Inqlings: Philly is hot spot for another film

"Action News" coworkers (from left) Kristie Gonzales, Ali Gorman, Amy Buckman, and Karen Rogers meet up at the National Constitution Center. They were there Wednesday for Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly party.
"Action News" coworkers (from left) Kristie Gonzales, Ali Gorman, Amy Buckman, and Karen Rogers meet up at the National Constitution Center. They were there Wednesday for Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly party.
Posted: August 01, 2010

Cameras will begin rolling in the area Monday for Future Weather, an independent film about a 13-year-old girl (Perla Haney-Jardine, of Kill Bill: Vol. 2) with deep-seated mother issues:

Her mom (Marin Ireland, a Tony nominee for reasons to be pretty) has abandoned her, and she is obsessed with protecting the environment (Mother Earth) as she is shuttled off to live with her grandmother (Amy Madigan, Field of Dreams, Carnivàle).

Lili Taylor (Mystic Pizza, Say Anything . . .) plays a science teacher.

The five-week shoot is the culmination of four years of work by Philly producer Kristin Fairweather and writer/director Jenny Deller.

Deller was inspired by a piece in the New Yorker (pre-Inconvenient Truth) about global warming, Fairweather said last week. She layered the mother-daughter story on top.

The science in the movie is not heavy-handed, says Fairweather, who says the production is working to minimize its carbon footprint by working with sustainable businesses. It's maintaining a blog at

Khyber stops the music

The end of July spelled the end of live music shows at the Khyber - a staple at the Old City club pretty much since the 1970s. The Khyber will go the DJ route upstairs, with craft beer and food served at the bar, says co-owner Stephen Simons.

Last month, when word spread that no shows were booked for August, Simons said he had merely fired the booking agent and was looking for a replacement; as recently as last weekend, he said he was negotiating with another booker. But last week, Simons told City Paper that he had given up on that idea, that the punk-rock and alternative crowd now bypasses Old City.

Simons still believes in live music - but at another location. "I am going to look for a better venue - larger, [in a] less-gentrified neighborhood - possibly in partnership with a booking agent," he said Friday.

That's entertainment

Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen will play counselor this fall with the Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, which (for $1,999 a head) puts amateur rockers in the creative company with pros at the Trocadero in Chinatown. Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, Wallflowers), Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Mark Hudson (producer for Aerosmith), Kip Winger (Winger), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy) and Sandy Gennaro (Joan Jett) are on board, too. Uosikkinen imagines the experience will be like a Phillies fantasy camp in Clearwater, Fla., and just as the wannabe ball players work through jitters on the field, he expects to see the music neophytes "look like deer in the headlights the first time they're on stage." His tip: "Keep it simple. Don't try to get too fancy." Founder David Fishof cautions: "It's camp, but it's almost like boot camp."

Actor/writer Bruce Graham will bring back his one-man show, The Philly Fan, and it's up for Sept. 23-Oct. 31 at the Kimmel Center's Innovation Studio. Sports being sports, he has had to tweak the piece. "This town is so full of material," Graham says. "This version will have some new Donovan McNabb jokes acknowledging his departure. I've also worked in [Michael] Vick, [Roy] Halladay's perfect game and - believe it or not - the Taser incident. I'm also cutting some material that has lost its timeliness. When the play first opened, the hockey strike was pretty much current. Now nobody gets the joke. Including me."

Upper Dublin grad Allison Lee Ritter, a commercial/runway model and actress in L.A., turns up in a featured role on Sunday's episode of True Blood on HBO, but she was not at liberty to describe the role. How might we know who she is? "I'm 5-foot-10 and blond," she explains. "You can't miss me."

The circuit

Conrad Murray - Michael Jackson's last doctor - joined a party of six Tuesday at Barclay Prime on Rittenhouse Square. He had the steak, and, yes, as a matter of fact, he is trained as a cardiologist.

A Best of Philly effect: Mayor Nutter had dinner (mussels, tuna) at Fish (1708 Lombard St.) the night after the bistro won Philadelphia Magazine's prize for best new city restaurant.

About 100 members of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale will depart for China Tuesday on the troupe's annual international Goodwill Tour. The group will perform repertoire in English and Chinese in several cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Tianjin, and return Aug. 12.

Director M. Night Shyamalan and wife Bhavna had dinner at Tiffin in Wynnewood last weekend and returned for lunch the next day. Parked their silver Maserati outside, just like everyone else.

New Sixer Evan Turner was spotted shopping Friday at the Nike outlet at the Walk in Atlantic City on his way to the team's Beach Bash. When asked if he had enough stuff, he said he was just "picking up some essentials."

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