December 2, 2015 |
'I wanna empty my calendar days / Let the feeling just spark it / starting a change / being less guarded," Ken Vasoli, the front man of local band Vacationer, declared to begin a show Saturday night at a packed Union Transfer, where their chill rock vibe had more people than usual comfortable with dancing through an entire concert. On "The Wild Life" from Relief , the xylophone notes, keys, trilling guitar, and percussion - alternating between a drum kit and bongos - brought the island feel that's just one part of the band's self-proclaimed nu-hula sound.
November 26, 2015 |
With traditional carols, hula hoops and the hum of a propane torch against ice, the Fairmount Park Conservancy started the holiday season Tuesday with Christmas-themed performances at Rittenhouse Square. The event officially kick-started the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park's annual festivities. The park's Historic Houses are rural mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries, now converted into public museums. The tradition of decorating the houses for the holidays goes back 44 years.
June 2, 2014 |
Philadelphia dropped a beach - and the beat - on Festival Pier on Saturday for the seventh annual Roots Picnic. The pier, blanketed in sand, with a boardwalk running between two riverfront stages and the smell of marijuana and suntan lotion in the air, drew more than 6,000 for the sold-out show. The concert, along with a Friday show, kicked off the summer music season at the river. While many enjoyed the beach feel (complete with Calypso band and man-made sand dunes along the Delaware)
May 27, 2014 |
The Jam on the River, a music festival that's been cheered, changed, merged, and abandoned, returned triumphantly to Penn's Landing on Sunday. This time it was reincarnated as - of course! - an electronic dance party. The come-and-go history of the event made no difference to hundreds of fans who came to hear bands such as GRiZ, Conspirator, Zoogma, Grimace Federation, and the headliner, Lotus. It was a crowd mostly in its 20s that exuded a peace-and-love vibe, where clothes the color of the rainbow were standard, and dozens of people moved to the music accompanied by a throw-back accessory: the hula hoop.
September 23, 2012 |
HONOLULU - Walk along the shops in Waikiki and it isn't hard to come across vendors selling knickknacks of a fake Hawaii. No, the Aloha State doesn't have wild monkeys or parrots. Lei aren't plastic and don't cost 99 cents - they're supposed to be made of real flowers. Here are some other symbols that have become associated with Hawaii that aren't, well, Hawaiian. Tiki bars Two California restaurants, Trader Vic's and Don the Beachcomber, started the tiki bar phenomenon in the 1930s.
March 7, 2012 |
Back in 1981, when Connie Majka went on a Hawaiian vacation with her mother, she packed some predictable baggage. "I expected a Wildwood with palm trees. I'd seen the Elvis Presley movies," she recalls. "It looked fun. " Fun it was, and also life-changing. For it was on that trip that Majka saw her first native Hawaiian hula dancer, a large woman who performed with such grace, "she seemed to be floating on air. I knew instantly: I want to do that. " In the years since, Majka has studied hula and the Hawaiian culture both there and here.
March 4, 2012 |
Visitors lined up well before Saturday's private preview of the Philadelphia International Flower Show, clogging two lobbies of the Convention Center and snaking out the doors and down Arch Street. Like so many plant groupies, they surged through the doors at noon, into Hawaii: Islands of Aloha , which opens to the public Sunday and runs through next Sunday. "Looks like Vegas," one man remarked as he stood under the "orchid wave" that greets visitors at the show. It is a stylized, wavelike structure that is covered with hundreds of white orchids.
January 27, 2012 |
Against a backdrop of colorful leis, table orchids, and hula dancers, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society launched the 2012 flower show Thursday morning: "Hawaii: Islands of Aloha" opens to the public March 4 and runs till March 11 at the Convention Center, 12th and Market Streets. "This is a show like you've never seen before," said horticultural society president Drew Becher, who outlined new features of the 183-year-old event, officially known as the Philadelphia International Flower Show, before an enthusiastic crowd on the 33d floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City.
January 26, 2012 |
Against a backdrop of colorful leis, table orchids and hula dancers, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society kicked off the 2012 flower show this morning: "Hawaii: Islands of Aloha" opens to the public March 4 and runs till March 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Market Streets. "This is a show like you've never seen before," said PHS President Drew Becher, who outlined new features of the 183-year-old event, officially known as the Philadelphia International Flower Show, before an enthusiastic crowd on the 33d floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City.
March 24, 2011
I HAVE ALWAYS admired hula, the traditional dance of the Polynesian people of Hawaii, for its beauty and smooth, fluid movements. It also looks like a lot of fun and a great way to get in a dance-style workout. To satisfy my curiosity about hula dancing, I turned to 25-year-old San Francisco native Janine Paat, a cultural anthropologist who lives in Philadelphia. She teaches hula and other dance-based exercise modems at studios around the area. The former Miss Philadelphia contestant studied dance anthropology at Bard College.