July 30, 2012 |
Scheduled for a September showroom debut, the extensively redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL turns out to be more than a superb sport ute. In the name of safety, comfort, saving petrol, on and off-road traction, and fording streams up to two feet deep, this largest and most costly of the Benz SUVs also proves a technological treasure trove. There's enough standard and optional hardware and software here to cause an UberGeek to OD. If the GL could stage an orgy attended by algorithms and artificial intelligence instead of decadent Romans, it would easily outdraw one of Caligula's mixers.
July 29, 2012 |
Any art museum that desires to attract adolescent males (that is, males up to the age of about 25) might follow the lead of the Allentown Art Museum and stage an exhibition like "At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic. " In a catalog statement, the museum's president and chief executive officer, J. Brooks Joyner, calls this extensive display of fantasy art "the first of its kind and scale to be undertaken by a museum of fine arts in America. " I can believe it, because art museums traditionally consider art of this kind to be beyond the pale - overtly commercial, lurid, and devoid of serious aesthetic character.
October 2, 2009 |
"Much as I enjoy performing for the back of everyone's cell phones, let's make this a technology-free show," the blue-eyed soul singer Mayer Hawthorne asked the crowd at Johnny Brenda's on Wednesday night. He may have just been expressing a degree of annoyance at the way audiences have turned into a sea of glowing screens (a step more performers ought to take), but the demand was of a piece with Hawthorne's desire to cram the near-capacity crowd into an economy-size WABAC machine. Hawthorne's brand of easy, orchestrated soul is unabashedly revivalist.
November 23, 2007 |
Blend soft elements with soothing ones and create the perfect setting for a cozy interlude. A modern update to the rocking chair takes form in the Monte Luca Glider ($895) and ottoman ($385). Available at Gene's, 122 E. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne, and www.shopgenes.com . Missoni's bright Fernando throws ($265 each) and cushions ($100 each) refresh the classic winter plaid. Available at Kellijane, 1721 Spruce St., 215-790-0233. Tummy ache? Drafty rooms? Cuddle up with this luxe hot-water bottle by Armand Diradourian ($150)
June 27, 2007
LAST WEEK, we asked for your opinion on the verdict that found Jeffrey Marsalis not guilty of the rapes he was charged with. Jeffrey Marsalis was acquitted of rape because the jury thought these women had alcohol and everyone knows the minute you have alcohol, sex crimes take on a veneer of reasonable doubt. The testimony indicated he probably drugged these women and did what he wanted with them. I don't think all of the victims just decided to press charges against him. Because of defense lawyers who portray people as willing particapnts just because they had a few drinks, he got off on the rape charges.
December 21, 2006 |
On a sprawling wind-blown lot behind his business headquarters, Hans-Peter Schlobach was in his element, surrounded by logs of all kinds. He knew every species of tree, where they came from and where they were going: the cherry to Austria; the white oak to Germany; the poplar to Italy and South Korea; the red oak to Taiwan; and walnut to Spain. "You see that," said Schlobach after spraying water on the end of a log to accentuate the light even rings. "That's a good log. We like it because of its consistency.
September 22, 2006 |
Until now, America has not had a major exhibition of the Biedermeier style, which flourished in Germany and Austria between 1815 and 1830, right after the Congress of Vienna settled Napoleon's hash. The Milwaukee Art Museum will be the only U.S. venue for "Biedermeier: The Invention of Simplicity," a coup for the institution but not a surprising choice considering the great 19th-century German migration to that part of the country. Next year, the show travels to Vienna, Berlin, and the Louvre in Paris, so you'll have to save your travel pennies if you miss its 3 1/2-month run in Wisconsin.
May 12, 2006 |
The idolized have it rough. Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, for example, drew an audience at his recital Wednesday at the Kimmel Center, much of it Russian-speaking, that was clearly as interested in his personality as his art. The audience tended toward intrusive, premature applause (even before he'd stopped singing) and, after intermission, received lots of calls to cell phones that hadn't been shut off. Hvorostovsky smiled indulgently. My guess is that he's had lots and lots of therapy to achieve that.
October 7, 2005 |
A Philadelphia judge yesterday gave owners of the shuttered Lewis Tower Building until Nov. 1 to stabilize its crumbling facade or lose control of the property to a court-appointed receiver. Common Pleas Court Judge Gary S. Glazer ruled after a 30-minute hearing, where a lawyer for the owner of a neighboring building said nothing had been done since Aug. 22, when a large piece of stone veneer from the 33-story tower fell through the roof of the former Bookbinders Seafood House at 215 S. 15th St. Since the incident, the city Department of Licenses and Inspections has closed both the landmark tower and the former Bookbinders - under renovation as an Applebee's restaurant - until the Lewis Tower's owners provide an engineer's report showing the facade is stable and neighboring buildings are safe.
June 30, 2005 |
The Tour de France begins on Saturday, which means Americans will be getting a full dose of Lance Armstrong on their TV screens for the next three weeks. They'll watch him zip through time trials, sweat his way up mountains, and plunge bravely down frightening descents that look a lot like ski slopes. And though the vast majority of Americans care not a bit for bicycle racing and probably couldn't tell you whether Greg LeMond rode a bike or played hockey, they'll pull for Armstrong to win his seventh straight Tour - not because he is a magnificent athlete who has dominated the world's toughest athletic event for so long but because he is the man who beat cancer.