September 22, 2016 |
Future NHL players will be showcased Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center at the fifth annual All-American Prospects game. The matchup will feature 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL draft. Morrisville's Evan Barratt, Perkiomenville's Josh Maniscalco and Voorhees' Cayden Primeau are among the participants. Primeau's father, Keith, is a former Flyer. Cayden Primeau, who has committed to Northeastern University in 2017, is considered one of the area's premier goalie prospects.
September 19, 2016 |
From Amy Schumer to Tracy Morgan to Steve Martin and Martin Short, there's a whole host of famous faces coming to Philadelphia to make us bust a gut. The biggest names are at places like the Wells Fargo Center (Schumer, Sept. 24) and the Academy of Music (Lewis Black, Nov. 5), but why not sample someone new at Helium or Punch Line? Good Evening with Chip Chantry (Sept. 21, Helium Comedy Club). In his set, the Philly teacher-turned-stand-up hosts his own talk show, but, as he puts it, "at a much more reasonable hour.
September 16, 2016 |
The NCAA has been told that the Palestra and the Liacouras Center would be available for 2017 NCAA tournaments games that need a home, several sources said Wednesday. The Wells Fargo Center had originally bid for the 2017 dates but now is booked for the March 17-19 period that is open because the NCAA pulled seven championship events from North Carolina this week in reaction to a state law that the NCAA and other critics say is discriminatory toward LGBT people. The women's soccer final four, originally scheduled for Dec. 2 and 4 in Cary, N.C., also needs a home, and Philadelphia is looking into the possibility of offering to host that tournament.
September 10, 2016
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we got you covered. CUTE Hello Kitty Cafe Truck 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia. Hard to believe Hello Kitty is celebrating 40 years in the U.S. (the pop-culture icon was created in 1974 in Japan, but took a couple of years to get here). The epitome of the kawaii (cute) aesthetic started out as a face on a vinyl coin purse (girls now of a certain age probably still have theirs)
September 7, 2016 |
You don't know her name, but without Michelle Singer there might never have been a Democratic National Convention here. Or the bills might have gone unpaid, and the thousands of people at the convention might not have been able to live-stream or tweet the event. Singer, a longtime political fund-raiser who now works for Comcast Corp., was a central figure in Philadelphia's preparations to host the convention in late July. She was the unseen hand that did much to raise the $60 million needed to put on the show.
September 1, 2016 |
On the night of Aug. 31, 1996, the Spectrum, the South Philadelphia arena once so proudly hailed as "America's Showplace," suddenly sagged in insignificance. Across the parking lot, looming like a modern jumbo jet alongside an outdated biplane, its 750,000-square-foot replacement was ready to take off. So much larger was the newer arena that some joked it must have bulked up on steroids, a sports topic on no one's radar when the then state-of-the-art Spectrum opened in 1967. The Spectrum is gone now and, two decades and three name changes later, the Wells Fargo Center, the oldest and most active of the three sports structures that make up the South Philadelphia complex, is marking its 20th anniversary on Wednesday.
August 24, 2016 |
Tickets for Flyers preseason games at the Wells Fargo Center will go on sale to the public Tuesday at 11 a.m. at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com or by phone at 215-218-7825. The Flyers will play the first of three preseason games at the Wells Fargo Center on Sept. 27 against the New York Islanders. The preseason schedule also has home games on Oct. 1 against the Boston Bruins and Oct. 3 against the New York Rangers. All games will start at 7 p.m. On Sept. 28, the Flyers will take on the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. at PPL Center in Allentown, home of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
August 23, 2016 |
Barbra Streisand brought it back to Broad Street on Saturday, better than anyone dared expect. We ran out of fingers and toes counting the signature songs and surprises that earned heartfelt standing ovations at the packed tight Wells Fargo Center - from the scene-setting "The Way We Were" to such late-show anthems as "Don't Rain on My Parade," an amazing duet with an on-screen apparition of Anthony Newley on "Who Can I Turn To?" and her bittersweet/ironic rendering of "Happy Days Are Here Again," a Streisand perennial since her nightclub (and 1964 DNC Convention in Atlantic City)
August 12, 2016 |
KEVIN DURANT may have left the Oklahoma City Thunder for greener pastures, but the Thunder still will have Russell Westbrook when they visit the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 26 to open the Sixers' season. The NBA released the 2016-17 schedule Thursday night. Sixers fans will be able to see Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and company at home in five of the first six games as the team will host Atlanta, Orlando, Cleveland and Utah. LeBron James and the world champion Cavaliers will make their first visit on Saturday, Nov. 5. They also will come to town on Sunday, Nov. 27 for a 1 p.m. meeting.
August 4, 2016
ISSUE | HOST CITY Top-notch police work A tip of the hat to the Philadelphia Police Department ("Police kept the peace," Saturday). As a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, I have participated in the planning of dozens of large-scale international events. In this post-9/11 era, with the threat of terrorism looming over our shoulders, Philadelphia police balanced huge security issues with the freedoms protected in this great nation. The police deserve a huge "Thank you. " and the city should be proud of their performance.