September 13, 2014 |
The title of Paul Thorn's new album comes from something he heard while growing up in Tupelo, Miss., where he still lives. " 'Too blessed to be stressed' - I got that phrase from an old black woman I used to go to church with, Sister Johnson," Thorn, 50, recalls from a tour stop in Connecticut. "One morning when I was a kid, I asked her how she was doing, and she said, 'Oh, I'm too blessed to be stressed.' "That phrase stuck in my head. All the songs on this record were intentionally put together to make the listener feel good.
September 11, 2014 |
A controversial redevelopment in downtown Ardmore is back on track after the state restored $10.5 million in grants that were previously pulled from the project. Carl Dranoff, president of Dranoff Properties, said the funding was critical for a high-rise apartment and retail complex across from the Ardmore train station. "Up until Friday, we didn't have a project," he said. "We kept plowing ahead during the whole 2014, advancing our plans and approvals on the hope that we would be ready to begin should we receive the grant.
August 28, 2014 |
STARTING Monday, SEPTA will extend its citywide "Pay As You Enter" fares to the last outpost of distance-dependent "Pay As You Exit" fares when it converts Suburban Transit Routes leaving 69th Street Transportation Center. This eliminates "Pay As You Exit" logjams - exiting riders had to pay at the front while incoming riders were boarding there. Cash fares for all bus, subway and trolley riders are $2.25, except for premium routes 123, 124 and 125 to King of Prussia/Valley Forge ($3.75)
August 24, 2014 |
At age 73, George Clinton continues his life's mission to save this dying world from its funkless hell. He and the dozen or so members of Parliament Funkadelic who sprawled across the stage Wednesday night at the Ardmore Music Hall did more than their fair share to fight this good fight during a robust show that stretched on for more than 2 1/2 hours. A packed house that at 10 p.m. was eagerly chanting along with the battle cry of "Give up the funk" was left exhausted a little past midnight, much of the crowd having had their fill of the funk long before the septuagenarian bandleader was through giving it up. The George Clinton that appeared to a rousing ovation on Wednesday was not quite the George Clinton the crowd may have expected.
June 22, 2014 |
Six months after Gov. Corbett pulled back $12 million in state funding for residential and commercial development meant to boost downtown Ardmore, the plan's fate remains muddled. Friends of the $50-million-plus project by developer Carl Dranoff are pressing for the money to be restored; critics want it blocked. "There are strong feelings from a number of different entities," Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni said Friday. "The governor wants all of that information. Once that flow of information stops, he'll make a decision.
May 20, 2014 |
The M&Ms obviously didn't wrack their brains coming up with what to call themselves. The candy-coated name was inspired by the shared second initial of the four members of the newly formed supergroup - singer and guitarist Papa Mali, keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Robert Mercurio, and drummer Stanton Moore. That tossed-off idea is in line with the band's feel-over-thinking vibe, which they displayed at the Ardmore Music Hall on Friday night. All four members share virtuosic talents they place in service of uncomplicated, groove-based music.
April 12, 2014 |
In a raucous meeting that didn't end until 1:15 a.m. Thursday, members of the Lower Merion Township commissioners' Building and Planning Committee approved the preliminary land development plan for an apartment and retail building and parking project. Three commissioners voted against it, while 10 voted in favor of moving it along to next week's full Board of Commissioners meeting for final approval. While the project still would have to go through other township reviews, get permits, and meet more conditions if it is signed off on next week, the remaining actions would require only administrative approval from township staff.
April 11, 2014 |
ARDMORE The latest chapter in a decadelong effort to boost downtown Ardmore and renovate its train station unfolded Wednesday night in the Lower Merion Township administration building as commissioners reviewed part of a controversial residential and retail project. During a contentious meeting at which commissioners spoke testily to one another and township staff, Building and Planning Committee members spent about three hours discussing whether to recommend approval of a preliminary land-development plan from Dranoff Properties whose result would be a new building with 121 apartments, ground-level retail space, and parking.
March 21, 2014 |
Many singer/songwriters have written songs of political protest, and others have delved into sci-fantasy. But no songwriter other than Paul Kantner has produced surprising works - hits, even - that touched on both sci-fi and politics. As cofounder/guitarist of Jefferson Airplane in the '60s, then Jefferson Starship in the '70s, Kantner turned psychedelic rock into his own socially conscious, freedom-seeking platform. On Friday, Kantner brings his newest version of Starship (featuring original and new members)
January 27, 2014 |
Elke M. Shihadeh, 78, of Ardmore, an expert in the art of hand bookbinding and historic-document restoration, died of pneumonia Wednesday, Jan. 15, at home. The former Elke Nissen practiced the highly specialized craft of restoring rare books with her husband, Fred H. Shihadeh, from her early 20s into her 70s. Mrs. Shihadeh had a special expertise in the restoration of damaged papers of historical significance. She personally restored the broadsides announcing the Declaration of Independence.