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In response to Bill Chenevert’s article about Jay-Z’s collaboration with Budweiser to put on the Made in America concert:

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How could any of the museums pull in new people from this? There is no re-entry if you leave the festival. This is going to damage traditional Philly tourism, not help it. All else aside, I just hope there aren’t riots. Two 8-foot fences are not enough to stop the type of crowds that could turn out around the event. ANONYMOUS via philadelphiaweekly.com

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Fairmount resident here, 27th and Brown. Regret to say that the local businesses are seeing very little income from MIA. They’ve been here for a week, setting up, but have had on-site catering from the start. The PMA was empty today. At our local diner this morning for breakfast, the staff was disappointed with volume. Hopefully, since the show ends at 11, the local late-night establishments will see some mad business tonight. In the meantime, if someone could drop some supplies by helicopter ... none of us can risk losing our parking spaces. MARIKAY via philadelphiaweekly.com

Wow, Negadelphia lives! Will it be more challenging to access the museums? Sure. But the Philadelphia Museum of Art has the West entrance and the Barnes’ entrance is not on the Parkway. Disruptive people might cause problems, but the police handle that all the time. The concert really has the potential to show Philly in a wonderful light and to encourage people to visit. It’s huge that this is being staged here and not in N.Y.C. or L.A. The longer I live here, the more I believe that negativity has held this region back.

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Jay-Z is an artist with very little integrity, as his music is violent, misogynist, materialistic, etc. The event is corporate because it fits right into his belief system! Shame on the city of Philadelphia for not organizing a not-for-profit event that benefits women, children, families, local organizations, etc., hit hardest by the recession. I agree 100 percent with Belafonte. He is a celebrity/activist who understands social responsibility! DEE via philadelphiaweekly.com

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In response to Brian Freedman’s review of Urban Enoteca at the Latham Hotel: Excellent review, Brian! While the description of the food at Urban Enoteca will make me stick to beer nuts there, you are also describing the greatest problem for wine drinkers in PA (actually in the U.S. in general; things are not much better from Seattle to New York): insane pricing. Yeah, yeah, I know the licenses are expensive (another story) but serving up a line of cheap (and often cheaply made) wines and charging more per glass than the bottle price in the store, is simply unacceptable. Some of that swill should permanently be sold for $5 or under, while better wines could be $8 or $9 (not the $14-$18 often charged). How can a decent wine culture develop with prices like that, especially given the rotten price/quality ratio. [On the other hand,] on their website, Urban Enoteca lists a long list of Northwest wineries that make well-made and very good wines (bubblies by Treveri, wines by Anam Cara, Helioterra, and other reputable small producers). If their price is right, I’ll be there. EPICES via philadelphiaweekly.com

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A recovering alcoholic documents the struggles of our city’s homeless.

hen Charlie O’Hay started photographing Philadelphia’s streets two years ago, he wanted to reconnect with a city vastly different from the one he moved to in 1967 as a 5-year-old boy. O’Hay thought viewing Philadelphia through a camera lens would help reacquaint him. But what began as a recording of the city’s transforming architecture soon evolved into a portrait of one particular urban element: the homeless. Maybe it’s because the 50-year-old freelance writer and editor is a recovering alcoholic who was “pretty much a brown-bag, 40-ounce malt liquor drunk from 1980 to 1995.” He says his personal struggles with alcohol and drugs allowed him to relate to the city’s homeless population. And since November 2010, as part of his “Everyone Has a Name” photo-essay project, O’Hay has posted more than 200 images of nearly 160 people on his Flickr account, putting a much-needed face to a marginalized population. The “strictly amateur” shutterbug hopes the project can help local agencies like Journey of Hope and Project H.O.M.E. contact and provide help to those in his photographs. According to O’Hay, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services uses his images to identify people in need and improve its own information databases. He plans to donate 20 percent of sale proceeds from his 2011 poetry and photo collection, Far From Luck, to the organization this November. We asked O’Hay, who is now 16 years sober, about his project and the emotional toll of photographing people in need.

How did your project evolve from documenting the city to portraying the homeless? When I was drinking, living in the city and playing harmonica on the street corner for quarters occasionally, I met a lot of guys who were … panhandling, homeless, or either in the shelter system or living in squats and abandoned houses. These were my friends ... When I started this project, I found it far easier to talk to people who were panhandling. I was never very comfortable asking average working people for their photograph because the first [response] you always get is, “What are you gonna use it for? This isn’t going to be on the web, is it?” or “I don’t have time. No.” But when you talk to homeless people, you’ll never hear [them] say, “I don’t have time for a portrait.” Do you sometimes find it difficult? Emotionally, it’s very hard to see some people really struggle. There are people I worry about … I try to give them what I can as far as a food card or something that won’t contribute to their addiction. Who’s the most memorable person you’ve photographed? I did a series of photographs of a young couple, [Greg & Sophia, pictured above], who are really struggling [with addiction issues] and I’m hoping they get the help they need. They’re in serious crisis. [They] have been living in a tent, somewhere at the fringes of Center City, though they never mentioned where. Last I saw Sophia was on Fri., Aug. 24. She was crying and said Greg had left. She had no idea

On the streets: Photographer Charlie O’Hay (below) has documented the struggles of Sophia and Greg (above), a young homeless couple O’Hay says is living in a tent near Center City.

where he had gone. I happened to have in my pocket a contact sheet of city agencies that aid the homeless, so I gave it to her. Another woman, Jess, whom I’ve also photographed, said she would take Sophia to a shelter. That’s the last I know. What is the ultimate message of “Everyone Has a Name”? To de-stigmatize homelessness and to change this view that homelessness is the end—that people just go from there to the grave. That’s a terrible misconception—that the homeless are somehow reckless or doomed. People get out of it all the time. You just don’t hear about [it]. I’m hoping in the future of this project, I’ll get to connect with people who have been out from the system, homelessness or addiction [and document their story]. (Annamarya Scaccia)

For more images from Charlie O’Hay’s “Everyone Has a Name” project, visit flickr.com. Far From Luck (Lucky Bat Books) is available on amazon.com

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GOP: Deny Health Care By Any Means Necessary! epublicans in the state Legislature show no signs of backing off their deep hatred of health care. And come fall 2012, you might see the making of a Pennsylvania constitutional amendment to prove their point. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court held up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And within hours of the decision, Gov. Corbett made clear that he wasn’t happy with it. While not outright saying he didn’t plan to comply with it, he noted he’d “ensure the negative impact of this law affects the lives of Pennsylvanians as little as possible.”

When PW attempted to get some specifics, we were sent an email from Deputy Director of Communications and New Media Kelli Roberts, reading: “The Governor has not at this time made a formal decision regarding federal Medicaid expansion, we are currently looking at the costs to assess true state impact.” See, the court decision allows states to deny the act’s Medicaid expansion provision, which adds people with incomes below 133 percent of the $11,170 federal poverty level to the public rolls. Several governors, including Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker

of Wisconsin, have pledged to deny the new medical insurance to their state’s poor. But the Legislature could take the whole thing even further. Some Republicans in the state House and Senate have pledged to “stop the intrusion by the federal government into their lives” by any means necessary. And at this point, the only option would be a constitutional amendment. Obviously, getting something like that done would be tricky. But hey, voter-ID passed, so you never know. In fact, back in March, on the same day voter-ID was passed, a state Senate panel ap-

proved a proposal that’d make the ‘individual mandate’ portion of the health-care act illegal. Which means nothing—yet. To put that idea into law now that the decision has been handed down by the Supreme Court, the anti-health-care legislation will have to be approved in two consecutive legislative sessions. Then, it would have to be put on the ballot and approved by a majority of Pennsylvania voters. Best-case scenario for Republicans: It’s on the ballot in May 2013. Which is possible, considering what we’ve seen out of Harrisburg over the last year. (Randy LoBasso)


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Top 3 Text-and-Walk Options Philly Hasn’t Tried bout a year ago, CBS3 reported that the Nutter administration was going to begin ticketing people who were seen texting while walking. Though false, the report made it all over the Internet, providing cynical commentary from sites like Gawker as well as insane, wing-nutty banter from Fox News and the National Review, whose writers and commenters used the story as an example of swollen government nanny-statism. This April Fool’s Day, the Mayor’s Office turned around and made fun of the media’s gullibility by marking a fake “texting lane” on 15th Street. Joking aside, texting and walking is a serious problem. Here are some real solutions other cities have taken up to deal with the problem of walking into traffic while your brain is on vacation. 1. London Pads Their Lampposts In 2008, an Internet video clip showed pedestrians walking down Wrap Brick Lane in East London and crashing into lampposts and trash bins. So, as a public relations ploy, 118118 and Living Streets, a company and a charity respectively, attached rugby goalpost

cushions to the posts for 24 hours to see if it made a difference. The conversation quickly turned to whether this made London more of a “nanny state,” though a survey of 1,000 plugged-in Brits found 10 percent have suffered an injury while texting. 2. Fort Lee, N.J., Ups Its Jaywalking Tickets Considering the scope of the problem, there have been few recent scientific studies conducted regarding texting and walking in the United States. How many people are truly fucking themselves up because they need to know what their mom thought of last night’s episode of Mob Wives? We don’t know. But here’s what we do know: In 2008, before everyone had a smartphone, more than 1,000 American pedestrians visited the emergency room as a result of texting or phone-talking accidents. And Fort Lee, N.J., has had enough. They upped the price of a jaywalking ticket to $85 earlier this year. Police Chief Thomas Ripoli noted it was the only thing they could think to do about the problem. “They’re not walking in the crosswalks. They’re walking against the red light,

and they’re being struck by vehicles,” he told ABC News. “We had three fatalities this year, and 23 people hurt, hit, [in] a three-month period.” 3. Incorporate Apps Takes the Next Logical Step A study done by Stony Brook University found texters were 60 percent more likely to veer into traffic. That’s why a company named Incorporate Apps created Walk and Text, an application for Androids and iPhones for which they promise: “You will never again run into another person or object while texting,” and: “Hitting those lampposts is

history.” The app uses your phone’s camera in real time to turn the entire background of your screen into, effectively, a transparent window. Because your phone no longer blocks the view, Incorporate Apps says, you’re sure to never run into anything ever again. And no Philly cop will ever again act as your nanny, handing out tickets because you couldn’t wait to find out the latest on Big Ang. (Randy LoBasso)

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The $11.6 Million Mystery The Philadelphia Archdiocese is far from candid about its supposed price tag for responding to its sex-abuse charges. The figure includes costs that are irrelevent and unattributed.

