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Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. proposes rechristening Robin Hood Dell East, named for the Hood family of civil-rights activists, after another civil-rights activist, Georgie Woods. Uh, dude. That one’s taken. Why don’t you take your fight to The Mann?

[ + 1 ] The Philadelphia Wings replace players’

names on their jerseys with their Twitter handles for one game. Then it’s back to their Friendster URLs.

[ + 1 ] Philly-based coffee company La Colombe

teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio to create a blend to benefit the actor’s environmental charity. It’s got an agreeable taste, a pleasant body and some really ridiculous accents. Available in small, medium and really small. Also, J. Edgar sucked.

[ + 1 ] Temple University holds an exhibition of

designs for glass films they hope will reduce the number of birds that die flying into the glass facades of campus buildings. At the end, they push-broomed the bird corpses into piles and determined a winner.

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[ + 2 ] Protesters from Occupy Philly join a rally

outside Comcast headquarters to demand Al-Jazeera English be added to their service. We agree and all, but you gotta admit: This is a weird protest, even for you.

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A handcuffed man escapes from police custody and is still on the loose at press time. He was last seen leading an Occupy protest against that thing where On Demand doesn’t let you fast-forward.

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An opinion survey conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts rates Mayor Nutter highly except in crime fighting and prevention. Notes from the next Pew board meeting: “Guys, are we too charitable?”

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A man identified by name and by photo on wanted posters as the handcuffed fugitive comes forward to inform police it wasn’t him. “We’re awfully sorry about the mix-up, Mr. Kenobi.”

[ + 2 ] The city rounds up 22 fugitives wanted on domestic-abuse and child-support charges in their annual Valentine’s Day raid. If you survived the day, enjoy another year of freedom, angry deadbeats!

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BRINGING DOWN A HOUSE Battling a nuisance property is a scary, full-time job — one that’s often left to citizens to tackle. By Samantha Melamed


oe Anderson had always dreamed of owning a home, and in 2010 his dream came true with the purchase of a Kensington rowhouse. Then the nightmare started. At a neighbor’s house, a resident’s boyfriend returned from prison — bringing a stream of crime, prostitution and drugs onto the immigrant-heavy block. “There started being regular drug dealing out on the street in the open, and they had people out on the corners, and I just had enough,” says Anderson (not his real name, as he still fears retaliation). “It kind of crushed my dream, in a way.” Anderson made it his mission to take down the nuisance house, and after almost a year the situation was resolved. The captain of the 26th District, Michael Cram, still cites it at community meetings as a success story of police-citizen collaboration, the ultimate manifestation of “eyes on the street.” All it took was 11 months, 183 emails, 200-plus 911 calls and a constant stream of photos, videos and personal pleas. So-called nuisance houses are a problem in almost every corner of Philadelphia, and efforts to deal with them rely heavily on neighbors taking extraordinarily proactive measures. When 911 calls fail, neighbors like Anderson cultivate relationships with local police

captains and the District Attorney’s Public Nuisance Task Force (which publishes a 22-page manual, complete with affidavit worksheet, on how to take down a nuisance property), alternately begging for help, reporting suspicious activity and threatening bad press. It puts a significant burden on neighbors to deal with what are frequently known offenders, not to mention magnets for criminal activity. For example, there were 451 police radio calls within 200 feet of Anderson’s house during his yearlong stakeout. And while the police say they’re addressing such situations aggressively, residents say change isn’t coming fast enough. Anderson, for one, would have rather minded his own business, but he explains, “I didn’t really have any choice.” Even if he wanted to sell his house, the new drug and prostitution traffic on his block would make it impossible. So he kept still and video cameras by his window, and became obsessed with spying and documenting. “I didn’t really sleep through the night for quite a while,” he says. “If I heard anything, I’d get up and grab the camera. My girlfriend would complain about me always being at the window. People who visited would notice that, too, and they thought it was affecting me in an ill way.” Anderson says he spent much of the time figuring out how to make an impact with the local police. “The system is becoming clear,” he says. “I think it’s the squeaky wheel concept.” Indeed, last fall when Fishtown residents, also in the 26th

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✚ THE VALUE-ADDED CANDIDATE That pair of old Reeboks you put out with the trash last month might now be for sale somewhere in West Africa.And the person who sent them there wants to represent you in Harrisburg. Recycler and activist Paul Hagins has been collecting discarded reusable items from the city’s streets for the last three years. “I’ve got about 25 scrappers across the city,” Hagins says. He pays his dumpster divers for their hauls, then sells the goods to exporters, who ship them to West African nations for resale. “I can look at what people deem as trash, see the value and flip it,” explains Hagins, who estimates he has recycled about 50,000 pairs of shoes. Recycling is just the latest venture for Hagins, who also goes by the first name Ogbonna. He was publisher of Philly Word magazine, which chronicled the hip-hop scene from 1999 to 2004. He’s also been a radio host, a teacher and a cab driver. Now Hagins is gearing up to tackle another job: state representative for the 182nd District. Hagins is running against Rep. Babette Josephs, who’s held the seat for 27 years, and the former board president of Equality PA, Brian Sims, in the April 24 Democratic primary. Hagins’ candidacy springs from his active involvement with Occupy Philly. In October, he led protestors in a march against a Bank of America branch. But his No. 1 campaign issue isn’t corporate greed, but rather the state’s severe underfunding of public schools. “When I am elected, I will actively pursue fair and adequate funding for the School District,” Hagins says. Hagins wants gaming revenue to be allocated directly to public schools. His twin boys attend Julia R. Masterman High School. “I

look at the education my sons are receiving,” he explains, “and I feel that all schools in Philly should have that sort of opportunity.”

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✚ THE SILENT TREATMENT The last two weeks have been a harrowing ride for Inquirer and Daily News reporters — and a half-blind one for readers.The papers, along with, are again for sale. Philadelphia Media Network (PMN) is in negotiations with a group led by former mayor and governor Ed Rendell, South Jersey Democratic Party boss George Norcross and Flyers owner Ed Snider. The prospect of such powerful owners has reporters worried about editorial independence — especially after top management censored a Feb. 7 blog post by the Daily News’ David Gambacorta reporting that mega-developer Bart Blatstein had formed a rival group intending to bid on PMN. Gambacorta’s post was soon replaced with a mysterious statement: “The company is not in discussions with Bart Blatstein” or his group. PMN vice president Mark Block defended the move, stating that Gambacorta’s reporting was bad (it wasn’t) and, bizarrely, that the post was a “press release” rather than “an original-content story.” On Feb. 9 philanthropist Ray Perelman announced that he, too, wanted to explore a PMN bid but was blocked from doing so. It’s probably worth noting that Rendell has indicated he will retain Greg Osberg as publisher. With PMN for sale (which was first reported in the New York Post), reporters are above all concerned about keeping their jobs. Though we are bound to disclose that City Paper has a content-sharing agreement with, we promise you can stay tuned for more. —Daniel Denvir


white. And from Philly. Charles Murray, a right-wing polemicist, spent three decades beating up on poor black people. His new book, however, argues that the white working class is oppressed by its own backward culture. And in Coming Apart: The State of White America, 19602010, he uses Philly’s Fishtown as an exemplar to make generalizations about white workers. He laments the decline of the “Founding virtues” of industriousness, honesty, marriage and religion amongst the rabble, as compared to the Boston suburb of Belmont, where “successful people in managerial and professional occupations” live. Unconcerned with the wealthy’s “virtues” of hypocrisy and greed, he misses that the decline in “industriousness” parallels a decline in actual industry. There are many fewer good jobs today in Fishtown and Kensington, the epicenters of the city’s deindustrialization since the 1950s. Crappy service jobs with low wages and few or no benefits have replaced secure union manufacturing jobs. Murray’s 1984 book Losing Ground argued that welfare is the cause of poverty, stoking Reagan’s make-believe stories about Cadillac-driving welfare queens and, later, the abolition of welfare by Bill Clinton and congressional Republicans. Ten years later came The Bell Curve, in which Murray posited that poor people are poor and that many black people are poor because they are genetically wired to be stupid. (A thesis that incidentally contradicts the one in Losing Ground.) Murray’s solution in Coming Apart? Rich people should “voice their disapproval of those who defy these norms,” becoming missionaries among savages. He imagines some halcyon past where Americans of all socioeconomic strata shared “a civic culture that embraced all of them.” But working-class prosperity was the result of the labor movement’s victories and New Deal reforms. What rich and poor Americans before the New Deal “shared” was class warfare. Murray’s analysis is wrong. Take the current Fishtown community mobilization to save St. Laurentius Catholic School, an institution embattled not because of bad morality but because of the violence of deindustrialization and suburbanization — and very bad church hierarchy behavior. The Republican Party built its majority in part by scapegoating poor blacks. But business elites and professional ideologues never liked working people of any hue. ✚ Send feedback to

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through co-counsel Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP). That’s out of about 70,000 properties where taxes were two or more years past due. Less than 5 percent of sales begin with citizen deposits, according to Frances Beckley, chief counsel to the Philadelphia Revenue Department, which sends properties to the Sheriff’s Office for sale. Parsley says that the city often resists proceeding on cases she brings to their attention, or delays acting. “Why am I battling to get property tax collection done that every other county in the nation does?” she wants to know. “Why isn’t the city … sending masses of delinquent properties to be sold at sheriff’s sale?” The Revenue Department’s mission, of course, isn’t to crack down on problem houses; it’s to

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collect taxes — and collections are up 60 percent over this time last fiscal year. Plus, Beckley argues, “There are tens of thousands of properties with nominal fair market values and delinquencies (also relatively small) that exceed the fair market value of the property, and would likely bring no bidding at tax sale at all.” In other words, it isn’t worth the city’s while to bring many of these properties to sale. Parsley says that’s a mistake, given the social cost of a nuisance property. “When they do [shut down a nuisance property], it totally changes neighborhoods. It’s like a 10-block radius of just disappearing nuisance activity. Everything from car break-ins to house break-ins, it just — poof! — decreases remarkably, because you don’t have the foot traffic of buyers,” she says. “They just want to go after the worst,” she adds, but “a gardenvariety dealer is pretty bad. It can destroy a neighborhood.” (

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District, complained to Cram that the alleged killer of a local man had disappeared into a wellknown nearby nuisance house, the captain’s response was that there had only been 18 911 calls in that vicinity in a year and a half. That doesn’t come close to registering as a nuisance. “This isn’t TV,” Cram told neighbors at that meeting. “Every time they do something, you have to call. That’s just a little component of what you’ve got to do to make it a nuisance property. … It has to be the whole neighborhood calling that shows us we do have a problem.“ Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey denies that there’s a threshold that must be surpassed to gain police attention. “It could happen with one call, it can happen with 10 calls,” he says. But he adds, “There’s a legal process. Just because somebody calls doesn’t mean you can take someone’s property away. I understand people might be frustrated because things don’t move quickly enough. But you have to prove there’s illegal activity. It can take some time before you have enough that you’re able to shut a property down.” The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s Public Nuisance Task Force files 300 to 400 forfeiture actions a year on drug houses, brothels, speakeasies and other nuisance properties. It resolves many without forfeitures — sometimes it’s as simple as getting a landlord to evict or reprimand a problem tenant — but it does forfeit about 100 properties annually. “That has stayed constant for the five years that I’ve been chief of this unit, and consistent throughout the 20 years this unit has been in existence, which is, to be honest, pretty sad,” admits Beth Grossman, who leads the task force. The problem — while concentrated in the 24th, 25th and 26th Police Districts in the eastern parts of Philly — is a citywide concern. “We recently forfeited a house by agreement in Chestnut Hill. They are really everywhere,” Grossman says. “The drug trade is so enormous here in Philadelphia that it’s almost impossible to know how to address it.” Lisa Parsley of Southwest Center City says the most she can hope for is to move the problem out of her neighborhood. She’s become a pro at the guerilla tactics of combating nuisance properties: the constant documentation, covert videotaping and developing relationships with local police captains and assistant district attorneys. Like Anderson, Parsley has become a little obsessive: “It’s a war, and they will win or you will win — and I like to win.” She complains that everything “goes captain by captain, district by district. When you change district attorneys or captains, everything changes, so there’s a lot of institutional knowledge that people … don’t leave behind. You start over a lot from scratch.” She also uses another tactic to cope with bad neighbors: posting the $800 required to certify a house in arrears on its property taxes for sheriff’s sale. For those who don’t have the patience for yearlong police investigations, it’s a backdoor way to take down nuisance landlords — in theory. In fact, the city brought only 1,500 properties to sheriff’s sale in 2011 (about 800 directly, and 700

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The Fuge in Warminster is a strange place for a dance party.

