Archive: March, 2012
Read Drew Lazor's review of Goon, written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg and directed by Michael Dowse. Below, star Seann William Scott talks to Critical Mass about the physicality of the sports role, his desire to play a sociopath and the upcoming American Reunion.
City Paper: How did you physically prepare for the role of Doug Glatt?
Seann William Scott: It was kind of a process. I've been training pretty much my whole life, whether for sports or to stay in shape. When I found out about the movie, I thought it wouldn't make sense for me to be this big bruiser since I'm only 6' tall and these guys are like 6'3", so I packed on 30 pounds of some muscle but mostly just weight. I didn't think he should be this muscle-bound guy, so then we just did some featuring for like a month before the shoot, then we went and did the movie.
CP: Did you have a stunt double?
SWS: I had a great stunt double and he was a great team member. But we just knew that the movie would really work best if I did almost every shot he could possibly have me do for the fights to make it the most believable, so I did. Jim did the majority of the stunts.
CP: What sports did you do in high school?
SWS: Baseball, basketball and football. Unfortunately, this is the one movie I've done that involves a sport, and it's the one I know the least about. All my friends in Minnesota know hockey, and I'd go and watch them, and I had a great appreciation for the game, but I just couldn't play. I'm just terrible. But I got a good introductory course filming the movie, being surrounded by legitimate hockey players and being on the ice a lot.
Art-geek extraordinaire Courtney Sexton presents a weekly selection of Philly's must-see gallery exhibits. This week: Fantastical creatures, philosophy and the biggest paper snowflakes you've ever seen.
Marginal Utility Presents Alexi Kukuljevic: “The I Lesson, Part I, 2012”
God is dead; Art is dead; to be, or not to be; I think, therefore I am. Clearly, if I’m ever going to learn the difference between truth and Truth, I need to brush up on my philosophy. Artist/philosopher Alexi Kukuljevic, on the other hand, does not. If you’re interested in venturing out of the cave for a bit, you should definitely see his current installation at Marginal Utility, the gallery’s first in a series that will rotate every three weeks through August 12 as part of the “First Among Equals” exhibition at ICA, an experiment in collective vs. individual work that “resists the notion that collaboration equals consensus.”
Through April 8, free, Marginal Utility, 319 N. 11th St., second floor, marginalutility.org.
Our resident DJ on his most boogie-worthy pick of the week.
WHO: Party Supplies, DJ M-Ski, DJ Mandip, Kenny Meez
WHAT: Queens producer/singer, Party Supplies, is joining the Dutty Chutney boys for a featured live performance with his trusty MPC sampler. The Fool’s Gold Records artist is known for recent collaborations with rappers Danny Brown and Action Bronson, as well as last summer's acclaimed mixtape, Firecrackers. He’ll be bringing his indie/hip-hop flair to this night of dancehall, soca, bhangra and other worldy bassed-up sounds.
WHEN & WHERE: Sat., Mar. 31, 9 p.m., $5-$7, Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 215-634-7400, facebook.com/thebarbary.
WHY: The flyer is dope, the music will be dope and your night will be extra dope.
Devoted poet/avid concert-goer/nerd-grrrl extraordinaire Jane Cassady’s weekly horoscopes run in this space every Friday morning. Also, check out Jane's "sage advice for a happy home and garden" in this week's issue.
Aries (March 21-April 18): Two hours of Mad Men might be too long — the stars are having trouble paying attention. Maybe next week will be better. Meanwhile, watch sitcoms and don’t think about snazzy advertising cads.
Taurus (April 19-May 18): Take on a new assignment. If none are offered, make one up. Any brand new project will do. Follow it wherever it wants you to go.
Gemini (May 19-June 21): Team Peeta or Team Gale? Are you kidding me with this? Why in the world should she have to choose? Even in the dystopian future, is jealousy really still such a big deal? C’mon, guys, get over it. Learn to share.
