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Around 25,000 Philadelphia children were removed from Medicaid at the end of 2011 as part of a statewide effort to eliminate patients with outdated paperwork. “If these children want health care, they should be willing to fight for it,” says Gov. Corbett. “May the odds be ever in your favor, little girl with brittle bones.”

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The Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com are sold for the fourth time in six years, this time for $55 million, a little better than one-tenth of what it sold for in 2006. You may recognize the new owners from Storage Wars.

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“We do not want to run the newspapers,” says one of the new owners of Philadelphia Media Network, Lewis Katz. “We want to merely own them for the benefit of our community.” Adding: “Please buy my new book on management: Leading With Faint Praise and Barely Detectable Enthusiasm, available now at ... eh, wherever.”

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March was the most profitable month to date for Pennsylvania slot machines. Well, shit. I guess that’s why we’re all so upbeat and bubbly around here. Members of local motorcycle clubs The Pagans and Tribe are told they can proceed with their lawsuit defending their right to wear their “colors” while riding in New Jersey. “OK, fine,” says judge. “You guys wanna wear blues and blacks at the same time, it’s your fashion nightmare. But please: What’s with the apostrophe? It says ‘Pagan’s Motorcycle Club’ on the backs of your smart little sleeveless denim blazers. Now, unless there is only one Pagan — ow ow ow!”

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fires off several exuberant tweets from a Springsteen concert in Philly. “Just crushed liek 7 ppl while crowdsurfing--LOLZ!”

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Gov. Corbett makes moves toward privatizing management of the Pennsylvania Lottery. He comes home to find an anonymous threat gnawed into his front door: “Do not fuck with me, dude. Do not. Or I swear to the gods I will burrow into your chest cavity and keep on scratching.”

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ONE-MAN SHOW How a West Philly man made up a civic group, got the city to pay him to do it and stalled a multimillion-dollar development in the process. By Ryan Briggs

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he Apple Storage building has been, for years, a monument to blight looming over South 52nd Street. So members of Cedar Park Neighbors, a 52-year-old civic association in West Philadelphia, were elated in December when Iron Stone Strategic Capital Partners presented a multimillion-dollar plan to convert it into 112 loft-style apartments. “Apple Lofts” won swift approval from the civic, and district Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell seemed poised to recommend approval to the city’s Zoning Board. The only problem was, no one asked Shawn Kelly. The president and founder of an organization he calls the Community Achievement Association (CAA), Kelly used his position as the leader of an apparently slighted neighbors’ group to garner attention and rally voices hostile to the project, with claims it would raise taxes and disturb toxin-laced soil. Blackwell, normally decisive in zoning decisions, backed off, first requesting a continuance to block approval until she could review the matter and later telling City Paper she may “leave the decision to the [Zoning Board of Adjustments].” Her neutrality has put the project in limbo while the ZBA lets competing groups duke it out in public forums. On the surface, it sounds like your average gentrification

battle. But look beyond the sparring neighbors, and a portrait of Philadelphia’s sputtering old-time political machine comes into focus. Investigation revealed that CAA is little more than a single politically connected person — Shawn Kelly — and that it seems to have been created mostly to serve as a receiver for poorly monitored city money steered by the councilwoman to Kelly’s pocket, and for donations wrested from local businesspeople. A committeeman, Kelly is a small-time player, the bottom of the food chain in Philly politics, and the funding he receives from the city is in the four digits. But multiply that by 1,600 committeepeople citywide and a $1.98 million, Council-controlled fund that appears tailor-made to keeping them satisfied, and it’s a recipe for cronyism and kickbacks run amok. After all, as committeeman in the 46th Democratic Ward, where Blackwell is both district councilwoman and ward leader, Kelly’s primary role is as a glorified vote-getter. Kelly tells CP he was “appointed to the 46th Ward” by Blackwell in 2006. He founded his association the same year. Committeepeople are in many cases appointed by ward leaders, to ensure both loyalty and shared interests. Blackwell has well-documented ties to municipal labor unions: Kelly is a retired firefighter and was active in the Fire Fighters’ Union until a work-related injury put him on disability — the same year he was handpicked as a committeeman. Committeemen are charged with providing cleanups, block parties and other minor “constituent services” that demonstrate their higher-ups’ benevolence. In return, they receive political favor, cam-

It’s a portrait of old-time politics.

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✚ LOVE AND WAR The spring sunshine was no match for a chilly wind whipping through Love Park on a recent afternoon, but Ruben Ayala and Shareif Elbeledy, who both work nearby at One Liberty Place, were seated by the still-dry fountain anyway, chatting and eating lunch. “I come here as often as possible. This isn’t one of the nicer days, but I’m still here,” Ayala said. “I like the area, the park.” He and Elbeledy were surprised to learn that the park, officially John F. Kennedy Plaza, could become the site of a $20 million renovation, outlined in Mayor Michael Nutter’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal. “I don’t think it needs to be redone,” Elbeledy shrugged. Some members of City Council seem to agree: Several have referenced the proposed makeover in questioning the administration’s priorities and commitment to neighborhoods outside Center City. “Spending $20 million to re-do Love Park, and not spending it in Police Districts 15 and 2 [where conditions] are deplorable, is a choice the administration has made,” Councilman Bill Green said at a budget hearing. “It’s going to be a fair question to ask the administration to defend that choice.” It’s clear that Nutter thinks Love Park is the missing link in his big plans for a revived cultural district, from which the outdoor feeding of homeless people is soon to be banished. In his budget address, he described “an accessible, green space that will connect the new Dilworth Plaza — the People’s Plaza” (to co-opt a phrase from Occupy Philly) — “with a transformed, revitalized Benjamin Franklin Parkway.” Paul Levy, the Center City District chief executive behind the

rehab of Dilworth Plaza (which, like Love Park, was designed by architect Vincent Kling almost half a century ago), agrees. His organization actually had plans for a new Love Park design drawn up back in 2001. “The impulse … is a good one,” Levy says. “It’s a terrible park: There are walls, barriers, the same problems affecting Dilworth Plaza. This is park design from the era of fear.” John Butler, a homeless writer who was working in the park on a recent afternoon, is something of a connoisseur of city parks, and he comes to Love for a reason: “It’s just a break. People-watching, enjoying the outdoors, resting.” He admits that the design could be improved, and that certain corners are dreary and cold. But he says the real motivation is transparent: “They want to upgrade the general milieu.” Butler says he’d support a Love Park makeover — if it was accompanied by a similar investment in improving homeless services. But he doubts it will happen. “This has been an important place for me, and it would be an important place [for other homeless] in the future — but I doubt it will be there [for them].” —Samantha Melamed

✚ CREEK PEEK At a forum the other night devoted to the health of the Wissahickon (dramatically titled “A Creek in Crisis?”), the picturesque waterway was described, surprisingly, as “flashy.” In this context, though, flashy meant that the waterway swells and floods when it rains, but can dwindle to a trickle shortly thereafter. More than 300 people gathered at the Cherokee campus of >>> continued on page 12

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delphia’s Operation Quality of Life might consist of? A tree-planting program? No, that’s Greenworks. A crackdown on drug hot spots and nuisance bars? No, that’s Operation Pressure Point, 2.0, recently announced by the mayor. (Operation Pressure Point, apparently, had quietly ended already.) No, Operation Quality of Life is a program “to dismantle homeless encampments,” according to Anthony “Rocko” Holloway, of the Office of Supportive Housing, who oversees the program and whose name appeared on an enthusiastically capitalized letter delivered to a small group of homeless folks who’d been living beneath the Betsy Ross Ridge for the past four months — ever since some of them were evicted from beneath an I-95 overpass, where they’d been living since they were evicted along with everyone else from Occupy Philly. Unlike Operation Pressure Point and Greenworks, the city’s plan to systematically dismantle homeless encampments has not received much press. After getting a copy, Hall Monitor was able to find only one prior reference to the program, in a 2007 Inquirer article about a couple being evicted from a tented shelter near the Vine Street Expressway. The article didn’t explain what the program was. (The dailies, which ran lengthy stories on the I-95 camp last fall, declined to cover this eviction at all; the Fishtown Star, bless its pulpy heart, did yeoman’s work.) But so far, no one seems to have inquired much about Operation Quality of Life, which Holloway says dismantles similar camps every couple of months or so. He says there’s never been an arrest. City officials were quick, as usual, to point out to Hall Monitor that outreach teams from Project H.O.M.E. were on hand to offer what homeless outreach teams have to offer: space in the city’s shelter system. As was the case with the Port Richmond encampment, several of the people living beneath the Betsy Ross Bridge declined. They had, it seems, been more comfortable living in a cleared-out patch of dead Japanese knotwood. Among those displaced was Harvey Lockeridge, a Navy veteran known for leading “Homeless Reality Tours” during Occupy. When I saw him the day after the announced eviction, he was eating a soon-to-bebanned free meal near City Hall. Members of Occupy had showed up to keep vigil the night before, and, when Operation QoL didn’t show, the encampment had dismantled itself. Lockeridge would sleep that night at a friend’s place. Then he’d figure out his next move. And so, apparently, will others — every couple of months. ✚ Send feedback to isaiah.thompson@citypaper.net

