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Witnesses say Penn campus police gave Assistant District Attorney Kevin Harden Jr. preferential treatment after his involvement in a brawl at Mad Mex restaurant. “Harden pulls a lot of weight around here,” explains your server, Carly. “If he wants extra guac, he’s gonna get extra guac — plus a free serving of El No Bono hot wings and the best stool in the dining area.”

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More than 30 Methodist pastors meet in Philly and decide to officiate a same-sex wedding despite the church’s stated opposition to homosexuality. “That’s not even what the meeting was about — but, you know, a coupla pastors hit it off at the mixer and boom, we’re rewriting doctrine.”

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The 120th annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police brings police chiefs from around the world to Philadelphia. “We, too, have decided to perform some gay marriages,” they say. “Hell of a weekend.”



Real-estate site ranks Philly second in a list of cities with houses for sale in close proximity to cemeteries. “It’s all about location, location, location,” explains a lazy necrophiliac. Activist organization Keystone Progress hires a plane to pull a banner saying “Gov. Corbett loves Cowboys — hates PA families” over the Eagles/Cowboys game at the Linc. “This is no place for this sort of thing,” says one angry fan. “Why somebody want to make me read on football day?”

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A large shed catches fire at the historic West Laurel Hill cemetery in Bala Cynwyd. “Smells great, but do they deliver?” asks the lazy necrophiliac, who might just become a regular character around here.


In the only debate between district attorney candidates, incumbent Seth Williams and challenger Danny Alvarez disagree about whether corruption or gun violence should be the office’s top priority. Then there’s a closed-door meeting and, voila, guns it is.

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SHUT OUT OF THE DREAM A broken system denies thousands of people a chance to get the housing subsidies they desperately need. By Daniel Denvir


ive years after the country’s worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, the dream of a decent home has become more elusive than ever for the city’s poor. Grim numbers tell the story: 28,076 low-income people are waiting in line for a Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) unit; 54,368 want Section 8 vouchers, which subsidize rent in the private market; and 26,382 wait on a third list, for tax-credit subsidized housing. An untold number who need affordable housing, however, cannot even apply. The first two waiting lists are closed. “I’ve been trying to get on it for years,” Farrah Wynn, 32, says of the Section 8 list. “But it’s never available.” It was hard enough for Wynn to afford $800 in monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Mantua when she worked for a cosmetics company. Now, pregnant and temporarily out of work, she finds it is nearly impossible. “Juggling a job and child care and rent is a lot for one person,” says Wynn. “It’s a lot for two people as well.” The economic crisis and flood of home foreclosures pushed millions of Americans out of their homes, and many landed in a crowd-

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ed rental market. That increased demand for a limited number of units — all at a time when unemployment skyrocketed. “The need for affordable housing in Philadelphia is frankly incredible, and PHA does not have the necessary resources to meet that need by itself,” says Kelvin Jeremiah, who was formally named CEO of the scandal-plagued agency in March. The rising cost of rent in Pennsylvania began to outpace household income gains in 2008, according to a December 2012 Philadelphia Federal Reserve study. By 2010, Philadelphia lacked an estimated 68,647 rental units that were “affordable and available” to the poorest households. PHA controls just 14,118 units and 16,631 Section 8 vouchers. The length of waiting lists over time does not reflect actual demand since the lists are often closed. But things have certainly gotten worse. Only about 480 PHA units turn over each year, and the agency has fallen far behind on a 2008 pledge to annually house 300 homeless families in units and 200 individuals with vouchers. “We will never be able to address that demand with only 480 units coming available,” says Jeremiah, who has increased by 50 the share of 500 units dedicated to vouchers. He says that 70 percent of new PHA units are now dedicated to the homeless. According to 2012 Census data, nearly 50 percent of

A scant 480 PHA units turn over every year.

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✚ BANKING ON A BIG IDEA Next week, City Council will begin public hearings on an ordinance that would charge a new agency with the Sisyphean task of managing Philadelphia’s 40,000 vacant properties. Popularly known as a land bank, the agency would serve as a single owner for 10,000 government-owned properties that currently are controlled by an alphabet soup of bureaucracies. The ordinance appears to have a good chance at passage — but critics say there are still big question marks about implementation. While land banks are popular in smaller cities plagued by abandonment, like Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio, Philadelphia would be the largest city by far to adopt such a system. Advocates, like the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC), say the new agency would streamline the city’s process of disposing of vacant land — the current system is wildly inconsistent and properties often sit in limbo for years — and benefit both nonprofit constituents and private developers. “If you look at the other citywide organizations that are part of the larger Philadelphia Land Bank Alliance, they’re representing for-profit builders, realtors, community-garden groups, small-business organizations [and] environmental groups,” says Rick Sauer, director of PACDC, referring to the coalition that has organized to push for a land bank. “There really is a broad range of interest groups around the table.” But the land-bank system is not without its skeptics. Most criticism has focused on the potential of councilmanic prerogative

— the unwritten agreement that Council members have final say over land use in their districts — to warp the dispensation process. “If I were a district Councilperson, the marriage of ‘land bank’ and ‘prerogative’ would make my mouth water,” says Zack Stalberg, director of government-reform group The Committee of Seventy. The land bank could also use its powers to acquire and clear the title of tax-delinquent, privately owned land that is slated for public auction. It would ultimately assemble both public and private lots into larger parcels for development purposes. Even the agency that has been anointed to receive land-banking powers, authorized by Harrisburg earlier in the year, does not have a sterling track record when it comes to corrupting influences. The Philadelphia Housing and Development Corporation has, in the past, been the target of multiple corruption investigations and has seen a string of officials resign or plead guilty to fraud charges. The squeaky-clean Michael Koonce was installed as director last year in what was widely viewed as a move to strengthen the organization’s image in the run-up to the land-bank legislation. Sauer says the possibility of Council members trying to use the land bank to hold up lucrative development deals for political gain wouldn’t be much different than what can already happen under the current system, adding that the land bank’s public meetings would at least bring a level of transparency to the process of pols intervening in property transfers. John Kromer, a University of Pennsylvania political science

There are still big questions about the land bank.

