June 18, 2015 |
IT WASN'T quite "Waiting for Godot," but it did resemble the waiting game that Russian President Vladimir Putin played on Pope Francis last week in the Vatican. Like the Russian leader, who made the pontiff wait for more than an hour on Wednesday, Fran Drescher kept Mayor Nutter waiting for more than an hour during Gay Pride this past weekend. On Sunday, at the 27th annual Pride Day LGBT parade, Drescher was scheduled to join the mayor and Gayborhood celebrity and parade emcee Henri David on stage at Penn's Landing.
June 17, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Wynton Marsalis, the jazz and classical musician, composer, and arts advocate, is the recipient of the 2015 Marian Anderson Award. Marsalis, winner of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and honored with the National Medal of Arts, joins other recipients of the medal, including Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy Jr., and 2014 winner Jon Bon Jovi. He will accept the award at a gala concert Nov. 10 at the Kimmel Center.
November 20, 2014 |
Hundreds feted New Jersey-born rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi at a Kimmel Center gala Tuesday night, where he accepted the Marian Anderson Award for his music and charity work. The award is given to entertainers who have "contributed to our society in a singular manner," event organizers said. They highlighted Bon Jovi's music and commitment to charity, including his work with programs in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Bon Jovi took the stage to a standing ovation about 10:30.
November 16, 2014 |
Jon Bon Jovi wrote " Runaway," the song that launched his rock-star career, in 1980 as he rode a bus in Manhattan past homeless young runaways near Covenant House, the national organization that aids unmoored youth. "It could have been me," Bon Jovi told an audience at a fund-raiser for Covenant House Pennsylvania more than 30 years later. "But something else saved me. It was that song. " A staple of radio and the concert stage for decades, Bon Jovi, 52, is also a philanthropist who will be the 2014 recipient of Philadelphia's Marian Anderson Award at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday.
July 27, 2014
A story Thursday on the Marian Anderson Award misstated the annual prize amount, $50,000, and the location of JBJ Soul Homes, which is at 15th Street and Fairmount Avenue. A caption with a photograph implied that Jon Bon Jovi had headed or directed Project HOME. He has worked closely with it through the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.
July 25, 2014 |
HE'S NOT living on a prayer now. Jon Bon Jovi, front man for the Grammy-winning band Bon Jovi, will be presented the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, Mayor Nutter announced yesterday. Standing in front of an excited crowd at the Sofitel Hotel, at 17th and Sansom streets, Nutter said the award's board of directors had chosen Bon Jovi "for his efforts to end homelessness and combat poverty. " The award, created in 1998, is given annually to a critically acclaimed artist who has impacted society in a positive way. This year's award will be presented Nov. 18 at the Kimmel Center.
March 25, 2014 |
R ICHARD GERE went method after filming "Franny" in Philadelphia last year. In "Franny," Gere plays a philanthropist and addict who embeds himself in the lives of a young couple, played by Dakota Fanning and Theo James (who just hit box-office gold this weekend as Four, the male lead in "Divergent"). I hear that Gere donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Livengrin Foundation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers servicing the tristate area.
November 21, 2013 |
THE KIMMEL CENTER played host to music royalty last night as a star-studded group turned out to honor Motown founder and cultural icon Berry Gordy as the 2013 Marian Anderson Award recipient. Across the street from the place where "The Sound of Philadelphia" - Philly's version of Motown - was crafted, musical impresarios including Smokey Robinson, Kool and the Gang and Boyz II Men feted Gordy, along with a tribute from "Philly Sound" producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Comedian-actor Chris Tucker hosted the event.
November 20, 2013 |
When he plays with his youth orchestra in front of more than 300 people, 13-year-old Max Chambers of Berwyn isn't nervous. He's done this a lot, he says, looking every bit the professional despite his age, in a white button-down and black dress pants. Max sits in the first chair of the second violin section of the Musicopia String Orchestra, which played on Sunday at the Benjamin Britten Festival Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Since he was 9, Max has known that he wants to spend his life playing the violin.