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paign dollars — and, in Kelly’s case, city funds. Kelly has made tangible contributions: organizing volunteers and partnering with Cedar Park Neighbors (in more peaceable times) to conduct cleanups and install planters on a few blocks of Baltimore Avenue. To further these efforts, according to Blackwell, the CAA received about $4,000 in the past two years from the Philadelphia Activities Fund — a little-known, poorly advertised pool of money run out of the Department of Parks and Recreation but administered by councilmembers — which is often used to dispense small grants for community-service groups. “It’s a wonderful little program. It’s the only thing we have in Council. … We just tried to come up with some way to help [Kelly] because he had complained for years about paying out of pocket,” Blackwell says. But Kelly — and potentially many others like him — shouldn’t have received a penny from the fund, according to the city’s own guidelines. Leo Dignam, deputy commissioner for programs at Parks, says his department processes applications and cuts checks, but councilmembers select the recipients. Parks doesn’t require 501(c)(3) status, but a recipient must be “a legitimate nonprofit … with a board, a name and a bank account.” Kelly claims CAA is legitimate and is registered as a 501(c)(3) — but that registration appears nowhere in IRS records. And Monica Allison, president of Cedar Park Neighbors, says that she hasn’t seen any evidence of other board members or regular meetings. Kelly did not respond to inquiries about the composition of his organization’s board after an initial interview. More disturbing, there is no system in place to prevent city money from being handed out to oneman, politically connected “nonprofits” like Kelly. Dignam says oversight of the Activities Fund lies only with the district councilperson. “Most councilpeople do mailings in their district and know what groups are legitimate. … If the group is smart enough, savvy enough to fill out the application and send it in, they usually get funded,” he says. And while PACs or other explicitly political entities are nominally excluded from applying for Activities Fund grants, Parks does not require applicants to reveal political ties, so, Dignam says, there is “no way for [the Parks Department] to know” if recipients have campaigned for the councilperson that supported their grant request. This nearly $2 million loophole actually grew from $1.43 million last fiscal year. After CP brought the fund to the attention of Deputy Controller Harvey Rice of the city Controller’s Office, he issued a statement saying the controller is “aware of concerns around these funds. As staffing permits, we are planning to conduct an audit.” Kelly also has solicited money from businesses in the area, assuring them donations are tax deductible through his (nonexistent) 501(c)(3) status, a claim reiterated in a CAA information packet he distributes. Sean Dorn, who owns a business and leases commercial space on the 5000 block of Baltimore Avenue, says both he and a former busi-

ness tenant were approached by Kelly, seeking donations. “He just didn’t understand that you are supposed to be a nonprofit registered with the IRS, with a board of directors and bylaws,” Dorn wrote via email. “He thinks you can just be a guy with clipboard … and then demand a payment that will go directly into his own pocket.” But that tactic has worked in winning city funds — and, apparently, in halting development. It’s an indication of how badly a new zoning code is needed that a lone individual might manage to block an otherwise-popular development plan. While new zoning rules would, in theory, prevent bogus neighborhood organizations from popping up overnight to torpedo projects, the Activities Fund is a study in just how easily such regulations — when ill-

The $2 million loophole actually grew this year. enforced — can be trampled. What would motivate that kind of effort is another question. Kelly says he just wants to give a voice to residents west of 52nd Street, where there is no civic association. But Kelly, who lives east of 52nd, appears by neighbors’ accounts to be speaking primarily for himself. Given his history of hitting up businesses for donations, some neighbors speculate his interest in Apple Lofts is at least partly financial. “When people hear ‘a million dollars,’ everybody sees it as the money train,” says Allison of Cedar Park Neighbors. Or maybe it’s just an attempt by Kelly to shore up his dwindling clout as a minor political player in the Democratic City Committee. Blackwell herself seemed surprised and impressed, saying, “I didn’t know he had that leadership ability, I’ve never seen him do anything other than clean,” adding, “but you never know what motivates a person.” (editorial@citypaper.net)


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At low-flow, 95 percent of Wissahickon stream water is treated wastewater. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy to hear several speakers, including Chris Crockett, deputy commissioner at the Philadelphia Water Department, who explained that medications and personal-care products are two substances not removed by most water-treatment processes. But his presentation — dealing with water use, stormwater runoff and wastewater treatment — also offered encouraging facts. For example, he said, we Philadelphians have become more prudent when turning on the tap: Our average daily household water use has steadily decreased over the past few years. At the end of Crockett’s talk, the answer to whether the Wissahickon is, in fact, “A Creek in Crisis” seemed up in the air. Then John K. Jackson took the stage. A senior researcher at the Stroud Water Research Center, Jackson has for 15 years been monitoring 147 sites around the Schuylkill, one of those on the Wissahickon. Based on the bug life he finds, a waterway gets labeled “good,” “fair” or “poor” — and the Wissahickon falls firmly, sadly, into the “poor” category. There are “lots of people and not much forest” in the watershed, he noted, meaning lots of

impervious ground cover, resulting in stormwater runoff and the previously noted personal-care products, among many other potential contaminants. Most astonishing? At the creek’s low flow, 95 percent of the stream water is actually treated wastewater. In other words, when it’s dry, and not much water is being fed naturally into the creek, most of its water is the output of treatment plants. When an audience member posed the question, “Would you let your children play in the Wissahickon?” the panel members all seemed to hesitate. Ultimately, the consensus was that it would be fine — Crockett lets his two young children “wade in and turn over rocks” along Forbidden Drive, and Jackson noted his researchers are in the water all the time. But they all make sure to shower or use sanitizer afterward. —Theresa Everline


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BLACKOUT BY CHAD WILLENBORG

Seth left his drink on the table. He stepped outside to have a smoke and watch the sun set on his apartment across the street. Evening upon evening, his poor building was what diners contemplated while they idled or ate, drifting off during boring conversation, perhaps seeking refuge during a romantic argument. He remembered. He heard his name called. Libby was cycling hard up the block, hunched over her handlebars, the lump of a messenger bag on her back. She was still panting as she cabled the bike to a No Parking sign. “How you been, Seth?” She smiled her skeptical smile. “Better.” She guffawed when he told her he was out of work for the fall semester. The laugh made him bitter, like he often felt toward her mother when she had done it, a bitterness that only made him upset with himself. Still, Libby went up on her toes and quickly kissed his cheek, her ease in it the best feeling he’d had in days, maybe the best in years. He was glad to be seeing her again. “It will be OK, Daddy. This is where we’re eating?” “Would you prefer someplace else?” Couples were milling at the hostess’s podium. Along the back wall, the wait staff twitched with their officious towels and trays, the menus in their waistbands.

She leaned toward the menu taped on the glass. “Maybe. But not until after we eat.” Three weeks in town and she had taken up with bike messengers, idlers who perched on the Rittenhouse gates, who burnt whole afternoons in the booths at McGlinchey’s awaiting summons. Already she had made more acquaintances in the city than he had in 15 years. Aging youngsters hard-living above Fairmount, diving in South Philly, squatting four to a room in Fishtown. She talked about them as if they were old friends he should know already. She didn’t talk about her mother. And she hadn’t talked about the funeral, had she? They went through the oysters quickly. Pasta. More seafood. She was back on the sidewalk before he had settled the tab. “I didn’t think you ate animals,” he said. “Just sea animals.” She paused to stick her foot in the drain at the corner curb, measuring it. White hash marks were painted along her boot’s outsole. “See, around here they’re all too narrow. But there’s so much access downtown it’s sick.” “Train tunnels,” he said. “Sure. Even the concourses can get you in, if you find an unlocked door here and there.” He didn’t ask. He had forgotten, but he now remembered she had told him about it the other night, visiting on his couch, pulling her wet socks off and pitching them into his basket when he offered to do her laundry. Small hearts on the tops of her feet, blue dolphins on the arches. Rachel was gone, and here was their child running amok. Halfway through the bottle of bourbon, he asked about her new beau, Judge, and in a few minutes, she was showing him photos on these sites for urban explorers, so-called. They sat shoulder to shoulder looking at the laptop. Bedtime stories he had missed. But now, here, this whole community of infiltrators of sewers and train tunnels and condemned buildings. Daredevils, they posted pictures of their conquests. She was telling him again, now. “Center City’s kind of played out,” she said, walking her bike. “A few of the big empty properties on Market maybe. None of us are that interested in them anymore.” “They changed?” “They changed.” She shook her head and laughed. She tested him with a look. “We’re going up to Port

Richmond tonight. There’s an abandoned powerhouse.” “Who’s going?” “Me and three guys. You want to go?” “Judge?” he said. “OK. What three guys?” “Daddy.” “All right,” he said. “What have I got to lose, right?” She let loose with the laugh again. “How often have you said that?” She lit a cigarette and passed it to him for a drag. “When was the last time you had anything, anyway?” What three guys. They were waiting for his daughter underground. Rocket, Skipper and Judge: inked roughs with fingerless gloves, wiry bodies, burnished canvas packs like hers, seated in a corner booth with the gravitas of revolutionaries. This rock dungeon, sticky with summer booze. Libby went right to them. He pressed himself forward, trailing. So much of her life was already going on outside his eye. Cigarettes, her own apartment, boyfriends. The tattoos. He was failing her all over again. She had reminded him she didn’t drink. He stopped a waitress and bought the table a round before he was close enough to shake hands. “Cranberry juice and a splash of 7-Up,” Libby said, “with extra olives.” Judge — a Daniel — was the only one to make regular eye contact. Handsome and gaunt, given to expounding, Seth found his appeal to Libby too clear. When she told the boys her father, the professor, would be coming with them, they took to calling him Doc, and all pretense of manners dissipated. No one’s students, there was no authority gained on them, anyway. He missed a cue once, and they knew he had come in drunk. They filled his glass. He ordered another round, another pitcher. Sporting father. “Here it is, Doc.”

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The young man paused before answering. “That’s certainly what I heard, Seth. Though you got to wonder, with her roof all caving in.” Seth saluted him insolently. “Aye, aye, Captain Danny.” Judge glanced at Libby, toking up, in the rearview. “Aye, aye, old man. Aye fucking aye.” As they walked over the coal-car sidings toward the fence, the ground felt larger, more difficult to traverse. Seth checked the skyline in the south, lit up like Oz. He had all the while been worried about climbing a fence, of coming this far only to be humiliated at the gate, so he was relieved Judge had a spot to go under the chainlink. They scrambled across an expanse of concrete to the shadows beneath the walls, a prison-break reel in reverse. A construction trailer and an aluminum building rested before the colossus, embarrassments to the plant’s scale and architecture. He first thought these additions were to oversee the place’s demolition, but then decided they were part of an upgrade, come in an era where aesthetic expenses could not be tolerated. The sides of the powerhouse were streaked with soot. Its windows were dark, some covered with plywood as if for a hurricane. A long conveyor sloped from the upper levels to a separate tower at the river. “Is there a guard?” Seth asked.

