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A new survey by careerbuilder.com ranks Philadelphia 10th on its list of cities with the most workplace cursing. And they are entitled to their opinion.

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Esquire magazine names Philadelphia “The Late-Night Capital of the United States.” Why, thank you, Esquire magazine, for not being a bunch of judgmental cocks like the cocks at cockbuilder.cock.

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A thief steals a purse from a pew during mass at a church in Upper Darby then uses the victim’s credit card to order $34 worth of food at a McDonald’s drive-through. Witnesses say the suspect — described as wearing stripes, a mask and a broadbrimmed black hat — was overheard muttering, “Robble robble. God forgive me.”

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Police in Doylestown cite two teenagers for drawing a whale and sea turtles in the street with chalk. “Are we what’s wrong with America?” asks teenager number 1. “No, of course not. We’re just drawing turtles and stuff. This will all blow over,” says teenager number 2. Police say the charges against the teens could be upgraded to a misdemeanor if they’re linked to other incidents of chalk graffiti in the area. “Are we what’s wrong with America?” asks officer number 1. “No, but history will judge us harshly,” says officer number 2. “For we took a pure, harmless thing and made it ugly.” Recently hired Villanova assistant basketball coach Doug Martin resigns after it was revealed that he lied several times on his resume. “I never should’ve said I was in Space Jam,” sighs Martin.

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A federal judge reaffirms his order blocking Mayor Nutter’s ban on feeding homeless people outdoors. “Yep,” says judge, “still a dick move to deny food to the hungry.”

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Chickies and Pete’s, which holds the trademark for the term “crab fries,” settles its latest copyright lawsuit, this time against a North Carolina business called Crabby Fries. “Are we what’s wrong with America?” asks Chickie. “Yes, I believe we are,” says Pete. “I believe we are.”

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LET’S TALK ABOUT TECHS: A radiology technician with a checkered past found work at Temple University Hospital during an April 2010 strike by nurses and staff. NEAL SANTOS

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CRITICAL SCARE The story of how a tech accused of spreading hep C came to Temple highlights a system fraught with issues. By Samantha Melamed

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ne week before he started work at Temple University Hospital in April 2010, David Kwiatkowski had been fired and had tested positive for cocaine and marijuana, according to his prior employer, the Arizona Heart Hospital in Phoenix. Yet, amid a crush of 850 replacements filling in for 1,500 striking nurses and techs at Temple, Kwiatkowski was able to pass a drug screening and get cleared for work. How, exactly, did he pass the screening? Temple doesn’t know: Associate chief medical officer Marc Hurowitz says the staffing agency handled all that. Neither does the staffing agency, Ohio’s Advantage RN: Chief executive Matt Price tells City Paper that Temple organized the drug screening itself. One thing seems clear, though: The hiring of Kwiatkowski, a radiology technician who had been also been fired from a hospital in Pittsburgh, was the product of a chaotic system that left room for error. Kwiatkowski, who worked at 13 hospitals in six years, has since been accused of infecting 31 people in New Hampshire with hepatitis C via syringes he contaminated in the process of stealing drugs. Testing at other hospitals has turned up more suspected infections, including at least two at a Kansas medical center where he began work mere weeks after leaving Temple.

The case highlights flaws both in the state monitoring system, which requires no registration of techs and doesn’t track disciplinary actions, and in the recruitment of strike-breaking health workers, through a $4 billion temp industry that’s triggered investigations around the country. Various health authorities have uncovered hundreds of instances of nurses working with suspended or revoked licenses, sometimes moving from state to state to sidestep sanctions. A 2010 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found inhospital mortality increased by 19.4 percent during nursing strikes. And at the time of the Temple strike, the union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals (PASNAP), raised concerns over the quality and screening of the replacements (“our preferred term is ‘scab,’” says Bill Cruice, executive director of PASNAP). Temple’s chief executive at the time, Sandy Gomberg, accused the union of trying to “frighten” the public. But a union nurse who went through the orientation process with California-based HealthSource Global Staffing (HSGS), which provided many of the replacements, says there was reason to be frightened. “It was an extremely chaotic situation,” he says of the process, which took place at the Convention Center just before the strike began. “There was a lot of confusion. And if you didn’t have your credentials with you, there was a way they could push you through.” Though Temple’s Hurowitz says the agencies used a “nationally reputable drug-testing process,” the nurse, who asked not to be named, says the drug testing was unlike anything he’d been through at prior posts, where each worker was sent into a secure bathroom

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✚ NUTTER DECIMATION

✚ WHITE WASHING

Last week, U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn reaffirmed his decision to issue an injunction against Mayor Nutter’s ban on the serving of meals to the homeless and hungry in city parks. His findings, aired in a 56-page opinion, were in some ways unsurprising given the judge’s initial reaction to the testimony presented by city officials and the coalition of religious groups suing the city. He found that the groups serving meals on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway fulfilled a real need; that the city, despite much rhetoric about moving meals indoors, was unprepared to do so; and that banning the groups would harm them and the people they serve. The opinion also documented, sometimes just barely between the lines, every seeming irony, contradiction and blunder in the city’s now five-month-long press to oust the Parkway meal-servers. There was, for example, the observation that while “Nutter testified that there are currently four private indoor [meal] facilities in Center City. … He did not know whether these facilities received any funding from the city.” There was the judge’s calling the City Hall “apron,” which Nutter proposed as an alternative meal site, “an unsuitable alternative … which certainly does nothing to advance [the city’s] objective to feed the homeless indoors.” There was his statement that he was “unconvinced that the ban will advance [the city’s] interest in ending homelessness,” and his comment that, while the city claimed the ban was about offering additional services, “because defendants do not actually offer any social services at the City Hall apron, it is hard to imagine how [that] solution advances their interest at all.” The list goes on — but perhaps the judge’s harshest comment, if not the most revelatory one, comes late in the opinion.

An article in the Philadelphia Daily News last Friday, picked up from the Scranton Times-Tribune, contained a term you don’t hear too often: “white people’s rights group.”

It seemed an odd way to describe the European American Action Coalition, run by prominent neo-Nazi Steve Smith — whom the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) instead describes as “a longtime racist activist with a history of violence and top-level ties to numerous white nationalist hate groups.” SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok says the newspapers — and the Associated Press, which picked up the story — should have known the difference. “A simple Google search would have made this plain to anyone who took five minutes to look.” A Google search would have also quickly uncovered a photo of Smith, head shaven, standing before a framed portrait of Hitler. No one seemed to want to take responsibility for the story, about a dispute between the EAAC and the borough of Moosic, Pa., over an event permit. “I suggest you call AP and the Scranton TimesTribune,” said Daily News city editor Gar Joseph. The TimesTribune did not respond to a request for comment. An AP editor claimed its version was scrubbed of the language, but several newspapers have posted a version of the article describing EAAC as a “white-rights group” attributed to AP. So far, no one has issued a correction. The mainstream media has long bent over backward to provide false balance between left and right, even when the right is plain wrong. The same vapid courtesy may now, it seems, be extended to brazen white supremacists. —Daniel Denvir

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Farm to City JAMES J. KELLY FLICKR: JKEL

³ THE LABOR MOVEMENT created the eight-

hour workday and brought us the weekend. The battles that won those basic perks were often bareknuckled and fought in the streets. But in subsequent years, union membership has been decimated. Now, developers Michael and Matt Pestronk have opted to use some non-union labor to convert the former Goldtex factory at 12th and Wood streets into apartments. The unions have attempted to make their lives hell — and been met with an avalanche of negative media coverage: stories of blocked deliveries and assaults of workers. It seems the building-trades unions fail to elicit the public solidarity once extended to Norma Rae. It’s no mystery why: The trades are largely white and suburban, and have a history of excluding black Philadelphians. Meanwhile, business interests criticize high wages, absurd work rules and inter-union jurisdictional disputes that impede development. They point to the Comcast Center — where a set of iron pipes, unconnected to anything, was installed to appease the plumbers’ union — as a 58-story emblem of union intransigence. Neither Philly’s low-income majority nor the city’s business elite feel themselves well served by construction unions. Of course, Philly is still a union town, and one where labor strife is now rampant. Firefighters and municipal workers, both mired in messy contract fights, prove more sympathetic characters. But the building trades aren’t focused on the public: They have politicians. For example, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 leader John Dougherty wields an enormous campaign war chest. So the trades seem unconcerned that Philadelphians aren’t rallying around the white guys with Jersey plates. Yet workers do worse without unions. Non-union sectors are rife with exploitative bosses, and when an industry is heavily unionized, even non-union workers earn more.And what happens when unions disappear? Just look at the U.S. over the past three decades:The richest 1 percent captured the majority of the income gains. All told, one-third of the growth in economic inequality over the past four decades has been caused by union decline. The Pestronks — who have applied for a public subsidy in the form of a 10-year property-tax abatement — would not be heroes in this dispute if the unions hadn’t grown used to playing the villain. The trades’ serious failings aside, the real problem with unions is that more of us aren’t in one. ✚ Send feedback to daniel.denvir@citypaper.net

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“There is some evidence,” he notes “that the true purpose behind the ban is to move plaintiff’s activities away from the many cultural attractions along the Parkway in an effort to hide the city’s homeless population from tourist eyes.” The city didn’t, he noted, defend the ban on those grounds. “Nor,” he added, “could they.” —Isaiah Thompson

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Rather quietly — it was, after all, the same day that the alleged “Kensington Strangler” appeared in court — another notch was carved into the old bedpost of Occupy history Monday, when the Philadelphia District Attorney withdrew charges against Khadijah White. White, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student and an Occupy Philly participant, was arrested in March when a protest erupted during a hearing on proposed Board of Health regulations for outdoor meals, when city officials abruptly capped the number of individuals allowed to enter. White, who says she was trying to reason with police, was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and harassment. In the process, her finger was broken — intentionally she believes — by a police officer. While in jail, she missed a ceremony, at which she was honored with the 2012 Women of Color at Penn Award. White’s lawyer, Larry Krasner, says police were ready to testify that White had pushed a police officer, but that video of the incident showed nothing of the sort (the Police Department declined to comment). “Maybe they were all suffering from a mass hallucination, but what they were willing to say … is not confirmed by the video,” Krasner says. “Frankly, it sounds like a big, fat lie.” Krasner never got to make that case in court: The DA withdrew all charges, and the serving of meals in city parks has, for now, been protected by an injunction. “I’m just really happy,” a relievedsounding White said. “It’s great to have these victo—I.T. ries back to back.”

✚ CLOSING ARGUMENTS When Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission invited the public to comment on proposed neighborhood school closings, certain of the endangered schools got organized, presenting business plans, drum circles, Shakespeare scenes, protest chants and about anything else they could think of to make the case for keeping their doors open. Other school communities: not so much. Among those listed for closing with only a feeble fight was Eastwick’s Pepper Middle School, now set to eliminate a grade each year until closing altogether in 2016. But Pastor Darien Thomas, who heads the community development corporation Southwest Multiplex Community Plaza, is hoping it’s not too late. He plans to run classes for a few hundred children and adults at Pepper starting

this fall, from ecology and agriculture courses for kids in partnership with the adjacent John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, to computer-literacy and English classes for adults. The classes will run during and after school hours at Pepper, which has capacity for 1,176 students but enrolled just 483 last year. “We want to increase the population, and also showcase everything Pepper has to offer the community,” says Thomas, who has a vision of a school that doubles as a year-round community center.“Hopefully we can make a presentation to the SRC to make a case that Pepper needs to stay open.” He notes that Pepper is just 36 years old (the average Philly school building is over 60).

