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According to the Inquirer, politically connected contractor Jeffrey Little’s proposed 9/11 memorial for Franklin Square included a “half-scale Liberty Bell, its crack ‘mended’ by World Trade Center steel, strung between two 9-foot models of the Twin Towers.” “No, I’m not al-Qaeda’s artist-in-residence,” says Little.“Why does everybody keep asking me that?”

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The Art Commission rejects Jeffrey Little’s proposed 9/11 memorial. “Our decision was not made based on artistic concerns,” they explain. “We just think he should add some stuff about thermite and building 7 and how Bush ordered the whole thing so he could weaken civil liberties and spy on our Friendster pages.”


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Aramark announces plans to go public for the third time in its history. Uh. Public with what? Should we, like, stop eating until they say? Rapper A$AP Rocky is accused of slapping a woman in the crowd at the Made in America festival. Sorry, that should read Officer A$AP Rocky. The proposed site for billionaire Steve Wynn’s Philadelphia casino may contain ancient Native American artifacts. Dude, didn’t you see Poltergeist? The house always wins. The world’s largest fleet of Lego ships comes to Independence Seaport Museum this Saturday. “Actually, that’s my Pearl Harbor memorial,” says politically connected contractor Jeffrey Little.

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The Philadelphia Parking Authority gets the @PPAwatch Twitter account — which posts photos of illegally parked PPA vehicles — suspended for apparent trademark infringement. “We would’ve had it shut down the first time we heard about it, but we couldn’t figure out what channel it was on,” says a PPA spokesperson.

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According to a new poll, Philly is the thirdhappiest city in the U.S. Well, it certainly feels that way today. Thanks, you guys!

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TAKING ON A DUMP: A neighbor has been complaining about the 1100 block of South 24th Street, but she hasn’t seen results. NEAL SANTOS

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LIVING NEXT TO TRASH A dump makes for a nasty neighbor — so why can’t anyone get this mess cleaned up? By Ryan Briggs


he rowhouse Erika Rose’s family owns at the corner of 24th and Ellsworth streets, the last one remaining on its block in Point Breeze, stands like a lighthouse looking out over a sea of garbage. Trucks regularly dump trash into the large, fenced-off lot next door, which brims with construction debris: bricks and cinder blocks, blue storage drums and a weed-covered mountain of fill nearly two stories high. Adding to the insult, an entire semi-trailer, full of more detritus, leans like a beached whale near Rose’s property line. Rose regards the filthy land less poetically. “It is being used as a dumping ground,” she says. It’s illegal to create a dump on the residentially zoned land without special permission, but it’s also shockingly easy to get away with. Rose has filed multiple complaints with the city since 2010, but that hasn’t helped. It would seem Rose has an open-and-shut case, since she’s known for years that one man, a South Philadelphia-based demolition contractor named Donald Plummer, is behind the dumping, and that he’s ostensibly trespassing. Plummer doesn’t own a single one of the six contiguous lots he’s using as a private junkyard. And some of the parcels’ various owners — there are five, including

Claudia Sherrod, the influential executive director at South Philly HOMES Inc., an economic development nonprofit in Point Breeze — claim Plummer is acting without their consent. Yet Plummer has been dumping trash there for the better part of a decade. Despite having no official claim over the land, he used 1109 S. 24th St. to register his demolition company, DD Fox Construction, with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections. That particular address falls somewhere between the northern slope and the summit of the dirt mountain. A rusty mailbox reading “1109” hangs from a chain-link fence that was also installed by Plummer, apparently without permission. A recent visit to the site revealed that Plummer’s crew was in the midst of clearing out part of a crumbling building just down the street and dumping its guts into the trash pit. A man shuttling mounds of debris into the back of a pickup truck refused to identify his employer, then quickly packed up and left the site. Plummer did not respond to repeated phone calls. So, how did one man get away with using five people’s land as a garbage dump? It was simple, to hear Sherrod tell it. “I did everything I could,” says Sherrod, who purchased 1113 S. 24th St. from the nonprofit Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation seven years ago. “When I bought my property over there, PHDC sent him [Plummer] a letter.”

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✚ TEACHER EVALUATIONS Philly teachers made it through their first day back at school on Monday, in many cases without counselors, assistant principals, librarians and nurses. How they’re going to make it through 179 more of them isn’t totally clear. Take Robeson High School in West Philly, which received students from closed schools, including Bok and University City. It is sharing a counselor with six other schools, according to English teacher Andrew Saltz. That’s already presenting problems: One student had experienced a death in a family, but the school has no grief counseling. Saltz scrambled to come up with an external referral. And many of his other students need fee waivers for the SATs, and they need the counselor to apply for them. The part-time counselor, though, “said that was not on the list of things she was doing,” Saltz says. “I don’t know who’s going to send out transcripts — kids are already applying. … And some schools require a letter from a guidance counselor. So I don’t know what we’re going to do.” “I found this app for their smartphones, which helps them search scholarships, and I got really excited,” he adds. “And then I got really depressed, because I’m trying to replace a guidance counselor with a dollar smartphone app.” That wasn’t the only change at Robeson, whose student body rallied just to keep the doors open after being on the closure list last year. “We had to announce to [the kids] that we have no AP classes.” Pre-calculus is also eliminated. Over at Bache-Martin, a K-8 school in Fairmount, Kristin Luebbert’s eighth-graders were also upset to learn there was no guidance counselor. “They said, ‘What do you mean? We need someone to help us pick a high school. Our parents don’t know how

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✚ DRAWING CONCLUSIONS At age 17, Zach Kaufmann is used to fighting for his education. Last year, as a ninth-grader at Charles Carroll High School, he joined protests with Youth United for Change to keep his school open. It closed anyway. On Sunday night, outside Gov. Tom Corbett’s Philly office, he and YUC were protesting again — this >>> continued on page 16



³ AS KIDS STREAMED down the streets of West Philly toward Henry C. Lea Elemen-

tary School for the first day of classes, Maurice Jones was looking for another group of people — and not seeing them. Jones, president of Lea’s parent association, had been assured by city officials that he’d see a team of volunteers, easily identifiable in yellow vests, manning strategic corners along a route designated by the city as a “safe corridor” for kids coming from the recently shuttered Wilson Elementary to Lea. “There was no one,” Jones says. That morning, this reporter also walked the route laid out by the city, and saw no volunteers. Two crossing guards, a volunteer for a private school, a parent and even state Rep. Jim Roebuck all had the same experience. It wasn’t the most hopeful sign for WalkSafePHL, a program unveiled by Mayor Michael Nutter in August. It promised to solve a problem much on the minds of many parents — the possibility of danger as kids making the transition from closed schools walked new, longer and potentially hostile routes to their new ones — by manning routes with an army of trained volunteers. The plan struck Jones as dubious: Where would all these volunteers come from? But he’d been assured by Anthony Murphy of Town Watch Integrated Services, which is in charge of the operation, that the volunteers would be there. Reached by phone on Monday, Murphy couldn’t say who had shown up. On Monday afternoon, Jones finally spotted a volunteer: a senior citizen named Josephine Blow who’d been recruited just that day. Blow was at a meeting at the police station, she says, when someone from Town Watch came in. “She said, ‘We need volunteers!’” So Blow donned a yellow vest and joined the afternoon shift. “I was the only one I saw out there,” she acknowledges. “But I couldn’t say for sure.” —Isaiah Thompson

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WAR AND PEACE ³ IRAQ WAR VETERAN Emily Yates has become

something of an Internet celebrity after video of her violent arrest on Independence Mall on Aug. 31 went viral. The reason for her dustup with federal Park Police? She demanded to know why she was being forced to stop playing her banjo following an anti-war-on-Syria protest. Yates, an Oakland, Calif., resident, singer-songwriter and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was in Philly for a gig. Detained for three days, she was charged and released with a black eye and wrist injuries. Her right hand remains numb and unusable; she had to cancel the rest of her tour as a result. She spoke with CP on her way back home to recover. City Paper: Was there a moment when you turned from soldier to peace activist? Emily Yates: I joined [the Army] shortly after 9/11, but it wasn’t because I was like, “Let’s go get those fuckers!” I wanted to be a journalist. … I thought, “I can go and cover the shit that’s about to go down.” I wasn’t joining to be a fucking soldier. I was joining the military so I could be a reporter on the frontline of whatever was happening — and then it turns out that in the Army a journalist is a public affairs specialist. I was seeing not only that the Iraqi people didn’t want us there, and not only that my own wellbeing was being placed in danger for something I didn’t believe in, but also how much of a huge financial waste was happening. … And I’m making this newsletter to the troops, telling them how awesome of a job they’re doing. CP: You’ve joined dozens of protests. Ever had an experience like you had in Philly? EY: I’ve never been arrested at a protest before. … I have had interactions with police that are positive. But at Occupy Oakland, I witnessed a fellow Iraq Veteran Against the War member get shot in the head by the Oakland PD, so I’m aware that police can and often do take really aggressive action against people protesting. But I’ve never in my life experienced aggression like I did that Saturday. I went to war two times, and I’ve never experienced aggression like that. CP: What’s next? EY: I’m hoping to get back to my music, as much as I can, and activism. … All I want to do is get back to some semblance of normality, so I can be a good wife and a good person — not an angry one — and not constantly closing my eyes and thinking about getting beaten and feeling like the world is a shitty, shitty place. —Samantha Melamed

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to do this.’” Luebbert says there’s a limit to how much she can help. For example, she doesn’t have access to transcripts. The school’s assistant principal, librarian and violin teacher are gone. “The library’s there, but no librarian, so it’s a dilemma as to what to do with a library that doesn’t have a person to keep it up. If every teacher uses it, does it become the sort of tragedy of the commons?” Parents also learned that cuts to school-security staff meant that many schools that previously opened early to let kids in off the streets and give them breakfast can no longer do so. The elimination of aides at Beeber Middle School means teachers have to escort kids between classes now. Sam Reed, a teacher there, also noticed that the principal is now on lunchroom duty. On Monday morning, the media spotlight was on Beeber: Mayor Nutter and Superintendent William Hite stopped by for various events. That attention, says Reed, kicked off “a year of promise as well as apprehension.” Reed says things went OK, all things considered. The most interesting moment came when, “a parent had Nutter’s and Dr. Hite’s ear, and she said, ‘It’s really great that you guys are here. But after you guys are gone, when these teachers need you or they need resources, are you going to be there for them?’ … It’s an important question.”

