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tried (and failed) my hands in the think about it from the side of someone who’s foodservice industry three times. been on their feet for sometimes 12 hours My first time was one of my very a day pretending that the risotto is the best first jobs. I worked as a busboy at a they’ve ever tasted. fine dining restaurant in Ardmore. I Being in the service industry isn’t a thankwas young, naive and believed the 40- less job – especially if you tip above 20 per50 bucks I made during double shifts cent – but it’s not exactly one that’s reliable. hurling trays of dirty plates and glass- Many servers can’t afford the insurance their ware was awesome. The restaurant had two restaurants provide on the wages they make, and some restaurants don’t even offer healthfloors with the kitchen located in the back, care until someone is months into the posiwhich meant having to carry these trays down a flight of stairs and through the first-floor tion, in an industry where turnover is arguably the most rampant. It’s cruel by design. dining room. It’s no secret that right now life is tough One shift I loaded up this tray with a masfor the entire industry. Philadelphia, which is sive stack of dirty plates, red wine glasses and headed down the flight of stairs. I maybe got to lauded each year as one of the best food cities the third step before I lost my footing, slipped in the world, is finding many of its eateries struggling to stay afloat as COVID-19 restricand could only watch as the tray spilled down tions have ravaged revenue streams the carpeted stairs spilling Alfredo and worse, have forced many of our sauce and half-drank glasses of pifavorite establishments to close up not noir all over the place. shop. I lasted a month. But at the same time, servers told My second stint was even shortme that the ones who have maner, this time taking a server position aged to stay open are still analog at a Pizzeria Uno on the Main Line. in their thinking to the detriment After a week of training that includof their servers. Overstaffing, low ed watching a slew of introductory base pay, no hazard pay or ramped and instructional videos, I had this up insurance has made working in table one night where the woman the industry a game of roulette evgot upset with me for forgetting ery shift. It’s led to many questions the ketchup for her hamburger and about the value of their life over made it known to me – and my manmaking a buck in that environment ager. I was a precocious college stuand, in turn, the industry is losing dent with a short fuse and needless good people. to say, I let her know my mind. @SPRTSWTR At the same time, all of the peoI lasted a week and a half. ple I talked to who have left or are In fact, I was less angry at getting actively looking for a way out described city fired and more upset that I sat through a week diners post-lockdown as more entitled and of unpaid videos for a job I had for four days. thoughtless than ever. Improper use of perThe point I’m making is that a life in the sonal protective equipment, coupled with service industry is not easy. So in the reporting of this week’s cover story, I was surprised shitty tips, has left servers wondering if life to find a number of current and former food will ever really be the same again. I talked to one who said a group came into her establishindustry workers who have spent close to half of their lives wearing an apron. According to ment, racked up a $130 tab, and collectively left just $11 – less than 9 percent gratuity. One Fair Wage, an initiative trying to shed I know a large majority of us are hurting light on both the inequality and disproportionate amount of both women and people from this pandemic right now, but if you can of color in the foodservice industry, while afford to dine out, you can afford to tip your server appropriately. There is literally no exthe restaurant industry is one of the fastest-growing in the nation, it’s also one of the cuse for treating someone like that. One Fair Wage noted that 16 percent of tipped workers lowest-paid. in America also benefit from public assisThe subminimum wage for tipped workers tance, like food voucher programs. is just $2.83 per hour. Few workers in PhiladelWhich, if you look at the sad irony of somephia fare better than that, and many of those one who serves food nightly doesn’t make workers aren’t people of color. To have to rely enough to put some on their own tables, reon the goodness of someone’s heart – and the satisfaction of the meal they just ate – to make gardless of a pandemic, something needs to drastically change – and it’s up to both restaua living wage and to be able to afford basic nerateurs and public officials to figure it out. cessities is almost cruel. Especially when you


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The number of children in Philadelphia who don’t have access to the internet in their homes, according to data from the 2010 Census. With the School District of Philadelphia declaring just last week that all students will undergo virtual learning for the start of the 2020-21 school year, it’s uncertain how these kids will effectively learn. Schools Superintendent William Hite vowed that all students in the district will have some form of internet access, but didn’t get into specifics. If teachers have their way, it’ll be Comcast coming to the rescue as a series of demonstrations have been planned all this week outside the mega towers of the Center City-based mega-corporation urging it to provide free internet access for all.

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When you spend most of your time around children, you pick up on certain traits and habits that form in their young and growing minds. One Fishtown teacher, who has an eye for these traits and how they can form to help kids become their best selves, turned all that knowledge into a book that benefits kids and parents alike. Samantha Milligan is a co-author of The Mindful Preschooler, a new book that examines how kids see the world and how parents can help steer all of that thinking in a healthy direction. Milligan, who is also a child care instructor at the My Bright Beginnings daycare center in Fishtown, says she hopes the book prepares kids and their parents on how to become adaptable to an uncertain world. We like that and we love the book that retails for $12.99 and is in many independent bookstores throughout the city. Visit for the full list of stores near you where you can cop a copy.

“This is the only way she’s going to listen to us.” — Perry Genovesi, a librarian at Philadelphia’s Parkway Central library who was one of 25 protesters outside the Chestnut Hill home of Free Library chair Pamela Dembe, who workers allege is culpable in a history of racism against Black library workers. Workers are demanding that, alongside former Free Library president Siobhan Reardon, Dembe also excuse herself from the board to allow for a fresh start. This story, reported in the Inquirer, was good but not as good as this comment from a reader/troll named mark_aba5a who wrote: The fact that this happened in Chestnut Hill is priceless. You think you’re amongst your own...think again old snowflakes.

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Gone off that Goose Wawa, the convenience store chain and rite of passage if you’re from Delaware County, is feeling the heat of the coronavirus pandemic and it’s not from its hot ass coffee. First reported by the blog PhillyChitChat, the company announced the imminent closure of its Broad and Walnut Street location, open only since 2015, which has seen dwindling foot traffic due to many of the employees who work in neighboring buildings working remotely. Note: there are four other Wawas of note in a half-mile radius of this location.

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Trash is not the problem Trash and the lack of pickup have been the theme of Summer 2020 in Philadelphia, but actually, at a closer glance, it’s not trash that’s the issue, it’s actually recycling. In some parts of the city, it’s been growing piles of recyclable materials that have littered the streets as crews have been slow, if not completely devoid, of grabbing materials. A look at Philadelphia’s 311 app shows over 300 requests for recyclable material pickup with one request in the 19128 ZIP Code claiming its recyclables have been out front waiting for collection since July 20.

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“Oh yeah, he’s home all the time now because he lost his job. I’ve caught him looking at porn more times than I’m willing to admit. He doesn’t even try to hide it anymore.” — This arrived from a Sunday afternoon cocktail that turned into a therapy session for one woman using this time to vent about her significant other and what appears to be a newfound addiction realized thanks to COVID-19. We don’t know who this guy is, but it sounds like, in addition to his job, he’s about to lose his boo, too. NM-00428291






THE GOOD’ Adesola Ogunleye, who has bounced around the food industry in both Philadelphia and South Jersey for over 15 years, says she was compelled to leave her job at Fishtown’s Laser Wolf, amid fears of her immunocompromised state and customers not adhering to COVID-19 protection policies. | Image: Kerith Gabriel


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“People were out here behaving like COVID-19 [doesn’t exist]. You have to remind people to wear a mask when you got to the table and people were staying like two hours past closing, I’m sorry this is just not the time to be doing that.” – Adesola Ogunleye, former server and creator of the Be Wary Philadelphia forum for food industry workers


desola Ogunleye will be the first to tell you that after working in the foodservice industry for over 15 years, there’s not much that comes as a surprise anymore. Whether it’s been dealing with multifaceted personalities of the patrons at the front of the house, while dealing with management styles in the back, being immersed in the brotherhood that is Philadelphia’s industry scene has been something Ogunleye has held a passion about. So when she accepted a job at Laser Wolf in Fishtown, she thought she struck gold. Good dining, close to home, a new establishment with a solid menu and fresh ideas. Not long after it opened its doors, Laser Wolf was forced to close them due to mandatory closures of businesses determined as non-essential. For three months, Ogunleye, who is a DACA recipient, didn’t even know if she qualified for unemployment compensation benefits and was forced to rely on the good graces of others to get by. So when Laser Wolf announced its reopening earlier this summer and Ogunleye was called back to work, despite not knowing what to expect, the call felt like a welcomed return to some semblance of normalcy. Her return would last the weekend before she made the decision to call it quits. “People were out here behaving like