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By Tara Murtha // tmurtha@philadelphiaweekly.com ith the trial against ex-priest Father Charles Engelhardt and former schoolteacher Bernard Shero beginning yesterday, the Philadelphia Archdiocese is making headlines yet again. The archdiocese has been in the news constantly lately, between the landmark conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn; the battle over statute of limitations on child-sex abuse; the closing of many Catholic schools; and all the brouhaha surrounding the incipient sale of a few lavish real-estate holdings—including Villa St. Joseph, a 19-room, 9,800-square-foot house on the Jersey shore featuring two elevators and assessed at $6.2 million. And in article after article, the figure $11.6 million pops up. The $11.6 million—you may have seen it in the news as $11 million, $10.6 million or $10 million—is, reporters inform us, the price the church has paid so far responding to “the current clergy sex-abuse scandal” or, to use ever-so-slightly clearer language, “the latest grand jury investigation into clergy sex-abuse and the criminal prosecution of Msgr. William J. Lynn.” The figure is never attributed. It just hangs there, as if it is confirmed fact. Trouble is, it’s not. So where’s it from? This past June, amid international headlines about the case against Lynn, the Archdiocese published a document titled the “Financial Report of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.” The introduction to the report was written by Archbishop Charles Chaput: “The cost of responding to the grand jury report, the investigations related to priests on administrative leave, the subsequent criminal and civil legal proceedings and the investigation into the embezzlement has been heavy.” Chaput states that “roughly $1.6 million” of these “extraordinary costs” occurred fiscal 2011, with the remaining $10 million or so accruing in the time period ending March 31, 2012. “The embezzlement” refers to the recent conviction of former Archdiocese CFO Anita Guzzardi, sentenced last week to two to seven years for stealing $906,000. So how much did it cost the Archdiocese to investigate Guzzardi? The report doesn’t say. So why are reporters rolling that unspecified cost into this catchall price tag related to the sexabuse scandal—and not pointing out that the figure came from the church itself? Financial figures coming from the Archdiocese, a notoriously secretive organization,

should be not published without skepticism, nevermind lacking attribution. We’re talking about an organization that had a room full of secret documents—called “Secret Archives,” right out of a Scooby-Doo episode—that contained information detailing priests sexabuse histories; memos outlining clandes-

all they want is transparency. They haven’t found it in general, and certainly not in Philadelphia. “I’ve been trying … to get financial statements [from the Philadelphia Archdiocese] and I can’t get anything,” Ruhl told PW on a recent call. “They just will not provide au-

Donna Farrell, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, says that “audits were conducted for the entities for which disclosure was made,” and confirms the lack of cash-flow statements and accompanying notes. “We believe [the report does] provide a transparent view of the financial condition

No financial figures coming from the Archdiocese, a notoriously secretive organization, should be shared without skepticism. We’re talking about an organization that had a room full of secret documents called “Secret Archives,” right out of a Scooby-Doo episode. tine lobbying efforts to ensure that Pennsylvania’s statute of limitation on child sex abuse would not be extended; and a memo strategizing how to keep all of it out of the hands of attorneys for civil lawsuits, should the day come. Well, that day has come. After the criminal trials end, at least nine civil lawsuits are next. Which brings us to a much bigger problem than the mystery sum: The report itself, the supposedly “candid” snapshot of the church’s financials, is—in the words of an accounting expert who has spent the last eight years reviewing financial reports from the almost 200 dioceses and archdioceses in the U.S.—“virtually worthless” for anyone who wants to really know what’s going on. Jack Ruhl is a professor of accounting at Western Michigan University who started researching the financial reporting habits of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States in 2004 after learning, 20 years into marriage, that his wife was sexually assaulted by a priest while growing up. Ruhl says his family doesn’t not want financial compensation from their church;

dited financial statements.” Ruhl graciously and eagerly reviewed the June report. “There’s no auditor’s report, and that’s the gold standard for financial reporting,” he says. “[The lack of an auditor] is not a surprise because an auditor is prohibited from putting his name on a piece of work like this … it’s incomplete.” Ruhl noted that the report doesn’t include any money from parishes and lacks a statement of cash flow and financial notes. “There is so much that is not included that you don’t know. Is $11 million a big piece of the whole puzzle or a tiny piece of the whole puzzle?” asks Ruhl. “It’s just very frustrating to try to make sense out this.” “In my opinion, [unaudited reports] are misleading attempts to show that everything is transparent.” Ralph Cipriano, a local journalist who has been reporting on the Philadelphia Archdiocese since the 1990s, says, “It’s a shell game, what they do. They always have a purpose for what they do and they never tell the truth. They certainly don’t level with people about what’s going on financially. I wouldn’t put much stock in [the report.]”

and changes in net assets for the entities included in our disclosure.” Farrell notes that the 257 parishes all have separate budgets and reporting methods. The fact of the matter is that despite several local attempts, no one has yet been able to access the true wealth of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, let alone the Roman Catholic Church at large. Not even The Economist, which published a story about attempting to do just that last month, has been able to uncover the true wealth of the Roman Catholic Church’s finances. Due to “the overall lack of openness,” The Economist’s investigators were left to extrapolate estimates from records discovered during formal bankruptcy proceedings, pretty much the only window into the Church’s financial affairs in the U.S. It’s an interesting read with a stark threeword conclusion about the church’s money: An unholy mess. n The Breakdown is written by PW’s senior writer Tara Murtha, who regularly reports on urban violence, policy, gender, and any other socialjustice issues we can think of.


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Citizen engagement gets a boost from Ad Hawk, a new app that follows the money behind campaign commercials. s an ad slamming President Obama’s tax policies prompts a YouTube video, local software developer Bob Lannon takes out his iPhone. He opens up an app, holds it to the speaker and puts his thumb to a big button in the middle of the screen. Within 25 seconds, the app returns information on the source: a conservative super PAC titled Crossroads Generation. A splash page shows information on its spending for and against candidates of either party, a history of its ad buys and a link to information on its donors. Following campaign money has never been easier—or more important. This year has seen an unprecedented flood of negative campaign ads in swing states like Pennsylvania. In the super PAC era of politics, voters may wonder about the veracity of mean-spirited advertisements sponsored by Orwellian-sounding entities. But courtesy of a group of activist Philadelphia software developers and their collaborators at a nonprofit government watchdog: There’s an app for that. A free app released Aug. 22 by the Sunlight Foundation—an organization that seeks to ensure government transparency—Ad Hawk works like popular music identification apps Shazam and Soundhound. You hold your iPhone or Android-based phone to an audio source, and the app links you to information about that source. It’s just one of many citizenempowerment apps that have cropped up as election season gets under way. (See Page 16 for a list of useful election apps.) To many, none of this would have been necessary were it not for a sea-change in election finance a couple winters ago. In January 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, saying that the nonprofit Citizens United had a person-like right to political speech. The decision overturned portions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which had prohibited nonprofit issue organizations and their corporate or union backers from engaging in political speech. With the ruling, corporations, unions and other nonhuman entities could now throw unlimited money at political campaigns. And so the super PAC—an organization unaffiliated with political candidates that could receive and spend unlimited monies from donors of all kinds— was born. Many adopted politically ambiguous names like Endorse Liberty, Inc. and Majority PAC. Since then, the super PAC has become an increasingly important force in campaign advertising. The 2010 midterm elections saw the first flood of super PAC campaign spending— 83

super PACs spent $62.2 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and Federal Election Commission filings. As of June 2012, according to the Sunlight Foundation, the current election cycle has seen 720 super PACs spend a total of $216.9 million. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, super PAC expenditures make about 66 percent of all political advertising expenditure this cycle. In 2010, that figure stood at just 13 percent. The story behind Ad Hawk’s development is equal parts civics and tech. In Philadelphia, Lannon, then a developer at Horsham medical tech company Verilogue, was driving to work, listening to the radio. “I heard them talking about [the Citizens United court case]” Lannon says, “it just so happened that I had been interested in how audio fingerprinting systems [like Shazam] work ... I thought, ‘one way to balance the scale might be to use that audio fingerprinting approach to give people more information about the ad and their funders as they’re hearing them.” Lannon knew he had the technical tools to help him push back against what he saw as an unfair ruling. He aired his app idea at a meet-up of the Philadelphia Hacks/Hackers group, made up of journalists and technologists. “People’s faces just lit up,” he says. Soon, he had a team to help him create the precursor to Ad Hawk. He assembled a clique of like-minded locals—Erika Owens, Jim Snavely, Jake Richter, and Pam Selle. Software developers and tech administrators by day, they used their free time to code an app that could use audio fingerprinting to link a user from an ad to a factchecking site. The project’s core was the audio recognition—once you could effectively recognize an ad, you could link a user to any related information you wanted. The team started moving the project toward the finish, adhering closely to a set of principles that emphasized non-proprietary, open-source coding. In December 2011, they held a “Hackathon” session during a meet-up with the Philly chapter of Random Hacks of Kindness, an organization Owens says “brings together subject matter experts and developers for a weekend to build teams that create projects that have a social good.” By February 2012, they had a functional prototype of Ad Hawk. “The vision was that this could be the central service inside of a larger journalistic effort,” Lannon says. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., at the Sunlight Foundation, managing editor Kathy Kiely said that the organization “had been talking

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Fighting back: Ad Hawk reveals the players behind pricey—and overly negative—campaign commercials.

amongst ourselves ... wouldn’t it be nice if there was a Shazam for political ads? A lot of them are being produced by these groups with these Orwellian names and you can’t figure out who they are.” Kiely adds that “We just don’t have the number of journalists that we used to,” she says, “so the people who would normally be the watchdogs, cataloguing all of this either aren’t there or they are do damn busy to do it ... A tool like [Ad Hawk] empowers citizens.” And luckily for Lannon, Sunlight had already heard of him. Kiely had been receiving word from colleagues in Philly who had seen Lannon’s app demonstrations. “In talking to him, it became clear that, one, he was using some pretty sophisticated technology to perform this task and had made a lot of progress already,” says Tom Lee, who heads Sunlight’s tech arm. “Two, he was anxious to find a home for the work he had done.” Plus, Sunlight had the resources to do what Lannon’s team of nightshifters could not —research, analyze and maintain the soon-to-be

huge database of ads and Federal Election Commission filings hitting the airwaves during election season. They proved to be a unique match—an engineer with an idea and an organization with the perfect outlet. They offered Lannon a contract to develop Ad Hawk, and after months of development, the app is on the market in time for the conventions. “One thing folks are not apathetic about,” says Richard Hasen, an expert in election law and campaign finance at the University of California, Irvine, “is they don’t like negative ads, and in the battleground states, there’s a lot of fatigue about the ads that are run.” He suggests that voters want to “get to the bottom of who is annoying them the most.” Judging by the number of downloads since the app’s launch—5,500 as of Sept. 2—there are a lot of voters willing to do just that. The Sunlight Foundation’s donation databases are available online at reporting.sunlightfoundation.com. Ad Hawk is available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play.


