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Security cam catches a Philly cab driver pulling over to defecate on a sidewalk, and the video goes viral. “Well, we usually do this sort of thing inside the vehicle,” says a fellow cabbie. “But I guess somebody’s bucking for a promotion.”

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After two years of declining prison populations in Philadelphia, researchers say the number is now on the rise. “What we did,” say researchers, “is count the number of people in prison. And the number we got was higher than last year.”

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Mayor Nutter creates an Office of Grants to pursue federal, state and private funding. It will fall under the purview of the Deputy Mayor for Busking and Claiming to Just Need 75 Cents for the Train.

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A goose is killed by a conveyer belt at the end of the Congo Rapids ride at Six Flags Great Adventure. “There are no geese in the Congo. The little shit was ruining the fantasy,” says Congo Rapids. “You fuck with the flume, you get the gears.”

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A horse-drawn-carriage operator is injured when her horse, Dutch, startles and hits two cars. “I am the reincarnation of Darren ‘Dutch’ Daulton, and had a flashback to that time me, Dykstra and the Krukker got in that car accident,” says horse. “But Darren Daulton is not dead,” says bystander.“Well, that’s weird,” says horse. “Modern-day slave master” Omelyan Botsvynyuk is sentenced to life in prison for forcing Ukrainian immigrants to work on cleaning crews at Philadelphia businesses for no pay. What, he had an iPad or something? Cause this sounds kinda like ol’ tried-and-true slavery to us.

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The EPA holds a hearing in Philly over a proposal to tighten air-quality standards with regard to soot. While you’re at it, can you guys check our cabbie-poop levels?

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Officials from the Humane Society say their campaign to end dogfighting in Philadelphia isn’t working. “So now we’re concentrating on creating one unbeatable superdog to wipe everybody out.”

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PACKED HOUSE New tough-on-crime policies are filling city jails beyond capacity — but are they making Philly any safer? By Samantha Melamed


ast August, the city settled a class-action lawsuit regarding overcrowding and poor conditions in the Philadelphia Prison System, which was built to hold around 6,500 inmates but had housed 9,885 at its peak. Now, less than a year later, advocates say the population is once again climbing to an alarming number. It’s no mystery what’s causing it. Recent tough-on-crime measures — particularly the creation in April of a Bench Warrant Court targeting those who skip court dates with higher bail and often jail time for contempt, along with Mayor Michael Nutter’s demand, issued in January, that the District Attorney’s Office step up prosecution of and seek higher bail for those found with illegal guns — are driving the increase, from an average of 8,033 inmates last year to 8,692 as of last week, according to prisons spokeswoman Shawn Hawes. The new policies are also forcing the system to resort to some of the same practices that triggered the suit in the first place — in particular, triple-celling, which involves packing in inmates three to a cell by requiring one to sleep on a plastic “blue boat” cot on the floor. “We’re very concerned that we’re going to have to go back in and deal with this issue again, when we thought it was resolved,” says Angus Love, of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PAILP). Some advocates say the recent criminal-justice measures were put

in place to fend off bad publicity (like the 2009 Inquirer investigation into the courts, “Justice: Delayed, Dismissed, Denied” and this January’s killing of a purported witness by a man out on bail from illegal gun charges) without considering the impact on the strained jails. Indeed, the inmate population is up 8 percent from last year’s average, while its fiscal 2013 operating budget is up just 0.3 percent. Others question the efficacy of these measures in the first place. With its creation of Bench Warrant Court, “the court system has reacted to the articles in the Inquirer some years ago,” says David Richman, a lawyer at Pepper Hamilton and one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the prison-crowding class-action suit, Williams v. City of Philadelphia. “The merits of pursuing people for defaulted bails can be debated, but what can’t be debated is the necessity of taking into consideration the impact on the Philadelphia jails of launching a crusade like this. … There is, I would say, a lack of a coordinated response to the needs of the community, and there’s a burden put on the Philadelphia Prison System and its inmates which is, at the end of the day, unfair and oppressive.” Currently, the Philly jails house 335 inmates with contempt convictions stemming from the new court, according to Chip Junod, director of criminal justice prison population management at the Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office. While some inmates might now be in jail for other reasons, such as not making bail, “it’s not only a coincidence that our population went up when it did,” Junod says. A visit to Bench Warrant Court, Municipal Court Judge Joseph

“There is a lack of coordination.”

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✚ COMEBACK NID Less than a year after it was defeated by residents, the controversial Callowhill Neighborhood Improvement District appears to be rearing its head again — and this time with a new sales team. It was last April that then-1st District Councilman Frank DiCicco introduced a bill in City Council that would have created a Neighborhood Improvement District (NID) in the area between Vine and Callowhill, Broad and 10th streets, imposing a tax on residents to be used for neighborhood improvements. While some residents favored the bill, others saw in it the empowerment of one group of residents (represented most closely by the Callowhill Neighborhood Association) over the rest of the neighborhood. Opponents rallied and managed, despite efforts by DiCicco to stop them, to defeat the NID — no small feat, considering the law places the burden on those opposed, requiring signatures of either a majority of residents or the owners of a majority of the property value to petition against it. But controversial legislation has a way of coming back from the dead — and NID opponents are worried the bill is already stirring in its coffin. A week ago, the Callowhill Neighborhood Association announced a “60-day pilot cleaning program” in areas “where there was strong support” for the NID. The cleaning is being administered by the Center City District, whose executive director, Paul Levy, first proposed the NID. Levy confirms that the city’s Commerce Department — which recently released a brochure on how to start Business and Neighborhood Improvement Districts in Philly — is paying his agency $80,000 for a “demonstration” cleaning and potential street improvements, as part of a contract that also

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includes work on the SEPTA-owned portion of the Reading Viaduct. Word of the pilot program went out 10 days ago to members of the Callowhill Neighbors Association listserv, among them vocal NID opponents Philip Browndeis and Lee Quillen. Quillen says that DiCicco’s successor, Councilman Mark Squilla, whom she contacted, was initially unaware of the pilot. But later, Quillen says, Squilla told her that he was, in fact, considering introducing new NID legislation. “I was stunned,” says Quillen. “I told him, ‘Mark, if I have to defeat this again, I’ll defeat this again.’” Squilla, who is on vacation this week, couldn’t be reached for —Isaiah Thompson comment.

✚ HEALTH HAZARD Over the recent budget season, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett showed he’s willing to be the guy who kicked thousands of vulnerable people — victims of domestic violence, children in the care of non-relatives — off government assistance. But a national reputation for illegally throwing tens of thousands of children off Medicaid? That just might be too far.

That’s why, while some conservative governors like Texas Gov. Rick Perry are taking a stand against the expanded version of Medicaid created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there’s a possibility that Corbett may quietly acquiesce. The same U.S. Supreme Court ruling that supported Obamacare’s controversial individual mandate to buy health insurance made it easier for states to opt out of the law’s Medicaid expansion, which is set to provide health insurance to a huge chunk of currently ineligible poor people — up to 682,880 Pennsylvanians — living below 133 percent of the federal poverty line. >>> continued on page 10



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past 24 years, the West Shipyard is being unearthed for just two weeks, in an archaeological dig open to the public July 19-20 (see The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. commissioned the dig, on which Yamin’s a consultant. City Paper: What’s the backstory on this site? Rebecca Yamin: James West seems to have had a shipyard there as early as 1676,

and that’s before William Penn. He also seems to have acquired the Penny Pot House, an early tavern. We don’t know if we’re going to find the remains of the tavern, but we hope we’re going to find … wharves and bulkheads that expanded the shore. CP: What’s the significance of this dig? RY: Imagine having the possible remains of a tavern dating to the 1670s and the

remains of a boatyard. It’s the beginning of the story of the development of the Philadelphia waterfront, and that’s what’s significant. It will be fascinating to see exactly how that boatyard was organized. You can imagine how the work was being done, and imagine a piece of the past that was fundamentally unrecorded. CP: What’s the next step? RY: The site will be covered back up, because if there are interesting remnants to be Historical archaeologist; author, Digging in the City of Brotherly Love

explored further, then the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. will have to [find funding for a] bigger archaeological excavation. It’s kind of exciting when you’re just beginning a project, because you have no idea what’s going to be there. —Samantha Melamed

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MURKY WATERS ³ RAISE THE MAINSAIL and batten down the hatches: Your own Man Overboard! returns from the deep to the troubled waters of his beloved Philadelphia! This column space had, some readers will note, been occupied for a time by the moniker “Hall Monitor,” bearing the same byline you see here. The difference? More nautical terms, more leaping off planks. And speaking of leaps — Mayor Michael Nutter showed remarkable agility last week in his own leaps of logic before U.S. District Judge William Yohn in defending his proposed ban on outdoor “homeless feeding” (yeeeeccchh — that phrase, which is not of the mayor’s making, should be buried at sea) against a lawsuit by religious organizations who claimed the ban violated their constitutional rights. In defending his ban, the mayor waxed philosophical, couching the city’s “no” to meals on the Parkway as part of a larger “yes” to serving the needs of the neediest. The mayor wants to bring meals indoors and provide more services, all as part of the city’s “plan to end homelessness.” But if ending homelessness is our destination, the city doesn’t seem to have plotted much of a course lately. The mayor’s ban preceded any effort by the city to bring meals indoors, and the mayor has yet to reveal any commitment greater than encouraging the efforts already under way by groups like Broad Street Ministries and Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission to serve meals indoors. And what of this “plan to end homelessness”? In an email, mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald asserted that “the plan” was “neither a justification nor an explanation” of the ban, and pointed out that under Nutter the city has created 215 “housing first” units and 75 new entry-level housing slots, among other commendable initiatives. But lately the news has been grim. Beds and services have been cut from shelters, and the plan for replacing many of the beds lost with the closure of the city’s largest men’s shelter, the Ridge Center, hasn’t been unveiled. The mayor’s budget this year does not come close to replacing funding for services being cut by the state. And stimulus money used over the past two years for housing the homeless and preventing homelessness has now run out. It’s not Nutter’s fault that efforts to “end homelessness” haven’t been realized. But the outdoormeals ban — as Yohn pointed out when he issued an injunction against it — proposed to take away without giving, and to diminish without replacing. ✚ Isaiah Thompson can be reached beneath his battened hatches at

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Waters Jr. presiding, shows just how efficient a sentencing machine it can be. Those coming before Waters are shuffled in one at a time, often outfitted for the jobs they’re due at later, such as a Domino’s Pizza uniform or hospital scrubs. Many, after a minute or two of defense from a harried court-appointed lawyer, are given increased bail (which they may or may not be able to make) and are found in contempt, most often with a five- to 10-day sentence and parole after five days. Contempt convictions are given unless the excuse for missing court is ironclad: “I had a job interview,” “I had to watch my kids,” “I was at a funeral” and “I was in rehab” all did not cut it on one recent morning in court. With 47,000 bench warrants out in Philly, according to Waters, court runs five days a week. Last Friday, 58 cases were on the docket; Tuesday had been the busiest day of the week, with 90. “This isn’t Motel 6. You can’t check in whenever you want. There’s been no respect for the system, because there have been no consequences,” Waters says. He says before the court began, some defendants would arrive for trial, see that the prosecutor had witnesses on hand, and leave. “The purpose here is to get everyone’s attention, and to get the word on the street that you have to come to court.” He says early numbers indicate a degree of success, but not everyone thinks it’s working. “The contempt hearings are not making Philadelphia any safer,” says Stuart Schuman, chief of the municipal court division at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. “Since most of the contempt sentences are being imposed on misdemeanor cases and not violent crimes — where defendants usually don’t make bail in the first place — what the contempt sentences are doing is costing the city more money for increased prison population.” Furthermore, Schuman says, defense lawyers rarely have enough time to interview their clients or investigate their reasons for missing court. “We have seen quite a few cases where defendants who have understandable reasons for missing court such as being in the hospital … in another courtroom or even jail have been convicted,” he says. “If the lawyers had time to prove these facts, there would be no legal basis for a contempt finding.” In any case, says Su Ming Yeh, managing attorney at PAILP, failure-to-appear rates don’t seem to be improving. “In some ways, it deters people from turning themselves in, because they know they will be locked up and be given a higher bail,” she says. There are similar concerns around the efficacy of the crackdown on illegal guns. The city reported a 22.6 percent increase in individuals jailed on illegal-gun charges in January 2012 over January 2011, and a 16.5 percent increase in February. Nonetheless, the city’s murder rate is up 12 percent from last year, the highest it’s been since 2007. Meanwhile, inside the jails, conditions have improved since Williams v. City of Philadelphia was filed in 2008, according to Junod. Renovations have been completed, and prisoners no longer spend as much time restricted to their cells.

