Archive: October, 2011
Brian Wilensky highlights this week's sure-bet live shows.
Monday: “Vampire” by Philly’s Dani Mari is a steamy and dangerous song that sounds like she actually may have been bit. But definitely not by some sparkly Hollywood vampire. This tune is complete with finger cymbals and a mesmerizing organ part, that sounds like it just stepped out of a Turkish bath. 8 p.m., free, w/ Adam Cristian Gregory, Alec Stewart, Rev. TJ McGlinchey, Michael Ronstadt & David Trotta, North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 215-787-0488.
Tuesday: Acid Baby Jesus’ self-titled debut (which comes out today) of psych-punk stomp-alongs from Greece clang and echo in that overly distorted, needle-in-the-red sort of way. They make that lo-fi, PBR-and-a-mustache thing American kids can’t get enough of seem acceptable. 9 p.m., $5, w/ Faux Slang, Black Mamba Beat & Ttotals, Little Bar, 736 S. 8th St., 267-639-5233.
Wednesday: Folk singer/songwriter Langhorne Slim puts on a live show that’s simple. He’s just a bandleader with an acoustic guitar and enough energy that it seems to power the rest of the band. His November 2009 show at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster was one I won’t forget; especially the part when he crooned “Diamonds and Gold” to the front row, sitting on the front of the stage. 8 p.m., $15, w/ Dan Mangan, Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100.
Cassie Owens covers Mural Arts Month in this space every Monday in October. Here are a few things you can delve into this week.
How Philly Moves Dedication ➤ As we reported last week, How Philly Moves ranks as the second largest mural in the world, welcoming passengers to Philadelphia from the airport. The official unveiling will take off in style at a rooftop jamboree. HPM features Philadelphians dancing. You’re invited to the dedication, as long as you’re ready to dance, too. Wed., Oct. 12, 5-7 p.m., free, Philadelphia International Airport, Level 6 of Parking Garage F, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love Letter Subway Tour ➤ Love Letter is a series of 50 mural valentines in West Philadelphia, many written by neighborhood residents themselves. The project draws its inspiration from 1967’s “Cornbread Loves Cynthia,” messages that graffiti progenitor Darryl “Cornbread” McCray left along the bus route of his special someone. Love Letter was completed in 2009 as a grand gesture of love to West Philly. Each mural is viewable from the El, covering rooftops from 45th to 63rd along Market Street. Mural Arts teams up with SEPTA every weekend for the love train. Bank of America is covering the fare, so no tokens necessary. Do the O’Jays know about this? Sat., Oct. 15, 10 a.m-noon, free, Bank of America, 3925 Walnut St.
Finding the Light Within Paint Day ➤ Mural Arts teamed up with the Department of Behavioral Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Intellectual disAbility Services to reach out to those affected by suicide. The stories collected culminated in Finding the Light Within, a response to Philadelphia’s teenage suicide rate, which nearly doubles the national average. The public is invited to help paint this mural, with provided materials and equipment. Check out Mural Arts’ workspace as part of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Sat., Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, Mural Arts at The Gallery, Ninth and Market streets.
Phabergé Egg Hunt & Mural Walking Tour ➤ Sixteen local artists are taking a note from Imperial Russia in Phabergé, a collection of hand-painted papier-mâché eggs. This year, they’re not just painting the Kremlin, each egg will correspond with one of the city’s murals. Dozens will be scattered along the Mural Mile. Find eggs along the tour or on a scavenger hunt of your own design. Take the egg back to Mural Arts, and you’ll feel like a modern-day Tsarina. OK, maybe not a Tsarina, but you’ll definitely win a surprise gift. Sun., Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, free, Mural Arts at The Gallery, Ninth and Market streets.
Tickets for all Mural Arts Month events can be purchased at muralarts.tix.com.
Photo 1 by Adam Wallacavage for the Mural Arts Program, mural by Steve Powers
Photo 2 courtesy of the Mural Arts Program
Since we’re upping the ante this year by ask for submission money and turning it into cash prizes for the winners, we figured it was time to get legit. So. We’re crazy excited to announce that local comics hero Art Baxter has agreed to illustrate the Comics Issue cover — look for it 12/1 — and judge the entries. Baxter’s the Tyler grad/Roxborough resident who made a name for himself with comic books like Spud and Screw. His illustrations have been published all over the place.
