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We sit down with actor John Travolta, in South Philly last week to promote his latest biopic, Gotti. SEE PAGE 16



The 24-hour dance marathon that is Fringe-a-thon is this week, along with the anticipated opening of the Rail Park! SEE PAGE 18

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ost of the responses to last week’s cover story Surviving the System, have been positive as the goal was to shed light on some of the horrific conditions inside both residential treatment facilities and juvenile placement centers. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t share one letter submitted to me in response that I honestly don’t know how to respond. The writer, Ms. Beverly Jordan – who resides somewhere within the city limits as I can only ascertain from the date stamp – says there’s a simple way to detract from all the youth being placed into facilities and foster care. Blacks and PWT: Please stop popping out babies you can’t afford or take care of. Dear Mr. Gabriel, I didn’t read the article “SURVIVING THE SYSTEM” because the title upset me and the fact that a juvenile thought about committing suicide. I was already upset because of the way the teens are treated in the juvenile system. I was upset because all of this could have been PREVENTED!! I bet some of those “guards” and staff have suffered the same things or worse not being wanted by either parent, the product of unwanted pregnancies. This has been going on for over 150 years, especially in the African-American community. Planned Parenthood was started in the 1930s. That’s when Black women should have had their tubes tied, and black men should’ve had vasectomies. Some whites should have had these procedures, especially if they did not want children, trying to use


pregnancy to trap a man, or to get welfare. I tried having my tubes tied, but the African-American gynecologist would not do it. I have never been pregnant. I love kids but I saw how [my] marriages were going and prevented a pregnancy. I went through two divorces. When I was growing up I saw about 25 African-American women getting pregnant and the fathers of the babies leaving them. Two white girls got pregnant, but the fathers of the babies married them. The sex drive is stronger than religions. I almost said “God,” but I don’t believe in god or a religion. All of this abuse that could be prevented is one reason. I want a god in my life to show people how to control [their] sex drive. Martin Luther King cheated on his wife and Jesse Jackson cheated on his, AFTER Martin Luther King. The answer is PREVENTION. Then the teens won’t be here to be abused by the System or abused by their “parents.” I hope you can show this letter to people [and] that [it] can have good influence in the African-American community and tell these people to STOP HAVING BABIES. Sincerely, Beverly A. Jordan You know, there’s a sadness in knowing that there are people out there that have this mentality and that there’s enough people emboldened by our current political climate to actually take the time to waste a stamp and mail this garbage to a newsroom. To readily surmise the derivative of a problem merely as a certain race polluting society with problem kids because they are nothing but a bunch of horny, unfit parents is a disgrace. Maybe it’s my fault for putting a black kid on the cover... Ugh. Stay woke, Philadelphia. Or for those who share the ideals of Ms. Jordan here, feel free to go back to sleep. Q TWITTER: @SPRTSWTR

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The week of Philly vs. Trump Shortly after President Donald Trump announced his decision to uninvite the world champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, Mayor Jim Kenney sent out a press release blasting the leader of the free world as “a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.” The comment erupted on cable news, social media and even made the late-night show takedown segments. So began the week of Philly versus Trump. Q

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Federal judge sides with Philly in ‘sanctuary’ case Soon after the Eagles brouhaha, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson ruled in Philly’s favor in the ongoing “sanctuaryâ€? case. The federal judge declared the Trump administration’s attempt to withdraw $1.5 million in federal funding violates statutory and constitutional law. The ruling marked a major victory for city ofďŹ cials and immigrant rights advocates. Coincidental, yes, but the timing did not go unnoticed. It’s the most excited we’ve seen Kenney since the days of unfettered access to his private Twitter account. Q PHILADELPHIAWEEKLY.COM

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Summer Concert Calendar A quick look at a few other upcoming live acts headed to Philly this summer. Sam Smith Sam Smith – do you really need any more of sell than that? Promoting his second studio album, the English singer with the killer vocals is on his The Thrill of It All Tour. Even if you have to take the “Midnight Train” home, the night will sure be worth it with songs, like “Too Good at Goodbyes,”“Baby, You Make Me Crazy,” “One Last Song,” and “No Peace.” | July 4. 8pm. Prices vary. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. sam-smith


A tale of unrequited love and all the confusion, excitement and heartache that comes along with it is the focus of Mascula, the latest album from Philly glam band, Sixteen Jackies.

Keep em’guessing There’s not really an adjective that readily describes Philly glam quartet, Sixteen Jackies. And that’s what makes them intriguing BY KERITH GABRIEL


ead singer Joey DeMarco has seen it time and time again. He joked about it being known as “the look.” “We come out on stage and people are have this look, like ‘what the fuck’ am I looking at?” DeMarco, generally dressed in makeup and oft-times in drag recalled. “But we start playing and those same people come up to us after the show and tell us how great it was. We are a theatrical, visceral experience, so it’s always nice to see they’re faces change mid-


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way through the show.” Full disclosure: Sixteen Jackies is not for everyone. DeMarco’s blood spitting, rolling around on stage theatrics isn’t the societal norm, even for punk standards, but for those open-minded, eye-opening experience types, listening to their sound is one that captivates. Perhaps a statement none truer than the lyrics on the band’s latest album, Mascula, released in May, chock full of stories for those that wrestle with the throes of sexuality and what it is to identify as – whatever you want really – in America.

Coming off a show at Pride this past weekend and in advance of their only Philly show this month on June 13 at Johnny Brenda’s, PW chatted with DeMarco on simply being different and how his style, sexuality, music and group all expertly align to form one of Philly’s best up-and-coming, so-called “glum rock” bands. Talk to us about the evolution of Sixteen Jackies, where do you honestly feel the band is at this point? Well at first it was just me showing up with all of these songs that I’d already had, ready

Arcade Fire Thought you missed Arcade Fire’s Everything Now Tour? Well “Wake Up,” because “Good God Damn” the band announced new dates with a continued tour. Groove out to the rock group’s retro stylings. | July 19. 6:30pm. $60.50. Festival Pier, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. PPL=true&ab=efeat5787v1#efeat4212 Beach House What says summer more than Beach House – well not an actual beach house, but the band! Whisk off to the dream pop land of music. The duo is set to release their latest album “7” in May, but get a taste of the album with their already released single “Lemon Glow.” | July 26. 8:30pm. Prices vary. Tower Theater, S. 69th St. and Ludlow St., Upper Darby. 461B655B6D8&offerid=0 Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Can’t make it to New Orleans to celebrate its 300th anniversary? No worries! New Orleans is coming to you in the form of a street party lineup of jazzy beats. In celebration of the milestone, American musician, producer, actor and philanthropist Trombone Shorty curated Voodoo Threauxdown to bring the New Orleans pride on tour. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue also headlines the show that includes Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and New Breed Brass Band, and special appearances by Cyril Neville and Walter Wolfman Washington. | Aug. 12 6pm. $48.50. River Stage at Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd.