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Later, Sherrod says, she complained to L&I and the police without success. “I did try to have them remove the stuff, but it hasn’t, as you can see, been removed.” Sherrod, who was a panelist in a 2010 roundtable discussion about combating blight in Point Breeze, also acknowledges the police and L&I have “no records” of her complaints. She says she doesn’t know why that is. L&I spokesperson Rebecca Swanson confirms there’s no record of complaints from Sherrod and says she’s not sure how Plummer could dump on Sherrod’s land without Sherrod’s consent. “If someone goes and puts up a fence, that’s trespassing. My sense is, that’s a criminal offense,” she says. There is a record, however, of Rose’s complaints. But Swanson says that the complaints were automatically referred to the Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP), a neighborhood cleanup program. CLIP doesn’t have the authority to bypass fencing to remove the trash, so it could not clean the lots. CLIP did log complaints against each individual lot owner, including Sherrod, for trash and failure to obtain vacant lot licenses. But rather than appeal the complaint and call out Plummer for the dumping, Sherrod did nothing. The complaints against Sherrod and the other lot owners are still outstanding, and the lots remained unlicensed. Sherrod says she wants to sell her land. She alludes to a plan to clean up and develop the entire site in the near future. Indeed, three of the lots, including Sherrod’s, have been listed for sale since the beginning of the year, at $100,000 apiece. Sherrod also references a “new owner” who is going to stop Plummer’s dumping, but declines to name the individual. The only lot that has changed hands in the last decade is now owned by a 401(k) plan registered to the Richboro, Pa., home of Vitaliy Polyachenko, who says he is indeed interested in developing his newly purchased lot. But Polyachenko’s explanations only raise more questions. Reached by phone, he initially said that he wished the dumping would stop. Later he revealed that he had actually hired Plummer in the past for contracting work and that they were in regular contact. He disputed Sherrod’s suggestion that there were any immediate plans to develop the lots or to put an end to the trash. “I met [Plummer] several times and spoke with him,” Polyachenko says. “He says, ‘Well, no one else complained, and I’m doing some work for the city.’ So what can I do?” Though DD Fox Construction is a licensed contractor, L&I officials say it has not been approved for municipal contracting work. Polyachenko says, “I’ve only owned the lot for a few months, but Claudia and these other guys owned theirs for six or seven years and they never complained.” Records indicate that two of the other lot owners may be deceased; one of them has been tax delinquent for more than 20 years and has dozens of liens against the parcel. Polyachenko says

that the only other living deed holders he has encountered, the owners of nearby granite company CAVA International, are OK with the dumping. CAVA’s owners did not respond to requests for comment. Polyachenko says he hasn’t tried to stop the dumping on his lot — yet. “I just never put any legal force into it, because I’m not planning to do anything with that lot tomorrow,” he says. “As for Sherrod and the others? Maybe they have been in some kind of agreement or they don’t care, I don’t know. Claudia has some power. I don’t know why she didn’t move him out.” L&I is now monitoring the lot for continued dumping. But, unless the property owners come forward to complain or L&I happens to catch Plummer’s crew in

Polyachenko says he hasn’t tried to stop the dumping on his lot — yet. the act, Rose could be waiting a long time for a cleanup. Since one of the lots is tax delinquent, sheriff’s sale would be an option; but the sheriff’s sale process is, these days, a slow one. L&I referred the case to the city Law Department last August. But that case was against an owner of one of the lots, not Plummer, because no trespassing complaints had been recorded. In the end, that action was indefinitely delayed because of “staffing constraints” at the Law Department and the “non-dangerous” nature of the complaint, Swanson says. All this raises a question: In a city where abandoned properties abound and enforcers can’t keep up, what’s to stop any rogue contractor from turning any piece of vacant land into their private, fenced-in garbage dump? As Rose’s predicament shows, there’s not much to stand in their way. (

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The drop-out rate is gonna go sky high.â&#x20AC;? time against the Philadelphia School Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, which despite a summer of negotiations, is still beyond austere. Kaufmann, who plays the guitar, transferred to Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School in the hope that he could learn to read music. Now, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the School District cutting back music, this basically defeated my whole purpose.â&#x20AC;? Students from Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told their dance program and art classes are gone, and that music education has been cut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They cut all the things that make our school what it is and what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to be,â&#x20AC;? says Deionni Martinez, 16, a 10th-grader at Kensington CAPA. Martinez plays the clarinet, and last year got in two hours of practice a day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole point of going to school is to do the things you love to do, and now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being taken from us.â&#x20AC;? Martinez says other students told her theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d likely drop out if their arts and extracurriculars were cut; others transferred to charter schools over the summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The drop-out rate is gonna go sky high,â&#x20AC;? she says. Benny Ramos, 17, is going into 10th grade at Kensington CAPA; he also transferred from Carroll. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I built a family at Charles Carroll,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew everyone. I could go to the janitor even and talk about what was going on at home. Now, I have to build a family again.â&#x20AC;? He says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an artist, but freshmen didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to take art at Carroll. Now, he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the class at CAPA either. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is the point of a going to high school [without those classes] to learn a skill?â&#x20AC;? he wants to know. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How are you going to go to college?â&#x20AC;?


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UP IN THE AIR How a skywriting art project deals with running out of fuel. By Bryan Bierman

TASKED BY THE Asian Arts Initiative with creating a project in their neighborhood of Chinatown North (aka Callowhill, aka the Eraserhood, aka Trestletown), the lack of places for neighborhood groups to get together inspired Kyu to look up. “I started to think of the sky as the only public space that this neighborhood had, and symbolically thinking of the sky as a space that everybody shares.” Kyu initially thought of using a blimp to access that space, but nixed the idea when he found out that a month-long contract runs about $350,000. A plane-pulled banner, he felt, “wasn’t poetic.” So by process of elimination, he settled on skywriting. Kyu envisioned messages written in the skies above Chinatown, how they would make thousands and thousands of people around the city stop, look up and hopefully ponder what it all means — “a ‘Wow’ moment,” he says. He got groups together to collaborate on messages and lined up planes. But a last-minute problem with money paused the project. Kyu and his participants aren’t sure if or when they’ll get to see their fleeting messages go up in the air. But they keep working anyway. “I’m pretty often told that the work that I do isn’t art,” says Kyu, a Tyler graduate. “I don’t think of myself as an artist, much less a creative person. I’m just really interested in how we kind of navigate our own regular, mundane lives.” His performance art frequently reflects on the regular and mundane, like the 2011 project “My Best Friend Facebook Forever,” in which he did “everything Facebook told [him] to” for a month, attending every event that came his way. In 2010’s “Me & You, Keanu,” he acted out the final showdown of The Matrix at a gallery. Both were deliberately accessible to anyone who’s used Facebook or has seen The Matrix — which is pretty much everyone. “Because there is such a barrier for art,” he explains, “I do want people who wouldn’t necessarily be seeking art experiences to have an interest in my work.” For Kyu, the prospect of creating something with an assortment of neighborhood groups who weren’t necessarily seeking an art experience was exciting. He decided to have neighborhood participants create messages to go up in the air, before he was even sure how it could be done.

WHEN MOST PEOPLE hear “skywriting,” they picture a single daredevil pilot tracing a message in looping cursive across the sky. To maximize the number of letters he could afford, Kyu settled on a more cost-effective method: skytyping, in which a team of five planes flying in formation function as something like a high-altitude dot-matrix printer, with white clouds of environmentally friendly canola-oil-infused exhaust fumes serving as ephemeral ink. Skytyped letters are 1 to 2 miles high and visible for over 30 miles, though they stick around for no more than10 minutes, even in the best of atmospheric conditions. AirSign, the company responsible for writing the first thousand digits of pi over San Francisco for a celebration of Pi Day (shown, right), initially quoted him $20,000 to have their five New York-based planes fly to Philly and create the three messages — three times Kyu’s budget. However, they offered him a deal: The planes were scheduled to head down to Florida in late September for another gig; if they were going to be flying over Philly anyway, just having them go a little out of their way to do the messages would be only $2,000 per message. Kyu put out a call to groups in the area, with flyers written in both English and Chinese. He got so many applications that he asked six groups to partner on


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While discussing his current art project, Dave Kyu (shown, below), current artist-inresidence at the Asian Arts Initiative, mentions a quote from Oscar Wilde: “When bankers get together, they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money.” The sentiment rings very true with Kyu, which makes sense when you look at the time and energy he’s spent on his current project, “Write Sky.” He’s spent the last five months haggling with plane companies, looking for groups, holding meetings, trying to drum up additional funding and otherwise hustling. That’s about a month or so of work for every minute that “Write Sky” will probably exist as mile-high cloud-letters in the skies above Philadelphia, before it vanishes forever — and that’s assuming it happens at all.

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messages. He paired them up based on their applications: Roman Catholic High School with Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS), Reading Viaduct Project with the 215 Festival, and the Artists of 319 with Hive76. Most of those groups’ motivation to join can be summed up by Chris Thompson on Hive76’s application: “Writing things in the sky is awesome. I like awesome things.” When the Artists of 319 walk the couple blocks up to their partners’ workshop at Ninth and Spring Garden for a message-brainstorming session, Hive76’s appreciation of awesome things is obvious — the member-run “hackerspace” is a place where inventors and artists can play around with a giant array of tools (including a 3-D printer that prints chocolate — chocolate) to do pretty much whatever they want. (Which sometimes includes making battling robots.) Trying to decide what they want to convey within the 25-character limit may seem tough, but the restrictions invigorate the participants. Index cards with possibilities are strewn all over the table. Some go for humor (“[404] Cloud Not Found”), some for depth (“This Won’t Last”). One, “Be There Soon,” seems like it could be read as a terrifying apocalyptic tweet from God. But despite the cheerful atmosphere, everyone here knows that “Write Sky” is probably not going to happen — which, as artists, is something they run into all the time. “Every single project that I do requires more money to finish it,” Thompson says, to everyone at the table’s agreement. This one is no exception.

tunities out there. But then the job of the artist is trying to find the funding and make the artwork at the same time.” “Projects slow down when you start to look for funding outside your realm, if you’re not just counting on your own trash-picking skills,” 319’s Sarah Kate Burgess explains. It takes “work and time and bureaucracy to get the funding you need for bigger projects,” she says, an unrelated skill set that artists have to figure out for themselves. Kyu doesn’t see an easy answer for how to fund large-scale public art more efficiently. “I mean, I wish I had a rich uncle. Well, I do have a rich uncle, but he’s the one who advised me not to go into art, so … ” He shrugs. BUT EVEN IF the skywriting itself never happens, Kyu sees “Write Sky” as having accomplished much of what he hoped it would. “The concept is, ‘We’re gonna write something in the sky and it’s gonna be cool,’” he says, “but the intent of my project was that these different groups who don’t have a chance to interact would at least meet each other and work together.” Burgess agrees. “Being a participant is better than being a bystander. … Somebody who sees the project is going to be, like, ‘Wow, that’s weird and great.’ Then you’ll just let it go. But for me, it’s been more of an in-depth experience.” But seeing so many diverse groups working together inspires Kyu to keep hustling toward the goal. “I want to honor the fact that they got excited about this crazy idea. I’m used to spending evenings and weekends chasing my own passions, but now I’ve got these other people involved who are spending their evenings getting together. There’s no way that I’ll give up,” he says. “Eventually, this will be up in the air.” (

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DISAPPOINTMENT IS SOMETHING Kyu is “uniquely prepared for,” he says, due to his day job at Philadelphia’s “Percent for Art” public-art program, hooking up projects with the pool of money that must be set aside from the budget of any building in which the city invests more than a million dollars. Though that means there’s a lot of money earmarked for art, getting anything done is a long, challenging process: construction-plan approval, building approval, community approval, city approval, building approval, maintenance approval, Department of Public Property approval. “Any public art project that I work on takes about two years,” Kyu estimates. By comparison, “Write Sky” had been a breeze. But a few weeks before it was supposed to happen, AirSign decided to send the planes down to Florida in pairs instead of as a group. Since all five are needed to skytype, having only two in Philly at a time would be useless. AirSign told him it would be another $6,000 to get all of the aircrafts to come through town at the same time — money that Kyu doesn’t have. The initial date is on hold, and there’s currently no set “rain date.” Kyu has contacted many foundations trying to get the extra grant money — he even contacted GEICO, which has its own skytyping team. So far, he hasn’t heard back — not surprising, as there’s just as much hustle and red tape involved when he’s seeking foundation grants. Usually, he says, it would be about six months. This is an obstacle that’s extremely familiar to the brainstormers at Hive76. Although he understands it, 319’s Jaime Alvarez says it can be frustrating. “I think from the artist’s point of view, it’s, like, ‘Why is this so complicated?’” he says. “I want to make some beautiful art. You want to fund some beautiful art. Let’s make it happen!” For Alvarez, this is just a necessary part of the process, regardless. “We’re not the best at funding ourselves and our own projects, ’cause we’re artists. If we were financial managers, then we’d be in a different field. … Yeah, there’s oppor-

PI IN THE SKY: AirSign skytyped the first thousand digits of pi in a 100-mile loop over the San Francisco Bay Area for another aerial art project last year.

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FALL ARTS CALENDAR decades’ worth of irony and agony, the city’s all-time biggest hitmakers have, in recent years, started getting respect in Philly and beyond.


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✚ Oct. 5, Tower Theater,


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IDM-rock together should be an utterly unique concert experience. Apparently, this tour will delay the next Red Hot Chili Peppers album. Long live Atoms for Peace!

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✚ Sept. 24, Liacouras Center, liacourascen-

BLACK JOE LEWIS It wasn’t too long ago that only Austinites knew about this funk/soul guitar fiend. His latest record, the just-dropped Electric Slave, no longer has “& The Honeybears” on the spine, but never fear: This show will still be a full-band, bass-bumping, hornsblazing party. ✚ Sept. 22, Union Transfer,

SUPERCHUNK Possibly the greatest four-on-thefloor rock band to survive the ’90s, these indie stalwarts dropped their 10th (or so) full-length — the highly caffeinated I Hate Music — but are touring for the first time without founding bassist Laura Ballance (due to hearing issues). Bob Mould’s bassist Jason Narducy will get the nod, and he better learn how to pogo. ✚ Sept. 24, Union Transfer,

ATOMS FOR PEACE It’s hard to call this a supergroup, exactly, but watching Thom Yorke and Flea make experimental

THE MURAL AND THE MINT During PIFA, Philly mad-popscientist Michael Kiley’s amazing music-/app-making skills secretly turned Rittenhouse Square into a crazy-weird sound installation that mutated as you walked around. Now he and his crew are doing the same thing to the Race Street Pier area with a “musical palindrome” called Animina. All you need is an iPhone, some earbuds and a wandering spirit. ✚ Oct. 1, Race Street Pier,

ZEDS DEAD Last time these Canadian DJ bros played Philly, anywhere from four to nine kids overdosed on some stupid drug and got the show shut down. Be careful out there. ✚ Oct. 3, Electric Factory,

HALL & OATES Having passed through a couple

✚ Oct. 13, Electric Factory, ✚ Oct. 11-12, Painted Bride,

MAN MAN Pick up the brand-new On Oni Pond then make the commitment to spend Halloween with Philly’s wild, hairy cabaret-stompers. A guaranteed good time. ✚ Oct. 30-31, Union Transfer,

The nerdy Roots sideman steps out of the shadows for a solo tour.

Jay-Z’s caddy steps out of the shadows for a solo tour. ✚ Nov. 10, Wells Fargo Center,

MORBID ANGEL If you’ve been meaning to give death metal a whirl but aren’t sure where to start, Morbid Angel is sure worth a look-see. Two decades in, they’re still one of the loudest, most incomprehensible acts out there. ✚ Nov. 13, TLA,

✚ Oct. 24-26, Annenberg Center,


PAB launches its 50th-anniversary season with George Balanchine’s multifaceted ballet Jewels, featuring bedazzled costumes and evocative music by Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

It takes 10 virtuoso dancers (including five world champions) plus several singers and musicians to tango


PAUL TAYLOR This grand master of dance showcases four Philadelphia premieres, including Fibers, a rarely seen ’60s classic, and Gossamer Gallants, a satiric reflection on the battle of the sexes, among insects.

Anderson’s Dance Theatre X presents Restless Natives, a bluesy choreopoem about the many colors and clashes of love. With poetry by powerhouse spoken-worder Ursula Rucker.


✚Nov. 10, Merriam Theater,

✚ Oct. 20, Merriam Theater,


✚ Oct. 17-27, Academy of Music,




Fusing dance-theater and true stories of the LGBT community from the 1920s onward, Dorsey — a one-towatch San Francisco-based choreographer — offers an artful ode to the love that dare not speak its name.

The psych-soul robot just dropped her second album, The Electric Lady, two days ago and it’s hot stuff. “Dance Apocalyptic”? Damn right.

in Flames of Desire, a beguiling show of the dance of seduction.

The Garden

✚ Oct. 25-26, Conwell Dance Theater,

NICHOLE CANUSO If you seek a singular sensation, check out Canuso’s The Garden, where you go through a maze-like installation >>> continued on page 34

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wearing headphones while lighting, sound and the actions of dancers respond to your personal pace and gesture. (As you read this, The Garden is in sold-out previews at Fringe. It returns in November “at full capacity.”)

DANCE AFRICA PHILADELPHIA The longest-running national festival of African dance and culture partners with the City of Brotherly Love for a three-day extravaganza of movement, music, film, workshops and art. ✚ Nov. 7-9, various locations,

KUN-YANG LIN/ DANCERS KYLD’s wide-ranging retrospective

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The small but mighty <fidget> stages Sonorous Continuum: Movement and Sound, new experimental expressions by its co-directors Peter Price (music) and Megan Bridge (dance), with guest artists joining in. ✚ Nov. 8, the fidget space,

MILLER ROTHLEIN In MIRO’s Forbidden Creature Virgin Whore, iconic female mythologies of classical dance are shaken, stirred and irreverently updated.


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draws from 20-plus years of unique, East-meets-West works, including pieces never seen in Philly.

Tempesta Di Mare

BalletX continues to bring us fresh fruits from rising choreographers of contemporary ballet. This roster features premieres by Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb and BX co-director Matthew Neenan. ✚ Nov. 20-24, Wilma Theater,

BRIAN SANDERS’ JUNK Our city’s most inventive dance troupe goes family-friendly with Snowball, in which ingenious props and offbeat choreography make for fun, fabulous winter tales.


By Peter Burwasser

✚ Dec. 4-15, Annenberg Center,

✚ Nov. 14-17, Crane Arts Old School,

MASCHER MICROFESTIVAL Independent chorographers are front and center when Mascher presents a mini-festival full of pieces from the fertile minds of artists-in-residence Christina Gesualdi, Gregory Holt

THE CROSSING BODYVOX Grand illusions abound in The Cutting Room, a witty multimedia homage to moviemaking by a dance company that turns tomfoolery into an art form.

This evening of music by the “other” John Adams — Mississippi-born, Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams — might get ethereal. And no one does ethereal better than the exquisite a cappella chamber chorus The Crossing.

✚ Dec. 12-14, Annenberg Center,

✚Sept. 15, Crane Arts Icebox,

ASTRAL ARTISTS Aurora Astralis is a fascinating program of South American music, much of it quite new, as played by the wunderkinder of Astral. Works by Golijov, Ginastera, Bandolim, Fernández and D’Rivera. ✚ Sept. 28, Kimmel Center,

TEMPESTA DI MARE This spirited period-instrument baroque ensemble has won international acclaim for unearthing great >>> continued on page 38

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Poulenc do not usually get mentioned in top-10 lists of composers, but they both wrote ingenious and compelling music. This concert commemorates the 60th anniversaries of their deaths. ✚ Oct. 27, Trinity Center for Urban Life,

older music, but here they return to a program of chestnuts, care of Scarlatti, Telemann, Couperin, Pachelbel and Bach (his beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 5). ✚ Oct. 5, Arch Street Meeting House; Oct. 6, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill;

MENDELSSOHN CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA This superb chorus celebrates its 140th anniversary with a rousing program of 20th-century music for voice and organ. Philadelphia Orchestra principal Michael Stairs will be at the console of the mighty Fred J. Cooper. ✚ Oct. 25, Kimmel Center,


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PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA This unusually vivid season for the orchestra includes a series of concerts featuring music written for it. This program includes music by Bernstein, Dun and Rachmaninoff (the Russian adored our band) and a new work by Curtis faculty composer David Ludwig.


✚ Dec. 27, Trinity Center; Dec. 28, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill;

VISUAL ART By Alison Dell


An evening of the glorious vocal music of Bach, selected from his cantatas, as performed by a stunning ensemble of world-class singers and soloists. This is as good as it gets, and par for the course for PCMS.

Artists Simon Lee and Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation, a “collaborative think tank,” crisscrossed central Asia and the former Soviet Union while making the widely exhibited generative film whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir. Footage and photographs from their travels meditate on space, time, utopia and architecture. This exhibition blurs the lines between cinema, photography and installation.

✚ Nov. 19, American Philosophical Society,

✚ Through Oct. 12, Locks Gallery, locksgal-

✚ Nov. 1, Kimmel Center,


Three Headed Lady and Ephemeral Sprawl

Chase the cold winter away, as the old English carol says, with the ebullient Renaissance sounds of this enchanting ensemble. The wonderful soprano Laura Heimes will help warm things up.

FLEISHER WIND CHALLENGE Daniel Gerwin’s playful Undresser shone in this summer’s “In Front of Strangers, I Sing” juried exhibition at the Woodmere, while Ashley Wick’s Nature Is Natural — installed in a dark faux-forest at Marginal Utility — was a splendidly weird meditation on language. In the first iteration of the 2013-2014 Fleisher Wind Challenge, Gerwin’s trompe l’oeil and found-object paintings are exhibited with Wick’s animations and Kay Healy’s screenprints of found and remembered

domestic artifacts. ✚ Through Oct. 26, Fleisher Art Memorial,

THREE HEADED LADY AND EPHEMERAL SPRAWL As a neuroscientist, I really appreciate L.A.-based Katie Grinnan’s sculptural representations of conscious experience. At the Print Center she’ll continue to explore information processing and storage. ✚ Sept. 13-Nov. 23, The Print Center, >>> continued on page 42

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✚ Sept. 28, Asian Arts Initiative,

PICTURE DAY Practice Gallery (co-founded by City Paper’s Annette Monnier) invites every artist and art worker in town to participate in a group photo, elementary-school-style.

THE MALCOLM X STELES Philly-born Barbara Chase-Riboud began taking art classes at the PMA at age 7. Now the acclaimed artist/ writer/poet is the subject of a retrospective at the museum. ✚ Sept. 14-Jan. 20, 2014, Philadelphia Museum of Art,


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The Asian Arts Initiative’s Pearl Street Block Party features a community furniture-build led by Walter Hood, the eminent landscape architect and urban designer. It also provides the setting for activities organized by Callowhill and Chinatown galleries, the Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels van and installations from AAI’s resi-

✚ Oct. 6, 2 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art front steps,

CITYWIDE A far-flung network of collectives drive the Philly arts community. For the Knight-funded Citywide project, more than 20 of these collectives come together. ✚ Throughout November,


By Shaun Brady

behind the late, lamented West Oak Lane Festival, return with a PECO-sponsored Center City celebration culminating in a weekend fest headlined by the Sun Ra Arkestra and the Odean Pope Trio.

PAT MARTINO & ELDAR Virtuosity reaches across generations as Philly’s elder guitar statesman teams with the Russianborn pianist, who has evolved from child prodigy to a blistering keyboard acrobat. ✚Sept. 27-28, Chris’ Jazz Café,

PHAROAH SANDERS The legendary saxophonist, who ventured out with John Coltrane and then took his spiritual quest to new terrain with “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” makes a long, long overdue return to the region. College,

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DIANA KRALL The Canadian chanteuse reaches

back to her father’s 78 rpm jazz records on her latest album, Glad Rag Doll. ✚ Oct. 12, Academy of Music,

TIM BERNE’S SNAKEOIL The ever-inventive saxophonist/ composer has found one of his most fertile outlets in this latest ensemble, featuring clarinetist Oscar Noriega, drummer Ches Smith and Philly pianist Matt Mitchell. ✚ Oct. 15, Philadelphia Art Alliance,

CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT The singer followed up her 2010 Monk Competition win with a CD, WomanChild, that offers a vibrantly fresh take on the vocal jazz tradition. ✚ Oct. 18, Longwood Gardens,

FRANCOIS ZAYAS/LUKE O’REILLY The Bride refocuses its jazz series on local artists this season, beginning >>> continued on page 44

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JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET The prolific saxophonist pares back to a quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. with a quartet led by Cuban-born percussionist Zayas and in-demand keyboardist O’Reilly’s trio. ✚ Oct. 18, Painted Bride,

RHENDA FEARRINGTON The former backup singer for Roberta Flack is a powerful vocalist and an even more vocal supporter of local jazz.

