Special surprise guest Rick Ross pictured at Powerhouse 2013 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa on October 25, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Laura Burkhardt, Sal D'Angelo, Francesca, Clark Maloney at the Rittenhouse Row Mixer at Ocean Prime. Photo by A.D. Amorosi
A happy gentleman prepares to receive a complimentary shave at Frankford Hall for the Mo'Vember bash. Photo by Gia Vecchino
Anberlin visit Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on October 23, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Tony Lucca visits MIX 106.1 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on October 24, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Tara Reid hosts a Halloween Party at The Pool At Harrahs in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 26, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Cody Simpson takes a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pa on October 26, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Special surprise guest Nicki Minaj pictured at Powerhouse 2013 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa on October 25, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Chris Brown pictured at Powerhouse 2013 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa on October 25, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
2 Chainz pictured at Powerhouse 2013 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa on October 25, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Big Sean pictured at Powerhouse 2013 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa on October 25, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Teraplane Sun visit Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on October 24, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Hearing that Avram Hornik was closing Market Street’s Lucy’s Hat Shop — home of the truly scary Drunken Monkey brunch — at year’s end and selling the drinkery to Alterra Property Group for a CVS, brought a chill to my spine at first. The move had that whiff of the corporate, you know, the last of the first weird Old City bars to go the way of a CVS, with apartments on top. Hornik opened Lucy’s in 1998; before that it was a makeshift after-hours speakeasy spot and, I believe, a porn video store. The place was a dark boozy dive. That’s not the worst thing, depending on how low you felt like diving. You know what though, the 200-300 block of Market doesn’t need any more restaurants — Stephen Starr’s Tangerine spot and the Delilah Winder’s empty tower of Southern cuisine have been vacant forever with no apparent takers. And somebody is surely bleeding or in need of emergency care (or hangover remedies) in Old City. Build that CVS fast.
On the what’s-closing tip, I speedily drove by Robinson’s Luggage at Walnut and Broad and saw these huge going out of business signs. This wasn’t just a sales ploy. After decades in the Philadelphia area (to say nothing of that famed corner) the leather goods salon is ending its run. Now, what will the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts do when he comes to town? (He always made it a point to purchase something at Robinson’s on the afternoon of a concert in Philly.)
Lastly, and probably most sadly (though having no place to buy a doctor’s satchel quick is unnerving), is the fact that the Highwire Gallery is closing shop at 2040 Frankford after 25 years of weird shit. A note from their live music associates, Fire Museum Presents dropped the bad news and stated they’d present concerts until Nov. 17. This is pretty fucked up.
Here’s a fun rumor to brighten your day: Sound Garden Hall on Spring Garden Street, Live Nation’s all-ages home to all things EDM, is rumored to be getting its liquor license courtesy the now-closed Shampoo. Certainly, it was just a matter of shifting things around as both properties had (at one time) been owned in part by developer Joe Grasso. Drink up.
Hit up Johnny Brenda’s early on Mon., Nov. 4 — their John Vanderslice show — and catch Market East. Ask politely if the Philly band with the spooky organ parts can act out their new video for their single, “To Walk With You.”
A note to Chops’ Alex Plotkin. Dear Alex, I hear you’re interested in taking control of the Table 31 restaubar and patio along JFK Boulevard. Please do this and do it fast so that the space can be exorcized of the demons brought there by original CEO Chris Scarduzio and his choice of old timey disco dance parties for panting MILFS and boys in cheap shoes. Thanks, A.D.
Silk City/N. 3rd owner Mark Bee may have just revealed that he’ll take over the recently-closed Sisters space on Locust Street for two-floor eatery and nightclub. Back in January, though, I dropped the dime on Bee rooting around (and flirting with buying) The Lincoln at 12th and Locust which is about ten inches away from Sisters. Bee denied buying the Lincoln (somebody should) and mentioned that he had also considered the old-school gay discotheque, Key West, around the corner at Chancellor, for purchase. Guess he never got MidTown Village out of his system.
Philly comedian Kevin Hart isn’t just a fun guy, he’s a nice guy. It was announced via the Mayor’s office, that the comic will donate 500 computers to the city, to be divided between students and members of the Parks and Recreation department. Atza nize.
WHOWHATWHERE: You got to hand it to Chris Brown. He packs a lot of living into a tight schedule. After hitting Philly’s Power 99-sponsored packed-tight Powerhouse show at Wells Fargo Center with Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, 2Chainz and Meek Mill, Brown hosted and performed at the Pool After Dark in Atlantic City at Harrah’s Resort, where he was on his best behavior (though he wouldn’t pose on the step-and-repeat because Belvedere vodka was its sponsor, and he reps another liquor). Next thing you know, he’s punching people in the nose in Washington D.C. and getting away with murder. Man, that’s living, At least Nicki Minaj (like Rick Ross, one of Mill’s on-stage guests), kept her nose clean by showing up at Villanova University’s Hoops Mania event the next day where she got a VU jersey from several b-balling students. By the way, back in Atlantic City, Sharknado queen Tara Reid hit up The Pool at Harrah’s as the host of that casino club’s Halloween party. Her costume? An itsy-weenie-bikini. Teen pop sensation Cody Simpson got to Philly just in time to experience a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls show, so that’s Halloween-y, right? Having nothing to do with the scariest holiday, Clear Channel’s radio tower in Bala got visits from Anberlin and Teraplane Sun (Radio 104.5) and Tony Lucca (MIX 106.1), while in another part of the ’burbs, Monaco’s Prince Albert II, son of the late Grace Kelly, attended the gala opening of the James A. Michener Art Museum’s Grace Kelly exhibition with his wife, Olympic great Princess Charlene. Look for house singer Donn T and her brother ?uestlove to show up on the TLC Network’s Say Yes to the Dress on Friday. No telling which one is getting married, but we can reveal that they shot at Kleinfeld Bridal. Monday night’s Rittenhouse Row mixer at the bar high atop Ocean Prime was swell, mostly because we ran into restaurateur Sal D’Angelo who was laid up for a minute after being hit by a motorcycle. He’s fine and walking around at present with a stitch here and a new part there. He’s the Six Million Dollar Italian Food Master. Lastly, Frankford Hall’s start up party for Mo’Vember last Sunday, was a big hit. The Starr restaurant in NoLibs was packed with men getting professional (last) shaves so that they could grow handsome mustaches for the rest of November for prostate cancer charities. Everyone will meet up again at Frankford Hall for big reveal and the Mo’Vember gala on Dec. 3.
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