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Sugar Mom’s a pierogie playground in Old City

“It was impossible to find this place, but I’m glad we did. This is definitely my new favorite bar,” a college-aged customer at Sugar Mom’s said. She had just finished work at one of Old City’s art galleries and spent 15 minutes circling the streets with her friends looking for Sugar Mom’s.…

Topstitch kitsches up Old City shopping

It was a typical winter day in Philadelphia: freezing cold, raining and ugly all around. But when I climbed the stairs to the studio space that holds Old City’s Topstitch Boutique, I couldn’t possibly feel more warmed and welcomed.…

Damaged Goods for pin-up queens

Any store with the slogan “We are not your mum’s underwear – but quite possibly your grandmum’s!” can’t possibly be boring. They are the Damaged Goods Pin-Up Emporium, and yes, they sell used underwear.…

Dane Cook tries his luck as Chuck

When I hear the name Dane Cook, a barrage of images comes to mind. Dane, clad in black, running around animatedly on stage while dousing himself with bottled water. Dane writhing on the floor and shouting unintelligibly for a laughing crowd.…

Bonde Do Role bends genres, gets hurt

Two years ago, Marina Vello was an average Brazilian teenager. She worked two jobs to bring in money for herself and her family, and she spent her free time at a café in her hometown of Curitiba, goofing off with her best friends.…

Festival opens, brings artsy back to Philly

“In DiversCity”Dance, 90 Minutes – $15International House, 3701 Chestnut St.Prepare yourself for a night of intense Philly flavor when Indigenous Pitch performs “In DiversCity.” This 90-minute show isn’t your regular old stomp n’ clap routine.…

‘Invasion’ does little to thrill audiences

If director James McTeigue can’t spruce up a movie, it’s doomed to Blockbuster purgatory. The assistant director of “Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones” and “The Matrix” trilogy co-directs “The Invasion,” loosely based on the novel and several movie remakes of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” The flick follows psychiatrist and mother Carol Bennell, portrayed by Nicole Kidman, as she embarks on a hellish journey to find her son, Oliver, before she succumbs to an evil alien virus that is trying to take over her body.…