Twelve-year-old Sean “Lil Sean” Coleman may become the youngest curator ever —at least locally — when he presents a day of art, film and music completely booked by him on Aug. 30 at PhilaMOCA. Coleman even filmed the night’s main event, home movie “Undercover Cops,” about officers who “stop crime and don't play by the rules,” says Coleman.“I like cops. I want to be one when I grow up, like my dad.”
PhilaMOCA’s Eric Bresler first noticed Coleman hanging around the neighborhood’s Mad Decent parties and the venue’s mixed-media center. After two years of Sean helping out, Bresler gave Sean his own day, along with band Reggae Dog,and another bonus: “There’s a mural of me on PhilaMOCA’s garage door we’ll unveil that day,” Coleman says.
Speaking of Mad Decent, that touring party’s founder, Philadelphia expat Diplo (also PhilaMOCA’s landlord) signed a deal with Fox Network to debut his Major Lazer superhero cartoon series in 2015, right around the spring/summer release of his third Lazer album.
Dilworth Park is scheduled to open Sept. 4 with a Rose Blanca cafe from Jose Garces on its northern end. But what becomes of Garces’ already-existing Rosa at Seventh and Chestnut, just six blocks from City Hall? It’s not as if that rose completely bloomed. Can one area sustain two Blancas?
Seen on the scene
“Boyhood” thespian Ethan Hawke stopped by Old City’s A.K.A. Musicand made a hefty purchas: a vinyl copy of actor Harry Dean Stanton’s album (“I don’t know him, but love his work” says AKA’s Mike Hoffman, echoing Hawke’s sentiments), a used Prince 45, and a CD of Elvis Presley’s “That’s the Way It Is” reissue. Hawke was friendly to all sales peeps and patrons while he browsed the racks.
WMMR DJ Jacky Bam Bam couldn’t coax Motley Crue from their Susquehanna Bank Center dressing room in Camden, but he did manage to pull Live Nation Philly booking boss Geoff Gordon out of the shadows with head publicist Jim Sutcliffe in tow.
Actor/stand-up comic Craig Robinson hit Sunday’s Phillies vs. Cardinals game at Citizens Bank Park before his slot at Helium Comedy Club.