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[ - 1 ] The 23-year-old daughter of former state Sen. Vincent Fumo files an injunction to keep him from messing with a $2 million trust in which she has a stake. “Know what?” says judge. “I’m sick of you people. I’m locking all you Fumos up. All Fumos, report to jail.”


The judge who granted the temporary Fumo injunction recuses himself from the case, citing multiple conflicts of interest. “Make way, Fumos. I’m throwing myself in jail.”

[ + 2 ] Rodney D. Williams, retiring as president

of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging after nearly 40 years, says the agency is underfunded and has a huge waiting list. “And now I’m off to visit all my old clients on our luxurious farm upstate. I sure hope it looks like the pamphlet.”


The first day of New Jersey’s annual blackbear hunt results in 122 bears killed. But it’s not enough. It’s never enough.

LIFE LESSONS: Darryl Goodman, left, and Tyrone Werts met in Graterford, where both turned their lives around. Now, they want to harness the wisdom of exoffenders to change the lives of troubled kids.

[ - 4 ] A train derailment in New Jersey that spills

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vinyl chloride gas into the air is blamed on human error, automation and aging infrastructure. Also: bears.

[ - 2 ] U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey proposes the “Clothe

a Homeless Hero Act,” wherein the Transportation Safety Administration would donate clothing from abandoned luggage to homeless veterans. The TSA agrees, as long as they get to be the ones dressing and undressing the homeless, preferably in public.

[ - 2 ] Longtime Philly TV news reporter Terry Rugg-

les retires. He plans to put on a Snuggie, play a little Boggle and cuddle up with his lover, Snuggle the Fabric Softener Bear.

[ - 2 ] A Chester County man on parole for a DUI flees to Ireland. Bell Curve had a lot of jokes for this. Good ones, too. But we’re better than that. Plus, most of our advertising comes from leprechaun massage parlors, so …

[ + 1 ] The Temple student who almost died after

falling five stories down an elevator shaft while exploring the Divine Lorraine in 2010 says he’s learned his lesson. “Which is why I’ve spent the last two years irradiating spiders and letting them bite me.”

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OUTSIDE CHANCE Former Graterford inmates turned their lives around in prison — but changing Philly’s culture of crime is their greatest challenge yet. By Samantha Melamed


t’s Monday night in the basement of the Belfield Recreation Center in Logan, and the 10 or so men and women seated in folding chairs, arranged in a circle, support-group style, are struggling to hear one another over the booming soundtrack of a Zumba class in the room next door. It may not be the most auspicious way to launch a citywide movement aimed at curbing juvenile crime and incarceration, but this crew of ex-offenders, volunteers and one college professor is determined to do just that. The way its founders see it, the Public Safety Initiative (PSI) Youth Transformation Project — a so-far unincorporated, unfunded and unofficial effort born out of the much-marveledat Lifers Inc. group inside the State Correctional Institution at Graterford — could be the best weapon Philly has to change the outlook for its most crime-ridden neighborhoods. “PSI is not a program, it’s a movement,” says Tyrone Werts, who while at Graterford helped dream up the plan to, among other things, pair kids caught up in the criminal-justice system with mentors who have done hard time. “It’s a movement to enroll thousands of men all over the city at one time, to call these men together, to

empower them to change what we call ‘the culture of street crime.’” But first, the volunteer-run effort must overcome the more mundane challenges of life, logistics and social-service work on the outside: obtain 501(c)3 status, build spreadsheets to track its successes, write grant applications, win funding, get a brick-and-mortar headquarters, perhaps pay some of its overworked volunteers — and, in the name of all that is good, get someone to turn down that Zumba music. Fortunately, Werts and his partners have learned to be patient. It’s been more than 30 years since the Lifers group was founded in Graterford by inmates who wanted to turn around both their lives and the violence in their communities. Werts, a former president of Lifers who had his life sentence commuted by Gov. Ed Rendell after 36 years in prison, says the concept of PSI has likewise been brewing for years, germinated from focus groups the Lifers held with Graterford’s new arrivals. At the time, the Lifers wanted an explanation for the state’s skyrocketing prison population (besides, that is, its debatably draconian sentencing and parole policies). They found the culture of street crime itself was one pervasive, triggering factor. The bad news — that kids were modeling behavior the inmates themselves had helped perfect — was followed by good: Those leaving Graterford had the ability to make a difference, and the Lifers could be the ones to train them for the job. “Using the credibility we had from the streets, we could engage

“It’s not a program, it’s a movement.”

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✚ CAFÉ CULTURE When the Nutter administration issued a ban this spring on serving meals to the homeless on public land, citing a need for both sanitary facilities and dignity, critics saw an ulterior motive: a desire to clear the homeless, and the church groups who’ve long brought them food there, off the newly gussied-up Ben Franklin Parkway. So, city representatives’ reaction to the latest bold idea presented to them by homeless-feeding groups — an indoor-outdoor homeless café, right on the Parkway near the Free Library and Family Court buildings, with all the class of the stylish new Milk & Honey café just down the road — was not surprising. “There was kind of a silence,” laughs Pastor Brian Jenkins of Chosen 300 Ministries. The backdrop for the conversation was the first meeting between the city and groups that had sued over the ban, part of an agreement approved by federal District Court Judge William Yohn Jr. Cranford Joseph Coulter of the King’s Jubilee says the meeting was “very disappointing.” “The mayor told us his goal was to end homelessness,” Coulter says. Yet, the city was “talking about soup kitchens, and I was talking about overhauling the system.” Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald says the meeting “was productive. The goal is to improve the lines of communication” and to create a coordinating body on fighting hunger. But Chosen 300, for one, could use more immediate help.The only city assistance it’s ever gotten was $75,000 in seed money, under Mayor John Street, to build its highly utilized Spring Garden Street facility. Jenkins’ work to open up yet another dining hall, in West Philadelphia, has ground nearly to a halt for want of $160,000 to buy needed mechanical systems. Donations have dropped off by

$150,000 from last year, while demand for meals has soared, sending Jenkins and affiliated church groups scrambling. Jenkins is confident that “we can come up with solutions, but they cost money.And there has to be some involvement by the city. The nonprofit sector cannot carry the entire load.” To that end, though, no follow-up meeting date was set, Coulter says. “They’ll call us, I guess.” —Samantha Melamed

✚ COMING-OUT PARTIES On Nov. 6, Philadelphia’s Brian Sims became the state’s first openly gay person elected to the state legislature; he naturally assumed that, come Jan. 1, he would become the state’s first openly gay legislator, too. But Republican state Rep. Mike Fleck, by coming out to the Huntingdon Daily News in an interview published Saturday, beat him to the punch. “I’m excited to have a Republican colleague who I hope I can work with when it comes to LGBT civil rights,” says Sims. Sims is the gay candidate people had been waiting for. He will represent Center City’s 182nd District, which includes the Gayborhood; his victory party was held at legendary gay bar Woody’s. Fleck is more unexpected. His 81st District lies at the center of the state’s conservative heartland, known derisively as Pennsyltucky; he graduated from Christian conservative Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University and later worked as a district executive of the Boy Scouts, a participant in an ongoing legal dispute with the city of Philadelphia over the organization’s prohibition on openly gay members. The announcement — which included Fleck’s acknowledgement that he had tried, and found lacking, a bogus “conversion therapy” >>> continued on page 12


By Isaiah Thompson


³ SET THE MAST,raise the rigging! Pull anchor

and hoist the mainsail: The ship is leaving harbor! Yes, dear readers, your own Man Overboard! sets sail: This reporter is, with a heavy heart, leaving Philadelphia City Paper to navigate to new journalistic horizons. You’ll be able to find me (though not by the moniker Man Overboard!) at the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network — soon, I am promised, to be renamed. It’s been an exciting, rewarding four-and-a-half years as a reporter for City Paper,with about three of those years (can it be?) as author of this column. The topics I’ve addressed in between gratuitous nautical references — casinos, local politics, fracking, bicycles — changed like the tides, but the subject matter was, generally, the same: hypocrisy. There were the goodies embedded in a casino table-games law that let casinos lend credit and that tilted the odds of winning a new license to a project supported by one powerful lobbyist with a knack for not returning my calls (Mr. Stephen Wojdak, we will meet again). There were the early machinations of the state legislature to block a tax on Marcellus Shale drilling while plundering (for the first time ever) a fund meant to preserve state forests. Following an investigation into fatal shootings of mentally ill individuals by police, there were a few weeks of hearty despair over District Attorney Seth Williams’ declining, after much talk of a new era of transparency, to substantially improve the process by which these shootings are investigated and announced in a timely way. More recently, Man O! found much kindling for the ol’ reportorial fire in a series of baffling statements by the mayor and his administration explaining (and then defending in federal court) the mayor’s attempt to ban the feeding of hungry and homeless people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It was less often, and with more unease, that I >>> continued on page 12

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PASSING THE BAR: Dr. Paul Fink, a psychiatrist and Temple professor, worked with Graterford’s Lifers for years before helping launch PSI.

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them more effectively than someone who didn’t live that lifestyle,” Werts says. He didn’t want to mentor just one kid or talk just one drug dealer into leaving the corner: He wanted to put in place enough mentors and advocates to begin changing the city’s culture on a broad scale, and to organize entrepreneurs to train and employ the young people, opening up alternative paths. “I could help individual kids, but I’m saving individual lives. I’m not making my community any better,” Werts says. “What we’re attempting is a big job and it’s never been attempted before. And we’re going to do it because of the connection between the community and the prison.” It’s a remarkable theory. But implementing it has been a years-long challenge. And it has, so far, rested a great deal on the shoulders of the bionic Darryl Goodman — Bluetooth receiver perpetually jammed into one ear, the better with which to pump friends, family and new acquaintances alike for connections, volunteer work or anything else that can help PSI’s exploding number of teenage charges get their lives on track. Unlike Werts, Goodman was never a “lifer”: He did 15 years in prison, three of them in Graterford. But his father, Bruce Goodman, was incarcerated at Graterford when Darryl arrived, so (to Bruce’s great sadness) he was able to show his son the ropes. Darryl, in turn, introduced his father to the Lifers group. When Darryl Goodman was released in 2002, the Lifers heaped on him their hopes of founding a PSI movement outside prison walls. Goodman began the way a guy with a day job, a family to support and no infrastructure behind him had to: very small. Around North Philly or West Oak Lane, when he would see teens or twentysomethings dealing on street corners, he’d try to talk to them. He’d usually fail to get through. Eventually, the kids would get busted. But then their parents would call, wanting Goodman, who was working at the Sarah Allen Seniors Homes at the time, to help find the kids court-mandated community service.

Goodman and a slowly expanding circle of volunteers — including, more recently, his own father, who’d been reluctant to participate until he finally saw for himself the impact his son was having — began reaching not just young people on the street, but those already in the criminaljustice system. Every two weeks for the past seven months, PSI members have navigated the fluorescentlit warren of the Youth Study Center, Philly’s juvenile holding pen, to speak to a few dozen young people awaiting trial. They ask, “Who has court dates?” and kids’ hands shoot up. The PSI members pass around paper forms for the teens to fill out with their name and court details. And then, when the court date comes around, they do what none of the kids expects: They show up. “They’ve heard lies so many times,” Goodman says. “Once they see us in court” — and often, the PSI representatives are the only ones there to speak in support of the kids; even the parents sometimes don’t show — “they finally start to believe us.” On each visit, PSI gains a handful of new mentees; keeping up with that demand is becoming the next challenge. The group has about a dozen mentors currently. “What’s been holding us back is the resources to build an infrastructure in a really effective way, where people can see the outcomes,” Werts says. “But we’ve been building a lot of credibility with the courts, the probation system, the kids and the parents.” One goal is to begin holding meetings around the city in the next few months, and after that large-scale training sessions for mentors, so that any kid who needs help can be paired with an adult who’s turned his or her own life around. To that end, Werts and Goodman have been doing their share of reminding those they meet that “you have the responsibility not to walk past >>> continued on page 10

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these guys but engage them in conversation, be mediators, mentors,” Werts says. He says many ex-offenders are ready to help, but are awaiting some direction. “They see the value of their own personal experience.” Werts knows it’s not the first mentoring effort in Philly, but it’s doing something most aren’t: embracing the toughest cases. “PSI is working on those hardcore guys that nobody can reach,” says Werts. “They’re resistant to the parents, resistant to the counselors, resistant to the schoolteachers. People normally listen to a person they respect. And the person that has the most credibility to these hardcore guys who are walking around with guns are people who have been there.” dr. Paul Fink, a psychiatrist and Temple professor who’s been working with the Lifers for decades and is helping launch PSI (in some cases, counseling the kids), says it’s simple. “These boys are extremely angry that their fathers are not there,” and they need role models besides their peers, “who are stupid-asses like they are.” For parents like dianna black of Southwest Philly, a single mother of five sons who have seen varying degrees of legal trouble, it’s worth a shot. She found out about PSI when bruce Goodman showed up a few months ago at court to speak on behalf of her fourth son, who’s 14. The boy had shown a knife to a younger kid on the block; the child’s mother had taken it as a threat. “I’m not saying he’s a great kid, but I never had any problems like that with him,” black says. She moved her family to a different neighborhood and figured Goodman’s support couldn’t hurt. but even she was surprised by how fast her son connected with his mentor; Goodman began calling her son daily, taking him to the library, to Sixers games. When Goodman became ill, black’s son began calling him, just to make sure he was OK. being a single mother of five in Southwest Philly can have a way of molding your outlook. right now, black isn’t all that optimistic about her brood. “If I could save a couple [of my sons], as opposed to all of them being messed up, is what I was trying to do,” she says. She hopes Goodman can at least be a mitigating factor. Parents like black are telling their friends. While a public-relations effort is yet another postponed order of business, word of mouth travels fast. That’s how Sophia Garrison became drawn into PSI. She heard about darryl Goodman, that he was trying to talk to the kids on street corners and in juvie. She told him about a woman she knew who needed help: a grandmother caring for an 8-yearold who’d already been kicked out of two schools. Goodman was happy to do it — but not without asking for something in return. Which is how Garrison, a full-time nurse, became PSI’s practically full-time, volunteer school and career counselor. She’s placed scores of kids into jobs, Ged programs, even college. Goodman admits that, when resources are scarce, that’s how things work. “If you don’t want to be a part of it, I don’t have time for you. We’re cool, but we’re going to go our own ways.”