“Frankly, it sounds like a big, fat lie.” Pepper principal Yolanda Armstrong is trying to stay out of the to-close-or-notto-close debate, but with 88

percent of her school in poverty, she is not about to turn away any efforts to help, even efforts of the last-ditch variety.

“This whole Southwest community really needs some support. It’s getting the parents involved, educating them about nutrition, about computers. It’s about helping our children to make healthy choices,” she says. “There are a lot of people who don’t want Pepper to close. … They feel that this school closing will be a detriment to this community.” With help from Heinz, she can envision Pepper becoming a sort of magnet middle school for environmental studies. The school already has a vegetable garden, and the kids sell their harvest at a weekly farm stand. “We even have wild turkeys and deer sightings,” Armstrong says. “Other schools don’t have what we have, because we have it all right here.” —Samantha Melamed


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“There was plenty of room to compromise a urine sample.” with a temperature-sensitive cup and a toilet containing a dye indicating a urine sample was given. “It wasn’t anything like that. It was just, here’s a cup, go pee and leave it on the counter.” an unmonitored, multi-stall restroom was used, he says. those administering the tests told him they were not regular drug-screeners, but other strike replacements. “there was plenty of room to compromise a sample. anything could have been manipulated, the way they were handling it.” though Hsgs administered the testing, he says, temple was overseeing it. He saw gomberg “there checking that everything was in place.” the drug test was just the start: the nurse learned that none of his references were checked, and he met nurses without Pennsylvania licenses who got so far along in the process as to obtain hospital IDs. as to what happened inside the hospital during the strike, union nurses don’t know — but they have an idea. at one point, temple nurse and PasNaP president Patricia Eakin says, a patient walked out in her gown, “her IV hanging out of her arm, and came to the picket line. that would never happen in a normal situation.” the Pennsylvania Health Department logged several complaints

during the strike, and took issue with the use of patient restraints in two cases. still, Hurowitz says temple uses staffing agencies on an ongoing basis without issue. and Price says that, these days, agencies employ more background checks, including highly detailed state- and county-level checks. But in a strike situation, they can’t do it all. “the background checks for strikes is typically different,” as is the handling of drug screens, “because of the compression of the credentialing period.” given all that, Cruice says that Kwiatkowski’s hiring — a week after he was allegedly found passed out in a hospital bathroom, a syringe of the narcotic fentanyl in the toilet — shouldn’t be a surprise. “How this particular guy was able to slide through the cracks is fairly typical of these agencies,” Cruice says. “We have here in this situation somebody who just happened to get caught.” (samantha@citypaper.net)


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HOUSE RULES: Chris Schwartz (right) is pinning the revived Ruffhouse label’s early hopes on Beanie Sigel’s new album, This Time. MARK STEHLE

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onshohocken has never looked like a hip-hop hotbed. It’s a sleepy, hilly borough with a quaint town square and several tony restaurants, a place seemingly built for winter wonderlands and Revolutionary War re-enactments. But today, as it was in the ’90s, Ruffhouse Records is there and

in the rap business. The Ruffhouse office now is a more relaxed environment than the hectic, platinum-plated palace CEO Chris Schwartz first ran with partner/producer Joe Nicolo from 1989 to 1999. That’s when the label was a Columbia Records imprint, and home to backwards-pants-wearing kids Kris Kross, Latino stoners Cypress Hill and a North Jersey trio known first as Tranzlator Crew — but you can call them the Fugees. Together and solo, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras scored big for Ruffhouse, while Philly acts like the punk-metal Dandelion and goofball rapping Goats kept the engine purring with respectable sales. The label’s output netted gold and platinum records galore — more than 120 million albums sold worldwide — and Grammys to go with them. At its peak, around the time of 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Forbes estimated Ruffhouse’s worth at $175 million. The next year, Schwartz sold the label to Sony, Columbia’s parent company, in 1999 for an undisclosed eight-figure sum. “I’m proud of every act on the first Ruffhouse and wouldn’t change a moment of the fun we had or when we sold it,” says Schwartz, who went on to form the less-successful RuffNation label for Warner Bros., start a film imprint that produced the locally lensed movie Snipes and raise a family before going quiet in the mid-2000s.

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ow Schwartz managed to reignite Ruffhouse in 2012 through the EMI label — signing nu-soul crooner Glenn Lewis and

old friend “Ms. Hill” (as Schwartz calls her), while launching the career rejuvenation of wily Philly MC Beanie Sigel — could one day be the stuff of legend. If they can just get through the next three and a half weeks. After that, Sigel, Ruffhouse 2.0’s first signing — who initially made his bones with the group State Property — starts a two-year stretch in prison for tax evasion. Until then, Sigel has a new album, This Time, a quickly building radio hit, “The Reunion” (co-starring his State Property brethren Freeway, Young Chris and Peedi Crakk), and several high-profile gigs including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. “We’re cramming to get so much stuff done before Beans goes,” says Schwartz. “I feel terrible for him and his family. I was there at the sentencing.” There is a mournful pause. “But look at these numbers,” exclaims Schwartz, ever the record man, pointing at the plentiful spins at influential hip-hop stations Hot 97 New York, WPWX Chicago and Power 99 in Philadelphia. “Top-ticket tour promoters want him. This album will sell big. If I only had another month.” Once called a master of “street smarts and corporate savvy” by the New York Daily News for his vision of “commercially viable and consistently good” music, Schwartz knows all about timing. “Who’s to say how numbers could’ve kept up had we waited to sell the label the first time around?” he says of Ruffhouse 1.0. Like stocks on a hot streak, it’s a gamble. Since neither the Fugees nor Hill released another album after the label’s sale, save for the latter’s live MTV Unplugged 2.0, it’s safe to say that the label owner who started his professional life managing Schoolly D and promoting records for Delicious Vinyl made a good bet. Besides, there was no shortage of suitors for Schwartz in 1999. David Geffen asked him to lunch at his Hollywood estate to discuss Dreamworks as a home for a new Ruff label. Virgin offered big bucks. Sony also wanted in. But Warner Bros. was special, the industry gold standard in Schwartz’s eyes, despite being, in 2000, an antiquated California rock label with no street cred and zero


hen there’s Beanie Sigel’s This Time, an album that the rapper and the label owner believe is a game-changer, musically

and lyrically, in that it doesn’t stick to his usual streets-are-hard gangsta lean. “It was change or stop,” says Sigel, decked in black from cap to toe when he steps into Ruffhouse’s offices early one sunny morning. “I’m a different guy than when I started.” The MC that Jay-Z once called friend, collaborator and asset — Sigel made four Roc-AFella/Def Jam albums between 1999 and 2007 — had considered getting out of the game in 2011. His run with rap’s biggest label having ended and occasional legal hassles taking hold (in 2004, he was found guilty of federal drug and weapons charges and spent 11 months in prison), Sigel just didn’t feel it anymore. “I wanted to concentrate on real life, my children. I can cook, too. I’m nice with it. I considered going to restaurant school and opening a place. Paula Deen, look out.” Sigel wasn’t looking forward to the prospect of hunting down another label and crew. He also grew tired of the hardass Beanie persona and the music that went with it. In reality, the 38-year-old born Dwight Grant is a religious man with kids and a world-weary outlook. “The hard songs on my albums get your attention, but it’s always been the softer songs that got me.” He found himself writing lyrics that were ruminative, filled with resignation and regret but also joy for the good that can happen. The music he was producing for himself was slower with slippery jazzy interludes. “I couldn’t stand that rap was becoming strictly

“AT THE RISK OF SOUNDING LIKE AN ASSHOLE, I GOT BORED OF PLATINUM AND GOLD,” SAYS SCHWARTZ. for the club. It’s too much the same sound. I wanted to do something different or just end it.” Schwartz called the rapper last year to hear what Sigel had burned onto a hard drive, a bold new record he had considered giving away before his ongoing tax troubles were set to plague him. The pair had never met, but Schwartz knew Sigel’s legend. Sigel knew Schwartz’s business largesse. “Fugees and how he came to sell them,” says Sigel with a grin. “That’s what I found fascinating about Chris.” Ruffhouse’s boss loved what he heard, signed Sigel and put him into the studio to slick up the tracks and record additional material. >>> continued on page 14

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t’s no secret that the record biz is in a blue period; sales, especially for the majors, are at an all-time low. “That’s exactly why it’s a great time,” Schwartz declares with a chuckle. “It’s a level playing field: Everyone’s equally fucked.” Luckily, he had pals to help him with Ruffhouse’s rebirth. A&R whiz kids Vance Debose and Khan Jamal, friends from the RuffNation days, are on board. So is producer Phil Nicolo (the “Butcher brother” of ex-Ruffhouse partner Joe), who will serve as president to Schwartz’s CEO. Serendipitously, Schwartz got a call from EMI, who, like WB in the ’90s, had little urban-music presence save for Tyrese, Anita Baker and Philly’s Chiddy Bang. “They needed us and we needed them,” he says. What Schwartz needed in order to complete Ruffhouse 2.0’s distribution deal with EMI was infrastructure, the money to stay coordinated and acts with constituencies. “I heard that Chris was putting the band back together, so when he called it was a pleasant surprise but not a shock,” says Dean Sciarra, a senior partner in Ruffhouse with more than a few secondary titles. He’s a producer and the owner/president of ItsAboutMusic.com, which distributes the work of 300-plus classic and progressive rock artists. Schwartz craved the sort of organization that Sciarra (who confesses he’s “not a hip-hop guy”) had long ago mastered. “We were always part of another label’s release schedule,” says Schwartz. “With EMI, they’ll distribute, but we’ll call our own shots.” “Labels are like plate-spinners,” says Sciarra, who will also help scare up investors. “My job is to keep as many plates spinning as quickly as possible.” Schwartz’s job as CEO is to get acts signed. Acts with no track record are risky, but Ruffhouse is looking at 20 new artists, songwriters and producers that Schwartz calls his “Made in Philly” brand. None of those productions, though, will be Ruffhouse 2.0’s first release. That honor falls to veterans of the business. A raw soul album from Glenn Lewis (“a true R&B singer’s singer,” says Schwartz) set for 2013 is one to watch. So is a track with Lauryn Hill, an as-yet-unnamed single due out soon. “I promise you what Ms. Hill has planned is more amazing that you can know.”

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black-music presence save for the legacies of Prince and Ice-T. “That was the challenge,” says Schwartz. “At the risk of sounding like an asshole, I got bored of platinum and gold. Warners was the last great American-owned label; no one in the hierarchy had been there less than 20 years. They had no black music. No kidding, I wanted to be the guy who brought black music back to Warners.” Schwartz made the RuffNation deal, bought studio space in Culver City and pushed WB to think more quickly than they were used to. “Hip-hop and radio move faster than that,” he says. “Marketing hip-hop is like football. Get down the field, huddle and call plays as necessary.” RuffNation made inroads with Newark’s Outsiderz, R&B sensation Leela James and melodic rappers No Question?, all of whom were moving units when AOL bought Time Warner in 2001. After that, department heads found themselves facing spending freezes. Several executives who brought Schwartz to WB quit. “The music side fell out,” he says. “It didn’t help that I was distracted by my distribution film deal with TriStar and put cash into Snipes,” he says of the film he produced starring then-newcomers Nelly and Zoe Saldana. “It was all wrong for that moment.” Schwartz stayed at WB until 2003, then became an A&R consultant for Sony, a position he held until 2011. “It was me signing bands without the mess,” he laughs. “All I had to do was collect checks and go to confabs in Montauk.”


