Philadelphia City Paper, July 15th, 2010

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City Controller Alan Butkovitz criticizes the city’s BigBelly compactors for not saving as much money or manpower as promised. He does this in a report titled “The absolute lowest-hanging fruit I could find, By Alan Butkovitz.”

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s new wine kiosks, already available in Harrisburg, will debut in Philly as early as September. Finally, all the classiness of Harrisburg and the convenience of a Piercing Pagoda.

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Federal prosecutors push for a longer sentence for former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, who got 55 months for mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, filing a false tax return and obstruction of justice. Like that one, which was 32 words!

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The third high-ranking official in Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration in the past year leaves for a job with a Marcellus Shale company. And, on his first day on the job, he is handed a balloon full of natural gas and made to breathe it in before the congregation. And when he does, he feels the heaviness of it enter his lungs, but also something else, an uneasy lightness, for his soul had escaped and flown away. As the day goes on, he laments his loss, but there is plenty more gas to be had, so he drowns his sorrows in that.

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In the first issue of a new DC Comics series, Superman visits Philly. Where he’s awarded a no-bid contract to protect the city, gets fat and lazy, then expends his waning political power protecting his patronage jobs at the Philadelphia Hall of Justice.

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WPHT host Dom Giordano camps outside Geno’s Steaks to protest the federal lawsuit challenging Arizona’s new illegal-immigration law. That’s fine, Dom, do your thing. And if, late at night, Joey Vento stops by and the two of you just start making out on the fixin’s stand, whispering sweet Spanish nothings into each other’s ears, that’s fine, too. Because even backward bigots deserve to be happy. Are you happy, Dom?

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ack Stalberg, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, is used to making good press — whether it’s calling for the (successful) elimination of the Clerk of Quarter Sessions and the Board of revision of taxes or, before that, working as esteemed editor of the Daily News for 20 years. So when The Public Record came out with two scathing articles earlier this month about Stalberg and his government watchdog group, our ears perked up. Granted, the Record’s publisher and editor, Jimmy tayoun, is an ex-City Council member who served more than three years for mail fraud and racketeering in the 1990s. (you’ll be pleased to know he used the jail time wisely, writing a how-to book called Going to Prison?.) Not the best messenger, perhaps. But still, at least someone is refusing to bow before Stalberg; the city intelligentsia’s tendency to treat Seventy’s every pronouncement like it was handed down from the mountain can be a bit grating. Tayoun and co-author joe Shaheeli took issue with Stalberg’s $248,733 salary; his purported inability to understand the legal mandate for the row offices; his group’s allegedly too-closefor-comfort relationship with the real estate industry; and his expansion of Seventy’s original clean-elections mission to becoming “the propaganda force for those who stand to gain from reorganizing city government.”

“I think it’s all completely off base,” says Stalberg. “I don’t particularly respect The Public Record as journalism or anything close to it.” While it’s true that several of Seventy’s board members hail from the business and real estate worlds, Stalberg denies any impropriety. “The important thing is, has any funder or anyone else asked me to do or say anything wrong or for selfish reasons? And in the five years or more I’ve been here, that never happened.” As for his anti-row office campaign, Stalberg points out that the idea originated with mayor michael nutter, and last year, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) quantified the savings shuttering the row offices would bring: $15 million a year. “In speaking out for this, our interest is in saving money that we think is not being well spent,” says Stalberg. “If PICA says it’s possible to save $15 million, I’d rather see it spent making schools better or make the streets safer.” Tayoun was out of the country and could not be reached for comment. But in a july 8 editorial, Tayoun made at least one semilucid critique of Seventy’s aims: If you eliminate the row offices and consolidate their duties inside the mayor’s office, you’re going to

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have one hell of a powerful mayor. Though the notion of a mayor who could, you know, actually get shit done is not without its charms. ³ YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK

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Speaking of good-government types — and of the one tangible thing Nutter has accomplished — City Controller Alan Butkovitz has spent the last few months investigating a very serious subject: the city’s solar-powered compacting trash cans. He will now render a verdict. You might want to sit down. On Monday, the controller’s office released a 25-page report titled “Purchase and Deployment of BigBelly Solar Compactors,” and we read it, because that’s what we do.After all, this being Philadelphia, even a relatively small-potatoes, $3 million, environmentally friendly thing is almost sure to be rife with … is corruption too strong a word? Let’s call it incompetence. According to the report, BigBelly suckered the city into a single-source contract by claiming that it was the only company that could sell the contraptions; the city could have saved 200 grand by going through distributors. Moreover, the report claims that the city had paid nearly $19,000 in interest on items it had not yet received, an “unusual business arrangement.” There’s more, naturally: BigBelly doesn’t have a required

Business Privilege License; the city didn’t train its workers to work the machines; about 90 of the $3,700-a-pop trash cans had “clouded or opaque” plastic solar bubbles, meaning they couldn’t generate the energy they needed to do the compacting; and 31 of the original 501 machines the city bought have yet to hit the streets. Also — and sadly, not surprisingly — the report claims that the compactors didn’t produce the savings we were promised: We were told the city would save $13 million over the next decade because city workers wouldn’t have to pick up trash as often. In fact, whereas the city figured it would have to collect the compacted trash only five times a week, the report claims that, in March and April, the city averaged 10 collections a week per trash can. BigBelly vice president of marketing Richard Kennelly told the DN that the report was “riddled with inaccuracies,” though he didn’t elaborate. Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson sent a letter to Butkovitz claiming that the program enabled the city to eliminate 24 positions: “There is no question in my mind that the BigBelly compactor program has saved taxpayer money.” C’mon, people, this isn’t nuclear physics: Either the program is a money-sucking clusterfuck or Butkovitz is as much of a hack as he’s accusing the Streets Department bureaucrats of being. Which option do you believe? Yeah, us, too.


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WHAT YOU’RE WORTH ³ A CHALLENGE: See if you can price a human being. Go ahead, don’t be shy. If you’re having trouble, ask the master himself, Gary Loveman — CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment. If the reports are true — that Harrah’s may try to take over Philadelphia’s flailing Foxwoods Casino project — he should be in town soon enough. “We know what every customer is worth. Think about that,” Loveman boasts in the 2002 book Jackpot! Harrah’s Winning Secrets for Customer Loyalty by Robert L. Shook (“Win a trip to Harrah’s Las Vegas!” says a fake sticker on the cover). Loveman isn’t just some businessman — he’s a kind of scientist, a technician of the human mind. With data and computers, Harrah’s casinos can calculate exactly how and how much a gambler can be convinced to play longer, and to greater loss, than they might otherwise. In other words, to increase their value to the casino. The principle is very simple: Humans, like dogs, respond to rewards. Harrah’s treats its customers accordingly: “We would reward customers for spending in ways that added to their value,” Loveman explained in a 2003 article for the Harvard Business Review.“If, for example, we discovered a customer who spends $1,000 a month … hadn’t visited us in three months, a letter or telephone call would invite him back. … [A] certain percentage of our customers responded positively to offers of a steak dinner. … We decided to make a point of routing our customers into three different lines. People who weren’t card-carrying Harrah’s members … stood in lines; Platinum customers would stand in still shorter lines, and Diamond cardholders would rarely ever have to stand in line. … [W]e watched as our customers did what they could to earn the higher-tiered cards.” Loveman mined the data deeper than that: When a player slows, computers alert floor managers to comp them a drink; players who’ve been losing might get free credit. “Ours is a push strategy,” remarks Harrah’s communications chief Gary Thompson in Jackpot! Now and then, they might push a little too hard: Harrah’s, like other casinos, has seen its share of bankrupt gamblers, lawsuits and suicides. But without those friendly little nudges, we just aren’t worth as much. ✚ Look for Man Overboard! in its new home next to This Modern World, beginning next week. E-mail Isaiah Thompson at

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Last Friday, on Pennsylvania Public Radio in Lancaster County — where nearly 22,000 people are unemployed, BTW — GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett let this slip: “People don’t want to come back to work while they still have unemployment. … The jobs are there, but if we keep extending unemployment, people are going to sit there and … I’ve literally had construction companies tell me, ‘I can’t get people to come back to work, until’ … they say, ‘I’ll come back to work when unemployment runs out.’” For the record: Unemployment benefits are temporary, and usually provide only half of a worker’s ordinary pay.To make matters worse, Corbett can’t even get his story straight. First, he said a construction company spoke to him about those lazy welfare queens; then he claimed it was a candy company; later still, his spokesman said it was a plumbing business. Whichever it is, it totally sounds like a fair sampling of Pennsylvania’s 500,000 unemployment benefit recipients. For the record: Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is at a 26year high; nationwide, there are five applicants for every open position.The jobs aren’t there, Tom. You prick. Corbett rival Dan Onorato sent out a press release Monday morning reveling in the gaffe: “Corbett thinks Pennsylvanians would rather be unemployed than earning money for their families, and he simply doesn’t understand the economy.” True. But then, at the end of the release, Onorato reminds his audience that: “A life-long Pennsylvanian, Dan Onorato was raised in a working class neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side.” Well, isn’t that convenient, you transparently political cheeseball? Corbett, on a scale of one to 23, you get a 20 on this week’s How Evil is Tom Corbett? Barometer™.And Onorato, you get a slap on the wrist.


