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Former reality-TV star Kate Gosselin files suit against her ex-husband Jon Gosselin for allegedly hacking her computer and phone to gather info for his tell-all book. Also filed: eight tiny handwritten petitions for emancipation.

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According to a study by Terminix, Philadelphia is the second worst city in the country for bedbugs. According to a study by bedbugs, we are delicious.


About 2,500 people take part in the Diner en Blanc, in which attendees wear white and eat BYO food in the middle of JFK Boulevard. “Well, there goes my appetite,” says local bedbug.

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Philadelphia bicyclists enjoy their fifth annual Naked Bike Ride through Center City. “Ugh.Would you look at that,” says bedbug spokesperson.“OK. Ice your taints, people. We’ll come back in a couple days.”

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According to former Eagle Hollis Thomas, the Veterans Stadium shower room area featured a chest full of pornography used by Phillies and Eagles players. “I apologize if I have inadvertently placed in your head the image of, say, the ’93 Phils rubbing one out together,”Thomas continues.“Or Ricky Watters, perhaps, with his gross little alligator arms. This was not my intention.”


Mayor Nutter slams a teachers’ union commercial that criticizes him for letting students down. “It’s part of a planned distraction campaign,” he says, adding,“Hey, I think I hear Mister Softee!”


According to a report by CBS 3, some local coffee shops are cracking down on “laptop hobos” by limiting the amount of time customers can have WiFi access. Kicked to the curb, ol’ Saucepan Sal chalked a crossed-out apple on the sidewalk outside the cafe before picking up his R.E.Load bindle and slouching down the road.

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The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues meets in Philly to discuss controversial topics like implanting memories. Which we kinda used to have reservations about but suddenly we’re OK with.

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EXTRA CREDIT: Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, headquartered on North Fifth Street, owed its publicly funded charter schools $3.3 million, according to an independent audit. JESSICA KOURKOUNIS

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SCHOOL BOOKS A charter operator owed millions to its schools. No one is checking its ledgers. By Daniel Denvir


he Philadelphia School District will spend a projected $729 million on charter schools in the coming fiscal year. But, if the past year at one charter operator is any indication, not all of those funds will actually go toward serving students. Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania owed large sums of money to four Philadelphia charter schools it runs, according to an independent audit of the organization’s finances as of June 30, 2012, that was obtained by City Paper. According to the report, which was produced for Aspira and completed in April, the nonprofit was running a deficit of $722,949 as of last June and owed the publicly financed schools $3.3 million. That’s in addition to millions of dollars in lease payments and administrative fees filtered to Aspira and entities it controls with no oversight. “That money is being given to fulfill the purposes of the charter, which is to run the school,” says Michael Masch, a former chief financial officer at the District and budget secretary under Gov. Ed Rendell. “It’s taxpayer money, and it’s limited as to its use.” The questions over Aspira’s finances highlight the School District’s weak oversight of charter schools at a time when the District is struggling to close a budget gap that initially stood at $304 million, prompting the layoff of nearly 4,000 teachers, counselors and other staff.

Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, once a small nonprofit providing services to the Puerto Rican community, has in a few years’ time mushroomed into one of the city’s largest charter-school operators. Its balance sheet has undergone a similarly prodigious expansion, thanks to taxpayer funding of Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, John B. Stetson Charter School, Olney Charter High School, Antonia Pantoja Charter School and Aspira Bilingual Cyber Charter School. For reasons that aren’t clear, millions of dollars have moved between the network of charter schools, their parent nonprofit and two property-management entities. The School District is charged with overseeing city charters, but “does not have the power or access to the financial records of the parent organization,” according to District spokesperson Fernando Gallard. “We cannot conduct even limited financial audits of the parent organization.” That’s despite the fact that charters account for 30 percent of the District’s 2013-’14 budget. Aspira declined to comment. The $3.3 million that the four brick-and-mortar charters apparently have loaned to Aspira are in addition to $1.5 million in lease payments to Aspira and Aspira-controlled property-management entities ACE and ACE/Dougherty, and $6.3 million in administrative fees paid to Aspira in 2012. A 2010 report by City Controller Alan Butkovitz found the District’s Charter School Office “is only providing minimal over-

“It’s taxpayer money, and it’s limited as to its use.”

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✚ PAYING HOMAGE TO KING By noon on Saturday, the crowd at Washington, D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was so thick people had to wait in line just to visit the spot where King’s huge form emerges from the stone. Ernest Williams, a Brewerytown resident, was among those who stopped by to pay tribute to King during the 50th-anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington. Williams retired after working at AT&T for 37 years, and he credited King with opening doors for him and other African-Americans. “He was the reason we got jobs,” Williams said. “And because of him, my kids are college graduates.”Williams was in the Marines in 1963 and couldn’t attend the original march. When he left the service that year, “college was out of the picture for us,” but because of the civil-rights movement, good jobs opened up. Today, though, “It seems like things are cut off again for young black boys,” he said. Though many were there to remember King, another face was ubiquitous on buttons and T-shirts. “Where is justice for Trayvon Martin?” read one sign. In the procession to the Washington Monument, marchers were quiet at first. Then they broke into a chant: “No justice, no peace.” But the enduring sound, the one that connected the dots to 1963, rose to a swell. “We shall overcome,” the marchers sang — reverently, defiantly, confidently — over and over again. —Lillian Swanson

✚ MARCH MADNESS As thousands converged on the National Mall for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a hundred or so people gathered

on Point Breeze Avenue, passing out chant sheets for their own protest march. But unlike their counterparts half a century ago, the Point Breeze Organizing Committee (PBOC) — an ad hoc group of activists — wasn’t demanding new government policies. They were targeting a lone businessman, Ori Feibush, whose prolific development and outspoken tendencies have made him a flashpoint for gentrification concerns. Ociele Hawkins, 23, a lifelong neighborhood resident, says he thinks Feibush’s OCF Realty “should be held accountable” for development that might raise the property value of his mother’s house. “If there’s any increase [in her taxes], she would have to leave,” he says. Erica Coleman has only been in Point Breeze a year, but says the rate of development is concerning. She wants a community-driven plan for the neighborhood, one that includes affordable housing — say, under $125,000. While that might require government subsidies, she says, “City Hall, we’re not targeting them.” Further up Point Breeze Avenue, outside Feibush’s OCF Coffee, the 29-year-old developer was shaking his head. A vandal had arrived at 6 a.m. to throw rocks through two of the cafe’s plateglass windows, shattering them. “The person who did this was wearing skinny jeans!” Feibush said. His interactions with PBOC members have grown increasingly heated. PBOC sent him a cease-and-desist letter claiming he fabricated messages from one of its members. And Feibush’s friend Chris Sawyer is suing PBOC members for defamation. As for the march up Point Breeze Avenue, Feibush insisted he’d be happy to sit down and talk about fair development. But what did it have to do with the March on Washington? “I’ve learned not to comment,” Feibush said, “on things I don’t understand.” —Samantha Melamed

POINT TAKEN ³ IF THERE’S ONE THING that can be discerned from the Battle of Point Breeze (see:

March Madness, above) it’s that, in this neighborhood, a vacant lot is not just a vacant lot. It’s an opportunity for development, affordable or otherwise. But it’s also a piece of local history, notes Maria Möller, a South Philly artist who developed an installation in a Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority-owned lot at 2025 Federal St. The work, a Percent for Art commission installed with help from neighborhood kids, is on view through Sept. 3. “The House That Was Here” displays the history of the building that once occupied the lot and the families that lived there, as best Möller could piece it together from census data and neighbors’ accounts. The lot — scattered with chunks of concrete and old mattresses before the PRA cleaned it and laid down sod for Möller’s exhibit — now contains a series of small sculptures of the rowhouse, each bearing part of the timeline Möller assembled. The house burned in the 1960s, she learned, but a nearby resident informed her that it wasn’t actually razed until the early 1990s. Möller says she discovered that, by the 1920s, this block was majority African-American. “A lot of people feel very strongly about Point Breeze, and one reason for that is that people’s roots do actually go back here,” she says. The debate over the direction of the neighborhood is one reason she chose the lot. “It’s located in a place where people are very much talking about what’s going on with development and change,” she says. The installation “has created an opportunity for people to … have a discussion, which was sort of the point.” —Samantha Melamed

