June 6, 2015 |
Reese Palley, 93, a flamboyant entrepreneur, art impresario, adventurer, promoter of eccentric business enterprises around the globe, and public scold on matters as diverse as nuclear energy and how to revive Atlantic City, died Wednesday, June 3, at his Philadelphia home. In 1994, upon his return from a 15-year, around-the-world sailing jaunt aboard a 46-foot sloop called Unlikely, Mr. Palley observed in an Inquirer interview that "it's not that I'm so exciting . . . it's just that everybody else is so dull.
May 21, 2015
If you go . . . BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK "SUMMERFEST" REGULATION-SIZE ice-hockey rink, now covered in temporary tiles expressly made for roller skating. Setup is roofless. Sessions every 1.5 hours. * Basics : 101 S. Columbus Blvd. (between Market and Chestnut streets), 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, $3 for 1.5 hours (reservations suggested; lodge and arcade admission, free), $10 skate rental (toddler size 8 through adult men's 12)
May 5, 2015 |
Pennsylvania developers, hugely profitable corporations, colleges, towns, and hospitals have applications pending for $1 billion in matching taxpayer funds from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). You didn't get yours in? Gov. Wolf last week agreed to take new requests from Monday to May 18. Last year, the state collected $1.1 billion in RACP applications, and funded just $207 million. The money, put up by taxpayers through state bonds, is supposed to support projects that create jobs.
May 2, 2015 |
You've been cooped up all brutal winter and now it's time to get your butt outside. How can you not? From festivals to Derby Day to the Broad Street Run, Philly is chock-full of outdoor activities demanding your participation. We have an hour-by-hour guide of where and what you should be doing: One Last Run: 4 p.m. Get a final prep run in on Kelly Drive or Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley before Sunday's Broad Street Run. But keep it short! You don't want to overdo before the big race.
May 1, 2015 |
THE CALENDAR may have said "spring" a month ago, but what really kicks it off in Philadelphia - aside from Phillies opening day - is the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, which will once again take over Center City west of Broad, this Saturday from noon till 5 p.m. More than 100 booths will line Walnut Street, from Broad to 19th streets, and feature samplings from some of the city's top restaurants, in addition to Rittenhouse Row merchants, art,...
May 1, 2015 |
What's new The first Greek American chef at the mod Greek spot Opa (1311 Sansom St.), Bobby Saritsoglou has revamped the menu top to bottom. It's all small plates. Mike Giammarino, who owns the century-old Lombardi's in Manhattan as well as Gennaro's Tomato Pie in South Philadelphia, just debuted Grace & Pat's , a family friendly ristorante at 1533 S. 11th St. (215-336-3636), across from the Singing Fountain on Passyunk Square. The cash-only BYOB - done up in New York subway kitsch - has an early, limited menu of pizza, appetizers, salads, and desserts.
March 21, 2015 |
Agatha Christie's old chestnut of a novel, Ten Little Indians , was a best-seller in 1939 and was adapted for the stage in 1943. It creaks along under its politically correct title, And Then There Were None , on the Walnut Street Theatre's main stage, providing a mildly amusing evening and a mildly puzzling whodunit. As a murder mystery, it has more in common with the board game Clue than with Law and Order . The premise: 10 people, strangers to one another, have been invited to an isolated manor house in the middle of an island for a weekend.
February 13, 2015 |
THE OWNERS of the historic Lit Brothers Department Store building on Market Street between 7th and 8th could barely hide their excitement when they announced that the building would be "lit up" with rooftop LED advertising Jan. 20. Their news release was sprinkled with adjectives like cinematic and spectacular . "The twin giant LED displays mark a pivotal point in the revitalization of Market Street East and bring the first ad-friendly, digital-motion...
February 7, 2015 |
What's that smell? It's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (stoopid) Tales at Walnut Street Theatre through Sunday. The hour-long musical comedy is based on the immensely popular 1992 book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Jack tries to save himself from being eaten by the Giant by regaling him with fairy tales, frequently fractured (Cinderumplestiltskin, anyone? Goldilocks and the Three Elephants?). Fairy-tale worlds converge and come to life as the audience goes on a journey into Jack's crazy world.
January 29, 2015 |
JOHN HALEY and his wife got more than they bargained for when they decided to browse through a trendy Center City athletic-apparel store yesterday. "You wouldn't catch me dead in that store usually," Haley said of Lululemon Athletica, which caters partly to yoga enthusiasts. "And you know what? I almost was dead. " The store's roof came crashing down about 3:45 p.m., city officials said. Debris from the upper level of the store, on Walnut Street above 15th, fell onto the shoppers below, including Haley and his wife, visiting from upstate New York.