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atty-cornered from the National “We’re bringing to life the influences of Museum of American Jewish His- the scriptures and faith on our nation from tory and Independence Mall is the its founding through today – looking into the new Faith and Liberty Discovery lives of people. We call them changemakers,” Center on Market Street. Not only said Alan Crippen, Chief of Exhibits, Prodoes it break technological barri- grams and Public Engagement for the FLDC. ers, but it breaks some glass ceil“And also historic moments of the histoings, too. This museum tells the ry of our country...Events like Katrina, 9/11, Charlottesville, most recently, COVID-19, story of Philly’s Founding Fathers’ relationwhere people have found hope in ship with faith, the Bible, and how it the scriptures and through their shaped their framing of the Constifaith during a time of crisis. There tution in the early days of America. are so many dimensions of the Six years and $60 million latAmerican story and we’re just coner, the American Bible Society is tributing one.” poised to cut a ribbon for the cenSome of those changemakers inter’s grand opening May 1. With the clude pioneers throughout history goal to “discover the relationship like John Quincy Adams, Martin and role of faith in fostering core Luther King, Jr., William Penn, American values,” it is expected to Dorothy Day and Frank Capra, who draw hundreds of thousands of visiare featured in the center’s “Vitors to the city’s historic district. sions” gallery. “There’s an important contriThe 40,000-sq.-foot attraction will bution that faith has made to the also include an innovation and edAmerican order, and that’s the ucation center and a 3D immersive story we’re telling,” said Patrick @ RUFFTUFFDH theater. Local Projects – the same Murdock, executive director of the team that spearheaded New York FLDC. City’s 9/11 Memorial & Museum – oversaw “We wanted to have a certain number of the building’s state-of-the-art design. Once changemakers that present different kinds of liberties. We wanted to make sure a real part open, it will employ about 60 people, produce of their story was how they were inspired $267,000 in state taxes annually and generate more than $10 million each year to the local by the scriptures and that we could actualeconomy, according to Philadelphia Business ly demonstrate that this was really a part of Journal. their lives.” The museum explores six core values comWhen a visitor enters the center, they’re mon to the Bible, the Declaration of Indehanded a “lamp” at the beginning of their pendence and the Constitution: faith, liberty, tour which they are supposed to use throughjustice, hope, unity and love. If the American out the galleries to engage with the exhibits. Bible Society follows through with its promContent throughout the galleries is responsive ises, the FLDC will bring a much-needed ecoin various ways, allowing visitors to use the nomic boost to our city. For more info, go to lamp to collect and curate content that is signed to inspire them.

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The current number of homicide victims year-to-date under Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner’s leadership.






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The Greater Philadelphia Film Office has announced the winners of the 2020 “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition. Winners include: Best Screenplay: “Wish” by Law Crimlis; TV Prime Time Award: “The Immune” by Philip Malaczewski; The Oscar Micheaux Award: “The Line” by Craig Bolton; and The Nina Lo Presti Award: “Power of Balance” by Kiz Mentor.


Philadelphia-based choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans won the 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography. Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Over 3,000 applications are submitted every year and Evans is one of 175 winners. “I am truly humbled by this recognition,” Evans said. “The Guggenheim Fellowship is a milestone of my long and sometimes arduous journey thus far. This award gives me the confidence to continue making pieces that represent and highlight Black and Queer stories.”

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Republican D.A. hopeful Charles Peruto says the police commissioner must move up through the ranks of the Philadelphia Police Department. Image | Courtesy of Charles Peruto

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n my column here last week, Republican candidate for Philadelphia district attorney Charles “Chuck” Peruto vowed that he would “kick Krasner’s ass” in the general election if incumbent D.A. Larry Krasner defeats challenger Carlos Vega in the May 18 Democratic primary election. Peruto, who has been a practicing attorney in the city for more than 40 years, was born and raised in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia. He attended St. Callistus Parochial School until the eighth grade, and then spent a year in the Catholic Seminary studying to be a priest. Realizing that wasn’t his true calling, he attended and graduated St. Joseph’s University and earned his law degree from Delaware Law School. “I have helped many people who I believed in, pro bono, and I have had a very successful living in the general practice of law with a concentration on criminal defense,” Peruto stated on his website. “While this might scare some people, since our current district attorney is touted as being a former criminal defense attorney, he was not. Larry Krasner was a civil rights attorney who specialized in suing the police department. “He has been quoted as saying after his election that ‘I am now a public defender with

second is a misdemeanor and your third is a power!’ That is not me, and never will be. That felony. Because you are crippling these busiis why my committee will be formed of several nesses. As the chief law enforcement officer former prosecutors, police officers, and busiof the county, you have to protect ness owners – all of whom underyour businesses. stand the need for public safety.” “Because if you don’t protect Peruto said he means business. your businesses, the only way we “When I say business, I mean a are going to get tax revenue is safer city will bring more business by taxing homeowners. And that in and will make property values drives people out of the city into rise. It also means the way I’ll deal the suburbs. We want to have a with criminals.” larger tax base, so everybody is I mentioned to Peruto that many paying a little bit of taxes instead store owners complain that shopof a few paying a lot.” lifters were not being prosecuted Peruto noted that under the by the current D.A. I asked Peruto Krasner administration, qualiif he would prosecute shoplifters ty-of-life crimes, such as puncturmore vigorously than Krasner. ing automobile tires, smashing car “Absolutely,” he said. windows to steal a radio or person“You have businesses and store al belongings, graffiti, and vandalowners who have already taken it ism, are not prosecuted. He said as much as they can. They are getPAULDAVISONCRIME.COM these types of quality-of-life crimes ting destroyed by the pandemic, the will be heard at the police station protest violence and the looting, closest to the incident, with an inwhich isn’t getting prosecuted, and now you’re going to say that people can come tended partnership with our Philadelphia Municipal Court. in and do their Christmas shoplifting at their I asked Peruto what he thought of Police store and the worst thing that can happen is Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. they will get a ticket. “Police Commissioner Outlaw is just not “That is bullshit. The Pennsylvania legislaequipped for a city of this size. The police comture said we are going to let you have a summissioner must – and I mean must – rise up mary offense on your first offense, but your


the ranks of the Philadelphia Police Department,” Peruto said. “You have to know the district you’re in. You have to know the different areas, where the high crimes are, and know who is pulling your leg. There are a lot of cops right under her, pulling her leg so they can advance themselves. It is human nature. If you’ve risen through the ranks, they can’t bullshit you. “Mayor Kenney will not release the reins on a police commissioner. He has them do things he wants them to do, or he will fire them.” He said that former Police Commissioner Richard Ross had too much interference from Mayor Jim Kenney, who he claims has no knowledge or experience in law enforcement. As I noted in my previous column, Peruto has the support of Mike Chitwood, Ron Castille and other major figures in law enforcement. I told Peruto that the Philly cops I’ve spoken don’t believe that Kenney, Krasner and Outlaw truly support them. “The city would be better off with Moe, Larry and Curley,” Peruto said. “Beyond a reasonable doubt, I will get the support of the cops. We have a terrible mayor and a terrible D.A., and the working guy is getting clobbered.” Paul Davis’ Crime Beat column appears here each week. He can be contacted via




PROBING BIGGIE’S DEATH Philly native Brad Furman’s film dives deep into the rap artist’s murder