COVID-19 [doesn’t exist],” Ogunleye said. “You have to remind people to wear a mask when you got to the table and people were staying like two hours past closing, I’m sorry this is just not the time to be doing that.” To exacerbate matters for Ogunleye, her Type 2 Diabetes status meant she was in an immunocompromised state and catching COVID-19 from one mistake could be disastrous for her – perhaps even fatal. “I’m Type 2 diabetic, which really weakens your immune system very, very, very badly,” she said. “It’s harder to heal from just about everything. If you got a cold, you might be over it in let’s say three or four days. I have had simple colds for two weeks, three weeks sometimes. My managers at Laser Wolf were great and understanding, I just couldn’t risk my health, even though, yeah, I could really use the money, right now.” The decision Ogunleye was forced to make is one facing thousands of tipped workers, specifically those in the food industry. As it stands today, the federal sub-minimum wage for restaurant workers is $2.13 an hour, with Pennsylvania being one of 43 states that adhere to that wage and Philadelphia coming in as one of the cities in which hardly any of its dining establishments – including those in fine dining – barely go beyond $5 an hour in base pay. Additionally, compound the fact that the


base pay alone isn’t enough to afford the restaurant’s healthcare plan, a plan that many eateries don’t offer until months into the job, even during the pandemic. Also, since the restrictions have eased and people have slowly started to hit establishments again, tips for servers have actually decreased, making a need for either a higher base hourly rate or even hazard pay a standard. One Fair Wage, an organization advocating for the rights of tipped workers, estimated that gratuities are down 75-90 percent nationwide, and workers on low base salaries don’t even make enough to qualify for unemployment. “It’s been worked out so that [servers] are getting the same amount of covers per person, but as far as tips, yeah they’ve definitely gone down,” a Bud & Marilyn’s server told PW under the condition of anonymity. “Before the shutdown, I was pulling like 20-22 percent on tips and now it’s more like 15-16 percent with the same base pay. I mean everyone I’ve talked to who works there is unhappy with it, but the management there historically hasn’t been too kind to people who speak out, so everyone’s just kind of dealing with it. It’s almost like the bad outweighs the good of actually having gainful employment – if you can call it that.” SEE SERVERS, PAGE 9





SERVERS, FROM PAGE 7 The struggle isn’t unique to Philadelphia, in fact in New Jersey, New York and in other states nationwide, people in the industry have been speaking out about the unrealistic pay and the lack of a solution from restaurateurs who need these staff members to stay afloat. Just last month, One Fair Wage held a nationwide rally for tipped workers not only looking at the paltry numbers when it comes to base pay but the disproportionate amount of people of color who struggle to make ends meet in the profession. People like Ogunleye, who recently created a forum called Be Wary/Philadelphia for industry workers to vent about the current state of the restaurant scene. In it are multiple accounts of unfair treatment at the hands of both restaurant management, staff and patrons who frequent some of the top restaurants in the city. A recurring theme is low and sometimes even missed wages along with the improper wearing of personal protective equipment. “What I’ve noticed from this and other industry subgroups on Facebook is that a lot of people are just afraid to speak up,” said Ogunleye. “Not only could it mean their job, but a lot of these managers know each other from other restaurants. It’s a small city and an even tighter industry, and being blackballed is a real thing.” Perhaps this is why many people are afraid to speak out and are hoping that their plight gets noticed by officials, who can actually spark change. One official, in City Councilmember Helen Gym, has made the plight of low-wage workers a mission of hers to correct. Earlier this year, Gym helped introduce the Fair Workweek law, which is supposed to force Philadelphia’s establishments to provide better pay and more stability in work schedules. “This pandemic has shone a clear light on how unacceptable the poverty wages in the food industry have been,” Gym noted via email to PW. “Look, $2.13 is a poverty wage, not a living wage. It wasn’t an acceptable wage when it was established as a means to undercut tipped workers, and it is not today. Clearly, when 80 percent of food service workers don’t have or cannot afford health insurance, things need to change – and fast. Our restaurants and food industry is a core part of Philadelphia’s character, our economy, and our cultural fabric, but it has to do a lot better by its workers.” There are a handful of establishments recognizing that a happy employee leads to a better establishment and, despite feeling the effects of a dwindling clientele and subsequent loss of profits, are doing right by their staff. “We truly understand the difficult position that not only operators face with asking staff to return to work and providing a safe work environment, but also staff members deciding if they are even comfortable returning to work,” said Qamara Edwards, director of business and events for the Sojourn Philly

A server at Bud and Marilyn’s, the posh eatery in the Gayborhood, told us that he’s seen a decline in tips in a return to work since restrictions have been lifted. He also noted the fear of catching COVID-19 is real, considering the number of patrons and the lack of insurance that is their reality. group, which oversees management for South Street’s Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516 and Café Ynez on Washington Avenue. “Because of this extraordinary predicament, we have offered our staff hazard pay rates above minimum wage – not tipped minimum wage – in addition to collecting gratuity. All hourly positions have shifts under eight hours per day, and we have reinforced our sick pay policy so that staff can feel comfortable knowing that they will still receive their wages if they are unable to return to work due to feeling any symptoms or illness. In making this move Edwards tells PW that feedback from staff “has been positive,” and that they’ve been able to retain close to 90 percent of their original workforce across all of their holdings. It’s tough to ask struggling restaurant ownership groups to adopt the same policies unless it was largely enforced, and right now many groups are trying to figure out how to survive amid the pandemic. Seasonable temperatures have allowed for outside seating and subsequently a way for many establishments to turn a profit, but at the time of this report, there is no solution for what restaurants will do once fall months turn into colder temperatures and restrictions on indoor dining are enforced. So could things get worse before they get

better for tipped workers, especially black and brown workers already feeling the effects of racial inequities in the restaurant industry? It’s possible. According to One Fair Wage, customer and employer racism and sexism all play a significant role in what tipped workers take home. The organization estimates that both women, specifically women of color, make $5 an hour less than white men tipped workers nationally. On a level in Pennsylvania, the state profits regardless of color considering every dollar spent in the table-service segment contributes $1.91 to the state economy, according to data from the National Restaurant Association. Essentially, it benefits public officials to create change since that change benefits state coffers and funding for a host of initiatives. So is that change coming? “I support [any] campaign to bring all food industry workers up to $15 an hour, especially those in the back of the house who are often at the $7.25 minimum,” reiterated Gym. As for Ogunleye, her solution to the problem is multifaceted, but an approach that seems logical. A job in the industry right now is at the risk of one’s health. She wonders why that is not apparent to patrons and owners alike. “If you’re bringing back a limited staff, they

should be paying them a living wage,” she said. “Most of these places are crying poor, but they’re bringing back such a limited staff, you can afford to pay people more than $6-7 an hour. I mean unless they are comfortable with the constant turnover, people are going to bail because it’s impossible to survive this way. You know things are not like they were before and we’re in a unique living situation now with this pandemic. People need to realize that industry workers are taking a risk every time they leave the house. Tipping them well shows them you recognize that and that you recognize that there is a struggle behind the scenes.”

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VOICES CITY Want racial justice? THE SHOUT OUT Start with filling out your census 10



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Those living in our nation’s poor and minority communities have historically gone undercounted in the U.S. Census. For instance, nearly one million Black Americans went uncounted nationwide in the 2010 Census. Fortunately, there’s an easy step you can take that will go a long way toward ensuring everyone in our communities gets the representation and resources they deserve. By completing the 2020 census questionnaire – online, over the phone, or by mail – you can add your voice to the conversation and make yourself and your family heard. Here are five ways your census response will help you and your fellow Americans. It advances racial equity. In recent months, millions have taken to the streets to call for racial equity and justice. These protests have helped amplify the voices of underserved communities. But real change will only take place when these demands become public policy. For that to happen, our government needs to see you. And that can only happen if you stand up to be counted. The racial inequities that undermine our nation can never be addressed unless you fill out the census and join the fight for social justice. It directs funding to programs that save lives. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to ravage the country, it’s critical that we direct our emergency resources to those who need them the most. Black and Latinx Americans are disproportionately impacted by the virus and are twice as likely to die from COVID-19. Wealth also factors into the survivability of COVID-19. Adults with an annual household income below $15,000 are nearly 15 percent more likely to contract a serious illness following infection compared to those with annual incomes over $50,000. Your census response helps essential workers identify at-risk communities and directs resources to these vulnerable populations. The coronavirus won’t be the last time certain communities are disproportionately impacted by a natural disaster. Accurate census data will prepare first responders, nonprofit

relief organizations, and government officials to respond to future crises. It funds everything from public housing to school breakfasts. This year’s census will determine how trillions of dollars in federal spending are allocated over the next decade. In 2017 alone, over 300 federal programs relied on 2010 census data to allocate $1.5 trillion of funds. That money pays for everything from public housing to school breakfast programs, new roads to trash and recycling schedules. Federal dollars won’t reach the communities that need them most unless the government has a precise picture of your local population. You must paint that picture by letting them know you are there. It ensures fair political representation. Ever wonder why Ohio has 16 seats in the House of Representatives, while Georgia has only 14? The number of representatives a state gets increases with its population – and the census determines its population. You pay taxes, right? Well, don’t you want to be fairly represented? The results of the 2020 census will shape the congressional map for the next decade. If you want a Congress that represents your community and serves your interests, make sure the government accounts for you and your family. It creates jobs. Census data doesn’t just help government officials. Businesses consult the census when making hiring and payroll decisions, or where to locate a new office, or when determining how best to serve their communities. For instance, understanding the demographic of a particular neighborhood can help a local grocer determine which items to stock. This knowledge helps her business grow and creates jobs in your neighborhood, while delivering needed items to the marketplace. At United Way, we fight for every person in every community to be seen and heard. But we can’t do it alone. Join us and help stand up for your community by being counted. You have until Oct. 31 to fill out the 2020 U.S. census. Change doesn’t happen without you.

