June 6, 2013 |
THE SETTING was minicamp, meaning short pants and no contact, but on the sweep to the right early in yesterday's workout, the Eagles' offensive line looked huge, swift and powerful. This was rarely said in 2012, especially after Jason Kelce (knee) and Todd Herremans (foot and ankle) joined Jason Peters (Achilles') on the sideline. The Birds allowed 48 sacks. Down the stretch, their best offensive lineman might have been a journeyman guard named Jake Scott, who hadn't practiced a down of football in 2012 before signing with the Birds on Nov. 12. Scott was tossed back into free agency when the season ended.
May 30, 2013 |
How many ways can savagery be celebrated? The Rite of Spring debuted 100 years ago on May 29 - a day when music changed the world with its portrayal of human sacrifice in pagan Russia, heard in endless configurations, and in equal parts fascinating, exasperating, and exhilarating. So ubiquitous has the Stravinsky piece been since its stormy 1913 Paris premiere that it's hard to imagine how the centenary might be different from any other year. Yet it is. In only a handful of classical works do so many instruments proceed in seemingly unrelated motion and play by no known rules.
May 26, 2013 |
DUCK, N.C. - My family and I felt right at home from the minute we arrived at this seaside town near the northern end of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Two of the first people we met were a mother from Warminster and her grown daughter from Levittown, shopping in a Rite-Aid for items we each had neglected to pack. At a seafood restaurant, a young family at the next table turned out to be from Levittown - the father's Phillies cap was a conversation-starter. And when we tried to phone in an order for barbecue, I accidentally dialed the restaurant's sister eatery - in New Britain, Central Bucks County.
May 25, 2013 |
In two days, Philly has seen the openings of two musicals about angsty, horny teenagers of yore, but there's a world of difference between them. Walnut Street Theatre presents an upbeat Grease , but Theatre Horizon gets a lot closer to the blackboard jungle with Spring Awakening . Here, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's celebrated adaptation of Frank Wedekind's oft-banned 1891 drama becomes an intimate hothouse for the blossoming of young lust....
May 22, 2013 |
One in an occasional series about the regional effects of climate change and how we're coping. On May 2, 1908, as he strolled along the Perkiomen Creek in Montgomery County, Bayard Long collected a flowering sprig of redbud. He mounted it, labeled it, and added it to the herbarium at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where he was the curator. A century later, but just miles away in Chester County, botany graduate student Zoe Panchen also found a redbud in flower. But this time, the short-lived blooms had appeared much earlier.
May 17, 2013 |
THE RESTAURANTS and merchants of Rittenhouse Row are gathering again on Walnut Street this Saturday, and that means about 50,000 area residents and guests will be joining them for one of Center City's largest street fairs. The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will close Walnut from Broad to 19th streets (from noon until 5 p.m.) and feature food, fashion, entertainment and fun for children. It's big. It's crowded. It's fun. And this year there's a lot of new stuff. * Dunkin' Donuts will be giving out free iced coffee on the 1400 block of Walnut.
May 17, 2013 |
To me, May will always be goat cheese weather. Walk into any cheese shop, and it's a petting zoo of pretty goodies: goat cheeses wrapped in leaves, rolled in flowers, molded into balls and bells. It's worth a stroll through Reading Terminal Market or your favorite cheese shop just to check out the Loire Valley bling - the most-prized French goat cheeses appear in spring, just after new pastures have been grazed. One of the best ways to celebrate this bounty is to assemble a seasonal goat cheese board.
May 10, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I have a friend who I believe is having an affair. I have no concrete evidence, only a slew of circumstantial evidence such as odd work hours, blocks of mystery time set aside at night in his cellphone's day planner, and evading questions about texts from females. I have no idea how to approach him, or if I even should. What makes me uneasy is that it's all based on my hunch. I'm usually pretty good with my hunches, though. Any words of wisdom would be welcome.
May 5, 2013 |
It has been a roller-coaster week for Methacton's baseball team. The Warriors opened a key three-game Pioneer Athletic Conference stretch with a win over Division I-bound righthander A.J. Bogucki and Boyertown. Then, in a big letdown, they fell to Perkiomen Valley. Friday afternoon in Worcester, scoring three runs in each of their last two at-bats, catcher Clayton Harwick and company closed with an 11-7 triumph over fellow title contender Spring-Ford. "It's been pretty wild this season," Harwick said.
May 5, 2013 |
DAVID PERRI became streets commissioner on Monday. By yesterday he'd gotten the Junk Cars guys to remove their junky signs. Well, that was quick. Only the day before, the Junk Cars guys - they say their names are Joe and John - had no intention of removing their 8-by-11 posters, which offer $200-$450 for beaters. "We know they're illegal, but we need to make a living," said Joe. I'd called him at 215-278-1161 to ask why he'd papered Fairmount and the Lower Northeast with the forbidden signs.