Archive: May, 2010
Lena Horne died yesterday at 92. While Horne was best known for her rendition of "Stormy Weather" from the titular film, My first introduction to Horne was this:
For Cliff's birthday, Clair takes him and the fam to see Horne perform. It's a great episode (purchase here, stream the first part on YouTube here). Despite her Huxtable associations, her greatest performance to me is still this one:
No, it ain't easy at all. Sing it, Lena.
|Photo | Drew Lazor|
|From "Give Pizza Chance" at Rocket Cat|
CH: Carolyn Huckabay PR: Patrick Rapa ME: Molly Eichel
What We Saw:
Hit up Bambi Gallery's May exhibits, Erin M. Riley's "How's My Driving?" and Matt Osborn's "Dead Reckoning," and almost bought a Members Only jacket at Jinxed. But didn't because that would be ridiculous. CH
Went to the Troc to see Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live. I wrote that up already but I can't stress enough the insane, scary majesty of Puddles Pity Party a hulking clown with Jim Morrison's voice and John Wayne Gacy's charisma. PR
Feasted on Give Pizza Chance at Rocket Cat, which featured some excellent pieces, including curator Brain/Brian Dwyer's revisionist pizza world history and the hilarious Christmas-themed statuettes by Michael P. Heneshan, complete with back story (pictured above). ME
What We Watched:
Accidental Sports Night marathon since there are only two seasons, it felt like more of a challenge to get to the end. Gotta say, while I wish they'd picked up a third season, I was happy to see it end/see the light of day afterward. The Josh Malina crush holds steady. CH
After discussing it at length, we watched the scene of Marion Ravenwood out-drinking the huge Nepalese guy in Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's my favorite scene in all of the Indys, which is part of the reason I cried at the end of the fourth one when (SPOILER!) Indiana and Marion finally got married. ME
Oh geez: I might be older than I think I am because I found myself watching Survivor online. I've been a fan of the show in the past, but I have no idea when it's on these days. It's all there on CBS.com. PR
I watched all of Ski School, which features a large portion of the cast from perennial fave Summer School. Yes, I am ashamed of myself. ME
Where We Went:
--In search of a belated Mother's Day card (my parents are on vacation! I'm not a bad daughter, swear), wandered to the Gayborhood and found Paper on Pine had moved to 13th Street (yet kept its name). Spent $6 on a bright-orange Sesame Letterpress card; hoping Mom will appreciate something non-sappy-crappy-Hallmarky. CH
After card shopping, discovered something truly magical: Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran's year-old Gayborhood gift shop, Verde. Holy crap. Fresh flowers, gorgeous clutches, handmade jewelry, stylish hats, ARTISANAL CHOCOLATES and much, much more. New favorite store in Philly, seriously. CH
What We Listen To:
Dutifully switched on This American Life last night to hear CP's Isaiah Thompson fulfill his lifelong dream of participating in the public radio program (and meeting Ira Glass, to boot). Not for nothing, the story about a group of ex-sex offenders forced to live under a bridge in Miami is worth a listen. CH
What We Read:
Just finished up Janet Malcolm's ridiculously long Anatomy of a Murder Trial piece, which really only proved that I still don't like Janet Malcolm. ME
I may or may have been late to work today because I've been consumed by Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. At first, I totally didn't get what the fuss was about but then BLAMMO! The book turns and it smacks you in the face with its awesomity. I've got 100 pages left and I'm dying to find out what happens. Here's my problem: Should I go straight in to the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, or stick with the next book on my list Let the Great World Spin? Help me decide! ME
Nostalgia! Started re-reading A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I forgot how much I loved it. ME
|Use these cliches||Not these|
No sooner had I dropped a note of sorrow in Thursday's Ice online because my hero Robert De Niro had not been spotted out-or-about anywhere but his appointed rounds on the Dark Fields set including shooting at Union Trust the clouds opened and there was plenty of Bobby D on view.
Along with spotting the Oscar-winning thesp during the 16th and Market transformation into an NYC thoroughfare, and several astute sightings from friends in City Hall (you should be a working, but thanks), De Niro's weekend was a Philly eat-a-thon. De Niro and his missus Grace Hightower stopped by Butcher & Singer with owner Stephen Starr by their side but for a sec. (Did they talk about owning Japanese restaurants in Manhattan or opening joints in Dubai?) The next day, DeNiro and Hightower were spied heading into Lacroix at the Rittenhouse. Ah, brunch. While local photog Hughe Dillon managed to slip a shot of a near-City Hall De Niro-sighting into last night's Philly.com Insider slot, I'm heading to DelFrisco's tonight where Bob should be shooting. Nobody say anything stupid from Taxi Driver this week. You can use Cape Fear stuff instead.
UPDATE: According to Meal Ticket's Drew Lazor, De Niro and Hightower munched on a tomato and Roquefort salad, an 8-ounce filet and Baked Alaska for dessert.
|photo of a photo by Michael T. Regan by Patrick Rapa|
|Guess Rego's classic Roots pic comes up high when you Google it.|
|photo | Patrick Rapa|
|Snyder taunts a fan. I forget why. That's Willis with the guitar.|
|photo | Patrick Rapa|
|photo | Patrick Rapa|
Chris Knox benefit. A few videos have popped up so far; most as like this: eh visuals, good sound quality. "A Baby For Pree/Where You'll Find Me Now"
|Run-DMC = Out||Ghostface, Raekwon, Method Man = In|
A Jam Master Jay-less Run-DMC won't be reuniting at the third annual Roots Picnic this year, Questlove told Billboard. Instead, the Roots will back Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon, the former Wu-Tang Clan members behind this year's Wu-Massacre.