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MAKING SENSE OF A LOSS ³ CANDLES AND THE lights of TV news cameras lit up the crowd in front of Philadel-

PORTRAIT OF GRIEF: Laporshia Massey’s father, Daniel Burch, and his fiancee, Sherri Mitchell, attend the vigil.

phia School District headquarters on Oct. 17 at a vigil to honor Laporshia Massey. The sixth-grader died of apparent asthma complications on Sept. 25 after falling sick at Bryant Elementary. No nurse was on duty. On Oct. 16, Gov. Tom Corbett released $45 million in federal funds to Philly schools. Corbett denied that Laporshia’s death, first reported by City Paper two weeks ago, played a role in that decision. That same day, Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq initiated an inquiry asking Superintendent William Hite for contact information for staff who had contact with Laporshia on the date of her death or were aware of her condition, and any related documents. School nurse Peg Devine says the link is clear: “Corbett was ashamed, and that’s why he released that money.” Corbett had been criticized for withholding funds to exact concessions from the teachers’ union. Philly schools, reeling from a budget crisis, have 3,000 fewer staffers than in June. Their corps of nurses had been cut over the prior two years; those jobs aren’t expected to be restored. There are many unanswered questions about Laporshia’s death. Her father’s fiancee, Sherri Mitchell, says the school-funding increase is a small comfort. “I’m just happy that finally we are making some progress in making the schools safer for the children.” —Daniel Denvir

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WHO WILL GET THE FINGER? ³ THE RETRIAL OF reputed Philly mob boss

“Uncle Joe” Ligambi and his volatile nephew and alleged consigliere George Borgesi is expected to begin on Halloween in federal court. In February, a jury acquitted Ligambi of five out of nine charges, but deadlocked on the remaining four. The 74-year-old Ligambi, who authorities say took over the local mob from “Skinny Joey” Merlino in 1999, could face 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted this time around. The principal charge around which the racketeering-conspiracy case is built involves gambling, so let’s handicap the action: 1. ³ The biggest wild card is Anthony Aponick, a New York mob associate who did time with Borgesi in a federal prison in West Virginia about 10 years ago. Aponick cut a deal with the feds and has promised to deliver “Georgie Boy.” But Aponick may talk a better game than he plays. With his multiple convictions, his credibility is his biggest liability. Prosecutors opted not to call him as a witness at the first trial, so the decision to use him now may be an act of desperation. Is this a Hail Mary pass, or is the government trying to focus the case on the key issue — conspiracy? 2 . ³ Government witnesses usually do better the second time around. That has to be what the prosecution is hoping for with Louis “Bent Finger Lou” Monacello, once a top Borgesi associate. Monacello’s testimony in the first trial was full of rage and sarcasm, which didn’t play well. Has Louie, as one insider predicted, gone to “witness school” to make his testimony more focused? Or will his anger again bubble to the surface? Borgesi now refers to his old friend as “Rat Finger Lou” and “Fuck Finger Lou,” but if the new jury buys what Monacello is selling, it’ll be Borgesi who gets the finger. 3. ³ Where is “Frankie the Fixer” DiGiacomo? He was called as a government witness last time, but his testimony undermined almost everything Monacello said. If DiGiacomo is not called by the prosecution, look for the defense to present him as their own witness. And look for the prosecution to pound away at him on cross-examination. ( ✚ Read more coverage of the retrial at

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Philadelphia households earn less than $35,000. And even if the lists were open, some poor Philadelphians would be unable to apply: A criminal conviction often bars applicants from public housing for years. Jacquiline, a 27-year-old mother of two, spent nine months locked up after she was caught with 11 grams of marijuana in a prison parking lot. She lost an $8-an-hour job at Northeast Building Products and now receives cash support from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). She styles hair on the side, barely piecing enough together to make her $625 rent. “I’m suffering for it to this day,” says Jacquiline, who receives no child support from an absent father. Recent cuts to housing and income support have squeezed the poor from two sides. In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett eliminated General Assistance, the $205 monthly payment to recovering addicts, people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence. In Washington, Republicans have championed the sequester, a deep, across-the-board cut in public spending implemented in March. PHA, which, like other public housing authorities receives most funding from the federal government, lost $42 million. “My opinion is that there is a disinvestment in public housing, and that public housing has been under attack,” says Jeremiah, adding that persistent mismanagement — most dramatically under former PHA CEO Carl Greene — has encouraged opponents. Public housing in Philadelphia was first constructed during 1930s and ’40s to house residents of dilapidated slums and tenements, as well as to shelter wartime industrial workers. By the late 1980s, there was a consensus view that highrise public housing, often populated by AfricanAmericans, was a disaster: vertically concentrated poverty, with crumbling infrastructure and flourishing crime. Insufficient funding, especially for maintenance, made failure a certainty. Tenants, and residents of surrounding neighborhoods, demanded a change, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Hope VI program has over the past two decades funded the demolition of high-rises and the construction of low-rises and mixed-income developments. Nationwide, 260,000 public-housing units have been demolished or eliminated since the mid1990s, according to the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and only about one-sixth of those units have been replaced. Jeremiah says that while the Hope VI program and Greene did a tremendous job of “revitalizing neighborhoods [and] reducing concentration of poverty,” they also “substantially decreased the number of available affordable public housing units” in Philadelphia by more than 6,000. A new partnership among the city, HUD and developers — called “6 in 5” — aims to create or 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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preserve 6,000 units of affordable housing in the city over five years. It will barely meet the demand — nor will it provide for PHA’s estimated $1 billion in needed capital spending. HUD provides just $49 million in funding to fix elevators, roofs, heaters and hot water. Chendale, 19, the mother of a 1year-old girl, has been on the PHA unit list for two years, and there’s no telling how long she will have to wait. She shares her childhood bedroom with her own child. “I have a daughter, and I’m getting older. And I need space,” she says. Chendale works as a homehealth aide, but is awaiting a new assignment and is currently unemployed. She is applying for TANF — what’s left of welfare since President Clinton and congressional Republicans ended

