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Archive: July, 2009

Fumo boosts South Philly fund-raiser

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 7:17 AM
More than 150 residents turned out Tuesday night at the Tasker Street Fountain for a fund-raiser to keep up the landmark at the crossroads of 11th Street, Tasker Street and Passyunk Avenue. Among the attendees at "Save the Fountain" was former State Sen. Vincent Fumo, who next month is to... Read more

YOU get to pick the new Power 99 morning show

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 4:56 PM
Power 99 (WUSL, 98.9) has been adrift, ratings-wise, for some time. In June's Arbitrons, the onetime powerhouse was fifth among listeners 18-34. Its clear weak link is mornings, where it was 10th among the 18-34 crowd in June. When Morning Edition on WHYY solidly beats you in that key demographic... Read more

Serious thin-crust pizza in NoLibs

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 4:20 PM
A tip for those who like thin-crust pizza with wall-to-wall toppings: It's Trios Trattoria, a plain-Jane pizzeria that opened a couple of weeks ago at Fourth Street and Girard Avenue (215-627-1000), the Northern Liberties spot where a few utterly forgettable eateries have been, including El Wingador... Read more

Kidd Chris' former program director coming to Now 97.5

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 12:20 PM
John Cook, son of WFIL "Boss Jock" Jay Cook, was just hired as program director of adult-contemporary WNUW (97.5), aka Now 97.5. Cook was fired early last year from the PD's job at WYSP (94.1) in the fallout from Kidd Chris' airing of a guest's racist song parody. Cook's last spot was... Read more

And still more new restaurants

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 11:16 AM
New occupants are taking over where three eateries left off. Here is some preliminary data: - NoVi -- that means "NOrth of VIne," see -- will be an Italian-influenced international restaurant with bar opening where The Tiedhouse was, at CityView Condos (2001 Hamilton St.). Opening... Read more

Jack Nicholson's fashion statement

Monday, July 20, 2009, 7:41 PM
Jack Nicholson, shooting the James L. Brooks comedy in town, was spotted sitting near home plate at Monday's Phillies-Cubs game in a white Yankees cap. Fans gave him a pass because, well, he's Jack Nicholson. The Phillie Phanatic came out on the field in a Batman costume and pretended to take on "The... Read more

Paul's menu

Monday, July 20, 2009, 7:23 PM
Paul, a new-American BYOB, opens Tuesday evening (7/21) at 1120 Pine St., a tiny sibling across the street from Effie's, the Greek joint at Pine and Quince Streets in Wash West. Here's the menu from chef Adam Merlin (Effie's, Georges'), backed by Joshua Noh (Pumpkin, Chifa). Nights of operation will... Read more

Bam Margera in the hospital

Monday, July 20, 2009, 12:47 PM
Skater-punk Bam Margera is in a hospital today, recovering from what his mother, April, calls "severe dehydration." April Margera told me that Bam's wife, Missy, called 911 on Sunday afternoon to report a "possible overdose." She said that Missy Margera, who was not with Margera... Read more

Denzel Washington stops at Rita's

Sunday, July 19, 2009, 12:13 AM
Denzel Washington stunned staff by stopping at the Rita's* at Island and Passyunk Avenues with an aide and a bodyguard, and he let on that he is staying here this summer. Washington has a soft spot for Philadelphia -- the city, if not the Oscar-winning movie he shot here in late 1992 with Tom Hanks... Read more

Sonata's first night

Sunday, July 19, 2009, 12:05 AM
Mark Tropea is looking at Tuesday (July 21) as the opening night of Sonata Restaurant, the BYOB taking over the spot in Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties that previously housed Swallow (1030 N. American St., 215-238-1240). When I wrote about the deal on June 5, Tropea said he would open in July... Read more
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