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NEWS
March 25, 2012
1. d. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. " 2. j. "The Times They Are A-Changin'. " 3. h. "Song to Woody. " 4. b. "Highway 61 Revisited. " 5. f. "I Want You. " 6. g. "Lay, Lady, Lay. " 7. c. "If Not for You. " 8. a. "Blowin' in the Wind. " 9. i. "Subterranean Homesick Blues. " 10. e. "It Ain't Me, Babe. "
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2011
Philadelphia City Hall, movie star and venue From Carrie Rickey's "Flickgrrl" http://www.philly.com/flickgrrl City Hall is no stranger to movie stardom. It has enjoyed featured roles in Nasty Habits , Winter Kills , Blow Out , and Twelve Monkeys , among others. Come Monday, Billy Penn's beaux-arts perch will do double duty as movie star and movie theater when Philadelphia , Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning film starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor's Screening Room as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival's "FilmadelphiaCLASSICS" series screening locally shot movies at the locations where they were filmed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The elements of George Crumb's "American Songbook" series have arrived in such quick succession in recent years that a return to them at Orchestra 2001's Crumb@85 celebration Sunday at the Curtis Institute's Gould Hall revealed few shocks but a more cultivated sense of poetic meaning. The sixth songbook, Voices From the Morning of the Earth (2007), occupied the program with performers who have long lived with this music: his daughter Ann Crumb, baritone Randall Scarlata, Marcantonio Barone on piano, and a five-member ensemble playing something like 150 percussion instruments.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1989 | By Jody Leader, Los Angeles Daily News
It takes talent, wit and a lot of baking-powder biscuits. Leave it to Garrison Keillor to write "The Ballad of Peanut Butter" (sung to the tune of "The Sweetest Gift a Mother's Smile") and "Tuna the Food of My Soul" (sung to the tune of "Whispering Hope"). Who else could create an entire eight-stanza song titled "Am I Boring"? For those who have bemoaned the demise of his cozy Saturday evening radio show "Prairie Home Companion," Keillor has recently released a two-tape set of favorite skits and songs from his past shows.
NEWS
November 19, 2001 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
As you peered into the crowd assembled for Bob Dylan Saturday at the First Union Spectrum, you saw Phish-generation hippie aspirants gyrating next to well-groomed, classic-rock-loving middle managers, young bucks alongside graybeards who went to college on Highway 61 Revisited. You saw the folks for whom "Blowin' in the Wind" is a touchstone, as well as worshippers addicted to a sound a million miles away from that '60s anthem - the syrupy blues of the recent Love and Theft. Dylan captivated them all. The singer and songwriter, who turned 60 earlier this year, is the only popular music figure who remains relevant to at least four generations of listeners: not as some sort of relic, but a thinker and roots-music scholar who continues to evolve his own language.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2000 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
When Bob Dylan finished singing a verse of "Desolation Row" Friday night at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre in Camden, he gave a perplexed little squint into the crowd and stepped away from the microphone, as he's done for decades. Then he began to play. The guitar was acoustic, but the ideas electric. Leaning on just three notes, he jabbed and jawboned through the form, placing his phrases at odd angles, relishing the tensions he'd created. He wasn't merely riffing. He worked heatedly, pushing toward some mythic crossroads where Thelonious Monk goes mano-a-mano with Lead Belly.
NEWS
March 23, 1988 | By ROBERT STRAUSS, Daily News Staff Writer
The answer, my friend, is different with each singing of "Blowin' in the Wind. " "You want the feelings to be different, or at least of a different genre, each time you hear a song or look at a piece of art," said Mary Travers, the sultry-voiced - dare we remind ourselves - grandmother of Peter, Paul and Mary, who will be in concert at the Academy of Music tomorrow night. "I sang 'Blowin' in the Wind' with Dr. (Martin Luther) King on the March on Washington in 1963. You know, 'How many years can some people exist, before they're allowed to be free?
NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
What do artists owe their audience? To play the hits? To give the people what they want, and their money's worth besides? Or is a performer's primary obligation to follow an artistic muse and allow fans to decide whether they want to come along for the ride? I had been flipping Sides A and B of that musical debate around in my mind quite a bit this summer, even before I saw Father John Misty take the argument to extremes last weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden.
NEWS
August 28, 2003
With Paul Stookey and Mary Travers, Peter Yarrow has been singing in Peter, Paul and Mary since 1961. One of many highlights of the trio's career happened 40 years ago on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the civil rights march in Washington, when they performed "The Hammer Song" (If I Had a Hammer) and "Blowin' in the Wind. " Yarrow recently spoke to The Inquirer about the march and Peter, Paul and Mary's role in it. Inquirer: How did you hear about the march? Peter Yarrow: Harry Belafonte gave us a call and invited us down.
NEWS
October 7, 2008 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
George Crumb's compositional comeback has been wonderfully hectic, as if all the music he didn't write in the last decade has been flooding into the current one, in a series of folk song and hymn collections that show him sticking to a particular genre as never before. With the sixth of his songbooks, Voices From the Morning of the Earth, we have a clearer idea why: The composer has hatched a particularly viable forum for his keen social awareness. Such qualities have been apparent before, but the singularity of his language could have you listen long and hard to his string quartet Black Angels and still not get its Vietnam War commentary.