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e Americans are changing. Newspaper companies have added blogs and weird video content. The president chats with Reddit users. Twitter is a “legitimate” source for constantly updated news. So God forbid we pay attention to the presidential election with anything less than the full power of an iPhone. Sensing a massive gap in both the market and our attention spans, the technocrats have created new tools to help get us through the massive pit of hellfire we sometimes call “election season.” (And much to their credit, they’ve done it with instructions that don’t include “Step 1: Drink a massive amount of alcohol.”) Here are five election apps you should download now. 5. Drudge Report Call us oldfashioned, but we love misleading, often blatantly racist headlines that link us to right-wing websites peddling Beltway-bubble batshit with a xenophobic hatred of President Obama. It helps us get through the day. Which is why we love the Drudge Report. In the lead-up to the election, there are going to be a lot of polls out there—and sometimes we only want to be linked to the ones showing Mitt Romney in the lead. 4. PollTracker For the wonky, horserace-centric politicos amongst us, PollTracker can keep you company better than MSNBC at midnight. The free application gives you an aggregated average of poll numbers for every U.S. Senate, House and governor’s race around the country—and, of course, the presidency. Plus, you can actually look up voter information by gender, age and by issue. 3. Yo! Philly Votes Local voting-rights activist Faye Anderson will soon be releasing a made-for-Philly app (available on Election Day but accessible

online starting the first week October) that’ll allow voters to report mischief at the polls in an attempt to avoid another voter-intimidation controversy like the New Black Panther ordeal back in 2008. PW spoke to Anderson last week about the new app, which you can read about in detail at PhillyNow.com. 2. Stitcher For the rabid talk-radio listeners among us, there’s Stitcher. This app will actually provide you a list of radio stations and podcasts so you can find out what went on that day, election-wise. And when you become physically ill from all that Sean Hannity double-speak, fear not. You can just switch over to music. 1. Ad Hawk Money has ruined politics almost as bad as politics has ruined money (#Goldstandard2013). This year, we’ve got anonymous cash flowing every which way, super PACs running slimy advertisements—and to add insult to injury, we have to watch Mitt Romney pretend to act human. To somewhat ease the pain of these dark ads, there’s Ad Hawk. As you may have read on Page 14, when a campaign commercial comes on, Ad Hawk tells you about the political group in charge, where the money for the ad came from and where else it’s airing. (Randy LoBasso)


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FOUND FOOTAGE

Most everything you can buy at a garage sale is pure garbage with occasional gems thrown in the mix. That’s why we go, and why we keep coming back. Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett are professional gem finders who have mined the caves of other people’s cheap merchandise for 21 years. Along the way, they’ve become gem finders extraordinaire, and their specialty is odd video nuggets of extreme WTF bliss, like Rue McClanahan hosting a weirdo cat show, a mullet-sporting Danny Bonaduce getting his kung fu on, “How To Seduce A Woman Using Hypnosis” and Corey Haim being Corey Haim. Prueher and Pickett are found footage purists, and only include bits in their festival that they have scavenged themselves: No cheap Internet finds here. You’ll easily waste an hour or two on their website, and the live show promises heretofore unforeseen clips. BRIAN MCMANUS

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7:30pm. $12-$14. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

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For the first time, Philly will be taking part in this one-night-only shopping extravaganza, joining more than 500 cities nationwide. Dozens of retailers around town will be staying open late, welcoming locals to come and celebrate the fall fashion season during an array of free events—from runway shows and trunk shows to presentations and panel discussions. You can sample fragrances at Juicy Couture, discover emerging designers at Kembrel, get styled from head to toe at BCBG, peruse the fall lines of Skai Blue Show’s exclusive brands at Knit Wit and support American jewelry designers at Joan Shepp. Other participating retailers include Free People, Destination Maternity Ralph Lauren, Aoki Boutique, Nicole Miller, Third Street Habit and Macy’s. FNO is just a preview of what you can expect when the Philadelphia Collection kicks off its weeklong series of fashion and style events on Sept. 13. NICOLE FINKBINER 6pm. Free. Various locations. fashionsnightout.com

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BARRY MANILOW

Barry Manilow is coming. My editor said that we couldn’t let him come to the area unnoticed, so she asked me to write this. I don’t like Barry Manilow and wouldn’t feel right pretending that I do, but I also don’t like being mean to somebody who hasn’t directly harmed me. So this is me writing about Barry Manilow as truthfully as I can without being snarky: Barry Manilow is a singer/songwriter who’s recorded a bunch of hit records that you probably know. That song “Mandy?” He sang that. He also did that one that goes “I write the songs that make the whole world sing,” although he didn’t write that one. And he does that song about the Copacabana, which has been stuck in my head since I started this piece, which is pretty frustrating, to be honest. I’m pretty sure my grandma liked Barry Manilow. This one’s for her. BRYAN BIERMAN 7:30pm. $10-$120. Sovereign Center, 700 Penn St., Reading. 610.898.7469. sovereigncenter.com

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REDEYE TO HAVRE DE GRACE

When I first saw Thaddeus Phillips, he was standing on a corner in Old City intently filling up a small kiddy pool with water. When I asked what he was up to, he said he was preparing to perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Phillips’ magical solo street production took place in the early days of the Philadelphia Fringe, when the festival was contained to a few streets in Old City. The fest has come a long way since then, and Phillips has been there every step of the way, building a loyal audience with a string of ingeniously staged and innovatively plotted productions. Phillips’ fascination with Edgar Allan Poe (he’s created several works about the writer) continues with Red-Eye to Havre de Grace. The play incorporates ideas from all his previous Poe shows, as well as a musical score from the Wilhelm Brothers. Reportedly one of Phillips’ most visually arresting productions, the wildly theatrical show employs sleight-of-hand, illusions and stage trickery to examine the life and loves of one of America’s most enigmatic artists. J. COOPER ROBB

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THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN

Melodies shimmer like precious metals shrouded beneath a veil of distortion, while the sleepwalking tenor harmonies of brothers Jim and William Reid waft overhead, trailing the Beach Boys. Their influence is felt across the underground— Wavves, Best Coast, Black Angels, A Place to Bury Strangers—despite reaching their apogee two decades hence with Honey’s Dead. The Reids broke up in ’99, divided by a (Noel/Liam) Gallaghers-size enmity. They reunited five years ago and last hit these shores in ’08, but despite promises to the contrary, no new album’s emerged, raising questions about the durability of the siblings’ relationship. Catch ’em while you can. Few do thunderous, fuzzed-out, hook-laden pop-rock better. CHRIS PARKER 8pm. $35. With the Psychic Paramount. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com [FOOD]

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SOUTH PHILLY COOP 2ND ANNUAL FALL GARDEN TOUR

Whether you’ve got a green thumb or the touch of death, chances are it wouldn’t kill ya to spend an afternoon outdoors appreciating nature—especially when it’s for a good cause. For this self-guided tour, a total of 20 beautiful and bountiful community, public and private gardens throughout South Philly will be open for your viewing pleasure. Should you be interested in doing some urban gardening yourself, folks will be on hand at each location to offer tips and answer questions. All proceeds from the event will help the South Philly Food Co-Op in its ongoing efforts to make the neighborhood greener. Their goal is to establish a place where community members can find high-quality, locally sourced and organic foods and products for a fair price. At 5 p.m, ticket-holders are also invited to an after-party at Cantina Los Caballitos, where they’ll receive 20 percent off drinks. N.F.

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GREENFEST PHILLY

Hosted by the Clean Air Council, this annual all-day environmental festival is actually the largest of its kind in Philly. This year, more than 100 exhibitors and vendors will be in attendance, offering a plethora of products, information and resources to help locals live more sustainable lifestyles. Take a spin in an electric car, swap your unwanted clothes for cooler, gently used duds, stuff your face with organic snacks or retreat to a beer garden. There will also be live music, raffles, kid’s activities and demonstrations. N.F. 11am. Free. Headhouse Square, Second and Pine sts. facebook.com/GreenFestPhilly [MUSIC]

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There’s a community of younger musicians bringing new rhythmic intrigue and compositional daring to the field of Latin jazz. Jerry González is one of the greats who paved their way. The 63-year-old trumpeter and percussionist, a native New Yorker, made jazz history with his Fort Apache Band and other projects featuring his brother, the fine bassist Andy González. But since 2000, he’s made his home in Madrid and turned his attention to the flamenco tradition. His new band with pianist Javier Massó “Caramelo,” electric bass wizard Alain Pérez and percussionist Kiki Ferrer ends its firstever U.S. tour in Philly, playing music from their vital self-titled 2011 release. DAVID R. ADLER 7pm. $30. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914. paintedbride.org

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Taking place in various cities across the U.S., the Great Urban Race allows you to explore your city (or learn about other cities) by going on a scavenger hunt. Each team (of two to four people) will be given clues and will have to take on brain teasers, physical challenges and puzzles in order to be declared a winner. Go at your own pace to explore the city, or try to do it in record time. If your team is one of the first 25 teams, you will receive a medal and the opportunity to compete at the national championship race in Las Vegas. When you register, you’ll receive a T-shirt, water, snacks and, obviously, a clue sheet. When you get to the end of the race, if you’re over 21, you’ll also get beer since the event is sponsored by Miller 64. BRENDA HILLEGAS

The Barrymore Award-winning trio Mike Doherty, Alex Bechtel and Greg Nix (who together form the fledgling company Los Jarochos) may have the best premise of any Fringe show this year with the scenario for their murderous musical Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble Must Die. In case you don’t know, Coon and Dibble are Philadelphia musical performers who between them have nabbed nearly every plum role in a local musical during the past decade. Die follows two frustrated thespians who, after a string of failed auditions, decide that in order to fulfill their dreams of musical theater stardom, Coon and Dibble must be eliminated. Aided by an unemployed assassin and an overzealous theatre buff, they hatch a plan to kill the absurdly talented Coon and Dibble in a daring attack at the Walnut Street Theatre. Part action thriller and part musical extravaganza, the show employs songs, dream ballets and even Power Point presentations in a musical that simultaneously satirizes and celebrates Philadelphia’s thriving theater community. J.C.R.

