At the Amorosi household, we grow 14, count ‘em 14 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. That’s why I was ultra-curious about my neighbor chef Kristian Leuzzi’s celebration of the red fruit fresh picked from New Jersey. At first I was insulted about the idea of the chef going outside the neighborhood for tomatoes. But Leuzzi nailed it and proved why Jersey’s such a formidable foe. His Kris’ at 11th & Federal recently restarted his longtime operation (it used to be Kristian’s) with the guys from East Passyunk’s Stogie Joe’s now in on the operation. For Kris’ first big specialty dinner (ongoing through Labor Day), Leuzzi chose a Four-Course Jersey Tomato Dinner with a simple but elegant salt cod and tomato carpaccio with pickled red onion to start, a tomato bruchetta with pan seared dry scallop, a like-mom-made baked rigatoni featuring Jersey tomato, Scamorza, local zucchini and fresh basil and a chicken cutlet Milanese with lemon aioli, Jersey tomato salad and spicy dandelion greens that was truly amazing. Next time I’m trying it with the Italian microbrew Tenute Collesi Imper Ale Rossa.
Speaking of the neighborhood, South Philly’s James Darren plays in Vineland, N.J. on Aug. 24 at the Landis Theater. It’s been a minute since he’s played here but surely the 10th & Ritner native will be up for it what with a Concord label album due for 2013.
That Travel Channel show that La Colombe Coffee owner Todd Carmichael was filming in his Rittenhouse Row salon, Dangerous Grounds, just announced its premiere (Nov. 5, 10 p.m.) with Tuesday showings after that. Luckily, he doesn’t just stick to his 19th Street café for its locations. The always-adventuresome Carmichael hits up Borneo and Bolivia amongst other exotic locales for beans.
I’m not sure why this thrills me: Philly.com reported that Spanx, Sara Blakely’s billion-dollar body shaping girdle, is planning to open its first stores in October with the King of Prussia Mall and Paramus, N.J. as its initial homes. Just saying.
I’m excited that the Cheesesteak Corridor of South Ninth is getting an Underdogs in September and Jason Evenchik’s canned-beer and food-cart Garage in November. But jusssssssst a little bit further down that block at 1309, there’s a tiny blue Mexican grocery store that’s great in a pinch. There have been rumors off-and-on that the location wanted outdoor seating, but for what? Word comes after a Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting, that there are new owners and that the restaurant they’re planning will be more sweet than savory.
Anne Frey’s 1 Tippling Place, the quiet cool toast of Chestnut at 20th, finally got its liquor licenses Wednesday night and will be officially open throughout this weekend.
WHOWHATWHERE: With just days left until they leave town until December, the stars of Paranoia are sticking near-by their lodgings with Harrison Ford hitting Rouge, Lucas Till outside Parc and Gary Oldman spied going into Del Frisco’s. Nu-R&B crooner Trey Songz was all over town on Wednesday promoting his new Chapter V joint. First Songz visited POWER 99 in Bala Cynwyd, then he hit up FYE on Broad Street for a CD signing, then he stopped by Vango to hear some cool grooves — his own. Tweens thrilled by Miley Cyrus’ Sherman’s March-like attack on Old City the other day should have been enthused by pop kid Austin Mahone’s visit with on-air jock Maxwell at Q102 FM. Also cramming into Philly’s radio stations was American Idol victor Phil Phillips at MIX 106.1, Marina and the Diamonds who played the Q102 iHeart Radio Performance Theater and Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie who visited the illustrious peackcock-ish Jacky BamBam at 93.3 WMMR.
ICEPACK ILLUSTRATED: ?uestlove is an Okayplayer. Meek has more tickets available. Harrison hits R2L and Parc. Brauhaus Schmitz knows what VIPs want.
I know that you know that I know how busy a man ?uestlove is. Drumming on and composing for the next Roots album. Working for Jimmy Fallon. Making a helluva fried chicken. Yet, it’s obvious that Okayplayer.com, ?uest’s ministry of information and merch since 1999, has been on his mind. It used to also be a record label that he watched over like a hawk until 2004. Okayplayer’s final offering was the True Notes Vol 1 compilation. That is until now, as ?uestlove has announced the label’s re-launch as a digital-only (for now) outlet with albums coming from Atlanta rapper/producer Danny! (another man with a punctuation mark in his name, great minds, right) and recording engineer/break beats maker Young Guru. Danny!’s Payback album comes out on Sept. 25, Young Guru’s instrumental album Essentials Vol 1 is due for Oct. 9 release. Catch some zzzs, Q.
Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street may indeed be currently busy with construction and bulging outward into its neighboring address. But that hasn’t stopped it from thinking about what’s important: Oktoberfest and what VIPs who’ll attend their German-based beer-and-brat boom really need: more bathrooms. The Schmitz is running a VIP package special for their Sept. 29 bash where $100 gets you elite usage of five private bathrooms, a VIP food list and your own beer stein with six tix to fill it. Hit up 267-909-8814 or email@example.com.
There’s a live bootleg of ’80s faves Blondie making its way to market which has several tracks culled from a soundboard mix from a November 1978 show at Philly’s Walnut Street Theater that I dare tell you I attended as a yout along with other cool WST gigs such as those with Talking Heads, Undertones and The Clash. Picture This Live can be found here.
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.
ICEPACK ILLUSTRATED: Who’s booking Snooki? Where’s Tony Luke Jr.? Why did Keith Peirce write a tribute to Rick D?
With Little Baby's Ice Cream gearing up for tomorrow's brick-and-mortar opening, what of their neighbors, Brian Dwyer and his Pizza Brain crew who helped get the party started between them when they partnered for the double wide location on the 2300 block. How much longer do we have to wait for Dwyer’s dough-n-gravy museum/old-school pizza shop opening? “Since day one we always planned to have Little Baby’s first, and us second,” says Dwyer. “Hopefully we’re not too far behind.” The last time I was at Pizza Brain, the reclaimed tin roof was up with the shelving and peep holes of Dwyer’s curated cheese-arium being readied so it should be ... very soon.
Keith Richard Peirce of Northern Arms Philly fame hasn’t been around for a minute. A Hemingway-esque exile in Florida’s gulf is what Peirce has become. Now, though, Peirce is getting ready to move back home to Philly between September and October with plans including a new Northern Arms record. Good, good. But what about right now? In the immediate, Peirce and Eric “Whorehouse” Bandel just recorded what they are calling a hymn to Rick Dombrowski, the late, great Rick D whose shuttered-n-sold Tritone on South Street just re-opened (courtesy Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico of Hawthornes) as The Cambridge on Aug. 1. It's now a sour-beer-bottle-heavy, six-pack-to-go-selling pierogi, chicken and corned beef joint. The song that Peirce and Bendel wrote is called “Last Horse” and it’s a swet send off to an old friend. “Eric drove 1,300 miles — from Brooklyn to the Gulf Coast of Florida — just to work on this song,” says Peirce. “We wrote a germ of it right after Rick died and it bothered us over the years for not finishing it. We knew we had to. Eric could have waited until I returned but he drove here and we locked down the house for four days, wrote the rest and recorded it. I'm glad we did it this way.” As Peirce “certainly wants everyone who loved or cared about him to have it,” he is planning a possible iTunes drop shortly. Keep you posted.
ICEPACK ILLUSTRATED: Heidecker rips ships. Bourdain in simpler times. Feastival starts strong at Sampan. Benny Krass comes alive.
“Recently, I read that Bob Dylan’s new album Tempest will feature a 14-minute song about the Titanic,” starts expatriate Philadelphia comedian Tim Heidecker innocently enough on a recent blog post. “I wrote this song to see if I could beat the Master to it. I can’t wait to see how close I got to the real thing.” With that, one half of the Tim & Eric team, unleashed a teaser (you gotta pay for the whole thing) to his own eerie 14-minute epic. Good luck.
Philadelphia’s Video Pirates do what their name infers: rip and clip precious booty and throw it up for the world to see. Happily, the VP crew shows off “Horrors” July 28 at International House, with swipes of commercials from Krass Brothers clothiers and the classic rock dawn of WYSP when Randy Kotz was still happily a regular on-air jock.
When weiner wonks Hawk Krall and Holly Moore judged this week’s hot dog cook-off at Hot Diggity on South Street, one of the immediate area’s top notch spaces took home the prize. Not nouvelle chef hot spots like Supper or Pumpkin or Brauhaus Schmitz. Marrakesh won — the forever-on-Leithgow-Street home to the best in Philadelphia’s Moroccan cuisine. I haven’t been there in a minute but love their lamb dishes, their private copper-table dining rooms and the manner in which their waiters pour hot tea from six feet above your table. Go. But don’t ask for hot dogs. I’m pretty sure they don’t serve them.
