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The Schuylkill is one of six rivers nominated for Pennsylvania’s “River of the Year” award. “Aw, gee! Does this mean you fellas’ll stop poisonin’ me with fracking chemicals and industrial runoff?” asks the river. “No,” says the governor. “It doesn’t mean anything at all.”

[ - 4 ] According to a sexual-harassment lawsuit,

Deputy Police Commissioner William Blackburn would have an aide browse police personnel files for photos of female officers and then drive him out to meet them. “What?” says aide. “I thought we were looking at PDCupid. No wonder nobody ever winked back.”

[ - 3 ] Some complain that performances in this

year’s Mummers Parade were offensive to African-Americans, Indians and Native Americans. We’re lucky the Kingsessing Klown Klub was too drunk to do their “Spooky Ghosts” routine.

BLIGHT SPECTRUM: Some of the Olde Kensington properties being transferred to the Philly Redevelopment Authority by eminent domain, including cityowned lots, are vacant and poorly maintained, but others are rented to small businesses. NEAL SANTOS

[ - 2 ] Police say a fire at a Chestnut Hill Friends

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meetinghouse construction site was an act of sabotage by union workers because nonunion workers were employed there. “Who’s da rat what ratted us out?” wonders member of an organization whose mascot is a big, stupid inflatable rat.

[ - 2 ] Philadelphia Water Department sends an

area woman a $6,400 bill after determining that her usage meter was not working properly for the last 14 years. Lady, that spit take seems awfully extravagant, under the circumstances.


2012 was the warmest year on record in Philadelphia. But only literally.


Eagles coach Andy Reid is fired. And Mike from Port Richmond finds himself closing his clamshell phone before he gets on the air, because what would he say? Who is there left to be mad at anymore? And maybe what he’s feeling isn’t just the absence of anger, but hope. He throws one cigarette off the loading dock and into the gutter. Break’s over, but he stays there in the cold and lights another one while gazing off into the white-blue winter sky of another new year.

This week’s total: -11 | Last week’s total: +5

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LAND WAR The city is taking over blighted parcels for affordable housing — but not all property owners want to sell. By Samantha Melamed


f you’ve ever wondered if there is still such a thing as “the American dream,” a few hours with Meletios Athanasiadis might restore your faith. He and his mother came to the U.S. from Greece with very little, and by age 15 he’d dropped out of high school to run his own pizza shop. Thirty-plus years later, he’s still making pizza, at a hole-in-the-wall called El Greco on Second Street in Olde Kensington; and along the way he’s purchased about 20 properties in the area, fixer-uppers that he’s rented out to tenants and small businesses. “I had these properties when I couldn’t even find tenants. Nobody wanted to live in this neighborhood,” he says. “I looked at it as a way to retire from the pizza business.” Now, he feels like the rug is being pulled out from under him. Seven of his properties are among 35 privately owned parcels (and 15 more owned by the city) concentrated along Bodine and Cadwallader streets between Oxford and Jefferson that have been taken by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority by eminent domain. The condemnations clear the way for a $14 million affordable-housing development by the Arab American Development Corporation in conjunction with New York-based Conifer Realty. The project would require state tax-credit funding and has already won a $1.8 million matching grant from the city. City Councilwoman

Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, in whose district the project lies, sponsored the legislation supporting the proposal, which she believes is essential to the revitalization of a block where a critical mass of blighted properties (including the city’s own poorly maintained lots) has prevented private development. Moreover, it could be the “last chance” for affordable housing in Olde Kensington, says Marwan Kreidie, who heads the nonprofit Arab American Development Corporation. He sees the project — called Tajdeed, which means “renewal” in Arabic — as an important component to retaining socioeconomic diversity in an area where housing values are climbing. “This is one way to stabilize and keep some affordable housing in the neighborhood,” he says. Athanasiadis sees it differently: “They’re stealing [the properties]. They’re taking my property, my tax dollars, and giving it to someone else.” He sees his situation as similar to what occurred in Point Breeze last year: City Council in November passed legislation allowing 17 privately owned properties there to be taken by eminent domain — also for affordable housing in a fast-gentrifying neighborhood, and also over the loud objections of land owners and their allies, some of whom had planned to build market-rate housing on the land. However, there are a few key differences: The blighted lots here are much more concentrated than those in Point Breeze — and arguably less ripe for private investment. Also unlike the Point Breeze lots, Athanasiadis’ properties include garages that are

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rented to small businesses: a car restorer and an auto-repair shop. Working around these businesses would apparently have tanked the tax-credit application, and therefore the project. Sánchez did, however, eliminate any owner-occupied homes from proposal. But that doesn’t mean all residents were protected entirely. Letters dated Dec. 20 from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority informed some property owners that title to their side lots or backyards had been taken on Dec. 18 — including at least two lots taken in error, according to Sánchez’s office. While the city began outreach efforts in September, some property owners didn’t fully understand the situation and felt taken by surprise. In some cases, property owners say, title was transferred before they had even received an official offer of compensation. Tamara and Henry Asta say they bought the lot comprising their side yard on Cadwallader Street years ago for $10,000, and have tended it into a vegetable garden with a cherry tree. They’ve been saving up to build a garage on part of the lot. The city’s offer of $17,000, they say, isn’t sufficient enticement. “I’m using the land. I don’t want to sell it,” Tamara says. Kreidie says he tried to negotiate with the couple; possibilities included swapping the side lot for a larger backyard. He’d still like to work with them. But the Astas feel they shouldn’t have to negotiate on land they already owned. Nicolasa Doheny, who bought a pair of lots across the street from her house at 1506-08 N. Bodine Street in 1996 so that her young daughters would have a yard to play in, is willing to sell. But she says the lots were appraised at around $30,000 apiece, and the city has offered half that. She has one year to appeal the compensation. Offers are based on appraisals and are meant to be market rate. But Athanasiadis is doubtful he’ll get what he thinks his properties are worth. He points to 1529 Cadwallader St., for which he says the

city offered him $43,000. “I paid $55,000 in 2004, and then I had to make improvements, I had to pay interest. But that’s the only offer I received from the city, and they made the offer after they took possession over my property. They become gods [acting unilaterally].” It’s not hard to see where Athanasiadis is coming from: He took a risk and bet on a neighborhood when it was on the rocks, and now he may not reap the reward. And yet, there’s a word for buying land in expectation of rising prices: speculation. From the city’s perspective, it takes development, not speculation, to raise up a neighborhood. It’s hard to argue that the Arab American Development Corporation’s plan won’t be a bigger boost to the area than the sprawl of garages, vacant houses and weed-filled lots that now dominate the site. The proposal is for 45 low- and moderate-income rental units designed by Onion Flats to meet the ultra-high-efficiency “passive-house” standard and, Kreidie hopes, embellished with Arabic motifs. Kreidie expects to learn by March whether the project will win Low Income Housing Tax Credit support from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. He also hopes to add ground-floor commercial space, though funding for that is even less certain. One possibility: an investment by the adjacent Al-Aqsa Mosque, which could rent units as allowed by sharia banking law — though Kreidie is quick to point out that he runs a social-service organization, entirely separate from the mosque. While some may not like it, Sánchez says, “This is exactly the type of situation where eminent domain is a crucially needed tool to … pave the way for new development and re-investment, while taking care not to displace current homeowners. It is also an example of why Philadelphia desperately needs a land bank to more quickly and efficiently transfer abandoned land for redevelopment, long before blight and vacancy reaches this level.” (