THE HARNESS SLID OUT INTO THE DARK OVER THE TURBINES. THE DEVIL WRITHED A BIT AT THE MIDDLE, THEN STILLED. “Not regularly,” Judge said. “Or it wouldn’t seem. These abandoned places get patrolled, especially if they’re supposed to be kept operational.” He waited for an argument. “But there was nobody stationed here last time. I walked right in, broad daylight.” “That was in daylight,” Seth said. He saw the trailer was padlocked. “You have no idea, do you?” Broken windows and loose doors, they were inside the powerhouse before he was ready to be. Dank, dark and warm. The boys stretched on their headlamps. “Keep them off until we’re farther in.” Judge swept an arm up at the windows’ cracked grids. He shot his penlight at the dirty floor and led them down a hallway lined with doors, their small rooms littered with rags, ruined furniture, fallen debris. These like glimpses into hovels of the insane. Ceilings hung in tatters, molded and flaking. Calcified beards like Spanish moss. Odors of rust and coal. Other fumes too noxious to be long tested. They pushed onto a balcony. It took a moment to appreciate the magnitude of the turbine hall. Seth had seen smaller arenas. Moonlight lit the slab of the far

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on his leg. “That’s the realm of vandals, right?” “Yeehaw,” Rocket said. “Breaking windows, smoking pot. Having sex. I can do that stuff at home. I like to climb, bro.” He bumped fists with Skipper, whose knit cap said SECURITY, but was pulled low to cover a forehead tattoo that read Antisocial. Seth worked up a smile. “That why they call you Rocket?” “No, Doc. That’s not why they call me Rocket.” They drove a spray-painted van through Kensington, the exhaust nauseating him. The defunct power plant hulked below the Betsy Ross just as Judge had told them. Seth remembered it now, though he couldn’t recall the last time he had passed over the bridge. He hadn’t moved much at all since he had landed here after Texas, 15 years ago. He didn’t even have a car. “I told you you’d seen it,” Judge said to them. “I wouldn’t say it’s defunct, though, Doc. It’s unoccupied, but it’s semi-operational. What they call a peaking station. Kicks in when the others are overloaded. Save us from the wicked brownouts.” “Is that so, Daniel.”

wall, upon which was a rusted clock, high above. Midway below them, the half-barrel humps of dynamos arced like stegosaurs in the dark. Lower, stagnant water glistened, in which pulverizers, fireboxes, condensers and what all hunkered. Mosquitoes rose from that murk. Through the Chartres windows that arched to a vaulted ceiling — itself torn by weather, like some ghost ship’s rotted mizzen — the tips of skyscrapers peeped. The balcony skirted the entire hall, was variously covered and uncovered as it passed behind walls and windows, jutted for observation decks and exposed stairways. It reminded Seth of the Escher print Rachel years ago had hung above their bed. Rocket and Skipper were fastening their lanyards to the wrought-iron fence, its handrail and spindles worthy of some golden-age department store. So much left untouched, perhaps the place might jump back online, as Daniel had said, but Seth was skeptical at the abundant corrosion. The kid’s claim about peak overloads had impressed the others, but sure words often impress the inarticulate. This place was a tomb. “It’s beautiful, Dad,” Libby said. “It’s unreal.” “Told you.” Judge leaned in to kiss her once, modestly, but a display all the same. “They won’t build them like this anymore,” Seth said. “Not worth it.” Judge loaded film. “That’s why I want to get it now. They’ll tear this down eventually. Historic registry or no.” He adjusted the stop on the Sinar. “Want to expose at least 10 seconds, Tina. Maybe 20. Out there.” He looked into the space. “Tina?” Seth said. They set up their ropes. Rocket flung one to Skipper, who crept, with testing steps, onto a catwalk. To photograph the skyline as Judge wanted required a vantage only attainable suspended. Seth wandered about the perimeter’s rubble, looking for usable stairs, while they busied themselves. The windows afforded enough light to seduce him with the plant’s grandeur and shadows, but he wished he were seeing it all in daylight, and not with them. He was starting to feel ridiculous. He certainly wasn’t going to rappel. He uncapped his flask. The harness slid out into the dark over the turbines. The devil writhed a bit at the middle, then stilled. “Lower me some!” He peered into the void. That was his daughter’s voice. The shadows complied at either rail, ratcheting her some slack. She bobbed like a sailor overboard while

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A hand-lettered architect’s print, photocopied on two sheets. Philadelphia Electric Company. Delaware Station. Train tracks flung around the centered box like the arcs of protons. Judge told them you’ve seen it, you could see it from the bridge. His daughter’s boyfriend placed the two pages together on the table and moved his fingers carefully within the walls. He pointed to the street where they would park. Libby moved closer to him with her terrible drink. Their target was the turbine hall. They would be stoked at how vast it was, Judge said. He wanted to rappel in it. Seriously, he said. It was perfect. They were going to scale the inside of this power plant and photograph it. “Got daylight shots already,” he said. “Just unbelievable light.” He passed his phone around that they might view some of it saved, slats of sunbeams and rusted machinery. “I want to get the skyline through the glass near the roof.” “Seems like a lot for one night, Daniel. And starting so late.” “Daddy,” Libby said. “Judge.” The boy looked at Seth, taking measure of him. “We’re young, Doc. You just kind of do it all at once. In and out. No worries. Look, I don’t like trespassing without a purpose. Without something to do, you just get bored. I don’t believe in getting bored.” He patted Libby’s hand

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Seth barely breathed. There were interminable seconds before the modulation ceased, then his daughter gently put her face to the camera. “OK,” she said. “Don’t mess with the rope.” They froze as she made the exposure. In this stillness, Seth could hear more pieces of the place coming down, ticks and splashes in the dark. He drank. Judge’s whisper carried. “That’s probably good.” Seth closed his eyes. The shutter snapped. The young men lowered her to the wet floor as if into a volcano. He watched their small lamps slide down their lines to meet her and help her out of the rig. His heart racing, he entered a glassed room of the mezzanine, which looked not unlike his workspace at school, and peed in a corner. He sat in a moldy office chair to observe their further ascents and descents throughout the hall. The place was quickly their secret playground. Others had been here. Styrofoam cups and food wrappers about his feet. A trash barrel filled with stained dot-matrix printouts. The form of his daughter rose again, paused earnestly atop a boiler with the modest Olympus he had bought her. Judge was setting up some lightweight tripod in the ruins. Their sibilant queries as they picked through the farrago, steel scraps and chunks of concrete underfoot. Clatter of something dropped among the dynamos. He rose and continued the circuit. Ahead he could see the control room. He paused. Fluorescent lights shone dimly there. He held the rail. “Libby?” Flashes going off down in the pit, a strobing of the hall’s leviathans, these ancient sepulchers lit longer by darting headlamps. Then back to blackness. He grew dizzy looking down. Across from him, more lines from tiers of catwalks. They were scaling for the ceiling.

It seemed rather without purpose to him. Despite their noble claims at the bar, it was a too-complicated thrill-seeking. He worried about her, fretted then about their efficiency in pot and sex Rocket had mentioned. On their ropes in this industrial cathedral, they were going up to the roof to view the city. Wakened pigeons took flight across the chasm. More wheeled office chairs, early-’80s style, attended the board in the control room. The walls were lined with electronics panels, stuff of B pictures. A long arc of a switchboard. Dials, diodes, knobs. Levers of all sizes, shaped like tiny field-goal posts. Others like the stick shift in Libby’s Toyota. Ribbons of yellow caution tape twisted across the floor. Some were knotted to the apparatus in bows, more gifts than warnings. But these fluorescents on the drop ceiling were lit, as if someone had just run out for coffee and was about to be very surprised when he came back at how the place had gone to seed. Seth retreated a step. Why lit? Perhaps some code decreed it safer. How lit? They made him wonder what the plant was running on. Somehow. He picked up a red lockout tag and brought it to the balcony. Rocket and Judge were silhouetted against the atrium, the night outside brighter than the dark inside. His daughter hung from a wallmounted ladder 15 feet below them. He called her again, and she whistled to the others. She moved onto a rope that would bring her down. “Jesus, Dad, don’t panic.” Their lights stroked her like kliegs as she descended, even the black of her clothes somehow pale as she came to him twirling, beautiful spider, circus spectacle, child he had left in Texas. How could he? He couldn’t remember. He had.

Her leg hooked on the rail and she slid onto the perimeter balcony. “What is it?” She unfastened and came to him, her headlamp steady on the approach. “Oh, wow,” she said, seeing the lights. She shut her own off. “Who’s here?” “I know,” he said. “It’s weird.” He was trembling. “Libby.” She sat in one of the rolling chairs. “You freaked out a bit? Or the place got you sober? What is it, Seth?” He wiped his eyes. Before the bank of housed switches, she threw her head back and looked at the fluorescents that had his attention. “It’s like Star Trek meets Stalker.” “Yeah? You watch Tarkovsky?” “Why wouldn’t I, Professor?” “I just — I just wouldn’t have expected you to.” “I saw it. Mom and I watched it. Every so often, before she met Trevor, we’d watch one of the videos you left behind. When we finished one, we wouldn’t rewind it.” She spun the chair in a circle, her combat boots out. “We’d just throw it out. Done.” He let out a long breath. “Pull it together, Seth.” “I don’t know about these guys.” He felt himself shaking his head. “Tina,” he said. “I don’t really like them.” “Well, I didn’t really ask. And I don’t really give a fuck. Who do you think you are, anyway?” He stopped her chair. “You came to town looking for me, didn’t you?” “Well, I wasn’t looking for your advice. Do we have to talk about this now? Again, Seth? You don’t even remember going through it the last time.” She gave him an ugly face, a crime to her looks, her mother’s. Idly, her arm stretched for a handle on the dusty board. He didn’t tell her not to. “Libby.” He gripped her shoulder. He waited for whatever was coming.

