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4 I PHILLYNOW Sheila E.; the Menzingers; Wall Ball 2014; Stand Up for the Arts; AIDS Education Month; Parkour Workshop; and more.

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The scene at Night Market; what to drink during Philly Beer Week; and more!

PW ramps up the fun factor with our drinks and nightlife section!

30 I ARTS & CULTURE Music: Practice makes perfect; just ask Roberta Flack. Screen: Family dramas Ida and Cold in July are vastly different yet eerily similar.


34 I PHRANKLY... Ordinary People, Ordinary Love: Lynn Eckenrode and Nadya Popil aren’t revolutionaries. They’re simply in love. The Uncomfortable Whole: The absence of codified gay bigotry.

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The man and his horn: Trombonist extraordinaire Jeff Bradshaw brings his mastery—and some friends—to the Kimmel.


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Jeff Bradshaw has some really dope friends. Let’s start with the folks at Hidden Beach Recordings, where he’s signed, the contemporary urban R&B, soul and jazz label that gave Jill Scott and Kindred the Family Soul their respective starts. Bradshaw’s played trombone for Scott in the studio and on tour, and there are tangible and tasty bits of Who Is Jill Scott? soulfulness all over Bradshaw’s Bone Appetit, his double-volume jazz album that’s way more than simply that. On the record, he pulled in some of his dopest musical contemporaries: Raheem DeVaughn, former Floetry divas Natalie “Floacist” Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius, and, of course, Kindred, among them. The brilliant, daring Bradshaw sneaks his brass into seamless hybrids of jazz, R&B and soul; in fact, he’s always been on a mission to elevate his weapon of choice to new, richer heights. Take, for instance, his Ambrosius-guested moment “Got Til It’s Gone,” a breezy, happy tribute to the Joni Mitchell-covered-by-Janet Jackson sweet spot. Or the funky-as-hell “Til Tomorrow,” a track that’d feel just at home on a Raphael Saadiq or Maxwell disc. These are not jazz tracks; they’re just jazzy. And Bradshaw’s subtle but assured blowing is the musical glue that pulls it all together. Tonight’s mega-show is sure to be awesome: They’re recording it for a live album, with a 10-piece band and a string ensemble. The press blurbs are already anticipating Grammy noms, which is bold, but entirely plausible. Look at this dream team of guests slated to make an appearance: Robert Glasper, Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Kim Burrell, Najee, Tweet, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and, naturally, Ms. Ambrosius. There’s also slated to be a special salute to Will Downing and a “surprise Philly musical icon.” (Scott herself? Or Patti Labelle?!) A concert with Bradshaw alone would be awesome, no doubt—the man’s been honing his horn game since North Philly church days of the ‘90s. But with all his people on stage, adding flavor to an already delicious offering? Sure sounds like home to me. // BILL CHENEVERT Wed., May 28, 7:30pm. $49-$80. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. 215.670.2300.


Star Wars Quizzo

With filming underway for the next installment of the epic franchise, here’s your chance to test your knowledge of the galaxy far, far away. Form your own five-member alliance and compete for bar tabs and other convenient prizes. 7pm. Free. Drinker’s West, 3900 Chestnut St. 215.397.4693. TALK

Baseball in America Today

Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, leads this discussion on baseball’s role in American culture with a little help from ESPN Magazine’s Steve Wulf. 7pm. $10-$45. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East. 215.923.3811.

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Wall Ball 2014

Honoring Mural Arts board chair Joe Goldblum, Philly’s favorite plot-twister M. Night Shyamalan and artist Shepard Fairey with awards, the Wall Ball has the standard formal fare: a silent auction and networking. This year, though, the event also features a live art battle emceed by MC Elixir between NYC artist Lamour Supreme and Philly artist Paul Satoleri. We’re not saying who we’re rooting for, but we will say that this is Philly, folks. DJ Handsome Sam spins, too, making sure that Mural Arts lives up to one of its core values: “We’re from Philly. We’re for Philly. And we’re having a hell of a good time.” // JOSH KRUGER

No matter how we prefer to take them in, we can all agree that every single one of Philadelphia’s murals is a treasure. For 30 years, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has been celebrating the city’s vibrant public art through its annual Wall Ball. MAP says on its website that tonight’s special event, sponsored by Citizens Bank, “raises funds that help to create powerful and engaging public art projects” transforming public areas and Philly’s neighborhoods into living works of art. The soul-enriching fete also generates awareness and resources for programming targeting “young people, those impacted by the justice system, and individuals in treatment for behavioral health challenges.” Considering 1.5 million Americans live in Philadelphia, this is formidable work.

7pm. $200. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.


Stand Up for the Arts

DJ Will Braveman, LFK and These Men Are Cowards

Grown Man Raps Tour

Philly alt-country and indie rockers These Men Are Cowards will be joined tonight by the psych trio of LFK and a set by DJ Will Braveman. 8pm. $8. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Sean Price, member of hip-hop supergroup Boot Camp Clik, headlines a packed bill of established rappers and DJs at The Barbary’s upstairs Barbarella. Among the artists joining Price tonight are Philly legend and member of the Army of Pharaohs, Reef the Lost Cauze. 8pm. $20-$25. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.



Multiple organizations—including the University Community Collaborative and Play on Philly!—host this creative event designed to raise arts awareness among the city’s young people. Spearheaded by The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only independent LGBTQ youth coalition of its kind, this evening will aim to demonstrate the power of art for the youth of our city. 6pm. Free. Temple, 1515 Market St. AU T HOR

Kimberla L. Roby: The Prodigal Son

In her latest book, Kimberla L. Roby—the winner of last year’s NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work— revisits the character of Reverend Curtis Black and finds him reconnecting with his estranged sons. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.532.6355.

Liquor Before Beer

Johnny Brenda’s hosts a collaboration between Dock Street Brewery and Art in the Age Spirits. Enjoy beer specials and liquor concoctions from both local companies while the jams are bumped by DJs Chris Cardillo and Nicky Devine. 7pm. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

The Real Thing

Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning play tells the tale of love and infidelity with a distinguished twist of wordplay and wit. Join Director David Kennedy and the crew and the Wilma Theater for their 10th production of Stoppard’s legendary work. 2pm and 8pm. $25-$51. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824.

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2014 Spring Jazz Fest

Three-time Grammy Award winner, Dee Dee Bridgewater headlines the spring edition of the 2014 Exit Zero International Jazz Festival in Cape May. The show also includes a festival collaboration with the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts, featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers. The outdoor stage will feature live music, a wine and beer tent, food vendors and South Jersey artists and craftsmen. Fri., May 30-Sun., June 1. Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, N.J. STAGE

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown The peanut gang, Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy hit the stage for a musical featuring the hit songs “Happiness,” “The Book Report” and “Suppertime.” Follow the gang on a typical day as they fly kites, play baseball, and do their homework. Sat., May 31, 4pm. $10. Hedgerow Theatre, 800 Manchester Ave., Media.


Sheila E. My roommate and I have a standing feud over one of the dumbest disagreements ever: Which one of Prince’s model-gorgeous ‘80s paramours was the most talented, especially minus any of the Purple One’s regal musical raucousness and unmistakable flavor? My friend says Jill Jones, the talented singer-songwriter who, sadly, may be as well-known for her two five-second Purple Rain scenes—she was that bleached-blonde, tongue-tied waitress fan of The Kid—as she is for her own virtually ignored material. For me, it’s no-brainer: Sheila Escovedo, hands down—the indeniably badass, sought-after percussionist, drummer and guitar player who not only made her mark as a singer in those days, but has gone on to flourish as a musician and musical director—for not only Prince, but dozens of others. She’s shared stages with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Ringo Starr, George Duke, Beyonce, Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie—the list is lengthy, impressive and growing longer as each month passes. In Miss Sheila’s case, the blood ties extol the range of her gifts: Daddy’s the uber-legendary Pete Escovedo, the namesake of her fellow-percussionist brother Pete Jr., and they all—with another Escovedo brother, Juan—form The E. Family Band, with whom the lady often plays and headlines. That is, of course, when she’s not touring or helming shows of her own, like this one-night-only gig, surely the hottest ticket in Wilmington tonight. // KENYA BEVERLY


Great Railing Weekend of Thunder

New Jersey Motorsports Park hosts a jampacked weekend of racing excitement to usher in the summer racing season. The Great Railing Weekend of Thunder will feature four racing series, including the return of the Pirelli World Challenge. Sat., May 31-Sun., June 1. $10$150. New Jersey Motorsports Park, 47 Warbird Drive, Millville, NJ. 856.327.8000.

8pm. $40. World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400.


The Philadelphia Wicked Urban Dramatic Arts Festival The stages of the Vox Populi Gallery will play host to edgy storytellers utilizing spoken word and short plays to convey life in urban society. 7pm. $15. The Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St. 215.238.1236. STAGE


In this new farce from the Arden Theatre Company, a traveling one-eyed con man spreads his influence to a group of monks living in a French monastery. 8pm. $15-46. Arden Theatre Company, 40

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Synapse: Drexel Dance Ensemble Spring Concert

Inspired by the notion of “quickly developing ideas,” this spring production from the Drexel Dance Ensemble will be split into 11 evocative pieces. 8pm. $15. Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut sts. F EST I VA L

St. George Cathedral Greek Festival

All of your favorite Greek delicacies—

souvlaki, gyro, mousaka, pastitsio and more—will be available at this festival celebrating Greek traditions. Visitors will also be treated to music and learn about the cathedral’s 200-year history. Noon. Free. St. George Cathedral, 256 S. Eighth St. 215.627.4389. STAG E

The Angry Jury

The School Free Players—made up of homeschooled Philadelphia youth— present their own interpretation of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men, which follows a jury trying to reach a verdict on a man accused of murder. 6:30pm. Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St. 215.218.4022.

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Wanda Sykes

Never bashful and always a thrill, Wanda Sykes has carved out a well-deserved footing in the standup landscape. Her abrasive and outspoken approach to life is a delight, and Sykes is sure to have A.C. laughing with these two Saturday night performances. Sat., May 31, 7pm and 10pm. $59.50-$65. Music Box at Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ.

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The Menzingers Originally stemming from Scranton, though now claiming Philly as home, the Menzingers are one of those punk bands that make you think the mid-’90s heyday of pop-punk never ended. They just put out Rented World, a mix-up of Mr. T Experience emo with Bouncing Souls-ish catchiness, to mostly positive reviews. The band’s previously work—most notably 2010’s Chamberlain Waits and 2012’s On the Impossible Past—have been noted as standout albums, utilizing both simple chord progressions and universal lyrics. One of my favorite (and notably spitball punk) lyrical gems from Chamberlain Waits’ “I Was Born,” is, “Let these simple songs get caught in our heads, brace the frames of our worthless beds, all my life never gave a fuck, someone please wake me up.” Rented World was actually recorded at Fishtown’s Miner Street Studio by producer Jonathan Low, whose previous work included Kurt Vile, The National and others who didn’t fit into that pop-punk mold in which the Menzingers have often found themselves. The four-piece noted it wanted to put out the album with a producer who wasn’t used to their style to better handle the changes they were putting into their new material. That seemed just fine by legendary Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph Records owner Brett Gurewitz, who has regularly praised ‘em. And everybody knows once the boss loves you, you’re golden. // RANDY LOBASSO 8pm, $16-$18. With Lemuria, PUP + Cayetana. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.


The 7th Annual Roots Picnic

The annual homecoming for Philadelphia’s favorite sons will be one for the ages. The Roots will be joined by Snoop Dogg, The War On Drugs, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, a DJ set by Biz Markie and many other staggeringly cool acts. 1pm. $50-$64. Festival Pier, 601 N. Columbus Blvd. EVENT


The Independence Seaport Museum presents an ambitious combination of three exciting explorations of Philadelphia: A 15-mile regatta, river to river scavenger hunt and a walk from the start to finish of Walnut Street. Walnut2Walnut will also feature a full day of activities and vendors at the Seaport Museum. 9:30am. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. For full information visit WO R KSHO P

Parkour Workshop

You’ve all seen the videos. Now is your opportunity to become a parkour expert and traverse through Philadelphia’s concrete jungles. The Philadelphia

School of Circus Arts presents this martial arts workshop on the acrobatic and freestyle movements of parkour. 4pm. $35. Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 5900A Greene St. PERFORMANCE


Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater presents Unspoken, an improv take on transcribed texts, posts and emails anonymously submitted by the audience. Artistic Director Bobbi Block presents this collage of drama, comedy and live music with a fresh approach. 7:30pm. $10-$12. The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. EXPO

Inaugural Youth Sports & Education Expo

Join industry experts in sports, education, health and fitness for this exposition of youth sports information. Learn about risks of youth sports related injuries, network with industry leaders and find out about local leagues to give your kids the best youth sports experiences. Through Sun., June 1. $10-$20. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 800.825.1575.

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Corner Store (Take-Out Stories)

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If there’s one thing that unites the vast neighborhoods of Philadelphia, it’s the corner store. These little shops—chock full of groceries, household goods, and/or take-out meals—are staples in more urban areas. After the sun sets, some of these places may inadvertently host a myriad of questionable activities, but nonetheless, they remain part of our neighborhood fabric. Still, how many of us, without checking, know the name of these places? How many of us refer to these businesses by the ethnicity of its owner/operators, as opposed to what they’re actually called? In their newest exhibition, entitled Corner Store: Take-Out Stories, the mighty Asian Arts Initiative challenges the preconceived notions we may have about these shops and evaluates exactly how much is experienced via the encounters that take place within them. Boasting a mixed-media collection of photography, videos, merchandise and live performances, Corner Store hopes to shatter some of the myths erected around the shops in your ‘hood. By starting a dialogue regarding some of the ethnic alienation, culture shock and the ever-tricky language barrier, this project addresses the notion of how relationships are forged, depending on which side of the counter the person stands. Collaborating with talented Amber Art cohorts Ernel Martinez and Keir Johnston, AAI presents a remarkable project that hopes to enlighten as well as educate members of our community about, well, each other. // KENNEDY ALLEN Through Aug. 22. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. 215.557.4055.


Superhero Soiree

Irish American Festival

Nest, an early child enrichment and activity center, hosts this superhero-themed bash and dress-up for you and your young ones. Superhero activities, mask making and games will be featured, as well as some adult beverages for super parents. 3:30pm. $15 per family. Nest, 1301 Locust Street. 215.545.6378.

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Celebrate all of Ireland’s glory and Irish pride at the Delaware River Waterfront this week. The festival includes traditional food, music, dancing and craft vendors. This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids for some step-dancing and shepherd’s pie. 1pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

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Five Into One

Ana Castillo

A pre-eminent voice on the modern Chicana diaspora, Ana Castillo has published several collections of her poetry and seven novels. Tonight, Castillo will read and discuss her newest work, Give it to Me, the story of a divorcée seeking excitement through interaction with her street-tough cousin. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. 215.567.4341.


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Celebrate Philadelphia’s finest art school graduates with the annual Five Into One gallery show. Pieces will be on display by graduating BFA and MFA students from Moore, PAFA, Tyler, UPenn and UArts—all of which have been curated by artists Aimee Gilmore and Sarah Peoples. 9am. Free. Moore College of Art & Design, 20th and the Parkway.

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AIDS Education Month

#IWillListen Day

Philadelphia FIGHT kicks off the 20th anniversary of AIDS Education Month with an opening reception featuring snacks, drinks and conversation. The celebration will also include the presentation of the 2014 Kiyoshi Kuromiya award to Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, for her work in retrovirology. 5:30pm. Free. Independence Visitors Center, Sixth and Market sts. 215.985.4448.

