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10 I FAREWELL, REP. JOSEPHS This month, Babette Josephs left office after 28 years representing Philly in Harrisburg. But first she sat down with PW to ponder her legacy, her future and how Pennsylvania’s partisan conflict mirrors America’s.
PHILLY NOW 8 I NEWS BRIEFS
What Randy learned from the food-stamp challenge; one Temple student’s overseas charity.
ARTS & CULTURE 16 I CALENDAR
The Starting Line; The Nutcracker; Making Time; Mummers and more things to do this week in Philly.
FOOD 20 I MEET THE CHIVITO
Brian Freedman taste-tests a South American alternative to the cheesesteak.
STAGE 36 I EXTRAORDINARY DAYS
The year in Philadelphia theater has been anything but expected.
ART 38 I SORRY WE MISSED YOU
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MUSIC 43 I BEST “GROWN FOLKS” ALBUMS This year, a slew of brilliant musicians—some from Philly—gave adults something to tap their toes to.
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End of the World Year By Stephen H. Segal // email@example.com To absolutely nobody’s surprise, the apocalypse did not occur last week. Let’s be honest, though: We love having a bullshit “end of the world” scenario on the calendar, don’t we? It gives us an excuse to permit ourselves whatever sort of personal catharsis we might be jonesing for—to go nuclear at our problems instead of working through them. We love doomsday so much, in fact, that when our own calendar insists on starting over again every year, we start looking for any other calendar we can find that doesn’t. Y2K seemed so promising—the computers don’t have enough digits built in to understand what “2000” means, so the whole world’s going to crash!—but when that proved to be nonsense, we promptly turned our eye from the future back to the past and did our damnedest to misinterpret what the ancient Mayans had to say about timekeeping. Now we have to head into 2013 without any final existential deadline to sharpen our focus; how the hell are we supposed to stay motivated? One thing’s certain: Doom-laden numerology notwithstanding, there’s no lack of real horrors to face. That, of course, will mean actually facing them—not desperately searching for a cataclysmic escape clause. So maybe, in the year to come, we can find inspiration in the sheer amount of fantastic that’s also to be found in our world every day. Here at PW, we’ll keep charting a course through both the awful and the awesome of life in Philadelphia. In this year-end issue, our arts & culture correspondents run down the best things they saw and heard in 2012, and senior writer Tara Murtha marks the end of an era with outgoing State Rep. Babette Josephs’ exit interview. Our cover, for its part, flashes back to a memorable moment from the acclaimed stage show Sequence 8, where two people must perform seemingly impossible tasks of strength and bravery while all turned around and hanging from a thread. That’s not a metaphor. It’s just what tomorrow looks like.
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In response to last week’s feature about five blockbuster movies opening this holiday season: I’m not a Reacher fan, or whatever, but I still can’t understand how [Tom] Cruise plays this guy with any semblance of Reacher’s imposing physicality. I mean, it seems essential that when the guy walks into the room, he appears to possess the ability to wreck anyone else with impunity. No matter how well portrayed by Cruise, he can’t pull that off. ANONYMOUS via philadelphiaweekly.com
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In response to Randy LoBasso’s article about new legislation to loosen restrictions on marijuana: If you want to find out how in touch with reality your favorite politician is, look at their position on legalizing medical cannabis. As in nearly every state in the union, over three-quarters of Pennsylvanians support legalizing medical marijuana. Yet the governor not only opposes the idea, but clings to outdated and unsupported ideas like the “gateway drug” theory to justify his opposition. Voters should keep this in mind the next time they are in the voting booth. ANONYMOUS via philadelphiaweekly.com
Coming from someone who testified for HR 1393, which seems like forever ago, this is long overdue! Now I face charges for my medicine in a state that has 80 percent approval? The people try to speak, but their pleas fall on deaf ears. JASON COLE via philadelphiaweekly.com
In response to Randy LoBasso’s story about how the fiscal cliff could affect Philly: With Christmas just days away, why aren’t our representatives and president in “mission critical” mode? Let Congress join the masses to fear for their job, future, and entitlements. Start a petition to transform House and Senate salaries and benefits to reflect results. Tell our ineffective representatives that it’s their turn to work for $1 in not being able to solve problems under strict deadlines. Let government reflect what has happened to our private sector. ANONYMOUS via philadelphiaweekly.com
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Hunger: Not a Game
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Last week, PW writer Randy LoBasso spent seven days eating only as much as a food-stamp budget would let him buy. Here’s what he learned. egardless of what side of the political spectrum you fall on, hunger is nothing to laugh at. Yet those who find themselves in need of taxpayer-funded assistance to buy food—via what’s now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and more commonly known as food stamps—find there’s a stigma attached to doing so. You can see that for yourself if you Google something as simple as “food stamps” and watch as the hits start popping up for pages like a Facebook group titled “I work hard so lazy people can use food stamps to buy junk food.” That page has more than 2,000 “likes.” The presidential election, of course, saw Republican candidate Mitt Romney mock Americans who receive entitlements; his platform, economists estimated, would have seen food-stamp services cut by $1,300 to $1,800 per year for a family of four. Even the House Republicans’ latest compromise proposal to avoid triggering the fiscal cliff could cut food-stamp funding by millions. As I suggested on this page two weeks ago, it’s worth understanding the issue from the inside before arguing an opinion about it. That’s why I decided to follow the recent example of several regional policy wonks, including Congressman Bob Brady, WHYY host Marty Moss-Coane and Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker and spend a week restricting my eating to what could be purchased on a food-stamp budget. In Pennsylvania, that’s $35 a week on average—$5 a day. Thirty-one percent of the city’s population is on that program: 473,037 people. I’d seen reports that Booker suffered caffeine withdrawal during his challenge. Knowing full well that my own job performance is highly dependent on caffeine, the first thing I picked up was coffee. Cheap, rotten-smelling coffee. From there, I budgeted—rather poorly, as I later concluded—and came up with a highly wheat-concentrated diet of pasta, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mini-pizzas, oatmeal and bananas for good measure. I’m a vegetarian, which made the whole thing a bit easier. Or so I thought. I detailed my experience day by day on PW’s PhillyNow blog. Almost immediately upon announcing my intentions, I received a horde of comments, tweets and emails about my choices. Why wasn’t I buying locallysourced groceries? (Because, based on cursory advance research, I assumed it would be too expensive.) Why didn’t I buy more fruit?
Tabled motion: This year, Pennsylvania made it harder for families to qualify for food assistance.
(Because, wow, compared to noodles and peanut butter, that shit is expensive.) The first couple days weren’t so bad. Eating PB&J for lunch and pizza for dinner isn’t that far outside the norm for me. It was the between-meals eating—things like nuts, fruit, vegetables—that I immediately missed. And then I ran up against the issue that people who actually have to live on a poverty budget already know: Hunger and stress don’t mix too well. See, it happens that, this same week, I was moving from my old apartment to a new place; I spent Friday night packing my belongings in cardboard boxes and Rubbermade totes, and I spent Saturday carrying boxes. (Not furniture. I had guys do the big stuff. But still: a lot of boxes.) Both Friday and Saturday nights, I ate America’s Choice pasta drenched in butter, and it left me with an extremely empty-feeling fullness. It was like I was still hungry, sure, but I didn’t want to eat. And my stomach screamed. After six full days of this diet, I found myself more irritable, tired and was finding it harder to focus. My PW colleague Sheena Lester, who joined
me in the challenge, did a little better than me; she was savvy enough to plan for repurposing her dinners as next-day lunches, too, often grinding the prior night’s sustenance into a salad. But that amount of discipline doesn’t just take willpower, she notes—it takes time. Time that someone would have to spend food-planning rather than, say, looking for work. “Mindless eating has never really been my thing,” she says, “but having to be so deliberate in my meal planning was nervewracking.” And she notes that the stress level would have been higher if she’d had to sustain her kids on the same budget: “Managing it if I had to feed my always-hungry vegetarian 15-year-old boys this way would really be nuts.” That’s the point that’s often missed in the debate over public assistance: For those who depend upon food stamps for real, not just for a temporary stunt, that food budget does not represent an isolated, self-contained experience of poverty. While I’m eating for $5 a day, my house is not being foreclosed upon. I’m not trying to scrounge up cash to pay for electricity or gas. I have access to the Internet
and a car. I spent cash throughout the week on movers, a trip to Target, a locksmith, gas and electricity. And meanwhile, not all of the 473,037 Philadelphians on food stamps are even getting the full $35 a week. According to the Hunger Coalition, a portion of those who qualify for SNAP benefits get as little as a $16 per month supplement with which to feed themselves or their families. It’s a huge source of stress for those who are struggling with unemployment and underemployment throughout the recession—and their plight isn’t getting any easier under the Corbett administration, which recently made it more difficult for people to get food subsidies. On May 1, 2012, the governor imposed what’s called an “asset test” for those looking to collect SNAP: Most households with more than $5,500 in assets—like, you know, a savings account— will not qualify, low income notwithstanding. The message there, whether intentional or not, seems clear enough: Pennsylvania wants you to lift yourself up by your bootstraps— but only if you can do it all in one go. If you need to get there step by step, you’re on your own. (Randy LoBasso)
3 Questions: Kelsey Nielsen n 2009, Kelsey Nielsen, a 22-year-old Temple senior studying social work, took a three-month leave from school to volunteer at an orphanage in Uganda. She was distraught to learn how many children there reside in orphanages despite having living family members; when she returned to Philly, she couldn’t stop thinking about helping them. So she went back and founded a new nonprofit in Uganda’s Jinja district: the Abide Family Center, which works with povertystricken families to help them develop new economic resources that would allow them to keep their kids. On a one-acre plot of land, Abide is equipped with classrooms, offices and a separate emergency-housing facility for individuals in dire circumstances. So far, Nielsen and her team have worked with 15 Ugandan families, and she doesn’t even live there full-time—yet. Come June, she’s buying a one-way plane ticket to Uganda, and Abide will swing into full-time operation, servicing an area that has the second highest number of orphans in the country.
How exactly will Abide help families keep their children? Most of the children living in institutional care are there because their families are too poor
What was the biggest challenge in starting up? Currently we [operate] under a nonprofit that already exists called the Antioch Group; they are an international missions organization in Washington, D.C. That’s been great because they handle our finances and are already a tax-exempt organization—[so] we don’t have to do that while we’re still in college. Eventually, as we grow as an organization, we would like to split off into our own nonprofit. We’ll have to be dually registered here in the States and in Uganda. The paperwork’s crazy. A lot of times, I take a step back and think, “What on Earth was I thinking doing this at the same time as finishing my senior year of college?” (Caroline Newton)
In Memoriam: Chino Sanchez Last Wednesday night in Philadelphia was a bloody one: Gunfire wounded six people before dawn— and killed one. Just before 1 a.m., community activist Enrique “Chino” Sanchez, 24, was walking with a friend near Frankford and Castor in Kensington. It appears it was random; a family member reports that he heard it was a stick-up, and that Chino and his friend had nothing but a pack of cigarettes to give to the robber. They ran, and both were shot. Chino was shot in the chest; he didn’t make it. A police spokesperson confirmed there are currently no leads, and no arrest. I met Chino in January 2011 while
reporting on the hunt for the Kensington Strangler. Like many other young men in the neighborhood at the time, he had volunteered his time walking the streets, handing out flyers, working the local intel to help find the killer. He was an intelligent, soft-spoken young man, and an active member of Men United for a Better Philadelphia. Family says that he was signed up and all set to participate in a new PPD-based initiative on gun violence. He was also a hip-hop artist; according to family, he was working on a song to honor children slain in the Newtown, Conn. massacre. (Tara Murtha)
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What motivated you to go to Uganda in the first place? I left Temple [because] I didn’t really know what I wanted to do yet, if social work was what I wanted to do. [But] I was super into the Invisible Children movement, and I was passionate about letting people know these kids are suffering a serious injustice, and we need to speak out and raise awareness about it.
to keep them at home. Uganda’s a country that has over 600 orphanages currently, and people just keep building more, and it really just doesn’t make sense. We’re not going to be doing as much direct handouts as we are [going to focus on] income generation. So if they grow tomatoes or plantains, let’s help link them up to the larger market in town so they can make a higher income and support their kids at home. Microfinance is another big one. The idea behind it is very simple: investing in families and communities to help them get themselves out of poverty. … There’s also other stuff : [Abide will offer] parenting classes and parenting discussion groups that are going to be led by our Ugandan social workers. Money-management classes, nutritional classes—[everything] that you would have at a center for vulnerable families in Philadelphia, just culturally appropriate for Uganda.