WINDS OF CHANGE ³ THE DAY BEFORE I started as editor of City

Paper, my new boss, publisher Nancy Stuski, sent me an email telling what I could expect to see when I walked in the front door: The paper is preparing to move from Old City to offices near City Hall, and some boxes are already packed. And the current building recently experienced a flood. “That’s it?” I responded. In the last year, as editor of the Northeast Times, the office had been without power for four days thanks to Superstorm Sandy, and an arson fire in November had wrecked the newsroom. We’d been working from a temporary home for nine months. As everyone who still clings passionately to this love affair with journalism knows, change and disruption are the two winds that never stop blowing. As I take the helm, I bring to City Paper a desire to continue our special brand of speaking truth to power, to enhance the paper’s storytelling in words and photos and to unleash new voices. It does not hurt that I spent 18 years as an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and know many talented writers in the Inky diaspora. You can expect to see the arts and entertainment coverage remain edgy and robust, and the editors’ picks to give you the best inside knowledge. You can bet that we’ll keep plumbing the scene for food coverage that is delicious. The first and foremost challenge, though, and the place where you will see the most difference right away, will be on our website, On Monday, the website was freed from the tangle of and a new design — months in the creation — was launched. Though we believe we are off to a good start, the web is never done and content on the site will increase exponentially over the coming months. This career in journalism has been a fascinating journey from typewriters to Twitter. My experience cuts across large metros, weekly papers and the wire services, but this is my first alt-weekly. In my interview, I was asked why I thought I could make the transition. My answer: I was a Presbyterian managing editor for four years at the Jewish Daily Forward. Good questions are the soft breezes that give fresh life to every brand of journalism: Why is this important? Do we need to explain this better? Why would our readers care? Those questions are top of mind as I begin. Nice to meet you. —Lillian Swanson

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sight of charter schools except during the time leading up to the charter renewal,” which happens every five years. Law-enforcement investigations involving financial malfeasance, however, are frequent. At least 18 area charters have been subjects of federal investigations since 2008, according to the Inquirer. Most recently, the chief executive of Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School pleaded guilty to wire fraud and stealing school funds. One area of concern identified by the controller is a lack of “monitoring [of] charter-school facility leases,” which are often made “through related parties, all of which appear to be designed to obtain additional state funding.” That’s because the state pays for some lease reimbursements — but buildings owned by a charter are not eligible for the payments. Further, the controller notes, “Properties that are being paid for with taxpayer funds are being either transferred [to] or controlled by nonprofits with no accountability to the school district or taxpayers.” State lease reimbursements are not supposed to be used to support the acquisition of property. Real-estate acquisitions have played a large part in Aspira’s growth. ACE/Dougherty purchased Cardinal Dougherty High School for $8.5 million in 2011, and the network’s combined real-estate holdings increased from $13.34 million in 2011 to $23.15 million in 2012, according to the audit. “What happens if the charter ends?” asks Masch. “Then, Aspira still owns the building even though it was 100 percent paid for with taxpayer money.” In 2012, Aspira owed $16.8 million on its properties, according to the audit. One mortgage note payable to PNC Bank for $4.91 million is guaranteed by Hostos Charter and carries security agreements with Olney, Stetson, Pantoja and Hostos. In the event of a default on that loan, the security agreement could put separate, publicly funded assets (though not real estate) at risk. Gallard says the District is aware of issues related to Aspira mortgages, and the matter “is still under review by our audit office and our Charter School Office.” There are other indications that Aspira has failed to properly manage its expansion. On March 27, 2013, participants in an Olney Charter trustees meeting stated that staff had used debit cards without providing receipts. Aspira chief executive Alfredo Calderon and chief financial officer Murray Rosenman, according to the minutes, said that “the debit-expense issue has improved but not [been] resolved.” A source says that the organization identified $169,000 in unaccounted debit card expenses. The District tells CP that it is now looking into the issue. In comments to the state-controlled School Reform Commission earlier this month, Superintendent William Hite Jr. said that “unmanaged, self-directed, charter-school growth could force the District into a perpetual deficit.” At the same meeting where the SRC made a controversial decision to suspend teachers’ union seniority

rules, it also gave the District temporary powers to control charter-school growth. Parents continue to enroll students in charters: Nearly a third of the District’s 195,000 students will attend 84 charter schools this year. It’s estimated that each student who attends a charter costs the District an extra $7,000 per year. Charters’ rapid growth has put increasing pressure on School District finances, given the fixed costs (such as buildings and staff) that must be paid regardless of the exact size of the student body. The Pennsylvania Department of Education, which directly oversees cyber charters, has likewise failed to provide oversight. Philadelphia state Rep. Jim Roebuck, the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee, has proposed a char-

“What happens to the property if the charter ends?” ter-funding-reform bill that he estimates would save school districts $365 million per year. This is not the first time Aspira has been criticized for questionable spending of taxpayer dollars. In August, the Daily News reported that Olney High School had paid $17,094 to the law firm Eckert Seamans to deal with a teacher unionization effort. Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board found merit in charges that staff were “threatened” and “interrogated” by school administrators for supporting attempts to unionize. The state Auditor General, which has seen its staff reduced by 24 percent in recent years, doesn’t have the capacity to audit all the new charter schools that have opened in the past five years. Only three Philadelphia charter schools have been audited since 2008. Aspira’s five charters are not among them. (

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LEFT: Josue “Josh” Rosa, who opened BadLandz to train his


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merican Street in North Philadelphia is five lanes wide, a forgotten commercial boulevard lined with vacant lots and anonymous warehouses. It does not attract many joggers. But on this overheated August afternoon, a ragtag band of teens comes trotting right down the middle of the street and files through a doorway, clattering downstairs into a basement. They emerge into a humid cavern of a boxing gym, the air thick with old sweat and fresh ambition. Heavy bags hang from the ceiling, swaying like eager dance partners. In the boxing ring, a couple of teens spar, wearing padded helmets and thick gloves. Kids attempt sit-ups in front of the mirrors, some more successfully than others. This place, BadLandz Boxing Club, may look like just a gym. Actually, it’s the embodiment of a dream shared by a man, Josue “Josh” Rosa, and his nephew, Luis “Smurf” Esquillin, trying to make their names in this resurging fight city. They scraped up the money to open BadLandz in January, and did all the work themselves. In May, Esquillin relaunched his pro career after taking a few years off to regroup. They’re making their move at a time when being a Puerto Rican kid from North Philly means something in the boxing world: Rosa, 36, and Esquillin, 24, grew up at Harrowgate Boxing Club in Tioga, watching and sparring with Danny

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LEFT: Boxer Luis Esquillin gets encouragement from his uncle and trainer, Josue Rosa (left), and cut man Billy Briscoe, who’s “one of the best trainers in Philadelphia,” according to Rosa. Esquillin lost the fight, in Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 8, against a Rochester-based fighter, Brandon Williams. Rosa blames politics for the judges’ decision.

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BELOW: Clockwise from top left, Rosa and trainer Lewis “Sharif”

Brown with Badlandz’ boxers-in-training, Gabriel Medina, Isaac Rosario, Mojo Rosario, Jasir Harris and Devon Rosa.

Garcia, the current unified light-welterweight world champion. While Philly has had its share of champs, in this corner of the city Garcia’s name is everywhere. The story of his ascent from hardworking prospect to international star lends an aura of credibility to the aspirations of Rosa, an ex-offender who never went pro, and his nephew, who holds an unimpressive 2-6-1 record. “Danny opened the doors for all the Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia,” Rosa says. “Now it’s not just the African-Americans who can fight.” Esquillin, who has sleepy eyes and long black braids, figures he’s two years away from a world championship shot. All he needs to do is to keep fighting — and get lucky. The fighting part, at least, is in their blood. Growing up in the Badlands means growing up fighting. It can make you rich if it doesn’t kill you first.


