Indie rock stalwarts Yo La Tengo will perform courtesy of FringeArts, although it won't be like their normal Philly appearances.
The Hoboken-formed band will play a score alongside "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller," a live documentary about the legendary architect. Academy Award-nominated director Sam Green (check out his fabulous "The Weather Underground") narrates while Yo La Tengo plays along.The film itself focuses on the Dymaxion Chronofile, Fuller's project to document everything about his life.
For the architectually unaware, Fuller was an architect, author and futurist who invented the geodesic dome (think Epcot, or the Fuller-designed Montreal Biosphere). For the last 10 years of his life, he lived in Philadelphia, teaching at Penn, Swathmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr.
Congrats to 6ABC's Brian Taff who announced that he and his wife, Mara, are expecting twins in the summer. Mara is also a 6ABC staffer, although she's in the Creative Services Department.
Taff wrote a nice little note on his Facebook page about his impending fatherhood:
There are certain things in life that seem forever relegated to the "One Day" category. One day, I'll get to Hawaii. One day, I'll write a book. One day, I'll retire. The list is long, and filled mostly with things that are there for good reason -- they are either too time consuming, or too expensive, or, dare I say, too adult to accomplish now.
Telford, PA-based Godshall's Quality Meats made headlines when they created a bacon medal for Sage Kotsenburg, the first-ever gold medalist in the men's snowboard slopestyle. Prolific social media user Kotsenburg tweeted that he wished his medal was made from bacon:
Ahh I wish the Sochi medals were made out of bacon thoooo..!!— sage kotsenburg (@sagekotsenburg) February 10, 2014
Godshall's obliged. But with turkey bacon because Kostenburg has to watch that athletic figure.
The George Zimmerman boxing match that captured the attention of the nation is back on, according to local celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman.
But Feldman will no longer be a part of it, as he announced at a press conference this afternoon. Rapper DMX who was set to fight Zimmerman seems like he’s no longer involved either.
Instead, European media mogul and soda bottling heir Alkiviades “Alki” David will broadcast the fight from an undisclosed location. David was scheduled to broadcast the fight even before Feldman backed out. The duo worked together before, including offering Chris Brown $10 million to take on Drake in the ring.
Inquirer columnist, former Daily News contributor and syndicated radio host Michael Smerconish will join CNN for a new weekly show that will air Saturday mornings. He'll join CNN this month.
Smerconish will continue to host his Sirius XM show and write his weekly Inquirer piece.
In addition to his weekly show, Smerconish will provide commentary throughout the week for CNN. Smerconish is no stranger to TV. He was previously a contributor to MSNBC and was a guest host for fellow-Philly guy Chris Matthews' Hardball.
UPDATE: David Bar Katz talked to the New York Daily News, denying he ever spoke with the National Enquirer. A friend told the Daily News for Katz that he planned to take legal action.
David Bar Katz, the locally-born writer who found Philip Seymour Hoffman's body, gave an interview to the National Enquirer claming he was the late actor's gay lover.
Katz found Hoffman's body on Sunday in the Oscar-winner's Manhattan apartment.
Local celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman is at it again.
Feldman announced that he will promote a three-round boxing match between George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin (and was later acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges), and rapper DMX.
The 43-year-old rapper was allegedly one of 15,000 applicants to fight the 30-year-old Zimmerman, who has continued to pop up in the public eye since his controversial acquittal last year.Zimmerman told Radar the fight was his idea and he's been training regularly.
Four-day music, Tennessee-based music festival Bonnaroo has been sending out clues via their social media feeds as to who will play this year's fest. Last year's headliners included Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and Mumford & Sons (who had to cancel, with Jack Johnson filling in).
Today's clue? A picture of Philly.