Each week, Nina Willbach puts together a rundown of book-centric events. This week: Zen Buddhist Priests, paper fortresses, and Nina Simone.
Thursday, March 29
Tweeting Down the Hierarchy
In the ongoing struggle to confront and overcome gender hierarchies, artists play a huge role. By presenting writings and images that highlight inequalities, artists can offer alternatives and even act as a catalyst for bringing them into reality. The Kelly Writers House honors this potential with the series Feminism/s—a monthly event dedicated to artists who use their work to eliminate gender discrimination and explore alternatives to sexism. Tonight's edition will feature Masha Tupitsyn, whose work often comments on the way new technology shapes culture, particularly in the world of film: In Laconia: 1,200 Tweets on Film, she explores the sound bite as expressed through Twitter and explores how its popularity has changed the way we consume narrative. Aside from writing, she is a blogger, videographer, and pop-culture enthusiast, stringing together her disparate media with a common thread of gender consciousness.
6 p.m., free, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, writing.upenn.edu/wh
Couple of weeks ago it was a shell — pictures of the Flyers on its walls, some brushed silver, lots of concrete. I wore a hard hat. Now, just in time, for the E Street Shuffle, XFINITY Live! Philadelphia is open with its main dining rooms (Broad Street Bullies Pub, Professional Bull Riders Bar & Grill, Philly MarketPlace, Victory Beer Hall) intact and overseen by executive chef Christopher Stevens who’ll focus on XL!P’s Spectrum Grill chophouse. Is it everybody’s cup of tea? Yes, quite literally when you consider it’s a mass-market joint geared for folk heading to ball-n-puck soirees and concerts. If you expected Mario Batali’s Eataly, you were wrong. The guy who helped put this together, Xfinity Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider is getting the President’s Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland on April 14, a prize presented to U/M alums outstanding in their field. Snider graduated from College Park in 1955.
The Philly wall of noise that is Ugh God and Rasputin’s Secret Police take over Kung Fu Necktie on March 29. Bring your earmuffs. Not for the sonic boom. It really is still chill out you know.
Philly’s Christian Meoli just got cast in the Showtime network pilot Ray Donovan created by Ann “Southland” Biderman and starring Jon Voight, Elliot Gould and Liev Schreiber. Meoli, who made his film debut in 1993’s disaster flick Alive, will also be seen in Desperate Housewives before the ABC show runs its course and Should’ve Been Romeo co-starring Ed Asner, Michael Rappaport and Kelly Osbourne.
Philly-raised Tony Award-winning thespian and Harry Jay Katz pal Hugh Panaro will be the 2012 honoree at the Walnut Street Theater’s annual gala come May 11. Bravo.
Al Harris on the week's top five comedy shows. This week: Larry David's perpetual houseguest, more tirades by Bill Burr and PHIT's take on science and medicine.
Perhaps best known as Larry David’s perpetual houseguest Leon on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, comedian JB Smoove, is also one hell of a comedy writer and standup comedian. His first feature film appearance was the narrator of Pootie Tang and he later co-starred in Mr. Deeds with Adam Sandler. Smoove was also a writer for Saturday Night Live from 2003 to 2007. Most recently he's had roles in The Sitter and the upcoming Sasha Baron-Cohen farce The Dictator. Watch Smoove get physical in this standup clip where he reminisces about throwing rocks at old people when he was a kid.
Thu. March 29, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Fri.-Sat. March 30-31, 7:30 p.m. and 10: p.m., $21-$33, Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., 215-495-9001, heliumcomedy.com.
Impressive permanent collections may have put our area museums on the map, but it's the rotating exhibits that keep visitors coming back. Every Thursday, Abigail Minor updates you on the newest and most browse-worthy. This week: Kentucky spice, erupting felt, and dyed uniforms.