n his teens, Rosa lived in a bad neighborhood and made bad choices, selling drugs and messing around with guns. After he went to jail, he realized, “It wasn’t for me. I don’t like being around a bunch of men all the time.” Esquillin grew up fighting in the street — and winning. He didn’t have any special technique: “I’d just go crazy with the punches.” Later, at Harrowgate, he fell in love with the sport. “I like to get hurt. I like pain. I like the adrenaline. I like people to tell me, ‘You can’t do it,’ and I just look at them and laugh at them, like, ‘Yes, I can.’ I like people to tell me, ‘You can do it.’ The good or the bad, I like everything about it.” But he lost a few pro fights, and watched his championship dreams and his trainers’ attention slip away. He came to the realization that successful fighters like Garcia had something he didn’t. “Every boxer who makes it, their dad is always there. Danny Garcia was trained by his dad. My dad wasn’t here for me,” he says. “Now, with my uncle, we in this together. Now I got a team.” Even though Rosa admits he’s “not the best trainer,” he believes he can give Esquillin what no other train-

er can. “Before boxing, I had to show him love.” This is a dream built on Rosa’s disability checks (a motorcycle crash left him with screws in his spine), on whatever Esquillin can spare from his day job working for the city, and on a thousand bucks here and there from a guy named “K.” (“I don’t ask him where he gets his money, but he helps me sometimes,” Rosa says.) For both of them, building BadLandz was about starting over together. It’s a story that’s part Rocky, part Bad News Bears.“The two of us had to believe in ourselves,” says Rosa. “The gym was about taking a risk.” Whether Esquillin wins or loses, the gym will be his legacy, shared with Rosa’s own sons, now 7 and 13 and already learning to fight. More than 60 kids train here, some learning to box and others trying to get in fighting shape. Rosa charges them $20 a month if they can pay. If not, they train for free. He figures if he keeps them off the streets for three hours, “I’m saving their lives for three hours a day.” Jeremy “J” Chaulisant, 22 years old and poised to launch his pro career out of BadLandz, says that’s not hyperbole. Like just about every kid here, he used to fight in the streets. “It’s not fun anymore. Nobody puts their fists up. Everybody pulls out a gun,” he says. “Inside here, I can show you I can fight and I can really beat you. Out there, you knock somebody out and you got 10 more people coming after you, you got 10 more guns coming after you. It’s retarded out there. That’s the streets, that’s Philadelphia.” Troy Kirtz, 14, has been training at BadLandz for five months. “It keeps you off the streets,” he says with a shrug. “It’s dangerous walking around.” He doesn’t believe he has much of a future in boxing; he aspires to be a professional basketball player. In this neighborhood, though, you can’t show off on the basketball court, Chaulisant says. He knew a guy who was shot over a basketball game. Now BadLandz is seeking its place in the storied landscape of Philadelphia boxing gyms, trying to make a name, to produce a champion.


hat’s not an easy feat. Just ask Charlie Sgrillo, co-director of Harrowgate in Tioga. He’s been in the sport for 55 years, as an amateur, pro, referee, judge, cut man, manager, trainer and promoter, and still sweeps the ring himself before opening each afternoon at 4 p.m. Sgrillo has learned that even if you train a champion, it doesn’t mean he’ll stay with you. He trained Garcia through age 13, before Garcia’s father took over and began training him in a separate gym on Harrowgate’s second floor. Sgrillo doesn’t really like to talk about Garcia these days. In April, the champ left the historic boxing club behind and opened his own gym half a mile away, complete with recording studio, barbershop, auto detailer and monogrammed boxing ring. Other fighters drift away from the gym and back into the streets, selling drugs and getting into trouble. “I even gotta watch my trainers, to be honest with >>> continued on page 14

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LEFT: Josue Rosa’s son, Josue Jr., spars in the ring at BadLandz.

Watching, from left, are Jose Gordian, Luis Esquillin, Anthony Arvelo, Gilbert Perez and Jeremy “J” Chaulisant.

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BELOW: Luis “Smurf” Esquillin has a full-time job and a daughter at home. But a boxing title remains his dream.

you,” Sgrillo says. One went to jail not too long ago on drug charges. “The main thing is to make these kids good kids.” Sgrillo and Rosa share one deep-seated fear: that their boxers will take what they learn in the gym back out onto the streets. It happened with Ray Hansburry, a kid Sgrillo trained. “He beat up on somebody, and a few weeks later that guy come over and shot him in the head.” Sgrillo gestures to the “Wall of Fame” lined with snapshots of Harrowgate’s current and former stars, like Olympic gold medalist David Reid and Philly pro Anthony Boyle. “A couple of these kids that are on the wall did drugs. [They’re] dead.” Despite all that — despite boxing losing market share to mixed martial arts, despite the fact that no one is promoting major cards in Philly these days — trainers are optimistic. Harrowgate is so crowded with young talent that Chuck Diesel used to come in at 4 a.m. to train his fighters. In July, Diesel opened his own gym upstairs, in Garcia’s old space. It’s spartan: Boxers train on stained carpet remnants held down with tape. But Diesel’s desk is covered with a dense, glittering forest of trophies. Professionals have begun jetting in from around the world to train here with Diesel and his team, which includes former world champ Tim Witherspoon. Venezuelan Miguel Acosta, a former lightweight world champion, showed up unannounced outside the building on Venango Street late one night and asked Diesel to help him reclaim his title. Diesel says all of that is proof: Philly’s still the premier fight city. “We’re crumbling, but we are the capital of boxing, and we need people to step up.” Over at Rock Ministries, the gym in Kensington where Pastor Buddy Osborn serves up rigorous boxing training and the word of Jesus, the gospel of North Philly boxing is alive and well. Osborn started this ministry a decade ago and moved it to this chaotic stretch of Kensington Avenue, under the El, a year and a half later. Lately, heavy police presence has moved drug activity off the block, but his fighters’

lives aren’t easy. “Nine out of 10 kids are from a family where their father is missing. We’re introducing them to their heavenly father,” Osborn says. Inside the gym, a space formerly used for heroin distribution, a dozen boys pray in a huddle before breaking off in smaller groups to do calisthenics or spar. At 14, Emmanuel Folly was an angry kid from Kensington with a hot temper. In April, at age 21, he became the ministry’s first boxer to turn pro. Nine days before that fight, Folly’s oldest brother, Irving “Neak” Folly, was shot dead. “He was my number-one fan,” says Folly. “He didn’t get to come and see my first pro fight.”


ome of the guys at BadLandz came up at Rock Ministries, but couldn’t get right with God. Some of them boxed at Harrowgate, but couldn’t get a trainer to notice them. Some bounced from Front Street Gym to Costello’s to Shuler to Joe Hand, but never quite fit in. Esquillin says that’s exactly what’s special about his gym. “If you don’t have nobody, we’re here for you.” In a neighborhood where making it past 25 is a triumph for the average tough guy, Rosa is an elder statesman. Brian Peterson, 33, a trainer at BadLandz, was 270 pounds when he got there. He dropped 27 pounds working out with the kids. “I was one of those guys out there who turned to drugs. I was out there trying to survive instead of boxing,” he says. He’d had potential as an amateur, “but I just got addicted to out there.” Rosa gave him a second chance. “I changed it around and give to the kids. … This place has done a lot of justice for me.” One BadLandz fighter, Basil Lester, says simply that Rosa “was like a second dad to me.” Now, Rosa says, his biggest challenge is keeping his fighters on track. “The thing about Philly fighters is, they can fight; the hard thing is making weight,” he says. Poor nutrition is an ongoing challenge. Those

guys who don’t get caught up with drugs and crime face other distractions: They have kids young and have to work to support their families. “It’s hard to stay focused in this neighborhood,” Chaulisant says. “The issue is just trying to survive.” Esquillin, too, has a girlfriend and a 7-year-old daughter. His job pays well, but it’s not his dream. It’s not boxing. So, Rosa and Esquillin have a plan. Esquillin just needs maybe 10 consecutive wins. And then? “We can call somebody out for the title. And if we beat them and take that title, then instead of us calling them, they call us. And then the tables have turned,” Rosa says. Then, in one night, Esquillin could bring home $100,000, or $1 million, or $10 million — just like Danny Garcia. “The thing is,” Rosa says, “with boxing, it only takes one night.” ( Documentarian Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich has been filming and photographing at BadLandz for a film about boxers from the area that will come out later this year.









