Shakespeare In Clark Park’s Henry IV Comes Complete With a 100-Person Battle Scene and Pub Prelude

Photo by Jen Cleary

Cast of “Henry IV” revved up for a good battle scene. Photo by Jen Cleary

Shakespeare’s Henry IV is coming to Clark Park!

Shakespeare in Clark Park and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation (TSPC) are joining together to present a unique rendition of the classic play, combining aspects of both Parts I and II of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine, the tale of two young rebels and a king, features a 100-person battle scene made possible by a “community army” of Philadelphians. A diverse array of over 100 Philly residents—reigning from 36 neighborhoods, ages 13-59—will take the battlefield in an epic Act V fight scene that is not to be missed. Directed by TSPC’s Co-founder and Resident Director, Alex Torra, the production features local actors Brian Anthony Wilson, Charlie DelMarcelle, and Brian Ratcliffe.

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Community actors rehearsing for Henry IV’s epic 100-person battle scene.

In addition to five performances in Clark Park, there will be several community activities to take part in before the shows. A Pub Prelude will be held at Gojjo Bar at 5:30 p.m. on the night of each performance, inspired by the alcohol-fueled pub scenes of Henry IV. The pre-show fun offers an intimate look at the play hosted by four of the show’s performers (think mock battles between pint glasses and salt shakers, bawdy jokes, and pub ballads.) You can also head to the park during rehearsals for a free conversation station, where an on-going discussion about the play and the process of creating the production will take place prior to each show.

Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine will run from Wednesday, July 30th until Sunday, August 8th. All performances are free and open to the public, and begin at 7 p.m. More information about Shakespeare in Clark Park is available here.

Pop-Up Restaurant Incubator Coming To West Philly

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One of the biggest barriers to entry in the restaurant world has always been knowledge.

Well, money, too. And business savvy, management experience, real estate acumen and then lots more money. But knowledge is a big one. I’ve known serious, talented, well-known chefs who, in moments of honesty (or frustration) have told me that the biggest reason why they’re not opening their own restaurant is because they don’t know how to open their own restaurant.

But now there might be some help coming. Because the Enterprise Center in West Philly is launching Common Table–a restaurant incubator and “technical assistance program” which will help everyone from working chefs to young entrepreneurs get their food concepts out of their heads and into the real world.

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Sushi School is Back in Session At Pod

No, your sushi won't look this good.

No, your sushi won’t look this good.

By Isabelle Gallicchio and Ella Torres

Last year Stephen Starr’s West Philly pan asian restaurant, Pod, launched an in-house Sushi School, taught by head sushi chef, Tomoyuki Takasu. After a successful first summer session, Pod decided to bring back the popular class this year. Sushi school provides hungry students the opportunity to learn how to prepare and roll their own sushi under the watchful and helpful eye of chef Taka. It’s also very popular with the first date crowd, in case you need some inspiration.

And because we kept hearing unceasing praise for Pod’s class, we decided to check it out ourselves. So last week, Foobooz went back to school…

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Breaking University City Retail News

The image used to market the space. Via LoopNet.

The image used to market the space. Via LoopNet.

The bad news: Rittenhouse’s Hello World and Wash West’s Hello Home are closing. The good news: They’re combining to open a “lifestyle” store (also called Hello World) at 3610 Sansom Street—which is right near another so-called “lifestyle” store, Urban Outfitters. Only Urban isn’t accessible via the Penn Bookstore. Do we hear the sound of tooth-gnashing at the Navy Yard?

Shoppist’s Emily Goulet spoke with the owner of both stores, who worked with Michael Salove Company on the UCity real estate deal. He gave her more great news, like the opening of another store dedicated to midcentury furniture. But I won’t say any more! Go here for all the details:

BREAKING: Hello World and Hello Home are Combining Into One Huge University City Lifestyle Store [Shoppist]

“There Are Going to Be Some Legal Issues”

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Google Street View image of HOOPS at 42nd and Chester circa 2012.

The former HOOPS Deli & Market at 42nd and Chester had a side wall collapse yesterday morning, and is now being torn down entirely. The wall caved in due to adjacent construction activity by Shafer Properties LLC, City Paper’s Ryan Briggs reports.

