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N E T Nazis and they don't look like Obama"). People stayed true to their 6 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | repare to be shocked: A Million Stories does not have any ethics policy banning its reporters from attending rallies, a la NPR. Or, for that matter, from bagging on Pat Toomey -- who, by the time you read this, is probably this state's senator-elect, fucking fuck -- in whatever terms we please, no matter how many of you tea-baggers throw the words "biased" or "far-left, socialist Jew media hack" (real comment on our website!) at us. You see, we believe that truth can be lost when the media bow to the altar of impartiality, and buy into the false religion that dictates that we give both sides equal merit, even if everyone knows that one of them is batshit crazy and/or factually incoherent. (Let's call this the "Sarah Palin Fallacy.") And so, this Saturday, we trekked (on the company dime!) to Washington, D.C., for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.We attended the monstrous antiwar rallies in New York, D.C. and elsewhere in the early aughts -- there's that bias again -- and let us assure you, this was much bigger: CBS and other experts say it drew in some 215,000. (Our favorite sign from the event: "Fox will estimate this crowd at 10.") That's a huge deal for the left, which has been drowning in selfdefeatism and cynicism for lo, these last few months. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and the collective shedding of learned helplessness for empowerment was palpable. Signs were both pithy ("I want my tea party back!" held by a young girl) and moving ("I fought P word to be sane: We spotted a few folks eyeing up cars to climb onto, or on the verge of raging because someone stepped on their toes -- but then stopping, perhaps recalling their vow. The rally had no singular purpose or theme, sure -- but in this infinitely complex age, that felt spot-on. It wasn't without flaws: That the biggest liberal rally in recent history was organized by a television channel owned by a giant corporation is a tad unsettling. It also felt more like a show than a rally, with almost no sense of common purpose. Everyone was focused on the stage, even if they could neither see nor hear it. But hey, it was something.Actually, it was more than something, and maybe it'll grow into something even bigger. After all, the Tea Party got its start with just a cable-news reporter's joke and a few hundred ralliers. And in the end, what happened on stage was less important than the fact that, well, this did happen: Hundreds of thousands of people -- two times more than that dickbag Glenn Beck drew -- found their way from all over the country to the National Mall to celebrate sanity, or perhaps, to mourn its disappearance. Instead of climbing into the bathtub with a razor blade, dwelling on the carnage that the (presumed) GOP takeover of Congress means, perhaps we'd all do well to remember that there are more of us than there are of them; the problem is, our majority -- the us -- is too often silent. But hey, on the bright side: Actuarially speaking, many of them will be dead soon. POLITICAL HACKS We're not ashamed to say it: We've missed Michael Meehan.After this year's primaries, the Philly GOP boss didn't do all that much -- and we longed for the days when he was pissing off his own congregation by challenging candidates in his own party, possibly even forging signatures to kick them off the primary ballot, and barely lifting a finger to help Republican candidates actually win elections. He's terrible for the Philly GOP, sure, but he's such good story fodder. But like cicadas emerge every 17 years, Meehan materializes every election cycle -- probably from a beef-and-beer vomitorium in the Northeast -- to shed his shell. His latest shenanigan: On Election Day, the Republican City Committee (RCC) -- for which he's "legal counsel" -- distributed sample ballots urging Republicans to vote "yes" on all four Democratic-proposed ballot initiatives. One would require that city contractors pay their employees 150 percent of the minimum wage (or $10.88 per hour); another would enable the city to borrow $106 million for capital projects. Not >>> continued on adjacent page Such good story fodder! the naked city [ welcomes its new republican overlords ] A Million Stories <<< continued from previous page feature | a&e | the agenda | food | classifieds the most Randian ideas, right? According to Kevin Kelly, a Republican committee person in the Fifth Ward, Meehan and co. didn't take a vote from RCC members about the ballots. Asked to confirm, Meehan puppet/RCC chairman Vito Canuso replied, "Why do you think you have the right to know?" We'll take that as a yes. "They've abandoned any and all pretense of leadership by consent of the majority -- or representing the interests of Philadelphia Republicans," says Kelly. "These ballots go against the stated positions of many of our candidates and may, in fact, hurt their credibility and chances for success." (This publication goes to print on Election Day, so we can't tell you whether these initiatives passed.) Why should you care, you tree-hugging, bleeding-heart, City Paper-reading Democrat? Well, the Philly GOP controls 500 jobs at the Philadelphia Parking Authority -- and Meehan routinely doles out favors to city Dems in order to retain this power. These negotiations eliminate any real competition between the two parties --something that could help repair Philly's corrupt Democratic machine, if only because a competent rival would lead to better candidates. Without it, we get, well, the mess we have now. NEGOTIATIONS Our last visit with the Philadelphia Security Officers Union (PSOU) left off with a slurry of cliffhangers [A Million Stories, Oct. 21, 2010]: Will the guards' union win their next election? Will they be able to get the (allegedly) unfairly fired guards their jobs back? Will AlliedBarton give its guards at the Philadelphia Museum of Art a halfway decent raise? We can't answer that last one just yet -- maybe soon, as AlliedBarton and PSOU were in negotiations at press time -- but we can give you the scoop on the rest of PSOU's latest activities. And get this: It's looking good for those guys. PSOU won their Roman Sentry election on Oct. 28, meaning there's only one more Art Museum security company that's not part of the union (Scotland Yard). The union also got two fired guards their jobs back; they're still fighting to get pro-union organizer Juanita Love -- who was canned for allegedly abandoning her post, though she says she was punished for her outspokenness -- reinstated. PSOU will be launching a new campaign on her behalf: "Fighting for Love," which is, um, cute for union guys. On the other side of the city, PSOU complained to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that, right around union election time (coincidence!), the management at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) slashed guards' schedules and changed their shifts, which campaign director Fabricio Rodriguez calls "union busting." (DRWC denies any wrongdoing.) The union won its election, anyway -- DWRC says it "respects the decision" -- and now, its complaint is headed toward a hearing before an administrative law judge. Talk about sticking it to the man. This week's report by Jeffrey C. Billman, Holly Otterbein and Juliana Reyes. thebellcurve CP's Quality-o-Life-o-Meter [ + 2 ] Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller says she'll hold a police misconduct hearing. Presiding will be the Honorable William J. Kangaroo. [ -2 ] The PA Historical and Museum Commission loses track of 1,800 artifacts. "My bones!" cries dinosaur with 1,800 bones. [ + 1 ] Federal investigators subpoena the wedding photographs of a top mobster in South Philly. They're looking to bust an illegal lam� ring. [ + 4 ] Chinatown leaders hope to open a night market in the neighborhood. "We're all over this fucking story," says Philadelphia Weekly, pants around ankles. [ + 3 ] Local immigrants try their hand at the fed- E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And get your daily fix of news, sports and commentary on The Clog, citypaper.net/clog. eral government's Diversity Visa Lottery, an annual sweepstakes that gives 50,000 foreigners permanent residency. Second prize is a permanent residency at Tritone. theotherwhitemeat  clowncrack.com The Phlash buses stop running until next May. But, if you see one, get on it. Because that sounds like an adventure. P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 7 [ + 1 ] For the first time since being named the Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director, Yannick N�zet-S�guin leads a concert. Gesundheit. [ -1 ] [ -1 ] [ -1 ] The feds take away "boxes of evidence" in a raid of a Philly-based Internet porn company. Then commandeer all the Jergens. A pot dealer found with 1,000 plants faces life in prison. And all the Trader Joe's checkout dudes are suddenly in a bad mood. Rachael Ray's Philly Fashion Makeover Takeover airs. "It's on ABC," quacks Ray, her eyes glazed like a Christmas ham. "That's short for the American Broadcasting Corporation." [ + 1 ] Gordon Ramsey looks for Philly chefs to star in Hell's Kitchen. "Who the <bleep> dressed you?" bellows Ramsey, his skin the texture of lobster risotto. "Rachael <bleeping> Ray?" MR. FISH This week's total: 7 | Last week's total: 1 the naked city manoverboard! By Isaiah Thompson [ the naked city ] classifieds | food | the agenda | a&e | feature DEADLY SERIOUS EVEN IN THE hottest political climes, Man Overboard! is committed to serving the highest public interest, which is why, amid this post-election stew, I want to talk about Expired Coffee Unawareness -- ECU -- an issue that crosses party lines with deadly indifference. Last week, yours truly was stricken after taking the old hefty glug from a cup of coffee whose contents, upon further inspection, were at least three weeks old and had given rise to a fecund cauldron of life. The ensuing details, I will spare. But: Man Overboard! lived to tell his tale. And what better parable than this week's election, which involved as ancient and stale a potion as any in Philly? For more than 150 years, Philadelphia's elections have been overseen by a group of three elected officials known as the city commissioners, making Philly the only one of America's 10 largest cities to elect the administrators of its elections. But that's hardly the only sign their expiration date may have passed. Take, for example, its Apple II E-aged website: Back in the heady days of the 2008 election -- on the very last day to register to vote, in fact -- the city commissioners had not only declined to post the deadline, but, in fact, their website contained no mention at all of the presidential race. This Election Day, as issues with polling-place changes, absentee balloting and broken machines came up, the website remained as stagnant as that evil cup'a. Were elections administered by the city, the site would have been included in its ongoing tech overhaul. But they aren't, and it isn't. Did I mention that the commissioners' computers crashed because of a wave of new registrations in '08? They did. "You get an hourglass and it just sits and sits," said registration administrator Bob Lee of his computer at the time. Speaking of those absentee-ballot issues: On the weekend prior to this election, the city commissioners became