Azie: so Far (East), so good
by Larry Nichols
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<b>NEW PHILLY SUSHI ROLL</b> Photo: Larry Nichols
NEW PHILLY SUSHI ROLL Photo: Larry Nichols
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Perched in a picturesque second-floor space in an upscale shopping complex in a bucolic section of Villanova, Azie on Main has its look and location together. And its menu of Asian-fusion dishes definitely has the flair and sophistication to match the restaurant’s aesthetic. The menu does a great job of balancing the familiar with the adventurous and exotic. It’s easy to see why the Azie rock shrimp ($13) is one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. The shrimp are abundant and flawlessly fried, crisp on the outside and juicy inside. The sauce has just the right amount of spicy and sweet notes to keep more sophisticated palettes interested, without scaring off those with more mainstream tastes. Normally, a bowl of edamame would be in order but for some reason we went with the unorthodox and got the truffle fries ($5), which complemented the shrimp quite nicely. Azie has a colorful array of sushi rolls on offer. There is also a secret sushi roll of the evening that is not on the menu that more daring diners might want to ask about. We opted not to because we just had to try the New Philly roll ($13). On paper, it really, really, really should not work as a sushi roll: tempura shrimp on the inside with the outside wrapped in Kobe beef and drizzled with cheese and eel sauce. But somehow the unholy convergence of Japan and South Street works, creating a surf-and-turf synergy you have to try to believe. So much so, we’re thinking of asking Ishkabibble’s and Jim’s to start offering eel sauce as a condiment. They’re going to stare at us like we’re crazy, but who cares. Things really heat up with the Toban Yaki, a sizzling hot plate piled high with an assortment of seafood and/or steak or tofu. The all-seafood ($28) version of the dish was bright and flavorful, with crisp roasted veggies and healthy portions of scallops, shrimp, whitefish and lobster tail. The potatoes, Brussels sprouts and carrots were no slouches either. Dessert was damn-near magical. The mini banana beignets ($13) may not seem like the most Asian-influenced of desserts, but they belong on the menu all day, every day. They are perfect by themselves, with a satisfying crunch on the exterior and hot banana nirvana on the inside. The dipping sauces of raspberry, fudge and nougat were nice and upped the decadence factor, but the beignets needed no assistance. With its excellent mix of classic Asian fare and modern, outside-the-box influences, Azie on Main has no shortage of ways to keep things exciting.
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Little League, big brotherhood
by Scott A. Drake
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The Tabu Honey Badgers show off their newly won D Division gold medals after defeating the San Francisco Eagles, 19-4, in their final game. The team was one of a trifecta of gold-medal-winning softball teams at the Gay Games 9 in Cleveland/Akron last week. The Fairmount Fillies women’s team went undefeated, posting a shutout in their final game, 8-0, over the Cleveland/Akron Seven Strikes, and men’s C Division team Fusion — predominantly Philadelphia with a couple of outfielders from other cities — also got the gold. In total, Philadelphia athletes brought home 50 gold (37 of which belonged to the three softball teams), 11 silver and four bronze medals, as well as four rodeo ribbons. Photo: Rick Dollar
The Tabu Honey Badgers show off their newly won D Division gold medals after defeating the San Francisco Eagles, 19-4, in their final game. The team was one of a trifecta of gold-medal-winning softball teams at the Gay Games 9 in Cleveland/Akron last week. The Fairmount Fillies women’s team went undefeated, posting a shutout in their final game, 8-0, over the Cleveland/Akron Seven Strikes, and men’s C Division team Fusion — predominantly Philadelphia with a couple of outfielders from other cities — also got the gold. In total, Philadelphia athletes brought home 50 gold (37 of which belonged to the three softball teams), 11 silver and four bronze medals, as well as four rodeo ribbons. Photo: Rick Dollar
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The biggest little sports story right now is a small group of big players from Philadelphia who are competing in the Little League World Series in Williamsport. This is the first team from the city that made it to the WS — not bad, considering the program only started in 2012. More times than I can count lately, I’ve run into people talking Taney, cheering the Dragons, posting and tweeting on these remarkable youth. Dedicated, enthusiastic and ever humble, they are having fun, as we are having fun celebrating their accomplishments on the field. A variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods and fields have also been part of this journey. The Taney Dragons have played more than once