August 7, 2016 |
Matt Nathanson can't seem to sit still. Last summer, the singer/songwriter toured with Train and the Fray. After his latest album, Show Me Your Fangs , launched in October, he headed out for an acoustic set. Now, he's at it again, this time with a full band and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips as a co-headliner. Nathanson recorded his first album in 1993, while he was still in college. His music gained popularity in the mid-2000s, when songs such as "Come on Get Higher," "All We Are," and "I Saw" were featured on NCIS , Big Shots , Scrubs , and other shows.
July 31, 2016 |
What do artists owe their audience? To play the hits? To give the people what they want, and their money's worth besides? Or is a performer's primary obligation to follow an artistic muse and allow fans to decide whether they want to come along for the ride? I had been flipping Sides A and B of that musical debate around in my mind quite a bit this summer, even before I saw Father John Misty take the argument to extremes last weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden.
July 15, 2016
By Tabatha Abu El-Haj As Philadelphia prepares for the coming protests related to the Democratic National Convention - especially those that will proceed without authorization - it is worth remembering that the city has a long history with unpermitted, disruptive, and controversial marches. On Independence Day in 1795, to take just one example, citizens marched in silence through the city's major thoroughfares protesting the Washington administration's secret Jay Treaty with Great Britain.
July 15, 2016 |
Ever since Pope Francis' visit shut down Philadelphia streets, a group of cyclists and pedestrians have been clamoring for more car-free days. It appears their wish is going to come true. City officials have confirmed that on Sept. 24 they will temporarily close a swath of the city from South Street to Fairmount Park to vehicular traffic. Clarena Tolson, deputy managing director for infrastructure and transportation, on Tuesday gave residents of the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association a heads-up about plans for the first Philly Free Streets event, according to Mike Dunn, city spokesman.
July 1, 2016 |
We're a mobile society. Now even pop-up beer gardens can move, too. Parks on Tap - a new partnership among Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality - sends a mobile beer garden from park to park in the city for 14 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 29. The two trucks - one with regional craft beers, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks, and the other with snacks and sandwiches on a menu created by...
June 30, 2016 |
Cheryl Bembery Darden, 69, a former social worker in the Philadelphia court system who devoted her career to helping children, died Thursday, June 9, in her home in Altadena, Calif., from complications of multiple myeloma, according to her family. A Philadelphia native, Ms. Bembery Darden spent her early career with the Common Plea Court Counseling and Referral Unit, working with children. She worked under Grace Nash, who had helped her and her sister find homes as teenagers after their grandmother could no longer care for them, said her sister, Sharon Bembery.
June 27, 2016 |
Sean Fenoff didn't feel great when he woke up Saturday morning. He was fatigued and had a stomach ache. Still, Fenoff, 16, was the top male finisher at the TriRock Philadelphia Sprint Triathlon. "You've got to work with what you have," Fenoff said. Elizabeth Edwards, 17, of Kennett Square, was the top female racer. The course, along the Schuylkill near Fairmount Park, featured a half-mile swim, a 15.7-mile bike race, and a 3.1-mile run. Fenoff had a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, 26 seconds, and Edwards finished in 1:25:18.
June 26, 2016 |
A THIRD PERSON has been arrested in the slaying of a 26-year-old woman whose handcuffed body was found last week dumped in Fairmount Park near the Mann Center, police said Friday. Keith Bullock, 32, of Chester, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, and unlawful restraint in the death of Toy Charda Bryant, also of Chester. Bryant's body was found by passersby June 14 in the park along the 5300 block of Georges Hill Drive. She had been stabbed, shot, and handcuffed.
June 23, 2016 |
The Fairmount Park Conservancy has named Rick Magder as its new executive director. Magder's post leading the nonprofit that raises funds for and preserves more than 10,200 acres of city park land is effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Kathryn Ott Lovell, who is now Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation commissioner. Magder has spent the past 16 years as a leader in the Groundwork movement, a network of organizations created by National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency to focus on the relationships between urban open space, waterways and community renewal, according to the conservancy.