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The Flyers fire coach Peter Laviolette. “I know I’m the one who should probably be fired,” said GM Paul Holmgren. “But that would require Mr. Snider besting me in a fistfight, as per Flyers Code, and I’m not about to lose to a 105-year-old man.”

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In a TV interview, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett compares gay marriage to brothers and sisters getting married. “Which happens, like, 10 times in Genesis without God even batting an eye,” says Corbett. “So I guess I’m saying gay marriage and incest should both be legal. Well, there’s a surprise double whammy.”


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A fraternity’s flyer featuring naked women causes a controversy on the Swarthmore College campus. A visiting Haverford student asks to borrow the flyer for a while. Inquirer publisher Robert J. Hall says editor-in-chief Bill Marimow was fired because of “philosophical differences.” Adding, “Basically, he was really into moral relativism and non-cognitivist theory while I’m a firm believer that big words have no place in a newsroom.” City Council approves a plan to buy vacant School District properties and sell them to developers. “And we’ll turn them into halffinished townhomes for all the dropouts to have parties in.” The historic City Tavern is ordered to remain closed until the government shutdown is over, since it’s owned by the U.S. National Parks Service. Bleary-eyed and disoriented, the servants are released into a modern landscape of stone and glass they do not recognize. Several are felled by influenza and migraines within minutes. The rest are dragged over cobblestones to their deaths by a duck boat making its rounds.

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STUDENT DEATH: Laporshia Massey, 12, a student at Bryant Elementary School, became ill at school and died later that day. PROVIDED BY DANIEL BURCH

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ixth-grader Laporshia Massey died from asthma complications, according to her father, who says he rushed her to the emergency room soon after she got home from school on the afternoon of Sept. 25. He says Laporshia had begun to feel ill earlier that day at Bryant Elementary School, where a nurse is on staff only two days a week. This day was not one of those days. Daniel Burch, Laporshia’s father, is angry and wants to know whether Philadelphia’s resource-starved school district failed to save his daughter’s life. “If she had problems throughout the day, why … didn’t [the school] call me sooner?” asks Burch. He told City Paper that he received a call, from someone he assumed was the nurse, informing him that his 12-year-old daughter was sick. Burch, recovering from his own asthma troubles the night before, was sleepy — but believes it was near the end of the school day. His fianceé, Sherri Mitchell, was walking her younger children home from school when she too received a call from Bryant. Mitchell, who volunteers at the school, said Laporshia told her, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”

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But neither Burch nor Mitchell realized how serious the situation was. Burch, who told his daughter they would take care of her symptoms when she got home, believes that a trained professional would have seen the danger. “Why,” he asks, “didn’t [the school] take her to the hospital?” Seeing his daughter’s state when she arrived home at about 3:15 p.m., Burch says, he immediately gave her medication and then rushed her to the hospital. She collapsed in the car, at which point Burch flagged down a passing ambulance in the middle of traffic. Burch says his daughter later died at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which could not confirm any details, including the time of her arrival, due to privacy constraints. “They told her school was almost out, and she’d get out of school and go straight home,” says one district source, who requested anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the press. “She went to the teacher,” who told her “there’s no nurse, and just to be calm.” Mitchell, who says she doesn’t know if the school was aware of Laporshia’s asthma, contends that the first time she heard of her trouble was after 2 p.m. After school let out, a school staff member drove Laporshia home, according to her father and other sources. “Once she got home, it wasn’t like she walked in here like she was [just a little] sick,” says Mitchell. “She ran up the steps and got on the [nebulizer] machine because she knew the procedures of what

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✚ NEW TRIAL, FINALLY Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie Defino-Nastasi has ordered a new trial for Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder, two men who are serving life sentences for a 1995 murder they say they did not commit. The men’s Post Conviction Relief Act petition was based on detailed confessions made by a convicted murderer named Ricky Welborn, one of two men whom Gilyard has long maintained were responsible. “This is the type and quality of evidence that needs to be put before a jury,” Defino-Nastasi said Tuesday in announcing her order for a new trial. She also noted that the original “evidence supporting the convictions” was limited to highly contradictory eyewitness identifications and was “terribly weak.” Gilyard was represented by the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, which presented evidence that Welborn and a man named Timothy Tyler shot North Philadelphia merchant Thomas Keal to death in a botched robbery. The confessions also contained two strong pieces of corroborating evidence. First, Welborn told investigators that he had shot a second man, Anthony Stokes, with the same shotgun earlier that day. Stokes, located in a state prison, agreed that Welborn had shot him — and released hospital records to back it up. Welborn also said he used the same shotgun in a robbery later that fall — a crime to which he pleaded guilty. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project approached District Attorney Seth Williams’ office in the hope it would agree to review the new evidence. Instead, the DA fought their petition tooth and nail, much like he has other Innocence Project cases. The DA’s office ultimately

argued that Welborn had been promised $10,000 to confess. That argument was based on phone calls and letters from Welborn, made over the summer, in which he claimed that he did not commit the murder and that he had been promised cash to say that he did. The DA could point to only one $500 deposit made in Welborn’s commissary by a woman using the same first name as a relative who frequently made such deposits. But Defino-Nastasi agreed with the defense, noting that Welborn only stepped back from his testimony after a lengthy cover story in City Paper in May led friends and relatives to complain that Welborn was snitching. In addition, Welborn sent the letters to addresses that either had no relationship to the case or did not exist. Defino-Nastasi seemed incredulous of the DA’s argument that the entire petition was a complex, more-thana-decade-long conspiracy. With a touch of sarcasm, she said the theory was “a little bit too coincidental.” Marissa Bluestine, legal director at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, hailed the ruling, but called it “three years overdue. We asked the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office to assist us in this investigation from the very beginning. They refused.” The DA’s office said Tuesday it was not yet prepared to comment on whether it would appeal the ruling. The City Paper investigation also prompted a key defense witness — Lance Felder’s younger brother, Kenyatta Felder — to come forward and testify. His testimony, which implicated their oldest

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editor Bill Marimow has pushed the bitter power struggle among owners of the hostility-ridden media company to a head. One owner, South Jersey political boss George Norcross, wanted to impose changes at the paper, sources say, and boost the prominence of at the Inquirer’sexpense. Another, parking magnate Lewis Katz, defended the newsroom. Interstate General Media (IGM) publishes the Inquirer, the Daily News and Both newspapers also have their own websites, which, unlike, must put their content behind impenetrable paywalls. “For months now, Norcross has been trying to impose his will on the Inquirer, and Marimow has been fighting that,” says one newsroom source who, like others, asked not to be identified for fear of retribution. “The decision to terminate Bill Marimow … was made by me and Associate Publisher Mike Lorenca” and was “within our authority,” Hall said, according a statement issued on Monday by IGM.’s ascent has been at the center of the conflict. Norcross has quietly remade the site — still the main web platform for the two dailies’ material — into a freestanding and competing newsroom and put his daughter, Lexie Norcross, in charge. The Inquirer “was the one piece of the operation he couldn’t touch,” says one source. “He controls” and the Daily News — which unlike the Inquirer,republishes material — and “is more cooperative with him.” IGM, per its custom, declined to make owners or management available for an interview. But Philadelphia magazine published from a dossier on Marimow’s alleged shortcomings that was compiled by Hall, and supplied by an unnamed source. The dossier claimed Marimow opposed expanding local coverge based on reader research. One notable point of contention, however, was Marimow’s resistance to fostering a “more collaborative relationship with” Reporters question’s editorial decisions, which include writing headlines like “Company gives away vibrators to keep you busy during the govern>>> continued on page 12

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she needed to do to save her life.” The District source believes that Laporshia’s life could have been saved if the school had responded appropriately to her illness. “If they had called rescue, she would still be here today,” the source said. According to District rules, the principal or a designated person “must act promptly to provide immediate care” once they have received “notification of an ill or injured person.” The School District of Philadelphia, long underfunded and now reeling from budget cuts implemented by Gov. Tom Corbett, has nearly 3,000 fewer staff members than it did in June. Today, there are 179 nurses working in public, private and parochial schools, down from 289 in 2011. (The District did not provide the ratio of nurses to students in its schools as of press time.) Bryant Elementary did not have a full-time nurse last year, either. After the initial cuts, one protesting nurse specifically warned that other staff were not competent to deal with asthmatic students in her absence. This year, Parents United for Public Education and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia have compiled a list of complaints filed with the state Secretary of Education, including those having to do with health and safety — some of which were made by parents worried for their asthmatic children. The District’s large population of students living in poverty already face numerous barriers to quality health care. “Without the school nurse, at a minimum, persistent errors in judgment will result in a child getting a substandard education,” says school nurse Eileen Duffey. “In worst-case scenarios, lifethreatening conditions may surface while a child is in school and go unnoticed.” It is unclear what time Laporshia first complained of feeling ill. District spokesperson Fernando Gallard, citing confidentiality requirements, said that he could not provide any details. Last week, a school police officer at Bryant said that Principal Paulette Gaddy had instructed him to escort this reporter from the property. Pennsylvania Department of Health spokesperson Holli Senior told City Paper that the agency reached out to Bryant to offer assistance in reviewing Laporshia’s death, something it recommends “in certain situations to ensure that they did what they were supposed to do, in the order that they were supposed to do it.” But, Senior says, “the school indicated that they did not require any assistance at this time” and the Department does not have “the authority to get involved any further at this point.” Approached at the girl’s funeral on Monday, School District Family and Community Engagement Chief Evelyn Sample-Oates said that the District was investigating the matter, but that 8 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R |

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she did not have any details. Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which also represents school nurses, says he cannot say what contributed to the student’s death. But he believes the shortage of nurses is dangerous. “We will never know whether or not having had a full-time nurse in the building would of been able to save her life. But what we do know is that there was not a nurse at the time of her illness to — based on the training nurses have — determine whether or not the child was in crisis, and seek medical attention from a hospital,” Jordan said. State Rep. Ron Waters, a Bryant alumnus whose West Philadelphia district includes the school, says that the School District should review whether protocol was followed. But he

Waters vows to keep fighting for better services for children. believes the budget cuts orchestrated by Gov. Corbett must also be questioned. “We don’t have the people in place in the schools right now that can provide necessary services to our students,” said Waters. “At the end of the day, there’s only but so much that any building can provide if it has to deal with a skeleton operation. So, I will continue to fight this administration, and continue to fight to make sure that the services that our children deserve are provided.” Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell called the situation “very sad.” She asked: “Without school nurses, she didn’t feel well, where could she go? You got to call emergency when you think it’s at that point.” (

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brother, Rob Felder, as an accessory to the shooting, was powerful: It showed that Kenyatta was willing to help free one brother even at the potential expense of the other being locked up for life. “I’m just so overwhelmed, grateful,” Gilyard's mother, Christine Gilyard, told City Paper after the ruling. “I knew the truth was the only thing that was going to set him free, and the truth came out in court.” Welborn, Tyler, and Rob Felder could all be prosecuted for Thomas Keal’s murder if Gilyard and Felder are found not guilty at a new trial. Ironically, the three men who may have committed the murder will have mountains of evidence that they are innocent. It was presented, however unconvincingly, by the Philadelphia District Attorney. —Daniel Denvir

✚ VACANT SCARE Diamond Green, a $20 million, 92-unit private apartment complex at 1000 Diamond St., was constructed last summer as high-end student housing. But for the past four months, it’s been listed for sale for $31 million. And recently, speculation has emerged that the complex has a high vacancy rate. “I heard [Diamond Green] was 50 percent [occupied], but I’m not sure,” says Michael Petri, head of Blackstone Development, which has constructed student housing around the university for the last seven years. A source with knowledge of the Diamond Green development, however, said the occupancy rate was closer to 80 percent. In any case, Diamond Green is not the only Temple-area, off-campus housing facility that reportedly has some unoccupied rooms. And that raises the question: Is the neighborhood’s student-housing-driven construction boom about to go bust?

