October 13, 2014 |
A not-so-funny thing happened to the Flyers as they were coasting to their first win of the season Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. They had a total team meltdown. They fell back on their heels, allowed Montreal to come at them in swarms, and blew a 3-0 lead. And the game. P.A. Parenteau scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Canadiens to a stunning 4-3 win, ending their 10-game losing streak at the Wells Fargo Center, including the playoffs. Montreal improved to 3-0 - with all the wins on the road.
September 20, 2014
Flyers training camp will begin Friday in Voorhees with three days of workouts that are open to the public for free. The sessions Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. On Monday, the Flyers will have two split-squad exhibition games - one against Washington at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m., the other against Toronto in London, Ontario, at 7 p.m.
September 18, 2014 |
The tempos are slower, some of the songs are now played in lower keys better suited to an aging voice, and the band is modeling a diverse collection of hats, but Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers still mostly deliver on their promise of a "full-strength, industrial rock-and-roll show. " The crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday remained standing throughout, even during occasional longueurs. The Heartbreakers, reaching their 40th anniversary, are more than 50 percent original, featuring one of rock's great guitarists in Mike Campbell (here resembling a zombie Slash until he finally removed his shades and hat)
September 13, 2014 |
Enjoy the beauty of the nomadic spirit through acrobatics, music, and song as Cirque du Soleil's Varekai continues at Wells Fargo Center through Sunday. Embark on the journey with Icarus, who flies too close to the sun and falls to Earth. His fall lands him in Varekai, a beautiful tropical forest inhabited by fantastical creatures. The magical trip to Varekai, which means wherever in the Romani language, is conveyed through song and feats of acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, and trampoline artists.
September 13, 2014 |
'Varekai" may mean wherever in the language of the Hungarian Romani, but the success of Cirque du Soleil's visually enthralling (if not athletically thrilling) show originated in a singular imagination: that of costume designer Eiko Ishioka. More than any other element of Varekai , Ishioka's more than 130 Lycra-based bodysuits create a world of human/plant/animal hybrids that engage the eyes and command attention. Stalks sprout from spines on woodland creatures; tendrils undulate like underwater anemones on the limbs of sea-dwellers; bodies burst with volcanic colors topped with hair that stands straight like obsidian thrust from a mountainside.
September 12, 2014 |
REST EASY, Cirque du Soleil fans. "Varekai" hasn't just survived its move down South Broad Street from that intimate tented production (at Washington Avenue) to the Wells Fargo Center. In some regards, the returning and revised version of this otherwordly circus spectacle plays even better at our South Philly arena, seeming more coherent and grandly theatrical than distant memories recall of "Varekai's" debut here a dozen years ago. This performance-art adventure is loosely based on the legend of Icarus.
September 5, 2014 |
THE FLYERS will open training camp on Sept. 19 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., the team announced yesterday. The team will be on the ice for 3 consecutive days of double sessions, at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The sessions are open and free. The Flyers' first preseason action will be Sept. 22 with split-squad games. The games will be at Toronto and at the Wells Fargo Center against Washington.
August 20, 2014 |
THE SIXERS, once again, will be returning to their roots, according to their just-released preseason schedule. If part of the team's plan is to introduce rookies - and there might be as many as five first-year players on the opening-night roster - to the rigors of NBA travel, this schedule might do the trick. Over the 18 days on the docket, the Sixers will visit six cities - along with two home games at the Wells Fargo Center - and will travel as far west as Minneapolis. One of the stops will be Syracuse, where the franchise began as the Syracuse Nationals and won the 1955 NBA championship.
August 18, 2014 |
Ask Frank Olivieri at Pat's King of Steaks whether it's worth the money and the effort to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia in 2016, and he'll deliver a resounding yes. "I think it's amazing for Philadelphia," he said. It was amazing for Pat's in 2000 when the Republicans held their convention here. "Business was up 25 percent," Olivieri said. Besides increased sidewalk traffic, he landed lucrative catering gigs, which is why he was more than willing to feed the Democrats' site selection committee - gratis - when it stopped by his iconic restaurant Wednesday.
August 15, 2014 |
THE LONG-AWAITED home debut of Nerlens Noel will take place in the third game of the season, Nov. 1, when the 76ers host the new-look Miami Heat after playing their first two games on the road. The team will open at the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 29, then travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks and rookie Jabari Parker two nights later. LeBron James and his new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers (and probably new teammate Kevin Love, as well) will visit the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 5, while the defending champs, the San Antonio Spurs, make their only stop here on Dec. 1. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder visit on Dec. 5, while the Los Angeles teams, the Clippers (March 27)