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Mural at Dirty Franks Bar, Philadelphia

Frank Burns FLW Pope Francis
Frank Burns, Frank Lloyd Wright, and  Pope Francis Are Just a Few of the Franks You’ll See Outside Dirty Franks Bar! (All Photos By Gail)

Dirty Franks a local dive bar in Philadelphia that dates back to prohibition. Geoffrey and I countered it as a stop on our hours-long walk of the city’s Mural Mile tour, which takes you through many different neighborhoods in search of unique street art, public artworks and memorable landmarks. Dirty Franks stands out for the murals painted on its multiple façades, which depict the likenesses of famous Franks. The mural was designed by David McShane, painted originally in 2001, and restored with additions in 2015.

Sinatra St Francis Morgan
Frank Sinatra, St Francis and Actor Frank Morgan from The Wizard Of Oz

Most of the Franks are quite iconic, so they are easy to identify, but some (such as the Philadelphia Phillies player seen in the top photo) I did not know.

Frank in a Bun and Aretha
Frank in a Bun and Aretha Franklin (RIP)

Aretha Franklin had recently passed when we visited Philly so it was nice to see her represented. RIP, First Lady of Soul!

Franklin and Avalon
Ben Franklin and Frankie Avalon

Perdue and Oz
French Franc Coin, Frank Oz, Frank Perdue and an Unidentified Frank

You could make it into a fun game: Spot The Frank!

The Mural at Dirty Franks is Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, Mural Arts Program. Dirty Frank’s is Located at 347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Frankenstein Roosevelt Zappa
Frankenstein, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Frank Zappa

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Video Clip Of The Week: Hippo Campus, “Buttercup”


Hey whats up. I don’t know about you but, without getting into the gory details, my brain is about to explode from the non-stop, mortifying horrorshow that passes for news in this crazy world in which we now find ourselves living. Sigh. This morning, I would enjoy watching some colorful animated images bounce around on my eyeballs while thoroughly delightful pop music plays in the background. I found this hallucination-inducing clip from the band Hippo Campus (which is a part of your brain) buried in my inbox. I dig it. Maybe get yourself some pancakes while you check out this tune called “Buttercup,” which comes from the group’s debut album, Landmark, out now on Grand Jury Music. Enjoy!

Hippo Campus Video Still

RIP Ziegfeld Theater

Ziegfeld Exterior With Snow
Ziegfeld Theater Exterior the Morning after Winter Storm Jonas (All Photos By Gail)

The legendary Ziegfeld Theater closed its doors for good on Thursday, January 28th with a 10 PM sold-out showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What a way to go!

Ziegfeld Marquee

We’d heard the rumor for just over a week that the place would be shutting down to be renovated into an event space, so Geoffrey wisely suggested we head over for a matinee of Star Wars on the day after Winter Storm Jonas dumped two feet of snow on the city. It proved to be a good call, because I had, for whatever reaosn, never been there before. Better late than never, you aren’t kidding.

Ziegfeld Poster

Ziegfeld Posters

I took a few photos of the interior of the lobby spaces, but they didn’t turn out that great because I never like to use my flash. The thing I love about these photos though is that their darkness really does accurately reflect the glamour of the red velvet walls, and ornate brass and crystal light fixtures. Brightly lit photos would just ruin the mood.

Ziegfeld Stairway

Lobby staircase to the second floor.

Ziegfeld Lighting 1

Ziegfeld Lighting 2

This is the reflection of a chandelier shot into an oval mirror.

Ziegfeld Lighting 3

We had a great afternoon because The Force Awakens is just fantastic (Adam Driver as Kylo Ren: swoon), even though there was a tinge of melancholia in the experience, understanding that this beautiful movie palace would s0on join entertainment venues from  Roseland Ballroom to CBGB that get closed down the name of the almighty dollar. They aren’t very sentimental  in New York City. Read more about the final night at the Ziegfeld at This Link!

Pink Thing of the Day: Pink Randy's Donut Signage

Pink Randy's Donuts Sign
Famous Los Angeles Landmark, Randys Donuts, Photoshoped Pink (Image Source)

Today’s Pink Thing is a Big Pink Donut in honor of National Donut (or Doughnut) Day. Find out where to get your free Donut on June 1st only at This Link!