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Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:07:54 GMT2016-12-08T21:07:54Z


Q&A with Dava Sobel: How women helped us touch the stars

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:07:54 GMT2016-12-08T21:07:54Z

Few science writers have done more to explicate the work of astronomy for the public than Dava Sobel, 69, who has written extensively about the emergence of the discipline in the modern era, including two major studies, Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love (2000) and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos (2011).

Kardashians keep the world guessing

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:31:11 GMT2016-12-08T06:31:11Z

Kardashian Nation notations Sources tell TMZ there's no truth to rumors that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's marriage is crashing. One Insider employs this technical term: "BS." It's certainly been a time for Kimye. There seems to have been a robbery. And a blowup/breakdown/hospital stay. But Kanye is back home, chillin' with Kim, kids Saint and North, and detoxing.

'Old Stone': Kafkaesque tale from a filmmaker to watch

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:48:05 GMT2016-12-08T00:48:05Z

'Miss Sloane': Jessica Chastain's amazing, but the movie's a mess

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:44:15 GMT2016-12-07T23:44:15Z

Helen Mirren: I'm not a sex symbol!

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:30:23 GMT2016-12-07T06:30:23Z

Mirren? She digs her fans As denials go, this is a sweet one: Helen Mirren insists she's not a sex symbol. "I'm not sexy," the 71-year-old Brit said at an AARP luncheon held in her honor in New York.

Jimmy Kimmel to host the Oscars for first time

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:31:13 GMT2016-12-06T06:31:13Z

Kimmel's big break Jimmy Kimmel has been chosen to host his first Oscars telecast, the Academy of Motion Pictures said Monday.

Michael Chabon on telling beautiful lies in his faux-memoir 'Moonglow'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:17:19 GMT2016-12-05T14:17:19Z

Mention a literary genre and it's likely Michael Chabon, 53, has mastered it. Nearly 30 years after becoming an overnight publishing sensation with his best-selling debut, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, the brilliant stylist has shown he can spin magic out of any genre he touches. Horror, fantasy, cultural history, children's tales - Chabon has played with them all.

Friends' Central's Benj Pasek tearing up Hollywood, Broadway

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:24:11 GMT2016-12-04T18:24:11Z

NEW YORK - In worlds where hits are never assured, songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are looking at double-barrel success with possible Oscar and Tony Award nominations - even if they're too busy to think that far ahead.

Dan DeLuca's picks: Dylan's real Royal Albert Hall concert; The Jingle Ball; Angelica Garcia

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:11:29 GMT2016-12-04T15:11:29Z

Bob Dylan, the Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! For years, Dylan's 1966 concert in Manchester, England - in which a fan famously called him "Judas!" - was mislabeled as being recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall. This is the actual RAH show, noteworthy because, although it's part of the Dylan 36-disc The 1966 Live Recordings,

Damien Chazelle, of 'Whiplash' fame, revives the great Hollywood musical in 'La La Land'

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:58:03 GMT2016-12-04T10:58:03Z

The freeways of L.A. are famously hellish - rush-hour crawls, midday backups, a million drivers locked in endless traffic, bumper-to-bumper road rage. Damien Chazelle's La La Land, in theaters beginning Friday (it opens Dec. 16 in Philadelphia), could change that perception - well, at least the road-rage part.

Warhol, Velvet Underground 'Happening' at the Gershman Y 50 years later

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:53:39 GMT2016-12-03T17:53:39Z

Fifty years ago, the Plastic Inevitable exploded in Philadelphia. In December 1966, Andy Warhol brought his art world experiment known as the EPI, or Exploding Plastic Inevitable, from his Factory in Manhattan to south Broad Street. Two evenings presented by the Arts Council of the Young Men & Women's Hebrew Association

Nézet-Séguin and Phila Orchestra go radical with Prokofiev, Shostakovich

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:30:39 GMT2016-12-03T06:30:39Z

Seasoned concertgoers know what they're in for at a Prokofiev/Shostakovich program, though not this week: The Philadelphia Orchestra's Friday concert at the Kimmel Center showed both composers far out on distant artistic limbs, Prokofiev with his Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich with his Symphony No. 4. They retreated, but what fascinating acts of artistic brinksmanship these two works are.

Weekend Movie Selections

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:30:39 GMT2016-12-03T06:30:39Z

Manchester by the Sea Casey Affleck is sensational in an Oscar-worthy performance as a self-hating melancholic who has lived a miserable life as a janitor since he lost both his children in an accident. When his older brother dies, he must return to his tiny hometown and assume responsibility for his teenage nephew. R

At Sundance, election upset many best-made plans

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:30:17 GMT2016-12-03T06:30:17Z

The Sundance Film Festival has long been a bastion of values of inclusion and diversity - values that have suddenly become deeply politicized after the recent election cycle.

John O'Hara's 'Stories': Much-needed collection of local novelist's fiction

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:20:16 GMT2016-12-02T19:20:16Z

'John O'Hara never tired of complaining about how underestimated he was, and he had a point, even if he made it far too often." So writes Charles McGrath, the editor of this much-needed new collection of O'Hara's stories.

'Playing Dead': The weird business of faking your demise

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:47:20 GMT2016-12-02T18:47:20Z

We've all felt it, the desire to run away from the tedium of our lives. As Playing Dead author Elizabeth Greenwood speculates, we may be even more inclined to dream of disappearing now, in the age of trackable smartphones and constant surveillance. "We are burdened with our search histories and purchase histories and data sets that constitute our profile, to then be lumped and farmed out and sold to the highest bidder," she writes, and she has a point.

Carli Lloyd memoir: Working hard to prove 'em all wrong

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:46:56 GMT2016-12-02T18:46:56Z

Carli Lloyd is all business. That's the self-portrait that emerges from her blunt, no-nonsense autobiography, When Nobody Was Watching. The 34-year-old soccer star from Delran, who led the U.S. Women's Soccer team to a World Cup championship in 2015 and was named female world player

Theater: New and Noteworthy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:02:00 GMT2016-12-02T14:02:00Z

New This Week An American Christmas Songbook (Bristol Riverside Theatre). It's sing-along time as Keith Baker and the BRT Concert Band take the stage for holiday favorites. Thursday through next Sunday, and Dec. 14-18.

John Mosley's photos at Woodmere: The Philly African American world at midcentury

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:01:58 GMT2016-12-02T14:01:58Z

When I was in high school, I landed a part-time and summer job with the weekly newspaper in the small town where I lived. One of my duties was to take some of the dullest pictures imaginable.