drew to a close, the City Commissioners, who run Philly elections, were busy holding their own vote: Commissioners Al Schmidt and Anthony Clark teamed up to oust chairwoman Stephanie Singer, naming themselves “co-chairmen.”The coup put an end to a dysfunctional bipartisan effort by Schmidt, a Republican, and Singer, a Democrat, to reform the office. It inaugurated a mysterious alliance between Schmidt and machine Democrat Clark. A little-noted Dec. 12 meeting was yet more remarkable: Schmidt and Clark voted to name Clark chairman and Schmidt vice-chair, a new post. They then determined that the vice-chair “vested with all the authority and responsibilities of the chair, jointly with the chair, [would function] as co-chairs.” Why would the Commissioners do something so strange? Perhaps money was the motivator. There was no legal provision for “co-chairs,” so neither Clark nor Schmidt could receive the chair’s $8,828 salary bump. Clark, known for spending little time in the office, told the Daily News he wanted that raise, (along with Singer’s large office and three new staffers). Schmidt, who had effectively chaired every meeting since Singer’s ouster, said he would not seek the pay raise. It is a fair price, it seems, for the power. Schmidt called the cryptic Dec. 12 votes “housekeeping … for the Finance Department,” based on the Law Department’s advice — which was, according to mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald, that the “Commissioners must elect a chair, and that person is entitled to the chair’s pay. … Until then, all three will be paid at the member rate.”The transcript shows Inquirer reporter Bob Warner had questions — but the Commissioners had moved the public question period from after the meeting to before the meeting. Singer also seemed confused. “Do we know what vice-chair means?” she asked. Singer didn’t get an answer, and neither did City Paper. Asked if Clark’s desire for a pay raise had driven the vote, Schmidt emailed a one-word response: “Malarkey.” Clark did not respond to inquiries. On Nov. 7, Clark said he had not known about the plan to oust Singer. If he was, in fact, promised a raise in return for Schmidt taking power, it might violate the state’s Sunshine Act, which requires all “deliberation” by a quorum of a public body to be public. For the three-member Commissioners, it just takes two, baby, to make a quorum. Singer refused to say what she thought of the maneuvers: “Each individual City Commissioner represents the people of Philadelphia. It’s up to the people to decide what is proper.” —Daniel Denvir

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FOR AN HOUR every Wednesday morning, City Paper’s editorial staff

and art department meet to hash out the visuals that will accompany the stories you read in this paper. For assignment after assignment, I go to that meeting prepared with contact sheets to show the group the best of what I shot. Unfortunately, only a handful of photos get to live in print. But outside of that weekly meeting, I’m out on my beloved streets of Philadelphia, photographing the wide range of subjects we cover — from mom-andpop shop owners in Eastwick struggling to stay in business to a plate of foie gras prepared at Le Bec Fin in Rittenhouse. In 2012, I was sent out on assignment more than 230 times. What you’re seeing here are some of the photos that didn’t make the proverbial “cut,” but miraculously are given new life in our inaugural issue of “The Photos We Didn’t Run.”

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STRAGGLER STRUT DATE: Jan. 1, 2012 TIME: 2:50 p.m. LOCATION: Broad and Tasker streets

Not with any troupe, brigade or band, this strutting straggler took up the tail end of the Mummers Parade.

SMOKING TIM DATE: Jan. 18, 2012 TIME: 9:05 p.m. LOCATION: Polish American Club, 2404 Orthodox St.

TWIN POODLES DATE: Feb. 13, 2012 | TIME: 1:23 p.m. | LOCATION: 51st and Chester streets

Outside my home in Southwest Philly, two carefully groomed poodles walked by with red bows in their hair. Their human companion sported a similar look.

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This portrait of Tim was taken as part of a photo-essay collaboration with staff writer Daniel Denvir about an underground pool league (“The Bridge,” March 8, 2012). Tim was a member of the Foto Club, the team to beat in the Jim Celebre Memorial Pool League. My flash was blamed for one player’s botched shot. Sorry!


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RIDING DIRTY DATE: April 18, 2012 TIME: 1:21 p.m. LOCATION: 700 block of Courtland Street

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While on assignment for news editor Samantha Melamed’s story about houses the city allowed to be built on shoddy fill (“Sinking Feeling,” April 26, 2012), I spent some time on the 700 block of Courtland Street in Logan. This image is of a mechanic from a small auto-repair shop riding his ATV.

FORGOTTEN FRANCENE DATE: March 28, 2012 TIME: 10:28 a.m. LOCATION: Delaware River by the Betsy Ross Bridge

I found Francene’s tombstone near an abandoned Philadelphia Electric Company building while traversing through an Occupy Philly encampment. I stumbled upon Francene washed up along the river due to the dumping of tombstones from the now defunct Monument Cemetery, formerly located at Temple University.

FINGER CARE DATE: July 23, 2012 | TIME: 11:38 a.m. | LOCATION: Germantown and Huntingdon avenues

While photographing Haas&Hahn’s Philly Painting project on Germantown Avenue for a cover story (“Color Block,” Aug. 2, 2012), I met various business owners along the corridor. Pictured here is a passerby flipping me off while Tony (right), owner of My Nails salon, poses.

DATE: June 22, 2012 TIME: 1:58 p.m. LOCATION: 1800 block of North 16th Street

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Mary Sanders welcomed staff writer Isaiah Thompson and me into her home on North 16th Street on a hot summer day. Sanders is an 89-year-old spitfire who is standing her ground by not moving out of the only house remaining on the block amid Temple’s vast expansion into the surrounding North Central Philadelphia neighborhood (“The Land Grab,” June 28, 2012).

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PAINTING BREAK DATE: July 23, 2012 TIME: 12:25 p.m. LOCATION: Germantown and Huntingdon avenues

Natalie Glover was working on awning details of a variety store as part of the Philly Painting project located on Germantown Avenue.

DATE: June 22, 2012 | TIME: 2:30 p.m. | LOCATION: Home of Mary Sanders

The interior of Sanders’ home, which her children help her maintain, was a beautiful glimpse into the past — and a stark contrast with the newly constructed units aimed at Temple University students.

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TIME: 12:29 p.m. LOCATION: 30th Street Station

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A simple image of passengers waiting for SEPTA trains resulted from an assignment for staff writer Daniel Denvir’s story on the Philly transit system (“Why SEPTA Is Heading for a Crash,” June 21, 2012).

KHMER KITCHEN DATE: July 27, 2012 TIME: 10:18 a.m. LOCATION: Sixth and Morris streets in front of Khmer Kitchen restaurant

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I noticed this man dressed in all white and wearing sunglasses. I parked and approached him with nothing more than a simple gesture to my camera. He removed his sunglasses and settled his bagged beverage on his seat for a portrait.

BEN FRANKLIN GETS COZY DATE: July 30, 2012 | TIME: 11:51 p.m. | LOCATION: Fourth and Chestnut streets

I had the opportunity to photograph famed Ben Franklin impersonator Ralph Archbold for our annual City Guide. Here, he stops at a Cosi to pick up a salad and a flatbread pizza to take home to his wife, Linda, a Betsy Ross impersonator.

