August 22, 2016
There's an official letter on the desk of the character Jeff Bridges plays in Hell or High Water . His name is Marcus Hamilton, he's a Texas Ranger, he's looking at a mandatory-retirement notice. A storied career - chasing down thieves and killers, fugitives and scam artists - and now he's counting down his last days. "He's reaching the end of the line," Bridges says. "And I think that's something that a lot of folks can relate to - giving up what they've done all their lives.
August 20, 2016 |
Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans isn't just a brilliant player and composer, but a savvy curator as well. That's why, for the finale of Evans' live jazz series at South, he's welcoming one of post-bop's most poignant, pliable, even poetic drummers and composers, Jeff "Tain" Watts. Watts was given that nickname by late master pianist Kenny Kirkland ("Kenny taught me to trust my ears and instincts, and I miss him dearly") when the pair played with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his saxophonist brother, Branford, for the better part of the 1980s.
July 29, 2016 |
FIRST STOP, Indianapolis; next, Pocono. Jeff Gordon never expected these two races would be on his summer itinerary. The winner of 93 career Sprint Cup series races (third all-time) thought he had retired after last season. But when concussion-like symptoms sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gordon was summoned from the Hendrick Motorsports bullpen. With only a few days preparation, Gordon drove Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet to a 13th-place finish in last Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
July 24, 2016 |
Jeff Buckley's Record Collection. Mary Guibert, mother of the Grace and "Hallelujah" singer who died in 1997, is doing her best to keep her son's memory alive. This cool website allows users to click on the spine any of the 383 LPs in Buckley's collection - say Siouxsie & the Banshees' Juju , or Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns - and listen to 30 seconds of any song, or the whole thing on Spotify. Jeffbuckleycollection.com. DNCinema. Politically minded film series will include screenings of Mike Judge's 2006 Luke Wilson- and Maya Rudolph-starring satire, Idiocracy , and Robert Mugge's Amateur Night at City Hall: The Story of Frank Rizzo . Monday to Thursday at PhilaMOCA.
July 21, 2016 |
Jeff Osberg sank a five-foot birdie putt Tuesday on the final hole of a four-hole, aggregate-score playoff against Chris Crawford to win the Philadelphia Open, ending an odyssey that took 40 holes and 121/2 hours of golf over two days to decide. Osberg, 32, of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, fired a 1-over-par 17 over holes six through nine at the Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J., for a 1-stroke victory, and finished off the first father-son combination to post wins in the 112 years the championship has been contested.
June 22, 2016 |
Jeff Goldblum: Love earth Did you know that Will Smith 's blockbuster alien invasion action film Independence Day and its Liam Hemsworth -starring sequel have a moral message? "One of the thrills about these movies, when they blow things up, you go, 'Geez, I didn't realize how precious it was to me,' " says Jeff Goldblum who played the genius scientist in the first film and returns this week in Independence Day: Resurgence . "We love this planet, we love the Earth, and we love these little things we've made and little buildings we've grown accustomed to," Goldblum tells USA Today.
May 11, 2016 |
Jeff Featherstone, 68, of Media, a Temple University research professor and an international expert on water use and management, died Saturday, May 7, of an infection at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In a statement marking his death, the university wrote: "Jeff Featherstone's life's work was to make the world a better place than he found it. Every job, every project, every workshop and conference he participated in bore witness to that goal. " Although Dr. Featherstone was based at Temple's Ambler campus, his influence in water resources management and dispute resolution was felt as far away as China and the Mideast.
March 22, 2016 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A year ago at the NFL meetings, we got the "good-to-great" speech from Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie. It isn't clear we'll hear from Lurie again, as the league's owners and general managers settle down to business Monday at the Boca Raton Resort, after gathering for the first time Sunday evening. But at some point, Lurie is likely to bump into Chip Kelly, the former Eagles coach whose power grab Lurie rationalized a year ago, Lurie extemporizing for 40 minutes under a fierce sun outside an annex to the Arizona Biltmore hotel.
March 13, 2016
More Rain (Merge ***) In his capacity as Zooey Deschanel's helpmate in She & Him, Matt Ward is responsible for more than his share of musical sunshine. Fair enough, then, that on his eighth solo album the guitarist and producer - who oversaw gospel great Mavis Staples' new Living on a High Note - tends toward the gray and drizzly. More Rain is a musical mood piece that throws an overcast spell on a set of 11 originals and one cover - of the Beach Boys' normally sunny "You're So Good to Me" - that demonstrates Ward's way with vintage rock, folk, and R&B atmospherics.
February 22, 2016 |
MONTREAL - Five years later, the Jeff Carter trade is paying new dividends for the Flyers. Oh, they certainly could use a scoring machine like Carter, one of the NHL's most dependable forwards. But the return they received is getting better each day: Jake Voracek. Sean Couturier. Nick Cousins. Those turned out to be the three young players the Flyers received for Carter, now 31 and starting to decline. And while then-general manager Paul Holmgren would like a do-over on some of his moves/signings, this isn't one of them.