Cynthia Norton at the PAFA
Bringing a little Kentucky spice to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is spunky artist Cynthia Norton. In the current exhibit, "Freedom Rings Placed Within," feminist Norton interacts with the historical paintings found within the Academy’s walls, responding to centuries-old artwork in her own quirky statements, such as her bright self-portrait in reply to the tame depiction of the “ideal woman” in William Merritt Chase’s Portrait of Mrs. C. She seeks to interact with art in the way only artists can: by creating more.
Through May 27, free-$15, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St., 215-972-7600, pafa.org
Spring is one of the best seasons to enjoy the outdoors with your four-legged best friend. In addition to the usual park visits and river runs, consider these upcoming events where you can give back a little of the slobbery love your furry pal has given you.
The 15th annual Fur Ball, sponsored by The Morris Animal Refuge, will be held at the Arts Ballroom this year, and will feature a five-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, carving station, DJ and jazz trio. All proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction and raffle prizes directly benefit the Morris Animal Refuge and their mission to raise awareness for abandoned pets.
So what if you love football and spooning with your dog? Support the PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division while attending a Philadelphia Soul game. Choose from nine charity games at the Wells Fargo Center and your ticket will include upgraded seats, autographs and a pass to meet and greet with the players.
Not only do our pets love us unconditionally, they also keep us in shape. Get active with your pet at the 10th annual 5k Red Cross Walk and Run to Save Lives. The event raises money for disaster victims and participants are encouraged to bring their dog along.
Walk and Run: Sat., April 21, 7 a.m., Red Cross Walk and Run, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 N. Concourse Drive, 215-405-8888, redcrosswalkandrun.org.
The following day, test your frisbee skills at Pawsome Doubles, the disc golf tournament to benefit the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Pawsome Doubles: Sun., April 22, 1 p.m., Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course, 33rd and Oxford streets, 215-238-9901, phillypaws.org.
Equal parts resurrection and unbridled joy, the rock ‘n” roll of Bruce Springsteen in his first of two Philly shows on the Wrecking Ball tour was populist entertainment of the highest order. He wanted the audience to dance and ruminate, sing along and shout, and experience the unfamiliar of new songs before granting tastes of “Thunder Road” and “Born to Run.”
Opening with the full throttle of two of the strongest rockers off of Wrecking Ball — “We Take Care of Our Own” and “Wrecking Ball” — showed The Boss’s well-deserved confidence in the material. Following these with the familiar of “Badlands” displayed the resiliency of the E Street Band. In place of the recently deceased force of Clarence Clemons was Clarence’s nephew Jake Clemons. Not a beat was missed, as Jake served up the saxophonic DNA of the rock anthem with the warmth and energy fans expect. The absence of Clarence was on the mind of the Boss, most notably in the show’s brilliant finale, “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” when the song stopped cold for a nearly four minute applause for Clemons.
Even more on the mind of the Boss was the common man. The grim financial reality of “Jack of All Trades” silenced the audience until the line “If I had me a gun, I’d shoot the bastards on sight” got a rousing cheer. How to counter the bleakness? How about going to “Atlantic City?” The pure pleasure and crowdsurfing-infused covers “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and “634-5789” led into numbers of a different stripe in the injustice of “American Skin (41 Shots),” complete with a dedication to Trayvon Martin. Later the triumph of “The Rising” is proceeded by one of the darkest songs in the Springsteen canon, the graveyard parable “We Are Alive.” “Thunder Road” followed, closing the main set by raising the Wells Fargo roof. As a counter point and the finest musical moment of the evening, “Rocky Ground” opened the encore with its gospel and rap moments perfectly woven into its raw rock sensibilities, sending shivers through the crowd on the back of Michelle Moore’s vocals.
Bruce Springsteen never ceases to amaze with his age-defying rock and roll marathons (this one was just shy of three hours). With the E Street Band flawlessly adapting to life post-Clarence Clemons in the studio and, as was apparent Wednesday, in concert, the Springsteen experience should be sustainable for many years to come.
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