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icepack By A.D. Amorosi

³ BETWEEN LAST-MINUTE stuff like Jack Klugman dying, Andy Reid’s firing and the closing of that Krispy Kreme joint on South 16th Street, it looks as if we barely made it out of 2012 by the skin of our bologna. But let’s avoid the reflective navel gazing. Other than loving Moonrise Kingdom, Girls, Telegraph Avenue, Boom! and Good Kid, m.A.A.d City along with the openings of the Stratus Rooftop Lounge,Will BYOB and Fette Sau, much of 2012 is best left behind. You know sadness when you see it — so run. 2013’s looking brighter than the Luxor. ³ Right now, I know about three building restorations and property switcheroos that’ll curl your lips and straighten your collective hairs: one involving a big club space, another a large-scale downtown restaurant, the third a major location change for one of Rittenhouse’s most loved hot spots. The players know that I know, but like them, I know that it’s essential to get our tasty ducks all in a row. So we’ll wait a moment. ³ That said, what is up with Joanna Pang’s little-publicized leasing of W. Ritner Street’s legendary Asylum Arena? Once known as the New Alhambra and the ECW Arena,the space was a haven for wrestling and boxing matches, the location shoot for Mickey Rourke’s The Wrestler and the site of many a rockabilly/burlesque bash. Last winter, Pang announced plans to renovate the spot as an entirely boxing/wrestling-free zone and its walls have been stripped since April. After that, little was heard — until last week, when several wrestling and boxing pros mentioned the revival of Asylum. Is this wishful thinking on their part or is Pang rethinking her wrestling position? ³ Progrock fans and aficionados of the lost art of freeform radio, rejoice: This year’s progressive-rock ’70s marathon at WXPN (its seventh) will be Jan. 5, 1 p.m.-1 a.m., hosted, as usual, by William “Biff” Kennedy, Dan Reed, John Diliberto and Chuck Van Zyl. ³ Back in early December, I dropped the exclusive on how NoLibs’ quintessential old-man bar, Jerry’s (at Laurel and New Market streets, behind Standard Tap), was on Bill Proud’s fast track for early 2013 reopening with charcuterie as its food focus. Now, the Jerry Project has got ex-Estelle chef Marshall Green and new GM John McNamee (ex-El Fuego) on its side. ³ Cool lastminute shout to City Paper editor Josh Middleton. The lean-n-lovely web-wonk leaves here to take over Philadelphia mag’s LGBT-focused G-Philly blog in its newly reconfiguring gay-male-centric sensational site under Michael Callahan. Kisses and misses, JM. ³ Look for Icepack Illustrated — it’s like this, but with photos — every Thursday on Critical Mass, City Paper’s A&E blog at (

Folded by Christopher Kennedy, digital dye sublimation print on aluminum, on display at LGTripp Gallery.

firstfridayfocus By Holly Otterbein

³ LE MERIDIEN Rebecca Jacoby doesn’t overthink her art.

“‘Spontaneous’ is a perfect word for my process,” she says. That’s a little hard to believe. Jacoby’s mixed-media paintings, displayed in Le Meridien’s hotel lobby, depict cell-like structures that are enormous and intricate. The locally based artist fills her patterns with warm, dreamy colors like periwinkle and peach. “The shapes I like to work with, which are circular but not perfect circles, come more from stones, rocks and pebbles and other naturally occurring circular structures,” she says. “I’m not completely sure why these shapes are so compelling to me.” Karl Jones, also a local artist, is showing his 3-D constructions alongside Jacoby’s work. Most endearing is Jones’ portrait of a goofy-looking 1959 Ford pickup. “That old girl and I were best friends,” he says. “We worked and played hard together in renovation, antiques, fishing and camping, bottle digging. I could go on, but you get the gist.” Through Feb. 28, opening Fri., Jan. 4, 6 p.m., 1421 Arch St., 215-422-8200,

³ LGTRIPP GALLERY Johanna Inman shoots watermarks dotted on a book. Eric Porter

focuses his lens on cityscapes. Ken Cushman’s pictures highlight shiny, smashed aluminum foil.

But you wouldn’t necessarily know all that from looking at their photographs. The exhibit “FOCUS” features seven photographers whose work is delightfully abstract. Trying to pinpoint what the images actually depict is like deciphering a Rothko painting. Gallery director Luella Tripp thinks that’s a good thing. “In our visual culture, we all too often view a photograph as ‘reality.’ However, despite appearances, it is by its very nature removed from the reality we see and feel,” she says in a statement. “By rejecting the myth of photography, the abstract artist embraces the medium’s full potential.” Through Jan. 12, reception Fri., Jan. 4, 6 p.m., 47-49 N. Second St., 215-923-3110,

³ AND THEN THERE’S … Imagine not being able to tweet your every thought. The Asian Art Initiative’s exhibit “Shut Your Trap!!!” is a stark reminder of the lack of freedom of speech throughout the world. Closing night Fri., Jan. 4, 6 p.m., 1219 Vine St., 215557-0455, In SPACE’s “Locals Only,” designers and illustrators pay tribute to the charming neon signs that swing above dive bars. Through Jan. 30, opening Fri., Jan. 4, 6 p.m., 72 N. Second St., The powers at Rodger LaPelle Galleries have been trying to woo local painter Paul Kane for several years. They finally snagged him, they say, because so many other galleries have shut down recently. Through Jan. 31, opening Fri., Jan. 4, 5 p.m., 122 N. Third St., 215-592-0232,

“Embracing the medium’s full potential.”

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With a sound built on cigar-box guitar, slap bass and washboard, no trio is more fun in performance than New Jersey’s April Mae and the June Bugs.The recent Boogie! (aprilmaeandthejunebugs. com) does justice to the live show with the three taking familiar roots genres and twisting them around Mae’s elbow-gloved, thimble-capped fingers. On “Blue Moon Risen,” Dave “Catfish” Fecca trades that cigar-box guitar for mandolin, but with Mae wailing and scratching rhythm on the washboard, it is as much Yank Rachell as Bill Monroe. The one tune with boogie in the title is a modern bait and switch more Kurt Weill than Pete Johnson. —Mary Armstrong

Montreal party maestro Tiga has engineered a lengthy dance career most notable for novelty covers and smirking self-aggrandizement. But while Non Stop (PIAS/Different) — his first commercially released DJ mix in nearly a decade — includes jokes (best being the deliciously seedy Matthew Dear collaboration “Plush”), it’s also serious business. It’s a master class in how to weave hard-edged techno, acid-laced bleep house, fractured electro-soul, etc., into a —K. Ross Hoffman playful sweatfest of the highest order.

³ pop Warrior (RCA) may not be a game-changing revelation on the order of Ke$ha’s debut, but it’s a stinging corrective to the relative personality void of 2012’s chartscape — going Nicki Minaj, for instance, one better by combining snarky girl-rap and tack-tastic pop-house on essentially every track, rather than segregating them across a bifurcated album. Nobody else is injecting radioready pop-glop with anything like Ke$ha’s signature swagger (a delirious blend of gutter-minded excess and glittery sweetness) —K. Ross Hoffman and hook-a-second maximalism.


³ rock/world When Brave Combo was firming up its sound, Bubba Hernandez’s bass and vocals were key. Hernandez left the group some years back, but the energy and eclecticism on his new CD, Big Pounding Heart (Moon Zero Bird), will certainly please fans from his Brave days. Hernandez wrote all the songs and as that title hints, it’s never too late to be crazy in love (“Love Sick”) or lust (“Testosterone”). From tropical to salsa to cumbia, the CD winds up sweet and slow with “At the End of My Road.” —Mary Armstrong

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ZERO DARK THIRTY [ B+ ] STIRRING CONTROVERSY WELL before its release, much of it thanks to politi-

A disturbing moral blankness.

Regal splendor without a trace of pomposity. ³ YES, BOYS AND GIRLS,it’s time for another edition of the scratchy-old-record show. Today’s subject is Arturo Toscanini, the great Italian conductor whose scowling visage was the very face of opera and classical music for the first half of the 20th century. He was best known as the music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble created by RCA exclusively for Toscanini for concert broadcasts and to make recordings. The bulk of his recorded legacy comes from this association, produced between 1937 and 1954 in New York. That material alone would seal Toscanini’s reputation as a conductor of impeccable attention to detail and driving passion that still inspires conductors to this day. But Toscanini was at the end of his creative life by that time — hardly out of gas, but sometimes displaying lapses in his customary ironclad concentration. And the NBC band, though comprised of superb musicians, did not quite have the pedigree and polish of the older orchestras in Boston, Philadelphia and New York, let alone Europe. There are a handful of recordings made by Toscanini with other orchestras that greatly enhance his artistic profile, including a wonderful session he made in Philadelphia in the early 1940s. Alas, that set is marred by faulty masters, limiting its appeal to all but the most hiss-tolerant fanatics. Now West Hill Radio Archives has produced an extraordinary four-CD collection of the recordings that Toscanini made in London in 1935 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, featuring music of Brahms, Elgar, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Berlioz and more, beautifully restored for this release. Very critical listening is not required for one to appreciate the piercing power of these performances. I do not know of any other recording of the Brahms Fourth Symphony that so incisively reveals the texture of the score, nor so tenderly cradles the meltingly beautiful melodies.The Enigma Variations of Elgar crackle with energy, and beam with regal splendor, but without a trace of pomposity. The Wagner is glowing. Music lovers who cherish old recordings of Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker or Erroll Garner, as I do, quickly forget the compromised sound quality as the intensity of the artistry at hand pushes aside such mundane matters. It is just as true with classical oldies, as this blazing tribute amply demonstrates. (


SAVE THE DRAMA FOR OSAMA: Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s politically controversial film stars Jessica Chastain as a CIA targeter who’s dead set on tracking down bin Laden.


