I hit CBS 3/CW 57 television studios at 15th and Hamilton to chat with CNN showman/One Direction doc director Morgan Spurlock last week. While there, I kept thinking (since I drove to the studio where KYW Newsradio is housed, Fourth and Market, accidentally, first) why there wasn’t more under the Hamilton Street roof. That property certainly seemed to have plenty of office/studio space available. As of yesterday, it seems like there will indeed be changes made with the KYW radio folk moving to Hamilton and the WOGL and WPHT heading to Fourth and Market. Good luck with the packing and don’t leave any food behind.
Camden’s young church howling legend Tye Tribbett knocked out the debut album for the new Motown Gospel label this week with Greater Than and It leapt immediately to #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart, #4 on the Top Digital Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Top 200. Amazing and graceful stuff.
For the 23rd year of Stu Bykofsky’s Candidates Comedy Night to benefit the Delaware Valley chapter of Variety — the charity that serves children living with disabilities — the Daily News columnist has snagged Alan Butkovitz, Terry Tracy, Seth Williams, Danny Alvarez and Cory Booker. “This has been an unusual year because it is the ‘offset’ of off-year elections,” says Byko. “There are only two city races: D.A. and Controller. In past years, I’ve dipped into the suburbs, but there’s nothing there either, this year. I did manage to get Cory Booker to come aboard and I’m waiting to hear from his opponent.” The usual host — Joe Conklin, “the Man of 1,000 Voices” — has a paid gig on Aug. 21, “I’ve turned to veteran Philly comic Grover Silcox and a relative newcomer, Doogie Horner,” says Stu. “Yes, it takes two comics to replace Conklin.” Horner should be pleased to be thought of as new to anyone, so that’s good. The whole schmear is on floor three of Finnegan’s Wake, Third and Spring Garden streets. Wed., Aug, 21, 8 p.m. It’s tradition. Do it.
Speaking of Stus, another one, locally grown shoe maven Stuart Weitzman is but mere moments from opening his new shoe shoppe at 17th and Walnut. I’m looking for something in a size 12.
I couldn’t get to the hard news of Sisters — Philly’s last and best lesbian bar — closing on Monday morning, despite having heard from Sis’ bartender Kristin Hess’ sister Jen through a secret third party (their realtor, don’t ask). That said, my love song to Sisters goes thusly: after the late, lamented Sneakers on N. Third Street in Old City, Sisters was the lady hot spot that was comfortable to all. It might have been a minute since I’d been there, but I’ll cherish the memory of the drinks and the Sisters Sirens. No word yet what will happen to the property, but it’s rumored to be happening very fast.
Several Philly-based acts will break off a piece of this year’s Pygmalion Music Fest, held Sept. 26-28, in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. Diplo’s Major Lazer and Kurt Vile’s Violators join headliners such as Dawes, The Breeders, and The Head and The Heart.
Le Virtu exec chef Joe Cicala went onto Twitter in the wee early hours of this morning to say that his wife and fellow chef Angela Ranalli was pregnant with their baby. Yay, them.
Congrats too to Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson on the birth of his baby as Tweeted with a snap of the young one.
Heidecker & Wood are up for a second sitting. That’s Philly’s Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) and composer/multi-instrumentalist Davin Wood whose mellow-rawk Some Things Never Stay The Same is a richly similar sonic follow-up to 2011’s Starting From Nowhere with un-ironic songs such as “Cocaine,” sounding the gong for blissful drug folk, Southern Californian-style. The new album comes out in November.
How did Whit McLaughlin spend his summer, so far? The director took his New Paradise Laboratories theater troupe through the paces of a new, in-development piece, The Adults, with Philly’s movement mavens, White Pine Productions. Now, NPL repays his host Pineys on Aug. 18 (at Underground Arts) with Happening 2, a fundraiser to benefit White Pines 2014 Resident Ensemble Program.
When the Toronto International Film Fest opens, the late Cory Monteith’s two last performances will hit the big screen, his role in All the Wrong Reasons and that of McCanick, his 2012 filmed-in-Philly cop drama with local actors David Morse and Mike Vogel. Check out bit.ly/McTrailer.
We’re not positive who will be alive and who’ll be dead at the Tiberino Museum Gardens, but on Aug. 16, the Tib will host a zombie art gallery bash and performance soiree. Stay alert.
WHOWHATWHERE: Before Killer Mike and EL-P sold out Union Transfer with their Run the Jewels show on Monday night, Mike hit up Mitchell & Ness sportswear where the rapper said they treated him right. Mike also said that he and the tour bus’ entourage ate their way through the Geno’s/Pat axis of hell and that several local lasses flashed naked breasts-eses of which he was most appreciative. After the long, wild set, Mike signed everything from vinyl LPs to cell phone batteries. Pennsylvania state Senator Anthony Williams and one-time Philly Mayor John Street like their gambling. They were spied hanging out together at SugarHouse Casino the other day. When I bumped into WMMR’s Jacky BamBam at Black Sabbath’s show at the Wells Fargo Center, he told me to check my email and that he’d send photos and video of his hosting gig with legendary Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice during his drum clinic at Guitar Center in Cherry Hill NJ. The evidence can be found here and here. Speaking of the radio dial, our visiting radio station sweethearts include Jimmy Eat World (to Radio 104.5), Krewella (to Q102 FM) and Philly’s own Meek Mill (who hit WDAS and Power 99 studios in one afternoon). And this may seem a wee bit premature, but Q celebrated the end of summer a month or so early at Adelphia’s Restaurant in Deptford, NJ, with Jason Derulo, Timeflies and DaCav playing until the wee early hours.
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