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Theater & Live Music 30-something Chileans reconstruct their true life stories of persecution and oppression under Pinochet.

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20 I ARTS & CULTURE In Memoriam: Amiri Baraka. Music: Supergroup Army of the Pharoahs are set for a collective concert at UT. Screen: The Past revisits that gray area between what’s ideal and what’s possible.

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El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born)

Lola Arias is about to pop. She’s eight and a half months pregnant and right now, as we speak, headed home to Buenos Aires to give birth. So, needless to say, the playwright won’t be present at FringeArts for the three-day run of her El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born)—but at least 10 performers from her homeland’s neighbor to the west, Chile, will. They’ll be describing the enduring effects of the iron-fisted reign of the late Augusto Pinochet, who seized power in a militaristic coup d’etat in September of ’73. In his 17 years of despotic rule, Pinochet managed to accumulate hundreds of human rights violations (not to mention embezzlement and tax evasion charges). The numbers are astonishing: Nearly 30,000 citizens tortured, over 80,000 interned and at least 1,200—but perhaps as many as 3,500—simply executed for standing in his way. He is, essentially, on par with Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden among the grossest human beings to have recently walked the earth. His legacy is still potent and powerful. Arias, on a trip to South America that included an exploration of Pinochet’s long-lasting devastation on survivors of his regime, started to pay special attention to those born during his tenure’s terrifying aftermath. She recruited people who, in El año en que nací, tell their stories and their parents’ stories, too. This isn’t exactly a play; there’s no book to stick to here. It’s all in Spanish, but subtitled in English and partially projected on a screen serving as a backdrop for photos, maps, news clippings and saved bits of history. Dance and music will be employed, as will, no doubt, heavy emotion and grief, allowing folks aged 20 to their early 30s to show us, in an exceptionally colorful and expressive way, how history trickles down. El año en que nací aims to reinforce, to the next generation, how wrongs will not be ignored and how recalling painful pasts can open our minds to a more optimistic, brighter future. / BILL CHENEVERT Sat., Jan. 17 through Sun., Jan. 19. Various times. $20-$29. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.413.9006.

Wednesday, January 15 SPOK EN WORD

Tell Me a Story: Jobs

In a sharing mood? Gather in the intimate atmosphere of Shot Tower Coffee and spin tales of your tiresome—or perhaps ultimately fulfilling—career in this latest themed storytelling event hosted by comedienne Hillary Rea. Special guests include Freya Zork and Martha Cooney, winners of recent First Person Arts StorySlams. 7pm. $5. Shot Tower Coffee, 542 Christian St. 267.886.8049. FOOD

Jewish New Year at Zahav

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will join the local Jewish community’s celebration of Tu B’shvat, also known as Jewish Arbor Day and the New Year for Trees, which will feature a wine and tasting menu put together by Israeli chef Michael Solomonov, the 2011 winner of the highly coveted James Beard Award. 6pm. $180. Zahav, 237 St. James Pl. 215.625.8800.

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The Drunken Botanist

Without plants, there’d be no booze. Two outfits that know that fact well: local spiritmakers Art in the Age, and the environmentalists of the Schuylkill Center, whose director, Mike Weilbacher, will read from the bestselling book The Drunken Botanist while listeners sample Art in the Age’s potent brews. 7:30pm. Free. The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd.


RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons Live

Logo TV’s highly rated reality competition is hitting the road, and it’s bringing along a handful of its most notable stars. Sharon Needles, Pandora Boxx and Alaska Thunderfuck are just a few slated to make an appearance at the live show tonight. 10pm. $29.50-75. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.



Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal

Nathaniel Popkin

It’s called the “feel-good company” for a reason. Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal has a seemingly perfect track record for showcasing the extraordinarily complex works of world-class choreographers. Tonight’s show features the Philadelphia premieres of three new performances. 7:30pm. Various prices. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.6702.

More than a decade after releasing his first nonfiction book, Nathaniel Popkin is branching out into novel territory with the release of Lion and Leopard, set in a Philadelphia of years past. Tonight, Popkin will sign copies of the book and partake in a Q&A session following a short reading. 6pm. Free. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.

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Perceiving the ‘Just This’-Ness

New York choreographer Susan Rethorst opens Philadelphia Dance Projects’ 2014 season with her new production, which recruits the talents of the Group Motion Dance Company and Artistic Director Manfred Fischbeck. 8pm. $25. Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St. 215.545.1664. M U SIC



The Illadelph Experiment

From 2006 to 2011, Robert Gates served as the country’s secretary of defense, and with his new memoir hitting shelves this week, he gives shockingly honest accounts of handling the wars abroad, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” controversy and the killing of Osama bin Laden. 6:30pm. Free-$30. National Constitution Center. 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600. DR IN K

Tippler’s Tour with Ben Franklin

Can old Ben hold his liquor? Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s 308th birthday with the man himself as he embarks on

This new one-woman show from Kate McGrath—this year’s Philadelphia Dramatist Center playwright in residence—re-examines the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 by thrusting the audience into the mindsets of the establishment’s workers and considering the evolution of the American Dream. 8pm. $20. Off-Broad St. Theater, 1636 Sansom St. ART

Group Show and Red Filter 2014

This annual art show at Twenty-Two Gallery features more than 20 local artists across mediums including sculpture, painting, print work and photography. This year includes a group selection from Lambertville, N.J.’s Red Filter Gallery, a fine art photography gallery dedicated to promoting contemporary monochromatic work. Noon. Free. Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St. 215.772.1911. STAGE


Lisa D’Amour’s new stage comedy follows two couples into the woods— with some unintended consequences. 2013 Obie Award winner D’Amour weaves her unique comedic chops into this story of campers gone astray. 7:30pm. $66. Through Feb. 8. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824.

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Picture this night out: Eleven DJs, three floors of dancing, five artists exhibiting live work, a B-boy/ B-girl contest, a slow-jam set and lit hookahs—and it goes on ‘til 3:30 a.m.? Uh, that pretty much knocks any other Friday-night parties on their sorry asses. Even without tips on who’s spinning or promoting, The Illadelph Experiment just sounds like a badass, labyrinthine sweatfest, something you and your friends could wholeheartedly tear into alongside hordes of other grown, goodtime-seeking Philadelphians, right? Luckily, its DJs include the legendary Cash Money (above), Kenny Meez, Ultraviolet, AfroDJiak, Mike Nyce, Aktive, Mr. Sonny James, Lee Jones, Lil Dave, PHSH and DJ Foxx Boogie. (Hoo boy, that’s a list!) And it’s being presented by Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson, a fixture of Philly 360, Tastytreats, et cetera, who’s so in tune with the spirits of creativity and musicianship, she always seems to be planning successful ways to wrap this city up in absolute freshness. Wilson’s also among the the artists who’ll be on the scene too, joining Serena Saunders, Ameerah K. Art, Chuck Styles, Tone Casso and Nebulous Flair. Nice. Philly’s DJs kill it; live art is the shit, and who doesn’t love a good hip-hop battle? With a promise to get the walls throbbing and the windows rattling, let’s hope for throwdowns of all kinds at The Illadelph Experiment—sonic, on the canvas and pop and lock-like. Show up before 11pm, and you’ll get a 50-percent admission reduction. / B.C.



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“Classical” isn’t an apt enough term to describe the musical stylings of Trefoil. With a focus on the melodious sounds heard at medieval European festivals, the three-piece band evokes vivid imagery with its craft despite its minimalist outward appearance. Trefoil’s new CD, Fleur de Valeur: A Medieval Bouquet, covers the likes of Guillaume Dufray and Gilles Binchois. 8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

a tavern tour of colonial Philadelphia. He’ll be sure to delight his followers with stories and old-fashioned drinking traditions along the way. 5:30pm. $40-$45. Historic Philadelphia Center, Sixth and Chestnut sts. 215.629.4026.

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Arms and the Man

Pity Sex


George Bernard Shaw’s classic war commentary returns to the Players Club stage for the first time since 1956. Premiering originally in the late 1800’s, Arms and the Man details the fallacies of war and humanity through biting comedy. Fri., Jan. 17, 8pm. $8-$15. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore.

Self Defense Family + Pity Sex


A band with a staggeringly accessible Internet presence, Self Defense Family (formerly known as End of A Year) has carved out an important standing in the modern post-hardcore landscape. After a slew of 7-inch EPs and splits, Self Defense Family returns to the full-length medium, and vocalist Patrick Kindlon’s pithy, cathartic blasts have never sounded better. Officially released last Tuesday, Jan. 7, SDF’s Try Me, which was made available by the band through digital download late last year, contains nine intensely personal studies on human relationships, religion and death, accentuated by two fascinating long-form interviews with former porn star Jeanna Fine, who also graces the cover of the LP. Unapologetic in their bluntness, Self Defense Family’s unfiltered persona is tersely summed up in Try Me’s liner notes: “Enjoy or don’t.” Their early-Saturday show mates, Ann Arbor, MI natives Pity Sex, specialize in fuzzed-out bummers, weaving together elements of lo-fi, noise pop and shoegaze. Brennan Greaves and Britty Drake split vocal duties for the quartet, which released Feast of Love, its first full-length album, last August. The darlings of Run for Cover Records received widespread praise for their frank lyrical content—basically ruminations on self-loathing and loneliness reflective of the band’s bittersweet moniker—and Feast of Love showed a noticeable maturation from the raw sound of Dark World, their 2012 debut EP. / DANIEL GELB

Longtime funnyman Alex Reymundo has been featured on special programs on Comedy Central and Showtime. His stand-up tour RedNexican! riffs on Mexican-American culture, as well as everyday interactions. Sat., Jan. 18, 8pm. $20-$35. The Levoy Theatre, 130 N. High St., Millville, N.J. 856.327.6400.

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5pm. $10-$12. With Ovlov + Heroes of Modern Earth. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400.



Classic Soul Fest 2014

Grodstein & Barr-Toman

Considering that the city spawned Gamble and Huff, the successors to the Motown sound, it’s a wonder there isn’t a soul music festival every weekend in Philadelphia. Luckily, this one features titans like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Bloodstone, the Main Ingredient and more. 8pm. $37.50-$70. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 215.204.2400. M LK

Where Do We Go From Here: 50 Years Since the Civil Rights Act A community gathering to examine the progress our nation has made since the federal Civil Rights Act was passed—as well as what remains to be done in the movement toward equality. The film Citizen King will be screened, followed by an analysis and discussion with author Ewuare X. Osayande. Sat., Jan. 18, 3pm. Free. African American United Fund Conference Center, 2231 N. Broad St. 484.362.9240.

Lauren Grodstein and Susan Barr-Toman share and discuss their novels, both about carrying on with life after a family loss. Grodstein’s The Explanation for Everything tells the tale of a widowed biologist whose faith in science is challenged by a student who believes in God. Barr-Toman’s When Love Was Clean Underwear revolves around a daughter who helps her mother commit suicide, and then has to build a life afterward. 7pm. Free. Musehouse, 7924 Germantown Ave. 267.331.9552. M I N D & B O DY

Meditation Day Course: Living The Dream

Monk and meditation teacher Gen Tenzin leads this class centered on the Buddhist view of emptiness. No experience is necessary to join the session, which will encourage you to free yourself from anger, resentment and shame by understanding the dream-like nature of people and things. 11am. $30. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1102 Pine St.

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Diane Coffee

Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, aka Diane Coffee, began his career as a voice actor in animated Disney flicks. He certainly spun 180 with his psychedelic, spacey surf rock solo project, releasing a debut album My Friend Fish in 2013. 7pm. $8-$10. With Killer Bangs. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. STAG E

Comedy-Gasm! Keepin’ It Sexy

The long running Comedy-Gasm series rings in the new year with drink specials and a show featuring the cream of the crop of local, up-and-coming entertainers. Rachel Fogletto once again hosts the program, opening with Eris Vayle’s burlesque and leading into stand-up from Robert Ecks, Jenn Tisdale and more. 8pm. $7. The Irish Pol, 45 S. 3rd St. 267.761.9532.



3rd Annual All-Stars Of Hip Hop

The A.C. boardwalk plays host to an ensemble crew of hip-hop legends: Ice Cube, Eve, Fat Joe and many more take the stage for an unforgettable night of jams. VIP tickets for the event also include entrance to an after-party at the Trump Plaza. Sun., Jan. 19, 7pm. $45-$90. Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.449.2000. DRINK

Tropicana Beer Week

Tropicana’s week-long homage to the frothy libation features an arsenal of beer-centric events, including drink and food specials, craft beer premieres, as well as tasting and pairing events. Through Sun., Jan. 18. Various locations.

