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In response to Philadelphia Weekly’s first book, The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse: Thank you for making a space to hold survivors’ stories. As a West Philadelphia-based group working to end sexual assault, we have seen how healing it can be for survivors to share and hear each other’s stories. There is too much shame and silence around people’s experience of sexual assault. Sexual assault has happened to so many of us, yet so many people feel unsupported and unable to share their stories. Kudos to the people who were strong enough to break the silence and share their stories; and a sincere thank you to the staff at PW for using their power to shed light on this subject. We work directly with survivors as they seek a path to healing, and we offer alternatives to the legal system for survivors seeking justice and safety. We are glad to have this issue of PW and the accompanying ebook as a new resource for survivors of sexual assault. PHILLY SURVIVOR SUPPORT COLLECTIVE phillysurvivorsupportcollective.wordpress.com
Ari: Thank you for being so brave to share this. Please know that doing so is a real gift to others—both those who have suffered abuse and those who want to feel real compassion for those who have and understand. Wishing you tranquility, love and hope. ANONYMOUS via philadelphiaweekly.com
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I find it annoying that people allow Bob Dylan to do what Bob Dylan wants just because of who he is. It’s unfortunate these types of people don’t have to follow rules of proper behavior in society just because the general population dismisses it due to a false sense of “status.” Everyone should be held accountable for their actions no matter what their profession is. Peering into people’s windows ... FREAK! JO via philadelphiaweekly.com
Why diss him in a concert preview? We’re lucky enough to get the chance to experience Dylan live—future generations will not. While on diss mode though, I’m sure the writer here must have considered Hearts of Fire; Dylan & the Dead; the Victoria’s Secret TV ad and CD promo; playing the same four songs to close out his shows for what seems like a decade now; not to mention most of Together Through Life, including the horrible cover. ANONYMOUS via philadelphiaweekly.com
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In response to Sean Burns’ review of Silver Linings Playbook: What a bipolar review! You found the movie’s “incessant loudness ... grating” and yet you wish Russell didn’t leave out “all the screaming matches.” I saw the movie and completely disagree with you. I also have a friend with bipolar issues and I thought Pat’s character, performed by Cooper, was utterly convincing. I went in determined not to like the movie because of all the hype but was totally won over. ANONYMOUS via philadelphiaweekly.com
As someone who has experienced living with a brother with bipolar disorder, and a graduate student embarking into the mental-health field, I disagree with your review wholeheartedly. Your opinion is valued, but the situations in this film that you called “contrived” are extremely plausible reactions to depression caused by complicated grief and BD. It’s unfortunate that your personal experience has skewed your view of the film, because I’ve heard from many others that it was phenomenal. Perhaps it is worth giving another shot, with an open mind. SMS via philadelphiaweekly.com
Whoa, Sean. I usually turn to your reviews for fresh insight that tend to not be too affected by the mainstream mindthink, but I could not disagree more. As someone whose life is pretty much dictated by those affected with mental illness, I thought this movie was on the mark. I could nitpick a few things, but it is a MOVIE! Opinion is one thing, but I fear your reviews are venturing too far into “Film is truth, and truth is ugly/ I am a hipster and hipsters do not suspend disbelief unless it is sci-fi” territory. Relax, dude. VIRGINIA via philadelphiaweekly.com
In the Nov. 21 art column, “How the West Was Won Over,” we incorrectly identified the West Collection as the West Foundation and the West initiative. We regret the error.
A R D E N C H I L D R E N ’ S T H E AT R E P R E S E N T S A new version of the classic tale with a defiant prince, a daring girl, and a young composer named Wolfgang Mozart.
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City Council and Fishtown residents square off over proposed changes to the new zoning code. ince 1962, Philadelphia has followed the same zoning code to guide construction of development projects throughout the city. That changed in late August, when the city finally adopted a new code that streamlines development by requiring less time and money getting variances approved for every project. Yet some City Council members have already introduced bills that would alter the code, and residents worry Council’s interference would undo much of the streamlining the new code was intended to create. One bill in particular, introduced by Councilman Brian O’Neill on behalf of Council President Darrell Clarke, would introduce minimum requirements for parking spots—at a rate of three spots for every 10 residential units—in many areas in the city. The new code had removed these minimums all together. In response to residents’ complaints about the possibility of having little to no parking in their neighborhoods, Council Bill 120656 was changed: While parking minimums will be still be required, they will be necessary only if a residential property has more than six units. (Councilman Mark Squilla has called the changes “a good compromise.”) As a rapidly growing neighborhood with many development projects in the works— multimillionaire casino owner Steve Wynn has even proposed a new casino there— Fishtown could be greatly impacted by the
parking plan. PW sat down with the chair of the Fishtown Neighbors Association’s zoning committee, Matt Karp; committee members Tim Potens and Matt Pappajohn; and Henry Pyatt, commercial corridor manager for the New Kensington Community Development Corporation. Why would this bill have a drastic impact on the community if it had passed in its original form? Tim Potens: The thing is that it’s not just new buildings on empty lots. It’s every time you modify your existing structure, you’d need a variance. And, since 95 percent of this neighborhood has zoning that doesn’t match what exists, every time you go to zoning, you’d need a variance. Matt Karp: The idea was to streamline the way the new code works. We’ve spent so much time going through simple projects and all the malfunctions of the old zoning code, we don’t want to bring those back with the new one. Karp: The worst would be [building] “by right.” If a building needs parking, [developers] can build by right. Then, there’s a driveway on Frankford Avenue. So, as the bill was originally worded, there could have been hundreds of new parking spots required throughout the neighborhood to allow residential developments
to meet code? Karp: Right, because of the three-to-ten ratio. If you were going to modify one of those [small residential developments] or build a new one, even if you only have three units, you’d need a parking space. Potens: When they reformed the code, they got rid of all the parking requirements for these types of lots, since they are small lots and wouldn’t usually have space for it, and now they are adding them back in. So, locals would rather park on the street or in nearby shared lots than have developers create private garages and curb cuts that would remove on-street spots? Karp: The community is always going to be upset about parking. But, yeah, the community does lean toward communal parking. Is there a feeling that it’s too early to start tinkering with the new code as it has only been in place for three months? Karp: Sure. We are just now seeing things analyzed under the new code. So, while it’s been in place for two months, we are still dealing with variances under the old code. Matt Pappajohn: It really shows a callous disregard for the community’s input and participation. Henry Pyatt: It’s giving a nose job to your 6-month-old baby. That’s what we are doing here.
Saving Our Water, One Hoodie at a Time hen Linda Loi got out of her car in Ocean City, N.J., a couple weeks ago, she was immediately shocked at the number of people in her periphery. About
150 volunteers had flooded the beach town’s Aquatic Center on Simpson Avenue, and were getting to work cleaning up the widespread damage left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake. “Most people were still cleaning up their houses,” Loi says. “And there was so much trash on the side of the street from the storm. The lower levels [of beach-front homes] were flooded. It was heartbreaking.” Loi, whose role in the cleanup was maintaining a list of what supplies residents needed, was among volunteers from Philadelphia, New York, Maryland and D.C. They all shared a common link: United by Blue, a Philly-based apparel company created by Temple grad Brian Linton in 2010. His idea was based on the belief that we’re all connected—united, if you will—by water. “We do a ton of work throughout the year
… anywhere there’s water,” Linton tells PW. “We’re all united by blue. We all need water to live. Life doesn’t exist without water, so protecting it is our mission.” For every T-shirt, hoodie, bag or accessory the company sells, its volunteers clean a pound of trash out of shores, creeks, rivers and beaches around the country. And since 2010, more than 141,000 pounds of trash have been hauled away. “The ‘Buy one, give one’ model has grown substantially and has been very popular for a few years now,” says Linton. “We’re a totally different form of that. We’re a ‘Buy something to support action and environmental good’ model. Giving away things or donating to another organization is a lot easier than doing something to create the infrastructure and systems to conduct these activities on an on-
Potens: We don’t want more variances. We don’t want more meetings. We don’t want to have to hold people up for small things. (Hayden Mittman) The bill will be discussed again in Council on Dec. 5.
going basis.” And so just days after Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast in late October, United by Blue quickly created an “After Sandy” line of Tshirts, hoodies and accessories. The company is using 100 percent of all proceeds to fund not only its own volunteer efforts, but also various other groups doing cleanup along the Jersey shore. “[United by Blue does] a great job in teaching people about the blue movement,” Loi says. “People all know it’s important to be green, but it’s important to know what goes on with all the trash we throw out, too. And it’s great for Philly to know that there are companies like this in our city.” (Randy LoBasso) United by Blue’s next “After Sandy” cleanup event will take place Dec. 1. Visit unitedbyblue. com to see the “After Sandy” apparel line or for more information on how to volunteer. And visit phillynow.com for ongoing coverage of Sandy’s aftermath.
Did You Hear the One About Philly’s Nonexistent Voting Divisions?
Do the Divisions Even Exist? (Yes.) Contacted by PW regarding his accusations, Chambers responded: “Has anyone confirmed that all the divisions where the vote outcome was 95 per-
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cent or higher for Obama actually had an open poll on Election Day? I wonder if some of those divisions were real.” Well, to figure that one out, I went to Philadelphia City Commissioner cochair Al Schmidt, and told him I felt stupid, but had to ask: Are those 59 divisions real? “Yes,” he said. “All 1,687 of them exist.” I assured Chambers as much, and invited him to come to Philly to tour the divisions with me. He has yet to RSVP. The Committee of Seventy has called for the City Commissioner’s Office to look into the 59 divisions that went 100 percent for Obama. Reached on whether there’d been any new developments regarding these divisions, Seventy vice president and policy director Ellen Kaplan said there was not, yet. “[The commissioners] should look into why that happened.” Before that can happen though, the commissioners need to look into reports that more than 27,000 voters had to use provisional ballots. That will take priority as far as an investigation is concerned. The Controller’s Office, too, is conducting an audit into the provisional ballots cast on Election Day—but not specifically the 59 all-Obama divisions. “It’s not the scope of the audit,” notes Harvey Rice, spokesman for the Controller’s Office, “but they’re not just looking at the provisional ballots … if we get in there and we see discrepancies, we’ll look at it.” Schmidt notes before his office can get to those specific divisions, too, it must continue counting ballots, which may take a few weeks. “Voter fraud takes place by choosing outcomes,”
he says. “It seems, intuitively, that you wouldn’t steal a vote. There has to be a lot of people involved in the process. You have to be very responsible while you make a claim.” The Conspiracies Live On Not long after the election, Fox News host Sean Hannity dedicated lots of air time to claims of voter fraud in Philadelphia both on his radio and TV shows. “Is it possible Governor Romney didn’t appeal to a single voter—not one—in these places?” he asked. “I don’t believe it. I think this is voter fraud.” He called the number of votes for Obama “mathematically impossible.” BarackOFraudo.com claims that in addition to ballot stuffing, fraud occurred through the media’s coverage of the election, resulting in fewer Republicans coming out to vote, because, well, the liberal media was so liberal. “There is objectively two ways to increase voter turnout on the side of those supporting Obama, as it clearly did happen in some key swing states,” writes Chambers. “Either get more real people out to vote who will vote for Obama, or stuff the ballot boxes and engage in a variety of vote fraud and vote scamming methods.” He seems to believe—albeit vaguely—that both of these things happened, and admits he has “unskewed” the news linked to the site, too. For the time being, Chambers and others on the far right seem to need these conspiracies. And we should let them have them. Otherwise, we’ll have to watch them come to grips with the fact that their candidate lost. (Randy LoBasso)
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e’ve heard a lot of President Obama-crazed conspiracies over the years. In some cases, they were beaten into our heads (Barack Obama was born in Kenya), and in other cases, we’ve sought them out for fun (Obama traveled to Mars as a teenager and married a Pakistani man). But a new website, BarackOFraudo.com, may have them all beat. BarackOFraudo.com is the brainchild of right-wing blogger Dean Chambers— the controversial founder of Unskewed Polls.com, a site that attempted to show that the polls released during the run-up to the presidential election were“skewed” in favor of Democrats. His new venture finds Chambers making the vague case that four states—Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio and Florida—were stolen by widespread voter fraud conducted by the Obama campaign (a map shows the four states colored in black, just in case subtlety isn’t your thing). Obama did not win 332 electoral votes compared with Romney’s 205, Chambers asserts. Rather, Obama won 252 and those four states’ 80 votes were “Obama fraud” votes. “Those who engage in [voter fraud] are slick and do all they can to hide it, so the evidence is often quite circumstantial,” Chambers writes on BarackOFraudo.com. “In fact, often the circumstantial evidence is all the evidence we have, such as finding tens of thousands of bogus votes in the ballot box. We didn’t see someone actually put them there … but they are clearly evidence of vote fraud. Such is true of the voting divisions where Obama gets 100 percent of the votes cast. As if anyone REALLY believes that is legitimate.” Oh, and just to be clear, he’s looking at us, Philly. Of the 1,687 voting divisions in Philadelphia, 59 reported 100 percent of the vote for Obama this election cycle, which comes out to 19,605 votes for the president. And since then, all of them have been used as an excuse to allege Democratic voter fraud. But how did the Dems supposedly pull it off? That’s where the conspiracy gets weird—and less believable than President Obama’s gay Mars wedding.