All the submission info you need is here.
Every Friday, Ryan Carey covers the people and events that are giving Philly the giggles. This week, it's the fourth annual Philly Sketchfest.
"Philly Sketchfest will be utterly hilarious," says Sketchfest co-founder Dave Teruso. "Think of how funny Rick Santorum will be if he ever realizes he is telling jokes. It will be THAT funny."
Teruso goes on to explain, "This year we have 21 groups, the most we've ever had. And 14 of them are from out of state. So this is a great chance for audiences to see how comic flavors are different in different cities. They use a lot more jerk spice in New York, for instance. Which is not to say New Yorkers are jerks. They aren't. But they love Jamaican cuisine, and that comes through in their sketches."
Here are some of the events I think you should make a dash for this year:
Solo Spotlight: Mon., Oct. 10, 8 p.m., $10 ➤ Sketchfest's best one-person sketch comedy acts perform funny monologues. Rob Asaro from New Yord has studied with the Groundlings, Second City and UCB. Thunderstood (AJ Schraeder) won Greenboro, N.C.'s 2010 Ultimate Comic. And Meg Favreau (pictured right), an LOL With It fave, recently departed for L.A., but she's back to perform for one night only.
Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Contest Tue., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., $10 ➤ Last year's winner, The Feeko Brothers, actually induced live vomit to beef up their "Slow Day at the D1ld0 Factory" sketch. So the bar is set pretty high (or, low, as it were) for this one. Hosted by Sketchfest producers Animosity Pierre, the Feeko Brothers will return to defend their title against Thunderstood, Angel Yau, Secret Pants, Camp Woods, High Dramma, Sue Taney, The Dependable Felons and more.
The electrical inspection is finished, the health inspection is next and the mysterious “Mr. Lee” called me to say he’s got a Twitter account at @Hopsinglaundry. Now if Lee will only open that laundromat.
The last time we saw Erika Schiff was at a screening of the I Married a Mobster television episode she starred in, in some Soho NYC nightclub, and a bunch of the Mob Wives were in tow. This Saturday it’s her birthday, she’s screening it again at Rogues Gallery on South 21st and all she’ll get is Schoolly D spinning the gig. Hah! Maybe a Mob Wife will show. Rogues co-owner and old pal David Carroll (who recently hosted his buddy, ex-police chief John Timoney at the Gallery) will host the bash.
Take a run at the Palm Restaurant when you get a chance and look at the wall of fame and caricature. I didn’t realize this before but the Philly Style cover image of Nicole Miller is right by the drawing of Philadelphia mag boss Herb Lipson. Oops.
This weekend, South Street’s annual Running of the Punks is two days long with a concert thingie at Dobbs Oct. 7 with old people Bunnydrums, Dixy Blood, Pure Hell and the Prisoners as well as a cocktail mixer at Tatooed Mom’s on Oct. 8.
When Playloop’s Justin Paul does his Trentemøller show on Oct. 13 at TLA, congratulate him for getting his production/label’s release of The Model’s "I Won't Be Hanging Out Anymore" placed on a Virgin Airlines commercial. Then ask him where PEX’s big Halloween party is going to be. I hear it’s a secret battleship down on the Delaware.
Diana Palmieri recaps last night's episode of the Jersey Shore.
The episode begins with a wide-eyed Snooki stuffing her boobs back into her dress after a late-night skanky rendezvous with Vinny. Not even bothering with a shower (she knows it takes more than soap to wash away regret and bronzer), she wakes up JWOWW at the unholy hour of 7 a.m. to go out for mimosas and discuss her recent fuck-up.
Meanwhile, Sitch is in the kitchen stirring up a heaping pot of shit. He tells the roommates he called home to tell Jionni the dirty deets of Mike and Snooki’s hookup. Or something like that. All we really know is that Snooki loses her mind a la RonRon and hurls champagne and wine bottles at Mike. Ron looks on in shock as she thrashes like a violent zebra, but you know he’s just jealous because he could never get away with throwing crap at Sam. Bed frames are where he draws the line.
