Archive: August, 2010
Le Show Harry Shearer has completed his documentary, "The Big Uneasy," on Katrina and why it flooded â language which, he says, was unacceptable to NPR in a spot he underwrote. Anyway, it airs tonight and tonight only. Showtimes are 7 PM and 9:30PM at the Ritz East.
On the day my Italian Market story came out, I caught Richard Rys's solid tale of what became of Old City in Philadelphia magazine. This quickly became a contrast of two homes for me where I live now and where I used to live. I wrote lengthily (and splendidly, I might add) about the
Yes, there were cheesy promoters and cheapo lounge managers looking to cash in. But that happens everywhere, always. It needed an influx of charming couture boutiques and late evening shopping spots from AKA Records to Matthew Izzo sooner. Now, solidly groovy hot spots like Sassafras (a holdover from its past), Cuba Libre and the entirety of the Serrano/Tin Angel complex are there. National Mechanics is there. The Arden Theater is there. City Paper is there. There's so much to put it at par with other busy neighborhoods. If you don't dig Lucy's Hat Shop after too many cheap vodkas, try the Mansion in Rittenhouse Square or one of several remaining everyday guy sports bars in Fishtown.
Look, there're always more guys in baseball caps and un-tucked striped shirts and women in Snooki boufants and low-designer jeans (them) than there are those of kinda-tasteful decorum (me I hope and us). That said, a great bustling neighborhood needs all sorts to sustain and survive. Rittenhouse gets it from the Irish Pub down to the Walnut Room. The Piazza will find this out soon; as much as they want to (and may actually) secede from the
The Inquirer reports today that the U.S. Department of Justice has sent the Philadelphia School District a letter indicating it found "merit" in claims by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund of systemic race-based violence at South Philadelphia High School.
Last December (you may recall), Philly was rocked by news that more than twenty Asian students had been attacked by a group of as many as 100 students, most of them African-American.
It was an ugly incident âbut not an unprecedented one: Asian community advocates had been trying for years to draw attention to what they called the systemic victimization of Asian immigrant students - allegations that they say were ignored by school officials.
Indeed, following the December 3 attacks, school officials attempted to pin much of the blame on an alleged gang-related attack two days earlier, instigated by a Vietnamese immigrant student, Hao Luu, who had in fact reported being assaulted himself that day (read more about Hao Luu in our cover story, "The Fall Guy,").
Today's news fuels charges that what happened on December 3 was no isolated incident but instead symptomatic of more deeply-rooted racial injustice at the school.
We don't have it to give to you, but a thing called Philly Stake does.
Based on Chicago Sunday Soup, Brooklyn FEAST, Baltimore STEW and Detroit Soup (recently featured in the NYT), Philly Stake is a brand-new, regularly occurring, locally sourced dinner that raises funds for "creative projects" which, of course, can mean nearly anything. Attendees pay $10-$20 to get in, and then after various people talk about their ideas, they vote on a favorite to support financially as a group. The first Philly Stake goes down on Sept. 19 from 5-8 p.m. at People Employing People (1200 S. Broad St.).
You might also be interested to know they're looking for proposals. Here are the details:
PROPOSAL DUE DATE: September 10th by 12:00 Noon
Stake's goal is to fund Philadelphia creative projects as directly as possible. The application is simple, just 4 questions and 4 images. The first 15 proposals that fulfill all of the following criteria will be included in the dinner election. If funded, you will be responsible for making a presentation to the Stake community regarding your progress on this project at the next Stake event (approximately 2-3 months after the September dinner).
CRITERIA: This grants funds Philadelphia-based creative projects. Stake grants are projecting specific; they do not fund an artist's individual studio work, nor art gallery/non-profit organizations' overall work.
1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish (approx. 100 words):
2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $750 is your imaginary budget (50 words):
3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal) (100 words):
4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community? (100 words): IMAGES Submit 4 digital images (up to 2 MB each) relating to your project or past projects in order to better illustrate your words above. (Examples: sketches for project proposal, photomontage, maps, diagrams, or other related imagery) Each image should be numbered. Also, attach a corresponding numbered list of one-sentence descriptions for each image. These will be used at the event.
SUBMIT: To submit a proposal email: email@example.com. Your answers will be displayed at the event for all Stake attendees and they'll vote on their favorites. That's all there is to it!
OTHER DETAILS: Proposals will be accepted as they are submitted, on the assigned due date, until the 15 spots are filled. Proposals will be made available on the Philly STAKE website one week prior to the event and will be posted in the dining room. Applicants will be given 3-4 minutes to present on their proposal. Projects should be ready to implement once money is awarded.
Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org or Theresa at email@example.com.