This fall, PW asked readers to tell us what you love most around town.
nd sound off you did—about what wine and pizza you prefer, where you go for culture and entertainment, whose grinning mug you love seeing on the TV, and plenty more. So after tallying close to 1,000 nominations, we hereby present without further ado your most popularly beloved people, places and stuff!
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Favorite American Restaurant
Favorite French Restaurant
VILLAGE WHISKEY, PUB & KITCHEN (tie) Why: Village Whiskey is often cited as home to the most satisfying burgers in Philadelphia; Pub & Kitchen rarely fails to please with the likes of stuffed rainbow trout and spiced duck breast—best enjoyed while sipping a Pimm’s Cup.
JIM’S STEAKS Why: South Street may be as much a tourist destination as legendary South Philly steakmongers Pat’s and Geno’s are—yet, somehow, Jim’s holds more local cred. You’ll stand in line, but it’ll be worth it. Honorable mention: Tony Luke’s.
Favorite Chinese Restaurant
PARC Why: For the people-watching. Yes, the food is excellent—beef bourguignon, baguettes, escargot—and the champagne equally so, but we love Parc most for the way it allows us to partake in conspicuous consumption while conspicuously comparing everyone else’s hair and shoes. Honorable mention: Bibou.
SPREAD Why: Who would have thought we East Coasters would pick Montreal-style bagels— sweet, dense and dappled—as our favorite over any of the more familiar New York-style options? It’s testimony to Spread’s alluring menu of fresh, creamy condiments and hole-y sandwiches.
SANG KEE PEKING DUCK HOUSE Why: You do not go for the ambience. You do go for the food: savory, low-priced noodle soups; short ribs in black pepper sauce; and of course the quasi-eponymous roast duck, preferably with garlic plum sauce. Honorable mention: Han Dynasty.
PIZZA BRAIN Why: Amid a list with lots of longtime favorites, it’s awesome to see Philly’s newest pizza destination shooting to No. 1 with a bullet. Pizza Brain serves amazing artisan pies alongside a literal museum of pizza memorabilia; look around, eat, and look some more. Honorable mentions: Pizzeria Stella, Rustica, Santucci’s, Fairmount Pizza, Slice.
Favorite Bakery TERMINI BROTHERS Why: Cannoli so perfect as to be worth the indulgence; signature cookie tins that bring together chocolates, macaroons, candied almonds and more; and a nine-decade family history that promises all the goodies come with a personal touch.
Favorite Beer Bar STANDARD TAP Why: A wide range of tasty drafts from regional brewers—Dogfish Head, Philadelphia Brewing, Stoudts and Weyerbacher, to name but a few—plus a constant slate of fun events such as an allMorrissey karaoke night. Honorable mentions: Monk’s, P.O.P.E., Nodding Head, Devil’s Den.
Favorite Cocktail Bar THE FRANKLIN MORTGAGE AND INVESTMENT CO. Why: The door at 112 S. 18th St. isn’t particularly flashy, and that’s part of the reason we enjoy walking through it: to sip over-the-top cocktails like Franklin’s “When the Kite String Pops” (Black Grouse Scotch, Dios Baco Amontillado Sherry, Batavia Arrack, etc.) in an understated room. Honorable mention: Continental.
Favorite Indian Restaurant EKTA, TASHAN (tie) Why: When it comes to Indian, the timeless Fishtown debate of “Ekta or Tiffin?” rings down through the years. In 2012, Tiffin’s hip little sister Tashan steps up; whether you lean toward Ekta’s Goan shrimp curry or Tashan’s goat cheese naan, you win. Honorable mention: Tiffin.
Favorite Italian Restaurant SPASSO, MODO MIO (tie) Why: Spasso is damn classy and that’s all there is to it; the ravioli quatro formaggio is about as good as they come. Modo Mio is gorgeous and its portions are bountiful; lasagna bolognese and swordfish are musts. Honorable mention: Le Virtu.
Favorite Mexican Restaurant
SARCONE’S DELI Why: Hoagies hoagies hoagies. (Hoagies.) American Italian? Check. Old-fashioned Italian, with prosciutto? Check. The Garlic Lover’s special, all roasted garlic, provolone and tomato? Why not? A healthy turkeyand-spinach option named for Uncle Louie? Done.
EL VEZ Why: Guacamole, and lots of it: “Indian Red” with spicy crab and cilantro; “Tito Santana” with mango and papaya; “Bazooka” with goat cheese and pistachio; “Cesar Chavez” with basil, Oaxaca cheese and pasilla-balsamic sauce. Honorable mention: Tequilas.
Favorite Thai Restaurant ERAWAN Why: Pineapple yellow curry, sauteed wild boar, lemongrass-marinated rack of lamb, fried white dragon, the irresistibly named “fantasy duck,” and the best mango sticky rice (with coconut cream) you’ll find around these parts. Honorable mention: Circles.
Favorite Vegetarian Restaurant VEDGE Why: Only open a year now, Vedge has already made a name for itself both in town and out as a top-notch foodie mecca—its dishes locally sourced, meat-free and lovingly prepared. Autumn squash pierogies for the win.
Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant LE VIET Why: Le Viet cares about giving its customers a memorable dining experience—from the modernist aesthetic to the stunning array of two dozen unique stir fries. An arbitrary delicious choice: Mâng Tây Xào Bò, beef with asparagus, bamboo, and onions.
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2012PHILLY’SFAVORITES Favorite Wine Bar
TRIA Why: Bright and cheery environs, bries and goat cheeses till you can’t take any more, and an amazing wine list that spans American reds like Siduri’s cherry-inflected pinot noir as well as exotic dessert wines like the honey-nut treat of a Portuguese Malmsey. Honorable mentions: Panorama, Vintage.
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE Why: Rittenhouse is a little ritzy, but it’s also about the only place in Philly where the homeless, a farmers market, sunbathers, crust punks and high-jumping street performers can co-exist at the same time. Honorable mention: Fairmount Park.
DOGGIE STYLE Why: There are lots of great pet stores in Philly, sure, but let’s face it: Folks love saying “Doggie Style.” Woof.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART Why: You can’t blame them for moving the Rocky statue off to the side (though we wouldn’t have)—the Art Museum has been the jewel in the city’s crown since first opening its doors in 1877. East Asian art, American crafts, medieval armor—go get lost there all day. Honorable mentions: Franklin Institute, Mutter Museum, Penn Museum.
SCOTTY HARTNELL, RYAN HOWARD (tie) Why: Sure, the Phillies sucked this year, and Howard’s less-than-half season post-injury didn’t help, but still, consider the big picture: The Big Piece has won Rookie of the Year, led the league three times in RBIs, twice in home runs and has an MVP and World Series under his belt. As for Hartnell, well, as Canadian hockey analyst Don Cherry said in 2009 when Hartnell was accused of biting a Pittsburgh Penguin’s thumb: “You’re in a fight and Hartnell finds a finger… what’s he supposed to do, kiss it?”
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Favorite Barbershop GROOM Why: Cool cuts for cool-lookin’ dudes. Like any good barbershop, it ain’t complicated.
Favorite Bookstore BRICKBAT BOOKS Why: Ever really want to shove it in the faces of your friends from New York and Portland when they say Philly doesn’t have a good independent bookstore? What Brickbat lacks in size, it makes up for in rare reads and intimate musical performances.
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Favorite Pet Store
Favorite Salon LAKSHMI Why: Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of beauty, and the Old City salon really honors her name. So if you don’t get your hair did here, you probably need to ask yourself: “Why not?” ••• [ CULTURE ]
Favorite Dance Club
THE DIVINE LORRAINE Why: The longer it sat empty, being stripped and vandalized, the more we realized how great a building it was. Now it looks like there’s finally a future for the Divine Lorraine—even if parts of its past are lost forever.
THE 700 CLUB Why: Cover price: free. Then there are the four coolest words ever: Rutger Hauer Power Hour. Ultimately, though, it’s the wonderfully eclectic mix of Philly’s most affable, highly jaded patrons--and the DJs who inspire ‘em to dance, drink and nod along as they spin so skillfully—that keep us coming back.
Favorite Jewelry Store
STEVEN SINGER Why: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and they ain’t cheap, honey, no matter where you buy ‘em. Singer makes the hit fairly painless with expertise sans pressure, and word of mouth keeps couples (and singles) coming back—no matter what the slogan says.
LIVE ARTS FESTIVAL & PHILLY FRINGE Why: Three weeks of awesome, that’s why. Superheroic acrobatics, resurrected rock stars, Japanese political drama, cult-favorite Polish comedy, and experimental dance theater about human consciousness.
Favorite Movie Theater THE RITZ Why: Other than the fact that it’s the best place to catch indies and other non-mega releases, it also fails to attract obnoxious teenagers and drunk college students. Win.
Favorite Music Venue TROCADERO, UNION TRANSFER (tie) Why: Union Transfer, Philly’s newest large music venue, has quickly become the place for far-reaching out-of-town indie acts. And the Troc—aside from presenting karaoke hosted by Skeletor—was the only venue in the city to feature back-to-back nights with Lagwagon and the Misfits (new lineups notwithstanding). Honorable mention: Johnny Brenda’s.
Favorite Author BUZZ BISSINGER Why: He captures the emotion of the American experience writ large and small: on the metropolitan scale (A Prayer for the City), the rural-town scale (Friday Night Lights) and the intimate human scale (Father’s Day). Also: genius Twitter troll.
Favorite Radio Station
WXPN 88.5 FM Why: Those folks at UPenn know what they’re doing, that’s why; public radio rarely gets this good. Whether you’re listening from Center City or the Lehigh Valley, programming so sonically diverse really should come with a price tag. But shhhh! Honorable mention: WMMR 93.3 FM.
ERIC SMITH Why: His website Geekadelphia has grown from a simple blog to a cultural force in this metropolis, its annual Philly Geek Awards drawing a black-tie crowd to the Academy of Natural Sciences for a ceremony of ubernerdian proportions.
Favorite Theater Company PIG IRON THEATRE COMPANY Why: Fearless, original productions as daring and edgy as the troupe itself. The first English-speaking company to premiere a play by Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada, Pig Iron draws audiences in far countries, but they’re proud to call Philly home.
Favorite TV Station NBC 10 Why: We wouldn’t want to suggest it’s solely because they have the best-looking, sweetest-talking news personalities in the city. But damn, y’all are fine. ••• [ PERSONALITIES ]
Favorite Actor BRADLEY COOPER Why: You may not agree with Bradley Cooper being the sexiest man alive, but dammit the man can act. He made that movie Limitless, where he had shit for brains (hard to play that), and now he’s getting cred for being bipolar in Silver Linings Playbook (also hard).
Favorite Meteorologist JOHN BOLARIS Why: Someone give this man a job! The weather must be foretold! That is all. Honorable mention: Sheena Parveen, Cecily Tynan.
Favorite Morning DJ PRESTON & STEVE Why: We wish we could say poop, fart and masturbation jokes were below us, but dude, have you actually sat down and listened to Preston & Steve? These guys aren’t just hilarious; you can tell they’re genuinely nice guys. Who make poop jokes. And the fact that they don’t care what you think of them makes them all the more lovable.
Favorite News Anchor JIM GARDNER Why: Everyone and their mom loves this man. That’s not a figure of speech. The other day, my mom was watching Action News, and she turned to me and said, “I really trust them. I feel like they’re really nice people.” Like Jim Gardner? “Oh, especially Jim.” Honorable mention: Mike Jerrick. n
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FRI 30 [EVENT]
SISTERS SIRENS: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN GOGO?
