July 11, 2014 |
YOU WOULDN'T expect that a French-trained executive chef in a French-owned hotel chain would have boyish charm and a Midwestern accent that could cast him in an episode of "Fargo. " Yet here's Justin Perdue, who arrived from Chicago this spring to take over the kitchen at Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia, on 17th Street. Originally from Wisconsin, Perdue, 33, trained in Manhattan at the French Culinary Institute and worked under fellow FCI alum Bobby Flay at Bar Americain. Perdue eventually moved to Chicago, working at several places before becoming sous chef at the Michelin-starred Sixteen under chef Frank Brunacci.
June 30, 2014 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - By the time Kevin Allred walked in, his students had just finished discussing the day's reading on black feminism and Billie Holiday, had tied the ideas to some of Beyoncé's work, and had begun analyzing the identity politics in her songs and videos. For what looks at first glance like just a fun undergraduate class at Rutgers University on the reigning queen of pop, his students sure were going above and Beyoncé. As Kanye West rapped in the background, Allred began discussing his latest album, Yeezus , comparing it with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy ("So good")
June 27, 2014 |
SOME SAY there's nothing new in the Afghan war documentary "Korengal," but the context of its release certainly makes it feel urgent. Surely the movie should be seen by Tony Blair and/or Dick Cheney, who are now trying to put their let's-go-back-to-Iraq band (the Zombies?) back together. "Korengal" is assembled from footage Sebastian Junger (and killed-on-the-job war cinematographer Tim Hetherington) couldn't fit into "Restrepo," the you-are-there Afghan war documentary about GIs stationed at a remote outpost on a mountain top overlooking a Taliban-infested valley, one of the few really good views of the war afforded moviegoers during that conflict.
June 15, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - One day, he's driving home the game-winning runs in the Class AAAA state championship game and the next, La Salle High junior Brian Buckley is headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point to learn about life as a cadet. As far as fulfilling goals and realizing dreams go, Buckley won the weekend. The 6-foot, 208-pound Huntingdon Valley resident, sprayed a liner up the middle with the bases loaded in yesterday's eighth inning, plating two runs and pushing the Explorers toward a 4-2 triumph over feisty Conestoga at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
June 13, 2014 |
BRAD SCHNEIDER was just a sophomore for La Salle High in 2012 when he stepped to the plate, knees knocking in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA playoffs. Schneider, who missed nearly that entire Catholic League season with an ankle injury, was called upon in the seventh inning in a sacrifice-bunt situation against Central Dauphin. "First at-bat pretty much of that whole year," Schneider said Wednesday as the Explorers (18-5) prepared for today's PIAA championship game. "I was so nervous, but I got the bunt down and, on the next pitch, Ryan Otis hit a sacrifice fly and we went to the semifinals.
June 11, 2014 |
Once on the brink of being a spectator in the district and state playoffs, La Salle is now a win away from a second PIAA Class AAAA baseball championship in three seasons. "It's pretty special," senior righthander Dom Cuoci said. "We're fortunate to be where we are. When it happens, you really have to savor it. That's what we're doing. " In Monday's state semifinal against Spring-Ford, Cuoci, a senior righthander, pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Explorers downed Spring-Ford, 3-0, in 1 hour, 19 minutes at Neumann University in Aston.
June 11, 2014 |
IN THE CUOCI family, at least one apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree. In fact, as ultra-intense La Salle High senior Dom Cuoci dominated on the mound yesterday at Neumann University, his father, Lorenzo, stood behind the fence in rightfield barking out encouragement with an unmistakable baritone. "Oh, I can hear him," Cuoci said yesterday after his two-hit shutout lifted the Explorers, 3-0, against Spring-Ford in the Class AAAA semifinals. The Explorers will face District 1 No. 3 seed Conestoga on Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College.
June 9, 2014 |
Just as the Franklin Institute eases into its new 53,000-square-foot, $41 million Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, which opens Saturday, the science center figures it needs to get out of the building more often. And it is. The 190-year-old institute is opening science high schools in Egypt and Philadelphia, training teachers in science curriculum, and developing programs that turn on young scholars to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Some of these programs are well-established.
June 7, 2014 |
Carlos Santana has been and done many things in his 40-year-plus career as a guitarist and composer, but one thing the Mexican-born titan of psychedelic rock has avoided, until now, was an album solely dedicated to his ethnic roots. Santana, 66, who plays the Borgata on June 13 and 14, just never felt the need to make a Latin music album. "For us, it's a way of life, not a product or a project," he explains. "All in due time. " "Due time" arrived in May, when Santana's latest album, Corazon , appeared.
June 4, 2014 |
IT WAS MID-MAY and Dom Cuoci's distinguished baseball career at La Salle College High was all but over. Slowed by late-season back problems, the 6-3, 210-pound righthander could only sit inside his Doylestown home and watch television, ice packs affixed to his body, as the Catholic League playoffs went on without him. After the Explorers lost to Ss. Neumann-Goretti in the CL losers bracket on May 17, the only chance for a state-title run was...