“We still think there is a high demand for student rentals,” says Corey Lonberger at Rittenhouse Realty Advisors, listing agent for Diamond Green. Temple, for one, may be edging out the competition. The university recently completed a 1,275-student dorm, Morgan Hall, at Broad and Cecil B. Moore. It also terminated its longstanding lease with The Edge, an 800-unit apartment complex constructed by real-estate developer Bart Blatstein in late 2006 and now managed by the international Campus Living Villages Corp. A decade ago, a shortage of dormitory space and a profusion of vacant land led to an explosion in construction of student rentals. The rapid pace of the development was not without pain: Neighbors complained about illegal dumping of construction materials and there was an increase in crimes involving student victims just off-campus. Temple estimates that half of its 12,000 stu10 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R |

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dent residents live in private, offcampus units. Morgan Hall was built to rein in that growth. So is student housing reaching a saturation point?

Developers, like Petri, say the vacancies at The Edge and Diamond Green are off because of the units they offer. “The Edge has pretty small rooms and the Diamond Green is at the edge of the campus area, at Diamond and 10th. Everybody else who I talk to is pretty much full. … It all depends on the size and location of the units,” said Petri. However, he later added that he had a few buildings on the east side of Broad Street that were only 60 percent to 70 percent full. Statistics can at least confirm that developers are still confident the area will continue to grow. New construction permits in the area are at an all-time high: Ninety-two have already been

New construction permits are at an alltime high. pulled around Temple this year, compared to 64 for all of 2012, according to L&I records. It’s possible that Temple’s 25,000 non-resident students could continue to fuel the real-estate market around the university for years to come, buoyed by actual homeowners from the growing neighborhoods around Center City. But if students are already balking at living in tiny, expensive apartments at centrally located complexes (a “large” studio measures 268 square feet and costs $999 per month at The Edge, a significantly higher per-square-foot cost than most Center City offerings) or “remote” dwellings at 10th and Diamond, it seems unlikely that many nonstudents would be lining up to take their place. —Ryan Briggs

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“I also don’t know how battle-ready they are.” ment shutdown” and allowing former Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent to advise readers to “stay horny.” In May, reporters were infuriated when the site announced that Tom Corbett, who is also employed as the Republican governor of Pennsylvania, would write a column for Marimow assigned a story on the decision, which described Hall as calling “not bound by traditional newspaper conventions.” Lexie Norcross was quoted as saying, “Considering that the Inquirer and Daily News slam him every day, I think it’s actually equal, giving him a chance to speak.” One source called the article “kind of wonderful, but bizarre: So now the civil war was spilling into the papers. And Lexie Norcross looked terrible.” In August, City Paper revealed that the Inquirer’s opinion pages would be cut in half. Sources blamed Norcross. The immediate pretext for Marimow’s firing was his refusal to fire certain senior employees, according to sources. On Monday, Hall insisted that “five out of six of our directors/ owners have concurred in our decision to terminate” Marimow even though such approval was “not required.” Sources believe that Katz opposed the move and was not told about it beforehand. The Phillymag dossier says that IGM chairman Gerry Lenfest, a major area philanthropist, was part of a July meeting in which Marimow was told he would lose his job if he didn’t

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make changes. Lenfest, however, told the Inquirerthat he was not informed about the firing before it occurred, and has now publicly protested the move. One source believes that Katz may now sue, arguing that Norcross violated the company’s partnership agreement. For months, Norcross has operated as a steamroller at the paper, consistently winning the day in fights over and editorial page cutbacks. The brazenness of Marimow’s ouster may force the dissident owners to act. “I don’t think that they have a choice, but I also don’t know how battle-ready they are,” says one source. “They have to take this fight.” Marimow, who could not be reached for comment, has said that he hopes to return. Others are pessimistic: “I guess Norcross won,” wrote one. Another said the dismissal seemed more “like the end of a showdown” than the beginning. But what this source doesn’t understand, like others, is the endgame: What does Norcross want? (

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“For all intents and purposes, I own Ilya Bryzgalov.” NC-17, doesn’t get to the actual sex until the 16th of 21 chapters. The most popular Flyer leading man is team captain Claude Giroux, with more than 861,000 words devoted to him on Mibba alone. (For the approximate print equivalent, stack copies of Infinite Jest, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the unabridged Moby-Dick on top of each other.) Sometimes Giroux falls in love with a female trainer (a recurring plot setup in Flyers fan fiction). In one story Giroux beats out Jordan Staal for the protagonist’s affections; in another he falls in love with a female hockey player who’s been drafted by the Flyers. It’s a coincidence that Claude Giroux and Christian Grey share a set of initials, though Giroux does star in a story titled, pretty unimaginatively, “Shades of Grey.” The reference isn’t entirely non sequitur — though E.L. James has made good, having sold 70 million books and raked in nearly $100 million, at heart, she is still part of this community. Just a few years ago, her 50 Shades of Grey series was still a Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe being published online for free on a site like Mibba. But the Flyers fan-fiction writers do it for the love of the craft (and, well, the Flyers). None of it is for sale. They usually even renounce the rights to most of their work. Even the youngest Mibba writers include a formal-sounding note announcing that they do not own the rights to the Flyers or anything related to the team. The exception is the lone story starring ex-Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, which states, probably mistakenly: “For all intents and purposes, I own Ilya Bryzgalov.” Poor Bryz. But Bryzgalov still has one more fan-fiction story than Cliff Lee, Allen Iverson, Evan Mathis and most other Philadelphia professional athletes that do not play hockey. Because this phenomenon doesn’t happen for baseball, basketball or football. Search “Phillies” and you get four results (one of which is “It’s Werth It”); search “Flyers” and you get hundreds. We couldn’t find any featuring members of the Eagles or 76ers. (Though we did discover that Susan Finkelstein, infamous for being charged with offering to trade sex for World Series tickets in 2009, wrote a story the next year detailing her sexual fantasies about the 1980 Phillies.) No, hockey stands alone. Philadelphia isn’t the only team getting love — the Penguins and Blackhawks actually spawn slightly more stories than the Flyers do — but aside from a few hundred soccer stories, nothing even comes close. It’s actually an established genre outside of the fanfic world: A list on Goodreads counts 81 hockey romance novels. What is it about hockey players? “They’re so intense,” says Toni Aleo, a novelist who has written five books in the Nashville Assassins series. “They have such great work ethic. They’re great athletes, who you’d also like to hang out with.” Aleo went to school for nursing and had never written a book before dashing off Taking Shots in six weeks in 2011. She says there’s no particular reason she chose the hockey world as her setting; it was just the first idea she actually started to write. Last weekend,

Aleo attended a signing with eight other authors in Toronto. Of the 300 people who showed up, “about 150 were there to see me,” she says. “These were hardcore females who love their hockey,” she says. “Hockey is amazing.” Aleo’s devotion to hockey — she’s a big Predators fan — and her “work ethic” comment might get to the crux of the appeal of the hockey player as romantic hero. Talk to any hockey fan for more than a minute and you’ll get the sense he or she believes hockey is, at its core, just better than other sports. Niche fanbases cause fans to become more passionate, to romanticize the sport. The players are average guys who got there through hard work. They’re relatable. They’re scruffy. They’re tough, but harmless (so, Canadian). A bunch of them are short. They’re totally dateable. They’re also mostly white, as are most of the fictional characters and real-life celebrities, from Christian Grey to Justin Bieber, who spur untold terabytes of fan fiction. Also, Claude Giroux has an excellent beard. Max Talbot is the second-mostpopular Flyer on the site, with 40 stories to Giroux’s 60. There are more than a dozen stories each about former Flyers Danny Briere and Mike Richards. Both Schenn brothers, Luke and Brayden, feature in multiple stories. (Their stories tend to have punny titles like “You’re My Schennshine.”) Goalie


prospect Anthony Stolarz, who plays for a Flyers minor league team, is the subject of a story. In one NC-17 piece, Jakub Voracek is talked into getting a haircut by his girlfriend. But pity poor Scott Hartnell, our cover boy. In many stories he’s a supporting character, played off as a goofball. Even the ones where he’s the romantic focus, he’s written pretty goofy. One of these opens at Franklin Mills. There’s even a story titled “Hartnell Down,” a Flyers fan meme that references Hartnell’s propensity to trip on the ice. “Scott Hartnell hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to romance,” the description begins. In the strangest story on the site, an alternate-universe tale called “Shoot to Thrill,” Claude Giroux is the head of a French-Canadian gang. He shoots police captain Chris Pronger — a Flyer whose career was ended by concussions in 2011 — and puts him in a coma. It is Flyers defenseman/interim police chief Kimmo Timonen’s job to track down Giroux and bring him to justice. It’s like an awesomely bad Hollywood movie, but starring the Philadelphia Flyers. Romantic fiction has long been a way for young women to explore their sexuality in a safe place, and fan fiction is an equally safe space for young writers, so it’s not so surprising that the two have overlapped so vigorously. But, still. Hockey? “Hockey boys are hot, that’s the only thing I can really answer,” says Aleo. (

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THE REVIEW OF PHILADELPHIA BOOKS Few things are as endlessly entertaining as depictions of Philadelphia in pop culture. (We even went to see How Do You Know.) Amazon and ebooks opened up a glorious new world of formerly hard-to-find visions of the city — the century-old pulp-horror version in which a monster slumbers beneath City Hall, a flapper-era Rittenhouse Square that’s the setting for a high-society murder mystery, a bar at 17th and Fairmount where Charles Bukowski so eloquently recalls misspending his youth. So we’re using this Book Quarterly to launch The 19102 Review, a new column devoted to Philly books. It’ll take a look at new releases, weird dust-covered paperbacks from the back of a thrift store and established classics. We have a ton of stuff lined up already — this preview could have been three times as long as it is — but if you have a book that’d be perfect for this (the dustier, the better), email, or just drop it in the mail it to Emily Guendelsberger at Philadelphia City Paper, 30 S. 15th St., 14th floor, 19102. Now, on to the reviews — some old, some new, all Philly.

I GOT SCHOOLED M. Night Shyamalan

Nonfiction, 2013, Simon & Schuster, 320 pp. It’s tough not to judge M. Night Shyamalan’s new book (out Sept. 10) by its cover. It couldn’t draw any more reflexive eye rolls if it were titled At Long Last, M. Night Shyamalan Descends Like Prometheus from Olympus to Bestow Upon Mankind the Secrets of Education Reform, Because All Those Other People Clearly Just Weren’t Thinking About It Hard Enough. The twist? If you can make it past the first quarter of the book’s terminal lack of self-awareness, it suddenly becomes a pretty evenhanded, data-reliant but readable examination of common practices among schools that excel at educating poor kids that

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are potentially scalable to other schools. It is not nearly as ridiculous as it sounds. But, lord — does it ever take a while to get there. The full title, I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap, suggests a couple things — that this book is going to be about M. Night Shyamalan first and his sidekick education reform second, and that Shyamalan rarely uses 10 words when 20 will do. The interminable 75-page introduction, taking up an entire quarter of the book, backs such assumptions up. In it, Shyamalan gets into his feelings, thoughts, personality quirks, childhood, wife, meals, important friends, films, Bryn Mawr-private-schooled daughters, shock at the differences between Philly’s Masterman and Overbrook schools

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when he scouted both as locations for The Happening, moment of insight over spinach gnocchi at Vetri, Wikipedia research, establishment of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, and decision to write a book. There’s also facts and research, but frequently framed in the first person, as in one page describing an education panel in which the words “I,” “me” or “my” are used an astounding 34 times. But though the lack of self-awareness is off-putting, the motivations are pure. Shyamalan’s much-touted “interested amateur” status is sure to make non-amateurs grind their teeth, but it means that the book is allied with neither Team Charter nor Team Public, which have been butting heads for so long that sometimes the education-reform discussion feels as inaccessible as the 457th reply in a Usenet flame war. Shyamalan’s conclusions (centered around lots of training, better data analysis and a reliable, observation-based method of locating and firing bad teachers) aren’t skewed toward either side, and are argued with persuasive data and a surprising sense of optimism. Since the book started with the Philadelphia public school system, where few are optimistic at the moment, I summarized Shyamalan’s five keys for a teacher friend in case I was missing obvious Pollyannaisms. She actually liked most of his ideas, but wearily noted that “every single idea ever thought of to improve public education depends on one essential thing: adequate funding.” —Emily Guendelsberger

discomfort. When Robert Drayton, Terence Trenmore and his sister Viola are blasted two centuries into the future by a curious vial of gray dust said to have been stolen from purgatory (where else?), we’re not thrown into a bleak, colorless regime. The city itself looks largely the same. It’s the inhabitants that have changed. The trio finds themselves in a Philadelphia ruled supremely by engineered superstition and fear of vengeful god William Penn; the Penn Service, its autocratic enforcers, reduce citizens to the numbers emblazoned on their yellow buttons. Not wearing your button? Then it’s off to the pit for disrupting Order and welcoming war. Props are due to Bennett not only for probably pioneering the “alternate timeline” novel in the early twentieth century, but for penning smaller details that still feel unique when the novel is almost a century old, like the Liberty Bell having been converted into a disintegration machine. There are dystopian staples that run through the way the Penn Service works, for sure — newspapers and literature are only available to the powerful, knowledge of the world outside the city is unheard of, etc.— but the fleet of Penn Service officials called Superlatives, with names like Mr. Virtue, Mr. Mercy and Mr. Kindness (not to mention Mr. Supreme Justice), is chilling enough to keep a centuryold genre novel feeling fresh. (Like many of the older books we mention, Cerberus isn’t easy to find in print, but is readily available as an ebook.) —Marc Snitzer CONTINUED ON PAGE 18