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Five Minute Follies featuring The Magic of Salazar Award-winning magician Anthony Salazar has performed across the country, from the top casinos in Atlantic City to a guest spot on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. Salazar will be joined by other performers, including comedians, singers and a tap dancer, for Five Minute Follies, an ongoing family friendly tribute to the golden age of variety entertainment shows. 3pm. $15-$18. The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. 1800.838.3006.

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Fitness, Body Love and Sexercise: A Workshop with Dr. Timaree

On page 16, sexologist, podcaster and PW cover model Timaree Schmit writes about the relationship between fitness and sexuality. Hear more at her Sexploratorium workshop, where you’ll learn how exercise science can help improve your sexual experience—not least by enabling

you to reach more positions. 7pm. $15-$20. Sexploratorium, 317 South St. 215.829.4986. STAG E

Beautiful Thing

Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents Beautiful Thing, written for the stage by Jonathan Harvey, a play about teens surrounded by a drug and violence addled Southeast London landscape. 7:30. $15-$25. Skybox at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.923.8909.


Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)

Tchaikovsky explores obsession in this tale of a gambling army officer, desperate to learn the secret behind three winning cards, jeopardizing his love, possessions and ultimately his own life in the process. The Academy of Vocal Arts revives this Russian drama, sung in its native tongue with English subtitles. 7:30pm. $10-$60. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St. 215.735.1685.



Hip Hop Fundamentals

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Since gracing PW’s cover last June, Hip Hop Fundamentals met their fundraising goal to bring their breakdance education show into numerous Philly schools—and have even done a TED Talk. Now, they’re spending Martin Luther King, Jr. Day giving a free performance of their most popular show, using “culture young people create to engage them in learning academic content,” according to founding member Stephen Lunger. The group’s TEDx Bermuda performance was specifically about how to change the way education works in the United States. Their performance on King Day—at the African-American Museum—will focus on the history of civil rights in America. / RANDY LOBASSO

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service/ Macy’s Family Day

The National Constitution Center joins this years’ 19th annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service with a day of honor for MLK. Visitors can enjoy a day of musical and dramatic performances, as well as participate in a sewing service benefiting the Women Against Abuse shelter. 9:30am. $5. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State celebrates MLK’s legacy all weekend—with tours emphasizing the effect that the civil rights movement had on the prison. In addition, readings from King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” will be delivered by professional actors. Informal Q&A sessions will follow each reading to discuss the relevance of King’s words today. Through Mon., Jan 20. Various times. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.

Art Sphere

Founded in 1998, Art Sphere encourages civic responsibility and neighborhood restoration through various forms of art. Volunteers for their MLK Day celebration will paint over graffiti, restore murals and brighten playground equipment. The event honors King’s ethos of collective effort to accomplish community goals. 10am. Fishtown Recreation Center, 1201 E. Montgomery Ave. 215.350.1968.

National Liberty Museum

This year, The National Liberty Museum has teamed up with MLK365 to provide a free workshop based around the icon. The “upstander” workshop will feature guided museum tours, craft projects and continuous showings of King’s famous speeches. Pre-registration for the days’ free events is required, as seating is limited. 11:30am. Free. National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St. 215.928.2500.

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lucky to be around these days. It used to be that the only sites to talk freely about intimate exploits were either stiflingly clinical or unnecessarily shameful, with bright neon lights outside and sticky linoleum on the inside. Indeed, safe spaces where people could creatively rant or rave about their awesome, mundane or downright twisted sex lives were primarily on psychiatrists’ couches or barstools a few blocks away from the neighborhood parish. Thank heaven times have changed. To celebrate both remorseless kinkiness and good ol’ fashioned spoken word, the Erotic Literary Salon brings together an eager audience on every third Ainsley Burrows Tuesday of each month at TIME in Center City, where open souls share five-minute sex-related poems, remembrances and short stories. And for January’s gathering, attendees will welcome Ainsley Burrows, creator of the touring “pop-erotica extravaganza” dubbed Sweet Spot Nation, which hits Philly next month—on the weekend before Valentine’s Day. (Mark that calendar now.) Burrows, who’s toured professionally as a poet for over a decade, will give a talk with a Q&A before the evening’s open mic—oh, and his ultra-hot poems are going to leave blisters. Here’s to a night that’s as publicly and positively affirming of sex and sexuality as it ought to be. / JOSH KRUGER 6:30pm. $8-$10. TIME, 1315 Sansom St. 215.985.4800.


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In the Champ’s Corner


here’s a soft, constant tribal drumming coming from two large speakers in the back corner of World Gym on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. We’re on a basketball court that, for tonight, has been cordoned off from the 24-hour training center’s workout equipment with 30-foot-tall cloth barricades. It’s bright. From where I’m standing, I’m hit with constant chants of “Danny! Danny!” as Daniel Diaz and his opponent, Long Island-based fighter Tyrese Washington, knock, grapple and kick one another, each taking several brutal blows. The crowd reacts to each one, loudly, giving each other high-fives. After three rounds, neither fighter has been knocked out, and an official gets in the ring to announce the winner by number of hits. He shows the scorecard to the referee, who, along with Diaz’ trainer Rami Ibrahim, raises his hand in the air as the small, sweaty crowd erupts into applause, chanting the fighter’s name. Diaz falls to the ground and gets into a prostrate position, his face in his taped-up hands. After he and his opponent take turns around the ring, bowing to and shaking the hands of those involved in the match, a white championship belt is


strapped around his waist. He takes a look at a friend in the audience, smiles, and sticks a single finger against his lower lip. Danny Diaz is 12. A skinny Hispanic boy with a tight crop of black hair and a light complexion, Diaz first started mixed martial arts training six years ago. His father, also named Daniel, had pushed sports on him from a young age, believing it’d keep the boy off the streets of their Juniata neighborhood. He was right, but after a year of baseball and football, Danny told his dad—who helps maintain an outdoor sport-oriented nonprofit in lower Northeast Philly—he just wasn’t that into it. “One day he came up to me and said, ‘Dad, that’s not what I want to do anymore,’” the elder Diaz recalls. “I said, ‘All right, what do you want to do?’ He said, ‘I want to fight. I want to do something different.’” They started checking out several gyms in North and Northeast Philly. One afternoon, they walked into Sitan Gym in Rhawnhurst and found its owner, muay Thai champion Rami Ibrahim, teaching a pee wee class. He stopped the class and introduced himself to the Diazes. They hit it off quickly, and Ibrahim took Danny on as a student.

Under Ibrahim’s tutelage, Danny has begun competing in MMA tournaments; he’s got a 3–3 record after six matches. The day I meet them at Ibrahim’s gym, Danny is warming up a group of seven other children, aged 7 to 10. This is standard for Danny; he attends Sitan Gym six days a week, following his school day at the charter Esperanza Academy. His father is happy to drive him there each day: “I tell everybody in my family it was the best investment ever. He’s not the kind of kid you talk to and tell him something 100 times. He follows directions to a T.” Danny’s father recently finished building a home gym, too—for Danny, yes, but for his sister as well. Meanwhile, it’s not just other kids Danny’s helping. Ibrahim, who still fights professionally himself—his MMA nickname is “The Son of Palestine”—has recruited his 12-year-old student to help him prepare for a fight through Lion Fight Promotions in Las Vegas, where he’ll be taking on Simon Chu “Coke” Chunhawayt, who previously beat Ibrahim in a 2011 bout. Ibrahim and Diaz’s mentor-protegé relationship was a natural fit from the start—probably because Ibrahim saw so much of himself in the boy. A Palestinian whose family was well-off enough to live in Kuwait, Ibrahim came to the United States with his parents

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the summer of 1990. Two weeks later, the Gulf War broke out, and his family lost everything. “There was no reason to go back,” Ibrahim says. Settling in as refugees in Northeast Philadelphia, Ibrahim’s parents took blue-collar jobs and enrolled him in an after-school karate program. “My parents thought they should put me in the martial arts so I wouldn’t see what they were going through,” he says. “I was on Wyoming Avenue. It wasn’t very nice.” When Ibrahim got to high school, he started wrestling. Two years later, he began boxing at a gym at 26th and Huntingdon, spending up to seven hours a day after school in fighting-sports programs. The sports, he says, kept him off the streets and ending up where others from his neighborhood did. “I don’t know anyone from my neighborhood who’s done anything positive. Either they went to jail, became alcoholics, dropouts, and—” He pauses. “That’s partially why I never really had a friend. All the people I considered friends were from the martial arts world, from my fighting team, from the boxing world. This is my education.” The students Danny’s leading in the gym bow to each other, and he gives them a break so he can sit down and speak with a journalist. Doing so, he’s not overly enthusiastic, or nervous, either; rather, he just seems matter-of-fact about it all in that slightly sheepish, preteen way. A first-degree black belt, Danny says he fought his first official match because he wanted to “see how it feels. I wanted to get the experience of what it’s like to be a fighter.” And: “I heard fights were fun.” Other than that, he says, there were few expectations riding on the experiment. Back in kindergarten, he says, he thought maybe he’d grow up to be a scientist, but once he took up fighting, he was certain: He wanted to be a martial-arts student, Ibrahim wanted to teach him, and his father loved that the sport helped Diaz stay both disciplined and off the streets. He didn’t, however, imagine he’d be teaching his own classes this quickly. But the idea appealed to him. “When [Ibrahim] told me I was going to be able to start teaching, I thought it would be a chance to give back,” he says. “You don’t want to keep everything for yourself. You should want to give back just so you can have other kids experience what you experienced, you know?” At this point, Danny isn’t just teaching here at Ibrahim’s gym: He’s gathering kids from his Juniata neighborhood, bringing them down to his home gym and training them there. He says some neighborhood kids come and go—and he makes sure to invite the “good kids” at school. “Some kids can be troublemakers, but the kids who I invite are good kids,” he says. “They behave.” n

Sexologist and fitness trainer Timaree Schmit works out at Weston Fitness in Center City. (Photograph by J.R. Blackwell)

Body of Revelations


magine the heaviest thing you’ve ever lifted from the ground. Here’s what kind of personal trainer Shawn is: He’ll tell you to do that 12 times in a row, then race up a set of stairs, then come back down and do it again. His demands would seem unreasonable—the orders of a sadist, even—if it weren’t for the fact that when you look at his carved, muscular body, you just know he’s put himself through the same sort of brutal regimen. And it’s true: The 40-year-old Center City resident didn’t start out with this sort of rock-solid physique. In fact, in his early 20s, Shawn was morbidly obese; it took a heart attack to catapult him into a life of nutrition and fitness, where he’s resided ever since. Shawn knows his body well. For instance: He remembers the most amazing sexual experience of his life with total clarity. “Something incredible happened,” he says. “It started when we came at the same time . . . we were looking directly into each others’ eyes. It probably lasted two seconds, but if you told me it was ten years, I would have believed it. Worlds opened up—for both of us. We were completely immersed in this moment of pleasure and connected to the whole universe at the same time. It was deeply spiritual . . . and the closest I have ever felt to another human being.” He can picture it in his mind’s eye as if it happened yesterday. But it didn’t. In fact, that mind-blowing experience of sexual rapture didn’t happen to the Shawn who’s a hard-bod-


ied health machine at all. It happened to the Shawn who weighed well over 350 pounds. Surprising? Sure—because that’s not what our culture trains us to expect about our bodies. An onslaught of media messages, both intentional and otherwise, tells us our sexual enjoyment of life hinges upon our physical fitness and, specifically, our weight control—that losing pounds will gain us more and better sexual partners, more and better sex. And often that’s true. But not all the time, and it’s not that simple. Yeah, reshaping your body through new exercise and eating habits will probably change your sex life. How it’ll change it—well, that’s not so easy to predict. The intersection of sexuality and physical fitness is as complex as it is dynamic, involving everything from chemical reactions between individuals to emotional satisfaction in a relationship—and from the functioning of erectile tissues to the comfort a person has in their ability to ask their partner for what they want. Sexuality encompasses nearly every facet of the human experience, and so a happy sexuality doesn’t just mean having a well-functioning biological machine, any more than it means a simple frequency count of those aching, throbbing desires between the legs. Just like physical fitness itself, sexual health manifests in different ways for different people—even if infomercials have done their damnedest to convince us all that both are

measured the same way on the same scale. Erika, a 32-year-old from Bridesburg, offers a traditional sort of fitness success story. She started exercising after being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome and prediabetes; in the span of two and a half years, she lost 70 pounds—and found something else. “I had always been quick to push what I wanted and needed to the side,” she says, “in order to get the attention of anyone who would take notice.” Then she began running and working out, and not only did her excess weight begin to come off, she began to actually enjoy the exercise itself. As she did, she found herself less likely to ignore her own everyday feelings. “I found my voice,” she says, “and could tell people yes and no and not feel bad anymore.” That increased sense of confidence might be as important to the relationship between physical and sexual health as the increased physical fitness itself is. On the one hand, research has shown that nutritious eating and regular exercise are associated with a number of positive sexual outcomes, including improvements in desire, stamina and general mood. Increased strength and flexibility may enable a wider variety of sexual positions, including those that allow for deeper penetration, more mutual stimulation and better access to the clitoris—as well as the excitement of being able to view a partner’s body from a novel angle. After Nikki, a 38-yearold Mt. Airy resident, undertook new exercise

