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Police confiscate 23 illegal ATVs and dirt bikes in a raid in Kensington and North Philly. And suddenly it’s like when you’re at a party and the music stops and you’re like, “WHICH IS WHY I THINK IT’S OK TO PEE IN THE SHOWER” and everyone looks at you. Except it’s an entire neighborhood.

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Police in South Philly announce they will soon be cracking down on scofflaw bicyclists with citations and fines. “They’re the last remaining issue on Philly streets,” says police spokesman, “now that cabbies all use their turn signals, buses are no longer running red lights and everybody in South Philly has learned to park.”

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Barbra Streisand announces that she’ll launch what is likely her final concert tour in Philadelphia in October. Then she takes a face from the ancient gallery and walks on down the hall.


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This Saturday’s “Workers Stand for America” rally is expected to draw 30,000 union members to the Ben Franklin Parkway. Meaning up to a dozen construction projects will be stalled at that time. A man with a mohawk, earlobe spacers and Flyers gear steals an $8,500 diamond ring from a jewelry store in the Neshaminy Mall. So if you hear about a proposal during the Cro-Mags show this weekend, well, there’s your suspect.


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A survey using data from MySpace ranks Philly’s music scene 45th in the country in terms of richness and diversity. Meanwhile, on Friendster, crunking is enjoying a seven-year hot streak.

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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE NRA? Our politicians may be overestimating the firepower of the gun lobby. By Daniel Denvir


n March 12, teenage cousins riding ATVs through the streets of North Philadelphia died when a man opened fire with an AK-47. So far this year, 174 Philadelphians have been killed by a firearm. There have been 808 shootings altogether. The steady beat of African-American and Latino street-corner homicides in cities like Philadelphia is not infrequently punctuated by mass killings in typically whiter and more suburban locales — most recently, the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin that left six dead, and the Aurora, Colo., screening of The Dark Knight Rises where a man opened fire, killing 12 and wounding 58. Philadelphia has the equivalent of one Aurora every two weeks. Yet there has been no serious move to strengthen background checks to ensure that people with mental-health problems cannot purchase a firearm, to bar mail-order ammunition sales, or to prohibit high-capacity magazines and assault weapons. American elected officials are paralyzed by the same fear of the National Rifle Association (NRA) that has long stalked politics in Pennsylvania, where legislators consistently block measures aimed at stopping “straw purchasers” by limiting handgun purchases to one per month and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons.

Philadelphia’s own gun-control efforts have been hamstrung by NRApowered resistance from Harrisburg, meaning the lobby is effectively writing the law on firearms in the city and state. It seems our state legislators are afraid of the NRA. But should they be? “They’re probably just about the most successful group that we have in Pennsylvania historically that can organize and defeat people,” says Alan Krug, NRA state lobbyist in the ’80s and ’90s. The lobby is credited for decades of political victories, from former Philly mayor and Sen. Joseph S. Clark’s 1968 re-election loss to Rick Santorum’s 1994 surprise defeat of Democratic Sen. Harris Wofford. There are reportedly about 400,000 NRA members in Pennsylvania, and the state last year issued 933,208 hunting licenses. But NRA power may be as much about perception as actual strength. “It’s wrong to say that Pennsylvania is opposed to gun control. I’m Exhibit A,” says former Gov. Ed Rendell, who defeated NRA-backed candidate (and current U.S. senator) Bob Casey Jr. in the 2002 Democratic primary and pro-gun Republican Mike Fisher in the general election; he defeated NRAendorsed Republican Lynn Swann in his 2006 re-election campaign. Pennsylvanians are almost evenly divided on whether it is more important “to protect the right of Americans to own guns or to control gun ownership,” according to an April 2011 Quinnipiac poll. But gun control wins on many concrete policies: A 2007 poll found 96 percent of Pennsylvanians in key swing districts support requiring owners to report lost or stolen firearms, while 70 percent support

“They can organize and defeat people.”

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✚ STREET FIGHTERS There’s historic preservation, and there are private interests. And at the intersection of these two lies Irving Street. The brief, deadend “stub” of a street comprises a quiet patch of cobblestones that — when you add up all the legal fees accrued over the past year — must be one of the more expensive scraps of land in Philadelphia.A settlement conference (expected on all sides to be futile) that was scheduled for Wednesday was the latest twist in a protracted dispute over whether to privatize this streetlet, part of a knot of narrow historic cartways between 11th and 12th streets south of Locust. Since the dead end isn’t on the city plan — and the city, therefore, has refused to maintain it — the two couples whose houses border it want to take ownership. The city is all for it, they say. Against it are neighbors Cliff and Lynn Landes, whose property backs onto an alley accessed via the Irving stub — or dead end, rather. “We get all offended when somebody calls it a stub,” Cliff Landes admits. To him, it’s a pathway into the past — one the city should take responsibility for. “The Streets Department does not want it. They are literally fighting us to keep it off the city plan.” Streets spokeswoman June Cantor said she couldn’t comment. What is clear is many of the streets here are in poor condition, heaving and patched, dangerous places for high heels and bicycle tires. Richard DeMarco, lawyer for the neighbors, Cheryl and Victor Navarro, Julie Seda-Bigas and Modesto Bigas Valedon, says his clients filed for quiet title — to suppress any other claims on the property — simply for the right to repair the street. “The city has probably thousands of these situations,” says DeMarco. “There’s a lot of no-man’s land out there.”

The Landeses intervened with their own complaint to bring the city into the proceedings, saying the street has been in public use for 200 years. They also sued the two couples for putting planters out in the street — “corrupting” the public right of way, as their lawyer, John Carnes Jr. says — even if the planters are covering some pretty severe bumps. Carnes says private ownership could destroy a unique piece of history.“It’s a very serious matter, and I would think the city would appreciate the historical qualities and want to preserve them.” — Samantha Melamed

✚ GROWING OUTRAGE For the past 60 years or more, residents of Cheltenham’s La Mott neighborhood have been tending to their plots within the 1.8-acre La Mott Community Garden. For the past three years, though, the garden has been the source of not only a substantial harvest, but also growing frustration with Temple University. That’s because Temple owns the land — having picked up the deed for $1 back in 1933 — and now wants to sell it off for development. Last weekend, the gardeners and supporters gathered at the African American Museum to view the premiere of Sacred Soil, a documentary — and advocacy piece — on their conundrum. The filmmaker, Stephen McWilliams, has been following the 65 gardeners’ attempts to win the property, alternately by donation, sale or conservation easement. The film centers on gardener-activist Diane Williams, a solid choice for protagonist. After all, Williams is the type of person who can put a positive spin on anything — even Temple’s unyielding denials, which she views as “progress” toward an eventual victory. “We really do feel as though we’ll get the garden; it’s only a matter of time. It will take time, though!” >>> continued on page 10


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CITY COUNSEL ³ BESIDES PERHAPS THE occasional exposed breast, the most notable feature of Lady Justice is the scales she holds, representing the eternal need for balance and fairness in the pursuit of the concept for which the figure is named. The scales, for that reason, are usually depicted as hanging evenly: They can be tipped only by the weight of evidence, of truth itself. But here in Philly, those scales have been tipping askew for years. The Defender Association of Philadelphia, which represents defendants who cannot afford an attorney, hasn’t gotten a raise in city contracts since 2007, the entirety of the Nutter administration. Courtrooms, Chief Defender Ellen T. Greenlee says, are more than 20 lawyers short. Experienced defenders earn, according to a June report by the Inquirer, up to 20 percent less than their counterparts at the District Attorney’s Office. The result, several defenders tell us, is low morale and a steady exodus for better-paying gigs. So the defenders are fighting back. They’ve boycotted a handful of courtrooms in the Criminal Justice Center, forcing the city to hire (more expensive) private lawyers to represent indigent clients. The city’s offered the usual excuse: that it’s broke. The Defender Association estimates that $4 million would bring them more or less into “parity” with the DA’s office. One option the city might take is to lowball the defenders — to offer enough money to restore staff positions, but not enough to match salaries in the DA’s office. But that’s still kicking the can down the road: Without incentives for sticking around, the defenders’ ranks will quietly wither. Meanwhile, it’s not clear yet how much the private attorneys have cost the city so far, but the Inquirer estimated that costs might be as much as 20 times the normal bill. But the standoff is costing more than just dollars. Several lawyers — both public defenders and private attorneys — have contacted CP with stories of sloppy and borderline-improper representation by (some of) the private hires, who get a (low) fixed fee for cases and have very different institutional motives than public defenders. The stories range from lawyers failing to convey plea offers to clients to lawyers advising clients to take pleas on the fly, in front of the entire courtroom, to attorneys just not giving a crap what happens. “They have a paying client on [another] floor,” as one defender put it. “And that person is taking precedence.” The scales, in other words, may be tipping even further. And, like it or not, it’s the mayor’s job to right them. ✚ Send feedback to

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restricting handgun purchases to one a month. Gun laws, however, continue to weaken. In 2011, Gov. Tom Corbett signed the so-called Stand Your Ground Law, which dictated that gun owners did not have a duty to retreat from a violent threat outside their home. Florida’s version of the law initially protected George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. Rendell, who unsuccessfully pushed for numerous gun-control measures, had vetoed a similar proposal in 2010. The NRA is now pushing legislation allowing groups (like the NRA) to sue over city gun laws requiring people to report lost or stolen guns, and forcing cities to pay out penalties to groups (like the NRA) challenging the law. In April 2008, the NRA called on then-District Attorney Lynne Abraham to arrest Mayor Michael Nutter for “official oppression” after the city quixotically (and perhaps in violation of state law) passed its own gun laws. “I’ll advise every resident of Philadelphia,” NRA lawyer C. Scott Shields said at the time, “to go out and buy their guns now.” In 1998, NRA members gathered for their annual convention at the Philadelphia Marriott and elected actor Charlton Heston their president. Hundreds marched in protest, some holding the photos of gun-violence victims from Philadelphia. Yet federal gun control had momentum during the 1990s: In 1994, after Gov. Bob Casey Sr. failed to pass a state-level prohibition on assault weapons, President Bill Clinton signed a federal ban. He also signed the Brady Bill, requiring background checks for some gun purchases. An NRA endorsement was perceived to be a liability by many of the “soccer moms” who fueled the Million Mom March in 2000. But since 2000, Washington Democrats — blaming their historic 1994 loss of the U.S. House and later, Al Gore’s presidential defeat on gun control — have largely joined Pennsylvania in abandoning the debate. The federal assault-weapons ban expired with a whimper in 2004, and in June 2008, the Supreme Court for the first time ever determined that the Second Amendment established an individual right to bear arms. In the wake of the Aurora shooting, President Barack Obama offered only tepid criticism of assault weapons. The NRA has nevertheless made defeating Obama a top priority. NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said that Obama’s lack of support for gun control was really just a “conspiracy to ensure re-election by lulling gun owners to sleep.” The majority support for gun control has narrowed, and support for an assault-weapons ban has dropped to below 50 percent since 2000. “I think most of this is less about the NRA’s power and more about the vacuum on the other side,” says Donna Cooper, state secretary of policy and planning under Rendell and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington. Yet, most Americans, including NRA members, still support measures opposed by the NRA.A July survey by Republican pollster Frank Luntz showed strong majorities of NRA members supporting

criminal background checks for gun-buyers and the reporting of lost or stolen guns. As well, Pennsylvania gun politics — beginning with Clark’s much-mythologized 1968 defeat — appear more complicated upon closer inspection. Wofford’s 1994 loss to Santorum, part of a larger Republican wave, came after a contentious first Clinton term: the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the failure of “Hillarycare,” the North American Free Trade Agreement. Gun control played just one part. Similarly, the 2010 wave of conservative victories can’t easily be tied to pro-gun advocacy, despite claims to the contrary by the Western Pennsylvania-based Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC). Former Rep. David Levdansky (D-Allegheny), who’s running to reclaim the seat he lost

Conservative wins can’t be tied to gun advocacy. two years ago, tells CP his defeat had to do with big ad spending by the wealthy Republican State Leadership Committee — not any FOAC or NRA advocacy. Nationally, it was the same story in 2010, as Obamacare and the deficit (not guns) drove the debate. That year, the NRA spent $1.5 million to support Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey against Democrat Joe Sestak in a race for the U.S. Senate, according to Think Progress. Toomey won a slim victory, but the NRA — in its largest independent expenditure ever — contributed just 3 percent of the money spent in the race. The Los Angeles Times recently reported that the NRA spent $51.6 million on salaries and benefits in 2010 and less than $10 million on federal races. The super PACs and wealthy donors now flooding the presidential race with contributions make NRA expenditures seem all the less significant. (

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“When you look at how green it is in here, the life in here, it’s just amazing.” Fortunately, Williams and her fellow gardeners are used to adversity.“The most amazing thing

about this entire garden effort is we have no running water. People bring the water from home, in

jugs. … When you look at how green it is in here, the — S.M. life in here, it’s just amazing.”

