Hey, hockey puck. Whether you grew up in the early ’70s or hung with your pot-smoking, jersey-wearing weirdo older bro in that Yes-poster-covered basement of yours, the legend of the Broad Street Bullies loomed large. They were toothless, angry Canadian men stuck in ’70s Philadelphia who bloodied up other Canuck immigrants from other American cities. On ice. Anyhow, Flyers goalie Bernie Parent could have been elected mayor after his BSBs won their second consecutive Stanley Cup in 1975. He lived to tell the tale (to Stan Hochman), and together they’ll unleash Unmasked: Bernie Parent and the Broad Street Bullies at the Free Library Nov. 14. Everybody’s getting a free Jumbo Jack — you know, spiritually speaking.
That note from last week where Greater Philadelphia Film Org doyenne Sharon Pinkenson and I gave up the goods on Paranoia’s offices setting up shop in town is now followed by rumbles that its director and cast will begin the good work of cinematic espionage the first week of December. Don’t blink. They might not be here longer than two weeks.
In additional film news, that soon-to-start Jersey Boys movie musical, with director Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man) telling the tale of homegrown Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is now in turnaround from its studio, Warner Bros., according to Variety. Which means, for now, it’s fucked.
Are you The Next Food Network Star? Don’t be such a precocious braggart. Just get your ass to the open casting call at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8 at Loews Hotel and show some personality.
After one track early in the summer (“And the Birds”) and precious few live shows. Philly’s one-time Mazarin main man Quentin Stolzfus has truly pulled his musical career out of the deep freeze with his new act Light Heat’s icy second song, “Dance the Cosmos Light.” An album is due for early 2013, recorded in part at Alec Ounsworth’s Conshohocken studio.
Joe Volpe is going to host your wedding, your office party and your bar and bat mitzvah whether you like it or not. The Cescaphe Ballroom owner/catering operator — who holds keys on The Atrium at the Curtis Center, Tendenza near the Piazza at Schmidt’s and Vie at 600 N. Broad — took over Sixth and Chestnut’s legendary Down Town Club on the Public Ledger Building’s 11th floor. New cocktail areas and floor renovations are the first phase of reconstruction for Volpe, who’ll have his Down Town Club running by March. The Chicken Dance starts here.
With mere moments left on their 15 minutes of fame, the Jersey Shore crew will do something selfless: They’ll host Nov. 15’s benefit on MTV for the Seaside Heights victims of Hurricane Sandy with Architecture for Humanity in the house.
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