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Piano man: Danilo Perez is more than a simple jazz luminary—he played on the theme song to Bill Cosby’s last TV series.

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You don’t have to listen to the music of Danilo Perez in order to comprehend the sweeping breadth of his abilities. By the time he’d reached his 10th birthday, the uber-talented lad—introduced to the piano at age three by his father, Danilo Sr., himself an established vocalist and bandleader—was already a promising student at the National Conservatory in his native Panama. He relocated to the U.S. a few short years later, attending Berklee in Boston to study jazz composition, eventually becoming the artistic director of the school’s Global Jazz Institute. Perez spent a good chunk of his post-college period performing with some of the best in the business, including a stint in Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra that led to a Grammy win for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 1991. However, it wasn’t until Perez began focusing on material all his own that heads really started to turn in his direction, particularly with the release of 1994’s The Journey. Hailed by critics as one of the best of the decade, the LP expertly fused elements of Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms in Perez’s passionate efforts to reflect the harrowing transport of African slaves to the Americas. Two years later, PanaMonk, his brilliant album tribute to Thelonious Monk, sealed his spot as one of the genre’s true elites, exemplified in his stellar output since then. Though he would never stop playing as a sideman, adding gigs with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Wayne Shorter over the years, the level of ambition in Perez’s solo work has only grown. His 11th project, Panama 500—due Feb. 4 via Mack Avenue Records—is perfectly indicative of that, as tonight’s WCL show will reveal, aided by Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Roman Diaz and Alex Hargreaves. An homage to his homeland, Perez’ pending album commemorates the quincentennial of Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossing the isthmus of Panama and establishing the first European settlement in the new world. // JAKE ABBATE Mon., Feb. 10, 8pm. $30. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

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Poet-tree En Motion 2014 Winter Performance

The free Poet-Tree En Motion series returns to the Rotunda with a winter performance featuring a diverse range of dance, theater, live music, spoken word and more. 7pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org SCREEN

Tragedia Endogonidia with Nick Stuccio

FringeArts president and producing director Nick Stuccio leads a discussion on the importance of Italian theater director Romeo Castellucci. This free event will feature a screening of Castellucci’s work Tragendia Endogonidia. 6pm. Free. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.413.9006. fringearts.com


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Paper Diamond

8pm. $20. With Loudpvck, Gent & Jawns + DJ Ruxbin. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599. TLAphilly.com

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Director Mark Devries premieres a new documentary that seeks to expose some of the nation’s biggest secrets about factory farming and animal cruelty. Devries will be available for a Q&A following the screening. 7pm. $12. Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St. speciesismthemovie.com STAG E

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare’s classic tale of power, envy and politics gets a fresh take at Lantern Theater. Tony Award nominee Forrest McClendon leads a talented cast for this mod-

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Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic

Filmmaker Tiona McClodden presents the first movement of her four-volume epic film Be Alarmed, subtitled The Visions. Set in modern-day North Philadelphia, the visualheavy picture will be supplemented at the gallery with a live collection of artifacts and memorabilia that appear in the film. 5pm. Esther M Klein Art Gallery, 3600 Market St. harrietsgunmedia.com

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ern look at a timeless political drama. 7pm. $20-$56. Lantern Theater, 10th and Ludlow St. 215.829.0395. lanterntheater.org

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When he’s not rocking crowds of sweat-saturated revelers, Paper Diamond is Alex B, a non-descript dude who runs a collective/label/storefront/gallery called Elm & Oak at 13th Street and Spruce—not in Philly, but in Boulder, Colorado. And guess what? Their 13th and Spruce also lies between Pine and Walnut. For real. Google Map it. Then move that field of vision around, and you’ll find the University of Colorado campus, where Paper Diamond conducts classwork. Yup, universities are now totally open to the idea of multimedia DJs and electronic music producers teaching—or at least conducting learning exercises. That already fits this guy’s M.O.; at Elm & Oak, he has monthly art shows and music nights, video artists hold rank, and graphic designers turn out aural assaults. And those folks constantly counsel local students about how they stay on the grind and ultimately succeed. Paper Diamond, though, is telling and showing. His genre of choice is dance music cast widely: mumbathon, dubstep, trap, hip-hop instrumentals are all employed. For those of you (like me) who cringe at the idea of skronky, molly-friendly, bugout EDM, this guy’s actually a really nice toe-dipping entrypoint. Yes, some PD tracks are a little hype, evidenced by his endorsement by Mad Decent, but it’s more than possible to have a really pleasant, totally sober wile-out at Theater of the Living Arts tonight. This is a date bounce fans aren’t going to want to sleep on. // BILL CHENEVERT


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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding by artistic director Tom Reing, the Phillybased Inis Nua Theatre Company focuses specifically on contemporary theatrical productions from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; their very name translates to “new island” in Irish Gaelic. With the casual theatergoer believing only traditional pieces come from the UK, Reing and his co-conspirators continue to show just how modern these islands can be. “All of those cultures have a great tradition of storytelling,” Reing says. “I also think there’s a connection with language. These plays are totally immersed in another culture, but you can still see they’re grappling with issues that America is dealing with—immigration, rich vs poor. I had gone over to Ireland, seen great work, and thought, ‘Wow, I can’t wait for these [shows] to make it to America,’ and they just kind of stayed there.” Reing’s developmental involvement has resulted in him receiving two illustrious Barrymore Awards for his past programs at InterAct Theatre, and tonight’s Philadelphia premiere of Trousers puts another notch on the theatre company’s belt. “It’s about dealing with expectations, dealing with the past,” Reing explains: The play follows a pair of friends in a comedic look at the dramatic shift from youth to adulthood. It stars Jared Michael Delaney and Adam Rzepka and is directed by Reing himself. // KENNEDY ALLEN Through Sun., Feb. 23, various times. $25-$30. Off-Broad Street Theater at First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St. 215.454.9776. inisnuatheatre.org

DR IN K City Tap House and Victory Brewing team up for a fundraising night benefitting the Delaware Valley Chapter for Scleroderma Foundation. Donations at the door earn you a bracelet for a free Victory brew and various drink specials throughout the night. 8pm. $5 donation. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. 215.622.0105. citytaphouse.com

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Dirty Dolls Lingerie and The Velvet Lily partner to bring you a sultry trunk show modeling vintage undergarments of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Professional bra fittings

are offered to all customers, and the full line of the new Film Noir lingerie collection will be for sale at discounted prices. Sip on complimentary cocktails while shopping and gazing. 6:30pm. Free. The Velvet Lily, 1204 Chestnut St. thevelvetlily.com AUTHOR

Roddy Doyle: The Guts

Irish novelist Roddy Doyle has built an impressive career writing from the perspective of the Irish working class. His newest novel, The Guts, is the fourth volume of his Barrytown Trilogy, the previous three of which have all been turned into successful major motion pictures. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org


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Pissed Jeans Allentown noise punks Pissed Jeans manage to be both amazingly straightforward and nuanced at the same time. Pairing the no-holds-barred rants of singer Matt Korvette against a dense wall of sound that’s often grating on the senses, it’s fairly easy to see why Sup Pop— the Seattle label famous for introducing the world to the sludgy sounds of Nirvana and Mudhoney way back when—decided to take a chance on them. Lyrically, Korvette treads somewhere on the line between meditative and full-blown apoplectic, sounding as if he’s yelling through a cheap megaphone. Case in point: Pissed Jeans’ fourth LP, Honeys, released last year. The opener, “Bathroom Laughter,” uses its ostensibly nonsensical refrain to describe pent-up emotions amid a menacing bass riff and primal screams, while “Chain Worker” lashes out at mundane office life with droning psych-fuzz and minimal percussion. Now in his 30s, Korvette’s venting about such adult frustrations might come off as trite and belated, but he does so in a way that channels a certain matter-of-factness that gets the point across without sounding overly bitchy. Though Pissed Jeans earns regular praise for its output, the group tends to stay relatively quiet on the touring circuit, a fact Korvette attributes to the members all having to work day jobs. It’s anyone’s guess as to when they’ll pop up again following the three East Coast dates they have lined up for this month, but given how chaotic their live shows can become, local fans shouldn’t have any reason to complain after their gig at Union Transfer tonight. // J.A.

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New York native Christine Wade’s debut novel Seven Locks is set against the scenic backdrop of the Catskill Mountains in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. The disappearance of a family’s patriarch inspires a mother’s struggle to care for her children as fighting looms on the horizon. 1pm. Free. Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. 215.898.6623. upenn.bncollege.com

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The Penn Museum’s annual Celebration of African Cultures celebrates its 25th year with all the beloved accompaniments, including African music, arts, artifacts and cuisine. Slated to make appearances are storyteller Momma Sandi and the percussionists of the Women’s Sekere Ensemble. 1pm. Free with admission. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000. penn.museum

the Philadelphia Jazz Project is putting together its own assortment of compositions written and/or performed by Philly-bred artists. On the list for the first volume are works by John Coltrane, Hall & Oates, Blue Magic and many others. 7:30pm. Free. Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St. templeperformingartscenter.org

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8:30pm. $15. With Purling Hiss + Trophy Wife. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

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11 Critical Home Inspection Traps to be Aware of Weeks Before Listing Your Home for Sale Philadelphia- According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That’s why it’s critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience costly delays in the close of your home sale or, worse, turn prospective buyers away altogether. In most cases, you can make reasonable

pre-inspection yourself if you know what you’re looking for, and knowing what you’re looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help homesellers deal with this issue before their homes are listed, a free report entitled “11 Things You Need To Know To Pass Your Home Inspection” has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To order a FREE Special Report, visit www.phillysbesthomes.com/ inspection.asp or to hear a brief recorded message about home to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free (800) 560-2075 and enter 3003. • You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your special report NOW to learn to ensure a home inspection doesn’t cost you the sale of your home.

