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The number of tents at Occupy Philly drops from 300 to about 75 at the time of Mayor Nutter’s eviction deadline. “Hey thanks, you guys,” says Nutter. “Since you cleared off a little bit of the area, I guess we can do like a little bit of the construction now. Maybe half a skating rink. Commence raid!”

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Philly will jump from $118 to $698 next year, once Southwest cancels its service between the two cities. Let’s say we did want to go to Pittsburgh for some reason. There are still roads, right?

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For the second year in a row, West Chester refuses to include a 9-foot-tall atheist “Tree of Knowledge” in its holiday display.“There’s just no room,” says the honorable Mayor Bam Margera. “Besides the Christmas shit, we have to fit this 35-foot replica of my penis and the trebuchet we’re gonna use to launch Wee Man into Steve-O’s balls.” A Center City law firm assembles a small plane near City Hall to use as an exhibit in a lawsuit, then is ordered by the city to remove it because of its proximity to Occupy Philly. Pssst.Hey, plane.You don’t have to leave just because they tell you to. You can keep sitting there and cops won’t do shit. Oh, wait. King of Prussia Mall announces a plan to build a 140,000-square-foot indoor corridor to connect the Court with the Plaza. Fools! One does not simply walk into Nordstrom. There is evil there that does not sleep. But all shoes are 20 percent off, so … your call. SEPTA considers splitting up Route C, one of the city’s longest bus routes, because riders complain that it’s too confusing.We just want to know what the “C” stands for. Because if it’s “crocodiles,” we’re not getting on.

[ + 2 ] A Drexel sophomore who was arrested dur-

ing a pro-democracy riot in Cairo returns to Philadelphia. In other news, a couple Penn kids just showed up on the quad with the Ark of the Covenant.

[ + 1 ] Don McLean reveals he wrote“American Pie”

in Philly. “The king and queen in the song? Frank Rizzo and Patti LaBelle,” he explains. “The jester was Ira Einhorn. I know, right? Big oops. I am not a good judge of character.”

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NO WAY HOME: West Philadelphia’s Gerald Sterrett has been trying since January to get his daughter’s house back from an alleged con man. MARK STEHLE

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HOME WRECKER A West Philly man says a scammer stole his family’s house. Legal loopholes have stopped them from getting it back. By Isaiah Thompson

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erald Sterrett is a man guided by a deep faith — a faith which, he says, he sorely misplaced in Dwayne Stewart. Sterrett, known around the neighborhood as “Mr. Gerry,” describes himself as an evangelical Christian, and is the founder and director of The Second Mile Center, a nonprofit and thrift store in West Philadelphia (unrelated to the nonprofit founded by accused child molester Jerry Sandusky) whose purpose is to give meaningful employment and spiritual development to the barely employable: ex-cons, people with histories of drug use, alcohol abuse and “every crime that’s ever been committed,” as he puts it. The idea is to give desperate people a second chance at life. And that’s what he says he thought he was doing when he began a friendship with Stewart, a well-dressed African-American man, who responded to an ad Sterrett’s daughter had placed on Craigslist to rent her house, located just few blocks away on the 4900 block of Chestnut Street. When Sterrett first met Stewart at the house, Sterrett recalls, “He portrayed himself as one of us. He started talking church talk, Bible talk … a picture of himself that I really bought into.” Stewart confided in Sterrett about his troubled past (although he would learn only later that Stewart was a convicted sex offender),

and Sterrett saw Stewart as a man trying to change his life for the better — like the people who work at his thrift store. Sterrett agreed to help Stewart try to negotiate a lease-to-own arrangement with his daughter and her husband, Heidi and Dave Conner, who had moved to Chicago and had been trying hard to sell their old house before resorting to renting. One day, while Stewart and the Conners were still negotiating a possible lease arrangement, Stewart asked Sterrett to borrow the keys — just, as Sterrett tells it, to show his future home to his mother. But — according to Sterrett and his family — Dwayne Stewart instead simply moved himself in at lightning speed, changed the locks and installed security cameras around the perimeter. Now, almost a year later they, still can’t get him out. Stewart did respond by phone to a letter left by City Paper on the front door of the Chestnut Street house, but asked that I not quote him until we had a chance to meet. He said, in essence, that Sterrett’s and the Conners’ story was untrue, and that he would prove that with documentation when we met. After several more phone calls, however, Stewart declined to meet with or speak to CP, or to provide any of the documentation he had alluded to. Instead, in our last conversation, he threatened to sue City Paper for defamation of character, and did not return subsequent requests to talk. The Conners and Sterrett did provide documentation, includ-

He borrowed the keys and then changed the locks.

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✚ GIMME SHELTER Who’d have known, but the narrative around Occupy Philly appears to be increasingly tied to the plight of the homeless who were attracted to the movement and the cover it gave them to do what they previously couldn’t: sleep, sheltered, out in public — and have access to meals on-site. The feeding of homeless people was a point of pride in the early days of Occupy Philly. The symbolism seemed in keeping with the movement’s sense of idealism and rage at a broken social system: Here was a rag-tag bunch of protesters seemingly with more to offer these homeless individuals than the city itself could. Slowly, though, homelessness came to dominate Dilworth Plaza. By Thanksgiving, the camp was, by estimates, as much as threefourths homeless. The toll on the movement was apparent: People sounded burned out — almost all of the long-term Occupy participants interviewed by City Paper acknowledged homelessness raised serious problems with the occupation: fights, drugs, mental health issues, sanitation and the sheer volume of need. But then, as things reached a low ebb, what should revive the movement’s momentum but … the plight of the homeless! Fearful of a police crackdown on Dilworth Plaza Sunday night, a group of homeless individuals moved, with the help of Occupy members, to another site — east of Richmond Street on a vast stretch of land, some of which is owned by Conrail, whose workers informed the group that they’d have to leave by noon Tuesday. They did, taking up residence beneath a nearby highway overpass. The city has pledged to send its homeless outreach teams to Occupy Philadelphia — and has indeed done so; but whatever the city’s had to offer hasn’t, apparently, been enough yet to persuade

many of them that Occupy Philly — for all its foibles — isn’t the —Isaiah Thompson better bet.

✚ CIVIL ACTION “I was over in North Philly. I’ve got a little drug war going on over there. Between that and Occupy Philly, it’s killing us,” 26th District Police Capt. Mike Cram told Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond residents Monday night, explaining his delayed appearance at an impromptu town hall meeting on a Port Richmond playground.And that was before he learned Occupy Philly had come to his district, by way of a homeless encampment now ensconced under I-95. Outrage with police has been a theme in the area since Nov. 13, when a local man, Shane Kelly, was shot dead in an attempted robbery. On Monday, neighbors urged Cram to address well-known issues, including “nuisance houses” like the one where Kelly’s alleged killer fled, and tweenage keg parties on the same riverside Conrail property that was briefly a satellite Occupy campus. Cram said the 18 911 calls originating near the nuisance house were not a red flag. “It has to be the whole neighborhood calling.” A.J. Thomson of the District Attorney’s Public Nuisance Task Force suggested neighbors round up 50 or 150 friends to sit out at Conrail or outside known drug houses “to get it into people’s heads that somebody’s watching.” Cram said a shortage of manpower means neighbors must take things into their own hands. They’ve been talking about doing just that — by protesting outside the 26th.“I’ve heard a lot of excuses from the police, saying we’re not calling in issues enough,” said Leo Mulvihill, a Kensington resident. “We’re trying, and we feel that the 26th isn’t listening.” —Samantha Melamed

“LOSIN’ IT!” A little unauthorized skateboarding at Love Park, where skateboarding has been banned since 2002. In the background are the temporary booths of the Christmas Village. JAMES J. KELLY FLICKR: JKEL

By Daniel Denvir

NO INTEGRITY? ³ TEXAS’ CRIMINAL JUSTICE system is first

in more than executions. In 2007, Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins set up the nation’s first conviction integrity unit, charged with investigating cases in which the wrong person might have been put behind bars. Twenty-six prisoners have been exonerated in Dallas County to date. In 2010, New York City followed suit, and a movement launched by Innocence Projects nationwide (Pennsylvania’s, at Temple Law, opened in 2009) is now prompting other district attorneys to do the same. Not so much in Philadelphia. When District Attorney Seth Williams first came into office, his transition team drafted a proposal for Philly’s own conviction integrity unit. But Williams — perhaps tending to his image in anticipation of a rumored 2015 mayoral bid — rejects that proposal. Elected in 2009 as a progressive replacement for arch-conservative DA Lynne Abraham, Williams has received national accolades for being “smart on crime.” Though Williams has made some progress (namely in diverting minor marijuana users from prosecution), he insists the state’s Post-Conviction Relief Act — which allows defendants a year after conviction, or a mere 60 days after new evidence emerges, to file for relief — is sufficient. But an estimated 10,000 wrongful convictions occur nationwide each year, according to Pennsylvania Innocence Project legal director Marissa Bluestine. “In Pennsylvania, you’re talking about potentially 2,000 people,” she says. “For the public to see the prosecutor’s office take an affirmative act to ensure that the convictions … are good … would go a long way to restore confidence.” Even Harrisburg is ahead of Philly on this. In September, the state Senate’s Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions issued a report urging Pennsylvania to rethink eyewitness identifications (marred by misleading lineups); confessions (flawed interrogations); legal representation (overworked defense counsel); informants (especially jailhouse ones); prosecutorial misconduct (like withholding evidence); and forensic evidence (impacted by inadequate preservation). State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, a onetime law-and-order crusader who is now a reform advocate, introduced the recommendations as Senate Bills 1337 and 1338. But Williams, erstwhile reformer, signed a dissenting report calling the committee soft on crime. With an eye to higher office — where voters and editorial boards prize high conviction rates — he seems to be putting political expediency over justice. ✚ Send feedback to daniel.denvir@citypaper.net.