Sci-fi, 1919, Halcyon Press, 123 pp. Philadelphia of 2118 A.D. doesn’t look a whole lot different than it did two centuries prior, at a first glance. Taxicabs still dart up and down Broad Street, hotels haven’t aged a day and the monster that represents humanity’s lust for war still sleeps in that pit beneath City Hall and its looming, crimson bell, waiting to devour sinners and the unjust in the name of merciful Penn. Hold on a second. The Heads of Cerberus, first published as a serial over 1919 and 1920 in the pulp magazine Thrill Book, comes from the same early sci-fi era as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars. Author Gertrude Barrows Bennett (under the gender-masking pseudonym Francis Stevens) builds her dystopia with just enough subtlety to arouse real

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Mystery, 2013, Obsidian, 372 pp. Not even in the lip-gloss-coated world of chick lit are newspapers permitted to thrive. So, in the ninth installment of Nancy Martin’s Blackbird Sisters series, Little Black Book of Murder (just released Aug. 6), society columnist Nora Blackbird is scrambling to save her job at a recession-ravaged Philadelphia Intelligencer. It’s just about the only believable aspect of this sequel, which is weighed down with the baggage of eight volumes (and a prequel!) worth of exposition. Among the oddities Martin has to rush to explain: Nora’s gracious poverty (her parents absconded to South America with her trust fund but left behind a fabulous collection of haute couture); her live-in Mafioso pseudo-husband (she’s afraid to actually marry him, lest he die of the “Blackbird curse”); and her challenging relationship with Gus, her sexy new Australian editor who looks at her like “a tasty hors d’oeuvre fresh off the barbie.” Wade through all that (and the mandatory scullery sex that takes place within the first few chapters) and you get to the plot: a murder mystery involving a fashion designer, a genetically engineered pig, a scheming chef, a serial-killer wife and a talent-agent scammer. The cast of mobsters, fashionistas, Bucks County blue bloods and hard-up newspaper hacks keep things moving as Nora and Gus try to track down the murderer and drive up web traffic. But the revelations at the end are more shrug- than gasp-inducing. Of course, Martin has her fans. If you’ve read the previous volumes, you know what you’re in for. If you haven’t, there’s no need to start now. —Samantha Melamed

BANG BANG Patrick Malloy

Sci-fi, 2012, Bedlam Press, 252 pp. Twenty years into the future, the U.S. government has all but eradicated death thanks to miracle drug Youthimax, which replicates

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DNA cells to keep them perpetually young. The result is overcrowding, rampant crime and a sharp decline in business for West Philadelphia’s O’Rourke Funeral Home. Frustrated by his diminishing income, and by the death of his wife Kelly just months before Youthimax’s widespread adoption, O’Rourke employee Maxwell Casur turns to Beatlesthemed serial killing, both to drum up business and to reintroduce death to a city that’s forgotten it. He and his slovenly co-worker Bligh murder more than 100 people while ducking the FBI, the mob and Bligh’s precocious teenage daughter. Bang Bang is the debut novel from Narberth author Patrick Malloy, who undoubtedly studied Orwell, Huxley and Kubrick. His darkly comedic dystopia alternates between amusingly stereotypical depictions (mobster Vinny the Fist, for example, is frequently described as wearing velvet suits and calling people “gibrone”) and musings on how, without the fear of death, society has deteriorated into lawlessness. “She suffered the terrible sickness that comes with the cockiness of knowing one is indestructible,” he writes of Bligh’s daughter, born into a Youthimax world. “There was no reason for her to be polite, caring, kind, or any of the above. … Her generation lived without fear, but all they did was live.” The stereotypes and moralizing can get tedious at times, but overall Bang Bang is a quick, fun read that knows better than to take itself too seriously. —Kate Bracaglia


YA, 2007, HarperTeen, 352 pp. The four liars of Flawless, the second book of the Main Line-set Pretty Little Liars series, are a postmoral Baby-Sitters Club. There’s Hanna, the secretly insecure bulimic pretty girl; Aria, the secretly insecure artsy kid; Spencer, the secretly insecure overachiever; and Emily, the secretly insecure (and secretly gay) athlete. The girls were close in middle school, led by

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horrific Queen Bee Ali. One of Ali’s hilarious pranks led to the blinding of an unpopular classmate and the mysterious “A” has discovered the truth. But Ali’s been missing for three years and Flawless opens with the discovery of her body. After a speedy prologue recapping the events of the debut novel, the girls get down to business: figuring out who “A” is and how (s)he knows their secrets. Also: talking about expensive things. If a reader were to dog-ear each reference to a high-end brand, Flawless would end up pretty mangled. And few things date a six-year old book more than cell-phone technology: the girls are constantly pinged on their Sidekick or their Treo. Their home of Rosewood, loosely based on the Main Line’s Rosemont, is apparently the place to be and be seen: The novel climaxes at Foxy, the charity ball for “young members of Rosewood society,” where glamorous attendees can hope to be photographed for the Inquirer and “,” which definitely should exist in real life. As a mystery, Flawless is commandingly diverting. As characters, however, the Liars are uniformly horrible — and pretty uniform: Types aside, there is no discernible difference in voice amongst the girls. (Thank goodness the author doesn’t rely on pronouns.) There are 13 books in the Pretty Little Liars series so far, with three left to go. This reader can’t wait for the antimoral. —Caitlin Goodman


Essays, 1969, City Lights, 204 pp. Off and on between 1942 and 1947, Charles Bukowski, poet laureate of the slums, resided in Philly. During this time, he worked several odd jobs, spent 17 days in Moyamensing Prison for draft evasion and got very drunk (obviously). Tales of his time here make up some of Notes of a Dirty Old Man, a collection of articles written for Open City, an underground L.A. newspaper in the late ’60s. It’s clear from these stories that Bukowski very much enjoyed his stay. Although he was “retired” from writing during these years, he gathered a lot of content for down the road. Several pieces involve him hanging out and getting in trouble at a perpetually raucous bar on 17th and Fairmount, some of which would end up in his screenplay for Barfly. The best Philly tale is about losing his virginity to a “300-pound whore,” breaking all four legs of his bed in the process. (According to his recol-

lection, he’s so good that she doesn’t even ask for any money.) The rest of the book is Bukowski writing about what he knows best: horse races, drinking and horrible people (himself included). Notes of a Dirty Old Man might not be a good place to start for newbies to The Buk, but for diehards, it’s just another piece of the beautiful, wretched puzzle that was Charles Bukowski, filled with classic moments and brilliant caveats like this excerpted one:“According to my figures I’ve only had 2,500 pieces of ass but I’ve watched 12,500 horse races, and if I have any advice to anybody it’s this: Take up watercolor painting.” —Bryan Bierman


Nonfiction, 1997, Random House, 408 pp. This in-depth account of Ed Rendell’s first term as mayor may have been written in and about Philadelphia in the 1990s, but — with Detroit in ruin, Chicago a war zone this summer, our own city’s schools on the precipice and our national “leaders” determined to constantly invent crisis through sheer frivolity and myopia — it’s still very much a book for our time. Some of Bissinger’s faults are here, like repetition, lapses into cliché and a tendency to overstate ironies. Yet so are all the qualities that make him a great journalist. He has a Clintonian ability to make statistics hit home, a capacity for relating research and CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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the complex history of unheeded warnings, bad choices and the unpredictable tides of capitalism that wrecked the city. He also has an ear for a revelatory quote and an eye for characters that vivify large problems like the war of the unions, the demise of the shipyard and the scourge of public housing. And what a cast of characters it is. The mercurial Rendell and his indefatigable ĂŠminence grise David Cohen, our protagonists; the selfaggrandizing then-City Council President John Street, without whom the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cynical and savage racial politics cannot be navigated; an attack-dog assistant district attorney and a fiery libertarian activist, one trying to save the city from its criminals and the other, from its national government; a grandmother just barely holding on to her house and the young children who have fallen to her care. And so many others: heroes, hucksters, villains, victims, all offering up from their hearts or falsely from their lips, in the words of North Phillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cookman United childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

choir, a prayer for the city: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will serve thee. â&#x20AC;Ś Because I love thee.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dotun Akintoye


Biography, 2013, Knopf, 442 pp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would have happened had Shakespeare had a wonderfully gifted sister, called Judith?â&#x20AC;? asked Virginia Woolf in A Room of Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Own. As Woolf imagined it, this fictional character would have been denied an education and met a tragic end. In New Yorker staff writer and Harvard history professor Jill Leporeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new (nonfiction) biography (out Oct. 1), another famous manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister,

Jane Franklin (Benjaminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior by six years), fares slightly better. Jane was one of few women of her era who knew how to read and write. When she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t boiling soap, tending to her 12 children, stitching or cleaning, she read books acquired through the many printers in her family and wrote regularly to her favorite brother. As Benjamin rose to prominence, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He tallied his wealth. His sister tallied her children.â&#x20AC;? While depicting Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s otherwise obscure life, Lepore leverages Jane and Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long correspondence for a refreshing view of an over-examined life. But she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dwell on the more celebrated of the siblings, telling the story of the good rather than the great. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge: The earliest surviving letter by Jane was written when she was 46; many were either destroyed or lost. The scarcity of primary sources deterred Lepore at first, as she acknowledges in an appendix, but through meticulous research (roughly half of the book is notes and references) and skilled writing that mends gaps in time, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gracefully preserved a story that could have easily been lost. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Paulina Reso


Sci-fi, 1993, Avon Books, 242 pp. Thanks to Facebook friends and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society ( for directing me to local writer Gregory Frostâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dystopian adventure, set in an unspecified future Philadelphia that has split (even more) in two. The rich and their servants live in the Overcityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s towers; the poor, addicted and disenfranchised nest in the Undercity, occupying derelict buildings, SEPTA catacombs and Box City, a sprawling morass of packing containers on Independence Mall. President Odie is a talkshow host and puppet of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest corporation, named (sans subtlety) ScumberCorp. They make the drug Orbitol, which has unexpected dimensional side CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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effects, and infuse their Happy Burgers with masses-mollifying tranquilizers. ScumberCorp also owns the media, so reality TV rules (“Everybody wants to get on TV,” a character insists. “Where’s your sense of warhol?”) and investigative journalists probing the very top of the 1 percent, like our heroine Thomasina Lyell, are rare. It’s a fast-paced, exciting read, especially once Lyell and ScumberCorp prisoner Angel Rueda encounter ruthless, relentless enforcer Mingo. His attempt to stage Rueda’s death sparks a huge conflagration at Eastern State Penitentiary, now a lockdown for troubled youth. And what’s this about aliens in the Undercity? Frost’s predictions are all the more impressive given that his vision developed in the Internet’s nascent days — a decade and a half before Citizens United, seven years before Survivor and (arguably) before that blurry date when presidential candidates became media monkeys. —Mark Cofta

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Poetry, 2013, Hanging Loose Press, 88 pp. I’m no poetry expert, and, if poetry experts exist the way I imagine them, they can all go take the road less traveled into a volcano. But I know what I like, and right now I’m deeply digging He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs (released April 15) by veteran Philly poet Leonard Gontarek. His poems are lovely, searching, kind of scatterbrained and endlessly unpredictable. But there are patterns: God has several walk-ons, particularly in the “In America” section. Praying mantises are described as either flickering like colored flames, or not. Autumn is everywhere in the collection, mentioned by name and described memorably: “Orange elms bleeding bees.”