That’s how he connected with a barber, a record producer, numerous people in the building trades and other entrepreneurs — especially Jeff brown, owner of 10 Shoprite stores and a major supporter — all willing to extend training and work opportunities to the kids. He wants to teach more kids building trades, maybe get them rehabbing houses in the city; the Philadelphia Housing Authority offered him one to start. but “this 501(c)3 crap,” as Fink calls it, has been dragging on for more than two years, preventing PSI from receiving the house or any formal funding. So far the only income they’ve been able to accept is a $500 activity grant from the city. “Our project pays nobody nothing. We don’t have a dollar to our name,” Fink says. Werts is now busy collecting

“They’re the guys no one can reach.” results from the program, organizing it into the tidy spreadsheets he’ll need to apply for grants. He’d like to be organizing a mentor-training program at Graterford but — yet another barrier — he’s still on parole and can’t have contact with inmates. “I need to build a little track record, and then I’m going to seek approval,” he says. meanwhile, darryl Goodman keeps up his day job — now as a city sanitation worker — and relies heavily on that bluetooth. “How do I do it? That’s the question everyone asks me,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t know. I get calls all night. I don’t sleep. Parents call me and say, ‘my son didn’t come home.’ A mentee may call me and say, ‘I’m stuck here, can you come get me?’ They call from all over the city. Sometimes they call me to talk, or the parents may call and just break down just crying.” “It’s hard work. I didn’t anticipate it to be as hard as it is. but it’s something I have to do. If I tried to stop, I’d probably fall dead. And, man, I rested for 15 years. I can’t rest anymore.” (

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LOSING BY FORFEIT Our cover story about how the District Attorney’s Office seizes millions in alleged crime money from ordinary people, regardless of whether they’ve actually committed a crime [“The Cash Machine,” Isaiah Thompson, Nov. 29, 2012] was called an “important article” by commenter samac, who added: “If only the city were as efficient at collecting the $500 million in property taxes deadbeats actually owe the city, maybe they wouldn’t need to randomly shake people down on the street for small change.” MEAT AND GREET Our positive review of Fette Sau, a barbecue spot imported from Brooklyn [“Borough Bred,” Adam Erace, Nov. 21, 2012], brought out the naysayers. Commenter jbartlett wrote: “Adam, you need to get some real barbecue. First problem at Fette Sau, they don’t cut the brisket properly. Second, a lump of fat does not equal tender.” Commenter epices6 added: “It’s a good thing that well-known culinary out-of-towners are coming to Philadelphia (I hope for Pok Pok). [But] I wish I could share your enthusiasm about Fette Sau. The servers are indeed excellent, but the entire setup is cumbersome and too shtick-y (who really enjoys beer out of Mason jars?).” POINT TAKEN The comments came fast and furiously about a post on the Naked City blog about the city condemning and taking 17 privately owned properties in Point Breeze in order to build affordable housing [“Point Breeze Eminent Domain Bill Passes,

Spurs Debate on Affordable Housing,” Samantha Melamed, Nov. 29, 2012]. Wrote pbnewcomer267:“As much as I think this is wrong, Point Breeze is going to change and the haters who don’t want gentrification or white people in their ’hood can’t stop it. This bill won’t stop that as affordable housing is defined by City Council and City Hall as starting at $150,000. Point Breeze is going to be a nice place to live after 40+ years of blight, crime, filth and ignorance.” But Mezike23 responded: “pbnewcomer267: Your comments are the most ignorant that I have ever read. Point Breeze has had its share of problems, but who are you to proclaim that there were 40 years of blight, ignorance and filth? I am almost 50 and I had some of the best times of my life here in Point Breeze. Where did you grow up and why do you want to move in[to] the neighborhood? … Just because developers are rehabilitating properties doesn’t mean that all will be swell. We have low-income residents that need help and there is nothing wrong with that. I hope Councilman [Kenyatta] Johnson continues to fight for affordable housing.” We welcome and encourage your feedback.

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Pennsylvania provides no protection for gay people. program — adds momentum to a movement for gay rights that seems increasingly inevitable yet, in states like Pennsylvania, frustratingly elusive. Pennsylvania not only doesn’t recognize gay marriage, but provides no protection for gay and transgender people who have been discriminated against in housing or private employment. Liberal cities like Philadelphia have their own anti-discrimination laws — and could soon have more, thanks to legislation, recently introduced by Councilman James Kenney, that would give additional rights to life partners. But “if Rep. Fleck, in his district, was renting a house, and his landlord now knows that he’s gay, he could kick him out and that’s perfectly legal,” notes Ted Martin, executive director of Equality PA. If Fleck held a private-sector job in Huntingdon, “He could be

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Pennsylvania, and was lead sponsor of a proposed state constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. He explained why in 2009, calling same-sex marriage “dysfunctional.” “I don’t see my voting pattern changing,” Fleck told the Huntingdon Daily News. But he also sounded a Libertarian note: “The Republican Party is all about the government needing to stay out of people’s lives.”

There have been no major votes on gay rights since Fleck was elected in 2007, and advocates hope that Fleck and the rest of his Republican colleagues will support equal rights. “I really hope people will give Rep. Fleck some breathing

want to hire a gay person.”

space, some room to adjust,” Martin says. “I also hope in the long term that people will begin to start having a larger conversation about how badly we treat our LGBT citizens in Pennsylvania.”

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Polls show that half of Pennsylvanians now support gay marriage. But Fleck’s Central Pennsylvania colleagues will be difficult to sway. Republican state Sen. John Eichelberger, whose district encompasses Fleck’s House district, is

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—Daniel Denvir

Competition, debate and even roughhousing make for good news; disengagement doesn’t. occasionally turned my spyglass back toward the very cove that’s harbored my own career: the Philadelphia news media. But I’ll risk the glance now. That Philadelphia City Paper,with a news team of three, has been and remains not just an upstanding arts and entertainment weekly magazine, but a news organization capable of breaking important stories tells me that the kind of news said to be endangered — investigative, in-depth, challenging reporting — doesn’t have to be lost just because of smaller staffs and shrinking budgets. Investigative reporting is a matter of approach, not just resources. And when it comes to approach, I say the less polite, the better, especially when it comes to the thankless task CP has taken up from time to time of critiquing — and criticizing and praising and tearing apart — the larger news organizations that bear the mantle of being papers of record. Every now and then, CP sees the news as the news: Ergo, it was sometimes our job, as we saw it, to go after a story or a narrative that didn’t seem to sit right. Many a time, the (rather small) CP flung itself into the ring with a story that threatened to trounce another piece in the public square — only to be met with a pouting giant of an opponent, unwilling to fight or concede. To put it bluntly: CP stories that contradicted, challenged or eclipsed reporting by the big guys

have often been brushed off or ignored altogether, and I think those times represent missed opportunities for all of us. Bruised egos (of either party) aside, the problem is that while competition, debate and even roughhousing make for good news; disengagement doesn’t. We should worry less about who’s playing nice than about who’s right. Such talk seems to be falling out of favor as shrinking news organizations, here and elsewhere, have begun to emphasize collaboration. Overall, I think collaboration is a good thing: The right and honorable people of Philadelphia deserve the best reporting they can get, and if collaborations make that happen, so much the better. But the emerging possibilities for collaborating on stories that kick proverbial butt shouldn’t let us off the hook from kicking each others’ in the meantime. So to the Good Ship City Paper, I say, keep firing those cannons — even if they’re aimed at me now — and I bid you a throaty “Ahoy!” and a heartfelt thanks. ✚ Man Overboard! may have sailed off into the sunset, but Isaiah Thompson is still on Twitter at @isaiah_thompson.

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ONE AND OLNEY A turnaround attempts to overhaul the culture at two of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most dangerous high schools. By Samantha Melamed


arvin Watson, 17 and a senior at Olney Charter High School, glances around the Friday-night scene in the school cafeteria, where a few hundred students and parents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a number of security personnel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are filtering in for Olneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-ever student â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open Mic Night.â&#x20AC;? Watson is trying to impress upon a reporter just how unusual all this would have looked a couple years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Olney,â&#x20AC;? he concludes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do things like this.â&#x20AC;? And yet, aside from some painful squeals of feedback, a few backup-music malfunctions, an interruption by a teacher to ask for quiet (â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I have 100-percent attention, I will continueâ&#x20AC;?) and one cringing moment of agony when a teenage chanteuse freezes on stage, then runs out of the room in tears, the night goes fairly smoothly. Teachers and students say the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success â&#x20AC;&#x201D; indeed, the fact that it took place at all â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is symptomatic of a drastic transformation at Olney, a turnaround school that, up until last year, made repeated showings on the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;persistently dangerousâ&#x20AC;? list. The nonprofit Aspira Association took over Olney East and West high schools in 2011. While the privatization of city schools has been a topic of debate in Philadelphia, those in attendance Friday insisted that the impact, just a year-and-a-half in, has been remarkable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never even would have had something like this, the kids were so out of control,â&#x20AC;? says Maureen Fox, a longtime Olney special-ed teacher whom all the kids call â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foxy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have taken

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the chance that something would happen.â&#x20AC;? Nimet Eren, the English department chair whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in her sixth year teaching at Olney, says a group of young, motivated teachers has taken a cue from Aspira, which transformed the school at the outset. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They made the school look beautiful: They cleaned and painted and polished,â&#x20AC;? she says. For the first time, she has professional development and an academic support system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before, in the school district, it felt very negative. â&#x20AC;Ś Now, there are so many positive things happening. Look at how the kids are here on a Friday night.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been rocky; the school did not make â&#x20AC;&#x153;adequate yearly progressâ&#x20AC;? last year. But assistant principal Bridget Bujak notes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had our work cut out for us.â&#x20AC;? Their welcome gift from the school district: â&#x20AC;&#x153;a huge bucket of keys for the building, with no labels.â&#x20AC;? Given the challenges, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changing the climate was our goal last year, and this year our focus is on instruction.â&#x20AC;? The message hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reached everyone. Watson notes that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the closing act: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the main event.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, in part, because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only 12th grader who showed up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of seniors try to be like this is the old Olney, people could cut [class] and play all they want.â&#x20AC;? Still, he sees a slow change: â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are participating now.â&#x20AC;? A more rapid change has been in student safety. Part of that has been strategic: Aspira has united the two Olney highs, where in the past â&#x20AC;&#x153;they would have east-side/west-side fights,â&#x20AC;? Bujak says. Part is a matter of resources. Jeff Morris, a former Temple cop, leads whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now a 34-person security force, with four or five officers on each floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know most of the kids. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re mentoring relationships.â&#x20AC;? That makes a difference in the classroom, says teacher Nick Mehalick. It used to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;you spent the first 15 minutes of your class

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clearing the halls, and the last 15 minutes.â&#x20AC;? With the energy he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to spend on discipline, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s started a student drumline. Likewise, teacher Katie Dickerson has started a blog for her studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poetry: Erina Pearlstein, a music teacher, has raised more than $6,000 to boost music education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past, this school had a very vibrant orchestra and choral program. We have trophies from the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s,â&#x20AC;? Pearlstein says. But there was no choir when Aspira took over. And â&#x20AC;&#x153;when Philadelphia left, they took all the instruments. They left us with garbage.â&#x20AC;? A local tuner, Howard Stickley, pitched in to repair pianosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; missing keys, pedals, even lids. All this has not gone unnoticed by the more perceptive members of the student body. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the benefits they were getting, that they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to keep [when they came to Aspira], you have to give them props for staying,â&#x20AC;? Watson says, preparing for his rap. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need her to turn that music up,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m used to venues, things like that.â&#x20AC;?) â&#x20AC;&#x153;At least theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying,â&#x20AC;? he adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only right that I try.â&#x20AC;? (

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³ THIS IS THE season for old friends. Some come to your house with drugs. Some book a Fishtown club and rock out. Some take over strip bars. Yup, that sounds pretty much like the old gang. Take pop blogger Joey Sweeney. Known the cat since yon teenhood; he in jean shorts, me in leather jodhpurs. Now he’s turning 40 and looking back at his life in song, performing a live birthday retrospective show (Dec. 8, Johnny Brenda’s) backed by reunited former bands The Barnabys and The Trouble with Sweeneyand current band Arctic Splash.Jojo says it was a dare to himself, a show of emotion linked to reconnecting with musicians of his past. We grow up fast. More on his music on p. 23. ³Another pal o’mine, City Paper-adman-turned-actor Sonny Vellozzi — you may know him from such Phillymade classics as Mannequin: On the Move and 10th & Wolf, not to mention his thespian/production gig with the online comedy Finders Keepers — is producing a stripper/slayer flick called Jane, being shot, in part, at Daydreams (5200 Unruh Ave., home of the slow peel). On Dec. 6, they’re having a fundraiser at the club with sassy star Victoria Gates on board. Give till it hurts, gents. ³Another onetime CP staffer, Kevin Kernan — now doing graphic design for Drexel — is, as a member of AIGA Philly (the acronym formerly stood for American Institute of Graphic Arts, before they trimmed it to make room for more white space), co-hosting its First Friday fundraiser on Dec. 7. The Prohibition-themed Speakeasy Soirée and Silent Auction at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American St.) supports design lectures, exhibitions and scholarships. Go get drunk while they talk — Kevin’s a fine host and a fab tippler. ³ Did you know that WPVI-TV 6 reporter Denise James is the sister of Boots Riley, the soul of the Occupy movement and the voice behind The Coup? Look for a family reunion when Coup hits Underground Arts Dec. 7. ³ Before you get a look at Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (out Christmas Day), you’ll want to hear the soundtrack. There’s a new theme from spaghetti-Western slinger and Tarantino mainstay Ennio Morricone,and two Philadelphians get a shot at“Stuck in the Middle With You” eternal fame: John Legend with the new “Who Did That to You?” and the late, great Jim Croce with “I Got a Name.” The latter, according to Tarantino, comes straight from the vinyl, “complete with all the pops and cracks, and the sound of the needle being put down on the record.” ³ David Neff and his associates have been doing their PR thing 25 years, since before you could tweet. They celebrate the quarter century-mark Dec. 11 at Del Frisco’s.The drinks and the laughs are on him, if you’re invited. ³ More ice? (