Thankfully, HOOPS has been closed for a long time, so no one was eating a cheesesteak when the wall fell in. But the Shafer construction site did have an outstanding L&I violation going back at least a month.

HOOPS was owned by the University of the Sciences — presumably post-sandwich making. Briggs:

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It’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for 30th Street Station

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Rendering of the new vision for the area around 30th Street Station via Amtrak.

As first reported by PhillyDeals, Amtrak has announced the members of the team that will, in the next two years, develop the joint master plan for the Drexel-funded development project around 30th Street Station.

The group will be led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), one of the most influential architecture, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. They’ll work in partnership with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors, but be guided by a “coordinating committee” consisting of representatives from (deep breath, now) Amtrak, Drexel, Brandywine Realty Trust, SEPTA, PennDOT, City of Philadelphia, New Jersey Transit, CSX Corporation, Penn, PIDC, Schuylkill River Development Corporation and University City District.

Will there be many meetings? There will be many meetings. (Feel free to send the leftover bowls of candy this way, guys.)

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SEPTA Driver Gives Trolley Rides Poetic Touch

The City Paper’s Daniel Denvir rides the trolley with SEPTA’s unofficial resident poet in this week’s edition, and the results are pretty entertaining: Mike Fuller says one spot in the West Philly tunnels is “a space as dark as a stack of black cats” and “a trolley nap is a nice thing, but we hope no one misses their stop on this ride, like a sleeping shrimp washed away by a tide.”

Since this is Philadelphia, of course, not everyone is happy with him:

On three recent trolley rides across the city, a City Paper reporter watched as some passengers zoned out, one woman got angry (yelling “shut up and drive the train”) and many riders were very amused.

I like this driver — I’ve only had him once, so he must have been pretty memorable — but I like that someone yelled at him even more.

[City Paper]

TV Film Crew Screws Up Traffic in West Philly

how to get away west philly trafficHeads up if you’re driving in West Philly over the next week or so. Westphillylocal.com reports that a film crew in town taping a TV show called How to Get Away (which the writer suspects could be Viola Davis’s pilot How to Get Away With Murder) has posted signs saying that traffic will be disrupted in the following locations:

East side of 42nd Street, from Locust to Spruce – Wednesday, March 5th through Friday, March 28th  at 7 p.m.

Both sides of 42nd Street from Locust to Spruce, south side of Locust Street from 40th to 42nd and north side of Spruce from 40th to 42nd – Today (Tuesday, March 10th ) at 10 p.m. until Thursday, March 13th at 8 a.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 10 p.m. through Wednesday, March 19 at 8 a.m.

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Morning Headlines: Demolition of Queen Lane Apartments Coming Soon-ish

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It’s been almost two years since the Philadelphia Housing Authority announced plans to demolish the long-vacant Queen Lane Apartments in West Philadelphia, and to replace it with a 55-unit development. What’s another few months?

As it is, the Department of Housing and Urban Development can finally give PHA the go-ahead.  The project had been put on pause following the discovery of a historic burial ground in the building’s backyard. The cemetery’s borders have since been asserted, and future construction will not disturb it.

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Yes, Another New Coworking Space (This One’s in Cedar Park)

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Courtesy The Fire Works

With the newest of Philadelphia’s seemingly endless supply of coworking spaces open in Cedar Park, can there possibly be anyone left working from a parent’s basement? Now presenting: The Fire Works, a coworking community serving West Philly above wildly popular Dock Street Brewing Company and adjacent to Firehouse Bikes and Satellite Cafe.

Owner Linford Martin talked to the West Philly Local about how the group grew out of a community of professionals working out of The Cedar Works nearby. When Philadelphia Community Acupuncture moved out of its space upstairs at the Dock Street firehouse, The Fire Works became more than a plan.

So The Fire Works set up shop in the former PCA space, which was revamped to include a conference room, small meeting room, kitchenette and a shared work table in an open space accessible to members only. So far, members of The Fire Works include cartographers, activists, educators, web developers, musicians, and writers according to its website.

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