November 9, 2013 |
'Growing up in the swamp, it was a lot of blues. Lightnin' Hopkins made me want to play the guitar," Tony Joe White says of the genesis of his distinctive swamp-rock sound in northeast Louisiana. "Then, all of a sudden, Elvis came along a year or two later . . . and he made me want to sing a little bit. " Fast-forward to 1969, and White's "Polk Salad Annie" is a top-5 hit. Some time later, he gets a call from Felton Jarvis, Elvis' producer. "He said, 'Elvis wants to send a jet to Memphis to pick up you and your wife and fly you both to Las Vegas and watch us cut 'Polk Salad Annie' live for six nights,' " the 70-year-old singer-guitarist recalls from his home about 50 miles outside Nashville.
November 8, 2013 |
VALERIE A. McCOY was passionate about travel, classical music, theater, gourmet food, family and friends. Her travels took her as far away as Africa. Her love of music took her to the Academy of Music and other venues. Her love of theater took her to Broadway. Her love of gourmet food took her to the best local restaurants and to her kitchen, where she would whip up her own classic dishes. Her love of family and friends endeared her to a wide range of people. In fact, when she died Oct. 30 of complications from pneumonia, there was widespread grief.
October 29, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It was not the retired "Executioner" or the newly minted "Alien" persona that Karo Murat brought out in IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins in their title fight on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall. Annoyed by several dirty tactics employed by his challenger from Germany, Hopkins went way back in his 25-year boxing career - before he became the oldest man to win a world title, before he became a record-setting middleweight champion, even before he became known as "B-Hop.
October 24, 2013 |
The very first lipstick I ever wore was dabbed on my lips by my best friend. We were in sixth grade, and Jane Lee, who was always taller and surer than I was, already knew how to outline her lips perfectly with Pixie Pink. The bonus: It tasted vaguely like bubble gum. I felt incredibly grown-up and sensational in that lipstick - until my mother noticed its remnants and read me the riot act: Absolutely no lipstick until eighth grade. And she meant it. Of course, I didn't listen.
October 21, 2013 |
Last week I traveled to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, where a cousin was recuperating from a brain aneurysm. Before seeing her, I needed to drop off an equally sick computer at The Inquirer. Walking down Cherry Street, I turned left on Broad and headed north. It wasn't until I stood virtually beneath the iconic white tower that I remembered The Inquirer didn't live there anymore. And my cousin was the one with the brain trauma. Memories die slowly and painfully. Take the World Series.
October 20, 2013 |
Alia Dickerson of Philadelphia admits it. "I like to tweet when Big Brother is on," she says via Facebook. "Most ppl I know do it mainly during reality tv shows like Catfish . Also, ppl like to create memes based on show episodes and post them on Instagram. " Don Lafferty of Philadelphia sees it in his children: "Between Twitter and text, my 19- and 21-year-old daughters engage in concurrent media channels during all their favorite, traditionally broadcast, TV shows, in fact, even when something can be DVR'ed, they prefer to watch live so they don't miss out" on the multiscreening media "because it's the 'fun' part of the main media event.
October 20, 2013 |
Frank Meeink grew up in South Philadelphia three decades ago, but he never met a racist skinhead until he visited his cousin in Lancaster in 1989. He watched his cousin and his friends pound mercilessly on victims at a concert and saw the fear they stoked in others. A vulnerable 13-year-old with a rocky home life, Meeink was drawn into their violent world. He threw himself into the neo-Nazi scene. By 15, his head was shaved, acts of violence were second nature, and he sported a large swastika tattoo on his neck.
October 18, 2013
S AMANTHA Joy Pearlman is ready to party like it's 1944. Tonight, the 23-year-old Wesleyan University grad opens a two-day, three-show run of "Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO," at the Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center, on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The small musical revue pays tribute to the women entertainers who sacrificed personal safety to bring a little musical comfort and joy to American soldiers during World War II. That Pearlman isn't even old enough to remember the Gulf War may make her subject matter rather surprising.
October 16, 2013 |
Director Krista Apple undertook no easy task in her lesbian version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet now being presented by Curio Theatre Company. Unlike Joe Calarco's Shakespeare's R&J , which rewrote the plot to introduce budding homosexual affections between students at an all-boys school, Apple changed little. Romeo is a woman, Juliet falls in love with her, both suffer from the war between their families. The problems here don't lie in the performances. Rachel Gluck delivers a lovable Romeo, her throaty voice and aggressive mannerisms a nice foil to Isa St. Clair's lovely portrayal of innocence.
October 15, 2013 |
THE FOOTBALL lay unclaimed on the turf, tantalizingly close, yet just out of reach for Haverford School junior Philip Poquie. With 29.3 seconds remaining in a 21-21 game, Poquie's fumble near field-goal range gave Malvern Prep hope after the Fords' furious comeback seemed likely to doom Saturday's homecoming game at the Friars' Quigley Field. "Felt sick," said Poquie, a 5-9, 182-pound tailback. "I felt like we had the opportunity and we'd been playing well all game, practiced hard all week.