August 2, 2014 |
Some of us Philadelphians are getting old. G. Love & Special Sauce - this city's prime instigators of blues-inflected hip-hop - are heading a bill at Festival Pier on Saturday night. But can it be that the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first self-titled album? Could it be that Garrett "G. Love" Dutton's son Aidan turned 13 on the day of this interview? "Everyone's good," says Dutton, celebrating his son's birthday on Martha's Vineyard, coinciding with acoustic gigs the twosome perform at beach-town clubs.
July 9, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The first 911 caller about swimmers screaming for help described his location as "the shore . . . out here by the boardwalk. " Another narrowed it down to "at the Ocean City New Jersey Shore, and there are people drowning. " The location of the after-hours swimmers on Sunday evening, June 29 - including 14-year-old Corinthian Hammond of Philadelphia, who drowned, while 14 others were eventually rescued - was clear to anyone familiar with Ocean City: the busy Ninth Street beach just below the Music Pier.
June 28, 2014 |
Pier 68, a 400-foot-long slab of crumbling concrete and overgrown weeds, juts into the Delaware River from a shopping center parking lot off Christopher Columbus Boulevard. The fence surrounding it is looped with barbed wire. Several signs read, "Danger: Do not trespass. " On Thursday, Mayor Nutter and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. (DRWC) announced that by the summer of 2015, this forbidden space is to be transformed into a manicured park. "This park will supply green space in a section of the city that really needs it," Nutter said.
June 3, 2014 |
On a balmy Friday, Wired 96.5 held its electro-hop-and-house-focused Wired Fest with DJ/producers Calvin Harris and Diplo at Festival Pier. On a totally made-over Festival Pier (see below) Wired Fest gave the sellout audience light-boxes and pop/house/heavy sounds. It was sensory overload - and a big hit, judging from the pleased faces and sand-dancing efforts. Harris, a star in the electro-dance firmament since 2000, didn't break big until 2012's platinum-plus 18 Months . Most of his set was from that album: It was a beat-banging mix of pings and boings between pop smashes like "Sweet Nothing" and "I Need Your Love.
March 24, 2014 |
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - When grad school at U.C. Berkeley pulled me from my East Coast roots, I experienced my first winter without snow - oh, yeah. Family and friends visited so often I had to devise my own little tour to make sure they were well-entertained. But as impressed as they were by the Bay Area, they often said that this was not what they had in mind when they dreamed of the West Coast. I really didn't have a handle on what they were saying until my brother-in-law, who lives and works on France's Cote d'Azur, showed me. I was showing him websites about California when we stumbled on the movie poster for The Endless Summer - the one with the surfers silhouetted against the setting sun. He couldn't manage the English, but he did blurt out "C'est California!"
February 3, 2014 |
Piers Wedgwood, 59, of Chestnut Hill, a British lord and a fifth-generation great-grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, creator of the distinctive blue-and-white pottery that embellishes tea tables and china collections, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, of cardiac failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Lord Wedgwood devoted his life to keeping alive regard for his family's ceramic and decorative arts. During a career spanning four decades, he traveled thousands of miles as Josiah Wedgwood & Sons' international ambassador.
February 1, 2014 |
Piers Wedgwood, 59, of Chestnut Hill, a British lord and fifth-generation great-grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, creator of the distinctive blue and white pottery that embellishes tea tables and china collections, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, of cardiac failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Lord Wedgwood devoted his life to keeping alive regard for his family's ceramic and decorative arts. During a career spanning four decades, he traveled thousands of miles as Wedgwood's international ambassador.
October 23, 2013 |
The Race Street Pier, alongside the Benjamin Franklin Bridge off North Columbus Boulevard, extends into the Delaware River like a woman's slender hand slipping into an elegant opera glove. By day, the pier's landscaped, dual levels of metal, reclaimed plastic, and wood hover beautifully over the waters of the Delaware. By night, lit by more than 200 LED solar light blocks embedded into its paving, the pier is positively haunting. With the new FringeArts building across the boulevard, there couldn't be a more dramatic setting for the wistfully cinematic soundscape that Philadelphia musician Michael Kiley has created for the pier, a popular spot for picnics, weddings, and live concerts since it opened in 2011.
October 7, 2013 |
Early in the morning, as the sun climbs above the horizon, Rosemary Daley marvels at the massive freighters gliding on the Delaware past her balcony. Only when she turns just so and can see Philadelphia's skyscrapers is she reminded that she resides in a cosmopolitan city. After years of living in sprawling houses, Rosemary and husband Stan say their 1,050-square-foot condo at Pier 3 was the perfect strategy for a pair of retired empty nesters. "It's very much like resort living in a culturally rich city," says Rosemary, 66. Trips to the Caribbean and Key West influenced their decision to buy at the waterfront sanctuary.
October 6, 2013 |
In Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall , Alvy Singer, played by Allen, asks sarcastically about a rock concert: "Did it achieve total heaviosity?" As of 2013, Allen could have been asking about Thursday's neo-psychedelia showcase with the Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Festival Pier. The Lips is the noisy soul of heaviosity itself, with a front man - Wayne Coyne - who has become America's huckster of cascading doom-psych, rimmed with trippy hope.