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November 3, 1991 | By Victoria Donohoe, Inquirer Art Critic
The first and enduring impression made by the exhibit "100 Years of Images of Alice: A Wonderland of Books, Prints and Ephemera" at Longwood Gardens is how images from Lewis Carroll's featured classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1872) intrude on one's private life. Such artistry doesn't just exist objectively, either to be praised or dismissed. It also contains uncomfortable overtones of mysterious power. Its basic slant and air of fierce secrecy beneath a jovial exterior give off vibrations of unease.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2000 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
Hello? ABC? Wake up! Last week I wrote, "Wonderland . . . is the thinking person's ER. " I mean, come on. You think the Wall Street Journal or the Los Angeles Times wrote a better line for you to use in your endless promotions? "Critics are calling Wonderland 'the thinking person's ER,' " you could say, and then show a line plugging The Inquirer, or even (shiver) me, personally. Most critics get a little charge out of seeing their stuff quoted on TV, but most, including me, won't go out of their way for the plug.
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May 5, 1994 | By Cheryl Squadrito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Alice in Wonderland will be performed by the ArtReach Touring Theater of Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. The show will present the classic story of Alice as she encounters the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the mean Queen of Hearts. The show is recommended for children ages 4 and up. Tickets are $5 for reserved seats, $4.50 for general admission, and $2 for senior citizens. The box office is open from 2:30 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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October 18, 1991 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
The month will also be filled with special programs, including a display of books by Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, plus theater presentations, children's craft workshops, lectures, demonstrations and live music. The festival will run through Dec. 1. All events are included in the gardens' regular admission fee. A program brochure is available by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Chrysanthemum Festival, Longwood Gardens, P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square 19348-0501.
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August 7, 1987 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
Well, it's dawn in Care-A-Lot, the multihued hamlet that is home to those lovable Care Bears and lovable Care Bear Cousins. Yup, the sun is creeping over the purply hills, birds are tweeting in their trees, pillowy cloud balls are scudding across the sky. Natalie Cole (that's right, she's one of the Care Bears' fave chanteuses) is chirping "Rise and Shine. " Hunky-dory, all right. But wait, what's this? Some weird rabbity creature crashes through a looking glass (from the inside!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 1999 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
"The time has come," the critic said, "to talk of TV things, "Of sweeps and stars and ratings stunts "And Rosses, twins and Lings, "And which big show made lots of bucks: "The '60s, or Stephen King's?" "Wait a bit," the readers cried. "That's not what we had planned! "We want to know if we should watch Alice in Wonderland. " Well, if you positively insist, I suppose I have no choice, though I can't imagine why anyone should not want immediately to get to the important blowhard business matters.
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April 17, 1987 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Jacques Rivette's enchanting Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) is like Alice in Wonderland cut with hallucinogens. Two modern Parisiennes - dusky Juliet Berto and bouncy Dominique Labourier - experience something like a Vulcan mind meld when they take throat lozenges and fall through a rabbit hole into a gloomy mansion where a blond preteen girl is held hostage by her feuding parents. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to save the girl - and by extension, their own girlishness.
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February 12, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Composers don't necessarily spin out ideas conveniently formatted for ensembles equipped to realize them. A lot of inspiration seeps out for instrumental combinations not neatly organized under the umbrella of an IRS-recognized nonprofit. So when a group like Astral Artists curates a concert like Sunday afternoon's "Astral in Wonderland" at the Trinity Center - mostly unfamiliar repertoire - that's cause for paying close attention, even if you don't necessarily like everything you hear.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With DJ culture and electronic music at their twin peaks, Steve Aoki is taking full advantage of the heights. The spinner, producer, and Dim Mak label owner tours nonstop and constantly hunts down new acts to sign, so much so that it made it difficult for him to finish his long-awaited Wonderland . Costarring pals such as LMFAO, Rivers Cuomo, and Travis Barker, along with new friends like Philly's Chiddy Bang, Aoki's "official" artist debut almost...
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August 28, 1998 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Most people lump "Next Stop Wonderland" together with romantic destiny comedies like "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Sliding Doors," but it also shares important characteristics with another hit comedy. With its portrait of an eminently eligible young woman walking through a minefield of dreadful suitors, "Next Stop Wonderland" is also part of the emerging Single Woman Follies genre that includes "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and the more popular "There's Something About Mary. " The latter stars Cameron Diaz as a bubbly blonde physician pursued by a series of pathetic and devious men, whom she fends off with the same chirpy enthusiasm.
