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Occupy Philadelphia celebrates its sixmonth anniversary with a rally and march from Rittenhouse Square to Independence Mall. Oh, great. Now we have to renovate those places, too?

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Pulitzer Prize-winner William K. Marimow, fired from the Inquirer a year and a half ago, is rehired to edit the paper. “Great to be back, everybody. I’ve been off in ‘Bill Land’ for the last year or so, having some ‘Bill Time’ and, honestly, not keeping up with what’s been going on out here,” he says at his first staff meeting. “Once the rest of the newsroom staff gets here, we can start. What’s that? Oh. Really?”

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The Franklin Institute breaks ground on a 53,000-square-foot expansion that will house a state-of-the-art exhibit called “Your Brain.” It will also rebrand its weekend programming as “Your Brain on Drugs: The Laser Floyd Experience.”

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Experts say cloud computing could lead to 20,000 jobs in the Philly area. Sadly, only for clouds.

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CHOICE WORDS: Pro-voucher political action committees have invested in attack ads against state Rep. James Roebuck, who faces a challenge from Penn alum Fatimah Muhammad. NEAL SANTOS

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According to the Daily News,councilman Jim Kenney spent $28,800 in taxpayer money to have a Philly-based company maintain his Twitter and Facebook pages. You should see what he’s paying John Bolaris to do his cloud computing.


A Philly woman says the PPA is trying to get her to pay for parking tickets incurred by relatives of hers who died in the ’90s. “If you can’t come up with the money,” says PPA form letter, “we accept payment in the form of cremains. We’re zombies. We are frickin’ zombies.”

he names on the fliers — candidates for state office like upstart Fatimah Muhammad and anointed Philly insider Jordan Harris — may look and sound like homegrown legislative hopefuls. But follow the money and a different picture emerges: that of a statewide campaign, funded by wealthy donors, to stack the Pennsylvania primary battles on April 24 in favor of those supporting school vouchers, which allocate taxpayer funds for private and religious school tuition. The pro-voucher political action committee (PAC) Students First — funded by Pennsylvania hedge-fund managers and American Federation for Children, a Washington, D.C., pro-voucher group headed by Amway heiress and major right-wing donor Betsy DeVos — emerged on the state’s political scene with a bang for the 2010 elections. And they are back to spend big in 2012. “I see a move by essentially a handful of very wealthy people who want to privatize public education for a wide variety of reasons,” says Lawrence Feinberg, co-chairman of the anti-voucher Keystone State Education Coalition. “Not the least of which has to do with crushing labor unions, but they also want tax dollars going to private and religious schools.” As City Paper first reported online two weeks ago, homes in West Philadelphia’s 188th House District have been sent glossy mailers

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Environmental group the Delaware Riverkeeper Network files a lawsuit against the Philadelphia Gun Club in Bensalem, saying its weekly pigeon shoots pollute the river with bullets and dead birds. Because a lawsuit is something you can do from a distance.

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attacking state Rep. James Roebuck, the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee and a leading opponent of vouchers. “James Roebuck blocked kids from attending the schools of their choice,” is printed in red letters on the first mailer, above an unflattering photo of Roebuck. The mailer blames him for the enrollment cap at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania-supported Penn Alexander public school. The second mailer is unquestionably misleading, blaming Roebuck for former Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s ruinous tenure, dropout rates, cheating, crowded classrooms and school violence. The word “vouchers” does not appear. “I don’t support vouchers. I do support school choice,” says Roebuck. “What we need to do is open up more options for students within the existing public school system so we don’t divert money out of the system to the benefit of some kids and not the many.” The mailer was funded by a third-party group called Public Education Excellence, which has not yet filed a finance report with the state. According to a Daily News article, the PAC’s founder said she “believed” it had received funding from Students First and American Federation for Children (AFC). AFC, in turn, has contributed $2.42 million to Students First since 2011 — including $1 million reported so far in 2012. Students First has also given $25,000 to Roebuck’s challenger, Muhammad. It is impossible to tell how much the various interrelated pro-voucher PACs have spent, since many campaign-finance disclosures have yet to be filed.

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✚ ZONE DEFENSE The Monday-night meeting in a Norris Square church didn’t sound like much: The focus was Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez’s proposal to remap a mostly residential district from R10 to R10A, scaling back zoning from multifamily to single-family dwellings between York, Berks, Front and Second streets. However, the Norris Square Civic Association (NSCA) was on hand to read between the lines with helpful lemon-yellow fliers containing a pro-con list. It pitted alleged facets of Sánchez’s plan (“gentrification comes to Norris Square”) against seemingly irrelevant counterpoints (“the project includes parking”). Residents, NSCA warned, would no longer be able to rent space to their own families — and, more to the point, the remapping could kill NSCA’s redevelopment of the St. Boniface Church site (i.e. “the project”) into co-op housing, a community center and a day care. Sánchez tells a different story, of an increase in conversions to multifamily units creating higher density. “This is really necessary. Some of the neighbors were upset that we only went to York,” the councilwoman says. If it’s not done now, when the new zoning code takes effect in August, apartment buildings could spring up unrestricted. Still, the NSCA and its supporters were livid. Executive director Patricia DeCarlo said her project has been in the works since ’08, and $5 million in federal funds are on the line. “That would also be in jeopardy,” she said. “What is the motivation?” What followed were allegations in two languages. A man was ejected after declaring the councilwoman’s “panties” to be in a bunch; former candidate for sheriff Cheri Honkala stood up and said he was “outside being arrested for speaking his mind”; and Sánchez promised not to have him processed. She said she wasn’t

trying to torpedo St. Boniface, but “that [federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program] money could have allowed Pat [DeCarlo] to buy every tax-delinquent property in this area and fix it. She made the choice to put it at St. Boniface.” Someone asked if Sánchez could remap around St. Boniface. But Martin Gregorski — one of just two planners tasked with remapping the entire city, which is why only 40 percent of it has been done since 1967 — told CP that would be illegal spot zoning. Plus, from an urban-planning perspective, the remapping is “a good idea.” There will be more meetings before any change is made. In the meantime, Sánchez promised to have the City Planning Commission draw up its own, alternative pro-con list. —Samantha Melamed

✚ NIGHT SHIFT “The First Amendment is our permit,” no matter how often repeated, didn’t seem to hold much water with National Park Service rangers this weekend at Occupy Philadelphia, which had set up (symbolic) camp on Independence Mall. Tents were not allowed on the grass or sidewalk (which was why some demonstrators were hoping to float a helium-balloon-filled tent in the air above). While a makeshift zeppelin may not be a solution, the good news for Occupy — and the bad news for corporate Philadelphia — is it’s warm enough that tents aren’t essential. Which is why a new tactic unfurled this weekend — the “BankSleep,” which is just what you think — could be harder to stomp out. Occupier Brandi Wilson says about 10 to 15 people have been rolling out sleeping bags outside the Wells Fargo building nearby. BankSleeping has also popped up on sidewalks in New York, D.C. and elsewhere. “The idea,” says Wilson, is “they’ve foreclosed on our homes, so we’re going to sleep at the bank.” —Samantha Melamed

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warehouse burned to the ground blocks away from the vacant Thomas Buck building that caught fire on Monday. That wasn’t the first time, either: In 2007, an empty Kensington paint factory went ablaze, taking a few row houses with it, and leaving behind a still-empty lot. And, as has been widely reported, neighbors had been complaining about the vacant Thomas Buck building — and the drug users pouring in and out of it with ease — since last fall. As city officials made very clear at a press conference late Monday afternoon, the city had been aware of the complaints.They’d even responded according to procedure — but procedure doesn’t seem to include a box to check for eerie similarities. Following a blast of complaints about the building to 311 last October, the city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections issued a notice of violation, then a second, then a third, and was in the process of taking the owners to court. The city’s Law Department had meanwhile begun to pursue legal action to take the property, whose owners owed tens of thousands in taxes, to sheriff’s sale. But one problem is that none of that equated to the city’s taking the initiative to block access to the building. At one point during the press conference, Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said that the city had been seeking a court order to seal the building. But not a minute later, L&I Commissioner Fran Burns conceded to Hall Monitor that L&I did not require such an order to seal properties. What’s more, L&I had sealed the property — way back in 2004, and not very effectively: Jesse Gardener, who owns property nearby, describes residents attempting to close entrances themselves during the months when the city was apparently mired in paperwork. As of press time, it’s not clear what caused the fire and whether the city’s neglect or more nefarious motives are directly responsible. What is clear is that, despite neighbors’ efforts, despite a real overhaul of L&I policies under Burns, and despite the fact that this property and its problems were, if you will, in the system — that system had been churning for more than six months without a noticeable change at the property itself. City officials were quick on Monday to note that the city had, in fact, responded to citizens’ concerns; they should explain next what the mayor’s plan is to solve them. ✚ Send feedback to isaiah.thompson@citypaper.net

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Muhammad initially said her campaign had the support of powerful state Sen. Anthony Williams, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most high-profile pro-voucher Democrat. Williams, though, says he has not endorsed her candidacy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was an error that I made in some of my giddiness about running,â&#x20AC;? Muhammad told CP finally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I respect your decision to run,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I took that as support.â&#x20AC;? But there are deep ties between Muhammadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign and Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; political circle. And Roebuck contends Williams is targeting him for his role in blocking legislation to create a voucher program, a top priority of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. The bill passed the Senate last year but has so far failed to make headway in the House. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got loads of money from a number of the groups coming in on top of me,â&#x20AC;? says Roebuck. He says Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;fingerprints are very much in evidence.â&#x20AC;? Williams says he had not seen the mailings, but that â&#x20AC;&#x153;if someone wrote about blaming him for not having enough options â&#x20AC;Ś you have to take responsibility for not creating more options.â&#x20AC;? Wealthy pro-voucher groups made their first foray into Pennsylvania politics in the 2010 election, when Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quixotic gubernatorial campaign received over $5 million from Students First, backed by conservative Bala Cynwyd hedge-fund managers Jeffrey Yass, Arthur Dantchik and Joel Greenberg. After Williams lost, victorious Democratic nominee Dan Onorato â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; endorsement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; declared his support for vouchers and asked Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; backers for donations. For his part, Roebuck says he has the support of Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; archrival, Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, along with Mayor Michael Nutter, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, all four district ward leaders and the entire Philadelphia state House delegation. But Roebuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign has been lackluster, and his supporters are worried. Locally, recipients of Students First largesse include Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, a Williams ally who received $10,000. Rep. Ronald Waters, who was elected to Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vacated House seat in 1999, also received $10,000. Jordan Harris, the Williams-endorsed candidate running in a special election in South Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 186th District, has received $20,000 from Students First. The pro-voucher campaign is statewide. State Sen. Pat Vance, a moderate Republican from Cumberland County, has also been targeted for opposing vouchers, slammed with attack ads by pro-voucher Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania PAC, a major recipient of Students First funding. A 2011 review of voucher research by the nonpartisan Center on Education Policy found that â&#x20AC;&#x153;inner-city poor students attending private schools with vouchers in general show no greater gains in academic achievement than â&#x20AC;Ś in public schools,â&#x20AC;? though â&#x20AC;&#x153;much of the research over the last 10 years has been conducted by pro-voucher organizations.â&#x20AC;? The pro-voucher movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political efforts, however, have been more fruitful. Conservatives taking regular political beatings for cutting funding to public schools can campaign to empower poor people, thereby shifting the debate to more

comfortable ground. Corbett, who last year cut education funding by $1 billion, laments that poor students are â&#x20AC;&#x153;consigned to failure because of their zip codes.â&#x20AC;? He offers school choice as the cure. Williams leads a small but influential group of black Philly Democrats who support vouchers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no longer a partisan right-wing conversation,â&#x20AC;? Williams tells CP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a conversation about what do you do about failing schools.â&#x20AC;? But Philadelphia public school advocates warn that vouchers could be the knockout blow for a district in deep financial crisis. Last year, the state cut nearly $300 million in funding to the district, contributing to a partially self-inflicted $629 million shortfall. A shortfall of $186 million is projected for 2012-13. Yet the attack on Roebuck

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fingerprints are clearly in evidence.â&#x20AC;? mirrors pro-voucher campaigns nationwide bankrolled by a small set of right-wing businesspeople, Wall Street bankers and religious conservatives. In New Jersey, two hedge-fund managers created an organization called Better Education for Kids to support like-minded candidates. The commitment appears to be ideological. But it is also economic: Investors work closely with PACs with an eye toward the growing market in for-profit education. Investment banker Michael Moe, according to an investigation in The Nation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;leads an investment group that specializes in raising money for businesses looking to tap into more than $1 trillion in taxpayer money spent annually on primary education.â&#x20AC;? Moe also sits on the board of the Center for Education Reform (CER), which last year spent $70,000 on ads in Pennsylvania comparing voucher opponents to segregationist former Alabama Gov. George Wallace. CER presi>>> continued on page 12

