June 5, 2016
A Personal History of L.A. Punk By John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends Da Capo. 336 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Tom Wilk The music that emerged from the Los Angeles punk rock scene of the late 1970s and early '80s resisted easy categorization. The aggression of X, the thrash of Black Flag, the pop/rock sounds of the Go-Go's, and the roots-music dynamism of the Blasters reflected the variety of the musical landscape. It's an era skillfully recounted in Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends.
May 29, 2016
The Gene An Intimate History By Siddhartha Mukherjee Scribner. 592 pp. $30 Reviewed by Jim Higgins 'Like Pythagoras' triangle, like the cave paintings at Lascaux, like the Pyramids in Giza, like the image of a fragile blue planet seen from outer space, the double helix of DNA is an iconic image, etched permanently into human history and memory," Siddhartha Mukherjee writes in The Gene: An Intimate History...
May 27, 2016 |
Seasonal spring eating is all about shoots and sprouts. Tomato and cucumber plants may be in the ground, but they are far from bearing fruit. Spring is a season to celebrate green: emerald lettuces, celadon kale, jade green asparagus, tender chartreuse spring peas, and a palette of herbs. The earliest crops in my garden are always the spinach planted last fall, the garlic that sprouts from last year's harvest, and the arugula and cilantro that went to seed and self-sowed all about in bare patches, waiting for the rain and warm weather of May. Asparagus has popped up in gardens and is coming in abundance from South Jersey farms.
May 2, 2016 |
JERSEY SHORE, Pa. - Blake and Gerlinde Trimble lived for nearly 30 years in the Riverdale Mobile Home Park outside this curiously named borough. But four years after they were evicted to make way for the shale-gas boom, they hardly recognize the place. "I'm having some trouble getting my bearings," Blake Trimble, 61, said as the couple wandered through a grassy field where their trailer once stood, identifying traces of raspberries, blueberries, and honeysuckle they had planted. It was their first visit since 2012, when security guards and the state police told residents that after they packed up, they couldn't come back.
April 27, 2016 |
Jennifer Childs, longtime artistic director for 1812 Productions, debuts Tuesday night in her self-penned, one-woman show I Will Not Go Gently at Plays & Players Theatre. Childs plays multiple roles in a musical tale of ageism, egoism, comebacks, and rock and roll. Three characters - a podcasting fan-mom, a faded television heroine, and a tech-centric tween - try to grab for glory they may or may not ever have had. These characters all bear some connection to Sierra Mist, an imaginary '70s/'80s female rocker icon whose music and image (Childs says)
March 26, 2016 |
You don't need to visit France to enjoy a good château. Just wander over to Chestnut Street, where the nine-story Crozer Building lords over the 1400 block. Unlike the aristocratic French homes, this is a vertical château, and it was created for a burgeoning American commercial district. Designed by Frank Miles Day & Bro. in the late 1890s for the American Baptist Publication Society, the Crozer Building is one of the earliest tall buildings in Philadelphia. At the time, architects were making the transition from masonry to lighter steel-frame construction.
March 22, 2016 |
If modern gospel music's male division had but one figurehead, it would be a tough battle to see who would top that mountain. Certainly, there are young Winans to contend with, along with Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurki, New Jersey's own Tye Tribbett. If, though, the peak were reserved for those whose albums had charted into pop, soul, and hip-hop territory along with topping the sacred charts, there is but one clear leader: Kirk Franklin. Genre-stretching aside, the 46-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, native said that with his newest tour, coming to the Tower Theater on Wednesday, "You've never seen anything like this from me before, I promise.
March 12, 2016 |
NEW YORK - It was more than midway through the basketball game, and there was still plenty of doubt regarding the outcome when Villanova point guard Ryan Arcidiacono rose up in transition, all alone, and took a three-point shot that not every player has the courage, or license, to attempt. "I would never think about it," teammate Josh Hart said. "But I don't care if he's shooting a three against four people. I know he's going to come back and defend and lay it on the line and jump over tables and dive on the floor.
January 8, 2016 |
Donna Mae Stemmer was a pistol. You can see it in each faded Polaroid and snazzy outfit of hers on display at Philly AIDS Thrift on South Fifth Street and Philly AIDS Thrift Giovanni's Room at 12th and Pine. In all of them, no matter the year, there's a mischievous glint in her eye and a smile playing on her lips. "She might have come out a bit less toward the end of her life, but she was still decked out," says friend Michael Byrne. The 82-year-old transgender trailblazer, who died in June at her Pennsauken home, was a University of Pennsylvania grad with a law degree from Temple who worked as a lawyer and served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years, fighting in Korea, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel, and being decorated 25 times, including a Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
September 28, 2015 |
The 365 voices from parishes in Newark, Elizabeth, and Linden, N.J., were triumphant as they marched across the Ben Franklin Bridge on Saturday, eager to arrive for the papal festivities. "Glory! Glory! Glory!" the group sang, accompanied by guitars and drums, as the crowds parted to let them pass. The 1.8-mile span was like a fall block party - thousands of joggers, in-line skaters, cyclists, dog walkers, and families pushing strollers - and then there were the faithful headed to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia.