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Mayor Madness: It’s Down to Four
March 27–April 3, 2013
Two comedians. One Hollywood A-lister. And a punk rocker working the DIY.
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ell, we’re two weeks into the March Madness-style brackets we set up to let the people of Philadelphia choose whichever dark-horse candidate they wish would step forward and declare a run for mayor in 2015. In the first round of voting, we discovered—to just about nobody’s surprise—that inanimate objects are considered more electable than Sam Katz or Milton Street. Now it’s time to break down the results from Round Two and see where we stand as the semi-final bracket gets underway.
Bracket 1: Comedian wanda sykes trounced pirate-and-basketball guru Pat Croce pretty decisively, but Dead Milkmen frontman Rodney anonymous blew Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz’s bowtie away. That means it’s down to the funnygirl vs. the punk. Well—two humorists walk into a mayoral race. One’s a vegetarian. Fill in the blanks. Bracket 2: Bill Cosby steamrolled over the dynamic duo of DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. Clearly, however much we may love Eagles football, we love striped
sweaters more. Meanwhile, the Twitter-fu of Mexican restaurant Tequilas was almost but not quite sufficient to knock off our current cover model’s erstwhile partner, Will Smith, who now moves on to the semifinals. Let us emphasize: That means this week you’re voting for Bill cosby vs. will smith. The Week 3 semifinals ballot is online now: ph.ly/PW-MayorMadness2013. The two candidates you choose this week will be featured on the cover of next week’s PW. Show us your democracy, yo. n
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The Philadelphia Int’l Festival of the Arts kicks off with Savion Glover; East Coast Beard and Mustache Competition; Zombie Crawl and more.
14 I FeatuRe stoRy When He’s The DJ, I’m the Rapper hit record stores 25 years ago this week, local kids Jeff Townes and Will Smith became the new faces of a new American pop music. DJ Jazzy Jeff tells the inside story.
18 I FooD & DRInk Don’t pass over these restaurants’ seasonal Jewish hybrids.
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26 I scReen Elle Fanning makes her mark in Ginger & Rosa: so tough, transparent and aching. The camera loves her.
28 I musIc The Black Angels’ Alex Maas on the hues that darken their beautiful music.
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Int’l Festival of the Arts: Time-Travel Tap Dance For a full month starting March 28, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will take over large art spots throughout the city—The Kimmel Center, the Barnes Foundation, Society Hill Playhouse and Perelman Theater among them—for music, dance and theater performances by artists from all over the world, concluding with an extravagant street fair on Broad Street that’s got to be experienced to be understood. This year’s festival theme is “If You Had a Time Machine,” and PIFA kicks things off in style this week with a world premiere by tap dance wunderkind Savion Glover titled Dance Space. Glover, famously dubbed “the best tap dancer that ever lived” by his mentor, the late great Gregory Hines, will be dancing in the dark—not figuratively, like Ovid and Bruce Springsteen, but literally—to immerse the audience in an “ethereal atmosphere” and bring them “closer to a connection with the early universe.” Plus: Find more PIFA premieres featured throughout PW’s PhillyNow calendar this week and for the next several. / RANDY LOBASSO Sat., March 30. $20-$65. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. pifa.org
WHAT’S HAPPENING — BEFORE IT HAPPENS ... Wednesday, March 27 M U SIC
Hamburg-based folk-pop duo Boy, ironically comprised of two girls, specialize in poignant, oftentimes introspective tunes. Lyrically, they are concerned with life through the eyes of 20-something girls everywhere, perhaps best illustrated in “Waitress,” where a woman, stuck at her mundane day job, wistfully waits for her life to begin. 8pm. $12. With Ari Hest. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com R E ADIN G
Aleksander Hemon: The Book of My Lives
In 1991, Bosnian-born fiction writer Aleksander Hemon was on holiday in Chicago when war broke out in his home country, forcing him to stay and start a new life here. His newest work is a collection of autobiographical essays focusing on his upbringing abroad, eventual displacement and newfound life in America. 7:30pm. Free. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
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The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini The lines of reality and fiction are blurred as the world’s most famous escape artist prepares to take his final bow. Local director Brenna Geffers brings us through life, death and beyond as Houdini struggles with his faith and the acceptance of his ultimate demise. 8pm. $25-$32. Through April 7. Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place. 215.735.0630. pifa.org LEC TURE
Foods That Shaped History: Sugar Professor Lisa Mitchell explores the cultural significance of everyone’s favorite no-no, sugar, from both production and consumption standpoints. This is the second of a two-part presentation on how certain foods have shaped our society, the first part dealing with coffee, tea and cocoa. 11am. Free. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
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Jonathan Dee and George Saunders The Free Library’s Central branch is hosting two award-winning writers tonight, both of whom have new works of fiction out and both of whom sort of toe the line in contemporary literary badassery. The first, Jonathan Dee, has penned five novels and is a contributing writer for New York Times magazine. (His nonfiction work there includes a truly great profile of the prolific political blogger Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, and Johnson’s progression from right-wing flamethrower to, well, left-wing flamethrower.) He’ll be reading from his latest book, A Thousand Pardons, the tale of a woman with a gift for getting N.Y.C.’s arrogant men to admit their mistakes. The book promises to ask, in a most literary fiction sort of way, what people really want when they seek forgiveness. George Saunders is a professor at Syracuse University, author of several works of fiction and a former Objectivist. (He despises the Ayn Randism of his past, he says, and now studies Nyingma Buddhism.) He’ll be offering a preview of his newest collection of short stories, The Tenth of December, of which, in advance praise for the collection, author Dave Eggers compared him to Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut. And Eggers doesn’t just go around comparing people to geniuses. / R.L. 7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch. 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org.
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The Deception of Anger
A special meditation class dedicated to overcoming the anger that plagues our everyday lives and getting one step closer to true inner peace. No experience is needed, and all are welcome to join in the pursuit of personal growth. 7pm. $10. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1102 Pine St. 267.702.4083. meditationinphiladelphia.org M U SIC
California alternative hip-hop front-runner
Wax stops by the Troc this week, slinging introspective rhymes over tropical, dramatic beats. 8pm. $13. With Voss + Mason. The Trocadero, 1004 Arch St. thetroc.com STAG E | P I FA 2 013
From the Swamp to the Stars
No Face Performance Group presents a fictional, fever dream-like scenario taking place during the Reagan era. As our president lies on a gurney, his most trusted advisers scramble to figure out the truth about what’s going on and who’s responsible, all while the free world’s future rests uncomfortably on their shoulders. Through April 14. 8pm. $10$20. Aux Performance Space, 319 N. 11th St. 215.238.1236. nofaceperformance.org MUSIC
EVA, a work dedicated to the life and music of Eva Cassidy
The local singer/songwriter returns to Philly after the release of her fifth album, Idiot Heart, strumming folksy American pop over playful, intelligent lyrics. 9pm. $12-$15. With Alec Ounsworth (of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), The Kernal. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com
APRIL 4-6 A “high-energy conglomerate of jazz, ballet and contemporary movement” (Naples Daily News).
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A young gang member flees his former life in Guatemala City for America in a last-ditch effort to find happiness. Jeffrey Solomon’s gripping documentary-theater piece chronicles the real-life story of Edgar Chocoy as he, like many others, makes the harrowing trip across the border. 7pm. Free-$20. Fitts Auditorium at Penn Law Center, 3501 Sansom St. 215.832.0900. hiaspa.org
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Her HRC ‘70s Dance Party
You’ll need to take your uncle’s burgundy leisure suit out of storage to truly enjoy “Disco Belles,” the Human Rights Campaign’s roller girl-tastic ode to the ‘70s. Retro drink specials and a disco dance-off await. 9pm. $8. Sisters Night Club, 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735. sistersnightclub.com
Virginia Bradley: A Fragile Grace Water’s destructive power is on display in Bradley’s work, which focuses mostly on the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Swirling abstraction overtakes the detailed landscapes in her wall-sized paintings. Try not to drown in the beauty of it all. Through March 30. LGTripp Gallery, 47-49 N. Second St. 215.923.3110. lgtrippgallery.com
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One half of the fantastic Clipse and a prominent member of G.O.O.D. Music, Terrence Thornton’s flow is too damn versatile and emotive; he can attack a beat with the pitter-patter of raindrops or chew it over and work in and out of it with flair. 9pm. $30-$50. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com P E R FO R MAN CE
Plato’s Porno Cave has been up to something strange at Little Berlin for most of March. To cap off their month of corrupt debauchery, they bring us a play bursting with unhinged circus acts and a lot of pointy things being put in unpleasant places. 8pm. $10. Little Berlin, 2430 Coral St. 610.308.0579. littleberlin.org
Dangerous and Movin’ Dance Company: EvoL Shit is about to get real interpretive at this dance show. In a world where empathy will get you killed, five people fight for the right to love. 8pm. $15-$20. Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. 215.569.4060. danceboxoffice.com MUSIC
Driicky Graham Dude couldn’t even legally drink a beer when he had his single, “Snapbacks & Tattoos,” on the Billboard Hot 100 last year. His frenetic energy is a testament to his age, but his styled and adaptive flow is a sign of a more seasoned professional. 9pm. $13. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.101. tlaphilly.com
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Sean Rowe Sean Rowe’s got one of those voices—a real gift. It has this magical sadness to it. A beautiful mix of tones not unlike Tom Waits (but less gritty) or Ray LaMontagne (but deeper), plus some other stars of the folks/blues genre: Chuck Ragan, Thomas Dybdahl, A.A. Bondy, plus older greats like John Lee Hooker and Wilson Pickett. He’s only got two legit LPs, not counting the one before he got noticed, and Magic’s a real achievement with a great concept. See, Rowe’s a naturalist. The Troy, N.Y.-born lover of nature grew up with the Adirondacks in his backyard, exploring forests and fields on his own. At 18, he read Tom Brown’s The Tracker, and he fell deeper into a devotion to greenery. Rowe then attended Brown’s wilderness survival school, and afterwards, inspired, the content for Magic started to flow out of him. In 2006, he studied at Hawk Center Wilderness Education in Cherry Valley, N.Y., not far from Cooperstown, where he completed a 24-day solo survival “quest.” Dude is like the Katniss Everdeen of folk music. If Mother Nature is his muse, let’s keep this man in the woods. His music, including the strong, newish The Salesman and the Shark—released last year on 2012 on Anti—is beautifully seasoned and tempered. The bearded grizzly man’s been permanently altered by his communion with the elements, and it reflects in the tones he nails: peaceful sadness, elegiac calm, bittersweet beauty, reflective weariness, earthy, sensual lyricism and yearning, warm strength. He opens for the alsooutstanding Marcus Foster upstairs at World Cafe Live. / BILL CHENEVERT 8pm. $15-$54. With Marcus Foster + Ruston Kelly. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Hyperactive drunkards obsessed with machismo and good times, Low Cut Connie are an angry animal out of Philly and the ‘50s that was left out in the cold too long. Opening act DRGN KING will set the stage with genre-grabbing weirdness before Low Cut Connie tries to cut it in half with the sheer force of their testosterone. 9:30pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com STAG E
The Prescott Method: Easy Steps to Perfect Bread Baking, Every Time
Yes, this is a play. No, you will not actually bake anything. The brand-new piece tells the common story of women bonding over bread making in the mid ‘60s. 7:30pm. $30-$40. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550. walnutstreettheatre.org
Autism Speaks Four gritty rock bands will put on their best button-ups to help fundraise for autism research. Jesus’ Older Brother will be there, shredding guitars with nary a glance, so you better be on your best behavior. 8pm. $8-$10. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488 northstarbar.com ART
Anne Lindberg: Chroma Lindberg’s first solo Philadelphia exhibition consists of seven systematic, non-representational thread drawings ranging in size and color. Shrouded in formal abstraction, these thread drawings address the universal vulnerability of the human condition. Through April 13. Pentimenti Gallery, 145 N. Second St. pentimenti.com
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PHILLYNOW Saturday, March 30
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Road to Wrestlemania Supershow
Indulge your inner pre-pubescent male at this superstar professional wrestling showcase. John Cena, Kane, The Big Show and other notable beefcakes oil up their muscles and don outlandish costumes (a la Jersey Shore tradition) to trade blows in the ring. Sat., March 30, 7:30pm. $15-$95. Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.348.7000. boardwalkhall.org
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East Coast Beard & Mustache Competition Walking into an Urban Outfitters, it’s easy to forget that burly beards and quirky ‘staches weren’t always hipster status symbols. Rather, they were just things men grew on their faces for extra warmth in the winter months and to impress potential mates (as well as their testosterone-producing friends). Regardless of a man’s reason for growing them, it’s more important that we not forget the artistry that goes into maintaining luxuriant, attractive or simply humorous facial hair. Hosted by the Philadelphia Beard & Mustache Club, this annual event will once again draw competitors from national and international competitive bearding circuits, showcasing some of the most creative crumb catchers and partner ticklers around. A panel of judges will be awarding contestants in nearly 20 different categories, including styled and natural mustaches, goatees, chops and various full beards. New this year is the “WTF Beard” category, awarding dudes who have tried to hop on the bearding bandwagon but failed miserably, and “Kids Fake Beard,” which is totally self-explanatory and sure to be totally adorable. Even ladies have a chance to join in on all the fun, competing for the most creative and realistic fake beards and ‘staches. Meanwhile, guests will enjoy the live “yawlternative” tunes of the three-piece band, Mr. Fuzzy and the Barbarian. On Friday, the night before the event, competitors and noncompetitors alike are welcome to join PBMC as they acclimate out-of-towners to the “City of Bearderly Love” with a cheesesteak crawl, immediately followed by a pre-party at their official/unofficial headquarters, Tattooed Mom on South Street. / NICOLE FINKBINER 8pm. $16. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show
This charity pet fashion show is touted as being “for any pet that will not eat another pet.” Spectate for free, or for $5, see if your little one has what it takes to compete in categories like Best Bathing Suit, Most Patriotic and the always crowd pleasing Pet-Owner Look-Alike. Sat., March 30, 11am. Free. Carey Stadium, Sixth St. off Boardwalk. Ocean City, N.J. 609.525.9300. ocnj.us MUSIC
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Bring the Fury Fest
This night of hair-raising metal-core creates the perfect high-energy environment to switch into a state of frenzy and let loose. The terrifying yet creative arrangements offered by headliners One Year Later and From Atlantis blend harsh, almost earsplitting vocals with hauntingly intriguing metal melodies. Fans will be sent home with tingling spines and pulsating eardrums. Other performers include artists After the Glory, Subterfuge, Forever Is Never Enough, A Foxdale Death, Kaonashi, Path of Motion and Orpheus Sets Fire. 6pm. $13-$16. Trocadero, 1004 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com
your way toward the truth. 2pm. $34.50$39.50. Philadelphia Art Museum, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 877.946.4868. watsonadventures.com
and social importance of their acts before getting on stage to perform them. 6pm. Free. William Way, 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220. waygay.org
This multi-instrument-playing musician spent the last decade performing on Broadway, writing and launching an album worldwide and touring with James Taylor, Norah Jones and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Tonight, he offers up an evening full of upbeat pop rock jams, like “Only Fools Rush In” alongside soulful ballads like “Have a Good Life.” 10:30pm. $10. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0770. tinangel.com
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Murder at the Philadelphia Art Museum
Drag Activism: Performing the Revolution
A curator has been murdered in the Art Museum, and it’s your job to find out why. Uncover a scandal as you work
A little gender-bending is the perfect way to wind down a weekend. The artists will discuss the inherent political
Philadelphia’s Sensational Bravissimo Burlesque!
Beautiful women wearing revealing, sequin-bedecked corsets and telling bawdy jokes will abound at this cabaret. Beware of the French Tickler. 11pm. $10. WineO, 447 Poplar St. 215.925.0999. lilsteph.com WO R KSHO P
Home Ownership and Financial Literacy Workshop Allow El Concilio and State Farm to teach you how to properly pick out a home and maintain it financially so we can collectively avoid another housing crisis. 1pm. Free. El Concilio, 705-09 Franklin St. 215.627.3100.
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack
Relive your ‘90s childhood with this upbeat postgrunge ska-pop quartet, in the vein of 311 and Reel Big Fish. The band has been together since 1992 and is best known for their catchy ’99 single “Do Right.” Sat., March 30, 8pm. $10. With Sinners Saints + A Caffeine Dream. World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St. Wilmington Del. 302.994.1400. queen.worldcafelive.com ART
Rhonda Cearlock: Tile Assemblages
Illinois ceramic artist Rhonda Cearlock specializes in fine art clay wall reliefs. Her recent abstract tiles were developed through an instinctual free-flowing process. Through March 31. Langman Gallery, 2500 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove. langmangallery.com LEC TURE
Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 years
Haverford College brings together a collection of scholars to discuss the occupation of Iraq from various perspectives. Make sure to watch Independence Day at least four times before attending because you damn sure won’t feel patriotic afterward. Fri., March 29m 9am. Free. Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. 610.896.1000. haverford.edu/iraqafter10years
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8th Annual Philly Zombie Crawl It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to spend more money than you’re comfortable disclosing—on liquid latex, gelatin, corn syrup, oatmeal or whatever you use—and spend more hours than you’re comfortable admitting to transform yourself into a zombie. It’s the Easter Philly Zombie Crawl, held in honor of history’s first recorded, uh, zombie, if you really think about it. The celebration of the undead takes place at the Theater of Living Arts and its surrounding areas at 6 p.m. They’ll even have on-hand artists to help you get your zombie face on, and prizes get awarded at 7:45 from the main stage. There are five South Street Bars that’ll be participating, too, with drink specials and bar gimmicks. The TLA is promoting $5 Pabst Blue Ribbons and “Blood on the Rocks” mixed drinks, as well as hosting spin sessions from DJ Kiltboy and Dave Ghoul. Tattooed Mom has half-priced drafts from 5 to 7 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m., with a gaggle of “zombie punk and metal” to serve as a musical backdrop. Manny Brown’s has $2.75 Miller High Life and Lager pints, plus zombie movies on their TVs. Lickety Split’s offering $3 “Brain eater shots” and a “request-friendly DJ.” Copabanana’s got $5 nachos, $5 Buds, $5 Jameson shots and will be playing the Dawn of the Dead remake from 2004. The Legendary Dobbs has live music and mixed drink specials, too. And there’s an after-party at the about-to-shutter Fluid nightclub, which is free for zombies with TLA wristbands. / R.L. 6pm. $5. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. phillyzombiecrawl.com
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Everyone & I
It’s July 17, 1959, and jazz legend Billie Holiday has just died at the age of 44. Grief moves poet Frank O’Hara to write an elegy about the day Holiday’s voice took his breath away. Azuka Theatre’s artistic director Kevin Glaccum directs the world premiere production starring Philadelphia-based actors Mike Dees and Kimberley Fairbanks. 7:30pm, $2631, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. pifa.org M U SIC
RAQ is BAQ
This Vermont-based crew has wowed audiences on the festival circuit, making appearances at Bonnaroo, Langerado and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival. This week they grace Philly with their presence, getting the crowd up and dancing with their rhyth-
mic grooves and organic improv alongside fellow jammers Twiddle and Flux Capacitor. 9pm. $13-$15. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com FOOD
Spirit of Philadelphia Easter Sunday Lunch Cruise
So your family is all dressed up and ready to break in their Easter shoes, but restaurants all over town are crammed with exhausted, impatient post-church crowds haggling over the last slice of honeyed ham. Don’t settle for a chocolate-bunny supper. Take your brood aboard a leisurely two-hour cruise of the Delaware River featuring a delicious lunch buffet, local harvest vegetables, apricot-glazed pork, vanilla bean cheesecake and more. 12:30pm. $32.95-$54.90. 401 S. Columbus Blvd. 215. 923.4354. spiritofphiladelphia.com
Monday, April 1 M U SIC
Ron Sexsmith Ron Sexsmith is one of those hard-working gents clearly not in music for the money or fame. He’s a humble troubadour who’s stuck to his craft despite unremarkable sales paired with critical acclaim. The 49-year-old Canadian’s been at it for more than 30 years now, issuing his first few efforts on tape. He was in bands as early as 14, but it wasn’t until his son was born in 1985 that he started writing songs for himself. His style’s a pretty simple brand of pop-friendly folk that focuses on his crystalline voice and capable guitar work. He’s often been backed by friends on electric guitar, horns are often welcome and usually arranged by peers, and every once in a while, he’ll employ a backup singer or two. His latest, Forever Endeavor, deftly uses brass to expert effect, giving the record a slightly country/mariachi vibe akin to bands like DeVotchka, Phosphorescent and Calexico. This one’s technically Sexsmith’s 13th LP, having caught probably the most critical acclaim for 2002’s Cobblestone Runway, and he’s tourin’ it again. Some of his biggest achievements have come in the form of praise from his elders, who he modeled himself after as a kid: Paul McCartney, John Hiatt, Ray Davies (the subject of a tribute album for which he recorded the title track, “This Is Where I Belong”), and probably most significantly, from one of his idols, Elvis Costello. The “one-man jukebox” has been known to expertly execute cover requests on command. He’s just a guy from Canada—a remarkable one at that—who’s coming to Philly to put on a quality, seasoned, sophisticated set of pretty, smart folk. / B.C. 8pm. $20-$22. With Brooke Waggoner. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
Social Justice Media Making
Director of award-winning film NO! The Rape Documentary Aishah Shahidah Simmons and self-identified queer installation artist Monica Enriquez-Enriquez hold a public discussion exploring how media can function as agents of change in disenfranchised communities. Noon-2pm, Free, Temple University, 812 Anderson Hall. phillyqueermedia.com
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Daringly High: Trapeze Lessons
Circus performer and teacher at the Flying School Circus Arts Mary Kelly Rayel will have you soaring above the street practicing kneehangs, birds-nests and backend gazelles—or at least learning what the hell those terms mean—for two hours in the University of the Arts parking lot high above Broad Street. 9am. $55. Broad St. flyschoolcircusarts.com
Tuesday, April 2 M U SIC This seven-member band cohabitate and record under one roof in their comfy home in Yorkville, Illinois. This may explain the downhome harmonizing and deep honest Americana with tin vocals backed by hand-crafted mandolins, slide acoustic guitars, banjos and steel pedals on the fourth studio album, Vacilador. 8pm. $7-$10. Hard Rock Cafe, 1113-31 Market St. ticketfly.com
T H EAT ER
The North American national tour of the Tony Award-nominated musical Sister Act has landed in the Philly for a limited engagement. Philadelphia-based actress and Temple University alum Ta’Rae Campbell stars as Deloris Van Cartier, a Las Vagas lounge singer who is placed into the protective custody of a convent. 7:30pm. $25-$110, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org
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Culture and Conversation
The Scopes Monkey Trial
Catch a glimpse of documentary/music video “A-E-I-O-U (Water)” co-written by jazz singer Phyllis Chapell and directed by Emmyaward winning filmmaker Rodney Whittenberg. After the screening, stay and chat about the quality of H2O with Dr. Julie Becker and Joanne Dahme, public affairs manager at the Philadelphia Water Department. 5:30pm. $20. Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive. fwwicaeiouwater.eventbrite.com
Dr. Janet Monge discusses the 1925 court case of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, which centered around a teacher who stood trial for violating Tennesse’s Bulter Act, a law that made it illegal to teach evolution in schools. 6pm. $2-$10. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. penn.museum/greatbattles Compiled by Michael Brady, Jessica Foley, Lindsay Kenney, Drew O’Meara and Anthony Trivelli.
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the DJ looks Back When He’s The DJ, I’m the Rapper hit record stores 25 years ago this week, two West Philly kids became the new faces of a new American pop music. Here’s what it was like in their shoes.
By DJ Jazzy Jeff
as told to Chris Wilder
introduction by chris wilder • photo by steve dykes / sTeveDykespHoTo.com
n March 29, 1988, an album that propelled two kids from West Philadelphia into the stratosphere of international fame was released on Jive Records: DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper. Their debut LP, 1987’s Rock the House, included the mild hit single, “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble,” but it was the duo’s sophomore effort, which eventually sold enough to be certified triple platinum, that ranks among the most successful hip-hop records ever—and certainly the most successful out of Philadelphia. He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper made Jeffrey Townes and Will Smith household names throughout their beloved hometown, while subsequently putting Philly on the map and the global stage in ways that still resonate a quarter-century later. Townes remains one of the most respected spinmasters in the world, and Smith has become one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood and part owner of the 76ers. But DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were absolute underdogs at the time. They were making rap music, but didn’t sound like anyone else, didn’t look like anyone else and almost didn’t fit in—except that they did. Why? Because they were “regular kids from the neighborhood” that hip-hop could relate to. What set them apart was that they were making music that was slightly ahead of the curve.
hen it was time to do the second album, [our record label] Jive was like, “Listen, we want you guys to go to London. We have some people; we have studios over there. We just think you should go.” And we were like, “Wow!” So, I packed up my drum machines and all the rest of that stuff and got ready to go. It was crazy because I actually got into a car accident with Lady B, the radio personality, and shattered my kneecap about a month before we were supposed to go. I had a cast from my hip to my ankle, going to London to do this album. The first night we get there, we find out that a really big Def Jam tour was over there, with Public Enemy and a bunch of other
artists. Of course, we had done shows with these guys, so we decided we were gonna just show up. So, we go to the club, and everybody in line is like, “Oh shit! That’s Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince!” We walk up, and the guy at the door says, “We don’t allow cripples in here.” We try to explain to him who I am, but he wouldn’t let us in. He didn’t believe us. We all ended up leaving, and I ended up jumping in the cab with a broken leg and going back to the hotel. I had all my equipment set up in the hotel room, and I would make beats there. Will would write, and we would take it to the studio that night. We worked pretty much from about 4 in the afternoon to about 5 in the morning. We were there for a month, and I saw daylight maybe about four or five days. We would go to the studio and work, and by the time we came out, we would get back to the hotel just in time to go to breakfast, then to the room to go to sleep. Then we’d wake up and go back to the studio. That schedule worked for us. I made “Brand New Funk” one morning going to bed. They had guys over there that would help us; I would make stuff and a guy would end up playing bass lines and stuff over it. Before we started on that album, we were in the process of doing a DJ album, and we already had those songs done, so when we started recording songs for He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, I was like, “Yo, why don’t we put both of these albums together and just do a double album?” It was kinda funny because no one had ever thought to do that. We just made the suggestion, and Jive was like, “Yo, that might be great. It would be the first rap double album.” So, we already had half of that done, and we just started piecing together the songs and figuring out which ones we were gonna have on the record. One of the shows that we did was at Union Square in New York, and it just so happens that [New York radio DJ] Mr. Magic taped it. I just did a DJ routine and didn’t even think anyone was taping it. We did that at every show. He started playing the show on the radio, and people were calling in and requesting that part. It got so big that it really helped me as a DJ, especially in New York. So, we called Mr. Magic and asked if we could have a copy of the tape because I had suggested we put that on the album, too. So “Live at Union Square” was actually a cassette recording of us performing at Union Square. We sat in the studio and compiled all of the records and started mixing it and tried to figure out what we wanted to put out first. We were trying to do something that was a little bit harder, with some scratches in it, maybe some human beatbox stuff, and I remember one of the producers who was working with us saying, “‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ should be the first single.” Me and Will were like, “No, no, no, no, no.” And he was just like, “I’m telling you, ‘Parents
Double team: Jeff Townes and Will Smith in 1988 (above), in a promotional image from the release of He ’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper. Left: The cover of “Par ents Just Don’t Un derstand,” the game-changi ng single from th e album. Just Don’t Understand’ is a smash hit.” It was really, really interesting how that was not our favorite record at all, but he had been around a little bit, and we were smart enough to know that even though we may not agree, he may know what he was talking about. It wasn’t like we did any records on the album that we hated; there were just records we liked more. We had been in London for a month, and I had exceeded the time my cast was supposed to be on, and it started irritating my leg. One night, Will was like, “Listen, man. I can get your cast off.” So, he called downstairs and ordered about 25 butter knives. I pulled my pants down and was in my underwear, and he proceeded to try to saw my cast off. He got it halfway, and then he ripped it. He couldn’t get it completely off, so the cast was looking like a budding flower, and I couldn’t get my pants on or nothing. He was laughing because he didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t leave the hotel like that to go to the hospital to have them cut it off, so we ended up having to track [then-acting manager and their friend from Philly] James Lassiter down. JL ended up coming in and taking a steak knife and sawing it off. JL tells that story to this day. Finally, it was time to go home.
ack in the U.S., right before the album came out, we did a show in Columbus, Ohio. It was with Whodini and somebody else, and Russell Simmons was there. We approached Russell right there and told him that we were really big fans, and we
needed a good manager—somebody that’s gonna do something. We told him that we would appreciate it if he would just watch the show, and we could talk to him after. One of things Will and I do is we probably have one of the best stage shows in hip-hop. So, we just wanted him to watch. We smashed it that night and then ended up going to Russell’s room later on. We told him, “Man, we’re just looking for management.” It was funny because Russell said, “Man, you guys don’t understand. I tried to sign you to a record deal.” “What?” He kept on: “I was trying to get you through [Will and Jeff’s old label] Word Up, so you know we’re gonna take you guys on as management.” At that point, we were now officially on Jive Records, we were officially on Rush Management, and we got an album coming out. Russell sat down, listened to the album and said that he wanted to put us on a tour. A few weeks later, we went out on the Run’s House tour. It was us, Whodini, Run-DMC, Public Enemy, EPMD … there was a bunch of us. But before we went out, I remember Russell telling us one thing. He said, “Listening to this album, you’re gonna go gold within a month.” Of course, we were like, “Whatever.” So, we started the tour. And maybe threeand-a-half weeks into it, he was at the show at the Spectrum—and presented us with gold records. One of the things that we thought was really cool was that while we would do these shows, all of the groups—Run DMC, >>>
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Back then, a lot of good music was coming out of Philadelphia, but New York City had hip-hop on lock. In fact, to the rest of the country, hip-hop coming out of anywhere from Boston to Philadelphia was known as “New York rap.” But what Philadelphia did have was DJs. Everyone knew that DJing here was pure art. Sure, it’s an art form anywhere it’s done well, but in Philly, DJing was taken to the next level. Hip-hop DJs were known for cutting and scratching the records, which means moving the vinyl LPs back and forth on the turntable to create a completely different sound. (If you needed that explanation, you should probably learn more about the history of hip-hop.) But instead of just creating sounds to complement the actual recording, Philly DJs would make entirely new beats using the scratching sound. Instead of their hands, they would cut with their elbows, their chin or even a sneaker—anything to put on a good show. Performances often would consist of an emcee not rapping, but just touting what his DJ was about to do next. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince didn’t follow the New York model for rap groups: an emcee backed by a DJ who kind of just stood around and placed records on and off the turntables. Those two showcased the DJ in a way that no one else was doing. They stood out partly because they had a creative stage show, but mostly because they put DJ Jazzy Jeff front and center, making his scratching and cutting the most anticipated part of their act. And no one did it as skillfully. Jeff still travels all over the world DJing shows and parties, forever representing Philly via his ever-present Phillies cap. But before his most recent sojourn, he shared a few memories with PW about the time he and Smith spent hotel-bound in England recording He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper and the exciting period before—and during—its release in 1988, recalling their Grammy Awards boycott and everything from those initial “for-thesuburbs” criticisms to the night he got caught with his pants down.
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LL Cool J and all of these groups—they would throw towels on their heads and come out to watch the show. We would really be flattered because we were the underdogs. That’s how we looked at ourselves—as the underdogs. Looking at Will now, at how great of an actor he is, it’s no wonder we were doing all kinds of stuff in our shows. When we would do “Nightmare On My Street,” I had a voice pitcher on my microphone, and I would do the Freddy Krueger voice and [security guard] Charlie Mack would come out with the nightmare hat and the mask and the hands, and he would roll on the stage, and they would change the lights to red. People weren’t doing that kind of stuff—adding that technical aspect and that theatrical aspect as well. Then I would do a DJ solo to rile everybody, and then [human beat box] Ready Rock C would come out and beat box Donkey Kong while Will was playing Donkey Kong and rile everybody. Then you had the record.
dissed on “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble,” we never got dissed on “The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff.” We never got dissed on “A Touch of Jazz.” We didn’t even get dissed on “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” which to me, is the exact same record as “Girls”—just with a different subject matter—until it blew up. I paid very close to attention to that. We were cool as long as we stayed on black radio and stayed amongst our hip-hop peers. Once it started to cross over, once it started to really blow up, that’s when we started getting dissed because at that time, hip-hop wasn’t mainstream. Hiphop wasn’t [for] the kids in the suburbs. But we never made that record for it to do that. We do stories. Will paints a visual picture with what he’s saying. Instead of talking about getting caught up with a girl, he talked about how his mom was tripping and what happened was, how mom is tripping was a much more commercially-appealing subject than getting caught up with a girl. And the
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Everything in the show had a place that depended on how long we were gonna perform. Are we doing 30 minutes? Are we doing 45 minutes? If it’s 45 minutes, we’d add a couple more songs to the show. We had segues in and out. There was a lot of crowd response. We would work out a rough idea and go on the road, do the first show and then do check-ups: “That worked. That didn’t. That absolutely sucked. That’s great.” We would take the stuff that sucked out, so the people that saw our shows five or six shows into a tour actually got the best shows because it came after we worked out all of the kinks. It was definitely cool being on the road back then. Sometimes sound checks became events all in themselves. Now I’m in this arena that holds 20,000 people. I’m doing a sound check, and I can do turntable tricks that I won’t do in the show in front of all of the staff and all of the other groups. So, you kinda gain a level of respect, and there’s admiration from people, even from sound checks. I always say that a lot of people don’t make records for their fans; they make them for their peers. A lot of the time, you want your peers to be like, “That shit is hot!” So when you get LL or Run or Jam Master Jay and all of these guys that you became close with to give you those kind of props, that’s validation all in itself. Meanwhile, some people in the hip-hop community were starting to diss us. We never got dissed on Rock The House. We never got
record started to blow. The crazy thing about it was all of this stuff started happening after we went out on tour. We left home and didn’t know how much radio play we were getting. We didn’t know how much the record was blowing up. It was really mind-blowing, too. There was a comedian who was the emcee for the shows, and every night he would come out, and, you know, he’d say, “Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for EPMD?” And the crowd would cheer. “Are you ready for Run-DMC?” And the crowd would cheer. “Are you ready for Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince?” And the crowd would cheer. Three nights later, I’m looking at Will like, “Yo, am I tripping, or did these motherfuckers cheer a little bit louder?” Three nights later, they cheered more. Then we did a show, and Will did the first verse of “Parents,” and then he said, “Listen, I need y’all to help me out. I’m gonna say a line”—this was a gamble—“I’m gonna say a line, and I want you to say the next line.” I remember the first night he said he was gonna do it, I was like, “Eh, if they don’t say the next line, it’s not gonna be good.” But, he went out there: “I remember one year, my mom took me school shoppin’…” and 20,000 kids said, “It was me, my brother, my mom, oh, my pop and …” We were like, “Oh, shit!” And that became a part of the show. But it got bigger and bigger every night. Because what you don’t pay attention to while you’re on the road is radio play and how big this is. I’m not from St. Louis; I don’t
ext came the awards season. The American Music Awards came up first, and it was great. We went out to the AMAs and took half of the neighborhood with us. I’ll never forget us sitting there and JL telling everybody that was with us, “If Jeff and Will win the award, nobody goes on the stage. The only people that go on stage is Jeff and Will.” He made it very clear, and everybody agreed. Then, about 15 minutes later, they announced the category and announced the winner—“DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince!”—and 30 people ran up on stage. Like, everybody from the neighborhood went on stage. And we thanked them all. And it was cool. Then the Grammys came up. We were nominated, and we thought it would be re-
ally great to win a Grammy ‘cause I remember sitting in my mom’s living room the year before, looking at the Grammys on TV, not even thinking that a year later, I would be nominated. This was the first year that they had rap as a category. But we found out they weren’t going to televise it. I didn’t understand. I watch the Grammys, and there are lots of times when they do the 13 country and western awards and the 15 classical awards, and I don’t really care about that. So, we’re thinking they’ve got to be able to move one of those awards to the pre-televised portion for one of the rap ones. At that point, we had probably sold about two and a half million copies. Looking at it from a sales point of view, you got Run-DMC nominated and all these other rappers; there’s a lot of records that got sold. More than the jazz section, and they got 10 categories. I’m not trying to diss anybody, but I’m pretty sure that if you’re prioritizing sales, notoriety or even the crowd response, hip-hop is a lot greater than that. So, we pleaded and pleaded, and we stated our case on The Arsenio Hall Show, so that hopefully they would televise it. They still declined. Me and Will sat down knowing that this is the first time rap has been here, that this is huge, and we mapped out what we wanted to do. We decided to boycott the Grammys. Will this stance ruin our career? We really didn’t know. It just became a matter of principle. They’re slighting the music. The day of the Grammys, we got a call at about five o’clock in the afternoon saying we won, which kinda sucked because we took 30 people on the stage at the American Music Awards, and then for this award, somebody called us to tell us that we won. The AMAs had been much better. We ended up winning two American Music Awards, and it was televised. Then we went to all of the after parties. We were extremely excited. And then Will made the announcement to let Philly know we were coming home the next day. We flew back, and when the plane pulled up to the gate, I looked out the window and saw a sign with my name on it, and I was tripping. I think that shit just said “Jeff.” Then they came on the intercom and told us to wait until everybody got off the plane. Once we got off the plane, the news cameras were there, and everybody from the neighborhood—old girlfriends, everybody and their grandmother—was at the airport, and they were all really excited. Then I came back around my mom’s house in West Philly and walked on the block, and there was a banner from one side of the street to the other, saying “Congratulations.” I was just really happy because I knew we did good. n DJ Jazzy Jeff, with Questlove and others, will spin at Fluid’s final Tastytreats party on Sat., April 6. More info: djjazzyjeff.com
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know how much they play it. I don’t know if they play it at all. All I know is that I’m on a bus, I go to a hotel, get grub, go to sound check and do the show. The record was growing, and we didn’t know it. The next thing we knew, they were telling us that we were gonna go on after Public Enemy. They were sliding us back in the order, and it was really bad because the song kept growing. And as they slide you back, you don’t want any animosity from anybody else on the tour. Now, the record was growing, but what’s not growing is the amount of money we were getting paid. Actually, I think we did get a raise in the middle of the tour. Bigger than that was the notoriety: “Dick Clark wants you to do this,” and “Such and such wants you to do that,” and we were still on tour. Back then, the tours lasted for four months. Now you get people that are on tour for three weeks, but these tours lasted for four and a half months. So, we were out on tour, and the record was just growing. And that’s when we started hearing, “Aw, man, that’s the shit’s for the suburbs.” I think [that] criticism [was] the hardest part for me, especially outside of Philly ... I’m sitting there thinking, “Southwest Philly is so far from the suburbs. You have no idea the shit I’ve seen or have gone through. For you to turn around and say I’m from the suburbs, just from the music?” I feel like hip-hop—and especially black people—we want something that’s just ours. We don’t want to share it. And I think it’s like that as much today because we are a lot more exposed to stuff, but hip-hop was ours. Hip-hop was the music. Hip-hop was like soul music. It was like ‘If you don’t like it, you don’t understand it. You don’t know where it comes from or the origin or why we were doing it—and it’s ours.’ I felt like people started to think we were trying to take something else from them without realizing that all this is was a recognition that we’re doing something good. And the crazy thing is, it wasn’t just white people falling in love with hip-hop; it was Asians, it was Africans, it was people from Australia. It was the globalization of hiphop actually happening right then.
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hree years ago, on an otherwise ordinary Sunday night, I ate the first spoonful of the matzo ball that changed my life: Such flavor, this soup! my Eastern European forebears would have said. What mazel to eat like this! It was 180 degrees from what those little nuclear golfballs so often are: misshapen orbs composed of matzo meal, eggs and what most keepers of the holiday would swear is the main active ingredient in Imodium. The highest compliment in most families viv-a-vis this totemic Passover staple is to praise its lightness; my guess is that perhaps five or six Jews in history—max—have commented on the actual flavor of a matzo ball prior to assessing its weight. They are, in this regard, the food world’s equivalent of the photon: Their primary purpose is to transmit a sense of light and little else. But these beauties whipped up by Chef Mitch Prensky of Supper? They were a revelation in the actual Biblical sense: They changed the scaffolding of my religio-philosophical system and made me question much of what had come before that first bite. Supper uses club soda and egg white for kosher leavening agents in their matzo balls, Prensky tells me: “And we always make it almost like it’s a quenelle, like a very light soufflé in a sense. And then we just poach the soufflé batter.” He also adds a bit of truffle oil, which of course helps, as does the phenomenal chicken broth that they’re served in. Supper’s Seder dishes, then—served only on the first two nights of the holiday, though one or two Passover specials, like duck confit fried matzo and Supper’s now-legendary potato latkes, will likely be making appearances as specials even after the Seders—generally use the traditional Eastern European Jewish foodways as their starting point and inspiration, though, of course, with a chef’s touch. “These menus and dishes are dishes that my grandmother cooked, and my mother cooked. These are very much . . . traditional, Ashkenazi Jewish Eastern European Seder food,” Prensky says, adding, “What we do is we take really great classic things, and we’ll execute them really well, and then we kind of take them up a little bit and make them more self-actualized versions of themselves.” Just as appealing but on the other side of the coin is what Chef Michael Solomonov does at Zahav. He mines the Sephardic culinary traditions, rooting his Passover menu, which will be offered until the holiday ends next Tuesday, in foods that are occasionally a bit more exotic than what most Philadelphia-
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During Passover, the entire family of spirits distilled from grains are forbidden. This puts a strain on my people tantamount to what I imagine the Exodus must have been like: An entire week without a cocktail at 5 o’clock? It’s a shonda! Thank goodness, then, for San Francisco-based Distillery No. 209. They’ve built a solid reputation for their spirits, but only a couple years back began offering the Kosher for Passover versions of their vodka and gin that I’ve enjoyed so much. The base of each is sugarcane, and the entire process has the Orthodox Union seal of approval. The vodka, incredibly smooth and balanced, is pleasantly fruity on the nose, with citrus and light melon aromas. It has a velvety texture with a subtle sense of sweetness in the background. I’d be thrilled to drink this either on its own or in a cocktail, and throughout the year. The gin is also exceptionally clean, with aromas hinting at springtime flowers, cucumbers, and light spice, and flavors that remind me of bread, lime, orange oil, and a hint of spice with a lingering herb note on the finish. Both of them are a testament to the fact that Kosher for Passover tipples don’t have to sacrifice flavor in order to adhere to the law. Quite the contrary in the case of these two: The religious restrictions, and the workarounds that the team at Distillery No. 209 had to find, have resulted in spirits that are as well-crafted, thoughtful and enjoyable as any I’ve had recently, Kosher for Passover or not. They’re not available in Pennsylvania stores, but—while I would never dream of suggesting that you bootleg bottles of questionable legality over our region’s highways and bridges, side-stepping the PLCB just as it finally seems to be going through the early stages of its deeply lamentable death-throes—they are available in N.J. Just so you know. / B.F.
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espite being just a few months away from completing their biggest creative undertaking to date, the vibe inside the Port Richmond studio of local art collective Amber Art and Design is surprisingly chill. Music is playing; coffee is brewing. Everyone appears to be in a functional meditation. Meanwhile, in a cordoned-off area on one side of the room, several young men from the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership are hard at work putting the finishing touches on a piece of soon-to-be Philly music history: the far left half of The Roots Mural. Once complete, it will stand 40 feet high along the side of the World Communications Charter School near Broad and South Streets—just a few blocks from CAPA, where The Roots first planted their seeds—paying homage to homegrown, Grammy-Award-winning hiphop trailblazers. Since being selected to head the Mural Arts Program’s multifaceted and highly anticipated project over a year ago, Amber Art and Design’s team—Ernel Martinez, Charles Barbin, Willis Humphrey and Keir Johnston, along with multimedia artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh—have certainly had their work cut out for them. Luckily, as the only public art crew in town and, with a total of more than 50 murals under their combined belts, they’re exceptionally fit for the task. In addition to their other commitments as long-time educators with Mural Arts, the group has led a slew of ongoing citywide engagement events, including panel discussions, community paint days, a gallery show and three weekly youth art classes dubbed “Roots 101.” “We spent a lot of time as a collective just brainstorming,” Martinez says. “I mean months and months and months of brainstorming.” Though finding consensus between five artists—each with their own visions, strengths and aesthetics—was no easy feat, the fact that they’re all long-time fans of The Roots certainly helped. “I used to go and catch them when they were just a college band at Penn,” Johnston admits. After spending a great deal of quality time with the band—sitting in on a rehearsal, catching them a few times at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, attending their New Year’s Eve
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show in Atlantic City as Black Thought’s personal guests, even joining them for lunch to celebrate Questlove’s birthday—slowly but surely, their vision, as a group, took shape. “I think they just wanted something that was really dynamic, profound,” Martinez says, “something that would stand out that did not look or feel like your traditional mural here in Philly.” More specifically, it was important to both sides that the final design avoided
cliché representations of Philly and incorporated former bandmates who have influenced their music. As Johnston notes, there were also a few minor fashion requests “like Quest, making sure the beard line was nice and tight.” While an official date for the mural’s grand reveal has yet to be set, both Johnston, 33, and Martinez, 37, say they’re more excited than nervous, and hope that they can “keep the momentum going with future projects.”
One project in the works is a line of ornate and hand-painted designer flowerpots. “Everybody likes flowers,” Johnston laughs, “but not too many people have sequined flowerpots.” So, what’s kept the group motivated and inspired the past year or so? “We always usually have music playing,” Johnston says. “I’m not gonna say it’s just The Roots, but The Roots have been played many a time in the resonating of wet paint.”
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Obsessed, Possessed or in Love? Beyond the Hills’ slow grind serves its story well.
ow could this happen?” was the common reaction when the 2005 news story broke about a woman who died in a Moldavian convent after being tied to a wooden cross-like plank and suffering internal injuries during a so-called exorcism. Beyond the Hills, director Cristian Mungiu’s long and grinding follow up to his breakthrough hit 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, answers how such a thing could indeed happen: very slowly. Alina (Christina Flutur) is a drifter. After a bad turn of luck and lacking any dependable family members to rely on, she starts crashing with Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), her best friend since childhood, who has recently taken holy vows and is living with the nuns in a convent somewhere far beyond the middle of nowhere. It’s the kind of refuge so barren and lost in time, you might need some context clues to figure out that the movie does indeed take place in the present day. Residents drag their own water from a well and contentedly pray all day long, far from the concerns of this 21st century. Alina is aghast, hoping at first to run away to Germany with her old pal and baffled by all the newfound religiosity. (Mungiu hints at lesbian overtones to their relationship without ever explicitly making the case, a common M.O. throughout the picture.) This community is deliberately secluded, doing good deeds for the local townspeople while also so conspicuously removed from the world, you’ll wonder when a “retreat” becomes a surrender. An Orthodox priest, played with weary exhaustion by Valeriu Andriuta, rules the roost with a benevolent sigh. He’s a flawed, decent man who is obviously quite fearful of the modern world. So it happens that when lingering houseguest Alina begins exhibiting signs of mental illness, all roads lead to demonic possession, at least as far as this convent is concerned. Mungiu shoots the film in the flattest, most matterof-fact way possible, relying on long camera takes with no musical accompaniment, lulling us to the day-to-day drag of this monastic lifestyle. The more lurid and sensational details of the case are flattened out by his presentation, until every desperate measure appears perfectly logical. Reality bites back hard in Beyond the Hills, and the film’s final act is joltingly effective—slapping the viewer across the face with a cold succession of cruel punchlines. It just takes forever to get there, presumably by design. (Sean Burns)
t’s 1962, and the whole world is coming to an end. As the Cuban missile crisis rages on, across the pond we’ve got an apocalypse of another kind in this small, quite wonderful autobiographical remembrance from writer-director Sally Potter. An arthouse darling and something of a tedious pedant, Potter is weirdly renowned for formalist stunts like Yes, in which Joan Allen spoke only in iambic pentameter, or other assorted odds and ends the likes of which Tilda Swinton used to star in before winning an Oscar and sleeping inside a box at the Museum Of Modern Art. Ginger & Rosa contains none of Potter’s usual gimmicks, and I’m afraid it’s been lost in the shuffle of bigger, showier releases. But this is a fabulous film, vividly realized and anchored by a brilliant performance from young Elle Fanning, rendering the usual teen angst and disillusionment as something both deeply felt and oddly mysterious. The only magical moment of J.J. Abrams’ strained Spielberg homage Super 8 arrived when the pubescent filmmakers figured out they didn’t need special effects if they could just keep the camera rolling on Fanning’s endlessly expressive face. Potter obviously learned the same lesson. This kid is a natural. Things aren’t going so well at home for Ginger, nicknamed as such for her flame-colored hair, which seems to leap out from the drab, post-war London surroundings. Mom (Mad Men’s va-vavoomy Christina Hendricks) is being ground down to her last nerve by Dad (Face/Off’s Allesandro Nivola), who fancies himself a free-thinking intellectual icon, but is also kind of a skirt-chasing cad. He was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during WWII, and while young Ginger at first worships his iconoclastic pacifism, as the film wears on, it begins to feel like just another dodge from a man who is still studiously avoiding adulthood. Ginger’s long road of disillusionment is amplified by her friendship with the troubled Rosa, played here by Jane Campion’s daughter Alice Englert, a steely screen presence who had little to do in the recent YA witchcraft swill Beautiful Creatures. But the only spell
Budding flower children: Elle Fanning (left) and Alice Englert star, respectively, as Ginger and Rosa, teenage friends in post-war London.
she casts here is on Ginger’s dad, whom Nivola invests with an awfully annoying air of self-serving moral superiority while making one bad decision after another. The threat of atomic destruction looms large over Potter’s picture, and Ginger throws herself into “Ban The Bomb” rallies and a budding lefty bohemianism. As her parents’ marriage falls apart, she gets a fair amount of comfort and admiration from their beatnik pals, quoting philosophy texts around the dinner table with Oliver Platt, Timothy Spall and an exceptionally strident Annette Bening. Have I mentioned yet just how marvelous Fanning is in this picture? Like big sister Dakota, she’s blessed with a poise far beyond her mere handful of years, yet at the same time is vulnerable in ways her stage-kid sibling cannot muster onscreen. Potter leaves the camera locked on Fanning’s face for lengthy sequences on end, registering quick dips between precociousness and fragility as Ginger’s world falls apart and comes together again. The period detail isn’t bad for an obviously low budget, largely eschewing wide shots and keeping us locked into the main character’s crumbling home life. Hendricks is distractingly gorgeous as ever, but tries her damnedest to deglam as a suddenly single mom. She’s got a tricky tightrope to walk here, allowing her daughter to keep idealizing Daddy while remaining acutely aware that there’s a rude awakening on the
horizon. Nivola has been too seldom seen onscreen since weirding it up as Nic Cage’s kid brother in Face/Off and playing a luxuriant lothario in Lisa Cholodenko’s underappreciated Laurel Canyon. He’s got a tough row to hoe here as Ginger’s dad, a larger-than-life figure who becomes so much smaller as time goes by. Potter overdoes it a bit conflating nuclear anxiety with a family’s implosion, but these stray flourishes are tame in comparison to her usual art-school thesis statements. Ginger & Rosa is a short and episodic movie, more concerned with capturing moments than overarching statements. It wouldn’t work without Fanning, so tough, transparent and aching. The camera loves her, and Potter is smart enough to stay the hell out of her way. In one close-up after another, there exists a roller-coaster of emotions. Ginger’s never as old or as wise as she thinks she is, but she’s getting there. We leave Ginger & Rosa after the death of many illusions but the birth of an artist. Huddled over a notebook in the final frame, it’s easy to imagine her growing up to write a movie just like this one.
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It Was a Very Good Year Party like it’s 1993 this weekend at Johnny Brenda’s. By Bill Chenevert // firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Band Blue The Black Angels’ Alex Maas on the hues that darken their beautiful music.
he Black Angels float through tales of war, desire and psychedelic experiences with specific colors on their haunting new album, Indigo Meadow, dotting songs about assassins and gun safety alongside some upbeat mentions of cannibalism and the secrets of the universe. Their first single, “Don’t Play With Guns,” released in January, tinkers with all those topics behind an enticing guitar and Hammond organ fog—a welcome sample of an LP that’s sure to satisfy upon its April 2 release. A chat with lead singer and bassist Alex Maas feels like one part philosophy-ofmusic class, two parts Buddhism retreat and a few pages from a neuroscience textbook. Simple questions about their darkly melodious sound quickly spiraled into a lofty cosmic discussion about beauty, war and Lou Reed. PW: “I Hear Colors” is really about synesthesia, right? Like actually feeling or tasting sound? Right! Yeah. It’s interesting that the limbic system, storing your imagination and memory, is right behind the ear. So, I guess there would be these misfires. Some people get it, and some people don’t. Do you hear colors? Most definitely. When we first started, we wanted to have an interchangeable set list we could change every single night. So, we attributed colors to each of our songs. Your songs are consistently sinister, almost apocalyptic. Is this a goal or is that just your poetic style? I think it’s probably what we’re attracted to in general. I remember the first time hearing the Velvet Underground, and it kind of blew my mind. [He walks into another room.] Oh, hey, what documentary is this? Um, sorry—my roommate is watching a Lou Reed documentary. Wow. Anyway. Your music is very cinematic. Rolling Stone summed it up nicely, saying your third album, Phosphene Dream, “could soundtrack Easy Rider.” Yeah. There’s this song we do called “The First Vietnamese War.” [He sings the riff.] I remember hearing Christian [Bland, their guitarist] playing that helicopter riff in my room. I remember hearing that, and it was a very obvious scene to me. You deal with war a lot in your music. I read online how one guy described your music as something that helps get him ready for war. That’s interesting. I guess every day is kind of like a battle. A search for meaning. The search for beauty is the path I’m on. Like the Buddhist saying: “If you can see the true beauty in a single blade of grass, how green it is, how the sun shines on it and feeds it, that’s enlightenment.” And this takes us to the song “Indigo Meadow.” What about when you look upon a field of blue bonnets? And you see this sprawling deep indigo color. If you can see the beauty in a single blade of grass, then wow, think about what a mind trip that scene is, to be blown away by all those deep blue bonnets. (Sean Corbett) Sun., April 7, 8pm. $17. With Allah-Lahs + Elephant Stone. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
his Saturday night, you’ll get a chance to shake it like you mean it. There’s much to be said about the music of 1993, but let’s just say it’s a rich-ass year: SWV, Dre and Snoop, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Prince, Jodeci, Janet Jackson, 2 Pac, Gin Blossoms, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, R.E.M., The Pharcyde, Tribe Called Quest, Xscape, Ice Cube, Take That, Toni Tony Tone and many more all had huge hits. In fact, take a look at a list of songs that defined 1993 and you’ll quickly find yourself saying, “Who’s going dancing with me at Johnny Brenda’s?” DJs Bo Bliz and Edmynd will man the wheels at It’s the Year 1993, but we asked the party’s host, Reef the Lost Cauze, for some thoughts on the big year and the party inspired by it. PW: How did these year parties start? Reef: The It’s The Year parties started in July 2008 by longtime Philly party promoter Justin Weileski, with Bo and Emynd, as sort of a tribute to nostalgia and the music of our youth. I guess they figured they needed a host to shout drunkenly at folks because they asked me to join on about a year later. I think my first party was in July of 2009. I say, to this day, that this is those guys’ party; I’m just along for the ride. So 1993 was a most fascinating year in music, especially hip-hop. Which was more influential: Wu-Tang’s Chambers or The Chronic? For me personally, it’s Wu all day. I’m an east coast kid, and there was nothing more east coast then the Wu, like ever. But if we are talking total impact, there’s no denying The Chronic changed everything: the sound, the landscape, the slang and even the style of clothing. Everyone wanted to be in Cali with Dre and Snoop, and 20 years later, they are headlining Coachella like fuckin’ Prince or something. (Laughs) So it’s obvious everyone still does. They won that battle.
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Is this basically just a straight-up dance party? Or will you be spitting anything or using a mic at all? It is a stone-cold dance party, my man. There are no breaks, it’s music from start to finish. I usually just try and keep the crowd active and excited; I might sing or rap along to a few lines here or there, or even encourage the audience to sing along with
us. We are having so much fun up there, and the crowd can tell it’s sincere, and that energy reaches out to everyone there. Security, bartenders, sound guys—everyone jams out in there. The Bodyguard soundtrack was the numberone selling album of the year? Then Kenny G.?! What in the hell? (Laughs) Well, hey man, knowing Bo and Emynd, you will definitely hear some Whitney. We did ‘93 already, and that night ended with a packed, sloshed-up dance floor singing loudly to “I Will Always Love You.” It was the last song they played. And it was epic. Do you have a favorite artist/track/album/video/moment that comes to mind? How would you characterize the year or, more generally, the early ’90s and what was going on in music? I mean, for anyone in their early 30s (I just turned 31), the early ’90s were our teenage years. So that point in our life has a very important soundtrack playing behind each moment: first kisses, first fights, first dances, first bong hits. These songs were all a part of that. For me, to try and give credit to just one song or artist would be a disservice to all the music that shaped me, but I will say it was a beautiful time. Pop was as big as pop could get, hip-hop was a teenager as well and spoke directly to me. Hair metal was dead and rock felt fresh. It was just a time when everything was fresh and new, and we can’t get that back. Except for a moment this Saturday. Sat., March 30. 9pm. $7. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
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Afraid of Heights (Mom + Pop/Warner Bros.) Sounds like: The fourth from Nathan Williams (and whoever’s joining him; this time, it’s bassist Stephen Pope) is a bouncy, lo-fi and great grungy surf record. Free association: The pleasant halfway point between Nirvana and Weezer. For fans of: Best Coast, Cloud Nothings/ Male Bonding + Jenny Lewis, train wreck rock. (Bill Chenevert)
MARNIE STERN The Chronicles of Marnia (Kill Rock Stars) Sounds like: Her fourth is right in line with her trajectory of fret-tapping,guitarshredding female domination, but doesn’t take any huge risks. Free association: She doesn’t have Karen O’s charisma, but she’s a premier shredder. For fans of: Sleater-Kinney x Don Caballero, Hella/Jack White, mandolin slicers. (B.C.)
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE The 20/20 Experience (RCA) Sounds like: The glorious reunion of JT and Timbaland has been seven years in the making, and they’ve made a sophisticated soul suite. All the haters can stop. Free association: Like FutureSex/LoveSounds, this one’ll soon be a classic. For fans of: Prince/Usher/Robin Thicke/ Missy + Jay-Z, pop with big bands. (B.C.)
SUEDE Bloodsports (Suede Ltd.) Sounds like: Brit glam experts who nearly became victim to their excesses regroup in middle-aged maturity to make the record they’ve been destined to. Free association: This and Bowie’s new one? Old-man glam’s never looked better. For fans of: Pulp/Oasis/Manic Street Preachers, Blur x The Verve, anthemic ballads. (B.C.)
THE DOPPELGANGAZ Hark (Groggy Pack Entertainment) Sounds like: Less-than-superfluous hip-hop is always the best kind—a sick collection from the Orange County duo who focus on craft, not on bombast and guests. Free association: Gave me a throwback to being stoned and listening to CRU. For fans of: Mobb Deep + Beatnuts, Inspectah Deck/RZA/GZA, blunt cruisin’. (B.C.)
GAME OF THRONES Sundays, 9pm, HBO Captive audience: Geeks—and some other people, I’m sure. But mostly geeks. Moment of truth: Well, it’s that time of year again, when people switch on HBO Sunday nights to watch swordfights, dragons and wall-to-wall naked boobage. The TV version of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy saga returns for an even-more-extravagant third season, bringing back its ever-evolving gallery of characters and enough byzantine plotlines to make fanboys moist throughout its 10-episode run. While all that is well and good, it’s truly fun seeing Peter Dinklage’s diminutive, black-sheep warrior back in action. He still remains TV’s most sharp-tongued badass. Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy. (Craig D. Lindsey)
SPLASH Tuesdays, 8pm, ABC Captive audience: Celebrity reality-show watchers; people who are easily entertained; Brent Musberger. Moment of truth: After sitting through this highly-rated, much-talkedabout reality-show competition, I’m still hard-pressed to find a reason for its existence. A collection of celebs, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Louie Anderson, the short sidekick from Chelsea Lately and one of Hugh Hefner’s old slampieces, compete to see who can be the best tolerable diver. Huh? The whole thing seems to only exist so guys can see the bikini bottoms worn by contestant Katherine Webb (aka the quarterback-dating beauty queen Musberger publicly ogled during a college football game) ride up the crack of her ass. Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy. (C.D.L.)
ORPHAN BLACK Saturdays, 9pm, BBC America Captive audience: Fans of sci-fi, action, mistaken-identity thrillers and shows that really don’t try that hard. Moment of truth: You ever have that feeling before you watch a new show where you just immediately know it’s gonna blow? Well, it was coursing all through my bones before I watched this sci-fi/thriller whatzit. Sadly, I wasn’t far off the mark. It’s about a British con artist (Tatiana Maslany) who finds out there are others like her once she assumes the identity of a troubled cop—who eerily looks like her—after she commits suicide. Of course, this show is preposterous as all get out, but it could’ve been watchable if the show had more captivating characters, not to mention a better-written plot. Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy. (C.D.L.)
LANTERN THEATER COMPANY’S “HENRY V” Through April 14, St. Stephen’s Theater. lanterntheater.org Overall vibe: Punk rock. Kicking down the Fourth Wall with the unsettling anarchy of the Sex Pistols, the company of actors storm the Lantern Theater House as house manager Ryan Pollock implores us to “turn off our cell phones,” Gulf War veteran and actor Marc Cairns busts out 20 push-ups off the step leading to the raised platform of the bare Elizabethan-style stage, and London-born actor Mal Whyte confesses, “I’m getting too old for this!” The prologue of Henry V is insanely subversive. Before diving headfirst into a play honoring the accomplishments of the saintly British monarch who united England by defeating the French in the Battle of Agincourt, Shakespeare lays it down plainly: “For ‘tis your thoughts that must deck our kings.” Meaning: Think for yourselves. Henry is an ordinary man you’ve adorned with a crown. Most memorable moment: Shakespeare demands in the prologue “Into a thousand parts divide one man,” so Charles McMahon cast eight actors to portray 50 characters. Costumes visibly hang on metal racks in the wings. Whyte dresses as the sexually charged bar wench Mistress Quickly, sends her boys off to war with France, turns to the audience and says:, “Ah, well,” then, standing center stage, strips off the bar wench garb and slips into the robe of the King of France. Social class is as elastic as the talents of protean actors like Whyte. Scene stealer: One-woman chorus and powerhouse Krista Apple-Hodge is the perfect floatation device for our ADD-addled, tailored-for-commercialTV brains to hang on to in this three-hour-long sea of gorgeous language. (Jessica Foley)
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Lines (Underwater Peoples) Sounds like: An outstanding fourth collection of folk-heavy, guitar-focused psychedelic rock from the New Jersey music Ph.D student and gifted weirdo. Free association: He’s family with Ducktails and Real Estate, and they all rule. For fans of: Kurt Vile/Ariel Pink x old Animal Collective, Sic Alps, NJ kush. (B.C.)
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Sun., March 24, Johnny Brenda’s. johnnybrendas.com Overall vibe: Kate Nash is different than you remember. The red-headed, piano-stomping teenager of the mid-2000s has grown up, dyed her hair black and completely ditched the piano. Her sold-out show on Sunday highlighted her new album, Girl Talk, and from the moment she started, it became obvious the British songwriter has gone less Lily Allen, more heavy-picked bass of the Breeders and, for songs like the brand new “Friend,” become an incarnation of Joan Jett’s upbeat major-chorded punk. Most memorable moment: She admitted to the club’s crowd at one point that she’d been nervous about coming out. When she’d woken up that morning, she claimed, her voice wasn’t all that worthy. The crowd ate up the vibe and told her, through cheers, of course, that she sounded great. (She did.) It must be one of those things you only notice when you’re an internationally-known singer/songwriter who can reinvent yourself without skipping a beat. Scene stealer: Nash encouraged the crowd to sing along to one of her old tunes: 2007’s “Foundations,” arguably her most famous song. Without a piano, she and her all-female backing band played a plugged-in guitarheavy version that never went punk per se, but did, at times, sound like a completely different tune. (Randy LoBasso)
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STUDIO/ EFFICIENCY 22ND & SPRUCE - Studio in Brownstone bldg., HW floors, High ceilings, Great location. AVAIL NOW! HEAT/HOT WATER INCL. $1055. MSRE, 215-925-RENT(7368), www. MichaelSingerRealEstate.com ART MUSEUM AREA: Lg Studio w/ Dressing rm, Balcony. New kitchen c a b i n e t s, s i n k , Co u n te r - to p s & Island. HW flrs. Free Pvt Bus Service. $1040, all utils/cable incl. Call Cathy 215-687-5843 ST. MONICA’S VIC (Broad/Porter) 3rd flr. Cozy Efficieny w/Sep Bedroom. New Eat-in kit (Granite c-tops), GD, HW/flrs, Ceil fans. $650/mo+. 267-254-1914 THE CHATHAM- 135 S.20TH (20TH & WALNUT). Spacious Studios & 1BRs in High rise, Doorman bldg w/Mag Western/Southern exposure, view of Ritt Sq, HWF, Laundry on site, High floor. Prof Managed. AVAIL NOW! ALL UTILS INCL. FROM $1,285. MSRE, 215-925-RENT(7368), www. MichaelSingerRealEstate.com THE IMPERIAL: BROAD & SPRUCEStudios in High rise, Elevator bldg, HW flrs, A/C, Laundry on premises. AVAIL APRIL/MAY! GAS INCLUDED, $745. MSRE, 215-925-RENT(7368), www. MichaelSingerRealEstate.com
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HOUSE FOR RENT 1 QUEEN ST, #10: Gorgeous 3BR+ Den, 2.5BA home w?HW flrs, FP, G a r d e n d e c k & G a ra g e . $ 28 0 0 . CONWAY TEAM. PRU, FOX & ROACH, 215.627.6005/215.440.8190 1211 S.3RD ST: A GREAT HOUSE. Lg Federal period home on northern Pennsport. 5BR, HW flrs, High ceilings. Great Kitchen and Bath. $2300. CONWAY TEAM. PRU, FOX & ROACH, 215.627.6005/215.440.8190 1 332 S. H OWA R D ST ( N o r t h e r n Pennsport): Lovely 2BR home w/ HW flrs, and Pretty Garden. $1500. CONWAY TEAM. PRU, FOX & ROACH, 215.627.6005/215.440.8190 1811 TITAN: $1,500/MO 3BD/2BA, completely renovated, finished basement, large yard, brand new granite & stainless kitchen, 3rd floor deck, c/a, CALL RYAN MCCANN PRU FOX & ROACH 215-627-6005/215-558-2118 6TH & KATER- Spacious 3BR house, HW flrs, Eat-in kit, Bsmnt w/WD, Yard. Dog friendly. AVAILABLE MAY! $1685. MSRE, 215-925-RENT(7368), www. MichaelSingerRealEstate.com A R T M U S E U M / FA I R M O U N T— 3 bedrm, large eat-in kit, living/dinning rm, nice backyard & washer/ dryer in bsmt. New floors & carpet. Steps from area bars/restaurants, stores, Museums. Close to Center City, hospitals, Univ City & Temple. Perfect to share. $1875/mo. Call Lionel 215-280-8051 RITTENHOUSE SQ: 1941 WAVERLY ST 2BR house w/Great yard. WD, DW. Quiet Street. $1750. mcolaizzo@ comcast.net 215-922-3910
REAL ESTATE FOR SALE/RENT 3000 BLK. S. CARLISLE ST 3bedrms., bath, mod. kt, LR, Full bsmt, Deck. 215-651-0498 BROOMALL PA. BEAUTIFUL STONE TUDOR, LG. DRIVEWAY,2CAR GARAGE, 4BDRMS.,3.5BATHS, 2FIREPLACES, HDWD.FLRS/CARPETS. C/A, ON 2 A C R E S . $ 3 , 5 0 0/ M O. + . 61 0 304-0087.
ROOM FOR RENT 124 LOMBARD the HEART OF CENTER CITY, SOCIETY HILL, HEAD HOUSE SQ. “TOKIO B&B” STUDIOS. TOURIST ALSO WELCOME! WALK to HISTORIC LOCATIONS, RESTAURANTS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. REASONABLE DAILY rates STARTING at $65. SPECIAL WEEKLY Rates $300$500. SPECIAL MONTHLY Rates $8 0 0 - $ 1 5 0 0. We b s i te h tt p : / / sushi.madamesaito.com MADAME SAITO 215-922-2515 13TH & SPRUCE- Parker Hotel CC. Fully Furn’d Rms, no sec. deposit. Utils & housekeeping incld. WK: $165-$203; Day: $40-$56. 215-735-2300.
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21ST & LOCUST- Adorable Studio in Brownstone w/HW floor and Laundry on premises. AVAILABLE NOW! GAS, HEAT/HOT WATER INCL. $775
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Old City/sOCiety hill
Spacious 1 bedroom, high
sOCiety hill tOWeRs 200-220 Locust street 1 bedroom, wood floors,
floor, balcony, overlooks Washington Square, 843 sf $1,650
updated kitchen and bath, 725 sf $1,450 1 bedroom, high floor, city views, excellent natural light, 725 sf $1,490 1 bedroom, with Delaware River views from all rooms, floor-toceiling windows, and lots of natural light, 700 sf $1,575 1 bedroom, floor-to-ceiling windows, city views, 775 sf $1,625
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WashingtOn squaRe indePendenCe PlaCe 233-241 s. 6th street 1 Bedroom, open kitchen, updated bathroom, balcony, 860 sf $1,575
Penthouse, 3BR, 3BA, wrap around balcony, newly renovated kitchen, panoramic river and city views, 2575 sf $5,750
hOPKinsOn hOuse 604-36 s. WAshINGtoN sQ. 1 bedroom, panoramic southern views, 778 sf
Studio with alcove, Washington Square views, 600 sf
aVenue OF the aRts aCadeMy hOuse 1420 Locust street Junior 1 bedroom, high floor,
1326 spruce street
city views to the west, 624 sf $1,450
Studio, lots of natural light,
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washer/dryer, 875 sf
2 bedroom, 2 baths, split floor plan, balcony, skyline view, washer/dryer, 1209 sf,
bedroom, 2 bath, city views, high floor, Juliet balcony, excellent closet space, washer/ $2,190 dryer, 1209 sf
WateR FROnt PieR 3 3 N. coLumbus blvd. 1 bedroom, south river view with excellent light, 750 sf
PieR 5 7 N. coLumbus blvd. 2 bedroom, 2.5 baths, updated kitchen, fireplace, 1 car parking,1658 sf $2,150 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths, tri-level, fireplace, balcony, master suite, jetted tub, 2229 sf $2,650
Tri-level 3 bedroom, 3 baths, deck fireplace, one car parking included, 2229 sf $2,700
RittenhOuse squaRe the RittenhOuse 210 W. rItteNhouse sQ. Generous 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, new wood floors, marble baths, stainless steel appliances, 1037 sf $3,250
2 bedroom, 2 bath, excellent closet space, high floor, lots of $4,150 light, w/d, 1318 sf
the WellingtOn 135 s. 19th street 1 bedroom, lots of natural light from two exposures, generous living space, kitchen has excellent cabinet and counter space, 800 sf $2,250
2 bedroom, 2 bath, fully renovated, overlooking Rittenhouse Sq from the living room, dining room, and bedroom, wood floors, washer/dryer, 1200 sf $4,500
the COROnadO 2201 chestNut street 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, wood
floors, renovated kitchen and bathroom, washer/dryer, high ceilings, 1370 sf $2,395
the dORChesteR 226 W. rItteNhouse sQ. Junior 1 bedroom, high floor,
$1,550 Junior 1 bedroom, recently updated kitchen, 611 sf $1,650
1 bedroom, eastern views, spacious kitchen, open living.dining room, 624 sf
2 bedroom, 1.5 baths, exposed beams, renovated kitchen and bath, wood floors, w/d, 1011 sf $2,300
313 s. 18th stReet Studio, updated kitchen and
PaRC RittenhOuse 225 s. 18th street Studio, wood floors, marble
129 s 18th stReet Spacious 1 bedroom, renovated, wood floors, 800 sf, $1675
$1,635 bathroom, 545 sf 1 bedroom, hardwood floors, rooftop pool club view, 708 sf $2,150
the WellingtOn 135 s.19th street 601 sf professional office space $1,400
WanaMaKeR hOuse 2020 WALNut street Studio, large bay window, open
810 sf professional office space $1,850
kitchen with wood cabinetry, updated bathroom, 549 sf $1,550 1 bedroom, walk-in closet, granite countertops, floor-to-ceiling bay windows, skyline view, 704 sf $1,900
aRt MuseuM the PhiladelPhian 2401 peNNsyLvANIA Ave Studio with terrace, Fairmount
views, 570 sf
2031 Locust street
133 s 18th stReet
bath, W/D, 325 sf
1420 Locust st Prime ground floor space, perfect for bank/restaurant/retail, Triple net $5,250
250 s. 18th street Prime ground floor corner retail/ office space on Rittenhouse Square, 1857 sf, Triple net $4,500
1521 Locust street Entire floor office space, 3500 sf $17.50 psf
wEâ€™RE All ARounD town indePendenCe PlaCe 3 bedroom, 3 bath, wrap around balcony, newly renovated kitchen, panoramic river and city views, 2575 sf
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South PhiladelPhia 2038 S 22nd Street Renovated. Two Large Suites. Deck. Powder Room. Reduced. $159,000. 1418 S 22nd Street Three bedrooms. $56,000. 707 Mifflin Street Renovated. 3 Bedrooms. $188,500.
