September 1, 2012
Mayor Nutter skipped an important beat in planning the star-studded Made in America music festival for this weekend. The two-day extravaganza on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will attract as many as 50,000 people to the city. The featured line-up includes entertainers Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, Jill Scott, Drake, and possibly a surprise appearance by Beyoncé. But how much will it cost this cash-strapped city to host such a spectacular event? There has been no indication whether the city will make or lose money on the venture.
June 6, 2012 |
A 35-year-old man was charged today in connection with a hit-and-run crash Saturday in Camden that left a New Jersey woman dead. Ronald Winzinger, of Hainesport, Burlington County, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and hindering prosecution, according to records. He was placed in Camden County Correction Facility and held in lieu of $75,000 bail. Authorities believe Winzinger was behind the wheel of a black Nissan Xterra near Exit 4 on I-676 around 11:40 a.m. Saturday when it struck a Mazda M3S and Ford E150 van. Michelle Macinnes, 29, of Jackson Township, Ocean County, who was in the Mazda, was seriously injured and died at Cooper University Medical Center.
June 4, 2012 |
Jay-Z and Pearl Jam on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Metallica at Bader Field in Atlantic City. Jack White and the Black Keys in Dover, Del. And scores of other bands besides. This summer, the outsize, multiday music festival that has held sway over the concert business for a decade — and has mirrored the genre-hopping tastes of fans in the digital age — is finally breaking big in the northeastern United States. Every year, fans are lured to destination gatherings such as Coachella in the California desert, Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., and Lollapalooza in Chicago.
May 17, 2012 |
AT MONDAY'S news conference announcing Jay-Z's Budweiser music festival, a fan shouted out, "You're the best, Hov!" "I agree," he said. I don't. Not to sound like an old fogy, but hits of his such as "99 Problems" may be catchy, but I can't get with all the b-words and other misogynistic lyrics in Jay-Z's music. It felt bizarre to me to see the performer of such awful songs as "Big Pimpin'" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" standing with Mayor Nutter acting like some kind of hero.
May 16, 2012 |
With Mayor Nutter as his opening act, hip-hop mogul and rapper Jay-Z stood atop the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. His theme: Made in America, the music festival - announced Monday morning - that will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend. Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, was saying he embarks on a venture only if it has potential to be great. Just then, a fan shouted, "You're the best, Hov!", a shortening of "Jayhova," one of the MC's noms de rap. Without missing a beat, Jay-Z answered back: "I agree.
April 24, 2012 |
Big Easy Express. Directed by Emmett Malloy (The White Stripes Under Great Northern Lights), Big Easy Express rides the rails across the western United States, chronicling a five-city tour with the simpatico folk bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show, playing and singing their own songs before climaxing with a cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Train Is Bound for Glory. " Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center. Charles Bradley: Soul of America.
March 22, 2012
Il Portico (1519 Walnut St., 215-587-7000, www.il-portico.com ) is launching Pasta Mista Fridays. "Pasta mista" means "mixed pasta," and Il Portico's version, available for lunch or dinner, includes gnocchi, parpadelle, fettuccine, tagliolini and eggless bigoli tossed with fresh seasonal ingredients. Tomorrow from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Granite Hill, the restaurant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-684-7990, www.granitehillrestaurant.com )
March 20, 2012 |
WXPN, the area's preeminent alternative radio station, and the Philadelphia Film Society, producers of the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, are partnering for the XPN Music Film Festival, April 26-29, with most programs playing at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The movie titles in the Music Film Fest, a kind of expanded spin-off of the PFF's "Sight and Soundtrack" program, are being programmed by the PFF's Michael Lerman. Although opening- and closing-night titles have yet to be announced, the early lineup offers an eclectic mix of rock docs, fiction films, concert flicks, and a feature about Gustav Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony.
September 24, 2011
Music "Popped! Music Festival. " This festival moved from FDR Park to the Liacouras Center with its buzzed-about lineup of performers. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for a schedule that includes Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, Foster the People, Rakim, Cults, Kreayshawn, Titus Andronicus, DJ ?uestlove, Nikki Jean, Sun Airway, the Budos Band, Patty Crash, Charles Bradley, Mates of State, Zee Avi, Black Landlord, and Anamanaguchi. The Food Bazaar moves to the Piazza at Schmidts from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday with the Philadelphia Film & Music Festival-connected Girard Fest, which has its own full slate of bands including Cheers Elephant.
September 23, 2011
Special Events Day Off Program: Rocks and Minerals Participants will pull fossils, crystals and geodes out of the collection and learning about them Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd.; Preregistration required: 215-482-7300 Ext 110. $45 members; $55 nonmembers. 9/29. 8 am-3 pm. Family Health & Safety Festival Fun & educational event featuring appearances by state officials, health screenings, entertainment & exhibitors. Fisher Park, 600 W. Spencer St. 9/24. 10 am-8 pm. Girard Fest Live music, crafts, food, family activities & more.