aware of ballots which had been properly mailed but -- due to an error by the U.S. Postal Service -- returned to their senders. How many? Nobody knew, but the commissioners refused repeated requests by watchdog group Committee of Seventy to ask a court to extend the deadline for those voters. Instead, they issued a three-sentence press release asking those affected to contact their office. (To whom they issued the release isn't clear: "I don't know," said Deputy City Commissioner Fred Voigt, who then asked me what it said.) Though nominally public, commissioners' meetings leading up to elections are held weekday mornings, and the only public notes are maintained by Seventy. As of last year, 18 of its 97 permanent employees were exempt from the city's merit-based civil service system, including Rene Tartaglione, daughter of Commissioner Marge Tartaglione, who happens to be a ward leader -- as are the other two commissioners. A conflict of interests, perhaps? Both Seventy and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority have called for the city commissioners office's elimination -- but so far, those recommendations have gone stale, too. Put all that in a cup and, well, would you drink it? The lesson: Look before you gulp. Philly elections might be funny, but ECU, I assure you, is deadly serious. The ensuing details, I will spare. N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T feedback From our readers last time they'll see 'em alive. Nancy A. Goldenberg C H A I R W O M A N , P H I L A D E L P H I A PA R K S & R E C R E AT I O N C O M M I S S I O N NO JUSTICE Philadelphians should do some more homework [CP Choice, "Government & Politics," Holly Otterbein, Oct. 21, 2010]. Mr. Williams is an over-zealous man who would do or say anything to get ahead. In 1996, he helped put two innocent people in jail who were undeniably victims of a brutal attack by a gang of over 30 drunken teens [Naked City, "No Exceptions," Julia Harte, Nov. 4, 2009]. Not one of the attackers were ever interrogated or jailed. Where is the justice in that? Denis Calderon WARMINSTER 8 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | Isaiah Thompson has prepared a DVD on how you can avoid ECU, only $9.95, plus S&H. Act now, supplies are limited! E-mail him at email@example.com. NO SWIMMING As chairman of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commission, I am greatly disappointed that you would promote Devil's Pool in the Wissahickon as a suitable swimming hole [Primer, p. 25]. Nothing could be further from the truth! Swimming is strictly prohibited from the entire Wissahickon Creek. Anyone stupid enough to ignore the rules and attempt to climb the slippery rocks and dive into the shallow, unhealthy water should bring more than a first aid kit with them. They should bring their loved ones because it may be the NO ONE'S BUSINESS I don't want to be the trans police, but if you're going to claim to be knowledgeable about the trans communities you should get your wording and definitions correct [A Million Stories, Oct. 7, 2010]. The word is transgender, not "transgendered."Transgender is something a person is, not something that happened to a person.Transgender has become an umbrella term for anyone whose gender does not conventionally correlate with his or her birth sex. Trans is a more modern term than transgender and incorporates new concepts such as transman/woman and bi-gender.Though some trans people identify as transmen/women, many transsexuals do not want to identify as anything other than a man or woman.To be a transsexual a person does not have to have completed gender-reassignment surgery. Regarding how people go to the bathroom, it is really nobody else's business. Cei Bell V I A C I T Y PA P E R . N E T Send all letters to Feedback, City Paper, 123 Chestnut St., 3rd Floor, Phila. PA 19106; fax us at 215-599-0634; or e-mail editorial@citypaper. net. Submissions may be edited for clarity and space and must include an address and daytime phone number. the naked city feature | a&e | the agenda | food | classifieds P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 9 FREE! the naked city [ fiscal responsibility ] THE BIG RUSH City Council's DROP dithering has cost us another $136 million. By Ralph Cipriano ince Aug. 2 -- the day before Mayor Michael Nutter publicly called on City Council to eliminate the DROP program -- 1,247 additional municipal employees have signed up for DROP benefits, according to records obtained by City Paper. If those 1,247 employees collect what more than 6,000 DROP recipients have previously collected from the city -- cash bonuses that averaged $109,277 each -- the additional price tag for the new DROP recipients would be more than $136 million. DROP is the city's Deferred Retirement Option Plan, which allows city employees to collect both their salaries and pensions during their last four years on the job -- essentially, a double-dip. The pension benefits are paid out in the form of a onetime cash bonus the day the employee retires, in addition to the employee's regular pension and a minimum of five years of health insurance. Since 1999, the city has paid out $725 million in DROP bonuses to 6,638 retired employees, a City Paper investigation found [Cover Story, "The Billion Dollar Boondoggle," Ralph Cipriano, April 22, 2010]. Another 2,107 active employees had previously signed up for DROP benefits, at an estimated cost of $338 million, which put the taxpayers' bill for DROP at more than $1 billion. On Aug. 3, at the end of a summer marked by debate over the program's efficacy, Nutter declared, "It's time to drop DROP. ... We cannot afford this program any longer and it must go." The mayor cited a Boston College study that claimed that since its inception in 1999, DROP had cost the city pension fund an addi- S tional $258 million. (That study looked at only the pension side of the double-dip, ignoring salaries paid to employees who were enrolled in DROP; City Paper looked at the total price of DROP cash bonuses paid to city employees.) City Council, which includes six members who are signed up to collect future DROP bonuses of more than $2 million, has been reluctant to follow the mayor's directive. Rather than eliminate DROP, Council decided in August to hire Bolton Partners, an actuarial firm based in Baltimore, to study the Boston College DROP study's methodology, at a cost of up to $30,000. The city previously spent $80,000 on the Boston College study. Asked about the additional cost of new DROP recipients, Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald writes in an e-mail, "The mayor has repeatedly urged the City Council to hold hearings on the DROP issue. As you know, he is unflinchingly opposed to the continuation of this benefit because of its cost to the pension fund. Further, he remains hopeful that the Council will take up this matter in the time before the Council adjourns in December." "Council shares the mayor's hope that the public hearings can be held shortly and that the issue can be resolved by the end of the year, either way," says Tony Radwanski, Council's communications director. Council hasn't been able to schedule those hearings because of a two-week delay in receiving the Bolton Partners study. (The city previously waited four months for the Boston College study.) "Boston College's workload is so high at this point that they're just having trouble getting together with Bolton," Radwanski says. "As soon as [the Bolton Partners study] is finished, then the public [ the naked city ] No march is scheduled, and no hearing date is set. hearings will be scheduled. ... We were hoping to get it back by now." Meanwhile, the issue continues to simmer. On the one side, the city's municipal unions have declared their stalwart opposition to ending the program, especially without collective bargaining; these unions insisted the Boston College study was flawed, and demanded (and received) a new one before Council acted. On the other hand, there's populist outrage, perhaps best voiced by Larry Mendte, a former television news anchor who contributes to Philadelphia magazine's website (phillymag.com), who recently called for a march on City Hall to protest DROP: "It's the slowest bank robbery in history. And we are all eyewitnesses," Mendte wrote. But despite Mendte's enthusiasm, no march has yet been scheduled. And City Council has yet to set a hearing date. The longer Council waits, the more likely it is that the additional DROP price tag will climb higher than $136 million. As of the first week in August, 3,132 employees were eligible to enroll in DROP, meaning 1,885 employees could yet still sign up. (firstname.lastname@example.org) 10 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T classifieds | food | the agenda | a&e | feature Quaker Quest What is Quakerism all about? How are Quakers bringing Peace, Simplicity, Justice, and Equality to the world today? Come Find Out FINAL WEEK ARCH STREET MEETINGHOUSE SUNDAY AFTERNOONS at Fourth & Arch Sts 1:30 � 4:00 Reception + Program Celebrate Life! ...and never miss the chance to enrich it! REGISTER NOW FOR TRAINING SESSIONS the naked city BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER... 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Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. | Exhibition organized by Marc Sijan Studio, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tour management by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services. | Image: Lady with Lipstick, 2002. Marc Sijan (born 1946). 14 x 8 x 6 inches. Courtesy Marc Sijan. the naked city classifieds | food | the agenda | a&e Everybody was sort of like the pre-Internet version of Craigslist. We connected people with goods or services. Basically, it was a bunch of want ads on index cards tacked to the wall and you had to buy in to advertise or respond to the ads. It only cost people $5 a month, so we held rent parties to make ends meet. There was this group of about 25 middle-aged couples from Cherry Hill called Surprise Night Out; each month they would plan some event that none of the members would know about until they showed up. They called us up and asked what we could do for them and we were like, "How about a hippie party?" We had hippie food, a jugband and a lot of pot-smoking hippies and 25 non-hippie couples from the suburbs. Everyone seemed to have a good time and we made our rent. feature "THE WILD, WILD WEST" Rick Snyderman There was no hierarchy down here. If you were different, there were no judgments. Mickey Lubell I grew up in the suburbs; I'm gay, but back then I wasn't allowed to be. But I came down to South Street and I could be who I was, I could be myself. Believe me, there were a lot of fancy cars from the suburbs that pulled up and parked at those 5-cent parking meters, and I saw people in love with food and music and just being who they were. And there were a lot of divorces out in the suburbs after that, people coming out of the closet or moving out to California. Ron Kaplan The general attitude was, "I don't care what you do over there as long as you don't bother me over here." Joel Spivak It was sort of the wild, wild west and it could still get a little rough. Before it was [J.C.] Dobbs it was called Wexlers [at Third and South streets], and it was a rough-and-tumble shot and a beer place with a largely black clientele, and there would always seem to be a knife fight breaking out. I remember a female friend coming to stay at my place, and I was showing her around and she asked me if the neighborhood was safe, and I told her, "Oh yeah, nothing bad happens here." And I opened the front door, and there was a guy crawling by on the sidewalk bleeding profusely from a stab wound in his side. >>> continued on page 18 N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T ISAIAH + JULIA ZAGAR 16 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | SIGNS OF THE TIMES: These photos originally appeared on the Facebook page of the South Street Renaissance Reunion, and are reprinted here with permission. 