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After a small fire inside, the Divine Lorraine is sealed off and a “repair or demolish” L&I sticker is placed on its door. “Please let me go,” says the Divine Lorraine. “I’m so old and so tired. I’ve been used and photographed and vandalized beyond recognition. Allow me the final dignity of a peaceful end.”

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The city assures preservationists the Divine Lorraine will not be demolished. “Please,” says the Divine Lorraine. “My wife was deconstructed 13 years ago. How I long to return to her side in the next life.”

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A mother allegedly spits on a bus driver and beats him with an umbrella after he tells her to silence her screaming child. Bell Curve would like to bestow its inaugural “Good Thinking” award on all involved.

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An abandoned building in Strawberry Mansion collapses. “Now I know what I must do,” the Divine Lorraine says solemnly. “Meridian, my dear, I’m almost home.” A group called Cash Mob Philly converges on local stores to make purchases and give small businesses a boost. They are brutally beaten by a regular mob. A Temple photojournalism student says he was roughed up and arrested by police for taking pictures of a traffic stop. “CAMERA BAD. CAMERA EAT SOUL,” explains the arresting officer. “ALSO, TILT SHIFT EFFECT TOTALLY OVERDONE AT THIS POINT.” After witnessing a crash on I-76, Mayor Nutter and his security people assist the victims with water and towels until help arrives. “Mr. Mayor, these cold compresses are quite refreshing, but I believe I’m bleeding out.”

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CLEAN HOUSE: Anthony Grasso runs Next Step, a Frankford recovery house that serves addicts who don’t qualify for cityfunded care. NEAL SANTOS

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LIVING ON THE EDGE Gov. Corbett’s budget, if enacted, could push thousands of drug addicts out onto Philly streets. By Daniel Denvir


or an estimated 1,000 to 4,500 recovering addicts in the city on any given day, the only option for getting clean in Philadelphia is checking into one of more than 300 informal recovery houses scattered across Kensington, Frankford and North Philly. It’s a fragile network, administered mostly by former addicts and funded largely through residents’ welfare dollars, in particular the nine-month, one-time General Assistance (GA) payments offered by the Commonwealth. In Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, GA is eliminated altogether. Advocates say the impact could be devastating, affecting 34,843 Philadelphians who receive GA money (including people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence) and pushing thousands of addicts out onto the street. “If you cut all this, the bottom line is that the streets are going to overflow with people,” says Anthony Grasso, co-owner of the Next Step recovery house in Frankford. “Do you know how many people are going to commit more crimes to get what they need?” Recovering addicts are typically awarded medical insurance and food stamps; the rest of their benefits come via GA. It’s not much: $205 monthly, unchanged and unadjusted for inflation since 1990. “When looking at this year’s budget, the state is facing significant

challenges,” says Corbett spokeswoman Kelli Roberts, who argued that the governor made “tough decisions” to “preserve core services.” In this case, Roberts says that eliminating GA — cash assistance she says only 19 states provide — allowed the commonwealth to preserve the Medical Assistance available to the same groups. But Corbett’s budget also cuts $170.3 million from that program. Media attention has focused on Corbett’s proposed 20 percent cut to Philly’s social services, disguised by a new “block grant” that rolls seven line items — funding programs for the homeless and those with mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities — into one. But while that would amount to a $41 million loss in Philly, cutting GA would drain $87.5 million from the neediest Philadelphians. GA also provides cash assistance to people who do not qualify for federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and those with pending applications for Social Security Disability Insurance. The backlogged Social Security Administration can take months to approve applications; appeals can take years. GA covers applicants in the interim, and if they are approved, the state is reimbursed. For these populations, losing GA would be a severe hardship; for recovery houses, it could be fatal. Almost 10 years ago, Grasso walked in the door of the recovery house he co-owns today, high on speedballs, oxycontin, heroin — whatever he could get his hands on. “I had never heard about no recovery house,” he says. “I know today it was God who sent me here.” His office walls are lined with treatment certificates. Some of

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✚ STICKING POINT Last November, as allegations of child sex abuse by Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sent shock waves across Pennsylvania, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) was hoping that, finally, Republicans in Harrisburg might move forward with a smorgasbord of stalled legislation dealing with reporting and prosecuting sexual abuse of children. “This is an opportunity,” he said, “for us to step back and say, as citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, ‘What do we want to do for our kids?’” Almost half a year later — during which time a controversial voter-ID bill was enacted, abortion rights were restricted and a “Year of the Bible” resolution sailed through the General Assembly — Farnese’s proposal to eliminate public pensions for municipal and state employees who commit sex crimes against minors is still stalled in committee. Rep. Kevin Boyle’s (D-Phila.) bill requiring school staff, faculty and coaches to report suspected abuse? Stalled in committee. Rep. Louise Bishop’s (D-Phila.) and former Republican representative (now City Councilman) Dennis O’Brien’s bills to repeal the statute of limitations on criminal and civil sex-abuse cases, to increase penalties for failing to report and to allow for civil actions against institutions that enabled abuse? All stalled in committee. Farnese says there’s a reason. “The governor of Pennsylvania is very clear when he wants [legislation] moved. Last year he wanted the Tort Reform Act moved; he was very vocal about that. He’s been very vocal about the Marcellus Shale piece, but on other issues he remains silent. On the Sandusky issue and on protecting children and ensuring these things don’t happen in the future — or if they do, that the perpetrators are justly punished — he remains silent. There’s

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³ KRAUSS IS PART of a nationwide movement promoting the idea of state-run banks, modeled on the Bank of North Dakota, and he’s lobbying for one in Pennsylvania. The Public Banking Institute, an advocacy group, holds its conference in Philly April 27-28. City Paper: What is a public bank? Mike Krauss: A public bank isn’t a commercial bank. It doesn’t offer credit cards, it

doesn’t take deposits, it doesn’t sell CDs. It works in partnership with … principally community banks and credit unions [to augment their lending capacity]. This would be a way to strengthen the local economy through local funds. ... We aren’t at war with the private banking sector. But there are limits to what they can lend. CP: This is in part a reaction to the financial crisis and ongoing credit crunch. MK: The way our credit system works now is all credit is privately controlled through the

Federal Reserve and the private banks, and they make all the money. … Why shouldn’t some of that come back to the public? We bailed out Wall Street, and credit dried up anyway because their interest was profit. … Public banks have a different purpose. CP: What’s the outlook?

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MK: Seventeen states have legislation pending. … Bills in Arizona and Hawaii propose that a part of the mission is to acquire vacant properties and hold them in public trust, and possibly rent them until they can put people back into them. A public bank could support a land bank. … But this is a learning process. The idea is not well known, — Samantha Melamed even among bankers. We’ve got a lot of education to do.

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SLOW-DOWN SHOWDOWN ³ IN A WEEK in which the Supreme Court is

hearing arguments over the constitutionality of various aspects of the national health-care reform signed in 2010, Philadelphia’s City Council is hearing arguments over a momentous potential change for Philly: the “Actual Value Initiative,” a series of reforms that would overhaul the city’s property tax and assessment system. The shift to AVI is also about fairness: It would make Philadelphians pay real-estate taxes based on the actual value of their homes, not the random/ wrong/possibly corrupt values assigned years ago by the city’s inept Board of Revision of Taxes. As with, say, the universal mandate that all Americans buy insurance to eliminate freeloaders and ensure that sick Americans can get insurance, too, it’s going to be a bitter pill to swallow for those who’ve been unevenly lucky. Neighborhoods that have seen significant gentrification are likely to be hit the hardest. This point has not escaped First District Councilman Mark Squilla, whose Fishtown and Northern Liberties constituents have every right to be worried — and who appears to be teaming up with at-large Councilman Bill Green to cobble together a potential revolt. They have an impressive arsenal of counter-arguments ready: Council is being asked to implement AVI before the new assessments are available. And they’re being asked to tweak the rate in such a way as to raise $90 million extra (for the schools), a provision that the Nutter administration says only reflects higher property values citywide, but which Green is quick to call a “backdoor tax.” It’s a question more of language than absolute truth — which means it’s an easy fight to have. The problem, for Squilla, for Green and for us, is that the only counter-initiative that looks likely right now is delay — essentially, to sit on the problem for another year and, in delaying, risk the whole thing falling apart in a blizzard of lawsuits and possible action by the State Tax Equalization Board. It’s hardly the first mayoral initiative to get the cold shoulder in Council over the past few years. But unlike most of those (the mayor’s “soda tax” would be a good example), there seems to be agreement that this one has to happen. The question is whether we’re about to see Council and the administration do what they ultimately have to, one way or another — check egos at the door and get this done — or whether they will once again delay. ✚ Send feedback to

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legislation in both chambers that could go a long way to protecting children that is not moving, and I think that it’s disgraceful.” Last week, ahead of Philly’s own clergy sex-abuse trial, O’Brien and at-large Councilman William Greenlee introduced a resolution urging the General Assembly to take action on seven of those bills introduced by Philly legislators. Greenlee says that after witnessing Bishop’s much-publicized revelation, at age 78, that she herself had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse, he had to speak up. “You’re talking about a child being hurt, and an adult being permanently scarred,” Greenlee says. “It takes a long time for victims to come forward and say what happens.” In fact, it’s the second resolution introduced in Council since the Sandusky scandal demanding action in Harrisburg (another passed in December). Greenlee admits that, as an outsider, the inaction is baffling. “People who are against these bills don’t seem to move no matter some of the horrible things that seem to have happened.” So can Council resolutions like these actually make an impact? Greenlee says wryly, “They don’t hurt.” —Samantha Melamed

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the men have recovered, others are now dead. GA provides between 60 percent and 75 percent of the revenue at Next Step. If houses like this one close, the city cannot fill the gap. “A good portion of the population comes through the uninsured door,” says Roland Lamb, director of Philadelphia’s Office of Addiction Services. “That means you will have a lot of people who will not be able to be sustained in our system.” The city has 24 recovery houses under contract to provide services, he says. These must meet Department of Licenses & Inspections requirements and have staff complete training programs. The city cannot, however, afford to fund most recovery houses — and so they are, by and large, unregulated. That can result in a broad range of issues. Some, says Lamb, are “more flophouses than they are recovery programs.” Others have been accused of exploiting addicts for cash, or requiring them to perform questionable “volunteer” labor — including at election time. Neighbors complain that most are concentrated in just a handful of zip codes, taking advantage of the abundant cheap and sometimes vacant row homes. Even good houses, Lamb says, are underfunded and thus pose “some definite problems insofar as safety issues are concerned.” “It’s all of the above, really,” says Paul Yabor, who lives in a recovery house in Frankford. Most recovery houses follow the 12-step model; others, like the Adonai House on Frankford Avenue, take different, faith-based approaches. Adonai’s Bob Beck, like many people who run houses, is a recovering addict you would not have liked to meet when he was using. “I rode on the wrong side of the tracks,” the tattooed, muscular former bike-gang member tells City Paper. Now Beck goes down to Kensington and Somerset avenues most days to pray with addicts. Other times, men come to his door straight from prison: Admission to a recovery house is frequently a condition of an addict’s parole or probation. Everyone — service providers, the city — says recovery houses are indispensable. “I have no idea how the system would continue if they eliminate General Assistance,” says Mimi McNichol, director of social services at the AIDS service organization Philadelphia FIGHT. “These places fill a huge gap not just in terms of recovery, but also homelessness.” Recovery houses also help addicts deal with other medical issues like HIV, which Yabor, an activist with ACT UP, has survived since 1990. Philly’s recovery-house movement began in the 1980s during the crack-cocaine epidemic. A recovering drug addict named Rev. Henry Wells — everyone just calls him “the Rev” — opened one of the first, inviting people to recover at his home. One Day At a Time — or ODAAT, as people call it — is now a sprawling recovery empire with its main facilities at the corner of 25th Street and Lehigh Avenue in North Philly. Over the years, Wells graduates took over ODAAT houses or simply opened their own. And so it grew.“This is the grandfather of all recovery houses,” says Mel Wells, the Rev’s son and ODAAT president.