CHAIRMAN M’OW: The world of cat shows is the focus of an exhibit at Gravy Studio. DUSTIN FENSTERMACHER

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³ GRAVY STUDIO In 2009, after photographer Dustin Fenstermacher lost his father to Lou Gehrig’s disease, he needed to get away from everything. But he didn’t find solace in women, drugs or alcohol. He lost himself in a much stranger place. “I escaped into the wonderful world of cat shows,” says Fenstermacher. A Philadelphia-based artist, Fenstermacher went to cat shows in small Pennsylvania towns, Madison Square Garden and New Orleans. He went to cat shows that focus on feline fashion. He went to cat shows that focus on feline grooming. He went to so many cat shows, in fact, that he longer sees them as odd. “I had to bring friends along to see how they would react because everything seemed run-of-the-mill to me,” he says. The exhibit “M’ow M’rrrrrrow” is a collection of his hysterical photos from his cat-show period. One cat looks absolutely peeved to be wearing sunglasses and a crinkly, Marie Antoinette-esque dress. Another photo (shown) captures a judge judiciously studying the cheekbones of a striped cat. This kitty, too, seems pissed. Actually, nearly every pet in Fenstermacher’s shots looks irked. In reality, though, Fenstermacher says they weren’t. The cats were pampered and perfectly pleased. He simply captured them in off moments. “I found it more entertaining to make it appear that the cats are having worst time of their lives,” he says. “If I’m not

making myself laugh with the photos, then what’s the use?” As if the exhibit wasn’t already over the top, he is also decorating Gravy Studio’s interior to resemble a crazy cat lady’s house. There will be a cat-themed blanket, cat-themed sheet cake, cat-themed planters, stuffed cats and — wait for it — an actual litter box. Fenstermacher explains the installation succinctly: “I’ve been doing my best to find the worst.” Through Dec. 31, opening Fri., Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., 2212 Sepviva St.,

³ SERAPHIN GALLERY Joan Wadleigh Curran is a grime connoisseur. The University of Pennsylvania lecturer collects trash from the city’s streets and vacant lots, and then uses it as a muse for her paintings. (She also collects litter from places as far away as Wyoming’s foothills and Ireland’s coast.) In the exhibit “Accumulation,” Curran depicts trash with gouache on black paper. Her images of neon-colored ropes and nets pop out from the dark-as-night background. The most alluring part of Curran’s work is the subtle way she anthropomorphizes this trash. Tossed-away threads and construction materials seem to wrestle with each other. Other pieces of litter look like they’re embracing. Curran says she animates the trash to emphasize its connection to humans. “I don’t see them as just inanimate objects that don’t mean anything,” she says. “I see them as things that refer-

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Philebrity editor Joey Sweeney has been making music in/about Philadelphia for about two decades. In advance of this Saturday’s show at Johnny Brenda’s (Dec. 8,, wherein the man will play solo and with the (momentarily) reunited Barnabys and The Trouble with Sweeney, you can download Joey Sweeney Your Life Is Calling, a career-spanning greatest-hits collection at My favorite Sweeney era? Probably The Trouble’s 2004 EP, Fishtown Briefcase, represented here by a catchy slice of indie rock called “Evelyn Rochman.” —Patrick Rapa

Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers —

available through Turner Classic Movies ( — is a tidy three-fer that packages adaptations of crime fiction’s best: Raymond Chandler (The Blue Dahlia), Dashiell Hammett (The Glass Key) and Cornell Woolrich (Phantom Lady). None of the films is pantheon-grade, but they’re efficient, brutal and, in the latter case, surpassingly strange. Fans of Miller’s Crossing should tread lightly, since the Coens reused so many elements in their unofficial Hammett remake that the overlap can be jarring. —Sam Adams

³ world/drum The Pandeiro Repique Duo’s repertoire is so firmly built on

its two namesake drums that they’re all you’ll hear on the first disc of their self-titled debut (Tension Rod). Bernardo Aguiar (playing the pandeiro) and Gabriel Policarpo (on the repique) are young masters of pan-Brazilian styles, and drum mavens delight in their energy and complexity. Disc two layers on renowned Brazilian players for a lush, modern sound. The duo plays the 7165 Lounge in Mount Airy on Friday (Dec. 7, october—Mary Armstrong


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³ dvd Few careers in film history have crashed as spectacularly as that of Michael Cimino, whose supremely indulgent Heaven’s Gate dealt a mortal blow to the industry’s tolerance for auteurs. The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray, which gives Cimino’s name and the film’s title equal prominence, errs on the side of revisionist history, downplaying any reference to Cimino’s extravagance. But it’s a corrective to the vituperative contemporary reviews, which were more about the director than his movie — which, at this remove, is often glorious, sometimes bewildering and eminently worth (re)discovering. —Sam Adams

VARIOUS ARTISTS LigAlien: Works by Mari Takano | ( B I S )


Japanese composer Takano has assembled a beautifully crafted and exquisitely performed homage to her teacher, the late, great György Ligeti. Honoring his increasingly influential body of work, Takano writes with both wit and wisdom. CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

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These miraculous concertos can endure a range of interpretive approaches. Mitsuko Uchida, long considered one of the finest Mozart players of our time, plumbs the rich textures of the scores rather than emphasizing the dazzling energy as she conducts from the keyboard. VARIOUS ARTISTS Jan Krzywicki: Alchemy | ( A L B A N Y )


Philadelphia-based composer Jan Krzywicki — perhaps best known in the community as the conductor of Network for New Music — has an extraordinary knack for creating expressive and accessible music in an almost paradoxically complex and daring language. Here is an omnibus of recent chamber music.

MIMI STILLMAN/CHARLES ABRAMOVIC Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute & Piano (INNOVA)


Stillman is more than just a wonderful flutist; she is a one-person musical industry. This double CD — featuring pianist Abramovic — demonstrates that, with just a few of the musicians and composers in our area she has championed. HARRY PARTCH Bitter Music | ( B R I D G E )


One of the great iconoclasts of American music: inventor, historian, hobo. Harry Partch’s fasci-


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[ B ] BEHOLD THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, as presented by Starlet director Sean Baker. The narcissistic teen queens of the ’80s — as if! — have faded into the background. In their place: aimless ladies who spend their days idly waiting for work. Here, shots are de-saturated to near colorlessness, stripping away the hints of L.A.’s sheen. If you want glamour, head to the other side of the hill. Into this realm saunters 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), a Florida transplant trying to rise to the top of the nudie-pic biz. Baker tries to use her career as a shocker, but the effect doesn’t land: Jane comes across as a shallow Paris Hilton clone. What proves surprising is the tenderness resting beyond Jane’s blond dye job, slutty couture garb and prized Chihuahua sidekick (the titular Starlet). Still, Hemingway masterfully hides all hints of her character’s depth until Jane strikes up a friendship with octogenarian Sadie (Besedka Johnson). It’s a contrived relationship, sparked when Jane purchases a Thermos that hides $10K at Sadie’s yard sale. Feeling guilty, but unwilling to return the moolah, Jane stalks her way into Sadie’s life. It’s creepy, and the grouchy widow is naturally skeptical before she eventually warms up. Parts of the ensuing buddy comedy feel derivative or absurd, as do encounters with Jane’s dysfunctional roommates and her adult-film-exec boss. Fresh, though, is Baker’s nonjudgmental approach. Much like its characters, Starlet simply drifts around the Valley, dividing itself from morality and watching guarded souls interact. Meanwhile, both Hemingway and Johnson hide these women’s vulnerability in a way that still signals its existence. As they move through their distinct milieus — Sadie’s verdant subdivision and the nondescript locale of Jane’s porn shoots — their unexpected connection roots them in a world where it’s often best to disengage. —Michael Gold

Stripping away hints of L.A.’s sheen.

NAKED AMBITION: Dree Hemingway plays a 21year-old whose plans to break into the nudie-pic biz are halted when she strikes up a friendship with an octogenarian Bingo fanatic.


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nating world is celebrated here with both words (his own) and music. This three-CD set, based largely on Partch’s Depression-era notebooks, is as much a cultural history as a musical testament. PIFFARO Los Ministriles in the New World (NAVONA)


Even if you don’t think you like Renaissance music, you should hear this band play; it may well prove revelatory. Philadelphia’s Piffaro squeezes every bit of joy and beauty out of its remarkably varied repertoire.

ANDRÁS SCHIFF Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier Books I & II (ECM)


Performing all 48 preludes and fugues of the Bach Well-Tempered Clavier is a major feat. Schiff can be a bit dry, but he brings erudition and superb technique to this touchstone of classical music. QUATOR DIOTIMA American Music (NAÏVE)

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Three very different, but equally powerful,American string quartets are turned out with vivid and passionate playing by this young French foursome. The kick-ass trio: Reich’s “Different Trains,” the String Quartet of Samuel Barber and George Crumb’s “Black Angels for Electric Quartet.”

VASSILY PRIMAKOV Live in Concert: Medtner, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel (LP CLASSICS)


The great Russian piano-player factory hums along, but Primakov is a standout even among his powerhouse compatriots. He is a classic Slavic piano package; technically brilliant, capable of glorious tone and radiating a sure sense of style.

YOKO KANEKO Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos. 6, 13, 14, 17 (ANIMA)


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“Things that were discarded say a lot about what we value.” ence who we are and what we care about. Things that were saved or discarded say a lot about what we value or don’t value.” The amount of trash residents toss aside can tell us how much (or little) we value our city. Thankfully, Curran says Philadelphians are becoming less trashy. “We have a lot less trash than we used to,” she says. “The city has cleaned up in the past five years.” Through Jan. 20, opening Fri., Dec. 7, 6 p.m., 1108 Pine St., 215-9237000,


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Kate Kern Mundie captures Philadelphia’s offbeat splendor in traditional landscape paintings. In one piece, she depicts a foggy, gray sky over Philadelphia’s City Hall with pleasing, chunky brushstrokes. Another painting reveals the stark difference between the tranquil Schuylkill River and the harsh highway circling around it. Mundie is especially interested in unexpected places of beauty in the city. “You’ll be walking past Schuylkill River, with all the highways and bridges, and you’ll think, ‘Ugh, gross. It’s all industrial,’” she says. “And then something about it is beautiful.

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There’s a beautiful shape or beautiful colors.” Mundie, a Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts graduate, takes a cue from the Ashcan School painters. The early-20thcentury artists highlighted the aesthetics of working-class neighborhoods and urban streets. Many of them also attended Mundie’s alma mater, but that isn’t why she looks to them for inspiration. “I was drawn to it because of their bold contrast between light and dark colors,” she says. Like Mundie, some Ashcan artists were also landscape painters in urban settings. That isn’t always an easy task. “There are times when we’ll go on vacation in New England, and I’ll think about how nice it is to just walk out the door and paint,” says Mundie. “But the city’s nice, too. There’s a lot of beauty here that we miss.” Through Dec. 29, opening Fri., Dec. 7, 5 p.m., 221 Arch St., 215-9225155,

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With some of the new books out this season, from black metal to J.K. Rowling. MUSIC / MEMOIR

What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal By Laina Dawes

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The metal music world is dominated by white men. Unquestionably racist (Burzum) and violently sexist (Cannibal Corpse) bands might be in the minority, but these oppressive values permeate the spaces where metal happens. Sometimes they are enforced subtly (a hateful gaze); other times, criminally (a physical beating). But even if they exist unconsciously, the roots and expression of such values deserve to be illuminated, critiqued and challenged. Laina Dawes, a black Canadian woman who has been deeply involved with the metal community as both fan and journalist for several years, has done just that in What Are You Doing Here? (Dec. 25, 224 pp., Bazillion Points). Through dozens of interviews with metalhead women (fans, musicians and various industry people), Dawes offers a vivid glimpse into the scene’s racist and sexist guts. From the concert halls dominated by aggressive white men, to the metal magazines and websites that deleteriously sexualize or blatantly ignore female artists, to the homes of black kids whose love of metal led their parents to question their “blackness,” the book carefully navigates the multiple levels of power that produce and reproduce white masculinity in the metal world. The book works best when Dawes gets personal. The sections where she discusses her own attraction to metal — an attraction that began at a young age — read like a wonderfully intimate memoir revealing the evolution of her listening practices. When she delves into the intersections where her simultaneous desire for and repulsion from metal collide — when she realizes that the same angry, underdog music that would seem to empower a marginal voice like hers is actually policed by institutions and discourses that effectively suppress her voice — critical insight abounds. Though focused on metal, these insights are relevant to anyone interested in how racism and sexism can impact any micro-community. —Elliott Sharp HISTORICAL FICTION

The Casual Vacancy By J.K. Rowling J.K. Rowling has earned the right to do pretty much whatever she wants with words. She has, after all, proven that she can please a very large crowd; the lady should be entitled to please herself. And if The