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Crawling Horror


here is a scene, midway through David Cronenberg’s scifi horror classic The Fly, in which Jeff Goldblum’s body starts betraying him. His teeth fall out, strange growths appear up and down his arms and legs, and seemingly simple tasks like walking and talking become painful and difficult. This is all the result of Goldblum’s character having practiced mad science while intoxicated, which, common sense tells us, is something we should all avoid. In 2009, I jumped off a wall and shattered my right angle upon landing. While not nearly as dramatic as using a teleporter drunk, it was sufficient at the time to drastically change my relationship with my body. There was a loud sickening SNAP that everyone around me heard, followed by a much quieter one when I crumpled to the grass. I had fractured my ankle in three places, but it felt much worse. It was like a handful of gravel was underneath my skin, separating my foot from the rest of my body. Later, when one of the paramedics inspected the injury, he gave a gasp in surprise as my foot flopped around like the appendage of a rag doll. That’s the very stuff of “body horror” films, it turns out. Whether its The Fly and The Thing or more recent additions like Splinter and American Mary, there’s always that moment when you expect a hand or a leg to do one thing—a normal thing—and then it does the opposite. I didn’t see my ankle turn into a latex movie prop, but I felt it refuse to turn with the rest of my leg, grating against the shards of bone inside. I was told that I handled the whole thing well. I joked. I laughed. Honestly, I didn’t know how to react. The whole business was just so alien, so unusual. I was accustomed to moving so effortlessly, jumping off of a wall meant nothing at all. Then, literally a few seconds later, I couldn’t walk. What followed was an extended period of crutches and wheelchair rides, as my newly-boltedtogether ankle bones fused themselves back in place. It was hard to look at this time as anything but a temporary inconvenience, considering that my friend Skott was dependent on a wheelchair at the time. (We did a wheelchair race around the block on Cinco de Mayo; my arm-powered model just barely beat out his electric-motored one.) So I refused to take my injury too seriously. At some point, the cast would come off and I would be walking. All I had to do was wait. I’ve been looking through the pictures of me from this time: photos of me adamantly refusing to acknowledge my handicap in any way. I’m all smiles, laughing, juggling—of course I am juggling; why would not being able to stand keep me from juggling?—doing everything I can to convince everyone, including myself, that I am Capital-F fine. Because I would be, right? No reason to expect otherwise. After all, I could still juggle. I’m not sure if I had a mental image of myself just standing up and walking out once the cast was off, or what. I don’t think I had any image, really—just an expectation that everything would go back to normal. I had been in a body horror movie already; the hard part was over. I was all stitched up, ready to go. What else could happen? What I did not expect was to discover that my right leg had become unconnected, mentally, from my body. I could no longer command it like I used to. My left leg, glad to be walking again, would try to take large, impressive strides, while my right leg would resist moving at all, preferring instead to be dragged behind like a deadweight. I had to learn to walk again. It was incredibly frustrating. I had learned to walk the first time long before my infant mind had figured out how to store and cross-reference memories, so I had no conception of how exactly I’d done it. I had taken bipedal locomotion for granted, and now here I was with a leg that was connected but also not connected—a part of me that I no longer had dominion over.

AFTER I BROKE MY ANKLE, MY LEG DECIDED IT HAD A LIFE OF ITS OWN. by Jared Axelrod Finally I stopped thinking of it as learning to walk; rather, I was training an alien limb to move with me. Together, we learned to ape the movement I had taken for granted before. Within weeks, I was lurching, Frankenstein’s monster style, around the house. Staggering stylishly down the streets, chrome-capped cane in hand: not the jaunty gallivanting steps of which I was known for, but an awkward, Brundle-fly gait. I didn’t have control over my body, but we had made an accord—a truce, however uneasy. I didn’t hate my right leg for being too sluggish to resume the double-act of ambling about with my left one. Rather, I understood it. I wasn’t too keen on this whole physical therapy regime, either. But I was giving it my best, and the resistance my right leg was giving me was just further proof of how we were no longer connected. My enthusiasm to resume my normal life didn’t extend to my leg. It was content to laze about. The injury, in other words, had turned my leg into a couch potato. Karmically speaking, I had no one to blame: I hadn’t exactly been a physically dynamic person before breaking my ankle, so it was as if my leg, having now gained its own mind, had decided to emulate me in the worst possible way. “Who taught you how to behave this way?” I would ask my leg, exasperated. “You,” it would petulantly respond. “I learned it by watching you!” So even if our connection was severed, there was still a bit of me left in the old leg yet. Just nothing I liked seeing. Before the accident, I’d given little to no thought about how my body worked. Afterward, it seemed abundantly clear that my mind and my body were separate, and any part of me could just take off and do its own thing at a moment’s notice. Or, in the case of my leg, actually be the lazy slob I spend so much time denying. Trouble is, once you begin thinking about one part of your body betraying you, it doesn’t take much to wonder what it will take for rest to follow suit. Sure, my hands are typing all these words now, but what if they decide hitting little square buttons all day is no way to live? What if my stomach decides it’s going to find its own food from now on, thank you very much? I am so little aware of what makes my body function, I’m not sure how to work around it if something goes wrong. The best I can do is to be sewn back together and work tirelessly to be as close to before as possible. But it won’t be like it was, because the fragility of my body’s functions has been made apparent. This isn’t, I should point out, a memento mori, a reminder of our all-too-brief time on this world. It’s a different sort of creeping terror, the kind that usually comes with latex prosthetics and bug-eyed screams. When something attached to you that you took for granted fails, for reasons you can’t fix on your own, it’s not the cold slither of death—merely a fact of life. Our bodies are meat animated by electrical signals: hardly a foolproof construction. Any shmuck with a high enough wall can disrupt it. I run five miles a day now, my right leg moving in perfect sync with my left. I am now far more aware of the difficulty that special-needs folks having maneuvering in this city, and why access for all should be of paramount importance. My ankle gives me a twinge now and then, apropos of nothing. It doesn’t even predict oncoming storms. When I look at my body today, I see something that can be shaped, that can be harmed, that can be changed. My body is fragile, but it is also resilient. It is sturdy, but it is also mutable. It is what people think of when they think of me, but it is not who I am. My body is but a piece of all I encompass. An important piece, no doubt—but it makes up far less of who I am than I previously believed. n

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Meltingly tender New Jersey scallops arrived hand-torn and tangled up in a transparent-green apple consommé studded with little islets of sea lettuce.

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dent sauce singing with garlic and crowned by snappy little bits of pancetta. In a city with no shortage of notable gnocchi, these rank among the very top tier. Laurel as a whole, in fact, holds that promise. This stellar BYOB walks the tightrope between daring vision and impeccable technique with steadiness and confidence. And with just a few minor tweaks—a door that doesn’t slam when guests walk in, a lighter hand in the wine-pouring department—this will become a regional destination that exemplifies just what makes our city’s dining scene one of the finest in the nation. Already, Laurel is a delicious, transporting testament to the serious talent that Elmi possesses in such abundance. This is the restaurant, it seems, that he was meant to cook in all along. 

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didn’t order the albacore tuna, but here it was in front of me, the waitress just beginning her description of it when I cut her off to point out the mistake. She immediately apologized, began to lift it from the dark wood table—and promptly changed her mind. “Know what?” she said. “Keep it. It’s already on the table and it’s a great dish. I’ll make sure you get the right one, but you may as well enjoy this one, too.” Turns out the mistake was one of the best things that could have happened. A parade of hefty chunks of oil-cured tuna, glistening atop a sweep of sour cream, yogurt and horseradish, proved one of the most profound tuna preparations I’ve had recently. Ahi, of course, gets all the praise, its pink, jewel-like translucence as visually stunning as it is tasty, while albacore, with its grayer color palette and tin-can-stockpile associations, is too often brushed off as somehow inferior. This was a one-plate refutation of that: a textural tour de force of hearty albacore, snappysweet fried shallots and horseradish-sour cream granita dusted like snow on top to cut through and frame it all, the entirety sweetened up with a reduction of Asian pear. It also was a perfect example of all that Chef Nicholas Elmi is doing so right here at Laurel, his nearly two-month-old BYOB in the former Fond space on East Passyunk Avenue. Indeed, from a tiny kitchen with barely enough room for three to ply their craft, Elmi seems to have taken stock of what went both right and wrong during his tenure at Rittenhouse Tavern, and transformed the experience into food that, already, is a stunning addition to an East Passyunk dining firmament as vibrantly exciting as it’s ever been. For all the elegance and deep intelligence of Elmi’s cooking at the Tavern, I often felt that it was held back by a distracting sense of preciousness—delicacy, in some cases, when lust would have been more enjoyable. In a post-visit phone interview, he agreed: “They had an idea of what they wanted at the restaurant, and we kind of had to cook into that,” he said. “‘This is the square, stay inside of it.’” Eventually, he told me, “You feel like your food’s losing a little bit of its soul.” That just doesn’t happen at Laurel, where Elmi’s cooking possesses soul to spare. Foie gras is bravely and brilliantly fixed up with cocoa in a silky-yet-hearty terrine, a hint of iconoclasm apparent from the first bite. It arrives with a side plate of crisp Metropolitan Bakery brioche slices, and when that terrine is spread atop, and anointed with a dab of blood orange and then crowned with a mathematically precise brunoise of candied celery root, that earthy, smoky, sweet-souled bite throws all your preconceived fois gras assumptions into question. Why has no one in Philly done exactly this before? This willingness to sidestep convention, yet remain technically rigorous, seems to be at the root of Elmi’s success here. Meltingly tender New Jersey scallops arrived hand-torn and tangled up in a transparent-green apple consommé studded with little islets of sea lettuce and translucent shards of celery throughout. On a painfully cold night, its brightness, its shimmering freshness, seemed to hold out hope that warmer days would one day arrive again, all while mining a brilliant winter-flavor theme. Not everything succeeded as memorably. Grilled maitake mushrooms with roasted hazelnuts in a lemongrass-chicken broth, more or less riffing on a pho, lacked sufficient acid, an aggressive squeeze of lime perhaps, and fell victim to its own sense of restraint. Caramelized white chocolate pudding was also too muted: Excellent cocoa nib shortbread just wasn’t matched by

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In Memoriam: Amiri Baraka Fellow poets, scholars remember the life and legacy of N.J.’s pioneering, polarizing wordsmith-warrior. By Nia Ngina Meeks //


oetry and its well-intentioned purveyors have long been stubbornly stereotyped as flowery, simple and unserious, even if its verses are brimming with double entendre and sly, subversive messages. For close to six decades, though, Amiri Baraka defied that narrow view. The crusading poet lobbed words and verses like hellfire, bent on a mission to upend oppression as he saw it in a country for which he fought and a world he desperately wanted to heal, beginning and ending in his own beloved birthplace of Newark, N.J., where he died on Jan. 9. While he will be laid to rest there Saturday, after having spent many of his 79 years agitating for justice, fairness and love, his passions remain undying, for they lit embers across the globe. “What you leave behind is one of the most important things you can do,” said Greg Corbin II, founder and executive director of the Philly Youth Poetry Movement. “The ability to create something that is powerful, not just in a poem, but something that is communal: It will be here after I leave this stage, after I leave this planet. He used his platform to speak what he felt. He definitely offended people, but he inspired a lot.” Indeed, Baraka has been both hailed as a hero and derided as a demon, and, like many realities, the truth lay in the proverbial area between. Past incendiary comments toward the Jewish and LGBT populations have been trumpeted more than later reflections of regret and compassion, most probably because his ferocity made it difficult for anyone to believe he could truly recant, or even change. Yet, Baraka was a man of constant evolution and evaluation, reshaping his perspective and approaches as he considered and incorporated new learning and shifted his worldview. He did this not for expediency, fortune or fame, but for the purpose of authenticity in his expression. Truth was his ultimate goal, his most desired fuel, and he pursued and espoused it with fearless fervor. His criticisms and lamentations spared few among the powerful, his brethren or himself. He pushed the boundaries of literature from conventional niceties toward edgier socieopolitical dispatches, observations and criticisms of the world in which he lived, all with the goal of creating what he wished would be. His methods of engagement stirred fear and discomfort, be it via his political activity, essays, fiction, plays, lectures or his most renowned mechanism: poetry. “If you ever thought you were any kind of brazen public speaker-activist-artist ... you paled in comparison,” said Philadelphia-based poet and recording artist Ursula Rucker. “I pray that I can have that type of courage one day. To stand in front of a thousand people and simultaneously give a fuck, because that’s why I’m saying what I’m saying, and simultaneously not give a fuck—because that’s why I’m saying what I’m saying. To unapologetically press on, regardless of the chances you were taking of being uninvited to places ... Who does that now? Who steps out on limbs like that now?” Baraka was the irresistible force that flung itself against the immovable objects of “isms”—ideologies that strive to repress various shades of our collective humanity. In the

Late great man of letters: Famed poet Amiri Baraka, pictured in 1964.

buttoned-down 1950s that marked his beginning, that was revolutionary in its own right. As the former LeRoi Jones, his name was often evoked alongside of fellow writers like Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and the rest of the Beat Generation. By the ‘60s, a new consciousness and empowerment flowed even more freely from his verses as he, along with Sonia Sanchez, Askia M. Touré, Nikki Giovanni, Ishmael Reed, Rosa Guy and others, forged the Black Arts movement. From that arose black studies departments across the country—and new awakenings and reverence among generations since. In ensuing years, Baraka would proclaim himself a Marxist, a socialist or just an adherent to any other philosophy that prized the virtue of struggle for freedom from imperialistic or jingoistic policies and mindsets. He lifted his pen like a battle flag, his art his field map, and he plunged into this war, one criticized as quixotic if not belligerent by people of all colors. “The world will always remember him as a literary genius and iconoclast, but he wasn’t an angel,” said Wilma Grey, director of the Newark Public Library, who frequently ran into Baraka amid the stacks of books and public offerings there. “He may have been controversial, but many people who have that kind of mind end up thinking a way that is so different than everyone else. When you look back over your shoulder

in history, it paints a different story then when they were alive. Look at Paul Robeson, how he was though of then, and now, posthumously.” Fellow Newark native James Peterson, director of Africana studies at Lehigh University and an MSNBC contributor, said Baraka’s example pushed the bar for his own contributions toward scholar-activism skyward. Until the day he died, Peterson said, Baraka was about “the work.” “The truth is too many scholars have a limited sense of what the work is,” he said. “The work has to be about marrying our efforts to intellectualize in the ivory tower with straight-up active work in our communities—mentoring, training teachers, sit-ins, marches, all of that. Baraka saw no distinction between his poetry, his playwriting, his scholarship and his political activism. And he was a family man—a father, an uncle, a husband, a community man—for sure. He was about all of the work for community.” A figure whose notoriety could have demanded car service and specially-stocked green rooms eschewed such trappings of fame, Baraka preferred life on the frontlines, be that opening his home to teach kids the intricacies and importance of jazz music or denouncing slashed library budgets at an allnight City Hall protest. “We don’t call him ‘Amiri;’ we call him ‘Mr. Baraka,’ and with reason,” said N.Y.-based author and activist Kevin Powell. “I interviewed him one time, and he told me, ‘Art is supposed to create order out of the chaos of this world.’ He tried to do that.” “It’s easy to label someone as crazy and hateful, say he’s a ‘controversial’ figure,” said Powell. “He never committed any acts of violence. He talked about resisting forms of oppression. He challenged the injustices of this country, systemic racism and other forms of oppression. That is why his work is respected all over the world.” Baraka’s year-long stint as New Jersey’s state poet laureate, cut short in 2003 on the wings of reaction to his volcanic post-9/11 screed “Somebody Blew Up America,” put the elder firebrand front-and-center nationally for the last time, exposing hungry young minds to his legendary life-long courage and firm commitment to creating art that is as enduring as it is provocative. “How rare, how wondrous it is for a poet to get a rise out of our dozing populace!” said Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate and English professor at the University of Virginia. “Whether one agreed with Amiri Baraka’s politics, and often I did not, his ability to rouse the complacent and disgruntled alike from their respective torpor was as undeniable as his artistic fervor. It’s impossible to imagine the Black Arts movement without his fiery presence and piercing poems, which then, in turn, enabled so many younger poets. In my early days as a writer, he provoked me to wrestle with his powerful radical aesthetics and, in the process, to find my very own artistic perspective. I am grateful to him for this incitement.”  Nia Ngina Meeks is a Philadelphia-based writer. Follow her on Twitter @nmpurpose.


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Give the People What They Want Fans of hip-hop supergroup Army of the Pharoahs are getting their wish: a collective concert at UT. By Dan Eldridge //


t was sometime back in 1996 when Vinnie Paz, then already a hugely celebrated South Philly emcee, discovered there were others out there like him. Today, he enjoys an immensely passionate worldwide following as the leader of a controversial and underground rap outfit known as Jedi Mind Tricks. But back then, Paz and JMT had only recently dropped their very first record, a modest six-tracker known as The Amber Probe EP. And quite unlike the vast majority of mainstream rap music being consumed at the time (2Pac, The Fugees and A Tribe Called Quest all released major albums that year), the contents of Amber Probe were beyond esoteric, almost to a fault. With song titles like “Communion: The Crop Circle Thesis” and “Books of Blood: The Coming of the Tan,” the abstract and conspiracy theory-obsessed Jedi Mind Tricks seemed almost certain to be relegated to the dollar bins of hip-hop history, even before their career had officially started. It was also in 1996, however, that another budding young rapper—he called himself Apathy and lived in New England— happened to be creating music of a very similar sort. Still a teenager at the time, Apathy, whose real name is Chad Bromley, was hosting his own hip-hop show at the University of Connecticut in the mid-90s. “I was down with a lot of [rappers] from New York,” he tells PW, “and the shit we were rapping about was so foreign. Nobody in the world was rapping about the type of knowledge and the type of esoteric, metaphysical subject matter that we rapped about.” So when The Amber Probe EP unexpectedly arrived at the UConn radio station one day, and Apathy gave it a cursory spin, “I was like, ‘What the fuck? Who the fuck are these guys?’ My mind was blown.” He eventually contacted Paz via email, he says, and the two started having regular phone conversations about the rap game. Soon, Apathy was invited to appear as a guest artist on JMT’s first full-length album, “and Vin and I have been family ever since,” he says. Paz has a slightly different recollection of the meeting. In his version, he was the one who called the phone number listed on the back of Apathy’s 12-inch and suggested a collaboration. Regardless of how that seemingly predestined encounter actually did come about, the fact remains that very big things have happened in Paz’s career during the following 18 years and in those of the many intellectual and off-the-beaten-path rappers who’ve been lucky enough to play a role in the Jedi Mind Tricks story, Apathy included. JMT, for instance, has since gone on to release seven full-length albums; at least three of them are arguably among the most intensely phenomenal indie hip-hop records of the past 15 years—on par with the classic releases spawned from the Definitive Jux roster in the early 2000s and, in some cases, even better. Paz himself has released two solo LPs and two EPs; he claims to have toured the world so many times that he’s lost count. And in the grand tradition of artistic collaboration, Paz is also the mastermind behind a constantly rotating and ever-evolving hip-hop supergroup known as Army of the Pharaohs—a crew that had its genesis way back in 1998, just two years after those earliest telephone conversations between Paz and Apathy. If there’s an underground hip-hop rapper or collective of any serious significance operating today, the chance that they’ve been affiliated with Army of the Pharaohs at some point over the past 15 years is probably somewhere around 50-50. That’s just a guess, of course, and perhaps a poor one. But to date, nearly 25 different MCs—including Chief Kamachi, Celph Titled and 7L—not to mention the members of 10 different cliques (including the JuJu Mob, the Demigodz and La Coka Nostra) have at one point been an official part of the Pharaoh fold. And while

Soldier’s story: Rap collective Army of the Pharoahs hits UT at the month’s end. Pictured are (clockwise from top rleft) Outerspace’s Planetary and Crypt the Warchild, Vinnie Paz, Reef the Lost Cauze and Blacastan.

various AOTP factions have gone on brief tours at various times in the past—Apathy and his most frequent collaborator, the Floridabased Celph Titled, are often listed as Pharaohs when they appear live—not once in the previous 16 years has the entire crew performed together. Until now. On Fri., Jan. 31, hip-hop history will literally be made at Union Transfer, when upwards of 15 Pharaohs will crowd the stage and spend a good 90 minutes spitting the hits from a catalog that has been variously described as ultra-violent, über-personal and, at times, even terroristic. As one current Pharaoh, Reef the Lost Cauze, puts it, “This show is going to be a very unique opportunity for anyone who’s a fan of AOTP—or even if you’re a fan of any of the individuals—to see us all come together as one. It’s going to be one for the books.” Indeed, aside from the fact that “getting 15 people [who live in four different states] into the same room is kind of hard,” as Reef puts it, the upcoming UT show was initially intended to be a solo gig featuring only Vinnie Paz (who’s currently promoting a new EP). But because fans have been clamoring for an AOTP tour for years, the decision was made to bring all the out-of-town Pharaohs to Philly and to treat the show as something of a litmus test “to see if we can actually do this for real,” says Reef. If the show goes well—if it sells out, in other words, and assuming all the Pharaohs

play nicely together—there’s a slight possibility that a brief U.S. or European tour might be in the offing. And yet, as Paz explains, “On paper, going on tour as Army of the Pharaohs sounds like the best idea ever. But as you get older, and [if] this is your livelihood, shit changes, you know what I mean? You’re not 22 anymore, where you’re happy with a couple hundred dollars and [the promoters] giving you free alcohol.” Many of the Pharaohs still hold down day jobs (Blacastan, one of the group’s newer members, sells cars in Connecticut) and have children (Planetary has four kids and works at the Pepsi plant in Northeast Philly), all of which might make an extended leave of absence less than realistic. There’s also the consideration that veteran Pharoah member Crypt the Warchild, one-half of the local hip-hop outfit Outerspace, was recently diagnosed with an advanced stage of Hodgkin’s lymphoma—although he’s currently in remission and plans to perform at UT. To put it in the words of Reef, who says that tickets for the performance are being snapped up quickly, “If you’re a fan of our group and a fan of our movement, this is the show you really want to be at. You don’t want to sleep.”  Fri., Jan. 31, 8pm. $15. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

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alph Fiennes is an actor of deliberation; his disparate performances share a certain studiousness. With The Invisible Woman, he shows the same finesse as director, offering a finely-wrought drama painted in careful miniature. Nelly Ternan is known as Charles Dickens’ mistress, but for Fiennes and screenwriter Abi Morgan and in the steely Felicity Jones, she comes fiercely alive in the empty spaces of her historical footnote. The story’s told in impressions, small scenes building into a biography, following Nelly’s search for a true home onstage, with her family and with Dickens by turns. She’s haunted by that time in the shadows, evident from the very first shot: Nelly, a lone black dot on a desolate beach. Opposite her, Fiennes, as both director and actor, resists making Dickens a Great Man of History. Here, he’s merely a man: inspired and selfish, earnest and thoughtless, determined to forgive himself—flaws pinpointed in his writing, rather than redeemed by it. And Fiennes keeps Dickens’ true nature just out of reach, a loving man who’s still always leaving. It’s no wonder Nelly’s haunted. But The Invisible Woman isn’t only Nelly. The women around her—Catherine Dickens, Nelly’s actress family, Wilkie Collins’ hidden mistress—all lead lives caged by expectations, their captivity beautifully visualized in a parade of oppressively decorated parlors with ornate wallpaper closing in. Perhaps its most pivotal scene is a visit from Mrs. Dickens (played by an understated Joanna Scanlan) to deliver Nelly a present from Charles, in which their mature, mutual sizing-up reflects ladies aware that they’re living circumstances not of their own making. It’s an insightful glimpse into Victorian politics, one that echoes throughout the movie in delicate touches and lends its observations an edge that suits its heroine, whose heart remains as raw as it started, dragging ghosts along the way. (Genevieve Valentine)

Love on the rocks: French actress Berenice Bejo (center) stars as Marie, a woman caught in the crossfire between a former love and a current one, in The Past.

Room with a Rear View Asghar Farhadi’s quietly gripping The Past revisits that gray area between what’s ideal, what’s likely and what’s possible. By Genevieve Valentine // One of the most striking realizations when watching Asghar Farhadi’s The Past is that the title is an edict. By the time The Past begins, everything important has already happened. Ahmad is coming to Paris after a long separation to sign divorce papers at the request of his ex-wife, Marie, who’s already living with her next significant other, Samir. Their two families are already uneasily blended and begrudging old hurts. Even the heavy secret hanging over their domesticity surrounds a fait accompli. This is, of course, by design. Farhadi is an exacting, deeply engaged filmmaker whose work examines familiarly-flawed characters living in the gray area between what’s ideal, what’s likely and what’s possible. His is a world without moral absolutes, messy and all too recognizable. A Separation, one of the best films of 2011, was a wrenching and astutelyrendered story of two families quietly falling apart, a study of entropy at a moment of crisis. Though not its sequel by any means, The Past is a natural thematic successor. It’s a movie about aftermath, always circling its own epilogue. As a portrait of the cumulative internal gridlocks in which its characters are trapped, its central mystery slowly presses its characters, but real forward motion is impossible; the most we can hope, the film suggests, is to move inward toward understanding after it’s too late. Though this makes The Past sound gloomy, it isn’t. It’s often sharp, occasionally funny and wryly aware of the faults of its characters. Farhadi’s script is, in is barest strokes, a family mystery. It’s revealed early that Samir’s wife is in a coma, and the movie’s driving plot points surround Ahmad’s reluctant attempts to discover the minutia of how; the unpeeling of the grim particulars chase an impossible why. If this plot once or twice strays into the overly procedural, it’s an odd beat that pales in comparison to the complex family entanglements at its heart, and the battlefield of a dripping sink can illuminate as much, if not more, than Ahmad’s awkward half-quest to understand what’s happened to Samir’s wife. And though the movie’s claustrophobia grates on its inhabitants, the film feels remarkably spare for a movie that runs two hours long. Farhadi knows that pauses can speak louder than words. It’s a script that sinks or swims on its cast, but Farhadi has assembled an ensemble more than up to the challenge. Ali Mosaffa’s Ahmad is an understated take on a difficult part, an entry point into the complicated family dynamics; he’s a man trying to move on who falls, with telling ease, back into step with the family troubles. Berenice Bejo is a revelation as Marie, composed equally of sharp edges and unshakeable fears,

her vanity a cracking veneer over her need to be loved. Tahar Rahim quietly burns as Marie’s new beau Samir, who’s introduced to the story by degrees, though his paternal bond with the excellent Elyes Aguis as his young son Fouad is always easy and unstudied. It’s a clever parallel to Ahmad’s relationship with teenage stepdaughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet), maybe the only one in the family who’s forgiven Ahmad’s own difficulties at the end of his marriage to Marie. Their simpatico betrays a much more paternal role than Ahmad may say he wants, but it’s a role he still finds hard to leave behind, even in its last days. That sense of possibilities that never materialized forms the backbone of The Past, a movie of almosts and not-quites. Marie’s property backs up to train tracks that seem at times to taunt the people caught in the family web; the house is lovely but falling apart around Marie’s attempts to renovate. Fouad and Marie’s younger daughter Léa (Jeanne Jestin) occupy the nebulous territory between strangers and siblings, and Lucie bristles at being old enough to be under expectations, yet not old enough to be taken seriously in family decisions—a position that turns out to be untenable. Perhaps the most out of place, Samir tries to balance his hopes for the relationship with significant guilt that rightfully haunts him and an almost casual jealousy of Ahmad. Not that it’s without foundation; Marie and Ahmad’s past relationship is a palpable overlay on their current animosity, so their fighting is both charged with resentment and strangely comfortable, the animated bickering of a couple still invested in one another despite themselves. One of the most evocative images in the film is Marie standing at the window, pensive, considering Ahmad’s silhouette illuminated in the backyard shed as he goes through all the things he left behind that she couldn’t bring herself to throw away. Despite a lack of impending doom, The Past still maintains a sometimes-dreadful tension in its quiet revelations and angry outbursts. It builds a film so quietly gripping, so carefully scripted and acted, that the characters take on the voyeuristic immediacy of a long-awaited fight between people you nearly know. It’s a painstakingly rendered moment in time, a crossroads of personal histories that we want to see resolved, but never can—and the key melancholy of The Past is that they can’t see a resolution, either. Perhaps the movie’s most haunting grace note is that despite brief flashes of understanding, its characters are no closer to solving each other than we are. 

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PURPLEVANIA by Randy LoBasso

The Texification of Pennsylvania If something doesn’t change in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania might just look like the Lone Star of the northeast.


funny thing happened before the state legislature broke for winter recess: A bipartisan pair of state representatives, Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria)—hey, maybe that should have been “Bry-partisan”—started looking for co-sponsors for a bill that would require abortion providers to obtain “admitting privileges” at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic where they practice. As noted by John L. Micek of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the bill’s language is “nearly identical to that of a controversial Texas law”: specifically, the legislation passed last July and desperately filibustered by members of that state’s Democratic minority, eliciting state protests and national media coverage before Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed it. Requiring admitting privileges would mandate clinics to make certain that, should it become medically necessary, their abortion patients could be admitted to a local hospital. Proponents argue the new regulation would protect women’s health in light of the horrendous Kermit Gosnell case here in Philadelphia. The problem is, it would stymie the work of clinics whose only nearby hospital doesn’t perform abortions—and indeed, that part of the law was struck down by a Texas court. But this is just the most recent example of a striking trend: From fracking to voter suppression to economics, Pennsylvania politics have begun to look more and more like the Lone Star State in recent years. Maybe we’re not as radical, but we’re damn sure trying to be. Here are some examples: WOMEN’S HEALTH. Texas passed a state law in 2012 requiring women seeking abortions to be subjected to a transvaginal ultrasound beforehand. Here in Pennsylvania, Gov. Corbett supported a similar bill until his response to its feminist critics, “You just have to close your eyes,” went viral and the legislation became too politically hot to deal with. The governor was, however, able to sign legislation earlier this year that would bar health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges from providing abortion services, even if the patient pays for the services out of her own pocket. Texas has that in place, too. Corbett also signed a construction restriction bill in 2011, which was called a “backdoor” ban on abortions. Critics said it would

lead to numerous clinic closings in the commonwealth. And it did. According to a recent Huffington Post analysis, Pennsylvania is among the worst states on women’s rights since Republicans swept the 2010 elections on a supposed economic platform: Five abortion clinics have been shuttered since the Tea Party takeover, which puts us in line with Arizona (where 12 have closed) and Texas (where 9 have closed). The National Abortion and reproductive Rights Action League recently gave Pennsylvania an “F” on choice-related laws. Eighty-two percent of Pennsylvania counties do not have an abortion provider. VOTER ID. You haven’t seen the wrath of voter ID laws in action—yet—but others have. Just ask former Texas House Speaker Jim Wright, who attempted to obtain a new state ID card last year and was actually denied, being told he lacked the proper paperwork to get it. Texas’ law was first tightened in 2011, requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls; some opponents believed the law passed due to the state’s growing black and Latino populations, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice agreed, blocking the law due to Voting Rights Act restrictions. But when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the VRA in 2013, the Texas law returned with a vengence. Similarly, Pennsylvania’s voter ID law has been blocked by the courts and is not in effect right now, though it still technically exists. Still, the state government has been continually pushing pro-voter-ID advertisements as of late—which some opponents of the law have called misleading. Jim Burn, head of the state Republican Party, said after the 2012 election that our ID law—despite the court ruling that it not be enforced—helped Republicans cut Obama’s win from 10 points in 2008 to five points in 2012. TAXES. Gov. Tom Corbett came into office in 2011 on a pledge that he would not raise state taxes. Other than uncapping the gas tax, he’s remained true to that promise. And it’s mostly meant local municipalities raising their own taxes to keep their budgets balanced in the midst of the ongoing economic downturn. Corbett’s pledge came straight from the nationwide campaign of anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist—and he still claims





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FRACKING. In 2010, Corbett and his Democratic opponent ran on a fracking platform, which involved opening up much of the state to natural gas harvesting. It happened, and it happened in an economically radical way: Without an extraction tax. Pennsylvania is now the largest state which does not tax its natural gas production. Why? Anti-tax advocates used a Penn State University study which predicted drillers would avoid Pennsylvania if production was taxed. In this instance, we’re worse than Texas. 

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call with other attorneys general all over the country to discuss a lawsuit to end the law. That suit eventually led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding most of it—and Pennsylvania’s then-Attorney General Tom Corbett was one of the names on the suit. Since then, Corbett has utilized the Supremes’ ruling on Medicaid and delayed a decision until recently, when he came up with a hybrid plan (Texas just blocked the Medicaid expansion completely) and backed out of setting up a state exchange, letting the federal government do it for us, just like Texas.

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hiladelphia Brewing Company announced last week that they’d begin accepting Bitcoin, an online payment network and currency, in exchange for their delicious, delicious beer—thus becoming the first brewery in the nation to do so, and one of at least five Philly-based retailers. According to the company’s statement: “Philadelphia Brewing Company will be the first brewery in the United States to accept the crypto-currency Bitcoin as payment for both retail and wholesale purchases effective immediately. [Bitcoin] is a simple, efficient way to accept electronic payment… the Bitcoin payment processor, Bitpay, offers tools that allow merchants to accept Bitcoin and have U.S. dollars deposited into their bank accounts the next day for a 1 percent fee.” PW asked Philly-based Bitcoin researcher and writer Kristov Atlas to explain why both tech nerds and beer nerds are excited about this.

Can you explain Bitcoin for our readers— what it is, how it works? Bitcoin is both a payment network, like the credit card system, and a currency, like the dollar or euro. It’s very different from the technologies that have come before it, though. The credit card system is operated by a few corporations like Visa and MasterCard, but Bitcoin is a peerto-peer system that anyone can participate in. You can download the Bitcoin software and, within a few clicks, become a part of the Bitcoin network. Also, Bitcoin is different from most currencies because of its peer-topeer nature; instead of a central bank run by technocrats who manipulate the money supply and fix interest rates, Bitcoin is an openmarket currency with a fixed supply and rules that participants agree on democratically. Obtaining Bitcoin has been not been as easy as it could be because of the chilling effect that regulatory uncertainty creates in the

So Philadelphia Brewing Company will become the first brewery in the U.S. to accept Bitcoin. Is this a good idea? The entrepreneurs that I’ve been in contact with have had wild success from being early merchant adopters of Bitcoin. Being one of the first businesses to accept Bitcoin among your competitors puts you on the map as a hip business on the cutting edge in serving customers’ needs. There are also loads of people who own bitcoins who are eager to spend them and grow the payment network, so accepting Bitcoin is like turning on the Bat-signal for these folks, and a great way of bringing in new customers.


Hypothetically, what could go wrong for a company’s venture into Bitcoin? Right now, the two biggest challenges for businesses accepting Bitcoin are price volatility and security. If you’re a business operating on a tight margin and you accept Bitcoin and ignore the volatility, you might not be able to make payroll or pay your bills the next week in the event of a price dip. Outside of the U.S., lots of businesses are already comfortable with this phenomenon because they need to transact in multiple foreign currencies with customers. In the U.S., a lot of businesses just accept payment denominated in U.S. dollars, so they’ll have to take the appropriate measures with Bitcoin that businesses are already taking in other parts of the world. PBC announced in their press release that they

Once you have bitcoins, they’re extremely easy to spend. Bitcoin is like cash that you keep on your phone instead of in your wallet.