11am. $50-$70. Cavanaugh’s River Deck, 417 N. Columbus Blvd. greaturbanrace.com

7pm. $15. Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St. 215.413.1318. livearts-fringe.org

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Formerly of Boston “Brechtian punk dabaret” duo Dresden Dolls, the provocative, gothically attired, theatrically minded and frequently topless singer/ pianist Amanda “Fucking” Palmer has a very passionate fan base. Unmoored by her record label— who, famously, told her she was “too fat” to expose as much stomach as she wanted to in a video shoot—she just raised, like, one bazillion dollars in three seconds flat via a Kickstarter campaign to fund her new album. More than 20,000 fans contributed! And why wouldn’t they? Her solo debut Who Killed Amanda Palmer? and its follow-up, Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under both show her at her caustic and deliciously dysfunctional best, and her latest should be no different—especially given that she’s added an orchestra to the mix. New Haven electro-punk poppers the Simple Pleasure open. They too put on a lively, anythinggoes set, so this one should be great from start to finish. BRIAN MCMANUS

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7pm. $23. With the Simple Pleasure. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

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If nothing else, Bob Mould deserves pop-cultural canonization for his work with Husker Du, who were, are and always will be one of the most important and influential bands of the ‘80s (This, by the way, is not open to argument; it’s a cold, hard, scientific fact). But then there’s his body of solo work, the stellar power pop of Sugar, his diversions into dance music and electronica, his short-lived and weirdly fascinating detour into WWF scriptwriting, not to mention penning a critically acclaimed biography. He is, it seems, the original alt-rock Renaissance man. He’s currently touring Sugar’s classic Copper Blue in its entirety, coupled with his latest album (and very much a companion piece), Silver Age, which is, frankly, the best thing he’s done in eons. We’re talking muscular, melodic, turbo-charged guitar anthems played with maximum intensity. Add a choice selection of Husker Du cuts to the mix, and we are talking sheer heaven, people. NEIL FERGUSON 8pm. $25. Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

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The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival has always made a concerted effort to present a wide range of dance troupes from not only Philly, but also from across the nation and even the world. All of Philly’s top dancers, choreographers and companies will be in attendance tonight at the Live Arts Festival Bar for the annual Rocky Awards. Presented by Dance/UP, the Rockys is far more relaxed and fun than most award ceremonies. Hosted by Christina Zani and the perpetually vivacious Dito van Reigersberg (no word on whether van Reigersberg’s sensual alterego Miss Martha Graham Cracker will appear), the crisply paced 90-minute celebration of Philly area dance features performances from the fabulously unpredictable company anonymous bodies, the fiery Flamenco Pasion Y Arte, the electrifying Craig Skull/Homorobics, Anna Drozdowski, and others. There are no judges involved in selecting the award recipients; the 2012 Rocky winners are chosen exclusively by the 2011 recipients. There will also be several interactive dances that allow the audience to work their moves and a giant dance party following the awards. J.C.R.

It usually happens at night. You’re driving, walking or biking past homes. The lights are on and you can see in the windows, and suddenly you wonder who lives there and what is their life like. Headlong Dance Theater co-artistic director Andrew Simonet’s curiosity about the homes and lives of other Philadelphians led to the troupe’s new Live Arts’ production This Town is a Mystery. At each performance, 10 audience members will meet at one of the four households participating in the project. The performance at each home is drawn from the lives of the home’s inhabitants and is also influenced and inspired by the space’s architecture and furnishings. There are no professional dancers in Mystery; each piece is performed entirely by the home’s inhabitants after rehearsals at Headlong’s studio and then the home itself. After purchasing a ticket, the ticketholder will receive an email informing them where to go. Just be sure not to arrive empty-handed, each audience member is required to bring a dish to contribute to the potluck dinner following the performance. J.C.R.

7pm. Free. Festival Bar at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. 215.413.1318. livearts-fringe.org

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City. “I do it for the pleasure of $250 an hour,” Virago sings in this feisty folk-punk tune. Local talent is well-represented, too. Wren Warner’s Transpass documents the negative effect of SEPTA’s gender stickers on trans and gender-variant riders. The interviewees make it clear that having your identity called into question by a bus driver isn’t just absurd, it’s potentially life-threatening. (SEPTA has since agreed to remove the stickers.) Krissy Mahan takes a different approach to tough issues in Gloucester City, My Town. Using familiar childhood toys, her animated short employs humor to address the way society imposes strict gender roles on individuals. “It’s completely autobiographical. I couldn’t make it up!” says the self-identified gender nonconforming butch lesbian. Mahan’s dialogue skewers rigid expressions of male and female identity without attacking the people who utter those statements. “Because as deeply and as often as gender roles, sexism and racism are taught, good values such as looking after one another, eldercare, and sharing, and laughing, and dancing, and drinking together and cheering for the Phillies were also taught.” The festival continues on Saturday night at MixTape, the official after party at Tabu Lounge with drinking, dancing and DJ Evil v. The event is a fundraiser to help a local individual raise funds for gender-reassignment surgery. ■ Fri., Sept. 7-Sun., Sept. 9. $10-$20. William Way, 1315 Spruce St. genderreelfest.com


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a while. My wife and I have 8-monthold twins, and you think about [raising] your children, and where you want to do that, it seems more in tune with where we wanted to do that.” It’s a bold move, of course, to leave a city where you’re among the most respected in your field, and attempt to have a similarly profound impact in a place that may or may not be receptive to what you have to offer. But it takes precious little time in Louisville to see that it’s a city on the verge of something big, just like Shearn said. Great restaurants and bars are opening up all over town, and the groundwork is there for the team behind St. Charles Exchange, and the passionate locals they work alongside, to really have an impact. That doesn’t mean, however, that Shearn has simply been able to take the playbook from Philly and transplant it. All cities have their own character, their own drinking preferences, and Louisville is no different. “There’s less of the cocktail geekery [in Louisville],” he said, “but I don’t think that’s a bad thing, personally. You know, that’s become its own kind of weird train-spotting, vicious circle of like, nerdiness that’s not actually fun for anyone. “I think [that] happens everywhere, and I think it’s necessary,” he added. “I mean, once you realize how many pos-

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FOOD & DRINK Recent Reviews American Sardine Bar 1800 Federal St. 215.334.2336. americansardinebar.com Cuisine: American comfort.

Eating here is a two-faced experience, both forward-looking and retro, a throwback to a time when comfort trumped detail, but of-the-moment in its occasional willingness to leap-frog convention and play in the sandbox of more modern flavor combinations. How else to explain the Frosted Flake-crusted and fried PB and J? It’s with the simpler constructs that ASB is at its most charming. Grilled cheese embodies the holy trinity of sensations for this Norman Rockwell construct. The bread comes perfectly crisped up in copious amounts of butter, the cheese tucked inside stretches from the teeth with each bite as if performing for a commercial, and the tomatoes, even out of season, bring enough acid to balance out the fattiness. Quintessential beer food. (Brian Freedman)

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627 S. Third St. 267.687.8512. Cuisine: Modern, creative American. This ambitious restaurant in the former Ansill space in Queen Village is well on its way to becoming one of the city’s most interesting, rewarding destinations. The skate arrived curled up like some sort of loose nautilus shell, its butter-browned flank a visual reference to the addictive whole-grain mustard crisps off to the side. A massive portion of thick, subtly gamy duck magret, the center glistening like a ruby, finds its counterpart in a silky puree of smoked butternut squash. Cichonski’s banh cam—the beloved glutinous rice and mung bean spheres of Vietnam—are made his own with the addition of truffle and rosemary for aromatics, white beans instead of mung, and mashed potato flakes for texture. The result is reminiscent of an oversized, gnocchi-like orb encased in a lace-thin carapace, a fresh, successfully idiosyncratic homage. (B.F.)

Nomad Pizza

611 S. Seventh St. 215.238.0900. nomadpizzaco.com Cuisine: Considerate, well-constructed pizza. This is as neighborhoody and pleasant as it gets, a charming oasis from the craziness of South Street a block away, and a great entry to the city’s ever-expanding pizza-stakes. All of the pizzas are framed by a dough that’s crafted in-house. Straightforward margherita di buffala pizza benefits from the palate-filling milkiness of the cheese. Against the simple, elegant San Marzano sauce and gentle dusting of sea salt and pepper, this pizza worked on a deeply primal level. (B.F.)

El Loco Pez

2401 E. Norris St. 267.886.8061. locopez.com Cuisine: Mexican-American done right. El Loco Pez seems to be a nice middle ground where all people can feel comfortable. It’s a bar with a sense of inclusion, humor—and damn good tacos and drinks. Carne asada is the most familiar, the short ribs tender and deeply seasoned with cumin, as well as Worcestershire and soy. Taco al pastor is nearly halfway between dinner and dessert, the distinct whiff of cinnamon and clove in the tender chunks of pork combine with the pineapple in ways that are distinctly reminiscent of an old-school pineapple upside-down cake. Order two of these. The menu encourages overconsumption. On the drink tip: The margarita at El Loco Pez is a balanced gem, neither teeth-suckingly tart nor cavity-causing sweet. For something more adventurous, check out the Monte Carlo, whose sweetly perfumed hibiscus water is balanced out by an in-house infusion of tequila and chipotle. (B.F.)

Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race St. hopsinglaundromat.com Cuisine: Flawless $10 cocktails. The names of Hop Sing Laundromat’s signature cocktails pay homage, in one way or another, to America. The “Montana Payback” is named after the Battle of Little Bighorn. “A Failed Entertainment” was the working title of Infinite Jest. “Nevermore” is in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. The new craft-cocktail bar’s owner, Lêe, spent months driving around the U.S., exploring its various food and drink cultures; aside from clever drink names, the experience left him resolved to build a place whose bartenders would serve high-quality well liquors without snooty pretension. For all its colorful quirk, Hop Sing pulls it off brilliantly. (B.F.)

