June 24, 2016 |
Sure, summer blockbusters offer a few hours' respite to give your brain a vacation and escape into the air-conditioned comfort of your local multiplex. But three months is a long time to subsist on a visual diet of nothing more than caped crime-fighters, wisecracking animals, gunshots, explosions, and tire squeals. A number of local film series provide an offbeat alternative, celebrating the independent and the outrageous on a regular basis. Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (PUFF)
October 2, 2015 |
Aretha Franklin released a statement Wednesday saying she had a lovely interaction with Pope Francis on Saturday and did not realize he was sitting behind her when she performed at the Festival of Families later that evening. Franklin took her fair share of heat on social media for failing to greet the pontiff after she took the stage to perform "Amazing Grace. " All of the other performers - including emcee Mark Wahlberg and classical singer Andrea Bocelli - greeted the pope before or after singing, and he presented each with a small gift.
September 25, 2015 |
She's performed for presidents, the Queen of England, and Pope John Paul II. On Saturday, Aretha Franklin will headline the Festival of Families concert attended by Pope Francis on his historic visit to Philadelphia. The Queen of Soul talked with The Inquirer on Tuesday about what the event means to the star, a seasoned pro and lifelong Baptist; whom she's bringing with her; and the very special gift she hopes to give the pontiff. Did you reach out to volunteer for this or were you contacted?
September 25, 2015 |
COLOMBIAN rock artist, Juanes , born and raised Catholic in Colombia, said he received an invitation from the Vatican to perform at tomorrow's Festival of Families roughly three months ago. He couldn't say no. The Grammy-winning soloist will headline a performance for Pope Francis on the Ben Franklin Parkway, along with Andrea Bocelli , Aretha Franklin and the Fray (see interview with Aretha, Page 43). He'll have the backup of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir and Keystone State Boychoir, too. Juanes, 43, said that his religious upbringing has been very important to him, and he was "in shock" when he was first contacted about the concert.
September 16, 2015 |
THE PUBLIC MAY KNOW him as a Calvin Klein underwear model or Ted's bestie in the raunchy comedy "Ted" or the fellow who is trying to expunge his past criminal record, but the devoutly Catholic Mark "Marky Mark" Wahlberg is a man of faith in real life. World Meeting of Families organizers indeed announced yesterday that the actor-producer-restaurateur will emcee the Festival of Families lineup Sept. 26 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. "As a Catholic, I credit much of my success to my faith," Wahlberg said in a statement.
September 16, 2015 |
Mark Wahlberg, erstwhile rapper and underwear model whose sometimes-crude humor earned him starring roles in two comedies about a grown man and his sentient teddy bear, seems like an odd fit to host a festival for the pope. But the 44-year-old actor has long credited his Boston parish priest with guidance that helped him overcome a childhood of crime and drug use. And, after all, this pope is a progressive one. So, Marky Mark: Meet Pope Francis. Wahlberg will anchor the Saturday, Sept.
September 15, 2015 |
Aretha Franklin is slated to join the lineup of artists performing for Pope Francis at the Festival of Families Saturday, Sept. 26. The Queen of Soul will join tenor Andrea Bocelli, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Latin pop star Juanes, who was announced in June, according to sources with knowledge of the event planning. The festival will be broadcast on TV and shown on 40 Jumbotron screens throughout the city. Free tickets nearest the stage were all reserved last week but the portion of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street east is unticketed and open to all. Pope Francis is expected to attend and speak at the Festival of Families.
May 16, 2015 |
Can music save Atlantic City? With four casinos shut down last year, live music receives a big summer job: Bring bodies - and dollars - back to the beleaguered resort. The Borgata opens an outdoor venue that holds 5,000, and there's a beefed-up series of big-name shows at Boardwalk Hall (including those highlighted below), plus the Eagles on July 17 and Puerto Rican pop singer Chayanne on Aug. 20. There will once again be two giant free concerts spread over one long weekend this summer, modeled after the Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum experience of last summer, though dates and headliners are yet unknown.
January 1, 2015 |
No one needed to remind the audience at the Kimmel Center on Monday that Aretha Franklin, 72, is the reigning Queen of Soul - not the T-shirt vendors or the announcer by the side of the stage. From the first notes of Jackie Wilson's upbeat "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" to the night's playful finale, Franklin's voice showed subtlety, grace, and strength - hallmarks of her continued majesty. Aficionados who have witnessed erratic performances and late starts were pleased that Franklin hit the stage minutes after 8 p.m., ready to sing.