Though worried about the cuts, Wells won’t speak ill of Corbett. “We’ve been trying not to get caught up in the politics,” he says. Nonetheless, he pledges that ODAAT will “raise some hell” to defend GA. On April 3, they’re taking buses of recovering addicts to Harrisburg and mobilizing local political support. Sharif Street, son of former Mayor John Street, sits on ODAAT’s board. The recovery house was in John Street’s City Council district, and the councilman defended them when the Department of Licenses & Inspections came poking around. (In 1999, hundreds of ODAAT volunteers returned the favor, campaigning for Street.) It is unclear whether local connections will provide sufficient leverage in Philly-hostile Harrisburg. Plus, says Street,

“This is a population that’s easy to dismiss.” “this is a population that, for a lot of folks, is easy to dismiss.” Philadelphia is home to one of the nation’s most thriving markets for cocaine and heroin in the nation. People from the suburbs come here to buy drugs, and then move on to places like ODAAT to recover. Indeed, recovery houses are full of people from elsewhere — including from Baltimore, New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Recovery houses, like the Kensington and Frankford neighborhoods where the openair drug trade flourishes, are extraordinarily diverse. “We don’t advertise ourselves as a regional hub,” Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity Donald Schwartz testified at a City Council hearing last week. “But there are people who come to Philadelphia because they don’t really have a choice, and there is such a concentration of people and services.” “If Philadelphia is unable to care for people,” he warned, “it >>> continued on page 12

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of Medicaid cutbacks, parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; loss of employer insurance and the reduction in school nurses. Eileen Duffy, a nurse who has spoken out on the issue and leads weekly demonstrations in front of School District headquarters on North Broad Street, now divides her time among three schools; she knows one nurse who oversees seven schools. She worries she could be liable for incidents that occur when sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s away, since she was tasked with creating an action plan for care in her absence. It happens all the time: An asthmatic kid, for example, gets into a fight or has a panic attack and asks for his inhaler â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the opposite of what he should have, since it will only accelerate his heart rate further. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A nurse would know that,â&#x20AC;? one said. Then there are the subtler impacts, in a school system where counselors are often former teachers, not social workers. Referrals for insurance assistance and family planning, in particular, often fall to nurses. One nurse said a girl recently walked into her office 24 weeks pregnant, having received no prenatal care until the nurse finally referred her. Another nurse, at a high school where one in four female students is pregnant or parenting, said it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help that sex education is virtually nonexistent; girls often confuse cramps with stomach aches, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the workings of the reproductive system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The majority of our calls would be from school nurses,â&#x20AC;? confirms Jaime Beck, program manager at CHOICE, which provides counseling and referrals for reproductive health in Philly. Colleen McCauley, health policy director at Public Citizens for Children and Youth, says the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hotline has seen an explosion of requests for help in obtaining care and insurance, and nurses are their top source of referrals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had more families that have lost that employer coverage, and the school nurses are an important source of information for those parents who never used the safety nets before. The school nurse is a critical linker for those services.â&#x20AC;? School District spokesman Fernando Gallard insists that all students who require care â&#x20AC;&#x201D; termed â&#x20AC;&#x153;medically fragileâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have nurses available, and that there has been no impact on safety. But nurses say mistakes are bound to be made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To some extent, all kids are fragile,â&#x20AC;? Duffy says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were at the bone before that last cut,â&#x20AC;? McCauley says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and now, with laying off this next set â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go much deeper than the bone.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Samantha Melamed

â&#x153;&#x161; SNAP JUDGEMENT These days, people who receive food stamps, known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, swipe a debit card instead of handing over paper coupons. That can hinder the use of SNAP at farmers markets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; often one of the few places to find fresh fruits and vegetables in low-income neighborhoods. The expenses of processing SNAP â&#x20AC;&#x201D; renting a

terminal, paying for wireless service, covering fees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; make it costly for individual farmers. So, many managers operate a single terminal for the entire market, a setup that can be inconvenient or confusing. In a recent study, Penn Nursing professor Alison Buttenheim and The Food Trustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Allison Karpyn gave terminals to all the vendors at West Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clark Park farmers market and saw SNAP payments increase 38 percent. Lowering the barriers to eating healthier is a worthy goal, and it makes sense that having more vendors with â&#x20AC;&#x153;We accept SNAPâ&#x20AC;? signs could do just that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Providing machines to each vendor would be ideal,â&#x20AC;? says Carle Brinkman of the Ecology Center in Berkeley, Calif., which aims to increase the number of farmers markets in that state that accept SNAP benefits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be no

â&#x20AC;&#x153;To some extent, all kids are fragile.â&#x20AC;? stigma, just like at the grocery store,â&#x20AC;? where people can

simply swipe a card at purchase time instead of going to a central terminal and using the card to pay for vouchers. But trying to provide a terminal to every vendor at every market is just impractical, Brinkman says. She thinks some other model, such as redemptions through smartphones, will need to be created.

Here in Philly, the experience of Farm to City â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which runs 16 farmers markets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offers another perspective. Last year, the organization used a USDA grant to buy terminals for about 40 farmers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Results were mixed,â&#x20AC;? Farm to City director Bob Pierson says. Some farmers were pleased, but others â&#x20AC;&#x153;just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough use out of themâ&#x20AC;? to cover the fees, or they experienced technical difficulties. Dissatisfied, those farmers â&#x20AC;&#x153;handed the terminals back at the end of

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SINGERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SAY In a blog post [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Campaign Treasurer Found to Have Violated Campaign Law Now a Deputy City Commissioner,â&#x20AC;? March 2, 2012], Isaiah Thompson raised concerns about City Commission chair Stephanie Singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hiring of Ellen Chapman as a deputy commissioner, noting the campaignfinance mistakes that occurred during Singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 primary and general election. Singer sent a response: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ms. Chapman served as my campaign treasurer, prompting Mr. Thompson to imply that her hiring warrants concerns about possible mismanagement of the City Commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While Mr. Thompson admits that in fact I self-reported and corrected any campaign-finance issues that arose, he neglects to point out that Ms. Chapmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many years of experience as a marketing manager and training officer for Xerox make her an excellent choice to help me update the City Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biannual training for over 8,000 election board volunteers, in addition to supporting my efforts to create a voter education program. These two priorities of my administration have the potential to greatly reduce problems during electionswhile helping to build a more knowledgeable voting public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Thompson incorrectly states that Dennis Lee served as my campaign manager. This is not the case. My campaign manager during the primary was Shannon Marietta, and for the general election campaign it was Molly Ashodian. Dennis Lee served as political director for the campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My office is committed to transparency, and has as its mission the successful operation of free and fair elections.

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their Academy Ball.Yon teens have got the Young Professionals Ball.The vamps and Twi-hards can hold Dracula’s Ball dear, with a dozen other charitable balls bouncing nearby. For my weird money, the Mütter Ball,in only its fourth year, has become the bash to beat where sartorial splendor (creative black-tie) and daring decor are concerned.This year, on March 31, the Mütter Museum folk go for an Art Deco/jazz-era look for a “Medicine and Electricity in the Roaring ’20s” theme that’ll carry over from the Cat’s Meow dance party to the speakeasy drawing-room saloon featuring bathtub-gin drinks. Hit ³ The South Philadelphia building used to be a bank, a warehouse for the city’s largest purveyor of exotic flavorings and a woolly mammoth of a property that included an artist space, a sound studio and a record label. The Spice House was shuttered in 2010 due to a tax situation, and ideas of reconfiguring the building into handsome condos or a small theater space never came to pass. Now rumor has it that the spot may be razed, as its ownership might not care to go through the (monetary) hassle of historical reconstruction a la The Divine Lorraine. If only the city would get behind saving the Spice House. ³ Three on a match is usually an unlucky notion. MilkBoy Philly breaks the bad-luck chain with a trio of back-to-back-to-back bests: March 29’s b-day party for mod-mambo king El Malito,funky old Black Landlord’s March 30 benefit for an old pal losing his property and a strange pairing of skronky rockers mature (Richard Bush’s Peace Creeps) and immature (TJ Kong) on the 31st. Buy the three-pack. ³ That was fast: Barely two weeks ago, the CEOs of Farmers’ Cabinet took control of the 216 S. 11th St. space just days after its previous tenant, Blue Bear Tavern,departed. Before they could whisper the PR on chef Steve Forte’s cuisine of deep Americana, they went and opened the Southern-Gothic-looking The Boilermaker last weekend. We’re hearing that, like its first tenant, ye olde Doc Watson’s, the Boilermaker will feature live roadhouse-y acts. ³ Though the exact locations are still a secret, my original home base area of Southwest Philly will host shoots of the USA Networks’ Sigourney Weaver/ Carla Gugino miniseries Political Animals. ³ The PhilaMOCA mausoleum turns into the Hollywood Palladium with a Philly-based variety show, sans schmaltz. West Chester’s baroque-poppy Girls from Tutlie (new single is “Giantess”), Temple University’s comedyclub boss Alex Grubard,the indie-rawk ire of Break it Up and perf-art and poetic musings from Juliet Hope Wayne and hostess Nicole Connor highlight the all-ages show at PhilaMOCA March 30. ³ More ice? Go to (

THE FRAME-UP: Bryan Willette installs Judith Schaechter’s The Battle of Carnival and Lent at Eastern State Penitentiary. MARK STEHLE

