December 13, 2015 |
My taste in mixed drinks has drifted away from the elaborate concoctions that marked the early days of the cocktail revolution. Most busy bartenders, eager for streamlined recipes, will say the same. But something just happened as Jesse Cornell began dipping enthusiastically into various French spirits for a beguiling new fall drink at Restaurant Neuf called Les Arbres, Les Feuilles, Le Râteau ("the trees, the leaves, the rake. ") The brandied backbone of cognac took on the quinine-tinged wine aperitif called Byrrh.
October 17, 2015 |
Last year, singer-songwriter and magician Garrett Borns left New York City for Los Angeles, where he dropped the legerdemain act and his first name, becoming simply BØRNS. As if inspired by the shorter moniker, he immediately wrote an anthemic hit single, "1Ø,000 Emerald Pools" and got the coolness seal of approval, as it seems everyone must, from Taylor Swift. He'd soon create a debut album, Dopamine , that rivals the best of latter-day Beach Boys. That release brings him Wednesday to Union Transfer.
June 12, 2015 |
Good Girl Mprynt There's something about good harmony that melts your soul. Especially an R&B harmony - and it's been a while since we've heard one of those on the radio. Now, Philly has two groups in the city that have harkening back to that sound and energy: Good Girl and Mprynt. Both have four members. One is all-female (Good Girl) and one all-male (Mprynt). On Christmas, in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the death of Eric Garner in New York, the two groups released the One Sweet Day Project, a YouTube video covering the hit "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, to promote social awareness of those who have died in police-related incidents.
February 27, 2015 |
Before the singers embarked on the tour, music director Deke Sharon told them: "This isn't the competition, and these guys are not your competitors. " It was a good reminder for the members of some of the country's top a cappella groups - Voiceplay, Street Corner Symphony, and the Exchange - as they began the Sing-Off Live Tour, which comes Sunday to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. The three groups had, indeed, competed against one another - on the NBC show The Sing-Off , in which a cappella groups vie to be dubbed the best in the country.
April 21, 2014 |
Usually when neighbors and developers lock horns over a project design, things turn ugly and stay ugly. There's a happier ending for One Riverside, a high-rise that Carl Dranoff plans to build on the Schuylkill next to the popular riverfront trail. First proposed last summer, the project at 25th and Locust has undergone a major redesign at the insistence of neighbors, who bitterly objected to the design - and even to the tower's very existence. Now the blank walls on the ground floor are gone.
September 18, 2013 |
Were you to see and not hear the Crossing's U.S. premiere of the John Luther Adams choral work Canticles of the Holy Wind , the sight would be mouths and eyes wide open in a state somewhere between rapture and terror, amid video projections of quiltlike patterns morphing into flocks of birds. And that's more or less what one heard Sunday at Crane Arts. The music operated at a level of imagination conveying rarefied states of perception - and in complete harmony with Dan Cole's video in the Ice Box space, a large, blank white room.
March 8, 2013 |
At some moments, Django Django sounds like surf guitar master Dick Dale got time-warped into a 1990s British rave. At other times, the London band sounds like a loping, psychedelic cousin to Animal Collective; then again, the band can seem like acid house producers obsessed with big-beat climaxes. The musicians are fascinating because they're hard to pin down. "We don't really see boundaries too clearly," says vocalist Vinnie Neff, on the phone from London. "When you love a lot of music like we do, I see it as a problem: We could never make a decision about what direction we were going.
February 20, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19) A friend's motives will come into question. Does this one really have your best interests at heart? TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You have a loose connection with hundreds of people, but you're only tight with a few. The weak ties will be useful now. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) You'll be involved in the maintenance and upkeep of something you own. This is no day at the beach, but at least it's something you've been expecting. CANCER (June 22-July 22) From time to time, your loved ones do get insecure, especially if you don't return their calls promptly.
January 25, 2013 |
THERE IS A quintet of talent contributing to the modest pleasures of "Quartet," a winsomely soapy piece about life at an old-folks home for retired musicians. The invisible hand is Dustin Hoffman - you won't see him, because he's debuting as feature director after many years in front of the camera, and doing a shrewdly unobtrusive job. Actors-turned-directors often make two kinds of mistakes. One is to indulge the actors, to reflect the actor's bias that movies are all about performance.
September 13, 2012
A visit to Jet Wine Bar is generally a drink-first, eat-second kind of proposition, where the menu of small bites and nibbles (a particularly nice selection of cheese) was conceived in support of the quirky list of obscure international wines. When a pairing is perfect, though, a magical thing happens: both the food and wine are better for the match. That is exactly what happened when this elegant ponzu-splashed pedestal of crab and guacamole - a familiar combo - paired-up with this crisp but floral Hungarian furmint called Evolúció.