Brad Furman’s ‘City of Lies’ is in theaters and available on premium video on demand. Image | Suzanne Tenner




hiladelphia native Brad Furman’s other films as director Furman’s latest film as include “The Infiltrator,” starring director is “City of Lies,” Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, which was recently reDiane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, Amy leased into movie theRyan and Yul Vazquez; the critically aters and is now available acclaimed “The Lincoln Lawyer,” on premium video on destarring Matthew McConaughey, mand. Marisa Tomei and Ryan Based on the book Phillippe; and the thriller “LAbyrinth” by Pulitzer “Runner Runner,” starring BY EUGENE Prize-winning author RanBen Affleck and Justin Timdall Sullivan, “City of Lies” berlake. ZENYATTA is a compelling crime thrillBorn in Philadelphia, er that follows the investiFurman is a Founders gation into the 1997 murder Scholar graduate of New of iconic rap artist Christopher Wal- York University’s Tisch School of the lace – a/k/a, The Notorious B.I.G. Arts, and currently resides in Los Oscar nominee Johnny Depp stars Angeles. as determined LAPD detective RusPW recently caught up with Fursell Poole, who spent nearly 20 years man to talk about his career and trying to solve the murder, and Oscar “City of Lies.” and Primetime Emmy winner Forest How did you get your start in Whitaker stars as Jack Jackson, a filmmaking? When did you first journalist who teams up with Poole know you wanted to make movies? in search of the truth. Together, they I’m from Lafayette Hill. I used to explore why the case remains cold go to the Plymouth Meeting Mall – and why a secret division of the and the Andorra movie theater. I LAPD is seemingly set on keeping it didn’t know what making movies that way. was; I surely didn’t know it was a caShot on location in Los Angeles, reer. I had never even thought about the film takes an unflinching look it – movies might as well have been at late-90s corruption, race relations beamed into the theaters. It didn’t and the lengths one man will go to occur to me that the people in the uncover the truth. Furman produced movies were real, with off-screen original music for the film, including lives. tracks with The Notorious B.I.G.’s a My first love is basketball. I have capellas. been playing since I was a kid, and


PHILADELPHIAWEEKLY.COM @PHILLYWEEKLY the whole time I had music “scoring” my life. But it wasn’t until I went to Emory University to play basketball and I got injured in the preseason that I ended up taking a hard look at my life and asked myself some questions I had never asked before, like, “what did I want to do?” I took a film class because I loved movies. My professor was Evan Lieberman, someone whom I am still close with to this day. He was an AFI graduate and he shared with me that if I wanted to pursue filmmaking, I should consider going to a film school. I had watched my parents work so hard in their legal professions, and I didn’t want that grind for something I didn’t love. So, I applied to NYU film school. Early in my life, my cousin, Michael Furman, passed away from juvenile diabetes. He was the most charismatic and inspiring person I knew. He was my hero and my idol. He was a DJ, and loved music. He taught me so much and – for better or worse – his passing shaped my life. It solidified my path as a filmmaker. It taught me that life was short, and fragile. I wanted him and all the gifts he had to live vicariously through me. I would aggressively pursue my dreams in the hopes we could share in it together. They say you have two lives, and the second one starts when you realize you only have one. Although you’re based in Los Angeles now, you’re a Philadelphia native. Can you talk a little about what it’s like being from Philly and how the city has influenced you? I take a lot of pride in being from Philadelphia. I feel there’s a “take no shit” attitude that comes with being from here – it’s the city of Rocky, which is synonymous with “going the distance,” getting knocked down and getting back up. That is the tenor of the city, and I feel that the DNA in how I approach life is very much carved out of being from the east coast and Philadelphia. It’s a “not-afraid-toget-dirty” mentality. My family is from here. There was a generational responsibility of my father going to Central High School and a history of my family being from Philadelphia. My mother is from South Jersey – Moorestown. So the Browns (my mother’s side) are from South Jersey and the Furmans (father’s side) are from Philadelphia. I felt a burden of responsibility for what it means to be a Brown and Furman [that was] instilled in me by my mother and father (but mostly my mother) about the importance of legacy and the family name. Those were large shoes to fill when your grandfather played semi-pro basketball and tennis, your uncle played college ball at Maryland, your mother was one of the first female litigators, and your father was a successful attorney. It was a tremendous responsibility to carry that forward and stand on the shoulders of the giants of my family. What attracted you to the story behind “City of Lies?” Why did you want to delve into the investigation into the murder of The Notorious B.I.G.?

I was a huge fan of Biggie and Pac – the influence that both men had on me is indescribable – unquantifiable. And as a result, I was astonished with the fact that 20-plus years had gone by and these two massively high-profile murders were classified as unsolved. Even as a relative “outsider” then, something didn’t feel right. I was very moved and inspired, early on in my life, by movies like, Alan Pakula’s “All the President’s Men,” and Oliver Stone’s “JFK.” I felt we had the opportunity to look at Biggie – whose real name is Christopher Wallace – to look at his murder and the police corruption outlined in Randall Sullivan’s book “LAbyrinth,” on which the film is based, and do a deep dive into the subject matter that showed the true story in such a compelling way as to reach an audience far beyond those who already knew. Feature filmmaking provides us with that opportunity – to tell stories that make people pay attention. I had followed this story since I heard both Christopher’s and Tupac’s murder broadcast on the news when I was in my 20s. Both times, the nation took a collective gasp, and I felt we have been holding our breath ever since. How do you have the public murders of two of the most high-profile, successful Black men – in this case music icons – go unsolved? Now, if you had told me that by the time the film was coming out, there would be a culturally significant and widespread reckoning on race in America, and specifically on the treatment of Black men by police officers, I wouldn’t have believed you. Because this problem has been going on forever. Thank goodness we are talking about it on such a large, public scale. I hope the film helps people realize how much Christopher’s name should be added to that conversation. The movie originally was set for release about three years ago. Can you talk about the process of getting the movie to the public? How do you feel about it finally being released? I have tremendously mixed emotions about it being released. On one hand, I make movies for people, so it’s wonderful that it’s being re-

leased and reaching those people. On the other, I feel a tremendous weight of responsibility that the messaging of the movie succeeds. There is actual, real-life significance and consequences here. Ms. Wallace has been in a more than 20-year fight for justice and truth. Christopher is one of the most high-profile Black men who lost his life at the hands of police officers. It is scary to think that if it could happen to him, what that truly means. There are way more people’s lives we are talking about, many of whom you never even hear about. Without giving too much away, this movie is more than a retelling of the story – it actually introduces new information about the murder. What new details are now out in the world today, thanks to this movie? We did a fullPhiladelphia native Brad blown reinvesFurman’s latest film, ‘City tigation of the of Lies,’ follows the inves- case. I felt if I tigation into the murder was going to of The Notorious B.I.G. take a stance, Image | Brittany Brooks I had to do the work. At the time of making the film, the book “LAbyrinth” was 15 years old. So I felt more had probably come to light. Early on, I was connected to Sergio Robleto, who served as our technical advisor on the film. He was the lead investigator on the Wallace civil case, and was Russell Poole’s supervisor for many years at the LAPD. Sergio gave me access to redacted files, depositions, and many things that have never been made public, which set the groundwork. Sadly, Sergio has passed and never got to see the finished film. But we owe him everything for laying the foundation. Then, we started looking into places nobody wanted us to look. My dear friend from NYU, Don Sikorski, is an executive producer on the project. He brought me the “LAbyrinth” book and is still working as an investigative journalist. Together, with producer Jess Fuerst, we continued where the investigation had left off. Don connected with Phil Carson, an FBI agent that had looked into the LAPD’s involvement in the Wallace murder, but, like Poole, had been shut down. When Carson retired just after we finished filming, he went on the public record for the first time. He has confirmed everything we tell you in the film and more. You were able to persuade Christopher


Wallace’s mother, Voletta Wallace, to appear in the film. How did you make that happen and why was it important to have her in the film? I felt a deep responsibility to the integrity of the true story. I was not willing to make a film that would exploit or profit off the murder of Christopher Wallace. Therefore, I felt the only way I could make this film was with Ms. Wallace’s blessing, and in so doing, I ended up making this film hand-in-hand with the Wallace estate, the Poole family and the Shakur estate and family. Also, I felt it was incredibly important to humanize Biggie as a real person. It is so easy for us to dehumanize celebrities, especially when you reach icon status. But Christopher was the son of a mother and a father to his own children, who was murdered at the hands of the LAPD. The movie was recently released in theaters and will be on premium video-on-demand by the time this story is published. What’s been the reaction to the film, especially from those individuals who have strong connections to the murder itself? One of the more interesting things has been showing the film to people who were involved – whether they are actors in the film, crew, collaborators on the music, or real life people connected to the story through their relationship to Christopher or Russell, etc. As the filmmaker, and someone who has had their eye next to a magnifying glass looking at every frame, you lose perspective. I have sat with this story, and specifically with the film, for many years now. For these people, they get to see it all come together. The highest compliment I can receive is when people are surprised. Maybe they are surprised by new information they learned, or how all the pieces gel together, but that has been a recurring thing, that people involved are genuinely surprised by the finished product, which I feel honored about. When it comes to the real-life people, all I can say is that I am humbled. The Wallace estate and Christopher’s friends and acquaintances know more about this than me and have lived with it acutely, for many of them, for the majority of their adult lives. To have anyone in that group come to me and tell me they like it, or were impressed, or say anything positive at all, is incredibly humbling. The proof in that is that the estate is the biggest supporter of the film. I have to be honest, ultimately the only people’s opinions that mattered to me were the ones I made promises to at the outset, which includes the Wallaces, the Pooles and the Shakurs. And when Ms. Wallace got to see the finished film and told me she approved, that was it for me. What’s ahead for you? Any other projects you can talk about? Right now, I am focused on getting this message and this film out, doing everything I can to finish this all the way. I am doing everything I can to support the family and those directly affected by this tragedy.






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How will cable giants respond to call for internet access?

ER before teaming, but I’m pretty damned cern celebrating home-area hero Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president, tain: Philly-based rapper/Ph balance enthusiyes – you have to confess to enjoying ast Meek Mill and local jewel-headed MC Lil a certain amount of calm collectivity Uzi Vert, ATV enthusiasts, both – finally come and good geniality – which is to admittogether in one place: Young Thug’s Young a-bit, MAN, I AM BORED. And, while Stoner Life Records’ label’s new mixtape al“Sleepy Joe” hasn’t done much good at bum, “Slime Language 2.” The whole YSL all for Mexican immigrants along the Slime 2 affair is guest-feature packed with big Southwestern border, closer to home, along names in hip-hop, such as Travis Scott, Big with looking to triple tax the richest one perSean and Kid Cudi, but, of course, Millie and cent, Biden, over the weekend, stated his deUzi stick out. Meek also makes Icepack news sire for local governments throughout the U.S. by going on the ‘Gram with the brand new, to provide high quality broadband internet as fully furnished house he bought for his grandpart of his trillion-dollar infrastructure remother. structuring. Impressive. “Loyalty is not just a word,” he wrote. And yet, while the socialist in me says “Kick ya feet up Grandmom.” This is communal internet access for all is the same grandmother who, in 2018, BY A.D. terrific, so to create equanimity along sadly, had her South Philly home AMOROSI the electronic highway, the capitalist vandalized by racist spray painters, in me can’t help but picture Phillyan act that sent Millie into an instant based Comcast CEO Brian Roberts rage. Good on Meek for righting that and Verizon’s Hans Vestberg’s colwrong. lective heads exploding. T-t-taxing the rich is Late-night cookies one thing. Taking away a good portion of what As if you needed more fat content on your made – and makes – them richer, is quite angorging stroll through the Italian Market’s other thing altogether. Cheesesteak Alley, the University of PennLook for Roberts and his friends to start looksylvania-created Insomnia Cookies chain ing for an acceptable Republican presidential just opened a supposedly secret speakcandidate soon – and not fucking Chris Chriseasy-meets-CookieLab across from Pat’s tie from Jersey, who claimed, the other day, he Steaks. I don’t know how Insomnia hoped to has interest in throwing his hat into the ring. maintain mystery when every neighbor of It’s like “ReHab.” No. No. No. mine in that area knows and is loud about New Garces spot knowing, to say nothing of the battle in the We’ve been calling Jose Garces one of our scents of grilling meat grease and freshly own for so long, we forget that the Iron Chef, baking chocolate dough. And by the way, Inphilanthropist, web entrepreneur and 2020 somnia must have faith that South Philly is Philly Weekly cover star is actually from a place sans all concerns for physical health Chicago. So, it makes sense, then, that he’d – there’s another late-night cookie shack of bring his past and its Chi-town signature piztheirs right off the corner of Broad, Washingza to bear on a new space, Hook & Master, a ton, the liquor store, and Chipotle. To quote Chicago-style pizzeria with a tiki lounge, a Jim Morrison, “No one here gets out alive, Beatles-y Octopus’ Garden – all in collaboraand/or without considerable heart plaque and tion with Steven Seibel (from Seibel Pies). The hardened arteries.” dinner-only (so far) at the old Liquid spot, 2nd ‘Servant’ is back and Master streets in Kensington, features With cherry blossom season in full bloom, the way-thin Chicago-tavern style pie, the Philly born-and-bred film auteur M. Night deep dish pan-style Chi pie and several BrookShyamalan, his series star Rupert Grint, lyn-style pizzas from Seibel…C’mon. Brookand dozens of socially-distanced camera lyn? Gimme’ a break with the Greenpoint flapeeps and crew descended upon a pink flowva. Throw some mozzarella on that slice, Sal. ered Fitler Square for some filming of Apple Anyway, I digress. The Hook sounds cool. TV+’s “Servant” season three episodes. My Meek and Uzi dog-walking friends in the tony neighborhood I won’t exactly swear that this is a NEVER-EVweren’t exactly pleased to be locked out of



their park, but seeing evil “Servant” co-star drop them off at each other’s doors, share leftNell Tiger Free (the character is scary mean, over birthday cake. In late summer, we began I can’t speak to the person) assuaged the ire of talking via Zoom and started a masked school the Filtlers a bit. pod co-op for our kindergartners, first, and Showboat arcade second graders. It’s been wonderful in helping Bart Blatstein?! This name has gone unmen- our kids connect. The biggest value is having tioned for too long, and Icepack is revving up a network of close neighbors to lean on since to throw up more millions at his Showboat family and social supports were cut off with the shelter-in-place. It’s easier having peers property in Atlantic City with the creation of the Lucky Snake, a 100,000-plus square-foot ar- who understand the frustrations, confusions and learning curves of navigating public cade that will feature old school shore-bound school online with kids newer to school. Partreats (e.g. Skee Ball, bowling, Pac-Man) and new vibe entertainment options (a virtual re- enting is no different than running a circus ality room). You can play basketball and box school – you need a team working together, communicating, giving and taking.” in a real boxing ring (how Gladiator!) And The mask? During winter, you can do all this at the wearing a mask was cool Lucky Snake starting for keeping warm. May 15, which is around “As silly as it sounds, the same time Blatstein it’s great when talking to is scheduled to break folks, being able to really ground on a nearby beer notice people’s eyes and garden, live music space, subtle expressions…Also, and his promised $100 when I get the occasional million water park for blemish or cracked lips, summer 2022. [it’s good] to have the Nudes and brews masks as cover.” Here’s an event that can Shopping for face masks either go very well or for O’Neill’s children very weird, very quickly: (ages 7 and 4) means buyOld City’s Stratus Rooftop ing funkier, character Lounge is holding a night designed covers from Vilwith nude models and lavillekula in Chestnut craft beverages, Stratus Hill. Uncovered: An Evening “It has been a lifesaver of Figure Drawing, on in helping to get my kids April 29. Together, with Image | Courtesy of Kitsie O’Neill excited about wearing the guidance of an inmasks since they can structor (and surely some choose different designs. Another unexpectsort of bouncer and/or chaperone?) guests with paint and canvas (no photographers, this ed bonus as a parent to a thumb sucker, kid isn’t porn) those in attendance can “capture mask-wearing has been helpful in deterring the image of a nude male or female muse – de- that habit with my 4-year old.” pending on preference – with paint and can- Along with modulating conversational tone (“We need to work on our volume as we all vas.” Fifty dollars per person includes paint talk a louder with the masks and social dissupplies and one snack from Stratus’ seasonal tancing”), O’Neill is gearing up for summer menu. A portion of its proceeds go to HARP, the Hospitality Assistance Response of Penn- for her children and her PSoCA students, what with in-person classes commencing June sylvania, for industry workers. 14, and virtual classes ongoing (phillycircus. Masked Philly: Kitsie O’Neill com/virtual-classes). In Icepack’s continuing saga of asking “Being a parent during the pandemic has mask-donning local celebrities what they’ve been up to, beyond the pale, during COVID- us taking on so many roles in our children’s 19’s pandemic, I reached out this week to life – everything from virtual teacher’s aid to Kitsie O’Neill, executive director of Philadel- playmate. I’m looking forward to my children phia School of Circus Arts. If you’re looking this summer having experiences again outside of our home. We enrolled our 7-year old to juggle, trampoline, do acrobatics or just in camps in the Philly area, including Circus wish to fly high through the air without the Camp at the Philadelphia School of Circus use of psycho-tropic drugs, O’Neill’s PSoCA is Arts. Since I work at my desk and am not on the joint. Of course, COVID screwed O’Neill’s instruc- the floor teaching, I get the benefit of knowing what is planned for the day and then hearing tors when it came to hands-on interaction my son’s experience through his perspective. with the school’s all-aged students. So, the With the circus, there are so many different O’Neills worked out schooling scenarios for disciplines to try. I’ve been in the business for their West Mt Airy nearbys. “Some neighbors we knew before the pan- over 15 years, and I can honestly say that the feeling of seeing someone give themselves the demic, others we didn’t know as well, and one permission to try circus arts never gets old.” family had just moved onto our block during COVID’s first summer,” said O’Neill. @ADAMOROSI “We connected over food – make cookies and

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Demand environmental justice on Earth Day The following remarks were given at Environmental Justice Earth Day on April 22 outside SEPTA’s Midvale Terminal on Wissahickon Avenue in Nicetown. It’s wonderful to be out here with you today, being swayed about with wind energy! I just want to say a word about Earth Day. It’s celebrated in 192 countries, but in my experience, here in the U.S., its meaning has changed. While many of us tend gardens and some plant trees and we agree that mother earth deserves to be honored today, we feel that we must re-align with the original purpose for Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, on the First Earth Day, 20 million people peacefully protested for environmental reform to protect our planet, our health, and our habitats. Just a few months afterwards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established, the Clean Air Act was passed. In PA, our state adopted a constitutional amendment, the Environmental Rights Amendment, Article 1, Section 27. This is what Article 1, Section 27 says: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come.” Wow! Who knew? Talk about ignoring constitutional rights! So, let me tell you why we’ve been so concerned about SEPTA burning “natural” gas – otherwise known as fracked methane gas – in their new power plant right here at SEPTA’s Midvale complex. PGW says it is clean energy. Mayor Kenney says it’s a great idea. But you may have noticed that homes that burn natural gas have chimneys. Exhaust fumes from burning gas in the house would kill you otherwise. It’s really not OK to throw toxic trash into the outside air. It’s now decades past the time to transition away from burning fossil fuels and manufacturing with poison. We have the asthma, the cancers, the cardio-vascular disease, and the brain disorders to prove that. Exxon Mobile’s scientists and environmentalists have all known for decades that we are facing catastrophic climate change. Now, the world’s people are facing a quadruple unprecedented level of crisis of climate, toxicity, hab-

itat loss, and unprecedented social disparities. As these issues are coming to a head, they are spinning out symptoms like chronic diseases of body and mind, pandemics, famine, and food insecurity for even the wealthiest nations. I want to pause for 30 seconds and give perspective about the air we breathe. When we look up into the sky, we can’t actually see where the 3.8 mile boundary is, but that’s the end point of where our air goes to being impossible to breathe. It’s just 3.8 miles, approximately the distance of two – going from Broad and Erie to City Hall. So human beings have been hoodwinked to believe that our breathing air was in unlimited supply. Meanwhile, down here at Wissahickon and Roberts avenues, SEPTA has no practical need for their little gas power plant. It burns fracked methane gas to generate electricity and sends the power a couple of blocks away to run regional trains at Wayne Junction. Since electrical power from PECO has been highly reliable, SEPTA has never had a true need to pollute here, to run those trains. It’s just a political deal made in 2012 in Harrisburg, with PGW and our city’s elected[s] licking their chops. It will be a little while now before SEPTA shuts down their gas power plant, but we do want it shut down. We also know that we must work on other effective ways to improve air quality here, as quickly as possible. One thing we can do is get barriers put on Route 1, which will protect people from the particulate pollution coming off that road. Particulates cause asthma and dementia, and they damage children’s learning. We can organize massive tree planting on SEPTA’s property and in the community. Trees filter out toxins, take in CO2, and add oxygen. But the city needs to guarantee that if a homeowner plants a tree by their sidewalk, the city will maintain the sidewalk. NAGP is working in an advisory group to the City Council Environment Committee writing new laws to improve air quality, but to get them passed, we will need you. It’s called public pressure. One law we submitted is a ban on burning our trash in Chester, PA. You burn it – you breathe it. Here’s one way we can begin helping to elevate Chester’s 30-year struggle to shut it down.

Lynn Robinson, Neighbors Against the Gas Plants. For more information, please see Neighbors Against the Gas Plants website,, or follow NAGP on Facebook,



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2021 is off to a bad start for Philadelphia. The murder rate is unnerving, and we are only three months in. The city is on its way to setting a new record that no city wants to hold. A staggering murder rate. The shootings have begun to happen throughout the day rather than at night which used to be peak crime hours. Our local officials are baffled. They propose the same old ideas: Curfews, more police, etc. The tactics they propose would seem to show a complete misunderstanding of the cause. Do they really not get it, or is this system they designed working? “It is very revealing that the Democratic and Republican officials do not look at the statistics,” said Chris Robinson, a Green Party of Philadelphia member (GPOP, “There is no secret to the cause of gun violence: Our history of racism. A study published last year by Dr. Jessica H. Beard, assistant professor of surgery and director of trauma research at Temple University’s school of medicine, showed that gun violence in Philadelphia happens in the areas which were redlined following World War II. Because of our history of racist disinvestment in certain neighborhoods, gun violence has increased there.” Fortunately, the Green Party has political proposals that will reverse that disinvestment and contribute to a massive lessening of gun violence. The Green Party has called for reparations, a universal basic income, and single-payer health care for all. The Green Party program for a Green New Deal calls for an Economic Bill of Rights, which would employ everyone at a living wage. These measures address systemic problems that contribute to gun violence. “The Green Party calls for an end to the violence and paints a clear road map to achieving this goal,” said Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, a member of GPOP and the Black Alliance for Peace. “Communities need these types of resources: Jobs and job training; affordable, accessible health care; safe, quality public schools; accessible, culturally competent mental

health services that must include anger management, trauma-informed care, etc. To stop gun violence, city officials must have the political will to support the proper funding of these types of community resources. In order to repair these areas which have been discriminated against for more than 70 years, the Green Party holds that it’s absolutely necessary to put everyone on a level playing field. One way to do that is through reparations. Evanston, Illinois, has just passed a tax on cannabis, which will benefit Black citizens. That is a great start, but unfortunately, does not go far enough. Philadelphia could take a look at their framework and build on it. Another important way is through universal basic income. This would provide communities with a sense of security. It’s often hard for young Black and brown people to get a job due to systemic racism. A guaranteed income could keep young adults off the street and away from illegal sources of income. This would allow them to provide for their families or take the extra time to get an education, leading them to be more appealing to an employer. Last, but not least, single-payer health care. How often do you hear the horror stories of Americans going broke due to medical bills? Pop in “Sicko” by Michael Moore, if you need a refresher. In America, the sick get punished for being sick. Oftentimes, being under-insured can cost just as much – if not more – than having no insurance. Not only are people going through diseases like cancer and COVID-19, but they are also losing their homes on top of it. The corporate duopoly understands the link between economic injustice and violence, and yet they kowtow to lobbyists and corporate donors. They leave the vast majority of Americans to contend with a few trifling survival checks, all the while increasing police presence and enforcing stricter curfews. The Green Party is the only party that is prepared to enact economic justice through laws designed to lift people out of poverty and curb the violence overtaking our fair city.

Justin Bell is a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee.