✚ Nov. 9, Annenberg Center,

BOBBY MCFERRIN An ingenious vocal mastermind sadly still best known for an ’80s novelty hit, McFerrin digs down deep into his gospel roots on Spirityouall, inspired by his operasinging father. ✚ Nov. 10, Kimmel Center,

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Vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sanchez and trumpeter Christian Scott journeyed to Havana to play with Cuban musicians for this hybrid project. ✚ Dec. 14, Montgomery County Community College,

BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS Go figure. Big Sandy decided to celebrate a quarter-century of making swinging roots and rockabilly by doing an all-acoustic re-recording of his earlier hits. What a Dream It’s Been proves his energy is just as enticing unplugged.

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✚ Sept. 15, Tin Angel,

BATTLEFIELD None of the founders remain, but the founding principles of carrying Scottish traditional music into the future are even stronger 40 years on. ✚ Sept. 25, Ardmore Music Hall,

BRAD HINTON These days it seems Philly can’t have an acoustic roots project without Brad Hinton. The go-to country/folk/bluegrass/everything man self-releases his second recording,


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Whippoorwill, tonight. ✚Sept. 26, Johnny Brenda’s,

MARCHFOURTH MARCHING BAND M4 puts on a steamy show: Percussion and brass tightly wound over a mass of tunes inspired by NOLA, Eastern Europe and Brazil. ✚ Sept. 28, Ardmore Music Hall,

LA SANTA CECILIA Big, big fun, laughing and dancing,

code-switching like mad — this may be the coolest Chicano band ever. La Santa Cecilia is from L.A., but they only occasionally nod to Los Lobos, courtesy their impressive lead guitarist. There is an accordion, too, but the sound coming from it could be tropical as easily as conjunto. ✚ Oct. 29, World Café Live,

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✚ Sept. 19-21, Prince Music Theater,

BUNNY BUNNY tion for Enya. Still before your time? Brennan’s got a startlingly pure voice in the traditional Irish style and this Irish Christmas show is a can’t-miss. ✚ Dec. 10, Tin Angel,


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The Philadelphia Theatre Company long ago premiered Alan Zweibel’s fanciful autobiographical tale about his friendship with the late Gilda Radner, but they didn’t have brilliant comedienne Leah Walton in the role, as 1812 Productions does this time around. ✚ Sept. 19-Oct. 27, Independence Studio 3 at Walnut Street Theatre,

TRUTH VALUES: ONE GIRL’S ROMP THROUGH MIT’S MALE MATH MAZE Writer, performer and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari crafted this response to former Harvard president Lawrence Summers’ infamous suggestion that women are less represented than men in the sciences because of innate gender differences. He got fired and she got fired up. De Cari becomes more than 30 charac-

ters to tell her funny true story. ✚ Oct. 1-5, Annenberg Center,

HAMLET / SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER Quintessence Theatre Group’s third repertory pairing in four seasons contrasts Shakespeare’s tragedy with Oliver Goldsmith’s Restoration comedy. They’ll share director Alexander Burns’ energetic approach to classics and the Royal Shakespeare Company-inspired courtyard theater, in which some audience members sit above the stage, and others stand in the “pit.” as in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. ✚ Oct. 9-Nov. 24, Sedgwick Theater,

ELEPHANT ROOM FringeArts soft-opens its permanent waterfront home with a reprise of this 2011 Fringe hit starring Geoff Sobelle (now in his FringeArts solo show The Object Lesson), Trey Lyford and Steve Cuiffo as cheesy rock ’n’ roll magicians, a fitting larger-than-life show for the building’s long-awaited debut. ✚ Oct. 10-20, FringeArts,


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4000 MILES Amy Herzog’s 2012 Obie Award winner pairs a young cross-country cyclist with his feisty 91-year-old grandmother. Barrymore Awardwinning director Mary B. Robinson returns to direct this PTC production. ✚ Oct. 11-Nov. 10, Suzanne Roberts Theatre,

COCK There are no chickens in Theatre Exile’s season-opening drama by Brit Mike Bartlett, a 2012 Off-Broadway success about a sexual triangle involv-

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STICK FLY With no professional black theater company in Philadelphia, the Arden’s annual play by a black playwright is more a community service than a perfunctory attempt at diversity. Lydia R. Diamond’s acclaimed guesswho’s-coming-to-dinner drama, set on Martha’s Vineyard, is directed by the always-reliable Walter Dallas. ✚Oct. 24-Dec. 22, Arden Theatre,

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³ EVEN AS FRINGEARTS 2013 is still unfurling in classic, classy fashion — the dancers in homemade high heels, the cued-up poop smells — let’s save a little room for the Feastival.Slated for Sept. 12 on Pier 9,the annual food party thrown by restaurateurs Audrey Claire Taichman,Michael Solomonov and Stephen Starr is a culinary benefit for FringeArts future, like booking next year’s fest and retrofitting the Columbus Avenue Pumping Station.“Feastival is great for two reasons,” says FringeArts impresario Nick Stuccio.“It raises money for our mission and it is an opportunity to raise our profile in the business community.” OK, Nick, but you’re so skinny. You should eat something. “I love the food of Mike Solomonov and Peter Woolsey,” Stuccio states. “I’m also looking forward to strolling down Starr row.” As are we all. Feastival tix are still available, so go. ³ And let’s keep our nights free for Scott Johnston’s FringeArts’ after-parties at Underground Arts — this year’s official post-show watering hole. Johnston’s party is every night, but Philly’s not-quite-ready-to-move-to-NYC comic Doogie Horner is only hosting Sept. 14’s cabaret with the Ministry of Secret Jokes.Horner will also be around Sept. 13 for a standup-séance-signing of his illustrated new book, 100 Ghosts, at Brickbat Books on S. Fourth Street. ³With Old City’s Arden Theatre Company gearing up for its season opener in October — Parade,another in the ongoing series of shows starring Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble, that company’s second stage, down the block on N. Second, is coming along nicely. “We’re in our final push of the campaign now and will be dedicating the building in mid-November,” says Leigh Goldenberg, Arden’s marketing and public relations manager. ³ Table 31 is closing Sept. 13 and I for one say “bravo,” Chris Scarduzio.Forget that he’s got two smaller-but-sweller restaurants coming, Avance at Walnut Street’s onetime home to Le Bec Fin plus that unnamed up-n-coming off-Passyunk bistro. I think Scarduzio pretty much gave up on T-31 when he turned it into a hateful striped-shirt-boy (and their MILFs) dance club with a crew more concerned about hockey games than haute cuisine. Just saying. ³ Speaking of places whose existence can make you uncomfortable, welcome back to Red Sky at the corner of Market and My Own Personal Hell. Maybe that’s where all of T-31’s elder ravers will head. ³ The late great Philadelphia tenor and South Philly museum frontman Mario Lanza gets two honors on cable TV’s TCM network this week: a full day of his movies (Sept. 18) and a new compilation, The Toast of Hollywood,featuring rarities from his radio show broadcasts in 1951 and 1952. ³ There’s a whole other Icepack, with photos, at the recently remodeled (

CAMERA SHY: Shot during World World II, this image of J.D. Salinger is one of the many neverbefore-seen photographs that appear in the eponymous documentary.

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QUIET AMERICAN A new documentary pries into J.D. Salinger’s private life and reveals the contents of his secret vault. By Drew Lazor [ C ] SALINGER | Directed by Shane Salerno, a Weinstein Company release, running time of 2 hours, opens Fri., Sept. 20.


f all the captivating and uncomfortable revelations crammed into Shane Salerno’s dense, dawdling documentary, the way J.D. Salinger returned a phone call in 1974 to New York Times writer Lacey Fosburgh might say the most: “This is a man called Salinger.” America’s premier literary hermit up until his death in 2010, the writer of The Catcher in the Rye had long held a reputation as a recluse — a reputation, Salerno reveals, masterfully engineered by Salinger himself. While a true shut-in would rarely set foot outside (and never return a reporter’s call), Salinger popped up in public, kept up correspondences and teased the media far more than we assumed. The mystery surrounding his life was an intricate device — one only an artist with the balls to self-mythologize in the third person could construct. Primarily a screenwriter, Salerno spent the better part of 10 years developing Salinger, and stories of the production’s intense secrecy succeeded in building up Capone’s-vault-type hype for the big reveal. What he’s created has undeniable journalistic merit, a triumph of detail that will impress both casual Salinger-gazers and devotees who

have consumed everything up to 1965, when he was last published. But the feature has less value as a dramatic construct, recycling imagery and forcing drama while insisting it’s more than just a very good History Channel special. Heavyweights like Tom Wolfe and Gore Vidal get the talking-head treatment, and there are plenty of fashionable “defined who we are as an American people” sound bites. But Salerno does a particularly good job of mining information from non-household names, especially those associated with Salinger’s time fighting in World War II, which Salerno claims served as “the ghost in the machine” for much of the writer’s work. Salinger’s love life, centered on women decades his junior, is discussed in tandem with his writing, but positing that his interest in these women was emblematic of his infatuation with youth comes off as an academic excuse for a clinical problem. The bottom line was that he cared more about his fiction than his family, sticking to rigid ascetic practices that helped him both create and disconnect. He was a deplorable father and husband, his lowest moments trivialized via trite reenactments that wouldn’t seem out of place on Unsolved Mysteries. The ultimate payoff, of course, comes in the form of the supposedly airtight details of Salinger’s posthumous releases, long-shrouded material that will formally address the “what’s he been doing?” question. (Yes, the name Caulfield comes up.) Like the lore of Salinger, that stuff will sell itself, even if Salerno seems convinced it needs adornment. (

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Saint Joan, Betrayed

Our sad-sack, divorced main character Robert (Ed Swidey) remembers giving his young son a bath and reading him Moby-Dick. In the tub himself, Robert “becomes” Ahab, the other characters played by toys. As Ahab loses his mind, so does our protagonist. Swidey plays it beautifully, acting out long stretches of the book as Ahab, then switching back to the pathetic drunk Robert, until the two eventually blur together. Bathtub Moby-Dick could have been just a uniquely weird idea, but Swidey’s performance keeps it afloat. Through Sept. 22, $15, Wharton Heights, 1816 Wharton St. —Bryan Bierman Bathtub Moby-Dick

³ SAINT JOAN, BETRAYED Saint Joan is a great example of the Fringe spirit — extremely lowtech staging brought to life by great performances. Mary Tuomanen persuasively creates a sword, a battle, invisible captors and six separate characters out of three suitcases and a couple of masks. When Tuomanen employs a double-headed mask — one face when she’s looking right, another when she’s looking left — to simultaneously embody a pair of soldiers, it’s so cleverly done that it’s almost hard


³ MOVIE SCRAPPLE Overemphasis of a joke is the demise of its humor. Apparently Joe Coughlin of Philly Improv felt Plan 9 From Outer Space would be improved by live pop-culture-referencing running quasi-DVD commentary. He was wrong. The assumption that everyone has already seen the film was not true for most of the audience, which eventually fell into bored silence as punch lines obscured the dialogue being ridiculed. When the five comedians stayed quiet to let the film stand on its own ineptitude, it was much funnier. You can be funnier on your couch; you have been funnier on your couch. Through Sept. 20, $10, The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. —Dotun Akintoye

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Mired in an uneasy transition.