The round, 12,000-square-foot room was used by the U.S. Navy throughout the 1940s for testing black-box technologies and photosensitive lenses. It houses one of the country’s largest centrifuges (hence the name). The Mercury Seven astronauts and other spacemen came to The Fuge to test their G-tolerance. “The room seems to go on for an eternity due to its roundness,” says local television producer Mike Nise. “Plus, it’s right behind the county forensic lab,” laughs Mike Rossi, an old friend of Nise who runs a company that provides parties with lighting, sets, mobile disc jockeys and more. Currently The Fuge is in a second incarnation as a venue for weddings and bat mitzvahs. But when Nise looks at the space, he sees something else: a set for a television show. The heavy curtains surrounding The Fuge’s center, he explains, provide a perfect backdrop for the small screen. Nise and Rossi have been down this road before. In the ’80s, the two worked on a local television sensation,

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or something so remarkable, Dancin’ on Air started rather modestly. Nise, 68, might have con-

ceived of a television show meant to be “like American Bandstand made modern,” but its beginnings lie with his dad, Frank Nise. Before they partnered to help create DoA, Nise’s father worked for AT&T in the television department for nearly 50 years. His mother, Ida, a teacher, introduced Nise to innovative Philadelphiabased comedian Ernie Kovacs and brought her son to studios where the comic was filming. “I grew up behind the scenes with the machinations of showbiz in my blood,” says Nise, who became a teacher like his mom but helped his dad with his recording business on the side. Nise wound up producing a record for a Levittown pop group called August, and helped produce the song “Penalty Box” for Flyers hockey great Dave “the Hammer” Schultz. “When the Daily News asked me if I thought Schultz could sing, I suggested that they should tell him otherwise,” says Nise. He started a recording-industry newspaper and wound up producing radio and television commercials for the Valley Forge Music Fair at Channel 17’s studios on Wynnefield Avenue. “They were one of few stations

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ancin’ on Air ran from 1981 to 1987 on Channel 17 in the dinosaur days before that station added MyPHL to its name. Eventually the show, affectionately known as “DoA,” morphed into Dance Party USA on the USA Network before going off the air in 1992 (during ’86 and ’87, the same studio set was used for both DoA and DPUSA). The two shows featured “typical” teens of all shapes, sizes and races at a time when white skin was still television’s go-to color scheme. Last year, three 30th-reunion shows aired on Channel 17, and the results were eye-opening: A prime-time July marathon of vintage shows mixed with interviews had the highest ratings for the local-program time slot among Philly’s 18- to 49-year-olds. So Nise decided it was time for a revival. On Saturday mornings,

to host the show. Other former hosts include cabaret crooner Eddie Bruce (DoA’s first host) and Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic. “There were 50-plus DoA hosts overall,” laughs Nise. “Each and every one of them was terrific.” The guest performers were new-wave and pop musicians long before they became giants (Madonna, Will Smith) or went away altogether (Stray Cats, The Jets). “It’s hard to believe that nearly 30 years ago the same woman who performed at [this past] Super Bowl halftime made her first-ever television appearance just yards from where I’m sitting,” says Giannini. “It’s all a bit remarkable, really.”


one filled with quaintly tacky fashions and sprayed-high hairdon’ts. Dancin’ on Air was a live, hourlong program where smiling high school kids from Philly and New Jersey grooved to chart-topping dance music and hip-pop. Against the midnight-blue hue of the lighting and backdrops, the teens seemed to be floating in space or, well, dancing through mid-air. Lip-synching performers such as Menudo, Stephanie Mills and Robert Hazard may have been Dancin’ on Air’s big-deal guests, but it was the local kids — rapping with the hosts, selecting their paramours for Choice Dances — who were its stars. This is the quaint-seeming concept that Nise now wants to give a second life. But is ’80s nostalgia enough to make people tune in again?

starting March 31, a new audience of ’tween viewers can tune into the reborn Dancin’ on Air. “I waited for the right moment to bring back our show,” says Nise. “The family” — by which he means the cast and crew of the old show — “has been asking for it forever.” But will audiences also clamor for it? Channel 17 thinks so, considering the ratings of that July 2011 reunion program (others followed on Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve). The revived DoA, however, is tweaking the formula, promising a mix of new music and old clips, in order to snag not just young kids but also their middle-aged parents. “The kids love the ’80s revival, and the older folk are the ones who watched DoA in the first place,” says Vince Giannini, vice president and general manager of PHL 17 and the other man responsible for DoA’s return. For the reboot, Nise is looking for a cast of “everyday kids” like the ones who made the first DoA a winner: an ethnically diverse blend of tall and short, thin and thick, clotheshorse and casual — a very different look than that original scrubbedclean-teen dance program, which also started in Philly, American Bandstand. In its heyday, the live, fivedays-a-week DoA featured local kids hot-dogging their way into viewers’ hearts. The now-ubiquitous Kelly Ripa was a dancer on DoA; so was Rennie Harris, the hip-hop choreographer and founder of the PureMovement dance troupe, and Khaliah Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali. Rossi — who will be tending to sets, music and other production details for the new show — was no slouch himself: Long before starting a decades-spanning career in Philly radio, he started as a DoA dancer and rose


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whose facilities were available for hire,” explains Nise. It was there Nise met then-programming director Zvi Shoubin, who hoped to resurrect the daily-dance-show format. Seeing in Nise a solid ally with the right résumé, Shoubin told the young producer to raise $100,000 for six months’ worth of production. Nise formed a corporation with his dad, gathered an investors group that included Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen, and Dancin’ was closer to air time. “I didn’t have the imagination for a show title,” jokes Nise. “I’m the type of guy who’d call a baseball team Mike’s Baseball Team, so I jumped on Dancin’ on Air and hoped that no one in the press would say anything about being ‘dead on arrival.’” There was one detail Nise hadn’t grasped. “Several weeks before our first show, I asked [Shoubin] when taping would start,” says Nise. “That’s all I ever knew: tape. Shoubin looked at me with his glasses lowered to the bottom of his nose and told me we were going live — that I’d love the rush.” As for the dancers who would be corralled before that live audience, the producer wanted all types, reflecting working-class Philly. “That multicultural mix was my life — it’s what Philly was and is,” says Nise. But he still needed to find them. He advertised for dancers for a Plymouth Meeting Mall test run, and only 12 kids showed up. “We took ’em all,” he laughs. By the initial show, DoA had 45 kids, a musical guest in McFadden & Whitehead, an interview with Blue Oyster Cult and a host in Eddie Bruce, a young cat Nise took to because of his conversational signatures

(“You got nailed” was a big one) and street savvy. “It was an exciting thing in my 20s to go from singing at bar mitzvahs to suddenly being live on television five days a week,” says Bruce, currently planning an April tribute to Tony Bennett at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. “DoA changed my life.” For better and worse, it seems. “It wasn’t always the most pleasant experience for me, frankly. I was a married father of one. There was a lot to process. Add to that fact that Mike and I never got along real well and it was explosive. He was difficult to work for at times. Demanding. Then again, it was just as much my issues as his. We had a stormy time. But you never saw that in the entire two-and-ahalf years I was there.” What audiences did see was kids from across the city in DayGlo clothing, stiff teased bangs and spiral perms — regulars they came to feel at one with such as Suzie Pollack, Dominic Rivera, Anita Forman, John DeBernardo, Alice Johnson and Jimmy Jam. “Kelly was the all-American type,” notes Nise of New Jersey native Ripa. “There were kids more talented than her, but she had chutzpah.” Some dancers had one-name fame: Charlene, Snake, Maryanna, Peaches, Cowboy and Princess. “The dancers from West Catholic, North Catholic, all over, used to come on set in their Catholic school uniforms and change before they hit the stage,” laughs current consulting producer Rossi, at the time a Cardinal Dougherty High junior who became a dancer at the encouragement of a cousin. “There were a lot of young women and not too many guys, so it was definitely a way to meet girls.” Rossi was then tapped for larger duties: “I wound up hosting for the first time ever within 36 hours after our host

AND WE DANCED: With its wide variety of kids and its lip-synching musical guests, Dancin’ on Air became a force to be reckoned with by the mid-’80s. PICTURE COURTESY CHRYSTEL EBERTS

quit without warning.” Viewers saw performances by Duran Duran, Vanity 6, the Hooters and Bobby Brown. John Waters visited the set and later told Philadelphia magazine that he modeled Hairspray’s ambience on DoA.“When Madonna was here, she brought her girlfriend Erica Bell along,” says Nise, regarding one of DoA’s few taped episodes. “Bell wrote ‘Tinkerbell’ on Channel 17’s women’s room wall. Management was incensed, and rightly so. After she finished, I told Madonna that if she wanted her performance of ‘Everybody’ to air, she had to clean up the bathroom.” Channel 17 got a clean bathroom courtesy Madonna. They also doubled their ratings the day after DoA’s premiere, increased the station’s ratings by 512 percent in the 4 to 5 p.m. time slot within six months, and

earned its investors a 124 percent rate of return. DoA was a force to be reckoned with, so much so that by 1985, Nise began seeking syndication opportunities. “But we had to prove that audiences on the West Coast would be interested in watching Philly kids dancing,” says Nise. “There was some dumb idea that other cities were so much more sophisticated than us. Remember, though, Dick Clark faced that same criticism before he went national.” Nise gave away the show to a Los Angeles station for free to test the waters, and became one of only two shows to earn the station a rating. After that, the USA Network made it known to Nise that they were looking for a teen show. Dance Party USA was born. “We would do the live DoA show in Philly from 4 to 5, take a break, then from 5:30 to 6:30 do the national show,” says Nise. Every dancer did both shows, and many people wore multiple hats. “While I was hosting DoA I was also involved in the production end of Dance Party USA,” says Rossi. “I wanted to get into this biz to be like Jim continued on page 14

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Gardner, and here I was running a fun dance show. It was like a party every day.” All parties must wind down. DoA stopped production in April 1987. Dance Party USA folded in 1992. Sales reps, Nise explains, wanted to focus on advertising for kids’ programming without having one hour of teen programming getting in the way. At least in the Philly market, he says, “We became difficult to sell.”


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hile Nise worked at WPPX as public affairs director and taught at the Art Institute, he and his television family held reunions. “As the 30th anniversary of DoA and the 25th anniver-

sary of Dance Party approached, I began getting antsy,” says Nise. “I wanted to do a new DoA.” Nise introduced himself to the new regime at Channel 17, some of whom had never seen his former prized creation. “I brought a demo DVD of some of the old shows to Vince [Giannini], and he was smart enough to see the value,” says Nise. “He saw something we missed — the past before the future.” When the station first posted notice of its plan to rerun old DoA episodes with new interviews in July 2011, Giannini expected a couple of past members to come forward. “We got hundreds” of expressions of interest, he notes. “That was a good sign.” Giannini saw a future for DoA, one relevant to kids like his own ’tween-age children as well as the parents of those youths who

fondly remember their own quickly receding teen years. “The DoA brand still resonates. The nostalgia component will get the adults, and the new stuff grabs the kids who also happen to dig the old clips, since so many of the ’80s styles have come back.” He pauses. “Maybe not the high hair.” Can it work and be relevant beyond the nostalgia factor? Certainly Billboard reflects the current popularity of dance music, with DJ culture stars (David Guetta), electro divas (Lady Gaga) and glamorous hiphop songstresses (Rihanna) topping the charts. But the show’s format will be altered. The kids will be dancing to sounds both old and new. Nise isn’t ready to announce guest performers, noting that the show will have to prove its popularity before booking any big names. Nise is adding

talk segments called “Party with a Purpose,” where kids can discuss social causes and personal issues. The biggest change to the new Dancin’, though? “This time we won’t be live,” says Nise, who’ll tape DoA on Sundays for Saturday’s air time. In the end, the kids will be the stars, just as it ever was.“We want to see how the guys like to look at the girls and how the girls like to look at the guys, interacting while dancing,” says Nise. “Audiences are more tolerant than ever, and if there are gay couples, we’ll show that, too.” Ultimately, Nise still just wants to capture kids being themselves. “Our old reputation precedes us,” says Nise. “Our new reputation will be even better.” ( Want to be part of the new Dancin’ on Air? Open calls for dancers will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Bayou, 4245 Main St., Manayunk, and Sunday, Feb. 26, at The Fuge, 780 Falcon Circle, Warminster. For more information or to sign up, call 215-469-1992. Aspiring hosts should go to

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PLAN A BACHELOR PARTY AS YOUR WEDDING DAY draws near, will your thoughts turn to your upcoming lifetime of love and mutual support? No, you’re thinking about the four or five hours that’ll make it all worthwhile … your bachelor party! Do it right and you’ll remember it for the rest of your marriage. Here’s how to make your bachelor party memorable yet mayhem-free.



have good food and drink, an area

including women in the party. If some

specifically reserved for your group,

of your hard-partying friends are

a spectacular stage and, of course,

ladies, count them in … but be sure

the hottest exotic dancers in town.

that everyone attending knows it’s a

Check websites, and especially

mixed crowd.

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location for your party will have

bachelor party packages. It’ll also

look for major industry awards. In Philadelphia, the only club to be named “Best Overall Gentlemen’s Club in the County ” by the Association of Gentlemen’s Club Owners is Delilah’s, a two-time winner.


Don’t be a sexist pig. The classic bachelor party is made up

of all males, but more and more are


Warm up before exercising. The tummy-coating ritual of pre-party snacking makes an excellent start for your evening. Greasy chicken

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Assemble the party. Bachelor parties can be as small as a half-dozen guys and as large as 20 or more, but the ideal size is around 10 to 15.

Let each partier know what they’ll be contributing to your selected package of food, drink and other amenities, and that they’re 100 percent responsible


Don’t forget pre-authorization. Don’t hide the bachelor party from your fiancée. Lay it out as though it’s just another wedding obligation, and

don’t be surprised if she jumps in to help with the planning. However, it

for tipping the entertainers. Dress code: business casual. Have a designated

should be understood that she will not be attending … just as you won’t be

driver or two on hand; Delilah’s lets designated drivers party free of charge.

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stores you frequent fulfilling those needs?

a relationship so you can trust the staff’s picks, and

Determine what’s important to you as a

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A store with a knowledgeable staff will be the difference between a good shopping experience and

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The best liquor stores strive to be everything to

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When stocking your liquor cabinet seek out a place that sells wine, liquor, and beer. Less stores to visit means more time enjoying your purchase. It


“I love to see the look of amazement when a new customer walks into our store. So many of them have never seen anything like what we are doing”,

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for one bottle. I’ve visited so many other stores to see what the competition is

their prices online, or call ahead to comparison shop. The amount of

doing, and I understand why most people that try us become life-long custom-

money you can save with the right store is absolutely astounding.

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PEOPLE BECOME OVERWHELMED by a desire to follow information to the letter and end up giving up before they even get started. Common sense will get you a long way! Follow these simple steps to a healthy lifestyle!

