September 2, 2013 |
Her great-grandmother had lived long into old age, enjoying the role of matriarch of a large family whose members now spanned thousands of miles from the Caribbean to the northeastern United States. It was in her first week of soccer camp after her seventh-grade year that the family received news of bisabuela 's death in San Juan. Her parents decided the whole clan should go to Puerto Rico for the funeral to celebrate her great-grandmother's rich life. Beyond the funeral, it had been an exciting trip, playing with cousins and friends, enjoying fireworks in Old San Juan, taking a relaxing visit into the country, and looking up at the stars from the back of a pickup truck.
June 7, 2012 |
As world-music bills go, Tuesday's double-headliner at Union Transfer — pairing the Cambodian American band Dengue Fever of Los Angeles and northeastern Syria's electro-street-pop/ethno-party-jam vocalist Omar Souleyman — held promise. But groundbreaking? Or even, perhaps, Philadelphia's best onstage international mash-up of the year? Unexpected — yet it happened when the two acts joined forces for a spell. Both artists have wowed Philly before. Souleyman, the dabke genre master who has sung in Arabic and Kurdish on more than 600 releases (mostly cassettes)
June 2, 2012 |
Family Pedaling for good. It's the first Sunday in June and time for the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. This year, a new event has been added as a fund-raiser for local charities. The Bicycling Magazine Open, this Gran Fondo, or "Big Ride," will allow riders to pedal all or parts of the 14.7-mile circuit for up to three laps. The route begins on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, heads out Kelly Drive to Manayunk, climbs the infamous Manayunk Wall, winds through Fairmount Park, descends Lemon Hill and runs back past the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the finish line on the Parkway.
June 1, 2012
The Clean From their antipodean home of Dunedin, New Zealand, in the 1980s, the Clean were the secret architects of '90s American indie rock. The catchy, droning, experimental guitar sounds crafted by brothers David and Hamish Kilgour with Robert Scott provided the blueprint for angular indie luminaries and professed fans such as Pavement and Yo La Tengo. The band's releases have been few and far between, thanks to side projects (like Scott's the Bats) and Hamish's move to New York; tours have been rarer still.
July 1, 2011 |
When Eileen Harris moved to her Wyncote home three years ago, the first summer cookout was a painful surprise. "We realized pretty soon into it that we had a bad mosquito problem. In the heat of the season, we basically can't go out after dusk. It gets wicked out there. " For those who attract the biting bloodsuckers, summertime in the Philadelphia region is a war of epic proportions, pitting human vs. nature. And for now, it seems, the humans are losing. "If there's one mosquito in the house, it will find me," says Peicha Chang, resident of East Falls and owner of Falls Flowers.
March 31, 2011
A Holocaust site to be revamped VIENNA, Austria - Austrian authorities presented plans Wednesday to revamp the site of the Mauthausen Nazi concentration camp, now a memorial, calling it an important contribution to preventing the resurgence of extremism. The Nazis shot, gassed, beat, or worked to death about half the 200,000 inmates in the main camp and its affiliates around the villages of Mauthausen and Gusen, near the city of Linz. It is now a site for commemorating Holocaust victims.
March 4, 2008 |
A few seconds into Dengue Fever's third CD, Venus on Earth, a two-note organ vamp is blotted out by what sounds like long-distance radio static, squelching and bleeping and eventually resolving itself into song. Drawing on the Cambodian pop music of the 1960s, itself a hybrid incorporating American surf and garage rock, and infusing it with a dose of 21st-century self-awareness, the L.A. band's music is tuned between stations, with occasional bursts of static. Dengue Fever's nucleus is guitarist and songwriter Zac Holtzman, whose foot-long beard makes him look like a wayward rabbi, and singer Chhom Nimol, who emigrated from Cambodia in 2000.
September 23, 2006 |
Dengue Fever, the California garage band dedicated to authentic '60s Cambodian psychedelic-pop, touched off some feverish dancing Thursday night at International House. Featuring the powerful, high whine of Ch'hom Nimol, a Cambodian who sings mostly in Khmer, the band's jumpy recordings are touched by Bollywood and Ethiopian ambience. But in a live setting, Dengue Fever is delectably blunter. Its stinging, surf-inspired melodies and layers of Asian modal music got fired up by Ethan Holtzman's Farfisa organ swirls, the buzz of Zac Holtzman's twangy guitars, and an insistent but sensitive rhythm section - bassist Senon Williams, drummer Paul Smith - that could pump hard and loll fluidly.
December 29, 2004 |
As the toll in the Asian earthquake catastrophe passed 58,000, humanitarian groups and governments across the globe launched the largest relief effort in history yesterday in a desperate race to save thousands of tsunami survivors facing a new threat from disease. Health experts warned that illnesses linked to contaminated water, poor sanitation and cramped living conditions could add tens of thousands of victims to the death toll from Sunday's earthquake-driven monster waves. The magnitude of the disaster, affecting a dozen countries along a 3,000-mile arc from Indonesia to the Horn of Africa, overwhelmed relief agencies.