The city’s lawyers called to tell us they disagree. Craig Straw, of the Civil Rights Unit at the Law Department, said the verdict showed that the conditions were, in fact, constitutional, since they were found to be rationally related to a legitimate governmental purpose. “We consider this a clear victory,”

he said. “It places the future


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How can something be both true and false at the same time? The answer, it seems, is: When you’ve consulted two different lawyers. CP found this out in our coverage of a prison-overcrowding case, Marcellous Minnick v. City of Philadelphia, which is notable for being the first of some 500

Su Ming Yeh, an attorney with the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, says the confusion is somewhat understandable. “I

consolidated civil suits filed by prisoners.

We reported last week that the jury found the conditions of confinement to which Minnick was subjected (namely, being the third man in a two-person cell) to be “punishment.” Minnick’s lawyer, Gerald Williams, told CP that this was unconstitutional, given that Minnick was a pre-trial detainee at the time. Prisons, he noted, are not supposed to

a moral victory in that the verdict affirmed that what he experienced was punishment. However, the City of Philadelphia had a victory in that it was found to be related to a legitimate governmental purpose. And, at the end of the day, the city was not

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THE CRIME THAT PAYS How predatory bosses steal and get away with it. BY JAKE BLUMGART I L L U S T R A T I O N B Y E VA N M . L O P E Z

tealing hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of dollars is, generally speaking, a risky proposition. Take it from a wallet, or a private house, or a bank — and get caught — and chances are good that criminal prosecution awaits. There’s an exception to this rule though, a loophole that’s especially gaping in Philadelphia: Steal from your employees, do it openly and flagrantly, and your worst-case scenario is generally just a civil lawsuit. Best-case — and most likely — scenario: You get away scot-free. Wage theft, the unglamorous name for a shockingly common crime, can be anything from failing to pay promised wages to denying overtime, paying below minimum wage or requiring work off the clock. Some particularly audacious bosses don’t pay their employees at all, but wage theft is usually a slow bleed. It especially targets the most vulnerable workers, including undocumented immigrants and unskilled or low-skilled workers who are desperate to hang onto any job in a tough market. The lack of either strong anti-wage-theft legislation or sufficient local or state resources dedicated to the issue has, some argue, made Philly a haven for predatory bosses looking to save on payroll. Eduardo, an undocumented Mexican immigrant in South Philadelphia and a skilled carpenter, says he’s living proof. He’s been working here for seven years — but the recession, he says, was when things got bad. In 2010, he was nearly finished with a bathroom-remodeling job when his employer fired him and refused to pay the rest of his wages. “I knew of other friends of mine, other immigrants, who had been threatened with the police or immigration when they tried to complain about pay,” says Eduardo, 29. (He asked that City Paper not use his real name due to his undocumented status.) “So I was a little bit afraid, and I didn’t know what to do. I let that go.” Luckily, he soon found a good gig with another construction company, and even brought on an apprentice, another immigrant we’ll call Hugo. They worked as a team until, in late 2011, new owners took over the company. Their business model was awfully familiar. The construction company began to dramatically underpay both men, claiming a lack of cash flow. Some co-workers were fired, and never paid. The employer changed his phone number to avoid their calls. Finally, the owner stopped paying Eduardo, too, and stopped answering his phone calls. Eduardo took his case to Community Legal Services (CLS), which is helping him prepare a case against his employer. But getting his former co-workers, including his protégée, Hugo, to join the case has been challenging, given their fears of retaliation. Hugo doesn’t have much reason for optimism. “I didn’t complain at that time; I just kept working, and didn’t really know what to do about it,” he says. He has friends in other lines of work who’ve had the same experience. “It’s a widespread problem that happens to a lot of people.” It’s a growing problem, if the number of lawsuits is any indication. An analysis by CNNMoney recently found that, nationwide, federal collective-action lawsuits alleging wage and hour violations have increased by 400 percent since 2000. (The accused range from perennial targets of outrage like Walmart to companies like IBM and Bank of America.) This increase doesn’t include lawsuits settled in lower courts, individual wage-theft suits or claims settled by other means. Of course, the vast majority of cases go unreported. While there’s been no quantitative research on wage theft specific to Philly, we can extrapolate from a 2009 National Employment Law Project study of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago: There, 68 percent of low-wage workers interviewed had experienced wage and hour violations in the previous week, amounting to about 15 percent of their pay. Tom, 24, a college graduate who lives in North Philadelphia, says it happened

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to him, back when he used to work at a “pretty popular coffee shop in Northern Liberties,” where his boss never paid overtime, even when he worked for two weeks without a day off. (Tom requested his real name not be used because he feared harassment from his ex-employer.) The boss promised to pay extra hours in a separate check, but never did. The same went for the rest of the staff. When one worker quit, he never got paid for his last two weeks. No one reported the owner. The lack of reporting is due to “a toxic brew of circumstances,” says Tim Judson, senior policy specialist at the Progressive States Network. “Fears of retaliation, weak laws … unresponsive enforcement agencies with too little capacity, people not knowing their rights.” In a recent report, he gave Pennsylvania an “F” grade for its wagetheft policies. Theft is especially rampant in the low-income service sector — which also happens to be where the jobs are. Philly lost 8,700 jobs in the last year, but the “leisure and hospitality” sector expanded, adding 2,000 jobs, the most of any employment sector by a long shot. One 26-year-old waitress told CP she spent two years working at a restaurant where she was forced to pay a portion of her tips to an assistant manager, meaning she and other waitstaff often took home less than minimum wage. When she complained about these practices to a colleague, she was told that if she tried to act she would get the kitchen staff in trouble because their immigration status was in question. “I’m not sure when I’m going to be an outspoken advocate on these issues,” she told CP, “just because I don’t know when I’m going to need a job again.” In one of the city’s better-known sports bars, for example, the 20- to 25-strong waitstaff (every one a citizen) is required to pool some of their tips for the bartenders. That’s a standard industry practice. What happens next is hopefully less standard: Around two-thirds of the tip pool vanishes. “The consensus is that it’s pocket money for the owners,” says Joseph, 29, a waiter who asked that his real name not be used for fear of retaliatory firing. “A lot of people rationalize it by saying, ‘Well, I still make money.’ But the employees are paying the owner! There are not a lot of options for someone in that position, if they want to keep their job.” Part of the problem is that, while Philadelphia is still a union town, it lacks the type of non-union worker organizations that have sprung up in other cities across the country. Workers’ centers — which work with the Department of Labor to expose abuses and even lead direct actions against criminal employers — are relatively common in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago (which is home to eight such organizations). “In larger cities, if we wanted to do some research there would be a central location where we can go, but in Philadelphia we need to think differently,” says Lenore Uddyback-Fortson, spokeswoman at the Department of Labor’s regional office.“In Philadelphia …[there is] Community Legal Services, but there seem to be more of

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these kind of organizations in New York and New Jersey.” In fact, CLS is one of the only organizations in the city actively combating wage theft. Their caseload provides an idea of the problem’s scope. CLS reports handling more than 100 wage-theft cases a year since 2003, with a huge increase from 2002 through 2008. Since 2009 the number of cases has been falling as residential construction jobs have declined — and, says CLS lawyer Michael Hollander, as the slack labor market has made workers even more afraid to take action. One CLS client used to bring pay stubs to the organization every two weeks, in the hope of eventually holding a thieving employer liable. But, in an economy like this, barely making rent is better than not making rent at all. “It’s a big risk to complain,” Hollander says. “What happens to people, [such as retaliatory firings], those stories spread. It’s really hard for people to come forward and make these complaints unless they are already out the door. People who have already been fired come to us. There just has to be a better, more innovative way to enforce this systemically.” In recent years, the federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division claims to have adopted just such an approach, by working with labor and community groups to track down abuses. In 2010, the Department of Labor cracked down on Pennsylvania motel owners, recovering $366,000 for 900 workers. The regional office followed that with an effort that found an additional $198,542 in wages owed to 72 employees. “The [Wage and Hour Division] will never have the resources to address every complaint it receives, let alone investigate every employer who may not be complying with the law,” says Department of Labor spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins. “For these reasons, the Wage and Hour Division is putting more of its resources into … a focus on industries with a prevalence of low-wage and vulnerable workers, strategically targeting industries when available data and evidence tell us that there are significant levels of noncompliance.” Since July 2010, the regional office has won back $226,255 for 627 Philadelphia workers. But it’s unclear how often the department’s new strategic focus has been applied to Philadelphia, outside the motel industry. Labor’s White Tablecloth Initiative, focusing on abuses in highend restaurants, hasn’t yet reached the city. Nor can the Pennsylvania Department

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The state’s seven inspectors in Philly received 445 complaints in the last year . of Labor & Industry (DLI) offer much help. It employs seven inspectors in Philadelphia; in the last year, the department received 445 complaints from Philly, and returned $272,278. But they don’t have enough staff to adequately pursue every claim. Moreover, they don’t have the authority to adjudicate claims or the resources — if an agreement can’t be reached — to take an employer to court. DLI has no systemic programs for dealing with wage theft. There are no educational campaigns or investigative task forces, no focus on troubled industries. “The bureau is complaint-driven, and follows up after a claim is filed,” says DLI press secretary Sara Goulet.This is particularly problematic for those who work off the books. “Although DLI has the ability to go after business that pay people under the table and fail to keep pay records, our experience is that they rarely do,” Hollander says. “We have been told by investigators with DLI that when an employer lacks records for an employee, and that employee complains of wage theft, DLI generally chooses to not pursue the case.” Employers, of course, are required to keep these records — a regulation that the DLI is supposed to enforce, too. But if they don’t, the wage-theft claimant is likely out of luck. The exceedingly limited aid the city offers victims of wage theft is encumbered by similar issues. Lance Haver, director of consumer affairs for Philadelphia, is the beginning and end of the city’s wage-theft response. (“There is a state agency that is supposed to regulate this, but it often does not,” he notes.) Haver says he can’t help those who work under the table, but often puts in calls to employers if a seemingly legitimate complaint is made. Although he has no enforcement authority, “often just the fact that the city is involved is enough to get them the money they are owed.” If that fails, Hayer suggests workers contact DLI or hire a lawyer. “I don’t have the resources to do anything other than advocate for the rights of the individual,” Haver says. “I don’t have the ability for a systemic solution.” There are several private lawyers in the city who take wage-theft cases, but they usually take only very large individual cases or larger groups of workers from a single workplace to maximize the claims. In the past, unionization was a strong option for workers who wanted to defend against employer abuses. During the 1950s, within the now theft-wracked restaurant industry, 25 percent of America’s waitresses were unionized. Today, just 1.5 percent of food-service workers are organized. There are few remaining unionized independent restaurants in greater Philadelphia: the stadium-adjacent McFadden’s, Hymie’s Deli in Lower Merion and the Pen and Pencil Club, for example. Now, organizers tend to focus their efforts on the industry’s biggest employers, like food-services provider Aramark. Nontraditional worker organizations provide an alternative to unions, but in Philadelphia there are only two options: the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania

