August 15-21, 2002
LIFE -- the first club to lease David Cohen’s Revival space at 22 S. Third St. -- lasted 17 months. Now there’s a new tenant, Louis Cataldo and his pals, opening Club Static (mid-September) with a second-floor dance club/light show and first-floor VIP/bottle bar. “It’ll be luxury downstairs with prosciutto and sushi, nothing heavy where dinner’s concerned. Upstairs’ll be a commercial house/dance music vibe,” says Cataldo, who has worked in the commercial cleaning and deli biz, with unnamed pardners in the shoe biz, in pizzerias and chemical engineering.… Robin Parry’s left the building. The mistress of Club Nostradamus took her stuff -- equipment, personalized booking ideals, avant beat sight and sound -- out of Cuvee Notredame. For now. (At least until rumored new owners further their own concept of what Cuvee’ll be.) Dag. Didn’t Creed and Jerry Cantrell stop in the other night? Didn’t she book cool Fringe stuff as well as a low-key September hang for the Pretenders’ Stones-opener run? She’ll place CN’s concept somewhere soon.… SonyMusic’s Michael Jackson debacle that led to gutting Sony staff sadly meant local losses: Philly’s Michele Brooks, Ed Pinka (which means we have no Columbia rep) and Howard Wuelfing, as well as the closing of the entire mid-Atlantic branch. Now who’s devilish?.… Ricky Paul’s K-Tell Dumpsta’ Players (with SW Philly’s Tiny Colletta) hit Bob & Barb’s with Drama Beach Wipeout Aug. 21.… Whowhawhere: when ex-X-er Exene Cervenka played Pontiac with Original Sinners, she looked for an old man bar to haunt before her show. Who knew: all the old man bars -- PomPom, Strike Two, ILA’s, Bolc’s -- went the way o’ the old men. She ended up at Tattooed Mom’s with Mom herself.… Earnest emo-ite Chris Carraba (Dashboard Confessional) played a Y100 Indre thing armed with just an acoustic git-box. Neil Finn did likewise for WXPN’s David Dye show. Rowland Salley of Chris Isaak’s band recorded his solo CD there, too.… New act to watch: the Needles, avant-ambiest Adam Fingernail’s new e-pop gal group who opened for Collette Carter at Tritone.… Yum, Brian Duffy’s the new chef at Manayunk Brewery. Congrats.… Talking cool parties, I predict the Franklin Institute’s Fels Planetarium as the next fab showpiece, what with its dynamic new sound systems, light rigs and stages for live music. I hear they’re talking to exquisite promo types, too.… So where did the light fixtures, rugs, silk panels, sconces and the rest of Le Bec-Fin’s high-end decor go on Sunday when it closed for its monthlong renovation? To the Culinary Arts program at Drexel where Georges Perrier teaches. They’ll recreate Le Bec in their academic bistro.… The electro-clashing “Rashomon Effect” glitchcores the Rotunda on Aug.16 with Hoopty Heaven and MC Dan Buskirk hosting femme-Flowcharter Fidget (look for PAMS and Other Conspiracies), Toronto’s Tomas Jirku and VJ Kaboom. Same night at Ulana’s, Robots In Disguise throw a live party for their new CD Too Much Electricity.… DJs Clowny and Browny join Lush Puppy and Ryder’s Aug. 19 comedy Shitz and Giggles at Silk City.… Legendary Stardust Cowboy Kenn Kweder kicks it in his ’hood, Fishtown, with open stage hootenannies at El Bar starting Aug. 15. “Bring your guitar and bongos. We’ll provide the rest,” says Double K.… 32° manager Chris Cwienkala left the chill for Wayne Shulick’s soon-to-open Walnut St. VIP boite DENIM (funny story: Cwienkala’s then-boss Larry Cohen walked in on Cwienkala’s DENIM job interview at a local coffee shop).… On Aug. 15, Tritone goes back to the Hot Club days with the beloved Timmi Dubwarrior and sax sage Byard Lancaster.… It’s not Night of the Living Dead. ItsAboutMusic.com -- Dean Sciarra’s local-artist promo Web site -- Aug. 15 at the Point. Sciarra’s best known as the man behind 7Records and acts like Peter’s Cathedral and Huffamoose. But don’t hold that against him. (Sike!) See Scott Bricklin, Kati Mac, Leigh Goldstein, Michelle Nagy and Jon Herington. Give Dean a kiss from me.… Fetishes Boutique welcomes costumer/leathercrafter Paul C and pardner Kitty on Aug. 17 to the William Way Center for a pre-Libertine Ball trunk show. Shop already!.… SoMa’s “Heavy” Tuesdays now feature weekly Worship-ers Kevin Jae, Rob Paine, Willyum and Jacharijah.… After the Fire’s angry-Marah-mob, Fourth and Girard’s become a hub of horror: savage hecklers for Leroy Montana and old men fistfighting over soccer (they did write letters of apology to be allowed back in, though).… X-Game week? No one parties X-style like Gravy Thomas and DJ Brendan O. Maxim mag tagged the duo (like last year) for a private Transit bash (Aug. 17) with Sobe starring Fishbone, X celebs, breakdancers, DJ Cash Money, VJ Kevlar and Maxim models. That night, KatManDu’s got Philly skate dog Kerry Getz hosting “X-Odyssey” with TimeCycle couriers in tow while Shannon Niland and Shampoo get it on till 6 a.m. with “X-Treme”’s outdoor bash with DJs Adrock, Kling and Steve Singer.… That’s right, ladies. It is Jared Leto -- the man we loved to see bludgeoned in American Psycho -- playing with the suspiciously cool space-rocking 30 Seconds To Mars Aug. 21 at The Khyber.… B-day wishes to Sunday-Bump-kids Miss Ricki, Kim Newton-John and singing Mz. Tyra.
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