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|Nutter & Rendell at the JCC Maccabi Games
â¤ Even newer news than the news we already have on R5: We see this show announced at the Live Nation
website - Tower Theater: (2/5 @ 10 a.m.) Live Nation and R5 Productions Present Fleet Foxes
â May 21, 9 p.m. â and we ask, huh? Is Sean Agnew
going to pair with everyone? He does shows with AEG and will probably pair with Bowery Presents
when Spaghetti Warehouse II: The Scungilli Concert Hall opens on Spring Garden. Does this show signal a new détente between R5 and Live Nation? "I don't think it will lead to more shows. It may? This was a very unusual circumstance," Agnew wrote me. "The band who has always been extremely nice to us (R5) and invited us to co-promote the show. Live Nation Philadelphia
graciously agreed to their request to bring us on board. It's really rare for a band (or their agent) to reach out like they did and I was quite flattered. Hopefully the show will do well and we can use the money from that one to help out a smaller band or two who would normally not be able to play the church." Aw...
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â¤ Two shots at happy hour: The sweet looking new Kokopelli Tequila Bar and Restaurant
kicks its big agave bar thing on Feb 3, at the usual happy witching hours. The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. goes for something a little more educational, Italian and Nick Lowe-themed
with the Roman bitter Amari and the "Cruel To Be Kind" menu featuring cultured cocktails such as Paper Plane (credited to Sam Ross of New York's Milk & Honey) and Hanky Panky (brainchild of Ada Coleman @ The American Bar at London's The Hotel Savoy) And what the hell is Local 44's
Baby Momma Happy Hour. If I had kids I'd be drinking all hours. Heyo...
â¤ My very favorite spooked out gallery/bookstore Germ
(yes, the one from the hearts and minds of David E. Williams
and the late Jennifer Bates
that closed Jan. 31) will open its doors one last time. "And we mean it man," notes Williams, when talking about its First Friday, February 4 event. Williams also notes that Germ's famed UFO Discussion Group, hosted by Chris Augustin
, will still meet on the second Thursday of every month in a new spot, Essene Market and Cafe
, starting Feb. 10. First round of Martian baked tofu is on me.
â¤ Philly's answer to what happened if Bill Withers
slept with Lucinda Williams
â Amos Lee
â just released his fourth CD Mission Bell
, and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. S'aight that...
â¤ The Tiberino Family
â Raph, Ellen T, Gabriele, Ellen P and Papa Joesph â get out of Poweltown Village for their Kindred Spirits show at Sande Webster Gallery
this First Friday with a reception on Feb. 11. A must...
â¤ While word hit from the Sundance Film Festival
, that Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
, directed by Willow Grove's Jon Foy
, won the U.S. Documentary Competition Directing Award, two things hit me. This was the flick that we wrote about exclusively and, more importantly, is about Amorosi's favorite subject: Northern Liberties/Erode & Disappear frontman/pigeon enthusiast/Toynbee tile obsessive Justin Duerr
. Can't wait for a local screening.
â¤ We loved Fred Knittel
when he was doing his rustic rootsy Folkadelphia show on KDU, dig it now that it's Folkadelphia on Y-ROCK on XPN and will probably adore that Sunday showcase he'll get going at Johnny Brenda's
starting Feb. 6 with the Spinning Leaves & Hezekiah Jones
then Feb. 20 with Lewis & Clarke
and winding up with Feb.
27's Meg Baird & Arborea
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Almost forgot that aspiring Philly.com columnist Ed Rendell
joined Mayor Nutter
to welcome the JCC Maccabi Games
- a weeklong international sporting event for Jewish athletes' aged 13 to 16, held each year in North America and in Philly this summer â to town last week. â¤ OK. We know Paul Simon
and Renee Fleming
were the highlights (along with my split tux and pince nez) of the weekend's 154th Academy Ball
. But what the h-e-l-l was Academy president Joanna McNeil Lewis
doing with R.E.M.
bassist Mike Mills? Does he have Collapse Into Now
to promote? Meanwhile Rhymin Simon was spotted heading into Morimoto days before his big shoe. â¤ Speaking of doing stuff before you got to be somewhere in Philly, porn star/candidate Mary Carey
is here for Wing Bowl. But no sooner than we hear she hit Sampan (like Robert Plant
, he of porn star hair, did last week) for a bite on Tuesday night, we see that Hughe Dillion
got nice shots of her hitting 10Arts with Top Chef (not that top, but we love her) Jennifer Carrol
, then Rouge. Surely Carey will hit fellow porny guy Ron Jeremy's
post-Wing-Bowl bash at Delilah's on Feb. 4. Surely. Bet I can guess a future porn star. â¤ That might be what new Jersey Shore cast member Deena Nicole Cortese
has to do once the Shore dries up if she doesn't save money and quit that drinking like she did at McFaddens. â¤ Ryan Howard
was spied at Del Frisco's
with his Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader gal pal Krystle Campbell
. No porn there. â¤ And please no porn: Weird Al Yankovic
hit Barnes & Noble to sign, meet then greet for When I Grow Up...