One in every four Americans is affected by mental illness, and today the National Alliance on Mental Illness take over Love Park for their #IWillListen Day of awareness. A free mental health fair in the morning will be followed by a benefit concert presented by Box of Stars, a nonprofit aimed at promoting mental health through music. 10am. Love Park, 1599 JFK Blvd.

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Drexel Mediterranean Ensemble

The Drexel Mediterranean Ensemble will perform Ladino, Klezmer, Liturgical and Raga inspired music to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Special guests joining the ensemble include Donna Morein (mezzo-soprano) Steve Kramer (cello), Dave Posmontier (keyboards) Kenny Ulansey (woodwinds) and Bill Koutsouros (strings and percussion). 7:30pm. Free. Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut sts.


The Premier Party 2014

Directed by BalletX Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan, the premier party is a cocktail soiree and auction that supports the company’s mission of creating the best and highest quality of work to satisfy their audiences. The event includes a wine tasting by Moore Brothers Wine Company, cocktails and light dinner buffet, and an exclusive performance from the upcoming Summer Series. 6pm. $75. Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St.

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don’t know when exactly it happened, but at some point I became convinced that there is a beer that’s perfectly suited for every occasion in life. It’s weird, coming from a guy who wasn’t even interested in drinking until he was 25, but beer has become a way of connecting with the world around me. Socially, sure, with friends new and old, but that’s just the obvious part. It’s so much more than that. In a very real sense, drinking regional craft beers is a guidance system that leads me to new avenues of experiencing life in Philadelphia. Take the mix-and-match six pack of local bottles I picked out last week from the fridge at the Trolley Car Diner on Germantown Avenue. All different styles of beer, each from a different brewer—and each pressing a unique set of buttons in my head. There was Philadelphia Brewing Co.’s tongue-in-cheekilynamed Fleur de Lehigh, a Belgian pale ale. It’s conceived as a spring brew, and man, it delivers: I don’t think I’ve ever drank anything that tasted so much like a liquid picnic. Crisp, brisk and cheery, its lemongrass flavor effervesces on the tongue. I’d cracked it open in my kitchen, but after one sip I realized it was a pint I could only drink on my front porch. I wandered


FRIDAY, MAY 30 Hammer of Glory Relay with Philly Roller Girls. 9:30–10am. Hop Angel Brauhaus,

7980 Oxford Ave. The Hammer of Glory, a weapon suitable for the God of Thunder himself, will be cradled in the tough-knuckled fists of the Philly Roller Girls and skated from bar to pub to brewery, starting at the Hop Angel Brauhaus at 9:30am before ending up at Beer Week’s Opening Tap at the 23rd Street Armory at 7pm. Stops along the way include the Philadelphia Brewing Company, Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap, Yards Brewing Company, Fergie’s Pub and SugarHouse Casino.

Meet the Brewer: Chris Wilson of Weyerbacher. 11:30am–3pm. Jose Pistola’s, 263 S.

15th St. Sit down for lunch with Chris Wilson, head brewer at Weyerbacher, and learn everything you ever wanted to know about beer but were afraid to ask. Weyerbacher’s been around for nearly 20 years, so Chris has a wealth of beer knowledge to draw upon. He’s also got a degree in physics, so feel free to get your science on over some of Jose Pistola’s crab guacamole.

5th Annual H.O.G Relay, Big Hair & Big Beer Party. 4:30pm–2am. The Institute Bar, 549 N.

12th St. The Institute Bar brings its usual off-kilter sensibil

The gose style is a sour wheat beer, and tonight’s rare serving of this Leipziger Gose is an unusual twist on the classic brew, with orange peel, coriander, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, and cardamom. Get it before the goze goes!

Opening Tap 2014. 7–10pm. $45 admission. 23rd

Street Armory, 22 South 23rd St. The Hammer of Glory relay comes to an end at Philly Beer Week’s grand Opening Tap ceremony. Over 30 local breweries will be represented—plus, catch the debut of Philly Tripel, a special-for-theoccasion collaboration beer from Dock Street and Belgian beer makers Brouwerij Dilewyns. There will be live music from Philadelphia soulsters York Street Hustle, and more brews than anyone could possibly drink—so choose wisely!

Paper Football Challenge: A Literal Kickoff Party. 7–11pm. Varga Bar, 941 Spruce St.

Varga Bar launches its annual festivities with a kick... er... flickoff. Weyerbacher Brewing puts up prizes for this paper-football challenge—and sends its own ringer, Mike, to lord over the proceedings. Think you’ve got a wicked way with a folded paper triangle? Time to put your finger to the test and see if you can beat Weyerbacher at their own game.

Sixpoint’s Opening Tap ’80s Afterparty.

9pm–2am. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. If The Institute’s ’80s metal party was too metal for you, or maybe not ’80’s enough, Johnny Brenda’s has you covered. Sixpoint’ll be there, with special brews and old favorites— and the Strange Brew DJ crew will help you quaff down those beers with appropriate audio indulgences from DJ Jersey Dan and DJ Mikele Edwards. >>>

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Barcade’s Beer Week kickoff is absolutely massive, with a ridiculous number of beers on tap. There’ll be Allagash Red Howes, a stout brewed with 3,000 pounds of cranberries; Bull Frog Plaga Roja, a golden ale aged in tequila barrels with sour cherries; Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break—with doughnuts; Harpoon Gingerbread Dunkelweisse; Russian River Supplication; Southern Tier Bourbon Backburner; and so many more on tap from noon until they’re empty.

Tapping: Leipziger Gose. Fiume, 229 S. 45th St.

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Barcade’s Philly Beer Week Kickoff Tapping. Noon–2am. Barcade, 1114 Frankford Ave.

ity to its leg of the Hammer of Glory Relay with a party of truly metal proportions. It’s all about ’80s hair metal and hard rocking ‘tude.

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outside, got comfy on the concrete step and sat quietly—and, in doing so, listened to the sounds of my neighborhood in a way I hadn’t before, hearing how the rumble of the SEPTA train didn’t so much drown out the wind as merge with it. There was Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch, a barleywine ale I knew would be a lifelong favorite the first time I tried it. Midas Touch has an inexplicably medieval quality to it; as I savored its spiced headiness, I made a mental note to look up the dates for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Victory Brewing’s Golden Monkey, another golden spiced ale, puts me in mind not of the future, but of the past—specifically, the fact that I discovered it via PW’s regular beer writer, Eric San Juan, who reviewed it a while back as part of his daily “Year of Beer” series, online at Eric’s writing has introduced me to so many new flavors I’d never thought to try before—and if it weren’t for the inspiration and fun of last year’s Philly Beer Week, he and I might never have thought to launch the series in the first place. Then there’s Yards’ Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce. Amazingly, somehow, I’d gone almost five years drinking beer in Philly without having ever tried one of the city’s most iconic labels: Ben Franklin’s face on an approximation of the brew he used to make himself. What can I say, except—holy crap, that’s a fantastic brown ale. It tastes like breakfast—hints of pancakes and maple syrup, though it’s not brewed with maple at all but with spruce tips. Note to self, I thought: Don’t take the city’s colonial history for granted; go visit Franklin Court, eat at City Tavern, reread old Ben’s autobiography that’s been sitting on your shelf getting dusty for too long. All this, I realized—this is why Philly Beer Week is so fantastic. Not just because it’s an excuse to go out with friends and drink—but because it’s a stimulus to see new places, taste new tastes, think new thoughts. Over the next few pages, we hope to point you in some helpful directions. n

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SATURDAY, MAY 31 Meet Anne-Catherine Dilewyns.

Noon–1:30pm. Admission TBD. Monk’s Cafe, 264 S 16th. Remember that special Philly Tripel you tried at Opening Tap? St. Anne-Catherine Dilewyns of Belgium’s Brouwerij Dilewyns collaborated with Justin Low of Philly’s Dock Street Brewery to come up with the new signature brew. She’ll lead a lunchtime discussion on the history of Brouwerji Dilewyns and her beers—the full lineup of which Monk’s will be serving in their back room, along with small dishes made with the same local honey that’s in the Philly Tripel.

International Great Beer Expo. 12:30– 5pm. Admission $46. Philadelphia Navy Yard. A beer festival within the beer festival, the International Great Beer Expo gathers 75 international brewers from 25 countries, offering more than 200 beers to sample. All this globally-sourced goodness comes together upon the Navy Yard’s Parade Grounds; taste the world without leaving the city! Take It in the Can. 3pm–2am. Doobies Bar,

2201 Lombard St. The folks at Doobies Bar have had it with bottle snobbery—they’re celebrating canned craft beer for the 5th year running, and they don’t care who knows it. Marten’s, Sly Fox, Oskar Blues, Lancaster, Harpoon, Leinenkugel, Sixpoint, 21st Amendment: All are in cans and ready to be popped open.

Talking English Beer. 5–7pm. Admission $30. The Victoria Freehouse, 10 S. Front St. The Shelton Brothers are known as discerning beer importers

who bring quality brews from the world over—and the jewels of the Shelton crown are their British ales. They’ve sent their British beer expert, Kevin Brooks, to the Victoria Freehouse to talk about what goes into his favorite ales; the ticket covers a tasting of five ales, plus appropriately British pub snacks. Look for the TARDIS behind the bar.

Be Your Beer Dance Party. 9pm–2am.

Field House, 1150 Filbert St. Anyone can drink a beer. Anyone can love a beer. But do you love your beer so much that you’re willing to BE that beer? Field House is holding a beer-themed costume party, with a $250 prize for best group theme and Phillies tickets for best individual costume. Dance the night away and show your love and allegiance to your favorite brew!

Varga Pinup Block Party. 11am–7pm. Varga Bar, 941 Spruce St. The 2015 Varga Calendar Girl search begins here! If you’ve got a pinup outfit you’ve been dying to show off, go get your photo taken for your chance to literally embody one-twelfth of the year. Meanwhile, anyone and everyone is invited to the block-party BBQ, too: The grill will be hot, the beers will be cold, and there’ll be games and prizes, including wing and hot-dog-eating contests.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Lobster Bake and Wheat Beer. 11am–

8pm. Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Ave. Hop Angel Brauhaus throws a huge outdoor family-friendly lobster bake tent party: tons of wheat beers, tons of tasty lobster treats and tons of outdoor fun, including keg bowling and Kan Jam frisbee!

Race Day with Yards Brewing. Noon– 5pm. Old Eagle Tavern, 175 Markle St. It’s Manayunk Bike Race Day, and Yards Brewing Company— which started in Manayunk—is at the Old Eagle Tavern to celebrate. After the bike race is over, keep the speed fever going with Pinewood Derby races on a specially-built track. Cars will be provided for those who need them, but where’s the fun in that? Bring your own and show everyone how it’s done! Steady State Theory. 11:30am–2am. Grace

Tavern, 2229 Grays Ferry Ave. Grace Tavern embraces all the beers of North America, offering tasting flights that feature beers from Canada, Mexico and assorted islands in addition to classic United States brews. Geographically appropriate snacks will accompany the grand continental journey.

It’s Jolly Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

1pm–2am. BRU Craft & Wurst, 1318 Chestnut St. Like Jolly Pumpkin’s brews? Then you better make a run for BRU Craft & Wurst: They’ll have 12 lines of Jolly Pumpkin going on at once. Bam Biere, WeizenBam, Bam Noire, Oro de Calabaza, Calabaza Blanca, Noel de Calabaza, Madrugada Obscura, Maracaibo Especial, Fuego del Otono, Luciernaga, La Parcela, Baudelaire iO. Can’t decide? BRU has you covered, with flights of six ready and waiting.

’80s Night w Deschutes. 6–9pm. City

Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. Like ’80s music? ’80s clothes? How about some ’80s beer? Two Class of ‘88 breweries, Deschutes and Brooklyn, are severing up vintage beer at City Tap House, complemented by music from 1201 Social. They’re offering bonus beers for those truly decked out in true period >>>

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(NOT LITERALLY) BY RANDY LOBASSO • Follow on Twitter: @randylobasso


hen you no longer consider yourself a beginning home brewer, that’s when you start doing weird stuff. “Like, they want to do a peanut butter-chocolate stout, or something like that,” says Jimmy McMillan, co-owner of Philly Home Brew, one recent Thursday morning. “Or putting pretzels in their mash,” adds Nick Less, the other co-owner of the brewing supply outlet on American Street in Kensington. “Which I’ve done,” admits McMillan. And what does that do to the beer, exactly? He shrugs: “Gives it a pretzel flavor.” Me, I’m a total beer-brewing virgin. I’ve come to McMillan and Less this week because all the home brew enthu-

siasts I’ve met in town swear by their small, unassuming shop—not just to supply everything they need, but to answer any questions they may have, no matter how newbie they sound. Asking questions and getting the hang of the starter kit, it turns out, is Phase One of deciding to start home brewing. Phase Two, as we’ve established, is crazy experimentation. And then after you’ve gotten the orange coffee porters and the chicken stock blueberry ales out of your system, McMillan says, “that’s when you refine your brewing.” He would know. McMillan has been brewing beer at home for the past 14 years, ultimately creating an entire life out of it. It’s not just that he and his partner sell supplies to local brewers (home

>>> style, so break out the shoulder pads and leg warmers and prepare to drink like they did three decades ago.

Cage Match: He’Brew vs Goose Island. 6:30–8:30pm. Admission: $45. Alla Spina,

1410 Mt. Vernon St. Wade from Goose Island and Jeremy from He’Brew will enter the squared circle table and face off in a no-holds-barred, four-course beer-pairing battle royale at Alla Spina. Snap into a house-made slim jim and bask in the smack talk as these two breweries battle it out.

Doggie Brunch. Noon–4pm. Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen, 2370 E. Norris St. The dogs have their day at the Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen, as Dogfish Head and Flying Dog breweries take over the taps in a charity event for a local dog park, Palmer Doggie

enthusiasts as well as a number of breweries and brew pubs around Philadelphia). It’s also that they’re part of a real scene, including pop-up brew pubs, veteran brewers and hobbyist clubs, that’s been inspiring an untold amount of people in the area to cook up their own kitchen-brau. Untold, that is, but apparently growing. According to statistics from the American Homebrewers Association, an industry trade organization, an estimated 1.2 million Americans are brewing their own beer today—and two-thirds of them began in 2005 or later. That’s a lot of new home brewers. One wonders: Why?


liked drinking and I liked cooking,” McMillan says simply. He came from a restaurant family, and when he began cooking food at age seven, he says, he immediately grew interested in the science behind it. So when he came of age, beer seemed like a natural progression. “Brewing is like a slow-food cook,” he says. “You can make soup in 30 minutes or so, but it takes two weeks to make beer.” That’s something everyone who begins brewing at home needs: Time. Patience, too: While the first part of the process might take four to six hours, next comes the two-week waiting period while the yeast ferments the sugar to create the carbon dioxide. South Philly resident Billy Edwards is well accustomed to that cycle at this point. The first thing he does when I show up at his place near Dickinson Square is crack open two English brown ales he recently brewed in his rowhouse kitchen. “That’s one of the best parts

Depot. One dollar from any beer, wine or spirit purchased will be donated to the park. Your four-legged pals are welcome at the event, too: Water bowls and treats will be provided, so pets can enjoy themselves along with their owners.