Suzanne McCormick is U.S. President of United Way.


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Philadelphia Civic Trust proposes GOOD. SO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS. comprehensive police de-escalation policy Are your customers under 40? Engaged in the city? Editor’s note: The Philadelphia Civic Trust recently released a policy designed to address one of today’s biggest issues – the use of force by police. Below are its recommendations. The Philadelphia Civic Trust has proposed a comprehensive police de-escalation policy designed to bring about the culture change essential to making “use of force as a last resort” and state-of-the-art de-escalation practices the accepted and adhered to standards. The comprehensive police de-escalation policy is centered around the incentivizing of state-of the art de-escalation practices, including a specific and measurable use of force policy, substantial and continuing de-escalation training, and importantly, tying use of force as a last resort performance to officers promotions. These measures, according to The Citizens Campaign’s Law and Policy Task Force, which developed the policy in concert with Philadelphia Civic Trustees, are proven to not only reduce excessive force incidents, but to also reduce police officer injuries and the costs of police abuse lawsuits. Putting In Place Use of Force as a Last Resort Policy: Use of force policies, such as the one put in place by the Camden County Police Department, which has primary law enforcement responsibility in Camden, provide clear and specific guidance for use of force as a last resort, contributing to significant reductions in excessive use of force incidents. These policies spell out that the first order of business is to work to “de-escalate confrontations with the goal of resolving encounters without force.” To have maximum impact, these policies should, as required in Camden, require officers on the scene to intervene when needed to prevent escalation as well as to report any instance of the use of excessive force that they witness. Substantial De-Escalation Training: Police departments that have implemented serious and expanded de-escalation training show significant reductions in injuries and fatalities for both civilians and police officers and much lower payouts in excessive force legal suits. Tying the training to the specific practices of a use of force as a last resort policy will make it even more potent. A 2015 study conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum of 280 law enforcement agencies showed there were eight hours of training on uses of various kinds of force for every one hour of de-escalation training. The result of this imbalance in training, according to law enforcement experts, is that police officers are primed to use force rather than de-escalation techniques, resulting in violence that could have been avoid-

ed in at least some cases. Tying Appropriate Use of Force to Promotions: Success in appropriate use of force should be given significant weight in promotions of individual police officers to incentivize the culture change needed. In addition, superior officers who have officers reporting to them should have the records of those they supervise incorporated into their overall performance evaluations as well. Requiring Body-Worn Cameras: Bodyworn cameras mounted on an officer’s eyeglasses or chest area provide a visual record of use of force incidents and other more positive interactions with community members. Their required use provides the transparency that builds trust, deters the inappropriate use of force, and importantly, enhances evaluation and on-the-job learning. But the policy only works if police officers adhere with the spirit and letter of the policy. This has been an ongoing problem in Philadelphia. Keeping the cameras turned on must be strictly enforced with consequences for officers who don’t comply. Tracking Use of Force Incidents: Mandating the filling out of use of force reports, including the race and ethnicity of suspects, is essential to building the accountability necessary for implementing a comprehensive de-escalation policy. Incidents must be reviewed with the officers involved for both evaluation of de-escalation performance and lessons learned purposes. A comprehensive use of force report for the police department must be produced quarterly in order to measure progress on de-escalation and made public to ensure accountability. Use Psychological Testing to identify police recruits who possess strong interpersonal skills: Psychological testing has been used by police departments mainly at the tailend of the hiring process to rule out someone with obvious red flags, such as wanting to “join the force because they like guns or want to drive fast” or explicit racial biases. Connect Police to the Community: Research shows that regular contact with members of the community in non-law enforcement settings reduces implicit bias. Devising programs that bring police officers to high schools and junior high schools on a regular basis to meet with students to discuss their work and also to talk about careers in law enforcement – rather than employing them as enforcers of school discipline – can help build mutual respect. Promoting regular contact with a broad-cross section of residents through a community policing approach is also essential.

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o you know what this summer transparent blue vinyl (650 copies, so hurhas lacked so far, you know, ry). People’s Light other than C-19 worry-free air, The parking lot at People’s Light in dining without a chinstrap of a mask, still-standing statues, Malvern started its socially distanced human touch, warring polit- drive-in concerts August 1 with a soldicos, police and protestors, out John Byrne show ($75 per car-full, and a moment minus racial tension? Joy. not bad). This week, however, the Light lot welcomes Philly’s hip hop-activist Vibrancy. Prerogative. MUSIC. Think of the last time that you had that chance to collective ILL Doots whose movie-scenethrow back your head loosely and groove, sampled-new album, “The Mess,” is way or just freely prick up your ears without aptly-titled. Philly jazz a thin annoying wire of elastic I’m going to be talking about around them. It’s been a while. BY A.D. a lot of fresh Philly jazz (deIf it’s OK, then, I’d like to fobut Immanuel Wilkins LP, first cus this Icepack on the big new AMOROSI newly-recorded Sun Ra album local summer music and heated in decades) next week. Today, seasonal vibes that have been released in the last few weeks that you however, I’m hawking the re-release of a local classic: trumpet icon Johnny Coles’ may have missed. Sit back, grab a bag of Lays’-Geno’s-Cheesesteaks-flavored pota- sluice-grooving, “Kalumbo (Dance).” Coles’ pedigree is impeccable (gigs with to chips, and enjoy. Mingus, Blakey, Hancock and Ellington), Lil Uzi August starts with the release of two and this 1972 re-release on Bandcamp tracks from Philly-born Lil Uzi for his through Mainstream Records is deeply birthday, tunes crafted in collaboration soulful Bop at its finest. Riverby with fellow floacist Future: “Over Your This one fell from the sky about 10 Head” and “Patek. This is not the first time that the gloriously obtuse hip hop minutes after I watched The Go-Go’s lyricists have hooked up. They came to- documentary on Showtime: Philadelphia gether on “All Bad,” from Future’s most songwriter and occasionally quavering/ recent album “High Off Life,” and on always full-voiced singer Sophia Green“Wassup,” from Uzi’s “Eternal Atake” de- berg’s Riverby and their “Smart Mouth” album. Along with checking off boxes on luxe version “LUV vs. The World 2.” the jangle-punk category, Riverby’s got Mike Polizze Mike Polizze’s softly strung and sum- a pummeling rhythm section to match mery debut solo album, “Long Lost Solace Greenberg’s sense of attack. Nice. Find,” is the most pleasant respite from Shawn Stockman a frenzied season, and a switch from the Local vocalist Shawn Stockman is fuzzy frazzle that we best know the noisy renowned, and rich, for the sense of guitarist for – time into Purling Hiss and harmony and “Motownphilly” he’s Birds of Maya. Along with Polizze’s fel- brought to R&B giants Boyz II Men. low Philly pal Kurt Vile jumping into the Stockman, however, also just quietly acoustic fray with backing vocals, slide slipped out his solo LP debut, “Foreguitar, harmonica, and trumpet – if you word,” and a gospel-y single “All I Do.” act now, you can find “Solace Find” on Hype this up.



