Molly Eichel: Showing off their talents (beyond raising taxes)

ASSOCIATED PRESS Tom Jones is on the bill for this year's Non-Commvention.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Tom Jones is on the bill for this year's Non-Commvention.
Posted: February 20, 2013

AS A JUDGE for Council's Got Talent, former Mayor John Street is looking for one quality in his former co-workers: "Grace in the face of total humiliation."

Members of City Council will take a break from their legislatin' ways to show off their unexpected expertise in the performance arena for Council's Got Talent, a charity event Thursday featuring Council members that benefits Philabundance. Judges include Street, former Council President Anna Verna and comedian Joe Conklin.

The Daily News' own Jenice Armstrong and Stu Bykofsky will MC the event.

The event sprang from the mind of Councilman Bobby Henon, who I hear does a sweet version of "Gangnam Style" when not serving his Northeast Philly district. "I drink a lot of coffee, so if 'Gangnam Style' comes out, so be it," Henon told me, "but I'm kind of over 'Gangnam Style.' "

Henon will be joined by his other freshman colleagues, Cindy Bass, Kenyatta Johnson, Dennis O'Brien, David Oh and Mark Squilla, who will roast Mayor Nutter and the Actual Value Initiative, the city's new property-tax program.

"I'm not sure if Council even has talent," Henon said. "But we've raised $30,000 so far, and that will make up for our deficiency in dance steps."

Other performers on the bill include a standup routine by Bill Greenlee and slow-jamming the news by Oh, Bass and Curtis Jones. My most-anticipated acts? A Darrell Clarke take on a tune by Penn grad John Legend, and Jannie Blackwell, who plans to rap.

Philly-born rapper Meek Milldid just announce he'll be playing the Tower Theater on April 5. Maybe he'll need an opening act?

Street said he's most looking forward to seeing Blondell Reynolds Brown, who is under fire for ethics violations, show off why she was a professional dancer before entering political life.

Two Philly bigwigs won't be attending the party, though. Nutter will be presenting at the Philly DoGooder awards that same night, feting City Representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Philly. com's own Leah Kauffman and a surprise winner for Innovation in Community Building that I can't tell you about yet.

Councilman Jim Kenney wasn't available to participate, either, but he said he's happy to support Philabundance. What would he do if he could make it?

"If I had any performance talent, I wouldn't be in Council," Kenney said.

Tickets to the event, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, are a $100 donation to Philabundance. Tickets can be purchased at

Fluid to close

South Street's Fluid Nightclub is closing after 16 years in the game. The Roots' Questlove tweeted his displeasure at the nightclub's closing Monday.

"Part of the bigger dynamic is how drastic South Street has changed," said manager Oronde Gibson, who has worked at Fluid for 14 years. "It's gone from a mom-and-pop, artsy-type thing to a corporate-type thing."

The final party is the long-running Tastytreats on April 6. Booker Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson said she has Questlove and Mike Nyce, with Yameen Allworld hosting.

Nom-Comm announced

WXPN is bringing some heavy musical hitters into Philly come May when it hosts the annual Non-Commvention, a gathering of noncommercial radio folks.

Acts include Tom Jones, Mavis Staples, Steve Martin (yep, that Steve Martin - he's an accomplished bluegrass banjoist) & Edie Brickell, Josh Ritter, Tom Tom Club, Jose James, Philly's own Free Energy and more.

The Non-Commvention, which takes place May 15-17 at World Cafe Live, is not fully open to the public, but there are always excellent showcases for us normals.

And, if you see Tom Jones on the streets of Philly, try not to throw your underwear at him.

Mornings get Chunky

Former Pat's King of

Steaks cheesesteak-eteer Chunky is the newest voice in morning radio. Wired 96.5 recently added the erstwhile Pat's employee to its morning roster, alongside Tingle and Ghia, a new addition from Long Island's 106.1 BLI.

Despite his most recent employer, Chunky has a history in radio, takings gigs in Detroit; Tijuana, Mexico; and New York before making his way to Philly. Chunky moved to the Northeast after getting engaged to a Jersey girl. It was while working at Pat's that Chunky met Tingle. "It was one of those YOLO moments," Chunky said. "I had the opportunity to run with it."

Previously, the morning show was hosted by Chio, who was fired in December.

After a test run, Chunky punched in officially Monday.


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