May 30, 2016 |
When Connor Barwin began his career in the NFL in 2009, the Eagles defensive end, indie-rock geek, and civic activist - whose third annual benefit concert for his Make the World Better Foundation takes place at Union Transfer on Friday, with Philadelphia bands Waxahatchee and Hop Along headlining - came to a surprise realization. "I got drafted and I went to Houston," says the 29-year-old Pro Bowler, who played for the Texans before signing a six-year, $36 million contract with the Eagles in 2013.
May 27, 2016
The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2016 Asia tour is under way, with initial stops in Shanghai and Beijing. On Sunday, the orchestra did a side-by-side concert with members of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. On Wednesday, Curtis Institute-trained pianist Lang Lang performed with the orchestra to a sold-out National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The next day, orchestra members toured the Eastman Strings workshop, and members played the Mozart Clarinet Concerto for workers and their children.
May 26, 2016 |
The Burlington City pitching combination of Nick Gares and Michael Scott put together a masterful performance Tuesday in the 11th-seeded Blue Devils' 3-0 upset of No. 6 host Riverside in the South Jersey Group 1 playoffs. Gares earned the win by allowing two hits to go with six strikeouts in five innings. Scott entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning and struck out one batter in earning a two-inning save. The game took two days to complete after it was suspended by rain on Monday.
May 25, 2016 |
Episcopal Academy's offense carried the Churchwomen to the second seed in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association softball playoffs. Host Episcopal showed its might Monday in a 10-1 rout of seventh-seeded Academy of the New Church. Ariana Felizianni keyed her team's offense by going 2 for 3 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs. She scored two runs. Maya Johnston went 2 for 2 with three RBIs for the winners. Also in the first round of the PAISAA tournament, Ashley Lubisky went 2 for 3 and scored two runs as third-seeded host Springside Chestnut Hill shut out No. 6 Friends' Central, 5-0. Baseball Lincoln's Zach Degovanni knocked in the go-ahead run with a one-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the host Railsplitters a 4-3 victory over GAMP in the third round of the Public League playoffs.
May 18, 2016 |
Are you willing to fight for the city you love, Philadelphians? To take it back from the repressive foreign overlords who've occupied City Hall, seized all media control, and banished the rank and file to decimated districts on the fringes of town? This is the premise of a dystopian-themed, high-budget video game, Homefront: The Revolution , launching Tuesday and already creating a buzz among game aficionados. "All we have to say is 'it's a first-person shooter set in Philly' and people are all aboard, anxious to play" the $59.99 game, reported Tim Brooks, a sales associate at the GameStop emporium on South Street.
May 18, 2016
The Flyers, who will celebrate their 50th anniversary next season, announced Monday they will host the New Jersey Devils in a Sept. 28 preseason game at the PPL Center in Allentown. The arena is the home of the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Last Sept. 21, the Flyers scored a 5-3 preseason win over the Islanders at the PPL Center. - Sam Carchidi
May 14, 2016 |
Q: Ever since I fell in love with the charming inns and hotels on a recent European trip, I have wanted to be an innkeeper. I own my house, I have an extra room, and have always enjoyed house guests. I may remodel the basement to be a separate apartment. How should I go about starting this, perhaps as an Airbnb? How should this be different from just a guest room? - T. A: I love that you are working toward accomplishing your dream. But before you list your room, look carefully into your city's regulations for short-term rentals.
May 5, 2016 |
Katie McLoughlin and Shawnee withstood a stiff test from host Shore Regional in a nonleague girls' lacrosse game Tuesday. McLoughlin found the net five times as the Renegades edged the Blue Devils, 12-11, to remain perfect on the year. Molly Baechler, Liza Barr, and Samantha Tucci all scored twice for the visitors. In other nonleague action: Saige Lyn Gidzinski and Chloe Pottillo each had four goals and Camden Catholic won at Woodstown, 14-4. Aailiyah Richardson had four goals and six assists to lead visiting Winslow Township past Burlington City, 10-4.
May 4, 2016 |
Swenson's Alex Bautista closed the door on Masterman by utilizing his skills at bat and on the mound. Bautista hit the go-ahead two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth before taking the mound in the seventh and retiring the side to give the host Lions an 11-9 victory over the Blue Dragons. Swenson trailed Masterman, 8-0, entering the fifth inning. Kyle Nolde three-run double sparked the home team during an eight-run fifth. Luis Garced pitched the three innings and earned the win. In other Public League Division A action: Michael Angellilli went 3 for 3 with two runs scored and host Northeast defeated GAMP, 11-4.
April 30, 2016 |
Legendary bassist and sartorial maven Jamaaladeen Tacuma has forever hung at the busy intersection of magic-making avant-garde jazz and experimental fusion-funk. The Southwest Philadelphia native, by age 19, was playing in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time (recording free classics such as 1977's Dancing in Your Head and 1978's Body Meta ), and angular guitarist James Blood Ulmer's torrid Tales of Captain Black in 1978. If Tacuma had stopped there, he would have cemented his avant-jazz cred, but this is also a gentleman who once held down the groove for Philadelphia organist Charles Earland and earlier this month was part of the Jazz Foundation of America's 25th anniversary Loft Party in Manhattan, keeping hard, funky time with trombonist Craig Harris and playing David Bowie songs.