Archive: November, 2011
Sticks and stones may break her bones, but her jeans look newer than yours.
The YouTube celebrity is no new phenomenon — Karmin, Sam Tsui, and even J-Biebs himself started their careers online. So when Lunchbox Records released My Jeans, a music video featuring a 10-year-old girl driving a car while singing about Hannah Montana “jacking her swag,” negative comments spread like mono. And the pop song became viral within weeks.
Jenna Rose, the star of My Jeans, knows as well as anyone else the power (and pitfalls) of Internet fame. Rose is often invited to sing at benefits and concerts around New York, but she’s also constantly compared to Rebecca Black, who isn’t exactly the golden child when it comes to being favored in the media.
This week I chatted with the Long Island resident, who filled me in on what it’s like being an Internet personality at the ripe age of 13.
City Paper: How did things change at school after My Jeans became viral?
Jenna Rose: Now everybody at my school knows me. If I’m walking in a hallway, people will say my name and say 'My Jeans!'. [And] some people are just mean to me … but I try to ignore it.
CP: Do they say things to your face?
JR: Obviously on the computer — the comments on YouTube — and at school. They say things like, 'You stink, my jeans!'.
When John Flynn ended up playing “Democracy (the Weed)” in Zuccotti Park, on the same day as Nash and Crosby, it was lagniappe to his day, a little extra fun added to a trip to catch Kris Kristofferson in concert. This was no fan pilgrimage. Rather, the two are long-time pals and collaborators. Flynn’s newest CD continues the pattern. KK is there on the title cut, “End of the Beginning.” Go ahead and ask Flynn what he meant by a phrase like that, he quickly warms to the topic, spinning anecdotes. “It means something different for everybody! My son is getting ready to finish grad school and said, hey this is my story.”
Kristofferson has been enjoying popularity since the ’60s and said there was something in it for him, too. But, as Flynn chuckles, “Like all my songs, it’s self-referential.” After traveling a particularly rough patch he started wondering… But all experience is grist for the writer’s mill. The result turns doubts into gratitude for what has been (old friends) and what is coming next. Hear Kristofferson adding harmony on this video.
Flynn readily admits that his wife helps to keep things in perspective for him. He honors her devotion with the song “Crazy as Ever.” Always interested in social justice Flynn wrote “Democracy (the Weed)” in honor of the changes coming with Arab Spring, reminding us that democracy is hardy plant that reseeds easily, wherever there is a bit of broken ground. He makes the song available for free download at johnflynn.net along with the printed lyrics to make it useful to all who struggle.
Indulge me as I quote a friend’s favorite phrase in describing “Prison Bible” — ”It could bring a tear to a glass eye.” For real, no matter how tough you are on crime, Flynn’s singing the humanizing, tenderizing details has to touch you.
“When I Throw Stones” is a simple but undeniable, throw stones and the piles eventually become de facto walls, walls that may not always be in your best interest.
All the songs are winners on the new CD, yet in typical Flynn modesty, the debut party is collateral to his real purpose for tonight’s show. Once a year he does a fundraiser for Camp Dreamcatcher, where kids affected by HIV/AIDS get a chance to recharge together.
Fri., Nov. 25, 8 p.m., $20-$25, Psalm Salon, 5841 Overbrook Ave., 215-477-7578, psalmsalon.com.
Devoted poet/avid concert-goer/nerd-grrrl extraordinaire Jane Cassady's weekly horoscopes run in this space every Friday morning.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 22): I recently went to a performance at the Circus School near my house, and it inspired me to tell you this: meditate on hoops, and silks, and ropes, balance, foolproof costumes, and funny magic tricks. Also, as always, sequins.
Capricorn (Dec. 23-Jan. 20): It’s the end of the semester and everything’s up in the air. Plow through your homework so that you can get on with the festivities, the toasts, the walks around downtown under the snowflake lights.
Believe it or not, Black Friday found its roots here in the City of Brotherly Lovem— it was originally coined by the area’s newspapers following a day of dangerously heavy, post-Thanksgiving foot traffic and surging profits being reported by retailers. Today, of course, it’s just another excuse to embrace consumer culture and brag to Aunt Jenny about your superior bargain. But lucky for you, Philly presents the opportunity to forego the standard 4 a.m. Wal-Mart or Target runs in search of unique bargains truly worth boasting about.
