>>> Created with the noble intention of spotlighting 12 works that are “genuine and from a passionate creator,” the Negative Space Film Festival at PhilaMOCA showcases films created by area media makers like Doron Max Hagay (featured above in an audition for The Notebook from his short Acting) Bruce Bundy, Bob Sweeney, Bobby Keller and Joshua Martin. This latest entry in Philly’s ever-growing festival scene is a one night only affair focusing on silly and mind-bending pieces that are more Tim and Eric than Scorsese and Spielberg. Held deep in the heart of the Eraserhood, tonight’s screening will feature liberal doses of cinematic food for thought…or at the very least some new oddball shorts for attendees to obsess over.
With soccer mania currently gripping America in light of last night’s win from the U.S. women’s national team, we thought we’d take you back to when the squad won the first-ever Women’s World Cup back in 1991. So here’s what we need you to do, go get a magnifying glass and look at the lower right side of the above photo to see how much ink The Inquirer gave the event 24 years ago. Uh huh. You could say there’s been some definite progress in that time. (h/t Bob Vetrone Jr.)
Filmed over the course of a month thanks to unrestricted rooftop shooting access from Brandywine Realty Trust, the latest video tribute to Philly from Cory J. Popp gives you a bird’s eye view of the City of Brotherly Love. As much as we enjoy seeing our hometown captured with such magnificence, we can’t really recommend this footage for those of you prone to feelings of insignificance. So instead let us just remind each and every one of you out there who might be feeling down that you are splendid birds who, in your own unique ways, can fly as high as the cameras capturing the images included here. Awwwwwww.
Now that marriage equality is available to all, what happens when the bloom is off the rose of a same-sex relationship. To quote the immortal Tammy Wynette, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, that’s what. Thusly, lawyer Conor Corcoran — sometimes Philebrity contributor and our go-to legal expert — has opened the nation’s first firm dedicated to the needs of the LGBTQ community called, wait for it, Adam vs. Steve. (Philly Jesus will not be amused). From the website:
Corcoran, along with a network of affiliated attorneys throughout the United States, is prepared to handle any LGBTQ divorces that come his way. The staunch-Democrat and social liberal named his site AdamVsSteve.com in response to the homophobic taunts of the past when bigots would chant that God intended “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”
AdamVsSteve.com is also now offering specials for straight couples that need to divorce because they believe the sanctity of their marriages have now been compromised.
So to our LGBTQ friends we say this, as thrilled as we are that you now have the right to legally marry we also want you to know that now there’s an option for when you realize it’s time to shut it down.
Back in 1990, Philadelphia-based filmmaker Chris Blake Sasser filmed a trailer for a New Jersey Devil-based horror flick called Deviltry to raise funds for the low-budget production. While a full feature never materialized, the two minutes of cheesy movie magic (oh man, the acting in this is something out of a Joel Hodgson fever dream) that does exist hits us right in our Creature Double Feature-loving sweet spot. Is it just us or would this pair perfectly with this week’s screening of The Room?
Laurel and Hardy, Fred and Wilma, Sacco and Vanzetti – the greatest comedy comes in pairs. Celebrate the fine number “Two” with Daring Daulton Breaks Up. Trevor Miles and Joe Paolucci haven’t performed together in what feels like a very long time, and will be presenting an all new show with all new material at Philly Improv Theater. They will be accompanied by a one-man sketch show from Christian Alsis, known for his work as head writer of Goat Rodeo and as Fudgie The Whale from the Just Joshin’ with Josh Justice podcast. Thursday/Friday 9pm, $10
If you love movies, trivia, comedy and things that are turning 1 year old, then be sure to see Movie, Movie, Live! at PhilaMOCA on Thursday. Hosts Garrett Smith and Dan Scully along guests Brian Anthony Wilson, Tommy Avallone, and Dan Angelucci have a lot of fun prizes and surprizes planned for the audience. It is sure to be the best one-year-old birthday party YOU have in a mausoleum this year! Thursday, 7:30Ppm, $5.
Immediately following Movie Movie Live, vote your problems away at Electile Dysfunction! Candidates Sidney Gantt,Matthew Tsang, Tommy Touhill and Kate Banford will go head-to-head-to-head-to-head like a pair of two-headed monsters who are actually one headed monsters independent of their conjoined head. This show will include debates, endorsement, smearing, mockery, all for your vote. Who’s driving this clown car? You be the judge! Thursday, 9pm. $5.
On Friday, the Philly Improv Theater is host to “Found Comedy Night” which means both Guilty Pleasures and TV Party. Guilty Pleasures will be a celebration of the strange, silly and awful content the internet can produce, and will also be a celebration of the return of Philly Comedy’s favorite son JP Boudwin. TV Party will also be a celebration of JP, as well as bad TV and beer. Friday, 10:30PM and 11:59PM, $10 for Guilty Pleasures/TV Party is free.
Joe Moore is the genial jerk who is head writer of sketch group Dog Mountain, host of monthly show Guilty Pleasures and a sketch comedy instructor. Hunt him down on twitter @TheJoeMoore.
