Archive: August, 2012
Every week, Brittany Thomas rounds up the week's sure-bet live shows. This week: Tygerstrype, Joe Kusy, Ape School and more.
Thursday: Tygerstrype has a playful and whimisical nature that seems to draw influences from bands like The Drums, but with a passionate approach to creating electronic, reverb-drenched compositions akin to spiritual-sounding groups like Animal Collective or Yeasayer. This week, they'll play a show benefiting local political org Philly Socialists. 8 p.m., $5, The Fire, with Pulling Punches, When Ships Collide, 412 W. Girard Ave., confirm on Facebook.
DJ Deejay, John D and friends will feed you with guilty pleasure and help you indulge in sappy, love-drunk jams this Sunday at the pool-party edition of their MakeOut Club dance party, where, they say, emo kids can get sweaty, get wet and "finally get some sun."
Mario Manzoni, a.k.a. Fame Lust, Philly's fabulous party photog, will be there to capture the debauch. He'll make a celeb out of you with his keen eye for kinky dancefloor romping.
"MakeOut Club isn't like any other party you've ever been to," says Manzoni. "It doesn't have the same "party people" crowd that you find in so many other places, probably because of the music. What you wind up getting with is part dance party part sing-along part make-out session." The party will be followed by a MakeOut karaoke after-party at the Barbary.
Millésimé, the self-defined "lifestyle store and showroom featuring collections for the modern home and person," has a new home on 41 S. Third St.
Open since July, this new location replaced the NoLibs birthplace of Jinous Kazemi's conglomerate of contemporary household accessories. Employee Jillian Collins explains that the store was looking to "focus more on furniture" and seek a new, older crowd. The overwhelming construction nearby is seriously cramping Millésimé's style, but thus far the sleek design store is holding its own. Business hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
I was sad to hear David Rakoff passed away after struggling with cancer. If you don't know him, you should check out his books/films:
Don't Get Too Comfortable is one of my favorites books — hysterical, observant, trenchant. All those things you want books to be. Just read a few pages and you'll be hooked. Seriously funny.
David only starred in five films (Capote, among them) but it was his appearance in The New Tenants, an Oscar-winning short from a few years ago that made me seek him out. His opening monologue (which is the first three minutes) is unbelievably great. Dark as hell, but even more poignant given his passing this morning. If you've not seen this short (or if you have), at least play this up till the other guy says, "Are you done?!"
NOTE: David drops some F-bombs, so if you can't watch at work ... save for later.
ICEPACK ILLUSTRATED: Jane G, Bradley Cooper and Dr. J come home. Frank Rizzo gets fixed. Wiz K gets a crowd.
Parinda Patel, the Philadelphia Film Society and Filmadelphia.org just confirmed that which we had been telling people anyway: that Jenkintown’s Bradley Cooper will definitely be at The Words premiere at the Prince Music Theater on Aug. 27 with Philadelphia natives and the film’s writers/directors Brian Klugman (Without a Trace) and Lee Sternthal (Tron: Legacy) along for the ride. What no Zoe Saldana, Coop’s co-star and love interest? Tell her we’ll screen Snipes and watch her eyes bulge.
Jane Guo you have been sorely missed. The one-time owner of the late, great Noodle Heaven on Broad Street finally opened her tony Pan Asian eatery (and drinkery, we love the ginger beer and vodka cocktails) Jane G at the off-Rittenhouse address of 1930 Chestnut. The ex-Blockbuster Video location is perfect for the wide Jane G, its long cocktail hot spot, its opulent raw bar display (the lobster just spills out), its glass-enclosed semi-open kitchen and chef Michael Chan’s menu options ranging from seafood bouillabaisse and turkey edamame with truffle dumpling to lamb chops and kebabs. We stopped by on its semi-soft opening weekend and was told by Ms. G that Aug. 12-15 was looking more like the grand pop.
Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey have two steamy festival dates at FDR Park on Pattison Ave. in August and they’re doozies. Aug. 10 stars Thom McCarthy and Toy Soldiers. Aug. 31 features Johnny Miles and Ben Arnold. Bring a fan. Not a blowie thing to help cool yourself but someone who actually likes Arnold. Had to do it, Ben. Twenty years later and it’s never NOT funny to nag you.
Philly knows her as the hostess-with-the-mostest from the Dollhouse Revue. Reality show lovers know her as the lass who lifted up fellow d-queen India Ferrah during season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race during the lip-sync competition. This October though you’ll get to know localite socialite Mimi Imfurst all over again when she walks for realness on this next season of Drag Race. Rev yer engines, gurls.
The day after the recently defaced Frank Rizzo mural on Ninth Street in the Italian Market started its healing process (a lady on a crane has been painting over the black Rorshach splotch with beige face tones), Joanna Mastronardo, daughter of Philly’s late mayor, was arrested for her alleged role in a gazillion-dollar sports-betting operation supposedly run by her husband, Joe Vito Mastronardo. That mural lady better paint a blindfold over Franny’s eyes until this shit blows over.
I’m in love with Space 1026 fun duo Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Rose Luardo’s brand new video by their New Dreamz dance team. “It’s a music video for my friend Hisham Bharoocha’s band Soft Circle,” says Wright who promised I would adore the track and their masked dance. You will too.
