April 14, 2015 |
For Peter T. Hesbacher, it was always about people. He spent his life - following his father from place to place as a young man to spending years as a sociologist - working to engage people. And in his daily life, it showed. "He was one of those people at a party where, if you felt like nobody's talking to a person, he'd go start talking to the person and find something in common," said daughter Gretchen, who recalled her father as never wearing anything but a suit. "I think he had a lot of people who felt close to him. " Dr. Hesbacher, 78, of Danville, Pa., died Wednesday, April 8, at Emmanuel Center at Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community in Danville after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
April 1, 2015 |
Remember Liberace? The Wisconsin-born piano prodigy who for decades reigned as an American superstar by building an entertainment empire of TV and a mainstay Vegas act that paid him up to $300,000 a week? If you don't, the Walnut's Independence Studio on 3 production of Liberace! contains plenty of historical information to fill you in. Writer/director Brent Hazelton's 2010 show winks at the idea that many may not remember the pop icon. After Jack Forbes Wilson's Liberace announces a drawling "I'm ba-ack!
January 26, 2015 |
When it comes to big-name albums, it's becoming rare for release dates to be announced much in advance. The element of surprise is a big bonus, and social media spread the word like wildfire. So, rather then tell us ahead of time, everybody's trying to keep a secret, then spring it on us for maximum promotional value, Beyoncé-style. So, along with the three to-be-announced releases by Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill listed below, a whole lot of other marquee releases expected in early 2015 have no specified arrival dates.
September 15, 2014 |
Does anyone actually buy music anymore? Unclear. But the album release schedule still gets busy after Labor Day. Besides those blurbed below, look for releases by Chris Brown ( X , Sept. 16) Lucinda Williams (the double album Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , Sept. 30), Weezer ( Everything Will Be Alright in the End , Oct. 7), Florida Georgia Line ( Anything Goes , Oct. 14), Jessie Ware ( Tough Love , Oct. 21), Lil Wayne ( Tha Carter V , Oct. 28), Foo Fighters ( Sonic Highways , Nov. 10)
March 24, 2014 |
READY TO SPRING forward, showgoers? Get your ears engaged and your body in motion with some fine musicians, two big back-to-back radio-sponsored rock fests, the return of Philly's Center City Jazz Festival and more fabulous femmes - Miley Cyrus, Cher and Lady Gaga, too - than your dance-pop-loving heart can take without bursting. Okkervil River, March 28. This brittle, edgy folk-rock troupe (named after a Russian short story) is so literate, its lyrics stand alone as vivid poetry, short yarns.
January 28, 2014
FOR RED CARPET mavens, the Grammys are a mix of vavoom-daredevil style or she's-wearing-what? level disasters. This year didn't disappoint on both fronts (oh, Katy, no) but the biggest surprise came from the boys. Men don't have many choices when it comes to awards-show style. Slap on a tux and try not to look like a fool is generally the only rule of the red. But the men stepped it up for this year's red carpet, from Kevin Hart's textured tux, to the velvet-suited men of pop music (Macklemore, Robin Thicke)
January 24, 2014 |
TELEVISED entertainment award shows, like the MTV VMAs, American Music Awards and Golden Globes, have captured surprisingly big - even "best in a decade" - ratings this season, scoring especially well with advertiser-coveted 18- to-49-year-olds. Will Sunday's Grammy telecast (8 p.m., on CBS) likewise win viewing love - and tweets - and help restore pop music's mass-media prestige in the process? Could happen, if the event delivers the same performance tingle and thrill of victory as the best TV talent contests - the new live entertainment standard by which even award galas are being judged.
January 17, 2014 |
Fans of Mel Brooks and John Waters will love We Will Rock You , now in a touring production at the Academy of Music. Fans of Queen's music, not so much. As someone who likes both Brooks' comedies and Queen's music, I can tell you the two styles don't mix well, at least not in Ben Elton's book. The storyline draws on Star Wars , 1984 , A Clockwork Orange , and The Matrix . "Sometime in the future," tormented teenager Galileo (Brian Justin Crum) lives in a totalitarian state called the iPlanet, where everyone plugs into Globalsoft - a virtual world of video games, advertisements, and pop music.
September 21, 2013 |
These are busy times for Pet Shop Boys, the tandem of singer-lyricist Neil Tennant and keyboard player Chris Lowe, who are the biggest-selling pop duo in British music history. Last year, the group released the tranquil Elysium , their 11th studio album. Then, while also working on a song cycle about the late British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, they followed it up in less than a year's time with Electric , an altogether more kinetic affair that stands up nicely to late-1980s career highlights like Actually and Introspective . The latest Pet Shop Boys traveling theatrical spectacular, the "Electric" tour, will bring the band to the Mann Center in Fairmount Park on Sunday.
July 21, 2013
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