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Gontarek’s not wildly wordy, but he gets great emotional and visual mileage from short bursts of verse and perpetual curiosity about nature in transition, the half-life of sudden thoughts and people being people: “It was dusk. Everyone felt/ like dancing and singing./ No one did, except the drunk.” And then there are those unexpected quasimiracles like “I let my arm drift out the car window and it flew away.” —Patrick Rapa


Ed Mauger and Bob Skiba Photography, 2013, Pavilion, 144 pp. Philadelphia is a city that is, at times, overwhelmed by the past tense. The weight of what once was often seems to outweigh what is, or what could be. Lost Philadelphia (released July 1), a pictorial obituary of the city’s buildings, is well aware of this. Vivid histori-

cal photographs and architectural drawings chronicle the three centuries of socioeconomic shifts that warped the environment into modern-day Philadelphia. The immaculately researched historical notes are no surprise, coming from Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides President Bob Skiba and fellow APTG member and author Edward A. Mauger, who assembled the spiritual ancestor of this book, Philadelphia Then and Now. That book, a which juxtaposed historical images with modern-day ones, focused on more well-known locations. Lost Philadelphia feels deeper, darker and even more engrossing, paying as much attention to former downtown landmarks like Broad Street Station and the Gimbel Brothers department store as it does to the buildings and places that defined the city’s neighborhoods, like the Stetson Hat Factory in Kensington and the Lubinville Film Studios in North Philadelphia. Mauger and Skiba do an impressive job of evoking the meanings of these lost places, making their absence felt and helping readers remember just how delicate the things we take for granted are. —Ryan Briggs

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icepack By A.D. Amorosi

³ WHEN FRINGEARTS pops the top on its

new 240-seat theater and first year-round season — with Geoff Sobelle’s Elephant Room, Oct. 10 — it won’t be a bells-and-whistles kinda deal. “We’re having a soft opening because our venue is not complete,” says FringeArts CEO Nick Stuccio via email, from a plane to San Diego to see the Swiss/German act Rimini Protokol for possible inclusion in the 2014 fest. “FringeArts’ Phase 1 is done and it’s gorgeous — theater, offices, studio and all base-building systems. Phase 2 is our bar, restaurant and planned outdoor dining room and garden/lounge, [on] which we hope to break ground in January, then open the whole venue in June with a big-ass party.” Cool. Till then, FringeArts’ autumn offerings include fest faves like Thaddeus Phillips’ 17 Border Crossings and Pig Iron’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will.Last Friday, Stuccio and co. tested the new space’s stage with choreographer and 2014 fest participant Lucinda Childs, several Phillybased dancers and a bunch of FringeArts donors. “After the show we had a reception, opened the huge wall between theater and future bar/restaurant, and it was amazing. There were people eating, drinking and having fun — just like we pictured it.” ³ Philadelphia bassist and poetess Aja Beech seems to be devoting more of her time to activism than rhythm and prose lately. On Oct. 10, she’ll curate an Art & Incarceration panel at Painted Bride, a discussion on the transformative effects of art on at-risk and incarcerated populations with state Sen. Daylin Leach, Mural Arts mama Jane Golden and moderator Tayyib Smith from Little Giant Creative. ³ On Sat., Oct. 6, bassist Steven Demarest — a crown jewel of the Philly musician scene — passed away from complications of an aortic dissection in-between John Train sets at Fergie’s.John“Train” Houlon wrote: “Steve’s exit was fast, painless and peaceful. The last thing he did was the thing he enjoyed most: playing music.” Houlon is but one of the songwriters that the muchloved Demarest performed with. Kenn Kweder, Dave White’s Hens, Louis Gribaudo’s Leisure Kings,Rodney Anonymous’Burn Witch Burn and Mike Brenner’s Slo-Mo were but a few who’ll miss playing with him. “Steve was a soulful and tasteful player with as warm a tone as any I’ve heard,” says Houlon. A memorial/celebration of Demarest’s life will occur on Oct. 18 at Fergie’s. “Steve supported me and my songs for 18 years,” he says. “That is a gift and an honor that I will never forget.” None of us will. ³ More Icepack at ( 24 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R |

STEAK OF THE UNION: Photographer Dominic Episcopo signing copies of his book Meat America is but one of about a billion book-related events coming up this month. DOMINIC EPISCOPO

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GET LIT It’s our Book Quarterly — so here’s a ton of book-related stuff to do this month. By Emily Guendelsberger


ur cup runneth so over with lit-related events this week that we couldn’t come close to fitting them all into the Agenda section — but we tried. Check over there for more on the Jane Austen Festival (Fri., Oct. 11, see p. 32) and documentaries on Maurice Sendak and Where the Wild Things Are (Sun., Oct. 13, see p. 35), plus advice from the ghost of Ernest Hemingway (p. 36). Now, here’s what we couldn’t fit: Vox Populi is hosting Paper Weight (Thu., Oct. 10, 6 p.m.,, at talk on artist books followed by a pop-up shop of the same. 2013 National Magazine Award finalist Jay Kirk will be at the Kelly Writers House to read “Bartok’s Monster” (Tue., Oct. 15, 6 p.m.), an excerpt just published in Harper’s from his upcoming book detailing his gonzo quest for the Hungarian composer. Down the block at the Rotunda, the Philly Zine Fest (Sat., Oct. 12, has dozens of tables lined up. If you’re in the Gayborhood for Outfest this Sunday, stop by Giovanni’s Room (345 S. 12th St., The LGBTQ bookstore, a neighborhood staple for 40 years, will close if nobody buys it by mid-January.

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As part of DesignPhiladelphia (through Oct. 18,, Charles Dagit Jr. will read from his new biography, Louis I. Kahn: Architect, at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (Tue., Oct. 12, 2 p.m.). (Because we’re philistines, the title reminds us less of famed Philadelphia Modernist Kahn than the “Ted Mosby, Architect” episode of How I Met Your Mother.) And Dominic Episcopo will be at Ristorante Panorama signing Meat America (Thu., Oct 10, 6 p.m.), a collection of his photographs of meat molded into the shapes of states and American imagery. It’s technically next weekend, but we have to mention the upcoming 215 Festival (Oct. 17-20, — don’t miss the kickoff, the smut-tastic Nicholson Baker’s reading at the Free Library (Thu., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.) and his appearance later that evening on T.J. Kong’s lit-focused local talk show Writers Night in America at Underground Arts. There’s a typewriter orchestra performance at Passyunk’s Singing Fountain with Neal Pollack (Sat., Oct. 19, 1 p.m.) and the always-silly librarian-DJed Bibliodiscotheque in Fishtown (Fri., Oct. 18, 9:30 p.m.). Last, Hidden City’s Nathaniel Popkin will be reading from his new book Lion and Leopard, coming out next month, at the 215 with former CP-er Katherine Hill at Circle of Hope (Fri., Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m.) and later this month at PAFA — a key setting in the book (Wed., Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m.). (

A reading by the smuttastic Nicholson Baker

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Lee Ranaldo (formerly?) of Sonic Youth flies the flag for the band’s

³ electronic Much as Machinedrum’s 2011 breakthrough, Room(s), refitted and streamlined the frantic antics of Chicago footwork, Vapor City (Ninja Tune) appropriates the floor-friendly architecture of drum ’n’ bass and skittering digital dancehall for much more shadowy, diffuse, wistfully atmospheric purposes. We’re talking loads of sonic detail — sleepy/spectral vocal fragments, brooding synth pads, infinitely divisible rhythmic tracery — to render a meticulously misty, —K. Ross Hoffman grayscale urban moodscape.


’70s-rock — dare we say freedom-rock? — side on Last Night on Earth (Matador). The album is unabashedly in the mold of Neil Young, Television, even a bit of Grateful Dead. More crucially, Last Night unveils Lee Ranaldo and The Dust (comprised of guitarist Alan Licht, bassist Tim Luntzel and redoubtable SY drummer Steve Shelley), a group already possessing intuitive chemistry. Ranaldo is given free rein for some inspired guitar work. —Michael Pelusi

³ rock/pop Not every garage-punk band follows up their Detroit techno covers record with an exuberant homage to vintage bubblegum. It’s probably just The Dirtbombs. Not just any ol’ ’60s pop rehash, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey (In the Red) stomps and shimmies, sugar-shocks and sha-la-las like the Archies gone pleasantly feral. While these ten 10-minute wonders are technically all Mick Collins originals, he’s not above quoting from the classics: “Mony Mony,” “Yummy Yummy Yummy” and even “Good Vibrations.” —K. Ross Hoffman

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MUSCLE SHOALS [ B+ ] IN THE LAST VERSE of “Sweet Home Alabama,” Ronnie Van Zant sings, “Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers/ And they’ve been known to pick a song or two.” For those who have always chalked up those lines to classic-rock arcana, Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s doc about the Muscle Shoals sound and its key players, the rhythm section known as the Swampers, should be required viewing. Unlike the more controversial references to Neil Young and Alabama’s pro-segregation Gov. George Wallace that precede those lyrics, listeners from the North and South should be able to agree on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s praise for the Fame Studios players responsible for the landmark funk sound of records like Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” and most of Aretha Franklin’s best-known hits. Muscle Shoals recounts the studio’s history at a rambling, meandering pace, taking its cue from its central figure, producer and Fame founder Rick Hall, a consummate Southern yarn-spinner and self-mythologizer who frames his hit-making with a biography full of tragedy and bitterness. That these classic songs by African-American artists were recorded with an all-white band is stressed as evidence of the studio’s commendable color-blindness, though the film glosses over larger issues of racial dynamics in the Southern music industry. Instead, Camalier presents the Muscle Shoals sound as a product of its environment, sending his camera out to take in the local swampland and dilapidated remnants of 1950s small-town Alabama. The Swampers themselves chalk it up to basic musical chemistry, unschooled players who simply added up to more than the sum of their admittedly limited parts. —Shaun Brady

Listeners from the North and South should agree.

MUSIC MAN: Fame Studios’ founder Rick Hall (L) is credited with cultivating Muscle Shoals’ landmark sound, recording country-infused soul records by musicians like Clarence Carter.


Despite their Tennessee/Nashville roots, Those Darlins (who play the Boot & Saddle this Wednesday) have never been easy to categorize. But on the new Blur the Line (Oh Wow Dang), the manic diversity and oddball edges are shaved down, and hooting, hollering vocalist Jessi Darlin is more invested than ever in doleful ballads and mid-tempo tracks. Blur would have benefited from messier production and dirtier gui—A.D. Amorosi tars. They’re still fun — just a little less frisky.