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Julianna Barwick Usually, when rich, robust choral arrangements blast out of speakers during a singer’s live performance, audience members naturally assume the vocalist pre-recorded a choir in the studio, especially if there are no robed women onstage. In the hauntingly beautiful case of Julianna Barwick, that lavish, lush sound is all her. All of it. Louisiana born, Missouri raised and Brooklyn based, Barwick credits her rural churchchoir upbringing for the unusually innocent lilt to her voice. Typically beginning with one phrase, she records on a looping station and builds her sound by adding layer after layer of near-angelic tonality until it blossoms into a piece that sounds like a chorale of at least 25 people is at her beck and call. In fact, it wasn’t until Barwick’s most recent album, last August’s Nepenthe, that she made use of an actual teen girl’s choir to fill out the depths of her compositions. The purity of Barwick’s instrument is rare amid today’s Auto-Tuned monotony. Coupled with a piano or some sort of percussion, her sweet and simple voice washes over listeners, transporting them to another time and place. And Barwick has began branching out, lending her talents to other artists within the remix arena. With four LPs and a number of collaborative side projects, the future holds mysterious and wonderful things for this lady. // K.A.

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American Heroes & Innovators

Gravers Lane Gallery kicks off Black History Month in Philadelphia with American Heroes & Innovators. The exhibit will feature new paintings and drawings from area artists Chris and Justin Hopkins honoring various African Americans and their contributions to American society. 5pm. Free. Gravers Lane Gallery, 8405 Germantown Ave.

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It’s that time of year again: For one week, top car manufacturers will take over the Pennsylvania Convention Center and put more than 700 vehicles on display for what’s regarded as one of the country’s premiere auto shows. Through Feb. 16. 9am. $6-$12. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 215.418.4700. phillyautoshow.com

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Soweto Gospel Choir

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Views from the Underground

For its final night of the season, Shooting Wall’s Views from the Underground series of independent cinema screenings will host short films directed by Maggie Farley and Kelly Gallagher, in addition to a full-length presentation helmed by Joshua Martin. The organization will convene next at the Third Shooting Wall Film Festival in

May. 7pm. Free. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. 267.519.9651. philamoca.org LGBT

LGBT Book Lover’s Social

Bond over good literature, whether you’re dishing on a particular book you love (or hate) or just sharing the magic of reading in general. 6:30pm. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org


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Taboo sexuality in America has a long and untold history. Laurel Hill Cemetery delves into the salacious business of the mid-1800s in this fascinating lecture on wartime prostitution, pornography and sexuality. Thurs., Feb. 13, 6:30pm. $20. 3822 Ridge Ave. thelaurelhillcemetery.org

Equality Ball

Join Equality Forum for an LGBT gala honoring Bruce Hanes and Rev. Frank Schaefer with the Equality Award. Learn more about the state fight for equal marriage rights while enjoying premier restaurant tastings, an open bar, live music and more. Fri., Feb. 14, 7pm. $100. Liberty View Ballroom, Sixth and Market sts. equalityforum.com

Love Never Dies Ghost Tour

Love is a key ingredient in the best ghost stories to be told. The 5th Annual Ghost Tour Valentine’s Day event takes guests on a candlelight walking tour through historic Society Hill, exploring Philly’s oldest tales of romance, passion and scandal. Through Sat., Feb. 15, vari

ous times. $20. Powel House, 244 S. Third St. 215.413.1997. ghosttour.net

One of the city’s coolest comics shops hosts a fancy prom celebrating the release of its new erotic-comics anthology. Sat., Feb. 15, 7pm-midnight. 34 S. 40th St. 267.403.2856. locustmoon.com

Looking for that special someone who shares your literary interests? The Central Library hosts a holiday mingle for singles in their 30s and 40s. Guests are encouraged to bring a book they loved or hated to spark conversation. Wed., Feb. 12, 6pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org / DANIEL GELB

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Trouble in Paradise

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Jean Giraudoux’s landmark play has been interpreted and reinterpreted for more than 75 years, but probably not in the off-kilter way the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium has in mind. Their version will involve 10 actors with the aid of puppets as they retell the story of the knight-errant who falls in love with a sea nymph. 7:30pm. $22. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550. walnutstreettheatre.org

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Adapted from Moliere’s The Misanthrope by David Ives, this humorous update finds a 17th-century golddigger making a conscious effort to avoid falling in love until she meets her match in the form of a fellow sharp-tongued cynic. 8pm. $21-$23. Villanova Theatre, 800 E. Lancaster Ave. 610.519.4500. villanova.edu

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Manayunk’s fashion event of 2014 celebrates local flavor, design and style in this gala event. Philadelphia Fashion Incubator and Bel Esprit Showroom International team up to present this year’s hottest new styles from emerging American and European designers. Arrive in style for a night of fashion discovery. 6:30pm. Free. The Transfer Station, 4120 Main St. thetransferstation.cc

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City Food Tours gives its annual spin on a seductive Valentine’s dinner by incorporating 18 different aphrodisiac ingredients into a three-course meal. Leave the kids at home for this one. Through Sat., Feb. 15, 7pm. $75. 21st and Sansom sts. cityfoodtours.com

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Tuesday, Tuesday,February July 23 11 Woodmere Art Museum kicks off its inaugural series of classic film screenings with 1932’s Trouble in Paradise, starring Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall as con artists who get mixed up with an heiress played by Kay Francis. 7:30pm. Free. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. woodmereartmuseum.org

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Melvin Van Peebles, elder statesman of the “right-on” generation, brings his indomitable cool to Philly this weekend. BY MICHAEL A. GONZALES | PHOTOS BY KYLE CASSIDY

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elvin Van Peebles has always been ambitious. Whether he’s learning the art of the deal from behind the counter of his daddy’s tailor shop on Chicago’s rowdy South Side, studying art when he was 11, fleeing America in the ‘60s to write novels in Paris, independently producing, writing and directing the groundbreaking 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, the ageless maverick refuses to settle down. Even when sitting in a chair talking inside his New York City apartment, he is constantly in motion, always hustling. With the weather unseasonably warm on this mid-January morning, Van Peebles is dressed in black leather pants, blue t-shirt and a denim jacket. In his lifetime, he’s slept on a few park benches, but that was eons ago, back when young artists weren’t

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afraid to suffer. Although he now lives comfortably in a doormanned building and smiles more easily than in his more intense years, at 81, the cigar chomping elder statesman of the Black Power generation is still on the grind. Rising before the morning sun, on most days, he runs four miles uptown or downtown, depending on his Leo mood. After returning home, he either writes, paints or works on music. “When I have an idea, I have the luxury of being able to step back and figure out the format,” he explains. “Some are stories, others are songs.” While primarily known as a filmmaker, the scraggly bearded man has applied his hustle to various post-Sweetback gigs, including television commentator, acting in Hollywood features, working on Wall Street as the first black trader and composing music. “I just view myself as someone trying to stay

out of working at the post office,” he says. Now, at an age when many men are stretched out either on the couch or inside a coffin, Van Peebles continues to create works of wonder. Four years ago, he formed the madcap funk band Laxative, which consists of bassist Jared Nickerson, saxophonist Paula Henderson, drummer Chris Eddleton, tenor saxophonist Michael Kammers and pianist Bruce Mack. This Saturday, Feb. 8, he and Laxative—dubbed so, Van Peebles says, because they “make shit happen”—will make their Philadelphia debut, bringing their wild souls to Johnny Brenda’s in a thoroughly classy way to kick off Black History Month. “I’ve done some lectures there,” he says, smiling sneakily, “so I might have some women lined up in Philly.” CONTINUED NEXT PAGE >>>


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Quiara Alegría Hudes grew up in West Philadelphia, studied music at Settlement Music School and had her first play produced by Young Playwrights when she was at Central High School. She received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Water by the Spoonful.

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In addition to his acting, screenwriting and directing prowess, Van Peebles has penned books, Broadway plays (Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death and Don’t Play Us Cheap) and recorded a slew of albums, beginning with 1969’s A&M Records classic Br’er Soul, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. With lyricism that painted vivid pictures of the ghetto, its songs included “The Dozens,” “Catch That on the Corner” and “Lilly Done The Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail.” Van Peebles didn’t actually sing on Br’er Soul; he vocalized in a more spoken-word style over a jazzy soundtrack. That LP influenced proto-rapper Gil Scott-Heron, as well as more than a few hip-hop kids. Van Peebles’ songs have been sampled by Main Source (“The Man Tries Running His Usual Game but Sweetback’s Jones Is So Strong He...”/”Live at the Barbeque”), Schoolboy Q. (“Break That Party & Opening”/“Raymond 1969”) and Eric B. & Rakim (“Come on Feet Do Your Thing”/“Kick Along”). In 2005, West coast label Stones Throw announced a collaboration album between Van Peebles and Madlib, but the project was never completed. Ultimately, music has always been the tie that binds Van Peebles’ passions together. The musicals he’s written underscore his love of both sonic and stage craft, plus he’s composed scores for nine of his 13 short and feature-length films. Today, directors like John Carpenter (Halloween) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) score their own movies without a hitch, but back in 1970, when Van Peebles proposed the scenario to the studio producing his American debut, they were not prepared. “When I first told Columbia Pictures I was going to do the music to Watermelon Man, they almost had a heart attack,” he says gleefully, recalling the tumult surrounding his riveting 1970 comedic drama starring late comedian Godfrey Cambridge as a white bigot who transforms into a Black man in his sleep. “But, I was in the union, and it was in my contract that I could hire who I wanted, so I hired myself.” (He found himself shocked when, in 2011, his song “Love, That’s America,” from Watermelon Man, was adopted by the Occupy Wall Street movement.) A year after Watermelon Man’s mainstream success, Van Peebles veered from the Hollywood narrative once again, turning down a three-picture deal from the suits at Columbia and venturing into the wilds of independent film. His next obsession, the provocative Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song—both the movie and the soundtrack—became cultural landmarks upon their respective releases in 1971. Made for an estimated $500,000, Sweetback starred Melvin as a superstud turned revolutionary who’s as serious between the sheets as he is on the streets. After killing two white policemen who were beating a young Black rebel named Mu-Mu, the sexually charged mean machine spends the remainder of the flick running, loving and fighting “the man.”