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’m sort of like a snake handler,” explains Bryan Willette with a chuckle. “I know what I’m doing is dangerous, but you develop a comfort level by knowing how to handle it correctly.” The treacherous work he does? Installing stained-glass windows. He might not be in danger of venomous bites, but the pieces he’s handling are painstakingly crafted and usually pricey works of art: Break one, and feel the fangs of horror and regret sinking in. Willette, who works at Germantown’s Beyer Studio doing everything from glazing to designing to constructing stained glass, mostly installs windows at churches and universities. But recently his job took him to an unusual place: a prison. Not just any prison. Willette installed the 17 windows that artist Judith Schaechter created for grandly crumbling Eastern State Penitentiary. The world’s first true “penitentiary,” designed specifically to encourage penitence and reform, Eastern State kept its inmates isolated from each other, performing labor and learning trades. Its cell blocks radiate from a central point like wheel spokes, with each cell lit by a skylight — a design copied by hundreds of prisons worldwide after it opened in 1829. “I was sort of moved and haunted by the architecture of the cells themselves,” Schaechter says, “which are proportionally a micro-

cosm of some kind of chapel, especially with the placement of the window.” Schaechter has designed stained-glass replacement windows for three cell blocks and a large arched window — the secondlargest she’s ever made — called The Battle of Carnival and Lent. “I want it to deal with big themes,” Schaechter says of her work. “I didn’t want to, for example, tell individual prisoners’ stories. I wanted to talk about the human condition and what it means to make bad decisions and end up in prison. But I wasn’t even necessarily thinking about a prison prison — just imprisonment.” Eastern State’s art program taps two to four artists from more than 75 proposals each year to create site-specific, prison/corrections-themed work that enhances and comments upon the location. For example, a 2011 piece, James Mills’ On Tour, consisted of signage pointing to tourism sites where people once suffered, an inherent critique of Eastern State as an “attraction.” This year, alongside Schaechter’s work, will be Ryan Legassicke’s States of Security/Security States, a banner hung from Eastern State’s outer wall depicting full-scale silhouettes of barriers from around the world. “The art always has to support one of the threads” of the penitentiary’s past, incarceration or punishment, says Sean Kelley, Eastern State’s senior vice president and director of public programming. The proposal guidelines state it plainly: “Do not suggest Eastern State solely as an architectural backdrop.”

The cells are “a microcosm of some kind of chapel.”

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[ feel the fangs of horror and regret sinking in ] ³ rock/pop/electronic

James Mercer’s playing with a whole new set of Shins. These “real” musicians, as Mercer indelicately calls them, give Port of Morrow (Columbia) a sheen missing before now — though the relative dearth of hooks is on them, too. Perhaps what the crack outfit allows Mercer is the reassurance he needed to pen some of his most vividly poetic lyrics. While many of the songs can be kindly described as slow burns, man, Mercer’s accompanying words are stunning. His game is stronger than ever — just know he’s playing a slightly different game. —Brian Howard

Visions (4AD) is by some measure the most concrete, melody-centric and approachable record yet from pixieish Montrealer Grimes, but there’s still something ineffably insubstantial about its cotton-candy cyborg pop. It’s all plush, pillowy synths, aerated vocals and softfocus sweet-tooth atmospherics; something fluky and casually unpremeditated. Even the bona fide synth-pop jams (like the Del Shannon-channeling “Oblivion”) feel pleasantly accidental. —K. Ross Hoffman

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ing double disc of reworks of some of the radically fast, cheap, out-of-control South African dance music collected on 2010’s Shangaan Electro by a veritable who’s-who of bleeding-edge electronica. Results range from polite, skeletally minimal tech (Ricardo Villalobos, Mark Ernestus) to prismatic, broken-beat dub (Burnt Friedman, Old Apparatus), banging Chicago footwurk (DJs Rashad & Spinn) and bad-ass machine-funk (Oni Ayhun) and inscrutable IDM (Actress, Peverelist). —K. Ross Hoffman


AUSTRIA! I’m on Top of the World and I’ve Taken Hostages, Fuckers! ³ THERE ONCE WAS a time, in the not-too-dis-

The self-released Cold Comfort is the album John Lilly has been building toward all along. The West Virginian retreated to a small-town studio south of San Antonio for the bulk of the tracks, bringing in Bill Kirchen (guitar), Bobby Flores (fiddle), Floyd Domino (piano) and Kayton Roberts (one of Hank Snow’s steelers!) to set the tone. If you’re convinced country music peaked when honky-tonk and rockabilly were in their prime, this CD will be your new fave; it brings out the natural hick in a person. Joyful or ferociously sad, these songs make you want to be part of them. —Mary Armstrong

tant past, when the mere sight of a Marilyn Manson CD or an N.W.A. T-shirt was enough to warrant an emergency meeting of the local PTA. Today, in this age of CEOs with tattoos and professors with piercings, you have to work pretty hard to make the most isolated, geriatric fundamentalist even feign outrage. Sure, an ambitious band could resort to performing abortions on stage, but even then the shows are likely to end with “Drive safely and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook!” So you really have to salute (a Berlin-circa-1939 sort of salute) Austrian musician Thomas Rainer for coming up with what has to be the most universally offensive packaging ever devised for the latest release for his solo project, Nachtmahr.The cover of Can You Feel the Beat depicts a young woman with a pair of black eyes and a bloody nose holding a blood-soaked baseball bat up to her mouth. Not since the 1974 release of The Carpenters’ “I’m on Top of the World and I’ve Taken Hostages, Fuckers!” has anyone made such a blatant attempt at pissing off the general public. As for the music on the CD: Well, considering the effort made on the cover’s visual “fuck you,” one really expects more than what’s delivered. The CD consists mostly of remixes (not uncommon in the world of industrial/techno) of the tracks “Can You Feel the Beat” and “Verräter an Gott” which are hit-or-miss, although it should be noted that X-RX’s reworking is exceptionally well done.


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[ B+ ] THE SQUABBLES OF Talmudic scholars engaged in obscure debates over ancient texts would seem to be a subject with an extremely limited audience. But Joseph Cedar’s story of father-son professors at Hebrew University of Jerusalem not only unearths universal themes from its arcane subject matter, but does it with a wry comedic touch and a deft sense of the absurdity of academic politics. The film opens at a ceremony ushering Uriel Shkolnik (Lior Ashkenazi) into a prestigious academic society — one that has notoriously overlooked his father, Eliezer (Shlomo Bar-Aba). The initiation is one of many honors the gregarious son has accumulated that have eluded his sour, embittered father, whose perpetual frown refuses to even attempt to hide his jealousy. Cedar introduces the two characters with a series of arch devices, brief mock-doc diversions caricaturing Uriel’s puffed-up self-absorption and his father’s mania and misanthropy, tricks that threaten to overcompensate for the lofty subject matter with coy whimsy. But as complications set in, the conflicting emotions of their relationship take over and the tale becomes both messier and more engrossing. Uriel’s devotion to his neglectful father drives him to defy the establishment he’s spent his career ingratiating himself to, culminating in a ridiculous meeting in a closet-sized room not big enough to hold the gathered bureaucracy, let alone its egos. Meanwhile, Eliezer swells with pride at the receipt of an honor he’s spent years denigrating, the newfound attention prompting a mixture of unexpected giddiness and gall. While the elder Shkolnik takes the opportunity to essentially discount his son’s achievements in public, the junior Shkolnik doggedly works behind the scenes to ensure that his father never discovers the award was a mistake. Each underestimates the other, as Eliezer’s long-dormant textual expertise leads to an ambiguous finale, leaving both in a muddle of humility, public pride and contaminated self-esteem. —Shaun Brady

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Still, the architecture enhances certain artworks, including Schaechterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Her skylights depict mythical and biblical characters like Prometheus, Andromeda and Noah in windows that are only â&#x20AC;&#x153;4 inches wide by 40 inches tall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a very difficult space to try to fill with a picture of a person, unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do anorexic basketball players playing with giraffes or something,â&#x20AC;? she says. She cropped and squeezed the figures into this thin space, emphasizing the sense of confinement. The arched transom window, on the other hand, gave her an extensive canvas for The Battle of Carnival and Lent. With monklike figures combating clownlike ones, the theme is obvious: austerity versus decadence. She was inspired by a Bruegel painting with a similar name, she explains, but also by â&#x20AC;&#x153;the struggle with self-control: I figure everyone in prison has that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I mean, everyone has that, to some extent.â&#x20AC;? Until now, Schaechterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s windows have typically included just a single figure. But Carnival and Lent, she notes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;has 96 figures if you count the snails.â&#x20AC;? The one window sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s larger is a beautiful decorative piece in New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum of Arts and Design. (Willette installed that one, too.) After nearly 30 years of working with stained glass, Willette still finds the medium appealing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the intensity of it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the colors are all highly saturated. And it is being driven by the sun. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tricky. It takes a long time to learn how to do it right.â&#x20AC;? Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that fragility nerveracking? One of the first things you learn â&#x20AC;&#x153;is how to pick up and put down a stained-glass window,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a right way and wrong way to do it. You learn where the breaking points are. I know this because I found out the hard way.â&#x20AC;? Schaechter has a different take: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of them as even remotely being fragile, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m around glass far too often to judge anymore. All I see is how hard it is to cut, and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really tough.â&#x20AC;? ( â&#x153;&#x161; Judith Schaechter: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Battle of Carnival and


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Frankie, Jeanette, Megg, Sam and Jack — the five characters of Genne Murphy’s Hope Street and Other Lonely Places at Azuka Theatre — all live in the North Philadelphia community of Kensington, but they share more than just a neighborhood. Theirs is a world crippled by drug addiction and a growing sense that they can’t escape. There is a lesson here, of course: It’s tough to live in a metaphor. Murphy’s script plays on its sense of locale, with Philly places described frequently and in detail. But no street here is merely a street — it’s an icon, and often invoked with a heavy-handed ironic edge, as in “where Hope and Diamond meet, one of the best places to buy dope in the city.” The playwright is given to flights of poetic dialogue that is flavorful but stilted, and peppered with recurring imagery — in small doses it’s affecting, but too often stops any sense of momentum. There’s no doubting Murphy’s earnestness. The trouble is that Hope Street is dramatically inert. Characters reflect on their lives rather than do anything about them, and the situation offers no real possibilities. The actors are saddled with



a very limited palette. With the exception of the charming Delanté G. Keys as Sam, they give small-scale performances that seem resigned and defeated from the start. There’s little to root for, and it’s a grim two hours. It’s frustrating, because director Kevin Glaccum and his ace design team (sets and lights by Thom Weaver, sound by Robert Kaplowitz) have given Hope Street a visually arresting and highly atmospheric production. Projected images of Philadelphia are striking, the soundscape is consistently intriguing, and throughout there is a sense of pulse and life. Glaccum’s direction really does Murphy’s play a favor. If only it worked in reverse. (

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✚ Through April 1, $22-$27, Azuka

Theatre, First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St., 215-563-1100,

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re:view Robin Rice on visual art