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will be using Bitpay to immediately convert to dollars, and so they’ll have this risk covered unless they decide to deviate from the plan and hold onto bitcoins for longer. The other issue is security. You need to take care about how you store bitcoins, and there are secure ways of doing so and insecure ways. It’s money stored on a computer, so it’s obviously an attractive target for hackers and malware. Since the transactions are irreversible, it’s difficult if not impossible to get back stolen bitcoins. As Bitcoin grows and newcomers enter the market, some people will inevitably get burned, but over time we’ll see fewer and fewer thefts as software security improves and users become more educated, just as we saw with the development of the Internet’s security ecosystem. I think comparing Bitcoin to the Internet is an apt comparison, because it’s really that radical of a change from the legacy financial systems that are slow, unfair, and heavily centralized. It’s also an apt comparison because Bitcoin stands to have the kind of effect on money that the Internet has had on the flow of information. n

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What advantages would a small brewer like PBC have for accepting online currency? Small companies have a difficult time achieving the scaling effects of mass production that larger companies can achieve, but their small size also makes them more agile in adopting new business strategies. Accepting a brand-new currency is one of those tactics that can slingshot a business forward in success. Large businesses might have to modify legal contracts with payment providers, develop employee training, adopt new accounting systems, and so on, but a small business can open a Bitcoin wallet or start a Bitcoin merchant account today and immediately start accepting bitcoins. They can also start paying employees partially in bitcoins if they wish, which can make them more competitive in the hiring market as well; there are a lot of intelligent and business-savvy people looking to grow their bitcoin wealth and tap into the 6,000 percent increase in value that occurred during 2013. Possibly the most valuable advantage that PBC will gain is being able to accept something other than cash from customers, for very low fees; this has been difficult for many businesses in the past who couldn’t afford to pay the minimum transaction fees on credit cards. Lastly, I think PBC will be glad to accept Bitcoin from wholesale distribution customers. That’s money that can be deposited into their accounts the same day, rather than delivery truck drivers picking up checks from

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banking system. But companies like Coinbase make it pretty easy to purchase online, and the spread of Bitcoin ATMs is making it increasingly easy to purchase when you’re traveling around town. In fact, a couple entrepreneurs who frequent our local Bitcoin meetup ( are working on deploying Bitcoin ATM machines in Philly in the near future. Once you have bitcoins, they’re extremely easy to spend. Bitcoin is like cash that you keep on your phone instead of in your wallet. You can send bitcoins using an app on your mobile device, or even via text messages through services like Coinapult if you have an older phone.

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my mood. I don’t want to crack a whip (metaphorically or literally) and tell him what to do. The thought grosses me out. How can I give him what he wants here? Dame Not Domme By sending him to see a pro-domme, DND. You dominate him by ordering him to submit to her; she cracks the literal whip and then orders him to show his gratitude to you—and his submission to you both—by going home and vanilla’ing the shit out of you afterward. I am a 25-year-old woman and just started dating a great new guy. My problem is that I am concerned he might be gay. I tend to be more conservative, and although I have slept over, I banned anything below the belt. He “petted” me over the underwear, and then I did the same to him. I also went under his underwear and rubbed my hand around his penis without actually touching it. When I have done this to other guys, they tended to go crazy—writhing, panting and begging. But this elicited no reaction from him, though he was already hard. Am I reading too much into this? I know everyone is different, but something about this threw me off. Guessing About Yearnings How on earth do you stick your hand in a guy’s underpants—how do you go under a guy’s underwear—without actually touching the guy’s cock? Anyway, your new boyfriend did have a physical reaction when you were fooling around: His dick got hard. He didn’t have the same over-the-top reaction to your bizarre moves that other guys had in the past, GAY, but getting an erection when a girl sticks her hand in your underpants is a pretty good indication that a guy isn’t gay. It’s also possible that he wanted to pant, writhe and beg, but he restrained himself because you had banned “anything below the belt,” and your great new boyfriend didn’t want you to feel pressured to go further than you were comfortable with. My wonderful boyfriend and I have been in a monogamish relationship for five years. We’re both GGG, and we have had a few threesomes involving women, a fantasy both of us shared. My biggest fantasy, however, is to be with two men. I’ve brought it up with my BF, but he just doesn’t find men attractive and isn’t into it. Now a former fling of mine (male) told me that he finds my BF attractive and would love to be with both of us. The two sexiest men I’ve ever known together with me would be an absolute wet dream come true! I feel like my BF is a little nervous about being with another man because (a) he has performance anxiety and/or (b) he’s not comfortable exploring his sexuality (he grew up in a small town and was teased a lot about being gay because he was in theater). If he could get past his insecurities, I feel like he might enjoy himself. Should I just give up this dream? Wishes He Were A Little Bi Your boyfriend isn’t bi, WHWALB; he’s not even heteroflexible, and he’s made it clear that he’s turned off by the idea of a threesome with another male. Even if you could talk him into it, arranging a threesome with a dude who has expressed a sexual interest in your boyfriend would be disrespectful and potentially disastrous. Drop it. 


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Avenue of the Arts 440 S. Broad St. #1207 $950,000 Coldwell Banker Preferred

Fitler Square 617 Schuylkill Ave. $663,000

Bella Vista 606 & 608 S. 8TH St. $1,150,000 Plumer & Associates

12:30-2:30pm Queen Village 1 Christian St. #5 $589,000 Fox & Roach, LP


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1:30-2:30pm Queen Village 107 Christian St. $359,900 Fox & Roach LP Graduate Hospital 2236 Kimball St. $425,000 Fox & Roach LP

102 N 21ST St. A $498,500 Elfant Wissahickon

Queen Village 832 S. Swanson St. $679,900 Fox & Roach LP


East Oak Lane 6708 N. 6TH St. $329,000 Elfant Wissahickon

Passyunk Square 1011 Watkins St. $309,900 Fox & Roach LP

Queen Village 201 Queen St. #2 $550,000 Fox & Roach, LP

Mt. Airy East 427 E. Phil Ellena St. $179,900 Fox & Roach LP

Logan Square 2037 Appletree St. $479,000 Fox & Roach LP

Bella Vista 1333-41 Bainbridge St. $1,250,000 Fox & Roach LP

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Fitler SQ. 2208 Manning St. $379,900 Fox & Roach LP Art Museum Area 3036 Harper St. $324,900 Fox & Roach LP Society Hill 211-25 S. 4th St. 104 $805,000 Fox & Roach LP Society Hill 211-25 S. 4th St. 406 $575,000 Fox & Roach LP Queen Village 506 Kater St. $569,900 Fox & Roach LP

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Northern Liberties 1013 N. Lawrence St. $375,000 Fox & Roach LP Queen Village 132 Kenilworth St. $529,500 Fox & Roach, LP Washington Square West 718 Rodman St. $429,900 Fox & Roach, LP Graduate Hospital 2007 Pemberton St. $289,900 Fox & Roach, LP

Graduate Hospital 1625 Webster St. $349,900 Fox & Roach, LP 1:30-3:00pm Society Hill 224 Delancey St. $1,550,000 Fox & Roach LP Rittenhouse Square 250 S 17th St. 1600 $1,100,000 Fox & Roach LP 3:00-4:00pm Passyunk Square 710 Medina St. $321,500 Fox & Roach LP

Fitler Square 2528 Naudain St. $425,000 Fox & Roach LP Art Museum Area 2001 Hamilton St. 609 $300,000 Fox & Roach LP Fishtown 832 Almond St. $259,900 Fox & Roach LP Queen Village 132 Kenilworth St. $529,500 Fox & Roach, LP

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2031 LocuSt Street

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· 24 hour doorman · Prestigious rittenhouse square address · many apartments have recently been updated with brand new kitchens and hardwood floors · Pet friendly · Washers and dryers in many of the apartments Completely renovated studio with brand new hardwood floors; kitchen

with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and wood cabinetry; beautifully appointed bathroom; high ceilings; and great closet space; 396 sf $1,285 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, great Center City skyline views, wood floors, open living/dining room and washer/dryer in unit, 1132 sf $3,040

Washington square hoPKinson house 604-36 S. WASHINGTON SQ. Studio, sunrise city view, wood floors, new bathroom floor, open kitchen, 460 sf $1,175 Deluxe 1 bedroom on a high floor, Washington Square views, excellent closet space, 1063 sf $1,765

indePendence Place 241 SOUTH 6TH STreeT Spacious 1 bedroom, excellent closet space throughout, generous entertaining space, southern city views, 777 sf $1,625

Totally renovated 1 bedroom

with over $25,000 of upgrades including brand new hardwood floors in the living room and carpets in the bedrooms; a brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, tile floor, granite countertops and wood cabinetry; and excellent closet space, 850 sf $1,750

old city/society hill society hill toWers 200-220 LOcUST STreeT Studio on a high floor with dramatic river and city views to the south, floor-to-ceiling windows, 508 sf $1,350 1 bedroom,updated kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel apppliances, lots of natural light, south views, 700 sf $1,500

Corner 1 bedroom with southeast views, floor to ceiling windows, recently renovated throughout, 750 sf $1,625 22 FrONT STreeT 1 bedroom, loft style, hardwood floors, marble bath, oversized windows, 605 sf $1,395

chinatoWn the Pearl 111 N. 9TH STreeT 2 bedroom, 2 baths open floor plan, oversized windows, updated kitchen and baths, $1,775 washer/dryer 1070 sf

Waterfront Pier 3 1 bedroom with private terrace, patio, and one car parking included, 800 sf $1,420 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with marina views, oversized windows, excellent natural light, one car parking included, 1300 sf $1,550

avenue of the arts academy house 1420 LOcUST STreeT 1 bedroom, Juliet balcony, lots of natural light from south views, excellent condition, 725 sf $1,595 2 bedroom, 2 baths, kitchen with breakfast nook, excellent condition, private terrace, 1111 sf $2,200

· 24 hour doorman · state-of-the-art fitness center · many apartments have recently been updated with brand new kitchens and hardwood floors · Pet friendly · Washers and dryers in many of the apartments · all utilities included except for electric

Recently renovated one bedroom plus den with 270 degree city views, an eat-in

kitchen with granite countertops and wood cabinetry, open living/dining room and washer/dryer in unit 1127 sf $2,100 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom on a high floor with panoramic sunset city views, brand new hardwood floors, kitchen has stainless steel appliances, great closet space, 1022 sf $2,390 2 bedroom plus den, 2 bath, large living room, beautifully updated kitchen, great $2,550 closet space, 1229 sf

rittenhouse square 233 south 20th street Studio 1 block from Rittenhouse Square in boutique walk-up, wood floors, high ceilings, great natural $1,035 light, 354 sf

the dorchester 226 W. rittenhouse sq. 1 bedroom on a high floor with western city views, 528 sf $1,670

1 bedroom on a high floor

with an unobstructed western city view, private balcony, lots of natural light and open kitchen, $1,840 723 sf Deluxe 1 bedroom, high floor, designer kitchen and bath, hardwood floors, 2 balconies, excellent closet space, washer/ dryer, panoramic southern views, $2,600 919 sf

267 SOUTH 19TH STreeT Completely renovated multilevel walk-up less than one block from Rittenhouse Square with over $50,000 of upgrades, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, hardwood floors, brand new high end open kitchen and washer/dryer $2,750

1830 rITTeNHOUSe SQ. Brand new 1 bedroom with hardwood floors throughout, an open chef’s kitchen, bathroom appointed in marble, high ceilings and beautifully restored building details throughout, 900 sf $3,400

Brand new 2 bedroom, 2 bath

1 bedroom plus den, 2

with hardwood floors throughout, an open chef’s kitchen, bathrooms appointed in marble and wonderful street-level city views, 1100 sf $4,200

bathroom with an open kitchen, marble bathrooms, amazing entertaining space, custom closets and Juliet balconies, 1506 sf $3,995

the WarWicK 1701 locust street Studio on a high floor with

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sunrise views, hardwood floors, open kitchen, and marble $1,425 bathroom, 345 sf 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom with sunrise city views, open chef’s kitchen, split floorplan, marble baths, wood floors, 1166 sf

$3,450 Parc rittenhouse 225 s. 18th street Spacious studio with marble bathroom, hardwood floors and kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, 516 sf $1,525 Junior 1 bedroom, hardwood floors, marble bath, kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar, 505 sf $1,850 South-facing 1 bedroom with excellent natural light, hardwood floors, marble bathroom and kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, 535 sf $1,975

2020 WALNUT STreeT Spacious studio, excellent closet space, bay windows showcasing cityscape views, 548 sf $1,375

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, bay windows in all rooms with city views, eat-in kitchen, very good $2,500 condition, 1198 sf

10 rITTeNHOUSe 130 SOUTH 18TH STreeT Brand new 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom with 270 degree city views including Rittenhouse Square, a private balcony, open chef’s kitchen, designer bathrooms and custom finishes $13,000 throughout, 2594 sf art museum the PhiladelPhian 2401 PeNNSyLvANIA Ave Spacious studio, excellent closet space, Art Museum views, 704 sf $1,250

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Renovated 2 Bedroom. Porch Front. $44,900.

POINT BREEZE 1535 S. BOUVIER ST. 2 Bedrooms. $65,000.