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Some say Philly's noisy Ugh God came from the wreckage of Rasputin's Secret Police.Some say it's the other way around, that Ugh begat Rasputin. No matter. Not only is Rasputin holding court at the Balcony late Nov. 5, another Ugh God, offshoot, Gorgeous, sets up in the same space Nov. 13. Chef Amy Sullivan takes the kitchen at Lucky 13 offa East Passyunk and we hear she's cooking up tough-but-tender swanky American menu specialties. While Safe wracks up macho testosterone film points, TLA's present (Thom Cardwell) and past (Big Pictures' Rich Wolff) re-team starting Nov. 5 at Voyeur when the Wolff-produced/Fred Caruso-directed/Cardwell-associate-produced Go-Go-Crazy: The Mockumentary starts shooting a dancing-boy contest in the Gayborhood. Cardwell and Caruso (they did You Can't Have It All) ask novice-dance dudes, "How far would you be willing to go for $1,000?" while starring with Derek St. Pierre (Broadway's Rock of Ages), porn man Jake Steel and drag mister-ess Hedda Lettuce. Production moves swiftly to Woody's and Tavern on Camac (which reminds me, ToC's top floor got a new GM, Randal Mrazik, who'll also manage its sister space, Terra) while Wolff tends to screenings of Ticked Off Trannies with Knives at National Mechanics and Bryn Mawr Film Institute.Voyeur, too, is busy with a few techno-Italians. On Nov. 4, Crookers -- Bot and Phra, Diplo's pals -- stop by for a spin. Commonwealth Proper,Craig von Schroeder's shirt-and-suit brand that Bela Shehu helped launch in '09, opens a new showroom on 1732 Spruce in November along with its first line of couture men's suits. Look for a runway show ASAP. Before that, fashionistas'll get their fix when retrophilly.com debuts at Chops Restaurant, Nov. 9. B4 Apparel's new luxe retro-themed, online-based boutique is dedicated to past and present icons of Philly and the Jersey Shore. You're excited and I'm excited that Sharon Pinkenson's Greater Philadelphia Film Office celebrates 25 years with two big shows Nov. 12 (a private home event) and Nov. 14 at Sun Center Studios in Aston, Pa. While the 14th features 500 of greater Philadelphia's film and television professionals, we're hearing that the gig on the 12th will be full of celebs. Who? Stay tuned. More ice? Try citypaper.net/criticalmass. (email@example.com) Torre Apponale Rooftops, by Gregor Louden, hand-drawn in black ink and digitally colored in Photoshop. SHADOW'S SPACE firstfridayfocus By Carolyn Huckabay N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T PAINTED BRIDE No matter where you fall on the scale of sentimentality -- from purger to pack rat -- objects provide a direct route to memory. Embracing the idea that tangible items, no matter how silly or everyday, hold strong emotional connections, the First Person Museum features 16 Philadelphians and the things that mean the most to them. (One woman keeps her ring from a failed marriage on her bedside table, while another walks around in the boxer shorts of her incarcerated son -- so it seems, sentimental objects can be cheap and invaluable.) Incorporating locally produced audio, text, film and photography, the exhibit serves as the centerpiece of the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, an apt reminder that art can be anything with meaning attached. Might make you think twice about recycling grandma's tchotchkes. Opening reception Fri., Nov. 5, 5-7 p.m., free, ends Dec. 18, Painted Bride, 230 Vine St., 267-402-2055, firstpersonmuseum.org. PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART ArtJail, "so I've scheduled the event for ... `pay what you wish' day." Jeavons invites Philadelphians to converge on the steps of the Art Museum, adorned with wearable art. "[I'm expecting] everything from hand-painted clothing to full-body costumes," says Jeavons, who'll encourage participants to check out -- and interact with -- the museum's indoor exhibits after showing off and swapping their art outside. "I'm approaching this as an open, celebratory, free event in a public, city-owned space -- so your guess is as good as mine as to how [museum staff] will react," he says. "My main concern once we're inside is that it not make the jobs of the guards any more difficult. ... I'd like to see them getting some pleasure out of [it], not aggravation." Sun., Nov. 7, 2 p.m., free, Art Museum steps, 2600 Ben Franklin Parkway, 215-546-8556, getartoffourbacks.com. "Your guess is as good as mine." SHADOW'S SPACE Why isn't Albo Jeavons' public gathering, Get Art Off Our Backs, coinciding with First Friday? "I don't want the [Philadelphia Museum of Art]'s admission price to be a bar for potential participants," says the Philly artist, who, in 2002, brought us the corporate-slamming DisneyHole and in 2007, the Barnes-mocking Like the global exhibitions that inspired it, Concetta Barbera and Patch's group show "World's Fair" brings together local and international artists focusing on "world culture, discovery, innovation and nostalgic ephemera." Philadelphia talent includes the two curators, plus Melissa Lomax, James and Sam Heimer, Rog Peterson and Jeff Kilpatrick, co-founder of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society; from across the pond, watch for Gregor Louden, who could have designed Up were it set in a bustling metropolis. Opening reception Fri., Nov. 5, 6-10 p.m., free, through Dec. 31, Shadow's Space Gallery, 1248 N. Front St., 215-291-4919, worldsfairartshow.wordpress.com. (firstname.lastname@example.org) the naked city | feature [ you're excited and i'm excited ] [ kaleidoscope ] a&e virtual gallery We all want to fill our homes with art, but who the hell can afford it? You can't even snag a tiny coffee-shop print without having to starve for a month. But all hope is not lost. Art + Culture Editions (aceditions.com) offers a robust collection of photos, paintings and mixed media for sale, starting at $50. A nifty advanced search tool lets you browse by color scheme, price range or style, so even if you'll never hang a Warhol, your pad can still be a showplace by Christmas. --Josh Middleton aidorinvade Rodney Anonymous vs. the world the agenda | food | classifieds exhibit You ever wake up, get out of bed, put on your pants and ... just kind of stand there for a minute? It's like Paranormal Activity, except no demons (I don't think). At Rodger LaPelle Galleries this month, Jeanine Leclaire's "Borrowing Souls and Other Awkward Moments" (through Dec. 31, rodgerlapellegalleries.com) taps into the early-morning pauses we take, half-dressed, half-asleep, to stare at a wall, swallow our (metaphorical) demons and face the day. --Carolyn Huckabay AMERICA! FUCK YEAH! Don't write in the first person singular. THE TWO CARDINAL rules for reviewing anything, be it music, film or that creepy massage parlor out by the interstate, are as follows: 1) Don't write about your friends, and 2) Despite the highly subjective nature of the act of reviewing, don't write in the first person singular. For example, it would be highly inappropriate for me to write that the deadline for the piece you're currently reading got moved up so, having nothing at hand to review, I panicked, reached into my CD collection, and pulled out the Total Fucking Destruction CD, which my friend Rich -- who also happens to drum for Total Fucking Destruction and who used to let me crash in his dorm room when I was drunk -- handed to me at a flea market a few months ago. It would also be wrong of me to point out how fortuitous it was that the above chain of events finally got me around to listening to Peace, Love, and Total Fucking Destruction,because the CD rocks harder than Randy Quaid on crystal meth shooting an Uzi into an oil refinery that's been overrun by rabid werewolves. Almost every song is a short (as in, less than one minute) blast of sonic angst. Basically, TFD are the anti-Joni Mitchell, which in itself would be enough to recommend them, but when you add to that the fact that the songs are actually catchy, Total Fucking Destruction becomes Total Fucking Godhead. memoir There's a lot of dirt to be found under rock's fingernails -- so much so that science tests Ozzy Osbourne for his protean tolerance. But the DNA of Keith Richards is a rare and precious jewel. And not just because of copious amounts of drugs and booze. It's the rock 'n' roll, man, that makes Richards' new memoir, Life (Little, Brown, Oct. 26), worth tucking into. It's a well-etched story of many passions, and I wanted it to go on forever. --A.D. Amorosi musical Does Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prizewinning rock opera Rent still resonate a decade and a half after its Broadway debut? It should: AIDS is still rampant, artists are still starving and people still like to hear pretty voices singing catchy show tunes. The 11th Hour Theatre Co. is certainly counting on the enduring power of the musical with a new production at Drexel's Mandell Theater (Nov. 5-21, 11thhourtheatrecompany.org). --Patrick Rapa flickpick [ movie review ] FOUR LIONS [ A- ] ONCE YOU GET past the initial shock, the idea of making a comedy about P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 27 BAND OF BROTHERS: In Four Lions, a group of wouldbe suicide bombers is more inclined to argue over the size of their guns than actually use them. suicide bombers doesn't actually seem so far-fetched. And if anyone is qualified, it's Britain's Chris Morris, a onetime collaborator of Steve Coogan and In the Loop's Armando Iannucci, whose television series Brass Eye mercilessly mocked social hysteria and self-serious pseudo-authority. (If you're curious, look up the Paedogeddon special, in which Phil Collins is snookered into endorsing a fictitious charity called Nonce Sense.) At the core of Four Lions are the bumbling actions of a group of would-be jihadis living in London, some acting out of petty grievances and others because they're too dim to question what they're told. The wisest of the bunch -- and boy, is that a relative term -- is Omar (Riz Ahmed of The Road to Guantanamo), who's far from the embittered extremist you'd expect. If anything, his elder brother is the more doctrinaire Muslim -- as well as the one more likely to make Juan Williams' hackles rise -- but he's more inclined to deliver lectures than explosive devices. It's hard to tell what motivates Omar and his comrades, in fact, which feeds into the movie's slyly delivered subtext. These guys aren't diehards; they're cannon fodder. When they're making their martyrdom videos, they bicker over the size of the guns they're holding, which is as close as they get to firing a shot. The jihadis' absurdity is rooted in real life -- Morris' inspiration was a group of people who loaded explosives onto a boat that sank under their weight -- but Morris doesn't trivialize the danger they represent. Even idiots with bombs can get lucky, so to speak. Satire bleeds into tragedy, until you