Casual Vacancy (Sept. 27, 512 pp., Little, Brown), a self-consciously Victorian-style social-problem novel about the untimely death of a parish councillor and the personal and political vacuum that his death leaves behind, is what pleases her, then her impulse to try something new is at least understandable, and probably even worth praising. Still, when Rowling’s narrator peeks into her characters’ heads and finds a pair of plotters “contemplating the casual vacancy” — that is, the Council chair vacated by the late Barry Fairbrother — “not as an empty space but as a magician’s pocket, full of possibilities,” it’s hard to figure out exactly who’s being tipped a wink. Even as the novel pursues a clutch of storylines around the very provincial fictional village of Pagford, Rowling unveils dark secrets — drug abuse, domestic abuse, snobbery, lust — that tar virtually all of her characters, turning them into caricatures and grotesques. But even with these hidden impulses,Vacancyrehearses familiar themes: the compromises of adulthood, the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie, the unbridgeable gap between the worlds of teenaged boys and men. The most interesting thing in Rowling’s performance is not the unavoidable echoes of Hogwarts or the way she negotiates a setting so resolutely unmagical: It’s the way her particular style — with its periodic clumsiness, involved backstories and willingness to use the omniscient narrator to amplify moral or emotional exposition — exposes the workings of an earthbound, realist literary novel as no less rule-bound than fairy-tale fantasy. If Vacancy’s overwhelming air of worthiness isn’t enough to animate its pages, you can hardly fault its creator for not working hard. —Justin Bauer SHORT STORIES

Tenth of December By George Saunders George Saunders’ fourth short-story collection will likely feel a bit déjà vu-ish to anyone who’s had a New Yorker subscription in the past few years — versions of seven of the 10 stories have appeared in the magazine’s fiction section since 2007, the other three in Harper’s and McSweeney’s. Maybe for this reason, Tenth of December (Jan. 8, 272 pp., Random House) feels less cohesive than his previous collections, like a collection of singles rather than an album. (Admittedly, as Saunders and the New Yorker have basically been besties for a decade, many stories from his previous collections were published there first, too.) But though “less cohesive” sounds like a criticism, it’s the opposite. In his previous collections, the stories seemed tied together at the brain, like the poor

unfortunates in one of the best stories in December. Here, it’s as if the lines connecting them have been let out a bit, giving each story freedom to wander off in different directions. Many of the protagonists of Saunders’ earlier collections could be described as variations on a certain guy: male, adult, middle class, a reasonable person, loves his family. But the Saunders Guy usually lives in a surreal near-future America, with some aspects of modern society — behavioral drugs, the shrinkage of jobs with dignity and the middle class, advertisement oversaturation — extrapolated right to the bottom of the slippery slope. The Saunders Guy often works at an absurd, demeaning job (sometimes at a theme park) to support his family, and is frequently punished by society for doing the decent thing. The occasional streak of joy tends to spring from hope for the next generation — the Saunders Guy himself is damned, and he accepts it. This is not to oversimplify, nor to suggest that these stories are simple bummers, because they’re not — the bleakness is balanced by Saunders’ ungodly funny imagination and way with words. Still, it was a surprise that December opens not with the voice of a Saunders Guy, but the internal monologue of a charming, optimistic teenage girl. “There’s nothing … wrong with her?” was my thought after a few pages, waiting for her ballet steps to give way to something ugly. But though “Victory Lap” does have some ugly events, there isn’t anything wrong with her. And, like several of the stories in December, the story ends with a distinct feeling of salvation, not damnation. Along with the bubbly teenager, the voices in this collection include two mothers, kids and, yeah, a few Saunders Guys. The most familiar-feeling one works in a Medieval Times-esque amusement park, and if the new element of improv-enhancing drug KnightLyfe and its effects on the story’s punctuation weren’t so goddamn funny, “My Chivalric Fiasco” would feel like a bit of a retread of “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” and “Pastoralia,” the theme-park-set title stories of Saunders’ first two collections. But even if some of the characters feel a little familiar, where Saunders takes them feels very different. Many, though not all, of their stories end with that sense of salvation present in “Victory Lap.” It’s as if Saunders is finally OK with letting at least some of his characters do the right thing and get away with it. —Emily Guendelsberger


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By Alice Munro Alice Munro’s short stories (the 81-year-old author writes in that form almost exclusively) are nontricky, unflashy and completely masterful, and this collection is no exception. While Munro’s plots seem quiet, they’re highly eventful in the way our lives are — the emotional tumblings, the harsh self-evaluations, the terribly bad decisions that we secretly don’t believe were all that bad, really. Over her long career, Munro has always been particularly insightful about how we see what we want to see in other people. In one story in her latest, Dear Life (Nov. 13, 336 pp. Knopf), a mother, noticing her young daughter acting differently since the arrival of two more babies, prods the 7-year-old narrator about whether she loves her new infant siblings. “Quickly I said yes. She said,

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³ OF THIS YEAR’S batch of consensus favorites, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl probably earns its place best.

That’s not because Gone Girl is the best book of the year, even if it’s totally justifiable to put it in the running. It’s because of just how effortful Gone Girl turns out to be. It’s a meticulously plotted, immaculately mean-spirited three-act thriller, the kind of book that actually pulls off sucker-punch plot twists. But at the same time, Gone Girl shifts into a different genre after each twist, with Flynn discarding the first act’s whodunit for a revenge plot and finally resisting her earlier promise of gore for something colder and nastier in the conclusion. Flynn works hard for your attention: She gives the impression of throwing every trick she’s got into her performance, and putting much more into Gone Girl than any reader’s going to pull out of it. And that’s a pretty good metaphor for a year in reading distinguished less by high points than by high-profile disappointments: J.K. Rowling’s workmanlike and over-earnest The Casual Vacancy (review on pg. 28); Zadie Smith’s lapidary and fragmented NW; Justin Cronin’s The Twelve, which dissipated the rush of 2010’s The Passage into a largely static sequel. But even against this background of busyness, there were still enough books that paid off, and in a bunch of different ways. Rare peeks behind high walls: Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, a thriller that grew out of its author’s

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firsthand observation of North Korea’s hermit kingdom, transforms that outsider’s experience into a pure act of imagination by creating a plausible North Korean mind-set; G. Willow Wilson’s Alif the Unseen performs the no-less-imaginative feat of creating something entirely new and unprecedented in a supernatural Muslim hacker novel. Absolute precision as a vehicle for emotional clarity: Kathleen Alcott’s The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets and Edward St. Aubyn’s At Last are both careful and low-key, in ways that almost masks their pain and perversity: Alcott’s simple vignettes build up to a creepily incestuous portrait of the trespasses of a too-close friendship, and the final volume of St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose cycle is equally unflinching and witty in showing not only his characters’ feet of clay, but enumerating exactly the sort of clay those feet are composed of. Humane regard: Both Nell Freudenberger’s The Newlyweds and Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins plumb the divide between husbands and wives; Freudenberger’s characters grasp at each other across cultures and the realities of a mail-order union, while Attenberg’s push each other away. But both books are distinguished by devoting the respect and restraint necessary to showcase their characters’ choices without facile, artificial judgment. Humor as a blind for insecurity: Sergio de la Pava’s exuberant, hyperverbal A Naked Singularity and Padgett Powell’s stark

and absurd You & Me inhabit opposite poles. But for books so very different, both are minor masterpieces of humor, paranoia and even flashy technique as an overcompensation for very real fears of disenfranchisement, disability and death. Visceral, physically uncomfortable prose: Amelia Gray’s alternately sur-

real and crushingly sad Threats uses its weirdness for misdirection, veiling its emotional punch behind promises to “CROSSSTITCH AN IMAGE OF YOUR FUTURE HOME BURNING.” Ben Marcus’s The Flame Alphabet does her one better, using an effective and alienating palette of diction and syntax to mark out a spare story about the toxicity of language, making it easily the ickiest thing on your bookshelf. Self-consciousness that adds meaning, rather than distraction:

Laurent Binet’s HHhH — whatever its problems as a piece of history or a work of ontology — used its questioning, selfdramatizing straw man of an author to cast something familiar in a new light; and I.J. Kay’s Mountains of the Moon, with its heroine’s fragmented character and detailed, idiosyncratic voice, elevates one woman’s attempt to rebuild herself to an immersive, virtuoso, exhausting read through sheer force of style. (

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‘Truly?’ She wasn’t going to stop till I said truly, so I said it.” The only acceptable answer to the question is provided. Even a 7-year-old can see that. Such efforts to shape or misread the feelings of others are not grand delusions but small distortions, ones that accumulate so that you look up one day, feel estranged and just walk out the door. Or not — in Munro’s writing, one character’s impulsive decision to start anew seems as momentous as another’s clear-eyed acceptance of things as they are in their limited, diminished state. Because Munro’s stories, for all their small, incisive details, almost inevitably spiral out at some point to show the long perspective, where “leave” and “stay” each have their own startling repercussions. “It would become hard to explain, later on in her life, just what was OK in that time and what was not,” Munro writes in the opening story, “To Reach Japan,” about a young mother who thinks of herself as too careful in her emotions and yet, over the course of the story, makes two incredibly rash decisions. While Munro usually sets her stories in Canadian towns that are small, cramped and conservative, the emotions involved are anything but. We get access to the potential disruption and hurt her characters sometimes hold in and sometimes let out — things Munro unfailingly renders in surprising and wrenching ways.

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larger musings about white guilt, modern music and TV, parenting, nature vs. nurture and loyalty in an unpretentious, undidactic way that invites genuine empathy. As Josh candidly explains, it’s “that seeing-one’s-own-ass-cheeks sensation of I am as soft and ridiculous as everybody else.”


story, but these tawdry tales seldom lead to serious consideration of what fidelity means to those involved in, and affected by, illicit relationships. Good Kids (Jan. 8, 224 pp., Scribner), the first novel by the author of memoir American Nerd, plunges us into the issue immediately, as narrator Josh and high-school classmate Khadijah spy on his political-science-professor dad and her art-historian mom canoodling in their suburban Massachusetts natural-foods store. Khadijah is the awkward Josh’s first love — unbeknownst to her — but the ensuing fracturing of families sends her far away. That’s in 1994; it’s 2007 before Josh meets Khadijah again, but her presence hovers over his meandering life as a one-hit-wonder musician in Los Angeles. As teenagers bonded in dismay and horror at their parents’ infidelity, the two swore that they’ll never cheat on anyone, and Josh has been doggedly keeping his word ever since. But then the two meet again as adults, both engaged to other people. Fascinating modern families and believable characters emerge from Nugent’s brisk, lively prose, transcending the typical will-they-or-won’t-they, who-will-they-end-up-with? limitations of stories about affairs. The span of time reveals growth, which cannot be achieved without pain and loss, in an intimate and humorous style that smoothly integrates

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ANNA KARENINA|B While playwright Tom Stoppard does provide an effective winnowing of Tolstoy’s 1,000-page tome into a two-hour film, it’s director Joe Wright who’s responsible for the cleverly irreverent decision to play the whole thing in an abandoned theater, emphasizing the artificiality of the period drama through the use of stage props, painted backdrops and choreography. The approach is surprisingly less stagy than the typical costume drama, as Wright uses the theatrical world as a doorway into a heightened reality, allowing the wings and the catwalks over the stage to become settings or using a model train for the story’s many journeys. —Shaun Brady (Ritz East)

Gabriele Muccino, who hasn’t made an American movie since 2008’s infamous Will Smith vehicle Seven Pounds (jellyfish suicide!), tiptoes his way back into stateside theaters with Playing for Keeps, a rudimentary romcom characterized by a laughable lack of consequences. George (Gerard Butler), an electrifying Scottish soccer star whose pro career is halted by injury, has hit some financial turbulence, forced to pawn off his jerseys and boots and take up residence in the guest house of suspicious landlord Param (Iqbal “Funny Pakistani Guy” Theba). Moving to Virginia to be closer to his son Lewis (Noah Lomax) and soon-to-be-remarried former flame Stacie (Jessica Biel), George flounders at first, but finds a niche coaching Lewis’ youth-soccer squad. Of course, he barely gets a practice in before hot moms, from spastic Barb (Judy Greer) to undersexed Patti (Uma Thurman) to retired sportscaster Denise (Catherine Zeta-Jones), start pathetically throwing themselves at him. George’s goals, so to speak, are to win back Stacie and land a job as a TV analyst. Neither is ever seriously jeopardized by all the booty he inadvertently stumbles into, the worst repercussion being the mild suspicions of Patti’s husband, Carl (Dennis Quaid). The takeaway: If you’re an athlete with an accent, go ahead and bang anything that moves, it’s totally fine. If anything, it’ll help your rueful ex and fragile child forget that you abandoned them. —Drew Lazor (UA Riverview)

STARLET|B Read Michael Gold’s review on p. 23. (Ritz at the Bourse)

CHASING ICE|AChasing Ice’s visuals are as aesthetically stunning as they are provocative. Sweeping time-lapse shots of a deteriorating Earth could pass as lost footage from Reggio’s extravagantly naturalist Qatsi trilogy. The film is as much a portrait of National Geographic photographer and amateur scientist James Balog’s tenacity and obsession as it is a forecast of environmental doom. It details a man’s relentless, nearly self-destructive war against the elements, fleeting time and failing technology. A man hoping against hope to capture that crucial shot that will finally reveal to humanity a glimpse of its fate. —Christian Graham (Ritz at the Bourse)

HITCHCOCK|C Director Sacha Gervasi falls into the typical biopic trap of allowing the most salacious details of Alfred Hitchcock’s life to eclipse those facets that made him worthy of attention in the first place. Here, it’s the great director’s marital strife,


Ang Lee inflates Yann Martel’s bestselling allegorical adventure yarn into an often stunning 3-D epic that thrusts gauzy New Age syllogisms and lavish writerly conceits directly into the viewer’s lap. The film was conceived for 3-D and the results can be breathtaking, but Lee never makes the case for the format as essential to artistic expression. Lee’s films tend to stand or fall based on their balance between sumptuous visuals and weighty ideas; the reach for profundity here occasionally results in sluggish pacing and awkward performances, but the one-size-fits-all spirituality is frothy enough not to overburden the thrill of tiger attacks and man-eating islands. —SB (UA 69th Street, UA Main Street, UA Riverview)

LINCOLN|B+ Daniel Day-Lewis’ Great Emancipator is not a stentorian orator but a sly, self-amusing raconteur, an expert

THE SESSIONS A haiku: Bubble boy wants to lose his V to Helen Hunt. Dude should get out more. (Not reviewed) (Ritz at the Bourse)

