Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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(Wedding) ‘March of the Penguins’ “Goldberg wedding? We’re at the Goldberg wedding?! I thought you said we were going to an Iceberg sighting! (At least, I wore formal.)” Fuhrer Takes One-Two Punch Who says German don'thave a sense of humor? Not the Jews who took home top prizes for "Go for Zucker!" at the German Film Prize conclave. Indeed, the...
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If you've ever sacrificed a platter of burgers to the incendiary powers of a backyard barbecue, or tried to convince yourself that "black and crusty" is exactly how you like your chicken, then you know, firsthand, the ambiguous blessings of cooking outdoors. On the one hand, we can all agree that a subtly, smoky barbecued steak is infinitely tastier than...
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Summer brings us peaches, the third most popular fruit in the nation, behind apples and oranges, respectively. Peaches are best eaten fresh, but, with so many around these days, they can be frozen, canned and used in a variety of ways. Peaches do not get any sweeter once they are picked. They do get softer and juicier, but never sweeter...
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A new program aims to get some city information out to the visiting public
Luke Yoder lay across his mother's lap, fighting exhaustion after a 90-degree day touring Philadelphia, his attention span all but nonexistent. It seemed that nothing could rouse the 5-year-old, especially not another story about a historical event or integral character in the nation's birth. But, lo and behold, while sitting in the lobby of the National Museum of American Jewish...
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Corn stalks stretched skyward, conspiring with a slight hill to obscure an already elusive homestead deep in Amish country. Then, almost as if by magic, the scene revealed itself, resembling nothing so much as a postcard: a barn, an elaborate birdhouse just off to the side of the driveway, a black cast-iron bell set atop a white house, a pond...
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