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Schwartz and Sciarra knew they had a hit on their hands, even as the rapper’s legal troubles loomed. “What people don’t understand about a label is that it’s like steering a bus with no brakes,” says Sciarra. “Once you start, you can’t stop. You just have to make sure you adjust immediately to everything that pops up.” What popped up next was no surprise. The rapper had warned Schwartz about the tax-evasion problems and signaled that perhaps this was not the time to invest in Beanie Sigel. “We hoped for the best and it didn’t work out,” says Schwartz of Sigel’s July 2012 conviction. “Could’ve been worse. They wanted him for seven years. He’s paying for past sins.”

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Like his label boss, Sigel was intent on making lemonade from lemons. “Chris opened the door and facilitated whatever I chose to do. I wanted a State Property thing first, but Chris suggested a solo album to start.” Their bargain was “The Reunion,” a track featuring State Property membership. “I just wanted to let people know there’s more to me than hard stuff. People think there’s

only respect if there’s violence involved. I wanted to prove them wrong. It’s like the movies. People like action, but me, I love a good drama,” he laughs, mentioning The Godfather’s mix of family, rage and loyalty. The loyalty that Sigel craves in his business dealings is the basis of what comes next. He’s working his ass off to make these last weeks count. He wants EMI and Ruffhouse to recoup the money they put into him. During his prison stretch, Sigel will do a lot of soul searching and planning. He’s already been away in jail when one of his albums was released. “The B. Coming went gold while I was away.” He smiles, but this prison stay is no laughing matter and no badge of honor. When people ask Sigel if he’s having a going-away party, he cringes. “There ain’t nothing celebratory about this. I’m tired of living the cliché. This isn’t fun. I’m getting older and want to make music that my kids can listen to. I don’t want them to hear nothing but profanity. I don’t want them to think jail is cool.” The loyalty that Sigel feels for his family and his music is comparable to the vibe he gets from Schwartz. “I like Chris because when I didn’t want to do this, he pushed. I knew I had to leave the situation. I wasn’t up to this a lot of the time, but he kept telling me how much people love me and how our next album will be even better.” As the two of them sit in front of a laptop with Schwartz reeling off the morning’s valued radio adds for “The Reunion,” Sigel laughs. “I guess he’s right,” he says, pointing to Schwartz. “I guess he knows what he’s doing after all. They believe in me. He holds weight. I’m in good hands.” (a_amorosi@citypaper.net)


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³ TWO WEIRD THINGS have happened that will affect your immediate dance future: Whisper — the way-better-than-Rumor-but-man-that-ain’t-saying-much nightclub on Walnut Street — went to a “no dancing” format, as management/ownership forgot to renew its dancehall license. (You can’t break, lock, robot or frug without the proper paperwork.) Whisper stayed open and promised all would be well by this week, but wow, how Footloose.Then there’s the shuttering of South Broad’s bad-girl gogo place, Dolphin Tavern.Months ago I wrote how owners were throwing a Dolphinapalooza of punk bands to raise needed cash — guess it didn’t earn enough. So they (and I) are appealing to the better angels of your nature: Give till it hurts. (They aren’t offering lap-dance Kickstarter incentives, but it’s an idea.) ³ Rumor has it that old-school real-estate agent Michael Singer has leased his Red Sky space on Market Street to new-school real-estate agent Richard Moore.They’re dizzily casting bread on the waters for managers and how-to hints for getting into the restaurant biz. People who don’t know what they’re doing should stay out of the game. ³ Talent runs in the family when it comes to the YuillDiMarcos. John DiMarco’s missus Jennifer Yuill is a jazz-singing, piano-slinging composer/lyricist with smartly sensual albums (including Way Down Deep) to her name. Daughter Julia,who goes by the handle Words of Exposure, followed in mom’s footsteps, but ended up somewhere radically different. There’s an acoustic soulful Laura Nyro-meets-Bon Iver vibe to W.O.E.’s music. Her upcoming EP is a greatly anticipated affair; so too is her show on Aug. 17 at Penn Oaks Golf Club (150 Penn Oaks Drive, West Chester, 6 p.m.). Get there early. ³ One of the great things about chef Christopher Kearse is his determination. Kearse beat down what could’ve been the permanently debilitating injuries of a year-2000 car accident and has since risen through the ranks of Philadelphia’s finest nosheries, not just finding his place in the sun, but his own restaurant — Will BYOB on East Passyunk Avenue. When I spoke with him this spring, he gave me a date of Aug. 24 for his French-inspired nook. Those who know their restaurant culture know that dates are as soft as custard, but Kearse is standing firm. He’s not only put reservations up for the Aug. 24 “big day,” he’s crediting his crew and his neighborhood with helping out. “Things are going perfectly,” says Kearse, who has one last inspection this week. “We made it clear to everyone what the opening date was. The guys we have putting together every aspect of the place are hard-working, great and live in the area. There’s a real community feel going on.” Kearse is so cool, who wouldn’t want to help? ³ Icepack gets illustrated at citypaper.net/criticalmass. (a_amorosi@citypaper.net)

THREE MIX: (from left) Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway of Brother Sun.

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e are all about harmony,” says Brooklyn slide guitarist Pat Wictor. He’d run into his eventual bandmates, Boston-based pianist Greg Greenway and Chicago guitarist Joe Jencks, at folk concerts and conferences for years. And when they decided to book a show together a few summers ago, everything fell into place. “There wasn’t any trouble from the get-go with blending the voices,” says Wictor. “With an hour of rehearsal, it worked. The second we opened our mouths, this giant chord came out.” He drifts off for a minute, taking pleasure in reliving the moment. And thus the folk trio Brother Sun was born. “We came into this with the musical skill set we needed to make a harmonizing band. Joe Jencks is conservatory-trained in choral work. Greg Greenway worked the pop circuit for years,” says Wictor. “I studied voice with an eclectic teacher, mostly art songs in French, German and Italian. Voice training is so you can sing well even on a bad day.” But where was the common ground? Gospel and soul — two styles that work well for serious-minded providers of uplift and encouragement. “Particularly me and Greg, we are pretty influenced by black music,” continues Wictor. “My ideas are from old-school jubilee,

congregational-style field recordings that Alan Lomax did, the older gospel quartets like the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Golden Gate Quartet. That stuff, it informs how we put our harmonies together.” If you’re still not quite clear on the Brother Sun sound: Crosby, Stills and Nash were an inevitable influence as well. Their first album was self-titled and a massive hit with folk broadcasters, and made beaucoup best-ofs lists last year. Then it started another climb on the folk charts — yes, they exist, don’t laugh! — after the holiday season. Most of the songs are originals, reflective and encouraging in one way or another. “Go Tell Mary” is the gospel from Martha’s perspective, a slinky shuffle with voices sliding in slippery, tight harmony from one blue note to the next. Finger popping is the only accompaniment to Wictor’s “Love is the Water”: “You say your heart’s been turned to stone/ … Love is the water that wears down the rock/ Love is the power that won’t be stopped.” “We begin our shows a lot with [Greenway’s] ‘What Must Be Done.’ We mean it as a wake-up call, to invite people to engage the world, to take stock of their personal lives, to also take responsibility for what is happening around them. We can do something together,” says Wictor. “I learned as a child there’s two ways to see the world — as it is and how it could be. Some people say, ‘That’s not my problem.’ Some people do what must be done.” (m_armstrong@citypaper.net)

“We mean it as a wakeup call.”

✚ Brother Sun plays the Philadelphia Folk Festival Fri., Aug. 17, 7 p.m., pfs.org.

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[ off-kilter rhythmic twitchiness ] There’s no applause until the very end — nothing marks Cut the World (Secretly Canadian) as a live document, but the eight-minute Wiccan/eco-political/gender-philosophical monologue “Future Feminism” (a sui generis tone-setter if there ever was one). But it’s evident anyhow, as the album achieves the seemingly impossible by magnifying the intimacy of Antony and the Johnsons’ previous studio efforts. We know the voice, of course — ineffable, indelible — and the orchestrations here only underscore its potency, rendering the songs (10 old, one new) both more tender and newly, magnificently expansive. —K. Ross Hoffman

Dinner and a Suit didn’t get much love as a Philly band; judging by Since Our Departure (released in June on Altar Media Group), moving to Nashville was probably a good call. No, it ain’t country. This is radio-ready Nerf-rock of the Gin Blossoms variety: catchy, earnest, agreeable. Easy alt-anthems like “Too Late” woulda found a home on Y100 back in the day, but now it’s — well, you know. Dinner plays The Fire —Patrick Rapa on Friday (Aug. 17, iourecords.com/thefire).

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I’m not sure why Husky Gawenda blurts out “There’s a tiger asleep in my bedroom” in the middle of “Fake Moustache,” but it’s these sorts of oddball moments that make you want to give Australian band Husky and their debut album Forever So (Sub Pop) a closer look. Most of the time things are pretty calm, just Gawenda’s whispery vocals and plucky acoustic guitar. Fans of graceful, Andrew Bird-style indie-folk should check out Husky’s show at World Café Live on Friday (Aug. 17, worldcafelive.com) —Patrick Rapa

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Brother Sun, go do that now. It’s on the previous page. I’ll wait. OK, now: The good news is that even if you miss Brother Sun’s set on the main stage Friday night, they’ll be in workshops all weekend long. And now let’s talk about the rest of Folk Fest. For people not sure if they like “folk,” or not sure if they even know what that means: Relax. Nobody actually agrees on a definition, and there are enough popular artists on the bill who honor their roots that it’ll quickly become clear that definitions are not needed — starting with Mary Chapin Carpenter on Friday night at 9:45 p.m. Those big names include Little Feat, Steve Earle,Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt — all on Saturday evening. Prediction: That hillside will be so mobbed on that you won’t be able to squeeze gas out. If you prefer things a little closer to the root, Holmes Brothers play late Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., followed by the undisputed queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, to carry you through the dinner hour. Early risers may want to see how they testify on Sunday morning with a gospel workshop at a painful 11 a.m. Later that day, real roots people may find their attention pulled up the hill from the main stage to the lobby (aka dance) stage for the debut of the Mississippi Blues Project at 2 p.m. — Cedric Burnside and Big George Brock are the real deal. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will zip up the festival and have everybody second-lining out the main gate. ✚ Philadelphia Folk Festival, Fri.-Sun., Aug. 17-19, $65$79 (individual tickets), $145 (three-day pass), Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Rd., Schwenksville, 800-556FOLK, pfs.org/folk-festival.

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SICK SENSE: Gifted with the ability to see dead people, loner Norman is called upon to battle Puritan zombies that rise from their graves in his Salem-like tourist trap of a town.

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[ B+ ] A MONSTER-KID paean with a chilly, autumnal feel, ParaNorman is another richly textured stop-motion spook show from Laika, the studio behind Coraline. Firsttime writer Chris Butler and Flushed Away director Sam Fell take up the mantle of departed director Henry Selick, creating an atmosphere with a handcrafted, tactile feel that separates it from the slicker CGI atmospheres of its family-film competitors. That nostalgic element is echoed in Butler’s script, which is packed with nods to a bygone fright-film culture, from the scratchy TV print of a drive-in zombie flick that opens the film to the monster models that cram Norman’s shelves to the Halloween ringtone on his phone. Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, also the creepy kid in Let Me In) can see and talk with the dead, a “gift” that makes him an outcast with his peers but which he handles with a loner’s equanimity. As he walks to school, greeting the ghosts that crowd the streets of his neighborhood, a somber tone is established that’s an even greater contrast to the antic, pop-culture-savvy tone struck by most modern animated films. Most striking, however, is the film’s casual acceptance of death, an acknowledgment of mortality that resonates more than the story’s more blatant “anyone can be a hero” message. Norman is eventually called upon to battle a witch’s curse placed upon his hometown, a Salem-like tourist trap that cynically celebrates its infamous history but isn’t prepared to confront its realities when a gaggle of Puritan zombies suddenly rise from their graves. As he digs up the true story behind the town’s hats-and-brooms bastardization of its past, Norman discovers that true horror is more often the result of fear than its cause, and finds that a couple hundred years hasn’t done much to change human nature. The humor lags well behind the gorgeous visuals, but there’s no shortage of stunning detail to admire even in the most tired sight gags. —Shaun Brady

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which consumers invest money or time in local farms and take their dividends in the form of weekly shares of the harvest, is already a familiar model in Philadelphia. But can art work the same way? The new Community Supported Art (CSA) program, partially funded by a Knight Foundation grant and based on a successful, now-national model started in St. Paul, Minn., is giving it a try. The program allows would-be collectors to directly support local artists by purchasing one of 50 â&#x20AC;&#x153;sharesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 70 percent of which goes to the artists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then picking up new works by nine local artists at events over the next several months. There are two tracks to the program: The first, with shares of $350, is presented by the Philadelphia Folklore Project and focuses on contemporary crafts. The second, with shares of $450, is for work by contemporary artists selected by the gallery collectives Grizzly Grizzly and Tiger Strikes Asteroid; the nine pieces of work subscribers will get over three pick-up events run the gamut from jewelry and ceramics to sound art and site-specific installations. At first glance, the program seems like an unlikely fit for sculptor and installation artist Linda Yun, whose quiet, extraordinary installations have been highlights at Vox Populi for several years, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d translate easily to private homes. In Lull (2010), for example, viewers entered a darkened room to be greeted by a softly glowing pink square â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a painting? No, a false wall cut away to reveal the real wall, softly illuminated. And in It Is What It Is (2009), she managed to invoke another place using nothing but a Mylar party banner, holiday lights and a house fan. But the opportunity to exit the gallery is part of what appealed to Yun about the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could install a show in a gallery, and people could choose to interact with it for a minute or two,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I liked the idea that people will bring these objects home and live with them. I wanted my piece to be an object or a moment that the collector can continuously revisit.â&#x20AC;? Yunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pieces for CSA are smaller-scale, inspired by kintsugi, a Japanese technique of mending bro-

ken pottery with gold. The formâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential idea of remaking something broken into something beautiful could be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;reminder for the owner about the beauty of a difficult time,â&#x20AC;? says Yun. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll personally install her pieces in shareholdersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spaces, and that interaction with the collector in his or her home is another thing that appealed to her. Grizzly Grizzly member and CSA planner Mary Smull sees the model as a much-needed deviation from the commercial gallery model, where, she says, art is â&#x20AC;&#x153;valued like a commodity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like oil or soybeans.â&#x20AC;? Treating the process as more of a cooperative, she says, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a different way of looking at the value of an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time versus product.â&#x20AC;? She and fellow Grizzly Grizzly member and coordinator Jacque Liu also see it as a valuable way for artists to interact with the community. The public pickup events in October, December and January will also function as exhibitions, letting artists and collectors meet each other and leaving the social function of the gallery intact. Jacob Feige, a sound artist and painter participating in the CSA whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand-painting album covers for each of the vinyl records containing his audio project, says this model breaks down the boundary between artist and collector, and makes art available to a wider audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted something for people who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford a painting. This whole project is about making art more accessible.â&#x20AC;? Feigeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pieces for CSA are inspired by an abandoned piano in an old house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the audio portion of his piece will be based on the piano and historical data from the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original owners. Feige says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be happy if shareholders treat his work as an art object or a record â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or both. Liu says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been pleasantly surprised by the wide range of folks whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve bought shares. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It points to a whole crop of people who are not super rich but who actively like art; they just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to get to it.â&#x20AC;? (alison.dell@citypaper.net)


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SHAKESQUEER IN LOVE ³ “THERE WERE NO romantic comedies designed for me when I was coming of age,” writes director Peter Reynolds in his program notes for Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s current production of Much Ado About Nothing.“There was no Sleepless in Seattle for gay twentysomethings. Tom Hanks wooed Meg Ryan (mind you, breathtakingly), but how did that apply to me? Oh, yes, I was supposed to imagine I was Meg Ryan!” Reynolds makes it a bit easier to imagine with his interpretations of one of the oldest-school romantic-comedy scribes: William Shakespeare. After a successful, gender-bending production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream two summers ago, the Temple grad’s new Much Ado About Nothing posits a world in which the two lead couples, and most of the other characters, are gay men. The script changed very little — mainly the swapping of pronouns and careful addition of names to clarify who “he” is. But the context and content are drastically different: The lines change only minimally, but Much Ado is now set in a world where being gay is completely normal, and the happy ending involves everyone celebrating the double wedding of two soldiers to two other men. In this idealized world, “there’s no struggle,” notes Cameron Scot Slusser, the gay actor who plays Hero; in the real world, he says, “Men don’t grow up being gay — they have to come out.” The plot is almost exactly the same: While their regiment is back from battle, Prince Don Pedro’s right-hand man, Claudio (played

here by Griffin Back), falls for the sweetheart Hero — who is now male. Meanwhile, Don Pedro and friends conspire to match curmudgeonly bachelor Benedick up with Hero’s sharp-tongued cousin, Beatrice — also now a man. New York actor Sean Thompson plays Beatrice, who in the original context is a character with deep “built-in power and class struggles Cameron Slusser as a woman in a world of powerful (left) and noblemen and soldiers.” Changing Griffin Back. the character’s gender, then, “opens up a heaping mess of questions” about Beatrice’s motivations as a man. Over the course of rehearsals,Thompson decided that, in the play’s alternate reality, “There are manly men who keep their emotions in check, fight battles and defend the land; while there are, at home, a fairer set of men who assume the more subservient or submissive roles and generally tend to let themselves express more when it comes to emotion or sentimentality.” Hero is one of these “fairer” men. In the original play, she’s the archetypical “perfect” woman, sweet and subservient — a contrast with Beatrice, who’s funny and smart but difficult. Slusser’s male Hero was “brought up to be separate from the military,” the young Temple musical-theater major explains. “His mother saves him from that life. She wants Hero to be happy, and he wants to please his mother.” As you might guess from the gender of Hero’s parent, men aren’t the only ones affected by the gender swap. Barrymore-winning actress Cheryl Williams has history with Much Ado — her first Shakespearean role was actually as Hero, who at a low point is harangued by her father, Leonato, for supposedly being unfaithful to her fiancé,

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Claudio. Now, Williams gets to deliver that same tongue-lashing as Hero’s mother. (It’s “every gay man’s nightmare,” says Reynolds of this scene — “his mother’s condemnation.”) For some actors, this Much Ado has an added bonus: the rare opportunity to play a gay character. “When I’m on stage,” laments Slusser, “I’m always straight.” Fellow Temple student Philip Anthony Wilson, who plays Verges, concurs. “I’ve never played a gay character before, but Verges is completely different from me.” Verges dotes on Constable Dogberry, played by Drexel student Will Poost, one of the cast’s several straight actors and veteran of two Reynolds versions of Midsummer.The gender switches weren’t an issue for him, Poost says: “I didn’t know the play before, so I didn’t know who’s supposed to be a guy or a girl.” “I love the world . . . where gay is normal, and gay men marry and are in the army,” says Williams. “This Much Ado focuses on human issues” rather than the inescapable political or religious debates. “In an ideal world, this is the way we want it to be.” (m_cofta@citypaper.net) ✚ Through Aug. 26, $25, Off-Broad Street Theater,

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who meet for coffee after dropping their kids off at Ps 234. But Triburbia’s fathers aren’t much of a group. We only see them en masse a couple of times, and even then they’re generally pettily resentful of each other; the novel makes do with tracing out the tangled relationships among them through a series of vignettes, each one headed with a street address rather than a name or a title. so: Mark, the sound engineer, is married to Brooke, who is sleeping with blocked playwright Levi-Levy and used to work with Marni, who is married to fabricating journalist Rick and is professionally connected to the gay photographer whose models include Mark and Brooke’s fourth-grade daughter Cooper, who sharpens her claws on all the other fathers’ daughters, especially the Jewish gangster’s. she’s usually accompanied on look-sees by nanny sadie, who is the daughter of the failed puppeteer and who one night drinks too much and winds up in bed with Mark, the sound engineer. But it’s not the cliquishness of his characters, their blinkered privilege or even their predictability that undermine Triburbia. Instead, it’s the errors in continuity and inconsistencies in narration — not to mention the way each chapter reads like an isolated, magazine-pitched short story. the few dozen blocks of tribeca are more tangible than any of the single-chapter characters, however close they may be to the author’s own circle of acquaintances. If greenfeld’s world is small, it’s no less rarefied than the whalepants and lobster-rolls island of Maggie shipstead’s Seating Arrangements (Knopf, June 12), which spans the weekend Winn Van Meter gives away daughter Daphne to the eminently suitable greyson Duff at his summer home on the Nantucket-ish island of Waskeke. Daphne is seven months pregnant; Livia, her sister and maid of honor, cannot get past a bad breakup; and perfect WasP Winn presides over the event with a mixture of repression and resentment, tormented equally by the bridesmaids and the country club that won’t accept his membership.