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BUILDING BLOOM A street artist and a community share a vision of revitalization. By Samantha Melamed

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t’s an odd time of year for flowers to be blooming across the vacant lots and dusty construction sites of Northern Liberties, each vivid blossom 2 or 3 feet wide. But the fall chill doesn’t deter Erika Matyok, who hauls out her paint buckets many weekends to transform drab fences and crumbling walls into lush floral murals. Over the past four years, Matyok’s handiwork has become part of the landscape of this neighborhood, favored by wheatpasters, graffiti writers and street artists of all types. But unlike most artists working unsanctioned in the public sphere, Matyok enjoys strong support from neighbors — who request murals, donate supplies and recently even honored her with a community service award. Matt Ruben, president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA), says the symbiosis took him by surprise. “At first, I thought people were paying her to paint their fences,” he says. “Then, I found out that she was doing it for free. And then I found out that sometimes they weren’t even asking her — she was just doing it.” Matyok, a former Northern Liberties resident who recently moved to Delaware County to be closer to her job teaching art at St. Pius X School in Broomall, says her motivation is simple: “My intention is just to make it look at little nicer, a little brighter.” Her methods are simple, too: Just go out and paint. “Philadelphia is really accepting of public art in a lot of different ways,” she says. “But certain organizations have made it seem like it has to be expensive, or you have to have a three-year waiting list

for a mural. Part of me was like, ‘Well, if we want it to look nicer, then why are we waiting for someone else to do it or to give us permission? We could go ahead and do it ourselves.’” To begin, the NLNA gave her a list of abandoned properties that could use a colorful paint job. Since the feedback was positive, she took it upon herself to paint other walls she felt needed to be energized. Generally speaking, the City of Philadelphia Graffiti Abatement Team doesn’t tend to go in much for vigilante art-making. “The only stuff we wouldn’t remove would be a mural sanctioned by the Mural Arts Program,” says Philadelphia’s deputy managing director, Tom Conway, who oversees the Anti-Graffiti Network. However, he says, staffers “know what’s art and what’s graffiti.” Matyok’s work appears to pass the litmus test: She has even noticed walls where the city has cleaned or painted around her work. Graffiti artists seem to respect it as well, mostly leaving her paintings untouched. As for the property owners, so far there haven’t been issues.

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Oron Daskal, who owns North Bowl and a number of properties in the area, came upon Matyok painting one of his fences recently. Instead of calling the police, he gave her gift cards to Home Depot. “I appreciate art enhancing a neighborhood, and taking beatup properties and bringing some color and life into them,” he says. Other neighbors have also dropped off paint unsolicited. However, Matyok covers most of the costs herself, anywhere from $30 to $200 per artwork. While she usually works alone, she sees each project as a collaboration with the community, and has expanded her murals to neighboring properties at the owners’ request. Slowly, she hopes, a new neighborhood aesthetic is taking hold. On Fourth Street, while she was painting the side of a building owned by a local woodworker, he tacked his own cutout plywood flower form to an old signpost nearby. “For him to be inspired to add onto it was cool,” she says. “That seems to happen a lot. I’ll do [a painting], and then a building next door will do something to coordinate. It does kind of spread.” (samantha@citypaper.net)


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ing various emails, that support their claim that Stewart has effectively taken over their house. And they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to get rid of him: The family tried to shut off the gas, but Stewart called the utility company and got it put back on. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sent him notice to leave. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked to lawyers, and the options range from bad to awful: Because they assert heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an actual tenant, they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take him to landlord/tenant court. Because he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed the deed to his name â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as is common in some house theft cases â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t file to â&#x20AC;&#x153;quiet title,â&#x20AC;? the motion used by victims of deed theft. And because they live in another city, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re underwater on the mortgage, and because they simply donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the means to pay the thousands in attorney fees theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told it would take, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been advised â&#x20AC;&#x153;basically just [to] walk away; let him have it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not worth it,â&#x20AC;? says Heidi Conner. At one point, Sterrettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son Mike went to the house to get Stewart to leave. According to Sterrett and other family members, Stewart pulled up in his car, punched Mike, threatened to get his gun, and pursued Mike by car in a high-speed chase that ended in front of a police cruiser. Mike Sterrett filed an assault complaint with the police, but, says Gerald, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They said there are no witnesses.â&#x20AC;? When I asked Sterrett if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d told his employees at The Second Mile â&#x20AC;&#x201D; many of whom are, after all, former criminals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sterrett laughed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had gobs of offersâ&#x20AC;? to have Stewart removed by extra-legal means, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Leave it to us, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have him out.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Of course, we wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all been in prison.â&#x20AC;? Eventually, Sterrett went to the last refuge of those seeking justice: the Philadelphia District Attorney, whose Economic Crimes Unit is charged with prosecuting white-collar crime, consumer fraud and other scams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including various kinds of house theft, which, as we reported last year [Cover Story, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grand Theft Rowhome,â&#x20AC;? Oct. 7, 2010], runs rampant in Philadelphia. But after several visits to the District Attorney and after doing what they asked â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sending a certified notice to leave, obtaining legal authority to represent his daughter and son-in-law in matters relating to the house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sterrett was informed in a letter from Assistant District Attorney Michelle Comia-Wolfe that his case â&#x20AC;&#x153;lacks prosecutorial merit,â&#x20AC;? and was being rejected for reasons of â&#x20AC;&#x153;judicial economy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;prosecutorial discretionâ&#x20AC;? and because a â&#x20AC;&#x153;civil remedyâ&#x20AC;? existed. In other words, Sterrett and the Conners would have to pursue the case on their own, in civil court. Regarding Sterrettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office spokesperson Tasha Jamerson wrote in an email that this was not a situation of a squatter but rather â&#x20AC;&#x153;a real estate deal that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out.â&#x20AC;? She noted that Sterrett should send Stewart a 10-day notice to vacate, at which point the DA â&#x20AC;&#x153;will consider approving a private criminal complaint for trespass.â&#x20AC;? Sterrett has already done that, of course, to no avail. To be fair, the case of Sterrett and the Conners isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as cut-and-dry as the DA might like, especially in a time of shrinking budgets. They did, after all, hand Stewart a key.

Still, Stewart â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as Sterrett himself explained to the District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office in a long letter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has a history that bears looking into. Stewart has been sued over a dozen times in Philadelphia alone. In 2010, he was sued for alleged deed theft of a property on the 900 block of West Huntingdon Street and sued again by one Delia Boykin, a woman claiming Stewart had tried to rent the same place to her and bilked her out of her $800 security deposit. A remarkably similar claim was made the same year by one Nicholas Jacquez, who also sued Stewart in landlord/tenant court, claiming the latter had stolen a $2,250 security deposit for the lease of another property. Another lawsuit, filed by Bucks County couple John and Robyn Catagnus, alleged Stewart had bilked them

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were advised to walk away.â&#x20AC;? out of more than $40,000 when, they say, he failed to deliver on a construction project. In March, Stewart was charged criminally in Northumberland County for forging a $14,000 check to his own construction company. According to court records, that case is still open. Even stranger, Stewart came to the attention of West Philadelphia residents when he spoke at a public meeting this past April about his intention to purchase and renovate the longvacant Croydon building, then up for sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sale. According to various accounts, among Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims was that he ran a nonprofit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regeneration 360 Foundation,â&#x20AC;? the brochure language for which, one visitor discovered, had been copied from an AIDS organization in New York. Records do not indicate that any such nonprofit exists. As many dots as there appear to be, no one in city law enforcement seems interested so far in trying to connect them. (isaiah.thompson@citypaper.net)


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³BEFORE BROTHERS Ronen, Alon and Nir celebrate the start of Koresh Dance Co.’s 20th anniversary season (Dec. 1-4, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St., koreshdance.org), can I make mention of my special relationship with Roni? Long before the company’s start, he and I were two tall, dark-complexioned, long-haired, ponytail-sporting gents hanging around Black Banana looking languid and wearing improbably wide, shoulder-padded, dark-colored suits.Yipe. For all those who thought he was A.D. or that I was Roni, this anniversary is for you. Oh. And Koresh Co. has made some of the most magical, mystical, intriguing dance theater the United States has ever known. Congrats. ³ A haute couture happy hour-focused cocktail lounge from the folks at Recess Lounge — the Greenhouse concept whose mother ship is in SoHo — is moving into Seventh and Chestnut sooner than later. Though no one at Recess will confirm, rumor has it that the I’s were dotted and most of the T’s crossed as of last week. ³ If you are as fond of Fond as most of East Passyunk, you’ll be rapt as co-owning pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki just opened the cookie/café Belle Cakery up the Ave. Ask about the amaretto truffles. ³ Bradley Cooper, Bob De Niro and David O. Russell just wrapped their Philly/Darby-filmed The Silver Linings Playbook last week, and apparently industry wags at Weinstein Co. are already touting Nov. 21, 2012, as its release date — one full year to the day they stopped filming here — in time for Oscar consideration. And remember months ago when Will and Jaden Smith were in town to discuss local filming for their futuristic One Thousand A.E. with its director, M. Night Shyamalan? And that Will hit up Nas’ show and that Lady B concert at the Dell all playful-like until his Mrs. Jada Pinkett was rumored to be thisclose with J-Lo-ex Marc Anthony? Memories. Now, that film is ready to lens (with Jaden’s parents producing) with a February 2012 start date, according to Variety,with a handy rewrite from Stephen Gaghan (Syriana,Traffic). ³ After this Broken Prayers/Yeah Clementines bill on Dec. 3, I need everyone to stop sending notes for a “last show” — as if they’re breaking up — when all they mean is their final show at Tritone before the South Street venue shutters. ³ “Mark my words, I will open before the end of the year,” says the mysterious Mr. Lee, who has his red VIP cards ready (gray ones are for the layman) and his PLCB inspection passed on the long-awaited Chinatown boite Hop Sing Laundromat.Please. Open.Already. ³ Rumor has it that Whiskey Tango,the Bustleton Avenue live rawk bar in the Northeast, is closed. Bet you didn’t even realize it was open. Ever. ³ Ice gets illustrated at citypaper.net/criticalmass. (a_amorosi@citypaper.net)

WE’RE OK: The high school cast members of Project Theater Project’s Rent feel “mature enough” to tackle the musical’s serious issues. NEAL SANTOS

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NO OTHER WAY Rich Wexler’s controversial casting makes Rent a teenage dream. By A.D. Amorosi