SEA CHANGE: With the influx of tourists and immigrants, old-school fisherman Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio) must adapt to the island’s evolving culture.

³ CHEAPSKATE. Yes, over there in the ugly

Hawaiian shirt you bought for a dollar at a sidewalk sale, I’m talking to you. You think classical music concerts are too expensive? Wrongo! For starters, you can see a show at either of the great Philadelphia temples of classical music — the Academy of Music (for opera) and the Kimmel’s Verizon Hall (for the Philadelphia Orchestra) — for about the same cost as an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet in West Philly, as long as you are not afraid of heights. The acoustics in the nosebleed seats are surprisingly good at both venues. For a slight splurge, consider the phenomenal series of concerts presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.This is as-good-as-it-gets music-making, an extraordinary season packed with awe-inspiring musicians from around the world.The best seat in the house will set you back 24 bucks. Better yet, there are hundreds, no really, hundreds of free, high quality concerts every season in Philadelphia. First stop, the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music,where multiple student recitals take place every week, at 1726 Locust St. These kids are exceptionally talented, and the chances are good that you will hear an artist who will go on to an international career. Ever heard of Lang Lang? Now, up to North Broad Street, home to Temple’s vibrant Boyer School of Music and Dance. Boyer’s terrific students also perform plenty of recitals, but the huge roster of free events here also includes programs by the excellent faculty, open rehearsals and a fascinating series of master classes by guest artists. And since Boyer is a multi-discipline performing arts school, there are a number of collaborative events, including outstanding full-blown productions from Temple Opera Theater. Penn does not have a music-performance department, but it still maintains a robust roster of free musical events, with a decided tilt toward new music, much of it centered on the work of famous faculty and emeritus composers, as well as compelling new works from the composition students. The series in the intimate and acoustically superb Rose Recital Hall are especially worth looking out for. So there; no excuses not to hear live music this year. There is nothing quite like it. Just don’t wear that ugly shirt. (


[ B- ] THE SICILIAN ISLAND of Lampedusa, so small that it doesn’t merit mention on a globe, is struggling to find its place in the modern world as Emanule Crialese’s Terraferma opens. The island’s older generation still makes its living by fishing, but that tradition is dying as the summers bring an influx of tourists. This isn’t the only change the fishermen are noticing: there seem to be fewer fish in the water and more African immigrants crammed onto makeshift rafts. Faced with crowds desperate for rescue, these elderly sailors are torn between the “law of the sea,” which dictates leaving no one to drown, and a new, formal authority willing to take away their boats in order to curb the influx of illegals. In the early going, Crialese posits the island as a Europe in microcosm, seeing its traditional culture either calcifying into tourist traps or altered by the arrival of outsiders, while frustrated by insurmountable economic challenges. It’s a sketch for a fascinating portrait, but Crialese leaves it unfinished to paint a less captivating picture. While out fishing with his grandson Filippo (Filippo Pucillo), Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio) pulls several immigrants from the water, saving them from drowning while compromising his own ship. The two take pity on a pregnant Ethiopian woman (Timnit T.) and hide her in the family’s garage, where they’re living while renting their home to a trio of young tourists. They’re met with resistance from Filippo’s mother Giulietta (Donatella Finocchiaro), who recently lost her husband to the sea and wants to give her son a better life. Thus the film changes focus from the community, mired in an uneasy transition, to a conventional story of nobility and interconnection, as bonds are formed and risks taken to save a woman and her children. The difficult mix of economics, culture and immigration that is set up is abandoned in favor of simple heroics, the question of saving one family eclipsing the larger problems that created their situation. —Shaun Brady

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not to detach from the action and marvel at her skill. Through Sept. 14, $15, Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th St. —Emily Guendelsberger

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the challenges of keeping his baby daughter safe and entertained. It’s probably an amazing feat — but, like the show as a whole, you’re not convinced it was worth the effort. Through Sept. 21, $18, The Funicular Railway Station, 416 W. Coulter St.


—Samantha Melamed

MinorityLand has the deck stacked against it with the mainstream Fringe audience. It’s way up Fifth Street, around Lehigh. It’s an issue play about gentrification and race. It’s Power Street Theatre Company’s first production, and young playwright Erlina Ortiz’s first play. The play’s description sheds little light on what to expect. That’s a shame, because it’s pretty great. The story follows Mama Julia, surrogate grandmother to mixed-race siblings Deb and Otis, plus Otis’ best friend George, a first-generation Asian immigrant. Because of rising property taxes in their North Philly neighborhood due to the expansion of an unnamed university, the play begins as Mama Julia helps two students move in to sublet rooms in her house. Issues of race and privilege bubble up. But Ortiz has a knack for making the audience simultaneously root for both sides of an argument. Her characters are sympathetic, flawed human beings rather than straw men and women or mouthpieces. Power Street and Ortiz handle a topic without satisfying answers with impressive subtlety and humor — keep an eye on them. Through Sept. 15, $10, Taller Puertorriqueño, 2557 N. Fifth St. All tickets at —Emily Guendelsberger

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³ CIRCUS LEGACY The reason we enjoy death-defying circus acts is that they’ve first gained our confidence. Not so with David Darwin, who started his Saturday-night show almost 40 minutes late, dropped several balls and pins while juggling and hit a pregnant woman in the shoulder during his knife-throwing act (fortunately, it was only a digital projection of the audience member, who was unharmed). Darwin works as a professional entertainer, so Fringe, he informed the people who had paid $18 to attend, is his time to experiment. “It’s good for me to scare myself and try something new and exciting,” he explained. At least he was having fun. The show has moments of brilliance, like when Darwin puts his legs behind his head and does the Macarena. And, between long, personal monologues, Darwin displays a lot of technical skill for juggling, balancing and spinning things. At one point, he escapes from a straitjacket, writhing on the floor and musing aloud about

Pig Iron’s Pay Up is an impressive logistical undertaking, with more than 30 actors in a vast “artificially controlled environment” that looks and feels like a futuristic experiment in which we are the lab rats. Be ready to move around and pay attention to rules. “You could have been somewhere else. You could have spent your money in a different way,” intones the voice guiding us through the 65-minute experience of choosing which short plays to spend fake currency on. But you won’t want to be somewhere else. You may think more about how and why you spend, but you won’t regret a ticket for Pay Up. Through Sept. 22, $25, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. —Mark Cofta ✚ Massive festival coverage at

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✚ CONTINUING AFTERNOON DELIGHT | BFormer United States of Tara showrunner Jill Soloway vamps on that vein of matriarchal dysfunction with feature debut Afternoon Delight, a sometimes-sincere but weirdly dismissive collision of affluence, ennui and sex. Miserable in her huge Silverlake home while her emotionally absent husband Jeff (Josh Radnor) develops mobile apps and doesn’t sleep with her, Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) seeks a jolt. It comes in the form of a night at a strip club, where she meets McKenna (Juno Temple), a young but self-assured dancer she later reconnects with after running into her at a mobile espresso truck. Motivated both by McKenna’s sensual grip and her patronizing desire to “help her,” Rachel boards McKenna as her nanny, leading to a

AUSTENLAND | CEighteen years after Colin Firth’s career-defining turn as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, along comes this barely there rom-com predicated on the Firth-driven mania common among a certain literary female set. Keri Russell stars as Austen-obsessed Jane Hayes, who dumps her meager life savings into a trip to the titular theme park.The actors-as-suitors include JJ Feild as a reluctant Darcy stand-in, James Callis as a flamboyant Colonel and Ricky Whittle as a dense would-be sailor with a propensity for baring his abs at the slightest provocation. While sparring with Feild’s character, Hayes begins a surreptitious romance with a charming employee played by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie, and the outcome of this particular triangle is never in doubt to anyone but her. Jerusha Hess, one half of the married couple who cowrote and directed Napoleon Dynamite, takes the helm of Austenland, which succeeds only at avoiding the irritating forced quirkiness of the films she crafted with her husband Jared Hess. But she replaces those grating qualities with a personality-free lightness, less a send-up of Austen’s world



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tenuous relationship that always seems half a step away from imploding. Though McKenna’s the one being shuttled to john appointments in a minivan, it’s the self-described sex worker who most often comes across as mature and maternal, soothing Rachel’s anxiety with her homespun grandma cures and unexpectedly stable worldview. This is what makes Soloway’s third-act treatment of the character so abrupt and disappointing. After being established as someone who’s more than the sum of her parts, she’s essentially put out with the garbage, having already helped the self-absorbed rich people overcome their petty bedroom hang-ups. —Drew Lazor (Ritz at the Bourse)

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than a faint wink in its general direction. —Shaun Brady (Ritz Five)

GETAWAY | F What the hell is Ethan Hawke doing with himself this year? Generally beloved in Before Midnight, he’s decided to accompany that hit with the derivative The Purge, and now Getaway, an inexplicably dumb series of auto crashes from prolific Canadian Bmovie man Courtney Solomon. Hawke is Brent, a gifted but disgraced stockcar driver rebuilding his life in (where else?) Sofia, Bulgaria. When his whinebag wife is kidnapped, a disembodied, terribly accented voice (Jon Voight) calls and tells him to steal a Shelby Mustang, using the hunk of American muscle to complete a bunch of tasks, including driving through a park, running into a delivery truck and driving through a park again. With most shots fed through dashboard cameras, the majority of the feature looks like it was filmed by a blackout drunk person with an Android phone, which would only be half-annoying if the chase made even one lick of damn sense. Selena Gomez’s presence, as a talking head who hates then loves Hawke’s feckless wheelman (literally, all you really see is her head and it is always talking), somehow makes everything even worse. —DL (Wide release) SHORT TERM 12 | B+ At a low ebb in Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, one of the group 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. Cretton, whose background is split between fiction and documentary, 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. Although the cast 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. —Sam Adams (Ritz Five)

THÉRÈSE | C+ Like Georges Franju’s 1962 original and the novel that inspired it, the late Claude Miller’s take on Thérèse Desqueyroux never deliberately explains why his title character does what she does and hates who she hates. Suffice it to say, married life ain’t for everyone, but most people don’t react quite as dramatically once they find out. Growing up blue-blooded in a well-heeled, well-forested area of southwestern France, Thérèse (Audrey Tatou) views her impending nuptials to shortsighted Bernard (Gilles Lellouche) as an escape from her tragic thoughts. “Marriage will save me. It’ll save me from all the disorder in my head,” she tells her closest friend/implied love interest Anne (Anaïs Demoustier). It doesn’t work out that way, and her rebellion against her posh but moribund lifestyle takes sinister form. The consequences, however, play out not in criminal courts but in the realm of bourgeois opinion, a much more ruthless form of imprisonment.


Miller’s final feature captures the cold ceremony of aristocratic families who view defending the status quo as progress, but it’s light on top, taking nearly half its run time to make its first point. The film’s most interesting relationship, between Thérèse and Anne, is a tertiary focus at best, a shame since the implication is that it’s the key to everything. —DL (Ritz at the Bourse)

✚ REPERTORY FILM ADVENTURELAND DAY CAMP 6401 Hulmerville Rd., Bensalem, 215-757-9142, Friday the 13th Summer Camp Sleepover: Celebrate this supersti-

tious day with hours of gore and horror. You might want to sleep with one eye open. Fri., Sept. 13, 4 p.m., $23.

BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610527-9898, Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy (2013, U.S., 88 min.);

A documentary looks back on the condolences sent to Jacqueline Kennedy in the wake of her husband’s assassination. Tue., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., $10.50.

THE GERSHMAN Y 401 S. Broad St., 215-545-4400, Watchtower (2012, Turkey/Germany/France, 100 min.): A dark, mysterious relationship begins. Wed., Sept. 18, 7:30, $5.

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second wife falls in love with her stepson. Sat., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., $7-$9. Gideon’s Army (2013, U.S., 95 min.): Director Dawn Porter will be in attendance to discuss her documentary following public defenders in the deep South. Tue., Sept. 17, 7 p.m., $10.

PHILAMOCA 531 N. 12th St., 267-519-9651, That’s Sexploitation! (1977, U.S., 136 min.): A cinematic time machine of adults-only content followed by Let Me Die a Woman (1977, U.S., 79 min.), the transgender classic featuring a real-life gender-reassignment operation. Fri., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., $10.

THE ROTUNDA 4014 Walnut St., West of Zanzibar (1928, U.S., 65 min.) and Adventure in Iraq (1943, U.S., 64 min.) screen in a vengeful, thrilling double feature. Thu., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., free.

VOX POPULI GALLERY 319 N. 11th St., 3rd floor, 215-2381236, Second Saturday Series: A collection of animated films boasting Alexis Gideon’s stop-motion video operas. Sat., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., $5.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE 3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, Nana (2011, France, 68 min.): Follow the abandoned toddler as she experiences life alone. Sat., Sept. 14, 2 p.m., $5. Day of Wrath (1943, Denmark, 97 min.): A pastor’s

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—K. Ross Hoffman Thu., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., $25-$30, International House, 3701 Chestnut St., 866-468-7619,

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✚ SCOUT NIBLETT Murder ballads, jilted lovers’ laments and vengeance anthems are older than rock ’n’ roll, but it’s been a long time since I’ve heard anything quite as exhilaratingly, beautifully batshit wrathful as the first song on the new Scout Niblett record, It’s Up to Emma (Drag City). “Gun” is lovely and erratic, driven by Nibs’ raw-silk voice, that lonely garage guitar and sudden bursts of gutshot snare drums. There are moments when our narrator appears ready to move on from getting her heart crushed: “She took your love away from me/ I am thankful every day.” But the defiant high doesn’t last long, and she’s quickly back to the song’s blunt thesis: “I think I’m gonna buy me a gun/ A nice little silver one/ In a crowd someday/ You won’t see it coming anyway./ Maybe you’ll be holding her hand/ Or watching her shitty band.” Look, it’s crazy, and bitter. And murder, well, I’m opposed to it. But damn, it’s just

such a shot of pure emotion, how can you not feel a little something like nervous joy knowing our heroine’s about to go kick some ass? I don’t know what I’m talking about. Broken hearts rarely concern themselves with justice. God, I hope little ol’ Scout Niblett’s not actually about to shoot somebody. —Patrick Rapa Thu., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., with Dope Body, Mike Bruno and The Black Magic Family Band, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919,

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✚ ALL THE SEX I’VE EVER HAD When Salt-n-Pepa recorded their seminal classic “Let’s Talk About Sex” in 1990, it’s likely that they didn’t have the geriatric set in mind — but that’s not going to stop the randy senior citizens in this Fringe show. All the Sex I’ve Ever Had, a production from Toronto theater laboratory Mammalian Diving Reflex, challenges aging and sexuality taboos as a group

of elderly Philadelphians field questions on their hanky-panky history. This interactive piece is the culmination of more than four years of research and dozens of interviews, a process that was often surprising for artistic director Darren O’Donnell. “The really interesting thing about the sex lives of older people is just how uninteresting they are,” he says. “It is just sex, after all.” —Jess Bergman Through Sept. 14, 7 p.m., $20-$29, Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, 215-413-1318,

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✚ THE SEA PLAYS The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective sets sail with two of Eugene O’Neill’s early, seldom-seen one-act plays, Bound East for Cardiff and In the Zone. Both are set below deck on the S.S. Glencairn, making the Tall Ship Gazela, moored at Penn’s Landing, an ideal setting. Keith Conallen, Brian McCann and David Blatt star in these tales inspired by O’Neill’s maritime

adventures, launched when the playwright dropped out of Princeton University in 1907. In the first, the ship’s captain is dying, and the crew clashes over who will succeed him; the second shows the same crew suspecting that one of their members is a spy. “Camaraderie and deep human bonds are shattered,” says director Damon Bonetti, “when faced, as these men are, with the sheer necessity of survival.” —Mark Cofta Through Sept. 23, $15-$20, Tall Ship Gazela, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., 215413-1318,

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✚ BARRENCE WHITFIELD & SAVAGES A missing link in the lineage of wild-man rock ’n’ soul shouters that runs from Little Richard and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to King Khan and Black Joe Lewis, Boston’s Barrence Whitfield built up a mighty reputation for tearing up stages (and record grooves) from the mid-’80s to the ’90s. Then he


For many artists, releasing an album of old songs redone with a string section might be a signal that the idea well has run dry. For forbiddingly dark art-pop chanteuse Zola Jesus (Nika Roza Danilova), it feels

like a vital move in the ongoing development of her musical approach, further stripping off the more off-putting and esoteric aspects of her sound — specifically, her inclinations toward lo-fi noise and industrial music — and downplaying her self-consciously Gothic image manipulation to highlight the simple beauty and emotional potency of her songwriting and her singularly arresting voice. Versions (Sacred Bones), which grew out of a performance last year at the Guggenheim Museum, is not exactly Sarah McLachlan territory — Danilova’s co-conspirator here, who’s written some highly complex and captivating arrangements for string quartet and the occasional drum machine, is experimental-music stalwart JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus) — but it is tantalizingly close. All those arty industrial vampires must be awfully confused.

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mellowed out a bit and faded from view by the turn of the century. But the man and his band of Savages — including several vintage punk rockers from the original lineup who’d been out of the fold for decades — are back in action, and based on the evidence of the in-the-red, don’t-you-dare-callit-retro Dig Thy Savage Soul (Bloodshot), at least as hungry and unhinged as ever. The new record’s dozen scorched, greasy originals and covers of twisted record-bin obscurities muck up the lines between primal ’50s R&B and jump-blues, gritty ’60s soul, Nuggets-style garage rock and spirit-of-’77 punk just enough to remind you that there really wasn’t any difference in the first place.

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are only a few truly family-oriented shows, and if you have to pick one above the rest, go with LEO, where the title character seems to defy gravity and other laws of physics in mind-bending ways. The surreal shenanigans and optical illusions are out of this world. It’s a big ol’ hoot, not to mention a multiple prizewinner at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Kids of all ages can’t help but be impressed by a performance that will have you thinking “Wow, that is so cool,” while also wondering “How the heck did he do that?” —Deni Kasrel

—K. Ross Hoffman Thu., Sept. 12, 9 p.m., $15, with George Urgo Band, MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 215-925-MILK,

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Though set in 1992, Greg Keller’s based-on-a-true-story play explores the complicated and contemporary topic of race relations. Two high-schoolage young men — one white (Brendan Dalton), one black (Brandon Pierce) — meet on the D train, and their journey from

Rockefeller Center to 145th Street becomes a harrowing confrontation that defies expectations. Azuka Theatre Company’s Kevin Glaccum directs this intensely personal drama while also dissecting an ongoing clash of cultures — both ethnic and economic — that hasn’t changed much in 21 years. —Mark Cofta Through Sept. 22, $20-$25, Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom St., 215413-1318,

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✚ LEO Despite this year’s lower nudity quotient, the Fringe remains largely an adult affair. There

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✚ SIX FEET (ABOVE AND) UNDER: A GRAVEYARD CABARET Who says death isn’t sexy? Necrophiliacs aside, most of us say that. But not New York’s REV Theatre Company, which is reviving its Laurel Hill Cemetery spectacular, starting with a Friday the 13th showing. This graveyard cabaret includes a free cocktail, macabre scenes of death and disaster and lost-soul singers performing a repertoire that spans Bessie Smith to Nirvana. Bring your own blankets, chairs, snacks and whatever else it is that you people are into. —Samantha Melamed Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-14 and 20-21, cocktails at 7:15 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $20, check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery Gatehouse, 3822 Ridge Ave., 215-413-1318,

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✚ TOY SOLDIERS Kickstarter’s already the third leading cause of cynicism in indie rock (just behind equipment thieves and iPhone videographers), so when I heard Philly band Toy Soldiers was going to crowdsource the funding to

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³ PRABHU, THE CRICKETER Date: Aug. 11, 2013, 11 a.m. Location: Edgely Field, Fairmount Park The Story: I was assigned to photograph a cricket match for staff writer Ryan Briggs’ cover story “The Secret Life of Fairmount Park.” Not knowing what to expect, I pulled up to Edgely Field and was met by cheering fans and cricketers with helmets, bats and uniforms. The whole scene felt like being transported to a different time and place, but there I was, witnessing an incredible match right in Northwest Philadelphia. A little later, the warm August sun lit up the field as players from both teams rested in the shade. I approached Prabhu, a member of the Titans Cricket Club, and was met with a sweaty smile. Here, Prabhu poses against a tree trunk carved with hearts and names, surrounded by cricket gear and Dunkin’ Donuts cups. ( Follow Neal Santos and City Paper on Instagram @nealsantos and @phillycitypaper.

promote their new record, I did a double take. They weren’t hitting up friends and fans to get the The Maybe Boys recorded — they wanted cash to push for radio play and get T-shirts printed and things like that. But now that I’m listening, I kinda get why they met their goal and then some. The band is in full swing, with big boogie-rock numbers and soulful Stones-y stompers. Guitars surfin’. Horns honking. Harmonicas going wild. Choruses shouted with gusto. This is the sound of a band going for it in the classic sense. They’ve probably got a shot at some radio play, and a wider audience. Go get ’em. —Patrick Rapa Fri., Sept. 13, 9:30 p.m., $10-$12, with Kingsley Flood, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215-739-9684,


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✚ HIGH CHEESE Playing on a Little League baseball team can be a lot of fun … if you’re winning. Otherwise, it’s a weekly soul-crushing that no 9-year-old should ever have to endure. It’s hot, you know your team sucks, and you’re not even sure you like baseball anymore. Johnny Goodtimes, our city’s finest Quizzo host, channels these feelings into High Cheese, his entry in this year’s Fringe festival. Along with comedians Chip Chantry, Carl Boccuti and Brian Craig (as “fastball

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pitcher” Bob Gutierrez), Goodtimes tells the story of his 1983 Little League team, which he claims was the worst “ever assembled. Ever. Anywhere.” Not only did they go 0-15 that season, they lost each game by at least 14 runs. That’s pretty rough, but at least it makes for some good material. —Bryan Bierman Sat., Sept. 14 and Fri., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., $10, Adobe Café, 1919 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-413-1318,

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✚ SUSAN ALCORN/ ERIK RUIN/EMBER SCHRAG Susan Alcorn began playing the pedal steel guitar in the traditional way, learning from blues masters and apprenticing on honky-tonk stages in country-western bands. But an encounter with Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros sent her down a different path, away from weeping over lost loves and old trucks behind chickenwire fencing. She’s since become a strongly individual improviser and composer, translating freejazz and world-music idioms through the pedal steel. She’s now venturing into even more alien territory with a new project teaming her with ex-Philadelphian Erik Ruin’s live-projector paper-cut puppetry and the spare, haunting folk sound of Brooklyn-based singer/guitarist Ember Schrag. The trio have collaborated on a new project inspired by landai, two-line poems written anonymously by Pashtun women and passed

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down through oral tradition. —Shaun Brady Sat., Sept. 14, 8 p.m., $6-$8, Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave.,

to explore sample-based cutand-paste trip-hop as Lilacs & Champagne, it felt like a leftfield move, even considering their main band’s stylistic omnivorousness. Hot on the heels of Lilacs’ increasingly stoned and solo-happy sophomore jaunt Danish & Blue we get Grails’ new Black Tar Prophecies, Vols. 4, 5 & 6 (Temporary Residence). “I Want a New Drug” kicks off with an ancient, warped-andwarbly choral snippet, while “Invitation to Ruin” could pass as RJD2 on a particularly dozy day. Otherwise, while little here approaches the doomy drone extravagances of some past outings, it remains that nearly nothing is off-limits for these guys — acoustic or electric, jazz or folk, delicacy or force, beauty, terror, spiritual transcendence or soundtrack-ish schmaltz. They make almost all of it work.

