November 3, 2015 |
If any act - let alone a Philadelphia band - could encompass the goofball, costumed, prankish spirit of Mischief Night and Halloween, it would be the Dead Milkmen, who attacked the Trocadero on Friday night. The whack punk satirists - who formed in 1983, had surprise (to the band, fans and management) MTV hits, split in 1995, and reunited in 2004 (after the suicide of original bass player Dave Schulthise) - were meant for the comic menace of the holiday. They were also built for the speed of harried punk-doo-wop-rockabilly-pseudo prog-surf songs lasting little more than two minutes: That's been their thing since 1985's Big Lizard in My Backyard (and still is on its most recent album, 2014's Pretty Music for Pretty People , whose ferocious title tune raced its way into Friday's show)
November 1, 2014 |
The police force that patrols Camden saw its ranks swell, if only temporarily, Thursday night, as newly knighted members of the community swore to uphold their duties as honorary community peacekeepers. Officers from the Camden County Police Department, which patrols only in the city, joined volunteers and city and county officials to hand out pretzels, flashlights, and T-shirts and hold small ceremonies for kids as they "knighted" them Blue Knights. Police and city officials have been engaged in a community interaction campaign since the force was established in May 2013.
October 14, 2014 |
HOW EASY is it to score against the Jets? Very, according to Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. Actually, the exact words he screamed immediately after catching his second touchdown pass of the game were: "It's too [bleeping] easy. It too easy. " There was no penalty for taunting and the Broncos went on to win, 31-17. Apparently, Thomas was right. He fits the Bill Terry Pegula, who purchased the Buffalo Bills last month for $1.4 billion, isn't just an owner - he's also a fan. Yesterday he mingled with tailgaters as they pre-gamed for an AFC East clash with the visiting Patriots.
October 27, 2013 |
Having "Mac" Rebennack, the master of Crescent City funk and swampy voodoo soul known as Dr. John, appear at New Hope's dark, multicultural Havana eatery Wednesday - one week before Mischief Night and Halloween - was perfect timing. At 72, the good Doctor hasn't lost a bit of his murkily mysterious mystique, his flavorful dedication to the most joyful and most haunted elements of New Orleans' musicality, or that naughty crackle in his soulful, snarling voice signaling ghostly romanticism and danger.
November 1, 2005 |
Mischief Night in Camden passed without major incidents Sunday, surprising even longtime veterans of the Camden Police Department. "It was quieter than normal," said Deputy Chief Ed Hargis, noting the city had only two fires and a single shooting. In 1991, more than 100 fires lit the city, and more than 85 buildings burned. Since then, Camden has approached the night before Halloween with trepidation and increased community and police patrols. On Sunday, firefighters were called shortly after 8 p.m. to battle a two-alarmer in East Camden at an abandoned house in the 200 block of Morse Street.
October 28, 2005 |
Though Uncle Tupelo gets all the credit, Freakwater kick-started the alt-country sound with the release of "Freakwater" in 1989, a year before Tupelow's "No Depression. " Freakwater's Janet Bean (formerly of Eleventh Dream Day) and Catherine Irwin have been best friends since childhood, and it shows in the homespun harmonies, occasionally dark humor and sharp observance to detail that can only come from women's conversations. "Thinking of You" is their first album in six years for their longtime home, Chicago experimental label Thrill Jockey.
October 29, 2004 |
There probably aren't too many people down with dressing up like Michael Jackson these days, but you'll get your chance at Silk City on Sunday. The "Michael Jackson and Madonna Halloween" is only one of the bashes being thrown in the area this witching season. The costume party will be hosted by DJ Darth Vader and will feature a lip-sync contest. The A.C. Expressway will become the highway to hell as it escorts you to Club Tru's "Saturday Night Evil. " Plasmic Honey will visit from New York to wreak havoc with Paulie Day, DJ Dominator, Jason E and Skyline.
October 31, 2003 |
When adults spin yarns of their childhood misadventures, they generally use words such as ornery or rascal to describe themselves. They don't want to admit that, on rare occasions, they were just plain bad. Or mischievous, at the very least. If little ears are close enough to hear, the grown-ups will inevitably utter that hackneyed disclaimer: It was a different world back then. Maybe the world was different. Getting into a little bit of harmless mischief every now and then used to be a sign of a healthy curiosity about life in a kid. Today, even Mischief Night isn't what it used to be. When I was a kid, Mischief Night was in vogue.
September 25, 2003 |
When Pete Toso started his pizzeria, called A Slice of New York, he thought he was getting a piece of the American dream. Instead, he got a Camden nightmare. First there were the Mischief Night arsons that blazed against the Camden skies in the 1990s. He ignored those and invested $100,000 in a shell to create his shop. Then there was the light-rail construction project that rumbled through Camden's downtown, shaking up his pizzeria and digging up the street outside. Business at his shop fell off 30 percent during the construction.
October 25, 2002 |
Each year, Halloween scares up a weird Jekyll and Hyde kind of split personality in this mild-mannered mother of two. Shortly before Labor Day, the evil Mrs. Hyde within me grouses, "Not yet, not yet," as skull-shaped flashlights, glow-in-the-dark Frankenstein figures and other Halloween gewgaws infiltrate local dollar stores. That's when those slick catalogs with the enticing pictures of frighteningly authentic - and expensive - costumes also start slithering through our mail slot.