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it’s me, tom, talk as fog not cheap & dead that tree was a phone cracked as winter’s up a little girl’s eyes zooming after fade of motor cycle makes you wonder, says her mother have good days, says the baker, faded have good days out the door, down the street i’m lost as that, good as fog not eyes & bodies yawn a school— it’s me, tom, school as fog not eyes & bodies after fade of motor again i get beat up & move school to school thru race riot as if body were speech — it is, & that was the 90s, in shadow, much as body’s a path from a bruise like a trumpet — it’s been it’s been this afterlife we got hung up on & sat outside to see & couldn’t you yawned the hallway groaned the strings are eyes shot out a trumpet like care could happen in a house that counts for you — look at all these kids — i give myself what they gave me over & over — the institutions, i mean & the kicks to the head there’s my name it’s a black hole i shovel things in an if notes a blues in a crumb clip the money where your home was cement where the mouth is our violent need to shovel out description for the hum under the ash

POETRY JUDGE’S COMMENTS Ryan Eckes’ “age of the forklift” begins with a simple assertion of identity: “it’s me, tom.” But the poem’s simplicity ends there. Who is tom? He’s at least these things: “it’s me, tom, talk” and “it’s me, tom, school.” But his multiple identities are in turn linked to a repeated image of fog: “talk / as fog not cheap and dead,” and “school / as fog not eyes and bodies.” Over the course of the poem we learn that, like fog, tom’s identities have indefinite boundaries: “out / the door, down the street / i’m lost as that, good / as fog.” The poem makes us ask: Why is it good to be lost, why is it good to be fog? Perhaps because “body’s a path from a bruise.” Again and again, the poem argues that violence is a kind of education in identity: “i give myself what they / gave me over & over — the institutions, / i mean & the kicks to the head.” Though I am startled by the brutal stutters of the poem’s syntax and repetitions, I am also moved by them, just as I am startled and moved by the last time the poem revisits the question of tom’s identity: “there’s my name / it’s a black hole / i shovel things in.” By the poem’s end, tom is neither tom, nor talk, nor school, nor fog. He’s been reduced to nothing, his poetic language in service of “our violent need / to shovel out description / for the hum / under the ash.” I love those last two lines, mysterious and bleak. Their masterful music haunts me, leaving me with the belief that “the hum / under the ash” is the sound of poetry itself — persistent and indestructible, even when broken. —Brian Teare ABOUT THE JUDGE: Raised in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Brian Teare is currently an assistant professor at Temple University. His first collection of poetry, The Room Where I Was Born, won the Brittingham Prize in 2003 and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry in 2004. Next came Sight Map in 2009 and Pleasure in 2010. His upcoming collection, Companion Grasses, will be published in 2013 by Omnidawn. Teare is also the founder of the “one-man micropress” Albion Books. Find out more at brianteare.net.

FICTION JUDGE’S COMMENTS I couldn’t help but feel for Seth, the protagonist who’s dragged back to the past in more ways than one in “Blackout” by Chad Willenborg. Menace, regret, love, oceans of booze, unrelenting tension and some truly great Philly settings — I’ve wondered about that semi-abandoned electric plant in the shadow of the Betsy Ross Bridge for a long time now — made this the standout for me. —Duane Swierczynski ABOUT THE JUDGE: Duane Swierczynski is a proud resident of Northeast Philly and the author of several acclaimed crime novels, including The Blonde, Severance Package and Fun & Games. He’s also a comic-books writer — his new monthly Godzilla series for IDW starts in the spring — and is the former editor-in-chief of City Paper. Keep up with him at secretdead.blogspot.com.


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³ JESSIE HEMMONS, 25, aka Ishknits, is crouching down, sewing what looks like a neon, blue-and-green-striped sweater onto a skinny tree outside utility-gray Hartranft Elementary School in North Philly. A line of ants streaming over the bright new yarn looks about as confused as ants can. Hemmons adjusts the placement up several inches, high enough that only the tallest dogs would be able hit it. Four more scarf-like creations still need to be put up, two crossstitched in bright pink: “PWD,” for Philadelphia Water Department, and “SOAK IT UP” — for Soak It Up, Philly!, the city program that commissioned her to knit cozies for these skinny North Philly trees. “I just started using a machine the last few months, it’s the cheesiest, wonkiest — it’s called The Ultimate Sweater Machine.” Hemmons laughs. “I do miss doing stuff by hand,” which could take nine or 10 hours per piece, “but now I’m getting asked to do projects in a short amount of time, and … I work full-time.” When Hemmons started yarnbombing (as this knitted subgenre of street art is called) as a hobby a few years ago, she didn’t imagine she’d eventually be working for the government. She sewed her first piece onto a bike rack at 16th and Market streets with “hands

shaking, absolutely terrified,” and put up many pieces under cover of darkness, including a short-lived pink hoodie reading “GO SEE THE ART” on the Rocky statue. She’s never had any problems (“I wasn’t getting any negative feedback in terms of, uh, getting arrested”), and the Anti-Graffiti Network has said it doesn’t have a problem with yarnbombing due to its inherently temporary nature, but she didn’t want to push her luck. Hemmons says small, out-of-the-way pieces like the ones she’s installing now generally last about four months before falling or being cut down, but the life expectancy is shorter in high-profile settings: “I did a subway seat that didn’t last an entire day, and the sweater on the Rocky statue lasted 24 hours.” This is fine, though: Hemmons isn’t sentimental about her creations, and almost never purposely checks back in on them. This, she says, has made the experience of starting to get commissions from places like Urban Outfitters, Proctor & Gamble and the Mural Arts Program extra strange: “I have to go to the opening and stand there and watch people look at my work. It’s scary! It’s intimidating! Here, I get to run away.” And she sees the limited lifespan of yarnbombs as a pro, not a con. “You know, you look at your past work and you’re horribly embarrassed by it,” she shrugs, “so it’s kind of a blessing, in a way — like, if I knew myself at age 20, I’d probably want to punch myself. … When they disappear, I’m probably a different person.”

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you least expect it. Know how assuming makes an ass of you and me? So does underestimating people. Take Eddie Bruce. He was a star of my recent Dancin’ on Air cover story and the first host of the classic ’80s/’90s PHL-17 television show. You wouldn’t imagine the same kid who pushed the Electric Slide, the Running Man and the Cabbage Patch would’ve turned into a formidable essayer of jazz-standard song. But he did, and he’s got a career in cabaret from here to Feinstein’s and the Carlyle in Manhattan to prove it. This week, he turns that croon into an educational device with A Tribute to Tony Bennett in Words & Music (Suzanne Roberts Theatre, April 9), co-starring author David Evanier and pianist Tom Adams, to benefit the Center of Literacy.“Along with Tony Newley and Sondheim, I’ve been studying Bennett since I was a kid,” says Bruce. “Do you know, in all the times I’ve seen him — like, 20 shows — I’ve never witnessed him take one sip of water during his entire time on stage? And it’s not like he’s coasting up. He’s working as hard as Springsteen.” Lesson learned. ³ Know who else is doing something unexpected? OK, I can’t imagine it’ll have the same aesthetic value as the Bruce/Evanier gig, but: Bam Margera.The Jackass alum and unofficial West Chester mayor is (oddly enough, like Tony Bennett) a painter. Bennett likes flowers and Angie Dickinson. Bam’s “contemporary punk imagery” (so say notes from the James Oliver Gallery) takes on “social reform, sex, religion and law.” Margera, along with pranking/painting buds “Red Mohawk” Blake and Ryan Gee, hit the Chestnut Street gallery April 7 to show their work. Beware of ramps and door jambs. ³When Naked Philadelphian blogger Laura Goldman isn’t busy ruining Ed Rendell’s weekend or dissing the scant uniforms of XFINITY Live!’s wait staff, she’s winning fans like CUNY,who granted her a media fellowship to write about Philly DA Seth Williams’ The Choice is Yours program for youth offenders. ³Remember when director/writer Jenny Deller brought her crew — including character-acting greats William Sadler, Amy Madigan and Lili Taylor — through Warminster, Abington and the Pennypack Nature Preserve back in 2010? Me neither. That shouldn’t stop you from checking out Future Weather, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month. ³ Quote of the week comes courtesy Tapestry co-owner Kar Vivekananthan on the hasty departure of chefs Tony Clark and Carmen Cappello:“Tapestry doesn’t have chefs. We have kitchen management and cooks. We will never have a chef. We’re not that kind of place. Burgers, beer and pizza. Holla! Bring the kids.” ³ Dig deep into my soul at citypaper.net/criticalmass. (a_amorosi@citypaper.net)

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“It’s about shocking people into looking at something.” Going from commando-style installations to doing government work in broad daylight was pure accident. An early project involved fastening bright-pink, hand-knit top-tube protectors — which prevent bikes’ paint from getting nicked when locking up — onto random bicycles. “Apparently I yarnbombed a guy from the Water Department’s bike,” she laughs. Later, the department got in touch and hired her for their Soak It Up, Philly! program, a green initiative involving porous concrete, rainwater runoff and reservoirs underneath ordinary-looking trees all around the city. “No one can see them, so they commissioned me to knit the trees to be, like, “‘It’s under here!’” she says. Hemmons works with acrylic yarn (organics like wool and cotton fall apart quickly) in a neon palette similar to ones found in big, elaborate graffiti tags — the brighter, the better. “It’s about taking a drab environment and shocking people into looking at something,” says Hemmons, and the key is “the brightness of it, the contrast … if I was knitting in brown and gray, it would just get lost in the background.” The colors undoubtedly stand out, particularly on the overcast day — they’re almost