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Babette: The Exit Interview This month, Babette Josephs left office after 28 years representing Philly in Harrisburg. But first she sat down with PW to ponder her legacy, her future, and how Pennsylvania’s partisan conflict mirrors America’s.
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By tara Murtha // email@example.com t’s Friday afternoon on the fifth floor of an office building on Walnut Street, and Babette Josephs, after spending 28 consecutive years serving as Pennsylvania state representative of the 182nd district—a space invadershaped chunk of Center City with borders that thread through parts of Center City and South Philly—is leaving office in just a few hours. Literally. As of 5 p.m. today, Josephs, the 72-year-old firebrand known for championing civil rights, unleashing scathing, spectacular lectures on the House floor and sniping at conservatives, will no longer be a politician. “I feel good,” says Josephs, dressed down in a turtleneck, jeans and sneakers, standing among boxes of files, piles of t-shirts from every color-coded cause to ever host a 5K fundraiser and stacks of canvas tote bags with her name emblazoned across the front. She shrugs. Later, she’ll say that she felt much more emotional back in April, when she effectively lost her seat by succumbing to challenger Brian Sims, 34, in the Democratic primary by 235 votes. Josephs is a quintessential liberal feminist who co-founded the abortion rights group NARAL Pennsylvania before going into politics. She was also a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ community, convening the Women’s Caucus and co-chairing the Democratic LGBT Caucus. She has the long-view on the way civil liberties get chopped up and distorted in Harrisburg. (Hint: If a Pennsylvania bill has the word ‘freedom’ or ‘right’ in the title, it’s time to break out the political gobbledygook decoder ring.) At the same time, Josephs is known for her dedication to local civic engagement, from her participation in more than 40 groups to her habit of walking the ‘hood and popping into stores. The Josephs-Sims race was nasty, and then got nastier—and that’s even comparing it to
a previous race where Josephs accused the competition of pretending to be bisexual in order to court the pink vote, as the 182nd includes the Gayborhood. (Though, at this point, Philly’s gay community is more of a minidiaspora). Sims’ campaign cast Josephs as an uncompromising blowhard whose brash opining made bipartisan cooperation impossible. Josephs’ camp retorted with clucking tongues, portraying Sims as a naïve wide-eyed outsider who has no clue how Harrisburg really works. It was a sorry state of affairs to watch two progressives, former allies, scrap over one chair in a bloated state legislature otherwise packed to the gills with middle-class, rural, straight white men. So while we gained the first Pennsylvania lawmaker elected while openly gay—Sims was set to be the first openly gay legislator in the state of Pennsylvania, until Rep. Mike Fleck (R-Huntington) scooped him by coming out in a local paper just a few weeks ago—we lost one of the few women, and the only Jewish woman, in the entire general assembly. In 2012, Pennsylvania was ranked as one of the worst states for female representation, with only 17 percent female legislators. The race was heated because it was tight. Tarah Hannah-Taliaferro, Josephs’ legislative assistant and director of constituent services, was stunned by the defeat. The night of the election, she recalls, “A former coworker called me up and said, ‘What the bleep-bleep is going on? She’s losing in the polls!’ I said, ‘Get the heck out of here!’” Hannah-Taliaferro, 44, worked in Joseph’s corner for 10 years. She went to bed believing the numbers would change, but they didn’t. “I said, ‘Oh my god, what’s going to happen? Come Monday, I won’t be getting up and going
“We have been so partisan in Pennsylvania for years ... We taught Washington how to do gridlock.” to work.’” As she packed up her office to leave on Josephs’ last day as a state rep, HannahTaliaferro began to sob. She called Josephs a mother figure. Josephs’ ideological enemies have had different names for her. Fox News declared her “a national disgrace” when she refused to lead a meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance. She explained that she hasn’t said it in public since “under God” was added in 1954—because that makes it a prayer, and she doesn’t pray in public. For friends and foes alike, Josephs’ absence will be felt on the House floor, where she is best known for giving epic remarks, spicing up—or drawing out—otherwise routine proceedings. “She’s smart,” says John Baer, longtime political reporter covering the Capitol for the Philadelphia Daily News. She actually believes in some things, which, believe it or not, isn’t the norm here. “Added to that,” he continues, “she has the advantage or disadvantage of, I’m going to say, a semi-irritating voice. When she gets up on the House floor to begin her remarks, you can literally see people wince. If you’re in the Capitol newsroom, you hear people moan.” Most recently, Josephs caught heat for
calling Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren, Forest, McKean) a “man with breasts” in response to Rapp’s championing what would have been the country’s most severe unnecessary mandatory ultrasound abortion bill. In the end, the bill was shelved to squash uproar before the presidential primary. Josephs’ tiffs with renowned uber-conservative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Cranberry), chair of the House State Government Committee—where Josephs was the lead ranking Democrat— were so legendary that committee meetings were nicknamed “The Daryl and Babette Show.” Their feud has become a touchstone of humor for Josephs fans; when the ACLU awarded her a lifetime achievement award a couple of months ago, the introductory remarks was interrupted by a faux telegram “from Metcalfe,” to guffaws and claps from the crowd. (Metcalfe must take their differences more seriously: His office did not return request for comment on this story.) But now, show’s over—though, Josephs says, she is not shutting the door on politics for good. When the dust settles, she plans to work on food and hunger issues in the area. But for the immediate future, she’ll be catching up with her family.
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Standing in what served as her office for the last decade, she surveys the piles of papers. It’s 10:30 a.m., and the office is almost completely dismantled. Certificates have been plucked off the walls and stacked near the door. In the mini kitchen area, a bag of frozen corn kernels defrosts in the sink. Her desk is cleared except for two cans of Diet Coke, which Josephs sips instead of coffee. She cracks a can, and sits down for her exit interview. How was your last day in session? Lots of people were leaving, some willingly, some not, from both sides of the aisle. So there were a lot of farewell speeches. After I gave mine, I didn’t really come back because the only business left was electing the caucus for next session.
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Did you feel emotional giving your farewell speech? I think I was past that already. I felt much more emotional in April when it all happened, as I had been telling people. November 14, that was the last thing I did. What happened was Daryl Metcalfe, that charming gentleman from Butler County—
Your nemesis! I wouldn’t give him that status. I noticed that he was going to do a hearing on ... Sharia law, so I sent out a blast ... I was very alarmed because [government interference in religious law amounts to] wholesale discrimination against Muslims and Jews and anybody who belongs to a faith-based group that has a canon law. I [also] asked for an investigation about Election Day. I was talking about the number of provisional ballots, that problem, the problem that people weren’t in the poll book.
So that’s the note you left on. How did you begin? Do you remember your first impressions of Harrisburg? [I remember Pennsylvania politicians who] were thrilled to be in Harrisburg because it was a big, sophisticated city for them. I thought, Oh my god, what have I gotten myself into? I grew up in New York. In Queens. So the quality of work that comes out of people who think Harrisburg is a big, sophisticated city—you have to shake your head. What’s changed since then? Representation of Jews has dropped because of me ... there’s no Jewish women now in the entire general assembly. Not one. OK, so some things really haven’t changed. What else is the same? The gridlock. We taught them how to do it in Washington. We were in gridlock for almost the entire time I’ve been in Harrisburg, and maybe the whole time. We have been so partisan in Pennsylvania for years. I remember going to the National Conference of State Legislators conventions and having presentations, panels with state legislators—Republicans and Democrats and in some places even third-party people—talking
1. Josephs fights the good fight at an immigration rally, 2010. 2. Josephs reading to kids in 1994. 3. With Gov. Rendell in 2004. 4. Rally on Broad Street, 2010. 5. The recently elected Josephs in 1985.
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about a bill that got passed with bipartisan cooperation ... Those of us from Pennsylvania just kept looking at them like, ‘We can’t do that kind of thing at all!’ And that’s been almost my entire career. When [Democrats] were in charge, same thing. The only thing that made it different for me is when it started to happen in Washington, and when it was reported in the national press—which people pay attention to much more than the local press—I would say, ‘Harrisburg is gridlocked just like Washington, except Harrisburg is worse.’ And [then] people would get it.
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Can you think of any significant bipartisan effort in Harrisburg? I was very surprised—I’m still surprised—that we were able to raise the minimum wage when Rendell was the governor [in 2006]. We were in the majority in the House, the Senate was in the minority, but we still raised it. The Senate Republicans are a lot less doctrinaire and extreme than the House Republicans. What have you learned about the great state of Pennsylvania? I think Pennsylvanians are much more moderate than the Republicans that represent them, and probably more moderate than the progressive Democrats [laughs]. I think Pennsylvanians are moderate and fair and care about justice. [Take for example] civil rights for LGBTQ people. You go to the most conservative one-sixth of the state, which is the Central-South—York and those places—the most conservative area on gay rights. Sixtyfive percent thought LGBTQ people deserved equal civil rights. That’s huge. That’s enormous. You win by 65 percent, that’s a damn landslide! And that’s the lowest mark. In Philadelphia, it was 85, 90 percent. Pittsburgh it was 75 or 80 percent. So I really believe that Pennsylvanians are much fairer, much more moderate than the Republicans who represent them. And I think that they don’t have any idea what the Republicans are doing in Harrisburg—and that hasn’t changed. What about the Catholic Conference? They don’t straight-out write bills anymore, yet they still seem to have such influence. I don’t think anyone pays any attention in the public to the Catholic Conference. Some of the legislators do because they’re fearful. I think you’re going to start to see fewer and fewer people having any respect for the Catholic Conference because they have not addressed the abuse of children at all, not one bit. And I don’t know anybody who is a Catholic who thinks [they have], except the old guys. But the parents who have young children, which is the wellspring of the American church, they are profoundly distrustful. So what’s next? I’m going to take off and see [my] children and grandchildren. I can devote more time to family now, and they’re all growing up fast.
