April 5, 1995 |
Urban Dance Squad returned to Philadelphia Monday night like men on a mission. After a conspicuous three-year absence from touring, the multi-ethnic European rockers barely broke the breakneck pace of their show at Middle East until their meaty, but mellow, four-song encore. For a little more than 90 minutes, UDS delivered a noisy hybrid of muscular, electric rock - just this side of head-banging - and in-your-face, rap-like vocals that have become its trademark. They pair this with chunky bass lines delivered by "Sil" (bassist Silvano Matadin)
July 27, 2004
AS THE convention season begins, I just wanted to share an "evil Republican" thought with the editors of the self-announced Philadelphia mass-media adjunct to the Kerry-Edwards campaign: If John Kerry and John Edwards cannot "close the deal" this week, and there is still doubt about the outcome of the presidential election, when will the Democratic National Committee invoke New Jersey rules and pull a Kerry flip-flop (flim-flam?) similar to the Torricelli/Lautenberg flip-flop they trotted out two years ago?
July 1, 2001 |
Heavily favored Iftiraas, allowed to set a very slow pace, crushed five opponents in yesterday's $100,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park. The Irish-bred four-year-old filly, ridden by Heberto Castillo Jr., held a clear advantage after setting fractions of 24 2/5 seconds for the quarter, 49 4/5 for the half, and 1 minute, 13 4/5 seconds for six furlongs. When Castillo then asked her to accelerate at the top of the stretch, the Bill Mott trainee drew clear to win by five lengths, with Doc's Destiny second, one length before Impending Bear.
January 22, 1999 |
Watching Rasheim "Feet" Wright make major contributions in football and basketball, one can't fathom he never intended to participate in sports at Martin Luther King High. Ninth grade came and went and he did nothing. Tenth grade came and went and he did nothing. Eleventh grade came and . . . All right! Finally! "I was always academically eligible. I could have played. I just never bothered," Wright said. "See, I used to be one of those guys who needed to be pushed; now I push myself.
December 24, 1993 |
There's no more joyous musical celebration of Christ's birth than the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah, so don't worry. It shows up in all its splendor - and with a jazz beat, to boot - in Leja Dance Theater's tribute to the event, Carols in Color. But Leon James, who did the overall direction of this music-and-dance extravaganza, also uses a kind of music that in its way gets to the heart of the matter just as well. That music is the sound of a baby crying at the top of his lungs.
July 23, 1993 |
For a 54-year-old grandmother, Tina Turner's not doing shabbily. The singer, who appears this weekend in Atlantic City, is a multi-media presence. The film biography of her rough-and-tumble life with mentor/ex-hubby Ike, "What's Love Got to Do with It," is a critical and commercial success. So too is the Virgin Records soundtrack album by Turner, proffering a few slick new tunes along with Tina's remakes of oldies-but-goodies like "Nutbush City Limits" and "Proud Mary. " Yes, she's capable of growling with the same sultry attack as 30 years ago, while also evoking deeper, more rueful shadings, especially on the title track.
June 5, 2000 |
Fortunately for us all, this is the wrong Texas city for the media mob following the Stanley Cup finals to pull out a lot of hackneyed Alamo references today. But heading into tonight's Game 4, the defending champion Dallas Stars are trailing, 2-1, and only a couple of key Ed Belfour saves in Game 2 from being down 3-0, staring at a sweep. The Stars clearly seem outgunned by the younger, quicker Devils. If you didn't get that from watching the first three games, you could hear it yesterday when Stars coach Ken Hitchcock addressed the media.
March 26, 2006 |
Early last week, coach Ken Hitchcock claimed the Flyers' tank was beginning to refill for the stretch run. In his burst of optimism, he didn't mention they were using high-octane fuel. The Flyers last night put an exclamation mark on their best week since late December, employing a relentless early attack to win their fourth consecutive game and cool down the torrid Ottawa Senators, 6-3, at the Wachovia Center. It was not a good night for late-arriving spectators. Petr Nedved, Niko Dimitrakos, Jeff Carter and Michal Handzus pumped in goals during the first 8 minutes, 33 seconds, leaving the Eastern Conference-leading Senators, who were 11-1-1 in their 13 previous games, too stunned to recover.
December 30, 1992 |
This is how the Eagles plan to shut up 69,065 hostile fans at the Superdome Sunday. They are going to run the ball, stuff it down the gullet of New Orleans' vaunted defense, jam it in there so nicely there will be this big, nasty chain reaction that would go something like this: The Saints' four all-pro linebackers would not blitz as often. Quarterback Randall Cunningham would have more time to throw the ball - and his receivers would have more time to get open. A flurry of points would be scored against a ball-control team that hates to play catch-up.
April 21, 1994 |
It has become the repair bill from hell. What started out as a seemingly routine squabble over a $1,575.91 charge for repairs to a 1991 GMC dump truck almost landed John P. Buchler in jail. As it is, Buchler, 30, will have a lingering criminal record. The two sides paint very different pictures about the dispute, which stems from the March day last year that Buchler, a Bristol Borough builder, picked up his truck from Paul W. Histand's Co. in Doylestown. But on one point both sides agree: Buchler wrote out the check for the repairs, drove off, and then stopped payment on the check.