can no longer tell them apart. --Sam Adams Even idiots with bombs can get lucky, so to speak. Verdict: Don't put off listening to this CD until you have a looming deadline; seek it out now, or learn to live with regret. (email@example.com) Total Fucking Destruction Peace, Love, and Total Fucking Destruction (ENUCLEATION) 28 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T classifieds | food | the agenda a&e feature | the naked city the naked city | feature a&e the agenda | food | classifieds P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 29 Sign up at halfoffdepot.com/philadelphia to have Today's Big Deal sent directly to your inbox. Today's Big Deal: LET THE BARGAINS HUNT YOU. New Deals Daily halfoffdepot.com/philadelphia feature | the naked city FIRST FRIDAY [ comedy ] [ arts & entertainment ] WILL WORK FOR GIGGLES Improv stalwart Joe Bill kicks off Comedy Month with a lesson plan for laughter. By Daniella Wexler [ comedy month picks ] a&e NED TALKS Modeled after the famed TED talks, the "ideas worth spreading" in the first-ever NED talks verify that comedy can be both snicker-worthy and enlightening. Four comedians will be asked to expand on one simple question: What does comedy mean to you? Among the presenters are Meg and Rob's Meg Favreau, who'll lay out the evolution of a joke; Kelly Jennings from ComedySportz, talking about how comedians come together as a group; and Secret Pants' Paul Triggiani, who has the scoop on how the Internet can be used to funny folks' advantage. Wed., Nov. 17, 8 p.m., $10. classifieds | food | the agenda PHILLY'S DIRTIEST SKETCH 18TH CENTURY MALI WEDDING BEADS Joe Bill (left) and Dave Razowsky MEETJOSEPH KNIGHT KNIGHT & HAMMER FROM venandvaida.com 18 S. 3RD STREET November 6 | 8pm | $28 - $35 Amos Lee 30 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | For tickets call (302) 652-5577 or 800-37-GRAND or visit us online: TicketsAtTheGrand.org THEGRAND f you're a hardcore fan of improv, you may want to start wetting your pants right now. The great Joe Bill is coming to town to play Comedy Month -- a three-week chucklefest created by the Philadelphia Improv Festival, Philly Sketchfest and the Philadelphia Joke Initiative. Most people probably don't recognize the name or the face. So what's the big deal? The short answer is: He's funny. The long answer? Read on. In the mid-1980s, Bill left his home state of Indiana to work and study at iO Chicago and Second City under former Saturday Night Live coach Del Close. In '87, he teamed up with 19 other "dysfunctional" comedians to create Annoyance Theater, a venture that not only allowed him to create a brand of comedy all his own, but the opportunity to "enchant and horrify" through a medium he likes to call comedy burlesque. The troupe instantly became notorious for putting on vulgarly bent crowd-pleasers like Screw Puppies, Manson: The Musical and Coed Prison Sluts -- a show that still holds the title for longestrunning musical staged in Chicago. All lewdness aside, though, there's a reason the company chose to use the word "theater" instead of "comedy" on its marquee. "I'm just as happy to get riveted silence from an audience who's compelled by characters emotionally affecting each other as I am by kneeslapping laughter," says Bill. "If you put the word `comedy' out front of your theater, you have to deliver laughs." This unlikely mixture of crude and serious seems to have paid off. Today Bill is regarded as a master of scenic and comedic improvisation and, as a sought-after adviser for comedy theaters across the country, he's able to open doorways for promising comedians who would otherwise have a hard time making an impact in larger comedy havens like Chicago. "I'm big into building the improv community," he says. "I want to help people do in 10 years what it took me 20 to do." I But with all the teaching and mentoring of newbies, he still has an insatiable itch to be on stage. Tomorrow night he's splitting the spotlight with Dave Razowsky, a fellow Annoyance Theater founder who shares his opinion that a successful show shouldn't be taken for granted; a comedian has to work for it, they agree. The two have actually never played together at a comedy N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T Start wetting your pants right now. festival, but Bill says the laughter should be plentiful. "He's a little Jewish guy, and I'm a big plodding Irish guy," he says, "so of course we're gonna be funny together." It's this type of uncanny chemistry that revs up his passion for improv and readies him for the trademark, off-the-cuff reactions he's known for. "You're not going to get better than that unless you offer instantaneous non-contact orgasms," says Bill. "[But] I don't think you can do that legally in America -- especially with the Tea Party getting bigger." (firstname.lastname@example.org) Razowski & Bill play Fri., Nov. 5, 9 Farting onstage will almost always inspire a chuckle, but comedian Don Montrey says it'll take more than a little noisy butt air to wrangle the top prize at Philly's Dirtiest Sketch competition. "It's easy to [pass gas] on stage to get people to laugh, so a lot of times people stay away from that," he says, "but you are supposed to be as dirty and scatological as you can be." This year's competition will feature Comedy Month participants like Dependable Felons and the Feeko Brothers, but Montrey says the team to out-gross is Secret Pants -- who've taken the top prize two years running. Tue., Nov. 9, 8 p.m., $10. COLLEGE IMPROV TOURNAMENT Five local improv groups, including Temple's Fowl Play, UArts' the Yes, Ampersands and Haverford's Lighted Fools, will go joke-to-joke with 13 other troupes in the College Improv Tournament's Eastern Regionals, hosted by the Chicago Improv Festival. Teams will be given 25 minutes each to woo the judges; four finalists (plus one wild card) will compete again that night for the chance to conquer nationals in February. Executive Director Jonathan Pitts says that while the tournament is competitive, it's set up as an educational tool for young people to learn from their peers, and to have a chance to be seen by people who might actually hire them. Sat., Nov. 20, preliminary rounds at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m., $10; tournament at 9 p.m., $15. -- Josh Middleton All Comedy Month events at Philly Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St., 215-496-9722, phlcomedy.com. p.m., $10, Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, 215-6850750, phif.org. the naked city | feature a&e the agenda | food | classifieds P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . 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N E T classifieds | food | the agenda a&e feature | the naked city first post 12:25pm fourteen championship the world simulcasting fr bring your ent grand opening cele exit 37 off i-95 or exit 351 off the watch & wage world champio November 5 & po ntourage KEVIN DILLON starring lebration oker NOVEMBER 5 er the 2010 breeders cup pionships &6 ip races over two days. featuring the best horses in g from churchill downs. plus, live racing from parx. he pa turnpike. feature | the naked city [ arts & entertainment ] MASSAGE � "Come Find Peace In Calm" YOGA � REIKI shelflife Under the covers with Justin Bauer a&e 1214 Moore Street Philadelphia, PA 19148 267-909-8007 or 267-909-8453 email@example.com www.becalm.bewell.com SOLE SURVIVORS INVITE YOU AND A GUEST TO VISIT THE Delaware Art Museum GENERAL ADMISSION Tickets are valid through 1 year ENTER TO WIN TICKETS AT: www.citypaper.net/win 2301 Kentmere Parkway | Wilmington, DE 19806 302.571.9590 | www.delart.org 34 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | ERIC GANSWORTH'S novel Extra Indians (Milkweed, Nov. 1) opens with the epigraph "THIS IS A TRUE STORY," which comes from Fargo's opening credits. It's important because Extra Indians starts out by telling the tale of a trucker who picks up a Japanese girl out searching for Fargo's missing treasure. Having taken the movie's fictional disclaimer as fact, she ends the night outside, in the northern Minnesota winter, dead from exposure. Nuriko Furuta's death is instrumental in warming up the voice of the trucker, Tommy Jack McMorsey. The events of that night, and the repercussions of his tabloid-TV interview about the girl's death, structure Tommy Jack's present, but they mainly frame a couple of older stories that are just as sad. One belongs to Tommy Jack, and concerns his return to West Texas from Vietnam and his courtship of Shirley Mounter; the other belongs to his comrade-in-arms, who leaves his own home for a desperate shot at Hollywood. Both stories get teased out of Tommy Jack when his adopted son and Shirley's daughter come hunting for him after his TV appearance. Saturated in nostalgia and regret, both stories are delivered in Tommy Jack's worn-in cadence. Both tales fill out the stark outlines of fear drawn by the Japanese girl's death. And when Gansworth, in his author's note, discloses that her story is factual, he underlines the clich� that truth is stranger than fiction. "Google it," he challenges. It's a pointed inversion, with the realism of a literary novel carrying themes that possess more trueto-life tangible strength than verifiable facts. By layering truth and fiction, Gansworth complicates the two, dislocating us along with his characters. Anne Fortier's Juliet (Ballantine, Aug. 24) glories in similar complications, whipping literary history and historical fiction into macchiato-ready froth. Julie Jacobs, who finds out she's really Giulietta Tolomei, the direct (matrilineal) descendant of the historical source for Shakespeare's Juliet, endures coincidence and misdirection and hidden identities. She winds up unsure of whether she's trapped by the circumstances of her ancestor's story, or whether she's able to rewrite Juliet's fate. But Julie's author has no such qualms about monkeying with the Bard: She grabs on to the Juliet story's fairy-tale plotting, and starts up multiple versions of it in parallel, full of preposterous flash and high-blown romance. It's a bravura performance by Fortier, who riffs and vamps in the beats between what we know the story does and how she can manipulate it. It's no shock that Julie swaps comedy for tragic fate; the surprise comes with how well Fortier pulls off the often-ridiculous twists of candy-floss plot. None of her devices are nearly as preposterous as Ed, a nonexistent retconned dog who is sidekick and comic relief in Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe classifieds | food | the agenda (Pantheon, Sept. 7). Just like Juliet plays on the real-life fiction of Shakespeare in Julie's fictional real life, Yu hijacks the rules of sci-fi for his own purposes. Yu's protagonist (explicitly not a hero, also named Charles Yu) repairs time machines for a living, constantly interjecting highly technical but not-particularly-earnest explanations of the grammatical physics of Minor Universe 31. Despite all the charmingly geeky care Yu takes to chart the twisting chronologies of time travel, Universe isn't really science fiction. It's maybe meta-science fiction, a Douglas Adams goof; it's mostly metaphor. Because the rules of time travel, in Yu's universe, prohibit tampering with the past, the metafictional literalness of time travel becomes an actual symbol of memory. The reality of the sci-fi universe, its adventure and gadgetry, allows Yu to explore the very non-science-fictional ideas