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³ IT’S ANARCHY, I tell you; sheer bedlam. Not on the level of punk rock, Dada or Nestor Makhno, but Philly’s ongoing revolution with regard to French culinary tradition makes me suspect that someone named Marie will be losing her head in the near future. First La Terrasse in University City turns into Doc Magrogan’s. (No, it hasn’t been much of anything since Penn bought it, but once upon a time LT was très formidable in its Parisian food options.) Now Georges Perrier hands the reins of Le Bec-Fin over to former LBF GM Nicolas Fanucci — the former Perrier employee currently stationed as GM at Napa Valley’s French Laundry — so that a new day may dawn on Restaurant Row? Quelle heure est-il ? Before Stein, Foo and Starr, there was Perrier and his daring dégustation menus and other Francophilic sensations. Fannuci is welcome (whether he involves Laundryman Thomas Keller who also owns NYC’s Per Se is another story), but Perrier will be missed — though he isn’t totally disappearing. ³ And where local dining institutions are concerned — as far from French finery as you’ll get — we’ve been hearing a rumor in my rustic lil’ Italian Market neighborhood that goofy Geno Vento is talking about selling his namesake, the cheesesteak-haus his dad built — lock, stock and orange everything. True or not, Joey Vento’s rolling in his grave. Sacre bleu.³The HeadHouse will look more like Ziggy Stardust’s rec room than a restaurant when Anthony Bosco and Therese Lavery throw a glam-rock ball there Feb. 17 with The Divine Miss Jimmi, some barely there burlesque from Kiki Berlin and Firebaby, Bike Stop DJ John Stanley,makeup artists from Lady Saint’s Styledelphia Academy and live glitter-rock from Creem Circus and Cthulu Martini. Shags are a must. More info in Agenda, p. 43. ³ I don’t know who this Dani Deahl is addressing in her new song “Diplo Hates You”(the Philly-grown DJ likes everyone), but this whole damned album of hers is out on Beatport.Casting further suspicion on this assertion is the fact that, according to Deahl, Dip thinks the track is banging. ³ Philly’s Jazz Bridge charities get a hit Feb. 16 from Society Hill Playhouse and singer Denise King as part of SHP’s third-Thursday jazz monthly. Jazz Bridge assists local jazz and blues musicians in crisis; King is one of our longtime faves, a serene and soulful crooner who has worked with Hot Club of Philadelphia, Christian McBride, Orrin Evans and Uri Caine.This will be her last gig in Philadelphia before she embarks on a European tour with French pianist Olivier Hutman. ³ Congratulations are in order for Glamorosi (aka Mrs. A.D.) who marked her 10th year in the jewelry business ( ³ More ice would be nice: (

FLUFF AND STUFF: The Academy’s dioramas were built between the ’20s and ’40s. ERIK ALMAS

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ANIMAL COLLECTIVE The Academy of Natural Sciences gets to the guts of its taxidermy displays. By Shaun Brady


very time she sees the puma behind the rock waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting mule deer on the other side, Jennifer Sontchi feels an urge to warn the soon-to-be prey. “You just want to say, ‘Run away!’” says Sontchi, the Academy of Natural Sciences’ acting exhibits director. She waves a hand at the blank-eyed deer in their perpetually threatened stance. “Nothing ever happens, they’re still there every morning, but the tension is remarkable.” None of that tension is accidental, and neither is a single pebble, leaf or footprint. That’s the message to be gleaned from “Secrets of the Diorama,” a new permanent exhibit that lifts the curtain on the Academy’s perennially popular displays. Installed as part of the museum’s bicentennial celebrations, the small exhibition space reveals how and why the arresting animal tableaux were created. “The idea at the time was to transport people to places they couldn’t go,” Sontchi says of the dioramas. They were crafted between the ’20s and the ’40s, in the days before television and the Internet could give up-close-and-personal views of far-off landscapes. “These places and animals were completely exotic.” Naturally, the nation’s first natural history museum was a product of its time, which the dioramas reflect. Take the majestic gorilla family, the father striding protectively forward, the mother

a few steps behind with a nurturing eye on the baby of the family, picking at berries. “This is not really the most natural position for these animals,” Sontchi admits. “People wanted to see what they believed, that they were vicious creatures — not humble vegetarians, which is what they are. ... We’re all part of our own culture, and along with that comes all of our cultural baggage.” That larger context is mostly outside the parameters of the 300square-foot exhibit, which is mainly meant to answer questions that frequently get asked — yes, those were once real live animals — and to spotlight the art and labor that went into creating these dramatic displays. Photos from expeditions show how each painted background was copied from an actual location; a study of the materials used to make plants, rocks and soil reveals that every detail was carefully researched and built by hand; and a spinning model antelope displays the guts of the stuffed animals. The dioramas are a remnant of a long-gone age, yet they still enthrall (and sometimes terrify) kids raised on more high-tech marvels. “We want to keep it contemplative and reverent and not have all these bells and whistles,” says Sontchi. “We’re hoping to keep what makes us special and unique while moving forward into our third century, to not just rip everything out and become the Franklin Institute. [The dioramas] were meant to bring the world to people, and I think they still do.” (

“You justwant to say, ‘Run away!’”

✚ “Secrets of the Diorama,” ongoing, $12, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900

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Yeah, they’re jokey, but they’re not a joke. The finesse players in Connecticut-based band The Zambonis, who’ve been writing hockey-related songs since 1991, somehow have managed to keep things fresh. On the new Five Minute Major (in D Minor) you’ll find a rockabilly number called “I’m a Puck,” garage-y/Monkeesish rocker “I Got a Concussion (When I Fell for You)” and a jubilant version of Atom and His Package’s classic “Goalie” featuring the Philly pop-punk icon himself on lead vocals.

³ It always comes back to love and loss with Philly singer-songwriter Denison Witmer, whose introspective records are a balm for breakups and missed chances. He’s been less prolific in the last few years, and The Ones Who Wait (Asthmatic Kitty) hints at why: It’s a time-lapse portrait of the artist in the interval between his father’s death and his son’s birth. “Cursing” and “I Live in Your Ghost” pelt the heavens with hypothetical questions, but the warmth with which Witmer asks them should soothe anyone whose heart still beats. He plays Sunday —M.J. Fine at World Café Live (Feb. 19,

³ jazz The leader debut by Johnathan Blake begins with the crackle of a needle drop, and the 10 tracks that follow demonstrate that the Philly-born drummer has been digging through a variety of crates. Blake, the son of jazz-violin great John Blake Jr., crafted The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside) as a vehicle for his long-running quintet, an ensemble well-versed at bridging hard bop and hip-hop, with extra color added by guests like trumpet master Tom Harrell —Shaun Brady and harmonica ace Grégoire Maret.


—Patrick Rapa

³ dream pop Have there been any chillwave records of actual songs yet? Ones with words you might conceivably sing or notice (or even discern)? Strange Weekend, the Secretly Canadian debut of Porcelain Raft — Italian-born Brooklynite Mauro Remiddi — isn’t that, exactly, but it suggests how such a thing could work. It’s warm, wispy and woozy in all the requisite ways, but there’s also plenty of lazy folk-pop strumming and Remiddi’s lovably accented mumble-croon, equally recalling Memory Tapes and The War on Drugs. —K. Ross Hoffman

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Every bit the born soldier.

BELLES OF THE BALD: Using Bosnian locals alongside a largely British cast, Ralph Fiennes’ adaptation of The Bard’s oft-overlooked play strikes a balance between specificity and timelessness.


Reagan era, 2012 must feel like Morning in America all over again. Almost all the classic elements are in play on A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope), the band’s first album with David Lee Roth since 1984’s 1984 and Roth’s first full-length release in nearly nine years. Van Halens are in abundance, with Eddie — said to be on the right side of rehab and remission — calling the shots. The guitar hero’s guitar hero is still shredding, with big bro Alex pounding the drums and 20-year-old son Wolfgang holding down the bass like the last 30 years were a bad dream. There’s a reason for that: Most of these songs were born before the Gipper got elected. “Big River” was first demoed in 1976, and “Outta Space” followed a year later. If this was your thing, every song’s a gift; if it wasn’t, every wanky solo sounds the same. Aside from his golden mane, Roth has lost little during his years in the wilderness, which included stints as a Vegas lounge singer and an NYC paramedic. “Honeybabysweetiedoll” shows off his gruff rumble, while “The Trouble with Never” best showcases his showman side. Those lost years were hard on the bros, too; the less said about their descent into synth-based balladry with Crystal Pepsi pitchman Sammy Hagar the better, and we can pretend the Gary Cheronefronted Van Halen III never happened since nobody we know has heard it. If you were alive in the ’80s, you heard Van Halen whether you wanted to or not. In retrospect, 1984 leans heavier on the keyboards than you’d expect from Guitar World magazine’s pick for best album of the decade, but that’s just dressing. Whether synths power “Jump” or guitar prevails on “Panama” is irrelevant to the Van Halen boys, who never took themselves any less seriously for playing hard rock instead of classical music.Technique, no matter how refined, takes a backseat to composition. Rhythm planted “Hot for Teacher” in your head the first time you heard it, but it’s the underlying melody that keeps it there all these years later. Unless you’re the perv who keeps picturing Janet Jones preening for the young heshers and dorks in her classroom. (


many others, as a prickly Shakespearean general whose self-righteous stances alienate him from the body politic. With the Roman populace suffering from famine, the martial exploits of Fiennes’ Coriolanus serve as a welcome distraction, at least until he publicly supports the rationing of food. Like King Lear, he’s a man for whom principle and vanity are inextricable, and his own shaky personal foundations undermine the republic’s. Fiennes’ chief conceit, with the help of screenwriter John Logan, is to set the story in “a place calling itself Rome,” a bombed-out, vaguely Balkan locale where news readers take the place of a Greek chorus. The modern-day refit is surprisingly painless, less a matter of commenting against the grain of the play than making its distant setting more legible. To see Coriolanus’ mother, played by a diamond-edged Vanessa Redgrave in a pale blue suit and emblemed beret, is to instantly understand the military lineage from which he hails and the legacy that bears him down. Rome’s fortunes fall further when they’re attacked by the Volsci, led by Gerard Butler’s Aufidius — a man every bit the born soldier Coriolanus is, but without the hesitations of conscience. The two battle and part with neither claiming victory, but repelling the invasion is enough to raise Coriolanus’ stock higher, at least until a group of scheming senators conspire to turn the people against him. The occasional flat screen notwithstanding, Fiennes doesn’t boldface the story’s contemporary resonances. But the political factions’ willingness to put personal gain ahead of national well-being echoes powerfully in an election year, and Fiennes’ canny use of Bosnian locals alongside his largely British cast positions the film neatly between specificity and timelessness. Jessica Chastain either has little to do or does little as Coriolanus’ worrying wife, but on balance, Coriolanus makes a strong case for Fiennes as a director and an even stronger one for Shakespeare’s oft-overlooked play. —Sam Adams

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own animal. Other mediums might draw little to no connection between the work on the gallery wall and the places or items (or emotional states) that inspired them. A photo is something that ultimately can be traced back to the real world, a tangible object framed by the artist’s lens. Something you can touch and feel. Perhaps something you can eat. Stepping off the elevator on the 14th floor of University of the Arts’ Terra Hall, we’re greeted by a large square print of a rugged mound of … something. It’s rough like granite, rising into a dark background; it’s like we’re looking at a haunted underground landscape. Upon closer inspection, it’s more clearly an object wrapped tightly in crinkly cellophane, the dark reds and browns underneath suggesting violence of some sort. Closer still, and our questions are answered in the title of the work: This is Mary Parisi’s Ham Mountain, (pictured) the lead image in her “Food” exhibit. If abstract art is intended to present viewers with puzzles, Parisi does this with a taste of subversion. She turns our kitchens into alien landscapes, definitely not places you’d care to eat or prepare food. Tomato Splatter looks like distant stars, a lonely red object afloat in a sea of grayish black nothingness. As with the ham we saw on the way in, realization comes in stages. That item at the center is a piece of tomato, but where is it? The crosshatching in the lower right might be … grass? Nope. As we eventually see, it’s a scratched-up iron saucepan, with a residual piece of diced tomato at its center. Flash in the Pan is even more mystical and abstruse, an amber flame-like shape licking up from a black field. This meditative scene is actually little more than breakfast leftovers — those flecks of egg stuck to the rim of the frying pan after you’ve removed your omelette. It dried and crusted around its edges as it dripped downward, but it’s photographed so it reaches upward. Parisi takes the aftermaths of our meal preparation and transforms them into worlds all their own. She also transforms food itself from something tantalizing (or, at the very least, edible) to something unappetizing and perhaps unsettling. The poultry in

Boiled Chicken is obscured until you look at its title — the frame is dotted with circles of various sizes and orange-brown-white hues. Groups of tiny beads cluster in the center, corners are occupied by larger beads. In the lower right, dots of brown make pupils at the center, a score of reptilian eyes watching you watch it. With this image, realization comes as you get further away and see the outline of the meaty bird beneath a surface of an oily broth. The curve of the pot in the lower left corner tips you off, but after being under the gaze of all those eyeballs, you don’t much feel like eating. Parisi has shot this scene several times, each arousing a different response. Though not included in the exhibit, her image Young Chicken with Pearls looks oddly placental, while Unnamed Chicken (a shadowy focus on the gaping decapitated neck with

Kitchens into alien landscapes. the legs raised in alarm) is horrific. Likewise, her tight crops of shrink-wrapped meatloaf, spare ribs and fish heads evoke the same cadaverous violence of Ham Mountain. Most perplexing is the scene we see upon exiting. The subject in Nesting Pigeon sits behind a distressed pane of … we’re not quite sure what (a window?) while silhouetted spokes (a wheel?) sit in the background. Tail feathers jut upward as though the bird outside has just taken an unfortunate faceplant, but it’s otherwise unclear how this fits in the culinary motif. Is the bird our meal? Is the bird eating? Are we planning to eat its eggs? Parisi’s photos are full of mystery, and guessing is the fun in visiting her exhibit. Just not around mealtime. ( ✚ “Food,” through March 2, free, Gallery

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³ LEAPS AND BOUNDS “Pushing Boundaries” is the marquee title of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s latest program, but it also could be a good description of what the troupe’s been at since its beginnings back in 1963. It’s certainly been flexible in its physical setting, moving from Chestnut Street to Fairmount, then shifting down to Broad and Washington. Now, a dream comes true: A new building, with four rehearsal studios and a school, is slated to open on Broad Street just below Callowhill this fall. During the planning, demolition and construction phase of moving to the new headquarters — which has now been going on since 2007 — the ballet’s staff were divided between temporary administrative offices in Center City and studio space in East Falls. While this worked well enough, everyone’s eager to reunite in the new space. Thematically, then, “pushing boundaries” could describe not only the astonishing and varied performance the troupe presented at the Merriam last weekend, but the more literal sense of the willpower and commitment recently needed to expand their physical space. The program of three experimental ballets is practically in a different universe than swan queens and sylphs. It wouldn’t be inappropriate to describe the troupe as luxuriating in the new and the challenging. The program opened with William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, a ballet full of well-performed odd movements and long pauses and set to Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. The choreography suggests mysterious drama and subtext, but leaves it up to the audience to define their causes and meanings.

