September 29, 2015 |
There are so many disarming, alarming, and charming elements of any R. Kelly show, you'd need a clicker to keep count. And all were on display Thursday night, when Kelly played a packed-to-the-rafters show at Temple University's Liacouras Center just before the pope's Philly visit. This gig found the shades-wearing crooner getting towel-downs from female fans, dancing a "Bump N' Grind" to his simmering hit of the same name, and loudly posing provocative questions to his devoted crowd, such as "How many of you have made babies to my music?"
April 16, 2015 |
Who needs a marketing degree when you've got Vince McMahon as a role model? Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, 38, has worked his way up from small clubs to commanding arena-sized audiences - he will play the Liacouras Center on Thursday - in part by taking cues from the WWE owner. As in professional wrestling, almost everything Iglesias does is a carefully coordinated marketing plan. He's become a merchandising machine. He has mall kiosks in markets where he's particularly popular. He sells T-shirts, hats, toys, anything you can think of bearing his cherubic face, or nickname: Fluffy.
November 29, 2014 |
With the 2014 release of his debut full-length studio album People Keep Talking , University of Pennsylvania graduate Steven Markowitz - nom de rap , Hoodie Allen - fully realizes his dream of making pop-rap harder and sharper without losing its melodic sensibilities. "Don't waste time trying to convince everyone of your purpose, just know and focus on bettering yourself," Markowitz said from New York. He plays the Liacouras Center on Saturday. " People Keep Talking took a minute to drop, considering the mix-tapes and EPs like All American [I did]
March 8, 2014 |
The Harlem Globetrotters bring their on-court tricks and sportsmanship to the Liacouras Center Friday and to the Wells Fargo Center Sunday for the Fans Rule Tour. At Sunday's game, Kevin Grow of Bensalem, a teen who has Down syndrome, will make his debut performance with the Globetrotters. Performing for 88 years, the Globetrotters will let the audience take charge and make the rules for the games, hence Fans Rule. Fans can choose from three rules for the game: the Hot Hand Jersey, the Make or Miss, and the Trick Shot Challenge.
September 27, 2013 |
Imagine Radiohead without the self-importance, and . . . well, that's more or less impossible. But it's one way to approach the music of Atoms for Peace, which teams Radiohead front man Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and percussionist Mauro Refosco. Drummer Joey Waronker, most regularly of R.E.M., rounds out the quintet. Yorke and Godrich started Tuesday's show at the Liacouras Center with guitars at the ready, picking out the clipped rhythms of "Before Your Very Eyes . . . ". But stagehands soon took the guitars away, and Godrich retired to a bank of keyboards - musical and computer - while Yorke concentrated on his dance moves.
May 23, 2013
The AND1 Summer Remix Basketball Tournament will be played at the Liacouras Center Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The 12-team street basketball tournament will offer a $100,000 prize to the winners. Tryouts will begin June 8 at New York's Dunlevy Milbank Center. TENNIS: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has pulled out of the French Open because of a respiratory virus. American players Brian Baker and Mardy Fish have also pulled out. Baker has not recovered from a right knee operation and Fish is unfit because of heart problems.
March 29, 2013 |
This might not be a popular sentiment, but I'll take Best Coast over Green Day any day, even though, at the Liacouras Center on Wednesday, it's Billie Joe Armstrong's Berkeley-based punks who will headline and Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno's sun-soaked garage pop that will open the bill. "I can't compare myself to Billie Joe," says Best Coast's singer-songwriter Cosentino via e-mail. "I'm not even on that level. One of the first songs I learned on guitar was 'Time of Your Life.' Green Day was influential to me as a teenager, and later on, as a writer.
February 27, 2013 |
When Tiësto comes to town, it's not just a concert: it's an event. On Saturday night, nearly 5,000 electronic dance music enthusiasts and casual fans descended on the Liacouras Center at Temple University to see the world-famous Dutch artist. The highest-paid DJ in the world (an estimated $22 million in 2012) with a less-impressive presence on the charts, Tiësto proved once again that the live component is essential to his sound. Smoke and a thumping bass greeted concert-goers in the lobby, along with a thorough frisk from security checking for a laundry list of prohibited items that included laser pointers and glow sticks.
March 16, 2012 |
Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends is in town through Sunday at the Liacouras Center. The plot of the show begins with Sam delivering the mail to Sesame Street and sharing a secret that Elmo and his friends can go on an imaginary journey to visit their pen pals if they use their imagination. Ernie becomes captain of the Good Ship Rubber Duckie, and Elmo plays drums in an African rain forest. With the power of imagination, kids will learn from Elmo and his friends that they can fulfill their dreams by using their imagination.
March 15, 2012
The dynamism that made him a visionary president of Temple University for 19 years remains for Peter Liacouras, though it is restricted by a stroke that has left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Still, at 80 years of age, he is a passionate fan of Temple's football and basketball programs, getting to almost all of the games. No surprise there. Liacouras saw sports as a driving force in growing the university and attracting students who would reside on and near the campus.