Further down the block on South Street this weekend, another longtime tradition gets upheld: the Midnight Movie at the Theater of the Living Arts. Live Nation tested the waters back in May and return to the scene of the crime for the next several Saturdays with John Waters’ Pink Flamingos (July 28), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Aug. 4) and Mommie Dearest (Aug. 11). Bring your own toast to toss.
Remember when life was simpler? When hot dog water enthusiast (thanks Pen & Pencil) Anthony Bourdain was just a heavy -smoking, leather jacket-wearing Leonard Cohen-lookalike trying to sell some books and NOT the foodie icon Philly lusts after? I do. I found this chat with him from 2001 when he stopped to meet me at L’Ange Bleu hawking copies of Kitchen Confidential. They’s all growed up.
The mother of Philadelphia intergalactic noise-psych acts, Bardo Pond, joins with Alabaster Museum and the Rotunda for a Laserium-like happening (Eyegate II handles the acid visuals) that doubles as a benefit for Tom Carter. Bardo’s gentle psychedelic brother got hit with acute pneumonia while touring Europe and needs assistance with medical costs. Joining B-Pond on July 20 is Kohoutek, Rhyton and NYC’s Guardian Alien.
After previewing The Industry for Meal Ticket, I finally made my way there. Try the panko crusted testa. Italians call it “Head in a box.” Mwhahaha. Owners Dave Garry, Heather Gleason and chef Pat Szoke just started serving “the city’s only public staff meal,” Sundays, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. guests get an ever-changing plate of what they serve to the staff after the evening’s service, for $6 per plate. Mwhahaha.
If you see Sigourney Weaver or the cast of the filming-in-Philly USA Network’s Political Animals, say something nice. July 15’s premiere brought in just 2.6 million viewers during the extended broadcast at 10 p.m. (only 675,000 of adults 18-49, and 834,000 viewers in the adults 25-54 range: important demographics for advertisers). Animals’ numbers weren’t bad but they weren’t great.
For the 10th anniversary of its Diamond G String Awards on July 25, Delilah’s Gentlemen’s Club and Steakhouse (I still don’t know anyone who has eaten a steak there after a full decade) will bring in retired porn star Jenna Jameson to host the strip-dance competition with $10,000 prize.
Lose a wiener, gain a rib rub: Jose Garces has given up the ghost of Abe Frohman. Or at least Abe’s Wursthaus, as the 13th Street brat boite is back on the buying block. Stephen Starr on the other hand has co-opted Brooklyn’s Fette Sau rub-centric BBQ for his next-to-Frankford Hall location, ending the long (well, three weeks) speculation as to what he’d open along Johnny Brenda Row. By the way, the Fette Sau concept, eat by weight, is something I believe that Philly’s BBQ Nick’s Charcoal Pit does.
Mikes Santoro and Dorris have been too busy dealing with sewage pumps, sump pumps and other pumps to worry about what they were going to call their S. Eighth Street purchase, the restaurant space that once held James. The pumps must be fixed as they’ve titled their cuisine-TBD restaurant The Mildred. It ain’t sexy but it works.
Philly’s Latin king DJ Rahsaan and his AfroTaino Productions, bring Thom Yorke’s favorite multi-lingual MC Ana Tijoux, Academy Award-winning musician Jorge Drexler and local spoken word diva Denice Frohman to Dobbs July 15. ‘Musica’ estilo indeed.
Cherry Bomb Bus babe and Hen with a Knife lady, chef Jen Zavala has just left her most recent digs at Interstate Draft House up north according to the restaurant. We’re waiting to hear from Zavala but the restaurant’s employees say it was a genial mutual parting of the ways and that she packed up her knives on Sunday.
Icepack Illustrated: Are you Paranoid? Would you converse with your enemies? Could you be Fond elsewhere?