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dent Jeanne Allen served as an education adviser to Corbett. Students First contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Corbett and other candidates in 2010 and 2011. But where most of that support is headed this year is unclear, since the majority of the $590,682 so far on record — $350,000 — went to the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania PAC, which has yet to file a report. Hedge-fund dollars notwithstanding, polls show that most Pennsylvanians oppose school vouchers. But in West Philadelphia, pro-voucher money has fueled an increasingly heated — and nasty — race. On March 19, a team of Muhammad supporters attended a 27th Ward candidates’ forum. Muhammad did not show. Instead, she released a letter accusing ward leader Carol Jenkins of “attempting to stage a one-sided, ‘gotcha’ event.” Muhammad supporters showed up, though, and the meeting, as the University City Review put it, “turned into a verbal melee.” Jenkins said she was perplexed because Barbara Chavous, who works on Muhammad’s campaign, had accepted the invitation. Though Muhammad and Chavous both disputed that, Jenkins played CP a voicemail of Chavous clearly saying, “Yes, she will be there.” “All I can tell you is, I don’t recall the message,” Chavous told CP. Still, Muhammad’s campaign seems concerned about how voters will react to the negative campaigning. After CP published its initial report, a polling firm called residents to ask what they thought about recent media coverage of the race. But Muhammad’s connections and financing may provide her just the head start she needs. After all, while Williams hasn’t endorsed her, his camp dominates her campaign: Barbara Chavous was the longtime girlfriend of late state Sen. Hardy Williams, Anthony Williams’ father. Barbara’s daughter, Dawn, was also at the meeting. She married City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson in December — and both used to work for Sen. Anthony Williams. Dawn ran his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. The two were introduced by Hardy Williams.Oh, and Dawn is executive director of Students First, according to an article about their wedding in the Philadelphia Tribune. (daniel.denvir@citypaper.net)

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only way Starkes and longtime friend Adadevoh — who often goes by Nicholas Sixx King and may, incidentally, be most famous for crashing the Foo Fighters’ acceptance speech at the ’03 Grammys — can sum up the killing of young black people in Philly by other young black people. The first-time filmmakers have a new documentary, Mothers of No Tomorrow, which follows two Philadelphia mothers and one from Atlanta coping with their sons’ violent deaths. It was accepted into the Pan African Film Festival and debuts in Philly May 4 at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. City Paper: What inspired this film? Dzagba Adadevoh: We want this film to be an intimate conversation. We were inspired personally by the loss of so many friends. … There’s a Trayvon Martin every day. Taleeb Starkes: Fifty-three percent of homicides are committed by African-Americans. Half [of victims are African-American]. … What does this tell you? It tells you our community has a problem. CP: What solutions can you envision? DA: Education is the tool to eliminate

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do a call-in part of the show. We’d ask people questions — simple ones like “Who’s your ward leader?” and “Name the last three black mayors of Philadelphia.” People didn’t know. But we’d get called out, people telling us we were making black people look bad! CP: What do you hope to convey? TS: We wanted to give the mother a voice, beyond an anguished sound clip on the evening news. DA: What we’re trying to convey is: Get involved. Consistently. We hope this film is an invitation to other communities to help us. We need everyone’s help. —Beth Boyle

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THE NEED FOR SCHOOL NURSES In response to our story about the impact of recent schoolnurse layoffs [ A Million Stories,“Cries for Help,” Samantha Melamed, March 29, 2012], registered nurse Pat Imms emailed this letter:“Thank you for your coverage of the school-nurse layoffs and the repercussions to our schoolchildren in Philadelphia. District spokesperson Fernando Gallard mentions that plans are in place for ‘medically fragile’ children. What is left unspoken is the number of students who aren’t necessarily medically fragile, but who do have chronic medical conditions that need the oversight of professional nurses specifically trained to work in schools. Hopefully, as word gets out about the … often misunderstood role of the school nurse, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission will revisit the decision to save money at the expense of vulnerable children.”

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RECOVERY TIMES We recently wrote about how Gov. Corbett’s budget, if enacted, could push thousands of drug addicts onto Philly streets because they’ll lose state General Assistance funds that pay for stays in recovery houses [ News, “Living on the Edge,” Daniel Denvir, March 29, 2012]. The story caused several commenters on citypaper.net to weigh in. Rcatando offered this: “Here’s an idea: Stop doing drugs. The same losers who want more lenient drug laws also want the taxpayer to pay for their rehab when they get hooked. No one puts a gun to someone’s head and forces them to do drugs. So if they get addicted, fuck ’em. They don’t deserve

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sympathy. You get one life. If you choose to waste it on drugs, that’s your problem. We’ve become a society of pussies, so scared to criticize behavior that’s wrong or making excuses for those who do.” In response, rsgdmd wrote: “While I don’t fully disagree, without rehab, there will be people with a gun to your head, wanting money or jewelry to feed their habit.” Also in response to Rcatando, Dartvader added: “You know, I would be OK with your absolutism if addicts roaming the streets had no impact on the rest of us, but that’s not how it works. People make bad decisions and society has to do something about them. Jail costs money. ER visits from overdoses cost money. Rounding up addicts and gassing them is and will remain illegal. So, best to live in the real world and take advantage of an option provided by the private sector and made possible by an incredibly tiny outlay of money.” ✚ We welcome and encourage your feedback.

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CP: Any indie rock in your past? The use of shoegaze, nugloss pop, punk, indie and freak-folk in your recordings has such an instinctual feel to it. RH: Well, I played music pretty intensely growing up. I studied classical piano for 14 years or so. Later, my older brother encouraged me to take up drum kit in the school jazz band. Though a lot of my chops have fallen away with time, I feel like I have a pretty strong sense of melody, harmony and rhythm that was fostered through playing those two instruments. But I think you’re talking about being in bands in the traditional rockist sense, right?

Shadow talking about the humbling experience of cratedigging, where you’re surrounded by stacks and stacks of records by great artists that really never made it. It’s good to swallow that idea every now and again. I also download music, because it’s easy. CP: You’re obviously more beat- and hook-oriented than he is, but are you a fan of John Oswald’s concept of collage sampling and “plunderphonics”? RH: Conceptually, I guess. I do, however, dislike the idea of assigning some bullshit, academic interpretation to something that has existed so organically. I mean, in a way, the whole idea of sampling is to capture or recapture atmosphere. Really. Even if it’s Puffy sampling Duran Duran in some hits-from-the-’80s sort of way, he’s still after the atmosphere in conjunction with the hook. They’re probably equally important. CP: Is there an emotional connection, listening to Jesus &

Mary Chain, Drake and Washed Out and then sampling it? I can’t put my finger on it, but as it comes through in your

City Paper: Where were you living before you moved to the

Italian Market, and how does that factor into who you are as an artist now? Rajesh Haldar: I just turned 30. Over the last few years, I couldn’t quite imagine myself being 30. Now that it’s here, I’m enjoying it. Prior to the Market, I’d been living in London for several years in my early 20s. I recorded a bit, and cut my teeth on some small U.K. tours — stuff that makes my 30s feel

CP: Not necessarily. RH: Well, I don’t know. I was never in a shoegaze, punk or

freak-folk band. I listened to all those things. In high school I headed up and wrote arrangements for a group that played a lot of late-’60s and early-’70s boogaloo jazz. I was heavy into dudes like Lou Donaldson and Grant Green at that time. Actually, a few members of that band went on to front some pretty well-known indie-rock groups later on, but at that time it was just deep-cut jazz. But that aside, I was a record digger from a super-early age, so I was taking in a lot of those varied sounds and textures that you might hear coming through the Lushlife shit now. CP: Digging or not, do you have an old-school album collec-

CP: Do you like the tag “cloud rap” applied to what you do? RH: Honestly? I really kind of dig it. I even wrote a whole think

piece for an online outlet positing that most rap from the last 20 years is, in fact, “cloud rap.” In all seriousness, though, I think a lot of my past work, the track I flipped with Ariel Pink from my 2009 LP, Cassette City, could easily be called “cloud rap.” I also really love chillwave, for the record. [Laughs.] CP: Let’s talk about your voice. Your flow is unique, more “Nat-

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tion, or are you just madly downloading samples? RH: A little bit of both, I guess. My recording space is bursting at the seams with records. As a long-time record collector, it’s something I just can’t give up. I’m sure a lot of folks can relate to this: Each record I own is distinctly tied to some time or place in my life. And I love the beat-archaeology vibe of going to my hidden spots in the Northeast or West Philly and sifting through stacks of vinyl, searching for sounds. I like to look at the album jackets, too. I remember DJ

songs, those samples have a deeper root than just “Well, this sounds nice.” RH: I think there are some weird politics to answering this, but that’s probably just in my head. Anyway, I kind of hate to project a hip-hop-head-with-eclectic-tastes persona. Of course, it is kind of who I am, but it’s a similar situation for most music fans today, too. The Internet has engendered this amazing level of cross-pollination, for better or for worse, and it seems like everyone listens to everything — or maybe even that everything is everything. Either way, I’m a product of that as much as anyone.

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“I WAS A RECORD DIGGER FROM A SUPER-EARLY AGE, SO I WAS TAKING IN VARIED SOUNDS AND TEXTURES” with jazzy rhythms, gauzy production and a Summer of Love brand of psychedelic ambience. Some have called this sound “cloud rap” — a nod to its surprisingly airy, atmospheric vibe. But Plateau Vision is bolder than anything else he’s done. Sounding like all three members of De La Soul at once on “$takk Cheddar Galore Alwyn Dias,” Lushlife makes note of Orwell, money and the art of rap. The art world plays into “She’s a Buddhist, I’m a Cubist,” with its romantic and religious twists. Even richer than the lyrics are Lushlife’s samples and influences, touching on the work of Erik Satie, Washed Out, Drake and more than a few shoegazers. “Each record seems like a little dog-ear to a unique moment in my life,” he explains, “and it’s pretty weighty to have access to your memories like that.”

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really tranquil [by comparison], I guess. I grew up in northern New Jersey, in a commuter town not far from New York City. I’m fond of that period in my life. I was exposed to such a wide variety of music growing up. On the one hand, I was deeply caught up in the golden era of hip-hop, and it’s amazing to think now, that it was blossoming right around me. And then there were those more patently suburban influences: early Sub Pop releases, listening to WFMU, middle-school concert band.


UNLIKE MOST MUSICIANS who record at home, you won’t find Raj Haldar laying down tracks in a dim basement at 3 in the morning. He thrives in the sunlight. The producer/rapper/provocateur better known as Lushlife works out of a small studio space in the Italian Market, his neighborhood for the last seven years, on the top floor of a trinity he shares with his girlfriend and two cats. The little room has a mic, several instruments, some beat machines and samplers and lots of windows. Skylights, too. “I’ve been meaning to start adding some artwork to the walls, but with all of the windows and the all-important dryerase board, there isn’t much room for decoration,” he says. “During the day, it’s usually brimming with sunlight,” he continues with a smile. “I find that I’m most productive in the mornings. So, for me, starting the day with a trip to Gleaner’s Cafe and then settling into a sun-drenched space sets the perfect tone.” That bright disposition shines through on his newest fulllength, Plateau Vision (Western Vinyl), not to mention 2011’s acclaimed mixtape No More Golden Days. Lushlife’s vision of sun-dappled, sample-happy, soulfully spacey hip-hop is filled

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RH: Yeah, I guess there are some aspects of my flow that are pretty Native Tongues-indebted. I think that I inherited the most from the group I listened to the least, though. Lyrically, I mean. De La Soul’s penchant toward codified language and slang is something that I really dig. Deciphering those rhymes was great sport for me as a kid. In the broader sense, though, I guess I “got” to my flow from some immersive musical experience. On a cosmic level, I think that maybe I’ve listened so deeply to so much, been so invested in hip-hop for so much of my childhood that it’s become like part of my psyche or something. Even when I write rhymes, they sort of just come out. In a way, it seems within and without of me. In any case, I might give you patois, but I wouldn’t consider my flow “affected.” It comes from a deeply honest, artistic place. Do I speak in codified slang when I’m at the bank? Not really, but I’m not sure a lot of other MCs do either, Kool G Rap aside. CP: Lyrically, you’re talking about your art life and music life

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more than you’re bragging or talking about the day-to-day. RH: I guess I’ve always liked hip-hop records that were more textural, or something. Personally, I find art that’s got more room for interpretation a bit more appealing. But I do try to strike a balance with my rhymes. I don’t want them to be so “out there” that there’s nothing to hold onto, either. So, I like to think that between the Dadaist, stream-of-consciousness stuff, there’s my own version of some Harvey

“I MIGHT GIVE YOU PATOIS, BUT MY FLOW ISN’T ‘AFFECTED’” Pekar-style everyman soul-baring.

CP: Was the No More Golden Days mixtape an apt setup for

Plateau Vision? RH: Well, at least retailers now know to file Plateau Vision under “cloud rap.” Seriously, though, No More Golden Days was an amazing vehicle. To be plain, it created visibility for what I do beyond my wildest expectations. And I think it’s a pretty good entrée for the upcoming LP in the sense that it hints at the aesthetic that I’m coming to more fully on the album. Musically, Plateau Vision is about this imagined intersection of ’60s psych, golden-era hip-hop and lo-fi experimentation. CP: How do you feel/think your Indian-American heritage

plays into what you do?