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³ FORGET ME NOT Few playwrights could find laughs in topics like aging, Alzheimer’s and euthanasia, but Bruce Graham succeeds in The Outgoing Tide, receiving a splendid area premiere by the Philadelphia Theatre Company. The local playwright, winner of Barrymore Awards for Something Intangible and Any Given Monday, crafts an engaging ethical dilemma between well-meaning people weighing difficult choices. A strong cast makes the characters real and likable: Richard Poe plays Gunner, a retired trucker in the midst of mental deterioration; Robin Moseley is his loyal wife, Peg; and Anthony Lawton shines as their son, Jack, trapped between his parents’ heartfelt arguments. Poignancy and humor are often simultaneous, particularly in Gunner’s curmudgeonly observations (“Your mother’s out pricing diapers for me now”) and flashbacks of Gunner and Peg’s courtship and marriage and Jack’s childhood. Director James J. Christy’s production lovingly sculpts the secluded Maryland shore around them, guided by Gunner’s observation that “Down here on the water, you pay attention to different stuff.” David Gordon’s beach house

in another dimension from the dull gray of the school and pavement and the dusty brown of the vacant lots across the street. Similarly bright and out of place is Hemmons’ bike, which she rode up from West Philly. It has one of the pink knit tube protectors on it, the same design she attached to the Water Department guy’s bike. The other day, as she was passing by a piece she’d installed on a bike rack at Reading Terminal Market, she noticed one of her tube protectors on a bike locked to it. “Someone had parked their bike there, and it still had one of those on it from two years ago!” she says, looking genuinely happy to have proof that at least one of the many pieces she’s thrown out into the world stuck. (emilyg@citypaper.net) ✚ Yarnbombing demo, 5:30 p.m.,

and talk, 7 p.m., Thu., April 5, free, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 215-545-4302, philartalliance.org.

transforms from outside deck to screened porch and includes beach and dock, while R. Lee Kennedy’s lighting, Bart Fasbender’s sound and Rob Maggio’s original music shape an autumnal spiritual refuge dubbed, in a homey wall plaque, “Paradise Found.” The Outgoing Tide courageously takes on a tough and touchy subject without becoming an “issue play” or political debate. What is the right course of action when the future seems to hold only a slow decline into helplessness and loss of identity? Is a deliberate death justified when it creates financial security for the survivors? Graham doesn’t answer these questions for all, but by forcing Gunner, Peg and Jack to decide for themselves, he challenges us to consider what living (and dying) with dignity really means. (m_cofta@citypaper.net) ✚ Through April 22, $46-$59, Suzanne

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³ ASIAN ARTS INITIATIVE For thousands of Vietnamese people, the urge to flee their homeland after 1975 was so strong that they traveled by homemade boats to America, battling stormy waters and even fighting off pirates. They left behind a nation that was poor, war-torn and so oppressive that it was imprisoning people without any formal charges or the right to a trial. Yet the exhibit “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese America Since 1975,” which explores this expedition, is less about the tragedy faced by Vietnamese-Americans than about their survival and toughness. The show’s photographs capture the past 30 years, starting with images of overcrowded refugee camps, then overcrowded boats and finally Vietnamese kids learning English and goofing off as Boy Scouts. The exhibit, which was curated by the Smithsonian Institute’s Vu H. Pham, also examines the immigrants’ struggle to hold onto cultural traditions that have their beginnings thousands of miles away. The point is made with photos of a vibrant dance performance in Washington, D.C., juxtaposed with images of adults in line at McDonald’s. Through June 1, opening Fri., April 6, 6 p.m., free, 1219 Vine St., 215-557-4055, asianartsinitiative.org.

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³ AND THEN THERE’S … With the help of the Philadelphia chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, F&N Gallery presents “Stop Slavery Now,” a group show of handmade rag dolls on the topic of human trafficking, a tragic problem that is often treated as if it doesn’t happen in this country. Through April 30, opening Fri., April 6, 6 p.m., free, 2009 Frankford Ave., theragdollproject.org. … In her “retrospectacular” at the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence gallery, puppeteer Beth Nixon exhibits illustrations, masks, “suitcase theaters” and more. For the Thursday opening, Nixon will also put on a puppet show starring robots, mastodons and other weirdness. Through April 30, opening reception Thu., April 5, 6 p.m., free, 4007 Chestnut St., first floor, 215-779-8553, 40streetair.blogspot.com. (editorial@citypaper.net)

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world. Duerr’s fascination is so potent that he eventually helps solve the mystery of these works, which had baffled the world for nearly 30 years. In the exhibit “Stranger Things Have Never Happened,” Duerr is just as obsessive — but this time, it’s about his own artwork. The show features Duerr’s intricate illustrations, which portray creepy-yetpretty women, architecture and birds in a folk-art style. Some of Duerr’s pieces are so detailed that viewers are given a magnifying glass to enjoy them. Through April 30, opening Fri., April 6, 6 p.m., free, 309 Cherry St., 484-4833309, gallery309.com.

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Nebraska-born Iowan Ember Schrag can do the lilting, angelic thing, lifting her voice to the heavens in syllables of easy bliss. But she knows: The devil’s down deeper. Most of the time she’s strumming and swaying in the middle range, where her bluesy lamentations are the most striking. “I had a peppermint stuck in my throat,” she sighs. “I had an idea of love as something that people owe.” Informed as much by her family’s Christian zealotry as her own independent studies into poetry, the lyrics on The Sewing Room — to be released soon on Philly’s Edible Onion and Single Girl Married Girl labels — have a wise, oracular quality. It’s all murky and moody, but just concrete enough to get you wondering. —Patrick Rapa Thu., April 5, 7:30 p.m., $6, with Susan Alcorn and Scallion, Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave., museumfire.com/events.htm.


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BOY|B “Welcome to my interesting world,” exclaims 11-year-old Alamein (James Rolleston), nicknamed Boy, in Taika Waititi’s ingratiating coming-of-age tale. In space-time terms, said world encompasses the tiny, ramshackle town of Waihau Bay, New Zealand, the Maori community where writer-director Waititi was raised. But the imaginations of Boy and his younger brother Rocky (Te Aho Aho EketoneWhitu) know no such bounds. Rocky envisions himself as a superhero with undefined powers — the film occasionally shifts to his colored-pencil POV — and Boy spins fantasies about the life of his absent father, who in reality is at the end of a prison term for armed robbery. Like his son, Alamein Sr. (Waititi) is named for the WWII battle that included Maori troops, but Boy’s interests lie with more recent history, particularly the cultural dominance of Michael Jackson. Boy’s foot-dragging attempts to moonwalk his way into the hearts of his schoolgirl crush exemplify the movie’s shoestring wit, mixing broad humor with unstudied performances and underplayed pathos. The movie’s self-aware framing pointedly evokes Wes Anderson, but the overused style is transformed when it’s transplanted into an environment defined by poverty rather than privilege. Rolleston’s winning presence doubtless has much to do with the fact that Boy is a record-breaking hit in its home country, but there’s some salt mixed in with the film’s sugar. —Sam Adams (Ritz at the Bourse)

THE RAID: REDEMPTION|A As rookie police officer Rama (Iko Uwais) prepares for his day, he goes through the usual action-movie-montagey steps: He does pull-ups, hits a heavy bag and practices the precise moves of Indonesian martial-arts style pencak silat. He kisses his pretty pregnant wife goodbye. And he prays to Allah. Rama’s Muslim faith is incidental to the plot of Gareth Huw Evans’ movie, which focuses on the pow-pow combat between a Jakarta SWAT team and the swarm of killers they unearth during a raid. Still, Rama’s faith makes him both similar and dissimilar to those American action-movie cops who keep Bibles on their night tables. He’s introduced with a sign of where he’s from, one that shapes your understanding of the grand heroics he’s about to perform. But these heroics are generic, and then some. You might call the choreography relentless, but it’s also tremendously entertaining, as, going floor to floor with various associates, Rama learns not only that his lieutenant (Pierre Gruno) is corrupt, but that the bad guys range from monstrous leader Tama (Ray Sahetapy) to Tama’s killhappy tenants, armed with guns, machetes and long, stringy hair. Rama is a standard moral center, the guy who makes the right decisions and makes them work. He’s handsome and quietly charismatic; the bloody cuts on his face only enhance his striking cheekbones. He’s not conflicted about his Muslim faith, he’s built on it. Even as Evans and Uwais are planning two more films in a proposed trilogy, the distributor, Screen Gems (a subsidiary of Sony), is negotiating for the rights to remake the film. We can only guess how the generic heroics will be changed. —Cindy Fuchs (UA Riverview)

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AWESOME FEST The Balcony, 1003 Arch St., 215-9226888, theawesomefest.com. Brake (2012, U.S., 92 min.), which stars Stephen Dorff as a Secret Service agent tortured in the trunk of a car, kicks off this thriller-themed double feature. Then, three colleagues fight to survive after being trapped by an unknown killer at a bank in ATM (2012, U.S., 92 min.). Tue., April 10, 8 p.m., $5.

CHESTNUT HILL FILM GROUP Chestnut Hill Branch of the Free Library, 8711 Germantown Ave., 215248-0977, armcinema25.com. The Man I Love (1947, U.S., 96 min.): A a sultry nightclub singer gets caught up in some shady dealings. Tue., April 10, 7:30 p.m., free.

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✚ FRANKIE ROSE In the last five years, Frankie Rose has had a hand in plenty of great indie-pop — as a member of Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts, and on her own very fine solo debut. But Interstellar (Slumberland) is a quantum leap: a fresh, magnificently

lucid take on electrified dreampop that’s just as cosmic and spacious as the title implies, yet not at all alien or airless. Leaving behind her past work’s girl-group bounce and swaddling sheath of noise and reverb, she elicits a warm, woozy swoon without the least bit of vagueness or blur. As full and lushly layered as it feels, the record’s key is its simplicity. It’s nothing but cleanly sparkling synths, forthright drums, keening guitars and Rose’s gorgeously clear, serenely sirenic coos. Stellar, full stop. —K. Ross Hoffman Thu., April 5, 8 p.m., $10-$12, with Dive and East Hundred, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-787-0488, northstarbar.com.