“Corbett’s not around. You used to see Rendell eating, always eating, in the café, but you never see Corbett.” I have three adolescent grandchildren who live in upstate New York. And after that? We’ve talked about the gridlock; I would like to find an area in which we can break through that a little bit. I’m reminded that there’s historical precedent for that. In the era of coal, there was a working relationship between people outside Philadelphia and, I’m assuming, rural Republicans who bought the coal from the areas that produced it, and there was a working relationship to make sure that kept ongoing. I think food is analogous in many ways. It’s energy for people, instead of machines. It’s produced billions of dollars. It’s our largest industry. And most of the people who produce it are represented by Republicans. Not all, but most. And the people who want to not have processed food and not food from California and Oregon but right from Pennsylvania are in the cities. Why can’t we step around some of these highly partisan issues and try and figure out how to address the dreadful health problems we have all over the state that are costing us a fortune in money and human misery and suffering and has to do with the stuff we’re eating? You’ve fought for reproductive rights your entire life. You won’t be working on abortion issues? I would ever give up any of the other [progressive issues] that are really important to people, and I’m still a committee person, and would let people know who have a reasonable stand on a wide range of issues that I’m interested in, but I don’t think I want to make that my main focal point. It’s a burnout. It’s a bad burnout. The opposition is very small, which people have to remember—they’re just very loud, they’re fearful and obsessed and have nothing else to do. The women, they’re women fearful about making decisions. I think many women who are in the abortion [war] have a lot of children, have a lot of pregnancies and are fearful of making decisions. They want the law to tell them what to do. For men, I think it has to do with control. I once read a transcript of former U.S. senator Dick Schweiker making an anti-abortion speech, and what he said, it was such a revelation. That was when there was not one wom-
an in the Senate. He said, ‘You men might not be here, my colleagues might not be here, if there hadn’t been a law to stop abortions.’ I thought, Oh my god—he thinks his mother would have killed him! He thinks his mother was restrained from killing him only because there was a law! And I thought, Boy, these guys have big control issues, very big. But we had a triumph in that we had [Rep.] Kathy Rapp … [who sponsored] one of those ultrasound bills, and Your Eminence Corbett said [in response to women who objected to the idea of mandatory ultrasounds], ‘Just close your eyes.’ And then that went away for this session. … I hope they learned from it because it’s dangerous. People don’t like to have their personal lives messed with. You took a lot of heat from both sides over calling women who’d took Rapp’s position ‘men with breasts.’ Here’s why I think anti-abortion women are men with breasts. If you ask them, “Would you ever have an abortion?” of course they say no. Well, [then why] do you need a law? Don’t you know of yourself that you wouldn’t do that? One answer you get from these people is, ‘Well, I don’t need one, but young women get confused. Even older women don’t know the facts.’ … So other women are somehow not as intelligent, as moral, as mature? Well, that’s what men think of women, too. These people are men with breasts. So you’re not backing down on that. I kept insisting on it … When you say, ‘Yes, I would need a law,’ [I say], what are you doing in the legislature if you’re so immature, immoral and frivolous, that you can’t control your own body [so] you need a law? Then what are you doing here? What are you most proud of? I was able to [stop the advancement of ] a constitutional amendment that would have enshrined forever the policy that marriage is between one man and one woman. We managed to beat back some of the worst stuff—which we haven’t managed yet with abortion rights. I guess we did with the ultrasound bill but not the TRAP bill [Note: Josephs is referring to Act 122, a Targeted Regulation Abortion Provider bill that mandated unnecessary and burdensome upgrades to
abortion clinics in Pennsylvania]. I just don’t see anything happening at all until and unless the House goes to the Democrats. I don’t see the Republicans advancing civil rights for gays, civic partnerships of various types short of marriage, family issues for gay people, inheritances, legal status, children, all of that stuff. I don’t see any of that going forward under these Republicans. I don’t think it matters who the Democrats are or what their sexuality is, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Even then, you still have the Senate to deal with, and Corbett would be impossible. Are you still interested in helping Democrats beat Corbett? I am very, very interested in beating him. I’ve talked to Rob McCord informally; he hasn’t announced [a run.] I see John Hanger—he’s a very, very good guy. He’s done a lot of organizing for the environment. I like him ... I know he can organize, but I want to see who else is in the race. We can get rid of Corbett; it just depends on who is the Democratic candidate. I would just hope that people who are interested in that, that they’re trying to grab on to the remnants of the Obama campaign, and keep that going, because that’s how you win. You have some of those offices function as Democrats against Corbett on the ground. I don’t know whether Hanger is doing that, or McCord. I think we have a golden opportunity to break that [pattern of ] two terms [for every] governor for the last 40 years or so. It’s time to change that. People talk about the change in atmosphere in Harrisburg between former Gov. Rendell and Gov. Corbett. [Corbett’s] not around. You used to see Rendell eating, always eating, in the café, but you never see Corbett. I would like to because he’s behaved shamelessly with the disabled people who have come in their wheelchairs. He won’t let them up to the office! All they want to do is talk to them. They’re just citizens. Why wouldn’t they have the opportunity to talk to him or somebody? They would have been happy to talk to the lieutenant governor or chief of staff, but he just treated them as if they were animals in the field. Who do you see as carrying on your legacy of standing up for progressive issues? The Philadelphia delegation/caucus is now being run by a very energetic progressive young woman, Rep. Cherelle Parker. I’m a big fan, I voted for her. There’s [Rep. James] Roebuck, still plugging for public … [Rep.] Dan Frankel in Pittsburgh. Rep. Michelle Brownlee was outstanding with the TRAP bill. How have you avoided getting bitter? I try to remind myself that I am in very good health for a 72-year-old woman. People don’t think I’m 72. I have a loving family. I lost my husband, which was sad, but a long time ago. He’s dead 20 years. I have all these grandchildren. And I have a plan. n
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CALENDAR // DEC. 26 JAN. 2
SUN 30 [THEATER]
When Cirque du Soleil began years ago, it was the epitome of cool. Instead of the lumbering elephants and old-school ringmaster of Barnum & Bailey Circus, Soleil was sexy, athletic and original. Now, however, there’s another Montrealbased troupe called Cirque Eloize. The next generation of circus companies makes its area debut with the all-ages production iD. Featuring several artists previously associated with Cirque du Soleil, including legendary scenic designer and illustrator Robert Massicotte and famed acrobatic designer Krzysztof Soroczynski, iD is set on the streets of a big, unnamed city. Mixing urban dance with a brash attitude and a dozen different circus arts including juggling, contortion and elegant aerial silks, the production is a fast-paced visual extravaganza with extraordinarily fearless and athletically-gifted artists performing in front of mind-blowing video projections featuring images drawn from sci-fi films, comic books and graffiti. An experience in sensory overload, the show builds to a finale on the thrilling trampowall, a device designed by Soroczynski that allows performers to execute the kind of Spider-Man-like stunts usually associated with computer-generated special effects. J.C.R.
>> Cirque Eloize presents iD. (Photo courtesy Theatre T & Cie/Valerie Remise)
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1pm. $25-$65. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
WED 26 [THEATER]
JEKYLL & HYDE
Penned in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde critique of Victorian era hypocrisy was an instant sensation. Printers could barely keep up with demand, and by 1887, the story of the good doctor and his lecherous alter ego had already spawned competing stage adaptations. A century later, outlandish composer Frank Wildhorn and lyricist/ librettist Leslie Bricusse created Jekyll & Hyde, which makes a stop in Philly in a new Broadway-bound production starring American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis in the title role. Incapable of restraint and known for creating characters so flamboyant they make Liberace look like Joe Friday, Wildhorn transformed Stevenson’s detective story into a spooky gothic romance that is as celebrated for its spectacle as Wildhorn’s excessively dramatic score. Also starring R&B star Deborah Cox as the vulnerable Victorian vixen Lucy, the touring production is scheduled to return to Broadway (where the musical previously enjoyed a healthy fouryear run) this spring. J. COOPER ROBB 7:30pm. $49.50-$97. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. 800.447.7400. telecharge.com
THE STARTING LINE
It’s been 10 years since the emo-punk adolescents in the Starting Line recorded their debut, Say it Like You Mean It, while barely out of high school. Over the next decade, the band broke big, signed with Victory, made the Vans Warped Tour, switched to majors Geffen and Virgin and then disbanded in 2008. Reunion shows started a year later, and, though often sold out, not everyone welcomed them. PW’s own Bill Chenevert started a major pissing war in 2009 when he called the Starting Line’s music “horseshit” and an “insufferable brand of whine.” Still, if you first loved “Best of Me” as a 16-year-old and, now, struggling with adulthood in an endless economic slump, you want to feel that way again, this is your night.
Male? Andrew Dyer and Jim Brooks were so riveted by the Hulk’s portrayal, they started a band by the same name. If you tossed the music of Weird Al, Gwar and Air Supply into a blender alongside all of Adam Sandler’s movies, you’d end up with the hilariously bizarre sound of Thunderlips and the Ultimate Males’ Santa Claus 4: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Santa starring Tim Allen and Adam Sandler, which debuts tonight at Ortlieb’s Jazz Lounge. Dyer and Brooks are the ultimate male stars in this rock opera, and they share the bill with the ultimate women of burlesque: the luscious Cherry Bomb and the audacious Miss Rose. JESSICA FOLEY 9pm. $5. Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. Third St. 267.324.3348. ortliebslounge.com
8pm. $25. With the Wonder Years + Such Gold. Theater of the Living Arts, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info
THURS 27 [MUSIC]
CHRISTMAS WITH THUNDERLIPS
Remember Hulk Hogan’s first serious acting role in Rocky III as Thunderlips the Ultimate
The Academy of Natural Science’s All-Star Week celebrates its most loved attractions with animal shows, museum specimens, craft-making and storytelling. Today’s feature is the ever-popular Animal Day, where revelers roam the museum gawking at exotic animals of the stuffed and live variety. Past Animal Days have let you get up-close-andpersonal with social hawks and owls, giant
lizards and adorable furry creatures. Take a break from the kitty videos and see some cuteness up close. ABIGAIL BRULEY 10am-5pm. Free with admission. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.299.1000. ansp.org [MUSIC]
West Philly’s Chill Moody is a potent purveyor of R&B, rap and hip-hop. He is just as comfortable mixing rhymes with slick beats (“A Good Thing”) as he is praising the woman of his dreams (“What Took You So Long”). Variety is the name of the game with regard to his musical repertoire. Tracks like “Angel,” in addition to being an uplifting song about how a woman should never settle for being with an abusive man, have a soothing ‘70sstyle groove to it, while “The Price is Nice” cleverly uses the theme song to The Price is Right as the basis for it’s entire beat and structure. And for you Journey fans out there, Moody’s “Inspired” does indeed feature a sped-up version of their classic “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” further demonstrating Moody’s penchant for making unique records. Moody’s latest single, the tonguetwisting “Bombs,” dropped earlier this month. BRIAN PALMER
10pm. $12. With Jade Alston, Mic Stew, Mont Brown + Pate. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com
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CALENDAR // DEC. 26 JAN. 2 [LGBT]
BOYLESQUE, DRAG & BURLYQ!
>> Constantine Maroulis stars as Dr. Jekyll in Jekyll & Hyde. (Photo by Chris Bennion)
This holiday season, Sisters Burlesque Showcase shines a spotlight on boyz—the naughtier the better. Timaree Schmit, the sprite responsible for these sexy hijinks, has assembled a passel of cuties to entertain the audience. Local drag diva Tammy Faymous is sure to electrify attendees with her energetic performance. Unlike her lip-synching peers, this hairy-chested honey belts out her own numbers a la Pat Benatar. That raw display of emotional vulnerability will be tempered by the street-smart swagger of Nino, a handsome drag king making his Sisters debut. Admirers of mustachioed men will be delighted by Brettzo, Philadelphia’s premier practitioner of boylesque, a variation on the medium rarely seen in these parts. And of course, there will be plenty of good old-fashioned burlesque courtesy of Melissa Bang Bang. The show begins at 11 p.m.; arrive early and enjoy a cocktail. RAYMOND SIMON 10pm. $6. Sisters Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735. facebook.com/sisters.philly
SAT 29 [MUSIC]
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Without the fiery former Rufus lead singer Chaka Khan, there’s no Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone, Jennifer Hudson or any female vocalist of this era singing R&B. For the past four decades, the Chicago-born singer’s powerful pipes sparked every song she sang, whether her quiet storm standards “Sweet Thing,” “Through the Fire,” and “Everlasting Love,” her Whitney Houstonized anthem “I’m Every Woman” or her stunning Guru Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality collab, “Watch What You Say.” And, if that weren’t enough, her jazz cred is so deep that Al Jarreau, Earl Klugh, George Benson and Miles Davis appeared on her criminally underrated 1988 LP, CK. Philly has shown her love from Day 1, so look for the newly slimmed-down Khan to bring her ageless A-game to the Harrah’s stage. EUGENE HOLLEY, JR.
9pm. $45-$75. Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester. 484.490.1800. harrahsphilly.com [DANCE]
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER
Technically, Christmas is now behind us, but as long as there’s a chill in the air and lampposts adorned with wreaths, it’s the perfect time to enjoy this beloved tale and 25-yearold local holiday tradition. Follow Marie and the Prince as they venture from the Land of Sweets to Sugarplum Fairy’s kingdom, marveling at all the dazzling sets, elaborate
costumes and enchanting choreography along the way. This actually marks the 25th year that the Pennsylvania Ballet will be performing the production and, as usual, they’ll be joined by the Philadelphia Boys Choir, as well as dozens of local dance students. If you have a new, unwrapped toy lying around, be sure to bring it along to donate to the Salvation Army. NICOLE FINKBINER 2pm. $30-$125. Through Dec. 30. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. paballet.org [MUSIC]
Tariq Trotter, better known as Black Thought, has made a name for himself as the MC of the Roots, but his work has proven to be formidable whether performing with them or flying solo. He calmly lays down hypnotic rhymes to match the thrumming bass line, periodic shouts and ‘70s-style funk of “Black Over Easy,” and the groovy love ode “Please Don’t Go” features more of his epic raps about people trying to convince their significant others not to leave them. “Web” proves that he could probably rap in his sleep, as he lets his spellbinding, perfect freestyle form take control while he shows you what he’s made of, and on the melodic hip-hop number “Thought is Like,” when he raps about not wanting to settle for a consolation prize, it’s more than just a clever metaphor; it’s emblematic of his ambitions. Nobody does it better than Black Thought. B.P. 9pm. $20-23. With J. Period, Reef the Lost Cauze, Mic Stew + Rowboat Casino. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
MON 31 [PARTY]
MAKING TIME NEW YEAR’S EVE 2K1213
Unless getting manhandled by strangers, shooting bartenders the death stare and spending an obscene amount of time in a bathroom sounds like your ideal way to ring in 2013, Making Time’s annual NYE shindig may be your best bet. Despite selling out every year, thanks to Union Transfer’s massive venue, all can easily drink and dance without hundreds of people totally cramping their style this year. Even better, for just $65, partygoers will get free (select) drinks till midnight, plenty of festive accessories and their choice of 12 different DJs. Spinning on the main floor throughout the night are the Making Time trio: Sammy Slice, Dave Pak and Mike Z. Head over to the neighboring room and you’ll find Rocktits joined by Holly Sue Allen. And sending pulses soaring upstairs in the “Hypercage” are Broadzilla and Tony Modica. When the clock strikes midnight, be prepared to have your sweaty body covered in confetti. N.F. 9pm. $40-$45. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
TUES 1 [EVENT]
What’s 2.5-miles long, 69-feet wide, 12-feet
high and covered in South African ostrich feathers? The Mummers New Year’s Day Parade, synonymous with Philadelphia, is older than the city itself. The English arrived here in 1680, bringing with them the tradition of Christmas Mumming plays performed in silence by mum-mimes. By the 19th-century, the term “mummer” was applied to ham actors in plays loaded with dumb shows, noise and spectacle. The play tradition evolved into the first official parade on January 1, 1901. Today, the 113th annual parade consists of four separately judged Mummer divisions—the Comics, Wench Brigade, Fancy Division and the Fancy Brigade—followed by 23 string bands strutting north up Broad Street leaving a path of dyed feathers and glitter in their wake. J.F. 10am. Free. Broad Street and Washington Ave. phillymummers.com [EVENT]
NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH
The moment you notice that champagne you set aside for New Year’s Day mimosas has somehow “disappeared” is the moment you realize brunch might be the first ingenious idea you’ve had in 2013. Although numerous businesses in the city will be closed for the holiday, Johnny Brenda’s will be open and ready to serve all those in search of a hangover cure. Pick up a spicy Bloody Mary or a refreshingly crisp craft beer, and enjoy the first day of 2013 with DJs Rennie & Mary. LINDSAY KENNEY
11:30am. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
NEW YEAR’S EVE
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No plans yet? Here’s what’s worth doing. By Lindsay Kenney // firstname.lastname@example.org THE BARBARY This Fishtown dive bar/club always offers a great place to dance the night away. Whether you’re attending the monthly Michael Jackson-Madonna-Prince night, or bringing in the New Year with Hands + Knees NYE, the Barbary is sure to please all those looking to party hard. 9pm. $10-$15. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400. thebarbary.org BEER DINNER WITH YARDS BREWING COMPANY Trying to spend New Year’s Eve away from dance beats and sweat? Check out Yards Brewery’s third annual NYE Beer-lovers feast. Your $65 admission includes four mouth-watering courses paired with delectable craft beers. 8pm. $65. Kennett Restaurant, 848 S. Second St. 267.687.1426. kennettrestaurant.com BROTHERS PAST WITH THE HEAVY PETS Festive jams and popping dance beats sure to get your body moving into the new year. 9pm. $23.50-$25. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com CITY TAP HOUSE City Tap House says goodbye to 2012 the proper way with their “No Bullshit New Year’s Eve” party. This year, choose between two party options: a general admission ticket that guarantees entry into this shindig, or the all-inclusive ticket that offers an open bar from 10pm-2am and a champagne toast at midnight. 10pm. $10-$65. City Tap House, 39th and Walnut sts. 215.716.1298. citytaphouse.com
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE PIAZZA This year, the entire Piazza in Northern Liberties will be covered by a massive tent, creating a party ambience for New Year’s Eve. Celebrate with a five-hour open bar, food buffets, DJ’s, dancers, light shows and more. 8pm. $115-$150. The Piazza at Schmidts, Germantown Ave. and N. Second St. philly2night.com NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER CRUISE The entire family can enjoy an evening of music, holiday decor and party favors, all while cruising along the Delaware. Enjoy the first round of NYE fireworks on the river looking out over the Philadelphia skyline. 4pm. $94-$204. Spirit Of Philadelphia, 31 N. Columbus Blvd. ticketzone.com NYE WITH GARY GULMAN Boston’s Gary Gulman has appeared on just about every television show a young stand-up comedian can appear on, including The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. The 8pm show includes appetizers from 6-7:30, and the 10:30pm show includes a
NEW YEAR’S EVE PASSPORT Trying not to begin the new year with an empty wallet? Grab a New Year’s Eve Passport for one of four locations of your choice in the city, including Drinker’s West and Ortleibs, all with top-shelf open bars, a champagne toast, food, DJ’s, dancing and more. 9pm. $45-$85. Various locations. nye215.com
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PW’s food critic taste-tests a South American alternative to the cheesesteak. It can’t possibly be as good—right? By Brian Freedman // firstname.lastname@example.org n a journalistic trip to Uruguay last month, I had the chance to explore what is one of the most exciting, up-andcoming wine countries in the world. It’s also home to some of the best beef on the planet— featured in a sandwich that, to its devotees, is the source of some serious obsession: the chivito. Naturally, coming from a city like Philadelphia, where we’ve got our own legitimate claim to meaty sandwich supremacy, hearing people talk endlessly about the chivito’s beefy greatness provoked my Philly pride. Sure, I’d give these Uruguayan ringers a shot. But come on: Would I actually find a sandwich that could rival the cheesesteak? In a word: Sí. At first glance, the restaurant where I had the best chivito didn’t look all that promising. I’d fallen asleep in the passenger seat of the car, lulled into a food coma from a steak lunch and a morning spent tasting several dozen wines. More than an hour into the trip back to our hotel, the driver woke me up with a nudge to the shoulder and a hearty declaration of “Chivito!” I opened my eyes and was convinced, for a good few seconds, that a wormhole had opened up in the spacetime continuum, and I’d been transported to South Jersey. Flat and dusty around the edges, American Bar—located on the highway in Colonia, about an hour and a half from the capital city of Montevideo—didn’t offer much in the way of aesthetic appeal. Its sign was surrounded by Coca-Cola branding, and the interior was an unusual combination of brown floor, brick walls and neon-green highlights. And yet, in a country where dinner is typically enjoyed on the later side, the lot was already full at 6 p.m. What’s more, my two colleagues and I were, as far as I could tell, the only nonlocals in the place. So we settled in, ordered a few beers, and I got down to the work at hand that evening: tasting what I’d been told would be one of the best chivitos I could possibly find. It was a religious experience. The chivito was one of the most unfussy sandwiches I’ve ever eaten, a flavor-riot of simple, honest components that, together, are even better than they’d be on their own. Sandwiched between the halves of a soft, mayonnaise-slathered bun were slices of bacon and leaves of ham, juicy tomatoes, lettuce and mozzarella cheese. But the key to the whole endeavor was the beef: mineral, juicy and ambrosial with the charred
flavors of its cooking. Sinking my teeth into it produced a tingling sensation deep in the center of my brain that I imagine I’ll spend the rest of my days searching in vain to recreate. It makes sense that such a singular sandwich is to be found in Uruguay. Because the quality of the meat is impeccable all over the country; every time I sat down to tuck into beef in any of its many and varied incarnations—which was once or twice each day—I was dumbfounded by its sheer deliciousness. In fact, I’ll go this far: Uruguay is a great example of why the agro-business apologists in our own country need to stop arguing that industrialized beef is somehow better or “more American” than the supposedly “elitist” natural stuff. Because it’s not. Remember back in March, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a few of his political colleagues and a slew of video cameras toured a meat processing plant in their ill-conceived and full-throated defense of the massproduced, ammonia-treated ground beef product dubbed “pink slime,” that apotheosis of the entire factory-farming model of agriculture? Here’s the thing: Politics aside, it’s hard to argue with the flavor of beef cut from a healthy, sustainably raised cow. It just tastes better. But what’s so remarkable about a country like Uruguay is how lightly that mantle is worn. Beef from naturally grass-fed cows is what people there have always eaten. I didn’t hear anyone obsessing over its pedigree because they didn’t have to. Worldclass beef is simply a part of the culture, and the pricing is reasonable enough to make it a legitimate staple of the diet. Is the chivito better than the cheesesteak? Well, I don’t think it’s a fair comparison; they are completely different sandwiches. You can love Haydn and Eminem at the same time, or the comedies of Judd Apatow and the dramas of Ang Lee, so why not a chivito and a cheesesteak? Surely the world needs both. But I will say this: The 11-hour trip from Philly to Miami to Montevideo was utterly erased from my mind when, a few hours after landing, I first tucked into a chivito somewhere that wasn’t nearly as great as the Homeric epic at American Bar would be later in the week. So, a truly great chivito? It’s a thing of transporting, unimaginable beauty. ■
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600 Catherine St. 215.238.0615. bluebellybbq.com Cuisine: Multi-regional barbeque. The menu at Blue Belly takes us on a barbecue flavor odyssey through Korea, St. Louis, Jamaica, Mexico and more. For all that, it’s a simple and affordable lineup, broken up into sandwiches, smoked meats and sides: It’s all so easy to navigate and makes grabbing a quick sandwich on the way home from work very simple. Standing at the pinnacle of the sandwich menu is the Korean beef sandwich; the meat is tender, juicy and full of sweet and savory flavor. Delightfully sour kimchi mixes with sweet pear ginger vinaigrette, threatening to reinvent your concept of what’s fundamental to the palate. It’s all topped with crispy shallots and sprinkled with sesame seeds that add an extra pop of nutty flavor. (Cristina Perachio)
1921 Fairmount Ave. bluecatrestaurant.com Cuisine: Latin-inspired comfort food. Blue Cat’s airy, friendly atmosphere, casual and competent service and comfortable pan-Latin food bring new freshness and life to its Fairmount neighborhood. Salmon filet, beneath a gorgeous crust from the cast-iron skillet, is a simple, delicate dish, topped with a mango salsa as straightforward as it is bright. Chacarero, a riff on the Chilean sandwich, is piled high with avocado, string beans, red pepper and grilled chicken; this is a sandwich that’s as filling as it is unexpectedly good for you. (Brian Freedman)
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BUBBA’S TEXAS BBQ
19 W. Girard Ave. 267.324.3530. bubbastexasbbq.net Cuisine: Texas-style barbeque. This is the latest entry into our city’s eversprouting crop of smoke- and fire-cooked meateries, a Lone Star bar with ample TVs, straightforward decor and one serious smoker. Pit master Robert “Bubba” Kolbasowski is a stickler for details, and his 21-spice dry rub and homemade BBQ sauce are remarkable testaments to his focus on every aspect of what gets sent out of his kitchen. Brisket is the ne plus ultra here. It remains untrimmed until after it’s completed its 24- to 30hour vacation in the smoker, allowing the fat atop it to slowly melt into the meat itself. The wings are beguilingly smoke-perfumed, impossibly moist, and tossed in a choice of three sauces (mild, hot or BBQ) that each would be a highlight anywhere in the city. And despite a full belly, the TastyKake Krimpetbread pudding, with its homemade butterscotch, won’t last until morning. This is clearly an excellent new addition to the city’s growing reputation as a sort of barbecue meatopia. (B.F.)
627 S. Third St. 267.687.8512. Cuisine: Modern, creative American. This ambitious restaurant in the former Ansill space in Queen Village is well on its way to becoming one of the city’s most interesting, rewarding destinations. The skate arrived curled up like some sort of loose nautilus shell, its butter-browned flank a visual reference to the addictive wholegrain mustard crisps off to the side. A massive portion of thick, subtly gamy duck magret, the
>> El Loco Pez center glistening like a ruby, found its counterpart in a silky puree of smoked butternut squash. Cichonski’s banh cam—the beloved glutinous rice and mung bean spheres of Vietnam—are made his own with the addition of truffle and rosemary for aromatics, white beans instead of mung, and mashed potato flakes for texture. The result is reminiscent of an oversized, gnocchi-like orb encased in a lace-thin carapace, a fresh, successfully idiosyncratic homage. Get in while you can. I have a feeling, in another few months, once the national press “discovers” it, landing a table will be a justifiably difficult endeavor. (B.F.)
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2401 E. Norris St. 267.886.8061. locopez.com Cuisine: Mexican-American done right. El Loco Pez seems to be a nice middle ground where all people can feel comfortable. It’s a bar with a sense of inclusion, humor ... and damn good tacos and drinks. Carne asada was the most familiar, the short ribs tender and deeply seasoned with cumin, as well as Worcestershire and soy. Taco al pastor is nearly halfway between dinner and dessert, the distinct whiff of cinnamon and clove in the tender chunks of pork combine with the pineapple in ways that are distinctly reminiscent of an old-school pineapple upside-down cake. Order two of these. The menu encourages overconsumption. On the drink tip: The margarita at El Loco Pez is a balanced gem, neither teeth-suckingly tart nor cavity-causing sweet. For something more adventurous, check out the Monte Carlo, whose sweetly perfumed hibiscus water is balanced out by an in-house infusion of tequila and chipotle. Simple food prepared with confidence and care, and served in an atmosphere that’s welcoming and unselfconsciously cool. (B.F.)