RH: Hmm. I’m not sure it does. I have a strong connection

with my culture and community in a lot of ways, but I don’t feel compelled to highlight or exploit it vis-à-vis my art. On a broader level, I think the minority experience permeates throughout the Lushlife music in untold ways. Who knows, though. CP: What did you want listeners to get out of the new release? RH: I guess, put simply, I wanted this record to be an album

experience. I wanted Plateau Vision to have a unique aesthetic footprint. Mostly, I was just trying to record worthwhile music. (a_amorosi@citypaper.net) ✚ Lushlife plays Tue., April 17, 9 p.m., $10-$12, with Dice Raw, Gracie

and DJ Joey Sweeney, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.

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³ AS A JOURNALIST (yes, journalist) I fear that it’ll be impossible to get over the loss of Mike Wallace, his hard-nosed drive for the facts and his impact on tenacious investigative reporting. As a local, it’ll be almost as difficult getting around the passing of James S. Herr, the founder of the Pennsylvania’s Herr’s Potato Chips, and Philly’s own Joe Scarpa. First known as Joltin’ Joe, the professional wrestler didn’t win serious acclaim until he put on a traditional Native American feathered headdress and strutted across the ring as Chief Jay Strongbow.As a kid, I watched as much Wallace as I did the Chief, all probably while munching Herr’s pretzels. There goes my childhood. Condolences to all those families. ³ Four Corners Management (Avram Hornik and co.) opens its version of Ortlieb’s — Lounge, not Jazzhaus — on April 17, a six-days live proposition with weekends filled by DJs like Rock Tits,open-mic comedy on Sundays and regular Thursdays with the bluesy Slo ’n’ Shakey team. Jazz aficionados will like the Jazz Jam Session Tuesdays starring Mickey Roker on drums and host Pete Souders,who owned and booked ye olde Ortlieb’s. ³ Good rumors: Jen Carroll, of Bravo’s Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars and the upcoming Life After Top Chef,has been seriously eyeballing the recently vacated Marathon spot at 13th and Chestnut for her first restaurant, Concrete Blonde. If she does open there, that would keep her close to her former employer, Eric Ripert’s 10 Arts at the Ritz Carlton.And is couture-cocktail couple Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal — late of Farmers’ Cabinet — getting into bed with restaurateur Dave Frank? Rumor has it that the Cantina Los Caballitos co-owner and the near-married mixmasters are looking at spaces downtown together. ³ Philly’s hot, odd-popping Bedroom Problems have a new single (“Oceans / Obligated”), a new rhythm section starring bassist and WXPN’s The Key editor Matt Borlik (late of Q and Not U) and drummerRoxy Lange(ex-Moonmen on the Moon) and a first show at Cha-Cha’Razzi April 20 with onetime members of Pony Pants, now known as Heavy Sons. ³ That long-vacant corner spot at Sixth and South (the tropical McDonald’s), once considered for Stephen Starr’s Stella,is now looking like it’ll be a convenience store with food prep for takeout purposes. Zoning hearings will take place next week. ³ The Walking Fish Theatre crew, B. Someday,hosts its educational-outreach program’s In-Need Teen Fundraiser at new digs, Mermaid Inn in Chestnut Hill. That’s jazzy. Check it out April 17. The next day, April 18, W-Fish opens its apocalyptic burlesque comedy The End of the World.See it before we die. ³ More ice at the end of the Internet: citypaper.net/criticalmass. (a_amorosi@citypaper.net)

WEB GRAPHICS: An image by Wedhar Riyadi, one of 11 Indonesian artists to transmit digital images to be printed in Philly for “Phoning It in from Yogyakarta” at Space 1026. WEDHAR RIYADI

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INDIE-NESIA An Internet-aided showcase of the Yogyakarta DIY art scene. By Shaun Brady


he title spray-painted across one wall of Space 1026 could be read as an accusation of laziness in graffiti form. But “Phoning It in from Yogyakarta” represents the work of a thriving DIY arts culture that is anything but complacent. “To some degree, it was a busier art scene than Philadelphia,” says curator Lee Tusman of the two weeks he spent in the Indonesian city. “It was similar in the sense that it had a pretty thriving community, with arts universities, fine arts and DIY arts all intermingling. It’s pretty fluid between mainstream and alternative culture there.” “Phoning It in” refers not to the artists’ efforts, but to the method Tusman used to bring their art to Philly. Taking his cue from the graphically oriented nature of much of the Yogya artists’ work (according to Tusman, locals use “Yogya” much as we use “Philly”), he had the exhibition’s 11 artists email him work, which he printed. This innovative approach bypassed 20-hour flights and a considerable amount of money. “If I did this show with original work, featuring the exact same pieces, it would probably be in the neighborhood of $8,000 to $14,000,” Tusman says. “We were able to do this show for less than $1,000.” Highlights include the vividly colorful, fantastical character work of Wedhar Riyadi, and pieces by Riono Tanggul and Hendra

“HeHe” Harsono that combine cartoonish figures with patterns and elements from folk art. The show also includes several woodcut political pamphlets created by Taring Padi, a collective that wheat-pastes mural-sized versions of these smaller propaganda pieces on their own and in conjunction with local rice farmers. Tusman discovered the Yogya scene while on an extensive artscentric sojourn last year. A Philly native, he moved to California and worked as a curator for the Riverside Art Museum before returning home, where he now serves as creative director of Hidden City Philadelphia and a curatorial member of the Little Berlin art space. In the interim, he spent much of 2011 traveling Central and Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia “visiting artists, studios, galleries, museums, all kinds of art spaces, squats, communes, secret kitchens, a lot of different kinds of things.” Tusman credits Indonesia’s vibrant contemporary-art culture to the flourishing of society that followed the 1998 fall of President Suharto. The work on display, while run through with identifiable markers of Indonesian culture and imagery, is far from alien at an American alternative gallery like Space 1026. Influences from underground comics, skateboard culture, punk and grindcore music, skateboard graphics and a grab bag of pop culture — from heavy metal to Bollywood posters to Muhammad Ali (depicted with jaguars for fists) — abound. And while the show by definition is based on visuals that can be

Flourishing after the fall of President Suharto.

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Exemplifying the private-dick genre as well as revising it, Chinatown (Paramount) is now as far from its 1974 release as it was from its setting in pre-WWII Los Angeles. The new Blu-ray transfer includes commentary by David Fincher and writer Robert Towne that provides insights large and small, but they never pin down the sense of existential dread with which Roman Polanski infuses the film. He never lets us forget that the corruption of power begins with the corruption of the soul. The director knew he was making a myth as well as rewriting one, but his has no heroes, —Sam Adams only perpetrators and casualties.

Forty-one tracks. Thirty-five MCs. Quakers (Stones Throw) isn’t exactly an unambitious project. But for its trio of producers (most notably “Fuzzface,” a.k.a. Geoff Barrow of Portishead) who trawled MySpace for collaborators known (Dead Prez, Aloe Blacc) and unknown to spit over their diverse beats, the goals of this decidedly old-school “mixtape” are simple: to make “the type of rap record they’d want to listen to.” If you don’t like what you’re hearing, just wait two minutes. —K. Ross Hoffman

³ country/folk Faced with the choice of laughing or crying about our hard times, The Atomic Duo has committed to the former. With impoverished anthem “Trickle Down” setting the tone, Broadsides (theatomicduo.com) lives up to its title, referring to the penny-sheet songs once hawked on city streets. Live, Silas Lowe and Mark Rubin are an old-school country pair: two voices, mandolin and guitar. In the studio, producer Lloyd Maines adds tasteful acoustic instruments to round out the sound. —Mary Armstrong


³ rock/pop Body Faucet (Vagrant), the debut album from Athens, Ga., four-piece Reptar, is an uptempo, Afro-rock-dance affair featuring a grand total of two slow-burning tracks. There are facets — lead singer Graham Ulciny’s flamboyantly seesawing voice, the Afro/electro pop beats — that draw strong comparisons to Vampire Weekend and Animal Collective, but Reptar goes for something more orchestral. They manage to combine a multitude of synth and guitar effects while keeping an organic and loose rhythm. Reptar plays Kung Fu Necktie on Friday —James Friel (April 13, kungfunecktie.com).

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THE CABIN IN THE WOODS [ B+ ] THE SETUP IS all too familiar: Five good-looking college students pile into

Bloodlensed timeline of sacrifice.

HELLO AGAIN ³ WHILE THE CONCEPT of country artists paying tribute to Lionel Richie sounds like a gimmick, Tuskegee (Mercury Nashville) — on which Richie sings his biggest hits with everyone from Kenny Rogers to Kenny Chesney — truly works. Richie often cedes the lead: Rascal Flatts spins “Dancing on the Ceiling” as a country-pop party, Jennifer Nettles guests on a soulful “Hello” and Shania Twain steps in for Diana Ross on the schmaltzy-as-ever “Endless Love.” For the most part, Tuskegee’s versions are fairly faithful to the originals, with a lot less synth and a little more steel guitar. (Or, in the case of Jimmy Buffett’s “All Night Long,” more steel drums.) Richie’s foray into country makes sense, and not just because he wrote and produced “Lady” for Rogers while he was still in the Commodores or because he crossed over a couple of times. Like much of what works on country radio today, Richie’s hits were aimed at adults. Long before every pop confection seemed fine-tuned for the palate of a 12-year-old, Richie’s second solo album, 1983’s Can’t Slow Down,was huge. Five of its eight tracks landed in the Top 10 on Billboard’s pop, R&B and adult-contemporary charts, with “All Night Long (All Night)” becoming Richie’s biggest dance hit and “Stuck on You” his first country single. By most industry metrics, Can’t Slow Down whupped the competition; it won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1985 (despite its release date), besting Born in the U.S.A., Purple Rain, She’s So Unusual and Private Dancer — and outselling all but the Boss. The knock against Richie, now and then, wasn’t just that he made music for the middle aged — so did Bruce Springsteen and Tina Turner, and critics swooned over them. The trouble is that Richie wrote songs that made moms and dads slow-dance in public, and no one wants to see that. But strip away the ’80s dross, and Can’t Slow Down endures for the right reasons: memorable melodies and sincere lyrics. You can dis the multi-culti carousing of “All Night Long” and Steve Lukather’s guitar solos, you can scoff at the sentimentality of “Hello” or the sanitized lust of “Running with the Night,” but if you’ve been around long enough to love and lose, you can’t deny the humanity beneath the machinery. (m_fine@citypaper.net)


LET’S GO CLUBBING: Writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard infuse just the right amount of fright into their tongue-in-cheek look at our obsession with horror flicks.

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an RV for a weekend escape to an isolated, dilapidated cabin, foolhardily ignoring indications that something might be a tad amiss. The Cabin in the Woods, however, prominently boasts über-geek Joss Whedon’s name in the credits as writer, the first indication that whatever clichés may follow should be viewed through scare quotes. That impression is soon reinforced when the opening credits’ blood-lensed timeline of human-sacrifice imagery cuts not to the ill-fated students, but to office drones Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford whining over Styrofoam coffee cups. The relationship between the two storylines is only gradually revealed, but is one of many twists that rewards spoiler avoidance. In short, it’s best to approach this film cold and navigate its maze of surprises without a map. From the outset, the young protagonists seem smarter and more fully realized than your average slasher-movie types, until suddenly they don’t; then perspectives shift and we’re suddenly in a completely different movie. Whedon and co-writer/director Drew Goddard have created a mashup of Sam Raimi and Joseph Campbell that recognizes the primal appeal of some of our lowest-brow viewing habits. While Scream mined similar territory, Wes Craven basically began and ended with acknowledging that everyone was in on the joke, nesting a straightforward slasher film within a winking, postmodern one. The Cabin in the Woods goes a step further, deconstructing its targets while elevating them to the status of modern mythology. Ultimately, it moves past sending up what we watch into questioning why we watch, albeit in a self-conscious, tonguein-cheek manner. Down to its satisfying endgame cameo, the film cleverly balances being about horror flicks and still being a horror flick — the rare movie that manages to have its brains and eat them, too. —Shaun Brady


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Rolling hoopty-style in a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;95 Chevy conversion van named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Craylene Dream,â&#x20AC;? the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow has traveled from Brooklyn to Minneapolis to put on performanceart shows that drive home the idea of â&#x20AC;&#x153;sabotaging misogyny and sexism.â&#x20AC;? Co-producer Damien Luxe says their current East Coast tour features five â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiercely political, feminist, queer artistsâ&#x20AC;? (including Philly puppeteer Geppetta) who use cabaret-style theatrics, humor and â&#x20AC;&#x153;really good spandexâ&#x20AC;? to add a feminist voice to a range of weighty social and political issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everything from overcoming trauma to immigration. For the first time, their Philly stop, featuring Dumpsta Players regular Messapotamia Lefae and local radical-burlesque diva Mary Wanna, is all-ages so that younger folks can get in on the femme-boosting action. Bros enter at their own risk. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Josh Middleton Fri., April 13, 9 p.m., $5-$10, Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St., 215-238-1236, heelsonwheelsroadshow.com.

