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July 18, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
PREPARE TO leave cynicism at the door if you catch the Floacist at World Cafe Live tonight, or Michael Franti with Spearhead (and compatible support acts) at the Mann Center Tuesday. Both artists aim to have you singing along with their boldly uplifting, mind- and world-healing music - and also a physical warm-up option, in Franti's case.   Feel the Flo Ever since the opening track ("Breathe") of her first album as a solo artist, Natalie "the Floacist" Stewart has been promoting the cause of taking charge and transforming your life.
SPORTS
July 17, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MINNEAPOLIS - With seven players in Minneapolis last night, the Oakland Athletics didn't just lead all of baseball in wins entering the All-Star break, but also in All-Star players. No other team had more than four. More than a couple of those A's players took circuitous routes to Target Field. Former Tampa Bay Rays ace Scott Kazmir, who started opposite Cole Hamels in Game 1 of the 2008 World Series, took a detour to an independent league 2 years ago before his career revival.
NEWS
July 7, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a young boy, Stephen Reichenbach found himself "drawn to the quiet" of the woods of Cinnaminson, his hometown. "I had already begun my meditation practice" on those solitary walks, the 60-year-old recalled recently. For religion, however, he pedaled his bike to the local Catholic church, never imagining his attraction to "the mystery" he sensed in the woods and the Latin Mass would put him one day in the black robes of a Zen abbot. Those woods of Cinnaminson are long gone and so, in a sense, is Stephen Reichenbach.
TRAVEL
June 30, 2014 | By Bill Fantini, For The Inquirer
Originally, we decided to visit Bologna because we had never been there, we love medieval cities, and it is a train hub that would facilitate easy transport to other destinations in Italy. Then, we learned that Bologna was the birthplace of tortellini, mortadella, and, of course, ragú alla bolognese. The city actually is nicknamed Bologna the Fat. Every guidebook we read referred to it as the gastronomic center of Italy - which pretty much makes Bologna the gastronomic center of the universe, si?
NEWS
June 29, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
BROOKLYN - Among the half-dozen Philadelphia composers currently working on operas, the ultra-expressionistic Michael Hersch is the first to see his produced. On the Threshold of Winter was premiered Wednesday in a small-scale production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music by soprano Ah Young Hong and the Nunc contemporary music group - and emerged as something so uncompromising that any future presentation in a traditional opera house is unlikely. Based on Marin Sorescu's 1996 poems written in the weeks before his death from liver cancer, On the Threshold of Winter is a journey into fatal illness that, in Hersch's hands, acknowledges no distance, safe or otherwise, between a listener and the suffering protagonist.
TRAVEL
June 23, 2014 | By D.A. Gleason, For The Inquirer
When I heard that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be canonized, I knew I'd be Rome-bound. I traveled to the Eternal City for John Paul's funeral in 2005 and his beatification in 2011, sleeping on the cobblestones to ensure entrance to St. Peter's Square. It worked. This time I decided to travel with an organized group - understanding that I'd be on my own for the canonization, a non-ticketed event. Our group of 40 included a teacher, a musician, an ex-nun, a Korean couple married 50 years, and three priests: Father Matt, a high-energy West Point grad; Father Mike, blind since age 6; and Father Jose, a young Colombian priest serving in Jersey City, N.J. Ordinary people like myself embarking on an extraordinary journey.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2014 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maya Lang's debut novel, The Sixteenth of June , is a literary bridge between the City of Brotherly Love and James Joyce's enigmatic masterpiece Ulysses . Set in Philadelphia, Lang's book follows a pair of brothers (and the younger brother's fiancée) through a single day, the Joycean holiday of Bloomsday, June 16, from their grandmother's funeral in the morning to their parents' extravagant Bloomsday fete in the evening, a perennial affair at the family's Delancey manse.
TRAVEL
June 15, 2014 | By Fred Beckley, For The Inquirer
I've probably done worse things to our kids than drag them through innumerable ruins - Greek, Roman, Mayan, etc. - but we have been to a lot of ruins. If it was built and fell down, we'll make a detour; if it was built, fell down, buried, and dug up again, we'll book a room. Owing to their proximity to margaritas and warm beaches, we've been to a lot of big-ticket Mayan ruins in particular (Tikal, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Caracol). On a recent cruise, though, we stopped at Costa Maya, Mexico, and discovered, by circumstance and somewhat by accident, a new favorite.
TRAVEL
June 8, 2014 | By Megan Kenna, For The Inquirer
Five years ago, I moved abroad to begin my graduate studies in the international city of Brussels, Belgium. Though I had traveled before, I always did so surrounded by close friends, staying in hostels full of Americans, people familiar with the East Coast. But in 2009, I made my home in a foreign country and entered a world of expatriates. Along with the challenges presented by language barriers and cultural confusion came one unexpected quirk - having to explain my hometown. The business of choice in Brussels is politics - European Union politics.
TRAVEL
May 25, 2014 | By Ed Bardzik Jr., For The Inquirer
When my wife and I planned an April trip to Vienna, we were simply going to one of our favorite cities to hear a young soprano friend, Meagan Miller, in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at the Vienna Statsoper. We also planned a one-day trip to Bratislava, Slovakia, because of its proximity. We had no idea at the time how momentous the trip would be. My maternal grandparents, Maria and Michael Bohinik, emigrated from Slovakia to Upper Darby in 1900, leaving a son and daughter behind, to be sent for later.
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