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³ AS SUMMER WINDS down with the season’s new ritual, Made in America weekend, it’s important to note a seismic shift in the continuum: Jon Bon Jovi has fired Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi. Yes. This is nearly as bad as Jon Bon Jovi firing Jon Bon Jovi from Bon Jovi. Maybe worse. Because you can’t fire a brother. You can shun him, lose him, hate him or run him out of town. What you can’t do is just flat-out give him a pink slip. But Jon did that to Richie. So there go all the feelings of camaraderie from those anthemic choruses. And there goes any joy reminiscing about their “talking box” guitar solos. Never mind the fact that, not so secretly, I like the song “It’s My Life”and its Sinatra allusions. No more. The band is dead to me. I suspect it’s dead to mostly everyone save Jon Bon Jovi. ³ It’s swell to hear that one of my favorite bands of brothers, Philly/N.J./Brooklyn crunching rockabilly act Low Cut Connie,has become friends with my-man-potsand-pans Jerry Blavat.“Me and Jerry are buddies,” says Low Cut’s Adam “Ladyfingers” Weiner.“I’ve been a fan of his forever and he’s been spinning our songs ‘Boozophilia’ and ‘Brand New Cadillac’ on his radio shows.” Geator and Connie are a Philly match made in heaven. To prove as much, Low Cut Connie will perform with the Geator at his club at the Shore, Memories in Margate, on Labor Day weekend, Sun., Sept 1. ³ Last week, I spied actor Leo Rossi in town with his buddy Tony Luke Jr. at the Philly Mag Best of Philly party. Atsa nize. Next thing you know, Tony throws a going-away shindig for Leo — which was a ruse. Actually, the party at Francoluigi’s was part of actor/cheesesteaksman Luke’s plan to get engaged to Jennifer Schloder. Thankfully, she said yes. Mazel tov to that pair. ³ When the Brit-pretty folk chanteuse Laura Marling plays the Prince Theater on Aug. 30, it will be the official kickoff of the reinvigorated showplace’s autumn 2013 season. As of this writing, the Prince’s peeps are finishing up putting in brand new seats and carpets, and redoing its lobby. They’ve got AEG booking the place and Allied Advertising doing its marketing. Yay them. ³ While we wait for the cinematic release of director Tommy Oliver’s 1982 — the West Oak Lane film he lensed with Wayne Brady last year — Oliver the producer is wrapping up post-production on Plastic Jesus and is currently in pre-production for Destined.DRGN KING’s Ritz Reynolds produced a tune on Juicy J’s new Stay Trippy album and brought in fellow DRGN Dom Angelella to play mandolin on the “Talkin’ Bout” track. But it’ll be a whole-band affair when DRGN KING plays Johnny Brenda’s on Sept. 5. ³ There’s always more Icepack at Don’t go looking for it on Critical Mass. Critical Mass is in the past. (

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t’s about life cycles,” guitarist Glenn Wallis says. “You give away childhood things — your toys, your band — and you live your life. Then you remember the good times and what made you feel alive, so you do it again.” With that, Philadelphia’s legendary Buddhist hardcore outfit Ruin is back. On Saturday, they’ll play Union Transfer, their first show in a decade and a half. Their original run was 1981 to 1987, when bands like Bunnydrums, Stickmen and Crash Course in Science played Philly’s (now-defunct) East Side Club, Love Club and Funk Dungeon. “We were of that scene and apart from it,” says singer Vosco Thomas Adams. For a Philly hardcore act, they were pretty weird. “Ruin wasn’t an anarchy band, a beer-drinking, fun-loving band, or a politicized band,” says Wallis. Adams’ spiritualist lyrics were set to a sound that incorporated elements of folk, metal and Detroit rock a la the Stooges and Alice Cooper. The occasional Leonard Cohen cover would pop up in their live show. Ruin was always a band apart. “Wearing white clothes exclusively on stage symbolized that,” says Wallis. “We’d start in total blackness with nothing but lit candles, then blasted out the stage with white light to go with the blaring music. There was a strangeness to us then — and, we hope, now.”

Sean Agnew, whose R5 Productions books the shows at Union Transfer, hopes so too. He used to play Ruin during his WKDU radio shifts. “They were on the infamous Get Off My Back [compilation], which everyone called The Philly Shreds comp,” he recalls. The last time Ruin played, in 1996, he says, “I couldn’t get into their reunion show at the RUBA Club because I wasn’t 21, so this’ll be my first time seeing them.” Though the band — Adams and Glenn Wallis, plus his lead guitarist brother Damon Wallis, drummer Rich Hutchins, rhythmatist Paul Della Pelle and bassist Cordy Swope — had a relatively a short golden age, you can notice hints of their lasting legacy all over the music scene: The young punk band citing Ruin as an influence on Facebook, the bass player with a Ruin tattoo, the local film series playing clips of their old shows. “There was definitely some envelope-pushing on our part,” Adams says of the Philly punk scene of the early ’80s. “We were a storm in their paradise, and they wanted that, I think. They probably felt restricted, being slaves to rhythm and melody and in we come with —” he takes a deep breath, “BLAGAGSHSHAHHG! “I understand what they must have felt. Cordy and I, before we joined Ruin, wanted to get away from everything accessible, but couldn’t figure it out. That’s what Glenn and Damon were bringing.” “Passion is everything,” says Glenn Wallis of Ruin’s rule-breaking ethos. “Form is a killer. It’s never about the proper notes, or being in key.”

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[ into your forearm with a ragged fingernail ] ³ country

Madchester — the ravey turn-of-the-’90s U.K. scene that prefigured big beat’s fusion of acid house with rock ’n’ roll — doesn’t get much thought nowadays. But Aussie duo Jagwar Ma carries a torch for the era on their tremendously fun, surprisingly fresh-sounding debut, finding equal space for chunky break-beat loops and drowsy, sweetly harmonized choruses for hook-infested garage-pop and Simian Mobile Disco-style bleep workouts. Howlin’ (Mom+Pop) is an electrified flower-power feel-good freakout par excellence. Bring on the Andrew Weatherall remixes! —K. Ross Hoffman

Robbie Fulks is an “alternative” country artist primarily in that his back catalog is rife with sneering swipes at the Nashville establishment and goofball posturing. Musically, he’s long been a traditionalist, even downright retro. Gone Away Backward (Bloodshot), the Chicagoan’s first proper album in eight years, runs the gamut from bluegrass to Bakersfield, boasting crackerjack harmonies and some seriously mean pickin’. And the songs follow suit with uncharacteristic earnestness, tackling archetypal country themes with wit, poignancy —K. Ross Hoffman and style, but nary a wink.

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Earl Sweatshirt gets lots of help on Doris (Columbia), and it’s a good thing. The kid can be a touch monotonous on his own. The delivery is as much the theme as his tortuous bars — heartsick, pot-addled, alone in a room full of people. Watch out for the beats too, they sneak up and knock through the grime and kush fog. And in case he hasn’t made his point after 44 minutes, he spells it out at the end: “Young, black and jaded/ Vision hazy, strolling through the —Dotun Akintoye night.” Play it loud. It’ll help get you through.


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into covering one of Emmons’ earliest, Little Jimmy Dickens’ “Country Boy.” Dickens himself — 90 at the time of this recording — sings one aided by Dan Dugmore and Duane Eddy, and Doug Jernigan burns on Emmon’s signature piece, “Buddy’s Boogie.” Indeed, a long list of steelers and singers turn up on this affectionate tribute to a wellloved man and musical revolutionary. —Mary Armstrong

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Calming rebellious teens as one might a raging toddler.

ANGER MANAGEMENT: Grace (Brie Larson) soothes troubled teens as a supervisor at a foster-care facility.

SPINNING LIVE ³ IN THE LONG and gloriously dysfunctional histories of punk rock and underground hip-hop, two general principles have always held true. Number One: If you gotta do something — book a tour, release an album, break outta jail, etc. — do it yourself. And Number Two: If somebody calls the cops, you can rest assured you have rocked righteously. This past spring, I caught an exceptionally raucous performance by Philly hip-hop collective Cult Fortified at the old Rockers Closet Thrift Store (I hear the new RC store will be opening Sept. 1 at 1228 South St.) and the group lived up to both maxims. Mr. CrimSun, Randy Royale, Emerald Odyss and Big Willy Styles straight smashed the room with mad energy, cosmic-sloppy beats and bizarro, polysyllabic bars. I just copped Emerald’s new mixtape, Steez Buscemi 2: Back with a Vengeance and it’s pretty much the flyest, most avant-illest thing out right now. Everyone in the crew has solo projects lined up, and the new stuff I’ve heard is crazy off the wall. Go to cultfortified. Just in time for the first week of school, Glocawear Radio Show (from presents The End of Summer Hip-Hop Explosion featuring Gillie Da Kid, Jakk Frost, DMD and Philly’s own DJ Too Tuff spinning live. Bring your kids! Nah, I’m joking. Why would you bring your kids to a bar? Besides, these dudes make grown-up, “don’t let me catch you in the street after midnight” music, so yeah. It’s going down. Fri., Sept. 6, The M Room. Hip-hop legends paying homage to the King of Pop? Yup. Stacey “flygirrl” Wilson and GL Productions present Philly Loves MJ: A Tribute to Michael Jackson.DJ Cash Money,former EPMD DJ Scratch and Mike Nyce will be on the wheels. Sat., Sept. 7, Kung Fu Necktie. On a closing note, I wanna give a big shout-out to the PSA crew for putting on an amazing show with The Legendary Last Poets earlier this month. On Sept. 26, rap revolutionaries Dead Prez will rock the Blockley for the second installment of the PSA concert series.