of loss and dislocation. When his father leaves his home, "where there was enough magic left in the real [world] ... that time travel devices were ... unnecessary," we can recognize his struggle, which rehearses the American conflicts between immigrant first and second generations; Yu's exuberant armature of ray-gun clich�s refreshes that familiar story, restores its power and jerks the immigrant's dislocation firmly into the present tense. (firstname.lastname@example.org) N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T the naked city | feature a&e the agenda | food | classifieds P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 35 feature | the naked city curtaincall CP theater reviews CULT CLASSIC Philly playwright Thomas Gibbons' eighth premi�re with InterAct Theatre Co. harks back to an obscure bit of American history in a drama that's surprisingly meaningful today. Silverhill pits sympathetic characters against each other in 1891 upstate New York, where a 247-person commune practices a "doctrine of perfectionism": no police, lawyers, churches or money "on the authority of Scripture" -- in other words, Bible-based communism. Nick Embree's handsome set features huge gates -- do they lock out the corrupt outside, or imprison Silverhill's citizens? Christopher Coucill makes leader Alden a fiery prophet, tall and lean with an Old Testament white beard. His anti-property doctrine extends to relationships, promoting a free love that allows him to sexually subjugate lovely young Tirzah (Jessica DalCanton) while wife Kate (Nancy Boykin) fumes. Inevitably, Silverhill's youth question their leader. Frank (Dan Hodge) and Tirzah are in love, but exclusivity is forbidden; after Frank defiantly buys Tirzah a brooch in the outside world, Alden orders a "criticism session," essentially a verbal stoning. In Alden's perfect community, rebellion is, conveniently, a sin. Soon, philosophies clash: communism vs. capitalism, monogamy vs. free love, dictatorship vs. democracy, with fascinating modern parallels. A great cast brings the debate to life in personal, intimate, often humorous performances. Tim Moyer as Tirzah's beleaguered father, Pierce Cravens as a wide-eyed new recruit, and Mary Tuomanen as his comfortably polygamous lover classifieds | food | the agenda struggle through another disputed American doctrine: evolution. Silverhill must change or die. The lively debate about divinity and human perfection, and ideas about charismatic leaders and the inevitable lure of anything forbidden, resonate powerfully. Silverhill fascinates with its glimpse of pre-1960s American social experiments, but soars through its fresh exploration of eternal -- and, thus, contemporary -- issues. Through Nov. 14, $27-$32, The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., 215-568-8079, interacttheatre.org. Silverhill SETH ROZIN [ arts & entertainment ] MAGIC MAN Tarell Alvin McCraney's Run, Mourner, Run worked some powerful magic on me -- but how? Why? In many ways, it just shouldn't. The characters in this hourlong one-act are richly realized in director Matt Pfeiffer's Flashpoint Theatre Co. production, yet nearly all unlikable. Keith Conallen plays Dean, a gay sad-sack mired in a small town by his invalid mother; Brian McCann plays slimy local tyrant Terrell; and Gerard Joseph is his equally ethicsdeficient rival, Brown. Terrell bribes Dean to seduce Brown for some good ol'-fashioned blackmail: an ugly, racist, gay-bashing tale. Adapting Randall Kenan's short story, McCraney maintains the writer's omniscience: Characters slide from third-person description of themselves into first-person action. Narrating events as they occur seems redundant, but this observer's point of view reveals surprising intimacy. A line like "Ray gave a smile that could give a bull a hard-on" vividly nails a passing moment, and description such as "The very air in the room changed color" underscores action as acting (or lighting) simply can't. Distance, paradoxically, brings us closer. The production around those words works splendidly, too. A terrific ensemble bursts into song snippets that neatly frame the action, and create vivid personalities with few lines. Melanye Finister barely speaks as Brown's Aunt Helen, but hovers ominously, as does Aim� Kelly as Brown's wife, Gloria, who makes the play's difficult ending superbly understated. Jake Blouch and Jonathan Mulhearn are ominously familiar as Terrell's attack-dog sons, and Amanda Grove makes Dean's mother's suffering palpable. Run, Mourner, Run ultimately soars through Conallen, who bares the aching hollowness in Dean's tawdry soul. Somehow, in this most unreal style of theater, Dean's plight conjures genuine emotion. Through Nov. 20, $18-$20, Second Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., 215-665-9720, flashpointtheatre.org. --Mark Cofta N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T a&e w 36 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | TION November 11, 2010, PPAC P opens the exhibition Philly Photo Day 2010, an exhibit of over 350 submitted images taken on October 28th. Gra Cra 140 Phi 7PM Copies of all submitted photos will Visit www.philaphotoarts.o is movie the naked city | feature " shorts HILARIOUS! `DUE DATE' IS SIDE-SPLITTING, ROLL IN THE AISLE, CAN'T STOP LAUGHING 'TIL IT HURTS FUNNY." FILMS ARE GRADED BY CITY PAPER CRITICS A-F. A RAUCOUS RIDE... " A RECIPE FOR NUTSO FUN. " Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV a&e the agenda | food | classifieds " THE LAUGH-OUT-LOUD " COMEDY OF THE YEAR! Maria Salas, The CW Maria Salas, The CW Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine " TODD PHILLIPS SCORESAGAIN." " ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AND ZACH GALIFIANAKIS HAVE THE PERFECT ON-SCREEN CHEMISTRY!" Sandie Newton, CBS-TV Sandie Newton, CBS-TV Tamara Drewe NEW AHEAD OF TIME|B+ "I realized you could get things done," says Ruth Gruber, "if you were patient and waited and lived inside of a bubble." She learned this lesson, she explains, during a stay with Eskimos in Alaska, an excursion undertaken when she was special assistant to Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes -- in 1941. Gruber turned 99 on Sept. 30, and she's lived every moment, as they say, leaning forward. Brooklyn-born and the world's youngest Ph.D. at age 20, she shares her story here with good humor and nuanced perspective, recalling her time as a young New York Herald Tribune journalist and photographer, and her invitation to report from Baghdad and Saudi Arabia in 1946. (Something of a protofeminist -- a Maureen Dowd before Maureen Dowd -- she says, "I was gonna find out what it was like to sleep in a harem and also to find out what the Saudi Arabians thought about oil.") Gruber was in Jerusalem when the Exodus arrived in 1947, and saw her reporting as a form of activism. "You have to understand the feelings of the person you're interviewing," she says, "to understand what the person is going through." Just so, Bob Richman's documentary invites you to understand Ruth Gruber, to appreciate not only her great daring and intelligence, but also how and why she made her decisions, based on a firm commitment to civil rights and equality, for individuals and communities across nations, races and genders. --Cindy Fuchs (Ritz Five) FAIR GAME Read Patrick Rapa's review at citypaper.net/movies. (Ritz Five) FOR COLORED GIRLS|D The reaction to Tyler Perry's announcement of his intention to adapt Ntozake Shange's landmark play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf seemed to span a fairly narrow range of emotion from trepidation to dread. After nearly a dozen films, Perry's attempts to integrate his sub-Flip Wilson drag comedy into his soap opera dramas still feel clumsy at best. So how could he be expected to successfully mold a narrative from Shange's blend of theater, poetry and dance? The short answer is, he can't. Perry's approach is to build a conventional melodrama scaffolding on which to mount several of the original texts. Shange's highly stylized language suddenly erupts from the midst of naturalistic dialogue like numbers in a musical. Characters heretofore given to reciting Oprah platitudes suddenly mouth arch monologues as if speaking in tongues. Perry chooses to film each of these harrowing tales in excruciating close-up, nearly making a fetish of female suffering. While some of his additions drag the original, however awkwardly, into the 21st century, Perry opts not to update the source, thereby retaining outdated segments like a back-alley abortionist, belaboring them with cartoon horrors -- the filthy apartment is reached only after a Red Riding Hood slog through an alley populated by growling pitbulls, craps games and gibbering lunatics. The shouldbe-horrifying sight of a shell-shocked vet dangling his children from an upper-story window is made laughable by staging out of a Superman comic. If Perry has finally found a way to meld his tastes for maudlin melodrama P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 37 DUE DATE Read Shaun Brady's review at citypaper.net/movies. (Pearl, Rave, Roxy, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview) STARTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 - CHECK DIRECTORIES FOR LISTINGS feature | the naked city and broad comedy, it's by turning the former unintentionally into the latter. --Shaun Brady (Pearl, Rave, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Main St., UA Riverview) classifieds | food | the agenda FOUR LIONS|ARead Sam Adams' review on p. 27. (Ritz at the Bourse) GENIUS WITHIN: THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD|B "The more he stared at his own body, the more helpless he seemed." Glenn Gould biographer Kevin Bazzana's description of the pianist's hypochondria typifies Mich�le Hozer and Peter Raymont's film, which is actually less about the artist's inner life than what other people imagine about it. Over archival footage showing Gould walking through parks and woods, playing the piano and even driving, the film offers interview segments and piano recordings. It's clear that Gould was a consummate performer (philosopher Mark Kingwell opines, "His life is itself a performance that people can't take their eyes away from"). So even as his friends and associates imagine what he liked or what he did, they are, of course, stymied by exactly this self-aware, ever-staged self. He used his "eccentricities," as well as his art, to maintain a "distance from the world." His ex-lover, audio engineer and personal assistant all weigh in, none offering much more than what's obvious: He cultivated an image, marketable and also self-defensive. In another moment, a later phase, Gould says, "I don't much care for sunlight. ... My moods are more or less inversely related to the clarity of the sky on any given day." Yes, and he also wore gloves and scarves and hated to play concerts (his last one was in 1964, when he was just 31). But his genius, the more interesting story here, is submerged under the focus on the oddities. --C.F. (Ritz at the Bourse) MEGAMIND 3D Read Sam Adams' review at citypaper. net/movies. (Pearl, Rave, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Main St., UA Riverview) TAMARA DREWE|B An engaging if somewhat scatterbrained pastoral comedy, Tamara Drewe is set at a writers' retreat in the English countryside, where the collected authors' dalliances prove far more interesting than the words they're setting to paper. Taken from Posy Simmonds' graphic