KEEPSAKE: Riolama Lorenzo and Zachary Hench in Keep. ALEXANDER IZILIAEV

Next were two works from in-house choreographer and major experimenter Matthew Neenan. Six moody Rufus Wainwright songs hold Neenan’s 11:11 together as dancers first appear in a line, then break loose and dance as couples. Julie Diana and Francis Veyette were standouts on “Vibrate”; “Greek Song” brought back Veyette, now partnering with Riolama Lorenzo; and “Poses” gave us beautiful boneless Arantxa Ochoa — only a selection of the talent showcased in this piece. Keep, set to music from Alexander Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, was the program’s focal point — the final performance of principal dancer Riolama Lorenzo, leaving after 10 years with the company to spend more time with her family.

Lorenzo readily admits she’ll miss the company and dancing, but the 34-year-old says her two children are a “big part of why I am retiring.” (Lorenzo says she started thinking about it while pregnant and dancing in Swan Lake.) Keep, choreographed in 2009, was an opportunity for Lorenzo to revisit a work she’d helped premiere and the perfect vehicle to showcase her talent. The elegant ballerina accepted enough bouquets to start her own florist shop, but looked most delighted with the bouquet presented by her adorable 4-year-old son, all spruced up in necktie and suit, with Dad there to keep an eye on him and support his wife in this special moment — a lovely one in a field where careers do not always end with such warmth and grace. But though Lorenzo’s done being a professional dancer, she may not be done with dance — company artistic director Roy Kaiser wants her to come teach once the new space is ready. Lorenzo says she isn’t ready to decide what comes next, but the applause, laughter and a few tears suggest she might want to keep her options open. Feb 12, Merriam Theater. (

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LOCAL HERO around for more: “My own yardstick of success is how many of the people who come to see the Springsteen exhibit are also participating in our ‘Freedom Rising’ production, and how many of them come to Signers’ Hall … whether we’re able to inspire the folks that come here for Bruce to be more involved in the national discussion.” (

Bruce Springsteen takes his rightful place among the Founding Fathers at the Constitution Center. By Deni Kasrel


n the early 1970s, when he was still pretty much “Bruce who?” to the rest of the world, Bruce Springsteen was a Philly favorite. His songs were touted on WMMR and his band played to packed houses at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr and at Tower Theatre in Upper Darby. He was our hero before everyone else caught on. So it makes sense that Philadelphia is the only city, besides Cleveland, to host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.” The venue, however — the National Constitution Center — has stirred controversy. “I love that!” enthuses David Eisner, the NCC’s president and CEO. “We are in the middle of this interesting conversation. Some people get it right away. They say, ‘First Amendment, the American ideal, the artist as driving protest and politics — of course.’ And then there are other people who say, ‘What does rock ’n’ roll have to do with the Constitution Center?’” For starters, Springsteen is no mere rock star. His music chronicles contradictions between the American dream and a harsher reality. “Lost in the Flood,” “Badlands,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Land of Hope and Dreams,” “American Skin (41 Shots)” — the list of the Boss’s songs that pointedly address life in these United States is as long as his career. “He writes very personal stuff and he’s also addressing larger

issues,” observes Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and chief curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “He has the social conscience of a Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger or Bob Dylan; it’s a unique combination.” Like a Springsteen song, “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land” operates on an individual and societal level. Chockablock with personal artifacts, family photos, news clippings, interviews, posters, awards, guitars, notebooks of handwritten lyrics, plus audio and video going back to Bruce’s earliest musical endeavors, it’s a fan’s delight that’s very much a product of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But Eisner points out that the NCC’s version of the exhibit has been tailored slightly to fit the venue, “so the themes of citizenship and engagement come forward more strongly.” Perhaps illustrating this, the display begins with this Springsteen quote: “Rock ’n’ roll, it changed my life. It was like the voice of America, the real America coming into your home. It was the liberating thing, the out.” The rock angle will draw crowds, and Eisner hopes they stick

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The Secret World of Arrietty


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A Studio Ghibli adaptation of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers, The Secret World of Arrietty eschews the fantastical tales of Hayao Miyazaki’s earlier flicks for a smaller story that retains the Japanese animator’s flair for the epic. Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler) and her parents (voiced by real-life sweethearts Amy Poehler and Will Arnett) are mini-humans living under the floorboards of a pastoral Japanese home, surviving by borrowing odds and ends from the curmudgeonly caretaker upstairs. The family’s existence relies on secrecy, and is naturally thrown off when Arrietty is spotted by sickly ’tween Shawn. The pair strikes up a clandestine friendship that, once discovered, forces the borrowers on a dangerous journey to a new home. The film’s small scope hardly holds it back. Instead, the everyday world is masterfully reframed, encouraging audiences to see magic in the commonplace. Breathtakingly detailed landscapes are made more mystical when seen from Arrietty’s tiny perspective. Microscopic occurrences become mythical as viscous raindrops hang threateningly from sharp blades of grass, and the normally hushed ticking of a clock booms through the theater. If pacing problems and a disappointing lack of tension are the prices to pay for such elegant, intricate

THIN ICE|B With its initial scenes establishing Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) as an ingratiating insurance salesman whose self-assured patter masks imminent personal and professional collapse, Jill and Karen Sprecher’s Thin Ice starts off on too-familiar ground, as unwelcoming as the frozen Wisconsin earth on which it’s set. But the movie keeps shifting forms, and while none of them is especially distinct, it moves fleetly enough to keep the whole thing from frosting over. A penny-ante policy call on a senile farmer (Alan Arkin, laying on a thick Scandinavian accent) becomes a shaky swindle when Mickey bumps into a rare-instrument specialist (Bob Balaban) who’s come to appraise what turns out to be a priceless violin. At first it seems like he’s simply trying to push for a pricier policy, or possibly net a quick commission, but the arrival of Billy Crudup’s ex-con locksmith shoves the movie into darker and more dangerous territory, a clunky transition that’s retroactively smoothed by a handful of last-minute reversals. The Sprechers (Clockwatchers) don’t quite have their hearts in the genre game, which dulls the movie’s edge but also allows them to take more time letting Mickey sink to the bottom. —Sam Adams (Ritz at the Bourse)

THIS MEANS WAR|D Gorgeous as its stars may be, This Means War is proof that casting beautiful people doesn’t necessarily constitute a beautiful product. Best friends and top CIA operatives FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) botch a mission and are banished to desk duty while the arms dealer

The streamlined film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2005 novel focuses on young Oskar’s quest to discover the meaning of a key he finds hidden in his father’s closet. No film could contain all the novel’s mannered flights, but director Stephen Daldry strikes an entirely different tone altogether. He

essentially grabs the story like a dishrag and wrings out every ounce of pathos. The legacy of 9/11 is strip-mined for sentiment, every image that has stuck in the collective memory over the past decade-plus employed in a tear-jerking onslaught. —Shaun Brady (Roxy)

RED TAILS|C Stuck in production hell since the late ’80s, George Lucas’s long-suffering salute to the Tuskegee Airmen is an important movie. But that

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 CONTINUING Exposed to an otherworldly force in a palpitating sinkhole outside a party, Andrew (Dane DeHaan) and two classmates soon gain unreasonable strength, telekinetic prowess and even the ability to tear through the air at high altitude. The power’s an amusement for his pals, but for Andrew, backed against a wall by in-school torment, a physically abusive dad and a terminally ill mom, it’s not just an escape — it’s a weapon. Lumping all these hardships into a single character sounds like a formula for Lifetime Movie Network bullshit, but DeHaan,


UNDEFEATED|A “I know ... what I sign up for every year, and I keep coming back because I love this program,” Coach Bill Courtney tells his players in the locker room at Manassas High School in North Memphis, Tenn. “I feel responsible to make sure you guys have a football season you can be proud of.” As Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s Oscar-nominated doc reveals, Coach Bill means what he says. Throughout the 2009 season, the Tigers run into one obstacle after another, but Coach Bill and his staff find solutions. In one instance, a player can’t get a tutor to come to his neighborhood, so a coach welcomes him into his home on the “whiter” side of the tracks. As Coach Bill drives from home to practice, camera in the car, he reveals that his father left when he was only 4. “I can’t be their father,” he says of his players, but he’s determined to show that poverty and pain is not their fault. Clearly, football is only one small part of Coach Bill’s project, and the film’s. —Cindy Fuchs

who’s got the raw reactive instincts of a young DiCaprio, pulls it off with poise to spare. The special effects are secondary to the effect each boy has on his friends. —Drew Lazor (Pearl, UA Riverview)

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they stymied plots his payback. Tuck uses his idle time for online dating — the zeitgeist-y way all rom-com heroes met single women nine years ago — where he clicks with product tester Lauren (Reese Witherspoon). Moments later, playboy FDR picks up Lauren at a video store and decides to pursue her as well. Their masculine desires quickly pit spy vs. spy, with both abusing the power of the Patriot Act to win Lauren’s affection. The clumsy movie that results is a twohour identity crisis. When Lauren’s amorous confusion becomes an unbearable snoozefest, the movie trots out a poorly sketched villain to ineffectively prod things along. Chelsea Handler initially offers a much-needed edge as Lauren’s BFF, but once she runs out of steam, there’s nothing left but sex appeal that falls much too short. —M.G. (UA Riverview)

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doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Thrilling, zig-zagging dogfights aside, Red Tails is a surprisingly quiet movie, dedicating much of its time to the pilots’ personal woes — the daddy-issue-addled drinking of Easy (Nate Parker), the rebellious blood pumping through ace Lightning (David Oyelowo), the inferiority issues saddling Junior (Tristan Wilds). The fact that Red Tails made it to the big screen is cause for tremendous applause, but to overvalue the end product based on this accomplishment alone would be patronizing and dishonest.—D.L. (Pearl)

ing sensibility, but much of that edge is tempered by Reynolds’ sulky CIA underling Matt Weston, whose world goes nuts when a tactical team shows up toting elusive rogue spy Tobin Frost (Washington). Shortly after, the safe house is swarmed by armed baddies, forcing the inexperienced Weston to flee with Frost as his travel mate. Though the cloak-and-dagger runs interference, Safe House is a straightforward chase movie, one that encourages Denzel to do Denzel. The hand-to-hand fight sequences are often remarkable, but not so sharp that we forget it’s goofball Reynolds throwing blows. —D.L. (Pearl, UA Riverview)

SAFE HOUSE|C+ Safe House confirms two things we already know: (1) Denzel Washington is still capable of taking over a movie; and (2) Ryan Reynolds is not legit leading-man material. Director Daniel Espinosa has a rugged shoot-

STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D A haiku: Thanks, technology! Now Jar Jar Binks looks almost close enough to punch. (Not reviewed) (Pearl, UA Riverview)


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Having proven their date-night pandering mettle with Valentine’s Day, the screenwriting team of Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein step in with this mawkish amnesia weepie. A young married couple, Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum), are rear-ended one night, sending her hurtling through the windshield and wiping her memory clean of the past four years — including everything involving her husband. Leo is determined to re-woo the love of his life, but Paige’s estranged parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) and ex-fiancé (Scott Speedman) seize the opportunity to try and rewrite past mistakes. Tatum and McAdams make an appealing couple, but Kohn and Silverstein craft each scene like a pledge drive for tears, hectoring, demanding and guilting the audience to give and give again. —S.B. (UA Riverview)



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It’s easy to see why Madonna would be fascinated by Wallis Simpson, but that doesn’t mean she needed to make this film, let alone one that looks like a Calvin Klein commercial and sounds like a glum after-school special. The two-tiered tale takes the viewer from Simpson’s (Andrea Riseborough) life in pre-World War II England to a late20th-century Simpson fan, whose first name is also Wally (Abbie Cornish), on the eve of Sotheby’s auction of Wallis and Edward (hence W.E.) memorabilia. Though plagued by stilted lines, the actresses of W.E. do a handsome job essaying the soon-to-be Duchess of Windsor and the modern New Yorker obsessed with her namesake. Riseborough is a twitchy joy to watch as she takes the woman-who-couldn’tbe-queen from confidently poised to unraveled. She single-handedly gives this film much-needed electricity. —A.D. Amorosi (Ritz at the Bourse)

THE WOMAN IN BLACK|B A widower attorney named Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is tasked by his firm to settle the creepy estate of Alice Drablow. He has barely filed his first form when shifty locals reveal that the violent spectre of Drablow’s sister, Jennet, has long terrorized kiddies to avenge the tragic loss of her young son. It’s then up to Kipps, whose presence is visibly unwelcome, to appease the titular monster and secure the life of his own child. There’s nothing mechanically innovative to the scares in The Woman in Black, but they come and go at a sturdy pace bolstered by oddball period props. Radcliffe’s character has only one steely setting, but he never once seems or sounds like Harry, and that alone is a accomplishment. —D.L. (Pearl, UA Riverview)

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INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 267-765-9700, Memories of Underdevelopment (1968, Cuba, 97 min.): With the Bay of Pigs invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis as background, an aspiring writer contemplates his relation to a new Cuban nation. Thu., Feb. 16, 7 p.m., free. Wings of Desire (1987, Germany, 127 min.): An angel roaming through West Berlin falls in love with a trapeze artist and considers forsaking his immortality. Sat., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., $9. Contempt (1963, France, 103 min.): A screenwriter is torn between his artistic expression, commercial opportunities and his babe of a wife (Brigitte Bardot) in this Jean-Luc Godard classic. Wed., Feb. 22, 7 p.m., free.

