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November 29, 1992 | By Kathi Kauffman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Starting in January, junior and senior high school students in the Upper Merion Area School District will again be working one-on-one with teachers to improve their writing. The Upper Merion school board voted Monday night to reinstate the district's theme readers program, which was cut in June to reduce this year's budget. Under the program, students in grades seven to 12 would write themes about once a week. The themes were read by part-time teachers who would sit down and discuss them with students, individually, about twice a semester.
NEWS
March 17, 2016
It's still early to say what blooms will be on display at the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, but tulips are a safe bet. The theme of the show is "Holland. " After this year's theme - a mind-bender for florists and landscapers trying to reconcile their national park-themed assignments with the tastes of visitors and potential customers - it may feel like a return to familiar ground. It should lend itself to relatable and colorful flower displays the way past themes such as Paris (2011)
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February 3, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
If we had a dollar for every time someone said, "Brilliant!" That was the word of the hour (and the day) Friday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Center City, where the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, producer of the Philadelphia Flower Show, officially introduced the 2013 theme. That's it - Brilliant! The theme represents a bit of a horticultural grab bag, designed to attract lovers of the old-fashioned English cottage gardens as well as more adventurous types, who prefer their designs contemporary, sleek, and minimalist.
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September 26, 1993 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAMP WRITER
Kittens and cats are the theme of the 53d annual Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition next weekend at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia. The U.S. Postal Service will help promote the show by issuing a 29-cent stamped envelope depicting kittens. First-day ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Several special pictorial cancellations will be available. The show is sponsored by the Associated Stamp Clubs of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Inc. (SEPAD)
SPORTS
May 22, 1997 | by Ted Taylor, For the Daily News
A subtle change in the way many hobby shows are being run has evolved the past nine months, and it is becoming clear show promoters are adapting to the changing interests of collectors and prospering. In recent months, we've seen examples of one new direction - the theme show - in which a certain sport, team or specific group of players is brought in as autograph guests and an event is structured around the theme. South Jersey promoter Brad Messenger brought in most of the 1980 Phillies recently.
NEWS
January 6, 2000 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
As Philadelphians looked towards the future with the arrival of the new century, the Jokers Fancy Brigade slipped back into time for the theme that earned them a first-place finish in the 2000 Mummers Parade. They found it in a book written in 1895 by the British writer considered to be the father of modern science fiction, H.G. Wells. Their theme was borrowed from one of Wells' most chilling fables, "The Island of Dr. Moreau. " "It was one of six themes submitted. Our costume committee knew we were onto something because the Doctor Moreau fable was so creative and so original," said Jokers Captain Fred Keller.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1995 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A strange and sad thing happened as Robert Maggio was finishing a composition that dealt with the idea of searching for one's roots: Maggio's grandfather, his most significant personal connection to his own roots, died. "It was striking," says Maggio, 31, who lives in South Philadelphia. "His name was Basilio Basili. He was born in Italy, and came over in his 20s. I was in the process of exploring my roots with this piece, and his dying - that really just added another layer of meaning.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1997 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A saint who yields to temptation, a sinner purified by love, a fundamentalist gone mental and a con man who markets miracles tangle in Touch, Paul Schrader's so-so adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel about the varieties of religious experience. Skeet Ulrich is charismatic as Juvenal, a reluctant saint who heals the sick. Bridget Fonda likewise is lovely as Lynn, the babe he spiritually renews. But their shy and quiet characterizations are on an entirely different plane - make that a different planet - from the broad caricatures supplied by Tom Arnold as upright, uptight fundamentalist August Murray and Christopher Walken as loosey-goosey con man Bill Hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2011
Presented by Simpatico Theatre Project through Oct. 23 at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio, Ninth and Walnut Streets. Tickets: $8-$17.50. www.simpaticotheatre.org .
NEWS
May 1, 2011
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. - The National Park Service has set up a panel to devise an interpretive theme for the Flight 93 National Memorial. United Airlines Flight 93, one of the four jets hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, crashed here, killing the 44 people on board. The panel includes scholars, residents, and relatives of the victims, said Keith Newlin, Park Service supervisor for Western Pennsylvania. The service's website says thematic frameworks are necessary, in part, "in enhancing park interpretive programs to provide a fuller understanding of the nation's past.
