ON THE GUEST LIST
PopUp Place Street Party: DesignPhiladelphia Kick-Off
Wednesday, Oct. 10, Provenance Architecturals
Overall vibe: Artsy-fartsy, but in the best possible way. The entire NoLibs warehouse felt like one big cabinet of curiosities, filled with unique vintage building materials, in addition to the sustainable design artworks part of the festival’s ongoing exhibition/adaptations.
Most memorable moment: If you have back problems, it was probably the moment you set your bottom on Michael d’Amato’s “Fluid Ribbon Chair.” The hip local fashions featured in Arcadia Boutique’s So Re Fa (Socially Responsible Fashion) Showcase were also equally notable.
Scene stealer: It isn’t a party until you scream, I scream, we all scream for Little Baby’s Ice Cream. (Nicole Finkbiner)
Heineken Red Star Access Concert
Saturday, Oct. 13, Electric Factory
Overall vibe: Young black hipster crowd who was either there for the Maybach Music vibes from D.C.’s own Wale or young’uns for whom 39-year old Nas, who truly is “20 years in this game/Looking 17” in person, is still relevant.
Most memorable moment: As strange as it was to go to an indoor hip-hop concert while it was still light outside, both Wale and Nas brought their A-games. Wale ran through his hit-heavy set to a solid response, but Nas’ encore of “Made You Look” had the crowd hyped, amped and rhyming right along.
Scene stealer: The price, especially these days: The concert was free, the Heineken itself was free to Green Room members, the hot dogs and sandwiches were free. And you can’t beat that with a bat. (Tonya Pendleton)
Meshell Ndegeocello: A Dedication to Nina Simone
Mon., Oct. 15, World Cafe Live
Overall vibe: After-work chill, a diverse mix of quality music lovers—adults only, no greasy kid stuff—anxious to hear Ndegeocello’s live renditions of songs off Pour une âme souveraine, her recently-released collection paying tribute to the fiery, brilliant Simone.
Most memorable moment: Ndegeocello kept the proceedings very casual, almost lax even. But the sedate crowd laughed and applauded wildly when she mentioned that “hanging out with Joe Biden” was now “on her bucket list.”
Scene stealer: Drummer Michael Jerome, who kept time like a happy hoarder, sealing each song with a crispness Simone herself would’ve loved. And “Four Women,” of course—even with ‘Shell omitting the last, iconic lyric. (Kenya Beverly)
Traveling at the Speed of Life
By David Hale Sylvester (Self-published)
In summary: Since the death of a close friend on 9/11, Sylvester has undertaken four cross-continent bike treks, and in his recently self-published paperback, he undertakes yet another arduous journey, this one through his mental state during those four trips. A series of essays, the narrative suffers from the author spending too much time telling us how he grew on his trips and not enough time putting us there with him.
Akin to: A series of freshman-year “What I Did This Summer” treatises, complete with the awkward use of a formal tone and a philosopher’s self-importance.
Author fun fact: Sylvester is the son of Samuel Sylvester, a former sociology professor at University of Pennsylvania. (Rosella Eleanor LaFevre)