You know that I know that South Street was once the bomb — a locus of music, art, fashion, theater and booze. And it can be the bomb again: Between Sixth and 10th, there’s a slow-boiling movement to turn things around, with the opening of restaubars such as Supper, Brauhaus Schmitz, Percy Street Barbecue and Serpico. But do me a favor: Stand on the corner of Jim’s and Eyes Gallery and look to your left and immediately across the street. Five spaces are vacant. The corners of Third and South are open, too, as is Abbott Square and Laff House down by Second. All of this on one of the city’s most crucial corridors. My point? Five or six years ago, South Street realtors got together to lure big-name businesses and smaller arts entrepreneurs with good deals. Maybe it’s time to hurry up and do that again. I hear that some help is on the way. Here’s hoping.
The adults of Baby Loves Disco smartly moved their acclaimed and successful cool-kiddie dance party to World Café Live when Shampoo shuttered; so far, everything’s been grand except, according to co-founder Andy Hurwitz, BLD’s fan base “hasn’t necessarily made the jump with us.” Fickle fucking kids! So BLD is putting on its big-kid pants and throwing a massive Pajama Party for children and parents alike on Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. with the Liberty Me Dancers and Young Rembrandts crews showing off their best. Man, am I glad I have a greyhound.
Back in August, I wrote about a conversation I had with one-time PAFA-student-turned-auteur David Lynch about a pit stop he’d made in Philly a few months prior. The pivotal quote? “The primary reason I was in Philadelphia was to talk to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts about an upcoming show of paintings,” said Lynch. Well, the dates of that exhibition were just announced: It’ll be up Sept. 5, 2014, through January 2015 in PAFA’s Frank Furness building. Expect to see plenty of Lynch.
Another Icepack update: I previously wrote that Alex Plotkin of Chops fame was possibly going to take over Table 31’s space in the Comcast Building: That’s finally happened. Plotkin will have help in his new Center City Chops from the legendary Joe Wolf, late of the great Striped Bass.
When Jersey Boys makes its third go-round this December at The Forrest Theatre, look for the Philly area’s own Brandon Andrus to portray the dressiest of the Four Seasons, “Nick Massi.”
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