Through April 14, Moore College of Art and Design, 1916 Race St., 215-965-4027,

³ WORKING DIRECTLY FROM the figure in ink

and embroidery, Shizuko Kimura brings a sense of immediacy to sewing techniques that are generally the opposite of direct — that is, executed in carefully planned stages. Kimura’s seemingly effortless integration of Eastern and Western traditions combines the sensitivity to materials that historically characterizes Japanese art with the European tradition of drawing posed nude models. The discrete, sometimes fragmentary embroidered images are scattered across translucent, floor-to-ceiling fabric panels hanging in Moore College’s “Window on Race.” Best seen from the street, these mostly monochrome linear representations of nude figures and anatomical details on parchment-colored ground suggest enormous pages from a Renaissance artist’s sketchbook. Perhaps because of their location in the window, they have a decorative air, almost

evoking toile-patterned curtains — a reminder that however casual and superficial the use of scattered recognizable images on fabric may seem, it is a universal expression of our shared humanity. Work displayed in the short hallway of the Graham Gallery seems more intimate — perhaps, again, because of the circumstances in which we experience it. Turning the pages of wall-mounted sketchbooks of ink-wash life drawings embroidered with black thread puts us exactly in the place of the artist as she works. We note Kimura’s wit in depicting pubic hair with unraveling thread and representing a bold-outlined boombox in the studio along with the models. The sense of the moving hand, whether holding a needle and thread or a brush loaded with ink, brings the creative act into real time and space. (

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WELCOME TO OZ ³ STEPHEN PERLOFF HAS always shown the world in stunning

black and white. Beyond his longtime post editing the Langhorne-based journal The Photo Review, Perloff is known for his own art — studying the faces and streetscapes of Philadelphia, profiling masters of blackand-white photography like W. Eugene Smith and André Kertész and candidly depicting the residents of Centralia, Pa., following the discovery of the town’s infamous underground coal fires. Perloff primarily worked for almost four decades in traditional silver gelatin prints. He shot color film as well, but since the printing didn’t come as naturally to him, he kept that work to himself until now. Showing at Fairmount’s Light Room Gallery through the middle of next month, “Unseen Color, Part 1” is the first full-scale show of Perloff’s color work from the ’70s and ’80s. It reveals an artist with as solid a grasp of the full spectrum as the monochrome. Shapes and forms are framed the same way, and similar details draw us inward; the pigments are an extra element enriching each image. The exhibit also underscores the comfort and colloquial rapport Perloff clearly had shooting in his home region — images from Philadelphia are friendly, up close, personal; images from abroad are cautious, curious, even timid. The exhibit is engagingly divided into loosely thematic clusters, giving the show a vigorous pace, and keeping you moving around

the medium-size gallery. It begins with a wall of minimalist photos based on spacious geometric forms and juxtapositions of punchy color: The 1975 image Pepsi details the lemon-yellow stucco of a garage wall with a bright-red, antique vending machine in front. The images surrounding it likewise examine intersections of color and shape in architecture, with generous open space padding each frame. Diagonally across the gallery is the polar opposite — a cluster of dense, text-heavy images from Perloff’s late-’70s travels to the West Virginia State Fair, Japan and Taiwan. These images are of advertisements that have swollen from information to visual pollution: Walls in a Taipei market plastered with bright-blue kung-fu-film posters; billboards in 1978’s Medical Miracle entreating fair visitors to see “Anita, the girl with no head” in rusty reds and yellows. In between are prints of rolling Romanian hills, Mummers, Eastern European parks and comical pairings of animals and people. Circling back around to the beginning, we come to a group of a half-dozen faces, including a North Philadelphia woman in a fur coat and a teenage couple who seem to have color-coordinated the red highlights in their outfits. These portraits call the greatest attention to how comfortable Perloff is in his hometown. He gets unhesitatingly close to his subjects, but their eyes don’t reflect a feeling that he’s too close — there’s an air of ease and conviviality. Exhibit-wide, the photos that match these in feeling are the ones shot in and around Philadelphia. The whimsical Watching the Flag Day Parade (pictured) is a prime


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example: On a windy day, two older nuns stand on a South Philadelphia sidewalk, habits blowing in the breeze, smiling faces comically aloof, a woman of the same age in a flowered sundress rounding out their group. All seem amused with the weather, and Perloff got in tight to capture their reaction. By comparison, in his images from abroad — or even elsewhere in the United States — the people are diminished. When they’re present at all, they’re often photographed hidden in shadows, or with backs turned. In this, we get a glimpse into the growth of Perloff, a portrait of the photographer as a young man. He was tremendously comfortable with getting close up on his home turf, knowledgeable of his surroundings and prone to seek out faces and details. Abroad, he held back, kept his distance. Perhaps it was out of a lack of familiarity. Or perhaps it was more due to curiosity — a drive to capture the entirety of the unfamiliar surroundings. ( ✚ “Unseen Color, Part 1: Photographs by Stephen

Perloff,” through April 14, artist talk Sat., April 14, 4 p.m., The Light Room Gallery, 2024 Wallace St.,

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 NEW CRAZY HORSE|A “The reviewing of the show brings back my eternal request: Please, let’s try to close for some time.” As choreographer Philippe Decouflé pleads for more rehearsal time, the camera in Frederick Wiseman’s 39th documentary picks up a series of faces, people seated around a table to discuss what to do with the latest show at famed Parisian cabaret club Crazy Horse. No one looks happy as Decouflé receives his answer from the managing director: “I’m sorry, the answer is no.” And so the film sets up the essential problem facing Decouflé. Stripping at Crazy Horse is a business, no matter the exclamations by the cast and crew that what they’re doing is art. And like Wiseman’s other films -— most recently, La Danse and Boxing Gym — this one is about the work that goes into such business. The camera keeps focused on labor: meetings, table set-ups, rehearsals, costume fittings. Sometimes you see women dancing, their bodies exposed, the lighting dramatic, their movements calculated. “They can transform themselves; beauty counts less than what you do with it,” the artistic director explains to a reporter. “My motto is: There are no ugly women.” Then Wiseman’s camera cuts to the woman taping the interview. She nods, though you can’t tell whether she’s agreeing with the subject or appreciating her own work. He looks fine in frame. —Cindy Fuchs (Ritz at the Bourse)

FOOTNOTE|B+ Read Shaun Brady’s review on pg. 23. (Ritz Five) GOON A haiku: Stifler stars in this

remake of the beginning of Happy Gilmore. (Not reviewed) (Ritz at the Bourse)

MIRROR, MIRROR Read Michael Gold’s review at (Pearl, UA Riverview)

WRATH OF THE TITANS Read Drew Lazor’s review at (Pearl, Roxy, UA Riverview)

 ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL THE FLOOD A haiku: Family drama threatens Yoni’s bar mitzvah. Sounds wacky, but no. (Not reviewed) (Ritz East)

MELTING AWAY|A Read Josh Middleton’s review on pg. 37. (Drexel University)

 CONTINUING DELICACY|C+ Audrey Tautou plays a widow taking halting steps toward love in David and Stéphane Foenkinos’ adaptation of the former’s novel. The brothers take their time establishing the bond between Tautou and her first love, sketching the arc from meeting to marriage before he’s run down in the street. Tautou mourns, fending off the brusque advances of her boss (Bruno Todeschini), and then impulsively plants a wet one on unsuspecting coworker François Damiens. The lumber-

JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME|BJeff (Jason Segel), a 30-year-old bongripping manchild, thinks about life for a living, telling the audience from go that he believes there’s a connective

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI|A+ David Gelb’s gorgeous and deeply moving doc dissects culinary titan Jiro Ono, the pushing-90 chef whose Michelin-starred Tokyo restaurant,

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In Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut, she and friend Adam Scott heed the ticking of their biological clocks and decide to have a baby, but not the relationship that comes with it. Some of their friends (Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig) are unhappily coupled, others (Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd) have thrown themselves into parenting whole-hog, but none of them are as they were, which, from where the expecting couple sits, is a fate worse than (spiritual) death. Their post-co-parenting arcs, with Westfeldt feeling the pull of maternal instinct and Scott getting busy with Megan Fox, are a hair too chromosomally determined, but the movie’s killer last line makes the most of its biological imperatives. —S.A. (Ritz Five)

spiritual channel flowing through all people and all things. His older brother, Pat (Ed Helms), is the opposite of immaterial, obsessed with the Porsche he purchased behind the cold back of his wife. Segel, who possesses some rooted (if predictable) dramatic game, works well with Helms, who riffs on the flawed-perfectionist mold established in The Hangover and The Office.And while getting there is fun, the movie’s third act is cheesy and unnecessary, legitimizing Jeff’s idle philosophies in the most unsubtle manner possible. —Drew Lazor (Ritz East)



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Hollywood, and as such director Gary Ross seems overly keen on pleasing the books’ legions of fans. At times this comes off more like a dutiful parade of incidents meant to cram in everyone’s favorite moments than a cinematic reimagination of the story. The early scenes are the film’s most effective, lent urgency by Ross’s restless, hand-held camera. The Games themselves actually slow the pace after the chaotic, brutal opening moments, with the stakes never seeming high enough and interesting avenues never adequately explored. Still, as Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence crafts a compelling character, one who’s welcome amidst the usual summer noise. —Shaun Brady (Pearl, UA Riverview)

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ing Swede is promptly smitten, but she feigns amnesia when he follows up; not surprising, since half their colleagues can’t remember him, either. Damiens is so insubstantial that it’s not clear for a while if he’ll turn out to be a figment of Tautou’s grief, but he proves solid in every sense, as blandly likable as the film itself. Delicacy breaks from its monotonous forward march for the requisite Amélie-isms, although in a mild twist they’re allocated to Damiens instead of Tautou. It’s sweet and uncomplicated, a perfect rebound relationship, but after a while you’re ready to move on to something meatier. —Sam Adams (Ritz Five)


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Sukiyabashi Jiro, is considered the best place for sushi on the planet. Leaning on sleek time-lapse footage and elegant close-ups to compound the intricacies of Jiro’s every measured motion, Gelb shoots with so much respect and artistic clarity that Jiro’s incredible standards of self-discipline are not noted so much as gilded. “Ultimately, simplicity leads to purity,” the chef says of his job, a deceptively straight-ahead view from someone who not only loves, but lives his work. —D.L. (Ritz at the Bourse)

clear how his increasingly frightening behaviors evolve. And so it grants no moral ground, no way to judge how this plot turns so terrible, even though you know it will from the first moments. —C.F. (Ritz at the Bourse)




✚ REPERTORY FILM AMBLER THEATER 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 215345-7855, The Matchmaker (2010, Israel, 112 min.): Working for a Holocaust-surviving matchmaker opens a teenage boy’s eyes. Thu., March 29, 7:30 p.m., $13. The Sandlot (1993, U.S., 101 min.): “You’re killing me, Smalls!” Sat., March 31, 11 a.m., $4.

THE BALCONY The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-

824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610527-9898, Head (1968, U.S., 86 min.): The Monkees cast off their clean-cut image and foray into plotless psychedelia. See pg. 33 for more. Fri., March 30, 11:30 p.m., $7. The Moon Child (2011, France, 110 min.): A rare malady forces a teenager to remain indoors until nightfall. Sat., March 31, 11 a.m., $7. Looney Tunes Shorts: Odiferous hurdles aside, skeevy skunk Pepe LePew tries to mack on the ladies in this slate of shorts. Sat., March 31, 11 a.m., $5. Fitzcarraldo (1982, Germany, 158 min.): More dreamer than profiteer, a wannabe rubber baron must pull a steamship over a mountain to find his fortune. Tue.,April 3, 7:30 p.m., $10.

