Notes on food
After five years of racking up awards at their restaurant, James, in Bella Vista, Jim and Kristina Burke
are preparing to pack up and move. Jim Burke told me that with their lease expiring at the end of June, they began thinking about the long term. Their conclusion: Set up in a high-traffic neighborhood that's better suited for fine dining. Meanwhile, James will be open at 824 S. Eighth St. at least through the spring.
At the movies
Philadelphia CineFest's big splash will be a red-carpet screening on April 10 of the Philly-shot drama Cost of a Soul
, starring Chris Kerson
and Will Blagrove
as Iraq war veterans coming home to the mean streets. It was the first project from screenwriter/director Sean Kirkpatrick
, a Norristown native, who filmed here over 19 days in April 2009. Tickets for the 7 p.m. screening at the Ritz East are on sale now. Producer Edward J. Eberwine III
says Kerson and possibly Blagrove will walk the carpet, as will costars Mark Borkowski
and Judy Jerome
. The production, which cost less than $200,000, has gotten amazing bang for the buck. It recently won the "I Am Rogue/Big Break" movie contest, and will play 50 AMC theaters nationwide April 15.
Call off the paparazzi: The Brad Pitt movie World War Z will not be shot in Philly, as Paramount has elected to do it in England and Malta. Producers, hedging their bets while waiting for film-tax credits to be included in the Pennsylvania budget, had started preproduction in Europe. By the time the credits were maintained, they were dug in too deeply there. And get this: Part of Philly filming would have involved closing the Ben Franklin Bridge for four days.
On the tube Elisabeth Raab
, 31, who teaches ninth-grade English at the High School of the Future, is at Sony Pictures in Culver City, Calif., taping the first-ever Jeopardy!
Teachers Tournament. Raab, who won her seat after auditioning here last fall, says the trip has a downside: She had to take several days off during the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests - and she's a coordinator at her school. The upside: "I have [my students] watching Jeopardy!
" Winner among the 15 contestants gets $100,000 and a spot in the Tournament of Champions. Shows will be telecast beginning the week of May 2.
Bunim-Murray Productions will host a casting call for the 26th season of The Real World from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday at Fado Irish Pub, 15th and Locust Streets. Applicants, over 18, are asked to bring a recent picture of themselves and photo ID. Details: www.bunim-murray.com/rwcasting
Actors often must go through unusual training for a role. Andrew Kane
, appearing as a tortured artist in Theatre Horizon's production of The Credeaux Canvas
at Centre Theater in Norristown, took a class last week at Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philly. The subject: sketching a nude. In one scene, his character sketches actress Clare O'Malley
, playing his roommate's girlfriend, as they hatch a plan to create a forgery to dupe a hapless collector. "I had to look right getting my paints set up, preparing a canvas, and getting the easel up," Kane said. Those technical aspects extended to how much attention an artist would pay to the model and to his sketch pad, as well. Kane, who took art classes back at Quakertown Community Senior High, said he was satisfied with his sketching, but modestly added, "It's hard for me to say." The play, running from April 7 to May 1, was originally produced in 2001 by Playwrights Horizons in New York City.
You can eat the artwork after Monday's free public viewing at Moore College of Art and Design on Logan Square. Students have been assigned to create edible artworks related to a book or book title. Previous entries include A Clockwork Orange (an orange almond cake with a working clock in it), S'more and Peace (a giant s'more sandwich), Alice in Wonderbread (a Wonder Bread and jelly concoction), and Reading Rainbow (made of cheesecake clouds, a Styrofoam arch, and a rainbow of colored fruits on toothpicks). After the critiques, starting at 6:30 p.m., the feasting begins. Though the aforementioned concoctions seem tasty enough, one previous entry, The Little Mermaid, was a tableau comprising fish, guacamole, seaweed, figs, and mashed potatoes, and was served with scalloped potatoes.
And just like that, my time at "INQlings" draws to a close, after more than 1,400 columns since its debut in 2001. My next stop is at Philly.com, for an exciting challenge. Meanwhile, I will continue writing for The Inquirer - including the "Table Talk" restaurant column - and feeding foodstuff into my "Insider" blog at Philly.com. Thanks for your tips, your feedback, and, most of all, your attention.
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