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A video of a man who at first appears to be panhandling but is, in fact, brag­ ging about his comfortable lifestyle to a subway car full of SEPTA riders goes viral. Honestly, can’t we just put all our YouTube performance artists in a shelter somewhere sowedon’t have to deal with them begging for clicks every morning? Some of us work for a living.


Disgraced state Sen. Vince Fumo is re­ leased from prison to spend the next six months in a halfway house. “So that’s what, like 16.5 rooms?” he asks.

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Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo is one of 12 players dealt a 50­game suspen­ sion for his connection to the Biogenesis performance­enhancing drugs scandal. “I’ve been tested almost daily by saber­ metricians,”pleads Bastardo.“They’ll tell you:My performance could not possibly have been enhanced.”


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A kitten named Justin that was set on fire in Philly in April is now fully recovered and living with his adopted family in South Jersey.“Justin? That used to be my name, a long time ago. I do not go by any name anymore. Now my half­ burned visage reveals my true nature, the battle between order and chaos that erupted in my soul that day. Sure, one side of me wants to chase red dots and bat at tinfoil balls. But the other side wants to nip at the gas line, just to see what will happen.” After the lead singer of Philly band the Bloodhound Gang stuffs a Russian flag down his pants at a Moscow show,their tour is canceled and the band is kicked out of the country lest they face charges. Dear Vladimir Putin, We will trade you these guys for Pussy Riot straight up. Dead serious about this. With Love, Philadelphia, XOXO.

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conflicting accounts Indictments are imminent in an alternativeschool investigation, but at the School District there’s little talk of reform. By Ryan Briggs


n February 2012, FBI agents searched the Center City condo of Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr., son of Congressman Chaka Fattah, and the offices of lawyer David t. shulick, chief executive of the Delaware Valley High school Management Corp. Now, after a year and a half of scandal, investigation and leaks, a source says grandjury indictments are imminent. the anticipated charges involve the alleged misuse of as much as $600,000 in government funds. But the same source, who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigations, also says the pending charges may not address the full extent of the alleged mismanagement at Delaware Valley High school-Kelly, the school-District-funded “alternative” (i.e., disciplinary) school on Kelly Drive in East Falls at the center of this investigation. Charges are expected to focus not on DVHs-Kelly, but on an auxiliary, computer-based DVHs school in southwest Philly that had received a $2.2 million federal stimulus grant through the school District. those were federal funds, but DVHs-Kelly, which was District-funded, received far more money — about $10.5 million — over its three years in operation and was, according to documents obtained by City Paper, potentially the site of even greater waste and mismanagement than has previously been reported.

school dollars were allegedly diverted for political donations, used for personal cars and home remodeling and transferred into a charity that operated in shulick’s late mother’s name. school security contracts were directed to those with local political ties and to Nation of Islam members who, school staff allege, made the school environment unstable. But the school District never audited spending or other practices there, leaving 300 of its most troubled and vulnerable students to endure the consequences. the problems at DVHs-Kelly began before the school even opened. In July 2009, shulick announced his plans for the school site — and faced intense opposition from the community, the local CDC and district Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. In the face of that opposition, shulick retained Fattah Jr., a longtime friend of Jones with far-reaching political ties, as his as chief development officer. He also hired politically connected PR consultant anastasia Karloutsos. Both were paid $75,000 to come into work once a week, according to a source inside the school. shulick also retained Melvin Jonakin, aka Prince Muhammad, a local barbershop owner whose brush with politics — an unsuccessful City Council bid — and community connections apparently made him an attractive advocate for the school. “[DVHs] had come to me because the outside community was totally against a disciplinary school opening,” Jonakin tells CP. “I said, ‘In order to do that, it’s going to require you to hire residents … from this community.’” Jonakin says that shulick agreed to give him

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two scoops Veteran Inquirer reporter Jennifer Lin had a scoop last week: sugarHouse Casino owners were suing the Pennsylvania gaming Control Board to block them from issuing a license to a competing city casino. Lin filed her story around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. But the article was nowhere to be found on, the website originally created to house content from the city’s two daily newspapers. “I got a tip that there was a filing in Harrisburg, and I had a copy of the lawsuit at 10 a.m.,” Lin tells City Paper. “I filed at 12:28, and it appeared on — and only” Instead of pulling Lin’s story out from behind the paywall, posted its own very similar article a few hours later. that led some in the Inquirer newsroom to speculate that had ripped off and re-reported Lin’s scoop or, worse, lifted Lin’s tip from the morning news meeting. though the version now links to Lin’s story and cites it, sources say it initially did not. Interstate general Media, which owns the Inquirer, Daily News, and, declined to comment. Lin, two sources say, threatened to quit. “No one wanted to see her go,” says one, who requested anonymity to avoid repercussions at work. “she covered China for Knight-Ridder. this is a real goddamn reporter.” It’s just another example of the rocky relationship between the print and online branches of the main news-gathering operations in Philly that’s exacerbating the meltdown of the struggling dailies. In april 2012, a group led by south Jersey political boss george Norcross, philanthropist H.F. “gerry” Lenfest and parking magnate Lewis Katz took over the financially troubled media company. Norcross’ 25-year-old daughter, Lexie, was put in charge of Philly. com. It was never announced that was becoming a com-

peting news operation — it just sort of happened. “there’s duplication of effort, and there seems to be a conscious effort from one division of the company to try to minimize the value and input of the other two divisions,” says Howard gensler, Daily News gossip columnist and Newspaper guild president. has also sometimes tested the limits of journalistic norms — like when it gave gov. tom Corbett a column because, according to Norcross: “Considering that the Inquirer and Daily News slam him every day, I think it’s actually equal.” (Corbett hasn’t actually written a column for the site as of yet.) the response angered reporters, as did publisher Bob Hall’s argument that was, as the Inquirer phrased it, “not bound by traditional newspaper conventions such as the need for a clear distinction between those who write the news and those who make it.” What’s most puzzling about the two nearly identical casino stories, though, is the redundant use of resources in a company with newsrooms that have lost hundreds of employees. the concerns over follow the april launch of the two papers’ independent — and marginalized — paywalled digital operations. there is a growing sense that they were built to fail. —daniel denvir

lost in space Recently, a lone workman was seen dabbing beige paint onto the peeling neoclassical façade of the Rotunda, one of West Philadelphia’s most prominent performance spaces. the 102-year-old former church near the edge of the university of Pennsylvania campus, which has hosted everything from d.i.y. zinefests to a concert by r&b pop icon John legend, is getting a face-lift. sort of. >>> continued on page 10

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early July as the shuttered doctor’s office at 2326 S. 12th St. in Lower Moyamensing was reopened. Then, they began to wonder: What kind of doctor’s office needs an armed guard on site? The answer was a clinic dispensing suboxone, which, like methadone, is given to people addicted to opiates. The community organized, protests were held, 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla and Licenses & Inspections were called in (the clinic didn’t initially have a use permit) — and within a couple weeks, the clinic was shut down. Except it wasn’t. Rochelle Williams, who ran the clinic, Solutions in Recovery, with oversight from Dr. Clarence Verdell, applied for a new use permit on July 22 for 4949 Frank­ ford Ave., in Frankford, a neighborhood saturated with addiction­recovery houses. She received one the same day.That location is three miles from where neighbors have been fighting a public legal battle against a methadone clinic called The Healing Way. Lawmakers say it’s time there was more public input regarding such clinics. Squilla tells CP he wants to call hearings in the fall. He thinks such clinics should be allowed only by special zoning exception, rather than by right. In Harrisburg, state Rep. Kevin Boyle (D­Northeast Philly) has been push­ ing to make the process, for methadone clinics at least, more transparent. But currently, L&I doesn’t have discretion in issuing use permits; the clin­ ics may operate by right in many locations. After L&I gave a permit to The Healing Way, the Zoning Board of Adjustment overturned it. But the Court of Common Pleas reversed the ZBA’s decision. A neighbor of the LoMo site said the clinic was out of place on his quiet block, near several schools. “They were a little unsavory,” he says of the patrons. Squilla says his office had 20 or 30 phone calls the first day the clinic opened. But, he says, “By law, they could still be there. They decided to move on their own. They just didn’t want to deal with the protest in the community.” Squilla says it’s a testament to the power of an organized neighborhood. Verdell, though, tells a different story: He says 15 or so men would loiter outside his office daily until police came, that his life was threatened, and that he had reason to fear violence against his staffers or even arson. He believes opponents “had issues with a black doctor in their community,” and that “the councilman got suckered into something really ugly, and so did L&I.” He added:“People were saying the place looked like Camden, and refused to accept the fact that the people we were treating were their own sons and daughters.” —Samantha Melamed

