October 16, 2013 |
Director Krista Apple undertook no easy task in her lesbian version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet now being presented by Curio Theatre Company. Unlike Joe Calarco's Shakespeare's R&J , which rewrote the plot to introduce budding homosexual affections between students at an all-boys school, Apple changed little. Romeo is a woman, Juliet falls in love with her, both suffer from the war between their families. The problems here don't lie in the performances. Rachel Gluck delivers a lovable Romeo, her throaty voice and aggressive mannerisms a nice foil to Isa St. Clair's lovely portrayal of innocence.
October 15, 2013 |
THE FOOTBALL lay unclaimed on the turf, tantalizingly close, yet just out of reach for Haverford School junior Philip Poquie. With 29.3 seconds remaining in a 21-21 game, Poquie's fumble near field-goal range gave Malvern Prep hope after the Fords' furious comeback seemed likely to doom Saturday's homecoming game at the Friars' Quigley Field. "Felt sick," said Poquie, a 5-9, 182-pound tailback. "I felt like we had the opportunity and we'd been playing well all game, practiced hard all week.
October 14, 2013 |
The Nobel Peace Prize committee blew it big time on Friday. It could have electrified the world by giving the prize to Malala Yousafzai, the courageous Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban because of her crusade for girls' education. She was the odds-on favorite to win. And by fortuitous coincidence, Friday was also the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child, with a focus on promoting girls' education. What a global statement the Nobel committee could have made by handing Malala the prize on that date, one year after she was shot!
October 14, 2013 |
Donna Calabrese paced the exterior of the ring clapping a plastic noisemaker against her thigh and shouting out, "Come on Bunker!" as the German Shepherd ran toward her section of the crowd. "German Shepherds are too smart to run around in a circle all day long for no motivation," Calabrese said, nervously wringing her hands as she watched the dog continue on his path, "I'm the motivation. I bring the love and the cookies. " Calabrese, from Edinburgh, Va., was one of hundreds of breeders and trainers with dogs competing at the National German Shepherd Specialty Dog Show at Dream Park in Logan Township, N.J. this weekend.
October 12, 2013 |
The cranberry bogs on Joe Darlington's farm in Burlington County have been producing the same glorious crimson fruit for 160 years. But more of the cranberries harvested there are now ending up in new juices and other Ocean Spray cranberry products outside the United States, as the cooperative looks to new markets overseas. Ocean Spray held cooking classes in China and Russia for the first time last summer to teach locals how to incorporate the cranberry into their cuisine. In June, it had its first harvest in Chile - where farmers joined the co-op last year - and it has been tailoring its products to accommodate overseas tastes, with Ocean Spray Cran Black Currant in the United Kingdom and Ocean Spray Cran Mango in Mexico.
October 12, 2013 |
"Remember, the end-of-the-world bet has been a money-loser since the beginning of time," says Barry Ritholtz, founder of New York-based Ritholtz Wealth Management and a frequent market commentator. What he means is, betting on the apocalypse - whether it is a U.S. debt default or another financial crisis - is most often a losing wager. That said, and I can't believe I'm writing this, there are ways to profit in a potential debt default or crash in the U.S. Treasury market. Charles Gradante, cofounder of the hedge-fund investor Hennessee Group, says money managers his firm speaks with are hedging their bets using exchange-traded funds.
September 30, 2013 |
From romance beneath the waves to your own private island paradise, there are many honeymoon packages available to start your new life together. Here is a sampling from around the globe. Krabi, Thailand Roll your wedding and honeymoon into one unforgettable adventure at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Krabi, Thailand. With the three-night "Underwater Romance" package, you can trade your wedding dress for a wetsuit and exchange vows below the teal-blue waters of the Andaman Sea. After all, there aren't many places in the world where you can say "I scuba do" - with an underwater bouquet and a celebratory release of clownfish.
September 30, 2013 |
It may be the most contested law of our time. Obamacare reaches its climactic phase on Tuesday, promising an Amazon.com-like experience to buy health insurance online. Yet few people know what the law does, and a substantial number even think it has been repealed. For all the hoopla, here's a tip: Most Americans won't be much affected. The online marketplaces that open Tuesday are focused on the roughly 15 percent of the population who are uninsured or buy plans individually.
September 28, 2013 |
Even before they're built, Amtrak's new locomotives run through Philadelphia. Seventy new "Cities Sprinter" locomotives, worth $466 million, have begun to roll off a Sacramento, Calif., assembly line, complete with components made by Philadelphia-area workers in local factories. The locomotives will operate on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington and on the Keystone Corridor between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. They will carry with them seats made by USSC Group Inc. of Exton and steel handrails and tie-rods from Bentech Inc. of Philadelphia.
September 27, 2013
LAST MONTH I went to the window at 69th Street, plopped down my debit card and asked for a "monthly Zone 3, female. " The woman behind the window said, "We don't do male/female anymore. " For a moment, I wondered if I had accidentally stumbled upon the type of establishment that Eliot Spitzer used to frequent during his gubernatorial heyday. Then I remembered that SEPTA had barreled right into the 21st, gender-bending century. We all remember how the LGBT(Q) community fought to get gender stickers removed from transit passes on the grounds that they were discriminatory.