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³ THEATER IS especially exciting when a play teaches us how to watch it — when the storytelling is as innovative and fresh as the story. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, launching the Simpatico Theatre Project’s ninth season, does this and more. Director James Ijames’ bold, assured 90-minute production unfolds a tight but not tidy universe in which brothers Ogun (Carlo Campbell) and Oshoosi (Akeem Davis) struggle to survive together after Oshoosi’s release from prison. Mischievous friend Elegba (Kirschen Wolford) complicates their relationship. The script jars at first because characters announce their actions, essentially speaking stage directions. (“Elegba enters,” announces Elegba. Ogun sighs before declaring, “Ogun sighs, ignoring his baby brother.”) It’s disconcerting, but purposeful, forcing us to listen closely. With these capable actors, the unconventional move comes off as poetic. I’m glad the playwright wasn’t dissuaded by some well-meaning mentor. The story spills out in short, tense scenes, portentous dreams and rousing songs. Oshoosi wants freedom after prison, where all a man can do is “wait, cry, wait.” Ogun, the responsible older brother running his own garage, feels trapped, too: “Whenever you fall,” he tells Oshoosi, “everyone looks at me like I fucking pushed you ... that’s my lockup.” They have no one but Elegba, who tempts Oshoosi to ditch Ogun and the safe, dull job he offers. The Brothers Size is the first play in McCraney’s acclaimed Brothers/Sisters trilogy, which will get a lot of play in Philly this season; the third, Marcus: or the Secret of Sweet, is at Plays & Players Oct. 17-Nov. 3, and the trilogy plays in rep at Temple Theaters Nov. 13-24. See them all. ( ✚ Through Nov. 3, $25, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., fifth floor, 215-423-0254,

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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the cheery title fool you: Parade explores a very dark corner of American history. In 1913, the body of 13-year-old Mary Phagan was found in the Atlanta pencil factory where she worked. She had been raped and murdered. Suspicion quickly turned to factory manager Leo Frank, a Brooklynraised Jew whose outsider status seemed to fuel the zeal for prosecution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or, perhaps, persecution is a better word. For the sake of those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what happened, I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spoil it here, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an edgeof-your-seat story with many shocks along the way that the Arden tells in an effective production. Turning all this into a musical requires ambition, vision and confidence. Composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown has all three, as well as a prodigious gift for composing across a wide range of styles. As you might imagine from the setting, Brown makes ample use of traditional American song forms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; folk ballads, hymns, anthems, blues. Many of these are effective, but I like even better some of his more audacious and less predictable choices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Factory Girlsâ&#x20AC;? is a fascinating, creepy ensemble piece that reveals how much of the testimony is coached. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Rumblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and a Rollinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? the rousing second-act opener that offers an African-American coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on the story, has an evocative, almost â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s R&B sound. Much of Paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s score is throughcomposed, and propels the action with panache. Talented as he is, Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics are not the equal of his music. Too often the language is general or clichĂŠd, and there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always a sharp focus on character. The songs paint a sympathetic portrait of Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, Lucille (played with endearing sweetness and pluck by Jennie Eisenhower, shown, right), but Frank himself remains enigmatic. Brown and book writer Alfred Uhry are brave to resist making Leo easily likeable, but a deeper sense of him would have been welcome. Parade was Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first musical on Broadway, written when he was still in his 20s. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a major achievement for a young artist, but, perhaps inevitably, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some callowness. A few songs that work in isolation distract from the tone and momentum of the central story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big News,â&#x20AC;? a barnstorming number in which a reporter comments on the appetite for scandal, stops the show (especially

delivered by clarion-voiced Jeff Coon), but disrupts a moment that should be focused on Frank. Similarly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty Music,â&#x20AC;? a charming song-and-dance for the Governor, is delightfully done by Scott Greer, but defuses the intensity of the situation around it. Parade tells the Frank story in bold strokes and without a lot of nuance. (Uhryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s libretto bears some responsibility for this.) But even knowing the end of the story, I found my heart beating fast in the final moments. Terry Nolenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visually elegant, streamlined production uses animated, sepia-tinted projections to augment scenes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re striking, but occasionally pull focus from the stage action. In addition to the fine supporting performances by Eisenhower, Coon and Greer, there is excellent work from Anthony Lawton,

A musical about the murder of a 13-year-old. Robert Hager and several others. Throughout, the acting is accomplished and the voices superb, though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be happier if the singing didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resort so often to contemporary pop mannerisms that undercut the sense of period. Ben Dibble (as Leo Frank, shown, left) is a model of restraint about this, and gives a subtle, dignified performance that is all the more moving for its quiet centeredness. Nolen has long been a champion of Parade, a work that bravely follows the Sondheim tradition of pushing the definition of musical theater. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on the Ardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radar for years, and judging from the enthusiastic response on opening night, the timing couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be better. ( â&#x153;&#x161; Through Nov. 3, Arden Theatre

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would feel redundant, but it’s worth watching again for the first time. —Sam Adams (Ritz at the Bourse)

Pottstown native Jim Mickle’s follow-up to the vamphunting Stake Land tracks another group whose horror is passed on through blood, but this time it’s a rural family whose annual “Lamb’s Day” ritual involves feasting on human flesh. The cannibal-woods-dweller thing has been done a thousand times before, including in the Mexican film from which We Are What We Are is remade, but Mickle gives the film a rancid sheen that dulls the feeling of familiarity. Indie-film fixture Bill Sage is fine as the creepy paterfamilias, whose ironclad rule is threatened when a freak storm throws off the family’s airless stability. But the movie belongs to Julia Garner and Ambyr Childers as the daughters wrestling with their poisoned heritage. Although it’s not a supernatural film, there’s something otherworldly about them, especially Garner, who wants to be normal without being able to understand what that means. Even if it weren’t a remake, We Are What We Are

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For months, partisans of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity have been lobbing claims that the movie, which nearly amounts to a real-time account of stranded astronaut Sandra Bullock’s attempt to return from orbit, represents a bold new frontier. But it’s more accurate to say that it takes us back to the beginning, to the primal astonishment of seeing a locomotive rush by on the screen. The difference is that there’s no locomotive, and, if you see the movie in IMAX 3D, there’s no screen. It’s as if the movie theater’s black and the vast darkness of space are part of a continuum, and when Bullock spins loose from a space shuttle pelted with hurtling satellite debris, Earth whizzes by over our heads as well. What plot Gravity has is pitched between elemental and crude: Bullock and fellow spacewalker George Clooney pin their hopes of survival on a nearby space station, and deal with some personal demons on the long, lonely trip over. But the lyricism of Cuarón’s filmmaking overwhelms the leaden clumsiness of his dialogue (co-written with son Jonás), which often functions simply as subtitles for the subtext-impaired. When Bullock floats in the safety of an airlock and the camera pulls back to focus on a single, weightless tear, words aren’t just superfluous but unwanted. Gravity’s technical achievements are doubtless substantial, but they’re so seamless they become irrelevant: Eventually, you stop asking “How the hell did they

do that?” and just accept that it’s done. —SA (Wide release)

RUNNER, RUNNER | CA strictly-surface gambling thriller with a flimsy conflict and an even flimsier resolution, Runner, Runner is purportedly based on true events surrounding the online gambling bubble burst, but it’s more concerned with dress shirts and beach shots than anything resembling danger or drama. Lest you believe that coolly sadistic web poker don Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) is a real person, Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders) hammered together his sociopath-in-a-box character from numerous interviews with industry insiders. Unfortunately, none of this real-life research translates smoothly to the screen. Block, running a shady, book-cooking off-shore poker site, is amoral and greedy. His whipsmart but money-poor protégé (Justin Timberlake) is scrappy, ambitious and highly impressionable. His pretty second-in command (Gemma Arterton) is simply pretty. We’ve witnessed all these characters slotted into countless underworld treatments before, the best of the lot rising to relevance thanks to some injection of grit, heart or realism. Runner, Runner possesses none of these redeeming qualities, too concerned with all the flashing lights to discuss who’s flashing them. —Drew Lazor (Wide release)

RUSH | B Taking the real-life rivalry of ’70s-era racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda and distilling it to its basest motivations, Rush is the rare sports-oriented

feature that’s actually about sport. A long-haired Brit, Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) is a playboy of Europe’s lower-echelon race leagues. Anticipating domination once he reaches the top-tier F1 series, Hunt’s immediately knocked back by upstart Lauda (Daniel Brühl), an antisocial outsider who has ignored his family’s urges to take on a sane profession. They’re both fast, they’re both arrogant and they both crave the checkered flag. Cue exhilarating death-trap pissing contest. Howard sets up Hunt and Lauda’s connection with their vehicles via repetition and proximity, wedging us into pit crews and strapping us into driver’s seats in lieu of wider, more fashionable looks at the race as recreation. His manversus-man micro-focus does have its casualties — Hunt and Lauda’s wives (Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara), given nothing to do, non-respond accordingly — but the drivers’ relationship with each other, so uncomplicated in its volatility, is dynamic enough to make up for it. —DL (Wide release)

WADJDA | BPlayed with wry intelligence by Waad Mohammed, Wadjda is an independent-minded 10-year-old girl who stubbornly rejects her indoctrination into Saudi Arabia’s repressive society. Her most fervent desire is to save enough money for a bike in order to race — and beat — the neighborhood boy with whom she shares a flirtatious friendship. Wadjda’s refusal to heed multiple warnings about her behavior threat-

ens to turn tragic, but director Haifaa Al-Mansour avoids veering off into the overly melodramatic. Instead, Wadjda’s particular misfortune is one of dreams trampled and enthusiasm discouraged in the name of tradition. This narrative doesn’t make Al-Mansour’s reliance on sympathy for a young girl any less manipulative, and her directorial vision is never more than blandly competent. But it does temper her didactic message-making, bringing out more nuanced and insightful observations of a cloistered society. —Shaun Brady (Ritz Five)

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, Mekong Hotel (2012, Thailand/U.K., 61 min.): The story of a daughter and a vampirelike mother in a film shifting between fact and fiction. Thu., Oct. 10, 7 p.m., $9. Our Nixon (2013, U.S., 84 min.): A doc showing the Nixon presidency through the eyes of three of his top White House aides. Fri., Oct. 11, 7 p.m., $9. Sat., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., $9. An Evening with Knut Åsdam: A series of mind-boggling art films by the Norwegian filmmaker. Wed., Oct. 16, 7 p.m., free.

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[ strange noises and beautiful downers ]

GET ME OUT OF THE SUN: Cayucas plays the TLA tonight. ERICKA CLEVENGER

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formed as Bigfoot (Secretly Canadian), which breezes through eight great, unimpeachably summery tunes in just about a half hour. The Santa Monica outfit has caught considerable flak for its nagging similarity to a certain East Coast band likewise fond of 1950s archetypes, plaid button-downs and lilting, tropical-tinged guitar lines. But while the Vampire Weekendby-way-of-California call-outs are certainly apt — down to the literary details of their collegiate travelogues and sunbleached romances, enthusiastic use of onomatopoetic yelps, and a Futura-enabled album design — it’s hard to see why that’s much cause for complaint, especially now that Koenig and crew have moved on to decidedly less simple pleasures, and most especially when head Cayuca Zach Yudin can churn out something as instantly and persistently indelible as the snazzily syncopated “High

School Lover,” which I’d contend equals or betters anything on the first VW album. —K. Ross Hoffman Thu., Oct. 10, 8 p.m., $18-$22, with Caveman and Ra Ra Riot, TLA, 334 South St., 215-922-1011,

[ rock/pop/folk ]

✚ BURIED BEDS “Chamber pop” and “ambitious” and “fun” rarely show up in the same record review, but Philly’s Buried Beds have been defying expectations for about a decade now. Besides, is what we’re hearing on their spectacular new In Spirit (Devinyl Records) even “chamber pop”? Yeah, the sound is lovely and earthy, but it’s also bold, restless and rocking. Like, seriously danceably rocking. This won’t surprise anybody who gave 2011’s Tremble the Sails a good spin, but In Spirit is next level: Eliza Jones sings the crushworthy high notes, Brandon Beaver summons angst in

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the middle and the band finds a sweet spot between ELO’s poetic desperation and Arcade Fire’s pop splendor. —Patrick Rapa Thu., Oct. 10, 9 p.m., $10, with Teen Men and Caroline Smith, Boot & Saddle, 1131 S Broad St., 267-6394528,


10.11 [ literature ]

✚ REGENCY & REVELRY: THE JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL That themed resort Keri Russell spent her summer at in Austenland is, sadly, fictional, so you’ll have to settle for Lantern Theater Company’s weeklong Jane Austen Festival to celebrate

the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice.Those yearning for more sophisticated times can take a lecture on life in the Georgian society or a lesson on English country dancing. Emma will be performed on stage and discussed — book club-style. Finally, author Deborah Yaffe ends the festival talking about her book Among the Janites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom, which explores the enduring legacy of the author and profiles, among others, one devotee with possibly the greatest Roller Derby nickname of all-time: Stone Cold Jane Austen. —Sara Patterson Through Oct. 15, $10-$38, Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow St., 215-8290395,

[ rock ]