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O South Philly’s Dan Drago is about to celebrate the 200th episode of his 25 O’Clock Podcast. Image | Chris Sikich Countfeed Photography


n May 18, South artist management), Brian McTePhiladelphia host ar (producer of Dr. Dog, War on and musician Dan Drugs, Kurt Vile), Susan Werner, Drago will celebrate Camp Candle, and many more. the 200th episode Drago started the 25 O’Clock of his 25 O’Clock Podcast in 2014 at his kitchen Podcast, the area’s table, using a couple of microlongest-running episodic podphones and relying on his editing cast that focuses on and production skills. interviews with local After touring relentmusicians, music inlessly and playing guiBY EUGENE dustry professionals tar and bass for differZENYATTA and the music coment bands from 2004 to munity at large. The 2013, he decided to park show highlights talent the van and give back amid a growing music scene, to his music community in a and he has brought attention new way. He brought friends, acto lesser-known artists, as well quaintances, talent buyers, publias artists on their way up. Notacists, radio personalities, photogble guests include Joe Reinhart raphers, record store owners and (Hop Along), Kyle Pulley (Thin booking agents, among others, Lips, The Headroom), Marley on the show to shine a light on McNamara (Johnny Brenda’s, the thriving independent music

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PHILADELPHIAWEEKLY.COM @PHILLYWEEKLY scene in his adopted hometown. “I was so happy to have something to offer,” Drago said. “When you’re in a band, you’re always asking for things: Play my song. Come to my show. Buy my record. I could reach out to people now with something they might need, and in turn, they would give me something I needed, which was a good conversation that I could share with everyone.” When the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, Drago took the opportunity to put out even more shows than he had in previous years. Talking to artists via Zoom and putting together countless playlist episodes that highlighted all the new music that Philly artists were putting out over the years, he found he was able to pivot how he did the podcast in a way that made it even more relevant. “Suddenly, there were no live shows. But, there were still people making amazing music and figuring out how to stay active. I wanted to make sure they got heard,” he said. Born just off of City Line Avenue in Philadelphia, Drago was raised in Western New York, returned as an adult at the beginning of the millennium, and currently lives in South Philadelphia. He plays bass in the Philly band Lovecartel, performs his own solo work occasionally, and volunteers at Rock to the Future, teaching songwriting and production to students who don’t have easy access to music programs. His immediate plans for 2021 include continuing to put out episodes of 25 O’Clock Podcast and finally meeting several of his favorite podcast guests in person as soon as it is safe to do so. PW recently caught up with Drago to talk about the podcast and the Philly music scene. You had been touring with various bands for about 10 years prior to starting your 25 O’Clock Podcast in 2014. Why did you start a podcast about the local music scene? I’ve been a part of the Philly music community since I moved here in the early 2000s. When I stopped being in touring bands, I still wanted to be part of this community, and still wanted to interact with all the amazing people who populate it. So, I started doing episodes where I talked to my friends, people I’d met and become close with over the years of playing and gigging. And it grew from there: They would tell me to check out some of their friends, and so on, and before I knew it, I was having people on the show I’d never met before. People I didn’t know were reaching out to me and asking to come on the show. Artist management and PR agents started hitting me up. It made me realize that I was doing things right, and that people liked the show and respected the music community. How has the podcast changed over the years? Clearly, the format changed due to the pandemic, but do you do approach the show differently now than seven years ago? I still write the same first question for every single guest I have on: “Where from/early experiences with music?” The questions and topics all vary from

Dan Drago’s advice for those looking to start a podcast? Make sure it’s about something you really care about. Image | Jonathan Velasquez there, but that’s my magnetic north. It’s usually the center of the guest’s story, too, and I love the variety of stories that come out of asking that same question every time. I’d say my goals are the same as they were when I started the show in 2014, but my practices have gotten better. I’ve gotten better at interviewing, I’ve gotten better at doing all the background stuff like sending emails, answering them, doing social media, updating the website – things I had a harder time with when I started. But the approach is still the same: To help tell the guest’s story, to put a spotlight on them, and to take the time to go into it with them. We live in a media world where we digest stories in smaller and smaller forms, like little handfuls of popcorn. I like having a long-form show, some of the best parts of the conversation are after we’ve been rolling at least half an hour. At the end of every conversation since the pandemic, I ask, “What are you doing to stay even?” which means, what activities or rituals are you doing to help keep it together amidst all the stress and uncertainty. Just like the first question, I love all the different answers I get about what people have been doing to keep their minds at ease. Are there any episodes that stand out to you? Maybe your favorite guest, or one that really sparked a lot of conversation? Is there anyone you’d love to get on the show but haven’t been able to connect with yet? The last couple of episodes I’ve put out have stood out to me strongly, both in different ways. No. 197 was a musician named Bel, and she’s young – a lot younger than me. I sometimes worry about how deep I can go with a young musician who just hasn’t been around as long, and hasn’t built up all the experiences that you build up throughout your 20s and 30s. With Bel, nothing could have been further from the truth. She had a remarkable perspective on things like DIY recording, her experiences being part of School Of Rock pro-

grams as a teen, playing a ton of different instruments, and really unique songwriting. It was like talking to someone who’d been in it for decades. The other one was No. 198, with Niyonu Spann. Niyonu is in her 60s, grew up in Newark during the Civil Rights Movement, runs diversity workshops, and is, in general, a remarkable human being. Going into this one, I felt like we might not have a ton of common ground, having grown up in different times and in very different circumstances. But, as it often turns out, when you both love music and prize your community, you’ve got a ton in common, We ended up talking about the churches we grew up in (which were fairly similar), and musicals, and mastering Zoom and other remote-work tools this year, amongst other things. It was amazing, and one of the more special interviews I’ve done in a while. As for future guests, I wouldn’t mind chatting with any of the folk from Bardo Pond, they were a band I loved long before I moved here. Kurt Heasley from the Lilys would be a blast. I’ve loved his records since high school. Questlove would be an absolute dream come true, though I imagine he and I would get off topic very easily, just gabbing about records. The pandemic hit everyone hard, but especially musicians. Can you talk a little about what the Philly music scene looks like in the spring of 2021? Where do you think it is headed in the coming months? I think there are a lot of creative people trying to come up with the safest way to do shows and have people together. As more people get their vaccinations, and cases go way down, I think we’re going to start feeling like we did before. I think outdoor shows are still going to be a major thing, and I love seeing music outside. I just read this morning that Ardmore Music Hall has shows starting in early May with about one-sixth their capacity, so I feel


like larger indoor venues are figuring out how to offer shows safely. As more things open up, I know there’s a pent up demand to get out there and make up for lost time. I’m 100 percent in support of the enthusiasm, but we need to make sure we’re not doing it at the expense of anyone. So, when shows start becoming more regular, remember that the staff and the people working these shows want to be safe, too. Be respectful of the bands, as well. They’re up there doing their thing, but they may also be a bit off their game, and might even be a little nervous about getting back out there. It’s not a light switch for most people, so I think it’s important to respect other people’s boundaries and concerns. We’ll all get there. What advice would you give to someone looking to start a podcast? Make sure you’re making something that you’d really dig, too. I once gave a talk at a college media conference, and a student told me he had started a podcast about these little diecut Star Wars models and the people who’ve made them their hobby. And he was getting thousands of hits per episode because it was something that he cared about, and he cared about the small community of people who liked it, too. So do a podcast on something you really care about. It’ll mean a lot to the other people who care about it, too. Don’t get hung up too much on numbers and downloads and all that in the beginning. Just focus on making your show the best you can, and get better with each one. Start with simple production, and a simple workflow. You’ll get more proficient and be able to do more advanced things as you go. And mostly, have fun. Do it with your friends. Do it for your friends. Life’s too short to be perfect, just start making it and you’ll figure things out as you go. Reach out for help to people you admire in the field, you’d be surprised how responsive a lot of them are. What’s ahead for you once the pandemic clears? I can’t wait to interview people in person again. I’m immensely grateful that I’ve had tools like Zoom at my disposal for the last year, and it’s made it so I was able to keep doing the show, but I really miss the in-person experience. I also really look forward to getting out there and meeting a lot of the people I’ve talked to over the past year but never met in person. I look forward to seeing some shows again, seeing people I know play, and meeting new people out in the world. Give our readers all the details about how they can follow the podcast, find out what’s coming up, etc. You can get 25 O’Clock pretty much anywhere you get podcasts (except Spotify, it’s a whole thing). I’m on Twitter and Instagram as @25oclockpod. If you go to my site,, you can sign up on the mailing list, and I send out an email every time there’s a new episode. It’s coming up fast on my 200th episode, and you definitely don’t want to miss that.





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Dinner and a show

P’unk Burger

Enjoy your favorite organic local burger shake and fries from P’unk Burger on East Passyunk and save 10 percent off your order with promo code: 10theatrewk21. You can also order online at punkburger. com and plug in the code for the savings – pick-up, delivery, dine-in, etc. 1823 Passyunk Ave. (215) 468-PUNK (7865).

