September 15, 2013 |
ONCE YOU'RE 103 years old, your memories soften. For Lenora Carey, that means that memories of hardship have receded, overtaken by gratitude that she has known an abundance of the only thing that matters in life. Love. I didn't think this would be the most compelling lesson I'd take from my visit with Carey, whose 103rd birthday will be celebrated Tuesday afternoon at the North City Congress, a senior center on North Broad Street. I met Carey through her dear friend Eilene Frierson, director of North City, who thought I'd enjoy spending time with Carey, who's a living embodiment of the arc of black migration from the South.
September 11, 2013 |
A development firm whose plan to build a World Trade Center in Philadelphia was squashed two years ago announced Monday that it would take the $700 million proposal to Camden's waterfront. Waterfront Renaissance Associates released a proposal today to erect the 2.3-million-square-foot Greater Philadelphia World Trade Center at the site of the demolished Riverfront State Prison. The now-vacant area would become a 16-acre center for international trade, technology development, retail, and housing in the struggling city, said Martin Schiffman, managing partner of WRA. "If you follow the history of the organization over 40 years, the primary goal is to increase commercial opportunities for particular areas through an increase in international trade," Schiffman said.
September 7, 2013 |
The first thing Nick Stuccio wants you to know about the 2013 Fringe Festival - the cutting-edge performance binge formerly known as the Live Arts Festival - is that Philadelphia is ready for a serious dialogue with the global art scene. "We're changing our festival's usual balance and showing off what the international artist has to say," says Stuccio, director of the sponsoring FringeArts organization. Since the festival began 17 years ago, Stuccio has traveled worldwide to find the most daring performances in theater, dance, and video.
August 30, 2013
I'VE SAT in countless church pews, all over the world. I've listened to homilies in French, Spanish, English, Italian and - the most beautiful of all - Latin. I've spent hours gazing at the refraction of light through stained glass windows, lighted countless candles, and knelt on so many kneelers that my shins carry the permanent indentation of the lifelong Catholic. I've always taken for granted that I can enter by the front door, sing loudly in celebration, seek communion and absolution without worrying about who might be looking on. Unquestionably, I live my faith in the light of day. This week at Mass, I was reminded of those who can't when the priest asked me to pray for my brothers and sisters who are forced to seek God in the shadows, and risk their lives in the search.
August 30, 2013 |
SAY BON VOYAGE to CBS3 reporter Oren Liebermann , who is leaving the station to embark on an around-the-world trip with his wife of one year, Cassie Kramer . "It's a big world, and we haven't seen enough of it yet," Liebermann told me about why he and Kramer, an English-as-a-second-language teacher at Kensington's Stetson Charter School, decided to take the plunge. Get ready to be jealous of this itinerary: Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Kenya, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Peru, Chile, Argentina.
August 26, 2013 |
Edgar Wright issued a plea when he began screening The World's End , asking critics, reporters, and bloggers not to "reveal some of the surprises, twists and actors that do not feature in the trailers. " Fair enough. But those trailers give away a lot . From writer-director Wright and his Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz brethren, The World's End stars Simon Pegg , Nick Frost , Martin Freeman , Eddie Marsan , and Paddy Considine as five friends who return to their hometown after 20 years to complete the noble challenge left unfinished when they were in high school: the ultimate pub crawl, 12 pubs, 12 pints, one night.
August 23, 2013 |
EDGAR WRIGHT has a lot of nerve asking folks not to reveal key plot points, then calling his new movie "The World's End. " But nerve, and nervousness, are Wright's thing. His restless comedies don't stay still for a minute, and are so hyper-packed with jokes and ideas that they only reveal themselves fully on DVD, where "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" found their large audiences, and left fans eager for the final installment of the trilogy. You can feel Wright's agitation in the creep-funny "World's End," his need to end his Nick Frost/Simon Pegg collaboration with radical revisions - gone are the buddy-movie comforts and familiar personae of the first two. In fact, Wright uses his last (for now)
August 23, 2013 |
HARRY SCOTT'S life could be a reality series. In 1995, the Jersey Shore resident attended baseball games - arriving in time for the start of each one and remaining for the duration no matter how long they lasted - in all 28 major league ballparks at the time. And he did it in 28 days. In 2009, he did the same thing with the 30 that there are now, in 30 days. Last year, he played a round of golf in every state in 50 days, from Maine to Sarah Palin's hometown in Alaska. Now he's expanding his horizons by going global.
August 23, 2013 |
Gone are the banks of inoperative black Princess phones. Gone, the animatronic figures of a mightily coiffed King Louis XVI, the angry British officials, the muddled constitutional representatives - all, in later years, more paralytic and creaky than informative and illustrative. Gone, the dingy runway ramp into the bowels of what seemed a site awaiting a Parking Authority takeover. Gone the leaking roof. Gone. Gone. And gone. The new Benjamin Franklin Museum, opening to the public on Saturday, has been gutted, rethought, rebuilt, and presented anew.
August 23, 2013
WHEN THE "Shaun of the Dead" gang decided it was last call for their planned trilogy, they decided to make a pub-crawl epic. About an epic pub crawl. And in "The World's End" it is the pub crawl to end all pub crawls. At the risk, admits director Edgar Wright, of invoking British stereotypes. "I think the rest of the world thinks all British people are drunks," he deadpanned, "and I think that's only 75 percent accurate. " "Or sexual failures," adds Nick Frost, Wright's collaborator and one of the film's stars.