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hen 12 inches of puffy, compactible, play-worthy snow plop down from the sky, it’s hard for residents around baltimore ave. in West Philadelphia not to feel the sting: a huge swath of Clark Park, the crown jewel of the neighborhood, is shut down for renovations. a gate surrounds part “a” of the park, on 43rd Street between baltimore and chester avenues, and a giant yellow sign proudly stating “another milestone in Philadelphia’s Progress” sits where the entrance once was. On monday, the temptation to climb over the 7-foot-high fence must have been great, but as of about 6 p.m., no one had. not a single footprint dotted the pure-white snow inside. “It’s awful,” said a young woman in braids, walking by with her dog, adding, “They’ve cut down 34 trees. They’re putting in more pavement.” Indeed, the renovations — though aimed at providing better drainage, improved paths and more lighting — are the subject of no small controversy. The clark Park revitalization, which has been in the works for the last 10 years, has drawn criticism from various locals, including eco-artist aaron Birk, who wrote this September in an e-mail to City Paper and others, “clark Park is going to be clear-cut in the next day or so. There is now a chainlink construction fence preventing anyone from setting foot in the park,” adding, “Let me know if you’re interested in helping organize an emergency sit-in. i have a 50-watt megaphone.”

but according to the Friends of Clark Park, only 24 trees have been removed and that’s because they’re old, diseased or invasive. “These trees were selected for removal after consultation with arborists from the morris arboretum,” says Brian Siano, vice president of the Friends. “and preserving the tree canopy was one of the most important goals we had.” but both sides can at least agree on one thing: The park is missed. “It sucks that it’s closed,” lamented the girl with braids, when, suddenly, a deep voice yelped from the other side of the park — the still-open part “b,” known as the bowl for its concave shape — in a way that means only one thing: sledding. “I bet the bowl’s still poppin’, though,” she added.

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: Sherwood ForeSt as the winds picked up and the temperature dropped monday night, 52-year-old david brown descended into the city’s vast underground subway concourse and, armed with a pile of blankets, set up camp for the night. He wasn’t the only one: The concourse, known to cops and the homeless alike as Sherwood Forest for its maze of pillars and under-the-radar inhabitants, is the nightly place of respite for many of the city’s homeless (City Paper first wrote about the de facto homeless encampment in 2008 [cover Story, “notes From underground,” matt Stroud, June 12, 2008].) While the city’s shelters are, indeed, near capacity, brown’s deci-

sion to avoid them is his own. Like a lot of longtime-homeless folks — he’s been on the streets for 15 years — he avoids the city’s shelters whenever possible, preferring his freedom to the rules, restrictions and risks of the shelter system.

and despite a winter initiative to provide extra beds in the cold months, as well as an official citywide “code blue” alert that has outreach teams trolling the city in a special effort to offer shelter to the homeless, some, like brown, simply decline. That same night, says dainette mintz, director of the city’s Office of Supportive Housing, outreach workers made contact with 60 individuals, but wound up transporting only six to facilities offering temporary shelter. even so, 92 out of 110 spots at the city’s homeless “cafés” — bare-bones operations aimed at the chronically homeless who refuse to enter the formal shelter system — were occupied that night. In all, OSH-contracted facilities housed 2,710 people across the city on monday. The choice to go it alone comes, brown concedes, with its own perils — the latest among them, he says, being high school kids who’ve been coming through and >>> continued on adjacent page

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abusing sleeping homeless people. “When they come off school, they’ll throw bottles at you, throw water on you, kick you,” brown says. “Last night they just kicked a guy, two young kids kicked a guy right in the head and threw a bottle at him. … now you got to sleep with one eye open and one eye closed.” but even beyond that threat, brown has a particularly strong aversion to shelters, he says, because of his health condition: He has aIdS, and that makes things more complicated still. To fight the disease, brown consumes a daily cocktail of drugs: “When I’m out here, I take it at the right time. ... When I go to the ridge shelter, they take my medication, and they give it you when they want to give it to you,” he explains. “and they tell the people in there that I’ve got full-blown aIdS. … Then guys think they can catch it just by sleeping by me or taking a shower behind me.” and so brown prefers to keep to himself. “They put you out at 7 o’clock in the morning, then I go in the Gallery or I walk around. … the hard thing is finding something to eat. Soup kitchens close at a certain time, and when you’re tired you just can’t always catch them.” —isaiah thompson

: Out in the cOld On a related note, Mayor Michael nutter was paid a surprise visit last week by activists with the aIdS advocacy group aCt UP Philadelphia, who showed up at the mayor’s house on dec. 22 to give His Honor a hearty, if unconventional, caroling.

“We wish you would fund aIdS housing (3x), so we won’t get sick,” went one verse. acT uP is known for adding dramatic flare to its actions — but the group is deadly serious about its mission to advocate for people with aIdS, and has taken an increasingly aggressive stand on the issue of homeless people with aIdS in particular over the last year. according to a recent report by acT uP, the number of people on a city-managed waiting list for aIdS-specific housing assistance is growing. and while the shelter system itself may have capacity, advocates agree with david brown that shelters are not good places for people with aidS. eight people with HIV, meanwhile, died in the streets or in the shelter system in the past 18 months. “Had they been housed, and had a place to take medication,” says acT uP member Jose demarco, “they wouldn’t be dead.” In november, acT uP joined other advocates and students to stage a “die in” in front of city Hall as part of their campaign to persuade nutter to set aside $2 million to $4 million — no small sum — for permanent housing for people with aIdS. The mayor did, in fact, meet with the group, but, demarco says, made no promises. mayoral spokesman mark mcdonald tells cP, “We’ve barely begun the budget process. … It’s a long way from being able to say what will happen. “It’s their job to argue for what they believe in,” he adds. “but the mayor has huge competing interests to balance.” The group intends to ramp up pressure in anticipation of the mayor’s proposed budget, in which they still hope to see the funds. “comcast gets big tax breaks,” says demarco. “How about giving —i.t. human beings a break?”

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Outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell gives Gov.-elect Tom Corbett thousands of pages of files on his new job. “It’s mostly drawings of hoagies with boobs,” sighs Corbett.

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A proposed School District plan would give Superintendent Arlene Ackerman more control in hiring contractors. And a Death Star.

[ + 2] An ex-addict throws a sober New Year’s Eve party. “This will be the best party in recent memory,” he says. “I used to black out a lot.”

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Ex-District Attorney Lynne Abraham’s office kept a list of cops who weren’t allowed to testify in court because they were untrustworthy. Would have saved paper if she’d listed the ones who could.


Arraignment court is open on Christmas. Since then, however, Asnowment court has been in session.


A state study advocates downsizing the Philadelphia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Or removing the moat.

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ipalities consider banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. “Hey great, thanks, right on time,” says the ghost of Andrew Beckett.

[ + 2] Local Marines gather 90,000 toys for charity. Then call them maggots and break them.

[ + 4] A Kevlar helmet and vest might have saved two Philly cops who were shot. As might have stricter gun laws, but hey, we didn’t get our pony for Christmas either.

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A state legislator says he will try again in 2011 for a law banning synthetic marijuana. Also wants to outlaw soy cheese, non-alcoholic beer and charades. “Buncha phonies,” he cries.


The Eighth District, represented by Donna Reed Miller, is poised for a tough City Council race next year. “But I thought our fiefdoms were guaranteed in the city charter.”

[ + 3] The city puts a 30-day hold on foreclosure sheriff’s sales. It’s A Wonderful Month!

