Ever watch a crowd get caught up in a whirlwind of whispering-down-the-lane so strong it makes Sunday’s snowstorm look like a puff of powder? Last week’s over-optimism for Eataly — NYC’s famed mixed-use restaurant and vending emporium, currently expanding into other urban markets — was that sort of mighty-but-ill wind. No, there’s no Eataly coming here; not definitively, not for a while. But that didn’t stop bloggers from blogging. Most of what will be determined about the Strawbridge’s/Gallery complex (including the rumored arrival of big stores such as Bloomingdale’s and H&M) won’t come until this summer when its owners, the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, figure what’s going on with K-Mart and its soon-to-end lease agreement. Keep your chef hats on.
Philadelphia’s Jodi Letizia may have moved to Manhattan, found supporting roles in films and television and performed on Broadway, off-Broadway and touring theater. And she still gets stopped on the street by people who remember her as Marie in Rocky. But Letizia is the queen of the one-woman cabaret, a modern-day Lainie Kazan. Her one-lass musical bashes have sold out Philly’s High Note Café several times this year. “Thanks be to God,” shouts Letizia, mentioning how she and the High Note’s owner, Franco Borda, are old friends from Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. “The place is very family-friendly, old-world South Philly.” She sold out Dec. 11’s A Verrry Merrrry Christmas cabaret — “a combination of all of my comic characters, classic Christmas songs, Philly performers, plus visits from old pals from Broadway” — but has added a Dec. 18 show especially for Philly friends who haven’t seen her yet.
Weeks ago, I mentioned how South Street’s now-vacant Pearl Arts store would finally get an owner. Well, last week papers were signed and 80-plus art studios across four top floors should be ready to rent by mid-2014 with gallery and retail spots on the ground floor and a restaurant on the roof. Plus, the studios may turn out to be fairly affordable at $250 (smallest room) a month.
Following up last week’s Sun Ra Arkestra gig at Union Transfer’s Rail Park benefit, Ra’s main man, saxophonist Marshall Allen, will host what’s being titled as Fire Museum Records’ “last hurrah” at the Highwire Gallery (at Frankford and Susquehanna aves.). The soiree/concert with Allen and Keir Neuringer is Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.
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