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ne day, Rich Wexler will write a book about the misadventures of producing and directing a high school-cast version of Rent under his Project Theater Project banner. It’ll probably start with the pains of sitting through 70 auditions that’d put American Idol’s worst-of-the-worst reel to shame, and end with the dozen emails from a meddling stage-door parent, pointing out missteps in numerical order. “Doing this show has been tough,” says an exasperated Wexler from the Rotunda during a much-deserved break. “But a few of the kids stepped up and took leadership. I just kept going no matter what, and believed it would work.” Wexler’s version of Jonathan Larson’s rock musical works so well because, from the start, he set out to find kids who really embody the crew of rough-and-tumblers struggling to rise above their circumstances. “Our Roger is actually in a Roger-type band,” Wexler says. “Our Mimi dresses like Mimi in real life and pretty much is her. All the actors were chosen because in some way they were the character to me.” After tackling Project Theater Project shows like 2008’s March of the Falsettos, the one-time avant-pop promoter wanted to get into the educational side of performance. Wexler chose Rent because he was interested in connecting kids who feel at odds with their

surroundings. “I identify as straight, but am a sensitive Jew who loves show tunes, and always crossed gender norms,” says Wexler. “I hate sports, love art, and could be a tomgirl — if that exists — so I understand the need to feel like you fit in, and have your voice be heard. That’s what Rent does.” Wexler sees the show as a great opportunity to teach kids about humanity, sexuality and AIDS awareness. “We are still dealing with the same issues as we were in 1986, when the show takes place.” Still, with such serious issues — some of them raw, risqué and overly sexual — how are the kids handling it? “I think I’m mature enough to understand what the material encompasses and the type of emotions that are drawn out of it,” says 17-year-old Kyle McCloskey, who plays Roger. “For people who look down on either me for wanting to do a show so mature, or for my parents allowing me to do a show, I think they should go and talk to any other 17-year-old kid. … At almost any high school in America, you’ll find people having sex, doing drugs or drinking every weekend.” McCloskey sees Rent as a testament to dignity and love in bleak times — yet not an escapist emotional drama. “[Roger] was overcoming the death of someone close, didn’t want to talk to anyone, and really wanted to just leave,” McCloskey explains of his character. “He’s basically an older version of an angst-filled teenager, and I feel I am an angsty teenager.” (a_amorosi@citypaper.net)

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[ hookier than a sophomore ] ³ alt-classical/amos Tori Amos’ latest, Night of Hunters,

went Top 10 on Billboard’s rock, classical and alternative charts, but it’s none of the above. Commissioned by Deutsche Grammophon to create a contemporary song cycle, Amos borrowed bits by composers from Bach to Satie, then added lyrics both baffling and banal. The piano and strings sound lovely, but that business about the tree alphabet and the shape-shifting fox-goose don’t do her any favors. Amos plays Thursday at the Academy of —M.J. Fine Music (Dec. 1, kimmelcenter.org).

At this late date, you should know whether you need most of R.E.M.’s biggest hits in one package. But what about the three new tracks on Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage (Warner)? “A Month of Saturdays,” all Pylonesque riffage and intentionally dumb lyrics, would’ve been a cute mid-’90s B-side. The deceptively breezy “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” suggests what Reveal-era R.E.M. might’ve grown into had they packed theaters instead of clinging to ever-emptier arenas. And then there’s “Hallelujah,” a bittersweet synthesis of lofty sentiments, moody feedback and hard-won harmonies —M.J. Fine that’s a fitting final word. Hallelujah, indeed.

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There’s been no shortage of disco revivalists recently, but few have managed to recognize and replicate the joyous, sexy, soulful spirit — and the magnificently playful excesses — of the music’s 1970s origins quite like Escort.The 17-piece New York orchestra took its sweet time perfecting its eponymous self-released debut LP — they started dropping singles (all included here, most in tight new re-recordings) way back in 2006 — but there’s no denying that the 50 solid-gold, groove-strutting, synth-twinkling minutes were worth the wait.

It’s no surprise that celeb cameos, splashy Euro-crunk productions and rent-a-diva choruses don’t suit Yelawolf ’s Southern trailer-park gutter talk and neck-snapping double-time flow nearly as well as the deliciously sinister beats peppering his mixtapes. The intermittent moments of the overstuffed Radioactive (Shady) that allow the Alabaman’s “ugly boy swag” to shine through tantalizingly confirm that he remains one of hip-hop’s most charismatic and technically compelling new voices; if only this was the proper showcase that voice deserves.

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THE OTHER F WORD

They hope their own kids don’t ever feel rejected.

WHAT’S MY AGE AGAIN? Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus plays with his son in Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’ new documentary about punk rock dads.

NAUGHTY IS NICE ³ TWENTY IS THE new 50, or so you’d think from

a recent rash of reissues, in what cynics might see as the major labels’ last push to get us to buy deluxe versions of albums we already own before physical formats go the way of the Western black rhino. Do you need the two-disc version of Nevermind or the 10-disc version of Achtung Baby? Blood Sugar Sex Magik on 140-gram red vinyl? Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers dropped their breakthrough albums on the same day in September 1991. That month also saw huge releases by Guns N’ Roses, Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks. But even in the whitest parts of Philly, all the kids were down with “O.P.P.” that fall. So where’s Naughty by Nature’s deluxe reissue? The closest we’re likely to get is Anthem Inc.,the first album featuring the classic lineup of Treach, Vinnie and DJ Kay Gee since they closed out the millennium with Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature’s Fury.It’s a solid effort, with elegant beats and sinister chords framing good-time jams (“Perfect Party”), soulful appeals for peace (“Flags”) and cool, coy hooks from Queen Latifah, Kate Nauta and Syleena Johnson. Banal boasting and bombast drag down the middle, but the good outweighs the bad for the first 13 tracks. Five tacked-on remakes will be either your reason for picking up the set or putting it down; the sound quality is higher than it was 20 years ago, but otherwise they’re note-for-note, word-for-word reiterations of songs you bought on cassette back in the day. The years haven’t dimmed the delights of the rap trio’s debut. Bangers credo “Uptown Anthem” and “O.P.P.,” with its cast of homeys and honeys cheerfully pledging allegiance to cheating, get hookier than a sophomore, and deeper tracks like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” and “Wickedest Man Alive” are well-crafted and wise. Treach’s flow is tight and he knows how to tell a story, and give it up to Kay Gee for picking samples that planted James Brown, Public Enemy and The Staple Singers in the minds of listeners too young to be interested in other people’s property, intellectual or otherwise. Nice job. (m_fine@citypaper.net)

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being a dad,” says Brett Gurewitz. Wearing dark-rimmed glasses and a black jacket over his white T-shirt, he still looks rather like the 17-year-old El Camino Real High School student who, with three friends, formed Bad Religion back in 1979. But he’s changed, too: His hair is gray and his face has filled out. He’s gained some wisdom from his years on the road — and he’s got three daughters. In Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’ documentary, Gurewitz and other punk rockers mostly describe their trajectories — from trouble-making kids to adults with responsibilities — as individuals. But patterns are revealed: absent dads, abuse, feelings of alienation. And they all want to make sure their own children don’t ever feel that. Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Art Alexakis (Everclear) all assert their determination to “be there” for their kids. For Alexakis, who recalls being raped by other boys when he was a child before breaking into a solo version of “Father of Mine,” therapy has allowed him to feel fully engaged with his children’s lives. He’s a great dad, Alexakis says, and when his daughter’s friend tells him, “I wish you were my father,” he agrees. “I wish I was my father, too.” The Other F Word keeps focused on what the dads are up to — still touring, dealing with fans, worrying about how to make ends meet. But they’re not doing it alone: Most scenes at home show moms in the background — Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen takes his boy to the playground while his wife observes from the swings; Jim Lindberg’s wife keeps track of finances and makes sure their girls have time to make birthday cards to send to dad on the road. Even though the moms don’t speak much in his film, they’re ever-present. —Cindy Fuchs

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³ ASIAN ARTS INITIATIVE It’s the birthday no one ever wanted: The AIDS epidemic turns 30 this year. Though there’s plenty about treatment and technology to toast, there are also countless friends to mourn, and much more work to do. “Witness” brings together 23 artists — among them photographer Zoe Strauss and mixed-media artist Gabriel Martinez — to reflect on the tumultuous, complex decades. Curator David Acosta said he purposefully selected a diverse bunch of artists — from various ethnic, generational and geographical backgrounds — to examine AIDS from every angle. It worked: Mixed-media artist Tree Byers created a “visual/textual homage” to friends he lost to AIDS, while sculptor Nannette Clark subtly reminds viewers that medical advances in the fight against AIDS have failed to reach the poorest people in our country and others. Martinez, meanwhile, purposely wrecked his 12” Donna Summer LP in order to create perfectly red, glossy, splattered versions of the vinyl. The abstract works, it seems, are a nuanced meditation on blood. Opening reception Fri., Dec. 2, 5:30-8 p.m., free, through Jan. 27, 1219 Vine St., asianartsinitiative.org.

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a Better World, Kurtz will allow buyers to select a favorite socialjustice organization, to which she’ll donate half of the painting’s proceeds. Tyler grad and landscape painter Michelle Malkasian Weisberg is also showing “Journey” at the gallery. Opening reception Fri., Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m., free, through Jan. 1, 58 N. Second St., 215-625-0993, 3rdstreetgallery.com.

³ AND THEN THERE’S … In this lo-fi show at Michelle & Henry’s, local painter Robert Solomon presents impromptu studies involving found objects. “They are somewhat like automatic writing,” says Solomon, “and are meant to be shared with friends and fellow artists in the living-room setting.” Opening reception Fri., Dec. 2, 6-9 p.m., free, through Jan. 31, 1816 Frankford Ave., r.rmsolo@verizon.net. … Outreach organization/ saint Project H.O.M.E. puts together a show on homelessness, featuring pieces by residents and Philadelphia University architecture

students. Opening reception Fri., Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m., free, through Dec. 20, 1515 Fairmount Ave., 215-232-7272, projecthome.org. … Get a sneak peek at Space 1026’s annual art auction — where you can simultaneously buy X-mas gifts and help keep the gallery flush — at this preview featuring DJ LeiAway playing ’90s hip-hop jams. Preview Fri., Dec. 2, 7-10 p.m., free (auction Dec. 9, doors open 6 p.m., $5 opening bid), 1026 Arch St., 215-574-7630, space1026.com. (editorial@citypaper.net)

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✚ COCKTAILS AND CRAFTS To offset post-Thanksgiving madness (lookin’ at you, Black Friday), Gritty City Phila. is hosting a mellow jazz-and-booze affair to raise funds for Citizens for a No Kill Philadelphia. Expect a silent auction plus tons of original buyables from 30 local vendors. Think of it as a port in the doorbuster storm. —Meg Augustin Fri., Dec. 2, 4 p.m., $10-$25, Power Plant Studios, 230 N. Second St., cocktailsandcrafts.blogspot.com.


