For Philly cineastes, autumn holds great certainty: the reopening of Sansom Street’s Roxy, the Philadelphia Film Fest in October and Liam Neeson showing up for the Prince’s Schindler’s List mega-screening. This week started with some mixed messages, though. Sure, the city’s own Lee Daniels — and Lee, as a fellow Philly-ite, can I say I miss your wild hair? — had the top slot with The Butler and its estimated $25 million opening weekend. But the 2012 filmed-in-Philly Paranoia, which opened Friday, was not only the worst debut of the year (hell, I’ve made more than $3.5 million in three days), it came in 13th — the worst opening weekend of Harrison Ford’s entire career.
I haven’t been by the ’70s-theme-park-like Fire & Ice on Market Street in Old City yet, but the extra-large nightclub/eatery is hosting a party on Aug. 28 for the just-started local cable television show, Philly Fashion 360. Hosted by Ron Wilch, 360 seems to be lo-fi-local-loco-fashionista fun. OK, I’ll bite. Wilch, however, will postpone his Philly Fashion Expo until February 2014. “Due to a calendar conflict, we as a fashion community will respect and honor our friends in the industry during one of the holiest days of the year, Yom Kippur,” writes Wilch.
Readers of Icepack and City Paper in general know how deep my affection and admiration runs for award-winning local poet, caftan-wearer, Absinthe Drinkers collaborator and overall wordsy guru CA Conrad. This week, Conrad drops his new poetry chapbook, Act Like Polka Dot on Minnie Mouse’s Skirt. Available through Brian Teare’s Albion Books, Polka is printed in a radically limited edition, hand-sewn and done up on a handmade letterpress.
Marc Vetri is heading to Moorestown Mall for his second (in a series of?) Osteria location soon, but before he does he’ll go rustic and red gravy-y with the anticipated Pizzeria Vetri at The Granary on 19th and Callowhill. Look for it Sept. 6.
With the rush of networks running to Philly to strike gold in the reality-television stakes, why shouldn’t Storage Wars hit us up? Rumor has it that the A&E show’s people strolled Cheesesteak Row and headed to Geno’s. If true, that’s gotta mean one thing: Storage Wars went across the street and tucked into the late Joey Vento’s wealth of motorcycle gear, police ephemera and stacks of creepy life-sized cardboard cutout standups of himself.
On Aug. 24, The Legendary Dobbs will feel the wrath of Star II Sun, fronted by Jacky Bam Bam’s buddy Rod Templeton. It’s RT’s birthday, by the way. SIIS has been holed up in the studio working on what’s supposed to be an autumn release, The Phoenix.
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