September 24, 2015 |
She's performed for presidents, the Queen of England and Pope John Paul II. On Saturday, Aretha Franklin will headline the Festival of Families concert attended by Pope Francis on his historic visit to Philadelphia. The Queen of Soul talked with the Inquirer on Tuesday about what the event means to the star, a seasoned pro and lifelong Baptist; who she's bringing with her and the very special gift she hopes to give the pontiff. Question: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me. Where am I catching you and how is your day going?
September 23, 2015 |
LaBrian Dale-Parker, 34, of Fredericksburg, Va., died wearing his group's colors. He had on a jacket emblazoned with the name of his motorcycle club, "Wheels of Soul," when he was fatally wounded in a burst of gunfire inside a Summerdale bar Sunday night. Three other club members were wounded, and Dale-Parker died less than a half-hour later at Einstein Medical Center. The motive for the gunplay inside Tangeray Tavern, 900 Pratt St., was "an argument," police said Monday. When officers responding to a call for shots fired arrived at the scene about 6:15 p.m., they found Dale-Parker in the bar with multiple gunshot wounds.
September 15, 2015 |
Aretha Franklin is slated to join the lineup of artists performing for Pope Francis at the Festival of Families Saturday, Sept. 26. The Queen of Soul will join tenor Andrea Bocelli, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Latin pop star Juanes, who was announced in June, according to sources with knowledge of the event planning. The festival will be broadcast on TV and shown on 40 Jumbotron screens throughout the city. Free tickets nearest the stage were all reserved last week but the portion of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street east is unticketed and open to all. Pope Francis is expected to attend and speak at the Festival of Families.
September 11, 2015 |
Confession: I have never had a tuna-noodle casserole. I don't know what that is, exactly, and don't harbor much curiosity. It just doesn't sound that appealing to me. You, on the other hand, may have grown up eating some variation of this unfussy, belly-filling comfort food that laughs in the face of low-carb diet fads. For me, that comfort food is kugel. This catchall genre of starchy, egg-bound casserole shows up at almost every Jewish holiday table in one form or another.
September 9, 2015 |
SEATED IN A circle behind their 15 African drums last spring, the Laura Waring School kids smiled when Mary Schumacher, their music teacher, said, "OK, we're going warp speed, right?" She set a blistering pace. Her young drummers stayed right with her. Then, each child took a turn on the lead, drumming out his or her own beats that the other kids echoed, call-and-response style. The '50s-era public school classroom, on Green Street near 18th in Spring Garden, rocked with hard-driving rhythm, intense furrowing of young brows and satisfied grins all around at the end. The little drummers of Waring are a big miracle at a time when chronically cash-strapped Philadelphia public schools have been stripped of their music and arts programs and turned into creativity deserts that offer no artistic stimulation to young minds hungering for it. The crisis of desperately deprived schools is shockingly clear on the crowd-funding website, donorschoose.org, where hundreds of Philadelphia classroom teachers personally beg the public to fund pencils, paper, books and other essentials because the school district stopped paying for bare-bones needs years ago. Last fall at Waring, where 100 percent of the children are from economically disadvantaged families, principal Brianna Dunn boldly decided to rely on the generosity of neighborhood community groups to buy basic supplies so she could scrape together enough money from her threadbare budget to hire a full-time music...
August 28, 2015 |
The Isley Brothers released The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) last week, a collection of 21 of their albums that unfurl with crisply remastered productions, rare tracks, and the never-released Wild in Woodstock: Live at Bearsville Sound Studio 1980 . "That's a lot of music," said Ernie Isley, the guitarist-brother who, with vocalist Ron Isley, form the still-touring, currently recording Isley Brothers - soul's first family...
August 25, 2015 |
THE STARS were aligned for the Soul to get back to the ArenaBowl. Unfortunately, their telescope was broken. * Jacksonville was without its best player, who was injured. * The Soul had not lost at home all season. * Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh was in the midst of a career year. * Philadelphia had never lost a playoff game at home. Despite all of these variables, the Soul was beaten by Jacksonville last night, 61-56, in the American Conference Championship Game at the Wells Fargo Center.
August 25, 2015 |
During the regular season, the Soul had their way with just about everyone on their Arena Football League schedule except the Jacksonville Sharks. In the American Conference championship game Sunday, that once again proved to be the case as the Sharks beat the Soul, 61-56, at the Wells Fargo Center, ending their quest for the franchise's second ArenaBowl title. "We didn't play well and they did and that's the bottom line," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. "You turn the ball over twice and dig yourself a hole and it's going to be an uphill battle against a good team like that and that's the bottom line.
August 24, 2015
What: Arena Football League American Conference championship. Who: Jacksonville Sharks (11-8) at Soul (16-3). When/where: Sunday at 5 p.m.; Wells Fargo Center. TV: CBS-SN. At stake: The winner of the American Conference championship will advance to ArenaBowl XXVIII . Last week: The Soul opened the playoffs with a 47-35 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators. The Sharks defeated the Orlando Predators, 55-33, on the road. Season series: Two of the Soul's three losses this season came against Jacksonville, which won the last two meetings, 55-47 and 74-67, respectively.
August 23, 2015 |
Soul linebacker Beau Bell spent most of the first half of the team's season in agony. "It felt like I had a knife in my back; it was almost unbearable," said Bell, who has played the entire season with a herniated disk in his back that forced him to miss almost two months. Soul receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku said the sprained knee that sidelined him for six weeks was more so frustrating than painful. "It was hard because I came here to play with my brothers and I had to spend a lot of time on the bench not being able to go to war with them," said the receiver, who was out from June 20 to Aug. 2. "You're just watching and waiting.