While most shows for Philly Theatre Week will go virtual this year due to the pandemic, Philadelphia restaurants, bars and breweries have stepped up to make it a great night of theater, food and fun with deals on take-out food and more. Between now and May 2, look for the deals and discounts at the following food and drink hot spots. Buena Onda

Free chips and salsa for orders of $25 or more with promo code “THEATER2021” until May 2. Not available on third-party delivery sites. 1901 Callowhill St. (215) 302-3530.


SliCE presents 10 percent off your order for Philly Theatre Week when you mention or use promo code: 10theatrewk21. You can use the code when you call in your order, or through the website. Also, add an extra layer of fun to your theater dinner and show by ordering the Philly Theatre Week pizzamaking kit for only $10 per person. Citywide Delivery for Hearts: 215-463-0868. Fishtown, 431 East Girard Ave., 215-425-1555. Italian Market, 1180 S. 10th St., 215-463-0868.

Tinto Pintxo

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Garces Trading Company

Enjoy a taste of Amada, The Olde Bar and Village Whiskey rolled into one and available for pick-up! Family-style portions of whipped feta and garden vegetables, bacon-wrapped dates, crab fingers, shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs, Spanish meatballs and manchego-stuffed cherry pepper. Take-Out/Heat and Serve Package. Pick-up at The Olde bar – 125 Walnut St. Order for shows for next week – four days notice requested.

Evil Genius Beer Company

Head to the Fishtown brewery for 10 percent off when you buy three crowlers. All are $12.50 each. Select 3 Crowler Discount and pick your beers to get the 10 percent off. 1727 N. Front St. (215) 425-6820.




Añejo Philly

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and we know you’ll be looking to celebrate. Here are a few spots that have some offers you’ll want to check out.

Añejo Philly in Northern Liberties celebrates its first Cinco de Mayo in Philadelphia with special extended hours and the kick-off of its lunch and all-day service. The all-day celebration showcases Executive Chef and Partner Ricardo Camacho’s contemporary take on both traditional and non-traditional Authentic Mexican dishes. 1001 N. 2nd St. 267-534-5746.

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Cinco de Mayo hot spots Buena Onda

Garces celebrates Cinco de Mayo at Buena Onda with a number of all-day specials for take-out and pick-up (check with the restaurant for details, but you really can’t beat the $2 chicken tacos). Create a margarita party at your home with your pod with the specials. 1901 Callowhill St. (215) 3023530.


FCM Hospitality and Juno present Juno’s first Cinco de Mayo celebration with food and drink specials, giveaways and menu features, including Barbacoa Tacos (lamb), and Espolon swag giveaways from 4pm to 7pm. 1033 Spring Garden St. (267) 639-2892.


Craft Concepts Group celebrates Cinco de Mayo at Sueno. Look for $15 margarita flights and margarita towers perfect for sharing with your pod. Book your table now on OpenTable or by calling. Hours for Cinco: 4pm to 10pm. 11 S. 12th St. (215) 909-9406.

Rosy’s Taco Bar

Rosy’s Taco Bar is where the true aficionados go to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, with 50-plus selections of tequila and mezcal. For the tequila lover, enjoy selections from Los Altos “The Highlands” for bright, floral and fruity profiles, or El Valle “The Lowlands” for classic, herbal, spicy profiles. For mezcal pros, enjoy more than a dozen selections with smokey, traditional, lush profiles. 2220 Walnut St. (267) 858-4561.

Tio Flores

Join the fun Wednesday, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo at Tio Flores. Indoor and outdoor dining available, serving up $5 house margs, tecate, city wide specials, tequila, tacos, street corn, nachos, churros, and more. Also, there’s a taco-tecate takeout special. 1600 South St. (267) 687-2220. www.

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Pennsylvania Ballet Pennsylvania Ballet is gearing up to stream the second installment of its digital spring season, titled “Resilience,” which will run from April 29 - May 5. The newly filmed program will feature “Allegro Brillante,” “Polyphonia” and “Raymonda Suite,” along with a solo performance by Jermel Johnson in “And So It Is.” Additional information can be found at

From ballet to eating pork to street-strolling, there’s a lot to do in the coming days and weeks.

Nice weather means more fun things to do Silk City

Betsy Ross House


Stroll the Street Pop-up

The eclectic retro diner and lounge with adjacent art and artifact-filled garden announced the return of weekend brunch service for both indoor and outdoor dining on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Guests can enjoy delicious, socially-distanced brunch indoors, in the classic diner and lounge, or in the recently expanded beer garden. 435 Spring Garden St. www.

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This nationwide event series celebrating all things pork from nose to tail will be traveling to Philadelphia on May 12 as Carryout with Cochon. The one-night only event will feature Chef Jose Garces to lead a one-of-a-kind virtual dinner via Zoom. Tickets ($95 for one; $175 for two) will include a multi-course meal prepared by Garces and beverages, and will highlight local Pennsylvania farms. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The Betsy Ross House’s hours have expanded. It is now open for self-guided and audio tours 10am to 5pm Thursdays through Mondays. Betsy will be greeting guests in the courtyard and telling her fascinating life story. Interactive exhibits have been temporarily removed and surfaces are being sanitized throughout the day. The Museum Shop is also open.

Help the Manayunk Development Corporation celebrate its favorite summer tradition, socially-distanced style! Stroll the Street’s pop-up is a safe way to celebrate summer in the neighborhood with your friends and family. Mask up and come down to Main Street every Thursday from 5-8pm between May 6 and Sept. 30. The series kicks off May 6 at 5pm.




Fido Freezers

The Franklin Fountain is rolling out a new frozen treat at its 116 Market St. flagship shop. Tails will be wagging over the new “Fido Freezers,” non-dairy ice cream sandwiches for four-legged customers. The sandwiches use coconut ice cream and gluten-free cookies because many dogs have allergies to both wheat and dairy. Three flavors from which to choose. Fido Freezers are $2.50 each and will be sold for the foreseeable future.

Help feed the hungry, get Fido a cool treat and more with these exciting events.

Image | Courtesy of The Franklin Fountain

Music, crafts and more Rock to Remember

Saint Joseph’s University students will be hosting a virtual benefit concert that will bring together the community to help combat food insecurity on the SJU campus. Students will plan and host Rock to Remember via Zoom on April 29 and April 30. This event will feature several artists ranging from SJU students to musicians from across the country. One ticket will grant access to both nights of the concert, and can be purchased for $2, $4, $6, or $10 for a “Pay what you want” model. Outside of tickets, donations can be sent with the hashtag #R2R to @HawkHub on Venmo. All proceeds from the event will go to HawkHUB, SJU’s first resource center on campus. Visit to register for the event.

Strength in Vulnerability

When the pandemic hit last year, Kit Donnelly found herself, like most people, facing extreme personal, community and global challenges. What emerged was this intensely personal and intimate body of work. To find some solace and order to her inner chaos, she closely examined and researched patterns and rhythms of nature along the shoreline. Living on the coast of New Jersey, Donnelly finds images within nature that help clarify emotions brought on by the profound changes presented in life. “Strength in Vulnerability” will be on view physically by appointment through May 9 at Da Vinci Art Alliance and as a recorded video tour on the Da Vinci Art Alliance website.

Fat Man, Smiling: 40 years of selfies

Fat Man Smiling is a 40-year retrospective of the self-portrait art of Philadelphia artist Ed Marion. Made with charcoal, paints and iPads, these 120-plus portraits tell the story of one man painting himself again and again, as young and old, fat and thin, smiling and not smiling, through good times and through bad. Admission is free. Cherry Street Pier. May 7-30.

Location 215 Presents Spring Arts Pop-up

Location 215 is hosting a “spring garden” artist market. Featuring a lineup of owner Jen Blauvelt’s favorite local creatives, the space will house a unique pop-up shopping experience in addition to a designer showcase. The event will feature a wide variety of creative vendors including handmade jewelry, plants and planters, home goods, apparel and accessories, macrame and fiber art, ceramics, health, beauty, and custom artwork. In addition to local vendors, the event will also include an all-day, outdoor skate exhibition featuring Skate the Foundry at the entrance of Location 215 and a capsule installation featuring designs from the Made Institute student and graduate Designer Development program. May 2 at noon. 990 Spring Garden St.