at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 17th and Fitzwater streets, about six blocks from my house. It’s probable that they were playing one of the many times I have seen games going on there. I expect I’ll pay more attention next season. So, why is a group of 12- and 13-year-old hardball players a big story in the gay newspaper? Ask anyone who plays softball. Being a team is taking each other’s strengths and weaknesses and making it all work together. And let’s not go with the cliché, ‘‘Some of them will turn out to be LGBT’’ rhetoric but rather celebrate the accomplishments of these kids who have come from more diverse racial/socio-economic backgrounds than you can imagine. From North Philadelphia to Rittenhouse Square and every ethnic group, these are this country’s future players, politicians, teachers, trainers, doctors, directors, servicemen and women, husbands, wives and parents. They have found a way at their age to look at who each of them are, where they are from, look past some things and learn to embrace others. This paper went to print just about the time the Wednesday night game was to start. I hope they won. I proudly expect that they will/did. I also hope that every person who has watched, cheered, listened, posted, texted, tweeted, called or rallied during this run takes a moment to see what our future could look like: a bunch of unique people working together towards a common goal. We hear about all things that youth do wrong, about all the trouble they cause or get into, so it’s nice to see these 11 athletes bring a positive, hopeful face to Philadelphia youth. It’s important to our own community as well. Too often personal agendas and egos overshadow events and actions, making our LGBT ‘‘team’’ lose in the end. We still need more unity, more community, more humility, and to embrace our differences as we include everyone in the LGBTQQI alphabet that we are. Yes, we could all learn something from this team. Hitting the alleys Like to bowl? Like to hang out in alleys and avoid the gutters? Philadelphia Gay Bowling League starts rolling with its Wednesday-night league Sept. 6 at Brunswick Zone Deptford, 1328 Delsea Drive, Deptford. The PGBL is the organization that also puts on the Liberty Belle Invitational every Fourth of July weekend and hosts the semi-monthly skating parties at the Cherry Hill Skating Center, so if you’re inclined to be a volunteer, fundraiser, party-thrower or skater, this is the group for you! All skill levels welcome, fees are $17/week. For more information, go to the Philadelphia Gay Bowling League Facebook page. Short stops • Registration is in full swing for Stonewall Kickball fall league play. Go to stonewallkickballphilly.leagueapps.com for registration, rules and reasons to get out and play! • Sports and recreation information can be found on the inside back cover of PGN every fourth Friday of the month or any time on epgn.com. Got something sporty to share? Email scott@epgn.com.
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Out & About: Aug. 22-28
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<b>GLAM-A-GEDDON:</b> It’s Philly’s last chance to “shout at the devil” when 1980s hard-rock icons Motley Crue go out with a bang for their final tour with 1970s shock-rock icon Alice Cooper along for the ride, 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 856-365-1300.
GLAM-A-GEDDON: It’s Philly’s last chance to “shout at the devil” when 1980s hard-rock icons Motley Crue go out with a bang for their final tour with 1970s shock-rock icon Alice Cooper along for the ride, 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 856-365-1300.
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<b>MODERN DANCE-FLOOR ACTION:</b> Out DJ Samantha Ronson takes over the booth to get the party started 10 p.m. Aug. 23 at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Mur Mur Nightclub Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-317-1000.
MODERN DANCE-FLOOR ACTION: Out DJ Samantha Ronson takes over the booth to get the party started 10 p.m. Aug. 23 at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Mur Mur Nightclub Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. For more information or tickets, call 609-317-1000.
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<b>THROWBACK DANCEFLOOR ACTION:</b> The disco-era blockbuster “Saturday Night Fever,” which, by the way, doesn’t paint the nicest or most-PC portrait of NYC nightlife circa 1978, is screened 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. For more information, call 215-922-6888.
THROWBACK DANCEFLOOR ACTION: The disco-era blockbuster “Saturday Night Fever,” which, by the way, doesn’t paint the nicest or most-PC portrait of NYC nightlife circa 1978, is screened 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. For more information, call 215-922-6888.
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<b>NEW-AGE NIRVANA:</b> The acclaimed singer, composer and pianist Yanni comes to town 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. For more information or tickets, call 800-745-3000.