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celebrations. To mark Network for New Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th, back in 2010, co-founder and artistic director Linda Reichert and NNM ensemble conductor Jan Krzywicki came up with the audacious idea of commissioning 25 new variations on Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seemingly inimitable Diabelli Variations. The result was a remarkable success, but the kicker was the finale, by Krzywicki himself, a tour de force that managed to amalgamate many elements of the preceding pieces before marching into a rousing coda of high spirits, wonderfully appropriate for the event. Although Krzywicki is not one to blow his own horn too loudly, his beguiling music speaks for itself, and there are usually at least a handful of occasions to hear his stuff in any given season. His Lute Music was the standout work in the recent collaboration of NNM and a new Mendelssohn Club Chamber

Krzywickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beguiling music speaks for itself. choir, known as FELYX_M. In this piece, characteristically, intricate craft and an uncanny sense for timbral relationships were employed in the service of unabashedly lyrical and accessible material. The Temple University music professor is also well represented on recordings. Alchemy, released late last year on the Albany label, showcases five recent works for small ensembles, duos (including piano paired with baritone sax, oboe and flute) and solos, many played by the best of Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new-music soldiers. Some of the pieces show off a tougher side of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality than was heard in the relatively gentle Lute Music â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Krzywicki has moments of gruffness and even violence in some of the music, but it is always expressed with a keen feeling for the particular personality of the voice of the instrument and, perhaps most significantly, a palpable striving for the potential for sheer beauty and wisdom in the sound and texture of his music. (p_burwasser@citypaper.net)

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;VAN GOGH UP CLOSEâ&#x20AC;? | Through May 6, $25, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-763-8100, philamuseum.org.

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for clichĂŠ are endless. In the special Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) gift shop affiliated with the current Van Gogh Up Close show, you can buy a T-shirt with that familiar starry sky embroidered above the museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Starry Night isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even in the exhibition. What the PMA has collected presents a fresh opportunity to appreciate a hardworking painter thinking about composition, color, light and drawing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a contrast to the most overworked van Gogh clichĂŠ: the ear-slicing, obsessive visionary driven to madness and suicide. Of course, his life did end in suicide, but these paintings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 40 pieces from between 1886 to 1890, the last four years of van Goghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are profoundly about life. There are no twisted peasant portraits, and only one painting of footwear (though â&#x20AC;&#x153;pair of shoesâ&#x20AC;? earrings can also be found in the gift shop). Still lifes mainly focus on flowers and fruit, part of an overall emphasis on nature â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in particular, the fields, trees and flower beds in the rural Provençal neighborhood of Arles. Van Gogh was fascinated by the landscapes of Arles when he moved there from Paris in 1888, evident in View of Arles with Irises in the Foreground (1888, above). The titular town is in the far background; to find it, one must scan up a detailed frieze of growing things lining the bottom edge, an angled border of purple flowers, horizontal layers of green and yellow crops and new-leafed fruit trees until, behind the tufts of still more distant trees, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arles: tiny village rooftops against a band of sky. Van Gogh felt a strong connection between the south of France and the landscapes depicted in Japanese woodcuts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when considering depicting the same Arles fields again later in the season, he wrote his brother Theo, â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would really be a Japanese dream, you know.â&#x20AC;? The show incorporates a small group of Japanese prints (identical to ones that belonged to the artist or others that he most likely saw) to draw attention to the deliberately

Japanese compositional devices van Gogh employed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a flattened, aerial perspective that tilts the ground up toward a high horizon line; elements cut off by the edges of the picture; foreground images acting as a screen in front of a background scene. (The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Rain from 1889, possibly van Goghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most underrated masterpiece, is an interesting example of the latter, with a top layer of slashing, silhouetted raindrops.) Although van Gogh is often presented as a self-taught loner, he rigorously studied and utilized the knowledge of other painters as well as other cultures. Impressionism taught van Gogh to see and use color, abandoning his earlier dreary palette for the vivid hues heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best known for. His trademark dashed, parallel brushstrokes likewise have roots in the uniform dots of orthodox

A contrast to the clichĂŠ of the mad visionary. Impressionism. The show tries to make these evolutionary paths as clear as the Japanese influences. In Crown Imperial (Fritillaries) in a Copper Vase (1887), for example, the background is a mass of sparkling Impressionist points, while the cloth beneath the vase is formed by longer, radiating markings that almost echo the strokes defining the petals and leaves of the tassel-like flowers. Compare two paintings: the traditional landscape sous bois Undergrowth (1887), a full Impressionist painting concerned with the golden light flowing through a canopy of shade, and the similarly titled but more expressive Undergrowth with Two Figures (1890), where a spindly, Munch-esque couple is dwarfed by the heavily outlined trunks of an ominous forest. Both paintings reward getting up close and impersonal with van Gogh, the artist. (r_rice@citypaper.net)


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shelflife Under the covers with Justin Bauer

SACRED AND PROFANE ³ “GODS WITHOUT MEN” could easily be substituted for the title of Mark Leyner’s new novel, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack (Little, Brown and Company, March 26). But there’s no way “The Sugar Frosted Nutsack” could serve as an appropriate title for Hari Kunzru’s Gods Without Men. It’s more than just a trick of terminology to point this out. For all their differences — and these books are very, very different — each novel tries to accomplish similar things. Both start out with the ineffable, a fleeting contact with the divine; each writer then tries to push through the boundaries of what a typical realist novel permits. Leyner’s subject is the gods (Los Brazos, La Felina, Fast-Cooking Ali and the rest) and their plaything Ike Kantor, an unemployed, anti-Semitic Jersey City butcher. But Nutsack insists that it “more closely resemble[s] the loop-based step sequencing we associate with Detroit techno music than with traditional ‘writing,’” and prides itself on features like “a punishingly repetitive use of the phrase ‘punishingly repetitive.’ In fact, the phrase ‘punishingly repetitive’ is used 251 times (including this sentence) in The Sugar Frosted Nutsack.” How much you like stuff like this will pretty much accurately predict how much you like Nutsack. But while it’s a matter of taste whether or not Leyner is funny, it’s certain that little more than Leyner’s force of personality animates his book. Next to Leyner’s bug-eyed enthusiasm, Hari Kunzru’s Gods Without Men (Knopf, March 9) seems remarkably traditional

and well-mannered. At the same time, though, it describes its own loops, by way of a series of stories spanning two and a half centuries that keep returning to a particular three-pronged rock formation in California’s Mojave desert called the Pinnacles. The central plotline starts out in 2008, when Raj, the autistic son of second-generation Pakistani-American Jaz Matharu and his blonde Jewish wife Lisa, goes missing from his stroller in the shadow of the Pinnacle rocks. Nestled around this story are other histories: of a Spanish desert mission, of an anthropologist documenting desert tribe legends, of a goofily idealistic UFO-inspired commune and its decline into drugs and violence. The connections among all these storylines are loose and nebulous, marked out more by resemblance and resonance than strict definition. The Pinnacles focus the stories, the rocks substituting for an overarching narrative. This gives Kunzru a very long leash to strike out in other directions. Some of these, like the totalizing

financial model Jaz helps develop against his moral qualms in his career as a Wall Street quant, absolutely crystallize the point where technology and faith meet. If others are less successful — because we’re sure the UFO visitation is a swindle, or because we know that Raj has to come out of the desert — they still contribute layers to a novel that builds meaning and resonance through accretion of plot and genre. And as Kunzru’s characters encounter similar crises, as they brush up against the sacred or the alien, their stories get played out in ways that deny resolution, encourage circularity, leave a reader waiting for the hint of the mystical. That undefined hint at something more is the reason that Gods — locked into its singular title — is so much less restricted and circumscribed than polymorphous Nutsack. For all of the wildness of Mark Leyner’s imagination, the only person working is Leyner. And if Gods seems staid in comparison, it also challenges its reader to connect its fragments, to participate in the task of making meaning out of repetition and recurrence. (j_bauer@citypaper.net)

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THE CABIN IN THE WOODS|B+ Read Shaun Brady’s review on pg. 25. (Pearl, UA 69th Street, UA Riverview)

THE DEEP BLUE SEA|ATerence Davies doesn’t make movies so much as he makes moods, languorous explorations of time and space that coalesce like a cloud of fragrant smoke. The Deep Blue Sea, loosely adapted from a play by Terence Rattigan, is so evanescent it threatens at times to disperse altogether, or else suffocate like Rachel Weisz’s lovelorn heroine, who enters the screen in a haze of heating gas. Her attempted suicide thwarted and duly apologized for — this is Britain just post-WWII, where self-annihilation is a dreadful inconvenience — Weisz’s Hester is left in a terrible spot, caught between her loveless marriage to an older nobleman (Simon Russell Beale) and her passion for a charming war veteran (Tom Hiddelston) whose feelings for her are much shallower. There’s substantial overlap with Davies’ long-ago feature The House of Mirth, right down to the physical similarities between Weisz and the earlier film’s Gillian Anderson, but The Deep Blue Sea is more intimate and claustrophobic, since Hester’s hell is largely of her own making. She’s the hero of a tragedy, but also its author. It’s exhausting to be trapped in her oppressively sad world, so anguished and solitary that when the movie flashes back to an impromptu sing-along in a subway bomb shelter, it feels as if the sky has opened. Even the Underground is a step up. —Sam Adams (Ritz East)

THE HUNTER|BDon’t blame Willem Dafoe for the failure of John Carter. Then again, don’t hail him for the success of 2002’s SpiderMan. His slow, tense delivery, deep, reedy voice and craggy, angular features intimates themselves best when it comes to the intimate. And even though The Hunter, based on the novel by Julia Leigh, finds its true home in the somnolent Tasmanian expanse, noted TV director Daniel Nettheim

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It’s harrowing to look into the eyes of parents who’ve lost their child to suicide. It’s disturbing to hear tales of the community-wide ostracizing of a teenage lesbian in a small Southern town. It’s heartbreaking to watch an awkward, maladjusted 14-year-old tormented and physically assaulted by his peers. Lee Hirsch’s documentary succeeds at raising the ire of its viewers with heartstring-tugging anecdotal evidence of bullying’s tragic aftermaths. Shown in classrooms, Bully could be an effective, crucial teaching tool; as a film, it feels incomplete, adept at stirring emotions but inadequate at presenting a coherent argument. Part of the problem is the all-encompassing word “bullying,” which even in this handful of cases stretches from name-calling to physical violence to homophobic teachers. At times, it feels like the film’s thesis statement is shared with one pre-teen’s desire to be “King of the United States,” when he can outlaw popularity and ensure everyone’s equality. Where Hirsch nails his targets is in capturing clueless, ineffectual school administrators, who respond to very real parental concerns with baby talk and pictures of their grandkids. These officials, entrusted with the welfare of scores of children, are woefully unable to differentiate between “kids being kids” and brutal harassment. No matter how heartfelt and well-intentioned, Hirsch makes the same mistake, failing to recognize the degrees of difference between rites of passage and intolerable tragedy. —Shaun Brady (Ritz East)


The Kid with a Bike

The Kid with a Bike

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presents the ominous outdoors as a small stage on which the minimal plot and Dafoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tightly wound acting work their magic quietly. An older, bearded Dafoe plays ruthless mercenaryturned-scientist Martin David close to the vest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenderness at the heart of his treacheries. While seeking out the thought-to-be-extinct Tiger for its genetic material, he gets drawn into the mysteries of the forest and becomes attached to a family whose home he sets up camp in. Some of the familial interactions force the character and the film to lose focus, but even this distraction eventually figures into the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true action and conspiracy at the heart of the movie. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A.D. Amorosi (Ritz Five)

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THE KID WITH A BIKE|AJean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne make great movies with such regularity they can be easy to overlook, but The Kid With a Bike puts just enough spin on the Dardennesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; formula to let you feel their worth anew. Honed to a taut 80-ish minutes, the film moves at a brisk pace in its efforts to keep up with Cyril (Thomas Doret), whose constant attempts to escape from a state-run group home and seek out his unwilling father (JĂŠrĂŠmie Renier) leave little time for rest. The titular bike was a present from his father, who subsequently sold it to pay off debts, but Cyril reacquires it with help from a local hairdresser (CĂŠcile de France), who also agrees to take him in over the weekends. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willing, for reasons the Dardennes leave unspoken, to act as his surrogate aunt, but Cyril keeps looking for fathers, both his own and, failing that, an older boy who heads up a local gang. From its title to the sideways tracking shots that follow Cyrilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headlong flight, The Kid With a Bike

is embedded in homage to Bicycle Thieves and The 400 Blows, but the deeply Christian Dardennes are more concerned with redemption than tragic romance. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way out, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earned with blood, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lead where anyone might wish. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.A. (Ritz at the Bourse)

THE LADY A haiku: Just like a Mission of Burma show, except thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lady present. (Not reviewed) (Ritz Five)

LOCKOUT|C+ Luc Bessonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s output as a producer has always been more about adrenaline than ideas, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unsurprising that his latest simply lifts its template from John Carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Escape From New York and amplifies every element. The escape-proof prison this time is in outer space rather than on an isolated Manhattan island, but the premise is the same: A reluctant hero is enlisted to break into a high-security jail and rescue a hostage, in this case the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter (a variation nicked from Carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own self-parodic Escape From L.A.). Like Kurt Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Snake Plissken, Guy Pearceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Snow is a hero not due to any special abilities or code of honor, but simply because his world-weary cynicism allows him to shrug off every misfortune and beating with an eyeroll and a caustic one-liner. Directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, owing to either inexperience or inadequate budget, never manage to make Snowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission seem particularly impossible, keeping him clear of most of the supposed hundreds of degenerate escapees. There are a few moments of Bessonian lunacy, including a car chase accelerated to the point of incomprehensibility and

the screenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most ridiculous skydive, but much more time is spent on wandering through steam-filled hallways and bickering. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Pearceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoyably snarky performance that elevates Lockout above direct-to-DVD status. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.B. (Pearl, UA Riverview)

than privilege. The main characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning presence doubtless has much to do with the fact that Boy is a record-breaking hit in its home country, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some salt mixed in with the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sugar. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.A. (Ritz at the Bourse)