MONDAY, JUNE 2 Spend $10, Get $25. All day. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. SugarHouse gets into the Philly Beer Week spirit by offering $25 of Match Play cash if you spend $10 on beer and food. Menu items include appropriate pairings such as bratwurst and a beer-and-cheese fondue. No point in gambling hungry, eh? Fried Chicken Countdown with Wells

SOME 1.2 MILLION AMERICANS ARE BREWING THEIR OWN BEER TODAY. about this,” he says. “You drink while you do it.” It’s true. We do. We also listen to a cacophony of ’90s punk ballads blaring from the Pandora station on his TV. Later, we’ll eat leftover ribs and taste the raw, unfiltered, uncarbonated black IPA we’ve just created over the course of four hours from a test tube. It’ll be a bit chunky and flat, and at one point, a plastic tube connected to Edwards’ outside hose (used to cool down the boiling wort) will explode, and I’ll wipe water— just water—off my face in relief. Two weeks later, in early June, I imagine I’ll be back to taste the fruits of our (mostly Edwards’) labor. Edwards has now brewed everything from honey beers to stouts to India pale ales, and like lots of people, he has the guys at the Philly Home Brew Outlet to thank. At the Philly Honey Festival in Bartram’s Garden last year, he watched them demonstrate how to make honey beer—and decided right then and there to head to the store, buy some equipment and get started. He promptly made a mess in his kitchen, including sugary spills and an exploded thermometer. “There was red splatter everywhere,” he says. “Luckily, they don’t put mercury in it anymore.”

& Youngs and Dogfish Head. Noon–7pm. Resurrection Ale House, 2425 Grays Ferry Ave. Jim Robertson and Sam Caligione from Wells & Young stop by the Resurrection Ale House for a Top 100 fried chicken countdown! Join the brewers in eating through the day’s 100 orders of fried chicken and pie, and wash it all down with several select beers on tap. Sam Adams Burgers & Bubbles. 4pm– 2am. The Industry, 1401 E. Moyamensing Ave. Chef Bryan Burger has teamed up with Sam Adams for a hearty beer-and-burgers pairing at The Industry. The menu is still a closely-guarded secret, but the beer lineup will feature the patriotic brewer’s Blueberry Hill Lager, Word to the Weisse, Roggen Wolf, Imperial Stout and Rebel IPA. Only Chef Burger knows what you’ll be eating alongside them.

A Rabbi, a Priest and a Minister Walk Into a Bar a Second Time. 5pm–

Admission $10. Christ Church Burial Ground, 485 Arch St. Look back through Philadelphia history books, and you’ll find no shortage of beer. Debating the Declaration of Independence is thirsty work, after all, and the Founding Fathers—many of them home brewers themselves—continued their arguments throughout the taverns and pubs of colonial Philadelphia. The Christ Church cemetery offers a tour of Philly beer history and its connection to the luminaries buried there, including Benjamin Franklin and Francis Hopkinson.

Allagash Sausage Bash. 8:30pm–1am.

TIME Restaurant, Whiskey Bar & Tap Room, 1315 Sansom St. What goes better with beer than live music and fresh sausage? Nothing, according to TIME restaurant—and the fact that this is now their

third annual Allagash Sausage Bash suggests they’re not alone in that opinion. House-made sausages will be paired with select Allagash brews.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 Pajama Party with Saucony Creek and Bell’s Brewery. 10pm–2am. Varga Bar,

941 Spruce St. After five days of beer-centric celebration—even with five more days worth ahead!— you may be feeling like it would be nice just to hang out in your pajamas. Varga Bar understands this. Keep your jammies on, come on over and have some brews from Saucony Creek and Bell’s Brewery.

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Yards and Dad’s Hat. 5pm–midnight. The Dandelion, 124 S. 18th St. A good boilermaker is hard to find. So Yards Brewery and Dad’s Hat distillery decided to rise to the challenge, teaming up to combine their beer and whiskey in an attempt at harmony. They’ll be at the Dandelion to offer three boilermaker pairings, as well as a special Dad’s Hat beer cocktail and Yards’ bourbon-barrel-aged porter.

Brew ’n History Tour. 5:30–6:30pm.

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midnight. Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St. What happens when three men of faith who make use of beer in their respective ministries discuss God and alcohol at Fergie’s Pub? If it’s anything like last year’s gathering, it’ll be a packed house with plenty of beer to go around.

Brothers John and Chris Donaldson bottle their nectarine wheat beer in Chris’s South Philly basement. (Photo by Randy LoBasso)

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I ask him if that batch needed to be thrown out. “No, [the glass] didn’t actually get in the pot,” he laughs. “We still drank it, and there hasn’t been any permanent damage.” Accidents notwithstanding, he says, his girlfriend has been a supporter of his new hobby. A public school teacher who makes her own yogurt and cheese, she could relate to the DIY-kitchen impulse. (Plus, of course: beer.) Edwards is emblematic of the home brewing trend nationwide. The hobby is dominated by white males; the average home brewer is 40 years old (60 percent are between 30-49; Edwards is 31), married or in a domestic partnership, has a college degree, and is likely to live in a household that makes more than $75,000 per year. Shops like the Home Brew Outlet—one of several Philly retailers, including Center City’s Home Sweet Homebrew and Mt. Airy’s Malt House Limited—have seen that enthusiasm on their bottom line. According to a 2013 survey released by the American Homebrewers Association, gross revenue for beer-making kits and supplies increased by 26 percent between 2012 and 2013. Eighty percent of shops showed an increase in sales of beginner kits—on average, a 23 percent increase—and are generally seeing beer ingredients outpace those of wine. “The success of a local shop will ensure a thriving community of homebrewers,” said Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, in a statement released with last year’s survey. >>>

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>>> invited Oskar Blues to pair some of its tastiest beers with special selections of DiBruno Bros finest blue cheeses. Filling out the blues trifect is the legendary Mississippi blues guitarist and singer George Urgo. It’s one-stop-shopping for all your azure-hued needs!

Brew-au. 6-8pm.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St. The weather is warming up, but at McGillin’s Olde Ale House they’re going absolutely tropical with a beer Luau—or “Brew-Au.” They’ll have craft beers from Flying Fish and other island delights. Hula skirts and Hawaiian shirts are optional.

Let’s Make a Deal. 7–10pm. The

Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Ave. The Grey Lodge hosts another edition of its massive white elephant party: Bring something wonderfully odd you want to get rid of, and see if you can deal with the hosts for some cool gifts in exchange. Be careful, though—you may be asked to keep trading. And remember: The trader in the craziest costume is most likely to get the most attention, so dress to impress!

South Philadelphia Tap Room’s Annual Founders Dinner. 7–10pm. Admission $100.

South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin Street. For the high rollers: SPTR has tapped Chef Scott Schroeder to prepare a lavish feast celebrating the Founders Brewing Company. Courses will be paired with Founders drafts—a collecton of favorites and rarities such as KBS, Sweet Repute, Smokey Porter and Hand of Doom.

Stoudts Brewery Presents the Mix. 10:30pm–midnight. Fergie’s

Pub, 1214 Sansom St. Stoudts Brewery takes over Fergie’s Pub with The Mix: a band playing the kind of rock ‘n’ roll that only musically-savvy professional brewers can provide. “By day they hawk beer, by night they are rock gods”—or so the legend goes. Prepare your eardrums for a sonic keg-full of audio brew! n

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HOME BREWING CONTINUED >>> You can talk to ten different brewers and they’ll have ten different ways for brewing and reasons for brewing. Many of those who brew have a tendency to talk like both scientists and history buffs—but will plainly admit they only know the science and the history around, well, beer. Journalists and analysts around the country have hypothesized the surge in home brewing has a lot to do with the growing popularity of craft beer—as, probably, does the broader continuing demand for locally sourced food and organic ingredients. “I think people were tired of the same beer from the same people,” says Joe McAteer, president of the Philadelphia Homebrew Club, which meets monthly at the Homebrew Outlet in Kensington. “It was all lager—which, in the summer, I’m as apt as anyone to quaff down a pint of Pabst. That said, the tastes of people have gone back a few decades to pre-Prohibition. We love the local experience of going to our local farm or dairy or cheesery—so why not a brewery?” At the turn of the 20th century, McAteer notes, there were over 50 breweries in Philadelphia. Today, there are fewer than ten—but that number has been growing. “We are a wonderful beer town with unbelievable craft beer bars. People are willing to try new things and are genuinely interested in these new breweries.” That interest has led to an obvious decline in the demand for what numerous interviewees for this story referred to casually as “shit beers”: mass-produced light lagers. MolsonCoors, for instance, the seventh-largest beer brewer in the world, saw both their domestic and wholesale revenues decrease by about 2 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. “We have a lot of bar owners who are enamored with craft beers,” Pete Coors, owner of the company, told the Denver Post’s beer blog last year. “They are beginning to take off the premium light handles and putting bottles behind the bar instead and replacing the handles with craft beer handles.” While home brewers like Billy Edwards don’t necessarily have visions of opening up their own brew pubs—well, some do. For South Philadelphian Chris Donaldson, his love of craft beers—stouts, in particular—led him to begin a new life. Having graduated from Temple with a mass media and broadcasting degree in 2005, Donaldson had worked his way up to an office manager job at a local criminal-background-check company, and had even helped the company open two new out-of-state branches. By the time he was 30, though, it just wasn’t satisfying him anymore. “I think my story is similar to a lot of people from our generation: I graduated with a degree and got a job,” he says. “I had a passion for beer but hadn’t educated myself about it. I wanted to learn more, and then my brother came to me with an idea: He wanted to create a noir stout using plums.” Donaldson’s brother, John, is a distiller at La Colombe’s rum distillery in Port Richmond and had been brewing for about two years at that point. They began brewing together at John’s Center City apartment before deciding this was something they wanted to bring to the next level. So Donaldson called his friend Robert Amar, owner of Underdogs, a small hot dog restaurant in Center City. “I really like the way he runs that place,” says Donaldson, whose name sits among those posted in honor on Underdogs’ wall for having successfully eaten every variety of dog the joint serves. “He’s like an idol of mine; he had a vision

Home Brew Happenings at Philly Beer Week

Here are a few worth checking out:

Learn Something! A Little Knowledge... Sun., June 1. Free. 12pm-4pm. Home Sweet Home Brew. 2008 Sansom St. Mash Bash! Sun., June 1. $5-$10. 1pm-6pm. Underground Arts. 1200 Callowhill St. 7th Annual Extreme Homebrew Challenge. Mon., June 2. $25. 7pm-

10pm. Jose Pistola’s. 263 S. 15th St. Free Intro To Homebrewing Lesson. Tues., June 3.; Wed., June 4.; Thurs., June 5. Free. 1pm-4pm. Philly Homebrew Outlet.1447 N. American St. Memphis Taproom Hot Dog and Homebrew Extravaganza. Sat., June 7. $35. 12pm-4pm. Memphis Taproom, 2331 East Cumberland St. Made in Philadelphia Sample Day. Sun., June 8. Free. 12pm-4pm. Philly Homebrew Outlet. 1447 N. American St. / R.L.

for it, and he did it. He has the same sort of culture and climate of the place that I would run.” Amar was blunt with his friend: If Donaldson really wanted to work with beer the rest of his life, he’d have to get his hands dirty and learn—work in the industry in whatever capacity he could as he continued honing his basement brew. Though some friends and family worried about his job security, Donaldson quit his office gig to look for a career in beer. He originally figured he’d work in the biz for three years, and by the end of that time, he and John would open their brewpub. It’s been a year since that decision, though, and now he thinks that timeframe probably isn’t a realistic goal. Things take time—even the most basic things, like finding your first part-time job in the industry. “I kept going door-to-door to different places,” he says: “Bottle shops, breweries, anywhere I could go. You just have to make yourself vulnerable and say you’re willing to put it all on the line.” Within a couple months, he landed a job giving tours at Yards; today, he also has a more regular job at The Greeks Next Door, a bottle shop on Haverford Avenue in Narberth. When I hang out with Donaldson and his brother at his house near Oregon Avenue, they’re completing the arduous task of bottling a nectarine-infused wheat beer that’s been aging for two weeks in a basement closet. It’s neon and thick. Much of the nectarine and yeast residue is filtered out, then emptied into a small, plastic garbage can under a table. They transfer the stew from a glass container to a plastic bucket, and—as a soundtrack of Pretty Girls Make Graves fills the homey workspace—we watch with patience as the liquid worms through a plastic tube into bottle after bottle. We’re all hoping small chunks of fruit don’t get caught and delay the process. That’s exactly what happens. But just for a minute or so. In the end, the three gallons of brew adds up to about two cases of beer, which will be ready in a couple weeks. During that time, Chris will get ready for the Greeks’ Philly Beer Week event and continue his tours at Yards. “Craft beer is a big part of human history and a huge part of human civilization,” he says. “One of the best parts about giving tours is preaching that gospel of beer and getting people more of that mindset—to appreciate what you’re drinking and how it’s brewed.” n

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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. You don’t often hear about Florida beers because, frankly, that state isn’t exactly a mecca for beer geeks. Cigar City is one of the handful of exceptions, and it’s a big one. They’re brewing an array of highly praised beers right now, but perhaps none is as sought after as Hunahpu, a ridiculous, ultra-limited imperial stout that is one of those beers you simply have to try if you can. It pours thick as syrup and black as a moonless night. It throws off aromas of cocoa and licorice and tastes of burnt chocolate, sweet coffee and musty dark spices. And all of it is huge. Absurdly so. This beer is a powerhouse by any measure. Typically available only at their Florida brewery, a rare opportunity to try it is coming up at Monk’s on June 6 when Cigar City taps this and other beers.


Saucony Creek Stonefly IPA. The Lehigh Valley is fast becoming enveloped in a beer boom. Veterans like the folks at Fegley’s and Weyerbacher are already mainstays in the northeast beer scene, and now newcomers like the folks at Saucony Creek are throwing their hats in the ring with some admirable new brews. One of them is Stonefly IPA (because you have to have an IPA in your lineup, after all). This amber colored beer offers the citrus notes you expect—orange, grapefruit, apricot and a touch of pine—but with a slightly spicy note that sets it apart. This is present in the flavor, too. The beer is sharply bitter, balanced with grainy pumpernickel malts but truly serving as a showcase for a strong smack of bitterness. You’ll have your shot to try this entry in the IPA wars at the It’s a Firkin’ Riot event at Johnny Brenda’s on May 31.


Terrapin Hopzilla Double IPA. Some beer names are cute and clever inside jokes, tributes to something the brewer loved, or are plainly functional and descriptive. Others tell you exactly what the beer is in a slightly offbeat fashion. This is one of those beers. Terrapin’s Hopzilla probably doesn’t need a detailed description for most beer geeks because it’s exactly what it sounds like: a Godzilla-sized beer exploding with hops. This richly copper-colored beer fills your nostril with resinous hop aromas that are floral and orange-kissed. The taste is not aggressively bitter, however; instead, it’s heady with hop flavor (some pineapple, grapefruit and pleasantly abrasive pine) that’s balanced by rich toffee sweetness delivered in every full-bodied swallow. Just be ready for plenty of warming alcohol, too, because this clocks in at a hefty 10.8 percent ABV. Available for a limited time at an IPA tap takeover at Jon’s Bar & Grille on May 31.


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Yards Pale Ale. Philly’s own Yards brews an array of easy drinking beers that rarely make for anything other than a good drinking experience. From traditional pub ales to historic brews and occasional experiments, their lineup is nothing short of rock solid. One of the flagships of that lineup is Yards Pale Ale, a crisp, approachably bitter brew that complements pub fries, pretzels and a slice of pizza perfectly. Bitterness and aroma are both fairly light, with subtle grass and lemon, supported by bread- and cracker-laden malts. The dry finish leaves you feeling refreshed after every sip. The fact that it goes well with any kind of lazy afternoon food you can imagine is a big bonus, too. Yards Pale Ale is routinely available at nearly 20 locations around the city. Give your local pale a try next time you see it, Philly Beer Week or no.

