August 5, 1991 |
Ready for a coed Jackson 5? Mercury Records executives put the word out this spring that Small Change, one of Philadelphia's latest rhythm-and-blues groups, could be just that. "I think Small Change is just as talented as the Jackson 5 when they started out," says Leighton Singleton, director of national R&B sales for Mercury. Small Change, for those who haven't been swept up in the hype emanating from the group's label, consists of four teenage cousins from North Philadelphia: boys Kairi Guinn-Styles and Neamen Howard and girls Lakuana Brockington and Tamika Jarmon.
July 17, 1987 |
One of director Francois Truffaut's sweetest movies is Small Change (1976), an awestruck look at childhood as a state of grace. Set in a French village with a potentially dangerous high-rise apartment, this enchanting film sees infants, toddlers and whippersnappers as an enormously energetic, curious, resilient and unspoiled species - much more highly advanced than we backward adults. It will be shown at 3:30 and 7:45 p.m. Sunday at the Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. ROXY SCREENING ROOMS 2023 Sansom St, 561-0114.
December 20, 1987 |
There is a vague feeling in the land that everything has gotten screwy during the last 15 years. Countless books, articles and essays have been written about this - most of them delving into the philosophical and theoretical reasons behind the way things have changed. I'm neither a philosopher nor a theoretician. But here in New York I have come upon an example of just how wacky things have become. It's a small example, but I have a feeling that it means something. Let's go back to 1973 for a moment.
August 25, 2006 |
Near my washer and dryer I keep a ceramic piggy bank that my oldest daughter hand-painted when she was 4. Whenever I find loose change in the wash, I put it in this bank. After two years, I collected just about $30, plus some Japanese yen, a Canadian coin, and a couple of Guardian Angel tokens. Not bad. I was thinking about how this small change adds up when I read recently that a penny now costs more to make than it is worth. There are those who advocate doing away with the penny and making the nickel our coin of least value, working toward a monetary system grounded in fives and tens.
October 19, 1995 |
Radnor Soccer Club members (from left) John Dougherty, 5; Jordan Bodzin, 5, and Stephen Scott, 6, gather coins in Newtown Square for the Great Penny Drive. The small change collected by the small fry Wednesday will benefit Philadelphia's Ronald McDonald House.
July 22, 2015 |
Onetime Philadelphian Melody Gardot, a jazz folkie with a Billie Holiday-like quiver to her voice, had a personal misfortune that might have spelled the end of a music career. Now 30, the pianist, then a fashion major at Community College of Philadelphia, was struck by a sport-utility vehicle in 2003, an accident that shattered her pelvis and left her with extreme photosensitivity, as well as autonomic nervous system dysfunction that makes her hypersensitive to loud noise. It's hard not to read that backstory into the quirky calm of Gardot albums - spare, reedy efforts like 2008's Worrisome Heart and 2009's My One and Only Thrill , or the lush, samba-inflected The Absence of 2012.
October 24, 1986
The Oct. 17 issue contained several items relating to the Temple University faculty strike. The most revealing was buried deep in Chuck Newman's column in the sports pages. There an anonymous member of the Board of Trustees is quoted in praise of the performance by Temple's football coach: "What we have to do now is get some more depth so that he can play the schedule we are playing . . . What we have to do now is get deeper-pockets alumni financial support for the program. " Deeper pockets for football at a time when those for faculty salaries and research contain only small change?
February 20, 2009 |
French new waver Francois Truffaut was raised in an orphanage, and the filmmaker's affinity for, and fascination with, outcast children manifests itself in sublime form in The 400 Blows , Small Change , and The Wild Child . The latter, released in 1970 (but with the look and feel of something far older and more formal in approach), returns to the big screen. Based on accounts of a boy found roaming naked and feral in the forests of southern France in the late 18th century, The Wild Child stars Truffaut himself as Jean Itard, the doctor who takes the boy, first presumed deaf and mute, into his home and patiently, determinedly, socializes and schools him. Jean-Pierre Cargol is the kid, and his autistic-like mannerisms and scrawny ferocity are utterly convincing.
January 15, 1989 |
The way Frank Ames saw it, the choice of jobs was about equal: flipping hamburgers at Burger King or McDonald's or collecting taxes for the Abington school board. The pay was the same. Ames, the Rockledge tax collector, made an impassioned plea to the board last week for an increase in his salary, saying the pay he received for collecting the district's taxes was ridiculously low. "You're expecting me to be responsible for $1 million (in taxes), and I don't see that as small change, and you provide the princely sum of $2,300," he said.
April 13, 1993 |
Four churches were burglarized over the Easter weekend in Collingswood, including one that had been hit during another spate of church burglaries in Camden County a week before. Police said that the four houses of worship - Collingswood Presbyterian Church, at Fern and Maple Avenues; St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Park and Dill Avenues; Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Haddon and Fern Avenues; and Bible Presbyterian Church, Fern and Maple Avenues - all were broken into between 10 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday.