May 27, 2016
By Joe Queenan George Santayana was sitting in his stately, well-appointed Cambridge home when the housekeeper announced he had visitors. Seconds later, Mrs. Hudson ushered three oddly garbed men into the parlor, where he greeted them with sherry and cheroots. "We'll cut right to the chase, Mr. Santayana," the tallest of the three, one Jared Polanski, said. "We're visitors from the 21st century, and we've come back in time to ask you for a huge favor. " "So H.G. Wells was right about time travel?"
December 16, 2015 |
IF YOU ever want to dabble in time travel, try whispering two words to Philadelphia Eagles fans of a certain age: Andre Waters. Let it sink in for a moment, like a secret password, and watch the years disappear from their faces. Wistful smiles replace the usual heavy frowns. Waters was an underdog who had to fight and claw for his job - not the most naturally gifted guy on the field, but one of the toughest. He was, in other words, the embodiment of all the blue collar traits Philly sports fans always hope to see in a local athlete.
September 18, 2015 |
It's a chance to travel through time as it never was. The second Gilded Festival , a "time-traveling steampunk adventure" Saturday and Sunday will bring all things steampunk to the Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May. The retro-futuristic fair offers clothing, food, and music vendors and is presented by Storykeeper Events (the Philadelphia organization behind Dorian's Parlor, a series of monthly steampunk nights held at the Doubletree Hotel...
February 14, 2015 |
'Insanity," Albert Einstein famously said, is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. " By that definition, Dean (Josh McConville), the hapless hero of Australian time-travel romcom The Infinite Man , is bonkers, loco, loopy, barking mad. A brilliant, if absurdly obsessive scientist, Dean finds his noodle overheating when he falls head-over-heels for the girl of his dreams, Lana (Hannah Marshall). So he spends virtually every waking moment - and one imagines plenty of dream time - deploying his massive intellect to come up with ways to ensure Lana loves him back.
November 24, 2014 |
On page 266 of Kip Thorne's The Science of "Interstellar " - the companion book to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic about saving humankind by finding a new habitable planet - the Caltech theoretical physicist finally gets to the good stuff: time travel. "In 1987, triggered by Carl Sagan, I realized something amazing about wormholes," Thorne writes. "If wormholes are allowed by the laws of physics, then Einstein's relativistic laws permit transforming them into time machines. " Of course, Mr. Peabody, the talking dog from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show , already knew that.
October 8, 2014 |
THE CONVERSATION wouldn't end. That's what the 10-year-old next to me was thinking. The mission to the local 7-Eleven had been a success, the Slurpee procured, but this endless conversation with this older, friendly face - this had not been anticipated. "You know that report you just did on Wilt Chamberlain?" I asked the boy, finally. "Remember that radio broadcast you found?" The kid nodded. "This is Bill Campbell," I said. "He was the announcer on that broadcast. " There are memories of your children that you will take to the grave.
June 25, 2014 |
Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns is an odd choice for a revival. It's not particularly relevant, and its "work is for squares" credo held more weight back when the American Dream signified middle-class mass uniformity and there was enough of a middle class to include the masses. But, mostly due to its success as a 1965 film starring Jason Robards as Murray Burns, unemployed comic TV writer and default foster dad to nephew Nick, there's still an audience with a fondness for this sort-of romantic sort-of comedy.
March 7, 2014 |
THE BIG nonnews yesterday was about old DNA. Did it prove that Michael Jackson was the father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard or was it merely a website publicity stunt? Don't know. Don't care. But according to TMZ.com and Alki David and his company, FilmOn.com, there's a 99.9 percent chance (for those of you bad at math that's a very good chance) that Brandon is Michael's illegitimate son with singer Miki Howard . Brandon (a/k/a B. Howard), however, was not at the news conference and says he had nothing to do with it. Ho, Canada!
November 1, 2013 |
IN "ABOUT TIME," a young man finds he has the time-traveler's ability to revisit moments in his own life and to make improvements, if called for. And because he's a young man, his first order of business is picking up girls. Clumsy moments in key dates can be replayed and smoothed out, until every nuance and action is exactly to the woman's liking, and the man (Domhnall Gleeson), via trial and error, becomes irresistible. You may recognize this as a riff of sorts on "Groundhog Day," and "About Time" plays like a bland version of it, with perpetually genial Gleeson subbing for the arch Bill Murray.
April 1, 2013 |
Multitudes the Kimmel Center wanted, and multitudes it got. With its 100-foot time tunnel, a 20-minute commissioned piece of music theater in the lobby, and other lures, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on Thursday woke the Kimmel from its usual somnambulism. Opening night of the biennial festival, which runs through April 27, coincided with regular subscription concerts in the Kimmel's two bigger venues by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.