June 21, 2016 |
There are many things that People's Light and Theatre's world premiere, The Harassment of Iris Malloy , by Zak Berkman, is not. It is not a Mamet-style tale of a woman cooking up a scheme to entrap a senator because women can be just as ruthless as men. It is not the story of a privileged man taking advantage of an underprivileged woman. It is not easy the same way life-changing decisions made in real time are not easy. Whenever it seems that Berkman has written himself into a much-used corner, somehow, he finds another door.
June 13, 2016 |
TRENTON - The Soul comfortably beat the L.A. Kiss, 73-37, in a game Saturday that was only technically at home. Because of the Democratic National Convention next month, the Soul were forced to vacate their home at the Wells Fargo Center and move to the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton to host the Kiss, owned in part by Gene Simmons and the band Kiss. L.A. struggled to keep up with the Soul's fast-paced attack. "We were a little sluggish early on," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said.
June 12, 2016 |
The Soul had to vacate the Wells Fargo Center this summer for the Democratic National Convention. They played all but two of their home games at the beginning of the season and have one of their two home games left on Saturday against the LA Kiss, which is named after its owners, the band Kiss. And while the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton - where the game will be played - may not feel like home for most of the team, Saturday's game for one player will be like a homecoming. Soul offensive lineman Keith Newell was born and raised just blocks away from the arena and happily recited the directions to his family's house from where we stood on the field.
May 30, 2016 |
It's hard to think of a contemporary writer as quintessentially Philadelphian as Diane McKinney-Whetstone. The Chestnut Hill resident, who grew up in West Philadelphia, creates characters firmly rooted in the city and its neighborhoods, its parks and streets, its slums and mansions. Anchored by the city, her stories explore the nitty-gritty of life for ordinary people who live on either side of racial and class divides. Her best-selling 1996 debut, Tumbling , was set in South Philadelphia during the 1940s and '50s.
May 28, 2016 |
It's hard not to grump a bit when speaking with Ramble John Krohn - a.k.a. RJD2 - about his new album, Dame Fortune , and his 40th birthday show Saturday at Union Transfer. The famously longtime West Philly multi-hop producer and genre-jumping artist recently moved to Columbus, Ohio, with his wife so that their 4-year-old could be closer to grandparents and such. "It's nothing personal, man," Krohn says with a laugh. "The thing that you have to realize is that I didn't want to leave Philly.
May 20, 2016 |
THE DEMOCRATIC National Convention is two months away, and already it's causing headaches. At least for the Soul. Get a good look at the boys in powder blue. Though they are less than halfway through the regular season, Saturday is the final true home game of the year. And it's a big one. The Orlando Predators (7-0), the last undefeated team in the AFL, come to town holding a one-game lead over the Soul (6-1) in the American Conference. Saturday's winner will gain a significant tiebreaker.
May 2, 2016
I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world - Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself" Michelle Myers is an associate professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia and host of the Emmy-nominated "Drop the Mic" show on CCPTV I love my students. I accept them for who they are in the moment that I meet them, the moment during which our journeys through our respective lives intersect. I accept that they have had experiences that I cannot ever imagine or know, and that these experiences have made them profoundly beautiful people in their own right.
April 26, 2016
BILLY PAUL, 81, the acclaimed Philadelphia soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," died of cancer Sunday morning in Blackwood, N.J., according to his manager Beverly Gay. Mr. Paul, born Paul Williams in Philadelphia in 1934, was hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital, Gay said. Mr. Paul was one of many artists who had success with the Philadelphia-based writing and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Mr. Paul attended the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music.
April 23, 2016 |
Charles Bradley says he still knows 58 James Brown songs, embedded in his mind and body from the years he spent in New York City impersonating the Godfather of Soul. But when the 67-year-old goes onstage these days, he's doing Bradley, not Brown. The dynamic performer, who just released his third and best album, Changes , comes Sunday to Union Transfer. Changes is an apt title. Bradley's life, recounted in the 2012 film Soul of America, has been full of trials. In a phone interview before a performance in Newcastle, England, Bradley told stories that recounted the murder of his brother and a soul-crushing encounter with a racist police officer who threatened his life (and how he found reassurance when the Eagles' "Take It to the Limit" came on the jukebox)