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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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March 14, 2016 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
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.
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January 11, 2016 | By Jake Blumgart
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.
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December 26, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
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!
NEWS
October 15, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
"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.
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October 14, 2015 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer
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?
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October 14, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
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)
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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...
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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