January 30, 2000 |
It's like a Rolling Stones song from the '70s: You're strutting down the city sidewalk like a peacock, pimp hat cocked on your head. When you get to the corner of 15th and South, you hear James Brown's "Hi-Heel Sneakers" wafting through the air along with the smoky smell of barbecue ribs. You follow the beat and the aroma into Bob & Barbara's, where the music is blaring, the bar is packed, and the Pabst Blue Ribbon is flowing like the Mississippi - it's Juke, Jerk and Jive: Soul Barbecue night, which, on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, re-creates the sounds, smells, and cut-rate prices of a Southern juke joint.
March 17, 2012 |
One thing kept Murray State from making a Butler-like run through the NCAA tournament two years ago. Butler. The Racers got sent packing by the original in 2010, their inexperience exposed when freshman guard Isaiah Canaan's desperation pass in the closing seconds was poked away. Time expired as Canaan chased the ball into the backcourt, and the two-point loss carries a sting that lingers to this day. "An NCAA tournament game to go to the Sweet 16, you turn the ball over and you're only a freshman?
April 30, 2000 |
Several elements go into establishing a good rivalry, and the baseball teams at Gloucester County and Cumberland County Colleges seem to possess most of them. The teams are establishing an intense relationship, even though Gloucester was Region 19's premier program during the 1990s and Cumberland is in just its third season since reinstituting baseball. The competitive factors are in place: proximity, familiarity, mutual respect, overlapping recruiting territories, and most important, winning programs.
December 16, 2010 |
The prices seem reasonable at Relish, a West Oak Lane restaurant that boasts of its "modern Southern cuisine. " Most appetizers are less than $10, entrees less than $20. Taxpayers, however, would see a steeper tab if the menu provided full financial disclosure: that Relish survives with the support of more than $1.1 million in public funds. The restaurant is owned by the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp. (OARC), a nonprofit community-development agency founded by State Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.
October 10, 1997 |
The problem with most club music is that it has nothing to do with dancing. How can you dance when you're about to have a seizure from the frantic tempo? Coldcut (nothing to do with deli products) solves that problem by making fluid, groove-oriented, chill-out music that doesn't fade into the background. The British duo - ex-art teacher Jonathan Moore and computer programmer Matt Black - are best known for dropping Ofra Haza's otherworldly vocals into a remix of seminal rappers Eric B. and Rakim's "Paid in Full.
August 30, 1994 |
There's a look of dread on Terence Stamp's face as he stands atop a bar in an outback Australian mining town and scans the room crowded with drunken, ornery blokes. You see, in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Stamp - a leading man of '60s British cinema whose recent career has been confined almost solely to Hollywood villains - is playing an extravagantly dolled-up transsexual. A transsexual who, along with two younger drag-queen compatriots, performs in a disco-pumped cabaret act. The pub patrons of Broken Hill, New South Wales - real miners playing themselves for the promise of free beer - are clearly agog at the spectacle of this trio of bedecked would-be showgirls.
December 19, 2010
The name of the politically connected restaurant on West Oak Lane is Relish, but it's leaving a bad taste in taxpayers' mouths. The state of Pennsylvania is paying $1.1 million this year to keep the eatery afloat. Relish received a $650,000 loan from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., and a $470,000 grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development. Relish is owned by the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp., a nonprofit founded by state Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.
December 27, 1996 |
Like a ghost of commuter railroads past, the Reading Terminal Headhouse, at 12th and Market, has stood silent and virtually unchanged since closing, at age 91, in 1984. There exists no eerier witness to that lost era than the second-floor Gateway Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge. A jar of relish waits on its lunch counter, not far from a "Nearly Everybody Reads the Bulletin" train schedule. Soon, though, workers will renovate. The Hard Rock Cafe is bound for Center City.
January 23, 2002 |
The Eagles blew away Da Bears' Super Bowl aspirations, and I came away with a Sandwich Board recipe. In the Windy City, the Chicago-style dog is king, and while watching a Blackhawks game at the United Center last Sunday (they actually won), it was hard to turn down the chance to partake in the flavor of a foot-long dog. One rule of thumb: Never eat with ketchup - ever. Although it may be an acquired taste for East Coasters, this dog's a winner, which is more than can be said about Da Bears.
July 3, 1995 |
Joan Osborne got it exactly right when she called her major-label debut Relish (Mercury). Osborne is a robust singer with a pained blues howl and a secret, soulful whisper at her disposal, but though there are despair and desperation aplenty in her songs, they never lose faith in sensual or spiritual pleasures. In a sold-out show at the North Star Bar on Friday, Osborne was exultant on the ecstatic blues-romp "Right Hand Man," and foreboding on "Dracula Moon," as she warned, "Love comes down any way it wants to . . . Open up your arms or it will break you in two. " The New York-based vocalist's songs revel in passion and work toward ultimate release, but she wields her big voice with subtlety.