September 13, 2015 |
In nubby sweaters on cool, clear days, Philadelphians turn out for fall events feting the arts, the season, the harvest, the city's ethnic mix - and this year, in a first, the cheesesteak. (So wear a big sweater.)The papal visit adds a spiritual dimension to the always-packed festival calendar. The annual Puerto Rican and Thanksgiving Day parades draw their crowds to the Parkway, too. The Fringe Festival Through Sept. 19 Thespians push the envelope and occupy unexpected venues.
September 12, 2015 |
Philadelphians often hear about how great it is to have so many college campuses in our midst: The jobs. The millennials. The infrastructure. The whatever. For us nonstudent, nonfaculty Joes, though, all these green, bustling campuses can look like closed-off castles. And we don't have the keys. Or student/faculty ID cards. But we strongly feel the back-to-school spirit should be for everyone. Good thing schools in the area have world-class resources and events that are open to the public, often free, and (best part)
September 11, 2015 |
A new season of the most watched reality TV show in the country resumes Thursday night when Brady's bunch - the lying, cheating and perpetually winning New England Patriots - begins defense of its fourth Super Bowl title of the 21st century against the Pittsburgh Steelers. You want dysfunction? You'll find it here within the NFL family. For most of the summer, Tom Brady was scheduled to serve a four-game suspension thrust upon him by commissioner Roger Goodell. It was the superstar quarterback's punishment for his alleged role in the deflated balls controversy that erupted after New England's AFC championship rout of the Indianapolis Colts last season.
September 11, 2015 |
A year ago in my Fall Preview, I lamented the theater community's financial woes and loss of venues woes. But, as Annie tells us, the sun'll come out tomorrow, and so it has. The Prince Theater is back, purchased by the Philadelphia Film Society with the main stage and black box available for live performance, but the big real estate news is the Drake, the new off-Broad Street space that will include two still-under-construction theaters. InterAct Theatre Company is the primary leaseholder, to be joined by "resident partners" PlayPenn, Simpatico Theatre Project, Azuka Theatre and Inis Nua, with plans for more companies to rent the space in the following season.
September 9, 2015 |
This fall looks to be an exciting one for dance in Philadelphia. It's year X for BalletX, as the troupe turns 10. Pennsylvania Ballet opens its action-packed first full season under artistic director Angel Corella. After 32 years at the Annenberg Center, Dance Affiliates is relocating its programming to Center City's Prince Theater with a new series, NextMove. Meanwhile, the Annenberg rebuilds its dance presence as Annenberg Center Live. Starting in October, Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series presents a season-long festival celebrating Trisha Brown, honoring the postmodern choreographer and company director, whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia, with performances, lectures and classes.
September 9, 2015 |
Winter is coming, so instead of sulking about impending hibernation, perhaps time is best spent going for the laugh. The Oddball Festival will kick off the fall season with its murderer's row of comedians who would usually play anything from a large theater or a club like Helium, Philly's go-to venue for on-the-road funny folk. The big guns will still hit Atlantic City, but there are hidden gems to be found at smaller, non-traditional venues like Underground Arts. PHIT's Super Free Sundays Every Sunday, Adrienne Theater Looking for some local comedy?
September 5, 2015 |
The fourth, and biggest, Budweiser Made in America festival is upon us. Biggest in that, for the first time, the Jay Z-curated, Beyoncé-headlined two-day music festival has sold out in advance and this year will bring a record 70,000 music fans per day to an expanded site on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (The entrance to the fenced-in site is now on 21st, rather than 22d Street, where it had been in years past.) Also biggest in that there are more bands. This year, a fifth stage, called Tidal, has been added, branded as such to promote Jay Z's Spotify- and Apple Music-competing music service, which, not surprisingly, has exclusive rights to live stream the event.
August 27, 2015 |
Don't ever question Philly's star in the firmament. Not in front of Edward A. Mauger, anyhow. In true Philly fashion, Mauger, considered by many the city's preeminent tour guide, never shies away from a historical throw-down. He invites it. The Boston Massacre. Ehh - overrated. Paul Revere's midnight ride. Come on, he didn't even finish. Long before the massacre or the ride, or even the Declaration, it was here in Philly that the American character was established, Mauger will tell you. With smart guys like William Penn, who insisted on religious freedom a century before it was in vogue, and a young Ben Franklin, who, along with creating and founding just about everything someone could create and found, advocated endlessly for the primacy of the common man. These Philly guys set the table for the Revolution - and for the country America would become, says Mauger.
August 5, 2015 |
If Hitchy the robot could speak, it might say Philadelphia is one tough town. An experiment launched by Canadian scholars, the child-size bot had traveled through the free-spirited Netherlands, no-nonsense Germany, notoriously nice Canada, and a small part of the United States, asking strangers for lifts and testing basic human kindness (albeit toward a lumpen R2-D2). It won't surprise many to learn which American city failed this test. As far as researchers can tell, a local man picked up Hitchy, formally hitchBOT, and dropped it off at historic Elfreth's Alley, a normally genteel place, in the inopportune wee hours of Saturday, not long after Old City's bars and clubs let out. Hitchy's only moving part, its hitchhiking thumb, wasn't enough to fend off the unidentified thug who beheaded it and pulled off its foam limbs.
July 31, 2015 |
Open practices Tuesday, Aug. 4/Alumni Day Sunday, Aug. 9/Military Day Schedule for each day 9 a.m. – Lots open 10 a.m. – HeadHouse Plaza and stadium's interior gates open 10:30 a.m. – Eagles alumni Q&A (HH Plaza) 11:00 a.m. – Junior cheer practice (HH Plaza) 11:30 a.m. – USA Football tackling demonstration (HH Plaza) 11:45 a.m. – Practice begins There will be field access for fans following each practice . . . Also for youngsters, there will be a rock-climbing wall, a scavenger hunt and face painting.