Because UPenn president Amy Gutman is hellbent on getting all the good ones, I dare say that this news isn’t as surprising as it is sad for readers (and writers) at the Inky: longtime Inquirer deputy arts and features editor Michael Rozansky is leaving his post at the end of this month to become the director of communications at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Congrats all around.
Back in April 2012, I dropped an Icepack-in-Print exclusive that Fourth and South’s Latest Dish and Fluid, Tony Schiro’s restaurant and second-floor nightclub combo, would soon be on the market. The two-top address didn’t close for another year and, in June 2013 came the announcement that it would become Kaboeesh, a second location for West Philly’s famed Middle Eastern food joint. At the time, it wasn’t apparent what would happen to the legendary blue grotto house music Fluid. Now comes word that K2’s top tier will become a hookah lounge. OK. Speaking of listings in the Street-Where-Hippies-Meet area, the kinda-recently-opened Pan-Asian restaurant Mixed Plate is listed for sale. While we’re at it: I’m hearing that the corner of 1300 Spruce is on the market (2,500 to 4,000 square feet?!) for a perspective restaurant or retail space.
It’s been a minute since I’ve written about Philly’s premiere screeching, hard-driving art-pop quartet Univox. No, it’s not my fault, it’s theirs, but enough about assigning blame. The Josh Jones-fronted ensemble just dropped its new album The Altec that you can hear here as well as having created a video game about themselves. OK, so the time away wasn’t idle.
This is what happens when city indie-cats move to the suburbs. They still want to rock, but there’s not much to do out there, save for turning up the volume. That’s why Bonfire Booking’s Bryan Dilworth has teamed with the gents of Point Entertainment and Joe Rufo (who purchased Brownies 23 East 20 years ago) for The Ardmore Music Hall at 23 East Lancaster Ave. It’s the old Brownies made new with craft beers (the ultimate first step to signifying you’re about the moment), big sound and better sightlines. I might kid about the burbs, but one thing that Dilworth says makes perfect sense: “So much of the audience that you find at a typical concert live in the suburbs, so it only makes sense to bring the mountain to Mohammed.” Since Dilworth books the Electric Factory in the neo-Northern Liberties area (amongst other Philly spots) it will be interesting to see if this collaborative curatorial jawn might counterbook what they usually bring downtown. While AMH hasn’t unleashed its autumn schedule, they have announced gigs with Johnny Winter (Nov. 8), The Clarks (Nov. 15) and Steep Canyon Rangers (Nov. 22) along with continuing its relationship with Grateful Dead tribute band Splintered Sunlight.
Award-winning Philadelphia poet CA Conrad is announcing to the print world and to the cinema world that he is taking on the role of Jeremiah in writer/director Felix Bernstein’s Boyland with LGBT poet Kevin Killian in the lead. The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog calls it a cross between Death in Venice and Lolita.
It’s Whack-a-Mole forever as the Plymouth Meeting Dave & Buster’s celebrates its fifth anniversary on July 18 starting at 5:30 p.m. Donations/admission go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation ($35) which gets you unlimited beer, wine and game play. 610-832-9200 to get in.
Oi guv’nah: Executive chef Robert Aiken has left The Dandelion (heading to The Peacock at Williams, the boutique hotel on Murray Hill). With that, every memory of every pate and every bank holiday dinner at the Dandelion will be a cherished one.
Club operator Ivan Kane is working overtime to get every eye, ear and foot into Atlantic City’s Revel Casino and, specifically, his Royal Jelly night spot. So he’s pulling out a golden-favorite show of his unleashed previously in Vegas, Le Male Burlesque, Wednesdays at the Jelly. There’s a go-go catwalk that will introduce the 16 strong skimpily dressed boy burlesque to both the LGBT crowd and the ladies at 8 p.m. (Royal Jelly opens at 10 p.m.) and the whole thing is loud, lively and lascivious.
WHOWHATWHERE: Hitting up the Geno’s/Pat’s circle of hell after their respective gigs: White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago hit up Geno’s after battling the Phillies. Totally Biased host, comedian W. Kamau Bell couldn’t make up his mind between the dueling steakhauses after battling the audience at the Prince Theater. Black Landlord’s Blue Maxx Goat Stoyanoff-Williams, who happened to be with Bell couldn’t help the comic make up his mind at first, either. They eventually chose Pat’s. Nobody wins that round, W.K. Bell also took a photo a Rocky landmark plaque and put it up. My mans-pots-and-pans-Jerry Blavat was spied eating in the same restaurant Eagles’ boss Chip Kelly — Radicchio. Man, I hope The Geator gave him a tongue lashing. My love-hate affair with Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller turned to love when he strapped on a guitar and turned his backing band The Internet into a cross between Steely Dan and Limp Bizkit on Saturday at Festival Pier. Ben Folds without his Five was spotted at HipCityVeg sipping green lemonade. No word on noshes, but they’ll be at the Mann tonight, July 18.Before she made her way to Penn’s Landing for her Roots’ Fourth of July Jam make-up gig (she canceled her Parkway appearance at the last minute) Demi Lovato held a meet-and-greet with rabid fans at the Hotel Monaco. Big Time Rush was spied hanging around near the bar (I think they’re too young to be at the bar) and Hotel Sofitel. Emo-pop and power-punk had a field day (weekend) in the area as the Warped Fest and the Radio 104.5 Summer Concert at the Piazza hit us on back-to-back dates. While Cold War Kids, Capitol Cities and Bad Books greeted us backstage at the Piazza, Reel Big Fish, New Beat Fund and others welcomed us with open arms at Le Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. There were several surprises at Q 102 this week. Ryan Beatty stopped by during Cody Simpson’s meet-greet while Cimorelli, after hanging out with host/DJ Maxwell, ran to South Street to get cheesesteaks at Jim’s. Man, that was a lot of tween pop. I feel like I need Rod Stewart to show up just to center the age average here. Lastly, that plan of the Mayor Nutter’s that I mentioned before the news dropped — turning the Eakins Oval from a parking lot into a green playground — got its press conference last week with the mayor as well as a slew of food trucks. That’s how you know you’ve got progress. Food trucks.
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