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2 DAYS IN NEW YORK|C Julie Delpy’s debut as a writer-director, 2 Days in Paris, was a caustic riposte to her best-known role as one-half of the brief-encounters couple in Before Sunset and Before Sunrise. Her own film — tracing a misguided attempt to save her character Marion’s relationship with boyfriend Adam Goldberg — combined Woody Allen neuroses, broad French farce and an unrelenting unpleasantness. All three of those qualities are amplified in Delpy’s sequel, which reverses the formula by bringing her family to New York, where she now lives with her new boyfriend, a talk-radio host played by Chris Rock. In these new environs, Delpy’s debt to Allen’s comedy of complaint and intellectual name-dropping is even more evident, though the dialogue doesn’t roll off her characters’ tongues with the ease of his satiric cadences. Her characters are too broad for that: Marion’s father, played by Delpy’s actual father Albert Delpy, is an earthy, dirty old man, while her sister Rose (Alexia Landeau) is jealous and conniving. Rose brings along her boyfriend (Alex Nahon), who’s comically inappropriate in his efforts to fit in. Much of the attempted humor stems from the family’s failure not only to speak English, but to understand basic human interaction, overshooting comedy into the realm of unlikability. Rock stares with bug-eyed horror and standup one-liners, while Delpy is simply frazzled. A subplot about her attempt to sell her soul as part of an art opening results in an amusing cameo, but the conceit was handled better in a 20-year-old Simpsons episode. —Shaun Brady (Ritz Five) CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER|AIf you’re having trouble getting over an ex, don’t go see

this movie. Or do. No, don’t. Written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormick, Celeste and Jesse Forever is an entertaining look at a fizzled-out fling that attempts to subvert the structures of the shiny rom-com genre and take an honest, hard look at heartbreak. As far as romantic comedies go, this one’s like an indie My Best Friend’s Wedding: innately depressing, but with a vaguely happy ending. The premise of the movie — a couple working to make sure their divorce doesn’t ruin their friendship — follows optimistic pair Celeste (Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg), who are still living together six months after their separation. Things go swimmingly until Jesse starts dating a former one-night stand, forcing a rebound-driven Celeste to go on a slew of uncomfortable, half-hearted first dates. It’s hilariously touching to watch her trying to hold on to her dignity, whether she’s passed out at a pool party or giving a tear-jerking speech at her best friend’s wedding. We feel for her, though the film’s ending winds up feeling too tidy for all the emotional sturm und drang. —Frida Garza (Ritz East)

THE EXPENDABLES 2 A haiku: Alas, poor Statham We only pray you turn down Expendables 3. (Not reviewed) (UA Riverview, Pearl)

HIT & RUN Read Michael Blancato’s review at citypaper.net/movies. (Opens Wed., Aug. 22)

THE IMPOSTER|B+ Director Bart Layton’s debut feature-length documentary, The Imposter, tells the story of Frédéric Bourdin, the mad Frenchman who at age 23 assumed the identity of a


SPARKLE Read Andrew Wimer’s review at citypaper.net/movies. (UA Riverview)

 CONTINUING BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD|B

KILLER JOE|AJoining forces with playwright Tracy Letts has brought out the nihilistic streak in director William Friedkin, 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 mis-

deed is Matthew McConaughey’s Joe Cooper, a morally flexible police detective who’s as greasy as a chicken-fried steak. 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,

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN|CJennifer 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 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 really should have been a role for Dean Jones. —SB (UA Riverview)

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THE BOURNE LEGACY|BTony Gilroy, who wrote every movie in the Jason Bourne trilogy but never earned a swing at directing one, now

If the primary objective of The Campaign is to leave moviegoers with the sense that politics are screwy, then ... mission accomplished. This satirical send-up takes deliberate steps to point out that corporate influence is setting the tone in Washington. But any meaningful political commentary quickly falls by the wayside: This is primarily a dick- and fartjoke fest. Billionaire tastemakers the Motch Brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd as characters inspired by the real-life Koch Brothers) grow tired of Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) after he makes yet another misstep on the campaign trail, so they dump him and tap the earnest, inexperienced Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) to run against him. There’s a solid back-and-forth between Ferrell and Galifianakis as each takes a turn as the favored candidate, but ultimately all they prove is that pulling a narrative thread from a tangle of one-liners is quite difficult. Ferrell’s turn as Brady is essentially his standard manic man-baby crammed into the frame of his old Bush impersonation from SNL. Galifianakis’ Huggins is lispy, but not quite limp-wristed, and actually an ideal foil to Ferrell’s man-possessed routine. Both are wildly strong comedic actors, but are used interchangeably in a madden-

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. 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. —SB (Franklin Mills, UA Grant, UA Riverview)

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Beasts of the Southern Wild is a gorgeous thing, set in an impoverished Southern area called the Bathtub that pointedly resembles rural Louisiana. It’s there that a spirited 6-year-old named Hushpuppy (the astonishing Quvenzhané Wallis) makes her home in a tree-bound trailer, connected by zip line to one occupied by her alcoholic father (Dwight Henry). Captured on Super 16mm, the film’s images are warm and earthy, the colors rich and saturated, as if the print had been dug up from a particularly loamy patch of ground. But the beauty is troubling — not simply because it runs the risk of aestheticizing rural poverty, but because director Benh Zeitlin and his collaborators seem heedless of the possibility. Beasts is a movie eminently worth seeing, but surrendering to its spell is as dangerous as trusting in government-built levees. —Sam Adams (Ritz Five)

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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. Friedkin’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. —SA (Ritz Five)

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ing way. Despite revolving around an election, there are no discernible party lines. Rather, one character or the other is simply painted like a dick whenever a difference needs to be conveyed. While few will probably go into The Campaign expecting highbrow social commentary, this disappoints on the simple scale as well. —Chris Brown (Franklin Mills, Pearl, Roxy, UA Riverview)

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gets his chance with The Bourne Legacy, which approaches the blackops misgivings of our government through the unblinking eyes of a new conflicted killing machine: Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), a Bourne contemporary recruited into a separatebut-associated American assassins guild. While Matt Damon played his amnesiac ass-kicker lethally straight, Renner’s Cross is as flip as he is fast, wise-cracking through his tasks as a patriotic “sin eater” while working to understand why his creators have turned on him. Teaming with Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), whose lab research granted Cross superhuman strength, speed and smarts, v2.0 is a formidable physical foil for his predecessor, but Gilroy doesn’t give him many chances to show off — this is the talkiest Bourne movie yet, fixated on the shady closed-door dealings of dullard government one-uppers no one cares about. Legacy’s culminating sequence, with Cross and Shearing rip-roaring through Manila, is precise and exhilarating, but it takes far too long to arrive. Renner is more than capable of manning the wheel of this well-loved franchise, but we need less boring bureaucracy and more blows to the body. —Drew Lazor (Franklin Mills, Pearl, UA Riverview)

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missing boy from San Antonio, Texas, in the late 1990s. In the beginning of the film, Layton paints a picture of “Bourdin the culprit,” using firsthand accounts of the crime from Bourdin, 35 at the time of filming, and presenting interviews with investigators in charge of the case. The film switches gears in the second half, however, with home-movie footage of Bourdin arriving in the U.S. in the guise of Nicholas Barclay, who’d gone missing at age 13 three years prior. Suddenly, we see a somewhat victimized young man who’s shocked to see his actions have caused far more trouble than he’d imagined. Through compelling interview footage and dark dramatizations, The Imposter interweaves reality and re-enactment to breathe chilly life into Bourdin’s account. The execution is stark, using a palette of somber brown and blue tones to paint a complex, twisted world that Layton manages to make accessible, presenting facts without exploiting them.—FG (Ritz at the Bourse)


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THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES|B In Lauren Greenfield’s documentary The Queen of Versailles, the lending crisis’ fallout trickles up as well as down, showering ruin on time-share mogul David Siegel and his wife, Jacqueline. Like so many Americans, the couple is leveraged to the hilt; so when the economic crisis hits, they’re totally unprepared for the credit freeze. The Vegas skyscraper planned as the crown jewel of Siegel’s empire is shuttered before it’s open, and the 90,000-square-foot house that was to be the world’s largest private dwelling stalls out as a half-built shell. By focusing on Jackie rather than her prickly, short-tempered husband, Greenfield elicits surprising sympathy for her 1percent protagonists, although at the price of severely limiting the film’s scope. —SA (Ritz at the Bourse) SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN|BThe story, an amazing one, is that of Sixto Rodriguez, a Detroit singersongwriter 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 director Malik 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)

 REPERTORY FILM AMBLER THEATER 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 215-3457855, amblertheater.com. A Night to Remember (1958, U.S., 123 min): It may not have Leo, but this Titanic film gets points for accuracy. Thu., Aug. 16, 7 p.m., $9.75. The Mark of Zorro (1920, U.S., 90 min): With a live music score far more thrilling than Banderas. Tue., Aug. 21, 7 p.m., $9.75.

THE AWESOME FEST Various locations, theawesomefest. com. Predator (1987, U.S., 107 min.):

battle for survival in a story that was in no way lifted from Battle Royale. Mon., Aug. 20, 8 p.m., $3.

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BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-9898, brynmawrfilm.org. The Right Stuff (1983, U.S., 193 min.): The lives of the Mercury Seven as they train to be the first Americans in space. Tue., Aug. 21, 7 p.m., $10. Tootsie (1982, U.S., 116 min.): Dustin Hoffman learns to live like a lady for a soap-opera role. Wed., Aug. 22, 7 p.m., $10.

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“Ruuuuuun! Gooooooo! Get to the choppaaaaa!” Thu., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., free, Liberty Lands Park. America’s Parking Lot (2012, U.S., 70 min.): A pair of obsessive Dallas Cowboys (boo!) fans take a hit when their beloved team moves to Arlington. Sat., Aug. 18, 8 p.m., free, Race Street Pier.

THE BALCONY 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, thetroc. com. The Hunger Games (2012, U.S., 142 min.): Children of the future

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227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com. MST3K: Cave Dwellers (1984, U.S., 92 min.): The MST3K gang riffs on Joe D’Amato’s Z-grade Conan knockoff about a questing muscly guy in fringed leg warmers. ATOR! Fri., Aug 17, 9:45 p.m., $8. The Best Man (1964, U.S., 102 min.): Two horribly flawed candidates battle it out for the presidential nomination. Sun., Aug 19, 2 p.m., $8.

COUNTY THEATER 20 E. State St., Doylestown, 215345-6789, countytheater.org. The Ladykillers (1955, U.K., 91 min): Alec Guinness and other criminal hooligans discover their sweet landlady isn’t as naïve as she seems.

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INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, ihousephilly.org. Shoot the Piano Player (1960, France, 81 min.): Charlie gives up his career as a classical musician to escape his family, but that doesn’t really work. Thu., Aug 16, 7 p.m., $9. Dark Star (1974, Italy, 84 min.): John Carpenter’s directorial debut bears a likeness to Alien, except this one features an evil painted-beach-ball robot villain. Wed., Aug 22, 8 p.m., free.

MIKE Z’S SUMMER MOVIE MADNESS Philly Pub & Grub, 2001 Hamilton St., 215-563-2424, phillypubngrubpa. com. Baby Face (1933, U.S., 71 min.): Barbara Stanwyck sleeps her way to the top of the New York social ladder, then questions if she’s really happy in this notoriously sexual Pre-Code film. Sun., Aug 19, 9 p.m., free.

TERRITORIES: AFRICA African American Museum, 701 Arch St., 215-574-0380, aampmuseum. org. The Doctor from Gafire (1986, Niger/Mali/France, 90 min.): A fresh-from-school doctor rethinks his Westernized training when he meets a charismatic African traditional healer named Ouba. Wed., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., free.

UNKNOWN JAPAN PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 267519-9651, philamoca.org. Truck Rascals: No One Can Stop Me (1975, Japan, 96 min.): A road

comedy about burly men who turn their trucks into the flashiest slabs of metal this side of the Mummers Parade. Wed., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., free.

WOODEN SHOE BOOKS 704 South St., 215-413-0999, woodenshoebooks.com. Chris Marker Memorial Movie Night: Marking the recent passing of the ardent French leftist and master of the essay film with a screening of some of his short works. Sat., Aug. 18, 7 p.m., free.

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hell of it). —Patrick Rapa Thu., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., $12.50, UA Riverview Stadium 17, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-755-2353; Rave Motion Pictures, 230 S. 40th St., 215386-9800, rifftrax.com.

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✚ GO TRIO Gene Perla may not be one of the best-known bassists in jazz, but his pedigree is undeniable. He spent the early 1970s accompanying Elvin Jones, just a few short years after the legendary drummer left the employ of John Coltrane, and his impressive resume also includes Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Sonny Rollins. The Go Trio offers the 72-year-old Perla the chance to delve into the jazz songbook with a younger generation, namely pianist Sean Gough and drummer Doug Hirlinger. For this stop they’ll also be accompanied by vocalist Viktorija Gecyte, whose smoky hues are ideal for seductive

renderings of “My Foolish Heart” or “I’ll Remember April” but come fully alive when she tackles folk songs from her native Lithuania. —Shaun Brady Thu., Aug. 16, 7 p.m., $10, Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.

