July 9, 2014 |
SO HOW did Kevin Hart spend his 35th birthday on July 5? By coming home and doing some good. On Saturday, Hart hit up his favorite cheesesteak joint, Max's Steaks (3653 Germantown Ave.), where he was swarmed by fans, including 8-year-old Kyshone Smith . Kyshone was out and about selling bottles of water and homemade jewelry with his grandmother, Janice Brown . The proceeds from their sales go to various charities in honor of Brown's daughter, Latoya Smith , and 11-month-old granddaughter, Rimanee , who were killed in 2009 along with two other young children when a driver fleeing police slammed into the Feltonville sidewalk where they were sitting.
July 7, 2014 |
It turns out your mother may be right - one rock concert could permanently damage your hearing. That is the implication of new research from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, in which mice and guinea pigs were exposed to sound at 100 decibels for two hours. That amount of noise is within federal workplace guidelines, and well below what one can hear at some concerts. Yet in the lab animals, it was enough to permanently disrupt transmission to some of the neurons in the inner ear. The findings are worrisome, as the inner ear in the lab animals is close to our own, said physiologist M. Charles Liberman, director of the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories at the hospital.
July 6, 2014 |
This year's appearance by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in front of Independence Hall to celebrate the nation's birthday was a stirring success - but without Peter Nero, or Independence Hall. The threat of stormy weather moved Thursday night's free concert indoors, to Verizon Hall. Storms of the legal sort moved Nero out. The Pops' president, Frank Giordano, recently filed in federal court a defamation claim against Nero in an episode stemming from an interview Nero gave to the Morning Call.
July 3, 2014 |
THE WAWA Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam is billed "the largest free concert in America. " And for this Friday's go-round, with a stellar lineup that includes the Roots, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez, maybe " . . . and coolest" should be added to the tout. Even Billboard magazine, the music industry bible, praised our sonic spectacular last week in a feature that also took note of music-loving Mayor Michael Nutter's semisecret past as a club DJ. (He was Mix Master Mike, working the Impulse club for nine years, starting at age 19.)
June 27, 2014 |
LEAVE IT TO Bill Cosby to turn a sad situation into a laughing matter. Cosby will hold a benefit concert for Temple's men's gymnastics program at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets, on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. In December, Temple head men's gymnastics coach Fred Turoff found out his sport was being demoted from varsity to club status. That means Turoff and his gymnasts have to raise money for the program to continue. Enter the Cos, a Philly native, who attended Temple and still bleeds Cherry & White.
June 18, 2014 |
EAGLES LINEBACKER Connor Barwin bikes from his Rittenhouse Square apartment to work most days. Riding through Point Breeze in March, he passed a dilapidated basketball court and decided it needed a facelift. He wasn't the first to think so. In fact, Barwin was late to the party. Efforts to revitalize Ralph Brooks Park, at 20th and Tasker streets, had been underway for nearly a year. With support from local nonprofit Urban Roots, the ACE Mentor Program and the Philadelphia Water Department, the goal was to transform the aging park into a local hoops hub on par with New York City's legendary Rucker Park.
June 14, 2014 |
Sharon Van Etten's surpassingly pretty songs are so all-in emotionally, so completely committed in their epic sweep, it can be tiring just to read their names: "Afraid of Nothing" . . . "I Love You But I'm Lost" . . . "Your Love Is Killing Me. " So imagine what it must be like for Van Etten, who plays Union Transfer on Wednesday with her band in support of her new album, Are We There , to sing them every night. "My songs are cathartic, and they can be exhausting, for sure," says the 30-year-old singer, talking on the phone from her apartment in Manhattan this week.
June 5, 2014 |
TOKYO - For once, the Philadelphia Orchestra did the applauding. U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy was said to be a possible guest at the orchestra's second Suntory Hall concert Tuesday, but nobody knew for sure whether it would happen or what form her visit would take. On Monday, fellow Ambassador Nicholas Platt, a close Philadelphia Orchestra associate, let slip that she was committed to coming, but added, "Your lips are Velcro. " Roughly an hour before the concert was to begin, the backstage area at Suntory started buzzing, and musicians began lining up near one of the dressing rooms.
June 2, 2014 |
READY FOR some musical "Hot Fun in the Summertime"? How much can you take? Afford? Festival-mania heats up, fowl-weather-phobic acts come out of hibernation and large-capacity, lawn-enhanced "sheds" like the Mann (now solidly booked with good acts) and the Susquehanna Bank Center reopen for the season. Hardly a day or night will go by this summer without several interesting options. These 14 have larger-than-life (you'll be talking about this for weeks) potential: 7th Annual Roots Picnic, May 31. Will the Roots shizzle with Snoop Dogg?
May 25, 2014 |
Though Rickie Lee Jones started as a post-Beat Gen babe with cocky, restless wiles - a wordsmith reminiscent of poet Anne Waldman with the musicality of Joni Mitchell - time has shown her to be more stately and adventurous than her boho-folk jazzbo start. She became the soul of complexity, lyrically and sonically, as her music opened to great spaciousness. Balm in Gilead , Jones' last disc of originals, found her in a cheerful, intimate mood, pulling her strains of blues, folk, Tin Pan Alley jazz, and cool contemporary oddity into one blunt vortex.