March 12, 2015 |
Shannon DeVido is a funny woman. The Bucks County native gets her laughs as a stand-up comedian, improvisational sketch artist, and host of her 2-year-old YouTube show, Stare at Shannon . If you haven't seen DeVido's regular gigs with Figment Theater on Vine Street, or her appearances at Helium Comedy Club and Philly Improv Theater, perhaps you caught her on Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central panel program, The Nightly Show , in February....
March 4, 2015 |
Harrah's Philadelphia leading driver Tim Tetrick finished third in the World Driving Championship, which concluded Sunday at Tabcorp Park Menangle in Australia. Tetrick, who represented the U.S. in the 10-driver competition and was making his first trip to the WDC, won three of the 20 races in the series. New Zealand's Dexter Dunn won the championship, followed by France's Tony LeBeller. Finland's Mika Forss was fourth and Canada's Jody Jamieson fifth.
February 28, 2015 |
Bettye LaVette is the Rodney Dangerfield of the soul-music game. She didn't get quite enough respect (or paydays) early in her career, and what respect she got, she earned. On display Wednesday night at World Café Live were the reasons she did: her sultry voice, poise, eccentric songbook, and determination to play by her own rules. The energetic LaVette, 69, did it her way because there was no other way. "Philly, I'm going to chide you guys for ignoring me for 34 years," she said with a laugh, before kicking into Wednesday's set. With a voice as sinewy as her frame, LaVette didn't wallow in the mess of her past, hits that never came, labels and producers that never worked out. Most of those demons were exorcised in her 2012 memoir A Woman Like Me . At World Café, LaVette looked forward, fronting a mighty, tight, and intuitive quartet.
February 26, 2015 |
Tim Tetrick, Harrah's Philadelphia's top harness racing driver, picked up two wins in seven races Tuesday as harness racing's World Driving Championship visited Wagga Wagga in Australia. Tetrick, a six-time driving champion at Harrah's and four-time U.S. Driver of the Year, is in second place through 12 of 20 races in the competition. New Zealand's Dexter Dun won three races Tuesday to move into first place with 111 points. Tetrick has 97 points followed by France's Tony LeBeller with 91 points.
February 15, 2015 |
Drake pulls a Beyoncé Drake is the latest music star to spring a surprise album on his fans in the middle of the night. Just before midnight on Thursday, all Beyoncé -style, he dropped the excellently titled If You're Reading This It's Too Late . It was rumored that the Canadian rapper, last heard from with Nothing Was the Same in 2013, had new music on the way, but not a full-fledged 17-song album, which If You're Reading...
February 13, 2015 |
Celebs mourn Stewart "No!!! Jon Stewart can't retire from The Daily Show !!" So tweets Charmed alum Alyssa Milano , echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans cut to the quick by Stewart's decision to leave his pioneering faux-news program. He was a source of news, a media critic, and a talk-show host who chatted with fascinating guests. He even helped make a few careers. "Shocked & sad to see the man who gave me my big break . . . is ready to hang it up," says Josh Gad . Many fans are angry that they'll have to sit through the 2016 elections without the guidance of the (fake)
February 10, 2015 |
It's a given that any BeauSoleil gig will showcase beaucoup de dizzying instrumental prowess. Friday at the World Café Live, the acclaimed Cajun band from Lafayette, La. - marking four decades together this year - was spinning out plenty of it. During two hours, the legitimacy of their official full name, including "avec Michael Doucet," was on display, with founder Doucet leading via lively fiddle and melodic accordion. And there was no shortage of additional virtuosity on stage, with Doucet's brother David on fleetly flat-picked acoustic guitar, Mitch Reed on bass and second fiddle, drummer Tommy Alessi, and Billy Ware rotating among congas, vest frottoir (the chest-worn rub-board common in zydeco)
February 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - When he started working on defense issues, Ashton Carter said Wednesday, there was just one big worry: the Cold War and its threat of nuclear disaster. "Those were the good old days," said Sen. James M. Inhofe (R., Okla.). Now, as Carter stands poised to become the civilian head of the U.S. military, the Abington High School graduate faces a much more complex tangle. "We are in a time where the number and severity of risks is not something I've seen before in my life," Carter said during the first hearing on his nomination to become secretary of defense.
February 6, 2015 |
IN A BEAT-UP maroon Toyota Corolla, Carol Rostucher drives slowly up Kensington Avenue, the street of tortured souls lost in heroin's handgrip. She scans the young faces, the ones with the faraway eyes of self-disgust. One of them might be her son, Drew, a handsome 25-year-old. He was her first-born, once an athletic, artistic "social butterfly. " She knows he is out here. "As long as he's breathing, there is hope," she says. Garbage bags filled with blankets, hats, gloves and feet warmers cover the back seat.