The Blasters Want a full dose of rock and roll? The Blasters will kick out the “American Musicâ€? jams. Formed in 1979, the band breaks the boundaries of blues, rockabilly, country, R&B and rock and roll into one slamming set. Flat Duo Jets and Full Blown Cherry will also take the stage. | Aug. 12. 7pm. $25. event/1613887-blasters-philadelphia/ Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life Two comedians and a banjo. Need more of a hint? It’s Steve Martin and Martin Short of course! The comic legends and real-life friends are touring with their variety show that will be filled with laughs and music. Joining the pair will be Grammy awardwinning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and “Jimmy Kimmel Liveâ€? keyboardist Jeff Babko. While the artists joke that it’s a forgettable evening, it is still a night you don't want to miss! | 8pm. Aug. 30. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. Made in America Music Festival When Labor Day Weekend rolls around, music fans’ ears perk up for Jay-Z’s annual music festival in Philly! Last year, the two-day fest had more than 50 acts with Jay-Z, J. Cole, and The Chainsmokers as the headliners. Details for 2018’s “Made in Americaâ€? have not been released yet, but keep checking their website for updates! | Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-2. Prices vary. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Mark Kozelek You may know Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon or the disbanded indie rock group Red House Painters. Known for his chilling baritone vocals and poetic lyrics, the prolific lyricist is set to drop a self-titled album in May. Eager beavers can listen now to two of the album’s songs, “This Is My Townâ€? and “My Love For You Is Undying,â€? on his website. | Sept 9. 9pm. $22. TLA, 334 South St. tDetail?tmeventid=0200545B96A28071&offer id=78213 Angra OK, metalheads, we got you covered. Break out the “War Horns,â€? because the big-name Brazilian heavy metal group is coming your way. Angra just dropped their latest album â€œĂ˜MNIâ€? this past February, and it puts the pedal to the metal – heavy metal that is. Headlining the show will be metal rocker Scarlet Aura. | Sept. 14. 9pm. $25. The Foundry, 29 E. Allen St. ntid=0200545BAE31B93D&offerid=0 Jesse Collin Young Lead singer of the acclaimed rock band “The Youngbloodsâ€? hits the Philly stage. With more than 15 solo albums under his belt, Jesse Collin Young has released chart-toppers, such as “Song for Juli,â€? “Light Shine,â€? and “Songbird.â€? | Oct. 5. 8pm. Prices vary.


to go. [But] as the band has progressed, we’ve gone from me showing with a bunch of songs to us getting together and writing music together. I still write all the lyrics, but it’s more [collaborative] and I think that’s made for better music. How would you describe Sixteen Jackies? [Laughs] I’ve just been going about saying we’re a glam rock band in the vein of like [David] Bowie and T.Rex. But we hit sounds all the time that don’t really fall into those genres, however I like to think of it as Talking Heads meets Sonic Youth meets Roy Orbison. Saying that we produce ‘glum rock’ has always been kind of an inside joke, but I’ll just say it’s very angsty glam rock.

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Your look and demeanor on stage totally sets the tone here. How much of that is impromptu and how much of it is by design? Oh, I’m totally going for a deranged vibe. I’m in full makeup, squirming around, the makeup is nothing different for me, I wear makeup out to the bar after a show pretty regularly. Honestly, this band was a massive part of me feeling comfortable to even do that. I pretty much only perform in drag now, I mean very rarely do I not, and that is just a fascinating thing to me. A lot of the lyrics play with gender-bending as well, so I think it all adds to it in a really good way. How much of a game changer for Sixteen Jackies to play at the Pride Festival? It’s everything. I feel like we don’t have that stronghold on a queer audience right now and I’ve really, really wanted that to happen. A lot of our music speaks to my own experience as a queer person and I feel that there’s so much of it that’s relatable. Sometimes I do worry how I perform and that the crazy guy in drag persona gets taken more as a punchline, like it’s all shock value but I would love for people to see us as different but also authentic and accept us as a voice for the queer community, in a way that we have not done yet. Acceptance in all forms is ultimately what everyone wants, right? Q Sixteen Jackies | June 13, 8pm. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. ticket

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A throng of police, media and protesters during the recent eviction of a heroin encampment at Kensington and Lehigh Avenues.

At risk, in addiction What Philly drug users are teaching us about the overdose crisis BY MAX MARIN


rug users in Kensington are carrying naloxone and reversing overdoses more than ever. The overwhelming majority struggle to find stable housing. And heroin and fentanyl are only the tip of the iceberg of drug use in Philadelphia. Those are three new findings come from a recent Philadelphia Department of Health survey of 400 people who reported drug use in Kensington. The survey offers a vital glimpse at the changing landscape of an overdose crisis that claimed 1,207 lives last year – and provides information that advocates say can better guide policy to combat the crisis. “The survey really drives home the point that drug use is a symptom of a larger failure of the safety net that America and Philadelphia provides to those who need it most,” says Abraham Gutman, a writer and economist who focuses on harm reduction. “Without a stable home, access to evidence based treatment in the community, and with a criminal record as a barrier to employment, recovery becomes close to impossible. When a person in addiction decides that he or she is ready for treatment, it


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is incumbent on us to make getting treatment and staying in treatment as simple as possible.” Surveys were completed at Prevention Point, the city’s only syringe exchange program, as well as at Kensington’s various homeless encampments. Respondents leaned predominantly male (65 percent), between the ages of 25–44 years old (65 percent), and white (55 percent). Hispanic and Black users comprised 42 percent of those surveyed. Those demographics aside, users reported a shared experiences and risk factors.

More naloxone means more lives saved. Naloxone is a synthetic drug that blinds opioid receptors in the nervous system and causes rapid overdose reversal. Its increased distribution in Kensington has led to far more “community reversals,” health department officials noted. According to the survey, more opioid users – nearly 56 percent of those polled – reported administering the overdose-reversing agent in the last year, most of them without calling 911 or summoning the area’s overburdened paramedics. Nearly 9 out of 10 respondents reported witnessing an overdose in the last year, while 4 out of 10 reported experiencing an overdose themselves. Just 28 percent said they witnessed an overdose and called 911; most simply administered naloxone themselves or administered naloxone in addition to calling 911. Bill Kinkle, an ER nurse who is in recovery, says this finding speaks to users’ fears of mistreatment from police or paramedics. “I think a great deal of education needs to happen with health care providers regarding addiction in order to decrease stigma and improve treatment,” Kinkle says. “If overdose victims felt they would be treated as human beings, with compassion, empathy and respect, they may be more willing to seek treatment.” Beyond overdose risks, users are struggle with housing, treatment and criminal justice system Some 77 percent of surveyed participants at Prevention Point and bridge encampments said they lacked stable and consistent shelter. The issue was central to protests around the closure of two Kensington bridge encampments last month. While the city has funded at least 80 new beds in the area, harm reduction advocates say there’s need for far more lowbarrier residency programs that do not require sobriety. More than half of the 75 participants at the Pathways to Housing’s housingfirst program reported being in treatment or abstaining from drug use after their first year in housing. Nearly 60 percent of survey respondents said they had recently participated in drug treatment programs. Forty percent said they had been incarcerated within the

prior three months. Studies shown that even 24 hours of interrupted drug use, either from incarceration or from sobriety, can lead to greater risk of overdose when a user relapses. Combination drug use is becoming a larger problem. Nearly everyone who was surveyed had used heroin in the last few months, and most of them admitted to being intravenous users. More noteworthy is that nearly 70 percent said they intentionally sought out fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far more powerful than heroin. The survey also reflects the higher degree of combination drug use. About 71 percent reported using cocaine recently, while 52 percent said they used also benzodiazepines. Health officials noted there “seems to be no demographic differences between those seeking and those avoiding fentanyl use,” based on the survey findings. More data could help to better combat the crisis. Asked about conducting more surveys of the city’s drug users, health department officials said they’d be interested in looking more at “combination drug use particularly co-use of an opioid with a stimulant,” such as cocaine or methamphetamine. They also said they’d like to ask more in depth questions about housing. Moreover, officials are concerned surveying other opioid hotspots in the city. While Kensington has long been considered the epicenter of the region’s drug crisis, data from the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office shows that South Philadelphia (near Broad and Snyder) and Northeast Philadelphia (near Frankford and Cottman) also saw surges in fatal overdoses last year. Advocates say more input from opioid users could better inform the city’s lagging pursuit of Comprehensive User Engagement Sites. “For sites in Philadelphia to really live to the name comprehensive user engagement site, there must be a conversation with the people who will be using the site about the services that the CUES will provide,” Gutman says. Q TWITTER: @MAXMMARIN


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Fighting the blight You know those annoying “cash for home”signs? City wants to pay you and your civic money for taking them down BY MELISSA KOMAR


ired of looking at posters plastered all over telephone poles and itching to get involved with your neighborhood civic? The City of Philadelphia is looking to help you kill those two birds with one stone. The Streets Department’s interdepartment Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet is managing Bandit Signs Brigade, an effort to collect signs posted on street lights, utility poles, traffic signs, historical markers, street trees, and other city property throughout the area until June 15. And now, thanks to a grant, there are now 29 participating neighborhood groups can cash in. The City will pay 50 cents per sign up to $250 (or 500 signs) to each neighborhood group to remove signs posted in the right of way in the city during the Illegal Signs Roundup. This is the first time the City has offered an incentive solely to groups, according to Nic Esposito, the director for the City’s Zero Waste and Litter initiative. “This initiative came from one of the recommendations of the Zero Waste and Litter Action Plan. In the early stages of developing this plan, we heard from many community groups that were very frustrated by these signs,” Esposito said. “Frustrations ranged from anger at the predatory nature to anger at the unsightly conditions that lead to an atmosphere of neglect on these sites. We also work very closely with Licenses and Inspections on the Cabinet and particularly with Commissioner Perri who dealt with this issue when he was the streets commissioner and who continues to be a passionate advocate for getting these signs under control. He helped the Cabinet access grant funding to start the program.” In sections of the city like the River Wards for example, groups like the New Kensington Community Development Corporation, Fishtown Neighbors Association, Friends of Campbell Square, Olde Richmond Civic Association, and South Kensington Community Partners have all already agreed to take part. NKCDC corridor stewards will remove illegal signs and the funds from any signs collected will help “to continue to fund our street cleaning program to be used to purchase cleaning supplies, pay our corridor stewards, keep their trikes on the road, etc.,” with an emphasis on commercial corridors, according to Kaelyn Anderson, economic development director at NKCDC. “Illegal signs are blight. They are illegal, ugly and predatory. This program is an opportunity to monetize

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what we already are doing, cleaning and beautifying our community,” said Rosemary Thomas, the president of the Old Richmond Civic Association. “The money will go back into our Green Streets or Clean Streets programs. We may use it to help support the expansion and maintenance of the tire garden or possibly jumpstart another project.” Brendan Black, a member of Port Richmond’s Friends of Campbell Square said that there’s already plans in place for what they’ll do with the money. “The Friends Of Campbell Square would love to collect the 500 illegal signs as its goal,” said Susan Ongirski, secretary for Friends of Campbell Square. “Then, we plan to take the money that we receive in exchange for turning in signs and invest that $250 back into the park for plants or other park upgrades, to keep Campbell Square looking beautiful for a long time to come.” Which is right up the ears of city officials. “Our hope is that community groups use these funds to purchase new supplies for cleaning and greening Philadelphia neighborhoods,” Kelly Cofrancisco, the city’s deputy communications director said. And, while some extra spending cash for the civics is a sweet deal, the signs will not go to waste. “After the signs are collected, instead of being thrown away, they will be repurposed,” according to Cofrancisco. “In October, during Mural Arts Month, the City will work with Trash Academy, a project of Mural Arts Philadelphia, to repurpose the signs into something useful. This will be part of an ongoing series of Trash Academy art projects that highlight the need to eliminate single-use plastics from the waste stream.” Another signs roundup depends on securing more funding, but the bottom line is sending a message that illegal signs will not be tolerated. She added: “Our aim is that we send a big message to these people who put up signs, along with further enforcement if they get reposted, to severely limit the amount of signs going up,” Esposito said. “Once that happens, we hope to keep in contact with these groups who participated in the roundup to continue to organize them and possibly do one-off contests throughout the year to continue taking down these signs when they go back up, and we imagine they will. And if we need to seek more funding to this again, we will.” Q For more details on the Illegal Sign Roundup, visit TWITTER: @STARNEWSPHILLY


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Former Gov. Ed Rendell braved a torrential downpour to take in Doggie Hamlet, one part of a series of PIFA shows.

Raining sheeps and dogs Despite downpour, PIFA’s Doggie Hamlet brought bark in front of large crowd BY ANDREA CANTOR


ven before the event, the weather forecast reported heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding. But it’s almost as if the promotions page for Doggie Hamlet, an avant-garde dance, part of 11 days of events within the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, was ready for anything. The site read: “The performance will occur rain or shine, unless there is [lightning]. Dress appropriately for the conditions. You may want to bring an umbrella if rain is forecast. And thanks for your flexibility if we find we need to hold a show for a few minutes to avoid a downpour.” Rain it did on Sunday, June 3, and a lot, but it the storms didn’t stop this outdoor play featuring five actors, three border collies and a whole lot of sheep – 35 to be exact from puttingto put on quite the show along the rolling hillsides of West Fairmount Park. Armed with raincoats, boots, and umbrel-

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las, a kitschy audience took it all in sitting on hay bales. The weather conditions did force a majority of attendees to leave mid-way and was severe enough for the festival’s acrobatic performance “Cristal Palace” to be cancelled that night. But in the name of experimental art – and that the show only ran for two days – a number of dedicated thespians stayed with the human and animal actors as well as crew until the final bows. Choreographer Ann Carlson told PW,

over the actors’ sheep calls and the patter of rain, that Doggie Hamlet has performed at five venues over 18 months. As the actors ran around a fenced-in area, Carlson said the intricate and esoteric movements were an inspiration from David Wroblewski’s “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,” a novel that taps into the themes of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book.” “It borrows from those books, but it doesn't tell those stories. It uses the images from them,” said Carlson. During one of the scenes, Carlson pointed out the actors were mirroring each other’s movements to symbolize how people learn from one another, while still maintaining their individuality. “The central character of the book is a boy who can hear, but can’t speak. That’s why [there is] sign language,” clarified Carlson. “[The performance has] all different kinds of gestures, gestures that are ancient which guide the dogs and herds the sheep. There are gestures of privilege, and the gestures of life with our families, and the gestures of dancing and being together. It is really based on these ancient practices of shepherding, dancing and coming together in kinship systems.” In her bucolic pursuit, Carlson added she envisioned the animals in their natural herding patterns – so no tricks or smoke and mirrors. Carlson likened the performance to “a 3D pastoral poem or a living landscape painting that keeps changing.” Analogous to a poem, participants were able to extract different levels of the weighty themes: from Lucy Long, age 11, who came with her mom to see the animals to Jennifer Moore, an editor at the University of Pennsylvania, who came after reading a New York Times’ review of the show. Oh, also braving the elements to take in the piece was former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. Yep, so just in case what you read hasn’t been odd enough, with the torrential downpour and sheepherding, Rendell was watching it all. In his favor is Rendell’s well-known passion for the arts, and he is one of the founding board members of PIFA. So if you think about it, his attendance may have been the only thing that wasn’t strange. Q TWITTER: @ANDREAJCANTOR

