July 15, 2014
THE "bombs bursting in air" over the Parkway during the July 4th concert were F-bombs. Mayor Nutter's response was a misfire. Given what's hit this town lately - guns in public schools, kids killed in fires, homes collapsing, the endless school-budget crisis - some foul comments won't kill us, but it paints a picture of a vulgarity-tolerant culture. Criticizing cursing in public venues will cost me my cool edge with the hip kids, I know. (I also know "cool" isn't cool and "hip" isn't hip - but that's how I roll.)
July 6, 2014 |
As the aroma of funnel cakes and firecrackers wafted across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Friday night, Victoria Whartenby, 14, made a sacrifice for her favorite singer. The petite girl from Clayton would never catch a glimpse of Ed Sheeran with taller fans towering over her. So she got a better view - from the back of a garbage truck. "Anything for Ed," she said with a smile, unfazed by the smell, as she scanned over the crowd of concertgoers. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the day packed Philadelphia, from the green yard behind Independence Hall to the steps of the Art Museum, to celebrate the city's annual Fourth of July celebration, billed as America's biggest free concert and party, and capped by a spectacular display of fireworks.
May 22, 2014 |
PAT SAJAK may not think the Earth is getting warmer, but one thing is for sure: Sajak himself is steaming. The usually mild-mannered "Wheel of Fortune" host took to Twitter to claim, "Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists. " Huh? While a reasoned argument might be that civilization is too dependent on fossil fuels to put that genie back in the bottle so we're just going to have to live (or possibly not live) with the consequences, the notion that being overly concerned with the future of the planet (right or wrong)
May 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Going with the theme that the best place to celebrate America's birthday is the place where the country was born, city officials announced Monday the planned festivities for the nation's 238th anniversary. "This is Philadelphia. We own this," Mayor Nutter said. "There is no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here, Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom, liberty, and democracy for the United States. " City officials and festival organizers are encouraging people to use #PhillyOwnsthe4th when discussing the event on social media.
February 14, 2014 |
YESTERDAY, thanks to quotes in Rolling Stone , we learned that Drake was peeved at Macklemore . Today we learn that he's also mad at Rolling Stone . Darn you, Philip Seymour Hoffman , for dying the week Drake was supposed to get the cover. Now Drake is saying he will no longer do magazine interviews. Guess he finally figured out newspapers are cooler. "I just want to give my music to the people," Drake tweeted yesterday, using "give" as a synonym for "sell.
January 16, 2014 |
* AMERICAN IDOL. 8 tonight and tomorrow, Fox 29. PASADENA, CALIF. - One fewer judge, way less drama. Or so it seemed as the new three-judge panel for this season's "American Idol" met with reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings. The same session a year ago turned out to be largely about parsing the relationship - or nonrelationship - between then-judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. This year, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and newbie judge Harry Connick Jr. got to talk about all kinds of things.
October 31, 2013 |
Finding the perfect wig for your Halloween costume can be the difference between a trick or a treat. Especially this year when our celebrities du jour - many of whom do scary things all year long - are so creative when it comes to coifs. Think Nicki Minaj's ombré, white-to-pink tresses; singer Miguel's dark pompadour; and the signature Afro of Philly's own Questlove Thompson that isn't complete without a perfect power-to-the-people pick. "The wig makes the character," said Lois Arnold, owner of Lois A. Wigs on South Fourth Street.
September 26, 2013 |
Samuel L. Jackson is tired of world leaders who try to sound like Joe Sixpack , including President Obama , who has a tendency to drop his g 's. "I say stop trying to 'relate.' Be a leader. Be [expletive] presidential," Jackson, 64, tells Playboy. "I grew up in a society where I could say, 'It ain't.' . . . But when I'm out presenting myself to the world . . . I [expletive] conjugate. " Jackson , who played a slave in Quentin Tarantino 's Django Unchained , also is fed up with folks who say only black directors should tell black stories.
August 29, 2013
I'M SURPRISED that everyone is speaking about Miley Cyrus' performance and is embarrassed by her behavior. Are you familiar with Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" - an edited version because the original version was too risqué to air? Haven't we seen Nicki Minaj perform lap dances on stage? Haven't we seen Ciara twerk on stage? Haven't we seen Lil Wayne performing wearing his underwear on stage? Didn't we recently view Rihanna performing to the song "Cake," slapping her private parts?
July 22, 2013
Pet Shop Boys Electric (x2 ***1/2) With the aid of producer Stuart Price - former helpmate to Madonna and the Killers - the Pet Shop Boys get back on the dance floor with an aptly named, heartening return to form. Electronic dance music would seem to be a young button-pushing programmer's game. But what's stopping a pair of drolly intellectual Brits who date to the '80s from upping the beats-per-minute and getting a thought- provoking party started? On Electric , nothing.