If it’s ok with you, this is all I want to talk about for the next few months: Creep Records/East Coast Ghost’s Dennis McHugh has made the unthinkable happen — a reunion of Philly’s holy hardcore ’80s legends Ruin, Aug. 31 at Union Transfer, with a live DVD of the event (shot by Woodshop Films) and vinyl reissues of their classic albums He-Ho and Fiat Lux out in November with newly recorded tracks. Glenn, Vosco and Damon have been playing in South Philly at Roger Rags’ Apex studio, but I’d been sworn to secrecy about the rehearsals for a while. Now that the Ruin corps is comfortable, the next job is to fly its other members in from all points abroad. Look for a Kickstarter soon.
The Discovery Channel loves Philadelphia. Exhibit A: The reality/travel network delivers the Fishtown-based Philly Throttle starring Adam Cramer’s Liberty Vintage motorcycle shop (and Fran “Scareho” Gelicson) every Friday night. Exhibit B: Now Discovery is eyeballing another colorful Philly character: Joey Eye, the boxing promoter and cut man whose patter is faster than his deal-making. Eye is currently filming his online talk show, The Joey Eye Show, with producer/director Sonny Vellozzi (Robert Bizik and Joe Polito are in on the behind-the-scenes action). Discovery is apparently thinking of following Eye around in his day-to-day dealings with pugilists, managers and assorted goofballs. Sounds like a hoot if it happens.
Sad news in the world of Philly arts: Phil Sumpter III, the rah-rah PR guy for Old City’s Painted Bride Art Center, wrote to tell me that he is gone from the staff of PB. “Major changes on the funding landscape have adversely affected the Bride’s fiscal forecast resulting in organization-wide budget cuts,” wrote Sumpter, before going on to say that his three-year tenure has been a remarkable experience and that Bride exec director Laurel Raczka would be taking over some of his duties. Phil Sumpter III comes from a long line of Phil Sumpters and has been responsible for curating and promoting some of Philly’s funkiest art jams. You’ll hear from him soon.
Another local calling it quits (but of his own volition) is Patrick McHugh, the singer/guitarist who is putting his roots-rocking, Fringe Fest-friendly fiddle band Grubstake to rest after about a decade. Instead, he will fold some of Grub’s members into his new band, the Dirty Three-like trio The Deadeyes.
Tonight, July 11, restaurantrepreneur Steve Simons’ Cantina Dos Segundos (on North Second Street) hosts an El Mayor tequila dinner with guest speaker Graciela Gonzalez, the third-gen master distiller of her fam’s 100 percent Weber blue agave. The tequila will be paired with a four-course menu from exec chef Mark McKinney.
Free chips and salsa at citypaper.net/criticalmass.