May 19, 2016 |
Everybody's a critic. Each of us walks into a museum and says, "I like that!" or "You call that art?" Albert C. Barnes would approve. Barnes (1872-1951) feuded with the art establishment of his day and disliked most art historians and academic aestheticians. It was the unschooled lover of art he welcomed to his great art collection grounds in Lower Merion. His principal interest, he wrote in 1920, was education, first for himself, "then for those less fortunate ones around me, then in the education of the public.
May 13, 2016 |
Answering the phone one recent morning, Todd Barkan chirped out a lilting, "Lee Morgan!" The greeting, he explained, was "a combination of bebop and German. " It was also customized for a caller from Philadelphia, hometown of the great trumpet player. More than that, though, it was a prime indicator of how Barkan thinks in the language of jazz. From 1972 to 1983, Barkan got to tout his love for the music every night from the stage of the Keystone Korner, the nightclub he owned and ran in San Francisco.
April 22, 2016 |
Spirit Airlines has resumed summer seasonal flights from Atlantic City International Airport to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Detroit. The daily nonstop flights began last week and will operate until the fall. Spirit, which flies from Philadelphia to seven cities, will add daily nonstop routes from Philadelphia to Detroit and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starting April 29. The Miramar, Fla.-based carrier, which offers lower base airfares but charges passengers extra for virtually everything including a carry-on bag, began a nonstop daily flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles International Airport on April 14. Spirit also started a new flight last week between Philadelphia and Minneapolis-St.
April 16, 2016 |
Predicting the performance of Penn State's offensive line this season may be impossible. But if there's one thing that's certain, it's that the Nittany Lions have many candidates and much competition for most of the five available starting spots. Having four starters back from a unit that struggled for the second straight season may not be tremendously encouraging. Position switches and a plethora of players who redshirted as freshmen in 2014 or 2015 also present some uncertainty.
April 7, 2016 |
Even before James Yoakum opened his distillery in a former garage in downtown Camden, he knew he wanted to offer tastings and sell cocktails. It just took some time for his product line to catch up with his vision. "For the longest time, we only had rum drinks," he said. But after the rum - and spiced rum - came rye, and whiskey produced in small batches as Yoakum and his colleagues at Cooper River Distillers experimented with flavors and recipes. Two years after Yoakum first opened his doors in the converted Fourth Street garage, he has hired three employees and the company has established itself as a favorite happy-hour spot for Camden's daytime workers.
March 11, 2016 |
Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful Embrace of the Serpent , one of the nominees for best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards, touches on many of the same themes that Terrence Malick (see the review of his Knight of Cups , Page 4) explored in his 2005 feature The New World . Malick's film was about the arrival of the British on the shores of 1600s Virginia, with John Smith's meeting the beautiful Pocahontas of the Powhatans and white men from Europe invading and corrupting the virgin Americas.
March 1, 2016
Joe Maiellano, 31, of Hawthorne, and Jack Hubbard, 31, of Alexandria, Va., are co-owners of the Homemade Gin Kit. The six-piece kit, which retails for $50, allows users to craft bathtub gin at home. The business, which was started in 2012, has sold more than 65,000 kits. I spoke to Maiellano, who's also a fund-raiser for Fox Chase Cancer Center. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: Jack and I were playing around and making gin in my kitchen. I was living in Arlington, Va., at the time, and we thought the gin was really good and began to discuss creating the same experience on a larger scale.
February 26, 2016
ISSUE | HISTORIC PRESERVATION Save the Old Covered Wagon Inn Bravo for running "Preservationists try to save landmark inn" as a front-page story (Feb. 16). In a toxic, throwaway society, voices of conservation should rightly be front page. Like so many old taverns, the Old Covered Wagon Inn in Strafford, Chester County, is a landmark, a milestone, a stopping place on the turnpike of our shared history. Inns served as meeting places for traders and travelers, post offices, polling places, and employment centers for immigrants.
February 4, 2016 |
Fans of the Duluth, Minn., trio Low squeezed in Monday night for a sold-out show at Johnny Brenda's, a date rescheduled due to Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit in September. It was a rare treat for those fortunate enough to secure tickets, perhaps the band's most intimate local show since they played at Silk City two decades ago. The band's music would have been an apt sound track for the throngs of faithful who flooded our town to see the pope. Guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer Mimi Parker, the married couple at Low's core, are Mormon, not Catholic, and their songs aren't conventional anthems of praise.