October 17, 2014 |
Dot-restaurant will debut next month, following on the heels of dot-city, dot-organic, dot-rich, and even - dare we say it? - dot-WTF. So before you suddenly notice how the digital landscape has shifted and utter that bemused (and unprintable) expression yourself, here's an update on what's happening. Yes, there's an Internet land rush underway, pretty much as predicted when the Net's overseers decided three years ago to allow a huge expansion of "generic top-level domains. " The result?
October 13, 2014 |
As even the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged, Ebola is scary. The deadliness of the virus and its sometimes gruesome symptoms helped make it a focus of news reports and Hollywood treatments decades before the current outbreak, even as actual cases remained relatively limited and remote. Now that the contagion has killed nearly 4,000 West Africans and, in a few cases, reached across the globe, the dread surrounding it has gone from theoretical to actual for much more of the world.
October 10, 2014
HAL REAL, 61, of Wilmington, Del., is a former real-estate lawyer and founder of World Cafe Live, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Located in a former toilet factory on Walnut Street near 30th, the shrine to all music genres houses everything from WXPN's on-air studios to two main stages, a restaurant and recording studios, and is home to the World Cafe radio show. Q: How did you come up with the idea for World Cafe Live? A: I'm a lifelong pianist and wanted a club for grown-ups to hear live music, that was great for audiences and performers and had good food and drink.
October 6, 2014 |
You might want to delay that next bite of bagel while we briefly discuss the historical and unsanitary marriage of baseball and saliva. Ballplayers, as you've undoubtedly witnessed, have serious oral fixations. Inside their mouths you're likely to find gum, sunflower seeds, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, or some combination. While such habits have no calculable baseball benefit, they do have a tangible byproduct - spit. Given the Ebola panic, the sport's foul custom suddenly seems relevant.
October 4, 2014 |
For nearly 70 years, a mystery plagued the Jaworski family. On Sept. 10, 1944, Conshohocken native Stephen Jaworski was killed in action while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. For the family of nine children, of which Stephen was the oldest, closure never came because they did not know where or how Jaworski died. Despite never having met him, Stephen's niece, Dorothy Jaworski, took it upon herself to solve this family mystery. Her research would not only result in a book about her uncle's exploits but a pathway in France named after her late uncle.
September 28, 2014 |
Before the term indie rock existed, before there was a movement, even before the grunge '90s, there was guitarist-singer J Mascis. On Thursday, he brought songs from his past as well as his new album, Tied to a Star , to World Cafe Live. Philly-based Purling Hiss opened. Mascis' bands Dinosaur and Dinosaur Jr. predated the staged rage of nearly all American-based indie-rock that followed. With his squeaky, Neil Young-ish vocals and guitar licks heavy on the fuzz, Mascis' signature sound (also heard on Sonic Youth projects as well as records from artists such as Mike Watt)
September 23, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - In 2006, shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, Bob Casey walked into a briefing room with top lawmakers - including Barack Obama and John Kerry - and members of the Iraqi parliament. These were not the kinds of meetings he had held as Pennsylvania's auditor general and treasurer. "That was kind of my first introduction to a foreign-relations engagement," Casey, a Democrat, recalled the other day. Soon, four new members of Congress from the Philadelphia area will face a similar transition, just as international crises have come to dominate Congress' attention.
September 22, 2014 |
Flower-arranging class at Barclay Friends, a West Chester nursing home with expansive gardens, was winding down when horticulturist Cheryl Bjornson pulled out her newest tool: a computer system called Linked Senior. It's loaded with activities meant to appeal to audiences like Bjornson's - 13 quiet, aged ladies with small vases of zinnias before them and one sleeping man. To liven things up, Bjornson displayed a garden trivia game on a giant screen. A woman who used to work at Waterloo Gardens correctly chose the number of flower species (between 250,000 and 500,000)
September 20, 2014 |
We usually hear about the previous century's two worldwide conflagrations as separate events. But what if we studied World War I and World War II in continuity with each other as part of one historical wave - a wave that saw the death of more than 88 million people. This is the approach taken by the makers of History channel's World Wars , a unique 270-minute documentary mini-series that looks at the three decades between 1914 and 1945 in unison. After all, as historians have argued, Adolf Hitler's worldview was deeply shaped by Germany's defeat in WWI and the humiliating armistice it was forced to sign.
September 17, 2014 |
Ruthie Foster has just finished driving from San Antonio to Austin, Texas - home to partner Katie and their 3-year-old daughter, Maya. She's a little tired, considering she's had three record-release parties for her new Promise of a Brand New Day . Tuesday, she'll do the same at World Café Live. Such is the life of the modern blueswoman. New Day is layered in gospel, R&B, Tex-Mex, folk, and conjunto. It's full of departures, chief among them the producer: singer/composer Meshell Ndegeocello.