Dan Gross: 'Magnet' is back from the Web

Posted: October 13, 2011

WHO SAID PRINT IS DEAD? Philly music mag Magnet, which went web-only in December 2008, just returned to print with an issue featuring Wilco on the cover.

Editor Eric T. Miller, who founded the magazine in 1993, has partnered with Alex Mulcahy and Red Flag Media, which also publishes Decibel. Magnet is now a monthly, not a quarterly.

The new issue also features Baltimore's Spank Rock, who got their start in Philly; Das Racist; and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk and co-owner of Merge Records, home of Arcade Fire.

Joyner's a rainmaker

Syndicated morning-radio host Tom Joyner, heard here on 100.3 WRNB, will be at the Pennyslvania Convention Center this afternoon, giving out $45,000 in cash.

Most of it is already claimed by radio contest winners, but the event that's open to the public also boasts a $500 prize for the largest sign that says "I made the big switch to 100.3 WNRB," or $500 for the most creative sign with that phrase. Ten people also will be chosen at random to win $100.

The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m.

Food for Fido

Square 1682 (121 S. 17th) hosts a launch party for "The Culinary Canine," from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Square's chef, Guillermo Tellez, is among chefs who contributed a recipe for the dog-focused cookbook. So did chefs Georges Perrier, of Le-Bec Fin; Matt Levin, of the recently closed Adsum; Christine Gyaw, of Rangoon, and Eileen Watkin, of The Inn at Penn. The book was the brainchild of photographer Sabina Louise Pierce, who collaborated with writer Kathryn Levy Feldman. The party, which has a $10 cover, benefits PACT (People/Animal = Companions Together).

The hunt is on

Hotel Palomar (117 S. 17th St.) is putting on a scavenger hunt through the city from tomorrow through Sunday.

The winner wins an iPhone or iPad2 and a weekend hotel stay at any Kimpton hotel in the country. To participate, download the "Scavenger Hunt with Friends" app on your iPhone or Android mobile device and join the "Philly Finds" hunt. It kicks off at 8 a.m. tomorrow. For more info, visit scavengerhuntwithfriends.com.

Beer & the bar

People's Paper beer writer Joe Sixpack, a/k/a Don Russell, leads a new course called "Continuing Lager Education: Legal Refreshment for Attorneys." It features a beer-tasting and a panel on media relations for lawyers that includes Russell's wife, former Daily News courts reporter Theresa Conroy; former City Hall bureau chief Dave Davies, now at WHYY's NewsWorks; ex- columnist Harriet Lessy, now of Buzz Communications; 6ABC alum Denise James, and Jay Lloyd, formerly of KYW NewsRadio 1060. The first session is Nov. 10 at the offices of Flaster, Greenberg. For info, visit continuing lagereducation. com.

Russell's third book, "What the Hell Am I Drinking?" will be out soon, to be sold on his website JoeSixpack.net and elsewhere.

Philly talk

For its upcoming "Finding Philadelphia" exhibit, the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent is looking for people to be interviewed on video talking about what they love, or hate, about living in the city. Those interested can register at PhiladelphiaHistory.org to be interviewed Sunday at the PhillyCAM Media Center (7th & Ranstead) in Center City.

Play time

Author Alyce C. Thompson's play "A Lifetime of Pain" will be staged at 2 and 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Painted Bride Art Center (230 Vine). Tix are $25 and available online at altafilmsinc.com or by calling 609-626-1615.
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