July 21, 2015 |
There is an inescapable survivor's mentality hanging over this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The eighth annual touring heavy metal festival is noticeably diminished from past years, with three or four stages reduced to two. This year's headliners both recently emerged from difficult periods. Danish singer King Diamond, 59, underwent triple-bypass surgery in 2010 following several heart attacks, while Slayer has regrouped following the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the firing of drummer Dave Lombardo.
December 17, 2014 |
Sure, NBC brought a whole new layer of uncomfortable subtext to its recent production of Peter Pan Live! , but for pure equilibrium-smashing anarchy, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland might still be the strangest classic children's tale. Quintessence Theatre Group makes it even "curiouser and curiouser," pairing with black-light mask-and-puppeteers Archedream for Humanity to take on Simon Reade's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's story. With quirky original music by David Cope and a cast of actors dedicated to full-tilt mayhem, director Alexander Burns retains the book's sense of nonlinearity while still moving the action forward.
July 29, 2014 |
SUICIDE SILENCE is off to the type of fresh start no band wants to go through. The deathcore quintet from Riverside, Calif., is touring in support of its fourth full-length album, "You Can't Stop Me" (Nuclear Blast Records), with new singer Eddie Hermida, who came on board in October 2013 after a motorcycle crash killed frontman Mitch Lucker the previous fall. The tour will take them to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
April 11, 2014 |
NEW radar data indicates that the missing Malaysian airliner detoured around Indonesia, and "Raid 2: Berandal" gives you some idea why. This hyperviolent Indonesian action movie doubles down on all the elements in the cult hit original, "Raid: Redemption" - essentially the story of what appears to be the country's last honest cop, waging a one-man war against the forces of organized crime and co-opted law enforcement. Both movies depict Indonesia as a rolling mob war with civilization somewhere in the distant background (the word "berandal" is Indonesian for "hooligan")
July 30, 2013 |
NBC10's Daralene Jones said "I do" this weekend to love Antoine Jamaal Bell . They wed at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Fla. Jones started working at NBC10 in January. She originally hails from Chicago, but came to Philly from Orlando, where she met Bell, who still resides there, working as a mechanical engineer for Lockheed Martin. The couple were engaged in December, on Jones' final night in Orlando before making the move to Philadelphia to work at NBC. Bell, under the guise of a dinner invitation, took Jones to the park where he first told her he loved her. Major aw!
April 18, 2013 |
Police arrested four Rutgers University students last weekend during a rowdy off-campus street party where people brawled and set couches and mattresses on fire. New Brunswick, N.J., police say they arrested three students Saturday, and Rutgers police arrested a fourth while dispersing a crowd of more than 500 people. Overall, 16 disorderly-related summonses were issued by New Brunswick police. Authorities said officers were hit by bottles allegedly thrown by partygoers and people set furniture on fire.
March 21, 2013 |
The tumultuous events of 1968 - the year of assassinations, massacres in a deadly war, chaotic street protests, and college shutdowns across the United States; the year of Janis Joplin and 2001: A Space Odyssey , Aretha Franklin and Apollo 7 and 8 - will flood the National Constitution Center with music, video, helicopters, bean bag chairs, and Boomer memories in an exhibition running from June 14 to Sept. 2. The show, called The 1968 Exhibit , "illuminates a pivotal year in our history and shines a light" down to the present, Vince Stango, interim head of the center, told a news conference Tuesday.
January 29, 2013 |
CAIRO - An unpredictable new element has entered Egypt's wave of political unrest: a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as the defenders of protesters opposed to the Islamist president's rule. They boast that they're willing to use force to fight back against Islamists who have attacked protesters in the past - or against police who crack down on demonstrations. The youths with faces hidden under black wrestlers' masks have appeared among stone-throwing protesters in clashes with police around Egypt the past five days in the wave of political violence that has shaken the country.
June 1, 2012 |
Eight people were shot, three fatally, in less than 24 hours in Camden this week, bringing the number of homicides since Friday to five, authorities said Thursday. The mayhem began at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when a Pennsauken man was shot in the leg at an undisclosed city location, and it continued through about 5 p.m. Thursday, when a man was fatally wounded near Fifth and Royden Streets, authorities said. Seven of the shootings occurred within seven hours. "The violence in Camden overnight is a continuation of an ongoing pattern of crime increases we've seen since the Camden Police Department layoffs almost a year and a half ago," said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
March 9, 2012 |
Lantern Theater Company's Romeo and Juliet begins before it begins: fights on the street, stealthy comings and goings, women are grabbed, rich, highborn men are drunk and belligerent. Everyone is armed to the teeth - swords and knives - and then somebody says "peace. " Yeah, right. What a place Verona is: Feuds, duels, and havoc will, as they say, ensue. The young star-crossed lovers will, through their suicides, teach their parents the need for reconciliation. This old, sad story is about two teenagers from warring families who have a moment of joy only to have things go terribly wrong through an agony of mistiming, mistakes, parental commands, and just plain bad luck.