Drummer, producer and filmmaker George Manney helps kick off the Legendary Dobbs’ Liberty Music Conference (Aug. 14-19, libertymusicfest.com) with a screening of his Meet Me on South Street flick about the bar’s 1975-1996 roots Aug. 16, 7 p.m. The film was added to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in April. Be it.
American Sardine Bar can’t catch a break. First there’s all the Point Breeze neighborhood issues. Then there’s the word that the can-loving (beer, not the experimental German band) ASB had an acoustic show on an upstairs stage and that neighbors complained. Ws it really loud strumming? No matter. We hear that Sardine is going ahead with more live band business.
Mothers lock up your daughters. No seriously you don’t want your kids anywhere near Channel 29 until we figure out the schedule of one Howard Eskin who was named the station’s sports anchor. Yes that includes Good Day Philadelphia drop-ins. Help us, Mike Jerrick. Save us.
WHOWHATWHERE: Dr. J, Freeway, Young Chris and Beanie Sigel. Hey, which of those guys isn’t in State Property? No matter. That new quarter hit up the Converse block party at 52nd & Market. Julius Erving also shilled for Converse when he stopped by the Ubiq Life Store on Walnut Street with producer Swizz Beats in tow. While Swizz was doing the business of the shoe, his wife, singer Alicia Keys was spied noshing and drinking with a friend at Jar Bar on S. 11th Street. Word has it the pair stayed at the Ritz Carlton while on their raw food and leather hunt. Jewish Federation president Sherrie R. Savett got a crack at the pitcher’s mound when she tossed out the first pitch during Jewish Heritage Night at the Phillies game. Before heading to their sold out show on Penn’s Landing, the trio of boys that is Fun. stopped by Radio 104.5’s Pool Party at North Shore Beach Club. Same thing happened with Wiz Kalifah. Before joining fellow Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller for their sold out stoner show at Susquehanna Bank Center In Camden, Amber Rose’s fiancé joined Clear Channel radio goddess Loraine Morrell at Power 99’s studios. So did Estelle, John Legend’s old duet partner, stop by the station before her soulful tour stop at World Café Live. Meanwhile, Keyshia Cole just hung around Power 99 showing her new platinum colored hairdo, leaving The Darkness and Our Lady Peace to visit Radio 104.5 and keep their limp locks to themselves.
Every two weeks, Critical Mass will feature one Philly love note in its collaboration with blogger Emma Fried-Cassorla of phillylovenotes.com. These shorts will extol the virtues of the city as voiced by its residents. It will seek to remind readers that we live in a beautiful city full of beloved nooks and crannies.
LOVE NOTE RECIPIENT: Fisher Fine Arts Library on UPenn’s campus (220 S. 34th St.)
I AM: A scientist, student, foodie and, now, blogger
MY LOVE NOTE: Dear Fisher Fine Arts Library,
I love your grand Frank Furness-designed building, your leaded-glass mosaic windows, the over-the-top ornate spiral staircase and the catwalk in the center of the room where graduate students, in their private carols, have squirreled away books related to their super-esoteric dissertation topics. I love that studying in your four-story brick-and-terra-cotta reading room makes me feel smarter, more worldly and completely contented. But mostly, I love that this type of grandeur exists in my city
Have a favorite spot you'd like to submit a love note to? Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's up, hot dog?
Scott Aukerman, Tim Heidecker, Jason Adomian and Kurt Braunohler will turn the podcast-turned-TV show Comedy Bang! Bang! into a live show tomorrow night at the Troc. Wanna go? Write a haiku inspired by the show right now and email it to email@example.com with the subject "GIMME COMEDY BANG! BANG! TICKETS" and we'll give you two tickets.
We're gonna pick a winner at like 4:30 p.m. today, so enter now and I'll see you at the movies.
We have a winner! Congratulations to Chris C for this gem that makes me wonder if he actually wants to go:
Are these guys kidding?
Comedy "bang bang" indeed
Blowing my brains out
Approaching the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the details of that horrific day may no longer plague our media, but in many ways the aftermath continues to surround us. For author Sander Hicks, even the specific details are still worth talking about. His book Slingshot to the Juggernaut: Total Resistance to Secrecy and War is Total Love for the Truth looks at the self-proclaimed “truth movement” that continues to question the events of 9/11 as they were portrayed by popular media.
Weaving together accounts from both the far left and conservative right, Hicks sheds light on the difficulties of establishing fact from fiction in a story now at the heart of our national identity. Often dismissed as foolish conspiracy, the 9/11 truth movement is re-examined a decade later with fresh evidence and the wisdom of hindsight. Be a part of the conversation this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Moonstone Arts Center (110A S. 13th St.). Call 215-735-9600 for more info.
The rebellious attitude and DIY mindset of punk rock can be applied to areas far outside the realm of thrashing music. For Craig Lewis, his longtime involvement in the Boston punk scene gave him the tools to approach his own struggle with mental illness outside the standard establishment. Now a peer mental-health counselor, his journey proves that it's possible to take the issue of mental health seriously while also staying true to the values of egalitarianism and co-creation.
Seated deep within the punk community is the notion that we can be each other's resources rather than relying on a faulty institution — be it record label, hospital, or government — to provide those resources for us. By speaking openly about his own struggles, Craig uses his story as a resource for others who may be struggling with mental illness themselves. He speaks tonight at Philly's premier anarchist bookstore, Wooden Shoe Books and Records (704 South St.) at 7 p.m. In true anarchist fashion, the event is free with donations welcome to cover Craig's travel expenses.
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