Laxative, assembled in Melvin Van Peebles’ Manhattan apartment (l–r): Michael Kammers, Chris Eddleton, Paula Henderson, Jared Nickerson and Van Peebles.

As visually gritty as its subject matter, Sweetback’s miniscule budget might’ve stymied another director, but instead inspired Van Peebles to experiment with avant-garde angles, edgy edits and colored filters. As the mostly silent Sweetback drifts from one strange scenario to another on the streets of South Central Los Angeles, he flees towards Mexico dressed in his pimpish treads. At the end, as he escapes across the border, a caption on the screen reads, “a badassssss nigger is coming back to collect some dues.” A breathtaking rollercoaster ride of a film, Sweetback was simultaneously raw and arty. Initially opening in only Detroit and Atlanta, word on Sweetback began to spread in black newspapers, on the radio, in beauty shops and on building stoops. While some theaters, like the Apollo in Harlem, refused to

show it upon its initial April ‘71 release, others couldn’t wait. In Philadelphia, it played to sold-out shows for weeks at the now demolished Milgram Theater at 1620 Market Street. By the end of the year, Sweetback was one of the highest grossing films in the country. A few years before, after screening Van Peebles’ French made film The Story of a Three-Day Pass at the San Francisco Film Festival in 1968, it was Philly homeboy Bill Cosby who befriended him when he first came to Hollywood. “Cosby got me into [the Director’s Guild of America],” he says. “He just told some guy, ‘Get him in,’ and I was in. Later, when I ran out of bread while making Sweetback, he loaned me $50,000.” Van Peebles also changed the game when it came to using soundtracks to market a movie. “Usually a record came long after the movie,

but I knew the Black DJs would play my music, which made people aware of the movie,” he says. Van Peebles collaborated on the Sweetback soundtrack with a pre-famous Earth, Wind and Fire. “They were starving in a little room on the edge of L.A.,” he says. “I showed them what I wanted, and they did it. I would sing out my thoughts or hum it through, and that’s how we’d write.” Always on a shoestring, he paid the future superstars $500. The check, as Maurice White recalls in the 2003 biopic Baadasssss!, “bounced across the world.” While shooting Sweetback, Van Peebles led many to believe he was making a porn flick in order to dodge various Hollywood unions. After supposedly receiving an X-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), he turned the rating into a publicity and marketing opportunity. The phrase “Rated X by an all-white jury” was used in the film’s posters and ads. Although Sweetback was the cinematic Molotov cocktail that ignited the film movement now known as blaxploitation, not everyone was impressed. In the July ‘71 issue of Ebony magazine, Lerone Bennett Jr. wrote, in a scathing review titled The Emancipation Orgasm: Sweetback Wonderland, “Despite its acclaim and despite isolated moments of promise ... Sweetback is neither revolutionary or black.” Much like gangsta rap years later, Bennett was appalled that Van Peebles celebrated the ghetto, romanticizing the basest elements of “the hood” over upwardly mobile aspirations. “Melvin was like the NWA of his time,” says local filmmaker Michael Dennis, founder of ReelBlack TV. “He also laid the groundwork for Black independent film that is still being used today by indie directors like Lee Daniels. And back then, it was a hundred times harder to make a film.” Although the Black Panthers, fronted by Huey Newton, endorsed Sweetback, not everyone celebrated the film with the same enthusiasm. “There was one group that decided how the revolution was going to be, and Sweetback wasn’t it,” he says. Some people wrote letters of protest to local media, while others were more openly threatening. “When I walked down the street, I was always prepared to pull my gun.” He recalls having witnessed his father kill—“with one shot”—a massive rat that ran into his tailor shop. “I’m from Chicago. We don’t play that.”

As vintage jazz plays on the radio, Van

Peebles sits in the breakfast nook. Behind him, there are art tomes on Reginald March and Edward Hopper on the shelf. On a table in the living room lays a well-worn copy of a 1960 comic strip he wrote in France, an adaption of his friend Chester Himes’s noir debut For Love of Imabelle with cartoonist George Wolinski in Hari-Kiri magazine. While living in Paris with a wife he would later divorce, Van Peebles also became cool CONTINUED ON PAGE 27 >>>


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Anchor Porter. When Fred Maytag bought Anchor Brewing in 1965, he saved what was then one of the country’s last small breweries from closure. Anchor quickly became an important building block of what would become the modern craft beer movement, reintroducing styles most Americans had stopped drinking, including steam beers, barleywines, India pale ales, and porters. Bringing back the classic porter would be enough to earn a tip of the cap from modern day beer geeks, so it’s especially impressive that even today Anchor’s is still one of the best on the market. With heady notes of bitter black chocolate, roast coffee and licorice root, this beer packs a flavorful punch, made all the more impressive by its hop bite and surprisingly clean finish. Anyone who likes porters needs to try this one, currently on draft at Garrett Hill Ale House.

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Goose Island Matilda Lambicus. Goose Island’s Matilda is a dry, spicy Belgian style ale that offers up a blend of earthy yeast, pears, prickly hops and a slight touch of funk, so the idea of the Lambicus variation—Matilda fermented with brettanomyces, a strain of yeast that imparts heavy “barnyard” aromas and flavors—is an inspired choice. The original Matilda is still hiding somewhere in this brew, but now you have to find it beneath soft layers of musty hay, tart apple and the smell of a barn loft. If Matilda has a bit of prickliness, it’s all smoothed to subtle softness in this variation. Improvement over the original? Find out at Cook and Shaker.

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Samuel Adams Escape Route. A few years back, Sam Adams introduced East West Kolsch, their take on the classic, easy-drinking kolsch style of beer popular in Germany. It quickly disappeared. This winter, they’re trying their hand at another kolsch with Escape Route, a somewhat more assertive take on the style. Like most kolsches, it combines the bright fruitiness of an ale with the soft drinkability of a lager. In this case, the bitterness is a little more forward than expected, giving it a dry bite in the finish that would remind you of a pale ale if it weren’t for the grainy, grassy smoothness that dominates each swallow. Go into it knowing what to expect and it won’t disappoint. Kolsches by their nature are meant to be unassuming and drinkable without being boring; Escape Route accomplishes exactly that. Try it wherever Sam’s seasonal beers are tapped. / ERIC SAN JUAN

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single mussel, pickled and meaty, arrived on a white pedestal dainty enough for a little girl’s doll. Impeccably composed and with wit to spare, there was nothing dainty about the flavor, a palate-awakening wave of the sea’s essence lifted with the licorice hints of fennel and Pernod. All of it, ingeniously, was borne on a shell the deep purple of royal robes and crafted from pasta dough colored with squid ink, shaped in the actual casing it was intended to mimic and replete with all the necessary ridges and crenellations. In the wrong hands, food like this, with its forays into modernist as well as more familiar methods, can all too easily slip over the line dividing creative from overwrought, clever from self-referential and grating. But that’s just not the case at Avance, where Chef Justin Bogle is essentially running an in situ course on how to bridge the gap between occasionally avant-garde technique and the sort of comfort that a great restaurant meal should provide. This was embodied in the cauliflower chawanmushi, a texturally perfect rendering of the Japanese custard, here studded with thumb-sized Nantucket bay scallops, their seared crowns looking like little umber-toned exclamation points set against the creamy expanse of dashi-rich egg custard. And for all the care of its composition, it remained a dish best scooped up lustily with a spoon: One bite highlighted those sweet scallops, a second the refreshing snap of pickled romanesco, another the crystalline pop of sake-cured trout roe, yet another the bright zip of meyer lemon zest confit. And it was embodied in the Arctic char, a dice of opalescent pink cubes of the fish framed with preserved elderberries, tarragon and mustard oil, set beneath a thin disk of essentially flashfrozen green apple and fennel juice. It’s whipped up on a machine with a name like a torture device in one of the old James Bond films: The anti-griddle. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a surface not for cooking but for freezing; like a plancha, Bogle pointed out, but in reverse. This apple-cap, which begins as a primarily textural addition to the plating, eventually melts and becomes incorporated into the fish itself, deepening and enlivening it all at once. But this dish also gave an inkling of where the kitchen tends to err here the few times it does: with overworking a particular plating. The interplay between the char and the apple and the fennel was perfectly pitched, especially with the occasional dot of horseradish creme fraiche bringing just the right amount of bite to it. But the composed salad on top left me cold: Breakfast and black radish, radish flowers, shaved celery, fennel fronds and tarragon seemed a distraction from the crux of the plating, that wonderful char-and-frozen-disk composition. This occasional over-conceptualizing, however, is clearly the result of a kitchen working at a very high level indeed and, faced with so many intriguing ideas and possibilities, sometimes struggling to edit a dish down. But that issue, as far as I can tell, is the only one of note. Because even when that happens, the core flavors of each offering are beautifully focused and deeply comforting. Milky, silky veal sweetbreads are a must-order for offal-lovers, the dusting of cocoa powder and dehydrated-and-powdered hen of the woods mushrooms an umami-rich counterpoint to their creamy, decadent earthiness, all of it amplified by fermented pumpkin jus and a brown butter drizzle, as well as silky ribbons of pickled butternut squash for brightness. Berkshire pork neck, brined for 48 hours and then cooked sous vide for another two days, looks like a shimmering, burnished brick and eats with stunning tenderness. With its side of bacon-dashi-cooked Carolina Gold grits swaddling slices of razor clam and dotted with pickled and roasted kohlrabi, and accompanied by sautéed sea beans, this