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat. Sometimes, you just want to split a pitcher with a few good friends. At times like that, you’re not looking for a burly imperial stout or aggressively sour wild ale; you want a crowd-friendly, easy-drinking beer that won’t get in the way of good conversation. Goose Island’s 312 Urban Wheat fits the bill. Pouring a pale straw color, by appearance, the only thing that sets it apart from mass-market lagers is the creamy thick, long-lasting white head. Unlike those flavorless lagers, 312 gives you a little something to chew on. But just a little. Touches of citrus, wheat, a bit of lemon and the faintest hint of banana bread make up the flavor profile here, but expect all of this to be subdued. This is a beer meant for laid-back drinking. Try it at Jon’s Bar & Grille, 320 Market Café and The Goat’s Beard. // ERIC SAN JUAN Follow PW’s Year of Beer online weekdays at:

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AVANCE 1523 Walnut St. 215.405.0700. Cuisine: Progressive American. At Avance, Chef Justin Bogle is essentially running an in situ course on how to bridge the gap between occasionally avant-garde technique and the sort of comfort that a great restaurant meal should provide. This was embodied in the cauliflower chawanmushi, a texturally perfect rendering of the Japanese custard, here studded with thumb-sized Nantucket bay scallops, their seared crowns looking like little umber-toned exclamation points set against the creamy expanse of dashi-rich egg custard. One bite highlighted those sweet scallops, a second the refreshing snap of pickled romanesco, another the crystalline pop of sake-cured trout roe, yet another the bright zip of meyer lemon zest confit. (Brian Freedman) HIGH STREET ON MARKET 308 Market St., 215.625.9425. Cuisine: Gastronomy reimagined. Ellen Yin and Chef Eli Kulp have transformed the former Fork:etc space into High Street on Market. It’s still a phenomenal market and café during the day; at night, though, it’s a must-visit for one of the most interesting, accomplished dinners in town. The menu is imaginative and crafty: the potted shrimp with nutmeg and whipped foie gras; the squash hummus with black sesame oil and long-hot chermoula, all of it sopped up with an amazing seeded ginger bread; and, the seaweed bucatini with scallions and an ingenious homemade lobster bortaga shaved over it. When paired with the wines and cocktails overseen and developed by Paul Rodriguez, one of the top beverage professionals in the city, this is a recipe for something special, indeed. (B.F.)

LAUREL 1617 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.271.8299. Cuisine: Ambitious, creative American. This stellar BYOB walks the tightrope between daring vision and impeccable technique with steadiness and confidence. Meltingly tender New Jersey scallops arrived hand-torn and tangled up in a transparent-green apple consommé studded with little islets of sea lettuce and translucent shards of celery throughout. Foie gras is bravely and brilliantly fixed up with cocoa in a silky-yethearty terrine. It arrives with a side plate of crisp Metropolitan Bakery brioche slices, and when that terrine is spread atop, and anointed with a dab of blood orange and then crowned with a mathematically precise brunoise of candied celery root, that earthy, smoky, sweet-souled bite throws all your preconceived fois gras assumptions into question. Berkshire pork lavished in its triumvirate of treatments, and each one, from silky slices of belly to roasted loin to a crepinette of braised shoulder meat secreted inside a cocoon of crispedup brioche enshrouded in caul fat, had me longing for it days later. (B.F.) LITTLE NONNA’S 1234 Locust St. 215.546.2100. Cuisine: Italian done comfortingly right. This spaghetti and meatballs is probably better than your mother’s (apologies to the mothers and grandmothers of the region). The meatballs, ridiculously tender and oozing from their center with fontina cheese, may as well be religious idols, worthy of worship. The noodles are dressed in a marinara sauce with just enough acid to slice through the pulls of smoked meat on top. With a side of garlic bread (joined, brilliantly, by a head of roasted garlic), it’s a transporting, contemporary

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The First Thai Restaurant in Philadelphia update of a classic. Caesar salad is unabashedly creamy, the lemon-right dressing emulsified with real skill. The wine list is fairly priced and well-constructed, the service is friendly and casual and the space—from the warm interior to the movie-set courtyard out back where there’s even “laundry” hanging up—is perfect for the family concept adapted for our age. (B.F.) Lucha carteL 207 Chestnut St. 267.825.7103. Cuisine: Mexican- and Latin-inspired food. Each thumbnail-sized piece of the crispy fish tacos was perfectly fried with beer batter and crunchy. The chorizo burger was better—traditional and jalapeno-spiked sausages blended with ground beef into a flavorful 9-ounce patty, topped by a crown of fried queso tropical. The real bright spot at Lucha, it seemed, was with pork. Pork confit, swirling with life from its overnight orange juice marinade, anchored a happy hour carnitas taco. Each bite left the faintest aroma on the tongue, the result of smart additions of cinnamon, cumin, clove, and Mexican Coca-Cola. Cochinita pibil was well conceived and executed, each bite ringing with the pleasant tang of guajillo peppers, a whiff of achiote and orange juice. (B.F.)

rYBreW 2816 W. Girard Ave. 215.763.1984. Cuisine: The sandwich joint done right. Depending on what you order, the components here will either be brought in or made in-house, but they’re all conceived and crafted with smarts and careful attention to detail. The crab cake anchoring the Rybread sandwich, for example, is a lightly packed, filler-free, homemade puck of notable elegance. Despite the name, it’s served on a fluffy brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and a chipotle mayonnaise that packs just the right punch. Turkey is lovingly roasted by the Rybrew team, too, and makes appearances (if you like) in the reuben-referencing “New York” sandwich and others. There’s also a solid selection of salads and a rotating roster of soups. Whether folks are here for a quick bite or to stock up on beer from the well-curated selection of bottles, they’re all happy. It’s easy to see why. (B.F.)

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SaBrINa’S cafe WYNNeWood 50 E. Wynnewood Rd. Cuisine: Brunch. Strawberry pancakes had just the right balance of fluffiness and chew. And a pork sandwich I took home for lunch was very nice: sweet and subtly smoky and exactly as moist as I’d hoped. The 24hour marinade and homemade barbecue sauce are notably good. Sweet potato fries were also well-prepared. (B.F.)

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PeNNSYLVaNIa 6 114 S. 12th St. Cuisine: American bistro, elevated. Frying clams this well is a lost American art—which is surprising in this age of highly accomplished bistros. Thank goodness, then, that Chef Marc Plessis and company do it, and so much else, as well as they do in their 12th Street digs. Along with the clams, his lobster roll was a wonder of dignified simplicity, the lobster cooked in a court bouillon just to the point of tenderness and not a moment longer, the brioche roll gleefully buttered and toasted until the edges took on the texture of a creme brulee’s crown. Also of note is the bistro steak, a generous cut of teres major rubbed with cumin and black pepper, grilled up, and accompanied by some of the best Swiss chard in town, the texture almost creamy, the better to match up with the intensely rewarding creamed corn. It all comes with spritely little marble potatoes which, on their own and especially dragged through the red wine beef sauce, are lovely little interludes. (B.F.)

red KINGS 2 1006 Race St. 215.238.1392. Cuisine: Traditional Sichuan. Red Kings 2, replete with private rooms and plenty of karaoke opportunities upstairs, is a phenomenal addition to Chinatown. The space is simple yet pleasant, service is exceptionally friendly, and the food challenges, inspires and, as that cabbage proved, rarely disappoints. Boiled sliced lamb in chili sauce was infinitely more than that humble description, a stunning mountain of earthy meat joined by petals of sweet onions, thick slices of nutty garlic and snappy broccoli florets. Dan dan noodles, also numbing but far from painful, sprinted across the tongue with each slurp. Steamed homemade dumplings swirled with a subtle hint of curry, lending them an all-too-unfamiliar perfume. Wonton soup benefited from a broth as hearty as it was pure. (B.F.)

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Noord 1046 Tasker St. 267.909.9704. Cuisine: Dutch-centric Northern European. The rabbit leg confit maintained a moistness and delicacy that the notoriously difficult-tocook meat rarely achieves. Forked with zuurkool (think of sauerkraut) as well as a coin of smoked pork sausage, and maybe a tender carrot slice, this was as hearty as it was thoughtful. So, too, were the bitterballen, gorgeous fried meatballs of roux-creamy braised pork lifted with nutmeg and mustard. They arrived four to the order, a neat little procession of rich, palate-coating goodness. One of them had developed a crack in its carapace, and the impossibly moist center had begun to ooze out: one of the sexiest things I’d seen all month. A special of chicken croquettes, also perfectly fried, embodied a different side of the concept, seasoned with onion powder and thyme and based on the previous day’s impeccable rotisserie chicken. (B.F.)

Porto 1301 S. 11th St. 267.928.3956 Cuisine: Portuguese; breakfast and brunch. For the kind of brunch that sticks to the proverbial ribs, and that offers nourishment for the belly as well as for the soul, Porto is just about perfect. Savor a crunchy fried chicken breast lavished with sweet-spicy maple jalapeño yogurt glaze, all of it sandwiched with bacon between the geometry of house-made cheddar waffles. It’s called the “Yo Cuz,” and no hangover is a match for its crave-able charms. The cheesesteak is rendered as the “Ultimate Sin,” a green piri-piri-streaked ribeye beneath a crown of St. George cheese and cosseted in a perfect Portuguese roll. The side of roasted potatoes, tangled up with their caramelized onions and peppers, are standouts in the city’s brunch-wars. (B.F.)

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SHIFTY’S TACO 2730 W. Girard Ave. 215.232.1413. Cuisine: Tacos with a twist, lovingly homemade. You can pretty much munch your way through the menu at this Brewerytown newcomer with relative impunity, confident in the fact that you’ll be eating well (and at a marvelously fair price-point). Start off with an order of guacamole and chips, but don’t stop there. After all, the tacos here are Shifty’s raison d’être. With various names including The Rub and the Hem and Hawl, tacos reign supreme here. The Rub was a highlight, its tender strings of braised brisket singing a song of adobo and chipotles, the slow simmering heat building yet never cresting. The Hem and Hawl, on the other hand, demonstrated the kitchen’s aptitude with fish: Well-cooked and tender tilapia done on the plancha was anchored by an attractive slaw that brought enough crunch and liveliness to each bite. The Towner, a damn-the-orthodoxy handful of spicy chicken nuggets joined by translucent pickled red onions, cheese sauce, homemade ranch dressing and iceberg lettuce was a shamelessly savory, messy item that almost single-handedly justifies a walk down the street for a six pack. (B.F.)

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STATESIDE 1536 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.551.2500. Cuisine: Elegant, soulful preparations, often with international flair. The food here walks the razor’s edge between heady comfort and unexpected exoticism. Octopus is poached with sake, fresno chile, ginger, lemongrass and more until it takes on the texture of a particularly meaty porcini mushroom, then gets hard seared and tossed with red pepper caramel: Magnificent. Homemade andouille showed up like a surprise every other forkful, borne alongside black-eyed peas of heft and delicacy. But it was the single fried chicken leg riding shotgun that stole the show: Skin this crisp and flesh this tender is something to

cheer. Oysters were made new with a side cup of pomegranate mignonette, the fruit’s sweetness electrifying the briny bivalves. (B.F.) THE GOOD KING TAVERN 614 S. Seventh St. Cuisine: “French Tavern Food” The kitchen here is subtly ambitious, crafting as much in-house as they can. The results are deliciously evident in the meat board, a canoesized wooden vessel bearing meltingly delicate foie gras torchon, sliced thin and elegantly perfumed from the Grand Marnier in its marinade; country pate all earthy with pork shoulder and chicken and pork livers, all of it wrapped in bacon; duck rillettes cleverly tossed with a parsley and pickled shallot salad; and nutmeg- and lavender-kissed Toulouse sausage, produced right here and seared to order. Pickled cauliflower and cabbage dot the plate, the better to cut through the heartiness of those excellent meats. Octopus, cooked sous vide and then charred to order, was streaked with unexpected notes of cinnamon and chili flakes: Dynamite. (B.F.) TAQUERIA FELIZ 4410 Main St. 267.331.5874. Cuisine: Mexican Grasshopper tacos: petite, unabashed, four to the plate, each with its flanks akimbo and its centers piled high with splinteringly crisp, garlic-kissed insects—their bellies glistening, their legs a tangle of wiry stiffness. There was no hiding what this was, no glossing over or attempting to disguise the reality of tortillas stuffed with bugs, guacamole, onions and cilantro. It was a deeply respectful rendering of one of the great, underappreciated Mexican treats, and without a doubt the best version of tacos de chapulines I’ve had in years—probably the best I’ve had since first falling for them in Oaxaca itself. Each bite was a nutty, crunchy, subtly sour delight—an aria to antennae; a love letter to the locust-like. (B.F.)

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Practice Makes Perfect Just ask Roberta Flack.


oberta Flack is a legend—an O.G. diva. At 75, she’s set to receive the Voice Foundation’s VERA Award on Friday at a black-tie affair that will also honor Denyce Graves, the mezzosoprano star of the Metropolitan Opera, and Parliament Funkadelic’s William “Bootsy” Collins. The Voice Foundation is the world’s largest organization dedicated to voice research, and its annual international symposium, Care of the Professional Voice, takes place in town through June 1. PW managed to get Flack on the phone for an extremely brief and sleepy D.C.-bound phoner. She shared a few memories about her discovery and early strides toward recording artist icon status. After teaching music in the Capitol district, Flack started gigging at clubs on nights and weekends, with runs at the Tivoli Club and 1520 Club, but at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant she caught lots of folks’ attention, including that of Les McCann. “[He] came by with his recording equipment, and we decided to record some songs,” she said. “I was so anxious and so happy, and I still am, but it was all a brand new experience, and I probably sang too many songs.” She laughed. As myth has it, she sang 40-plus songs over the course of three hours and, obviously, Atlantic Records liked it. Her debut, 1969’s now-classic First Take, was born. “I was scared to death all the time that I had the chance to do what I do,” she confessed. Seems like even supremely talented musicians get nervous, too. Her life’s taken her to working with the School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School, full circle from her teaching days. When asked about duets, Flack said, “I love singing with people because my first musical job was as a teacher. It’s just natural to me.” Her legendary collaborations with Donny Hathaway and Peabo Bryson have yielded some of the best duets in her catalogue, namely “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love” (with Bryson) and “Where Is The Love” (with Hathaway). But her Grammy-winning singles “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” may never have happened without encouragement from her first piano teacher. “She said to me, ‘Roberta, you continue to practice and you could be great,’” Flack said, citing Tchaikovsky and Bach as piano inspirations, and oversimplifying her path to great success: “And I took that to my heart and that’s what I’ve tried to do: practice as much as I can.” (Bill Chenevert) Fri., May 30, 6pm. $250. The Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. 215.735.7999.


... And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam) Sounds like: Twenty-one years after their debut, and Tariq and Quest are going strong. Like 2011’s Undun, this one’s thematic and conceptual, but even prettier and full of sick guest spots, especially from Dice Raw and Raheem DeVaughn. Free association: Their post-modern ruminations on violence aren’t all rhymes and beats. It’s genre transcendence. For fans of: Jurassic 5/Tribe/De La/Gang Starr/Pharcyde/Mos Def; South and West Philly; triumphs.

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Nabuma Rubberband (Loma Vista/Republic) Sounds like: The fourth from our Swede heroes of synthpop funk finally gave us something fresh and new! We waited three years after Ritual Union, and their notions of avant pop have not dissipated. Free association: Word is that Yukimi Nagano listened to loads of Michael Jackson for inspiration. It worked. For fans of: Brazilian Girls x Roisin Murphy + Caribou and Toro y Moi; the Drive soundtrack + Kylie.

