July 29, 2016 |
Into what alien territory has the Democratic Party landed its spaceship this week? Democrats may think Philadelphia is reliably blue, but as for those South Philly blocks that jut right up against the Wells Fargo Center? "It's all Trump here," said Donna Di Bruno, 48, a teacher and a member of the great extended cheese family. She's talking with her neighbors in the shared driveway behind their homes in the 3200 blocks of Broad and Juniper. (Don't call it an alley. They say that makes the neighborhood look bad.)
May 21, 2016 |
The Roots won't play the free July Fourth concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this year, but the lineup will be decidedly rooted in Philadelphia. The performers may lack the star power of prior years, but most have city ties and aim to create a more patriotic, family-friendly atmosphere, organizers said Friday. Leslie Odom Jr., a star of the Broadway musical Hamilton and a native of East Oak Lane, will emcee the featured concert on July 4. Bucks County native Christina Perri will perform, as will Yazz the Greatest, a star of the TV show Empire ; the Philly Pops; and the rhythm-and-blues band Brotherly Love.
April 14, 2016 |
On Day 100 on the job, Mayor Kenney was running as hard as he has since Day One. Kenney, the longtime city councilman who won the mayoral race last year by double digits, formally greeted an Israeli peace drums steel band in Hebrew on Tuesday morning in City Hall. He was then whisked away by his security detail to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia for a media tour in preparation for the Democratic National Convention in July. Then it was off to a library party in Southwest Philadelphia before heading back to City Hall to announce the new commissioners for the Fire Department and prison system.
February 22, 2016 |
As he made his way to the start of the Manayunk parade route Saturday morning - weaving among plumes of feathers, floats, and Mummers tuning their instruments - Tom Loomis could hardly make it two feet without being stopped to shake a hand or give a hug. "It's going to be a great day!" an event organizer in a golf cart yelled at him as she came to a brief stop. "It's going to be a beautiful day," Loomis, president of the Philadelphia String Band Association, said before she sped off. By all accounts, it was. The event, a Mardi Gras celebration with performances from all 17 of the city's string bands, drew an estimated 12,000 to 14,000 people, according to organizers.
February 20, 2016 |
U.S. Rep. Robert Brady has announced a nonprofit's $8,000 donation to the Manayunk Mummers parade, helping the event to go forward Saturday after donations and sponsorships lagged. Event organizers suspected their fund-raising efforts were hurt by the controversy surrounding the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day, when put-downs of African Americans, Mexicans, gays, and transgender people sparked international headlines. "I feel like the weight has lifted," said Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corp.
February 20, 2016 |
For Tom Loomis, longtime president of the String Band Association, the best things about the Mummers are family, friendships, fun, and, of course, great music. "It's tradition," said Loomis, who has played in the Woodland String Band since 1977. "My son plays with me, and every year, as we get near City Hall, he'll find me, give me a kiss on the cheek, and tell me he loves me. I still get the chills. " All of those "bests" will be on display Saturday when all 17 string bands parade and perform as part of Mummers Mardi Gras in Manayunk.
February 11, 2016
It's only relatively recently that Philly has been made to look cool on film. With some notable exceptions, like last year's Creed, the city has more often than not served as a nameless stand-in for crime dramas or action flicks in need of a grimy postindustrial backdrop. Name that abandoned factory or burned-out block and win a prize. But it's 2016. We're a city on the rise. So it was with much excitement and trepidation that I tuned in to watch the latest episode of the rebooted X-Files on Monday night.
February 8, 2016
In keeping with an annual tradition, more than 250 showed up for the 2016 Union League New Year's Day festivities. Packing into the hallowed halls of the Union League, dressed in their holiday finest, were 1,850 Union League officers and members, from grandparents to newborn babies and friends. Festivities included family-fun activities throughout the building, including magicians, jugglers, face painters, balloon sculptors, and a caricature artist. Reserved bleachers were available for the brave who filled first-row seats on Broad Street to watch the Mummers.
February 8, 2016 |
Organizers of the Mummers' Feb. 20 promenade down Main Street in Manayunk are concerned about a shortage of sponsors, The Inquirer reported last week, because of negative publicity surrounding skits deemed homophobic or immigrant-unfriendly during last month's parade down Broad Street. Weird, isn't that, to read the words "parade down Broad Street" instead of the traditional march north? The Mummer tradition, more than a century old, was based on the notion that once a year, Philadelphians from working-class neighborhoods had a sacred right and civic duty to march into the hipster-haunted canyons of Center City, past the old-money swells lined up on the dramatic curved stairway of the Union League, and past the disapproving stone visage of Moses the lawgiver staring down from the south portal of City Hall, where the invading neighborhood army suddenly swept left and was greeted by the cheers of thousands of hearty fans in bleachers, all bathed in bright lights awaiting this very moment, a roiling riot of color and joyous motion, a sea of satin umbrellas pumping, of gold-spray-painted work boots strutting in a mad Philadelphia moment below Billy Penn's bronze hat and permanently averted northeastward gaze.
February 1, 2016 |
Donations and sponsorships have slumped for next month's small, family-friendly Mummers Parade in Manayunk, and organizers fear they know why: The caricatures and put-downs of African Americans, Mexicans, gays, and transsexuals that marred the big New Year's Day parade on Broad Street. "The people we're reaching out to are not saying yes," said Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corp. "They're saying no in the most polite way. " The second-year parade expected a boost in corporate interest, having proved itself, but has been unable to land a lead sponsor, Lipton and others said.