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J. EDGAR|C Clint Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penchant for sweeping out the dusty corners of bygone eras is done no favors by his bundling of the private J. Edgar Hoover, more myopic than biopic. Leonardo DiCaprioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hoover is a twitchy, odious caricature; while screenwriter Dustin Lance Black does well parsing the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much-dissected preferences, stoking real human warmth between Hoover and his suspected lover, these moments are infrequent, as Eastwood is too fixated on his jumping-bean narrative to think about whether we care about the people who comprise it. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;D.L. (Ritz Five) LIKE CRAZY|CDrake Doremusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; low-key weeper charts the transatlantic travails of a young couple (Felicity Jones and Anton

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HUGO|B+ Martin Scorseseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest is fated to be described endlessly as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a love letter to film,â&#x20AC;? and while his passion for cinema has never been more evident, Hugo isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as gushingly romantic in its overtures to the medium as some swooning mash note. Instead, his depiction of filmmaking pioneer Georges MĂŠliès is an effusion of uncontrolled passion and paralyzing heartbreak, a late-night missive scrawled in the heat of emotion and destined to be wadded up and tossed away in the morning light. Adapting Brian Selznickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Scorsese has found a means to fully express his irrational and overwhelming adoration of the silver screen, and in a

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Yelchin) in a long-distance relationship. The film’s improvisational style facilitates a strong turn from Jones as a privileged Brit who doesn’t seem to understand that overstaying her student visa can have irrevocable consequences, but it also makes for shapeless scenes and the monotonous rhythm of separations and reunions. Most critically, Doremus asserts the couple’s bond rather than instilling it, which is to say it feels more like a structural obligation than a perfect match. —S.A. (Ritz Five)

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE|B+ Elizabeth Olsen makes a striking debut in Sean Durkin’s movie about a young woman decompressing from her time in a nebulously defined cult. The details of the group to which she belonged are left vague, but whatever beliefs they might espouse are less important than the sense of belonging. Whatever’s happened to her, she’s damaged beyond all but extensive repair, and it’s not clear what it will take for her to mend. —S.A. (Ritz Five)

MELANCHOLIA|B+ If Antichrist was Lars von Trier’s anguished depiction of his own crippling depression, which was so severe he couldn’t hold a camera steady for years, Melancholia is a coolly fatalistic reconciliation that not only accepts but embraces his illness. While it’s not as clinically detached as Dogville, Melancholia has a bloodless beauty, not unlike its pale-skinned heroine. The movie doesn’t stint on its planetsize central metaphor, building to a climax that puts the scope of modern movie theaters to vigorous use. But for a movie about losing control, Melancholia sometimes exercises too much of it. —S.A. (Ritz at the Bourse)

THE MUPPETS|C+ Growing up in a small town called Smalltown, Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter (voiced by Peter Linz) are inseparable — that’s because the human/puppet twosome are brothers who’ve conveniently bonded over their love of The Muppet Show since childhood. Making Walter a Muppet is an easy way to give Gary and main squeeze Mary (Amy Adams) a foot in the door once the trio travels to California to tour the dilapidated Muppet Studio, which they learn is scheduled to be demolished by evil oil exec Tex Richman (Chris Cooper, having fun). The problem is that Walter is lame and annoying, a clueless, codependent whiner who’s a total hindrance on his brother’s relationship, his sole purpose being coaxing elder statesman Kermit (Steve Whitmire) into getting the gang back together for a benefit show to save the bricks. Yes, puppets can be unlikable. I was surprised, too. —D.L. (Pearl, UA Riverview)

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN|C+ Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) is a wet-eared assistant director on Lawrence Olivier’s The Prince and the Showgirl who becomes Marilyn Monroe’s (Michelle Williams) minder and confidant. With Monroe’s marriage to Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott) already foundering, it falls to Colin to act as her one-man entourage — or at least, so it goes in his story. There’s a fundamental imbalance between the high-wattage star and her no-profile hanger-on, one the movie does little to address. Ultimately, the movie uses Colin to get close to her, just like any other bloodsucker. —S.A. (Ritz Five)

THE SKIN I LIVE IN|AAntonio Banderas plays Robert Ledgard, a cosmetic surgeon obsessed

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with creating a more durable synthetic replacement for human skin. His guinea pig is a woman (Elena Anaya) who lives locked in an upstairs room in his massive house, her body covered by a form-fitting suit and her face encased in a translucent mask. Watching her exterior tells us little; it’s the way the pieces fit together that reveals. The Skin I Live In is Pedro Almodóvar’s best film in more than a decade, supremely confident and deeply unsettling, with a climactic twist that all but requires repeat viewing. —S.A. (Ritz at the Bourse)

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 1|D This is easily the shittiest and most listless Twilight yet. The creepy wedding of vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and mouth-breathing human Bella (Kristen Stewart) begins the proceedings. Bella hopes they’re gonna do it soooo much on their Brazilian honeymoon … and just like that, she’s

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kicking around barefoot with a bloodsucking baby inside her, prompting an interminable series of arguments about the value of life between supernatural beings who can’t even die. Though there is some action involving wolves growling at each other, all the heavy lifting/biting is relegated to 2012’s Part 2, leaving us with nothing more than Pattinson, Stewart and Taylor Lautner looking sullen. —D.L. (Pearl, UA Riverview)

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS|BThe third Harold & Kumar works familiar territory with a handful of decent new jokes. It’s been six years since the two college stoners landed at Gitmo. As life has pushed Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) apart, circumstances pull them together, beginning with a quest to replace a flamed-out Christmas tree and eventually putting them on the wrong side of a Russian mobster (Elias Koteas) and Santa Claus himself. The 3D provides the opportunity for a handful of gags, often about the surge in subpar 3D, but mostly just accounts for an unnecessary bump in the ticket price. —S.A.(Roxy)

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MEDIUM RARE CINEMA 7141 Germantown Ave., regrettablesincerity.com. This World, Then the Fireworks (1997, U.S., 100 min.): A cop returns to his hometown after uncovering too much police corruption in the big city. Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m., $7.

PIFVA CINEMA SPEAKEASY L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St., 215-592-0656, pifva.org/news. Rock, Rap and Roller Derby: Three short films by Philly filmmakers Mike Dennis, Brian B Kyle Atkins and David Block. Tue., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., $5.

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University’s growing theater program’s season, avoids the issue. Ohio-born playwright Molly Hagan says her poetic work, about siblings Boots and Eggs, is “about grieving and the distortion of memory and fantasy after a person has died. It’s also about experiencing a first death — the characters are 12 and 13.” —Mark Cofta Through Dec. 11, $15, Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, 215-572-2112, arcadia.edu.

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If talking to your girlfriend means calculating the difference in time zones, Nervous But Excited has a song for you. If a second date means renting a U-Haul and processing your feelings with overlapping

Some theatergoers avoid college productions, imagining 20-ish actors, hair grayed with spray paint, playing roles far beyond their years. The Swing of the Sea, the second of four productions in Arcadia

While decidedly redolent of the buzzy, burbling electronicorganic sonic stew he regularly serves up with Animal Collective, the strange, swampy songs that Dave Portner (alias Avey Tare) concocted on last year’s Down There bubble up from a different place: somewhere darker, more personal, and decidedly wetter and murkier. (Whereas his pal Noah Lennox

nique. He’s into telling stories, both personal and universal. Roni’s had a lot on his mind during these past two decades, as will be obvious at the company’s 20th anniversary program. It’s a small slice from a broad repertoire, but you’ll see why this group has been alive and kicking for so long. —Deni Kasrel Thu.-Fri., Dec. 1-2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 7 p.m.; $25-$35, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St., 215-751-0990, koreshdance.org.

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 KORESH DANCE Having watched Koresh Dance Co. since the mid-’90s, I can say with assurance: It ain’t what it used to be. Founder/artistic director Roni Koresh has made a career out of his troupe’s evolution. Still, there’s a recognizable Koresh style: Roni favors sleek, flexible bodies charged with passion and taut tech-

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 THE BIGGER LOVERS/PHOTON BAND When drummer Patrick Berkery reminded me about The Bigger Lovers/Photon Band

Holiday Spectacular on Ice, he called the night a gathering of Philly’s most beloved and long-standing rock institutions. With that I recalled John Huston’s line in Chinatown where his character, Noah Cross, says “politicians, old buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.” And I came up with mash-up names like The Phigger Loveton for the unholy union that shares a drummer. Since reuniting for the 10th anniversary of How I Learned to Stop Worrying in the spring, the hard-popping Lovers have been back in steady action. The Photon Band, meanwhile, is taking advantage of frontman Art DiFuria’s brief respite from academia (he’s an art history prof down in Georgia) to book shows (including one in Bethlehem with Brother JT the night after this Spectacular). “It makes sense to do something together, as we each represent a similar time and place in Philly’s rock history — for lack of a better term,” says Berkery. That’s

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—K. Ross Hoffman Thu., Dec. 1, 9:15 p.m., $13, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877435-9849, johnnybrendas.com.

—M.J. Fine Thu., Dec. 1, 8 p.m., $10, Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St., 215-928-0770, tinangel.com.

adopts the persona of the gentle, peace-loving Panda Bear for his solo exploits, Portner’s spirit animal for this project is the rather more complicated crocodile.) So: Expect no giddy, celebratory Day-Glo fantasias here; the vibe is strictly insular and fairly bummed-out, although that doesn’t stop the bog-ridden beats from bumping, especially, one would suppose, in a live iteration.