Here’s a chance to join the coolest girl-gang in the Gayborhood: Sisters Sirens. They’re the hot women who do double-duty at Sisters nightclub on weekends, selling shots and shaking their booties for the delectation of patrons. These talented cuties also put down their drink trays occasionally to perform a show mixing equal parts Broadway and burlesque. Now in its fourth year, the troupe wants to add new gals and has cooked up an amusing, interactive way to audition hoofers. Tonight, the Sirens kick things off with a number of their own, but the real stars are the adventurous amateurs who hop up onto the stage to join them. Even women sipping drinks on their barstools can contribute. How lustily patrons cheer for dancers will help determine the next Sirens. The fun begins at 10:30 p.m., but arrive earlier to ensure a slot. Everyone is encouraged to try out, from lissome femmes to zaftig beauties. There might even be room for a fetching drag queen. RAYMOND SIMON 9:30pm. $5. Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735. sistersnightclub.com >> Sister’s Sirens (Clark Smith Photography)
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BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING
Artist, director, illustrator and puppeteer Wayne White’s career is chronicled in the new documentary Beauty is Embarrassing, screening this week in Philadelphia. White has worked as an artist for many New York media outlets, and channels memories of growing up in the South as inspiration for many things that he does. In the 1980s, White worked on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, contributing his voice to many of the show’s characters and winning three Emmy awards for set and puppet designs. He also worked as set designer for the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” music video. Beauty chronicles White’s projects through interviews with those who’ve worked with him over the years including Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh, Matt Groening and Charlotte Caffey. A Q&A with White via Skype will take place after the screening. BRENDA HILLEGAS 7pm. $7-$9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. beautyisembarrassing.com
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NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
“Icon” is one of those words that’s bandied about just a little too freely these days, but if anyone truly deserves this hallowed status, then surely Neil Young does. He’s an unrelenting force of nature who’s trodden his own singular path for al-
most five decades now. His body of work remains a thing of wonder and imperious awe—“Down by the River,” “Fuckin’ Up,” “Powderfinger,” “Walk On” ... the list is endless. Indeed, we were almost tempted to list 200 words worth of his song titles alone, which, in retrospect, would have been entirely valid. He remains ridiculously prolific, and while his recorded results are sometimes patchy, it’s almost beside the point—he records because he’s compelled to, and anyway, Neil Young albums are like buses: Sooner or later, a good one’s going to come along. But where Young really soars is live performances, particularly with the barnstorming Crazy Horse. Age has not withered them; if anything, they’ve become more grizzled and ornery. As they hunch around one another on stage, heads down and hell-bent on transcendence, they resemble a gang of disparate old gunslingers straight out of a Sam Peckinpah movie, still amazed at their ability to make glorious noise. After all these years, Young remains almost impeccably cool (despite the fact that he looks like a particularly irate owl) because he appears to simply not give a shit. And why should he? He’s Neil fucking Young. NEIL FERGUSON 7:30pm. $53-$258. With Patti Smith. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 215.336.3600. wellsfargocenterphilly.com [DANCE]
Dedicated to the enrichment of the cultural landscape and artistic reputation of Philadelphia, Koresh Dance Company returns to its hometown with the world premiere of artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh’s new piece Trust. An autobiographical work, Trust draws on Koresh’s experiences inside and outside the studio to explore the role trust plays in his personal and professional relationships. The piece allows Koresh to display his versatility as a choreographer through its
juxtaposition of modern dance and classic music. The choreographic investigation continues by employing a specific movement vocabulary that unifies the piece and influences the character in each section. Tonight’s performance also includes a new piece by the Koresh Youth Ensemble (which features performers ages 13-18), created by the company’s assistant artistic director Melissa Rector. J. COOPER ROBB
7:30pm. $25-$35. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420. koreshdance.org [COMEDY]
A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS
While many may only be familiar with John Waters as a general personality who seems to pop up in an awful lot of shows and movies, others know him best as the off-beat brains behind such controversial and not-so controversial cult classics as Cry Baby, Pink Flamingos, A Dirty Shame and Hairspray. Either way, for one night only, the stand-up comedian, actor, writer and filmmaker is inviting locals to escape all this superficial seasonal merriment and join him on the dark side. In his new critically acclaimed one-man show, Waters pokes fun at the holidays with 90 minutes worth of unique musings and plenty of adult humor. For fans who want to see the legend—and his trademark pencil ’stache—up close and personal, VIP tickets are available, and include access to a post-show meet-and-greet. NICOLE FINKBINER 8pm. $39-$99. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com [MUSIC]
R. Kelly may have a troubled past and has faced down some sordid allegations, but that’s practically par for the course for the most legendary
R&B singers of our generation. No matter what you think of his personal life, Kelly is definitely among that group. The Chicago-born singer/ songwriter/producer may produce campy classics like “Trapped in the Closet” (Part Ad Infinitum), but he’s also the man who wrote the sublime “I Believe I Can Fly” and penned, wrote, arranged and produced 2010’s Grammy-nominated tour de force Love Letter. He recently released Write Me Back, his 12th studio album in 20 years, and is now heading across the country on his Single Ladies tour. And if you’re hankering for more “Trapped in the Closet,” Kelly’s currently conceiving a potential Broadway production based on the saga. TONYA PENDLETON 7:30pm. $49.50-$150. With Tamia. The Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow sts., Upper Darby. thetowerphilly.com
FRI 30 [ART]
INLIQUID WILLIAM WAY
After being trampled, pushed and bruised during the Black Friday madness, we would understand if you swore off shopping for good. But before you cut your credit card, head down to William Way. The Spruce Street community center will host a special holiday edition of InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor in the ballroom, selling paintings, handmade crafts and other designs. All pieces are moderately priced below $200, and there will also be a gift-wrapping station and an arts-and-crafts center to keep the little ones occupied. Light refreshments will also be available. I bet Best Buy didn’t do that. ALEXIS SACHDEV 5-8pm. Free. Through Dec. 2. William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. inliquid.org
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GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR
Parker’s always been known for his incisive wit and penchant for hard-edged, blue-eyed soul. On most of his solo albums in the last decade, he’s indulged his lower-key singer/songwriter side, like a less countrified Nick Lowe. But reuniting with his old pub-rocking ‘70s backing band, the Rumour reenergizes Parker on his latest, Three Chords Good. Revisiting the old bristle sharpens Parker’s tongue as he lacerates warmongers (“Arlington’s Busy”), goes reggae on “Snake Oil Capital of the World” and delivers a dyspeptic take on our crumbling culture in “Last Bookstore In Town.” He’s older, and the anger’s now tinged with resignation, but few deliver sardonic rhythmic rock with such a keen bite. CHRIS PARKER 8pm. $25-$35. With the Figgs. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
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Remember Dude, Where’s My Car? (It’s hard, we know.) Get past the Dude/Sweet tattoo scene and enter UFO cultists babbling about a continuum transfuctioner. Their leader, Zoltan, comes in later, in all his bubble-wrap glory. This strange character was Hal Sparks’ first silver-screen role. Twelve years later, Sparks’ resume includes a starring role in Queer as Folk, VH1’s decade-loving specials, guest roles on several sitcoms and a current role in Disney’s Lab Rats. This week, the spiky-haired comedian stands up at Helium Comedy Club spewing hilarious social commentary that will leave you clutching your sides. Seeing a new comedian is a huge commitment, though; If he sucks, you will never get his bad jokes out of your head. So before you commit to the tickets, search “Hal Sparks Charmageddon.” You’re welcome. A.S. 7:30pm and 10pm. $16-$33. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedy.com
KEYS N KRATES
Keys N Krates works without a net, remixing classic hip-hop, rock and electronic snippets in real time with live drums, keyboards, samples and turntables—and no backing tracks. It’s an exciting, volatile art form, balancing the pounding hedonism of electronic dance, the scrappy heat of live action funk and the scratch rhythms of old-school rap. The band—that’s Tune on drums, Jr. Flo on turntable and Matisse on keys and samples—started in Toronto’s vibrant underground and attracted early attention as one of Urb magazine’s “Next 100” bands in 2009. Lately, they have graduated to a larger scale, playing Camp Bisco and doing a sanctioned, official remix for Nelly Furtado’s latest album. Milkboy is a relatively small venue for the trio these days, a late-in-the-game chance to see this band’s adrenaline-fueled alchemy up close. JENNIFER KELLY
9:30pm. $10-$12. With Les Professionnels. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455. milkboyphilly.com
Here’s a great chance to check off those remaining folks on your gift list, all while giving our local economy a much-needed boost. Thirteen of Northern Liberties’ finest independent boutiques will be taking part in this annual holiday progressive sale, including Duke & Winston, Concrete Polish, Arcadia Boutique, Philly Paithful, Once Worn Consignment, Casa Papel and Art Star. Here’s how it works: At the first participating store, shoppers will receive a spree card with one sticker, as well as 10 percent off their purchase. Your savings will then increase by 5 percent at the next two locations, and once you’ve gotten three stickers, you are entitled to 25 percent off at any additional store thereafter. As an extra incentive, most of the participating retailers will offer light refreshments and free gift-wrapping. N.F. 11am. Through Dec. 2. Free. Various locations. artstarphilly.com
PINK MARTINI WITH CHINA FORBES
This adventurous Portland, Ore., 10-to-12-piece emerged during the mid-’90s alongside the swing revival, but they’ve proven far more felicitous and difficult to categorize than their peers, suggesting Ozomatli with a cocktail fetish. While peers emphasized jump blues and jazz, Pink Martini has wandered more widely from moody big band balladry through lounge, cabaret and classic pop clear into world music. Last year, they teamed with Japanese singer Saori Yuki on 1969, featuring a blend of the two cultures. Meanwhile, PM’s sweet, sultry founding vocalist China Forbes has returned from a 17-month, post-throat surgery absence, though she splits touring duties with Storm Large, who filled in during Forbes’ convalescence. Be in good cheer, all: This performance is holidaythemed. CHRIS PARKER 7:30pm. $39.50-$59.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. keswicktheater.com
“THE A WORD” ARTIST COLLECTIVE
This week, O.U.R gallery hosts an art and music extravaganza featuring eight emerging female artists. Drop $5 at the door and crack open a free can of Pabst while you listen to the folk rock sounds of singer/songwriter John Cusumano and the hardcore punk raging of Creatures Like Us. Also playing will be singer/songwriter Jen Lightfoot, who is one of the artists whose ink/pencil figurative drawings you will see hanging alongside the Rubenesque paintings of Kate Transue, the Dada-esque photographs of Mikkie McGregor-Cogan, the abstract expressionistic paintings of Elaina Posey and the apocalyptic cartoons of Ali Thompson. And if you like what’s hanging, buy it. Artists’ work sells for $20-$500. JESSICA FOLEY 5-9pm. $5. O.U.R. Gallery, 3146 Richmond St. 267.273.3440. jenlightfoot.com
THE NOLIBS HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE
JOHN CAGE: BEHIND SONG BOOKS
Avant-garde composer, musical theorist, writer and artist John Cage took a chance early in his career to challenge what deliberate sound meant when he performed his silent 1952 composition 4’33’’, thereby labeling him “that guy who sat and stared at his audience for nearly five minutes.” But Cage’s later work, though often over-shadowed, is just as revolutionary. His grand “magnam opuses,” quiet, meditative works and mathematical sonatas will be unpacked and unfurled at tonight’s Behind Song Books event with workshops on how Cage made music from a cactus, and talks with composers Joan La Barbara and Richard Kostelanetz. ABIGAIL BRULEY
Noon-4pm. Free. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and the Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215.763.8100. cagebeyondsilence.com
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The only rule for Red Bull’s Public Assembly is to throw the sickest party that one thought could only exist in a million-dollar music video. This three-night rage is a competition of three DJs in three venues across the city, each battling to impress a secret panel for a feature article in JUMP magazine and enough bragging rights to send the competition back to DJ’ing Sweet 16 birthday parties. Public Assembly kicked off the event on Tuesday with Illvibe Collective and special guest Talib Kweli at the Blockley. The party continues this week at G Lounge on Wednesday, where contender Mad Decent will be joined by Das Racist and Riff Raff (free when you RSVP at maddecentphilly.com). The final round will be next week at the Underground Arts with DJ Shakedown. Don’t miss Philly’s finest DJ collectives battle to throw a party solid enough for history books. JENINE PILLA $5. Through Dec. 5. Various locations. redbullpublicassembly.info
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The intrepid erotic educators at ScrewSmart have some good news: Monogamy isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK. The sex-positive trio even offers a workshop to help the curious to explore alternatives to monogamy in a safe, encouraging environment. Fortunately for people dissatisfied with the default relationship model but unsure of how to proceed, an open mind is all that’s required for the program, which is part of this fall’s Way Gay U classes. The first important lesson these delightful doyennes will impart is that loving openly takes many forms, including open marriage, polyamory
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DAVE & AARON GO TO WORK
Founded in 1997, Philadelphia’s 1812 Productions is a professional company dedicated exclusively to comedy. Ironically, the company produces almost exclusively new work that is inspired by the classic comedy of yesteryear. Case in point is Dave & Aaron Go to Work, a wordless comedy that pays homage to Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. The show is conceived by creator/ performers Dave Jadico and Aaron Cromie as a “silent film for the stage.” Evolved from characters the pair created for their 2003 Philly Fringe cabaret Two Hats, Two Heads, Jadico summarizes the story as being about “two friends who find their true purpose in life.” Filled with magical moments that include trick props and moving set pieces, the absence of words gives the actors a chance to display their prodigious talent not only as physical comedians, but also as magicians and puppeteers. Tonight is the final preview performance before the official opening on Dec. 5, which means the tickets are slightly cheaper, and the production is pretty much raring and ready to go. J.C.R. 8pm. $22. Through Dec. 31. Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St. 215.735.0630. playsandplayers.org
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By Brian Freedman // email@example.com was outed as soon as I walked through the door: The critic had arrived, and there was nothing I could do to hide my identity. It’s a situation that every reviewer is bound to face at some point: in our deeply digitized, social-media-savvy world, anonymity is a commodity more fleeting than a first-half Eagles lead. All you can do is hope that the chef doesn’t change his or her M.O. in a cynical effort to please your finicky palate. When this happens, the front-ofhouse team typically makes herculean efforts to hide the fact that they know who you are and why you’re there, and it’s up to the critic to assess not just the food in that case, but also whether their particular dining experience is in any way different from what everyone else in the dining room is receiving. Alas, this establishment made no such effort: They knew who I was and why I was there, and it became adversarial right off the bat. “Honestly, Brian, if you give me a bad review, you’re out of my will. And if you imply that anything wasn’t perfect, you might not make it to your car alive. I brought you into this world, and I’ll take you out of it.” Oh, how fickle a mother’s love can be. This past summer, my editor and I decided that it might be interesting to review my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the one meal, after all, that ties us all together as Americans. From potato latkes to the seven fishes, from glazed ham to roasted goose, the holidays are a time of deeply felt tradition at the table, but none of them, aside from Thanksgiving, is so universally experienced. Ham at my uncle’s annual Hanukkah party would be anathema to the holiday, and no sane Protestant would ever whip up a batch of potato pancakes bound together with matzoh meal (a tradition inexplicably still espoused by some members of virtually every Jewish family) for Christmas. But Thanksgiving, with its turkey and stuffing and cranberries and pies, is as close to a national family dinner as we get, a nap-inducing, stomach-expanding feast for all quarter-billion-plus of us.