Read Drew Lazorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review on citypaper.net/movies. (UA 69th Street, UA Riverview)

Stripping at Paris' Crazy Horse club is a business, no matter the exclamations by the cast and crew that what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing is art. And like Frederick Wisemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other films, this oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the work that goes into such business. The camera keeps focused on labor: meetings, rehearsals, costume fittings. Sometimes you see women dancing, their bodies exposed, the lighting dramatic, their movements calculated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can transform themselves; beauty counts less than what you do with it,â&#x20AC;? the artistic director explains to a reporter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My motto is: There are no ugly women.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cindy Fuchs (Roxy)

 CONTINUING 21 JUMP STREET|ATwo things make 21 Jump Street click consistently. Screenwriter Michael Bacallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue, silly and supersonic but realistic enough to pass for lunchtable banter, rounds out cool-dude dealer Eric (Dave Franco) and quickwitted thespian Molly (Brie Larson) into convincing teens. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the unexpected comedic prowess of Channing Tatum, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually treated as nothing more than a sulking set of talking abdominals. Allowed to get loose, he more than keeps up with veteran joke-cracker Jonah Hill, their shitty-yet-sweet kinship the meat on the remake dinner plate. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Drew Lazor (UA Riverview)

AMERICAN REUNION A haiku: The old gang gets back together to reminisce. Then they all fuck pies. (Not reviewed) (Pearl, UA Riverview)

BOY|B The self-aware framing in Taika Waititiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ingratiating coming-of-age tale pointedly evokes Wes Anderson, but the overused style is transformed when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transplanted into an environment defined by poverty rather



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DR. SEUSSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; THE LORAX|B Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; slim volume is given a framing story in the plastic city of Thneedville, lorded over by a diminutive tycoon whose empire was founded on the sale of bottled air. The authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vaunted wordplay is mostly jettisoned, replaced by 3-D padding with chases through rapids and down ski slopes, and the woodland critters are cutened up to an aggravating extent. The filmmakers are as unafraid as Seuss was of belaboring their points, placing the burden of the Loraxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final, one-word message on viewers just as the author did on his young readers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.B. (Pearl, UA Riverview) FOOTNOTE|B+ The squabbles of Talmudic scholars engaged in obscure debates over an-

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cient texts would seem to be a subject with an extremely limited audience. But Joseph Cedarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story of fatherson 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. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.B. (Ritz Five)

FRIENDS WITH KIDS|B+ In Jennifer Westfeldtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s killer last line makes the most of its biological imperatives. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;S.A. (Ritz Five)

THE HUNGER GAMES|B The Hunger Games is designed to take over from Harry Potter and Twilight as the latest crowd-mongering savior of Hollywood, and as such director Gary Ross seems overly keen on pleasing the booksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legions of fans. At times this comes off more like a dutiful parade of incidents meant to cram in everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite moments than a cinematic reimagination of the

MIRROR, MIRROR|C“This is my story,” insists Julia Roberts’ Evil Queen at the beginning of Mirror, Mirror. It’s a bizarre assertion to anyone familiar with the Snow White folklore, and one which director Tarsem Singh’s re-telling refutes on its way to a happy ending. Still, the listless path employed to get to “happily ever after” leaves Singh’s sumptuous yet spiritless movie far more suited to the vain queen than the do-gooder princess. Her scenery-chewing antics mean Roberts just never feels evil enough, but her enthusiasm proves well-suited for the film’s lavish sets


THE SALT OF LIFE|B Gianni Di Gregorio stars as a hapless man who’s been all but discarded by everyone around him. Determined not to end up among the gaggle of old men who spend their days in idle chitchat outside of a corner store, Gianni becomes determined to spark up a romance with any one of the nubile young women he seems to be surrounded by. As his half-hearted flirtations falter one after another, Gianni increasingly sees himself reflected in all the other “old men with dogs” whose paths he crosses during his daily walks, doomed to a fate of doddering invisibility. —S.B. (Ritz at the Bourse) TITANIC 3D A haiku: Draw me like one of your French girls, but in 3D so my boobs look huge. (Not reviewed) (Pearl, UA Riverview)

WRATH OF THE TITANS|CSam Worthington returns as Perseus,

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., armcinema25.com. Rubber (2010, France, 82 min.), about an abandoned tire that comes to life and goes on a telekinetic murder spree, and Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977, U.S., 77 min.), about a possessed canopy bed that consumes those who sleep on it, comprise Andrew McElhinney’s April doublefeature installment. Thu., April 12, 8 p.m., $10.

AWESOME FEST The Balcony, 1003 Arch St., 215-922LIVE, theawesomefest.com. The Room (2003, U.S., 99 min.): This flawridden cult classic was once described as the Citizen Kane of dreck. Sat., April 14, 10 p.m., $8.

CINEMATHEQUE INTERNATIONALE L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St., cinemathequeip.com. Persona (1966, Sweden, 85 min.): As a nurse takes care of a mute actress, their identities merge. Sun., April 15, 7 p.m., $10.

International House, 3701 Chestnut St., 267-765-9700, flaff.org. Found Memories (2011, Brazil, 98 min.): A traveling photographer offers the promise of permanence to elderly villagers. Fri., April 13, 7 p.m., $30.

easy. Sun., April 15, 8 p.m., free. She’s Gotta Have It (1986, U.S., 84 min.): Spike Lee’s low-budget breakthrough is a brazen portrait of female sexuality. Wed., April 18, 8:30 p.m., free.

MEDIUM RARE CINEMA Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St., regrettablesincerity.com. School on Fire (1988, Hong Kong, 107 min.): After reporting gang violence, a young girl is caught between criminal thugs and resigned law enforcement. Thu., April 12, 7 p.m., $5.

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NOMAD PIZZA 611 S. 7th St., 215-238-0900, nomadpizzaco.com. Rosemary’s Baby (1968, U.S., 136 min.): Mia Farrow’s got a baby on the way, and her creepy neighbors aren’t making pregnancy

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David Gelb’s gorgeous and deeply moving doc dissects culinary titan Jiro Ono, the pushing-90 chef whose Michelin-starred Tokyo restaurant, 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 selfdiscipline 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)

Gareth Huw Evans’ movie focuses on the pow-pow combat between a Jakarta SWAT team and the swarm of killers they unearth during a raid. The Muslim/Chinese main character 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. —C.F. (UA Riverview)

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the demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson) whose empathy, heroism and wonderful hair make him the ideal candidate to protect humanity from the oversights of its dumbass deities. Director Jonathan Liebesman does well with an augmented budget, upping the visual blow-by-blow considerably to make up for Clash of the Titans’ much-maligned post-production 3-D. But not even some well-timed humor from and the requisite cameo from mecha-owl Bubo can endear this emotionally empty entry to admirers of the 1981 campfest that started it all. —D.L. (Pearl, Roxy, UA Riverview)


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 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. —D.L. (Ritz at the Bourse)

and ornate costumes. Even at its most trite, Singh’s cinematic fairy tale consistently gives audiences something magical to look at. —Michael Gold (Pearl, UA Riverview)

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4.12 [ theater ]

✚ THE BLACK MONK Villanova graduate David Rabe is best known for his Vietnam plays (The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Sticks and Bones, Streamers) and the Hollywood satire Hurlyburly, but among his many other revival-worthy scripts

is The Black Monk, a 2003 adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s novella that presages his masterworks The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard. David Blatt plays the title role, a mysterious apparition who appears to a young scholar (Matt Lorenz) with promises of a happy future. Chekhov and Rabe explore the thin line between genius and madness with Chekhov’s characteristic mix of satire and pathos. The New York Times said of The Black Monk “a heady event. ... Don’t miss it.” —Mark Cofta Through April 29, $10-$20, Off-Broad Street Theater at the First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St., 215-4230254, simpaticotheatre.org.

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✚ CHEYENNE MARIE MIZE Releasing an EP on 10-inch vinyl suggests an artist is either testing the waters or supremely self-confident.

For multi-instrumentalist Cheyenne Marie Mize, both statements are likely to apply. The six tracks on We Don’t Need (on Yep Roc, also available as a download) show sides of Mize we haven’t seen on her laissez-faire full-length, Before Lately, or her work with Bonnie “Prince” Billy. She gets downright rollicking on songs like the piano-led “Going Under” and “Wishing Well,” which is built entirely out of voice and percussion, while the instrumental “Back Around” has heft without forsaking nuance. We knew she could sustain a mood, but it’s even more exciting to hear how many more she’s capable of exploring. —M.J. Fine Thu., April 12, 8 p.m., $12-$13, with Donora and Dawn Landes, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.

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✚ HOWLER Does “rock” need “saving”

again? Minneapolis fivesome Howler haven’t quite whipped up a hype-storm commensurate with the comparison — not yet anyway, and the band’s sanity and prospective artistic development are probably much the better for it — but in most other respects, they elicit a pretty pronounced déjà vu for the early days of the Strokes. Certainly, they sound way more like them than the Strokes themselves sounded like the Velvet Underground or whoever, albeit with a bit more classic rock lashed to their scuzzy, delirious punked-up pop. America Give Up (Rough Trade) may not hit the instantclassic heights of Is This It?, but it’s nearly as much fun, playing like a sloppier take on similar turf, heavy with hooks and the angsty-bored, Casablancian yowl of 19-year-old frontman Jordan Gatesmith. —K. Ross Hoffman Thu., April 12, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12, with 1,2,3 and Streetwalkers, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-2914919, kungfunecktie.com.


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✚ DOLCE SUONO ENSEMBLE Classical-music geeks can make a fetish of nationalistic origins, and then an artist like Shulamit Ran — the Chicago-based Pulitzer Prize-winner who has been composer-in-residence with the Dolce Suono Ensemble this year — can go and bollix it all up. She was born in Tel Aviv, and retains her childhood Israeli accent, but she has become a leading exponent of the Chicago school of new music, as exemplified by the gruff but beautifully constructed compositions by her teacher, the late Ralph Shapey. Now, she reaches further back to her Eastern European quiver, co-curating a program of new and classic music grouped together as Russian Roots. The evening includes

two local premieres, along with music by Prokofiev, Gubaidulina, Kagel and Firsova. —Peter Burwasser Fri., April 13, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20, Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St. 267-252-1803, dolcesuono.com.


4.14 [ lgbtq ]

✚ MR. PHILADELPHIA DRAG KING COMPETITION Heather Coutts, head of Philly’s sole drag-oriented burlesque troupe, is all play when it comes to her flashy presentations as “Anastascia Beaverhousen.” When it comes to her annual Mr. Philadelphia Drag King Competition, however, the artistic director of Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque (LiCK) is all business. This yearly benefit

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Pier w/Chuckie, David Solano and Beta Traxx. Committee Ent. and AOE present another round of their wildly popular glow-paint party, featuring performances by Devil From Acapulco and the Dayglow Warriors and hoop dancing by Jen Web and Tara Rebel, $32.

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Break Bomb. Here you’ve got an earlyweek romp chock full of diverse electronic sounds featuring New Jersey’s Disc Jockey Nappy, who’s been killing it lately with his Thugstep Commission mixtape series. This rare Philly appearance will surely be a proper showcase of his signature sound, which blends aggressive dubstep tracks with rap acapellas. Expect to hear lots of psychedelic, face-melting, booty-shaking madness from him and the rest of the crew. $7.

Q STEPPIN’ OUT M b O G y < @ M Room w/Dirty South Joe, Uncle Ron, Flufftronix, Tim Dolla, Gun$ Garcia, Qi Command and Yahmean. The team that rocks club sounds, global bass and the raw rap attack, with surprise guests and all kinds of goodness, $3.



Walnut Room Redux w/DJ Statik. Dance your troubles away to the funky sounds of one of Illvibe Collective’s finest, $10.

Johnny Brenda’s w/Mr. Green,

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Vango Lounge w/Christian James, Niko & Deep C and DJ Yan. Stick a tuning fork in your week with this soulful house bash in Vango’s sexy skydeck lounge, free.




Street Orchestra, Happ G, Sev One, The Mighty Flipside Esq., Jake Lefco and DJ Stress. The folks at 215hiphop.com present this nonstop producer and MC showcase, $5-$8.

SAT., APRIL 14 w/Pete Rock, DJ Kontrol, DJ Cru Cut and Freddy Figgs. The legendary Pete Rock comes through to lace classics and bangers, $10.


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w/DJ Rock Tits. A midweek dose of rock action at a spacious East Passyunk Avenue pub, free.

Q MAD DECENT MONDAYS W t y @ Kung Fu Necktie w/DJ Dirty

and Shawn Ryan. An ’80s dance party taking you on a time machine to your favorite sounds of the past, free.


