Articles by Stan Wright
Nov. 21, 2014
Philly Mag hosts ThinkFest 2014
Although M. Night Shyamalan was billed as the event’s headliner, Drexel President John A. Fry’s Nov. 14 speech at Philadelphia Magazine’s third annual ThinkFest was the more immediate one, framing a future for West Philadelphia supported by the tenets of innovation, expansion and collaboration.
Nov. 21, 2014
British band alt-J wows Tower fans
“This is my first concert where I have nothing on me, no drugs — nothing,” the mangy sloth waiting behind me in the cold outside Upper Darby’s Tower Theater says to his girlfriend, sounding almost surprised. Like he’s forgotten them at home. I almost feel like turning around and reminding him, lest he’s forgotten, that listening to alt-J is its own special psychedelic experience that doesn’t require any uppers. The line keeps on moving. I lose my nerve.
Apr. 12, 2013
Earle Mack to offer 2-year option
The Earle Mack School of Law announced a new accelerated Juris Doctor program called Fast Forward April 1. The program will begin in May 2014, offering around 30 graduate students the opportunity to complete their degree in just two years at no additional cost from the existing three-year option.
Mar. 15, 2013
Timberlake makes long-awaited return with an unexpected sound
Justin Timberlake is thankfully back on the radar in promotion of his already blogged-to-death third studio album, “The 20/20 Experience,” out March 19. This media tour brought him to “Saturday Night Live” March 9, where he donned a tofu suit, reunited with Lonely Island partner Andy Samberg and was inducted into the “five-timers club.”
Mar. 15, 2013
Finals drive undergraduates to illegal Adderall use
Finals week officially begins March 18 on Drexel University’s campus, and the days and weeks leading up to it pit many students against a bevy of papers, exams and group projects. After all, this is the university that asks students to “Live it 24/7,” where a term is just 10 weeks and the next one is right around the corner. So when coffee alone isn’t enough to get through the all-nighters and cram sessions, some students self-medicate. At Drexel, this often means Adderall.
Feb. 1, 2013
Homecoming show packs the Armory
Much about Drexel’s Homecoming Dance Party 2013, held Jan. 26 in the Armory, was out of the ordinary — most notably Drexel Traditions’ decision to bill its widest-known performer, Waka Flocka Flame, as the first headlining act of the night.
Feb. 1, 2013
The xx dazzles Philly with rescheduled show
I’m a firm believer that every music lover should develop a bucket list of shows they absolutely must see before they disappear into the ether. Live music has a way of elevating and refreshing an artist’s source material, uniting people through intimate emotions expressed in song. It’s pretty freaking magical.
Jan. 25, 2013
Surf-punk FIDLAR reflects on wild, rebellious lifestyle
I’m generally a fan of bands with curse words in their name. They’re unapologetic, rowdy and just seem to have more fun. They let you know right off the bat that they’re not going to play by the rules, and rest assured, their music won’t either.
Jan. 18, 2013
Archer Live! creates nerd frenzy at TLA, previews upcoming season
Too often a word or phrase is adopted into a vernacular and relentlessly abused to the point that it loses all meaning and takes respite in the dark crevices of our brains, safe from all light and common sense. Such was the case for the term “cult comedy,” which never stood a chance amid the surge of acclaimed sitcoms that began to air just a handful of years ago. Ever since, TV critics have branded the phrase on any funny show with a unique style of humor and a poor Nielsen rating. So forgive me for ringing out a waterlogged expression, but I need to bestow the title of cult comedy on a legitimately deserving show: “Archer.”
Nov. 16, 2012
Action and heart abound in ‘Skyfall,’ a new classic
The 23rd Bond film, “Skyfall,” starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench and directed by Sam Mendes, was released Nov. 9.On more than one occasion in “Skyfall,” James Bond (Daniel Craig) obediently returns to M (Judi Dench) after an intense brush with death, only to have her fire off her famous line: “Where the hell have you been?”