Alternative-sentencing programs have been stepped up, and Junod says the city is trying to identify more candidates for 200 electronic-monitoring anklets it recently acquired. Triple-celling, he says, has been restricted to one site, CurranFromhold Correctional Facility. As to how many inmates are now triple-celled, Hawes couldn’t say. She estimates anywhere from six to 180 inmates on a given day. Prisoners’-rights advocates contest that number: “Even when [the population] was down below 8,000 they were triple-celling,” says David Rudovsky, a lawyer with Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg who helped file the Williams lawsuit. “To not have triple-celling would probably mean bringing the number down below 7,000 or increasing facilities.”

“It can be very grueling.” PAILP’s Yeh also points to the dormitories at the Detention Center as a cause for concern. There, 26 to 28 inmates share rooms without air conditioning; the former day area has also been converted into a dorm, she says. “It can be very grueling.” Rudovsky says lawyers will decide later this summer whether to take action again. Regardless of whether the city will once more face legal action over prison crowding, it has a series of related challenges to face down beginning next week. On July 23, the trial begins for the first of some 500 court cases filed by inmates who say they contracted ailments due to prison conditions — such as infections related to unsanitary conditions or orthopedic issues from sleeping in the blue boats — or faced damaging delays in treatment. “All of the claims are connected to the overcrowding issue,” says Gerald Williams, a lawyer at Williams Cuker Berezofsky representing the plaintiffs. Of course, he admits, “The city would contest that.” (

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“There is no decision on that, and we are still reviewing the law,” says Department of Public Welfare spokesperson Donna Morgan. Pennsylvania’s governor does have a solid track record of cutting health care for the poor, eliminating the adultBasic program cover-

introducing a cumbersome new application procedure for the state’s Medical Assistance program. Then there are the thousands of people the state kicked off Medicaid: The state’s initial figures recorded 130,000 people, including 89,000 children, between August 2011 and January 2012. They later reduced the total to 56,000. A directive from Harrisburg, welfare workers say, required them to of weeks and created a bureaucratic mess

that led to coverage being improperly cut. A new federal investigation backs up worker claims. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a June 14 letter first reported by the Associated Press and since obtained by City Paper, requested more information from the Corbett administration to determine whether “federal guidance and state procedures” may have been violated.

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“A large number of cases,” the letter noted, “were closed for ‘failure to provide information’ or ‘failure to return renewal form’ at a time when DPW has reported that it was unable to process within appropriate time frames all the information beneficiaries had submitted to verify their eligibility.” The letter cites an August 2011 state audit that discovered a major backlog at one County Assistance Office, where information verifying individuals’ Medicaid eligibility was not “scanned into the system and electronically linked” to the respective individuals’ files. The Corbett administration seems acutely spooked by accusations it illegally threw thousands of children off Medicaid. Any decision to block Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will undoubtedly rekindle criticism of the governor’s record. Could this push a cautious Corbett to buck the right-wing national winds and accept the expansion? “That’s the million-dollar question,” says Community Legal Services staff attorney Kristen Dama. “He didn’t come out like a lot of conservative governors did and issue a knee-jerk reaction to the ACA ruling and say, ‘We’re not going to expand Medicaid.’” Hospitals in Pennsylvania, like in states nationwide, are certain to exert heavy — and perhaps decisive — political pressure to push Corbett to sign on. They are counting on the increased Medicaid coverage to counter the law’s sharp cuts in reimbursements for care provided to the poor and uninsured. But Corbett’s particularly ugly record on Medicaid, and the potential violation of federal law, could make him eager to accommodate Obamacare and steer clear of TV cameras. “Corbett will feel significant pressure on the Medicaid front because of his past decisions on that

✚ PARKING VIOLATION Constitutional due process, in most U.S. courts, guarantees the right to cross-examine your accuser. But for those fighting

parking tickets at the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA), it’s a different story, since the BAA hearing examiner can decide whether to accommodate requests to bring in ticket-writers to testify. All of that could change

soon, thanks to a recent court victory by a local man, Jim Pavlock, who appealed two parking tickets all the way to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas — and won. Last week, Judge Leon Tucker ruled in his favor, and ordered the BAA to change

Now is the time to contest a ticket. its practices by allowing citizens

the opportunity to cross-examine the officers who wrote their tickets, and by finding citizens liable only if tickets are signed by ticket writers and include the exact location of the car in violation, not just the city block. Since many tickets are currently issued unsigned and without exact addresses, the BAA would theoretically not be allowed to sustain some tickets currently under appeal. Meaning: Now may be an excellent time to start contesting your

parking tickets, whether they’re deserved or not. However, Jerry Connors, director of the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication, says the city is still figuring out what the consequences

of the ruling will actually be. “The city’s finest legal minds are looking at the opinion,” he says, “and we will be addressing the conclusion of that review. We don’t know what it’s going to mean yet.” —Samantha Melamed

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Spectors, it’s a bold move when someone chooses to build a real-world recording studio. It’s bolder still when the builder had his heart broken by the demise of his previous studio. That’s Paul Pirozzi we’re talking about: the blues harmonicat also known as Wharton Tract who once held the lease on the Spice House studio space on South 11th Street, an analog paradise filled with the sort of collectible vintage equipment that’d raise Sun Studio-era Elvis from the grave. In March 2011, the place was sold off by the landlord to deal with taxes, leaving Pirozzi to pack up his tube amps and go home. But he didn’t give up: He’s putting the finishing touches on a still-secret location in Fishtown with partner and engineer Alex Santilli and architect and acoustician John Storyk (who designed Electric Lady Studios for Hendrix) for a studio that’ll mash up state-ofthe-art digital technology with his warm analog equipment. ³ “Let them eat pie!” doesn’t have quite the same ring as Marie Antoinette’s supposed cake call, but who cares? Holly Ricciardi’s Magpie Artisan Pies at 1622 South St. is steeling itself for a grand opening ’tween July 19 and 27. ³ If you see Harrison Ford before he starts filming Paranoia downtown this week with Liam Hemsworth (look out for the soon-to-be-Missus Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus) and Gary“Commissioner Gordon” Oldman, go and wish old Indiana Jones a belated happy birthday: He turned 70 July 13. Hope Ford doesn’t have to do a lot of running in Philly’s muggy heat. She’s a scorcher. ³ It was a meeting of the local minds when Daryl Hall,met-at-Drexel hip-hoppers Chiddy Bang and Frank Stallone (!?) hung out for a taping of Hall’s online jam-session series Live from Daryl’s House last week. The gang took on Hall’s “Fall in Philadelphia” and Chiddy’s “Mind Your Manners,” ate meatballs prepared from Frank’s mom’s secret recipe and performed Stallone’s “Take You Back” from the locally lensed Rocky III. Abondanza. The whole thing can be found at ³ Any six-string-playing jazz-bo who ever picked or strummed a lick in this fair city owes a debt of gratitude to South Philly’s Joe Sgro. The guitarist, a cousin of jazz-violin pioneer Joe Venuti, was inspired by rhythmic pianist Art Tatum as a child prodigy, and to get closer to Tatum’s sound, came up with his own method of playing guitar, the “JS System of Slur-Alternate Picking.” He opened for Martin and Lewis, appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, recorded a slew of acclaimed albums and taught damn near everyone in the local jazz scene from his basement. Sgro passed away on Sunday morning, leaving a hole in Philly jazz that’s impossible to fill. ³ More ice at (

IT’S CURTAINS: This may be the last year for the Barrymore Awards, a long-running Philly theater institution.

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CLOSING CEREMONIES With the Theatre Alliance gone, the future of the Barrymore Awards is murky. By Mark Cofta


he old line goes, “The operation was a success — but the patient died.” The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, which announced in April that it would be calling it a day, could probably identify. Created in 1990 by theater directors, playwrights, actors, designers and administrators, the Alliance was an important umbrella service provider for the Philly theater community through its renaissance over the past couple of decades. In recent years, the Alliance was the big online hub for Philly theater professionals and audiences; 35,000 to 45,000 users a month accessed its job postings and casting calls, lively listserv discussions, show listings and ticketing program. The Alliance’s most visible function, though, was running the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, named for the Phillyrooted theatrical clan now represented only by Drew. Since they began in 1994, the Barrymores have been a signifier of Philly theater cred. Artists and companies rightfully tout their awards and nominations in playbills, advertising and grant proposals; InterAct Theatre, among others, proudly displays its silver statuettes in its Sansom Street lobby. But without the Alliance, it’s unclear whether those trophies will become obsolete relics — or what, if anything, will replace them. By any marker, the Alliance seems to have been a success. It’s grown from what it describes as a small, “ad-hoc” group to having a

membership of 150 organizations, a sign of how much Philly theater has expanded in audience and revenues despite the economy. So why would it fold? It’s not an “income-producing entity,” explains consultant Martin Cohen of the Cultural Planning Group, who was brought in to facilitate the dismantling of the Alliance — a task he says should be complete by year’s end. The board, Cohen notes, realized that they increasingly found themselves competing for grant money with the very companies and artists they were chartered to support. So, he says, they chose to shut down with dignity. Many Alliance services will continue through other organizations, says Cohen, though most are still up in the air. The Walnut Street Theatre will host the annual event where actors can audition for dozens of directors at once, for example, and the Wilma will take over running the Tessitura consortium, which is involved with ticketing. But the Barrymores are among the many things where nobody’s stepped up. The annual Monday-night awards gala (typically held in a 1,000-seat theater with a catered, open-bar party afterward) was a huge expense that brought the theater community together, but didn’t exactly draw in the new audiences that theaters need. And, inevitably, trying to keep everyone feeling that awards are being given out fairly is a headache — several different voting systems have been tried and discarded. Erin Reilly, artistic director of Theatre Horizon and a former Alliance board member, points out that while the Barrymores cov-

Nobody’s stepped up so far.

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Etta Britt has been getting a lot of late-bloomer love lately, but there’s no need to award any atta-girl points for Out of the Shadows (Wrinkled). The woman has made a career of backing some of the best — Marty Stuart, Al Kooper and Delbert McClinton — and the last joins Britt in a fierce duet on “Leap of Faith.” In calm, wistful contrast to those lush, driving blues comes “Quiet House,” where only piano and cello support her voice as it cracks with emotion: “This is nothing like I thought it would be …” Empty nests suck, unless they —Mary Armstrong set you free to tour and make music.

