October 16, 2012 |
AMONG THOSE who will miss Arlen Specter are his comedy buddies. The former longtime U.S. senator, who died of cancer Sunday at 82, released a statement while hospitalized recently that he looked forward to getting back on the stand-up comedy stage. He was booked to perform Nov. 16 at the Media Theatre with 94 WIP's Big Daddy Graham and Joe Conklin . Graham recalls the first time he worked with Specter at the Phoenixville Theater a couple of years back. "I had never met him, but had interviewed him a lot on the air. I was sitting in the green room waiting to go on," Graham said.
October 15, 2012
ROCKIN' GOOD DEED Veteran local bass player Paul Kurrey is battling throat cancer - without health insurance. The music community is rallying for a benefit from 4 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Monday at the Legendary Dobbs, 304 South St. Among those making the scene will be the Peace Creeps, the Last Minute Jam Band and the Nick Clemons Band. Plus a screening of the Dobbs documentary, "Meet Me on South Street. " Tickets are $20, $30 and $35. dobbsphilly.com. CURTIS AT KIMMEL Monday at 8 p.m., renowned Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at the Kimmel Center, performing Strauss' Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life")
April 25, 2012 |
More members of the Kardashian Horde have exited the nest to begin feasting on the culture. USA Today says Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner's youngest daughters, Kendall, 16, and Kylie, 14, are joining Kim, Kris, and Khloé's deadly takeover of the kollective konsciousness. The teens have landed jobs as, um, journalists. They've been named West Coast fashion contributors to Seventeen mag. "Kendall & Kylie's Fashion Journal" debuts in the June/July issue and features the latest fashion and beauty tips, the mag says.
February 12, 2012 |
Mother Mary tells me on the phone that they're building giant red condominiums across the street from her house. "Really?" I ask her, confused. Her street is a small, quiet backstreet, the last of its kind in South Beach. "Yes," she answers. "I can see it outside the window. New red condos. They're ugly. " "But there's houses there. What about the houses? Did they tear them down?" "I don't see them. " This makes no sense. "And the condos are red?" "Bright red. " I don't like the sound of this, and suddenly I lose my sense of humor.
December 9, 2011
Albert N. Ruggieri, 84, of Media, a retired contractor who specialized in interior finishing work for homes and offices, died of throat cancer at home on Monday, Dec. 5. Born in Overbrook, Mr. Ruggieri attended Overbrook High School, but not long enough to graduate. Instead, he inflated his age by a year and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 16, said his son David. During World War II, Mr. Ruggieri served in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946, working as a soundman aboard the destroyer USS Ault.
July 17, 2011 |
It's my birthday, and I'm spending it with Mother Mary, which I know is a gift. But unfortunately, you can't return it. Just kidding. I've said that aging isn't for the faint-hearted, but I was talking about turning 55. Now that I'm 56, I realize how right I was. Older and wiser, that's me. And living with Mother Mary, who's 87, I'm beginning to see what strength is all about. No kidding. Strength is trying to walk forward when you can barely see. Strength is trying to change a channel when you can't find a button on the remote.
April 14, 2011 |
We do so like to make light of just about every piece of detritus that floats around in the galaxy where Hollywood stars like Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan live, it seems, to do the kind of high jinks that keep us feeling blessed. It is so much more entertaining than acknowledging that celebrities might face the same challenges as do we mere lowly paid humans. Then comes the news that actress Catherine Zeta-Jones recently was treated for bipolar disorder after helping her husband, Michael Douglas , survive a bout last year with advanced throat cancer.
January 11, 2011 |
In his first TV chat since being treated for throat cancer, Michael Douglas says he's "relieved" that the tumor that plagued him for months has disappeared. "I feel good, relieved. The tumor is gone," Douglas tells Matt Lauer in a chat set to air Tuesday on Today . "But, you know, I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain. I guess there's not a total euphoria. " Catherine Zeta-Jones ' hub adds, "It's been a wild six-month ride. " Douglas' treatment hasn't all been fun and games: There are side effects.
December 12, 2010 |
I have a scientific theory that the bonds that tie mothers and daughters are love and worry, like the two strands in the double helix of some very twisty DNA. In other words, if I love you, I worry about you. And vice versa. Let me explain. The moment Daughter Francesca was born, I started to love her and worry about her. And my worry, like my love, had no bounds. I worried if she was sleeping too much. I worried if she was sleeping too little. Same with crying, nursing, and pooping.
October 26, 2010 |
Normally, we here at SideShow write about celebrity news, not about news about celebrity news - least of all, something from academe. But we are nothing if not open-minded and curious, so let us note a new study by coauthors Amanda Hinnant of the University of Missouri and the University of Tennessee's Elizabeth Hendrickson (we know you two just did this study to get your names in boldface), which found that celebrity journalism might be an undersung communication channel for spreading health information.