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1029 Race St. hopsinglaundromat.com Cuisine: Flawless $10 cocktails.
The names of Hop Sing Laundromat’s signature cocktails pay homage, in one way or another, to America. The “Montana Payback” is named
after the Battle of Little Bighorn. “A Failed Entertainment” was the working title of Infinite Jest. “Nevermore” is in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. The new craft-cocktail bar’s owner, Lêe, spent months driving around the U.S., exploring its various food and drink cultures; aside from clever drink names, the experience left him resolved to build a place whose bartenders would serve highquality well liquors without snooty pretension. For all its colorful quirk, Hop Sing pulls it off brilliantly. (B.F.)
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1401 E. Moyamensing Ave. 215.271.9500. theindustrybar.com Cuisine: Rib-sticking comfort food with style to spare. The Industry Bar does a lot of things right—especially if by “a lot of things” you mean “appetizing carnivorous dishes.” Pig ears, as flawlessly cooked as any I’ve had, snap like a hearty cracker, exposing the lava-like inner world of cartilage and gelatin. Too much? You can always stick to the classic hamburger, consisting of LaFrieda’s ground brisket, Cabot’s cheddar and a smear of pickle mayonnaise. Industry’s fair prices are notable as well; you can eat and drink heartily here without breaking the bank, and it’s the kind of place where you want a pint of beer with your meal. (B.F.)
1930 Chestnut St. 215.563.8800. janegsrestaurant.com Cuisine: Pan-Asian. Center City’s newest Pan-Asian joint is raising the bar for this part of town. While the dishes are mostly familiar, they’re somehow more memorable, like the beef rendang: rich cubes of beef soaked for hours in coconut milk and finally caramelized to perfection. Or the popcorn rock shrimp; don’t let the small size fool you, these little undersea invertebrates boast a big flavor, with the most well fried carapace I’ve had in a while. The serious consideration of each flavor is very clearly evident in Chef Michael Chan’s work. (B.F.)
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2029 Walnut St. 267.324.5244. lapetitedauphine.com Cuisine type: French cafe. With the quaint sophistication of its bamboo floors and warm whitewalls, this little café is the perfect place for a lunch break—or a take-out spot for busy business bees. Right now, the highlights are the coffee-shop offerings, including well-made cappuccinos and excellent pastries. If you’re hungry for something more substantial, go for the smoked salmon sandwich, presented on flaky-crusted brioche triangles with shredded egg whites and yolks and a tangle of red onion. (B.F.)
1002 Race St. 215.238.8883 Cuisine: Wide-ranging Chinese. M Kee is the kind of place you root for: The service couldn’t be nicer or more accommodating, and the restaurant itself, with its cheery orange accents and uniforms, is welcoming. The highlights are probably what you’d expect—they’re hanging right in the window. Excellently named “roast pig” is just that: Tender rectangles of remarkably “porky” pork, each resting beneath a layer of cracker-crisp skin that’s a beautifully deep shade of mahogany. Order too much of this, and bring it home. It’ll make an amazing next-day snack. (B.F.)
824 S. Eighth St. 267.687.1600. the-mildred.com Cuisine type: Farm-to-table, American. The Mildred’s seasonal menu is built around food from local sources. The Mildred Salad makes for a refreshing start with salted almond, lemon confit and fresh herbs. The pasta is fresh and cooked al dente, while the cockles are tender; the dish satisfies the craving for salt and butter without being heavy or oily. The standout of the meal is the braised chicken and biscuits with herbs and vegetables. Healthy chunks of onion, squash, carrot and celery season the chicken, served hot in a skillet. Don’t skip dessert: Meyer lemon tart with fresh huckleberries, huckleberry sauce and thyme creme glace is fresh and not overly sweet. (C.P.)
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River Museum, home to a large collection of Wyeth family paintings. On view: a display of trees featuring a model railroad with more than 2,000 feet of track. Through January 6. (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org
On stage: 3. The holidays go red, white and green at Longwood
Gardens during A Longwood Gardens Christmas. Hundreds of thousands of lights, strolling carolers, daily concerts and sing-alongs brighten the gardens’ vast grounds and conservatory. Through January 6. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org
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a Kwanzaa Celebration for the whole family with jam-packed afternoons of celebratory activities. Bring a donation of canned goods for Philabundance and get free admission. December 29-30. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org
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resembles a miniature winter wonderland where 15 different rail lines and trains cruise past scaled replicas of Philadelphia-area landmarks set along a quarter-mile train track with twinkling lights, loops and tunnels. Through December 31. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org
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tradition of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve Concert, conducted by new Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, accompanied by onstage dancers who amp up the festive atmosphere. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org
world doesn’t end, head to the Penn Museum for Maya 2012: Lords of Time, featuring more than 100 remarkable objects and artifacts from the ancient Mayan civilization. Through January 13. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum
compositions, videos of dance and live performances, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition Dancing Around the Bride explores the interwoven lives and works of artists Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Through January 21. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
11.Ring in 2013 two times when SugarHouse
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront presents two free spectacular shows at 6:00 p.m. and midnight. For the best views and sounds, head to Penn’s Landing, the Camden Waterfront or the walkway behind SugarHouse Casino. Speakers will be set up at all three locations so spectators can get the full effect. KYW-AM 1060 will also play the music on-air. Make New Year’s Eve an all-ages celebration at the Blue Cross RiverRink’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve Party on Ice with festivities from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and again from 11:00 p.m.1:00 a.m. (215) 925-RINK, riverrink.com.
12. Please Touch Museum® celebrates 2013 early with
Countdown to Noon. The museum opens at 9:00 a.m. and holds “Noon Year” party activities with music and confetti. Countdowns take place at noon and 1:00 p.m. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org
13. Those with early bedtimes can still enjoy an evening New Year’s Eve party at Franklin Square’s Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown, featuring a 6:00 p.m. “square” drop and a great view of the fireworks show at Penn’s Landing. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
14. 2012 comes to a close with a splash aboard the
Spirit of Philadelphia’s New Year’s Eve dinner cruise on the Delaware River. This New Year’s bash includes dinner, premium open bar, live DJs, a champagne toast at midnight and a terrific view of the fireworks. Families can opt for the 4:00 p.m. early-bird cruise with prime views of the 6:00 p.m. fireworks. 401 S. Columbus Boulevard,
16. For a Philadelphia experience that’s as
traditional as cheesesteaks, a pilgrimage to the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day is a must. The only-in-Philly, sparkle-and-sequin celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. at Broad Street and Snyder Avenue and proceeds to City Hall. The Pennsylvania Convention Center hosts the Fancy Brigades Finale, a musicand-dance, Broadway-style spectacle. A precompetition show takes place at noon and the clubs compete at the 5:00 p.m. show. Tickets for parade bleacher seating by City Hall and to the Fancy Brigade shows are available at the Independence Visitor Center, (215) 965-7676, independencevisitorcenter.com. Fancy Brigade tickets are also available at (800) 298-4200 or comcasttix.com.
MUst-see exhiBits: 17. For the first time ever, the complete collection
of original drawings created in the design of the ornate Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will be on display at PAFA itself. Building a Masterpiece: Frank Furness’ Factory for Art shows original designs by Furness and his design process. Through December 30. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org
20. At The Franklin Institute, Titanic: The Artifact
Exhibition unveils a startling collection of more than 200 relics reclaimed from the world’s most famous shipwreck. Through April 7. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
21. A New Year’s celebration without a toast?
It happened. Find out how at the National Constitution Center’s blockbuster exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Explore a re-created speakeasy, learn how to dance the Charleston, trace how “no booze” became the law of the land in the 1920s and how the 18th Amendment was finally repealed. Through April 28.
ed e For more information about Philly New Year’s Week and updates on more fun things to do, check out
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1221 Locust St. 215.320.7500 Cuisine: Ambitious, creative vegan. Vedge, which resides in the stunning space once occupied by Deux Cheminées, does more to bridge the chasm between the artificially distant worlds of the omnivore and the vegan than any restaurant I’ve ever visited. Grilled gochujang tofu boasts three (three!) separate rounds of marinating and arrives in a shallow pool of smoked miso dashi, crowned by a translucent lace of yuba “cracklin,” and accompanied by an edamame puree: soy beans four ways, each of them remarkable. Roasted golden beats are layered on pumpernickel with smoked tofu, avocado, capers and a cucumber dill sauce to perfectly embody the satisfying richness of a smoked salmon sandwich. (B.F.)
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2218 Frankford Ave. 215.634.5666. thepickledheron.com Cuisine: Contemporary American by way of France.
1521 Spruce St. 215.546.1521. russetphilly.com Cuisine: Italian and French-inspired menu focused around local ingredients. Russet, a BYOB housed in a converted rowhome in Rittenhouse, crafts a daily menu around a few choice local ingredients. Hand-rolled garganelli pasta comes with spinach, a sunny-side-up egg and crispy, thick-cut guanciale—unsmoked Italian bacon made from pig jowl or cheek. After breaking the egg yolk to coat the pasta, the resulting taste is that of a deconstructed carbonara. Stinging nettles make an appearance on the American red snapper, alongside Jerusalem artichokes and a tomato fondue that adds a sweet acidity to each bite. (C.P.)
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227 N. 34th St. 215.222.1022. spenceretaburger.com Cuisine: Burgers. It’s all about the toppings. Take, for instance, the Greek burger: The Vesuvius of sweet roasted bell peppers, the tangle of spinach capped with tomato and grilled eggplant, the funky black olive tapenade and tangy feta, the onion-chickpeacucumber slaw, the roasted garlic aioli—all of it lent the veggie patty I opted for an excitement it’s rarely lavished with. The beef burgers are absolutely fine, mind you—plenty juicy and seasoned with a deft hand—but the toppings at Spencer ETA Burger tend to be so generously applied, and occasionally so baroque in their constituent combination of components, they simply steal the proverbial show. (B.F.)
700 S. Fifth St. 215.923.1620. tapestryphilly.com Cuisine: American casual. At Tapestry, you really can’t go wrong with a brew and almost anything fried. Order a Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish-style ale from California and tear into a plate of fried chicken, a salty, dizzyingly crispy, thick-crusted plateful that’s among the better versions in the city right now. The vegetarian chili is also a standout: the pinto, cannellini, red kidney and black beans are all relatively toothsome despite the fact that they’re canned, and the sweetness of paprika and cooked-down tomatoes lend it contrast. The burger, though nothing unique, nonetheless acquitted itself admirably; the 80-20 chuck is ground fresh at Rivera’s and Nydick’s Agiato in Manayunk. Pizzas are generally a solid go-to as well with their leopard-spotted and yeasty crusts. With a few tweaks here and there, Tapestry will reach its potential and do the very pleasant space justice. In the meantime, stop by, check out the new brews and tear into that fried chicken. (B.F.)
521 Catharine St. 215.351.1550. ulivophila.com Cuisine: Seasonal Italian-Mediterranean BYOB. This is a kitchen that finds its inspiration in Italian and Mediterranean classics, and then proceeds to tweak or chef-ify them into something more modern, more comforting, without losing what’s always made them so beloved in the first place. Fried polenta was perfect for a blustery winter’s night, each fluffy-centered cornmeal and semolina baton encased in a perfectly golden crust and complicated by both fontina and Parmigiano Reggiano, as well as an anchovy-spiked salsa rosa. Tagliatelle was also masterfully crafted, each silky ribbon just rough-sided enough to hold onto
One of the most exciting new entries into Philadelphia’s ever-expanding restaurant scene, Vernick presents food that’s inventive yet rooted, global in inspiration yet American at its core. Start with red and gold beets dressed up with a redwine vinaigrette, squares of nutty-sharp Moliterno cheese and sweet pistachios candied with fennel seeds. Move on to pork blade medallions; mustard greens and marmalade; flavorful potato ravioli. Finish with an impossibly moist carrot cake whose cream-cheese-and-fromage-blanc-vanilla icing is as addictive as anything in the city. (B.F.)
1911 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.271.7683. willbyob.com Cuisine type: Inspired by France, but never beholden to it. This much-anticipated East Passyunk restaurant joins the top echelon of BYOBs in Philly. Roasted hen-of-the-woods mushroom sees its inherently earthy character distilled and highlighted through careful searing and additions of orange zest, garlic, thyme and shallots, as well as less expected hits of a spice blend of rose hips, sesame and sumac. As if that weren’t enough, Chef Christopher Kearse accompanies the mushroom with smoked ricotta, a Madeira puree, greens and black radish. The pork belly appetizer could be the swine version of Ecstacy. Like some kind of savory, thick-bacon candy bar, the belly was joined by a winter bean cassoulet that was actually a brilliant play on the classic stew. White miso cavatelli—toothy, dense and delicious—was paired with silky butternut squash that found its flavor opposite in the perfectly calibrated black garlic painted across the plate and lying in wait beneath the pasta. Service is confident and wellchoreographed, and the pacing of the meal is just right, from bread service to dessert. (B.F.)