and the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), which is barely a year old. Fabricio Rodriguez, lead coordinator of the Philly chapter of ROC, says it now has 300 members, who each pay $5 a month in dues. But ROC is not a union and does not bargain. Instead, it tries to reform the industry, and runs classes in table service and English as a second language. Rodriguez is planning to start a health-care maintenance cooperative within the year, to ensure members access to preventive care. Last year, ROC worked with Councilman James Kenney to formulate and pass a law banning restaurants from deducting funds from credit-card tips to pay processing fees. But Rodriguez says he knows of no other legislative proposals related to wage theft, though Councilwoman Maria QuiñonesSánchez “regularly asks us how wages are being stolen.” Harrisburg’s current political composition makes a successful statewide bill unlikely. But in Philadelphia, the lack of legislative action seems like a gross oversight in a city with a poverty rate of 25 percent and a revenue stream to match. The fact is, legislative models do exist. In recent years, Seattle and Miami passed antiwage-theft ordinances, while Madison, the District of Columbia and San Francisco have bulked up enforcement. The wage-theft law passed in Florida’s Miami-Dade County in 2010 is one of the nation’s most compelling. It allows workers to contact the Department of Small Business Development with wage-theft complaints, and requires employers to answer those complaints with documentation. If the case cannot be settled, it goes to an administrative hearing. If the employer is found guilty, he or she must pay back the original wages and damages worth twice the original amount to the employee and administrative costs to the county. The Miami-Dade ordinance’s annual budget is a mere $75,000, but the county has already reclaimed more than $1 million for workers, with almost $2 million in additional claims pending. A project with a similar budget in Philadelphia could pay for itself many times over in reclaimed wage-tax revenues. Wage theft is already illegal. Such a law would ensure that it pays for criminally inclined employers to remember that. (

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³ PHILLY’S ADAM WEINER became the toast

of Rolling Stone magazine (and therefore over-40 Caucasians everywhere) when his raw, rockabillyingLow Cut Connie played Manhattan and dropped Get Out the Lotion in 2011. Several RS crits loved the show and album, and before long, the Village Voice jumped aboard. They’re greasy and hip, and those in the know knew about Weiner’s oil-slick soul since he called himself Ladyfingers and tickled our fancies with songs that were equal doses Burt Bacharach and Bo Diddley. Now Weiner’s gearing up for the September release of Low Cut Connie’s strong new Call Me Sylvia by dropping copies on a few peeps he loves (namely me) and prepping for a national tour by hitting up North Star Aug. 10 with Wussy. “Many of the critics who dug our last one are waiting in anticipation for our newest slice of scuzzbucket boogie, but we’re going to give them something so much more,” says Weiner, who claims that the album’s title captures the epic quality of rock ’n’ roll at its most primal, “the androgynous and the ridiculous and the strangely innocent and pure nature of our sound. Or it could just be a reference to a Craigslist date gone horribly wrong.” How wrong, exactly? Get yourself to the North Star and see. ³ Yo, the Blue Bell Inn in Montgomery County was sold. I ate there when I was still in my tricornered-hat-and-epaulet phase. (That means the ’80s.) Seriously, though, the BBI has been the toast of Skippack since the 18th century. Chef/owner John Lamprecht held it after WWII ended, and the new owner, developer Bruce Goodman (Goodman Properties), is rumored to be keeping the Bell ringing. Huzzah. ³ Poker-playing comedian Danny Ozark has been luring fellow comics, local and national, to his Laugh Away Thursdays at South Street’s Laff House for three years running. Good times were had by those on stage and the guys behind the promotion, Ozark and Damon D. After Aug. 9, however, it’s all over for the pair. Nothing harsh or horrible, just voodoo economics. Besides, these cats are working comics, so you’re still going to see them around town. That said, hit up Laff House tonight, give those guys your ten-spot and pay your respects. On a lighter note, Philly comic John Kensil joke-tweeted that he’ll be taking over Thursdays at Laff House with a sock-puppet show. Jerrrrrkoff. ³ Can’t say that I recall Local 44’s food since I’m usually too drunky-drunk to chew while seated and sipping there. But the high-ceilinged West Philly student-saloon is getting an executive chef familiar to those of us who love the food fare at Stateside and the Corner:Justin Bennett, come on down. ³Tune into the Icepack Illustrated showcase showdown every Thursday at citypaper. net/critical mass. (

AI DO DECLARE: Director Alison Klayman interviews Chinese artist Ai Weiwei for her first documentary, which began as a film about his artwork before progressing into one that followed the activities of a ballsy political activist. LINNJE

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ON THE WEIWEI A local-bred director chronicles one of China’s most irreverent artists. By Shaun Brady


nder modern China’s repressive and censorious regime, countless dissatisfied citizens are utterly voiceless. Ai Weiwei is not one of them. “This was not a story that was going undocumented,” admits Alison Klayman, who followed Ai for more than two eventful years for her new documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. “Journalists were around all the time and he was engaged with a whole world of people who were putting all of this online. So I didn’t see my role as giving voice to someone who didn’t have a voice. This is a movie about a guy who has a very loud voice and who uses it very effectively.” Never Sorry traces a critical period in Ai’s recent trajectory, as he leverages his international fame as the designer of the Beijing Olympics’ famed “Bird’s Nest” stadium to become an outspoken dissident for social justice. Initially interested in Ai as an artist, Klayman found herself increasingly documenting the activities of an activist. “That was one of my driving questions in undertaking this project,” she says. “Where does that line fall for him between art and activism? I think people were really quick to talk about him as a political artist and to apply the label ‘dissident’ at a time when I think it was too early. Now I would say ‘dissident’ is a fairly appropriate term for someone who was detained for 81 days by his gov-

ernment and is under various spurious investigations. But I never once saw him engage with a topic and say, ‘Let me take off my artist hat for a second and approach this from my political-activist side.’ He always self-identified as an artist.” Raised in Wynnewood, Klayman discovered the conjunction of art and activism while attending Jewish day camps in the Philly suburbs. “I put together performance groups to go around to area nursing homes,” she recalls. “I also went to the Nelly Berman School of Music and had a lot of incredible teachers who had left Soviet Russia, so the idea of art and culture and social justice all coming together was always part of my background.” Intending to pursue journalism after graduating from Brown University in 2006, Klayman followed a friend to China for what was meant to be a five-month visit, which turned into a four-year stay. She met Ai when she was asked to make a short film to accompany an exhibit of his photographs from the decade he’d spent living in New York City. “He was so fascinating and charismatic that I wanted to know more,” she says. “I felt like it would be a good movie no matter what ended up happening, even if he just showed some artworks and talked about his creative process as he made noodles. It wasn’t like I was filming him waiting for the day when something bad would happen, even though maybe you could have anticipated that.” (

Under spurious investigations.

✚ Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry opens Fri., Aug. 10, at Ritz Five, 214 Walnut St., 215925-7900,,

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[ alluringly exotic, forbiddingly complex ] ³ jazz Iranian-American saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh reaps the fruits of three decades of experimentation with alternative tunings and cultural fusions on PostChromodal Out! (Pi), blending Persian, Iraqi, Filipino and Western influences. The leader sits Vijay Iyer at a retuned piano and continues his two-man peace accord with Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, both well known for concocting new pathways from jazz and their cultural heritages. The result is a heady, stridently dense set that is at times alluringly exotic, at others forbiddingly complex and discordant. —Shaun Brady

³ bluegrass/blues/rock Over the years, Jerry Douglas has created a resonator guitar style far beyond his blazing bluegrass side-man days. On the new Traveler (eOne), Alison Krauss sings a beautiful slow number; so does Paul Simon, guesting on his own “The Boxer” along with Mumford & Sons. Wider appeal? Add leads from Keb’ Mo’ and Eric Clapton. Douglas kicks off the collection with Leadbelly and wraps it with a sizzling —Mary Armstrong bluegrass instrumental.


Yoni Wolf has relegated some mighty fine work to WHY?’s EPs in the past, and the new six-track Sod in the Seed (Anticon/City Slang) — a rust-free, revved-into-gear re-entry after a three-year absence — fully follows suit. It’s rife with conflicted off-the-cuff mission statements, logorrheic confessionals and Wolf’s trademarked, serpentine nested rhymes (“rehearsing slow lewd winks nude at the men’s room sink”) set atop some of the band’s richest, most playful musical textures yet. Makes you wonder what wonders they’re saving up for the full-length due out in the fall. —K. Ross Hoffman

³ electronic/acoustic Every bit as fragrant as their rustic moniker suggests, Brighton duo Grasscut cultivate a characteristically British blend of wist and whimsy on their lush, poetic second outing, Unearth (Ninja Tune). Meandering through pastures left largely unplowed since the fertile days of earlyaughts lap-pop, it evokes the genteel eccentricity of Robert Wyatt (who also makes a cameo), the lavender longueur of the Clientele and a smidge of the Chap’s cheekiness, all refracted through a gently cinematic glitch-pop pastoralism highly reminiscent of the underappreciated Tunng. —K. Ross Hoffman

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KILLER JOE [ A- ] A GLEEFULLY DEPRAVED wallow in working-class amorality, William

As greasy as a chicken-fried steak.

EVER AFTER ³ ART ALEXAKIS WAS 30 and a veteran of L.A.’s music scene before he started Everclear,so it’s not too surprising that his band’s always been more of a business than a blood brotherhood. In the six years since Everclear’s last batch of new material, Alexakis and several waves of hired hands kept the shelves warm with covers, live tracks and new recordings of old songs. That just-keep-working approach is the best thing about Everclear’s new album, Invisible Stars (eOne). Despite Alexakis’ limited vocal range and subject matter, he’s come up with a dozen tunes that should satisfy old fans who haven’t lost their appetite for slick, smarmy modern rock. Though his songs range from slow and sad to fast and fizzy, the best coast on solid hooks and sledgehammer dynamics. The snappy “I Am Better Without You” burns a toxic ex-flame; “Wishing” begs her to stick around. The blurred photo on the cover of 1997’s So Much for the Afterglow is telling. Stripped of the hard edges of their earlier work, Everclear’s third album yielded four passable pop-rock hits, one industrial instrumental and several unconvincing reassurances that the damaged boy will be OK as long as he’s got his damaged girl. Era-appropriate influences are blended in — a grungy bass line on “Everything to Everyone,” a twisty hard-rock guitar solo on “Sunflowers,” a ska beat on “Normal Like You” — but what distinguishes them from their peers is Alexakis’ agitated whine. A year and a half after “Santa Monica” put his bleached hair and patchy goatee all over MTV, Alexakis recycled its riff with “I Will Buy You a New Life.” The newer song’s less annoying, and instead of dwelling on his losses, he tries to woo back his ex with his major-label moolah. But if Everclear’s remembered for one song, it should be “Father of Mine.” Alexakis spells out his issues over eagerto-please guitar soloing: “Daddy gave me a name / Then he walked away.” It explains so much about Everclear’s ethos. If he didn’t always think he had something to prove, Alexakis could have stopped there and been proud of making his own name. (


WELL-SUITED: Matthew McConaughey chucks his board shorts and bong to play a fully dressed police detective trying to nab someone who’s about to commit murder.

