June 27, 2016
We had just walked out of the Colosseum in Rome after several hours of exploring the secluded nooks and crannies - which are numerous - of the two-millennia-old building. A tour bus pulled up and disgorged a dozen harried passengers, who dutifully formed up as if in a police lineup, took their selfies with the building in the background, and reboarded the bus. The incident happened so fast that Michael didn't even make any headway on his melting cone of gelato. During our travels, we run into many people who are diligently checking items off their bucket list.
December 28, 2015 |
'A three-hour tour? On a boat?" my brother asked with a raised eyebrow. "What could possibly go wrong?" He walked toward the gangplank ahead of the rest of our group of six, softly humming the Gilligan's Island theme song. A brisk week in November found my brothers and me, along with our significant others, trekking around Iceland in search of culture and relaxation - but mostly, the elusive and entrancing aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. We hadn't traveled together since we were kids, and I felt that seeing something really magical together would help make up for lost time.
December 16, 2015 |
When the Arcs, the Nashville rock band fronted by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, were scheduling a Paris date for their European tour last month, they could have played in either of two 1,500-capacity venues. "Our French promoter said, 'I had you playing at Bataclan for a while,' " Auerbach, talking on the phone from his home in Nashville, recalls as he prepares for the Arcs' first American tour, which comes to the Fillmore on Wednesday. " 'But then I switched you,' he said. 'The two venues are basically the same.
December 10, 2015 |
Weiland's drug abuse Scott Weiland 's ex-wife, in an open letter in Rolling Stone, bemoans the late musician's chronic substance abuse. The cause of the rocker's death has yet to be determined, but cocaine was discovered in the tour bus where he died last week at age 48. "Dec. 3, 2015, is not the day [he] died," writes Mary Forsberg Weiland , who has two kids with Weiland: Noah , 15, and Lucy , 13. "The truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. " Kimye baby update In a shocking report, TMZ says Kim Kardashian did not have the birth of baby boy Saint filmed for use in her reality show.
November 13, 2015 |
IN THE INTEREST of combatting the absurdity of the Republican presidential field - and creating engaging art - some politically minded Philly-area artists bought a gargantuan tour bus used by Donald Trump 's presidential campaign and let people throw fruit punch at it. Of course! Daily News intern Joe Brandt brought us this Clout item: "We're trying to drive some smiles, but we're also trying to talk about some of the absurdity in the political world," said David Gleeson, who with t.Rutt and other artists put together "America on the Rag. " The exhibit is spurred in part by the Donald's comment after the first Republican debate that moderator Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever," and encouraging the candidates not to demean women about their time of the month.
October 22, 2015 |
A former Donald Trump campaign tour bus is heading toward Philadelphia from Iowa this week - only, it's received a few modifications. Instead of TRUMP, the large block letters on the side now read "T. RUMP. " The "Make America Great Again" slogan has been tweaked to "Make Fruit Punch Great Again. " And, in place of a campaign staffer, it's South Kensington artist David Gleeson behind the wheel. Plans to sell the bus made news nationally in September. At the time, the owner, an Iowa businessman, told news outlets that the Trump campaign had refocused on canvassing by phone and no longer required the 1998-model bus, which has more than a million miles on it. Gleeson said he purchased the bus and brought in a team to modify it under orders from t.Rutt, a Philadelphia artist who prefers to stay anonymous.
August 22, 2015 |
Bands rarely improve with age. Many implode before they have the chance, of course, but many more keep trucking when they should have sold the tour bus on Craigslist. It is especially a pity when once-wonderful bands (for example, Metallica and Gang of Four) create new music that is so bad it threatens to revoke their legacy and makes us wonder why we even championed them in the first place. And so it is always nice to find an exception. High on Fire, which headlined the TLA Wednesday, is one of those rare bands that get better as they get older.
August 18, 2015
ISSUE | OVERSIGHT Libertarian la-la land It's always distressing to read trade analysis from any of the idealists who toil for the Cato Institute ("Tariffs key to successfully negotiating trade deals," Wednesday). To be a member of the clique, one must worship the mythical "free market. " For trade oversight, I'll stick with something I have some say over, Congress, and Cato's Simon Lester can trust the World Trade Organization, a multinational entity whose interest in doing what's right for the American people is suspect.
August 14, 2015 |
Lots of people come to G-Town Radio, a tiny nonprofit station based in Germantown, hoping to host their own show. Most have good ideas, says manager Jim Bear. But only a few know how to make them work on the air. Joseph Heard, 46, killed in a hit-and-run crash in Center City on Tuesday, knew how to make it work. For a year and a half, he had been the host of G-Town's Science 2.0 , a show that discussed "science for the rest of us. " With a degree in applied mathematics from Syracuse University, and experience as a research assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy, he grasped complex topics with ease, Bear said.
August 14, 2015 |
THE HIT-AND-RUN tour bus that killed a pedestrian Tuesday in Center City struck the man at the front of the bus, dragged him 50 feet underneath and then "lurched" when the rear wheels rolled over him. But driver Walter Jefferson, 66, told police he didn't know he'd hit anyone and continued on his journey to Washington, D.C., unaware that pedestrian Joseph Heard, 46, lay dying in the bus' wake, said Capt. John Wilczynski, commander of the Accident Investigation Division. The 9:45 a.m. accident happened just outside Philly police headquarters, at Race and Franklin streets, so investigators used surveillance video from the Roundhouse to identify the striking vehicle, Wilczynski said.