April 14, 2015 |
The house lights never dimmed at the Academy of Music on Saturday night, just one indication that the duo performance by Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea was going to be more informal than most. The two jazz piano giants strolled casually on stage with no fanfare, arms slung around each other's shoulders, and picked up a pair of microphones. For a moment, it seemed they were going to launch into a comedy routine or a romantic vocal duet. Instead, they engaged in a bit of light banter ("Where's Pep's?"
July 3, 2014
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's new fiscal year started yesterday with an election-year budget bill approved in a rigidly partisan vote by the Republican-controlled Legislature, but not Gov. Corbett's signature or a clear picture of what he planned to do with it. The Republican governor, who used to boast about his perfect record in signing budgets on time, said early yesterday that he would not immediately sign the $29.1 billion spending plan that lawmakers...
February 7, 2014
In a story Thursday on "Monument Men," the name of sculptor Walker K. Hancock was misspelled.
February 7, 2014 |
Nothing really prepared sculptor Walker K. Hancock for what he saw in the towns of Europe as Allied forces closed in on Germany in 1945. Siegen, east of Bonn, was a rubble field. "The city had been solidly bombed for three months," Hancock wrote in his memoir, A Sculptor's Fortunes . "Corpses had been cleared away, but in one place I noticed a pool of blood with an American helmet beside it. " In this grisly and devastated place, Hancock also found some of the greatest of all European treasures.
May 26, 2013
With a hand, dressed for success Just because we see a man wearing a suit doesn't mean that he has a job, a place to live, a change of clothes, or money in his pockets. We met many like this at St. John's Hospice in Center City, while serving lunch recently. They are among the many homeless in a country that was founded on the proposition that all men are created equal. Yet there are haves and have-nots, so this is not the America that our forefathers created. People still go hungry in the City of Brotherly Love - in warm weather as well as in winter.
February 16, 2013 |
He's long been known as "Wayne the Train" - a fitting nickname for such a throwback - but these days Wayne Hancock has a new passion when it comes to wheels - motorcycles. "I've been riding for about five years now," the don't-call-him-country singer and songwriter says from his home in Denton, Texas. It's therapy, of sorts. He and his wife are separated, he says: "It gives some balance to my life now, so when I get home [from touring] I'm busy," he explains. "It helps keep my head clear.
January 21, 2013 |
DOVER, Del. - A paper found in a box of old books sold at auction is being hailed as a treasure of Delaware history. History buff and author Robert Barnes, who found the quill-written letter in crumbling pieces held together with adhesive tape, knew it was special when he spotted the unmistakable signature of John Hancock. Dated Dec. 30, 1776, and written from Baltimore, the letter beseeched the Delaware General Assembly "in the most urgent manner" to send soldiers and supplies to Gen. George Washington's headquarters before what became known as the Battle of Princeton.
May 18, 2012
Justin Townes Earle "Hear my father on the radio, singing . . . " Thus Justin Townes Earle begins his fourth album, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now . That's not the only time Steve Earle is alluded to in the 10-song set. Not that the son is trying to ride the father's coattails. Since his 2008 debut, the younger Earle has authoritatively established his own musical identity. This time, young Earle brings in some horns to add a Memphis soul feel to his Americana.
October 10, 2011 |
Friday evening got off to a comically inauspicious start when Herbie Hancock, after warmly welcoming the audience to the Kimmel Center and flattering Philadelphia on its love of culture and rhythm, broke his microphone stand. Grasping it, he joked, "If I was a rock star, I'd throw this out into the audience. " The stand stayed firmly on the stage, but while he may not be a rock star, Hancock, now 71, certainly looked the part by the end of the night, striding on stage for an encore playing his funky Headhunters hit "Chameleon" on his Roland AX-Synth keytar.
April 3, 2011
Stacy Schwab is a fifth-grade teacher at the John Hancock Demonstration School in Northeast Philadelphia On a recent morning, as the second bell rang promptly at 8:28, I walked out the door into a schoolyard full of about 500 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, all socializing quietly in lines. My eyes were immediately drawn to the spot where the sun was shining on a small group of first graders standing near the flag waiting to lead the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance.