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Neighbors complain about the stench of rotting meat two weeks after a fire at a Dietz & Watson warehouse in Burlington County. But they admit the first couple hours smelled kind of amazing. Rev. Al Sharpton, visiting Philly for an education conference, blasts Gov. Corbett for spending money on jails instead of education. And it’s the most important and effective speech of Sharpton’s career.Well, it’s tied with all his other speeches. A web site called Credit Donkey ranks Philadelphia sixth on its “Best Cities for Newlyweds” list.You know, throwing together meaningless lists is no way to build a respectable brand, Credit Donkey.

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Flyers goalie Steve Mason’s new mask features zombified depictions of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and George Washington. “I would be insulted,” says the ghost of Commodore Barry, “if I thought you could steal the starter job from Ray Emery. Yes, everyone here in Hell follows hockey. Yes, Hell is real, and I’m in it. Long story. Sort of. I murdered people, is the gist of it.”

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LIKE A VIRGIN: Sixty years ago this week, five schoolgirls’ vision of Mary in a privet bush sparked a religious craze. By Oct. 25, 1953, 70,000 people had visited the shrub in Fairmount Park. TEMPLE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES. URBAN ARCHIVES. MCDOWELL BULLETIN COLLECTION

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ixty years ago this week, the Virgin Mary “visited” West Philadelphia. And, in one of the more bizarre chapters in the city’s ecclesiastical history, so did 70,000 pilgrims. The epicenter of the religious frenzy? An unremarkable, if oddly placed, privet bush in Fairmount Park near 51st Street and Parkside Avenue. This shrub’s unlikely turn in the spotlight began on the afternoon of Sept. 18, 1953, a sunny and hot one according to Farmers’ Almanac.Three girls were walking home from class at St. Gregory’s Roman Catholic parochial school, located near 52nd Street and Lancaster Avenue. Tracing the perimeter of Fairmount Park, Margaret Keville, Mary Hagerty and Roseann Pinto, all 14 at the time, stopped to chat on a bench. There, in the privet bush, the three saw a vision of Christ’s mother in a blue veil and white gown. Or so they said. They returned the next day with friends, sisters Mary and Carol Burns, who, this time kneeling before the miraculous bush, also claimed to see a face amid the tangle of branches, according to a Life magazine article from the time. All claimed to detect an inexplicable breeze and the scent of roses emanating from the plant. But church officials dismissed the apparition as a “mass hallucination,” while others said a recently released movie about Portuguese children witnessing a Marian apparition had fueled overexcited imaginations.

Not that it really mattered: Word spread that the bush had healing properties. And a rumor purported that the Virgin would appear again on the evening of Oct. 25. Over the next month, a trickle of gawkers from the surrounding Parkside neighborhood turned into a deluge of worshippers as more residents of Philadelphia’s Catholic wards came to inspect the mysterious plant — just in case. When the night of Oct. 25 finally rolled around, 50,000 people had assembled for an encore performance from the apparition, according to newspaper accounts. By this time, 20,000 visitors had already passed by the bush, now festooned with rosaries, prayer cards and lots of money — about $53,667 worth, adjusted for inflation. The now-disbanded Fairmount Park Guard erected “in” and “out” signs to direct the flow of visitors, and six guardsmen stood in formation around the shrub. Visitors claimed that they could already see the outline of the virgin in tree branches above the bush. One man keeled over and died in anticipation, according to a story in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. Perhaps it goes without saying that Mary never showed up that night, but the cash left by the plant was collected by park guards and a court case ensued. Eventually, the court decided that a shelter and benches should be constructed with the money in order to accommodate future onlookers. But despite the construction of a handsome stone gazebo and picnic tables, the crowds dried up within a month. Still, park planning maps marked the “Vision Bush” up to at least 1983.

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✚ AWAY FROM HOME Last week we profiled the struggle between a Point Breeze resident and a contractor who was dumping on land next door owned in part by Claudia Sherrod, executive director of the civic group South Philadelphia HOMES, Inc. Sherrod claimed to be against the dump. But she struggled to explain why she had been unable to stop it. Then, after we went to press, she resigned. She leaves many unanswered questions, including about a series of real-estate transactions connected to her nonprofit. City records indicate that the board of SPH voted in 2008 to transfer ownership of its headquarters at 1444 Point Breeze Ave. to Sherrod and her husband, Roy, at no cost. According to an SPH document, the move was to “give the building back into the hands of the person who gave the building to SPH” and indicates that SPH would rent from Sherrod. The problem? That property had actually been given to SPH by the Philly Redevelopment Authority (PRA) for $1 just five years earlier. Sherrod’s explanation was that she had shouldered $45,000 in renovation costs and “was requested by [the PRA] to put the building in my name.” Paul Chrystie, spokesman for the PRA, contradicted that: “Neither the City nor PRA seek to have an executive director take ownership [of properties given to civic groups], and did not seek that in this specific instance.” While it is not illegal for SPH to give her a building, now valued at around $155,000, that it received from the city for free, it is certainly curious. SPH now spends $5,000 a year on rent, according to their financial disclosures. Sherrod would not confirm whether this money is paid to her directly. —Ryan Briggs



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Nine years later, city firefighter Joe Finley still remembered. Testifying at the trial of drug kingpin Kaboni Savage, 38, for murder in aid of racketeering, Finley told a jury what he was thinking as he entered a burning rowhouse in the 3200 block of North Sixth Street in the early hours of Oct. 9, 2004. “This is what hell looks 3256 N. Sixth St.

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fighter recalled when he testified back in April. “Hell: That’s what it would remind you of. The whole room had this eerie glow to it.” Six people — two women and four children — died in the blaze. Today, Kidada Savage, 31, is awaiting sentencing for her part in the arson. Known as “Da” or “Li’l Sis” in the drug underworld her brother dominated, she was convicted of six counts of murder in aid of racketeering and related charges, and faces a mandatory life sentence. Her sentencing was set for Monday, but is now on hold while she seeks a new attorney. It’s the latest chapter in what has been described by law-enforcement as one of the most brutal, senseless examples of witness intimidation in Philly history. Kaboni Savage — who, according to testimony and evidence, ordered the arson from prison, where he had been awaiting trial on drug-trafficking charges — had already been convicted of those six homicides and six others after a four-month trial. In May, he was given the first federal death sentence ever imposed in the >>> continued on page 8


SEED CAPITAL ³ AT THE RIVERA Recreation Center at Fifth and Allegheny in Fairhill, a rectangular grassy expanse marks the former site of an Olympic-size swimming pool that was frequently used for citywide competitions. Years of neglect led to cracks in the pool’s retaining wall, spilling water onto Allegheny Avenue in the 1980s. Restoring the pool was considered a funding priority — but the city never quite got the money together. By the 1990s, the pool was filled with trash and even an abandoned automobile. Eventually, it was filled in. “They had stands and everything, bleachers right there!” says Lorraine Busch, master gardener for Penn State Extension’s Harvest for Health Program.“When I came here, I couldn’t believe the pool was gone. It’s unbelievable. Now we’re putting in a garden.” This summer, the Department of Parks and Recreation brought together children from the rec center and elders from the nearby Mann Senior Center to run an urban farm on that green space. The effort has been well received in Philadelphia’s largest Hispanic community. “People come from these agricultural roots and are used to having acres and acres of land for their own personal family garden,” says department facilitator Elisa Ruse-Esposito. “They move to Philadelphia and they don’t have space to grow food. This helps them reconnect to their roots, and I’d say it’s therapeutic, too.” About 40 community gardens are currently located on city parkland, she estimates. But the intergenerational program in Fairhill represents a new Parks Department initiative, and may be used as a model as the department converts more paved areas at rec centers into green space. On a sunny Thursday morning, a gaggle of older women from the Mann center were tending to tomato plants in raised beds. Once school let out, children would flood the garden, learning about gardening techniques and nutrition. The women gushed about the wonderful growing season they’d had together. Lucy Gomez had brought her own plants to contribute to a new row of raised beds, proudly displaying oregano brujo,“witch’s oregano,” a staple in Puerto Rican cooking. “I put it with the garlic, if you’re going to make beans or a chicken dish,” she said. But all around this newly built oasis, the department’s legacy of underfunding remains. The chipping paint on the adjacent jungle gym and Rivera’s grimy, Cold-War-era building make it clear that farming can only do so much to transform the city’s neglected public facilities. —Ryan Briggs

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“She is in a state of diphtheria and liable to imagine anything.” Amazingly, that wasn’t the first time the Virgin Mary was spotted in West Philly. In 1881, The New York Times reported that an 18-year-old blind girl had claimed to have seen Mary on the wall of her bedroom, at 4058 Market St. Others also witnessed a crowned figure on the wall, though the reporter was warned by a doctor that “the girl is in a state of diphtheria and is liable to imagine anything.” But Today, 60 years after the sighting in Fairmount Park, a lot has changed. Parkside’s Catholic community has scattered. And St. Gregory’s is gone. It closed long ago, and the building was destroyed by a fire in 2012. The girls left the neighborhood decades ago. The bench they sat on is gone, and Evening Bulletin reporter Henry Darling, who broke the story, died last year. But the privet bush, improbably, is still there — and so is Mary. Someone has erected a massive wooden cross in front of the bush and tied a plastic lawn ornament of the virgin to the crucifix with a piece of wire. Hand-carved into the cross is an inscription, “AT THIS BUSH ON 9-18-53 MARY OUR BLESSED MOTHER APPEARED.” The gazebo still stands, but someone has scrawled a lewd message on its side. Six decades haven’t put an end to visitors either;

at least, not completely. Now in the shadow of the Mann Center, two individuals crouched before the Vision Bush on a recent afternoon, with a cat carrier in tow. Wynnfield resident Sharmond Lane, with his girlfriend Kimberly, said they like to bring their cat to the spot to “let her run around.” “It makes you think,” said Lane. “I was born in 1953 myself, and I sort of identify with this, because my mother’s name was Mary Magdalene. I’m her only son and I was raised in the church. “And I do have visions,” he said. Lane first related a fairly literal “vision” to help the city’s troubled school system. But later, he said that, at times, he thought he had seen more miraculous things — like the girls said they did 60 years ago. Even so, he said, “I don’t believe in this statue and all that. I believe in God being spiritual rather than physical. That there is just an idol.” (

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“I saw a baby under the woman. I had to make a choice.” Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is appealing. Savage, a former professional boxer, used fear, intimidation and murder to operate a multi-million-dollar North Philadelphia cocaine-distribution network, authorities said. Witness intimidation was one of the ways he maintained order and thwarted investigators. It was, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gallagher said, “a scorched-earth” approach. The 2004 firebombing was a horrendous example. The rowhouse was the home of the mother of Eugene Coleman, an associate of Savage’s who had begun cooperating with authorities. Finley made his way up the stairs at about 5 a.m. as fellow firefighters poured water on the blaze. He described going room to room, looking through a thermal-imaging camera. “Through the camera,” he said, “I could see a body of a woman.” She was kneeling on the floor, with her arms and body over the bed — as if she were praying, prosecutors would note, or shielding someone. Finley reached for his flashlight. That’s when he saw a second victim. “I saw the leg of — a little baby leg sticking out from under the body of [the woman],” he said. “I had to make a choice then. It just looked like the woman was dead. … I scooped up the baby in my arms and then headed

… out of the dwelling.” The baby Finley carried out was Damir Jenkins, the 15-month-old son of Eugene Coleman, and he was already dead. The woman who had thrown her body over the baby was Tameka Nash, 34,

Coleman’s cousin. In another bedroom, firefighters found the bodies of Marcella Coleman, the 54-year-old family matriarch; Khadijah Nash, 10, Tameka’s daughter; and two of Coleman’s cousins, Sean Rodriguez, 15, and Tajh Porchea, 12. Prosecutors told the jury that those living in the rowhouse never had a chance to escape. In seconds, they said, the firebombing had turned their home into an inferno with temperatures exceeding 1,000 degrees. Finley told the same story. “If there is ever a hell,” he said, “this is what it looks like.” —George Anastasia ✚ A version of this article appeared on Contact George Anastasia at

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Investigators remove a victim’s body from a home on the 2500 block of North Corlies Street on March 5. According to police, the 40-yearold man was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

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A decade of war in Philly’s deadliest neighborhood. BY DANIEL DENVIR

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y son was shot twice in the head, right there,” says the middle-aged man standing at the corner of Stanley and Huntingdon, gesturing to a point a few blocks away. “Yeah, he made a full recovery. He’s just blind in one eye.” The motive for the shooting last October was “bullshit,” the man says. It’s a common explanation for the shootings that terrorize North Philly’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. “Excuse my expression. BS. That’s it.” A few feet away, Jahaira Torres stands next to her teal minivan and points out where a bullet burst through the windshield last March while a few of her children sat in the backseat, screaming. “I was sitting there waiting at the light,” Torres says. “It seems like they were fighting, and some trouble started. And I got hit with a bullet in my face.” Scars across the right side of her face are a reminder that the bullet was just wide of fatal. Landmarks of gun violence are everywhere in this neighborhood-turned-battlefield that comprises one of the most violent sections of one of America’s most murder-plagued major cities. Jobs are scarce. Illegally dumped garbage is

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piled high on the sidewalk. Most everyone is black and extraordinarily poor. Murders are often described in the news media as drug-related or as the result of an argument — aka “bullshit.” But the street-corner killings that take many young black lives in Philadelphia are often manifestations of more complicated stories that few outside the neighborhood bother to interpret. This is one of those stories. In the northwestern section of Strawberry Mansion, a decade-long gunfight involving three corners has wounded numerous bystanders, led to rampant witness intimidation, destroyed lifelong friendships and killed or incarcerated a generation of impoverished young men who, with little adult oversight, inherited a dangerous neighborhood and made it their own. Since 2003, there have been at least 150 shootings and 30 murders in the roughly one-tenth of a square mile bounded by 29th Street, Ridge Avenue, Lehigh Avenue and York Street. These years of violence, according to residents and police, can be traced back to one trigger: the killing of 17-year-old Calvin Alexander on Oct. 11, 2003. Alexander had respect on the block from friends and his many family members. That October day, Alexander was at a party. And sometimes, at parties, “things pop off,” says Nortavin Rogers, who lived next door to him, near 30th and Huntingdon. “[Alexander] got hit, ran a block up and that’s as far as he made it. The guy found him, caught him, shot him.” The guy was Bonnie Coclough, from the corner of 32nd and York. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison. Still, Alexander’s friends from the corner of 30th and

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Huntingdon wanted revenge, and the killing sparked a war between the two corners half a mile apart. Sources say Alexander’s then-9year-old brother, Kaheem, grew up chasing vengeance. Alexander’s death shaped a new pattern of violence, sending gunfire from one corner to another and back. Blocks align, split, cooperate, war and implode. And, despite a citywide and police-district-wide decline in both homicides and violent crime overall, it continues, on and off, to this day. By a year after Alexander’s shooting, and for unclear reasons, the feud had expanded to include a third group, from 33rd and Huntingdon, another corner populated by young men with guns. The 33rd Street groups allied themselves with York Street. “After that, it was almost like shoot on sight: ‘Hey, there’s someone from 33rd Street,’” says one police source. “It all stemmed from Calvin,” says Julius Phillips, known as Jubeano, who founded a “youth organization” called Trey-O, for 30th Street. At age 32, Jubeano is already an elder. In the living room of his rowhouse on Hollywood Street two blocks from 30th, after his young daughter runs outside to play in the street, he picks apart the history of violence here. “It

was really just one or two people that probably didn’t like each other,” but it quickly became a territorial matter. Police say the groups from 30th and Huntingdon, and those they were fighting on 33rd Street and on York Street, are drug-peddling criminal enterprises. “They’re not national gangs,” says Officer Anthony Soliman, who patrols the neighborhood. “We have this vision of Bloods and Crips.” But it’s really just about “this block and that block” and the ties that bind and divide them. “The names change frequently,” he says. “What doesn’t change is the geographic location.” Members say it’s more complicated.Trey-O, says Phillips, plays no part in criminality. And Team A, another group from 30th and Huntingdon, is also a rap group. Many individuals, though, do sell drugs: crack cocaine, marijuana and wet, the latter being Philadelphia’s most popular method to ingest PCP (dealers charge $15 to dip a cigarette into a vial). A decade ago, a dealer could bring in real money in Strawberry Mansion, but today most of that money’s gone. A decade of rampant violence has driven customers away and attracted police. These days, the high-volume drug market is in Fairhill and Kensington. Men in Strawberry Mansion who saw their incomes dwindling made efforts to end the violence and squash the beef stemming from Calvin Alexander’s murder. “Basically, the whole conversation would be, like: ‘Man, we trying to get some money out here,’” says a York Street source. “They send they person down there, or we meet up somewhere in a neutral spot. And talk it over. Squash it.” In a place with few resources, however, respect, loyalty and fear prove valuable currency. Phillips says that it became a matter of people doing “things for an image” because “everybody wanted to be the man. Everybody wanted to be the person, the boss, the up-next guy, the one with the biggest name. It’s not really about money, because nobody really making money.” The peace treaties never held fast. After Calvin Alexander’s murder, Rogers says, “a lot of people that were close to that guy changed drastically.” Over the following year, 30th Street became increasingly caught up in efforts to retaliate. Shooting the leader of 33rd Street, then-19-year-old Charles Wesley, became a morbid obsession. Wesley sold drugs, played football and was the undisputed big man on his block. He was also a big presence physically, capable of delivering a quick knockout punch. That overwhelming strength and social standing, says one source, made him an irresistible target for armed young men eager to win a reputation. That December, two men from near 30th Street walked over to 34th and Dauphin to shoot at rivals, say police. Both were shot and one, Zemarr Lubin, 17, was killed — police say by men from 33rd Street. CONTINUED ON PG. 16

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Each school district, intermediate unit, and charter school has a procedure in place by which parents can request an evaluation. For information about procedures applicable to your child, contact the school, which your child attends. Telephone numbers and addresses can be found at the end of this notice. Parents of preschool age children, age three through five, may request an evaluation in writing by addressing a letter to Elwyn SEEDS at 4025 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Consent School entities cannot proceed with an evaluation, or with the initial provision of special education and related services, without the written consent of the parents. For additional information related to consent, please refer the Procedural Safeguards Notice which can be found at the PaTTAN website, Once written parental consent is obtained, the district will proceed with the evaluation process. If the parent disagrees with the evaluation, the parent can request an independent education evaluation at public expense. Program Development Once the evaluation process is completed, a team of qualified professional and parents determine whether the child is eligible. If the child is eligible, the individualized education program team meets, develops the program, and determines the educational placement. Once the IEP team develops the program and determines the educational placement, school district staff, intermediate unit staff, or charter school staff will issue a notice of recommended educational placement/prior written notice. Your written consent is required before initial services can be provided. The parent has the right to revoke consent after initial placement. Confidentiality of Information: School districts, intermediate units and charter schools maintain records concerning all children enrolled in the school, including students with disabilities. All records are maintained in the strictest confidentiality. Your consent, or consent of an eligible child who has reached the age of majority under State law, must be obtained before personally identifiable information is released, except as permitted under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The age of majority in Pennsylvania is 21. Each participating agency must protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information at collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction stages. One official at each participating agency must assume responsibility for ensuring the confidentiality of any personally identifiable information. Each participating agency must maintain, for public inspection, a current listing of the names and positions of those employees within the agency who have access to personally identifiable information. For additional information related to student records, the parent can refer to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) This notice is only a summary of the Special Education services, evaluation and screening activities, and rights and protections pertaining to children with disabilities, children thought to be disabled, and their parents. For more information or to request evaluation or screening of a public or private school child contact the responsible school entity listed below. For preschool age children, information, screenings and evaluations requested, may be obtained by contacting Elwyn SEEDS.

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“Between York Street and Huntingdon, ain’t no making peace with that. It was squashed for a long time and then it escalate all over again.”

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A series of shootings followed. In October 2004, just after the anniversary of Calvin’s death, men from 30th Street opened fire on the corner of 33rd and Huntingdon. Police believe Wesley was the target, but a stray bullet hit a corner-store owner in the neck. Later that afternoon, as detectives began to investigate the scene, Wesley walked by with his girlfriend and two small children. Men laying in wait shot off 90 rounds, nearly hitting police they apparently did not know were on the block. Police arrested four men from near 30th and Huntingdon immediately, and three later on. All but two were found guilty. In December 2005, a close friend of Charles Wesley named Habeeb Nolan, 22, was talking to men from 30th Street in an effort, police say, to settle the dispute. The conversation was cut short when a man stepped out of a nearby car and shot Nolan dead. Four days later, the home of a witness to the shooting was shot up. A man from 30th Street was arrested for the killing, but never convicted. “Between York Street and Huntingdon, ain’t no making peace with that. Tried that numerous times,” says the source from near York Street. “And it was squashed for a long time. And then somebody look at somebody — then it escalate over again.” It had been squashed, he says, right before a little girl was killed in 2006. Retaliation is the means by which the so-called cycle of violence is perpetuated in Philadelphia. It’s how justice is done in a neighborhood that distrusts police and demands witnesses keep silent. It has taken numerous lives in

Strawberry Mansion — at least one of them an innocent bystander. On Sept. 24, 2006, a car full of men drove through the neighborhood in the early morning, after a long night of smoking wet. First, they drove by the corner of Spangler and Cumberland and shot and wounded two men sitting out on the stoop. One was a close friend of Charles Wesley; the other victim was an older man with no criminal ties. The car then drove down 34th Street, and fired nine times on a white Oldsmobile crossing through the intersection. Four shots entered the Oldsmobile, which was full of women and children from York Street. Fiveyear-old Cashae Rivers, sitting in the backseat, was killed. Later that day, the men who had been in the car went to Colorado and Cumberland streets aiming to shoot at the man who had witnessed Habeeb Nolan’s murder. They struck and injured a 15-year-old girl and a 49-year-old woman instead. Police charged Kevin Felder, a leader near 30th Street, with Cashae’s murder. The Inquirer, citing police, called it the result of a “drug feud” between the two corners, and a detective called Cashae “the only completely and totally innocent person in this

entire circumstance.” Initially, police and reporters drew attention to Cashae’s stepfather, a York Street man named Romar Berry who was arrested on drug charges a few days after Cashae’s killing. “He got a prior history. He’s not a saint,” says Alisha Corley, Cashae’s mother. But she says her partner had nothing do with the shooting, and she is still upset that she and her partner were blamed. As she talks, Romar Jr., a year old at the time of the murder, runs around his mother’s living room, which features two huge portraits of Cashae. “They tried to make it seem like that was the lifestyle that her mother had her living, which led to her death,” says Toni Corley, Alisha’s sister. Romar Berry, arrested on drug charges, found himself locked up on the same cell block as the man arrested for murdering his stepdaughter. Felder passed him numerous letters, insisting that he had not killed Cashae. Outside, Cashae’s relatives wanted vengeance, and sought her mother’s permission to take action. “Retaliation. Of course, a couple people might have said it,” says Corley. “If I’d have gave [them] the go.” But Corley insisted that everyone hold off. If she had given the go-ahead — or even remained silent — “another situation would have occurred,” says her sister. Circumstances soon changed. Detectives drove to Norfolk, Va., to interview a witness: a Navy seaman named Noel Garcia. But police began to suspect that Garcia, on leave in Philadelphia at the time of the shooting, was the true killer, particularly after he was shown the autopsy photos. His demeanor changed abruptly and his eyes filled with tears. Garcia pled guilty and was sentenced to 40 years; the charge against Felder was dropped. Police believe that Garcia was friends with a number of men from 30th Street and recognized the Oldsmobile as belonging to York Street. Cashae’s shooting came at the end of a weekend riddled with gunfire. Only two days prior, one of Calvin Alexander’s younger brothers was shot and wounded near 30th and Huntingdon streets by a man from 34th Street after an argument. A 30th Street resident’s car was shot up the day after that. Alisha Corley says that the York-Huntingdon feud had nothing to do with her daughter being shot. But, says Toni Corley, “she can’t really say that it don’t. Because we don’t really know.” The child’s killing shook the neighborhood out of the stupor of war. Briefly. “It calmed down somewhat,” says Toni. “But it started right back up in time.” As one generation of gunslingers is shot or incarcerated, younger men take their place. Many older people on the block just stay indoors. Phillips, of Trey-O, says that “none of the original people” CONTINUED ON PG. 18

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are still involved. “It’s like the new regime of up-and-coming wannabe gangsters.” “It’s their little brothers,” he says. “It’s their little cousins. It’s their friends. It’s the generations that’s under the people who started it.” Toni Corley agrees, saying that if “old heads” would “sit down and tell these young buls to just chill, there would be a decrease in the violence.” But those elders are “gone, they locked up, they dead.” Today,Alisha Corley focuses on her three sons and lives in a neat, suburban-looking Philadelphia Housing Authority home on the other side of North Philly. It seems a world away. But she sometimes drives past the spot where her daughter was murdered, and where relatives still live. “It might sound crazy. I think that neighborhood’s possessed. I do. With all them dead bodies, souls, flinging around down there. Then that cemetery” down the street. The odds of surviving in this neighborhood, she says, are “zero to none.” “I’m not supposed to be here,” says Jeffrey Jones, who spent much of his time hanging out at Stanley and Huntingdon, near 30th Street. He’s thinking back to 2007, when he was shot 11 times — in his right arm, which is partially paralyzed, and in his chest, back, legs and pelvis — in two separate incidents. Four bullets are still lodged in his body. He looks great, all things considered. Jones, a slender 25-year-old rapper, goes by Haiti Ock onstage and among friends: Haiti is his mom’s native country; Ock is an Arabic-derived slang term that refers, particularly in black Philadelphia, to a fellow Muslim

man. He wears a beard and warm smile, which dims just a little when he’s asked sensitive questions. Jones says both shootings were robberies unrelated to neighborhood issues, and he does not have a significant adult rap sheet. He was arrested in January 2008 after walking into prison to visit a friend, having forgotten that he had some crack cocaine in his pocket. The next few years were a series of parole violations and reincarcerations. In early 2012, he was charged with marijuana possession.“I didn’t even smoke it,” Jones laments. He had only just begun to roll a blunt. Hanging around near 30th Street, Jones’ group was Team A, including Troy Devlin (known as Smoke), Raphael Spearman, Anwar Ashmore (Ig Bug) and Kaheem Brown (Beybey), CalvinAlexander’s little brother.Another member was Ronald Thomas, known as Hollow Man, a figure on the city’s underground rap circuit. Thomas makes a cameo appearance in the “In the Ghetto” video by Beanie Sigel, a mournful protest against ghetto conditions, playing the role of a young drug dealer caught up with guns and poverty. That character is reflected in Thomas’ real-life court records: He’s faced charges of

aggravated assault, robbery, illegal gun possession and drug possession. “Sex, Money, Murder,” the name of a New York-based gang affiliated with the Bloods, is tattooed on his stomach. But Thomas’ most intimate ties are local, and written across his chest:“North Philadelphia” in the center; “215” etched to one side, and “19132” to the other. One day in April 2010, Team A was on the corner of Stanley and Huntingdon discussing a recent shooting: Someone from York Street had shot at Kaheem Brown, or BeyBey, just 16 years old at the time. Thomas, according to an account provided by law enforcement, proposed retaliating. “He was basically saying, ‘Listen, we’re going down there we’re going to take care of this, what happened to Beybey,’” says homicide Det. Brian Peters, who has investigated numerous murders in the neighborhood. But Ashmore, says Peters, opposed retaliating; he had tried to squash the beef instead. As Ashmore turned away, Thomas pulled a Colt .45 and shot him. Thomas first fired from a few feet away. The second shot was delivered from above, execution style. Thomas handed the gun to Spearman and asked him to “put it up.” Then he ran. Police say the dispute was merely a pretext for a planned murder. Ashmore and other men, they say, had stolen a brick of cocaine worth $40,000 from a stash house controlled by Thomas in late 2008 or early 2009. “Half a brick missing, and it’s one of my niggas, can’t point fingers because I don’t know who did it. But soon as I find out, I swear that nigga finished.” That’s from “Ear Bleed,” a Hollow Man song released in September 2009. At trial, prosecutors entered it into evidence. “We talking about 40 thou’,” Thomas continues. “I’m about to get my 40-cal’.” In May, police arrested Rafael Spearman for carrying an illegal gun. A ballistic analysis completed two months later revealed that it was the same Colt 45 that had killed Anwar Ashmore. Police and District Attorney’s Office sources say Spearman, Kaheem Brown, Jeffrey Jones and Troy Devlin all gave statements implicating Thomas. After years of 30th Street’s violent feuds with York Street and Charles Wesley, Team A, it seemed, was self-destructing. But by the time of the trial, Spearman and Brown would change their stories, and Jones and Devlin were nowhere to be found. Jones had long been close to Ashmore. In fact, Ashmore had basically lived with Jones’ family to escape a difficult relationship with his mother, and Jones disputes the police claim that he witnessed Ashmore’s killing. He says that he was broken up over the recent murder of another friend that night, and was getting high somewhere else in the neighborhood. “I don’t know really what happened,” says Jones. “I was around, but I wasn’t around. You know what I’m saying? I heard about it. I was on another block.” CONTINUED ON PG. 20

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“His best friend was shot in front of his eyes and he thought he had to give a statement. He chose to cover himself rather than avenge his friend’s death.”

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“Somebody gonna die on this corner,” Thomas, or Hollow Man, warns in his song, “Ear Bleed.” “Get put in a coma or sent to their owner for taking shit that don’t belong to ya.” Thomas’ defense said the lyrics were an exercise in artistic license. But prosecutors called it a chilling telegram. “I have no remorse. You leave me no choice. I leave you no voice. I thought we was boys.” Witnesses were soon under fire — in particular, Kaheem Brown, a Team A member and the very kid whose attempted shooting by a York Street member had supposedly incited Ashmore’s murder. Police were told that Brown’s signed statement implicating Thomas was posted around the neighborhood. On light posts. In Chinese stores. Brown, police, neighbors and even friends say, had dedicated his life to avenging Calvin Alexander’s death. Now, after years of war with York Street, he was being hunted by his own friends and neighbors. In August 2010, Brown ran into his mother’s house: He said a man named Darren Hainesworth was trying to kill him, prosecutors say. Hainesworth had recently approached Brown’s mother, Stephanie Alexander, and warned against her son cooperating with prosecutors. At 31st and Huntingdon, police found seven bullet casings on the ground. “He’s a lead magnet,” says Det. Peters of Brown. Ten days later, a man named Rashann James was observed speaking to a major player on 30th Street. Then, he walked into a laundromat, approached Stephanie Alexander and put a gun against her head. She fell to her knees screaming. James twice pulled the trigger,

but it jammed. Soon thereafter, bullets were fired at Brown’s house on Myrtlewood Street. Stephanie Alexander still lives on that block today, her living room window pierced by two bullet holes patched over with packing tape.When a reporter knocked on the door, a man leaned out the second-floor window and politely declined an interview. “Her situation is, people look at her as being, like, crazy and taking up for her crazy sons,” says Phillips. “But you gotta understand, she love her kids. She lost one son. All of ’em was good. Calvin was a good man. He just got up in the street stuff. The street chronicles.” Inside the jail, meanwhile, those who might turn on Thomas also became targets. The following November, Rafael Spearman was attacked by numerous inmates while sitting in the basement jailhouse at the city’s Criminal Justice Center awaiting a hearing on the illegal gun charge. One stabbed him with a pen. In a phone call recorded by the prison system, Spearman described the attack to his brother. “‘H’ had put somebody on my ass,” Spearman said. According to prosecutors, “H” referred to Hollow Man, or Thomas. “One of our homies ratted,” Spearman said.

Police say that over the next two years, Ronald Thomas coordinated a brazen campaign of witness intimidation from behind bars. In late November 2010, it bore significant fruit: Rafael Spearman signed an affidavit stating that he, not Thomas, had murdered Anwar Ashmore. But in January 2011, Spearman told Thomas’ defense investigator visiting him in prison that his confession was false. According to the investigator’s report, Spearman said he only wrote it after “someone slipped a letter under his [cell] door” directing him to confess “or something was going to happen to him.” Later in March 2012, a call went out on police radio. Shots had been fired on Stanley Street near Huntingdon, and officers found Darren Hainsworth walking from the scene in a hurry. He told police that he was just urinating on an abandoned building. Inside, police found a bag with a 9 mm gun holding nine live rounds. The bag also contained an envelope addressed to “Dee Haynes” from Ronald Thomas. It included a copy of Kaheem Brown’s witness statement to police. As Thomas’ trial approached this year, witnesses not already in custody were nowhere to be found. On March 7, Jones was booked to play a show at Club Azure on South Street. When police arrived, Jones, who had been tweeting from inside, was gone. Troy Devlin was likewise not locatable. Asked where he was that night last March, Jones smiles and says that he had someplace else to be. “His best friend was shot in front of his eyes, and he thought he had to give a statement that night,” says Officer Soliman, who was searching for Jones that night.“He chose to cover himself rather than to avenge his best friend’s death by doing the right thing.” But Jones says his cell phone contains strong evidence that police are wrong. It’s a photo of Jones and Thomas. They clasp hands before a tropical jungle, one of the incongruously scenic photo backdrops available to visitors seeking a snapshot with an incarcerated loved one. “Hollow’s a deep friend of mine,” Jones says. “I support him, tell him to keep his head up every day.” Why, he asks, would he support the man who killed his best friend? “He’s an innocent man.” Spearman, say police, has covered up his Team A tattoo. But he nonetheless refused to testify against Thomas. Instead, he claimed on the stand, once again, that he had shot Ashmore once.This time, he said that Dennis Williams, or Den-Den, a 30th Street man who was murdered in July 2012, had fired the second shot. Thomas was convicted of Ashmore’s murder and sentenced to life in prison. Rashann James was convicted of the attempted murder of Stephanie Alexander, and is now serving 10 to 20 years. “It devastated me,” says Jones of Thomas’ conviction CONTINUED ON PG. 22

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Julius “Jubeano” Phillips, 32, runs an annual block party called Hoodstock on Hollywood Street. He says kids in this neighborhood are desperately in need of something positive to do.

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in Ashmore’s murder case. “With the outcome of that case, I can’t really speak on that. That’s a deep friend that I lost.” Back on the block, the war years’ anxiety and chaos precipitated a baby boom. “They was just running wild without nobody telling ’em, ‘stop,’” says Phillips. But now “all them guys down there beefing and warring, all of them got little sons and daughters.” The young men who ruled the streets as boys might now put down their guns. At least, if they can find something else to do. Hoodstock is a music festival and block party in the heart of Strawberry Mansion. On Labor Day, a stage is erected from the back of a graffiti-covered delivery truck with a flashing dance floor composed of blinking tiles. It is what’s not happening at events like Hoodstock that is most important. For the past eight years this has been a gift to Hollywood Street from Phillips, the man who says he started Trey-O.This, he says, is what Trey-O is about: music, water ice, grilled chicken and jello shots — an antidote to the ain’t-shit-to-do sense of boredom and despair. “This is like a nonviolent area right here,” says Da Bull Hoopa, a rapper and the “captain” of a house on the block known as The Yacht. “The rest of the neighborhood know that. You not coming to The Yacht doing no dumb stuff. No fuckery’s happening on The Yacht. That’s basically the difference between a block and a Yacht.” “No fuckery” means, more or less, no bullshit. This is the Yacht Boys’ slogan. They sell T-shirts.

But it’s not easy to squash a beef. Charles Wesley’s friends and 30th Street, sources say, have been at peace since Wesley was locked up on drug charges in a federal penitentiary. The big target was gone. Lots of other people are locked up. Many more are dead. “Between the years of 2002 and 2007, nobody grew up,” says Phillips. “It was like a five-year bridge of survival.You’re not thinking about birthdays, you’re not thinking about getting older, because you’re just — survive. You’re not trying to get shot.” But today, Wesley’s younger brothers keep getting shot. So do the Browns. In May 2012, Charles Wesley’s younger brother was shot in the neck and survived. In October 2012, Wesley’s other brother, Donald, was shot dead. A third Brown brother was shot in August 2011. That same month, two 13-year-old girls standing near Myrtlewood and Huntingdon were shot, suffering graze wounds and a bullet to the face. A young Corley, a relative of 5-year-old Cashae, was arrested. In June, Kaheem Brown, now 19, was arrested on an illegal gun charge after, police say, he shot himself in the leg. Now in state prison, he did not answer a letter asking for comment

for this story. In July, a 22-year-old friend of the Browns was holding his 2-year-old baby girl on 29th Street when he was shot in the head. Amazingly, he survived. Toni Corley believes that the Browns won’t — and maybe can’t — stop shooting. “Now the guys that killed they brother is not even out here. And they still shooting at guys from York Street.” Asked who can squash the beef between York and Huntingdon, Phillips responds, “Me. I believe it.” “You might say, ‘Why me?’ Because I know everybody. It’s not so much I know what’s going on. I just know how to fix it. We just need stuff to do.” Phillips, who has the rare ability to walk safely on any corner in the neighborhood, says they all share the same problems. A source from 33rd Street agrees. “How many recreation centers do you have?” says the source, who asked that his name not be included. “You don’t have any. We can’t travel over to the Martin Luther King Center or even at the rec down 25th and Master. Because it’s a territorial thing. We don’t have anywhere for these kids to go. So the only thing these kids really know is the corner.” Phillips says that government, save for the close police attention, ignores the block. Same with nonprofits and community organizations. There are too few jobs, and a criminal record poses a major hurdle to attaining those jobs that do exist. The schools that remain open are broke and have too little to offer. Young men walk these streets haunted. It’s a mindset that Jones lays out in his song “Valley of the Killers,” in which he seeks advice from murdered friends like Ashmore, keeping counsel with ghosts. They tell him not to shoot. “The devil want me to kill, and Ig Bug said no,” says Jones, repeating lyrics from the song, and then explaining their meaning. “Just like me wanting to retaliate on people who shot me, and just go out here and do dumb stuff. They like my conscience. They telling me, like, ‘chill.’” But the gunfire keeps coming. In June, David Little, a man from near 30th Street, was shot dead on Oakdale Street. Everyone says he stayed away from big trouble, but on these blocks it’s not hard for all kinds of trouble to find you. “They get affiliated with lingering beefs,” says Phillips. “And wasn’t doing nothing. Just being around people that’s beefing and you’re not beefing. And that’s it.” Jahaira Torres was shot in the face soon after a squad car, which had sat vigil on Huntingdon for months because so many people were trying to kill Kaheem Brown, departed. It was just one day after Ronald Thomas was convicted of murdering Anwar Ashmore last March. Police believe that a man stepped out to 31st and Huntingdon and fired a few rounds down the block, as a warning not to snitch. Torres was not the intended target, but neighbors likely got the message all the same. (

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Hoover.She’s a mean-ass bassist, legendary for her stints in the hard-as-nail-polish likes of The Boss Hookup, Hellblock 6 and the quirk-twerky girl group Pink Slip Daddy (co-starring Brian Jones’ best friend, Palmyra Delran). Back-in-the-day stuff, sure, but good, baaaad back-in-the-day stuff. The only thing bolder than Ms. Hoover’s bass playing (and the Philly acts she played with) is her postSiouxsie Sioux hairdo. Whoo-hoo: This autumn is looking like it’s Hoover season. For one, she’s hosting a benefit gig for her 1-year-old nephew (poor kid’s got leukemia) this Sun., Sept. 22, at North Front Street’s dirt-ballroom El Bar — with Dixy Blood, Astronaut Your Planet, Decontrol, Prisoners and the Jay Medley/Mike Mosley black Stones cover act, Brown Sugar. Then there’s the Nov. 2 one-time-only (so they say) reunion gig with the gals of Pink Slip Daddy at Kung Fu Necktie,surely the night where all the old Philly punks will pull up their bootstraps (as well as their support hose) and start minding the bollocks all over again. Grrr. ³ Last weekend, word went wild about two of my Italian Market’s tinier concerns heading into expansion mode. The peeps behind the P.O.P.E., Dennis Hewlett & Co., have taken over the onceand-wonderfully cute WineO on Poplar Street. No word on whether there’ll be big changes, but certainly expect more malts than grapes. Then there’s the Calmels — chef Pierre and his front-of-house wife Charlotte — of Bibou on Eighth Street, the very crème de la crème of French cuisine. The duo will bring fine French fare at a fair price to the Art Alliance’s soon-shuttering Rittenhouse Tavern in October, a spot once helmed by Top Chef season 11’s Nick Elmi,who just happens to be moving into my neighborhood with Laurel at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave. ³ Having dog-killing Michael Vick at the top of the Eagles QB heap makes me yearn for the old days of the Birds, you know, when Donovan McNabb ruled the roost. With McNabb’s number slated for retirement, an official retirement party is in order — Sept. 19 at the Savoy Nightclub & Entertainment Complex in Pennsauken, N.J. The next day, McNabb brings the party to Caesars in Atlantic City — will newly married LeBron James and well-mediated ballers like Michael Strahan and Charles Barkley be on board? — with a third party taking place Sept. 21 at Harrah’s Resorts’The Pool After Dark. ³ Congratulations to one-time UPenn student-turned-warbling soul man John Legendfor marrying model Chrissy Teagenin Lake Como, Italy.And to ex-Doyletown-ian Alecia Moore, aka Pink, for being named Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year. ³ Icepack gets illustrated every Thursday at (

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THE T-DOT MATRIX A glimpse of the future at the Toronto International Film Fest. By Sam Adams


or years, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has been regarded as the de facto start of the fall movie season, the place — along with Telluride, whose unofficial premieres just barely precede it — where studios introduce their most prestigious, awards-eligible movies to the world at large. But this year, it was also the beginning of the movies’ silly season, where frivolous non-issues, and a few important but collateral ones, threatened to overwhelm the movies themselves. The insanity reached its peak when a blogger, incensed by rampant texting in a press and industry screening of Ti West’s The Sacrament, dialed 911, ostensibly to report movie piracy in progress, a neat summation of the perpetual friction between TIFF’s commercial and artistic sides, as well as the grotesque entitlement and short tempers that flourish in its hothouse atmosphere. Then there was the controversy over Blue Is the Warmest Color, preceded into Toronto by an interview in which actresses Adele Exarchopoulous and Léa Seydoux, who shared an acting prize at Cannes, accused director Abdellatif Kechiche of abusing them on set, demanding dozens of takes of minor scenes and screaming at them as they spent 10 days filming Blue’s infamously extended lesbian love scene. That the “10-minute love scene,” as it was frequently referred to,

is only six minutes long is a good indication of how the unforgiving need to convert movies into click-worthy “news” infects the way they’re written and, inevitably, thought about. Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, which finds Sandra Bullock and George Clooney adrift in space for all of its brief length, met with plenty of raves after its Venice premiere, but at Toronto it became a movie that was redefining cinema! That was as good as 2001! Steve McQueen’s wrenching 12 Years a Slave electrified the few who saw it at Telluride, but after its first Toronto screening, it became a lock for Best Picture! One of the greatest movies ever made! With Chewitel Ejiofor as a free black man who is abducted and sold into Southern slavery, 12 Years a Slave is the rare movie that’s as good as the things people say about it. Steve McQueen’s Hunger and Shame had their harrowing moments, but they were more art objects than narrative films. 12 Years weds their unforgiving intensity to a story that, for all its horrifying details, is nonetheless recognizable, enough so that the movie took home TIFF’s coveted audience award. There will be time to discuss 12 Years a Slave’s Oscar chances, but right now “Will it win Best Picture?” is the least interesting question it poses. As for Gravity, the only thing it redefines is the state of digital effects. What Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have accomplished is nothing short of astonishing, leaping over the uncanny valley to make a movie that looks as if it was shot

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Held in what looked like a VFW Hall in the back of Urban Saloon, 1 Hit Wonder poked fun at pop music in the lamest and tiredest ways possible. Michael Jackson jokes? Check. Mocking hipsters? Check. Finally taking Selena Gomez down a peg? You better believe that’s a check. Yes, modern pop music is often terrible. But look at the charts from any era: There’s always garbage. It’s just that Led Zeppelin is memorable while the Captain & Tennille are not. Strangely, Kanye West was mocked, despite his latest, Yeezus, having no hit singles and being a fairly challenging piece of art — everything the show seemed to say was so needed. Closed Sept. 12. —Bryan Bierman




³ THE BALLAD OF JOE HILL The Ballad of Joe Hill

³ THE OBJECT LESSON You’re in a large theater space, stripped to its brick walls and gym floor and filled with huge piles of cardboard boxes. Some are seats, but most are full of detritus. At first, you’re encouraged to explore. Eventually, Geoff Sobelle rips open some boxes, slowly uncovering the artifacts of a life. How did he do that? Who’s going to clean all this up? Push your questions aside and embrace this whimsical and profound experience. Through Sept. 21, Christ Church Neighborhood House, —Mark Cofta


Reviving a 2006 Fringe show, Swim Pony assembles the story of the martyred union leader according to a sort of dream logic, using props, song, movement and scraps of dialogue. No one performer plays Hill — after all, there’s a little Joe Hill in all of us working stiffs, right? That is to say, the pro-worker message isn’t subtle. Neither is the cast of hectic, scrambling union-worker “clowns,” who most of the time are grating and distracting. But the show was never boring. Director Adrienne Mackey makes effective use of the telescoping stage of Eastern State Penitentiary’s hallway, sometimes setting scenes in the foreground and in the distance simultaneously. Hill’s strange and compelling life story is dark at times, but Mackey ensures it’s memorable. Closed Sept. 15. —Samantha Melamed

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[ D ] ESSENTIALLY A TARTED-UP Criminal Minds episode in prestige-film drag,

Denis Villeneuve’s vile kids-in-peril thriller is stocked with enough crucifixes to outfit a Catholic school, but its musings on morality and faith are risible when they’re not enraging. After contractor Hugh Jackman’s young daughter disappears, along with neighbor Terrence Howard’s daughter, suspicion soon falls on local simpleton Paul Dano, whose character is generously said to have the IQ of a 10-year-old. Detective Jake Gyllenhaal can’t make charges stick, so when Dano’s released from jail, Jackman builds a makeshift torture chamber in an uninhabited building and proceeds with his own enhanced interrogation against the man he’s sure took his daughter. From there, matters go steadily downhill: Gyllenhaal’s investigation stalls, and Jackman (and, for a time, a conflicted Howard) devises ever more gruesome means of testing Dano’s resolve, but the movie keeps the question of his guilt or innocence open for so long that it starts to feel like a tease — and then like a bore. Another suspect, right out of some casting director’s “creepy murderers” file, comes into play, this one with a profile that takes the movie into pure pulp, which perhaps is where it should have been all along. A more honest, red-blooded filmmaker wouldn’t just film Jackman’s desperation for information (or failing that, vengeance) from afar; he’d make us feel it, and share the guilt of his actions. But there’s no intelligence at work behind the lens, which with a script as exploitative and opportunistic as Aaron Guziowski’s amounts to a disaster. There’s no easier way to engage an audience’s fears than to put a child in danger, which the movie does with reckless abandon. But those emotions have to be earned, and Prisoners doesn’t even come close. —Sam Adams

It starts to feel like a tease — and then like a bore.

REAL STEAL: Hugh Jackman tries to hunt down the sicko who kidnapped his daughter in Denis Villeneuve’s vile thriller.

rio filled with brick storefronts and fire escapes (the George Washington Bridge is visible in the distance), you may think first of West Side Story. It’s a fair comparison. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ In the Heights has several notable thematic connections to the Bernstein/Sondheim/Laurents show. Of course, West Side Story sets an impossibly high standard, but don’t worry. Heights is very much its own thing. Miranda’s hip-hop-flavored score and Philly-born Hudes’ sassy book pulsate with vitality and good humor. And if in some ways Heights is surprisingly old-fashioned and full of heart-on-thesleeve optimism — well, how refreshing! Though Heights has a nominal protagonist — Usnavi, an endearing young man who works at the local bodega and watches out for his neighbors — the show really is an ensemble piece, a snapshot of the community. It’s not an easy life — money is short, and possibilities for upward mobility seem far out of reach. But there’s joy abounding, especially in the personal connections shared by friends and family. These celebratory moments emerge most often in Miranda’s music and lyrics, which are often captivating, if not always memorable. Heights isn’t perfect. The score could use more variety, and especially some additional moments of lyricism. It would also feel more natural if not every number strove to encapsulate the Latino experience. But for the most part, the show is utterly winning, as is the Walnut’s top-notch production. The ensemble cast is sensational — there’s not a weak link among them, but special kudos go to Perry Young as Usnavi, who meets every acting, rapping and dancing challenge with charm to spare. I’ve seen enthusiastic opening-night audiences before, but the roars of approval here were something special — and well deserved. Now this is how you kick off a season! ( ✚ Through Oct. 20, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215-574-3550,

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Under the Skin’s opening sequence is a virtuosic study in color and form. on location in low Earth orbit. But the problem is that once you accept the effects as real, giving in to their seamless reality, there’s precious little left. The movie awkwardly crams character beats into stray nooks and crannies as if trying to plug a leak, but despite yeoman’s work from its two and only actors, the wanted-for emotions perish in the vacuum. Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is set on Earth, but it’s far more worthy of comparison to 2001, as well as Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth. The fact that Scarlett Johansson, as an alien presence driving the streets of small-town Scotland, is frequently naked will surely be the film’s primary selling point, but the lookie-looks will be greeted with an opening sequence that’s almost pure abstraction, a virtuosic study in color and form that’s more thrilling than all of Gravity’s high-flown tricks. (Mica Levy’s score is just as jarringly inventive.) I’m not surprised that colleagues who stayed longer at Toronto went back for a second viewing, and I eagerly await my own. The first film by West Oak Lane native Tommy Oliver, 1982, is a far rougher affair, but it’s built on the firm foundation of Hill Harper’s perfor-

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mance as a father whose wife lapses into drug addiction with the advent of crack cocaine. Drawing in part on his own story, Oliver commendably elides moments a lesser film would milk for every last salty tear, dropping the audio from several confrontations and letting his actors’ faces do the work. Richard Ayoade, who made a moving debut two years ago with the winsome Submarine, returned with a surprising second act, a darkly comic adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Double with Jesse Eisenberg trapped in a dully mechanized world. Although the stylized Submarine was heavily redolent of Wes Anderson, the affinity wasn’t nearly as distracting as The Double’s wholesale borrowings from Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, although it was saved from mere mimicry by a fitful strain of naked surrealism. (



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³ “IN AND OUT” at Paradigm Gallery is far from a perfect exhibition. The weavings of Erin M. Riley and cutouts of Joe Boruchow do not complement each other well, and the salon-style nature in which the many works are hung on the slender corridor-like architecture of Paradigm Gallery causes a cacophonous aesthetic claustrophobia. But it’s a testament to the originality of each artist that this shouldn’t stop anyone from going out to see it. Individual works, especially Riley’s woven still lifes of contraband erotic portraits, are able to shine despite the disadvantages of display. It isn’t hard to see why someone thought a Riley/ Boruchow matchup might work. The two artists have all the makings of a fabulous odd couple — the name of the exhibition even hints at this. The “out” would be Boruchow, who makes some of the most original graffiti in the city today. Readers who spend any amount of time walking Philly streets have likely seen his work around: starkly graphic (sometimes in subject matter as well as composition) black-and-white wheatpastes tastefully adapted to the walls and mailboxes they adorn. In contrast, Riley’s woven tapestries, just in their medium alone, are the epitome of the idea of “inside.” Weaving has traditionally been women’s work, carrying with it the weight of years of domestic servitude. Independently, each artist has sharpened a wellhoned oeuvre that works well on its own — but they don’t work well together. The old “opposites attract” adage is not in effect here. Bringing Boruchow’s work inside clips the wings of its creativity. What’s on display — framed black paper cutouts that are the starting point for the artist’s wheatpastes — is interesting for anyone interested in process, but could never stand alone without the knowledge of the piece as it looks hanging free and often larger in the outside world. In contrast, Riley’s work shines on its own turf. Her work utilizes the stereotypes involved with the craft of weaving and folds them back

in on themselves through the subject matter she tackles: She weaves images of females getting undressed for the camera, whether taking a “selfie” or for images that seem more like something posted to the Internet as “revenge porn.” It could be a feminist one-liner, but her works are elevated past that level by their undeniable beauty as objects. The tour de force of “In and Out” is a 42” x 33” hand-woven wool tapestry entitled History 20 that depicts a scene slightly outside Riley’s usual repertoire. Jagged tire tracks streak across an empty section of tree-lined highway, giving just enough narrative for rubbernecking art patrons to fill in the blanks of a story fraught with bad decisions and decadent drunken encounters. For those who wish

In this duo, Boruchow’s the “out” and Riley’s the “in.” to investigate more, almost directly across from this work (the largest on display) is a smaller weaving dubbed Alone Again that portrays the smoldering wreck of a car on a similar stretch of highway. Ultimately, the reasons why “In and Out” doesn’t work — why Riley and Boruchow shouldn’t show together, and why Boruchow needs to figure out a way to exhibit his work indoors that translates the whimsy of his outside installations — aren’t important. “In and Out” is still an exhibition by local artists that should be seen. Whether made for the great indoors or serving as a reminder of the freedom of working with the world as your canvas, works of both artists are well-formed in both focus and craft, and the two will only grow in popularity. ( ✚ Through Oct. 12, Paradigm Gallery, 803 S. Fourth St., 267-266-0073 ,

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SALINGER | C Primarily a screenwriter, Shane Salerno spent the better part of 10 years developing the documentary Salinger, and stories of the production’s intense secrecy succeeded in build-

ing 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. 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. —Drew Lazor (Wide release)

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An American gangster caricature that’s self-aware in all the wrong ways, The Family is Luc Besson at his top-heaviest — there’s so much violence and so little spirit that it’s easy to forget there’s a movie taking place between all the femur-snapping. Relocated to France as part of the witness protection program, “Fred Blake” (Robert De Niro), née Giovanni Manzoni, knows he needs to leave his mob-snitch past behind. Too bad he, his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and his kids (Dianna Agron and John D’Leo) are unable to resolve any conflict without deception, brutality and MacGyvered explosives, much to the frustration of grumbly-bumbly FBI agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones, asleep at the wheel). When the stateside mafiosi Giovanni ratted out learn of his location in the most asinine manner possible, it sets off a predictable firefight filled with Mediterranean henchmen, but no amount of high-caliber ammo is able to blast apart Agron’s awful

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Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m., $5 (kids $4).

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If you prefer to purchase your daddy issues in bulk, you might buy into the paterfamilias misery of Gilles Legrand’s unnerving drama, offering heavy value in the I-hate-you-dad department. Exacting in his work and uncaring in everything else, Paul (Niels Arestrup) pours every ounce of love and attention he’s got into his successful Saint-Émilion winery, leaving nothing for his son, Martin (Lorànt Deutsch). Eager to take over the family business, but missing (in Paul’s eyes) the intangible qualities that make a good vintner, Martin can’t help but be fed up with pops — frustration that’s compounded by the arrival of Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the vain but talented son of Paul’s dying estate


acting. The Family’s most infuriating moment, however, comes when Besson has De Niro’s character plop down and watch a classic mob film starring — yes — Robert De Niro. No spoilers on which one, but your mood will already be spoiled by this point anyhow. —DL (Wide release)



manager, Francois (Patrick Chesnais). Paul continues to give Martin short shrift, and dotes on Philippe like he’s blood, wondering why his own child can’t possess such palatable qualities. Paul’s decision to push his admiration of Philippe several steps further, violating business and familial boundaries clear to everyone but him, places each character on a scale that’s impossible to balance. Instead of sympathy for the overlooked or frustration for the detached, you’re left with the overblown assurance that men, no matter how old, often prefer acting like boys. —DL (Ritz 5)

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surprise, given that the film marks the directorial debut of Stuart Blumberg, screenwriter for both the sharp lesbian-parents drama The Kids Are All Right as well as the broad porn-based comedy The Girl Next Door. Co-written by actor Matt Winston, Thanks follows three porn-obsessed 12-steppers in different stages of recovery. Mark Ruffalo’s Adam is five years sober and finally trying to pursue a healthy relationship with cancer survivor Gwyneth Paltrow; his sponsor, Mike (Tim Robbins), seemingly has his life straightened out with the help of meditation and new-age sloganeering, at least until his drug-addicted son (Patrick Fugit) reenters the picture; while Neil (Josh Gad) is a doctor who’s less than serious about his court-ordered recovery. The smart cast goes a long way toward rescuing the film from movie-of-theweek status, but their stories travel far-too-familiar trajectories, with prostitutes and masturbation swapped in for dealers and back-alley injections. —SB (Wide release)

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OUT ON THE WING: Superchunk — sans Laura Ballance — plays Union Transfer on Tuesday.

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✚ MATTHEW SHIPP/ NATE WOOLEY The line between composition and improvisation is often blurred in the work of Matthew Shipp. The prolific pianist’s cubist attack abstracts and deconstructs written material to the point where it

is evolved beyond recognition, while his improvisations can strike upon recursive, looping motifs that resemble minimalist composition. He’ll raise the veil on his methods a bit tonight, joining trumpeter Nate Wooley for a unique program in which each will present and discuss an influential work of composition, then improvise separately and together. The next night will find Shipp in a more traditional setting, playing in duo with alto saxophonist Darius Jones. The two recorded a collection of improvisations on 2011’s Cosmic Lieder, and while both can be intense, gut-punch players, the set surprisingly leaned toward more mysterious, even introspective, sojourns that only occasionally unleash their more fiery tendencies. —Shaun Brady Thu., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., $10, Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce streets; Matthew Shipp/Darius Jones, Fri., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., $15, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St.;

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✚ THE TALKBACK “Tried and true troubadours” the Berserker Residents — creators of past Fringe hits The Jersey Devil (2007), The Giant Squid (2008) and Annihilation Point (2009) — return with a show about the show after the show, known as a talkback. Most theaters do some version of this, marching out actors after the curtain call to answer questions from adoring fans. In my experience, queries range from the esoteric (“Did the playwright consider Freudianism a failure after World War II?”) to the mundane (“How do you learn all those lines?”), all to allow audiences to appreciate the mysteries of the artistic process. Few other professionals face such random public interrogation (except politicians, who have learned how to say nothing). Performers and writers Justin Jain, David Johnson and Bradley K. Wrenn — busy and successful actors individually in local theaters

— join forces to create another unique interactive theater experience, this time about the theater experience. —Mark Cofta Through Sept. 21, $10-$15, Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St., 215-413-1318,

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A semi-autobiography, XY is Shuker-Haines’ attempt to reconcile gender constructs and confrontation through storytelling, with the characters offering desperate confessionals on the edge of destruction to an audience literally right with them; the stage is a soft pile of dirt. It’s also the audience’s seating, surrounded by empty, velvet chairs.


—Marc Snitzer

How do we process trauma? When the world is in full collapse, baring our scars may be the only option. A solo piece (and Fringe premiere from Unstuck Theater), XY Scheherazade negates the boundary between audience and performer as actor/playwright Sam Swift Shuker-Haines inhabits both a transwoman engulfed in a scorched, mid-apocalypse America and a medieval Persian woman exorcising the demons of gender binaries and sexual abuse. When society and tradition cripple fringe identities, even the end of the world can be a trigger for catharsis.

Through Sept. 22, $15, Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, 215-4131318,

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✚ GET REAL: COMEDY YOU CAN BELIEVE IN If comedy doesn’t shatter the numbing comfort of your perceptions, then what is it good for? The folks behind Visible Friends Network, dedicated to bringing the freethought/skepticism movement and scientific advocacy into the media and arts, carry this question into each of their comedy cabarets. For this show, their fifth since

November 2012, they’re bringing a bunch of Philly’s best stand-up comics and burlesque dancer Mika Romantic to Underground Arts to get real. How real? Expect the caustic wit of Doogie Horner, James Hesky, Mary Radzinski, Darryl Charles, Carolyn Busa and others as they take on religion, irrationality and everyday idiocy. Side effects of this red pill include laughter, increased decision-making abilities and hypnosis-by-burlesque. —Sameer Rao Thu., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., $10, Underground Arts, 1200 N. Callowhill St., 215-413-1318,


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say. “Ugh,” your friend will groan. “I’m so sick of Bradford Cox. What a weirdo.” “What’s wrong with weirdos?” “And he’s kind of a dick. You see that interview in Pitchfork where he basically shits on sincere people?” “Oh, and what passes for heartfelt expression these days, Thought Catalog?” “He also said that indie rock was in need of ‘blackness.’ What does that even mean?” “You know damn well what that means. And who wants virtue from rock stars anyway, even indie-rock stars?” “Don’t give me that being-an-asshole-artist-makes-

you-subversive crap.” “Fine, but have you heard Monomania? He’s fuzzing… scuzzing… distorting and feeding back like he just rediscovered pedals and amplifiers.” “That’s cute. Whatever, man; dude played ‘My Sharona’ for like an hour because he got heckled. He’s a dick.” “So?” you’ll laugh. “Just don’t piss him off at the show, then.”

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—Dotun Akintoye Fri., Sept. 20, 10:30 p.m., $16-$17, with Crystal Stilts, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100,

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✚ STRIPPED OF COMMON SENSE Stripping’s not all high heels and Mötley Crüe songs (though there is a lot of that) no matter what Juicy J tells you. A one-act play by Joint Bender Productions, Stripped of Common Sense attempts to peek behind the pasties to the places usually hidden from the public. The actresses, some of whom are regular dancers of the exotic sort, tell sordid, true-life tales in a real strip club (during off-peak hours). Do not make it rain unless expressly encouraged to do so. —Bryan Bierman Sept. 20-28, 5 p.m., $10-$15, DayDreams, 5200 Unruh Ave., 215413-1318,

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9.21 [ rock/pop ]

✚ THE LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM APPRECIATION SOCIETY Back in May of 2010, a mix of musicians from Philadelphia and Gloucester, Mass., joined forces to pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s sprawling cult favorite Tusk. From the sighing “Over and Over” to the spooky “Sisters of the Moon” to the timelessly weird title track — simply put, they nailed it. And now they’re back for a reprise performance. According to LBAS drummer Patrick Berkery, “If you’re going to put in the time and energy required to do something like this, you really need to be in love with the album you’re interpreting — borderline obsessed, really.” And fortunately for the group, this endeavor has never felt like homework. “We all love listening to [Tusk], and we love playing it even more, I think.” —Michael Pelusi Sat., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., $12, with Dave Hill, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849,

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✚ GAYBORHOOD WALKING TOUR The blocks between Walnut and Pine and from 11th to Juniper hold more than rainbow street signs and hot gay bars (RIP Sisters). There’s also a 60-plusyear history of struggle for acceptance and assertion of identity in a generally heteronormative-minded culture. As a part of their joint presentation of the exhibit “Private Lives in Public Spaces: Bringing Philadelphia’s LGBT History Out in the Open” with William Way, the Philadelphia History Museum is offering a guided tour of the Gayborhood for those seeking insight into the Philadelphia gay experience. The tour will be led by the self-appointed “Gayborhood Guru,” Bob Skiba, who

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curated the five-month-long exhibit. City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, indeed. —Julie Zeglen Sat., Sept. 21, 1 p.m., $6-$10, Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 17th St., 215-685-4830,


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Let’s talk about “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo.” It’s the first single from Superchunk’s I Hate Music (Merge), and it’s a

total heartbreaker. Starts off with a classic down-staircasing rock riff, kinda clean, a little muted. The drums come in with the vocals, Mac McCaughan’s upper-register everyman voice declaring: “I hate music. What is it worth? Can’t bring anyone back to this earth.” That stings a little. After decades co-steering one of the most beloved indierock bands and most respected indie labels on the planet, Mac knows a thing or two about what music can and can’t do. Two breaths later, he’s resigning himself to the path he’s chosen with a line that’s both exhilarating as pre-chorus ramp-up and heavy with futility: “But I’ve got nothing else so I guess here we go.” Makes my scalp tingle, the way he sings it. And the

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A: I’ve heard this question a lot, and for good reason: One in five people have either the oral or genital form of herpes. Say you’ve dated 20 people in your single life — four of them had the virus. Good news: You already know and you’ve already decided to tell your potential partners about it. (More good news: You are not a dick.) I know it can be an awkward thing to discuss and you may fear rejection. I won’t sugarcoat it: You should start becoming comfortable with your wording, your approach and your timing. By the fifth time you’ve told a date, you may find it rolling off your tongue. You may not. But you’ll need to learn to embrace the discomfort because it may not go away. Like many things, it’s all in the anticipation. The buildup will likely prove more nerve-racking than the actual talk. Herpes doesn’t define you, it’s just part of your complete package. So date normally, highlight your best qualities, and when you feel like somebody’s worthy of knowing, or you’re getting close to sexual intimacy, then try to reveal it with confidence. Especially as people get older, they anticipate that potential partners have a few bumps and bruises from life: divorce, child-support payments, 14-hour work days, bad credit, etc. Herpes is your bump, your bruise, and it’s not worse or better than anyone else’s. Remember that. It might help to think of herpes like it’s your fairy godmother who sits on your shoulder at dates whispering into your ear “Frito-breath guy? Really? He’s a nope.” Your herpes story is an automatic disqualifier for the anxious, mean, closed-minded and just generally uninterested possibilities out there. Yes, there’s the possibility of rejection when you tell someone you have herpes, but there’s also the possibility you find out how kind, open and loving they are before you had a right to. (

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Q: I am a 30-something, single, straight woman who is pretty active in the dating scene, or at least trying to be. A year ago, I tested positive for herpes. Now I’m having trouble figuring out how to be as active in dating with this new issue. How and when do I tell people?

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

They look like grape-sized watermelons.

LIMITED EDITION: Chef Jeff Michaud signs copies of Eating Italy at Alla Spina. NEAL SANTOS

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NOT BY THE BOOK Chef Jeff Michaud, co-owner of Osteria, Amis and Alla Spina, shares his journey to the Vetri family’s kitchens in a gorgeous new travelogue-cum-cookbook. By Caroline Russock


ating Italy (Running Press, Sept. 24, 2013) is a book for young chefs looking to live the American dream,” says Jeff Michaud of his upcoming debut cookbook. If your dream is moving to the country that inspires culinary wanderlust, learning from i maestri della cucina Italiana, meeting the love of your life and going on to co-own some of the top Italian restaurants in the country, well, Michaud’s dream is a solid one. Eating Italy is a reminder that cookbooks are not just collections of recipes. Sure, when it comes More on: down to it, replicating the warm beef carpaccio with roasted mushrooms that is often a special at Alla Spina is a draw, but diving into Michaud’s culinary journey is just as appealing. Before entering the Vetri family, Michaud, a New Hampshire native, dabbled in elementary Italian, quickly moving from folding pizza boxes to pizzaiolo at a local slice shop. Following a two-year culinary program in high school, Michaud made his way west to Aspen and a kitchen specializing in Southwestern fare. Upon hearing that Marc Vetri was hiring at his eponymous 13th and Spruce flagship, Michaud moved to Philadelphia sight unseen. The rest,

well, Eating Italy does a fine job of telling the story of how a young chef falls in love with a cuisine and a country. “After a few months, what continued to amaze me about Italian cuisine was its stubborn simplicity,” Michaud writes. “We used a minimum of ingredients. The flavors were uncomplicated. ” A trip to Italy for a wine expo in Verona with Marc Vetri and business partner Jeff Benjamin sealed the deal. Michaud packed up and set off on what was supposed to be a yearlong working culinary tour of northern Italy, but it ended up turning into a threeyear stint. Not only did he train with some of the country’s top chefs but he also met his wife, Claudia. “My wife makes a chicken Milanese that I can eat every day,” Michaud says of a dish that echos the simplicity that he is so passionate about. Pristine ingredients and uncomplicated techniques are the two elements that set Italian cookery apart for him. Michaud’s first executive chef gig (a coup, by the way, for an American) was at Locanda del Biancospino MORE FOOD AND in Leffe, a town northeast of Milan. He DRINK COVERAGE incorporated elements at his disposal into AT C I T Y P A P E R . N E T / his menus: guinea hens and pheasants, M E A LT I C K E T. porcinis foraged from the forest. The lack of a work visa brought Michaud back to the States, but Claudia, whom he met at a restaurant where he was working, kept his heart in Italy. Their story is something of a reverse Under the Tuscan Sun, and one you’ll have to pick up a copy of Eating Italy to read. Along with that story, the takeaways are gorgeous recipes like schisola (polenta stuffed with gorgonzola dulce) inspired by Claudia’s grandfather, a lovely take on his unique but true-to-the-old-country-kitchen philosophy. (

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³ AS THE 2013 cucumber crop comes to a close, there’s a small consolation prize. Meet the cucamelon, or mouse melon, or Mexican sour gherkin, depending on which chef you ask. “They’re all different names for the same thing, Melothria scabra,” explains Will’s Christopher Kearse. While its Latin taxonomy makes it sound like a nefarious mummy enchantment, the cucamelon is much less sinister, and has a refreshing crunch and lip-puckering tang. “I first saw them at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago back in ’06 and then rarely saw them in Philly,” says Kearse. Happy Cat Farms was the first place he bought sour gherkins locally, for super cheap at the Headhouse Square farmers’ market. “From what I gathered from the farmers, they were not something that sold very well. Fast forward a couple years and they’re much more popular.” “They look like grape-sized watermelons with a taste and texture similar to a cucumber,” says chef Josh Lawler. At Lawler’s The Farm and Fisherman, thin-sliced gherkins have garnished grilled Spanish mackerel with caramelized plums, almonds and Sungold tomatoes, while pickled ones have lent acid to his take on a Greek salad, with heirloom tomatoes, feta, grilled peaches, basil and husk cherries. “It has an interesting texture and not many people are familiar with it, so it’s fun to serve to guests.” Kearse compresses cucamelons in tomato water and seasons them with caramelized honey and saffron, the respective garnishes for his summer oysters and octopus. “They’re pretty interesting to see on a plate. Many guests think they’re watermelons.” If you’re dining at Fork in the next few weeks, you might catch some sour gherkins on Eli Kulp’s menu. “They’re a cuke, so they pickle well. I just pulled them off the lacto ferment,” he says, a process in which naturally occurring lactobacillus converts sugars like sucrose and glucose in the melons into lactic acid. “I treat them just like dill pickles [and] use them on the vitello tonnato dish.” Kulp calls his lacto-ed cucamelons “nice little pops of acid.” (



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latest undertaking is one hell of a love letter to ItalianAmerican grandmas, serving up elevated takes on Sunday gravy, stuffed shells, eggplant parm and linguine vongole on mismatched china hunted down at flea markets. Wrap up a family-style meal with a little grappa and one of pastry chef Sara May’s inspired classics, like an Italian milk-and-cookie plate, cannoli enhanced with roasted fig, rosemary, pistachios and dark chocolate, or water ice in wildly imaginative flavors. Seats in the cozy garden out back are first-come, first-served if you space on making a reservation. Lunch Mon.-Sat., 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner Mon.-Thu., 5-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun. 5-10 p.m., 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100, Menagerie Coffee | Coffee geeks who live or work in Old City, meet your new haunt. This brand-new café is as charming and welcoming as it is serious about its brew. They’re bringing in beans from Minneapolis’ Dogwood Coffee for pour-over and espresso drinks and sourcing local dairy from Trickling Springs and Maplehofe farms. You’ll also find pastries from Narberth’s Au Fournil (think croissants, pain au chocolat, brioche) and a few simple, made-to-order sandwich options that change daily. Open Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-7 p.m., 18 S. Third St., Pizzeria Vetri | If you’ve been in Philly longer than 10 minutes or have ever glanced at a food section before this one, it’s likely you already know that Marc Vetri opened a pizzeria. And since it’s Vetri, you probably already assume it’s impeccable. Luckily, the element of surprise has nothing to add to seriously good food. The pareddown menu offers eight pies, from classic Margherita to a combo of Sicilian tuna, onion and peperoncini, plus a rotating daily-special Roman-style pie. The wood-burning Renato oven leaves its signature all over the menu, as in a “wood oven salad” of charred corn, chanterelle mushrooms, green beans, prosciutto and ricotta salata. At the bar, an ultra-minimalist wine list joins a trio of bottled cocktails and a suitably impressive list of beers in bottles and cans. Open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., 1939 Callowhill St., 215-600-2629, Got A Tip? Please send restaurant news to restaurants@citypaper.

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The latest opening from Jason Evenchik (Growlers, Vintage) celebrates beer in cans and boardwalk vibes in the shell of a former body shop. The space has been kitted out with skeeball, pinball and pool tables (yes, the games spit out redeemable tickets) and an indoor lunch cart that will host a rotating cast of cooks from some of the city’s best-known food trucks. There’s also a generous “BYO cheesesteak” food policy, and if the list of cans numbering in the hundreds doesn’t do it for you, the bar offers a few drafts and a minimalist approach to wine – you want red or white? Open Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. 1231 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-278-2429.


Husband-and-wife team Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft (Memphis Taproom, Resurrection Ale House, Local 44) have finally ventured into Center City, but they’ve managed to bring along some of the neighborhood feel that’s made their other bars so successful. Of course, an expert tap list and some good food don’t hurt. Chef Paul Martin has put together a menu with plenty of touches that reflect his time cooking in New

The newest Café L’Aube has a pretty swank address, just steps off Rittenhouse Square. (NB: The easily missed cafe entrance is on Locust.) L’Aube Torrefaction coffee is a draw, but the crepes are the real stars. If you’re hoping for something with a bit more heft, croques madames and messieurs are available, too. Open weekdays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; weekends, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 222 W. Rittenhouse Sq., 215772-3051,


Xi’an Famous Foods is a NYC brand with wide-ranging recognition — so if there was a bit of confusion when an unrelated Xi’an Famous Foods opened in Philly recently, it was understandable. The name was changed in no time, but the food remains the same, and it’s a welcome addition to the Chinatown scene. Cold liangpi noodles are a must-try; cumin-spiked “burgers” are another highlight. Open Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m.-10:30 p.m., 902 Arch St., 215-925-1688.


The space that once housed Kris is now a part of Munish Narula’s growing empire. This latest iteration fills the midrangeBYOB-shaped gap between the existing Tiffin locations and the very swank Tashan. Chef Kirti Pant has developed an affordable menu that mixes basics like saag paneer and chicken tikka masala with less-common entrees like lamb kolhapuri. Open Sun.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., 1100 Federal St., 215468-0104,


No one’s going to accuse Joe Beddia of rushing to market. He’s been making careful study of pizza for years, and early responses to the American-style pies coming out of his Fishtown spot suggest that all that homework’s paying off. His thin-crust pies are fired on a gas deck and the concept is the picture of simplicity: The menu is limited to 16-inch red pies with a handful of optional toppings. You can’t get it by the slice, and there’s not much in the way of seating — but good pizza doesn’t require much adornment. Open Wed.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m., 115 E. Girard Ave.,



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In addition to the full-service restaurant, the AKA hotel on Rittenhouse Square has expanded its amenities to include a super-sleek bar in the former Kiehl’s space. With no hot kitchen on premises, the menu centers on small plates and is decidedly seafood-heavy, with the main attraction being a well-appointed raw bar. The wine list, courtesy of sommelier Tim Kweeder (also the architect of’s stellar roster), focuses on artisanal natural wines — and immediately ranks as one of the best in the city. Open daily, 3 p.m.-midnight, 135 S. 18th St., 215-825-7000,






Aimee Olexy’s latest move is a casual, takeout-friendly market and café right next to fine-dining draw Talula’s Garden. The two spaces share a seasonal sensibility and focus on high-quality, local ingredients. But with a prix fixe menu available for only a small group of diners each night, the new space feels more closely tied to Talula’s Table, which started it all in Kennett Square. Breakfast and lunch options include baked goods, quiche, sandwiches and salads that will morph with the seasons. Market and café open daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; dinner Tue.-Sun., 7 p.m., 208 W. Washington Square, 215-5926555,

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WHAT IS UP! You know who you are and you know exactly who I am...what made you drop me like a bad habit or something...maybe you had sex with me to pass the time with things...I am not understanding why you don’t communicate with me about anything. I think about how much I was having fun with you kissing you and adoring you like you were my man but you weren’t your own fucking girlfriend wouldn’t do half of the shit that I did to and for you! I hope the next girl that you meet that you tell them that you have a girlfriend and you’re just looking for a one night stand or a couple nights stand cause that is what I was...I hope your girlfriend finds out all the shit you been doing! ALL OF IT!


GOD U-R BEAUTIFUL That’s what I keep trying to tell you. Your self confidence is in the shitter. I want you in every possible way that you are willing to give. Heart, soul, and between my legs. You have my complete attention. Now be the wild child that I know you can be, hold me down and slide it in. I’ll never judge you, I’ll never hurt you. I want to be the thing in your life that makes you feel good. Just don’t forget to make me cum.

don’t try to fix it...I hate when a person asks a question that they have the answer to...what the fuck is the damn deal with that...can’t people get a life of their own and mind their own business. I hate when people know that you are working and they disturb you when they know that you are hard at working trying to get your work done...if you don’t have any work to do find some work to do!!

woman’s anatomy whether it is front or back. So I suggest you go to theological school and get the correct training because you are unlearned. This does not mean you could step into anybody’s pulpit. This training is for you so that you won’t be so judgmental, sarcastic and ignorant every time you open your mouth. Oh, before I forget, please get a stronger mouth wash.

SIT THE FUCK DOWN! Hey bitch what the fuck is your deal. You stand up in the front of the bus so that nobody can get the fuck by and I really didn’t want to brush

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Are you ever gonna get rid of those knee high boots? I remember you used to be such a nice person but since you came back you have become just as fucked up as those people I saw you hanging out with. You are mentally fucked in the head if you think those people like you, they don’t even like themselves. I used to think you knew that. One day you’re gonna wake up and they will be gone, and you’ll wish you didn’t push away the ones who really loved you. Asshole!

YOU FAT BITCH This is for the fat bitch that I have to look at everyday. For starters you are not fucking sexy so give that one the hell up. Nobody likes your dumb ass cause you think you know it all. And you need to get a damn life you miserable cow. Just because everybody gets along with each other you always got to find some kind of stupid shit to do to get attention. NEWS FLASH nobody gives a shit about you crazy bitch. Get a fucking clue and a life You fucking nut job.

YOUR VAGINA Your vagina is like leftover roast beef smeared with gravy.The stench is so bad that I would welcome a stale queef as I would a Yankee Candle if I were trapped in a dark room filled with dead cats. Sometimes I wonder what you do to keep it so feral. My gut tells me you once accidentally sat on a baby wheel of gouda. Well the cheese has gone bad. That might also explain why you have more fromunda cheese on your lips than the Romano at Olive Garden. Buy a fucking Luffa.

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homes for rent 12xx S. Bonsall St. 3BR $700/mo Newly renovated. Call 267-455-3273

17XX S. TAYLOR ST. 3 BR/1BA $875 Newer appliances, carpet, new bath, new kitchen. $875 incl water. Please call Tia 215-463-0777, ext. 225.

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Room for rent on third floor of Germantown row home. PennKnox area. Has a private feel, as it is the only room on third floor. Lots of light, wood floors, built-in bookcase and chestof-drawers, and two deep closets. Shared kitchen and one and one half baths. The household consists of my 22year-old son who is a senior at Temple University, myself, our dog, (Australian Shepherd), and cat, . We have a large fenced-in side-yard as we are

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