Quaker City Flea Market in the shadow of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge is more than a century old. Many of the items for sale on the outdoor tables look about that age too. On a recent Sunday afternoon, there are fragments of a Mister Potato Head; an Iron Butterfly album; an antique washboard; a painted plastic virgin and child; a pink violin; and a glass table with a naked mermaid pedestal. So many reverberations—tacky and urbane—of history.
Fox's new "Mental" is about a psychiatric institution and its Patch Adams-style director. And it sucks.
Stella Iliopoulos is sort of a local rock star. Although the friendly, petite 37-year-old was diagnosed with schizophrenia years ago, she’s managed to carve out a niche for herself on the ever-changing South Street—simply by going there a few days a week on and off for about 12 years. People there dig her.
This year marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. A playwright known for his unique mastery of the English language, Shakespeare also wrote a lot of beautiful, but admittedly pedantic, poems called sonnets. We know him mostly, though, because of his acute grasp of human experience told through sardonic comedies (A Midsummer’s Night Dream) or horrific tragedies [...]
Politicians are endorsing it. President Obama says it’s not so dangerous. If a Democrat wins the Pennsylvania’s governor’s race this November, it’ll be decriminalized. But for the time being, in Philadelphia, its advocates and users are still getting arrested, and receiving, in one case, two years probation and harsh fines. Chris Goldstein, a member of Philly’s [...]