February 3, 2016 |
Clara Bow might have been the original "It" girl, but the entertainment industry chewed up and spat out plenty of other young lovelies long before and after Ms. Bow left behind a life of pain and suffering in Brooklyn for the bright lights of stardom. Simpatico Theatre's expanded world premiere of The It Girl - which, even at its new length, clocks in at only about an hour - was conceived by director Brenna Geffers, Anthony Crosby, and Amanda Schoonover, who knows a little something about the subject.
August 21, 2015 |
It's understating the case to call these last weeks of summer "stone-fruit season. " No. This is the real fruit season, the only fruit season. For anyone who cares about sweet and natural deliciousness, all the other weeks are merely prelude to the sticky, juicy days of August. "Stone fruits are a massive favorite for me," says Aimee Olexy of the Talula's triumvirate, "and I look forward to getting them every year. " Right now, white and yellow peaches are at their bursting peak; plums beckon with a lustrous gleam.
April 27, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - When Brett Morgen was working through the drawings, journals, home videos, and sound collages that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain left behind after taking his life in 1994, the filmmaker found a note to Cobain's then-girlfriend Tracey Marander, written in the late 1980s. "I'm going to work now," Cobain wrote. "When I'm gone please go through all my things and figure me out. " That was Morgen's task in 2007, when Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, approached him about making a film.
January 16, 2015 |
We might speak of London-born Sam Smith with the same reverence we once did Boy George and George Michael. All are soulful New Wave Brits whose warm, torchy voices can move you to tears. Smith - who packed the Liacouras Center on Tuesday - is British blue-eyed pop-soul's voice du jour, a platinum-selling singer/songwriter, with his debut album In the Lonely Hour . Smith, 22, was actually very reminiscent of the Boy George of yore (sans the cross-dress accoutrements). From the shape of his face to a yearning voice that leaped from falsetto to round, low tones, Smith is a spiritual brother to Boy George.
July 22, 2014 |
Joan Jett is returning home, in a sense, next week, sharing a bill with Roger Daltrey for his Teen Cancer benefit at the Kimmel Center. At a band rehearsal, the one-time bassist for the Runaways and the woman behind such hedonistic anthems as "Bad Reputation" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," sets the record straight. Jett is a Philadelphia musical Walk of Fame rocker, with a gold star along Broad Street from the Philadelphia Music Alliance. She was a true local for only the first six months of life.
April 13, 2014 |
When Daryl Hall and John Oates took the mike at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Thursday night - in a gala at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. - Hall reflected on both the honor and the injustice of being the first "homegrown Philly act" inducted. He listed many deserving names, from Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes to Todd Rundgren. It was part of a big night for the Cleveland-based Hall of Fame, as the E Street Band, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, and high-shoed rockers Kiss were inducted.
October 18, 2013 |
The 16 nominees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year have been announced, and one of them is absolutely, undoubtedly going to make it in the first year of eligibility. The no-brainer is Nirvana, the Kurt Cobain-led grunge trio that released its first single, "Love Buzz," 25 years ago, in 1988. That was three years before it turned the world on its ear with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album, Nevermind . But who among the other contenders are likely to be among the half-dozen who make the final cut?
January 22, 2013 |
NOT EVERY band is praised by not only one, but both surviving members of Nirvana . Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl , the former Nirvana drummer, said on comedian Marc Maron 's WTF podcast that he loved Philly rockers Bleeding Rainbow . Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic posted his appreciation last week. "We all really freaked out when we first saw the Krist Novoselic tweet about how he likes us," said Sarah Everton , who sings and plays bass and guitar in the band.
March 17, 2012 |
George Clooney , who seems to be everywhere these days, led a demonstration against the government of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir Friday outside Sudan's embassy in D.C. It wasn't long before the cops clapped Georgie in cuffs and led him away. What did his mom, Nina Clooney , think of the prospect of his arrest? "He's a big boy. He'll be OK. " Yes, he will. So will his dad, Nick Clooney , who also got arrested. George has been active investigating reports of war crimes by Bashir, reports that outspoken George says are true.
August 26, 2011 |
YOU EITHER HAVE SOMETHING or you don't. Claiming you have something you don't actually have is not something you can lie about for too long. Eventually, it catches up with you. So Tattle is baffled by the report on RadarOnline.com that Hustler claims it has a sex tape of leggy "S&M" singer Rihanna and rapper J-Cole , (who may have really been) her opening act on her recent "Loud" tour. " Hustler is in possession of the Rihanna and J-Cole tape," said a rep for Larry Flynt's porn empire.