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cided to snag its first-ever hiphop act. Shabazz Palaces comes with a sensational pedigree: Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler is a former member of the Phillyfavoring Digable Planets (King Britt was its DJ, other Digables have made Philadelphia their home base). His snappy, rapidfire raps and insistent flow are

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for Philly Dyke March welcomes LiCK’s usual membership as the night’s main acts, including core members Lascivious Jane, Dino Fontaine and Richie Rich. But for its 2012 competition, the LiCK team will join with Philly Pride to crown the prize-clamoring King with a double honor — Mr. Gay Pride Philly. Judges like Rasta Boi Punany (Mr. PDK 2011) and Kelly Burkhardt (TLA Releasing, QFest) will rate the dressy contestants’ fantasy/formalwear talents, their catwalk skills and, of course, their ability to answer culturally relevant questions. Be on your toes.

the most immediately recognizable elements of the Digable sound to be found in the Palaces, some of its velvety jazz arrangements are audible, too. But on their debut full-length from last year, Black Up, Shabazz Palaces goes for an edgier tone than the Planets ever did with angular, synth-souped rhythms, harder instrumental elements and lit-

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This week, the author responds to a reader-submitted sexual inquiry. Q: I like to hear my wife tell stories about other guys she’s been with. What is this called and where can I find other guys who are into this? A:Before you start looking for a way to act out your troilism fantasy, you might want to talk about this with the Mrs. first. So far, she’s only been telling you stories, which is a fantastical jump from hopping into the sack with Joe Schmo. Fantasizing about a situation is very different than actually living it out — like the difference between reading about the Peace Corps and actually moving to Zimbabwe. Even if you’re ready for the real deal, that type of relationship is not a piece of cake. While there are plenty of great open relationships, it takes forethought and planning to make it work. You’ll need to make sure the communication and trust between your wife and yourself is rock solid before seconds are added to the menu. If you are both excited about the prospect of her sleeping with other men, then it’s time to set down the rules. Discuss everything from who she’s allowed to do to who’ll be picking her up from her rendezvous. Once rules and emotions have been discussed, you can start perusing for male entertainment. There are a number of escort sites you can pick from. This option allows you to choose the guy together, if that’s more your comfort level. And then there’s the standard “community,” which is an established group of like-minded folks you can reach through online sites like adultfriendfinder.com. Or you can head to a classic swinger’s den, such as Philly’s Pleasure Garden Club. Either way, you get a taste of “the life,” which you may soon find is all the boner-inducement you need. Have something you’d like to ask our sexpert? Email her anonymously at megan.augustin@citypaper.net.

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tle in the way of recognizable hooks. It’s brilliant, and Britt will be on board for the night’s festivities. That means the California-born !!! — the beatcrazy ensemble long known by its clicking “chk-chk-chk” moniker — have their work cut out for them, especially since it’s been a minute since their last album. —A.D. Amorosi Mon., April 16, 8 p.m., $15-$17, The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St., 215-2221234, theblockley.com.


4.17 [ puppetry ]

✚ MISKREANT PUPPETS The Jim Henson Company has

a special place in the hearts of multiple generations of TV viewers for its iconic children’s program, Sesame Street. However, with the creation of the Miskreant Puppets live comedy improv show, viewers may find a darker place in their hearts for the Henson Company. The talented puppeteers pull the strings of new and original characters that, unlike Sesame Street, are anything but PG. Rather, they have seriously funny attitudes and edgy personas. These new characters perform sketches, songs and improv, which the crowd can enjoy in two different ways: Watch the puppeteers and puppets and see the mechanics behind it on stage, or view an above-stage screen that shows the puppets the way they’d appear on Sesame Street (i.e., no puppeteers). —James Friel Tue., April 17, 8 p.m., $29.50-$39.50, Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.

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4.18 [ performance art/lgbtq ]

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ing snaggletooth and hangnail for the title of 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trashiest Prom Queen. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition includes performances by drag queens Alaya Richman and Holly Lefkowitz-Hawthorne as two Main Line types vying to throw their daughters the most fab Sweet 16 birthday bash, and also former winners Aborto the Clown and Margaret Orthodox will be returning to defend their titles. Expect some bitches to get cut up. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Courtney Sexton Wed., April 18, 11 p.m., $1.99, Bob and Barbaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1509 South St., 215-5454511, dumpstaplayers.org.

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“mid-fi, synth-wave, slow-motion funk.” When it came to making an album, Galactic Melt, Truise went for a dense, warped-bass sound with the icy slither of Italian disco running through its melodies. —A.D. Amorosi Wed., April 18, 8 p.m., $14-$15, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., r5productions.com

plaudits at every turn via a steady stream of willfully abstruse mutterings and stylistic stagnation (at least for the bulk of their career) in polite, ruminative, high-gloss mood music that’s so easy on the

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else they’ve done. Weird. —K. Ross Hoffman Wed., April 18, 8 p.m., $20, with Meg Baird, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.


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Moth Super Rainbow. On his solo album Fucked Up Friends, he turns that same slurry noise into something more melodic and gentle. There are string-synths, backwards beats and Bruce Haack-like computer sounds on songs such as “Truck Sweat.” And his own overly processed voice wiggles sweetly through the bloop-hop of “Dirt.” The whole album sounds like a commercial for a PBS special

circa 1971. That’s a good thing. Princeton’s Com Truise (Seth Haley to his friends) calls his own murky electronic music

It’s hard to satisfactorily explain how a band as improbable as Lambchop — the variably personneled but generally absurdly large vehicle of perennially gruff Nashville fuddy-duddy Kurt Wagner — has made it through 20 years. But he and they have lasted that long, maintaining a modest but seemingly tarnishproof profile, earning critical

ears as to barely leave any impression at all. But it’s equally hard not to be glad they’re still around, especially when they keep making records like Mr. M (Merge), their 11th long-player, which feels vital and surprising despite being just as poetically mundane, laconically lush and beautifully inscrutable as everything

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Square Peg | Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen (Cuba Libre) have brought Matt Levin into their fray for Square Peg, a bilevel restaurant granting the chef the latitude to play with updated interpretations of comfy American diner foods. Levin (Lacroix, Adsum) is doing lighthearted but very hearty plates ranging from fish and chips and cheesesteak pot pie to his signature fried chicken with collards and Kool-Aid-pickled watermelon. Square Peg serves lunch on weekdays, doing dinner till 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and till midnight Friday and Saturday. Though they do offer a section of “all-day breakfast” dishes, a weekend brunch will launch soon. 929 Walnut St., 215-413-3600, squarepegrestaurant.com, @sqrpg. ³ WAITING LIST


Nom Nom Ramen (20 S. 18th St.) has new hours — they do lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m., and dinner Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.³ Four Corners will unveil their redo of Ortlieb’s (847 N. Third St.) on April 17. ³ Divan Mediterranean Grill— no connection to the defunct Divan Turkish Kitchen — should be opening any day now in the old Shouk (622 S. Sixth St.). Got A Tip? Please send restaurant news to drew.lazor@ citypaper.net or call 215-735-8444, ext. 218.


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LATE HARVEST Years in the making, Andrew and Kristin Wood’s strictly seasonal Russet is flourishing. By Adam Erace

RUSSET | 1521 Spruce St., 215-546-1521, russetphilly.com. Dinner

served Tue.-Sun., 5:30-10:30 p.m.; brunch served Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Appetizers, $7-$14; entrées, $18-$30; desserts, $8-$9. BYOB.


inter is coming. That’s what Andrew and Kristin Wood fretted about in the fall, when lease negotiations for the stately space they’d fallen in love with the previous July — the planned home for their debut restaurant, Russet — dragged on.And More on: people were getting tired of waiting. Charcuterie nerds river to river were salivating for Andrew to strike out on his own, after he’d spent two-and-a-half years as Terence Feury’s sous chef and cured-meat vizier at Fork. Meanwhile, pastry chef Kristin had cultivated her own following, doing the bijoux desserts for James until it closed. The time’s been ripe for this quiet culinary power couple for quite a while, and yet, all around town, much younger chefs have beaten them to it, abdicating the warm, salaried lifestyle of their mentors’ kitchens and taking the long road to the unforgiving island of chef/owner. The Woods waited.


They traveled. They cultivated personal relationships with farmers. They had a son, Gus, who’s 4 now. (“Four and three quarters, as he likes to remind us,” says Kristin.) They toured more than 100 spaces, many of which became new restaurants (Nomad Pizza, Llama Tooth) while Andrew and Kristin continued their quest. But when the former Ernesto’s 1521 Café turned up in the Woods’ space-hunt, “We knew as soon as we stepped inside.” Fluted columns, moulded archways, high ceilings. The architectural pluses abounded, but the place needed work: a new floor, new paint. They also added recessed lighting and a crystal-beaded chandelier that glitters above the salvaged-wood tables built by the guys at Green Meadow Farm, one of the Woods’ purveyors. Nobody wants to open a restaurant in February, a dining dead zone even in premiere-frenzied Philadelphia, but that’s exactly what the Woods did. Quietly, Russet hosted its first service on Valentine’s Day, a chef-reviled holiday in MORE FOOD AND a chef-reviled month, and they packed the DRINK COVERAGE 52-seat dining room. AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / Nearly two months later, the rabid M E A LT I C K E T. enthusiasm has waned a bit, and I found Russet settling into an easy, agreeable pace late one Saturday brunch. Sun poured through the front windows like honey, steam rose from mugs of Counter Culture in lazy curls, and my server, the most genuinely enthusiastic one I’ve met, wore a smile as comfy as sweatpants. The vibe was as warm as breakfast at grandma’s — if grandma happened to own a Rittenhouse mansion and bake heavenly muffins bejeweled with dried cherries. I plucked the tart cherries from Kristin’s wares while awaiting >>> continued on page 44

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Blue Belly BBQ | Cochon chef/owner Gene Giuffi is expanding his reach in Queen Village with Blue Belly, a barbecue joint at Sixth and Catharine streets, way close to his 5-year-old BYOB. Giuffi’s not locking himself into any one slow-and-low tradition; instead he’ll offer favorites from multiple disciplines, whether it’s Korean-style beef, Mexican lamb-neck barbacoa or the Piedmont pulled pork popular in the Carolinas. Plenty of sides, too. Expect a June opening. 600 Catharine St., @bluebellyBBQ.

GUITAR HERO: With stinging nettles worked right into the pasta dough, Russet’s chitarra (guitarstring pasta) is a winning example of chef Andrew Wood’s elegant Italian-influenced hand.

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Russet serves the best pasta I’ve had since James shut its doors.

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butter and jam — I had to ask for both — and a crunchycornered buckwheat crêpe folded around caramelized onions, bacon, apple, cheddar and egg into an inelegant trapezoid. Cleaner plating also would have benefited the ciccioli, spreadable pork rilletes here plopped on a tuft of oiled arugula like food-court tuna fish. Scratch that: At least food-court tuna fish arrives in a neat scoop. Once smeared on a brioche baton, however, all was forgiven. The herb-flecked ciccioli began melting on contact with the warm bread, each stroke of the butter knife revealing succulent, preserved pork scraps like precious fossils. One bite, and you get the hubbub about Wood’s charcuterie skills — which are also on display in his biscuits with housemade cotechino gravy. Laced with allspice, cinnamon, clove and cayenne, this beautifully spiced sausage is such a natural for breakfast, it’s hard to believe someone hadn’t thought of it before. Ciccioli, cotechino … you wouldn’t be off for wondering if Russet was more Italian than American. I think Wood is at his finest when cooking within this school; he’s no stranger to it, having done time at Quince in San Fran and Terra in the Napa Valley. At Russet, his gutsy pastas knocked me out. Greened with wild nettle folded right into the dough, the toothy chitarra was the season incarnate, balling with punchy spring-garlic bagna cauda and a pop of lemon zest. Rolled like secret little messages, tender garganelli mingled with Francescina, a rustic meat stew whose tomato-lashed scraps of pork belly clung to the pasta’s corduroy ridges. Wood’s are the best noodles I’ve had since Kristin’s old boss Jim Burke shut his doors. Anointed with syrupy 25-year-old balsamic, the sunny-side-up farm-egg starter was less successful. The overcooked yolk cried a few golden droplets, not nearly enough to sauce the accompanying arugula salad and bits of pitina, a killer smoked-meat “meatball” cured like sausage. The bacon-wrapped heritage turkey “involtino” was essentially turkey meatloaf, albeit probably the juiciest, best-seasoned turkey meatloaf on earth, but over rainbow chard and sunchokes it still became one-note after I’d put away two of three huge slices. Halibut en cartoccio was the exact opposite. In its parchment package with maitakes and spring garlic, the normally rich, meaty fish turned demure and delicate, a haze of tarragon-scented steam wrapped around it like a shawl. It was simple and beautiful and quite the cut of fish, worth every bit of its $30 price tag. You’d think it might be hard to say the same of an $8 ice cream, but Kristin scoops her silky salted-caramel sundae big and tops it with rare greenhouse-grown Lancaster County bananas suspended in rum syrup. I liked the apple mille-feuille less, the roasted Pink Ladies lost in the tumult of butterscotch custard and Calvados cream, but Kristin’s take on diner coconutcustard pie was a tropical reverie flavored with lime and pineapple. Worth the wait? I’d say so. (adam.erace@citypaper.net)

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[ i love you, i hate you ] BATHROOM BLUES Oh my God....I couldn’t believe when I went into the ladies room. How I felt. I can’t believe that I was about to get sick...what the fuck....are you taking a laxative...that is necessary these days! You really smell bad and yes, I did open the fucking window because I thought I was going to pass out somewhere and then what...nobody would of been able to find me...or I would of been trampled over with a crowd of people wanting to use the bathroom. Shitting is necessary but hygeine is mandatory...clean your body the fuck out with water or something because I am tired of smelling you!

between the phony and the rest of the bullshit that goes on around you...I don’t like you at all! I think you know that already...I will give you whatever answers that you need and try to do whatever else that I need to do but you have crossed the fucking line... it is to me that you are taking food out of my fucking mouth! You make me sick! But, long story short...you are going to pay for your mistakes..,.and I will be the last one smiling and still making a come up!