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the school-security detail to use as a carrot. “I went to the folks that were opposed to [the school] and said, ‘Well, do you have anyone who needs a job?’” a former administrator says Jonakin was paid $25,000 up front for gathering hundreds of signatures in support of DVHs, and that Jonakin then demanded security jobs for his friends. Jonakin says shulick had always promised him control over hiring in return for obtaining community support. Whatever the agreement, the school obtained school Reform Commission approval in august 2009. When it opened in september, Jonakin and his crew were in charge of security. that didn’t last long. Jonakin had introduced shulick to a man named Mustafa Majeed. By the end of 2009, Jonakin was ousted and Majeed had won a security contract. “Mustafa brought in his own 30 guys, some of whom were ex-cons,” says Jonakin. But Majeed would lose his contract in less than two months, after a security member allegedly got into an argument with a teacher. Improbably, former administrators say that at this point shulick made an agreement with a local branch of the Nation of Islam to do security instead. “they were very strict … [they] wanted to put fear into the students,” says a former teacher. “they would fight the students and put hands on them.” a new administrator, andre Bean, was installed in May 2010, and fired the Nation of Islam team. If only the school District knew about these issues — the installation of three different sets of apparently problematic school-security officers in what was, after all, a disciplinary school — surely it would have raised a red flag. Right? Wrong. the District was notified of the issues by Jonakin himself, who, in a letter dated March 16, 2010, complained that the company Majeed created, two tons security, had been given checks for $30,000 and an additional $15,000 “without an EIN number, without insurance and without being bonded.” Jonakin was outraged. His work relationship with shulick ultimately ended in a public confrontation. On May 19, 2010, shulick filed a criminal complaint against Jonakin. the district admits it was aware of the trouble with security at DVHs-Kelly. “there was a dispute between this fellow and the head of DVHs that we knew about because [Jonakin] also came to a [sRC] meeting,” says school District spokesperson Fernando gallard. “they supposedly worked it out.” When it came to DVHs-Kelly’s accounts, things don’t appear to have gone much better. Every month, $348,430 from the district poured into a bank account for school operations. But records show anomalies in the disbursement of those funds. shulick would routinely shift enormous sums out of the school’s accounts and into his own — in one instance, $255,000 in a single transaction — and then deposit back other sums. Perusing years of financial records, it seems that, early on, there was a pretense of covering potentially suspicious payments through these fund transfers and “addbacks.” What seems to have begun as substantial, but perhaps plausible, reimbursements for work expenses charged to shulick’s

personal american Express card ballooned over time into regular payouts — $69,603 in a single month in 2012. there were other expenses not typical of school balance sheets. For example, school accounts indicate that on Feb. 21, 2012, shulick received $10,000 with the memo “Repayment for Pileggi.” On March 19, 2012, Friends of senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi logged two $5,000 donations from shulick. “Internally, I knew that [shulick] wanted to do more than $100,000 a year in political contributions,” the source says. shulick also started a nonprofit in the name of his deceased mother, Judith B. shulick, the same year DVHs opened, with the mission of “supporting at-risk youth.” In 2011, he transferred more than $50,000 from DVHs into the foundation, whose board

“The security officers fought the students.” of directors included shulick, his wife, his “surrogate mother” and her husband, and a DVHs administrator he had hired. the foundation, among other things, adopted a beach in Margate, where shulick had a condo; made donations to the Beth Hillel synagogue in Wynnewood, near shulick’s house; and made grants back to DVHs-Kelly. school funds were also used for innumerable small payments: Parking tickets in Lower Merion, where the shulicks reside; $1,585.72 to green Valley Country Club; $2,000 in gas reimbursements to Fattah Jr. in a single 30-day span. also apparently paid out of school coffers were utility bills for shulick’s law office at 2 Logan square, which doubled as headquarters for DVHs Management Corp. and the Judith B. shulick Foundation. the full scope of the alleged misuse of funds may never be known or proven. a former >>> continued on page 10

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“THAT SAID, THE ROOTS’ SHADOW IS NOT A BAD PLACE TO BE STANDING IN.” instincts were spot-on,” says Jenkins. “That was no fun. I wanted to be the guy who got my picture taken with Snoop Dogg and Ice-T.” Still, Jenkins wouldn’t have to wait long for attention. When The Roots got a label deal in 1994, Kelo — who produced Roots tunes like “Distortion to Static” — returned to Philly and brought Jenkins with him. “We had a studio set up in the Chinatown Ramada Inn on Eighth Street,” recalls Trotter about the recording of Do You Want More?!!!??! and the first time he met Jenkins. “There were these five hotel rooms,” says Jenkins. “I didn’t even know The Roots were there. I just walked into a room with a bunch of people smoking weed, sat down, started eating my sandwich and Tariq saw me. I had braces, was a little fat, looked nerdy, but told him I worked with Kelo and that I rapped. He laughed and said he wanted to hear something, so I obliged. Next thing you know, he’s inviting me into the recording room, and I stayed for four days.”


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enkins grew up in the Logan Valley area near 11th and Wyoming, later moving to 17th and Diamond. While much of his street-savvy lyricism has come from growing up in North Philly’s Badlands, Jimmy’s Back’s origins are specifically culled from the comings-andgoings of Diamond Street. “This album is a constant reminder that at any given point in your life, in your day, someone you know is going to get locked up,” says Jenkins. Among Alexander’s book’s statistics: One in every 14 black males is incarcerated in the U.S., compared to one in 106 white males. “It could be you. It could be somebody like me who doesn’t do crime. Look, I still fear the police and getting incarcerated. I have to ask myself, ‘Why?’” Part of that fear stems from his time selling drugs in his old neighborhood. Jenkins didn’t have to — not for money. His parents never had problems keeping the lights on. “I didn’t come from the perspective of struggle. I didn’t want for anything at age 11, but it was such a popular thing to do, I felt as if I should try it. It was like having a summer job — a lemonade stand.” His fears are palpable on the song “Wake Up,” about a rapper named Wal-Lo from Philly’s famed Major Figgas, who’s been in jail for 21 of his 34 years. “He’s had home passes since he was 13 years old,” says Jenkins. “He said to me one day, ‘Dice, I’ve never had a driver’s license or a girlfriend. I never had my own

apartment or went to a restaurant to have dinner. People take that for granted, Dice. Don’t. I gave my life to the street when I didn’t have any idea what I was getting myself into.”’ For Jenkins, too many rappers glorify the life without ever acknowledging the realities of lonely 17-year-old kids crying themselves to sleep in prison. “That nobody cares about them — no rapper tells that side of the story,” says Jenkins. For Jenkins, the story was different. At 14, the Frankford High student was competing and freestyle rapping in talent shows when he got spotted by The Roots’ main man Kelo, who made Jenkins a part of his next endeavor, work for Bell Biv DeVoe’s Mental Productions in L.A. There, Kelo had a Kid ’n Play-like act that Jenkins wanted to rap for, but Kelo had other plans, instead making the rapper a writer for his up-and-coming act. “Kelo kept telling me that my rap was too underground — not commercial — but that my writing

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Trotter. “Dice has an equal say on what we put out under The Roots’ brand, and for all intents and purposes, he’s our A&R man, sifting through all the dense material we have to help us be more efficient.” The band’s recording process is as manic as a roller coaster in Trotter’s estimation, and Jenkins is the guy steering the wild ride. “I’m 36,” says Jenkins, “and sometimes they make me feel like a young knucklehead since they’re, like, 5 years older than me.” He chuckles. “But, unofficially or officially, I am one of the engines that make that thing move.” Some think, however, that The Roots have cast too wide a shadow for too long over Jenkins’ work. His solo output consists of one full-length album he’s not fond of (2000’s Reclaiming the Dead), a mixtape series that was supposed to yield three albums but only produced one (2011’s The Greatest Rapper Never), two EPs with Nikki Jean and Nouveau Riche and now Jimmy’s Back. But Jenkins likes to remind the haters that he’s always writing — Jill Scott’s turn on Young Jeezy’s latest album, TM103, for example — and that he’s got 200 new-ish songs in the can and another several hundred written for The Roots, in addition to the 30 that have been released.His biggest pet peeve is when people ask him what he’s been up to. “For Dice, anything that he does apart from us has got to be about finding the happy medium between Roots Dice and raw-life, real-life Dice,” says Trotter. It’s a process of “achieving creative independence without it being a complete departure from what fans who associate him with The Roots brand have come to expect.” Those fans’ expectations include incisive, smartly written lyrics. Still, Jimmy’s Back could be a shocker, a possibly polarizing effort that’s as dynamic and forceful as Cornel West’s work. The album was inspired by Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness and was named for his friend, the late Philly rapper Jimmy Davis (aka Jimme Wallstreet), who was gunned down in June 2013. With his smart, hard, socially conscious lyrics and mellifluous, singsong-y voice, Jenkins is a singular entity, unique and easily recognizable. He’s not been eclipsed by The Roots, but instead basks in their light while doing his own solo thing when he chooses. “I never felt as if I was ever in their shadow to begin with,” says Jenkins. “That said, The Roots’ shadow is not a bad place to be standing in. I’ll tell you that much,” he says with a laugh. “If I had any crew to stand as a part of, I’d still pick them, because they promote creativity. How many bands truly inspire people in their circle to do something whenever they have something to say? Not a lot.” Jenkins always had something to say.

