Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Derek Freese Documentary Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary Alive Inside at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts last Tuesday night.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner was presented at a red-carpet event and there was a post cocktail party afterward. All proceeds from the event will support the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter.
The film, which focuses on the use of music in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, included a post-screening Q&A with CBS3 Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl. Michael Rossato-Bennett, director of Alive Inside discussed how the project came about. He also announced that a meeting with Apple was in the works in hopes of expanding the program of getting music to patients on a much broader scale.
To see how music can make a difference in an Alzheimer’s patient’s life was very moving. The music provided to the patient was specific from an era in their life. It brought them back to life, singing, humming, dancing and they were able to recall memories of a time that had seemed lost forever. It’s a must see. The hope is that one day doctors will prescribe music as part of the treatment that is currently used for Alzheimer’s patients.
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Craig LaBan weighs in on Jose Garces’ culinary return to Philadelphia. The Inquirer critic calls the cooking at Volvér “egocentric” though he does call many of the dishes three-bell worthy, if he could order them a la carte.
The plates, without doubt, were still camera-ready gorgeous: ember-seared cubes of Wagyu beef posed beside crimson swipes of beet puree; nasturtium leaves floated atop lubina sea bass in a composition of rice and shrimp evocative its own ecosystem; epic salads tweezered into perfect still lifes by talented chef de cuisine, Natalie Maronski. Those dishes were examples of Volvér at its best, in which the inspirations were prime ingredients, not biography. The intricate salad was a naturalistic playground of delicate greens, creamy cauliflower panna cotta, and sublimely sweet carrots drawn from the garden at Garces’ Luna Farms, lifted by tangy Meyer lemon puree and the faux “dirt” of goat-cheese crumbles tinted black with squid ink.
Two Bells – Very Good
Garces’ Volvér overdoes the culinary performance art [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Trey Popp’s four-star review of Volvér [Philadelphia Magazine]
On Saturday, June 21st, Kimmel Center celebrated the first day of summer with Solstice in the City. This extravaganza from 8 p.m. till 2 a.m., and featured performances by indie bands Beverly, San Fermin and Real Estate in Verizon Hall. Jazz residency artists Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate, Josh Lawrence and the Fresh Cut Orchestra, and Bobby Zankel, Raphael Xavier, and Francois Zayas performed in the SEI Innovation Studio to packed houses.
We were there Saturday night to kick off summer with The Kimmel. Check out the video above for a chat with organizer Zach Blackwood, and scenes from some of the aforementioned performances.
Saturday, June 21st, is the Summer Solstice (aka the longest day of the year), and the Kimmel Center is celebrating with a late-night party featuring live music in a variety of genres, games, and spectacle underneath its iconic glass barrel rooftop.
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Don’t cry for me, Philadelphia! Last evening, to celebrate the opening of the national tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Evita at the Academy of Music, Broad Street transformed into a tango stage, complete with performers from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School heating up the sidewalks. Iconic former Argentinian First Lady Evita Peron even graced the City of Brotherly Love with a signature wave from the balcony of the Academy. We were there to capture the moment.
Dancing from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School.
Performers from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School.
A tango couple from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School.
Meredith Kleim, director of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School.
Philly drag queen Marcello Brening Barrera showed up as Evita, or should we say He-vita.
Evita at the Academy of Music.
Evita welcomes theatergoers to the Academy of Music.
Evita high above her Philadelphia balcony.
Kimmel Center guests enjoy a pre-theater reception at the Academy of Music Ballroom.
Jeremy Gable and Lauren Turell
Of course, I couldn't help but get in a shot of my friend, Eric Thomas, and I doing our best Evita(s).
Evita runs through June 22 at the Academy of Music. Tickets and more information can be found by visiting the Kimmel Center’s webpage.
You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.
