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April 15, 2001 | By Monica Rhor INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even before it had a transmitter, Pan Asia Radio had a philosophy that set it apart from other radio stations: "Let us build a bridge to preserve our culture and traditions for the next generations. . . . " The ellipsis at the end was deliberate, meant to indicate a mission that was open-ended, said Grace Calvelo-Rustia, who founded the station with her husband in late 1996. The couple, both immigrants from the Philippines, weren't out to make money or score high on the Arbitron rating system.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Pink Slip Daddy with the Klitz 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. $12-$15, 267-639-4528, bootandsaddlephilly.com.
NEWS
July 1, 1987 | By MARIANNE COSTANTINOU, Daily News Nightlife Writer
It was almost like a real concert at a real concert hall, with dozens of fans lingering out front and scalpers playing the crowd like pickpockets in Rome. Welcome to the Chestnut Cabaret, the legendary nightclub with the misleading address of 3801 Chestnut St. The brick building is really on a street with no sign, between Chestnut and Market. And as for the name, the cavernous room hardly confirms the coffehouse image of a cabaret, what with its prominent stage lights and its dozen color TV monitors overhead.
NEWS
November 23, 1988 | By Neal Thompson, Special to The Inquirer
"Father" John D'Amico - the former Philadelphia priest turned jazz performer - said it best. "I like the idea of the collaboration of the arts, not a separation," said the electric piano player following a performance at Quincy's at the Gaslight Inn in Mount Holly last Thursday. And representational artist Tom Williams, whose paintings will adorn Quincy's walls for the next month, said, "It's a good melding of jazz and paintings about jazz. It shows a love for music and the art within the music.
NEWS
June 27, 2007
MY HUSBAND and I were recently treated to a trip to Philadelphia by our children for our 30th anniversary. We stayed at the Sofitel. We took walks and went to Rittenhouse Square. I live in a suburb of Baltimore, Md., and was so impressed by this park. How wonderful it was. very diverse and lovely. We especially enjoyed the music. We enjoyed it so much that we stayed for over an hour to listen. We were told there was a clamor to get the music stopped. Please don't let them do this.
NEWS
October 10, 2010 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Sister Mary McNulty is taking inventory of a sort, ticking off a list of frailty, desultory home life, and human ruin. One girl, a sixth grader, has a father who works in a deli until midnight, so it's her job to make sure her little sister finishes homework before putting her to bed. There's the boy who sits in the public library until closing every night because no one is at home, and another who wasn't doing homework because the electricity had...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
No wonder the title has an exclamation point! Loud and colorful and wildly energetic, the bio-musical Fela! , about the Nigerian revolutionary and musician, has electrified audiences all over the world. With a sensational band onstage playing Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's music, direction and choreography by Bill T. Jones (who won a 2009 Tony Award for this show), and a big cast of dancers spectacularly costumed, it's a vigorous reinvention of musical theater, inspired by Stephen Hendel.
NEWS
July 17, 1995 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
Despite the hot weather, the sixth annual Singer/Songwriter Weekend at Penn's Landing went ahead as scheduled over the weekend with a wide variety of music. Yesterday was the swan song.
NEWS
August 6, 1992 | For The Inquirer / JONATHAN WILSON
The music was in the open air behind the Upper Merion Township Building on Sunday. It was the King of Prussia Folk Festival.
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July 19, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
'What we do is a family thing," bassist Jojo Garza said near the end of a splendid set by Los Lonely Boys at Havana in New Hope on Saturday night. Family is the signature of this "Texican" power-trio. In addition to Jojo on bass, brother Henry, in his dark glasses and ponytail, is a god on guitar; brother Ringo Jr. completes the holy trinity on drums. They are a second-generation family band - father Ringo Sr. played for years with up to seven siblings in the Falcones. Family is power, and Los Lonely Boys shook Havana to its merry foundations.
NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, Classical Music Critic
Is artistic freedom worth the price of artistic isolation? The answer for Philadelphia composer Michael Hersch looks better when considered over the long term. After early successes in the 1990s with expressionistic orchestral works performed under the likes of Mariss Jansons, Hersch has long gone against neo-tonal trends and in ways that have only intensified over the last five years. For some, he's one of the few out there able and compelled to speak in unvarnished truth.