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I sound like a white boy.”) “Dice had a unique sound to his rap, a vocal quality that probably has something to do with him being asthmatic, especially when he was younger,” says Trotter. “He just sounded different, breathier. That grabbed you. Still does; that and the fact that he was the first person that I worked with who could walk into the studio and just start rapping off the top of his head. All of his initial stuff with us that he jumped on, he wouldn’t write any of that stuff. He’d just go into the booth and let it rip.” When Jenkins wasn’t busy playing “Robin to my Batman,” as Trotter puts it, he released his solo debut, Reclaiming the Dead, in 2000, an album he calls “my Titanic.” In 2005, he formed the Portishead-like Nouveau Riche with covocalist Nikki Jean and Khari Mateen, but that eventually broke up due to romantic conflicts:“Bandmates should never sleep together,” he says simply. His solo mixtapes of 2011 were sharp and wriggly, but he grew restless. Besides, his role within The Roots, musically and organizationally, had grown. “Dice has become our go-to guy for kick-starting the recording process,” says Trotter. Jenkins might not have loved his first solo album, but this new one is something different: It’s his fullest and most impactful statement yet. In its inception, Jimmy’s Back had a lyrical arc ranging from the dehumanization of the prison population (“Animal”) to those neighborhood guys who were made heroes by incarceration (“Over”). Then Jimmy Davis, Jenkins’ pal from Frankford High who renamed himself Jimme Wallstreet, was fatally shot on June 21. Jenkins had just reacquainted himself with Davis last year, after having not seen him for 10 years. “We were different than the other cats in school,” says Jenkins. “We were

“DICE HAS BECOME OUR GO-TO GUY,” SAYS TARIQ TROTTER. more mature and spoke and dressed differently than everyone. We were clean in our Eddie Bauer and Tommy Hilfiger gear.” When the two started hanging again, they smoked weed and listened to each other’s tracks. “His narrative wasn’t my cup of tea. He catered to radio and I don’t think he let himself be as creative as he could have been. But who knows where he was headed?” The case is still unsolved and Jenkins can’t imagine what motivated the murder, but its violent randomness also influenced Jimmy’s Back thematic preoccupations. “The way I paint pictures now is slightly different than I always have,” says Jenkins. “It’s like a Renoir. Sometimes you’ll focus on the trees in the foreground, sometimes the ducks on the pond.” He pauses. “Only it ain’t ducks I’m talking about.” (

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³ THE PENNSYLVANIA GAMING CONTROL BOARD is taking its time with Philly’s second

casino license; I’m putting my money on Bart Blatstein despite the loathsome image of the old Inquirer newsroom wall-to-wall with craps tables. Meanwhile an entirely different set of bidders might soon get some news regarding the plans they pitched for one of Philly’s most historic and gawgeous properties. Three hotel development groups — the Starwood team with Philly’s Dranoff Properties,Fairmont Hotels with the local Logan Square Holdings, Kimpton Hotels together with Philly’s P&A Associates — want in at the elegant Family Court building at 18th and Vine streets. These hotelier-developers are just aching to remake the 72-year-old court (complete with its multitude of priceless WPA murals and stained-glass) into a luxury respite with street-level restaurants and shops. I love grand hotels, but I don’t think we need more of them downtown. Smallish boutique hotels? Bring ’em on. That said, the distant drums of rumor this week find the Kimpton corp — they already have a foothold in tony hoteling in Philly with Monaco in Old City and Palomar on Sansom Street — leading the pack in the race for the court. This could change, of course but for now, that’s the scuttlebutt and the butt’s scuttle looks healthy. ³ The legendarily and magnetically strange Darren Finizio — we haven’t witnessed his wonderful wildness or good hair in a minute — joins the David Fishkinbooked Righteous Variety Show #1 on Aug. 12 at Underground Arts.The West Philly Orchestra saxophonist had already brought in out-of-towners (Ronald Reagan), homeboys (accordionist Neon & Shy) and one of his own bands (Extreme Fishkin) for his perf-art-avant-muzic bash before welcoming Finizio, the man behind Hoppy the Frog, Muscle Factory and other marvelously mad acts. ³ Writer/ directorDavid Greenberg,who teaches screenwriting and film at DrexelandUniversity of the Arts,will start filming Stomping Ground,atthe end of August, with six actors (Ben Harter-Murphy,Nathan Logue, Nicholas Reeves, Joslyn Oberdorf, Francesca Gallucci and Michael Niederer — Niederer who went to high school with producer Dan Zubrzycki) shooting for just two days in one location. That’s going to be funky shoot. Expect Greenberg’s violent, coming-of-age flick to be a cross between Stand by Me and Mean Streets and come with the requisite Kickstarter campaign for cash ($12,000 sounds reasonable). ³ Philly’s hottest jazzy harmonicat Paul Jost and his Quartet play the Art Museum’s Friday happy-hour party on Aug. 9. Request his compositions for The Band (“Book Faded Brown”) and Carl Perkins (“Half the Time”). ³ Birds are gathering round getting ready at (

FILM ON GIRLS: Miss Rose celebrates the one-year anniversary of her Sexploitation Follies, a series of burlesque shows based on different directors’ oeuvres, with a Tarantino-themed night this Saturday. STEVE MCBRIDE

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NATURAL BORN THRILLER How do you make Tarantino movies into a burlesque show? By Michael Mullen


aturday marks the one-year anniversary of Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies, a series of film-themed burlesque shows with routines based on the work of a director with a distinct style — past evenings have taken on Wes Anderson, David Lynch, John Waters and more. This time, Miss Rose is paying homage to Quentin Tarantino with a two-show double feature, with eight performers and a slew of D.I.Y. props and sets. We asked the self-professed film nerd about translating the work of a director known for rapid-fire dialogue about Royales with cheese into striptease. City Paper: What’s the first step to figuring out an act? Miss Rose: A month or two before every show, I try to find all the soundtracks for all the movies so I can have a wide array of music to choose from, and I’ll re-watch the films over and over again. Part of it is kind of a character study — there’s a lot that goes into the costumes and thinking of ways to embody the characters. ... A lot of times, a character, rather than a whole idea of a film, works better.

with the Crazy 88s a lot. This one is different; I have to watch a lot of martial-arts movies and clips so that I can make sure my form looks good. It’s one thing to be a hot chick with a sword, but if you know how to use it, that’s a lot better. I’ve been practicing with a katana. CP: Ooh, a real one? MR: Well, no (though I have a real katana). I don’t want to kill

people, or myself. Also, I’m in West Virginia, so I don’t want to scare any of the locals. CP: Do you assign characters, or do performers pick their own? MR: I try to let people pick, unless

I’ve been practicing with a katana.

there’s something I think they’d be really great for. A lot of the time I’ll have people contact me, like, “I wanna do this!” And I’m, like, “OK, that’s yours.” Part of making it fun is that people are into what they’re doing, and I don’t think I could get that by assigning people or telling them what to do. CP: Does everybody practice together beforehand? MR: It’s all separate acts, which means we don’t practice together.

I’ll practice with people that I’m doing a specific routine with, but other than that it’s pretty much all individual things.