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By E. James Beale

SOCCER, IN; MLS, OUT Âł ABOUT TWO-AND-A-HALF weeks ago, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team spent about twoand-a-half hours inside Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, unsuccessfully attempting to avenge their 2006 loss to Ghana. Roughly 8,000 miles away, all of Philadelphia — and if it was not “all,â€? judging from the overflowing bars, packed apartments and near-universal red, white and blue wardrobes, it was close — joined 20 million other Americans shouting for our nation, cheering for our side and cursing Ricardo Clark. That’s a lot of people, and it wasn’t even the World Cup’s high-water mark: The championship match last Sunday between Holland and Spain drew 24.3 million American viewers. In the meantime, the Cup dominated water-cooler conversations. All of this means one thing: The endless question, “Is soccer ever going to make it in America?â€? can be answered. Yes. Soccer can, will and has made it in America. Association football is now as American as combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bells. When Paul the Psychic Octopus becomes a household name, soccer is here to stay. Major League Soccer (MLS) — and with it, our local chapter, the Chester-based Philadelphia Union — is another matter. The first major impediment to MLS success is simple: talent. Americans want the best. Roger Federer has more American endorsements than Andy Roddick, Usain Bolt has more American fans than any national sprinter, and the top European leagues, like England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A, are all more popular here than MLS. Last month’s exposure to top-level international soccer has increased that divide. The World Cup brought a demand for the type of quality play that can only be supplied in Europe. Casual fans, suddenly armed with favorite players to follow, will trail AndrĂŠs Iniesta to Barca, Wesley Sneijder to Inter Milan, and Americans Landon Donovan and Tim Howard to Everton. The tournament gave Americans a new set of favorites, and they’re all overseas. Meanwhile, no Union player so much as made a World Cup roster. Their best player, Congolese Striker Danny Mwanga, speaks openly about his desire to play in France. Why? Because that is what successful MLS players do. Under pressure to prove their talent against top-flight competition, make serious money (the average MLS team is worth a little less than 40 percent of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer fee), and gain the international experience National Team officials covet, American stars aren’t stars in America for long. Don’t be fooled by the several big names the MLS has drawn, either — David Beckham, Freddie

Ljungberg and now Thierry Henry — as all are seen worldwide as heading into the final stages of their careers. Water will find its level, and the American tide remains low. Star power isn’t the only reason new soccer fans turn to Europe. It is literally easier to watch a Blackpool F.C. game from your couch than it is to see the team bearing your own city’s name. Thanks to bigmoney-partnerships between top European leagues and the ESPNs of the world, foreign sides are getting easier to track. The big networks now have quality games to feed us, and a financial incentive to make sure we dig in. After ESPN recently shelled out $408 million for limited broadcast rights for the

Water will find its level, and the American tide remains low. Premiership and an undisclosed amount to air La Liga, coverage is assured. If you want to see Union “stars� like Sebastien Le Toux and Fred and can’t make it out to PPL Park in Chester, you’re probably streaming the game online. No one invites buddies over to do that. The way the Union exists now — in a minor league, with a passionate message-board fan base and no other followers to speak of — is a fine place to be. But without strong corporate backing and truly elite stars, they’re also far closer to their ceiling than most close to the league care to admit. Big events like the World Cup aren’t going to help — they’re going to drive away successful National Team players and their hard-won fans with them. So while soccer in America has, is and will take off, also realize that American soccer leagues won’t be coming with them. ✚ E. James Beale swears he’s big in

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loosecanon By Bruce Schimmel

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME ³ WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER WEEK. Writing a newspaper column is a devotion you do because you love it. And I have. For almost 20 years — since 1991, to be exact — I’ve been writing op-eds for City Paper. First as publisher and editor (Publisher’s Clearinghouse) and, since 1996 (after I sold the newspaper to the Rock family), as an outside agitator, under the banner of Loose Canon. Week after week, I never missed a beat. I’ve been a very committed correspondent. I filed without fail from Europe, Asia and Israel. I’ve turned in stories from hospital beds as I recovered from two heart infections and a mild stroke. But in late June, when City Paper’s page count dropped, my column was held for a week. And then, for the first time ever, it was bumped a second week. Two weeks without writing a column, and guess what: I loved what it did for my head. Not that I hated the column. I think it did some good, and along the way, I’ve met a lot of goofy, smart, contentious and wonderful people. But I didn’t love it anymore. Sorry, friends. I have to go. Now, it’s unusual for an old owner to stick around, much less be welcomed for so long by a place he once ruled. But City Paper is a strange place. Hatched at WXPN in 1981 — when it was a community radio station — City Paper has built a progressive community where staffers stay and readers stick around. It’s wonderful. So, I’m not leaving completely. If writing were gaming, you could say I’m taking on another avatar. No longer a loose canon, the aegis of an angry, young man. At 57, I am neither. Still, tough things need to be said, and I’m grateful that my colleagues — especially Brian Howard, Jeffrey Billman and Isaiah Thompson — have the chops to say them. And a publisher — my friend and former partner, Paul Curci — with the stones to let them. I’m honored to pass them my torch. For of late, my rage is giving me moral heartburn. So I’m taking another tack; I’m following a belief that the world must be good. I’ve become an optimist by necessity, because I don’t see how the world — or I — can otherwise survive. Instead of an orator, I am becoming an enabler. And for that opportunity, I thank my friends at the University of the Arts. While the Canon was on vacation, I taught another weeklong intensive on audio slideshows and again I loved it. (See my students’ work and grab a syllabus at I need to produce audio slideshows, a sort of journalism as simple and direct as a filmstrip (if you remember them). In audio slideshows — unlike movies — the sound, not the image, drives the story. In slideshows, what people say matters. I have good stories cued up: Tree House Books, Harvey Finkle, Mike Hardy, Woodford Orchard, the Airport Gardens. A series with photog Michele Frentrop on famous vacant stores on South Street, such as the former Cohen’s Hardware. (Got any ideas? E-mail me.) Over beers last week, Howard and talked about my future with CP. I’m thinking about an interview column to accompany my slideshows. Where people speak in a quieter key about what they love, fear, and what they’re doing about it. With so much journalism overheated and shortsighted today, I want to create a place that’s cooler and more thoughtful: a vantage point, an overlook from which to talk about the long view. Thank you so much for listening. See you soon.

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WHO YOU CALLIN’ CORNY? “Corny”? Would you call the last movement of the Mahler Eighth “corny” [Music Pick, “The Philly Pops,” Peter Burwasser, July 1]? Neither would I, but don’t worry, we won’t play it. Rhapsody in Blue may be “corny” and if the humidity stays low and the repetitions on the piano hold up, I may attempt playing it … and without a net, too. Thanks for the plug for the orchestra. They are indeed a fantastic bunch and no matter what they (we) play, it will be at the highest level of musicianship and stylistic authenticity. Peter Nero Conductor, Philadelphia Pops VIA E-MAIL

GLIMMERS OF HOPE How come the country which used to brag anyone could grow up to be president has the highest incarceration rate in the world — and the biggest “defense” budget! Troy Johnson’s bio [Loose Canon, “Growth Industry,” Bruce Schimmel, July 8] is a little glimmer of hope. Bless him! Patrick D. Hazard V I A C I T Y PA P E R . N E T

MONEY BUYS JUSTICE Money can buy justice: The rich get bailed out and get their act together for their defense [Cover Story, “Bail Is for the Rich,” Holly Otterbein, June 24]. Anyone else, for all practical purposes, gets punished immediately. Rich V I A C I T Y PA P E R . N E T

FULL OF FAIL This article is so full of fail that I think “Jerome” is a fictional person created just for this article [Cover Story, “How Was I Even Able To Do What I Did?” Andrew Thompson, July 1]. The NRA had nothing to do with organizing the counter-protest against HGC. I’d be surprised if NRA even knew about it. It was organized by local gun owners who didn’t want to see a local shop harassed. The three 2008 Philly gun laws that weren’t struck down weren’t upheld — the court just said NRA didn’t have a legal standing. They’ll have to wait until someone is actually charged with breaking one of the laws before they can fight it. The laws were supposed to be such a big help, yet nobody has been charged with them in 2.5 years! Mike 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,

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HAIL, SCIENCE: Temple professor Michael Boufadel says little research has been done on the environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling. JESSICA KOURKOUNIS

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WE NEED INFORMATION A Temple prof’s campaign to alert city officials to the dangers of Shale drilling. By Isaiah Thompson

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friend who lives in Pittsburgh has a favorite joke: “Where I live, in Pennsylvania …” he says; or “We have that in Pennsylvania, too.” Because while Philly is in Pennsylvania, it is not always of Pennsylvania — at least when it comes to some things: politics, guns, Confederate flags — and natural gas. By a fluke of geography, most of southeastern Pennsylvania lies outside of the area defined by an underground geologic formation known as the Marcellus Shale, which contains a fantastic amount of natural gas — perhaps enough to significantly change the way America gets energy for decades. It’s only relatively recently that the technology to extract that gas has become widely available: a technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in which water containing toxic and carcinogenic materials is injected thousands of feet below the water table to release trapped gas. Pennsylvania has suddenly become the epicenter of a massive gold rush — or, rather, gas rush — as companies have raced to lease private and public land for drilling. And with that drilling have come problems. There was the migration of methane gas into the drinking wells of residents of Dimock, Pa.There are the frequent spills of toxic fracking fluids — more than a hundred in the last year and a half. There was the recent explosion of a well in Clearfield County, which spewed toxic water for hours. But even as the Marcellus Shale shapes up to be one of the most significant economic and environmental forces in Pennsylvania, now and for decades to come, there has been surprisingly little independent research into what gas drilling means for Philadelphia — and city officials have shown relatively little interest. What Philadelphia needs is information — so says chemical hydrologist and Temple professor Michel Boufadel, who, with mild, scientific determination, has begun his own campaign to convince the city that what the state will not do for Philly, Philly must do for itself. In short, he thinks Philadelphia — whose water supply, after all, depends upon the very watersheds energy companies seek for gas drilling— should play a leading role in subjecting that drilling

to rigorous scientific examination. Boufadel is no stranger to toxins. Born in Lebanon, he came to the United States in 1990, just a year after the massive Exxon Valdez spill, to pursue doctoral work on oil spills and the ways that moving water interacts with pollutants. He’s become an expert: When scientists discovered a few years ago that the Exxon Valdez oil was still resurfacing, the federal government hired Boufadel to help explain why. When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, Boufadel — who now chairs Temple’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and heads its Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection — was among the experts hired by federal authorities to assist. It was less than a year ago, he says, that he first became aware of the scale and potential risk of Pennsylvania’s burgeoning fracking industry. “And the more I read, the more I realized there’s not much done in terms of scientific, objective studies on this,” Boufadel recalls. Indeed, while the natural gas industry has exploded in Pennsylvania in recent years — from zero Marcellus Shale wells in 2004 to some 1,700 drilled and another 2,300 permitted today — virtually no systemic studies have been conducted on fracking’s potential environmental impacts. “We do not have a law that requires or authorizes an environmental impact study,” acknowledges Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary John Hanger. As the state’s chief environmental regulator, Hanger has advocated for changes in other laws governing drilling — a tax on gas production, and a mandate for buffers around sensitive streams, for instance. But Hanger does not think an impact study is necessary. “Studies are nice, but even better is real-world experience,” he says. For Boufadel, such reasoning is backward: Without studies, how can we know what problems might surface? He ticks off a few possibilities: On-site compressors release all