novel, itself a loose reworking of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, Stephen Frears' adaptation often feels more like a summary than an adaptation, skipping from plot point to plot point while finer details get lost in the ellipses. Gemma Arterton plays Tamara, an ugly duckling returned home a rhinoplastied swan, where her interrupted romance with a dashing but impoverished local handyman (Luke Evans) is complicated by all manner of misunderstandings and diversions, from ill-advised affairs to stampeding cattle. Perhaps a remnant of its serialized source, the FUNNY " " FUNNY " " FUNNY " " FUNNY " " LA TIMES CINEMATICAL EMPIRE FILM SCHOOL REJECTS A FILM BY CRITICS EVERYWHERE AGREE! FUNNY " "FUNNY " " FUNNY " "FUNNY " " FUNNY " "FUNNY " " FUNNY " " CHUD THE TIMES TOTAL FILM TWITCHFILM TIME OUT EVENING STANDARD HOLLYWOOD REPORTER film's focus is constantly in flux, not intertwining the various strands but doggedly following one until suddenly becoming distracted by another. Even the title character disappears for long stretches, perhaps deservedly so as Frears seems more captivated by the conflict between Roger Allam, a successful crime novelist with a bloated ego and a ravenous appetite for young women, and Bill Camp's sheepish academic, who becomes inspired by Allam's long-suffering wife (Tamsin Greig). Each character gets his chance to be the story's center until he's shoved aside for the next. The film works best when viewed through the eyes of two teenage girls who surreptitiously intervene in the adults' complicated lives. Treat though it is, a single point of view would have kept this souffl� from falling. --S.B. (Ritz at the Bourse) [ movie shorts ] touched by an intimacy with death. The strands inevitably meet up, under circumstances so lazily contrived that the climactic sequence feels like off-brand I��rritu. Hereafter posits a definite afterlife, but a decidedly agnostic one, and the glimpses Eastwood does allow of the other side are brief flashes of figures silhouetted against a white light. --S.B. (Ritz Five, UA 69th St., UA Grant) a&e INSIDE JOB|A Charles Ferguson's new documentary provides a remarkably coherent, bracing and frequently galling analysis of the recent world financial crisis, one that focuses on the (current) lack of consequences for those who caused it. As interviewees respond to Ferguson's off-screen queries, the drama comes in watching subjects think through their answers, using their expertise to explain or obfuscate -- sometimes both at once. The film insists on the culpability of individuals; that they are not suffering consequences is a problem Ferguson refuses to let alone. --C.F. (Ritz Five) CONTINUING CONVICTION|B Sure, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank), single mother of two who got her GED and put herself through law school to exonerate her wrongly incarcerated brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell), is yet another plucky heroine for the two-time Academy Award-winner Swank to sink her big teeth into. And it's easy to dismiss this true story as maudlin, but under the sure hand of actor-turned-director Tony Goldwyn, Conviction actually overcomes its disadvantages. Goldwyn makes the bond between these siblings palpable, coaxing stirring performances from Swank and, especially, Rockwell. --Gary M. Kramer (Ritz East) CHRIS MORRIS IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY|D+ Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's feeble attempt at following in the footsteps of Juno and (500) Days of Summer is a catastrophic botch. The tragedy is that there's a decent movie hidden among the jokey cutaways, one in which a suicidal teen (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself in to the hospital for observation and finds he's less crazy than he'd like to think. --Sam Adams (Ritz at the Bourse) WRITTEN BY CHRIS MORRIS JESSE ARMSTRONG & SAM BAIN DIRECTED BY CHRIS MORRIS N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT STARTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 RITZ AT THE BOURSE Center City 215-925-7900 LANDMARK THEATRES CALL THEATER FOR SHOWTIMES www.fourlionsfilm.com "ONE OF THE BEST PICTURES OF THE YEAR. A brilliant screenplay, masterfully directed." � Bill Handelsman, PACIFICA RADIO OFFICIAL SELECTION SPECIAL PRESENTATION 99-year old journalist Ruth Gruber's photos of the ship Exodus helped launch a nation. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST|CThe Millennium Trilogy finale begins with a recap. Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) is headed to the hospital, as is Zalachenko (Georgi Staykov), the ultra-evil father she tried to kill with an ax. The surgery to remove a bullet from her skull is rendered with Saw-like detail, and from then on, she seems a little comatose, then watching others more or less decide her fate. As much as the series has railed against powerful villains for producing the damaged, angry girl who will be their undoing, it has also repeatedly sensationalized their multiple abuses of her, which has been increasingly exploitative and tedious. --C.F. (Ritz Five) JACKASS 3D|BJohnny Knoxville and his band of dumb-ass daredevils have cooked up another round of numbskullery that's at turns inventive (cavorting in the engine exhaust of a parked fighter plane) and disgusting (Sweatsuit Cocktail). But there's something missing in the post-coital banter -- the O-face reaction shots, such a touchstone of the series' appeal, seem lackluster, and even Knoxville has a touch of weariness in his face. Which isn't to say that Jackass 3D isn't worth your time, or that it is. It's more that it feels like a swan song. --Brian Howard (UA Grant, UA Riverview) Cannes Film Festival 2010 INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION WINNER MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 2010 FAVORITE US FEAtURE Film Festival 2010 AFI DC LABOR FILMFest 2010 " � Brent Simon, H MAGAZINE � Brent Simon, H MAGAZINE ." SUPERB." 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RED is as much a comedy as it is a smart shoot-'em-up, with quips sometimes spraying as wildly as the bullets. Give some props to the kids -- Mary-Louise Parker and Karl Urban -- but this one's a salute to the old-heads. --Patrick Rapa (Pearl, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview) solutions. --S.B. (Ritz East) HIWAY THEATER 212 Old York Road, Jenkintown, 215886-9800, hiwaytheatre.org. Protektor (2009, Czech Republic, 98 min.): A journalist broadcasts Nazi propaganda to protect his Jewish wife. This screening is the film's Philadelphia premi�re. Tue., Nov. 9, 7 p.m., $9-$10. [ movie shorts ] the naked city | feature REPERTORY FILM AMBLER THEATER 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, amblertheater.org. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, U.S., 137 min.): Hasta la vista, Governator. Mon., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., $4.75-$9. SECRET CINEMA Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St., 215-925-2222, chemheritage.org. Doctor X (1932, U.S. 76 min.): A reporter intrudes on Doctor X's plans to unmask the Moon Killer. Wed., Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m., free. a&e the agenda | food | classifieds INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 215-895-6543, ihousephilly.org. Brainiacs in La La Land (2010, U.S., 70 min.): An aspiring director and actress screw around in Tinseltown. Punch Me (2010, U.S., 13 min.): With a dying father and a relationship on the rocks, one man grapples with identity. Tue., Nov. 9, 7 p.m., $5-$8. American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2009, Canada, 84 min.): A THE SOCIAL NETWORK|AThe Social Network watches the growth of Facebook from the inside, but ends up being less about one specific phenomenon than the minor tremors that ripple outward into world-altering quakes. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) envisions Facebook as replicating "the entire social experience of college" online, and The Social Network posits that the Digital Age has become Revenge of the Nerds, writ large. --S.B. (UA Riverview) B-MOVIE LOUNGE L'Etage, 624 S. Sixth St., 215-592-0656, creperie-beaumonde.com. Jungle Virgin Force (1983, Indonesia, 93 min.): A group of women tromps through a Jakarta forest to flee their oppressors. Wed., Nov. 10, 8-11 p.m., $5. UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES IN PHILADELPHIA 600 S. 43rd St., 215-596-8800. History of Mass Transit in Philadelphia just too much. This barrage-of-stimuli approach usually works for director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), but in the case of this animated adaptation, it's downright stultifying. --Drew Lazor (UA Riverview) THE BALCONY 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, thetroc. com. Lost in Translation (2003, U.S., 102 min.): "Why do they switch the R's and the L's here?" Mon., Nov. 8, 8 p.m., $3. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT|CThe meet-cute: The couple who tried to set up perky control freak Holly (Katherine Heigl) and gruff dude-bro Messer (Josh Duhamel) have tragically died in a car accident, leaving behind their toddler in this case of matchmaking-fromthe-grave. Heigl's petty narcissism hogs a spotlight that would be better pointed toward the well-being of the kid, and even when Holly and Messer engage in the kind of early-parenthood activities one might look back on fondly, there's little joy to be found. --Carolyn Huckabay (UA Riverview) documentary about the controversial American Jewish scholar. Wed., Nov. 10, 7 p.m., $5-$8. (2010, U.S., 40 min.): A collection of student-made shorts dealing with the public's relationship with Philly's transportation system. Wed., Nov. 10, 7 p.m., free. WOODEN SHOE BOOKS 704 South St., 215-413-0999, woodenshoebooks.com. Black Gold (2006, U.K. 78 min.): A nice introduction to the fair trade movement, this documentary explores seedy coffee-trading practices around the world. Sun., Nov. 7, 7 p.m., free. STONE|C"She's a alien," says Stone (Edward Norton), "a alien from another world." He hardly seems to be joking as he describes his wife, Lucetta (Milla Jovovich), who he thinks about to get through his days in prison. Or so he tells his caseworker, Jack (Robert De Niro). What follows is a set of games and seductions, premised on the men's fascination with Lucetta's affect -- a little country, a lot modeled on trashy-pop girls. Jack's wife, Madylyn (Frances Conroy), is slightly less predictable, if only because she's so emotionally abused. The film offers philosophical questions as well as moral and spiritual puzzles. As the men find their focus through violence, the women remain mysterious. You know: as it ever was. --C.F. (Ritz at the Bourse) N. 3RD 801 N. Third St., 215-413-3666. Fancy Pants Cinema Bring your own VHS or DVD to this open-to-anyone short film screening. Tue., Nov. 9, 10 p.m., free. BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-9898, brynmawrfilm.org. The Room (2003, U.S., 99 min.): "The Citizen Kane of bad movies." Fri., Nov. 5, 11:55 p.m., $5-$7. Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives (2010, U.S., 90 min.): She'll cut a bitch. Fri., Nov. 5, 11:55 p.m., $5-$7. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, U.S., 87 min.): Mr. Fox kicks some serious farmer ass. Sat., Nov. 6, 11 a.m., $4-$5. PHILADELPHIA CITY INSTITUTE LIBRARY 1905 Locust St., 215-685-6621, library. phila.gov. Paison (1946, Italy, 120 min.): The second of Rossellini's Neorealism Trilogy chronicles the 1944 Italian campaign against Nazi Germany. Wed., Nov. 10, 2 p.m., free. citypaper.net CHECK OUT MORE R E P E R T O R Y F I L M L I S T I N G S AT C I T Y PA P E R . N E T / R E P F I L M . More on: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2|CConnected, in a lazy sort of way, to Oren Peli's low-budget/high-profit cult smash, Paranormal Activity 2 tries to capture the roughshod appeal of its source material, but can't help but come off comparatively dull. Shifting the first-person home-vid paranoia from original haunted couple Katie and Micah to the family home of Katie's sister, this Paranormal employs many of the same tricks as the 2009 hit, which makes for plenty of bland jump scares. But a demon-bait newborn child and a glib teenage daughter are inadequate replacements for the trembling verity that powered the original. --D.L. (Pearl, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview) CHESTNUT HILL FILM GROUP Free Library, Chestnut Hill Branch, 8711 Germantown Ave., 215-6859290, freelibrary.org. With A Friend Like Harry (2000, France, 117 min.): Harry's just too weird for words. Tue., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., free. P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 39 THE TOWN|B Ben Affleck hands himself the thankless challenge of finding life in another criminal with a heart of gold, agreeing to one last job before turning his life around. Affleck plays a second-generation thief, the sensitive mastermind behind his team's heists. He keeps the momentum taut, but the story lacks the depth of his directorial debut. --S.B. (Roxy, UA Riverview) COLONIAL THEATRE 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610-9171228, thecolonialtheatre.com. Trick 'r Treat (2007, U.S., 82 min.): Several interwoven tales that take place on Halloween. Fri., Nov. 5, 9:45 p.m., $5-$8. Laurel & Hardy Shorts A 90minute screening of Laurel & Hardy shorts, including Brats, Help Mates and Music Box. Sat., Nov. 6, 2 p.m., $5$8. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934, U.S., 75 min.): A Hitchcock film about a couple endangered by finding out about an assassination plot. Sun., Nov. 7, 2 p.m., $5-$8. RED|AWhen old Joe (Morgan Freeman), an ex-CIA desk-jobber, smiles and says "we're getting the band back together," that's a good time to take stock of your team. Besides himself there's elegant assassin Victoria (Helen Mirren), LSD-ravaged nutball assassin Marvin (John Malkovich) and relative youngster Frank Moses (Bruce Willis); all are Retired, Extremely Dangerous WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN"|B+ Davis Guggenheim offers an impassioned argument against the neglect of the U.S. education system in his latest film, and while it inevitably recycles W's famous "Childrens do learn" gaffe, Waiting for "Superman" is hardly partisan. He not only lodges complaints about the status quo, but actually offers a number of COUNTY THEATER 20 E. State St., Doylestown, 215-3456789, countytheater.org. The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009, Sweden, 129 min.): If you play with fire you'll pee in the bed. Thu., Nov. 4, 5:15 p.m., $4.75-$9. a&e | feature | the naked city the agenda LISTINGS@CITYPAPER.NET | NOV. 4 - NOV. 11 classifieds | food the agenda [ all hell breaks loose ] LENS BABY: Photos from Chrissy Piper's "Three Records" project will be exhibited at Space 1026 Nov. 5-27. The Agenda is our selective guide to what's going on in the city this week. For comprehensive event listings, visit citypaper.net/listings. N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T IF YOU WANT TO BE LISTED: Submit information by mail (City Paper Listings, 123 Chestnut St., Third Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106) or e-mail (listings@ citypaper.net) to Josh Middleton. Details of the event -- date, time, address of venue, telephone number and admission price -- should be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered, and listings information will not be accepted over the phone. events. Executive director Tim Whitaker promises no speeches or readings, just beats from Gamble and Huff and good conversation. Admission affords you dinner (veg option available) and beer all night, and all proceeds will help fund Mighty Writers' future programs. Whitaker calls this a way of "widening [the] circle" by getting a lot of writers in the same room. You don't have to be a writer to come -- you've just gotta like them. --Juliana Reyes Thu., Nov. 4, 7 p.m., $20, Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St., 267-239-0899, mightywriters.org. works come by way of guest choreographers, namely Jane Comfort, Mark Dendy, Peter Sparling and Zvi Gotheiner. That's a pretty diverse crowd, dance-style-wise, and the tone of each work is different, too -- there's romantic, political, spunky and poignant. Which means the show'll keep both the dancers and the audience members on their toes. --Deni Kasrel Thu., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., and Fri., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., $25, Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St., 215-569-4060, ruddydance.org. activities are designed to get viewers acquainted with the human form through a find-thebody-part scavenger hunt and appendage printmaking hosted by Space 1026. Just remember to keep your clothes on. --Eric Schuman Thu., Nov. 4, 6 p.m., $10, Samuel Hamilton Building, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad St., 215-972-7600, pafa.org. FRIDAY THURSDAY 40 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | 11.04 [ fundraiser ] [ night art ] [ dance ] FULL FRONTAL Hosting evening soir�es is a good way to get folks into art museums. Throw in a little nudity, and all hell breaks loose. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is presenting its inaugural PAFA After Dark series with Full Frontal, a party centered around the self-portrait-heavy exhibit "Narcissus in the Studio." The evening's 11.05 [ jazz/blues ] rennial noncomformist, forever straddling the blues-jazz divide without settling comfortably in any category, while his darkly witty lyrics and bone-dry, Beat-inflected delivery have made him a hipster hero to generations of musical outsiders: covered by The Who and The Clash, championed in song by the Pixies, with spiritual progeny including Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Nellie McKay. The Way of the World (Anti-), his first studio outing in 12 years, may find him wryly lamenting his rapid neuron decay, but he's still in razor-sharp, all-too-rare form. --K. Ross Hoffman Fri.-Sat., Nov. 5-6, 8 and 10 p.m., $25-$55, Roller's Flying Fish, 8142 Germantown Ave., 215-247-0707, emusictime.com. her camera. It's not just her publicity shots (some of which have turned up in City Paper over the years), it's also her "Three Records" project, in which she asks people (some indie-famous, some not) to name three albums that have changed or inspired their lives. The idea has spawned a pretty paper zine -- issue No. 4 is out now -- and a series of photo exhibitions, like the one that opens this weekend at Space 1026, featuring the faces and favorite records of Aesop Rock, Dan Yemin, Blake Schwarzenbach and more. --Patrick Rapa Opening reception Fri., Nov. 5, 7-10 p.m., free, through Nov. 27, Space 1026, 1026 Arch St., second floor, 215-5747630, space1026.com. MIGHTY WRITERS BEEF & BEER Mighty Writers, a nonprofit dedicated to getting kids excited about the written word, is hosting a writers' event for people who don't like writers' JEANNE RUDDY DANCE Followers of Jeanne Ruddy usually have to wait till springtime to get their performance fix, but this year the dancemaker's throwing a changeup, launching her company's first-ever fall season. The MOSE ALLISON It's hard to imagine someone more fully steeped in roots musical traditions -- he grew up picking out jukebox boogie-and-blues tunes by ear in the Mississippi Delta. But 82-year-old ivory- (and rib-) tickler Mose Allison is also a pe- [ reading/signing ] [ photography/music ] THREE RECORDS At the crossroads of the audio and the visual, the place where the music hits the music fan, you'll find Chrissy Piper and AMY SEDARIS In a world oversaturated with hoity-toity homemakers (we're looking at you, Martha), it's refreshing to know some still have an eye toward us poor folk -- even if it is a space cadet like Amy Sedaris. Her new book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People (Grand Central Publishing, Nov. 2), proves that we don't need name-brand glue guns or expensive circle cutters to tackle our DIY dreams. It's all about poverty chic. Need a fancy candlestick for your next dinner party? Just paint the tip of a drumstick red and glue it into a holder. How about Christmas ornaments? Nothing shimmers like a wadded ball of tinfoil. And then there are her favorites, like the crap [ the agenda ] the naked city | feature | a&e Contois says, is that sound is a viable art form. "Sound is everpresent, an easily dismissed part of our day-to-day life," he says. "Aural stimulation can be used to invoke ideas, thoughts, memories and feelings." --A.D. Amorosi Opening reception Fri., Nov. 5, 6-11 p.m., free, through Nov. 19, VWVOFFKA, 2037 Frankford Ave., 802-730-3391. the agenda food | classifieds [ theater ] MOLUMBY'S MILLION Iron Age Theatre has a special affinity for masculine plays -- hard-edged, tough-guy dramas set in Antarctica, the Congo, the deep South -- so D.W. Gregory's Molumby's Million seems ideal for the ambitious Norristown company. Lancaster native Gregory's new play features 1920s star boxer Jack Dempsey (Howie Brown, in fighting trim) battling a tiny Montana cowtown's local hero. It's a comedy, though, written by a woman (and Pulitzer Prize finalist), which co-director John Doyle likens to 1930s screwball RANDALL WISE caddy, wine cork typewriter and peace pipe. But what poor person can afford a $30 book? "Don't poor people steal?" she says. "Last I heard they did." --Josh Middleton Fri., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., $6 (simulcast seating only), Free Library, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., 215-567-4341, freelibrary.org. Read a Q&A with Sedaris, and win a copy of her book, at citypaper.net/criticalmass. [ visual art ] SOUNDOFFKA VOL. 2 From what VWVOFFKA gallery's multimedia maven, Ben Contois, says about "Soundoffka Vol. 2," this exhibit of aural installations and experiments is half-mystery, half-algebra. "It will evolve throughout the night as the artists incorporate performances along with their installations, as the audience interacts with the installations, and as the sounds all blend together," he says of the eight-artist show. Take poet/filmmaker Bonnie MacAllister's piece with Brian McLendon, which fuses painting, film, sound and projection, all on the theme of anatomy: "It explores the mechanical and flesh through text, image and sound layered over miniature paintings of a body of work," she says -- "[it's] the dissection of the interrelated parts of life forms and interaction of found structures in motion." The show's overarching theme, P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 41 comedies, but with heart -- and features modern themes like the dangers of celebrity culture and money's corrupting influence. And, of course, macho guys punching each other silly. --Mark Cofta Nov. 5-28, $22, Iron Age Theatre, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown, 610-279-1013, ironagetheatre.org. [ rock/pop ] LAND OF TALK After benching herself for six months to deal with, yikes, a hemorrhagic vocal polyp, Elizabeth Powell is back at it, singing those misty, lofty choruses. Land of Talk's latest, Cloak and Cipher (Saddle Creek), has got this slow-building, chest-thumping torcher right classifieds | food the agenda a&e | feature | the naked city Kimmel Center Innovation Studio 260 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 www.kimmelcenter.org Tickets and Information 215-893-1999 It's "Forensic Files goes to Bethlehem" from the author of Late Nite Catechism. 