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SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK|B On provisional release from a mental hospital after administering a beatdown to his estranged wife’s lover, Bradley Cooper moves back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro), the latter a fanatical Eagles fan with the bookmaker’s debt to prove it. Cooper’s jittery mannerisms quickly wear thin, but he’s balanced by a policeman’s widow (Jennifer Lawrence) whose no-nonsense bluntness brings him back to Earth. The movie settles into a wellworn rut once the two start training for a ballroom-dance contest, cruising

RED DAWN|D Opening just after Obama’s re-election, Red Dawn may provide some escapist solace for mourning Red Staters. Little effort has been made to update John Milius’ 1984 original, so red-blooded hawks can revel in a world where bad guys invade the homeland with tanks and guns. Those liberal bastions, the Eastern Seaboard and the Pacific Northwest, immediately become occupied territory, but states like Alabama and Texas remain free and fighting. The sight of a scrappy band of high schoolers waging guerrilla war is enough to warm any rightleaning heart, and as Chris Hemsworth says of doing the fighting at home, “It hurts a little less and makes more sense.” If only the same could be said of Obama’s America, right guys? —SB (Pearl, UA Riverview) A ROYAL AFFAIR|B+ Queen Caroline of Denmark (Alicia Vikander) is married to the mentally ill King Christian VII (Mikkel Føls-



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After two dim hoods (Scott McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) knock off a card game run by the distrustful Markie (Ray Liotta), string-pullers set up hitman Jackie (Brad Pitt) with a nameless suit (Richard Jenkins) to


gaard), who has a penchant for acting. She falls in love with her physician and the two plot to start a revolution by persuading the king to approach his leadership as he would a part in a play, having him memorize the speeches they write. Unlike recent royal-court dramas, A Royal Affair doesn’t rely too much on ostentatious camerawork and overly dramatic writing. Instead, director Nikolaj Arcel focuses on story and characters, garnering a true and deserved empathy for its players. —Catherine Haas (Ritz at the Bourse)

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Like a one-man version of a 1960s omnibus, Léos Carax links a series of fantasias with the flimsiest of strings, casting Denis Lavant as a protean operative who stars in a series of disjunct scenarios. Lavant’s performance(s) is virtuosic in every sense. He’s as much acrobat as thespian, whipping his body around a motion-capture stage or adopting an old man’s arthritic shuffle. Taken individually, Holy Motors’ vignettes are often astonishing, but the film lacks a center. Lavant disappears so thoroughly into his characters that there’s nothing to connect them. It’s as if Carax spent the 13 years since Pola X stockpiling ideas and tried to cram them all into the same movie, concerned that it might be his last, or perhaps relishing the freedom of his final salvo. —Sam Adams (Ritz at the Bourse)

horse trader who doles out patronage jobs in exchange for congressional yeas. Forced to mollify his party’s ideological purists while dragging dissenters across the aisle, Lincoln employs every means at his disposal, including some that tarnish his copper-bright image. As always, director Steven Spielberg has a tendency to underline twice when once would do, but DayLewis runs with the movie’s pedantic bent, enhancing one argument with a Euclidean theorem. The painstaking detail that goes into tracking the 13th amendment’s path toward approval is at its core an impassioned defense of representative democracy, with all its flaws intact. It’s like the most eloquent episode of Schoolhouse Rock ever made. —SA (Ritz Five)



suss out the next step. Morose middle managers both, the two are nearly parental in their disapproval of the talent above and below them. Their groans about “public angles” and “corporate mentalities” could easily describe the doldrums of a glum cubicle job. Scored at its best with thematic political jabber and at its worst with too-obvious cuts, it’s a movie seasoned by attitudes — the mournful ache of a former great who’s drunk himself dead (James Gandolfini), the kiddish nonchalance of a reprobate (Slaine) scolded for pocketing a paltry tip off a coffee-shop table. But it’s director Andrew Dominik’s ambitious and artful insistence that gangsters deal with the same bureaucracy as us white-hats that keeps the pistol from jamming. —DL (Pearl, UA 69th Street, UA Riverview)

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which leads to scenes of Sir Anthony Hopkins squirrelled away with a cache of 8-by-10 glossies of blonde starlets while his wife (Helen Mirren) is wooed by an ambitious screenwriter played by Danny Huston. John J. McLaughlin’s screenplay relies on the audience’s hindsight, striving for laughs from boorish studio executives and puritanical censors being proved wrong by future events. Liberties with its title character aside, Hitchcock can’t avoid reminding viewers that they could be watching a better film, one great enough to forgive its director his inadequacies. —SB (Ritz Five)

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SKYFALL|ADirector Sam Mendes goes for broke from minute one, initiating us into the chase as Bond and babely agent Eve (Naomie Harris) pursue chaos-bringer Patrice (Ola Rapace) through the alleys of Istanbul. Patrice has gotten hold of a drive containing the identities of every undercover MI6 agent in the world, intel the ever-dissatisfied

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toward a resolution it never earns, but it tries so hard to please it almost can’t help but succeed. It’s clever and cute and never lets you forget it, and winning in spite of how much it insists on it. —SA (UA Riverview)

discussion, but the final installment of the most weirdly fascinating franchise in a decade belongs to Michael Sheen. A talented actor with a taste for macabre cheese, the Englishman violates the boundaries of scientific reason with the amount of fun he has as Aro. It’s foolish to expect anything other than galumphing out of our two leads, a realization that puts performances both good (Sheen, Billy Burke) and godawful (everyone else, especially freaking Taylor Lautner) into clearest focus. Instead of exhausting yourself screaming about how much The Twilight Saga sucks — and it does suck, so, so much — tolerate it for what it is (junk food) and cherish it for what it isn’t (taken seriously). —DL (Pearl, UA 69th Street, UA Main Street, UA Riverview)


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M (Judi Dench) would like to have back. While well-paced, Skyfall falters when it tries to convince us that the public has the clout to hold an agency like MI6 accountable for its sins. Such clandestine orgs will always be fueled by secrecy, which Mendes remembers in his overhauls of time-tested double0 tropes. Craig’s job description hasn’t changed, but he’s been visibly invigorated by his new co-workers. —DL (Pearl, Tuttleman IMAX, UA 69th Street, UA Main Street, UA Riverview)

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2|CRobert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s surrealist courtship, both on- and off-screen, rightly dominates Twilight

1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, thetroc. com. The Dark Knight Rises (2012, U.S., 165 min.): The extravagant finale to Christopher Nolan’s Caped Crusader trilogy swings for the fences with a huge cast, huge budget and huge funny-sounding villain. Deshi deshi basara basara! Mon., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., $3.

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native Alex Perry directs. Tue., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., $10. Wild Strawberries (1957, Sweden, 90 min.): Ingmar Bergman’s portrait of self-realization follows a past-his-prime medical professor portrayed by great Swedish director Victor Sjöström. Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., $10.

COLONIAL THEATRE 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610-9171228, Black Christmas (1974, Canada, 98 min.): From Christmas Story director Bob Clark comes the decidedly darker yuletide tale about a sorority-house serial killer. A pioneer in the slasher genre. Fri., Dec. 7, 9:45 p.m., $9. Gremlins (1984, U.S., 106 min.): Classic horror holiday romp about some proto-Furbies who become a lot less cute after a midnight snack. Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m., $5.

COUNTY THEATER 20 E. State St., Doylestown, 215-3456789, Brave (2012, U.S., 93 min.): A bow-and-arrow-toting Scottish princess fights to lift a witch’s curse and restore order in her kingdom. Sat., Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m., $10 suggested donation. The Princess Bride (1987, U.S., 98 min.): Rob Reiner’s classic lighthearted adventure/fantasy, as told to a bedridden Fred Savage. Sat., Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m., $10 suggested donation. A Christmas Carol (1951, U.K., 86 min.): Brian Desmond Hurst’s adaptation of Dickens’ holiday staple. Wed., Dec. 12, 6 p.m., $10.

balls (2009, U.S., 90 min.): Bill Hader

voices the classic children’s book scientist responsible for one tasty forecast. Sat., Dec. 8, 11 a.m., $5. The Color Wheel (2011, U.S., 83 min.): A college dropout’s strained bond with her brother is strengthened when he helps move her out of her former professor/lover’s house. Bryn Mawr

FRIENDS OF THE PHILADELPHIA CITY INSTITUTE LIBRARY Free Library, Philadelphia City Institute Branch, 1905 Locust St., 215-685-6621, Being There (1979, U.S., 130 min.): Peter Sellers, a simpleminded mansion gardener, wanders off into the world

after the lord of the manor dies. Wed., Dec. 12, 2 p.m., free.

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INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, Weekend (1967, France, 105 min.): Jean-Luc Godard’s absurdist black comedy deals with traffic, the bourgeoisie, murder, intrigue and cannibalism. Sat., Dec. 8, 7 p.m., $9. Patience (After Sebald) (2011, U.K., 89 min.): A thorough and emotive examination of the work and influences of celebrated writer W.G. Sebald. Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., $9.

KINOWATT FILM SERIES Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St., 215-557-0455, kinowatt.wordpress. com. A Drop of Life (2007, U.S., 17 min.): A powerful water corporation installs a pay-per-use pump in a poor Indian village. Needless to say, people go thirsty. Tue., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., $8.

215-898-4000, Excavation (2011, U.S., 27 min.): Director Ellen Knechel documents her grandmother’s move to a nursing home and the subsequent closing of the Indiana farm she’s lived on for years. Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m., free with regular $12 museum admission.

SECRET CINEMA 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, Son of Trailer Trash (1960s-’70s, U.S., 120 min.): A manic mosaic of rare, edgy, underground “trailers,” ranging from sci-fi to sexploitation. Chesty Anderson, U.S. Navy (1976, U.S., 88 min.): Grindhouse kung-fu mobster revenge flick that doesn’t skimp on the skimpy — or the profane. See p. 34 for more info. Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., $9.

PHILAMOCA 531 N. 12th St., 267-519-9651, Sigur Rós: Valtari Film Experiment: Directors like Ramin Bahrani, John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Arnold and others showcase their new short films. See p. 40 for more info. Sun., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., $8.

RAVE MOTION PICTURES 4012 Walnut St., 215-386-9800, Pulp Fiction (1994, U.S., 170 min.): Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece showcases the uncanny intersection of art house, grindhouse and mainstream. There’s a McDonald’s across from the theater if you want to grab a Le Big Mac afterward. Thu., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., $12.50.

SECOND SUNDAY CULTURE FILMS Penn Museum, 3260 South St.,

WOODMERE ART MUSEUM 9201 Germantown Ave., 215-2470476, People Will Talk (1951, U.S., 110 min.): Carey Grant stars in this romantic drama/comedy about a professor of medicine who attempts to court a student. Tue., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

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Opening reception Thu., Dec. 6, 6 p.m., exhibit through Dec. 28, free, Icebox at the Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., 215-232-5678,

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✚ MARLENE AND THE MACHINE Givens at a Bearded Ladies cabaret: great singing, exciting staging, vivid performances,

—Mark Cofta Through Dec. 15, $20-$25 (includes all-you-can-drink cocktails), Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 215-5467824,

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✚ HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS If the press photos are any

indication, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus is sexing things up for their annual holiday concert. In one, four hot-pants-wearing, chiseled-ab’d songbirds surround drag queen Stella D’Oro as she decorates a suspiciously dong-looking Christmas tree. A fifth guy is sitting on the ground, legs spread, with a bow on his crotch. So will the 90-member group ditch the suits and cumberbuns in favor of bulge-tastic attire, or is this just a ploy to draw in the horny masses? “There’s one number that will be on the risqué side (‘Santa Baby,’ sung live by D’Oro),” says artistic director Joe Buches, but the rest will follow a traditional, more family-friendly format. So don’t expect to hear jams like “Silver Balls” or “Here Cums Santa Claus,” but, hey, that other stuff can be fun, too. —Josh Middleton Thu.-Fri., Dec. 6-7, 8 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 8, 2 and 8 p.m., $30-$55, Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St., 215-731-9230,

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✚ ST. LUCIA St. Lucia, the stage name of one-ish-man band Jean-Philip Grobler, doesn’t make songs as much as meticulously crafted aural confections — incandescent synths, aerial choirboy harmonies, sparkling-clean guitar lines (the closest thing to an audible indication of Brooklynite Grobler’s South African homeland) and tropical-tinged, Day-Glo house wrap around a misty-eyed, ’80s-baby heart. March’s eponymous EP (Neon Gold) made for a fine appetizer, but recent single “September,” a slow-building dream-dance burner, is a major leap forward and an indication that St. Lucia may just be getting warm. Even more than its predecessors, it has that same combination of floatiness and urgency, widescreen anthemics and minute attention to detail that makes Cut Copy’s best work so throbbingly tremendous. Watch out, 2013: This year St. Lucia remixed Passion Pit and Foster

the People; next year it may leave them all in the dust. —K. Ross Hoffman Thu., Dec. 6, 8 p.m., $10, with Gold Fields and Lockets, The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 215-634-7400,


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✚ CHUCK VAN ZYL/ TERRY FURBER Last month, Chuck van Zyl celebrated his 100th The Gatherings concert, closing out the space-music series’ 20th season. Over two decades, van Zyl’s brought a tremendous amount of music to Philly that sounds like it was pilfered from a NASA lab — ambient howls, resonating bleeps and bloops, hazy keyboard swells that seem to


A couple months ago, more than 1,800 people submitted photographs taken on Oct. 26 somewhere in the city limits for the third annual Philly Photo Day, nearly double last year’s total. Forty of the photos, which could be of any sub-

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daring costumes and wacky cardboard sets. Topics and styles, however, are less predictable. This Marlene Dietrich/Lotte Lenye/German Expressionism-themed show is light years away from the campy pop stylings of last summer’s Beards Are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret, and definitely not a holiday show. John Jarboe’s troupe established a cult following with earlier works like Back in the Army, No Regrets: A Piaf Affair and Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret; now, fueled by a Knight Foundation grant, the Bearded Ladies are delivering their promised “cabaret revolution.”

