March 28, 2015 |
Every spring, Philadelphia's cherry blossom trees begin their elegant, temporal bloom. And every spring, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating all aspects of Japanese culture. The festival takes place April 6 to 12, but officially kicks off with Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe performances, starting Saturday at the Painted Bride Art Center. Many people know about the fest: its observance of ohanami - the picnics beneath the blossoming trees - and events featuring traditional drum ensembles, culinary delights, and decorative celebrations.
March 27, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After five Grapefruit League starts for Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the once-high expectations for him are continuing to diminish. On pace for just one more outing before the Phillies head north, the Cuban righthander has yet to pitch into the fifth inning. Opponents are hitting .385 against him. He has surrendered 12 earned runs and a major-league-worst 25 hits over 141/3 innings. The five home runs he has allowed tie him for the most in baseball this spring. Gonzalez, competing for the fifth spot in the Phillies starting rotation, threw about 75 pitches Wednesday in the team's 7-1 loss to the Houston Astros.
March 27, 2015 |
Most cultures have traditions and rituals that herald spring. Who isn't grateful for signs leading toward a season of abundance and growth after the scarcity of winter? Many of these traditions feature eggs, from traditional Easter egg hunts, to the Cimburijada festival of scrambled eggs in Zenica, Bosnia - where 1,500 eggs will be cooked for the town to share the official moment spring begins - to Egypt's Sham El-Nissim holiday, celebrated back to the time of the pharaohs with spring onions and colored eggs.
March 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A spring training experiment is starting to look more and more like the Phillies' opening-day outfield alignment. Each day that manager Ryne Sandberg uses his new-look outfield increases the chances that it will appear that way April 6 against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Odubel Herrera and Ben Revere spent the last four games in center field and left field, respectively. Only eight games remain on the team's Grapefruit League schedule. "I'll continue to look at different options and different things," Sandberg said.
March 25, 2015 |
Gov. Christie may not make an announcement on running for president until early summer, he said Monday on a radio show, during which he also forecast a tough solution for reviving Atlantic City. Christie said on NJ101.5's Ask the Governor that he would announce whether he would run by "late spring or early summer. " Earlier Monday, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he would run in 2016, becoming the first major candidate to officially enter the race. Christie said it was "very early" in the race, and dismissed any notion that he would have trouble netting commitments from donors if he waited to declare his intentions.
March 24, 2015 |
FT. MYERS, Fla. - The bullpen door swung open, allowing Kevin Slowey to jog to the mound from right field and start the bottom of the eighth inning of a 7-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The relief pitcher stopped his trot at the infield dirt. Slowey walked the rest of the way. It was his fifth appearance of spring, four of which have been scoreless. His role with the Phillies remains undefined. Manager Ryne Sandberg said Slowey is versatile. He has been both a starter and a reliever in his seven major-league seasons.
March 23, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chase Utley played four innings at second base on Saturday, marking the first time this spring that he has played in the field. Utley did not see a lot of action, but he said it went well. Utley will not travel with the team Sunday to play Boston in Fort Myers. Utley's schedule for the rest of the spring is to be determined. "I would imagine that I progress with more innings," Utley said. "I don't necessarily see playing every day from here on out. I'll just take baby steps.
March 23, 2015 |
SPRING'S STAGE schedule is a typical cup-runneth-over affair, mixing the classic and the brand new (and new twists on standards), comedies and dramas, musicals and scripts without scores. On the nonmusical front, we're excited about "To the Moon," a new piece from local comedy doyenne Jen Childs (and starring her gifted hubby, Scott Greer) that riffs on Jackie Gleason's 1950s sitcom "The Honeymooners. " Dramatically speaking, South Philly's Theatre Exile takes on Edward Albee's intense "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," and Wilma Theater puts its audacious spin on Shakespeare's "Hamlet.
March 23, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first line on the lineup card posted in the Phillies clubhouse on Saturday morning read, "Revere 7. " Ben Revere, the team's everyday centerfielder the last two years, was being moved to left field for the first time in three seasons. The 26-year-old stayed back from the team's road trip on Friday to practice catching fly balls in the new position. He learned earlier in the morning he would play left and Odubel Herrera would play center Saturday against Toronto.
March 23, 2015 |
EACH DAY brings news of startling gains in artificial intelligence, which in turn inspires movies about these advances. All of which raises the fervent hope that soon, very soon, movie previews will write themselves. This is nearly true already, since virtually every movie season features an Avenger, a Kevin Hart film and more A.I. sci-fi. That's certainly true of spring 2015. Here are the highlights of releases scheduled between now and Memorial Day: GET HARD , March 27. Crooked financier Will Ferrell gets sentenced to jail and hires Kevin Hart to toughen him up, unaware that his new personal prison trainer actually knows nothing about life behind bars.