is down-home comfort raised to the level of haute cuisine. Duck is dry-aged for 12 days in-house and served as two parallel rails, all pink-centered and crisp-skinned. And while I’d have liked a little more tang from the otherwise excellent fermented persimmon, it all came together seamlessly: Drag a forkful of duck through one of the onyx-toned purees of black garlic and trumpet mushroom, hit a bit of the duck jus on the way and a few grains of the barley finished with a magnificent hazelnut-miso butter, and just try to prevent your toes from curling. You won’t be able to. What Bogle and Co. have pulled off here can’t have been easy: Stepping into an address as storied as any in the region, reimagining the old Le Bec’s ornate, occasionally baroque touches as a dark, sexy cave with an earth-element-referencing decor, was risky indeed. But there is a warmth to the transformation that was immediately appealing to me. And there’s plenty of wit, too: Built-in bookshelves anchor the right-side wall of the dining room, and, just in the center, the fivevolume set Modernist Cooking is given pride of place. But look closely and there’s more than initially meets the eye. Thomas Keller’s Bouchon cookbook is down and to the left. Above it and to the right is the canonical Larousse Gastronomique. And way up top, almost impossible to discern, is a stack of books including an upside-down edition of Emily Post’s guide to etiquette. It’s a clever move, that inversion of the book, and it sends a subconscious message that Avance doesn’t take itself too deadly seriously. The service smartly reflects that: Helmed by excellent general manager Adam Olland, the front-of-house team is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very personable. Cocktails are creative yet anchored in well-thought-out flavor profiles (the delicious Johnny Utah, based on bourbon and amontillado with a homemade chile pepper tincture and a delicate mist of Herbsaint, is like a spicy, challenging riff on a sazerac). The wine program, under the care of sommelier Alex Cherniavsky, offers solid options at several price points, with many bottles under $80 and plenty for several hundred. Like all new wine lists, it’s a work in progress, though I do hope that by-the-glass prices come down to a more approachable level, and that more affordable bright or spicy reds from places like Austria and France’s Beaujolais are added. This is the kind of food that calls out for them, and a deeper selection would be welcome additions to the list alongside the examples that are already present. But it’s a very good start. In fact, Avance as a whole is so much more than that: Just barely two months into its tenure at that famous address on Walnut Street, it has already done what many thought would be impossible: Staked its own claim on the space and drafted a brand new set of rules. If Avance is this good so early in the game, I can hardly wait to see the heights it eventually achieves. It’s already a standout. n

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for me is that they’re so different,” says Peugh, who serves as artistic director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Company in Dallas, TX. “They’re all very hungry; they have good instincts; they have their own story, and they’re ready to share. And that’s really fun for a choreographer.” Gregg expressed a pet peeve that visually connects to the way he choreographs: That awkward footwork of the man dancing behind a woman. “I always hated seeing the shift of feet behind the girl, so I make it a purpose to not see one foot kind of shifting, and it’s harder for partners,” said the Ballets Jazz de Montreal dancer. In his duets, the male dancers make stunning lines by almost never letting their second foot touch the ground, forcing partners to execute steady lines with the support and physical assistance of their counterpart. Cox seems confident in her chosen collaborators, partly because they are right in line with nature of BalletX. “We look for choreographers to move dancers in new and different ways,” she says. “We expect them to think outside of traditional partnering and styles, and that’s why we often choose certain choreographers. I want to always be surprised and thrilled when I see work created for our dancers.” n

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alentine’s Day is around the corner, and love is in the air. Late last month, BalletX held an open rehearsal at the Performance Garage that let an audience in on the preparation of James Gregg’s interpretation of Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E,” one of the pieces slated for performance in BalletX’s Winter Series, opening next Wednesday, Feb 12. L is for the way you look at me / O is for the only one I see / V is very, very extraordinary / E is even more than anyone that you adore can, Cole croons, while the small but dynamic company executes complex line merges and feats of flexibility that you’re almost certain are going to yield a foot to the head. Love is all that I can give to you / Love is more than just a game for two. There will be some duets at BalletX, no doubt. But they’re not all lovey-dovey. Joshua Peugh, Gregg’s choreography counterpart, says clichéd sweetness needn’t be the takeaway of a dance program that happens to run through Valentine’s Day. “We’re interested in the human aspects of love and how they all feel different,” he says. “Sometimes it’s distance; sometimes it’s giving people space to strug-gle, sometimes it’s supporting someone.” On this night, audiences are treated to four pieces: two from Peugh (the company premiere of Slump and a world premiere pas de deux), a world premiere from Gregg and an encore of Jodie Gates’ Delicate Balance. BalletX takes pride in every season providing some world premieres, though, and Christine Cox, the company’s co-artistic and executive director, lets the choreographers’ work speak for itself. “BalletX presents almost exclusively world-premiere choreography, so we often have very little clue what a program will look like,” she says. “James has been on our radar for quite some time, and we felt his choreographic style would work well on our dancers. Joshua came recommended by another choreographer who has created a couple of works for BalletX, and we fell in love with one of the ballets in his choreographic reel.” A pleasant mixed bag of tones, styles, sounds and dynamics should only bolster the dynamism of BalletX’s young, capable cast of dancers. The music will run from Klezmer music to jazz from Ella Fitzgerald, mambo, and yes, King Cole’s iconic love song.

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erald the age of Cheerleader, ladies and gentlemen: the new buzz band for whom Philadelphia shall serve as a springboard to stardom. Last week at Kung Fu Necktie, they made their live Philly debut in a haze of mysterious upstairs warmth and cigarette smoke. The sound was pretty terrible, and the first song was full of shrill feedback cries. But the room was full, and Cheerleader executed 10 lovely, well-rounded and loud power pop songs blessed with a catchy and beguiling patina. They’ve only got a demo with three songs on it—“New Daze,” “Do What You Want” and “Dreamer”—but they shot a nice video for “Daze,” and the blogs went absolutely nuts. Seriously, they’ve racked up a nice little stack of URLs for being a baby band. Maybe the biggest deal yet is NME—London’s legendary ‘zine, New Musical Express—calling them its Buzz Band of the Week in its Jan. 25 issue. MTV dubbed ‘em Buzzworthy last May. That’s a whole lot of buzz for an unsigned band with three songs and a video. And Cheerleader isn’t raising brows with any particular “look” or reputation for wild behavior, either. Honestly, these guys might just have the goods. Chris Duran, 27, and Joe Haller, 26, met in Connecticut, New England’s richest and most boring state, before they fled to Philly’s booming bosom. But their musical journey began so humbly and modest that it’s practically the indie-rock fairytale you’re almost tired of hearing—We never thought we’d get this far! We just love music!—and that’s almost, because these guys are ours, and they mean what they say. “We can’t make demands,” Haller confesses, sitting in a downstairs booth at the Fishtown hipster haunt after their gig. “We’re a new young band.” Duran partially agrees; he certainly had expectations that thay’re sound would be solid tonight. “I was pretty pissed off,” he says, “at the feedback on that first song.” Having listened to the Cheerleader demo, it was a pleasant surprise to hear an album’s worth of good, fully realized songs— tracks that sound grand, solid and rich with complexity. There’s an irresistible aural takeover when you’re listening intently. The tracks have that Wall of Sound nature to them; they barrel over you with Ronnie Spector and Beach Boys tones. Duran and Haller have employed three other guys to make them a quintet, with Haller on rhythm and lead vocals and Duran taking the lead on guitar. Paul Impellizeri, Josh Pannepacker and

Carl Bahner assist by picking up respective bass, drum and synth duties. It allows them to blast out vibes that resemble Broken Social Scene, but BSS is almost a little too bohemian and gentle in comparison. Some of the bands that Cheerleader loves might surprise you. The influences of locals like the War on Drugs and Kurt Vile (“‘Red Eyes’ is so fucking good,” chimed Duran.) and other Philly luminaries like Swearin’ and Waxahatchee can be heard, too, but they also love the late J. Dilla and Wu-Tang Clan. It wasn’t hard to get Duran and Haller to geek out on records they’re digging these days; they even admitted to having band crushes on HAIM and Deafheaven. “We love pop music. We listen to the radio a lot,” Haller says. Still, they don’t seem interested in making music that’s inaccessible or niche-based. They want to make records with a pop sheen that gets their music appreciated by as many ears as possible. “There was a point in time where all we wanted was to be a part of Pitchfork,” Duran admits. “Pitchfork, in our eyes, was the end-all and be-all. But at this point, we just want to make music all the time. Staying hip and staying cool can just be exhausting. We’re not cool dudes,” he adds, as Haller nods his head in agreement. “We watch Battlestar Galactica. We’re not trying to be super-hip.” All that said, we’re fairly certain that adoration from indie tastemakers is in Cheerleader’s future. This March, they’ll be making that time-honored pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for SXSW. The band’s hoping to knock some shows out of the park, attract some new interest and continue to make a name for itself. “We’ve never been to Austin before,” says Duran. “It’s just gonna be ‘Keep our heads above the sand, blow people away as much as we can, spread the word, and play some good sets.’” The group is currently in talks with labels and seem poised— and hungry—to hunker down to record a juicy EP or a statement debut album. “We’re hoping to work pretty hard on the social media stuff, get our names out there, make an Internet presence and write songs that we’re really proud of,” Duran says. But all in good time, they say. No matter the sport, every cheerleader needs a strong platform from which to dazzle, flip and charm an audience into a frenzy. And Philly’s the solid foundation for this one, pom poms or no. n


