January 17, 2000 |
It would be an exaggeration to say "all eyes" of the music industry will be on Philadelphia the next few days - but not much. At least 1,500 performers and an equal number of industry professionals will be officially in the house for the seventh Philadelphia Music Conference. And several thousand more music lovers (like you and me) will be dropping in to enjoy PMC's nighttime club showcases, each featuring four or more acts striving at their very best performance level. Now the third biggest pop music conclave in the nation, PMC jump starts with a promising event Wednesday night at the Trocadero, "Decades of Philadelphia.
October 8, 1999 |
From the land that brought you the pop group Abba and IKEA furniture comes a new daily newspaper to be distributed for free on SEPTA trains, buses and trolleys. Designed to be read during a 20-minute transit ride, the 28-page publication will resemble a tabloid version of USA Today, offering snippets of local, state and national news, as well as sports, business and features. It will be produced by reporters and editors in Philadelphia starting in January. TPI Metro (short for Transit Publications Inc.)
November 10, 1998 |
Not every business has a skateboard ramp, but then not every business is like Space 1026 on Arch Street in Chinatown. On a recent afternoon, hip-hop bounced off high ceilings and lime green and gold walls; a dangling disco ball cast diamond-shaped shadows; pop-culture paintings on bedsheet canvases decorated open spaces; a cluster of twentysomethings engaged in excited conversations on vintage settees; a grunge-clad newcomer turned out 360s on...
April 2, 1998 |
It's funny, but Paul Levy doesn't look like a no-good, rotten, fascistic, anti-American, Albanian-style communistic, repressive authoritarian. He looks like a regular guy. But looks can deceive, your honor. After all, it was Levy, in his role as director of the Center City District, who just last year suggested that it might be time to do something to regulate the newspaper honor boxes on the streets. Levy thus violated one of the cardinal rules of politics: Never pick a fight with a guy who buys ink by the barrel.
February 18, 1998 |
City Paper, the free weekly paper, said it would publish an article tomorrow conceding that a backstage interview with the star and director of the New York show Freak did not take place as presented. In last week's issue, freelance writer Jim Gladstone wrote that he had met with actor John Leguizamo and Freak's writer-director, David Bar Katz, at the Cort Theatre in Manhattan after a preview performance. Leguizamo was not present, said news editor Howard Altman. His quotes were taken from a published work and patched into dialogue with Katz, Altman said.
January 29, 1998 |
It is, as Joe Klein observes in the New Yorker, the Krakatoa of bimbo eruptions. President Clinton's alleged dalliance with a young intern could bring down his administration. And it raises a question: What are the chances of a major political scandal here? The last juicy local scandal was Abscam in 1979 and 1980, when some FBI agents dressed up as sheiks and plumbed the venality of Philadelphia's political class. The result: Three city councilmen and a congressman took bribes.
December 6, 1997 |
Contending he was libeled, State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has sued the publisher of the City Paper and one of its editors, Howard Altman, over a recent column about Fumo's role on the Board of City Trusts. Fumo's lawsuit objected to Altman's use of language in the Nov. 14-20 issue of the City Paper describing the board as a "goon squad" that is "controlled by" the senator. The suit also cites Altman's characterization of the board's Stephen Girard College Trust as Fumo's "$230 million toy chest," which he uses "as private monopoly money with no accountability to anyone.
August 6, 1997 |
Martinis may be making a comeback - but margaritas, always kind of breezy and a bit wild to start with, never went away. Indeed, they've grown steadily more popular - to the point of being called America's most popular bar cocktail by those in the trade. Certainly the 400 or so people who showed up at Pompano Grille last week to sample entries in the Great Margarita Mix-Off have a special fondness for "Maggies. " A few die-hards even stuck it out through the three-hour mob scene that turned the corner of Fifth and Bainbridge into a mini-Margaritaville although the crowd seemed more South Beach than parrothead.
May 2, 1997 |
They arrived on West Market Street practically overnight - either boons to civic neatness or threats to cherished freedoms - but few passersby had any inkling of their implications. It was hard enough to figure out what they were. "A bike rack," said Marquis Hilfiger knowingly, as he studied a specimen at 16th and Market Streets. The 33-year-old box factory worker is an ardent cyclist. The object was a 3-foot-high, 8-foot-long cast-iron railing that looked something like a park bench without the bench.
April 24, 1997 |
Cheryl Dunye knew she had created something for the books when she watched the final edit of her first feature film, The Watermelon Woman. But to be denounced in the Congressional Record was not what she had in mind. "I wouldn't show [this movie] to my parents. I wouldn't show it to my wife. I wouldn't want my kids to see it. I don't think any of my friends would want to see it," Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R., Mich.) said on the House floor in June, as he introduced an amendment to cut the National of Endowment for the Arts budget by the $31,500 it spent on Dunye's work.