July 16, 2014 |
'I'm not as good as I used to be at the late nights," Ben Watt sings in an autobiographical song about an aging DJ. He concludes: "I should douse my flame for the young man's game tonight. " "Young Man's Game," from Watt's new solo CD, Hendra , is wistful, bittersweet, and gently humorous. The music's gentle country twang contrasts with the lyrics' depiction of a club culture of Jäger-bombs and all-nighters. Watt recently halted his DJing career, but he's been active in other ways: Besides Hendra , his second solo CD, he has just published a second memoir, Romany and Tom . Tuesday, he begins a U.S. tour at the Tin Angel.
July 2, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Northside Festival, the Brooklyn-based cousin of South by Southwest (SXSW), has a lot more going on than art-house films and indie bands. Like SXSW, Northside highlights tech innovations - which is why you'll see venture capitalists and entrepreneurs roaming the events. If you can spot them, that is. Among the venture capitalists at this year's Northside was Phineas Barnes, a partner at the Philadelphia-based firm First Round Capital and a graduate of Haverford College and Penn's Wharton School.
June 23, 2014 |
When I heard that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be canonized, I knew I'd be Rome-bound. I traveled to the Eternal City for John Paul's funeral in 2005 and his beatification in 2011, sleeping on the cobblestones to ensure entrance to St. Peter's Square. It worked. This time I decided to travel with an organized group - understanding that I'd be on my own for the canonization, a non-ticketed event. Our group of 40 included a teacher, a musician, an ex-nun, a Korean couple married 50 years, and three priests: Father Matt, a high-energy West Point grad; Father Mike, blind since age 6; and Father Jose, a young Colombian priest serving in Jersey City, N.J. Ordinary people like myself embarking on an extraordinary journey.
June 15, 2014 |
This is surely David Tennant's moment. The Scottish actor's turn as a dour cop in Broadchurch was so well received he's set to return for a second season - and he's starring in an American remake, too. Tennant gives another formidable performance in PBS Masterpiece Mystery! 's otherwise mediocre BBC import, The Escape Artist , a two-part legal drama that premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on WHYY-TV. Tennant stars as Will Burton, a brilliant barrister who defends the worst criminals in London and gets them off every time.
June 8, 2014 |
Joey Gatto remembers the first time he saw Mike Trout on a baseball field. It was a Millville at Hammonton game in the Cape Atlantic League's American Division in 2009. "He hit a home run over the center-field fence," said Gatto, who lives in Hammonton. "I've been following his career ever since. " Gatto now hopes to follow in Trout's footsteps. Gatto, who just finished his senior year at St. Augustine Prep, on Thursday night was drafted by Trout's major-league team, the Los Angeles Angels.
June 7, 2014 |
The Los Angeles Angels struck gold the last time they selected a South Jersey baseball star from the Cape Atlantic League early in the major-league draft. That was superstar Mike Trout out of Millville in 2009. The Angels returned to deep South Jersey on Thursday night, grabbing St. Augustine Prep pitcher Joey Gatto with the 53d overall pick. "Another Jersey boy for your Halos," the Angels tweeted out shortly after the pick. The pick was announced by former Angels pitcher Bryan Harvey around 11:20 p.m., more than four hours into MLB Network's live coverage of the selection process.
May 16, 2014 |
The slow march Wednesday to an inevitable outcome commenced with A.J. Burnett's 15th pitch. Albert Pujols, one of the game's greatest hitters, smashed a double to right. Dan Baker announced Raul Ibanez's name, and Phillies fans howled to celebrate his return. Ibanez, 41 with a tenuous Angels roster spot, slapped a single to score Pujols. There was silence in the first inning of a 3-0 Phillies loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Apathy enveloped Citizens Bank Park - except when Mike Trout batted - on an overcast afternoon.
May 15, 2014 |
The Phillies infielders converged at the mound in the seventh inning of a 4-3 loss Tuesday night, and Cody Asche was the loneliest man in Citizens Bank Park. Mike Trout, the superstar an entire South Jersey town came to ogle, had just chopped a grounder at Asche. The 23-year-old third baseman backpedaled and lunged for the ball, which trickled past him. Now, Asche stood on the slope of the mound, a few steps from his teammates. Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure motivated Cliff Lee, who was pushed to the brink because of Asche's sloppy fielding.
May 14, 2014
A story Tuesday on baseball player Mike Trout incorrectly stated what high school California Angels manager Mike Scioscia attended. He went to Springfield High in Delaware County.
May 14, 2014 |
THE VICE MAYOR of a 28,000-person South Jersey town has been a Phillies season-ticketholder for 15 years. Sixty-eight years old, Jim Quinn's die-hard fandom dates back much longer; he was among those to suffer through the epic collapse of 1964. It's been some time since Quinn anticipated a game as much as he is tonight's against the Angels. Probably since the 2008 World Series, he guesses. "This is something really special," he said one afternoon last week in his hometown of Millville, N.J. "I'm getting goose bumps thinking about it. " The Angels' first trip to Philadelphia since 2008 coincides with the homecoming of baseball's best all-around player.