CP: How many times do you watch a film? MR: It depends. A lot of times I’ll watch a whole film three or four

CP: Does it freak you out that you’re seeing most of the perfor-

times. Or I’ll find a specific scene and watch that scene a lot. With Tarantino, I feel like I’m going to watch that scene [from Kill Bill]

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[ saturated with nervous energy ] ³ rock/pop/electronic

Mama always said, if you want real fervor, talk to a convert. Little G Weevil, from the first skimming of the bottle neck over the acoustic resonator guitar’s strings to the metronome-steady foot patting, preaches the blues, deep Delta denomination. He’s a convert, for sure, having grown up in Budapest. Moving (Vizztone) is just him and his guitar, serious fingerpicking and mournful singing, pure growl, joined on a track or two by the band — all acoustic though, just like those old dances. Once in a while they do make ’em like they used to. —Mary Armstrong

Bleepy, happy Austinites The Octopus Project — who’ll bring their theremins,

modular synths and other assorted carnival machinery to Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday — make music that’s sort of electronic, sort of math-rock and all-theway new-wave-y weirdo pop, filled with the playfully manic spirit of Enon and Deerhoof. Their fifth album, Fever Forms (Peek-a-Boo), stretches their typically instrumental approach to include several winsome, Stereolabby vocal numbers, making the proceedings all the more goofily infectious. —K. Ross Hoffman

³ pop/chillwave Ernest Greene, the laptop mastermind behind Washed Out, makes chillwave for days when there’s time enough to pay no attention to time. Paracosm (Sub Pop), as its name suggests, does not demand an entirely conscious listen, but like a lucid dream it allows the choice to climb deeply within or exist cautiously outside of it. But regardless of whether you submit to the chill, it will likely permeate some layers of skepticism, and inspire, if only for a —Matt Schickling moment, a passion for relaxation.


³ pop/r&b Thin-but-potent-voiced chanteuse Aluna Francis and two-step/Timbaland-loving producer George Reid — collectively known as (wait for it) AlunaGeorge — combine ’90s-style diva-soul with crisp, sophisticated techno-pop rather more artfully than they combine their names. Body Music (Vagrant), making good on monstrously hooky early singles, slots easily in between several other 2013 breakouts (Chvrches, Autre Ne Veut, Disclosure) although the particular combination they nail here most readily recalls a spunkier, femmefronted update of Junior Boys circa 2004. —K. Ross Hoffman

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BLUE JASMINE [ B+ ] Her every pore saturated with nervous energy, Cate Blanchett gives a tour-de-

There’s a ticking heart beneath the tics.

This year, Settlement has made a major thrust outside of its comfort zone. ³ SETTLEMENT MUSIC SCHOOL is not just for

kids anymore. The nation’s largest community arts school system, now well into its second century, has long been renowned for children’s music lessons (both of the Burwasser kids are alums), especially its celebrated multidisciplinary early-education program, Kaleidoscope. And yes, there have long been adult chamber-music groups. But this year, Settlement has made a major thrust outside of what might be called its comfort zone. You’re 60 years old and always wanted to take a spin at the guitar solo in “Stairway to Heaven”? Come to Settlement and find your inner Jimmy Page. Adult Rock Band is the oxymoronic-sounding class now being offered at the school, led by guitar vet Nero Catalano. The key here is to have fun without the pressure of practicing hours for lessons (although you can be sure the teachers would welcome as much practicing as you can manage). “This is a place for any adult who wants to play for the first time,” says Settlement executive director Helen Eaton. The new programs have been up and running since earlier this year, but the first annual citywide Make Music Philly event (the local version of National Day of Music), on June 21, marked a kind of affirmation of the concept. “People just showed up with all kinds of instruments,” recalls Eaton, “and we put them together into ensembles. There were classical groups, but also rock, jazz and folk.” One of the more amazing aspects of the day was the diversity of age within the groups; most were multigenerational, with typical age spans of 30 years. Eaton emphasizes that although the children’s music programs will continue to stress high levels of musicianship (yes, kids, you still are expected to practice), the adult programs are designed to be low-pressure, and even a way to blow off some steam, such as the world-percussion classes for “absolute beginners.” But be forewarned: Those big taiko drums are not as easy to play as you might think.After whacking away for a few minutes with both arms, you will appreciate how much upper-body strength it takes to be a decent rock ’n’ roll drummer. (


NERVOUS WRECK: Cate Blanchett plays a high-strung socialite who moves in with her sister after falling from grace.


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force performance in Blue Jasmine,Woody Allen’s story of a crooked financier’s wife who hits the skids after his pyramid scheme crumbles. It’s the kind of turn that can sink a movie, making it mannered and showy, filled with less acting than Acting. Fortunately, there’s a ticking heart beneath the tics, and the character’s painful self-awareness provides context for Blanchett’s jittery tap dance. It’s fitting that, following a nervous breakdown, she had electroshock therapy (what she calls “Edison’s medicine”), since her stilted stuttering evokes a shorted-out electrical toy. Having lost all her money along with her former friends, Jasmine, who is indeed blue, moves to San Francisco to live with her adopted sister (Sally Hawkins) in a well-worn but homey apartment she treats like the ninth circle of hell. Jasmine’s one goal is to find her way back to the land of the wealthy, but her near-psychotic inability to see the world as it is cripples her, and the sickness spreads. She talks her sister into dumping her devoted but intolerably working-class fiancé (Bobby Cannavale) and begins courting a wealthy widower (Peter Sarsgaard) with political aspirations, heedless of what their association might do to his career. Madoff resonances aside, Allen has a tin ear for the 21st century: Cannavale’s hot-tempered Italian is an ethnic stereotype 50 years out of date. But where his actors are concerned, the material hasn’t been this rich in years, nor have his casting instincts. Andrew “Dice” Clay is soulful and nuanced (yes, really) as Hawkins’ ex-husband, and Allen cannily uses Clay’s inexperience to great effect in a long-take scene with Hawkins, Blanchett and Alec Baldwin; his anxiety and that of his character are one. (Louis C.K.’s also great in a brief turn as Hawkins’ happy-go-lucky new beau.) At times, Blanchett’s clawing at the walls makes the movie difficult to watch, but for once, that’s because Allen means it to be. —Sam Adams

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You can’t exactly turn Tarantino’s dialogue into a striptease. MR: No; I mean, there’s things I’ve been nervous

about, but I really try to book people I have faith in. CP: Tarantino’s signature is his dialogue, but you

can’t exactly turn that into a striptease. What are some other trademarks you’re relying on to make the connection to the films? MR: Music. The music, and the throwback, ’70s feel that he’s so into. And I try to set the tone with the go-go sets — I project the last 15 minutes of a movie during the go-go sets. I call it “Spoiler Alert.” CP: Was Tarantino hard to translate? MR: I think [Tarantino’s] one of the easier ones.

He might try to appropriate things that don’t belong to him sometimes, but I think he does it out of respect and geek-love. And he has a ton of really strong female characters. Sometimes, my problem is booking performers. I don’t like to book people that don’t really like the director, because if you’re not into it, then you’re not going to get it, and it’s a show made by a fangirl for fanpeople who love movies. This was one of the easier ones to book because people love Quentin Tarantino.

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lot of feet? MR: I’ve been trying to think of how to work that in with my Kill Bill act — if I’m doing the Bride and I’m going to fight with swords, I think I should be barefoot because it’s safer. CP: Are you going to wiggle your

big toe? MR: Yes! I think there is going to be a little bit of that. CP: Is doing two shows back to

back a reference to Grindhouse? MR: I’m definitely working it in as such, but it was more because at the Wes Anderson show, I had to turn a lot of people away, which I felt bad about. That was one where I was, like, “Man, I put all this time and money in and no one’s coming. No one cares about Wes Anderson.” I was so wrong. ( ✚ Sat., Aug. 10, 7 and 10 p.m., $12,

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PRINCE AVALANCHE | B The curious career of David Gordon Green takes another strange detour with this sometimes lyrical, sometimes twee two-hander about a pair of road workers left alone in a wildfire-ravaged stretch of Texan woods in 1988. The writer-director started out making understated indie dramas (George Washington, Snow Angels) before turning to pot-addled buddy comedies with the Apatow crowd (Pineapple Express, Your Highness). A remake of an Icelandic comedy, Prince Avalanche splits the difference, with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch alternating between bonding and clashing in a wilderness haunted by loss. The duo’s lives outside of this stark landscape are revealed only through the stories they tell each other or themselves; Lance (Hirsch) salivates over his weekend plans in the city while Alvin (Rudd) writes letters to his girlfriend, Lance’s sister. Alvin’s smug, deluded confidence is nothing new for Rudd, though it’s laced here with an unexpected despair. But Hirsch is compelling in his doltish swagger, showing how a young man’s meager ambitions can be so easily crushed at

the slightest intrusion of inconvenient reality. In trying to reconcile his two extremes, Green ends up with an uneven film too often at odds with itself, one moment striking out down an unexpected path, the next getting mired in indie clichés. Like its characters, the film only succeeds when it manages to forget itself and get lost in the woods. —Shaun Brady (Ritz at the Bourse)