A new group aims to build 6,000 units. “welfare as we know it” in 1996. Tyisha, a 29-year-old mother of three who recently left a homeless shelter, now lives in transitional housing. She says that the Department of Human Services (DHS) took her son away because she does not have a stable place to live. Growing up in group homes and foster care, she is now raising her own children in painfully familiar chaos. Having her own place to live would provide a needed anchor, and Tyisha is just the sort of person that PHA is supposed to be prioritizing. “It would mean a lot to me,” she says. “It would bring me stability … and I could start pursuing my goals,” she says. But without more assistance from the federal government, the cash-strapped agency cannot afford to help her. (

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It ignores the key to effectively managing the city’s vacant land: maintenance. professor who ran the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development for nearly a decade, agrees, but says there are other, much bigger structural problems that could threaten the utility of the proposed new agency. “The most marketable properties that had been held in public-sector inventories are likely to have been sold years ago; and the size, condition and location of most of the remaining properties are likely to make them poor prospects for sale, at least in the short term,” says Kromer, echoing points that been raised by other local economists. But, he adds that both advocates and critics have ignored an issue that is key to effectively managing the city’s vacant land: maintenance. “The amount of revenue that property-tax-collection proceeds could generate, at least initially, would not be nearly enough to support a significant property-maintenance capability,” said Kromer in an email. Recently, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, a government agency whose holdings would make up a sizable chunk of the public land

in the bank, has resorted to selling off its more valuable lots to patch holes in revenue caused by the sequester, Sauer acknowledges. If the new land bank ends up inheriting lots of worthless land, where would the money for maintenance come from? “We’ve been very clear throughout that a minimum threshold for adequate maintenance is critical, as is providing the funding for that maintenance,” says Sauer. “My understanding is there is [maintenance funding]. But that’s subject to the whole budget process.” Kromer, like many who have raised concerns about the new legislation, says he still wants the land-bank bill to be approved. His fear is that, without a business plan and appropriate funding, it might end up looking uncomfortably similar to the dysfunctional system it’s seeking to replace. —Ryan Briggs

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³ RJD2 IS HAVING quite an October. The electro-acoustic artist, producer and label owner just dropped his new Philip Glass-meets-Ice Cube album, More Is Than Isn’t,and quickly announced a tour to support the record that’ll bring him home to Philly and Union Transfer on Feb. 21. I mention “home” because you rarely hear much personal info with regard to RJD2. Is he ashamed? Did he sneak out of Philly and move to Los Angeles like Diplo and, soon, Cheers Elephant (see below)? “No, man, I still live in West Philly,” he said during a long chat. “I just don’t publicize much about my private life. But I love it here.” ³ In case you didn’t catch what I was throwing, our finest practitioners of rootsy, cotton-candy-colored psych-pop in Cheers Elephant are moving to L.A. for fame and nice weather. “To celebrate you, Philadelphia, we’re throwing a Farewell for Now, Philadelphia show on Nov. 23 at the TLA,” writes mustachioed Elephant Derek Krzywicki.Thanks, mang. ³After a weekend of hanging with the Dalai Lama in NYC, homeboy Richard Gere started filming Franny at 15th and Walnut on Monday. Count on at least two weeks (to start) of seeing Gere and Dakota Fanning around Philly and Chadds Ford through October. ³ With the liquor license for Mac’s Tavern2 at 20th and Chestnut now a go (long story), It’s Always Sunny’s Mac and Sweet Dee (married Philly-folk Rob McElhenney andKaitlin Olson) stopped by the original Mac’s on Market in Old City this weekend. ³ Here’s a story-rumor: I’ve been made aware (by venue operators and promoters wishing to remain off the record) of a problem with local club owners and their insurance companies — premiums for liquor liability have recently and suddenly doubled (or worse), to the tune of an extra $30K to $50K a year. Of course, some clubs will struggle with this. One owner is making “the tough call to go out of business.” What defines a club and whether this affects Philly bars (or restaurants) is something I’ll be looking to report on soon. ³The Tin Roof countrymusic-venue chain from Nashville probably isn’t worried (yet) about pricey insurance premiums; their live C&W venue at 15th and Sansom, complete with mezzanine, will open across from Ladder 15in early 2014. With restaurateurs Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook opening both Dizengoff (an intimate hummusiya) and Abe Fisher (with foods of the Jewish diaspora) at 1605-27 Sansom around the same time next year, that tiny block is gonna burst at the seams. Yee-haw. ³ Seems like things are always bursting at (