Having sold over 250 million albums as the group behind reggae-legend Bob Marley, the Wailers have continued to make music since his death in 1981. As part of Camden's Sunset Jazz Series, these guys will be playing for free at Wiggins Waterfront Park. Monday, June 16th, 8 p.m., Wiggins Waterfront Park, Mickle Boulevard at the River.
Tuesday: Arkells ($10-$12)
The Arkells won the Juno Award for New Group of the Year in 2010. Two years later they won the award for Group of the Year. After that sinks in, go check out some of their music on YouTube and you'll see why. These Canadian gents have a new album coming out soon, so check them out for a sneak preview of some of their new material. They have also been known to burst out into Motown tunes during their live shows, which is a must-see. Tuesday, June 17th, 8 p.m., North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar Street.
With her elegant yet weary vocals and sorrow-centric songwriting, Sharon Van Etten is making the type of folk music well beyond her years. Her unique voice and use of harmonies adds a dreamy layer to her music. In May she released her fourth album, Are We There, gaining her praise for continuing to mature in style, sound and voice. Wednesday, June 18th, 8 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
Alice Smith blends features of rock, blues, jazz and soul into her music, making each song a unique, instantly catchy experience. After the success and hype that surrounded her first album (including a Grammy nod), Smith relaxed from the spotlight and started a family. She is finally back on the tour bus, and with her second album already a year old, be sure to keep an ear out for what's next. Thursday, June 19th, 8 p.m., Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South Street.
Eagles' linebacker John Connor Barwin's charity "Make the World Better" will be hosting a concert to raise money for a South Philly park in dire need of repair. Every single penny made from this show will be donated, and Connor Brown said he'll cut a personal check to match the total amount raised (doubling the total). Kurt Vile and the Violators and fellow local guys the Districts will be performing at no cost to the venue. Twenty bucks gets you into the show, but VIP tickets can get you a meet and greet with Eagles players and some sweet raffle prizes. Great music for a great cause. Friday, June 20th, 8 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
Solstice in the City is an all-night event with drinks, games, and music. The Kimmel Center will transform into party central with a DJ playing in Commonwealth Plaza, skeeball, foosball, ping pong and more. Guests can also check out Verizon Hall, where there will be music acts going all through the night, concluding with indie rock veterans Real Estate. Bring in the summer with this pretty sweet bash at the Kimmel Center. Saturday, June 21st, 8 p.m., Verizon Hall, 300 South Broad Street.
The dad concert to end all dad concerts. You may be more familiar with these guys from radio stations that play hits from "back then," but these iconic groups still know how to put on a show. After famously finding their lead singer,Arnel Pineda, on YouTube in 2006, Journey has been hitting the recording studio and touring with a new-found vigor. Along with the Steve Miller Band in tow, expect a night of power ballads and old-fashioned arena rock. Sunday, June 22nd, 6:45 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard.
Our picks for this week’s must-do events in Philadelphia:
Also known as "Jr. Gong" and "Gong Zilla", Damian Marley has made a name for himself as a reggae artist, despite the towering shadow of his father, legend Bob Marley. Damian has been performing since 13, and has six studio albums under his belt. Along with hip hop group Atmosphere, Damian will light up the Electric Factory with music and good vibes. Tuesday, June 10th, 7:30 p.m., The Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street.
Looking to skip out on the wall-to-wall J.Crew clad crowds at happy hour this week? Toast to a good cause instead at Garden Sips, which benefits Philadelphia’s Magic Garden’s education and outreach programs. Mingle with Philadelphia’s creative community while enjoying live music, art activities, and a variety of drinks against the Garden’s unique backdrop. Admission is $5, or $15 for unlimited drinks. June 11th, 6-9 p.m., $5-15, 21+, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street.