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ject and were taken by a range of amateurs and professionals, were selected to be placed on billboards and SEPTA buses and trains around the city in a semi-mobile public exhibition. And tonight, all 1,800 submissions will be displayed for the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s opening-night reception. Expect a broad representation of the city, as the photos contain a wide array of people and places taken in both color and black and white — without the use of Kelvin, Sutro or other Instagram filters.

Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., $10, with Teen and Black Brick, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919,

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✚ BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Something screwy is happen-



—K. Ross Hoffman Fri., Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m., $14-$15, with Casket Girls and Creepoid, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100,


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✚ BARAKKA “We are the perfect ironic match,” say Baris Kaya, referring to Barakka, who will be celebrating the release of their first recording, Uza-






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klardan (Barakkamusic), at Underground Arts this Saturday. The irony is that Barakka is your east-meetswest band turned on its head. When Kaya was growing up in Istanbul, the music that spoke to his soul was Megadeth and Metallica. “But, once I started writing alternative songs, metal was done, too limiting.” Kaya decided to spend a year in the States to perfect his English. He met Roger Mgrdichian and the Brothers Tayoun, William and Joseph, all having grown up here, playing straight-up Middle Eastern music. It gave him a new appreciation of the sounds his grandma favored on the radio. “I never played these rhythms at home, but it was in my blood!” They have been fine tuning Kaya’s Turkish folk-rock originals ever since. Kaya is pleased to report that the Turkish community here



my dreams are good/ We can go fuck up, the neighborhood,” Tobacco coos on “Dreamsicle Bomb.” Also: “You taste just like a gumdrop.”


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ing in Pittsburgh. Enigmatic ringleader Tobacco and his toothy troupe of masked pranksters make music that’s a mess of candy-coated contradictions. Black Moth Super Rainbow puts out an incongruous swirl of coarse, Beck-ish chip-hop beats and serenely melodious, Stereolab-style analogue daydreams. Their grimy acidsquelch synths are countered by sweetly pillowy ones, and the contrast is cherry-topped by Tobacco’s vocoded-to-infinity vocals, at once wispily innocuous and squirmingly sinister. What with the disguises, sugar-shock schtick and air of mischief, it’s no mystery which holiday these guys tend to favor. But their deliciously seedy fifth album, the popsmeared Cobra Juicy (Rad Cult), is full of sweet noxious nothings that seem to conflate Halloween with Valentine’s Day: “Now that I’ve got you,


Neal Santos clicks and tells

Editor’s Note: City Paper staff photographer Neal Santos has tens of thousands of followers on Instagram, giving him the opportunity to share stellar images of Philly and the people who live here with folks from all over the world. In this space, once a month, he’ll pick a favorite shot and offer a little insight into what motivated him to click it.


with clinking, drum-heavy tracks and vigorous hooks, complete with perky sleigh bells. “Silver Lining” is a demonstration of the influence of the cheeriest elements of surf-rock and slinkiest elements of power-pop without being a regurgitation of either. Instead, the band forges its own sound from these inspirations and layers on sincere lyrics and old-school rock catchiness while avoiding eye-rolling self-indulgence. It remains simple, noisy and self-aware: In other words, perfect mood music for flirting with Gidget at the beach.



³ THE STREET CAROLER Date: Wed., Nov. 21, 2012 Location: Eighth and Market streets The Story: This is Tyrone. I met him on the day before Thanksgiving while walking down the east side of Market Street — a favorite spot when I’m on the lookout for an interesting character. I actually heard Tyrone before I saw him, because he was standing near the entrance to The Gallery belting out the Christmas song “O Come All Ye Faithful” as shoppers shuffled past. His voice was resonant and powerful; I had to stop. To get the shot, I pointed to my camera and he gestured “OK” between breaths. Not pictured in the frame is the empty cup that was sitting by his feet. I filled it with a crumpled dollar bill. ( Follow Neal Santos and City Paper on Instagram @nealsantos and @phillycitypaper.

and back home are fascinated that people who don’t speak Turkish are so accomplished in their music. Radyo D (“Maximum Rock” all across Turkey) is airing their song, “Agit (Lament).” The big plan now is a Kickstarter to fund a video for “Agit” and its questioning of the super powers and wars. “There must be a better way,” says Kaya, and with the video he hopes to show that reaching out can make beautiful, energetic hybrids. —Mary Armstrong Sat., Dec. 8, 9 p.m., $10, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.,


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✚ PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET Collectors of cool old stuff, rejoice: Philly’s Punk Rock Flea Market returns in its biggest incarnation yet. The nostalgiaprone hoarder’s paradise will have a record fair at Starlight Ballroom in addition to its

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more than 300 tables of vintage clothes, posters, art and crafts, instruments, tools and more — though a certain amount of floor space is still reserved for regular old people selling their regular old crap so that the “flea market” part of the moniker remains applicable. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s an enormous quantity of stuff available — bicep curls are recommended for truly committed shoppers. —Jess Bergman Sun., Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $3, Punk Rock Flea Market Dome, 461 N. Ninth St., 215-821-7575,

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✚ SIGUR RÓS MYSTERY FILM EXPERIMENT After releasing their sprawling, two-disc Valtari last May, Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós commissioned a dozen filmmakers to create videos corresponding to tracks from the new album. Participating creatives included John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Arnold and Alma Har’el, in whose interpretation of “Fjögur

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Píanó” a weeping Shia LaBeouf infamously drops trou. This weekend, the official Valtari short films will be shown on all seven continents (“Yes, including Antarctica,” the website affirms) alongside selected fan-created submissions. PhilaMOCA’s two-hour screening promises idyllic landscapes, ethereal vocals and at least one celebrity penis. —Jess Bergman Sun., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., $8, PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 267-5199651,


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✚ JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT During his years with Georgia

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The Eternal Summers are well-named. It’s not that the Roanoke, Va., band’s sound is especially summery — it’s beach-friendly, but built sturdily enough

to satisfy year-round. But they’re a comforting reminder that, just as June comes back around again each year, there will always be bands like this: brash, excitable, guitar-wielding indie-pop kids (never mind that these guys are pushing

30) who are variably competent but long on attitude, thrilling in the sweet alliance of cake-icing melodicism and pixie-punk rock crunch. Their latest, Correct Behaviors (Kanine), had the customary sophomore-album slight uptick in production values (mild fan grumbles following on cue) and a corresponding boost in confidence — especially in Nicole Yun’s newly forceful, but still winningly plain-sung vocals.

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alt-country torchbearers Drive-By Truckers and in several solo outings, Jason Isbell has taken the notion of being a “son of the South” literally. His songs are portraits of legacies passed down by taciturn Southern fathers: “Outfit” remembers rules to live by; “Decoration Day” spits the venom of a multigenerational family feud; “TVA” marks the passing from agriculture to industry facilitated by the New Deal. Where his fathers are hardened and set, Isbell’s narrators seem set adrift by life lessons that don’t apply to the modern world. They find themselves in war zones and barrooms, drifting through back roads and motel rooms. His latest, Live From Alabama, offers a potential glimpse of the live show he’ll bring to Philly when he plays downstairs at World Cafe Live on Monday — a set peppered with covers of Neil Young and Candi Staton.

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inseason By Adam Erace

PERSIMMONS ³ THE VIRTUES OF eating local are manifold,

but good luck finding a piece of Pennsylvania fruit that isn’t an apple this time of year. As fall tiptoes into winter in a frosty walk of shame, locavore ennui mounts — why did I start this column in November, again? — as peach trees molt their leaves like great green flamingoes and barbed berry canes whip in the wind like scorpion tails. So it’s with great gusto that we welcome the juicy, candy-sweet persimmon, late fall’s unplanned pregnancy. Ranging in color from turmeric yellow to creamy tangerine, these waxy, smooth fruits (actually berries, scientifically speaking) thrive in warmer climes but grow contrarily here. “I have them at the highest altitude in the sunniest spot of the farm,” says mustachioed Lancaster farmer Tom Culton, who grows both varieties of the Chinese natives. “I keep them totally by themselves.” Apparently persnickety persimmons don’t always play well with others. That’s true in restaurants as well as on the farm. “Persimmons can be amazing, or they can taste like you’re eating fucking sandpaper,” says Zahav’s Mike Solomonov. “I remember trying to impress my in-laws one time with persimmons. They have this place down near the Chesapeake Bay and there were little persimmon trees all around, so I picked a bunch and served them, and seconds later, none of us could talk.” Chances are, Solomonov picked some lanternshaped Hachiyas or one of the other tannin-packed astringent cultivars that, when under-ripe, make your mouth feel as if a colony of furry caterpillars has just moved in. Non-astringent varieties include the squat Fuyu, which ripe or unripe “can be really luscious and sweet with these almond-y, nutty earth tones that make them really great with savory cooking,” says Solomonov, who pickled and pureed Culton’s pectin-bombs into a sunset-pink sauce for the pumpkin latkes and pasturma-spiced gravlax premiering on Zahav’s menu this week:“Pureed with a little acid, they set almost into a pudding.” At the Mildred, Michael Santoro is also using persimmons this month in both sweet (persimmon-cranberry croustade) and savory (poachedpersimmon salad with ewe’s-milk cheese and citron vinaigrette) applications. At Talula’s Garden, Sean McPaul’s tasting menu currently features the fruit raw in pieces and pureed into a compound fennelshallot butter as complements for glazed lobster and celery root. Next month, Brad Spence slips slices into his lasagna at Amis. Get persimmons while you can — it’s all turnips and potatoes till April. (

THE PHILLY LEAN: Eli Kulp, Tom Lax, Scott Schroeder and Hawk Krall at George’s. MARK STEHLE

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NOT BY BREAD ALONE A three-hour tour of South Philly sandwiches. By Caroline Russock


li Kulp, the new head chef at Old City’s Fork, is no stranger to sandwiches. Before moving to Philadelphia, he was at Torrisi Italian Specialities in New York City, a spot that serves up reimagined Italian-American tasting menus by night and sandwich offerings by day. The house-roasted turkey and meaty Italian combos proved so popular that they eventually necessitated the opening of their own storefront, Parm. But after two months in the city of roast pork, cheesesteaks and fish-cake combos, Kulp still needed a proper introduction to the glorious world of Philadelphia sandwich eating. On a recent sunny Friday afternoon, I rounded up a crew of sandwich enthusiasts and experts More on: to embark on a tour of the best of South Philly’s offerings. On board for the day was self-proclaimed sandwich artist Scott Schroeder, chef at the South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar; Siltbreeze Records founder Tom Lax, who wrote about the out-of-the-way Schmitter sandwich for David Chang’s Lucky Peach magazine; and Hawk Krall, a local illustrator whose recent work includes a massive mural at Pizza Brain and who has an upcoming show of sandwich paintings at American Sardine Bar. Catching a theme here? We kicked off the tour at George’s in the Italian Market (900 S.

Ninth St.) with a meatball sandwich — recommended by none other than scooter-riding longtime Philadelphia food blogger Holly Moore — and the TNT, a drippy combination of long-stewed tongue and tripe. Back in the car en route to P & S Ravoli Company (1722 West Oregon Ave.), the discussion turned to cheesesteaks. “What’s the local consenus on Pat’s and Geno’s?” asked Kulp. Lax responded with a knowing “They’re the kind of places that you go at 4 o’clock in the morning. Cosmi’s has good cheesesteaks — for years no one knew about it unless you lived down there.” And Tony Luke’s? “Meh,” according to Schroeder and Krall. “Chink’s is my favorite cheesesteak,” said Schroeder. “One of the their cheesesteaks and a black-and-white milkshake and it’s the most perfect stomachache ever. After that, you have to go take a nap and let all of that crap absorb into your body.” Over the summer, Schroeder had a $25 cheesesteak on the menu at American Sardine Bar that was made with Pat LaFrieda beef, Vidalia onions, royal trumpet mushrooms MORE FOOD AND and Cacio di Bosco, a semi-soft truffled DRINK COVERAGE pecorino. Since we are currently in the AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / midst of truffle season, Kulp suggested M E A LT I C K E T. bringing back the upmarket steak and topping it off with fresh-shaved white truffles, a high-low method of enticing folks into the sometimes-dicey Point Breeze ’hood. At P & S, a corner store with a wall of fridges stocked with fresh pasta and pepper shooters, the tour group tackled a crisp cutlet sandwich topped with broccoli rabe and provolone and the Godfather, a variation on the Italian hoagie filled with dry capi>>> continued on adjacent page

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colla, sharp provolone and sweet sopressata. Afterward, the subject veered from cheesesteaks to perhaps the most bizarre of Philadelphia sandwich traditions: the combo, a hot dog wrapped in a deep-fried fish cake. “I consider the combo more Philadelphia than the cheesesteak, personally,” said Schroeder of the so-called Philly surf-’n’-turf. “I’ve never seen that anywhere else. The steak-and-cheese sandwich has existed forever.” Krall admitted to a soft spot for the combo, saying, “It’s the kind of stuff my grandparents used to eat.” At the next stop, Philip’s (2234 W. Passyunk Ave.), we attempted to supplement our classic yellow-orange-glowing cheesesteak with a combo — but at the no-nonsense Philip’s, it was a no-go. A plain old fish-cake sandwich had to suffice, but the potato-y specimen didn’t get high marks. Lax dubbed it “the Waterloo of fish cakes.” The steak, on the other hand, was a winner. “Sometimes I like a utilitarian cheesesteak,” said Krall. “Cosmi’s is like a commitment.” “You need a nap afterwards. You can’t do anything,” said Schroeder. “You can eat a Philip’s steak and keep on going.” Seven sandwiches down, we headed to our final stop, Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef (2149 S. 20th St.), a corner bar that features a limited menu of truly stellar sandwiches. Roast beef, pork, turkey and ham are on offer here, sliced thin and served on kaiser rolls with optional provolone and broccoli rabe and plenty of pan juice. And aside from its awesome untouched South Philly-bar vibes, this place gets points for having dirt-cheap beer. “Finally we get a drink,” said Schroeder. “I was wondering how long this was going to take. I’ve got to get all of this salt and fat to pass through my system. A nice, crisp Budweiser? It’s like a health decision.” A roast beef, a pork and a turkey hit the table, along with a glass pitcher of Bud and an order of gravy fries, which Kulp described as basically pot roast with fries thrown in. And then the inevitable challenge was posed: Name your all-time favorite Philly sandwich; only one, please. Groans all around the table. Lax compared the query to “trying to pick the best guitar player of all time.” Schroeder said, “I probably can’t pick one of my own sandwiches ’cause that would be egotistical,” before opting for pastrami on rye with mustard and onions from the Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen. After careful consideration and some back and forth, Lax settled on George’s for having offal on the menu way before it was hip and for the truthfulness of their tagline: “Sandwiches that you will like.” Finding it impossible to narrow it down to one, Krall got back to me later with a top three: the roast pork from DiNic’s in the Navy Yard, the Italian from Jack’s Place in the Northeast and anything from John’s Roast Pork. And Kulp? Well, he’s got some more exploring to do before answering the desert-island sandwich question. (

