Before the last number of Wednesday’s season-opening concert, the Philadelphia Orchestra‘s incomparable music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, told the audience assembled in Kimmel’s Verizon Hall that it was more important now than ever to spread the word about the excellence of the ensemble.
Alas, it was a not-so-subtle sub-theme that filled the evening, that the Orchestra’s musicians were back in negotiations and that they were currently working without a contract. Several members of the organization, ranging from musicians to administration, spoke of these negotiations after the opening number, which was a ravishing interpretation of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor.” In retrospect, the tune was an eerie prelude to talks about the Orchestra’s future. Read more »
The gossip mills were right on the money last night. Mark Wahlberg did show up on the red carpet for the screening of Eagles-inspired flick Invincible at the Kimmel Center. The film closed out the weeklong Festival of Families Film Festival hosted by Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Local paparazzo HughE Dillon got this great shot of him with former Eagle Vince Papale (left, whom Wahlberg portrays in the film) and comedian Michael Blackson.
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Audra McDonald was in a car driving home from a rehearsal to see her family while we talked, and her voice noticeably lit up when I asked how her daughter was doing.
“She’s great,” she said. “She’s in high school now.” She added, “Family is first and foremost. It keeps you grounded.” Read more »
A scene from “Bullets Over Broadway.”
The highly-anticipated Broadway Philadelphia season kicks off next month with the Woody Allen musical Bullets Over Broadway, which is based on the 1994 film of the same name. Read more »
Conrad Tao is bringing his new work featuring iPad to The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Don’t get us wrong: We love the Fringe Festival (we put together two whole guides for it here and here), but September is also the kick off of many other performing arts events in the Philly region. We rounded up some of our favorite picks for shows opening this month that will surely kick your fall into high gear.
A crowd favorite, the Zelda Symphony Orchestra is returning to the Mann Center with a new installment of their concert series, simply titled “Master Quest.” They’ll be performing a four-movement symphony that incorporates tunes inspired by the video games The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, and more. Friday, September 18th, 8 pm, $40-100, Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue. Read more »
Menu testing at Volver | Photos by Joni Nimrod
A couple weeks back, we got the chance to bop over to Volver and sit in on one of their menu testing sessions for the new season. It was a pretty cool experience (read: super-cool, and basically one of my favorite parts of this job–getting to witness the way chefs think and work when they’re not in the thick of service), and also represented our first look at what the menu at Volver might look like in this new season.
Well now, with the scheduled resumption of service set for Wednesday night, we have the full menu for you to look at.
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Benjamin Jones (Jeremiah Trotter) carries Lewis (John Wooten) in The North Star.
The feature film debut of former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter will premiere at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center on September 17th. It is Trotter’s first film acting credit.
The North Star was helmed by first-time film director Thomas K. Phillips, who wrote, directed and produced the film. It was shot over 24 days in Bucks County in the summer of 2012 and tells the story of Benjamin Jones (Trotter) and Moses Hopkins (Thomas C. Bartley Jr., a Washington, D.C. native). The two characters are slaves who escaped from Virginia to Buckingham, Pa., in 1849. Read more »
Girl, get your finest wig and your biggest church hat: Tyler Perry himself will be coming to Philadelphia in November to play his iconic alter ego, Madea, for 9 performances only. Read more »
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Goodness, Kimmel Center: You are driving all of us show tune queens broke! First, Audra McDonald. Then, Kristin Chenoweth. Now, you’re bringing the utterly divine Megan Hilty, star of the now-shuttered Smash, to the City of Brotherly Love. What’s a Broadway lover to do (but buy tickets)? Read more »
Several months ago, I took a good friend of mine to Volver for drinks. He’s a little bit of a New York snob (which he’ll openly admit), but I knew I won him over when he said that this was the first place in Philly that he’d been to that felt like New York.
I, too, loved the place, even though it had received the reputation of being way out of my price range. Yes, dinner at Volver is, by far, quite an expense, but Bar Volver is a whole other experience. In short, it’s a little place of hip heaven just a few blocks away from the Gayborhood (attached to the Kimmel Center), and you really ought to check it out. Read more »