A leisurely 11 years on from the exquisite Ruby Series, sometime artist/curator/activist (and ex-Spinane) Rebecca Gates drifts back into musical view with The Float (Parcematone), an aptly relaxed collection of elegant and mannered songcraft. The album picks right up from the diverse, post-rock-inflected textures of its predecessor, with Gates’ placid alto as lulling as ever, and boasts notably deft musicianship from The Consortium, a subset of whom join her tomorrow night at Milkboy Philly (July 20, It’s enchanting enough to make a decade gone by feel like a day. —K. Ross Hoffman

³ comedy Todd Barry’s so skilled at being an everyman, he almost comes off like an alien. On Super Crazy (Comedy Central), the New York City standup’s latest album, there’s an air of dry, low-energy Spockness to his awkward run-ins with the human race (in the form of friends, tourists, customer-service reps, et al.). Logical, but also sarcastic and playfully derisive, Barry brings to mind fellow laconic smooth-headed comics Bob Newhart and Jonathan Katz, but just long enough to make it funny when he’s feeling mean. —Patrick Rapa


BELGIUM! We used to export iron; now we export irony. ³ THERE IS A BAKERY, right around the cor-

³ r&b Frank Ocean can write, and that’s

why we need to pay attention. Yes, that he-ain’t-trying falsetto sounds the way fresh linens on the line smell. Yes, his Tumblr coming-out has his name on the lips of every sexually progressive/socially stunted pundit. And yes, he somehow makes flag headbands look cool. But Ocean’s R&B-skewering quill demands our most astute attention. His Channel Orange (Def Jam) is sagaciously personal, a collection of carnal liqueform images linked by the common thread of uncommonality. His July 25 Union Transfer show is sold out, and you already know why. —Drew Lazor

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES [ B ] THE THIRD AND (supposedly) final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman

ner from wherever you happen to be at this very moment, that’ll bake you a cake that looks like Shrek. No shit: Shrek! That’s how technologically advanced our society is: You want a fucking Shrek cake, you know exactly where to get it. And yet, there is presently no technology on the planet — OK, maybe there is in the secret government laboratory where Michael Cera’s career is kept alive — that will allow you to enjoy Hoquets’ CD Belgotronics (released in May on the Crammed Discs label — and they are free to cram it wherever they please). Imagine, if you dare, the worst Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hipster band you’ve ever encountered. Well, these guys aren’t quite that bad, but they do suck mightily. Yes, that’s right: Hipster culture, like the insidious brain-eating virus created to keep Michael Cera’s career alive, has crossed the Atlantic and found some host bodies in Brussels. And Belgotronics has all the symptoms. Lo-fi instrumentation? Check. “Quirky” white-boy rhythms? Check. Intentionally banal lyrics? Check. Diagnosis: The instructional dance song “Chaud Boulet” is so painfully and forcibly cute that only the most dedicated masochists will ever venture a second listen. As a rule, any band that uses the term “Punk/ Funk” to describe its music, as Hoquets indeed does, is almost always neither. Verdict: Way to go, America. We used to export iron; now we export irony. Look, Europe: You can keep our hipsters, but you’ll have to pry our Shrek cakes from our cold, dead hands. (

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trilogy gives the cowled hero an epic send-off. In striving so mightily for the mythic, however, Nolan forgets to let the Caped Crusader have much crime-fighting fun. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne is a morose recluse, but is lured outside again by a seductive cat burglar and a masked brute. Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle is the screen’s best take on the character, a sensual rebel with a crucial motivation driving her razor-sharp high heels. Tom Hardy’s Bane, meanwhile, is an erudite madman whose pain-relieving face mask lends his stentorian voice a touch of Vader-esque distortion. Two more Inception alums are also along as new characters, though their fates are all too predictable: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s trajectory is satisfying, but Marion Cotillard’s is an unfortunate disappointment. Bane’s plan involves taking advantage of a design flaw that allows Wayne Enterprises’ experimental clean-energy fusion device to also function as a nuclear bomb. Our hero’s inner struggles keep him out of the suit for too-long stretches, though Nolan is a craftsman on a grand scale as a director and keeps the pace unflagging for much of the film’s nearly three hours. Unfortunately, he and brother Jonathan were less successful in writing the overstuffed screenplay, full of clumsy expository dialogue where characters tell each other details they both already know or villains explain their plots at length during crucial moments. The political themes, which might have been effective as subtext, are unfortunately spelled out in speeches that sound like they were transcribed from an evening’s MSNBC lineup. It’s one thing to take a comic-book source seriously; it’s another to weigh it down with ponderous borrowings from the Occupy and green movements, 9/11 and even Dickens. —Shaun Brady

Striving so mightily for the mythic.

STUCK IN THE CLOSET: Though the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy gives its hero an epic send-off, the Caped Crusader rarely gets a chance to costume up to kick some ass.

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ered most standard theater offerings, they weren’t designed to recognize “devised theater” — the often avant-garde ensemble creations of companies like Pig Iron, The Berserker Residents, New Paradise Laboratories and Applied Mechanics, all of which have garnered national acclaim. The Barrymores also don’t have a category devoted to children’stheater offerings, and, unlike other cities’ programs, don’t differentiate between union and nonunion actors or different-sized theater companies. But Reilly still believes that the Barrymores were important. “[Awards are] all flawed in some way,” she says, but they’re a powerful method of bringing a community together. She hopes that whatever sprouts up in its place, whatever it’s named, will “take into account the ever-changing, growing offerings of the community.” Reilly and others are discussing and studying other cities’ programs as possible models for whatever comes next. Awards “are unique to each community,” she says — it’s “like buying a wedding dress.” She is hopeful that everyone in the area’s theater community — even critics — will participate and contribute. As for this year, Barrymore ballots for this past season are in, and Cohen’s working with an outside company to get them tabulated, with the nominations to

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be released in August. However, he says, though they want to make sure that this year’s nominees are honored and recognized, “we don’t have the capacity to produce an event,” despite a save-the-date for an Oct. 1 awards ceremony still up on the Alliance’s website. This year’s winners also won’t be getting physical Barrymore Awards for their lobby displays or mantels. According to Cohen, “there are no resources to provide the medallions that have been given out in the past, which frankly cost several thousand dollars to produce — each medallion is several hundred dollars, so you do the math.” Like most everything, the physical awards are still up in the air. “We’re hoping to provide something that shows recognition,” Cohen says, “but at the moment, we’re only planning an announcement to the field followed by an announcement to the press.” (

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asked truck owners to pull up their vehicles inside The Icebox at Crane Arts and create installations in the truck flatbeds or cabs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philadelphia Truck Expoâ&#x20AC;? had an atmosphere not unlike a tailgating party â&#x20AC;&#x201D; very different from the almost meditative ambience of his current exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;breaks to make,â&#x20AC;? at Tiger Strikes Asteroid. But despite their different natures, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth mentioning the two shows together because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine McCartney without a truck, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being used to haul art materials or to get away from it all. The feel of â&#x20AC;&#x153;breaksâ&#x20AC;? could be compared to a solitary camping trip in the heart of a pine forest after a cacophonous week in the humid city. Two paintings of the same measurement (42 inches by 51 inches) hang almost opposite each other in the gallery, each titled walking, walking with different parenthetical distinctions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (from the heel) and (on sixes) (shown). Both could be seen as just pleasing abstractions composed of painterly brushstrokes, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re far too reminiscent of looking up into a canopy of trees, or reflections on water, or the forest as you move through it. Movement, time, silence, individual experience and a certain memento mori â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the idea that you will only have so much time to contemplate the movement of light through the trees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pervade. McCartney has been primarily known as a painter. This is his second solo exhibition at TSA, where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a member since

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2010. His previous work for the gallery, under the title â&#x20AC;&#x153;see the man walking,â&#x20AC;? was almost entirely painting, though the ground of the paintings was composed of wood fitted together to form ridges and layers. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;breaks,â&#x20AC;? the wood has been transferred directly into sculpture while the painting stays on canvas, with the exception of some transitional pieces such as times two (paranoid behavior). This piece features a streaky black ground with two painted dowel rods emerging at a diagonal, somehow giving off an impression of hyperspace travel. McCartneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work here is very carefully crafted and casts an aura of intrigue that inspires viewers to puzzle out possible meanings. Color is used for aesthetic pleasure, but never only that; paintings such as hours are hours miss being recognized as ugly only because their surface is so arresting and unexpected. Sistered, a sculpture that resembles a burned square column or joist due to the application of black ink to its hacked and distressed top, is a puzzle that keeps the brain on a fluid feedback loop. One wonders if the title is meant to reference reinforcing woodwork, and why the

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column is full of holes, some of which are filled. However, mystery dominates some works a little too much: The sculpture dog years, reminiscent of a giant abacus or a piece of playground equipment on hinges, gives the impression of a representational idea but reveals little. The small painting bad video lacks the grace of McCartneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other works and seems out of place in this exhibit, bringing digital-age concerns into an otherwise tranquil space. These inconsistencies are small concerns, and may spring from the artist overthinking. Every decision in McCartneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work appears to have been agonized over, and in most cases this pays off: This attention to tiny details, like the way the edges of times two (paranoid behavior) and the small nothing to hear cast a subtle orange onto their recessed white frames, make for an exhibition worth hanging out with. (

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OFF THE WALL Dirty Jerz duo Brick + Mortar is building up to something. By A.D. Amorosi


hen Drexel’s upstart music label MAD Dragon and Minneapolis rock veterans Motion City Soundtrack decided to join forces to put out a series of vinyl records, the talent search was multidirectional. Some acts floated in from the web. Others happened to be pals with Motion City. New Jersey’s Brick + Mortar, the two-man wrecking crew of Brandon Asraf and John Tacon, did it the hard way: They worked the room. “Brick + Mortar were discovered by the student A&R committee at Drexel,” says Terry Tompkins, president of MAD Dragon and director of Drexel University’s music industry program. “A few of the kids caught a show … last fall and were blown away.” That’s usually what happens when you witness the Asbury Park duo in action. You get hit in the face with ramped-up rhythm, noisy electronics — they’re at the haziest, noisiest, punkest edge of the drum ’n’ bass genre — and a set of voices that’s surprisingly supple and handsomely tuneful for such rough experimentalism. MAD Dragon just dropped Brick + Mortar’s first recording since 2011’s three-song Heatstroke, a follow-up to their 2010 debut, 7 Years in the Mystic Room. Their latest is a three-song 7-inch in Dragon/Motion City’s new Making Moves series. The duo plans to release a full-length sometime in 2013. “Brick + Mortar has always kind of just been,” says Asraf. The 27year-old bassist has played with Tacon since the two were in eighth grade at the same Toms River middle school. “John taught me how

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to play bass and I never looked back. Musically, though we’re the same age, I think of Tacon as a father figure to me. He showed me what performing is all about.” Fatherhood, or the lack of parental figures, figures prominently in Asraf’s lyrical mien. “Old Boy,” one of the three songs on their newest extended single, talks about living up to his absentee father’s legend. “My dad was a Moroccan-Israeli diamond smuggler/playboy/con man,” he laughs. “My childhood was like the movie Blow, but with more hummus.” Under the name The Black Rhythm, they gigged with other band members, though none lasted very long, and wore their wild style of free improvisation like a badge. After becoming Brick + Mortar in 2009, the pair funneled its largesse into something leanly, meanly melodic. “I don’t think that we have a style or genre,” says Tacon. “Growing up, the music we listened to never really transcended to the things we wrote.” He even eschews discussing particular influences. “We are just two guys making our own kind of art.” But this isn’t fussy art-pop or spindly design-school wonk. Brick +

