May 29, 2016
Grit The Power of Passion and Perseverance By Angela Duckworth Scribner. 352 pp. $16.80 Reviewed by Tommy Rowan Imagine that: a Philadelphia psychology professor setting the education world on fire with a one-syllable noun that just happens to define the city she currently calls home. Angela Duckworth deserves all credit for her recent rise to Gladwellian heights - but we do hope the punks who still view Philadelphians only as Santa-pelting-snowball-throwers can order this book for next-day delivery.
December 2, 2015 |
A few weeks ago, City Hall's Dilworth Park opened its ice rink. On Friday, Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing debuted for the season. And at noon Saturday, actors at Arden Theatre will ice-skate on stage in the opening-day performance of the world premiere of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates . Playwright Laura Eason adapted the 1865 children's classic - the story of a brave, obstacle-overcoming, canal-skating Dutch brother and sister, written...
November 15, 2015 |
Claire Boucher, the Canadian indie electronic artist who records as Grimes, is a fabulously conflicted pop star. Boucher, who plays a sold-out late show Saturday at Union Transfer as part of her Rhinestone Cowgirl tour, has just released Art Angels , her fourth album and by far her most pop-targeted effort to date. It's also the first sign of evidence of her professed love for such Top 40 heroines as Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and the Dixie Chicks. You might not know that by looking at the album cover.
October 3, 2015 |
Bill Graham was a foundering business major in San Francisco when he discovered his true calling as a concert promoter. It was 1966, just as the counterculture was taking center stage in America's consciousness, and his first show paired Jefferson Airplane and the anarchist poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Graham provided them with the perfect venue, a faded jazz ballroom called the Fillmore Auditorium. It would become the measure by which every rock-and-roll temple would be judged. What a long strange trip it's been.
June 19, 2015
Improving the Hot Dog As meat preferences shift toward the free-range, the grass-fed, the hormone-free and local, the backyard BBQ must evolve, too. Enter the "Frankford'er" remix of the old hot dog, an all-natural beef and pork frank courtesy of the whole-animal butchers over at Fishtown's Kensington Quarters on (you guessed it) Frankford Avenue. No nitrates means these poached (unsmoked) links are gray, slightly firmer than industrial dogs, and with a shorter - three-day - shelf life.
February 6, 2015 |
AVERY MARZ is stepping up and then off of an aerobic platform. Her left foot lands on the platform first and her right foot follows. She does this repeatedly as her physical therapist watches. Her mother, Mary Beth Schoellkopf, stands off to the side and watches intently. Marz, a Saint Joseph's freshman, is wearing a T-shirt from the basketball camp of women's coach Cindy Griffin, a pair of Jordan-brand basketball shorts, athletic shoes and a white headband to keep the sweat from trickling down on her face.
January 22, 2015 |
Two Saturdays ago on a stretch of Germantown Avenue they cleared the chairs out of Geechee Girl, the homey "rice cafe" that since 2003 had been cooking up the coastal South's Low-Country shrimp and stone-ground grits, tomatoey red rice, and a crispy-fried version of Hoppin' John, the rustic pilaf informed by bacon and black-eyed peas and, now and then, John's little sister, Limpin' Susan, in which the peas are replaced by thin-sliced okra. Most of the tables went out, too. The crowd that night was going to overflow the house.
September 29, 2014 |
At one point during the chaos and carnage of D-Day, the USS Frankford sailed so close to Omaha Beach that it scraped bottom. The destroyer's big guns blasted German machine-gun positions and helped pinned-down GIs advance on June 6, 1944, when all seemed lost. Tom Potts, then a teenager from Moorestown, was manning an antiaircraft gun on the Frankford's deck amid the cacophony of fire - and lost most of his hearing that day 70 years ago. After numerous surgeries and hearing aids, the now-89-year-old from Upper Pittsgrove, Salem County, still has trouble following conversations and is among four million disabled service members who returned home with the lingering effects of war. Next Sunday, all of them will be honored with the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington.
May 2, 2014 |
On "I Never Wear White," a track from Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles , her first album of new material in seven years, Suzanne Vega refers to herself as "the poet of the dark. " The song is surprisingly gritty, with an edgy electric-guitar riff from producer and collaborator Gerry Leonard. "Black is the truth/ of my situation,/ and for those of my station/ in life. All other colors lie," she sings. It might be more apt to call Vega, whose first album came out in 1985, a poet of the true.
October 11, 2013 |
The overwhelming belief is the 76ers are going to be the NBA's worst team. But based on two preseason games in Europe, it still might be fun to keep tabs on their maturation process. The Sixers push the ball, attack the rim, and keep defensive heat on opponents. "I'm very proud of my teammates for playing hard and playing tough," veteran guard Evan Turner said Tuesday after a 103-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. "Any time you do that, you give yourself a chance to win night in and night out. " But the Sixers roster wasn't built to win night in and night out. The team has only six players with more than two years of NBA experience.