Flaming Lips perform at Festival Pier on October 3, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa ©Scott Weiner 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert posing backstage before her book event for The Signature Of All Things at The Free Library in Philadelphia, Pa on October 3, 2013 ***EXCLUSIVE*** ©Scott Weiner 2013
Tame Impala open for The Flaming Lips at Festival Pier on October 3, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa ©Scott Weiner 2013
Danny Trejo pictured at a special screening of Machete Kills at Ritz East on October 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa ***EXCLUSIVE HOUSE COVERAGE*** ©Scott Weiner 2013
Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo pictured at a special screening of Machete Kills at Ritz East on October 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa ***EXCLUSIVE HOUSE COVERAGE*** ©Scott Weiner 2013
Robert Rodriguez, Alexa Vega and Danny Trejo pictured at a special screening of Machete Kills at Ritz East on October 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa ***EXCLUSIVE HOUSE COVERAGE*** ©Scott Weiner 2013
Darcy Krajewski, Michael Krajewski (new music director of The Philly POPS), Ralph Yaffe and Sal DeBunda. at Boyds' Philly POPS event with Eddie Bruce. By Sharla Feldscher
Ralph Yaffe and Eddie Bruce at Boyds' Philly POPS event. By David Ickes
Practicing for the Parx Octoberfest 5K run at Parx racetrack. By Jill Asher
Eddie Bruce at Boyds Philly POPS event. By David Ickes
Sons Of The Sea visit Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on October 2, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Two Door Cinema Club visit Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on October 2, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Raheem DeVaugn visits WDAS performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on October 3, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
I don’t mourn many restaurant closings. Usually when one drops, another pops at exactly the same address and you wind up forgetting just what it was you once loved and craved. Still, I’ll miss C19 Cichetteria Venezia and its internationalist take on Italian food. C19 closed earlier this week, but, with a promise (a sign on its window) to re-open soon with another culinary concept. OK, I’ll bite.
Kathy O’Connell from WXPN’s Kids Corner is announcing huge news for fans of adult-indie kiddie pop along the lines of Dan Zanes and They Might Be Giants. The station is sponsoring a Philadelphia KINDIECOMM in June 2014, a festival dedicated to the sound and the industry of Kindie-core (a movement that Philly’s Wesley Stace writes about in his upcoming novel, Wonderkid, according to the author). “Kids Corner producer Robert Drake and I are working closely with many of our Kindie contacts to help make sure all the right elements are in place making this the Kindie gathering of the year,” wrote O’Connell in an email about KINDIECOMM’s June 28-29 run.
Yo, I think we killed the Jonas Brothers. They were set to open their national tour at the Tower this Friday, and were even scheduled to host the announcement for this year’s Jingle Ball radio-fest in Bala that same afternoon. Now, People mag is reporting that they busted up due to “a deep rift” regarding their musical direction, as if the trio didn’t know what they’d be doing once they hit the stage. Weird.
In Oct 3’s Icepack Illustrated I mentioned a fun rumor about a big name player/nightlife entrepreneur seriously looking into developing one of Center City’s larger remaining spaces for a flashy new dance spot. This is NOT to be confused with Vanity which opens at 2102 Market on Oct. 12. If this address sounds familiar, that aged discotheque (man, I hope they kept the original couches and old school balcony in tact) was most recently known as Level (or the Level Room). Look for DJs David Vaux and Chris Rivera to kick off the revelry this weekend.
We love host/cabaret vocalist Eddie Bruce, so when we heard that he’d be singing with the Philly Pops this weekend, the first thing we thought was, “dag, where’s the pre-bash?” Boyds on Chestnut Street came up with the answer, as well as the location. Frank Giordano, president of the Pops, and Michael Krajewski, new music director, thanked Bruce for joining the orchestra for its “Viva Philadelphia” program at the Kimmel. And why did they hold the party at Philly’s salon of sartorial-ism? “Boyds’ owner Ralph Yaffe and Eddie went to school together — George Washington High School — and Ralph offered to share in Eddie’s excitement,” says Bruce’s buddy and PR rep Sharla Feldscher.
Though we can’t wait to see and smell what the due-at-October’s end DiBruno Bros. at Ben Franklin House (on Chestnut at 9th) will be, we will miss the fact that one of its bosses, cheesemonger Ian Peacock, will have to move from his post at DiBruno’s Italian Market shop to handle his new responsibilities.
Tom Moon wants to tell you all about the music that inspired his supple Ensemble Novo’s set of sambas, so he created a Spotify playlist to discuss it. You can check it here and here before the Moon Man hits up Time next Wednesday, Oct. 16. He likes an educated consumer.
Deadline Hollywood reports that the first lady of Pitman, NJ — Orange is the New Black actress Madeline Brewer — is getting another gig with the online Netflix network when she joins the cast of Hemlock Grove for its second season. Brava.
Not all Octoberfest stuff has to be about beer and bratwurst. Parx Casino’s Octoberfest 5K benefiting Breast Health Awareness and the Foundation for Breast & Prostate Health is actually looking to do some good. Parx Racetrack will host humans, not horses, on their famed grass on Oct. 12 with funds raised from the run going to the Fund For Living global initiative.
While there’s big buzz on the teaming of sampladelic master Girl Talk with legendary Philadelphia MC Freeway — an EP, Broken Ankles — I’m doubly excited about the pairing of old Philly friends Amanda Blank and Spank Rock that Spank tweeted the other day, a naughty electro track called “We Can Go All Night Long.” As if they’d record something sweet and clean.
WHOWHATWHERE: Philly homeboy Richard Gere and his Franny co-star Dakota Fanning must be ready to start shooting their flick with director/writer Andrew Renzi soon. The pair supped together at Dandelion on Tuesday. Another Philly homeslice, Kurt Vile, stopped by last week’s Flaming Lips/Lame, I mean, Tame Impala show at Festival Pier last week. Machete Kills stars Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega as well as the film’s writer/director Robert Rodriguez, have been doing the town since they arrived on Tuesday to screen their flick at the Ritz East. Trejo and Vega hit up a Flyers game to give tickets away to hockey pucks (a little Don Rickles humor, here) and film fans. Flyers-jersey wearing Trejo and Rodriguez also hit up chef Jen Zavala’s Cherry Bomb food truck for munchies. While we have photos from the film’s pre-release screening, you can check out that last stop on Zavala’s Facebook account for Cherry Bomb here. While soul man Raheem DeVaughn hit up the WDAS studios the other day, the poppier Two Door Cinema Club and Sons Of The Sea visited that Bala building’s Radio 104.5 performance theater. Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, The Signature Of All Things, has its floral-and-faunal roots in all things Philadelphia. Plus, she lives in Jersey and much of the new book’s research was gleaned from her grandfather’s library in Philly. That’s why her appearance at the Free Library’s main branch was so special for the author and her audience.