WE’RE THE MILLERS | C+ Commingling domestic perplexities with gross-out sequences involving ear coitus and spider-bit scrotums, Rawson Marshall Thurber’s frat-friendly comedy is hindered by the problem most often clipping movies in this gray-area genre: It’s too sweet to be sour and too sour to be sweet. Unfulfilled by his existence as a plateaued small-time weed dealer in Denver, David (Jason Sudeikis) is dying to settle down with a family of his own. We know this, of course, because he stares wistfully at the happy-family windshield sticker on a minivan. When he gets in deep debt-wise with sadistic dope supplier Brad (Ed Helms), he’s forced to play weed mule, cobbling together a cover family — foul-mouthed pole dancer Rose (Jennifer Aniston) as wifey, with neglected local kids Kenny and Casey (Will Poulter and Emma Roberts) as his progeny — to get across the border. Since no drug-running caper is complete without a mail-order Latino villain, cartel lord Pablo Chacon (Tomer Sisley) soons begins tailing the faux-nuclear unit, with a well-intentioned DEA agent and his sexually stunted wife (Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn) showing up at the worst possible time. The post-SNL Sudeikis has unfolded into a leading funnyman who can really hammer in a gag, and his presence is what keeps his fake clan mostly focused. The Millers’ more maudlin meanderings, however, will inspire just as many laughs as their wisecracks. —Drew Lazor (Wide release)

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✚ WEASEL WALTER The ever-prolific Weasel Walter plies his punishing trade on a variety of instruments, but the violence inherent to the drum kit has always made it the best fit. Now based in New York, the founder of the Flying Luttenbachers

draws influences from a wide variety of music into his own maelstrom, all of it the most extreme permutations of its respective genres — free jazz, no wave, death metal, noise music, etc. More intrepid listeners realize the infinite variety of texture and invention that gets lost in the chaos to more timid ears, an element that Walter has long seized on in his explosive and belligerent improvisations. On two recent releases, Unplanned Obsolescence and Maximalism, he teams with Chris Pitsiokos on saxophone and electronics; the two maintain a high-wire tension whether spewing bursts of aggressive force or exploring sparser, starker spaces. Here, they’ll be joined by Child Abuse bassist Tim Dahl, whose playing Walter describes as tending towards “large, distorted textures.” —Shaun Brady Thu., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m., with Jesse Kudler/Nick Millevoi, $6-$8, Random Tea Room, 713 N. Fourth St.,

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✚ NOIR Up-and-comers GDP Productions promise to make their shows fast, twisted, cool and cheap; eclectic previous shows include an adaptation of Christopher Moore’s Biblical comic novel Lamb (loved it!) and original shows like Brief History of Bar Brawls Part 1, Raiders of the Lost Harlot: An Indiana Jones Burlesque and Dust to Dust: A Brief History of Religious Violence. Their latest — an all-original tribute to film noir, performed in a back room at R Bar seating only 26 patrons — explores what GDP calls, in noir style, “the seedy underbelly of our dire urban landscape.” Works by Cubby Altobelli, Shoshanna Ruth, J. Oliver Donahue and Annie Such celebrate the black-andwhite film classics that popularized noir’s violent crimes, desperate men and dangerous women in dark shadowy cities, no doubt punctuated with fe-

doras and trenchcoats, strong drinks, smoke and grimly ironic dialogue. —Mark Cofta Through Aug. 11, $12-$15, R Bar, 2222 Walnut St., 215-569-8879,


8.9 [ soul/funk ]

✚ SHUGGIE OTIS Shuggie Otis’ third and (apparently) final album, the psychedelic-soul reverie Inspiration Information, was overlooked in 1974 — either despite or because of a singularity of vision that put it in a class with Sly and Stevie’s contemporaneous efforts, nodding equally to Love and electric-era Miles while presaging Prince’s similarly idiosyncratic tinker-

ings. Decades of semi-reclusive obscurity later, a groundswell of crate-digger interest and a ballyhooed 2001 Luaka Bop reissue made it a widely regarded if retroactive classic (even though Otis remains best known — and certainly best paid — for the Brothers Johnson’s cover of his peerless “Strawberry Letter 23”). It’s one of pop’s great underdogtriumphant stories, and this year’s added some surprising new chapters: a second high-profile reissue (this time on Epic/Legacy) came bundled with Wings of Love, a fascinating assemblage of cuts recorded between 1975 and 1990 (plus one live, potent acoustic slide-blues tune from 2000) veering from scorching funk-rock to treacly synth-prog to epic flower-power ballads, plus a few Information-caliber groovers. Better still, Otis is touring, for the first time in 40 years (!) — by all accounts knocking ’em dead with his storied instrumental prowess (and sartorial finery), and gen-

erally making up for lost time. —K. Ross Hoffman Fri., Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m., $25-$30, with Mutlu, Blockley Pourhouse, 3801 Chestnut St., 215-222-1234,

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✚ THE JOST PROJECT The mining of pop music for jazz skipped a generation or two between the heyday of the Great American Songbook, when every Broadway show was combed for fodder by the legends of bebop, and the current crop of rising jazz stars, among whom it’s quickly become a cliché to call Radiohead and Nirvana the “new standards.” The Jost Project, a newly formed Philly group, plays a bit of boomer-era catch-up with its new CD, Can’t Find My Way Home.The band was co-founded by singer Paul Jost of the Antfarm Quartet; vibraphonist Tony Miceli, a one-man local institution who’s a regular at Chris’ and a faculty member at UArts and Temple; and bassist Kevin MacCon-

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(Fool’s Gold) could’ve been a breezy, low-stakes victory lap. Instead it’s a slam dunk: 10 all-killer cuts of beats, rhymes and righteous fury that actually betters those twin 2012 career highs. It’s a master class in goonishly gory trash talk and no-sell-out truth-saying; a touching display of buddybuddy tag-team synergy; a chest-rattling (anti-)Watch

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—K. Ross Hoffman Sat., Aug. 10, 8:30 p.m., $15, with Air Dubai, Mont Brown x A.R.F and Sahtyre, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100,


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—K. Ross Hoffman Mon., Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m., $18-$20, with Despot and Kool A.D., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100,


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✚ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE/JAY Z All hail. Your (self-appointed) Summer Legends draw near. Frankly, Jay Z (whose recent dehyphenization will hopefully last no longer than his putative “retirement”) probably overstates his season-specific iconicity, “Dear Summer” notwithstanding. In fact, 10 of his 18 albums have dropped in autumn. If anything, he’s a legend for all seasons. He’s not exactly ruling this one though; at least not on the merits of the fluent, familiar,


Coming from a pair of decadedeep hip-hop vets who notched two of last year’s fiercest fulllengths — El-P’s Cancer4Cure and Killer Mike’s El-produced R.A.P. Music — the 30-minute Internet freebie Run the Jewels

the Throne for the 99 percent. The moniker itself, reiterated mantra-like throughout the record, is an LL Cool J reference betokening the duo’s oldschool-head bona fides — but it could also be taken as a sly side glance at that gilded 2011 Jay/Kanye luxury pageant. Yeah, Yeezus and Magna Carta have their moments, for sure, but they look pretty lumbering next to these guys.

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There’s not much call for plush booty-funk these days, which is why Bad Rabbits might initially come off as hopelessly out of step, or else like an overgrown, frat-friendly bar band. But the Boston-based funk squad, who hearken equally to the heyday of Zapp, Parliament, Cameo et al. and the libidinous strut of New Jack Swing, have the confidence and the chops to do their own thing, and do it damn right. Their recently self-released party-starter American Love is a more than serviceable showcase for the band’s thick, nasty grooves and for frontman Dua Boakye’s gritty falsetto and good-natured sleaze, with nary a synth squiggle, bass slap or chuckle-worthy come-on out of place. But it’s just a teaser for the kind of ruckus they can kick up in person.