UNKNOWN JAPAN The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., seventh floor, Topo Gigio and the Missile War (1967, Japan, 92 min.): An Italian mouse puppet gets wrapped up in a heist of nuclear weapon codes. Wed., Feb. 22, 7 p.m., free.

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✚ OPERA COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA The Turkish fad that swept through Europe in the late 18th century inspired the 26-year-

Fri., Feb. 17-26, $8-$225, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., 215-732-8400,

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✚ SHELLEY SPECTOR It’s been five years since she closed her beloved little Spector Gallery — home base of some of Philly’s finest (and most fun) visual artists, including Jim Houser, Ben Woodward, Randall Sellers and Rebecca

Westcott — and Shelley Spector’s picked up a few tricks. Most recently, she’s been the artist-in-residence at NextFab Studio, University City’s hightech “gym for innovators” with all those amazing 3-D printers and such. What caught Spector’s eye were the cuttingedge laser tools and digital sewing machines, equipment she trained on to push the boundaries of her already daring multimedia artwork. The product of her labor is “Dreck Groove,” a new exhibition at Esther Klein Gallery inspired by this past summer’s myriad environmental quagmires like Hurricane Irene and the Fukushima meltdown. The pieces are an unholy meshing of the slick and the gritty, making clever use of cereal boxes, old clothes and other reclaimed products. Like Spector, they were primed for bold reinvention. —Patrick Rapa Opening reception Fri., Feb. 17, through March 30, 5-8 p.m., free, Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market St.,

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It’s been almost two years since a conglomeration of local musicians teamed up with like-minded players to perform a stunning live re-creation of Fleetwood Mac’s sprawling Tusk. Finally Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society members Charlie Hall, Birdie Busch and Patrick Berkery have reconvened, and this time, they’ve brought in some more Philly players: Dave Wayne Daniels of The Capitol Years and Eliza Hardy Jones and Brandon Beaver of Buried Beds. The sextet will tackle the 1982 album Mirage, home to early MTV favorites “Gypsy” and “Hold Me.” The band is also promising renditions of additional Mac and solo Buckingham favorites. —Michael Pelusi Fri., Feb. 17, 8 p.m., $10, with Pete Donnelly, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215-739-9684,

There are some definite tensions at play here, between world-conquering neo-Goth siren Zola Jesus (Nika Roza Danilova) and humble Philadelphia folk-scene mainstay Meg Baird (our 2011 Local Artist of the Year). The former’s steely, uncompromising ultimate art-pop — distilled excellently in the skittering sweep of last year’s Conatus versus the latter’s timeless Brit-folk simplicity — encapsulated on her equally, albeit more quietly, stunning Seasons on Earth. Danilova’s thick, intoxicating force-of-nature wail versus the airy purity of Baird’s soprano. And yet, and yet … both women work their magic through an oddly comparable combination of intimacy and icy austerity, yielding an alchemical undercurrent of almost elemental necessity.


Elaine Murphy’s Little Gem is one of those uniquely Irish monologue collections — Inis Nua Theatre Company’s specialty. Sarah Van Auken as teenage Amber, Corinna Burns as reclusive Lorraine, and Maureen Torsney-Weir as feisty

—Mark Cofta

old Mozart to create his first great comedy for the stage, The Abduction from the Seraglio. The characters are stock farcical prototypes: a lovesick Pasha, his beautiful prisoner, a burly and turbaned Turkish palace guard, and a dashing Spanish hero to the rescue. But the brilliant music transforms the hackneyed roles into fleshand-blood beings. OCP keeps the Near Eastern setting, but updates the timing to the Jazz Age, echoed by the unusually percussive score.

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—K. Ross Hoffman Fri., Feb. 17, 8:30 p.m., $13, with Talk Normal, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100,

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On tour Downs is accompanied by a tight quintet able to segue from the sound of pueblo celebration to northern cantina without a pause, always perfectly offsetting Downs’ stunning range. —Mary Armstrong

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✚ LILA DOWNS Urban contemporary Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs

and burlesque that would make Bowie proud. Taking on MC duties is The Divine Miss Jimmi, who’ll be joined by Ms. Kiki Berlin, Firebaby and Philadelphia’s Creem Circus to offer up some 21stcentury glam performances. And to make sure you’re appropriately festooned for the occasion, makeup artists from Lady Saint’s Styledelphia

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queerbait Josh Middleton on the LGBTQ scene

Âł FREEDOM WRITERS Gay authors have dreamed up some of literatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most bewitching characters, from Holly Golightly to Blanche DuBois. But even these fictional page queens would have trouble outshining the wordsmiths on the opposite end of the typewriter. In his latest book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America (Twelve, Feb.2), Christopher Bram chronicles the evolution of gay lit, from the innuendo-filled work of Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams in the postwar era to Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m-here-and-Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m-queer works like Tony Kushnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1991 Pulitzer-winning play Angels in America. Offering background and mini-critiques, Bram (also known for penning Father of Frankenstein, later adapted into Gods and Monsters), explains how these literary achievements triggered a â&#x20AC;&#x153;social shift as deep and unexpected as what was achieved by the civil rights and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movement.â&#x20AC;? But, historical significance aside, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the juicy private-life stories that take the text from obligatory queer-library addition to delicious, damn entertaining read. Mostly culling information from primary sources like letters and even YouTube videos, Bram drops plenty of juicy tidbits about rivalries (Vidal would frequent local libraries to see if his books were being checked out as much as Truman Capoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s), blush-worthy sexual escapades (ask Allen Ginsberg about William Burroughsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;ugly old cockâ&#x20AC;?) and the substance abuse that eventually flat-lined the brightest queer bards of the Beat generation. Hopefully heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll delve into some of these tales tonight, when he joins fellow gay author Edmund White, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll share his latest, Jack Holmes and His Friend (Bloomsbury, Jan. 17), for a reading and discussion at the Free Library. Thu., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., free, Free Library, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., 215-567-4341, ( Have an upcoming LGBTQ event? Give it here. E-mail

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finger-picked, slide-guitar goodness, but also the path Pernice, his sweetly aching voice and his highly literate songcraft would take moving forward. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost accidental reunion (Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show is the fifth of just seven theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve planned) is a miss-atyour-own-peril affair. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brian Howard

Scuds was crucial for its role in rehabilitating the rep of honest, dark-hearted non-Garthic country music. Classic songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Siloâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna burn the silo when you goâ&#x20AC;?) or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freight of Fireâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love it dies, just like three days without waterâ&#x20AC;?) from Ashmontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Early Year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which collects the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1995 albums The Pine Box and Dance the Night Away â&#x20AC;&#x201D; reveal, yes, a reverence for

Sat., Feb. 18, 9:30 p.m., $15-$17, with John Brodeur, Johnny Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215-739-9684,

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gair â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dev79â&#x20AC;? Marking Sat., Feb. 18, 10 p.m., $5, Fluid Nightclub, 613 S. Fourth St., 215-6293686,

When Amir ElSaffar debuted his Two Rivers Ensemble in Philly in 2006, the band was a stunning hybrid, a fusing of the Iraqi-American trumpeterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jazz background and his cultural heritage. Since then, extensive touring with the group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which pairs the expected jazz instrumenta-

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³ SIZZLE AND SNAP went the meat, cradled in a cast-iron crib. Locomotive plumes of smoke rose from the dish of thin-cut short ribs, intensifying an already-thick fragrance of caramelized soy sauce, garlic and charred meat, a scent Sammy Chon’s KTown BBQ emits like pheromones. I’d douse myself in this eau du kalbi if I wasn’t afraid I’d chew my wrists off. The smell is that intoxicating, as is the rich, salty flavor it heralds. Sammy Chon, this Korean barbecue’s 36-year-old namesake, just opened the restaurant in Chinatown — he and his wife, Lisa, have locations in Cherry Hill and Cinnaminson — and already the joint is humming. The icy night I ducked in, a multicultural crowd filled the room, licking sticky sauces off their fingers from crispy Korean-style chicken wings, excavating big bowls of starchy jajang udon blanketed in savory black bean sauce. Servers crisscrossed the dining room with rolling carts, speedy as contestants on Supermarket Sweep. Chon learned to cook traditional Korean recipes from his late grandmother before opening KTown (originally named Myung-Ga) in Cherry Hill. “Seven of my eight uncles are entrepreneurs, and so is my dad,” he says. “Running own our businesses is in our blood.” Chon is brand-savvy, with a strong social-media presence and finesse balancing the expectations of an American and Asian clientele. The kitchen kept pace, except for the steamed dumplings, which needed more salt and less water in their chive-greened pork fillings. But from the kalbi and wings to the wicked black-bean noodles, everything else delivered.There was a pleasant seaweed salad dressed with sesame, and gochujangenflamed bulgogi made with flavor-packed chicken thighs. The banchan featured rock-your-world bok choi kimchi and nutty Korean black beans. My favorite was the soon dubu, a bubbling cauldron of beef broth and silky soft tofu spiced with a mix of gochujang, ground jalapeño and Thai bird chilies. The mushroom version introduced meaty shiitakes and delicate enokis, all crowned with a raw egg cracked onto the soup’s blood-red surface. Vegetarian or vegan? Chon will happily nix the egg and sub in veg stock for beef. He wants you to remember that, just like he wants you to remember his name. “Like David’s Mai Lai Wah is David’s,” he says, “we are Sam’s.” Good to meet you, Sam. (

OUI, CHEF: Peter Woolsey mans the pass at Bistrot La Minette. NEAL SANTOS

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COURSEWORK How one Philly chef creates a new menu. By Peter Woolsey


hen it happens right, this is the recipe: Take a few heavy cocktails, add in a deadline and a hot shower at 1 a.m., and you have the beginnings of a new menu — or at least I do. The real trick is remembering what the hell I was thinking about after I’ve sobered up the next day. When I drunkenly convinced the food editor of this rag, whom I ran into at Southwark, to let me write about how chefs make up their menus, he suggested I interview friends about how they wrote theirs. More on: I thought to bring it up with Fork’s Terence Feury one night, but then he whipped out a saber to teach me how to chop open a bottle of Champagne. David Katz from Mémé, meanwhile, is typically too busy telling jokes to provide me with insights. Worse yet, put either of them in a room with Zahav’s Mike Solomonov and conversation will inevitably deviate into a game of “would you rather.” (Example: Would you rather work as sous chef at Serafina for five years for $120,000 a year, or keep your current restaurant but have to lick your staff toilet? I would lick the toilet.) Point is, every chef has his or her own process. Mine took a long time to develop. When Bistrot La Minette opened three-and-a-half years ago, I essentially lived there, working the line and prepping the hot-

side vegetable station. Menu changes would sneak up on me. Weeks melted away, suddenly tomatoes would be out of season, and I would be scrambling to find the time to develop new dishes. Nowadays, my kitchen staff is more than twice as large, leaving menu writing as my top responsibility. My office computer is like the dirty backseat of a car, but instead of umbrellas and children’s toys, it’s littered with menu files. I spent an afternoon sifting through it all: cocktail parties, vegan tasting menus, buyout menus, regional dinner menus. I have written hundreds of these things, with some of my best ideas coming to me (where else?) in the shower. It happened most recently this past Saturday after a busy preValentine’s service. With hot water pounding on the back of my neck, my mind stuck on an image: a flatfish filet rolled up in a cone and stuck with a toothpick. Dredged in MORE FOOD AND flour, turning golden in a pan, basted with DRINK COVERAGE clarified brown butter and shallots. Warm AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / buttered ramps, peas, baby beets. There M E A LT I C K E T. might be some sauce. Savory tuiles? I have yet to decide, but I now have a note tacked to my office wall for this spring. At Bistrot La Minette, we strive to be the most authentic French bistro we can be. That means my role is less creator than editor — all the dishes already exist. My first handicap is that I’m American. It has taken living in France, marrying a French woman, learning the language and tons of research to get a handle on what a bistro really is. Originally, these were late-night restaurants run for factory laborers, who would go to feast on dishes like >>> continued on adjacent page

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Meet the Maker Four Roses Bourbon Dinner at JG Domestic Wed. Feb. 22, 6 p.m., $55 Âł Jim Rutledge of Four Roses, who teamed up with Garces Group to create the signature Jose Garces Four Roses Single Barrel, will be holding a bourbon dinner and discussion at JG Domestic. The four-course menu, preceded by a cocktail hour with bourbon cocktails and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, will include dishes like macaroni and black kale gratin, smoked chicken chowder and Country Time Farm St. Louis spare ribs. Reservations recommended. JG Domestic, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., 215-222-2363, Moms and Margaritas at Cantina Los Caballitos

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Tue., Feb. 21, 2-4 p.m., pay as you go Âł Starting Feb. 21, Cantina Los Caballitosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moms and Margaritasâ&#x20AC;? returns, held every third Tuesday of the month. Designed as a boozy respite from the typical playdate, the restaurant is inviting mommas and kiddies to mix and mingle. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have $2 classic margaritas and half-price pitchers for the grownups, and arts, crafts and snacks to keep the youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ns busy. Cantina Los Caballitos, 1651 E. Passyunk Ave., 215755-3550,

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16, 7 p.m., pay as you go Âł To end Frankford Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lovethemed Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie series, the beer hall will screen time-tested classic The Princess Bride. Held outdoors if weather permits, the screening will be accompanied by movie snacks (popcorn, Sour Patch Kids) and happy-hour pricing on drinks. Frankford Hall opens at 4 p.m., and the movie will start at 7 p.m. Bring your Valentine, remind them this is true love (you think this happens every day?) and get cozy. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave., 215634-3338, â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Alexandra Weiss