42 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T LAND OF TALK SUUNS LITTLE SCREAM SAT 11/06 R5 PRESENTS THE FRESH & ONLYS NOTHING MON 11/08 (SOLD OUT) BROTHER JT THE HAPPEN-INS TUE 11/09 R5 PRESENTS FRI 11/05 R5 PRESENTS CLINIC ROKY ERICKSON BONOBO TOKIMONSTA WED 11/10 SHEARWATER DAMIEN JURADO CORNER OF FRANKFORD & GIRARD. FISHTOWN. WWW.JOHNNYBRENDAS.COM SUNDAY 11.07 [ rock/pop ] DEX ROMWEBER DUO They don't make 'em like Dexter Romweber anymore. Hell, they didn't make 'em like Dexter Romweber back in the '80s, when he was a rockabilly guitar phenom cutting his teeth with the Flat Duo Jets. Now leading the mellower Dex Romweber MEG WACHTER shot) features assistance from fans like Neko Case and Cat Power, and No. 1 acolyte Jack White joined the duo for a few singles on Third Man Records. But there's nothing purer than seeing Romweber and his killer drummer, Sara Romweber (exLet's Active, Dex's older sister and an icon of cool herself), lock in and rock out. --M.J. Fine Sun., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., $15, with Man or Astroman? and Nightmare Waterfall, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 877-435-9849, r5productions.com. [ the agenda ] the naked city | feature | a&e "The Cottage" on a nostalgia trip or mourning a greater loss? Are the lovers in "The Fire" em- the agenda THIS SATURDAY NIGHT! food | classifieds [ rock/pop ] CAITHLIN DE MARRAIS Where Rainer Maria could summon a maelstrom of brains and brawn, Caithlin De Marrais' solo stuff -- 2008's My Magic City and a recent live album of duets with Seb Leon -- feels more like the eye of the storm than the edge. It's intimate and heartfelt, sometimes blissfully at peace atop light guitars and cymbal whispers, but also laced with paranoia and worry. Is the narrator in bracing, or holding on for dear life? Some lines just ache with prayerful desperation: "Let me be gentle where there is a gentle need. Let me love this girl. Let me love her carefully." --Patrick Rapa Sun., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., $8, all ages, with Everyone Everywhere, Jet Set Sail and Bearings, Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, thetroc.com. NOVEMBER 6 NOVEMBER 20 NOVEMBER 24 Duo, he can still croon and groove with the best of them -- but it's taken decades for the best to catch up with him. 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But the Le Bernardin chef, who's got operations around the world (including 10 Arts here in Philadelphia), has succeeded in cultivating a sincere sense of culinary stewardship in the midst of his Top Chef judging, PBS hosting and cookbook writing. While many are quick to lambast the Lagasses and Flays of the world for spending more time talking about cooking on camera than actually working their kitchens, Ripert's conditioned his image to serve as a standing response to such criticism: Knives and chef's whites first, everything else second. He'll have you know, and unwaveringly so, that he puts in his work -- just see 2002's A Return to Cooking, or 2008's peek inside Le Bernardin, On the Line. Funny, then, that the appeal of Avec Eric (Wiley, Nov. 8), the companion volume to his public television program of the same name, lies in Ripert's line-abandoning wanderlust. With each chapter serving as addendums to various episodes of the show, the book runs through the chef's trips to foodnerd pushpin destinations (Tuscany, Northern Cali, the Cayman Islands), Ripert's tweedy penmanship captioning photos in a faux scrapbook format Whether he's trudging after wild boar in Chianti or fraternizing with fishmongers in Livorno, the chef writes with an approachable ease, speaking often of inspiration and interpretation. But he keeps such personal asides brief to make room for a gang of lusty, home-cook-friendly recipes: crab-stuffed zucchini flowers with mustard butter sauce, wild boar ragu with pappardelle and porcinis, "barely cooked" scallops in Champagne beurre blanc. Hearty little footnotes, offering sound bites on topics like heirloom vegetables, sustainable seafood and wine pairing, fill the bottom margins. Avec Eric is at its most interesting when Ripert breaks down how a bite of this or a slug of that on a journey leads him to a fully realized plate -- a plucked-from-the-water bit of briny sea lettuce from an oyster farm becomes a salad; a visit to a Sonoma County apiary begets eight dishes using honey. The celebrity chef is quick to remind you he's in his kitchen, but what he gathers outside it benefits us, too. (firstname.lastname@example.org) food classifieds I CAME, I SAW, I CONQUERED: Paloma's vertical Caesar salad is held upright with a golden potato-bread crouton and adorned with dried hibiscus petals. MARK STEHLE [ review ] BON APETITO Latin sizzle and French refinement meet in Paloma's alta cocina. By Adam Erace PALOMA | 763 S. Eighth St., 215-928-9500, palomafinedining.com. Dinner Tue.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.; Sun., 5-9 p.m. Appetizers, $9-$14.50; entr�es, $26-$34; desserts $6.50. Reservations recommended. t Paloma, there are no signs that say "sit up straight," but I do. There are no signs that say, "chew with your mouth closed," but I do that, too. There is a footnote on the handsomely bound More on: menus that requests that customers in the art-lined dining room silence their cells, but it's the only written rule of decorum at this refined Mexican restaurant transplanted to Bella Vista three months ago after a 10-year run in the Great Northeast. "Refined" and "Mexican restaurant" don't often find themselves in the same sentence, at least not in South Philly, where our beloved bare-bones taquerias hold down corners like Marlo Stanfield. But tucked behind the brick arches of the old Mezza Luna is a rarer kind of cantina, one where the water flows from claw-foot pitchers and your napkin is folded when you return from the bathroom. At Paloma, Frida and Diego reproductions line the vanilla walls, and pink orchids bow in narrow window niches. The tablecloths are pressed. So are the waiters' slacks. A citypaper.net This all sets a stage for a crossroad of French techniques and Latin ingredients, where cactus paddles and beurre blancs, habaneros and vol-au-vents mingle like foreign-exchange students at a freshman mixer. Paloma's chef and co-owner, Ad�n Saavedra, calls it alta cocina, the Mexican equivalent of haute cuisine. I call it elegant and exciting. Would you ever use those adjectives to describe a Caesar salad? Unlikely. But the one at Paloma earns the words with its crisp sleeves of romaine arranged in a vertical tower. A golden potatobread crouton, its center cut out like a doughnut, held the salad upright, a Caesar skyscraper ringed by dried hibiscus petals. The presentation is oh-you-fancy, but Paloma's eat-with-your-eyes-first approach doesn't mean Saavedra, who was MORE FOOD AND born in Michoacan, grew up in Mexico City DRINK COVERAGE and came to Philly in 1985, shortchanges AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / the tongue. That dressing, damn, I could M E A LT I C K E T. have backstroked through its savory waves of garlic and anchovy, and the oven-dried Jamaica flowers crunched on contact, shattering into shards of fantastic tactile acidity. "How is it?" Barbara Cohan-Saavedra, Ad�n's wife of 20 years -- they met when Ad�n tagged along with his cousins' mariachi band to Tequila's one night in the 1980s -- floated toward the table. I forgot my manners and garbled a reply with my mouth full, but fortunately, she didn't kick my uncivilized ass out the door. While the cooking at Paloma commands reverence, the mood Barbara curates in the dining room is light, warm and decidedly no-starch. It's personal the way Cohan-Saavedra, a lawyer and jewelry designer, stops to talk to each group, explaining with pride about the >>> continued on page 50 P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 49 gracetavern.com VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Open 7 Days A Week New Location www.pho-38.com OPEN ALL WINTER [ this week in eats ] [ food & drink ] the naked city | feature | a&e | the agenda WHAT'S COOKING food classifieds Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro at Merriam Theater Mon., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., $31.50-$37.50 For those who can't get their foodie fix on cooking shows alone, Hoboken, N.J., native and Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro (pictured) is swinging through Philly on his Bakin' with the Boss tour. He'll dish on his TLC show, answer audience questions and give a live demo of his baking techniques. The tour coincides with the release of his book, Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia (Free Press, Nov. 2). Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org. Sunday Supper at Supper Sun., Nov. 7, 6 p.m., $38 for three courses To kick off its Harvest Week, South Street's Supper will host a Sunday dinner complete with the firkin-tapping of Dock Street's experimental Man Full of Trouble Porter. A "meet the brewer" happy hour starts at 5, and dinner's at 6: The meal will feature a bounty of fresh veggies, like roasted roots with oranges, capers and red onions from Newtown Square's Blue Elephant Farm, which exclusively serves the restaurant. Supper, 926 South St., 215-592-8180, supperphilly.com. M�m� Regional Wine Dinner: Oregon Mon., Nov. 8, 6 and 8:30 p.m., $55 for four courses with wine pairings For its second regional wine dinner, in which M�m� owner David Katz showcases the grapes of a specific region, Oregon's Adelsheim Vineyards takes the spotlight. Expect quail, mushrooms and sea urchin paired with pinot blanc, ros�, pinot noir and vin glac� -- a dessert wine made with frozen grapes. M�m�, 2201 Spruce St., 215-735-4900, memerestaurant.com. Brazilian Lunch and a Movie at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse Sat., Nov. 6, 12:30-4:30 p.m., $20 (in P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R | N O V E M B E R 4 - N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 1 0 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T | 51 advance), $25 (at the door) To celebrate the Brazil Cultural Center of Philadelphia, Chima is hosting a luncheon and film screening to raise awareness and funds. Entrance fee includes rice, beans, fried polenta, sirloin, chicken, rib-eye steaks, plus plenty more authentic Brazilian cuisine; a cash bar will offer $5 beers, wine and caipirinhas. The film O Mist�rio do Samba will play in Portuguese, with English subtitles. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 1901 JFK Blvd., 267-303-6606, brasilculturalcenterlunchandmovie.eventbrite.com. --Rachel Burgos DINNERS INCLUDE MASHED POTATOES & VEGETABLE food | the agenda | a&e | feature | the naked city BROWN-SKINNED SHEMALE WITH ALL THE RIGHT ASSETS! 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