Quest didn't give a reason for Run-DMC's departure from the bill. While we are upset we won't have any run-ins with rapscallion/best part of Run's House Russy Simmons, as they've told us several time's before, Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to fuck with.
The Roots Picnic takes place on June 5 this year at Penn's Landing's Festival Pier. Also on tap are Vampire Weekend, Clipse, The Very Best and oh so many more.
h/t AV Club
|Why see Iron Man 2, when you've got Birdemic?|
What's on tap at Cinema 16:9, including Michel Gondry and a Philly prisons doc featuring a former CP-er
Cinema 16:9 has got some stellar things on tap and just 'cause they're right outside of the city doesn't mean you shouldn't know about 'em.Former City Paper staff writer Tom Namako is featured in Broken on All Sides, a doc on overcrowding in Philadelphia prisons. Namako got the feature because of his June 2008 cover story, "Locked Down." In the story, he recount this story from his piece:
Around 2 a.m. on May 1, Thomas dreamt he was out in the rain. This was strange, since he's barely been outdoors since he got to prison on April 22. The dream started to feel real. He forced himself to wake up. It was no dream. He was actually getting wet. "Oh, my bad," his cellie said groggily, redirecting his urine to the toilet. Thomas' blue boat was about 20 inches away from the latrine. He was infuriated. But he couldn't have done much about it. "There's a reason I'm down there," Thomas says. "I'm 5-foot-5. I'm the small guy." He had to either toss the blanket and sleep with mice, or sleep with the urine-soaked blanket and avoid the vermin. He chose the mice. The next day, his cell block spent most of the day on restricted movement. Thomas and the urinator sat just feet apart from each other for long hours. His cellie apologized again. Thomas was humiliated.The ever-expanding 16:9 also touts the new Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) doc L'Ã©pine dans le coeur (The Thorn in My Heart) about Gondry's aunt Suzette. It's playing at various times until May 20. Here's the trailer:
Broken on All Sides, Fri.-Sat., May 7-8, 9 p.m., $12; The Thorn in the Heart (L'Ã©pine dans le coeur), Fri.-Thu., May 7-20 2, 7 and 9 p.m., $5-$7.50; Cinema 16:9, 35 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, 484-461-7676, cinema169.com
|Photo | Jay Dunn|
|Charlotte Ford's CHICKEN|
|Photo | Sally Cohn|
|Lucinda Childs' DANCE|
- Celebrated Philly choreographer Brian Sanders and his company, JUNK, do it again with Sanctuary, which'll be performed along a 120-foot wall and set sometime in the future. What could be cooler than a basement pool? Find out in September.
- Nichole Canuso Dance Co. has been busy preparing the world premiÃ¨re of TAKES, starring the choreographer herself alongside Dito van Reigersberg and accompanied by Lars Jan film and music by Mike Kiley.
- In 8, eight up-and-coming choreographers Meg Foley, Jumatatu Poe and Megan Mazarick among them got commissioned to create eight new major works. See if you can see 'em all.
- Cuban-born dancemaker Marialena Boán presents Decadere (Latin for "to decay"), in which a group of dancers explore "dancing, singing, language, food, posture, work habits, sex, even their dreams."
- "Masters of minimalism" Lucinda Childs (choreography), Sol leWitt (film) and Philip Glass (music) collaborate to present DANCE, an epic piece that generates "a dialogue about postmodern dance and aesthetics 30 years ago and today."
- Last but not least, Live Arts favorite JÃ©rÃ´me Bel presents the solo show CÃ©dric Andrieux, in which the titular artist "dances his way through the course of his career."
|Photo | Evan Kafka|
|Thaddeus Phillips' Â¡El Conquistador!|
- Pig Iron Theatre Co. presents a weird yet kid-friendly fairytale, Cankerblossom, in which a family enters a two-dimensional universe to get back their cardboard baby.
- Charlotte Ford, whose Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl is our favorite Live Arts title ever, presents CHICKEN, "an absurdist three-person clown play" starring "a buzz-cut she-beast, a Casper Milquetoast somnambulist cross-dresser, and a passive-aggressive Elvis devotee."
- Embracing the telenovela, Thaddeus Phillips' Â¡El Conquistador! is a one-man show about a guy who flees his peasant life to become a "famously famous" soap star.
- Exploring "separatist cults and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln," New Paradise Laboratories' FREEDOM CLUB, in collaboration with New York's Riot Group, goes in the opposite direction of last year's FATEBOOK, which just proves their dynamism.
- Out-of-towners include Elevator Repair Service's The Sun Also Rises (anyone remember Gatz?); Conor Lovett's Beckett-tastic First Love; Nature Theater of Oklahoma's fresh Romeo and Juliet; and lectures by pre-eminent Chinese theater artist Danny Yung.
|Photo | Christine Southworth|
|Bang on a Can Marathon|
- Featuring more than a dozen NY- and Philly-based ensembles, Bang on a Can Marathon is Live Arts' first large-scale music piece. One ticket'll get you 12 hours of live music at World CafÃ© Live.
- Mark Stewart's band The Negro Problem performs three numbers from Stewart ("Stew")'s Tony Award-winning rock musical Passing Strange.
- Finally, head over to the Eastern State Penitentiary to see jazz pianist Vijay Iyer play alongside an art installation called Release, which includes archival footage of the one, the only Al Capone.
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