August 20, 2016
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we got you covered. BUMP, GRIND 9 p.m. Friday, World Cafe Live , 3025 Walnut St. $18. 215-222-1400. Approved by Game of Thrones scribe George R.R. Martin (but not necessarily part of the Westeros canon), this show features swords, skin, and steamy goings-on. If not for having a bit less gore - and a lot more pasties - it might qualify as an episode of G.R.R.M.'s and HBO's pastiche epic, albeit less grim and more fun. The cast, featuring the talents of Bella La Blanc and Cherie Sweetbottom, will be joined by guest Noelle Reigns from the far-flung region of New York - the fabled metropolis to the north said to exist past the wilds of New Jersey. - Michael Harrington FILM Party at 6 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. Friday, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. $25. 215-587-9377.
July 26, 2016 |
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - It was a made-for-Hollywood story that reached its peak in the Big Apple after the briefest of stops in Miami. The final emotional act played out Sunday in the place where some of baseball's greatest players have been coming for years to take the ultimate bow. Tears started flowing as soon as catcher Mike Piazza stepped to the podium to begin his 28-minute Hall of Fame induction speech in the searing heat Sunday afternoon....
July 26, 2016 |
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - It was the Hall of Fame induction ceremony that made the baseball draft look silly, but nobody in the sun-drenched crowd of an estimated 50,000 really cared Sunday. They just wanted to pay tribute to Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza for all they did after they were drafted. Griffey, selected by the Seattle Mariners in 1987, became the first No. 1 overall pick in history to land in Cooperstown and if that seemed like an indictment of the draft process, it could not even begin to compare with Piazza's crazy story.
June 2, 2016 |
Shared-office giant WeWork opens its first Philadelphia location Wednesday, a validation of - and potential threat to - the city's large existing contingent of collaborative-workspace operators. The 30,000-square-foot, two-story space at the former Schmidt's brewery building in Northern Liberties' Piazza development is the first of three shared-office facilities planned in the city by New York-based WeWork. To follow in the fall are a 30,000-square-foot space at 1430 Walnut St. - a glass-walled retail building that also accommodates a Cheesecake Factory restaurant - and a 40,000-square-foot location on the 19th and 20th floors of the Five Penn Center office building at 1601 Market St. "We look for cities that have a robust mix of the right elements: a real percolating tech community, an active investment community, strong support from the city," said Dave McLaughlin, the company's eastern U.S. general manager.
January 8, 2016 |
Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame Wednesday completes a curiously connected trinity of locally born Dodgers. He now joins Roy Campanella and Tommy Lasorda as the last link in a chain that began more than a half-century ago in Brooklyn. Like Piazza, the manager who had a brief mid-'50s career as a pitcher was born in Norristown. One of his closest friends was Vince Piazza, his future catcher's father and another Norristown native. It's that Norristown connection, as much as anything, that Piazza can credit for his big-league career, not to mention his Hall of Fame selection.
September 1, 2015
W ILLIAM BROWN, 34, of Laverock, Montgomery County, owns the Duke Barber Co. He opened the first shop in 2009 in the Piazza at Schmidt's, in Northern Liberties, and opened a second location Aug. 8 at Germantown and Willow Grove avenues, in Chestnut Hill. Brown's grandfather and father both owned barbershops in the city, and he started working in a shop when he was 12, sweeping floors. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I got my barber's license about 10 years ago and started working in shops around the city.
June 29, 2015 |
FINALE LIGURE, Italy - It was a perfect Sunday afternoon by the sea. Kids kicked soccer balls around or raced their bikes across the cobblestones of the compact piazza. Three sides of the square had centuries-old pastel houses with painted shutters and ironwork balconies. The fourth side opened onto the Mediterranean and was framed by an ornate triumphal arch. This is Finale Ligure, an overlooked jewel of the Italian Riviera an hour by train east of Monaco. The town has four villages linked along a rugged curved coastline of beaches and rocky headlands.
April 8, 2015 |
"AMERICA'S GOT Talent" finalist and country singer Emily West will be a resident act at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.) beginning tonight and for the next three Tuesdays in April. The Iowa-born young pop star appeared on the ninth season of the NBC hit reality show, where she finished as the runner-up behind Rhode Island magician Mat Franco . West rose to fame when she and fellow country crooner Keith Urban paired up for "Blue Sky," a duet they did in 2010. Fans can pick up her debut album, "All For You," when it's released in August.
November 1, 2014 |
For more than a year, Kevin Ricker enjoyed parking next to his $2,000-a-month apartment at the Piazza at Schmidts. He earned that right when he signed a lease to live at ground zero of the Northern Liberties redevelopment boom. On Thursday, however, he awoke to find that convenience had vanished - the financial analyst and 21 other Piazza residents could not find their cars. The culprit was not a thief, but an invisible foe who had issued an overnight towing order for reasons that remained shadowy as the day wore on. Was this a beef over a property dispute?
July 3, 2014 |
IN SAM FARINA'S eyes, the hundreds of fans who packed the Piazza at Schmidts courtyard in Northern Liberties last night to watch the end of the U.S. team's World Cup run had two options after the nail-biting loss to Belgium. "We can either go home or go to the bars and drink the depression off," joked Farina, 23, as hordes of disappointed fans vacated the plaza, leaving a layer of crushed Pabst and Budweiser cans in their wake. For Farina, a classroom aide from Chester Springs, and her group of friends, the latter was the better option.