December 20, 2012 |
Fashion insiders smiled and hip-hop purists gritted their grills last week when Kanye West performed in a pleated, plaid leather Givenchy skirt and "meggings" during the Sandy relief concert. The controversial rapper may have paired the womenswear with a Pyrex Religion sweatshirt and white sneakers. But the rugged accessories didn't matter. The reaction was swift and definitive. High-fashion folks cheered at the Rick Owens-meets-Alexander Wang-meets Betsey Johnson look, especially the small segment of the industry championing self-expression through gender-bending.
December 4, 2012
Passing along some city high school football tidbits . . . DAVID GEPPERT doesn't like to think of himself as one of those woe-is-me guys, but this is getting a little ridiculous. "I haven't caught a break all season," he said. When healthy, the 6-3, 285-pound Geppert, at right guard, is the only starting underclassman on La Salle's offensive line. Alas, after missing time this season due to problems with his right hip and then his left hip, he likely suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Saturday's 28-7 win over Parkland in a Class AAAA quarterfinal.
November 21, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco lawmakers have narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness. The 11-member Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 Tuesday on an ordinance that prohibits anyone from ambling about with exposed genitals in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit. A first offense carries a maximum penalty of a $100 fine, but prosecutors have the authority to charge a third violation as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and a year in jail.
November 19, 2012 |
BIG THINGS were expected out of the speedy, little-guy running back in La Salle High's 2012 football season. Through Week 11, however, Jordan Meachum owned just 87 yards on 32 carries and only twice had he ventured into end zones. Then came Saturday, and the Class AAAA City Title at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium, and there were multiple reasons to direct toward Meachum a good, ol' hip, hip, hooray! . . . Though that might have been the wrong congratulatory chant, seeing as how the word hip still makes him wince.
November 16, 2012 |
Though modern rap may claim lyricists more compelling or technically gifted than Ben Haggerty, few emcees can boast such a precise feel for the pulse of a generation. Facing a sold-out room at the Theatre of Living Arts on Wednesday, the Seattle rapper - who goes by the stage name Macklemore - delivered a set charged by the cares and concerns of the primarily college-aged crowd before him. Backed by the diverse beats of producer and creative partner Ryan Lewis, Haggerty began the night with "Ten Thousand Hours," a song-length exposition of Malcolm Gladwell's increasingly influential aphorism about how long it takes to succeed at something.
October 4, 2012 |
Brave! Nicole Marquis is so brave. Visionary, too. In April, she opened HipCityVeg, an organic apple's toss from verdant Rittenhouse Square. Let us pause for a moment and parse her restaurant's name. Hip. City. Veg. For an eternity in Philadelphia, only one of those adjectives ever held true. You know, the city part. Philadelphia was so many things, but hip and healthy were not two of them. The first time I saw Marquis' place, I did a double take. The line was snaking down South 18th, coiling around Sansom, the young and not-so-young, including swells who were clearly not vegan, a Birkin-packing woman with her companion sockless in Guccis.
September 19, 2012
Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games Tuesday by the Blue Jays for wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish during a game last weekend against Boston. Escobar apologized to his team and "to all those who have been offended" for what he said was meant to be "just a joke. " Escobar insisted the word is often used within teams and by Latinos and "I didn't see it as something bad. " The suspension was to have started Tuesday night.
September 19, 2012 |
REIGNING NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw was examined Tuesday by a hip specialist who said the Los Angeles lefthander can continue to pitch without risking damage to his sore right hip - but the Dodgers want to keep him sidelined if the pain persists. The team said Kershaw would restart a throwing program Tuesday, when the Dodgers' scheduled game at the Washington Nationals was postponed by rain. The teams will play two games on Wednesday, beginning at 4 p.m. Asked whether Kershaw will pitch again this season, manager Don Mattingly replied: "Yeah, maybe.