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APPALLINGLY FUNNY. One of those rare films at which you catch yourself laughing and may feel immediately ashamed for doing so. AND THEN YOU LAUGH SOME MORE.”

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COLONIAL THEATRE 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610-9171228, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (2011, Germany, 108 min.): The menu-writing prowess of experimental gastronomist Ferran Adria gets long-overdue documentary treatment. Sun., April 1, 4:30 p.m., $8.

COUNTY THEATER 20 E. State St., Doylestown, 215-3456789, The Sandlot (1993, U.S., 101 min.): The Phillies look like chumps compared to this rag-tag neighborhood baseball gang. Sat., March 31, 11 a.m., $4.


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dapest to Istanbul: Cruising the Danube (1993, U.S., 75 min.): Clint

Denn’s travelogue follows the Danube River as it moves through Eastern Europe to Anatolia. Wed., April 4, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $18.


WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN|AAs horrific and sensational as this story is, the film is more disturbing for its focus through a troubled mother’s (Tilda Swinton) eyes. She struggles to understand why her son, a soon-to-be school shooter, is difficult, and we repeatedly watch her watching him. Because the film offers no outside view, it’s never


6888, Hesher (2010, U.S., 106 min.): A burnout (Joseph GordonLevitt) takes a grieving child under his wing in this metal-tinged take on grief. Mon., April 2, 8 p.m., $3.

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GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, 610-6495220, Bu-

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 267-765-9700, Cecilia (1983, Cuba, 127 min.): A light-skinned Afro-Cuban woman plays white to try and find love while Cuba’s race-based social structure starts to crumble in the background. Thu., March 29, 7 p.m., free. This Is Marshall McLuhan: The Medium is the Massage (1967, U.S., 56 min.): Originally broadcast on NBC, Ernest Pintoff’s doc aims for a pictorial representation of media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s work (and yes, the title is right). Sat., March 31, 8 p.m., free. Videodrome (1983, U.S., 87 min.): James Woods stars as a TV station president who loses his grip on reality as he delves deeper into media manipulation and snuff TV. Sat., March 31, 10 p.m., $9. Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forum: Director Camille Billops will

be in attendance during the screenings of Suzanne Suzanne (1982, U.S., 30 min.) and Christa Christa (1991, U.S., 55 min.), two films about women confronting their troubled pasts. Wed., April 4, 7 p.m., $10.

transgender woman to use punk rock to reclaim her spirit. Wed., April 4, 8:30 p.m., free.

OLD PINE CHURCH 412 Pine St., 215-925-8051, oldpine. org. Jesus Christ Superstar Singalong (1973, U.S., 108 min.): Norman Jewison’s film adaptation retains the ambiguity of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock-opera spin on Jesus’ last days. Sun., April 1, 7 p.m., free.

PHILADELPHIA CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE 1218 Arch St., 215-569-3186, Strangers When We Meet (1960, U.S., 117 min.): Bored with wife and work, a Los Angeles architect has an affair with his neighbor. Mon., April 2, 6:30 p.m., free.

WOODEN SHOE BOOKS 508 S. Fifth St., 215-413-0999, Fahrenheit 451 (1966, U.S., 112 min.): French new wave director Francois Truffaut used Ray Bradbury’s dystopian anti-censorship novel as the story for his only English-language film. Sun., April 1, 7 p.m., free.

NOMAD PIZZA 611 S. 7th St., 215-238-0900, Taxi Driver (1976, U.S., 113 min.): Robert De Niro artfully portrays a trauma-riddled ex-Marine’s descent into violent psychosis. Sun., April 1, 8 p.m., free. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001, U.S., 96 min.): A botched operation and broken marriage lead an East German

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—Janet Anderson Thu.-Sun., March 29-April 1, $15, AUX at Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St., 215-238-1236,

Thu.-Sat., March 29-31, 8 p.m., $30-$35, Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine St., 215-925-9914,

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✚ KUN YANG LIN “I witnessed the 9/11 event, saw the plane crash. It was almost like a dream. The whole city was afraid, but by the second day something

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✚ GOD OF CARNAGE Sinking into chaos has never been as much fun as in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, basis of the recent film Car-

nage. Two successful couples meet for a civilized discussion about an altercation between their 11-year-old sons, but they (and we) are soon asking, “Are we all fucking Neanderthals?” Like French playwright Reza’s hit comedy Art, God of Carnage discusses all sorts of serious topics (parenting, justice, business ethics) while its silliness (vomit, booze, dead hamster) percolates to a hilarious, roiling finale. The Walnut’s main-stage production features a terrific ensemble — real-life couple Greg Wood and Susan Riley Stevens plus Julie Czarnecki and Ben Lipitz — on Robert Andrew Kovach’s splendidly tacky ultramodern living-room set, which doesn’t show even a hint of young inhabitants. “Children consume our lives,” one dad complains, “and then destroy them!” The kids are, hopefully, all right; too bad their parents are no more mature. —Mark Cofta Through April 29, $10-$150, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215574-3550,


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✚ HEAD When Davy Jones died suddenly last month, my first thought was not of “Daydream Believer” or of the hip-shaking, tambourine-playing “cute one” on the Monkees’ TV show. No, my mind instantly ran to “Daddy’s Song,” Jones’ remarkable musical number from the band’s bizarre 1968 feature, Head. No elaborate Busby Berkeley-style affair, the premise of the short sequence is simple: Davy sings and dances with Toni Basil, once in a white tuxedo against a black background, again in black against white, the two cut together in strobe-like fashion, all set to one of Harry Nilsson’s deceptively upbeat pop confections bemoaning his absent father. Both music

and performance play to Jones’ musical-theater background, placing his abundant songand-dance-man charm in the spotlight. Barely two minutes long, it’s undoubtedly one of the hodgepodge film’s highlights. BMFI’s late-night screening was planned well before Jones’ unexpected death, but it’s as good an opportunity as any to celebrate him. —Shaun Brady Fri., March 30, 11:30 p.m., $7, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., 610-527-9898,

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✚ BELLEVILLE QUARTET After wooing the Moonstone Arts Center in February, the smooth strings of the Belleville Quartet are back, this time joined by the bouncing rhythms of the Perseverance Jazz Band. After the potluck dinner, you’ll get the chance to foxtrot and lindy hop on the dance floor alongside fellow swing dancers


Expressing complex notions in shorthand is a given for the text-savvy, Twitter-lovin’ crowd. By distilling everyday occurrences into mini-combinations of video and dance, Miller Rothlein (MIRO) hopes to bring the same microcosmic spirit

—Michael Gold

surprising happened — people responded, connected and helped each other,” says Kun Yang Lin, the Taiwanesedancer/teacher/choreographer who owns Chi Movement Arts Center in South Philly. His experience in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, inspired his provocative Beyond the Bones. “I’m exploring how humanity goes beyond the dead,” he says. Also contributing to the evening’s musical and cultural collage are Chinese puppet artist HuaHua Zhang and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. This promises to be extraordinary.

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to visual and performance art. In Still Life: just under 42 very small performances and installation, visual artist and director Tobin Rothlein calls on his six dancers to distill images and concepts into minimal gestures. By stripping motion back to basics, Rothlein hopes to “trigger a very different range of emotions in the viewer” only possible through simple expression. The performers will be scattered throughout AUX’s small black-box space like breathing sculptures. The result is an individualized experience of MIRO’s fractured presentation.

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✚ FIRST AID KIT This year’s early favorite for Sweetest I Love You (Swedish Folk category) is First Aid Kit’s “Emmylou” from The Lion’s Roar (Redeye). “I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June, NEIL KRUG

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if you’ll be my Gram and my Johnny, too,” Johanna and Klara Söderberg belt out together in warm, wily harmony. “I know I’m not asking that much of you. Just sing little darling, sing with me.” For a couple of Scandinavian kids, First Aid Kit can pull off the heartsick cowboy/Americana thing marvelously, and the video — wherein the sisters lounge around on the scorched dirt and painted rocks of Joshua Tree — speaks volumes. They’re not playing dress-up. They really are a pair of Emmylous in search of a Gram. —Patrick Rapa Sat., March 31, 8:30 p.m., $15, all ages, with Peggy Sue, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 877-435-9849,

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✚ BEARD AND MUSTACHE CHAMPIONSHIP Wait, don’t shave yet! The Philadelphia Beard & Mustache Club is about to hold its first-ever championship. Contenders will square off in 14 categories like Full Beard Natural, Style Mustache, Sideburns and even Fake Beards for Women. A panel of judges, including former Channel 6 newsie Don Polec,

Tattooed Mom’s bartender Chubbs and stylist Holly Hox, will pick the winning whiskers. Entertainment will be provided by local punk rockers Animal Haus and performance troupe Olde City Sideshow. —Al Harris Sat., March 31, 7 p.m., $12-$15 ($30$35 to compete), The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St., 215-222-1234,

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✚ GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY FUNDRAISER The aging process isn’t fun for anyone, but institutional lapses and social stigma create additional wrinkles as transgender individuals inch over the hill. Gender Reel Festival’s Joe Ippolito and Kandis Hutcherson hope to bring attention to those challenges with the release of Growing Old Gracefully: The Transgender Experience. Slated for release in September 2012, the doc follows five gender-variant seniors facing social, medical and political challenges as they mature. Weaving footage of trans elders with interviews from LGBTQ advocates and health-care professionals, Ippolito and Hutcherson hope to shine a light on an under-explored dilemma. This Saturday’s fundraiser offers a sneak peek. —Michael Gold Sat., March 31, 7 p.m., free, Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St., 215-964-9675,


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✚ VAN HUNT After two albums of solid, underappreciated neo-funk and soul — plus the darkly extravagant 2008 industry miscarriage Popular (unceremoniously shelved weeks before its slated Blue Note release date) — Van Hunt threw

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The Israeli Film Festival gets a dose of gay this weekend with the screening of Doron Eran’s Melting Away.The mustsee feature film was inspired by a hatecrime shooting at a Tel Aviv LGBTQ Youth Center in 2009, and subsequent reports that parents were too ashamed of their gay children to visit them in the hospital. Eran’s story unfolds when angry Shlomo (Ami Weinberg) and bitchy Gallia (Limor Goldstein) discover their 18-year-old son, Assaf (Hen Yanni), is hiding a collection of women’s duds under his mattress. These findings and their suspicions about his “pervert” friends are all they need to toss him to the street. Fast-forward four years and Assaf is a super-hot but well-adjusted lounge singer named Anna. Shlomo is dying of cancer in a local hospital. In a lovely take-the-high-road twist, Anna catches word about her father and spends her days caring for him, in the guise of a free nurse. For a while the family is oblivious to the fact that she was once Assaf; one scuzzball uncle even asks her out. But as everyone but her father starts to put together the pieces, she’s forced to stand up to hateful relatives to nurture the affection she’s beginning to rekindle with her dying pops. It would have been nice to see a transgendered person play Assaf/Anna, but Yanni, who earned a best-actress Israeli Academy Award nomination for the role, works it like a champ. Her portrayal of the tenderhearted, can’t-dowrong soul contrasts triumphantly with the bigots who are “living the right way.” And Billi Ben Moshe’s script comes out punching for LGBTQ acceptance, especially with one line that could be the best-yet slap in the face for tinyminded parents: “If you gave [him life], it’s his life to live.” Zing! Sat., March 31, 8:45 p.m., $12, Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3140 Market St., 484-904-5421, (

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Local 44 Bottle Shop | Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida have opened a bottle shop attached to their West Philly beer bar, Local 44. Stocking more than 500 varieties of beer in the cold case, the owners have also dedicated a section to rarityhunting beer geeks, with shelving units stocked with high-end large-format bottles. There are a few seats available in the space to sit around and crack open your purchases, or enjoy a pour off L44’s beer engine, which is routed over to this side of the space for your enjoyment. The bottle shop is open Sunday to Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight. 4333 Spruce St., 215-222-CANS,


Nom Nom Ramen (20 S. 18th St.) has soft-opened, serving a limited amount of customers every night beginning at 5 p.m. ³ They’re now doing the latenight thing at Underdogs (132 S. 17th St.) — the full menu is available until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. ³ Vegan chef/caterer Rachel Klein is opening a space to host private parties and tastings at 1732-34 W. Passyunk Ave. in South Philly.