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The Damon Michels TeamCity” “Specializing in 610-731-9300 MainLine & Center Over 85 Million Call: $400,000 to&$500,000 in MainLine Center City” 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse“Specializing Sq. 3 Bedrooms in Sales in 2013 Damon Michels Damon Michels 610.688.4310 Includes real estate tax • No transfer tax 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 610.688.4310 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, Call: 215-840-0437 Call: 215-840-0437 $525,000 $525,000 Open Sun 11-4pm | Mon 12-6pm MAINLINE CENTER CITY Mon-Fri 9am-6pm | Sat 11-3pm • Sunday 11-4pm CENTER 610.688.4310 CITY PHILA. Sheffield Court The William Penn House CenTer CiTY PHiLa. Main Line SuburbS 610.688.4310 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. Tues-Fri 9-6pm | Sat 12-3pm 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. MAINLINE CENTER CITY Penn House The William - Center City Living! 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3 Bd/2 Ba;MAINLINE RenovatedTownhome, Center City City Living! -- Center Living! The William Penn House $525,000 CENTER CITY Rittenhouse $525,000 Rittenhouse Square Square••• Rooftop Rooftop Rittenhouse Square Pool • Fitness Center Valet Center City Living! Pool • Fitness Center• Pool • Fitness Center •• Valet Valet 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. Parking • 24 Hr Security 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. Parking 24Hr HrSecurity Security 1830 Addison St.Hr Rittenhouse Sq. •• Parking ••24 24 Maintenance 24 Hr Maintenance 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, Rittenhouse Square • Rooftop 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 24 Hr Maintenance Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. Studios to$150,000 $150,000 Studios Pool $115,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. $525,000 •$115,000 Fitness to Center • Valet 1830 $525,000 110 Montgomery Ave. Bala Cynwyd 32301 Bd/2Cherry Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1 Bedrooms $175,000 to$225,000 $225,000 1$525,000 Bedrooms $175,000 to 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, Street 4Q, Philadelphia • 24 to Hr Security • 1830 Addison St. Sq. $115,000 2Studios BedroomsParking $250,000 to $400,000 $525,000 2 Bedrooms $250,000 to$150,000 $400,000 4 New construction Carriage homes 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. $525,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Rittenhouse 3 Bed/2.1 Bath; 1,778 sq ft TownhomeSq. 1830 Addison Sq. 13Bedrooms Addison24 St.Hr Rittenhouse Sq. 31830 Bedrooms $400,000 to Maintenance Bedrooms $400,000 to $500,000 $500,000 startingSt. at Rittenhouse $689,000 St. Rittenhouse Sq. 31830 Bd/2Addison Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $175,000 to $225,000 St. Rittenhouse Sq. 31830 Bd/24Addison Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3 Bd/2 Bd/2 Ba; Ba; RenovatedTownhome, RenovatedTownhome, $400,000 Includes real estatetax tax••No Notransfer transfertax tax baths; 2 car garage; Includes real estate 3 33 Bd/2 Ba; 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, Bd/2beds/3.1 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 2 Bedrooms $250,000 to $400,000 $525,000 Open Floor plan with 3000 Sq ft $525,000 $525,000 $525,000 1830 Addison Rittenhouse Sq. Studios $115,000 to $150,000 Open Sun 11-4pm | Mon 12-6pm $525,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 2351 N. orianna St. St. temple university $525,000 open Sunday 2-4pm $400,000 $500,000 Breaking This Month Sq. 3 Bedrooms Addison St. Rittenhouse Rittenhouse Sq. Tues-Fri 9-6pm | Satto 12-3pm 1830 Addison St. AddisonGround St.Rittenhouse Rittenhouse 31830 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St. Sq. 1 Bedrooms $175,000 to $225,000 Lot 0.01 acres $25,000 OPEN SUNDAY 11 AM - 1 PMSq. 31830 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1025 Barr lane, Gladwyne 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, OPEN SUNDAY 2 4 PM 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. Includes real estate tax • No transfer 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 2 Bedrooms 3$525,000 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St.2625 Rittenhouse 2427 Carpenter Street, Graduate Hospital 3$525,000 Bd/2 RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 $250,000 4bd/3.1Ba Ft;$400,000 49 Ba; Cornell Rd., Bala Cynwyd $525,000 MAIN LINE SubuRbS Quentin Street, Philadelphia 3 5403 Bd/2Addison Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 St. Rittenhouse Sq. $525,000 3 Bedrooms $400,000 to $500,000 Renovated Cape $585,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 3BD/1.1BA; Townhouse $329K Open Sun 11-4pm | Mon 12-6pm 31830 Bed/1.1 bath; 1,132 Townhome $230,000 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 5BD/2.2Ba 3,314 Sq.Bala Ft. Colonial 139 ebenezer Ave, CynwydSq. 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse $525,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 St.Wash Rittenhouse Sq. Includes estateroad, tax •havertown No12-3pm transfer tax Tues-Fri 9-6pm | Sat 3$525,000 Bd/2 Ba; Street, RenovatedTownhome, 33$525,000 bed/1 bath; 1,329 ftLL Single $299,000 1830 Addison St.sq Rittenhouse Sq. 1511real e. darby 510 S.Addison 11th Finished, Walk-out $549K 863 N. uber StreetSquare #B West Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 Bd/2 Ba;2RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 31407 Bd/2 Ba;Sycamore RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison Rittenhouse Sq. 2 Bed/ bathSt. condo $279,000 3-Story Duplex; 1: 1BD/1BA, Unit2: 3BD/2BA 33BD/2BA; 1830 Addison St.lane, Rittenhouse Sq. $525,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 3145 County Line Rd., Norristown Bryn Mawr 3-Story Twnhome C/A $339K Open SunUnit 11-4pm | Mon 12-6pm 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 707 Conshohocken State Cynwyd 41830 bed/1Addison bath; 1,601St. sqRittenhouse ft Ranch $209,000 W/3 Great Rental income possibilities. $299,900 1719 Wylie Street, Art Museum Sq. 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse $525,000 Tues-Fri 9-6pm | Rd., SatBala 12-3pm $525,000 $525,000 5BD/3BA; Renovated Colonial Sq. 1519 Swain Street, Art Area 50 Woodside road 2, ArdmoreSq. 3Bd/2 bed/2 bath, 1,456 sq Museum ft $279,000 1830 Addison St. Sq. 4BD/2BA; Colonial in college Park 31830 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Addison St. Rittenhouse Rittenhouse Sq. 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 31830 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 1129 N. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 3/4 Acres; Walk to Train $724K 3 bed/2.5 bath; 1,558 sq ft Upgraded 3 Bd/2 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, RenovatedTownhome, 3BD/2.1BA 1,552 Sq. FtManayunk Townhouse 3$525,000 Ba; 3Bd/2 Bd/2Ba; Ba;RenovatedTownhome, RenovatedTownhome, 3 Bd/2 Ba;RenovatedTownhome, RenovatedTownhome, 324 lyceum Avenue, 3$525,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; 1,598 Sq.Ft; 1-Car Attached Garage $349K 5BD/3.1BA; 2919 sq. ft. $769,000 $525,000 Townhome $375,000 $525,000 $525,000 $525,000 3 bed/Central 1 bath;Air; 1,500 sq ft twin. Renovated, Finished LL $399K $525,000 $525,000 1245 HollowSt. Rd., Penn ValleySq. 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 1830 Addison Rittenhouse 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse 200 Simpson rd., Ardmore Sq. 1600 hagys ford road 2h, Penn Valley Rent for $1675/month. 190 Presidential #301 - The Corinthian 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq.l 4BD/4.1Ba Contemporary 1727 Fitzwater St., #A Graduate Hospita 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St. sq Rittenhouse Sq. 3 Bd/2 Ba;(office RenovatedTownhome, 1 bed/1 bath; 976 ft condo in “The 1830 Addison St. Sq. Commercial & 2Rittenhouse apartments) $479,000 Brandywine St., Powelton Village $525,000 33619 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3BD/3.1BA, 2700 Sq.Ft w/ Balcony 5,620 Sq.Ft. 2BD/1.1BA Townhouse $350K Tower at $1,500,000 Oak Hill” 3$525,000 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3$525,000 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 2 bed/1 bath; 1,167 sq ft $190,000 201 Wynne lane, Penn Valley $525,000 $525,000 $525,000 Updated; For Rent $4,700/month or $749K 117 david drive, Bala Cynwyd 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 3508 Hamilton Street - Powelton Village 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. Addison Rittenhouse.69 Sq. New Construction – 922-26 N. 17th St. 51830 bd/3.1ba; 3,795 sqSt. ft Contemporary; acres 4 bed 3 bath, 2798 sq ft Cape cod on .29 3 6Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St.Ft. Rittenhouse Sq. 4BD/3.1BA; Sq. REDUCED $635k 31348 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, Units -3,300 $314,900. Call for Details. 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. Bobarn Drive, Penn Valley $695,000 acres Rent $2,600/month - $489,000 2636 Chestnut Street, Ardmore 3$525,000 Bd/2hamilton Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3$525,000 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3$525,000 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3722 Powelton Village 5BD/4.1BA, 5588road, Contemporary 1333 South Street -St., Washington Square West 605 NewTwin Gulph Bryn Garage Mawr 3BD/1.1BA w/ rd., Attached 1231 Pinewood Villanova $525,000 $525,000 $525,000 1830 St.$495,000 Rittenhouse Sq. Duplex Addison w/6Bd/2.1Ba Parking; Separate Utilities $499K 1,280 $199,900 1830 St. Rittenhouse Sq. 6Bd/4.1Ba; 4,416Sq. Sq.Ft. 3-Story; .43 Sq. Acres 2-3 Addison Car Garage; .89 Acres 1830 Addison St.FtRittenhouse 4 Bed/3.1Bath; 3,155 sq ft,$879K Split level 608 S. 12th street, Wash.Sq. west 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3 Bd/2 -Ba;OAK RenovatedTownhome, $1,110,000 HILL PENN VALLEY -1501 S. 12th Street Passyunk Square $799,000 2 $525,000 bd 2 story corner carriage home $299,000 $525,000 $525,000 336 David Drive, Havertown 1256 round hill road, Bryn Mawr



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1600 Arch St #1210 Rarely offered Studio in the Phoenix! Full Kitchen W/D, Great amenities and Location Feb 1st $1500.00 Per Month 1804 Green St #2F Charming and affordable 1BR Condo with walkable score of 97! Close to Center City $165,000 1828 Green St #1R 1R Lovely Boutique Brownstone Condo with Deeded Parking $255,000 744 N 25th St Spacious Well Maintained home located in Fairmount loft-like 2 Story 3BR/1BA with many upgrades $399,900 822 N Newkirk St Spacious 3 Story 3 Plus BR/2BA home offers living room, Dining Area, Fully equipped Kitchen, Parking $459,900 2517 Aspen St 4BR/2.5BA c. 1876 home with Roof deck, Original details with tasteful Renovations and Upgrades, Stunning $659,999 2131 Race St Spacious, Luxurious Center City/Logan Square townhome With 2 Car Gargae, Elevator , 4BR/4BA, Roof Deck $1,200,000 This Property also for Rent for $6,200.00 Per Month RITTENHOUSE SQUARE / FITLER SQUARE / AVENUE OF THE ARTS 1420 Locust St #11 Extra Large 2BR/2BA with Large Balcony, Renovated, Granite, S/S Kitchen, HW Floors throughout OPEN HOUSE 1/19 FROM 12-1:00 $425,000

406 S 23rd St Spacious and Unique Fitler Square Townhome $450,000 617 Schuylkill Ave Spac garage front TH offers 4Bedrms, 2+baths, FP/CA, open floor plan, newer kitchen and baths, decks + OPEN HOUSE 1/19 FROM 12:30-2:00 $663,000 440 S Broad St #1207 Landmark Location, 2BR/2BA, One Deeded Indoor Parking

OPEN HOUSE 1/19 FROM 12:00-2:00 $950,000

OLD CITY / LOFT DISTRICT / CHINA TOWN 126 Market St #4 Beautiful 2BR Unit in the Heart of Old City


429 N 13th P6E Penthouse Condo Drastic Price Improvement From $769K to $699K, Serious Seller, $699,000

View the Penthouse Today SOCIETY HILL / WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST 506 S 7th St 2800 Sq Ft, 4BR/3.5BA Done Up Back Yard, with Built in grill & Wet Bar, Steam Shower, Lots of Extras

413-15 Gaskill St One of a Kind Historic Society Hill Home with Contemporary Flair 234 Philip Place L.M. Pei Designed Beautiful 4BR/3.5BA townhome with Garden and Parking 520 Delancey St Wonderful Extra Wide 3BR/2BA Society Hill Mansion built in1820 on Cherished brick walk block 808 B Pine St 2BR/2BA Condo Parking, Incredible Park View, New Ht, Water, HVAC, Kitchen Appliances TLC Needed

$799,000 $775,000 $899,000 $1,149,000

Mantua – 3953 Brown St Buildable Lot There are Currently 3 other lots avail on this same street get them while you can $12,000

North Phila – 3425 N Bodine 2BR/1BA Below Market Value and can be used as a starter home or a good buy for an Invester


Kensington – 3155 Weymouth St 3BR, AS IS Cash Offer Preferred, Tenant Occupied


North Phila - 2448 N Opal St Own 4 Houses on one block. This tenant occupied home may also be purchased as a package deal with $19,900

2508-2455-2463 N Opal. Motivated Seller!