Vedge

1221 Locust St. 215.320.7500 Cuisine: Ambitious, creative vegan. Vedge, which resides in the stunning space once occupied by Deux Cheminées, does more to bridge the chasm between the artificially distant worlds of the omnivore and the vegan than any restaurant I’ve ever visited. Grilled gochujang tofu boasts three (three!) separate rounds of marinating and arrives in a shallow pool of smoked miso dashi, crowned by a translucent lace of yuba “cracklin,” and accompanied by an edamame puree: soy beans four ways, each of them remarkable. Roasted golden beats are layered on pumpernickel with smoked tofu, avocado, capers and a cucumber dill sauce to perfectly embody the satisfying richness of a smoked salmon sandwich. (B.F.)

Rebel Rock Bar & Bites

100 Spring Garden St. 215.925.1606. rebelphiladelphia.com Cuisine: Bar food with a side of music. The house mac ’n’ cheese is creamy, bright and big enough to share, whether served plain or studded with lobster meat or bacon; it’s compulsively eatable, and on two separate occasions, I found myself cleaning the plate. Gravy fries, beneath melted cheese slices and savory dark brown gravy, are the stuff that hangover cures are made of. Braised pork sliders arrive three to an order, with sweet and savory pulled pork studded with apples generously piled onto fluffy, buttered and grilled buns. (Leah Blewett)

Russet

1521 Spruce St. 215.546.1521. russetphilly.com Cuisine: Italian and French-inspired menu focused around local ingredients.

Shake Shack

2000 Sansom St. 215.809.1742. shakeshack.com Cuisine type: Burgers, dogs, shakes, custards. The signature Shack Burger is grilled and topped with a melted slice of cheese, crisp leaf lettuce, tomatoes that are red almost beyond expectation and Shack Sauce, a creamy pinkish concoction that recalls the tang of Thousand Island dressing with none of the bitterness or bite. Crinkle-cut fries are crisp and 14-carat golden, with or without their signature cheddar-American blend cheese sauce—a treat that makes our hometown cheese, Whiz, look like the processed, unnatural mess that it is. Custards are spectacularly creamy and rich, and even the iced tea-lemonade “Fifty/Fifty” is notably on point: tart, bitter, refreshing and without the cloying sweetness of most versions. (L.B.)

Russet, a B.Y.O.B housed in a converted rowhome in Rittenhouse, crafts a daily menu around a few choice local ingredients. Handrolled garganelli pasta comes with spinach, a sunny-side-up egg and crispy, thick-cut guanciale—unsmoked Italian bacon made from pig jowl or cheek. After breaking the egg yolk to coat the pasta, the resulting taste is that of a deconstructed carbonara. Stinging nettles make an appearance on the American red snapper, alongside Jerusalem artichokes and a tomato fondue that adds a sweet acidity to each bite. (Cristina Perachio)

Stateside

1536 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.551.2500. statesidephilly.com Cuisine: Contemporary, casual American, focusing on domestic (and local) ingredients. Executive Chef George Sabatino plays with sourness, sweetness and perfume with an alchemist’s sense of fine-tuning. Beets are punched up with coriander and bay leaf; cauliflower makes a remarkable partner for raisins and turmeric. If you’re in the mood for a de facto pickle back to wash down your whiskey, this is the place to do it, especially considering Stateside’s generous whiskey offerings. Pork liver terrine is a chunky, funky wonder, the gaminess of the organ both unabashed and primal in the best sense. Bone marrow and truffle sausage is the kind of dish that would give any self-respecting doctor nightmares. Follow the same logic as the rest of the meal: Small portions and big flavors are the focal points. Don’t fight the temptation. Stateside seems custom-made for eating a little too much, drinking a little too much, and regretting none of it. (B.F.)

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sive track record, Housewives Play Match Game could be the 2012 Fringe’s funniest show. Even at the Fringe, lesbian love stories are a rarity, but all audiences should find something to admire in Diana Son’s magnificent Stop Kiss (Sept 7-14), which debuted in 1998. It focuses on two female friends whose relationship becomes more than friendly, culminating in a tender kiss. The sweet moment of affection immediately turns horrific, when a passer-by witnesses the gesture and beats one woman within inches of her life, leaving her comatose. A remarkably authentic play filled with memorable characters, Stop Kiss is directed by 24-year-old Kristen Heckler, who is self-producing the show because, she explains, “this play embodies the kind of work I want to do.” Passionate artists are what the Fringe is all about, and the young Heckler’s determination makes her a director worth watching. Despite his past successes as a dramatist, local playwright Bruce Walsh, author of Live Arts hits The Guided Tour (which took place onboard a moving bus) and Northern Liberty, knows that the chances of getting a play staged by a major company are slim. Instead of being deterred by a lack of finances, Walsh—like countless other local theater artists—used his lack of resources as inspiration to self-produce his new work Chomsky v. Buckley (Sept 7-8), which, as its title suggests, is his imagining of the 1969 debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky,

a vehicle to explore language and morality. “I looked around and said, ‘I have a house. I can afford to buy a few hors d’oeurves, and maybe some beer. And I have a few talented friends,’” Walsh says. Indeed, to keep costs down, the venue is his home. The roles are performed by his actor roommates, who are also in charge of preparing the hors d’oeuvres. No word yet on who’s handling the brew. Finally, there’s Philadelphia Artists Collective presenting August Strindberg’s Creditors (Sept. 12-23), which company member Krista Apple, who also performs in the production, describes as “a dangerous, nasty little play.” The story captures a failing marriage between two artists (Apple and her real-life fiancé Dan Hodge). Also starring Damon Bonetti as a mysterious stranger who intrudes between the couple, Creditors is directed by Charlotte Northeast, who happens to be in a real-life relationship with Bonetti. One of the area’s most underappreciated performer/directors, Northeast believes the play’s emotional impact is amplified due to the intimacy of the space: It’s performed in a small upstairs library at the Franklin Inn, and the actors are often within a foot of the audience. And the unusual convergence of make-believe and reality led Apple to remark: “It’s a real treat to be planning my real-life marriage to Dan during the day while destroying our on-stage marriage with him at night.” ■ For show times, dates, ticket prices and venues, go to livearts-fringe.org or call 215.413.1318.


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hile established Bay Area artist Ben Peterson still sold most of his work through his San Francisco gallery when he moved in 2007, Philadelphia was quickly sold on Peterson. Two short years later, he won a prestigious $60,000 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and last year, he scored a spot in curator Julien Robson’s lauded Urbanism show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. For most artists, “making it” means being able to eke out enough money to cover the cost of materials; earning anything more requires that rare combination of talent, luck and commercial viability as coveted as it is elusive. When artists get the latter, they rarely let it go. But having already beaten the odds by making a living off his drawings, Peterson is doing the unthinkable: heading back to California to get his MFA—and some fresh perspective—at the ripe old age of 35.

By easier to deal with, do you mean easier to sell? Had you begun to strategize vis a vis the commercial artworld? I knew the art world. I had traveled to fairs and gotten familiar with the way art dealers speak about work or become interested in work. If you pay enough attention, you can see ways in which you can game that system or make work that fits into those patterns. I found it really interesting that, at a certain point, there was so much focus placed on the work and who was acquiring it, where it was going, who was writing about it, that even among artists, that became the primary way of speaking about work.

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Why school now? For a while, I’ve been really wrestling in my work and my feelings about where that was taking me. I just didn’t feel I was getting everything out of drawing that I could. The medium was becoming a sort of trap. I got to a point where I basically wasn’t open to the notion of failure. There wasn’t any playtime. I had developed this practice where the least complicated work I could possibly do would take me about two weeks of working a minimum of eight hours a day. You can imagine a situation like that! You don’t really have time for a lot of sideline exploration. Do you think everyone should go to art school? Oh, gosh no! Absolutely not. I don’t believe that because my view of the art world is an expanded one. I don’t necessarily believe that if you go to an art school or get an art education, that will necessarily make you succeed. But it’s a really big question. Is the end goal to become an artist? If so, then no; don’t go. Just going doesn’t guarantee that you become an artist. I don’t think it’s everyone’s path, and I would hate to see it become the vast majority of people’s path into the art world. My choices have always been shaped by personal circumstance instead of social pressure. In fact, a lot of people told me not to go back to school because it would be “a step backwards.” Anyone who would say that has an idea of what “forward” means! I’m not really comfortable talking in those terms. ■ Visit philadelphiaweekly.com to read the entire interview with Ben Peterson.

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How has your artistic process evolved in the last decade? I started making these drawings that were sort of a representation of what I might have built in three dimensions. They rapidly progressed into their own self-contained body of work. I decided to focus on drawing as my primary media because not only did it stop the sort of scatterbrained distraction that’s common to people who work in a lot of media, but it was also a great way to focus on what was animating my ideas rather than allowing media to dictate what I was able to accomplish. My work was very consistent. At the end of the day, it’s drawing, and it’s twodimensional, which means it’s easier to deal with than sculpture, installation or performance.

