Father John Misty April-Fooled the Audience at Union Transfer Last Night


“Are you ready for Father John Misty? He’s gonna make sweet love to your head. Your ears, I mean, and he’s not gonna stop. For at least two hours.” —opening act King Tuff

Striding on stage as a lurid neon script spelling out ‘No Photography’ flickers to life, Father John Misty seizes his microphone like a starving man after the last loaf of bread on earth. Everything about him is magnetized, engaged; he is aflame singing the opening and title track of his most recent album, I Love You, Honey Bear, swinging the microphone stand.

At the end of the song the front row, all male, all under 25, clap deliriously and snap photos. Thanking the audience for a great night and bidding us safe return home, Father John and his band leave the stage. The same techs who set up the guitars and tested all of the mics return, unplugging gear and ripping up a set list from the stage, handing it to a kid in the front row.

Set List

  1. I Love You, Honey Bear

April Fool complete, the band return to the stage and attack.

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Jose Pistola’s Wins Twitter

The Jose Pistola’s Twitter account has been a consistent source of amusement. It had been run by Felicia D’Ambrosio who is just about as Twitter savvy as anyone can be but she’s now rocking the social media for Cook + Solo. Now the Pistola’s account is being run by Nick Cejas . And today he may have outdone himself.

Still in green, I see. #WalkOfSeamus
3/18/14, 9:35 AM

Where We’re Eating: Bonk’s

Bonk's Bar

“Sticky, licky, sucky, messy, dirty and wet: There is something better than sex for sale in Port Richmond, and no, it’s not heroin.” Seriously, we don’t normally quote Yelp comments in the course of reviewing a restaurant, but that one in particular (from former City Paper food writer Felicia D’Ambrosio) pretty much sums up the experience at this quintessential Port Richmond dive bar, which has been known to run out of crabs by 7 p.m. Sizes and prices change daily, but like the beer, the crabs are among the cheapest around. Two pieces of advice: When the bartender asks, “Ya want some Bonk’s juice?,” don’t ask what’s in it; just say yes. And don’t order anything but crabs, fries and beer, or you’ll be sorry you did.

3467 richmond street

First appeared in the June, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Federal Donuts to Open This Summer

Where do you go for gourmet fried chicken, doughnuts, and coffee all at the same time? Nowhere, right? Well, starting this summer, you’ll find all three under the same South Philly roof with Federal Donuts, a collaboration between Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Thomas Henneman and Bob Logue of BODHI Coffee, and Felicia D’Ambrosio, of the Universe. Read on for the preliminary details.

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Line of the Week

We started the week with a new feature, the Agenda and we’ll end it with another. The Line of the Week might be from a commenter, a review or in this case Twitter. Felicia D’Ambrosio weighs in with her impression of Stephen Starr’s Dandelion.

Dandelion is like Hogwarts but with yuppies. And self-tanner. – Felicia D’Ambrosio

No Space, No Problem for these Chefs

Felicia D’Ambrosio has an article in today’s City Paper highlighting some local chefs and how they deal with their tiny kitchens.

Among the cramped kitchens around town:

  • Cafe Estelle
  • Fond (12′ x 20′)
  • Mercato
  • Sycamore (9′ x 15′)
  • Watkins Drinkery (6′ x 8′)

Little Boxes [City Paper]