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Friedkin’s Killer Joe is a bloody smile from a mouthful of crooked teeth. Joining forces with playwright Tracy Letts, who also adapted his play Bug for Friedkin, has brought out the nihilistic streak in the seasoned director, who guns it for the abyss as if he’s running down his last tank of gas. In Killer Joe, the abyss takes the form of a trailer home on the outskirts of Dallas, where desperate, weaselly Chris (Emile Hirsch) pitches his father, Ansel (Thomas Haden Church), a plan to murder his mother and his father’s ex-wife for the insurance money. The instrument of their theoretical misdeed is Matthew McConaughey’s Joe Cooper, a morally flexible police detective who’s as greasy as a chicken-fried steak. Being something of a terminal idiot, Chris hasn’t thought about how to procure Joe’s $25,000 retainer, but when Joe drops by the house, he sees something he’ll take in trade: Ansel’s daughter, Dottie (Juno Temple), a willowy young woman with the airy affect of a spaced-out preteen. Letts has an exceptionally sharp way with his exceptionally dull characters, whose heedless pursuit of their own self-interest would be more dangerous if it were better, or at all, thought out. The only character who challenges Joe’s ice-cold calculation is Sharla (Gina Gershon), Ansel’s crass, manipulative second wife, and she pays dearly for it in a prolonged final scene that shifts the film from ink-black comedy to brutal spectacle. It’s a shocking, genuinely disturbing set piece, one whose resonances occasionally slip out of Friedkin’s control. He’s playing mumblety-peg, and the slightest slip risks catastrophe. But it’s a thrill to watch him venture so close to the edge, mixing a young man’s heedlessness and an old man’s outrage. Killer Joe is not a nice movie; but, then, we’re not nice people. —Sam Adams


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I WANT MORE: “Hardcore’s a different world now,” says Joe Hardcore. “I had to change to embrace the whole culture and stop alienating people.” JESSICA KOURKOUNIS

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THE GREAT HARDCORE SWINDLE Now in its seventh year, This Is Hardcore hopes to sell out without selling out. By Elliott Sharp

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ots of cities can claim a formidable punk scene, but for the next four days, Philadelphia will rise above. The seventh annual This Is Hardcore (TIH) festival begins tonight, Aug. 9, drawing thousands of fans from all over the country to thrash along with 50 local and national punk and hardcore bands, including Suicidal Tendencies, H20, Terror, Earth Crisis, Gorilla Biscuits, Cro-Mags and Bane. In previous years, TIH’s primary venue has been the Starlight Ballroom. But after tonight’s early show at Union Transfer, it relocates to the Electric Factory and stays there until Sunday night’s final stage-dive. The move to a venue that holds nearly 1,000 more bodies isn’t the only significant change; this year TIH has an iPhone app, food trucks (Little Baby’s, Kung Fu Hoagies, Sweetbox and others) and outside sponsorships to help cover the festival’s growing expenses. As you might imagine, apps and corporate sponsors are normally considered antithetical to hardcore’s anti-consumerist, DIY values. TIH founder Joe McKay, aka Joe Hardcore, is well aware of the thin line between trying to organize the chaos of a large-scale event and selling out. He’s learned to walk this tightrope of principles cautiously, especially this year. “Is an iPhone app essential to hardcore shows?” asks McKay, 32, while eating a slice at a Center City pizzeria. “No, but This Is Hardcore’s reached the point where we needed it. Now we’re the only hardcore festival with one. We haven’t lost our hardcore values, we’ve just moved to a much bigger room.” “The second I put TIH on a stage where it doesn’t belong,” he continues, “it’s gonna collapse. We got away with it this year — this is the great hardcore swindle.” McKay grew up in Frankford, raised by a young, single mother whom he calls “eclectic.” She was one of the first female graffiti writers in Philadelphia, he says, and she used to tag subway cars. She also booked metal shows at nightclubs, where she’d bring her son along to see bands like Nuclear Assault.

“I had a crazy childhood,” recalls McKay, who started going to South Street hardcore shows when he was in middle school. “I was a rowdy kid, but I also loved studying shit like Rome, the city-states and Vikings. But when I discovered hardcore, I’d finally found outcast maniacs just like me; I got lost in that world. We didn’t have much money, we didn’t live in a safe neighborhood, so it was better to spend time at hardcore shows than it was to watch people deal crack and get shot on the corner.” At 16, McKay started regularly booking shows at halls and churches across the city. While touring with his band, Punishment, and being a roadie for Dysphoria, he connected with hardcore kids from around the country. In Boston, he met members of the gang FSU (Friends Stand United, or Fuck Shit Up), which used to attack white supremacists and drug users at punk shows. McKay, a straight-edge anti-racist devoted to hardcore, had an idea. “We always had a gang mentality, that’s how we grew up,” he says. “Then one day I had this lofty goal of starting a national gang. I brought the Philly and Jersey people to the Boston chapter of FSU, and that’s exactly what we did.” In 2008, McKay and other FSU members appeared on an episode of the History Channel’s Ganglands series, but the scene where McKay said he’d left the gang ended up on the cutting-room floor. “There were stabbings, shootings — friends went to jail, and none of the arguments were ever settled,” he says. “We started a fire, it became a blaze; we couldn’t put it out, we got burned.” “Hardcore’s a different world now,” he says. “The young kids aren’t from where we’re from; they’re from the suburbs. I had to change to embrace the whole culture and stop alienating people. It took me a while to realize this, but that moment of clarity finally came. ‘Gangland Joe’ is a thing of the past.”

“Is an iPhone app essential to hardcore shows?”

With the help of Sean Agnew and R5 Productions, McKay’s since dedicated himself to making TIH the best and biggest hardcore event in the country. (He’s also a devoted father whose 15-year-old daughter had her first stage-dive at a Cro-Mags show.) TIH tickets sold out in less than 36 hours in 2010, and when they increased the capacity last year, advance tickets sold out again. It became obvious that TIH needed a bigger venue, so when McKay got a meeting with Electric Factory booker Bryan Dilworth, he took it. “When I walked into the Electric Factory, all I knew is I didn’t want a big stage, a big barrier and big ticket charges,” says McKay. “They gave us all those things, and there’s no pop-punk bullshit on the bill — it’s all fucking hardcore.” Furthermore, Electric Factory has built a three-foot stage, friendly for stage-diving, in front of the venue’s much taller stage, and lowered their usual TicketMaster markup to match the $6 fee charged by R5’s ticketing company, TicketFly. (So far, four-day passes and single-day tickets for Saturday have sold out.) The venue problem was solved, but there was one more obstacle. When Riot Fest, the punk-ish festival sponsored by Live Nation and Red Bull, came to Philadelphia last year (it was cancelled this year), McKay felt threatened: “They have the money to shut down TIH forever. So it was time for us to find sponsors, but I didn’t want any cigarette or liquor ads. I don’t want corporate fuckers giving cigarettes to kids at my shows.” Instead, McKay secured sponsorships from Dr. Martens, IndieMerchStore, Jackprints, Mesa Boogie (the guitar amplifier company is providing all TIH’s amps) and others that meet McKay’s ethical criteria. “I had to accept that TIH is a business that needs support,” he says about the decision. “But I’m still worried about what happens if we get an offer from someone like Vans. Does it become the Vans This Is Hardcore festival?” “I don’t know,” he continues. “But we’ve become the kind of organization that must constantly ask itself, ‘Can we keep our ethics intact while benefiting from corporate sponsors?’ That’s the line we’re treading right now.” ( ✚ This Is Hardcore, Thu., Aug. 9, 5 p.m., $18, Union

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AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY Read Shaun Brady’s feature on p. 16. (Ritz Five)

THE BOURNE LEGACY Read Drew Lazor’s review at (Franklin Mills, Pearl, Roxy, UA Riverview)

THE CAMPAIGN Read Chris Brown’s review at (Franklin Mills, Pearl, Roxy, UA Riverview)

After 31 years of marriage, there don’t seem to be many surprises left for Kay and Arnold, a middle-aged couple mired in complacent drudgery. There aren’t many surprises to be found in David Frankel’s Hope Springs, either. The film places the couple in an intensive week-long therapy session in Maine under the care of psychiatrist Steve Carell. One of those non-surprises is the fact that, with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones on the couch, the film becomes more engaging and profound than it otherwise might have been. Vanessa Taylor’s screenplay doesn’t shy away from the petty slights and resentments that can accrue over the course of a lengthy relationship, but the trajectory of her central characters is predictable and tidy, with forced obstacles suddenly cleared more out of narrative convention than organic emotion. But as Frankel sits them down in Carell’s office, a life begins to emerge. It’s not so much in what they say, though Jones’ trademark stoicism reveals decades of noble disappointment and Streep’s optimistic facade shows the seams of being stitched back together time and time again. But the true revelations come in watching them listening to each other, realizations dawning in small ways on each of their faces as the truth is revealed. For all its awkward sex scenes and Northeastern scenery, this is a film that plays out entirely on two faces. —Shaun Brady (UA Riverview, UA Grant, Franklin Mills)

KILLER JOE|ARead Sam Adams’ review on p. 17. (Ritz Five) NITRO CIRCUS: THE MOVIE 3D A haiku: It’s just like Jackass except nobody’s pooping on anyone else. (Not reviewed) (Franklin Mills)


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Fernando Meirelles’ 360 is yet another movie about how we’re all connected in ways that, if the film fails to specify, we might mistake for profound. Having been enslaved to a powerful allegory in Blindness, Meirelles plays looser with the full-circle analogies of Peter Morgan’s script, which flits from Denver to Paris to Bratislava and back again. The expansive cast includes Jude Law as a British businessman trying to nail down a deal and a date on a trip abroad, Rachel Weisz as his wife, who’s decided to break things off with her Brazilian lover, and Anthony Hopkins as a recovering alcoholic trying to come to terms with the fact that his missing daughter might be gone for good. Morgan is ostensibly, though without credit, reworking Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde. But where Max Ophüls’ 1950 version was held together by the acid wit of Anton Walbrook’s emcee, 360 is all concept and no ease, a globalization fable with no aim other than to observe it exists. Like all Meirelles’ films, though, it’s beautifully executed, with a keen eye for divided compositions and screens within screens. It’s glorified eye candy, but eye candy nonetheless. —Sam Adams (Ritz at the Bourse)


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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN|BIt’s easy to mistake a great story for a great film, especially where documentary is concerned, but Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man neatly makes the distinction. The story, an amazing one, is that of Sixto Rodriguez, a Detroit singer-songwriter who made two albums of introspective, psychedelic soul music: Cold Fact and Coming From Reality. Two decades later, long after Rodriguez dropped out of sight and possibly died, those unknown albums were embraced by the South African freedom movement, becoming the soundtrack of a struggle half a world away and elevating him to the status of an absent figurehead. Searching for Sugar Man traces the ascent of Rodriguez’s music through interviews with the mostly white South Africans who embraced it, using animated footage to substitute for its MIA protagonist. But Bendjelloul is so insistent about the story’s extraordinary nature that you begin to wonder if he’s cooking the books, a suspicion that pays off when a late-film twist reveals he’s essentially been leading his audience astray. Pulling drama out of the material is one thing, but ginning it up wholesale blurs the line between storytelling and simple fraud. —SA (Ritz at the Bourse)


“A magical, MODERN-DAY LOVE STORY, one with razor-sharp edges and a tender heart.”