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Dreamcatcher (2003): It’s Stephen King’s version of The Big Chill, which naturally includes “ass-weasels,” Britishaccented aliens, Morgan Freeman off his tits and Donnie Walhberg as a mentally slow Scooby Doo fanboy. The Barbarian Invasions (2003): Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand’s The Decline of the American Empire (1986) is a kind of a mini-Big Chill, set entirely at a dinner attended by aging liberals. Seventeen years later, Arcand caught up with them again as one was dying of cancer, allowing them to take responsibility for their actions and, less charitably, judge the young, totally stupid liberals of circa 2003. Grown Ups (2010): Four Saturday Night Live alums and— why not?—Kevin James steal the Big Chill/Secaucus Seven/ Jonah setup, as well as the name of a good Mike Leigh TV movie, and, following Adam Sandler’s lead, use it as little more than a paid lazy vacation for those who really don’t need vacations or more money. I Melt With You (2011): Miraculously worse than Grown Ups, former music video filmmaker Mark Pellington’s contribution to this list is the most eventful: Following an hour of OTT drugs and sex, our quartet—including Jeremy Piven and Rob Lowe—turn in the most overwrought pity party since ... nothing. It wins this trophy. Little White Lies (2012): The longest on this list comes full circle in one sense at least: Like Jonah, it’s in French. If only, like the shockingly vanilla 1993 summer camp reunion thing Indian Summer, it were actually about anything other than soap-opera theatrics and, in this case, an entire subplot based on gay panic jokes. ■

Bachelorette Is a Trippy Comedy Worth the Wild Ride Sex, drugs and great direction boost this hilariously profane game-changer. By Sean Burns // sburns@philadelphiaweekly.com don’t often pay much attention to box-office numbers, but here’s an interesting statistic that you may not have heard. It’s common knowledge that earlier this summer, Wes Anderson’s wonderful Moonrise Kingdom smashed all sorts of attendance records in its opening weekend, grossing half a million dollars in a paltry four movie theaters. Less publicized was the fact that a few weeks ago, Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette matched that number, in zero movie theaters whatsoever. Bachelorette is already a blockbuster by Video On Demand standards, and it just might be the game-changer. This is a raw, screamingly funny low-budget comedy that viciously divided audiences at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s chock full of drug use, casual sex and some astonishingly inventive flights of profanity. I laughed myself sick, but I don’t imagine anybody involved ever pretended this was something suitable for a wide, mainstream release. Adapted and directed by Leslye Headland from her stage play, Bachelorette is mostly about what happens when old friends resent each other’s good fortune. High school best friends Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Rebel Wilson reunite when the latter is getting married to a millionaire. The morbidly obese, socially awkward Wilson is the last of this quartet one would ever expect to live happily ever after, and don’t think that’s lost on the other three. Hence all the cocaine. Dunst’s Regan is the prissy rich girl who always did everything right. She’s got an impeccable wardrobe, clipped diction, a (mysteriously absent) doctor boyfriend, devotes her time to philanthropic endeavors with cancer kids, and she just might be the most condescending character ever captured on screen. Caplan’s Gena is such a besotted blur, introduced waking up from an unremembered one night stand and only belatedly putting together from the lucky guy’s Jack Johnson concert T-shirt that she just slept with a loser. Fisher’s Katie is sadder still, puffing out her boobs and coasting on Kewpie-doll sex appeal to cover for being so dense that she doesn’t under-

Friends or foes? (clockwise from left) Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan in Bachelorette.

stand what’s going on most of the time. The failed party leads to a long, ugly evening, fueled by a lot of drugs and some seriously bad decisions. James Marsden and Adam Scott get to cut loose from their Thursday night NBC nice-guy roles and cad it up at a strip club, smoking cigars and ruthlessly objectifying women in a way that would never fly with their TV audiences. Headland’s writing is brutal in the way that these women constantly compete with and undercut one another, despite ostensibly being “best friends.” It’s catty, potty-mouthed and seems to strike a nerve with certain audiences. A slightly contrived prank-gone-wrong sends our bachelorettes out on a mission before the wedding—a late-night crawl drenched with shock, recognition and so much blow that at one point, Fisher spontaneously starts squirting blood from her nose. Bachelorette is hysterically funny and also awfully sad, somehow incorporating bulimia, abortion and drug overdoses into the breathlessly paced, farcical structure. It isn’t Bridesmaids; it’s Hurlyburly for girls pushing 30. In her first stint behind the camera, Headland knows exactly when to drop the frenzy and allow a moment or two to sink in on her actresses’ faces. There’s some real depth of feeling going on be-

yond the shock value. This movie plays for keeps. So, how to watch it? Ay, there’s the rub: The first time I saw Bachelorette was at its Sundance premiere in a 1,500seat theater, where audiences gasped, roared and walked out in droves. (Also, Kirsten Dunst was there, which was awesome.) The second time was by myself in an empty apartment, and while I didn’t like the movie itself any less, the viewing experience left something to be desired. As a die-hard aficionado of the bigscreen movie-going experience, I will always favor theaters. I like the communal experience, and there is a special “shared moment” that comes from enjoying movies with others. But, at the same time, we can get these movies (in High Definition!) wicked cheap, before they open in cinemas and in better quality than the crap digital projection passes for acceptable these days. Sometimes the choice to stay home isn’t much of a choice at all. ■

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By Bryan Bierman // feedback@philadelphiaweekly.com ove him or hate him” is an overused phrase that’s often pinned on public figures who don’t always deserve it. It’s meant to convey the idea that a person rouses up intense opinions in others, but it doesn’t work for everybody. For instance, you couldn’t use it to characterize Bonanza/ Highway to Heaven star Michael Landon. Sure, maybe there’s a handful of heads who love him, but there can’t be more than one or two people on Earth who’ve ever said, “Yo, fuck Michael Landon!” Most people’s opinion of him is probably somewhere in the middle— or they have no idea who Michael Landon is. That’s why we should save “love him or hate him” for cats like Jello Biafra. Obviously, there are going to be those who think he’s just all right, but his career as a punk singer, spoken-word artist and outspoken political activist have invoked plenty of impassioned sentiments in folks all around the world. As frontman of the Dead Kennedys, he led one of the most thrillingly unique bands in punk’s history, as well as one of the bluntest. The straightforward criticism of the government detailed in their songs soon made them an enemy of many, including Tipper Gore’s censorship-lobbying Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). The release of 1985’s Frankenchrist culminated in Biafra being charged with “distribution of harmful matter to minors” because of a poster insert that featured artwork of genitalia. The ensuing trial eventually resulted in a hung jury, but broke up the band and nearly bankrupted Biafra. Since then, he’s continued to run his Alternative Tentacles label, gone on spoken-word tours, ran for the Green Party’s presidential nomination in 2000 and played in more than a dozen side projects. His current band is the Guantanamo School of Medicine, who will be previewing songs from their upcoming album, White People & The Damage Done, this Friday at the Troc. PW talked to Jello about Pussy Riot, the Occupy movement and the Pennsylvania voter ID law that was upheld only hours before our conversation. (For his thoughts on the Green Party, Paul Ryan and Batman, read the interview in its entirety at philadelphiaweekly.com.) This is a bit of “breaking news” here in Philly, but the Pennsylvania voter-ID law was upheld by a Commonwealth Court this morning (Aug. 15). I don’t know if you’ve been following that at all. The Florida law has gotten most of the na-

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tional attention. I didn’t realize the same sick stuff was going on in Pennsylvania until a couple days ago. The best we can hope for, then, is for people to organize on getting the people who are gonna be left out to the polls and getting them what they need. They’re not gonna do it on their own; we gotta do it for them. And then they can show up and vote, or at least show up in mass waving valid IDs that the voting booth people don’t accept, at least for a day or two. Maybe even the corporate news cycle will document a stolen election. But of course, true to form, the “Barackstar” administration completely dropped the ball on this and conceded the argument to the other side from the get-go. How? What they could have done when they got in is launched a full-scale investigation into the real vote fraud, the big time vote fraud, that made George W. Bush president, not once but twice, in elections he didn’t win. There’s allegations that his brother did the same thing to keep Janet Reno out of the governor’s office so he stayed in instead. Even if the statute of limitations is expired, we need a fucking truth commission about this stuff or there’s just gonna be more and more organized vote fraud and vote suppression from the other side. Instead of Jim Crow, now we have Jim Tyrannosaurus Rex. I’m sure you’ve been following the Pussy Riot case in Russia, and I know you went

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Havoc and Bright Lights (Collective Sounds) Sounds Like: The 38-year-old’s eighth studio album is a happy one. She’s a new mom and wife, and her pop-produced songs aren’t as vengeful as we like her to be. Free Association: How often is your U.S. debut at 21 your best record 17 years later? For Fans Of: Tori/Liz/Fiona/Sheryl/Natalie(s)/ Sarah/Paula, Canadian canyon ladies.

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Centipede Hz (Domino) Sounds Like: The weirdos from Brooklyn strike again with excessively bizarre sound concoctions, and it’s a long listen. The moments of harmony and groove are striking. Free Association: No trend-capitalizing here, just back to making sure they’re a little avant. For Fans Of: Syd Barret x The Beach Boys + Bjork, Xiu Xiu/Fuck Buttons, beauty in chaos.

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Infinity Overhead (Dangerbird) Sounds Like: The Seattle-based quintet’s back to basics after an electronic-flavored LP. Here, they bring a little punk with their altindie rock brand of rousing thrash. Free Association: Results of when bands that were born alongside Fugazi fuzz age artistically. For Fans Of: Cursive x Polvo, The Sea and Cake, Sharks Keep Moving, post-grunge.

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A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge) Sounds Like: Members of Spoon, Wolf Parade and New Bomb Turks team up for a first-time effort that’s pop-rock spiked with new wave synths for a fun, easy listen. Free Association: Every time Britt Daniel sings, though, it sounds like a Spoon song. For Fans Of: Handsome Furs x the Human League, Wild Flag + The Dead Weather.

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The North (ATO Records) Sounds Like: Led by the dueling vocals of Torquil Campbell and Amy Milan, the Canadian collective finally made a record to live up to 2005’s Set Yourself On Fire. Free Association: Modern chamber rock full of emotion, done just the way we like it. For Fans Of: Metric/Broken Social Scene x The Smiths + Pet Shop Boys, light darkness.

Cat Power

Sun (Matador) Sounds Like: The stunning, triumphant return of Chan Marshall, from soulfully sad piano maiden to propulsive, beat-heavy and uplifting after a horrible stint in L.A. Free Association: Not the Chan that fans of misery will love, but it’ll win even them over. For Fans Of: PJ Harvey x Feist + Beth Orton, Patti/Carol, girls with both brains and heart.