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The Pickled Heron turns out a seared foie gras that ranks among my favorites in town, expertly cooked to buttery tenderness without a hint of over-searing and served over a golden raisin and black pepper jam that is both a sweet foil and a thoughtful complement to the faintly metallic character of the foie. Caramelized brioche underneath it all adds crunch and heft. Seared scallops are tender clouds drifting on sunchoke puree and a scattering of toothsome fava beans, the entire dish brightened by a judicious squeeze of lemon. (Leah Blewitt)
on domestic (and local) ingredients. Executive Chef George Sabatino plays with sourness, sweetness and perfume with an alchemist’s sense of fine-tuning. Beets are punched up with coriander and bay leaf; cauliflower makes a remarkable partner for raisins and turmeric. If you’re in the mood for a de facto pickle back to wash down your whiskey, this is the place to do it, especially considering Stateside’s generous whiskey offerings. It’s with these more comforting dishes that Stateside is at its best. Pork liver terrine is a chunky, funky wonder, the gaminess of the organ both unabashed and primal in the best sense. Bone marrow and truffle sausage is the kind of dish that would give any self-respecting doctor nightmares. Follow the same logic as the rest of the meal: Small portions and big flavors are the focal points. Don’t fight the temptation. Stateside seems custom-made for eating a little too much, drinking a little too much, and regretting none of it. (B.F.)
Extraordinary Days Goodbye, Barrymore Awards. Hello, big-cast musicals. The year in Philadelphia theater has been anything but expected. By J. Cooper Robb // firstname.lastname@example.org
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hat’s the best word to sum up Philadelphia’s theater community in 2012? Unpredictable. Offstage, the biggest unexpected news was April’s demise of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia—an organization best known for producing the Barrymore Awards, which celebrate excellence in local-area theater. Instead of holding its annual Barrymore Award ceremony, a slate of nominees were compiled, out of which came the eventual winners recognizing the best of Philly’s 201112 theater season. (None will be awarded for the 2012-13 season, though a meeting was recently held to determine the future of what has become a nationally recognized award.) Another notable controversy arose two months prior over Villanova University’s cancellation of a planned personal-narrative workshop to be led by gay playwright/actor Tim Miller. The decision by Villanova President Father Peter Donahoe—himself an acclaimed director, who, at one point, led the school’s theater department—came in the wake of
J. COOPER ROBB’S TOP 10 PRODUCTIONS OF 2012 1. Body Awareness (Wilma Theater)
2. Spring Awakening (Mazzepa Productions)
3. The Music Man (Walnut Street Theatre)
4. Clybourne Park (Arden Theatre Company)
5. The Liar (Lantern Theater Company)
6. Slip/Shot (Flashpoint Theatre Company)
7. The Marvelous Wonderettes (11th Hour Theater Company)
8. Next to Normal (Arden Theatre Company)
9. A Behanding in Spokane (Theatre Exile)
10. The Scottsboro Boys (Philadelphia Theatre Company)
criticism by conservative Catholic organizations not associated with the college. On a more positive note, Philadelphia got its first new performance space in some time when Azuka Theater—with the help of the nonprofit Art for Sacred Places—opened the new Off-Broad Street Theater in the vast subterranean labyrinth that runs beneath the First Baptist Church at 1636 Sansom St. Also making Off-Broad Street their home stage is the vaunted Inis Nua Theatre Company. The space gets its name from the Off-Broad Street Consortium, which serves as an umbrella group to advocate for small Philadelphia companies, several of which plan on also staging their work at First Baptist Church in the near future. Among the biggest treats in 2012 was the number of excellent musical productions. It’s no secret that musicals are, generally speaking, more expensive to produce—and therefore far rarer in Philadelphia than small-cast plays—but two of the most successful were big-cast shows from very different companies. The Walnut Street Theatre, which is known as the city’s primary producer of large-scale musicals, concluded the year with a spectacularly entertaining production of the 1956 musical The Music Man. Starring a rejuvenated Jeff Coon (who also starred as a weed-selling storyteller in Arden Theatre Company’s ambitious but disjointed Tulipmania), The Music Man was escapist theater at its best, a superb production that brought some joy in an otherwise gloomy December. Other noteworthy musicals included Philadelphia Theatre Company’s The Scottsboro Boys, which featured marvelous local actor Forrest McClendon reprising his Tony Award-nominated performance; the Arden Theatre Company’s Next to Normal, a memorable exploration of mental illness, and 11th Hour Theatre Company’s sassy jukebox musical The Marvelous Wonderettes. The year’s most surprising hit came via tiny newcomer Mazzepa Productions, which produced a thrilling summer production of the rock musical Spring Awakening, featuring a cast of promising young actors. But as good as the aforementioned musicals were, no 2012 production generated the emotional power of 11th Hour’s Ordinary Days, which, because it concluded on Dec. 18, 2011, just missed being eligible for our best-of-the-year list. Nevertheless, composer/lyricist Adam Gwon’s imaginatively directed tale of four New York-
Simply the best: (top) Grace Gonglewski (left) and Mary Martello play a lesbian couple in the affecting Body Awareness; (bottom) Nate Golden (left), Jim Hogan and the cast of Mazeppa Productions’ thrilling Spring Awakening.
ers taking their first independent steps as adults was a reminder of just how affecting theater can be. One of 2012’s most heartening trends was the increased focus on gay and lesbian characters, led by the Wilma Theater, which mounted both parts of Tony Kushner’s epic Angels in America. The company also staged a marvelous production of playwright Annie Baker’s Body Awareness, which examines a lesbian couple and their disturbed son. If it is rare to see gay male characters on Philly stages, lesbians are almost an endangered species. Two of Philadelphia’s finest veteran actresses, Grace Gonglewski and Mary Martello, played the couple, and their convincing and touching depiction of the rewards and challenges
of raising a son in a two-mother household were the primary reason for the production’s tremendous success. Body Awareness deservedly won four Barrymore Awards, including one for Outstanding Production of a Play. Other excellent stagings included the Arden Theatre Company’s penetrating Clybourne Park, which went on to garner a Tony Award for Best New Play; Flashpoint Theater Company’s world premiere of local playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger’s breathtaking drama about racism, Slip/Shot (which won the Barrymore Award for Best New Play), and Lantern Theater Company’s flamboyant staging of The Liar, starring Aubie Merrylees—who, in 2012, emerged as the most talented young actor in Philadelphia since Tobias Segal and Maggie Siff. ■
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Sorry We Missed You There was some amazing art displayed in Philly in 2012, but a few really good shows slipped through our coverage cracks. By Nicole Finkbiner // email@example.com
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iven just how many worthwhile art exhibits have come through our city over the past 12 months, there were bound to be a few that slipped through the cracks. And while it may be too late for you to check them out for yourself, it’s really never too late to give props where they’re due. Here are five awesome shows we’re kicking ourselves for having missed in 2012. Optical Fiber March 2-13 at Space 1026, 1026 Arch St. As you may recall, this past spring, FiberPhiladelphia2012 unleashed more than 50 exhibitions across the region, celebrating the most innovate textile and fiber art from around the globe. Space1026’s group show was no exception, showcasing the eclectic creations of five artists, each varied in their individual techniques and disciplines. From the bold sweaters of Brooklyn-based designer Annie Larson to Megan Whitmarsh’s groovy soft-sculpture totems and the provocative tapestries of local mixed-media artist Erin M. Riley, the exhibit certainly encompassed the festival’s core goal to challenge traditional notions of what fiber art is and can be. Even better, it put the fun back in functional. Shiny Monsters: An Installation by Adam Wallacavage May 17-Aug. 19 at Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. As far as light installations go, it really doesn’t get much more exciting than Adam Wallacavage’s world-famous, animal-themed chandeliers, especially his popular octopi collection. Inspired by 16th-century Baroque and a love all things kitsch, the Philly-based photographer and artist utilizes traditional techniques of ornamental plastering—though “traditional” is hardly the adjective that comes to mind upon seeing a light fixture sprouting vibrant green and purple glazed tentacles. In fact, that might be the only adjective one couldn’t use to describe his most recent solo show, which somehow managed to be simultaneously whimsical and haunting. Philadelphia Pickup Truck Expo 2012 June 2 at the Icebox, Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St. Didn’t know Philly had a pickup truck expo? Yeah, neither did we. For this first-ever, oneday-only event, local artists, galleries and
art organizations were invited to park their trucks inside Crane Art’s Icebox gallery and pimp out the flatbeds with whatever sort of installation they could imagine and execute in 24 hours. The end result was a collection of more than a dozen mobile masterpieces ranging from a miniature, art-filled greenhouse to a racetrack diorama with remote control cars. One truck was even yarn bombed from fender to bumper. Here’s hoping we can look forward to another expo in 2013. The Department of Alternative Affairs June 24-July 29 at the Art Gallery at City Hall What happens when you invite three Kensington artist collectives to City Hall and give them complete creative control of a gallery space? Well, probably not what you would expect. Instead of simply showcasing their work, the members of Extra Extra, little berlin and FLUXspace moved in a few desks and filing cabinets, creating a conceptual installation/functional office. The catch: They did it all disguised as a phony city department, equipped with their own faux elements, including a tweaked city seal. Minus the occasional performance piece such as “Meditation Mondays,” to the unknowing eye, the installation was nothing more than an office. There was, however, actually a greater statement behind their elaborate ruse: that Philly’s artist-run galleries and collectives do provide a valuable public service, even if they’re not selling anything. The Rolling Stones: Portraits and Performance Photographs Oct. 14-Dec. 21 at Calderwood Gallery, 631 N. Broad St. DesignPhiladelphia really beefed up its list of art and design exhibits this year, so, sadly, one of the easiest launches to overlook was arguably the coolest of them all. Several of the most iconic shots ever captured of the rock ’n’ roll legends covered the walls inside Calderwood Gallery’s massive Center City showroom, giving local fans a rare photographic timeline of the group’s entire 50-year career, as well as a chance to examine every nook and cranny of Mick Jagger’s face. The photos came courtesy of a slate of renowned international photographers, including Ron Galella, the “godfather of U.S. paparazzi culture,” and Mark Seliger, former chief photographer of Rolling Stone magazine. ■
(Top) The Rolling Stones are shown in London’s Green Park on Nov. 1, 1967, two weeks before their first U.S. appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show; (center) Adam Wallacavage’s eerie, ornate chandeliers in Shiny Monsters; (bottom) Erin M. Riley’s “Belly,” from Optical Fiber.
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SIX PACK Six Great Filmic New Year’s Eve Parties By Matt Prigge // firstname.lastname@example.org
I Love You, I Hate You PW’s indubitable film critics chime in on the year in film that was. PLUS: Their picks for the best movies of 2012.
One Way Passage (1932): Pre-code Hollywood, the era before the puritanical “Hays Code” was belatedly enforced, is notorious for its underpatroled racy sex, violence and general hedonism. In other words, its New Year’s parties are pretty fun. That said, the period’s best is strictly Grated. In Tay Garnett’s sentimental yet witty romance, two doomed lovers—terminally ill Kay Francis and escaped murderer William Powell—promise to meet for New Year’s in a Mexican bar. The ensuing party isn’t very large, nor is it, shall we say, traditional, but it is the most romantic and wonderful one this side of the climax to Billy Wilder’s The Apartment. After the Thin Man (1936): Before they were suddenly stuck with a kid in their third outing, Another Thin Man, Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell, again, and Myrna Loy) knew how to party. The first Thin Man took place over Christmas; the first, nearly-as-great sequel starts on New Year’s, and our functioning alkie heroes do not disappoint.
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The Poseidon Adventure (1972): May your own NYE soiree not be on a cruise ship that capsizes. The Godfather, Part II (1974): Havana, Dec. 31, 1958. A to-be-ousted General Batista is about to board a plane for the Dominican Republic. But something more important is happening at the same lavish, pre-revolution party: Michael Corleone gives his brother Fredo the kiss of death, then informs him he knows he was involved with a plot against him. “You broke my heart,” he says, voice cracking, clutching Fredo’s head. As with the characters in the film below, New Year’s is the beginning of the end.