Catching up with the Guv In a torrential downpour at a recent PIFA event, PW caught up with former Gov. Ed Rendell at PIFA’s Doggie Hamlet – before he left for indoor warmth. You helped start PIFA? How have you liked this season so far? Yea, PIFA is a wonderful event, there are such spectacular things. I saw today at two o’clock “Water on Mars.” They had jugglers, music, and they were terrific. Perfect show for families, it was just magical. [Doggie Hamlet] is different, and of course the weather is making it very difficult to sit here and understand what’s going on, but it’s unique, it’s entertaining, it’s diverse, and it’s fun, it brings a lot of fun to the city. “Crystal Palace,” I’m going to it on Tuesday, and I’ve heard from people that it’s really spectacular. Why did you think it was so important to start a festival like this? When I became mayor, Charleston had just started the Spoleto Festival. It was a two-week arts performance festival, and it was a huge draw to Charleston. It increased Charleston’s tourism dramatically, and put Charleston on the map. I always wanted to have a Spoleto-like festival, and PIFA is just that. It’s an extended 11-day festival with different arts events going on for the week, diverse offerings, so there is something for everyone. I would be interested in knowing why all of these people are here to see Doggie Hamlet? Yes, it looks like there are well over 100 people out here in the rain. The pouring rain. How are you doing right now, being out in the rain? I’m wondering what I am doing here. I’m a great dog lover … and it’s interesting to see the sheep and how they flock together. In the political time period we are living in, there has been a cutback on the arts. How does someone who is a major advocate for arts programming view this type of rollback? It’s deleterious on all levels. For kids, study after study shows that when school children get involved in the arts, it helps their overall academics and helps expand their minds. It’s disastrous for the school programs and just for public arts. Arts and culture are one of things that make life worth living, and we are making a big mistake if we cut those. Is there anything else you would like to add? Yeah, B-A-A-A-A-A-A-A! Q – ANDREA CANTOR | @ANDREAJCANTOR



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John Travolta toured the streets of Philly last week to promote Gotti, the upcoming biopic where he takes on the role of the infamous gangster.

Passionate projects

In town to promote his latest flick, PW catches up with actor John Travolta BY LOGAN KRUM


ohn Travolta has been a lot of people. He’s assumed the roles of a former American president, an aloof contract killer and a greaser with slicked back hair whose chills keep multiplying, among more. Most recently, he was American gangster John Gotti, boss of the powerful Gambino Mafia family in New York City. But sitting in Dante & Luigi’s in South Philly wearing a teal green blazer, he’s dropped the pouted lips and Brooklyn accent. Travolta as Travolta is a friendly guy – he strokes his chin as soon as he spots me approaching to indicate our matching beards, before pulling me in close for a picture like we hadn’t just met a quarter of a minute ago, and asking if I wanted iced tea. Gotti has been a passion project of his for many years, and finally it’s seeing the light of day. Here’s what he had to say about it in advance of its release in theaters on June 15.

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You’ve been playing a lot of dramatic roles in recent years. What has been drawing you to those roles? You know, I started out with Saturday Night Fever which is a dramatic role and earned an Academy Award nomination, and it became a pop culture phenomenon. I think I felt that even though I had done comedy prior to that, the dramatic role started my movie career. So dramatic roles were kind of my blueprint for later day movies – although certain movies were commercial like Pulp Fiction, but it was still considered very dramatic. So, it doesn’t feel like a turn. What feels different is I’ve been asked to play historic characters. I played Bill Clinton in Primary Colors (1998) and Robert Shapiro in The People Vs. O.J. (2016) and now Gotti, and it seems that someone’s asked me to play Vincent Lombardi. It seems that biopics are becoming my direction because certain directors or producers feel I have an ability to assume the meanness of those particular characters in our history.

How did you prepare to assume the role of Gotti? There’s a lot of research, a lot of drilling of accent, behavior, walk, talk, attributes. I got help from Gotti’s family. You know, the clothing I wore was some of his clothing. Even the coat I wore was his. There was a lot of film footage I could look at, especially the prison stuff when he was ill. When he was younger, family holidays and things were on film. Of course [John Gotti Jr.] and his mother were very helpful in informing the character. Was there anything that drew you to this specific character? As I did more research, I discovered that I wanted to know why he was loved. I hadn’t remembered someone like Dillinger or Whitey or Capone being well loved. This is about the last really famous American gangster that will ever be, because the mafia doesn’t really exist anymore because of the RICO Act. I discovered he did things that ingratiate him to the public. He would bring small busi-

nesses that were in the red back into black and they would be in profit again. Even though he may have usurped a percentage, you never went out of business. He would finance neighborhood parties and things like that that endeared him, and helped people out when they were in dire need. He’d open up a gym that was closed and a lot of kids lost their mojo for being professional boxers, he’d give it back to them by opening up the gym again. He was caring and generous on that side, even though he had this dark side where business was business, live by the sword die by the sword type of thing. The gangsters were, “you’ll die on the street or die in prison,” and gangsters were very aware of that notion. This film was a passion project for you in production for many years. Film rights were first secured back in 2010. How did the project evolve over time? At first it was a big budget film with me and Pacino and Pesci and different directors. As the budget got smaller, we went through different scripts and different directors. I think we went through four directors and four casts, and finally we narrowed it down to reflect the book [John Gotti Jr.] wrote, Shadow of my Father. We had a director who really had a vision [Kevin Connolly], we had a budget everyone could afford and we were able to do it. How close is this final project to the original vision after all these changes? I think it’s even better. It was going to be a big thing and the script was good, but the script became great because everything we did, every single scene actually happened to the Gotti family historically. We duplicated it verbatim. I feel like we got only the truth up there, and so I feel better about the script we finally did than the initial script, which was not as accurate as my research ultimately revealed. So, it really was worth the wait. What was your favorite part about the whole process? Probably convincing the [Gotti] family who chose me, since I was there first choice to play the role, that I could do it justice and that they believed I could disappear as a famous person, and become another famous icon of a gangster. If they bought it, I thought everyone would buy it. By the time I filmed the prison scenes where I was dying but trying to be strong, the family was moved and taken aback by it because it was so accurate to what they had seen and experienced. You’re in South Philly. Have you had any cheesesteaks yet? Not yet, but we’re planning it for the plane. It’s from Tony Luke’s. When I did Blowout (1981), Brian De Palma always liked to have cheesesteaks on set. Just one more question – are we ever going to see you singing and dancing again? [Laughs] Yeah. I think you will. Q TWITTER: @LOGANKRUMMOVIES





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Quick & Dirty Screen Printing

Interested in printmaking, but don’t know where to start? “Quick and Dirty Screen Printing” is the perfect class for someone who is new to printmaking and is ready to roll up their sleeves to have some fun. Screen printing is a popular printmaking medium that allows you to create multiple prints with relative ease and little equipment. In this class, Philadelphia artist and Galbrith & Paul printer Ashley Limés will guide you through the main steps of making a screen print. Students in this class will learn how to draw a film positive, expose a shop screen and print their design on paper. | 6-9pm. $90. Second Street Press, 1400 N. American St., Bsmt 103. secondstatepress. org/shop/quick-and-dirty-screen-printing


Outdoor Movie Series: ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’

On the night of graduation, everyone from the jocks to the introverted art kids come together for one last wild high school party. Friendships and romantic relationships will either blossom or fizzle out altogether. Watch the 1998 teen drama “Can’t Hardly Wait” in the Haas Biergarten underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge. Enjoy dinner and drinks from La Peg outside and in or food from the outdoor Seafood Shack. | 8:30pm. Free. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.


