A couple of last minute things before we go to 2011. Oi guvnah:
â¤ Stephen Starr's The Dandelion
at S. 18th and Sansom is indeed opening on Fri. Dec. 31. Starr's right hand ma'am and Director of Creative Services Randi Sirkin
confirms the date while claiming the time is 3 p.m. They've been doing soft opening meals on Tuesday and Wednesday, so here's hoping.
â¤ Suburbanite Asher Roth and Nottz
finally made their "Rawth" EP free for fans right here
. Smoke THAT.
â¤ Premier Hospitality's Justin Fine
kept telling me about this but it involved saving me money so I simply got lost Rue La La
, a private sale shopping destination that has sites of its Rue Local in Boston and Seattle, launched Rue Philadelphia
on Wed. Dec. 29 with Fine as the local site's GM. "This is an extremely exciting launch for the city," writes Fine. "And an excellent way to give Philadelphians easy access to the best their city has to offer, and it gives our brand partners access to customers for life." Exclusive access to Rue Philadelphia is available for a limited time here
. The first deal on the area's coveted restaurants, bars, salons, and exclusive events with 70% off retail prices comes courtesy of Sampan, chef Michael Schulson's restau-Graffiti Bar.
â¤ Sonic Liberation Front
is one of this city's most awesome meta-jazz ensembles, percussive, complex, raw. Sunny Murray
is avant-garde jazz's master mensch of the drum kit. Grrrrr. They just released, through Philly's High Two label, Sonic Liberation Front meets Sunny Murray
. It ain't an original title but it would've made my CP Top Ten for 2010 if it had got here just a few days sooner.
â¤ Plus, for fans of SouthWest Philly and my "The Big Chill"
cover story, there's a quick childhood list of my favorite things that got lost in the editorial shuffle after the jump enjoy!
â¤ Getting stuck in shale at the Traprock
â¤ Listening to WFIL AM
with friends in the projects that line the gorgeous historical Bartram's Gardens
â¤ Dining at St. Mary of Czeschowzcha's
â¤ Hearing homeboy Kenn Kweder
rehearse at trombonist Kurt Titchanel's
â¤ Everything at Tony's Water Ice
â¤ Finding myself under arrest for throwing a chez lounge chair over an unused railroad bridge on 62nd and Elmwood
â¤ Nabbing a copy of Alice Cooper's School's Out
with the paper panties still in tact at Jolly's Records
on Woodland Ave.
â¤ Snow drifts on Dickens Avenue where I lived, and having my mom and dad push me on my fake snowmobile
â¤ Rosie the Prostitute
who lived on Theodore St. with the rose tattoo on her ass. She was the first working girl I ever knew.