The Dawn Drapes sakoff and Joe Ankenbrand, the married If you ever believed psychedelia was a thing co-owners of Molly’s Books & Records on of the past, think again. Local duo The Dawn Ninth Street. This coupled-up toast of the Italian Market – she’s the bookseller in a long line Drapes – harmonists Daniel Rice and Michael Sanzo – have a tart, frizzy new single, “Oxy- of them, he’s the used vinyl guy with his own gen,” which joins 2020’s “Facts” for the rein- label, Platterheads – have been married seven years, partners for 11, with Russakoff holding vention of the psilocybin-laced genre. down the fort at 1010 S. 9th for 20 years. Ishtar Sr. During the first months of the pandemic, Experimental Philly hip hop art pop star Molly’s was closed. Now reopened with masks Savan DePaul, or rather his nom de house, Ishtar Sr., just doubled-down on two fresh- and social-distancing in mind, the slowdown made it so that Ankenbrand could re-learn a ly-released spacey singles, the aptly-titled valuable skill during the downtime: “How to “Fourth Planet Funk,” and the Chic-i-wantburn CDs from vinyl; your-love-sounding I went through about “HOLYHOUSE.” 30 Garage and Psych Birdie Busch Compilations I had Here’s an odd item and made some mix I had on my digital CDs...then sold the pile since June, but records, which made is worth discussing everybody happy. We in this balmiest of needed the stock and Augusts: the usually now I have my favorite folky vocalist-songtracks handy.” writer Birdie Busch’s Russakoff, on the foray into instrumenother hand, pushed tal music, “Lacy Jags.” her skills at someRecorded with beardo thing she did in the Carl Cheeseman in a past as well. “I tried West Philly apartment to get back into sewin 2008, its day-noir, ing, pulled out the soundscape-y vibe – machine and all, but lots of ukulele, guitars, then thought better music boxes – comes of it,” she said. “Mostacross like a David ly, I moved old projSylvian album without ects along. Writing, the vocals. Handsome reading, yoga, lots of stuff. cooking. I was pretty The Dead Milkmen good at organizing my Uproarious Philly time.” punk legends The Neither minds Dead Milkmen drop a wearing the mask new limited-edition, much, as theirs are hand-numbered 7-inch matching. “The mask on Aug. 21 through really helps my allerthe Philly-based GivImage | Courtesy Molly Russakoff and Joe Ankenbrand gies and frankly, the ing Groove label – a Market smells less on busy cover of Heavthose hot days with one on,” noted Ankenen 17’s “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang,” with a new tune B-side “A Complicat- brand. To that, Russakoff added, “I love being able to have a secret facial expression as I’m ed Faith.” talking to people.” The loss of Malik B While both agree that breathing deep and Here’s me writing about a record that kissing each other will be the first thing they DIDN’T happen, but with a solid, sad reason: do when masks can come off (and I spoke to Black Thought’s “Streams Of Thought Vol 3: them separately), Russakoff is psyched to use Cain & Abel.” Though we did get to hear its the fam’s new purchase as her next project. “I roaring first single, “Thought Vs Everybody,” am super-excited to be buying a cabin in the last week’s death of fellow-founding Roots member and friend Malik B surely shattered Poconos. We are under contract but are waiting for issues with the township to be straightthe good vibes behind the EPs July 31 release date. That said, Thought promised a big an- ened out. That reminds me of something I’ve nouncement would be coming soon, For now, been doing that I never did before: Making mourning the lost poet of West Oak Lake is es- tiles for a penny floor I’m planning for the kitchen.” sential. Rest in peace. Drummer Joe, however, would like to get Masked Philly: Molly Russakoff and Joe back to rocking. “I can’t wait to start rehearsAnkenbrand In Icepack’s continuing saga of asking ing again with Mick Cancer and The Leftovers...haven’t played music live in months.” mask-donning local celebrities and what they’ve been up to beyond the pale during @ADAMOROSI C-19, I reached out this week to Molly Rus-

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UP WITH TJ YOUNG The former ‘Idol’performer has new music to share

Y Philly’s TJ Young has new music out – music influenced by the challenges we all faced during quarantine. Image | Courtesy TJ Young


ou’ve probably seen TJ Young portfolio of original music, he has a large perform – somewhere. Maybe catalogue of cover songs that span many genres, decades, and instruments, allowit was at a wedding. Maybe it ing him to express his musical versatility was at a local club. Maybe it and unique sound. was on “American Idol.” Young recently released “See You Young is a singer, songSmiling,” an indie pop song influenced writer, producer, musician by the evolving relationships and DJ from Philadelphia. His and emotional challenges that vocal style and charismatic many of us are facing in quarstage presence have been comBY EUGENE antine. He recorded and propared to prominent artists such ZENYATTA duced the single in his home as Michael Buble, Sam Smith studio, taking inspiration from and Brendon Urie. As a former conversations with friends and member of the house band at the dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon, loved ones as they try to stay positive in the face of an uncertain future. he would entertain crowds of hundreds He wrote “See You Smiling” in one with a variety of instruments, including the piano, guitar, drums, bass, keytar, day, creating an intimate and heartfelt soundscape with a soulful vocal perand synthesizer. formance, uplifting harmonies, acousYoung appeared on season 13 of “American Idol” and has since gone on to tic guitar riffs, vintage-inspired piano perform more than 1,000 shows, ranging grooves, r&b drum beats and a supple from high-energy club gigs to intimate bass line. “See You Smiling” is one of several songs Young plans to publish in weddings. In addition to his growing


PHILADELPHIAWEEKLY.COM @PHILLYWEEKLY the coming weeks as a part of an upcoming album, which is currently in production and is due to be released later this year. PW recently caught up with Young to talk about his career and new music. A lot of us spent the quarantine binge-watching Netflix. You spent it recording “See You Smiling,” an indie pop song influenced by the evolving relationships and emotional challenges that many of us are facing in quarantine. Talk a little about what inspired you to write the song and how it all came together. Also, what’s the best way for people to hear the song? Over the past five years, I have been building a state-of-the-art recording studio in my home while working full-time as a professional musician. Once quarantine hit and I did my own fair share of binge-watching, I realized how lucky I was to have all of the resources I needed to record and produce my original music right here in my home. I wanted to take full advantage of my newly open schedule, and that got the ball rolling. The idea for the song itself actually came from seeing a picture that my sister posted on Instagram. I hadn’t seen such a big smile on her face in a long time, which made me think of recent conversations with friends and family about how they were doing everything they could to stay positive in the face of such unprecedented adversities. That Instagram post eventually became the artwork for the single. The song is currently streaming on every major music distributor: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Google Play, Amazon, etc. Fans who follow my social media pages get sneak previews and updates about each new upcoming release before it drops. You’re also planning to release additional songs and are working on a new album. How is that coming along, and will there be an overall “feel” or theme to the album? When do you anticipate it will be released? The current plan is to release a new song every three weeks, which will all be compiled into an album at the end of the year. The next release is a song called “Stay Inside,” a dreamy piano-driven love song about isolating yourself at home with someone you care about. That song will be available to stream on Friday, Aug. 7. The album is a work in progress, and will be a reflection of thoughts and feelings that I’ve experienced during this time – about love, uncertainty, and self-doubt. I’ve been learning new production techniques that other music producers have been sharing on the internet, so each release incorporates new skills that I’ve picked up along the way. What were your early musical influences? When did you know you wanted to pursue a career making music and entertaining people? I’ve always known that I wanted to be an entertainer in some capacity. My first exposure to singing onstage and performing in front of an audience was in my high school musical theater program, and shortly after graduating


TJ Young credits his experience on ‘American Idol’ for making him the one-stop-shop musician he is today. Image | Courtesy TJ Young I decided to audition for “American Idol.” Musical theater shaped my taste in music, so I always gravitated towards musicians whose songs felt dynamic and emotional. Linkin Park, Green Day, and Coldplay were all major early influences of mine, as were the classic crooners like Frank Sinatra. How did appearing on “American Idol” impact your career? Did the experience change its trajectory? Some of the most valuable feedback that the judges gave me was that my voice sounded “too Broadway” for mainstream music. That was a crucial moment for me, and I started studying contemporary pop music. This led to my fascination with the production process. I wanted to know what was in the “secret sauce” that made the popular songs we all listen to so alluring, and I went back to school to study audio engineering so that I could produce my own music. If not for “American Idol,” I might have never become the one-stop-

shop musician that I am today. Any advice for anyone out there trying to make it to the “American Idol” stage? The good news is that musicians with big dreams have more resources than ever to record and release their own songs. In 2020, the landscape is so different than when I first auditioned for “American Idol” seven years ago. While “American Idol” can give you great exposure and education, there are so many more opportunities for independent musicians now that they don’t necessarily need the backing of a major TV operation to find success. My best advice for aspiring professional musicians is to learn as much as you can about every part of the process. Up-and-coming musicians have access to tools that are more affordable and higher quality than ever, especially compared to what the top engineers have been using in years past. I would also suggest that they put themselves out there and get what work they can,

because it’s all valuable experience. One of the best things that I did for myself as a musician was force myself into environments where I had no choice but to learn new skills. I worked for two years full-time at a dueling piano bar, and another two singing in a high-end wedding band. These jobs put me in situations where there was constant pressure to learn new instruments, step out of my comfort zone, understand crowd work, and stay on top of the most popular new songs on the radio. All of this has made me a stronger performer and a better songwriter, even if it wasn’t what I initially envisioned back when I was on the show. What are the best ways for your fans to keep up with what you’re doing? I’m on every social media platform (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) at @imnottjyoung. Fans can also keep up with news and updates on my website, tjyoung. live. “See You Smiling” and all of my music is available on all major streaming platforms.






