Pulse: Quick Takes


MY ARCHITECT? LOUIS KAHN, OF COURSE

If you always wanted to own a building designed by Philly’s Louis Kahn — but the National Assembly in Bangladesh was out of your price range — here’s your chance. A Kahn home, one of only nine houses he drew up that were actually built, recently went on the market in Elkins Park. Built in 1941, the four-­bedroom contemporary features large windows, local stone and California red cedar. Price is $495,000. Listing agent is Nancy Salazar (215-885-8100).

Air Zumoff

Courtside desk jobs at the Wachovia Center are not generally listed in the Inquirer’s classified section. That’s why Marc Zumoff, the play-by-play voice of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Ross Productions have created “On the Air Broadcasting Workshops.” The classes aim to help “anyone who wants to do sports or news on TV as a performer,” says the nine-time Emmy Award-­winning broadcaster. Zumoff, whose class tips off this month, says his course offers technical advice, but is also a “lifeline” for students to find jobs after they graduate from the program. KYW 3 anchor Pat Ciarrocchi also teaches a class.

Flavia’s Ghost

Daylin Leach’s joke-filled website, which got the Montco state rep into PR hot water, isn’t the only place he’s indulged his comedy-­writing habit. For years, Democratic consultant and MSNBC pundit Flavia Colgan has relied on him to write jokes for speeches and TV appearances. For example: At a charity press conference with NFL star Peyton Manning, Colgan used a Leach bit about being jealous of a man who faces 300-pound linemen: “There are some days I would trade that for having to talk with Ann Coulter.” Colgan will continue to use Leach’s comedy stylings. “I am concerned we have so much time to worry about the jokes of a former stand-up comic when it is no joke how much trouble our state is in,” she says, in remarks still awaiting Leach’s punch-up.

Sitcom For Sale

Imagine a sitcom that mixes the nuanced humor of Seinfeld, the mystery of Lost, the steaminess of Sex and the City and the quaint setting of Newhart, and you’ve got Neil Ostroff’s first TV sitcom. Or so says Ostroff. Based loosely on the Joseph Ambler Inn bar manager’s life, Barnutz focuses on the “crazy stuff that happens in a bar/catering facility.” Though the proposal has yet to be picked up, FOX has shown significant interest. So what can we expect from the show? Think everything, Ostroff says, from “catering gay and lesbian commitment ceremonies to a circus clown’s funeral where all of the attendees wear clown attire.” Not kidding.

THE GHOST OF STRAWBRIDGE’S PAST

With Strawbridge’s due to turn into Macy’s, what will become of the Philadelphia store’s annual “Christmas Carol” exhibit? It’s safe for at least this year — though no decision has been made beyond that, says Caroline Barry, director of fashion and special events for Hecht’s and Strawbridge’s. Created in 1985, the walk-through display, which depicts Dickensian London circa 1843, gets 50,000 visitors annually. This year’s exhibit opens November 25th; Strawbridge’s is expected to adopt the Macy’s name in mid-2006.