So, my Netflix queue (I'm home sick, midway through a Dexter Season 2 marathon of awesomeness) helpfully provides a list of "Local Favorites for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania." And, well, I'd just throw your favorite movies up here on The Clog, because in my current medicated/bored state it seems a fun thing to do. What it says about this city of ours and its culture sophistication I will leave to your interpretation. As of note, I have neither seen nor heard of any of these. There are precisely two tempting enough to go into my instant queue; you can guess which. And really, two out of five isn't so bad. But really, Philadelphia R.Kelly?
No. 1: Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom:
2008 R 101 minutes
Over one fateful weekend at Martha's Vineyard, a fun wedding getaway quickly transforms into a literal hotbed of relationship drama for Noah (Darryl Stephens), Alex (Rodney Chester), Ricky (Christian Vincent) and Chance (Douglas Spearman) in this feature spinoff of the hit Logo TV series. A seven-year itch, a surprise fling with a college hottie, a closeted rap star and much more all factor into this wild and unforgettable vacation.
No. 2: Brooklyn Bound:
2005 R 89 minutes
Hit with a mother lode of troubles, drug dealer Sean (Tommy Guiffre) decides to pull off one final score so he can make things right, then leave the streets for good. Things can't get any worse for Sean -- his girlfriend (Nicole Arlyn) leaves him, his mother (Christie Sanford) becomes seriously ill, and his best friend is hunted by loan sharks. When his impressionable little brother is arrested, Sean realizes it's up to him to save the day.
No. 3: Save Me
2007 NR 96 minutes
When young gay man Mark (Chad Allen) hits rock bottom, the well-intentioned Gayle (Judith Light) and her husband, Ted (Stephen Lang), welcome him to Genesis House, a Christian haven for men like Mark to seek shelter and get on the right path -- the straight path. But problems arise when Mark's mentor, Scott (Robert Gant), becomes too intimate, prompting Gayle and Ted to face some uncomfortable realities about love, salvation and human sexuality.
No. 4: R.Kelly Live! The Light It Up Tour
2006 NR 110 minutes
Filmed live at Oakland, California's famous Paramount Theater, this dynamic concert features a rousing performance by popular R&B musician R. Kelly, who sings his smash hits for an audience of thrilled fans. Kelly has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and played to sold-out venues all over the globe. Songs include "Bump and Grind," "Fiesta," "Used to Me," "I Believe I Can Fly" and many more.
No. 5: Next: A Primer on Urban Painting
2005 NR 95 minutes
Filmmaker Pablo Aravena scours the globe to document the changing face of urban graffiti and those who are elevating the form to new heights, from old-school tagging artist Lee Quinones to painters whose work can be found in art galleries. Candid interviews with academics, journalists, musicians and the artists themselves -- and footage of them in action -- tell the story of an art form undergoing a worldwide renaissance.
I think there's a tendency among many Americans (if I may) to believe that a robust urban bike sharing system is just somehow, for some reason, impossible.
I catch myself thinking it sometimes. Maybe part of the trouble is that non-bicycle-users don't get the point, and bicycle-users already have bikes and so they don't get the point, either. What's required is seeing bicycling as a potential mainstream mode of transportation: so easy and convenient, little old ladies'll do it.
The thing is, that's not crazy: It's already going on all over the world, and lots of cities (Paris, Barcelona, Montreal, to name a few) have implemented robust, working bike share systems.
Why not Philly? So asks Bike Share Philadelphia, a "network of organizations and individuals working to bring public use bicycles, also called bike sharing, to Philadelphia."
Bike Share Philadelphia is advocating a model of bike sharing called B-Cycle, currently being used in Denver and being piloted this summer in my hometown of Chicago (a city which, for the record, remade itself into an American bicycling capital in about 10 years tragically, beginning more or less when I left for 10 years).
They'll be holding demos:
Thursday, August 26th at 36th & Walnut Streets, 10 AM to 6 PM, in front of the Penn Bookstore in University City in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania.
Friday August 27th at JFK Plaza (Love Park) - 15th & JFK Blvd, 10 AM to 6 PM, in cooperation with the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities.
Saturday, August 28th at Penn's Landing on the Walnut Plaza, 10 AM to 6 PM, in cooperation with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation..
Here's how the group describes the plan:
In Philadelphia, bicycles would be placed in secure stations throughout the city. To use these bikes, individuals could sign up online in advance, or at a station kiosk. For a nominal access fee, either on a daily, weekly or yearly basis, the bikes are available for the first 30 minutes of use at no charge. There would be a small fee for each additional Â½ hour. The bikes could be returned to any station throughout the city, making it true point-to-point transportation. With stations located no more than about three blocks from each other, bike sharing gives new meaning to convenience.
