August 28, 2014 |
RICHARD WATSON still remembers the moment he woke up. It was Aug. 28, 1964 - a Friday night wrapped in a humid layer of late-summer heat. Watson, 18 and a budding art student, could have been out on what folks called "Jump Street" or "The Ave," a thriving commercial strip of Columbia Avenue in the heart of North Philly where weekend crowds scurried between movies at the Rex or the Liberty and a neon string of pool halls and taverns. But as midnight approached, Watson was simply trying to get some sleep, a couple of blocks away from the strip in his family's apartment at 22nd and Master.
August 26, 2014 |
THE NEXT year of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac won't come around until 2024, but a group of kids from Taney Youth Baseball who gave a weary city hope have made this the summer of the Dragons in Philadelphia. Hundreds of people who learned to believe in dragons this year packed LOVE Park yesterday to welcome the players and their coaches back to home plate after their run in the Little League World Series. "We haven't been home in a long time," coach Alex Rice told the crowd.
August 25, 2014 |
This summer feels eerily familiar. Maybe it's the juxtaposition of all those emotional images from Ferguson and Williamsport, the smoky chaos of racial unrest countered by the wide-eyed optimism of Little Leaguers. That jumble of riots, race, and baseball, of frustration and hope, of dreams born and buried recalls, for me at least, perhaps the most indelible summer in Philadelphia's long history. Fifty years ago this month, on Aug. 31, 1964, civic leaders gathered in Mayor James H.J. Tate's City Hall office to talk about a baseball game.
August 24, 2014 |
No need to fret that the summer beach season at the New Jersey Shore is coming to an end. There's still plenty to do along the coastline. From Long Beach Island to Cape May, a variety of events and happenings - dozens of festivals, historical-home tours, cultural functions, and special entertainment options - can have visitors enjoying the Shore well beyond Labor Day weekend and all the way through New Year's Eve. There's good old-fashioned fun...
August 22, 2014 |
Michelle & Zac: Splitsville Um, well, they seemed to be going out . . . maybe it was just a spit-swappin' summer fling. Whatever it was or wasn't, the much-Instagrammed affectionfest between Michelle Rodriguez (of the Fast and Furious flicks) and Zac Efron , of Neighbors and every girl's dreams, this liaison so prominent in the tongue-wagging pages, is over. An Anonymous Insider somewhat acidly tells People that the break was "very mutual. " Michelle had been linked with model Cara Delevingne , and Zac had split atomically up with Vanessa Hudgens in 2010.
August 22, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State's fall semester commences Monday, officially marking the culmination of a memorable summer for the Nittany Lions' top men's basketball player. D.J. Newbill, the combo guard from North Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion High, garnered opportunities this summer reserved for only the upper echelon of high school and collegiate players. They came in the span of a few weeks from late June to mid-July, and resulted in the chance to compete against the reigning NBA MVP and briefly as a teammate of the best player on the planet.
August 19, 2014 |
THE 'SEINFELD' fans among us no doubt remember the episode in which George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) declared the "Summer of George. " Well, it may be accurate to proclaim this the "Summer of Guy. " Last month, Guy Fieri, the tatted-up, spike-haired star of Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" opened Guy Fieri's Chophouse at Bally's Atlantic City. Last night, he saw the second-season debut of "Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off," a competition series he co-hosts with another TV-foodie titan (and his close pal)
August 13, 2014 |
Instead of wasting their summers, say, playing video games, 11 area teens spent it learning how to make video games. The games were entirely original. One was even unique to Philadelphia. Running For Office stars Mayor Nutter, in a business suit, running through the city's streets jumping over attacking black cats while trying to avoid a green dinosaur right on his heels. The game was one of two created with the help of PHL Collective, a local independent game company, in an unusual summer partnership.
August 11, 2014 |
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Though well past the shelf life of the greatest Broadway dancers, Chita Rivera, 81, is now playing a one-legged woman - but not because she has to. The minute she takes her curtain call after The Visit at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the walking stick is gone, her step has bounce, and her presence has fire - all unneeded for her icy assignment in this deliciously nasty John Kander/Fred Ebb musical, based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's...
August 10, 2014 |
In this grim summer for the Philadelphia School District, there are a very few bright spots. On Friday, in a backyard in West Philadelphia, one shone brightly. Twenty-five School District students, all recent immigrants from African countries, stood in the sun, celebrating their shoring up math concepts, working on science projects, and practicing their English. Assetou Keita, 20, a student at Benjamin Franklin High, said she came to the United States nearly three years ago speaking no English.