Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:37:14 GMT2016-09-28T05:37:14Z
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:37:14 GMT2016-09-28T05:37:14ZAt 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."
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:33:41 GMT2016-09-28T05:33:41ZClinton-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.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:03:54 GMT2016-09-28T01:03:54ZLittle 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!"
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:43:57 GMT2016-09-27T14:43:57ZLupita 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.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:20:20 GMT2016-09-27T14:20:20ZWeblede here
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:32:49 GMT2016-09-27T05:32:49ZThese 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.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:32:45 GMT2016-09-27T05:32:45ZAfter 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.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:31:35 GMT2016-09-26T05:31:35ZJust 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.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:55:45 GMT2016-09-25T13:55:45ZI 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.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:44:29 GMT2016-09-25T12:44:29ZIt 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.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:26:09 GMT2016-09-24T20:26:09ZUnquestionably, 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.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:30:40 GMT2016-09-24T05:30:40ZMorrissey 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.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:30:40 GMT2016-09-24T05:30:40ZThe 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)
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:36 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:36ZDaniel 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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:35 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:35ZIn 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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:27 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:27ZSo 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.