Do we need a picture of what this looks like elsewhere? We do. Here's bike sharing in Paris:
Philadelphia Bike Share Concept Study - Delaware Valley Planning Commission,
|Courtesy of Pam Zimmerman|
Remember Park(ing) Day, that whimsical time of year when bikers, architecture students, nonprofit workers, urban planners and other assorted car critics take over parking spots around the city in order to reveal what a world with a few less automobiles might be like?
I wrote about it in 2008, when it first took place in Philly:
The first Park(ing) Day took place in San Francisco in 2005. People were encouraged to claim a parking space, and cover it with bikes, grass or anything that wasn't a car, and pay the meter. The point was to legally demonstrate that automobiles dominate too much public land, and that it should be redistributed to parks, bike lanes and vegetation.
"In most cities, 70 percent of outdoor space is devoted to cars. But what makes a city great culture, diversity, walkability has nothing to do with a car," says Pam Zimmerman, the organizer of Park(ing) Day in Philly.
Zimmerman just e-mailed The Clog to let us know that Park(ing) Day will happen again, on Sept. 17, with takeovers in Center City, North Philly, Southwest Philly, Germantown, Northern Liberties and University City. Here's a list of the participants so far:â¢ Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
â¢ Community Design Collaborative
â¢ Philadelphia City Planning Commission
â¢ Philadelphia Water Department
â¢ Pennsylvania Planning Association â Southeast Chapter
â¢ Germantown Community Connection
â¢ City Lights Network / Southwest CDC (Southwest Philadelphia)
â¢ Planning Collective
â¢ Arch Street Methodist Church
â¢ University of Pennsylvania â Penn Design
â¢ University of Pennsylvania â Urban Transit Group
â¢ Southwest Community Development Corporation / City Lights
â¢ SMP Architects
â¢ Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects
â¢ PostGreen Development
â¢ Interface Studio
â¢ âFree Books Parkâ in Northern Liberties
So apparently, there's this thing in Philadelphia called The Bulletin, which bills iftself as this city's âfamily newspaperâ (read: Jesus). And today, this paper which, I mean, does it even have a print edition? Has anyone ever seen this thing? probably had its hit count octupled or whatever when Gawker picked up on one of its op-eds, written by someone named Jane Gilvary and titled âSkinny Jeans, John Wayne and the Feminization of America.â
Let's take this bit by bit, shall we?
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2010
Despite what feminists might argue, real men don't wear skinny jeans. Real men also don't wear V-neck tees, or accessorized scarves, and they avoid purple and pink like the plague. The mere idea of a pedicure or waxing makes a real man nauseous. If a woman hangs out with this kind of girly-man routinely, it's only because she wants to share his wardrobe and his non-fat caramel macchiato. A woman can't imagine a man reloading his double barrel shotgun or chopping wood when he's donned in Donna Karan and drinking an Appletini. Men were meant to wear rugged Wranglers, leather jackets and boots, like they belong in a James Dean movie and not an episode of âWill & Grace.â
Where to begin? If I wear a V-neck to the gym (true)? Or, what if my wife makes me get the occasional pedi she'd make me get a mani, too, but i bite my nails, so what's the point? because she thinks my toes look disgusting (also true)? I have neither chopped wood nor shot a double-barrel in my life, but then again I don't spit tobacco juice or live in a trailer, either. Also, James Dean? Gay.
And really, leather jackets are the sign of masculinity? Really?
When did men in America go from being masculine steak-eating, plaid shirt wearing, Old Spice smelling, cigar smoking cowboys who like football, hunting, and Clint Eastwood movies to skinny jean wearing, satchel carrying, pierced ear metrosexuals who like chick flicks, âThe View,â and Bath & Bodyworks? The American man is an endangered species due in large part to the over-feminization of society.
The steak industry is doing quite well, thank you very much, but we as a collective gender have decided we'd like to live a bit longer, so we're cutting back on the red meat. Sorry if that makes us, you know, a bit girly. I'm sure you'd rather have a sack of gassy fatness trying to sex you up for three minutes once a month or so, but this health thing has sorta taken off, what with the lower cholesterol and longevity and whatnot. Oh, and tobacco not sure if you've heard but there's that cancer thing. And hunting? Well, if seeing a man blast a helpless deer or whatever with a rifle gets you off, Jane, perhaps that says more about you than us.
Not surprisingly, the arrow of blame points towards the feminists who have transformed our schools into gender neutral zones of indoctrination. Early on, boys' innate masculinity is suppressed by banning competitive, rough games like dodge ball and tag on the playground, having co-ed teams, not keeping score in soccer games, and rewarding passive, demure behavior.
