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Archive: September, 2009

New chef at El Camino Real

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 12:27 PM
El Camino Real, the border bar in Northern Liberties, has hired a chef to replace Jennifer Zavala, who left last month on the eve of her debut on Bravo's Top Chef, from which she was booted after the premiere. She's now at Xochitl. New guy is Dustin Chalermkittichai, most recently sous chef at Rouge... Read more

See the trailer for Mumia movie

Monday, September 21, 2009, 8:52 PM
Tigre Hill, who's been working seemingly forever on a documentary about Police Officer Daniel Faulkner's slaying and the conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal, has released a trailer. He's hoping to screen "The Barrel of a Gun" to coincide with the 28th anniversary of Faulkner's slaying in December... Read more

Musharraf to sit with Smerconish

Monday, September 21, 2009, 8:26 PM
Michael Smerconish of WPHT (1210) will have former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in the studio Tuesday at 8 a.m. for an interview. "Who better to assess the situation then the former head of the country now presumably harboring the Taliban?" Smerconish asks, rhetorically. Good backgrounder... Read more

DeSean Jackson gets a radio show

Monday, September 21, 2009, 8:19 PM
Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson starts a radio show next Monday night (9/28) from aloft Philadelphia Airport Hotel on 950ESPN. The one-hour show (7 to 8 p.m.), with Harry Mayes and Brian Seltzer, will air every other week during the NFL season from the w xyz Bar in front of an audience. The hotel is... Read more

Steve Friedman, Mr. Movie, dies

Monday, September 21, 2009, 2:07 PM
WPHT has confirmed the death last night of Steve Friedman, the human version of IMDB known to radio listeners and cinephiles as "Mr. Movie." The Harrisburg native, who was 62, hosted a call-in show on 1210 that aired Saturday nights. He previously was on WWDB. He's survived by his wife,... Read more

"The Art of the Steal" is sold

Monday, September 21, 2009, 1:50 PM
IndieWire is reporting that the North American rights to Don Argott’s movie about the Barnes Foundation -- “The Art of the Steal” -- have been acquired by Rainbow Media for its new theatrical and video-on-demand label Sundance Selects. The film drew cheers (but no awards) in its... Read more

Restaurant openings

Monday, September 21, 2009, 12:21 PM
What's on the Philly-area dining horizon? - Con Murphy's. The Irish pub at the Windsor (17th and the Parkway): hoping for October 19. - Sticks & Stones. Former Felicia's owner Nick Miglino says he's nearing the finish line on this eclectic pub at 1909 E. Passyunk: mid-October. (2009... Read more

No Soul

Monday, September 21, 2009, 10:48 AM
Soul, the Creole BYOB on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, is gone after eight months. Owners Angie Brown and her daughter Samantha Johnson opened shortly before their debut on the springtime NBC reality series The Chopping Block. Brown says a producer approached her about doing a TV series. So... Read more

'Law Abiding Citizen' to screen here

Monday, September 21, 2009, 10:03 AM
Law Abiding Citizen -- a thriller shot here earlier this year and starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler -- will be the opening film at the 18½ Philadelphia International Film Festival. Director F. Gary Gray is tentatively scheduled to attend the Oct. 15 screening at the Kimmel Center's Perelman... Read more

Stella!

Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10:37 PM
The wood fires are burning at Second and Lombard Streets, as Stephen Starr's crew prepares for the Sept. 29 opening of Pizzeria Stella. (This may be a build-out speed record for the notoriously fussy Starr, as he's opening only five months after signing the deal.) Workers-- under Starr culinary director... Read more
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