Mortar makes workingman blues. There’s sadness in their newest songs. The tartly melodic “Bangs” is about fighting against hopeless futility. “Other Drugs” finds lyricist Asraf using everything in his power, from chemicals to romance, to cope with troubling issues. Several of the tunes planned for their upcoming album — “Heatstroke,” “Move to the Ocean” — may not be any easier to handle. “I write the lyrics and melody while being away from instruments,” says Asraf. “Just a strong a cappella from start to finish.” Neither of them is afraid to get his hands dirty. Asraf works part-time at Bands on a Budget, a wholesale music-merchandise company. Tacon does landscaping and waits tables down the Shore. “For years I worked as a garbage man,” Tacon laughs. “Brandon even worked there for a minute, but got himself fired for being, well, Brandon. And though I’m waiting tables now, it’s looking like I’m not going to have time to go back.” ( ✚ Fri., July 20, 8 p.m., $13-$15, with River City Extension, Spinning Leaves and Laura Stephenson, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100,

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 NEW THE DARK KNIGHT RISES|B Read Shaun Brady’s review on p. 19. (Pearl, Roxy, UA 69th Street, UA Grant, UA Main Street, UA Riverview)


BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD|B Beasts of the Southern Wild is a gorgeous thing, set in an impoverished Southern area called the Bathtub that pointedly resembles rural Louisiana. It’s there that a spirited 6year-old named Hushpuppy (the astonishing Quvenzhané Wallis) makes her home in a tree-bound trailer, connected by zip line to one occupied by her alcoholic father (Dwight

DARK HORSE|B+ It’s easy to hate Todd Solondz; indeed, there are moments when he practically begs for it. But to dismiss him, or Abe (Jordan Gelber), the thoroughly loathsome hero of Dark Horse, is to let them, and yourself, off easy. A font of entitlement and unearned self-confidence, Abe is a tubby, spoiled thirtysomething who lives with his parents and works (when he works) at his father’s business. He drives a bright yellow Hummer and stocks his bedroom with new-in-thebox action figures. He is, in short, a four-star asshole. But after daring us to despise him, Solondz flips the script, positing him as an underdog in a world filled with heartless high-achievers. Like Solondz’s Palindromes, Dark Horse splits in two, bringing Abe’s inner disappointments to physical life and taking the film in wholly unexpected directions, skewering both the protagonists of the manchild mini-genre and the film’s aesthetic bankruptcy. As is often the case with Solondz, the characters’ off-putting nature masks, and in some ways eases, the film’s more difficult challenges, but they’re all worth rising to. —SA (Ritz at the Bourse)



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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN|APlenty of chemicals were required to scrub the successful Spider-Man franchise down to its bare-white-room bones; consider Marc Webb’s involvement a solvent, dissolving all the pasted-down expository flyers and lingering stylistic debris Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire left behind. Thanks in strong part to his young, resilient stars, the (500) Days of Summer director fields a formidable redux challenge with grace, connecting with the source material in such a sincere manner that it makes one of the oldest origin stories in all of comics seem fresh. Peter Parker, as we know, gains his arachno-bilities after being snacked on by a radioactive spider, and Webb does incredible FX work splitting the difference between Parker’s vintage ink-and-paper poses and his modern, athletic navigation of his Manhattan playground. More than a few have questioned the relevance of this reboot, but there’s ample promise caught in Webb’s web. —Drew Lazor (Pearl)

Henry). Captured on Super 16mm, the film’s images are warm and earthy, the colors rich and saturated, as if the print had been dug up from a particularly loamy patch of ground. But the beauty is troubling — not simply because it runs the risk of aestheticizing rural poverty, but because director Benh Zeitlin and his collaborators seem heedless of the possibility. Beasts is a movie eminently worth seeing, but surrendering to its spell is as dangerous as trusting in government-built levees. —Sam Adams (Ritz Five)

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for a week, the resultant slurry would likely resemble Savages, a purported return to form that’s less a functioning film than a feature-length “look what I can do!” show reel. Filled with fights, flesh and really pretty people masticating really pretty scenery, it’s like a car prepped for family vacation, packed with lots and lots of shit — one Stone drives around in circles for twoplus hours after he insists on getting reacquainted. —DL (Pearl)

TAKE THIS WALTZ|C+ Michelle Williams plays an underemployed writer whose five-year marriage to foodie Seth Rogen has settled into a dull patch. Considering he’s working on a cookbook about ways to prepare chicken it’s not surprisingly that he’s outwardly comfortable with their mundane routine. But her nagging dissatisfaction pushes to the surface when she strikes up an in-flight conversation

with a comely rickshaw driver, and finds out he happens to live across the street. It’s difficult to be engaged by the movie’s tragic undertones when it mostly suggests that Williams and Rogen should never have gotten together in the first place. The ways Williams and her new love interest sublimate their apparent mutual attraction starts cute and rapidly becomes cloying. Sarah Silverman’s scenes as Rogen’s recovering alcoholic sister are, surprisingly, the movie’s most grounded, but they can’t pull the rest of it down to earth. —SA (Ritz at the Bourse)

 QFEST SHORTS PROGRAMS BLACK, BLUES AND OTHER HUES Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St., 267-765-9800, Cross Your Fingers (2011, U.K., 17 min.): A punk

gets a boner for a traditionalist in South London. The Bus Pass (2010, U.S., 3 min.): A woman contemplates asking her dream girl out after she meets her on the bus. Bumming Cigarettes (2012, U.S., 24 min.): Vee bonds with a stranger over smokes while she awaits the results of an HIV test. Polaroid Girl (2012, U.S., 17 min.): A vintage-camera store is just the place for a bashful girl to find a beautiful lady. T’Aint Nobody’s Bizness (2011, U.S., 29 min.): This mini examines the blues as a hotbed of ambiguously bisexual divas. Fri., July 20, 7:15 p.m., $10.

DANGEROUS SEX Ritz East, 125 S. Second St. Bug Chaser (2011, U.S., 20 min.):

Problems arise after a condom-free one-night stand. Candy (2012, U.S., 8 min.): College student Vic learns to minimize his chats with phone-sex callers. The Men’s Room (2011, U.S., 15 min.): Bathroom sex is a horrible idea. My Night with Andrew Cunanan (2012, U.S., 11 min.): Yet another silly boy pursues a charming stranger who turns out to be a famous killer. Transsexual Dominatrix (2011, U.S., 4 min.): Shawna Virago shows off her dominatrix skills. Consentement (2012, France, 15 min.): It’s a bad idea to bribe the concierge for sex. Performance Anxiety (2012, U.S., 15 min.): Two hetero actors manhandle their way through a gay-sex scene. Fri., July 20, 9:45 p.m., $10.

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FIRST CONTACT Ritz East. Shabbat Dinner (2012, U.S., 14 min.): A cute nerd makes for a fun distraction at William’s dull Shabbat dinner. Prora (2012, Switzerland, 23 min.): Jan’s outgoing straight pal Matthieu takes a turn for the gay. Bald Guy (2011, Norway 12 min.): Knowing their son is making out with a man is one thing for Jonas’ parents — but making out with a bald guy? That’s when the shit hits the fan. Wild Imaginings (2011, Australia, 10 min.): Sam uses his dreamscape to find peace with his sexuality. Utopia (2012, France, 21 min.): After they meet online, Julien helps shy Thomas come out of his shell. 33 Teeth (2012, U.S., 8 min.): Eddie has the hots for his neighbor Chad. Sat., July 22, noon, $10.

FORBIDDEN FRUIT Ritz at the Bourse. The Maiden and the Princess (2011, U.S., 18 min.): Emmy slips into fantasy world when she discovers her predilection for kissing girls. Girl Scouting (2011, U.S., 12 min.): Angie gets schooled on lesbianism when visiting pals at a dyke bar. Fluid (2011, U.S., 17 min.): No one on Angie’s flag football team knows she swings the other way. Re-

ally?! Candy Apple Red (2011, U.S., 15 min.): An intuitive masseuse helps a photographer forget about some troubles at home. Connected (2012, U.S., 7 min.): Deb finds a surprise in her future when she invites a tarot reader over. After Lunch (2010, Brazil, 13 min.): Andrea and Nana share vivid dreams while the hubbies watch football and scratch their balls. Thu., July 19, 7:15 p.m., $10.

 REPERTORY FILM AMBLER THEATER 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 215-3457855, Wings (1927, U.S., 139 min.): Top Gun for the silent-film era. Thu., July 19, 7 p.m., $9.75. The Killing (1956, U.S., 85 min.): A career criminal plans one last robbery at the racetrack. Mon., July 23, 7 p.m., $9.75.

THE AWESOME FEST Various locations, theawesomefest. com. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983, U.S., 98 min.): “Why aren’t we flying? Because getting there is half the fun. You know that.” Thu., July 19, 8 p.m., free. Doin’ it in the Park: Pick-up Basketball, NYC (2012, U.S., 90 min.): A documentary on the cultural impact and history of streetside basketball games in the Big Apple. Sat., July 21, 8:30 p.m., free.

THE BALCONY 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, thetroc. com. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, U.S., 115 min.): Harrison Ford just turned 70! Watch him brave giant rolling rocks, Nazis, explosions and pits full of snakes in pursuit of the Ark of the Covenant. Mon., July 23, 8 p.m., $3.

BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-9898, Rebecca (1940, U.S., 130 min.): The memory of dead Rebecca haunts her remarried husband and his servants. The new wife isn’t having it. Tue., July 24, 7 p.m., $10. Masculin Féminin (1965, France, 103 min.): A young leftist falls for a Yé-yé girl when they share thoughts on sex and capitalism. Wed., July 25, 7 p.m., $10.

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1228, Dazed and Confused (1993, U.S., 102 min.):

Hazing, burgers, Aerosmith tickets and dope on the last day of high school. Fri., July 20, 9:45 p.m., $8. The 10 Room Bizarro: Ten rooms of short films that promise to seduce, provoke, horrify or mindfuck. Choose wisely. Sat., July 21, 8 p.m., $5.

COUNTY THEATER 20 E. State St., Doylestown, 215-3456789, Third Annual Monty Python Fest: Featuring a screening of The Holy Grail and episodes from the show, likely followed by a resurgence of annoying quotes. Wed., July 25, 7 p.m., $9.75.

THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSICAL Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad St., 215-985-0420, Grease (1978, U.S., 110 min.): The T-Birds and Pink Ladies keep things grooving while Danny and Sandy try to rekindle those summer nights. Wed., July 25, 7 p.m., $8.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, Wildness (2012, U.S., 74 min.): A gaggle of queer performers and transgender immigrants clash and create in an L.A. bar. Wed., July 25, 7 p.m., free.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF JEWISH AMERICAN HISTORY 101 S. Independence Mall East, 215923-3811, A Walk on the Moon (1999, U.S., 107 min.): Pearl struggles with unfaithful feelings about her husband in the heat of the sexually revolutionary late 1960s. Wed., July 25, 7 p.m., $10.

SECRET CINEMA 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610-9171228, The Secret Secret Cinema (various years, U.S., 100 min.): No fancy title, just hours of 35mm reels from the Secret Cinema’s bottomless archives. Sun., July 21, 2 p.m., $8.

CINÉMATHÈQUE INTERNATIONALE African American Museum, 701 Arch St., 215-574-0380, Black Girl (1966, France/Senegal, 65 min.): A woman becomes depressed when she moves from Senegal to a life of servitude in France. Thu., July 19, 6 p.m., $8. More info on p. 27.

