Quick update: We’re still waiting for the electrical permit from the city, they said it would be ready by March 3 at the latest. Our electrician is all ready to go so things should move quickly after the permit is in. I mentioned last time that another $1800 worth of electrical upgrades were added to the total, these are things we need to pass our CO inspection (wired smoke alarms in the storage rooms, additional fire pull bars throughout the room), about a third of that has been paid off and I’m currently scraping together funds to pay off the rest as well as rent and utilities for March. So things are moving along nicely and I’m still aiming for an April re-opening. I already have our re-opening night film screening ready to go and am all set to start booking for this year’s Cinedelphia Film Festival, which will likely be held in May.
Also, a bunch of kind locals organized a benefit show for PhilaMOCA, it’s happening at the First Unitarian Church on Friday, March 6 and will feature locals Yowler, Kississippi, and Thin Lips. Advance tickets are available here:
In the shadow of the Rail Park, Ed Duffy summons the spirit of an old, decaying train station
Cicala at the Divine Lorraine on North Broad is exactly the restaurant it needs to be, exactly the restaurant it wants to be.
Back in the mid 60’s, a low-rise, suburban-style strip mall was created by the Redevelopment Authority through its East Poplar Urban Renewal Plan. The complex, which sits between 5th St., 6th St. and Spring Garden, was originally the home to the Fifth Street Wholesale Distribution Association. Over time, the structures morphed into a more traditional Read more about 12-Story, 382-Unit + Retail Project to Replace Strip Mall at 5th & Spring Garden…
David Lynch, the master of cinematic disquiet, is, unsurprisingly, another self-professed Hopper-head, who often stresses the impact of painting – most prominently that of Hopper and Francis Bacon – upon his work. “For mood and painting quality, I like Edward Hopper,” he told artnet News’ Andrew Goldstein in an interview last year. A Hopperian moodiness, voyeurism and dramatic use of light and shade prevails throughout his 1986 thriller Blue Velvet, in particular, which peels back the veneer of white-picket-fence suburbia to reveal some truly sinister goings on beneath.
In the third season of Twin Peaks, meanwhile, which aired in 2017, Lynch made the most of his creative carte blanche, dropping in Hopper references left, right and centre – excerpts from Office in a Small City (1953), Gas (1940), Summer Evening (1947) and New York Movie (1939) all feature, as showcased in this excellent short by VoorDeFilm.