TEA FOR THREE: Wilma’s The Convert looks at the effect of colonialism and Christianity in 1895 South Africa; Nancy Moricette (center) plays the titular convert Jekesai, with Irungu Mutu (left) as Minister Chilford and Lance Coadie Williams as the Chancellor. ALEXANDER IZILIAEV

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³ WILMA THEATER I see a lot of theater, and sometimes even good shows lose their vividness in my memory within a day or two. But The Convert is different. I can’t stop thinking about Danai Gurira’s powerful, provocative play, now on stage at the Wilma in a sensational production that’s shared with Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. If anything, The Convert grows in stature as I think about it — as I have, every day since I saw it. This is all the more impressive because Gurira, More on: who is also a successful actress, is relatively new to what I expect will be a distinguished writing career. Yet The Convert in many ways is a reminder of an earlier, grander tradition of theater. It’s a three-act play (running time approaches 190 minutes, including two intermissions) that’s blissfully free of gimmicks. There’s no narrator, no self-consciously clever shifts of timeline, no surprising and implausible red herrings. Gurira, confident in the power of what she has to say, simply allows her characters to tell the story. (Even when they occasionally tell it in Shona, a South African language, we almost magically find ourselves understanding without any trouble.) And what a compelling story! It’s set in 1895 in Salisbury, South

Africa (now Harare, Zimbabwe), a world locked in the profound cultural conflict of colonialism — some of it religious, some of it racial. The titular convert is a young black Shona woman named Jekesai who is taken in by a black missionary named Chilford, a practicing (make that proselytizing) Roman Catholic and very much the elegant Victorian gentleman. It’s implied that his religious affiliation has aided his upward mobility, and Chilford is ambitious for more — specifically, he wants to become a priest. Though such a career is unlikely for a black African, Chilford knows that his work with Jekesai, whom he has rechristened as Ester and who is proving very effective at converting others herself, may hold the key to his success. Their relationship is the core of The Convert, and, like everything else about this play, it’s complicated. Is Chilford motivated by generosity or self-interest? Does Jekesai/ WE’RE HALLOWEEN Ester embrace Catholicism because C R A Z Y AT C I T Y PA P E R . N E T / she believes it, or because it’s the only N A K E D C I T Y. certain way of protecting herself? Audiences are likely to debate these points long after the curtain has come down. Gurira commits to nuance throughout The Convert, and not only in her characters. The larger story of an Africa torn asunder by violent political struggle is similarly detailed and complex. From what I’ve written, you may have concluded that The Convert is worthy, but doctrinaire. Trust me, it’s not — it’s riveting, and perhaps surprisingly, it’s often very funny. Much of the first act is cleverly reminiscent of Shaw’s Pygmalion, in which another male authority figure with, shall we say, questionable motives, “transforms” >>> continued on page 26

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a female protégé. (Director Michael John Garcés’ superb production underscores this comparison with the luxurious archness of Chilford’s social circle.) In fact, I was reminded of Shaw many more times by the themes of religious conversion and its motivations that are as central to Major Barbara and Saint Joan as they are to The Convert. The seven actors give marvelously rich, committed performances. There’s not a weak link among them, but special honors go to Starla Benford as Mai Tamba, Jekesai’s aunt and Chilford’s housekeeper, and to Nancy Moricette as a heartbreakingly real Jekesai. If there’s a flaw, it’s that things are tied up too quickly and completely. But even that is a compliment of sorts — when was the last time you wished a three-hour play were longer? Through Nov. 10, $39-$46, Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 215-546-7824,


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Unsurprisingly, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles is one of America’s most produced plays by regional theaters this season. The 2012 OBIEwinning drama and Pulitzer finalist has an intimate, likable quality, particularly in the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s fine production. Beth Dixon plays Vera, the last of a group of elderly friends, living alone in a rent-controlled Manhattan apartment. Her grandson Leo (Philadelphia actor Davy Raphaely) turns up one night at 3 a.m., sweaty and stinky from a cross-country bicycle trip from Seattle. That Herzog’s title adds an additional thousand miles to that ride’s length is an early hint that Leo’s journey is far from over. At first, 4000 Miles teases gentle humor from the awkwardness of an undisciplined twentysomething living with a hearing-aid-wearing, set-in-her-ways old lady; the two have known each other all of Leo’s life, but they’re strangers. The play scores some “I can’t believe she said that” laughs, as when Vera asks Leo if anyone demanded sexual favors in exchange for lodging during his trip, but never sinks to sitcom levels. Leo’s where-am-I-going life questions take precedence as he confronts girlfriend Bec (Shannon Marie Sullivan) about why she backed out of the cross-country adventure. Tipsy pickup Amanda (2013 UArts graduate Leigha Kato, shown above) shares one great scene with Leo, her nascent wisdom exposing Leo’s difficulties connecting with others. Credit these four capable actors, as well as Herzog and director Mary B. Robinson, with making their characters feel genuine and layered. There are no villains, fools or parodies here, just real people struggling to figure things out. Vera — both the role and Dixon’s performance in it — is particularly impressive. The feisty, foul-mouthed senior is a cheap comedy staple, but Dixon and Herzog (who based the character on her own grandmother) invest Vera with a rich backstory of liberal activism; she’s a powerful personality, an invitation to consider the inevitable problems of aging as peers pass away. This delicate play’s complications build gracefully. Leo could go home to Minneapolis, but issues with his mother and adopted sister make him resist even calling. His first stop in New York is Bec’s apartment, but that’s another messy situation. Vera welcomes his company — her sole companion is the woman across the hall, and they only communicate by phone — but struggles with the physical and mental problems of aging. The play builds to surprising revelations about Leo’s trip, which he started with best friend Micah but finished alone. The story unfolds in a long monologue that Leo shares with Vera one night, a quiet, profound release of the play’s subtly building tension, heart-wrenchingly performed by Raphaely in the near-darkness.

