Archive for November, 2006

Shelley Lewis and her “Naked Republicans”

Drinking Liberally, a Tuesday night fixture at Tangier (18th and Lombard) is playing host to a special guest tonight. Shelley Lewis will be there to read from her book, “Naked Republicans: A Full Frontal Exposure of Rightwing Hypocrisy and Greed” and to do some signing. Lewis is a blogger (she can be found at the Huffington Post), former TV news producer and co-creator of Air America Radio. The drinking starts at 6 pm, although Lewis isn’t scheduled to arrive until 6:30 pm.

Philly’s Sixth Gift to the World: The Philadelphia Film Office

In the spirit of holiday giving, cities all across the Metroblogging network are posting the gifts that their cities have given the world. The first gift we posted was modern Democracy.

Some great movies have come out of Philadelphia. The granddaddy of Philadelphia based films is Sylvester Stalone’s Rocky. Soon the newest installment in the Rocky franchise, Rocky Balboa, will be hitting theaters.

M. Night Shyamalan, director of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and the Village (to name a few), grew up outside of Philadelphia and films the bulk of his movies in and around our city. Additional, we also played home to Trading Places, Mannequin, 12 Monkeys and Tom Hanks’ star turn in the movie, Philadelphia.

Center City Bug

I took this photo over the summer, about one week after moving to Philadelphia. I was immediately taken with the red brick row houses and the American flags everywhere.

Center City rowhouses


Camera:     Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 55-200mm f/4-5.6
EXIF:     Aperture Priority, Pattern Metering, EV +0, 1/50 sec, F/11, ISO-100, 147 mm (235 mm equivalent)


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Dan Malloy @ North Star Bar

This morning, singer-songwriter Dan Malloy asked me to mention his show at the North Star tomorrow night. A predominantly instrumental player, Malloy finds influence in Nick Drake and John Fahey, and says of his electric style, it sounds like, “… sigur ros and godspeedyoublackemperor.” Also playing the main stage at the North Star are Janet Bressler, Downtown Harvest, and Chroma.

Show starts at 8pm, cover is five bucks and, of course, it’s always 21+ at the North Star!

Philly’s Seventh Gift to the World: Symbols of Democracy

This week, all across the Metroblogging network, cities are offering up the gifts that their city has given the world. We in Philly have been hard at work trying to narrow down the gifts that the City of Brotherly Love has bestowed upon our fair planet.

Today we offer you democracy in the form of the US Constitution as well as the beloved symbol of freedom, The Liberty Bell.

In the late 1700’s, Philadelphia was home to the new American movers and shakers who were working to create a new country, free from the tyrannical rule of England. On September 17th, 1787 the United States Constitution was adopted in it’s original form by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. It took effect on March 4th, 1789, when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document. It replaced the weaker Articles of Confederation. When the Constitution was completed, Ben Franklin stood up and stated that while he wasn’t completely satisfied by the new document, perfection was impossible to achieve.

An interesting tidbit: While the majority of the men who signed the Constitution were remarkably long-lived for their era, two of the men had their lives cut short. Both Alexander Hamilton and Richard Dobbs Spaight were killed in duels.

The Liberty Bell was adopted by the abolitionist movement as their symbol in 1837. Before that it was known at the Statehouse Bell, and it rang to announce the opening of the first Continental Congress in 1774, the end of the Battle of Lexington and Concord and to announce the reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is not known when the current crack first appeared, although there is record of the bell being sent for repairs in 1846. It was retired and put on display in 1852. It traveled the country from 1885 until 1915 so all could view the famed bell.

My mom remembers when it was displayed out in the open at Independence Hall. She remembers as a school kid in the 1950’s laying on her back and looking up into it, until she got yelled at by a security guard. How times have changed.

Rittenhouse Park

This photo was taken about a month ago, when the air was a bit warmer and it was easy enough to find cider at the Saturday farmer’s market. (I hear there was still cider last Saturday, but that the cider and apple season will shortly be over.)