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WARRIORS, COME OUT TO PLAY: Philly’s own War on Drugs plays the XPoNential Festival in Wiggins Park on Friday. CLAIRE FISHKOW

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Through Aug. 19, $25-$45, People’s Light & Theatre, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, 610-644-3500,

—Frida Garza

[ film ]

✚ TERRITORIES: AFRICA This week, Cinémathèque Internationale and the African American Museum kick off a months-long joint-effort film series focusing on the ways Africans are represented on celluloid around the world. The opening flick is Ousmane

Black Girl plays Thu., July 19, 6 p.m., other films showing at various dates and times through Dec. 20, $8, African American Museum, 701 Arch St., 215574-0380,,

[ storytelling ]

✚ STORYSLAM AT LONGWOOD GARDENS First Person Arts’ regular Sto-

rySlam series travels out for a country vacation, sort of. But though the location requires a drive and Longwood Gardens is full of trees and crickets and other natural things, the rules remain the same: Storytellers are picked by drawing to share an experience based on the night’s theme (“24/7,” in this case) in five minutes or less without props or cheat sheets. Fellow attendees judge, leaving it to contestants to decide whether to go for laughs or tears. But the night is also an excuse to check out Bruce Munro’s amazing Light sculpture installation, in place through the end of September. After dark, Longwood is transformed by Munro’s floral forest of lights, radiant sculptures and a shower of more than 1,000 twinkling bulbs. In honor of the installation, the StorySlam is preceded by a talk by Jefferson neurology professor and “director of light research” George C. Brainard, who has pretty much the best possible name for somebody

with a Ph.D. —Andrew Wimer Thu., July 19, 7 p.m., $18, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000,

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✚ BOBBY SELVAGGIO In the early 1990s, saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio made the same pilgrimage that virtually every serious jazz musician has to undertake: He moved to New York, to study at the Manhattan School of Music. But Selvaggio didn’t stick around to struggle through the crowded NYC scene, opting instead to return to his native Cleveland to teach, raise a family and hone his craft in a less pressured environment. It didn’t hurt that he’s second-generation jazz royalty in the city as the son of local legend Pete Selvaggio. His music hardly suffers for being crafted away from the jazz metropolis, however; Selvaggio has a penchant for spiky composi-

tions buoyed by funk-accented grooves. Tonight, he’ll lead his new trio sHaKe with bassist Ashley Summers and drummer Chris Baker. —Shaun Brady Thu., July 19, 7 p.m., $5-$10, Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 215-5683131,


7.20 [ rock/pop/folk ]

✚ XPONENTIAL FESTIVAL WXPN’s three-day, multi-stage jam across the river is stacked with plenty of local and national star power; this year they’ve got War on Drugs and The Hold Steady on Friday, Dr. Dog and Wilco on Saturday and Rhett Miller and Counting Crows on Sunday. But don’t miss the


Prolific local playwright Bruce Graham scored a big hit with this spring’s tender, introspective The Outgoing Tide at Philadelphia Theatre Company, and now premieres a play very different in tone at People’s

—Mark Cofta

Sembène’s 1966 black-andwhite French film Black Girl, which follows a Senegalese woman (played by the mesmerizing Mbissine Thérese Diop) as she attempts to scale social hierarchies in search of a better life. Other offerings include Nigeria’s The Doctor from Gafire and Issa Traore de Brahima’s The World Is a Ballet. The final screening brings viewers back to the 215 with Night Catches Us, local director Tanya Hamilton’s revisiting of 1976’s Black Panther movement in Philadelphia. Each screening will be followed by a discussion, led in many cases by the film’s director.

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Light & Theatre Company. Mr. Hart & Mr. Brown, set in Nebraska during the outlaw days of Prohibition, grew from Graham’s interest in the nature of violence: Is it instinctive and inevitable, or behavior learned from others? Two historical figures — whose identities we’ll withhold, as they’re a major surprise in the play — and their real-life relationship figure prominently in this exploration of America’s bloody mythology.

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 THE BOOGIE DOWN The recently reopened Ortlieb’s Lounge has played host to a wide variety of live music events, and next up the boys from Fishtown’s excellent Milkcrate Café will stop by to lay down the vibes. DJs Botany 500 and Mister Mike will bump a diverse selection of party tunes from funk and disco to hip-hop. Feet will be moving, smiles will spread across faces, drinks will be guzzled. Could life be better? Free.

and Tony G. The good people of Rizumu are back with this party that features both indoor and outdoor areas. It’s a spiffy way to vibe-out the end of your weekend, free.

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—K. Ross Hoffman Sat., July 21, 6 p.m., free, Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd, 215-2797134,

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and a few tunes that are basically just no-frills power-pop — and they’ve occasionally opted to render their frantically overlapping multi-level riffs on pianos rather than guitars. And they’ve grown a tad more reflective (well, if you count such profundities as “all I know I learned in kindergarten”). But the manic, math-metal merry melodies

Puppetry is no longer just for the Von Trapp children. In fact, Puppet Manualfesto asks that you leave the kids at home for their Summer Showcase, which promises to be some of the raunchiest hand-play since Avenue Q. The live stylings of the Found Object Puppet Improv troupe will be accompanied by house band Up Your Cherry as well as short film screenings between the different acts submitted after an open call. A puppet slam is, in essence, an “open-mic night for puppeteers,” says slam director Martina Plag, where


The big question with Major

are still here in force, and the band’s insatiable, epidemic positivity is, if anything, even more bullish this time out.

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—Patrick Rapa

(Sargent House), Fang Island’s follow-up to their self-titled 2010 breakthrough, is whether the Brooklyn-via-RISD euphoria-rockers can sustain that album’s gale-force exuberance, especially given that they’ve since slimmed down from five to three members (and from three to two guitars). And the answer is, pretty much, “Yes they can.” They’ve made a few concessions to conventionality — discernible lyrics, for one,

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weekend’s undercards. North Carolina’s Delta Rae does some rootsy, plastic-soulful stuff most of the time but occasionally builds up to something swinging, nearly Jackson 5-ish. The Lumineers make some pretty, old-soulful folk-rock; not bad for a bunch of rated rookies out of Denver. Don’t miss Jana Hunter’s latest spooky, moody new wave project Lower Dens, the strummy guitar rock of Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo or acoustic mischiefmaker Kaki King.





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amateurs have a chance to test the waters and experience different types of puppetry. This edition features adult-oriented and alternative subject matter. For open-mic fans sick of hearing college kids strum on acoustic guitars in the back of a café, this might just be the next big thing.

these unassuming dance-floor dukes before, you’re probably rolling your eyes ’cause of all that English ennui. If you’re at all familiar with the sneakypowerful London fivesome, however, you know their most wistful asides tend to be sandwiched between thick slices of boogie-your-ass-off

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✚ HOT CHIP bread. In Our Heads (Domino), a self-produced stab in a subtly softer direction, is more poppy and orchestral than 2010’s soaring-sideways One Life Stand. The new record may be heavier on the sweet stuff, but fully expect the advanc-




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Sat., July 21, 7 and 9 p.m., $12-$15, Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave., 215-429-9939,

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—Drew Lazor


—Jodi Bosin

“A church is not for praying,” coos funky-imp Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor on “How Do You Do?,” lodged in the craw of Hot Chip’s first album in more than two years. “It’s for celebrating the light that bleeds through the pain.” If you’ve never listened to

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✚ MOSCOW STATE JAZZ ORCHESTRA Igor Butman is no stranger to the corridors of power. Born in what was then Leningrad, the saxophonist provided the entertainment for a 2000 Kremlin state dinner hosted by Vladimir Putin for Bill Clinton, which the U.S. president repaid by naming Butman his “favorite living saxophone player.” Butman received official state sanction this year when his long-running big band was rechristened the Moscow State Jazz Orchestra. The ensemble is as deeply swinging as any of its Western counterparts, whether barreling through the leader’s own hard-charging originals or blazing classics by Sonny Stitt or Duke Ellington. They also bring a touch of native pride to the repertoire, most recently tackling a selection of Russian romances and a blustery arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade on their latest CD — alongside the perhaps inevitable and decidedly non-Muscovite “Caravan.” —Shaun Brady Tue., July 24, 7 and 9 p.m., $15, Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 215-5683131,

Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus, Damien Lemon slummed it in comedy clubs across the country. He still plays clubs, but now it’s with the swagger that only being on television can bring. When Lemon opened for Hannibal Buress at Connie’s Ric Rac last year, Philadelphia was given a glimpse of the schizoid humor that makes the Brooklyn native such a hit on the New York City comedy circuit. This time, the fast-rising comedian will be headlining his own show. —Michael Blancato Wed., July 25, 9 p.m., $10, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.,

[ theater ]

✚ KING JOHN It would be great enough if the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival staged King John simply because no one ever does, but they’re also making the overlooked historical drama their second “Extreme Shakespeare” production. Actors rehearse for just four days, without a director — as was typical in 1596 — and finding their own costumes and props and using the leftover set and lighting from The Tempest. It’s an opportunity for PSF veterans like Greg Wood, Susan Riley Stevens, Ian Bedford, Eric Hissom and Sally Mercer to work in a whole different way, and a thrill for audiences, as last year’s exhilarating Two Noble Kinsmen proved. —Mark Cofta Through Aug. 5, $10-$34, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Labuda Center, DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley, 610-282-9455,


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MAKING POUR CHOICES ³ KATIE LOEB HAS been making her mark on cocktail menus around town for quite some time now. As the current chief intoxicologist at Han Dynasty, she’s working on a roster of old-school tiki-inspired sips to complement Han’s menu of numbingly spicy dishes. But in between crafting cocktails for Han, Loeb has penned Shake, Stir, Pour (Quarry, July 1), a forward-thinking guide to mixing up some very inspired cocktails. Farm-to-table cooking is hardly a groundbreaking concept, but Loeb’s garden-to-bar style of cocktail craftsmanship is new to the home mixologist. It’s a whole-foods concept, one that incorporates fruit, herbs and spices into 50 cocktail recipes that will have you forever forgoing store-bought mixers. Like any spiral-bound worth its salt (or salted rim), Shake, Stir, Pour is infinitely usable, with intros on stocking your home bar, building your bar-tools box, selecting glassware and stocking up on kitchenbar staples. Loeb goes on to introduce a lineup of syrups — fresh, bright ones like rosemary, honeysuckle and hibiscus. She walks you through the sweet process of crafting bar basics, including pomegranate grenadine, citrusy cordials, almondy orgeat and spicy coffee falernum. Rounding out the roster of recipes is a chapter highlighting home infusions. For amateur infusers, Loeb likens vodka to the tofu of the spirits world: a blank slate just waiting to be met with all manner of aromatics, including some lovely caraway-infused aquavit. Once you’ve got the bar stocked, Shake, Stir, Pour is there not only to provide recipes, but to ease the home barkeep into the place where an intuitive knowledge of cocktail mixing exists. Fewer hardand-fast recipes and more understanding the flavors that blend organically is what sets Shake, Stir, Pour apart from other drinks books. There’s real femininity in Loeb's cocktails; breezy, easy-sipping drinks with a vibrancy that relies on freshness first with a boozy punch set back from the foreground. Made with black-currant-kaffir-lime grenadine, gin and dry vermouth, the Purple Haze is just this kind of drink. Being that it’s prime fruit and herb cocktail-mixing season, it’s worth a mention that many of the book’s recipes are preservable, either because they’re freezable, shelf stable or stowable in the fridge, making Loeb’s tart rhubarb daiquiris and blackberry shrubs a possibility even when the weather turns cool. (

