July 14, 2015 |
GEORGE Bernard Shaw once wrote, in "Pygmalion": "What you are to do without me I cannot imagine. " I think I speak for Jenice Armstrong and myself when I say that that's about how we feel right now. Next month's annual Daily News ' Candidates' Comedy Night will be Stu Bykofsky 's last. That's right, folks. The dog man living in a cat's world is hanging up his hat as host of the much-beloved night of comedy featuring jokes told by those seeking public office in November - and (we hope)
June 28, 2015 |
THREE HOURS and 20-plus minutes felt like an eternity. That's the amount of time that had lapsed between the Sixers' draft selections at No. 3 and 35 overall at Thursday night's draft. Where had Sam Hinkie gone? The 76ers general manager is usually very active on draft night. The Sixers were rumored multiple times to be trying to get back into the first round, perhaps to finally draft a point guard - whether it was Notre Dame's Jerian Grant or even Duke's Tyus Jones. But it was mere silence as the first round progressed and turned into the second round.
June 26, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Ohio State star D'Angelo Russell was bombarded with questions Wednesday on the eve of the NBA draft. "D'Angelo, what did Nerlens Noel tell you about 76ers coach Brett Brown?" "D'Angelo, how do you feel about Madison Square Garden?" "D'Angelo, do you think the triangle offense is easy?" "D'Angelo, did you enjoy the city [of Philadelphia] during the workout?" The standout guard never envisioned being in this situation after only one season with the Buckeyes. At the time, he was a self-proclaimed "overlooked player," expecting to remain in college beyond one year.
June 25, 2015 |
There are two guards who, more than any other players, promise to shape the 76ers' future ahead of Thursday's NBA draft, and Doug Bibby has rare insight into both of them. The Sixers have the No. 3 pick, and the consensus presumption is that, if Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell is available, they'll take him, banking that Russell will both fill a need in their backcourt and prove to be the best player in the entire class. But at No. 2, the Los Angeles Lakers have stoked intrigue over their intentions for weeks - suggestions swirling that they'll bypass Duke big man Jahlil Okafor to draft Russell, published reports lingering since April that they'd love to sign free-agent Rajon Rondo and make a playoff push in what Kobe Bryant has promised will be his final NBA season.
June 24, 2015 |
There has been plenty to keep 76ers president Sam Hinkie occupied at the team's PCOM practice facility in the weeks leading up to Thursday's NBA draft. With the Sixers holding the third overall pick, as well as five second-round picks, the assembly line of players entering the building for workouts has been operating steadily. In keeping with Hinkie's tradition, here is what we know about how the team views its options with that third pick: nothing. "You have to be careful people don't know what you're going to do," Hinkie says frequently.
June 22, 2015 |
HBO continues its ownership of Sunday nights. Game of Thrones has wrapped up a particularly gruesome fifth season, and Veep and Silicon Valley similarly said their goodbyes for the year. So HBO is introducing three shows to Sunday audiences. These shows - True Detective (9 p.m.), Ballers (10 p.m.) and The Brink (10:30 p.m.) - are not all that dissimilar from their Sunday time-slot predecessors. As was the case last week, these shows include an epic drama and two comedies - a political satire and one that looks at the daily grind of a much-publicized world.
June 21, 2015 |
The Vine Street Expressway (I-676) will be closed late at night next week, as state Department of Transportation crews work on overhead bridges. All lanes will be closed between the I-76 and Broad Street interchanges from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday to Thursday. Similar overnight closures are expected to continue through early July, PennDot said Friday. Traffic will be detoured onto surface streets. The closures are part of the initial phase of a four-year, $64.8 million project to replace seven structurally deficient bridges over I-676 between 22d and 18th Streets, and to make landscaping and streetscape improvements above the expressway.
June 13, 2015 |
From the start, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have used their record collection as a source of inspiration, gleefully embracing the past with little anxiety of influence. The duo formed in Los Angeles in 2009 as a vehicle for Cosentino's yearning, soaring songs and love of girl-group pop, surf rock, and pop-punk. Crazy For You , their debut album, arrived in 2010. "The first record, there was a lot of influence from the '60s," says Cosentino, on the phone from Portland, Ore., early in a tour that comes Sunday to Union Transfer.
June 5, 2015
LET'S BE clear: I am not retiring from the Daily News . Malcolm Forbes said, "Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did. " I am not suicidal. But this year's 25th edition of the Stu Bykofsky's Candidates Comedy Night will be the last. Since it has become (in the words of the Inquirer ) "a rite of city politics," its demise deserves an explanation, an epitaph. Let's start with the truism that all good things must come to an end. It is an immutable fact I cannot do it forever, and 25 years is a mark often used in retirements, not to discount the Forbes quote above.
June 5, 2015 |
In terms of choosing a calling card to send out into the world, the Curtis Institute of Music could hardly do better than the Aizuri Quartet. Curtis' quartet-in-residence played a recital Tuesday night previewing a tour that begins Friday in Mexico City, continues to Costa Rica and Chile (including a stop at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago), and ends with a different program in Germany and Austria. Whatever else it does for diplomacy, the Aizuri Quartet planted a flag in rare artistic soil at its Field Concert Hall recital.