October 14, 2014 |
After 20 years and three cats, William Young of Bridgeport finally discovered the source of his allergies - the felines in the family. The "a-ha!" moment for the stay-at-home dad turned into a "hurrah!" moment for his kids. They had wanted a dog for years, and now the way was clear, even though the current cat had to move to Grandma's. So the Youngs walked through the fifth annual Sproutfest community pet adoption event in King of Prussia on Sunday looking to find a new member of the family.
May 17, 2014 |
Violet W. Addison, 106, of Philadelphia, a music teacher, a musician, and the former accompanist to the All City Boys Choir, died Tuesday, May 6, at Stapeley in Germantown. Mrs. Addison lived independently for many years in an apartment building on Ford Road, but moved to Stapeley in the mid-2000s when she needed assistance. She lived a full life centered on her church, various choirs, and her teaching career. "Life is God's greatest gift to you," she liked to say. "What you do with your life is your gift to God. " Known to friends as "Vi," Mrs. Addison taught music and remedial reading at Philadelphia's Martha Washington School for many years.
January 10, 2014 |
"AUGUST: OSAGE County" is in its own way a feel-good movie, in that it's bound to make you feel good about your own family, especially post-holiday. Did you get through the season without knocking your mother to the floor and informing her that you are now in charge? Well, then you have a healthier relationship than Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in "AOC," a sort of MMA (mixed-martial acting) cage match between the two Oscar-winning Hollywood titans. Some of this takes the form of an actual brawl, but it also expresses itself as an extreme awards-season performance pitch (Roberts and Streep will compete for a Golden Globe on Sunday evening)
June 7, 2013 |
"MAN, I would kill for that dress. " And thus "Violet & Daisy" was born. Violet and Daisy (Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan) are two teenage girls who are a part of an assassin organization headed by a man who sleeps on a park bench. The girls begrudgingly accept a mission to assassinate a man during their vacation so they can afford the newest dress from their favorite designer. But what should be a simple mission gets infinitely harder when the girls end up befriending their target, a sweet man who, it turns out, wants to die. The girls spend the rest of the movie mostly in the target's apartment as they try to work up the nerve to kill their new buddy.
October 19, 2011
THE GIZMO: UltraViolet shines a new light on the movie/TV viewing experience. OLD SCHOOL/NEW WAYS: Like to buy, rather than rent movies and TV shows so you can enjoy them more than once, watch on different devices and share your library? Buying hard-disc goods - DVDs and high-def Blu-rays - is one obvious way to go. But you need a dedicated player to view 'em on, storage space and a way to carry 'em around. Oh, so 2005. How about downloading movies and shows on a multipurpose device you've already got up and running in your living room or pocket?
October 7, 2011 |
'This country, this experiment, America, this hubris: What a lament, if no one saw it go. Here today, gone tomorrow. " Those lines, offhandedly delivered in the middle of the second act of this immense play, are the pivotal point of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County . Maybe all ambitious family dramas (dysfunctional goes without saying, from the Oresteia to Lear ) use the drama of family as a way of talking about the drama of nation ("something is rotten in the state of Denmark")
September 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Prabal Gurung had to live up to the hype. Before Saturday's runway show at New York Fashion Week, the last time style insiders had heard from him he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for emerging talent. Consider him emerging no more. His new spring collection, presented at the modern IAC building on Manhattan's West Side, put him in the big leagues. "Loved, loved, loved it," said Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine. "Super fresh and chic.
April 29, 2011 |
Context counts in the two-part Violet Oakley exhibition at Chestnut Hill's Woodmere Museum - a virtually forgotten series of her murals, and a group show of female artists active in Paris while Oakley was an art student there. Oakley's William Penn series at the State Capitol Building are her most celebrated murals. But the monumental murals from 1910-11 in Woodmere's permanent collection may come as a surprise to many. Oakley, then 36, created The Building of the House of Wisdom for the entrance hall of a townhouse architect Frank Miles Day was completing at 17th and Locust Streets for Charlton Yarnall of the Ellis Yarnall & Son importing firm.
April 18, 2011
Violet Cowden, 94, a former president of the WASP veterans organization whose experiences and indomitable spirit inspired later generations of female pilots, died April 10 of congestive heart failure at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif., said her daughter Kim Ruiz. Her passion for flying was born when she was a young girl envying the hawks soaring above her family's South Dakota farm in the 1920s. She learned to fly out of an airfield in Spearfish, S.D., while she was a young first-grade teacher in the early 1940s.
April 25, 2010 |
With her all-encompassing earth-mother voice and her easy poise, Estelle Parsons - opening here Tuesday in a week's run of the Tony-winning August: Osage County - fully inhabits the American stage's newest indelible role: the pill-ravaged, tongue-lashing, acid-fueled, man-shrinking Violet. And did we mention foot-stomping? Much has been made of Parsons' emphatic ups and downs on the imposing staircase Violet treads - a total of 352 steps per performance. For Parsons, 82 and a lifelong exerciser, it's all in a day's work, or a double day's work when there's a matinee and an evening performance, bringing the total to 704. Violet is the fictional matriarch of the highly challenged (and strikingly funny)