|Photo | Scott Weiner
|Needles Jones and Schoolly D
â¤ Several weeks back I mentioned that DJ/label owner/realtor Nigel Richards
(after closing his store 611 at 4th and South in 2007) was opening a pop-up shop for his new "Grown n' sexy" venture
. The new location at 131 S. 18th St. is open on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., with a private event on Dec 10. Yowsah.
â¤ Schoolly D
will be in on the madness, which reminds me that Philly gangstas-not-gangastas Schoolly D and Freeway
never worked together before. The last time Freeway
was spotted in town was when he and Peedi Crakk
hit the Complex EA Sports NBA Jam
launch party at Ubiq
(1509 Walnut St.) a minute ago. But now here's Schoolly and Freeway
recording at a studio on N. 3rd quietly making tracks-n-raps and talking about hitting the drawing board for a new animated cartoon. Schoolly's
got an in with Adult Swim
. Solid. I couldn't snag a photo of Schoolly and Freeway
, but I did manage to snag a shot that Scott Weiner
took of the rapper at National Mechanics
with Monday Night Club host Needles Jones
. Maybe Needles and Schoolly will duet soon.
â¤ The eighth annual Mustache Night
at El Bar
is coming up on Dec. 3, and I've been raising a pencil-thin Gable 'stache since before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned.
â¤ Distillery community darling Joan Verratti
, the first licensed female distiller in the country since Prohibition, starts brewing batches of her first whiskey this week. Raise a glass.
â¤ Remember back in July when Icepack discussed how Roy's
(the closed chain restaubar reclaimed by its building's owners, Joe and David Grasso
) would re-open as a casual eatery with a club component by 2010's end? Not going to happenat least not by year's end. The legendary vault-filled basement club space and the big-ass restaubar above will be ready for Valentine's Day 2011
. The Philly Chit Chat
blog has some nice under-construction shots.
â¤ Talk about awhile back? Previously, Icepack dropped news on 1320 Chestnut's The Commonwealth
club/bar/small plate jawn since Jan. 2009, and that never even happened. Now can the boys of Premiere Hospitality
(to say nothing of their stint as Chelsea boys in AC and throwing back-in-a-day parties at DelFrisco's) Justin D. Fine
, Michael Steinberg
and real estate developer Anthony Sembello
be ready to spread the C-Wealth? Yes. Very soon, I hear.
â¤ Whattaya get when one-time Roots/Badu/Labelle
engineer David Ivory
twiddles the knobs for Philly's epic robo-rawk giants Lamagier
? There are ghosts in that machine. The resulting With That Sound
CD gets its release party (with Small Time Scoundrels
and Big Crowd Popular
in tow) at the Balcony
on Dec. 7.
â¤ Last spotted backing up big daddy Mike Nutter
on the steel wheels, DJ Jazzy Jeff
and soooo-soooulful vocalist Ayah
just dropped "Xmas Time" for free (download it here
) as the opening salvo for their upcoming CD collaboration for 2011. Thanks for the Christmas gift, DJJJ.
â¤ Speaking of gifts, Kate Faust
Lady/Virtual Virgin vocalist extraordinairecan tear up a jazz jawn just as quick as she can put a hurt on K.D. Lang-ish rock or chamber pop. It's her birthday on Dec. 2 and she's celebrating at Chris' Jazz CafÃ©
with Kate's Birthday Band featuring Tony Miceli
three sets from 8 p.m. Request "Three Little Words" and she'll be ready for you.
â¤ Will Philly's recently re-activated Cameo-Parkway
reissue series and records from Philly legends Bobby Rydell, John Zacherelle
and more, get lost in the recent sale of the Collectors' Choice
|Photo | Scott Weiner
How did Soulja Boy
spend the day after he released his third studio album The DeAndre Way
? Hanging at WIOQ.FM
â¤ Why doesn't anyone care that Jersey Girl Kelly Ripa
was the Broadcast Pioneers Person of the Year
and was celebrated as such at Nov. 19's Banquet? Just saying.
â¤ The Settlement Music School's
Adult Chamber Player's lecture series welcomed violinist and Settlement 100 Honoree John Blake, Jr.
Wednesday morning. He's been all over recordings by/with Archie Shepp
, Grover Washington, Jr.
and Charles Fambrough
â¤ My neighboring Paesano's
on Christian St. got an eyeful of Bobby Flay
the other day when he was down the block for one of his Food Network Throwdown
s, this time against master sandwich paisan Peter McAndrews
. The next day the shoot continued at FUEL Gallery
in the OC.
â¤ Also in my neighborhood: Wendy the Snapple Lady
hung outside Pat's Steaks
in a white limo mumbling something about a Whizz Quiz.
â¤ After shooting some of CKY's "Afterworld" song at The Fire
(like we mentioned several weeks back) director Bam Margera
and CKY adjourned to Philly Sound Stages
to wreck a car and such. Apparently, the whole shebang is scheduled to be part of Jackass 3D's DVD extras.
â¤ Man, I wish I would've stayed and played roulette: after his Borgata
gig last Friday, Bob Dylan
walked through the hotel and casino and smilingly took photos with adoring fans. Dag.
â¤ Red Buttons
never got a dinner but apparently Arlen Specter
did at Prime Rib
(17th & Locust) in celebration of his 30+ years of senatorial service. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts
, U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan
, John Dougherty
, Michael Smerconish
and Arlen's sweets-making wife Joan
showed up. Damn, Arlen, magic bullet or not, we'll miss you.
â¤ Some men get dinners, some get battered cars. Actor/director/adaptor Anthony Lawton
(pictured above right) gets a whole festival at Lantern Theater Company
from Dec. 3-19 called Between Heaven and Hell
. Lots of C.S. Lewis
. Lots of Screwtape stuff. We've got the pictures to prove it.