Solange and Beyonce making like sisters backstage at Made in America
Anyone looking for additional Jose Garces news after I dropped word on the new bar at Garces Trading Company in Icepack-in-Print can check out architect Kieran Timberlake’s design for Garces’ upcoming Volver restaurant at the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog. Champagne and caviar anyone?
Also, while you’re checking Icepack-in-Print, may I remind you that anyone looking to get into Boot & Saddle early, before the sold out Ted Leo/Aimee Mann show on Sept. 9, can pay into Sept. 8’s benefit is for “STAR” — a friend of Four Corners Management — with CPR, Sideshow Prophets and Doomed to Obscurity onboard for the gig.
On Wednesday night Philly skateboard queen Ms. Lauren was the guest bartender at Michael’s at 11th and Mifflin with one Missy Amorosi where the pair played boarder vids and poured stiff drinks. A word of advice to my cousin: You better listen to your parents and get in at a decent hour, young lady. No clue if those two showed up at FDR Skatepark when the whack Sonic Youth-like Wolf Eyes hit it on Tuesday.
You know, this place never stopped being Rosalina’s Tea Room to me — I’m talking about the East Passyunk Avenue address that houses chef/owner Christopher “Hammer Horror” Lee’s Sophia. At least until this week. It looked d-d-dark and spooky during a recent trek through my neighborhood but The Insider has done some snooping and almost-confirms that its darkness is but a code for d-d-dead.
Anyone keeping score on drummers in Philly can take heart: Valencia’s Dan Pawlovich is currently on loan to the emo-scream-y Panic! At the Disco while its own drummer works out some personal issues. Good luck to all.
Brain Dwyer and his pals at Pizza Brain celebrate year-one of museum curating and thin slice cheffing with a Sept. 7 Fishtown soiree featuring an appearance by Lisa Sturz, a puppeteer from Dwyer’s film faves Little Shop of Horrors and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Celebrity Boxing promoter and now film producer Damon Feldman is telling all that he and his biz partner, Meldrick Taylor, is looking for Philadelphia comedian Kevin Hart to play Taylor in a screen adaptation of Taylor’s book Eight Seconds from Glory. Why not?
Speaking of Philly film, Philly-born Richard Gere will be coming home in October to film Franny for director Andrew Renzi and his philanthropy-centric Magic Christian-like script. “We’ve been working with them since mid-July and I met with the producers in LA in early August,” says Greater Philadelphia Film Org’s Sharon PInkenson through whom all films must pass. “We’re very excited about the movie and we’re in full prep mode. They’ll be shooting in the city and in the Chester/Delaware County countryside to start.”
Just got some photos in from last week’s Anita Gevinson book signing at AKA Music and they’re some humdingers, considering that Chip Roberts, Tommy Stinson, and Kenn Kweder came to call (and play).
Right across from the Rose Tattoo (still a favorite, yo) on 19th and Callowhill Streets, we’re hearing that the Japanese BBQ chain of restaurants is dropping a Gyu-Kaku. Not unlike the yakiniku (or Japanese spot at Sixth and Washington, you can cook all food — chicken, beef, veggies — at your table.
Ed Hermance, who has owned the legendary LGBT bookstore, Giovanni’s Room since 1976, plans to retire this winter and is looking to sell the venerable center of Philly’s gay universe. “It’s been the job of a lifetime,” he says. “I can’t imagine having had another job that would have engaged my skills and interests as much as Giovanni’s Room has. But it is time to find a successor, if there is to be one.”
This week, rather than my usual WHOWHATWHERE, I’m giving up a word or two about my own personal Made in America VIP experience. As well as spending my time on the long lawns of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway nearly getting trampled by Jay Z’s bodyguards when they went to light his cigar (they never managed to), watching Beyonce watching her sister Solange, banging into magician David Blaine (seriously) with a camera crew and seeing my press brethren (hey Jon Takiff) melting from the heat, I had the opportunity to be amazed by Nine Inch Nails and Phoenix (as well as be weirded out by Public Enemy and their special guest, Schoolly D whose “PSK” was the hot highlight of their set) in LiveNation’s VIP space, noshing fried chicken from Marc Vetri’s Osteria. Beyond that experience, I must state how absolutely impressed I was by the sound of the show (fan-slapping A$AP Rocky may have sucked but his mix was crystal clear) and the dynamics of the visual presentation (both Phoenix and NIN blew my mind, and I wasn’t drunk off my ass on Budweiser Black Crow like I was last year). The only problem I had was you guys, the crowd, and your insistence on not budging an inch for your fellow MIA travelers while you took selfies. Selfish fuckers.
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