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SPEAK L’AFRIQUE Le Bercail serves bold West African cooking with a side of French. By Adam Erace LE BERCAIL | 4519 Baltimore Ave., 267-292-5805. Open daily, 11 a.m.11 p.m. Wraps, $6; entrées, $4.99-$15; dessert, $2-$4. BYOB.


ink into a creaky red booth, close your eyes and open your ears. Hear it? Over the din of the NCAA tournament on the overhead TV, something effete and lyrical is hanging in the air like a butterfly. French. At West Philly’s homey Le Bercail, the cookMore on: ing is inspired by the West African countries once controlled by France. The shrimp skewers are brochettes de crevettes, flamboyant crêpes come a la fraise, a la pêche or au chocolat, and the takeout menu coos “Nous sommes ravis de vous accueillir” (We are delighted to welcome you) beneath the slightly less elegant English headline, “Look! Look! Wow! West African and French cuisine at your neighborhood.” The neighborhood is Spruce Hill, the welcomer Haruna Zita. A native of Burkina Faso, or Upper Volta in the colonial days, Zita is Le Bercail’s owner (definitely) and chef (possibly). From the info gleaned from our largely lost-in-translation phone conversation, he may also have friends and family, a group of Senegalese matrons or the ghost of Marie Antoinette handling the cooking at his modest but eager Baltimore Avenue BYOB.

The question of who’s cooking is much less relevant than what’s cooking, a heady melange of boldly spiced recipes from Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Mali, nations Zita has traveled and cooked through on a roundabout course that eventually landed him in West Philly in 2005. Cryptic, taciturn and loosely organized into sections like “Sauce” and “Grillade,” Le Bercail’s list of offerings is not so much a menu to peruse as a mystery to solve. Fortunately, the cautiously friendly staff — one woman ran the sparsely populated apricot dining room the night I visited — provide clues when pressed. For those unfamiliar with West African cuisine, make sure your phone’s data plan is up to date. You’ll be Googling degue (millet pudding), atieke (fermented cassava root couscous, steamed here to a voluminous fluff) and Tchep (think Senegalese paella) while sipping housemade bissap, an inky-purple MORE FOOD AND hibiscus punch with undertones of mint and DRINK COVERAGE wintergreen. Zita also brews a ginger tonic AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / in-house, the rhizome’s innate zing cut with M E A LT I C K E T. pineapple juice and vanilla. Tres refreshing. I tried a little from each category, which equated to a lot — moist chicken thighs braised in tomato-y gravy enriched with peanut butter; zesty grilled shrimp astride turmeric-tinted onion relish and sweet, starchy alloco, the Ivorian counterpart to Latin American tostones; bony blocks of gamey lamb surrounding a mountain of mahogany fried rice crowned with wedges of hardboiled egg. Le Bercail’s portions are enormous and its prices cutrate, making it a favorite with the starving-artist and university crowds that mix in with the neighborhood’s African emigres. Even the crêpes, rougher around the butter-blackened edges but just >>> continued on page 42


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Insomnia Cookies | Insomnia, the fresh-baked cookie chain that’s big on college campuses (they have Temple, Drexel and Penn locations), has opened a new shop in the heart of Center City. Insomnia, true to its name, specializes in twilight-hours delivery; they’ll swing by with snickerdoodles, double choco chunks or oatmeal raisins between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. nightly. (Delivery range is between Ninth Street and the Schuylkill east to west and between South and Race streets north to south.) The shop itself is open late, too, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 108 S. 16th St., 215-563-7426,

GAME OF BONES: Le Bercail’s dibi viande, pieces of grilled lamb served with hardboiled eggs.

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as feather-light as the best French café’s, come four to an order! The remains of the whole fried tilapia, my favorite dish, resisted a takeout box, but I eventually won that battle. How could I leave almost half a fish this flavorful? After being fried so crisp the salty skin buckles and splits (you can also get it grilled), the St. Peter’s fish gets smothered in yassa, a murky, super-savory sauce of onions, carrots, peppers and garlic punched up with vinegar, chile and mysterious spices Zita couldn’t reveal even if he wanted to. “I don’t know the words in English,” he apologized. It’s cool, Z. Even nosy food writers like a little mystery. While I was paying the check ($50 for enough food for six) at the rear counter, a flier tacked to the wall grabbed me. “Improve your English!” it declared, for $20 per one-hour session. But Le Bercail, exactly the kind of unassuming haunt at which I want regular status, has left me wondering: Think they’ll teach me French instead? (

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1, 4:30-8:30 p.m., pay as you go Âł Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh, the noodle artists formerly known as Roundeye, are hosting their third ramen pop-up under a new name, Cheu Noodle Bar. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bringing back dishes popular at the previous two events (pork belly ramen; broccoli with Vietnamese sausage), but are also adding new eats like dan dan duck with foie gras, steamed lamb belly buns and barbecued pig tails. Reservations are required; to lock in a table, call no earlier than 10 a.m. on Sat., March 31. Matyson, 37 S. 19th St., 215-564-2925, Barrio Pop-Up with Wheeler del Torro Sat., March

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Chef Matt Zagorski has a new home-base kitchen — Hickory Lane, a Fairmount bistro taking over what was L’Oca. Partnering with former L’Oca front-of-houser Jack Henderson, Zagorski is cooking a modern American menu ranging from a burger (a blend of brisket, filet tips and fat-rippled deckle) to foie gras dishes and beet carpaccio. Breakfast and lunch served Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner served nightly, 4:30-10:30 p.m.; brunch served Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Appetizers, $6-$15; entrées, $14-$29; dessert, $7-$9. 2025 Fairmount Ave., 215-769-2420,

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Chef Peter McAndrews’ latest Philly joint, joining Modo Mio, Paesano’s and Monsu, is a trattoria serving up interpretations of Roman cuisine both contemporary and ancient. Popolino (Roman dialect for “commoner”) offers a menu split into three segments — one fish- and veg-friendly, one classic (carbonara, cacio e pepe, etc.) and one adventurous, with offal preparations like braised tripe, calf’s tongue and nervetti, a calf’s foot presented in a headcheese-like format. The centerpiece of the BYO is the tavola calda, a traditional Roman spread of room-temp antipasti that rotates every day. Popolino serves lunch and dinner every day but Tuesday. 501 Fairmount Ave., 215-928-0106.

This corner space is a collaboration between Mitch Prensky of Supper and Mike Welsh of The Franklin. Prensky’s designed a menu more homey and downmarket than his South Street restaurant; dishes like shrimp and grits, brick-oven-baked flatbreads and a true-blue patty melt are complemented by a taut beverage program built by Franklin barkeep Al Sotack. The restaurant’s open daily for dinner from 5 p.m. on, with brunch running Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 747 N. 25th St., 215-232-2299,

Jet Wine Bar owners Jill Weber and Evan Malone are bringing more dining to their stretch with Rex 1516, a clever boutique space that caters to the ’hood with a sharp beverage program and Southern-inflected menu from ’Bama-bred chef Regis Jansen. His specialties, from crawfish pot pie and seitan meatloaf to stuffed pork loin and a sick burger (a blend of filet tips, brisket and pork belly), are sided up nicely by GM Heather Rodkey’s interesting wine-by-theglass and cocktail lists. Open for lunch daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; open for dinner daily, 5-11 p.m. 1516 South St., 267-319-1366,

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Le Virtù has established itself as one of the finest destinations on an already-pretty-fine stretch of restaurant-lined pavement. Chef Joe Cicala seamlessly bridges Passyunk old and new, staying true to the neighborhood’s Italian roots while asserting Virtù’s own regional identity. His menu, a blend of dishes reflecting the mountainand-sea topography of Abruzzo, is bolstered by handmade pastas, like maccheroni alla mugnaia, an Abruzzese specialty consisting of a single long noodle dressed simply with olive oil, shredded hot peppers and cheese. Open Mon.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 4-10 p.m. 1927 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-271-5626,


Brahim Ighladen sold his West Philly restaurant in 2011, but he’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. at the corner of 40th and Locust. 40th and Walnut streets,


West Philly seems like the ideal place to roll out an all-veg mobile operation — and that’s exactly where partners Paul Davis and Steve Renzi are putting it down with Kung Fu Hoagies, their new sandwich and noodle stand. Vending from both Clark Park and 33rd and Chestnut, KFH carries vegetarian Viet banh mi, hoagies with tofu and vegan ham, coconut lemongrass vegan beef bowls and more. Check their Twitter for locations and menu changes. 43rd and Baltimore (Clark Park) and 33rd and Chestnut, 267-344-6259,


This wieneriffic concept is literally subterranean — descend the staircase on 17th just off Walnut to have you way with a menu of more than 20 “haute” and “American classic” dogs. Local forcemeat specialists like Fiorella’s and Czerw’s are providing the linkage necessary for bunned eats like the “9th Streeter” (Fiorella’s hot Italian, sautéed peppers and onions) and the “Warsaw Packed” (Czerw’s kielbasa, sautéed onions, spicy mustard). Combos, which include a dog, house-cut fries with dipping sauce and a drink, top out at $8.25. Open Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 a.m. 132 S. 17th St., 215-665-8080,


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You make me happy so much and on top of that you make me feel like I am 23 years old! I love the way you make me feel and the other said to me...tell baby I love him or her that is in my stomach...I had tears in my eyes...I wanted to stress is slowly diminishing....thank you so much! I love you Moody!

