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 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.
November 18, 2013 |
'My dream was to make some music and get some girls," says Berry Gordy Jr. "My bar was low. As I went on, new doors kept opening. I exceeded my wildest dreams. " He pauses for a moment. It's been a very good year for the founder of Motown Records, who will be 84 on Nov. 28. Since his jukebox autobiography's debut on Broadway in April, Motown The Musical has made $45 million. In June, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honored him with its pioneer award. Earlier this month, he received Ebony magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award.
September 27, 2013 |
PHILLY'S OWN Jill Scott likes not being Jill Scott, if only for a little while. She hits the big screen tomorrow in "Baggage Claim," playing Gail, the cheeky best friend to Paula Patton 's lovelorn flight attendant who doesn't realize that love might not require a boarding pass. Saucy Gail is quite different from songstress Scott or even the Jill Scott who has inhabited other roles, like Precious in "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" or Sheila in "Why Did I Get Married?"
September 5, 2013 |
THE GERE is here. Silver fox Richard Gere will shoot his new film, "Franny," in Philadelphia. Production starts in October. Gere will play "a hedonistic philanthropist who ingratiates himself into the lives of a newlywed couple in order to re-create the life he once had," according to a statement about the indie drama. Gere will reunite with the team that produced his well-received financial film "Arbitrage" for the movie written and directed by Andrew Renzi. Gere is no stranger to Philly.
June 5, 2013 |
Berry Gordy, the 83-year-old founder of Motown Records, the Detroit label that became a hit-making factory and produced such stars as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Michael Jackson, is the recipient of the 2013 Marian Anderson Award, Mayor Nutter announced Monday. The award, given to "artists and individuals whose body of work has improved the world beyond the power to entertain," is named for the late African American contralto and South Philadelphia High graduate who was celebrated as a singer of both classical music and spirituals in her lifetime.