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✚ IKEBANA EXHIBITION In Japanese, Ikebana can be loosely translated as “giving life to flowers.” With roots in Shinto nature worship and the ancient practice of placing blooms on Buddha’s altar, the ancient art of flower arranging differs from Western floral arrangement in its aesthetic: While we strive for the symmetrical bouquet, Ikebana focuses on asymmetry, the inbetween spaces; while we look for the biggest, brightest blossoms, Ikebana artists choose flowers in all stages of bloom, even incorporating non-floral

items like moss, branches and fruit. This week at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, members of the local Ikebana International chapter will display their floral creations. —Nina Willbach Thu.-Fri., Aug. 16-17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., Aug. 18-19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,$6, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Landsdowne and Horticulture drives, 215-878-5097, shofuso.com.

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✚ HEART OF DARKNESS Consider Heart of Darkness a grand orchestra of comedy. Conducted by creator Greg Barris, this eclectic show brings together standup, bands with weird names (New Beard, Your Crooked Part, Corrupt AutoPilot and Wigmaker’s Son) and what they call “fringe scientists.” If this sounds too avant-garde, don’t worry. Heart of Darkness has been hailed by institutions like the New Yorker and Brook-

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Half a century ago, Neil Simon’s featherweight comedy Barefoot in the Park ran at New Hope’s Bucks County Playhouse before making Broadway history. Now the reconstituted, refurbished

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Science Theater 3000 crew was reviving its greatest hit — skewering the unforgettably terrible 1966 horror film Manos: The Hands of Fate — should be music to the ears of the diehards. One thing though: There are two MST3K crews mocking movies these days. You’ve got the old heads (Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff) in Cinematic Titanic, and the slightly-lessold heads (Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett) in Rifftrax. And MSTies tend to think of 1993’s Manos episode as old-heads territory, aka A Joel Episode. True, Murphy was there as the voice of Tom Servo, and head writer Nelson popped up to play the film’s gnarly-kneed antihero, Torgo, but Hodgson was still the host and star of the show. So, this Thursday’s live performance, simulcast locally at the Rave and Riverview, is, if not a sacrilege, then a reboot, with all new jokes and mostly new performers (plus a remastered Manos print, just for the

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and revived regional theater honors its storied past with a warmly nostalgic restaging by Tony-nominated director Sheryl Kaller. Virginia Veale and Lee Aaron Rosen play newlyweds renting a fifthfloor Manhattan walk-up. To her, the shabby apartment is romantic; to him, it’s a dump. Comic mayhem ensues when her uptight mother (Candy Buckley) is pursued by an eccentric neighbor (Jonathan Hadary), sparking the young couple’s first fight. Kaller’s competent production aims more for sympathetic smiles than belly laughs, but the evening’s real star is the still charmingly rustic, but now comfortable and leakproof, playhouse.


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✚ ARTPOCALYPSE The coming apocalypse (pencil it in: Dec. 21) is probably all hype, but Eric Guntor’s “Artpocalypse” is definitely,

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actually happening. Guntor, who began his career in graphic design in Boston, recently moved to Philadelphia in search of a new direction. Now he’s into tattoo design and dark territory inspired by old religious imagery. Well, that and comics, metal, skateboarding and Frank Frazetta — though he maintains that evil-looking old biblical prints are “way more hardcore than some horror movie.”

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✚ DJ TINA T

—Andrew Wimer Fri., Aug. 17, 7 p.m., free, Grindcore House, 1515 S. Fourth St., 215-8393333, grindcorehouse.com.

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Tina T is pretty cool with it. Exuding true technique without succumbing to the easy use of sexuality, the Vegas DJ is a rare treat. Her motto is “less skin, more skill” and she certainly has the skills, with a résumé bulleted with battle championships, Las Vegas’ “Best Female DJ” two years running, and the list goes on. T also founded “Camp Spin-Off,” which is the only sleepaway

✚ ATLANTIC COAST OPERA FESTIVAL Verdi’s late-in-life opera Otello is a staggering work of art, both dramatically and in terms of the physical scope of the music and staging. It is easily the most compelling operatic treatment of Shakespeare in the repertoire for the sheer breadth of its impact. It may seem rather audacious, in this light, to put on a chamber version of Otello, but the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival has an excellent tradition of presenting promising young singers. They will certainly be put to the test for the demanding casting, and it will be interesting to see how they stage this epic in the intimate Ethical Society — not to mention getting a 36-piece orchestra crammed in there. There may be a curiosity element that makes this production intriguing, but the main draw is the glorious music itself, which is too rarely performed.

summer DJ camp for teens. She brings her party rockin’ open-format style to Philly this weekend, so make sure to get in on the action. —Gair “dev 79” Marking Fri., Aug. 17, 10 p.m., $10, Whisper Nightclub, 1712 Walnut St., 215-7356700, whisperclub.com.

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✚ GARFUNKEL & OATES

—Peter Burwasser Fri.-Sat., Aug. 17-18, 7 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 19, 2 p.m. $25-$36, Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square; and Aug 23 and 25, Cherry Hill, N.J.; $25-$36, 800-515-0671, atlanticcoastoperafestival.org.

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â&#x153;&#x161; PHILLY GEEK AWARDS For the second year in a row, Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences are teaming up to celebrate the

areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest game developers, computer hackers, comic book artists, meme-generators and other l33t freaks. The Philly Geek Awards is the one time of the year when local nerds have the opportunity to earn trophies away from their PlayStation. This time around, the ladies pwned, taking every nomination in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geek of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hacker of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? categories. Other categories include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Startup of the Year,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scientist of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Viral Project of the Year.â&#x20AC;? Pre-ceremony festivities are planned, but this is a black-tie event, so leave the three-wolf shirt at home. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Michael Blancato Fri., Aug. 17, 8 p.m., sold out, Academy of Natural Sciences., 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, phillygeekawards. com, ansp.org.

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â&#x153;&#x161; SALOME Since its formation in 2008, the Baltimore Annex Theater Group has made a habit of injecting whimsical works with psychedelic flair. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous adaptations

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include funny, mind-bending takes on The Point, Fantastic Planet and Space Ghost: Nightmare Planet. This time, four members of the Baltimore

troupe are going Biblical. Their performance of Salome using multimedia montage, elaborate puppetry and innovative stagecraft will make at least one head roll â&#x20AC;&#x201D; John the Baptistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. And if King Herod isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your kind of despot, Philly-based theater troupe PuppeTyranny open the night with the most enchanting abuses of authority. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Michael Blancato Fri., Aug. 17, 8 p.m., $5-$7, Little Berlin, 2430 Coral St., littleberlin.org.

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Brokeback aside, it’s never been more obvious that gays pull the strings in Hollywood than that glorious glimmer of reel time in the early- to mid-’60s, when aging, desperate movie queens like Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland bared every flappy wrinkle in a gaggle of crazy-pants psychological thrillers. I mean, come on, you can’t even think about getting your gay card until you sit through a drunken, back-to-back marathon of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and Hush … Hush Sweet Charlotte. One of the precursors to that not-so-golden age, a little-known noir gem called Sudden Fear, stars a heavily shoulder-padded Joan Crawford as wealthy playwright Myra Hudson, who falls in love with and marries Jack Palance’s chiseled-but-loose-on-the-morals Lester Blain. The honeymoon phase ends quickly, however, when Lester suspects his new wife is amending her will to make sure the bulk of her fortune goes to charity. So he teams up with an old flame and the two plot to murder Myra before she can make the change. Sound like a heard-it-all-before snoozefest? You haven’t even given Mommie Dearest the chance to warm up yet! When Myra catches word of their plan, she turns all batshit, devising a murder plot of her own that involves gunning down Lester and having the blame placed on his silly mistress. No one does melodrama better than Miss Crawford, who totally goes there for her lip-quivering, so-hysterical-myeyes-are-about-to-explode close-ups. She even received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for this one. See the lady in action tomorrow night, when Secret Cinema screens the 1952 classic in 16mm as part of a benefit party for AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Author and film historian Richard Barrios, a veritable treasure trove when it comes to gay-Hollywood gossip, will introduce the picture. Fri., Aug. 17, 6 p.m. (reception), 7:30 p.m. (screening), $20-$25, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., 215-587-9377, thesecretcinema.com, aidslawpa.org. (josh.middleton@citypaper.net)

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✚ ANTHONY JESELNIK

—Patrick Rapa Fri., Aug. 17, 8 p.m., $23, with Doogie Horner, Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215922-6888, thetroc.com.

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✚ RUSSIAN CIRCLES There’s nothing circular about it. This instrumental Chicago trio likes to build up to some thundering riff or unleash some spindly, spidery anti-hook and then abandon it before anybody gets too comfortable. Unhindered by verses and choruses, they let tempo shifts and mood swings occur organically. Guitars and bass gather steam, then let it out. Drums gallop and lope with the changing tides. Judiciously deployed effects

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Even among douchebags, Anthony Jeselnik is known as an asshole. And it’s not just his standup, or his hilariously vicious appearances on Comedy Central Roasts (“The only reason you got on TV in the first place,” he told Charlie Sheen, “is because God hates Michael J. Fox.”) It’s also his tweets. Exhibit A: “This Daniel Tosh rape joke controversy really has me second guessing some of my rapes.” And B: “Goodbye Rodney King: The Original Rihanna.” And C, within hours of the Aurora shooting: “Other than that, how was the movie?” A lot of what he says is horrible and appalling. Why did I just cut and paste all that and put it in the newspaper? I must also

be horrible. And if you laughed, then you are horrible too.

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pedals blur the lines. And everything only moves in one direction. Russian Circles may well be making the soundtrack to a movie only they can see, a small metal orchestra taking cues from some madman conductor. —Patrick Rapa Fri., Aug. 17, 8:30 p.m., $15, with Chelsea Wolfe, Marriages, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 877435-9849, utphilly.com.

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Reading — is inviting local and national burlesque performers to embody characters from select film directors. This Saturday, out-of-towners Fifi Dupree, Porcelain Dalya and Ruby Solitaire join local artist Boylesquer Brettzo (as True Grit’s Rooster Cogburn) for a Coen Brothers-inspired showcase hosted by NYC emcee Neil O’Fortune. Upcoming performances include Mr. Deadguy’s spin on Dario Argento in October, Iris Explosion’s Tim Burton bonanza in December, a divine John Waters send-up in February and the royal treatment for Wes Anderson in April. —Andrew Wimer Sat., Aug. 18, 9 p.m., $12, PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 267-519-9651, philamoca.org.