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successful stuffing, but only moderately so, a shortcoming that stood out as a result of the procession of otherwise stellar dishes. Service was more forceful and interactive than it is at most restaurants—Can you please help your sister clear the table? I’m not running a restaurant here!—but the depth and pricing of the beverage program made it rather easy to gloss over the thinly veiled threats of the chef. My father, the wine director, sommelier and traffic cop for the night, has lately been making it a point to pop the corks on the kind of special-occasion bottles that too many collectors never quite get around to opening. The result was a dinner fueled by wines that my review budget never really allows me the opportunity to pair with a meal for work. We started with a crisp white Bordeaux before heading over to California for a deeply expressive Napa Valley Cabernet from Taylor Family Vineyards. From there, we popped open a bottle of Clos Mogador 1996, a dizzyingly delicious Spanish red that was the drinking highlight of the night. With dinner, we enjoyed a 2009 Beaujolais Cru—perfect with the full gamut of the holiday’s flavors. By that point, with all the food and wine, it became a test of wills between the adults and the kids to see who would stay awake longest. In the end, we never did get to the dessert wine—better, at that point, to accompany the excellent, subtly perfumed Riesling-poached-pear tart with coffee. No more alcohol and only a bit more food: just hydration and tapering off at that point. It was a small price to pay, and an accurate indication of the success of the meal that preceded it: When your stomach and liver are both too overtaxed for that final alcoholic post-prandial treat, it was a great dinner indeed. Beautifully done, Mom and Dad. Now can you watch your granddaughter this coming Saturday night? And am I still in the will? n
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The review seemed like such a good idea in the carefree days of August. Apparently, however, when I mentioned this past summer that I might be reviewing her Thanksgiving dinner, my mother took it to heart. And as the weeks leading up to the feast ticked by, she put the word out—to my father, to my wife, probably to my 2-year-old daughter—that she was killing herself, literally breaking her back (her words, verbatim) preparing for the big meal. Was she trying to soften me up? Was she trying to make me feel pre-emptively guilty? Hadn’t she over-worked every other year that she’d hosted Thanksgiving too, or had she merely been phoning it in all those other three-and-a-half decades of my life, whipping up her Nero-esque feasts at the last minute with the help of Swanson and Lean Cuisine? Had the culinary memories of my childhood all been a lie? No way. My mother takes too much justifiable pride in her cooking to have skimped in the past, and her histrionics this year were, I think, a way to let me know that, review or not, this was her dinner, her house, and if I didn’t like it—well, then I could just stop in Chinatown on the way home. As expected, there was no need for that. The turkey, which she’d brined for three days, retained a level of moisture that even far fattier birds rarely do. And after it was done its oceanic bath, the skin of the beast had been massaged with a buttery paste of garlic, sage, thyme and rosemary, crisped up in the oven over a bed of aromatic root vegetables, and allowed to rest for precisely the right amount of time before being sliced up for service. Carrot soup, a silky, elegant puree lifted by an unexpectedly assertive seam of cayenne pepper, proved to be a perfect addition to a meal that, for so many Americans, is traditionally a study in various levels of sweetness. (My mother’s Thanksgivings never have been, mercifully.) Even my sister’s contribution of cranberries, a chutney vivid with cumin, cinnamon and orange zest, found its footing in the savory as surely as it did the sweet: very well-planned and executed—though the immutable rules of sibling rivalry dictate that I could never give her the satisfaction of letting her know that. The stuffing, really, was the only dish that didn’t quite take flight. And though I was reminded over and again how my mother had broken her back over the homemade corn bread, how she had scrubbed each and every one of those mushrooms by hand lest the critic chomp into any grit, god forbid, those earthysweet little buttons, nicely sauteed with onions and garlic, dominated the flavor profile of the dish. Some sort of meat would have helped it along, perhaps a fennel sausage removed from its casing. It was a relatively
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War Horse Rides Again Its story covers the battle-ravaged early 1900s, but the National Theatre of Great Britain’s production speaks volumes today. By J. Cooper Robb // firstname.lastname@example.org he remarkable Tony Awardwinning drama War Horse made its Philadelphia premiere last week, when the National Theatre of Great Britain’s touring production arrived at the Academy of Music for a run through Dec. 2. The story begins on a farm in Devon, England. It is 1912, and London has already become a Dickensian nightmare, blackened by the soot from the factories and mills that provide products for the British Empire. By contrast, the Devon countryside is devoid of workhouses. Its people are impoverished, but the air is clean, the water clear and pure, and one’s livelihood comes from the land rather than industry. (The idyllic pastoral setting is not realistically recreated in Rae’s Smith bare set, projected instead by the strong sense of community and family in the National Theatre’s formidable ensemble.) The small village is home to the family of 16-year-old Albert (Andrew Veenstra), whose life is forever changed when his father outbids an uncle for a young racehorse at an auction in town. The purchase of the gorgeous but expensive animal makes Albert’s mother furious, but it thrills the teen. He names the horse Joey, and the pair is inseparable until war breaks out between Germany and England. Desperately in need of money, Albert’s father sells Joey to the British army, which needs horses for the cavalry. Albert is too young to serve, and after a tearful farewell, Joey is soon on a ship to France, where the Brits have engaged the Germans in the early days of World War I. The British army, in the first war to extensively use modern weapons, is wholly unprepared for the horrors awaiting them on the other side of the English Channel. “The cavalry has no place in this war,” a British officer concludes after an attempted assault goes horribly wrong and its great steeds become entangled in the Germans’ wall of barbed wire. (Michael Morpurgo, author of the 1982 children’s novel from which the play was adapted by Nick Stafford, says it was inspired by a painting that showed horses from the British cavalry enmeshed in barbed wire during a battle in World War I. Recreated in the
Pal Joey: Andrew Veenstra (right) plays the young Albert, whose horse, Joey, is sold to the British army in War Horse. (Photo by Brinkhoff/Moganburg)
stage version and as difficult to watch as anything you’ve ever witnessed, this horrific scene alone makes War Horse too intense for children under 12.) And it isn’t just the horses being killed. The gallant, confident British soldiers charging across an open field on horseback with swords drawn are no match for the hail of bullets generated by the Germans’ machine guns. As European cities are reduced to rubble and once-pristine plains become scorched and filled with craters created by artillery shells, the casualties on both sides quickly mount. Of the million horses commissioned by the British for the war, only 62,000 return. The soldiers fare even worse. Of the 65 million from multiple nations involved, 37 million perish. The factories spawned by the industrial revolution are now used to manufacture weapons that kill with frightening efficiency. Far more than an anti-war treatise, the conflict in War Horse isn’t only between the English and Germans. The truly frightening confrontation—and the one with the farthest-reaching consequences—is mankind’s assault on nature, which is represented by the innocent horse, Joey. Through his eyes, we see the best and worst sides of human nature. Created by Handspring Puppet Company, the creature is operated by a trio of puppeteers who are both anony-
mous and practically invisible. Working in tandem, they bring Joey to life so artfully, he seems every bit as real as the actors with whom he shares the stage. Despite ending on an optimistic note, War Horse leaves us shaken and disturbed. Wandering across a blackened landscape of scorched earth and rotting corpses, Joey encounters the ingenious weapons created by the finest human minds: hand grenades, flamethrowers, poison gas, armored tanks and lightweight machine guns, underscoring how, instead of using our intellectual prowess to help the earth and its inhabitants flourish, we seem intent on decimating our planet—and each other. Although the story covers the years 1912-1916, War Horse may never speak louder than it does today. Iran is racing to develop a nuclear weapon, and America is entering its second consecutive decade at war. Though 100 years have passed since the outset of World War I, it appears that little has changed. And after viewing War Horse, one can’t help wondering if there isn’t a beautiful horse somewhere on a small farm in Afghanistan that will perish today, the victim of a drone strike that misses its intended target. ■ Through Dec. 2. $25-$100. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Sts. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
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ity. This includes Lehane, who, oddly enough, also ditched the 9-to-5 grind for the wild world of woodworking. “I had always been interested in woodworking, but never really had the opportunity to gain formal training,” the 43-year-old says. Prior to leaving his job in restaurant management in May, Lehane spent months looking for an affordable woodshop until falling “head over heels” with Philly Woodworks and its diverse, friendly community. “I think most people have a desire to learn something new,” he adds. “Even if they don’t know what it is.” ■ Philadelphia Woodworks, 4901 Umbria St. 267.243.5482. philadelphiawoodworks.com
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ounded last April by Elkins Park native Michael Vogel, Philadelphia Woodworks is the only pro-grade members woodshop in town, providing amateur craftsmen and hobbyists with a communal Manayunk workspace equipped with an array of tools and machinery. It also serves as a woodworking school, offering several weekly classes where folks of all skill levels can learn to make everything from an exotic wood pen to an elegant table. On today’s agenda: a homemade cutting board. With the exception of Michael Lehane, a shop apprentice who came to both assist and learn, my fellow classmates and I were all woodworking virgins. Surprisingly, Vogel notes that this is usually the case with his pupils. So after leading us into their separate, quieter educational woodshop, he made sure to simplify things with a diagram. If you’re thinking that a cutting board sounds like an elementary project, think again. In addition to using three different types of wood (black walnut, maple and cherry), the process required three types of saws (miter, band and table). After becoming acquainted with the jointer and planer, technically we skipped a couple steps since this was only a three-hour class. The rest, however, was left up to us: scraping off the dried-glue excess, smoothing out the sides with a router table, sculpting the corners with a bandsaw, and finally, lathering the boards with mineral oil to give the wood a more polished look. Having first approached the power tools as if they were ravenous sharks, it was funny to see how comfortable we all became around the blades by the end of the night. Also funny: us trying to keep a grip on the electric sanders. Afterwards, Vogel rewarded us for our labor with a “cheap, crappy beer” in the front lounge area, which also serves as a gallery space, showcasing the unique wood creations of some of the shop’s members. (Note: Classes do not typically include alcohol.) It was away from all the sawdust and piercing shrills of the machinery that you really start to get a better feel for what Philadelphia Woodworks is all about. “I used to work in an office and wear
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The Bad and the Beautiful (1952): Hollywood tellalls have been a fixture of movies since the medium’s youth, although few have made the creative people the focus. One major exception is Vincent Minnelli’s fiction melodrama about Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), a scrappy, egomaniacal producer understood to be based on brilliant low-budget horror maven Val Lewton (Cat People), who had died the previous year. There are traces of David O. Selznick, too, and even Orson Welles—anyone who made a difference in an industry that doesn’t always reward genuine ingenuity.
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Hitchcock Does Both Its Subject and Stars a Disservice The incompetent, tawdry biopic constantly tosses aside credibility for a cheap elbow in the ribs. By Sean Burns // email@example.com f by any chance you’ve recovered from seeing Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime’s Liz & Dick, fear not, because this week brings another incompetent, tawdry biopic set during the waning years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Alas, Sacha Gervasi’s insultingly stupid Hitchcock is not nearly as much fun to hate-watch, in no small part because it seems to think it’s being clever. Purporting to be based on Stephen Rebello’s 1990 book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, John J. McLaughlin’s screenplay displays little interest in the actual making of Psycho and has no patience whatsoever for what we in the benighted journalism industry like to call “facts.” Of course, movies play fast and loose with the truth all the time, and as an Oliver Stone fan, it would be awfully hypocritical of me to get my panties in a bunch over a little bit of fudging for entertainment’s sake. But what’s galling about Hitchcock is just how nonsensical and purposeless all the elisions and distortions turn out to be, constantly tossing aside credibility for a cheap elbow in the ribs. For all intents and purposes immobilized under a ton of laughably unconvincing prosthetic makeup, Anthony Hopkins waddles through the movie carrying on in the full hambone persona Hitch cultivated as the host of his television show. (Hopkins only remembers to put on the accent about half the time; the other half, he just talks like Hannibal Lecter.) Out of ideas and, we’re told, all but finished in Hollywood—despite the fact that he’s coming off the smash success of North By Northwest and has a massively popular TV program—Hitchcock mopes around in search of a creative spark, waited on by his long-suffering wife and uncredited creative collaborator Alma, played by Helen Mirren, the only person in this picture escaping with any dignity intact. Inspiration strikes upon perusal of Robert Bloch’s scandalous novel Psycho, which was based in part on the exploits of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. But the major movie studios dare not touch such ghastly material, so our increasingly obsessed director finances the picture him-
A master at work: Anthony Hopkins (center) plays the iconic filmmaker in Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock.