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cal commentators who had not seen the film, Zero Dark Thirty arrives prepackaged as a referendum on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques — or, as it’s known outside the down cocoon of bureaucratic doublespeak, torture. In fact, the scenes in which presumed Islamic terrorists are subjected to waterboarding and hung in stress positions occupy only a tiny fraction of the film, and information thus extracted is one small stone on the path that eventually leads the CIA “targeter” played by Jessica Chastain to Osama bin Laden. The question of whether the movie distorts the role coercion played in finding bin Laden — senators and journalists say yes, while the CIA’s acting chief is less categorical — is critical, but it also points to a more amorphous and engaging question: Why? Like filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, who have answered questions about their sources and intent with cagey generalities, Zero Dark Thirty has a disturbing moral blankness at its core. Framed as a factual account, even if Chastain’s Maya is pseudonymous, the film climaxes with the raid on bin Laden’s compound, the longest sustained departure from its protagonist’s POV and a troubling sop to action-movie enthusiasts. The joyless intensity with which Maya (whose name means “illusion” in Sanskrit) pursues her goal, her resolve redoubled after a colleague falls prey to a suicide attack, echoes the country’s all-consuming fury, especially as it threatens to eclipse any other reason for her existence. With no life apparent outside of her job, Maya serves as a mirror, reflecting the concerns, or lack of them, that audiences bring. One moment peddling militaristic rah-rah, the next questioning it, Zero Dark Thirty works both sides of the razor-wire fence, a gambit that places it at war with itself. As in life, the guys with the biggest guns come out ahead, but that’s not quite the same as winning. —Sam Adams

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A haiku: Trey Songz is in this. He and Leatherface do a duet on “Say AAAAAAGGGGH!!!” (Not reviewed) (Franklin Mills, Pearl, UA Grant, UA Main Street, UA Riverview)

ZERO DARK THIRTY Read Sam Adams’ review on p. 15. (AMC Loews Cherry Hill)







DJANGO UNCHAINED|C+ For half its (substantial) length, Django Unchained dithers and doodles, introducing Christoph Waltz as a roving bounty hunter and Jaime Foxx as the titular slave he frees to help him track down his prey. The farting around stops, by design, with the introduction of Leonardo DiCaprio’s daintily brutal slavemaster, but when he has a runaway slave ripped into pieces, the movie splits, too. Although there’s plenty of gunplay, including the juiciest bullet hits in recent memory, Django’s highlight is a tense negotiation between Waltz and DiCaprio, with Foxx’s enslaved bride (Kerry Washington) as the object of sale. Quentin Tarantino doesn’t shirk from the ugliness of slavery, casting Samuel L. Jackson as a sadistic house negro who delights in doing his master’s work, but his confrontations are toothless. —Sam Adams (Pearl, UA Grant, UA Main Street, UA Riverview)

THE GUILT TRIP|D Casting Seth Rogen as a neurotic inventor and Barbra Streisand as his nagging mother and sticking them in a

tiny car for a road trip through the South sounds like a formula for fish-out-of-water comedy. The bickering duo pulls off the road at a strip club, the Grand Canyon and the Vegas strip, but screenwriter Dan Fogelman is so intent on making the story family-friendly that the setting hardly matters. Nothing in the outside world means anything in the vacuum created by this all-consuming mother’s love. That is, if there were room on its craters for nearconstant product placement: Rogen’s cross-country trek is undertaken to pitch his cleaning product to companies like Kmart and QVC, while scanning every billboard along the way. It’s like watching an adaptation of the Sunday coupon supplements. —Shaun Brady (UA Riverview)

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY|BThe Hobbit is a 300-page children’s book, and the nearly three-hour Unexpected Journey covers only about its first hundred pages. The set pieces are thrillingly staged and the scenery gorgeous, as is to be expected, but the getting there feels endless and riddled with tangents. Worst of all, the 48-frames-per-second format robs Middle-earth of its magic. The you-are-there clarity is a constant reminder that these are actors romping around New Zealand in costumes wielding prop weapons. There are moments that hearken back to the best of the original trilogy, but for the most part it all feels like prologue. As what little story there is unfolds, it’s hard to believe that when the trilogy finally plays out, this entire film won’t seem largely unnecessary. —SB (Pearl, Tuttleman IMAX, UA Grant, UA Main Street, UA Riverview) THE IMPOSSIBLE|D Meticulously crafted and essentially obscene, J.A. Bayona’s quasi-docudrama follows a British family vaca-

LES MISÉRABLES|CDirector Tom Hooper seems hypnotized by the human voice; any time one of his actors opens their mouth to speak, he’s compelled to shove his camera close into their face and stare in immobile awe until they finish. The effect becomes numbing, especially given the musical’s nonstop singing,

John Magaro is engrossing as a New Jersey teen who dreams of fronting the Garden State’s answer to the Rolling Stones, but the film is a jumbled mess of conflicting tones and half-sketched ideas. There’s evident passion in director David Chase’s devotion to the details of starting a band, the mixture of self-doubt and arrogance that goes with reaching for the brass ring. It’s as if Chase is lost without the discipline of the writers’ room, or perhaps he’s just relishing the freedom of not having to bridge the gap between one episode and the next. Whatever the reason, Not Fade Away is shockingly off-key at times, the only upside being that it’s so forgettable it won’t leave a dent on Chase’s shining legacy. —SA (Ritz Five)



Director Sam Mendes goes for broke from minute one, initiating us into the chase as Bond (Daniel Craig) 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 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 over-

 REPERTORY FILM THE BALCONY 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, thetroc. com. The Monster Squad (1987, U.S., 82 min.): Fred Dekker and Shane Black’s cult-camp classic follows a ragtag group of kids who take on Dracula, Frankenstein and a host of other well-known ghouls in their plot for world domination. Mon., Jan. 7, 8 p.m., $3.

Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan (1972, U.S.,

16 min.): Fanaka’s ambitious hybrid of Superfly and Goethe’s Faust. Sat., Jan. 5, 5 p.m., $9. My Brother’s Wedding (1983, U.S., 82 min.): This poignant character study of an African-American man struggling to make ends meet in his developing community is complemented by A Little Off Mark (1986, U.S., 9 min.), which follows a reserved bachelor as he fumbles his way into meeting Ms. Right. Sat., Jan. 5, 8 p.m., $9.

MOVIE MONDAY Valanni, 1229 Spruce St., 215-7909494, Showgirls (1995, U.S., 131 min.) : Strippers, a little Saved By the Bell and a so-bad-it’sgood script come together to create this spicy installment for Hollywood’s

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cult catalogue. Stay after for an evenspicier dance set by DJ Drootrax. Mon., Jan. 7, 9 p.m., free.

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART Van Pelt Auditorium, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100, Out of the Archives: Marcel Duchamp at the PMA

(1987, U.S., 105 min.): Awesome rare footage from Marcel Duchamp’s 1987 symposium at the Art Museum. Fri., Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m., free.

THE ROTUNDA 4014 Walnut St., 215-573-3234, Catching Babies (2012, U.S., 60 min.): Barni Quazzim’s doc follows three women through Maternidad la Luz, a midwifery school in El Paso. Wed., Jan. 9, 6 p.m., free.

