Local cable access sensation/bare-assed calendar boy Butch Cordora (of In Bed with Butch) never wants for something fascinating to do with his time. His most recent full-time gig is as curator of the long-blockaded Ven and Vaida Gallery on S. Third. (Can’t the city get that street fixed after two years?) And here comes word that Cordora is going back to bed, this time as a living model in the windows of BoConcept’s Chestnut Street shop. “I’m still trying to figure out what this even falls under — pop culture, home décor or performance art,” says Cordora. “All the drunk kids exiting Drinker’s and Devil’s Alley will knock on the glass.” Cordora gets paid SAG stage scale for his time in the window (24/7, Sept. 29-Oct. 4, ending with a party in BoConcept at 6 p.m.). Bundy’s at 18th and Chestnut is loaning a laptop so the entire six days will be live streamed. “Plus I’m getting offers from gyms, yoga and pilates studios to come train me in the window, and Serafina is feeding me all three meals a day.” Swell.
NYC art world goddess Amy Sadao — the exec director of Visual AIDS since 2002 — just migrated south to Philly’s Institute of Contemporary Art to become the Daniel Dietrich II director of the ICA. Give the lady a big hand, especially since her first big exhibition is this week’s Jeremy Deller: Joy in People, from the photography/performance giant of the same name.
Two weeks ago my friends and I hit Old City’s smashing Fork (306 Market St.), whereupon owner Ellen Yin thanked me for mentioning her bistro’s newest chef Eli Kulp (late of NYC’s Torrisi Italian Specialties) in a recent Icepack but told me his debut menu wasn’t ready for September. We delighted in the old menu and got some deets. Not only would the Kulp-era commence Oct. 1 with his new menu, the place is also getting de-and-re-constructed with its white lined tablecloths trashed and murals on its largest bare expanses added courtesy Philly’s Anthony DeMelas.
If we can eat for arts and enterprise (FEASTIVAL) we can certainly gamble for them. To kick off (with spurs) American Vaudeville Festival’s first production, Assassination of Jesse James, EgoPo hosts a Texas hold’em poker tournament Sept. 23. Quig’s Pub and the entire third floor of Plays & Players gets converted into a Pecos Pete-like casino. Don’t bet the actors — they ain’t got moolah.
You find big loot when 76ers coach Aaron McKie, DA Seth Williams and Fox 29 Good Day main man Mike Jerrick bet-bet-bet at Zarwin Baum’s Celebrity Casino Night (Sept. 27, 1818 Market St.) to benefit Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Texas hold-’em is part of it, but so is roulette and craps (sepa.easterseals.com).
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