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✚ PETER GREENAWAY Although most of his movies take the form of stories, Peter Greenaway has never been wedded to narrative, and with The Tulse Luper Suitcases, the

marriage of convenience ended with a bang. Although he released three interlinked feature films detailing the life of Tulse Luper, the (fictional) habitual prisoner whose existence is referenced in works Greenaway made decades before, the heart of the enterprise is the 92 suitcases currently on display at Slought Foundation in preparation for Greenaway’s visit to Philadelphia. Augmented by battered valises donated by locals, the suitcases bear labels like “Vatican pornography” and “Notes on drowned corpses,” themselves just elements of an ever-shifting constellation. Greenaway will drop by Slought for a conversation on April 13 and lecture at the University of Pennsylvania on April 11; Slought will get the ball rolling on the 10th with screenings of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and Rembrandt’s J’Accuse. —Sam Adams Through April 21, free, Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut St., 215701-4627, slought.org.

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✚ HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Describing Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive is uniquely challenging. Where to start? Maybe with its wild humor, full of insights about family and growing up. Once we mention the central relationship — fatherless Li’l Bit’s memories of childhood bonding with her Uncle Peck through his interest in her breasts — everyone hears Serious-Issue Play. Saying both simultaneously, maybe with qualifiers like “discomfiting,” proves inadequate, so the best way to explain this Pulitzer-winner is to insist that people experience it for themselves. Theatre Horizon’s production, led by Christie Parker and Joe Guzman, is a great opportunity to revel in all this beautiful play’s seemingly contradictory aspects: its comedy, its harrowing drama and its

ultimately hopeful message. —Mark Cofta Through April 29, $21-$29, The Center Theatre, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown, 610-283-2230, theatrehorizon.org.

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✚ ANOUSHKA SHANKAR One of pop’s most intriguing players, Anoushka Shankar, now 30, spent the majority of her life hanging and playing with her dad. That would seem a shame, if that dad wasn’t Indian-classical-music god Ravi Shankar. Still, Anoushka has held her own and then some. The sitarist/singer/keyboardist shimmied gracefully through traditional Hindustani sounds on her first recording at age 17, 1998’s Anoushka, with Anourag and Live at Carnegie Hall following in quick succession. Then Ms. Shankar formed her own traditions with scintillating albums filled with moody jazz elements on 2005’s Rise and the haunting experimental

electronic loops and breaks of 2007’s Breathing Under Water. With her just-released Traveller (Deutsche Grammophon), she’s found a new fusion, her eerie spiritual leanings connecting handsomely with the sprightly sensual rhythms of flamenco. —A.D. Amorosi Thu., April 5, 8 p.m., $40, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, longwoodgardens.org.

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✚ VANITIES Theater types can be notoriously catty, so the strong rapport between the three actresses in Quince Productions’ Vanities has director Rich Rubin feeling like a very lucky man. “When you work on such an intimate piece,” he muses, “I suppose the chemistry either develops or it doesn’t.” Set in the ’60s and ’70s, Vanities follows the shifting relationship of three Texas cheerleaders whose high school perkiness gives way to college anxieties and adulthood


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✚ HUMAN BBQ XXXIV For Philly musicheads, Pi Lam’s annual Human BBQ is a rite of passage. Every year, this day full of bands and burgers at West Philly’s “punk-rock frat” acts as a comprehensive, upto-the-minute snapshot of the region’s DIY scene. The 34th annual installment kicks off with delightful indie-pop foursome Catnaps, wraps up with New

Sat., April 7, noon, $15, all ages, Pi Lam, 3914 Spruce St.

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✚ BANKED-TRACK BRAWL The sun-soaked Phillies return home this weekend, but those who prefer amped-up athletics should swap the niceties of Citizens Bank Park for Penn Jersey Roller Derby’s (PJRD) rowdy North Philly warehouse. The co-ed league is raising the verve levels of its usual highcontact proceedings by taking the sport back to its roots: Its punnishly named players will now trade bruises on a banked track. Shifting bouts onto an

incline doesn’t just change the skaters’ strategies, it means the sport’s hard hits typically happen at higher speeds. Given fans’ enthusiasm for raucous brawls, it’s no wonder PJRD is at the front of the nascent East Coast movement to bring banked-track derby back. —Michael Gold Sat., April 7, 3:30 p.m., $10, 1801 W. Indiana Ave., pennjerseyrollerderby.com.

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Through April 21, $20-$25, Studio 5 at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215-627-1088, quinceproductions.com.

Jersey’s always-raging Screaming Females, and in between squeezes in sets from stalwart garage-rawk dudes The Tough Shits — whose self-titled LP just dropped on Burger Records — dream-punks Acid Kicks, zany surfers Dry Feet, minimal folkies Norwegian Arms, and jeez, that’s not even half the bands on the lineup. By the end, you’ll be exhausted and already anticipating next year.

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letdowns. With three scenes set five years apart, the play offers only passing glimpses into its characters’ lives. Still, as the women’s stories diverge, their preoccupations with the perceptions of their former BFFs slowly emerge.

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✚ SIERRA HURTT We tried to get the lowdown on Sierra Hurtt’s new CD, Stranger (Criatura), but the Philly singersongwriter was out of pocket in the Dominican Republic. After the official hometown launch on Saturday, she zips across the Atlantic to Portugal and then the U.K., bringing the finished product to some of the far-flung musicians who collaborated on the recording, digging deep into their imaginations for new stylistic combinations to support

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—Mary Armstrong Sat., April 7, 7:30 p.m., $10, with Fellaheen, Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St., 215-928-0978, tinangel.com.

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✚ STEVIE JACKSON The songs Stevie Jackson has contributed to Belle & Sebastian over the years — “Chickfactor,” “Jonathan David,” “Roy Walker,” “I’m Not Living in the Real World” — tend to be solid album tracks and obscure fan faves rather than outright standouts. But there’s good evidence, especially in light of his awesomely titled solo debut, (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson (Banchory), that he’s had a considerable hand in the band’s 21st-century shift toward increasingly playful (if not downright goofy) material and the occasional whole-hearted retro pastiche. Solo Stevie sounds like music that might come from a lovably dopey stuffed-toy jukebox: grinning, rollicking Nuggets-y rave-ups, Donovan-esque folk ditherings, cod-Motown soul stompers and even a couple of ham-’n’cheesy Who-styled minioperas — plus at least one nerdy, punning Philadelphia International reference.

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possible to ride a bike and get from one place to another without burning any fuel or polluting the air or adding to the urban din. It’s possible to ride a bike and look cool, comfortable and chic, and — well, look like a movie star.” Oddly enough, the movie stars of yore thought so too, enough for Rea to start a photo blog of old publicity stills (Rides A Bike, at ridesabike.tumblr.com) and then pen a book (Hollywood Rides a Bike, Angel City Press) starring luminaries such as Bogart, Bacall, Clark Gable, Julie Christie, W.C. Fields, Brigitte Bardot, Robert Mitchum and Rin Tin Tin. —A.D. Amorosi Mon., April 9, 7:30 p.m., free, Free Library, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., 215-567-4341, freelibrary.org.

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4.10 [ rock/pop ]

✚ CUDDLE MAGIC If the question is “what if Arcade Fire wasn’t dull?”, the answer is Cuddle Magic. Like the Fire, this Philly/Brooklyn collective — eight people or more, depending on the car-pool situation — makes chamber-pop with an epic feel. T I M D AV I S

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✚ STEVEN REA Steven Rea has three loves: his wife, film and bicycles. Movies are what he writes about at the Inquirer. Bicycles? He’s been riding since childhood. “My day-to-day is a 1970s Raleigh DL-1 rod-brake 28-inch wheel ‘postman’s bike,’” states Rea, who rides religiously to work and to screenings. “It’s

But Cuddle Magic dirties up its soaring anthems with buggedout, stream-of-consciousness lyrics (thanks to singer Ben Davis) and melodies weirdly enhanced by musicians who spent time in sessions with Henry Cow guitarist Fred Frith and toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen. Those elements make for a merry, dirty mess on their newest album, Info Nympho. The slowly cautious cello- and clarinet-laced “Marie Cardona” and the smoky skronk of “Handwrit” are two of the finest tunes on their third album. Cuddle Magic plays games

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with its compositions, like the suicide-themed “Disgrace Note,” challenging themselves with literal math-rock by dividing the number of beats in the song (864) into different cycles. If that seems complicated to read, imagine what it sounds like. —A.D. Amorosi Tue., April 10, 8 p.m., $10, Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St., 215-928-0978, tinangel.com.

WEDNESDAY

4.11 [ rock/pop/electronic ]

✚ EMILY WELLS Too many former prodigies think a looping pedal’s enough to spice up their relationships with the instruments they learned as children. Not Emily Wells, who began violin lessons before grade school. Sure, she loves her looping pedal, but she uses whatever tool’s needed to cultivate a dense atmosphere for her earthy laments, be it violin or guitar, hip-hop beats or crickets. Mama (Partisan) marries cinematic sweep and blues stomp, and the husky-voiced Wells knows her way around a refrain. Witness “Darlin’,” with its nervy appropriation of “Oh, My Darling, Clementine,” or the hypnotic “Let Your Guard Down.” “I’m no good at being alive,” she coos on “No Good,” but she’s so good at conveying the primal ache of being alive. —M.J. Fine Wed., April 11, 8 p.m., $14-$15, with Live Footage, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.