OLD DIRTY WAITRESS To the old dirty waitress that never washes her ass. Don’t think people can’t smell you as you’re taking

materials are more resistant to the frequent and inevitable changes in weather that befall any outdoor fixture. Knitwear is super absorbent—within weeks it gets muddled with dirt and grime. And worse yet, once it rains, it becomes a horrific, damp breeding ground for mold and mildew which no one wants to touch. And some people NEED to touch handrails... Additionally, what exactly are you trying to say with your practice?? This is not art. It seems more like a novelty, an after thought, or an attempt to assert your lame hipster aesthetic on public space. You are not breaking any boundaries, you have no concept, you just covered something with a cozy; you are just

Hey Justin...you ROCK you are the coolest...I really appreciate your professionalism and your courtesy. I like the way that talk and make me laugh I don’t mind you looking out! I think that you deserve the route that you are working and I hope that you get it...much success to you! Thanks for being a good mailman!



I can’t believe your ass looks like a dog and now you are acting just like a dog. I am so tired of hearing your voice and going through all those different changes with you like you and I were in a relationship or something. For all that it is worth I hate you...I think that you know that already but I still wanted to say it again because it was definitely necessary for me to say it again! How dare you tell your girlfriend that I was obsessed with you..I am not! Nor do or would I want to be! Do us all a favor; Stay away from me! You are a real stalker if I ever saw one!

To the dumbass tourist that come to the city in the summer months. Please kindly step the hell out of the pedistrians walking path and then take your picture. Because you are blocking up people trying to get out of work and don’t feel like stopping behind you when you go out and take the picture. Next time so tourist do that I am just going to stop behind them kindly take their carmera and then punch them in the face and keep it moving!


I can’T believe your fat ass tried to pull a stunt and do what you did! I really want to fucking punch you in the damn face! What is your problem? I really hate you and what you were trying to do to my relationship. Why are you doing this...I wish I knew exactly where you live so I could punch you in the face! Why would you do this shit to a good man? What is wrong with some of the women in the city... If someone doesn’t want your stupid fat ass move the fuck on and how about dieting?

Our love story, looking back to the one sweet day. It was a twists and a turns, ups and downs, day and night. where you end and I begin, sweet and creamy together in your dream. Your heart so deeply and desperately in love. Sip the tears of someone you love. Angel of mine. There’s no telling, when we hold each other. No one gets but us. Beside,it was fresh,warm,lush and full of lust that day. Give yourself sometime before rushing into anything. I try not to say too much so, broken love, long lost, forgive and forget, hope and Love can grow again. Shhh! I hate this page!I hate you I love you.



When you aren’t here...it is so fucking free and extra exciting...I can’t believe how much fun and relaxed I seem to be, why don’t you do this shit more often? I know that you are going to read this and automatically think that it is about you...yes it is about you... deal with it...and how about taking a fucking bath or shower...that would make things alittle bit better also...as a matter of fact it would make things a whole lot fucking better! This is happen everyday and I would be the happiest person ever!

Secrets are secrets...but when you told me what you are really into...that shit scared the shit out of me... I couldn’t believe that you would just tell someone that and have a smile on your face...I guess that is what it is when you are a pure devil...all i know is that when you left from around me...I was fucking freaked out! I thought to myself that you were going to put a spell on me or something....suck a pain in the fucking ass! Yeah I can admit to it...I am fucking afraid of you! I think or I know that you are just shit on heels! Do us all a favor and move out of the city! I know if I was getting creeps...who else felt the same way that knows you?


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THE PROPER WAY Do you even know how to run a fucking business. I don’t think that you do...I think you are way over your own head...why can’t you just learn to do something else. Nothing should be forced and since you supposed to have all those degrees from school why is stopping you from making the correct decisions. You are not who you think you are...you are a fucking joke...the sooner you get me my money the better off I will be!


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super gay (or bi) and loving it! When I showed you that guys dick pic you almost drooled on my phone. Its really not a big deal anymore. It’s a natural occurrence in human nature. The only people who still have a problem or don’t “believe in” homosexuality are bored boring assholes, Jesus freaks or secretly homos themselves. People we wouldn’t miss or deal with in everyday life anyway. So come out, lose 100lbs, and let’s go clubbing. I will like you even more than I do now. And I have even better pics on my hard drive...

GOURMET MARKET I missed your good customer service as well as the best breakfast and sandwiches! I was so looking forward to coming back putting my feet up enjoying all of your food! I was gone before but I am definitely back! I wanted to tell the world about this but CP might take the name out so I will keep that to myself! Thank God for you to keep feeding me! Keep up the good work!

HOW DOES IT FEEL Now I am on my way....how does that shit feel

people orders at the table. You never wash the makeup of your face from the day before. And you have dirt in your wrinkles topped off by disgusting black heads that just stare back at you while your trying to place your order. You threw my food at my wife and I. You could have the common decency to wrap up those nasty bloody arms as you are disregarding public safety. You should have retired twenty years ago you foul disgrace of a human being. Do everyone a big favor and bow out gracefully. And I must say... Your attitude is as ugly as your face... You bitch...

wasting massive amounts of time, energy and materials. Finally knitting is great because it is beautiful and functional at the same time. When you parade it as graffiti, you are stripping it of these attributes turning into an ugly, boring mess. All of my hatred and repulsion was cemented one afternoon when I saw a homeless man sleeping in the cold underneath the El in Fishtown. He had no means of warmth or cushioning, just the soiled clothes on his back. Above him, hung a garishly colored “knit-bomb” about the size of a blanket. What a giant fuck you.



It’s disgusting. The reason things like handrails, bike racks, and street signs are typically not covered with knits is, obviously, that non-fiber, industrial

And come discreetly out of the closet. There is no better time than now. I mean its 2012 and we only got a few months left anyway. Spend them being

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German Shepherd, AKC, 2M, 12 weeks, parents on prem., good w/small children & other animals, $600. (610)935-1360 Golden Doodle Pups, home raised by exp. breeder, 610.322.0576, 610.544.2719

GOLDEN-DOODLES, Standard, F1, parents on premises, health guarantee, $500-$1000. Call (484)678-6696 Golden Noodle F2 pups $900.-$1400 Vet certs. Email wendyhd1@yahoo.com or call 267-394-0337 GREAT PYRENEES gorgeous babies, livestock guardians, pure bred, vet checked, reserve now, ready 4/21. $1,000-1,200. Call 484-753-3830 Lab Pups AKC- black, big & blocky, males, health guaranteed, $500. 814-441-2142 Lab pups, choc., AKC/OFA, hips & eyes guar, big, beautiful $550. (302)690-1934 Labradoodle Pups - Chocolate, light brown playful/cute. Call 610.636.5090 Pit Bull Pups 15 weeks $300, parents on premises. NE Phila. 215-668-7051 PITBULL PUPS UKC $500. 4 males & 1 female. 11 weeks old. Call 215-301-8874 Poodle, mini puppies, AKC, beautiful color, excellent quality, temperament and health, vet check, 1st shots, home raise. Please call after 4pm weekdays and anytime on weekends (215) 741-6022

merchandise market ARCADE VIDEO 20 games. 6 Bubblegum, 6 CD Jukebox. $3000. 609-747-9873 BRAZILIAN FLOORING 3/4", beautiful, $2.75 sf (215) 365-5826 CABINETS SOLID MAPLE Brand new soft close/dovetail. Crown molding. Can add or subtract to fit kitchen Cost $6400. Sell $1595. 610-952-0033

Bd a Queen Pillow top matt set $175; King $250 mem foam $295. 215-752-0911 BD Mattress memory foam w/box sprIng Brand New Queen cost $1400, sell $299; King cost $1700 sell $399. 610-952-0033

BED: Brand New Queen Pillowtop Mattress Set w/warr, In plastic. $160; Twin $140; 3 pc King $265; Full set $155. Memory foams avl. Del. avl 215-355-3878 Bedroom set 6 pc. Cherry Brand new, in box $499. 215-752-0911 Living Room Set & Dining Room set, Moving Must sell. 267-650-2548

Poodle Puppies: Standard, last one chocolate male, home raised, $400. Call 610-489-3781 Rottweiler pups, ACA, s/w, both parents on prem., family raised, ready to go Apr. 19. Pick yours now. $700. (717)821-9629 Rottweiler Pups, S/W, family raised, champion bloodlines $850. 717-989-0341 ROTWEILLER PUPPIES - Males, females, 8 weeks old, mother & father on premisies. AKC reg. Call 267-323-5943 SHELTIES AKC, gorgeous blue males, trifemales, born March 9th, deposit will hold, great pedigree. 610-838-7221 SHIH TZU pups ACA, 20 weeks, F $725. M $500. Tan & white. Call 215-752-1393 WESTIES - Males and females, shots and wormed, home raised. 484-868-8452 YORKIES tiny, Males/Females, home raised, shots/wormed, 484-868-8450 Yorkshire Terrier pups, papers, beatufiul, vet checked, $500-$600. 856-816-3385


2012 Hot Tub/Spa. Brand New! 6 person, Color, Lights, Waterfall, Cover. Factory warranty. Never installed! Cost $7,000. Asking $3,200. 610-952-0033

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Major medical practice is transitioning to new structure. Excellent opportunities for experienced and skilled professionals: CARDIOLOGY PRACTICE MANAGER Successful candidate must have a minimum of 5 years private practice management experience. Responsibilities include revenue cycle management and development, operations, financial analysis and control, budgeting and accounting. Excellent opportunity in growing multipractice entity. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. GASTROENTEROLOGY PRACTICE MANAGER Seeking new Practice Manager due to retirement. Candidate will have full responsibilities for revenue cycle management, operations, financial management and control. Excellent salary and benefits are offered for the right candidate. A minimum of 5 years significant private medical practice experience is required. Successful candidate should have a record of managing multiple functions successfully. Candidates for these positions should fax their resume with cover letter to Administrator, Fax: 215-933-0393 No phone calls please.

American Freedom Assurance, Inc. is seeking an accounting professional for accounts payable/receivable, payroll, and month-end reconciliations. 5 years experience and accounting degree required. CPA preferred. Candidate will need to build financial models to include cost center reviews, annualized budgets, various what if scenarios, just to name a few. Strong excel skills a must. AFA is an EOE. Email resumes to hr@afatitle.com or fax to 610-441-7560.

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American Freedom Assurance, Inc., a national title agency headquartered in Berwyn, PA, is seeking an on-site Information Technology (IT) Professional. Candidate must possess skills to support its MS TERMINAL SERVER; candidate must be familiar with performing typical network maintenance, EXCHANGE, MS SQL. 3 years IT experience preferred. Forward resumes to hr@afatitle.com or fax to 610-441-7560 AFA is an EOE.