self, while slowly succumbing to bizarre, violent daydreams in which Gein (Michael Wincott) acts as his co-conspirator and father confessor. It’s a disastrous device, giving Alfred Hitchcock an imaginary friend. Even worse is the barn-door broad tone Gervasi adopts for all the cartoonish sight gags and labored in-jokes. The lion’s share of Hitchcock’s running time is frittered away on the filmmaker’s paranoid suspicion that Alma is sleeping with Danny Houston’s skeezy screenwriter. We’re supposed to believe that this dopey, entirely fictional rampaging jealousy is what spawned Psycho’s primal horror instead of, you know, stuff like artistry and craftsmanship. Obviously Alfred Hitchcock had some (ahem) conflicted feelings with regard to women, and his best films plumb the depths of that psychological distress. He didn’t need an invisible pal to confide in; that’s what the movie camera was for. But Hitchcock can’t be bothered to address the work; it’s too busy being gossipy and dismissive. James D’Arcy does a killer Anthony Perkins; too bad the movie only sees him as a vehicle for lame gay jokes. Joseph Stefano’s contributions are shrunk to one scene, and adding insult to injury, he’s played by Ralph Macchio. Jessica Biel’s Vera Miles talks a lot about “Hitchcock blondes,” while Scarlett Johansson looks great as Janet Leigh, sadly
stranded making inaccurate cracks at Orson Welles’ expense. I’m told that legal restrictions prohibited any recreations of scenes from Hitchcock’s movies (and also account for the absence of his daughter Patricia, who simply doesn’t exist here, even though she has a role in Psycho.) So really, what’s the point in making a movie about an artist if you can’t represent any of the art? Gervasi’s alternative is to wallow in fat jokes and wink-wink nudge-nudge references that anybody with even a passing knowledge of cinema history will find eye-rollingly obvious. The only consideration of the classic film being made is strictly a financial one: Will Psycho make enough money so that the Hitchcocks can afford to keep up their lavish lifestyle? There’s no appreciation or even explanation of the director’s groundbreaking techniques, just some fretting about the box office, which I suppose marks it as a movie for our times. I’d rather be watching Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake. ■
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One of the brightest surprises of the awards season is that Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is not a musty biopic on the life of a presidential great. Instead, it’s a relentless wonk-fest about the sausagemaking of politics. The message, ugly yet entirely accurate, is that politics require gross manipulation, even when the goal is as lofty as the illegalization of slavery. I mention Lincoln in reference to Chasing Ice, a noble but conceptually tiresome activist documentary, because the two are about the same idea: not slavery, but the communication of important issues. Only Lincoln is about this on purpose. Chasing Ice concerns science in general and climate change specifically. Even more specifically, it’s about James Balog, a seasoned nature photographer whose pet focus is the effects of global warming. In a wildly popular spread for National Geographic, his photos documented actual, measurable, provable climate change: Towering glaciers that hadn’t melted more than a couple inches in hundreds of years had, in the last decade, all but depleted to mush. Climate change has had a bumpy history: An Inconvenient Truth helped make it a major issue with plebeians, only for
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ast Thursday, millions of people in our area celebrated Thanksgiving Day with a host of traditions: eating too much, drinking too much, arguing about politics, crying in the bathroom and ignoring racist uncles. If there’s one Turkey Day custom in our city that people actually enjoy, it’s the airing of the classic 1967 Arlo Guthrie yarn “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” on WMMR 93.3. For decades, Pierre Robert—MMR’s longrunning, ultra-mellow and much-beloved disc jockey—has spent every Thanksgiving morning and afternoon playing the song in its more-than-18-minute entirety, not just once, but several times throughout the day. Thousands of Philly’s “good citizens,” as Robert would say, tune to 93.3 to hear Guthrie’s hilarious and (mostly) true story about his holiday run-in with the law. Whether preparing dinner, driving to a relative’s house or simply relaxing with their families, the annual “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” broadcasts have now become a ritual for young and old. (It’s not just Philly, either. Several other U.S. cities have similar events, but like a lot of things, we’re better at it than they are.) So, what’s the big fuss? Why does a modern radio station clear time out of its schedule to air a goofy, old rag at an unheard-of-for-radio length? For the uninitiated, here’s a plot summary: Over jovial acoustic lines and a light shuffle, our shaggy dog tale begins with Guthrie giving a brief backstory of Alice, her restaurant, and the church where she and her husband live in the small town of Stockbridge, Mass. On Thanksgiving Day 1965, Guthrie and a friend attempt to get rid of a pile of Alice’s garbage as a friendly gesture to the couple. After finding out that the dump is closed because of the holiday, the two pals instead throw the trash onto the side of a road. The next day, Guthrie is implemented in Stockbridge’s “biggest crime of the last 50 years” and sent to prison before being bailed out by Alice. After his trial, presided over by a blind judge, he’s forced to pay a $50 fine and clean up the mess. “But that’s not what I came to tell you about,” Guthrie alerts the audience eight minutes in. “Came to talk about the draft.” It’s here that the song truly comes together, when two years after the littering incident, Guthrie finds himself in New York City getting his physical exam for military service. Not want-
Dig in: This classic shot of folk singer Arlo Guthrie apprears on his 1967 debut album, Alice’s Restaurant.
ing to be sent to Vietnam, Guthrie attempts to be turned away by telling the psychiatrist about his (faked) violent and homicidal tendencies. Unfortunately, the plan backfires: “The sergeant came over, pinned a medal on me, sent me down the hall, said, ‘You’re our boy.’” Guthrie is then asked by the officials if he’s ever been arrested, and after telling them the story about his trash arrest, he’s sent to the dreaded “Group W” bench with the other ex-cons. (“Mother-rapers ... father-stabbers ... father-rapers!”) In a twist of dumb luck, Guthrie’s previous arrest actually saves him when he’s turned away from the service, or as he explains in the tale’s perfect satirical punchline, not “moral enough to join the Army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after bein’ a litterbug.” The song wraps up with Guthrie telling the listeners to sing the tune’s pseudo-chorus during their draft exams, then to walk out, effectively creating the “Alice’s Restaurant Anti-Massacree Movement.” Even before the song was released on Alice’s Restaurant, Guthrie’s 1967 debut LP, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” was an immediate hit, with live bootlegs of the song being passed around amongst the young counterculture. It became so popular, in fact, that by 1969, it had spawned a movie (starring Guthrie, him-
self ) and a cookbook by the song’s real life inspiration, Alice Brock. Part of the song’s appeal, and one of the many reasons its popularity continues to live on, is the gleeful lilt in Guthrie’s voice. For a mostly vocal-based song to keep your attention for more than 18 minutes—and sometimes up to 40 minutes in live performances— is no small feat. It’s a skill that harkens back to the “talking blues” of old, perfected by storytellers like Guthrie’s father, American music icon Woody Guthrie. Folk artists and protest singers, such as the elder Guthrie, knew that music was a great way to get your message across, with the same to be said about humor. The way Woody’s son combined the two is the song’s greatest strength: It’s never preachy or heavy-handed, but by the end, what it says is perfectly clear. Although he later achieved much success, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” will always remain Guthrie’s signature song. And while he likely won’t perform the tune on his current tour—instead, celebrating his father’s 100th birthday—if you missed it last week, there’s always next Thanksgiving. ■ Fri., Nov. 30, 8pm. $29-$45. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J. collingswood.com
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Rebel Soul (Atlantic) Sounds like: The 41-year-old’s ninth is a self-produced mess after Rick Rubin made him sound all right two years ago. A tough listen if you’re not a fan. Free association: At a certain point, in some careers, you just want to say “STOP.” For fans of: Uncle Kracker x Lynyrd Skynyrd + Guns n’ Roses, Harleys, hos and ‘dro. (B.C.)
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Koi No Yokan (Reprise) Sounds like: The aging-well metalheads from Sacramento nail it on their seventh, a dynamic, impressive and loud blend of tempos, tones and moods. Free association: Nearly single-handedly proving metal-haters wrong for 15 years. For fans of: Fuel/Tool/Isis/Incubus x Metallica, Faith No More, metal with nuance. (B.C.)
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Wednesdays, 9pm, ABC Captive audience: Traditional sitcom lovers, Al Bundy fans, guys who really have a thing for loud Latin women. Moment of truth: Even though it’s been universally acclaimed by critics and has won multiple Emmys, I always found this sitcom to be merely adequate. Now that it’s in its fourth season, the show seems to relying more on farcical gags and turning its once-adorable characters into grating caricatures. Big poppa Jay (the invaluable Ed O’Neill) has gotten more grumpy now that trophy wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara, as ethnic as ever) is with child. Super-mom Claire (Julie Bowen) is even more of a controlling bitch. And all those kids are still fuckin’ annoying. But, hell, it’ll probably once again win a bunch of Emmys next year. Emmy or phlegmmy: Do you even have to ask? (Craig D. Lindsey)
Fridays, 9pm, truTV Captive audience: Basically, people who just love seeing people humiliated all to hell on TV. Moment of truth: This titillating yet just-plain-wrong extreme stunt/singing competition hybrid, hosted by Jackass’ Steve-O, has people competing for $10,000 by singing songs while taking part in gnarly challenges (sitting in an ice-cold water tank filled with snakes, getting your whole body waxed, etc.). Of course, whether or not these people actually have vocal chops is beside the point. There is something shamelessly entertaining about watching these folks go through all this inventively messed-up shit for money. And, yet, I feel sort of ashamed about the whole thing. Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy. But I still feel phlegmmy about it. (C.D.L.)
In summary: A comprehensive, actually readable history tome about Philly’s arguably hippest neighborhood, detailing everything from its Billy Penn-era days to the revitalization sparked by Bart Blatstein’s Piazza at Schmidt’s. Akin to: A primer for The Abbaye’s quizzo buffs. Seriously. Let’s play a NoLibs-themed round of quizzo. Author fun fact: Kyriakodis is owner of possibly the largest private collection of books about Philadelphia; his stockpile clocks in at more than 2,000 titles. (Rosella Eleanor LaFevre)
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701 S. 50th St. dockstreetbeer.com Here’s the dish: Florentine Pizza Description: Don’t expect artisanal pizza in the less gourmet climes of upper West Philly? Dock Street deliciously defies that notion. The Florentine’s lusty combination of crème fraiche, milky mozzarella cheese, fresh herbs, leeks and spinach atop a perfectly dense, brick oven-baked crust goes far beyond mere tastiness—it’s an orgasmic sensory experience. Yum or yuck: Yum on steroids. Dock Street’s got menu items (and beer) aplenty, but in the wake of such stupendously divine pizza options, who cares? (Tonya Pendleton)
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Friday, Nov. 23, Silk City Overall vibe: Beautiful, very energetic. DJ Bobbito Garcia got a surprisingly warm reception, since he hasn’t spun here in ages (at that eons-ago first “Wonderfull” party, Fluid). Most memorable: The way the women in the house responded. They danced like they haven’t had that much fun in years, which, in turn, made the guys want to dance too. The floor stayed packed, a lost art with music that’s not heard by the masses. Scene stealer: The mind-blowing range of Bob’s set. He went with genres that you might know, but songs you weren’t familiar with—everything from ‘60s rock and rockabilly to swing and house. People went bananas! That says the DJ has the power: You get lost ‘cause he bangs you in the head with such good music. (DJ Skeme Richards)
Global Warming (RCA) Sounds like: This handsome Cuban has really started to hone his Top 40 game with this club-friendly Miami pop, perfect for licensing and radio. Free association: Do you think the title is political or science-y even a little bit? For fans of: LMFAO + Flo Rida, Jennifer Lopez, Lil Jon, bald-headed Latinos. (B.C.)
