February 12, 2016 |
The expanded 25th-anniversary edition of Karen Finley's Shock Treatment brings her Thursday to the Free Library. In the introduction, Finley reminds readers of the 1980s and '90s culture wars and social divides that first brought the performance artist/poet to prominence. The new edition of the 1990 book contains the raw record of Finley's controversial late-'80s and early-'90s theatrical performances, embracing then-taboo topics. Her graphic discussion (and frenetic, naked depiction)
November 28, 2015
WDAS Holiday Jam The folks at WDAS-FM (105.3), "Philly's Best R&B & Old School" station, have looked at the weather forecast this week and seen that things need warming up. As Thanksgiving comes stomping toward us, the impulse to get into the holiday spirit quickens - which is where the WDAS Holiday Jam comes in. This year, the station has gathered some incredibly strong talent. Jill Scott will headline. The incomparable North Philadelphian, friend to the Roots and Erykah Badu, and operatic vocal powerhouse dropped a low-key fifth album in July.
June 28, 2014 |
When the full membership of New Edition decide to reconvene for a new album and summer tour, it's a reunion worth celebrating. Despite branching off onto successful solo tracks - most famously Bobby Brown, with Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, and collaborations such as Bell Biv DeVoe and Heads of State (Brown, Gill, Tresvant) - the whole is always more dynamic than the parts. "Six individuals bringing six different levels of success outside of New Edition is good," Ronnie DeVoe said.
March 22, 2014 |
It was a day in 1980 when the kid walked into the Cape May Bird Observatory. He'd left Cornell and wanted a job as the person who leads the Cape May Point hawk count during the fall migration. While he was at it, the kid asked if the center's director, legendary birder Pete Dunne, wanted to see his field sketches. As Dunne recalls, they filled five loose-leaf binders. And even then, they were "just magnificent. " The kid was David Allen Sibley. By now, Sibley's depictions of birds are known to pretty much every birder in the nation because they fill his field guides.
October 6, 2011
LONG AGO, I went into journalism - as do many naïve young men - harboring the ridiculously stereotypical fantasy that I might someday become that hard-drinking, cigar-chomping, Mencken-esque city columnist of yesteryear. In the black-and-white newsreel of my imagination, my workday would end like this: After banging out 800 words of tough-guy prose, I would rise from my Underwood, adjust my fedora (with the press card tucked into the hat band) and slip off to the local press club. There, at a dark and smoky bar populated with rogue characters, I would order a double rye with a beer back.
September 9, 2011
On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry (Viking, $24.95) The lyrical, award-winning novelist depicts Depression-era America through the eyes of Lilly Bere, a political refugee from Ireland. (Sept. 6) Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women by Melissa V. Harris-Perry (Yale, $28) The author, a professor of political science at Tulane University, explores how black women negotiate the many images society throws at them. The personal really is the political - and vice versa.
May 23, 2011 |
Once modern performers and listeners progress beyond the Bach and Handel zone of the baroque period, they must decide how much to take the scores at their word. Composing was an everyday activity in the 18th century, much of the music written to be heard only once. So, is Tempesta di Mare's scholarly reevaluation of Georg Telemann's 1765 secular cantata Ino , premiered this weekend in its season-closing concerts, a significant event in the history of a significant piece? Yes, but not necessarily because listeners were closer to the notes Telemann put on paper.
April 27, 2011 |
My bad luck with headphones dates back to my beloved New Edition Candy Girl tape and my Sony Walkman. The foam on the earpiece was stripped down to the metal, and I could only hear through one side. Fast forward 20-plus years, and my headphone drama continues. I love my iPod Shuffle, but my far-from-fashionable buds always pop out of my ears. Thanks to celebrity endorsements and better technology, headphones are evolving into the latest functional fashion accessory, right behind that pretty cell-phone case of yours.
July 30, 2010 |
Thanks to a fourth-grade teacher who encouraged the young Didi Conn to retell a story in her own way, the world got the chance to fall in love with a curly, pink-haired bob, "Beauty School Drop Out" and a pretty cool smoking technique. Conn, 59, was born Edith Bernstein and is known for her squeaky-voiced role as "Frenchy" in the movie "Grease. " She grew up in Brooklyn and by the time she was 2 wanted to be a dancer. But after reading "Pippy Longstocking" for a fourth-grade book report, Conn's ambition went from twirling center stage to shining on the silver screen.
April 14, 2010 |
At a time when other newspapers are cutting back, the Philadelphia Daily News will launch an ambitious new weekend edition, it was announced Tuesday. The new edition, which will supplant the Saturday edition of the paper, will target a younger audience but retain the tabloid's emphasis on sports, features, and gossip, according to Daily News Editor Michael Days. "It will be sort of like the Daily News on steroids," Days said. "We want to keep it light, keep it fun, and keep it interesting.