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The Kids Are In Serious Trouble Pennsylvania’s notorious kids-for-cash scandal has spawned two new works of storytelling: a hard-hitting documentary that’s out this week, and local author John Dixon’s young-adult survival novel Phoenix Island. By Bill Chenevert // bchenevert@philadelphiaweekly.com

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ustin Bodnar, at the age of 12, was incarcerated for mouthing off to a fellow student’s mom on the way to the bus stop. He spent nearly seven years in detention. Hillary Transue and two girlfriends started a MySpace page that playfully mocked their vice principal. Her mother will never forget the moment she was shackled and taken into state custody on charges of harassment. Amanda Lorah threw a punch at an ex-girlfriend in a fit of rage one day. She lost her teenage years wondering how that warranted confinement to an isolation cell. Justin, Hillary and Amanda are just a few of the subjects of producer and director Robert May’s new documentary, Kids for Cash, which chronicles the story of two judges in Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County who accepted kickbacks to keep the for-profit juvenile detention system flush with occupants. It’s one of the biggest courtroom scandals in state history, and landed the two judges in prison several years ago—detention centers that may actually be kinder than the ones where they sent thousands of kids. (See sidebar, next page.) The racketeering case against the judges was the fodder of headlines throughout 2008 and 2009. But—what about the kids? Imagining their lives, irrevocably fucked by a corrupt system, fueled the creative impulses of John Dixon, a Philadelphia-area teacher, tutor and boxer. The novel he proceeded to write from that inspiration, Phoenix Island, hit bookstores last month courtesy of Simon & Schuster. It’s a young-adult novel shelved in the “survival fiction” genre that’s become all the rage since The Hunger Games hit it big—not an account of the Luzerne kids-for-cash scandal, but a speculative adventure that imagines an even more extreme version of it. Carl Freeman, the novel’s protagonist, is an orphan from Philadelphia whose proclivity to standing up against injustice (read: bullying) mixes dangerously with his championship boxing prowess in unfortunate ways. His fists get him into trouble—in school, in foster homes, and finally with the law. Eventually Carl finds himself face-to-face with a judge not wholly unlike the real-life ones, who’s got a secret and unsavory agenda in sentencing Carl to a military-style boot camp where he finds himself pitted for his life against cruel wardens and other desperate teenagers. There are also similarities, of course, to

both The Hunger Games and an earlier predecessor, the 2001 Japanese sci-fi thriller Battle Royale, about a class of high-school students battling one another for survival in a wellmonitored island hunting ground. This isn’t a new concept—indeed, Hollywood returns to it again this year with the upcoming movie Divergent—but with Phoenix Island, Dixon has struck that magic mix of luck, timing and talent. Not only has the book gotten a big push from the publisher, it was optioned even before publication by CBS, who used

it as the inspiration for this year’s new spy drama Intelligence (which, it must be said, bears very little resemblance to its source material). In Phoenix Island, Dixon makes the smart storytelling choice to make all his fictional detainees orphans. It allows for a little more mystery and lawlessness than was at play in the real kids-for-cash case, because the question then becomes: Even if these brutal injustices are exposed, will anyone care enough to do something about it?

“It’s super-terrifying when you take the law, the thing that protects us, and it becomes an agent for the worst type of exploitation,” Dixon says. “It’s using all these engines that are in place to protect us to exploit those who have no advocates. “The judge is the person you put all your faith and hope in. To have learned that people were taking kids, shipping them to privately owned institutions for minor crimes, and getting millions of dollars in kickbacks— its disgusting, its scary.” Dixon saw a huge creative stomping ground in the scary realm of juvenile detention centers. “I started looking into these teen bootcamps,” he says, “and found out there are ones opened outside of the U.S. and kids can be sent there—the idea being that those bootcamps are not under U.S. law. Meanwhile, I had this 18-page character sketch of Carl… I just didn’t have a story for him. But when I found out about these bootcamps— if these judges could do this in real life, what could they do in fiction? Kids-for-cash enraged me, lead me to further research, and made me ask questions about, What’s the worst that could happen?” Well, he decided, a lot. Dixon’s debut novel is nicely poised to spawn a continuing series of YA books. In fact, Intelligence picks up one of the small details that becomes more important toward the end of Phoenix Island as a setup for future stories: brain-implanted computer chips. One twisted aspect of Dixon’s island bootcamp is that not only do kids disappear while warring factions materialize a la Lord of the Flies, but slowly and surely it becomes clear that the adults on Phoenix Island may not be offering tough love—but rather are outright malevolent. They’re conducting military experiments, using Carl and his peers as lab rats. And the man in charge is the leader of a special team of anti-terrorist mercenaries. When Carl’s introduced to this zealous group, they indoctrinate him in the military concept of the “OODA loop”: observe, orient, decide and act. “Special Forces guys obsess over something called the OODA loop, and I wanted Carl to become the ultimate OODA loop,” Dixon explains. That idea is only one of many elements in the novel—but it’s the one that rang most powerfully to the folks working on adapting it for television. “The guys for the show kicked around all types of stuff—characters other than Carl being >>>


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Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan have been described as two of the shittiest invidivuals ever to don the black robe of justice—trusted and respected public officials who held troubled kids’ futures in their hands. See, in 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Kiebold killed 15 people (including themselves) and injured another 21 at a high school in Columbine, Colorado, the climate of teen violence prevention kind of got turned on its head nationwide. That’s when Ciavarella decided he would personally take a stand—and put into a place a “zero tolerance policy.” In the wake of Columbine, Ciavarella put over 3,000 kids behind bars—in a private, for-profit juvenile detention facility that he suggested be built. Conahan, a slimy but savvy businessman who had lots of pots on the stove—a strip club, a beer distributor— worked out the deets on the construction side, and the guy who got the job, Robert Mericle, kicked more than $2 million to Ciavarella and Conahan as a finder’s fee. (Note: judges in Pennsylvania are salaried, typically, at around $175,000.) They tried to hide these millions, not declaring the money for taxes while funneling it through other business accounts—and got caught. Folks were understandably pissed off, and so was a jury. Ciavarella and Conahan were sentenced to 28 and 17 years of incarceration, respectively. One of the most crushing aspects of Robert May’s documentary about the case is the helplessness and confusion expressed by parents who were, understandably, wrecked watching their children be carted away after signing a “written waiver of counsel.” Ciavarella’s zero-tolerance approach to juvenile justice, tragically, trickled down from the bench to the rest of his courthouse in Wilkes-Barre: the clerks who didn’t seem very good at explaining to the accused what it meant to waive counsel (appear without a lawyer), the bailiffs who treated shackled teens like hardened criminals, the parole officers who were eager to throw newly freed kids back in detention. Thank goodness for the Juvenile Law Center, a nonprofit founded by Temple Law grads that watches over the rights of children nationally, which became an ally for Hillary Transue and her family. They started to cry foul once it became clear that Ciavarella’s court experienced a rate of waiving counsel approximately 10 times the national average—more than 50 percent of cases were processed without counsel. They got a call from the FBI and shortly thereafter, Ciavarella’s court had piles of damning documentation seized. Zero tolerance was over—but the damage had been done. / B.C. The documentary Kids for Cash opens Friday, February 7 at the Ritz Bourse and AMC Cherry Hill.

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Hoffman stole the show—as was his wont—as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous.

seem to others, and then to set that objectivity aside and seamlessly, wholeheartedly become them anyway, in every eyebrow and delivery, for every last inch. Honest and unmerciful. My first, by the way, was Happiness. I drove to the artsy theater in the suburb next to my suburb to see it, because Todd Solondz had directed it, and I’d found the listing in the newspaper. I had no Internet connection back then, and it was only luck that I’d caught the listing. It’s a difficult and demanding film. My first experience with Philip Seymour Hoffman was his single-shot, close-up monologue in which he describes a vivid fantasy of tying up his neighbor and having such potent sex, it splits her open. Moments later, he crumbles into himself, delivering a pitch-perfect, pitch black, “If she only knew ... deep down, I really cared for her, respected her,” and then mourns his own cowardly blandness at being unable to approach her. It’s an extraordinarily layered performance, an onion being swiftly and viciously unpeeled, and even as a stand-alone, it’s a magnetically uncomfortable character study. For the first two minutes, even the camera doesn’t dare look away. His name is Allen. He makes a series of obscene, harassing phone calls to women; he plasters postcards to his wall using just what you’d expect. When the object of his affections wants to meet him and then rejects him, I watched through my fingers. At last, he makes a tenuous connection with an equally miserable neighbor; it was such a relief for the moments it lasted that just looking at his face, it hurt to breathe. It’s the same feeling I had when I saw the news that he had died. Last week, we also bid farewell to Maximilian Schell, another fine talent, at age 83; his passing leaves behind a filmography of a hundred projects spanning more than half a century, a career fully realized and duly celebrated. We mourn Philip Seymour Hoffman through what we’ve seen because we’re mourning the many that we’ll never know. We’ve lost a master, too soon. n


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 >>> with famed Life magazine photographer Gordon Parks after a chance encounter on the street. “He was my idol. We walked together and he bought me a coffee. He was telling me about his life and pictures, but what he really wanted was to break into Hollywood.” Coincidentally, Parks’ breakout Hollywood feature Shaft was released just three months after Sweetback. Although he’s developed a take-no-mess persona that his director/actor son, Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City, Panther), captured so wonderfully in Baadasssss!, as a kid, young Melvin was a bookworm who preferred reading, visiting museums and studying at the Chicago Arts Institute. “My mother asked why I didn’t go outside and play, and I told her, ‘Because the game is always ‘Kick Melvin’s Ass.’ By the time I was 10, I’d seen nine people killed.” The Chicago streets of Peebles’ youth— the Van in his name was added years later—