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year’s is good for, it’s hot toddies. If there’s two, it’s hot toddies and end-of-the-year lists! So grab the former and enjoy the latter, man Overboard!’s roughly chronological list of the year’s skeeziest. January: The state legislature passes a massive overnight bill that legalizes table games in Pennsylvania casinos — oh, and grants them and their lobbyists a few dozen other favors, among them the power to extend credit to table games and slots players. February: The Philadelphia School district releases a report blaming an attack on a group of asian students at South Philly High on “gang related” violence, rather than racial targeting, as the kids claimed, based on an unsubstantiated allegation by a school official about Hao Luu, a Vietnamese student who was himself jumped the day before the infamous attack. The district has since retracted that claim; Lu now attends a private school. early March: casino mogul Steve Wynn announces he’s taking over the flailing Foxwoods casino project, telling investors in a phone conference that he’s really, really excited about “the proximity [of Foxwoods] to the Vietnamese neighborhood” — confirming fears of casino predation among asian-american activists who vehemently opposed a proposed relocation to chinatown. He later backs out. late March: Philadelphia government takes on the powers that be and … gets a whooping when mayor michael nutter proposes a tax on sweetened beverages. big beverage lobbyists storm in with



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dubious claims about job losses if the tax passes — which it doesn’t. May: despite warnings from department of conservation and natural resources officials, Gov. ed rendell authorizes the most recent in a series of leases of state forest land for gas drilling. Later, after his proposed tax on gas production is defeated, the governor signs an executive order banning more leasing of state forest, which incoming Gov. Tom corbett immediately pledges to overturn. meanwhile, Philadelphia city council is in a jam: They’ve rejected the mayor’s sweetened beverage tax, but can’t seem to balance the budget themselves. a 12 percent hike in the property tax would do it, but … 12 just seems so big: So they propose, in true dollar-store fashion, a 9.9 percent hike instead, leaving a $20 million hole. July/august: Scandal! The Inquirer reveals that plans for a new family court building involve a massive conflict of interests involving Supreme court chief Justice ronald d. castille, who, it will later turn out, has also received thousands of dollars worth of gifts and favors from law firms that come before him, as well. Police commissioner charles ramsey, meanwhile, pledges to root out police corruption after a Pulitzer Prize-winning series by the Daily News on police officers (allegedly) systematically robbing bodegas. and after a sting nabbing three officers selling heroin. and the robbery of a bar by an on-duty officer. and the federal indictment of a prominent police inspector for allegedly paying someone to extract money from a private debtor. What else? The Philadelphia Housing authority, according to an ongoing series by the Inquirer, was riddled with sexual harassment allegations, and a culture of “fiefdom and abuse” under former PHa head carl Greene. november: attorney General Tom corbett wins in his bid for

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governor using vast amounts of money from the marcellus Shale gas drilling industry. upon winning, he appoints a gas industry magnate to the head of his transition team; maintains his firm opposition to imposing a tax on what is potentially the most lucrative new industry in Pa.; and calls department of environmental Protection secretary John Hanger, who demands that corbett show his commitment to environmental regulations, a “sore loser.” december: The winter of our discontent. The media, apparently bored, or cold, or something, spends a week roasting nutter over his decision to support changing the “christmas Village” to a “Holiday Village.” Then, a big snow storm hits and the nFL, eagles and the city agree to postpone a game for two days, prompting barely-Gov. ed rendell to comment that: “The chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in china do you think the chinese would have called off the game?” a Happy new year from mO! and the crew!  Isaiah Thompson would never call off a football

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can say this because I grew up there: Southwest Philly is a mess. When Philadelphians think of the area west of the Schuylkill and south of Grays Ferry — if they think of it at all — it’s because they’re cutting through it on the way to the airport. SWP is the home of the auto mall and junk yards. It’s where you can hit any number of sleazy strip clubs and never, ever be found out. Businesses are shuttered along shopping corridors like Woodland Avenue, and the ones left open aren’t particularly welcoming. Police blotters are filled with petty crimes. With less than 1 percent of the area covered by trees, you get no shade from the heat that blasts the tiny rowhomes lining most blocks. In the summer, the lack of oxygen is palpable. The expanse of land owned and operated by oil refineries here is long, desolate and gray. It doesn’t help that those refineries sit across from a bolt of property known as Jerry’s Corner, where The Pleasure Garden swingers club, Charlie’s Dream 24-hour porn shop and the C-level stripper haven Purple Orchid reside on a devil’s triangle of lust and disgust. When you look up and see the there-forever Boys & Girls Club billboard with a young Denzel Washington that reads “Be Inspired,” all you can think to yourself is, “How?” This might be the last place you’d expect to find a revolution in fresh green anything. But for developer and prodigal son Brian O’Neill, a graduate of

Our Lady of Lourdes school at 63rd and Lancaster, and Sonny DiCrecchio, executive director of the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market — the longoutgrown South Philly distribution center where large-scale operations like grocery stores and restaurant suppliers get their goods — Southwest is perfect. “There’s no place left within city limits with this sort of land mass,” says O’Neill. In just a few weeks, many in the region will see the fruit of their labors: the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM), a years-in-construction, decade-in-the-works, state-of-the-art wholesale produce distribution center that will be, depending on how you measure it, the biggest or second biggest in the country (along with New York’s Hunts Point). “I’m very familiar with this area,” says O’Neill with a Cheshire Cat grin as his glasses slip to the tip of his nose. Though his real estate investment and development company is headquartered in King of Prussia, O’Neill Properties buys, recycles and renovates lots of abandoned lots: surplus brownfield, industrial and military real estate all over the country. Ask him how his home area has changed for the worse, and he demurs. “It doesn’t disturb me. I see a change for the better. And it’s going to get better what with the proximity to I-95 and the airport. For what Sonny wants, this is perfect.” N“ALL THE BEST. ALL RIGHT HERE,” reads a sign at 6700 Essington Ave. It’s cold but not yet wintry

when I first hit the still-in-construction PWPM. On opening day, the $200 million facility — DiCrecchio calls it the “world’s largest refrigerator” — will be 700,000 square feet on nearly 48 acres with another 15-plus-acre staging lot at 61st Street. Now, all you can see from the highway are rows of blank gray garage doors and the trucks of building suppliers. It’s been more or less like this since October 2008 when O’Neill Properties broke ground on the new facility, after its former occupants — five junk and scrap yards — got cleaned up by the Essington Avenue Partners II (an O’Neill Properties affiliate) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection removed scrap metal and a reported 400,000 tires. In a trailer near the emerging superstructure hangs a photo rendering of the facility done in 2008. One worker, observing me scribbling, looks at it. “Very accurate, isn’t it?” he smirks. “Look how blue the sky is and how appealing the workers all look.” That’s when Nick Peetros, senior project manager, grabs me for a tour. The Delaware County native shuffles between pallet jacks to point out ramps and covered shelters that run the length of the market for smaller trade customers and restaurants whose trucks can’t actually reach the docking station. “Basically the entire periphery of the building is for loading and unloading,” he says before leading me inside to the center concourse where buyers will walk and look at product from 26 vendors,

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ing, which includes $152.5 million from the state of Pennsylvania that Rendell and Fumo pulled together, a $50 million loan from American International Group Inc. (AIG), an $11 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), a $3 million grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and $1 million per year for 10 years from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is the landlord on the property, with the market vendors repaying 100 percent of the grants and loans over the life of the 40-year lease. After 40 years, the market can buy the property. “For $1,” says O’Neill. Not that anything gets done quite that easily. The Eastwick Project Area Committee (EPAC) had


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parcel of land that he wanted to unload. “He didn’t know what to do with it,” smiles O’Neill, who did what he does: He bought that property as well as most of the rest of the block for “tens of millions of dollars, a great deal.” While he won’t comment on what else in the area he’s buying, all O’Neill can say is that he is buying. He’d bought 40 acres, close to the amount DiCrecchio was looking for when the Navy Yard fell through for the second time. O’Neill went to Rendell and then-state Sen. Vince Fumo and said he could build the new market for less than it had been value engineered at — $218 million instead of $260 million. A deal was struck. The Port Authority of Philadelphia purchased O’Neill’s 40 acres and 23 nearby acres that the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. owned at the start of the project in 2008. The deal became a mix of private and public financ-

issues with possible traffic jam-ups. But the combination of a food distribution center grossing $1.5 billion annually, the removal of all that refuse and the possibility of jobs won out. (EPAC’s longtime president, Elvira Rosalinda Stewart, passed in June 2010, and the committee’s phones have since been disconnected.) As a result, PWPM is shooting to be fully operational by the end of January rather than the recent Dec. 15 target. “The neighborhood committee may have been wary at first, but once we added traffic lights and turning lanes designed to ease the flow coming in and out of 67th and Essington, they saw the benefits,” says Peetros. “It’s a rough neighborhood. Between the junk yards and the strip clubs, it ain’t the Main Line. But it’s not the worst neighborhood I’ve built in. Any place where it’s not just for locals dumping trash is a good thing.” (