Before you know it, the park will be covered in snow…

Rittenhouse Park


Camera:     Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT
EXIF:     Aperture Priority, Pattern Metering, EV 0, 1/200 sec, F/8, ISO-100, 55 mm (88 mm equivalent)

(Also, just a heads up to let you that I won’t be posting any photos for the rest of the week on the blog. But really, would you have been checking in anyway?)


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Goodbye Nate Wiley

Bob and Barbara’s will never again be the same, because Nate Wiley has died. Nate was the front man for the house band, Nate Wiley and the Crowd Pleasers, and he could be found playing his particular brand of “liquor-drinking music” several nights a week down at that South Street bar.

I remember the first time I heard him play. A friend had just started dating someone new, and he was a semi-regular down at Bob and Barbara’s. She planned a night where he’d be there with some of his friends and we’d come down as well, an attempt to blend social circles. Someone fought the crowd up to the bar and came back with an armful of PBRs. They distributed the cans and we sat back, talking and listening to the music. It was near Christmas time, and every so often, a holiday themed song would work itself into the rotation of blues-inflected-jazz that the band churned out. The relationship that brought me to Bob and Barbara’s didn’t last, but my appreciation for the bar and the house band has continued to go strong.

I am sad that Nate Wiley isn’t in our world anymore, but I also smile with appreciation, thinking back on the all the good times that his music was a part of.

For more about Nate’s death, check out Blinq’s post about him.

Nearly Philadelphia, Almost Peter Gabriel

For most of my lifetime, I’ve been one of those girls who ranks the movie “…Say Anything…” as one of her favorites. And you can’t properly remember and appreciate that movie without thinking fondly upon the scene where Lloyd Dobbler holds the big silver-colored boom box above his head, so that Diane Court can hear Peter Gabriel sing “In Your Eyes.” This is how Lloyd tells Diane that he loves and misses her, after she has broken up with him.

Next Saturday night, we all have the opportunity to see that song, as well as many others, performed live. You’re thinking to yourself, “I hadn’t head that Peter Gabriel was coming to town!” Well, he’s not. But a cover band called, The Waiting Room, will be at Appel Farm on Saturday, November 25th at 8 pm, playing songs from Peter Gabriel’s Genesis years as well as his solo career. It would be a strange and probably fairly entertaining way to spend your post Thanksgiving Saturday night. Go here for more info on the event.

Photo of the Day: Ginkgos on Quince Street

Have you all noticed the ginkgo stank over the past few weeks? It’s pretty atrocious in my neighborhood. Walking our visitors around leads them to inevitably comment on what they think is a dog poop problem, and they just think I’m crazy when I tell them, no it’s the trees. When they ask, why would anyone plant trees that smell like this, I have no answer. I can only imagine it was a mistake. (Except that if you google ginkgo you find that this “mistake” of planting female ginkgo trees seems to occur all the time, and I find it unlikely that I know more than city and university planners, so I think that there must be a reasonable explanation for planting female ginkgo trees. Does anyone know the reason?!)

Anyway, this brings me to today’s photo of the day, from Moocat.


Photo by Moocat

On the Flickr page where this photo is hosted, Moocat writes “Gingkos shed lovely yellow autumn leaves–it’s a shame the female gingkos also drop foul-smelling berries.”

Oh, I so agree. Looking at the yellow lined streets is just so pretty, as long as you can remember not to breathe through your nose.


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More Thoughts on the Flyers

So the Flyers snuck in a pair of wins on their West Coast trip but since the games started so late, no one noticed. Now they return and its almost like they never left as they played the same uninspired game that they were playing before heading west, losing 5-3 to the Penguins last night. So we win a couple out west and all of a sudden Coach John Stevens is given a two year contract extension. Who is doing the contracts here? We reward guys for sub-zero play, that’s nice. I’m only half watching the games can they give me a contract for sub-par fan support.

Mike Richards and Sidney Crosby both played in their 100th NHL games last night, you know what the difference between them is? 89 points. Oh and where was Keith Jones last night, I can’t stand Steve Coates and would have prefered no color commentary as opposed to Coates doing it. The Eagles are done for the season (lucky me I’m a Dolphins fan), the Sixers are mediocre at best and the Flyers stink; well at least Ryan Howard won the NL MVP award.

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