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN|CPerhaps it’s a case of belated rebellion. The story for Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green was provided by Ahmet Zappa, youngest son of rock iconoclast Frank, who would have had little tolerance for the film’s saccharine whimsy and insipid inspirational platitudes. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple unable to have children who spend a wine-fueled night inventing their ideal child on pages from a notepad, which they then bury in the backyard. A magical storm brings that child to life, his sudden appearance generating few questions in a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Timothy is “different,” both in his lack of guile and in the leaves that sprout from his legs, and his frantic parents (Garner in particular is apoplectic from the Disney logo to the closing credits) do everything in their power to make him feel accepted by the judgmental townsfolk. There’s a message there, if you hadn’t guessed, and it’s hammered home with the force of a slaughterhouse blow to the head. Even solid character actors like David Morse, M. Emmet Walsh and Dianne Wiest can do little to distinguish the film’s land shallowness; it feels so much like the churned-out live-action fodder that Disney used to produce that there

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grave via voiceover. Everybody thinks it was suicide, but David, of course, isn’t buying it. So he steals her dozenslarge catalog of journals and starts digging into a life that, it turns out, is eerily Monroe-vian, what with all the pills and affairs and exploitation. Originally titled Poupoupidou, Nobody Else But You is populated with unique bit players in oddball comic vignettes, but this isn’t quite the French Fargo it’s cracked up to be. Directer Gérald Hustache-Mathieu, who’s cast Quinton in everything he’s ever done, knows a thing or two about gorgeousness: Noir gloom, ripe sexiness and majestic arctic backdrops abound. But just when

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 REPERTORY FILM AMBLER THEATER 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 215-3457855, The Shining (1980, U.S., 142 min.): All work and no play makes Jack a crazy motherfucker. Mon., Aug. 13, 7 p.m., $9.75.

ANDREW’S VIDEO VAULT The Rotunda, 4010 Walnut St., Carny (1980, U.S., 107 min.): Donna gives up waitressing for a taste of carnival life. Girl on the Run (1953, U.S., 65 min.): Look for the Steve McQueen cameo in this flick about cops investigating a murder in a burlesque theater. Thu., Aug. 9, 8 p.m., free.

AWESOME FEST Various locations, Top Gun (1986, U.S., 110 min.): A civilian flight instructor takes a wannabebadass fighter pilot’s breath away. Thu., Aug. 9, 9 p.m., free, Liberty Lands Park. Richard’s Wedding (2012, U.S., 86 min.): On a road trip to a wedding, Alex and Tuna pick up a few troubled friends. Sat., Aug. 11, 9 p.m., free, Race Street Pier.

BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610527-9898, Xanadu (1980, U.S., 93 min.): This camp-tastic musical fantasy stars Olivia NewtonJohn, a vision of beauty who beseeches a painter to open a roller disco. Fri., Aug. 10, 11:30 p.m., $7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, U.S., 115 min.): The only hope for a world overrun with human-replicating aliens is a bunch of scientists that includes Jeff Goldblum. Tue., Aug. 14, 7 p.m., $10.

COUNTY THEATER 20 E. State St., Doylestown, 215-3456789, The Godfather II (1974, U.S., 200 min): Al Pacino returns to make more offers that cannot be refused. Thu., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., $9.75. A Night to Remember (1958, U.S., 123 min): It may not have Leo, but this Titanic film gets points for accuracy. Tue., Aug. 14, 7 p.m., $9.75.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, Payback (2012, Canada, 82 min.): The documentary version of Margaret Atwood’s multifaceted essay about debt. Fri., Aug. 10, 7 p.m., $9. Momma Roma (1962, Italy, 110 min.): Retired from prostitution, a mother struggles to keep her once-neglected son in line. Sat., Aug. 11, 7 p.m., $9. Santos Dumont’s Mutoscope:


Early Cinema and Found Footage Film (2010, Brazil, 64 min.): The story

Philly Pub & Grub, 2001 Hamilton St., 215-563-2424, phillypubngrubpa. com. Baby Face (1933, U.S., 71 min.): Barbara Stanwyck climbs the New York social ladder, bed by bed, then questions if this is the path to happiness. Sun., Aug. 12, 9 p.m., free.

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SCHUYLKILL BANKS Walnut St. Bridge, 215-222-6030, The Incredibles (2004, U.S., 115 min.): Generally, attempts at normal life will fail if your family consists entirely of superheroes. Thu., Aug. 9, 8 p.m., free.

THEATER OF LIVING ARTS 334 South St., 215-922-1011, tlaphilly. com. Mommie Dearest (1981, U.S., 129 min.): The best endorsement for plastic hangers, ever. Sat., Aug. 11, 11:59 p.m., $7.





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HOME RUN: Philly-born comedian Paul F. Tompkins performs at Plays & Players Theater Friday and Saturday. LISA WHITEMAN

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8.9 [ comedy ]

✚ COMEDY BANG! BANG! LIVE! As a podcast, Comedy Bang! Bang! — a name made sufferable only by Reggie Watts’ catchy theme song — is addictively funny and awkward. Daredevil comedians commit a half-hour or more to convoluted

improv characters while host Scott Aukerman (Mr. Show, Between Two Ferns) goads them on and/or derails them with silly asides and games. As a TV show on IFC, CB!B! is funnyawkward in a whole other way, an unpredictable collage of music, weird edits and quick-hit sketches. And CB!B! live? Not sure. We know Aukerman will be there, doing stuff with exPhiladelphian/Adult Swim star Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric) and standup James Adomian. We know the “special guest” will be Kurt Braunohler, who hosts the IFC faux-gameshow Bunk and who recently challenged a puppet squirrel to a debate (uh, just Google it). And we know it’ll be funny and awkward. —Patrick Rapa Thu., Aug. 9, 8 p.m., $24, Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888,

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✚ CYMBELINE Director David O’Connor approaches Shakespeare’s

seldom-seen romance in “let’s tell a story” style. Performers from the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s Classical Acting Academy mingle with the crowd before the show, wear comfy modern clothes and accompany each other with music and percussion in plain sight. When they get down to the story, it proves a rambunctious adventure (love that thrilling sword vs. bucket battle!), spurred by an exiled husband who foolishly bets on his wife’s fidelity. The culmination of a summer training program for young actors, the production maximizes the cast’s youthful exuberance with overlapping scenes in a lean, dynamically edited text that keeps the plot clear and brisk. Misunderstandings, coincidences and disguises — all for amour — illustrate the play’s great line, “Love’s reason’s without reason.” —Mark Cofta Through August 19, free, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St., 215-496-8001,


8.10 [ rock/pop ]

✚ WUSSY This past March, veteran rock critic Robert Christgau wrote “The Many Reasons to Love Wussy,” a 2,130-word column for that called the Cincinnati group “the best band in America.” He’s not wrong. The band fills their ragged-but-right indie rock with effortless melodies and heartbreaking, perfectly observed lyrics. Singer-guitarists Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker supply joyously discordant vocal harmonies, bassist Mark Messerly and drummer Joe Klug know when to keep things tight or slack in all the right places and new member John Erhardt on pedal steel helps bring the noise. Songs like “Magnolia” and “Wrist Rocket”

(both from their latest album, 2011’s Strawberry) are modernday classics, you just don’t know it yet. Here’s your chance. —Michael Pelusi Fri., Aug. 10, 9 p.m., $12, with Low Cut Connie and Dan Ex Machina, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-7870488,

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✚ PAUL F. TOMPKINS Philly-born comedian Paul F. Tompkins’ life has changed quite a bit since I sat down with him at Little Pete’s for a City Paper cover story back in August 2010. “I get recognized at Little Pete’s way more often,” he says. “Mostly because Little Pete’s framed the cover with me and hung it on the wall, and I stand nearby pointing from the cover to myself.” But also: Tompkins has spent the past two years making a case for himself as the Quite Disputable King of the Comedy Podcast. It’s not just his own dashingly produced Pod F. Tompkast; seems like wherever

two or more Los Angelenos gather around ProTools in the name of comedy, he is there: Doug Loves Movies, Nerdist, Comedy Bang! Bang! (which plays the Troc on Thursday… hmm). And he’s done it by establishing elaborate and unlikely audio improvisational characters — Cake Boss, Werner Herzog, Ice-T — tailor-made for podcasting’s long-format theater of the mind. Tompkins’ two-night run at Plays & Players this weekend has a title, “Crying and Driving,” but he says it’s not a theater piece. “I would hesitate to call it a one-man show, because for me, that conjures a thing that is finished and doesn’t allow for the performer to be in the moment. What I’ll be doing is telling some stories from my life and making them funny. Though I’ve told these stories on stage before, there is always room for spontaneity.” —Patrick Rapa Fri.-Sat., Aug. 10-11, 8 p.m., $21.69, Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St., 800-838-3006,

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8.11 [ jazz ]

✚ KEVIN MAHOGANY With a voice worthy of his name, Kevin Mahogany is his generation’s heir apparent to the sleek, burnished song stylings of Johnny Hartman. At the same time, Mahogany’s Kansas City roots give him an innate feel for barrel-chested blues a la Joe Williams. Both modes are well served by the support of the singer’s longtime collaborator, guitarist Dave Stryker, and his organ trio with drummer Jimmy Duchowny and Jared Gold at the keys. On Next Time You See Me, the group ranges from “Kansas City Born and Bred,” Mahogany’s robust ode to his hometown (and its barbecue), to the radiant warmth of “Secret Love” and an agile sprint through “Take the A Train.” —Shaun Brady

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8.12 [ african/pop ]

✚ THE VERY BEST Improbably enough, The Very Best managed to live up to that preposterous moniker on early releases by fusing together some of the giddiest, least selfconscious sounds in the world. It wasn’t necessarily the greatest music ever made, but a glorious, musically utopian encapsulation of humanity’s potential. We’re talking African marabi, highlife and kwaito, Western synth-pop and electronica and further strains of pan-global dance music. Now down to a duo — irrepressible Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya, whose voice still feels like a distillation of pure, liquid joy, and Swedish beatsmith Johan Hugo — they come close to recapturing that

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City Paper: How realistically is BDSM portrayed in the book? Andrea Renae:When practicing BDSM, it is imperative that all play be safe, sane and consensual. Certain aspects of 50 Shades definitely go against that creed. Even though [the protagonist] consents to it, asking someone to sign a slave contract before getting properly acquainted is unsafe and negligent. Think of it like dating: You wouldn’t ask someone to marry you before dating them for a little while, right? I was pleased to see how communication was presented. Throughout the book, [the dominant character] promotes [the sub’s] use of safe words and encourages her to verbalize consent — definitely the most realistic part of the book. CP: What are some tips on introducing BDSM in the bedroom? AR: Take things slow and communicate. BDSM can range from light and sensual to heavy and extreme. It’s a good rule of thumb to start with something simple and work your way up as you explore different types of play. One idea could be as easy as introducing toys, such as blindfolds, fuzzy handcuffs and gentle teasers. But remember, your partner is not a mind reader. Make sure to constantly communicate your fantasies. BDSM is always more enjoyable when everyone involved is on the same page. Sat., Aug. 11, 7 p.m., $20, Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St., 215-923-1398, ( Meg Augustin is a freelance journalist with a master’s in human sexuality education.

