August 23, 2016 |
If Philadelphia experiences a small uptick in population in spring next year, celebrity lovebirds Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman won't be surprised. They'll just rest easy knowing that their "Summer of 69: No Apostrophe" tour worked as intended. "Nine months from now, I hope you'll send us pictures of all the show babies," Mullally, of Will & Grace fame, told a house packed with couples at the Merriam Theater on Saturday. Offerman, known best as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation , meanwhile, told the audience that they should "walk out of this theater ready to make love.
August 21, 2016
Around the world without a plane ticket. Thanks to web radio, the great festivals of the United States and Europe are available live and archived. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday concerts at Tanglewood are heard live on WGBH in Boston - www.wgbh.org . - including this Saturday's concert performance of Aida, Acts 1 and 2, starring Kristine Opolais. The February-through-April concerts from Boston's Symphony Hall are available for streaming on www.bso.org . The BBC Proms are archived on www.bbc.co.uk in concerts that range from straight classical to Gershwin.
August 21, 2016 |
S ARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Saratoga Performing Art Center's 50th anniversary has not bought the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer home any immunity from the elements amid the rugged beauty of Upstate New York. On Aug. 13, during torrential rains, some of the braver musicians showed up for the concert - only to find a man making his way around the parking lot under a large umbrella, exhorting everyone to stay in their cars for their own safety. Orchestra veterans knew to take that seriously.
August 20, 2016
Revealing debut Jessica Knoll's debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive , made waves when the Shipley School grad revealed she had based some of the book on her high school gang rape. While Knoll made it clear, in a piece for she wrote for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter newsletter, that Luckiest Girl Alive was not a memoir, her life experiences inspired what happens in her best-seller. "To all the TifAni FaNellis of the world," she wrote, referring to her main character, "I know. " Hopefully, that story didn't detract from how good the book actually is. This dark and twisty mystery is perfect for closing out your summer- reading season.
August 20, 2016
By Bill Sigmund and Frederic Bertley This summer, Pokémon Go wasn't the only thing engaging the minds and imaginations of youngsters across the Philadelphia region. Anyone within earshot of a local library would have encountered the joyful sounds of children having a raucous good time, all the while building essential educational skills. So what were they up to? For the 30th year, area students in grades two through six were participating in GSK Science in the Summer, a free education program that reaches more than 5,000 kids in our region.
August 19, 2016 |
It's easy to spot the splashier renovations to the Academy of Music from the past couple of decades - the meticulously restored ballroom, or the enormous crystal chandelier in the main auditorium that now closely resembles the original. Less obvious is some of the work being done this summer on the building, which has been, since 1857, the city's prime gathering place with a sense of occasion. In the past few weeks, during the brief window of time when the Academy wasn't hosting a graduation, Broadway show, or opera, the last of its 1960s-era HVAC units was replaced.
August 19, 2016
Jimmy Buffett. Johnny Depp. Nick Nolte. Me. Common denominator? Hawaiian shirts, and they're back in style. Wearing one is a statement. Now that they are "in," the joy-deprived haters must crawl back into their button-down or plaid tunnels. I feel vindicated. Proof they're back was provided July 10 when fashion columnist Elizabeth Wellington announced the return of the colorful shirts (as if they ever really went away). Today is the day to talk about this. It is Hawaiian Shirt Day, always the third Friday in August, marking the anniversary of when Hawaii added the 50th white star to Old Glory.
August 18, 2016
Makes 4 to 6 servings 1/2 cup good white wine 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup fruity olive oil Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon, divided use 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 1 bay leaf Several sprigs fresh thyme Several threads of saffron or dried calendula petals Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 2 to 3 small leeks, well washed and trimmed, halved if large, with enough root to hold it together as it cooks ...
August 16, 2016 |
Were you skeptical that crowdfunding would help small companies go public? So were we, but it's actually happening. Forthcoming IPOs include craft beer companies, a bionic pancreas, and a camp for girls. Roughly 75 small companies, some start-ups and some longtime small businesses, have filed with federal regulators to go public using crowdfunding "portals. " These stock and bond offerings are put out via the new financing portals, which are all electronic. The portals became legal as of May, but regulators stress that investing in start-ups is risky.
August 15, 2016 |
ST. MORTIZ, Switzerland - I was fortunate to grow up skiing the Alps when doing so didn't break the bank. In the 1980s, my family acquired a condominium in Switzerland's Upper Engadin valley, home of St. Moritz, the crown jewel of resorts. There, in 1864, enterprising hotelier Johannes Badrutt introduced skeptical Europeans to the radical concept of winter tourism. Which is how one can forget that St. Moritz originally attracted visitors as a summer resort with curative mineral springs.