As many of you know, Pennsylvania is in the process of selecting a second casino site in Philadelphia. A state agency, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, will decide late this year or early next year to award the second license to one of the six applicants seeking it. In addition to whatever feelings we each may have about the increase of legalized gambling, this process is of particular interest to the Callowhill Neighborhood Association (CNA) because one proposed casino would be located at the Inquirer building which is directly across Broad Street from our Eastern boundaries.

In light of this interest, CNA has been part of organizing the North Broad Community Coalition, which is composed of more than a dozen other neighborhood, religious, educational, businesses and civic institutions located along the North Broad corridor. These institutions include, among others, Congregation Rodeph Shalom; Logan Square Neighborhood Association; Callowhill Neighborhood Association; West Popular Community Development Corporation; Community Land Trust Corporation; The Reading Viaduct Project; VIADUCTgreene; Vetri Family (including Osteria, Alla Spina, Vetri Foundation); Friends Select School; Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School; Parents United for Better Schools; J.R. Masterman Home and School Association; Arch Street United Methodist Church; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Greater Exodus Baptist Church and its People-for-People affiliate

The Coalition is carefully monitoring the application process and considering what options are available to it to participate in the process.

Your chance to directly share your opinion with the Gaming Control Board comes on either April 11 and 12 in all day hearings at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, or May 8 at Lincoln Financial Field. It is important that our community’s voice is heard – so if you have a strong opinion about a casino proposal, or issues related to a proposal such as traffic, crime and security or consistency with a community, please share your brief thoughts with the Board.

You can sign up beginning on March 4, 2013, at (see link on right of page labeled “Category 2 Applicant Hearing Registration/Comment Form”). If you cannot make it in person, you can present your opinion in writing as well.

There are many articles about this process on the website. An overview of the six applicants is at: be_Philadelphia_casino_operators_make_public_pitches_today_to _state_gaming_officials.htm


Callowhill Neighborhood Association

you’re going to be kicking yourself if you didn’t attend Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies burlesque evening focusing on the films of John Waters. I’ve already covered Miss Rose’s Dario Argento event, which I had a great time at, but the John Waters night put that to shame. Held on February 16th at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia burlesque performers Miss Rose,Lil’ StephMackenzie Moltov, and Miss Mary Wanna, as well as gentlemen performers Doctor Spookenstien and Mr. Fahrenheit all presented sexy, filthy and thoroughly trashy homages to John Waters’ films. Aly Katz filled the intermissions with some gogo dancing and the Goddess Isis (I think I’m in love) did a wonderfully divine impersonation of Divine as the night’s MC and guided us through a raffle and a John Waters trivia contest. Prizes were courtesy of Viva Video and Ritz at the Bourse. Most photographs here were graciously provided by Claire Horvath, who had a seat up front instead of catcalling from the balcony like me.

(via SATANIC PANDEMONIUM: Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies Presents John Waters Themed Burlesque)

Railroad Earth

Sat, March 16, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$20.00 – $24.00

Railroad Earth’s music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. They can jam with the best of them, but they’re not a jam band. They’re bluegrass influenced, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). RRE bristles about being lumped into any one “scene.” Not out of animosity for any other artists: it’s just that they don’t find the labels very useful. According to fiddle player Tim Carbone, “We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we’re definitely not a bluegrass band – so that doesn’t fit. And I think the term ‘jam band’ probably refers more to the fans than to the band. I think these fans just like live music.” When the band does elect to “comment” on a song via an extended improvisation, they really cook – and have received the approval of no less than Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh, who knows a thing or two about jamming.

(via Union Transfer | Philadelphia Music Venue » Railroad Earth – Tickets – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA – March 16th, 2013)

Velour — This Friday!!!

Public · By Underground Arts



Le Bump Philly Presents :: Velour :: a night of disco

~ live your life off the wall ~

The warm, plush feeling. Colorful. Casual. The rich cloth is known for its richness and comfort – specifically used in dance wear for the ease of movement Velour offers.

March 8th at Philly’s best new venue – Underground Arts – come experience the music that will make you move your feet – make you feel like its 1975 again. We’ll be offering 5 hours of disco – house music and a friendly, comfortable (but crazy) dance floor. Dressing up in your best disco gear is highly encouraged!

(via Velour — This Friday!!!)

The Trestle Inn Presents: Go Cat Go

Public · By The Trestle Inn


8:00pm until 12:00am

The Trestle Inn Presents: Go Cat Go 

Thursday, March 7th. 8PM-12AM. 

Come down for a night of rockabilly, psychobilly and cow punk with Trestle Special go go dancer, our own Miss Scarlett Fever. No Cover.

(via The Trestle Inn Presents: Go Cat Go)