Philly’s favorite comic book power-pop peeps, Conversations with Enemies, is having a party this Saturday (July 7) at Johnny Brenda’s for their second album The Good Times. Like 2009’s Nowhere OK, their new CD comes with a 20-page color comic volume featuring panels from area artists, this time starring locals Kristyn Fayewicz, Jessica Lowe and the all-of-15 years old Rhiannon Iwer. That’s got to be pricey. While The Good Times’ CD features gobs of sarcastically lyrical and melodic song, the comic book is highlighted by a romantic entanglement between a werewolf pirate, a vampire a devil.
Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth and director Robert Luketic want you to be in their movie Paranoid when it starts filming in Philly later this month. Actually, those four guys could care less who is in their movie. It’s Diane Heery of Heery Casting that needs upscale business folk and hip beautiful people (not to be confused with hipster doofuses) of all ages and sexes to be background extras. Check heerycasting.com and know that you’ll be rubbing elbows too with Richard Dreyfuss who just got added to the cast. Maybe Ford and he can talk about American Graffiti. Also while you’re at Heery, drop them some photos if you’re a guy in great physical shape. Sigourney Weaver’s Political Animals is still looking for a few good men, militarily speaking that is, through July 15.
Now-buff Derek Dorsey, co-owner of The Fire (get that man some carbs), has a roommate who just happens to have her own gallery in someone else’s home in South Kensington. The 1522 Salon at 1522 N. Lawrence is Natalie Beckwith’s baby and together with Michael Yoder the pair host their “Two Squares” exhibition starting July 6.
As the pasta bowl turns: The 1537 S. 11th St spot along the East Passyunk dining corridor that was earmarked for what Gordon “Birra” Dinerman was calling the Fountainhead (an Ayn Rand burger joint?) has just found new owners. While Dinerman moved his newest concept into Old City (Barra of which we reported on last week) Fond co-owners Jessie Prawlucki and Lee Styer have taken over the 1537 location for Fond, their stealthily healthful food boite at 1617 E. Passyunk. No word on what will happen to the old (still current) Fond spot but the new one should be ready by late autumn. Prawlucki can also be fond, I mean, found at her Belle Cakery at 1437 E. Passyunk, right across from the Ac-a-mee.
WHOWHATWHERE: As the first cast of Jersey Shore ungracefully gets ready to end its tenure in Seaside Heights next week, two things caught my eye. One is that the now-pregnant Snooki was spied pushing beer, Coors Lite yet, in a baby stroller. Fine. The other is that Deena Cortese was fined $106 after pleading guilty to dancing in the road and not using the sidewalk. Really. In other shore points, Mary J. Blige did the Atlantic City party circuit last weekend, first in the VIP area of Caesars Toga Bar then at Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly Burlesque hot spot at Revel. Ellen Burstyn, in Philly shooting the aforementioned Political Animals hung with the mayor and the governor for the Celebration of Freedom ceremony at Independence Hall. Slow week for Ms. Burstyn. On the local radio station tip, both Jack Black and Kyle Gass — Tenacious D to you — stopped by Radio 104.5’s iHeart Radio Performance Theater before playing Festival Pier, as did the wonky Walk the Moon. Lastly, there’s poor Bruce Jenner who looked more frozen than ever (it’s either an overabundance of Botox or the shock of being away from the Kardashians clan where he wears the skirts) when the 1976 Olympic gold medalist showed up at Parx Casino on Saturday. Guy needs a break.
ICEPACK ILLUSTRATED: Lorenzo’s RIP? Gordon Dinerman’s folks at Barra. New Paisans on East Passhunk. Pink in the UK.
Before we commence, let’s say a sad and sorry farewell (at least for now) to the just-burned Lorenzo’s Pizza on South Street . While I never had a sloppy slice there (no way, brah) I did, waybackintheday, use its always disgusting bathrooms to snort coke in when Dobbs’ powder rooms were full.
When the big beautiful Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival hits TLA Saturday (June 30) keep your eye on its judges, tassle-swinging icon Jacqueline Hyde, Daily News columnist Dan Gross and guitarist/developer David Grasso. Feel free to ask that Grasso how involved he is with the other Grasso (brother Joe) on the proposed live club at ye old Egypt. We haven’t heard much about David G’s NoLibs’ live venue/parking lot with Live Nation in awhile.