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NTHIS MASSIVE PROJECT — currently employing more than 1,500 people, and expected to create a multitude of new jobs and employers, including some from Southwest Philly — had the most clichéd of beginnings. “One day I just started drawing out plans on a napkin,” says Sonny DiCrecchio. After running his own refrigeration business for 25 years, DiCrecchio took over as the Galloway Street market’s executive director in 2000. A year later, he started dreaming up plans for a more modern facility. After realizing that retrofitting Galloway could cost upward of $90 million — and leave its existing merchants and vendors high and dry during the process — it became obvious that a new facility was the answer. Easier said than done. There had long been talk of getting aid from the city and the state. In the 1990s, even as recently as 2004, New Jersey cities such as Camden and Gloucester just across the river had been offered as alternative sites, but loyalty to Pennsylvania was key to the market’s stockholders. DiCrecchio recalls the back-and-forth of locations and money worries as an equal mix of comedy and drama. There was the Navy Yard, where Gov. Ed Rendell announced some 70 acres would be made

available in 2005, and again in 2007. In between, Pier 98 at Oregon Avenue and Columbus Boulevard was proposed, too. “We had a ground-breaking [at the Navy Yard] and everything, but suddenly it got too expensive, according to the governor,” says DiCrecchio, recalling the day he heard the news. He’d gone sailing with his daughter in Florida — “my only day off in years” — only to be interrupted by a call informing him that Rendell was on television calling off the deal. “I was so pissed off, I threw my laptop, a blue one, in the lagoon. Two days later, I’m on one of those little boats in the lagoon — BOOM. The boat stopped. I got knocked out when my boat hit … my blue laptop. I couldn’t win for losing.” Starting over seemed unlikely until O’Neill — who had heard about the project from one friend and the Essington Avenue land mass from another — entered the picture. In 2004, an associate of O’Neill’s had a

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purchase it and have it delivered to their trucks. Getting it all done in one place is important. PWPM (, with its enclosed 224 loading docks and 127 spaces at its nearby staging lot, will be nearly twice the size of that 350,000-squarefoot, 150-dock facility near the sports complex on South Galloway Street. And it makes possible PWPM’s treasured first: It will be a 100 percent refrigerated facility — the entire building — designed to prevent breaking the cold chain from truck to loading docks to cold storage at the distribution center. The building is constructed of steel, concrete and insulated metal panels 5 inches thick for energy efficiency and refrigeration. The Galloway Street facility had become too small to accommodate all that loading and unloading, sometimes leaving produce to sit on loading docks in wait. That’s the problem with open-air terminal markets, the industry standard at locations such as Baltimore’s Jessup Market and Hunts Point: You break the cold chain as soon as you pull up to the dock. “We had to get up to the times. Food safety was becoming an issue as we found out that rising temperatures were causing food-borne illnesses — to say nothing of the shrinkage. You cut days off the shelf life of most produce just by leaving it in a box on the side in 80- to 99-degree heat.” Here, 26 vendors will utilize 33 units. One unit, they say, will be used as a test kitchen; another is intended for use in a cooking show. (Unlike the Galloway site, the public will be very much welcome here.) Three large vessels hold refrigerant in different stages of the liquid-to-vapor cycle and several compressors circulate throughout the building, with all content areas kept at 50 degrees — all controlled via the Internet. “I’ve worked on difficult projects, but this is the only property I’ve ever had with a brain, a personality and changeable limbs,” says O’Neill.


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➤ My three new year’s resolutions? To start

smoking again. To vote “yes” rather than CasiNO when asked because, man, I really hate that my South Philly ain’t getting a Foxwoods. And to kill animals — a bag of sweet kittens, perhaps — then say I’m sorry and get a great job without worrying about remorse or consequence. Worked in 2010. ➤ I’ll call this a rumor because it ain’t yet fact: It looks as if Four Corners maestro Avram Hornik is thisclose to signing a deal to turn Spaghetti Warehouse on 10th and Spring Garden (closed as of 14 days ago) into a live music venue/bar with food. Hornik fans’ll remember that he tried buying the boarded-up Global Thrift on Front and Girard (once the legendary Jumbo Theater) in 2008 but was thwarted by KensFishington associations because they didn’t want noise (the El is pretty quiet!) and hated that Hornik dissed Old City for being too loud (as he was part of making it so) during town meetings. So now it’ll be a pasta ballroom blitz sandwiched between Polaris and Electric Factory. Oompah. Hornik’s Drinker’s at 19th and Chestnut also has an orange sticker on its upstairs window — is he looking to expand? ➤ Excited to hear the 11 new tracks the reunited Dead Milkmen recorded at South Street Sounds Studio (with newest member Dandrew, supposedly called that since no one knows his name); doubly excited to hear SSSStudio owner/Milkmen producer Jeffrey W.’s new reggae/oddball jazz ensemble South Street Sounds. So to the Troc’s Balcony I’ll head Jan. 5 to catch up with that, Josh Winer’s equally reggae-riffic Cultureal and saxophonist David Fishkin’s postWest Philadelphia Orchestra ensemble. ➤ While I was standing in line at DiBruno’s and finding out about its new Ardmore cheeserie (see citypaper. net/mealticket), I heard that Peter McAndrews will relocate Paesano’s to the South Ninth location that once was Bebe’s Barbecue and open his new Sicilian spot, Monsù, at the current Paesano’s corner of Ninth and Christian, all around the second/ third week of Jan’ry. That’s about the same time Pat Cancelliere’s long-awaited Italian-Argentine 943 will open on that Italian Market block. Atza nize. ➤ Regis Philbin will be on break Jan. 24-28, and Live with Regis and Kelly will utilize radio hosts to co-host with Kelly Ripa. Some Philly finalists you can vote in include WYSP’s Danny Bonaduce, WMMR’s Preston Elliot, Q102’s Elvis Duran or the douche who still goes out with Alicia Lane, ex-Q guy Chris Booker, now in L.A. ➤ Remember last week Ice mentioned the rush to get Speck, the solo restaurant from chef Shola Olunloyo, open in the Piazza at Schmidts by December’s end? Not gonna happen for at least several weeks. ➤ More ice at (

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Top 21 Movies of 2010 ➤ 12th & Delaware

rachel Grady and Heidi ewing train their cameras on two establishments located across the street from each other in Fort Pierce, Fla.: the pro-life Pregnancy care center and the abortion clinic someone calls the “competition,” a Woman’s World. everyone has a story and no one feels easy, as clients, counselors and providers all make hard choices each day. as doctors feel threatened by protesters, young women are regularly traumatized. —Cindy Fuchs ➤ Carlos More on: Olivier assayas’ biopic of ’70s terrorist carlos the Jackal is epic in length — five-plus hours — but breathlessly compelling, infused with rich detail and precise character study. Its subject is a narcissist and sociopath even as he sees himself as an idealistic freedom fighter. Édgar ramírez lends the title role an intense physicality, but assayas surrounds him with a geopolitical history depicted through players whose self-interest takes on a global scale. —Shaun Brady

➤ Catfish

critics be damned: This is the year’s best Facebook movie. The Social Network leaves enough space for viewers to read their own

insights into it, but Henry Joost and ariel Schulman’s doc actually does the work, exploring just how the explosion in online interaction is redefining what it means to be someone’s “friend.” —Sam Adams ➤ CertifieD Copy

beginning with a lecture arguing for the validity of imitation in art, abbas Kiarastomi’s playfully profound examination of life and aesthetics, marriage and art focuses on two characters whose relationship is constantly redefining itself. The great Iranian director thus creates an ever-renewing present informed by pasts real or invented — and ultimately, what’s the difference? —S.B. ➤ Dogtooth

read it as a political allegory, an essay on the dark side of helicopter parenting or simply a modern-day horror story, it’s the most unsettling movie of the year, for the captive children’s boneless posture alone. —S.A.

Our critics name 2010’s best jazz, classical, rOOts and dance/ electrOnic music.