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After an intermission-less 100 minutes, we’re still in Vera’s apartment, but we have traveled a long distance in Leo and Vera’s lives. Through Nov. 11, $46-$59, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St., 215-985-0420, —Mark Cofta

³ PLAYS AND PLAYERS The local Tarell Alvin McCraney celebration continues as Plays & Players’ Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet joins Simpatico’s The Brothers Size (through Nov. 3) and Temple’s staging of the Brother/Sister Trilogy (Nov. 13-24), of which Marcus is the final play. Director Daniel Student’s production of it here, however, does not communicate well the talents of McCraney, a recent MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient. The play unspools ponderously rather than poetically; the languid delivery may suggest Louisiana heat and humidity, but doesn’t drive the story. UArts graduate Erin Fleming plays the title role, apparently wrestling with the question of whether or not he’s gay — though his exaggerated mincing and pink hoodie leave little room for doubt. Best friends Osha (Taysha Canales) and Shaunta (Janan Ashton) push him to admit it. Uncle Ogun (James Tolbert III) knows that Marcus is “sweet,” but wants him to figure it out for himself. Great-Aunt Elegua (Zuhairah McGill) understands Marcus’ disturbing dreams about his absent father, but resists interpreting them. The issue feels stuck on repeat until Marcus meets Shua (Andre Brown), a black man supposedly from the Bronx (though his accent is as Southern as everyone else’s) who wants sex with Marcus “on the down-low.” But it all unfolds in a torpor, with McCraney’s trademark spoken-aloud stage directions (as in Ogun entering while proclaiming “Ogun Size enters”) feeling more redundant than revelatory. Colin McIlvaine’s framework set evokes a decaying Louisiana town, though the platforms and walls feel far away from the audience. Rain effects and a roiling mist create some atmosphere — a storm coming — but the air between the characters feels sluggish and lifeless. Through Nov. 3, $15-$30, Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey St., 866-811-4111,

He shows up stinky from a cross-country bike trip.

—Mark Cofta

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ALL IS LOST | A J.C. Chandor’s 2011 debut, Margin Call, took an incisive look at the moral bankruptcy of the banking industry, but was hobbled by its tendency to sit back while actors chewed on page after page of expository dialogue. That makes his follow-up all the more surprising: Aside from a brief opening narration, a few desperate cries for help and a single explosive expletive, Robert Redford remains resolutely silent throughout All Is Lost. It’s a bold decision that even the year’s other movie-star-alone-in-a-hostile-environment film didn’t brave; for all its talk of space’s silence and isolation, Gravity is almost nonstop chatter, with a mawkish Sandra Bullock monologue and a ham-fisted score to boot. Chandor is confident enough to avoid those missteps. Casting Redford in the lead (well, only) role undoubtedly gave him a boost, as the 77-year-old actor creates a character out of pure action. Even in his farewell letter, which strikes a tone of vague apology, we learn nothing of his background or his past; we have no idea why he’s on a boat in the middle of nowhere alone, how long he’s been there or what his plans may be. We don’t even know his name. The credits list him only as “Our Man,” which touches on his role as an audience surrogate as everything goes wrong but is also a nod to Redford’s status in the cinematic consciousness. That history, combined with Redford’s tanned good looks,

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goes a long way towards establishing a personal backstory for his character: a youth of brash cockiness, a lifelong outdoorsman of means, a success built with regrets, as we’ve learned from that letter to an unknown recipient. This is not a film of contrivances. Redford’s character never panics or makes huge mistakes; he is simply overwhelmed by the indifference of nature. Chandor captures this struggle with an austere classicism, finishing the film with an ending as decisive or ambiguous as the viewer desires. This is, after all, not a film about one man’s fate, but about his learning to face it. —Shaun Brady (Ritz Five)

✚ CONTINUING CARRIE | D If anyone had to be given the thankless task of making another adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie, Kimberly Peirce at least seemed like an intriguing prospect. Though she’s made only one other film since her acclaimed 1999 debut, Boys Don’t Cry — the uneven 2008 coming-home drama Stop-Loss — the idea of Peirce bringing a similar sensitivity to the pain of otherness and alienation could have added an interesting modern perspective to King’s tale of a telekinetic teen. Sadly, Peirce’s version is an almost beatfor-beat remake of Brian De Palma’s pitch-perfect original with all of the style and nuance clinically removed. Peirce’s cast is cartoonish and broad when not simply forgettable. Julianne Moore whispers, sneers and cuts herself, but never matches Piper Laurie’s tempestuous Bible-thumping fury. Chloë Grace Moretz, who did misfit monster so well in

Let Me In, seems more petulant smart girl than abuse victim in the title role, no matter how much she hunches over and folds her arms. Her fight against the school’s glowering bullies feels less like Stephen King than John Hughes with a few extra buckets of blood. —SB (Wide release)

ESCAPE PLAN | B A goofy and at times genuinely funny crowd-pleaser, Escape Plan features twilight-hour Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger at their most relaxed, less worried about how their Botox is holding up than if their longtime fans are having fun. Breslin (Stallone), a private-prison consultant paid millions to ID security flaws from the inside out, takes a high-paying job analyzing an off-the-books facility, only to realize he’s been double-crossed, left inside to rot. Reluctantly teaming up with hard-to-read inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), he begins piecing together the conspiracy and planning an elaborate breakout under the nose of foppish Warden Hobbs (Jim Caviezel). Much easier to digest than the 7,000-ounce ribeye that is The Expendables, this is Reddi-wip action at its lightest and sweetest, with both old heads seeming to enjoy each other’s company. Watch for Arnie’s eschatological ranting in his native German, somehow the most lucid he’s seemed in years. —Drew Lazor (Wide release)