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position. It’s still possible to be fired or lose custody of your kids for being poly, and there’s virtually no institutional recognition of relationships outside monogamous marriage. Having more than one partner is still stigmatized, even as it becomes more mainstream. Another reason that CNM gives off this elitist vibe is that describing how it functions means punching holes in compulsory monogamy. In a world where you can only love one person at a time, jealousy is often dealt with by cutan he hadting off temptaued to staytions and there’s always a fear of ve a ques-being replaced by every timea better, hotter, eing so en-younger, wealthmonogamyier deal. Your because inwife is threatened simple. by the hot, sinind. First:gle woman next oray intodoor? Rather than urtful andexploring why she one reasonfeels insecure in consensualthe marriage, let’s an “ethicaldemand her husaccuratelyband never speak uman rela-to the neighbor! ually in aThat’s the kind rantee it isof reasoning we’ll get from a culture of writingsof possessiveness. t consen- Meanwhile, if non-mo-you don’t need my (CNM)one person to polyamorycomplete you amory isand meet all your xample of social, domestic, monogrecreational, roseem tomantic and sexmonog-ual needs, you us folkscan connect with inherent-people where ealous orthey are and washed bythere’s (potentialty and sug-ly) less pressure hat havingto compromise ple part-and cut off parts is a moreof yourself. Your omes fromhusband hates kink but you need it to feel alive? In arginalizedCNM, you can just find a person who shares that

SEX WITH TIMAREE interest and everyone is satisfied…at least in theory. But that’s really more about the lessons on healthy relationships that we can all use, regardless of how many partners we want or have. Your experience is a perfect example. You can have an open relationship where folks are free to pursue sex and love with others, and still find that what they want isn’t the freedom. It’s the subterfuge. Just because CNM necessitates greater communication, self-reflection and disclosure, doesn’t mean that a person is good at it. It’s totally possible to allow your lover to explore every facet of themselves openly but still only have sex with each other. What matters is that everyone is on board, able to convey their fears, needs and desires. All that is to say: I agree with you. There is no one correct way to design relationships. There is no size that fits all people. And I applaud you for finding a silver lining, despite the betrayal you’ve experienced. I hope you find your current (and future!) relationships allow you to continue to explore and grow as a person but without the trauma. Good luck! Have a question for Timaree? Send an email to

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$820 / 1br - Champlost Newly Renovated One Bedroom Apartment (1806 W. Champlost St.) Newly renovated one-bedroom apartment with carpet throughout the unit. Close to public transportation (Fernrock Station, Broad and Olney). Building under 24hr recorded security camera footage watched by managers during work hours. For inquiries and/or interest in viewing the apartment, please contact the main office at 267-331-6576 and ask for Yesenia Rivera.

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$1,560 / 2br - 875ft2 - Car Charging Station, Game Room, Community Kitchen. 5450 Wissahickon Avenue. The Avenue at East Falls brings vibrant luxury living to the city’s historic East Falls neighborhood. Steps from Fairmount Park and overlooking the Philadelphia skyline, our iconic 1950s-era residence is newly renovated, complete with a new swimming pool, our GOFit Fitness Center, and updated apartment interiors. Easy access to public transportation and minutes from Center City, the best of Philly is yours to enjoy. Property Amenities: Dry Cleaning. Swimming Pool. GOChat BusinessCenter. Outdoor Kitchen. Resident Concierge. Parking Available. Private Study Room. Game Room. Community Kitchen. 24/7 Go Fit Center Complimentary Classes. Fire Pit. Car Charging Station. Call Us Today! (215) 709-6923.

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$2,053 / 1br - 677ft2 - 1 BED APARTMENT BY UPENNGYM, LOUNGE, ROOFTOP! 3737 Chestnut Street. PHILADELPHIA’S BEST LUXURY 1 & 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS & SUITESNew and vibrant apartment rentals on Chestnut street in University City are here – at 3737 Chestnut! Another luxury community by Korman Residential Properties. Experience the excitement of high-rise University City apartments, located in one of Philadelphia’s most dynamic neighborhoods! Enjoy stunning views of the city and river from our stylish, petfriendly, modern rentals at 3737 Chestnut. Take a virtual tour on our website or contact us to schedule a video call tour. Wood cabinetry. Stainless-steel appliances. Private rooftop lounge. Internet cafe. Bicycle storage room. Yoga studio. Dramatic, high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Spacious walk-in closets. State-of-the art fitness center. Moveable kitchen islands. Deck with beautiful landscaping. Porcelain, marble, and tile accents in kitchens and baths. Call: 215.622.9893.

Chestnut Hill

$1,304 / 1br - 585ft2 - Cozy 1Br in Chestnut Hill! Live at Chestnut Hill Village Apartments in Philadelphia, PA 19118 and enjoy the inviting Chestnut Hill neighborhood voted a Great Place in America by the American Planning Association with an easy commute into the Center City. Our smoke free apartment homes offer spacious rooms with custom paint and new flooring. Upgraded kitchens feature new maple cabinets, new countertops and stainless steel appliances. Upgraded bathrooms have new designer lighting and fixtures. Our pet friendly community features a play area, swimming pool with sundeck, on site recycling and fitness center. We also have a clubhouse with a movie screening room, billiards and fireside lounge. Microwave. Dishwasher. Refrigerator. Community Amenities: Guarantors Welcome. Movie Screening Room. Barbecue Area. Near Public Transportation. Elevator. Swimming Pool. Wi-Fi in Common Areas. Fitness Center. Visual and Voice Intercom. Controlled Access Building. Smart Package 365. Smoke-Free. Business Center. On-site Recycling. Playground. Clubhouse. Call Now: (215) 608-1603 x 71.

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Modern and hip

$2,534 / 2br - 1958ft2 - Alexa or Google Home Capable in all Apartments (4601 Flat Rock Road). If you’re looking for a modern and hip space to call home, then look no further than Apex Manayunk. Located in Philadelphia we feature modern 1, 2, and 3-bedroom loft style apartments and townhomes, many with dens. Our 2 and 3-bedroom townhomes have a fun and industrial feel. That’s because Apex Manayunk expertly blends three brand-new buildings with four historic textile mill structures to create one of the region’s most exciting luxury apartment communities. FREE Echo Dot (Alexa) for All New Residents. Vivint Smart Home Features in all Apartments. State-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the Manayunk canal. Upgraded Hardwood Floors in all Foyers, Kitchens, Dining and Living Rooms. 48-hour Maintenance Commitment. 9’ ceilings with large windowed walls featuring unobstructed views of the river, canal or courtyard. Front Desk attendant during mornings and evenings to greet you and assist you with anything and everything. Jogging trail right outside your door. Alexa or Google Home Capable in all Apartments. Huge walk-in closets with ample storage. Call: (844) 876-7619.

Sunny private deck

$1,400 / 1br - 1Br.Apt.Sunny Private Deck Great location across from Park. 1112 Pine Street near 11th Street. 1Br. Apt.Sunny Private Deck Great location across from Park. (A non-smoking Apt. and building.) Walking distance to the train Jefferson Hospital Wills eye Hospital Reading Terminal Market bus on the corner. Call and text 267-249-0491 and 215-317-5300.

Penthouse hideaway

$1,880 / 1br - 548ft2 - Pet Friendly, Penthouse Hideaway, Programmable Smart Home Features. 1401 Arch Street. Located in Philadelphia’s historic Center City neighborhood, One City offers modern elegance with timeless grandeur. With views of Philadelphia’s City Hall, and just steps away from Philly locations such as the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market and Love Park. One City offers the most discerning residents the ultimate living experience. Inside this historic building, located at 1401 Arch Street, each apartment residence holds unique original features coupled with contemporary sophistication. Thoughtful design details include custom built-in storage, stainless steel appliances, and modern connectivity offering luxury and convenience to a range of lifestyles. Control is always at your fingertips with your app-based smart home features including keyless entry. With community spaces for every activity One City offers multiple lounges and entertainment experiences. Our tech-connected fitness center, lobby lounge, and rooftop sky lounge with demo kitchen enhances your city life. Immerse yourself in the historical architecture, modern convenience and innovative charms that One City has to offer. Be one with the city. Amenities Include: Pet Friendly. Custom Built-In & Historic Detailing. Quartz Countertops. Guest Suites. Stainless Steel Appliances. Fully Equipped Kitchens. Lobby Lounge. Package Receiving System. Smart Thermostat. In Unit Washer & Dryer. Fitness/ Wellness Center. Penthouse Hideaway. Call: (844) 204-7536.

