September 25, 2015 |
THE MAN'S VOICE comes out of the darkness at the corner of Kensington and Allegheny: "You're dead! You're dead!" This is the congregation of the Rev. William Murphy, and from a distance, I can hear the wheels of his small, black, rolling luggage, filled with Pop-Tarts and juice. It's for the Saturday morning Pop-Tart Prayer Walk he has participated in since he and the Rev. Joseph Devlin opened Mother of Mercy House in an old bar. With him is Sam Lufi, a young father who lives nearby.
August 10, 2015 |
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI vs. 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring: Cargo competition. This week: We're finally getting out on the road. Whee! Power: The SportWagen comes with choice of 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine making 170 horsepower or a 150-horsepower TDI engine in the vehicle I tested. I found the SportWagen to offer even more power than the TDI in the Golf I recently tested, but this must be an illusion. The Subaru's 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder produces 175 horsepower.
July 27, 2015 |
Philadelphia's bustling restaurant scene has been generating plenty of buzz. In fact, on busy nights, it can be almost unbearable. To the chagrin of diners nostalgic for the hushed, white-tablecloth dining rooms of decades past, the city's current generation of trendy eateries - with their polished-concrete floors, bare tables, and echoingly high ceilings - has been accompanied by a considerable din. The acoustics are partially a function of...
May 20, 2015 |
Leave it to Curio Theatre to turn a crowd-pleaser into an even bigger hit. The West Philadelphia ensemble company has built its reputation on staging edgy comedies ( What the Butler Saw , Catch-22 ), adaptations of classics ( The Trial , Slaughterhouse Five) and brilliantly envisioned productions of Shakespeare, such as last season's female-centered Romeo and Juliet . So I didn't expect the Curio company to cap its 10th season with Michael Frayn's Noises Off!
April 13, 2015 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Before Jordan Spieth went out for another record-breaking day at the Masters, the hills and dales at Augusta National Golf Club reverberated with roars generated by the contestants who figured to be the two most watched at the start of the week. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who teed off 30 minutes apart in the third round Saturday, both created buzz in the galleries by carding scores of 4-under-par 32 on the front nine. Alas, each came home in 36 for 68. Although tied for fifth at 6-under 210, they will play together in Sunday's final round 10 strokes behind Spieth.
December 5, 2014 |
IN 2009 and '10, Villanova went 6-1 in the FCS playoffs, beating three No. 1 teams, two of them on the road and another at a neutral site in the 2009 national-title game. The Wildcats have played once in the postseason since then, losing at Stony Brook in an NCAA opener 2 years ago. Only two redshirt seniors, center Ross Hall and running back Austin Medley, were on the 2010 team. Tomorrow afternoon, the Wildcats (10-2), who had an opening bye, host Liberty (9-4) in the second round.
November 12, 2014 |
S TEVIE WONDER - just announced as a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient - makes a rare appearance this Sunday, at the Wells Fargo Center. Better still, he'll devote the gig to recreating his 38-years-young "Songs in the Key of Life" mega-album. Helping him out: expect singer India.Arie, a large string section and at least 20 other musicians. How great is all this? Let's count the ways. After seizing artistic control of his career from Motown in the early 1970s, the former "Little Stevie" Wonder set out to prove his mettle.
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 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.