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Do It Again (Cherrytree/Interscope) Sounds like: Hooray! Robyn’s working again! The Norway and Sweden alliance of minimalistic dance music is actually a bit more subdued than the remixed singles may have led you to believe. A brilliant EP. Free association: Just in time for Rehobeth Beach blowouts. This trio knows how to get a party started. For fans of: Daft Punk with Betty Who; DJ Shadow with Kelly Rowland; Ladytron with UNKLE.

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I Never Learn (Atlantic) Sounds like: This Swede is a true artist, and it’s fun watching her evolve. From 2008’s fun and lively Youth Novels to darkly pretty Wounded Rhymes in 2011, we’ll take her in whatever state that compels her to create. Free association: After catching her at WXPN’s NonComm, I’m sold. She’s stunningly talented. For fans of: Bjork/PJ Harvey/Feist/Bat for Lashes; The Shangri-Las x Beach House; wallowing.


Nikki Nack (4AD) Sounds like: Merrill Garbus is a total whack job, and we love her. The New Englander (Smith alum) used to be a puppeteer, and the video for “Water Fountain” is a bonkers tribute to Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Free association: The singles are upbeat quirky bangers, but the rest of the album’s got depth and complexity. For fans of: Owen Pallett x Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors + Sleigh Bells and St. Vincent; hippies.

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Xscape (Epic) Sounds like: A sensitive subject for some superfans, but this posthumous collection’s super-fly in my book. Ignore that bullshit J.T./Timbaland remix. Just take it in with an open heart, and you won’t be bummed. Free association: There’s flavors of every record he’s done on this LP, and it’ll make you snap, tap, move and groove. For fans of: Diana/Donna/Barry/Steve/Lionel/Luther/ Janet; legends treated with delicacy and reverence.

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Ida The orphaned Ida is on the verge of taking vows when she receives news she has a living relative—her aunt, Wanda, a judge in the Communist government. Her aunt also has news for Ida: she’s Jewish. The two women, still strangers, set out to discover their family remains. The road trip that follows is contemplative, but incidental; in every respect, Ida is a film that trusts its audience, and its audience knows the past that Ida and Wanda will uncover is a bleak one. The real suspense is what other distances the journey might close—the gulf between hard-living Wanda (Agata Kulesza) and withdrawn Ida (Agata Trzebuchowska, effortlessly holding the screen in a performance that’s essentially silent), and the even more unspoken relationship between Ida and her religion when confronted with the world, a conflict so personal, the film can only consider it in sidelong glimpses. However, just because a story is quiet doesn’t make it less affecting. Ida’s themes emerge in an understated piecemeal that at first seems surreal, and the story only slowly starts to ache, until every frame takes on the feeling of last chances. And here we reach Ida’s greatest strength: its deliberate pacing provides an absorbing and precise visual insight. Cinematographer Lukasz Zal (along with Ryszard Lenczewski) creates a black-andwhite palette of unusual richness. It would be both easy and thematically fitting to approach this monochrome in highlights and stark shadows, but the frame quietly offers up shades of textured, secretive gray: snow, a cardigan, a wooden doorway, a curving stair all become stories that are easily examined without a word spoken. An elegant, deeply felt film, Ida is a study of place and of the self in uncertain times, beautifully engaged in a study of both outside and inner worlds. (Genevieve Valentine) REVIEW

Cold in July It’s a family nightmare: You wake up and realize you’re not alone in the house. For Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall), it’s compounded when he accidentally shoots the intruder, then has to contend with the repercussions—both his own guilt and the sudden threat of the dead man’s father, who begins to stalk the Danes. But for Cold in July, that’s just the beginning. Soon, Richard’s misgivings lead him to find out more about the terrifying Ben Russell—played by Sam Shepard, who presented similarly still waters in Out of the Furnace, and must be punching a Modern Revenge Noir time card once a year these days—and what the police might be keeping from Richard about the crime he never meant to commit. The shift from family noir to revenge drama isn’t entirely a smooth one. Some early setups vanish into the Texas night, and once the double-crosses begin to stack up, the tightly constructed family terror of the first third gets a bit drowned out by the stereotypical, unspoken concerns surrounding fathers and sons. Richard’s wife, played by Vinessa Shaw, has a promising start but does little more than buy a flowered sofa. Still, this film’s bolstered by its cast, with Hall bringing a particular gravity, and a savvy director—Jim Mickle, who knows how to let dread build up in a quiet shot. And even amid the tangled web, careful details carry things smoothly forward, and the terseness of the characters is balanced carefully with visual detail: the domestic clean-up of crime-scene blood and the filthy footprints left by the police, horrible secrets concealed in innocuous storefronts, a horse made from drinking straws. Together, they make Cold in July an absorbing take on the modern family noir, a movie that knows the devil’s in the details. (G.V.)

Old pros at work: A skin-tight cast fills Jim Mickle’s slick drama Cold in July, including (from left) Sam Shepard, Michael C. Hall and Don Johnson.


There’s a Time and Place for Revenge Family dramas Ida and Cold in July are vastly different yet eerily similar. By Genevieve Valentine //


ometimes amid the movies coming out in a given week, a double bill happens by accident. The opening shot of Cold in July pulls back leisurely from an expansive, moody landscape, revealing by inches that it’s actually a modest painting cozied in a domestic tableau. Soon the painting will be ruined by blood spatter during the home invasion that follows. But its bleak, low sky is a warning of things to come, as its hero is drawn to the nighttime skulking so often required of men in their family noirs. Soon, Richard will realize the manslaughter is a cover for something more sinister, and take up arms with other men to settle a score only tangentially his; it’s Ben, who thinks he’s lost a son, who first threatens and then allies with Richard in his quest to stop the bad guys at any cost. As if in a bad dream that requires participation, Richard attaches himself to Ben as Ben attempts to track down his son. The alternative never occurs to either man. For novitiate nun Ida, the family noir also has the feeling of a dream, but here, the opposite dream-logic is true: Though she’s certainly observant, Ida is also markedly inert. Her establishing image is of being benevolently surrounded, painting a statue of Jesus in silence. Her geography changes from the spare beauty of the abbey to the Polish countryside, in the passenger seat of her aunt’s car, tracking down the people who murdered her parents in the devastatingly modest hopes of reclaiming their bones. Here, Ida becomes drawn into her aunt’s quest, a dream that requires her participation. But despite a laundry list of places to which they travel, Ida remains a fixed point, and only the landscape changes. Watching the two in succession, it’s striking how the films approach the ideas of family ghosts. Each plot centers around a lost generation in a family where reconciliation is largely impossible because the damage is too deep. In

each, the character who’s lost family confronts the man responsible. For both Ben and Ida, there’s no easy resolution. Each film is influenced heavily by its geography. Ben’s living in 1989 Texas, where guns are so plentiful that Richard seems to conjure a gun store simply by thinking of one. Poland in 1960 is dealing with post-war scarcity and political upheaval, and Ida’s aunt Wanda is in a superior position simply by having cigarettes. Both deliberately draw their home landscapes as characters: faulted but beloved, an unknowable strangeness in which we make homes. These geographies are personal. Each of these films fits into larger stories. Cold in July is man’s-man revenge fantasy and bears more than passing similarity to Out of the Furnace and even Blue Ruin, noirs in which men must settle family business. Ida is a much more contemplative film, and women as narrative centers are rare enough that Ida has no such obvious forebears from the last few years (though she joins a long tradition of thoughtful, dissatisfied nuns). But it’s remarkable how often the man’s journey is one of action—most often retribution—and how often the woman’s is one of acceptance. It’s not an absolute, but those that deviate from it leave marked impressions. Winter’s Bone, a family noir that made Ree Dolly an active, determined center, scored Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar nomination. And Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire made the masculine revenge flick a woman’s journey, which garnered criticism that watching Gina Carano do her own fight scenes was excessively violent. Geography in any story is more than the physical; Ida facing her parents’ murderers is the result of forward motion, an act of courage that can be directly mapped to Ben being faced with a wrenching family truth of his own. But these personal landscapes don’t tidy up in frames. One wonders about the repeating scale of those landscapes and, maybe, questions their destination. 


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Bigotry in Twilight What was that long pause from the right after PA’s marriage equality ruling? Reality settling in. By Randy LoBasso //

T A Philadelphia union: Lynn Eckenrode and Nadya Popil celebrate with their son Gabriel after getting married at City Hall.

Ordinary People, Ordinary Love Lynn Eckenrode and Nadya Popil aren’t revolutionaries. They’re simply in love. And it’s finally protected by law. By Bill Chenevert //


ext couple!” shouted a clerk inside City Hall’s Register of Wills office. Lynn Eckenrode and Nadya Popil stepped up with their eight-month-old son, Gabriel, in tow. After 13 years, with merely two forms of identification and $80 in cash or money order, the couple were lawfully permitted to merge their lives and give their chlid parents who are married. Caren Berger, the boss attorney who works for the Honorable Ronald R. Donatucci, Esq., trouble-shoots and advises for all the clerks within Wills, Orphan’s Court and in issuing marriage licenses. She sat with PW on Friday, hours after Mayor Michael A. Nutter officiated marriages for eight same-sex couples who’d applied for marriage licenses late Tuesday afternoon. Eighteen couples were part of history and brought their cash and IDs down immediately after U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ruled that Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Wednesday was a little heavier: The city issued licenses to 67 same-sex couples, and by Friday afternoon, the total was closer to 115. “It was a historic day that was long overdue,” said Berger. “We welcome the applicants with open hearts and minds, and we continue to do so.” For some couples, who couldn’t wait for marriage in Pennsylvania, the decision also means that their out-of-state union is now just as valid as heterosexual marriages. And Berger was able to detail some of the significance from both personal and financial standpoints. “First, I think of love and what it means to be totally committed to another person in an enduring and loving way,” she said. “The benefits that follow would be financial: filing a joint tax return, life insurance, benefits, pensions, any benefits through your employer, health insurance. Any benefits that would accrue to any married couple are now available to same-sex couples.” Eckenrode and Popil are high school sweethearts from Scranton

who call East Falls home. Eckenrode’s a marketer for Comcast, and Popil works in contracts at Homeland Security. After they got their license, the two told PW about what they’d told Gabriel Friday afternoon. “I was talking to him earlier,” Popil said. “‘When you’re older, you’re not gonna realize how cool it is that mommy and mommy can get married.’ We’re excited for him to have his parents legally married.” For Gabriel’s mothers and many other queer Philadelphians, the decision caught them off-guard. Many of us believed it would be months and years before the Commonwealth would get up to speed with the rest of New England and the mid-Atlantic. Eckenrode and Popil, like many other same-sex couples, flirted with the idea of marriage in another state or relocation. But they wanted to stay where their lives and jobs were. And now it’s paid off. “We tossed around the idea of going to a different state for a while, but we really wanted it to be where we live,” said Eckenrode. “We wanted it to be recognized at home, and when [the judge’s ruling] happened, there was no doubt that we wanted to apply.” Of Judge Jones’ 39-page decision, Berger explained: “One of the things he said was today we refer to this as same-sex marriage, but one day soon, he hopes, everybody will refer to it as just being married. In other words, there will be no distinction between marriage and same-sex marriage.” Popil echoed that sentiment, saying that some friends and colleagues expected their partnership to be “gayer” or more radical. But really, they aren’t trying to be revolutionary with their loving family. Just stable. And protected by the law. “We’re a couple, just like two other heterosexual people are,” Popil said, her smiling toddler on her hip. “[People] get to know us and realize that we are the same as them. We don’t want to make a difference. We’re a couple, just like anybody else.” 

hings began looking up early last Tuesday morning. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania sent out notifications to supporters and media saying they expected a decision in their Whitewood v. Wolf case, which had challenged the Pennsylvania law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. And whatever the decision, they said, rallies had been planned across the commonwealth. Then, around 2pm on that fateful day, the decision came: District Judge John E. Jones III ruled Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, creating an immediate opening for members of the state’s LGBT community to get married, if they chose. As Pennsylvania joined the rest of the northeastern states in which all citizens have an equal right to marriage, celebrations brought hundreds to City Hall and destinations like it all over the state. It was announced City Hall would begin certifying same-sex marriages immediately and would keep their doors open late to keep up with demand. Meanwhile, legislators, activists and others who’d been working on this issue went on a press release extravaganza, one that included everyone from the left, the right, the religious, the secular. For the most part, those often affiliated with certain causes came down in foretold directions. On the right, only large non-political nonprofits and agenda-driven hucksters spoke up. “Today’s decision abandons that responsibility in favor of a new framework that places the desires of adults above the good of children and society as a whole,” declared Pennsylvania Family Institute president Michael Greer. PW attempted to contact Greer numerous times for specifics on how children of same-sex couples are negatively affected by marriage equality, but did not get a response. Eventually, we were referred to their prior press releases about the issue, which decidedly did not say how children are negatively affected when raised by same sex couples. (Pro tip: Because they’re not.) Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, however, called the decision “a mistake with long-term consequences”—though was not specific about said consequences. “Governor Corbett must appeal this outrageous decision!” wrote the American Family Association of Pennsylvania. State politicians and political groups had a different tactic: Attack the decision as one made by an “activist judge.” PA GOP chairman Rob Gleason, for instance, did not come out against marriage equality, but said the state had been “dictated to by judicial fiat.” A day later, Gov. Tom Corbett announced he would


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does this feel so wrong whenever I masturbate? I guess I’m disgusting; after all, American society says I’m queer and different and not allowed to have a family. Bill Clinton says so, too. And, my dad voted for Bill Clinton. So, my dad hates me, too.” In adolescence, I picked up a whole bundle of rocks. “I’m not allowed to get married, and conservative family-values types obsess about my going to hell. Obviously, I cannot be a conservative, and I cannot be a person of faith.” This was logically followed up with “I should just seek out meaningless sexual encounters and perhaps numb the loneliness by vacillating between spectacularly questionable decisions or irrational, soul-crushing perfectionism.” When I was an adult man, I mingled with other men similarly traumatized by a then-still-too-large amount of straight society’s generally careless disregard for queers. Because many of us had higher rates of substance abuse, addiction and mental disorders, you can imagine how that went. So, there I was, walking around Philadelphia with a bag of resentment-ridden rocks weighing me down, impeding my journey upward through the American dream. I wasn’t alone in this miserable slog against straight society’s discriminatory burden, either. A science-based organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that queer people “have higher rates of substance abuse [and] are less likely to abstain from alcohol and drug use” and “are more likely to continue heavy drinking into later life.” The CDC, again a public, factbased organization, also says that queer youth are “at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, suicide attempts and suicide.” I can only speak for myself as a gay man, but I’d say that one thing I’ve always secretly wanted from society was validation. I had no idea how powerfully I had internalized this “lesser than” status in all areas of my life until it was no longer the case. Simultaneous to the same-sex marriage decision by federal Judge John Jones III and the perhaps politically-calculated or perhaps-enlightened decision by Gov. Tom Corbett to not challenge the court’s ruling, I had an epiphany. The sky opened up, I cried a little bit, and a weight that I had held since I was a lad lifted off my shoulders. It seemed to fall almost in its entirety immediately. I dropped that bag of rocks in the Schuylkill and skipped down Walnut Street. Now, I’m not saying the pains of carrying that load are forever gone. And, I’m not saying I won’t have a bad day. I’m saying that now I feel truly equal under the law for the first time in my entire life. More importantly, for the first time, the state says I’m OK. This has led to many folks making lots of loud noises in the state, mostly in support of the ruling, but some against it. For those who feel the need to perform verbal gymnastics to justify their homophobia and dress it up in flowery language, I have to say that your pathetic hate is obvious. It becomes more awkward and painfully clear the more legal mumbojumbo you sputter out to justify a simple fact: You are a bigot. You should likely keep your opinions to yourself or expect to no longer receive cocktail-party invitations. I think you should watch Frozen and sing along to “Let It Go.” For those happily malcontented queer people who say marriage is only a word and it doesn’t matter: It matters to some of us, so get over yourselves. For those who support gay marriage now or, in the past, have always supported me and my fellow queer people: Thank you. 

