February 28, 2015 |
Pianist Marcus Roberts is known for many things: a genius skill that makes him the logical successor to Thelonious Monk's wild style (with a lot of Fats Waller in his stride), an immense love of the blues, technological innovations in regard to composing for the blind, and a soulful sense of tradition and invention. Roberts is also renowned for developing a philosophy in which, in a trio setting, the bass and drums are equal to his piano. Drummer Jason Marsalis and bassist Rodney Jordan are featured equally with the bandleader and are just as liable to set the temperature and mood of a particular performance as is the pianist.
January 1, 2015
ISSUE | UTILITIES Reflecting on PGW moves by Council Gas Workers Local 686 lauds City Council's decision to kill the Philadelphia Gas Works sale. While Mayor Nutter excluded stakeholders, Council involved everyone in meetings with its consultant. Council President Darrell L. Clarke and his colleagues had concerns that PGW's privatization would lead to the loss of family-sustaining jobs with health care and put the city's poor at risk. It also was a bad deal for PGW workers, with no protections for jobs, pensions, or health care.
September 9, 2014 |
THE EAGLES are this good: Their Pro Bowl quarterback and their best cornerback can play their worst, and they can still win. They can be without their second-best, fifth-best and sixth-best offensive linemen, and they can still win. They can cut their kicker in the last week of the preseason and cut their top receiver from a playoff season and still win, going away. They can spot a visiting team 17 points in their season opener, commit dumb penalties and make head-scratching play calls (a pass on first-and-goal from the 5, with LeSean McCoy in the backfield and Nick Foles firing blanks?
May 29, 2014 |
Scott Stewart rode Golden Rule to victory in the High-Performance Working Hunter Class Tuesday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Stewart also rode the second-place finisher, Everly. Taking third was Mindful, with Kelley Farmer aboard.
December 5, 2013
IN PENNSYLVANIA, money makes the pols go 'round. And, yeah, it does in other states, too, but our state is one of only a dozen where money tends to matter most in statewide races. That's because here, unlimited giving by individuals, political parties and PACs is the law of the land. No other Northeastern state is so wide open. Every state but the "dirty dozen" - Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Pennsylvania - limits political contributions from such sources.
July 20, 2013
Camden public officials apparently never learned that making the same mistake over and over again won't change the results. Their state overseers must have missed that lesson, too. For 15 years, the impoverished South Jersey city has been hiring the same politically connected auditing firm to review its books, including the more than seven years when it was run by the state. The relationship between Camden and Bowman & Co. was cited by the State Comptroller's Office in a 2008 report.
July 2, 2013 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On the destructive power of the anonymous note: Thirty years ago, I'd taken a part-time job at a shopping center to supplement my income. I really enjoyed it and the people I met through this job. I was married with three children and I'm not inclined to engage in affairs. An anonymous letter turned up in the mail one day accusing me of "fooling around" with the people at work. Even though my husband was unemployed at the time, I immediately quit the job because he felt someone there had sent it. He immediately became distrustful and accusatory.
June 11, 2013
By Charles A. Gallagher Two events that took place just hours apart 50 years ago serve as a metaphor for our nation's struggle for racial equality. On June 11, 1963, John F. Kennedy gave a speech to the nation demanding that the federal government aggressively put in place measures to guarantee the constitutional rights of blacks. JFK was comprehensive in his goals, insisting that the federal government be actively involved in addressing institutional racism in housing, the labor market, schooling, access to voting, and public accommodations.
April 14, 2013
A Novel By Ken Kalfus Bloomsbury. 224 pp. $24. Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler The equilateral triangle combines the virtues of uniformity and variety, Sanford Thayer, the main character in Ken Kalfus' new novel, proclaims. The component of all regular pyramidal solids and the basis of all human art, it is "the most visually satisfying geometrical figure of them all. " Drawing on his cigar, Wilson Ballard, Thayer's chief engineer, shoots back: "Bloody difficult to dig, though.
March 26, 2012 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On gutting out miserable holidays with family: My older sister hated me. My existence was an insult to her, and I was never allowed to forget it. In my adulthood, I lived just close enough to Mom and Dad (and sib) that my Christmases and Thankgivings involved a long, grueling visit to my family. It was torture, but because my parents wanted to go visit, we of course went along. Instead of being happy and comfortable in my own home with loving friends or other relatives, I was counting the minutes at my sib's place, feeling guilty about subjecting my husband and daughter to her, and trying to dodge the inevitable barbs, outright insults, and innuendo that were a fixed feature of our being in the same room.