“We need many studies.”

sorts of air pollution, he says. In fact, one study suggests that natural gas drilling near Dallas had doubled the region’s air pollution. Then there are the spills: Boufadel’s models show that spilled fracking wastewater — because it is salty and heavy — sinks as it moves away from the source of the spill, perhaps too deep for DEP monitors to pick it up. Nonetheless, Boufadel warns, it will eventually resurface. The word “eventually” is key: Even if the toxins injected into the ground during fracking haven’t yet reached groundwater, how, without an independent study, can the public be assured that they never will? “The idea of assuming that whatever they inject would never come up is really not scientific,” says Boufadel. “Everything that exists in the literature tells us that’s not the case — that you cannot ensure it will not come up.” The Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of a large-scale study of hydraulic fracturing, but it could take years, Boufadel says, and won’t be the kind of localized study he says Philadelphia needs. Meanwhile, the state has shown no interest in hiring its own academics. “We need many studies, not just one,” says Boufadel. “There are many institutions of higher learning in the Commonwealth. The idea that you would not consult with them is, like, anti-science, I would say.” Seeing little interest from the state, Boufadel is hoping that Philadelphia will step up and, in its own interest, commission such a study, much like New York City did last fall, when it hired a consultant whose research convinced New York’s environmental regulators to effectively block drilling, at least for now, in that city’s watershed. In March, City Council passed a resolution asking the Delaware River Basin Commission not to approve drilling applications until such a study is done. (The commission has temporarily halted all drilling in the Delaware River basin while it develops new regulations.) Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. plans to hold hearings on the possible impacts to Philadelphia of fracking this fall, and has invited experts, including Boufadel, to testify. Of course, resolutions are free, while studies cost money. Boufadel estimates such a study would cost between $250,000 and $500,000 — not exactly chump change, but considerably less than, say, the $8 million the Philadelphia Eagles owed the city in skybox revenue as of 2009. Boufadel wouldn’t mind getting the research money himself — but denies that he or any other academic would be in it for the money. He cites a different motive: “I live here, too — and I have children.” (

How do you spur low-income housing when developers can’t break even? By Yowei Shaw


ince its inception in 1997, the city’s tax-abatement program — which allows new or renovated properties to be taxed at pre-improvement values for 10 years — has spurred a glut of new construction in Center City and spawned $4 billion in economic activity throughout Philadelphia, making it more than worth the $27 million the program cost the city in lost property taxes between 1997 and 2006, according to reports by Econsult Corp. From the outset, Frank DiCicco has been among the program’s most ardent proponents on City Council, and in February, he introduced a bill to extend the abatement period to 15 years in lowincome neighborhoods. His bill aims to assuage critics who have long complained that the abatement program benefited high-end developers, investors and buyers far more than low-income folks. “I think [the bill] sends a clear message that we’re not ignoring low-income neighborhoods,” says DiCicco. “If we were able to get developers in those fringe neighborhoods … we’d hopefully meet the increased demand for rental units.” It’s an important goal in a city where almost 130,000 households earn less than $20,000 a year and pay more than they can afford on housing. The Office of Housing and Community Development states that “demand for affordable housing exceeds the supply by at least 60,000 homes.” But given the depressed housing market, will the lengthier tax abatement get developers to bite?

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Pennsylvania. “Consumers overvalue the benefit of not having to pay taxes for 15 years and are willing to pay even more for their new homes than the tax abatement is truly worth.” Others aren’t so sure. “Whether [the abatement is] enough to encourage development in a low-income neighborhood, I don’t know,” says Rick Sauer, head of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. There are political problems, too: City Council recently passed a two-year, 9.99 percent property tax increase. If long-term residents were already upset about new homeowners getting a break, how would they feel about an even longer abatement? DiCicco’s bill has a long way to go before becoming reality. It has stalled in Council. “Coming up [to] an election year, where there are so many Philadelphians who don’t understand the full benefit of the 10-year tax abatement, my colleagues might be concerned about talking about a 15-year abatement,” DiCicco says. “It’s probably not the best time politically, although I think it’s the right thing to do.” (

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“Construction costs in Philadelphia, all in, start at about $180 or $200 a [square] foot,” says Philadelphia economist Kevin Gillen, vice president of Econsult. “The median house price in Philadelphia is about $110 a foot. So you lose 60 to 80 bucks a foot on the average Philadelphia home.” Indeed, Philadelphia has the fourth-highest construction costs of any major city in the nation — largely driven by the high cost of union labor. According to a joint report by FixItPhilly and the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia, labor makes up 45 percent to 60 percent of a project’s cost — 39 percent more than the national average. Combined with the city’s low home prices — $142,000 for a new home versus the national average of $179,600 — it is next to impossible to make a profit in many of the city’s neighborhoods. This is why, according to Gillen, that while the 10-year tax abatement helped bring about “the biggest home-building boom in Philadelphia since the immediate postwar years after World War II,” only a little more than 11,000 new units were added to a housing stock of about 560,000 units. “Specifically, the people who it hurts are actually lower-income and working-class households,” says Gillen. “Because construction costs are so high, when development does happen, it’s overwhelmingly at the other end of the market.” And herein lies the rub: How do you stimulate development of low and moderately priced housing when it so hard for developers to break even, let alone make a profit? “I think that the 15-year tax abatement could revolutionize the housing market in some neighborhoods by making the numbers work for the very first time,” says Karen Black, a policy analyst for May 8 Consulting, who teaches urban studies at the University of

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Icons of costume: HollyWood’s Golden era and Beyond | Through Sept. 5, James A.

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is one of the best-known costumes in film history: the elaborate outfit Scarlett O’Hara wears to visit Rhett Butler in a Yankee jail in 1939’s Gone with the Wind. Designed in real life by Walter Plunkett, it’s fictionally confected by Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) and Mammy (Hattie McDaniel) from antebellum velvet portieres. Today, the velvet is a little faded, but with its heavy tasseled cording, it’s still an impressive, slightly bizarre and monumental achievement in costuming. Oversize black-and-white film stills provide backdrops to outfits displayed on mannequins.The glossy feathers dominating Marlene Dietrich’s svelte black ensemble from Shanghai Express (1932) are a perfect foil for her cool, calculating face. Together, photograph and object illustrate that extra dimension a skilled actor brings to a costume — and, equally, the way a great costume can frame a moment in time. Designs for movies set in the historic past tell us more about the time the costume was made. The man’s court coat and vest from Barry Lyndon, for example, helped Milena Canonero and Ulla-Britt Söderlund win a 1975 Oscar for Best Costumes, but it’s subtly different from real 18th-century clothing. Nowadays we can easily recognize the influence of 1960s fashion on the colorful patterning and the cut of the cuffs. Legendary artists and actors, like Greta Garbo, Edith Head and Ingrid Bergman (pictured), are represented, and every item in the show teaches us something about film or fashion. Unfortunately, there are so few men’s costumes that it might have been better to leave them out altogether. (

KEN DOLL: Ken Watanabe (top) is a businessman who wants to infiltrate his rival’s dreams in Inception.

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In Dreams Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan piles on the layers in Inception. Can he find his way out? By Sam Adams

[ b+ ] InceptIon | Directed by Christopher Nolan, A Warner Bros. release, opens in area theaters Friday


orlds within worlds within worlds. Christopher Nolan’s Inception plunges us down deep, into the realm of dreams and waking delusions. Memento’s back-to-front structure followed the contours of a damaged mind, but here knowing whose mind — or minds — we’re in at a given moment is the tricky part. Dom Cobb (Leonard DiCaprio) infiltrates minds for a living. He uses dreams as a gateway, conducting industrial espionage in the target’s subconscious. Rather, and here’s where it gets complicated, he lures his target into neutral territory — the mind of a third party whose dreams have been constructed for the occasion. The trick is to convince them to surrender information willingly, or at least let down their guard long enough for Dom to slip in and out unnoticed. They know the tricks: Hire an architect (Ellen Page) to build a world whose edges fold in on itself, so the limits of the ersatz dream won’t be spotted; a chemist (Dileep Rao) who can make a sedative powerful enough to keep the dream terrain steady; a shape-shifter (Tom Hardy) who can alter his appearance in the dream state; and a guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who’s just good to have around.

Trouble is, high-powered businessman Ken Watanabe doesn’t want them to steal information. He needs rival Cillian Murphy to break up his dying father’s business empire, and to think he came up with the idea himself. That means constructing a dream within a dream, and another within that, planting a simple notion so deeply that it will be indistinguishable from his own thoughts. If this sounds a lot like the process of creating a film, it’s surely not an accident. Inception’s closest analogue is to the shared dream of the movies, a tantalizing fantasy whose incompleteness begs us to fill in the gaps. Dom’s rule to create dreams from experience but never replicate memories too closely, lest the division between worlds start to blur, is sound advice for writers as well as spies. Unfortunately, Dom is no good at following his own advice, which is why his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), keeps showing up, sabotaging their plans and attacking their bodies. Being killed in a dream merely means waking up, but pain can go on for eons. From a rain-streaked city to a luxury hotel to an Arctic redoubt, Nolan pulls us deeper in. Each level fits within the previous one, but they have their own rules, and their own sense of time. The laws of physics bend as easily. Nolan handles the mechanics of his Russiandoll worlds expertly, and with more clarity than the jumbled set-tos of The Dark Knight. But it’s not clear after a single viewing whether Nolan has taken his own advice and put a single, simple idea at the center of his labyrinth. A candidate surfaces late in the game, but it feels like an afterthought, and very nearly a cheat. He builds a heck of a maze, but I’m not sure he finds his way out, or if he wants to. (

Pain can go on for eons.