Mike Naessens of Eulogy has converted Old City Asian Bistro into a German beer bar, serving a unique Eurofied draft list and traditional food from chef Richard DiPietro (knockwurst, Wiener schnitzel, etc.). If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wondering where Tsingtau, an archaic spelling for the Chinese city of Tsingtao, comes into play, the plan is for the space to reflect the pre-World War II German occupation of the seaport town (heady, we know). Thus, the still-in-the-works bottom level will be Asian-themed. 206 Market St., 215-922-2958,


Terry Berch McNally has opened this Gallic-themed wine bar in the space adjacent to her stalwart London Grill. Though the dĂŠcor and revamped menu are Frenchleaning, the wine here, served via draft system, comes exclusively from Pennsylvania. Producers in Lehigh, Berks, York and Chester counties are kegging their juice for Paris, which in turn offers pours at killer prices ($6.50 to $9.50). The wine bar operates Thursday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight. 2303 Fairmount Ave., 215-9784545,

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Mike and Liz Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Antuonoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wildwood-based hot doggery has opened a city outpost in the Bellevue. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re serving more than 20 dressed-up wieners (wursts from Hoffman Sausage in Syracuse, N.Y.), including the Cardiac (bacon and â&#x20AC;&#x153;globs and globs of cheddar cheeseâ&#x20AC;?) and the Sacrilegious (spicy beef chili, onions, spicy mustard, kraut cooked in beer). Mauiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food Court at the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., 215-7351533,


Ryo and Nicole Igarashi have relocated their Japanese street-food shop Maru Global Takoyaki from 10th and Spruce to Headhouse Square. The ball-griddlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; couple has teamed up with Madame Saito to move their operation into what was her sushi bar, Tokio; fresh fish is still available, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll now be buddied up with Maruâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manysplendored griddled-batter-sphere selections and a new yakitori menu. (Since the space is attached to Saitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adjacent HeadHouse, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to serve beer, too.) The new-look Maru serves dinner nightly, with lunch Friday to Sunday and legit late-night service (3:30 a.m.) Fridays and Saturdays. 124-126 Lombard St., 215-9222515,


Chef Sam Ho has moved Zento three doors down to the former home of Grey Social. Now partnered with Greyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Darin Picorella, the new-look restaurant boasts two floors and a liquor license, which will allow them to serve sake, shochu, wine, beer and cocktails. Zento is open for lunch weekdays and daily for dinner, with latenight options Friday and Saturday. 138 Chestnut St., 215-926-9998,


Brian Sirhal and Tim Spinner, who opened Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington, joined the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexi ranks with La Calaca Feliz. Mural work by artist Alison Dilworth lends character to the 10-stool front bar, open kitchen and back dining room. Chef Lucio Palazzo is doing dishes like nachos, rellenos and tlayudas, or masa-flour Mexican pizzas, in a wood-burning oven; other highlights include Veracruz-style swordfish skewers and chicken enchiladas in mole poblano. They open for dinner daily at 4 p.m. 2321 Fairmount Ave., 215787-9930,


East Passyunk has some new North African blood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Green Olives offers tagine, kebabs and some decidedly non-Moroccan dishes (Cajun fries!) in a BYO setting. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking into adding hookahs, too. The cafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open daily, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1941 E. Passyunk Ave, 267-639-3527.


Brahim Ighladen sold his West Philly restaurant in 2011, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already back in biz with a food truck of the same name. Specializing in shawarma (chicken, beef/ lamb, baked fish) and various sides (hummus, baba ganoush, grape leaves), Marrakesh serves Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 40th and Locust streets.

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Tom Grim and Stalin Bedon have debuted their second Nomad Pizza in the former Horizons. The partners, who already run one restaurant in Hopewell, N.J., in addition to an oven-outfitted truck, are sticklers about the quality of their ingredients, sourcing everything with a heavy local focus. Their pizza menu, comprising more than 10 wood-fired pies, is joined by apps and salads, plus wine and craft beer lists. 611 S. Seventh St., 215-238-0900,

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³ NOW SEATING Ramen Boy | Philly at long-noodled last has a dedicat-

ed ramen restaurant to call its own. Owned by the same team that’s behind Yakitori Boy, Ramen Boy is a narrow space specializing in Japanese soup. Chef Ben Watanabe is doing four bowls — pork, miso/chicken, oxtail broth with ribeye and a soy-based soup with vegetables — plus various dumplings and sides. There’s a tight amount of table seating; for quicker eats, opt for a stool at the kitchen bar. They’re open for lunch and dinner every day but Monday. 204 N. Ninth St., 267-687-1355. Russet | Andrew and Kristin Wood opened this BYOB

Cup & Saucer Café | New to the Bella Vista a.m.

scene is the Cup & Saucer, a cute lil’ venture from husband/wife team Albert and Bridget Coccia and partner Domenic Collaretti. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day but Monday, C&S specializes in both breakfast (French toast, crêpes, frittata) and lunch (a signature filet mignon pizza steak, Italian tuna on “peasant bread,” chicken cutlet). 743 S. Eighth St., 267-639-2035. ³ LITTLE VITTLES Check out two-month-old Iron Tower (56 N. Ninth St.) for $3 banh mi on Ba Le Bakery rolls . ³ Archie’s Restaurant (1030 S. Eighth St.) is a new Mexicano joint in the Italian Market specializing in tortas. ³ Fish, settling into its new digs at 1234 Locust St., has launched happy hour: $3 beers, $5 wines and $6 cocktails weeknights from 5 to 6 p.m. They’re also doing late-night HH Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to midnight.



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on Valentine’s Day. Veterans of Philly spots like Fork and James, the Woods are taking local sourcing seriously, getting almost all of their product from Lancaster County. Menu items will change frequently based on availability, but opening plates include dry-aged ribeye with purpletop turnips, baby carrots, sweet onions and bone marrow; and seared brook trout stuffed with organic maitakes. Russet will do dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday brunch will start Feb. 25, and thrice-weekly lunch service is coming soon, too. 1521 Spruce St., 215-546-1521,

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[ i love you, i hate you ] ASSHOLE To the fat, loud bitch who leans against the wall at the security checkpoint while bellowing orders (“Laptops out of their bags! Shoes off! All coats must come off!”): Thanks for feeling up my girlfriend, you sack of shit. Maybe I can return the favor on you some day. We had had a great trip back to Philly to visit friends last weekend and were still smiling and talking when we got to the airport. Thanks for putting a stop to that, you ignorant low-life. You shuffled over with your tin badge and your little bit of authority pinned on your chest and took great glee in fucking up our day for your own amusement. PS: Thanks for taking all my toiletries too, because they weren’t in a “1 quart resealable plastic bag.” America is safer now because I didn’t board a plane with a travel-sized tube of Crest.

to stand outside the RiteAid waiting for a ride? We turned one of the worst experiences of our lives into the best night I’ve ever had. That was the night I knew you were the only woman for me. Do you remember the night we cried listening to Chad Van Gaalen because we thought we might be losing an important aspect of our lives if we moved? I miss that girl, the girl who I could sing our favorite songs with late into the night. And do you remember when you said you were afraid you were losing yourself and I told you I was proud of you but you couldn’t understand why? I was proud of the strong independent woman I fell in love

to pull the fuck off! I hate shit like that...why are you playing so many games...Don’t call me because I will tell the cops that it was your idea to run out... lucky I had money because I would have been in jail over your foolishness.

REALITY The reality is that you are a piece of scum and you want everyone around you to know it....that is fine but you must stay away from me! Who do you think that you are threatening someone over the telephone? I must say that I am really tired of you and I hope the next person that you are with gives

YOU A DOG! You know that you are a dog....why are you sticking around and I know that you are a bum.....I can’t believe that you are having all these girls chasing after you over and over. You are such a pig!

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EARS PAINTED ON You stupid bitch how many times do I have to sit at this counter and tell you how much something cost! It doesn’t make any sense to me all the hearing games that you play and you think that you are going to get away with it! Keep it up and I will spit into your food, don’t forget that you come to my store everyday! I don’t have time to play your games! Read already!

YOU KEEP CALLING You stupid ass keep calling me for what...I am not understanding the entire situation with that...If I don’t answer your call can’t you understand that I just am not available at the particular moment. I am tired of explaining myself for your nonsense and think that you are so fucking smart and you are not...I am tired of your face and your games..why can’t you find something to do with yourself. I am simply tired of you! Get a fucking life!


You want you fucking want me...I am with someone now and I am fucking said something to the effect of me being stupid... don’t fucking judge me...and I am far from stupid... all that shit that you did to me...all them mind games you played you deserve to get strung up by your fucking balls with something sharp and torchued...I hate you....I don’t care if you ever speak to me again...I don’t want you is better if you walk away before you get buried away...

LADY PIE Do you remember when we got mugged and had

You dumb ass standing at the bus stop with that short ass skirt on and no stockings, or tights or pants underneath that shit! You stupid bitch you deserve to catch a bad cold. Then every one is walking around all bundled up and everything your standing there like a asshole looking stupid. Girls and Guys if you are walking around the the wind chill is like 10-20 put a fucking hat on and cover the fuck up... Nobody wants your germs. Nobody at all I know I certainly don’t!

at 9th & the stank-ass stuck-up bitch at my work - I know it must be 20 years since you wet your ass and now you married and lift your leg every now and again its a big change for you but damn! You need to run that stinkin ass through the car wash or something. You leave a trail of stink every where you go. I should send you a case of pussy drano or something. I guess your man would fuck a dead dog cause thats what your twat smells like. WASH YOUR STINKIN ASS BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First you have the nerve to come up here upexpercetadaly second you think that I am going to give you some money. We just met you supposed to get to know a person, and feel them out first and see what they are about, you just don’t come up here and think that I am going to give you some money...I am not a fucking ATM machine. Futhermore, you are not all that fucking hot, tall skinny boney, and you don’t have anything working for you so then so what do you expect you didn’t put out so that is why you aint getting nothing you dumb bitch!





To the bald-headed girl with the hat on that works at a meat store down the street from around a famous placel you dumb ass bitch you make me sick...I don’t know what your deal was when I came in the store, you dropped the money I didn’t but cordially I picked it back up and placed it in your hands...are you mad because you are ugly? Then you and the other ugly girl that stood in the doorway across from you made eyes at each other trying to be smart...on any given day I would beat the both of you smuts up with no problem! I hope you lose your jobs because your attitudes stink!

People of the trains and buses, nobody wants to talk to your lonely ass get it together before you start talking to anyone! Breath, body and everything else needs to be correct!


with, the girl I would never dream of robbing of her individuality. I miss that girl. I miss you lady. I need you to know that I do not hate you and I am not mad, I love you and I understand.

you something or runs away with your belongings. Each shit, you know that you weren’t raised correctionly because you are still acting in the same mannerism at 35! Grow the fuck up dude!



Can’t you tell me where your mind is at? I wonder that sometimes because of the things that you do! Then you take me to a restuarant you disappear and the waiter calls the police thinking that you and I were going to run out of the bill! Who the fuck does shit like that...I know that I don’t why you would put me into a situation like that? I don’t understand your way of thinking...all the whole time I had to convinece the waiter that I wasn’t going to run out you were getting in your car ready

You stupid fat bitch...why don’t you move your fucking bag out of the way! I don’t understand if someone is getting on the train and you brush by them with your large bag full of snack with no excuse me...who’s fucking fault is have one more time to brush by me if I see your fat ass again! I hope that I don’t see you again, then the last beside me asked me do people say excuse me anymore, I wanted to say to dumb bitch do people brush their teeth any fucking more!

I was so excited when I heard your voice...when you called me...I could tell that you loved me... nobody, I mean nobody, will ever understand the connection that you and I have with each other. We get mad at each other but that doesn’t last... it goes away so fast...I am happy that we have that type of chemistry. You and I will be together for along time. I am looking forward to a prosperous future with you! I hope and pray every night for us to be happy in our relationship. I know this is going to last.....I love you sooooooo much! Muah!

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merchandise market Autographed Guitar Collection, must sell. Stones, Zeppelin, Beatles, others. Appraised over $2500 each. asking $500/ea. with COA, call for pics 215-798-0789

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 DOG KENNELS - Fiberglass dog crate, small $30, large $60. 267-902-9934 Pinball machines, shuffle bowling alleys. Will trade for new home carpeting. 215.783.0823

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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

Coins, Currency, Gold, Toys, 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

YAMAHA DIGITAL PIANO- beautiful, like new, $799.99 OBO. 215-248-3613


CALL 215-669-1924

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

Dr. Sonnheim, 856-981-3397

Diabetic Test Strips, $$ Cash Paid $$ Nicotine patches, gum. For highest prices & pick-up, Call 215-395-7100. DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDED- cash paid, local pickup. Call Faith 856.882.9015 Diabetic Test Strips needed pay up to $10/box. Most brands. Call 610-453-2525 I Buy Anything Old...Except People! antiques-collectables, Al 215-698-0787 JUNK CARS WANTED Up to $250 for Junk Cars 215-888-8662

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33 & 45 Records Absolute Higher $

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

Locust at Broad Lux studio Condo $990 incl util, gym, C/A, wifi, d/w 856.234.6491 RITTENHOUSE SQUARE Luxurious studios, 1 & 2 BR furnished apts with hotel amenities. Cable, Wi-Fi & wkly housekeeping included. Available by the month from $4,800/month. Contact Evan O’Donnell: 215-813-3186

everything pets pets/livestock Please be aware Possession of exotic/wild animals may be restricted in some areas.