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circles of exes, Nervous But Excited has a song for you. And if your idea of heaven is two women’s voices in harmony, Nervous But Excited has a few dozen songs for you. Kate Peterson and Sarah Cleaver come off as earnest with their glockenspiel, banjo or ukulele, but they only get better on You Are Here (Riot Grrrl, Ink.), which supplements their twosome with strings and trumpets. For fun, see if they’ll bust out a song by Adele or Roxette.


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the mad/bad moment between 1996 and 2001 when labels like Darla bloomed bright on the Philly horizon and DiFuria dropped mean psychedelic records like 747 (Don’t Worry), All Young in the Soul and Oh the Sweet, Sweet Changes.Ah, memories. “I reckon baby sitters will be in short supply on this night in certain neighborhoods,” says Berkery. —A.D. Amorosi Fri., Dec. 2, 9:15 p.m. $10, with Jay Laughlin, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849, johnnybrendas.com.

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 TWO CULTURES In the exhibit closing at the Light Room this weekend, two Philly photographers present a study of their ancestral

focused and intimate, and a striking complement to Ranjoo Prasad’s study of East Champaran, India. Where Rocco has photographed in Colombia for nearly a decade, Prasad’s work comes from her first time visiting her birthplace as an adult, and the locals weren’t quite sure what to make of this lady with a camera. Initially, her photos seem to be shot from a distance, but she ultimately shows how to capture just as much of a representative image — the thatched roofs, the pastoral surroundings and curious faces — by looking at the bigger picture. —John Vettese Closing reception Fri., Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m., The Light Room, 2024 Wallace St., 215-765-0262, thelightroom.org.

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homelands. Tony Rocco’s latest body of work from Colombia is a cinematic survey of long streets in La Florida and the aging residents who take care of them, the children who play in them, the stray dogs that romp across them. It’s intensely

David Greenspan’s one-man, 22-character show The Myopia: An Epic Burlesque of Tragic Proportions isn’t exactly like the quick-change theater vehicles of Irma Vep and Greater Tuna. Yet there’s something swift-kicking about a guy writing a play about his father who just happens to be composing a musical biography of shifty President Warren G. Harding. Most fascinatingly, Greenspan doesn’t hurriedly swap costumes or toss around props. Instead, this Obie Awardwinner (for 1997’s off-Broadway

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³ SEX-POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT The holiday season is arguably the least sexy time of year, with all the stress and bloated bellies, and don’t get me started on the unfortunate pairing of cold air and man bits. So the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative’s (GALAEI) sex-themed After-School Special couldn’t come at a better time. The party, says GALAEI executive director Elicia Gonzales, is an offshoot of Pleasure Rush, a privately funded project that raises HIV awareness by promoting sex. Instead of teaching about condoms and abstinence, the goal is to introduce the “bazillion [sex-positive] things people can do with their body that doesn’t involve one thing going inside another,” she says. On the itinerary is a screening of the fourth installment of the org’s What If video series. The short films depict real-life sexual scenarios — like two guys getting randy in a gym locker room — and provide responsible solutions that can be made “in the heat of the moment.” There will also be a roomful of activities designed to crumble the barriers most people have when it comes to discussing sex. On the Wall of Dirty Talk, attendees can shed their inhibitions by scribbling erotic messages to other guests; a photo booth, complete with seductive costumes and props, encourages sexy-time dress-up; and five interactive sex-ed booths manned by nearly naked volunteers will demonstrate ways people can have just-asfulfilling sexual encounters without actually sinking the sub. “[The point] of doing this is to get people to the [place] where they’re not only talking about ways to prevent diseases,” but how they can enjoy “hot, fun, lowrisk sex,” says Gonzales. “It’s rare for HIV prevention to go hand-in-hand with sexual pleasure, so we’re trying to do that.” Fri., Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m., $10, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., 215-732-2220, galaei.org. (josh.middleton@citypaper.net) Have an upcoming LGBTQ event? Give it here. E-mail listings@citypaper.net.


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tinkering with her 2010 Live Arts piece Under Desire, backgrounded by an unusual set featuring roots hanging from the ceiling, plus original music by Christopher Farrell; Morley is presenting a new work; and Gibson continues her exploration of contemporary ballet. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Janet Anderson

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A.D. Amorosi Fri.-Sat., Dec. 2-3, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 2 p.m.; $20, Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Ave., 610-526-5210, brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html.

Fri.-Sat., Dec. 2-3, 8 p.m., $16, Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., 215-9259914, paintedbride.org.

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disappear and support a local hood in the process. Dig. —Chris Brown Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free, Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., gowestcraftfest.blogspot.com.

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As the calendar flips to December, the dread of slogging through long lines and filling virtual carts is imminent. Avoid the fuss and consider the neighborhood-driven Go West! Craft Fest, where nearly 40 local artists and crafters will be occupying DIY: Watch for Justin Arawjo’s Communitea imprint for the thread-hungry on your list; Yardsale Press prints and the latest from Suzanne Francis for your artsiest recipients; and smart-looking pins and brooches from Amy B. Jewelry to satisfy a gauntlet of grandmothers, aunts and sisters. With a bevy of options, you can make your shopping list

Those drawn to the romantic turmoil and expansive vocabulary on display in Caithlin de Marrais’ work with Rainer Maria and on her solo debut, My Magic City, may sense

something’s amiss in her current incarnation. “Birds,” from her new record, Red Coats (End Up), serves notice of her shift in priorities: “New son in my arms/ New words on my tongue,” she sings. “Yes, please give me some more of him to

Sat., Dec. 3, 9 p.m., $13-$15, with Owen and Former Belle, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-787-0488, northstarbar.com.

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 ERIN MCKEOWN Singer/songwriter Erin McKeown has a particularly strong disdain for the holidays. To prove it, she’ll perform songs from her new F*ck That! Anti-Holiday Album — an anticapitalist, pro-queer, suspiciousof-Christmas, sex-positive, NSFW record that’ll squash your humbug. Complete with delightfully tacky holiday

sweaters, the crankiest of Christmas carolers and enough profanity to insult Scrooge, McKeown’s show will have you laughing till your New Year’s hangover is gone. —Massimo Pulcini Sun., Dec. 4, 8 p.m., $22-$34, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-2221400, philly.worldcafelive.com.

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Stateside | The owners of Philly’s Green Eggs Cafés are getting liquored up with Stateside, a beer/whiskey/cocktail bar and restaurant right on top of the Passyunk Fountain. The cozy, cleanlined space features an entirely domestic booze program and thoughtful food from chef George Sabatino (Barbuzzo, Pub & Kitchen). Specialties of his include charred broccolini with house-cured bacon; bourbon-brined chicken; and crispy mapleglazed pork belly over grits. They’re open for dinner nightly. 1536 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-551-2500, statesidephilly.com.

Belle Cakery | Jessie Prawlucki, who owns/runs Fond with her fiancé, Lee Styer, now has a new workspace on East Passyunk. Belle Cakery, right down the block from the couple’s popular BYO, now serves as the pastry chef’s own personal sweets atelier, as well as a café for coffee and treats for sitting in or taking out. Prawlucki’s Frenchifed specialties include flourless chocolate tortes, cranberry almond cake with vanilla/white chocolate buttercream, amaretto truffles and all sorts of cookies, tarts and pastries. Belle is open from noon to 9 p.m. every day but Monday. 1437 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-271-2299, bellecakery.com. Got A Tip? Please send restaurant news to drew. lazor@citypaper.net or call 215-735-8444, ext. 218.

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FLO RIDA Fast, friendly luncheonette Mel’s Kitchen keeps Roxborough well fed. By Adam Erace MEL’S KITCHEN | 5001 Umbria St., 215-487-2020, melskitchen.net. Open Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Breakfast, $3.25-$6; soups, salads and wraps, $4.75-$10.75; pork, turkey, chicken and cheesesteaks, $6-$7.95.

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onsider the counter. At any diner, greasy spoon or snack bar, you can sit at it, eat at it, sip coffee at it. A waitress, preferably named Flo, will tolerate your idle chitchat as long as you stay on your side. It’s an invisible line you’d be unwise to toe. Try to cross it and see More on: how fast Flo becomes G.I. Flo. At Mel’s Kitchen, a little luncheonette in Roxborough, Flo is Melanie Hannon — or Mel, as she’s known by her regulars. These regulars, who comprise an estimated 70 percent of Hannon’s business, don’t abide by the rules. They wander behind the bar that spans the 24-foot length of the café, grabbing sodas from the fridge, picking out silverware, brewing their own coffee. Hannon endorses the behavior: “People that come here know when I get busy, it’s help yourself,” she says. The rapport is remarkable considering Mel’s Kitchen has been open only a year. “I drove by the space every day,” recalls the Roxborough resident of 17 years. A former corner store owner

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turned caterer, she wanted a new project. Mel’s Kitchen was it. She took over the space and renovated it, but an electrical fire razed it to the ground two weeks before the grand opening. When Mel’s finally opened in November, it was takeout only, but the neighborhood urged Hannon to add seating. She put in butcherblock tables and installed the counter that (however ineffectively) divides the customers’ quarters from the kitchen. Today, Philly U students and local mechanics alike visit for bacon-egg-and-cheeses, jambalaya and sandwiches stuffed with Italian-style roast pork, Hannon’s dad’s recipe. I had slices of garlicky pig layered with house-baked ham, Swiss and Dijon between Texas toast in a buxom Monte Cristo. Egg-battered and cooked on the flat-top, the warm, soft, sweet sandwich was like having a hug for lunch. The Cristo is a frequent guest on Mel’s specials blackboard, as is the fried chicken sandwich, a breast MORE FOOD AND Hannon marinates in spiced buttermilk DRINK COVERAGE overnight. The bird gets dredged in seaAT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / soned flour, fried and tucked into a Le Bus M E A LT I C K E T. bun smeared with smoky bourbon mayo. The truffled cremini quesadillas looked a little sloppy and tasted like something I’d like if I were drunk. Meanwhile, the bottomless bowl of beef-and-bean chili, brewed with 15 spices, displayed real finesse through its complex, slow-cooked flavor. Order it fully loaded, with sour cream, green onion, shredded cheddar and chopped tomato. A few jets of hot sauce and my nose was running. In search of tissues, I headed to the door on one end of the café, assuming it would lead to the restroom. Hannon caught me. “No, no,” she said, waving her hand. “Bathroom’s behind the counter. C’mon back.” (adam.erace@citypaper.net)

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American Sardine Bar | This long-awaited beer bar from the South Philly Tap Room team debuted just before Thanksgiving. Spread out over two Point Breezy floors, American Sardine Bar pours 16 crafts on draft and serves a sandwich-centric menu from SPTR’s Scott Schroeder. Down some Sixpoint, Bell’s or PBC while grubbing out on Jewish chicken noodle soup, fry-layered Pittsburgh cheesesteaks, vegan falafel and their signature mini sardine sandwiches (two bucks a pop). Sardine Bar’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. with food till 1 every night. 1801 Federal St., 215-334-BEER, americansardinebar.com.

