November 11, 2013 |
Lady Gaga is a mess. That's hardly an insult. Everyone loves a good mess. Lady Gaga knows. For Gaga - crafty songwriter and powerhouse singer - a holy mess is a fallback position. Even at her most focused, empowered, sexually driven, and aware, she can break down into schizophrenic absurdity (or downright awkwardness) - with matching costumes that make David Bowie seem buttoned-down. Now we have the new Gaga CD, titled ARTPOP (Interscope ***). ARTPOP makes a mess - then cleans it up, and just barely triumphs over the disarray.
September 1, 2013 |
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Not long after Temple's plane landed Friday, first-year coach Matt Rhule ordered the buses to take a quick swing by Notre Dame Stadium, which is expected to be sold out (80,795) on Saturday for the 234th consecutive game. "I want them to get to see the stadium, to see Touchdown Jesus," Rhule said earlier this week. "Get an appreciation for history and then move on, because we've got a game to play. " That game is finally here Saturday, on national television (NBC10, 3:30 p.m.)
August 3, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll make big plans because you realize that without them you'll be reacting to life instead of creating it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Realizing that people want what they cannot have, you'll use reverse psychology. You'll make sure that what you offer has an aura of exclusivity about it. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You can take care of yourself. You'll remind everyone where your personal boundaries lie. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You may feel something you want slipping away.
July 31, 2011
Pop Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West ***1/2) "I got me a deuce and a quarter, babe / She will ride you right," John Hiatt boasts on "Detroit Made," singing of General Motors' Buick Electra 225. The celebration of automotive style, craftsmanship, and durability is fitting, since these qualities continue to mark the work of the 58-year-old Indiana-born singer and songwriter. Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns shows Hiatt's muse to be as sharp as ever. Amid another earthy amalgam of rock, soul, blues, and country, Hiatt still writes about restless, haunted, and on-the-edge souls with the penetrating power of someone who's been there.
July 2, 2011
Music Yes/Styx. When classic rock bands from the '70s hit the road, die-hard fans are often quick to question which of the original members are in or out. Not that it really matters when it comes to Yes and Styx, the two prog-rock stalwarts headlining Monday's Let Freedom Rock Fest in Camden. The two bands' July Fourth show marks the start of their joint 22-date tour. Fans can expect to hear all the bombastic biggies - from Yes' "Roundabout" to Styx's "Come Sail Away" - along with newer material from Yes' soon-to-be released Fly From Here album and Styx's still-in-production Regeneration, Volume 2, a collection of rerecordings of hits including "Renegade" and "Blue Collar Man. " - Nicole Pensiero With guest Them Bones at the WMGK Let Freedom Rock Fest, 7 p.m. Monday, at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden.
April 26, 2011 |
On a good night, opera soprano Michelle Johnson is the bullfighter and the audience is the bull - there to be teased, attracted, provoked, and (pleasurably) slain. Though plenty of fine artists have come out of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts, few command the stage as completely as Johnson - not just with her voice but with an aura that rarely registers in photographs or the handful of live-performance videos on YouTube. And during rehearsals for the academy's forthcoming production of Don Giovanni , opening Saturday with Johnson, 28, as Donna Anna, even keen observers might not square her stage presence with the bubbly young woman from Pearland, Texas, who greets you offstage.
February 17, 2011 |
The revolution has galvanized a wave of national pride, and Egyptians have lost their fear of rulers. A2.
December 17, 2010 |
Lena Dunham's film debut, "Tiny Furniture," explores the ennui that haunts recent college graduates armed with nothing but a liberal arts degree and a sense of entitlement. Dunham wrote, directed and starred in "Tiny Furniture," and the character Aura mirrors Dunham's own life, which explains how she was able to eerily capture Aura's aimlessness, even as she lives rent-free in Manhattan. Aura is a recent graduate of an Ohio college (Dunham graduated from Oberlin in 2008) who moves back into her family's stark white Tribeca loft with no ambition or desire to leave the apartment.
August 5, 2010 |
J. Wilson Hughes, 90, of Aura, a longtime farmer and agriculture advocate who served his community as a firefighter, deputy mayor, and school board member, died after a stroke on Friday, July 30, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Voorhees. Mr. Hughes, who was born in Hardingville and was a lifelong resident of the rural town of Aura, grew up helping his father on the family farm and sometimes went with him on weekends to the Dock Street markets in Philadelphia to sell their produce.
May 4, 2010
OFTEN, THE times can influence how we define someone as much as the person themselves. In the case of actress Pam Grier, she rode a wave of black nationalism and feminist passions all the way to superstar status during the blaxploitation era of the 1970s. The karate-kicking, high-heel-wearing characters Grier portrayed in cult classics such as "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown" were fierce, independent and sexy. They hunted down bad guys and dealt their own brand of street justice. This was a novel concept at the time because it happened during a period in American cinema when it was more common for actresses to portray damsels in distress or the beautiful sidekick than to drive a narrative the way Grier's characters did. Audiences loved watching Grier beat people up on-screen while also flashing a little skin.