If cerebral cortexes and full liters of beer strike your fancy, head to Frankford Hall Wednesday night to talk nerdy with fellow science aficionados. The Franklin Institute’s Science After Hours program teams up with Nerd Nite to feature brain-focused and lager-fueled fun. The event will include a talk about understanding the reality of our perceptions from the Institute’s Chief Bioscientist Jayatri Das, interactive games hosted by local video game developer Cipher Prime, stories behind the famous skulls of serial killers and savage villains with Brandon Zimmerman, and much more. Pre-game with all this braininess before you check out Franklin Institute’s newest exhibit, "Your Brain", opening on June 14th. It’s 21+ to get geeky, and you should arrive early if you want to snag a seat. June 11th, 7:30 p.m., $5, Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave.
This week, The Academy of Music will host Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. The spot-on Fab Four impersonators perform renditions of our favorite classics, including “Hey Jude,” “Come Together,” “Hard Day’s Night,” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” With footage of the real John, Paul, George, and Ringo playing in the background, the cover band - who sing and dress their parts exceptionally well - takes the audience through the various stages of the Beatles career. Whether you’re a diehard Beatles enthusiast or casual listener, the tribute concert is as close to authentic as they come, with an encore that’ll have you giving a much deserved standing-O. Tickets and more information are available here. June 11-15, $20-85, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street.
Experimental rockers Animal Collective have been touring all over the place since the release of their album Centipede Hz two years ago. Ten bucks is a steal to catch this trippy act. Group members Deacon and Geologist will be manning the DJ table and playing from the bands catalog of music. The show is only for those 21 an older, so younger fans will have to wait until the next time these guys hit Philly. Wednesday, June 11th, 10 p.m., Dolphin Tavern, 1539 Broad Street.
For its sixth annual "Full House: A Series of Cabarets," Quince Productions will be presenting seven different cabarets over four days, from June 12th-15th in the Red Room at Society Hill Playhouse. The series gathers a dozen performers, a captivating mix of both undiscovered and well-known singers. The series will feature familiar favorites, such as Alexander Kacala - a hit in last year's GayFest! and, full disclosure, G Philly contributor - who will be opening the series with "I Am Faymeproblems." Kacala will be donating his share of the proceeds to the William Way Center. Michael L. Medvedik, another popular performer from GayFest!, will also be included, as well as several newcomers - such as Shanna Massad (accompanied by veteran Mick Loro) with her cabaret, "I'm a Princess, Damnit!" To purchase tickets, and find a full list of the rousing acts, click here. June 12th-15th, Red Room at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th Street. —Marquesa Rotuski
Eric Goulden, aka Wreckless Eric, recently celebrated his 60th birthday by starting a tour across his native England as well as several stops here in the states. The Brit rock and roller has not lost a step , with the singer-songwriter continuing to produce music. While it has been almost 40 years since his hit single "(I'd Go the) Whole Wide World", Eric is showing no signs of slowing down. WXPN is hosting the show this Thursday at the Tin Angel - a great place to sit, eat and enjoy the music. Thursday, June 12th, 8 p.m., Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd Street.
Not a lot of details yet, but just got word that the Kimmel Center has announced the dates for its 2015 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. PIFA, as it’s more commonly known, will kick off with a gala on Wednesday, April 8. The actual festivities will roll out April 10th and continue through the Street Fair on the Avenue of the Arts on the 25th. More details in the flyer above.
A few additional musings about my meal(s) at Volver
Volver is very expensive, but…
As I noted in my review, “There’s no arguing that the $600 my wife and I spent, including a few glasses of wine and an inspired beverage pairing, could have bought a fantastic meal elsewhere with enough money left over to feed 10 foster children for a month.” But it’s also true that a year’s worth of cable would feed even more mouths, and that forgoing an iPhone upgrade would save you enough for the full 14 courses at Volver. Personally, I still wrestle with the cost of meals like this. But the debate over the cost of dinner shouldn’t take place in a vacuum. Everybody makes his own choices about what to spend money on, and eating out is one among many options to spend wisely or poorly. I mean, right now the 76ers are selling single courtside tickets for $790. The Sixers! After going 19-63!
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