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Without memorable characters, a good story fades like sunburn. Philly resident Justin Kramon’s beach-perfect debut, Finny (Random House, July 13), is full of unforgettable oddballs — from a narcoleptic pianist to a digestively challenged father who claims he’s “brushing his teeth” every time he rushes off to the bathroom — all of whom Kramon spends plenty of time with. That way, he says, “all of that character’s funny little habits and obsessions have a warmth to them, like you’re coming home.” Speaking of which, go home and read a Q&A with Kramon at —Carolyn Huckabay

I’ll miss hearing Y-Rock on my radio, but the lineup for WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival (this weekend on the Camden waterfront, is encouraging: The Walkmen, Dr. Dog, Yo La Tengo, Free Energy, Grace Potter, Birdie Busch, Blood Feathers, Edward Sharpe, These United States and a ton more spread out over three days and three stages. —Patrick Rapa

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³ music/experimental Some people are purists when it comes to live albums, insisting on absolute fidelity to the original experience, unedited, flaws intact. Then there’s C. Spencer Yeh, whose latest release as Burning Star Core, Papercuts Theater, is a four-part, hourlong meta-concert cobbled together from more than 60 different shows over several years, in multiple venues and with varying collaborators. It’s a Frankenstein’s monster stitching dense slabs of noise to whorls of textured drones to percussive blasts — representing on a broad scale the broad sonic path swept by Yeh, who has been appearing under the BSC mantle for more than 15 years. He plays Vox Populi on Friday (July 16, —Shaun Brady


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Calling all Franks: The Mural Arts Program’s Mural Mile series, celebrating Philly’s painted walls, is hosting a Famous Franks party tonight at 5:30 p.m. (July 15, at, where else, Dirty Frank’s. If you dress up as a Frank (check the mural for ideas: It’s home to Frankenstein, Ben Franklin and many others), a free hot dog is yours. “My favorite Frank is Frank Zappa,” says Frank’s muralist/guest of honor David McShane, when asked which namesake he’d choose to portray. “I used to have long hair and on Halloween I would grow a Frank Zappa mustache.” —Janey Zitomer

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EVERYONE ELSE [ A- ] IT’S EASY TO feel like nothing’s happening in German director Maren Ade’s sec-

Each feels unfinished, precarious.

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name a native-born Nigerian folk singer, then you might be surprised to learn that neither David Byrne nor Fatboy Slim are from the Philippines. However, the subjects of their ambitious collaboration, Here Lies Love (Nonesuch), most certainly were. I’m referring of course to former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos (perhaps the only person alive to call upon “actor” George Hamilton as a defense witness) and the woman who helped raise her (and whom Marcos would ultimately place under house arrest), Estrella Cumpas. It’s a brilliant concept. Now let’s see how they managed to totally fuck it up. First, there’s the music. Although only the first track is supposed to purposely pay homage to the early disco scene, nearly every song on the two-CD set would be perfect background for an old episode ofThe Love Boat.Gentlemen, you’re not being ironic; you’re just making bad ’70s disco. Then there’s the libretto, which focuses on Marco’s rise to power and somehow completely misses the fact that Imelda Marcos was insane — we’re talking Michele Bachmann-on-PCP crazy. No matter how hard you try, it’s impossible to humanize Bozo the Clown by concentrating on his daily struggle to put on his huge yellow shoes. Verdict: Had this project been treated as one giant joke — which is the way Imelda Marcos’ toolengthy life will be remembered — it might have succeeded. (

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OR ELSE: Maren Ade’s film is so subtle, you might not think anything is happening. But it is.

“I like New York because it’s also a lot of Jews. ‘Jew York,’ you know. Now I feel like a Jew pursuing my Israel, my motherland.” —Imelda Marcos

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ond feature. Chris (Lars Eidinger), an aspiring architect, and his girlfriend, Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr), laze in the sun at his parents’ Mediterranean villa, dreaming up private jokes and making frequent love. The movie airdrops us into the middle of their relationship, with only the occasional phone call or chance encounter to provide a hint of the lives they’ve temporarily left behind. At first, Ade’s camera merely seems to be shadowing them; the shots feel offhand, if not haphazard. But a sense of their rapport develops gradually: his ambition and insecurity, her reflexive honesty and passionate neediness. Over the course of several days, Everyone Else plays out their conflicts. Chris’ weasely tendencies are brought to the fore by a run-in with an older, more successful colleague (Hans-Jochen Wagner) and his pregnant wife (Nicole Marischka). Over dinner, his conversation turns disingenuous in ways we might miss if not for Gitti’s subtly pained reactions. Ade almost never uses close-ups, but the actors’ performances are so finely tuned she doesn’t need them. Although Chris and Gitti rarely come to the point of confrontation, their vulnerabilities become so apparent that late scenes take on the qualify of a horror movie. You have the sense that either could be deeply wounded at any point. Gitti is the more volatile, Chris the more abrasive, but each feels unfinished, precarious — as in some ways does Ade’s film. There’s an open-endedness to the movie that comes close to being vague or shapeless. She’s so inside her characters that perspective is hard to come by. That said, we’re inside them, too. Everyone Else feels less like voyeurism than symbiosis, merging spectator and spectacle until the boundary between them starts to dissolve. When it does inject a few conventionally dramatic notes toward the end, the departure rings false, but for the rest of the time, the nothing that’s happening feels much like what happens to us every day. —Sam Adams


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LOOK WHO’S TALKING Expressionist Mark Brosseau opens up about art that’s hard to explain. By Bruce Walsh


ridgette Mayer’s high heels click-clack across the hardwood floors of her gallery, the sharp sound careening through the first floor of the converted townhouse. “We’re in a deep life conversation here,” says painter Mark Brosseau, sounding a note of playfulness, as she strides past our interview. “That’s what I like to hear!” she replies. And they, for a moment, share a knowing laugh — artist and art dealer on the same page at last. At 34, Brosseau is still adjusting to a somewhat unfair expectation often hurled at abstract artists: that he be willing and able to discuss his emotional connection to the work. Nobody knows that better than Mayer. “He was a little feisty at first,” she says. “But over the years he’s become more open with some of the underlining ideas, and with the narratives — his process. Some collectors need more of an introduction to the work, the story, or it’s hard for them to get into the painting.” In a genre traditionally filled with stridently brooding painters, Brosseau has always felt a bit outside the outsider’s clique. Over the years, his work has been attacked for favoring the analytical over the visceral, and he admits he developed a defensive, combative stance when asked to discuss his art. But Brosseau didn’t come to abstract expressionism the way most of his contemporaries did. A working-class kid from Vermont, he was valedictorian of his high school and won a scholarship to Dartmouth. His talent — or at least what he excelled in — was math and chemistry, and by college he was pursuing engineering and

architecture without much conviction. “I knew I had to build a drawing portfolio if I wanted to go into architecture. So I took a drawing class, and it was just. …” He trails off, searching for a way to express this defining moment. “It was like you’re discovering how you see.” Brosseau’s abstractions almost always present windows within windows, and even paintings within paintings, sometimes revealing shockingly bright hues at the source. One senses the artist is leading the viewer to new plains of vision — distant fields of play — within the canvas. “From far away and in reproductions, his work looks almost ‘neat’ and graphic-y — sort of straight-edged and geometric,” says local painter Rebecca Jacoby via e-mail. “But then looking more closely you can see the brush work and the messiness of the process. I love that he allows us to see his hand working.” While Brosseau has always been able to intuit this meticulous, ordered journey, he’s only recently been able to articulate it. “There was always this ‘about’ question. ‘What’s it about? What’s

it about?’ … I felt violated. But I think, had I been doing what I was doing with conviction, it wouldn’t have come up. I hadn’t figured it out for myself,” he says, looking a bit like a man forced to discuss a bad breakup. But then came a Fulbright scholarship and a year living in Iceland. “It was this whole concept of expressing emotion in the paintings, and halfway through the Fulbright year I just decided that if I didn’t want to do that, there was just no reason to. This can be a completely analytical and explorative endeavor. I can just do things because I want to see what happens.” Later, Brosseau stands inches from Urban (pictured) — one of more than 20 pieces in his new show, “Wondrous Spaces.” He runs his finger over the surface, lovingly following the angle of a color plane. “I’m interested in creating these spaces here, discovering them. It’s a process of feeling my way through it, but it’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m feeling sad today, so I’m going to do this kind of thing because I hate life.’” ( ✚ “Wondrous Spaces” runs through July 31,

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Picture a dark, fermented chapter in our nation’s history, Lincoln’s final days in the White House, where factious murk settled over the American political landscape. Now jump ahead to the year 2012, to a not-so-distant, not-so-dissimilar future in which an ideological maelstrom has shredded left- and right-wing allegiances alike, leaving only a fringe of extremists following in the spectral footsteps of John Wilkes Booth. These uncanny worlds come together in a co-production by New York-based Riot Group and Philly’s own New Paradise Laboratory; the cast, along with director Whit MacLaughlin and playwright Adriano Shaplin, will present a meet-the-artist event in anticipation of the full performance of the companies’ upcoming Live Arts show, Freedom Club. Focusing on the tug-and-pull of American liberty, the play time-travels between kinky séances in the Lincoln White House and the violent radicalism of today — two worlds that bridge the gulf of history. As Shaplin says, “Imagining the past is not unlike hallucinating the future.”