BIG MAMA Hey Mama...can’t wait to see you in acouple of weeks...and have dinner with you and then have you for dessert...Definitely the desert part...that is something that I can’t wait to do....I also can’t wait to bend you over to fuck you doggie style to look at that big fat ass you got! Make sure you are ready because when I come over there I am gonna tear you up! I just hope you stuff is nice and tight so you can feel my BIG dick as it goes in and out! Also I can’t wait to suck on those big melons and pour chocolate syrup on them and lick it off! Also looking forward to you sitting on my face so I can eat that fat pussy!

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ST. PATTY’S JERK OK, we can tolerate the drinking, the puking and the public urination on Chestnut Street, we were kids once. BUT... did you really have to kick over the dog statue and destroy it? We love(d) our neighborhood dog. You owe us and the store owner. Man up and admit your stupidity. If you don’t, you will regret it years from now.

FREE EVENT When there’s a free event going on...don’t ask what the fuck it is pretaining to...just take the fucking free shit and roll..I never seen a bunch of dumb people in my life...wanna ask a bunch of dumb ass questions...common sense would tell you if it is free just take the shit and run...damn already!


to focus on what I have to do from here on...I can’t worry about what you are your own way you are just thinking about yourself saying to me that you don’t know what you want to do...I am fucking over the whole thing...I have to do what needs to be someone that has a good thinking mind would...thanks for not being there!

THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE IN THE WORLD My husband lost one of my work checks on the way to Wachovia near Xochitl. Thank you so much, Gina, for finding it and mailing it back to me!!! It made my day, and made me glad that there are good people in the world. It might be corny, but I plan on passing on the goodwill. Gina, you rock!


You are a disgrace to all older women you are no good...dick pressed piece of shit! How can you let your children also known as mommy and daddy run your life...I aint never had a women who hasn’t had her own cell phone number or house phone. I should not have to keep calling your daughter and sons phone to get in contact with

I love you because you are trying to save my life. I hate you because you’re the only one who cares enough to try, and only because you are being paid to. But it’s not your fault. You said to me once that I have a “sad life”. You used words like “suffer”, “difficult”, “burdensome”. You said “keep perspective - remember the pain does get

You make me want to jump your bones...I am so excited to share this news with you...and you and I can be make me so happy...I love you so much...I think about you alot...I stare at your picture and I say to myself how fortunate I am to have met you....I just love being with you.....God is truly blessing me more and more...I am learning you as well as you are learning me.... I look forward to this journey together....

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.. To feel the scratchiness of your chapped lips, to run my fingers through your hair, to fall asleep next to you, wake up next to you, shower with you, cuddle with you, make love with you, to hear you say the words “I love you” again, to hear you call me “Darling,” to have you hold me, to lie with my head on your chest while listening to your breathing, to see you smile, to hear you laugh, to see that wonderful light in your big green eyes when you look at me, to poke you, to kiss you, to hug you, to tell you “I love you,” to be yours again, to go back in time, to fix the damage I’ve done, to prevent the pain I’ve caused...


To the man that was standing at the door on 3/26/12 you nasty mother fucker...How dare you dig up your nose then turn around to look to see if anyone was looking then you had the nerve to slip your finger in your think that I didn’t see you...I prayed that nobody would touch that railing and get all of your germs on make me about next time you use some fucking tissue...they make that now at days did you know that.....nasty bastard!

MY LIFE I ALMOST MARRIED....I loved you, I’ve always loved you, but I’ve also hurt you extensively. YOu gave me love, encouragement, support and trust. You were my everything, I was so excited to be marrying the man of my dreams, even if you weren’t perfect. Then I went and screwed everything up. I understand you need time and space and that you might not ever want anything with me aside from friendship ever again. Honestly, you deserve much better than me and I don’t deserve someone as amazing as you. I just hope that one day you will have had enough time and space to try again with me and work past this. I am a human being who makes mistakes, just like everyone else, and I learn from them. I’ve made some pretty awful ones in terms of our relationship but I can guarantee that if I get another chance, I’ll never mistreat our love again, I’ll never do anything to hurt you again. I want to spend the rest of our lives together, hand in hand. I’ll love you always. -S

“My Sweet Tamer, my life has become complete from the day I met You! Our common time in Germany will bring what we both deserve, a wonderful future! L.T.S.O. Always Your devoted one, kitten.”

Me Your back on my chest Your breasts in my hands Your neck in my mouth Your hand on my What would you do to me? What would you want me to do to you? I’d peel that violet dress off You’d stamp out your smoke We’d go at it all night We’d try every idea You’d only have to ask for permission once I wouldn’t ask at all We’d remember everything we loved to do locked in a room for days And if you promise not to cry when the fucking ended—



ULANA’S, AUGUST 11, 2007


With the nice weather approaching it’s time once again for all the noisy scumbags to come out like cockroaches...including the tool bikers rumbling down my street. I know you know who I am and somewhere there’s a semi with your name on it or maybe even a flamethrower...

better”. It does, but it keeps coming back. The pain always comes back. Thank you for trying but for whatever reason, I don’t get to have a happy life. Maybe it’s because no-one ever taught me the rules. I don’t speak the “language”, as it were. Maybe some wounds aren’t meant to be reopened and physical pain is simply to be preferred over emotional pain.



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apartment marketplace 17th & Diamond 3/BR Apt $1100 Newly remodeled, a/c, w/d, hrdwd flrs alrm system, security cameras, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets, internet & cable ready Sec 8 3br or 2br vouchers ok, free pizza for a year. Gene 215-510-5275 ext.503 23xx Parrish St. 2BR, 2BA $1,600/mo. EIK, LR, yard, hdwd flrs., C/A, W/D, heat inlcuded. Spacious. Call 215-873-5701

Central Location 2nd fl lge 1br, 5 rms, $940 w/heat&water. 215.592.7813

13xx S 22nd St. 2br $775+utils recent reno, hwd flrs, w/d 856-906-5216 Italian Market: 15xx 9th St. 2Br/1Ba living room, kitchen, heat included, no pets. 856-430-2900

1100 S 58th St. 1br Apts newly renov, lic #362013 215-744-9077 1119 S. 61st St. 1Br $650 1st flr, exc. loc, Sec 8 OK 267-988-5698 20xx S. Salford 1Br $600 renov, W/D hkup, Sec 8 OK 267.230.2600 22xx S. 56th St 2Br/1Ba $650+utils excellent condition, Call 215-727-9786 5600 Blk of Chester 2BR $600+utils Close to SEPTA, Call (610) 284-9392

214 N. 54th St. 4BR $725 3rd floor, 1st,last, sec. (610)454-0292 52xx Walnut St efficiency $500/mo. 1 mo. sec. + 1st mo. rent. (610)505-1637 59th & Christian 2BR $725 newly renovated, 1st floor, 1 month rent, 1 month security. Call 610-416-0026

Hungtington Park & 21st 2BR $595 new paint & carpets. Call 215-758-5855

147 West Price St. 3BR/1.5BR $1,300 brand new renovations to historical home, 2nd flr laundry, granite counter tops island kitchen, all new appliances, backyard, hardwood flrs. Call (215)284-0052

4615 Polaski Ave 2Br $750+utils Victorian apt, new renov, W/D, hdwd flrs, $1500 move-in. Call 215-842-0814

60XX Market St. 2BR $700 Avail immed. Plenty of windows, 2nd flr. 50xx Germantown Ave Efficiency $500+ Section 8 OK. No pets. 267-296-9298 1st, last & security req. 267-549-4690

953 N. 48th St. 2BR/1BA $670/mo 2 mo sec + 1 mo rent. (215) 939-1067

5201 Wayne Ave. 2BR & Studio apts On site Lndry 215.744.9077 Lic# 311890

XX South 62nd St. 3BR $900 Newly reno’d, hdwd flrs, eat-in kit, pantry, sep. bsmt. Sec. 8 OK. 267-296-9298

63xx Magnolia St 1BR $655+utils updated, 1st floor, EIK, W/D hookups, garage. Call 610-547-7355

67xx Media St. 1BR $610+utils Lovely, 2 mo. sec. Call 215-748-3327

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

Various 1, 2 & 3 BR Apts $625-$925 215.740.4900

30th & Dauphin Efficiency $450+utils 215-888-4907 or 267-975-4602 Near Robin Hood Dell 24xx N 32nd 2br $550+utils. kitchen, LR, recently renovated, yard & bsmnt, 9a-1p(215)407-3446

Strawberry Mansion 1BR $600/mo. 3rd flr, LR, kitch & ba. Call (215)765-4429

1,2, 3, 4 Bedroom FURNISHED APTS LAUNDRY-PARKING 215-223-7000 38xx N. 15th 1br $575+utils 2nd fl, beautiful, renov, n/s, 267.809.7866

5000 N. 8th St. 1 BR 1 BA $650+elec 1 mo rent & 1 mo sec. Call 267-816-6907.

4XX E Sanger St. 1BR/1BA $750 Ms. Burton 215-266-4172. Section 8 ok 5615 N. 10th St 2br 1st fl, $625+/mo, 2 mo sec, 1 mo rent, 215-888-2025 5853 N. Camac 1BR $650+utils granite kit, 267.271.6601 or 215.416.2757 60XX Warnock 1 BR $595+ near Fernrock Train Station,215-276-8534

LaSALLE UNIV AREA 4BR 1.5BA hdwd flrs, full kitchen, Patio $1700/ month NOT incl utils. 215-850-6618

23rd & Hunting Pk., 2 lrg, clean, renov., w/w, $85-$100/wk., 215-570-0301

28xx N 27th St: Furnished rooms, utils included, $100/wk, SSI ok, 267-819-5683 DOMINO LN 1 & 2 BR $725-$875 Renovated, parking, d/w, near shopping & 4900 MARVINE ST: $110/wk, kitchen dining, FIRST MONTH FREE 215-500-7808 priv., no smoking/drugs. 215-436-2060

390 E Cliveden St 2br $700 w/garage, newly renov, 215-768-8410 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

52ND & WALNUT - Lovely, large cozy sleeping room, reasonable, 215.747.2359 55th/Thompson furn lg room $135wk, priv ent, $200 sec 215-572- 8833 61st & Chester Ave., newly renovated room, $125/wk. $250/dep. 267-456-2808 61st/Race St; Broad & Allegheny, Priv. ent, fresh paint, use of kit, w/w, grt loc! $110/wk $270/move in 267-997-5212