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July 24, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, Staff Writer
EVERYONE'S favorite pachyderm statue has a big birthday coming up - on Saturday, Margate's Lucy the Elephant will be celebrating her 135th year as a Jersey Shore landmark. Pandering to election-season zeitgeist, the bash will have a political theme: "Lucy for President. " Her platform? Peanuts for all, of course. From a photo booth designed to resemble a voting machine to an election campaign T-shirt that pits Lucy against Donald and Hillary to a patriotic pedicure - last week, Lucy's toes were painted red, white, and blue - the team that operates the tourist attraction is going all-out.
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July 24, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, Staff Writer
Everyone's favorite pachyderm statue has a big birthday coming up - on Saturday, Margate's Lucy the Elephant will be celebrating her 135th year as a Jersey Shore landmark. Pandering to election-season zeitgeist, the bash will have a political theme: "Lucy for President. " Her platform? Peanuts for all, of course. From a photo booth designed to resemble a voting machine to an election campaign T-shirt that pits Lucy against Donald and Hillary to a patriotic pedicure - last week, Lucy's toes were painted red, white, and blue - the team that operates the tourist attraction is going all-out.
NEWS
July 19, 2016
Yo, check this out: Monday's Republican National Convention theme is "Make America Safe Again. " The question on a whole lot of minds right now, mine included, is safe for whom? And also from whom ? In light of all that's been going on nationwide with back-to-back fatal police shootings as well as the tragic killings of eight police officers and the wounding of others in Dallas and Baton Rouge, people really want to know. I know, I for one, am extremely curious. Does the RNC mean make America safe again from the kinds of things Black Lives Matter activists have been complaining about or is the theme aimed at the demonstrators themselves?
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
Freekbass was jogging on a treadmill at the gym when Shirley Bassey's "Diamonds Are Forever" looped through his Pandora radio station. As that velvet melody pumped in his ears, the funk bassist from Cincinnati thought about how much he'd like to perform some of the iconic hits from James Bond films. And then he thought, why not? As he hopped off the machine 20 minutes later, he dialed Jennifer Hartswick, a trumpet player with a voice that booms like her instrument. Hartswick, who has played in Trey Anastasio's band, watched all the Bond films as a child because her older brother thought they were cool.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
There are entire horror movies that aren't as unnerving as the opening credits to John Carpenter's Halloween . What's so eerie, and sets the tone for a film that has become a revered horror classic and spawned too many better-left-unmentioned sequels, isn't the slow zoom into the firelit face of a menacingly grinning jack-o'-lantern. It's the insistent, jittery score, a simple piano melody repeating over a menacing drone. Like the film itself, that memorable music is the work of John Carpenter, who composed the scores for many of his own films.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
In the big classical concert of the summer, Stravinsky's score to The Firebird unfurls its familiar dark Russian mysticism with glints of impressionism at the Mann next month. But the production will also send out some unexpected cultural signals. The full Firebird will be performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, but the story playing out on stage will reflect something of the national experience of its creative directors - from South Africa. Dubbed Firebird: Reimagined , the piece receives its live-orchestra world premiere at the Mann on July 20, after a recorded-music run in South Africa.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, Classical Music Critic
Three new works, a hot young Slovenian violinist, plus Mozart's Symphony No. 35 could have, would have, and should have added up to an impressive season finale for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on Sunday at the Kimmel Center. But they didn't quite. This is the year music director Dirk Brossé emerged from the more constricted repertoire of past administrations. But the new-music programming, however attractive, didn't come close to holding its own alongside the established works.
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May 18, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Three new works, a hot young Slovenian violinist, plus Mozart's Symphony No. 35 could have, would have, and should have added up to an impressive season finale for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Sunday at the Kimmel Center. But they didn't quite. This is the year music director Dirk Brossé emerged from the more constricted repertoire of past administrations. But the new-music programming, however attractive, didn't come close to holding its own alongside the established works.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2016
A couple of upcoming StartUp Story Slams, and the themes for each: May 5: HeadRoom, which operates coworking sites in Media and Wayne, is sponsoring the next StartUp Story Slam as part of Delaware County's celebration of Philly Tech Week. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delaware County Bar Association, 335 W. Front St., Media. Theme: How disruption changed your life. For tickets and registration, go to http://bit.ly/1Nxm7Eq May 10: Benjamin's Desk, 1701 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 17, 2016
It's still early to say what blooms will be on display at the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, but tulips are a safe bet. The theme of the show is "Holland. " After this year's theme - a mind-bender for florists and landscapers trying to reconcile their national park-themed assignments with the tastes of visitors and potential customers - it may feel like a return to familiar ground. It should lend itself to relatable and colorful flower displays the way past themes such as Paris (2011)
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