“Frankly I’m pissed off,” said Gordon Dinerman during the soft-opening of his new Old City restaurant Barra (the Third and Chestnut hot spot is now open for dinner, lunch and happy hour). Why would the former nightclub manager (Revival) and Starr employee (Barclay Prime) be angry after building-out a tony downtown version of his East Passyunk pizza/Italian beer joint, Birra? “The new coal oven makes a better pizza at Barra. It’s just superior. I got to work on that at Birra to even things up.” Along with hosting new menu additions not available at Birra — bruschetta, polenta, white mussels calamari, fish and chips, branzino, filet, all pastas, Italian Market pizza, fresh pappardelle with Maine lobster, filet mignon with heirloom tomato caprese — Barra plays into Dinerman’s skills as club guy with a tony update on his old pal/new partner Rob LaScala’s locations Rocchino and Azione. Barra is loungier, livelier with haute cocktails rather than beer as the focus, mood-swing lighting and DJs, Thursday to Saturday. Having known Dinerman since we both ran Revival, I can say that I’m sincerely proud of him. His dad and step-mom must be proud as well as they made the trek to Barra.
Before Making Time makes merry for its 12th anniversary in July at Morgan’s Pier, David Pianka brings in the chipper, chilly Tanlines to the Bamboo Club July 3.
Dead Milkman, Burn Witch Burn-er and CP columnist Rodney Anonymous joins Y-Not Radio for a new show Tells You How to Live. Rod’ll Play whatever he feels like every first Friday at 9 p.m.
At this week’s Ginger Coyle/Thom McCarthy/Kate Foust show at the Balcony, we found out that TMc will start recording his second ever album this weekend at Turtle Studios and that Foust, just late of Lady, will be heading into an electronic direction with new tracks to come shortly.
WHOWHATWHERE: Q-Fest got ready for its 18th annual LGBT film affair this July with a Havana Room/North Shore Beach Club Smirnoff Whipped n’ Fluffed bash that included Fox morning guy/host Mike Jerrick, yours truly and his blogging missus Glamorosi as judges and 12-count-em-12 bartenders from AC (Pro Bar at Prohibition) and Philly (Uncles) making two-oy-two drinks each. After 24 shots anyone could’ve been the winner of Madonna tix, but indeed Jazz from iCandy and Patrick Curtis from Tashan snagged the big prizes. Congrats. The pop sloppy Jon McLaughlin hit up Radio 104.5 FM in Bala before spending a night on the town at World Café Live. Actor Clifton Powell did the same when he stopped by WDAS down the hall in Bala to talk shop. New York-via-New Jersey Mob Wife Drita D’Avanzo stopped by The Coastline in Cherry Hill not to cause trouble but to have a few cocktails and chill. We love Drita, no doubtabout it, but where’s Big Ang? Lastly, crews from Channel 4 in the UK and its Real Stories series at The Box will be in Philly this weekend to shoot everything-and-anything (including a chat with me, A.D.) that was and is the story of Pink, Philly’s pop-hop superstar who not only got her start at Club Fever but did her first-ever interview with me.
ICEPACK ILLUSTRATED: Cuban chefs, gay film fest boozing, drunken popsicles, Godly movie makers, Fifty Shades of Prensky
When Cuba Libre co-owner/chef Guillermo Pernot held his Pop-Up Paladar on Tuesday he didn’t just forge a tasty authentic meal of olive-raising paste, crab-meat-stuffed corn-pasta cannelloni and picked cod-n-lamb tongue. Pernot gave Cuban chef Alain Rivera Santana of Havana’s Doctor Café his first shot at cooking outside his homeland. (Pernot did a Paladar with Chef Lucio in January and will hold another in October with Chef Angel Rafael Roque Gomez). To an audience including members of the cultural tour that Pernot led throughout Cuba in April (with their photos on the walls) Rivera said that the most exciting thing about coming here was learning that not all of us were bad (he should stay longer!), that the pop culturalism of our streets was dizzying and that the variety of food stuffs and spices in Philly was amazing. After telling me how much different Rivera was from Lucio (“night and day in their methodology”), Pernot revealed that Cuba Libre specially built a charcoal grilling oven like the one Rivera uses in Havana for their swell smoky grilled yellowfish tuna with ruby red grapefruit. Hot cha.