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through Sun., Dec. 16, $48 Âł We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of a better place to celebrate the Festival of Lights than Mike Solomonovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Israeli mainstay, where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re featuring a six-course menu marrying the oil-kissed classics you expect with more than a few luxurious twists. Essential latkes get dolled up with apple labaneh and cured-andspiced salmon basturma, fried smelts are lightened by baby lettuces and lemon puree, and sufganiyot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; requisite Israeli doughnuts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; arrive alongside pear jam and warm, restorative sachlab. Braised lamb shanks form the main event; soup and a variety of salatim round out the meal. Zahav, 237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800, 10th Annual Latkepalooza Sun., Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m., $16 Âł As much as we love latkes, we think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re best cooked in one very particular way: by someone else. Smelling like oil for a week and scrubbing splatters from every surface in the house may be tradition, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll gladly pass off. If you agree â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or if you just want more latkes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then consider this festival of frying. Audrey Claire, Bar Ferdinand, Citron and Rose and many others will share their takes on the pancake. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll even find signature versions using sweet potato, spinach and feta, and a few more surprises. Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., 215-446-3003, Natale con Mamma Pina at Osteria Tue., Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., $175 Âł Unfortunately, having an Italian motherin-law in the kitchen is just a pipe dream for most of us. But chef Jeff Michaud is living that dream â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and as it turns out, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice enough to share. His own MIL, Pina Carrara, is flying in for the holidays and being put right to work. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take over the kitchen for one night only, preparing a Bergamoscan Christmas feast. Though advertised as a four-course meal, it reads more like an eight-courser â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this is an Italian mama, after all. Expect plentiful antipasti and salumi alongside fresh wood-fired focaccia, cannelloni stuffed with a cabbage-and-speck filling and a seriously bountiful bollito misto. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and while they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come cheap, the price includes wine, tax and tip. Osteria, 640 N. Broad St., 215-763-0920, (

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Desktops/Laptops & Repairs/ Upgrades Net ready. DVD/RW. $200. Call 215.292.4145

BRAZILIAN FLOORING 3/4", beautiful, $2.75 sf (215) 365-5826 CABINETS KITCHEN SOLID WOOD Brand new soft close/dovetail drawers Crown Molding 25 Colors, Never Installed! Cost $5,300. Sell $1,590. 610-952-0033 Pinball, shuffle bowling alleys, arcade video games, jukeboxes 215.783.0823

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BD a Memory Foam Mattress/Bx spring & New Queen cost $1400, sell $299; King cost $1700 sell $399 610-952-0033

BED: New Queen Pillow Top Set $150. twin, full, king avail. Del avl 215-355-3878 Bedroom Set 5 pc. brand new $325. All sizes, Del. Avail. 215-355-3878 Refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, freezers. Refurbished $159 and up. Guaranteed. Delivery avail. Call 610-469-6107

2013 Hot Tub/Spa. Brand New! 6 person w/lounger, color lights, 30 jets, stone cabinet. Cover. Never installed. Cost $6K. Ask $2,750. Will deliver. 610-952-0033.

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Please be aware Possession of exotic/wild animals may be restricted in some areas.

Siamese Kittens m/f applehead, purebred, Health Guar. $400 610-692-6408

Chocolate Lab Pups - 2 males, ACA, nice block heads, $450. 717-656-4209

Doberman Pups, s & w, very cute, black and tan, champ lines , 717-629-3726

Eng. Bulldog pups, AKC, fam. raised shots/vet chkd, $1600. 717.808.4264

ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPS - AKC, shots, home raised, $2,200. 610- 287-9680 German Shepherd Dog Puppies Parents on premises with papers. 267-977-3491 G erman Shepherd Pups, AKC, Ready 12/1, parents on site. $400. 215.338.2617

Dark Mink Tail Coat with silver fox trim. Size Medium. Excellent condition. Paid $1500, Insured $1500, asking $750. Call (610)933-3076


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Books -Trains -Magazines -Toys Dolls - Model Kits 610-639-0563 I Buy Anything Old...Except People! antiques-collectables, Al 215-698-0787

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JUNK CARS WANTED We buy Junk Cars. Up to $300 215-888-8662 Lionel/Am Flyer/Trains/Hot Whls $$$$ Aurora TJet/AFX Toy Car 215-396-1903

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GOLDEN RETRIEVERS - AKC, Mom & Dad on site. Ready for Xmass. 610-306-0624 Greater Swiss Mountain Dog pups, AKC, 9 wks, parents onsite, vet checked, shots, wormed, OFA, $1200 (717)442-5648

Veterinary Technician Veterinary Hospital is seeking an experienced Veterinary Technician. We are a busy small animal practice focused on excellent client relations and quality medicine. Competitive salary based upon experience. If you are a team player who is interested in a fast paced environment, please fax resume to: 610-527-3070

JACK RUSSELL Mix 6 adorable, 10 weeks, search Tina etc at $275. Call 717-672-1992

LABRADOODLE PUPS - Sale 1 Black male, 1 Choc female, 1st shots & wormed. Best Offer. Call 484-880-0759

Nassau Rd. 10th & Snyder 2BR 1st flr $1,150+ c/a, w/d, marble bath, jacuzzi, bsmnt, hdwd flrs, garden patio. (215)463-7374

LOCUST/22nd Bi-Level $1360 utils incl. 2 FP’s, jacuzzi, mod. kit., granite tops & s/s appli, priv. yard, 215-567-7169

Methodist Hospital Area 1BR/1BA $875+ No Smoke. 2nd flr. Call (215)510-0797 S 16th St. Efficiency $475+utils 3rd floor, 1st, last, sec. 267-235-6670

1100 S 58th St. 1BR & 2BR Apts heat/hw incl., lic #362013 215-525-5800 20XX Salford 2br $650/mo. fresh paint, W/D hookup. 267-230-2600


Golden Doodle Pups - $800. V e t checked, shots & wormed. 717-927-9483

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COUPLE NEEDED Live in New York area. Must be legal, drive. Refs & exp. Over $2000/wk Call 732-230-2580

Shar Pei Chinese Shar Pei Puppies for sale. $700. 215-519-8652

6522 Belmar St. SW 1BR $725 inc elec, gas, water. Nice reno, secure, 1st flr, hw flrs, fireplace, deck, appli, 814393-1872

331 N 60th St 1br/1ba $600 util inc, 2nd floor, 215-878-5297. 4832 Cedar 2BR/1BA $750 3rd flr, TURN or SECTION 8 OK Call 215-765-5008 52nd and Parkside 2br apt $550 + utils also 3rd floor Studio available $450 + utils, 1 mo. rent & sec dep. 215-284-7944

540 N. 52nd St. 1 BR Newly renov. 215.525.5800 lic# 333911 60xx Cedarhurst St. 1br $650+utils. quiet, hrdwd flr, large rooms, conv. to public trans., all colleges & Center City, 1 mo. rent. Call 215-880-0612

60xx Larchwood 1br apt $625 heat, hot water inc. 215.747.9429

Yorkie Pup, AKC, Male paper trained, 9 weeks, $625. Call (610)331-8233

63rd/Landsdowne 2br/1ba $750 Call Allegra 610-772-6606 Yorkie pups, 3M, 2F $600/ea. reserve now for christmas! 610-857-5049

YORKSHIRE TERRIERS, 4 puppies left! 2 very cute puppies. AKC. Call John at 717-768-7390 No Sunday calls please.

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6xx Conestoga 2br $650+utils 55xx Master St. 2br $600 clean, updated. Call 215-688-7104

1BR $650 2BR $725 Both include water. Beautifu1, hdwd flrs, EIK, great location. 215-904-7414 UNIVERSITY CITY 1br/1ba $700/mo 1st floor. Utilities separate. 267-872-9871 2xx N 65th St 3br $950 ht/hot wtr inc 2 mo sec. off street prkg, 215-477-9236 Apartment Homes $650-$925 215.740.4900

1528 Widener Place 2BR/2BA 700 1st floor. Great Roommate Apt! Open hse Th&F 3pm SA 12 noon 302-750-7130 4521 N Broad St. 1br $550 $200 dep., $775 move in (267)586-3841

Balwynne Park 2br $810+ 1st flr, w/d, garage. Call 610-649-3836 Balwynne Park 2BR $850+utils W/D, C/A, W/W. Call 215-219-6409

200 Furley St. 1br/1ba $575 1st, last, sec, newly reno. (267) 249-9432

6719 Lansdowne 1BR $550+utils Renov. Lynette 602-502-9550

5200 Montgomery Ave 2BR/1BA $750 +ele & gas, $1,800 move in 215-669-1094 City Ave(Balwynne Park) 2BR/1BA $845 new kitchen, microwave, disposal, H/W floors, W/D, garage. Must see. Room in basement with bathroom available with apartment for an extra $50.00 a month. Quiet street.

Wynnefield Heights 2BR $800+ gar, priv. laundry, storage 215.477.6707

10th & Dauphin 1Br’s $450-$500 Move in cost 1.5 mo rent. 267-902-2585 12xx Hilton St. 2BR/1BA $650/mo. New rehab. 215-519-5437 15xx N. 29th St 4BR/1BA $800/mo duplex, 2nd & 3rd floor 215-519-5437 18xx N. 27th St. Huge 1BR apt $600 1st/last utilities inc. (267)258-0770 2416 N. 33rd St. 2BR $675 Newly Renov. Sean 407-790-8638 35xx N. 11th St Studio $440+utils newly remodeled. Call (215) 917-1091 4th & Diamond 1BR $500/mo + elec. 1k move in, fridge, w/w, 215-416-6538 Strawberry Mansion 1BR $600 newly remod. No smoke. Ref req. 2nd flr. Also new remod 2nd flr front, $550 plus utils, 1st/last, No smoke. Ref req. Call 215-430-0737

882 N 41st small 1BR $575 2 month sec + 1 month rent 215-713-7216 902 N 41st 1br 2nd flr $600 Lrg apt, 1st mo + security, 215-292-4145

1,2, 3, 4 Bedroom FURNISHED APTS LAUNDRY-PARKING 215-223-7000 12xx W Allegheny 2-3br Apts large, new renov, c/a, hdwd 267.784.7038 12xx W Allegheny Effic. $425 Newly renovated, Call 215-221-6542 Temple Hosp area 1-2 br $560 water incl Broad & Allegheny. 215-336-4299

11XX W V enango new renov 2br, 1st last+1 mo sec $650mo 215-228-7543

5846 N. Marvine 2br $700+utils renovated, close to trans (215)480-6460 5853 N. Camac 1BR $660+utils granite kit, 267.407.6768 or 215.416.2757 5XX W. Eleanor St 1BR LR lage Kit $525 plus utils 267-338-6078. near boulevard $1050 move in ready now. very spacious Melrose Park 2BR/1BA $715+utils 1st floor, private parking, free washer/ dryer use. Call 215-290-4253

15xx W. Erie 1br $550/mo. & 2br $640/mo. renovated, spacious, 267-230-2600

1 BR & 2 BR Apts $725-$835 spacious, great loc., upgraded, heat incl, PHA vouchers accepted 215-966-9371 4617 Wayne Large Efficiency $460 heat & hot wtr inc. EIK, 267-756-0130 46xx Wayne Ave. 3br $700 Fresh paint, carpets. W/D. 267-230-2600 5201 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1BR On site Lndry 215.525.5800 Lic# 311890 623 E. Chelten 1br/1ba $515+utils 2nd flr, updated. Call 215-849-6205

66xx Blakemore St 1BR Euro style $525+utils, 1st/last/sec. 215.849.8581 67xx Blakemore St. 1BR $625 1st floor. Call 267-255-1895

homes for rent 908 N. 29th St lrg 4BR close to Girard College 215-525-5800

7500 Germantown Av Garden type 1&2BR! Spec ial! Newly dec, d/w, g/d w/w, a/c, laundry/cable on prem, off st prkg. Pets ok 215-275-1457/233-3322

80xx Fayette St. 2BR/1BA $750+utils 1st floor, 1st, last, sec. 215-410-6907

42xx Roosevelt Blvd. 2BR/1.5BA $785 + elec. New BR. Call 609-617-8639 48xx Longshore 1br $595 incl. heat 44xx Aberdale 2br $700+utils 1st, last & security, Call (215)287-2044

7233 Oxford Ave. 1BR/1BA $600+utils 2nd floor, priv. entry, newly remodeled. Good credit, 1st, last, sec. 215-828-6304 Academy & Grant 2br $790+ 2nd floor, wall-to-wall carpets, C/A, off street parking. Call 856-346-0747 Mayfair: Tyson Ave. $575+utils 2nd flr w/ loft. priv prkg. (215) 601-9001 Red Lion/Verree Road Vic. Duplex 1 lrg oversized BR suite, nr trans & shopping, $690+util. 3 mo. req, 215-808-8863

Warrington 2BR $850+ utils 2nd flr, a/c, w/d, No pets (267)471-4712

Clifton Heigh beautiful 1 and 2 BR Holiday Special, 215-681-1723 Sharon Hill 1 BR $625 heat incl newly reno, off street parking, credit application req. Avail. now. 484-716-0232 YEADON Area Beautiful 1 and 2 BR Move In Special 215-681-1723