COUNTER OFFER: Melanie Hannon, the chef, owner and namesake of Roxborough’s Mel’s Kitchen, does a little bit of everything.

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7, 5:30-10:30 p.m., $45 ³ Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette has invited Yards over for a five-course night of beer-inspired French cuisine. Drawing from Woolsey’s passions for both beer and Gallic culture (the French love it too, thanks to bordering beer-crazy countries like Germany and Belgium), the dinner will include pork and veal terrine paired with Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale; flammeküeche (Alsatian pizza) with George Washington Tavern Porter; beef, onion and Jefferson Ale stew with Yards ESA, and more. Bistrot La Minette, 623 S. Sixth St., 215-925-8000, bistrotlaminette.com. —Nicole Rossi


The Jewel of Northern Liberties HOW WE DO IT: The restaurants, bars and markets listed in this section rotate every week and are compiled by City Paper editorial staff. To search our comprehensive restaurant listings, visit us online at citypaper.net/restaurants. If you have suggestions or corrections, please email restaurants@citypaper.net.

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Many know Kevin Sbraga from his victory on Top Chef, but the Willingboro, N.J., native had a brag-worthy career going well before securing the W on the Bravo reality show. Now he’s got a spot of his own, a liquored-licensed 65seater on the ground floor of Broad Street’s Symphony House that highlights Sbraga’s multitude of kitchen influences in a four-course, $45 prix-fixe format. Open Mon.Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. Symphony House, 440 S. Broad St., 215-735-1913, sbraga.com.

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The closure of Horizons had Philly’s vegan diners pouring out their isinglass-free beers in memoriam, but it didn’t take long for Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby to get back. Though tofu, seitan and tempeh do make appearances, Vedge’s menu is carefully designed to celebrate seasonal vegetables. Highlights include meatless braciole; portobello “carpaccio” with salsa rustica and arugula crema; and a daily-changing “dirt list” of vegetables from the couple’s farm connections. 1221 Locust St., 215320-7500, vedgerestaurant.com.

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Wa Joe Korean Restaurant bibimbaps it under Moon Lee, who’s cooked at both New York’s multi-location KungGangSan and Upper Darby’s Pocha Pocha. They do the traditional barbecue here, as well as hot pots and rice plates; lunch, served Monday to Friday from 12:30 to 3 p.m., comprises a bunch of combos topping out at $12.99. 2034 Chestnut St., 215496-9021.

✚ PIZZERIA BIRRA

The East Passyunk corridor got a bit boozier with the opening of Birra, Gordon Dinerman’s corner pizzeria and craft beer drinkery just off 11th and Tasker. Dinerman (City Tap House, Buddakan, Barclay Prime) is working out of a brick oven for pretty much all of his menu, which features pizzas, salads, panini, familystyle platters (crudo, salumi) and composed dishes (Dinerman’s grandmother’s meatballs; whole branzino). Nine beers on tap and about 50 in bottles. Birra’s serving dinner only, Tuesday to Sunday, for right now. 1700 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-324-3127.

✚ SEAFOOD ROUTE 6

Stephen Starr takes on seafood traditions from Maine to Maryland at Route 6, his restaurant on the developing swath of Broad Street north of City Hall. Named for the stretch of highway that connects one end of Cape Cod to the other, Route 6 is appropriately New England-y in appearance, with whitewashed wood, clean subway tile and nautical tchotchkes throughout. Chef Anthony DiRienzo is cooking options like chicken-fried lobster tail with green Tabasco aioli; wood-grilled bluefish and diver scallops; oven-roasted rainbow trout; and shareable lobster bakes and raw bar action. Open Sun.Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. 600 N. Broad St., 215-391-4600, route6restaurant.com.

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Kar Vivekananthan has overhauled Adsum and brought on a new partner in restaurateur Rich Rivera. Rechristened as Tapestry, the corner spot now caters to beer lovers, with 24 draft options and an ever-growing bottle list. The new menu is well-priced and neighborhoody in nature, featuring burgers, pizzas, shepherd’s pie, nachos, fish and chips, fried chicken, steak frites and the like. 700 S. Fifth St., 215-923-1620, tapestryphilly.com.

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Jason Cichonski helped out his partner, Chip Roman, with the March 2011 opening of Mica, and now they’re flipping roles for Ela, the progressive American bar/restaurant done up just the way the former Lacroix chef de cuisine wanted. Ela aims to be a neighborhood destination, but that doesn’t translate to dumbed-down food: Cichonski is still cooking at an incredibly detail-oriented level. Ela’s open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday. 627 S. Third St., 267-6878512, elaphilly.com.

experience with every cooking discipline imaginable, but he’s finally able to make a strictly personal statement with Il Pittore. The restaurant specializes in subtly modern Italian cuisine. Painter’s signature handmade pastas join hearty mains like slow-cooked suckling pig and red wine-braised lamb, the lot complemented by an almost exclusively Italian wine list. Open Sun.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. 2025 Sansom St., 215-391-4900, ilpittore.com.

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merchandise market Autographed Guitar Collection, must sell. Stones, Zeppelin, Beatles, others. Appraised over $2500 each. asking $450/ea. with COA, call for pics 215-798-0789

Desktops/Laptops & Repairs/ Upgrades Net ready. DVD/RW. $150. 215.292.4145

BRAZILIAN FLOORING 3/4", beautiful, $2.75 sf (215) 365-5826 CABINETS SOLID MAPLE Brand new soft close/dovetail. Crown molding. Can add or subtract to fit kitchen Cost $6400. Sell $1595. 610-952-0033

Craftsman Power Tools - Circular/Jig Saws, Orbital Car/Boat Polisher, Router, Drills, AirCompressor, Work Bench. Husky Power Washer, Self Leveling Laser, Pumps, Toro Snow Blower. Call 856-296-5633

4PC SECTIONAL LEATHER SOFA - Light peach, 3 tables, $600. 609-605-3074 5pc Dinette set: light wood, glass top. 48". Paid$1197 asking$400 267-872-1551 BD Mattress memory foam w/box sprIng Brand New Queen cost $1400, sell $299; King cost $1700 sell $399. 610-952-0033

BDRM SET: Solid Cherry Sleigh Bed, Dresser, Mirror, Chest & Night Stand High Quality. Brand new. Must sell. Cost $6000 Ask. $1200. 610-952-0033 BED A brand new Queen pillow top mattress set w/warr. $229; Full $220; King $299. Memory Foam $295. 215-752-0911

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BED: Brand New Queen Pillowtop Mattress Set w/warr, In plastic. $175; Twin $140; 3 pc King $265; Full set $155. Memory foams avl. Del. avl 215-355-3878 Bedroom Set brand new queen 5 pc esp. brown $489. Del Avail 215-355-3878 NEW Mattress Sets, $99: TWIN, FULL, QUEEN, Delivery Available 215-307-1950 Sofa, Dining room set, 9 pieces, excellent cond., pics avail. Call 215-620-3846

24x52 Swimming pool, still in boxes, never used. $1300. 856-470-6508 Hot Tub 2011 6 person, 7ft. w/lounger Factory warranty & cover. Still in wrapper. Cost $6000; Sell $2500. 610-952-0033

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Siamese Kittens m/f applehead, purebred, Health Guar. $100+ 610-692-6408

Akita AKC Puppies Fawn $350 or white $1100. 410-348-9917 or 410-708-7884 AKITA Puppies for sale, 18 weeks, 5 females, $550. Call 267-981-6496 BEAGLE GRIFFIN HYBRIDS $200 males. $250 females. Call 267.977.3793

BEAGLES - AKC, 13in. tri-colored all shots, $150. Call 215-547-6314 B oxer AKC PUPPIES 13 wks utd shots $450 1m1f Eddie 856-534-9010 avail now Boxer Puppies AKC $1000, brindle blk mask/flash; parents on premises; 856-933-2461

BRUSSELS GRIFFON PUPS Smooth. Delivery additional. $550/ea. 216-544-1370 CANE CORSO Pups, ACCF reg, Call 267-266-9749 Cavalier King Charles ACA Males, tricolored, 10wks, shots $800. 717.542.6145 Cocker Spaniel pups, short nosed, vet checked, shots, F- $350. (267)242.3408 English Bulldog AKC reg, 9 wks, 1 male, 4 females, $1800. jazzsbulldogs.com English Bulldog Puppies, AKC, family raised, health certificate, 6 females $2200, ready on 11/27. 570-922-4287

English Bulldog Pups - ACA, health certified, pretty markings, lot’s of wrinkles, $1,450 and up. Call 717-629-8137 English Bulldog Pups AKC, M & F, S/W, health cert, papers $1600. 856-906-6478 English Bulldog Pups, parents on premises, papers, shots, de-wormed, vet certified, Call 215-696-5832 (Bensalem) German Sheperd Pups ACA, nice markings, blk & tan $550. 717-768-7579 Ext. 3 German Shepherd Puppies. ACA reg., farm raised, $599 Cash only 717.529.3830 GERMAN SHEPHERD pups, AKC, 1M, 1F, champion lines, $850. 610-656-3985 German Shepherd Pups, AKC, 9F/2M, rdy 12/6, parents on site. $400. 215.338.2617 German Shepherd PUPS, blk and tan, vet papers. $850 267.736.0502 German Shepherd pups, Blk & Tan, s/w, farm raised, $375, 717-295-4844 (ext. 9)