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—Will Stone Wed., July 21, 7 p.m., free, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., 215-413-9006,


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Philadelphia’s only organization devoted exclusively to plays-in-process, PlayPenn celebrates its sixth annual New Play Development Conference by sharing six intensely workshopped pieces, two by area playwrights: James J. Christy’s Love and Communication (July 24, 4 p.m.) and Nicholas Wardigo’s Hum (July 25, 2 p.m.). Artistic Director Paul Meshijian also selected new works by nationally known playwrights Samuel D. Hunter, Dan Dietz, Kara Lee Corthron and Charlotte Miller, and includes more locals with Bruce Graham’s latest, Outgoing Tide (July 15, 7 p.m.), and Matt Ocks’ Cowboy/Indian (July 20, 7 p.m.), and discusses what it all means in a symposium featuring scientists as well as artists on July 23, titled “Do We Tell Stories or Do They Tell Us?” Good question.

—Holly Otterbein Fri., July 16, 8:30 p.m., free, screened with films by Caleb Lyons and Kathryn Scanlan, vacant lots behind Philadelphia Art Hotel (bring FM radio for audio), 2007-2015 E. Hazzard St., 267-639-9166,

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—Lauren Macaluso Through Aug. 5, free, NEXUS at Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., 215-222-6979,

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✚ BALLETX For its fifth birthday, BalletX is celebrating the best way it knows how: by mashing up traditional technique and experimental choreography. It’s fitting, then, that co-artistic director Matthew Neenan drew sonic inspiration from the indie band Beirut, whose antique, cross-cultural influences — from Balkan folk and French chanson to Mexican funeral dirge — blur the lines between foreign nostalgia and modern American pop. Neenan will première The Last Glass, a theatrical piece he choreographed to eight Beirut songs, feeding off the band’s lush sentimentality with jumps and high-energy ensemble dancing. “The piece is about our daily life struggle,” says Neenan. “There’s a lot of sadness and darkness, but we’ve got to strive and move on.”

Thanks to the upcoming DesignLab exhibit at Moore College’s Window on Race, the Ben Franklin Parkway is the new Fifth Avenue. Emerging Philly clothing designers and up-and-coming local artists are pairing up and taking inspiration from each other. Artists “create a space responding to the fashion, a la old department-store windows,” says Gabrielle Lavin, gallery manager for the Galleries at Moore. Wrapping up next March, the extensive project will rotate designers and artists every five to six weeks, starting with designs from Old City-based Carmelita Couture and artists Jamie Dillon and Nick Paparone. Lavin says Dillon and Paparone’s emphasis on light and sound effects creates an unusual sight for a boutique’s front window. “[It’s] an effort to not sell the garments,” she says, “but to display them as art.”

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The bright reds and yellows, thick black type and graphic silhouettes of South African anti-apartheid posters were the inspiration behind Spiral Q Puppet Theater’s Art in Resistance program, in which silkscreening and print-making workshops educated students from Parkway Northwest High on how to use art as a form of protest. The students’ work, “Teens Revolt: What’s on Our Minds,” will be featured in a monthlong exhibit alongside firsthand accounts of artists in South Africa who used printmaking to challenge the regime. “Teenagers need to be encouraged to speak out and find constructive ways to let the world know what’s on their minds,” says Tracy Broyles, executive director at Spiral Q. “We need to create spaces where we hear that.” In creating one such place, Spiral Q gave these teenagers an extra boost in exercising their right to free speech. And boy, do they have a lot to say.

The open road, already a paradoxical symbol of freedom and oil addiction, is now the stage for modern-day warfare. How’s that for a prepackaged motif? Elana Mann, artist-in-residence at Kensington’s Philadelphia Art Hotel, smartly avoids getting too obvious or heavyhanded in her 15-minute film. With an unexpected but much-appreciated sense of humor, Mann explores one soldier’s journey back home from Iraq, and how it relates to her experience as a neurotic SoCal commuter. Mann steers her Subaru Legacy Outback through L.A., Valencia and Irwindale while her conversations with veteran Dylan Alexander Mack play in the background. “It’s one of the first things you notice when you get home from war. … I would look and say, ‘I don’t need to worry about any one of these cars, or who’s in ’em,’” says Mack as Mann acts out his words, awkwardly slithering out of her parked car’s window. Mann’s nervous movements are funny but don’t ever leech from the seriousness of Mack’s story.

—Mark Cofta July 19-26, free (reservations recommended), Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St., 215-717-7127,

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stAndIng ovAtIon A haiku: Tweens shimmy and shake in a music vid contest. youTube with a plot. (Not reviewed) (UA Riverview)

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Despite the presence of name actors and a relatively inflated budget, Cyrus is of a piece with the mumblecore mavens the Duplass brothers’ two earlier films. John C. Reilly plays John, a divorced schlub whose ex-wife (Catherine Keener), soon to be remarried, drags him to a party where he meets the charming Molly (Marisa Tomei). Their relationship quickly blossoms, despite a hint of secrecy on her part — which turns out to be her son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill), with whom she shares a slightly too-close relationship. The stage is thus set for an escalating battle between lover and “child,� but aggression is alien to the Duplass worldview, so a few early bouts of passive-aggressive sparring eventually flatline until everyone just shrugs and decides to be nicer to one another. It’s an issue that by now seems inherent to the Duplasses’ method: With such a muted narrative drive, their films amble until they stall, at which point they wander to a limp finish. —S.B. (Ritz Five)

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Though they vary in quality as directors have come and gone, the Harry Potter series has provided six examples over the last decade of how to juggle fantasy, action and teenage angst while entrancing audiences of varying ages. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has learned none of those lessons. Beginning with a clumsily truncated Arthurian prologue, the story at least hews closely to the Potter model — young boy discovers heretofore unknown magical powers, trains under a more established wizard, and comes to realize he’s a sort of chosen one while being targeted by evil forces. But that story is here forced to the background, behind a stock beauty-and-the-geek comedy — Jay Baruchel’s pursuit of Teresa Palmer is almost identical to his awkward-but-lovable wooing of Alice Eve in She’s Out of My League, with fewer laughs and an occasional dragon attack. National Treasure series director Jon Turteltaub squanders his two greatest resources: Nicolas Cage, who one could assume would relish the chance to go batshit as an immortal sorcerer, but is reduced to impersonating an NyPD cop and brandishing an occasional pickle; and magic, which is almost entirely limited to plasma-blast shoot-outs. The obligatory recreation of the titular sequence from Fantasia stands out, not only because of the sudden shift in tone and appearance of Paul Dukas’ well-known music, but because it’s the only moment that contains the slightest charm in an otherwise ponderous effects spectacle. —Shaun Brady (UA Riverview)

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Sunday, July 18 spoiled rotten

country nights exit 37 off i-95 or exit 351 off the pa turnpike.

Tuesdays • 6pm – 10pm line dancing with country ken!

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DESPICABLE ME|A Despicable Me nets that elusive in-between all but guaranteeing feature-length grins from tykes and parents alike. Gru (Steve Carell) is a supervillain settled into the doldrums of suburbia. When he’s denied a loan necessary to finance his theft of the moon he hatches an elaborate revenge plan to adopt three children. Despicable has the rare distinction of being defined by its inclusive storyline and good, clean laughs instead of its all-star cast, all of whom seem more interested in shaping funny characters than merely building up their respective vocal brands. —Drew Lazor (UA Riverview)

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE|B As in the first film based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) is agonizingly efficient, fixated and alone. She does her best to avoid contact with Mikael (Michael Nyqvist), the investigative journalist with whom she teamed on the series’ previous mystery. You don’t need to know the specifics to appreciate Lisbeth — she’s as potent a cipher as any franchise hero: as resourceful as Bourne, as lethal as Bond. What makes Lisbeth resonate is that she combines these conventionalities with complications male counterparts could never manage: She gets herself, she knows how she

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to its prey, but instead orders delivery, including international soldiers (Alice Braga, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), a drug cartel enforcer (the ever-welcome Danny Trejo), the FBI’s most-wanted (Walton Goggins, always a treat and having a blast), a yakuza (Louis Ozawa Changchien), a Hemingway-quoting mercenary (Adrien Brody) and an out-of-place doctor (Topher Grace). They must band together to survive, meeting a batshit crazy Laurence Fishburne along the way (Fishburne clearly ordered a side of ham with the scenery he’s already chewing on). The best part: Instead of one Predator, there are three. Think of the entire proceedings as The Most Dangerous Game, except instead of General Zaroff, it’s some badass-looking aliens. —Molly Eichel (Rave: UA Riverview)

RESTREPO|A looks to others and she’s willing to suffer consequences because she knows she can. —Cindy Fuchs (Ritz Five)

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK|BRicki Stern and Anne Sundberg followed the self (deprecatingly)-professed comedy icon, exposing the fragility of a performer’s ego and the challenges of growing old in show biz. But the film is less brutally honest than it is a desperate assertion of relevance and a plea for work. —S.B. (Ritz at the Bourse)

PREDATORS|B Director Nimrod Antal (Kontroll) and producer Robert Rodriguez haven’t reinvented the wheel with Predators, but at least they give the Dreadlocked Ones a vehicle worth their skill. Unlike the first film, Predator doesn’t go

Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s outstanding doc was shot as the filmmakers were embedded over 14 months in eastern Afghanistan. —C.F. (Ritz at the Bourse)

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE|C+ British director David Slade, responsible for edgy fare like 30 Days of Night, relies on an athletic approach to framing action and a moody eye for setting to crank out the least sucky Twilight movie yet. Unlike the 2008 original and last winter’s New Moon, the third installment in the series actually has some meat to it. Eclipse’s glassy-eyed young stars are still shoveling schlock, but at least we now know what it’s like when one vampire rips another vampire’s arms off. —D.L. (Pearl; UA Grant; UA Main St.; UA Riverview; UA 69th St.)