As regular Philebrity readers will recall, we’ve long been intrigued by Philly Jesus‘ hustle, so much so that we even had him play our awards ceremony back in January. We’re still trying to figure out exactly what his message is and what he wants $70,000 for, but right now our thoughts on Philly Jesus are primarily consumed by his sudden about face on gay issues that had him deleting pro-marriage equality social media posts and generally getting all Pat Robertson on the City of Brotherly Love over the weekend. One of the messages posted then yanked from his Twitter account is the above sentiment that seems to sum up his ideology of the moment. Along with being decidedly anti-gay, it also trots out the cliched Adam and Steve chestnut — as if it was tweeted by a bot that leapt over from the Westboro Baptist Church’s account. (Philly Jesus’ Twitter itself is a fascinating affair which seemingly retweets all mentions of his doings both positive and negative, making it a bizarre clearing house of unclear locally sourced theology). After scouring the Internet we uncovered that this isn’t the first time PJ’s peace and love to all schtick didn’t hold (holy) water either. For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Philly Jesus, here’s a quick recap. Born Michael Grant, he was formerly a drug addict who after some stints in jail and rehab discovered Jesus and decided to devote his life to walking around Center City spreading the Gospel, taking selfies and posing for tourists all the while. This was all very groovy at first, but we don’t like hypocrisy and hate from actual leaders and we certainly aren’t going to take it from Messianic cosplayers. So thanks Philly Jesus, we had a few laughs. But now that you’ve decided to take up with the wrong side of history we’ll go looking for our disposable religious amusement elsewhere, okay?
Fans of Christian rock band/go-to punchline Creed aren’t exactly embracing the new Rocky spin-off with arms wide open (sorry) as they feel that the flick, also named Creed, could cause damage to their beloved band’s brand. So much so, so superfan Nick Robinson has started a Change.org petition asking MGM to change the name of the film. From the petition:
The movie CREED about the son of Rocky Balboa’s deceased trainer’s son, is making it difficult, if not impossible, for the still-vital online Creed fanbase to exchange thoughts and discussion regarding band developments, song interpretation, rumors, non-erotic fanfiction, and deeper insights into the expanded Creed universe. MGM has completely disrespected the Creedmunity by using the name of the still-popular band for their non-Creed related movie and have been stifling conversation by flooding social media hashtags and searches with non-music Creed discussion. MGM should have consulted Creed experts and online leaders before titling this movie. The Creedmunity will not be silenced.
Now as you probably figured out by now, Robinson is an LA-based comedian who is simply having some fun at the band’s expense. Whether or not the 156 people who signed the petition are in on the joke or not? Well,that’s another kettle of bombastic rock-loving fish entirely.
We are still quite exhausted from all the welcoming of America that we did over the long weekend, so while we get our bearings and get back into the swing of things we thought we’d bring you the musical highlights of Saturday’s concert on the Parkway. First up, The Roots did a spectacular job as the house band for the event all around, but their blending of “Game Theory” with Al Ham’s “Move Closer to Your World” — AKA the Action News theme — still has us feeling giddy. (As does Questlove‘s Ricci Hoagies shirt, which we totally took as a shot at Wawa). But some biting the hand that feeds and a live version of a beloved local theme wasn’t remotely the biggest news of the night, as Mayor Nutter once again revived his Mix Master Mike routine to perform “Rapper’s Delight” for a national television audience, complete with mic drop. Let’s rock, you don’t stop after the jump. (more…)
>>> Because Dave Kendall still narrates your dreams, we call attention to the fact that college rock heroes Swirlies will help you kick off this longest of weekends. There’s going to be a fleeting moment tonight when Johnny Brenda’s and everything inside of it will briefly be transported back to 1993 because of the group’s musical powers. This won’t be some helpless can’t change anything Timequake bullshit, but rather a chance to tell your younger self that everything will be all right. So do that, and be at peace.
>>> Manchester has considerably less to answer for thanks to the confessional pop of PINS (their all-caps, not ours). The all-female four-piece plays Boot & Saddle tonight, and then your hearts, forevermore.
>>> Free tickets are still available for the final night of the Kimmel Center’s 2015 Theater Residence collab with Joe’s Pub. Tonight’s performance will feature public readings and a Q&A about the program and its artists — which included Dito Van Reigersberg, Dave “Johnny Showcase” Sweeny and Daniel Alexander Jones. Click here for tickets and more info.
>>> Over at Union Transfer, the Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead is a three-day simulcast of the Dead tribute show happening in Chicago this weekend with Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Trey Anastasio and other jam band luminaries. Anyone else still irked that the Dead’s video for “Touch of Grey” ripped its premise from the forgotten Jason Bateman 1980s series It’s Your Move, or is it just us?
>>> It’s Philadelphia. It’s the Fourth of July. So yeah. Your best bet to not miss a second of the patriotic proceedings is to visit the Welcome America website.
>>> Can we state the obvious and say you are under no obligation to go anywhere or do anything. But if you do, a barbecue with friends is always a nice option. Save a burger for us, will ya?
>>> Tattooed Mom is hosting a free performance of The Signing or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Freedom, a play from Anthony Taylor that is easily the most irreverent way that you can celebrate today.