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BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-9898, Rio (2011, U.S., 96 min.): After a domesticated endangered macaw meets his manic pixie dream bird, they fly to South America for a romantic rendezvous. Sat., Jan. 5, 11 a.m., $5.


COLONIAL THEATRE 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610-9171228, Grindhouse (2007, U.S., 191 min.): Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez revel in their famous film fetishes in this self-indulgent double feature (Death Proof and Planet Terror). Fri., Jan. 4, 9:45 p.m., $10. Ella Enchanted (2004, U.S., 96 min.): Anne Hathaway slips a feminist narrative into this fairy tale about a princess who’s cursed to follow any order she’s given. Sat., Jan. 5, 2 p.m., $5. The Invisible War (2012, U.S., 93 min.): Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s doc takes a look at incidences of rape in the American military. Sun., Jan. 6, 4:30 p.m., $9.

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Daniel Day-Lewis’ Great Emancipator is not a stentorian orator but a sly, selfamusing raconteur, an expert 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


Kinda-sorta spinning off Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s Knocked Up characters, Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 finds the couple approaching the big 4-0 with predictable if well-drawn anxieties. Their dream businesses range from marginal success to money pits, their daughters feud constantly and their sex life is dulled by overfamiliarity. Apatow is great with minor details, like the way Rudd keeps sneaking off to the crapper for some iPad time, or how Mann sneaks the occasional cigarette and hides the evidence from her kids. But the movie is a mess, sprawling and disorganized, with performances too emphatic to exist in such a nebulous world. —SA (Pearl, UA Grant, UA Main Street, UA Riverview)

full day of African-American-made two-for-ones: Daughters of the Dust (2012, U.S., 112 min.), Julie Dash’s film about a slave-descendant island family trying to plan their move to America, and Diary of an African Nun (1977, U.S., 15 min.), Dash’s short about a Ugandan nun reflecting on her role as a “wife of Christ.” Sat., Jan. 5, 2 p.m., $9. Emma Mae (1976, U.S., 100 min.): Jamaa Fanaka directed this fish-out-of-water tale of a mild-mannered Mississippian who hits the L.A. streets. Followed by A Day in the

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much of which begins to run together into an indistinguishable muddle for the uninitiated. In the rare moments without dialogue, Hooper’s fish-eye scans the grime-covered alleyways, a reminder that there is a world outside Hugh Jackman’s face. His rare stabs at actual production numbers, like the clumsy Richard Lester-isms of a comic piece featuring Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter, suggest that artlessness may be preferable. —SB (UA Grant, UA Riverview)

Steve (Matt Damon), a poised corporate up-and-comer partnered with veteran saleswoman Sue (Frances McDormand), sets his boots down in the town of McKinley, tasked with leasing land for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Things are going well until Dustin (John Krasinski), a backpacktoting activist with an agenda, starts hurling tree-hugging wrenches in all of Steve’s gears. Like any polarizing scrap, an educated compromise skulks somewhere in the middle, but this screenplay hides instead of hunting for it. —Drew Lazor (Ritz East, UA Grant)


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A haiku: Uh, that’s slang for a handjob, right? As in: “Tom Cruise gives great Jack Reachers.” (Not reviewed) (Pearl, UA Grant, UA Main Street, UA Riverview)


hauls of time-tested double-0 tropes. Craig’s job description hasn’t changed, but he’s been visibly invigorated by his new co-workers. —DL (UA Riverview)



that tarnish his copper-bright image. As always, director Steven Spielberg has a tendency to underline twice when once would do, but Day-Lewis 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, UA Grant)

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tioning in Thailand in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Bayona stages the impact, which pulls doctor Naomi Watts away from husband Ewan McGregor and their three sons, with deafening immediacy. It’s effectively nerve-jangling — especially for parents — but the film treats its story of survival like an amusement-park ride, sticking close to its protagonists and reducing the native Thai victims to background color. It’s a tremendous achievement, especially considering that the water effects were achieved without CGI, but it serves no purpose other than putting viewers through the wringer and, eventually, making them feel better again. —SA (Ritz Five)

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SOME LEGS: Many Arms plays the Rotunda on Friday.

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Riverside Theatre. The former Long Island high school physics teacher-turned-DIY theater artist plays characters from both families as they converge for the forced-together holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah. Solomon applies his knack for dialects and accents to stories from his life that ring with universal truths about dysfunctional families — and who isn’t from one of those? —Mark Cofta


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✚ MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN ... We needn’t be Italian or Jewish to appreciate monologuist Steve Solomon, who brings the ...And I’m Home for the Holidays to his popular My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy to the Bristol

Through Jan. 6, $30-$50, Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol, 215-785-0100,

mortality and faith and community, how we got where we are.” They devised short scenes that, to their surprise, grew into “that most dangerous of beasts, a play” — an apocalyptic mystery titled Midnight on a School Night. “Eight artists looked at Philadelphia and started digging,” Rodden says. “Come see what we found.” —Mark Cofta Through Jan. 6, free (reservations required), Adrienne Theatre Main Stage, 2030 Sansom St., 215-563-7500 ext. 1,

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✚ MIDNIGHT ON A SCHOOL NIGHT For the first production by Voices for a New City — the education program run by New City Stage Company — director Kevin Rodden selected seven local young thespians who, he explains, “care about addressing themes that often make young people squirm:

✚ MANY ARMS + COLIN FISHER Released last year on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, Many Arms’ militantly acrobatic and cripplingly dense third album was the Philly jazz-punk power trio’s best so far. What’s next? According to guitarist Nick Millevoi, the keyword for the New Year is “collaboration.” In April, Many Arms records with

Toshimaru Nakamura, a leading figure from Tokyo’s Onkyo music scene; this encounter will most definitely result in an unpredictably curious collision of sound as our ultra-maximalist locals come face-to-face with the illustrious Japanese minimalist. But first, this weekend, the band records a new album with the multi-instrumentalist Colin Fisher. The quartet premiers the new compositions tonight at this free show. Fisher, who has worked with Anthony Braxton and Rhys Chatham, will blow tenor sax as Many Arms satiates its dirtiest free-jazz desires. —Elliott Sharp Fri., Jan. 4, 8 p.m., free, with Colin Fisher, The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.,

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✚ OLDE CITY SIDESHOW On Friday, the Arden Theatre master electrician Martin Stutzman will step out of the shadows for Olde City

Sideshow. The vaudeville/burlesque performance calls for Stutzman to throw knives, swallow a sword, lift heavy things with his ultra-buff eyelids and stop an industrial steel fan with his industrial tongue. Audience members 21 or over can settle their stomachs with free beer samples from Yards Brewing Company. —Elizabeth Gunto Fri., Jan. 4, 6:30-8 p.m., free, Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St., 215-922-8900,


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✚ THE SCENE IS NOW “We’re basically a rock band,” says Phil Dray, founding keyboardist of New York City’s The Scene is Now, who come to

Philadelphia with a horn section and 30 years’ experience. The band has accumulated several genre labels from critics over the years, from indie rock to no-wave jug band, and probably earned the most attention when their 2005 tour mates and buddies Yo La Tengo covered “Yellow Sarong.” The new, threeperson horn section includes a mighty baritone sax that adds a quirky, New Orleans touch to the subtle, art-rock sound. —Elizabeth Gunto Sat., Jan. 5, 8 p.m., $8, Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave, 215-4262685,

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✚ TRIO NOVA Imagine it’s 10 a.m. on a summer Saturday morning, just beginning to steam in the parking lot farmers market. You are pondering the blueberries when you realize you’re hearing not just live music, but really complex live music, perhaps “Dear Prudence,” on

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are playing good and people come by and say thanks.” —Mary Armstrong Sat., Jan. 5, 8 p.m., Coffee Works, 910 Berlin Rd., Voorhees, 856-784-5282,