SLOW BURN: Karai ramen is finished with pork belly, a soft-boiled egg and a drizzle of black-garlicyuzu-sesame sauce. NEAL SANTOS

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RAMEN REVEAL Dishing on the slurpables at Nom Nom. By Adam Erace

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here’s very little I can say about ramen that former City Paper food editor Drew Lazor has not already said. In “Times New Ramen,” the story he wrote for March’s Meal Ticket magazine, Drew examined our nascent noodle-soup scene — and the venom, vitriol and general whininess with which it had been met. Indeed, everybody loves ramen. But not as much as everyone loves to bitch about it. More on: So thank the ramen gods for Nom Nom in Rittenhouse, the unassuming Center City soup shop that’s been able to silence the whiners. Since March, Chinese-restaurant vet Alan Su has been brewing his proprietary tonkotsu, a pork broth as fatty and smooth as Biggie Smalls. Simmered more than 24 hours to coax the maximum flavor from the assorted bones and trim, Su’s tonkotsu is so rich with collagen you almost have to chew it. This liquid forms the base of Nom Nom’s four ramen options listed on a marker-board by the registers: shio (seasoned with

salt and white soy sauce), shoyu (seasoned with dark soy sauce), miso and karai (spicy) miso. I’ve had them all, and though I’m not the ramen scholar many of the complainers profess to be, I came away from each bowl very, very satisfied. Beneath tender tangles of custom-made, Hakata-style noodles, Su tops each soup more or less the same, with slabs of luscious, fatty chashu pork belly, spice-rubbed, roasted, confit-ed and braised; crunchy bamboo with a fermented bite; chopped scallions; fleshy kikurage “jelly ear” mushrooms; and a wheel of narutomaki, the scalloped-edged fish cake whose pink spiral represents the infamous whirlpools in Japan’s Naruto Strait. The shio gets fine pink threads of pickled ginger. The karai, my favorite, gets a dribble of Nom Nom Sauce, a bewitching house blend of black garlic sauce, yuzu, sesame oil and spices. All should be ordered with the optional soft-boiled egg, a soy-tanned sphere with a shiny, gooey, gold deposit of yolk that enriches the broth even further. MORE FOOD AND More than the ramen, though, the DRINK COVERAGE sleeper hit at Nom Nom is the pork buns, AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / two to an order and light as the parasols M E A LT I C K E T. and rice-paper lanterns that seem to float above the tables. Glazed and seared, Su’s chashu pork achieves a higher level of deliciousness, one reached between the folds of a steamed white bun dabbed with spicy mayo, hoisin and mangococonut dressing. There might not be much new I can say about ramen, but no one’s had the last word on pork buns yet. So here it is: Nom Nom’s, if not the best, are at least my favorite in town. Let the controversy begin. (

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³ THE WEEK IN EATS Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Thu., July 19, 5:30-8:30

p.m., pay as you go ³ Local businesses and several of our food-truck friends will be doling out $1 goodies during University City’s popular street festival. Brick-and-mortar establishments on Baltimore Avenue between 42nd and 50th streets will offer cheap bites and sips, such as spring rolls from Vientiane Café, baked goods from Mariposa Food Co-op and craft beers from Dock Street Brewery. Be on the lookout for Maru Global Takoyaki, Sweet Box, the Sunflower Truck Stop and Jimmies Cupcake Company. South Philly Pizza Olympics Thu., July 19, 6-9 p.m.,

Whatcha Eatin’?

Ideas in Food Workshop and Dinner Mon., July 23,

workshop 10 a.m.-4 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., $250-$355 ³ Husband-and-wife food-blogging team Alexander Talbot and Aki Kamozawa are taking over Rittenhouse Tavern for a whole day of creative eating exploits. The two have been experimenting with flavors for years, and have documented their findings on their blog, Ideas in Food. On Monday, they are spreading their know-how with a six-hour handson dish-development workshop for $250 per person, which will focus participants’ imaginative energies on unusual food creations, and includes a light lunch. In the evening, chef Nicholas Elmi of Rittenhouse Tavern will join the couple to bring you a seven-plus-course dinner for $105. What better way to end a day of cooking education than by enjoying a dinner that reflects the concepts and techniques learned? Rittenhouse Tavern, 251 S. 18th St., 215-7322412, (

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$10 ³ Find out whether your pizza-eating skills are up to scratch during South Philly’s fourth annual Pizza Olympics. Fifteen pizza joints will be vying for your love and an Olympic gold in pizza. Contestants include Aversa Bakery, Bertucci’s, Cacia’s Bakery, Chickie’s & Pete’s, J&J Pizza, Nomad Pizzeria, Paulie’s Pizza, Pizzeria Pesto, Powelton Pizza, Rustica, Santucci’s, SliCE, SouthView Pizza and Wise Fries. Taste to your heart’s content while enjoying entertainment by DJ Russ Ferrante and Eddie Tully. At the end of the night, you crown the pizza victor. Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-336-7404, for tickets,

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[ i love you, i hate you ] CHEAP BITCH


How dare you sit there and lie to my face...I know that you are a cheap bitch I know that you didn’t even think twice about buying me a birthday present you just are a fuck up and you know that I know you are a fuck up! I want you to stay away from me and just get yourself together with your life...I know that you barely have a life but you need to do something. Who gives a fuck that you sister is getting married and who cares that you are getting a small promotion. Nobody cares...I know I certainly don’t. Eat a dick or shut the fuck up!

Things aren’t the same without you being around...I can’t wait for the day for you to tell me that you wanna marry me...I look forward to the name change and I look forward to our family just being with you is the best thing that I could ever imagine and just talking and loving you is just the best thing in the world. I hope and pray that you and I can be together real soon.

LIQUORED BITCH You drunk ass bitch how dare you play the loud

that you can tell me what I had for dinner! Can you tell me when the last time I had sex? I hope that you are reading this and I hope that you know that I am going to hide from you being so fucking nosy! Please stay away from me!

RECIPROCATION Dear Me, WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING? I know you deserve better DON’T YOU? Why are you wasting time with someone who clearly has ulterior motives? If he really loved you would he treat you like that? I mean come on life has become a beautiful shade of grey thicker than

COINCIDENCE TO THE NAY SAYER How ironic is it that the post directly below Pants On Fire sounds like you however you were supposed to be in that jail in that moment. Not to mention the fact that I suspected you were running around with some hoodrat because you knew your bogus ass lie fell through. Sad thing it is to doubt every word no matter what sort of proof is given I still feel this burden of ‘probably more bull shit’ lagging away at my insides causing me to plaster on a smile and nod my head frivolously as though I believe. So what you confessed. It doesn’t matter. You never should have lied. It was probably a double date.I fucking hate this. You really fucked up hombre. Truly I think I wasnt outraged enough maybe I should have broke some shit for real and punched a hole in a wall. You know I was gonna be gone by the time you came back. honestly I kinda feel like I should have proceeded. It may have been an inconvenience to just start a new like that but I’m definitely about mine. You got me though.

TRYING TO HELP I keep calling you and you tell me that you want a new job. I am saying to myself...are you fucking crazy I try and try to help you but you continue to play games with me! I am honestly tired of the whole thing. Make up your mind either you are going to move on or you are gong to stay stuck in another world you need to get yourself together. I love the fact that you play games...I am definitely tired of that need to make me believe or convince yourself that I am trying to would make things alot easier on you and I!

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WANNA HAVE PRIDE I couldn’t believe what the fuck was going on with just sat there and pretended that you were going to take care of things...then you ended up pulling a fucking stunt and bailed out on me! I will never look at you again and look at things again the same. Because of you acting and thinking the way that you do...I just wanna punch you in the face and get my court date started and finished. Stay away from me and my family!


What is making me not slap the shit out of you...I am so fucking tired of the way that you do things... I see that things didn’t change with the way that you treat me...why do you think that you are suck a fuck up? You are a fuck up because you just don’t know how to do things correctly...get yourself togethor and make something else happen besides you being a total waste of skin! I hate you dumb ass!

Dear You, I’m not sure that I recognize you anymore. It’s like you’ve changed into a jerk who happens to also be the biggest self loathing narcisstic asshole I’ve ever met. You are always looking for ways to use and manipulate people. You’re kind with your speech only with strangers but you have such a misogynistic approach when it comes to the women in your life. Let you tell it they all were the ones with the issues so that’s why it didn’t work out. Yeah okay. can this get any worse? Is this the price to pay for wanting to do the right thing?

You a horny bitch aren’t think that I don’t know that you fucked my father...well bitch... I know everything...and I am not happy at all...all I need is your stupid ass to stay the fuck away from me and then everything will be fine! I don’t care if you dated someone else and you think that you are in aren’t in love that is only what you me a favor stay the fuck out of my way and how about going to get yourself checked...that is your best bet!

I am, in fact, allowed to walk on the bicycle / pedestrian path between Powelton Ave and N. 31st Street. Although I also enjoy bicycling, this path is not the exclusive domain of cyclists. After you yelled at me, I called the city’s bike planning department and checked. It is just like the Schuylkill path. So be courteous to others. And chill.





To the guy who felt the need to scream “hey, fucking stop at that light. bikers HAVE to stop at red lights.” at me while I was plainly stopped in the bike lane at a red light, I don’t quite see why you had to talk to me at all. I’m sorry you’ve “seen two cyclists die” because they didn’t stop. On the other hand, was clearly stopped and listening to you waste air while considering what you were attempting to teach me. so the next time I am observing traffic laws, wearing a helmet and the appropriate front and rear lights, I will think of how much you suck at picking cyclists to harangue. I hope you manage to reach somebody with your positive attitude and compassionate way with words. fuckbag.

and all but if death before that sounds like a better idea maybe you should let it go.

YOU FAKE BITCH music and being drunk laying on the fucking steps and playing the music. I hate you and I am going to throw some hot water on you if you keep sleeping on my fucking steps..I just can’t understand the fact that if you go somewhere and get drunk...why can’t you go home after you get is the deal you go to the fucking club...drink and then go the fuck home...if I catch you on my steps I will wet you....

LONLEY NEIGHBOR You sit in your window all fucking day and just look and be fucking nosy! Who do you think that you are...I know that I am tired of you looking and watching. It is honest retarded of you to honestly not have a life and just watch everyone else’s! I bet

weed smoke causing you to pray for a peaceful death. Now suicide is out of the question but if life is just at a point where it feels unlivable and you pray that you’ve been forgiven for all the bad shit you’ve done so just in case tomorrow is your lucky day. You’ve cried more in the last few months than you’ve done in a while and to my knowledge you should be happy. Regret shouldn’t even be around....but it is. Regret in a great big box wrapped in a bunch of I told you so’s and why didn’t you listen. Because you thought you were going for the gold huh? sike your mind honey! were you on shrooms when you agreed to that bright idea? Listen I love you more than you know and I don’t want you to get hurt anymore. I just want you to be happy. I know how bad you wanted a family

I can’t stand your make me sick...I really wanna snatch the fucking wig off of your head... the whole thing is disturbing and I am just fed up with it! Why don’t you go back to your own side of the town and tell them how much of a bitch that you are and how you can’t get yourself together the regular way you have to depend on someone else to get you together. You can kiss me where the sun doesn’t shine and then I can be happy with everything else that I have to encounter.

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Rondo-Pak Pharmaceutical Printing & Packaging has a job opening for an experienced Customer Service Rep. Position Summary This is a technical position with responsibility for job estimates & order entry & coordinates samples & qualification runs with the structural design & prepress departments. Works closely with production department to determine plant capabilities. This position also provides support to the marketing & sales team. Qualifications Minimum of 5 years customer service experience in the Pharmaceutical Printing & Packaging Industry.