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Graduate hoSPital Vicinity 23rd and Ellsworth Corner with Garage. 3 Floors. $145,000.
uPPer darby duPlex 254 Heather Road – Corner. Renovated with Side Parking. Reduced. $159,000. inVeStmentS 1701 S 19th Street Corner. 3 Floors. $149,000.
2129 Sigel Street – 3 Bedrooms. $39,000. 2600 S 8th Street Vacant Lot. 16 x 57. Owner wants an offer. nicetown 1803 W. Erie Avenue – 5 Apts. Renovated. Separate Utilities. $129,000.
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Excellent opportunity to buy or rent a 1,794 sqft commercial space in this fabulous building, composed of 488 apartments, perfect for anyone looking to open a business that will thrive!
Spacious and stunning 3BD/3BA home with deeded, garage parking, roof deck, and stainless + quartz kitchen, also featuring high ceilings, oak ﬂoors, and incredible views of the city!
Bright and beautiful 3BD/2.5BA home offering garage parking, wide open layout, gas ﬁreplace, and amazing deck, located on an intimate and private block of the neighborhood!
NORTHERN LIBERTIES 1027-31 N. 4th
Fabulous and rebuilt less than 7 years ago, this 7 unit building is a turn of the century industrial complex located in a private courtyard setting, with four 2BD/1.5BA units and three 1BD/1BA units all equipped with hardwood ﬂoors, granite and stainless kitchens, marble baths, sprinkler system, and video phone security!
FISHTOWN 1724 Memphis
Recently rehabilitated 2BD/1BA home with hardwood ﬂooring, granite and stainless kitchen, and wide open rear concreted yard, designed with plenty of storage space and front windows!
As immaculate as it is historic, this 4BD/3.5BA home opens with a 19th century Italian double door entrance and features 33’ ceilings, random width pine ﬂoors, 3-story exposed brick wall, and a wood burning ﬁreplace, also boasting 2 balconies and private red brick + stone courtyard.
Exquisite 1BD/1BA condo unit in The Willings with high ceilings, hardwood ﬂoors, and marble baths, featuring the ﬁnest amenities, including 24 hour concierge and doorman.
WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST
Heavenly 5BD/4.5BA home with rooftop terrace, elevator, and garage, complete with granite and stainless kitchen, cozy den, 4 piece marble tile bath, and private yard with patio and gardening area.
WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST 1110 Lombard 21
Picture perfect 2-level 2BD/1.5BA condo unit with wide open patio/yard, ﬁreplace, and 8 large closets, beautifully designed with wide plank hardwood ﬂoors, granite and stainless kitchen, and all new windows!
QUEEN VILLAGE 517 Carpenter
Breathtaking new construction 4BD/2BA home featuring over 3,800sqft of exquisite details, including ﬁnished basement, granite and stainless kitchen, hardwood ﬂoors, located on a wonderful block!
1026 S. 5th
Spacious and newly constructed 4BD/2.5BA home featuring 2-car parking, beautiful rear yard, and ﬁnished basement, all exquisitely designed with wide plank hardwood ﬂoors, granite & stainless tile kitchen, and picturesque baths!
WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST
Lovingly rehabbed 2BD/1.5BA home with original ﬂoors reﬁnished, private patio and yard, also featuring a picturesque master bedroom suite with double customized closet and rear glass enclosed sunroom, extra-large windows, and cathedral ceilings.
Desirable 3BD/3BA condo with parking, common deck, and ﬁreplace, beautifully designed with wood ﬂoors, granite and stainless kitchen, and an exquisite master bedroom!
ART MUSEUM AREA 2927 Cambridge
Beautiful and spacious 2BD/1.5BA home with hardwood ﬂoors, exposed brick walls, wood beam ceiling, and decorative pillars, also boasting expanded granite and stainless marble kitchen and immaculate master bedroom suite.
Spectacular newly constructed 3BD/2BA home with ﬁnished basement, huge yard, tax abatement, and luxury amenities throughout, including Travertine stone tile baths, ﬂoating vanities, European stone shower area, and more!
1414 S. Penn Sq 41G
Magniﬁcent and unparalleled , 3BD/3.5BA corner unit condo at the Ritz Carlton offering 1-car parking, banquet for dining, and several custom ﬁnishes, beautifully designed with a den and a master bedroom complete with 4 large closets and a marble bath!
Fantastic 3-story, 3BD/2.5BA home with perfect brick façade, random width hardwood ﬂoors, ﬁnished basement, and large yard, also complete with a gourmet granite and stainless kitchen, den, and immaculate master bedroom suite.
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Highly coveted 3BD/2.5BA home featuring 3 historic trinities, 1 year pre-paid parking, 7 working ﬁreplaces, and 2 ﬁnished basements, beautifully designed with gorgeous original hardwood ﬂoors, custom ﬂoors, and an award winning private garden.
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220 W. Washington square
Custom 3 bedroom, 2 bath, high floor,
220 W. rittenhouse square
Entire floor home with 3 bedrooms and 3
high end finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows, marble floor, breathtaking views of Washington $995,000 Square, 2045 sf
1 bedroom, completely renovated with
3 bedrooms Penthouse, 2.5 baths, wrap
1830 rittenhouse square
around balcony, panoramic river and city views, newly renovated kitchen, open floor plan with generous entertaining space, 2575 sf
2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, wood floors, lots of natural light, eat-in kitchen, marble bath, beautiful original building details, 1136 sf
baths, 360 degree views including Washington Square, chef’s kitchen, large formal living and dining rooms, lavish master suite, 3720 sf
abbott square 530 S 2nd Street 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, bi-level, great closetspace, balcony, excellent condition, 989 sf
$289,900 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, balcony, large kitchen,separate dining area, 842 sf $249,900
the ayer 210 WeSt WaShington Sq. 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, balcony, open
Bulthaup kitchen, designer bathrooms, wood floors, 270 degree city views, valet parking for one car, 1662 sf $1,095,000
the bank building 421 CheStnut Street Raw space with high ceilings and exposed
brick that can be built into a custom homes, 2017 sf $575,000 2 bedrooms plus den, 2.5 baths, wood floors, custom open kitchen, $799,000 designer baths, 2117 sf 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, brand new and furnished, high barrel ceilings, exposed brick and ductwork, generous entertaining space, custom finsihes throughout, 2101 sf $895,000 2 bedrooms plus den, 2.5 baths, open floor plan, overlooks Independence Mall, custom finishes throughout, 2025 sf Open Sun. 3/31 • 12:00-12:30 pm $1,100,000 Incredible opportunity to build your dream home in 3,068 sf of unfinished space overlooking Independence Hall, hotel amenities from the adjoining Omni Hotel available
independence place 233-241 S 6th Street 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, magnificent views, lots of natural light, floor-to-ceiling windows, $775,000 balcony, 1387 sf
$1,595,000 Bi-level penthouse with 2 bedrooms and
2031 delancey place
2.5 baths, two kitchens, impeccably finished
Five story townhome with magnificent updates while remaining true to its original details, chef’s kitchen, lavish master suite, garage, elevator, outdoor deck, 6160 sf $3,600,000
throughout, amazing river and city views, $1,800,000 4403 sf
the lippincott 227 S 6th Street 3 bedrooms plus den, 2.5 baths, dramatic Washington Square views, chef’s kitchen, open floor plan, high end finishes and details $1,750,000 throughout, 2716 sf
2 bedrooms plus den, 3.5 baths, custom home atop Washington Square, Joanne Hudson kitchen, extravagant master suite, 3510 sf
pier 5 7 n. ColumbuS blvd 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, Ben Franklin Bridge views, large entertaining space with separate $325,000 dining area, deck, 2229 sf
academy house 1420 loCuSt Street Custom 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths home, updated kitchen and baths, built-in bar, generous closet space, hardwood floors, $750,000 terrace, 1590 sf
the barclay 237 S. 18th St. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, wood floors, open kitchen, corner unit with lots of light, $610,000 1050 sf Custom 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with high ceilings, original 1929 herringbone hardwood floors, 10ft ceilings, city views, renovated kitchen, washer/dryer, 1840 sf
society hill toWers 200-220 loCuSt St.
lanesborough 1601 loCuSt St.
1 bedroom, wood floors, floor to ceiling
Entire floor custom home with 3 bedrooms
windows with bridge and city views, 700 sf
$269,900 Corner 1 bedroom, completely renovated with chefs kitchen and designer bath, 803 sf Open Sun. 3/31 • 12:45-1:15 pm $329,900 2 bedrooms, 1 bath wood floors, river views, $399,000 W/D, 1133 sf
and 2.5 baths, chef’s kitchen, amazing entertaining space, high end finishes $2,575,000 throughout, 3422 sf
parc rittenhouse 225 S. 18th St. Studio, generous living/sleeping space, open
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rittenhouse plaza 1901 Walnut Street 1 bedroom plus den, 1.5 baths, can easily be converted to 2 bedrooms/2.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, generous living space, 270 $550,000 degree city views
rittenhouse savoy 1810 rittenhouSe Square 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, open renovated kitchen, new baths, wood floors, penthouse $489,900 floor, 1146 sf
Wanamaker house 2020 Walnut Street 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in-kitchen, large bay windows with city views, 1198 sf
the dorchester 226 W rittenhouSe Square Corner, deluxe 1 bedroom home, fully renovated, two terraces, wood floors, lots of natural light, custom built-ins, southern $449,000 exposure, washer/dryer, 919 sf
250 s 17th st Custom 2 bedroom with family room/den and office, 2.5 baths, high ceilings, wood floors, southern exposure, excellent storage, $975,000 w/d, 2,057 sf
the WarWick 1701 loCuSt Street 2 bedrooms plus den, 3 baths, wood floors, open gourmet kitchen, marble bathrooms, $895,000 great closets, 1614 sf
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Brand new, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, all rooms overlook Rittenhouse Square, luxurious master suite, two sets ofJuliet balconies, 1709 sf
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