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home’s residents carves “Why?” into her forearm with a ragged fingernail. That question bleeds through the whole movie, for the short-term foster care facility’s inhabitants as well at its staff. Although she’s in her early 20s, Grace (Brie Larson) feels like an old hand, calming rebellious teens as one might a raging toddler: with a mixture of discipline, understanding and even-tempered physical restraint. Cretton, whose background is split between fiction and documentary, and who worked in a similar facility himself, lets the confrontations play out without sensationalizing them or choosing sides; their understated grace reminds you that acting and behavioral psychology can be one and the same. Short Term 12 zeroes in on Grace’s relationship with two patients — Marcus (Keith Stanfield), an older boy who’s terrified of aging out of the group home and into the adult world, and Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), whose comparatively privileged background does little to salve her troubled relationship with her father. The dramatic revelations of precisely how they, and Grace, have been wounded by life are couched in indirect language rather than clumsy confessions, although Cretton’s script doesn’t avoid a certain clinical tidiness. You admire the construction that allows Grace’s casual remark to return as part of a pivotal disclosure, but it still feels contrived. Although the cast, which also includes The Newsroom’s John Gallagher Jr. as Grace’s co-worker and romantic partner, is mostly made up of seasoned pros, their performances feel remarkably unstudied, though less in the manner of simple naturalism than a particularly fruitful acting workshop. It’s a thing of beauty, but you rarely forget it’s a thing. —Sam Adams

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was how we lived and who we were.â&#x20AC;? The Wallis brothers were also responsible for the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Buddhist ideals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like the band, our belief wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something we daydreamed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we put our bodies and minds into it,â&#x20AC;? says Adams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an act,â&#x20AC;? says Damon Wallis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was how we lived and who we were.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to bring old Philadelphia into the now,â&#x20AC;? says Ruinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager Dennis McHugh. He booked this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gig, and his Creep Records will re-release the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original recordings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1984â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s He-Ho and 1986â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fiat Lux â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as a recording of Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show. Back in the day, the band was courted by noteworthy labels, but ended up putting out records on smaller imprints like RED Records and Meta Meta. Though the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still happy with their original recordings and delighted to see them rereleased as-is, they recall producer Marc Springer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who would later do work for Jon Bon Jovi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; struggling to lighten the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dense tension during the making of Fiat Lux. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to sound like Metallica, he wanted me to sound like Van Halen,â&#x20AC;? says Glenn Wallis. When the band broke up in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;87, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t due to dysfunction or creative differences. The guys just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to become a grind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were doing successful shows in San Francisco and talking with an agent,â&#x20AC;? says Glenn Wallis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember her telling us, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Keep doing what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing for another three years and you might break big. She meant that as encouragement, but to us, it was, like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Three more motherfucking years of this?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We were already headed into our 30s and just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it.â&#x20AC;? The reunited Ruin is working on new material, including a three-part miniopus to open Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a punk suite,â&#x20AC;? says Glenn Wallis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gets shorter each time we rehearse it,â&#x20AC;? says Adams. Whether this Ruin stays for good or hits it and runs, no one knows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I love about these guys now is what I loved about them then,â&#x20AC;? says McHugh with a smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Philly was a dark place, Taxi Driver dark. They brought the light. They can do that again.â&#x20AC;? ( â&#x153;&#x161; Sat., Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m., $20, Union Transfer, 1026

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Circuit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; government surveillance, secret evidence, national security trumping the right to a fair trial â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are inherently fascinating and knotty. But somehow neither of those words applies to the film that John Crowley, director of Boy A and the forgettable Michael Caine charmer Is Anybody There?, has built around those issues. Instead, some of the most controversial and difficult questions of the modern political landscape are reduced to MacGuffins in yet another tension-free thriller where heroes in over their heads run through alleys to escape a succession of friends-turned-enemies. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sort of film where one likable character actor (in this case, Jim Broadbent) appears in the early going as a disingenuous politician to clue the audience in that No One Can Be Trusted, and another often known for less-friendly roles (here, CiarĂĄn Hinds), is cast as the trusted confidante for pretty much the same reason. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are the ex-lovers who land on the defense team for the accused in a terror plot where the evidence doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly add up. The answer arrives fairly early on, reducing the remainder to a slog of chases and veiled threats. Fortunately Steven Knightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screenplay doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dwell on the leadsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; romantic connection, but he fails to replace sexual tension with any other kind. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;SB (Ritz Five)

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Distilling the dingy beauty and mundanity of creative life into a lyrical but accessible 81 minutes, Zachary Heinzerling reintroduces Ushio Shinohara, a elderly neo-Dadaist noted for his kinetic works made with paint-dipped boxing gloves.While his up-and-down career is public domain, his wife Noriko, more than 20 years his junior, lives a more obscure existence. Emigrating from Japan with art-world ambitions of her own, she’s always been overshadowed by her recovering-alcoholic husband, who’s at once cold and codependent. “The average one has to support the genius,” Ushio figures at one point, though small gestures reveal he cares much more than that callous

The most high-minded of Edgar Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy” is also the triumvirate’s second-best, clicking more consistently than Hot Fuzz but never quite matching Shaun of the Dead’s master-class lampoonery. As far as “get the band back together” treatments go, though, you can’t do much better than this crew. Mentally stuck in his high-school halcyon days while the rest of the world has moved on, Gary (Simon Pegg) is emboldened to round up the old gang for another go at “The Golden Mile,” a debauched tour of a dozen hometown pubs they failed to complete as kids. Deceiving his mature, successful friends leads to the airing of long-festering grievances — all of which remain relevant once everyone realizes the town’s been taken over by aliens. The incredible comedic prowess of this cast, matched with impressive action and the thoughtful symmetry of Wright and Pegg’s script, makes The World’s End more watchable than any of this year’s many sci-fi letdowns. —DL (Wide release)

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Determinedly elliptical, director David Lowery is stingy with plot details, but the story is as simple and iconic as a folk ballad. The ill-fated lovers, Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), discover they’re expecting a baby just before they pull off a robbery that ends in a farmhouse shootout. Ruth wounds a cop, but Bob takes the blame, learning of the birth of his daughter when the news is shouted down the cell block where he’s serving a 25-year sentence. Back at home, the injured officer (Ben Foster) checks in regularly on Ruth and her daughter, hoping to supplant Bob in her life. Bob escapes from prison, shadowed by a trio of ruthless killers, and bloodshed inevitably ensues. But Ain’t Them Bodies Saints aims to be as lyrically obscure in its narrative as it is in its title, averting its gaze from gunplay and action to bask in glowing landscapes and beatific faces. —SB (Ritz at the Bourse)

quote suggests. This is a love story unlike most, thanks to the quirky singularity of its characters and the honesty Heinzerling’s able to coax out of them. —Drew Lazor (Ritz at the Bourse)

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WHAT DO YOU THINK SHE’S LOOKING AT?: Laura Marling plays the Prince on Friday.

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✚ DELAWARE VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL For those who demand an intimate and focused acoustic music festival, this one’s hard to beat. The yearly promise of waking up just a few steps from the stage, or picking all night with old friends, has regulars

arriving on Wednesday — never mind that the fest doesn’t start for real until Friday afternoon. As always, the strictly curated Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival sticks with tradition and its close kin. Last year’s big revelation was Della Mae, undoubtedly the hottest bunch of women pickers in a long while. They return on Friday, same day you’ll catch this year’s surprise: Feller and Hill. The group is newly formed but the leaders are bluegrass vets, and their self-titled debut on Blue Circle features old-school duets (a sound once feared extinct). Finishing the first evening is one of those kin groups, The Red Stick Ramblers, playing all the styles common to Louisiana’s dance halls. Del McCoury’s band is also featured on Friday night, then he and his brother Jerry join J.D. Crowe, Bobby Osborne and Bobby Hicks to perform as the Masters of Bluegrass on Saturday. That’s also when you’ll catch legendary fiddler and singer Laurie Lewis, and the Jumpsteady Boys

featuring homie Rafe Stefanini. On to Sunday: John Lilly sings and writes genuine country. Local hero Dan Paisley is also a mighty singer of true bluegrass. And the weekend winds up with Sierra Hull, a young genius of the mandolin. Check the DVBF site for the entire lineup; we’ve just scratched the surface. —Mary Armstrong Fri.-Sun., Aug. 30-Sept. 1, $25-$50 day, $50-$80 weekend, Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown, N.J., 302-321-6466,

