May 23, 2015 |
When Aaron Dontez Yates, the speed rapper/producer known as Tech N9ne, created the Strange Music label in 1999, he must have known his life's vocation. Tech N9ne's sound consistently has been odd yet alluring - quick, industrialized hip-hop with incendiary, socially conscious, sci-fantasy lyrics that would make Harlan Ellison green with Martian envy. And Yates' rapid, chopping style makes Tech N9ne a dog whose bark might just be as bad as its bite. Tech N9ne played the Trocadero on Wednesday night, with future-forward electro-rappers such as MURS and Chris Webby along for the ride.
May 15, 2015 |
With a new exhibition opening Saturday, the Barnes Foundation is entering a shadowy, self-referential, postmodern world it has never ventured into before. Certainly not during the lifetime of founder Albert C. Barnes, nor at any time since his death in 1951. "Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things," running through Aug. 3, consists of three commissioned installations inspired by the famously idiosyncratic Barnes and the manner in which he displayed his art; "ensembles" he called his wall and gallery arrangements, and he stipulated they could never be rearranged.
May 1, 2015
WHEN HE WAS playing football at Lower Merion High School, Joe Chovanes didn't dream he would grow up to be a woman. It's hard to wrap your mind around it, but the Joe of long ago, now Julie, says she was a woman all along. If this sounds like Bruce Jenner, but without the fame and national adoration, it is. Transgender has transitioned into our national consciousness. Like Jenner, Chovanes was kind of a jock and had a way with the ladies. Unlike Jenner, Chovanes became an attorney and married his college sweetheart.
February 10, 2015 |
Why has Chris Tucker, big-screen comic foil, been crisscrossing the country doing stand-up shows? This is a guy who at the height of his popularity, when the Rush Hour movies made him for a time the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, never worked a day more than he had to. As he explained at the Tower Theater on Friday night, he owes a towering sum in back taxes. He joked that IRS agents were backstage as he performed, tallying the box office and eating chicken. His tax troubles are both the impetus and the foundation of his act. He complained about TMZ reporting his debt as more than $14 million.
December 5, 2014
DESPITE incessant commercials and 24/7 seasonal-music radio programming, not everyone buys into the December Holiday Industrial Complex. More of your family, friends and neighbors than you might expect find this time of year annoying, if not insufferable - or downright depressing. And this weekend, there's a show just for them. Tonight and Saturday, the Rrazz Room, in New Hope, is presenting "Oy Vey In A Manger. " It's a musical comedy by the self-styled "dragapella" troupe, the Kinsey Sicks, and it is definitely not intended to create warm-and-fuzzy holiday feelings.
October 17, 2014
MORE THAN four decades later, Frank Ferrante can still remember the day he discovered Groucho Marx . Not surprising, because it led to his creating a successful show business niche for himself. "My first encounter was a Marx Brothers film, 'A Day at the Races,' when I was 9 years old. I never laughed that hard. These guys thrilled me, particularly Groucho," recalled Ferrante, 51, who Sunday afternoon brings his internationally acclaimed one-man show, "An Evening with Groucho," to Glenside's Keswick Theatre.
September 10, 2014 |
In Communicating Doors , Alan Ayckbourn has written an almost director-proof play. At least I would have argued that before seeing the Liam Castellan-helmed production currently at the Hedgerow Theatre. We'll start with the brilliantly constructed plot, a Hitchcock-influenced comic thriller with a time-travel twist. In 2034, dominatrix Poopay (Kyra Baker) goes on call to the luxury hotel room of the wealthy Reese (Shaun Yates). Instead of sex, he wants her to witness his confession to a lifetime of business-related crimes and killings.
August 11, 2014 |
DURING SPRING training, Roy Halladay regularly reported to work at Bright House Field hours before the sun rose each morning. The dedication to his craft continued into the season. He was meticulous in his routine. Almost every minute of his day was accounted for and had a purpose. Step in his direction when he was making his way from a bullpen session to the weight room and you'd see the steely look of a guy you really didn't care to interrupt. But then one day in Clearwater, a video-game commercial featuring the pitcher and a Carlos Ruiz pillow began airing regularly.
June 23, 2014 |
Facing a double mastectomy and hysterectomy, Eva Moon eased the anxiety with a limerick: I've just had a genetic test And I'm feeling a little depressed It's not just because I'll have menopause But I wasn't quite done with my breasts Humor isn't touted much in clinical trials or in FDA approvals, but when it comes to cancer, laughter is good medicine, according to Moon. A 58-year-old performing artist from Redmond, Wash., with fiery red hair and a sultry voice, Moon spoke at the Eighth Annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Philadelphia last week.
June 6, 2014 |
With humor and words of admiration, philanthropist Lewis Katz was remembered Wednesday at his beloved Temple University for his loyalty, wide-ranging generosity and devotion to his family. During a more than 2 1/2-hour memorial service at Temple's Peformance Arts Center, mourners laughed, applauded and wiped away tears at reminisces of Katz - funny, moving, sad. The message over and over again was to keep Katz's memory and work alive. "You will never be a distant memory," his daughter Melissa Silver vowed.