July 10, 2015 |
WHEN DAISY REAVES walked the crowded halls of Simon Gratz High School, the students made way for her. A slightly built woman, Daisy nevertheless exuded a quiet authority that commanded respect even from the toughest kids in a tough school. Daisy was the principal of Simon Gratz in the 1970s and '80s, and she faced daily challenges trying to run an inner-city school with predominantly poor students in a school building that was falling apart. Thievery, vandalism and violence were endemic.
March 11, 2015 |
If shopping malls are really dying - killed by retail apps, next-day delivery, and those giant "fulfillment centers" rising across Pennsylvania - you wouldn't know it. Not the way big investors like Simon Property Group are buying and selling rival shopping malls. On Monday, Simon - the Indianapolis company that owns one of the largest malls in the United States ( King of Prussia ) and the biggest in Philadelphia ( Philadelphia Mills , the former Franklin Mills) - offered $22 billion, or $91 a share, for national mall chain Macerich Co. , of Santa Monica, Calif.
February 7, 2015 |
Jake Gyllenhaal, who usually exudes an assured, thoughtful, suave aura, emanates creepy, oily, scheming menace as a newbie TV cameraman in Nightcrawler , a savage satire about the news media from Bourne Legacy screenwriter-turned-director Dan Gilroy. The DVD is due Tuesday from Universal Studios. Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, an off-kilter if not downright unbalanced petty criminal with violent tendencies who sees the world through the prism of self-help books. (One imagines he spent years in a jail cell reading them.)
January 21, 2015 |
Some legends of Philadelphia's basketball past gathered Monday at Martin Luther King to honor longtime Simon Gratz coach Bill Elerbee. But in the fourth quarter, the focus shifted to an undeniable star of the area's basketball present. Jonathan Lawton scored 10 of his 26 points in the final frame to help Friends' Central rally past Simon Gratz, 50-49, at the MLK Day Showcase. De'Andre Hunter added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Phoenix, who trailed by four with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining.
April 30, 2014 |
STILL CRAZY after all these years . . . Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell , were arrested on disorderly conduct charges Saturday by officers investigating a family dispute, but the couple held hands in a Connecticut court yesterday and said they did not feel threatened by the other. Simon told a Norwalk Superior Court judge that he had a rare argument with his wife Saturday night at their home in New Canaan. A caller from the singers' home dialed 9-1-1 late in the evening Saturday and hung up, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said at a news conference yesterday.
April 19, 2014 |
For more than 50 years, South African playwright Athol Fugard used his writing to fight apartheid in his native land. Apartheid ended in 1994; the Lantern Theater's stirring, if exhausting, production of Fugard's 2010 The Train Driver shows the playwright still needs something to fight against. The Train Driver opens on Simon (Kirk Wendell Brown), a black gravedigger whose daily life is interrupted by Roelf (Peter DeLaurier), a white train driver traumatized when his locomotive killed a young black woman who walked onto the tracks with her baby.
March 26, 2014 |
The last thing the young Simon Schama thought he would do as an adult was write a history of Judaism. "When I was a kid doing history at school in the '60s, I remember my teacher saying, 'Well, lads . . . nationalism and organized religion are a thing of the past.' He thought the socialist revolution would sweep them away," said Schama, whose five-hour TV documentary The Story of the Jews will air on on PBS (locally on WHYY TV12) in two installments, 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and 8 to 11 p.m. on April 1. The revolution never came: Nationalism and religion weren't abolished, but became even more powerful forces in world events, said Schama - witness 9/11 and the current crisis in Ukraine.
March 11, 2014 |
Vintage boomer tours have gotten so numerous that acts are now apparently going out on the road in alphabetical tandems. That would explain the charmed Paul Simon/Sting commingling at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. In a brisk and deftly paced evening, the two singer/songwriters alternated solo sets with collaborative segments. But the most poignant moments came unexpectedly, when they interpreted each other's songs - Paul Simon singing "Fragile" to Sting's flamenco guitar accompaniment and Sting, after recalling his first show in Philadelphia with the Police at Grendel's Lair on South Street, serenading the crowd with Simon & Garfunkel's "America.
February 26, 2014 |
In the first vignette of Act II Playhouse's Hotel Suite , Diana Nichols (Karen Peakes) scoffs at her own Oscar nomination. She has done Pinter, Beckett, but what finally hit was this "silly comedy. " Her husband Sidney (Leonard C. Haas) responds, "They don't go for quality, love, they go by gross. " If its cast weren't so amiable, the same could be said for Hotel Suite , a "best of" collection that cherry-picks from Neil Simon's other successful Suites ( Plaza , California , London )
November 17, 2013 |
Simon Cowell , 54, came off as a real cad when news broke that he had an affair with best friend Andrew Silverman 's wife, Lauren , even getting her pregnant. He may turn things around by making an honest woman of her. Us Weekly says he has already bought the rock and is set to propose. Talk about a strange love triangle: TMZ says Lauren and Andrew's divorce agreement contains a clause saying she must keep Cowell away from Adam , her 7-year-old son with Andrew, or pay a $50,000 fine.