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NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
What do artists owe their audience? To play the hits? To give the people what they want, and their money's worth besides? Or is a performer's primary obligation to follow an artistic muse and allow fans to decide whether they want to come along for the ride? I had been flipping Sides A and B of that musical debate around in my mind quite a bit this summer, even before I saw Father John Misty take the argument to extremes last weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2016 | By Jon Bream, Tribune News Service
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minn. He's better known as Bob Dylan, the man who changed popular music with his words, voice, and vision. In honor of Dylan's diamond jubilee birthday on Tuesday, here are 25 things to know about the man many consider rock's greatest songwriter. 1. He lived his first six years in Duluth, his next 12 years in Hibbing, and a year or two in Minneapolis before launching his career in New York City. 2. As a youth in Hibbing, Bobby Zimmerman listened to rhythm and blues, country and rock on late-night radio stations from the South.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The elements of George Crumb's "American Songbook" series have arrived in such quick succession in recent years that a return to them at Orchestra 2001's Crumb@85 celebration Sunday at the Curtis Institute's Gould Hall revealed few shocks but a more cultivated sense of poetic meaning. The sixth songbook, Voices From the Morning of the Earth (2007), occupied the program with performers who have long lived with this music: his daughter Ann Crumb, baritone Randall Scarlata, Marcantonio Barone on piano, and a five-member ensemble playing something like 150 percussion instruments.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012
Bob Dylan / Mark Knopfler Bob Dylan used his touring band to record Tempest , his strong new album, but they have yet to work many of its songs into the nightly set lists of the "Never-Ending Tour. " That's no reason to hesitate checking out Monday's show at the Wells Fargo Center, though. Dylan still reinvents songs from throughout his career each night, and he's now leading the band from behind a baby grand piano. Even predictable songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "All Along the Watchtower" can receive radical makeovers, and what might be perfunctory one night could be revelatory the next.
NEWS
March 25, 2012
1. d. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. " 2. j. "The Times They Are A-Changin'. " 3. h. "Song to Woody. " 4. b. "Highway 61 Revisited. " 5. f. "I Want You. " 6. g. "Lay, Lady, Lay. " 7. c. "If Not for You. " 8. a. "Blowin' in the Wind. " 9. i. "Subterranean Homesick Blues. " 10. e. "It Ain't Me, Babe. "
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2011
Philadelphia City Hall, movie star and venue From Carrie Rickey's "Flickgrrl" http://www.philly.com/flickgrrl City Hall is no stranger to movie stardom. It has enjoyed featured roles in Nasty Habits , Winter Kills , Blow Out , and Twelve Monkeys , among others. Come Monday, Billy Penn's beaux-arts perch will do double duty as movie star and movie theater when Philadelphia , Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning film starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor's Screening Room as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival's "FilmadelphiaCLASSICS" series screening locally shot movies at the locations where they were filmed.
SPORTS
October 14, 2009 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Will sailing together on the ocean help them avoid failing together on the ice? That is the Flyers' hope. Yesterday, with the temperature reaching 90 degrees, the Flyers held a team boat race as part of their five days of bonding activities in South Florida. Each boat was captained by a real sailor. The 4.5-mile race among five 45-foot sailboats demonstrated that the team's old guys (read: coaches) are better on the water than their players. The first-place team - coach John Stevens; assistants Jack McIlhargey, Craig Berube, and Joe Mullen; video coach Adam Patterson; and massage therapist Brad Smith - covered the course in 1 hour, 10 minutes, and 31 seconds.
NEWS
October 7, 2008 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
George Crumb's compositional comeback has been wonderfully hectic, as if all the music he didn't write in the last decade has been flooding into the current one, in a series of folk song and hymn collections that show him sticking to a particular genre as never before. With the sixth of his songbooks, Voices From the Morning of the Earth, we have a clearer idea why: The composer has hatched a particularly viable forum for his keen social awareness. Such qualities have been apparent before, but the singularity of his language could have you listen long and hard to his string quartet Black Angels and still not get its Vietnam War commentary.
NEWS
February 10, 2008 | By Gene D'Alessandro FOR THE INQUIRER
Many of the 20-year-olds who enrolled in Steve Smith's "Bob Dylan and the Sixties" class at La Salle University had never heard the songwriter croak a note. They signed up for the course because it was a requirement, or because older siblings spoke reverentially of the music god, or simply because they were curious about the mystique of a pop-culture icon, an American phenomenon who continues to inform film, television and literature. Twenty-year-old Mike McLaughlin saw a Dylan show a few years back, but was put off by the experience.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2007 | By David Hiltbrand FOR THE INQUIRER
The most desperate thing about Desperate Housewives is the way the show keeps playing the "shocking death" card. For two weeks, ABC teased Sunday's storm's-a-comin' episode as the curtain call for one of Wisteria Lane's leading lights. So who died in the tornado? Victor and Sylvia. That's not a plot twist. It's housecleaning - getting rid of two minor characters whose stories had played out. Remember Season 1, when Desperate Housefraus promised that in the next episode "one of their own is murdered"?
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