Just 25 years old, Gina Sicilia, from Newtown in Bucks County, has been making a name for herself in the world of blues and R&B since her first album, Allow Me to Confess, earned a best-new-artist nomination at 2008's national Blues Music Awards. Her third album, Can't Control Myself, shows the Temple University graduate continuing to transcend the boundaries of the blues and create her own voice with a striking blend of emotional maturity and youthful dynamism.
- Nick Cristiano
Memorial Day at the Constitution Center.
Saturday through Monday, the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall will have special activities that teach the history of the holiday. Children can hear how poppies came to be the symbol of Memorial Day following World War I. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, there will be craft activity tables and families can create memorial poppy pins and American star memorial wreaths. The center will sponsor "Patriotic Karaoke," when visitors can sing American anthems.
- Monica Peters
New this week: Kung Fu Panda 2 ***
(out of four stars) There's an ancient Chinese saying: The sequel is never as good as the original. Still, the further adventures of Po are fast and a little furious, combining tumbling chopsocky with witty wisecracks and kernels of koan.
(intense images, cartoon violence)
- Steven Rea