May 17, 2015 |
Despite a rousing ovation from the nearly full Art Alliance audience on Thursday, David Torn chose to end his set not with thanks, but with an apology. "If anybody thought I was going to play jazz or some kind of style tonight," the white-maned guitarist said, "I'm sorry. " Though some in the crowd - perhaps lured by Torn's production work with pop stars such as David Bowie, John Legend, and Madonna - may have been caught unaware by the evening's free-association sound sculptures, there was no need for disclaimers after his captivating, often-rapturous 70-minute set. Playing solo guitar mutated through a variety of electronic means, Torn conjured enveloping sonic environments as discomfiting as they were alluring to explore.
February 24, 2015 |
SO THAT HAPPENED. The 87th annual Academy Awards had its moments, but too many of them were uh-huh moments. Host Neil Patrick Harris onstage in his tighty whities, a la "Birdman. " Anna Kendrick and Philly's Kevin Hart presenting the award for animated short because, well, they're animated. And short. Harris' following the Oscar win of "Whiplash" star J.K. Simmons with, "He won Oscar . . . ," set to the tune of the jingle for Simmons' Farmers Insurance ads. Yep, Oscar, the Everest of hosting gigs, has left yet another promising host stranded short of the summit.
January 14, 2015 |
Follow the bouncing Globes Know what really burned up Twitter during Sunday night's Golden Globes knees-up? Yep, that's right: The incredibly strange and incredibly cool appearance of rocker Prince . He's got two albums out and sort of just showed up to present the best-song award, which went to Common and Philly's own John Legend for their tune "Glory" from the flick Selma . All during Prince's brief stay, tapping the stage with...
May 23, 2014 |
K EVIN HART 'S EX-WIFE is causing quite the stir before her new reality show, "Atlanta Exes," a spin-off of "Hollywood Exes," hits VH1 in August. Torrei Hart, who met Kevin at Community College of Philadelphia before he hit it big, alleged the dissolution of her marriage was due to Hart's affair with his current girlfriend, model Eniko Parrish . "I never lashed out," Torrei told "Entertainment Tonight. " "I never tried to punch her in the face, even though I've had moments where - trust and believe - I wanted to KO her ass. " She added: "It does hurt that my kids have to be around a woman who broke up a marriage.
May 23, 2014 |
In 2013, John Legend found intimacy. Along with marrying his longtime love, model Chrissy Teigen, Legend - one-time choir leader and University of Pennsylvania student - released the album Love in the Future . That quietly kinetic collection surprised some listeners with a new sensuality, a change from previous themes of romance and universal consciousness. On Tuesday, the Kimmel Center welcomed the well-dressed pianist and singer in a public homecoming that moved to an after-party at Bar Volvér in the Kimmel complex.
May 16, 2014 |
THE SEA, sand and saltwater taffy used to be the big lures to the shore. Now the major attraction is often the chance to see your favorite club or concert headliners "up-close-and-personal" in a smaller and oft-times more comfortable venue than you'll find the artists playing here in Philly. A perfect case in point, playing both towns within days? Take, please, Big Act in a Smaller Room Lady Gaga . The dance-pop monster lorded last night at the 20,000-seat Wells Fargo Center.
November 27, 2013 |
AFTER more than 30 years, the soulfully robust voice of music icon Donny Hathaway is making a comeback to some stereo speakers near you. Earlier this month, Rhino Entertainment released a four-disc collection, "Never My Love: The Anthology," that includes 23 previously unreleased tracks, among them 13 studio recordings. Hathaway died in 1979 after leaping from the 15th floor of the Essex House in New York City. He had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and was known for bouts of depression.
October 26, 2013 |
Piano-playing soul man John Legend has just released Love in the Future , his first recording since Wake Up! , the 2010 cover song collaboration with Philadelphia hip-hop band the Roots. These are busy days for the 34-year-old University of Pennsylvania alumnus, Class of 1999, who grew up as John Stephens in Springfield, Ohio. In addition to letting loose Love in the Future , which was artfully produced with the assistance of old friend Kanye West, the singer married swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen in September in Lake Como in Italy.
October 3, 2013 |
WHILE I told you that Richard Gere , Dakota Fanning and Theo James will start shooting "Franny" in our town later this month, there's a movie with celebs lensing here right now. "Brotherly Love" centers on three brothers, including an Overbrook High School basketball star, living in West Philly. It is filled with familiar faces including Keke Palmer , Macy Gray , R&B singer Quincy Brown ( Al B. Sure 's son and P. Diddy 's stepson for those keeping score at home)
May 7, 2013 |
* CONSTITUTION USA WITH PETER SAGAL. 9 p.m. today, WHYY 12. * TED TALKS EDUCATION. 10 p.m. today, WHYY 12. IT DOESN'T take PBS' "Constitution USA with Peter Sagal" long to get to Philadelphia, where the document got hammered out. First, though, Sagal had to buy a motorcycle. Traveling on a customized red-white-and-blue Harley-Davidson - what could be more American? - the host of NPR's "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" crisscrosses the country in this monthlong series to talk with people about the document that was ratified nearly 225 years ago and has been causing arguments ever since.