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✚ LAURA MARLING “I will not be a victim of romance,” Laura Marling asserts early on Once I Was an Eagle (Ribbon Music), the fourth full-length of her young career. But the evidence calls that declaration into question, as — not for the first time — she spends much of this 60-minute song cycle poring over the ashes of a failed relationship (or several),

imbuing it with an obsessive, allegorical weight. Not that she casts herself as a victim, exactly: Here she is a master hunter, there the titular bird of prey (to her erstwhile lover’s dove, no less). She’s trysting with Satan, conversing with water spirits and spinning bewitching but ineffectual love spells before winding her way toward guardedly optimistic reflections on lost innocence and the uselessness of language: “Words are sleazy/ My love is better dumb.” The album’s heady mixture of ferocity, bitterness, mysticism, rumination, nostalgia and joy comes across musically, too, building on her last record’s florid jazz-folk explorations with stark, raga-influenced opentuned meditations, often spiked with forceful Middle Eastern percussion and organ flourishes. Of course, her guitar prowess is as formidable as ever, and she remains an utterly distinctive, continually astonishing vocalist. While all of Marling’s albums have included the first-person pronoun in their titles, she’s

never made one this deeply, uncompromisingly personal. —K. Ross Hoffman Fri., Aug. 30, 8 p.m., sold out, with The Gallerist, Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., 215-893-1999,

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✚ ZACH AND THE OUTSIDE EYES If you haven’t heard Zach Eggleston’s work, then you’ve probably seen it in papers around town. When he’s not playing ethereal folk-rock at the Second Street Festival and East Kensington’s Dream Oven, the Doylestown native can be found shooting photos for The Key and Metro.A quick look at his website reveals an aesthetic that connects both artistic endeavors — his photos, like his songs, reinterpret the pastoral and timeless quality of ordinary emotions and make them worthy of seriousness. His latest album, Love Songs & Other Tragedies, pairs his pained

tenor with minimalist and reverb-drenched instrumentation (courtesy of the Outside Eyes) that feels as comfortable down on the farm as it will in the dark, wood-paneled Ortlieb’s Lounge. —Sameer Rao Fri., Aug. 30, 9 p.m., $7, with Chris Kolb and Maitland, Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. Third St., 267-324-3348,

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✚ SHIGETO/BEACON/ HEATHERED PEARLS From Matthew Dear to Gold Panda, School of Seven Bells and ADULT., the better-known artists on Ghostly International tend to be relatively danceable, or at least reasonably energetic. This package tour is a showcase for the imprint’s softer side, beginning with the submerged, soporific soundscapes of Heathered Pearls (aka Ghostly A&R man Jakub Alexander, whose 2012 full-length Loyal is a naptimeready study in aqueous tex-

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Dear Papa: I had a perfect friends-withbenefits relationship that came to an amiable end when I started dating the fellow’s good friend. The new relationship started out quite passionately, but over the course of the summer it cooled off, and we recently broke up. Now I’m single and lamenting that I gave up my hookup buddy for such a brief fling. Should I re-proposition the former lover or should I move on? Both of these fellows were a few years younger than I am. —VT Cougar Dear Cougar: Were you going to send a telegram? Stop. If your two picadores are such good friends that a woman does not come between them once, I do not imagine she would come between them a second time. Either way, the young man can make his own decisions. Invite him over for a drink and a shared remembrance. If he refuses, I imagine there is an older man who appreciates a woman who can be bold.

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By Ernest Hemingway

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Dear Papa: At my job I work in a small space with a small number of people — including an Official Sourpuss. He bad-mouths everyone behind their backs. I’m OK with being bad-mouthed (I don’t have to hear about it), but I sure am tired of hearing complaints about everyone else. Is there an appropriately passive-aggressive way to shut his passive-aggressiveness down? —Office Sugarpie Dear OS:A well-placed word will shut down a two-faced man. A well-placed silence will shut him down faster. As he says whatever he is driven to say, do not move. It is like hunting squirrel. He will keep going and then you will still have not moved and he will forget you’re there. He will not expect anything and when he says the worst of it, you can look at him with a blank face and your glare will be like a gunshot. ( Hemingway communicates with writer Alli Katz via Ouija board. Send her your questions for him.

musically expansive outing yet, incorporating layers upon layers of his own impressively deft drumming (it’ll be interesting to see how that works out live) while toeing an amiable line between head-nodding and nodding off. —K. Ross Hoffman Fri., Aug. 30, 9:15 p.m., $10-$12, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215739-9684,


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✚ SPACESHIP ALOHA Electronic dance music is typically made for dark, cramped


percussionist. No Better Time Than Now, his latest foray into jazzy IDM/instrumental hip-hop hybridity — looking to L.A. beatsmiths Flying Lotus and Daedelus as much as hometown heroes like Dilla and Dabrye — is his most vibrant,

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tures and hypnotic, minutely shifting loops) and the crisply moody, whisper-soft electrosoul of Brooklyn duo Beacon. Topping the bill, Detroit native Shigeto should liven things up a little, although his music is mellower than you’d expect from a producer who’s also a

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spaces, all the better for smushing one sweaty body up against another. But Christopher Powell, aka Man Man drummer Pow Pow, took inspiration from Hawaiian music for his latest side project, Spaceship Aloha. So it makes sense that he should carry his sun-dappled, eccentric beats into the humid, late-August open air as part of University City District’s 40th Street Summer Series. The prolific Powell, who also operates the experimental percussion ensemble Adventuredrum and has played with Need New Body and Icy Demons, has crafted a digital piña colada of an album with Universe Mahalo Vol. 1, an ideal soundtrack for planting your toes in the sand on the shores of your favorite black hole. —Shaun Brady Sat., Aug. 31, 6 p.m., free, with Inspyre, 40th and Walnut streets, universitycity. org/40th-street-summer-series.

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✚ HARD NIPS First time the Japaneseborn/Brooklyn-based quartet Hard Nips popped up about four years ago, you might not have foreseen their staying power. Stacked against them: newness to the language (they sing and banter in English),

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garage-blues, and their shouty vocals suggest some righteous defiance to balance their hardpartying ethos. Hell, even the name’s a bit more clever than you first thought. —Patrick Rapa Sat., Aug. 31, 8 p.m., $10, with Demonstrative Girls, The Pretty Greens and Colora, MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 215-925-MILK,

“American Ham is guaranteed to contain minor nudity.” (Read the whole interview at City Paper’s revamped Naked City blog.) Now, he isn’t talking about resurrecting his


9.3 [ standup ] newness to their instruments (only one of them played anything before ’09) and probably some suspicion that they were coasting on pretty faces and a naughty band name. Screw that. Their riffs roll like raw








✚ NICK OFFERMAN I got a few minutes on the phone with Nick Offerman last week, in advance of his solo comedy show at the Tower, and he made me a promise:

career as a nude model, or, uh, the nudity of minors but, well, we’re not sure who or what will be naked Tuesday night. It could be Offerman — best known to the world as Parks and Recreation’s mustachioed libertarian meataholic Ron




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—Sameer Rao Wed., Sept. 4, 6 p.m., free, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400,

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9.4 [ science ]


This upstart little Chicago rock duo is totally crushworthy. Paige Brubeck’s got a voice sorta like Jenny Lewis — whisper-soft then wildfirebrilliant. Her guitar-forward melodies are classically catchy, but restlessly dreamy, too. And drummer Evan Sult? He’s ex-Harvey Danger, meaning he played on the single greatest song in the history of the world. You know the one. Sleepy Kitty’s new Projection Room (Euclid Records) is a rock ’n’

roll joyride, nostalgic ’90s alt with an experimental undertow. Summer’s not over yet. —Patrick Rapa

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just the catchy title. Don’t be so paranoid. Forensic anthropologist Janet Monge draws on case studies to show why — contrary to what prime-time police dramas might have you believe — assessing remains is not an exact science. All this comes courtesy of the “Science Café” series of free monthly lectures. Finally, a lecture you can drink at.

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Swanson — himself (hot). It could be somebody in the opening act, Nancy and Beth, featuring his lovely wife Megan Mullally (also hot). Regardless, American Ham will definitely deliver unyielding displays of patriotism, unsolicited woodworking advice and uncensored instructions for living life as it should be lived. Sit back and relax — you just might learn a thing or two. Nudity.

Wed., Sept. 4, 8 p.m., $10, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-2914919,




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inseason By Adam Erace

PURSLANE Each month, Adam Erace picks a crop that’s in season locally right this very minute and asks some of the city’s best chefs how they’re preparing it.