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ONE BEDROOM 2201 CHERRY, 803: $1,800/mo1BD/1BA, open space, wood floors, newer windows, like-new stainless and Corian kitchen, great closets, wa s h e r + d r ye r, c /a , C A L L A M E GOLDMAN FOX AND ROACH LP 215627-6005/215-868-3532 22ND & WALNUT- Spacious & Bright Bi-level 1BR, HW floors, High ceilings, Laundry. AVAIL NOW! HEAT/HOT WATER INCL. $1285. MSRE, 215-925RENT(7368), www.MichaelSingerRealEstate.com 315 ARCH, 307: $1,500/mo- 1BD/1BA, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, soaring ceilings, large bright windows, granite + stainless kitchen w i t h t i l e b a c ks p l a s h , c/a , CA L L RYAN MCCANN FOX AND ROACH LP 215-627-6005/215-558-2118 ART MUSEUM AREA: 21/Parrish Great 1BR, Lg rooms, EIK and more. $1050 incl heat. PMG 215-545-7007x110 WASHINGTON SQ WEST: 1011 Clinton St., 2- 1 Bed w/hardwood floors, updated kitchen and bath, California closets and Washer/Dryer! $1445/ mo+ John Brown, Fox & Roach, LP. Direct: 215-440-8173

TWO BEDROOM 8TH & JOHNSTON VIC. C/A, W/D, Dishwasher. Freshly painted. $850/ mo.+util. (215)813-1763 13TH & PINE: Gorg renov, Cool 2BR w/Ba. Chefs kit, HW flrs. $1395. PMG, 215-545-7007 x108 15TH/SPRUCE: Rare Opp for 2Bdrm Apt in Unique Art Deco High-Rise. Renov Kitch, Amazing Views, Central Location, HW Flrs, Front Desk Attendant. From $1535/Mo. 215-735-8030

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THREE BEDROOMS 1642’B’ S. 4th St 3 lARge BI-level, 3 BRS., 1 BAth, hRd.FlRS., w&d, wIdow A/c’S, e-I-K $1,300.00

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WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST/OLD CITY THE IMPERIAL: BROAD & SPRUCE – Studios in High rise elevator bldg, HW floors, Newly renovated full kitchens, A/C, Laundry, AVAILABLE MARCH! GAS/HOT WATER INCL. $735-$885 THE CLAREMONT: 10TH & CLINTON – Studios on beautiful tree lined street, Elevator bldg, HW floors, Laundry on premise. AVAILABLE NOW! ALL UTILS INCL. $765 12TH & WALNUT – One bedroom plus office, HW floors, hi-ceilings, c/a, d/w, AVAILABLE NOW!

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425 n. pReSton St (weSt phIlA) BI- level, lg 4 BRS., 2 BAthS cAll ellen 215-922-3600 ext. 211 $2,200.00 1612 S. lAwRence St 3 BedRoomS,1 BAth, hRd.FlRS., w&d, BASement, SmAll yARd $1,275.00

COMMERCIAL 307 S. chAdwIcK (Btw 16th-17th SpRuce –pIne) 1900 Sq.Ft SpectAculAR oFFIce SpAce nnn $3,900.00 26 S. StRAwBeRRy St.(old cIty) 1100 Sq.Ft. RetAIl /commeRcIAl SpAce,wood FlooRS,c/A $2,200.00 1137-43 n. 3Rd (noRtheRn lIBeRtIeS) 5400 Sq.Ft., c-2, wARehouSe & oFFIce, 2-StReet AcceSS $5,000.00

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Society Hill 121 Walnut St. 305 $545,000 Fox & Roach LP

South Philadelphia 708 Manton St. $269,000 Fox & Roach LP

Northern Liberties 800 N. Lawrence St. A $179,900 Fox & Roach LP

South Philadelphia 1334 S. 7th St. $339,900 Fox & Roach LP

Graduate Hospital 1704 Ellsworth St. $339,900 Fox And Roach LP

Art Museum Area 2611 Brown St. $607,000 Fox & Roach LP

Bella Vista 738 D. Darien St. $389,000 Fox & Roach LP

Society Hill 121 Walnut St. 208 $550,000 Fox And Roach LP

Old City 224-48 N. 3rd St. 5 $249,900 Fox & Roach LP

Fitler Square 2528 Naudain St. $425,000 Fox & Roach LP

Rittenhouse Square 250 S. 17th St.1600 $1,100,000 Fox & Roach LP

Fitler Square 852 S. Taney St. $230,000 Fox & Roach LP

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Passyunk Square 1725 S 8th St. $229,900 Fox & Roach LP

Queen Village 759 S. 4th St. $689,900 Fox & Roach LP

Society Hill 627 Lombard St. $525,000 Fox & Roach LP Society Hill 224 Delancey St. $1,495,000 Fox & Roach LP

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$850-950 Pine & 21st 1Bd's, hardwood, heat incl., yard $700-1000 Pine & 22nd 1 & 2Bd, hardwood, heat incl. ART MUSEUM $750-1100 Lombard & 23rd 1 &2Bd, bi-level, A/C 2601 PENNSyLvANIA Lg. Bright One Bedroom Must See $1475 Chestnut & 20th Ultra mod 1Bd's, C/A, great location $875-1000 BROWN & 27TH Mod 1BR’s, Spacious, C/A, W/D. Courtyard setting. $1000-$1250 Lombard & 19th Newly renov,2Bd's, mod hardwood, studio, 1 laundry & 2Bd's $875-1700 $770-995 Walnut 23rd 1 &HW ASPEN & 26TH Sunny&Studio’s floors, Laundry $725 Broad & Spruce 1Bd's, W/D,& C/A, incl.heat incl. $800-850 $575-1000 LocustMod & 21st Studios 1Bd's,heat laundry, BROWN & 26TH Great Studio’s & 1BR’s, New kitchens $795-$875 $850-950 Pine & 21st 1Bd's, hardwood, heat incl., yard $850-995 Lombard & 9th 1Bd & 2Bd, w/d, hardwood, laundry $700-1000 & 22nd 1 & 2Bd, hardwood, heat incl. MT. vERNON & 21ST Pine Studio, Parquet floors $750 $995-1100 Pine & 9th 2Bd's, h/w&floors, $750-1100 Lombard 23rd 1W/D &2Bd, bi-level, A/C WALLACE & 20TH Great Studio/Loft, W/W, Laundry. $750 $875-1000 Chestnut & 20th Ultra mod 1Bd's, C/A, great location $995 Spruce & 12th 2Bd, 1-1/2 bath, bi-level, laundry SPRING GARDEN & 19TH Lombard Jr 1BR w/ Deck.Newly renov, mod studio, 1 & 2Bd's $875-1700 $725 & 19th $995-1350 Spruce & 16th Old World, 1 & 2Bd's, hardwood $800-850 Broad & Spruce Mod 1Bd's, W/D, C/A, heat incl. Art Area Ultra Mod 1 && 9th 3Bd's, Deck, Parking laundry $950-1750 $850-995 Lombard 1BdW/D, & 2Bd, w/d, hardwood, NORTHERN LIBERTIES $995-1100 9th 1 2Bd's, h/w floors, $825-1375 Old City FabPine ultra&mod & 2Bd's, deckW/D Spruce & Beautiful 12th 2Bd,1BR, 1-1/2 bath, bi-level, laundry N.3RD ST All New, Amenities Galore. Parking $1475$995 $1950 University City 3Bd,& 216th bath, $995-1350 Spruce Oldtotally World, renovated 1 & 2Bd's, hardwood $950-1750 Art Area Ultra Mod 1 & 3Bd's,Nice W/D,Studio Deck, Parking $700 Spring Garden Collonade-Extremely OLd CITY $825-1375 Old City Fab ultra mod 1 & 2Bd's, deck $600-675 Q.V. 3rd & Bambridge 1 3Bd, & 2Bd's, W/W, C/A $1950 University City 2 bath, totally renovated Arch & 3rd New Ultra Mod 1BD’s Flats & Bi-levels W/D, Gym!!!! $375 Spring Garden & 19th Studio, hardwood, Heat $700 Spring Garden Collonade-Extremely Niceincl. Studio $1750$2150 $600-675 & Bambridge & 2Bd's, W/W, C/A $625 Fairmount &Q.V. 18th3rdMod 1Bd, C/A, 1W/D $375 Spring Garden & 19th Studio, hardwood, Heat incl. $600 Mt. Vernon &Fairmount 21st Gret Studio, Laundry $625 & 18th ModYard, 1Bd, C/A, W/D MANAYUNK $600 Mt. Vernon & 21st Gret Studio, Yard, Laundry $700 Wallace & 20th 1Bd, parquet floors, yard BAKER ST (OFF MAIN) Wallace Great 1BR, W/W,1Bd, Parking Incl. $675-$925$700 & 20th parquet floors, yard $600 Aspen & 26thAspen 1Bd,&W/W, laundry $600 26th 1Bd, W/W, laundry AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY!!

