30-Second Reviews: T.I., "Girls," Independent Voices Festival and More

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Scene stealer: The text is tightly written, loaded with images so visceral you’ll be knocked out by the bird’s-eye view Batista offers of his concrete jungle: “Rent-controlled tenements, the battleground of the haves and the have-nots.” Although as captivating as Batista is, I couldn’t help but wish Centre Theater listened more closely to his text when he says “Love your hood; keep it local.” Open a Norristown-based festival with a solo performer who writes about Norristown, or at least the Philadelphia area, why can’t cha? (Jessica Foley)


Federal Donuts’ winter 2013 lineup
1632 Sansom St. federaldonuts.com

Here’s the dish: Three new doughnut offerings that the local sweet-and-savory chain has unveiled since the holiday season.

Description: The chocolate peanut butter doughnut is pretty much flawless, its warm golden crisscross pattern luring you in to enjoy a perfectly balanced Reese’s-esque flavor bouquet. The cherry almond doughnut is gorgeously festive to look at, like a lollipop married a strudel and had a round, round baby; perhaps unsurprisingly, it tastes just like it sounds, the bright red frosting so sweet, it almost hurts. And the French toast doughnut is delicious, though it may be a naming misstep. Its cinnamon tang, combined with the crumb-sugar topping, makes it hard not to identify the experience as “lush, decadent coffee cake” rather than “toroidal French toast.”

Yum or yuck? Yum. As always, where Krispy Kreme transcended the standard doughnut by going light and ethereal, Federal Donuts does it by compressing an entire cake to the size of your hand. (Stephen H. Segal)

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1. Earthling said... on Jan 9, 2013 at 12:20PM

“Girls is quite a television show.”

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2. John Doyle said... on Jan 11, 2013 at 03:05PM

“Thanks for the review of City Boy. Armando deserves the recognition. To answer your comment about keeping it local...just come to the rest of the festival. We have a home grown Norristown performance poet sharing poems she wrote about the town and her life in it on Friday and Saturday January 18 and 19th (Mydera SpeakMeFree Robinson) and we have an full evening of local music on January 6, the day after City Boy. We have premieres by Norristown's Own Gene Frank with a play about Billie Holiday on January 20 at 2pm and Iron Age Theatre Has two plays running this weekend. Iron Age Theatre is the resident company at the Centre Theater and one of the plays is written by local playwright Bill Hollenbach. Just as Armando made his journey around the country to discover his love for home, we are making the festival travel close and far to help us understand Norristown and more importantly, ourselves. Thanks again and hope to see you at the Centre in the future!!!”


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