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someday they might find themselves opting out of sex and relationships, too.” What should you do if you change your mind someday? You should date, IDGAF, you should marry. Don’t describe your current choices as superior—even if it does mean a better social life—and you won’t have to eat crow if you change your mind. “We’ve come a long way in our attitudes about sex and relationships,” says Klinenberg. “Now that living alone is more common than living with a spouse and two children, isn’t it time we learned to respect the choice to go solo, too?” Indeed it is. And the sooner you demand a little respect from your parents and friends for your choices, IDGAF, the sooner you’ll get it. Single and partnered people alike should follow Eric Klinenberg on Twitter: @EricKlinenberg. To find out more about Klinenberg’s books and his research, go to ericklinenberg.com. What’s the etiquette around (nonpenetrative) sex toys after a breakup? I bought restraints, a blindfold, etc. for my ex, and she left them behind. It seems a waste to throw them away. Is it a bit squicky for a guy to bust out an arsenal of old toys when a new gal comes along? Alone With Accessories She Had Jonathan Schroder, general manager of Mr. S Leather in San Francisco (mr-s-leather.com), suggests that you get rid of your bondage gear. Schroder is in the business of selling sex toys—Mr. S is famous for its highquality bondage gear—but his advice isn’t about his desire to move merchandise. It’s about your desire for gals, AWASH. “Personally, I think some of the best gear you can get is hand-me-down gear,” says Schroder. “And there’s a great tradition in the gay leather community about passing gear from older folks to younger folks. But my gut tells me that a new girlfriend might wig out about used bondage gear. We have a lot of customers and couples that have a strong preference for cleanliness. But straight women in particular prefer that things be wiped down, well cleaned and shiny. So a woman who opens a dresser drawer and finds restraints with signs of wear and tear—and signs of someone else’s sweat or fluids on them—is probably going to be turned off.” So get rid of your old gear, Schroder advises, but don’t throw it away. “Find someone who wants and can’t afford bondage gear, and give it to them,” says Schroder. “Gear is expensive, and there are people out there who can’t afford it. Help ’em out.” @fakedansavage says polyamory a “choice,” not an “identity.” Where have we heard that argument before? Meet the new bigots, same as the old. @lilyldodge If all people are naturally nonmonogamous—a point I’ve made about 10 million times—then from my perspective, polyamory and monogamy are relationship models, not sexual orientations. (And if poly and monogamy are sexual orientations, Lily, wouldn’t going solo have to be considered one, too?) That was my point. Poly can be central to someone’s sexual self-conception, and it can be hugely important, but I don’t think it’s an orientation in the same way that gay, straight or bisexual are orientations. People can and do, of course, identify as poly. But is poly something anyone can do or something some people are? I come down on the “do” side. Lily clearly disagrees. But as @GetItBigGurl said on Twitter, where Lily and I engaged about my comments in last week’s column, “Openly pondering difference between orientation vs. lifestyle isn’t bigotry, legislating against polyamory is.” No one is legislating against polyamory here. Just thinkin’ about things. n
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1531 BAINBRIDGE ST, A: $2,500/ MO 2BD/2.5 bath condo, hardwood floors, spacious, gourmet kitchen, rear yard, w/d, CALL RYAN MCCANN PRU FOX & ROACH 215-627-6005/215558-2118 171 GRAPE ST, 201: $1,595/MO 2BD/1BA, condo unit, nice kitchen, washer/dryer, c/a, CALL RYAN MCCANN PRU FOX & ROACH 215-6276005/215-558-2118 19TH and MIFFLIN: Lovely, All NEW, Magnificent Town house. 2BDRMS, 1BA, $560/mo. 215-292-2176 20TH & CHERRY- Newly renovated 2BR w/HW floors, High ceilings, Laundry on premise. AVAIL NOW! $1350. MSRE, 215-925-RENT(7368), www. MichaelSingerRealEstate.com 610 CATHARINE: $1,700/MO 2BD/1.5BA, hardwood floors, roofdeck, stainless tile kitchen, c/a, CALL MIKE MCCANN PRU FOX & ROACH 215-627-6005/215440-8345 C.C. Ultra Mod BROWNSTONE 2BR 1st fl, Mble BA/Jac, WD, HWF, AC, Bsmt, Patio. $1150+. 215-463-7374 FAIRMOUNT/ART MUSEUM: Newly renovated 2BR, WD, DW, HW Flrs, $1200/mo+. 215-247-3616 RITTENHOUSE SQ. AREA (2013 Walnut St.) 2BRs or 1 lg bedroom/Office, 1 bath, WD, DW, CA, Gas heat, Carpeted. $1395/mo+. 215-627-4414
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1 2 T H & C H E ST N U T- B ran d n ew 1BR, Beautiful HWF, Great light, Nice kit, C/A. AVAIL NOW! $985. MSRE, 215-925-RENT(7368), www. MichaelSingerRealEstate.com
1 QUEEN ST, #10- Gorgeous 3BR+ den, 2.5BA home w/HW flrs, FP, g a r d e n d e c k & g a ra g e . $ 28 0 0 . CONWAY TEAM. PRU, FOX & ROACH, 215.627.6005/215.440.8190
15TH & SPRUCE: Lrg 1BD apt in sought after location! Beautiful art-deco details, Renov. Kitchen, HW Flrs, Front Desk Attendant, Onsite Lau n d r y, Wo n d er fu l C ity Vi ews. Short term lease avail. $1270/mo. Avail Dec. 215-735-8030.
23RD & CHRISTIAN Huge 4BR w/2BA, All amenities. $1375+. PMG 215-545-7007 x302
1930 BAINBRIDGE ST Small 1 bedroom Avail NOw $795+ 215-883-0542 2601 PENNSYLVANIA AVE, 704: $1,295/MO 1BD/1BA, wood parquet floors, extra large windows, washer/ dryer, pet friendly, CALL MELANIE MCCONNELL PRU FOX & ROACH 215627-6005/215-521-1533 BROAD & PINE Gorg 1BR w/Lg rooms. Close to everything. Incl heat. $1095+. PMG 215-545-7007 x302 HUNTINGDON PARK: Spacious 1BR w/Bsmt. $1150 to move in, Water incl. Nate, 215-715-0878
TWO BEDROOM 1215 S. BROAD ST: STARTING AT $1,600/MO 3, 2BD rental units, parking, roof deck, fireplace mantles, high ceilings, moldings, stained glass windows, c/a, CALL LAUREN ACKER PRU FOX & ROACH 215-6276005/215-440-2097 13TH & SPRUCE- Very cool penthouse 2BR w/Fab Deck. Close to everything. $1195+. PMG, 215-545-7007x108 13TH & SPRUCE: Fab 2BR bilevel w/ FP and so much more. Includes heat. $1595+. PMG 215-545-7007x110
$770-995 $575-1000 $995 $850-950 Pine & 21st 1Bd's, hardwood, heat incl., yard $700-1000 Pine & 22nd 1 & 2Bd, hardwood, heat incl. $750-1100 Lombard & 23rd 1 &2Bd, bi-level, A/C loCUst & 21st Fab Studio on mod tree 1Bd's, line st.C/A, HWgreat location $875-1000 $725 Chestnut & 20th Ultra $875-1700 Lombard & 19th Newly renov, mod studio, &Laundry. 2Bd's pine & 21st Sun-drenched lg 1BR, New MUST SEE. $1200 $770-995 Walnut & Eat-in 23rd 1 kit, &12Bd's, hardwood, laundry $800-850 $575-1000 Locust & C/A, 21st heat Studios & 1Bd's, laundry, heat incl. Broad & Spruce Mod 1Bd's, W/D, incl. $850-950 Pine & 21st 1Bd's, hardwood, heat incl., yard $850-995 Lombard & 9th 1Bd & 2Bd, w/d, hardwood, laundry $700-1000 Pine & 22nd 1 & 2Bd, hardwood, heat incl. Pine & 9th 2Bd's, h/w floors, W/D & 23rd 1 &2Bd, bi-level, $995-1100 $750-1100 Lombard A/C broaD &Spruce sprUCe Mod 2Bd, 1BR,1-1/2 W/W, C/A bi-level, W/D $975-$1100 $875-1000 $995location Chestnut & 20thlaundry Ultra mod 1Bd's, C/A, great & 12th bath, $875-1700 & 19th Newly renov, mod$995-1350 studio, 1 & 2Bd's Spruce & 16th Old World,Lombard 1 & 2Bd's, hardwood $800-850 Broad & Spruce Mod 1Bd's, W/D, C/A, heat incl. $950-1750 Art Area Ultra Mod 1 & 3Bd's, W/D,&Deck, Parking $850-995 Lombard 9th 1Bd & 2Bd, w/d, hardwood, laundry $995-1100 & 9th 2Bd's, h/w floors, W/D $825-1375 Old&City ultra Studio, mod 1 &Pine 2Bd's, deck CHristian 2nDFab Sunny HW floors, Heat & Hot water incl $795 $995 Spruce & 12th 2Bd, 1-1/2 bath, bi-level,$1950 laundry University City 3Bd, 2 bath, totally renovated $995-1350 Spruce & 16th Old World, 1 & 2Bd's, hardwood Spring Garden Collonade-Extremely Nice $950-1750 Art Area Ultra ModStudio 1 & 3Bd's, W/D, Deck,$700 Parking $825-1375 City Fab ultraC/A mod 1 & 2Bd's, deck $600-675 Q.V. 3rd & Bambridge 1Old & 2Bd's, W/W, $1950 University City 3Bd, 2 bath, totally renovated Green &Spring 21st Garden 1BR, W/W, NewStudio, kit, Yard $895 $375 & 19th hardwood, Heat incl. $700 Spring Garden Collonade-Extremely Nice Studio $625 sprinG GarDen Den, HW floors, W/D, New Eat-in kit, Yard $1275 Fairmount& &19tH 18th1BR Modwith 1Bd, C/A, W/D $600-675 Q.V. 3rd & Bambridge 1 & 2Bd's, W/W, C/A SpringHW Garden & 19th Studio, hardwood,$600 Heat incl. Vernon 21st Gret Studio, Yard, Laundry aspen &Mt. 26tH Great&Studio & 1BR’s, floors, Laundry $745-$875$375 $625 Fairmount & 18th Mod 1Bd, C/A, W/D $700 Wallace & floors, yard sprinG GarDen & 20th 19tH1Bd, Fab parquet Jr Mt. 1BR, HW floors $675 $600 Vernon & 21st Gret Studio, Yard, Laundry Aspen & 26th 1Bd, W/W, Wallace laundry & 20th 1Bd, parquet floors, yard$600 $700 Walnut & 23rd 1 & 2Bd's, hardwood, laundry
Locust & 21st Studios & 1Bd's, loMbarD & 9tH Fab 1BR, C/A, W/D laundry, heat incl.
HOUSE FOR RENT 8 T H & P O RT E R 4 b e d r m s. , W/ D, Hdwd.Flrs. Sec. 8 OK. Porch front $1100/mo.+.. 215-432-6222. 1019 S.FAIRHILL (Queen Village) 3BR 2BA TH, WD, DW, CA. $1700+. email@example.com 110 KENILWORTH ST- Terrific large 4BR, 2BA home on great block. 3 FP’s HW flrs, full fin basement & paved garden. $2200. CONWAY TEAM. PRU, FOX & ROACH, 215.627.6005/215.440.8190 1 2 Q U E E N S T R E E T- M e r e d i t h School Dist. Pristine beautiful historic rehab, 4 bdrms, 2.5bths, 2 fp’s, hrdwd flrs t/o + deck. $3000. CONWAY TEAM. PRU, FOX & ROACH, 215.627.6005/215.440.8190 1211 S.3RD ST: Great house. Large Federal Period home in Northern Pennsport. 5BRs, HW floors, high ceilings, great kitchen and bath. $2300. CONWAY TEAM. PRU, FOX & ROACH, 215.627.6005/215.440.8190 1 3 3 2 S . H O WA R D S T N o r t h e r n Pennsport. A lovely home w/2BRs, HW floors, pretty garden. $1500. CONWAY TEAM. PRU, FOX & ROACH, 215.627.6005/215.440.8190 1941 WAVERLY ST (RITTENHOUSE SQ) 2BR house w/Great yard. WD, DW. Must see. $1850. mcolaizzo@ comcast.net
SO.PHILLY.19TH MIFFLIN, ALL NEW, MAGNIFICENT. 2BDRMS.,1BTH.$590/ MO.215-292-2176
ROOM FOR RENT 124 LOMBARD the HEART OF CENTER CITY, SOCIETY HILL, HEAD HOUSE SQ. “TOKIO B&B” STUDIOS. WALK to HISTORIC LOCATIONS, RESTAURANTS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. TOURIST are WELCOME! Reasonable daily rates ($55-$100) wkly rates ($300-$500) TOURIST ARE WELCOME! WE also OFFER SPECIAL monthly rates. Website http:// sushi.madamesaito.com MADAME SAITO 215-922-2515
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5th & Brown Cool Carriage House in the heart of Northern Liberties. $895+
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ARTIST STUDIOS FOR RENT- $65$325 for 100-500sf. Open & private studios in beautiful 5 story warehouse in Kensington. Exposed beams & bricks with lots of natural light. Utilities & wifi included. Info at: www.papermillarts.com Contact Karyn 215.687.8391
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PASSYUNK SQUARE EXCLUSIVE 1531 SOUTH JUNIPER STREET FOR RENT DECEMBER 2012 Be the ﬁrst resident of this gorgeous 3 Bedroom home where no expense was spared in creating a top-quality renovation, rarely available for rent. Entry vestibule with mosaic tiled ﬂoor and picture frame wainscoting lead into a large living room and dining area with tall ceilings and richly restored 19th Century random-width pine ﬂooring. Enjoy the convenience of a coat closet, marble powder room, pantry closet and a gorgeous shaker style eat-in kitchen with quartzite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Sliding glass doors lead out to large east facing patio garden. Second ﬂoor features 3 bedrooms (two can have king beds) with large walk-in closets, hall linen closet, and a sparkling white Carrara marble bathroom. Semi-ﬁnished basement with tiled ﬂoors and sheet rock walls and laundry center to boot! New high-efﬁciency mechanical systems will keep you comfortable without breaking your wallet. This home is a two block walk to the heart of Passyunk Square’s lively business district, and merely a 1/2 block walk to the Broad Street subway! - $2,295/mo
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THE CHATHAM - OPEN HOUSE SATURDAYS FROM 12:00 TO 4:00PM 135 S.20TH ST (20TH & WALNUT) – Spacious Studios in High rise, Doorman bldg w/ Magnificent Western & Southern exposure, view of Rittenhouse Square, HW floors, Laundry on site, High floor. Professionally Managed. OCCASIONALLY AVAILABLE! ALL UTILITIES INCL. FROM $1,325 23RD & PINE – Spacious Two Bedroom, Lots of light, High ceilings, HW floors, Laundry on premise. AVAILABLE NOW!
HEAT/HOT WATER INCL. $1,750
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– Studio in Great location, High ceilings, HW floors, Laundry on premises. AVAILABLE DECEMBER! HEAT/HOT WATER INCL. $885
19TH & SANSOM
530 Walnut Street, Suite 260 • Philadelphia, PA 19106 •
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WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST
THE CLAREMONT (10TH & CLINTON)
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The Lofts at Logan View True loft-style living makes the Lofts at Logan View one of Philadelphia’s unique residences. With soaring ceilings, huge windows and abundant natural light, our multi-level loft and platform designs include studios and 1 and 2-bedroom apartments.