➤ enter the VoiD

Overlong, excessive, indulgent, bordering on ridiculous — Gaspar noé’s first-person account of a murdered junkie’s Tibetan-inspired afterlife travels is all of these, and they may not even be its bad points. Enter the Void is a gritty, hallucinogenic head trip whose sentimentality is as extreme as its provocations, and seizes the potential of image-making as an act of visual assault. —S.B. >>> continued on adjacent page

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real or fake? Wrong question, or rather, wrong answer. The first feature from street-art provocateur banksy introduces us to — or, if you like, creates — his doppelganger, Thierry Guetta, a fannish disciple turned pretender to the throne. Those who assume it’s all a put-on underestimate how credulous the art world can be. —S.A. ➤ four LionS

destined, or doomed, to be a cult classic, chris morris’ bittersweet satire straps an Ied to the war on terror’s sacred cows — or is it sheep? Winning fans on both sides of the aisle, the film skewers the blinkered lunacy of Islamic extremists, then mourns the West’s inability to outsmart idiots. —S.A. ➤ i Am LovE

Gloriously overwrought and overwhelmingly sensual, Luca Guadagnino’s splendid pageant takes chances that shouldn’t pay off — but do. —S.A. ➤ LASt trAin homE

Planning their holiday journey home, factory workers chen Suqin and Zhang changhua are hardly happy. When they left their village 16 years ago, they left their children with their own parents. now their daughter Qin, 17, is resentful, and the parents’ sacrifices seem for naught. Lixin Fan’s remarkable film reveals the pain of all parties, as well as the complexities of so many different truths. —C.F. ➤ mothEr

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Written with the velocity and snap of a screwball comedy and directed with the urgency of a psychological thriller, aaron Sorkin and david Fincher’s account of the founding of Facebook unfolds with the immediacy of modern communication. yet there’s also something classic in its turns of betrayal and power, even dressed up in hoodies and flip-flops. —S.B.

Enter the Void seizes its potential.

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changing shape as seamlessly as the lab-spawned offspring of scientists Sarah Polley and adrien brody, Vincenzo natali’s hybrid sticks every landing. —S.A. ➤ SwEEtgrASS

➤ thE tiLLmAn Story

amir bar-Lev’s documentary, about the nFL star-turned-soldier whose death at the hands of gung-ho comrades was turned into a Pr charade, will enrage you to your core, and serves as an object lesson in the difference between “supporting the troops” and respecting them. —S.A. ➤ uncLE BoonmEE who cAn rEcALL hiS pASt LivES

The fantastic and the mundane share a table in this Thai film. The title character’s slowly impending death from kidney failure opens a passageway between living and dead. but that’s already too concrete a description of a film that is more concerned with the sensuous tinge of memory than with anything resembling narrative. —S.B. ➤ wAr Don Don Splice

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Laura Poitras’ extraordinary film begins as a portrait of former jihadist abu Jandal, currently driving a cab in yemen, parenting his young son and looking back on the fate of his brother-in-law, detained at Guantánamo until the Supreme court ruled against the bush administration. It turns into a series of reflections on documentary truths, subjects and performances. brilliant and subtle, it’s the year’s best feature film. —C.F.

Who knew sheep would be so fascinating or so beautiful? Tracking a herd through montana mountains, over three months and covering 150 miles, this superb film is part parable, part poetry, observing daily labor and attending to emotional details. as the herders ponder their lots, the sheep keep moving. —C.F.


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reading are two different things. It’s no trouble to map out the former, bookended on one side by Stieg Larsson’s last novel, which claimed the best-selling hardcover fiction slot, and on the other by the Time magazine cover anointing Jonathan Franzen as his generation’s Great American Novelist. The year in reading, on the other hand, is a much more private affair, insulated from sales figures and publicity campaigns, dictated instead by what a writer does and how that works on an individual audience. It draws on a restricted economy of time and attention, where every choice represents a trade-off. Even as a critic, the hundred-odd novels I read this year meant picking up, with high expectations, David Mitchell’s disappointing Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet instead of a half-dozen other books with lower expectations and maybe higher payoffs. Here are 10 novels — and moments in them — that pay off impressively: Even if Justin Cronin’s The Passage (Ballantine, June 8) staggers because of its genre and length — that’s close to 800 pages of zombie vampire apocalypse — the clean and lucid attention paid to details and incidentals, like the early scene where an inmate confides that he “had been a Christian man himself from time to time” to the born-again husband of a victim, displays a technique able to bear that weight. The opening chapter — the opening lines, even — of Joe Hill’s Horns (Morrow, Feb. 16) gives a

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Kim Hye-ja walks the line between maternal devotion and simple

obsession in the story of a mother who will go to any length to clear her mentally challenged son of a murder charge. bong Joon-ho never makes the same movie twice, but each feels like the product of years of preparation. —S.A.

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An anarchic passion or a stalkerish prelude to violence. Sesay as a point of departure, Rebecca Richman Cohen’s doc considers not only legal mechanisms, but also how the law is refracted in media. Literally, the film shows multiple screens and monitors, the various ways Sesay is portrayed by accusers and defenders. Metaphorically, it looks at the relative meanings of morality, the effects of politics and poverty on judgments and expectations. —C.F.

through the distortions of a lovesick man, a fanciful cinephile — or both. His obsessive romance is thus either an anarchic passion or a stalkerish prelude to violence. The kinked narrative seems to follow a wholly interior (il)logic, amplifying tangents and finally abandoning its characters for a self-immolating final swerve. —S.B.

➤ White Material

➤ Winter’s Bone

Set in an unnamed African nation devolving into chaos, Claire Denis’ film captures the sense of confusion and constricted vision inherent in rapidly changing conditions. Isabelle Huppert plays a French coffee plantation owner whose refusal to acknowledge the dire state of her surroundings extends from the cultural to the familial. Told with elliptical concision, White Material suggests that those seemingly closest to us can become as unknowable as true strangers. —S.B.

Debra Granik’s meditation on family is somber, witty and strangely hopeful. Traipsing through her far-flung Ozarks community, a 17-year-old girl discovers her missing father’s past has left his kin deeply in debt and at risk. As adults abandon her, she’s determined to keep the cabin where she lives with her siblings and incapacitated mother, so she solves a series of grim, neo-noir mysteries. And she survives. —C.F.

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James Hynes’ house party set to Sticky Fingers explains the Rolling Stones better than Keith Richards. lesson in how to pull off outlandish high-concept. Hill presents the unbelievable as entirely natural, and he reveals his details slowly: “His belief was not required; his disbelief was of no consequence. The horns were always there when he reached up to touch them.” James Hynes may have pulled off an almost-unfair surprise ending in Next (Little Brown, March 9), but his rendition of a college house party set to Sticky Fingers explains Rolling Stones songs much better than anything in Keith Richards’ Life. The first shift in voice that Nicole Krauss makes in Great House (Norton, Oct. 5) — made up of four novellas, each cut in half and laced together — is disorienting and complete, as she goes from a natural voice (American, female, urban) to a wholly new one just as convincingly. The chapter that follows the first shocking discovery, in China Miéville’s Kraken (Ballantine, June 29), begins with: “The police arrived at last, coming in a stampy gang.” That perfect adjective gets followed in the next sentence by “benthic,” and a few lines on, there’s a rubbishy wind and a klaggy squirrel. If Miéville’s plotting isn’t as apposite as his diction, it’s close. The intentional lack of tension, the stretched-out moments of waiting and boredom in Emily St. John Mandel’s The Singer’s

Gun (Unbridled, May 4), excellently upends its thriller plot, making a book nominally about a gun into something capacious and sun-baked. The amount of pathos and surprise Paul Murray crams into the space between the death scene that opens Skippy Dies (Faber & Faber, Aug. 31) and its repetition is impressive, but doesn’t nearly match the heartbreaking scene between Skippy’s crush and his podgy roommate, both looking for answers following that death. Julie Orringer’s complete surrender to the sweep and the heightened emotions of old-fashioned historical romance made The Invisible Bridge (Knopf, May 4) a perfect example of why clichés and old fashions still work. John Reimringer’s thumbnail father-son tour of the bars of St. Paul, glimpsed through a car window, exemplifies the lived-in sense of place, rooted and unshowy, that his novel Vestments (Milkweed, Sept. 7) and Milkweed Press are both so very good at. And, in a similar way, Dennis Tafoya’s junkie’s-eye view of Philadelphia in The Wolves of Fairmount Park (Minotaur, June 22) features the city as an immersive element of the story, seeping through and dyeing everything, making his novel inextricable from its hometown setting. (

