Archive for January, 2007

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

I came home from class tonight to an email in my inbox, announcing that the International House at Penn is screeing selections from the 5th edition of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival.

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival has become a leading venue for distinguished fiction, documentary and animated films and videos with a distinctive human rights theme. Through the eyes of committed and courageous filmmakers, it showcases the heroic stories of activists and survivors from all over the world. The works featured help to put a human face on threats to individual freedom and dignity, and celebrate the power of the human spirit and intellect to prevail.

They will screen a different movie every day for the next four days at 7 pm. General admission is $7 (if you’re a member of the International House you get in for free).

Sorry for the late posting on this one, but I only found out about it today. You can find all the details about the different films after the jump.

Moon over Philadelphia

On Monday evening I noticed a beautiful sunset out my window, so I headed to the fire escape for a better view…

Camera:     Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
EXIF:     Aperture Priority, Pattern Metering, EV +2/3, 1/20 sec, F/8.0, ISO-100, 18 mm (28 mm equivalent)

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Philly STYLE looking for a correspondent from the dating trenches

Everybody has the friend who can be counted on to tell a good dating story. The one who treats the search for the right person as if it’s a second job. Who has one date for drinks at 6 pm and then goes down the street to meet someone else for dinner at 8 pm.

Philly STYLE is looking for a weekly dating blogger to impart stories, wisdom and advice to their readers. The gig pays and is not anonymous (your picture will be included). Here’s how to apply…

Send a sample dating blog submission, with as much advice and action you can pack into 150 words, to To be considered, “Dating Blogger” must be the subject line of the e-mail. Once the Philly STYLE editors narrow it down to the top few candidates, you’ll meet one for a date: a coffee date, in Queen Village, to talk details.

Shore Traffic Relief?

It’s nice to think about summer on such a cold January day, especially a nice long day on the beach. Unfortunately, said “down the shore” times inevitably include traffic. While there are no plans for the AC expressway, the NJ Turnpike Authority does have a proposal to begin widening the Garden State Parkway as early as July.

There are concerns about environmental and neighborhood impact, which can be shared and addressed in an open meeting tonight in Egg Harbor Township.

I hope they can compromise on a fairly earth friendly proposal and still gain the extra space. I’ve spent many, many hours sitting in shore traffic throughout my life, and think another lane would be a beautiful thing. Now if only we could do something about the toll plaza bottleneck syndrome.

Why Oh Why is Monk’s So Good?

While entertaining an out-of-town visitor, I decided to take him to Monk’s for dinner last night. We were told that there would be a 20 minute wait. This turned into an hour and a half long wait (is there anytime that this place ISN’T packed?). But guess what? As soon as I had a taste of those frites, my previous stomach gnawing hunger and increasing irritation vanished. And then we ordered our burgers. There isn’t much you can do to make me dislike a burger, but why oh why are they so mouth-meltingly good at Monk’s? Why?

If I could afford (both health-wise and financially) to eat frites and a burger at Monk’s every day, I would.

Bus 33 Riders Not So Impressed

I know I’m a little late, but on Saturday my husband and I were taking the bus towards Old City when we ran into a blockade at Market Street for the royal family. An amusing series of comments by our fellow passengers ensued. People first began to ask why we were stopped for so long. Some debated taking the Blue Line to where they were going. The driver then informed the confused passengers that we were stopped “because of the Prince.”

-“The Prince? What Prince”

-“Why did they come here? Why don’t they just stay in their own country?”

I was glad to see that global awareness and enthusiasm are alive and well among SEPTA riders…


Went Monday night with a crew of ten to the Villanova Wildcats versus Pitt Panthers game at the Wachoiva Center.
It was a great game for us because some were rooting for Nova while others were cheering for Pitt and the score was close all the way to the end. Pitt 65, Nova 59, in a sold out game.

Photo of the Day: Poster Child

Well, doesn’t this photo from glenOX just look like an advertisement for Philadelphia?

Photo by glenOX

Someone recently left a comment on one of my photos of the Schuylkill River, noticing that many American cities don’t make much of their rivers while in Europe the banks of a river in a city are prime real estate. I agree that Philly does a decent job of making use of the river. The Schuylkill often looks pretty even if you would exactly take a swim in it or drink from it.

(Also, check out this lovely moody picture also by Glen. It is a bit outside of Philly, but not far; it’s a train bridge between Morrisville, PA and Trenton, NJ.)

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Dorothy Krysiuk and my next subject

Last night somebody pointed out to me that it’s been more than a year since my interview with Dorothy Krysiuk, the morning traffic reporter for Fox 29. Wow.

In the spirit of this grandiose anniversary, I plan to unveil the next subject for my Metblog interview. I realize many of you are probably unfamiliar with the rules, so here goes:

1.) I will announce the name of my next interview on the first of the month. Because there are only 30 days in February I am pushing that date up to tomorrow.

2.) I will have 30 days to get in touch with this local or national celebrity for an interview posted on this very blog. If I don’t get the interview then I lose. I’m not sure what happens when I lose. It’s never happened yet.

3.) Periodic updates will be made available here at the Philly Metblog site.
See you all tomorrow.

R.I.P. Barbaro

The news flash just popped up on my screen from Channel 6: Barbaro has been euthanized after the Kentuckey Derby winner’s long recuperation took an unrecoverable turn for the worse.

WPVI quotes the horse’s co-owner, Roy Jackson:

“We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain. . . . It was the right decision, it was the right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him then it would be time.”

Oddly enough, says that the New Bolton Center won’t officially confirm this news, referring us instead to a promised press conference at 4 PM today. Channel 6 is promising live online coverage of that press conference; I would bet they’re not the only network who will do so.

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