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Date: Aug. 5, 2013, noon Location: Boxers’ Trail, Fairmount Park The Story: The folks at Urban Blazers invited me along for a hike with kids from Hank Gathers Rec Center in Northwest Philadelphia. When the program started four years ago, the kids that went on hikes from Gathers were mostly boys. Now, most of the youth at the heart of the program are girls. They lead the trails, climb trees, identify weeds and poison ivy and forage for edibles, all while not giving a second thought about the mud on their shoes. (

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pace-holding Magna Carta … Holy Grail (Roc Nation/Virgin EMI), a perfectly proficient effort — though thematically conflicted and curiously free of obvious single fodder — that pointedly fails to validate its hubristic billing. as for Mr. timberlake, who gave us the indubitably beach-ready likes of “señorita” and “summer Love,” then promptly left us cold for six summers running: the lavish eight-minute suites of his still-simmering 20/20 Experience (RCa) campaign are distinctly improved by the present swelter, though there’s nothing to rival, say, “Blurred Lines” in the optometry-pop sweepstakes. Does the fact that he’s already courting controversy with pre-release singles from Vol. 2 mean that “Let the groove get In” — summer-jam-wise, the under-aired, Jacko-jocking highlight of Vol. 1 — won’t get its time to properly

shine in the sun? But hey, little lady: One summer don’t make a legend, and there’s no denying these two have the hits to last us well past winter. —K. ross hoffman Tue., Aug. 13, 8 p.m., $56-$280, Citizens Bank Park, One Citizens Bank Way, 800-653-8000,


8.14 [ punk ]

Joyce Manor “Constant Headache,” the closing track from Joyce Manor’s 2011 debut LP, is a curious one. Its structure is simple enough, what with its drudge-y backbone riff and sing-along chorus that borders on nursery

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TO PERFECT AND SERVE Don’t be fooled by the plainclothes façade — Serpico is undercover elegant. By Adam Erace SERPICO | 604 South St., 215-925-3001, Hours:

Sun.-Thu., 5-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Appetizers and entrees, $8-$26; desserts, $8-$16.


leven months ago I wrote a story for City Paper about the star-spangled influx of out-of-town chefs. Philly appeared to be on the precipice of a new era, but things didn’t totally go as planned. The chef of the Le Bec Fin reboot, Walter Abrams, was gone in six months; in another six, so was the Le Bec Fin reboot itself. The sweet promise of a restaurant by John and Karen Shields dissolved like cotton candy. Fortunately, the brightest jewel in the import More on: box, Serpico, opened in June behind an unassuming screen of gunmetal-gray bricks. Drawn blinds block the three-pane picture window carved into the facade of this South Street space, a fitting hermitage for Peter Serpico, a publicity-shy New Yorker who’s laid low since Stephen Starr lured him to Philly more than a year ago. Thanks to his well-chronicled Momofuku credentials — he won a James Beard award as the chef of Ko — the hype was white hot before he even passed through the Lincoln Tunnel. Inside, a glass vestibule whispers open like the 13 Ghosts house,

and prosecco hostesses direct you into the shiny onyx dining room designed by Thomas Schlesser, whose resume includes Bar Boulud in New York and Blackbird in Chicago. Tucked in the front of the restaurant, a low freestanding oval table functions as the nifty bar, where a pair of friendly bartenders pour five house cocktails made with trendy ingredients like mescal, amaro, vintage rum and hibiscus liqueur brewed in Brooklyn. The beer list is equally petite, and built for food, but wine’s what you want here; the program is a treasure map with crosses in Catalonia, Alto Adige, the Loire and the Finger Lakes. There’s a brief sake addendum. Tables fill the center of the room, and booths flank the brickand-blackboard walls listing the menu, a front-of-house stage calendar and chalk doodles that included a top-hat-wearing octopus, a turtle named Tim and an American flag with “AWESOME RESTAURANT” in child’s writing. That kid is on to something. The food coming out of Serpico’s open kitchen, a glimmering steel peninsula surrounded by 18 counter seats, MORE FOOD AND is everything we’ve waited for. DRINK COVERAGE Consider the scallops, like quivering AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / quartz stepping stones in a white lake of butM E A LT I C K E T. termilk swirled with green chive oil, ponzu and poppy. They have a sour-cream-and-onion thing going on, but not in a pandering-to-stoners way; the dish bleeds elegance, led by the scallops’ sublime texture and sweetness. Though the menu is not Asian, Asian elements play a defining role. Succulent, hoisin-lacquered duck-leg “hot dogs” mimicked Peking duck buns, with smashed Martin’s potato rolls standing in for bao. Honeyed hot mustard laced with mirin inched down smoky >>> continued on page 32

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in a Latin American nation’s rebellion?” “What Greek appetizer is fried cheese?” “What variety of succulent is used to make mescal or tequila?” If you came up with Bananas, saganaki and agave, you’re probably a pretty serious food nerd. And you’re probably also going to be pretty into Dish It Out Foodie, the board game handcrafted by husband-and-wife graphic design team Celeste and Richard D’Anjolell of Media. Packaged in a 9-inch pizza box, Dish It Out opens to reveal a Trivial Pursuit-like board complete with Celeste’s paintings of lobsters, lemons, grapes and Kahlua. Plastic playing pieces are bagged in paper popcorn and peanut concession bags. Gameplay calls for players to take turns rolling the die and circling the board, answering questions and collecting colorful plastic “ice chips” (because, you know, the “pie wedge” is already claimed). First player with a chip in each color wins. “We thought about making a food game a dozen years ago, but our video and graphic-design business forced us to put it on the back burner,” says Richard. “ One day Celeste decided the time had come to make it happen. She began researching and writing the questions and answers. Given that there are a whopping 864 trivia questions divided into six categories and spread out over 144 playing cards, that’s no small feat. They range from the simple — “What word defines the hot or spicy ingredients added to foods such as hard boiled eggs?” (deviled, duh) — to the the insanely-obscure — “What fruit-filled, multilayer, dome-shaped cake with whipped cream has the same name as a hat?” (Brown Derby? I think?). Unlike the usual game night snacking spreads, this game is best played potluck-style. Says Richard, “Invite friends to bring a dish from a different culture and have a ‘World of Food’ night,” a nod to the game’s international-cuisine category. Now, who’s bringing the saganaki and deviled eggs? (

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Hoisin-lacquered duckleg “hot dogs” mimicked Peking duck buns.

charred broccoli and pyramids of pink-centered wagyu chuck for a Chinese beef-and-broccoli effect. Heirloom cherry tomatoes got cozy with tender pan-roasted squid, charred favas and bean sprouts in a bowl of XO sauce whose initials could have stood for eXtraOrdinary; its innate sun-baked, dried-seafood funk was tamed by scraps of ham, Chinese sausage, ginger and cinnamon. The dashi haunts my dreams. It comes ice cold, an umami-dense tonic of kombu broth fortified with bonito, mirin and soy so inexplicably refreshing it should be served with a Collins glass and a straw. Instead, the staff pours it tableside over a landscape of purslane, charred pea tendril, shiso, compressed zucchini, cucumber pearls in sugar-snap pea pods and cubes of chilled crème fraîche that look like tofu and taste like mozzarella. If you order only one dish at Serpico, make it this one. If you order only two dishes, make the second the decadent egg custard. The mix of eggs and dashi steams in its own little cocotte till barely set; wobbling like a panna cotta, its brown-butter-submerged surface bears enough rare Siberian sturgeon caviar to explain the $25 price tag. Hits kept coming: Ravioli with gushing cores of liquid corn. Crispy, roe-jeweled trout floating on crabmeat suspended in orange whorls of pepperonicini puree. A bar of confit duck breast glazed in a lip-smacking elixir of malt vinegar, honey and coriander. Even the salad, lightly painted with tarragon-pea vinaigrette, is masterfully done. So is the excellent service, directed by ex-Momofuku manager Richard Fell, and that’s even if you’re not a restaurant critic whose picture is taped up in the back. I managed to fly under the Starrdar my first visit, or at least my sterling server, Liz Dloeslazsky, a beer wiz with a mop of Carrie Bradshaw curls, didn’t let on. Another night, when I sat at the bar, Peter Serpico delivered my food (red flag), and Fell said the kitchen wanted to know if I thought the unnervingly large bowl of marinated clams and oysters had enough salt. They did, and it was part of the problem; tomato and fennel accessories were too demure to balance the mollusks’ intense natural brine. If you need another dish to eliminate, make it the buttery torn pasta, which clung to bits of escargot that would have more impact if kept whole. It’s a great dish anywhere else, merely a good one in the context of what else is served here. Desserts fall under “sweet” and “semisweet” categories, and the best in each is the sprightly yuzu curd/rosemary foam with jagged chamomile crisps and the ugly but delicious take on peanut butter-and-jelly, respectively, the latter featuring candied peanuts, elderflower gel and peeled grapes buried like fossils beneath frozen foie gras dust. Coffee is roasted in house. Teas are interesting. There’s so much I want to say about Serpico, and I’m running out of room, so I’ll end with this: The staff and kitchen were beyond accommodating to a dining companion with dietary restrictions most establishments of Serpico’s caliber would have sneered at. That level of hospitality is what separates a great restaurant from an extraordinary one. (