✚ Bus Stop Boutique
Bus Stop goes truly “in the black” with an all-day 20-percent-off sale on black Autumn/Winter apparel. After shopping, welcome yourself to the store’s “Holiday LITTLE BLACK DRESS + HEELS EVENT,” which will feature supplemental shopping from guest boutiques like Betsy & Iya, Look From London, Urban Expressions and Three Sirens. Couple in free styling advice for your looming New Year’s Eve party, as well as free wine and it’s not difficult to see that Bus Stop is offering one of the most competitive local offerings of the season. 750 S. Fourth St., 215-627-2357, busstopboutique.com.
✚ Arcadia Boutique
Described as an “eco-fashion boutique,” this Northern Liberties-native retail store provides original products from eco-friendly designers everywhere. The boutique will be offering a full-fledged “Black on Black” sale, slashing prices of black-colored products by a whopping 30 percent. All additional, non-black items will also be discounted by 15 percent. 819 N. Second St., 215-667-8099, arcadiaboutique.com.
✚ Wells Fargo Center
A little something for the sports lover, Comcast-Spectator will offer major discounts on sports memorabilia, starting at 30 percent between 7-8 a.m., continuing from 8-9 a.m. with a 20-percent discount and finishing between the hours of 9-11 a.m. at a rate of 10 percent. Also be sure to keep an eye out for Flyers alumni roaming the area autographing merchandise. 3601 S. Broad St., 800-298-4200, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
✚ Juju Salon and Organics
Soak up the benefits of beauty and relieve holiday stress as the rest of the world sacrifices their souls in a shopping frenzy. Juju presents a 10-percent-off sale on any spa and salon service for the entire day. The salon/spa will also offer 15 percent off all purchases of its many all-natural hair care products, provide you with complimentary booze and automatically enter you in a Black Friday Raffle to win a free $50 gift card. 713 S. Fourth St., 215-238-6080, jujusalon.com.
✚ Aci Nae
Located in South Philly on East Passyunk Ave., Aci Nae is a local boutique harboring brands like Melie Bianco and Maxx bags while still supporting area designers and even touting their own brand of clothing and bags. This Friday, the boutique will offer 15 percent off all its clothing and a more impressive 20 percent off all bags and jewelry. 1928 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-755-1480, acinae.com.
Sports nut Massimo Pulcini rounds up a week of everything Philly sports. Holy turkey balls!
VINCE YOUNG RALLIES EAGLES ON FINAL DRIVE, BEATS GIANTS 17-10
It was a game Philly was actually supposed to lose. No Mike Vick, no Jeremy Maclin, no hope to make the playoffs—in essence, no real reason to keep fighting. But on Sunday night, the Eagles did just that—they fought. And behind a patchwork offense of backups led by quarterback Vince Young (pictured), the Birds beat the rival New York Giants on national prime-time television in their own stadium, 17-10.
Undermanned, the Eagles entered the Sunday night matchup without two of their most dangerous offensive playmakers. Quarterback Mike Vick, who has been playing hurt all season, finally missed a game, this time due to two cracked ribs. Also sitting was the team’s leading receiver, Jeremy Maclin, out with a hamstring injury. In their places started quarterback Vince Young, a former starter and Pro-Bowler with Tennessee who was more well know for his “Dream Team” coronation in the summer than his arm, and receiver Reilly Cooper, who was well know for…well, nothing.
From the beginning of the game, one thing was clear—this would be a physical and a hard hitting affair. The two teams don’t like each other, and that was very evident throughout, as every play seemingly ended with a hard hit, small scuffle, or both. The Eagles defense, who, along with offensive turnovers, has been Philly’s biggest issue this season, turned in its best performance yet, holding the Giants to a measly 29 yards on the ground. The defense also bullied New York quarterback Eli Manning, intercepting him once and sacking him three times.
Our resident DJ on his most boogie-worthy pick of the week.
WHO: Chus and Ceballos, Chris Costanzo and Elvis Suarez
WHAT: Two world-renowned Spanish DJs from Stereo Productions land down in Philly to set your Thanksgiving weekend off proper. The duo is credited with pioneering the Iberican Sound, their unique blend of house and techno with tribal elements and vibes. Couple that with the sick sound and lighting at Rumor, and I'm sure this night will culminate in an awesome experience of thumping beats and elevated emotions.
WHEN & WHERE: Fri., Nov. 25, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., call for price, Rumor, 1500 Sansom St., 215-988-0777, rumorphilly.com.
WHY: It's Black Friday and you want get into the party groove to forget how much money you just spent on insignificant material crap.