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225 SOUTH 18TH STREET
1420 LOCUST STREET
Junior one bedroom overlooking pool club with wood floors, open
Junior 1 bedroom, city views to the west and north, 624 sf
210 w. wASHiNgTON SqUARE
kitchen with breakfast bar, marble bathroom, 512 sf
2 bedrooms, 2,5 baths, designer kitchen and baths, wood floors, 270 degree
1 Bedroom, city views, spacious kitchen, excellent closet space, W/D in unit,
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, marble bathrooms, hardwood floors, chef’s
city views, 1662 sf
kitchen, large balcony, all rooms overlook Rittenhouse Square,
like-new, 1552 sf
237 S. 18TH STREET
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, large and light-filled rooms throughout, designer
2401 PENNSYLVANiA AVENUE
kitchen and baths, wood floors, custom built closets, 2527 sf
Studio overlooking Washington Square with alcove and dressing area, 600 sf
Studio, overlooks the Art Museum, balcony, separate dressing
226 w. RiTTENHOUSE SqUARE
OLD CiTY/SOCiETY HiLL
1 bedroom, open kitchen, wood floors, partial view of
SOCiETY HiLL TOwERS
200-220 LOCUST STREET
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors, balcony, panoramic southern $2,750
views, 1218 sf
open custom kitchen and designer bathroom, balcony, south views,
1 bedroom, treetop views of Society Hill, wood floors, updated kitchen
and bath, 700 sf
1 bedroom, city views, high floor, floor-to-ceiling windows, 683 sf
1701 LOCUST STREET
Studio, city, views, marble bath, wood floors, open high end kitchen, 381 sf
421 CHESTNUT STREET
One bedroom plus den, renovated throughout with hardwood floors,
area, 704 sf
604-36 SOUTH wASHiNgTON SqUARE
Rittenhouse Square, 570 sf
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7 N. COLUMbUS bOULEVARD 2 bedroom, 2.5 baths, updated kitchen, fireplace, 1 car parking 1658 sf
2 bedrooms plus study, 2.5 baths, designer kitchen and baths, high end
313 SOUTH 18TH STREET
details throughout, truly one-of-a-kind, 2117 sf
Studio, wood floors, updated kitchen and bath, W/D, boutique building
1830 Rittenhouse Square – Rittenhouse Square professional or
less than two blocks from Rittenhouse Square, 325 sf
personal office space in boutique, doorman building, 754 sf
233-241 S. 6TH STREET
2020 wALNUT STREET
1 Bedroom, open kitchen, updated bathroom, balcony, 860 sf $1,625
Studio, high floor, large bay window, open kitchen, city view, 549 sf
Penthouse, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, magnificent river views, fireplace,
updated kitchen and baths, 2575 sf
iNDEPENDENCE PLACE 241 South 6th Street Penthouse with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, balcony, magnificent city and river views, 2575 sf
250 S. 18th Street – Prime ground floor corner retail/office space on
Rittenhouse Square, 1857 sf 1521 Locust Street - Entire floor office space, 3500 sf
PARC RiTTENHOUSE 225 South 18th Street
2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, private deck overlooking Rittenhouse Square, open chef’s kitchen, updated throughout, 1552 sf
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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, December 2nd
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826 S. Swanson Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
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BEAUTIFUL QUEEN VILLAGE CORNER TOWNHOME Attached 1 Car Garage 3 Bedrooms, 3-1/2 Baths, 3,097 Sq. Ft. Price: $689,000
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THINKING OF BUYING? 302 Salter $439,900 NEW THIS WEEK! WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST $375,000 Brand new construction, 4-story, 3BD/2.5BA home
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New Listing – Triplex 1701 S 19th Street
Corner – Three Large Apartments. $159,500.
Large Warehouse 1613-27 Germantown Avenue
9600 sq. ft. on one floor. 13 ft. Ceilings. Overhead on 4th Street. $299,000.
City Line & Belmont Avenue – Short Sale 4439 Sherwood Road 3 Bedrooms. Hardwoods. Garage. Front Yard. $157,500.
South Philadelphia 707 Mifflin Street
Just Renovated. 3 Bedrooms. 1 Full Bath. 2 half baths. Hardwoods. Stainless Steel Appliances. $194,500.
1945 Sigel Street 3 Bedrooms. $39,900.
1815-17 S 6th Street 4500 sq. ft. $185,000.
OPEN HOUSE Sunday 12/2 11AM - 2PM NEW CONSTRUCTION 1018 S 22ND ST 3BR, 2.5BA,Ceramic Tile, Stainless Appliances Granite Counter Tops Jacuzzi in master suite w/ separate sitting room Hw/Flrs Throughout Fin Bsmt New Washer/Dryer
Pennsport – 10 Year Tax Abatement 1322 S American Street 18 ft. wide. New Home. Master Suite with Deck. 10 ft. Ceilings. Large Yard. Custom. $449,000.
Beautiful and charming 2BD/1BA trinity that has been lovingly renovated throughout the last 4 years and now shines with new everything in addition to wood burning ﬁreplace, inviting living room, adorable back yard, ofﬁce and nice private deck; a true gem!
with oak ﬂooring, soaring 9ft ceilings, and granite and stainless kitchen, featuring a magniﬁcent master bedroom suite.
Spacious and elegant 2BD/2BA condo unit with parking, granite and stainless kitchen, and high wood beam ceilings, also featuring tons of natural light as this is the largest unit in Bridge View Condominiums!
524 N. 22nd
GRADUATE HOSPITAL 776 S. Harshaw $369,900
Large Corner. 3 Floors. Garage. $150,000.
Educational and Meeting Center Sale or Rent 2501-2515 S. Marshall St.
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Cozy and loving 1BD/1BA home in the Hoop Skirt Factory featuring wood ﬂoors, wood beams, and an exposed brick wall, with wide open space and unbelievable views of the bridge and water.
810-12 S. Delhi
Adorable 2.5 story, 2BD/1BA home with fantastic adjoining lot, original pine ﬂoors, and ﬁre place mantle, also beautifully designed with granite and stainless kitchen and a stunning bedroom suite!
730 Montrose St B
Fantastic bi-level, 3BD/3.5BA home with parking, wide open living area with hardwood ﬂooring, and granite & stainless kitchen, also featuring a common hall, basement, and deck.
QUEEN VILLAGE 834 N. Lawrence
Just Reduced! Contemporary and uniquely designed 4BD/3.5BA home with 2-car parking, 4000 sqft of luxury living, open maple staircase throughout, 2 dens, 2 balconies + rooftop deck, plus tremendous oversized master suite!
Breathtaking 3BD/2BA penthouse condo featuring wide open layout, 2-car garage, 2 balconies, wall of windows with amazing river views, beautiful hardwood ﬂoors, high ceilings, and a magniﬁcent master bedroom suite.
FITLER SQUARE 2520-22 South
PORT RICHMOND 2821 E. Ontario
SOCIETY HILL 32 Saint James Ct
Located adjacent to the South Street bridge, this spacious, double wide ofﬁce building boasts over 5,400sqft and is complete with several bathrooms throughout, basement, and a reception area.
Cozy and charming 2-story, 3BD/1BA home with detached garage and wide open basement perfect for storage, all located on the end of a wonderful block!
Breathtaking 2BD/2BA condo unit with a wide open living/dining room and magniﬁcent master bedroom suite, all thoughtfully designed with hardwood ﬂoors, large windows, and a stainless tile kitchen, also featuring a common courtyard.
211-25 S. 4th 104
Featuring the ﬁnest amenities, including 24 hour concierge and doorman, this 2BD/2.5BA condo unit in The Willings is complete with high ceilings, hardwood ﬂoors throughout, and a visual intercom.
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE 765 S. 2nd G $275,000 411 S. Carlisle St 3 $225,000 Coolly charming 2BD/1BA condo with soaring 14 foot ceilings, hardwood ﬂoors and amazing natural light, designed with wood burning ﬁreplace, plus common area courtyard!
Fantastic and charismatic 1BD/1BA condo unit featuring wide open space, high vaulted ceilings, bamboo ﬂooring, and stainless tile kitchen, all located on a tranquil, tree-lined street!
Avenue Of The Arts $325,000 Exquisitely renovated 2BD/1.5BA home with finished basement, granite & stainless kitchen, and fenced rear patio, complete with gorgeous hardwood floors and other magnificent details, all designed by an established and detail-oriented developer!
Philly life and culture resides in this 2BD/1BA home with exquisite space, hardwood floors, and a wide open stainless tile kitchen, complete with beautiful baths and many lovely details throughout.
ART MUSEUM AREA $495,000 Newly renovated 3BD/2.5BA garage front home with 1-car garage, fireplace, roof terrace, and private patio, boasting tons of space, hardwood floors, and many luxurious amenities.
Absolutely stunning and spacious 3BD/2.5BA home with garage, cozy den, all new rooftop deck, and Juliet balcony, expertly designed with a ﬁreplace, detailed wood molding, hardwood ﬂoors, 2-story dining area, and custom granite and stainless kitchen.
Fantastically located 3BD/3BA home featuring 1-year prepaid parking, contemporary kitchen, a red brick patio, and finished basement with bar, also complete with wood burning fireplace, beautiful hardwood floors, and charming crown moldings!
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE $1,600,000 Grand and handsome, 4BD/3 full + 3 half bath home in impeccable condition with parking, sun deck, roof deck, and finished basement, also featuring hardwood floors, ornate woodwork, and a security system!
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Ogontz Avenue Vicinity 5944 Kemble Avenue
Gorgeous and contemporary 2 bed, 2 bath corner condo unit with 1-car garage parking, balcony deck, grand ﬂoor to ceiling windows throughout in York Square Condominiums!
15,000 sq. ft. on 3 floors. Elevator. Large Auditorium. Classrooms. Cafeteria $495,000 sale / $5500/Month Lease.
Immaculate 3BD/2.5BA home with lovely hardwood ﬂoors, granite and stainless kitchen, and rear yard, complete with a magniﬁcent master bedroom suite with a bay window with breathtaking views. Adorable and beautifully renovated 2BD/1BA home with fun yard, charming ﬁreplace, and stainless kitchen, complete with hardwood ﬂoors, high ceilings, and recessed lighting!
Graduate Hospital Vicinity 23rd and Ellsworth Street
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This recently renovated triplex is complete with 3 individual condo units, also for sale separately. Unit A is a 2BD/1BA home with an open kitchen and dramatic balcony overlooking the main living space; Unit B is an art studio with wide open deck and granite and stainless kitchen; Unit C is a bi-level 3BD/1BA home with private outdoor balcony and custom tiled bath.
315 New 307
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326 SPRUCE ST
1104 PINE ST
Stunning Greek Revival mansion, 4+br, 4.5b, library, den, amazing original detail, beautiful garden, elevator, parking
Triplex with amazing bilevel 3br, 2b owner’s unit. Also 2 1br units, beautiful detail, separate meters, across from Kahn Park
$2,295,000 Call Karen Joslin
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307 FULTON ST NEw LISTINg!