THE FIFTH ESTATE | BIt’s often said that journalism is the first draft of history. The Fifth Estate, released three years after the disclosure of classified U.S. government documents that brought Julian Assange’s muckraking website WikiLeaks to the world’s attention, is at best the second draft. Working from a script by West Wing alum Josh Singer, itself an adaptation of a book by former Assange associate Daniel DomscheitBerg, director Bill Condon’s film is something of an info-dump itself, a collection of incidents without an animating point of view. As Assange, Benedict Cumberbatch is only slightly more human than his Star Trek vil-

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information activists begin with noble intentions and are corrupted by a sense of their own power — and so on. It’s not wrong, exactly; just old hat, a conventional and contained recitation of a story that is neither. On WikiLeaks itself, Assange posted a version of the movie’s script with extensive annotations purporting to clear up its misrepresentations, but there’s little danger of anyone taking The Fifth Estate as fact. —Sam Adams (Ritz Five)



blistering, brilliant, str aight-up classic.” Peter Tr avers,

✚ REPERTORY FILM INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, Life in Stills (2011, Israel/Germany, 60 min.): A photoshop owner and her grandson fight to keep their business alive. Tue., Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m., free. Water: A series of docs and shorts detailing the complexities of having access to such a simple, yet essential, resource in Israel and Palestine. Tue., Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m., free. The Repentant (2012, Algeria/France, 87 min.): The story of a terrorist who surrenders himself to the police. Wed., Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m., free. Horses of God (2012, Morocco/Tunisia, 115 min.): A fictional account of two brothers transitioning from innocence to extremism. Wed., Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m., free.

PHILAMOCA 531 N. 12th St., 267-519-9651, Toad Road (2012, U.S., 76 min.): The Philadelphia premiere of a horror film about contemporary youth culture. Thu., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., $10. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Germany, 67 min.): See the Agenda section. Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m., $12-$14. Philadelphia Through Different Lenses: A screening of recently digitized and preserved films about Philly. Wed., Oct. 30, 7 p.m., free.

lain, a cunning megalomaniac bent on shining sunlight into the darkest of government hidey-holes. The Fifth Estate has plenty of techno-flash, with a gleaming sense of international intrigue on loan from the Bourne series, but nothing like the intelligence that could untangle a thorny, even defining, debate. Newspapers are stodgy and slow, government is secretive,

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HILARIOUS POSE, BRO: FIDLAR plays the First Unitarian Church on Friday.

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Hodge’s smart, unconventional editing focuses our attention on Macbeth’s supernaturally charged rise to power and his painful — indeed, almost heartbreaking — realization of his wrongdoing. Reed makes a smart, seemingly noble general, pushed by his ambitious wife (Jennifer Summerfield) and led to ruin by the three witches (Susan Wefel, Rebecca Jane Cureton, Lily Dwoskin). Hodge’s hags are more mischievous than I’ve seen before, appropriately gruesome in World War I-era gas masks, because they send an interloper into Macbeth’s household: David Blatt, in an amalgam of the Porter, a Murderer, and other small characters, becomes their zombie-fied agent, a seemingly loyal servant stirring the chaos. It’s a simple and bold twist that focuses and extends their malevolent machinations, and it’s creepy good

fun. The entire production feels Halloween-appropriate. Set designer Zoran Kovcic wisely exposes Hedgerow’s vast, rugged stone back wall, giving the whole show a dark, spooky castle feeling. Serious scares and thrills, not that pumpkin-colored kiddie nonsense, are accomplished through streaks of blood, Patrick Lamborn’s throbbing sound design, and Reed and Summerfield in our faces downstage center, eerily lit by Matt Sharp, pouring their evil hearts out to us. —Mark Cofta Through Nov. 17, $15-$34, Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Rose Valley, Pa., 610-565-4211,

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✚ PAUL TAYLOR Living dance icons don’t come much larger than Paul Taylor,

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a choreographer who helped shape the American moderndance aesthetic and at age 83 shows no signs of slowing down. The “naughty boy of dance” has a broad palette that ranges from light and funny to dark and bleak; either way, he’s a humanist at heart. He deploys a variety of movement styles, so you don’t know quite what to expect when he debuts a new piece, as happens this week as he presents “American Dreamer,” a sardonic work about relationships set to the music of Stephen Foster. The other pieces on the program are also Philadelphia premieres — one of which, “Fibers,” from 1961, set to a score by Arnold Schoenberg, offers the treat of seeing a reconstruction of one of his rarely staged classics. —Deni Kasrel Thu.-Sat., Oct. 24-26, $20-$55, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 215-898-3900,


10.25 [ rock/punk ]

✚ FIDLAR This L.A. punk band’s name is an acronym, a sort of bro YOLO: “Fuck it, dog, life’s a risk.” Judging by their ass-kicking self-titled debut (Mom + Pop), the mantra seems to be their permission slip to partake in cheap beer, cocaine, cheap cocaine and weed (presumably also cheap). They’re equally into — waking, baking, skating and not being able to surf — which must’ve endeared them to recent tourmate/SoCal compatriot Wavves. Along the way, FIDLAR makes their way through a couple hard ’n’ fast quasi-thrash bursts, not to mention some of the sweetest heroin bubble-

gum since the Ramones and a surprising amount of Nashvillestyle twang to boot. —K. Ross Hoffman Fri., Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m., $12-$13, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 866-468-7619,