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✚ BATTLE OF THE TRIBUTE BANDS It’s safe to say we’ll never see Saves the Day, the Stooges, Captain Beefheart and Television all one on bill, outside of some fantasy-league situation. Some of these folks are deceased, and there’s no way Iggy’s into StD. That said, Saturday’s night of speculative fiction should be a winner when Best in Error, Acres of Diamonds, Watermelon Trance and Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, respectively, take on their aforementioned rock heroes. Hosted by Comedy Dreamz’ Andrew Jeffrey Wright, the battle not only fulfills some kind of obscure bucket-list dream, but all proceeds go toward CITYWIDE, a new arts initiative that will temporarily unite Philly’s artist collectives this November.

—K. Ross Hoffman Sat., Sept. 14, 9 p.m., $10, with Wrekmeister Harmonies, Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 877-435-9849,

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spontaneously but processing and reinventing their improvisations in real time. Seattleborn trumpeter Matt Postle’s inventions are dissected and warped by Polish electronic musician Radek Rudnicki into metallic shards and distorted dub abstractions. The two met while in the doctoral program at the University of York, and their collaboration is tinged with the white-coat headiness of clinical experimentalism. —Shaun Brady Sun., Sept. 15, 8 p.m., $7, Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave.,

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✚ ARCTIC MONKEYS Arctic Monkeys somewhat infamously saddled their debut with a cheekily cocksure mouthful of a title, so A.M. (Domino) — the band’s fifth full-length in just over seven years — is the closest they’ve come to a self-titled effort. The name fits. This album is similarly stripped down — not just back to basics, but arguably, more primevally basic than they ever were to begin with, particularly on a ferocious front-loaded run of snarling, blues-damaged riffheavy rockers. No longer the frantically antsy, punk-inclined lads of their early days, they’ve found their way to swagger and groove along with maturity and control. Those hip to Alex Turner’s perennially punning ways may note traces of glam, psych and swooning, Beatlesque romanticism, but nothing you’d really call AM pop. The album’s blackened heart, however, is unambiguously dedicated to the seedy, sex-soaked noir of the early A.M. hours. —K. Ross Hoffman Wed., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., $35-$37, with The Walkmen, Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., 215-878-0400,



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Dave King is best known as the rambunctious drummer for the snarky garage-jazz trio The Bad Plus. But he also divides his time between several other ensembles, including Happy Apple, Buffalo Collision and his own Dave King Trucking Company. The Dave King Trio is the most somber and straightahead of any of his projects, a low-key piano three-piece tackling jazz standards in a decidedly minor key. King enlisted two fellow Minneapolis natives — pianist Bill Carrothers and bassist Billy Peterson — reminding aficionados that there are sounds worth hearing in between the two coasts.

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King’s playing is restrained on the trio’s debut, I’ve Been Ringing You (Sunnyside), though his trademark combustibility rumbles just below the surface, like an outdoorsman bristling with nervous energy while stuck inside on a rainy day.

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forces to present a double bill of alphabet-soup free improv in classic and postmodern forms. Hailing from D.C., the OOO Trio (pronounced “trio trio”) consists of alto saxophonist Aaron Martin, bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Sam Lohman blowing in the Fire Music tradition of ’60s avant-garde. The RPE Duo (pictured) takes a more futurist approach, not only creating

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DRAFT MENU “The beer gets you ready for another bite.”

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cent, hot-sauced wings? A whatever burger and an equally mundane beer? Up until recently, beer and food pairings were rudimentary, to say the least. John Holl, author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook (Storey, Aug. 27), sees something of a renaissance going on right now in the American craft-beer movement. The high level of interest and care about where our food is coming from, he says, has transitioned into the world of brewing. For this cookbook, Holl has rounded up recipes from breweries, brewers and beer-forward restaurants from all over the country. It makes for a collection that is miles away from your run-of-themill chicken-fingers-heavy pub grub. Holl’s goal for The American Craft Beer Cookbook is to bring together good food and good beer. So, it’s no shocker that he tapped quite a few local breweries for recipes and beer pairings. Sly Fox out of Phoenixville kicked in a take on a Belgian classic, Saison Vos mussels, which sees the mollusks simply steamed with a farmhouse ale, along with garlic, shallots, butter and parsley. When it comes to matching beers and food, head brewer Brian O’Reilly leans toward contrasting flavors. “For me, the most satisfying pairings are the ... ones where the beer cleanses your palate and gets you ready for another bite,” he says. Case in point: rich, buttery mussels and the tart Vos. Hershey’s Tröegs Brewing Company plays with contrast even more intriguingly — shards of deepfried chicken skin topped with a mustard-andpickle-spiked smoked-bologna mousse. What to drink with this salty-smoky bite? Troegenator, a warm, malty doppelbock that cuts through the inherent richness of the over-the-top combo. Other close-to-home recipes from the cookbook include a fall-perfect, apple-wheat berry salad from Earth Bread + Brewery in Mt. Airy and a just-in-time-for-Oktoberfest Festbier cheddar bisque from Victory. When asked about favorite beer and food matches, Holl had plenty to say. “I love the rye soft pretzels. And the veal sage medallions are perfect for this time of year, when your herb garden is overflowing. But I have to say, lately, it’s the pale-ale pineapple -brown-sugar cupcakes.” (

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TAIL SPIN Once disappointing, the Twisted Tail makes good with a new chef. By Adam Erace THE TWISTED TAIL | 509 S. Second St., 215-558-2471, thetwistedtail.

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he “Blue Point oysters were like shriveled gray prunes.” The savory tart? “An Easy-Bake reject” layered with onions “as pallid and scrawny as Michael Cera in Juno.” Dueling ribs “dueled only for the worst in show.” This isn’t some venomous Zagat capsule for the Twisted Tail, but a few choice lines from my original review of the suave Society Hill music box and barbecue from two years ago. I rehash the lashing not to salt owner George Reilly’s More on: wounds, but to illustrate how far the English expat’s passion project has come since then. “We’ve been very true to our bourbon-andblues roots, and that’s kept us going, but finding that person in the kitchen that can adopt and understand the vision has been the biggest challenge,” says Reilly, a behind-the-bar veteran. “We’ve definitely gone through a progression with the food, and it’s at a place now that I’m very happy with and proud of.” He should be. Thanks to chef Leo Forneas, the Twisted Tail no longer needs to rely on cinnamon-infused bourbon drinks, dart leagues and Wednesday blues

nights to lure customers. Not to take away from the liquid distractions, of course. There’s a rotating roster of infusions (blueberry gin, watermelon vodka) and cocktails built on them, plus a thoughtful selection of brown liquor worth exploring, especially during Bourbon Heritage Month; Reilly is doing special pairings and tastings all through September, culminating in a bourbon dinner on the 18th. Beers rep local producers as well as English imports like Crabbies, a dark, fairly sweet, fizzy alcoholic ginger beer that’s probably the Zima of the U.K. Don’t care. I can’t imagine anything better while sitting out on the Twisted Tail’s sun-splashed sidewalk. With its colonial brick front, Victorian globe sconces and bay windows trimmed in denim blue, you’d figure the specialties of the house would be kidney pies and room-temp ales, not shrimp and grits and bourbon flights. The Filipino-born Forneas, who first came to Philly on a research trip while opening Buddakan New York with Michael Schulson, had never cooked Southern food before joining Reilly at the Twisted Tail. MORE FOOD AND “I didn’t know anything about Southern DRINK COVERAGE cooking, so I did a lot of research,” says AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / the classically trained CIA grad. “It’s, like, M E A LT I C K E T. how can you make the best fried chicken? It’s not going to compete with your grandmother’s cooking.” Who is this grandmother? I would like to meet her. The closest mine got to fried chicken was breaded cutlets, baked in the oven the stupid healthy way so the crumbs would never get crispy. In that way, I guess she and Forneas have something in common; his brined-and-buttermilk battered local bird, despite a deep fry, >>> continued on page 72

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The chef connects the dots between the tropical island of his youth and the American South of his imagination.

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lacked a thoroughly crunchy shell, the hallmark of proper fried chicken. Served in a paper sack and drizzled in rosemary honey, the breast and thigh slipped off their skins like a balloon wrapped in Jell-O. The fried chicken came at a lunch that began with a curious starter: earthy braised mushrooms and goat cheese whipped with candied ginger — an inspired combination — buried under giant Lolla Rossa leaves. Raking them up felt more like an autumn chore than a salad. I left that visit feeling like Forneas’ presence had made little difference. Back for dinner, he redeemed himself with an array of vibrant tapas cooked on the Maine hardwood charcoalpowered grill: strips of smoky veal bacon in a garland of pickled red onion; tender marinated quail whose dainty legs I dragged through tomatillo chimichurri; limesplashed pork-belly squares not unlike the kind Forneas ate as a kid in the Philippines. Forneas comes from a family of food people. His grandfather owns a butcher shop, his grandmother a fishing boat. The chef is at his best when pulling from his heritage, connecting dots between the tropical island of his youth and the American South of his imagination — dots that seem to surprise even him. Like okra. A favorite crop on his uncle’s farm, Forneas was already well versed in how to combat the vegetable’s sliminess. At the Twisted Tail, he whips them into wonderful pickles to complement the fried chicken. Pig is another defining parallel. Roasted then briefly smoked, the chopped pork butt tucked inside empanadas with cilantro, jalapeños and cheddar has the mosaic of rich meat, soft fat, crispy skin and chewy cartilage a la Filipino lechon. He cooks seafood beautifully, whether sweet Louisiana shrimp over well-seasoned Anson Mills grits; a thick steak of Chatham cod paired with heirloom tomatoes and black garlic vinaigrette; or a grilled Pennsylvania trout presented head-to-tail but without nearly all of its bones, the fillets held together by spine and a dab of transglutanimase “meat glue,” a nifty trick. It would seem Forneas needed to look to no one’s grandmother but his own. Posed over snappy, slender green beans, the trout could have used some salt. The cod, too. But it was easy to forget those little imperfections when dessert arrived. Accompanied by a swing-top jar holding a thin layer of bourbon caramel, round beignets came so thoroughly crusted in cinnamon-sugar they glittered like snowballs in the sun. Brown liquor also laced the gooey peach cobbler, though all I could taste was the bittersweet end of summer. Bacon ice cream came on the side. I was hoping we were over that. The Twisted Tail is not the best place in town to eat. But it’s a considerably better one than it was two years ago. Now if only a Forneas-like fix could befall the Phillies. (

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Chihuahua - Long coat, Males, 20 mos $400, 8 mos old $750 347.525.6978 COCKAPOO red and brindle, $400 Ready Sep 30th, 717-856-3810.

