March 14, 2016 |
After Alice found the little cake "on which the words eat me were beautifully marked in currants," and after she did, indeed, eat it, Alice could feel herself growing. "Curiouser and curiouser," she cried. "Now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Goodbye, feet!" Today, 150 years after Lewis Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, numerous events are being held to celebrate it. One of the more unusual may be a lecture Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia - "Medical Oddities of Alice: Potions, Poisons and Pathology.
January 11, 2016 |
Published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland enjoyed classic status almost from the moment it hit the presses. Everyone read it, from Queen Victoria to her diplomats and soldiers who carried it to the far corners of the empire. Last year saw the 150th anniversary of its publication, and the launching of a thousand think pieces, podcasts, and reading groups on this most whimsical of children's books. In the fall, the Rosenbach Museum - which merged with the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2013 - celebrated the anniversary with a series of grand events, and even displayed Carroll's original manuscript for a few days.
December 26, 2015 |
The Darcy family of Fort Washington skated across the ice rink at Dilworth Park on Thursday as "Sleigh Ride" and other festive songs evoking wintry wonderlands played over the speakers. Erin Darcy, 10, wore a fleece. Older sister Caitlin wore a T-shirt. Temperatures reached 71 degrees early Thursday, making it the warmest Christmas Eve on record in Philadelphia and nearly the warmest of any day ever in December. The record high for the month is 73, set Dec. 4 and 7, 1998. Wednesday's high of 70 set the record for Dec. 23, and higher-than-average temperatures are set to continue into the new year.
November 21, 2015 |
Everybody knows a princess. (Sometimes one is born to you, sometimes you marry one - sometimes both.) Based more on the 1939 Shirley Temple classic film than the great 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Alfonso Cuarón's film A Little Princess is no fairy tale, but it is gorgeous. The 1995 gem is unfortunately little known, but well worth a look for the Emmanuel Lubezki cinematography as well as the affecting story of a young aristocratic girl whose fortunes take a turn for the worse when her father is lost in World War I. Those of a certain age may be surprised to see Eleanor Bron (the ingenue of the Beatles' Help!
October 15, 2015 |
"Begin at the beginning,' the King said, very gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.' " That's all well and good for Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland . But newspaper stories begin at the end and progress to the beginning, although sometimes they start out in the middle and circle around themselves. So the end of this newspaper story is this: The original handwritten manuscript of Alice's Adventures Underground is on display at the Rosenbach Museum and Library on the 2000 block of Delancey Place from Wednesday through Sunday only, on special loan from the British Library.
October 14, 2015 |
All roads lead back to Philadelphia. You always suspected. This week comes further proof. Alice's Adventures Under Ground , the original version of the children's classic that, 150 years ago, was published as Alice in Wonderland , returns to its onetime home, at 20th Street and Delancey Place, for four days, tomorrow through this weekend. The Rosenbach's exhibit about the book, featuring its local connection, lasts until May 15. Wait. You didn't know Alice lived in Philly?
October 14, 2015 |
If they're old enough to read - or, at least, to understand - the original Alice in Wonderland, they're old enough to appreciate the Rosenbachs' three-pronged exhibit. One room delves into the history of the timeless book, from a boat trip in Oxford through the story's Disney-fication and psychedelic reimaginings. The next, "Alice's Adventures in Phillyland," has mostly grown-up appeal, with typed letters and handwritten figures that tell the local piece of the true story. The last space is 100 percent interactive, with the inventions of Charles Dodgson (a/k/a Lewis Carroll)
November 28, 2014 |
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...
November 20, 2014 |
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.
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.