—K. Ross Hoffman Sun., Aug. 12, 9 p.m., $13, with Grandchildren, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215-739-9684,

D. with Fame Lust snappin’ pics to make sure the antics are well documented. They say they are throwing this party “so us pale emo kids can finally get some sun.” Karaoke afterparty around the corner at Barbarella. —Gair “dev79” Marking Sun., Aug. 12, 5-10 p.m., $6, Bamboo Bar/Roxxy, 927 N. Delaware Ave., 215931-0101,

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✚ GRETCHEN LOHSE Maybe it’s not nice to separate Gretchen Lohse from epically eerie/playful Philly band Yellow Humphrey — you can


Summer is wrapping up, so get some daytime pool-party action while you still can. DJing rock music has become a staple in Philly the last handful of years, and Makeout Club has found a niche there, focusing on emo, post-hardcore and pop-punk sounds to get silly to. This special-edition event is brought to you by DJ Deejay and John


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SELF-AWARE Open a restaurant geared toward restaurant folks and everyone wins. By Adam Erace THE INDUSTRY | 1401 E. Moyamensing Ave., 215-271-9500, Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; brunch served Sat.-Sun.,11 a.m.-4 p.m.; bar open nightly until 2 a.m. Snacks, $3-$10; small plates, $6-$15; soups/salads, $5-$10; sandwiches, $8-$15; large plates, $15-$24; desserts, $6-$7.


o an outsider looking in, a restaurant named for, catering to and themed around the bartenders, servers, runners, hosts, chefs, cooks and other undervalued laborers collectively known as the restaurant “industry” might seem a little … strange? Indulgent? Self-important? To an outsider. If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant — and I think every American should have to (it would More on: turn the dining public’s every dick and Scrooge into veritable Mothers Teresa) — then you know that the concept of The Industry, the handsome two-month-old Pennsport bar and eatery from Dave Garry and Heather Gleason of Good Dog, is just about the best thing since a shift drink. Garry and Gleason really know how to take care of their own. There’s a standing 20 percent in-the-biz discount for restaurant workers, and chef Pat Szoke, a vet of Vetri and The Farm and the Fisherman, cooks his full beyond-bar-food menu till 1 a.m. every

night so industry workers “can have a steak when they get done work, not just something fried,” Gleason says. (Which is not to say The Industry eschews all deep-fried bites: Szoke’s pork nuggets, neat rectangles of mustard-y headcheese encased in panko, and crisp, Buffalo-rouged sweetbreads beside airy shaved celery salad and crumbled blue cheese are the bar snacks in heaven). Rotating specials range from cut-rate plates of spaghetti Bolognese and fried chicken (Wednesdays and Thursdays) to Staff Meal Sundays, when five or six bucks buys a dish of carnitas, meatloaf or whatever else Szoke and sous chef Jonathan “JonRod” Rodriguez create for family meals. Anyone can take advantage of these deals, not just those able to name the local hospitality legends (Monk’s Tom Peters, Flying Fish’s Casey Hughes, Jose Pistola’s Joe Gunn among them) whose pictures line the walls of this lively brickand-timber clubhouse. A steel I-beam rigged with bulbs spans two pillars in the center of the space, illuminating a communal table that flanks the 13-stool bar. There, regulars sip from one of the MORE FOOD AND smartest beer lists I’ve seen, a 12-draught, DRINK COVERAGE one-engine rotation in which the generAT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / ous-with-samples staff is impressively well M E A LT I C K E T. versed. It’s equal parts local lovefest (Flying Fish, PBC) and American curiosity shop; my glass of Firestone Walker Double Jack, a malty imperial IPA, begged for a fireplace and smoking jacket. The Industry’s even gotten its hands on a rare keg of the Tröegs/Victory/Yards/Nodding Head Brotherly Suds collaboration. Helps when all those brewers are your boys. More than those brewers, more than the chefs and bartenders >>> continued on page 37

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³ COOKING IN THE summertime is a doubleedged sword (or chef’s knife, more accurately). One the one hand, you’ve got a world of gorgeous seasonal produce waiting to be scooped up from farmers markets and worked into June/July/Augustonly preparations. On the other, there’s the heat factor: the part where the mere thought of turning on a burner or (horror!) the oven is enough to get you red in the face. Since one cannot sustain oneself on salad alone, we’ve lined up four of our favorite summertime cookbooks for your warm-weather cooking enjoyment. 1. Ripe: First up is Nigel Slater’s Ripe, the fruity follow-up to last year’s vegetable bible, Tender. It’s a gorgeous volume devoted to all aspects of fruit, from cultivation to cookery. A cook and a gardener, Slater makes use of every last inch of his tiny London backyard plot, growing plums and strawberries in an environment far from pastoral. Following an engaging tutorial on each lovely fruit, Slater lines up a cache of thoughtful recipes that accentuate their unique sweetness: Think roast pork with plumand-ginger sauce and pistachio-apricot crumble (Ten Speed Press, April 2012). 2. Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book San Francisco’s wildest ice cream parlor, Humphry Slocombe, has gotten more than its fair share of attention for flavors like Secret Breakfast — for the uninitiated, that’s cornflakes and bourbon. Now their mad-scientist wares can be had outside of the Bay Area under the tutelage of their new ice cream book. Secret Breakfast makes an appearance as well as other whoa-worthy flavors like Strawberry Olive and Peanut Butter Curry (Chronicle Books, April 2012). 3. The Gardener & the Grill Grilling cookbooks have a decidedly meaty bent, which is precisely what makes The Gardener & the Grill such a summertime gem. The book doesn’t eschew meat completely, but it does go for a vegetable-heavy approach to grilling, where smoke adds depth to potato salad and strawberries are skewered for dessert (Running Press, April 2012). 4. Beer Cocktails Utilizing beer as a cocktail mixer has been in vogue for a few years, andBeer Cocktails gives home mixologists an avenue into the world of these trendy potables. Less boozy than the all-spirits variety, these summer-perfect cocktails let the beer style’s characteristics dictate the hard-liquor pairings. Be on the lookout for a cool Campari-lime-and-lager Bello Diavlo and a vodka, mint and Aperol-spiked Sunset (Harvard Common Press, April 2012). (



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³ NOW SEATING Blue Belly BBQ | The latest addition to the city’s

quickly expanding barbecue scene is Gene Giuffi’s Blue Belly BBQ. Catty-corner from his lauded French BYOB Cochon, Blue Belly is serving up metal trays of barbecue without borders. This global perspective on smoked meats frees up Giuffi to think outside of regional confines with slices of fantastically fatty Berkshire pork shoulder served with fried-onion-topped mac and cheese and braised greens, alongside inspired sandwiches like lamb barbacoa with jicama, radish, crispy tortilla and chilipepper vinegar. Open Wed.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., 600 Catharine St., 215-238-0615,


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Beck’s Cajun Cafe | Reading Terminal N’awlins

favorite Beck’s Cajun Cafe has branched out to a location in 30th Street Station. Now harried commuters and U City denizens can get Big Easy favorites like fried oyster po-boys, gumbo and overstuffed muffulettas all day long. Open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 2955 Market St., 215-592-0505, Little Baby’s Ice Cream World Head Quarters |It’s

official: Local ice-cream magicians Little Baby’s Ice Cream have opened their brick-and-mortar shop. No longer a transient pleasure, scoops of Maryland Barbecue, Speculoos and Balsamic Banana can be found at their next-level scoop shop six days a week. Stop on in for dairy and non-dairy cones, cups, shakes, floats and out-of-thisworld ice-cream sandwiches, as well as a singular icecream-eating experience. Hours are limited pending the opening of their imminent, long-awaited pizza-seum and brother store Pizza Brain. Open Tue.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 2-11 p.m.; Sun., 2-10 p.m. 2311 Frankford Ave., 267-687-8567, ³ LITTLE VITTLES

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Following his annual blow-out Mémé pig dinner, David Katz let the city know that the previous evening’s meal would be the restaurant’s last. The 2201 Spruce St. space is on the market and that Katz will be back in touch once it’s sold. Mad River (126 Chestnut St.) is being replaced by a local beer/seafood concept dubbed Craft & Claw. Got A Tip? Please send restaurant news to restaurants@citypaper.

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Well as much as I didn’t like writing I’ve become a blogger. I never has anything against blogging I just wanted the hands free method of video blogging instead. Not sure how I got here. oh wait it all began with getting more exposure for my other businsss endeavors. So this can potentially mean uber socializing with random people in my attempts to turn the spotlight in my direction at least long enough to know where I need to put more focus. I;ve googled top 5 tips and best advice columns. I’m now a member of what appears to be a failed Myspace attempt...which Myspace is totally cool. So in the midst of this I have all these damn passwords to keep up with, do you know I had to reset the same password 3 times in one week! OMG then I kinda like to post and keep it moving but the computer wants to know i’m human and not a computer so captchas galore. Sometimes I think they don’t want anyone to be able to read the captcha. Okay stress levels are up. I haven’t had a whole cup of coffee in a week. NO sex in the last 48hrs. or outdoor activity in 7 days. Not to mention my self observation of having ADD> I have 12 tabs open right now alone. Excuse me while I curl into a fetal position in the corner.

Man I am totally am not understanding what the fucking deal is at all. To me it just doesn’t make any sense what so ever of how you guys are treating women. I wonder to myself sometimes am I the only one going thru something stupid with my man. But, then I speak to other women and they tell me the same thing about what their situation is! Men get it together. If you want a woman to be in your corner be more responsible and take into consideration the other persons feelings when you do or say something. Nothing lasts forever so when the shit hits the fan in your relationship don’t be mad it was going to happen regardless.

The rule of thumb is never let em see you sweat right? Okay that’s done but what about showing any emotion what so ever...aside from happiness. In this moment alot of emotions run through me and I don’t know how to express them in a calm peaceful manner. I think when people offend me they do it intentionally then abandon me when the mood is offset because I’ve chosen the quiet internal battle route.I mean holding it in is all I’ve ever known and it seems to come out as rage the longer we walk about the problem. When we I address these confrontations I find myself more often

RUDE SEPTA CONDUCTOR 726-12 SEPTA train to W. Trenton, in the Quiet Ride (QR) car, with three loud conversations going on. Conductor with slight build, pretty boy curly dark hair, glasses, bulging muscles but no character. I asked you if this was the OR car. You nodded barely perceptively, wouldn’t look directly at me, said nothing. I asked you to announce the QR car. You said nothing, and you did not. I had to ask the people across the aisle to quiet down. I hope you get reported by enough passengers (as I did) that you do get written up, laddie boy. My Zone 21 Trailpass that you inspected when you treated me like I was invisible pays your salary.

DEAR DJ AT MY LOCAL BAR By what logic do you think that if people are not dancing to your choice of music that the answer is to turn it up even louder? Maybe the problem is not the loudness but the crappy tunes. If your fans’ chances of sexual success improves with the inability to verbally communicate then you have a serious demographic problem. Nuff Said.

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FORKLIFT DRIVER To the faggot on the forklift since when did they let people with down syndrome on heavy equipment? What is wrong with you? With all speeding around the plant and all the near misses? You suck as an operator, you wacko get off the machine before you hurt yourself...idiot!!!

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES from 1994 until forever...this goes out to the one I love, Eiighteen years ago you came into my life, we started out as friend’s our friendship let to something beautiful that will never be taken from us. Four years later you became my wife, ever since when I look at you I see the beauty that’s inside of you and my soul mate for life. Walk with me take my hand I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am to be your man. Can’t you see that I am crazy for you! Happy Anniversary baby I can’t wait to see what our future has in store for us. I just know that the love that we have for each other will last an eternity.

GET THINGS RIGHT! There is always a situation with someone and they say to you that you used to be really tight with them and all of a sudden your aren’t well people need to realize that things change and so do people. There is nothing like doing what you have to do and taking care of your business is there? In your world it may be but in my world it is not. I am tired of explaining myself to you. Then you want to keep asking the same fucking question over and over again like you didn’t hear yourself the first time! Get it right bitches!

HEY “T” T, may have been the first woman I ever touched but you will always be my first. I was with her to please a man. She was a novelty for a meaningless threesome, back when I thought sex didn’t matter. Then I was with you and I knew I never wanted a man again. You have taught me what it means to be a woman, to be beautiful and to be imaginative. I love the softness of you. I love your curves! You opened a new world for me in more ways than one and I will never be the same. MTM.

senior citizen that gives up my seat to those with physical challenges you can see (can,walker or visually impaired) I am a senior citizen who on good days does not complain about my disability and will stand up from point A to point B. I’m the same person that had to verbally remind two YOUNG males to get off their behinds and move themselves and their belongings so I could sit because it was day 4 of a heat wave. People who know me well will tell me I learned along time ago to speak up. Yes my $3 does allow me a ride from point a to point b to point c. You are correct about that...Yes Septa does advise its ridership to give up seats to the elderly and disabled check their website under Passenger Etiquette. Some riders do it because we were raised to be polite, kind and civil. Some of the ridership will never get. Do you know how many times I have seen people do all kinds of crap on the EL and trolley for $2 because they felt like acting like werewolves on crack? Please! One more thing before you call someone a fat bitch back up! I did not go to school and work as long as I did to not earn my title. That’s Dr. Bitch to you!