Hyundai Rotem USA Corporation is looking to fill six (6) temporary full-time positions of Rail Car Repairers to test, commission and trouble-shoot Rail Car Systems such as Cab Controls, Doors, ATC/ACSES, Propulsions, Auxiliary Power Units, Low Voltage Power Supplies, PA Communications and Brake Systems. Must have working knowledge of RS232 and LON Network communications and be able to analyze rail car system failure and take measures to resolve the issues found. The employer guarantees to offer the worker employment for a total number of work hours equal to at least three-fourths of the workdays in each 12-week period. Nine (9) months of experience required. 40/hrs./week at $18.24/hr., no overtime. Starting date of 9/1/2012. Anticipated end date of 7/1/2013. Located at 2400 Weccacoe Ave, Philadelphia, PA. May apply at nearest State Workforce Agency (SWA) office. Call SWA at 215-557-2592 or Hyundai Rotem USA Corporation at 215-227-3836 for more information. SWA CareerLink Job Order # 907755.

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Attractive compensation and benefit package. Please apply to Human Resources Manager, 900 Madison Ave., Norristown, PA 19403 Call 610-666-6116 Deadline for submission July 25,2012


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A Green Bay, WI based OTR refrigerated carrier is accepting applications. Owner Operators pulling company trailers averaged $185,000 / year. Company Drivers averaged $67,670 / year & 1/3 of our drivers averaged over $70,400.00 plus excellent benefits -Must have a valid Class "A" CDL. -Must have 1 yr verifiable OTR work history. -Willing to stay out 10-14 days at a time. AMERICA’s SERVICE LINE CALL FOR APPLICATION/INFORMATION 800-996-6440 EXT. 204 OR 275 µ QUALITY µ INTEGRITY µ PARTNERSHIP Equal Oppurtunity Employer

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jobs Housekeeper needed, P/T, F/T 5 yrs exp, car, bkgd check, Overbrook,215-290-2100

BRAZILIAN FLOORING 3/4", beautiful, $2.75 sf (215) 365-5826 CABINETS SOLID MAPLE Brand new soft close/dovetail. Fits 10’x10’ kitchen. More cabinets if needed. Cost $6,400. Sell $1,595. 610-952-0033 Pinball machines, shuffle bowling alleys arcade video games 215.783.0823

ASHLEY Living rm & Dining rm set, lthr, sofa/loveseat. 267-650-2548 BD a Memory Foam Mattress/BoxsprIng Brand New Queen cost $1400, sell $299; King cost $1700 sell $399. 610-952-0033 BED: New Queen Pillow Top Set $150 . twin, full, king avail. Del avl 215-355-3878 Bedroom Set 5 pc. brand new $399 All sizes, Del. Avail. 215-355-3878

Lost Beagle Tucker is 31 lb, 11 year old, neutered male tricolor beagle Reward my son’s pet. Please help! 215-635-3417

Automotive Tools: Orig. Cost $40,000 Sacrafice $3499 Gd cond. 215-429-0465

2012 Hot Tub/Spa. Brand New! 6 person w/lounger, Cover. Factory warranty. Never installed! Beautiful. Cost $6,000. Ask $2,500. Will deliver. 610-952-0033

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8TH ST 2BR BI-LEVEL $1230+ HEAT INC. call after 1pm. Call 215-218-9174

15th & Snyder Studio Apt Must see! Sec 8 OK. Call 215-885-1700 22ND & WHARTON 1BR $650 New renov, washer/dryer 267-882-7752

1100 S 58th St. 1BR & 2BR Apts newly renov, lic #362013 215-744-9077 1900 S. 65th St. 2BR Apt Newly renov, Lic #400451, 215.744.9077 20xx S. Salford 1Br $500 renov, W/D hkup, Sec 8 OK 267.230.2600

13xx S. 58th 2BR $700 heat & water incl. 2 months 215-921-2769 1BR Apt Available $600/month $1800 move in, nwly renov,215-284-7944 1X N FARSON ST. 1br, Refrigerator, new paint/carpet, $535+. 267-645-9421

40xx Aspen St. 2br w/den $700 spacious, new hdwd flrs, 215-409-8383 49th & Baltimore Ave 1br $500+utils Newly renovated. 215-472-2526 49xx West Thompson St. 1BR/1BA $550 + utils. 2nd floor. Call 267-231-7980 5300 Chestnut St. 2br Section 8 ok. Call 267-237-3260 55xx Hunter lrg 2BR $650 3 months needed move-in. 215-275-0159 56th & Market 2BR $600 2 month security. Call 856-258-5237 56XX W GIRARD AVE 2BR, refrigerator, new paint/carpet $635. 267-645-9421 60xx Chestnut Studio 1br $650 util incl newly renovated, Call 267-549-3147 P arksid e A re a 2BR starting @ $900. Newly renov, new kit & bath, hdwd flrs, Section 8 OK. 267-324-3197 W. Phila 2, 3 & 4br apts Avail Now Move in Special! 215-386-4791 or 4792

59xx Nassau Rd 1BR $550/mo newly renov., 1st/last/sec 267-259-7930 Lansdowne Ave 1br $650+utils 1st floor duplex, $1950 to move in, convenient to trans. 267-239-7255

Various Studio, 1 & 2br Apts $650-$895 215.740.4900

Balwynne Park 2br $820+ 1st flr, w/d, garage, C/A. 610-649-3836 Balwynne Park 2BR $850+utils W/D, C/A, W/W. Call 484-351-8633

53xx Arlington St. 2 BR duplex $725 2 month sec, avail now. (610)476-6383 Brynmawr & Wynnefield small 1BR $675 heat incl., w/w carpets. Call 215.877.1097

35xx N. 19th St lrg efficiency $490 newly renovated, Call 215-422-2727

1 BR & 2 BR Apts $725-$835 spacious, great loc., upgraded, heat incl, PHA vouchers accepted 215-966-9371 2xx Abbottsford 2Br $695+ 1st/last/security. Call (215)455-1220 3xx Berkley $750 2xx Seymour $485 large or small units. Call 610-287-9857 5201 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1BR On site Lndry 215.744.9077 Lic# 311890 5321 Wayne Ave. Efficiency $550 1BR $625 Avail Now. 215-776-6277

53xx Wayne Ave 2BR $695+utils spacious, renovated, w/Dining room, 1 month sec, 1 month rent. 267-253-6532 607 E. Church Lane 1BR & 2BR nr LaSalle Univ,215.744.9077 lic# 494336 Church Lane Court-600 Church Lane Fieldview Apt-705 Church Lane Julien-5600 Ogontz/Eli Ct.1418 Conlyn Studio, 1bdr & 2bdr -From$450-$850 Move in specials-215-276-5600 Logan, Mt. Airy & Germantown: 1 & 2 BR Starting at $625, newly renov., beautiful apts, close to transp. Call 215-740-8049

67xx Blakemore St. 1BR $700 1st floor. Call 267-255-1895 8519 Temple Rd. 1BR Studio $555 Close to mall, bus 18 & H, Rt. 309, supermarkets, post office, etc. 215-908-2955 938 E. Vernon Rd. 2Br $775/month 1st floor, w/w carpet, A/C. (215)276-2251 Cedarbrook & Vernon Rd 2br $775+utils new wall/wall carpet, ceiling fans, garage, laundry facilities, Call (215)836-7471 Cliveden St. 1br/1ba $575+ gar disp., a/c, newly renovated, off street, no pets, w/w carpets, 215-782-8030 ex.2

Forrest Ave 1br $775-$875 new renov., Sec 8 ok, 302-598-1909 MT. AIRY 1BR $850 + in resotored mansion with fireplace, central air, W/D, off street parking, Call Al Jefferson, 215-849-4343

Sharpnack & Upsal 1br $700+utils Oversized Efficiency $450+utils. 1 mo. rent + security, avail 8/1. (610)348-7296

1414 W. 71st Ave 1BR $600 2BR $800 Utilities included. Close to transportation & shopping. Call 215-574-2111

2010 E. Orleans 1BR $500+utils 4277 Frankford 1BR $500+utils $1500 move in, 3rd floor. 215-559-9289

2217 E. Cumberland Studio Newly renov. 215-744-9077 lic# 356258 5xx Gilham 1Br $575+ utils Lawndale,2nd fl,credit chk 267-977-5639 64XX LEVICK & MARSDEN 2br $725+ 1br $600+utls, cred chk 215-869-2402 6812 Ditman St. 1 BR prkg,lndry fac.Lic# 212751. 215-744-9077 7947 Summerdale 3BR $900+water 2nd floor. Call (215) 620-6661 Academy & Grant 2BR $810+ 1st flr, renov, c/a,off st prkg856.346.0747k ACADEMY/KNIGHTS 2br $850 + utils 1st flr, garage, bsmt, air. 267-342-1993 Bustleton & Haldeman 2br Condo $925 prvt balcony w/garden view 215.943.0370

Morrell & Frankford 1BR $675+utils Rhawn & Frankford 2BR $725+utils 1st flr duplex, yard, private parking, special discount w/good credit. 215.493.2227

SW Phila: Large Room in private house, free parking, no pets, security, references, $165/wk, SHARE NOTHING, 215-724-4567 SW Philly move in special $300, utils incl,$110-$125/wk. 484-598-3414 West Oaklane Rooms from $75$125/week. Call (215) 820-9074 W. Phila rms, start @ $100/wk, also efficiency w/ kitch, start $125 215.760.5202

homes for rent

Glenolden 1br $650+utils close to train, bsmnt, (610)202-1366

Collegeville Beautiful 1BR 1BA Apt w/ garage AC,WD,WIC,MW,kitchen,carpet/ tile,3rd floor,$795 610-659-6511 Gary

RIVERTON 1br-2br apts $950-$1,000 some include heat, 1 block to Riverline & 2 blocks to Delaware River. 856-952-2333

20th & Allegheny: Furn. Luxury Rooms. Free utils, cable, A/C. Call 267-331-5382 2435 W. Jefferson St. Rooms: $375/mo, Move in fee: $563. Call 215-913-8659 28xx N. 25th St, Clean House, Spacious rms, kitchen, liv rm access, 215-740-9833 33xx 22nd St. 2nd floor, shared bath, private kitchen, $400/mo. 267.258.8478 38xx N. 15th: Lg furn rm, shared kit/ba, $105/wk, $300 sec, 267-809-7866 4508 N. Broad St. Rooms: $375/mo. Move in fee: $563. Call 215-913-8659 507 E. Walnut Lane: Rooms for rent, $125/wk, utils included. 215-760-0206 55th/Thompson furn lg room $125wk, priv ent, $200 sec 215-572- 8833

12xx S Bonsall St 3br $725 1st, last, sec., ready now 215-483-4344 16XX S Etting, 3br hse, refrig, n e w paint/crpt yd pch $750+ 267-645-9421 21xx Sigal 3br $750 15xx Napa 3br $775 Section 8 OK. 267-230-2600

2648 Wilder St. 3br/1ba $725+ utils Call Erik 215.744.5750 or 215.510.0034 31xx Dickinson 3BR $675 $2175 move in fee req. 267-249-6645