Then, the boys and girls go their separate ways for the remainder of the episode. The guys head to Sicily to meet Vinny’s extended family and the girls head to a winery in Tuscany for an excuse to drink before noon. The ladies — dressed for the Kentucky Derby — set in on a session about how wine is made. Snooki, however, wants to do less talking about wine and more drinking. The only thing she does want to discuss is Jionni. Continuing her run as the most rational botoxed person, she tells Nicole that “you can’t change it” and that Jionni will be humiliated and probably won’t forgive her. Snooki storms out like a drunk child.
When the boys return for their enlightening weekend of eating and kicking around a soccer ball, Snooki decides to call Jionni to admit she fooled around with Vinny. Shocker! But Jionni doesn’t think it's a deal-breaker. Later in the day, when Snooki realizes she actually had sex with Vinny, she calls to update Jionni once again. The cliffhanger is will he or won’t he care? I, for one, don’t.
HIGH The guys are talking about how much Snooki cares about Jionni, but Pauly doesn't agree. “I know," he says sarcastically. "It looked like she cared last night.”
LOW While out with JWOWW, Snooki buys a bottle that is the equivalent of her weight in Chianti. Five seconds later, she drops it on the cobblestone and the passersby make a plea for these idiots to leave their country.
CP reporter Brandon Baker trained to Haverford yesterday to see Academy Award-nominated actress Julianne Moore read from her latest children's book, Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever.
Julianne Moore walked into Children’s Book World like every other mom in the place, humble and sweet. And aside from her publicist, she wasn't surrounded by a team of Hollywood-types and paparazzi. Instead she had a haggle of little kids at her feet, who she played around with before launching into the reading of the third book in her Freckleface Strawberry series.
The New York City-based jack-of-all-trades says the original inspiration for the series came from being teased in grade school about having a lot of freckles. Drawing from that, she says she wrote the entire first book during a plane ride.
When I could, I made a beeline through the crowd of kids to ask her a few grown-up questions:
City Paper: What not-so-subtle morals can adults and children take away from the book?
Julianne Moore: “You know, in this [book] these two kids perceive themselves as best friends and people say they’re a lot alike — but they’re not. But they’re both human beings. They both have families. The less we categorize, the better off we are.”
Our resident DJ on his most boogie-worthy pick of the week ...
WHO: Secrets, No Headphones, Tony D’amato & Rudy Kardos
WHAT: The good people of Rizumu have been throwing this party for months, but this is going to be the final one of the year. Additionally, it's the official afterparty for Inciting's five-year anniversary party. They're bringing in Detroit’s forward-thinking Secrets as the headliner. I’m sure he’ll be playing a number of his original productions from labels like D Records.
WHEN & WHERE: Sun., Oct. 9, 1 p.m.-9 p.m., call for price, O’Reilly’s Bar & Grill, 2672 Coral St., 215-425-0413, oreillysphilly.com.
WHY: This party has both indoor and outdoor areas, making it a spiffy way to vibe out the end of your weekend!
Devoted poet/avid concert-goer/nerd-grrrl extraordinaire Jane Cassady's weekly horoscopes run in this space every Friday morning.
Libra (Sept. 24-Oct. 21): Happy birthday to one of my favorite Libras in the world. Your year will be full of dancing, sparkles, being bossed around nicely, long yammering walks, and snuggles. You will be free from backaches and bad dreams.
Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 22): Make yourself a theme song, like Zooey Deschanel on her new sitcom. Sing about how pretty you are, and how smart, and how charming. Sing it all day every day.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 22): The stars love to watch your dreams come true; it’s one of our favorite hobbies. Keep adopting lost puppies and making cute friends and getting your books all written.
Capricorn (Dec. 23-Jan. 20):Forgiveness needs fuel, so before composing any letters to make amends, take yourself out to dinner, buy some glossy new magazines, shop for produce, anything that makes you feel like you count. Later on you can think about making up.
Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19): Happy fifth wedding anniversary to one of my favorite Aquarians. Count the ways that the two of you, the constellation of you, are an inspiration to your friends. Make a list and toast every item.
Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20): Your heart is as shiny as a Claire’s Boutique would’ve been to us when we were 8: all multicolored rhinestones, enamel roses, Hello Kitty handbags and sparkly personalized keychains. Sure looks like riches to me.
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