June 26, 2016 |
Philadelphia Orchestra watchers know that the small army of hyperalert people navigating the back-row percussion hardware in Verizon Hall must lead intricate professional lives. But could anybody guess that an orchestral percussionist could write such a rich, entertaining memoir as Patti Niemi's Sticking It Out (ECW Press, 249 pages, $24.95)? You might be tempted to dub Niemi's book the new, and more likable, Mozart in the Jungle . But what annoyed readers about Blair Tindall's confession of a party-prone oboist on the loose in New York City is not to be found in Niemi's narrative about perfecting her dings and thuds, starting out in her native Rochester, N.Y., and now in her current longtime gig with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
June 16, 2016
Makes 4 servings 11/2 pounds tuna steak, cut into small chunks 1 tablespoon red miso paste 1/2 teaspoon prepared wasabi 1 teaspoon soy sauce 4 green onions, white and pale green parts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces For pickled ginger relish: 1/2 cup pickled ginger for sushi, finely chopped Finely chopped zest and juice of 1/2 lemon 3 green onions, white and pale green parts, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced ...
April 1, 2016 |
This week, mental health dominated trending topics. Two celebrities spoke out about their issues, and a pioneer died. On Tuesday, R&B singer Kehlani posted a photo to Instagram of herself in a hospital bed with an IV in her arm. She admitted she tried to commit suicide, writing, "today I wanted to leave this earth . . . But God saved me for a reason, and for that, I must be grateful. " Also on Tuesday, actor Wentworth Miller, best known for his role as Michael on Fox's Prison Break , spoke out after a publication tweeted a meme poking fun at his past weight gain.
March 31, 2016 |
She won an Oscar at 16 for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker , but for fans of a certain age - and those who caught her 1963-66 show decades later on Nick at Nite - Patty Duke will always be Patty and Cathy Lane. "One pair of matching bookends, different as night and day," they were the "identical cousins" of The Patty Duke Show , their differences reportedly inspired by cocreator Sidney Sheldon's having noticed different sides to the young star's personality. Decades later, she was diagnosed as bipolar.
March 12, 2016
Patti Davis on mom Patti Davis and her mom, Nancy Reagan , developed a much more loving connection with each other in the years before the former first lady's death on Sunday, Davis told Maria Shriver Thursday on NBC's Today . In a searing 1992 memoir, Davis, now 63, described her mom as abusive and overly critical. That changed when her dad, former President Ronald Reagan, became ill late in life. "At some point, and really it was at the beginning of my father's illness, I chose to aim for peace of mind in and of itself with my mother," Davis told Today . "I made a decision to look at her and look at us through a different lens - through a more loving, forgiving lens.
January 22, 2016
Patti cakes Patti LaBelle's latest hit? Her sweet potato pie, which became a viral sensation after a fan uploaded a video of himself enjoying the dessert and singing his satisfaction. Now, the local superstar is back with a second, and third, helping: vanilla Bundt cake with vanilla icing, and a three-layer caramel cake with buttercream filling and caramel glaze. Both are manufactured for mass appeal but manage to hit the high notes. - Samantha Melamed Patti LaBelle Premium Caramel Cake, $13.94 at Walmart.
November 25, 2015 |
Thanksgiving this year with Patti LaBelle promises to be quite the party. Sharing the table at Patti's Wynnewood home will be none other than the Los Angeles YouTube blogger known as James Wright Chanel , whose ode to Patti's Pies, the sweet-potato pie she's selling exclusively at Walmart, have had the desserts flying off store shelves. The video had more than 3.2 million views as of yesterday. "My new friend James Wright took this fierce video and it took my pie over the top, and people are losing their minds over this pie," the famed local songstress told Fox 29. Also at Patti's table will be Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson , of the Roots , who she said has been ribbing her for years about not inviting him over to sample her cooking.
November 24, 2015 |
Walmart is doing the math and by all indications the square root of pie is the correct answer. Sweet potato pie , that is. Thanks to Philly's own songbird Patti LaBelle and one of her biggest fans, the retail giant is nearly sold out of the popular holiday dessert, which bears her name. The Walmart in Cheltenham even posted multiple signs at its entrance telling shoppers the pies were sold out. A sinfully delicious frenzy has been created by way of nutmeg, butter, sugar and a hilarious viral Internet video.
November 18, 2015 |
JENNIFER Braxton was on the hunt for one of those Patti LaBelle's sweet-potato pies. So, on Saturday, after getting off work at 10 p.m., she drove to the Walmart Supercenter on Byberry Road. She walked all around the store but couldn't find one. The next day, she called and an employee answered, "Thank you for calling Walmart. We're out of pies. How may I help you?" "I have a company potluck coming on Friday and I said I would bring Patti pies," she explained to me later via Facebook.
November 4, 2015 |
Sarah Frances Nolan, 91, formerly of Philadelphia, a seamstress and the mother of WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Wyncote. Born in South Philadelphia to Samuel and Carrie Jones, "Pat," as she was known, graduated from Bartram High School and Apex Beauty Academy. In 1941, she married George Johnson, and the couple had two daughters before divorcing. George Johnson died in the 1980s. She later married Robert A. Nolan.