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“After the cinema nothing surprises you. Everything is possible,” states Georges Palet (André Dussollier) upon stepping out of a movie theater, but it could as easily be director Alain Resnais’ storytelling manifesto. His latest romance (or not) fixates on a a purse-snatching, that sets the story in motion, but it’s hardly the only decisive or game-changing moment. It all amounts to the octogenarian filmmaker playfully shrugging, “It’s only a movie,” reminding us to stop worrying about what really happened and to concentrate only on what might. —S.B. (Ritz at the Bourse)

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rance: “Come out, come out, wherever you are!” Mon., July 19, 8 p.m., $3.

CLARK PARK 45th and Regent streets, 215-4720881, Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio (2008, U.S., 60 min.): Discusses

the history of black radio. Fri., July 16, 8:30 p.m., $5-$10 sliding scale.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 215-895-6543, Best of the 2009 Ottawa International Animation Festival: The best of the fest. Fri.,

July 16, 7 p.m., $5-$8. Pickpocket (1959, France, 75 min.): Robert Bresson’s neorealist study of Michel, who filches from the haves but worries that his luck will soon end. Sat., July 17, 7 p.m., $5-$8.

LIBERTY LANDS N.Third and W. Wildley streets, 215-6276562, Transformers (2007, U.S., 144 min.): Sam (Shia LeBeouf) and his boo (Megan Fox) are assisted by a team of robots to defeat the Decepticons. Tue., July 20, 9 p.m., free.

PHILADELPHIA CITY INSTITUTE LIBRARY 1905 Locust St., 215-685-6621. The Searchers (1956, U.S., 119 min.):

Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) sets out on a five-year journey to find his niece and the Indians who captured her. Wed., July 21, 2 p.m., free.

THE SECRET CINEMA Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Sq. E., 215-587-9377, Madame X (1966, U.S., 100 min.): Rich socialite Holly (Lana Turner) invents this pseudonym to protect her identity in a murder trial. Benefit party for the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Fri., July 16, 6 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. screening, $20-$25.

SOUTH STREET HEADHOUSE DISTRICT 400 S. Second St., 215-625-7988, Big Bang Kiss (2005, U.S., 75 min.): An actress is entangled in a crime when three criminals decide to hide out where she is filming. Wed., July 21, 8 p.m., free.

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CHEAP SKATES: Power pop legends Cheap Trick (from left, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Robin Zander — drummer Bun E. Carlos no longer tours with the band) come home to Philly.

[ they just seem a little weird ]

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CP: Let’s talk Budokan. What do you remember?

Cheap Trick screens Budokan. Watch out for the screaming Japanese girls. By A.D. Amorosi CHEAP TRICK AT BUDOKAN | Thu., July 15, 7:30 p.m. autographs, 8:15 p.m. screening, free, Piazza at Schmidts, 1050 N. Hancock St., | CONCERT Fri., July 16, 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$53.50, with Squeeze, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., 215878-0400,


n the early ’70s, friends Tom Petersson and Rick Nielsen moved to Philly. Sometimes, they called themselves the Nazz with Stewkey, sometimes Fuse and eventually they were Sick Man of Europe. But Petersson and Nielsen figured out, like More on: everybody did in the ’70s, that Philly was nowhere. So they left, hooked up with singer Robin Zander and drummer Bun E. Carlos and became critical power pop darlings Cheap Trick. This week? Petersson and Nielsen are back, screening Cheap Trick at Budokan and playing with Squeeze. Oh, Tom.

City Paper: It’s 1971 and you’re in Philly. What’s wrong with that


CP: The Trick released a ton of albums per year. How come? TP: Mainly because they were unsuccessful. … We just figured we were going to get dropped so we just made ’em fast. We didn’t get dropped because we had great press. Lead reviews in Rolling Stone but zero sales. “The next one’s the FOR MORE WITH one” became our mantra. We’d barely get TOM PETERSSON, one out before we heard that line. G O T O C I T Y PA P E R . NET/AGENDA

CP: How does it feel being the ultimate American power pop act? TP: We’re too close to it. It’s like having someone tell you that you look like your sister and you go “C’mon.” … Sometimes I just think of us as a prog rock act, equally inspired by Soft Machine and King Crimson as we are The Beatles. … When we did those songs with those big epic weird breaks — people couldn’t even be bothered to boo. Booing meant you cared. We weren’t trying to be the kings of power pop. It just happened that way. (


Tom Petersson: We were working with our singer named Stewkey and he got some sort-of-a deal. He wanted Rick and I to come out there so we did. We trusted him. Hell, even if we didn’t

TP: That we weren’t thinking about being recorded at all. It really was being done for a local TV show there. It wasn’t [The Who’s] Live at Leeds. We didn’t even realize they were there the first day. We thought that they forgot about us. We were pretty burned out by that point: 300 shows a year, two albums every year. Nursing hangovers. We were completely turned around at that time.

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ifacts are buried below SugarHouse? How can people stand It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? What the hell happened to the Paul Green School of Rock (see What does Michael Vick have on Jeff Lurie that he deserves this kind of job security? And the biggest mystery of the moment: Who is Kar Vivekananthan, and what’s the deal with that swanky bistro Adsum on Bainbridge that he and ex-LaCroix-chef Matt Levin are opening this week? Well, KV is an A/V specialist who founded OhmComm Inc., a communication services enterprise servicing Starr, Vetri and Garces.He’s previously been in Icepack for taking a piece of the Divine Lorraine space and helping to open hot spots backinnaday from Guru (whoa) to Osteria.“Plus I got bored,” laughs Kar. “I know what to expect. I’ve closed restaurants that I helped open. I’ve never witnessed a good restaurant with a good business plan fail.” KV’s secret for Adsum: consistency. “And we’re not fancy schmancy — we have great price points, a great location and the best fried chicken.” Mystery solved. ³ Heather Henderson, filmmaker/onetime-Peek-A-Boo-er/Soulamite-r, leaves Philly for Hollywood at the end of July and is holding a going-away go-go burlesque jamboree to help her cobble together funds July 21 at the Troc, Philly’s original haus-of-burlesque. We’ll miss Heather. ³ Megan Wendell of Canary Promotion + Design (they do sites and PR for the Wilma and the LiveArts/Fringe fests, along with site design for Colbert Report and a zillion others) lost her husband/web-design partner, Mason. Not in marriage — Mason just got a massive gig with Zivtech as creative director of its new design department. Zivtech specializes in complex web aps/content management systems on the Drupal tip. So Mason won’t be able to design sites through Canary. “It is a big change, but I think it’s a good move for all involved,” says Megan. “Perhaps Mason and I can find time to make music together again soon.” ³ Painter Inga Kimberly Brown’s annual all-day Brown Bear Art & Music Fest at Clark Park is on for July 17 with Big Unkle, Last Barbarians, Surgeon and an after-party at The Tiberino Museum. Wee. ³ Aloha Roy’s, Philly’s lone Hawaiian corporate-owned restaurant. We saw your closing from the mainland ages ago. While we know that building owners David and Joe Grasso (of Del Frisco and Union Trust, respectively) are opening a saloon/raw bar at that 15th Street space — hopefully by 2010’s end — rumors are rampant that they’re also looking for a clubbier space in the same neighborhood. There’s even talk of live music involved. P’shaw. (

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Starving The Tsunami, Gelatine & Galaxies, 9pm, $8, Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888. Shortwave Society & Bellflur, 8pm, $8, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-684-0808. Q CAMERON MCGILL & WHAT ARMY with Peasant, 7:30pm, $8,

Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919. Q GRIDS with Ape, Holy Dirt &

Fuck Attack!, 10:15pm, $8, Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-5483. Q JESSE RUBEN with Zach Com-

tois, 8pm, $13-$15, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400. Q KIDZ IN THE HALL with


Dephonic, Stalley, Writtenhouse & Akilles, 8pm, $20, TLA, 334 South St., 215-922-1011. Q MIRADOR with Dawn Chasers,

9pm, $7, Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 267-671-9298. Q SOILWORK with Death Angel,

Augury, Mutiny Within & Shashbuckle, 7pm, $18.50-$50, Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-5483. Timeshares, Frost Watson & Hold Tight, 6pm, $6, Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 267-671-9298. Q THE LOST PATROL with The

Sky Drops & Captive Kin, 9pm, $8, M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 215739-5577. Q WE ARE SCIENTISTS with


Lightspeed Champion & Rewards, 9pm, $15, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849.


FRIDAY 7/16 Q DEATHBEDS with Salome,

Cadaveric Spasm & Landmine Marathon, 9pm, $8, M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 215-739-5577. Q DIVE with Automatic Fire, 8pm,

$12, TLA, 334 South St., 215-9221011. Q HEARTLESS BASTARDS with

The Builders and The Butchers & Peter Wolf Crier, 9pm, $14-$16, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-684-0808. Q KID SISTER with Gang, 9pm,

$15, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849.


