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July 17, 2016 | By Joel Naroff
Welcome to the world of "economic disruptors," where a company, technology or way of operation is so different that it forces businesses, governments or individuals to change the way they operate. One of the major disruptors is the so-called gig economy. As with any transformational activity, though, all that glitters is not gold and some will benefit while others fall behind. What is the gig economy? The term borrows from musicians, who play individual "gigs. " That is, they usually, but not always, move from one place to another to perform.
NEWS
September 20, 1986 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
For the five men reluctantly confronting midlife regrets and recriminations in The Gig, it's more than the chance of a lifetime. It's the opportunity to spend a vacation doing "a real job. " They are dentists and used-car salesmen so mired in routine that they look out at the world from a chin-deep rut. Their one solace is the four hours they spend together each week playing Dixieland jazz of decent, but still amateur, caliber. The chance offer of a gig - two weeks as genuine professionals at Paradise Manor in the Catskills - promises more than a fortnight's freedom in Frank Gilroy's charming and accomplished comedy.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By David Gambacorta, Staff Writer
Well, so much for fishing trips and relaxing at the beach. Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams announced Monday that former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has been hired as a public safety consultant. Williams' spokeswoman, Alexandra Coppadge, said Ramsey's contract will last for seven months, and pay him up to $16,000 a month. Ramsey will meet regularly with Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings, and work "hands on with the police department on a weekly basis," Coppadge said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Between whitewashed singles such as 1999's "Smooth" and Carnivale-like celebrations such as 2014's Corazón , Carlos Santana all but turned from the mix of incendiary psychedelia, free jazz and wild blues that made up his earliest efforts, like 1970's Abraxas . Afro-Cuban yes, but where was the psilocybin-fueled fury and bliss of yore? Formed in 1966 in San Francisco the first Santana (Carlos with singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie and conga player Michael Carabello) was as much a soundtrack to that city-by-the-bay's hot summers of love as was the Grateful Dead.
SPORTS
May 15, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
It's been some ride for Villanova senior center Daniel Ochefu. He won a national championship with the Wildcats, rode in a victory parade in Center City, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and got to be a special guest at several pro games. Earlier this week, he was among the Wildcats who represented the team at City Hall as Council honored their accomplishment. And on Friday afternoon, he graduated. So how did he celebrate? Well, as it turns out, CBS3 sports anchor Don Bell was feeling under the weather.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2006 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Brian Eno said of the Velvet Underground that while only a thousand people purchased its 1967 debut, every buyer started a band because of it. The same can be said - minus 100 - of The Red Krayola. Mayo Thompson invented a brand of psychedelic rock and avant-garde folk touched by politically informed lyricism when his Texan ensemble released Parable of Arable Land. That debut has inspired the current vanguard of freak-folkies. Thompson's latter-day experiments in post-punk, too, influenced rock's new avant garde, from Tortoise to Gastr del Sol. Without nostalgia to guide or weigh him, Thompson - guitarist and singer - delved into his catalog for a rare Krayola gig at International House on Thursday, with Tortoise drummer John McEntire and Gastr guitarist-singer David Grubbs.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | Chuck Darrow
FOR ANYONE else, being a morning-drive radio personality in Philadelphia would simply be a great job. For Larry Mendte, being the co-host of WWIQ-FM's "Philly's Morning News" is exponentially more significant. The gig, which Mendte started when the station signed on earlier this spring, represents a chance to atone for the unseemly scandal that was ignited when it came out publicly that he had hacked the email account of Alycia Lane, his former news co-anchor at CBS3. "Because of my missteps and because of my great mistake, this is a chance at career redemption," said Mendte, who served six months on house arrest after being convicted in late 2008 of the digital snooping.
NEWS
September 11, 1998 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Andrea Patrick says fiance Fabian keeps asking her, "Now what time is that gig on the 19th?" Hey, that's no gig, that's his wedding. After almost seven years of courtship, the 1980 Miss Pennsylvania and the 1950s South Philly singing phenom plan to wed a week from tomorrow. Patrick told us that she and Fabian, who share a home outside Los Angeles, met while she was jogging and he was walking a dog early one morning. "This really ferocious-looking dog comes sniffing up to me and Fabian said, 'Don't worry about Louie.
NEWS
September 11, 2009 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nobody's more amazed than Suzie Brown at how music has changed her life. Tomorrow night at Tin Angel, she'll be onstage, long dark hair, dark eyes, sweetly singing her love songs about mixed messages and tender feelings. But just last week, a decade of dedication finally landed her in another heartfelt gig - talking arteries and angina, statins and EKGs with patients three days a week at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Becoming a cardiologist - not surprising for a daughter of two doctors.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Hot-shot Philadelphia guitarist Joe Jordan and his prog-metal band the Experiment (JJX) are playing as part of WMMR/Jaxon's Local Shots Mistletoe Jam tonight. The gig will be as bittersweet as his upcoming 2015 album, Lemonade . "We named it exactly why you'd think we would," says Jordan, 28. The album grew out of about a year's worth of long tours, sour management changes (a problem that's all good now), and personal struggles. Jordan says it's richer and more accessible than 2012's Twisted Visions . "We're still heavy," he says.