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A bright lemony taste is what attracts people to it. ³ BEING “IN THE WEEDS” is the last thing you want as a chef — except in late summer, when the phrase takes on an alternate meaning as purslane starts creeping into Philly kitchens. This edible invasive, a network of thick reddish stems sprouting pretty teardrop-shaped green leaves, spreads across soil like syrup over pancakes, but its presence can be beneficial to other plants. Above ground, purslane provides cover that helps dirt maintain moisture. Below, its unstoppable roots work like jackhammers, channeling tunnels through hard-packed dirt. Unchecked, the weed thrives, which is why people in many countries have been eating it for millennia. “[Purslane] is used widely in German cooking, mostly in soups and salads,” says Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz. “Soups are typically a puree and salads are generally used raw with many other ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumbers, yogurt dressings, or simple herb vinaigrettes.” Recent specials at Brauhaus saw portulak (that’s purslane in German) tossed with crispy potatoes, lemon, smoked garlic, parsley and cherry tomatoes — a side to lager-braised lamb belly. “I think it has become trendy for the same reasons that foraging has become so popular,” Nolen says. “There is so much food that has become forgotten or that has yet to be discovered in the wild. I think the fact that a weed like purslane actually has a unique texture and a bright lemony taste is what attracts people to it.” “The best time to get purslane is when it rained the previous night,” says Leo Forneas, forager-chef of the Twisted Tail. “The rain makes for brighter leaves.” The average farmer, he says, “will give it to you for free, because people who go to his farm don’t know what it is so they don’t pick it.” Ideas in Food duo Aki Kamozawa and H.Alexander Talbot echo the thrifty pleasures of purslane: “It’s a great succulent [with] a bit of bitterness, and pretty much free.” On their blog, they’ve leaned on the weed as an accessory for everything from crab-andcauliflower pudding to tomato salad with bacon ice cream. A humble weed’s never had it so good. (

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Title: General manager, Vernick Food: Mulholland likes to make it easy on himself: “A go-to for me

Summer jams, barbecue menus and Budweiser alternatives from favorite Philly food folks. By Caroline Russock


hances are, your Labor Day checklist this year includes a few of the following: hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, cans of something cheap and domestic and a playlist involving (but not limited to) “Get Lucky,” “Blurred Lines” and “We Can’t Stop.” OK, sounds pretty good, but we thought we’d tap some Philly food folks for their go-to summertime soundtracks, cookoutmenu ideas and drinks pairings.


Title: Chef, Brauhaus Schmitz

Food: Nolan’s got a decidedly Teutonic lean. “I like to have cold sides like potato and cucumber salad, or this German bean salad called bohnensalat, a mixture of green beans and kidney beans in a smoked-paprika vinaigrette.” Drink: Riesling or the uber-refreshing radler.“It’s half pilsner or lager and half lemonade. It’s really refreshing on a hot summer day!” Soundtrack: Less beer-hall brass band, more the rocksteady sounds of Toots and the Maytals (“54-46 Was My Number”) and classics by Hendrix (“Red House”), Zeppelin (“Ramble On”) and ZZ Top (“Tush”).

is grilled avocado with cotija cheese and a squeeze of lime. Simple, and it doesn’t require any sort of culinary skill — which is a plus for me.” Soundtrack: It reads more like summer 1973 than 2013: “Blind Man Can See It” by James Brown, The Ohio Players’ “Love Rollercoaster” and “Harlem River Drive” by Bobbi Humphrey. Because who doesn’t love a jazz flute? ³ TIM KWEEDER Title: Sommelier, and Soundtrack: Kweeder has some very strong opinions about sum-

mer jams: “I don’t fancy songs that are about liking girls that wear Aber-something & Fitch, nor do I like Philly sellouts that made a ‘hit song’ called ‘Summertime.’” Instead, he recommends “Spanish Caravan” by the Doors. According to Kweeder, it’s ideal for “those hot and humid nights that suck the wind out of your sails and you’re stuck in a prison cell of a South Philly backyard.” Food + Drink: Jim Morrison, Kweeder says, goes well with Marcona almonds and green olives; so does a well-chilled bottle of Manzanilla or Fino sherry. Also try Olivier Lemasson’s ‘Pow Blop Wizz’ pétillant naturel brut rosé, a natural sparkler whose name comes from the psychedelic video for Serge Gainsbourg’s “Comic Strip,” starring Brigitte Bardot and a bunch of multicolored balloons.


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Pretty soon, you’ve got straight Mezcal in your glass. ³ JOE CICALA


soundtrack ditch the Abbruzzese for Americana with classics like Foghat’s “Slow Ride,” John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” and Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69.” Food: Carolina pulled pork, smoked brisket and some genius grilled corn: Cicala pulls back the husks, sprinkles the cobs with salt and chile powder and wraps ’em in bacon before rewrapping the husks and grilling.


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³ BRETT NAYLOR Title: Chef, Oyster House Food + Drink: Naylor is also a fan of corn on the cob — preferably with Old Bay-spiked butter, paprika and lime. In lieu of cans of Bud, Naylor and his wife prefer cocktails of ginger ale and cantaloupe sorbet. Soundtrack: “The Rat” by The Walkmen: “It’s a killer song, and it’s my brother-in-law’s band.” Who knew?

³ GEORGE REILLY Title: Owner, The Twisted Tail Soundtrack: “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” by

George Thorogood. Drink: Matching shades of brown: “It has to be classic, simple

and delicious — a bourbon Old-Fashioned will do nicely.” ³ BRIAN KANE

Drink: Ditto on the whiskey — in roasted-pineapple whis-

key sours, to be precise. Soundtrack: Kicks off with Bowie anthem “Young

Americans,” then back to the summer of ’96 with Ghost Town DJs’ “My Boo,” and finally My Morning Jacket’s bittersweet “One Big Holiday.” ³ STEVE WILDY Title: Beverage director, Vetri family Soundtrack: The dreamy, hazy “You Know What I Mean” by Cults. Drink: Wildy lays out a highly specific scenario: “Arriving home after a night of roofdeck partying, you realize there’s nothing to drink in the fridge, so you dig into your forgotten trove of knickknack bottles. Not desperate enough to crack open the gag-gifted whipped-cream vodka, you decide on Mezcal, creme de cassis and... sweet vermouth? Needs something, so you douse it with some O.J. and finish it with the last sip of near-flat Champagne you’d forgotten about. Might be the buzz you built up at the party, but you think it’s pretty damn classy, in a loose, sleazy kind of way. The next couple get easier because you keep running out of ingredients, and pretty soon you’re leaning against a wall with straight Mezcal in your glass.” (

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Aug. 29, 7 p.m., $55 Âł As summer draws to a close, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to take stock of any potential regrets: Did you spend enough time Down the Shore? Did you get tangled up in at least one awkward fling that you can laugh about all winter? Have you downed an entire yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of lycopene? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve checked all the boxes except the last one, hold off on heading to Jersey and take a trip up to NoLibs tonight. Chef David Ansillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hosting Kensingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hood Rich Farms for a six-course tomato tasting complete with Spanish wine pairings. On the menu are oysters with tomato granite paired with cava, gazpacho with crab alongside Zaragozan rosĂŠ and roasted Roma tomato with lamb and goat cheese with a pour of tempranillo. Bar Ferdinand, 1030 N. Second St., 215-923-1313,

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BIGGEST LOSER Yes I know I repeatedly lied and cheated on you with my wife but even after you found out you took me back—twice. I thought I proved my love for you with incessant groveling, writing all your papers so you could get your degree, gifts, poetry, time and love. You even said as much. After we had four abortions and 2 trips to the Caribbean I left my wife for you and then you dump me the day after we get back from the vacation you called the best gift ever? WTF?! Let’s not forget that you’re married, too. And I’m not sure I will be writing any more of your papers. My heart aches for you and I would take you back in an instant.

a creative outlet other than ILYIHY? Do you love because your heart is so big that it feels like it will burst out of your chest if it is not shared? Do you believe in love at first sight? Do you constantly fall for the wrong one? Do you friend your exes? Do you love to pleasure yourself? Do you wear pajamas? Do you make time to be a kid? Maybe we’re not right for eachother. Maybe we only exist online. Maybe that’s as close as we’ll ever get.

EX-FRIEND I don’t know what the situation is and why you do the things that you do and why the fuck did you tell my co-worker that I was playing on your fuck-

ME (9 days after YOU begged me to come back) but you took it to the next level. Your addiction has you wanting to make CONTACT with live web cam girls!! Cheating pervert! I can have any guy, im always horny, wet and ready, plus im great at it! I love mmm.. oh anyways..Your dirty dick and computer have a great life! Im glad to be rid of your cheating abusive ass after this! Thanks for making an honest woman out of me! I pity the FOOL!

one hand and a glass bottle in the other, and when we crossed Locust at 40th, I tripped on the curb and broke the bottle under my hand. You probably saw me at the point where I was sitting down, staring at the river of blood gushing from my palm. We were keeping it together, but too out of it to do anything else. You were the one who called 911. I never saw you, I don’t know who you are, but you are my friend. Thank you for helping me. P.S. Surgery and therapy, but I’m alright.



