Chillin' Wit' Josh Dubin, city arts guy

YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Josh Dubin loves searching for CDs at places like Long In the Tooth, on Sansom Street. He's often with his girlfriend, Rachel Meadows.
YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Josh Dubin loves searching for CDs at places like Long In the Tooth, on Sansom Street. He's often with his girlfriend, Rachel Meadows.
Posted: March 05, 2013

AKA MUSIC SITS cozily in Old City, and it is here that Josh Dubin, the special-projects coordinator in the city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, gets his vinyl- record-album and CD fix.

"I love the care that goes into the packaging," he says. "I like being able to put on a whole album without having to worry about Spotify commercials or buffering."

Dubin spearheads the "City Hall Presents" series, in which local artists perform at City Hall free of charge. He's also a liaison between artists and city officials.

This Sunday afternoon, however, he is a man on a mission, skimming through the store's CD section for the newest releases. Rachel Meadows, his girlfriend of 5 1/2 years, holds a thermos of coffee.

Dubin, 32, works on the first floor of City Hall; Meadows, 30, a policy-and-research analyst for Councilman Bill Green, works on the third. They started work on the same day and have been working in the building for 2 1/2 years.

They pick up a Kate Nash album and critique it for a bit before putting it back on the shelf. They laugh, remembering potential band names they've come up with, like "Sexperts" and "Theoretical Daughter."

Dubin buys three CDs: "Holy Fire," by the Foals, "Cool Cocoon," by the Spinto Band and "Days," by Real Estate.

Departing the shop, the pair walk with ease through the brisk air. They discuss the history of art in Philadelphia, the flower show and music.

"We always look for an excuse to look around," Dubin says.

They stop in at Dim Sum Garden, an inconspicuous Chinese restaurant at 11th and Market. Dubin orders his usual, the Shanghai Steamed Pork Juicy Buns.After his last scallion pancake, he declares that he's passed capacity. But he has one juicy bun left. He looks around, waiting, and Rachel nods in approval.

"OK, OK," he says. "I'll eat one more."

- Sofiya Ballin


On Twitter: @sofiyaballin

Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News that spotlights a name in the news away from the job.

 

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