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.
November 23, 2015 |
ABC's big, juicy hit How to Get Away With Murder had its midseason finale Thursday with a big reveal - drum roll - the identity of the nefarious cat who shot antiheroine Annalise Keating. Such revelations are not that big a deal in this show. Exec producer Shonda Rhimes' drama, which stars Viola Davis as a Philly lawyer with a Machiavellian moral compass, has crimes, criminals, cops, and lawyers aplenty. There seems to be a murder an hour in Annalise's universe. But look a little closer, and you'll realize the series actually is about love.
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.
December 23, 1994 |
There's an old "Monty Python" skit featuring Oscar Wilde, G.B. Shaw and James Whistler in a drawing room, staging an informal contest to see who can come up with the best one-liner. It end with a frustrated Shaw flailing emptily for a comeback then churlishly telling the whole group to bugger off. That's what you'll feel like saying to many of the characters in "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,"a movie that resembles the Python skits in structure, but outdoes it in terms of self-indulgence.