August 7, 2015 |
GIVEN THAT they're changing a lot of key personnel, including at least nine starters from last season, how quickly can the Eagles pull all this together? Are we going to see some sort of trainwreck when the preseason starts Aug. 16 against the Colts, or much more to the point, when the regular season kicks off Sept. 14 against the Falcons? Not surprisingly, the answer from the Eagles, four days into training camp at NovaCare, is no, it's all going to work out just fine. Some Eagles acknowledge the task is daunting but say they're well on the way to accomplishing it. Others say the whole thing is no big deal, that every team deals with change, every year, and the Eagles aren't undertaking anything unprecedented.
August 6, 2015 |
Should it surprise anybody that Elvis Costello and his rugged yet nuanced backing trio the Imposters worked so well on a bill with the urbane, sophisticated Steely Dan on Monday at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center? Hardly. There are degrees of undeniable jazz-tinged commonality between the two veteran rock-rooted acts, more apparent through the years. Even a taut Costello track like 1981's "Clubland" was well-nigh Dan-ish at times on Monday, with longtime keyboard accompanist Steve Nieve's expansive Latinesque piano swells and Costello's spicy guitar work on the now more open-spaced live tune.
August 3, 2015 |
The food offerings told much of the story: Dog treats in bowls near the picture windows, and a buffet for humans along the back wall. The third annual "Best Friends Bash" last month at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine brought together dogs and kids with at least a couple of things in common: All of the kids and most of the dogs have had craniofacial surgery, and they all enjoy being around each other. "I like to meet people like us," Connor Loescher, 13, of Merchantville, said, glancing up from the handheld device he was using to Skype with a friend who couldn't be there in person.
July 22, 2015 |
A wide range of styles typifies the annual Come Together Festival, opening Wednesday at Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The brainchild of Roni Koresh and brother Alon, the festival began in 2013 and has expanded rapidly, jumping from 26 companies presented last year to 33 this year. That includes a few out-of-towners: 10 Hairy Legs (Highland Park, N.J.), Ballet Inc. (New York), and Donald Byrd's Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater. Byrd has achieved international visibility for his creation of the Harlem Nutcracker and his choreography for the Broadway smash The Color Purple . In between rehearsals and coffees in the cafés surrounding his Rittenhouse Street studio, Roni Koresh stopped to chat about the festival.
July 17, 2015 |
Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart, reunited as Floetry, play the Theatre of Living Arts on Friday and July 26. The British duo, who released three albums from 2002-05, were poetic queens of neo-soul, a hip-hop sound steeped in late-20th-century Philadelphia culture. Ambrosius (the sultry singer) is from Liverpool, England, while Stewart (the serious poetic "floacist") is from London, but both lived in Philly for a time, hanging out with the influential Black Lily crew of singers, rappers, poets, and players.
July 11, 2015 |
Communiy development and independent cinema combine in Movies on the Block, a series of free outdoor screenings sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society and backed by local foundation Fierce Advocacy Fund. PFS established Movies on the Block to increase access to films across the city, adapting existing urban spaces to meet the needs of areas with "chronic concerns," such as gun violence and health issues such as obesity and diabetes. "When movie houses started, it was always a community gathering place," said Allison Koehler, education and programs director at PFS. Now, "a lot of us feel that going to the movies is an individual experience, and we want to bring back movie-going as a gathering place.
July 1, 2015 |
The $30 billion budget the Pennsylvania legislature's ruling Republicans are catapulting through the Capitol is going to miss the mark. The plan dusts off one-shot gimmicks and a pledge of allegiance to gas drillers while offering no relief to property tax payers and ignoring the state's schoolchildren. This bucket of bad ideas can hardly be seen as a serious proposal. One can only hope that Harrisburg's reckless tone will change after Gov. Wolf inevitably vetoes the proposal and the state slips past the budget deadline Wednesday.
June 27, 2015 |
The Happy Together Tour that sold out the Keswick Theatre on Wednesday was stuck - gleefully - in the American flower-power 1960s. Flo & Eddie of the Turtles (whose 1967 hit lent the show its name), the Buckinghams, the Association, the Grass Roots, the Cowsills, and Mark Lindsay (from Paul Revere and the Raiders) rippled through sunshiny harmonies, dewy rhythms, and lilting melodies. But beneath those lovely surfaces were depths of darker loveliness. The bubblegum psychedelia of the Summer of Love was but the prettier harmonic sister of weightier, inward-looking '60s jams from Dylan and Hendrix.
June 23, 2015 |
A FAMILY is unfolding in a rented flat in Los Angeles for the first time right now - six sisters and their big brother, crying, laughing, confiding and bumping shoulders in all the bathrooms they never got to fight over. They have the same parents, similar features and talents, and some even had shared the same weird dreams about their teeth falling out. Sometimes they'd lie awake at night under different roofs in adoptive homes in South Jersey or out in Oklahoma with a loving grandfather, wondering where the others were and why it had to be this way. The woman who gave birth to all seven is smiling in South Jersey, knowing that her children are together for the first time.
June 22, 2015 |
Marlton jeweler Angelo Breaux got his first taste of the business half a century ago in South Philly. His grandfather Angelo Calapristi, who owned a jewelry store at 22d and Snyder, would bring Breaux along while collecting payments on credit accounts in the neighborhood. "We went door-to-door, and when people didn't have the $10 or whatever it was, they'd pinch my cheeks and feed me," Breaux, 57, recalls. "They'd give me pizzelles and biscotti, and candy. " Now a grandfather himself, Breaux is the patriarch of Family & Co. Jewelers on Route 70, where his son and two daughters work side-by-side with him in the business they all were born into.