Kensington – 3155 Weymouth St 3BR, AS IS Cash Offer Preferred, Tenant Occupied


Grays Ferry – 2351 Pierce St Shell Property ready to become your next Money Maker!


Parkside – 5049 Hoopes St Shell Property ready for your Great Design


Kensington – 1841 W Huntingdon St 3BR/2BA Investors Special!


North Phila – 2428 N 25th St Comercially zoned Corner Property W/ Fenced side and backyard, Last Used as Family Daycare $54,900

South West Phila – 5650 BromallSt Excellent Starter Home or Investment property, priced right, Electrical & Plumbing upgraded within last 2 years, Recently Painted, BR Expanded, W/D Inc


North Phila – 2430 N 25th St Mixed Use Property in Features storefront, private full bath and large 5BR home with garage


Greys Ferry – 1604 S Newkirk St Great Investment opportunity for an investor looking for turn key rental income or a new home buyer


North Phila – 2604 n 22nd St 4BR/1BA house


Germantown – 5905 McCallum St Super Cute & Cozy Starter Home in the heart of Germantown!


Penrose Park – 8211 Chelwynde Ave 3BR/1.5BA home features 1st Fl Laundry, eat in Kitchen, W/ SS Appl, Large Yard and Parking


Folcroft – 1511 Glen Avenue Great Opportunity! Located on a nice and quiet block, Back yard wood floors, Handicap accessible


West Oak Lane - 6669 Cornelius Move In Condition, Well Maintained W Some Upgrades to 3BR/2.5BA Corner home, Walking distance to $420,000



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Norristown – 308 Hamilton St Great Starter Home! 3BR/1BA Home near all


2020 Christian St Unit E 1BR Condo with Hardwood floors Maple cabinets, Glass tile Backsplash and great roof deck


Castor Gardens – 6137 Frontenac St 3BR Remodeled home, New Kitchen, HW Flrs, New Heater, New Bathroom


1723 S Mole St Gorgeous Renovation, Large 2BR/1BA HW Floors, C/A, 10 Yr Tax Abatemt


Northwest Phila - 204 N 52nd Mixed Use Commercial with 2 Performing rental units, Single BR and Studio Apt with

1745 S Bancroft St Brand New Renovation, 1046 Sq Ft, Large 2BR/1BA, HW Floors, C/A, Finished Basement, Great Block OPEN HOUSE 1/19 FROM 12:00-1:00 $189,900

2859 S Sydenham St Renovated 3BR/1.5BA on Desirable block, SS appliances, Granite, HW Flrs, Finished Basement $219,900 151 Sigel St New Pennsort home currently being built, you will have the chance to pick your own finishes $249,900 1020 S. Randolph St. Unique rehabbed 3BR/2BA multilevel home with all the city living has to offer


1213 Christian St 15’ Wide Home ready for Reno plus Huge buildable lot thru to Webster St (Currently has garage)


2308 Madison Sq Historically Certified Home on a Quaint Block!


1911 Fitzwater St Impeccable Rehab on a Fantastic Block!



Commercial space Bala Cynwyd – 50 Belmont Ave #812 One Large Br Inspiring Views, Parking, Tennis Courts, Pool


Oak Lane- 1542 E. Tulpehocken St. Newly rehabbed 3br with hardwood floors, parking and deck!


Germantown – 4923 Germantown Ave Mixed Use Property with Long term Tenants


Old Kensington – 1747 N Mascher St 4BR/1.5BA within Wlaking Distance to trendy fishtown Ability to make it your own with Renovation Point Breeze – 1235 S 18th St Newly Renovated Starter Home on one of the best blocks in Point Breeze


Point Breeze – 2141 Ellsworth St Light Filled, Lovely Rehabbed Home in Point Breeze!



OPEN HOUSE 1-19 FROM 12:30-1:30 $219,900


1010 N. Leithgow St Beautiful Historic 3BR/2BA, C/A, New Windows, New Roof, New Mechanics, HW Floors, $359,900

Master Suite, Patio, FP UNIVERSITY CITY / WEST PHILADELPHIA 4924 Hazel Ave 5BR/2.5BA twin-Renovated top to Bottom in past 7 years W/ neutral Palette & Contemporary Styling


Roxborough/Manayunk - 554 Leverington Huge Single Home with 3 Car Parking 3BR/2BA, Hw throughout, Great Block

974-76 N 5th St #1 1BR Right Sized Condo with Private Deck and Yard + Nice Finishes in a boutique Building 943 N Lawrence St Circa “1830” 3BR, Sitting Room, Living Room, Sep Dining, Kitchen W Skylights FP, C/A, WD Floors, Grdn and Parking



Fishtown – 2202 Coral St 3BR/2BA 1300 Sq Ft, Awesome Contemporary rehab with S/S kitchen, Spacious Yard, Basement


Frankford – 4720 Oakland St 3 Story, 5 BR/2 Full Bath 2 half bath, High End marble and granite throughout, Completely Renovated


Old Kensington – 2400-4 N 9th St Multi Unit Property Currently generating good cash flow


North Central – 1728-30 W Tioga Well Maintained Investment Property in Temple Area, Very Large 4 Unit (quad) W/ 3BR/1BA in each! Large

COMMERCIAL INVESTMENTS Old Kensington – 146 w Palmer St Great Corner Location Commercial Space with a 2 BR Apt above being sold In AS IS Condition $149,900 Italian Market - 543 Washington Ave - 541 Washington Ave- 1043 S 6th St 3 Continuous Properties Great Opportunity for Development $788,000

LR/DR Area, Great Income Producer


Fishtown – 2015 Martha St New Construction On Corner of Berges & Martha, Buyer has Opportunity to pick some Finishes!


East Oak Lane – 1301 W Chelten Ave 5BR/3.5BA Renovated Victorian Home with Original Character and Charm. Two Car Garage, Dual

AC/Heat, Study/Den, Beautiful outdoor Space

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3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, only ‘A’ unit with balcony in the building, open living and dining rooms, northeast city views, 1532 sf $539,900

The Grande 111 S. 15th Street

Sun-soaked 1 bedroom boasting panoramic city views, a beautifully appointed open kitchen with breakfst bar, wood floors and a bathroom appointed in marble and granite, 736 sf


2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom (converted from 3 bedroom) with large terrace, hardwood floors, chef’s kitchen, beautifully appointed bathrooms, excellent closet space, 1590 sf $675,000

cenTer ciTy one 1326 SPruce Street

academy house 1420 LocuSt Street 1 bedroom on a high floor with Juliet balcony, panoramic southern views, lots of natural light and a washer/dryer, 717 sf $259,000

ACAdemy HOuSe

1590 sf $675,000 3 bedroom converted to a 2 bedroom +den, 2.5 baths

Washington Square

hoPkinson house 604 S WaShington Square Efficiency with southern views, lots of natural light, open kitchen, dressing room, 450 sf $215,000

Corner, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath with renovated open kitchen, beautifully appointed baths, balcony and wood floors 1173 sf $519,900

220 w. washinGTon square Entire floor home with 3 bedrooms and 3

The ayer 210 W WaShington Square

40 sT. James courT

Multi-level townhouse condo with soaring ceiling heights, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, renovated kitchen and baths, wood floors, balcony, $579,900 1566 sf

socieTy hill Towers 200-220 LocuSt St.

1 bedroom, excellent closet space, floor-toceiling windows, panoramic southern views, $265,000 712 sf

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Rittenhouse Square 1830 riTTenhouse square

2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, wood floors, lots of natural light,updated eat-in kitchen, marble bath, beautiful original building details, 1136 sf $639,900

The Barclay 237 S. 18th St.

Custom 1 bedroom with Joanne Hudson open kitchen, wood floors, marble bathroom, high ceilings and beautiful moldings, 810 sf


The warwick 1701 LocuSt Street

1 bedroom, on a high floor with marble bath, custom kitchen, wood floors, 712 sf $399,900 Magnificent 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom with wood floors, an open high-end kitchen, marble bathrooms, sunrise city views, and excellent $645,000 closet space, 1166 sf

Sun-soaked loft style 1 bedroom, floor-toceiling windows, hardwood floors, kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter$335,000 tops, marble bath, 605 sf

Penn’s landinG square 130 SPruce Street 1 bedroom, recently updated open kitchen, new wood floors in living room, beautifully appointed bathroom, W/D, parking space $339,000 included, 915 sf

WAnAmAkeR HOuSe 1746 sf $699,000 studio plus two bedroom converted to a three bedroom, three bath

1173 sf $519,900 corner, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath with balcony

1137 sf $299,900 2 bedrooms, 1 bath with balcony panoramic Washington Square and city views, hardwood floors and custom lighting and closets throughout,2 parking and storage spaces included, 4476 sf $3,995,000

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Parc riTTenhouse 225 S. 18th St.

Studio, lots of natural light and southern views, $299,900 wood floors, marbe bath, 513 sf 1 bedroom, wood floors, balcony, marble bath, excellent closet space, 765 sf $389,900 2 bedroom home with skyline views, fully furnished, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer, marble $519,900 bath, 829 sf 2 bedroom home converted to a custom 1 bedroom plus den, 2 baths, furnished, designer finishes and features, open floor plan, luxurious master suite, southern views, 1079 sf $885,000 Spacious 2 bedroom plus home office,

2 bath room with an open chef’s kitchen withstainless steel appliances and granite countertops, formal dining room, lavish master suite, marble bath rooms, excellent closet space and two private balconies overlooking the building’s $1,150,000 landscaped courtyard, 2080 sf

riTTenhouse savoy 1810 rittenhouSe Square

Studio on a high floor with excellent natural light and an open floor plan, 461 sf $179,900 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, open renovated kitchen, new baths, wood floors, penthouse floor, lots of natural light, 1146 sf $469,900

wanamaker house 2020 WaLnut Street

1 bedroom, bay windows, open kitchen, $359,900 great closet space, 700 sf 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, floor-to-ceiling bay windows, eat-in-kitchen, generous $539,900 entertaining space, 1198 sf Open Sun 1/19 1:15-1:45pm Meticulous 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome with custom finishes and features including a cook’s kitchen and custom baths, completely renovated throughout, 1300 sf

riTTenhouse Plaza 1901 WaLnut Street

$649,900 3 bedroom (coverted from a 2 bedroom + studio), 3 bathroom with bonus home office,

bedrooms), 2 bathrooms, spacious walk-in master closet, Rittenhouse Square and city views, washer/dryer, 1551 sf $539,900

eat-in kitchen with French doors, generous entertaining space, bay windows boasting south and east views, 1746 sf $699,900

1 bedroom plus den (easily converts to 2

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Magnificent showplace combined from two homes with 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, generous entertaining space, an expanded Bulthaup kitchen, oversized windows and high ceilings,

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Old City/Society Hill

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baths, 360 degree views including Washington Square, chef’s kitchen, large formal living and dining rooms, lavish master suite, parking and storage spaces included, 3720 sf $1,995,000

floor with south city views, lots of natural light, a chef’s kitchen, designer bathroom, wood floors and balcony, 897 sf $284,900


1 bedroom, wood floors, floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking river views, potential $269,900 investment opportunity, 700 sf

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indePendence Place 241 S. 6th Street

Beautifully renovated 1 bedroom on a high

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, south views, balcony, lots of natural light updated bathroom, 1137 sf

Sweaters. Meet Alice.

She’s a 21-year-old Japanese-American born in Zushi, a small beach town about an hour south of Tokyo. Alice spent her childhood in Beijing, her teens in LA, and the past four years studying Economics and Law in Tokyo. In all this travel she has learned to speak English, Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish fluently. Until she was 4, Alice planned to be a mermaid when she grew up, but has since decided that she would prefer to be an Environmental Lawyer in San Francisco. Alice may seem petite, but this young woman has been practicing Aikido for the past 8 years and can pretty much take anyone down. In her spare time, Alice likes to hang out with her friends either at the beach playing volleyball or Frisbee, out singing karaoke, or eating Dim Sum. She also loves watching classic black and white films, particularly those starring Katharine Hepburn. And of course, she has recently picked up the new hobby of modeling for us, which she has a lot of fun doing.

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