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eing queer just got a little less queer in Pennsylvania. While we LGBT folks still have all sorts of quirky variances in our mosaic of sexual and gender minorities, we are now allowed to get married to the human being of our choosing and form a family. That’s rather … normal, and a new experience for me. Specifically, I am intrinsically different than most people on earth: I’m a man who falls in love with other men. As a result of trivial physical details, biology prevents me from coupling with another man and easily creating a child or forming a family. That is, biology prevents me from forming a family in the most outdated, unfair sense of the word. As homosexuality and like differences occur in nearly all species on earth, I don’t harbor any anger at the universe or god for making me gay. As our great American philosopher-queen Lady Gaga says, “It doesn’t matter if you love him or capital ‘H’-i-m ... you were born this way, baby.” Indeed. The oddest part about this whole hullabaloo is that I never figured marriage was for me. Obviously, because I was not legally allowed to marry a man, I thought I’d have to seek out something other than traditional concepts of family. Coming of age in the 1990s, I thought that all gay men were single, neurotic and only hung around with alcoholic fag-hags like Karen Walker. I mean, that’s really the only public expression American society allowed gay men to cling to during the Clinton administration. After all, President Clinton himself enthusiastically signed the now-unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act during that decade. And if Bill Clinton didn’t think I was a human being deserving of the same marital bliss—ahem—he had, then surely being gay meant something other than traditional, monogamous marriage. Despite 1990s Clintonian queasiness with my identity, I’m being true to my nature when I form emotional and sexual relationships with other men. Now, however, these relationships find legal recognition from the state of Pennsylvania. That takes this notion to another, much deeper level. I had no idea how deep this level was until the ruling last week. In fact, now that it’s off my back, codified discrimination appears to have seriously weighed me down in the past. I only know this because of its obvious absence. Like gaining weight, the pernicious burden of discrimination accumulates slowly and gradually over time, so slowly you don’t notice it until one day you realize you’re waddling down Walnut Street. For at least two decades, this weight held me down spiritually and emotionally. Consider it this way: I carried this resentment toward American society as though it were a bag of rocks slung over my shoulder. The first rock I collected was when I noticed that other people noticed I was different. In elementary school, my bullies seemed to know I was gay before even I did. While “faggot” was a common schoolyard taunt for all boys, I in particular received the label more than my peers. They knew. So, I picked up that rock, one marked “Stop looking at me; stop calling me a faggot; I hate my peers and am undeserving of friendship.” Later, I picked up another, this one tagged “Why won’t my teachers make this stop? Obviously, people in authority don’t think I’m a worthwhile human being. Since they’re authority figures, they must be right: I am worthless.” When I first reached puberty, I tossed another rock in my bag: “Why do I have to shamefully hide my sexual desires? Why

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not challenge the decision, becoming only the second Republican governor in the country to make that call— something few could have imagined when, last year, the governor compared same-sex marriage to incest during a TV interview. Much like his stance on voter ID legislation a month earlier, Corbett emitted a massive, sad shrug: He disagreed with the decision, he said, but his job required he rule via rule of law. For that, you can thank both the timing of the decision, and the governor’s weak positioning in the upcoming election. In an election year which will largely be defined by the ruling Republican Party’s record on jobs and the economy (while they attempt to “nationalize” the issues, tying the state Democrats to the president and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid), the last thing Republicans want is to fight a social battle on the unpopular side—and one which, long-term, they cannot win, immediately obvious in the statements (and lack thereof ) sent out after the decision. Of the 27 men and women in the General Assembly who sponsored a Constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in May 2013, for instance, only one released an official statement about the judicial ruling: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the state’s most infamous anti-gay legislator. And in that statement, he pushed for new consideration of his resolution to amend the state Constitution. “The appropriate forum to debate and discuss this important issue is the legislature, not the disconnected judiciary. Both the court’s decision and the governor’s decision not to appeal this ruling makes my legislation even more critical to allow state lawmakers to exercise their rightful responsibility and obligation to uphold the rule of law and the will of the people,” he said. What’s particularly striking about the statements of the PA GOP, Corbett, Metcalfe and the deafening silence of 25 fellow state representatives (Rep. Hess, who also co-sponsored Metcalfe’s bill, is dead) is their focus on the rule of law—not the social implications. “Corbett wants economic rather than cultural and social questions to be uppermost in voters’ minds, and keeping gay marriage out of the news works in that strategy,” says Dr. Randall Miller, a professor of politics and history at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. “He is already tacking toward the middle in his stances on issues to become more moderate, in appearance at least, and reach the broad middle electorate.” Tom Corbett is literally in a fight for his political life, a battle most believe he will lose. Marriage equality has been gaining traction with voters in Pennsylvania over the last several years—as it has with Americans across the nation—so, for the governor, last Tuesday’s decision was an inevitability. His re-election, however, is not. “Those Republicans unhappy with Corbett’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act will grumble, but they have nowhere else to go in November so they will vote for Corbett or stay home,” continues Miller. “Most will hold their noses and pull the Corbett lever come Election Day.” Metcalfe, too, did not impart his oft-anti-gay zealotry in the press release he put out on Wednesday—just the apparent idea that the legislature is more fit to define marriage than the judiciary. Which, if you think about it, is a win. We’re at a point in state history where if you’re not part of an ideologically-driven nonprofit whose funding relies on your being in favor of social policy which will not exist in 20 years, you know better than to directly insult the LGBT community. Corbett learned it—over and over again—through awkward, dead-eyed public gaffes ridiculed throughout the country. It’s nice to see Pennsylvania getting along with its northeastern neighbors. 

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I’m a 25-year-old straight guy. Last month, I was in the locker room at my gym. It was 4 a.m., and I was the only one around. I was getting ready to leave, when I noticed someone exiting the showers. He kinda caught me looking (he was very well-endowed), and I quickly turned my head, embarrassed. About 20 seconds later, he came around the corner and said, “Hey, how ya doin’?” He was still naked, and it was obvious that he was wondering if I wanted to try something. (Trust me—he was about 10 or 11 inches now!) I didn’t know what to think, so I just got the hell out of there. I’ve never been with a guy before, but I can’t stop thinking about it. I kinda wish I hadn’t left so fast. I guess I’m really turned on by the size, and curious about maybe trying oral? That’s all I’m curious about trying, nothing else. I am way more attracted to girls than guys, but I can’t shake these thoughts. Panic At The Dick, So? I was wondering what happened to Joey from Friends. Look, PATDS, you’re clearly straight enough to continue identifying as straight. But as you learned in that locker room, to get yourself to straight, you have to round yourself down the tiniest bit. (Or round yourself up the tiniest bit. Up, down— depends on how you feel about straight.) But you are now consciously aware that you’re more than a little curious about dick, and given the right circumstances (oral-only) and the right dick (great big dick), you could hit/suck/stroke that. Since that giant 4 a.m. dick wasn’t your last chance at dick, PATDS, you didn’t miss your only opportunity to explore your bisexual/heteroflexible/ man-on-man desires. There are other giant dicks out there. Hell, you might get another chance at that particular dick. The next time an opportunity presents itself—whether you leave that opportunity to chance (another encounter with Mr. Ten or Eleven Inches Now) or create your own opportunities (taking out a few NSA sex ads)—put your very limited interests (oral only) and even more limited experience (none whatsoever) on the table and let the dude decide if he’s in (your mouth). I can orgasm without stimulating my clitoris— but only through anal sex. What gives? A Nosy Admiring Lass The Lord giveth, ANAL, and it seems He gave you an amazing superpower. I wouldn’t question it too much, lest the Lord taketh away.

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I’m a 25-year-old lesbian, and I live with my partner of two years. My family is coming to visit from Texas, where they are part of a hyperconservative church. I’m not out to my mom. While I want this to be a happy occasion, I’m not willing to hide who I am in my own home. My sister owes me one from when I told our mom— at her request—that she was pregnant because she feared her reaction. I’m considering asking my sister to out me to my mom so that maybe she’ll be done screaming and yelling by the time she arrives. I know this is chickenshit, but I also can’t bring myself to come out to her. Anxiously Fearing Repulsive And Irrational Diatribes My advice for you is the same as my advice for all queer kids with crazy, hyperconservative parents:

Don’t fear their rejection—make them fear yours. Tell your mom you’re queer, AFRAID, and then tell her that you won’t speak to her or see her if she can’t treat you and your partner with respect. Remember: The only leverage an adult child has over her parents is her presence. If your mom treats you like shit, absent yourself. If she’s rude to you in your own home, kick her ass out. You’re a grown woman, and it’s time to stop being scared of mommy. My boyfriend and I have been together for four years, and we have a great relationship. In the bedroom, I am generally the bottom but I play an equal role during sex—neither dominant nor submissive—and in general, we have great sex. But both of us have things that we like to do that the other is not a big fan of. I enjoy being the bottom, but I like to top as well. My partner, who does not particularly enjoy bottoming, is turned on by the idea of the other person being submissive. Both of us are GGG and willing to explore these things together. But is it OK to put limits on how often this happens? (Me submitting to him, him bottoming for me?) What about striking a deal where each person gives a little? How do we compromise, keep it fun, and keep our GGG status intact? Quid Pro Quo What I’m about to propose may seem elaborate, QPQ, but bear this in mind while you read my advice: Marijuana is legal where I live. Take the average number of times you two have sex in any given month and divide that number in half, then divide it in half again. You each get a stack of red poker chips equal to whatever the third number is, plus one blue poker chip. So let’s say you guys have sex 12 times a month on average. Half of 12 is six, half of six is three—you each get four chips: three red, one blue. (You still with me? Good. Man, I could use some chips right now myself.) You keep your chips on your nightstand, and your boyfriend keeps his chips on his. On nights when you want to top your boyfriend, you hand him one of your red chips. On nights when he wants you to be submissive, he hands you one of his red chips. If he doesn’t want to bottom for you on a night when you hand him a chip, he can veto your red chip by surrendering one of his. Likewise, you can veto one of his red chips by surrendering one of yours. When a veto is played, you default to the sex you have most of the time, i.e., your “regular” sexual routine (which seems to entail you bottoming for him as his equal), and the chip used to veto is forfeit. You each have to use your three red chips in one calendar month—an unused chip doesn’t carry over to the next month. Basically, QPQ, you have three chances per month to top him, and he has three chances per month to dominate you. If he wants to deny you one of your chances to top him, he loses one of his chances to dominate you. You don’t have to be submissive when you’re not feeling it, and he doesn’t have to bottom when he’s not feeling it. But if you never agree to submit—if you veto all of his requests—you never get to top him. If he never agrees to bottom, then he never gets to dominate you. And what’s the blue chip for? It’s a “free veto,” a chip you can sacrifice without giving up one of your chances to fuck or dominate the other. So, there you go! With the help of legal marijuana, I’ve turned your compromise into a sexy game. Have fun! 

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responding to this notice, you are Contact - Daniel Juarez,, 972-866-9300 ext. 1301 Drivers: Prime, Inc. Company Drivers required to use the caption and the number 2014-DR-10-368. This Insertion Order issued in the amount of: & Independent Contractors for Refrigerated, Tanker & Flatbed general Total Net: $935.00 NEEDED! Plenty of Freight & Great 3. That if Notice to Contest, Intervene apartments or otherwise Respond is filed by Pay! Start with Prime Today! Call you with the Court within thirty 800-277-0212 or apply online at M A N AY U N K : St u d i o, 1 & 2- B D R INSTRUCTIONS: Send invoice indicating insertion order number and tearsheet (required for payment) to: (30) days of MEDIA the receipt of this A p t s, $ 69 0 - $ 1 2 0 0 + u t i l B ro ke r/ AdMasters, Media Payables, 16901 Dallas Parkway, Suite 204, Addison, TX 75001. Notice of Adoption Proceedings, owner (215) 382-0112 x106 leasing@ Phone: 972/866-9300 ext 1308 Fax: 866/409-7685. Email: you will be given an opportunity DRIVERS: USA Truck is looking s to willappear only pay the number lines indicated on this insertion order. When rates are noted on this insertion order as gross, AdMasters from andrate beand heard on ofthe fo r ex pwill e rdeduct i e n c e15% d d media r i ve rscommission and edia buy. If this insertion order is incorrect in any way, do not accept it. Contact the Account Manager listed above to correct the information and request a new insertion order or to merits of the adoption. Toresolve file any other problems with this insertion order. Verbal transactions will not be accepted as binding. Owner Operators to expand our TEMPLE UNIVERSITY: Renovated 1-5 notice to Contest, Intervene or fleet. Call a recruiter today. Call BDR, $600-$1600+util www.phillyrennts are property of AdMasters and are for use through AdMasters exclusively. Materials may not be used or reproduced by any other vendor or publication. © Copyright 2014 AdMasters otherwise Respond in this action, 866-545-0078 (215)382-0112 x106 you must notify the above named Court at the Charleston County Experienced Team, Solo, Recent Schneider has freight to studio/efficiency Courthouse, Clerk of Court at 100 Grad & Student Drivers needed move right now! Broad Street, Charleston, South for dedicated run in your area! 11th & SPRUCE- Bright Studio above Regional | Intermodal | Dedicated Carolina 29401, in writing of your Ask about our sign-on bonus corner Coffee Shop, HW flrs, High Tanker | Over-the-Road intention to Contest, Intervene and guaranteed hometime! Call: ceilings, Laundry on prem. AVAIL or otherwise Respond. The above 866-312-8071 N OW ! A L L U T I L S I N C L . - E XC E P T Sign-on bonuses available (depending on account) named Court must be informed ELECTRIC $835/mo. MSRE, 215-925Experienced drivers and recent driving school grads of your current address and any F RAC SA N D O w n e r O p e ra to rs RENT(7368), www.MichaelSingershould apply ($6,000 tuition reimbursement) changes of your address during N e e d e d ! ! H i g h e s t P ro f i t p e r Full and part-time positions available the adoption proceedings. Mile. Oakley Trucking is curHome Daily or Weekly rently seeking owner operators 13th & PINE- Studio w/Dec FP, Pennsylvania statewide - south eastern region 4. That your failure to respond within to haul frac sand. Call Today H W f l rs, Fu l l k i tc h e n , L a u n d r y Apply: | Info: 800-44-PRIDE thirty (30) days of receipt of this (866)432-1781 on prem. AVAIL NOW! ALL UTILS Notice of Adoption Proceedings INCL.- EXCEPT ELECTRIC, $835/mo. constitutes your consent to the regional dedicated CdL drivers needed! PROPERTY INSPECTORS: Full & Part MSRE, 215-925-RENT(7368), www. adoption and forfeiture of all of time. We train! Flexible hrs, Car Stevens Transport, one of the largest temperatureyour rights and obligations to the required. 610-213-3735 controlled carriers in the U.S. is currently seeking above identified child. It is further 16XX SOUTH ST: MODERN, CA/CH, experienced drivers for regional driving in Eastern, PA. alleged that your consent to this Want A Career Operating Heavy KIT. w/AMENITIES, DECK, FRPL., LR, adoption is not required under Equipment? Bulldozers, Backhoes, BD/RM. $975+ 267-259-8607 Photos • Average $1,000 Weekly • Bonus Pay S.C. Code Ann. Section 63-9-310 Excavators. “Hands On Training” • Weekly Home Time • 80% No Touch Freight a n d t h a t yo u r p a re n t a l r i g h t s & Certifications Offered. National should be terminated pursuant Average 18-22 Hourly! Lifetime Job R I T T E N H O U S E S AVOY: ST U D I O $1,000 Sign-On Bonus for Select Drivers! to S.C. Code Placement Assistance. VA Benefits renting June at $1295/mo inc util. Contact Traci Caffrey at Eligible! 1-866-362-6497 Fab view of Ritt Sq. New kit, HW Ann. Section 63-7-2570 (7). flrs. 215-732-3239 lv mess educational This notice is given pursuant to S.C. Toll Free Direct: 855-312-7449 lofts Code Ann. Section 63-9-730 (E).