NEWS
July 17, 2016
Porcelain A Memoir By Moby Penguin. 416 pp. $28 Reviewed by Katie Haegele In case you missed them, the rave and electronic music scenes of the late '80s and early '90s were about happiness and dancing and doing drugs that made you feel happy and want to dance. Eventually, things took a dark turn (that'd be the drugs), but it was essentially a good-natured milieu, a now-closed chapter in pop music history that began in the gay clubs of black and Latin New York but that is better remembered by the suburban kids with glow sticks who loved the same disco and funk records but who gave them their own, ya know, spin.
NEWS
July 12, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Small red buttons decorated with a curled mustache appeared on the shirts and lapels of anyone associated with The Crossing at its "Jeff Quartets" concert at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill on Friday night. It was an evening to honor the late Jeff Dinsmore. Known for his contribution to the mustache-wax industry, Dinsmore was the beloved co-founder of this chamber choir. And in the aftermath of his fatal heart attack suffered during a rehearsal two years ago, he is now the namesake of a memorial fund that produced 15 short works by major composers.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Ballet X ends its 10th anniversary season at the Wilma Theater with two world premieres: Matthew Neenan's Identity Without Attribute and Bonzi , by the Colombo-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Both works feature video design by Klip Collective, a Philadelphia-based group known for its large-scale visual projections. Identity reaffirms Neenan's choreographic inventiveness. Here, he contrasts meditative movements for lead dancer Caili Quan with quick, jittery motions and unexpected segues - from entrechats to jazzy hip circles, plus gloriously quirky duets.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2016 | Molly Eichel
They don't make celebrities like Rachel Bloom anymore. She's more than a triple threat: Not only does she star in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend , the musical black comedy she cocreated with The Devil Wears Prada writer Aline Brosh McKenna, she also sings, dances, and writes the two or three songs that appear in each episode. Not enough people watched the show's first season on the CW, so thank the streaming gods its first season is on Netflix. The premise can feel off-putting on its surface: Rebecca (Bloom)
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, For The Inquirer
In name, Margate's Beachstock, happening all day Saturday, recalls a much wilder musical gathering in the late 1960s. Yet the free, family-friendly festival, now going seven years strong, has a kinetic verve all its own. "The neat thing about this event is that it really exposes you to the day-into-night-on-the-beach effect," said Anna Maria Courter, the Margate Business Association's executive director. From athletic activities in the early morning - yoga, volleyball, and paddle-boarding are on the agenda - to a beachside bonfire and film screening ( The Peanuts Movie )
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
AS THERE are only so many movies which can be turned into Broadway musicals and so many shows worth reviving, Broadway may soon turn to "new" source material the movies are already mining. Board games. The Hollywood Reporter says a stage musical based on Monopoly is in the works, thanks to a new partnership between Hasbro and The Araca Group. "Monopoly is one of the most iconic gaming brands of all time," said Simon Waters , general manager and SVP, Hasbro Entertainment and Consumer Products.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Art may or may not be the answer to society's most nettlesome ills. But sometimes in the face of abject destruction, the only thing you can do is to draw yourself up to the beauty of creation as closely as you possibly can, and listen. Sunday afternoon's musical response to the Orlando massacre could have achieved quite a lot with any number of pieces of music, but the repertoire choices were particularly wise. About 300 packed the pews of First Presbyterian Church at 21st and Walnut Streets for the concert by conductor Andrew Senn, a chamber orchestra of mostly freelancers, and a chorus of about three dozen (all donating their time and talent)
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For the Daily News
IT'S ONLY THE second rehearsal for percussionist/composer Pablo Batista's new suite, El Viaje (The Journey) , and quite a few elements are missing: the dancers, the spoken-word recitals, the multimedia imagery (though in their place, basketball games play silently on two screens). Still, there are 15 musicians arrayed in a tight circle in a rehearsal space in East Oak Lane, grappling with an ambitious piece that combines jazz, classical music, neo-soul, and traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms, and the mood grows a bit harried.
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