634 CARPENTER ST
Beautiful 3br, 2.5b townhouse, high end finishes, garden, basement, garage, Meredith School area
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128 CUTHBERT ST
Exquisite AIA award winning renovation, 2br, 2.5b, roof deck, finished basement, deeded parking
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Dockside 717 S. Columbus Blvd Unit 712 Fabulous north facing studio 669 sq. ft. with great views and a terrace, Terrific kitchen & Ba, Hrwd Flrs + 1 Car deeded Parking. $250,000
716-18 S. 11th Street #100
A Real WOW! 2 BR, 2.5 BA, Pristine 6 Unit Boutique Elevator Bldng. 4.5 Yrs Remaining on Tax Ab, Pristine Bi Level, 1700 Sq Ft, Xtra Wide, Gar Prkng, Hrwd Flrs Cook’s Kitchen, One of the Largest Common Roof Gardens $499,900
2338 Fitzwater A& C Condos 1/1 TA
127 Monroe Fab upscale Builder’s Hm
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1 Christian #40 Condo
Courtyard Home. 2/2.5 Deck Garage $369,900
600-02 N American N/C 3/2.5, Bsmt Garden, Garage, & TA From $650,000
245 Monroe Street Great Floor plan 4/2.5,Deck Grdn & Grg. RED $795,000
733 S. 2nd Street - Great house, 3200 920 S. 2nd St. Beautifully rehabbed sq. ft, 4 bdrms, 2.5 bths, 2 fp’s, full bsmnt, 2 bdrm hm w/ hrdwd flrs, exposed hrdwd flrs, new kitchen, deck & garden. All brick, granite countertops & cozy patio. This and Meredith School District. $289,900 Monthly Parking Available. $749,900
125 Ellsworth—Phase III Pennspoint 3 to 4 + den /2.5 Gar TA From $499,000
825 S. 2nd St
Duplex Great Corner Property RED $379,000
Great neighborhood. Development Opportunity, 4 story + basement. Building Sq. ft. 24,500+, total land Sq. 1118 E. Moyamensing 4/2.5, patio,deck & finished ft. 22,000. basement $369,000 Call for details. $3.5 M
133 Salter Street Fab. N/C
3550 Sq Ft 3 + Den/4.5 3 BalconiesDeck Garden + Garage TA $979,000
1 Christian St #22
1923-1925-2021-2023 Parrish N/C 3 to 4 BR From $469,000
2107 Bainbridge Incredible 3 + media/2.5
Deck & Garden $749,000
216 Christian Street D
Lee Ann Hartley
1332 S. Howard Street
Northern Pennsport. A lovely home with 2 bedrooms, hardwood floors and pretty garden. Jeff Kauffman $1500 Tory Gargano
1211 S. 3rd Street
New 1611 Brandywine St Pristine 6 yr old, 3200 Sq Ft, 2 Car Prkg, 4 BR/4.5 Bths, garden & 2 decks. TA. $749,900
113 Wharton Street Tastefully Rehabbed. 3 bdrms, 1.5 bths, fp, hrdwd flrs, finished basement/family rm/media rm & lrg garden. $369,000
1529 E. Moyamensing St. Wonderful Federal Period home, 5 bdrms, 1.5 bths, den/family rm, beautiful random pine flrs t/o, 12ft ceilings, 2400 sq. ft., 2 fp’s and yard. $319,900
714-22 Bainbridge St -13 Condos with Garage Parking - 2/2- Gardens & Decks. FROM $379,900
111 Federal Street - Beautiful home, 2800 sq ft, 3 bdrms, Den + Finished Basement 2.5 bths, garden, deck, garage, tax abatement. $515,000
512-16 S. Front St. Investment Opportunity - Commercial - 7820 Sq. Ft., River Views, Terrific Space & Location. $1,900,000
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1 Queen Street # 10
719 S. Philip Street Great house with deeded parking, 3 bdrms + sitting rm, 2.5 bths, hrdwd flrs, fp, private deck & parking. $574,900
316 Greenwich Street
Complete Rehab, 3 bdrms, 1.5 bths, Cherry hrdwd flrs, fab. kitchen & bath & lrg yard. $234,900
710 Addison Street - Society Hill New Listing. Wow! 1900sf., 2 bdrms + den, 2.5 bths w./garage, hrdwd. flrs. & garden $2,400
725 Kimball Street
Terrific 3 BR/1BA home w/hrdwd flrs & central air. REDUCED $308,000
2236 S. 3rd Street Very nice extra lrg 3 bdrm hm, back room that could be used as den/office, hrdwd flrs, good light & yard. $184,900
Gorgeous 3 bdrm + den, 2.5 bth home with hrdwd flrs, fp, garden deck & garage. $2800
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A great house. Large Federal Period home in Northern Pennsport. 5 bedrooms, hardwood floors, high ceilings and great kitchen and bath. $2300
New 208 Queen Street - Great 5 yr. old rehab in Meredith School District, 2/2 hrdwd flrs, fp, fin. bsmnt, deck & balcony. $469,900
924 S. 2nd St - Queen village, Great 505 S. 10th Front A- Wonderful 3 bdrm, Location! Historically Certified 3.5 253 Fulton Street - Something Special story hm, beautifully restored facade, 5 2 bth home with deeded, gated parking, Detail & Character, 2 BR, 2 BA, 2 FP, bdrms, 1.5 bths and nice yard. Needs hrdwd flrs, 2 fp’s, finished basement, Hrwd Flrs, Great Kitchen & Baths, Adeck w a& rlandscaped d W i community n n i n ggarden. K a t h y , P aRehab. t r i $329,900 c k a n d t h e 2Exposed CDecks, onw a Beautiful y T eBlock a m& Meredith Brick, $480,000 School District. $349,900
12 Queen Street - Meredith School District. Pristine beautiful historic rehab, 4 bdrms, 2.5 bths, 2 fp’s, hrdwd flrs t/o + deck. $3000
From $549,900 2800 sq. ft (+), 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, media room, fireplace, finished basement, balconies, Garden, Parking & Tax Abatement
753-757 S. Marshall St
New New 913 S. 10th Street Beautiful total rehab, 4 bdrms, 2.5 bths, FP, hrdwd flrs, full finished basement, The 215.440 deck & garden.8190 area. $445,000
813 N. Orianna A, B & C 815 N. Orianna A&B d Super Contemporaries l o s three 5 Great Homes
Between 6th & 7th off of Fitzwater 3 Lots $350,000
o 324 Monroe Street 1014 E. Moyamensing St. Wonderful 114 Carpenter Street ucti tr 2 business opportunity currently used as a Meredith School District. Beautiful Beautiful Rehab. 2 lovely bdrms, ns day care. Pristine condition, terrific location, o Rehab, 3 bdrms + den, 2 baths, C full baths, designer kitchen,hrdwd sq. ft, handicap accessible, full lavatory w hardwood floors, fireplace, garden 2300 flrs t/o, fp, finishedNebasement & + powder room and nice outdoor space. & a terrific roof deck. ¢599,900 pretty garden. $369,900 $450,000 128 Pemberton St 1 Christian #49 CoNstruCtioN 335 Christian 623 S 6th 3 Condos New Garage Rosa Court— the Best deal 3/2.5 pendInG Multi 5/4 + Deck Garden + 1 car 4 /3.5 2 Car Parking 1/1 + Deck, TA 3 /2 From $549,000 & Garden $649,900 Pkng $499,500 RED $549,900 From $299,000 1 SOLD
Queen Street S. Swanson Street 2 bedrooms +den,1.5 3rd &326 Bainbridge - LiveA& work from home848 in this fabulous space. Baths, 812 S. Howard Street Why pay rent? Great new gated & se5 year old fabulous home. 3 bdrms hardwood floors, Deck + Gallery space on 1st Fl. $3000 Q.V. great rehab, 2 bdrms, lrg + family rm, 3.5 bths, fp, hrdwd flrs, cure courtyard condo, 800+ sq. ft, bright & 427 Queen St- Beautiful 3 story, 2 bedroom, 1 bath trinity, H/W, EIK & garden.bth, $1400 fp hrdwd flrs t/o & garden deck & garage. $599,900 spacious,high ceilings, 2 nice sized bdrms, 225 Catharine St - Beautiful 3 BR + Den, 4 BA, H/W, Granite ktchn, grdn & 2 car parking. $3500 REDUCED $289,000 hrdwd flrs t/o + all new bath. $199,900 776 S. 2nd St - Very nice 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Bi level apartment w/ CA + Lg Deck. $1350 810 S.pendInG 3rd St –Beautiful large 3 BR + Den home with hardwood floors t/o, yard + parking. $2500 1119 E. Palmer St –N/C 3 BR + Media Rm, 3 BA, H/W t/o, Fp, Lg Garden + 3 car parking. $2500 400 Spring Garden-N.C Commercial Space Available-800 to 1600 Sq Ft. Call for Details
Great new development
incredible panoramic river views, 2000 sq. ft, Pristine courtyard hm tucked away in a secured 3/2.5, hrdwd flrs t/o, huge terrace, prkg gym, quiet setting. 3bdrms + den/family rm, 3.5 bths, 2800 sq. ft, hrdwd flrs, 13’ ceilings, lovely garden, pool, spa & 24hr concierge. $849,000 lrg roof deck & 3 car parking. $649,900
502 Delancey 4+Off/3 F & 3/2 Deck + 2 1/2 BA + Deck 3 Car + Parking RED $499,000 Prng $1,350,000 New
710-12 Rear S. 7th Street (a.k.a. 714 nt Bainbridge) - Brand me New. Fab 2 story lop(loft like) wide open Carriage house e v space w/garage prkg, 2/2.5, hrdwd flrs, De w 2 dcks Ne & lrg garden space. $499,900
Northern pennsport, N.E. Corner of Moyamensing & 221 Carpenter St Reed streets. 3/2 & beautiful Garden
Dockside #1217 - North facing, end unit,
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Best N/C .3 + Den/4.5 2 car Rentals - Great Views! garage, TA $1,599,000
in this wonderful large double property. 3000 sq. ft, 118 Catharine St Wining,3500 sq. ft, 30x83, 7bdrms, 7.5 bths, full of details & Award character + grdn & grg. $1,300,000 lovely gardens. $1.3 M ed uc d Re
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246 Catharine St Beautiful Home. 3/2.5 2 Fp’s + lg garden $650,000
2 Car Garage
$3,999,000 1107-1121 N. Howard
Great Investment oppertunIty
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we Here hope Comes all had The a happy Sun!thanksgiving. we certainly did. Finally a real recovery in the sluggish market. Patrick my son and mary his wife had a Beautiful Baby Boy Since June we have Sold over 35 homes and listed 33. Once again in The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates for 2009 our team has consistently Ranked in the top 3 for all four Patrick, 7lbs, 7 oz. on the 17th. our lucky little Baby. quarters out of 68,000 Agents.
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104 Catherine Street WOW! Q.V. Duplex each with garage, one 2 bdrm unit & 1 3bdrm unit + solarium & Garden $549,000
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A larger 1 bedroom unit, (In Pristine Condition) 861 Sq. ft with new kitchen and bath. $275,000
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CENTER CITY LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS FOR SALE! Avenue of the Arts
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THe RiTTenHouse THe WARWick
1 BR, city views, newly renovated bathroom, new carpet, excellent condition throughout, W/d 875 sf
dramatic 5 story town home, completely renovated throughout, beautifully restored original details, garage, elevator, outdoor space
$1,350,000 $1,050,000 $610,000
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, south view with lots of natural light, balcony, spacious living room area, 1281 sf
1 bedroom plus den, 1.5 bathroom (can easily be converted to 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths), custom kitchen, wood and marble floors, generous living space
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen, large bay windows with city views
2 bedrooms, 2 baths. penthouse floor, new bathrooms, updated kitchen, wood floors throughout
1,198 sf 1,146 sf
220 W. RiTTenHouse sQuARe Completely Renovated , 1 bedroom, open chef’s kitchen, designer bathroom, partial view
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of Rittenhouse square, no detail left undone 918 sf $450,000 1BR, 1BA, hardwood floors, marble BA, custom kitchen 712 sf $399,900 1 bedroom, corner unit with south and east views, hardwood floors, marble bathroom, galley kitchen 686 sf $389,900 1 bedroom, south views, spacious kitchen, hardwood floors, walk-in closet in master bedroom 651 sf $379,000
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2 bedroom plus den, 3.5 bathroom home with views of Washington square, a designer kitchen, wonderful living/entertaining space and lavish master suite 3510 sf $3,500,000 220 W. WAsHingTon sQuARe entire floor 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, Washington square views, custom finishes and features throughout open sundAy 12/2 • 12:00-12:30pm 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 3 bedrooms plus den, 2.5 baths, treetop views of Washington square, open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, high end finishes throughout 2716 sf $1,750,000 THe AyeR 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, balcony, open Bulthaup kitchen, wood floors, designer baths 1662 sf $1,149,900 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
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1 bedroom, high floor, panoramic city views, lots of natural light, open kitchen 704 sf
Raw space that can be designed and built into a custom home overlooking independence mall 3,068 sf $1,150,000 Brand new 2 BR + den, 2.5 BA home, lots of natural light, wood flrs, open chef’s kitchen, designer BA, services available 2,025 sf $1,100,000 from adjoining omni Hotel Brand new 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, furnished, all custom finishes, high barrel ceilings, exposed brick, 2101 sf $895,000 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, magnificent city and river views, lots of natural, open chef’s kitchen, brand new master bath 1515 sf $599,900 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 12/2 • 12:45 - 1:15pm 803 sf $379,900 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, bi-level, great closet space, balcony, excellent condition 989 sf $289,900 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, balcony, large kitchen, separate dining area 842 sf $269,900 1BR, high floor, river view, investment opportunity 700 sf $269,900
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, bridge and river views, updated kitchen, generous entertaining space, deck 2229 sf $325,000
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corner 1 bedroom, furnished, chef’s kitchen, designer bath, 803 sf
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, balcony, penthouse, updated throughout, center city skyline views, 2017 sf
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths updated kitchen wood floors, balcony 1281 sf
condo fees: $1,393
condo fees: $807
monTHly AfTeR TAx cosT To oWn: $4,178
monTHly AfTeR TAx cosT To oWn: $2,642
$379,900 condo fees: $549 Taxes: $232 monthly cost After Tax to own: $1,846
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penthouse with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, magnificent city skyline views, renovated kitchen and master bathroom 2017 sf $775,000 2601 pARkWAy condominiums 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, Art museum and river views, wood floors throughout, washer/dryer in the unit 910 sf $204,900
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2 bedrooms, 2 baths, corner unit with lots of light, updated kitchen, beautiful hardwood floors throughout 1,050 sf
THe WARWick pARc RiTTenHouse
3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 270 degree city views, wood floor, chef’s kitchen, marble baths 2000 sf
2 bedrooms, 3 baths, gourmet kitchen, new bathrooms, magnificent hardwood floors, no detail has been left undone.
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, all rooms overlook Rittenhouse square, 2 sets of Juliet balconies, lavish master suite, brand new 1,709sf
5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, highly coveted block, formal living space, large master suite, outdoor space 4560sf
Bi-level penthouse with dramatic sunset views of the city, lavish entire flat master suite, great entertaining space 4,455 sf
1828 delAncey sTReeT
entire floor home with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, lavish master suite, custom finishes and features throughout 3,446 sf
rittenhouse squAre 2031 delAncey sTReeT
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