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$575-1000 Locust & 21st Studios & 1Bd's, laundry, heat incl. SOCIETYheat HILLincl., yard $850-950 Pine & 21st 1Bd's, hardwood, SPRUCE & 4TH Laundry $1075 $700-1000 Pine & 22ndGreat 1 & 1BR, 2Bd,W/W, hardwood, heat incl. QUEEN VILLAGE $750-1100 Lombard & 23rd 1 &2Bd, bi-level, A/C Chestnut mod 1Bd's, C/A,w/Deck, great location BAINBRIDGE & 5TH & 20th Newly Ultra renovated, Mod 1BR CA, WD $875-1000 $1345 CHRISTIAN & 5TH & 19th ModernNewly 1BR’s,renov, W/W, mod C/A studio, 1 & 2Bd's $895 $875-1700 Lombard $770-995 Walnut & 23rd 1 & 2Bd's, hardwood, laundry BAINBRIDGE & 3RD Cozy Studio, Laundry $635 Broad & Spruce 1Bd's, W/D,& C/A, incl.heat incl. $800-850 $575-1000 LocustMod & 21st Studios 1Bd's,heat laundry, CHRISTIAN & 3RD Fab Trinity, HWhardwood, floors heat incl., yard $1200 $850-950 Pine2BR & 21st 1Bd's, $850-995 Lombard & 9th 1Bd & 2Bd, w/d, hardwood, laundry CHRISTIAN & 2ND Sunny & 2Bd, 1BR,hardwood, HW floorsheat incl. $790-$925 $700-1000 Pine &Studio’s 22nd 1 & $995-1100 Pine & 9th 2Bd's, h/w&Bi-level floors, FITZWATER & 2ND Large 2BR w/Denbi-level, A/C $1600 $750-1100 Lombard 23rd 1W/D &2Bd, $875-1000 Chestnut 20thbath, Ultra bi-level, mod 1Bd's, C/A, great location $995 Spruce & 12th 2Bd, & 1-1/2 laundry ART MUSEUM $875-1700 Lombard & 19th Newly renov, mod studio, 1 & 2Bd's $995-1350 Old World, 1Mod & 2Bd's, hardwood BROWN &Spruce 27TH & 16th Mod 1BR’s, Spacious, C/A, W/D. In Courtyard $1175 $800-850 Broad & Spruce 1Bd's, W/D, C/A, heat incl. Art Area Ultra ModStudio’s 1 && 9th 3Bd's, Deck, Parking laundry $950-1750 ASPEN & 26TH Sunny HW fl&oors, Laundry $750 $850-995 Lombard 1BdW/D, 2Bd, w/d, hardwood, $995-1100 Pine 9th 1 2Bd's, h/w floors, BROWN &Old 26THCity FabGreat 1BR’s, NewW/D kitchens $795-$875 $825-1375 ultra&Studio’s mod &&2Bd's, deck $995 Spruce & 12th 2Bd, 1-1/2 bath, bi-level, laundry MT. VERNON & 21ST Cute Studio, Laundry $795 $1950 University City 3Bd, bath, totally $995-1350 Spruce &2 16th World, renovated 1 & 2Bd's, hardwood SPRING GARDEN & 20TH Great 1BR, HW flOld oors $875 $950-1750 Art Area 3Bd's,Nice W/D,Studio Deck, Parking $700 Collonade-Extremely WALLACESpring & 20THGarden 1BR, HW flUltra oors,Mod EIK,1 &Laundry $875 $825-1375 Old City Fab ultra mod 1 & 2Bd's, deck $600-675 Q.V. &3rd & Bambridge SPRING GARDEN 19TH Fab Studios. 1 & 2Bd's, W/W, C/A $550-$775 $1950 University City 3Bd, 2 bath, totally renovated FAIRMOUNT & 18TH Studio/Loft, W/W, C/Ahardwood, Heat $850 $375 Spring Garden & 19th Studio, $700 Spring Garden Collonade-Extremely Niceincl. Studio $600-675 & Bambridge & 2Bd's, W/W, C/A $625 Fairmount &Q.V. 18th3rdMod 1Bd,CITY C/A, 1W/D OLD $375 Spring Garden & 19th Studio, hardwood, Heat incl. ARCH & 3RD New, UltraGret mod 1BR Mod Flats & Bi-levels, $600 Mt. Vernon & 21st Studio, Yard, Laundry $625 Fairmount & 18th 1Bd, C/A, W/DWD, Gym!! $1700-$2150 $600 Mt. Vernon & 21st Gret Studio, $700 Wallace & 20th 1Bd, parquet floors, yardYard, Laundry MANAYUNK $700 Wallace & 20th 1Bd, parquet floors, yard BAKER STAspen (OFF MAIN) Great 1 &W/W, 2BR, laundry W/W, Parking Incl. $695-$950 $600 & 26th 1Bd, $600 Aspen & 26th 1Bd, W/W, laundry

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325 Spruce (2R) Society Hill Studio , full bath, wood floors , separate kitchen, heat & h/w inc $795.00 1624 Spruce Furnished Studio, bath, kitchen, c/a, w/d, available now $1,450.00


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TW0 THREE & FOUR BEDROOM APARTMENTS 1904 Christian St All New Beautiful 2 Br., 1 Bath, c/a, w&d,, g/d,d/w 2 avail. $1,749-$1,849 715 N. 6th St (N. Liberties) Large bi-level 3 Brs., 1 Bath, deck, w/d., garden $1,400.00 1527 S. 4th St Large 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Bi-level, wood floors, w&d



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1425 Locust (The Aria) 1 Br., 1.5 Bths, central air,w&d,g/d,d/w, microwave 736 S. 8th St 3rd flr1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, c/a, washer &dryer., g/d, d/w, deck 265A S. 4th St. Society Hill Bi-level 1 Br.,1 Bth.,hi-ceilings, c/a, w&d, gated prkg. Incl. 2nd & Lombard Up graded 1 Br., 1.5 Baths, balcony, c/a, w&d, nice kitchen, g/d,d/w Abbotts Sq. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, c/a, w&d, tile & w/w carpet 315 New St. Old City (Bridgeview Condo) 1 Bedroom, 1 Bth., c/a, w&d, garage parking inc. 613 S. 8th St 3rd Flr. 1 Br, 1 Bath, w&d, 2 window a/c’s, corner nice light

1535 S. 16th St. 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, c/a, w&d, wood floors, yard $1,400.00 1717 Monument St (Temple University) 5 Brs., 3 Baths, w&d, yard basement $3000.00 238 ‘B’ Delancey St 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath,trinity, wood floors, w&d $1,645.00 861 N Ringgold St( Art Museum ) Renovated 2 Br, 2 Bth., c/a,w/d, wood flrs.,deck garden $1,600.00


1137-43 N. 3rd (Northern Liberties) 5400 sq.ft., C-2, warehouse & office, 2-street access $5,000.00


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Society Hill 742 Lombard St. $509,000 Plumer & Associates

12:30–1:00pm Society Hill 313 S. 2ND St. #3B $389,900 Allan Domb Real Estate

1:00–1:30pm Society Hill 130 Spruce St. $319,900 Allan Domb Real Estate Rittenhouse Square The Warwick 1701 Locust St $899,900 Allan Domb Real Estate

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Graduate Hospital 1021 S. 18th St. #C $424,900 Coldwell Banker Preferred Graduate Hospital 1021 S. 18th St. #B $244,900 Coldwell Banker Preferred Graduate Hospital 1021 S. 18th St. #A $369,900 Coldwell Banker Preferred Graduate Hospital 2051 Catharine St. $424,900 Coldwell Banker Preferred

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114 Kenilworth St. $749,000 Fox & Roach Realtors Queen Village 132 Kenilworth St. $529,500 Fox & Roach Realtors Bella Vista 714 Bainbridge St. $439,900 Fox & Roach Realtors

1:45–2:15pm Society Hill 40 St James Court $579,900 Allan Domb Real Estate

3:00-4:00pm 759 S. 4th St. Queen village $649,000 Fox & Roach Realtors

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23rd & PINE – Spacious One Bedroom plus Den Across from Fitler Sq. park, HW floors, Laundry on premises, AVAILABLE NOW! ALL UTILS INCL. - EXCEPT ELECTRIC $1,535 22nd & SPRUCE – Contemporary One & Two Bedrooms, HW floors, Elevator bldg, Laundry on premise. AVAILABLE JUNE! ALL UTILS INCL. – EXCEPT ELECTRIC FROM $1,035 21ST & KATER – Modern Two Bedroom townhome, W/W, C/A, W/D, Yard & Basement, Dog friendly. AVAILABLE JUNE! $1,835

WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST/OLD CITY THE IMPERIAL: BROAD & SPRUCE – Studio in High rise Elevator Bldg, Great Location near Avenue of the Arts, HW floors, Full kitchen, A/C, Laundry. AVAILABLE NOW/JUNE!


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Studio with wood floors, a marble bathroom and open kitchen, 460 sf $1,495 Junior one bedroom with wood floors, an open contemporary kitchen with breakfast bar, marble bathroom, 504 sf $1,795 1 bedroom, wood floors, spacious contemporary kitchen, marble bathroom, large closet in bedroom, 614 sf $1,950

2 bedroom, 2 bath with all rooms facing south, wood floors, marble baths, open high-end kitchen, W/D, 1008sf $3,500

Washington square hoPkinson house 604-36 S. WASHINGTON SQ. Efficiency with wood floors, an open kitchen and large bathroom, 415 sf $1,050 Studio with an alcove overlooking Washington Square with great closet space, 600 sf $1,425 1 bedroom with a balcony facing south, large kitchen, great closet space, 778 sf $1,600 2 bedroom, 1.5 baths, lots of natural light, treetop views of South Philadelphia, 1200 sf $2,650 700 LOcuST STreeT 2 bedroom, 2 bath, one parking spot included, high end finishes, 1160sf $2,550 indePendence Place 241 SOuTH 6TH STreeT 1 bedroom with a private balcony, open living room/dining room, W/D, large bedroom, great closet space, 928sf $1,600 strickland roW 1014 Spruce STreeT 1 bedroom, 1 bath, hardwood floors, decorative fireplace, seasonal community outdoor pool, 765 sf $1,390 society hill BrIdGevIeW pLAce 315 NeW STreeT Loft style studio with a separate sleeping area, high ceilings, updates throughout, 485sf $1,050

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open kitchen and great closet space, 548 sf $1,395 1 bedroom on a high floor with two bay windows, dramatic city views and an open kitchen, 700 sf $1,795 2 bedroom, 2 bath, bay windows in all rooms with amazing city views, eat-in-kitchen, 1198sf $2,750

Bilevel Chancellor Street townhome with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, wood floors and updated kitchen and baths, 1300sf $2,850 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Walnut Street townhome with an updated kitchen, wood floors, high ceilings, lots of natural light and direct garage access, 1700 sf $3,620

ABBOTT’S SQuAre 530 S. 2Nd STreeT 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath overlooking Headhouse Square with a balcony, spacious living area and great closets, 842 sf $1,495 society hill toWers 200-220 LOcuST STreeT Studio on a high floor with dramatic river and city views to the south, floor-to-ceiling windows, updated bathroom, 508 sf $1,195 1 bedroom on a high floor with dramatic views of the Delaware River, floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of natural light, 728 sf $1,550 Completely renovated corner 1 bedroom with wood floors, an open chef’s kitchen, designer bathroom and city views, 775 sf $2,250 22 FrONT STreeT South-facing 1 bedroom plus loft, 2 bathroom, lots of natural light, wood floors, open kitchen, balcony, 995 sf $2,390 Waterfront Pier 3 3 n columbus blvd 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, terrace, open kitchen, fireplace, one parking spot included, 1300 sf $1,950 avenue of the arts academy house 1420 locust street Junior 1 bedroom on a high floor with panoramic eastern city views and an open updated kitchen, 521 sf $1,495 1 bedroom on a high floor with panoramic south views, a Juliet balcony, W/D, 706 sf $1,750 1 bedroom on a high floor with city views to the north, large living space and dining area and a W/D, 861 sf $1,795

center city one 1326 sPruce street 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, balcony, great entertaining space, open kitchen, amazing closets, washer/ dryer, 1209 sf $2,150 131 SOuTH 13TH STreeT Brand new studio in a walk-up in the heart of Midtown Village with hardwood floors, designer kitchen and bath and washer/dryer, 384 sf $1,250 Brand new 1 bedroom in a walk-up in the heart of Midtown Village with hardwood floors, designer kitchen and bath and washer/dryer, 501 sf $1,575 THe reSIdeNceS AT THe rITz-cArLTON 1414 S peNN SQuAre 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, views of South Penn Square, wood floors, open contemporary kitchen, designer bathroom, 1042 sf $3,250 rittenhouse square the rittenhouse 210 W. rittenhouse sq. Furnished Studio with panoramic western city views, a large bathroom appointed in marble, a separate kitchen $1,795 and washer/dryer, 583 sf the Wellington 135 s. 19th street East facing studio, new carpet, separate kitchen, large bathroom, 423 sf $1,195 1 bedroom with western sunset city views, lots of natural light, new carpet, new kitchen floor and new bathroom vanity, 572 sf $1,595

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1 bedroom with city view to the north, a spacious living/ dining room, 2 large closets, 567 sf $1,350 Large Corner 1 bedroom with lots of natural light, a separate dining room and brand new berber carpet, 826 sf $1,675

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the dorchester 226 W. rittenhouse sq. Efficiency on a high floor with panoramic western city views, 359 sf $1,275 Studio offering partial views of Rittenhouse Square, oversized windows and lots of open space, 573 sf $1,295 1 bedroom facing south with a private balcony, lots of natural light, great closet space and an updated kitchen and bath, 611 sf $1,795 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with wood floors, oversized windows, a private balcony, and washer/dryer, 1119sf $2,560 2 bedroom, 2 bath overlooking Rittenhouse Square, private balcony, new kitchen appliances, lots of natural light, 1231sf $3,350 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with panoramic south and west city views, 2 balconies, wood floors, updated kitchen and baths, 1657 sf $3,750 the rittenhouse savoy 1810 S. rITTeNHOuSe SQ. Efficiency with western city views and great closet space, 461 sf $1,240 313 SOuTH 18TH STreeT 1 bedroom with lots of natural light, a beautifully appointed new kitchen and bathroom, wood floors, one block from Rittenhouse Square, 720 sf $1,675 126 SOuTH 16TH STreeT Brand new studio with wood floors and a modern kitchen and bathroom, half a block from Rittenhouse Row, W/D, 308 sf $1,290