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BED: Brand New Queen Pillowtop Set $165; 5pc Bedrm Set $399 215-355-3878 Kitchen Chairs (4 total) 2 Beige and 2 metal. Call 215-438-1555

BRAZILIAN FLOORING 3/4", beautiful, $2.75 sf (215) 365-5826 CABINETS KITCHEN SOLID WOOD Brand new soft close/dovetail drawers, Full Overlay, Incl. Crown, Never Installed! Cost $5,300. Sell $1,590. 610-952-0033 Diabetic Test Strips Needed pay up to $30/box. Most brands. 610-453-2525

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

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

3 Eagles Seats for full season. Sec 116, Row 24, Seats 1,2,3. Great Seats! Priced for quick sale, $4,950. Also avail, SBL seats for sale. Call Pete, 570.954.1257

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Labrador Retriever puppies AKC starting at $275 info/pictures visit

Miniature Goldendoodle Puppies- Very cute & playful, 8 weeks old, both parents on premisies, $950. Call 717-587-5392

Mini Schnauzer Pups - ACA reg., vet checked, S/W, $550/ea. 717-606-3020

Beagle Pups - ACA reg., red & white, vet checked, S/W, $650/ea. 717-606-3020

Olde English Bulldog Pups - $300 neg., 2M & 2F, S & W. Call 610-751-5718.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pups, AKC, All 4 Colors, Cute, 215.538.2179

OLD ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPS - Vet checked & shots, 11 wks old, $400. Lancaster County area. 717-529-6992 ext. 4

Chihuahua Puppies, White, 3 Males, 1 Female. 8 weeks old. 267-597-2060 English Springer Spaniel Pups $400 AKC reg, shots & wormed, (717)687-6955 Family Raised Yorkie Pups ACA Vetchecked. 717-989-2708 $850M/900F

Goldendoodles & Labradoodles 8wks Great looking puppies! Blacks, Reds & Yellows. Mothers are family pets. Puppies have been family & are very social. Vet checked, Shots $1,200.00 (610) 451-4372


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QUEEN VILLAGE 2br/1ba $1100 Recently Renovated, 215-574-9223

153 W Girard Ave 2Br/1Ba $1400 + Elec New reno, No Pets 267.229.4267

2300 S 11th 1br $700-$750+utils. 2nd & 3rd flr, no pets, 2+1. 215.468.8939

57xx Lansdowne. Effic $600/month & Room for rent $400/month. Fully furnished utilities incl 267-592-0478

7xx N. 63rd St. 1BR Studio Apt. $550 1st, last & security. Call 609-315-1259 Apartment Homes $650-$995 215.740.4900

15xx Brown St. 2BR C/A & heat, ceiling fans, washer/dryer in unit, Section 8 ok. 1-877-371-7368 16xx W Huntingdon 1BR $500+Utils $1500 move in, no pets 215-559-9289

SHIH TZU pups ACA, 21 wks, $675 Solid/Tan/white. Call 215.752.1393

334 N 61st ST. 1br/1ba. $475/mo. $1,425 to move in. 215-783-8456

Yorkie Puppies - Purebred, vet chkd home raised. $600. 215-490-2243

48th St. Efficiency $495+ elec private entry, 1+1, 610.990.6008

YORKIES: TEA CUP & STANDARD. Small, ready to go, 717-278-0932.

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YORKSHIRE PUPS female, 1st shots, Ready Now, $375, 856-426-3206

5300 Haverford Ave. 1br studio $450 3rd floor, 2+1. Call 215-471-1742

61xx Old York Rd. 2BR $800 2nd floor, sec. 8 ok. Call 215-924-6516 68xx Forrest Ave. 1BR $610+utils Sec 8 ok, Avail now, 215-779-0871

22XX W. Allegheny Ave 2BR/1BA $950 loft style/spacious/public trans/pay gas (267) 240-1722

4840 Oxford Ave Studio, 1BR, 2BR, 3BR Ldry, 24/7 cam lic#214340 215.525.5800

Temple U Campus - Studio $550 & up. Utilities included, Call John at 215-236-1612 or 302-345-6334

Holme Circle 2br/1ba $750 plus util. 2nd flr, bsmnt/garage, newly renov. credit check. req. 215-355-8647

Rockland St. Lg. 1BR $595 Effic. $475. Avail Now. 215-329-3013

11xx Grange Ave 1BR $650 inc heat Spacious, renovated, ceiling fans, hdwd flrs, lndry, a/c, 1st/last sec. close to transp., ref. check. Call 215-356-3282

Pekingese Pups - 11 weeks, 4F, 1M, rare black, $349/ea. Call 215-579-1922 300 Block of N 61St. 1br/1ba. $525/mo $1,575 down. 3rd floor, furnished, heat & hot water included. 610-259-5746

DOMINO LN 1 & 2BR $750-$895 Renov., parking, d/w, near shopping & dining, 1ST MONTH FREE! 215-500-7808

3xx E. Upsal St. 2BR $720 + utils newly renovated. Call 610-675-7586

1900 S. 65th St 2BR & 3BR Apt Newly renov, Lic #400451, 215.525.5800

PITBULL PUPS - 5 Males and 3 Females 8 wks, Reg, S/W, $450, 215.834.1247

Rubicam St 1 BR/1 BA $725+sec. 1st & 2nd flr, porch, bkyrd, water & gas incl. 215-501-2543 or 290-3192 XX W LOGAN ST. 1br studio. $650 util. 2+1 to move in. 215-471-1742

1 BR & 2 BR Apts $735-$845 spacious, great loc., upgraded, heat incl, PHA vouchers accepted 215-966-9371

200 W. CLAPIER ST. Effic $500 Hardwood floors, separate entry, heat included, $1000/move in. 267.495.9029 4951 Rubicam St. 3br $900 + util. Call 215-833-4297 5220 Wayne Ave Studio & 1BR on site lndry, 215-525-5800 Lic# 507568 5321 Wayne Ave. Effic. $550 Move-in now. 1 mo. + sec. 215-776-6277

NE RHAWNHURST 3/2 $895+utilities. All amenities. Great neighborhood. Call 215-820-5788

Yardley 2BR/2BA $1300+ Elec Heathcote Area, eat in kit, C/A, LR/DR, Fridge, Dishwasher, Oven, W/D, Outdoor patio, attached garage. Call 609.397.5776

Vincent Heights Apts. 333 Vincent Heights Circle Spring City, PA 610-948-6602 1-800-654-5984 (TTY) Office hrs: Mon-Fri 9a - 5p Rent Based on 30% of Income Minimum 62 Years age or Handicap/Disabled Equal Housing Opportunity

10xx Oaklane - Private entrance, clean kitchen, $420/mo. Call 215-287-2424

11xx N. 55TH ST. BRAND NEW BLDG Single rms $400, double rms $600. Rms w/ba $500, Rms w/ba & kit $600. Fully furn w/ full size beds, fridge, & dresser. Couples welcome! SSI/SSD/VA, Payee services, Public assistance ok. Also Frankford, S, W, N. 267.707.6129 1252 N. 56th ST. $500/month. Clean, furn rooms. 267-241-6583 14xx Lenox Street /$400 per month One room avail. Includes utilities. Call Ms. Marshall at 215-226-0321. (215) 226-0321 1547 S. 30th St. Furn, fridge, $125 week, $375 move in. No kitchen. 215-892-7198 15th and Lehigh $350/mo. Lrg rms starting at $400. 215-834-4445 16th & Lehigh, 21st & York, 22nd & Allegheny - $325/mo. SSI ok. 215-485-8815 16xx Orthodox St, share ba, $130 per wk. Dep reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Nr trans 215.743.9950 18 N. Lehigh $300-$350 Drug Free. SSI avail. 267-240-0611 22nd & Indiana Ave $100/wk & up Room in immaculate cond. 215-888-2476 22nd & Tioga priv ent paint use of kit ww $120wk $290move in 267-997-5212 24th & Allegheny: $350 & Up Close to transportation. SSI OK. No drugs. Call (267) 505-9292 24th & Lehigh: Nice, clean Furn rms, $350/mo, SSI ok. No drugs 215-768-2466 25th & Alle gheny, 51st & Haverford $350-400/mo. Newly renov 215.237.7916 27th & Oxford, N. Philly 1BR/1BA $75 Beautifully renovated rooms for rent in a quiet house, on a quiet block. Recently renovated with neutral colored walls and carpet. Don't settle for less! You must see these rooms! $300/month, $225 to move in (267) 973-2284

