December 26, 1987 |
To him, Christmas was a day of "unrequited love. " To her, it was a nightmare. He punched her in the face, and held her at gunpoint for 4 1/2 hours. To the police, Christmas was a day of peacemaking - talking the armed man into giving up his hostage. The abduction ended yesterday for Linda Graves, 24, when Detective Thomas Augustine talked Thurman Frazier, 30, into laying down his gun and releasing his ex-girlfriend, police said. Northwest Detective Dave Kaiser said Graves, of East Dorset Street near Stenton Avenue, was walking down Smedley Street near Chelten Avenue yesterday when she was allegedly abducted at gunpoint by Frazier, who lives around the corner from her, on Stenton near Dorset.
May 18, 1998 |
Ever wonder how Frank Sinatra got the nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes"? You can find the answer right here in Philadelphia, and it's easier than you'd think. Just turn east off Broad Street, onto Passyunk, and start looking for a parking spot when you see the black-and-white glossies of the "From Here to Eternity"-era Frank in the window of Frank Marcantonio's old-style barber shop. Follow the aroma of oven-fresh pizza to Marra's, drop a dollar, or five, into the jukebox, slip into a dark, wooden booth and order a half-carafe of red. If you're lucky, Connie Patrone will be your waitress, and she'll tell you the whole story about Frank and his fabled nickname.
July 29, 1986 |
Unrequited love drove a concert-goer to stab himself nine times as teen- agers cheered him on at a gloom-and-doom rock concert by the British band The Cure, police said. Jonathan Moreland, 38, was listed in good condition at UCLA Medical Center yesterday, the day after he stripped off his shirt, stood up on a chair and drove a hunting knife into his bare, tattooed chest before a crowd of teens dressed in black with their faces painted white. "As the crowd cheered louder, he said that he gained more energy, allowing him to shove the knife blade deeper and deeper," said Inglewood Police Sgt. Normand Brewer.
December 13, 2011 |
So ingratiating, stylish and historically iconic is the flute that it's hard to imagine why the instrument claims the spotlight so infrequently: Joshua Smith's flute concert Tuesday is a once-every-two-seasons occasion for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Educated at the Curtis Institute and ensconced in the Cleveland Orchestra's principal flute position for 21 years (he was hired at age 20), Smith now appears to be pursuing a solo career: He's recording Bach for the Delos label and is looking more like a movie star than a classical musician in his latest publicity photos.
December 17, 2008 |
Ever had your heart broken? Agonizing stuff. Half the time, you watch bad movies with the shades drawn while wondering what went wrong. The other half you spend hoping that, if you hang in there long enough and stay in touch, your ex will have a sudden epiphany and take you back. Eventually, your friends step in and give you a good talking to and help you move on. Right now, Mo Cheeks could use some pals like that - a support group to shake him out of the fog he's in. Yesterday - three days after the 76ers told him to empty out his sock drawer and hit the curb - Cheeks sat in front of the Sixers logo in the Hall of Fame Room at the Wachovia Center.
April 5, 2010 |
The Drive-By Truckers have a well-earned rep for consistently delivering grungy Southern rock operas set in places where red meets neck and where dubious characters lead lives of self-inflicted quiet desperation: unanswered prayers, unrequited love, and unmitigated semiprivate disasters. The DBTs' just-released The Big To-Do is no exception, although it is quite exceptional in its capacity to sketch out the private hells of jaded pole workers, homicidal preachers' wives, and modern drunkards in high-def whiskey-hued v?rit?.
May 13, 1987 |
Night has fallen. High above the city, a singer and her pianist serenade Bill Penn as he stands penned-in and bored atop City Hall. They sing to the lights in the empty office buildings, to the boats docked at Penn's Landing, to the cars whizzing past on the Ben Franklin Bridge. They sing to each other. They sing for themselves. Theirs is a lonely job, because even though folks are sitting at tables a few feet away from their piano and stool, few are actually listening. The musicians provide the backdrop - to the view, the meal, the conversation.
October 27, 2006 |
Toxic friendship, unrequited love, hot sex and cold hearts: Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter rivals Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City or Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero for curdled portraits of young people squandering their lives. Theatre Exile's bold local premiere, directed by Joe Canuso, is splendidly performed by three intrepid actors. Matt (Matt Pfeiffer) is a playwright, and, of course, this playwright's central character; he is the self-described "quiet, nerdy one. " His best friend, Davis (Ian Merrill Peakes)
November 9, 1989 |
You're supposed to feel sorry for the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera - at least the way he was played by Lon Chaney and Claude Rains, and how he has been painted in Andrew Lloyd Webber's overblown Broadway libretto. Gaston Leroux's disfigured composer is a sad, soulful bloke, reduced to skulking around a cavernous maze beneath the Paris Opera House; he's love-struck and lonesome, and a loathsome sight to behold. But as played by Robert Englund - best known to moviegoers as stiletto- fingered maniac Freddy Krueger in the eternal Nightmare on Elm Street series - the Phantom is transformed into an utterly unsympathetic creature.
December 21, 1993 |
LIVE AT TIN ANGEL Susan Werner / SW002CD 1/2 Susan Werner has called Philadelphia home for almost five years and has built up a devoted local following. Now she's recorded this concert album at 2nd Street's acoustic music bastion, Tin Angel. There's a Midwestern, salt-of-the-earth sensibility to Werner's art that makes her sublime, unlike any other guitar-strumming, piano-pounding singer- songwriter working these parts - or most anywhere in the land. Werner is at once earthbound and an idealistic dreamer.