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Boogie Nights (1997): Pornography’s halcyon days ended with the 1970s—on Dec. 31, 1979, in fact. As our carefree cast revels, tragedy lurks on the sidelines: Sound guy Philip Seymour Hoffman drunkenly kisses a horrified Mark Wahlberg, and sadsack William H. Macy guns down his jilting wife (Nina Hartley) before turning it on himself. Worst of all, filmmaker Burt Reynolds is informed all porn productions will henceforth be shot on shitty video. The Book of Life (1998): The near-apocalypse, Hal Hartley-style: After deciding not to destroy mankind on NYE, Jesus (Martin Donovan) and Satan (Thomas Jay Ryan) instead party down with Mary Magdalene (P.J. Harvey) and Yo La Tengo. n
Things are looking up: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, starring Edward Norton (center), made the Top 10 lists of both PW film critics.
t’s been one of the best years since I started as a film critic, though I am annoyingly aware that a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see most of these movies while I personally, gluttonously had a hard time narrowing them down to just 10. Theatrical exhibition is dying; Netflix and video on demand are the future, and as projection standards in cinemas continue to plummet, I can no longer say that I blame anyone for staying home. But there should maybe still be a place for a picture as adorable as Moonrise Kingdom, defiantly shot on Super 16mm and reveling in its own Instagram aesthetic? Or how about the stand-upand-cheer crowd-pleasing moment near the end of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which turned sneaky Congressional abolitionists into The Bad News Bears? Forget about the (stupid) torture controversy: I twice saw rooms full of jaded critics reduced to white-knuckle panic attacks during Zero Dark Thirty by sheer virtue of Kathryn Bigelow’s craft. I apologize, once again, for laughing myself sick during William Friedkin’s disgustingly comic Killer Joe. (A couple
of colleauges said they had more fun watching me watch the movie than they did sitting through the film itself.) Ditto for David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, which transformed Don DeLillo’s rambling monologues into a streamof-consciousness State of the Union, all about the economy and fucking. Leos Carax’s Holy Motors similarly regarded a sleek stretch limo on an endless journey, but this one leapfrogged from scene to scene with such vivacity and melancholy, it was impossible to know which end was up. I also loved the droll, existential dread of Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, driving aimlessly though the hinterlands all night attempting to crack a crime that has already been solved. When morning finally arrives, it’s an awful bitch for everybody. Accordingly, the stentorian, almost hermetically sealed frames of Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st are so brutal and unforgiving that I had to walk around in the snow for a little while once the movie was over. Not every picture needs a crowd, and I was hiding from friends when this one was over.
Finally, a word for Jafar Panahi’s This is Not a Film, shot on a camcorder and smuggled out of Iran on a flashdrive inside a cake: It’s a surreptitious contemplation of life, art and the spaces inbetween. This is the kind of thing—and the kind of year—that makes me proud to do what I do. (Sean Burns)
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Denis, no menace: French film star Denis Lavant gives good face in Leos Carax’s Holy Motors.
012 was the first year in memory in which I didn’t fall punch-drunk in love with a single movie theatrically released in the United States. And yet my Top 10 was still a pain to put together, forcing me to snub films about which I feel strongly: The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Tabu, The Turin Horse, Django Unchained, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Magic Mike, Haywire, The Kid with a Bike, Miss Bala, Lincoln, Looper—even, for less respectable reasons, The Paperboy. It’s hard to suss out themes and ideas and images in such little space. And yet, they’re there, bouncing off one another. The main notion shared by several on my list, as it happens, is cloistered existences—a familiar mode in an age in which people, holed up in front of electronics, can choose the news they want to hear and filter out the rest. And so Damsels in Distress, Whit Stillman’s belated return to film, finds retro conservative collegiates quipping and creating dances without abandon. The Comedy, in which Tim Heidecker’s bored Williamsburg asshole is an asshole to everyone, concerns a character who never leaves his protected, moneyed bubble, even when tempted, because he doesn’t have to. There are cracks in the veneer, though. In David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, billionaire Robert Pattinson (brilliant, actually) acts like a malfunctioning robot in a world that no longer makes sense. Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, as with his other films, concerns a heavily stylized world regularly rocked by melancholy and failure. The Loneliest Planet strands two lovers in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains, discovering hell can, hopefully only temporarily, be each other. By contrast, Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea entraps
a woman (Rachel Weisz) without love. And then there’s Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who’s under house arrest. On a flash drive hidden in a birthday cake, he snuck out of his country This Is Not a Film, which was one. Death loomed large this year, though it’s an accident that two of the starkest films on the subject emerged. Animator Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day contemplates a stick figure’s mind crumbling spectacularly amidst a fatal disease. And The Grey—aka the “Liam Neeson fucks up wolves” movie—is actually a brutal nature-red-in-tooth-and-claw existentialist diatribe in which doomed characters struggle to find ideal exits. Of course, if you need a reminder of the vitality of life, look no further than Leos Carax’s delightfully bugfuck (although periodically insanely sad) Holy Motors. Its accordion “Entr’acte” is the best quickie pick-me-up of the year. (Matt Prigge)
MATT PRIGGE’S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2012 1. It’s Such a Beautiful Day 2. The Comedy 3. Cosmopolis 4. Moonrise Kingdom 5. The Loneliest Planet 6. The Deep Blue Sea 7. The Grey 8. Damsels in Distress 9. This Is Not a Film 10. Holy Motors
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TWO ONE FAVE: LOCAL ACTS WHO LIT UP 2012
Enough of that greasy kid’s stuff. This year, a slew of brilliant musicians— some from Philly—gave adults something to tap their toes to. By Eugene Holley, Jr. // firstname.lastname@example.org ou can draw two conclusions from our list of the best 2012 “grown folks” albums: One, the lines between jazz, pop, rock and R&B are blurring. And two: A lot of Philadelphia-area artists are the reasons why. Call it a byproduct of the city’s incomparable music history, its tradition of fostering amazing sonic innovators. Whatever the case, seasoned adult music appetites got satiated in the one-two, thanks to these LPs. Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (Heads Up International) This Angela Davis-afroed, Grammy-winning bassist/vocalist proved that she’s something like a phenomenon when she dropped this disc, where she flips Stevie Wonder’s “I Can’t Help It” and Wayne Shorter’s “Endangered Species” with equal dashes of ‘70s-style jazz fusion and sophisticated pop. Robert Glasper, Black Radio (Blue Note) The Houston-born Glasper is part Thelonious Monk and J. Dilla, and on this CD, he conjures up a sonically stirring pop brew. From Erykah Badu’s Billie Holiday-flavored vocals on “Afro-Blue” and Mos Def/Yasiin Bey’s Brooklynbouyed rap on the title track to the riveting recast of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Team Spirit,” Glasper kept his third eye on the prize. Donald Fagen, Sunken Condos (Warner/Reprise) Composer/pianist/vocalist Donald Fagen and his Steely Dan partner Walter Becker were the hippest white boys ever played on WDAS back in the day, with their swing-driven, multientendre classics like “Black Cow,”“Do It Again” and “Deacon Blues.” With Fagen’s fourth release as a solo artist, he laces his trademarked Brooklynese, soprano-syntaxed vocals over some intelligent, on-the-one tracks like the opener “Slinky Thing” and the straightoutta-Ray Charles number “The Weather in My Head.” Now, this is grown folks music. Kurt Rosenwinkel, Star of Jupiter (WOMMUSIC) Philly-born guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel’s spacey licks sound good in jazz clubs and on rapper QTip’s The Renaissance and Kamaal the Abstract CDs. And on his latest project, an adventurous double-CD with his latest quartet, Rosenwinkel lays down some intoxicating twilight-toned
jams like the anthemic “Gamma Band” and the electro-doo-wop ditty “Heavenly Bodies.” Rosenwinkel’s music is so 22nd-century, you almost believe that time travel is real. Elew, Rockjazz Vol. 2 (Ninjazz Entertainment) Eric Lewis is the Camden piano wizard who dropped enough keyboard science to win the Thelonious Monk Competition and gig with Wynton Marsalis. Then one day, he became Elew, a pianistic force of nature who plays with no bench, gigs with the Roots and summons the ghosts of James P. Johnson and Jelly Roll Morton. This man turns Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” into a Chopinesque Carnegie Hall recital and the Doors’“People Are Strange” into a musical backdrop for a Harlem rent party. Wallace Roney, Home (High Note) A lot of trumpeters win awards. Philly’s Wallace Roney has a trumpet given to him by Miles Davis, which, as they say, is priceless. If there is anyone who comes close to the dark-hued tones of the Prince of Darkness, its Roney— but make no mistake; he’s his own man. On this CD, he unveils a never-before-recorded track by Wayne Shorter and references Charlie Parker’s “Parker’s Mood” on “Evolution of the Blues.” Roney proves that slow and steady wins the race and swings the best.
Piano man: Camden’s own Eric Lewis, better known as Elew.
Orrin Evans, Flip the Script (Posi-Tone) Orrin Evans’ McCoy Tyner-ish, fleet-fingered pianism will definitely cause some soulsearching from would-be keyboard kings. Only a genius like Evans could turn MFSB’s classic Soul Train theme, “The Sound of Philadelphia,” into a Sunday church song and breathe new life into the old standard “Someday My Prince Will Come.” This is Philly piano at its best—a stone gas, honey.
Alison Crockett, Mommy, What’s a Depression? (Crockett Gallery Music) Mix Nina Simone’s urgency, Betty Carter’s chops and Jill Scott’s sass, and you’ll get the bold and bravura vocalist and Temple University alum Alison Crockett. Her songs about the system feature Philly’s Ursula Rucker, first on the Badu-bounced “Depression” and on a haunting solo rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Come Back as a Flower.” Crockett’s jazz cred comes through loud and clear on the midtempo Shirley Horn favorite “The Old Country” and a futuristic take on Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy.” Simply put: She’s the real deal.
Alvin Clayton Pope, Soul of Man (Choir Boy Productions) Multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger Alvin Clayton Pope hails from Wilmington, Del., grew up listening to black Philly radio in the ‘70s and absorbed the very best R&B, quiet storm, jazz-fusion of the day. His version of the Patrice Rushen classic “You Remind Me” and the bossa nova “One Note Samba” shows that he knows where the one is and is always right on time.
Tony Bennett, Viva Duets (Columbia) Tony Bennett’s six decade-seasoned pipes are just as fresh as they were when he left his heart in San Francisco. He goes south of the border on this one, his third round of duets, with the crème de la crème of Latin singers, from Christina Aguilera and Gloria Estefan to Chayanne and Marc Anthony. Bennett’s silken, jazzy tenor swings on a number of his hits, like “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “The Best is Yet to Come,” with elegant, octogenarian ease. ■
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Well, the Mayans were wrong, and mankind isn’t “Audi 5000”—their words, not mine— so we say goodbye to 2012 with the inevitable year-end list-mania. For all of the great local acts that our city’s had to offer this year, we had to mention some of our noteworthy favorites. And although it’s hard to quickly sum up the entire Philly music scene, we’ll try to do our best. (This includes almost certainly leaving out some of your favorites.) Of course, there’s the big shots: The Roots, Diplo, Dr. Dog, RJD2, War On Drugs, Lotus, Man Man, Free Energy, Pissed Jeans, The Disco Biscuits, etc. But for a bunch of artists, 2012 put them into the next level of popularity. Rick Ross protege Meek Mill has been doing big things for a while, but his Dreamchasers 2 mixtape, appearance on Maybach Music Group’s Self Made, Vol. 2 and homecoming at Made In America pushed him over the edge. Same goes for rap duo Chiddy Bang, with their hit Breakfast, hardcore-punkers Title Fight’s Floral Green and Gem from U.S. Girls (whose single, “Jack” is still stuck in our heads). As for rock ‘n’ roll, there was all kinds to be had: blues punkers TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, scuzzsters Spacin’, country-outlaws Levee Drivers, rough folk from Toy Soldiers, heavy sax weirdos The Love Club, indiepop by Cheers Elephant, synth-goofsters The Bad Doctors, party funk from Prowler, retro-garage by The Eeries, the alwaysfun Dangerous Ponies and dozens more. Philly also remains a hotbed of variety, from hip-hop (Ground Up, Lushlife) and psychprog (Out of the Beardspace) to avant-jazz (Sonic Liberation Front), roots-rock (Hoots & Hellmouth) and electronic (Sun Airway), not to mention, of course, incredibly specific cover bands (like the filthy Neil Diamond tribute crew Dirty Diamond or all-female Metallica coverers Misstallica). The fact that there were too many artists to name should tell you something about our musical landscape. Let’s hope 2013 is just as good. And now, a moment of silence for our beloved Ween, who, as of this year, are no more. Let them forever be in our hearts. (Bryan Bierman)
The Best in 2012 “Grown Folks” Albums
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1. Frank Ocean
channel ORANGE (Def Jam) Sounds like: A startlingly unique vision from a promising new R&B rookie. Free association: Pop music’s been waiting for a voice like his for years. For fans of: Marvin Gaye x Odd Future, Miguel/Pharrell/Prince, gay heroes.
