Mayor Madness: Vote in PW’s first-round March brackets! Also: What’s up with the cover story?
A scant year from now, a host of Philly mayoral hopefuls will be declaring their intentions to battle over Mayor Nutter’s seat in 2015. Here at PW, we suspect that those candidates may prove to be—well, a little less inspiring than we think the city could use. So we decided to get ahead of the curve and ask: Never mind the same old politicians; who do you really wish would run for mayor?
You posted, tweeted and emailed us a bunch of ideas; we added a few more of our own, and now it’s time to get to business. Simply put, it’s Mayor Madness—a tournament-style elimination bracket to determine, now, while there’s still plenty of time, what iconic Philadelphian is truly best suited to lead us into the future. For the next four weeks, it’s up to you: Vote! The Week 1 ballot, seen at right, is online for you to vote at: ph.ly/PW-MayorMadness2013.
On another topic: There’s been a lot of hullaballoo over the past week and a half about Philadelphia magazine’s latest cover story, “Being White in Philly,” a rambling mess of poorly connected thoughts from writer Robert Huber that purports to unveil previously unspoken truths about how white city residents feel about race. That article, in short, is a joke; the idea that we don’t know some white people have racist things to say when black people aren’t around is not only ludicrous, it’s disproven daily in the Philly.com comments sections. So we decided that a joke was the only response it really deserved. Hence our cover story. Enjoy.
End of An Era
In response to Tara Murtha’s feature story on the closing of Fluid nightclub:
NOOO!!! First of all, this was definitely a good piece of writing, paying homage to both one of the very best nightclubs to alight upon the Philadelphia scene in years, as well as one of the brightest club owners around. I am more upset than normal to hear about its closing because I am unable to get there to feel that floor move under my feet to say goodbye properly.
NAPOLEON LUTHER MEANAS
I will forever have the fondest and funniest memories of Sex Dwarf. I’ll be on my death bed smiling of those awesome dancing drunk happy nights. Drake and Thomas, thank you for an outrageous, passionate, unique, strange and memorable run.
Fluid one was of the first venues I ever played in America after being born and raised in London, England. I later moved to Philly and stayed, and I think Fluid had a lot to do with that! Gonna miss everything about it!
Great piece, but let’s not forget the female DJs that have helped keep the party alive at Fluid for so long. Most specifically, my partner in crime, DJ Marilyn Thomas, who has been with Sex Dwarf from the start. Sure, the dudes ran the place, but don’t be fooled, the ladies drove the dance floor just as well.
DJ ROBERT DRAKE
So many amazing memories of Fluid. Started going to Ovum nights back in 1996. Listened to countless world-class and local DJs perform there over the years. Too many to type. Also had the pleasure of DJing and hosting Playloop parties there several years later. One of the best clubs in America for dance music. Sorry to see it end.
I made the move from serving coffee (The Bean cafe) to beer (Fluid/Latest Dish) in 1999, my first bar job. I’ll never forget when Fast Cheap made the move to Fluid, I haven’t served that much Jäger since. So many great memories.
Food for Thought
In response to Sean Burns’ review of A Place At the Table:
I am reading this article (and heard the filmmakers on NPR) as the Dow Jones has reached a new record level, increasing the wealth of the wealthy while millions of people—especially children—go hungry or suffer from food insecurity. The inane “sequester”—symbol of the bankrupt political system in this country—further reduces aid to hungry seniors and children, housing assistance, community health grants and other programs that make up our flimsy social safety net. Where is the outrage? How can this continue? I know that there are many organizations that try to help, but without systemic changes, all those initiatives only plaster over one of the great scandals of our time: that our elected officials work tirelessly to keep the game rigged for the haves against the have-nots.
A parody of the latest absurdity to strike Philadelphia journalism.
Savage Love: Sondheim is solace