I’ll climb on a limb and say “The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle” exhibition — unveiled at the African-American Museum last week — is 2013’s most thrilling show (and opening party). Old art/poetry heads, Bacchanal habitués and nu-hipster goofs who hang at the Tiberino Gardens have a chance to rediscover the full funky force that West Philly’s first family has been wielding for five decades running. While “Unflinching Eye” runs into 2014, it’s not all history lessons from the Tiberinos these days. Sculptor/painter Ellen Tiberino leads the family through Oct. 3’s “Artists of the Tiberino Museum” show at 30 Main in Berwyn (660 Lancaster Ave.). Comics maven Raphael Tiberino takes part in Oct. 5’s Locust Moon Comics Festival at the Rotunda (more on that in a sec). Not to be outdone by his kids, father Joseph Tiberino will unveil new works, big and small, at Vintage Wine Bar (on 13th Street) starting Oct. 17. And the whole family heads home to the Tiberino Museum for its fall art salon, Oct. 19. Phew.
Josh O’Neill’s aforementioned Locust Moon is University City’s best comics shop, and this year’s Comics Fest doubles as the release party for Rob Woods’ brilliant, frightening 36 Lessons in Self-Destruction. “Rob’s been to hell and back, and these stories are what he brought with him,” says O’Neill. (More on Woods to your right.)
Rumor has it that the folks behind the 23rd Street Café (known for their Tuesday jazz jams) are looking to sell that sweet but sadly underused spot, along with additional properties nearby. With last week’s Schuylkill River Bridge lighting and overall expansion of the recreation path, to say nothing of Sotto’s swellegant menu, that block might be getting hot.
Everything’s turning up French in October. When I stopped into Chris’ Jazz Café for its 20th anniversary show with Pat Martino, chef/owner Mark DeNinno told me that the restaurant part of his live-jazz boite would switch from Nola-nese cuisine to Parisian with the addition of chef Laurent Leseur. “He walked into the kitchen and I decided to walk out,” said DeNinno with a laugh about bringing in a new French chef (who once cooked at Zinc) and a menu that will include escargot dishes and duck parmentier. Then there’s the word that the recently shuttered Chick’s Social on Seventh Street (near South) would be taken over by daughter-and-dad duo Chloe and Bernard Grigri. Stay tuned for their newly named the Good King Tavern and shiny new chef Paul Lyons, (one-time chef de cuisine at Barbuzzo and Morgan’s Pier) and his brand of Southern French tavern food. Ooh la la.
There’s always more Icepack — with photos — at City Paper’s news/A&E blog, Naked City.
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