2. Hot Chip
In Our Heads (Domino) Sounds like: The fifth from the U.K. dance mavens may be their most fun yet. Free association: They get better with age and keep their sense of humor. For fans of: LCD Soundsystem, Simian Mobile Disco, !!!, classy, arty EDM.
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3. Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel... (Epic) Sounds like: The Wild Woman of indie made a perfect, hushed masterpiece. Free association: A hash possession arrest may have made us love her more. For fans of: Tori/Alanis/Feist, Patti Smith x Joni Mitchell, madness in music.
4. Here We Go Magic
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225 SOUTH 18TH STREET
Studio high floor, panoramic river and city views, lots of natural
270 degree city views, 1662 sf $1,775
Studio, wood floors, marble bathroom, open kitchen, 506 sf
135 SOUTH 19TH STREET 1 bedroom, open and updated kitchen, ensuite bathroom $1,975 1 bedroom, lots of natural light from two exposures, generous living space, kitchen has excellent cabinet and counter space $2,100 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, stackable washer and dryer, wood floors 5 2 P H I L A D E L P H I A W E E K L Y I D E C E M B E R 2 6 - J A N U A R Y 1 , 2 0 1 2 I P H I L A D E L P H I A W E E K L Y. C O M
throughout, corner unit, updated kitchen
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, marble bathrooms, hardwood floors, chef’s
kitchen, large balcony, all rooms overlook Rittenhouse Square,
3 N. COLUMbUS bOULEVARD
like-new, 1552 sf OLD CiTY/SOCiETY HiLL 200-220 LOCUST STREET
Junior 1 bedroom, parquet wood floors, southern exposure,
1 bedroom, treetop views of Society Hill, wood floors, updated
southern views, 1218 sf
1 bedroom, high floor, magnificent city views,
iNDEpENDENCE pLACE 241 South 6th Street Penthouse with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, balcony, magnificent city and river views, 2575 sf
1 bedroom, south river view with excellent natural light, 750 sf $1,500 7 N. COLUMbUS bOULEVARD
kitchen and bath, 683 sf renovated throughout, 683 sf
SOCiETY HiLL TOWERS
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors, balcony, panoramic
Studio overlooking Washington Square with alcove and dressing area, 600 sf
226 W. RiTTENHOUSE SqUARE $1,620
light, 415 sf
room, 936 sf
recently updated kitchen, 611 sf
1 bedroom, balcony, spacious kitchen, wood floors, marble bath$2,750
2 bedroom, 2.5 baths, updated kitchen, fireplace, 1 car parking, 1658 sf
COMMERCiAL SpACE 1830 Rittenhouse Square – Rittenhouse Square professional or
personal office space in boutique, doorman building, 658 sf $1,850
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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FEATURED PROPERTY 2407 GORDON FISHTOWN NEW PRICE! $259,000
Historic restored house w/modern amenities & systems. Liv Rm & Sep Din Rm w/new pine ﬂrs, New fully equipped Kitchen w/Granite c-tops, wood cabinets & SS appls. French dr to Patio w/plantings. 2nd ﬂr: 2 BRs both w/restored pine ﬂrs, renov tile Bath. 3rd ﬂr: Main Bedroom suite, w/ Dressing room/Study/4th Bedroom: restored pine ﬂs. New Bath w/hex tile ﬂr & subway tile walls around tub. Top Quality Renovation.
The Touraine The most enviable address on Spruce Street, nestled near the Avenue of the Arts, the Touraine is a glorious mid-rise from an era of grand traditions. Today, its spacious studios, 1,2 and 3-bedroom residences combine historic elegance with every modern convenience.
960 N 5TH NORTHERN LIBERTIES $459,000
NEW LISTING! Multi Family,3 large units with charm. 1 Bi-level, 1 BR+ den, 1 Bi-level 2 BRs w/ wd ﬂoors and exposed brick wall in liv/din, 1 BR w/ double parlor and garden.
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205-207 FAIRMOUNT NORTHERN LIBERTIES $690,000
Double wide property- amazing space, 5000 sq ft. 1st ﬂoor open studio space, open living/dining/kitchen, + 4 Bedrooms, Double Garden
1520-24 N 2ND ST KENSINGTON NEW PRICE! $430,000
3 adjacent properties, Renov. 3 story Townhome, + 2 lots, huge garden & pkg. Open Liv/Din with oak ﬂrs, high clgs, Eat-In Kit w/ granite tops, SS appliances, wd cab. 2 .5 B,3 BRS Move-In
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The possibilities are endless in this incredible opportunity to own 7 lots, all with reports and expired permits included! Build townhomes, mixed use, or get creative!
The essence of Northern Liberties lies in this new construction 5 level, 3BD/2.5BA home featuring garage, roof deck, balcony, and fun yard, with hardwood, porcelain, and granite finishes throughout!
Highly coveted 4BD/2.5BA home located in the Meredith School district featuring 1-car parking potential, 2 tier deck, hardwood floors, also offering a renovated kitchen and finished attic space.
Elegant and spacious 3BD/2.5BA unit with 1-car garage, balcony, and wide open granite & stainless kitchen, complete with tons of cabinets, wine fridge, pantry, and GE cafĂŠ, also featuring cherry hardwood floors, large renovated master bath, and alarm system.
Exquisite 3BD/3BA home with roof deck, garage, paved private patio, and hardwood floors, also boasting surround sound and speakers in all rooms, making this home perfect for living and entertaining!
5 4 p h i l a d e l p h i a w e e k l y I d e c e m b e r 2 6 - j a n u a r y 1 , 2 0 1 2 I p h i l a d e l p h i a w e e k l y. c o m
Three, 2BD pristine rental units offering convenient parking, roof deck, and impeccable fireplace mantles, complete with high ceilings, moldings and stained glass windows, all found in a charming neighborhood!
Three, 1BD to 2BD high end rental units featuring a gorgeous roof deck, convenient parking, wide plank hardwood floors, designed with granite & stainless kitchen, with many other luxurious details!
ART MUSEUM AREA 2730-36 W. George $199,000 Incredible value lies in these perfectly located 4 lots close to the Art Museum and Fairmount areas; lots measure13 x 33; 12 x 32; 12 x 32; and 12 x 32 and there may be a possibility of combining and building 2 or 3 homes!
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.
QUEEN VILLAGE 610 Catharine
Beautifully designed new construction 3BD/2.5BA home with roof deck, den, and granite and stainless kitchen, with hardwood floors, high ceilings, and luxurious details throughout!
AVENUE OF THE ARTS 1331 Webster $299,900 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!
OLD CITY 15 Appletree
Open and delightful 3BD/2BA home with 2-car garage, gas fireplace, and sleek granite & stainless kitchen, also featuring gorgeous hardwood floors, a large front window, and an incredible master bedroom suite!
317 Vine St 201
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!
SOCIETY HILL 419 Spruce C
LUXURY RENTALS 1215 S. Broad
910 S. 3rd
Immaculate 1BD/1BA condo with parking; all in perfect move in condition! Charming with wood floors, cozy bedroom suite, stainless and granite kitchen, crystal clean bath and common courtyard!
200 Locust 14FGH
Adorable and beautifully renovated 2BD/1BA home with fun yard, charming fireplace, and stainless kitchen, complete with hardwood floors, high ceilings, and recessed lighting!
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!
NORTHERN LIBERTIES 1147-53 N. 4th 6E $499,900 With more space than one can dream, this 2-story 2BD/3BA penthouse is complete with 2,408 sqft, garage parking, and granite and stainless, also impeccably designed with exposed beams, hardwood and granite floors, and an entire wall of windows , all facing breathtaking views!
Contemporary new construction 3BD/2.5BA home with 2 Juliet balconies, finished basement, and a rooftop terrace with wet bar, complete with hardwood floors, custom granite and stainless kitchen, and a playful yard!
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GRADUATE HOSPITAL $364,900 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.
Funky and vibrant artist style 4BD/1.5BA home overflowing with opportunities and uses! Features include soaring ceilings, exposed brick, and several skylights!
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.
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE $750,000
GRADUATE HOSPITAL $525,000 $325,000 2116 Carpenter
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.
GRADUATE HOSPITAL $299,900
Cozy and spacious 3BD/3BA home with a wonderful layout, large den, and a second kitchen, along with plenty of storage space and potential, all found in a fantastic location.
Breathtaking 3BD/3.5BA corner home with 1-year prepaid parking, den, wood burning fireplace, and decked in yard, all beautifully designed with gorgeous wood floorings and open layout.
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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.
WASHINGTON SQ WEST $1,795,000 Heavenly 5BD/4.5BA home with rooftop terrace, elevator, and garage, complete with granite and stainless kitchen, cozy den, 4 piece marble tile bath, and private yard with patio and gardening area.
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rittenhouse squAre cont.
1 bedroom, south views, balcony, excellent closet space
rittenhouse squAre 2031 DelanCey Street
Dramatic 5 story town home, completely renovated throughout, beautifully restored original details, garage, elevator, outdoor space
entire floor home with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, lavish master suite, custom finishes and features throughout
bi-level penthouse with dramatic sunset views of the city, lavish entire flat master suite, great entertaining space
3,446 sf 4,455 sf 1828 DelanCey Street
5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, highly coveted block, formal living space, large master suite, outdoor space 4560sf
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, all rooms overlook rittenhouse Square, 2 sets of Juliet balconies, lavish master suite, brand new
2 bedrooms, 3 baths, gourmet kitchen, new bathrooms, magnificent hardwood floors
1,709sf no detail has been left undone the WarWiCk
2 bedrooms plus den, 3 baths, wood floors, open gourmet kitchen, marble bathrooms, great closets 1614 sf
1830 rittenhOuSe Square 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, wood floors, lots of natural light, eat-in kitchen, marble bath, beautiful original building details
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, corner unit with lots of light, updated kitchen, beautiful hardwood floors throughout
1 bedroom plus den, 1.5 bathroom (can easily be converted to 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths), custom kitchen,
1614 sf wood and marble floors, generous living space
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen, large bay windows with city views
2 bedrooms, 1 bath, pristine condition, wood floors, city skyline and pool club views
2 bedrooms, 2 baths. penthouse floor, new bathrooms, updated kitchen, wood floors throughout
1br, 1ba, hardwood floors, marble ba, custom kitchen
$539,900 $539,900 $489,900 $399,900
220 W. rittenhOuSe Square 1 bedroom, completely renovated with designer kitchen and bath, wood floors 220 W. rittenhOuSe Square 1 bedroom, wood floors, lots of natural light, designer bathroom, custom kitchen parC rittenhOuSe Wanamaker hOuSe
975 sf 1 bedroom, south views, spacious kitchen, hardwood floors, walk-in closet in master bedroom 651 sf
1 bedroom, high floor, panoramic city views, lots of natural light, open kitchen 704 sf
Studio, wood floors, large marble bath, panoramic sunset view 583 sf Junior 1 bedroom, wood floors, marble bath , open kitchen, sunrise city view 531 sf
Art MuseuM the philaDelphian
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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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 from adjoining Omni hotel 2,025 sf $1,100,000 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 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 $259,900 1br, high floor, river view, investment opportunity 700 sf $269,900
wAshington squAre the lippinCOtt
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 3,720sf sf $1,995,000 inDepenDenCe plaCe bi-level penthouse, 2br. 2.5ba, 2 kitchens, impeccably finished throughout, amazing river and city views 4,403 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 $1,095,000 inDepenDenCe plaCe 1br, 1ba, wood floors throughout, upgraded kitchen and ba, custom closets, balcony 940 sf $269,900
wAterfront pier 5
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, bridge and river views, updated kitchen, generous entertaining space, deck 2229 sf $325,000 tri-level with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, fireplace, balcony, spacious dining area, one parking spot included 2229 sf $299,900
SOCiety hill tOWerS
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
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, brand new, all rooms overlook Rittenhouse Square, 1709 sf
$379,900 Condo fees: $549 taxes: $232 monthly Cost after tax to Own: $1,846
$1,475,000 COnDO feeS: $1,167
COnDO feeS: $1,393
mOnthly after tax COSt tO OWn: $5,864
mOnthly after tax COSt tO OWn: $4,178
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