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July 8, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
There's no shortage of Latino music in Philadelphia. From the Kimmel to the Painted Bride, the sounds of Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Cuba - traditional or jazz, plus electronic, rap/hip-hop, and pop/rock variations - ring out. So where is the music of Mexico? According to the 2010 U.S. census, Philadelphia's Mexican population increased from 6,220 to 15,531 during the previous decade, with a majority of immigrants moving into South Philly's Italian Market area. "Mexican business owners helped revitalize the Market," says Emilio Mignucci, co-owner of 75-year-old DiBruno Bros.
NEWS
July 5, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
In the new-Latin alternative-music continuum, Mexican actress/singer Ximena Sariñana is a regal figure, both pop and esoteric, a vocalist and composer whose strange, elegant, and occasionally raucous songs sound like St. Vincent singing John Barry's themes for 1960s James Bond flicks along the shores of Brazil. The tropical sway, the grandeur of epic, arching chords, the angular riffing of fuzztone guitars and synths - magnificent. That's the vibe Sariñana and her opening act, Dominican singer-songwriter Alex Ferreira (whose band backed Sariñana)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eden is less a cautionary tale about a life fueled by music, clubs, and drugs, than about how life can pass you by when you aren't looking. French director Mia Hansen-Løve co-wrote the film with her brother, Sven, on whom the main character, Paul (Félix de Givry), is based. Eden follows Paul through two decades of his career as a DJ, starting out as an excited kid obsessed with garage, a form of dance music that originated in New York's gay-friendly Paradise Garage in the 1980s and is characterized by strong female vocals.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
While I'm away, readers give the advice.   On securing guns in households with children: I accidentally shot myself in the leg as a 12-year-old - after engaging in an extended search for the combination to my father's safe. (Top left drawer under the glasses case - where's yours?) To gain access to something as potent and forbidden as a gun, I would wager that other young people have been as determined as I was, irrespective of parental warnings. On guiding kids through a taste for offensive music: I recommend three ways to help children choose more appropriate and life-affirming music: (1)
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When word came of the Supreme Court's marriage-equality ruling June 26, a collective shout of "Finally!" went out. And it happened just a week before Philadelphia's National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Malcolm Lazin, chairman, said he was pleased to have Wanda Sykes, "an outspoken and committed LGBT advocate," as master of ceremonies. There will be joy - and dance music - at free musical events over Independence Day weekend. There will be parties and nightly parades throughout the Gayborhood, plus the Thursday night opening jam at the National Museum of American Jewish History; a Hot Mess American Summer Dance Party on Friday night at Medusa Lounge, with DJ JavaScript; and an LGBT history exhibit at the National Constitution Center.
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The only reason some kids showed up to Bartram High School some days, they say, was because of art. So when news started trickling out that the class had been cut for budgetary reasons, students were shocked, sad, angry. "It broke my heart," said Shanta Moulton, a rising junior. "Art is therapeutic. Everybody has their problems at home, but when you go to art class, it's a real calm place to be. " Bartram has attracted headlines for violence - staffers knocked unconscious by students this school year and the one prior, emblems of a school struggling to recover from chaos and financial woes.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
A garden party need not be a staid, tame affair of tea sandwiches and wine spritzers. At Tyler Park Center for the Arts this weekend, it will have quite the sound track. Saturday and Sunday mark the first Summer Music and Sculpture Festival. Bands such as jammy Wineskin, drummers like Jim Hines, eclectic cover band TriTide, and other acts will provide the beat to an installation featuring dozens of sculptures from artists traveling from as far away as Germany and from as near as Trenton and Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
"I'm not a soloist," says Suzzette Ortiz, who retires this week after teaching vocal music in Camden's public schools for 27 years. "I do harmony. " That's an apt, if incomplete, description of what Ortiz has done for thousands of students, especially at the city's Creative Arts High School. She was there on opening day in 1999, and on Thursday, she'll close her classroom door in what is now the Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy for the last time. "This is a big chapter of my life that's closing," says Ortiz, who grew up in Puerto Rico and lives in Pennsauken.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
A Mendelssohn Club concert? An edgy new work by the Leah Stein Dance Company? Or a guided meditation? With Turbine , the new site-specific dance/choral work premiering this weekend at the Fairmount Water Works, all three descriptions apply. Fifty-eight choristers and 18 dancers will perform among the trees, near the gazebo and other Water Works sites - while also (when possible) taking the audience with them. "Blend your voices into sounds within and beyond the trees," reads the first page of the score by Seattle composer Byron Au Yong.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
While America's alt-rock scene lumbered through its wild '90s - the period of Beck's Odelay , the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication , Soundgarden's Superunknown , and Ice-T's Body Count - a nice Philly band, holed up at Manayunk's Grape Street Pub and Old City's Tin Angel, moved tiny mountains with a mellow brand of pop: June Rich. Twenty years after its first album, and 17 years since the band broke up, June Rich has reunited, re-releasing its debut disc with a new song ("Who I Am")
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