LAURA GOLDMAN

Developer calls hotel group's tax break dissent 'hypocritical'

Brook Lenfest Credit: ProvidedWhile most City Council finance committee hearings are yawn-worthy, Thursday’s hearing will more closely resemble the movie “High Noon.”Brook Lenfest, the scion of the region’s most generous philanthropist H.F. Gerry Lenfest, is requesting authorization for $33...

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 5:54 PM

Nutter heading abroad to Israel, UK for two weeks

Mayor Michael Nutter.Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro.Mayor Michael Nutter is heading to the United Kingdom and Israel Friday for two weeks to lead a trade mission.He’ll join Jack Ferguson, CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, in attending the travel expo World Travel Market in...

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 11:58 PM

Newtown Square native performs with Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-yo ma. Credit: Wiki CommonsGeorge Horner, a 90-year-old retired physician from Newtown Square, admitted yesterday to “being nervous” for the first time. Significant for a man who narrowly escaped death from Nazi firing squads in 1944.The former Jefferson University Medical School professor made...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 6:14 PM

Whoopi Goldberg to Temple students: 'Know your $%#&'

Whoopi Goldberg. Credit: WikimediaIconic actress Whoopi Goldberg may not have finished high school, said David Boardman, new dean of Temple University's School of Media and Communication, "but she went to Temple today."Goldberg, who is one of the few artists to have won Oscar, Grammy, Tony and...

Friday, October 18, 2013, 5:28 AM

How to do a breast self-exam

Dr. Marisa Weiss is a survivor of breast cancer.Credit: BreastCancer.orgDr. Marisa Weiss calls herself a dual citizen in the world of breast cancer. Weiss, a practicing breast cancer oncologist at Lankenau Medical Center near Philadelphia, is founder and president of BreastCancer.org, the world’s...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 4:46 PM

The man behind the celebs: Bobby Turner brings Ashton Kutcher to Penn

K. Robert "Bobby' Turner, right, and tennis star Andre Agassi. Credit: ProvidedReal estate mogul K. Robert “Bobby” Turner has brought celebrities like Eva Longoria and Andre Agassi to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for his speaker series. On Wednesday, he brings Ashton...

Monday, September 16, 2013, 11:55 PM

Progressive Daylin Leach wants to legalize marijuana

State Sen. Daylin Leach has many progressive views. Credit: ProvidedPennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach, whose district includes part of Montgomery and Delaware counties, is considered one of the most progressive legislators in the state.There isn’t a progressive cause, from gay marriage equality...

Monday, September 2, 2013, 10:43 PM

Home2Suites: Kind of ugly, but good for the city

The Home2Suites Hotel in Center City. Credit: Charles Mostoller/MetroJoseph Zuritsky, chairman and CEO of Parkway Corporation, agrees with critics that his new hotel, the Home2Suites near the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is ugly.“I would have preferred granite too," he admitted. "As it was, it...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 11:37 PM

Talented Philadelphians hope for Apollo glory

Amateur Night gives unknowns with day jobs the chance to own the stage. Credit: Shahar AzranEleven hours before Saturday's open auditions for Amateur Night at the legendary Apollo Theater, lines were already forming at the Kimmel Center.Marion Caffey, longtime producer, said the weekly show “gives...

Monday, July 29, 2013, 6:30 PM

Got $40K to spend on a TV? World Wide Stereo has one for you

Got $40K in the couch cushions? You can buy this 85" television. Credit: CourtesyDo you have $40,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Then World Wide Stereo has a television for you.The leading electronics retailer in Ardmore has the exclusive rights in the region to market the new Samsung 85” 4K...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:28 PM

City's S&P bond rating improves, finance official says more can be done

Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration has achieved in the midst of a bad economy something that has eluded his predecessors since 1979.The city’s $1.3 billion general obligation bonds are now rated an "A minus" with a stable outlook by American financial services company Standard & Poor's. They...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 7:56 PM

Storytellers compete to be Philly's finest

R. Eric Thomas will co-host the First Person Arts contest.Credit: Ben DrozEveryone’s got a story to tell. But some are better at it than others. The winners of First Person Arts’ monthly StorySlams will gather for the Grand Slam at Underground Arts on Friday to compete for the title of Best...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 6:29 PM

Seduction on stage in "Venus in Fur"

Mark Alhadeff and Jenni Putney share the stage in Philadelphia Theatre Company’s "Venus in Fur."Credit: George Street PlayhousePhiladelphia Theater Company is putting on a play within a play, based on an 1870 novel. Oh, and it’s an erotic novel. By Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the namesake of “...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 8:24 PM

Amanda Knox's Philly lawyer said the evidence is not there to convict her

Theodore Simon secured a witness to contest the murder weapon in Amanda Knox's trial. Courtesy PhotoTheodore Simon, the Philadelphia attorney who was instrumental in securing Amanda Knox’s freedom, says his client is doing “remarkably well.”“I spent several hours ... with Amanda in D.C.,” he said...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:43 AM

Violinist calls Philadelphia Orchestra gig 'highlight of my year'

Gil Shaham will show off his famous violin skills with the Philadelphia Orchestra.Violinist Gil Shaham has some music picked out in case he ever finds himself with a lot of free time.Brahms’ Violin Concerto, he says, “would be one of the musical masterpieces that I would take with me if I was...

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 6:52 PM

Defender: Video of kids waving fake gun should have never been online

Video surveillance screen shot. Courtesy PPDA public defender is questioning why a video of juveniles playing with a toy gun was put on the Philadelphia Police's YouTube channel.Three juveniles, ages 10, 13 and 14, were charged with harassment for pointing a toy gun at people on the street. The...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 7:27 PM

Pennsylvania Innocence Project: Group works hard for little results

PA Innocence Project. FacebookThe Pennsylvania Innocence Project, which works to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit and to prevent innocent people from being convicted, is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a “Voices of Innocents” dinner tonight.The project’s staff of...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 1:35 AM

Storm Large mixes it up for her Philly show

Storm Large will put on a show at the Keswick.Credit: Laura DomelaStorm Large will be making her Carnegie Hall debut when she sings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra tonight. But it’s the edgier Philly-area show you don’t want to miss.Large, who got her start on the CBS reality show “Rock Star:...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 11:38 PM

Get an eyeful of The Tenors

The Tenors are performing at the Merriam on May 1.Adult contemporary music may not be your go-to genre. But have you gotten an eyeful of The Tenors?Singer Clifton Murray discusses his heartthrob status with Metro from Seattle, one stop on vocal quarter’s tour for their new album, “Lead With Your...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7:30 PM

Jillian Michaels gives us her tips for staying motivated

Jillian Michaels, the bombastic personal trainer on the reality series “The Biggest Loser” is currently on a 34 city “Maximize Your Life” speaking tour. She coached this season’s winner Danni Allen, who lost an astonishing 121 pounds or 47% of her body weight. Before her appearance at the Kimmel...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 1:40 PM