October 14, 2015 |
Brandi Carlile was an atmospheric folk doyenne from Washington - on a Jesus kick, and inspired in equal part by Neko Case and Patsy Cline - when her 2007 album The Story hit. Its powerful title track wound up in commercials, and Carlile was a smash. She's released several albums since (most of them better than The Story ), including this year's The Firewatcher's Daughter . On Sunday, she packed The Fillmore Philadelphia 10 days after its opening. Sunday also welcomed the opening of The Foundry, Fillmore's club-within-a-club, with Philly-born Tonight Show drummer Questlove commencing his once-a-month DJ residency that lasts through 2015.
January 14, 2015 |
Around a sumptuous lunch table, the colonel and the dean chat with the professor and the salesperson. The politician takes a seat as our hostess, who's at the piano, makes an announcement. "I will play for you some cafe music," Jean N. Rances says, fingers cascading into "The Glory of Love. " And why not? A frosty afternoon in Cherry Hill has left us in need of a bit of warmth. And Rances (rhymes with Frances) offers that and more, melting the ice with a blaze of hospitality and personality.
December 4, 2014 |
Danny Garcia arrived at Burlington Coat Factory in Center City on Tuesday morning to outfit three families with winter coats. But the families were not there. They were stuck in traffic, someone told the light-welterweight champion from Juniata Park. "People in Philly are always late," Garcia joked. "They're going to show up when we're leaving. " The families arrived and Garcia and his father, Angel, helped them grab coats, scarves, and gloves. The champ, as his father calls him, paid for it all. The Garcias then packed coats into cardboard boxes and drove them to Hunting Park's Casa Del Carmen.
November 26, 2014 |
Between a bout of record cold and a big snow dump to come, Philadelphia got a shot of extreme warmth Monday. Temperatures hit 72 degrees, the highest point on record for a Nov. 24. It was the warmest Nov. 24 since 1979, which was followed by a winter of average snowfall, totaling just a third of what Philadelphia saw last winter. Just days before the warmer weather, Wednesday morning saw a record-low temperature for a Nov. 19, dropping to 20 degrees around 6 a.m. to tie the low on that day in 1936.
February 24, 2014 |
Trading beat-up winter coats for shorts and T-shirts, people released from winter's grip poured into parks and streets across the region Saturday like bears awakening from hibernation. Temperatures soared into the upper 50s after a Friday that hit 63 as the city was bathed in sunlight. For folks in the region, it marked a well-deserved break from the third-snowiest winter - 58.4 inches so far - in Philadelphia history. On the street, smiles replaced a sense of collective defeat brought on by the season's seemingly never-ending barrage of storms.
January 31, 2014 |
THE CITY'S homeless-outreach organizations have a secret weapon in Sean Rafferty, particularly when it comes to surveying the individual men and women who camp out on Philadelphia's streets, transit concourses and other public spaces. It's not often, after all, that the workers completing those surveys can swap stories about what it's like to have no place to go home. "The best way to address the homeless problem is through people who know where they're coming from," said Rafferty, who spent 10 years living on the streets of Philadelphia.
January 22, 2013 |
"I am full of light," Emeli Sandé belted from the stage of the Theatre of Living Arts on Saturday night. The line is, of course, merely a metaphor from the uplifting "Wonder" off her stunning 2012 debut, Our Version of Events . But so full of energy and positivity is the diminutive Scottish soul singer, it's easy to imagine her opening her mouth and the warm glow of a sun spilling out. Sandé's story is as intriguing as her voice is powerful: After...
January 17, 2013
Buzz: Hey Marnie, I'm going skiing this weekend and I always carry a flask. What's the best whiskey for keeping warm? Marnie: Well, anything with alcohol will make you feel warm. The higher the proof, the stronger the effect. But I wouldn't recommend shots of whiskey in freezing weather, Buzz. The warming effect of whiskey is merely an illusion, although it does explain why we crave stronger spirits like whiskey in winter and lighter beers and cocktails in hot summer weather.
January 3, 2013 |
As people continue to focus on wellness - with green shopping habits, yoga practice, mindful meditation, cardio classes - they are increasingly expressing their sense of style through workout clothes. Not just for fashion's sake - although a pair of bun-sculpting lululemon yoga pants do look fantastic. But in the interest of time management, I need to run my errands and make a pit stop on Kelly Drive to bang out three to five miles. "It's about being able to integrate fitness into your every day, which is the only way you will be able to stick to it," said Nadine Gelberg, president of Devigi, a Chestnut Hill-based line of gym wear designed to help women exercise accessorized.
February 2, 2012 |
On the eve of Groundhog Day, the temperatures in the region were perfectly normal - for an April 25 in Philadelphia, or for a Feb. 1 in Los Angeles. For the second consecutive day, temperatures rocketed into the 60s, peaking at 67 at Philadelphia International Airport. While that was shy of the record high, 70, set in 2002, the overnight "low" of 47 represented the highest minimum temperature for a Feb. 1 in Philadelphia - by plenty. The old standard was 42, set way back in 1916.