WHAT IS YOUR WORTH? MY HATRED TOWARD YOU! You know what I fucking hate you...I really hate you...I asked you not to call me which you finally fucking listened to...for the first fucking time I wished I never fucked met your ass! I hate the fact that you play games with the situation of our son. He is both of our responsiblity and I know now that everything is falling on me! You called me a dickhead the last argument that we had and I said that you were a dummy! I meant that shit you are a fucking dummy! A no job, mama’s fucking boy, can’t stand on his own two feet asshole! I want to scratch your fucking eyes out!

than others getting pissed off because they aren’t understanding I’m upset because you left the toliet set up and I fell in the toilet at 3 am for example. I think I make the explanation extremely simple but just not getting through. Hey if I get rowdy and look like I may pull out a pocket knife or something go ahead leave. But don’t start something and refuse to lay in the bed you made.

RE RE FAT BITCH Seriously? From calling me a fat bitch a dumb ass thin and in good shape and finally entitled you still don’t know me...let me give you alittle clue.I am a

You know what I think about you alot and I think you are one of those folks who really don’t know thier own self worth. To me you are fucking worthless. I couldn’t think twice about you when you aren’t around. I hate you so much and honestly you think that you think that your family is fucking gold but them bitches aren’t you match them in so many ways. I hate you I wish that I never met your ass! Do me a huge favor go eat someone’s ass out and get herpes! I hate you with a passion...I would rather my children get raised by wolves. ✚ ADS ALSO APPEAR AT CITYPAPER.NET/lovehate. City Paper has the right to re-publish “I Love You, I Hate You”™ ads at the publisher’s discretion. This includes re-purposing the ads for online publication, or for any other ancillary publishing projects.


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* * * 215-200-0902 * * * Golden Retriever Pups - AKC, shots and wormed, vet checked, ready July 29th, $600/each. Call 717-442-8308 Italian Mastiffs - ICCF reg., sired, 205 pounds. $2,000/ea. Call 570-345-4881 LAB PUPPIES, VET CHECKED , 1ST SHOTS, PAPERS, $500.00 856-784-7518 LAB PUPS: 100% GUAR. READY NOW, MUST COME SEE!!! 215-768-4344 Labrador Retriever Pups, AKC, OFA, CERF, Top Quality English CHamp lns, ylw, ready 8/9, $575. 607-329-9798, M astiff -King Corso Puppies for Sale $375. Tanya 610-809-8199. Old English Bulldog Pups - 13 weeks, CKC, $1,000. Call 484-266-8488 PIT BULL TERRIER Pups UKC PR Blue/Blue Brindle $1500. 610-413-5107. Portuguese Water Dog puppies $2,500 male/female AKC Registered Champion lines, black with white curly coats, 8 weeks (570)474-9675 Rottweiler AKC B$600 G$650 call/text jamal at 215-921-1079 Rottweiler German pups, AKC, shots, tails clipped, 4F/4M $550. 267-270-5529 Shih Tzu Ch Sired, M 6 months, M 4 months, Beauties $775. 443-365-6140 YORKIE/BISCHON PUPS AKC registered. family raised, used to kids. 717-419-6698 YORKIE pup - 15 weeks, beautiful male, all shots & rabie. $850. 215-824-3541

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Full-time position available immediately in multi-specialty practice. Applicants must be enthusiastic, organized, and accurate and have excellent communication skills. We are looking for a team player who is flexible, willing to learn and assist fellow technicians and physicians when necessary. Experience preferred with knowledge of ocular anatomy, in patient history, IOPs, VFT, HRT, OCT, fundus photography, and IOL Master. (FA experience a plus) Certification is preferred but not necessary. Competitive salary and benefit package. Please forward resume to: EYESURGEONS1@GMAIL.COM or fax to: 609-388-4111

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I Buy Anything Old...Except People! antiques-collectables, Al 215-698-0787 JUNK CARS WANTED We buy Junk Cars. Up to $300 215-888-8662 Lionel/Am Flyer/Trains/Hot Whls $$$$ Aurora TJet/AFX Toy Cars 215-396-1903

BIKER: Leathers and accessories, chaps $99, free hem, custom apparel, repairs, zippers, shortening, relining, over 50 years experience, Penn Leather, 58 N Londonderry Shopping Center, Rt 422. Palmyra, PA next to Lowe’s 717-838-6162

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

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Broad St. near Jackson 2br $800+utils 2nd floor, sec dep req. 215-468-5334

1100 S 58th St. 1BR & 2BR Apts heat/hw incl., lic #362013 215-744-9077 1900 S. 65th St. 2BR Apt Newly renov, Lic #400451, 215.744.9077 26xx S. Robinson St 1br $475+utils 2nd flr, liv rm, kitchen. Call 215-727-1924 64th & Woodland 2br $725 2nd flr, w/d in unit 267-882-5999 7xx S 51st St. efficiency $550 3rd flr, Section 8 approved. 610-812-6352

1315 N. 52nd St. 1br $600+utils 1st, last, and security. 267-581-8393

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1BR Apt Available $600/month $1800 move in, nwly renov,215-284-7944 1xx Farson St. 1br $500+utils 1st/last/sec., newly renov 215-681-4359 40 N Paxon 2BR $650+utils newly renov., hdwd flrs, 215-748-0850 40th & Cambridge 2br $585/mo. free heat, Call or text Scott 215-222-2435 52nd and Parkside 2BR $650+utils 1st floor. Also studio available. Call for appointment 215-284-7944

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63rd & Market 2BR/1BA $600 LR, DR. Avail now. Call (215) 820-3607

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49th & Florence 2BR $675 1st flr, newly renovated, (215) 472-3514

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

Balwynne Park 2br $820+ 1st flr, w/d, garage, C/A. 610-649-3836

53rd & Montgomery Ave. 2br $700+util Nice apt., $2100 move in. (484)278-4025

33RD ST. 1-2BR $625 & up newly renov, near Univ 215.227.0700, 9-5

1,2, 3, 4 Bedroom FURNISHED APTS LAUNDRY-PARKING 215-223-7000 Temple Hosp area 1-2 br $575 water incl Broad & Allegheny. Call (215)336-4299

1xx Wentz nr Front & Olney 1BR/1BA $665 incl water, St pkng. 215-275-3774 11a-7p 60XX Warnock 1 BR $595+ near Fernrock Train Station,215-276-8534

15xx W. Erie Studio $500 spacious, new kitchen. 267-230-2600 37xx Sydenham St. 2br $900+utils newly renovated, sec 8 ok. 267-231-5288 Nicetown - Erie & 6th 2BR $1,500 Utils incl. nice area, sec. dep. + 1mo. rent. Call 215-225-1077

1 BR & 2 BR Apts $725-$835 spacious, great loc., upgraded, heat incl, PHA vouchers accepted 215-966-9371 2xx Berkley 2br $750+utils. Section 8 ok. Call (215)713-9002 5201 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1BR On site Lndry 215.744.9077 Lic# 311890 53xx Greene St. 1BR/2BR $640/mo. (Greene St. and Penn St.) Conv. transp., tastefully renov., mirrored closet in MBR, hdwd flrs., bonus rm., oak cabs in kitch., micro., ceiling fans, tile BA with claw foot tub. Call 215-242-1204 or 267-250-9822 607 E. Church Lane 2BR nr LaSalle Univ,215.744.9077 lic# 494336 Wayne & Manheim St. 3BR/1BA $735+ Large, 1st floor. Call 267-262-7469

Mt. Pleasant 2br $800+utils 2nd fl, renov, 1 & 1/2 mo sec 215.472.6147

11xx N. 55TH ST. BRAND NEW BUILDING Single rooms $400. Double rooms $600. Rooms w/ bath & kitchen $600. Rooms come fully furnished w/ full size beds, fridge, and dresser. SSI/SSD/VA, Payee servcies, Public assistance, home plans, ok. Also SW, W., N., Phila, 267-707-6129 1517 W. Cayuga St. Renovated Rooms $350 a month. Call (215) 459-1699 16th & Lehigh, 21st & York, 22nd & Allegheny - $325/mo. SSI ok. 215-485-8815 21st & Erie, large room, new renov., wall/wall, furn. $100/wk. 215-570-0301 22nd & Allegheny, $85/week, share kitchen & bath, SSI OK, 267-973-0397 22xx Fontain St. furnished rooms with shared batnroom & also 45xx Frankford Ave. Starting @$400/mo 267-670-6689 233 S. 58th St, furn. room, $400/mo., $250 sec & Efficiency $550 (215)747.4113 2435 W. Jefferson St. Rooms: $375/mo, Move in fee: $565. Call 215-913-8659 24th & Lehigh: Nice, clean Furn rms, $350/mo, SSI ok. No drugs 215-768-2466 26xx Gordon St: Furnished rooms, utils included, $100/wk, SSI ok, 267-819-5683 2764 N. Hemberger St., Rooms for rent, starting $350/mo. 267-257-3610 3130 N. 22ND ST $100/wk newly renovated room, 267-235-1166 33rd St. & Ridge Ave. $100-125/week. Large renovated furnished rooms near Fairmount Park & bus depot 215.317.2708 4th & Diamond room frig micro bed $90/wk, $225 move in. 215-416-6538 53xx N. Broad St. Room fridge, 27" TV, a/c. Call 267-496-6448 55/Thompson lg deluxe furn rms $110$130wk priv ent $200 sec 215-572- 8833 652 Brooklyn, $125 week. $375 to move in. Furn w/refrige, no kitch 215-781-8049 880 N. 41st, room @ $425/month shared kitchen & bath, 215-713-7216

A1 Nice, well maintained rms, N. & W. Phila. Starting @ $125/wk 610.667.9675 ALLEGHENY $90/wk. $270 sec dep Nr EL train, furn, quiet. 609-703-4266 Broad, Hunting, Alleghany, North, SW, Kensington Rooms $85-$150/wk. Apts. $500/mo. SSI ok. Call (267) 701-5894 Broad & Olney lg deluxe furn room priv ent $145 wk. Sec $200. 215-572-8833

C & Allegheny; 13th & York; 52nd & Race; SSI welcome, Call 215-290-8702 Frankford area Effic. $135 wk per person conv to transp. sec dep req 215-432-5637 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890

Germantown Renov, $95 week, 3 weeks needed up front. Call 267-351-0536 GERMANTOWN ROOMS $100 Newly renovated. 215-205-2452

homes for rent 12xx S Bonsall St 3br $725+utils 1st, last, sec., ready now. 215-483-4344

13xx S. Stanley St. 2br/1ba yard, porch, conv. location., avail. now 267-574-4163 21xx Sigal 3br $700 15xx Napa 3br $775 Section 8 OK. 267-230-2600

1854 S. 65th St. 3br/1ba $765+ utils Call Erik 215.744.5750 or 215.510.0034 19xx Salford 2br/1ba $675 +utils Hdwd frs, close to trans. 267-249-2506 26xx S. 66th St. 3br/1ba $850+utils newly renovated. Call 267-292-5274 26xx Sylmar St 3br/1ba $800+utils Hdwd frs, encl porch, 267-249-2506 60xx Buist Ave. 3br/1ba $800 1 & 1/2 mo. sec. dep., renovated, LR, DR, kitchen, 1 car garage, 215-828-6651 6143 Yocum St. 3Br $625+utils newly renov, lrg backyard, 267-582-8841 63xx Kingsessing 3BR/1BA $800 Newly renovated. sec 8 accepted. 610 505-8550 65xx Saybrook Ave. 3Br newly renovated, Sec 8 ok 267-467-0140 Elmwood area 3-4BR $850+utils modern, Sec. 8 approved. 215-726-8817

