is exactly what Sidney Kimmel did in announcing that the foundation that bears his name is donating $110 million to Thomas Jefferson University. "If it wasn't Philadelphia, I probably would not have considered the gift," said Kimmel, who in 1970 launched the Jones New York women's clothing brand. "I feel good about Philadelphia. It's my home. " The donation arrives as the university and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are being reunited under a new leader, Stephen K. Klasko, who says his goal is a "revolution in academic health care.
December 22, 2013 |
Jones Group, the women's clothing wholesaler and retailer started by Philadelphia investor Sidney Kimmel in the late 1960s, has agreed to be bought by Sycamore Partners, a New York buyout firm, for $15 per share in cash. The sale values Jones stock at $1.2 billion. Sycamore will also take on Jones' $1 billion in debt. The company was run from offices in New York and warehouses in Bristol, Bucks County. Jones employs about 6,000 people. In a note from Sycamore Thursday night, Jones workers were told there were no plans to close facilities or cut jobs.
March 14, 2013 |
Over the last dozen years, Philadelphia has lost so many billionaires - 10 names in all - it no longer has sole bragging rights in Pennsylvania. Judging from Forbes' latest list of the world's wealthiest people, the Pittsburgh and Philly areas are now tied with three residents apiece with 10-figure fortunes. If not for newcomer Michael Rubin , e-commerce whiz and 76ers part-owner, Pittsburgh would have been first - just as it is in Super Bowls (six to zip). Although more than a dozen billionaires either grew up in the Philadelphia area (like newly listed Valley Forge-born designer Tory Burch , investor/philanthropist Ronald Perelman , apparel-and-entertainment tycoon/philanthropist Sidney Kimmel , and ex-Eagles owner Norman Braman )
December 31, 2012
ANOTHER YEAR! Can it really be We're about to start 2-0-1-3? We survived a Superstorm named Sandy , Renamed Obama Yankee Doodle Dandy. The Phils and Iggles let us down - So who's on first in our hometown? Happy New Year, Mayor Nutter , And every New Year Mummers strutter; You, too, Andy Reid , while you're still around, Chief Charles Ramsey (keep us safe and sound), Schools boss Bill Hite , please take a bow. Bart Blatstein (it's YOUR Tower now)
March 18, 2011 |
Brad Furman had a dilemma. His low-budget indie debut, "The Take," starring John Leguizamo, had received good reviews and positive buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Furman was being considered a director on the rise. After years directing shorts and music videos and working behind-the-scenes for Julia Roberts, he didn't want to make a bad decision on his follow-up project. "I was struggling not to make the wrong choice," Furman said this week by phone from Los Angeles.
November 28, 2008 |
With the recent news that the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has hired a local architectural firm to reimagine its public spaces, there is reason to be hopeful. After all, how often do we get a mulligan on a $235 million project that's less than seven years old? The hiring of KieranTimberlake Associates is a good move for a building that has been fraught with problems from Day One. Started modestly as a new home for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the concert hall originally planned for the Kimmel site was designed by the world-renowned, Philadelphia-based architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
November 6, 2008 |
Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" turns out to be just as off-putting and as baffling as its title. It's the long, labored story of Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a director of regional theater whom we meet as he's about to lose his restless, painter wife (Catherine Keener). At couples therapy, she confesses that she fantasizes about his death, and when she goes to Europe for a two-week exhibition, it turns into a year and a divorce, leaving a bereft Cotard to mope in Schenectady.