✚ FUZZ Ty Segall has made a lot of

records, but he’s never made anything quite so epically colossal, and at the same time so lean and laser-focused, as Fuzz (In the Red). The obliteratingly self-evident, self-titled debut from the West Coast sceneleader’s latest collaborative venture spotlights the ampedup blooze riffs and brainscrambling solos of guitarist Charlie “Moonheart” Moothart and the appropriately hefty underpinnings of bassist Roland Cosio. Segall’s still singing lead, but he’s jumped from strings to skins here to show off some breezily ferocious, Mitch Mitchell-style dexterity behind the kit. While this is a new project, these dudes have also been playing and starting bands together since high school, and there’s a purity of purpose here that seems to stem from the spirit of those days, channeling fellow San Francisco-associated outfits like the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Blue Cheer. Ac-


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✚ HANNAH cordingly, Fuzz strips away the garage-bound shagginess and punkish snarl that typically characterize these guys’ output to focus on heavy, heavily-Sabbath-indebted psychedelic proto-metal that makes this a power trio in the most classical, primal sense. —K. Ross Hoffman Fri., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., $10, with CCR Headcleaner and Big No, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-2914919,

John Rosenberg’s latest Hella Fresh Theater project is set in 1995 San Francisco, where part-time Berkeley students Hannah, Christina and Anders live by the covenant of Goa Dance Trance, a party scene devoted to collective consciousness, sensitivity and compassion — all fueled by mind-altering drugs. “When I went to Berkeley,” playwright-director Rosenberg explains, “there were definitely a number of wounded animals

who were lost, spinning their wheels, or running from something. … People who kinda fell into the cracks, some made it and some didn’t. I was one of those wounded animals.” He fell in love with a raver, who introduced him “to the world of trance, ecstasy, crystal and snorting things.” His self-produced three-person play is inspired by surviving eight years with “people doing massive amounts of drugs to dull trauma who are under the illusion they are on the path to spiritual consciousness and enlightenment.” Nevertheless, Rosenberg assures us, “It is fucking funny.” —Mark Cofta Oct. 12-Nov. 3, $10, Papermill Proving Ground, 2825 Ormes St. (Oct. 12-27) and Papermill Theater Center City, 1714 Sansom St. (Nov. 2-3), 510-2926403,

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✚ MAKEM & SPAIN BROTHERS People who long to hear the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem one more time will enjoy hearing Tommy’s sons in Makem & Spain Brothers. These strapping lads sing out, full-voiced and proud, borrowing much from their dad’s repertoire and accompanying themselves on guitars, banjo, mandolin and concertina. The title of an early album, Like Others Did Before Us, explains the group’s raison d’être: They believe in folk music and in seeing to it that traditional songs are widely known. They also have a devotion to the folk revival and those who composed in tradi-

tional style, people like Gordon Bok and Tom Rush. Those two are among a group with whom the brothers are collaborating to create a new recording celebrating those years. —Mary Armstrong Sat., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., $20-$45, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-3910,

✚ QUASI They’re a duo again, and that’s just fine. The dashing and monstrous new 24-track album Mole City (Kill Rock Stars) shows the Portland band is still doing the things we want them to do. Sam Coomes remains the wild,

secret rock god, a reluctant pop genius drawn to strange noises and beautiful downer lyrics. The main reason you can bob your head to it is Janet Weiss, still the greatest drummer on the planet. Without fail, Quasi contends for City Paper’s Top 21 list every year they drop an album. Will Mole City’s heavy heart

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and untamed experimentalism finally do them in? No. —Patrick Rapa Sat., Oct. 12, 9 p.m., $15, with Jeffrey Lewis, Boot & Saddle, 1131 S Broad St., 267-639-4528,

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10.13 [ lgbtq ]

✚ OUTFEST In 1990, just two years after National Coming Out Day was founded, Philadelphia became the first city make it an annual event. What came to be known as Outfest is a testament to the city’s dynamic and socially conscience LGBTQ community in the form of a giant block party in the Gayborhood. This year’s Outfest offers free STD screenings, food, a flea market, live music and a tribute to Brian Sims, Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state representative. Outfest is the largest event of its kind, with more than 40,000 people coming out, both literally and figuratively,

to past editions.

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—Sara Patterson Sun., Oct. 13, noon-6 p.m., free, 13th and Locust streets, 215-875-9288,

[ film ]

✚ AN AFTERNOON OF SENDAK ON FILM Generations of fantastical bedtime stories later, Maurice Sendak’s tale of a boy in a wolf suit can still hit home for the misunderstood kid in all of us. In collaboration with the Rosenbach Museum & Library’s event “The Night Max Wore His Wolf Suit: 50 Years of Wild Things,” the National Museum of American Jewish History is showing two films about Sendak’s seminal children’s book, Where The Wild Things Are. First up is Tell Them Anything You Want, an HBO doc by Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs in which the notoriously morbid author tells his own life story, including his inspiration for WTWTA and how its success shaped his subsequent work. Second is Jonze’s 2009 full-

length adaptation of the 48-page book, featuring the voices of major stars like James Gandolfini and Forest Whitaker as the Wild Things. “And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” —Julie Zeglen Sun., Oct. 13, 11 a.m., free with museum admission of $12, National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East, 215923-3811,

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✚ DELTRON 3030 It’s been 13 years since the release of Deltron 3030, the sci-fi comic-book hip-hop concept opus which paved the way for the improbable sci-fi comic-book hip-hop crossover success of Gorillaz (involving many of the same key players) — although apparently only 10 years have passed in the album’s peskily dystopian, technocratic futureworld. According to Joseph



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E VA N M . L O P E Z

By Ernest Hemingway


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with even scarier DJ Bob

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9PM – 12 AM 2nd Floor

Restaurant & Irish Pub 1116 Walnut Street 215-627-7676

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³ WELL DRANK, BUT CHEAPLY Dear Papa: My roommate routinely finishes my decent whiskey, and replaces it with less nice whiskey. I appreciate the replenishment, but Bulleit and Bankers are just not equals. I find myself buying more of my favorite, only to have my roommate finish both bottles!— Whiskey Enthusiast Dear Scott: Zelda drank just as much as I did, and you drank twice as much as either of us, so I can’t believe you can even remember what it was that I drank, let alone which one of us finished which bottle. But in any case, why are you hiding behind a letter to me instead of saying it to my face? If you want to work this out, I’ll be at the cafe. Dear Papa: I recently started dating a total momma’s boy. I am worried that our relationship won’t last because he already has a serious woman in his life: his mom. On the one hand, I love that he continues to have a strong relationship with her as an adult. On the other hand, it’s creepy and a little annoying that they text while we’re out to dinner. What should I do?—Single, no Child Dear Single: A man’s father teaches him how to hunt and how to fish. His mother is his champion and a keeper of his exploits. Sending her text messages is as close as he can come to sending her a newspaper clipping. You should feel proud that he is letting her know about you. If it makes you unhappy, it is best to give the thing up entirely, or encourage him to move with you abroad, where it is more expensive for him to send his mother text messages. ( Hemingway communicates with writer Alli Katz via Ouija board. Send her your questions for him.

Gordon-Levitt’s ponderous spoken intro to Event II (Deltron Partners), it is now “Stardate 3040.” But — despite the efforts of renegade rap-battle freedomfighter/disenchanted “mech soldier” Deltron Zero (alias Del the Funkee Homosapien) — not much has changed. Narrative specificity and conceptual coherence still take a backseat to the generally badass, swashbuckling atmosphere created by Del’s twisty, jargon-flourishing raps, turntablist Kid Koala’s skittering scratches and producer Dan the Automator’s lavish, widescreen sample-sourcing and adrenalized break beats. While it’s almost certainly better than we had a right to hope, this gueststar-studded sequel is probably best taken as an overdue victory lap; a gleeful exercise in warpdrive retro-futurist nostalgia. But even if it’s no more than

an excuse for the triumphant triumvirate to head out on tour, with a 16-piece orchestra in tow no less, justice will be served right here in the present. —K. Ross Hoffman Sun., Oct. 13, 9 p.m., $22.50-$32.50, with Kid Koala and Itch, TLA, 334 South St., 215-922-1011,

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✚ JANELLE MONÁE The Electric Lady (Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy) — Janelle Monáe’s follow-up to her breakthrough, 2010’s The ArchAndroid — pretty much picks up right where the prior album left off. She still specializes in freaky sci-fi R&B, and still under the guise of android Cindi Mayweather. What’s changed? Well, the guests are more high-profile — including Prince, Erykah

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Badu, Miguel and Solange. And true, you could argue that nothing on this album quite matches The ArchAndroid’s “Tightrope.” But songs like the title track, the Prince collab “Give ’Em What They Love” and “Ghetto Woman” are pretty damn close, mixing trippy funk with heady, inquisitive lyrics. Monáe is as intense and proudly weird as ever, but her forceful, virtuosic vocals command attention. And if you need proof of her live chops, check YouTube for her dead-on rendition of The Purple One’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”


10.15 [ standup/comedy ]


—Michael Pelusi

Three of comedy’s reigning eccentrics are teaming up for a swift, six-city jawn they’re calling the Sandwich To Go Tour. Not sure who’s the bread or the meat or what. Eugene Mirman, possibly best known for voicing Gene on Bob’s Burgers, is an unstoppably weird standup who likes to recount his victories as an unstoppably weird purchaser of Facebook ads. Kristen Schaal (Louise on Bob’s Burgers, senior women’s

Sun., Oct. 13, 8 p.m., $33.55, Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., 215-6271332,


10.14 ✚ COMEDY BANG BANG In the three years since we put Paul F. Tompkins on the cover of City Paper, the expat Philly comedian added a whole new facet to his act. Once a mere comic/actor/storyteller, Tompkins has established himself as the quite-disputed king of the L.A. podcast. Disputed, only because he rarely shows up as himself, choosing instead to do longform interviews and co-hosting spots as a variety of heightened characters, from Cake Boss to Andrew Lloyd Weber to Alan Thicke. His Werner Herzog is amazing. And, more often than not, Tompkins is doing these appearances alongside Scott Aukerman on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast (and its IFC TV offshoot). Some version of Tompkins and other special guests — hmmm, seems like a few other CBB favorites are playing the Keswick the very next night — will be on hand when Aukerman’s traveling version of the show lands at the Troc on Monday.


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issues correspondent on the Daily Show) does a wide-eyed/ dirty mind thing that surprises every time. And John Hodgman (deranged millionaire on the Daily Show, though writing books is more his métier) gives sorta mock lectures that rearrange the facts into magical realist flights of fancy. —Patrick Rapa Tue., Oct. 15, 8 p.m., $25-$35, Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., 215-5727650,

More on:

—Patrick Rapa Mon., Oct. 14, 8 p.m., $25, with The Birthday Boys, Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888,


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miseenplace By Caroline Russock

TOUR DE FORKS “Food is a little more punk, a little more dangerous these days.” ³ CHICAGO-BASED food photographer Derek

Richmond has never been on tour before, but his high school friends, Sean and Erin Woods of The Spits, sure have. The “punk for the people” band has been touring since it was formed back in 2000. “Food is a little more punk, a little more dangerous these days,” says Richmond. After spending the past few years in kitchens photographing a crop of tattooed chefs with a decidedly punk ethos, Richmond’s decision to take his art on the road came naturally. After spotting Yo La Tengo at one of chef Paul Kahn’s Chicago restaurants and hearing tales of an ill-fated attempt at tour-bus Crock-Pot cookery by The Spits, Richmond decided to join them for their East Coast tour. “I’ve been documenting The Spits since 2000,” Richmond explains. The band is the subject of a documentary currently in the works. Richmond’s plan is to piece together vignettes that capture everything leading up to the band’s entrance to the evening’s venue, in other words getting from point A to point B, including the food on the road. Richmond outfitted the band’s van with two mounted, HD GoPro cameras acting like “flies on the touring walls” and packed two digital single-lens reflex cameras for still and video imagery. On the first day of the tour, Richmond and the band loaded up on snacks and supplies at a Michigan health-food store, purchases contrary to the beer and gas-station burritos that most people think of as tour food. “Food is a big part of health and sanity,” explains Richmond. And entertainment. While most of the band’s meals are going to be of the play-it-by-ear variety, there are a few special meals scheduled into the itinerary, like a dinner at Montreal’s Joe Beef, a panzarotti pilgrimage to New Jersey and a mandatory cheesesteak in Philly (Pat’s is the general consensus). You can check out The Spits on Sunday at 8 p.m. atKung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.), where they’re playing with Watery Love, The Abandos and the (totally appropriately named) Useless Eaters. ( 38 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R |