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devout outdoorsman/loner aron ralston (James Franco) finds the sticky end of solitude when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trapped at the bottom of a ravine, his right arm pinned by a boulder. Like a steroidal Into the Wild, the movie follows aron to the logical end of his lone-wolf lifestyle, leaving him with nothing but his wits and the contents of his backpack. It may take a while to recover from the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stomachturning climax, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only because danny boyle succeeds so thoroughly in getting under your skin. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sam Adams (Ritz Five)

All good tHings|Aandrew Jareckiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shrewd reimagining of the true crimes involving robert durst and the 1982 disappearance of his wife is disturbing, but Jareckiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assured presentation makes this film electrifyingly stunning. In 1972, david marks (ryan Gosling, as durst) meets and marries Katie (Kirsten dunst); their domestic bliss is short-lived when david starts acting out in increasingly weird and violent ways. after Katie disappears, and david goes into â&#x20AC;&#x153;hiding,â&#x20AC;? his behavior gets downright peculiar. Jarecki coaxes an amazing performance out of dunst; Gosling, in another intense performance, rises to the challenge of making david both oddly sympathetic and despicable. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gary M. Kramer (Ritz at the Bourse) BlACk swAn|Aalthough itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set in the world of ballet, darren aronofskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie hits a pitch that would normally be called operatic. natalie Portman is provisionally cast in her first lead, but

she needs to prove she can dance both white and black swan in Swan Lake. Portman nails the glacial perfection of the first, but it takes bad girl mila Kunis to get her in touch with her dark side. as Portmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation progresses, aronofsky makes over her body, as well; she decomposes and renews in a manner worthy of a cronenberg heroine. The trouble is, Portmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role too closely matches her own limitations. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.A. (Ritz East)

tHe CHroniCles of nArniA: tHe VoyAge of tHe dAwn treAder|B The Voyage of the Dawn Treader sets our puberty-stricken heroes out on the water, an auspicious setting that ensures any dull moment can be broken up by fanciful distraction. back in narnia, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re picked up by the suddenly bearded Prince caspian (ben barnes), on a marine mission to see some lords about some magical swords and so forth. Family-friendly action sequences mostly make up for the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shortcomings, which include ham-handed life lessons and a few forehead-slapping â&#x20AC;&#x153;reminder: The lion is actually Jesus!â&#x20AC;? moments. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Drew Lazor (Pearl, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview)

tHe figHter|B+ While the true story of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irishâ&#x20AC;? micky Ward (mark Wahlberg) has all the makings of a Rocky-style â&#x20AC;&#x153;triumph of the human spirit,â&#x20AC;? david O. russell finds plenty of fodder for his more caustic imaginings in Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family. The most monumental obstacles Ward confronts come out of being born into a large massachusetts clan seemingly intent on undercutting any chance of success in the name of a delusional family honor. russell at times succumbs to a penchant for cheap caricature, never deciding between black comedy or hardscrabble drama. but he wisely keeps

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liTTle FocKers|D+ Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much to say about Little Fockers that you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t guess from the title. but if a Fockered-up Home Alone is what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after this holiday season, think again: The kids in this film seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; third (and hopefully last) installment have no purpose except to recite lisped one-liners and projectile vomit on ben Stiller. most worrisome is that such an all-star cast would collectively, or individually, agree to participate in such nonsense. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;C.H. (Pearl, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview)

THe KinGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sPeecH|B+ as the soon-to-be George VI, colin Firth is a reluctant royal with a stutter that acts up around his domineering father. It grows bad enough

odds not only with the company, but also with the u.K.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s male-dominated unions. against these considerable odds, their real-life protest against sexual discrimination â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on which nigel coleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film is based â&#x20AC;&#x201D; paved the way for the equal Pay act of 1970. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;C.F. (Ritz at the Bourse)


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charles Fergusonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new doc provides a remarkably coherent, galling analysis of the recent financial crisis, focusing on the lack of consequences for those who caused it. as interviewees respond to off-screen queries, the drama comes in watching them think through their answers, using their expertise to explain or obfuscate. The film insists on the culpability of individuals; that they are not suffering consequences is a problem Ferguson refuses to let alone. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cindy Fuchs (Ritz Five)

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coasts glibly on shiny visuals and movie-star charm. Jim carrey plays Steven russell, and ewan mcGregor is his prison romance. Once the two meet, the film finds its footing as a lovesick farce. mcGregor is released, carrey breaks out and tracks him down, gets caught, in between passing himself off as anything likely to generate fast income and few questions. carreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low-key performance is commendably camp-free, but without shtick to fall back on, he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get his hooks in. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.A. (Ritz at the Bourse)

Female workers for Ford in dagenham, england, circa 1968, perform whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been recently termed â&#x20AC;&#x153;unskilledâ&#x20AC;? labor, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re convinced that as a group, they can make demands of the auto giant, including equal pay. This means theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at

MeGaMind|C+ Will Ferrell voices a misshapen villain with brightly hued skin who discovers itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more fulfilling to be a hero. Sound familiar? The movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s built around the same old lazy pop-culture riffs and classic-rock music cues. Ferrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done far more interesting voice work in live-action films than he has here, and brad Pitt phones it in as megamindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heroic opposite. but Tina Fey puts her back into it as

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This is less a battle of sparkly-wand wits and more an effete college roadtrip movie. a fuming Harry (daniel radcliffe), enraged by the death of dumbledore, sets off on a search for the Horcruxes, soul fragments Lord Voldemort (ralph Fiennes)

for him to seek help from an offbeat australian, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey rush); Speech boils down to a series of confrontations between patient and therapist. rushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flamboyance is tempered by Firthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s muted sorrow, and his characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gradual opening gives Firth a chance to push past the boundaries of his own interiority. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.A. (Ritz Five)

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blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obnoxious slacker-makesgood persona. This Gulliver is a magazine mail-room drone whose crush on travel editor amanda Peet leads to an assignment in the bermuda Triangle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; best not to worry too much about the plot inanities. all loose ends are sewn up via a performance of edwin Starrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warâ&#x20AC;? that suggests that the scriptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final page read simply, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fuck it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; insert Tenacious d shtick here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.B. (UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview)

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indicted by the feds, nobody seems particularly bothered. Lisa (reese Witherspoon), a softball player just cut from the team, distracts herself with goofy, philandering matty (Owen Wilson); meanwhile George (Paul rudd) is being investigated for a crime heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t commit. Their lives intersect on a blind date, and a love triangle with a predictable ending ensues. How Do You Know lets its characters fall in love during the crappiest days of their lives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but how do you know their happy ending isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a band-aid for their bigger problems? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Carolyn Huckabay (UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview)

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a Lois Lanian newscaster, spanning a greater range than she has thus far in the flesh. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.A. (UA Riverview)

Rabbit Hole|B by the time Rabbit Hole opens, becca and Howie (nicole Kidman and aaron eckhart) have already lost their son, a 4-year-old who dashed out in front of a car eight months earlier. John cameron mitchellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film examines their grief but avoids wallowing in

it, keeping a cool but unflinching distance as the couple redefine their lives in the presence of an overwhelming absence. nicole Kidman is perfectly cast as a woman defined by control; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to overlook aaron eckhart

as the husband more comfortable displaying his pain, but his is perhaps the more complex character â&#x20AC;&#x201D; trying to hold on to every trace of his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory while pushing forward into a redefined life. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.B. (Ritz Five)

RaRe expoRts: a CHRistmas tale|B In Finland, apocryphal tales of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;realâ&#x20AC;? St. nicholas have a dark twist â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their O.G. Santa was a cranky old bastard who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give presents but demanded them. director Jalmari Helanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film spins this icy yarn into a tale thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part Raiders of the Lost Ark, part Blair Witch Project: Sub Zero Inc. drills atop a mountain for a tomb where the native Saami people allegedly buried the old goat hundreds of years ago. When it reaches the icy grave, the strangeness starts. In comparison to its supernatural horror setup, the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end is a bit treacly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but then again, it is a christmas flick. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brian Howard (Ritz at the Bourse)

