August 26, 2015
YO, WHERE'S the sisterhood? I don't expect a lot of men to be all that supportive of the unique challenges expectant mothers face. That's not their issue. But I am surprised at the number of women online who've been giving CBS3's Katie Fehlinger a hard time, with one even calling her a "sausage in casing. " It's the Mommy Wars all over again, but with a twist. What they're doing to Fehlinger is called pregnancy shaming, and it's been happening ever since the TV meteorologist's pregnancy first became noticeable at the two-month mark.
July 22, 2015 |
While such blockbusters as Antman and The Avengers: Age of Ultron rake in box-office gold on the big screen this summer, Flashpoint Theatre Company has staged Lulu's Golden Shoes , Quiara Alegría Hudes' comic-book-inspired feminist-Latina take on growing up as a young girl in North Philadelphia. The title refers to "Installment 12" in the fictional Barrio Grrrl series penned by Ana (Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez), a precocious, overweight teenager. Teased about her appearance, she dreams of attending Yale University and imagines an Amazing Voice (Leah Walton)
May 11, 2015 |
When Gretchen Schroeder began attending comic conventions 15 years ago, she appeared out of place in the small crowd of mostly male comic book fans. "I was a single mom bringing daughters to a con, and that was unusual back then," Schroeder, 58, of Philadelphia, said. Times have changed. Comic cons continue to gain popularity and the crowds are diverse, the former school librarian noted Saturday morning as thousands of fans - many dressed in elaborate and colorful costumes - filed into Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia.
July 14, 2014 |
Last week I wrote about a villain. Today I'm writing about a hero. And an incredibly good-looking one, which figures into the story, as you will see. We begin Sunday morning, when I meet my bestie Franca for a bike ride. We've been friends through 30 years, and between us we have four divorces, a nice even number. We love to do things together and are very much alike, except Franca is an incredible athlete and runs five miles every day. That would be the end of the similarity.
September 10, 2012
Few shows in this Philly Fringe will plumb the depths of the human psyche more than Witold Gombrowicz's Ivona, Princess of Burgundia . When courtiers in this fictional kingdom encounter the hideous Ivona (Heather Cole), they find her passive ugliness increasingly disturbing, an unbearable affront. She returns their teasing malice with rage-inspiring apathy. Prince Phillip (David Stanger) turns ridicule into a ruse; he decides to marry the girl, throwing the royal family into a murderous fury.
June 23, 2012 |
Brandon Formanes stood on the worn wood floor inside the KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy at 12th and Vine Streets Thursday morning, his hands running back and forth across his new Fuji SST 2.0. Black and blue spandex hugged his body, and sweat still shone from his shaved, thick arms and legs. Formanes, a junior coach in the Cadence Cycling Foundation, rode five miles from his Upper Darby home to the school. He stood before three KIPP students, sometimes answering questions, sometimes trying to motivate.
March 4, 2012
The folks at Lysse Leggings are a bit controlling when they design their mix-and-match stretch leggings and tank tops. The cotton/spandex leggings, which come in a choice of lengths and leg styles, incorporate a sewn-in polyester/spandex front panel that tightens the belly and smooths hips, without feeling super-binding. Available in regular and plus sizes, they have a 5-inch, high-rise waistband that helps reduce the belly-roll effect common with waistbands that sit at waist level.
June 5, 2011
For many women, the little black dress is a versatile travel staple. Now, here comes the little black-and-white travel wardrobe. Actually, what you get are five rayon spandex garments - black wide-leg pants, a black slip dress, white long-sleeve shirt, white tank top, and black poncho, plus two long sashes (one black, one white) - that can be used as belts, scarves, or whatever. The pieces can be combined in various ways to create 25 looks, from casual to night on the town. The set comes pre-packed in its own travel bag. Available in five sizes, 2 to 14. Just add shoes and underwear.
June 4, 2011 |
A joint production of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" by 11th Hour Theatre Company and Montgomery Theater, staged at Montgomery Theater in Souderton in February, reopened Friday at the Arden in Center City. This is an excerpt from a review published in February. If you have spandex, prepare to wear it now. You'll look fab as The Great American Trailer Park Musical - a little show with a wallop like a bin full of hissing trailer propane tanks - sprawls gleefully across the stage.
May 4, 2011
As usual, Philadelphia University students wowed the crowd with sartorial design Saturday night at their annual fashion show at the Academy of Music. The designs were creative and included Rachael Crawford's taffeta dress inspired by Philadelphia Museum of Art's larger-than-life Roberto Capucci exhibit; Nikky Enterline's four-ply, silk, Marilyn Monroe-inspired cuffed pant; and Marisa Silva's candy pants and skirt grouping, fashioned from cotton, spandex and acrylic. Hats off to these winners: Katherine Possage's strapless gown won the Frank Agostino award for evening wear; and Jolene Cassell's urban punk-inspired collection made of leather, denim, spandex, silk, and cotton, winner of best senior collection.