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2010 Philadelphia Songwriters Project competition. with Tania Alexandra, Johnny Miles, Ryan Tennis & The Fleeting Ends,

³ RIDE THE DIVIDE Bike lovers, hear this: The Tour Divide is a 2,700-mile-long race equivalent to climbing Everest seven times. That’s a whole lot of peddling. Director Hunter Weeks chronicled the race, which spans from Canada to Mexico, in his film Ride the Divide,focusing on three cyclists who took on the challenge. Think you Philly bikers could handle it? Sure, we have potholes, cobblestones and worthless, unused trolley tracks, but this is a ride through the Rocky Mountains. Not to mention, you’d be completely alone. Producer and Philly native Joe Cantwell says the pull to watch the film for people who don’t cycle is the spirit of the sport. “The idea that people can do extreme things on two wheels with just human power and take on outrageous challenges, the attraction is universal,” he says. Singer-songwriter Amy Petty will grace the stage before the screening to play her songs featured in the film; Weeks and world-class mountain biker Reuben Kline will also be in attendance. Tue., July 20, 8 p.m., $12.50, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, —Lauren Macaluso [ rock ’n’ roll babylon ]

³ JOHNNY SHOWCASE & THE LEFTY LUCY CABARET Johnny Showcase, the ringleader of a crew of eccentric performers known as the Lefty Lucy Cabaret, thinks he’s hip. He gyrates to Prince in pale orange suits and periodically is joined by his secret lover Vicki Fastlane for slightly coarser versions of Heart’s “Alone.” (“You don’t know how long I have waited to touch your tits and hold you tonight. … ”) David Sweeny, aka Johnny Showcase, created the breakout act that won over crowds at the 2009 Fringe Fest. This weekend the act is back for two nights of ridiculous takes on original and classic songs. We know you’re achin’ to experience Lefty Lucy hits such as “Sensual, But Not Sexual (Because I’m Married)” and “M. Night Shalamon.” Fri.-Sat., July 16-17, 9 p.m., $15, Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St., 215-279-7587, —Katy Bergen [ we’re #1! ]

³ COMEDY SPORTZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP The Flyers lost in a nail-biter and the Phillies aren’t doin’ so hot, but 2010 may be Philly’s year yet. The 26th annual ComedySportz World Championship, an Olympic-style improv competition, has found its way to our city for the first time. During the three-day extravaganza, ComedySportz teams from around the globe will square off head-to-head. The winner of the championship match will receive the glorious “meaningless cup.” “It’s competitive,” says managing director Alli Soowal, “but we all just want to put on a good show.” If you can’t >>> continued on page 36



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Q BOBBY BROWN with Johnny

Gill, 8pm, $10-$40, Robin Hood Dell East, N. 33rd and W. Dauphin sts. Q EYEDEA & ABILITIES with


First Person Arts is collaborating with NYC’s Queer Memoir to present an orgy of gay storytelling called “Sticks & Stones.” Some of Philly’s brightest LGBTQ players and community organizers are slated to provide personal dialogue for the event. On the roster are William Way’s Chris Bartlett, Philly Dyke March co-founder Maura Kelly and Rae Drew, a transgender artist who admits feeling “like an odd weed growing through a crack in the sidewalks of our binary gender system.” This could get interesting. Tue., July 20, 8 p.m., $10, The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., 267-402-2059, ³ COMMUNITY THURSDAYS @ TABU The William Way Center has already reaped rewards from a new weekly bash in the Gayborhood that donates proceeds to some of the area’s gayest nonprofits. Tabu General Manager Freddy Shelley says every party will benefit a different organization, such as Equality PA and the Attic Youth Center. “It’s a good method of giving people a fun night out that also helps the community.” Every Thu., 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5, Tabu Lounge, 200 S. 12th St., 215-964-9675, Have an upcoming LGBTQ event? Give it here. E-mail


Turtles (featuring Flo & Eddie), Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, The Grass Roots (featuring Rob Grill) & The Buckinghams & Mark Lindsay, 8pm, $38.50-$48.50, Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 215-572-7650. Q BALANCE AND COMPOSURE

& Three Legged Fox, 7:30pm, $17$20, Electric Factory, 7th & Willow sts., 215-336-2000. Q STEEL TRAIN with Girl in A

Coma & Yawn, 7pm, $12, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 215-563-3980. Q VICE ROYAL with La Violencia &

Mosaic, 8pm, $8, Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888.

THURSDAY 7/22 Q DA COMRADE! with Ugh, God

& Motorcycle Maus, 7:30pm, $5, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919.

with Sainthood Reps & The Felix Culpa, 6pm, $10, Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 267-671-9298.


Q DEER TICK with Wye Oak, 9pm,

Q HAM 1 with Folklore, Hermit

$12, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849. Q LIAM & ME with Action Guaran-

teed & Zach Caruso, 8pm, $8, Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888. Q NATALIE MERCHANT, 8pm, $40-$65, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999. Q THE HOPEFUL & DEJECTED SONGWRITERS OF PHILLY CLUB

with Chet Delcampo, Heyward Howkins & Pete Stewart, 8pm, $6, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400.

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Queer-identifying artists from across generations contributed mixed-media goodies to this arousing exhibition exploring queer sensibility in contemporary art. The eclectic, well-priced collection includes video installations, stainless-steel sketches and photography that runs the gamut from sophisticated to bizarre before slapping you across the face with a raw dose of sex. Don’t miss the four Dickprints by 70-year-old artist Paul Davis Jones and his partner, Michael Biello. They had their model dip his wang in paint to create a surprisingly tasteful wonderland of pecker shapes and smudges. Through Aug. 7, free, AxD Gallery, 265 S. 10th St., 215-627-6250,

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$6, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400. Thrushes & Scott Churchman, 9pm, $7, M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 215-739-5577. Q NOTHINGTON with Spanish

Gamble, The Holy Mess & Dirty Tactics, 7pm, $5, Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 267-671-9298. Q THE ROWDIES with Mini Boone,

Mikingmihrab & Monuments, 9pm, $8, Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-2385888. Q THE SHAKE UPS, 7:30pm-

9:30am, FREE, The Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St., 215-840-3577.


to Four, Footnotes & Church, 8pm, $7, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-684-0808.

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portioncontrol By Carolyn Wyman


like, someone will show up at John’s Water Ice and order a “Cookies and Cream gelato.” “It’s gelati. And what water ice do you want?” is Cardullo’s patient reply. “I don’t want water ice. I want gelato,” they’ll say. And so it could go, until Cardullo explains that John’s sells gelati, not gelato. Gelato is dense Italian ice cream available at boutiques like Capogiro; gelati, in addition to being a pluralization of gelato, is a local treat of water ice layered with ice cream or custard. It was invented in 1975 by the late Nora Italiano, boasts the sign at Italiano’s water ice at 12th and Shunk. Nora replaced the “o” in gelato with her last initial for the name, according to her daughter, Nancy. The treat was adopted by other South Philly water iceries and achieved wide popularity in 1992, when Rita’s debuted it with frozen custard. Local shop owners cite a 40-60 ratio of gelati to plain water ice sales, saying heavier gelati sells better on cool days, and worse to laborers than those who “work in air-conditioned offices and don’t have to worry about throwing up on some rooftop,” as Cardullo puts it. Gelati is also popular with the indecisive and the creative — at Italiano’s, with its 20 water ice and seven ice cream flavors, up to 140 gelati combinations are possible. Gelati torchbearer Nancy allows that her mom probably wasn’t the first or only local to put ice cream and water ice together. She knows this because of the people who come to Italiano’s asking for “radio balls” or “King Tuts.” Radio ball is Port Richmond’s name for a water ice/ice cream treat. Neighborhood historian Fred Cimino says it was invented in 1945 by the late Gus “Hecker” Bauman at Hecker’s Deli, where they’re still made. “Radio balls were eaten on front stoops in the summer while listening to radio shows,” explains Cimino. Unlike gelati — a layer of hard ice cream between two layers of water ice — radio balls feature scoops of ice cream topped with water ice mixed to a smoothie-like consistency. At Hecker’s, customers get ice cream and a choice of two water ice flavors (cherry or pineapple) that Hecker’s son, Gus Bauman, 62, makes daily by hand. But what of the King Tut? Told it originated in West Philly, I contacted the 85-year-old Morrone’s water ice of Overbrook, where manager Steve Caporaletti pleaded ignorance. Morrone’s calls its water ice/ice cream dessert “gelato” — Capogiro fans, be warned. (

FLAME ON: Steven Raichlen, a grilling expert who traveled the world researching his latest book, Planet Barbecue!, speaks at the Free Library July 15.

[ charry, charry night ]

CP: In Planet Barbecue! you tour the world. How did you go about


SR: I started a list of every grill culture that I could think of.

choosing your destinations?

Barbecue king Steven Raichlen preaches from the gospel of global grilling. By Will Stone


illennia spent tending to flames have seared a hankering for fire-licked fare into the primal depths of our bellies. We’re talking barbecue — actually, a planet full of it. That’s the universalist message grill scholar Steven Raichlen will celebrate at his July 15 Free Library talk promoting his latest cookbook, Planet Barbecue! (Workman Publishing, May 1). With 300-plus recipes gathered from 60 countries, Planet Barbecue! More on: capstones Raichlen’s 12-year passage through the world of live fire, which began with his award-winning 1998 cookbook, The Barbecue! Bible. More than a how-to guide, Raichlen’s globe-trekking tome charts the regional traditions sizzling away on grills around the world. He took some time out from his national tour to talk meat with CP.

City Paper: What about barbecue first captured your attention? Steven Raichlen: What drove me to write Planet Barbecue! [was

the] simple but profound realization that grilling is the world’s oldest cooking method and the world’s most universal cooking method — but everywhere it’s done differently. In a way, you can kind of use barbecue as a lens into human culture.

Within each culture, I started three lists — one of the people I should see, one of the iconic restaurants and one of the iconic dishes. But I would also leave a couple days open for serendipitous encounters. … I would go to the central food market and look for people grilling, or sometimes I’d kind of just follow my nose to the smoke. CP: What are some notable differences you found between Amer-

ican barbecue culture and other regions of the world? SR: We are virtually the only country in the world that has a

tradition of both grilling — cooking food directly over high heat quickly — and what in the South they would call “true barbecue,” meaning an indirect process of smoking and roasting the meat by cooking it next to the fire, not directly over it. … Smoke is the essence of that style of American barbecue. The rest of the world, when they talk about barbecue, what they really mean is grilling.


CP: Any lessons the American griller should take away from the foreign cultures you profile? SR: I think most Americans grill about four or five foods: steaks, burgers, chops and hot dogs. However, if you look around the world, you see the sheer breathtaking diversity of what other peoples grill. In Southeast Asia they grill eggs in the shell. In Brazil, they’ll >>> continued on page 42

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³ NOW SEATING Adsum | Bonjour, foie gras poutine! Chef Matthew

Machismo Burrito Bar | Will Caton’s Manayunk burrito pit stop, which also has locations in Virginia and Florida, expanded into Andorra about a month ago. The shop, which is twice the size as the Main Street location and offers delivery, is open 11 to 9, seven days a week. Caton says he’s also close to sealing a deal for a Machismo in the Shops at Liberty Place in Center City. Andorra Shopping Center, 8500 Henry Ave., 267-385-6602.