I've seen nothing about the purported prohibitions on dodgeball and tag; and pretty much every high school divides its sports teams by gender, at least around here. But hey, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Damn feminists, striving for gender equality and all.
Boys learn to subdue their more spirited, intrepid behavior in elementary and middle school, their male instincts of competition and individualism quashed in the interest of what's best for girls as they walk like lemmings over the edge of the radical feminist cliff by the time they reach high school. Because of the feminist movement, boys aren't allowed to be boys - society has fenced them in, corralled their adventurous enthusiasm in the name of sexual equality. The end product is pantywaist pushovers who will cry during âSteel Magnoliasâ and urinate sitting down. This is bad news for America, who will eventually have to reap what the feminists have sown, which will be a paucity of male leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and heroes.
I know of precisely no dudes who piss sitting down even the gay ones. As for the paucity of male leaders, a.) doubt it and b.) even if true, men have had a pretty good run these last few million years, and you know, we've fucked things up plenty. Maybe it's time to give the females a turn?
Phyllis Schlafly, President of Eagle Forum, reports in âWhere Are the Men?â that the ratio of males to females on college campuses has swung from 60-40 to 40-60, with 58 percent of women earning degrees from four-year colleges. In the coming years, this will severely impact the American family who have traditionally relied upon the father as the primary breadwinner.
Women are going to college and earning money is bad why? Also, other thing Schlafly has said: âWhat I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother.â Translation: Barefoot and pregnant, bitches.
It is simply foolish to think that America can prosper without men, but New York Times columnist and radical feminist Maureen Dowd suggests the opposite. Mr. Dowd is the author of Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide in which she opines and whines about the current state of feminism and questions the value of a woman pursuing a male mate.
Hollywood is also doing its part to marginalize and diminish the role of men in this society. In the Academy Award-winning movie âJuno,â a teenage girl is faced with an unplanned pregnancy after a night of casual, meaningless sex with her friend Paulie. Juno not only ignores Paulie after they have sex but overtly excludes him from any decisions about whether or not to choose abortion over life. To the viewer, Paulie is a non-factor, a by-stander incapable of taking charge, unable to rescue Juno and stand firm in his fatherhood, albeit unplanned. Feminists just love a movie that glamourizes teenage pregnancy and deprecates the male role in conception.
Agreed. Juno should have gotten an abortion. But then it would have been a really short movie. Or maybe, her school should have spent some time teaching Paulie how to put on a rubber. But then there would have been no movie. And also: it was a movie.
In Jennifer Aniston's new movie âThe Switch,â she plays an unmarried 40 year old who decides that she doesn't need a man to have a baby, and, instead, turns to artificial insemination of a donor's sperm - even throwing a âGetting Pregnantâ party to celebrate with her friends. The male roles in the movie are those of sperm donors, with Aniston's character firm in her belief that a woman doesn't need a man to conceive and rear a child. The implicit message of this movie is that men are not important in the raising and nurturing of children. Their biological contribution to conception is where their role begins and ends.
Unfortunately, this kind of thinking has become the norm rather than the exception in American culture.
Turkey baster babies are the norm, now?
Feminists' dogged efforts to have society view men and women as being the same instead of different but equal have paid off. The rotten fruits of their endeavors are manifest in statistics recently released by The Heritage Foundation which reports that, in 2008, a record 40 percent of babies born in the U.S. were born to unwed mothers compared to about 3 percent in 1929.
We should clearly return to the days when women were regarded as their husbands' property. There were no divorces then. And if we just took to stoning single mothers, as do our friends in the Taliban, we could get rid of that problem, too.
American men aren't men anymore because feminists have equated maleness with everything that's repugnant and have molded men to be more like women. Feminists have slayed the real man by suppressing his desires for adventure, beauty, and competition, his yearning for greatness and excitement. John Wayne once said, âI'm the stuff men are made of.â America needs more John Waynes.
In 1971, John Wayne said this in an interview with Playboy: âI believe in white supremacy until blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.â
Jane Gilvary is a freelance writer and a red, white, and blue conservative from the City of Brotherly Love. She loves Jesus, Johnny Cash, and the U.S. Constitution.
Fine. I'll close with this comment from one of Gawker's readers, which I think sums up nicely:
Dear Jane Gilvary,
Make me a sandwich, and shake it a little while you're doin' it. Less of this writing garbage and more blowjobs, thankyouverymuch.
Your Idea of What A Real Man Is
Mysterious "Cheek Wall" gang claims Second Street.
Strange sidewalk markings have area drunkards fearful to yell woo, start fights with cars.
So far the paint has proven vomit-resistant.
|photos by Patrick Rapa|
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