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✚ THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI The worst part about The Artist’s Oscar win is that the film’s broad, simplistic pastiche reinforces the caricature of silent film as hokey and romantic. Perhaps the best place to start to remedy that is with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the Robert Wiene masterpiece that introduced the obtuse angles and deep shadows of German Expressionism into the horror lexicon. Starting the Halloween celebrations early, composer Brendan Cooney will premiere his new score for Caligari live at

a pair of screenings Friday night at PhilaMOCA before recording the music for a DVD release. Now living in Boston, Cooney began his Not-So-Silent Cinema project while living in Philly, recruiting bandmates from the West Philadelphia Orchestra for sonic help. —Shaun Brady Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $12-$14, PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.,

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✚ RESTLESS NATIVES Charles O. Anderson’s dance theater company X debuted at Temple’s Conwell Dance

Theater in 2003. Now all grown up, the company makes a return visit to mark its 10th anniversary. Anderson’s focus is the many cultures of the African diaspora, and with Restless Natives, he contemporizes themes from James Baldwin’s novel Another Country. This rhythm-and-blues choreopoem asks what it means to love and be loved in the context of race, gender, class and politics. Performed as non-linear dance theater, it’s set in a juke joint where a cast of characters engage in conversations and confrontations. Anderson has a knack for crafting powerfully moving dance, and with the added attraction of an original

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spoken-word score by Ursula Rucker, you can count on this one packing a punch. —Deni Kasrel Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 and 9 p.m., $5-$20, Conwell Dance Theater, 1801 N. Broad St., 800-298-4200,

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✚ JOHN SCOFIELD Guitar master John Scofield is one of the rare artists equally revered by both the jazz and jam camps. A veteran of bands led by Gary Burton and Miles Davis,


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he’s also collaborated with Phil Lesh and Government Mule. His 2002 album Überjam was a definite nod to the latter camp, heavy on the grooves and rockinflected guitar solos. A touch over a decade later, he released a sequel this year with Überjam Deux (Emarcy), which is full of laid-back, Burning Man-friend-

ly tunes that draw on funk, soul, reggae and Afrobeat influences. The focus is resolutely on the leader; his band — rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick, bassist Andy Hess, and drummer Louis Cato — is there to generate the bedrock grooves that serve as backgrounds for Sco’s fluid, quicksilver improvising. —Shaun Brady

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presented by the Imperial crew. Badman Bailey is known for his impeccable mixing skills and deep selection, as heard on his weekly radio shows on Ministry of Sound and BBC 1Xtra as well as releases with Metalheadz, Roni Size’s Full Cycle, CIA and his own Intabeats imprint. The junglists don’t need more firepower than that, but here we go anyway: Another heavy hitter from London, Klute will bring a proper selection of beats from his releases on labels such as Hospital Records, Breakbeat Science and his own Commercial Suicide. A smashdown from front to back. Put ya lighters up. —Gair “Dev79” Marking Sat., Oct. 26, 9 p.m., $20, with Destin and Contact High, Blurr, 29 S. Bank St., 215-922-3020,


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10.26 [ electronic/dance ]

✚ BAILEY & KLUTE Two longstanding staples of the U.K. drum ’n’ bass scene are touching down in Old City,

✚ PSYCHIC TEENS As the October curators for PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday TuneOuts, the WKDU kids made some solid picks this month with bands like Modern Baseball and Pocket playing the last couple weeks. And you can call it tarot magick or just a smartly timed show, but there’s a good chance that when Psychic Teens

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demolish PhilaMOCA two days before Halloween, they might actually contact the undead or unleash a plague (or something else super spooky). Their latest LP, COME (SRA), is so densely loaded with guts and gore you can feel the blood pouring from your earbuds. The Teens’ love of

B-horror movies gives COME a lot of its appeal as a contender for what to blast while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters — sounds that are held up by COME’s ’80s post-punk backbone. It’s also worth sticking around after their set for an awesomely campy horror film from the PhilaMOCA archives. —Marc Snitzer Tue., Oct. 29, music 8:30 p.m., movie 9:30 p.m., $5, PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 267-519-9651,

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10.30 [ electronic ]

✚ RAIME Raime — the British abstract electronic duo of Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead — record for a label called Blackest Ever Black, and it’s hard to get around the aptness there: Their music is just really damn dark. The sounds they favored on last year’s intoxicatingly potent full-length debut, Quarter Turns Over a Living Line, as well as several preceding EPs, include rumbling cavernous drones, gnawing, unblinking metallic tattoos and the occasional, muffled irruption of amorphous sonic violence. But while it’s easy enough to sum up their approach as purely and simply evocative of bleakness and dread, wholly subsumed by gloomy negatives, there’s something oddly neutral about it too:

a subjective, malleable emptiness. There are shades within shades here. Those creeping industrial heartbeats have a subtle, dubby, Burial-esque lilt that might be sensuous or sinister, depending on your angle. Those churning streaks of cello could be savage or serene. One person’s gaping, ominous void may be another’s womblike sanctuary. After all, the blackest black is really no different from eternal, blinding sunshine once your eyes have time to adjust. —K. Ross Hoffman Wed., Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $12, First Unitarian Chuch Side Chapel, 2125 Chestnut St., 866-468-7619,