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED Pointer Pups AKC, Shots, Wormed, Health Certificates. Great pets, good hunters, family raised. M- $450, Females $500. 717-627-3567 GERMAN SHORT HAIRED POINTERS Excellent hunting dogs and family pets, Vet checked, 1st shots, $550. Please Call after 5pm, 856-261-8922 Golden Retriever AKC, OFA, CERF, Shots /wrmd guarantee 856-472-3747 www.autumngoldenretrievers.com Golden Retriever Puppies, AKC reg., shots, wormed, very cute. Call 717-629-3726 Golden Retriever pups, AKC, fam. raised, no sunday calls $600. 570-778-7585 Havanese Pups AKC Registered, parents on site, health guaranteed, $800-$1500. Please Call 484-678-6696 Irish Setter pups, AKC, champ lines, 6M, 5F, vet chekd, shots, $500. (717)661-8610 Jack Russell Terrier puppies: 2 males, 1 females. Call 267-721-9309

Japanese Chins, AKC, black/white Fem., 1 & 2 years, quality breeding, raised in house $800, (610)838-7221 King Charles Cavalier Spaniel pups, ACA registered, family raised & vet checked, with health guarantee, unbelievably cute & ready to go, $750. 717-336-8345 Lab Pups, AKC, OFA, CERF, Top Quality CH lines, Ylw, Ready Christmas, 607-3299798 or sassys-labs.com Mastiff AKC English. Ready to go! 30 wk female, shots & papers. Call for price 856299-1366/email: pure.focus@veri-zon.net MINI GOLDENDOODLE Pups f1b, vet checked, 1 year guarantee. 717-355-5577 Pitbull male, red nose, liver red and white, 18 months, wide, very thick. M&F pups, 15 weeks, start $75. Call 215-254-0562

Pit Bull pups, ukc, solid blue $300-$500 pick of litter, 1st shots/w, 215-820-3135 RED DEVIL/RED BOY- PITS -Off the SON of Ch. Gambler Ch. Dutchess M-F. $500 609-287-1647 Rottweiler: AKC/UKC pups Champ. parents $1000 fdfarm.com 330.221.1782 Rottweiller Pups AKC, vet check, champ bloodlines,microchip $1000 610.631.0230 Shorkie-Tzu Pups , starting at $400, Financing avl, cash discount. Ready in time for Christmas! Call 484-955-6378 Standard Poodle AKC Puppies Champion Bloodlines www.HohlFamily-Poodles.com 610-621-2894 St. Bernard pups ready now akc shots and dewormed $600. 267-446-7645 toni Yorkiepoo Pups for sale. $300 & up Shots & dewormed. Ready now. 267-344-9429 Yorkie pups, 2M, 1F, 2-3lbs. vaccinated, 12 weeks, $400-$500. 215-355-5123 Yorkies - AKC. $450-$800 negotiable. Taking deposits. Call 856-563-0351 Yorkranian pups, ACA, beautiful, $325 small, vet chkd 856-816-3385

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S. Broad St. 2nd flr 1BR $895 ultra modern, marble bath jacuzzi, w/d, hdwd flrs, central air, deck 215-463-7374

Books -Trains -Magazines -Toys Dolls - Model Kits 610-689-8476

Coins, Currency, Gold, Toys,

Trains, Hummels, Sports Cards. Call the Local Higher Buyer, 7 Dys/Wk

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Coins, MACHINIST TOOLS, Militaria, Swords, Watches, Jewelry 215-742-6438 Diabetic Test Strips, $$ Cash Paid $$ Nicotine patches, gum. For highest prices & pick-up, call Joe 215-395-7100.

I Buy Anything Old...Except People! antiques-collectables, Al 215-698-0787 JUNK CARS WANTED Up to $250 for Junk Cars 215-888-8662 Lionel/Am Flyer/Trains/Hot Whls $$$$ Aurora TJet/AFX Toy Cars 215-396-1903 Nazi/German/Japan War Stuff, helmets flags, uniforms, anything. (609)707.9933 SAXOPHONES, WWII, SWORDS, related items, Lenny3619@aol 609.581.8290

53rd & Media 1 BR $525+ utils cozy 1st flr, 1st/last/sec, 267-349-4910 53xx Race St. 2br $790+utils brand new, vouchers ok, 347-213-0389 540 N. 52nd St. 1 BR Newly renov. 215.744.9077 lic# 333911 54xx Chancellor 2&3Br $700-$800 Section 8 & students OK. 267-278-9609 5956 VINE ST Studio $475+security 2 rooms, kitchen & bath, 215-317-0839 5xx N 58th St. Modern 1Br $650 close to transp, Sec 8 OK, 3rd floor. Call 215-868-0421 60th St. 1BR $550 heat & water incl. $1650 move in, (215)872-6395 827 N 41st 1st fl 2 BR $650+; 2 BR $625+ 2nd fl, ww, pch, yd. 2mos sec 215-939-1067 W. Philly 3BR/1BTH $800/mo Newly renovated Sec 8 ok. Call Jay 215-313-3322 xx S 62nd St 3BR $750+utils 60xx Market St effic’y $350+utils Section 8 ok, Call for appt, 215.476.2526

59xx Nassau Rd 1BR $525/mo newly renov., 1st/last/sec 267-259-7930 73xx Ruskin Rd. 2br $760+utils 1st flr., renov, w/d, garage (215)888-7491 City Line Area 2br Apts beautiful, Discount Special, 215.681.1723 Golf View Apts central a/c 1br/1ba $725 www.perutoproperties.com 215.740.4900 Various 1, 2 & 3 BR Apts $595-$895 www.perutoproperties.com 215.740.4900

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1920 Tasker St. 3bd/1bth $900/mo Newly renovated Sec. 8 ok. Call Jay 215-313-3322

50th & Baltimore 1 BR $500+utils 2nd floor, 3 mo. deposit (215)237-4737 57xx ASHLAND ST lg 1 BR, 1st fl, hw flrs, new paint, refrig. $525 +. 267-645-9421 65th & Girard 1Br $700 nice, court yard, lrg kitchen 215-729-4856 7XX S. 52ND 1BR/1Ba $600 renov, hdwd flrs, new kitch 215-601-5182

4122-24 Ogden St. 1br $550 Effic. $400 Newly renovated. North Phila - Temple, 4520 N. Broad St. 1BR, $600. Newly renovated. Call 215-849-1111 52nd & Parkside studios $500+ electric 2nd flr,$1000 move-in. 215-284-7944

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19th & Venango 1br $535 Please Call 215-226-2526 24xx N 29th St. 2br $525+utils 3rd flr, $1575 req. sec 8 ok 215.486.2350 2501 N Garnet St Studio $575+sec. 2 rms, kit & bath. Also available, rooms for rent, $350. Call 215-317-0839 2xx E Albanus 1BR $590+ utils 2 mo sec. h/w flrs, w/d, new paint. Beautiful apt. Call 267-549-4215 leave mess.

1,2, 3, 4 Bedroom FURNISHED APTS LAUNDRY-PARKING 215-223-7000 33XX N. Park 1BR Studio $450 nr trans, heat incld. Call 267-970-5668 Off Campus 2br Luxury apt $900/mo large, furnished, 1st floor, 267-240-6805

1006 Lindley Ave. 2 BR $650 1st floor, dining room. 267-243-1761

1xx E. Wyoming Ave. Effic. $475 + elec. New renov, 1st flr. Must See 215.552.5200


Academy Gardens 2br $800+utils cent. air, nw paint, 1car prkg 215.350.2338 5800 Mascher 1 br $600/mo. Sep. utils. Rental history. 267-777-3223 5849 N. Camac 1BR $650+utils Sec 8 OK 267-271-6601 or 215-416-2757 Residential Life LLC-Julien/Eli Court Apts Convenient Living near LaSalle Uni. Starting-Stud$450, 1bdr$575, 2bdr$775 Gas,Water,Heat Free-Move In Specials Call to schedule appt- 215.276.5600

Woodhaven & Academy 2br $750+utils 2nd floor, no pets, Call 215-750-3156

Mt. Laurel 2br/2.5ba Condo $1450+utils garage, LR, DR, A/C, exclusive area, 8 miles from Center City. (609)713-4448

Germantown 1BR / 1BA LR, DR, EIK. Call 215.469.0080 SW G’town Effic. & 1BR $460-$720 + utils. Good transp. Call 610-287-9857 The Fieldview Apts: 705-15 Church Ln Spacious Apts near LaSalle University SECT 8 WELCOMED, Near Septa/Grocery Gas, Water, Heat Free-Move In Specials Call for immediate Leasing 215.276.5600

47xx Upland St 3BR New renov, avl immed. Mary 215.727.1565

Phoenixville, PA 3br/2ba apt. to share $400/mo, 484-924-5650

Collingdale 4Br/1.5Ba $1350 10xx Bartrum, corner prop, 610.710.1986

14xx N 53rd St. Room, Shared kitchen & bath, $100/wk. 215-868-0481

DOMINO LN 1 & 2 BR $745-$875 Renov, prkng, DW, near shopping & dining, mve-in special, 1st mo free. 215-966-9371

55th/Thompson furn $115/$135wk, priv ent, 4 free wks $200 sec 215-572- 8833

16xx Elaine 1br $695+utils w/w, d/w, a/c, wsh/dry, storg. rm., garg., no smkg/pets! 267-357-0250

623 N 54th St. Rooms for Rent $100/wk, $400/mo. SSI Welcome. 215-205-3261

5th & Wyoming Newly renovated, furnished, $85/week. Must See! 215-552-5200

728 S. Warnock St. clean desirable rm 3rd floor front All util inc. 215-549-4279 8th & Erie Area, single occupancy, $350/mo. $500 move-in 215-626-2658

24th & Lehigh Area Sect. 8 ok new paint, near transp, (610)337-2244 25xx N Gratz St 3br/1ba $699+utils washer, lrg kitch, sec 8 ok (215)425-3696

5xx Vernon Road 3br/1.5ba $1200+utils C/A, hdwd flrs, recently renovated, Call 215-833-5083 or 215-760-3850 84xx Forrest Ave 3BR/1Ba $995+utils W/D, garage, basement. (215)783-1433

86xx Thouron 3BR $1050 cornr prop,grt loc,avail now 610.710.1986

2003 luxury PT Cruiser Limited 4 dr wood panel, few orig. mi, like new, gar’d, quick prvt sale. $5,985. 215-629-0630

Ford Mustang Coupe 1967 $7800 ex cond, 6cyl, automatic, (302)934-9396

$300 & UP FOR JUNK CARS CALL 215-722-2111

Upper Darby 3br/1ba $1100+utils Renovated, sec. 8 ok. 610-717-8444

Whitemarsh Towship/Lafayette Hill 3br/2.5ba $2000/mo. 6 month lease, no pets, avail immed., (215)939-4889 L.M.