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A Taste of Kensington: Benefit for Greensgrow Community Kitchen

Join Philly’s nationally recognized urban farm and garden center at a unique celebration in support of the Greensgrow Community Kitchen, an incubator space for local food entrepreneurs that since 2011 has helped more than 75 local food visionaries turn their dreams into reality. For one exclusive evening, the unique urban oasis of Greensgrow Farms will be transformed for a special celebration for more than 300 guests filled with entertainment, a silent auction, local libations and culinary dishes reflective of Kensington’s expansive and award-winning food scene. | 6-10pm. $55-$85. Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St.


‘Donnie Darko’ Movie Night

It’s bizarre, confusing and absolutely intriguing. Watch the 2001 cult classic about a teen who sleepwalks and meets a demonic bunny who says the world is going to end in 28 days. Drink a good brew, and watch the film that you keep coming back to again and again. | 6:45pm. Free. BeerLove, 714 S.4th St.


What to do in & around the city

Disability Pride Parade


ut an end to the stigma by showing your disability pride! Non-abled bodies and allies, celebrate people with disabilities at this no-shame parade. Come in solidarity to represent the beauty of diversity. Starting with opening ceremonies at the National Constitution Center, keep the momentum going as you parade down Market Street. The day will finish at City Hall for live entertainment, information tables and kids’ activities. Speeches will be made by dignitaries, including Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities Charles Horton and Councilman Derek Green. Interpreter services will be available. The week leading up to the parade will be filled with events, such as banner decorating on Wednesday at City Hall and a happy hour on Friday at The Field House. June 16. 10am-4pm. Free. Opening ceremonies at The National Constitution Center, parading down Market St, and converging on City Hall.

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June Garden Sips

Get artsy and tipsy – is there any better combo? Make mini mosaics and spirograph art, while sipping on all-inclusive drinks. Food will be available for purchase from Ready, Willing & Able. After you’re done with your crafts, be sure to challenge yourself with a scavenger hunt. Vinyl records will be spinning to set the creative mood. | 5-8pm. $12-$20. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.


From now until July 1, it’s going to be all about those “Arabian Nights.” See the timeless story live on stage, about the peasant who becomes a prince to win the hand of the princess he loves. From the producers of “The Lion King,” come for romance, betrayal, music, magic, a flying carpet, a talking parrot and a genie in a bottle – no not Christina Aguilera. | 7:30pm. Prices vary. Academy Of Music, 240 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.




Rail Park

Proving it’s not off the rails, finally there is a date for the unveiling of Rail Park’s first phase! Come to the opening of the greenified park that has repurposed unused rail lines into an innovative public-space. Enjoy the first quarter-mile of the park’s 3-mile project. | June 14. 11am-2pm. Free. 13th and Noble streets.

sharp wit and outsider perspective to an act that promises to roll you off your seats and reshape your view of life in the Middle East, the reproductive system and the American dream. | 8pm. $18.50. Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.


On second thought, you probably can leave the getup at home for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s innovative and interactive urban garden. Running through fall, come for gardening workshops and performances. The installation will bring forward conversations about social equity and food security, needed policies for city health, and the benefits of urban farming. The farm will produce an estimated 1,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to be donated to Broad Street Ministry. | Times vary. Free. Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd. farm-for-the-city/

Let’s get this party off the rails – literally! Come celebrate the opening of Rail Park at the Trestle Inn with adoptable dogs from ACCT Philly, PAWS, PSPCA and Saved Me Adoption Center. Enjoy the “Rye’d the Rails” cocktail and half-price craft drafts. | 5-9. Free admission. The Trestle Inn, 11th and Callowhill.


The Devil Inside Me at Laurel Hill Cemetery

What do Laurel Hill Cemetery and one of history’s most infamous serial killers share in common? More than you might think. Ryan Coffman of Atlas Obscura Society Philadelphia will resurrect this history through an expansive lecture on the places and perpetrators throughout Philadelphia. Note that this presentation will include graphic content that may be unsettling for some attendees. | 6-8:30pm $20. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave.


Yemima: ‘Anchor Baby’

Being pregnant is such a confusing thing – especially for a virgin. An Israeli comedian, sociology professor, former orthodox Jew and officer in the Israeli army, Yemima is now starting her new life in West Philly. In a special, stand-up show Yemima slays basic perceptions of Israel, immigration, pregnancy, life in America and – her mother-in-law. Yemima brings her unique life experiences,




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Ails, Ales & Trails

your favorite of the British boyband. Check out Styles’ solo style on his debut tour. The concert will also feature special guest Kacey Musgraves. | 8pm. Prices vary. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

Handcrafted Root Beer Tasting

Love that root beer taste? In this tasting, led by the owners of the Franklin Fountain, learn about the production and origin of this timeless beverage. Try their house-made root beer in a drinking cup made by Resident Artist Daniel Ricardo Teran – which is yours to take home. | 6:30-8:30pm. $35-$40. The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. 2nd St.


Washed Out

You might be feeling washed up after the work week, so bring back some of that color with Washed Up. Relax with the chillwave artist’s latest music from “Mister Mellow.” | 9pm. $25. TLA, 334 South St. venue.

One of the masterpieces of modern theater, this timeless play brings the audience into the lives of the Prozorov sisters and their friends as the drama unfolds over a period of five years. Filled with laughter, heartbreak and joy, this site-specific production will be an experience you’ll never forget, and it’s only here through June 17. | 7pm. $30-$35. Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St.



Stripes and Stars Festival

From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions. Celebrate the American flag’s 241st anniversary and the U.S. Army’s 243rd anniversary. Events include an official Change of Command, flag raising, and naturalization ceremony as well as patriotic parade, swearing-in of army recruits, skydiving performance, and displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, giant flag folding activities. | 8am-5pm. Free. Locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia.


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June Monthly Concert with Brooke Annibale

Share some of Brooke Annibale’s indie sounds with her upcoming record “Hold to The Light.” In a pop-progressive style, the album offers a fusion of textured electronic and traditional instrumentation with soulful lyrics. | 7:30-10:30pm. $15-$20. Free for PFS members. Philadelphia Folksong Society, 6156 Ridge Ave. ets


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This one is for the book worms. Taking summer reading to a whole new level, come for a day-long reading of one of the greatest works of all time, James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” The outdoor reading will be accompanied by artists, public figures and other Philly personalities. Part of the worldwide celebration of the Irish writer and novel, Bloomsday – derived from “Ulysses’” protagonist Leopold Bloom – will also feature live music inspired by the novel, a beer garden and food vendors. For an added bonus, visitors will have

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free admission to Rosenbach Museum and Library, which houses “Of Two Minds” and pages of the “Ulysses” manuscript. | June 16. 11am-8pm. Free. The Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Pl.



Islamic Heritage Festival & Parade

Celebrate Islamic culture with a day of amusements. Start at the Unity in Diversity Parade, which will lead its way to the festival in Penn’s Landing. The annual Islamic Heritage Festival will feature family-friendly games, speakers, a health and wellness fair, free giveaways, entertainment and a global open market bazaar. | 2–8pm. Free. Parade: Unity in Diversity Parade: 5th and Market streets. Festival: Great Plaza, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.