NICE SLICE: A pizza that’s worlds better for a few dollars more. NEAL SANTOS

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PIE CLASS The shiniest new addition to the Vetri Family is turning out some serious pies. By Adam Erace

PIZZERIA VETRI | 1939 Callowhill St., 215-600-2629,

Hours: Daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Salads $8-$12; pizza $3.50-$18; dessert $2.50-$10.


arc Vetri can slow roast baby goats to succulence. He can knit pastas intricately as a Missoni seamstress and craft lose-yourself ragus. So it may be surprising to hear our de facto Italian authority say the hardest thing to cook is pizza. More on: “With pizza, it’s like you’re naked,” Vetri says. “If one thing is not right, the whole thing is ruined. There’s nothing to hide behind.” So you might call Pizzeria Vetri, a white-tiled pizza temple behind the Barnes, a strip club of sorts. Sure, you can get a salad like the bittersweet arugula studded with olives, roasted potatoes and cubed Parm or the full-throated green bean-and-chanterelle wreathed in petals of prosciutto cotto, but the pies — collaborative efforts between Vetri and proteges Jeff Michaud and Brad Spence — are what you’re coming for. Or calling for. Set at the end of the marble pizza counter, towers

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of folded brown take-out boxes shrunk as my visits progressed. Scarf a slice, and it’s evident why: For a buck or two more than Fairmount’s other options, you get a pizza that’s worlds better. They all begin with a dough that eschews oil, per Neapolitan doctrine, and cooks up with a crisp crust and soft but structured center. Most follow with an aurora of the bright, tangy tomato sauce, then a collection of toppings, like house-made sausage, mozzarella, roasted fennel and fennel fronds. That pie, the Salsiccia, was great, but I liked the straightforward Margherita even better. The Rotolo has gotten plenty of attention, but I found it dry and one-note, with do-nothing mortadella, ricotta and pistachio pesto mummified in dough. I expected something like stromboli. Instead, I got something with all the crispy, chewy, saucy and gooey dynamics of a cracker. So I was MORE FOOD AND extra thankful for the calzone, a goldenDRINK COVERAGE brown blimp carrying tomato-mozzarella AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / magma and prosciutto cotto. Crispy, M E A LT I C K E T. chewy, saucy and gooey. It’s a tribute to the versatility of pizza how many different things can be made with the dough, like airy, citrus-sugar-dusted donuts served in a paper sack.I depleted the sweet bag from my seat at the counter facing a wood-fired Renato oven, a brand favored by pie temples like Chris Bianco’s Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix. “It’s the Lamborghini of ovens,” Vetri says. And this is the Lamborghini of pizzerias. (

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feedingfrenzy BOOT & SADDLE

By Carly Szkaradnik

³ NOW SEATING Boot & Saddle | When this South Broad classic was

brought back to life in September, there was one thing missing: dinner. Luckily, it only took a couple of weeks to iron out that final detail, and it was worth the wait. The new menu — designed by George Sabatino and being carried out by exec Chris Davis (Barbuzzo, Popolino) — is succinct, inventive and affordable. It’s also heavy on vegetarian choices, like a grilled cheese with shiitake “bacon.” For those who prefer a little flesh with their pints, braised beef cheek and pomegranate seeds adorn smashed celery root, and a turkey burger gets a welcome assist from smoked duck fat. Open daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., 1131 S. Broad St., 267639-4528, High Street on Market | Less than a month after the

closing of Fork Etc., Fork’s new casual little-sister spot was ready to go — and the space and food are looking better than ever. Currently offering breakfast and lunch, the menu (which is expected to change frequently) showcases three formidable talents: Executive chef Eli Kulp, head baker Alex Bois and pastry chef Sam Kincaid. Pastrami (on deeply caramelized dark rye at lunch, piled with hash and a fried egg at breakfast) and beet-cured salmon with celery cream cheese on a pretzel roll are a few highlights. Eat there or take your food to go, though we prefer the hybrid option: a proper meal in the welcoming dining room, and a loaf of bread to take home and a pastry to begin snacking on as soon as you hit the sidewalk. Open Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 308 Market St., 215-625-0988, Ocean Prime | From prolific Midwestern restaurateur

Cameron Mitchell comes a “modern American supper club” that feels positively pre-2008 in scope and opulence. Though the place is huge in every sense (from square footage to menu reach to towering plateaus of shellfish kitted out with dry ice for dramatic effect), the warm and knowledgeable service aims to keep it feeling cozy. Open Mon.-Thu., 4-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4-11 p.m.; Sun., 4-9 p.m.; 124 S. 15th St., 215-563-0163, Got A Tip? Please send restaurant news to

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merchandise market BRAZILIAN FLOORING 3/4", beautiful, $2.75 sf (215) 365-5826 CABINETS KITCHEN SOLID WOOD Brand new soft close/dovetail drawers, Full Overlay, Incl. Crown, Never Installed! Cost $5,300. Sell $1,590. 610-952-0033 DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDED. Pay up to $30/box. Most brands. 610.453.2525


I Buy Anything Old...Except People! Military, toys, dolls etc 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 VINTAGE Clothing (men/women), accessories, costume & antique jewelry, dolls, linens. Call 484-464-7854 or email

2013 Hot Tub/Spa. Brand New! 6 person w/lounger, color lights, waterfall, Cover, 110V or 220V, Never installed. Cost $7K Ask $2990. Can deliver 610-952-0033

33&45 RECORDS HIGHER $ Really Paid


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33 & 45 Records Absolute Higher $

13xx S. 28th St. 1BR/2BR $650/mo. 1st floor. newly reno. 215.549.2701

4952 Lancaster 1 BR $575 luxury apt, brand new. Tiny 267.974.9271

17xx S 23rd 3BR/1BA $700+Elec $2,100 Move in, 267-600-2887

51st & Race St. 1 Br Effic, 1 Bath, 1 Kitchen. $500/month. A/C. 1st/last/security. Pay own utilities. Call 215-474-7332

54XX MARKET 3BR $725 Great loc. Call (215) 471-0100 60th & Kingsessing 1Br/1Ba $600 Incl Water, 2+1 Move in, 267-888-1754

5121 Springfield Ave. 1 BR $575 2nd floor. Call 215-765-5008

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

Maine Coon Kittens, CFA reg., M/F multiple colors. (215)438-8759

DOBERMAN PINSCHER PUP Champion bloodlines, ears/tails cropped, dewclaws , Male, 5 months. $800. 717-629-3726

PAPILLON PUPS - $750, Family raised, 8 wks, rdy now! 610-791-3488

ENGLISH BULLDOG 3F pups, red & white, vet checked, 1st shots, wormed, health guar, $1,500. 717-572-9602

PITBULL Puppies, $300; Blue Pitbull Pups $500. 267-688-6450

French Bulldogs - 4M, 2 Brindle 2 Pied, Ready 10/14, $1800, 717.202.7038 American Bulldog/Pit Mix Pups - M & F. Born 8/13/13. $150/ea. 215-768-0926 AMERICAN PITBULL PUPS - Older pups M/F, S/W, reg pedigree, 215-834-1247 BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES Born and raised in the house, child acquainted, shots, warmed, $795 each. Lee: 610-587-3913

Bullie Pits - Jumbo size, 15 Wks, Start $200 & Up, S & DW, 267-608-2508 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pups, AKC, All 4 Colors, Cute, 215.538.2179 CAVALIER KING CHARLES Tri, 1 male, ACA. $795. 215-393-7555

Chocolate Lab Pups- AKC reg, shots, wormed, vet checked, family raised, 30 day health guar. $625 Call 717.355.0587

germanSHEPHERDpupsVETCHECKD unregBLACK&TAN$600(484)206-5171

Golden Retriever, 9 weeks, Quality litter, Sire and Dam on premises, 2F, 3M, shots and wormed, vet exam, sound and healthy, large boned, broad head, lt gold to dk gold. call for appt. to view litter. AKC unrestricted reg., health record, health guarantee. 215-234-4425 $1,000. (215)234-4425

Pekingese Puppies $295 M & F, rare black. Call 215-579-1922

JACK RUSSELL PUPS - 1F, Ped., WMD, Sh. Dedicated Breeder. 610-682-4576 Labrador Retriever Pups BYC All health clear. $1800. 301.514.5334 MALTI-POO Pup 12 weeks, very tiny, family raised, $500. 609-534-6495

1412 Princeton Ave. 1BR,1BA $800/mo. All util incl. No smoke/pets. 267.970.9106


Belmont & Girard Area 2BR $585+utils new bathroom, carpet bedrooms, $1,755 move in. Call 302-724-2017

11xx S. 46th 2BR $950+Utils 54xx Chancellor 2BR $700+Utils HDWD flrs, nice block, 215.327.2516

50th & Walton 2BR $750 Incl. water only. Avail imed. 267.266.3661

48xx N. Broad St. 2BR $700+utils Please Call Tom 215.796.3173

341 E. Louden 2BR $725 New Reno, HDWD Flrs, 215-290-3192 60XX Warnock 1 BR $630+ nr Fernrock Train Station 215-276-8534 1xx Manhiem Various $500-$700 Fresh Paint & Carpets. 610-287-9857 5201 Wayne Ave. Studio & 1BR On site Lndry 215.525.5800 Lic# 311890 5220 Wayne Ave Studio & 1BR on site lndry, 215-525-5800 Lic# 507568 9xx E. Upsal St. 2BR $750 New renov., gar., Nr trans. 215.275.7477 Germantown 1 & 2 BRs $625 & $725. Newly renovated. Call 267-978-5982

Apartment Homes $650-$895 215.740.4900

391 Martin 2BR/3BR $1100-$1550+Elec Call 215-669-7166 or 267-970-2269 5200 Montgomery 2BR/1.5BA $775 +utils. Den, 3 mo. sec. dep 267.240.7152

Byberry & Philmont 2BR $880+Utils C/A, W/D, credit check. 267-307-3560 Castor Gardens 1BR/1BA $685+ No pets. Call 267-872-7125 Cottman Ave Vic. 2br/1Ba $725/mo. 2nd flr. w/w crpt. 2 lrg BRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. 267.251.5675

NORTHEAST 1BR $575 -$675 2BR $750-$775 SPECIAL 1/2 MONTH OFF Good area, newly remodeled. Call 215-744-8271

W. Phila Room for rent $125/wk or $450/mo. Freshly painted & cleaned. Call 267-258-3798 or 267-997-1135

11xx N. 55TH ST. BRAND NEW BLDG Single rms $400, double rms $600. Rms w/ba $500, Rms w/ba & kit $600. Fully furn w/ full size beds, fridge, & dresser. Couples welcome! SSI/SSD/VA, Payee services, Public assistance ok. Also Frankford, S, W, N. 267.707.6129

ROTTWEILER PUPPIES, AKC. Shots, champ. lines, $700. 717-445-5162 Shih Tzu Bichon mix pups, 4M, adorable, playful, vet checked. $350. 610-2869076.

