May 15, 2013 |
Revel's exit strategy from Chapter 11 bankruptcy was approved by a judge Monday, clearing the way for the lavish but financially troubled casino to restructure its finances and pump resources into better marketing and new amenities in time for the busy summer. "I can conclude that withstanding the challenges that await the debtor - including difficult competing circumstances of the industry and Atlantic City as well - a reasonable prospect of success has been shown on this record," Judge Judith Wizmur said in approving the plan.
May 10, 2013 |
Festivals, concerts, movie screenings and more will be plentiful and better coordinated on both sides of the Delaware River this summer, officials said yesterday. One sign of cooperation: Camden's Adventure Aquarium is springing for the America's Birthday weekend fireworks that go along with the Wawa Taste of Philadelphia Concert (July 6). And no Philly complaints that Cirque du Soleil will set up its tents on the Jersey side (adjacent to the Susquehanna Bank Center) for the first time, for the premiere run of "Totem" May 30-June 23. The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing is mostly about freebie fun this year - including this weekend's Art Star Craft Bazaar, the 10-event strong Peco Multicultural Series on Saturdays and Sundays through August, and "Screenings Under the Stars" series of recent hit flicks on Thursdays in July and August (including "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook")
May 2, 2013
These inexpensive gadgets will help you maximize summer fitness goals. They travel easily, too. 1. ePulse2 The first strapless, continuous heart-rate monitor, pedometer and calorimeter. No more chest strap, no more complicated watch, no more periodic heart-rate measurements. Strap this baby on your arm and watch it go to work. Three for one, under $100. 2. WEIGHTED JUMP ROPE Takes personal fitness into the stratosphere - if you are up for a challenge. Torches calories, significantly increases strength and improves coordination, agility and endurance.
April 29, 2013 |
Contrary to the Mayan calendar, which had Dec. 21, 2012, penciled in as the day everything was to go ka-boom, we're all still all here. But at the movies, the apocalypse is now. Take a look through the films premiering between next weekend - when Iron Man 3 explodes on a zillion screens, kick-starting Hollywood's summer season - and Labor Day weekend. Doom and gloom are everywhere, from global holocaust to alien invasions to putting Jay Gatsby and Jay-Z in the same movie.
April 28, 2013 |
So enough already with superheroes and $150 million-plus sequels, the apocalypses, buddy pics, and blowing stuff up. Here's a run through some of the summer's less-explosive, less-star-studded, less-mega-budgeted fare, which doesn't mean these films are in any way less worthy. (Dates may change.) In the black-and-white indie Frances Ha (May 24), Noah Baumbach steers his muse (and girlfriend) Greta Gerwig through a wistful Gen-Y study of friendship, loneliness, and spur-of-the-moment trips to Paris.
April 26, 2013
THERE ARE ONCE again so many numbers on the summer-movie calender, it's starting to look like a math test. Question one: What do you get if you divide "Fast & Furious 6" by "Hangover 3?" Two furious hangovers? The number two is surely a theme: "Red 2," "Smurfs 2," Despicable Me 2," "Kick-Ass 2," the second JJ Abrams "Star Trek," the second Hugh Jackman "Wolverine," a second "Monsters Inc.," a second "300," a second "Percy Jackson. " There are two comedies about the end of the world - "The World's End" and "This is the End," and one of the two comedies about the end of the world is one of four movies with two directors - also "Girl Most Likely," "Lovelace" and "Way Way Back.
April 23, 2013 |
A Delaware County man, who formerly taught at the Episcopal Academy for 20 years, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting four children at a Massachusetts summer camp 30 years ago. Richard P. Smith, 65, of Media, was charged with rape of a child, indecent assault and battery and other related crimes. He was arraigned and held on $10,000 bail, according to the Barnstable County District Attorney's office. In 1981, Smith was a counselor at Camp Good News in Sandwich when the assaults took place.
April 15, 2013 |
Cartoons, sports, video games, Jerry Garcia, the Great American Songbook: Orchestra season at the Mann Center continues to track ever more toward pop culture. This summer's orchestra roster of artists and repertoire being imported by the Fairmount Park presenter aims to bring new listeners to classical music by way of just about anything else. "It is a tactical approach to building audiences," said Mann president and CEO Catherine M. Cahill. "We believe if we can get families into the Mann to experience what we have, it will get people to consider coming back and trying something else.
March 21, 2013 |
The Benjamin Franklin Museum may reopen this summer after all. Until Wednesday morning, it looked as if the Old City museum, which is undergoing a $23.1 million modernization, would not have enough staff to open because of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester. But on Wednesday afternoon, officials of Independence National Historical Park, of which the museum is part, announced that a regional office of the National Park Service had permitted the park to hire enough seasonal workers to reopen the museum.
March 19, 2013
A LEJANDRO Gac-Artigas, 24, of Center City, wants to eradicate the literacy gap among Philly's schoolchildren. Two years ago, the Harvard grad and then-first-grade teacher at Pan American Academy Charter School founded the nonprofit Springboard Collaborative to run a summer-reading program. This summer, Springboard expects to have 960 students in the program. Q: What's your background? A: From 2009 to 2011, I taught 34 students literacy and social studies. I also got a master's degree at night from the School of Graduate Education at Penn and I was tapped for Wharton's Venture Initiation Program.