A.D. Amorosi

'The SolowFest' returns for its ninth annual iteration

When performance artists-turned-administrators Meredith Sonnen, Chris Davis, Lena Barnard, and Lauren Tracy took over SolowFest in 2015, they wanted to keep it lean and mean, rather than outsize the fest’s intimate origins due to its success. The floating venue, featuring experimental micro...

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 5:35 AM

5 events you can’t miss at PIFA 2018

When it comes to the Kimmel Center’s fourth rendition of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts — or PIFA, as it is better known — Jay Wahl wants to keep it fresh, cool and communal. The Kimmel’s Producing Artistic Director and the creator-curator of PIFA sought...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 1:10 PM

Parx Gets Xcite-ing

When Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc. and its Parx Casino in Bensalem, Bucks County, pulled the trigger on a $50 million expansion plan three years ago, part of its vision was to attract visitors from Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and New Jersey for an evening of integrated, all-in fun...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 5:00 AM

Women, LGBT activists support sex harassment training for Philly city employees

Ask Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown what the tipping point was that led to her sponsorship of Question No. 3 on May 15’s primary ballot, to amend the Home Rule Charter in order to make sexual harassment training mandatory for all city workers — appointed, civil service and exempt,...

Monday, May 14, 2018, 5:00 AM

Location of first official Philly's medical marijuana vendor announced

The weather may have been drizzly and misty, but the sun began shinning on Center City Philadelphians in dire need of legal medical marijuana as soon as a “coming soon” sign went up Wednesday morning at 1206 Sansom Street: the location of the first downtown, Philly-based, Pennsylvania...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 4:16 PM

Philly celebrates Cuba

When the Annenberg Center’s new artistic director Chris Gruits started his programing reign a year and a half ago, his focus went beyond Philadelphia premieres, debuting new artists and returning icons such as resident choreographer Mark Morris. “I believe we’re filling an...

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:03 AM

Former Philly mayor Michael Nutter is back with new autobiography

“When I left office in 2016, I assure you that the last thing I thought that I would do is write a book,“ said Michael Nutter, the two-term Philly mayor who, since leaving City Hall two years ago, has worked as a CNN on-air contributor and faculty member of Columbia University...

Friday, January 26, 2018, 5:51 PM

At age 75, Philly nightlife superstar heading west to start over

It’s a bitter cold January evening with the streets of Center City laced with ice, but nightlife entrepreneur David Carroll can still pack them in, as he has for nearly 50 years ago. Inside Sansom Street’s Happy Rooster, Carroll, 75, played both host and guest of honor for a room full...

Monday, January 15, 2018, 5:00 AM

Legendary log cabin in NoLibs put up for sale by artist-creator

When Jeff Thomas talks seriously about selling the now-legendary log cabin that he built with his own hands in Northern Liberties in 1985, there is, of course, a sense of sorrow and of loss.  How could there not be: Thomas, now 70, has lived for 32 years in this cozy, custom-built space at...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philadelphia legacy arts organizations: one up, one down

As November turns to December, and autumn to winter, two of Philadelphia’s legendary legacy arts organizations – Old City’s Painted Bride Arts Center and the Eraserhood’s Vox building – are in radical transition phases, as of this week. As the art space...

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 9:17 AM

Peek-A-Boo Revue get down to business and education

Whether you call them neo-burlesque, vaudeville or just the finest, bawdiest entertainment export this city has to offer, Philly’s Peek-A-Boo Revue has been wowing audiences since 1998. But they’ll close out 2017 with something new: November 18’s debut student showcase at Franky...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philly radio DJ doing good with Thanksgiving turkeys, pooches, and now baseball cards for kids

If anyone is notably active in regard to charitable giving (and getting listeners to do likewise), it is Philadelphia radio icon John DeBella, of WMGK FM. Not to pile on the accolades, but beloved morning host and DJ DeBella seems to be so often involved in charitable and gifting events and...

Monday, November 6, 2017, 5:00 AM

Penn Museum getting gussied up for first time in a century

A hundred and eighteen years isn’t much when considering the mummies of ancient Egypt, Mayan etchings gouged into stone tablets or human foot prints in what is now Iraq (and what was once known as the royal palatial town of Ur). Yet that is how long it has been since the University of...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 5:00 AM

West Philly community center leader moving on, but not out of the game

When dancer-choreographer Terri Cousar Shockley moved from New York City to Philadelphia in 1997, she hardly wanted to stay in this city, let alone wind up as the executive director of Powelton Village’s Community Education Center (CEC) for the next 20 years. “I had zero experience...

Friday, October 27, 2017, 5:00 AM

World’s largest pop-up book coming to Philly

Internationally renowned Philadelphia-based photographer Colette Fu wasn’t looking to break any Guinness World Records when Philadelphia Photo Arts Center offered the artist a space in which to construct her photo book “Tao Hua Yuan Ji.” But at approximately 21 feet...

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:00 AM

Mazzoni Center lets the healing begin with new medical director

The Mazzoni Center’s appointment of Dr. Nancy Brisbon, M.D., last week as its new medical director is an exceptional – even holistic – way in which to balm the wounds of the last year. The Philadelphia native, Temple U medicine school grad and Thomas Jefferson University family...

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philly filmmaker's 'Bigfoot' is Bill Murray

Some men hunt for buried treasure or wild game. For Philadelphia documentary filmmaker Tommy Avallone, his search is for something far more elusive, yet, weirdly hidden in plain sight: Bill Murray, the subject of his upcoming film “The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical...

Monday, October 2, 2017, 5:00 AM

University of the Arts is making major moves

If it seems like you’ve been hearing more about The University of the Arts – Philly’s preeminent visual and performing arts hall of learning on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City – then you’re not mistaken. Last week, the University of the Arts made its first big...

Friday, September 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philly parking Wars: The median strip wins

The twin Hurricanes of Harvey then Irma created raging waters and wrathful winds in other parts of the country, but that did not distract a local judge from ending an epic battle in South Philly, so that calmer heads could prevail – at least for the time being. Before last weekend, Common...

Friday, September 15, 2017, 5:00 AM

Philadelphia Union soccer team gets Chief Tattoo Officers

For a guy fascinated by tattoos and sports since childhood, becoming the first ever Chief Tattoo Officer (CTO) for a local, major league soccer team is something of a dream come true. That’s the goal that Bonedaddys Tattoo founder and Delco native Jay Cunliffe (along with his 12-year-old...

Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:02 PM