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cEntER citY luXuRY REntAls

Parc rittenhouse 225 S. 18th Street

- 24 hour doorman - State-of-the-art fitness center - Media room with WiFi - Beautifully landscaped deck with seasonal in-ground pool, hot tub, and skyline views - Pet friendly - All apartments have washers and dryers

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 1 bedroom, large kitchen with granite counters and stainless $2,450 steel appliances, wood floors, marble bath, 643 sf Sun-soaked, furnished 2 bedroom converted to a one bedroom w/den, 2 bathroom with custom finishes and south $4,500 views, 1079 sf

the Wellington 135 S. 19th Street

· 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 Studio with large closet, separate kitchen, new carpet, sunrise city views, 420 sf $1,215 Spacious, sun-filled one bedroom with two large bay windows, a large living room/dining room and kitchen with excellent cabinet and counter space, 830 sf $1,625 Corner 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with generous closet space,an open dining room/living room and north and east city views, 1080 sf $2,750

Washington square hoPKinson house 604-36 S. WASHINGTON SQ. Studio, sunrise city view, wood

society hill society hill toWers 200-220 LOcUST STreeT Studio on a high floor with

floors, new bathroom floor, open kitchen, 460 sf $1,175 1 bedroom on a high floor, with a balcony, Washington Square views, excellent closet space, 843 sf $1,650 Deluxe 1 bedroom, updated bathroom, Washington Square views, 1063 sf $1,765

dramatic river and city views to the south, floor-to-ceiling windows, updated bathroom, 508 sf $1,350 1 bedroom, updated kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel apppliances, lots of natural $1,500 light, south views, 700 sf Corner 1 bedroom with southeast views, floor-to-ceiling windows, recently renovated $1,625 throughout, 750 sf

kitchen, very good condition $1,375 Spacious 1 bedroom, excellent closet space throughout, generous entertaining space, southern city views, 777 sf $1,625

Totally renovated 1 bedroom

oversized windows, western city views providing excellent natural light and ample closetspace, $2,200 1131 sf

22 FrONT STreeT 1 bedroom, loft style, hardwood floors, marble bath, oversized $1,395 windows, 605 sf

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

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 1 bedroom, on a high floor with northern city views, dining area, great closet space and a washer/ dryer, 861 sf $1,885 2 bedroom, 2 baths, kitchen with breakfast nook, large private terrace, 1111 sf $2,200

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

the rittenhouse 210 W. rittenhouse square Studio on a high floor with

panoramic western city views, a large bathroom appointed in marble, a separate kitchen and washer/dryer, 583 sf $1,750

the dorchester 226 W. rittenhouse sq. High corner studio with terracee,

all glass showing sunsets, 528 sf $1,670

· 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 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 closet space, 1229 sf s $2,550 Brand new 2 bedroom plus den, 2 bathroom with hardwood floors and a beautifully appointed kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, $3,250 1367 sf

1 bedroom with private balcony and south views, lots of natural light, wood floors, excellent $1,700 condition, 570 sf 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with wood floors, oversized windows, a private balcony, and washer/dryer, $2,500 1119sf 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 multi-

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

the WarWicK 1701 locust street Studio on a high floor with sunrise

views, hardwood floors, open kitchen, and marble bathroom, 345 sf $1,425

WanamaKer house 2020 WALNUT STreeT Studio on a high floor with a large bay window, panoramic city views, an open kitchen and great closet $1,510 space, 548 sf

1 bedroom on a high floor with two bay windows, dramatic city views and an open kitchen, 700 sf $1,985

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, bay win-

dows in all rooms with city views, eat-in kitchen, wood floors, 1198 sf $2,500

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 throughout, $13,000 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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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

Corner 2 bedroom, 1 bath with

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indePendence Place 241 SOUTH 6TH STreeT Studio with a balcony and large

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SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA 5846 THEODORE ST.

2 Apartments. Garage $59,500.

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA 1518 S. STANLEY ST.

3 Bedrooms. Garage. $55,000.

1272 S. NEWKIRK ST.

Just Renovated. 2 Bedrooms. Hardwood Floors. Appliances. $145,000.

PENNSPORT- NEW HOME 1322 S. AMERICAN ST.

High Ceilings. Hardwood Floors. Large Deck. 2ND Floor Master Suite + 2 Large Guest Rooms. $449,000.

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Pennsport 151 Sigel St. $249,900 Coldwell Banker Preferred

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Graduate Hospital 2236 Kimball St. $425,000 Fox & Roach LP Art Museum Area 2001 Hamilton St. 609 $300,000 Fox & Roach LP

Newbold 1307 S. Colorado St. $225,000 Plumer & Associates

Graduate Hospital 804 S. 19th St. $1,100,000 Fox & Roach LP

Graduate Hospital 2020 Christian St. Unit E $152,000 Coldwell Banker Preferred

Queen Village 506 Kater St. $559,900 Fox & Roach LP

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

Society Hill 211-25 S. 4th St. 104 $805,000 Fox & Roach LP

Fishtown 1119 E. Palmer St. $429,000 Fox & Roach LP

Graduate Hospital 1022 S. 24th St. $399,900 Fox & Roach LP

Graduate Hospital 1625 Webster St. $344,900 Fox & Roach LP

Point Breeze 1237 S. 15th St. $369,900 Fox & Roach LP

Queen Village 132 Kenilworth St. $529,500 Fox & Roach LP

Fishtown 2161 Dauphin St. $300,000 Fox & Roach LP

Queen Village 107 Christian St. $355,000 Fox & Roach LP

Italian Market Area 615 Annin St. $285,000 Fox & Roach LP

Single Family. $99,000.

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4850 N. PALETHORP ST.

2 Bedroom. Newly Renovated. Porch Front. Tiled Bathroom. $44,900.

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12:00-2:00pm Avenue of the Arts 440 S. Broad St. #1207 $950,000 Coldwell Banker Preferred Graduate Hospital 765 S 20th St. $665,000 Coldwell Banker Preferred

South Philadelphia 1139 Tasker St. $339,900 Fox & Roach LP

Washington Square West 1028 Irving St. $269,900 Fox & Roach LP

Bella Vista 810 A S. 6th St. $469,900 Fox & Roach LP

East Passyunk Square 916 Mifflin St. $249,900 Plumer & Associates

Newbold 1307 S. Colorado St. $225,000 Plumer & Associates

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

12:00-1:30pm Northern Liberties 974-76 N 5th St. #1 $215,000 Coldwell Banker Preferred

Fishtown 2015 Martha St. $339,900 Coldwell Banker Preferred Parkwood 3308 Lester Road $224,000 Coldwell Banker Preferred

12:30-2:00pm Fitler/Navel Square 617 Schuylkill Ave. $663,000 Coldwell Banker Preferred Northern Liberties 943 N. Lawrence St. $399,900 Coldwell Banker Preferred

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12:30-2:30pm Roxborough 6118 Lawnton St. $219,900 Coldwell Banker Preferred

12:30-2:30pm Bella Vista 1333-41 Bainbridge St. $1,200,000 Fox & Roach LP

1:00-2:00pm Point Breeze 2048 Ellsworth St. $359,900 Coldwell Banker Preferred

1:30-2:30pm Queen Village 759 S. 4th St. $689,900 Fox & Roach LP Queen Village 132 Kenilworth St. $529,500 Fox & Roach LP Queen Village 840 S. 3rd St. $899,999 Fox & Roach LP

1:30-2:30pm Bella Vista 1347 Christian St. $550,000 Fox & Roach LP

Northern Liberties 977 N. Lawrence St. $725,000 Fox & Roach LP Fishtown 113 Richmond St. $184,900 Fox & Roach LP Fitler Square 2208 Manning St. $379,900 Fox & Roach LP Queen Village 832 S. Swanson St. $679,900 Fox & Roach LP Old City 315 New St. 423 $233,900 Fox & Roach LP Graduate Hospital 1027 S. Bouvier St. $339,000 Fox & Roach LP Point Breeze 1323 S. 19th St. $245,000 Fox & Roach LP Fishtown 2240 Sepviva St. $300,000 Fox & Roach LP Bella Vista 700 Montrose St. $379,900 Fox & Roach LP


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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 3 Bd/2 RenovatedTownhome, 1 Bedrooms $175,000 to$225,000 $225,000 1$525,000 Bedrooms $175,000 to 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, OpenBa; House Sunday 2p-4p • 24 to Hr Security • 1830 Addison St. Sq. $115,000 2Studios BedroomsParking $250,000 to $400,000 $525,000 4 New construction Carriage homes 2 Bedrooms $250,000 to$150,000 $400,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. $525,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Rittenhouse Sq. 2301 Cherry Street 4Q, Philadelphia 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 13Bedrooms Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 31830 Bedrooms $400,000 to $500,000 24 Hr Maintenance starting at $689,000 Bedrooms $400,000 to $500,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $175,000 to $225,000 St. Rittenhouse Sq. 31830 Bd/24Addison Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3 Bed/2.1 Bath; 1,778 sq ft Townhome 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, beds/3.1 baths; 2 car garage; Includes real estate tax • No transfer tax realRenovatedTownhome, estate tax • No transfer tax 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 33 Bd/2 3Includes Bd/2 Ba; Bd/2 Ba; Ba; RenovatedTownhome, RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 2 Bedrooms $250,000 to $400,000 Open Floor plan with 3000 Sq ft $400,000 $525,000 $525,000 $525,000 $525,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. Studios $115,000 to2p-4p $150,000 Open Sun 11-4pm | Mon 12-6pm $525,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse $525,000 Open House Sunday Breaking Ground This Month Sq. 3 Bedrooms $400,000 $500,000 1830 Addison St. Temple Rittenhouse Sq. N. orianna university Tues-Fri 9-6pm Satto 12-3pm 1830 Addison St. AddisonSt. St.Rittenhouse RittenhouseSq. Sq. 32351 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison 1025 Barr Lane,| Gladwyne 1 Bedrooms $175,000 to $225,000 OPEN SUNDA YRittenhouse 11 AM - 1 PMSq. 31830 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, OPEN SUNDA Y 2 4 PM 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, Lot 0.01 acres $25,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. Includes real estate tax • No transfer 4bd/3.1Ba Sq.to Ft;$400,000 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 2 Bedrooms 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St.2625 Rittenhouse Sq.tax 2427 Carpenter Street, Graduate Hospital MAIN LINE SuBuRBS $525,000 3$525,000 Bd/2 RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 $250,000 49 Ba; Cornell Rd., Bala Cynwyd $525,000 5403 Quentin Street, Philadelphia 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, Renovated Cape $575,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, oPEN HouSE SuNdAY 2P-4P $525,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. $525,000 3 Bedrooms $400,000 to $500,000 3 Bed/1.1 bath; 1,132 sq ft Townhome 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse Sq. 3BD/1.1BA; $329K Sq. Open Sun 11-4pm | Mon 12-6pm 1830 AddisonTownhouse St. Rittenhouse 5BD/2.2Ba 3,314 Sq. Ft. 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P E N D IN G

$205,000

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$1,295,000 Call Scott Neifeld

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Stunning 3BD/1BA home in the highly coveted Meredith School District offering original hardwood floors, wide open living and dining rooms with tons of natural light, and lovely granite + stainless kitchen that all lead to a charming yard, all perfectly placed in Bella Vista convenient to great shops, sites, and more.

