September 10, 2015 |
It's an unfortunate name. A new $32 million music and entertainment complex opens in Fishtown on Oct. 1, with hometown heroes Hall & Oates. Do we really have to call it the Fillmore ? Can't the club in the former Ajax Metal Co. factory have its own Philadelphia name, rather than one borrowed from a San Francisco club, one also being used for a host of other venues in the Live Nation chain? But like the name or not, the opening of the Fillmore, which will include a concert hall that holds up to 2,500 and a 450-capacity top-floor club known as the Foundry, is the biggest news of the season for the Philadelphia live music scene.
September 9, 2015 |
This fall looks to be an exciting one for dance in Philadelphia. It's year X for BalletX, as the troupe turns 10. Pennsylvania Ballet opens its action-packed first full season under artistic director Angel Corella. After 32 years at the Annenberg Center, Dance Affiliates is relocating its programming to Center City's Prince Theater with a new series, NextMove. Meanwhile, the Annenberg rebuilds its dance presence as Annenberg Center Live. Starting in October, Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series presents a season-long festival celebrating Trisha Brown, honoring the postmodern choreographer and company director, whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia, with performances, lectures and classes.
August 28, 2015 |
Chris Hurst, a Conestoga High School graduate who is now the evening news anchor at WDBJ7, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va., took to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday to express shock. His girlfriend, reporter Alison Parker, had been shot to death on live television, along with her cameraman, Adam Ward. "We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb," the 28-year-old former Temple University student wrote.
August 24, 2015
CAN'T A PREGNANT woman catch a break? Apparently not as CBS3/CW Philly meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has discovered since becoming pregnant with twin girls. Some morons don't like seeing her baby bump and have been body shaming her. They need to get over it. You'd think certain people had never seen a pregnant woman before. Ever since getting around the two-month mark, certain viewers have been sending insulting comments and emails to Fehlinger, including calling her a "sausage in casing.
August 24, 2015 |
The omnipresent thunder of nearby I-295 aside, the spot where the picturesque Centerton Bridge crosses the Rancocas Creek feels old-fashioned, even timeless. But South Jersey's suburbs continue growing on both sides of the Rancocas, and time is taking a toll on the 112-year-old span connecting Mount Laurel and Willingboro. In April, following an inspection, Burlington County abruptly and indefinitely barred all traffic from the bridge. About 14,000 vehicles a day are being detoured onto 295. "Safety has to be paramount," says county spokesman Eric Arpert, noting that Centerton's reconstruction could cost $15 million.
August 13, 2015 |
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram - the trinity of social media - have changed the way public relations professionals do business. Where once they worked mostly to get their clients in print, more PR professionals now are needed to curate a company's Web content, devise online campaigns, and develop strategies to deal with complaints and maintain corporate reputations. "The advent and continual evolution of social media has made PR even more critical to organizations," said Kate Shields, president of Vault Communications in Plymouth Meeting.
August 2, 2015 |
Zuckerberg to be a dad Now that his first issue, Facebook , has reached double digits (it was founded in 2004), Mark Zuckerberg has the time to raise a human child. The tech genius and social-media magnate on Friday said he and wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl. Things haven't been easy for the couple. "We want to share one experience to start," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page. "We've been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way. " Zuckerberg, who said sharing private stories unites people, added, "We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well.
July 11, 2015 |
Jim Kenney's famous temper was on full view the day we strolled around Center City, looking at construction sites. More specifically, we were looking at construction sites where the sidewalks had been blocked. There aren't many things that make the Democratic mayoral candidate madder than having to cross the street because of a sidewalk closure - except when contractors treat the cordoned-off space as free parking. "Tell me why that's necessary," Kenney sputtered as we reached the corner of 15th and Chestnut, where the 51-story W Hotel is going up. His face reddened, his eyes flashed.
June 3, 2015 |
In a closely watched case testing the limits of free speech, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned the Philadelphia federal court conviction in 2011 of an Allentown-area man for threatening on his Facebook page to kill his estranged wife and an FBI agent. The case has drawn national attention, in part because of its potential to define how the government can prosecute violent statements made on social media and on the Internet. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said prosecutors must show that defendants knowingly intended in their threatening statements to issue a real threat in order to secure a conviction.
May 28, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University will shut down - for three years - the fraternity whose members allegedly posted pictures of nude and partly nude women on private Facebook pages, the school said Tuesday night. President Eric Barron said the university decided against a recommendation from the student-led Interfraternity Council, the body that governs Greek life on campus, for less severe sanctions against Kappa Delta Rho. The university, which has completed its investigation, found evidence of hazing, use and sale of drugs, underage drinking, sexual misconduct and harassment, and "exploitation in terms of photographs," Barron said.