1625 S. 53rd St 4Br $950 newly painted, carpet. 267-242-5675

16XX S Conestoga, 3br hse, refrig, new paint/crpt yd pch $750+ 267-645-9421

1854 S. 65th St. 3br/1ba $785+ utils Call Erik 215.744.5750 or 215.510.0034

56xx Thomas Ave 3BR $925 W/D, finished basement, 267-600-9569

56xx Chew Ave., nr Lasalle Univ. & public transp., furnished rooms, $600/ mo., 1st, last, sec., utils incl (267)315-0003 56xx Warrington Ave,cln & quiet,no drugs, $225/bi-wkly, $450/mo 215-668-3591 5729 Chester Ave. 2 large rooms, $100/week, free utils (610)745-9280 59th St S., near El, cozy, furn, a/c, fridge, $90/wk, $90 sec, ref’s 215-472-8119 ALLEGHENY $90/wk. $270 sec dep Nr EL train, furn, quiet. 609-703-4266 Bensalem furn. rm, private entrance & bath, acre lot, dogs OK, 215-696-5832 Broad & Erie, share kit & bath $105 & up NO DRUGS 215.228.6078 or 215.229.0556 Broad & Wyoming, Broad & Hunting Pk, 60th & Market, fully furn., $200 sec., $85-$125/wk SSI/VA ok. 267-784-9284 E. Mt Airy, Room with private bath. $150/week utils included. 215-630-7639 Frankford, nice rm in apt, near bus & El, $300 sec, $90/wk & up. 215-526-1455 Germantown: 4xx East Walnut Lane. nice, new rooms. 267-978-9736 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890

6737 Dorel St. 3BR/1BA $875+ utils. Call Erik 215.744.5750 or 215.510.0034 SW: 61xx Wheeler Near 61st & Elmwood lrg 3br, eat in kitchen, fenced yard. Avail now. $800+ utils Best Rental! "The Landlord that Cares" Tasha 267.584.5964, Mark 610.764.9739

13xx N 50th St. 3br/1.5ba $775 newly renovated, Sec 8 ok. 848-525-9759 14xx Felton St 3BR off 62nd & Media. Sec 8 ok 215-848-5072 2Br & 3Br Houses Sec. 8 welcome beautifully renovated, (267)981-2718 35th and Hamilton 2br $565 + small den, near zoo, 215-701-7076 4xx N. Hobart St. 3BR/1BA $700/mo neat & clean, liv rm, din rm, lrg kitchen & laundry rm, Sec 8 OK. Call 302-764-0999 59xx Locust St. 3BR/1.5BA beautiful, renov., Sec 8 OK 215-609-5207 6xx N. 55th St. 3BR $850 renov, hdwd flrs, Sec 8OK 267-230-2600 Cobbs Creek 1BR $625 newly renovated. Call (610)348-6121

King of Prussia 2br/2.5ba TH $1350+ut 278 Stone Ridge Dr. nwly renov., full bsmnt., deck, all amens. 267-374-8574

1325 N. Robinson St 3br/1ba $825+ utils. Call Erik 215.744.5750 or 215.510.0034 64xx Callowhill lrg 3BR/1BA $950+ w/w crpt, porch, Sec 8 OK 610-649-9009

OVERBROOK FARMS 6BR/2.5BA $1800+ utils Great house, all amenities, W/D, D/W, garage, back deck & yard. Great for students or family. 610-659-0969 Overbrook Park 3BR $1,175 + utils bsmnt effic., W/D. Call 610-642-8809 Overbrook Park Spacious 2BR, $850 util. 2nd flr condo W/W carpet, Gas Heat, Off street parking Tile floor kitch w/mod appliances inc d/w Central Air, Washer and Dryer Available August 1. First, last and security deposit call 610-585-3294.

12xx Airdrie St. 3Br $750+utils 3 mo mvn. 215-228-6078/215-229-0556 Broad & Allegheny area 2BR $650 Small house. 215-479-9487

33xx N. Smedley 3br/1ba ready to move-in, sec 8 ok 215-680-1413

15xx Wingohocking 3 BR $850+ sec Sec 8 ok, 215-329-2863 or 215-229-2433

45xx N Mole St 3BR/1BA $725+ utils very nice, very clean, wont last, section 8 ok, Call now (215)651-7435

211 E. Haines St. 4BR $950 /mo. 1 mo. sec, 1 mo. rent. 267-496-5550

325 E. Cliveden St. 3br/1ba $1200+util Call Erik 215.744.5750 or 215.510.0034 4x W. Rockland St. 5BR $1225+utils Section 8 approved. Call 917-863-8624 Germantown & Duval 4br/1.5ba $1,000+ new renov, backyard, bsmnt 215.901.7420

30xx Rorer St large 3BR $800 remod home, 215-207-3488 for showing Aurora St. (Allegheny & Clearfield) 3br $735+utils, Close to schools, renovated, enclosed porch, back yard, new kitchen, carpet & tile. Call 201-321-0543

15xx Womrath St. 6br/2ba New Renovated. Sec. 8 ok 718-753-6090 19xx Briggs St 2BR $700 nice street, Sec 8 OK. Call 856.237.3244 39xx Arcadia 2br Row $700 Sec 8 ok, move in cond 856.237.3244 50XX Jackson, lge 3br hse, refrig, new paint/crpt yd bsmt $850+ 267-645-9421 Frankford 3br/2ba Sec 8 ok (215)322-6086

14xx Lardner 3Br/1Ba $900+utils clean, no credit check. 267-850-3824 42xx Teesdale St. 3BR/1.5BA $1,100 gar., fin. bsmnt., new carpet 215.704.4427 47xx Edmund St. 2BR Section 8 approved. Call 215-205-9910 54xx Valley St. 3BR $890 renov, hdwd flrs, garage. 267-230-2600 Lawncrest 3BR $875+utils 2 month security, garage. 267-287-3175 Mayfair/41XX Gilham St. 3BR/1BA House on a nice block. Newer carpets and hardwood floors, upgraded bathroom & kitchen. Semi-finished basement w/laundry hookups. Private parking. Close to schools and transportation. Available immediately. Call Alex 215-947-6446

Darby: XX N. 3rd St. 3br/1ba $930+utils security deposit required, gas heat, fresh paint, new carpets & floors 215-603-0688

automotive CLASSIC COUPE 1985 fire eng. red w/ removable glass top, full pwr, AC, 49K orig mi. matching #s, $8,950 215-922-6113

Ram 3500 Van 1999 $6,500 102K, good cond, seats 15. 267-312-5663 CIVIC EX coup 2007 $11,995/obo great cond., 79K. Call or text215.808.4479 ODYSSEY LX 2008 $14,000 25K mi, light blue, seats 8 (215)880-5551

LS 400 1997 $6000 20 inch chrome, fully loaded 610.517.4586

S550 2007 $60,000/obo 4matic with AMG, 3k miles, mint condition. 610-828-6608

Oceanview, NJ (Shore) 2006, 39 ft Park Model, 3 season rm. many extras, must see, $40k/obo. for pics (267)784-5933

FORD F-350 HD Turbo Diesel 4x4 2008 Dually, ONLY 61k miles, 215-757-1747 VOLVO 2006 Day Cab V12: 435 HP Volvo Eng., Mod. #VNL64T300. 10spd Eaton Trans, 166 inch W.B., Avg. 500k miles, $30k/obo Levittown, PA (515)266-6745

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

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

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

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low cost cars & trucks Buick Lesabre 1998 $2,200 Inspec., new radials, clean. 610-667-4829 Buick Rendevous 2002 $3,200 sunroof, leather, loaded. 215-840-4860 Dodge Spirit 1993 $1850 91k, insp., excellent, 610-667-4829 Ford Contour SE 2000 $1,650 4 door, V6, loaded, clean, 215-280-4825 Ford E250 Van 1996 $4,000/obo. V6, 187K mi., w/ 3 yr old 13HP carpet cleaning truck mount. 215-632-3837 Hyundai Elantra 2001 $3150 90K, Automatic, A/C. Call 215-840-4860 Lincoln TownCar 2000 $3,695 Cartier, sunroof, gorgeous. 610-524-8835 Mercury Grand Marquis 2001, 4Dr with formal roof, custom wheels, original mi, like new $4950 Call Mary 215-922-5342 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 2002 $2950 3.5 V6, leather, mnrf, CD. 267-592-0448 Nissan Pathfinder 1994 $2100/bo SE, V6, automatic, 4x4, 83k 610.825.3533 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 2003 $2875 V6, loaded, CD, wing, a/c, 267.592.0448


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100 E. 65th Ave. 2br $850+utils LR, EIK, 1 car garage, bsmnt, 610.324.9918 5846 N. Marvine 1br $600+utils renovated, close to trans (215)480-6460 5xx eleanor st $500 1BR BYARD, BMENT, XTRA ROOMS NEAR TRANS. AVAIL NOW $1500 TO MOVE IN. 267-338-6078 60XX Warnock 1 BR $595+ near Fernrock Train Station,215-276-8534 DO YOU HAVE A SECTION 8 VOUCHER? Apts in Germantown and Olney- SPECIALS 1bdr&2bdr- GAS, WATER, HEAT FREE! Quiet, New Renov, Safe Living Community Call to schedule appt- 215.276.5600 Front & Olney clean 2BR newly renov., must see! 267-254-8446 OLNEY AREA 2BR Sec 8 ok after, remolding, 267-939-6965.

41xx Paul Studio $450 includes heat BR, kitch, ba, $1350 move in 215.743.0503 45xx Frankford Ave. Studio $500 2nd floor. No pets. Call 215-289-2973 4630 Penn St 1br & 2br $500-$625 w/w, close to transp. 267-235-5952 4670 Griscom 1BR Newly renov, Lic #397063, 215.744.9077

707 N. 42nd St. 6 BR/2 BA Renovated, Sect. 8 ok, (718)679-7753

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Powelton Vlg renov. Studio 1 mo. free, $700+ util, im occ., 3 mo. adv., gd cr, neg. Non Smokers/No drug 215-222-6060

4741 N 12th St. 1br $575/mo. 2 mo sec, 1 mo rent. 267-496-5550

Darby 3br/1ba $950+utils prch,yd,close shop & transp 610.696.2022


9th/Spring Garden 1br $1100, 2br $1200 large, clean, hdwd flrs & crpt, A/C, fridge, w/d, security system, 610-304-0087

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Lansdowne Ave. room $450/mo utils inc., cable inc. N/S 484-469-0753 Logan $100/week, furn room, $300 sec. dep. no drugs. 215-313-9462 Logan/WP/NP private entry, furnished, $85-$115/wk. also effic’y. 609-526-5411 MOUNT AIRY Rooms available. Furn, Veterans welcome. 267-595-5792 Mt Airy, 61xx Chew Ave, Univ City, 2xx Melville, $85-$125/wk, 215-242-9124 NICETOWN Large Modern Furished Rooms Private entrance 215-324-1079 North Phila clean, quiet bldng, A/C proof of income, $135/wk. 267-702-7914 N Phila Furn, Priv Ent $75 & up . No drugs, SSI ok. available now 215.763.5565 N. Phila Rooms for rent $85-$100/week plus 1 month sec. Call 215-669-0912 N Phila Sr. citizen, single occ. $100 wk utils included. Call 267-385-5932 Olney and N Phila. $85 and up furn, kit privs, coin-op, crpt. 516-527-0186 Richmond room, use of kitch, nr transp. Seniors welcome/SSI ok 215-634-1139 SW: 50xx Woodland Ave. nice, newly renovated rooms for rent. 267-997-7444 SW,N, W Move-in Special! $90-$125/wk Clean furn. rooms. SSI ok. 215-220-8877 SW Phila 6529 Linmore: Rms, incl cable & a/c, use entire house, kitch, LR, DR, absolutely No drugs/alcohol (267)228-4538

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