Since its debut in 2009, West Philadelphia music venue The Blockley has hosted the likes of Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Marco Benevento and the Mickey Hart Band, as well as many performances featuring popular Grateful Dead tribute act Splintered Sunlight. But soon those acts will have to find another stage to play in Philadelphia, because the Blockley is closing at the end of December, confirms the club’s management.
In case you forgot, our little local cable company Comcast now owns NBC Universal, the conglomerate responsible for what you see on television stations like NBC, USA and Bravo and in movies bearing the Universal brand (I’m still waiting for an apology for Oblivion). And on Thursday, the 2014 Golden Globe nominations were announced, with the Comcast-owned entities picking up eight nominations.
The winners will be announced at the star-studded January 12th ceremony, which will be broadcast on, yep, NBC. Below, the breakdown.
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Camden, New Jersey, is just on the other side of the Ben Franklin Bridge, a short hop across the Delaware River. We see it all the time. We drive through or around it frequently. We know it’s a bad place to be.
But just how bad is Camden? Journalist Matt Taibbi paid a visit, and the result is the bleak new Rolling Stone Camden article: “Apocalypse, New Jersey: A Dispatch from America’s Most Desperate Town.”
Below, some of the most depressing things I learned from it:
It happened on Tuesday. One day before the Fake Sign Language Interpreter Scandal broke, United States President Barack Obama put on the Classic Overbite Selfie Face for a photo with some mobile-phone-wielding blonde (who happened to be Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt) and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a photo that has now become known as the Obama Funeral Selfie and has inspired the Great Obama Funeral Selfie Scandal of 2013, otherwise known as Selfie-gate. Read more »
Here’s How to Get Your Restaurant Publicity On AroundMainLine.com, Or: How Bad PR People Ruin the PR Industry
Restaurants of Philadelphia, sometimes just being a great restaurant isn’t enough to get publicity for your restaurant. In some cases, you need to buy a publisher and her whole family dinner on Christmas Eve. Read more »
Police are investigating what they are calling a “possible abduction” on the 1900 block of Green Street in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, less than a half-mile from the Barnes Museum. The man in the photo is the suspect. The woman, his victim. Read more »
When you think of a DIY music venue, you probably think of a warehouse in Kensington where people with cool glasses, beards, tattoos and piercings drink Pabst Blue Ribbon while listening to other people with cool glasses, beards, tattoos and piercings play loud music. But Jamey’s House of Music was not that kind of place. Read more »
Many of the people who play Santa Claus for major department stores are contractually forbidden from talking to the press about their jobs. But we found one department store Santa Claus willing to cross the thin red line, under the condition that we protect his identity. Here, a man who puts on the Santa suit for a popular Philadelphia-area department store for seven hours a day tells us what it’s like to do so in an age of helicopter parents and Xbox One. It’s not easy being Santa. Read more »