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✚ COEN BROTHERS BURLESQUE

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If you thought things at PhilaMOCA couldn’t get any sexier than last month’s Eraserhead tribute, here comes Miss Rose to prove otherwise with a new bi-monthly series. For her Sexploitation Follies shows, Rose — whom you may know from Bravissimo Burlesque and Naked Girls

SUNDAY

8.19 [ rock/benefit ]

✚ ALL STAR BEASTIES ROCK N TAILS Specializing in special needs

animals, Northern Liberties’ Street Tails Animal Rescue nonprofit shelter runs entirely on volunteer help. Proceeds from this weekend’s all-ages benefit show at Union Transfer go directly to providing the medical attention the shelter’s animals require. All six bands have a connection to the owners, operators or volunteers of Street Tails. Stoner funk/hip-hop band Black Landlord is pumped with screaming saxophones and street punk attitude. The High Five cuts deep ’70s-style tracks with its raw power rock ’n’ roll. Curse of Samsara adds a dash of death metal to the mix, Goddamnit! (the Creep Records guys) throw in some West Chester indie punk and Hang-Up to Flat add the necessary “fakie rock” skate-punk element. Finally, Workhorse III works a little bit of all of those styles while sporting an impressive Philly punk pedigree — Lisa Lyne Flynn and Eric Perfect of Limecell. —Brittany Thomas Sun., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m., $20, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215232-2100, utphilly.com.

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standup as a nightcap.

Mon., Aug. 20, 7 p.m. (Doug Loves Movies taping sold out) and 9:30 p.m. (Doug Benson standup), $20, Helium, 2031 Sansom St., 215-496-9001, heliumcomedy.com.

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✚ DOUG BENSON Good-natured L.A. slacker comic Doug Benson is probably best known for the things he loves. The guy enjoys pot quite a bit. For evidence see his standup (it’s not all weed jokes, mind you), or watch his 2007 documentary Super High Me, about smoking up for 30 days. In fact, Benson is due to harsh Morgan Spurlock’s buzz again with a tour diary/doc called The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled, release date TBD. Know what else? Doug Loves Movies. That’s the name of his popular podcast where he uses Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide (the 2013 edition’s due out next month) to awkwardly quiz his most funny friends and Jeff Garlin. Benson stops by Helium for a two-hitter: DLM taping at the early show, followed by some straight-up

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—Patrick Rapa

TUESDAY

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✚ KITTY PRYDE Think-piece lightning rod, anonymous-comment haterbait, rap game co-sign collector — freckle-faced Daytona Beach teen Kitty Beckwith’s been having quite a summer. Since inadvertently touching off a hypewave — and backlash — back in May with the giggling, sweetly swoony “Okay Cupid” (and its endearingly homespun video), and with Twitterati scrambling to pinpoint her location on a scale from Rebecca Black to Lil B, the part-time salesclerk (and evidently, almost unbelievably, bio daughter of esoterica icon

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here was a time, not so long ago, that you couldn’t swing a leg of jamon Iberico in this town without hitting a restaurant serving pork belly. Furnished with lentils or polenta, glazed with molasses or apple cider, these crisped, melting mille-feuilles of meat and skin and fat were inescapable, and though I could think of way worse things to escape from, the cut was overexposed and evenMore on: tually abandoned en masse by chefs and diners eager for the next “it” protein. But in 2005, at the height of the pork-belly craze, there was no better place to sate a craving than at David Ansill’s eponymous small-plate atelier. I remember his pork belly, jauntily cocked over quark spaetzle like a fedora; I remember its crunchy skin like a pane of caramel, and how its virtuous greasiness coated my lips like Burt’s Bees. David Ansill took my pork-belly virginity one night in Queen Village — along with my uni virginity, marrow virginity and

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wild-boar-prosciutto virginity. None of those items seems terribly uncommon today, an era in which social-media-savvy chefs share Instagrams of a pig on Tuesday that winds up on your table as headcheese come Friday. But back then, these things felt mysterious and sexy and novel. For a brief, bright time, nobody was better at capturing that sprit than David Ansill. Then a whole lot of sad, ugly shit happened. We lost part of Ansill when he took a job cooking at a glorified sports bar. We lost the rest of him when he suddenly decamped to the Caribbean, a selfimposed exile running a beach shack for a duplicitous Jamaican hotelier. But really, if we’re all being honest, Ansill was gone long before that, from the moment he closed the doors at Third and Bainbridge. Maybe I’m overstating the case, but I know what the restaurant meant to me; I can only imagine what it meant to him. So it feels really, really good that he’s back, and almost poetic for a server to present me with a soft cushion of pork belly in crimson tomato-saffron conserva, the penMORE FOOD AND ultimate course in an eight-plate tasting DRINK COVERAGE at Bar Ferdinand, the restaurant in which AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / David Ansill is staging his comeback. M E A LT I C K E T. The relationship is mutually advantageous for owner Owen Kamihira, who knows Ansill from their days at Copa on South Street. I can’t remember the last time I ate at this moodily lit tapas bar, which opened in 2006 and has settled down to a contented simmer since the departure of opening chef Blake Joffe. But here I am, sipping a mellow solera-aged Manzanilla sherry in a dark corner the carnival lights of El Camino Real can’t penetrate; reminded, as the Piazza looms across >>> continued on page 36

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DelBello and his wife, Denise, transformed their 16-year-old Italian Rittenhouse eatery number two, Il Portico, into Tiramisu (1519 Walnut St., 215-5877000, tiramisuphiladelphia.com), it wasn’t that they wanted something new. They were looking to recreate something old — and familiar, in terms of a unique culinary tradition. DelBello opened the original location of Tiramisu on Fifth Street off South in 1991, coming from a background in Manhattan’s kosher-restaurant scene. “Society Hill then was this amazing place with the vibe of both SoHo and the Upper East Side,” says DelBello of moving into the area. Though he closed Tiramisu in 2010, DelBello never forgot the cooking that made Tiramisu unique: the cuisine of his Jewish-Italian upbringing, a tradition stemming from 18th-century Roman Jews living in Portico d’ Ottavia, a walled Roman ghetto. In Portico d’ Ottavia, the meals were not prepared by chefs. DelBello says that the people making the food were laborers: shoemakers and bricklayers. “Their simple style of cooking endured, and my family picked up on their traditions and recipes,” says DelBello. “I’m part of that 200-year-old history,” says DelBello of a cuisine based on earthen simplicity and pragmatism. “They cooked with what was available.” DelBello is talking about eggplants, artichokes and olives, among other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean produce available in the markets of Rome. At Tiramisu, eggplant and artichokes, along with tomatoes and zucchini from DelBello’s Bensalem farm, play a hearty part of the vegetable-heavy menu. The antipasti are a treasure unto themselves. In particular there’s the penultimate Roman-Jewish dish, carciofi alla giudia,or artichokes in the Jewish style: a simple preparation where artichokes are lightly grilled in oil with half a lemon. Then there is matzagna, a Passover lasagna dish formerly served at Il Portico restaurant that DelBello has reintroduced at Tiramisu. “Ah, a very old recipe and one that, though simple, requires patience to keep delicate and light,” laughs DelBello. The story goes that the Roman Jews didn’t have fresh bread available, so they used the hard stuff: matzoh. To keep it kosher for Passover, they layered matzoh instead of pasta and added in whatever was on hand: “Maybe chopped greens a la pesto, maybe cheese, and then they added a béchamel sauce,” says DelBello. “Simple food or not, it has to be right.” (a_amorosi@citypaper.net)

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Well Established 60 year old Manufacturing Company seeks a take charge individual in our Customer Service Department. This individual’s primary focus will be to assist the Customer Service Team due to a recent Acquisition. A key function will be EDI customer setup and maintenance. Only candidates with prior EDI experience will be considered. The successful candidate will have five plus years of Customer Service Experience in a fast paced environment. We seek someone with the following characteristics: Attention to detail, Excellent Interpersonal and Communication Skills, and Accurate Data Entry Skills. Send resume and salary requirements to: edi.custservice.job@gmail.com

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1742 N 16th St. 3.5BR $1,400 utils incl new renov, C/A, W/D. 215-843-8387

1800 W Ruscomb 1BR $550 1st, last, security deposit. Available late August. 267-335-5950 or 215-839-2283

4714 N. 11th 2br includes W/D & backyard, 267-228-3775

5729-31 N. 3rd St. Upper Olney-1BR/1BA $585 per mo. incl. gas & water. Must see! 24hr security. Lisbon Mngt. 215-914-0859

15xx W. Erie Studio $500 42xxGermantown1br $550. 267.230.2600

7426 Alma St Rhawnhurst Must See! 1BR /1BA; $655 per mo. incl. gas heat & water Call T&L R.E 215-914-0859. Academy & Grant 2BR $795+ 1st floor, renovated, C/A, off street parking. Please call 856-346-0747 ACADEMY/KNIGHTS 2br $825 + utils Duplex, 2nd flr, garage. 267-342-1993 Academy & Red Lion lrg 2BR $800 1st fl, no steps, c/a,off st prk267.981.6052 Bustleton & Haldeman 2br Condo $895 prvt balcony w/garden view 215.943.0370 Bustleton & Tomlinson 2BR $650-$750 +utils, W/D, pets ok. Call 267-338-6696 CASTOR Gardens 1br, pkg, bsmt, air, big closets, $600’s Locators 215.922.3400 C & Blvd. 1 BR $550 + utils 1st, last & sec, w/d, N/S. 215-329-4793

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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

Lansdowne cozy 1br duplex $675+utils EIK & off street parking (610)259-0248

Plymouth Meeting 2BR $2000 Fully furn apt, min frm New Einstein Hospt, Blue RT & Turn Pk. Gtd condo cmty. 2 full BA, updtd kit, W/D, wrp arnd balc, ovr lkng pool & tennis crts. Rent inc util& cbl TV. 1st/last/sec req610.592.5109 Pottstown 2BR / 1BA $700 New carpet, W/D in unit. Call Caitlan at 917-406-2868

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

Cherry Hill Studio $985 utils incl great location, private deck 856.397.0674

22nd & Tioga; 61st & Race, Priv. ent, fresh paint, use of kit, w/w, grt loc! $110/wk $270/move in 267-997-5212 2435 W. Jefferson St. Rooms: $375/mo, Move in fee: $565. Call 215-913-8659 26xx Gordon St: Furnished rooms, utils included, $100/wk, SSI ok, 267-819-5683 27/Lehigh, Furn, bed, refrig, micro, w/w $90/week, $225 move in. 215-765-5578 30th & Lehigh: huge rm, $120/wk, $360 move in. proof of income, 215-531-4852 33rd St. & Ridge Ave. $100-125/wk. Lrge renovated furnished rms near Fairmount Park & bus depot 215-317-2708. 4th & Diamond room frig micro bed $90/wk, $225 move in. 215-416-6538 55/Thompson lg deluxe furn rms $110$130wk priv ent $200 sec 215-572- 8833 59th St S., furn rm, near El, a/c, fridge, $90/weekly, $90 security. 215-472-8119 652 Brooklyn, $125 week. $375 to move in. Furn w/refrige, no kitch 215-781-8049

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 Broad & Wyoming, Broad & Hunting Pk, 60th & Market, fully furn., $200 sec., $100-$125/wk SSI/VA ok. 267-784-9284 Chester 1BR $125 incl. all util. Located near major bus, train routes. Move in August, no security deposit! 610-551-8301