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County Line Rd., Bryn$400,000 Mawr 3BD/2BA; 3-Story Twnhome C/A $339K OpenAddison Sun 11-4pm Mon 12-6pm 4Bed/4Bath; 3941 sqft Cape Cod|on 1.2 acres $699,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, unit 2-4 Bed/1bath $250,000 3 Bed/2 Bath 1,575 sq ft Updated Colonial $525,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 3707 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $525,000 Conshohocken State| Rd., Bala Cynwyd 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse 1440 Flat9-6pm Rock Rd., Penn 12-3pm Valley $525,000 Tues-Fri Sat 604-36 S Washington Sq,#615 Sq. 1830 Addison St. Rittenhouse $525,000 $525,000 5BD/3BA; Renovated Colonial 109 Marywatersford, Bala Cynwyd Sq. 1519 Swain Street, Art Museum Area 5Bed/4.1Bath; 5096sq ftinColonial For Rent 1830 Addison St. 4BD/2BA;$5,500/month Colonial college Park 31830 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, 1Bd/2 Bed/1Bath; 778 sq ftRittenhouse Condo $275,000Sq. 1830 Addison St. Sq. 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Car Garage; $879K 18301256 Addison St.FtRittenhouse Sq. 2 Bed/1.1 Bath; 1288 sq ftUtilities Townhome Round Hill Road, Bryn Mawr $2,500,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, $450,000 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, “The Hermitage” Completely renovated 6BD/5.1BA; 3 Bd/2 Ba; RenovatedTownhome, -- OAK HILL PENN VALLEY -1501 S. 12th Street - Passyunk Square 121 Pennswood Road, Bryn Mawr 3,834 sq ft; $799,000 $525,000 3722 Hamilton St., Powelton Village 6 Bed/4.1 Bath; 7563 Sq Ft 3 Story Colonial $525,000 $525,000


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921 N Bambrey St Charming home flooded with with Natural light and abundance of character on quiet friendly St


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


1219 N 31st St Beautiful Spacious Home with modern updates garage and whirlpool tub


1921 Hamilton St Parking Included 3BR/2.5BA located in the hottest neighborhood in the city


500 N 19th St Easy Low Maintenance living right around the corner from the Barnes Museum! OPEN HOUSE JUNE 1ST FROM 1:30-2:30 $414,000 1900 Hamilton St Unit C-6 Courtyard Unit at the Tivoli with a private patio, 2BR/2BA, Covered Parking

408 S 19th St 2BR/2.5BA renovated house with historic details and roof deck, two blocks from Rittenhouse Sq



2037 Spruce St Modern tech savvy 1860’s Brownstone featured in Forbes Magazine for “Smart House” Features!


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


North Phila – 2428 N 25th St Comercially zoned Corner Property W/ Fenced side and backyard, Last Used as Family Daycare $52,900 West Phila – 5735 Filbert St 19139


Carroll Park – 6016 W Thompson St spacious home on safe block with Large bedrooms!


North Phila – 2430 N 25th St Mixed Use Property in Features storefront, private full bath and large 5BR home with garage $62,900

RITTENHOUSE SQUARE / FILTER SQUARE / AVENUE OF THE ARTS 1425 Locust St #4B Spacious 900+ Sq Ft 1BR/1.5BA Condo with new Kitchen and Baths in Luxury bldg

117 N 63rd St Unimproved Lot

Germantown – 5905 McCallum St Super Cute & Cozy Starter Home in the heart of Germantown! $389,900 $1,950,000



Greys Ferry – 1604 S Newkirk St Great Investment opportunity for an investor looking for turnkey rental income or a new home buyer $69,900 Southwest – 6201-6205 Harley Ave Clean Vacant Land waiting to be built on, New Consruction going on everywhere Make an Offer!


Port Richmond – 3126 Belgrade St Great Investment Property in a lively popular neighborhood!


1215-21 Wood St #3 Rare 2BR/2BA condo with 2 Car Parking Combining Contemporary with Industrial


Point Breeze – 1501 S Newkirk St Corner Commercial with income producing apt above perfect for an investment or new business


5 Loxley Ct Historic Brick courtyard 4BR/2BA 2 Fireplaces, Kitchen recently renovated, Patio


Cobbs Creek – 5811 Washington Ave 4BR/2.5BA home with enclosed porch updated kitchen and original details


Creek – 6112 Washington Ave Lovely and Spacious Old World Home Ready for your personal touches!


7804 Buist Ave 19153 Philadelphia


SOCIETY HILL / WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST 1110 Lombard St #12 Gorgeous Renovated 1BR/1BA with boutique hotel inspired lofted master suite Low condo fee 319 S Iseminger St Bright Charming Trinity Style 2BR, Hardwood Floors, Garden, Lovely Block

$292,000 $319,000

Germantown – 241 E Armat St Great Investment Opp! Duplex plus 2 Large garages u unit -4BR/2BA 2nd Unit 2BR/1BA $139,000

219 S Sartain St Charming renovated 2BR/1BA, C/A, Lined fireplaces, Patio


Old Kensington – 146 W Palmer St Great Corner Location Commercial Space with a 2 BR Apt above being sold In AS IS Condition

108 Lombard St Newly Renovated 3BR/1.5BA,Custom Kitchen baths, Garage Roofdeck


Upper Olney – 6130 N Franklin St Beautiful home recently renovated in mint condition 3BR/1.5BA garage full finished basement $159,000

520 Delancey St Wonderful Extra Wide 3BR/2BA Society Hill Mansion built in1820 on Cherished brick walk block


1101 Locust St 5BC 4BR or 3BR+Den Private terrace Parking high End Kitchen


QUEEN VILLAGE/ BELLA VISTA / GRADUATE HOSPITAL / SOUTH PHILA. 1014 W Oregon Ave Fresh Renovated 3BR/1BA, Large 16x20 Concrete Patio



North Phila – Temple University area 1838 N 19th St 19121


Point Breeze – 2238 Titan St Stunning 2BR home, New Everything C/A, Granite, SS Appliances HW Floors Must See!


1810 S 4th St 19148


West – 3508-10 W Allegheny Ave This Beautiful well maintained home located on the out skirts of East Falls , Won’t Last long


2251 League St Amazing 3BR updated home HW Floors CA and SS Appliances


Fishtown – 1800 Memphis St 3BR/1BA with Characer modern updates lots of ligt and utdoor space at a totally doable price


228-30 Catharine St #2 Lovely Queen Village trinity style home, Courtyard 2BR/1BA in Unit laundry C/A


East Falls – 3442 Bowman St Spacious 3R home with C/A, Lrg backyard and easy to park street


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


412 Bainbridge St D Unique 2BR home with HW Floors, Custom roof deck and a modern BR


1020 S Randolph St Updated 3BR/2BA with Large Garden


1521 Catherine St 3 Story, 3BR with Den 1.5 BA Renovated Kitchen and baths Yard Great Light


2533 Kimball St 2BR/1BA Move in Condition


1521 Catherine St 3 Story, 3BR with Den 1.5 BA Renovated Kitchen and baths Yard Great Light


1021 S 18th St #A Large Bi-Level 2BR/2BA condo with Family room and rear garden, Low fees OPEN HOUSE JUNE 1ST FROM 1-3 $369,900 OPEN HOUSE JUNE 1ST FROM 1-3 $244,900

1021 S 18th St Unit B Large 1BR/1BA condo with Deck Low Fees


2051 Catharine St Large Victorian 3BR/2BA with Garden and Bi-Level Roof Deck


1021 S 18th St Unit C Large Bi-Level 2BR/2BA Condo with 2 Decks


Germantown/Wissahickon Pk – 306 W Hortter St 5BR/4BA updated Victorian steps away from Wissahickon Pk and Germantown shopping district


Chinatown – 1100 Vine St P201 2BR Penthouse unit with HW Floors and a modern kitchen Pet Friendly


East Passyunk 2031 S 10th St Join us for a tour of this beautifully Renovated S Philly Home near Passyunk Sq

$325,000 $339,000

Fishtown – 813 E Girard Ave Great 4BR/1.5BA Stylish Home with Lots of Character


Temple University – 2125 N 15th St Attn: Investors Fully reno 3 Unit Bldg – HW Floors, SS appl W/D in each unit 2BR/1BA


- June 4

Hawthorne – 1118 Webster 2BR/2BA Totally Renovated 1 Yr Paring next door paid by seller

719 S Schell St Stunning 3BR/2.5BA in Meredith district on a beautiful tree lined street

Navel Square - 500 Admirals Way #221 Spectacular 2BR with Den Bright open Floor plan Upgraded throughout


New boiler All utilities separate


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2051 Catharine St Large Victorian 3BR/2BA with Garden and Bi-Level Roof Deck

Fishtown - 1822 Diamond St G reat Investment Opportunity! Duplex in the Temple U Area, Made up of 2 Units 1 -2BR 2nd 5BR $285,000

1101 Washington Sq PH8 Large 2BR/2BA loft with Den/Office or 3rd BR Potential, Garage Parking, Bridge Views


Northeast Phila – 7233 Rising Sun Ave 19111


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1219 N Randolph St #1F Contemp 2BR/2BA Condo HW Floors SS Appl, Granite Counters Flagstone patio

721 S 3rd St 19147 3BR/2.5 A renovated Meredith catchment area home w/ private patio

OPEN HOUSE JUNE 1ST FROM 12-2:00 $445,000 OPEN HOUSE JUNE 1ST FROM 12-2:00 $479,000

Temple University- 1132 Nevada St. Newer construction- duplex in the heart of Temple off campus housing, high cap rate $389,999


813-17 N 5th St #301 Spacious Loft Style 2BR/1BA Condo in Prime location Private deck with bridge views


419 Brown St Live in the heart of Northern Liberties in this spacious and light corner Property!


1013 N Lawrence St Beautiful 3BR/1BA Home with Deck and Patio

2201-3 N Front St Apt#3 Great Investment opportunity! Corner Property inc (3) 1 BR Apts, Catering Hall, New Roof


1524 N Hancock St #202 Bi-Level Unit open loft space HW Floors, Large Windows, 14 FT Ceilings, Open kitchen W/ Granite $350,000

Frankford – 4441-49 Frankford Ave Opportunity to own a supermarket with gross receipts between $40K-60K a Month in Phila


Mt Airy – 520 E Durham Spacious and stunning 4BR/3,5BA detached home in an excellent neighborhood


Gladwyne – 1147 Conshohocken State Rd Updated 3BR/3BA home on almost an acre in Gladwyne, Two Car garage, Fenced in Yard Old Kensington – 1954-58 & 1960 N 2nd St Commercial Investment opportunity! 3 Story Warehouse plus bar and garage

$639,000 $1,000,000

Grays Ferry- 2501 Oakford St. Vacant WH with lots of potential for residential conversion, commercial use, warehouse or office space! $1,950,000

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Avenue of the Arts

Art Museum



2 bedroom, 1.5 bath on a high floor with north and east city views, large great room and a W/D in the unit, 1019 sf $369,900 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, only ‘A’ unit

1 bedroom overlooking the Art Museum with a large kitchen, spacious great room and excellent closet space throughout, 1262 sf $210,000

with balcony in the building, open living and dining rooms, northeast city views, $539,900 1532 sf

1 bedroom+ loft, 2 bathroom, hardwood floors, southern exposure and lots of natural light, balcony, high end finishes, one parking spot in building garage, 995 sf $479,900




1 bedroom on a high floor with panoramic southern views, lots of natural light, great closet space, an open kitchen, balcony and W/D, 873 sf

Society Hill




Rittenhouse Square

1830 RITTENHOUSE SQUARE 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, wood floors, lots of natural light,updated eat-in kitchen, marble bath, beautiful original building $639,900 details, 1136 sf

Corner 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom with original building details including high ceilings and oversized windows as well as high-end modern features such as an open chef’s kitchen, there are custom stained glass windows throughout and lots of natural light, 1900 sf $1,295,000

One-of-a-kind bi-level penthouse with spectacular southern views and amazing natural light, marble bathrooms, a large kitchen appointed with high end finishes and appliances, 1565 sf

degree city views, hardwood floors,


$269,900 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, north and west

treetop city views, wood floors, floor-toceiling windows, great living/entertaining space, 1183 sf $479,900


Impeccable Society Hill townhome with 4 bedrooms+ a study, 4 full baths and 1 half bath, formal entertaining space, two car garage, patio and garden, $2,250,000 4974 sf



an open floor plan with chef’s kitchen, marble bathrooms, washer/dryer, 1978 sf


1 bedroom, recently updated open


Junior 1 bedroom with north city views, an open contemporary kitchen, wood floors, custom California closet, marble appointed bathroom, W/D, 499 sf

$344,950 South-facing 1 bedroom overlooking the building’s rooftop pool club, wood floors, open contemporary kitchen, marble bath, 512 sf $369,900 Junior 1 bedroom overlooking the building’s landscaped courtyard with wood floors, contemporary kitchen, large bay window and marble appointed bathroom, W/D, 700 sf $379,900 1 bedroom, wood floors, balcony, marble bath, excellent closet space, 765 sf

$389,900 2 bedroom home converted to a custom 1 bedroom plus den, 2 baths, furnished, designer finishes and features,

130 SPRUCE STREET kitchen, new wood floors in living room, beautifully appointed bathroom, W/D, parking space included, 915 sf

Open House 6/1 1:00-1:30 $319,900

313 S. 2ND ST. #3B 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath with direct street access, one parking spot included, wood floors, an open updated kitchen, lots of natural light, 915 sf

Open House 6/1 12:30-1:00 $389,900

PARC RITTENHOUSE 2080 SF $1,075,000



open floor plan, luxurious master suite, southern views, 1079 sf $885,000

Spacious 2 bedroom plus home office, 2 bathroom with an open chef’s

kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, formal dining room, lavish master suite, marble bathrooms, excellent closet space and two private balconies overlooking the building’s landscaped courtyard, 2080 sf



2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, floor-to-ceiling bay windows, eat-in-kitchen, generous entertaining space, 1198 sf

$499,900 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom townhome with direct access to Walnut Street and the building lobby, open floor plan on ground floor, bay windows offering lots of natural $599,900 light and city views, 2400 sf Chancellor Street townhome with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, hardwood floors and updated kitchen and baths, $599,900 1300 sf

Washington Square


2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with balcony and treetop city views, wood floors, open updated kitchen, renovated baths, 1173 sf $519,900

HOPKINSON HOUSE 604 S. WASHINGTON SQUARE Deluxe 1 bedroom on a high floor

with magnificent Washington Square views, large and open living/dining rooms, $359,900 great closet space, 1063 sf


Three story Washington Square town-

home with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, parking, an open kitchen, private patio and $850,000 basement, 2740 sf

220 W. WASHINGTON SQUARE Entire floor home with 3 bedrooms and 3

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


Sun-soaked bi-level with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, wood floors and a recently renovated $289,900 kitchen, 857 sf

Allan Domb Real Estate 215.545.1500 • “WE COOPERATE WITH ALL REALTORS®”

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Open House 6/1 1:00-1:30 $899,900 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom with 270

Open House 6/1 1:45-2:15 $579,900

floor-to-floor ceiling windows, panoramic southern views, 712 sf $259,900 1 bedroom, wood floors, floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking river views, potential investment opportunity, 700 sf

1 bedroom, excellent closet space,

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soaring ceiling heights, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, renovated kitchen and baths, wood floors, balcony, 1566


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Multi-level townhouse condo with


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