Aunty Donna FringeA-Thon

Dance your “art” out at FringeA-Thon, an outdoor, 12-hour dance party and fundraiser for FringeArts and Philadelphia’s independent artists. Not your run-of-the mill fundraiser, FringeA-Thon is an enormous party that celebrates the power of dance. Enjoy Phillyfavorite DJs spinning all day, an outrageous “dance mom” host, pop-up performances, dance demos, battles, games, giveaways and many more surprises. | Noon-midnight. $35. Free for 12 and under. The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, 1050 N. Hancock St.


Juneteenth Family Celebration

Celebrate the passage and ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that commemorates the end of slavery. The day will be packed with family-oriented activities, panel discussions examining human trafficking, historical reenactments, food and drink marketplace, performance arts, exhibits, vendor marketplace, information resource tables and guided historic tours. | Noon-7pm. Free. Johnson House, 6306 Germantown Ave.


Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

Since 1970, the festival at Clark Park has celebrated West Philly. Come for kids’ events and activities, arts and crafts vending, diverse music performances, and dance and theater. Nonprofit organizations will be at the festival to reach out to the neighborhood about all sorts of issues. | 11am-7pm. Free. Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave. clarkparkfest.

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Aunty Donna returns with the “Big Boys” show. Get ready for a night of laughs with this musical comedy group from Melbourne. In a performance that blends sketch comedy and musical theater, Aunty Donna is bound to tickle your funny bone. | 8-10pm. $30. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. medium=bks


Father’s Day BBQ

Enjoy Father’s Day with all the amazing dads from the animal kingdom! Enjoy a delicious unlimited BBQ buffet, and learn from the zoo experts about your favorite animals. Visit PECO Primate Reserve to meet Motuba, the patriarch of the zoo’s gorilla family and dad of Amani and Ajabu, the youngest gorillas. | 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Prices vary. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Father-s-Day-BBQ.htm


Drag Your A** To Brunch!

Why take your pops out to a regular old brunch for Father’s Day when you can take him to a drag brunch! Dig into those egg bennies, pancakes, mimosas and more while watching Brittany Lynn and The Philly Drag Mafia for some fierce entertainment. Come win prizes and shots. Dads and sugar daddies get a free drink! FYI, tickets come with the expectation that you’ll be buying brunch – hey, like you really need a reason to brunch! | Noon. $5-$15. Bourbon and Branch, 705 N. 2nd St. index/1704795


Beer History Tasting & Trolley Tour

Make it a boozy – but educational Father’s Day! Celebrate at the historic Cedar Grove house and learn about beer brewing in early America. Enjoy a beer tasting, while spending it with your dad. Your ticket includes trolley transportation and admission to Cedar Grove. | 1-3pm: tours will depart the Museum every 30 minutes through 3pm. $25-$30. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

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Dad’s Beer Goes Here – Father’s Day Tours

Does your dad like beer? Of course he does. So, spare him the unneeded tie and give an experience you both will love. On this private tour of the brewery for you and yo poppa, you will also have a flight of five exclusive Evil Genius Lab beers, Evil Genius 32oz crowler cans and a Q&A opportunity at the end of the tour. | 1-3pm. For two, $45. For three, $65. Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front St.


Telling Our Stories: Regional Seedkeeping and Foodways

The American Northeast shares an intricate and varied foodways network shaped through centuries of indigenous and cross-cultural practices. Join indigenous cuisine scholar and practitioner Rachel Sayet (Mohegan) and Philadelphia-based seed keeper Owen Taylor to prepare traditional New England strawberry recipes and discuss the practice of storytelling through the growing and gathering of key food sources. | 6-8:30pm. $15. Free Library of Philadelphia: Culinary Literacy Center, 1901 Vine St.


Jim Stephens Presents: 4th Annual Mermaid Rescue Week

Come for arts appreciation and to support an important cause. The five-day long arts and music festival in support and benefit of Domestic Violence and Rape Survivor Advocacy. Women Organized Against Rape will be on hand each night doing outreach, collecting donations and providing literature about their resources for survivors of rape and domestic violence. Come for the first night, which will include performances by BoyWonder, The Poet-Lariats and more.

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard

Try saying King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard 10 times fast. OK, that’s clearly impossible, what is possible is to hear the Australian psychedelic rock band live in Philly! Make the most out of your Monday and rock out to the band’s latest album, “Gumboot Soup.” | 8:30pm. Prices vary. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. thatslivephiladelphia. com/buy-tickets/06-18-2018/king-gizzardand-the-lizard-wizard/397161.html


‘The Godfather’/’Sopranos’ Quizzo

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” A quizzo night about “The Godfather” and “Sopranos” of course – wait, what did you think I meant? Come get ready to answer questions about your favorite mobsters. Let’s just hope you aren’t swimming with the fishes by the end of the game. | 8pm. Free. Pub36, 7681 Frankford Ave. events/2104861789803438/


Queer Discoveries at the Library: ‘Ma Vie En Rose’

For your Movie Monday, watch “Ma Vie En Rose,” a French film – don’t worry, there will be English subtitles, about a transgendered girl coming into her own identity and a family that must confront their and their new neighbor’s own prejudices. This event is part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s and the Office of LGBT Affairs’ free film se-


Their sound draws from blue-eyed soul, dance music, rock, synth-pop, disco and funk. | 8pm. $33.50. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.


‘The Bachelor’ Quizzo!

Is the “The Bachelor” your guilty pleasure that you really don’t feel guilty about? Well come get your rose at this themed quizzo. Eddie and Lynn from the “Rose Buds” podcast host this epic night of all “Bachelor Nation” shows – yes, even “The Bachelorette” and spin-offs, like “Bachelor in Paradise,” “Winter Games,” “Bachelor Pad,” etc. Team up for a max of six people, sip on some “Bachelor”themed cocktails and try to win prizes! | 7pm. $5. Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.

MUSIC Kick off the summer season and join Roger Daltrey performing The Who’s “Tommy” with members of The Who band and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Witness the seminal rock opera like you’ve never heard it before! | 8pm. Prices vary. The Mann Center for Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.


basis. | Noon-5pm. Free, but pre-register before or during the event for complimentary laundry services. The Laundry Café, 400 W. Allegheny Ave.



The Power of Impeachment: Its History and Future

No matter where you are on the political – impeachment is a hot topic on many people’s minds right now. So, come learn about what impeachment entails, its history and its future. Laurence Tribe, leading constitutional scholar and author of “To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment,” will join coauthor Joshua Matz for a deep dive into topic of presidential impeachment. | Noon-1pm. Prices vary. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

Lesbian Speed Dating 40+

Forget “Her,” and come out for 40+ lesbian speed dating. Hosted by Be Single No More, enjoy a night of great conversation with Philly gay singles. After the speed dating event, keep the socializing going with a singles mixer! Your matches will be emailed to you after one or two days. Who knows— you might meet that special someone.| 7-9pm. $25. Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor St.

