Yumtown expands Main Campus menu

Yumtown USA has come to Temple Town, PA, bringing some new lunch truck offerings to Main Campus. The truck was parked up at 13th and Norris today, outside Beury Hall. Though the daily menu’s pretty limited, they’ve got some seriously unique dishes. If you’re looking for a slice of pizza or french fries, head to the food pad because this place won’t be able to hook you up. But if you’re looking to treat yourself to a more gourmet-style lunch, be sure to check it out. I don’t think there’s anywhere else on Main Campus that serves sweet potato bisque, or anything that includes herbed goat cheese or pear compote.

Even though the sandwiches are a little pricey -$7 each – splurging the extra dollar or two (as compared to a sandwich or wrap from pretty much anywhere else on Main Campus) could be worth it. One of this week’s selections is “The Joy” — a mouthwatering combination of beer-braised pulled pork, pickled jalapenos, red cabbage slaw, cilantro lime mayo and spicy BBQ sauce, piled on a baguette. Or if you’re feeling a little less carnivorous, give the Edgar Allan Potatoes a try — roasted sweet potato, black bean hummus, crispy tempeh, cheddar cheese, spinach and Sriracha on a baguette.

“The How and the Why” hosted at Adrienne

For Interact Theater, which has had its home in Philly for more than 20 years, plays and live performances offer a venue for discussion and presentation of lesser-known/discussed issues throughout society. They dually act as a tool to effect social change in all facets of the community.

Their current production, “The How and the Why,” housed at the intimate Adrienne Theater between 20th and 21st streets on Sansom, stays true to the company’s mission. Set at a university in Massachusetts, the play’s storyline works on two different levels. Zelda is an accomplished professional in her field of evolutionary biology, with years of experience behind her. When her daughter — who she gave up for adoption and had never previously met — ends up in her office one day, the story continues on to explore the sentiment of reuniting mother and daughter.

The other level that the play works on is a discussion of gender and science. Rachel is also studying evolutionary biology, like her mother, and has formed a ‘revolutionary’ hypothesis regarding female menstraution — not your typical discussion of science, or evolution, if you ask me. The play delves deeper, not only into the two women’s relationship, but into the constructs of scientific exploration and gender in today’s society.

The women act continuously through two 45-minute halves during the show, and as the only two characters, their discussions provide the basis for the show. Interact stays true to their mission with the concepts explored in the play, which will run at the Adrienne through Nov. 13.

EgoPo theater performance relives Anne Frank’s story

As part of EgoPo Classic Theater’s Festival of Jewish Theater season, the Prince Music Theater on Chestnut Street is hosting a production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Set in the family’s attic annex, the iconic Holocaust story stays true to Frank’s writing. The play uses narration from the diary to progress the scenes in the play.

The families in the story survived in their hideout for more than a year and were captured by the Nazis just as Allied forces began liberating European countries. Though the families’ fates weren’t included in Anne’s diary, historical records say that the families were taken to concentration camps on one of the last Nazi trains out of Holland. Anne died of Typhus at the Bergen-Belsen camp just a month before its liberation.

Sara Yoko Howard, a recent Temple grad, plays Anne’s character. Russ Widdall, who plays the character of Mr. Van Daan, is also a Temple graduate. Temple theater professor and faculty production manager Matthew Miller worked as the scenic designer and production manager for the show.

The show runs until Nov. 6. Other productions as part of the Jewish Theater Festival include a world premier of “The Golem,” and “A Dybruk.” Find out more about the shows at egopo.org.

What’s a movement without the music?

The sixties counterculture movement saw the likes of Dylan, Joan Baez, and others, especially folk artists, who’s music had its roots in the voice of the people. They unified and vouched for demonstrators, and eventually became nearly synonymous with the movements they promoted. A story on NPR last weekend asked where’s the music of the occupy movement, and beyond that, will there be 21st century protest music to unite this cause?

It’s a good question, especially because it can’t be answered by the ‘hippie drum circles’ that have also become interchangeable with the Occupy movement. Not to say that bongo drums and banjo strumming don’t have the same unifying qualities — music in any shape or form can bring people together out of passion and pure enjoyment. The role of protest music isn’t necessarily to put a famous face and tunes to the movement, but it certainly something worth noting in comparison to past mass protests in the U.S.

