December 25, 2014 |
The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul expects more than 3,000 people for seven Masses this week. That means 3,000 Eucharist hosts, 100 poinsettias, dozens of freshly pressed altar linens, and hundreds of hours of staff and volunteer work. "We started planning last Christmas," said the Rev. Gerald Dennis Gill, the parish rector, who manages daily operations. "This cathedral parish belongs to everybody, and we're invested in preparing it for Christmas. " The cathedral - the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania - welcomes more people Christmas Eve and Christmas Day than any other holiday on its calendar.
December 16, 2014 |
R OBERT IRVINE is getting people buff in Philly for the Food Network. My spies spotted the "Restaurant: Impossible" host at the Sporting Club at the Bellevue last week working out with a hefty partner. Sources tell me that Irvine is working on a new show called "Fitness: Impossible" that will get a Food Network debut next month. I hear it's "a cooler version of 'The Biggest Loser.' " The show is being filmed all over with Philly, Bucks County and New Orleans as locations.
December 13, 2014 |
Jahmir Green sank two free throws with 15 seconds left to lift host Boys' Latin over Frankford, 58-57, in a Public League Division B boys' basketball game. Zafir Smith sealed the win with a block at the other end. Green led the Warriors with 14 points. Jelani Mauge and Umar Saaba each added 11 points. Frankford's Quadire Truesdale scored a game-high 17 points. In other Public League action: Strawberry Mansion clinched its first victory of the season with a 77-61 win against Prep Charter.
December 12, 2014 |
VILLANOVA trailed by 10 in the third quarter of its opener at Syracuse. The Wildcats would lose in double overtime, but not before they drove 59 yards in 13 plays at the end of regulation, only to miss a 25-yard field goal from straightaway. Two games later, they trailed by 10 at home against James Madison, which has made the playoffs. They won by 18. In mid-October, they had to go 69 yards in seven plays to score a winning touchdown with 52 seconds left at William & Mary, which was ranked at the time.
December 10, 2014 |
When Q102's annual Jingle Ball blizzards its way into Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, so will some of the biggest names in teen rock, electro-pop, and hip-hop: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, One Republic, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, and Rita Ora. Of particular interest is Azalea, whose steamy singles "Beg for It" and "Black Widow" are part of Re-Classified , a new repackaging of her Def Jam debut The New Classic . And Smith...
December 3, 2014 |
DID YOU catch Eagle Brandon Boykin on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" on Sunday night? He was the guest bartender on the Andy Cohen -hosted Bravo talk show that gets celebs sauced up and chatty. Sunday's ep featured "Fashion Queens" host Bevy Smith and Cynthia Bailey of "Real Housewives of Atlanta. " Turns out Boykin, and his fiancee, Tess Echols , are big fans of the chat show and love "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"; they hail from Georgia. "She was like, 'Do you know how big of a deal that is?
November 24, 2014 |
EVEN GIANTS need their mom's cornbread every once in awhile. Marcus and Markieff Morris , the double-trouble Philly-born twins who play for the Phoenix Suns, don't get to have Thanksgiving with the fam, so their mom, Thomasine "Angel" Morris , put on Thanksgiving a week early at Old City's Power Plant (230 N. 2nd St.). And because it's Thanksgiving, she invited the whole team, feeding a total of 64 people last Thursday when the Suns were in town to play the Sixers, filling up the visiting team with a meal of home-cooked turkey, ham, collards, green beans, rice, mac-and-cheese, stuffing and gravy.
November 20, 2014 |
Former Mayor and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell will host a meet-and-greet for Democratic mayoral candidate Ken Trujillo on Wednesday, a day already bursting with events for two other unannounced candidates. Trujillo will get a chance to make his pitch to some of Philadelphia's biggest political donors at noon at the Pyramid Club in Center City. That will be the same time that former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham will formally announce her candidacy, and a few hours before State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams is to announce his. The invitation-only lunch is described as "a 'get-to-know-you' gathering," not a fund-raiser.
November 17, 2014 |
AS A HIGH school student, Ryan McKinney had every expectation of going to college. He also knew that he didn't want to take out loans to pay for it. But the specifics - which school and what major - were still up in the air. That changed two years ago when McKinney, then a high-school senior, attended the Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair, featuring 40 institutions, and got the chance to meet admissions officials...
October 20, 2014 |
Philadelphia, your moment has arrived. Billionaire-deep wallets and millennial minds are descending on the city Sunday for the start to the first Forbes Under 30 Summit, where tycoons and start-up stars will mindmeld with young entrepreneurs in what organizers hope may become an annual East Coast version of the South by Southwest Festival in Texas. The exclusive event kicks off with a concert in Northern Liberties on Sunday featuring Wiz Khalifa and others. It continues through Wednesday with TED-like talks at the Convention Center, tours of budding commercial and tech enterprises across the city, and visits by Forbes honorees to seven schools.