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DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDED- cash paid, local pickup. Call Faith 856.882.9015 Diabetic Test Strips needed pay up to $15/box. Most brands. Call 610-453-2525 JUNK CARS WANTED Up to $300 for Junk Cars 215-888-8662 Lionel/Am Flyer/Trains/Hot Whls $$$$ Aurora TJet/AFX Toy Cars 215-396-1903 MR. BASEBALL --- BUYING ALL SPORTS CARDS & MEMORABILIA (203)557-0856 Records, Used CD’s or DVD’s, Videos, Musical Intruments 215-939-5493

Locust & 22nd Studio $685+utils nwly remod, w/w crpt, a/c, 215-740-5150

13xx S 22nd St. 2br $750+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 S 16th St. Efficiency $475+utils Newly renov, 3rd floor, 267-235-6670 S. Philadelphia Modern 1br furn apt, Call 267-516-0977 between 9-5

5807 Pentridge lrg 1BR $625+heat & elect. 1st/last/sec. (215)668-0253 60th & Catherine 2BR $800+utils 1st flr, near transp,new reno 215.748.1383 xx25 S. 63rd 2br $700 Hdwd flrs, Section 8 OK. 610-812-6352

13xx S. 58th 1BR $625 heat & water incl. Call 215-921-2769 40th & Cambridge 2br $645/mo. free utils, Call or text Scott 215-222-2435 41st & Girard Av Vic 1br apt $500+utils free gas heat, 2nd flr rear (215)387.2782 5100 Parkside Ave. 1BR $600/mo. Across from the park. 215-219-1715 5300 Chestnut St. 2br section 8 available, 267-237-3260 Landsdowne 2br/1ba $775+elec heat & gas included, LR, kitchen & bath, 1st floor, carport, yard, (215)878-7661

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45xx Old York Rd 2BR $565+elec basement apt, 1st/last & sec 215.791.2125

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homes for rent

2110 East Stella St. all new rehab-3Bdms/1Ba. Sect. 8 OK. Call 267-701-7845

32xx Potter St. 3br, 1ba $690 Clean, large house. Call 215-327-2292 7xx E Allegheny large 2br/1.5ba $685+ newly renovated, 215-836-1960

Royersford 2br $875+utils newly renov., private prkg (215)799-2364 LaSALLE UNIV AREA 4BR 1.5BA hdwd flrs, full kitchen, Patio $1700/ month NOT incl utils. 215-850-6618

Olney 1br $625 newly renov., bsmnt, yard. 215-783-2526

Broad & H Park - Studio apt. $525/mo. incl. utils. $1,000 move-in. 215-765-5578

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

5201 Wayne Ave. Studio, 1BR, 2BR apts On site Lndry 215.744.9077 Lic# 311890 5220 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1 BR on site lndry, 215-744-9077, Lic# 507568 607 E. Church Lane 2BR apts. nr LaSalle Univ,215.744.9077 lic# 494336

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

16xx E Gowen 2br $765+ Fridge, clean, quiet block. (267)784-8274 Mt. Pleasant 1br $650+utils 1st flr, renov, $1625 move-in 215.472.6147

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 70xx Forest Ave 2br $650+utils 1st floor duplex, newly renovated, available immediately, 215-224-2953

16xx Granite St. 1)BR` $600/mo $1800 move-in. w/w carpet 215.356.8717 4645 Penn St. 1BR $625. newly renov gas/wtr inc 215-781-8072 4670 Griscom 1BR Newly renov, Lic #397063, 215.744.9077 47xx Griscom St. 2BR/1BA $675+ 1st flr, yard, storage, paint. 215-704-4427 4840 Oxford Ave Studio, 1Br & 2Br Apts Ldry, 24/7 cam lic# 214340 215.744.9077

2217 E. Cumberland 2BR Newly renov. 215-744-9077 lic# 356258

6812 Ditman St. 1 BR prkg,lndry fac.Lic# 212751. 215-744-9077

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

1547 S. 30th St. furn, fridge, $125 week; $375 move in. Single Occupant, no kitchen Call 215-781-8049 18xx W. Ontario St. - shared kitch, clean environment, $400/mo, 215-287-2424 19xx Erie Ave, luxury rm, xtra clean, ideal for seniors, $100-$125. 215-920-6394 20th & Allegheney: Furn. Luxury Rooms. Free utils, cable, internet. 267-331-5382 2213 W Huntingdon, Studio, pvt BA, Ent & Kit $130/wk, $390 mv in, 267.250.0761 23rd & Hunting Pk., 2 lrg, clean, renov., w/w, $85-$100/wk., 215-570-0301 23rd & Montgomery - newly renov, furn, SSI OK. $80+/week. Call (267)784-2578 25th & Clearfield, 51st & Wanamaker, 51st & Chester, Share Kitch. & Bath, $350 & up, No sec dep, SSI OK . 215-758-7572 28xx N. 25th St, Clean House, Spacious rms, kitchen, liv rm access, 267-977-3914 28xx N 27th St: Furnished rooms, utils included, $100/wk, SSI ok, 267-819-5683 29th & Ridge $125-$150/wk. furn, new renov, proof of income req 267-702-7914 3130 N. 22nd St. furnished room for rent kitch & utils incl., $100/wk, 267-235-1166 33rd St & Ridge Ave $100-125/week. Large renovated furnished rooms near Fairmount Park & bus depot. 215-317-2708 40xx Haverford furn. rms for rent Seniors Place $350-$500/mo 267.601.6855 59th St S., near El, furn, a/c, $90/wk, $90 sec., references 215-472-8119 623 N 54th St. Rooms for Rent $100/wk, $400/mo. SSI Welcome. 215-205-3261 880 N. 41st, room @ $425/month shared kitchen & bath, 215-713-7216 Broad & Olney deluxe furn room priv ent $110 -$145wk. Sec $200. 215-572-8833 Clementon NJ: Rutgers area, ideal for students, use of entire house & dinner included (856)346-3256 / 856-375-9451 Frankford, furnished, near bus & El, $85/wk & up + $295 sec. 215-526-1455 Frankford, Newly renov, nicely furnished, A/C W/D, cable, clean, safe & secure. Call (267)333-0901 Germantown Area, 1xx Hansberry St., nice block, $100-$125/wk, 215-667-3801 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890 Germantown - Large Rooms for Rent. Please Call (215)548-4629; 8am til 6pm. MT. AIRY (Best Area) $125/week. cable, Furnished. SSI ok. 215-730-8956 Mt. Airy room for rent, use of house, kitchen use, $200/mo. 215-248-2349 N. Phila Rooms for rent $85-$100/week plus 1 month sec. Call 215-669-0912 N. Philly Room for Rent - Clean & furnished, comm. kit, all utils incl, easy access transp. $500/mo. 267-809-3809 Olney & N. Phila. Furn rms cpt, nr trans, kit, w/d $85+. Call 516-527-0186 ROOMS! ROOMS! ROOMS! ROOMS FIT FOR A KING! NEWLY RENOV N. PHILLY ROOMS! BRAND NEW CARPET BRAND NEW WALLS! NEUTRAL COLORS! JUST BEAUTIFUL! BROAD AND HUNTING PK $100-150 / WK. DEP PLUS 1ST WK TO MOVE IN. MUST SEE! 267-973-2284! South Phila, 26 Oakford, $340$380/month. Please Call (267) 997-8142 SW,N, W Move-in Special! $90-$125/wk Clean furn. rooms. SSI ok. 215-220-8877 Temple area rooms, 36xx N. 21st, $500$550/mo. cable avail. (267) 597-9085 Temple U Area, Clean, semi furn rooms $85-$120/wk. 2 wk dep. 215-869-1203 Temple Univ. Hosp Area Lge, pvt Kit & Bth. $135/wk $275 move in 215-416-6538

18xx East Wensley St. 2br $575 New paint all through. Call 215-327-2292

Many APTS & HOUSES available start’g @ $595+. Rent to Own options and first time buyer programs . SFREM 215-332-7044

11XX S. 22ND ST, lge 3br hse, refrig, new paint/crpt, yd, bsmt $875+ 267-645-9421 17XX S Ringgold 3BR/1BA $800 Row house. Sec 8 OK. New Kitchen. 215-228-1060 2117 Pierce St. all new rehab-3Bdms/1Ba. Sect. 8 OK. Call 267-701-7845 21xx Earp St. 2BR/1BA new renov, carpet, Sec 8 ok 215.356.2434

1833 S. Cecil St. all new rehab-4Bdms/1Ba. Sect. 8 OK. Call 267-701-7845 5824 Hadfield 4BR w/w carpets, sec. 8 ok. 215-910-9549

SW (Elmwood Area) modern 3br house new crpts, sect. 8 welcome 215.726.8817

13xx S. Markoe 2BR Remodeled, section 8 ok. 215-609-5207 49xx Westminster Ave 3BR/1BA new renov, carpet, Sec 8 ok 215.356.2434 57th & Walnut lrg 4BR $1,100+utils renov, hdwd flrs, Sec 8 OK 610-649-9009 58XX WALTON ST - 3BR, h/w flrs, fresh paint, Avail now $700+. 215-680-7011 61xx Delancey St. 3BR $900+utils Laundry room. Call 215-435-1956

244 N. Simpson Street 3br/1ba $895 www.perutoproperties.com 215.740.4900 57xx Jefferson 3BR $1,100/mo. C/A, fin. bsmnt., etc. Wow! 215-219-1715 OVERBROOK PARK 3br/1ba $1100 finished basement, Call 610-642-5655

Overbrook Farms 6br/2.5ba $2000 hdwd flrs, garbage disp., dishwasher Wynnefield Ave. 4br/3.5ba $1600 finished bsmt with carpet, dishwasher Woodcrest Ave. 8br/5ba $3000 hdwd flrs, fin. basement. 267.970.2403

Ditman St. 2br/1ba $900 w/d, fridge, section 8 ok. 215-632-5763

1946 Bridge St. 3Br $750 1st/last/security. Call 267-407-2457 42xx Romain St 4BR Newly renov, C/A, sec. 8 ok. 215.669.1304 4847 Mulberry 2br close to trans, section 8 ok 267-257-0144

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

Ford Model A 1929 $13,500 new motor, interior, tires & soft top, good paint, & extras. 856-829-9524 9-3 M-F Ford Thunderbird 2003 $18,900 007 Collector Series, both tops, in great condition, Call (609)602-5617

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

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

5330 Lesher St.. 3br/1ba $995 newly renovated, Sec 8 ok. 215.479.5508 Ditman St. 5br/2ba $1850 w/d, fridge, section 8 ok. 215-632-5763

46xx Naples 3BR $795 recently renov kitch & ba. 215-450-0133 Mayfair 3br/1.5ba $1300+utils brand new renov., sec 8 ok. 215-518-6631

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

Ford 2000 Luxury H-Top Conv Van (new body style) a/c, full pwr, orig mi, running boards, prem tires, mag whls, like new quick private sale, $5,975. 215-922-5342

A1 PRICES FOR JUNK CARS FREE TOW ING , Call (215) 726-9053 Chester 3 Story 5 br /2 full bath porch, bkyd, driveway, NEW roof & carpets, sec 8 ok Move-in now 610-551-8301

Darby 3br/1ba $950+utils close to shopping & transp. 610.696.2022 Upper Darby twin 4br/1ba $1330+utils kitchen, Living room, Dining Room, Call 215-990-5592 or 215-643-2145

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

Ford F-150 XLT 2001 Best Offer luxury, super ext. cab, Mag wheels, prem tires, orig miles, sacrifice 215-629-0630

low cost cars & trucks BMW 740 Luxury 4 door 1999 $4975. With sunroof, looks as if never driven, quick private sale, Call 215-627-1814

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


Buick LeSabre 2002 $2,600/obo runs great, inspec. 267-441-4612 Cadillac Sedan 1977 $1,295 estate sale, excellent 610-667-4829 Chevy Cavalier 2003 $4400/obo great cond., 83k miles. (267)584-6964 Chevy Impala LT 2003 $3675 leather, V6, alarm, CD, 267-592-0448

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

2010 W. Hagert 3br/1ba $700/mo. Newly renovated, Sec 8 ok. 215.479.5508 21xx N. Corlies St 3br/1ba $700 sm. bkyd, full bsmt 215-206-5769 James

TAHOE 2009 $34,500 very clean, all options. 35K, dark red, looks/runs new. Call Lynn 215-990-1454

22xx Ruffner 1BR Call 215-713-9002

CLASSIC COUPE 1985 $11,950 fire engine red w/ removable metal top, full power, A/C, 4700 ORIG MILES. matching #s, must sacrifice 215-922-6113

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

6xx E. Courtland 2BR $725 Excel. move in cond., will consider credit worthy sec. 8. 1st, last, 1mo. sec. before move-in. Call 267-544-9221

Transit Connect XLT 2010 $18,900 silver, exc. cond., 18K mi. 215-591-2359

Hungtington Park & 22nd 2BR $595 new paint & carpets. Call 215-758-5855

HONDA CRV 2001 $7000/obo safe, reliable, clean, 119k. 610-212-7608

1xx W Logan Ave. 7BR Sec. 8 OK 2 month security, no pets, 215-539-7866 2xx Berkley 2BR $850 +utils. Call 215-713-9002

R 350 2006 $22,900 only 40k, loaded, blk/blk 267-241-4967 SLK 350 Convertible/hard top ’05 $21k fully loaded, 60k mi, 215-432-0737

Chevy S 10 Pickup 2000 $2000/obo 4cyl, 5 spd manual, 160k. 267-825-2315 Chrysler Town & Country LX 2005 $3675 Loaded, stow & go seats. 267-592-0448 FORD FALCON 1968 $3300/obo 6 cyl, (215)416-9198 or (302)367-2921 Ford Windstar 1999 $1850 6 cyl., 7 pass, loaded, nice 215.847.7346 GMC Savanna (Cargo Van) 2000 $3,900 127Kmi, new insp, rns daily 610.945.7544 Jeep Grand Cherookee 1994 $2,200/obo white, well maint., 136K mi 215-990-6998 Lincoln Towncar 1999 $3000 1 owner, v. good cond. 82k. 215-471-0271 Mercedes SEL500 1984 $4,000/bo rns great, lthr, blue, 180K. (610)908-7189 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 2001 $3500 Moonroof, Leather, Sharp 215-840-4860 Range Rover 1996 $900 needs engine & tires, 120K 215-836-0569 RECESSION SPECIALS!!! Lexus ES300 ’93RIMS, lthr, low mi $2222 Benz E430 ’97flawlss,S/R,lthr,insp $2999 Ford Expedition E.B. ’98DVD, 3row$2699 Buick LeSabre ’01 floats, 142K mi $2499 Merc Sable ’01 lthr, CD, 170K, tint $1850 Buick Rendevouz ’04LOADED,139K$3999 All below KBB, wont last (215)520-7890


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Near 76/476 1br w/den $900+ w/d, d/w, w/w, (484)682-3365, 5-8pm.

W. Phila $125 & Univ. City $125 & up. newly renov, nice neighb 267-258-8727 W Phila clean medium rm + 1br, pvt entr nr tranMust be workg avl now 215-494 8794

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