Rumors of a concert by Radiohead at Occupy Wall Street on Sept. 30 turned out to be just that — rumors. Though appearances have been made by a few artists. Neutral Milk Band stopped by Zuccoti Park for a quick set on Oct. 5. Immortal Technique also stopped by for a performance of “A Toast to the Dead.” On Oct. 6, Talib Kweli dropped a track off his newest album (Talib Kweli at Occupy Wall Street), as well as “Thieves in the Night,” a jam from Black Star (Kweli and Mos Def). Kanye West and Russell Simmons both visited the Occupy site in New York on Oct. 10. Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco, among numerous other artists, have vocalized support for the movements across the country.

A performance at City Hall by folk/punk band Mischief Brew is slated for tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m. If it doesn’t happen we’ll have to wait and see what other sounds might take the place of incessant bongo drumming and chanting.

Occupy Philly

The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, which began in New York City last week, have now reached Philly. Protesters assembled at the west side of City Hall beginning at 9 a.m. this morning, and have plans and permission to camp out there tonight. The protests are aimed at addressing economic inequality, corporate greed and the influence of congressional lobbyists among a slew of other social concerns. Since it’s start early this morning the crowd has continued to grow. Other cities have followed suit with protests and plans for demonstrations, including Washington, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and others. Check back at temple-news.com for ongoing coverage of the protests. 

Good Grief

61 years ago today, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang made their newspaper debut in seven US newspapers. The original strip had only three characters: Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty and Shermy. Snoopy made his first appearance two days later. The gang was eventually introduced to Linus, Lucy Van Pelt, Sally and Schroeder.

For the next 61 years readers of 2400 newspapers in 68 countries laughed along with Lucy as she pulled the football right out from under Charlie Brown’s feet at the last minute (did he ever kick that football?), and watched Linus carry around his security blanket.

Charles Schulz died in February of 2000, and the last strip printed on Feb. 12. But Joe Cool is still, and always will be, too cool for school.

Festival brings Krishna culture to the Parkway

For those unfamiliar with the culture, and for those who may have seen large, colorful floats parading down the parkway at about 12:30 p.m. earlier today, what you missed was the Philadelphia Ratha-Yatra Parade of Chariots.

The parade and festival that followed, Krishna’s Bhakti Fest or Festival of India — the Rastha-Yatra Festival collectively — is a religious and cultural event presented annually by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The parade itself was part of an ancient festival used to honor the dieties worshiped by Krishnas, and allow tribute to be paid to them through music, marching and dance.

The parade festivities began at noon near Love Park in Center City, and then proceeded down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Its final destination and the site of the Bhakti Fest was at Eakin’s Oval, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There, tents and booths strewn with colorful decorations and religious emblems lined the streets.

Visitors could experience live traditional Indian musical and dance performances, as performers sat under tents with sitars and other classical Indian instruments. Other booths as well as walking vendors offered religious and philosophical accounts of the Krishna movement and reincarnation.

The highlight for many was the free vegetarian feast of Indian foods that was offered. Other booths with books, clothing, scarves and jewelry lined the sidewalks of the parks, and some offered instructional yoga for festival attendees. The rain mostly held off for the day, and activities were slated to run until 7 p.m. tonight.

Off-Campus Shooting

Philadelphia and Temple police are investigating a shooting this morning inside a home on the 1200 block of Susquehanna Avenue, according to a TU Advisory issued at 11:15 a.m.

The shooter was described as a 5-foot-7 bald male, wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans. The suspect was last seen at Susquehanna Avenue and Broad Street, and police say they believe they know the shooter’s identity. The alert asked student’s to avoid the area, due to increased police activity.

Anyone with more information regarding the crime should contact the Philadelphia police.

Campus Beats

What else does warm, sunny weather bring out other than flip flops and huge crowds on Beury Beach? Acoustic music — and lots of it. Many students choose to camp out on Liacouras with guitars, tambourines, whistles and what have you, but I found this trio jamming outside the Student Center.

Jonathan Swift (center) a Boyer School of Music 2010 grad said he made his way to Main Campus today to hang out and play some music with friends. Even though he graduated last year he still lives just a few blocks away. He said they often can be found on Liacouras but had attempted to relocate to the second floor hallway of the Student Center West, until they were asked to leave.

“I figured we’d get kicked out eventually but it was worth a try — we just sounded so good in there,” Swift said.

His jam sesh accompaniment included sophomore Matt Leonetti (left) and junior Education major Brendan Salazar.

Stay tuned in to Broad and Cecil for more Campus Beats.