June 12, 2016 |
A reader recently complained that I spend more of my time writing about real estate than about fixing up things. I write for the Real Estate section, and news articles elsewhere follow my byline with the words real estate writer . I guess he doesn't get past my name on those. Rather than spend this June day droning on about some topic or another, I'll just present a bunch of "real estate" facts and let you choose what you want to read. Before I do, a home tip for the reader: When embedding a nail, a hammer works almost all the time.
March 1, 2016 |
Los Lobos embody the indie life. This former wedding band, this onetime acoustic outfit from East Los Angeles, once traveled around to small venues all over the place in the obligatory beat-up van. For more than 40 years, they've held it together, through small-label albums; major-label contracts and terminations; the long, global road; occasional big hits (their take on "La Bamba"; their trademark tune, "Will the Wolf Survive?"; their roustabout version of the Dead's "Bertha"); critical plaudits; adulation on the margins; and really great live shows.
February 5, 2016 |
Storytelling is the McMurtry family business. Each generation, however, goes about it in its own particular way. The combo of veteran Austin, Texas, hard-bitten guitarist James and his son Curtis McMurtry — who will appear together at the Sellersville Theater on Friday, with the elder headlining — tell tales in song, with divergent musical approaches. And father and son are both heirs to a McMurtry oral tradition that James' father, Larry, — author of The Last Picture Show and Lonesome Dove — applied to a prolific career as novelist and screenwriter.
January 23, 2016
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Editor's note: Both shows at the Tower this weekend have been canceled due to weather.) Is Macklemore over? With The Heist in 2012, the Seattle rapper and his producer-DJ partner Ryan Lewis were perfectly in step with the zeitgeist on the strapped-for-cash "Thrift Shop" and LGBT-friendly "Same Love," leading to a best rap album win at the 2014 Grammys. Things haven't gone so smoothly since, however. The rapper born Ben Haggerty took heat for wearing a costume at a 2014 concert that was perceived as anti-Semitic, and neither his single "Downtown," which came out in September and features guest spots from old-school rap legends like Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz, nor his new "Kevin," about prescription-drug addiction, have caught fire.
January 19, 2016 |
When veteran Brit music makers Peter Asher and Albert Lee played Sellersville Theater Sunday, they did two truly rare things. The first was making visit a matinee, a delightful afternoon for which even Asher was unprepared. "I normally have one of these after 10 p.m. when we usually finish," he said, signaling a cold martini while wondering if perhaps a spot of tea might be more appropriate. The second rarity was that the pair spoke at length - even more than they sang and played - winsomely, and in depth about their illustrious pasts.
March 22, 2015 |
Your first sight of barefoot Terrance Simien on stage is of a big, Cheshire-cat grin underneath his trademark Fulani hat from Mali. The hat goes on and off; the smile stays put for the next two hours. Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience - a great American band, much better than many better-known bands - came to the friendly Sellersville Theater on Thursday night. No place in Bucks County rocked harder, I guarantee. WXPN, in the midst of Zydeco Crossroads, a 14-month celebration, hosted the evening.
September 10, 2014 |
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. told the 14 employees at its Kutztown warehouse last month that the facility would close as part of a previously announced cost-cutting plan. On Monday, the drugmaker's chief financial officer said there were no new plans for major cutbacks. Facing pressure from investors and financial analysts, Teva said in 2012 that it would cut $1.5 billion to $2 billion in annual costs to help boost its profits and stock price. But investors have been anxious to see the results, and a disagreement between the board of directors and then-CEO Jeremy Levin on how to implement cuts led to Levin's departure.
July 30, 2014 |
Nellie McKay - singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author, stand-up comedian, performance artist - often is seen as an unorthodox entertainer. And her new show will do nothing to change that. McKay brings A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton to the Sellersville Theater on Sunday. Tipton, who died in 1989, was a jazz pianist with a female anatomy who lived his professional and personal life as a man. McKay, 32, was born in London and lived much of her youth in Pennsylvania (she's a veteran of the Pocono Youth Orchestra and Phil Woods' orchestra of promising young players)
March 6, 2014 |
Robyn Hitchcock may just be the last of the great English eccentrics. Like Kevin Ayers, Roy Harper, Robert Wyatt, and his hero, Pink Floyd fire-starter Syd Barrett, Hitchcock has forever crafted a sound - alone or with his first notable ensemble, the Soft Boys - whimsically and surrealistically literate with melodies steeped in folk traditionalism, psychedelia, and art-pop. His lyrics, sung in a gloriously nasal English accent reminiscent of a young Lennon or Bowie, express pent-up ire, frustration, mirth, and joy, while dazzling the listener/reader with their bold, odd intelligence and black humor.
February 27, 2014 |
Dennis I. Moore, 67, a 50-year member of the Sellersville Fire Department who could be counted on to drive Santa Claus around in a fire truck on Christmas Eve or to flip burgers at a fund-raiser, died Sunday, Feb. 23, of lung cancer at Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township. Mr. Moore, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, was a machinist and mechanic for several Bucks County-area companies. For the last 15 years, he had worked for Lansdale Amusement of Hatfield as a serviceman.