March 13, 2015
NEW YORK - Barely 6 minutes into its quarterfinal game of the Big East Tournament yesterday, Villanova had built a double-digit lead over upset-minded Marquette. This was precisely the formula Jay Wright had preached to his top-seeded team beforehand, the easiest way to cut the legs from under a tired, upset-oriented team before adrenaline could do its magic. Defend the arc, where Marquette had lived the night before against Seton Hall. Rebound, make threes in transition. Gas them.
March 7, 2015 |
The preeminent Philadelphia instrument? How about the organ? Its legacy runs deep. Consider: the world's largest operational pipe organ, the Wanamaker "King of Organs," right here in Center City since 1911; Girard College Chapel's prized Aeolian-Skinner organ, worked magically by avant-garde jazz iconoclast John Zorn just last May; and much more. On Wednesday night at World Café Live, a free concert called "Home Cooking: Celebrating the Philadelphia Jazz Organ Tradition" focused on the Hammond B-3. The number of soul-jazz B-3 masters from Philly has been staggering: Jimmy McGriff, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts, Joey DeFrancesco, and more.
February 27, 2015 |
Eating fish on Fridays is a longstanding tradition in Catholic households worldwide dating back to the first century of the modern era. Why abstain from meat? Why on Friday? Why during Lent? Meat once was for celebrations and feasting. Early Christians abstained from eating meat on Friday as a kind of sacrifice and reminder that acknowledged the death of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday. This still holds true today in the Catholic Church, but only on Ash Wednesday, and Fridays during Lent.
February 25, 2015
The Philadelphia Soul will open their 10th season on April 12 at home against the Jacksonville Sharks. Thie home schedule has two Friday, five Saturday, and two Sunday games. Single-game tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.comcasttix.com , www.philadelphiasoul.com , and by calling 1-888-789-7685. Jacksonville Sharks Sun., April 12 4 p.m. Cleveland Gladiators Sat., April 18 6 p.m. Portland Thunder Sat., May 2 6 p.m. Orlando Predators Fri., May 8 7:30 p.m. Las Vegas Outlaws Sat., May 30 6 p.m. New Orleans Voodoo Sat., June 6 6 p.m. Tampa Bay Storm Fri., June 26 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Gladiators Sat., July 11 1 p.m. New Orleans Voodoo Sun., Aug. 2 4 p.m.
February 24, 2015 |
West Philly rapper and producer Hezekiah Davis III - usually known to the hip-hop world as simply Hezekiah - has two sides, the first of which you can catch Feb. 24 at International House, when he screens his debut, self-directed short, Dreams Don't Chase Themselves . His new album, also out Thursday, bears the same title. In both album (his first solo album since 2010's Conscious Porn ) and film, Davis portrays a man of great depth and exquisitely expressed, socially aware goals.
February 17, 2015 |
Sharon Jones is a dynamo. The 58-year-old soul singer danced nonstop during her 90-minute set at the Merriam Theater Friday night, commanding the stage from the first aggressive moments of "Retreat" to the last moments of a funked-up version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land. " Her energy is all the more remarkable because she's a cancer survivor: In May 2013, about to release her fifth album, Give the People What They Want , Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and she spent half of 2013 undergoing chemo treatments.
February 10, 2015 |
It's a given that any BeauSoleil gig will showcase beaucoup de dizzying instrumental prowess. Friday at the World Café Live, the acclaimed Cajun band from Lafayette, La. - marking four decades together this year - was spinning out plenty of it. During two hours, the legitimacy of their official full name, including "avec Michael Doucet," was on display, with founder Doucet leading via lively fiddle and melodic accordion. And there was no shortage of additional virtuosity on stage, with Doucet's brother David on fleetly flat-picked acoustic guitar, Mitch Reed on bass and second fiddle, drummer Tommy Alessi, and Billy Ware rotating among congas, vest frottoir (the chest-worn rub-board common in zydeco)
January 29, 2015 |
ONE DAY in 1991, when Byron Walker-Bey was 11, he went to Strawberry Mansion Middle School with a paring knife in his pocket. Now 36, he can't remember why. "It was a knife you peel apples with," Walker-Bey said with the smiling openness that is his trademark. "I wasn't bringing it there to harm anybody. " The knife fell out of his pocket. He was ordered to perform community service. His ceramics teacher steered him to the Clay Studio in Old City. "I was a kid around grown-ups whose lives were dedicated to art," said Walker-Bey, who works as a security guard.
January 24, 2015 |
The supernatural TV series, so long stuck in the familiar territory of ghosts, goblins, and vampires, took a strange and interesting turn last year with several fascinating dramas, including The Leftovers on HBO, ABC's Resurrection , The Returned on Sundance, and, last but not least, the chilling procedural Intruders on BBC America. Each told the story of people who traversed the line between life and death - transgressing both categories. They challenged long-held theological views and our usual way of depicting ghosts as ethereal higher beings.
January 16, 2015 |
We might speak of London-born Sam Smith with the same reverence we once did Boy George and George Michael. All are soulful New Wave Brits whose warm, torchy voices can move you to tears. Smith - who packed the Liacouras Center on Tuesday - is British blue-eyed pop-soul's voice du jour, a platinum-selling singer/songwriter, with his debut album In the Lonely Hour . Smith, 22, was actually very reminiscent of the Boy George of yore (sans the cross-dress accoutrements). From the shape of his face to a yearning voice that leaped from falsetto to round, low tones, Smith is a spiritual brother to Boy George.