June 23, 2016
"Nearly 250 years ago, the eyes of the world were on Philadelphia and the birth of American democracy. On Thursday, Philadelphia will again make history by becoming the second U.S. city, and the largest, to pass a tax on soft drinks. " - City Council leaders Darrell L. Clarke, Bobby Henon, Blondell Reynolds Brown, and Bill Greenlee, The Inquirer, June 14 By Mark Randall (with obvious help from Thos. Jefferson) When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dispense with the sugary brands that have consumed them, and that they have consumed, and then resume among the streets of the city that separate and unequal station to which the Laws of Economics and City Council have doomed them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the reasons they should be glad of this.
October 27, 2015 |
Tayron is a personable 15-year-old with a great sense of humor. Very outgoing, he easily makes friends. He enjoys going to the aquarium, sporting events, and movies. Asked to names three things he likes about himself, Tayron responded, "I get along with everyone, I have great computer skills, and I have an expansive knowledge of sports. " Tayron is an enormous Philadelphia sports fan. His room is adorned with team posters and memorabilia, and he delights in showing them to visitors and talking about where he got them.
August 19, 2015 |
WHEN IT opens, the Fillmore Philadelphia will have more in common with its iconic San Francisco forebear than its name. The two music halls also will share Bonnie MacLean. MacLean, 75, has been commissioned by the Fillmore to create a poster commemorating the venue's Oct. 1 grand opening - a sold-out concert by Hall & Oates - copies of which will be presented to ticketholders. It's a gig for which she is more than qualified. In the late 1960s, MacLean, a Frankford native who now lives in the Doylestown area, was the lead poster designer for San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium (a/k/a the Fillmore West)
July 8, 2015 |
There's no shortage of Latino music in Philadelphia. From the Kimmel to the Painted Bride, the sounds of Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Cuba - traditional or jazz, plus electronic, rap/hip-hop, and pop/rock variations - ring out. So where is the music of Mexico? According to the 2010 U.S. census, Philadelphia's Mexican population increased from 6,220 to 15,531 during the previous decade, with a majority of immigrants moving into South Philly's Italian Market area. "Mexican business owners helped revitalize the Market," says Emilio Mignucci, co-owner of 75-year-old DiBruno Bros.
April 1, 2015 |
THANKS TO best-selling books and TV documentaries, as well as the personal recollections of millions of baby boomers, the 1960s have been forever cemented in our collective consciousness. But out in West Chester, those epochal times are being celebrated in a way that not only pays homage to unforgettable, society-altering movements and events, but also to an unforgettable local broadcaster. Through Aug. 29, the Chester County Historical Society is hosting "The 1960s Pop Culture: Movies, Memorabilia and the Media," a fascinating exhibition that looks at the decade through the film and TV memorabilia amassed by the late Steve Friedman, a longtime Chester County resident known to his fans as "Mr. Movie.
August 29, 2014 |
GREGG GILLIS, the mix-mashing male artist ironically known as Girl Talk, is usually pegged as a major player in the "EDM" (electronic dance music) camp. "But I've always felt as connected with rock, pop and hip-hop as with electronic, never wanted to pick a side," Gillis shared the other day from home base in Pittsburgh. "And I'm much happier playing at diversified festivals like Made in America than at a straight up EDM festival where people come for the atmosphere and the party and it's easy [for an artist]
August 12, 2014 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - There is, most definitely, crying in baseball. As the players filed past one another for the post-game handshake, both the winners and the losers shed tears. And because many members of the victorious Taney Dragons and their opponents from Delaware had become close friends over the last 10 days, they hugged with surprising affection. But there was no question that the 8-0 win, which will take the Philadelphia upstart team to the Little League World Series, was overwhelmingly, deliriously sweet for the Taney kids, many of whom had been playing ball together since they were 5 or 6 years old. While the final out flashed on the scoreboard, they toppled over one another in a tangled heap on the field.
May 22, 2014 |
Just before Temple's Class of 2014 walked across the Liacouras Center stage Thursday morning, Betsy Manning shot stills of their shoes for Twitter, Flickr, and posterity. No pump - or toe - was turned away, because Manning's work has little to do with surnames Blahnik or Louboutin and everything to do with documenting the seniors' final show of self-expression as college students. "In the last five years, shoes worn at graduation have gotten so much more radical," said Manning, who has worked as the Temple University photographer for 10 years.
March 13, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA It has been used with great effect to challenge those in power and bring about social change, to further the civil rights movement, to end apartheid in South Africa, and to advance the cause of the United Farm Workers in California's San Joaquin Valley. An exhibit opening Wednesday at the offices of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) titled "Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism" illustrates the power of boycotts in bringing about change around the world over the last 50 years.
January 23, 2014 |
Over the weekend, they put up posters in Audubon, Collingswood, Haddon Heights, and Mount Ephraim. And on Monday, they were busy in Oaklyn, Haddon Township, Bellmawr, and Runnemede. Pastor Randy Van Osten and members of his youth group at Oaklyn Baptist Church have joined scores of volunteers across the state who have placed tens of thousands of signs in businesses over the last two weeks to alert the public to human trafficking. Now, their work is bearing fruit. Tips have poured into the help hotline - 855-END-NJ-HT - as state law enforcement officials prepare for the expected trafficking increase ahead of the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at the Meadowlands.