(photo via 27 by New Paradise Laboratories Tickets in Philadelphia, PA, United States)

In Nirvana, Everything is Fine

On August 7 I cited an advertisement for an ice cream parlor as evidence that. “yes, we are still the town that broke David Lynch. …and don’t you ever presume to think otherwise.” In my defense, it really was an exceptional example of the viral advertisement that succeeds by being so strange that it almost repels, without (hopefully) quite crossing the line and causing true revulsion.

I really should have known better, though. After all the time I have spent involved as a patron, volunteer, and staff member at Live Arts and Philly Fringe, I really should have remembered there were far more deeply weird, deeply thoughtful forces at play in this city than just Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

So yes, we are still the town that broke David Lynch. The name of the force that brought this reality home to me on Saturday night is New Paradise Laboratories. The specific project is called 27.

Imagine the Radiator Lady kicks her way out of her little stage behind the wall, grabs a Stratocaster, drops a pair, and starts wailing Nirvana lyrics in Jim Morrison’s voice. Imagine, in fact, that this new icon actually is Jim Morrison, and that he is joined by Janice Joplin, Amy Winehouse, and the real Curt Cobain — all somehow mysteriously trapped in their own circles within some confusing nether world.

Into the role of the hapless Henry Spencer, substitute an equally hapless 27-year-old woman who isn’t quite sure what just happened, and definitely isn’t ready to face what happens next.

Well, you really just have to see it to believe it. Only one performance remaining, Sun, September 16 2012, 4:00PM – 5:30PM. If you already made it past the age of 27. go see it. You’ll remember how hard it was.

[It looks like Philly isn’t the only city where the lobby is on for an underground park based on abandoned rail infrastructure.]

New Yorkers can get their first peek at the technology required to construct a proposed park in an underground abandoned trolley station. A year ago (almost to the day). the Lowline project teased the imaginations of New Yorkers and dazzled park lovers everywhere by releasing dreamy renderings of a lush park paradise-to-be in a most unlikely place: below ground. And not just below ground, but below Delancey Street, one of the most disparaged and dangerous stretches of asphalt in the whole city for a pleasant pedestrian stroll.

(via 1 | The Lowline, New York’s Revolutionary Underground Park, Says Let There Be Light | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation)

Appeal of digital billboard conversion permit at 1113 Vine St. continued until 2013 | PlanPhilly: Planning Philadelphia’s Future

Appeal of digital billboard conversion permit at 1113 Vine St. continued until 2013 | PlanPhilly: Planning Philadelphia’s Future

(via Spring Garden Street Greenway)

Is this the future of Spring Garden Street? After attending my first meeting of the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, I have to admit I am hopeful.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is working with many partners, from the City of Philadelphia to every neighborhood group along Spring Garden. But a new Spring Garden Street Greenway will only happen if:

  1. The planning and design process shows we can meet some pretty lofty goals
  2. You stay involved, support our work and help us move it forward!

Philadelphia trade unions that have kept the Goldtex construction site under siege for the last six months agreed to end their protest after Rep. Bob Brady convened talks last week at the Sheet Metal Workers union hall, developer Michael Pestronk confirmed yesterday.

The Goldtex entrance at 12th and Wood Streets was virtually deserted Monday, for the first time since angry union protesters began gathering there in March in an organized effort to block deliveries and prevent Pestronk’s company from converting the 12-story factory building into rental apartments. Pestronk is trying to break with Philadelphia tradition by employing a mix of union and nonunion workers.

According to his account, the unions agreed during Brady’s peace parley Thursday to drop their demand that he use a fully unionized workforce. In exchange for calling off the protest, Pestronk said that his company, Post Brothers, had promised to encourage its subcontractors to include more card-carrying union members in their crews.

(Full story: Brady negotiates deal to stop union protests at Goldtex construction site)