WOMAN Jacqueline City has overcome many obstacles to reach fashion’s biggest stages


After only one year in business, Jacqueline City’s brand, Jacqueline City Apparel, was showing at ‘New York Fashion Week: Ones To Watch,’ appearing in Vogue and soon will do Paris Fashion Week. Image | Veronica Zin


acqueline City not only has City does it all. Jacqueline even finds overcome many challenges in time to include handwritten thank her life, she now is taking the you letters in many of the orders to connect with her customers – whom fashion world by storm. City is a 23-year-old dis- she calls citizens. City is proud to be a disabled girl abled fashion designer and CEO of Jacqueline City Ap- boss and focuses her time into her parel. She grew up in North- brand. She suffers from dysautonomia and POTS which left her east Philadelphia bedridden for some time. and currently resides in Now that she is able to take South Philadelphia. Because BY EUGENE on more, she chooses to turn of her disabilities, City ZENYATTA her pain into art to inspire stresses the importance of others dealing with invisiinclusivity; her brand has ble illness as well as mental options for women, men, health struggles, even doing public unisex, kids and plus sizes up to a 5X. speaking engagements. Jacqueline City Apparel is currentPW recently caught up with City to ly featured in British Vogue (August talk about her career and all things to October) and recently made its fashion. runway debut just one year after its When did you first become inlaunch. The show was in February at NYFW as a “New York Fashion Week: terested in fashion? When did you know that you wanted a career in Ones to Watch.” City was invited to the fashion industry? show at Paris Fashion Week this upI only started my brand, Jacquecoming spring at the Ritz Paris. line City Apparel, in 2019 so I’ve only City pours her heart and soul into been taking fashion seriously for a the brand and immerses herself into little over a year. I have always been all aspects of Jacqueline City Apparinterested in fashion. Before I could el. From designing, sewing and painting items to modeling her clothes for even talk or walk I was pulling down dresses I saw into store carts. I even the ads and website she runs herself,

taught my I was 6 a second-gra music indu from musi signing. I h adelphia fa How di about? Di cess you’ year in bu Jacquel idea of sta my disabil job. I need work on m sick with m saw many lines and t I though small T-sh showing a Watch.” N do Paris F year that I Are the you, eithe Coco Ch ly admire struggle in the life sh





N taught myself how to sew from a book when I was 6 and was a fashion designer for my second-grade career day. I went to school for music industry because I love art in all forms, from music and writing to sketching and designing. I have since found a home in the Philadelphia fashion scene. How did Jacqueline City Apparel come about? Did you anticipate the level of success you’ve achieved after only about a year in business? Jacqueline City Apparel started with an idea of starting my own small business since my disability did not allow for me to hold a 9-5 job. I needed something flexible where I could work on my good days since I am frequently sick with migraines, delirium and brain fog. I saw many “Instagram Boutiques” and T-shirt lines and thought if they can do it, why can’t I? I thought it would be nothing more than a small T-shirt brand, but one year later I was showing at “New York Fashion Week: Ones To Watch.” Now I appear in Vogue and soon will do Paris Fashion Week. It’s been an incredible year that I never thought possible. Are there any designers who influenced you, either early in your career or today? Coco Chanel is my main influence. I really admire her story of overcoming so much struggle in her early life and creating herself the life she always imagined. I love her femi-

nine but powerful brand aesthetic. I also am influenced by other strong females in business today like Donatella Versace for her resilience, Paris Hilton for her branding, and Stella McCartney for her authenticity. How have the pandemic and all of the closures that came with it affected your business and the fashion industry as a whole? The pandemic has been hard for every industry, but it has made us all come together, pivot, and see where we need to make changes. I have to cancel my first Philly runway show as well as many trips. I also was unable to do any photoshoots, so I had to take all of my summer line’s photos by myself at home. JCA also had to push back our Paris Fashion Week debut to next season which will be March 2021. However, I have chosen to take this time to reflect to find safer practices, value my health, and learn new skills like how to take an entire collection of photos by yourself. How would you describe the Philly fashion scene? Is the city a “place to be” in the fashion world? What exciting things are happening locally? The Philly fashion scene is definity emerging as a place to be. I have attended Philly Fashion Week for the last two seasons and I love it! We have so many amazing designers – especially in streetwear. Philly also has

so many great fashion schools and programs in the area which often get to showcase with PFW as well. I love to go to all the fashion events in the area and see what trends are local to Philly. I’m glad local designers and students have such a great platform to showcase their work on the runways. You suffer from dysautonomia and POTS, which left you bedridden for some time. Now that you are able to take on more, you have chosen to turn your pain into art to inspire others dealing with invisible illness as well as mental health struggles. Talk a little about, first, your struggles and, second, your efforts to inspire and help others. Dysautonomia and POTS really took over my life for quite some time. I had a brain injury in 2014 that left me very confused, sick, fainting daily and unable to hold down food – this eventually led to an accidental 50-pound weight loss in just a few months. I was bedridden and dealing with PTSD from the incident. I found hope in a team of doctors at Jefferson Hospital here in Philadelphia. Through many different types of treatments like physical and occupational therapies and medications, I was able to improve my symptoms each year. I believe we often are too ashamed to speak out about invisible illness, disabilities and mental health struggles. But just like I have

brown eyes, I have a disability or I have PTSD. These struggles are just characteristics of me that do not define me. Too often people think “disabled” means someone is confined to a wheelchair; however, there is a spectrum of unique disabilities. I find it important to educate people where possible and be a voice for those with physical and mental struggles. Disabled people can still achieve their dreams – we just might need a few accommodations. What’s ahead for you? Where do you see yourself in five years? This year I will be focusing on working from home and staying safe during the pandemic. Jacqueline City Apparel will still be releasing a fall collection in September, then a holiday collection in November. In March 2021, JCA will be showing at the Ritz Paris in Paris Fashion Week. In the next five years, I hope to keep expanding my brand. I hope to dress celebrities for performances and red carpet events. I also hope to continue to make strides towards slow fashion, “see now, buy now” styles, gender and size inclusivity and vegan options in fashion, which Jacqueline City Apparel is very passionate about. I hope in the next few years I can continue to share my story and inspire others to follow their dreams despite any struggles they might face.





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How we’re checking out the Da Vinci Art Alliance

Night Studio: Memoir of Phillip Guston by Musa Mayor

The Da Vinci Art Alliance is one of many cultural institutions slowly beginning to get back to normal. Here are some of its upcoming exhibitions and events. Be sure to contact the DVAA for all of the details and available appointment viewing times by calling 215-5501446 or visiting

Book Club is a monthly reading group chaired by a volunteer DVAA member. This month’s discussion will be led by Susan Richards and will be focused on Night Studio: A Memoir Of Philip Guston by Musa Mayer. Guston (1913–1980) was driven, sustained, and consumed by art. His style ranged from the social realism of his WPA murals through his abstract expressionist canvasses of the 1950s and 1960s to his cartoon-like paintings of Klansmen, disembodied heads, and tangled piles of everyday objects. To participate in this program, join the conversation on ZOOM. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 12:30-2:30pm.

Fluid Transition

After a call to the DVAA membership for large and small works, the DVAA Exhibitions Committee identified a theme running through many of the works involving stillness. There were many exceptional entries, and the Exhibitions Committee worked hard to create a cohesive show titled Fluid Transition. They constructed the show around the concept of the inherent evolution of stillness. During this time of isolation and contemplation, they sought to reveal works that showed a sense of shifting progressions. Aug. 7 - Aug. 28 in Gallery 1.


Philadelphia Fabulist: Tales of the City

Everyday Genius

Lifelong Philadelphian John James Pron has created a sequence of fables that explore Philadelphia’s past, present and future for his upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia Fabulist: Tales of the City. From William Penn’s arrival to Philadelphia, to the Bethel Burial Ground, this exhibition reminds viewers that history is created through mythology, and that the myths of our present-day will determine how we perceive our future. Aug. 26 - Sept. 13 in Gallery 2.

Everyday Genius describes the unsung acts of leadership, innovation and creativity that make our community so vibrant. Da Vinci Art Alliance is choosing to uncover the Everyday Genius of Philadelphia by highlighting leaders and trailblazers on social media and as a digital archive on its website. Da Vinci Art Alliance’s robotic drawing arm, Henri, is helping to honor these unsung heroes by drawing a custom portrait of them that they will receive as a gift after Da Vinci Fest Live in October 2020. Until Oct. 29.

Colors of Hope

Call for Craft Art

In times of uncertainty, it can be easier to look for faults, point fingers and lose our focus from what matters most, what keeps us going. Colors of Hope explores the meaning of hope in our lives today, and the various ways that translates into color and form. Artists Aaron Kalinay, Ellen Rosenberg, Floyd Kelley, Linda Dubin Garfield, Marcie M Ziskind, Marilyn Stubblebine, Marvin Greenbaum, Melissa Ramaker, Robert Reinhardt, Rosa Leff, David Meade Walker and Ted Warchal provide a timely response to COVID-19 and provide hope for a better world in DVAA’s new virtual, gallery space: Gallery X. Until Sept. 30.