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✚ JIM SIX “I used to laugh about the fact that back in the ’70s, all the clubs that had music, I either played at them or started the music,” recalls Philly folk expat Jim Six. “I was like horseshit: everywhere.” He remembers when the Khyber was just one long room. “It had a Radio Shack mixer mounted up on

the wall. You brought your own mics, climbed on a box to plug them in.” Gradually Six added players, expanding from trio to a full show band, the kind where the sidemen open and the backup singer does a few before the star comes out to play. Somewhere along the way it stopped being fun: “I was B R U C E S T U R T E VA N T

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guitar, bass and percussion. “It’s easy to do Beatles songs, their melodies are so strong,” says Trio Nova’s bassist Mike Vogelmann. He and guitarist Pete Devine got together some 20 years ago as a respite from bar gigs, he says, “to play what we felt like.” With percussionist Kris Rudzinski in the fold, they can do Zombies or Lauper, but what they really like best are originals, with jazz and world music coloring the entire repertoire. “The farmers market gig has a special place in our heart. Whatever reactions we get are spontaneous.” Nobody is there deliberately to hear music. “The most gratifying thing of all is to watch the tiny little kids who may have never seen anybody playing live before — some frown, some smile, some dance. This is what I wanted music to be when I started. I’m very happy and in the moment when we

drinking and we were fighting.” So Six quit, sold everything from his amps down to his Martin D-35 and was out of the business for 22 years. Today he’s is the web editor and a bi-weekly columnist for the South Jersey Times. In recent

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years, he has eased back into performing for the pleasure of the stories he tells in his original songs and those intimate moments in between — “just me and the audience.”

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—Mary Armstrong Sun., Jan. 6, 2 p.m., free, Mugshots Coffeehouse, 1925 Fairmount Ave, 267514-7145,

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✚ HOSPITALITY These days, you don’t need to go looking for NYC bands singing about NYC. Just wait a minute and they’ll be on you like a bee beard. But they’re not all insufferably twee or mustachioed. Take Brooklyn trio Hospitality, who achieved the exact right levels of twee on last year’s self-titled debut for Merge records. This is wily, spritely, jangly indie-pop punch spiked with unexpectedly noisy



Date: Fri., Dec. 28, 2012 Location: 24th Street and Washington Avenue The Story: The two-and-a-half miles of Washington Avenue are a visual feast. Whether you’re driving, walking or biking, you get a raw glimpse of Philadelphia’s cultural diversity and essence — from the Mummer’s Museum on Second and the Italian Market on Ninth to the lineup of mom-and-pop taquerias and Asian supermarkets stretching from 13th to Columbus Boulevard. This image was taken while parked on a median on Washington Avenue. A long stretch of refrigerators were displayed alongside a tan stucco building with a red, white and blue sign that read, “Scratched & Dented Appliances.” I had to wait about 10 minutes before a customer walked by so I could complete the shot. (



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bridges and staticky crescendos. Kansas City-born vocalist-guitarist Amber Papini can go from pretty to gritty like a mood ring, and there’s a bitter, dissatisfied sting to some of her lyrics. Don’t get me wrong. This KYLE DEAN REINFORD

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band is plenty adorable. Their melodies can swell and surge with Belle and Sebastian-ish bliss. Plus: One of their videos is about a woman whose tears make her bf’s race car go faster, and another one stars Maeby Fünke. We’ll keep an eye on

the tweemeter, but right now Hospitality is in the safe zone. —Patrick Rapa Sun., Jan. 6, 9 p.m., $10-$12, with Conversations With Enemies and Tinmouth, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849,

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NEW YEAR’S EATS ³ WELL, THE NEW year has arrived, and with it plenty of folks embarking on betterment in 2013. New year self-improvements may come by way of a juice cleanse, a pledge to use that gym membership you’ve been paying for but ignoring or the purchase of one of those ridiculous electronic cigarettes in the hopes of getting rid of that pack-a-day habit. Or maybe this year’s resolution is the more obtainable goal of eating a little bit healthier. The piles of cookbooks we’ve received over the past few months certainly include their fair share of silly titles like Quinoa Revolution or The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe.But those aren’t the books that will entice you into eating more healthfully in 2013. Instead, check out a volume that transports you to a place where healthy eating is an ancient tradition, produce is abundant and meals are centered around fresh vegetables, grains and olive oil. That place is Israel and the cookbook is Jerusalem (Ten Speed, October 2012) by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Ottolenghi is the Israeli-born chef behind a minichain of eponymous high-end fast-casual spots in London and the author of last year’s absolutely stunning vegetable cookery book,Plenty. Along with partner Tamimi, Ottolenghi has penned a gorgeous tribute to the foods of Jerusalem, taking the time not only to assemble a vibrant collection of recipes but to pay proper respect to the bittersweet nature of the city and its struggles across centuries. The culinary history of this ancient district is as vast as its population of Greek Orthodox monks, Christian Arabs, Muslim Palestinians, Jews and more, hailing from everywhere from Tunisia to Romania. But there are commonalities in their cuisines: the ubiquitous Israeli (or Arab) salad of chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, a predilection for olive oil and lemon juice, and an affinity for whole grains. Within the pages of Jerusalem you’ll come across Middle Eastern staples like mejadra, a cinnamonspiced pilaf of rice and lentils; bright parsley and barley salad; and harissa-spiked shakshuka with tomato-poached eggs. These are the sort of recipes that make it easy to adapt to a vegetable- and graincentric way of eating. Because when lunchtime rolls around and you’re met with a sabih, a thick pita topped with charred eggplant, chopped salad, mango pickles and cilantro-chile paste, that notso-hot ham and cheese sandwich becomes less and less appealing. (

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e begin, as all new years should, with Champagne. At least that was the plan. But over the next few paragraphs it will become apparent nothing concerning Hop Sing Laundromat goes according to anyone’s plan except its cagey puppeteer’s, the monosyllabic liquor czar Lee. I can’t call the following More on: words about his Fort Knox speakeasy a proper review, since I was carded before admission and thus my identity known, but the thoughts below are my own, as much as Lee might have tried to influence them. It all began two weeks before Christmas. I had just finished eating pizza when a message on my phone proffered a mysterious invitation from a number I didn’t recognize: “Good evening, Mr. Erace. This is Lee from Hop Sing Laundromat, and I would like to invite you in for a personal tasting at your convenience.” Lee got my number from an unnamed mutual friend. His self-serving, if generous, offer — I declined, of course — was like

gasoline on the Lee pyre I’d been tending in my soul. I was a Hop Sing holdout, you see. The impromptu invitation was the first correspondence I’d had with the man, the myth, the wannabe legend since he leaked his plans back in 2010 to turn a vacant Indonesian restaurant into Philly’s most meticulous drinking destination. As cocktail scribes suckled at his top-shelf well and Twitter tribes strapped on their kneepads, I resisted. The pseudonym, the phony self-deprecation, the game of hot-and-cold he played with the press — it irked me more than intrigued. For a while, anyway. When Lee texted me, Hop Sing had been serving six months, the hype machine had settled into a less rabid churn and curiosity nibbled at me like a mouse at cheese. I’d review it, I decided, the first review of 2013. Which is what brought me to an ornate metal security door at 1029 Race Street on the Saturday before Christmas, and face to face with Lee, backlit by an otherworldly blue glow MORE FOOD AND like an alien emerging from the mothership. DRINK COVERAGE Lee admitted a twosome and politely AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / asked me to come back in 15 to 20 minutes. M E A LT I C K E T. I returned and, after grudgingly handing over my license, was invited into the waiting room, a cozy holding cell with a row of theater-style chairs flanking a vintage shoeshine station, the now famous floor of pennies shining. Lee recited the house rules (no photography, no talking on cell phones) and 10 minutes later, I was in. He pulled out a throne-like seat for me at the center of the brass-and-crimson room with the look of a haunted library (cathedral lights, gilt mirrors, floor-toceiling book racks of bottles) tended by a mannerly waitstaff. >>> continued on adjacent page

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The only Champagne Hop Sing serves is Dom, by the bottle.