13xx W. 65th Ave. Lg. 1BR $650 61xx Chew Ave, Mt. Airy, W Phila, Poplar , Tree lined street, convenient transp., $85-$100/wk. 215-242-9124 tastefully renovated, spacious new kitch. ALLEGHENY $90/wk. $270 sec dep with natural oak cabinets & micro., gorNr L train, furn, quiet. 609-703-4266 geous refin. hdwd. flrs., tiled bath. Could be used as a student 2BR. Call 215-242Brewerytown: Move in Special luxury 1204 or 215-820-5957 rms, $350 mo SSI welcome 267.632.3286 61xx Old York Rd. 2BR $800/mo. 2nd flr., newly renov. Call 215.924.6516 Broad & Olney deluxe furn room priv ent $110 -$145wk. Sec $200. 215-572-8833 Limekin Pike 1br $565/mo. + util. near bus route. Call 215-248-2961 Frankford area rooms & apts. Conv. to West Oaklane (2) 2br/1ba $675-$699 transportation. sec dep req 215-432-5637 +utils. Call (215)839-3268 Frankford, furnished, near bus & El, $85/wk & up + $295 sec. 215-526-1455

Kerper St. 3br /2ba $1250/mo. Beautiful Twin House, Please Call 917-327-8228 or 917-757-0860

Germantown: Apsley St. Rms $140/wk Private bath, share kitchen 267-338-9870

Frankford & Oxford 1BR $600 Also Efficiency, $500, Utilities included We speak Spanish, 215-620-6261

Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms DARBY 3 BR/1BA twin $985+ utils Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890 close to transp, Sec 8 ok. 610-529-3531 KENSINGTON $300-$400 Clean Furnished room, 856-465-6807

13xx Fanshawe St. 1br $575+utils 1st flr, credit check, Call 215-498-1807

Fox Chase 1br/1ba $650+utils 2nd flr, new: kitchen, bath, crpt & paint. a/c, garbage disposal, 215-354-0069 18xx Ruscomb 1br $550+elec. avail 4/1, 1st, last & security 215.839.2283

NORTH PHILA. NICE ROOMS , $100/wk. No drugs. Responsible person. Call 215-370-0967 or 267-266-7078

Norristown 3BR/1.5BA HOME 4 RENT. 610-662- 3840


Willingboro, NJ-SFH 4BR $1,550 Oaklane & Mount Airy furnished rooms Lovely Home, DR, 2FBath, HW FLR, Driveway. Ut. Rm 443-801-9333 for rent, $110-$125/wk 267-266-1156

S. 61st St. $100/wk, avail. immed, asking $400 mvn 215-729-4855 $35 appli. fee. SW: 50xx Woodland Ave. nice, newly renovated rooms for rent. 215-941-0311

SW, W & N Phila, large room for rent, utils incl, newly renovated (215)768-7059

Temple area rooms, 36xx N. 21st, $500$550/mo. cable avail. (267) 597-9085 W Phila & G-town: newly ren lg, lux rms /apts. ALL utils incl, SSI ok, 215-519-4715 W. Phila-Nr El, use of house. $110/wk. Share cable. Call (215)470-2418

Cash paid on the spot for unwanted vehicles, 24/7 pick up, 215-288-9500

Junk Cars & Trucks Wanted, $400, Call 856-365-2021

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

Williamstowne/Monroe 4br $1500 detached garage & shop, 917-653-0272

resorts/rent OCEAN CITY 3 BR Apts Sleeps 6 Near beach, season / half season, air, TV, fans, full kitchen. Call (215) 317-6379

Brigantine NJ sleeps up 8 $1,500/week (seasonal available) new kitchen, quiet beach block, clean, yard, 610-613-4959

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

Ducati 999 Team USA Ed. 2007 $11k only 400 miles, like new 610-453-0066 HD. 100th Anniversary Road King 2003 Classic, heated gar. kept, like new, 2,800 mi, orig. owner. $12,900. 856.768.0855


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

Keystone Montana 2004 $23,000 5th Wheel Beautiful. 856-217-2618

¼¼ NORTH PHILA ROOMS FOR RENT¼¼ Call John @ 215-207-6810

Richmond room, use of kitch, nr transp. Seniors welcome/SSI ok 215-634-1139

NJ shore, 40ft Breckenridge park model, screen rm, slps 6 $18K/obo 484.574.9445

NE Philadelphia 3br $1350+utils beautiful house, garage, all appliances, fenced backyard, Call 215-244-0164

4670 Griscom 2BR Newly renov, Lic #397063, 215.744.9077

37xx N. 19th St. 2BR $650 (19th & Cherry St.) Quiet block, 1st floor, 2br duplex $800 convenient transp., tastefully renovated, 28xx Ryerson w/w, spacious EIK, ceiling fans, tiled bath, 2nd floor, bsmt, gar, yard, 267-784-2809 A/C, many blinds. Call 215-242-1204 or 63xx Elmhurst St 2br $800+utils 267-250-9822 duplex, 1st flr, patio, garage, fenced yard, shared bsmt & washroom, 215.549.5904 40XX OLD YORK RD lge 2BR, refrig, pvt entr, bsmt. $660+. 267-645-9421 6812 Ditman St. 1 BR Broad & H Park - Studio apt. $550/mo. prkg,lndry fac.Lic# 212751. 215-744-9077 incl. utils. $1,000 move-in. 215-765-5578 Bustleton & Tomlinson 2BR $650-$750 +utils, W/D, pets ok. Call 267-338-6696

1 BR & 2 BR Apts $715-$835 spacious, great loc., upgraded, heat incl, PHA vouchers accepted 215-966-9371

20th & Allegheney: Furn. Luxury Rooms. Free utils, cable, internet. 267-331-5382

25th & Oxford St. 63rd & Ogantz $90/wk. no smkng / drugs, 267.629.0255

2217 E. Cumberland 2BR Newly renov. 215-744-9077 lic# 356258 35xx N. 15th St. 3br $775/mo 3 mo move-in, 2nd flr dplx 267.934.1643

13th/Erie furn rms $85 & up/week Priv. ent, single occupancy 215-514-7143


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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

East Oaklane furnished room, share house $450/inc util, sec req 215.549.0634

BrierCrest 5 BR, sleeps 12; Saw Creek 1994 $3100 3br sleeps 8, 4/8, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, Cadillac Seville 5/18, (6/10 Race) + more (609) 587-9493 black, loaded, 69k miles, (609)895-0038 Chevy Blazer 1997 asking $3,500 Mt. Airy 3BR/2BA $1300+ util white ext, black int., new rebuilt transmisBeautiful row home newly remodeled, sion and brake system. 302-669-5284 h/w flrs, fin bsmt/rec rm, huge back yard, Chevy Impala LS 2002 $3,500/obo gas heat, nice neighborhd 215-843-4481 82K miles, leather, insp. 267-441-4612 Chevy Impala LT 2004 $3850 blue, CD, alarm, clean, 267-592-0448 7262 N. 20th St 3BR/1.5Ba Chevy Metro LSI 1998 $2,450 IMPALA SS 1996 $8000/obo auto, a/c, 53K, 40mpg. 215-620-9383 Corner lot, hdwd flrs, mirror in LR. green, 99k+ miles, clean (267)439-5557 Call 856-740-9417 or 215-924-4459 Chrysler Seabring Convertible 1997 $1450 Plymouth Neon 1995 $995 8xx Church Lane 5BR/2BA $1,150+utils both auto, 4 cyl, run exc. 215-620-9383 Remodeled. Call (215)839-3268 Chrysler Town & Country LX 2005 $3,875 C5 Hard Top 1998 $18,500 Loaded, stow & go seats. 267-592-0448 51K miles, black, 6 speed, 610-637-6861 Chrysler Town & Country Van 1997 $1,950 all power, 97K, runs new. 215-620-9383 2, 3br Voucher: Section 8 Welcome Dodge 600 SE 1987 asking $3,800 8xx E. Hilton, renovated, near El. 2.2L 4 cyl turbo, current insp., 2nd owner, $900/month. Call 215-206-4582 Mustang GT ’95 Convertible. Auto pwr windows & seats, CD play. Top replaced & garage kept, mechanically sound, runs good, new tires & brakes 609.822.3504 33xx Argyle 2br/1ba $550 trans /rear diff rebuilt in 2011 Last year 2 months sec, 1st mo. rent 267.307.6964 5.0 eng used. 856-796-2392 make offer Ford Escort ZX2 1999 $1750 2 dr, 5 spd, loaded, 28MPG 215.280.4825 7xx E Allegheny large 2br/1.5ba $685+ Ford F150 Lariat 1997 $4,900/OBO newly renovated, 215-836-1960 149k, exc cond, ex cab, (215) 673-4713 FORD MUSTANG 1994 5.0 $1,000 firm Needs some work. Call 215-535-5976 $1000 28xx D. St. 3BR/1BA $700/mo. Q45 2004 $17,000 FORD RANGER XLT 1995 totally renov. with lg yard, sec. 8 OK, will black on black, loaded, nav. system, me- forest green, all season tires, CD & DVD accept 2BR voucher. Call (215) 681-8018 chanic owned, 67,000 miles 610.328.1418 player, camper shell, new radiator, runs good for parts, Call (215)223-2882 47xx Romain St 4BR Jeep CJ 1970 $1,500/obo Newly renov, C/A, sec. 8 ok. 215.669.1304 Triumph Spitfire 1968 $1,000/obo for parts or restoration. (610)687-1016 2006 $22,900 53xx Harbison 2br/1ba $700 R 350 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 2001 $3500 2 months sec, 1st mo. rent 267.307.6964 only 40k, loaded, blk/blk 267-241-4967 loaded, great condition 215-389-4310 VOLVO V70 2001 Deluxe economy 4 door station wagon, low miles, GAS MISER, ga2011 $31,500 rage kept, flawless in every respect, pri12xx Alcott St. 3br/1ba $950+utils FJ CRUISER 6K miles, auto, 4 wheel drive, all army vate sale $4975. Call 215-922-5342 remodeled, bsmt, garage 267-784-2809 green, loaded, bars & racks. 302.738.1232 14xx Creston St. 3BR/1.5BA $950.00/m o Row home, w/w capt close to tranp, incl. water. (610) 368-6056. Move-in! GTI 2003 $3500 firm 20xx Pratt St. 3br vry gd cnd, new tires, high mi. 856-495-1493 Section 8 approved, 215-205-9910


P a r k s i d e A r e a 1Br-6Br starting @ 5220 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1 BR $800. Newly renov, new kit & bath, hdwd on site lndry, 215-744-9077, Lic# 507568 flrs, Section 8 OK. Call 267-324-3197 52xx Laurens St. modern 2Br $800 West Phila. (2) 2br/1ba $649-$675 newly renovated, 1st floor, near shopping and transp. Call for appt. 215-758-5435 +utils. Call 215-839-3268

Huntingdon Valley 2BR $1075+ utils large Liv Rm, Din rm, lrg deck off BR, off St. prk, w/d, recent renov. 267-266-6003

low cost cars & trucks

Brigantine: Pets OK 4/6-4/9: $525. July /Aug: $1350/wk 856-217-0025 Ocean City, NJ: South End 4BR home 3 blocks to beach, beach tags included, July 14-21 & July 21-28, (215)333-5570 Stone Harbor, NJ $950/wk Cadillac Deville 2002 $4900 Slps 6, close to twn & bch. 513-289-0468 70k miles, loaded, perfect 215-840-4860

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