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Ali Wadsworth, one of Philly’s best-kept secrets, is ready for her close-up. By Tara Murtha // tmurtha@philadelphiaweekly.com n a recent sunny afternoon, Ali Wadsworth—just back from spending the summer sequestered in a hotel room in L.A. while competing on The Voice, but more on that in a minute—is holed up inside Waking Studio, the East Falls spot where producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man, The Sheepdogs) makes the magic happen. Moriarty lets loose bursts of sounds while testing filters for a track off Wadsworth’s forthcoming debut album, a collection of songs written by local musicians such as Chris Kasper, Dan Schwartz of Good Old War and Ron Gallo of Toy Soldiers. Zeppelin-esque guitar riffs and stairwell drums bang, then Wadsworth’s huge, unmistakable, Adele-by-way-ofJanis voice rips through the noise like a comet. “Originally, I wanted to do something old soul,” says Wadsworth between pulls on an electronic cigarette; it’s been three days since a real one. “Now it’s a straight rock ‘n’ roll record. There’s not enough rockers!” Moriarty uses one word to describe the record: “Loud.” Whatever the genre— Wadsworth once studied opera in Moscow—the beats are built around the vox. “I like to wail,” admits Wadsworth. “A lot of people are born with good voices,” says Tim Arnold of Good Old War, on album drum duty. “But hers is above and beyond. It’s like pure, raw power. But there’s delicate sensibilities too, because she’s a sensitive person.” Wadsworth, 31, is already a regular in Philly’s music scene, but since the breakup of previous bands Unlikely Cowboy and Fantasy Square Garden, she’s been orbiting around everyone else, singing back-up with her sister Claire on records

On a mission: Ali Wadsworth (left) and her supportive sister, Claire.

and stages all over the city. A Monroe blonde who loves Liza Minnelli, she’s got one of those irresistible showbiz personalities that relishes both the sultry theatrical crooning of a “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” and the shoulder-shaking razzle-dazzle of black-sequined standards equally. As such, she can usually play into weird situations, but she admits singing on stage in front of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo and company was “the scariest experience of [her] life.” Meanwhile, she didn’t even care at first. She and her sister only auditioned after years of encouragement from a producer. “I thought I was too cool, you know,” explains Wadsworth. “Then [the producer] said to me, ‘Who are you to think you can say who buys your records and who likes you, especially when you have a opportunity for that many people to

hear you sing?’” So, Wadsworth and her sister auditioned via email and made the cut. Suddenly, they were whisked out to the Hollywood Hills. “We were treated like celebrities the whole time,” says Wadsworth. “It was one of the coolest and one of the weirdest things we’ve ever done.” They can’t reveal what happens on the show. But Wadsworth can say she is pumped to be back in Philly recording her album—the release date is pushed to the winter now—and she’s hustling to ready two singles by the time she appears on the show. “If I’m gonna be exposed to the world,” she reasons, “It might be nice to have something to offer them.” ■ The Voice plays at 8pm, Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC10.

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DJ/producer/remixer extraordinaire Steve Angello, the bearded, hot-damn-he’s-fine third of EDM supertrio Swedish House Mafia, has a huge N.Y.C. event coming up, Sept. 22’s “Size in the Park,” which sold out in a whopping six minutes. But luckily for local househeads, he’s warming up at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory. It’s no secret to dance music lovers that Size matters. Not that size, perv—we mean Size Records, the seemingly unstoppable Angello-helmed label that serves as home to topnotch talent like Laidback Luke, Afrojack, AN21 (Angello’s kid brother and Size A&R honcho), Max Vangeli, Tim Mason, Third Party and Wayne & Woods. Know the name or not, you’ve sweated hard to an Angello-blessed song or two—or 100—in packed nightclubs, on arena floors or shores near and far over the past two decades. From his worldwide anthems with the soon-to-part Swedish House Mafia, killer collaborations with ace-since-childhood Sebastian Ingrosso and a slew of others, plus numerous solo bangers, Angello hits every time he’s at bat, in studio or on stage. (Kenya Beverly) Fri., Sept. 7, 9 pm. Electric Factory, 421 No. 7th St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info.

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$889,000

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$950,000

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226 Lombard Street

$825,000

Gorgeous full floor condo. This unit offers a brilliantly designed floor plan featuring an expansive living room with spacious dining area, study, 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, powder room, balcony & 200 sq ft terrace. A virtual doorman, deeded parking & remaining years on tax abatement makes this a fabulous new home option!

Beautiful contemporary townhouse with an attached garage, marble entry vestibule, sunken family room, patio garden, expansive living room, beautiful hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, formal dining room, roomy kitchen w/ prep island, 3 bedrooms, 3. 5 bathrooms and a roof top garden w/ open sky views. Must see!

608 Kimball Street

$339,900

200 Locust Street 9A

$329,900

1530 South Juniper Street

$299,900

Newly renovated 3-story home on a gorgeous Bella Vista block features a sunny LR with h/w floors, modern EIK overlooking a sizeable rear patio garden, 2 spacious bedrooms, stone and ceramic tile bath and excellent closet space. This home is in pristine condition and is simply awaiting a new owner.

Gorgeous, move-in ready 2 bedroom corner unit at the Society Hill Towers features floor-to-ceiling window, upgraded kitchen, marble bathroom and dramatic City and Society Hill views. Condo fees includes all utilities and basic cable. Parking, swimming pool, and fitness center are all available on-site for an additional fee.

Beautiful, updated home on one of the most desirable tree-lined blocks in Passyunk Square! Large proportions allow for a sweeping living room, separate dining room, and eat-in kitchen, all with hardwood flooring and ceramic tile, as well as a powder room on the first floor! Three spacious bedrooms share a newly renovated hall bath on the second floor.

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1015 EMILY PASSYUNK CROSSING NEW PRICE! $199,900

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1900 JFK Blvd #1615 REDUCED! Rarely Available 2BR/1BA co-op in the Penn Center House

$105,000

w a rd 1919 Chestnut St #2323 Rarely available! Studio co-op with Parking and pool (fees)

Wi n n e r s 930 Randolph St 3BR/2BA, C/A, S/S Kitchen, Green outdoor Space, New Paint & Carpet, Nearly 2000 Sq Ft

OPEN HOUSE $139,000

2937 W Harper St Reduced! Renovated 2 Bedroom with Hardwood floors, Exp Brick and Roof Deck 627 N 18th St 2BR/1BA spacious Condo in Historical Carriage House

$200,000

UNIVERSITY CITY / WEST PHILADELPHIA

OPEN HOUSE $247,000

875 N Taylor St 2BR/1BA Townhome, Newly renovated kitchen, Hardwood Floors

OPEN HOUSE $297,000

2301 Cherry St #4C REDUCED! Sunny Spacious multi Level 1BR/1.5BA, Balcony, Parking, and Renovated Kitchen

$299,000

2001 Hamilton St #P101 Spacious 1BR/2BA + Den, Penthouse, U-Shaped Kitchen, 24 Hr Concierge, Pool, Tennis Court, Gym OPEN HOUSE 9/5/12 6-7:30PM & Saturday • 9/8/12 1-3:00PM $299,900 916 N 30th St Corner, 3BR/1BA with Deck and Garage

OPEN HOUSE $499,900

1517 Melon St Light fi lled 3BR/4BA, Garage, roof Deck, tax abatement, Garden Upgrades

$589,999

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4935 Reno St Shell, Great Opportunity for an investor

$21,000

5228 Pentridge Investment – Short Sale

$34,900

1045 S Ithan St 3BR/1BA Brand New Everything: roof, windows, Elec & Plumbing, C/A, exp brick, SS & Maple Kitchen

$349,000

1608 Addison St Charming 3 Story townhouse in the Rittenhouse Sq & Greenfield and GREENFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT! 2BR/2BA with a straight stair, Ready to be your home!

$415,000

1733 Rodman St 3BR/2.5BA home on a quiet block in Rittenhouse Sq Area

$499,900

440 S Broad St OPEN FRI SAT,SUN 12-5PM or by Appointment Only One 1BR left and a select few of 2BR’s and 2BR’s with Den. 95% Sold. $499,900-$900,000

From OLD CITY / LOFT DISTRICT / CHINATOWN 229 Chestnut St #3 Modern, Large 1 Bedroom Condo Featuring an open floor plan, 10Ft ceilings, lots of light

$249,000

SOCIETY HILL / WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST 250 S 13th St #2G Large 2 Room 1 Bath condo with High ceilings, Huge walk-in closet and great light

OPEN HOUSE $165,000

250 S 13th St #4F REDUCED! 1BR/1BA condo with high ceiling, Hardwood floors, Large closet and great light

OPEN HOUSE $239,000

250 S 13th St #7A Sunny 1BR/1BA condo with High Ceilings, Large rooms Eat-in kitchen and custom closets

OPEN HOUSE $249,000

250 S 13thSt #4D 1BR/1BA condo with High Ceilings, Hardwood Floors, Large Closet, Great light, Southern Views 250 S 13th St #11D Spacious 2BR/2BA condo with LR, DR, Newly renovated kitchen, Lots of light, High Ceilings

$265,000 OPEN HOUSE $405,000

1111 Locust St 7B SE Corner, Light Filled 2BR + Den and Parking, Approx 7 yrs of Tax Abatement, Designed by Cecil Baker with many custom details

$899,999

105 Pine St Contemporary, Spacious Society Hill Townhome, Sumptious Master Suite with Garage/ 2 Car parking

OPEN HOUSE $949,000

507 S Philip St 4BR/3.5BA, garage, 4 stories, elevator, 3 decks

$1,090,000

520 Delancey St Rarely offered Stately wide Mansion on one of the most coveted blocks in town 3200 Sq Ft with 3 Bedrooms

$1,349,000

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2101 Kimball St #1 Modern 2BR Condo featuring a mix of clean materials and high efficiency systems

$210,000

1923 Pemberton St REDUCED! 2br/1ba ON DESIRABLE Grad Hosp. block, Right home to rehab and a great place to live

$251,900

1834 Christian St Unit B Brand New 2BR/2BA Townhouse Style condo with Private deck, Near All

$310,000

2232 Pemberton St 2BR/1BA, REDUCED! Freshly painted, Separate DR and Open Kitchen, Large backyard, More info at

$315,500

www.2232pembertonst.com 758 S Hicks St Granite, SS Kitchen, Brick paved Patio, 3rd Floor deck, Gas Cooking, Fireplace

