April 16, 2005 |
Subtle as ad-plastered NASCAR drivers, Americans these days are endlessly self-adorning with "awareness" wristbands. The synthetic rubber bracelets are traced to 2004 and Lance Armstrong, who gifted the world with yellow "Livestrong" bands to raise awareness of testicular cancer. Civilization has been inundated by piles of variously colored bangles ever since. Notables including President Bush, Sheryl Crow, Matt Damon and Nelson Mandela have sported them. Each bracelet is meant to corral and uplift consciousness for a disease or cause.
September 27, 1990 |
Pop craftsman Phil Collins will play a surprise concert at the Tower Theater tonight to benefit the homeless. Because seating is so scarce (the Tower has a capacity of only 3,000), tickets could command massive prices - well into the hundreds of dollars - on the scalper market. Except the box office wasn't selling tickets. Only wristbands. When officials of Electric Factory Concerts, the promoter, announced the show to radio stations yesterday afternoon, they also decided that, in place of tickets, they would distribute surgical-type wristbands that could not be removed without cutting, and thereby invalidating, them.
September 28, 1990 |
They drove straight to Electric Factory Concerts on Vine Street in Center City to buy their tickets - in the form of hospital-style wristbands - and didn't drop off the cake until 9:30 p.m. "They weren't too pleased with us," Montefusco, 23, said of his friends last night as he stood in front of the Tower. But, hey, birthdays come every year. How often does a big-name rock star like Phil Collins play a benefit concert for the homeless at a theater that seats only 3,000 people? Last night's concert and its new ticketing procedure were both big hits with the fans who packed the theater.
November 21, 2006 |
I am the proud, yet worried, mother of a 22-year-old U.S. Marine who just left for his second deployment to Iraq. When my son enlisted in the Marines in 2004, I was drafted into an unfamiliar and frightening new world. As a parent, I have often had occasion to turn to others to guide me through new and difficult challenges. But there was no way I could prepare to send my son off to war the first time, let alone a second time. Before he left in early October, we celebrated an early Thanksgiving with a quiet family dinner.
April 20, 2016 |
They did the things they always do this time of year, in these situations, facing these odds. The Flyers have certain traditions and tropes that over the years have become rites of spring, and down two games to the Capitals, they dug deep into the Postseason Pump You Up Playbook on Monday night. There was Lauren Hart's paranormal duet with Kate Smith on "God Bless America. " There were the bright orange T-shirts and glow-in-the-dark wristbands that they handed out to all the fans who entered the Wells Fargo Center; among those wearing the shirts, you felt like a gnat that had landed on Donald Trump's scalp.
November 28, 2012 |
THINKING ABOUT giving Power Balance wristbands to family and friends this holiday season? Think again, says Mark Cuban. The Dallas Mavericks owner literally trashed the energy bracelets, which are sold at $32.99 each on NBA.com. The silicone bands, whose customers include professional athletes, come in numerous colors and styles. The ones on sale at the NBA Store feature team logos. The bracelets, according to the manufacturer, include a hologram "based on eastern philosophies of health and wellness.
May 3, 2008 |
The red wristbands have been retired. For two years with the Phillies, Aaron Rowand wore red wristbands on his forearms that proudly proclaimed "Beer Pong Champ. " But red doesn't work with the San Francisco Giants' color scheme, so he retired "Beer Pong Champ" for a pair of black wristbands with the logo from comic book hero "The Punisher. " He's not quite sold on "The Punisher. " "I might have to get some [alternative options] made," Rowand said, although he punished the Phillies last night when he homered in the 10th to give the Giants the lead before Pat Burrell's two-run homer won it for the Phils.
October 4, 2007 |
Hot stuff will be coming through - sweet, smoky and mild, too, as 60 teams feature their bubbling best at the fifth annual West Chester Rotary Chili Cook-off Sunday. It all happens from noon to 4 p.m. along Gay Street from High to New Street. Ten dollars buys an all-you-can-eat chili wristband (children 10 and under eat free) and the chance to vote on the People's Choice award. There will be several other privately judged chili competitions; a top-five pick for "best of" in the restaurant, business, nonprofit and hometown-cook categories, along with the best-decorated booth award.
June 25, 2007 |
Philly singers, start warming up those pipes. American Idol is coming to town for auditions on Aug. 27 - the first time ever. The Wachovia Center will be the venue as the Fox series prepares for the seventh season, premiering in January. Previous Philly-based finalists had to travel to an audition city, such as New York (Justin Guarini), Cleveland (Anthony Fedorov) and Nashville (Nicole Tranquillo). Philadelphia is the final stop in a series of seven audition cities.
January 3, 2005
MUMMERS: A LITTLE DEBAUCHERY NEVER HURT ANYONE THE MUMMERS and the Amish have the same problem - getting their young to make the sacrifices necessary to carry on their traditions. The traditional Mummers, the fancies and string bands, are struggling to survive. The comics, the party animals of the parade are thriving. Why? Because the comics offer a quick, easy and affordable option for ringing in the New Year in a fun, fantastic, free-flowing fashion. Don't be surprised if by 2025 the parade consists of 10,000 comics (wenches, preferably)