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Golden Retriever Pups-health guar. Shots & wormed. $300 (610)383-0382

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Pekingese Puppies $349 M & F, rare black. Call 215-579-1922

Poodle (Toy) 8 week, F, AKC, Blk Choc, Wht, house raised, $900. (610)926-9629

SHETLAND SHEEPDOGS - 11 Wks & up, 4M, Sable & White, $550, Vet Chked, DW & S, Akc & CKC Reg, 302.535.3732

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19xx N. 32nd St. 2BR $725+elec. brand new, c/a, $2175 req., 215.322.2375 22nd & ALLEGHENY 2 BR $590/mo. newly renovated, must see! 610.718.6542

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8xx N. Wynnewood Rd. 1BR $675. 1 Lrg BR Apt, carpet, hdwd flr, living rm, dining rm, close to trans. Sec & 1 mo rent. 215.715.4157 Apartment Homes $650-$895 215.740.4900

Balwynne Park 1br $585+ w/w, w/d, on st. pkg. Call 610-649-3836

16xx W Huntingdon 1BR $450+Utils $1350 move in, no pets 215-559-9289 18th & Ridge Ave 3BR Newly renov. Must see! 215-885-1700

11XX Mt. Airy Ave 1br $650+ utils w/w cpt, w/d, lg, mdrn LR. 215-920-5097 CHESTNUT HILL 1br/1ba $625 Modern. Section 8 ok. Call 215-868-0481

67xx Wyncote 2Br $700+utils 2nd floor duplex, 267-975-8521 7206 Sommer Rd. 1BR $680 Newly renov 267.271.6601 / 215.416.2757 Broad Oaks 1BR & 2BR Lndry rm. Special Discount! 215-681-1723

Rockland St. Large 1BR $595 w2w carpet. Avail now. 215-329-3013

57xx N 3rd St 2br $700 Nice garden, very nice area. 215.290.3192 59xx Broad St. 1BR $575 utils not incl Modern, w/w. Call 267-718-4306 60XX Warnock 1 BR $640+ nr Fernrock Train Station,215-276-8534

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

49XX Cedar 2BR 1BA $1055 Heat Incl New Reno, W/W, Nr Trans, 610.505.9109

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

2114 E Chelten Ave 2BR/1BA $650 Two 2 bdrm apts available in Germantown. Open kitchen and living area and common fenced in yard. First month rent and one month security required (water included). Available now, call Nigel to set up an appt (215) 370-6416

5220 Wayne Ave Studio & 1BR on site lndry, 215-525-5800 Lic# 507568 58xx Crittenden 1br $525+utils Renovated. Call 215-260-6511 601 E. Church Lane 1BR/2BR nr LaSalle Univ. 215.525.5800 lic#494336 9xx E. Upsal St. 2BR $750 Garage. Nr transportation. 215.275.7477 Gtn Apts 2BR $650 or 1BR $595 1bd, 1st fl.,kit,nrtransport$595or 2 bd, 2nd fl. kit, Sec 8 HCV $650 (215) 9132789

33xx Kensignton Ave 2BR $650 + utils 1BR $550+ utils Call 267-476-0224

1533 Orthodox Studio & 1 & 2BR Newly renov. 215-525-5800 Lic#309722 52XX Burton St. 2br/1ba $585 Modern kitch, nice loc. 215-514-0653

1600 Frankford Ave 1BR/2BR $1200$1600/mo. Brand new, Granite C/T, $35 credit check fee. 215-651-1671. 2217 E. Cumberland 2BR Newly renov. 215-525-5800 lic# 356258

52xx Jackson St. 1BR $675/mo. Freshly painted. Call 267-230-2600

Bridge & Pratt Effic. $480+utils 215-613-8989 or 267-746-8696 Burholm 1BR and office $825 + util. garage & park. Call 215-342-5427 Castor Garden,63XX Horrocks st 4BR/1BA ,Remodel,finished bsm, garage, $1,350+utill,sec 8 610-618-6916 NE Phila 2Br/1Ba $650 + utils. Call 267-456-8386

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Parkside Area 1br- 6br $850+ newly renovated, hardwood floors, new kit, Sect 8 ok. 267-324-3197 West Philadelphia 1BR/2BR $475 + up Newly Renovated. Call 215-284-7944 W. Phila. Apts for 62 & older, brand new eff, 1 & 2BR units. Call 215.386.4791

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Rottweiler Pups, 12 weeks old, M & F, $400. AKC. Call 267-270-5529

American Pitbull Terrior $250 Blue Pups 1F, 3M. shots dewormed 215.805.8755 BLUE PITBULL PUPPIES $1,000. Call 267-688-6450

GERMAN SHEPHERD Puppies: 4F, 4M Working bloodlines. $600. 215.880.3991 German Shepherd pups Female 1st shots HealthguarBlk/tan$900609-858-1807

Cavalier King Charles - M/F, tri-color, & Blenheim, home raised, parents on prem ready now. 610-485-4020

73xx Wheeler St. 1BR $625+utils. W/D included. Call 267-738-0834 SW PHILA 4br/1ba $1000 Modern. Section 8 ok. Call 215-868-0481

51st & Race St. Effic. 1BR/1BA $500/mo. Kitchen, A/C, new. 1st/last/sec. Pay own utils. Call 215.474.7332 58th & Lansdowne 1BR $550+utils. Freshly painted. Call 610-864-6315 61st/Chestnut Vic 2BR $650+utils Spacious, 1st flr, Balcony 215-796-3944

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1517 W. Cayuga St. Renovated Rooms $350 a month. Call (215) 459-1699 200 Block S. 58th St. Effic $550 Room $400, furnished 215.747.4113 22nd & Tioga priv ent paint use of kit ww $120wk $290move in 267-997-5212 23xx Lehigh, $330-$350/mo, kitch priv, income verif./ref’s req. 267-319-4132 42nd/Lancaster $100/week. Clean furnished rooms. SSI ok. 267-481-2735 55/Thompson deluxe quiet furn $120$145wk priv ent $200 sec 215-572-7664 60xx Vine St, $115/wk + 2 wks sec, cable tv. Call Gee 267-767-4496 Allegheny near L Train. Furn, fridge, quiet $90wk.$270sec dep. 609.703.4266 Broad/Olney furn refrig micro priv ent $100/$145wk sec $200 215.572.7664 East Oaklane - Female Rooming House. Clean, spacious 1 BR avail. 267.235.8707 Germantown Area: NICE, Cozy Rooms Private entry, no drugs (267)988-5890 Huntington Park Area $90/week $180 to move in! Dennis, 267-456-9403 Near Broad & Roosevelt Blvd 3ROOMS/

1BA $500+ FREE RENT for September if you MOVE-IN NOW! ROOMS for 1 person start @ $500 + Furnished (VERY CLEAN!!). Sec.Dep.required. CallAL:267-235-6555

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N. Phila. Temple Hosp. renov., kitchen, cable, $105-$120/week, 267-972-6716 OAKLANE $100/wk proof of income. quiet nghbrhd, 5 mins to Fernrock. Priv. home! 267.249.6340 Olney $100 & Up, furn. kit privs, coin-op, crpt. 516.527.0186

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51xx Ludlow 3BR $750+utils $1,500 move-in. Call (484)433-5764

S. PHILA - $100+. Drug free. Immediately avail. Call 267.688.7802 SW Phila - Newly renov, close to transp. $100/wk. 1st wk FREE!! 267-628-7454 West and SW Phila $125-$140 priv rm & ba, clean & new. 215-939-5854 West Philly/University City Area $100-$125/week Newly renov. rooms to rent. 267-258-8727 W Phila & G-town: Newly ren, Spacious clean & peaceful, SSI ok, 267.255.8665 W Phila new renov, nicely furn, ac cable, clean safe secure 267-253-7764

homes for rent 15xx S. Napa 3BR/1BA 20xx Croskey 3BR/1BA Section 8 ok. Call 267-230-2600

15XX TANEY ST 3BR, h/w flrs, newer kitchen, avail now 675+ 215-680-7011

1013 Edgemore Road 2br/1ba $895 215.740.4900

12xx Airdrie St. 3Br $775+utils 3 mo mvn. 215-228-6078/215-229-0556 23xx Smedley 3BR/1BA $1,200 1st, last, 1mo. sec. req. 856-627-7979 XXXX Oakdale Street 3BR/1BA $1100.00 Section 8 welcome. wall to wall carpet, stove, gated porch & back yard, near pub transp & schools, unf basemt, cable ready, Mustsee!!!(215)771-2068

5030 Tacoma St., 2BR/1BA, $690+ util. House. LR, DR, KIT, Sm yard & W/D hookups. Avail immed. 215-432-7959 518 East Ashmead St. 2BR/1BA $700 + For appointment, call 215-570-4921

1900 HAWORTH ST. 3BR/2BA Section 8 approved. Call 215-205-9910 21xx Margaret St. 2br/1ba $750/mo. + All utils. Sec. 8 OK. 215-740-4629 60 xx Large St. 3 br/1ba $895 Avail immed. Move in special. 215-459-6819 or 215-783-0175

65xx Van Dike 3BR/2BA $850 w/ fin bsmt, 1st/last & sec, 215.624.7548 Chester, 1123Thomas St. 3BR $675 yard, porch, $675 Sec. 484-988-0697

Upper Darby 3BR/1BA $1100+ utils Near Shops & Trans, Modern Kit, Credit Check, $1900 Sec Dep, 610-353-6705 Upper Darby 4BR Sect 8 ok, close to transp. 610.459.3990

NORRISTOWN 3BR/1.5BA $1650+utils W/D incl. Quiet loca. Avail. Immed. 609.280.1300

NORTHPORT, ME. 2BR/1BA. $1000 week or $3,000 month. Ocean front mid coast Maine, fireplace, laundry, private beach. Call 207-691-3140


18XX Sigel 3BR row $595 + utilities. 215-701-7076

Cadillac Sedan Deville 2001 Luxury 4 dr, with sunroof $5,975 woman driven, like new, 59,000 ORIGINAL MILES. Special car for particular buyer. Call 215-629-0630

61xx Locust St. 3BR/1BA A/C. Section 8 ok. Call 215-432-3040

Ford 2000 Handicapped Equipped Luxury Hightop Van (new body style) a/c, full pwr, original miles, mag whls, like new quick private sale, $5,975. 215-928-9632

65xx Gesner St. 3BR $675+utils cls to trans, Sec 8 ok, 267-738-0834

South West Phila 2BR /3BR House "Modern." Elmwood Area. 215.726.8817

13XX N. Wanamaker. 3br/1ba $825/mo. Home. 1st/last/1mo. security required Call 267-255-1895

14xx N. Felton St 3br/1ba newly renov,1 mo. rent+sec. 215.279.3897

Mercury Grand Marquis 2003, $5975 Luxury 4 door, new body style, few original miles, like new. Mary 215-922-6113

Mercury Sun Valley 1954 $9,000 Gar, good body, needs wrk! 856.278.7787 Nissan Xterra SE 2001 $5,800 A rare find. 1 owner. 610.506.5759

Subaru Outback 2004 $6,000 91K Mi, 4 Cyl, 4wd, 2.5L, Insp, Silver Pw, PL, Heated seats, clean 215.953.0156

low cost cars & trucks Chevy Metro LSI 1998 $2,150 Auto A/C, 40MPG, 115K. 215-620-9383 Chrysler Sebring Limited 2005 $4,500 2dr, loaded, like new Call 610-506-5759 Dodge Gr. Caravan 2007 $3995 Slvr, stow & go, 7seats. 267-592-0448 Ford Explorer Sport 1998 $1650 4x4, All pwrs, runs new, 215-620-9383 FORD WINDSTAR LX 2002 $3700 Loaded, exc cond. 215-389-4310 GMC Sierra 3500 1995 snake-body flat bed, 4 speed trans, Lght Comm, Like new, distress sale $3975 TODAY 215.627.1814 Honda Accord EX 1999 $3,800/obo New timing belt. Call 610-585-0510


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