If you haven’t been to the Kimmel Center lately, you may be surprised when you walk in to see a giant chair dwarfing the lobby and all the attendants scurrying around underneath. Simply called “Folding Deck Chair,” the work, by multi-disciplinary artist Tristin Lowe, is part of a rotating collection of works from the West Collection—the same folks who donated those busts of composers made out of pages of books.
Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini is coming to the Trocadero this weekend. The soulful “New Shoes” singer is touring North America to bring some stateside support to his latest album, Caustic Love, a work that The Guardian calls an “impressive set of Motown-influenced hits.” One of the newest songs from the album here:
We’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway to Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull’s co-headlining show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday, September 26th.
The frequent collaborators just kicked off their fall co-headlining tour in support of their latest works, Sex and Love (Iglesias) and Globalization (Pitbull, release TBD). The tour started off with 15 dates, but later expanded to 24, including the one in Atlantic City. It will conclude on October 28th in Orlando, Florida.
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The Atlantic City show takes place on Friday, September 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found here.
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[Original] Multiple sources have tipped us off that the still-unidentified alleged assailants in last week’s attack at 16th and Chancellor streets are claiming self-defense. Caryn Kunkle, a source close to the victims who originally publicized the story, shared the following message on her Instagram feed:
Hate Crime update: the group of 15 genius kids who attacked two unarmed and non-PDA gay men on their way out for pizza on Sept. 11th at 10:45pm in the Rittenhouse area of Philadelphia are claiming “SELF DEFENSE.” Probably because the insanity defense was clearly unavailable….. Since when does collectively pounding someone’s face into the concrete while audibly and repeatedly shouting “dirty faggot” qualify
I reached out to her to ask how the victims were taking this development, and she told me that “the District Attorney prepared the boys for that. It would be pretty much the only attempt at an excuse they could possibly try. However, it was very clear that the group asked if they were dating before the assault began, and they verbally assaulted them before and during the time they were beating them. I don’t think self defense will stick for long. Every witness refutes their claim.”
We reached out to the District Attorney’s Office and Philadelphia Police Department, but neither would verify Kunkle’s claim.
[Update, 9/18/2014], 12:01 p.m.] Gay bashing witness says, “I don’t see how it could be self-defense.”
[Update, 9/17/2014, 7:29 p.m.] NBC10 reports that Archbishop Wood Catholic High School has released a statement concerning reports former students were involved in the incident.
Earlier today, Archbishop Wood High School became aware that some of its former students were allegedly involved in the assault of two men in Center City last week. This afternoon, administrators communicated with the entire Archbishop Wood school community to make it emphatically clear that the school does not, under any circumstances, tolerate or condone the violent and hateful behavior displayed by those who took part in this senseless attack.
Administration also stressed that Catholic schools are centers of learning where students are expected to treat each other in a Christ-like manner at all times and that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The actions of those who took part in the attack are reprehensible and entirely unacceptable. They are not an accurate reflection of our Catholic values or of Archbishop Wood High School.
The Philadelphia Zoo sent us new photos of its four new African lion cubs, named, as I’m sure you’re aware by now, Kasaba, Mali, Msinga, and Sabi.
The little guys were born on Thursday, June 26th, and made their public debut on September 5th. The Zoo was kind enough to send us some snapshots to share. The images show them playing on tree trunks, wrestling with mom, and getting lick-bathed—you know, those things baby lions do.
Philly AIDS Thrift re-opened the doors to Giovanni’s Room last Friday, debuting a new space that, much like its store in Queen Village, will sell secondhand goods—everything from records and clothing to jewelry. We’re thrilled that the storied bookstore is alive and well again, but we can’t help but mourn the lack of queer reads. As we reporter earlier this week, there is a shelf full of children’s books and some miscellaneous works in the store, but not a ton of the LGBT persuasion.
Former Real Housewives of New Jersey castmate Greg Bennett tweeted this photo that he claims — because of similarities in clothing — includes some of the alleged suspects in the hate crime that happened on Thursday in Center City.
Philly hate crime: pic.twitter.com/i3PBprO9nn
— Greg Bennett (@GreggyBennett) September 17, 2014
Bennett did not want to confirm who sent him the picture, but from the image it appears it was taken at La Viola West at 252 South 16th Street, not far from where the attack happened at 16th and Chancellor streets. We reached out to management, which confirmed they had a large party on the night of the attack; they could not, however, confirm whether the photo was taken that night. They also said they do not know who made the reservation, as they tear up their reservation list each night. They say they have not heard from police.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m. Are These the Gay Beating Suspects Having Dinner at La Viola?
I just got word from Penn 6 co-owner Tim Adams that his business partners, the folks who run Penn 6, City Tap House, and Field House, want to offer a $10,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the people who attacked the two gay men last week in Center City.
Foobooz has the scoop on Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s plans for their space at 13th and Locust streets, the location formerly known as Bump and Q. Unlike Little Nonna’s, which was inspired by Marcie’s Italian grandmother, the new space gets new life courtesy of Turney’s heritage.
The restaurant will be called Bud & Marilyn’s in honor of Turney’s grandparents who ran a restaurant in Wisconsin for forty years. Turney’s Instagram feed contains several clues for what’s planned. There’s a photo of what her grand parents’ restaurant looked like back on its opening day in 1950 (right), the epitome of mid-Century diner. Her Instagram avatar also shows what could very well be a rendering of what’s planned for Bud & Marilyn’s. This all jives with what we’ve heard whispered for the concept, something like throwback American or classic American-diner.
So I guess this pretty much squashes my suspicion that they were working with former Sisters manager Denise Cohen to open a lesbian bar.