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Rapunzel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now rendered in dead-eyed cGI! (Not reviewed) (UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview)

tHe tempest|D+ even with talent like Helen mirren, david Straithairn and chris cooper reciting the bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lines, Julie Taymor feels compelled to outfit The Tempest with attacks by ravens, bees and hellhounds, while ben Whishaw corkscrews in and out of corporeality like a wood-nymph Gazoo. Shakespeare

doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear to be the source for her visual fancies so much as an excuse for them, with each aspect amplified to such an extent that everything threatens to drown out everything else. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such an unceasing assault on the senses that even after all the characters have been washed ashore, the titular storm never seems to stop raging. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.B. (Ritz Five)

but interchangeable Scotland yard functionaries under the command of a constantly frustrated Paul bettany. The end result is that focus is repeatedly yanked away from stars Johnny

depp and angelina Jolie, and the script contrives to keep them apart. aside from one sequence set in a Venetian canal, meaningful glances and endless conversations take precedence over gunplay and movement, but this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a thinking manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action film so much as a dullardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.B. (Pearl, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview)

tRon: legaCy|BThere are few things more dated than 1982â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tron, the blockbuster that threw wisecracking hacker Kevin Flynn (Jeff bridges) into a digital

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Fresh out of college, aura (dunham) makes an awkward return to a spacious manhattan loft owned by her mother, a successful artist, where her bratty younger sister bristles at giving up her â&#x20AC;&#x153;special room.â&#x20AC;? dunham doubles up on the Kubrickian chill by shooting in widescreen; when she and her sister talk through the wall of their adjacent rooms, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re shot as if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a dollhouse with the wall pulled away, each pressed against the

edge of her own little box. but while her observerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye is acute, dunham doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much insight into her characters. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sharply drawn, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all edges. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.A. (Ritz at the Bourse)

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world ruled by polygonal airships with dueling day-Glo jumpsuit warriors. Picking up years after Flynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappearance, Tron: Legacy focuses on his son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), who gets zapped by a teleportation laser and finds himself on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grid.â&#x20AC;? Flynn, turns out, has been trapped inside the computer this entire time, betrayed by the cLu program he wrote to create a digital utopia. Sam, hellbent on busting out, relies on his â&#x20AC;&#x153;userâ&#x20AC;? advantages to combat cLu and his battery-powered goons. The visual power of Tron: Legacy is undeniable, but remember, this is a disney flick, one with muddled storytelling and puddle-deep character development. bridgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vintage Flynn is as satisfying as a nostalgic atari session, but Hedlund and Olivia Wilde are mostly concerned with being pretty, and michael Sheenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hammy turn as a lascivious club owner is just a halfassed impression of the emcee from Cabaret. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;D.L. (Pearl, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview)

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tRue gRit|B+ The coen brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; True Grit is uncharacteristically restrained, its images softened by the haze of frontier dust. casting Jeff bridges as rooster cogburn gives the character a slovenly air; when mattie ross (Hailee Steinfeld) first makes contact with him, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through the wall of a privy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The jakes is occupiedâ&#x20AC;? is his only response to her offer of cash for the corpse of her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s killer. Vengeance in True Grit is a dirty business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not an eye for an eye, but something more visceral, and inevitably less just. The coens wrestle with moral issues, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve rarely done so as nakedly as in True Grit, and it turns out that transparency doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suit them. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beauty to True Grit, but not enough depth. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.A. (Pearl, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview) yogi beaR|F yogi bear has never really been anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite. The picnic basket thief is simply too shallow a creation to evoke more than a few chuckles. The problem for a filmmaker tasked with translating him into a feature film, then, is how to build an entire narrative around such a thin conceit. The answer, in this case, is to make yogi a supporting character in his own film and to focus instead on the

human denizens of Jellystone Park. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one of those modern-day, self-aware takes on a cherished childhood memory. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply a careless elaboration on a carefree original. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.B. (Pearl, Roxy, UA 69th St., UA Grant, UA Riverview)

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WU-Tang Clan/ alien arChiTeCT These days, Wu-Tang doesn’t sport the dangerous allure or the weird éclat they had in their start. Enter the Wu-Tang

(1993), Wu-Tang Forever (1997) and The W (2000) were powerfully sinister-silly efforts where you were never quite certain what was going to sound off next — even when you were blaring them on repeat. and you did put “Wu-Tang clan ain’t nuthing ta F’ Wit,” “c.r.e.a.m.,” “careful (click, click),” and “Protect ya neck” on and on and on over and over. Then Ol’ dirty bastard died, rZa became Quentin Tarantino’s best friend and method man became a comedian. but Ghostface Killlah became a poet, and GZa and raekwon released formidable solo efforts, too. The Wu’s 2009 reunion disc Chamber Music is promising, and if you don’t mind waiting until like midnight (the clan’s usual start time), you’ll be reminded why you shouldn’t f’ wit’ ’em. Then again, getting there early means catching one of my Philly picks to click, alien architect. The caucasoid rapper that his mom calls devin cohen has a hard fluttering voice that can race

or slow fluidly and frantically like an albert ayler sax solo with a soundtrack of scorchedearth live free jazz to match. recently, though, he’s taken to utilizing a solid sample-happy electronic-muzikdJ, and the alien’s architecture is eerily reminiscent (in a very good way) of the likes of mc 900 Ft. Jesus and the disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy. This should be your new year’s eve eve. —a.d. amorosi Thu., Dec. 30, 10 p.m., $41.50-$44, with DJ Image, Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888,

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MiChael PeTerson Viewing “evolution/revolution,” a show by michael Peterson, is like seeing a miniencapsulation of innovations in the field of fine-art wood turning in the last two decades. Traditionally, sculptures of this genre clearly looked like they were made with a lathe

— think bowls and vases. Gradually, abstract forms were introduced. Peterson, a master woodworker, helped spur the changes through his imaginative investigations on the nature of natural wood. more recently he’s dispensed with the lathe entirely. regardless, his innate sense of the wonderment and spirituality of wood is steadfast. newer pieces look like mysterious landscapes, or weathered twisted chunks of metal. Whatever the vintage of his work, they’re all marvelous testaments to Peterson’s understanding of the depth of possibilities in the material at hand. —deni Kasrel Through Feb. 19, free, Wood Turning Center, 501 Vine St., 215-923-8000,

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The Three MUskeTeers “Should I do it?” will become kids’ new rallying cry after see-

ing The Three Musketeers (The Later Years), People’s Light & Theatre co.’s seventh annual musical panto. The answer: a resounding yes! This holiday (but not christmas-themed) tradition incorporates english panto elements — all-ages musical comedy, based on a familiar story — with an award-winning creative team’s theatrical excellence. Writer Kathryn Petersen and composer-lyricist michael Ogborn craft a new adventure, set in sort-of French, kind-of main Line malvaria, combining danger, romance, comedy, heart, positive messages and sly satire — without condescending. malvaria’s teenage King Hughy (michael doherty) obsessively plays his thumbbox — a mid-1600s Gameboy — allowing evil Lord Guido mazarotti (director Pete Pryor) and his cutely nasty falcons to usurp Hughy and mom Queen agnes (mark Lazar, resplendent again as the grand dame). They need their musketeers — but they’re exiled, incognito,


Last season, Philadelphia Theatre co. canceled Theresa rebeck’s Mauritius, replacing it with Kathleen Turner’s Red Hot Patriot. now rebeck’s back, two broad Street blocks

away, with the off-broadway hit The Understudy at the Wilma Theater. Known locally for Bad Dates (which won a 2007 barrymore award for actress Susan riley Stevens at act II Playhouse), rebeck has penned a dozen plays, two novels, scripts for Law & Order, and Free Fall Zone, a hilariously cynical writing memoir. Her acerbic wit shines in The Understudy, a clash of stage, screen and literature in which a Hollywood action star finagles a role in Franz Kafka’s newly discovered play, but feels undermined by his understudy.

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w/dJ Ill-Literate, Ibe4ever, Fame, mike the Landlord. This one is for the heads reppin’ the elements: bboys, b-girls, graffiti artists, emcees and dJs keep the hip-hop culture alive each month. $1.