SHELBY GT 500 2007 $38,900/obo black w/silver stripes, only 2,300 garage kept miles, new cond, loaded, signed by Carroll Shelby (856)478-0218

JUNK CARS WANTED 24/7 REMOVAL. Call 267-377-3088

$16,500 Voorhees 3BR/1BA Ranch $1650+utils YUKON DENALI V8 2005 72k mi, ex cond, runs great 267.304.6652 1 car garage. Call (856)753-7001

Gloucester Twp. small 2Br $1000+ utils renov., avail immed. 856-803-0366

resorts/rent BrierCrest 5 BR, sleeps 12; Saw Creek 3br sleeps 8, 11/11, 11/24, 12/25, 1/1, 1/16, 2/20, Weeks & Weekends (609)587-9493

26xx Mimi Circle 3Br/2.5Ba $1500/mo fully remodeled, garage. 267-278-9609

23rd & Hunting Park. 3 large furn., newly renov., $85-$110/wk. Call 215-960-1600

75xx Forrest 1BR $675+utils 1st flr dplx, $1600 move in, 215-572-6411

5141 Locust 4br/1.5ba $900+utils full bsmt, front porch, bk yd 215.276.1045

Rhoads St. 3BR/2.5BA $1300+utils A must see, fin. bsmnt. Call 215-253-9447

18xx Federal St, S. Phila: Newly renov. No drugs. $100/wk,utils inc. 267.333.3993

7500 Germantwn Av 2BR Gardentype! Winter Special! Newly dec, d/w, g/d w/w, hw, a/c, w/d, cable, pet friendly, free park’g. 215-275-1457/233-3322

15xx S. Allison St. 3BR $750+utils Section 8 OK. Call 267-767-4895 60xx Yocum large 3br/1ba $795+utils near 60th & Woodland, EIK, nice street "The Landlord That Cares" Tasha 267.584.5964, Mark 610.764.9739 70th & Buist 2BR $625+utils 62nd & Buist 3br $725 215-821-8858

Chester, 1119 Thomas St 3BR $675+sec basement, yard, porch, 484-988-0697

LOCUST LAKE 3BR/2BA $400-$625 Chalet, sleeps 9, minutes to casino & ski resorts. Call 609-722-1264

automotive Impala SS 1996 $12,325 Classic blk, 2 owner, gar. kept, 54k miles, mobil 1 since new, nw tires 484.875.6000

TRAILBLAZER EXT 4x4 2003 $9500/obo seats 7, canoe rack, run brds215.651.6942

CR-V LX AWD 2001 $6,000 exc cond, 113K mi, insp 8/12 215.301.9794

2007 Starcraft 31’ T/T. used 3 times, w/warranty $16,900. 856.470.6508

A1 PRICES FOR JUNK CARS FREE TOW ING , Call (215) 726-9053

FORD F-150 PICKUP 2002 $7,985 Luxury, 4 door crew cab, 4WD, extended body, full power, a/c, original miles, garage kept, owner sacrifice 215-922-2165

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607 E. Church Lane 1BR & 2BR apts. nr LaSalle Univ,215.744.9077 lic# 494336

NORTH MARSTON ST - 3BR HOUSE Move in cond. Freshly painted, new carpet. Rent - option to buy. 347-254-5019

TACONY 1BR $390+utils LR, kitch & bath. Call 215-355-3548

WARMINSTER Lg 1-2-3 BR Sect. 8 OK $99 MOVE IN ON 1 & 2 BR!! HURRY! Pets & smoking ok. We work with credit problems. Call for Details: 215-443-9500 1 BR & 2 BR Apts $715-$835 spacious, great loc., upgraded, heat incl, PHA vouchers accepted 215-966-9371

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Mitsubishi Box Truck 17ft 1996 $5650 diesel, 230K, auto, ramp. 215-688-7992

low cost cars & trucks Buick Regal 1989 $1150 auto, AC, 80K, runs exc. 215-620-9383 Cadillac Catera 2001 Economy Sports Edition 4 door, sunroof, original miles, $3985. Call Carol 215-928-9632 Chevy Cavalier Z24 2002 $2495 auto, sunroof, gorgeous, (610)524-8835 CHEVY (GEO) Metro LSI 1997 $2350 auto, AC, 61K, 40mpg, insp 215-620-9383 Chevy Malibu LS 2001 $3,100 82K, insp., gold, exc cond. 215-900-6299 Dodge Caravan SE 1999 $1750 4dr, loaded, 7 pass., clean 215-518-8808 Ford Taurus Station wagon 1990 $950 auto, AC, Insp. runs exc. 215-620-9383

Kia Sedona 2004 $4800 79K, dual doors, air, exc. cond., selling due to illness. 610-586-7018 or 267-750-8127 Lincoln Towncar 2001 $4,650 80k mi. loaded, perfect.215-840-4860 Lincoln TownCar Signature 1994 $2800 has everything, looks good. 215-672-3740 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2000 $2495 auto, loaded, gorgeous, (610)524-8835 NISSAN MAXIMA GLE 1999 $2,600 Champagne colored, 188,000 miles, runs excellently. Call 215-715-5496 NISSAN SENTRA SER 2005 $4999 silver, 5 spd manual, 110k miles, 1 owner, alloy wheels, great sound system, new NJ inspection, (856)979-5457

29XX WEIKEL ST. Lge 3BR house, W/D, refrig, yd, bsmt, $800+ 267-645-9421

9th/Erie: $80/wk. N. Phila. no smoking or drugs, 267-629-0255 7xx E Allegheny large 3br/1.5ba $750+ w/w carpet. Call 215-836-1960 A1 Nice, well maintained rms, N & W Phila. Starting @ $115/wk 610.667.9675

Broad & Olney deluxe furn priv ent $115 wk, 4 free wks, Sec $200. 215-572-8833 33xx Livingston St 2br $850+ very clean, w/d, fridge, refs215.694.6969

19xx E Orleans 2br $595 1st floor, available 12/1, 267-968-7043

13xx E. Luzerne St 2br duplex $900 complete renov, sec 8 ok 267-467-0140 42xx Salem St. Efficiency $475/mo. 2nd Flr, near transp. Call 215-289-2973 4670 Griscom Studio & 1Br Newly renov, Lic #397063, 215.744.9077 4711 Leiper St. Studio renovated, lic#493309 215-744-9077 4840 Oxford Ave Studio, 1Br & 2Br Apts Ldry, 24/7 cam lic# 214340 215.744.9077

Broad & Somerville clean, furn, newly decorated, near transp. 215-455-7488 Castor & Hunting Park Ave, 25th & Clearfield, 55th & Girard. Share Kitch. & Bath, $350 & up No sec dep, SSI OK. 2br Apt at 49th & Kingsessing 215.469.1285 Frankford area rooms $110 to $115/wk per person, Sec. dep. req. 215-432-5637 Frankford, furnished, no drugs, near El, $85/wk & up + $300 sec. 215-526-1455 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (215)548-6083

Germantown,furn rms, renovated, share kitch & BA, $125/wk. 215-514-3960

21xx Wakeling 3BR/1BA $1500+utils Sec. 8 OK, W/D, DW, C/A,.215-605-8747 Frankford 3BR/1BA $1150+utils W/D, crpt, fridge, Sec 8 OK 215-632-5763

20xx Anchor St. 2BR/1Ba $750 new renov, Sec 8 OK. Steve 267-312-6482 4762 Vista St. 3br $950 completely renov., sec 8 ok. 917-667-4101 47xx Oakmont St 3BR $800 mo Rehab Exit Benchmark Rlty 215-668-3990 60xx Lawndale St. 3br $900 avail now, grt loc, wont last 610.710.1986

8xx Scattergood 3br $750+utils 6xx Anchor St 3br $800+utils Call 215-725-7079 MAYFAIR 3BR/2.5BA $1200+ close to shops/tran, n/s, n/p 215.694.4089 Parkwood 3br/1.5ba $1175 c/a, w/d, no pets, garage 267-984-1412

Hunting Park: Furn. Luxury Rooms. Free utils, cable, internet. 267-331-5382 1412 Princeton Ave. 1BR,1BA $825/mo. All util incl. No smoke/pets. 267.970.9106

North 57th St. $125/wk. Very lrg, newly renov., furn. 215.921.1266

33xx Red Lion Rd 2br/2ba $875+utils Nwly renov, strge, nr trans. 646.696.6020 3xx E. Roosevelt Blvd 2 BR $700+ utils 2nd fl, Sec 8 ok,call for appt 215.476.2526 4647 Adams Ave Studio, 1br apts Newly renov. 215-744-9077 lic#433314

877 Brill St. 3BR/1.5BA $850+utils finished bsmt. 267-632-4580

SW Philadelphia Room for rent. $250 move in, share kit & bath. 267-251-2749 SW Phila: Room in private house, free parking, no pets, security, references, $120/wk, private bath, 215-724-4567

EXTON/West Chester Area 3BR 2.5BA Swim Club/$1950 . Call Don 215-485-0215

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5923 Hegerman 1br $525 prvt prkg, laundry, storage 610.710.1986

N. Phila: Furnished rooms, $100/wk. Call 484-636-8205

ANDALUSIA 3br/2ba $2650/mo Unique opportunity to live on 100 acre historic estate, late 19th century ranch sytle bungalow, short commute to Phila & NY. Please Call (215)639-2078 ANDALUSIA 4 br/2.5 ba $2500/mo Delaware Riverfront, Unique opportunity to live on 100 acre historic estate, late 19th century reconverted stable, short commute to Phila. & NY. (215)639-2078

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