56th & Lebanon, 2BR $750+Utils 1st flr, LR, Kit, ba, front porch, newly remodeled. Please call 215-477-1037

SHIH TZU PUPS ACA, 30 Wks, $375 Solid/Tan & White. Call 215.752.1393

Gordon Setter Pups - Great family companion /excellent bird dogs 570.662.2167 HAVANESE PUPS HOME RAISED. AKC, Best health guar, UTD shots, (262) 993-0460

55th & Walnut 1BR/2Studs $575-$625 Newly reno, spacious, 267-432-9259

Pugchon - 10 Wks, Vet Chkd, 1st Shots, small breed, $250, 856-467-9254 ROTTWEILER PUPPIES, 12 weeks old, Female, $400. AKC. Call 267.270.5529

4733 Leaper St. Studio/1BR Spacious, Lic. # 585162 215.525.5800

17th and Ontario 1br/1ba $525 Newly Renovated. Call 215.290.8702

W. Phila. Apts for 62 & older, brand new eff, 1 & 2BR units. Call 215.386.4791

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FURNISHED APTS Laundry-Parking 215-223-7000

5709 Charles St. 2BR/1BA $650+ gas & electric, 2nd floor. 267-456-8383

90X N. 48TH ST. 1 bedroom 1 bath room apartment. (267) 712-9234

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1414 W. 71st Ave. 1BR $625 utilis incl Close to trans & shopping. 215.574.2111 6970 Cedar Park 3BR $820 Duplex reno 267.271.6601/215.416.2757 7206 Sommer Rd. 1BR $700 Duplex renov 267.271.6601 / 215.416.2757

18th & Ridge Ave 3BR Newly renov. Must see! 215-885-1700 SHIH TZU PUPS - Shots, wormed, health guarantee. $500. Call 302-897-9779

18XX W. VENANGO 2BR $650 + utils. Near Temple 267-339-1662 2416 N. 33rd St. rooms, 1br, 2br Call Sean 267-223-9151

St. Bernards, Dachshunds, Toy Fox Terriers, Pomapoo, Doberman Mix, Pit Bulls, and more, $275 & up 610.367.5572

Westies - M&F, shots/wormed, home raised. Call 484-868-8452

75xx Mayland St 1BR $625/mo. newly renovated. Call 267-368-5259 Broad Oaks 1BR & 2BR Lndry rm. Special Discount! 215-834-1623

35xx N. 11th St. 1 BR $530/ mo. W/D, D/W, Hdwd Flrs. 215-917-1091 WEST PHILLY 1 BR $575/mo utils. 54th and Chestnut, 1BR. plus utils. $1650 to move in. 610-453-0066

46xx Leiper. 1Br/1Ba $600+ Elec Newly reno. Sec 8 ok, 215.399.8448

12xx Rush - Fully furn rm, Free W/D, No Pets/Drugs, $100/week. 267-386-6641

1338 W. Toronto St. Furn, reno. rms, $100/wk & up. utils incl. 302-279-6023 1529 Bristol St Furn Room $125/wk. $375/to move-in SSI OK 215-989-0554

15th & Federal, 51st & Chester, 25th & Clearfield, 52nd & Girard. Rooms for rent. Share kitch. & bath, $375 & up. SSI ok.Call 267-888-1754 17th/20th & Erie $100/week. Furn rooms. SSI ok. 267-690-0204 18 N. Lehigh $300-$350 Drug Free. SSI avail. 267-240-0611

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apartment marketplace 1br/1ba 49 St $100 /Week Clean Rm, close to public transport. 484-431-3670 27th & Cambria smoke-free,for 1 person$450 inc utls & cook’g 267-250-7811 2xx S. 58th $400. Furnished. No Drugs. $400 Move in. 267.701.65 59

4500 N. 17th Luxury room W/Cable $350/mo. Call Henry 267-974-9271 4952 Lancaster Ave. $350/mo. New Luxury Room. Call Tiny 267-974-9271 55/Thompson deluxe quiet furn $120$145wk priv ent $200 sec 215-572-7664 8xx W. Ruscomb, nice room, quiet blck, shared kit/ba, $100/wk. 267.248.5119 Bridge/Pratt neat cln rms & effic $90$125/wk Sec dep req 215-432-5637

Broad / Allegheny RMs rent $400-$450 & 26 CB Moore. Furn. 267-978-1487 Broad/Olney furn refrig micro priv ent $100/$145wk sec $200 215.572.7664 Broad & Wyoming - $85-$125/Wk, $200 Sec. Furn, SSI & VA Ok 267-339-2101 DARBY AREA Efficiency, $145/week Sec deposit required. 610-803-8027 Erie Ave. Nice, furn, fridge, micro, quiet, $90 wk., $270 sec. dep. (609) 703-4266 FRANKFORD , Newly renov, nicely furnished, A/C, W/D, cable, clean, safe & secure. Call (267) 253-7764 Frankford, nice rm in apt, near bus & El, $300 sec, $90/wk & up. 215-526-1455 Germantown - $100-$150 rooms, private bathroom. SSI ok. Call 215-605-5207 Germantown Apsley Street Rooms $130/wk, share kitc & ba. 267-338-9870 Germantown Area: NICE, cozy rooms. Private entry. No drugs. (267)988-5890 Large Room $375/mo., 2648 North Bankcroft St. 267-257-3610 NE - Quiet House. Use of kitchen. $125/week plus sec. 267-312-5039 NICETOWN furnished, private entrance, Please Call 215-324-1079 North Broad St. Large sized rm. $410 utils incl bed, microwave, fridge 267.882.3423

NORTH PHILA $85-$100/ wk 1 plus 1 needed, 215-669-0912 North Philadelphia $300-$600/mo, Apts/Rooms for rent, 267-602-6128 N. Phila. $75 & up. SSI & Vets + ok, drug free. Avail immed. 215-763-5565

homes for rent RITTENHOUSE SQUARE STUDIO Condo, $1489/mo. 24th flr, balcony Doorman, desk clerk 24hrs. Gym, pool, gar. Util incld. Smk free bldg, avail Jan 1st 713292-6957

Croyden Rd 2BR/1BA $850 1st/last mo + 1 mo. sec. 610.547.1807 RANDOLPH COURT 3br/2.5ba $2,500 w/parking. W/D. C/A. Hard wd flrs. Granite tops. 215-327-5565 cats

56XX Hadfield 3BR/1BA $800+utils Enclosed front porch, Great area, "The Landlord that Cares" Mark 610.764.9739 / Brandy 215.921.0755 58XX Windsor Ave. 3br/1ba $750+ util. Contact Mango & August, 215-727-1565 61XX Glenmore Ave. 2Ba/1Ba porch, yd, very nice. $650. 610-534-4521

6425 Paschall Ave 4BR/1BA $1200/mo Includes a patio. Call 215.313.7964 South West Phila 2BR /3BR House "Modern." Elmwood Area. 215.726.8817

57th & Webster 3BR/1BA $900/mo. Modern w/gar. Avail immd. 267.266.3661

225 N Gross St. 3BR/1BA $895 215.740.4900

220xx Bouvier St 3BR/1BA $650 2+1 Move in, 215-470-4918 23xx Smedley 3BR/1BA $850 Renov. 1st month + sec. 856-627-7979 27xx W. Montgomery 3BR/1BA $750 Good condition. Call 267-246-7017

Temple Hosp Area 3Br/2Ba $850+Utils Den, yrd, new reno, Sec 8. 267-974-9535

S, SW, W Germantown $350-$500 Utilities Included. SSI ok. 215-806-7078 SW PHILA - Use of house and kitchen. Call 610-986-5102 West Phila deluxe rooms starting at $100 & up. Call 267-997-5181 WEST PHILA / UNIVERSITY CITY AREA $100-$125/week. Newly renovated rooms to rent. Call 267-258-8727 W. PHILA 1 room. $100/week. Call Rose, 215-307-6839

W. PHILA Furnished Rooms $120 $140/week, carpet, W/D. 267.236.2158 W Phila & G-town: Newly ren, Spacious clean & peaceful, SSI ok, 267.255.8665 42 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R |

Upper Darby 4BR/2BA $1,050 + Utils Near Trans, Nice Area, 484-358-8861.

automotive Chevy Imapala LTZ 2008 $6,495 Lthr, S/R, Auto Start, 267-592-0448 Dodge Caravan 2004 $18,000 Fully equipped handicap van. 80,000 mi. Int. & ext. excellent. 609-886-1251. Honda Civic 2012 $10,500 Sedan, 19K Mi, Silver, 215-880-5551 Mercedes Benz 280 SE Convert 1970 Mint 47K orig miles, new top. Mercedes Benz 320 SL Convert 1995 new top, red, 77K orig miles. Volkswagen Beetle Convert GLS 2003 New top, 102K orig miles. ISUZU Trooper 2000 4WD, 102K orig miles. 215.460.2369/215.925.5036/W:546.2224 WANTED: Junk cars, trucks, farm and construction equipment. Also, top prices for classic and antique cars. Call 856-375-9200 or 609-417-7815

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1617 W Venango St. 4BR/1BA $950 1 mo sec, 1 mo rent. 267-258-5358 Temp Hosp area 3/4BR Sngl Fam Avail Now. Move in Special 215-386-4792

Cadillac Deville 1994 $4500 Gar kept, 1 owner, 54K MI, 267-336-7299 Chevy Metro LSI 1998 $1995 Auto, A/C, 40 MPG, 215-620-9383

211 E Haines St. 4br/2.5ba $950 1 mth rent, 1 mth sec, 267-258-5358

5030 Tacoma St. 2BR/1BA $690+ util. House. LR, DR, KIT, SM YARD, & W/D HOOKUP. Avail Immed. (215) 432-7959

1xx Krams 2BR/1BA $975+Utils Yard, Patio, W/D, 610-649-3836

Chrysler 2003 luxury PT Cruiser, 4 door town & country, simulated wood paneling, like new, senior citizen, must sacrifice TODAY. $3975 215-928-9632 Chrysler Town & Country Van 1999 $1850 All pwrs, New Insp, Clean, 215-620-9383 Ford 2000 F150 Deluxe extended body work van, full power, A/C auto trans like new, retiring, $3,975. 215-922-5342

Ford Econline E-250 2001 $2,150 Auto, Cargo, Ladder racks, 215-620-9383 Ford Escort LX 1998 Asking $1,450 4dr, loaded, clean. 215.280.4825

Kensington 2BR/1BA $395/mo Lease /option to purchase. Call for details 215-459-6819 or 215-783-0175

Ford Escort ZX2 2001 $1650 Auto, New Insp, A/C, 215-620-9383

Rorer St 3BR $750 Newly renov, Sec 8 ok, 347-236-7580

Honda Accord EX 1999 $3,400/obo New timing belt. Call 610-585-0510

20xx Wakeland 3BR 2BA $750+Utils Pvt Yard, New Reno, HDWD Flrs, Sec 8 ok, Shows Really Nice, 215.953.1255

FORD F-150 2000 $3975 Deluxe pickup truck, A/C, extended cab. Retiring. 215-922-5342

Honda Passport 1996 $2,300 6cyl, auto, 4WD, like new, 267.773.7035 Volkswagen 2001 4 door Jetta Station Wagon, full power, A/C, few original miles, Like new, $3,975, 215-627-1814

Volkswagen Passat 1999 $2,300 4 cyl, auto, 132K, 267.588.9925 21xx Margaret St. 2br/1ba $700 +All utils. Sec. 8 OK. 215-740-4629


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Volvo 850 GLT 1995 $2,295 Serviced & Lo Miles, 484-876-1609

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Cad Convert 1969 $4,100 New top, rugs, etc, 215-920-0929

36 E. Ashmead St. 2br/1ba $700 1 mo sec, 1 mo rent. 267-258-5358 N. Phila: clean, modern rms, use of kit, no drugs, reasonable rent. 215.232.2268 N PHILA & G’Town $350 - $375 Clean rooms for rent. Call 267-276-2153 Richmond $400/mo. kit privileges Seniors Welcome 215-634-1139

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF ANDERSON South Carolina Department of Social Services, Plaintiff,vs. Ngoc M. Tran andThomas Nguyen, Defendants,IN THE INTEREST OF:Lynn T. Nguyen

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YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the complaint for termination of your parental rights in and to the minor child in this action, the original of which has been filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Anderson County, a copy of which will be delivered to you upon request; and to serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the Plaintiff at P. O. Box 827, Anderson, SC 29622, within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time stated, the Plaintiff will apply for judgment by default against the Defendants for the relief demanded in the Complaint.


The PRE-TRIAL HEARING has been scheduled in the above-captioned matter for Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 9:45 am.


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you have the right to be present and represented by an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney to represent you. If you desire an attorney to be appointed to present you, you should contact the SCDSS office at 260-4100 and speak with your case manager. This is a new action. If you had an attorney appointed in a previous action, that attorney is NOT your attorney for this action. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that: (1) the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) who is appointed by the court in this action to represent the best interest of the child will provide the family court with a written report that includes an evaluation and assessment of the issues brought before the court along with recommendations; (2) the GAL’s written report will be available for review twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the hearing; (3) you may review the report at the GAL Program county office. S.C. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

Dated: September 12, 2013 Anderson, South Carolina.

Dottie C. Ingram, SC Bar No.: 66313 Attorney for Plaintiff S.C. Department of Social Services P. O. Box 827 Anderson, SC 29622 (864)260-4100


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