November 12, 2014 |
S TEVIE WONDER - just announced as a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient - makes a rare appearance this Sunday, at the Wells Fargo Center. Better still, he'll devote the gig to recreating his 38-years-young "Songs in the Key of Life" mega-album. Helping him out: expect singer India.Arie, a large string section and at least 20 other musicians. How great is all this? Let's count the ways. After seizing artistic control of his career from Motown in the early 1970s, the former "Little Stevie" Wonder set out to prove his mettle.
November 8, 2014 |
Colorado forwards Danny Briere and Max Talbot will return to the Wells Fargo Center to face their former Flyers teammates on Saturday night. Briere, 37, is especially ecstatic to return because he finally gets a chance to be with his three boys, ages 13, 15 and 16. Briere has joint custody, and the boys are being cared for by a nanny in his Haddonfield home. "The longest part of the season is from the beginning of camp to this first trip to Philly," said Briere, who has three points in 10 games but has been a healthy scratch for the last five games.
November 6, 2014 |
Nerlens Noel remained as the first-unit center Tuesday when the 76ers returned to practice. In a 104-93 loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday, Noel slid from the power forward position to starting center because Henry Sims had an upper respiratory infection. Sims was healthy Tuesday, but he ran with the second unit during the team's practice in front of the troops at the McGuire Fitness Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. "I'm personally in a mode where we can experiment with some things," coach Brett Brown said.
November 5, 2014 |
As expected, the 76ers lost to the undermanned Houston Rockets on Monday night. The 104-93 setback at the Wells Fargo Center dropped them to 0-4. It marks the first time they opened with four straight losses since the 2010-11 season. But again, that was expected. Nerlens Noel's performance against Dwight Howard was not. Aside from grabbing just one rebound, the rookie had a solid performance against arguably the NBA's best center. Noel finished with 10 points, a game-high six steals, five assists, and a block.
November 3, 2014 |
STEVE MASON knew something was different at Wells Fargo Center the moment he stepped on the ice for pregame warmups in the Flyers' first exhibition game on Sept. 22. Everything was brighter - and not necessarily in a good way. If you've been to a Flyers home game this season - or even watched one on TV - you know what Mason means. The only difference is that you don't need to stop frozen black rubber discs flying at 100 mph. The Wells Fargo Center replaced the entire rink lighting system in the 18-year-old arena.
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 |
'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 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.