Logan rooms for rent. $75, $85 and $125,/wk 267.251.7523 Mt Airy, 61xx Chew Ave, Univ City 41xx Popular $85-$125/wk. 215-242-9124 MT. AIRY (Best Area) $135/wk SSI ok. Call 215-730-8956 NE clean, safe, secure, newly renovated nicely furnished, A/C, cable, wi-fi, washer, dryer, please call (215)645-4962

12xx S Wilton St. 4br/1ba $850 great kitch, $2550 move in 215-365-4567 19xx S. Salford 3br/1ba $700+utils $2100 move in fee. 267-249-6645 62nd & Woodland 3BR House Sec 8 ok. Must See. 215-885-1700 73xx Wheeler St. 3br/1ba $850 finished basement. Call 610-960-0175 Elmwood area 2/3br modern, sec. 8 ok, Call 215-726-8817

2BR & 3Br Houses Sec. 8 Welcome

Beautifully renovated Call (267)981-2718

Nice luxury rooms for rent. Avail. immed. Call Norman at 267-240-6805 Nicetown Rooms: $350-400 All utils incl. Clean near pub trans. Drug and drama free. SSI OK CALL 267-436-1432

65th & Lindberg, 61st & Gerard, 50th & Westminister. Rooms with private bath. Call 215-290-8702 6th & Erie vicinity $350/mo + $100 security deposit. Call 215-626-5887 Broad & Allegheny, large rms, utils incl., use of kit. Call (856) 200-5751 Broad & Erie, share kit & bath $100 & up NO DRUGS 215.228.6078 or 215.229.0556 Broad & Lehigh - Rooms $400/mo. 1 week free move-in special! 215.510.0928 Broad & Olney lg deluxe furn room priv ent $145 wk. Sec $200. 215-572-8833 BROAD ST. AREA-rms starting at $95 & up No drugs Other loc avl. 215-252-2839

Bryn Mawr Suburbs Priv ent, Serene, a/c, Cable, Near Trans, no kitch or laundry, No Smoking, $425/mo 610-525-5765 Erie Ave. Nice, furn, fridge, micro, quiet, $90wk, $270 sec dep (609) 703-4266 Germantown $110/wk Newly renov. available. Call 215-205-2452 GERMANTOWN $420/mo. close to transp. Call 215-549-8859 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890 GERMANTOWN - Rooms $100/wk, large, furnished. Call 215-868-8157 G-town Area, 1xx Hansberry St., furn, nice block, SS and Disability are welcome. $100-$125/wk 267-528-7012

North Philadelphia $350 single occupant, clean rms 267-276-2153 N. Phila clean, quiet bldg, furn, proof of income, $125-$130/wk. 215-303-7658 N. Phila. furnished room. Washer/dryer available. $75 & up. Call 347-430-0939 N. Phila Furn, Priv Ent $75 & up No drugs, SSI ok. 215-817-0893 N. Phila Furn Rms SS & vets welcome. No drugs, $100 & up, 267-595-4414 N. Phila furn. & unfurn. room, $69$75/wk, Call 267-324-788 1 N. Phila Vanpelt St. Spacious, Renov, $85-$125 week, call 267-471-8171

low cost cars & trucks Buick Lesabre 1997 $2,600 New inspec., radials. Call 610-667-4829 Buick Park Avenue 1989 $1600 New bks, radios, insp, (610)667-4829

Chrysler LHS 2000 $3000 LOADED. Call (215)432-3686 Ford LTD Station Wagon 1983 $1195 41k miles, beautiful, looks brand new, chrome wheels, 6 cyl, leather seats. Call (610)933-3076 Ford Windstar SE 2002 $1,850 4 door, 7 pass, loaded. 215-280-4825

Hyundai Accent GS 2002 $1,750 2 door, auto, loaded. VGC 215-280-4825 Lincoln 2001 Luxery 4 door, exceptionally nice condition, garage kept, quick private sale. $3,975 My new car has arrived! Call Lynn at 215-922-6113 Mercury Sable LS 2003 Sport 4 door, w/ vinyl roof + sun roof, really nice cond., female driver. Must sacrifice TODAY! $3,975. Call 215-922-5342 Toyota Solara SE 2001 $3495 2 door, loaded, gorgeous, 610-524-8835

980 N. 66th Street 3br/1.5ba $995 215.740.4900

North Phila: $90-$125 newly renov., use of kitch., SSI ok. 215-704-0312 29th & Allegany - Newly renov. large. rooms $300-$340/mo. 267-997-0907 3000 block of 9th St. - Rooms $375/mo. Excepting couples also. 215-510-0928 3130 N. 22nd St $100/wk. kitch & utils inc., furnished room, 267-235-1166 38xx N. 15th: Lg furn rm, 1 week free, $100/wk, $300 sec, 267-809-7866 42xx Paul St. furn $120/week + 2 week deposit, 609-617-8639, 856-464-0933 4900 North Marvine $110/week Lg rm, no smoking/drugs. Call 215-457-7526 56xx Wyalusing large clean rooms, $100-$110/wk. Call (215)917-1091 60TH & MARKET $200 Security $100/wk. Furnished, Kitchen, SSI Ok. Call 267-784-9284

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

$400, Call 856-365-2021

1321 Rush 2BR $725 3 month move-in. Newly renovated, tenant pays electric. Call 267-402-8836 Judson & Clearfield 2BR $650 move-in $1300. (267) 237-3335

56xx Mascher St. 3BR/1BA $1000 Front porch, sec. 8 ok. 215-740-4629

6224 Clearview 3BR/1BA $875+utils Remod. W/D. Sec 8 ok! 215-499-2364 Chelten&Baynton 4br/1ba $595+utils $1,750 move in. Call 215-701-7076

14xx E Weaver St. 3BR $1000 +utils quiet block,$3000 move in, 215-758-7129


N. Philly $100/wk, spacious rm, kitchen, bath, SSI ok. Call 267-516-6235 Richmond furn room, use of kitch, $100/wk Proof of income 215-634-1139

Special 1 week free: N Phila, Norristown furn. rooms $100/wk 484-636-8205 S, SW, W Philadelphia $350-$500 incl. cable & utils. 215-806-7078 SW,N,W Movein Special! $90- $125/wk Clean furn rms SSI ok 215-220-8877 SW/Penrose Rm: $100 & up SSI & Disability ok. (302)391-0490 SW Phila room, $300 to move in, $100 week, clean, drug free, (267)414-7805

61XX Norwood St. 2br $700 laund rm, bkyd, new kit, 267-401-9727

29xx Cedar 4br $895+ 2 mo sec, Sec 8 OK, no pets 215.539.7866

2849 Jasper St 3BR $700+util. renovated, great condition. 267-968-6131

34xx Keim $625+ all utils $1875 move in. Please 215-559-9289

Sell your couch – and most anything else – for cash with a Daily News Classified ad.

18xx Margaret St. 3br/1ba $650+util s large, backyard. Call 215-514-0653

West and SW Phila $125-$140/wk priv rm & ba, clean & new. 215-939-5854 West Phila, Fully furn, new luxury rooms Bedding, refrig, microwave, ceiling fans, recessed lighting, bath in rooms, $100-$150 weekly. Call (267) 304-1227 W Phila clean med rm, pvt entr, nr tran Must be workg/avl now215-494 8794 W. Phila. - Furnished Rooms. Near trans. $90/week. Call 215-317-5872 W. Phila Furn Rms, SS & Vets welcome, No drugs, $100/wk & up 267-586-6502

5126 Valley St. 2BR 1Ba. $700+utils. Sec 8 ok (267)808.8432 Mayfair 3br $950 + Comp. Ren. row Sec 8 OK. 215-364-0217

10xx Elinsinore Place. Chester 4br/1.5ba $950 (610) 960-0175

Upper Darby 3BR section 8 ok, close to trans 610.459.3990



Tioga section close to transp furnished Call for details 215-275-2444

Lambert & Susquehanna ROOMS 4 RENT. STARTING AT $350/month. $500 TO MOVE IN. LISA: 267-516-7917

19th and Mifflin 2br/1ba $590 Townhouse, magnificent, everything new, rent/option, Call 215-292-2176


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1501 Orthodox 1br newly renov, lic # 309723, 215-525-5800 16xx Harrison St. 1br Studio $450+utils 3rd flr, $1350 move in, 215-743-0503 20XX Orthodox 1br $550/mo. spacious, painted, sec8 ok 267-230-2600 41xx Orchard 2br $575+utils $1725 move-in. Sec. 8 ok. 215-310-5762 42xx Frankford Ave 1br $475+utils 3rd flr, also 2nd flr., Efficiency, $425/mo., 1st, last & security. Call 215-559-9289 42xx Penn 1br and 3br $750-$950 sec 8 ok, avail. immed. 267-467-4322 4630 Penn St. 1br & effic. $500 & $425 w/w, close to transp. 267-235-5952 4711 Leiper St. Studio renovated, lic#493309 215-525-5800 4810 Oxford Ave. 1br/1ba $565+utils $1130 move-in. Call 267-255-6322 4840 Oxford Ave 1Br, 2Br Ldry, 24/7 cam lic#214340 215.525.5800 50xx F St. 1BR $650+ 2 mo sec, Sec 8 OK, no pets 215.539.7866 Frankford Apt/Effic./Rooms, nr bus & El, $300 sec, $90 wk & up 215.526.1455 Frankford & Oxford 1BR $600 Also Efficiency, $500, utils inc. We speak Spanish. 215-620-6261

13th & York, 63rd & Market, 48th & Lancaster. Call 215-290-8702 15th and Lehigh Large rooms $400- $500/mo. 215-834-4445 16th & Lehigh, 21st & York, 22nd & Allegheny - $325/mo. SSI ok. 215-485-8815 20th & Allegheny: Furn. Luxury Rooms. Free utils, cable, heat. 267-331-5382 2512 CLEVELAND St. $300-$400/month. 267-240-0611 25th & Clearfield, Hunting Park & Castor, 55th & Media, 15th & Federal. Share Kitch. & Bath, $350 & up, no securi ty deposit, SSI OK. Call 215-758-7572 25xx N 19 St. pvt home Kit & ba. No sec/last mo $350/mo 215-834-6473 26/Cecil B Moore lrg bed refrig micro $100wk, $225move in 215-765-5578 27475 Germantown Ave. 1 BR $300 Call Henry at 267-974-9721

Hunt. Pk. 4xx N Broad: priv. rm, priv ba, new ren $475/mo 215-747-9429

14xx S. Marston St. 3br/1ba $750 sec 8 ok, nw carpets, bsmt 267.970.8632


61xx Old York Rd Efficiency $550 +utils2 large rooms. 215-276-1045 6515 N 8th St. Studio Newly renov. Lic# 212705, 215-525-5800 67xx Woolston Ave 1br $600+utils 2nd flr, $1200 move in, 215-758-7129 68xx 13th St. 1BR $600+ Elec/gas, quiet loca. Call 215-924-0648

11xx N. 55TH ST. BRAND NEW BUILDING Single rms $400. Rms w/ bath $500. fully furnished w/ full size beds, fridge, & dresser. SSI/SSD/VA, Payee services, Public assistance ok. Also SW, S., W., N., & Frankford. 267-707-6129

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

Chevy 2000 Handicapped Equipped Luxury Hightop Conv Van (new body style) a/c, full pwr, few orig mi, mag whls, like new quick sale, $7950. 215.928.9632

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DECEMBER 6 - DECEMBER 12, 2012 CALL 215-735-8444



village belle restaurant and bar It’s chilly outside, stop in to try our new winter beers Book your holiday parties now! Let us do all the Cooking and Cleaning. Gift Certificates Available 757 South Front St Corner of Fitzwater Street in Queens Village 215-551-2200





Philadelphia Eddies 621 Tattoo Haven 621 South 4th St (Middle of Tattoo Row) 215-922-7384 Open 7 Days Healthy, College Educated Men 18-39 ~ $150/Sample WWW.123DONATE.COM



17 Rotating Drafts Close to 200 Bottles


T’s, Bags, Totes, Jewelry, Access., Cool-lectibles, Knick-Knaks, Art, Freaky Finds, Oddities, Curios, Strange Stuff, Pubs, Posters & MORE! YOU never know WHAT you will find! Holiday Hours: 12-8 (closed Tuesday) 720 south 5th St., 215-668-0195

STUDY GUITAR W/ THE BEST David Joel Guitar Studio


Redwood or Copa South 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every night and all-day Wednesday. $5 Jamesons

All Styles All Levels. Former Berklee faculty member. Masters Degree with 27 yrs. teaching experience. 215.831.8640


TOP PRICES PAID. No collection too small or large! We buy everything! Call Jon at 215-805-8001 or e-mail




LE BUS SANDWICHES AT THE EL BAR!?!?! It’s true! They’re here and delivered daily! 1356 North Front Street 215-634-6430

Pizzeria DiMeo’s

Voted “Top 50 Pizzas in the Country” Ristorante Napoletano True wood-fired Neapolitan Pizza BYOB 8500 Henry Ave. (Andora Shopping Center) 215-621-6134 full menu at

Fashion Fetish?

200+ steel boned corsets in stock size S-8XL Men’s/Women’s RubberLeather-Kilts! Buy one corset/kilt take 2nd 20% off thru 12/31 Free parking @ meters Saturdays thru 12/31 PASSIONAL Boutique 704 S. 5th St. Noon-10PM, 7 days a week

$2 OFF ALL DRAFTS $3 WELL DRINKS $5 HAPPY HOUR MENU Only at the Abbaye 637 N. 3rd Street (215) 627-6711

What’s on tap at the Watkin’s Drinkery?




Mon-Wed 5pm-2am, Thurs-Sun 11am-2am

Reser vations at


TUES-THURS 5-10, FRI-SAT 5-11,

LUNCH, SAT 11-4,

SUN BRUNCH 10:30-3:30


757 south front street at fitzwater 215-551-2200

Philadelphia City Paper, December 6th, 2012  

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