Da Vinci Art Alliance was founded by a collective of immigrant craft artists and artisans working in the South Philadelphia building it owns today. Both historically and presently, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley have been home to a burgeoning scene of artists assembled under the diverse banner of craft art. CRAFT! is a Da Vinci Art Alliance juried exhibition showcasing contemporary craft from the region, in all of its varied forms. Deadline to apply: Aug. 9, 11:59pm




Añejo Philly

Añejo Philly officially opened late last month at the Piazza in Northern Liberties (1001 N. 2nd St.) This represents the restaurant’s first expansion out of the New York City marketplace. This comes after the restaurant was days away from opening in March and then experienced delays due to stay-at-home orders and the delay of indoor dining. Now, with an expansive, shaded and beautiful outdoor parklette and sidewalk cafe ready to enjoy, Añejo will bring Philly its innovative Mexican cuisine. Reservations are available by calling 267-534-5746.

Pandemic or no pandemic, we still have to eat and drink. Here are some upcoming events, along with a few reopenings, to ensure we have plenty of options.

How we’re still eating and drinking Philly Pours

On Aug. 20, Resources for Human Development will transition its annual Philly Pours event to a virtual platform. Going into its fifth year, Philly Pours is a unique food and drink event that helps raise funds to provide caring, effective and innovative services that empower people of all abilities as they work to achieve the highest level of independence possible. Everything kicks off at 5:30pm with a VIP Experience. Prices range from free to $150. Visit for all the details.

Philadelphia Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Brewing Company will keep patrons hydrated this summer through contactless curbside pickup. Imbibers are invited to browse the brewery’s new online shop and order their favorite brews (including Kenzinger, Walt Wit, Schwarzinger, Tahitian Wheat) and merchandise for inside or curbside pickup. Options include single cans, cases and variety packs as well as kegs. 2440 Frankford Avenue | 215.427.2739 |

Square 1682

Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17th and Sansom streets, has re-opened for daily take-out service. Guests can enjoy dishes tried, true, and even some new from the freshly updated Square 1682 menu. Newer additions include a sumptuous Softshell Crab Sandwich with jalapeno tartar sauce ($16), and Tagliatelle served with Jersey vegetables, pistachio pesto and pecorino ($13/serving, $25/family style). 121 South 17th Street | 215.563.5008 |

Feeding first responders

This summer, Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, will donate $1 from each take-out order to Feeding America’s COVID-19 first responders. Food lovers can get a taste of summer in the form of Dry Aged Ribeye, NY Wagyu Tastings, Skuna Bay Salmon, Weekly Beer-B-Q specials with local brewery partners and more among the mix. 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963. 2788 | www.


Fond, the acclaimed restaurant on Passyunk Square, takes takeout dining to the next level this summer with a weekly-changing three-course prix fixe menu ($50/person). Diners can look forward to unique and refreshing apps, entrées and desserts courtesy of chef/owners Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki-Styer or pick up à la carte options as well as wines and cocktails to go. Orders can be placed by calling the restaurant or via the website. Delivery is available within one mile of the restaurant. 1537 South 11th Street | 215.551.5000 |





How We Can Ensure a Free & Equal Election in PHL

The COVID-19 pandemic has made mail-in voting a more essential tool for our democracy than ever before, and voters have used it in unprecedented numbers. With fewer than 100 days left to prepare, how are advocates and election officials working to make sure that every voter can cast their ballot safely and have their vote count? Join a panel of experts to find out. Presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 4-5:30pm | Free |

Whether virtually or in-person, more events are on the horizon. Here are a few activities we’re looking forward to attending.

How we’re telling stories, watching movies and more The Moth Virtual StorySLAM: Enthusiasm

Prepare a five-minute story about going full force. That high-energy, can-do spirit that gets things done – or ensures that everyone wants you dead. New love, new job, first day of school … LET’S DO THIS! Sustaining interest, inspiring new zeal and reigniting the fire – and the inevitable PUSH needed to get over the finish line. Aug. 20 | Doors open at 7:15, stories begin at 7:30 | on Zoom | $10 | Tickets on sale one week before the show and will be available via www.

Virtual Speed Dating Philadelphia | Ages 25-39

The perfect opportunity to find a virtual companion! All the fun and efficiency of in-person speed dating events brought to your doorstep. Why wait to hear back from potential matches on traditional apps and websites when you can meet a group of singles just like yourself, all from the comfort of your living room. Presented by SpeedPhiladelphia Dating. Saturday, Aug. 8, 7-9:00pm | $26-$28.


Wonderspaces Philadelphia

Wonderspaces Philadelphia reopened late last month at Fashion District Philadelphia. After a grand opening in January with sold-out crowds until the shutdown in March, Wonderspaces returns to Philadelphia’s art and culture scene with 14 highly immersive and interactive exhibits from artists around the world. Along with popular exhibits that include the glowing Submergence by Squidsoup, the sunrise and sunset of Sun by Phillip Schutte and the colorful Body Paint by Memo Akten, Wonderspaces Philadelphia will debut two new exhibits – including three new “robot” sketch artists. 27 N 11th St. | Tickets for Wonderspaces are on sale at philadelphia.

Street Performance Series

Street Movies is back for its 23rd season. The highlights of this summer’s outdoor screening and performance series, presented in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia, include an Aug. 9 performance by Joy Ike at The People’s Wall in Germantown, an online-only performance Aug. 12 by Modero & Co., and an Aug. 15 performance by Sonic Liberation at Masjidullah in West Oak Lane. Plus, of course, there will be movies. Check out for all of the details of these and many more events.




Jurassic Park

A few Jurassic Park flicks hit Netflix at the beginning of the month, so no need to wait to see these. If you like dinosaurs, these movies are for you. We’ll go all the way back to the original, released in the early ‘90s, as our favorite, but you can’t go wrong with dinosaurs chasing people.

August has just arrived, and that means new programming on Netflix. Whether you’re staying inside due to COVID-19 or due to the outrageous heat, you’ll want to tune in to see your favorites. Here are our picks for this month.

New Netflix offerings we’re most excited about Project Power

This Jamie Foxx movie is getting more buzz than all of the rest of the new releases. It’s out Aug. 14 and has something to do with people getting superpowers for a few minutes at the time. What superpower would you choose? We’d go with being invisible. Anyway, it sounds like it’s worth a watch.

Immigration Nation

This docu-series is super timely, as it takes a deep dive into U.S. immigration policies these days while also telling the stories of immigrants. The series is only six episodes long, so you won’t have to devote a lot of time to it, and it’s already out. From the reviews we saw online, you definitely want to see this one.

World’s Most Wanted


Season five kicks off Aug. 21, and from the looks of the trailer, things will be a bit different this season. To get you up to speed quickly: Lucifer left hell and went to LA, where he helped solve crimes, had a on-again/off-again romance with a detective and, at the end of season 4, went back to rule over hell. You have a few weeks to bingewatch all of the seasons if you need more details.

We loved the old America’s Most Wanted TV show, although we never actually participated in capturing anyone. So what wouldn’t be love about the World’s Most Wanted? It’s pretty much what the title implies, as the series takes a look at some of the most wanted bad guys in the world and how they have managed to escape capture. It launched yesterday, so feel free to tune in tonight.



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ago, I went out on a couple of dates with a man younger than me, he was cute and very interested in me, but I just didn’t feel the connection. I really don’t know what to make of this situation. Any advice is profoundly appreciated. – Just Another Gal Could it be a coincidence? Besides ridding yourself of a toxic and abusive ex – and that’s harder than people who haven’t been in an abusive relationship often realize and I’m so glad you got away from him – did something else happen three years ago that could’ve tanked your libido, JAG? Did you go on meds at the time for depression or anxiety? Could an undiagnosed medical condition that came on at roughly the same time create a libido-tanking hormonal imbalance? Did you go on a new form of birth control in anticipation of the sex you’d soon be having with other, better, nicer, hotter, kinder men? If nothing else is going on – if you aren’t on meds for depression or anxiety, if you’ve had your hormone levels checked and they’re normal, if a new form of birth control isn’t cratering your libido – then the most obvious and likeliest answer is probably the correct one: three years after getting out of an abusive relationship, JAG, you’re still reeling from the trauma. And the best advice is also the obvious advice: find a sex-positive therapist or counselor who can help you work through your trauma and reclaim your sexuality. Even if you were to get your hormone levels checked or adjust your psych meds or switch to a new birth control method, I would still recommend seeing a counselor or therapist. And even if the thought of being intimate with others causes you stress and makes you anxious, JAG, you can still explore solo sex. You don’t have to wait for the right hot young man to come along to reconnect with your sexuality. You can read or write some erotica, you can splurge on an expensive sex toy (have you seen the new clit-sucking vibrators?), you can watch or create porn. Really enjoying yourself may be the first step toward enjoying others again.