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I ordered “something with Champagne,” bartender’s choice, but the only Champagne Hop Sing serves is Dom, by the bottle, Lee explained. I should have known, considering his well is a who’s who of the alcoholic aristocracy. So I opted instead for a Hotel Nacional (rummy, frothy and pineapple gold) from the “classics” side of the menu. Hop Sing’s drinks are a very fair $12 and tend toward the straightforward. Some have only two ingredients, like the Henry “Box” Brown, 2 ounces of 15-year-old El Dorado dosed with 3 ounces fresh red grape juice, named for a slave who mailed himself from Richmond, Va., to Philly in 1849. In a cocktail scene where you’re only as good as your apothecary of housemade bitters, tinctures and drams, it’s ballsy. So is Lee’s widespread affection for coffee and cream, whether in the haunting Nevermore with tequila and gin or the refreshing Boston Healer with bourbon, vanilla and honey liqueurs and bruised mint. A thin cap of dairy neutralized the slow-burning sting of muddled Thai chilies in the Montana Payback, a concoction involving rum, applejack, strawberries and farlernum. The off-menu tequila Old Fashioned was mostly booze but, paradoxically, not boozy. When the fire vanished from its tableside-flamed orange peel, it revealed a smooth tango of mezcal and reposado, smoke and oak set to plainspoken Angostura, agave and a spray of essential citrus oils. I sought that balance in the Triple A special, but there wasn’t enough fresh-pressed green apple juice to combat the lethal doses of applejack and absinthe. “I know you didn’t like the Triple A,” Lee whispered when he set down the check, “so I took it off the bill.” I’d given no indication I hadn’t liked it. I’d even drunk most of it. Is Lee psychic or just a very keen observer? I can’t say for sure. But I can dispel at least some of the mystery behind the man: Lee grew up in Saigon during the Vietnam War. His family tried to escape, twice. The first attempt was unsuccessful. The second smuggled them into a Indonesia refugee camp, the start of a relocation process that would move them to Singapore, then to Orange County, Calif. He moved to New York, working as the assistant director of food and beverage at a posh hotel before quitting to become a day trader. He spent more than two months driving cross-country visiting bars, leading up to the opening of Hop Sing Laundromat. Fact or fiction? Hard to tell. But one thing I know to be true about Lee is the following: His job, he says, is “to find out what my guests need and do whatever it takes to get it.” I know this is true because a few days after my visit to Hop Sing, I was prowling state stores for a bottle of Wigle Ginever, a new Dutch-style proto-gin produced in Pittsburgh. I tweeted how I couldn’t find it. The following day, a bottle mysteriously appeared on my doorstep. “My job is to find out what my guests need,” Lee echoed when he rang me later at home, his caller ID flashing on my TV screen. “That’s what you needed.” I’m returning the booze. Lee’s real name, I’ll keep. (

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trips. Hell, I can take myself on a fucking shopping trip. I don’t like your family it is just phony all up and down the board.

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nity of a lifetime to get to know me pure and uncut lol THATS WHAT SHE SAID. I heard through the grapevine that you were soliciting your services to a family member of mine just a month ago but instead of being honest you felt it was your duty to lie. See I gave you a series of questions and you managed to lie everytime. What a genius you are! I mean hey family and I couldn’t obviously talk because we’re family right. Then when you’ve been confronted by both parties you run this sorry I didn’t tell you...Naw fuck that you told me some bs that’s what you told me! I accept your apology but my life isn’t a game. I told you I didn’t have time at this point in life to be playing around and your situation was already

DUROSS & LANGEL GIRL You sold me on the Siberian Fir liquid hand soap, but in that moment you smiled at me I would’ve bought anything-it could’ve smelled like gasoline or a pile of garbage, and I would’ve bought it. I stared at your hands, trying to see if you had a wedding band on amidst the other rings. I wanted to be free of my tortured relationship and my crumbling life, I wanted to ask you out, I wanted to buy a million soaps from you to let you know how beautiful you are and how you lit up my day. But all I could do was take you up on a gift box, laugh when you told me what a crazy day it had been, and wander out into the dying light of another winter afternoon. Happy Holidays...maybe I will see you in the new year?

You know that you want me and I know that I want you. Why are we playing games with each other. I know Michelle isn’t giving you what you need at all. You can’t sit there and tell me that she is giving you what you need. Why don’t you do like you did in the summer time and sneak over my way like you were sneaking those women in the house. I knew you were doing it and if your wife was smart she would of known that you were doing it also. If you don’t approach me I am going to jump all over you and tear you up just like you wife should of done from the fucking beginning. You want me remember...what are you waiting for?



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LOUD UGLY BITCH I can’t believe that you were on the train throwing around all those curse words like you were crazy or something. Didn’t you think that people around you would be offended and didn’t want to hear that shit moreless or hear that shit early in the morning. Then you were ugly on top of that. I just didn’t understand if you could hear yourself. You are a fucking woman act like it and make the right decisions. You never know who is around or watching you.

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I hate to put guys in the same box or catagory. I really try to give some of y’all the benefit of the doubt but a couple sucka type dudes weezle their way through. Like you for instance you had the opportu-

flawed to begin with and here I am tryna work with you. I gotta stop tryna save these hoes.

I was so happy that day I saw you in court when you looked at me & didn’t even know who I was at first, but when you DID realize it was me I be you felt like shit. I wonder what you had to pawn in order to get a token to get downtown. Oh yea, that’s was you’re ass. Didd you straight pawn it, or was it on loan? Hey at least you still got you looks right? There are some people out there who are into the Edward Scissorhands/Twillight look. Just remember to leave out the HIV and junkie parts & you should be all good. Next time we have court, make sure you play the clean role correctly & get you own cell phone.

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Sarcasticly extending thanks to all my former family who were gracious enough to call me on Christmas day. I was alone all day, watching movies I’ve seen at least 3X and eating my dinner ALONE. You excluded me from sharing in your holiday celebrations because my fat mouthed EX gf called everyone and said we had found a couple bedbugs upstairs. You all got so sleeved that despite my assurances that we had eliminated the problem and washed everything twice, you still determined it “necessary” to keep your distance, even on the phone?


You stupid bitch how fucking dare you tell me anything about my child. He fucking came out of me... don’t you think that I know him? You stay in your place all your job is to do is to make sure that he is alright...all the rest of the shit that you are talking about goes in one ear and out the fucking other. And please don’t try to win me over with the shopping


Hey just don’t know where you fit in do are a moron and you just suck! I hate seeing you in the morning. I want to throw a bucket of fish at you to make you smell alittle better than you did earlier. Then you fucked around and told me that you think that you have hepitatic c...bitch you already know you got that shit. You stay away from me and then you supposed to be so fucking health concscious you aren’t healthy bitch! Stay away from everyone and stay off of facebook bitch!

Hey, my sorority sister wrote the first one about you. I came into your store to see what the big deal was and boy wasn’t I disappointed. You are tall and thick. I ask you to take me to the bathroom. I didn’t need to go I just wanted to take you in there and fuck your brains out. You gave me that smile she was talking about and ask some dumb bitch to take me. I’ll try again later, and by the way my name is “Marcia”.


You sitting in my fucking face complaining that someone yells continously at you. That is your fucking fault. You dumb ass bitch! I don’t want to hear anything especially right about now where I just saw my fucking paycheck and them fucking social security taxes and the rest of that shit. And the last thing I need is to hear your mouth. Why can’t you just accept that things are the way they are and move the fuck on...because I don’t wanna hear it.



Why the hell are you talking so fucking loud on the septa train. Nobody cares about your fucking finances and you were just as ignorant as you wanted to be. Then your gonna sit there and say that you weren’t giving your money to none of these hoes. You know what you aren’t worth anything honestly. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing early in the morning. Take a breath mint and shut the hell up already nobody wants to hear all that garbage.