Thom Cardwell gave Icepack the exclusive on the dates (July 12-26) for the gay/lesbian/trans QFEST film extravaganza months ago. They announced its honorees — actor David W. Ross, director Rose Troche, activist Ellen Ratner. Why not have a party with the fest’s first-ever Q-Challenge Rockstar Bartender Competition hosted by Fox 29 fox Mike Jerrick where barkeeps win Madonna’s M.D.N.A. tour tix? That’s June 26 at North Shore’s Havana Room with yours truly and his blogging missus Glamorosi judging.
Last week I mentioned that Philly party planner Lindsay Furman was a new bad girl on NBC’s Love in the Wild. She wasn’t so bad but she did get dropped from the outdoor matchmaking show as did Manayunk’s Jenny Blatt. Too many bugs anyhoo.
Theresa Rose, Renee Archawski and Sandy Upton are three of the newest names added to Nick Stuccio’s Live Arts Festival and venue. Whee.
Krautrocking and crucial — that’s Philly’s Arc in Round who drop their eponymous debut album, June 23 at Johnny Brenda’s with Pet Milk and Tadoma in the haus. Arc in Round features guests Kurt Vile and Pattern Is Movement.
EaterPhilly came up with a sad but interesting notion: Could ex-Top Chef Jen Carroll be taking her Concrete Blonde concept elsewhere? I heard that the location she was readying for the ex-Marathon spot at 13th and Chestnut fell through because investors couldn’t agree on money. Carroll mentioned to me at Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs event that she had new cool investors — but for what city? Stay tuned.
As a Godly man, I can recommend June 26’s Ritz East (7 p.m.) screening of NJ filmmaker/New Testament scholar Rob Orlando’s A Polite Bribe (The Paul Story). The documentary about the life and teachings of Christ’s main-man Paul won’t be out until autumn so this preview is truly cool. Whether you believe or not is between y’all and Paul but the film is great and learned men agree.
Speaking of Jesus and Mary, the noisy Chain held by the Brothers Reid just announced a rare booking at Philly’s Union Transfer for Sept. with tix selling shortly.
?uestlove, Philly pal Will Smith and Jay Z will take the Tony Award-winning Fela! musical off the road and put it back on Broadway for a summer run. The three are producers and not just some guys muscling in on the AfroBeat action.
Mr. and Mrs. Prensky, Jen and chef Mitch hold a kinky Fifty Shades of Grey dinner at Supper on South St. June 23, taking the Masked Ball sex scene and re-doing the book’s decadent menu.
WHOWHATWHERE: Lots of celebs hit the local radio stations this week. Australian sensation Cher Lloyd visited with DJ Maxwell at the Saturday Night Online iHeart Radio Performance Theater in Bala, with soul-pop singer Kimbra, pop-punks Silversun Pickups and sweet hardcore goofs Circa Survive hitting up Radio 104.5 FM’s studios. The Circa cats even got to hang with fan/photog Scott Weiner’s daughter Mariel Weiner who shares a b-day with me, her godfather. Philadelphia Style publisher John Colabelli, whose next Style party is a private 4th of July weekend one at MIXX in the Borgata with John Oates and ?uestlove, was the main attraction at last week’s opening of The Latham Hotel, its new swank rooms and handsomely appointed restaurant. Columnist Stu Bykofsky and his new goatee were at the Latham cork-popping as were lawyers such as Chuck Peruto Jr., Justin Wineburgh and Lauren O’Dorisio, the very new wife of Colabelli. Congrats.
- Arts Events
- First Person Fest
- Last Chance
- On the Fringe
- Philly Artists
- The Curator
- Visual Art
- Arts News
- Artist Profile
- Arts Preview
- Street Art
- Been There, Done That
- Big Ups
- LOL With It
- Critical Mass
- Friday Fill-in
- Ice Cubes
- In Memoriam
- Just Do It
- Just Opened
- Art Phag
- Film Fest
- Movie Review
- On set
- 10 Track Mind
- Album Review
- Concert Review
- Local Support
- Now Hear This
- One Track Mind
- Philly Bands
- Somebody Else Was There
- The Showdown
- concert photos
- DJ Nights Blogged
- Night Watch
- Now See This
- Poetic License
- Printed Matter
- What We Heart
- Idol Hands
- Mad Men
- True Blood
- Useless Lost Recaps
- Couch Potato
- Shore Trash
- Turned ONN
- Video Games
- Free Online Game
- PlayStation 2
- The 1-Upper
- Web Junk
- CAGE MATCH
- Free Online Toy
- Weekend Omnibus