One of Us: Kenny Gamble

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Kenny Gamble, although sometimes people call me Mr. Huff.

I was born … at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1943, and grew up in an apartment in South Philadelphia at 15th and Christian. First floor rear. We had a big dog named Curly.

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5 Questions: Todd Solondz on His New Film, Wiener-Dog

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Filmmaker Todd Solondz has been packing the art houses and subsequently bumming out his audience since the release of his 1995 dark comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse. Since then he has made the disturbing ensemble Happiness and its follow-up Life During Wartime, Storytelling, and Dark Horse, among other heavy works; call his particular brand of awkwardly confrontational humor Dispirit-Com. His new film, Wiener-Dog, follows along a similar trajectory of jet-black humor and despair. It uses a guileless dachshund to link together four different vignettes of characters suffering from one depressed malaise or another. In Solondz’s vision, the characters are invariably on the outside looking in, hoping for things to be different, but becoming more and more twisted around by their crippling loneliness. For all his on-screen bleakness, however, the director himself comes across as well-spoken and quite sociable. He spoke with Ticket about the quality of dogness, his disparagement of film school, and the small glimmer of hope he slips into the film. Read more »

See Comedy Central’s Natasha Leggero in King of Prussia

Natasha Leggero performs at Valley Forge Casino Resort on Saturday. Photo by Mandee Johnson

Natasha Leggero performs at Valley Forge Casino Resort on Saturday. Photo by Mandee Johnson


National Treasure @ Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing | Thursday, June 30
Wawa Welcome America always brings us the best stuff. Like Nicolas Cage. See him race around Old City deciphering a secret map encoded on the Declaration of Independence in this free outdoor screening on the waterfront. Read more »

Philly Has Had Some Truly Terrible 4th of July Concerts

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On the 4th of July, classic soul enthusiast Leon Bridges will be in Philadelphia to headline the big concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Bridges has rightly been called “music’s most promising new star” — not too shabby for someone who only started writing tunes about five years ago — and it’s a booking that we can definitely support. But historically, Philadelphia has had its share of 4th of July duds, outrages, and financial scandals. Here, a compendium of Philadelphia 4th of July concerts. Read more »

Broadway’s Allison Blackwell Comes Home to Sing With the Philly POPS

Allison Blackwell will join the Philly POPS for two July 4th concerts. Photo by Bachrach Photography

Allison Blackwell will join the Philly POPS for two July 4th concerts. Photo by Bachrach Photography


Allison Blackwell doesn’t find herself in Philadelphia very often anymore. The Montgomery County native has been in New York for more than a decade, performing on Broadway in shows like The Lion King. But she came home this past February to slay “Natural Woman” during the Philly POPS’ Carole King Songbook concert — fitting, since Blackwell was Aretha Franklin on Broadway in A Night With Janis Joplin. Read more »

July 4th Fireworks in and Around Philadelphia

July 4th fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

July 4th fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia


Wherever you are in the Philadelphia area this July 4th holiday weekend, we’ve picked out a spectacular fireworks display to help you celebrate America’s 240th birthday properly. From the Parkway to the boardwalk, here’s where to watch Fourth of July fireworks light up the sky. Read more »

Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

The Hot Sardines bring their hot jazz to World Café Live. Photo from Facebook

The Hot Sardines bring their hot jazz to World Café Live. Photo from Facebook


The Hot Sardines @ World Café Live | Tuesday, June 28
Throwback jazz collective The Hot Sardines goes for a smooth, lively hot jazz/Dixieland/swing sound with sultry vocals. They just released their sophomore studio album, French Fries & Champagne.
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An Electric Light Mural Just Arrived in South Philly

A light installation titled “Electric Street” just arrived in South Philly, and it looks exactly how it sounds.

The mural is the brainchild of artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau, and it’s up and ready to view on Percy Street, just south of 9th and Wharton streets. Streets Dept.’s Conrad Benner has pinned the location on Google maps, since it’s a little difficult to find.

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A Jewish-Palestinian Lesbian Couple Walks Into a Bar

Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon.

Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon.


After a year of marriage, and some concern over whether one of them might actually be a spy, Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini have decided to stay together no matter what.

“We’re in this for the long haul,” Salomon says. “It doesn’t matter what either of us does, we aren’t going to break up. Mostly because we can’t let people be right.” Read more »

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