His documentary film is called Straight and Butch
. It is based on the exploits of shooting a calendar where a gay Philly talk show host met up with a bunch of so-called heteros. And "I got a fucking distributor!!! They're called Breaking Glass Pictures
, it has an April 26 street date." That's Butch Cordoba
of "In Bed With Butch"
fame. His flick just got picked up by Rich Wolf
's distributing company for DVD release. Congrats.
The roof top deck at The Corner
in the Gayborhood opens its roof deck this weekend. It'll be nearly 70 degrees. They are serving free nibbles. Is this the true and definitive meaning of the perfect storm?
You know, not that long ago I wrote about how SouthWest Philadelphia was changing its stripes and was opening the world's so-called largest refrigerator with its Regional Produce Warehouse
. Well, now there's the Center for Culinary Enterprises
(CCE) which is looking to transform a vacant supermarket building at 310 S. 48th into a 13,000 square-foot green-building food biz incubator. That's better than the proposed new prison at the old M.A.B. Paints
factory any day. The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation
is one of the sponsors of the Ultimate Chef
culinary battle that will take over WHYY
's Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons
on May 11 with a five-course tasting menu and participants including Jennifer Carroll
), Emilio Mignucci
), Chip Roman
(that new Mica
space) and more. While you can nab a ticket to the soiree at philafood.org/ultimatechef., you should also hit philafood.net as the Development Corporation
itself (TEC-CDC) is seeking bids for the construction of the Center as well as looking at opportunities for bourgeoning home-based food business in need of development.
|Shannon D. Niland
|L-R Owners of The Legendary Dobbs: Heshey Schlachetramn, Justin Wolk and Robert Damerjian; Carol Riddick (The Recording Academy's Senior Project Manager and Interim Executive Producer), Rodney Whittenberg (The Recording Academy Board Member and Chief Educational Director), Shannon Niland (Miss Niland Presents) and Matt Cappy (Vice President of The Recording Academy and Grammy Winner).
After being a live punk club, a beer bong, (almost) an izakaya and a southern fried something-or-other, is the Khyber
in Old City looking to put a stage in again on its second floor? Ever since their once-a-month Swellco
shows have become a bloodbath of sex and success (next one Feb 18) rumor has it ret to go like in the next minute or two.
Next week, there's an awful lot of Thom McCarthy
around. Fox Searchlight
's WIN WIN
is having a screening of director McCarthy's Sundance-fave film on Feb 18 at Ritz East with a meet-and-greet the following week (Feb. 25) with McCarthy. Philly's boss best songwriter Thom McCarthy
is bringing his post-Valentine's night of romantic songs and ever-loving fellow crooners such as Joshua Park
to National Mechanics Feb 21. What the hell is that Tom McCarthy
guy from The Philly Fan
up to next week? Somebody book this.
|Wilma's managing director James Haskins and the big lady Blanka Ziska at the Wilma's Theater Lover Fete.
Word of the Society Hill Hotel
's closing ripped through the drinking and jazzing community like wildfire. But most peeps are saying it was around for a decade. Wasn't it the SHH when Ted Gerike
there from like 1980 until the 2000s? 2002. I swear I remember the "Ted Heads
" at the hotel.
I'll feature more about her in the upcoming music issue, but, anyone who has a head for music and a heart for soul knows Philly's Christina Ryat
, who under the name "Ryat
" has been a one-lady band of powerful vocals, pedals and self-played instruments. Now, a two-piece with her bud Tim Conley
, Ryat drops its debut Avant Gold
on her Obvious Bandits
imprint and kicks off her tour at The OX Sat Feb 19. Do that.
I believe Ed Rendell
was still walking his dog when I had to leave The Wilma
's annual fundraising party/Theater Lovers Fête
where the Honorable Ed was getting the Wilma Star Award
. Why? For having helped get the Wilma on the-then starting Avenue of the Arts fifteen years ago. Thanks for that Ed. Had to go but I got very martooni-ed up, bought raffle tix and loved-loved-loved The Bearded Ladies
, the whole Moulin Rouge
vibe and, even thought I saw NBC-TV 10
's Justin Pizzi
with either a neck brace or an Eiffel Tower
around his collar in tribute the whole Parisian thing. Viva la France! You know that The Roots
, along with John Legend
and Ian Cross
, were just a few of the Philly-based Grammy awardees this week What you might not know is that Illadel All Stars
, who had scads of production and writing credits on the The Roots' How I Got Over
( nominated for Best Rap Album which lost to Eminem) held court big time at The Recording Academy
s bash at The Legendary Dobbs
where owner Heshey Schlachterman
and PR mistress Shannon Niland
acted as hosts with the most. OK, we're not allowed to say too much about this (and neither is she) but one of Icepack's personal faves, former wedding planner turned real estate agent Erika Schiff made it to American Idol's Hollywood week. Then into the top 100 on Wednesday's program. Will she get into the top 40 and the scrutiny of a judging America. Stay tuned.