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When Todd Rundgren packed the last of his Utopia reunion shows at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA on Saturday night, it was special for several reasons. Famously, it was a homecoming for the U-Darb born and raised Rundgren who moved to Downtown Philadelphia with his Woody’s Truck Stop/Nazz bassist Carson Van Osten when Runt was in his late teens. On a hard note, it was a way in which to pay tribute to fallen Utopia member and well-regarded songwriter Mark “Moogy” Klingman. The reason Rundgren reunited with Utopia — his ’70s-started prog-rock band — in the first place was to help the stricken-by-cancer Kingman with funding for his treatments. Sadly, Klingman passed away last Tuesday, just days before Saturday’s show. Still, a long ago-planned ritual by mega-Todd fans quickly became a way to celebrate Klingman and get into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Bill Bricker, a mild-mannered website designer for Capital One by day, is an avid fan of Rundgren who attended his first gig at age 16 in 1974. He has a fan blog, been to scores of shows and wanted to spell out — in neon — how he and others felt about Utopia. So the Charlottesville, Virginia bought over 3,000 glow sticks and handed them out to the assembled mass hoping to spell out the word LOVE at the encore, breaking the current world record of 300 glow sticks. (Bricker’s buddy, Olin Ericksen a Media Relations specialist, sent me this info before the show)
“I wanted to do something special to commemorate the final show of the tour, and a friend suggested a love message in glow sticks for Moogy,” Bricker said, in an email. “With a little quiet advertising on Todd fan pages, I got together with other fans willing to pay $10 each to pay for 100 glow sticks a piece. Very quickly we raised the money needed to provide everyone at the show with glow sticks. We now have 3,000 ready to go. 2,300 are all colors except white distributed randomly as fans enter the area. Then, at a prearranged moment, 700 specially placed white sticks will be illuminated to display the word “LOVE” similar to the famous Love Park Statue. “
Each week, Francesca Crozier-Fitzgerald puts together a rundown of book-centric events that’ll keep you “lit” like a firecracker all week long.
[ tonight ]
➤ Like Mother, like daughter
If you follow their Sunday column, Chik Wit, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lisa Scottoline and daughter Francesca Serritella (pictured)have practically invited you into their home for coffee and gossip. Their offering is a breath of fresh air to similarly conflicting mother-daughter duos. It examines the blessing in acquiring a natural best friend from this bond, as well as the reasons you sometimes might want to grab that friend by the hair and yank really hard. Today, the punchy columnists will release Best Friends, Occasional Enemies, a longer version of their column in book form. While it may not be the page-turner that gets fellas fighting for a copy, women of all ages will find something in it they can relate to. 7 p.m., free, Barnes & Noble, 301 Main St., Exton, 610-524-0103, barnesandnoble.com.
[ wednesday ]
➤ “Just a-nother brick in the wall”
I don’t think many would call Pink Floyd’s eleventh studio album, an ordinary production. Designed as a rock opera, The Wall tells the tale of main character Pink and how his traumatic childhood, dismal formative years and gradual slope into habitual drug use intensified his disinterest for human relationships and contact. The character, "loosely" based on the life of bassist Roger Waters, is “comfortably numb” and content with his existence behind a wall — away from society and its phony figurines. The tale was released to the public in stages and on this date in 1979, the album Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) began its four-week parade at No. 1 on U.K. charts. The entire opera was released a week later in the US and since that time its curious nature continues to dumfound fans and simpletons alike. To read a passionate chronology of this phenomenal production process, with Waters’ perspective in the foreword and many exclusive interviews throughout, pick up Gerald Scarfe’s The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall. All day, $19.77, a quiet, padded room.
Got into my first — and last, since the director, actors and crew pretty much wrapped up shooting over the weekend — bit of trouble during a Friday night stroll by The Silver Linings Playbook set. As I was walking across Chestnut at Eighth across from the Ben Franklin Hotel (they were camped in the parking lot on Eighth for days), a pair of signs had been erected for a “Pairs Open Freestyle Dance Competition,” a set piece upon which Bradley Cooper would later film with Jennifer Lawrence in the wee early hours of Saturday morning.
No sooner had I raised my camera to snap the banners than a crew member shouted me down. No worries. I got a decent shot. Yet I wanted Icepack’s usual photographer, Scott Weiner, to get some snaps. He did just that last night, along with a few photos along Sansom Street’s Jewelers’ Row, where it’s Christmas every day. (Geez, could the crew not have bothered to take the banners and the lights down? Lazy bastards.)
Anyway, the cast and the crew did a wrap party at Stephen Starr’s un-used Tangerine space on Market Street, and all is right with the world.
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