Glow & Flow for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Let your inner-self shine out with the help of this glow and flow yoga class. Proceeds benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Fun glow bracelets and necklaces will be provided. | 7:308:30pm. $17. Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, 8221 Germantown Ave. eventbrite. com/e/glow-flow-yoga-for-a-cause

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CAUSES Whatever your home schedule may be, clear it, because today is free laundry day! LaundryCares Foundation will be hosting a free laundry day event with free food, family activities, prizes and of course free laundry cycles! LaundryCares’ overall mission is to expand literacy and give back to communities that support self-service laundries. This event is on a first-come, first-served



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ries focused on LGBTQ+ stories. Each film will be followed by an informal conversation. | 6-8pm. Free Falls of Schuylkill Branch Library, 3501 Midvale Ave. events/407062583096079/

quired to create your own, unique macramé wall art tapestry. All supplies included: high quality cotton rope, dowels, scissors, optional beads, tape and more. Your final piece will be approximately 6” by 15”. | 7-9pm. $29. The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd St.


Jam out to the Canadian electro-funk duo. Every online ticket purchased for the 2018 tour includes a standard digital copy of the new Chromeo album, “Head Over Heels.”


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‘You Can Never Go Down the Drain’

Mr. Rogers always said: no matter how bad things are, “You can never go down the drain.” Using and abusing iconic songs from the program, Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret puts this idea to the test. In this performance through July 1, expect a goldfish funeral, gay romps into the land of make-believe and some earnest questions about irony. | 8pm. $15-$40. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. SelectSeating.aspx?p=55355


Little Friends of Rittenhouse Square Festival

The 20th annual Little Friends Festival turns the center of Rittenhouse Square into a carnival, concert and block party. The event includes a variety of food, music, games, crafts, rides and much more for only one ticket price. Come kick-off the summer with the community. Funds raised from the Little Friends Festival directly benefit Rittenhouse Square, one of the city’s most treasured landmarks. Note that strollers are not permitted in the festival. | 5:30-7:30pm. $15-20. Free for 2-year-olds and younger. Rittenhouse Square, 18th & Walnut streets. littlefriendsfestival.

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ithout snooping, I came across texts between my wife “Mary” and a guy “Jeremy” of a very sexual nature. While I would be okay if she were doing this and I knew about it, this has been going on since before we met. (We’ve been together 10 years.) She says she has never met him in person (despite communicating with him for more than a decade!) and this was the only thing she was doing that she thought would have been out of bounds. Again, if I had known, it would have been fine. I’m not okay with her being with other guys, but I know harmless flirting can be a release. Still, I have issues with anxiety and depression, and this is definitely triggering me. I do not want to snoop and I want to trust her, but I am having a hard time with both. Prior to this, it never occurred to me that Mary would do anything that had a whiff of dishonesty about it. But her having kept this from me for as long as I have known her has made me question that. I don’t want to keep bringing this up to her, but I am struggling with it. What do you think I should do? – Upset In The Midwest I think you should get over it, UITM. Easier said than done, I realize, particularly with the twin burdens of anxiety and depression. But if you would have been fine with this had you known—if there was no reason for Mary to hide this LTR-of-sorts from you— the best way to prove that to her is by giving it your retroactive blessing. You’re right, UITM: Mary shouldn’t have hidden this from you. But she assumed—incorrectly, as it turned out—you would have a problem with those texts. It was a reasonable assumption on her part, since swapping flirty texts with a stranger is regarded as “out of bounds” by most. While this makes Mary’s failure to disclose look a little worse, we live in a culture that defines absolutely everything as cheating—don’t get me started on the idiocy that is “micro-infidelities” and the idiots pushing that toxic concept—and as a consequence, people not only lack perspective (oh, to live in a world where everyone regarded

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harmless flirtation as no big deal!) but also the language to honesty discuss our need for a little harmless erotic affirmation from someone who isn’t obligated to find us attractive, i.e., not a spouse or partner. Put yourself in Mary’s shoes for a moment. When should she have told you about Jeremy? What would you have done if on the third or fourth date, she looked up from her menu and said, “I’ve been swapping flirty texts with this guy for, oh, the last several years. I have no interest in him in real life, we’ve actually never even met in person, but I enjoy his texts and would like to keep swapping texts with him. I hope that’s not a problem.” You would have dumped her on the spot, right? She didn’t want to stop, she didn’t know how to talk about it, she hesitated, and… a decade went by. If there’s nothing else—if no other shoes drop—give this your retroactive blessing. I am a transgender man, and my girlfriend is a transgender woman, and we have hit a plateau. Intimate time is rare, communication is minimal, and although I care for her deeply, I do not like her as a person and no longer want to get married. I have considered asking if we could open up the relationship, but I doubt that is the solution. How does one end a long-term relationship? – Help Relationship Transition Whatever you do, HRT, please—please— don’t ask to open up your relationship when what you really want is out. A lot of people who want out do this, and it’s why so many people believe all requests to open a relationship are a sign the relationship is doomed. People who want out but ask for open inevitably get out in the end. People who want open and ask for open and get it tend to stay. But since most couples in open relationships aren’t public about it (most are more comfortable being perceived as monogamous), people hear about the insincere requests that preceded a breakup and conclude all requests are insincere. Anyway, HRT, how does one end a longterm relationship? One uses one’s words. If “I love you” are the three magic words, then “I’m leaving you” are the three tragic words. Seeing as intimacy is rare and communication is minimal, it shouldn’t come as a shock to your soon-to-be-ex fiancée.


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1461 LANES END, VILLANOVA 5 BED/ 4.3 BATH | 7,322 SQ FT | COLONIAL | $2,250,000

NEW LISTINGS 287 N Bowman Ave, Merion Station 4 Bed/3.1 Bath | 3,085 sq ft | Colonial | $765,000 190 Presidential Blvd, Unit 717, Bala Cynwyd 2 Bed/2.1 Bath | 2,100 sq ft | PH Condo | $644,000

JUST REDUCED 917 N Woodbine Ave, Penn Valley 5 Bed/ 5.1 Bath | 6,000 sq ft | Colonial | $1,600,000 437 Hidden River Rd, Penn Valley 6 Bed/ 5.2 Bath | 6,324 sq ft | Colonial | $1,399,000 726 Conshohocken State Rd, Penn Valley 4 Bed/ 3.1 Bath | 4,894 sq ft | Colonial | $1,069,000 1116 Tower Lane E, Penn Valley 6 Bed/4.1 Bath | 5,151 sq ft | Cape | $975,000 836 Lindy Lane, Bala Cynwyd 3 Bed/4 Bath | 3,500 sq ft | Row | $645,000 1119 W Old Wynnewood Rd, Wynnewood 4 Bed/2.1 Bath | 2,662 sq ft | Colonial | $599,900 1172 Saint Andrews Rd, Bryn Mawr 3 Bed/ 3.1 Bath | 2,984 sq ft | Ranch | $599,000 1211 Mirabeau Ln, Gladwyne 7 Bed/ 8.3 Bath | 15,317 sq ft | Colonial | $3,950,000 1320 Monk Rd, Gladwyne 5 Bed/ 8.2 Bath | 9,923 sq ft | Colonial | $3,850,000 737 W Allens Lanem Philadelphia 7 Bed/4.3 Bath | 2.73 acres | Colonial | $2,000,000 1351 Bobarn Dr, Penn Valley 5 Bed/ 4.1 Bath | 6,647 sq ft | Contemporary | $1,295,000 241 Indian Creek Rd, Wynnewood 5 Bed/ 5.2 Bath | 6,896 sq ft | Colonial | $1,198,000 1315 Club House Rd, Gladwyne 5 Bed/ 4.1 Bath | 4,308 sq ft | Colonial | $1,125,000 500 N Spring Mill Rd, Villanova 4 Bed/ 3.1 Bath | 3,900 sq ft | Colonial | $949,000 239 Trianon Ln, Villanova 4 Bed/3.1 Bath | 3,443 sq ft | Colonial | $865,000 407 Conshohocken State Road, Gladwyne 4 Bed/3.1 Bath | 3,619 sq ft | Cape| $835,000