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September 9, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, MUSIC CRITIC
As a boy, Eric Wortham II - the Philadelphia pianist who has spent 2016 touring the world in Adele's backing band - went to a church convention in Baltimore. Singing in the choir, he happened to be standing with a view of an organ player who was working the keys and pedals of a Hammond B-3. "I was looking at his hands, and was just mesmerized watching him," recalled Wortham, 33, sitting by a Yamaha grand piano at Chris' Jazz Café ("My favorite jazz club in the city") before his two weekend gigs with the British pop superstar at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center.
NEWS
August 31, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
I love hearing about local kids from modest means who defy stereotypes and excel against the odds. Take Dylan Curtis. He's only 11, but he spent his summer working as a professional deejay at a number of high-profile events, including some at the White House. Yup. Dylan, who goes by "DJ D-Ill," performed at Wawa Welcome America! on a kids stage and also did a couple of gigs associated with the Democratic National Convention. His all-time biggest coup, though, was getting a call to perform at a White House state dinner for kids in July hosted by none other than first lady Michelle Obama.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Replacing Andre Watts in a high-profile engagement has long given young pianists a career boost. Watts' Aug. 17 cancellation with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga (N.Y.) Performing Arts Center, however, comes with extra gravity: The long-admired 70-year-old pianist has prostate cancer. "It's Andre's wish that we be straight about that," said his manager Linda Marder, whose talent roster at CM Artists includes numerous pianists who are guests of the Philadelphia Orchestra. "Men of a certain age have this problem.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2016 | By Joel Naroff
Welcome to the world of "economic disruptors," where a company, technology or way of operation is so different that it forces businesses, governments or individuals to change the way they operate. One of the major disruptors is the so-called gig economy. As with any transformational activity, though, all that glitters is not gold and some will benefit while others fall behind. What is the gig economy? The term borrows from musicians, who play individual "gigs. " That is, they usually, but not always, move from one place to another to perform.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR DoTHIS
Philly's Jason Fraticelli is one of those rare session men and local live players who hits all corners of the jazz spectrum with his ax - primarily the upright bass. Along with recording for brand-name nu-jazz lions Melody Gardot, Billy Martin, Robert Glasper, and Cyro Baptista, Fraticelli has tackled eerily elegant, self-penned jazz compositions such as "The Mothers' Suite," with his 10-piece Fresh Cut Orchestra (on 2015's From the Vine ), and worked out the jam-band-jazz with his Wet Dreams band (an eponymous 2009 EP)
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Chuck Darrow, For the Daily News
It makes perfect sense: If a band is going to engage in musical grave robbing, who else should be the front man but the coolest ghoul in rock history? Alice Cooper, 68, is touring as the lead singer of the Hollywood Vampires. Joining him in this extracurricular bit of sonic necrophilia are Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry, 65, and A-list actor and current gossiparazzi obsession Johnny Depp, 53. Also in the band, who are to perform Friday at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center and Sunday at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, is Matt Sorum, best known as Guns N' Roses' drummer.
SPORTS
May 15, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
It's been some ride for Villanova senior center Daniel Ochefu. He won a national championship with the Wildcats, rode in a victory parade in Center City, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and got to be a special guest at several pro games. Earlier this week, he was among the Wildcats who represented the team at City Hall as Council honored their accomplishment. And on Friday afternoon, he graduated. So how did he celebrate? Well, as it turns out, CBS3 sports anchor Don Bell was feeling under the weather.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Shane Black's The Nice Guys , set in a smog-cloaked '70s Los Angeles and starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a mismatched duo of stumblebum sleuths, can't help but evoke other, classic, movies. Robert Altman's version of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye , shot just a few years before the time The Nice Guys is supposed to have taken place, is one. The Big Sleep another. Chinatown. L.A. Confidential . Who Framed Roger Rabbit , even. It's L.A., after all. It's private eyes.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
For 10 years, ferocious guitar slinger and singer Dweezil Zappa has played an active role in the curation of father Frank Zappa's legacy by selling out Zappa Does Zappa catalog concerts across the globe. Who better to carry on the elder Zappa's adventures in avant-garde jazz/classical composition or fusion-funk grooves? The only problem here is the success of Zappa Does Zappa left Dweezil Zappa, now 46, with a dilemma: He, too, has had a solo career filled with flighty pop and raging rawk-outs.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Between whitewashed singles such as 1999's "Smooth" and Carnivale-like celebrations such as 2014's Corazón , Carlos Santana all but turned from the mix of incendiary psychedelia, free jazz and wild blues that made up his earliest efforts, like 1970's Abraxas . Afro-Cuban yes, but where was the psilocybin-fueled fury and bliss of yore? Formed in 1966 in San Francisco the first Santana (Carlos with singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie and conga player Michael Carabello) was as much a soundtrack to that city-by-the-bay's hot summers of love as was the Grateful Dead.
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