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24 S. Second St., 215-940-7900 Blockley Pourhouse

3801 chestnut St., 215-222-1234 Cuba libre

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1050 n. Hancock St., 215-964-9009 recess

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435 Spring Garden St., 215-592-8838 Starlight Ballroom

460 n. ninth St., 215-769-1530 the raven lounge (downstairs)

1718 Sansom St., 215-840-3577 the raven lounge

1718 Sansom St., 215-840-3577 Voyeur Club

1221 St. James St., 215-735-5772 Walnut room redux

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@ arts Garage w/bachelors Of Science, dJ Self, malevil, Hydrophonic, deep c, Jeff Heart, Tommy Hogunz, dZa, Fried chicken collective, dubc, corey b, and many more. The new Junglist massive presents this massive three-room party that will surely melt ya face off as you revel in the rave-tastic-ness! call for price.

Jhn rdn, cool Hand Luke, Luis angel cancel, Tony mont, Flicky, plus more special guests. Two floors of debaucherous fun with extra sound and lighting and all kinds of free drinks from 9 to 10 p.m. $15.


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w/dJ rahsaan. all-night-long Latin

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DJ Jazzy JeFF 1 G @ Blockley Pourhouse. For the first time in his career, DJ Jazzy Jeff will

be spinning on New Year’s Eve in the city where he started his career. Ringing in 2011 with his playful mixes of old-school hip-hop and funked-up soul and R&B will undoubtedly set you in motion for your most danceable year yet. And if you’re not careful, it may also be your drunkest — $85 admission includes a buffet and a six-hour top-shelf open bar. —Josh Middleton

and weekly guests. Fishtown’s newest weekly punk and rock ’n’ roll party for you to go get all wasted and shout curse words and jump up and down. call for price.

Mon., Jan. 3 n BaCK 2 BaSiCS MOndayS 1 e G t @ Silk city w/dozia, ron

clark, b2b band and guests. One of Philly’s legendary long-running nights — just another reason why mondays don’t have to be lame. $7. n SOUled OUt W e @ The raven

Lounge (downstairs) w/Steve Ferrell. all soul and funk 45s spinnin’ for your early-week session. no cover. n Mad deCent MOndayS W U O G t > @ Fluid w/Tim dolla, dirty

n MiGhty! : MiGhty! nye M e G t y @ Silk city w/danny Krivit,

South Joe, uncle ron, Suga Shay, yahmean and guests. big room club, global bass and the raw rap attack packed full of surprise guests, giveaways and all kinds of goodness. $3.

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w/Hallucinogen, m80 dubstation, Starkey, endboss, Supersillyus, dirty South Joe, Khadafi dub. brain Trust is joining up with the boys for some official after action with performance art, dancers, vendors and, of course, boomin’ music. $25.

n SUPerdOPe W O G t y > @ The raven Lounge w/dJ Phsh. Fame One and Vanache host this earlyweek jump-off so you can let loose with an eclectic mix of everything fresh and fun. no cover.

flavor with salsa, merengue, bachata and more tropical club beats to get ya bumpin’. call for price.

n indUStry neW year’S Party 1 t > @ Whisper w/dJ manik. mike

Fazio hosts this party for all those industry folks who have to work for nye weekend. Get out a day early and celebrate for yourself. call for price.

n FridayS at WalnUt rOOM redUX : neW year’S eVe W U O e G t y > @ Walnut room redux

the disco era to now, is gonna pop your nye night off oh so nicely. $30.

w/Statik. The legendary Philly dJ from Illvibe collective holds it down

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n rOCKS OFF W y @ barbarella

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@ barbary w/dJ SnackPak, dJ breakfast, guests. midweek romp to get down with ’80s punk precedents, ’60s surf psychedelics and more. no cover. n SPin CyCle W U e G @ elena’s Soul w/dJ danophonic. Get yaself down to university city for all the funk, soul, breaks and classics that you can take to get over the hump! call for price. n Kandyland WedneSdayS 1 t y > @ bleu martini w/robbie

Tronco, aiden Scott. Hosted by mTV’s mena Heaven and featuring special appearances from the Playboy cybergirls. call for price. n laiSSeZ Faire W U O G t < y > @ recess w/dJ royale and

friends. Get ya late-night on with a deep variety of different sounds to keep you movin’ on the dancefloor. call for price. n hiP-hOP haPPy hOUr W G

@ barbarella w/emynd, bo bliz. crossfaded bacon brings you that good rap plus cheap drinks — and hot dogs! call for price.

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Sun., Jan. 2 Lounge w/applejuce, dJ razor cut ramone. Two floors of sound rockin’ especially for those in the service industry who need to let loose. no cover.

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Voyeur club w/Lee Jones. The man behind Sundae brings on some latenight vibes to keep your partying on point. call for price.

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Through Jan. 9, $35-$45, People’s Light & Theatre Co., 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, 610-644-3500,

—A.D. Amorosi


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NEW YEAR’S EVE ON ICE To celebrate the big ’11, Philadelphia is pulling out some extra booms and bangs. For those who are either turning in early, or who can’t get enough of the sky-glowing gloriousness, the city is putting on an extra fireworks show at 6 p.m. in addition to its midnight blowout. So while the sky’s warming up with all the sparkle, you can keep it chilly down below at River Rink’s 17th annual New Year’s Eve on Ice soirée. Penn’s Landing makes an ideal spot to dazzle the crowd with that Michelle Kwan triple salchow you’ve been practicing. Expect

to do it completely sober, though: There’ll be plenty of food and drinks to go around,


— a filmmaker, playwright, singer and composer — has hiccupped and pleaded his way through an array of spooky rockabilly-based songs that summon the ghosts of Gene Pitney, Carl Perkins and Elvis. I can’t emphasize the spooky element enough. What he does never grazes the tip of ’50s pastiches or tribute; instead, the high-haired vocalist/instrumentalist’s songs on eccentric LPs such as Open Your Robe and My Prom are pockmarked by the most ominous piano sounds to grace vinyl. Weiner is menacing whether he’s bel-

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In the guise of the dire doo-wopping Ladyfingers, Adam Weiner

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lowing what he calls kept-man anthems (“What Size Shoe”) or dangerous romancers (“Wonderful Boy”). Then there’s Low Cut Connie, Weiner’s new band with pals from the U.K., where he tours relentlessly. Cut from the same cloth as Ladyfingers, LCC burns that cloth wholesale with pure raw swamp rock ’n’ roll. “No BS, here,” says Weiner. “It’s Stones/Jerry Lee/Cramps and people will boogie and pee themselves when they hear it.” The “it” here is LCC’s debut CD — Get Out the Lotion — that Weiner will debut on New Year’s Eve at Old Swedes’ Church. Why there? It’s got a piano — a must for any Weiner gig. “Plus the sexton of the church puts on shows there every few months and is a big Ladyfingers fan,” says Weiner. A hotter and heavier happy new years you won’t find.

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unbelievable than Chris Faith and Brad DePlanche’s shaving cream duel as the “Should I do it?” Hairy Barbiaris — is that yet again, People’s Light creates a terrific, brand-new, fully produced large-cast musical. Take that, $65 million Broadway debacle Spider-Man!

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in New Jersey! More amazing than Samantha Bellomo’s fight and dance choreography, more outrageous than Lazar’s flirtatious audience forays, more

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Fri., Dec. 31, 5-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m., $20 (party)-$30 (party and skating), Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street, 215-923-6533,

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years now. Their new year’s gig at the north Star promises to be a multi-hour spectacle, including an all-beatles set, some new songs that’ll turn up on dada’s forthcoming album (their first since 2004), and a “bootleg” of the evening’s proceedings you can take home with you. Talk

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—eric Schuman Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $40-$45, with The Energy, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-787-0488,



songs (and maybe even newer ones), though the guys are sure to plumb their extensive back catalog throughout the night. Patterson Hood has referred to Go-Go Boots as a “r&b murder” album. What does that mean? Who knows, but the Truckers seem to be doing some good, oldfashioned genre-messing. —eric Schuman

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rise and shine! It’s time to greet the new year! all right, your hesitation is understood, but make sure you roll out of bed in time to catch the return of the drive-by Truckers. Having hunkered down in their studio around the end of 2009, the Truckers produced enough material for at least two new albums. The first, The Big ToDo, was released in march, and the next, Go-Go Boots (aTO records), is nearly ready to be let loose. expect a good portion of their show to feature those new

Sat., Jan. 1, 9 p.m., $30-$35.25, TLA, 334 South St., 215-922-1011,


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Dragon king dominic angelella tends to sprint from one project to the next, but dragon King is one he could stand to linger on for a while. Since we first told you about the Port richmond singer-

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guitarist’s electropop collaboration with South Philly producer Ritz Reynolds in our September Music Issue, the band made its live debut at The Ox and dropped the excellent Warriors EP via its Bandcamp page. The set adds range to Angelella’s pallet: the acrobatic rap of “Wolfboy”

understanding is an impressive accomplishment. —Eric Schuman

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Wed., Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m., free, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., 267-994-9448,

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moves in a Mad Decent swagger; “Wild Night” is all four-on-thefloor and festive. But then there’s the introverted sensitivity and soaring vocal harmonies of “Altamont Sunrise” and the title track. More please.

