May 17, 2015 |
Many know James Cuorato as the silver-haired CEO of the Independence Visitor Center, or as chairman of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, now working to revive the Market East corridor. Few know he lives a second, secret life: He's a Beatle. In fact, he's Ringo. At the Hard Rock Cafe this month, Cuorato, 61, banged a driving beat on the drums, transformed in a dark wig and Ed Sullivan-era suit as his tribute band, the Beat Tells, performed an exacting re-creation of the lads from Liverpool.
February 11, 2015 |
TELEVISION HOST, producer and part-time Philly resident Marc Summers revealed on WWMR's Preston and Steve Show yesterday morning that he is a cancer survivor. Summers, best known as the host of Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" and the Food Network's "Unwrapped" (which doesn't even touch on the numerous shows on which he's served as producer), told listeners that he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia five years ago. He was in chemo for two years, yet still went about his daily business, not revealing his diagnosis.
August 9, 2014 |
When it comes to rejuvenating the economy, sectors like housing, manufacturing, and small business tend to steal the most attention. Councilman David Oh, however, has his eyes on music. At a Thursday news conference in City Hall, the councilman unveiled PHL Live, a four-month contest to bring prominence - and prizes - to deserving Philadelphia musicians. A sort of Philadelphia's Got Talent. "We want to recognize music as not just a hobby, but a job that needs to be paid," Oh said.
June 13, 2014 |
NBC10'S DEANNA DURANTE is a mom again. The reporter, along with husband, Tim Swan , welcomed Mattax McQuain Swan, a/k/a Mattie, in the wee hours of yesterday morning. The 7-pound, 14-ounce Mattie joins 2-year-old Maya in the Durante-Swan clan. Both mom and baby are doing swimmingly. 'Man'-ly red carpet Michael Ealy and Megan Good , the stars of "Think Like a Man Too," will walk the red carpet at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.)
June 4, 2014 |
CONSUMMATE teen idol Frankie Avalon yesterday stopped by his old stomping grounds - the Italian Market - to prep for his upcoming cookbook, Frankie Avalon's Family Cookbook , due out from St. Martin's Press around Christmas 2015. Avalon and buddy Jerry Blavat checked out places like Cannuli's (937 S. 9th St.) and Claudio's (924 S. 9th St.), looking for inspiration. Avalon, who grew up in South Philly before hitting it big musically and cinematically, told me that the book will feature recipes from his own collection and his mother's classics.
May 21, 2013 |
It seems the largest township in Burlington County tastes like cilantro-flavored hot sauce. Evesham tastes like crab cakes, too. And sushi. Then there are pizza, Irish stew, chicken marsala, potato-chip cookies, cream of tomato soup, chocolate truffles, and that groan-worthy favorite of carnivals everywhere: deep-fried Oreos. On Sunday afternoon, the township hosted its fifth annual "Taste of Evesham," drawing 2,200 noshers and wine-bibbers to tents lining Main Street.
December 12, 2012 |
Diners at the renovated Hard Rock Cafe in Center City can now get more of a taste of Philadelphia music history with their meals. In the new Philadelphia Room, patrons might sit beneath a shredded leather outfit worn by Philadelphia native Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the late TLC singer-songwriter, or handwritten lyrics to "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett, who grew up in Wynnewood. Plaques describe each item and the artist's connection to the Philadelphia area. "Philadelphia is such a rock-and-roll town," Hard Rock historian Jeff Nolan said during a morning tour.
January 30, 1998 |
It's raining. It's Philadelphia. It's 'round midnight on a Saturday in January. And there's a line of umbrellas - a line of 20, 30, certainly more than a few people - standing in the rain waiting to get inside the Hard Rock Cafe at 12th and Market Streets. This is new. On the same night about the same time there was a line of one or two outside the door of the Khyber on Second Street near Chestnut, where owner Steve Simons was working the door - and, regretfully, turning away those willing to pay the $6 cover charge.
January 17, 1998 |
Hard Rock Cafe enthusiasts formed a line waiting for its opening yesterday in the Reading Terminal Headhouse at 12th and Market Streets. Philadelphia has become Hard Rock city No. 86.
January 16, 1998 |
Starting today, you can go to 12th and Market streets and eat a burger while admiring the jacket the late guitarist Jimi Hendrix wore when he gave one of his final performances in England. Jackets, instruments and other rock star paraphernalia are what makes the Hard Rock Cafe special. And, city officials hope the Hard Rock Cafe will make Center City east of Market special. Called the "Smithsonian of Rock," Hard Rock Cafe's 84th location features 457 of pieces of rare rock 'n' roll memorabilia.