1335 N. Wanamaker St. 3BR/1BA $850 1st, last, 1mo. sec. req’d. 267-255-1895 2Br & 3Br Houses Sec. 8 welcome beautifully renovated, (267)981-2718 58th & Ludlow 3BR $750+ utils $2100 move in. Call 610-453-0066 59xx Locust St. 3BR/1.5BA beautiful, renov., Sec 8 OK 215-609-5207 6x N Hirst 3br/1ba $800+utils spacious, bsmt, yard 267-292-5274 6xx N. 55th St. 3BR $825 renov, hdwd flrs, Sec 8OK 267-230-2600

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

17th & Allegheny 3BR Newly remodeled, rugs, Section 8 OK. Call 215-475-0413 25xx N. Sydenham 3br $600/mo. newly renovated, Call (267)269-5349 27xx W Seltzer St 2BR/1BA $650 util Newly renovated, Full Basement, Hardwood Fl &Freshly painted. 215-429-9649 30xx W. Colona St. 3BR/2BA $700 Newly renov., hdwd flrs. 215-492-9686 34xx Smedley 3br/1ba $900+utils newly renovated, 267-292-5274

17xx French St. 3BR/1.5BA $750+utils. 1st, last, sec. req’d. 215-868-8817

2nd & Duncannon 3br/1ba $790 new carpet & windows, EIK 215-329-8343 47xx Rorer St. 3BR $900 hrdwd flrs, Sect 8 ok. Call 215-356-9510

44xx North 7th St. 3BR/1.5BA $775 Work history & ref. req. 570-234-6728

325 E. Cliveden St. 3br/1ba $1200+util Call Erik 215.744.5750 or 215.510.0034 xx Bringhurst 3BR/1BA $900+utils new remod, Sec 8 welcome 215.698.7840

2XX Dawson St. 4BR/1BA $1,500 security 3 Story Manayunk row house. Lrge LR & DR with hardwood flrs. EIK w/gas stove, fridge, dishwasher. Laundry w/ washer/dryer. Fenced back yrd. Near Septa & I-76 Avail 8/1 610-639-7040 Robin

Darby 3br/1ba $950+utils prch,yd,close shop & transp 610.696.2022 Sharon Hill 2br $725 2nd floor, no pets, 1 mon security, 1 mon rent. 610-586-5562 Upper Darby 3BR/1BA $1000/mo. Serious inquiries only. Call (917)755-0727

GLENSIDE 2br/1 full Bath $1100+utils Tiny turn of the century TH, Acr from pk and Twp Pool, nr Library, shops & train, ctr Hall, LR, DR, Pdr rm, 2nd flr, cent A/C, BSMT. No Pets. 215-233-5426

FORD F-350 XL Super Duty ’04 $18,000 62k miles, white, power stroke, V8 turbo diesel, good cond., loaded (215)788-3383

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

Buick Roadmaster ’96 Classic collectors edition 9 pass. station wagon, extremely rare, like new best offer 215-922-6113

DTS Luxury 4 door 2003 every extra, few original miles, stainless steel wheels, sound system, impecable! quick private sale TODAY $5975. 215-922-5342

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

low cost cars & trucks Acura TL 1997 $2,495 auto, sunroof, gorgeous. 610-524-8835

Cadillac 1999 Sedan Deville $2975 Luxury 4 door, a/c, full power, original miles, Senior driver. DISTRESS SALE TODAY 215-629-0630

18xx Roselyn St. 2 Br new renov. duplex, Sec 8 ok 267.467.0140 Chevy Impala 2004 $3,499 runs good, silver, exc cond. 610-348-3228 Port Richmond 2BR/1BA $700 Freshly renov., Section 8 ok, rear yard. Call Tony (215) 681-8018 leave message.

CHEVY IMPALA LS 2002 $2600/obo insp, runs great, cold a/c, 267-441-4612

2xx E. Elkhart spacious 3Br/1Ba $700 HW flrs,nice block, Sec 8 ok 856.305.3577 Lee St. Studio $585+utils duplex, 2nd floor 215-514-0653 PORT RICHMOND 20xx Clearfield St 3BR. $975. Section 8 ok. New carpet. Avail Im med. 215-668-0257.

Dodge Neon 1999 $1,450 auto, cold AC, 4 cyl, 38mpg 215.620.9383

Chevy Impala LTZ 2004 $3,875 Leather, sun roof, wing, etc.267.592.0448

Ford Ranger 1988 $700 2.3L, 5spd, white, good cond 610.212.5359

Jeep Grand Cherokkee 1998 $3800 orig owner, new trans., 610-667-4829 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SE 2000 4 door w/2 sun-roofs, all extras, orig mi, meticulous owner, sacrifice. below KBB $4985 Call 215-627-1814 Mercury Grand Marquis 2002, 4 Door, deluxe wheels, original mi, like new $4950 Call Mary 215-922-6113 Nissan Altima GXE 1999 $2,500 auto, AC, 172K, CD, loaded 484-494-0590 PONTIAC FIREBIRD T-TOP COUPE 1996 $2,800 or trade for small classy convertible,. Black, 3.8 liter engine, auto, duel exhuast, v6, 10 CD changer, excellent on gas, rare and collectible. 267-239-0302 Toyota Carolla (Prizm) 1995 $1,100 auto, cold A/C, 4 cyl, insp. 215-620-9383 Volvo 850 1994 $1,450 auto, all pwrs,clean, rns new215.620.9383 VOLVO V70 2002 Luxury economy 4 door station wagon, original miles, GAS MISER, quick private sale $4975. 215-922-5342

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15xx Womrath St. 6br/2ba New Renovated. Sec. 8 ok 718-753-6090 Frankford 3br/2ba Sec 8 ok (215)322-6086

14xx Lardner 3Br/1Ba $900+utils clean, no credit check. 267-850-3824 33xx Malta St. 2BR/1BA $650 Avail. Immediately, Call 215-680-1413 8xx Granite St 3BR newly renovated, Sec 8 ok 267-255-6286 BUSTELTON 4br/2.5ba $1650+utils mod. home, new kitch & bth, gar., driveway, backyd. near 95th & trpk. fully furn. option avail. Call 267-265-0781 Castor Gardens 3br gar,bsmt,new renov,Sec 8 ok215.752.5317 Lawncrest 2br/1ba Row Home $825 Fully Renovated. Call 215-852-9738 Wissonoming 52xx Burton St. 2br/1ba section 8 ok, Call 215-740-4629

Chevy Cutaway Box 2007 Full power, A/C, original miles, lite commercial, well maintained, garage kept, corporate disposal. Best offer. Call 215-629-0630


Buick Century 1996 $2,350 79k orig. mi., clean. Call 610-667-4829 7967 Woolston St. 3br/1ba $1175+utils Call Erik 215-744-5750 or 215-510-0034

E350 4matic 2011 $48,000 21k miles fully loaded, P2 package, back up camera, wood steering wheel, garage kept. Call (267)304-4452


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34xx Arthur St. 2BR/1BA $800 SS appls. W/D in unit. Call 215-280-9623 4328 Glendale 1br apt $610 new hdwd flrs, paint & kitch, 1st flr, bsmt, w/d hkup, ideal retirement block (w/many retirees) SSI accepted (215)813-5284 4647 Adams Ave Lg. 2Br Newly renov. 215-744-9077 lic#433314 Academy & Grant 2BR $795+ 1st floor, renovated, C/A, off street parking. Please call 856-346-0747 Bridge & Pratt Efficiency $445+elec. Bridge & Pratt large 2br apt $650+utils 215-613-8989 or 267-746-8696 Bustleton & Haldeman 2br Condo $895 prvt balcony w/garden view 215.943.0370 MAYFAIR 2br $625 pay gas & electric. 267-456-8383

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

G-town Area, 1xx Hansberry St., furn, nice block, $100-$125/wk 215-667-3801 Hunting Park: Furn. Luxury Rooms. Free utils, cable, A/C. Call 267-331-5382 LaSalle Univ area $125/week Renov furn rooms 215-843-4481 North Phila: $90-$125/wk, newly renov., use of kitch, private entry 215-704-0312 N. Phila: 22nd & Lehigh. Fit for a King newly renov rooms! $80/wk and up. First/ Last/Sec to move in. 267-973-2284 N PHILADELPHIA $75/WEEK cable included, no smoking. Call 267-579-6702 N Phila Furn, Priv Ent $75 & up . No drugs, SSI ok. available now 215.763.5565 N. Phila Furn Rms SS & vets welcome. No drugs, $100 & up, 267-595-4414 Olney and N Phila. $65 and up furn, kit privs, coin-op, crpt. 516-527-0186 S, SW, W Philadelphia $350-$500 includes utilities 215-806-7078 SW & Temple area, $400-$500/mo, full kit, full bath(s), SSI/SSD OK 215-917-9369 Temple U Area, Clean, semi furn rooms $80-$120/wk. 2 wk. dep. 215-869-1203 West and SW Phila $125-$140/wk priv rm & ba, clean & new. 215-939-5854 West Phila - Room for rent, $90-$125 /wk. Call 215-921-1490 ask for Hakim W. Phila. $100 rms for rent, new kit/ba. 267-348-7708 W Phila & G-town: newly ren lg, lux rms /apts. ALL utils incl, SSI ok, 215-833-4065 W & SW Phila Newly renov rooms, share kitchen & bath, all utils incl. 215.768.7059

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18xx Haworth 3br/2ba $800/mo New renovations, Section 8 ok. Close to Bridge & Pratt. Call 215-839-6468 20xx Orthodox 1BR $600 renov, liv rm, EIK, Sec 8 OK 267.230.2600 41xx Paul Studio $475 includes heat BR, kitch, ba, $1425 move in 215.743.0503 42xx Frankford Efficiency $450/mo. 2nd flr, near transp, no pets 215.289.2973 4670 Griscom 1BR & 2BR Newly renov, Lic #397063, 215.744.9077 4711 Leiper St. 1BR renovated, lic#493309 215-744-9077 4840 Oxford Ave Studio, 1Br & 2Br Ldry, 24/7 cam lic# 214340 215.744.9077 Blvd. & Front St. 1br $550 LR, kitchen, no pets. Call 267-979-0413 ORTHODOX ST VIC Apts. / Rooms between $500 & $550/mo. 267-581-1331

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

75xx Sherwood Rd. 3br $1,100 +utils. c/a, bsmnt, garage, call 610-284-5631

Bensalem, PA Twnhm 3BR2.5B $1,625/ mo - 1376 Arundel Way - Completely renovated and spacious suburban town home with close proximity to train, I-95, and Center City. Upgraded kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and laundry room make this town home the perfect rental for young professionals or families. 12-month lease term, available September 1st (flexible if necessary). Dominic 215-630- 4553.


Camac St. 1br $575/mo w/w crpt, window treatment 267.608.0182

Oxford Circle 1br $629+utils 2nd flr, fridge, carpets, call (215)681-7760 OXFORD CIRCLE 1BR on 3rd fl. $550 + utils. 267-312-7100 Rhawn & Blvd 2BR/1BA $800 c/a & ht, w/d, d/w, w/w, (267) 972-8411 Tacony: 66xx Vandike St. 1Br $575 newly renovated. Call 215-684-2626 Torresdale Riversbend 2br/2.5ba $1025+utils 2 stories, luxury condo, all appliances, AC, garage. 609-965-5338

W. & SW Phila 1br-3br Apts & Houses, $600-$800. 1st/last/sec. 215-878-2857

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