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  • Theater review: A Skull in Connemara

    Even before Lantern Theater Co. ‘s A Skull in Connemara starts, you know you’re in Martin McDonagh Land. Is it the large cottage room with fireplace that should look inviting but somehow doesn’t? The shabby attempts at creature comfort (record player, pea-green Barcalounger) that just make the place seem sadder? The large...

    • Jan 27, 2011
  • Wu-Tang Clan/Alien Architect

    [ hip-hop ] These days, Wu-Tang doesn’t sport the dangerous allure or the weird éclat they had in their start. Enter the Wu-Tang (1993), Wu-Tang Forever (1997) and The W (2000) were powerfully sinister-silly efforts where you were never quite certain what was going to sound off next — even when you...

    • Dec 29, 2010
  • Top 10 Classical Albums of 2010

    1. Martha Argerich (Deutsche Grammaphon) This is a newly discovered trove of recordings made by the matchless Martha Argerich between 1959 and 1967. The repertoire here ranges from small Mazurkas to the grand Sonata No. 3, but vivid intensity underlines everything this great artist plays. 2. Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Orfeo) This...

    • Dec 29, 2010
  • The Big Chill

    I can say this because I grew up there: Southwest Philly is a mess. When Philadelphians think of the area west of the Schuylkill and south of Grays Ferry — if they think of it at all — it’s because they’re cutting through it on the way to the airport. SWP is...

    • Dec 29, 2010
  • Minette Men

    [ excellent adventures ] In the unfathomably cold early-morning hours of Wed., Dec. 22, I was kidnapped out of a dark alley by a gang of rowdy, foul-mouthed chefs. And I have lived to tell the tale. To be fair, it was a willful abduction. This summer, Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La...

    • Dec 29, 2010
  • Summer is ready when you are.

    I know, I know, we’re supposed to be thinking hope and change these days, but let’s take a moment to embrace that odd tingle crawling like a tin spider up our spines: Things kind of suck right now, right? </p> Things kind of suck right now, right? Philadelphians are murdering each other....

    • May 21, 2008
  • Right About Now

    September 16-22, 2004 fall guide Right About Now G. Love on the hustle, The Hustle and the rebirth of cool. by Patrick Rapa G. Thang: “Rich Dad Poor Dad — ever read that jawn? I read it and it totally kicked me in the ass.” Photo By: Michael T. Regan Depending on...

    • Sep 16, 2004
  • On AVI, it’s yuppies vs. low-income Philly residents

    As residents in Philadelphia brace for the impact of a drastic restructuring of the city’s property tax assessment process, known as the Actual Value Initiative (AVI), Democratic state legislators held a conference yesterday at the Constitution Center to collect testimony in support of a package of state laws crucial to AVI’s implementation....

    • Nov 30, 2001
  • Johnny Doc says Nutter would have deprived past children of ice cream, fish sticks

    In a raucous protest of the the Nutter administration’s hardline stance on contract negotiations with the city’s various labor unions, John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, the electrician’s union powerbroker and Christmas enthusiast, railed against the mayor before an angry crowd of fellow union members.  His topic: fish sticks. His screed, delivered on Wednesday,...

    • Nov 30, 2001
  • The Replacement Killers

    February 5–12, 1998 movies Chow Yun-Fat (with Mira Sorvino): Cary Grant with artillery? The Replacement Killers Chow Yun-Fat goes Hollywood. Is this a good thing? by Cindy Fuchs Directed by Antoine Fuqua A Columbia Pictures Release The first feature film by Antoine Fuqua (he did the award-winning video for Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”)...

    • Jan 5, 1998

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