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e kinda missed the city,” Tim Spinner says, his voice edged with a Villanova empty-nester’s wistfulness. It’s been a minute since he and Brian Sirhal opened Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington, long enough for “kinda” to grow into “definitely,” for “maybe we’re ready to do a second place” to become the reality of La Calaca Feliz (the happy skeleton), their vivaMore on: cious new Mexican tavern in Fairmount. Suburbs don’t have buildings with bones like this, home for nearly 10 years to Illuminare. Spinner and Sirhal toured the space two years ago and fell hard for its artisan woodwork, breezy patio, wood-burning oven and dramatic dining-room ceiling, a puzzle of beams and skylights seemingly envisioned by M.C. Escher. When time came for a city-side sequel, Spinner and Sirhal returned to this place. Today a constellation of tin lanterns dangles from that ceiling, and the restaurant’s walls are wrapped in a pan-

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oramic mural of skeletons painted by Alison Dilworth. Wood got polished, sheetrock painted turquoise and crusted in Mexican tile and stacked stone. Animal skulls went up on the walls, Virgin Mary statues on the shelves. On warm nights, when the patio doors blur the boundary between inside and out, the vibe is downright tropical. Sirhal lubricates the scene with 48 tequilas and intelligently crafted drinks named for Grateful Dead songs. House-infused spirits headline this tidy cocktail program and find their supporting cast in bruised herbs, fresh fruit, artisanal bitters and fashionable liqueurs. My choice? I’m a King Bee, a dashing elixir of chamomile-laced tequila, honey, lemon and basil, a summery aperitif and a cozy nightcap all in one. Drinks like that launch Calaca out of the standard margarita-and-sangria setup. Only the michelada disappointed; watery and bland, it tasted like Coors Light blushed with V8. Staff whizzed through the bustling room bearing shots of Espolon Blanco with Mountain Dew sidecars and heavy molcajetes loaded with guacamole. Served with or without MORE FOOD AND seasonal fruit (recently, pomegranate DRINK COVERAGE seeds), the guac glowed green against the AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / black stone bowl. M E A LT I C K E T. Spinner crushes onion and jalapeño right in the molcajete, then folds in the avocado, tomato and cilantro to smooth, supple results. The only cantina with guac this bright and balanced was Xochitl in its Cook-and-Solo days. Good thing Spinner hired former Xochitl chef Lucio Palazzo as his right-hand man. The two divide time in Calaca’s cramped open kitchen, an extension of the 12-seat bar with a pass that runs into the hallway leading to the dining room. The corridor is so tight, I could feel the warmth- off the >>> continued on page 44

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The Boilermaker | Matt Scheller and Matt and Colleen Swartz of The Farmers’ Cabinet (1113 Walnut St.) have slipped into the space briefly held by Blue Bear Tavern to launch The Boilermaker, specializing in the ever-satisfying beer-and-shot combo. Not just limited to Citywides — though they do pour those — the liquor lineup is bolstered by a selection of artisanal boilermakers (think a St. Somewhere Saison with a shot of Aviation Gin). Twenty-eight beers on tap downstairs, plus 12 more upstairs. This all goes along with chef Steve Forte’s pubby menu, featuring burgers, dogs and hard-carved meats roasted in-house. They’re open daily from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. 216 S. 11th St., 215-922-3427.

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Apartment complex is seeking to hire an Assistant Manager. A minimum of 2 years of college (or equivalent) or one year experience in residential real estate management is required. Knowledge of financial matters, accounting, administrative or a prior background in affordable housing is a plus. Pre-employment background and drug testing is required. Interested applicants should fax your resume to (215)922-3735 by 4/13/2012. EOE

1 BR & 2 BR Apts $715-$835 spacious, great loc., upgraded, heat incl, PHA vouchers accepted 215-966-9371 4941 Rubicam St. Big 2Br & 3Br porch, backyard, quiet. 215.833.4297 4xx Hansberry St. 1br $640+elec fridge included, (267)239-4689 5220 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1 BR on site lndry, 215-744-9077, Lic# 507568 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 High St. 2br Apt Penn St. 2br House section 8 accepted, 267-625-9466

DOMINO LN 1 & 2 BR $725-$875 Renovated, parking, d/w, near shopping & dining, FIRST MONTH FREE 215-500-7808

29th near Girard 2BR $575+utils $1150 move-in,appl fee $45. 215.574.1885 3850 N. 13th St. 1br $575 washer, yard, near shops (267) 304-1387

1,2, 3, 4 Bedroom FURNISHED APTS LAUNDRY-PARKING 215-223-7000 1XX W Maplewood Ave 1br $595 + elec Hist Dist, nr trans/shops 267-240-2474 38xx N. 15th 1br $575+utils 2nd fl, beautiful, renov, n/s, 267.809.7866

75xx Thouron Ave. 1BR $690+utils Free water, W/W carpets, A/C, W/D. Call 215-424-4099 or 267-303-7413 GREENE & HARVEY - SPRING SPECIAL! Lux. Garden type 1BR’s Newly dec, w/w, g/d, a/c, cable ready, Laundry/off st prkg. Nr trans 215-275-1457 215-233-3322 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


4900 Oxford Ave. 2BR $650+utils duplex 2nd floor, free use of washer & dryer in basement, ready 215-744-8990 Bridge & Pratt efficiency $475 +elec, gas large, 215-613-8989 or 267-746-8696

FISHTOWN area effic apt, from $490 everything incld. 267-266-6003 9a-7p

50xx Penn St. 3BR/2Ba $950 Renovated, 267-230-2600 Castor Gardens 2BR/1BA $825 + utils (Northeast) 12xx Friendship St., Huge 2nd floor, w/w carpets, new windows, 2 blocks from Cottman and Castor, large closets, w/d hookup, storage in basement, no pets. Avail immediately, 215-768-5415 Lawncrest: 5xx Benner St. 1br $575+util 2nd floor, credit check, 267-251-4042

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

Cheltenham 1br section 8 accepted, 267-625-9466

19xx S Redfield 3br $720 53xx Willows 3br $825 Section 8 OK, call 267-230-2600 25xx S. Gross Ave 2br $650 close to trans. lrg LR. 610-534-4521 5900 Trinity St. 3BR, 1.5BA $750 1st, last mo. sec, remodeled. 215.378.4012 SW (Elmwood Area) modern 3br house new crpts, sect. 8 welcome 215.726.8817

2br & 3br Houses Section 8 welcome beautifully renovated, (267)981-2718 6xx Brooklyn 3br/1ba $895+utils w/d, sec 8 ok, Call 215-294-0087 Landsdown Ave 4BR newly renov., deck, hdwd flrs, D/W, master BR w/ac, Must see, Sec 8 OK.267-975-6489 W. PHILA HIRST ST $695+ 3BR 215-432-4433

244 N. Simpson Street 3br/1ba $895 www.perutoproperties.com 215.740.4900

4528 N. 19th St. 4BR $750+utils. Sec. 8 ok. Call 215-704-9994 / 429-8720

11xx Wyoming Avenue 3br $800/mo. plus sec, avail now! Tony 215-917-3809 50xx N. 10 St. 4Br renov, hdwd flrs, Sec 8 OK. 267.230.2600

1437 W Tioga St 2BR/1.5BA $750 house for rent . Move in immediately 267-971-3768 2xx Rubicam St 3br/2ba $850 +utils finished basement, wall to wall carpet, Call 267-879-1750 Front & Roosevelt Blvd 3br/1ba $820 renov, w/d, $2000 move in 215.498.5056

1xx W Logan Ave. 7BR Sec. 8 OK 2 month security, no pets, 215-539-7866 20xx Dennie St. 3br East Mt. Airy 2br apt newly renovated, wall/wall, modern kitch & bath, section 8 ok. 215-474-7678 Drexel Med. Vicinity 6br/2.5ba $2400 huge fully renov. house, everything brand new, bsmt, w/d, yard. 732-993-3634

Allegheny & Aramingo 2BR $800+utils back yard, basement, $1800 to move in, Call 215-205-3185

19xx E. Madison St 3br $1075+utils w/w carpet, w/d, lrg kitch, private yard, 2 mo. dep. req., sec. 8 ok (610) 587-2400 7xx E Allegheny large 2br/1.5ba $685+ newly renovated, 215-836-1960

28xx D. St. 3BR/1BA $700/mo. totally renov. with lg yard, sec. 8 OK, will accept 2BR voucher. Call (215) 681-8018 52xx Glenloch St. 2br/2ba $750+utils newly renov, beautiful hdwd flrs, ready now, 1st, last & sec. req. (610) 587-2400

Darby 3BR/1BA $850/mo. New rehab, garage 215-519-5437 Darby 3br/1ba $950+utils close to shopping & transp. 610.696.2022

Monroe 4br $1500 & 17 acres $1000/mo detached garage & shop, 917-653-0272

7xx East Tioga St., 14ft wide by 18ft 8" long by 8ft high. $150/mo 215-539-7866

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

C5 Hard Top 1998 $18,500 51K miles, black, 6 speed, 610-637-6861

Expedition Limited 4x4 2005 $12,900 pearl white/beige, nav., DVD 215.620.1135

Jaguar 2002 3.0 S Type with sunroof, like new, original miles & Jaguar 2002 Luxury XJ8 4 door w/ sunroof like new, corporate disposals, $6,985/ea. 215-928-9632

OCEANVIEW, NJ (Shore) 2006, 39 ft Park Model, sleeps 8, sunken BR w/ loft, a/c, 3 season rm. $45k/obo. (267)784-5933

LAMBORGHINI REPRODUCTION Project Car, In Bucks County, $9500. (702)485-9884

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

Lincoln TownCar 2003 Luxury Signature Series, S/R, 4 dr, 45K MILES, special car for particular buyer, $7950 215.629.0630

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$200 Cash & Up (267) 241-3041

R 350 2006 $22,900 only 40k, loaded, blk/blk 267-241-4967

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

Silver Seraph 1999 $58,000 32K mi, cream & blue lthr int., silver pearl paint, all service records (215)632-3868 Brigantine: Pets OK 4/6-4/9: $525. July /Aug: $1350/wk BrigB.com 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 Strathmere Bchfront $3K/person. 3 people max, Memorial-Labor 215-847-8057 Wildwood 1br Efficiency season $4000 +sec. 1 & 1/2 Blks to Beach 609-707-1990

BrierCrest 5 BR, sleeps 12; Saw Creek 3br sleeps 8, 4/8, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, (6/10 Race) + more (609) 587-9493 Mt. Pocono Resort Area Unique lrg 16 room house, your goup only, wkend reunions, slps 14-22, call owner 570.839.8060

W. Ocean City Md, 10 min fr Assateague & beach. Bayfront pvt home 2BRs. $600$900wk For exciting details 610-721-5321

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

Forenza 2007 $6,200 gd cd, auto215.715.4647 or 215.971.5489

TOYOTA Highlander Limited ’11 $25,000 10K miles, navigation, sunroof, fully loaded. $25,000. Call or text 860-591-9713