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By Carly Szkaradnik


Shake Shack University City | Drexel’s Chestnut Square retail-residential complex is home to the latest of Danny Meyer’s outrageous-line generators (that also happen to sell top-notch burgers and custard). This UCity outpost features plenty of reclaimed wood, a generous amount of seating upstairs and a bonus patio-dining area. The new location also happens to be the first place outside of NYC’s Upper East Side where you can try the Shack’s new fresh, hand-cut fries (the chain’s standard crinkle cuts are a frozen product — a point of major consternation for some). The menu includes all the standards you know from the Center City location, plus a couple of new concretes: the Declaration of Donuts, which features Federal Donuts French toast fancies, and a jolting chocolate-toffee-coffee combo aptly called the Study Buddy. Open daily, 11 a.m.11 p.m., 3200 Chestnut St., 267-338-3464, Taqueria Feliz |The third restaurant from ownership team Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal is a straight-ahead taqueria, serving up tacos, tortas and barbacoa to Manayunk, a neighborhood previously light on good Mexican options. The focus here is on traditional ingredients and preparations, including favorites like chicken tinga and pork al pastor, and branching out to include huitlacoche, lengua and lamb heart. There’s also a full bar, allowing for a killer happy hour every weekday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Open Sun.-Thu., 4-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 4-11 p.m., 4410 Main St., Manayunk, 267-331-5874, ( Got A Tip? Please send restaurant news to restaurants@ or call 215-735-8444, ext. 207. 36 | P H I L A D E L P H I A C I T Y PA P E R |

FAMILY JEWELS: Pomegranate seeds and balsamic bring a sparkle to Jose Pistola’s guacamole. NEAL SANTOS

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LOADED PISTOLA Thanks to a new chef the food at Jose Pistola’s lives up to the lofty beer list. By Adam Erace JOSE PISTOLA’S | 263 S. 15th St., 215-545-4101, Hours:

11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. daily, kitchen till 1 a.m. Appetizers, $5-$14; mains $7-$18.


now what I remember from my early visits to Jose Pistola’s? Wii Bowling. It was 2007, and virtual-reality leagues were the post-ironic bocce clubs of their day. The gaming system was on fire, but the food at Pistola’s barely smoldered. The April addition of chef Adan Trinidad has brought me back to this dark bar, a restaurant-industry haunt with one of the city’s most unsung beer lists and attic bathrooms a poltergeist could murder you in. Some of Trinidad’s plates, like the glistening tiradito of raw fluke splashed with yuzu and freckled with togarashi, made me want to take a sledgehammer to the overbearing sound system, twist 200-watt bulbs into the overhead sockets and lay a white cloth over my table. Fruity, spicy, sour and fresh, the food demanded a bit more attention. Like so many Mexican immigrants to Philly, Trinidad was born in Puebla. At 13, his family settled in Cherry Hill, where his mom was the kitchen manager at P.J. Whelihan’s. “My parents didn’t want me to get in trouble in the summers, so my mom would take me to the restaurant.” Years later, Trinidad worked under Jose Garces at El Vez before

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moving on to other local spots. He then spent five years in New York working for serial restauranteur Richard Sandoval and developing a talent for ceviches — like cubed tuna in a coconut salve with ginger and habañero, a song of ice and fire you don’t need HBO to experience. Post-Manhattan, Trinidad returned to Philly and reconnected with Pistola’s Casey Parker and Joe Gunn. He knew the bartendersturned-bar-owners from their days at Fergie’s, a favorite spot of the El Vez crew for post-shift mischief, and took over Pistola’s kitchen. “Like a lot of people, I loved the place and the concept, but [the food] was the missing piece,” he says. Not anymore. Guac arrived in earthenware pots, creamy green mounds of impeccably fresh avocado mashed with tomato, red onion, cilantro, roasted jalapeños, lime and olive oil. That’s the O.G. version, but far more interesting are the ones topped with fresh diced mango, pomegranate seeds and swirls of balsamic syrup, or lumps of spicy Maryland crab dressed in vinegary morita chile sauce. The charro beans were a glorious border-town mutt: sort of chili, sort of baked beans, not quite either, but together better than both. Trinidad soaks dried black beans overnight then stews them the next morning with garlic, onion, tomato, spices and a hoppy IPA; it’s the kind of homey sustenance you want to eat on the couch during a snowstorm. Ditto for his tortilla soup, which could have used a stronger salting but was otherwise beautiful, with poached thigh meat and avocado floating in a shiny, brick-red pasilla broth. Trinidad delivers 14 different tacos on featherweight, housemade corn tortillas. Each has its own personality, from the brooding >>> continued on adjacent page

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banana-leaf-steamed goat heady with canela and clove to the butter-poached lobster accessorized with peas, pickled pearl onions, coconut and guajillo. Cooked for seven hours, traditional pork pibil rang with notes of orange and habañero; nontraditional short rib with soy and Asian pear. The wings could have been crispier, but the fireballred Buffalo sauce absolutely electrified. Trinidad hated chewy churros as a kid. The sugared ones he serves here are lightened nicely by pate a choux, but their airy construction couldn’t penetrate the stiff cajeta dipping sauce. Like the food, the beer at Jose Pistola’s has also changed. “It was heavy on imports and crazy styles, and we tried to be the only bar that carried certain things,” Gunn says of the original list. “[Now], instead of trying to outdo everybody else, we constantly rotate the bottle menu according to what a handful of us at Pistola’s are into at the time. We’ll keep some beers on for sentimental reasons or we simply love the sales rep. We keep one Mexican beer on because if we don’t, everyone loses their mind.” Is he talking about me? “The beer menu features over 80 bottles with an oddly heavy Belgian bent,” I wrote in 2007. “I like Chimay as much as the next guy, but it’s weird being in a Mexican restaurant and not being able to get a Dos Equis.” People can change. Restaurants, too. (

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

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