June 15, 2016 |
Billie Jean King sat in the side room of a sprawling Villanova home on Friday night. A cocktail party was about to commence outside, part of a Philadelphia Freedoms-directed fund-raiser for Assistance in Healthcare (AIH), a nonprofit that helps local families pay for the cost of cancer treatment. The Freedoms owner would be needed out there momentarily. In the wood-paneled side room, King leaned back on a leather couch. She appeared in no rush as she chatted with a small group of Freedoms staff members.
June 11, 2016 |
Ben Watt is alive and wonderful, with a sound and vision that radiate the feel of having survived a death trap. Now on his own, Watt was still with Everything But the Girl - the cosmopolitan Brit jazz-pop duo he shared with his wife, Tracey Thorn - back in 1992 when he was struck with Churg-Strauss syndrome. The autoimmune disease nearly killed him, but survival brought with it a new talent (as memoirist in Patient: The History of a Rare Illness ), skills as a technocrat (along with being a DJ known as Lazy Dog, he made a series of purely electronic albums)
June 7, 2016 |
Maddi Levine, 15, has been attending comic-book conventions since she was 10, but Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia was her biggest one yet. Dressed as Marvel Comics' Black Widow and eager to get an autograph from Captain America star Chris Evans, she said her favorite part of the festivities was the sense of community. "[People here] might look intimidating because of their costumes, but everyone here is really just a big nerd," the Baltimore native said as crowds filed into the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
June 3, 2016 |
J.G. JONES can't wait to attend his hometown con. The prolific artist - best known for his work for DC Comics and collaborating with Mark Millar on the graphic novel Wanted - is a Philly native and is looking forward to meeting fans, frequenting the Reading Terminal Market, and visiting his favorite cheesesteak spot while at Wizard World Comic Con. "I love going to Pat's because of the dirty hot sauce," he said, laughing. As for the con itself, Jones says he will be doing art commissions and signing books, and expects to hear questions on when or if there will finally be a Wanted 2 in theaters.
June 3, 2016 |
LONGTIME ARTIST Rusty Gilligan has been drawing comics and doing conventions for over 30 years now, but says Philly still holds a special place in his heart. "The people in Philly are awesome," Gilligan said. "Plus, I love the antiquity and history of the town. It's amazing how much creativity and history is crammed into this beautiful city. It's inspiring to me. " Gilligan started in the comics industry in 1978 and has done some work for both Marvel and DC. He has also done production art for films such as Spider-Man 2 , Spider-Man 3 and Marvel's The Avengers and TV shows like The Walking Dead . "I am most proud of being an artist on 'Heavy Metal' back in the early '80s and most recently, the hit 'Mac and Trouble' comic, which was one of my own creations.
May 30, 2016 |
A few years ago, I wrote a "Personal Journey" piece on my pilgrimage to Universal Studios Florida with my daughter before her wedding (we're both avid Harry Potter fans). I concluded it by saying I was planning a Disney World vacation for my future grandchildren. Last month, I accomplished that goal with my partner, my pregnant daughter (a granddaughter on the way!), my son-in-law, and my grandson, Damon. My objective was to experience the parks through 2-year-old Damon's eyes, revisit my childhood, and share his joy. During our vacation, I had numerous flashbacks of my first visit to Disney World with my parents in late 1971.
May 28, 2016
Mayor Kenney announced Thursday that every fourth Thursday in May will be World Heritage Day in Philadelphia, a recognition of the city's newfound status. Philadelphia was named one of 267 World Heritage cities last year. It is a designation given to cities with a UNESCO World Heritage site and a place that the Organization of World Heritage Cities considers to be of global interest. "I hope that all Philadelphians can share in the pride of living in a World Heritage City," Mayor Kenney said.
May 27, 2016 |
Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere seem connected. Both had outstanding chemistry on the Flyers' top power-play unit this season, and both recently underwent hip and abdominal surgeries on the same day. And both could be added to their respective World Cup of Hockey teams this week. The 23-man rosters must be finalized by Friday. The eight-team, two-week tournament will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct 1. Each team will carry 20 skaters and three goalies. Teams announced their first 16 roster selections in March.
May 23, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Tucked into the usual Broadway Playbill for the new hit Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre is something that's not the typical size or color: a sepia replica of the show's original 1921 program from the long-demolished 63rd Street Music Hall, evidence of the distant world from which the show comes. Known as the first African American megahit, the 1921 version of Shuffle Along made the careers of songwriters Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and helped launch Florence Mills, Adelaide Hall, and Josephine Baker.
May 18, 2016 |
Are you willing to fight for the city you love, Philadelphians? To take it back from the repressive foreign overlords who've occupied City Hall, seized all media control, and banished the rank and file to decimated districts on the fringes of town? This is the premise of a dystopian-themed, high-budget video game, Homefront: The Revolution , launching Tuesday and already creating a buzz among game aficionados. "All we have to say is 'it's a first-person shooter set in Philly' and people are all aboard, anxious to play" the $59.99 game, reported Tim Brooks, a sales associate at the GameStop emporium on South Street.