OPEN HOUSE $329,000

725 Fulton St Lovely Rehab on a great Block, Hardwood floors, Open floor plan, large closet and bathroom

$340,000

1834 Christian St Unit A Brand New Bi-Level 2BR/2.5BA Townhouse Style condo, Private rear garden, Near All

$350,000

935 E Moyamensing REDUCED! A Queen Village Gem

$350,000

719 S 15th St Traditional Style and the latest fixtures come together in this striking Graduate Hospital rehab

$369,000

752 S Darien Great Fixer upper on a rare , Huge, lot 16x95 in Meredith School District!

$409,000

1013 Carpenter St 3BR/2BA, Rear Private Parking, Full Finished Basement

$415,000

2043 Christian St Not a cookie cutter rehab, One of a kind 4BR/2.5BA awesomely renovated with original details intact

$499,500

1808 Christian St 3BR/2 Full BA 2 half bath in Graduate hospital area

OPEN HOUSE $575,000

754 S 15th St 3BR/3.5BA Graduate Hospital Rehab is the right blend of elegance and sophistication

$600,000

1507 Bainbridge St A Luxurious, Newer Townhome In Graduate Hospital

$650,000

235 Catharine St 5BR/4.5BA with 2 Car Parking, 3800 Sq Ft of Living space, Expanded and Renovated in 2007, Rear Zen Garden $785,000 112-120 Christian Huge Warehouse, Awesome Development site

$1,500,000

$79,900

5113 Hadfield St 2BR/1BA contemporarily Renovated home off Baltimore Ave, No attention to detail spared

$134,900

110 N 49th St TRIPLEX Great option for owner-occupant looking for tenants to cover the mortgage payment

$150,000

824 S 51st St 3 Units: Super-Solid income-producing property on appreciating block just off Baltimore Ave

$189,000

927 S Saint Bernard St 6BR/2.5BA Old-School West Phila House, Space, Light, Orig details, 1 Year old Heater, well-maintained

$250,000

4543 Sansom St Gorgeous well-maintained University City Home

$385,500

4702 S Springfield Ave Beautiful Queen Anne Victorian; Wide entry hall, Much orig Detail, Eat In Kitchen, Garden, C/A

$425,000

2043 Christian St Not a cookie cutter rehab, One of a kind 4BR/2.5BA awesomely renovated with original details intact

$495,000

4641 Spruce St Gorgeous Multi-family Property in University City

$525,000

-546-2700 2220 Manning St Beautiful home located on the prettiest block in Center City

$339,900

OPEN HOUSE 9/5/12 5-7:00PM and Saturday • 9/8/12 from 1-3:00PM

NEW CONSTRUCTION 642 N 8th St New Construction in Northern Liberties offering 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Modern kitchen and 2 Car parking 525 Fitzwater St 2BR/1.5BA Gated Townhome Community OPEN HOUSE 1542 Christian St Unit B New Construction, Large 2BR/2BA home in Graduate Hospital 2115 Carpenter St Unit A new Construction! Bi-Level 2BR/2BA townhouse-Style with private rear deck 1217 Mount Vernon St #2 Stunning, Contemporary New Construction with Parking! – 3 Story 3BR/3BA with Gourmet Kitchen 426 Moyer St New Construction 3BR/2BA with Bamboo floors, Finished Basement, Roof Deck, Rear Yard

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Mantua – 3815 Wallace St 15x96 Residential Lot for Sale Mantua – 3817 Wallace St 15x96 Residential Lot for sale West Phila – 1330 N Hobart Investment Opportunity – REDUCED! Fishtown – 2231 Coral St Vacant Lot In Fishtown West Phila – 926 N Fallon St 4BR/1BA Not a Short Sale, Not Bank-Owned – A nice home in move in condition Kensington – 2810 D St Investment Opportunity! Huge 3 Story Commercial property for Sale West Phila - 5842 Windsor Investment Property: REDUCED Southwest Phila - 2125 S 71st St Short Sale Southwest Phila – 2127 S 71st St 3 Bedroom and 1 Half Bath Southwest Phila – 2644 S 67th St 3BR/1BA, Freshly painted home on a nice quiet block Kensington – 2124 E Somerset Huge 3BR/1.5BA Elmwood – 6159 Wheeler St 3BR/1BA Home In SW Phila North Phila – 2109 W Master St Large 6BR/2BA house with updated Kitchen and W/W carpet Point Breeze – 1328 S 24th St 4BR/1BA porch front home on Wharton Sq Park Perfect for fi rst home or Turn key rental Stonehurst – 7245 Brent Rd Well Maintained 3BR, Front yard, Patio, Freshly painted, Skylight, Fully Carpeted basement Fishtown – 2726 E Albert St Recently Remodeled 2BR/1BA home on a quiet block 139,900 Roxborough – 511 Seville St Well maintained 3BR/1Ba with Enclosed Porch front and rear yards near all public Transportation Fishtown – 2440 Cumberland Large 4BR home in Fishtown Italian Market – 725 Washington Ave 5BR/2.5BA with a full basement and tons of potential Somerton – 13053 Dorothy Dr 3BR/2.5BA with garage with all of the extras in place – Finished basement, landscaped rear yard OPEN HOUSE Walnut Hill – 731 Wynnewood Rd #38 Remarkable Townhome in Walnut Hill with Parking, Close to everything check out www.731wynnewood.com West Mt Airy – 401 Wellesley Rd Gorgeous Custom 3BR home in Mt Airy with Garage and Man Cave Manayunk/Roxborough – 336 Leverington Ave New Construction, 3BR/2BA, 2 Car Parking, Decks, 10 yr Tax Abatement Fishtown – 1121 Shackamaxon St New Construction 3BR/2.5BA, Parking, Roof deck, Gourmet kitchen, Open layout OPEN HOUSE Kensington – 2770-80 Jasper Huge Warehouse Lower Merion – 523 Putnum Rd REDUCED Seller is Motivated and wants a quick sale, Home is Impeccable! Fishtown – 2666-72 Coral St REDUCED! Pub for Sale with 3 Apartments up to 20 Car parking lot

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$379,900 condo Fees: $549 Taxes: $232 Monthly cost after Tax to Own: $1,846

$319,900 $319,900 $299,900

raw space that can be designed and built into a custom home overlooking independence Mall 3,068 sf $1,150,000 Brand new 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, furnished, all custom finishes, high barrel ceilings, exposed brick, 2101 sf $1,100,000 Brand new 2 Br + den, 2.5 Ba home, lots of natural light, wood flrs, open chef’s kitchen, designer Ba, services available from adjoining OMNi hotel 2,025 sf $1,100,000 3 Br,3 Baths, completely renovated, hardwoodfloors, river and city views 1866sf $779,900 OPeN suNDay 9/9 • 1:30 - 2:00PM

sOcieTy hiLL TOWers sOcieTy hiLL TOWers

2 Br, 1 Ba, parquet wood floors, washer/dryer, unobstructed river views, floor-to-ceiling windows 1,200 sf $399,000 corner 1 bedroom, totally furnished, renovated throughout with custom finishes and features, magnificent city views OPeN suNDay 9/9 • 1:00 - 1:30PM 803 sf $379,900 1Br, high floor, river view, investment opportunity 700 sf $269,900

wAShingTon SqUARE 220 W. WashiNgTON sQuare entire floor 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, Washington square views, custom finishes and features throughout 3,720sf sf $1,995,000 iNDePeNDeNce PLace Bi-level penthouse, 2Br. 2.5Ba, 2 kitchens, impeccably finished throughout, amazing river and city views 4,500 sf $1,800,000 The LiPPiNcOTT 2 bedroom plus den, 2.5 bathroom residence overlooking Washington square, open floor plan, high end finishes throughout 2716 sf $1,275,000 iNDePeNDeNce PLace 2 bedrooms plus den, 2 baths, large balcony with panoramic southern views, open kitchen 1937 sf $790,000 sTrickLaND rOW 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, bi-level, wood floors, open kitchen, 857 sf $299,900 iNDePeNDeNce PLace 1Br, 1Ba, wood floors throughout, upgraded kitchen and Ba, custom closets, balcony 928 sf $269,900

wATERfRonT Pier 5

$450,000

3 bedrooms, 3 baths, bridge and river views, updated kitchen, generous entertaining space, deck 2229 sf $325,000

iNDePeNDeNce PLace

The WarWick

2 bedrooms plus den, large balcony, lots of natural light, open floor plan, 1937 sf

3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 270 degree city views, like-new condition, 2000 sf

$790,000

$1,050,000

condo Fees: $826

Condo Fees: $1,169

Taxes: $732

Taxes: $400

Monthly cost after Tax to Own: $3,724

Monthly Cost After Tax To Own: $4,917

Allan Domb Real Estate 215.545.1500 • www.allandomb.com “wE COOpERATE wITh ALL REALTORS®”

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p h i l a d e l p h i a w e e k l y. c o m I s e p t e m b e r 5 - 1 1 , 2 0 1 2 I p h i l a d e l p h i a w e e k l y 4 7

WaNaMaker hOuse

$1,475,000

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, corner unit with lots of light, updated kitchen, beautiful hardwood floors throughout 1,050 sf

Parc riTTeNhOuse

$1,750,000

3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 270 degree city views, wood floor, chef’s kitchen, marble baths 2000 sf

sOcieTy hiLL TOWers

sOcieTy hiLL TOWers

3 bedrooms, 3 baths, all rooms overlook rittenhouse square, 2 sets of Juliet balconies, lavish master suite, brand new 1,709 sf

BaNk BuiLDiNg

$1,975,000

5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, highly coveted block, formal living space, large master suite, outdoor space 4560sf

The WarWick

$2,900,000

Bi-level penthouse with dramatic sunset views of the city, lavish entire flat master suite, great entertaining space 4,455 sf

Parc riTTeNhOuse

$3,600,000

3 Br + den, 3.5Ba, marble foyer, formal dining rm, sunny eat-in kitchen, 10’ ceilings, moldings, oak herring bone floors, 3 gas fireplaces

1828 DeLaNcey sTreeT

$345,000

SociETy hill

RiTTEnhoUSE SqUARE

The riTTeNhOuse

$399,900 $349,900

$269,900

OPeN suNDay 9/9 • 12:00 - 12:30PM

BarcLay

1Br, 1Ba, hardwood floors, marble Ba, custom kitchen 712 sf 1 bedroom, high floor, panoramic city views, lots of natural light, open kitchen 704 sf studio, generous living/sleeping space, open kitchen, large bathroom appointed in marble 578 sf Junior 1 bedroom, open kitchen, wood floors, walk-in closet in bedroom, marble bathroom 528 sf studio, wood floors, large marble bath, panoramic sunset view 583 sf Junior 1 bedroom, wood floors, marble bath , open kitchen, sunrise city view 531 sf


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Philadelphia Weekly 09-05-2012  

Philadelphia Weekly 09-05-2012

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