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$459,900

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1804 Green St #2F Charming and affordable 1BR Condo with walkable score of 97! Close to Center City 1828 Green St #1R 1R Lovely Boutique Brownstone Condo with Deeded Parking 729 N Capitol St 4BR Fairmount Home with Covered Parking! 1500 Chestnut St 16E Beautiful High floor 1BR at the Ellington, Hardwood Floors, granite & Stainless Steel Kitchen 822 N Newkirk St Spacious 3 Story 3 Plus BR/2BA home offers living room, Dining Area, Fully equipped Kitchen, Parking 330 S Hicks St Rarely-Offered Best Center City Location/Rittenhouse Sq Fully Occupied Duplex, Sep Utilities 2517 Aspen St 4BR/2.5BA c. 1876 home with Roof deck, Original details with tasteful Renovations and Upgrades, Stunning 330 S Hicks St Rarely-Offered Best Center City Location/Rittenhouse Sq Fully Occupied Duplex, Sep Utilities 519 N 19th St The Perfect Blend of Historic charm and Modern comfort 2131 Race St Spacious, Luxurious Center City/Logan Square townhome With 2 Car Gargae, Elevator , 4BR/4BA, Roof Deck

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

$18,900

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

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

$25,000

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

$25,000

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

$55,000

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

$64,900

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

$69,900

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

$79,000

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

$75,000

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

$85,000

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$419,900

SOCIETY HILL / WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST 413-15 Gaskill St One of a Kind Historic Society Hill Home with Contemporary Flair 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

$775,000 $1,144,000 $420,000

QUEEN VILLAGE/ BELLA VISTA / GRADUATE HOSPITAL / SOUTH PHILA. 2020 Christian St Unit E 1BR Condo with Hardwood floors Maple cabinets, Glass tile Backsplash and Great roof deck OPEN HOUSE 2-9 FROM 12:00-1:00 $152,000

1745 S Bancroft St Brand New Renovation, 1046 Sq Ft, Large 2BR/1BA, HW Floors, C/A, Finished Basement, Great Block $189,900 512 Fitzwater St R Queen Village Prime 1BR/1BA on tree Lined Street, No condo Assoc or association dues, Patio and basement $224,900 2411 Carlisle St Newly Renovated 3BR Home, This House has been totally renovated from top to bottom with Hardwood Floors $239,900 151 Sigel St- has new discp. As of today please state - Beautiful fully renovated Pennsport Home avail NOW New Kitchen Bathroom, HW Floors % C/A OPEN HOUSE 2-9 FROM 11-2:00 $249,900 1020 S. Randolph St. Unique rehabbed 3BR/2BA multilevel home with all the city living has to offer

$309,900

2308 Madison Sq Historically Certified Home on a Quaint Block!

$350,000

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

$365,000

2119 Montrose St Beautiful Tree lined 3BR/2.5BA in Graduate Hospital

$465,000

$109,999

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

$114,999

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

$114,900

Northwest Phila - 204 N 52nd Mixed Use Commercial with 2 Performing rental units, Single BR and Studio Apt with $124,9004

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2006 N Mascher St Great Investment Opportunity 2 Story Shell Extra Large backyard, Package if if purchased with 2006 and 2008 Mascher

$125,000

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

$134,900

Greys Ferry 1257 S 29th St Fully Renovated move in condition, Close to Graduate Hospital shopping center, Supermarket, Public Transit

$139,900

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

$170,000

Old Kensington – 1747 N Mascher St 4BR/1.5BA within Wlaking Distance to trendy fishtown Ability to make it your own with Renovation

$149,900

Point Breeze – 1235 S 18th St Newly Renovated Starter Home on one of the best blocks in Point Breeze

$179,000

Roxborough – 6118 Lawnton St Just Listed!! Gorgeously updated 3BR home with Private Parking on Quiet Street OPEN HOUSE 2-9 FROM 12:30-2:30 $219,900

Roxborough/Manayunk - 554 Leverington Huge Single Home with 3 Car Parking 3BR/2BA, Hw throughout, Great Block $299,000

500 Admirals Way #210 Highly Upgraded 2BR + Den Deeded Courtyard Parking Space, Condo fee includes Parking,

$325,000

Pool and Gym

$489,000

Kensington – 1524 N Hancock St #502 19122 2BR/1.5BA

708 S 2nd St #11B Stunning Gated Townhome in the Meredith School Catchment

$649,000

Parkwood – 3308 Lester Rd Move Right into this Beautiful 3BR Home with Finished Basement and Parking, a Must See!!!

765 S 20th St A Gorgeous Townhouse with 2 Car Parking!

$90,000

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

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OPEN HOUSE 2-9 FROM 12-2:00 $665,000

1317 N 2nd St 5BR/1BA Brick Exterior, Large Home, Needs total Renovation 974-76 N 5th St #1 1BR Right Sized Condo with Private Deck and Yard + Nice Finishes in a boutique Building

OPEN HOUSE 2-9 FROM 12-4:00 $224,000

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

NORTHERN LIBERTIES / NORTH PHILADELPHIA $149,000

$249,000

Germantown – 147 West Harvey Renovatd Duplex” 1st floor Large 1BR with Large Kitchen, FP, 2nd fl Bi-Level 2 Large BR’s Large BA $273,000

OPEN HOUSE 2-9 FROM 12-1:30 $219,900

943 N Lawrence St Circa “1830” 3BR, Sitting Room, Living Room, Sep Dining, Kitchen W Skylights FP, C/A, WD Floors, Grdn and Parking

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

$280,000

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Fishtown – 2015 Martha St New Construction On Corner of Berges & Martha, Buyer has Opportunity to pick some Finishes! OPEN HOUSE 2-9 FROM 12-3:00 $339,900 East Oak Lane – 1301 W Chelten Ave 5BR/3.5BA Renovated Victorian Home with Original Character and Charm. Two Car Garage, Dual

UNIVERSITY CITY / WEST PHILADELPHIA 5131 Pine St Triplex: Live in One apt and let your tenants cover most of the mortgage. Totally renovated in 2007 4924 Hazel Ave 5BR/2.5BA twin-Renovated top to Bottom in past 7 years W/ neutral Palette & Contemporary Styling

$299,900 $350,000

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$339,000

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SURROUNDING AREAS 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 $37,000 $18,900 Kensington – 3155 Weymouth St 3BR, AS IS Cash Offer Preferred, Tenant Occupied

$350,000

Point Breeze –2048 Ellsworth St Renovated 3 Story, 3 BR/2.5BA home with HW Floors, Exposed Brick, deck and Parking OPEN HOUSE 2-9 FROM 1-2:00 $359,900 Fishtown – 1124 Day St Townhome in Fishtown, 3BR/2 Full BA and 21/2 BA, Gated Community W/ 2 Car Parking $449,000

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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

$269,900

academy house 1420 LocuSt Street

sold

1 bedroom on a high floor with Juliet balcony, panoramic southern views, lots of natural light $259,000 and a washer/dryer, 717 sf 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, only ‘A’ unit with balcony in the building, open living and dining

AcAdemy HouSe

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

Washington Square indePendence Place 241 S. 6th Street

Corner, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with renovated

open kitchen, beautifully appointed baths, balcony and wood floors 1173 sf $519,900

Entire floor home with 3 bedrooms and 3

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

The ayer 210 W WaShington Square

Rittenhouse Square 1830 riTTenhouse square

2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, wood floors, lots of

sold

Beautifully renovated 1 bedroom on a high floor with south city views, lots of natural light, a chef’s kitchen, designer bathroom, wood floors $284,900 and balcony, 897 sf 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, south views, balcony, lots of natural light updated bathroom, 1137 sf

$299,900

centeR cIty one

ceiling heights, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, renovated kitchen and baths, wood floors, balcony, $579,900 1566 sf

socieTy hill Towers 200-220 LocuSt St.

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The Barclay 237 S. 18th St.

$639,900

Custom 1 bedroom with Joanne Hudson open

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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

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Parc riTTenhouse 225 S. 18th St.

Studio, lots of natural light and southern views,

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 included,

$299,900

wood floors, marble 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 bath, 829 sf $519,900 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

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1,150,000

riTTenhouse savoy 1810 rittenhouSe Square

$339,000

915 sf

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

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

1137 sf $299,900 2 bedrooms, 1 bath with balcony natural light,updated eat-in kitchen, marble bath, beautiful original building details, 1136 sf

22 s FronT sTreeT

floor, lots of natural light, 1146 sf

$469,900

The dorchesTer 226 W. rittenhouSe Sq. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom overlooking Rittenhouse Square with a private balcony that literally sits atop The Square, updated kitchen and baths. wood floors and lots of natural light, 1231 sf $769,900

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 entertaining space, with parking, 1198 sf $539,900

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

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

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 with French doors, generous entertaining space, bay windows boasting south and east views, 1746 sf

kitchen, new baths, wood floors, penthouse

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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, panoramic Washington Square and city views, hardwood floors and custom lighting and closets throughout, 2 parking and storage spaces $3,995,000 included, 4476 sf

cenTer ciTy one 1326 SPruce Street

40 sT. James courT

Multi-level townhouse condo with soaring

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

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220 w. washinGTon square

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