>>> The Roots play the 4th of July Jam on the Parkway as part of the whole Welcome America whathaveyou that is filling you with inertia right about now. Also on the lineup? Jennifer Nettles and Miguel. Party in the USA!
>>> The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony at Independence Hall pays tribute to LGBT pioneers in a lavish celebration that will feature an appearance by Wanda Sykes and a memorial tribute to Barbara Gittings. Given the events of last week, we expect this happening to be an unforgettable highlight of the weekend.
>>> Sober up. It’s gonna be a long slog until the next three day weekend.
RECOMMENDED: Although the trailer makes it look very hamfisted, we still are interested in the based on a true story Infinitely Polar Bear because of its leads, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana — actors who can elevate the shoddiest of material. Is the film a thoughtful examination of how decades of mental illness can impact a family? Or a predictable drama that doesn’t offer any new commentary on how such diseases can swerve the trajectory of our lives? We don’t know yet, but are eager to find out.
ALSO NEW IN THEATERS THIS WEEK: We were hoping that Terminator Genisys had something to do with Phil Collins, but instead it is just the latest installment in the “why is this a franchise again?” franchise. This one, complete with special effects seemingly generated in Windows 98, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke, whom we will forever mistake for MacGruber; the, um, cockbuster Magic Mike XXL, because try though you might you just can’t quit Channing Tatum…and at this point do you even still want to?; the trailer for Faith of Our Fathers reminds us of “Goodnight Saigon” mashed up with Jack Chick religious tracts, and it stars Stephen Baldwin. Do with that information what you will; and Eden is a drama set against the backdrop of Paris’ 1990s EDM scene that strives for Trainspotting relevance but probably is more Go than anything else.
NYC-based folk troubadour Christopher Paul Stelling recently recorded his second Folkadelphia Session for WXPN’s The Key. A dramatic affair highlight by his Glen Hansard by way of Arlo Guthrie vocal delivery, this five-song set that was recorded at Drexel’s Studio A highlights material from his new Anti Records release Labor Against Waste. Our favorite of the tracks here is “Warm Enemy,” a bluegrass daydream that has us in an unexpectedly reflective mood — which suits us just fine. Give it a listen and see what Stelling’s music invokes in you.
Being insular people, we here at the Philebrity won’t be venturing out into the Parkway for the fireworks on Saturday. Instead, we will probably hit up a pal’s barbecue or sit in and catch up with our stories. But since today is our last broadcast day before the long holiday weekend, we’d like to share with you beautiful people a ritual that we partake in that we’ve kept quiet until now. Every 4th of July, we listen to the pensive musical tributes to the day by X and Aimee Mann before sitting back, cracking open a cold one and watching the above video that juxtaposes Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” with some of the most inspirational (and dare we say patriotic?) images we have ever seen. The Sopranos‘ finale never took this song from us, because we have only ever associated it with crude MS Paint drawings and tinny audio since we first saw it on a random AOL page way back in 2001. So let’s make each other a promise, okay? Let’s hold onto the feeling for as long as we can. After all, that’s what America is all about.
On July 14th, the Pennsylvania Convention Center will host the 106th Annual NAACP National Convention, an event that will be highlighted by an address from President Obama. From the press release:
“President Barack Obama, having spoken eloquently of grace to a grieving nation in a moment of crisis in Charleston, will now address the social and economic challenges of our time in the hometown of American freedom – Philadelphia, stated NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks. Thousands of NAACP leaders, delegates, activists, youths, and supporters will welcome him to the 106th Convention of the NAACP in a moment in which his voice and our voices so desperately need to be heard. President Obama has been on the forefront of transformative change from civil rights to human rights over his term and in recent days. We in the nation eagerly anticipate his vision and plans for the difficult work ahead.”
The theme of this year’s convention is “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice,” with other guests including Mayor Nutter, Charlie Wilson, Eric Benet and Senator Bob Casey. A full schedule of events can be found here.
We’ve spent far too much time this morning pouring over Vic Berger’s bizarre re-edits of presidential campaign announcements that Dangerous Minds pointed us to, but we wanted to share with you the Rick Santorum one. Through some Everything Is Terrible-style editing, Berger has seemingly done the unthinkable by making us feel more uncomfortable about Santorum than we already did. (The Chris Christie one is pretty disquieting as well, but you probably already guessed that). However, we just know that anything that would result from either of these dudes actually getting elected would be infinitely stranger than some clever editing can muster. Shudder.
FREE LUNCH/MASSIVE CROWD ALERT: The annual Wawa Hoagie Day event, in which a mind-blowing five tons of hoagies are served to a ravenous, sandwich-loving Philadelphia, runs from 12-1:30 today at Independence Hall. Now that we’ve given you a reason to venture into (or, more likely, stay far away from) Old City today, let us ponder this: What was the 1776 equivalent of a Shorti®, and did the signers of the Declaration of Independence ever enjoy such majesty? We certainly hope so. Today truly is a celebration for all… well, except the gluten-intolerant, for whom this entire event is just a cruel lunchtime game of hey, what’s that on your shirt?, vooop!