April 2, 2014 |
Five years ago, almost exactly to this date, fair-haired rapper Asher Roth - the toast of Morrisville and West Chester University - topped the charts when his major-label debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle , soared to No. 1 on iTunes upon release. Then 23, a hot, fair-haired MC, a child of Pennsylvania's middle class, Roth struck gold on the back of his booze-and-weed anthem "I Love College" and its dedication to the high life and higher education. Heady days, for sure; a level of success Roth seeks to revisit with his official sophomore full-length, RetroHash , its singles ("Fast Lane" and "Tangerine Girl")
March 29, 2014 |
One day they will hold a ceremony for each and every one of them at Citizens Bank Park. A plaque with their likenesses, names, and career accomplishments will be attached to the brick wall in center field that is reserved for only the most revered of Phillies. They will receive a standing ovation and be asked to make a speech, and it will be a special night with their former teammates and other Phillies greats by their side. That's not just a forecast for the futures of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, and Cole Hamels.
February 26, 2014 |
THE GOOD THING is that every Olympic year when a bunch of Philadelphia bigwigs start spouting about what a great host that their city would make, we know they are just talking out of the sides of their necks for a publicity hit. It's not that Philadelphia could not pull it off; rather, the Olympic Games - Winter or Summer - simply are not worth the amount of costs, resources and inconveniences that come with them. Russia poured a record $51 billion into the just-completed 2014 Sochi Winter Games, but what did it really get out of them?
January 30, 2014 |
At 78, Albert "Tootie" Heath, youngest of Philly's jazz family the Heath Brothers, has a long career as a drummer that includes stints for John Coltrane, Red Garland, Nina Simone, and Herbie Hancock (all in 1957, Tootie's first year of label sessions!), to say nothing of work with Wes Montgomery, Anthony Braxton, the Modern Jazz Quartet, his saxophonist brother Jimmy, and double-bassist Percy Heath. The mighty yet sublime hard-bop acolyte might preen over his glorious albums as a bandleader, albums such as the African diaspora-inspired Kawaida of 1969 and 1973's Kwanza . He could point with pride to more recent work, such as his somber, solo drum workout, The Offering (1998)
January 27, 2014 |
HONOLULU - LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson won't line up against each other on the field during tomorrow's NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. But the two Eagles stars will be on opposite sidelines, however, and there's plenty of friendly competition going on between the two this week. "I've got to get it," McCoy said this week. "Even if we ain't teammates, I've got to get it, man. " The four guys representing the Eagles at this weekend's Pro Bowl are divided up evenly, with guard Evan Mathis joining McCoy, the NFL's leading rusher, on Jerry Rice's team, while Jackson and quarterback Nick Foles will play for Deion Sanders' team after the two Hall of Famers drafted their squads on Tuesday and Wednesday.
November 4, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Infusions faced off with fusion and lobster bisque battled broccoli rabe on Broad Street on Saturday as hundreds of cooking hopefuls turned out to audition for Season 5 of MasterChef , the culinary reality television show. Tupperware in tow at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, they were all taking their stab at becoming the next Luca Manfe - that is, the restaurant manager from Astoria, Queens, who won last season's competition, scoring $250,000 and a cookbook deal. "We are looking for passion," said casting director Erika Landin.
September 13, 2013 |
FOR DECADES, Miss America was all about beauty and "perfection," physical and otherwise. But like so much about the venerable competition, this has changed. Ever since Alabama's Heather Whitestone, who was rendered deaf after a childhood illness, was crowned Miss America 1995, disabilities have not been a hurdle to participation in the pageant at any level, local, state or national. As a matter of fact, in the wake of Whitestone's crowning, some cynical members of the media began referring to the "gimp factor" as part of the selection process.
September 10, 2013 |
ERNEST SAXON remembers the good old days when he could leave his house on Park Avenue in Fern Rock and saunter a couple of blocks to Broad Street and Olney Avenue for some breakfast and a cup of coffee in the morning. But those days, says Saxon, 72, are long gone. "Around the '80s was the transition, because the whole neighborhood at that time started to change," said Saxon, who bought his house near Nedro Avenue in 1969. "I've seen the transition from being the second African-American family that moved on our block to watching the whole area change, and watching the whole area's economic status change.
July 11, 2013 |
Copies of This Town , my friend and former Post colleague Mark Leibovich's soon-to-be released book about Washington culture, have begun to dribble out, and people in the capital are reacting by sorting out who came out worst. There's presidential friend and White House aide Valerie Jarrett, whose colleagues felt compelled to draft a memo, "The Magic of Valerie," defending her reputation. It included the bullet point "Valerie is someone here who other people inside the building know they can trust.
June 24, 2013 |
The day before there'd been a storm, and so the Wissahickon Creek ran freckled, like the back of a fawn. It was 51 degrees, the 13th of May, early, but not dawn. Fish jumped. Frogs demurred. A garden-variety Canada goose was jonesing for a show. If there were turtles on the backs of rocks, they achieved perfect incognito, and every bird that rustled was (it seemed) a chubby-bellied robin, until my eyes saw past the secrets of the trees. A chimney swift. A pair of fish crows. An operatic gray catbird wearing a very sweet toupee.