PHOTO: Just-Traded Union Goalie Chris Konopka With Girlfriend Maria Papadakis

Our very own Scenester, HughE Dillon, informs us that the below photo, taken last night at Feastival, is the only one you’ll find  online of just-traded Philadelphia Union goalie Chris Konopka and his lady friend, Philly socialite Maria Papadakis.

According to reports, Kononpka is headed to Toronto FC. He tweeted his thanks to the Union this morning. No word on what this means for the romantically linked pair, or if Konopka will have to relinquish his Sexy Single-dom.

The List: 5 Classic Philly Soul Tracks

Bobby Martin—producer and one of the architects of The Sound of Philadelphia—passed away Friday in San Diego. And ever since we heard the news, we’ve been binging on Philly Soul.

According to All Music Guide, Martin, whose biggest claims to fame are his arrangements of Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” and the theme to Soul Train, was influential beyond his relatively modest renown:

The sounds of not only jazz but country & western were in the bag of textures Bobby Martin utilized in developing the popular Philly soul sound. While not as well-known as producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff or arranger Thom Bell, Martin in the ’70s became even more in demand among a roster of artists that included Fred Taveres, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the O’Jays and Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles. Various critics have weighed in on Martin’s innovations, while the man himself has eloquently expressed his own point of view in the liner notes to various reissue collections of Philly soul material.

Enjoy these classic tracks from the heyday of Philly Soul.

1. Billy Paul:
“Me and Mrs. Jones”

2. The Delfonics:
“Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time”

3. The O’Jays:
“Love Train”

4. Teddy Pendergrass with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes:
“Wake Up Everybody”

5. The Intruders:
“I’ll Always Love My Mama”

Exclusive: New Philly Mag Story Details Life, Loves and Final Hours of Chuck Peruto’s Dead Girlfriend

On May 25th, 26-year-old paralegal Julia Law was found dead inside the tony Rittenhouse Square apartment of her boss and lover, prominent Philadelphia defense attorney Chuck Peruto. Peruto told police he was at the Shore the night of Law’s death, but the circumstances were suspicious enough that District Attorney Seth Williams has convened a grand jury to investigate the case.

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6 Awesome Moments From the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Award

On Saturday night, the residents of the figurative Geekadelphia — expressing myriad interpretations of “black tie” — descended upon The Academy of Natural Sciences for the sold-out third-annual Philadelphia Geek Awards hosted by the actual Geekadelphia. The ceremony, a celebration of the city’s burgeoning science, tech and innovation scene, bestowed 14 awards, ranging from Hacker of the Year and Viral Project of the Year to Web Project of the Year and the prestigious Geek of the Year, presented by celebs such as CBS3′s Nicole Brewer, quiz master Johnny Goodtimes, Science Cheerleader Darlene Cavalier and Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s  Joel Hodgson.

Here are our 6 highlights from the ceremony, followed by the full list of winners. (Check HughE Dillon’s photos at The Scene.)
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5 Most Painful Philly Breakups, Charlie Manuel Edition

Today the Phillies parted ways with their longtime skipper, Charlie Manuel — one of just two men to lead the local 9 to the pinnacle of Major League Baseball. It was an emotional press conference, with Cholly, in his folksy way, explaining that he “did not resign, did not quit.”

It’s the Band-Aid we all knew was going to be ripped off sometime in the near future, but that doesn’t make it any less excruciating.

It reminded us of these other painful Philadelphia breakups.

5. Charles Barkley Traded to Phoenix Suns for ray of sunshine Jeff Hornacek (and Andrew Lang and Tim Perry).

The round mound of rebound’s departure left the Sixers devoid of talent and personality.

4. Ed and Midge Rendell get a “gray divorce”

While it was perhaps no surprise that the Gov. and his wife of 40 years threw in the towel, it was no less heartbreaking.

3. Eric Lindros and the Flyers finally call it quits.

When Bobby Clarke traded Lindros to the Rangers for a bunch of have-beens and never-would-bes, it was the culmination of a long, ugly relationship that was as painful as its end was sweet relief for all involved.

2. Steve Carlton rejects retirement, gets released

Carlton had lost his fastball thanks to rotator cuff issues. After a 1-8 season in 1985  and a miserable first half of 1986, Phillies brass approached Lefty about retiring. When  he refused, the club released their future Hall of Famer, and Phils fans had to watch him kick around the league like a vagabond until teams finally stopped giving him chances.

1. Mike Schmidt retires, bawls like a baby

When Michael Jack decided he didn’t have it anymore, he didn’t drag things out. He announced his retirement on May 29, 1989, just two months into the season.

For more on Cholly, see Philly Mag’s 2008 profile and our 2011 joint Q&Awith Manuel and Andy Reid.

Fancy-Pants New Liquor Store Opens in Center City

Center City dwellers and workers now have a fancy-pants new place to buy their high-end hooch with the opening of the 7,700-square-foot Fine Wine & Good Spirits — Premium Collection store at 21st and Market. This store replaces the store at 19th and Chestnut.

At the ribbon-cutting, reports CBS3, State Rep. Brian Sims, in whose district the new store sits, weighed in on the state’s ongoing monopoly of the booze biz:

“The work that gets done here literally helps our schools, helps our seniors, and helps this state’s bottom line. …  So thank you all very very much for being here.  I expect all of you to drink responsibly, but I expect all of you to buy your booze in center city!”

Which is to say, drink up — for the children. Cuz this school budget thing isn’t going to solve itself.

South Philly’s Boot and Saddle to Re-Open Sept. 9 with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

At long last, South Philadelphians who’d resigned themselves to the long slog to Northern Liberties to get their fix of indie rock club shows have an option that doesn’t involve leaving early to catch the El or biking home down Columbus Boulevard at 2 a.m.

Boot and Saddle, shuttered in 1995, will re-open “under the direction of R5 Productions” —  who also book shows at Union Transfer, Johnny Brenda’s, Morgan’s Pier and First Unitarian Church among others — as a 150-person-capacity live music venue and 60-seat restaurant. The first show will be Sept. 9 featuring The Both, aka Aimee Mann and Ted Leo.

The kitchen will be open from 5 p.m. till 2 a.m., seven days a week. The bar is expected to feature 10 rotating local craft beers.

Look for updates on Facebook, Twitter and at

Full opening lineup after the jump.

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The List: 5 Things That Are Totally Different About Philly Since Vince Fumo Went to Prison

Today is get-out-of-jail day for former State Sen. Vince Fumo. He’s scheduled to spend six months in a halfway house before returning to his Green Street digs. It’ll give him some time to readjust to all the things that have changed in Philadelphia since he’s been off in Ashland, Ky.

Such as:

1. Baseball here stinks now.

2. Mansions are out. Micro apartments are in.

3. We worry about tornadoes here now constantly.

4. Flash mobs ain’t what they used to be. (Except when they are.)

5. Back then, the daily papers were owned and run by a politically connected power-hungry local. Now … never mind.

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