Articles by Maggie Heath
Dec. 5, 2014
David Kim joins Drexel Orchestra for concerto
Billed as the “Music of the Romantics,” the Drexel University Orchestra played “Academic Festival Overture,” by Johannes Brahms and “Capriccio Espagnol” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, both of who were mid-19th century composers. Kim joined the group after a brief intermission for a performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35.”
Nov. 21, 2014
Rapper Shaggy entertains TLA with high energy performance
I have experienced very few things as strange as Shaggy’s Nov. 12 concert at the Theatre of Living Arts. Personally, I only know a handful of his songs, all early-2000s material featuring crooning Caribbean artists’ lyrics interspersed with rapped verses from the heavily accented Shaggy, who is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. From the amount of singing along that accompanied each of his songs, it was clear that most people there knew a much larger amount of his music, new and old. His newer material is focused more on a reggae sound, which he introduced during his set by saying, “Allow me to bring Jamaica to you.” This most recent music is on an album titled “Out of Many, One Music,” which also served as the name of his current world tour.
Nov. 7, 2014
Burger joint delivers on taste, but lacks in service
Burger restaurant Pyt claims on their website, “You really can’t lose. Unless you don’t eat here, then you’re on your own.” I can attest to that statement; you truly can’t lose. With an extensive menu of interesting burgers (can you say donut bun?) and adult milkshakes, Pyt has something for everyone. Located in the Piazza in Northern Liberties, Pyt is perhaps best known for its tasty, albeit unusual, sandwich ingredients. For example, a cheesesteak sandwich on a donut bun is currently being offered on their special menu. The regular menu includes a classic burger, as well as a Sriracha chicken burger and a veggie burger topped with avocado and their special PYT sauce. Though the donut burgers were very tempting, I opted for a less caloric option (though who am I kidding? I probably got three days’ worth of calories in one sitting). For those familiar with chain eatery Tom and Chee (the closest location is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania), donut buns are becoming incredibly popular. Tom and Chee offers a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches on donuts and they’re the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The burger I chose was the turkey club. It came with Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried onions and Pyt sauce. I’m not even kidding when I say this was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. There wasn’t one flavor that overwhelmed the rest, creating a delicious combination of turkey, cheese and toppings. And at $12 it was certainly affordable. The accompanying waffle fries were also great. They tasted exactly like Back Yard Burger’s fries, for all my Southern friends out there. The seasoning is ever so slightly spicy and the fries were perfectly crispy. The burgers also come with a spicy pickle, but I can’t attest to the taste of that side item because I personally think pickles should be outlawed as food. I feel strongly in my opposition to pickles. Pyt is not only known for its burgers. The beloved burger joint was recently the subject of a controversy involving Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy. As shown in a photo of the receipt posted to Pyt’s Facebook page, McCoy left a 20-cent tip, which amounted to 0.3 percent on his $61.56 bill. While many people, including Philadelphia Magazine’s Victor Fiorillo, protested McCoy’s actions, others came forward defending the small tip. Several people, claiming to have waited on McCoy previously, said he tipped generously and accused Pyt as being at fault for having poor service. The running back defended his tip, stating in a press conference that he stood by his actions and that it was an adequate tip given the poor service he received all night. With this in mind, I put Pyt’s service to the test. I received a glass of water and a menu quickly, but I had to wait a considerable amount of time until the waitress came back to get my order. However, once my order was finally placed I received my food fairly quickly.Given the taste of the burger, which was out of this world, and the price, I didn’t mind that the service was on the slow side.I would definitely recommend Pyt to burger enthusiasts and anyone in the Northern Liberties area. Pyt is located at 1050 N. Hancock St. and is open until 2 a.m. daily.
Oct. 31, 2014
Underground Arts hosts electropop group Capital Cities
If their Oct. 26 concert at Underground Arts is any indication, Capital Cities has the most eclectic fan base of any band I’ve seen perform in Philadelphia. Several couples that appeared to be in their mid-70s were huddled near the back of the packed venue, and the concertgoers gradually got younger the closer I got to the stage (the exception being two children at the very back of the space, the youngest of which was seated on his father’s shoulders). A few parents seemed to have been coerced into going as chaperones, but many of those in attendance were in their late 20s or early 30s. A moderate number of excited teens were gathered right next to the stage.
Oct. 3, 2014
Simonian of Capital Cities is excited for Philly show
Electropop group Capital Cities has had a great couple of years: their hit single “Safe and Sound” from “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery” won in the best visual effects category at the 2013 Video Music Awards, and was nominated for several other awards, including best music video at the Grammy Awards and top rock song at the Billboard Music Awards. The catchy tune has been featured on commercials in the U.S. and internationally, and has hit respectably high numbers on various charts.
Jul. 25, 2014
The Fray brings a taste of the 2000s to Festival Pier show
Rock band The Fray took the stage July 12 at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing as a part of Radio 104.5’s Summer Block Party Series. Bands Bel Heir, Oh Honey, and Barcelona warmed up the audience for the “How to Save a Life” group. Neon Trees was scheduled to go on afterward.
Jun. 6, 2014
‘Desert Runners’ shines a light on extreme marathons
If you want to feel inspired and lazy at the same time, look no further than “Desert Runners.” The Kickstarter-funded documentary, released in fall of 2013, follows the harrowing journeys of four runners whose mission is to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam: Atacama, Gobi, Sahara and Antarctica.
Oct. 25, 2013
Contest to find memes for education gets started
The Office of the Provost announced its newest student learning initiative, the EduMeme contest. Under the leadership of biomedical engineering professor Donald McEachron, the contest asks students or student teams to submit ideas on how to use technological applications to enhance student learning.
Oct. 25, 2013
‘Eternal Sunshine’ producer screens and discusses film
Drexel’s film and video program hosted Glenn Williamson, executive producer of the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Oct. 18 for a short talk immediately following a screening of the movie. Williamson spoke briefly about the creative process behind the critically acclaimed film and answered questions from the audience.
Apr. 5, 2013
Shakespeare’s classic work, a riveting night at the ballet
The ballet version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is fortunate to have been created by three of the most ingenious men in each of their respective fields: playwright William Shakespeare, choreographer George Balanchine and composer Felix Mendelssohn. The contributions of these three men work so well together that it’s hard to believe that this is not a collaborative piece. However, the very opposite is true. Shakespeare wrote the play in the 1590s, Mendelssohn wrote the music in 1826, and Balanchine choreographed the ballet in 1964.