I can’t believe what you are doing and what you are going through...I told you before that I was looking out for you and you just wanted to do what you wanted to anyway. Guess what bitch...I am not going to look out for you anymore. I have had enough of your games and all the rest of the shit that you tell me and I try to tell you the truth about things. Learn yourself old woman.

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I am currently looking in Center City a one or two bedroom, efficiency or studio 1st floor Older male. Ask for Christian 267-5927181.

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Private Oceanfront 4 bedroom villa for rent in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Owner lives in Philly. Call Frank: 215-7790520

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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

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Cleaning woman looking for work in home. Trustingworthy, 10 yrs exp. Refs. avail Call 267-349-2179

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58xx Theodore St. 1br/1ba $525 + util modern duplex, w2w carp, 215-840-6018 6522 Belmar St. SW 1BR $625 inc elec, gas, water. Nice reno, secure, 1st flr, hw flrs, fireplace, deck, appli, 814393-1872

13xx N. Frazier St. 1br/1ba $600/mo wheelchair access. Call 215-409-8383 4832 Cedar 2BR/1BA $750 3rd flr, TURN or SECTION 8 OK Call 215-765-5008 59xx Belmar Terrace 1BR/1BA $550 + utils, LR, kitchen, $1,100 to move-in. Call 267-210-3899

60XX DELANCEY efficiency- New paint, near transportation. 610-265-4677

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

Lab Puppies - Black and chocolate, 4 males, 6 females, ACA reg., vet checked, $400/ea. Call (717) 327-5696

Old English Bulldogs- 3 F, 2 M. IOEBA reg. $1,100. 856-383-6687 Siamese Kittens m/f applehead, purebred, Health Guar. $400 610-692-6408

Pekingese Pups 16 wks M&F shots vet checked $395-$495 215-579-1922

Siamese kittens, Snow Bengal kittens, Snowbob kittens $500. 609-781-0822

Rottweiler Pups, AKC, shots, tails clipped, M $600. F $550. 267-270-5529 Shih Tzu Male / Female Puppies ACA registered, shots. 267-797-0579

BEAGLE PUPS - AKC, 2 males, shots / wormed. $350. Call 267-872-9802

STANDARD Poodles, blk, 2mo. old, $300. Call 215-820-9066

Chihuahua /Maltese Pups home raised 1st shots $275.00. 484-557-1391 Chihuahua Pups for Christmas $400 856-696-0969

51XX Ranstead 1br apt, 1st flr apt all new $550+267-645-9421 COBBS CREEK: 5 rm apt, big kit, fee pd, Pets ok $500â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Locators 215 922 3400 Parkside Area 1br- 6br $700-$1,600. Newly renov, new kitch. & bath, hdwd flrs, Section 8 OK. Call 267-324-3197 Apartment Homes $650-$925 215.740.4900 City Line Area 2br Apts beautiful, Holiday Special, 215.681.1723 35xx N. 11th St. 1 BR $440/ mo. Remod. Hdwd Flrs. 215-917-1091 N. Broad St. 2br $650/mo. incl. utils. Call 215-600-5654 1,2, 3, 4 Bedroom FURNISHED APTS LAUNDRY-PARKING 215-223-7000

Broad & Windrim 1BR Newly renov., must see. 215-885-1700

15th & Lehigh Large rooms starting at $400/mo. 215-834-4445 19th & Allegheny $105-$115/wk. Giant rooms, share BA, $300 move in. Laund., kitch., bckgrnd check. Call 215-266-8324 25th & Clearfield, Hunting Park & Castor, 55th & Media, 15th & Federal. Share Kitch. & Bath, $350 & up, no securi ty deposit, SSI OK. Call 215-758-7572

4th & Diamond $95/wk. $225 to move in. bed, fridge & micro. 215-416-6538 54xx Chestnut, cln & quiet, no drug, $225/bi-wk, $450/mo 215.668.3591

60th & Reinhard $380/mo. incl. utils, near trolley 11 & 13. Call 267-266-4904 61st & Walnut - New Rooms To Rent $400 to move in. Call (267) 257-5815

Erie Ave. Nice, furn, fridge, micro, quiet, $90wk, $270 sec dep (609) 703-4266 Hunting Park Effic. $525 1st, last and Sec dep. 215-232-0939

FRANKFORD / NORTHEAST , Newly renov, nicely furnished, A/C, W/D, cable, clean, safe & secure. Call (267) 253-7764

Frankford rms $85-$135/wk, Everything incl. Sec dep req. 215-432-5637 1 BR & 2 BR Apts $725-$835 spacious, great loc., upgraded, heat incl, PHA vouchers accepted 215-966-9371 339 E Wister St 1BR $570/mo newly renov., near LaSalle. 267-228-7359 Seymour & Greene 1br $575-$700 incl. heat & water. Call 610-287-9857

1414 W. 71st Ave 1br $625 Utils incl. Close to trans & shopping. 215-574-2111

20XX Orthodox 1br $550/mo. spacious, painted, sec8 ok 267-230-2600 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

Bustleton & Grant nice 2br $890 prvt balcony w/garden view 215.943.0370

1517 W. Cayuga St. Renovated Rooms $350 a month. Call (215) 459-1699

Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890

Germantown - Large furnished and unfurnished rooms, $100-$150, close to train and XH Bus. Call 215-514-8173

Germantown Rms, $120/wk utils incl, share kit/ba, $500 move in 215.849.5861 N. & W Phila rooms, Single Occupancy, no smoking, $100/wk. 267-588-4289

23XX F ederal L g 4 BR 2B, F ridge bsmt yrd $1150+ 267-645-9421 62nd & Woodland 3BR House Sec 8 ok. Must See. 215-885-1700

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

55xx Master St. (W. Philly) 3BR, 1BA, refrigerator & stove avail. Laundry hookup. $750/mo. 484-318-1359

29xx Cedar 4br $895+ 2 mo sec, Sec 8 OK, no pets 215.539.7866 29xx CORAL ST 2BR, refrig, bsmt, yard. $635+. 267-645-9421 34XX N 18TH 3BR $750+ Refrig, bsmnt, yard, 267-645-9421

40xx Ormond 3BR $875 5xx 56th Ave. 4BR $1000 Please Call Pan 267-287-3175 5264 Glenloch 2BR/1BA $750+ Section 8 ok. Call 267-808-8432 54xx Torresdale Ave. 3br $795+ Section 8 ok, no pets. Call 215-539-7866 Mayfair 63XX Ditman or 20xx Carver St. 3BR/1BA. New renov. c. tile/ refr/w/d, fence b/yard $930/$975 Centr Air 267-872-7116

DARBY 120 Main Street Completely renovated multi-unit property; 3 bed 1.5 ba & 2 bed 1 ba. units available. Fresh paint, new appliances, large yard, convenient to shopping & public transportation. Starting at $700 Your Local Leasing Company. Call 877-473-6821

SW,N,W Movein Special! $90- $125/wk Clean furn rms SSI ok 215-220-8877

W & SW Phila Newly renov rooms, share kitch & bath, all utils incl. 267.625.4625

ALL CASH for JUNK CARS: $300 $3,000. Free towing. (302) 250-5096

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

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

SW PHILA 3BR/1BA $850 +utils Newly renovated. Call 302-650-2386

Special 1 week free: North Philadelphia furn. rooms $100/wk. Call 610-213-1235

SW Philadelphia Room for rent. $250 share kit & bath. 267-251-2749


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low cost cars & trucks Ford Taurus SE 2002 $1650 4door, loaded, clean. 215-280-4825 Hyundai Elantra 2000 SW $3,200 New insp, radials. 610.667.4829 Toyota Corolla 1991 $2,500 4 door, loaded, new inspection, excellent condition in & out. Call 215-370-1197


Irish Setter pups, AKC, vet chkd, shots, parents our pets, $600+. (302)328-1720

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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 I Buy Guitars & All Musical Instruments-609-457-5501 Rob 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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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

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