So. NJ Bird Club adpotion prog. needs homes to adopt parrots, 856-881-9373

ENGLISH BULLDOGS AKC, champ blood lines, wrinkles+, health guar, vet check, shots/worm. $1,800 484-319-0571 English Mastiff pups, AKC, 6M, 1F, $1500. Call Rob (717)587-7076 English Springer Spaniel Pups - Shots, vet check, AKC reg. incl. $600 267-664-5587 German Shepherd Pups - AKC. lg boned, champ pedigree. Call 609-351-3205

Golden-Doodles,Standard & Mini, F1, parents on premises, health guarantee, $500-$1000. Call (484)678-6696 Golden Retriever Pups, AKC, 9 weeks, Ragdoll Kittens: Beautiful, guaranteed, $550/negotiable. Call (570)449-9147 Golden Retriever Pups: AKC, adorable, home raised. $500. Call 610-731-0907 SIAMESE kittens for sale, with pedigrees, champ line, M only $500 610-286-5373 M/Seal, F/Lilac, $500. 610-678-0822 Golden Retriever Pups, Ready to go! Call Allen at 302-604-0677 Labradoodle Minis, black, 9 weeks. $750 each. Call (717)587-4186 American Bully Pits. All blue. 4 boys, 3 Maltese Pups, AKC Reg., p.o.p., health girls. Born 1/21/12 $800. 609-517-1178 guar, 610-405-2379 American Pit Bull terrier pups, 1M, 5F, red/red nose, UKC/ADBA reg., 100% Cam- MALTESE Small 1F left. Vet ck, shots. elot Bloodlines, $600. (215)681-1855 $650. Hold T’l V-DAY. Call Ann 215-704-7844 Bichon-Poo puppies. Ready for Valentines day! $500 w/1st shots. 609-504-1064 Old English Bulldog - Ready on 2/14. $1,000 Call 215-490-4697 CAVALIER KING CHARLES PUPS Blenheim, 4M, ACA, $700. 215-353-2303 PEKINGESE PUPS M & F, $295 - $495. English Bulldog AKC REG. 6 females, 2 Adorable & Beautiful. Call 267-243-9526 males. Champ lines $2200 610-888-4390 Pit Bull, male, 1 year old, Remy line, UKC, $1500/obo. Call (215)917-6362 ENGLISH BULL DOG PUPS PIT BULL PUPS, sweet & cute, all colors. grandparents and parents on premise, Call 215-271-8492. shots, papers. Call 215-696-5832

POODLE AKC Mini pups, blk M, champ sire, shots, vet cert, $1200. 215-536-5516 Poodle Puppies: Standard, home raised, 1 black female $500, Males: 2 brown, 1 cream, 1 white. $400. 610-489-3781

POODLE: Toy, Tiny, 1 white females, 2 cream males, ready for Valentines day, $750/obo. Call 609-903-1791 PUG male 10 wks, fawn, shots, vet checked, $300. Call 267-357-7651 Shar Pei 4 beautiful Chinese Shar-Pei puppies for sale 215-802-9923 SHIH TZU PUPPIES - ACA, Up to date shots, M/F. Call 267-797-0579 SHIH TZU PUPS ACA, 12 weeks, $925. Call 215-752-1393 Toy Poodle Apricot, 3 Females, 9 weeks, home raised, parents on premises. $500. 215-695-0888 WEIMARANER PUPS M/F, gray/blue, reg., health guar., exc litter. 570.589.1465 West Highland Terrier pups, white, ACA, health cert, shots, $800. 609-744-0738 Wire Fox Terrier Puppies, Males, 3 mo, AKC registered, champion parents, 1st shots & health cert. $650. 610-942-3957 Yorkie Pups, small, AKC, shots, home raised, $750/obo. (856)218-8883

LOST F spayed Pit Bull white w/ brown patches 50lbs Kensington 267-303-5700

apartment marketplace 1500 Chestnut 1br & 2br $2200-$3200 Op. Hse. Sun., 24hr concierg, 215.238.1134

32nd & Dickinson 1br $650+utils well kept, w/d, fridge, Dave 610-352-6491

10xx S. 52nd St. Lrg 3BR 10xx S. 52nd St. 1BR Laundry room, section 8 ok. 215-727-0431 1100 S 58th St. Studio Apts newly renov, lic #362013 215-744-9077 1900 S. 65th St. 2BR Apt Newly renov, Lic #400451, 215.744.9077 22xx S. 63rd 2br $700 2nd floor, spacious apt (610)812-6352 63rd and Elmwood 2br $625 3 bedrooms $725. 215-821-8858

1420 N 52nd St. 2 BR $650 + utils triplex, very clean, private entry, security doors, 2 blocks from mall, 267-588-1777 1BR & 2BR Apts Available $650 & up newly renovated, must see 215-284-7944 40th & Cambridge 1br & 2br $535 free utils, liv rm, kitch, Scott 215.222.2435 49th & Lancaster 2BR/1.5BA $650+util 1.5 mo. sec., no pets, (267)583-7561 512 N. 54th St. 1br $625+utils must see, LR, kitch, bath. 267-709-2704 5137 & 5133 Irving St 1br $600+utils newly renov., sect 8 ok 610-869-3663 S. 56th St lrg 2br /1ba $650 newly renov., Sec 8 OK. (848)525-9759

Spring Garden at 41st 2br $650+elec 1st & last, 1 mo. sec, fresh paint, lrg, spacious, w/w cpt, garb. disp. 215-662-0224

503 N. 63rd St. 2br $750+utils very lg, 2nd fl, 1st mo., sec. 917-650-6855 OVERBROOK 3br $750+1st, last & sec. New appl, sec sys. 215-881-5125 Overbrook Park Lrg 2Br $725 hot water incl, liv rm, din rm, spacious kitch, walk-in pantry, A/C, no smoking, 215-878-3084 Various 1, 2 & 3 BR Apts $725-$895 215.740.4900

BALWYNNE PARK 2br $810+ 2nd flr, duplex, w/d, garage 610.649.3836

52nd & Montgomery 2Br $850+ kitch/DR. spacious BR 215-605-2134

10th & Dolphin St. 1BR $450-$550 Clean, polished. Call 267-902-2585

2xx E Albanus 1BR $590+ utils 3 mo sec. h/w flrs, w/d, new paint. Beautiful apt. Call 215-820-2219 leave mess.

1,2, 3, 4 Bedroom FURNISHED APTS LAUNDRY-PARKING 215-223-7000 12xx W Allegheny Effic. $425, 2br $625 Newly renovated, 215-221-6542 15xx Thompson St 2BR $750 Cozy on award winning block of home owners, tastefully renovated, convenient transportation, close to main campus, secure, w/w, modern open kitchen. Call 215-242-1204 or 215-820-5957 Broad St Efficiencies & Apts $550 & up furn/unfurn, utils incl, newly renovated Stacey 215-236-1612 or 302-345-6334 Temple Area 2BR $775 + gas stainless Steel appls, 267-269-5347

45xx Old York Road 1BR $600+elect. newly renovated. 267-872-2472 46xx Broad St. 2br $775+utils 1st, last, sec 215.329.2863 / 215.229.2433 48xx Camac 2BR $600 + utils new wall/wall, Call 267-718-4306 59xx Ogontz Ave 2br Call: (267)625-9027 after 7pm

5853 N. Camac 1BR $650+utils granite kit, 267.271.6601 or 215.416.2757 5th & Eleanor St 2nd fl. 1BR/1BA $550/m. Lg kit LR private entry. Near transp. $1100 move in. Avail. now 267-338-607 8 5xxx B St. 2BR $700+utils 1 mo. sec., section 8 ok (215)549-3810 60XX Warnock 1 BR $595+ near Fernrock Train Station,215-276-8534 Eli Ct.-1418 Conlyn/Julien- 5600 Ogontz Convenient Living near LaSalle University Stud. 450-$575 1br 575-$675 2br $775 Gas, Water, Heat Free- SEC 8 WELCOME Call to schedule appt @ 215-276-5600

22xx W. Tioga 1br $550 2br $775 Newly renov, 215.229.2433; 215.329.2863

5201 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1Br apts On site Lndry 215.744.9077 Lic# 311890 5220 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1 BR on site lndry, 215-744-9077, Lic# 507568

52xx Laurens St. 1 BR/1 BA $750 215-510-5440 5321 Wayne Ave. Efficiency $550 1st month + security, 215-776-6277 607 E. Church Lane 1BR apts. nr LaSalle Univ,215.744.9077 lic# 494336 63xx Magnolia St 1BR $650+utils updated, 1st flr., w/w carpets, EIK, W/D hookups, garage. Call 610-547-7355 Fieldview Apts-705 E. Church Lane Penn Lee Court- 557 E. Church Lane Studio 575-$600, 1br700-$750, 2br $850 Gas, Water, Heat Free- SEC. 8 WELCOME Call to schedule appt @ 215-276-5600 Knox St. 1BR $650 W. Haines St. 2BR $750 new renov., near transp. (267)716-8526 Washington Ln Efficiency $500+utils 3rd flr, 1 mo rent & sec. (215)432-8235

DOMINO LN 1 & 2 BR $695-$875 Renovated, parking, d/w, near shopping & dining, move in special, 215-500-7808

13xx E Johnson St. 2br $750+utils 1st floor, duplex, newly renovated, 1 month rent, 2 mo sec req. 215-224-2953 Green Tree Apts-330 West Johnson St. Modern & Quiet Living in West Mt. Airy Starting-1BR $700-$750 & 2BR $900 Gas,Water,Heat Free-Move In Specials Call to schedule appt. 215-276-5600 W. Mt. Airy 2 BR/1 BA $1250+ utils In restored Mansion, LR, fplc, hw flrs, mod kit, SS appls, w/d, c/a, DW, microwave, off st prkg. A Jefferson 215-849-4343

56xx W. Diamond St 1 BR $545+utils hdwd flrs, 2nd flr, exc loc. 609-315-2895 1522 Champlost 2br/1ba $650+utils heat incld, Please call 215-779-6914 66 S t- Studio & 1BR MOVE IN SPECIALS! heat/wtr/gas inc Sec8ok 215-768-8243 1 BR & 2 BR Apts $715-$835 spacious, great loc., upgraded, heat incl, PHA vouchers accepted 215-966-9371 2xx Seymour & Greene 1br units $545$685+util. Great transp. 610-287-9857 339 E Wister St 1BR $570/mo new reno,ww,nr La Salle col 215.828.5494 4617 Wayne 1br $450 ht & hot wtr inc. EIK, 267-600-6894 or 215-416-2757

21xx E. Allegheny 1BR $500+utils available now. Call 215-601-5182

1688 Harrison St. 1Br & 2Br $500-$600 w/w, close to transp. 267-235-5952 4670 Griscom 2BR Newly renov, Lic #397063, 215.744.9077

4840 Oxford Ave Studio, 1Br & 2Br Apts Ldry, 24/7 cam lic# 214340 215.744.9077 Overington & Frankford 1&2BR $600$675. Sec 8 OK, avail now 215-338-2608

Riverside: 10xx Palmer 2br/2ba $1000 +utils, bi-level apt. and nice 1br apt $800. Both renovated with all appliances included, pets allowed. Call 267-266-2514

4647 Adams Ave Studio apt. Newly renov. 215-744-9077 lic#433314 Bridge & Jackson Area nice 2BR $665+ w/w, AC, 1st flr, off st prkg. 856.346.0747 Castor & Devereaux 1BR $675+utils newly rehabbed apt. Call (215)820-5788 Philmont Heights new 2BR, gar, yrd, no pets, 1st&2nd $800/850+215-493-0774 Wissinoming 1BR duplex $525+utils 1st fl, w/d, 1st, last & sec. 267-456-9118

WARMINSTER Lg 1-2-3 BR Sect. 8 OK 2 MONTHS FREE RENT!!! HURRY!! Pets & smoking ok. We work with credit problems. Call for Details: 215-443-9500

DOWNINGTOWN 2br $1050 lg deck, gar, w/d in unit 215-778-0344

Lansdowne: xx Owen Ave 1br $700+util spacious, 850 sq ft, hdwd, w/d, EIK, parking, close to trans, closets 610-623-2035

16th/Hunting Park. Furn. rms, share kit &BA $125/wk $375 move in 215-669-3143

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22nd & Hunting Park, renov, lrg rm, furn $85-$95 wk 2nd week free! 215.960.1600 22nd & Hunting Park, renov, lrg rm, furn $85-$95 wk 2nd week free! 215.960.1600

1330 N. Wanamaker 3BR $850 New renov., 3mo. move-in. 267.255.1895 1xx N. 54th St. 3br/1ba $750+utilities. Credit check, 215-464-9371 2xx N. 60th. 3Br/1Ba $875 w/w carpet, new remod., large, spacious. 1st/last/sec., large bsmnt. (215)760-6152 52nd & Girard 3BR, 1BA $750+ $2250 move-in, sec. 8 ok. 267-408-3426 60th & Chestnut 3 BR $750 Cozy house, w/w carpet throughout, large kitchen. 1st/last & sec. 267-349-4910 61xx Media St. 3 BR $850 newly renov, 1st/last & sec, 267.255.1895 W. PHILA HIRST ST $695+ 3BR 215-432-4433

Holland, PA 1BR/1BA $950/mo+ util. Condo for rent. No pets. Call 215-896-1764

Germantown & West Phila. 4 & 5 BR’s Sec 8 OK. Horizon Properties 215-465-7400

28xx Bambrey 2 Br $625-$650 Call 215-229-1289, or 267-601-6420 30xx W. Colona 4Br/1Ba $1,000/mo new renov,Sec 8 ok, no pets 215.559.9289 Broad & Allegany area 2BR $600/mo $1,800 mvn, avail. now. (215) 479-9487

18xx Albanus St. 3BR $700 + security Row, encl porch, appls incl, 215-900-3955

1xx Linton St. 3BR/1BA open porch, Sec 8 OK. 215-740-4629 235 Rubicam St. 3br/1ba $785 beautiful, newly remodeled, wall to wall crpt., laundry, mod. kitch. (215)327-0303

20xx Newcomb 2BR $650+utils Modern, w/w, Sec+2 mon, 267-718-4306 Temple Hosp area 4br/1ba $800+utils 1 mo. sec. dep., (215)370-1319 after 7pm.