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                                                                        

                                                                          

                                                                                 


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REGGIE Newly renovated

$1395 / 1br - 575ft2 - NEW LISTING SUNNY LARGE APT JUST REHABBED HEAT INCL AVAIL NOW (Logan Square, Center City, Art Museum). 152 N. 21st St. JUST RENOVATED! Large living room, newly painted, crown moldings, high ceilings, thermal glass windows with new blinds, new wood floors, new light fixture. Bathroom gutted renovated and painted , new electric and plumbing, large porcelain tiled bathroom, bathtub, sink, toilet, lights, mirror, exhaust fan and storage shelves, new door. Eat in Kitchen gutted renovated and painted, crown molding. With new porcelain floor tiles, tiled backsplash, 42” solid wood white cabinets, garbage disposal, dishwasher, granite counter, stainless steel sink, pull out spray faucet, gas oven/range with exhaust fan vented, fridge, thermal glass window with new blind, new plumbing and electric. Large painted bedroom, new wood floors, crown molding, high ceiling with new remote controlled ceiling fan, large closet with overhead storage, shelving, thermal glass window with new blind. Located in Center City/Logan Square. Excellent location! Building has six apartments. Well maintained building by owner with 50 years experience. Owner lives on the same block. Quiet and safe neighborhood. Laundry facilities available on premises. Just steps from the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Art Museum, Kelly Drive, Please Touch Museum, Rodin Museum and many, many other attractions. This is a 10 minute walk to Center City and City Hall and just four blocks from the Art Museum and Kelly Drive, which is the entrance to the 8,000 acre Fairmount Park, with miles of biking, jogging and skating paths as well as Boathouse Row on the banks of the Schuylkill River. Whole Foods Market is a short walk from the building and you will find all the necessary amenities in the neighborhood - restaurants, video stores, gyms, dry cleaners and banks. Close to major arteries, Ben Franklin Parkway, I76. Public transportation and permit parking for cars. More info please call and ask for Kathy at (215)407-1248.

Exceptional living

$1906 / 1br - 778ft2 - One of kind popular 1 BDR layout! (Old City). 401 Race Street. The View at Old City unveils an exceptional portrait of living. A unique fusion of style and sophistication, our apartment residences reflect your contemporary flair. Enjoy the life you deserve. When you live at The View at Old City, your address says it all. Paw Park. Active Courtyard with Heated 3 Season Pool. Concierge Service. Theater Room. Zen Garden. Fitness Center with Peloton Bikes and Yoga Room. Cyber Café. Open and Spacious Floorplans. 24-Hour Package Acceptance & Retrieval. Reserved, On-Site Parking. Resident onsite Storage Lockers. Boardwalk Roof Deck with Overlook (coming soon). Call: (833) 258-4342.

Art museum area

$1100 / 1br - 450ft2 - Bright Sunny Apt Avail NOW FAIRMOUNT/ART MUSEUM (532 N. 15th St. Apt 2R). ArtMuseum/Center City/ Fairmount. Renovated cozy sunny second floor rear apartment Freshly painted apartment, new floors() New kitchen with solid wood cabinets stove, refrigerator and modern light fixture!! New Energy Efficient gas heat. Living room with sunny bay window, new ceiling fan, bedroom with ceiling fan, large closet. Porcelain tiled bathroom. Minutes away from Temple Univ., Community College, the Art Museum, and Center City, also close to University City, great location!!! One block from Broad Street and Spring Garden Street, subway lines and bus routes. $1100 a month (includes water, sewer and trash) Application fee $50pp (cash). Minimum one year lease. First, last and one months security deposit required. For more info call Kathy 215-407-1248.

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Sylvania Gardens

$925 / 500ft2 - Sylvania Gardens - Studios Feat. H/w Floors, Updated Kitchen,& Pets OK (University City / UPenn). 424 south 48th st. Studios $925 One Bedrooms $1050. Distinct, charming yet affordable large apartment complex situated in the heart of University City. All units included heat, hot and cold water, and cooking gas. Dogs and cats are permitted at no charge. On-site laundry facilities and 24 hour maintenance. One mile to University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and University of the Sciences. 10 minutes to Philadelphia Community College and University of the Arts. 20 minutes to Temple University. Public transportation and shopping close to property. Living room. Walk-in closet. Range / Oven. Refrigerator. Garbage disposal. Yard. Ceiling fans. Double pane / Storm windows. Cable-ready. Wired. Intercom system. Hardwood floor. Tile floor. Granite countertop. Secured entry. Controlled access. Security system. Near transportation. Onstreet parking.

View at Old City

$2785 / 2br - 1010ft2 - This Corner 2 Bedroom Sets Itself Apart. 401 Race Street. The View at Old City unveils an exceptional portrait of living. A unique fusion of style and sophistication, our apartment residences reflect your contemporary flair. Enjoy the life you deserve. When you live at The View at Old City, your address says it all. Media Room. Plush Carpet in Bedrooms. Dry Cleaning Service. Reserved, On-Site Parking. Electric Vehicle Charging Station. Fitness Center with Peloton Bikes and Yoga Room. Designated Bicycle Storage. Concierge Service. Zen Garden. Cyber Café. In-Home Washer & Dryer. Open and Spacious Floorplans. Call: (833) 258-4342.

Spacious two-bedroom

$2270 / 2br - 835ft2 - 2 Bedroom/1 Bath/ (1220 Sansom St.). KEY FEATURES: Sq Footage: 835 sqft. Bedrooms: 2 Beds. Bathrooms: 1 Bath. Lease Duration: 1 Year. Deposit: $500. Pets Policy: Cats & Dogs OK. Laundry: Shared. Floor: 11th. Property Type: Apartment. DESCRIPTION: This spacious 2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath. Fitness center available off-site. Private laundry room. Located in the heart of Center City, 1220 Sansom is an intimate building featuring just two apartment homes per floor. These spacious, newly renovated units offer easy access to unique dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. RENTAL FEATURES: Living room. Heat: forced air. Central A/C. Cable-ready. COMMUNITY FEATURES: Secured entry. Near transportation.

New listing


$1450 / 2br - NEW LISTING:Sunny 1st flr apt h/w floor Art Museum Avail 9/1 (ART MUSEUM-2719 Brown St.) Sunny large 2 bedroom apartment. Just renovated, freshly painted through-out. Living room-new hardwood floors, high ceilings and ceiling fan. Kitchen- new solid wood cabinets, new oven,new microwave oven, new ceramic tiles, high ceiling, modern light fixture. Tiled bathroom- sit down bath with shower head, new light fixture and medicine cabinet. Long wide hall(can be used for small work station)? LArt Museum area, Fairmount, close to Center City. Excellent location! Professional and friendly neighbors. Safe neighborhood. Ample on street parking. Just steps from the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Art Museum, Kelly Drive, Please Touch Museum, Rodin Museum and many, many other attractions. Close to many shops,bars, restaurants, dry cleaners etc. Close to major arteries,Bridges, Ben Franklin Parkway, I76, Public transportation. No pets. Non smoking building! Available September 1. Application fee $50 pp. Minimum one year lease. $1450 a month includes cold water, sewer and trash fee. First, last and one months security deposit. For more info please call and ask for Kathy at (215) 407-1248.

Washington Square West

$1395 / 2br - Beautiful 2 bedroom apt in Washington Square West. S. Juniper St. near Spruce street. This is a historical building with newly updated living conditions. We focus on creating a family living environment in the building with this 3-story townhouse. Beautiful 1 Bedroom/1 bath/1 living room Apartment, on the 2nd floor, available immediately. The separated living room can be used as a second bedroom for two persons living or can be used as an office to work from home. It is located on a safe and quiet street with a friendly neighborhood. 50 yards to the subway on broad street, Minutes to the subway on Locust/Spruce/Market street/ City Hall. Easy to all directions: University of the Arts, Thomas Jefferson University, Drexel University, Penn. 5 min to walk to Jefferson University Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital. Kimmel theater center is another side of Broad St. New solid hardfloor, new painting and moldings, all new LED light to save energy, bright, cozy and warm conditions. Laundry: WASHER & DRYER in the unit. Cooling: Quiet, split-air conditioners with heat pump. Heat: air conditioner and baseboard. Floor: Hardwood throughout. Kitchen: Stainless appliance and new cabinets, granite countertop. Tenants pay for the electric (everything is electric), owner pays for the water. Three months rent to move in. Parking on streets around building with city resident zoning parking permit or park on private parking lots next to building. Pls text for viewing if you are a student with a cosigner, or have a job with 3 times of rent income and good credit (650 or higher). (856) 889-3813.

