February 4, 2016 |
Fans of the Duluth, Minn., trio Low squeezed in Monday night for a sold-out show at Johnny Brenda's, a date rescheduled due to Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit in September. It was a rare treat for those fortunate enough to secure tickets, perhaps the band's most intimate local show since they played at Silk City two decades ago. The band's music would have been an apt sound track for the throngs of faithful who flooded our town to see the pope. Guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer Mimi Parker, the married couple at Low's core, are Mormon, not Catholic, and their songs aren't conventional anthems of praise.
January 23, 2016 |
Sitting on the bench before his name was announced, C.J. Barnes was nearly overcome with emotion. Standing a few feet away, his coach had the same feeling. "As a coach, something like that brings tears to your eyes," Holy Spirit coach Jamie Gillespie said. "Knowing how hard he worked, for him to have that moment, that's what it's all about. " Barnes, a standout player for the Spartans as a sophomore and junior, made a dramatic return to the court last Friday against rival Atlantic City.
January 17, 2016 |
This wasn't a night when anybody was going to bust loose for 25 or 30 points with a lot of smooth moves and sweet finishes. Not the way both teams were playing defense. Not the way the whistles kept stopping the flow of the showdown between Atlantic City and Holy Spirit before a capacity-plus crowd on the Spartans' home court. But for Atlantic City sophomore Ray Bethea, his team's 56-46 victory still marked something of a breakout game. The 6-foot-4 Bethea generated 14 points, eight rebounds, and four steals, flashing the kind of athleticism that has veteran coach Gene Allen imagining the possibilities in the future.
December 31, 2015 |
WATERLOO, Iowa - Assailed by Donald Trump a day earlier, Gov. Christie on Tuesday said little as he brushed off the GOP rival's barrage, which encompassed attacks on New Jersey's economy, the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, and Christie's embrace of President Obama at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. "It just appears to me that the Christmas spirit left Donald after only three days," Christie told reporters at Elly's Tea & Coffee in Muscatine, in eastern Iowa. He then wished Trump and his family a happy New Year, adding, "I'll see him in New Hampshire.
December 23, 2015
BUCKS COUNTY Pearl S. Buck house is in the spirit PERKASIE The annual festival of trees is ongoing at the Pearl S. Buck farm house and is open through Dec. 31. The house is at 520 Dublin Rd. The display features a tree in each room of the house that is decorated by local artisans, businesses, and nonprofits. The cost to tour the house is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $8 for students. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 215-249-0100.
December 20, 2015 |
Singer-songwriter Jesse Malin has long been too glam for rustic earnestness, too uncultured for commercial punk. From his glittery, hard-core band D Generation in the '90s to solo albums portraying him as Springsteen with a rooster haircut, Malin just doesn't quit. This year, he released two albums - New York Before the War and Outsiders - as ramshackle and ruminative as anything he has ever recorded. A cocksure Malin was raring to rant at Johnny Brenda's on a rainy Thursday night.
December 19, 2015 |
Spirit Airlines announced Thursday it will begin a nonstop flight next spring to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, from Philadelphia International Airport. The daily flight will be seasonal, from April 14 through Nov. 9. Spirit now flies to five U.S. cities from Philadelphia, and in April will add nonstop routes to Los Angeles, Detroit, and Fort Lauderdale from here. The Florida-based airline touts itself as an "ultra low fare carrier" but charges extra for virtually everything including a carry-on bag. It has expanded in Philadelphia since 2013.
December 18, 2015 |
To me, nothing says "happy holidays!" quite like a bottle of good spirits. Unlike wine or beer, which are usually gone in one sitting, a fine choice of the hard stuff is a gift that can be savored over time. And the range of possibilities is inspiring. Whether your favorite drinker is a locavore sipper or world whiskey geek, a value booze buddy or someone worth a major splurge, I have 10 good bottles to choose from here. The Locals Stateside Urbancraft Vodka, $27.99 (code 9963)
December 11, 2015 |
Spirit Airlines, which now flies from Philadelphia to five cities, will add daily nonstop flights to Detroit and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starting April 29. The Miramar, Fla.-based carrier, which offers lower base airfares but charges passengers extra for virtually everything including a carry-on bag, announced last month it will begin a nonstop daily flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles International Airport, beginning April 14. "Our customers...
November 29, 2015
This weekend marks the start of the all-important holiday shopping season. How the next few weeks go for retailers is generally a good barometer for the economy's performance in the coming year. It is stacking up to be a Merry Christmas and a good new year. There are nothing but tailwinds behind the American consumer. Of top importance: Most of us are back to work. The unemployment rate is set to fall below 5 percent, which has historically meant that the economy is at full employment.