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

Volvo 2005 Luxury XC90T6ASR, 1 of a kind,positively breathtaking $8975 (oppor -tunity of lifetime)Call Vicki 215.922.5342

Harley Softail Duece 2005 $13,500/obo all Chrome, Call (215)416-8212

low cost cars & trucks Buick LeSabre 2004 $3975 lthr, low miles, CD, alarm 267-592-0448 Cadillac 1999 Sedan Deville $3675 Lux 4 dr, a/c, full pwr, orig pampered mi, woman driver, Call Carol 215-928-9632 Cadillac Sedan 1977 $1500 estate sale, excellent 610-667-4829 Chevy El Camino Classic 1979 $950 Not inspected but runs. 484-300-0740 Chevy Impala 2001 $3,500 clean, very good condition. 267-242-7957 Chevy Malibu LS 2000 $3150/obo new trans, new a/c, mag wheels, premium stereo, immaculate, (610)716-5310 Chrysler Town & Country LXI 1997 $2500 Mint, 91k, needs no work, 215-620-9383 DODGE CARAVAN ES 2002 $3200/obo 4 door, 3 seat, 147k mi., clean, insp. needs reverse, Dlr., will trade (267)975-4483

DODGE DURANGO 1999 $1,350 121K mi, clean, runs great 610-587-3116 GMC Cargo Van (Savanna) 2000 $4400 148K mi., new insp., fin.int. 610.945.7544 Mazda MX5 1992 Conv, 154k 610-689-9887

$2400

Mercedes 190E 2.6 1993 $2,800 runs great, S/R, 140K mi, tan215.627.7444 Pontiac Boneville 1993 $2500 110k miles,remote start, 18 inch chrome rims, runs great 215-609-5037

Saab 93 1999 $3000 mnrf, new tires, inspect, 215-990-1485 VOLVO V70 2001 Deluxe economy 4 door station wagon, low miles, GAS MISER, garage kept, flawless in every respect, private sale $4975. Call 215-922-5342

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29xx OXFORD St. - Large Rooms $75 & up. SSI ok, no drugs. 215-240-9499 34th and Baring Room for rent. Nice rm w/ DirecTV. Use of kit. 215-620-3846 34xx N. 18th small, clean, quiet room, $400/mo. Call 267-670-2662 35xx N. 17th St. share kitchen & bath, huge room. $440/mo. 267-258-0770 49th & Haverford, newly renovated room, $100-$125/wk, use of kitchen, great location, no drugs. (267) 582-9128

N. Phila & Norristown: Furnished rooms, $100/wk. Call 484-636-8205 Olney & N. Phila. Furn rms cpt, nr trans, kit, w/d $85+. Call 516-527-0186 Overbrook newly renov. home, 1 br to rent, w/d & utils inc., 215.879.2570 Philly Rooms: Large, Clean, all utils incl. $400 and up No drugs & no drama SSI OK Call now 267-436-1432 Richmond room, use of kitch, nr transp. Seniors welcome/SSI ok 215-634-1139 South Phila, Fully furn, new luxury rooms Bedding, refrig, microwave, ceiling fans, recessed lighting, bath in rooms, $100-$150 weekly. Call (267)304-1227 S. Phila Furn Rms SS & vets welcome. No drugs, $100 & up, 267-595-4414 SW and West Philadelphia $125-$140 priv rm & ba, clean & new. 215-939-5854 SW,N, W Move-in Special! $90-$125/wk Clean furn. rooms. SSI ok. 215-220-8877 SW Phila - Newly renov, close to trans. $100/wk 1st wk FREE, 267-628-7454 SW Philly move in special $300, utils incl, $110-$125/wk, 267-249-9405 W. Germantown Rooms for rent starting at $450/mo, $100 security fee, easy move-in. Call Theresa (215)740-0554 W. Phila Furn Rms, SS & Vets welcome, No drugs, $100/wk & up 267-586-6502

11XX S. 22ND ST, lge 3br hse, refrig, new paint/crpt, yd, bsmt $895+ 267-645-9421 15xx Etting 3br $700 freshly painted, carpeted, 267-230-2600 18th & Ritner 2-3BR/2BA $995 fin bsmnt, avail immed. (267)312-5957 21xx Earp St. 2BR/1BA new renov, carpet, Sec 8 ok 215.356.2434 31xx Dickinson 3BR $675 $2175 move in fee req. 267-249-6645

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

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11xx N. 55TH ST. BRAND NEW BUILDING Single rooms $400. Double rooms $600. Rooms w/ bath & kitchen $600. Rooms come fully furnised w/ full size beds, fridge, and dresser. SSI/SSD/VA & Public assistance ok. Also SW, West, North Phila, Frankford areas. Call 267-707-6129 13xx Butler St. $100-$125/wk , Utils. incl. Monthly $400-$500. 215-917-3809 1547 S. 30th St. furn, fridge, $125 wk; $375 move in. Sgl Occupant 215.781.8049 16th & Lehigh, 21st & York, 22nd & Allegheny - $325/mo. SSI ok. 215-485-8815 20th & Allegheney: Furn. Luxury Rooms. Free utils, cable, internet. 267-331-5382 22nd & Allegheny: Nice, clean $325/mo SSI ok. No drugs. Call 215-768-2466 23rd & Hunting Pk., 2 lrg, clean, renov., w/w, $85-$100/wk., 215-570-0301 24xx Turner St. Rooms $400/Mo. SSI OK. 215-519-5437 25th & Clearfield, 51st & Wanamaker, 51st & Chester, Share Kitch. & Bath, $350 & up, No sec dep, SSI OK . 215-758-7572 28xx N 27th St: Furnished rooms, utils included, $100/wk, SSI ok, 267-819-5683

EAST NORRITON, PA furnished room in private home, $600/mo., 1 mo sec., background check, room a/c, w/d, kitchen, cable TV, available immed. 610-639-6675 Erie / 9th, furn, fridge, micro, no drugs, $90/wk., $270 sec. dep. (609) 703-4266 Frankford area rooms & apts. Conv. to transportation. sec dep req 215-432-5637 Frankford, furnished, near bus & El, $85/wk & up + $295 sec. 215-526-1455 Frankford room for rent $115/wk, $460 move in. (215)303-8655 Germantown: Apsley St. Rms $125/wk Share kitchen & bath. 267-338-9870 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890 Germantown, W, N & SW Phila Rooms From $350-$550/mo. inlcudes cable TV and internet. Call 215-806-7078 GTN & North Phila $350-$400 1occupant Clean furn rooms for rent. 267-276-2153 LaSalle Univ area $125/week Renov furn rooms 215-843-4481 MT. AIRY (Best Area) $130/week. cable, Furnished. SSI ok. 215-730-8956 North Phila. Private house, $75/wk. $150 move-in. Cable incl. Call 267-579-6702 N. PHILA: 1000 E. Oaklane, priv. ent. share kitch/ba. $400/mo 215-287-2424 N. Phila - 27th & Dauphin, lg furn rms, $100/wk, imd occ, no drugs. 215.901.1962 N. Phila: Brewerytown, Room for Rent furnished room, Call (267)978-5273 N Phila Furn, Priv Ent $75 & up . No drugs, SSI ok. available now 215.763.5565

Spring Garden St. 2BR/2BA $1,500 Bi-level condo. Pristine cond. w/ fireplace, W/D & deck, avail. now. 267-767-3400

33’ Damon Daybreak, Class A, 1997. 60K mi, exc cond, $10,000 609.882.9084

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13xx W. 65th Ave. Lg. 1BR $650 Tree lined street, convenient transp., tastefully renovated, spacious new kitch. with natural oak cabinets & micro., gorgeous refin. hdwd. flrs., tiled bath. Could be used as a student 2BR. Call 215-2421204 or 215-820-5957 61xx 17th St. 2BR $700 (17th & Godfrey) Quiet block of home owners, new w/w, EIK, oak cabinets, ceiling fans, large LR, tastefully renovated. Call 215-242-1204 or 215-250-9822 66 S t- Studio & 1BR MOVE IN SPECIALS! heat/wtr/gas inc Sec8ok 215-768-8243 W. Oaklane 2 BR $650 nwly painted, ground flr apt 215.651.3333

51XX Haverford ROOMS: $400 Big, clean, carpeted, near EL all utils incl SSI OK Drug & drama free Call now! 267.436.1432 55th & Lansdowne; 13th & York; 63rd & Market. 48th & Lancaster, 61st & Girard, Please Call 215-290-8702 55th/Thompson furn lg room $125wk, priv ent, $200 sec 215-572- 8833 60th & Race, 21st & Tasker, 53rd & Chester, room, $350. Call 267.592.7228 60xx Vine St, $115/week, 2 week security, cable tv, Please Call Gee 267-767-4496 61xx Chew Ave, Mt. Airy, West Phila, Poplar, University City: 2xx Melville $85-$110/wk. Call 215-242-9124 66th & Broad, furnished rooms with cable, $450/mo. Call215-768-2466 6th & Erie vicinity $400/mo + $100 security deposit. Call 267-407-6020 Broad & Lehigh vic., large furnished rooms for rent, newly renovated, $100/week. SSI ok. Call 215-510-0928 Broad & Olney deluxe furn room priv ent $110 -$145wk. Sec $200. 215-572-8833

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46xx Edmund 4BR Sec 8 ok. Newly renovated, nice big backyard. Please call 267-455-3273 5xxx Burton St. 2br/1ba $725+utils fresh paint, nice & clean, available now, Call Alex 267-242-7123 leave msg. X3 2008 $25,850 Castor Garden 3BR/1BA $1050 new tires & brakes, 48K. (610)458-0179 5920 Belden St. Bsmnt, patio, garage, very clean. Sec. 8 OK. 610-618-6916. Mayfair 3BR/1BA $1300+ Chevy Malibu 2009 $5,500 newly renov, all appliances 267-337-3923 35K miles, new inspected, (267)688-7212

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