High ceilings

$1,595 / 2br - Public Transportation, Central Air, High Ceilings. 2922 Dickinson Street. Dickinson is perfectly located in the heart of Center City. Close to shopping, dining, entertainment, and more. Close to nearby trains, and just steps from local schools. Come see all that property has to offer! Brand New Kitchens and Bathrooms. Controlled Access. Pet Friendly. Courtyard. Refrigerator. Microwave. High Ceilings. Central Air. Bike Racks. Free Trash Collection. Washer and Dryer. Brand New Windows. Call: (267) 399-4676.

Home to a new generation

Ultra modern kitchen

Resort-style amenities

Perfect place to call home

$1,816 / 1br - 642ft2 - Stunning views of Philadelphia from select apartments. Ludlow near 11th Street. HOME TO A NEW GENERATION. This is a 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath. At The Ludlow East Market, you’re perfectly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer. The Ludlow East Market bridges Philadelphia’s historic and business districts with a tower imbued with an ambience of understated elegance. This sophisticated tower is your sanctuary, where you can leave the city behind and relax amid a host of amenities and conveniences. If you’re feeling more active, head to the fully equipped fitness center. And don’t forget the elegant features that await you in your apartment, including Italian cabinetry, floor-to-ceiling windows, GE Profile™ appliances and in-unit washer/dryer. The property’s innovative floor plans, complemented by a host of refined features and desirable amenities, make this apartment building an inspired choice for those seeking a fresh expression of urban sophistication. Call Now - (215) 515-7646 x 19. $2,335 / 3br - 1394ft2 - Newly Renovated Interiors, Cable/ Satellite TV, Garbage disposal. 1000 Skiles Boulevard. At Jefferson at Westtown, luxury takes on a whole new meaning. Each home within our community offers freshly renovated apartment features. Plus, our resort-style amenities are sure to bring ease to your day-to-day life. Begin your next chapter here - contact us today! Online Payments Available. Cable/Satellite TV. Private Patio or Balcony. Cable Ready. Garbage disposal. Serene Wooded View. Valet Trash. Wireless & High Speed Internet Access. High Speed Internet Access. Newly Renovated Interiors. Call: (610) 628-0305.

$1,400 / 2br - 800ft2 - *FREE 2 MONTHS RENT-MUST MOVE IN BY MAY 1ST. 1701 N. 6TH STREET. Three-story factory that has been converted to 32 one and two bedroom lofts. Normal Move In Costs Apply. Ultra Modern Kitchen w/ Stainless Steel Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Microwave, Garbage Disposal, Huge Factory Windows, Ceramic Tile Bathrooms, Central Air/Heat, Internet/Cable, Polished Concrete Floors, Track Lighting, Ceiling Fans, High Ceilings. PETS WELCOME. Private Patio area w/ Tables & Chairs. Coin Op Laundry. Keyless Entry Systems. Guest Telephone Entry Systems. You’ll be right around the corner from Berks Station for the MFL, and walking distance to tons of fantastic local spots for eating, entertainment, and shopping like Tandoor India, Evil Genius Beer Company, Honeygrow, Federal Distilling and much more in this trendy neighborhood. Track Lighting. High Ceilings. Cable-Ready. Pets Allowed. Patio. Ceiling Fan. Laundry in Building. Stove. Off Street Parking. Central Air/Heat. Disposal. Modern Kitchen. Call: (215) 426-8130. $1,050 / 1br - 650ft2 - *Won’t LAST LONG 1B 1B for only $1050. Located in northeast Philadelphia, in the heart of a residential community. Welsh Manor Apartments is the perfect place to call home. We are surrounded by Pennypack Park & great shopping. We are located between Roosevelt Blvd. (RT. 1) & the I-95. Amenities: Parking. Appliances: Air Conditioning. Refrigerator. Oven. Lease Lengths: 12 Months lease. Pets: Cats Allowed. Utilities: Monthly Water fee $35. Contact Jay @ 215-677-8809.

Retreat-like setting

$2,300 / 2br - 1100ft2 - 2 bed, 2 bath + PARKING on Green St. 1617 Green St. near 17th. Spacious and sunny 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment with convenient off street PARKING spot, available April 9th. Unit is bi-level, 2nd + 3rd floor front. First floor kitchen, dining area, large closet, stackable washer & dryer, huge living room with wood burning fireplace. Two bedrooms and two full baths upstairs. Great new deck. Prior to tenancy, the apartment will be painted, new wood flooring will installed on both first floor and second floor Great natural light. High ceilings. Excellent Green St location. Walk to The Barnes, Whole Foods, and more. Close to SEPTA subway and bus lines. 215.627.6005.

$1,295 / 1br - 850ft2 - 1 BDRM with WD & DW $1295 19144 (19144 Roxborough Manayunk). Walnut Lane Apartments is nestled in a “Retreat Like Setting.” Our Boutique Property will make you feel at ease and relaxed. We are the highest quality in apartment living with all of our apartments having newly renovated kitchens and stainless steel appliances. Stunning hardwood floors and imported tile throughout. Located in Roxborough and the border of Manayunk, seconds from public transportation, near lush sunny Wissahickon and minutes from CenterCity! Please call today to step up an appointment. ALL Hardwood- Living Room and Bedroom. Upgraded kitchen and bathroom. Kitchen all brand new stainless appliances. Amenities: Parking. LeaseLengths: 12 Months lease. Pets: Cats Allowed. Best Zip Code in Town 19144! Contact Walnut Court at (215) 224-4216 for more information.

Great neighborhood

Open floor plan

Spacious and sunny

$1,155 / 1br - *Don’t Delay last One Bedroom just $1155.00 1700 Grant Ave. 1700 Grant Apartments offers you a good home and a great neighborhood all at an affordable price. Enjoy the convenience of living just minutes to Philadelphia Mills Mall, and our easy access to I-95, Route 1 and PA Turnpike puts you just 20 minutes to Center City and the Philadelphia Waterfront. Best Zip Code in town 19115. Heat & Water Included in Rent! Call today for an appointment. 215.992.8550.

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$1,855 / 1br - 796ft2 - Dog Run, Dog Wash Station, Cinema Room (1000 South Broad Street). Experience Philadelphia’s newest square. A location with a rich and storied history, Lincoln Square is a unique destination at the crossroads of Center City and South Philly, just steps away from all that Philadelphia has to offer. Amenities Include: Cinema Room. Amenity Kitchen. Running Track. Bike Workshop and Bike Storage. Open-air Lounge. Game Room. Dog Wash Station. Outdoor Cinema TV. Fire Pits. Yoga Studio. Rooftop Fitness Area. Resident Guest Suite. Call: (833) 295-9823.

$995 / 1br - 750ft2 - **Fantastic Pennsport 1BR Apartment with Private Entrance - No Pets. S. Philip St. near Snyder Ave. Gas Heat and Cooking. Desirable Open Floor Plan with spacious rooms. On-street parking - No permits required! Fantastic Pennsport location previously won the Philadelphia Curbed Cup for Neighborhood of the Year! Convenient for Center City, I-95 on and off ramps, Delaware Ave/Columbus Blvd, 676/76, Philly PHL Airport and Benjamin Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges. Close proximity to South Philly, Queen Village, Society Hill, Bella Vista, Whitman, Italian Market, Rittenhouse Square and Olde City neighborhoods. Awesome Walk Score of 94 and Bike Score of 87. Two ideal bus routes footsteps from the apartment: Septa route 57 runs north/south to Old City/ Market Street, Center City... AND SEPTA route 79 runs east/west to the Broad St Line Subway etc! Close walking distance to two major shopping centers: Snyder Plaza shopping center and Columbus Commons Mall featuring Target, Ikea, Home Depot, Lowes, Bank of America, Best Buy, ACME Markets, Staples, LongHorn Restaurant, etc.. Also near Whitman Plaza with ShopRite and dozens of additional stores. Applicants must have gainful and stable employment, qualified credit and references. No pets and non-smoking for this location. (215) 271-7299.


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