FAIRMOUNT PARK area $120/week use of entire house, Call 215-715-4215 Germantown: Apsley St. Rms $140/wk Private bath, share kitchen 267-338-9870 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890 Germantown Beautiful furn rms, cable ready, kitch $450-$475mo. 856-217-8951 G-town Area, 1xx Hansberry St., furn, nice block, $100-$125/wk 215-667-3801 KENSINGTON $300-$400 Clean Furnished room, 856-465-6807 Mt Airy, 61xx Chew Ave, Univ City, 41xx Popular $85-$125/wk, 215-242-9124 NICETOWN 38xx N. 19th St. large room with cable, $110/week. Call 215-225-5680 NORTH PHILA $75 - $125/week Everything included. 215-820-9074 North Phila clean, quiet bldng, A/C proof of income, $135/wk. 267-702-7914 SW,N, W Move-in Special! $90-$125/wk Clean furn. rooms. SSI ok. 215-220-8877 SW Phila. Medium & large Rooms, clean, kitchen. 610-348-0121 or 267-207-8129 SW Phila - Newly renov, close to trans. $100/wk 1st wk FREE, 267-628-7454 University City Rooms & Apts for Rent 267-581-5870 W Phila clean medium rm, pvt entr, nr tran Must be workg avl now 215-494 8794 W Phila & G-town: newly ren lg, lux rms /apts. ALL utils incl, SSI ok, 215-833-4065 W Phila, rooms for rent $300-$375/mo. 41xx Girard Ave., 215-758-5120

36xx Jasper St 2br $650 +utils New paint & carpet. 215-327-2292

23rd & Tasker 3BR $800+utils ceramic tile, close to trans 856-465-3464

Aurora St. (Allegheny & Clearfield) 3br $725+utils, Close to schools, renovated, enclosed porch, back yard, new kitchen, carpet & tile. Call 201-321-0543 Hart Lane 2BR $585+utils fenced backyd, 3 mo mvn 215-514-0653

25xx S. Gross St. 2br $650 53xx Lindberg 3br $790. 610-534-4521 69th & Lindberg 3br/1ba $895 modern, section 8 ok, call (856)956-1101 Elmwood area 3-4BR $850+utils modern, Sec. 8 approved. 215-726-8817

2Br & 3Br Houses Sec. 8 welcome beautifully renovated, (267)981-2718 35th and Hamilton 2br $525 near Drexel, incl’s small den 215.701.7076 52nd & Haverford 3br $750+utils hdwd flrs, w/d, no pets. (267) 258-2635 55xx Walton 3br $750 nice block, newly renov, 267-249-6645 5xx N. Wanamaker 3Br/1Ba $750+utils 1st/last/security. Call 215-222-2147

707 N. 42nd St. 6 BR/2 BA Renovated, Sect. 8 ok (718)679-7753 Near Haverford Ave 3br $900 to $1200 Newly remod, Sec 8 ok, 267.975.6489 W. & SW Phila 1br-3br Apts & Houses, $600-$800. 1st/last/sec. 215-878-2857

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

Edgemore Rd 3br/2ba $1050+utils refinished bsmnt, quiet street, hdwd flrs, new crpts, dishwasher, 215-879-1071 Wyndale Ave 3br/2ba $1400 spacious deck, Sec 8 OK. 215-253-0754

15xx N. 28th St. 3+BR/1Ba $750+utils renovated, credit check, 215-464-9371 22xx CLEVELAND 2br $650 16XX French. 3br. $750. 15XX York. 4br, 2ba. Sec 8 OK. 267-230-2600 2541 N. Corlies 2Br/1Ba $600 porch, fin bsmnt, hdwd flrs, 215-858-4916 26xx Bouvier St. 3br $770 1st, last & security req. 267-584-7481 30xx W. Colona 3BR/1BA $675 new renov, Sec 8 ok, no pets215.559.9289

2xx Linton St. 3Br $900+ w/w, backyard, full basement. Also 1BR with backyard, $575+. (267)879-1750 Lawncrest: 5xx Anchor St. 3Br/1Ba Section 8 ok. Call 215-407-2559

18xx Haworth 3br/2ba $800/mo New renovations, Section 8 ok. Close to Bridge & Pratt. Call 215-839-6468

5330 Lesher St 3br $895 Section 8 approved, 215-479-5508

41 E. Walnut Ln. 5BR/3BA $1,400 W/D service, 3 stories, 1 full bath on 1st & 2nd floor, Call 215-290-3192

TSX 2007 $12,200 fully loaded, with navigation, leather & heated seats, moonroof. 856-264-9240

Ford F-150 XLT 1999 new body style, 4 dr, ext. cab, orig mi, sacrifice $3,985. Chevy Astro Deluxe Work Van 2003 with ladder rack, ice cold AC, cage/bins, nice condition, $3,975. Call 215-922-2165

Frankford 3br/2ba Sec 8 ok (215)322-6086

Wilmot St 3br/1ba $1050 W/D, fridge. Sec 8 OK. 215-632-5763

Accord EXL 2004 $8900 112k, leather, heated seats, power locks, & seats, fully serviced, (610)547-2450

29xx Robbins 3br $800+utils 63xx Crescentville single home 4br/2.5ba, $1300+utils Please call Tom 215-459-3564

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

Castor Gardens 3br $700/ mo Gar, bsmt, newly renov., 215-752-5317 Mayfair 3114 Barnett St 3br/1ba $885/ Mo House on a nice block. Hardwood floors, upgraded bath & kitchen. Large semifinished basement w/laundry hookups. 1 car garage. Close to schools and transportation. Available immediately. $25 non-ref appl fee. Call Alex 215-947-6446.

ROCKLAND & B ST row hse, 3BR, 2 full ba, no sect 8 $850+all utils 267-312-7100

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

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

Wissonoming 52xx Burton St. 2BR/1BA Section 8 ok, Call 215-740-4629

Chester, 1123 Thomas St 3BR $675 yard, porch, $675 Security 484-988-0697 Darby 3br/1ba $950+utils prch,yd,close shop & transp 610.696.2022 Upper Darby 2br & 3br freshly painted, 610-996-6266 Upper Darby 3BR/1BA $1000/mo. Serious inquiries only. Call (917)755-0727

1054 Village Ln 3BR/2.5BA $1,400 Completely Updated includes new appliances Range, Refrigerator, Washer & Dryer. Move In Ready!!! 610-631-5000 ext 113

GLENSIDE 2Br/1.5Ba $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

resorts/rent Broad & Roosevelt 2br & 3br $700+ new renov., new carpet & kitch w/granite counter tops, Sec. 8 ok 215-463-6366

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North Wildwood, NJ 2BR $99 per night Stay at the shore at an affordable price. Starting at $99 a night for a 2 bdrm. Only 2 blocks to beach and boardwalk. 609-729-0561

8816 Ridge Av Unit 14 3br/2.5ba 1,600 util. 3 story townhouse. Features central air & washer and dryer, 1 car garage, patio & deck off 1st & 2nd floors. Available Sept. 1. Call for more information 610-296-7773

427 E. Miami Ave. WILDWOOD CREST $153/Night Oceanfront Property, Minutes from the Boardwalk, Family Friendly, Pool & Restaurant!! Only $153/Night (SunThurs) $180/Night (Fri & Sat). Call Madrid Condominiums 609-729-1600.

7XX E MADISON 3BR refrig, yd, new paint/crpt $650+ 267 645 9421 Port Richmond 5br/2.5ba $1250 across from park, Call 484-300-9699

505 E. 4th Ave. Book 3 Night Mid-Week Special get 4th Night FREE!!! In our Large Studio Units - 2 Double Beds with Kitchenette. Sleeps up to 4 people. Pool, BBQ Grills, Elevator, 1/2 Block to Beach. FREE HOT DOG WEDNESDAYS!! Call for Rates and Availability 609-522-7272

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

low cost cars & trucks Cadillac Sedan Hearse 1985 $4999 good cond, needs engine, 215.745.8962 Chevy Astro Cargo Van 2002 $1,750 auto, cold AC, 87K mi, insp 215-620-9383 CHEVY IMPALA LS 2001 $2500/obo insp, runs great, cold a/c, 267-441-4612 Chevy Impala LTZ 2004 $3,450 Leather, sun roof, wing, etc.267.592.0448 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport ’00 $3477 dual doors, only 90k miles 484-494-0682 WINNEBAGO 1977 $2650 69k, good condition. 610-667-4829 Ford Escort 1998 $1195 Mercury Grand Marquis 1996 $1250 auto, a/c, inspected, call 215-620-9383 Ford Expedition ’99 E. Bauer $4250/obo Clean, loaded, new inspec. 215.410.1644 Nissan Altima 2.5S 2002 $4,895 auto, sunroof, gorgeous. 610-524-8835 Oldsmobile Alero Grand Am 2000 $1450 2 door, auto, loaded, clean, 215-518-8808 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 2004 $4,250 supercharger, sunroof, lthr .267.592.0448 Pontiac Sunfire 2002 $1,499 4 cyl, auto., moonroof. 267-825-2315

RECESSION SPECIALS!!! Grand Marquis ’97 rims, sys, TV’s $2699 Mazda MPV van ’00 3 row, CD, AC $2222 Merc Sable ’01 tint, 170K, 100% $1699 Ford Taurus ’03 122K, nds nothing $2222 All below KBB, wont last (215)520-7890 SAAB 9.3 Convertible 2001 $4995/obo Turbo, 4cyl, 5 speed Biggins transmission, 101k miles, runs great, call 267-825-2315 Volvo V70 Cross Country 2002 $3,875 leather, moonroof, 3rd row267-592-0448

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1xx W. Coulter 1 Lrg BR $625+ util 1+1 move-in, 2nd & 3rd flr, avail immed., credit check. 215.681.7606, 215.681.7072 5201 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1BR On site Lndry 215.744.9077 Lic# 311890 5321 Wayne Ave. 1br $625 efficiency $550 Avail now. 215-776-6277 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

20xx Orthodox 1BR $600 and 4br avail. Sec 8 OK. 267-230-2600 4670 Griscom 1BR & 2BR Newly renov, Lic #397063, 215.744.9077

1544 Church St $100-$125/week near transportation, $400-$500 move-in fee, 610-291-4448 21st & Erie, large room, new renov., wall/wall, furn. $100/wk. 215-570-0301

12XX Greylock 3 BR Refrigerator Yard, porch $775+ 267-645-9421

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1742 N 16th St. modern 2br $1,100+utils new renov, W/D, C/A 215-843-8387 Temple Hosp area 1-2 br $575 water incl Broad & Allegheny. Call (215)336-4299

1414 W. 71st Ave 2br $800 Utils incl. Close to trans & shopping. 215-574-2111 1522 Champlost 2br/1ba $675+utils heat incld, Please call 215-779-6914 Asbury Lawnton 2BR $675 + sec. dep. Newly renov. 215-868-4968

31xx Custer 3Br/1Ba $750 20xx Bellmore 3Br/1Ba $750 comp. renov., Sec 8 OK. (215)852-8543

Wildwood, NJ: New Rus Mar Motel steps to beach, pet friendly, oceanviews, renovated rms. For specials 609.522.0101

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45xx Walnut St. 1BR $900+utils Call (215) 820-0342 49th & Florence 2BR $650 open porch,1st flr, new renov215.472.3514

77xx Woolston Ave 19150 2br/1ba $800 duplex, w/w carpet, garage, washer/ dryer, basement storage 215-901-4700

11xx N. 55TH ST. BRAND NEW BUILDING Single rms $400. Rms w/ bath $500. Rms come fully furnished w/ full size beds, fridge, & dresser. SSI/SSD/VA, Payee services, Public assistance, home plans, ok. Also SW, S., W., & N., 267-707-6129 1338 W. Toronto St., newly renov. rms, $100/wk & up. utils incl. (302)373-0751

18xx E Lippincott 2br $700+utils Section 8 ok, Call 215-688-3689

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