NEW-AGE NIRVANA: The acclaimed singer, composer and pianist Yanni comes to town 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. For more information or tickets, call 800-745-3000.
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Fri. 08/22 Retro Futura Tour The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones with Ultravox’s Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina (ex-Katrina & The Waves) perform an ’80s reunion show, 7:30 p.m. at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave.; 215-572-7650. Chicago and REO Speedwagon The classic-rock bands perform 8 p.m. at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. The Smiths Social The party celebrating the music of The Smiths starts 8 p.m. at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. Howie Mandel The comedian performs 9 p.m. at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. Rocky Horror Picture Show The cult classic is screened with all the usual fanfare 11:30 p.m. at Ritz Bourse, 400 Ramstead St.; 215-925-7900. Sat. 08/23 Anna Crusis Women’s Choir Auditions The choir is looking for a few good women 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St.; www.annacrusis.com. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper The hard-rock bands perform 7 p.m. at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; 856-365-1300. Chris Tucker The comedian performs 8 p.m. at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. Credence Clearwater Revisited The classic-rock group performs 8 p.m. at Tropicana Showroom, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; 800- 843-8767. Yanni The acclaimed singer performs 8 p.m. at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; 800-745-3000. Artie Lange The comedian performs 9 p.m. at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. Samantha Ronson The out DJ takes control of the music 10 p.m. at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Mur Mur Nightclub Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. Sun. 08/24 The Grand Illusion The 1937 war film is screened 2 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-0223. Mon. 08/25 Saturday Night Fever The blockbuster disco film is screened 8 p.m. at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. Tue. 08/26 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival A festival of hard-rock bands, including Godsmack, Seether, Buckcherry and more, performs 2 p.m. at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; 856-365-1300. Long Long Time: A Historic Tribute to Billy Joel Joel’s original 1971-72 rock band performs 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. First Person StorySlam The monthly spoken-word performance event, 7:30 p.m. at L’Etage, 624 S. Bainbridge St.; 215-592-0626. Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang The rock bassist and Primus frontman performs 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-994-1400. Sleep The alt-rock band performs 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.; 215-232-2100. Wed. 08/27 Josh Groban The acclaimed singer performs 8 p.m. at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; 800-745-3000. The Polyphonic Spree The psychedelic choral-rock group performs 8 p.m. at Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-972-1000. Toon In A celebration of all things animated hosted by Brooklyn Ford and Lady Poison, featuring drag performances by Maria TopCatt, Iris Spectre and Jenna Tall, 8 p.m. at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St.; 215-732-5772. Thu. 08/28 X The pioneering punk band performs 8 p.m. at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. The Burlesque Show The naughty fun begins 9 p.m. at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. Fri. 08/29 Kenny Wayne Sheppard The rock guitarist performs 8 p.m. at Tropicana Showroom, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; 800- 843-8767. Opening Deray Davis The comedian seen on Comedy Central and in “Barbershop” performs Aug. 28-31 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001. Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield The Brandywine River Museum of Art presents an exhibition of visionary landscapes by Burchfield (1893-1967), featuring more than 50 paintings borrowed from important public and private collections across the United States, Aug. 23-Nov. 16, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford; www.brandywinemuseum.org. Continuing Ain’t Misbehavin’ The Tony Award-winning musical about the golden age of jazz in Harlem runs through Sept. 7 at Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. The Book of Mormon The Tony Award-winning musical comedy by the creator of “South Park” runs through Sept. 19 at The Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; 215-923-1515. In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of images by the European photographer through Oct. 26, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the museum by the internationally celebrated architect through Sept. 1, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. Oblivious Muse Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Carolyn Cohen through Aug. 31, 52 N. Second St.; 215-627-5310. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition highlighting the works of the famed fashion designer through Nov. 30, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. That’s So Gay: Outing Early America The Library Company of Philadelphia presents the exhibition exploring gay culture through Oct. 17, 1314 Locust St.; 215-546-3181. The Main Dish Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of modern and contemporary kitchenware through Sept. 28, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. Closing A Divine Evening With Charles Busch Accompanied By Tom Judson The cabaret singer performs through Aug. 23 at the Rrazz Room, in The Ramada New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; 888-596-1027. GayFest! Quince Productions presents a festival of gay-themed productions, plays and shows in various locations through Aug. 23; www.quinceproductions.com.
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