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Sorry I lost a lot of my energy; all the battery power ran outta me fighting all these demons & feelings & love never went away. It’s been a tough & fascinating journey getting memories back. I wish so many memories hadn’t gotten clonked out of my head. I may need a little help filling in the puzzle pieces missing, otherwise I may always be a space cadet searching for a few lost pieces. I could stay in a memory of a hug & a few sweet moments for forever:)

TOO PASSIVE I am able to see neither woods nor trees. Our friendship is like a dark wind, unsettling, blurry. I’m not trying to rush, but not trying to take in scenery either. My eyes are wide open. I suspect that eventually I will blink, and you will be gone. In your place will be only time and other abstractions incapable of holding any specific concrete object or even a shape that appeals to me. It is possible that outlines will become clearer at that point. I hope my emotions don’t carry me away. You should instead.

BIKE ACCIDENT to the person i vaguely recall being belligerent to after falling off my bike: first, i thank you for your kind attentions, which i could not acknowledge in the moment, mostly due to inebriation. your actions deserved better and in the cold, swollen, headache ridden light of day i wish to acknowledge your good deeds. second, i did eventually reach my destination safely, albeit with a mild concussion, which my loving spouse saw to with great diligence. finally, while i do agree with my drunken self that the hospital was an inappropriate choice at the time, i wish i had communicated that to you in a way that was more, shall we say, sober, and i do hope that my poor attitude does not inhibit good deeds in your future.thank you again for looking out for my drunk ass, i apologize again for the shitty attitude.



That’s what we call you. Well, except at 2 a.m. when you’re screaming, “Get the fuck out,” or “Stop treating me like a whore.” Then we call you That Crazy Fucking Bitch. Don’t you get it? If you don’t want your boyfriend to treat you like a whore, then stop acting like one. And, if you repeatedly invite over an emotionally abusive man for sex, you’re not JUST a whore, but a dumb cunt, too.

8 months ago, who would have thought we’d be standing here? i never thought i would meet someone i would care about that wouldnt drive me absolutely insane. i’m trying to be patient. it’s hard, but 8 months will turn into 80 years and i hope you’ll still be able to love me, let alone deal with me. thank you for changing my life. xo lucy



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ing at me like I am seeing someone behind your back or something what the fuck do you want me to do! Should I sit home and act as if the world is suppose to stop and ball up like a little old lady or something...sorry that just is not my style. I guess all the bad stuff that you did is coming back to you...don’t treat me bad because I treated and still treat you good.

In our differences is a similarity. We seek the middle ground. Your eyes bore through me with their intensity, I have to divert my gaze not to swoon, and make a fool of myself in public. We talk through the night never crossing the firm boundaries of convention. I dream of a boundary less world, even if only for a night.

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I am so happy to have saw you when you came down to the office! You look wonderful darling! I hope that this summer is as good for you as it will be for me! You seem like you’re the only one that I know that has some type of sense! I can’t wait until we hang out and eat dinner and talk shit! Don’t you remember those times. I miss hanging out with you!

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63xx Germantown Ave. 2br $750 Lg, low utils, w/w cpt, yrd, 215-681-3896 6619 Blakemore St. Modern 1BR $625+ Utilities. Section 8 ok. (215) 868-0481 75xx Thouron Ave. 1BR/1BA $685+ 2nd floor. Call (215) 620-4538

1520 W Champlost 2BR $675 Heat Inc Fresh paint, 2 month sec. 215.779.6914 3XX W Godfrey 1BR $595+ Utils Pvt entrance, 2nd Floor, 215-805-6455 61xx Old York Rd. 2BR $800 2nd floor, Sec. 8 ok. Call 215-924-6516 66th Ave. 2BR, $675+Elec 3rd Flr, No Pets, Call 215-651-3333 66TH ST VIC -STUDIOS, 1 & 2BR MANAGER SPECIAL! heat/wtr/gas inc! Sec8ok! 215-768-8243 67XX 7th St. 2BR and efficiency $625 + utils. 215-224-6566

1533 Orthodox 1BR Newly renov. 215-525-5800 Lic#309722 33xx Kensington Ave. 2BR/1BA $650 33xx Kensington Ave. 1BR/1BA $550 Call 215-459-3564. 45xx Frankford Ave. Studio $480 2nd floor, private kitchen. 215-289-2973

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1600 Frankford Ave 1BR/2BR $1200$1600/mo. Brand new, Granite C/T, $35 credit check fee. 215-651-1671.

ASHTON/GRANT 2BR/1BA $800 +utils, Near trans, No Pets, 917.623.5088 Lawndale Large 1BR $695 +utils. A/C, terrace, beaut. units. 609.408.9298

DREXEL HILL - Cozy furn. room includes bed, TV, utils. $450/mo., $225 Sec. Dep. Call John at 610-259-7039

7XX N Dekalb. 3br/1ba. $775 utils. Renovated. Credit check. 215-464-9371 1013 Edgemore Road 2br/1ba $895 215.740.4900 2226 North Wanamaker St 3BR/1.5BA $1300ForRent Jim-(610)715-9198

15th & Federal, 51st & Chester, 25th & Clearfield, 52nd & Girard. Rooms for rent. Share kitch. & bath, $375 & up. SSI ok.Call 267-888-1754

12xx Myrtlewood St. 2br/1ba. $675+util updated, available now, 215-601-5182 22x N. Gratz St. 2br / 1ba. Nice home. Call 484-483-8710 27XX N 28th 3BR 1 BA $750+Utils 30xx N Stillman 3BR 1BA $750+ Utils Frnt prch, bsmnt, pvt yard, 267.888.1754 Godfrey & 2nd St., 3BR/1BA $900/mo Frnt prch, fin bsmt, lndry, 267-693-8507

29th & Alleghany- $100/wk, New renov. Furn if needed, 2+1 move in, 267.702.8899

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38xx N. 15th . Furnished room, $100/week plus $300 security. Call 267-809-7866 4900 North Marvine $125/ wk No smoking/drugs. 267-593-1439 53xx N. Broad St. Rm & Apt. Full fridge, 27" TV, AC. 267-496-6448 55/Thompson deluxe quiet furn $120$145wk priv ent $200 sec 215-572-7664 880 N. 41st, room @ $425/month shared kitchen & bath, 215-713-7216 Broad & Erie, furnished, kitchen, w/d, $100/wk 215.228.6078 or 215.229.0556 Broad/Olney furn refrig micro priv ent $100/$145wk sec $200 215.572.7664 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 Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890 NE - clean, safe, secure, newly reno, Nicely furnished, A/C, cable, wi-fi, w/d, Please Call (215)645-4962 NE Nice House. use of kitchen. $120/week plus sec. 267-312-5039 OLNEY ROOMS - $125-150/wk. utils incl Very clean. Call or text 267-235-9853 Parkside - $115 - $125/Wk, $250 move in Clean, No Smoke/Drugs, 856.813.0992 SW, N, W Move in Special $90-$125/wk Clean furn rms, SSI ok, 215.220.8877 Temple Univ Area: 16th & Oxford, room, $125/wk. Call (267) 249-1475

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WAYNE AVE 2Br 1Ba $700 + 1 mos sec. Avail immd 215-219-9257 518 East Ashmead St. 2BR/1BA $700 + For appointment, call 215-570-4921 55XX Blakemore St. 3BR $750 first & last. Sec 8 ok. W/W. 215.722.5955 67XX North Broad St. 5 BR/2BA $1450+util Sec. 8 OK 215-224-6566 31xx Hartville 3br/1ba $625+utils Nice size, new paint 215-327-2292

13xx Church 3BR 1BA $800+Utils Large, Nice block, New Reno, Sec 8 ok, near everything, 856-237-3244 21xx Margaret St. 2br/1ba $750/mo. + All utils. Sec. 8 OK. 215-740-4629 PHILA 4BR/ 2BA Section 8 Ok. Call 215.322.6086 Wilmot St. 3br $700/mo front porch, fenced backyd. 215.514.0653

5xx Rosalie 3BR/1BA $800 + utils 14xx Steven St. 3BR/1BA $800 + utils Houses 267-476-0224 Castor Gardens 1BR/1BA $685 + Good credit. No pets! Call 267-872-7125 Oxford Cir. 3BR/1BA $850+Utils Completely Remodeled. 215-750-3612

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20XX S. 58th 4Br/1Ba $1,000+Utils Modern 4 Br, Sec 8 ok, 215.868.0481 54XX Thomas 3BR/1BA $775+utils Open front porch. Great area "The Landlord that Cares" Mark 610.764.9739 / Brandy 215.921.0755 SW Phila 6439 Paschall Ave. 2BR or 3BR $850 + utils. Modern. Call 215-726-8817

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