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Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:37:14 GMT2016-09-28T05:37:14Z

 



People's Paper Co-op: Making paper, poems - and a future

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:37:14 GMT2016-09-28T05:37:14Z

At the People's Paper Co-op, when one woman shares a story, the others empathize. Often, the narrative hits hard, and someone cries. As the tears stream down her face, fake eyelashes fall out of place. She turns to her orator-friend and claims, "Girl, you owe me some eyelashes."



Monday's presidential debate was the most-watched in U.S. history

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:33:41 GMT2016-09-28T05:33:41Z

Clinton-Trump debate sets record Monday night's live broadcast of the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched debate in American history.



Mongolian president hails Philadelphia Orchestra tour

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:03:54 GMT2016-09-28T01:03:54Z

Little did many of us know: Friday was Mongolia-Philadelphia Friendship Day. And that proclamation seemed quite literal to Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj at a City Hall ceremony, who said: "I'm happy to call all of you friends of Mongolia. Let's work together!"



Lupita Nyong'o makes debut as hip-hop versifier

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:43:57 GMT2016-09-27T14:43:57Z

Lupita Nyong'o, hip-hop star Actor-filmmaker Lupita Nyong'o, who has a remarkable turn as the title hero in Disney's inspirational true-life story The Queen of Katwe, made her debut last weekend as a hip-hop singer.



A 100th birthday party for jazz musicians

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:20:20 GMT2016-09-27T14:20:20Z

Weblede here



Philly Fringe: 'Julius Caesar' shows a dictator's fall, inside and out

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:32:49 GMT2016-09-27T05:32:49Z

These days, it's not so easy to shock the public. But somehow, Italian director Romeo Castellucci, who this year made his third appearance in the curated arm of the Philly Fringe festival, keeps finding new ways to do so. In Julius Caesar. Spared Parts, which ran Sept. 22-24, Castellucci presents three performers, each of whom "orates" Caesar's misfortune, but none actually speaks, at least not in the traditional sense.



Maurice Hines brings 'Tappin' Thru Life' to Penn's Landing Playhouse

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:32:45 GMT2016-09-27T05:32:45Z

After a half-hour with Maurice Hines, I needed a nap. At 72, this dancer / singer / actor / choreographer / director / mentor still radiates the energy of a teenager and the excitement of a novice performer. But Hines is no beginner.



A 'Turandot' both silly and serious

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:31:35 GMT2016-09-26T05:31:35Z

Just because Opera Philadelphia has so many new-opera projects doesn't mean the company is neglecting the crowd-pleasing front. Opening on Friday at the Academy of Music, Puccini's Turandot arrived in a determinedly high-impact production that - with expenses shared with companies in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and others - would not be dwarfed by the Metropolitan Opera's famously lavish Franco Zeffirelli extravaganza.



'The Magnificent Seven': Antoine Fuqua's fawning fan letter to Westerns

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:55:45 GMT2016-09-25T13:55:45Z

I expected great things when Training Day director Antoine Fuqua announced that he was remaking The Magnificent Seven. When I heard that novelist and screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto (Galveston, HBO's True Detective) would work on the script, I think I even got goose bumps.



Why 2016 is the year of the horror flick

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:44:29 GMT2016-09-25T12:44:29Z

It has been a year of big-budget busts at the multiplex as gigantanormous pics such as Ghostbusters, Ben-Hur, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Steven Spielberg's The BFG barely broke even - if that. The epic disaster Ben-Hur cost $100 million to make and has returned an embarrassing $26 million.



'Breaking the Waves': A great operatic package if you can take it

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:26:09 GMT2016-09-24T20:26:09Z

Unquestionably, Opera Philadelphia has developed, produced, and premiered a powerful, fully realized, artistically significant piece with Breaking the Waves. The creative team of long-promising artists - composer Missy Mazzoli, librettist Royce Vavick, director James Darrah, and soprano Kiera Duffy - all seem to surpass themselves simultaneously and with a common dramatic purpose.



Morrissey, here for sold-out Tower gig, stayed at same hotel as Trump

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:30:40 GMT2016-09-24T05:30:40Z

Morrissey offered the sold-out crowd at Upper Darby's Tower Theater equal doses of fatalistic hubris, wounded romanticism, and bruising, fanciful prose on Thursday, set to a mix of swinging, fuzzy guitars, thudding drums (and gongs!), and swishing, epic pop tones.



Weekend Movie Selections

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:30:40 GMT2016-09-24T05:30:40Z

The Magnificent Seven Good turns by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D'Onofrio can't save Training Day director Antoine Fuqua's star-studded remake of John Sturges' 1960 masterpiece. It's fun, exciting, and diverting enough. It's also entirely forgettable. 2 hrs. 12 PG-13 (extended and intense sequences of western violence, and historical smoking, some profanity, and suggestive material)



'This Must Be the Place': A man larger than life, imperfect, but human

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:36 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:36Z

Daniel Sullivan, the protagonist of Irish author Maggie O'Farrell's latest offering, This Must Be the Place, is a beleaguered man. As the story begins in 2010, his wife, Claudette Wells, once a world-renowned film star, has stopped loving him, and he remains haunted by the tragic death of his onetime girlfriend Nicola.



New Recordings: Beach Slang, Usher, St. Paul and the Broken BonesRatings: Excellent , Good , Fair , Poor

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:35 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:35Z

In a Beach Slang song, everything is at stake, all the time. "Play it loud, play it fast, play me something that will always last," James Alex sings on the opening "Future Mixtape for the Art Kids." "Play it tough, play it quiet, play me something that might save my life." Beach Slang is often compared to the Replacements, the brilliant 1980s Minneapolis train wreck who are back in fashion thanks to Bob Mehr's highly recommended Trouble Boys biography.



Simon Rattle, the conductor who got away, descends upon Philadelphia

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:27 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:27Z

So often missed in his absence, the ever-probing, ceaselessly charismatic conductor Sir Simon Rattle is about to be as ubiquitous as he has ever been around these parts.