Drexel’s Main Auditorium hosted three renowned poets and authors Nov. 6. In “Conversation and Song: Walking the Laureate Road,” Nobel Prize in Literature recipient Toni Morrison, U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and Pew Fellow in the Arts Sonia Sanchez discussed their works and lives in front of an eager audience. They were joined by vocalist […]
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“People have [different] sides to them; I don’t know why music can’t and why a band can’t,” frontman Honus Honus contemplated while sitting on the curb outside of Union Transfer before Man Man’s sold-out Halloween show. Eclectic and down to earth, Honus shed some light on the band’s unique sounds, onstage rituals and plans for […]
Alexander Payne’s new film “Nebraska” tells the story of a middle-aged man, David Grant, whose elderly father, Woody Grant, convinces an entire town that he has won the lottery and must travel to Nebraska to collect his winnings. The father and son hit the road and face emotional twists and turns along the way. While […]
Kariamu Welsh and company gave a striking lecture and demonstration Oct. 17 in Drexel’s Mandell Theater on her revolutionary African dance technique, Umfundalai. Welsh, a dance scholar and choreographer, is currently the artistic director of Kariamu & Co.: Traditions, as well as the founding artistic director of the National Dance Company of Zimbabwe in southern […]
Scott Terry of the Ohio startup band Red Wanting Blue spoke with me last week about his past experiences on starting the band in 1996, being independent for 14 years, signing with the Fanatic Records label, and his new tour which started Oct. 3. The Triangle: So you guys have the Dime Store Circus Tour […]
Drexel University welcomed the prestigious China Central Academy of Fine Arts Oct. 4 to present its latest collection at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. The exhibition, “The Start of a Long Journey,” includes many contemporary works from CAFA’s top 24 graduates. CAFA and Drexel hosted an opening reception to celebrate the start of CAFA’s U.S. tour. […]
I took the Broad Street Line to its southern end Sept. 28 to check out Xfinity Live’s Xtoberfest. Around 5,000 people showed up to the sold-out, second annual Oktoberfest celebration and beer festival. The event featured nearly 200 beers from over 100 breweries, including big names like Dogfish Head, Brooklyn and Stone. Some of my […]
College students may not be the largest demographic filling up seats at the Walnut Street Theatre, but for the venue’s run of “In The Heights,” they certainly should be. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2008, racking up four Tony Awards from 13 nominations. It was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and […]
The ever-popular Philadelphia Night Market returned for the third time this year Aug. 15, bringing together over 80 food and drink vendors for a summer extravaganza on South Street. Their largest event yet, Night Market, hosted by The Food Trust, spanned nine blocks from Front Street to 9th Street from 6 to 10 p.m. The […]
WXPN, a public radio station operated by the University of Pennsylvania, hosted a sold-out XPoNential Festival at Wiggins Park July 26-28 sponsored by Subaru and Xfinity. On the first night of the festival, all eyes were on Wiggins Park, where artists such as Aaron & the Spell, Red Baraat, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic […]
Radio 104.5 hosted its third Block Party of the summer season July 13 at The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties, featuring Cold War Kids, Capital Cities and opening act Bat Books . Radio 104.5, Philadelphia’s alternative radio station, has been hosting the free monthly summer concert series since 2010. The series runs from May […]
Drexel students had the last chance of the season June 1 and 2 to experience the unique flavor of the two companies of the Drexel Dance Program when both FreshDance and the Drexel Dance Ensemble performed at the Mandell Theater. The company dazzled the audience with its spring concert, which included two student-choreographed pieces and […]
Sorry, Stanley Kubrick, but why couldn’t J.J. Abrams have faked the moon landing? After seeing his new movie, “Star Trek Into Darkness” (released May 17), I’m sure it would have been a space adventure of epic proportions starring Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin with music by Michael Giacchino. Following up 2009’s “Star Trek,” Abrams returns […]
Marketing in the music industry has changed drastically over the last few years with the advancement of technology, with more power shifting into the hands of the artists. Some artists have used social media to break major news or release new music; others have released music videos or video blogs to build up hype for […]
Last week the Drexel community finally got to see the product of the Drexel Players’ last couple months of work as they close the 2012-13 season with “The Grapes of Wrath.” Preceded by two lighter performances, “The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee” and “To Fool the Eye,” the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic is […]
“We’re gonna party like it’s 1922, old sport!” is what you might be inclined to say at your next soiree after seeing “The Great Gatsby.” Out May 10, the 3-D extravaganza was directed by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, the man behind “Strictly Ballroom” (1992), “Romeo + Juliet” (1996), “Moulin Rouge!” (2001) and “Australia” (2008). Leave […]
Open Mic Night never fails to bring in a myriad of talents. From comedians to singers, it is very seldom that you will be bored at one of these Drexel events. Prior to attending, I was in touch with one of the people set to perform that night. Her name was Diana Chittester, a singer, […]
To begin with a disclosure, the location of Brick American Eatery in the more residential neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square swayed my opinion of the restaurant more favorably than had it been placed in an area surrounded by skyscrapers. Located at 1708 Lombard St., the restaurant is nestled in a picturesque neighborhood of suburban and urban […]
Play ball! Spring is finally here, and as the weather warms up, so does baseball season — and baseball-themed movies. If you can’t make it to the stadium to enjoy America’s greatest pastime, then perhaps your local movie theater will get the job done with the release of “42” (out April 13), a movie that […]
The regional second annual East Coast Beard and Mustache Competition, hosted by the Philadelphia Beard and Mustache Club, took place March 30 at the Theater of Living Arts on South Street from 8 p.m.to midnight. There were about 150 competitors along with approximately 800 audience members, all of whom were packed in the TLA in […]
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