October 23, 2014 |
WHEN OPERA star Kathleen Battle performs in Philadelphia Friday, she won't be singing Handel or Mozart. Instead, her lyric soprano will ring out in spirituals, such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Glory, Glory Hallelujah. " "Many times, what gets commented on is the spirituals only," Battle, 66, said in a recent interview. "Sometimes you want someone to comment on your Schubert, as well. People are drawn to the spiritual. It has a universal appeal. " The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall will host "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey - An Evening with Kathleen Battle," marking Battle's first performance in Philadelphia since 2003.
October 13, 2014 |
More than 200 Temple University marching band members took their spots on the practice field, iPads strapped over their shoulders and smartphones in hand. They were learning a new routine to Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," in which they march in the formation of two animated sledgehammers, coming down on a head. Their phones and iPads, loaded with the app DrillbookNext, show animations of where each musician should march, step by step. In the past, they would have had to flip through paper drill charts.
October 6, 2014 |
New general manager Ron Hextall says that the Flyers are "right under" the handful of NHL elite teams, and that if things break right and they "get the momentum going," anything can happen in the postseason. You have to admire Hextall for his optimism, especially after a quiet offseason for a team that made an early playoff exit last spring. Short on cap space, long on multiyear contracts, they didn't make a big splash in the free-agent market and didn't trade for any game-changing players.
September 12, 2014 |
Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia. Nina Simone lived here. Melody Gardot keeps an address here, as does Rhenda Fearrington, Peggy King, Shamika Byrd, Suzanne Cloud, Rachelle Ferrell, and Dyana Jean. So a summit of Philly jazz divas makes divine sense. And that is what Homer Jackson and Aaron Graves have done with DivaNation - a series of conversations, workshops, and live showcases on Friday and Saturday at Drexel University's Mandell Theater. Name a local jazz chanteuse and Jackson has an epithet of praise for her. Barbara Montgomery "owns the stage.
August 26, 2014 |
HERE ARE nine more Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac products projected to make strong impacts this season for Division I-A and I-AA football programs not covered on a regular basis by the Daily News : 1. IBRAHEIM CAMPBELL * Defensive back, Northwestern, Senior, 5-11, 205, out of Springside Chestnut Hill One of 39 players on the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) preseason watch list. Named to ESPN's preseason All-Big Ten team. Two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention selection (media, coaches)
March 14, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - The volume turned up Tuesday as the raucous SXSW Music Festival took the baton from the geeky Interactive conference, and thousands of rock and rap fans poured into Austin. SXSW Interactive drew to a close with its final panels Tuesday afternoon. Neil Young rolled out his hi-fi online music store and player PonoMusic. Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen talked Portlandia . Chelsea Clinton gave a keynote. And then the music began. Once again, this year's fest is packed with huge names unable to resist the promotional opportunity SXSW offers, all attaching their names to corporate brands.
February 27, 2014
C ARLOS AND ADRIENNE Rogers, both 44, of Riverton, N.J., are a married couple who co-own Hush Salon Philadelphia. The salon, which opened in 2008, recently moved into a former women's boutique on 3rd Street near Cherry in Old City. I spoke with Carlos. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was doing self-taught barbering in between other jobs. In 2002, I decided to go to beauty school. At the time, I was dating my wife, who'd been a hairdresser for 10 years.
December 22, 2013 |
You might recall the letter a few weeks back about a "strange humming noise" that was driving a reader and her family batty. The problem: "For at least eight months, there has been a subtle, rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my house that everyone hears. The noise is always the same, with no change in the pitch or pattern. We turned off the main breaker to the house to determine if it might be from one of our home systems, and it was still audible. " I sought help from the "Your Place" community, and, as the column made its way from Philadelphia to newspapers across the country, I received more e-mails offering solutions than I could count.
December 3, 2013 |
Noise is so ubiquitous you might not even notice that you've forgotten what silence sounds like. There are sirens, buses, planes, squealing brakes, and hostile horns if you frequent the city, and lawn mowers, leaf blowers, snow blowers, and over-vigilant dogs if you don't. There's whatever you're blasting through your ear buds, voices from the next 12 cubicles over, jarring cellphone ring tones, the television, children screaming, roaring sports fans, restaurants so loud you have laryngitis when you leave, snoring.
November 16, 2013 |
Sleigh Bells revel in contrasts. The duo of guitarist Derek Miller (who played in the hard-core band Poison the Well) and vocalist Alexis Krauss (who sang in the teen pop group RubyBlue and was, for a time, an elementary-school teacher) create songs of immediate, noisy catharsis. But their process involves careful attention to detail. They cross Miller's power-chords with Krauss' singsong, cheerleader vocals, and cross that combo again with block-rockin' electronics, each calibrated for maximum effect.