29xx OXFORD St. - Large Rooms $75 & up. SSI ok, no drugs. 215-240-9499 45xx Frankfort Ave., 22xx Fontain St. $425/month. Call 267-670-6689 4900 North Marvine $225/ wk No smoking/drugs. 267-593-1439 51st & Brown, 48th & Girard, 54th & Lansdown, 52nd & Race, Orthodox & Margaret, SSI Ok. Newly renovated. Call 215-290-8702 51xx Spruce St. $450/mo. Clean, furn rooms. Call 267-241-6583 53xx N. Broad St. Rm & Apt. Full fridge, 27" TV, AC. 267-496-6448 Allegheny $90/wk. $270 sec dep. Near EL train, furn, quiet. Call 609-703-4266 Bridge/Pratt neat cln effic. & rms from $110/wk Sec dep req 215-432-5637


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2BR Houses Sec. 8 Welcome Beautifully renovated Call (267)981-2718

49xx Haverford 2BR/1BA $700 Move-in cond, 2+1 Move in, 215.879.5834 Broad & Erie - Rooms for rent. Near transp. Broad St. line. 267-880-8571 Broad & Erie Vic - $110/week Washer/Dryer, Kitchen, 267-283-7462 Frankford, nice rm in apt, near bus & El, $300 sec, $90/wk & up. 215-526-1455 Germantown $110/wk Newly renov. available now Call 215-205-2452 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890

Germantown Quiet newly renovated, near trans., $125/wk, $300 sec., 1st week rent req. Call Mrs. Mac at 267-351-5547 G-town Area, 1xx Hansberry St. furn, nice block, SS and Disability are welcome. $100-$125/wk. Call 215-667-3801

NORTH PHILA 1 room for rent in house, $135/wk, newly renov. 267-209-0010 North Phila any size rm This month special $300-$400/mo Single occup. only. 267-312-1499 or 215-913-1485

N. Phila. $75 & up. SSI & Vets + ok, drug free. Avail immed. 215-763-5565 N. PHILA $75 & up, SSI & Vets+ok, drug free,Furn, Avl Immed. Call 215-817-0893 N. PHILADELPHIA includes gas, elec, W/D, crpt, $350. Call 267-342-1226 N. Phila Furn Rms SS & vets welcome. No drugs, $100 & up. Call 267-595-4414

OAK LANE $100-$125/week. Furnished rooms incl use of house. 267.266.1156 OAKLANE $100/wk Quiet nghbrhd, 5 mins to Fernrock. 267-249-6340 Olney & N Phila. $100 & Up, furn. kit privs, coin-op, crpt. 516.527.0186 RICHMOND $440-$550 mo. Quiet, Spacious rooms! 267-970-4553 A U G U S T 8 - A U G U S T 1 4 , 2 0 1 3 | C I T Y PA P E R . N E T

6606 Haddington Lane 3br/1ba $995 215.740.4900

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

S. Phila Furn Rms, SS & Vets welcome, No drugs, $100/wk & up. 267-357-5148 SW, N, W Move in Special $90-$125/wk Clean furn rms, SSI ok, 215.220.8877 Temple Hospital area - newly renov., $450-$500 utils. incl. 267-872-5424 UPPER DARBY - $150/WEEK ROOM FOR RENT! 267-593-844 4 W. Phila Furn Rms, SS & Vets welcome, No drugs, $100/wk & up 267-586-6502 W Phila & G-town: Newly ren, Spacious clean & peaceful, SSI ok, 267.255.8665

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PHILA 2/1 $700 + 2 months security. Available immediately. 215-219-9257

52XX Pennway 3BR $900+ Utils 60XX Phillip 3BR $900 + Utils 2 mos sec req, Garage, 267-287-3175

71xx Stenton Ave. 2Br/1.5Ba $950/mo+ Ranch Style house. Call 215-407-4076

27xx S Marshall St. 3BR/1BA, $850. Security deposit required. Call 267-972-0022

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Cadillac Escalade 2010 $47,000/obo Loaded, 23K Mi, Exc Cond, 610.972.1842 KIA SEDONA EX VAN, 2004 $6400, exc cond, 71k mi, all options. 610.506.5759 MERCEDES CLS 550 2012 $67,368 5k Miles, 4-matic, 4.6 L bi-turbo, Navigation, White. 215-669-0190 MERCEDES ML 350 2008. $27,000 Call Madeline, 484-924-8650 . Volvo XC90 2010. 3.2 AWD. $26K obo. Loaded, 67K miles. Call 215-964-2433


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Layton Park Model 40’ 2006 $19,000 3 season room, 2 full BR & BA, Season paid campground, deck, 856-287-5338

Jayco Flight 29’ 2007 $16,000 2BR, BA w/Tub, 12’ slide, sleeps 8-10, exec cond, cable/dish ready, many extras, elec hitch W/Sway bars. 215.219.7353 Ford 2008 F-150, standard cab, fully equip, A/C, economical, 6 cylin, lite commercial, like new. Owner sac. $7,950, call 215.627.1814

GERMANTOWN 3BR/1BA $850 Nice location, nice house. 215-779-0352

18xx E Wishart St 2BR/1.5BA $725+utils Sec 8 ok, crdt chk, no pets. 267-231-2627

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PHILA 4BR/ 2BA Section 8 Ok. Call 215.322.6086

1900 Haworth St. 3br/2ba. Section 8 approved. 215-205-9910 21XX Margaret 2br/1ba Bkyrd, nr trans. Sect 8 OK. 215-740 Oxford Cir 3BR/1BA $850+Utils Completely Remodeled, 215-750-3612

Upper Darby 3br/1ba row $925+utils front porch, carpet. Call 610-805-9599 Upper Darby 4BR Sect 8 ok, close to transp. 610.459.3990

Norristown Markley St. 3BR/1BA Large house for rent. $1400 (215) 696-8126

resorts/rent N. Wildwood. Pool, Ocean, Boardwalk at our door, Daily/Weekly rental, A.M coffee & newspaper, VERY CLEAN 609.522.0500 STONE HARBOR - 8 bed / 5 bath Beach block, air, all amenities. Avail weekly, Aug 10th - Aug 29th. 609-425-6206 Wildwood, NJ: New Rus Mar Motel steps to beach, pet friendly, oceanviews, renovated rms. For specials 609.522.0101

Fitler Square 2br/1.5ba $2,450 Den, gar, fpl, garden. 610-246-8662


1xxx N Newkirk 2BR $675+Utils 2+1, Pvt Yard, No Pets, 267.414.7442

GERMANTOWN: furn rooms everything incl., cable ready $435/mo. 267.467.4595

Germantown - Large furnished $150, close to train and XH Bus. 215.514.8173

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154 Farson 3BR/1BA $800+Utils W/W, 2+1 Move in, 215-748-0850

Buick LeSabre 2004 $3500, good cond, moon roof 215-679-8856 Chevy Cavalier Z24 1998 $995 5 speed, 118K, nu insp. 215-620-9383 Dodge Grand Caravan 1999 $1750 Auto, 89k, 1 owner. Call 215-620-9383 FORD CONVERSION VAN 1998 $3,975 L ux hi-top, TV, bar, A/C, very nice cond., gar. kept, senior citizen, must sac. today. Call 215-627-1814 Ford Taurus SES 2002 $1650 4 door, loaded, clean. 215-280-4825 GMC Jimmy SLE 1995 $1,750 4x4, 123K, nu insp. 215-620-9383 Honda Accord EX 1994 $1,950 Auto, 110K, new inspctn. 215-620-9383 Lincoln LS 2000 $3800 4 dr, loaded, exc cond. 215-389-4310 Mazda Protege LX 2002 $2795 auto., sunroof, gorgeous. 610-524-8835

Mitsubishi Galant ES 2003 $4500, 4 Door, White, 75K Mi, Sun roof, PW, Non Smoker, 661-319-3076 Nissan Maxima 1995 $1550 All Pwrs, 7/14 insp, 215-620-9383 OLDS Cutlass Supreme 1996 $2495 Inspected till 6/14, 96k mi, excellent condition. (267)697-2061 OLDSMOBILE Delta 88 1985 $1,450 Settling estate (215) 920-0929 Subaru Legacy Outback SW 1998 $1750 AWD, auto, all power. Call 215-620-9383 Volvo 960 4 door 1996 $1750 Auto, all power, clean, insp 215.620.9383

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around the world words by Emily Guendelsberger // illustration by Evan M. Lopez The availability of really good food from other cultures depends mostly on a cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immigration demographics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for example, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to find good, cheap Thai in Philly, but good, cheap Ethiopian is available in every third bar in West Philly. You just need to know where to look. It takes


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