September 18, 2014 |
BACK IN THE early '60s, Mike "Teardrops" Silenzio needed a lead singer for the doo-wop group he was putting together. Mike attended South Philadelphia High School and he was chums with Fabian Forte, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and other kids who would go on to stellar singing careers, and he knew what he was looking for. His group, the Masters, consisted of Mike himself as second tenor, baritone Rich Finizio, his cousin Frank "Tweetie" Condo...
May 1, 2014 |
Steve Weiss, 71, a rare-instrument lover who owned one of the country's largest percussion retail businesses in Willow Grove and rented instruments to both orchestra players and David Bowie's backup band, died Monday, April 21, at Abington Memorial Hospital of heart failure related to prostate cancer. Mr. Weiss grew up in Logan and graduated from Olney High School. His first drum lesson was at the age of 10, and he went on to play the instrument in bands, including in a Polka group, before starting his business.
November 1, 2013 |
One thing about Once : It's not the movie. It's the international touring show budded off from the Broadway show budded off, in turn, from the movie. Starring Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech musician Markéta Irglová, Once was a dark-horse smash in 2007, earning two Grammys and an Oscar. Persuasive, passionate, it's a busker's love story. But Once in Philadelphia (Academy of Music, through Nov. 10) is different. Sure, it has the guitar-playing Guy and the pianist Girl, plus Hansard and Irglová's poignant songs.
June 29, 2013 |
When a third-year doctoral student in chemistry confided that she planned to quit school in favor of her first love - the cello - Hai-Lung Dai advised her against it. "If you pursue music, you have to be at the very top to really support your interest," Dai, then chair of the chemistry department at the University of Pennsylvania, recalled telling the young woman, one of his best students. Finish the degree and pursue music on the side, he told her. That's what he did, and he couldn't be happier.
June 3, 2013 |
Adorning the mountains of North Carolina with a hip urban vibe, noteworthy art scene, and a growing circuit of artisan microbreweries is the city of Asheville. Phenomenal food and well-preserved historical buildings are also part of the travel itinerary for this destination. Here's how to make the most of your vacation dollars while visiting. Appetites Favor a big breakfast? The Corner Kitchen ( www.thecornerkitchen.com ) offers a variety of hearty options such as $5 biscuits and gravy and $2 grits.
February 22, 2013 |
On Thursday at the Merriam Theater, Sweet Honey in the Rock will be bringing it - and then some. "We have everything," says longtime (and retiring) member Ysaye Maria Barnwell, "from African to spiritual to doo-wop to folk to jazz to civil-rights music - we have it all. " This year is the group's 40th anniversary. Since 1973, Sweet Honey - present lineup Barnwell, Louise Robinson, Aisha Kahlil, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Carol Maillard, and impassioned signer Shirley Childress Saxton - has crisscrossed the world, with song-and-dance performances that combine musical journey, dance, spoken-word, political statement, and ecstatic exploration of the human voice.
February 15, 2013 |
IT SEEMED THAT just about anything Jennifer Barker undertook, she did exceptionally well. Selling houses, researching titles, painting, decorating, playing musical instruments by ear, kayaking . . . to name a few. She had such an eye for decorating that she turned her 300-year-old stone cottage in Flourtown and her home in Ventnor Heights, N.J., into showplaces. "If she came to visit you, she would try to redecorate your house," said longtime friend Fran Atkinson. And you might have fallen for her ideas.
November 6, 2012 |
Joseph Anthony Celano, 96, a music-shop owner who, as mayor of Hatboro from 1981 to 2005, married more than 2,000 couples, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Luther Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hatboro. When Mr. Celano was elected mayor for the first time, he didn't belong to a political party, although he would become a Republican. After operating Hatboro Music Shop for 36 years, however, he knew everybody, he later told The Inquirer. Before the election, cars and vans drove around for weeks with unsolicited, homemade "Go With the Flow, Vote for Joe" signs.
July 7, 2012 |
After a five-day gathering that drew about 200 members of the national Occupy movement to Philadelphia, the protesters left town Thursday for a seven-day trek to New York City. Despite temperatures in the 90s forecast for the next four days in New Jersey, about 45 people signed up to walk the entire 99-mile route from the Liberty Bell to Wall Street, according to Daphne Carr, a graduate student from New York City who organized the march. About 100 people began the march Thursday morning.
April 26, 2012 |
Human-shaped robots, reminiscent of Star Wars' C-3PO, may have been the celebrities at this week's Philly Robotics Expo at Drexel University. The Korean-made Hubo, a 4-foot-3-inch bot that can dance and play musical instruments , made a cameo. So did the Darwin-OP, Hubo's smaller cousin, which showed off the soccer skills crucial to competing in international RoboCup tournaments . But the real stars were the kids behind robots that were comparatively shapeless and lower-tech — students from places such as Philadelphia's Central, Girls, and George Washington High Schools, Hatboro-Horsham, and Pottstown, who came to Drexel on Monday to show what their homemade robots could do. Robotics teams haven't quite replaced football or basketball at schools in the area.