August 26, 2014 |
Audiences interested in a crash course in Afro-futurism had a chance to see the genre's past and future in Philadelphia last week. Founding father George Clinton played the Ardmore Music Hall on Wednesday, while current torchbearers Shabazz Palaces landed at Union Transfer on Friday, performing for a small but rapt crowd. The duo plays a warped sci-fi mutation of hip-hop that incorporates equal doses of EDM and old-fashioned eccentricity and makes their music sound like nothing else on the current scene.
August 5, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A day after sending shock waves through the boxing world, Bernard Hopkins arrived at Revel Casino sporting a light-blue sports jacket over a yellow V-neck, a main event on his mind. After obliging a throng of fans' requests to pose for photos, the North Philadelphia native took a seat in a brown fold-up chair, just a step or two from the blue canvas and black ropes constructed in the casino's 5,500-person amphitheater. Hopkins, 49 years young, was there to watch his next opponent.
July 16, 2014
ARE YOU just hungover from a night of hard partying - or were you abducted by aliens? Apparently it can be difficult to tell, based on this selection of questions that the Mutual UFO Network asks on a questionnaire to determine if you are "an experiencer. " * Have you awoken in bed to find beings in your bedroom? Did you move your body or cry out and then become paralyzed? * Do you have memories of moving rapidly through the air under someone else's control when you were awake in bed and observed intruders in your bedroom?
July 16, 2014 |
THE WAY David M. Jacobs sees it, aliens from outer space have been kidnapping humans for aeons and sexually molesting them to create human-alien hybrids that walk among us today undetected and will soon take over Earth. He knows that sounds crazy. But he long ago quit caring what people think of him. As director of the International Center for Abduction Research, Jacobs, 71, has made it his life's mission to investigate claims of extraterrestrial abduction. "What I'm doing will either be an interesting but nonessential footnote to popular culture or the most important thing that's ever happened to humankind.
June 6, 2014 |
THINK of "Edge of Tomorrow" as an overdue Harold Ramis tribute movie. Comparisons to Ramis' "Groundhog Day" have already been widely noted - a soldier (Tom Cruise) battling aliens is fated to live the same combat day repeatedly, until he figures out how to outflank his Earth-invading foe. Less widely noted are similarities to "Stripes," the fish-out-of-water service comedy that had Bill Murray misplaced in the U.S. Army, using his slacker charm to transform a company of misfits into a cohesive unit.
October 29, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It was not the retired "Executioner" or the newly minted "Alien" persona that Karo Murat brought out in IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins in their title fight on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall. Annoyed by several dirty tactics employed by his challenger from Germany, Hopkins went way back in his 25-year boxing career - before he became the oldest man to win a world title, before he became a record-setting middleweight champion, even before he became known as "B-Hop.
October 18, 2013 |
Bernard Hopkins, boxing's oldest world champion, wanted to show off his new purchase. But his black boxing gloves created a challenge for the 48-year-old to grasp the alien mask he had bought last month at a Columbus Boulevard costume store. His strength trainer, Danny Davis, put down the purple Styrofoam noodles he was swinging at Hopkins and helped the fighter pull the mask over his face. "They're really going to be checking my blood after this fight. This guy's the alien," said Hopkins, who will defend his IBF heavyweight title on Oct. 26 against 30-year-old Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 knockouts)
October 18, 2013 |
IN LESS THAN 3 months, future Hall of Fame boxer and North Philadelphia native Bernard Hopkins will celebrate his 49th birthday. Despite his age, the oldest fighter ever to win a world championship continues to fight younger opponents at the sport's highest stage, next defending his IBF light-heavyweight title against Karo Murat, 30, on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Formally known as "The Executioner," Hopkins used yesterday's press conference as an opportunity to prove he is still in fine physical shape and to introduce his new identity: The Alien.
July 8, 2013
The Humans A Novel By Matt Haig Simon & Schuster. 256 pp. $25. Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler On Vonnadoria, there are no comforting delusions, no religion, no love, hate, passion, or remorse, no names, no husbands or wives, no death. Reason reigns, and every action originates in a logical motive. Vonnadorians can travel great distances, rearrange their biological ingredients, renew and replenish them. They understand that if the rate of mathematical advancement of Earthlings "exceeds their psychological maturity, then action needs to be taken.
June 22, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My parents asked us to match their contributions to our children's savings accounts. While this is well-intentioned advice, we are focusing (in our early 30s) on shoring up our retirement reserves and paying down debt. Not to mention, we both work, and two kids in day care is a significant expense that won't be there forever. I started explaining all this, and I think I did a decent job doing so, but realize I should have said something more along the lines of "If you want to contribute, that's great, but our financial decisions are our business.