1930 W. Brunner St. 2br $750 bsmnt, bkyd, W/D hookup 267-278-2204 56xx Chew Ave. (Lasalle Vic) 3br W/D, fridge. New renov. 215-410-8753. 56xx Stokes St. 4br front porch, newly renovated, rear yard, section 8 ok, 215-356-2434 6224 Clearview 3 BR/1BA $875+ remod, w/d, porch, Sec 8 ok 215.499.2364 63xx N. Lambert 3BR $850+utils $1740move-in, credit check 215.878.9309 Germantown 2br $675 newly renovated, hardwood floors, close to transportation. Call (215)495-7191 Germantown & Chelton 3Br & 6 Br 1st, last and security. Call 267-591-9269

34th and Baring Room for rent. Nice rm w/ DirecTV. Use of kit. 215-620-3846

Many APTS & HOUSES available start’g @ $595+. Rent to Own options and first time buyer programs . SFREM 215-332-7044 Rent to own: $5000 down, Germantown Mt. Airy, NE & W Phi., Expecting a settlement? Private Financing. 610-633-5934

51xx Race St. - Furn. room, clean & quiet. Single occupancy, no drugs or smoking. $400/mo. & up. SSI ok. Call 267.847.0681

Bella Vista 9xx Federal St 3Br/1Ba $1550 Remod; Prk views, Exposed Brick, F/P, HW Flrs, Cntrl A/C, All appls. (215)622-5280

1xx W. Lippincott 3BR/2BA front porch, newly remodeled, rear yard, Section 8 OK. 215-356-2434

21xx Manton St 3br/1ba $900+utils newly remod, hdwd flrs, new kit w/granite countertops, new BA (215)917-1091 26xx Gerritt St. 2br Sec 8 ok, amazing house, 732-814-6511 Broad & Jackson 1BR $750 beautiful Apt. Call (215)450-3781 Graduate Hospital 3Br/1.5Ba $1,200 high end rehab, C/A, granite counter tops, hdwd flrs, all new appl’s. 267-242-3199

18xx East Thayer St 2br $575 New paint & carpet. 215-327-2292 3XXX C St 3BR/1BA $650 Utils extra Avail now. Nice & clean. Fresh paint. New carpet. Call Alex 267-242-7123 Leave msg 7xx E Allegheny large 2br/1.5ba $700+ newly renovated, 215-836-1960 Kensington 2BR & 3BR $600-$725 1st, last, 1 month security, 215-399-6187

3130 N. 22nd St. furnished room for rent kitch & utils incl., $100/wk, 267-235-1166 33rd & Susquehana: shared kitchen & bath, $95-$110/wk, 267-816-3058

53xx N Broad, lrg furn rooms & efficiencies,TV, a/c, refrigerator. 267-496-6448 56th and Walnut $90-$110 week Access to kit, utils incl. 267-230-5875 56xx Warrington Ave,cln & quiet,no drugs, $200/bi-wkly, $400/mo 215-668-3591 60th/Carpenter & 63rd. St. off Market, furnished rooms, $100/wk. 215-472-2067 61xx Chew Ave, Mt. Airy, W Phila, Poplar , $85-$100/wk. 215-242-9124

A1 Nice, well maintained rms, N. & W. Phila. Starting @ $125/wk 610.667.9675

Broad & Olney deluxe furn room priv ent $115 -$145wk. Sec $200. 215-572-8833

15xx Ruan St. 4 BR $1000 Sec 8 welcome Call owner 718-882-2173

5xxx Glenloch 2br/2ba $750+ utils beautiful, move in immediately, bsmnt, yard, close to everything (267)574-4163

E. Norton Luxury 3Br/2.5Ba $2500 carriage hm, firepl, HW flr s267.246.6980

resorts/sale Shawcrest 3BR/1BA $90,000 New kitchen and bathroom. View of bay from new deck. 610-888-9862

resorts/rent N. Wildwood Summer seasonal rental, 327 E. 11th Ave, 1Br apt $6000, 2Br apt $8600. 2 blocks to beach, long season May 18th-Sept. 24th (18 weeks). Call 215-271-8620 or 609-407-0434 OCEAN CITY 3 BR Apts sleeps 6. 2nd flr, 1st half season or season rental. 3rd flr, 2nd half season. (215)317-6379

N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC 2br/2ba condo Across Street from Beach, 800 sq. ft., 2 balconies, 3 TVs, DVD/VCR, weekly rentals, $500-$700. (410)697-3396 Ocean City: sunny, spacious, duplex, 1br, $7950 season, $4250 half season, 1br with loft $9400/$4950. (609)398-1348

BrierCrest 5 BR, sleeps 12; Saw Creek 3br sleeps 8, 2/20, 2/24, 3/2, 3/17, 4/8, 5/28, (6/10 Race) Call (609)587-9493

low cost cars & trucks Buick Park Avenue 2002 $4,800 fully loaded, exc cond. Call 215-389-4310 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 1994 $1450 all pwrs, clean, insp, rns new215.620.9383 Ford Ranger 4x4 1994 $2500 6 cyl., 5 spd., insp, gd cond 610-203-6561 Ford Taurus SE 1999 $1,750 loaded, clean, low miles.215-518-8808 Ford Taurus SE 2005 $3,575 V6, white, loaded, lo mi, cln267.592.0448 Honda Civic LX 2001 $3,000 116K miles, body/runs in good condition, needs some engine work. (856)266-8301 Hyundai Sonata 2003 $2400 4 dr, 6 cyl, cruise, 6 CD, new brakes, tires & battery. Nice car. 103,000 hwy mi. Below book value, $2400. 856-383-5691 Lincoln Navigator 1999 $2,200/obo white/gray, 180K mi, clean 215-368-6447 Mercedes E320 1995 $2950 auto, all power, sunroof, leather, 1 owner, 132k, clean, runs new, 215-620-9383 Mercury Sable Wagon 1996 $1,500 full power, low mi, new insp 267.622.5255 Oldsmobile Royale 1989 $2,500 black/burgundy, 79K miles, looks runs great. Call 267-250-1542 Volvo 850 Wagon 1994 $2,100 red, 160K mi, runs good. (856)858-8455

Principal - High School

The School District of Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County

Seeks a high school principal (1,400+ students) with a vision for excellence in student achievement and demonstrated instructional and staff leadership. PA secondary principal or K12 certificate & Masters’ degree required. Send letter of interest, resume, PA application, transcripts, Acts 34 & 151 & 114 clearances & 3 recommendation letters to Sch. District of Cheltenham Twp., Attn: Director of HR, High School Principal Search, 2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027. Deadline 3/5/2012. EOE


Printing & Packaging Co. Norristown, PA

Rondo-Pak, a fast growing printing and packaging company has openings for the following positions: PREPRESS TECHNICIAN Knowledge and experience in Adobe Illustrator, Acrobat Pro and Photoshop. Nexus RIP Software and Plate making experience a plus CUSTOMER SERVICE/ MARKETING ASSISTANT This position has a dual role in the marketing dept and the customer service dept. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Compensation based on qualifications and experience. Attractive benefit package offered. Send resume to: HR Manager 900 Madison Ave Norristown, PA 19403

Philadelphia & Surrondings

Deadline for submission of application is February 20, 2012 RONDO-PAK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Ft. Washington, PA

needed for retail outlets. Must have transportation and tools. Experience preferred. Drug test and background check required. Call 914- 475- 7720 or email

Camden County, NJ

The Camden County Health Services Center is seeking an experienced, team-oriented, highly qualified Director of Nursing (DON) for its Joint Commission accredited and CMS Certified 158-bed inpatient Behavioral Healthcare Services Hospital (BHS). The preferred candidate will have a Master’s in nursing, at least 5 years exp in a nursing admin/ leadership position, and a min. of 5 years direct patient care exp. in an inpatient behavioral health setting. Also desired is a working knowledge of Joint Commission & CMS standards; exp. in program development & implementation; & effectiveness in design and monitoring of quality improvement practices. Email resume: or fax resumes to 856-374-6691.

Nursing Home Administrator


It’s an exciting time at Bayview Loan Servicing! We are expanding our operations at our Ft. Washington, PA location. We are recognized nationally as a premier servicer of both residential & small balance commercial mortgages. We are searching for Managers of Asset Management, Asset Managers and Associates with excellent customer service skills, good communication, attention to detail, tenacity, and the willingness to learn new concepts! Using our best practices and your unique ability to work with people and uncover solutions, you will deliver positive outcomes that preserve value. We will be holding an Recruiting Open House in two weeks. If you are interesting in attending our open house, please submit your resume today by visiting http://www.bayviewassetmana to be scheduled for this event. EOE.

Burlington, NJ

The Masonic Home of New Jersey, a 264 LTC community is seeking licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Responsibilities include the overall daily management of the facility and ensuring federal and state regulatory compliance. Bachelor’s degree and ten years management experience in a health related field and five years in a supervisory capacity. Valid NJ LNHA. Competitive wage and benefit package. Apply in confidence to Masonic Home of NJ, HR Department, 902 Jacksonville Road, Burlington, NJ 08016. EOE. NO phone calls please.

Garden Center Positions Bell Nursery, all areas

Bell Nursery, a nationally recognized grower/vendor is looking for hardworking people to merchandise and stock our products at a garden center near you. Must be flexible for weekend work. To apply, view job descriptions and locations go to

Regional Business Development Representative Berwyn, PA

To learn more or to find the right person for your job, visit your local partner at

American Freedom Assurance, Inc., a national title agency headquartered in Berwyn, PA, is seeking a highly motivated sales individual for its Business Development Team for the Northeast Region. Travel required. Two years sales experience preferred. AFA offers a competitive compensation package. Email resumes: or fax to 610-441-7560. AFA is an EOE.


ALLEGHENY $90/wk. $270 sec dep Nr L train, furn, quiet. 609-703-4266

19xx S Redfield 3br $750 56xx Hadfield 3br $800 53xx Willows 3br $825 Section 8 OK, call 267-230-2600 60xx Christian St. 2br $850 backyard, $2550 move-in. 267-972-9693

E. Montana & Germantown 3br $875+ newly updated, hdwd flrs, 215-839-6468

72xx Calvin Rd 3BR/1BA $950 Updates,spacious and freshly painted. Carpet floors throughout. 484-358-6658 Darby 3br $895 New kit, gas heat. Sec 8 ok 610.864.6033 DARBY 3 BR row $985+ utils close to transp, Sec 8 ok. 610-529-3531 DARBY Large 5Br $1400/mo Section 8 ok. Newly renov. 856-816-3884


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ROSLYN 2BR/1.5BA $875+utils LR, eat in kit, w/w crpt, d/w, refrig, garb. disp., w/d, c/a, gas ht., small patio, pvt. prkg, no pets, avail 3/1/12 (215)643-0325

887 Marcella 3br/1ba $850+utils No pets. Please Call 267-632-4580 MAYFAIR 3br/1.5ba $900+utils carpet, finished basement. 215-300-9313


28xx Ryerson 2br duplex $800 2nd floor, bsmt, gar, yard, 267-784-2809

61xx Larchwood Ave 2Br $750+utils enclosed porch, large yard, 2 months security + 1 month rent. 267-242-9844 SW (Elmwood Area) 3br house modern, Section 8 welcome 215.726.8817

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EAST MOUNT AIRY $140/week Rms w/prvt Bath. Util Incl 215-809-9655 E. MT AIRY-Newly renov rm, share full kit /ba $100 wk/400move in 215-264-2950 Frankford area rooms $95 to $115/wk per person, Sec. dep. req. 215-432-5637 Frankford, furnished, near bus & El, $85/wk & up + $295 sec. 215-526-1455 Frankford Hospital area, newly renov, nicely furnished, A/C W/D, cable, clean, safe & secure. Call (267)333-0901 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (215)548-6083 Germantown/Lehigh, lrg rm, $125/wk, prvt entr, share kitch & BA, 267-939-2351 Germantown - Nice size rooms, $100-$150/wk. Call 267-625-6189 Germantown Rms, $120/wk utils inc, shared kit/ba, $500 move in 215.849.5861 Hse, rms, apts for rent, SSI welcome. No Drugs or Alcohol. reasonable 267.242.3311 Hunting Park: Furn. Luxury Rooms. Free utils, cable & internet. 267-331-5382 L A S ALLE U NIV. A REA 4 BR , 1.5 BA’S hdwd flrs, full kitchen, Patio $2000 mo incl utils. 215-850-6618 Logan/WP/NP private entry, furnished, $85-$115/wk. 609-877-0375 Mt. Airy/NE, Veterans welcome, photo ID and DD 214 form req. 267-595-5792 NE PHILADELPHIA furnished room, $125/wk, $125 deposit. 215-501-0771 N Phila Furn, Priv Ent $75 & up . No drugs, SSI ok. available now 215.763.5565 Richmond Room for rent $300/mo. Single Occupancy, 267-970-4553 Richmond room, use of kitch, nr transp. Seniors welcome/SSI ok 215-634-1139 South Philadelphia, Grays Ferry Area 2BR $150 267-312-7385 SW,N, W Move-in Special! $90-$125/wk Clean furn. rooms. SSI ok. 215-220-8877 Temple area rooms, 36xx N. 21st, $500$550/mo. cable avail. (267) 597-9085 Temple area: Susquehanna Ave nice clean rooms, $90/wk. Kitch, bath & W/D, $180 move-in. Call 215-669-1604 Temple U Hosp Area rooms priv kit & ba $145/wk, $300 move in 215-416-6538 Univ City/West Phila Nice Rooms for rent, Mr. Savage (215) 382-2588 West Phila. lg rm for rent, kit/ba, fully furn, free food, SSI ok. (267)586-8350 West Philly; 41XX Ogden Street; Newly Renovated 3BR 1BA $125; Utilites Incld.; Shared kit/bath; Call 267-446-4209 W. Phila $125 & Univ. City $125 & up. newly renov, nice neighb 267-258-8727 W Phila-clean rm, priv entr, nr transp. Must be work’g. Avail now! 215-494-8794 . W Phila & G-town: newly ren lg, lux rms ALL utils incl, SSI ok, 215-519-4715 W Phila, use of living rm, dining rm, kit, w/d, avail now! $90 & up (267)334-8294

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