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.
November 11, 2013 |
This problem requires the assistance of the "Your Place" community. Please send in your ideas. Question: 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 coming from one of our home systems, and it was still audible. We can also hear it when standing outside of my house.
October 17, 2013
I USUALLY WRITE about what's not working. You know, Congress, the Legislature, Philly schools. Mostly I place fault with those in charge; all those in charge, regardless of party. I do this in hopes that bringing attention to what's wrong can serve as motivation to make it right. Sometimes that works. Some years ago, I wrote about a decorated Pennsylvania State Police trooper whose wife and three children were denied death benefits after the trooper died of a heart attack on duty.
October 13, 2013 |
Taylor Lewan knows the atmosphere Saturday night at Beaver Stadium will be electric and that the noise from the sellout crowd of more than 106,000 will make his ears ring. However, even though he'll be wearing the uniform of visiting Michigan, the all-American offensive tackle is excited about the opportunity to compete against Penn State in such a setting. "Sometimes we'll be standing face to face [with a teammate] and I won't be able to hear myself think or hear you talk," Lewan said Monday at a press conference in Ann Arbor, Mich.