³ LITTLE VITTLES Kong (702 N. Second St.), chef Michael O’Halloran’s

Chinese street food concept in NoLibs, has closed. ³ Mumbai Bistro, the casual Indian restaurant at 930 Locust St., opens July 21. ³ Chef Mark Mebus’ Blackbird, a 100 percent vegan pizza and sandwich

shop in what was Gianna’s (507 S. Sixth St.), has plans to open in the coming months. ³ Chhaya, a café specializing in waffles, brunch and Venetian-style small plates, should open at 1823 E. Passyunk Ave. in early August. Got A Tip? Please send restaurant news to


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Levin, who last earned raves at Lacroix, is back with this comfortable, subtly refined neighborhood bistro at the corner of Fifth and Bainbridge (formerly Coquette). Levin, teamed with comm-systems consultant Kar Vivekananthan, says he’s cooking food that he’d be quick to order himself at this academically themed eatery (Adsum’s Latin for “I am here”), which has room for more than 60 inside and about 20 outdoors. Aside from that decadent foie-topped poutine (pictured), he’s doing fried chicken and collards; homemade pierogies; a beast of a burger (topped with pancetta-onion fondue); and “KFC” sweetbreads, among other tricked-out dishes. Food till 1 a.m. nightly. Preston Eckman, formerly of APO, has designed the cocktail list. For more pics and the full menu:, category: Openings. 700702 S. Fifth St., 267-888-7002,



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Society Hill $1,250,000 Unique 3BD/3.5BA, garden, elevator, wine cellar, full basement, ďŹ replace, family room, 3 suites.


Society Hill $3,600,000 Exceptional 5BD/3BA+2 powder rooms, living room with 54ft ceiling, European kitchen, 9500 sq ft of living space crafted with the ďŹ nest materials, wine cellar. Property will also be smartwired for automated lighting, temperature control and security. 3 car parking: 1 car garage and 2 additional spaces!

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Bella Vista $549,900 Beautiful 3BD/2.5BA, ďŹ nished basement, roof deck, 1 year prepaid parking, master suite, custom baths, gorgeous kitchen.

341 S 26th $579,900 1321 E Hewson $255,000 Lovely 3BD/2BA, garage parking, front garden, Large 4BD/1BA, den, huge roofdeck, hardwood Jacuzzi-style tub, ďŹ nished basement with full bath. oors, stainless appliances.

NEW THIS WEEK! OLD CITY/LOFT DISTRICT FISHTOWN $145,000 112 Market From $345,000 Fresh and hip 3BD/1BA, new windows, rear patio, Gorgeous units with marble baths, bamboo oors, updated kitchen, wood oors, exposed brick. custom kitchens, open living spaces, tax abatement FISHTOWN $439,900 pending! Beautiful 3BD/2.5BA, new construction with large 335 N Front A $499,000 kitchen, slate oor, hardwood oors, 20x35 roof Wonderful 2BD2.5BA, exposed brick, tons of deck, fabulous ďŹ xtures throughout. windows, built-ins, roofdeck with breathtaking views! RITTENHOUSE SQ $599,900 Fabulous, newer construction 3BD/3.5BA, garage parking, large rear yard, wonderful master suite, ďŹ nished basement. SOCIETY HILL $1,050,000 Bi-level top oor 3BD/2.5BA unit with parking, bamboo oors, custom built-ins, custom kitchen, high ceilings. WASHINGTON SQUARE 803 Lombard $589,900 Handsome 4BD/2.5BA, garage, gas ďŹ replace, gorgeous kitchen, lower level family room, hardwood oors. SOCIETY HILL 302 Lombard B $189,900 Trinity style 1BD/1BA, pet friendly building. 200 Lombard #527 $275,000 Gorgeous, renovated 1BD/1.5BA, all new kitchen, master suite, 1 year prepaid parking at covered garage! The Willings 211-15 S 4th From $757,000 Beautiful 1-2BD units, high ceilings, recessed lighting, granite counters, exclusive residence with 24 hour doorman and many other great amenities. 227-31 S 6th #2NW $2,150,000 Spectacular 3BD/2.5BA, private elevator entrance, deeded indoor parking, 12 ft ceilings, magniďŹ cent open kitchen, Juliet balcony overlooking private courtyard. GRADUATE HOSPITAL 2104 Montrose $299,900 Stunning 2BD/2BA renovation, ďŹ nished basement, spacious bedrooms, tons of closets, large rear yard, new deck, gorgeous kitchen.


Now is truly the time to buy! Interest rates are the lowest in years! There are many great homes out there and many sellers will pay closing costs! We have plenty of ďŹ nancing available through our mortgage company, Trident Mortgage.

Please call us today – We can help!

2208 Carpenter $320,000 Lovely 3BD/2BA, deck, skyline views, central air, hardwood oors, kitchen with granite and stainless appliances.

ASK FOR MIKE McCANN 215-440-8345

726 S 24th $359,900 Gorgeous 3BD/2BA high-end renovated home, ďŹ nished basement, large rear yard, hardwood oors, stone & tile baths, tons of light!

210 Church #1 $519,000 Currently a dentist’s ofďŹ ce with a 2BD living space on the second oor, ďŹ nished basement, new kitchen, ďŹ replace.

2139 Montrose $299,900 Great 2BD/1BA, bamboo oors, rear yard, ďŹ nished basement, 4 years left on tax abatement!

998 N Randolph $315,000 Beautiful 4BD/1BA, stainless appliances, large yard, new windows, c/a. 1215 Green $349,900 Amazing space with high ceilings, 2 car detached garage, currently used as a boarding house. 938 N 4th $369,900 Charming 3BD/1.5BA, open oor plan, updated kitchen, large rear deck, balcony, central air. 223 Fairmount $474,900 New construction, 3BD/2BA, fantastic roof deck, hardwood oors, wired for sound, great kitchen! 964 N Leithgow $799,900 Amazing 3-4BD/3BA, den, garage, roof deck, 2nd and 3rd oor decks, bamboo oors, meticulous ďŹ nishes.

University City From $179,000 New construction, 1-2BDs, low taxes, 10 year tax abatement, hardwood oors, granite counters, stainless appliances, high efďŹ ciency HVAC, beautiful ďŹ nishes!

ART MUSEUM AREA 938 N 29th $229,900 Excellent value, 3BD/1BA, pine oors, spacious yard, great charm! 918 N Bambrey $237,500 Renovated 2BD/1.5BA, ďŹ nished basement, granite and stainless kitchen, nice outdoor space. 3036 W Harper $279,900 3-story 3BD/2BA, patio, lots of light, beautiful ďŹ nishes, large master suite with deck! 1836 Brandywine $459,900 Lovely 3BD/2.5BA, rear yard, roof deck, hardwood oors, granite counters, skyline views! 2200-28 Arch #1001 $464,900 Luxurious 2BD/2BA loft condo, c/a, hardwood oors, high ceilings, oor to ceiling windows, granite kitchen, stainless appliances, garage parking. BELLA VISTA 1356 South From $229,000 Beautiful, newly renovated 2BD condos, granite counters, stainless appliances, tons of light, hardwood oors, detailed moldings.

Fitler Square $339,900 Nicely renovated 3BD/2BA, sundeck, yard, hardwood oors, nice kitchen, granite counters, easy parking, great value.

1008 S Randolph $279,900 Nice 2BD/1BA with den, new oors, new kitchen, tons of closets, rear yard and deck. 711 Kimball $389,900 Handsome 3BD/2.5BA family room/ofďŹ ce, rear yard, newer kitchen and baths, 6 years left on tax abatement! 1025 S 7th $449,900 Brand new construction, 3BD/3BA, custom kitchen, hardwood oors, gas ďŹ replace, Juliet balcony off master suite, ďŹ nished basement, 10 year tax abatement pending.

2144 Webster $359,900 New construction, 3BD/2.5BA eco-friendly home, ďŹ nished basement, bamboo oors, still time to choose ďŹ nishes!

Rittenhouse Square $2,900,000 True grandeur, 5BD/5.2BA, library, den, wet bar, 10 ďŹ replaces, elaborate details, 2 car garage!

314 N 12th #1005 $669,000 610 Percy #2 $645,000 Corner, bi-level 1BD/2BA penthouse, 800 sf double Beautiful 3BD/3.3BA, oak ooring, huge EIK, sided roof deck, 15 ft ceilings, exposed brick, oversized windows. gorgeous kitchen. QUEEN VILLAGE RITTENHOUSE SQ/FITLER SQ 241-43 Chestnut F $859,000 317-19 Monroe #6 $299,900 2038 Latimer $379,900 Amazing 2BD/2BA, heated oors, 3 sided ďŹ replace, Great 1BD/1BA unit with private deck, formal dining Charming 2BD/1.5BA, decked in rear yard, bedroom custom kitchen, one of a kind! area, hardwood oors. with skylight, hardwood oors NORTHERN LIBERTIES/ FISHTOWN $669,900 2313 Sansom $459,000 2361 E Huntingdon $155,000 227 Monroe Extra wide 3BD/2.5BA, many original details, Great 2BD/1.5BA, deck, high ceilings, oak oors, Lovingly restored 2BD/1BA, open LR, hardwood exposed brick, ďŹ replaces, ofďŹ ce/den. wine cooler, wood ďŹ replace, ample closet space! oors, rear outdoor space, large bathroom.

Pennsport $349,900 Gorgeous 3BD/2BA new construction, with 1 car parking, custom kitchen and baths, 10 year tax abatement.


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Society Hill $4,900,000 This 9000 SF Townhome and 4500 SF garden has every imaginable amenity in its 4 stories, 6 BR’s, 5 full baths, 2 powder rms, 4 car garage and ďŹ nished basement. Each room tells a story and the walls resound with history.

2427 Naudain $509,000 1019-25 N 4th #1025B $234,500 Amazing 4BD/2BA, large rear yard, random width Great 1BD/1BA tri-level condo, bamboo oors, new plank oors, large EIK, skyline views! kitchen, master suite, ďŹ nished basement.



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