Philadelphia artist Phillip Adams just completed the first in his “Industrious Light” series of murals that is dedicated to Philly’s history in the brewing, textile, tool-making and railroad industries. And of course he started with the most important (or at least most fun)—brewing—with a gorgeous, antique-looking mural splashed on the side of Ortlieb’s Brewery in Northern Liberties.
No one likes to be the one who isn’t in the know, especially when it comes to indie music. Since anyone with a microphone can create and share music these days, the problem isn’t really finding bands, but finding good ones. How to filter through all the music out there? We talked to a bunch of writers, photographers and bloggers that have boiled the art of finding indie music down to a science. Happy hunting.
After the phenomenal success of Spruce Street Harbor Park this summer, the team at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has a tough act to follow. They’ve pulled out all the stops this year with three Jose Garces restaurants, a 43-foot Christmas tree and the always-popular ice rink.
The DRWC’s Emma Fried-Cassorla gave us a sneak peek yesterday at the ongoing work at the Winterfest site, located at Chestnut Street on the Delaware.
In the wake of a string of new rape allegations against Bill Cosby, Netflix has announced it will not premiere his comedy special that was scheduled to air the day after Thanksgiving. More from The Week:
The streaming service said in a statement that it is postponing the launch of his new stand-up special, Bill Cosby 77, and did not give a new date. The announcement came after two more women stepped forward Tuesday saying they were sexually assaulted by Cosby, including former model and reality TV star Janice Dickinson.
Cosby also has an NBC deal in the works, Deadline notes, with a series set to air later in 2015. The network has been asked by protestors to stop the project; as part of his deal, Cosby will receive a large sum of money if the show doesn’t go to pilot. NBC did not comment.
[Update: 1:54 p.m.] Buzzfeed is now reporting that NBC has officially dropped their upcoming project with Cosby, which was set to air in 2015. Though they would not comment on the accusations against Cosby, Buzzfeed reports that a source at the network said, “We never went as far as a delivered script and it had never even been greenlit to production.” According to previous reports about the NBC pilot deal, Cosby was set to receive substantial financial compensation should the project not go forward.
Tracy Morgan “Fighting to Get Better,” But May Never Recover From Brain Injury Sustained in NJ Car Crash
The future of 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan is still uncertain following a serious car accident he was involved in in June. It happened when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer crashed into his limo on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Morgan’s attorney, Benedict Morelli, says the comedian may never fully recover from a “debilitating brain injury” sustained from the accident. More from The Washington Post:
Bradley Cooper gets a nice writeup in the December issue of Vogue, in which he talks about playing the severely deformed John Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.
In it he gabs about playing real-life heroes, like Merrick and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the upcoming American Sniper, saying, “It’s the most fulfilling feeling as an actor … You’re taking responsibility toward this other guy’s life. It frees up so much energy to pursue it, because it’s not about you.”
He also talks about his connection to Merrick, which he says began when he was a young man living in Philadelphia:
The Voice is coming down to the wire and the competition is really starting to get exciting. Like last year, with Christina Grimey and Audra McLaughlin, both our local singers have made it all the way to the top 12. This year, Matt McAndrew and DaNica Shirey hold down two of those coveted 12 spots. Last night, they got the chance to sing again and neither of them disappointed.
First up was Shirey, who picked “Creep” by Radiohead. It was a risky choice considering how much success she has had with classic R&B to this point. But in the trusty hands of Pharrell, how could she go wrong? They quickly rearranged the song to fit her singing style and what a pay off. They put a little old-school vibe on to the instrumentation and BOOM there is space for her voice to sail. No one can hit the big notes like this woman and her emotional end was haunting. Absolute home run.
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was left without a musical guest yesterday evening, when scheduled performers U2 had to cancel last minute. Bono couldn’t make it because he was in the hospital recovering from an injury he sustained from a cycling accident.) So instead of scheduling another act last minute, Fallon took an even better route: He and his house band—Philadelphia’s The Roots—performed as Bono and U2.
“We already have the best band in the world—The Roots are here every single night,” Fallon said, before slipping into Bono’s glasses and cap and taking to the stage to perform a spot-on cover of U2’s 1988 hit “Desire.” Give it a watch above.