October 16, 2013 |
Phila. Orchestra's big night The Philadephia Orchestra has details of its concert and ball at the Academy of Music on Jan. 25. The special guest artist is a real surprise! "Who? Who?" you're asking. You'll never guess. "Who? Who?" you're still asking. It's Jill Scott ! Philly's Grammy-winning singer, songsmith, poet, actress, and Philadelphia High School for Girls alumna! Jill's following in some amazing footsteps: Audra McDonald , Jessye Norman , Kiri Te Kanawa , Itzhak Perlman , and Yo-Yo Ma . Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin said Jill "is at the absolute top. . . . What a thrill to combine her magnificent voice with our orchestra's Philadelphia Sound.
October 4, 2013 |
THE WIDOW of Tom Clancy , the mega-best-selling author who died yesterday at age 66, has roots in Philly. Alexandra Marie Llewellyn , who went by Alexandra Clancy after she married the thriller author in 1999, is the daughter of former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Philadelphia CEO J. Bruce Llewellyn , who died in 2010 with an estimated $160 million in the bank. Llewellyn led a group that bought the company that included Bill Cosby and Julius Erving . Man, I bet those were fun board meetings.
September 25, 2013 |
Down goes CC, down goes CC! The New York Yankees said Monday they have have shut down CC Sabathia for the season with a strained left hamstring. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound ace was hurt Friday in his last start, a 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium, in which he went seven innings. They said the lefthander will need about eight weeks to recover. Scully says no. You can name it after him, but he won't drive on it. The Los Angeles Times reports that Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to name a street in the City of Angels after the great Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, still at it in his 64th consecutive season.
July 14, 2013 |
Bill Cosby will be back on TV this fall, if only for one night. Comedy Central announced yesterday - on the Philly-born comedian's 76th birthday - that it would air Cosby's first televised concert special in 30 years, "Far From Finished," on Nov. 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Directed by actor and director Robert Townsend ("The Five Heartbeats"), the special will be made up of material Cosby performed last month at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center in Southern California.
July 12, 2013
Also playing it again are DVD box sets of vintage TV comedy from Shout! Factory: 1"THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS: THE COMPETE SERIES" Piles on all 147 episodes of this teen-angst comedy classic from the late 1950s-early '60s. Dwayne Hickman's Dobie pines extra hard for a kittenish Tuesday Weld, deals with rivals like Warren Beatty and puts up with a hipster dolt played by Bob Denver. 2"FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS" Animated series created, produced and hosted by Bill Cosby, about his experiences growing up in North Philadelphia.
June 25, 2013 |
One of my most vivid childhood experiences is tied inextricably to the kids' cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids . It was the first show my family sat down to watch when my dad finally, finally! , bought a color TV set. It was a hit in America, where it premiered in September 1972 as part of CBS's Saturday morning cartoon lineup. It also was a hit half a world away in my native Iran, where my two brothers and I watched religiously as Fat Albert and his gang - seven very distinct kids and one busybody duck named Cluck - had unforgettable adventures in their North Philadelphia neighborhood.
February 26, 2013
Actor Lou Myers, 76, best known for his role as ornery restaurant owner Mr. Gaines on the television series A Different World , has died. Tonia McDonald of Mr. Myers' nonprofit, Global Business Incubation Inc., said the actor died Tuesday night at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. McDonald said Mr. Myers had been in and out of the hospital since before Christmas and collapsed recently. An autopsy was planned. His TV credits included NYPD Blue , E.R. , and The Cosby Show . He also appeared in a number of films, including Tin Cup , and How Stella Got Her Groove Back . A Different World ran from 1987-93 and originally starred Lisa Bonet of Cosby fame.
February 19, 2013 |
ROBERT AVERY, the founder and president of the Philadelphia Wax Museum, admits that people often get the wrong idea about his museum: They think it actually exists. Type "Philadelphia Wax Museum" into Google and you might reach the same conclusion - that it's a real place with wax figures of real Philadelphians, from Betsy Ross to Bill Cosby. Why? For starters, the news release says so. "Our museum offers veterans a 30 percent discount on admission," Avery is quoted as saying in a release announcing that the museum is "a reality.
August 31, 2012 |
Think things were bad for Prince Harry back home after reports of his Vegas game of strip billiards? Well, if new reports about his carousing are true, then he's royally funked. RadarOnline says Harry and his retinue didn't engage only in innocent games of strip billiards, but were carousing in manners hard-core. "Things got pretty crazy in Prince Harry's suite that night," Anonymous Source tells Radar. "Everyone was drinking and drugs were also being used by some people.
August 2, 2012
Fat Albert probably won't be there. He grew up in the Richard Allen Homes project mostly in the imagination of Bill Cosby, who, in his comedy routines, recounted their adventures as kids in the iconic North Philadelphia public-housing project. But hundreds of others are expected to attend the 22nd Annual Richard Allen Homes Reunion, Saturday at Lemon Hill, 33rd and Poplar streets, in Fairmount Park. The Original Richard Allen Committee is hosting the annual picnic starting at noon.