The William Penn House - Center City Living! Rittenhouse Square • Rooftop Pool • Fitness Center• Valet Parking • 24 Hr Security 24 Hr Maintenance Studios $200,000 to $300,000 1 Bedrooms $300,000 to $400,000 2 Bedrooms $400,000 to $500,000 3 Bedrooms $500,000 to $600,000 Includes real estate tax • No transfer tax 207 Lindy Ln, Bala Cynwyd 3 Bed/4.1 Bath | 4,217 sq ft | End Unit | $790,000 612 Shady Lane, Narberth 4 Bed/2.1 Bath | 3,308 sq ft | Colonial | $785,000 200 S Narberth Ave Multi-family | 3,397 | $779,000 424 Devereux Dr, Villanova | Lot | $665,000 519 Spruce Ln, Villanova 3 Bed/ 3 Bath | 2,750 sq ft | Colonial | $665,000 415 S Woodbine Ave, Penn Valley 4 Bed/ 3.1 Bath | 3,186 sq ft | Contemporary | $599,000 19 Daylesford Blvd, Berwyn 3 Bed/ 2 Bath | 3,413 sq ft | Row | $599,000 410 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd 3 Bed/2.2 Bath | 2,957 sq ft | Colonial | $599,000 115 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd 5 Bed/3.2 Bath | 0.18 acres | Colonial | $559,000 605 San Marino Ave, Bryn Mawr 4 Bed/ 1.1 Bath | 2,052 sq ft | Colonial | $500,000 xxx West Chester Pike, Havertown | Lot | $400,000 41 Cabot Drive, Chesterbrook 2 Bed/2.1 Bath | End Unit | $399,000 106 Beech Road, Wallingford 3 Bed/2 Bath | 0.14 acres | Ranch | $265,000 7106 Llanfair Rd, Upper Darby 5 Bed/ 2.2 Bath | 2,830 sq ft | Colonial | $234,900 100 Maple Street, Conshohocken 3 Bed/1 Bath | 1,268 sq ft | End Row | $229,900 526 Midvale Rd, Upper Darby 4 Bed/ 2.1 Bath | 2,249 sq ft | Colonial | $219,000 906 W 3rd St, Lansdale 3 Bed, 1 Bath | 1,176 sq ft | Traditional | $159,590


3900 Ford Rd Unit #6G, Philadelphia 2 Bed/2 Bath | 1,328 sq ft | Condo | $194,500

NEW LISTING 5860 Woodbine Ave, Philadelphia 6 Bed/4.1 Bath | 3,725 sq ft | Colonial | $695,000 1420 Locust St, Unit #16D/B, Philadelphia 1 Bed/2.1 Bath | 1,386 sq ft | Condo | $475,000 1901 John F Kennedy Blvd, Unit# 1819 1 Bed/1 Bath | 606 sq ft | Condo | $299,000 1215 S Clarion St, Philadelphia 2 Bed,1 Bath | 804 sq ft | Row | $285,000 1901 John F Kennedy Blvd Unit# 2816 Studio/ 1 Bath | 517 sq ft | Condo | $199,000

JUST REDUCED 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, Unit# 7B31, Philadelphia 1 Bed/ 1 Bath | 1,343 sq ft | Traditional | $285,000 1901 John F Kennedy Blvd, Unit# 710, Philadelphia Studio/ 1 Bath | 475 sq ft | Contemporary | $175,000 501 Kingsley Court, Philadelphia 4 Bed/ 2.1 Bath | 2,400 sq ft | Traditional | $441,300 508 Kingsley Court, Philadelphia 4 Bed/ 2.1 Bath | 2,400 sq ft | Traditional | $439,300 1901 John F Kennedy Blvd, Unit# 1409, Philadelphia 2 Bed/ 1 Bath | 1,140 sq ft | Contemporary | $439,000 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, Unit# 7B31, Philadelphia 1 Bed/ 1 Bath | 1,343 sq ft | Traditional | $299,000 2254 N Carlisle St, Philadelphia 5 Bed/ 2 Bath | 1,830 sq ft | $269,000 2248 N Carlisle St, Philadelphia 5 Bed/ 2 Bath | 1,606 sq ft | $239,000 1901 John F Kennedy Blvd, Unit# 1911, Philadelphia Studio/ 1 Bath | 552 sq ft | Contemporary | $199,000 1901 John F Kennedy Blvd, Unit# 1412, Philadelphia Studio/ 1 Bath | 475 sq ft | Contemporary| $187,000


191 Presidential Blvd, Unit# 824-25, Bala Cynwyd 2 Bed/ 2 Bath | 2,100 sq ft | Traditional | $425,000 1750 Oakwood Ter, Unit# 1A, Penn Valley 2 Bed/ 2 Bath | 1,299 sq ft | End Unit Row | $259,000 1750 Oakwood Ter Unit #6D, Penn Valley 2 Bed/ 2 Bath | 1,247 sq ft | 1ft Floor Unit | $249,000 1650 Oakwood Dr, Unit# E119, Penn Valley 2 Bed/ 2 Bath | 1,144 sq ft | Contemporary | $179,900

1030 E Lancaster Ave, Unit# 116, Bryn Mawr 3 Bed/ 2 Bath | 1,125 sq ft | Contemporary | $179,000 1655 Oakwood Dr, Unit# N103, Narberth 1 Bed/ 1 Bath | 858 sq ft | Contemporary | $159,000 1030 E Lancaster Ave Unit #304, Bryn Mawr 1 Bed/ 1 Bath | 700 sq ft | Condo | $126,000



Stunning 16 ft wide, end-of-row brick home featuring a 1st floor open concept living/dining room with hardwood floors and an exposed brick accent wall. The beautifully renovated eat-in kitchen opens onto a spacious back patio that is perfect for entertaining. The finished basement with exposed-beamed ceiling makes the perfect family room. 3 BR, 2 BA

Beautiful and spacious townhome with 1 car garage parking features hardwood floors, a gourmet granite kitchen with an island and lots of storage, a master suite on the top floor with cathedral ceilings, and two outdoor decks- perfect for grilling and entertaining. 3 Bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms



Spacious 1 bedroom condo offering a beautiful entrance leading into living and dining area with wonderful hardwood floors. Enjoy the new kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Very sizable bedroom with a huge walk-in closet. Live in a fully secured building with 24-hour doorman

Tastefully renovated 2 BR townhome featuring original oak floors with walnut inlay, columns between the open concept living and dining room, original mantle, and crown moldings. Adjacent to the fully renovated kitchen is a breakfast room with French doors that open onto the spacious patio



Gorgeous 3 BR townhome features a spacious lower level family room that shares the first level with an attached, 16 ft wide garage. A modern oak staircase with open risers leads to the 2nd floor open concept kitchen and dining area with 12 ft ceilings, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters. 5 Years left on the tax abatement

This beautiful 1 BR, 1.5 bath condo features 17+ ft ceilings, a sundrenched interior, and an enormous Palladian window that defines the modern space. This building offers a 24/7 concierge service, a fitness center, a media room, an event space, a spectacular rooftop terrace, a full-service restaurant, valet parking, and direct access to Suburban Station




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