September 8, 1997 |
After seven extraordinary days, Britons awoke yesterday with an emotional hangover. For a whole week, a nation famous for its stiff upper lip had wallowed in grief at Princess Diana's death. Men had wept openly in public. Total strangers had hugged each other in sympathy. Flowers were everywhere. If people had any tears left to shed, they shed them on Saturday watching Diana's ex-husband and her two brave sons attend a funeral of pomp, pop and bitter recrimination. In the evening, streets remained unnaturally quiet as many people stayed at home to light candles in Diana's memory.
October 14, 1990 |
It is eleven o'clock on a Wednesday night and, well, there must be some mistake. The television screen is filled with a montage of classical statues of naked bodies, lit in pink and green. Each figure is being caressed by multiple sets of hands. And the sound is that of panting and grunting, muttering voices and then a crescendo of husky, breathless whispers. Finally, the audiovisual pyrotechnics come to an end, and there, in a dimly lit studio, are eight men and women on a long, semi-circular couch.
November 14, 1990 |
You have to wonder what image the mayor is going for. Is it Fu Manchu, Salvador Dali, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X or Emiliano Zapata? It's hard to figure because Mayor Goode's budding bristle above the lip, first spotted by reporters last week, is only 10 days old. The way it curls down around the sides of the mouth indicates perhaps the mien of that Asian mean guy Fu. On the other hand, if allowed to grow, it could be curled up, Dali-style (also favored by the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot)
May 23, 1997 |
Say what you will about Kathie Lee Gifford, beleaguered talk-show hostess, Princess of Perk, and, for at least another 14 minutes, this country's most famous victim of infidelity: she comes through for her family. Last night Gifford's father, Aaron Leon Epstein, won an award from The American College in Bryn Mawr, from which he earned two degrees in underwriting and financial consulting. It was, as luck, or fate, or tabloid dreams would have it, the first-ever Family Values Award: given, college president and CEO Samuel H. Weese explained, to a graduate who "recognizes the value of the family and the interrelationship between life insurance and family values.
January 29, 1991 |
The Americans are not coming, and the British are not happy. The British - by reputation, steadfast practitioners of the stiff upper lip - say war has proven that Americans are a bunch of "wimps. " Since the start of the Persian Gulf war, American business travelers and tourists, worried about the threat of terrorism, have been staying away from Britain and the rest of Europe in droves. Bookings are said to be down 50 percent. In London, the news media are filled with reports about the most visible aspect of this phenomenon: American celebrities canceling appearances here rather than risk taking a transatlantic flight.
July 11, 1991 |
This production by an independent "collaborative" headed by composer- pianist Michael James Ogborn is the first presentation in an occasional program of "hosting" projected by the Wilma Theater "to give greater opportunities to local playwrights, directors and actors. " In addition to making its facilities available to Ogborn and his associates, the Wilma evidently is providing a package of essential support services. Whatever the future holds for so community-minded a policy, the Wilma has extended its largess to an act that may be hard to follow in terms of spirit, passion and professional savvy.
August 7, 2010
Music Keane. Is this piano-pounding British outfit a less-cloying Coldplay? Ben Folds Five with a stiff upper lip? U2 without the emotional baggage and the tour trucks to carry it? All three? Could be: The Sussex, England, band, with vocalist Tom Chaplin, pianist Tim Rice-Oxley, and drummer Richard Hughes, started life as a cover band. Their brand of cool pop benefits from all the unholy influences listed above. While 2008's loud, guitar-filled Perfect Symmetry opened the doors to raving and rage, this year's Night Train brought Keane to a collaboration with Somali emcee K'Naan and the bracing snort of cold funk.
August 20, 2009 |
If former state Sen. Vince Fumo's life were a book, last night would make sure you kept turning the pages. Heading off to federal prison in 12 days, Fumo threw a party at Popi's, in South Philly, to celebrate his engagement to Carolyn Zinni. "We're turning a page in the book and starting a new chapter," said Fumo, flanked by the woman who stood by him through an arduous corruption trial and conviction on 137 counts. "What I have ahead of me doesn't make me happy. " Fumo and Zinni laughed off a question about whether the party could become a surprise wedding ceremony.
May 12, 1993 |
Charles Bagley - cleared Monday of the whirlpool-tub death of his wife - said he had not begun to grieve and may not for some time. More likely, he said yesterday, his grieving will begin when he gathers up his two children who are living in Britain and they return to Wayne, where they will erect a permanent headstone at the grave site of his wife, Yvonne, in the cemetery at St. Davids Episcopal Church in Wayne. "I've had to put my grieving on hold for four years now," said Bagley, who was acquitted Monday by a Delaware County judge in the 1989 death of his wife.
January 30, 1991 |
TO BE OR WHAT TO BE With all this talk about Mel Gibson's "Hamlet," a poll was in order to see if any other of Hollywood's hot guys is thinking about tackling the Bard. "I've never had the nerve to attempt 'Hamlet,' but I'd love to do Caligula," quipped the hunky Patrick Swayze. "I'd like to play King Henry," was Ed Asner's reply. "If I was alive at 85 and I was able to do King Lear, it would be great," said Gabriel Byrne. While Matthew Modine thought he'd make a perfect Puck, not everybody was game to attempt a shot at Shakespeare.