“I’ve been super blessed. I’ve had a lot of amazing opportunities this year — and I’m hoping for more,” says Clay Ross, guitarist and singer with Matuto, calling from the middle of a dust devil of a tour swirling around his Southern birthplace. Every year he books a reunion trip with high school

—John Vettese Sun., Jan. 2, 8 p.m., $8, with Nico’s Gun and Hop Along, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919,


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Though they’re outspoken and active against many kinds of political wrongdoings, Philly Against War’s latest gathering gets back to the group’s roots. Always on the lookout for unsettling governmental actions, these rabble-rousers are the

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latest generation of organized outrage. Their blog fills the gap between meetings and rallies, but it’s the face-to-face events, like this teach-in planning meeting, that highlight the group as righteous educators. Even if your political stance doesn’t mesh with theirs, and even if war and injustice continue, reaching a point of

Wed., Jan. 5, 8 p.m., $10-$13, with Dangermuffin and Cabinet, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-2221400,

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musical buds and gets paid to return to South Carolina for the holidays. The rest of the year Ross is a member of Canadian fiddler April Verch’s band, but his principal joy is Matuto, the Brazilian group that lets him fold all his jazz and old-time licks into one juicy North-toSouth American stew. Having partners who also master a breadth of styles makes it all possible. Accordionist Rob Curto is known for his work with Lila Downs, but is said to be the foremost forró interpreter outside Brazil. Drummer Richie Barshay met Ross while both were studying music in Brazil. Between Matuto gigs he tours with Esperanza Spalding. Rob Hecht’s fiddle moves seamlessly from Norman Blake nuevo-Appalachian to samba.

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CHÂU BeLLA Café Châu | 2201 S. Seventh St., 215-463-1095, Open Tue.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Appetizers, $2.50-$3.50; banh mi, $3-$4; soups, $6$7; rice and noodle dishes, $5.50-$7.

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kill chickens or pirated DVDs, it’s unlikely you’ll find yourself on the 2200 block of South Seventh Street. Around the corner from the Preah Buddha Rangsey Temple, this is the heart of deep South Philly’s Cambodian community, and outsiders rarely venture into its narrow shops. Sucks for them. Behind humble storefronts like Café Châu’s, very little cash gets you food that’s truly money. Inside the 20-seat cafe, 24-year-old Brian Truong takes orders. His parents, Chau and Banh, natives of the former Saigon, opened this pho parlor two years ago, and the Von Dutch-capped college grad works here most days, running food, building banh mi, mixing up Juicy Fruit-y jackfruit shakes, fragrant lotus root tea and Earth’s baddest lemonade (salt is the secret) behind a beat-up cold case. Chau Truong is responsible for the cafe’s bewitching cooking. Slight of stature and sweet as Vietnamese coffee — her dark, creamy version deploys three kinds of Viennese beans — she’s a tripe charmer in a junior-size sweatsuit, and I don’t know where her house-special beef pho has been all my life. The vermicelli-stacked soup brought beef five ways: steak, balls, tripe, tendon and an almost consomme-like stock borne of bone and star anise. Each slurp resounded with meaty clarity, nudged in spicy, sour or herbaceous direction by my tableside additions of sawtooth culantro, licorice-y Thai basil, sliced jalapeños, hoisin and chili sauces and big squirts of fresh lime. This is not white-boy pho, and the more you appreciate authenticity in the forms of gelled pig’s blood and pork knuckle — the wish-it-were-spicier bun bo hue counts both among its flotsam, the latter looking like a spiny caterpillar and tasting of lemon grass — the more you’ll appreciate Café Châu. Less intrepid (but still just as good) choices include sweet pork spring rolls in buttery, phyllo-brittle wrappers and pounded-thin, honey-marinated grilled pork chops with com tam and daikon cut to look like flowers. But why not try the intense, sweet, shell- and roe-darkened crab noodle soup filled with spongy tofu, tender pork balls, vermicelli and piney Vietnamese cilantro? There’s cubed blood in this bowl, too, enough to make Carrie blush. Push it aside if you must — the staff’s so nice at Café Châu, they’re not all gonna laugh at you. (

THE BUCK STOPS HERE: Bistrot La Minette chef Peter Woolsey (rear, with saucepan) plating his venison entrée at the James Beard House Dec. 22. drew lazor

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Minette Men Along for a ride to the James Beard House. By Drew Lazor


n the unfathomably cold early-morning hours of Wed., dec. 22, I was kidnapped out of a dark alley by a gang of rowdy, foulmouthed chefs. and I have lived to tell the tale. To be fair, it was a willful abduction. This summer, Peter Woolsey of bistrot La minette was invited to cook a French christmas dinner at new york’s James beard House, and he asked me to come along to document the proceedings. One of a select group to get the prestigious call in 2010, Woolsey began planning this lavish holiday meal — a dec. 24 tradition for French families — while you and I were still getting sunburned. Here’s how it happened. More on: 6:07 a.m. In the alley behind La minette’s Sixth-and-bainbridge HQ, Woolsey runs a bespectacled eye down a long list of items he’ll split between two cars. every element needed for his five-course feast must be carefully packed and brought along, and at Woolsey’s own expense. The beard House, named for the late chef/author many Id as the great champion of american culinaire, operates as a nonprofit, meaning Woolsey is technically donating both time and materials. but this is not about making money — it’s one of the most distinct honors a chef can receive. Woolsey’s sous chef, Steve Stryjewski, is not a morning person. meanwhile, Woolsey’s former

sous, bryan Friedman (el rey), is ready to go — he’s singing while bounding up the stairs, arms full of sheet trays and quart containers. “come on, Steve!” Friedman yells, grabbing Steve by the shoulders and rattling him. “Seriously, if you keep this up,” Steve counters, “I will murder you.” 6:50 a.m. The crew — Woolsey, Friedman and Stryjewski, plus Steve’s brother, Waldemar “Val” Stryjewski (Pumpkin), and La minette Gm brad Histand — loads the remaining supplies into the cars, and we’re off. Somewhere between here and a quick stop at Wawa, the shit-talking begins. It does not stop for 17 hours. 9:10 a.m. We arrive at the beard House, the entrance to which is an unremarkable door on West 12th Street in Greenwich Village. beard lived here for the last dozen years of his life (he died in 1985), and the brownstone has been converted into a culinary center, home base for events as well as for the Foundation’s charitable arm. 9:40 a.m. Woolsey calls a prep meeting r e a d a n e x t e n d e d in the kitchen. He runs down what should version of this be done immediately (baking bread) and a r t i c l e at c i t y­ what can wait until later (finishing sauces). pa p e r . n e t / f o o d . Woolsey vetoes forming his duck confit rillettes into very French spoon-smoothed quenelles. Too pretentious for a bistro. “I just want it to be fucking delicious,” Woolsey says. 10:18 a.m. The team begins rolling out dough for the baguette, a relatively mindless task that allows the chefs to run their mouths even more than usual. Friedman, a Jew who earlier in the day raved about chopping down his own christmas tree, is fondly described by fellow Tribe member Woolsey as “half Jewish, half asshole.” 10:30 a.m. “Look, I’m a lobster!” says Steve, bounding around the >>> continued on adjacent page

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