October 21, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Brooklyn Nets defender Justin Harper was helpless. The 6-foot-10 forward could only meagerly raise his arms as Richaun Holmes soared over him on Sunday afternoon. The Sixers rookie used two hands to posterize Harper, grabbing his first highlight-reel worthy dunk since being drafted in June. Holmes, a 6-10 forward, was a flashy dunker in college at Bowling Green. It was only a matter of time until he threw down his first thunderous slam with the Sixers. "It's probably No. 1 right now," Holmes said about his dunk after Sunday's 92-91 loss.
September 18, 2015 |
Ever since the release of their 2012 debut, My Head Is an Animal , Iceland's Of Monsters and Men and its frontwoman, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, have established themselves as a glad-to-be-unhappy hippie pop act who combine droning synths and warm folk roots. A campfire on a chilly autumn evening or a shot of bourbon after eating an ice cream cone - that's Of Monsters and Men. That sound fit the time and place Tuesday evening: the packed grassy knoll of the outdoor Skyline Stage at the Mann Center, on a starry night with the season's first nip in the air. With opening tracks such as the pulsating "Thousand Eyes" and the grand "Crystals," these guys used a lot of dry ice smoke . But the music itself was impressive without it. OMAM relies heavily on bass-drum thrumming, so drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson gave his tom-toms a workout.
June 23, 2015 |
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Jordan and Louie must have putted in their gardens as kids. Rory McIlroy called the greens at Chambers Bay "caulifower" after Henrik Stenson called them "broccoli," and Stenson was leading after the first round of this U.S. Open. Ernie Els called them the "worst" he's seen in his 26-year career, which includes four major titles, two of the U.S. Opens. Charl Schwartzel, who won the 2011 Masters, called them "terrible. " FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel embarked on a self-indulgent rant that sounded like he shot a final-round 77 instead of the 67 he carded.
June 23, 2015 |
Way back when, New Jersey was not the Garden State. It was the Kill or Be Killed State. And at the top of the heap was a fearsome creature called Mosasaurus , currently playing a memorable role in that new dinosaur flick you may have heard about. Mosasaurus was no dinosaur. It was a marine reptile, part of a broader family called the mosasaurs, in an era when much of New Jersey was underwater. While the toothy carnivores were common in much of the world, the first North American fossil specimens were found in New Jersey in the early 1800s, shaping our knowledge of prehistory well before anyone had a good idea what a dinosaur was. Fossil-hunters today continue to find mosasaur vertebrae and horror-movie teeth - some of them 5 inches long - at sites in Gloucester and Monmouth Counties.
February 6, 2015 |
You can't buy it in the store and no one can instill it in you. Occasionally, however, you can create self-confidence through sheer force of will and hard work. Rasheed Browne can attest. Despite slumping much of the season, the junior guard for Neumann-Goretti sparked the Saints to a 67-44 triumph against host St. Joseph's Prep on Wednesday. "I've been struggling all year and I'm finally putting some games together by bringing energy," Browne said. "That's what it's all about.
November 4, 2014 |
Power 99 FM's annual Powerhouse gathering of chart-topping rappers and R&B singers is always a party. That's a given. Mash together the tops in hip hop and nu-soul doing their latest singles and most cherished tracks over the course of seven (or more) hours, throw in a zealously enthusiastic young crowd, and you're jamming. Imagine, then, what Wells Fargo Center's Powerhouse looked and sounded like on Friday night, which just happened to be Halloween. It was a monster mash with attendees and several of the long night's performers dressed for the haunted holiday.
October 4, 2014 |
Watch sports drivers compete, career, and crush stuff with their 12-foot-tall, five-ton, high-powered trucks Friday and Saturday at Monster Jam at the Wells Fargo Center. Motorsports drivers will perform freestyle extravaganzas head-to-head, jumping sky-high over obstacles including trucks, vans, boats, cars, and buses in their decked-out, characterized monster vehicles. There will be wheelies, pirouettes, and lots of demolition. The popular Candice Jolly (check out her crazy socks)
October 2, 2014 |
APPLE PIE is fine and baseball can pass the time, but sometimes America needs a night full of gasoline fumes, ear-shattering decibels and supersized machines built to destroy. What other country could have designed monster trucks? "America is, of course, the country of overindulgence," said Candice Jolly, driver of the "Monster Mutt Dalmatian" truck. "These trucks are 10,000 pounds with 66-inch tires. If that doesn't yell, 'America,' I don't know what does. " Jolly will be behind the wheel Friday and Saturday, competing against fellow drivers, as the Monster Jam returns to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly, one of hundreds of shows the tour puts on every year across the globe.
September 16, 2014 |
The great Gothic monsters of 19th-century literature elude convincing musical treatment, probably because these semi-folkloric creatures lose their bite and mystery when baring their souls in music. Wisely, the Philadelphia Opera Collective veered away from direct dramatization of the monster at hand in By You That Made Me, Frankenstein , characterizing the circumstances behind the famous Mary Shelley novel. Seen on Saturday in the thick of the current Fringe Festival, this 90-minute, two-act opera of sorts was presented in the second-floor parlor of the cozy 19th-century-ish Benjamin Franklin Club, in something close to a site-specific performance.
June 6, 2014
WHEN YOU practice immigration law, your idea of what it means to be "American" is both fluid and sacred. The fluidity comes in seeing new applicants for that great gift of citizenship with their changing faces and histories. Color, creed and cadence are interesting variations on a theme of longing to belong, but they're ultimately inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. Multicultural isn't all that it's cracked up to be, if you listen to my clients. It's simply the politics of "feel good.