You don’t hear quite enough about Noelle Hoover. She’s a mean-ass bassist, legendary for her stints in the hard-as-nail-polish likes of The Boss Hookup, Hellblock 6 and the quirk-twerky girl group Pink Slip Daddy (co-starring Brian Jones’ best friend, Palmyra Delran). Back-in-the-day stuff, sure, but good, baaaad back-in-the-day stuff. The only thing bolder than Ms. Hoover’s bass playing (and the Philly acts she played with) is her post-Siouxsie Sioux hairdo. Whoo-hoo: This autumn is looking like it’s Hoover season. For one, she’s hosting a benefit gig for her 1-year-old nephew (poor kid’s got leukemia) this Sun., Sept. 22, at North Front Street’s dirt-ballroom El Bar — with Dixy Blood, Astronaut Your Planet, Decontrol, Prisoners and the Jay Medley/Mike Mosley black Stones cover act, Brown Sugar. Then there’s the Nov. 2 one-time-only (so they say) reunion gig with the gals of Pink Slip Daddy at Kung Fu Necktie, surely the night where all the old Philly punks will pull up their bootstraps (as well as their support hose) and start minding the bollocks all over again. Grrr.
Last weekend, word went wild about two of my Italian Market’s tinier concerns heading into expansion mode. The peeps behind the P.O.P.E., Dennis Hewlett & Co., have taken over the once-and-wonderfully cute WineO on Poplar Street. No word on whether there’ll be big changes, but certainly expect more malts than grapes. Then there’s the Calmels — chef Pierre and his front-of-house wife Charlotte — of Bibou on Eighth Street, the very crème de la crème of French cuisine. The duo will bring fine French fare at a fair price to the Art Alliance’s soon-shuttering Rittenhouse Tavern in October, a spot once helmed by Top Chef season 11’s Nick Elmi, who just happens to be moving into my neighborhood with Laurel at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Having dog-killing Michael Vick at the top of the Eagles QB heap makes me yearn for the old days of the Birds, you know, when Donovan McNabb ruled the roost. With McNabb’s number slated for retirement, an official retirement party is in order — Sept. 19 at the Savoy Nightclub & Entertainment Complex in Pennsauken, N.J. The next day, McNabb brings the party to Caesars in Atlantic City — will newly married LeBron James and well-mediated ballers like Michael Strahan and Charles Barkley be on board? — with a third party taking place Sept. 21 at Harrah’s Resorts’ The Pool After Dark.
Congratulations to one-time UPenn student-turned-warbling soul man John Legend for marrying model Chrissy Teigen in Lake Como, Italy. And to ex-Doylestown-ian Alecia Moore, aka Pink, for being named Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year.
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