Midtown Philly

$1490 / 1br - 500ft2 - 1 Month Free on 13 Month Lease! 1 BR~ H-W throughout! (1600 Walnut St.) 1 Bedroom Apartment home with Hardwood Floors; Central Heating; Central Cooling; Microwave; Building Features Exercise Room. 1600 Walnut is surrounded by the performing arts and numerous other cultural venues. Known for its popular restaurants and nightlife spots, Midtown Philadelphia is a fun and exciting place to live. Just steps away from some of Philadelphia’s best culinary experiences, you will revel in the hustle and bustle of Center City life! FEATURES: Fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers and breakfast bar Marble baths On-site laundry Washer & dryer in select units AMENITIES: Fully-equipped fitness facility Resident bike storage Secure package room On-site property management Pet friendly SERVICES: Online resident portal featuring rent payments and work order entry for your convenience NEIGHBORHOOD: Local attractions include Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Franklin Institute, Walnut Street shopping, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Local universities include Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Jefferson University Rittenhouse Square Park Farmer’s Market, Parc, Rouge, Dandelion, Garces Trading Company, El Vez, and Sampan offer exceptional dining within a few blocks Easy access to Market East SEPTA station and SEPTA bus routes, routes I-95 and 76. (215) 284-7750.

Large studio

$1290 / 400ft2 - Large Studio Apartment Home – Midtown Center City – Immediate Move in (201 S. 13th). KEY FEATURES: Bedrooms: Studio. Bathrooms: 1 Bath. Lease Duration: 1 Year. Deposit: $500. Pets Policy: Cats & Dogs OK. Laundry: Shared. Floor: 9th. Property Type: Apartment. DESCRIPTION: 1Studio Bedroom – 1 Bath, unit. Vinyl Laminate flooring, with carpeted bedroom. Kitchen nook. RENTAL FEATURES: Range / Oven. Refrigerator. Heat: baseboard heating. Update Kitchen, Granite Countertops, Hardwood floor. COMMUNITY FEATURES: Vintage building. Controlled access.

Antique Row

$1400 / 1br - 600ft2 - 1 bedroom unit (415 S. 10th St.) 1 Bedroom apartment home with 1 bathroom; hardwood floors. Located along Center City’s “Antique Row,” this quiet courtyard community is surrounded by single-family brownstones. The building is within walking distance of the Avenue of the Arts, City Hall, shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues, and all forms of public transportation. RENTAL FEATURES: Living room. Range / Oven. Refrigerator. Heat: forced air. Central A/C. Cable-ready. Hardwood floor. COMMUNITY FEATURES: Vintage building. Near transportation. pmcpropertygroup. com/properties.

Vida Apartments

$1195 / 1br - 600ft2 - 1 Bedroom – Apartment Home – Vida Apartments (235 S. 15th St.) 1BR apartment home located at the Vida Apartments, Midtown West. Hardwood Floors available, Embrace Philadelphia’s architectural past in this historically preserved mid-rise building. From the original sculpted ceilings to the beautifully preserved butler kitchens and French doors, many of the Vida’s original features have been retained. RENTAL FEATURES: Living room. Range / Oven. Refrigerator. Dishwasher. Heat: forced air. Central A/C. Cable-ready. Hardwood floor. COMMUNITY FEATURES: Vintage building. Elevator. Controlled access. Doorman. Near transportation. vida-apartments.

Courtyard community

$1320 / 450ft2 - Studio Apartment Home (417 S. 10th St. Antique Row). Studio apartment home with 1 bathroom; Ceramic Tile Flooring. Located along Center City’s “Antique Row,” this quiet courtyard community is surrounded by singlefamily brownstones. The building is within walking distance of the Avenue of the Arts, City Hall, shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues, and all forms of public transportation. RENTAL FEATURES: Living room. Range / Oven. Refrigerator. Heat: forced air. Central A/C. Cable-ready. Hardwood floor.

Private deck

$1400 / 1br - Apt.1Br. Sunny Private Deck Great location across from Park (11th & Pine St. Washington Square, West Phila.) Apt.1 Br. 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.

Lincoln Square

$2050 / 1br - 729ft2 - Lincoln Square Luxurious 1 Bedroom + Den. At the crossroads of Center City and South Philadelphia, Lincoln Square is in the heart of Philadelphia’s excitement. Experience Philadelphia’s latest luxury rental units, featuring top-of-the-line finishes throughout and an abundance of natural light. These spacious apartments come complete with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, movable kitchen islands, Mechoshade blinds, and Bosch washer/ dryer in unit. In addition to that the building offers a package locker system, pickup/drop off dry cleaning service, outdoor track and dog park for your four-legged friends and 24 hour concierge. TWhether you are shopping and dining right here in the square, or just steps down the road in Center City, everything you need is at your fingertips. 1000 South Broad is easily accessible by walking, car, or subway from anywhere in the city. With multiple floor plans to choose from, there is something for everyone so call to schedule your showing today! Call Tyrell at (267) 442-8451.

University City

$800 CHARMING STUDIO APT BLOCKS TO CLARK PARK (UNIVERSITY CITY / CLARK PARK) Charming apt. few blocks from Clark park cedar park Chester and Baltimore Ave. Hardwood floors. OPTION for month to month lease. Walk to University of Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, or Drexel University. Easy street parking. Several Philly Car share vehicles within a half a block. Beautiful neighborhood, with tons of places to eat, see and do around. Transportation: Very convenient location for transit riders. Easy access to University City, Drexel, Penn and Center City, short walks to parks and activities: Cedar Park Friday night Jazz is just a couple blocks away. Clark Park ‘s Weekly farmers market Mariposa Food Co, Firehouse Bikes, Wake up Yoga, Dock St Brew Pub, the Satellite Coffee Shop, The Gold Standard and much more within a few blocks. Young, professional roommates. Please reply with your FULL name and dates needed. TEXT 610-716-6241.

Vintage building

$1625 / 2br - 2 Bedroom – Midtown Center City (201 S. 13th) KEY FEATURES: Bedrooms: 2 Bed: Bathrooms: 1 Bath. Lease Duration: 1 Year. Deposit: $500. Pets Policy: Cats & Dogs OK. Laundry: Shared. Floor: 2nd. Property Type: Apartment. DESCRIPTION: 2 Bedroom – 1 Bath, unit. Vinyl Laminate flooring, with carpeted bedroom. Kitchen nook. RENTAL FEATURES: Range / Oven. Refrigerator. Heat: baseboard heating. Hardwood floor COMMUNITY FEATURES: Vintage building. Controlled access. properties/walnut-square-apartments.

Generous closets

$2264 / 1br - 1046ft2 - Generous Closets, Walk to Center City, Ground Floor Retail, Terrace. 1600 Callowhill Street. A PHILADELPHIA ICON. Originally built amidst a sea of immense factories that made up the Callowhill branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Sixteen Hundred is an incarnation of the city’s manufacturing heritage. The newly updated Sixteen Hundred is timeless, modern, and distinctly Philadelphian. Features: Expansive Windows. Equipped Kitchens. Studios, 1 Bedrooms & 2 Bedrooms. Generous Closets. Exposed Beams and Columns. 14’ Ceilings. Original Brick Walls. Panoramic Views Available. Open Loft Layouts. Community Amenities: Roof Lounge. Roof Deck & Patio. Walk to Center City. Ride the Broad Street Line. Bike Storage. Fitness Center. Visit the Museums. Terrace. Community Room. Ground Floor Retail. Pet friendly, contact for details.

Club room

$2030 / 1br - 578ft2 - 1 BR 1 BA LUXURY APT CENTER CITY-FITNESS CENTER, ROOF TOP, CLUB ROOM. 1338 Chestnut St. Be a part of it all at Griffin – masterfully renovated apartments located along the Avenue of the Arts in the heart of Center City. With all-new finishes and features, complemented by a smart collection of amenities, Griffin is your canvas for artful Philadelphia living. Features: Spectacular city views. Freestanding kitchen islands. Carpeted bedrooms. Luxurious bathrooms with quartz countertops and glass showers. Modern kitchens. Stainless steel appliances. Engineered hardwood flooring. Mecho-style blinds. Wood cabinets. Washers and dryers. State-of-the-art fitness center open 24/7. Shuffleboard. 24-hour front desk. Valet laundry. Golf simulator. Resident business lounge. Outdoor kitchen. Onsite bike storage. Concierge service. Walking distance to dozens of Center City shops, restaurants, and cultural institutions. Catering facility. Billiards. 24-hour maintenance. Private conference space. Indoor-outdoor rooftop clubroom. Prominent Avenue of the Arts address. Historic character. Panoramic views.


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