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November 28, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
YOU'RE TAKING those first tentative post-Thanksgiving footsteps right now, trying like hell to button your pants while eyeballing that leftover slice of pumpkin pie. Sure, you could keep stuffing your face - really, we won't judge - but you'd probably be better off heading down to the waterfront to check out the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, which opens to the public today at 11 a.m. Winterfest is brought to you by the Delaware River Waterfront...
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November 20, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Outdoor ice skating is returning to a once-popular spot in Camden County. An ice rink is set to open next week, on Black Friday, in Pennsauken's Cooper River Park. The 50- by 70-foot rink will be surrounded by music, strings of lights, and tents selling hot chocolate and pretzels, county officials said. "This is our crown jewel," Camden City Council president Frank Moran said. "We are turning the park into a winter wonderland. " The park was a popular skating location decades ago, county officials said.
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October 31, 2014
What to eat: Cupcakes? Pshaw! Wonderland Cakes offers "cake shots," an unusual, delicious alternative. These perfect parfaits come in a plastic tumbler with a spoon - layers of cake, mousse, syrup, frosting, fruit, preserves, liqueurs and even surprises like breakfast cereal and candy. Their best shots: When we visited, the cake shots on the menu were Apple Spice Seductress, Peanut Butter Bombshell and Pumpkin Pinup. All tasted and looked as lovely as they sound. Makin' whoopie: Yes, Wonderland bakers also make jumbo whoopie pies.
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February 12, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Composers don't necessarily spin out ideas conveniently formatted for ensembles equipped to realize them. A lot of inspiration seeps out for instrumental combinations not neatly organized under the umbrella of an IRS-recognized nonprofit. So when a group like Astral Artists curates a concert like Sunday afternoon's "Astral in Wonderland" at the Trinity Center - mostly unfamiliar repertoire - that's cause for paying close attention, even if you don't necessarily like everything you hear.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
EASTAMPTON "John the rabbit, had a mighty bad habit, stealin' my garden, eatin' all my cabbage," sang storyteller Queen Nur. "If I live to see next fall, I ain't gonna have no garden at all. " The Willingboro resident explained to her rapt audience, which included children, that the song was a "coded message," chanted by African American slaves, to tell one another to meet in the master's garden for a planned escape. Nur's performance was one of several at Arts in the Park, an annual Burlington County event, which drew 5,000 people to Smithville Park in Eastampton Sunday.
NEWS
July 8, 2013
As the players at the Mad Hatter's took a tea break, Alice engaged the Cheshire Cat in conversation about play techniques - though that was difficult since the Cat tended to fade away in midsentence, leaving only a grin to be seen. "Strange things seem to happen here," Alice observed. "True," nodded the Cat. "In Wonderland, for example, a squeeze can work without any entries. " "Impossible," sniffed Alice. "No squeeze can operate unless an entry accompanies one of the threats.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | Howard Gensler
Local comic-book publisher Zenescope is on a roll and the latest proof is that Lionsgate TV is going down "‘Alice in Wonderland's" rabbit hole.   The studio that brought you "Mad Men" has emerged the winner for TV rights to Zenescope's "Wonderland" graphic novels, the company's editor in chief, Ralph Tedesco, told People Paper Comics Guy Jerome Maida. "I recently went to Los Angeles to pitch the property for TV, which was the first time we really focused on pitching for television," Tedesco said.
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February 17, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With DJ culture and electronic music at their twin peaks, Steve Aoki is taking full advantage of the heights. The spinner, producer, and Dim Mak label owner tours nonstop and constantly hunts down new acts to sign, so much so that it made it difficult for him to finish his long-awaited Wonderland . Costarring pals such as LMFAO, Rivers Cuomo, and Travis Barker, along with new friends like Philly's Chiddy Bang, Aoki's "official" artist debut almost...
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November 26, 2011 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
MILLVILLE, N.J. - Stanley "Chick" Meischke was in an extra-celebratory Christmas mood a few months after the arrival of his first son, so he strung holiday lights around the door of the family's cottage on Glade Road near the Delaware Bay in Maurice River Township. "I had just been born, and I guess he was happy," said Chick Meischke Jr., now 40. "It's just that he got carried away with it over the years. " Each year, the elder Meischke added more lights, more lawn figures, more of everything.
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