Brooke Thomas, Sharon Reed, Nefertiti Jáquez, & Lori Wilson, Rarest First Look – a.lounge Opens, Jon Dorenbos’ Engaged

Philly Gossip: Brooke Thomas, Sharon Reed, & Nefertiti Jáquez, Lori Wilson, Rarest First Look, Dorenbos Engaged

Good Sunday Morning. WOW it’s winter finally. I’m happy, don’t get me wrong I love warm weather, until I discovered how hot it can get in one’s concrete walled apartment. There’s an ordinance in Philly that after October 1, all apartment buildings in Philadelphia have to provide heat to their tenants if they don’t have individual units, and it can’t be turned off til May 1 (meaning the AC and heater use the same HVAC system. You’re either getting heat or AC.) There’s no provision for global warming as the law was written in the 1940’s. Councilman Greenly told my neighbor that it’d have to go before City Council to change and he just didn’t see that ever happening. Any who my apartment has cooled down from the high of 85 it was maintaining for 4 days. Now I have some cool gossip for you….


Rarest (834 Chestnut Street)  Chef Anthony Marini, winner of CNBC’s hit show Restaurant Startup, tells me that the restaurant should be open on November 1. Marini, who I met about 3 months ago when I was at the AKA shooting the Equity movie screening party, tells me that the restaurant is going for the unpretentious, inviting vibe. The price point is on point, and people will be quite pleased with the unique menu of well prepared and curated traditional small and large plates. Plus the raw bar which will feature crudos, ceviches, and tartars as well as cured seafood, American cured hams, and artisan cheeses.

In the lobby of the AKA Washington Square is a.lounge.

There’s live music four nights a week in the grand lobby, curated by Eddie Bruce. Wednesday nights highlight a pianist from 5pm – 8pm. Thursday nights feature a pianist at 5pm, and Bob Egan’s Piano Bar goes on at 7:30pm to play the resident’s favorite requests. Friday nights begin with a pianist at 5pm, and then the Shayne Frederick Trio perform at 7:30pm. The Ella Gahnt Quartet entertains residents on Saturday evenings from 7:30pm – 10:30pm
(I was there again on Thursday night for the opening party for the Phila Film Festival, which runs until Oct 30


On the same day Brooke Thomas was released from CBS3, she was named one of the baddest anchorbaes in the USA by Bossip. Also on the list, and serious bad baes
who once graced Philly’s anchor desks – Sharon Reed, Brittney Shipp & Nefertiti Jáquez.And bad bae on air in Philly Alex Holley, Fox 29 (Bossip)


Speaking of anchorbaes, former NBC10 anchor Lori Wilson got married earlier this month, (Oct 9) to Dr. Tiy-E Muhammad “The Love Doctor”. Seems the doctor counsels couples on love; he has published several books, and is an alumni of the reality TV shows The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Gilligan’s Island. I love Lori Wilson, miss her infectious smile, and am happy for her. Congrats you two love birds. Here’s how they met according to their wedding page.

Once Upon A Time… Long, long… really long ago…

A man met a woman at a Step show on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta. The man and woman were attracted to each other right away. They dated. He moved out west. She moved out East. After years of not seeing each other, or even keeping in touch, one day, her best friend suggested they reconnect. She flew to see him. He flew to see her. He flew to Africa, came back to the US and proposed. She said YES! Woot-woot!


Congrats to Jon Dorenbos and Ananlise Dale on their engagement. The duo met in Las Vegas in 2015, and have been inseparable ever since.  They’ve been engaged for about
two weeks, and haven’t set a wedding date yet. Their schedules have been jam packed between Jon’s appearances America’s Got Talent and his job as long snapper for
the Philadelphia Eagles.  Jon told me he’ll be really busy on the off season as his appearance on AGT and last weeks appearance on the Ellen Show has opened up a lot of doors and stages for him. Next up though is the Malcolm Jenkin’s 3rd Annual Blitz Bow Ties & Bourbon Monday, October 24, 2016


Spotted at Matt and Maries (100 N 18th St) – Phillies Ryan Howard stopped in for lunch on Friday.




The 6th Annual Monsters Ball Masquerade party will be held at The Ritz Carlton next Friday.

Ticket info here


CELEBRITY SPOTTING – William deVry from General Hospital will be at Parx Casino on
Friday Nov 4 at 1130AM to 2PM
It’s a Meet & Greet as well.



The Moyer Foundation’s 4th annual Champions for Children Celebration with Shane Victorino

Good Friday morning/afternoon: Busy, busy week and last night was no exception. I headed over to the AKA Washington Square for the Philadelphia Film Festival Opening Night Party where they honored M. Night Shyamalan (Photos will be on Philly Mag) and then I headed to the Crystal Tea Room, where former Phillies great Jamie Moyer’s foundation was honoring my friend Shane Victorino.  I arrived at the event a little late, but luck would have it as I was running in Shane was coming out for some air. It’s hot everywhere, we’re all looking for air this week. He immediately greeted me, gave me a big hug and asked me about myself. Sometimes I do think how the heck did this happen. Shane Victorino know’s who I am. We chatted for a bit and then Jon Dorenbos exited. Shane and I went over to greet Jon. Their conversation was so enjoyable, especially when Shane was engaging Jon about being on America’s Got Talent and impersonating his performance. (Both parties tonight were catered by Finley Catering.)


The Moyer Foundation’s 4th annual Champions for Children Celebration  Funds raised will support The Moyer Foundation’s signature programs in Camp Erin®, Camp Mariposa® and its newest initiative, The Moyer Foundation Resource Center.


Glen Bennet, Shane Victorino, Jon Dorenbos, Annalise Dale, Bryan Ehrlich and Jamie Wybar

Congrats to Jon and Annalise on their engagement.


Emceed by Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy

Created by former Phillies pitcher and World Series Champion Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Moyer Foundation honored former Governor Ed Rendell, as well as, Shane and Melissa Victorino. Philadelphia Phillies


Guests were encouraged to wear their favorite Phillies jersey



Or just be Legendary Phillies connected like Chairman David Montgomery and his wife Lyn are part of our honorary co-chairs and


Phillies owners John and Leigh Middleton, as well as, Jim and Lin Buck are part of the honorary committee.


The Kape Family: Greg, Rima and Jordan with Melissa Victorino. Melissa is wearing a vintage Modell’s Phillies jersey.
A few years back Modell’s did a limited custom made Phillies jersey for 5 Phillies, Ryan, Jimmy, Raul, Werth. Each player got to create a jersey that
represented them. They sold out.


Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Camp Mariposa is a national mentoring and addiction prevention program for children 9-12 affected by addiction in their families. Both camps have locations serving children and families in Philadelphia, serving more than 1,600 children since 2007.  Camp Erin and Camp Mariposa are offered at no costs to families and combine fun, traditional camp activities with expert counseling that helps children understand and express their feelings while learning to cope with what they are going through.   Since Jamie and his wife, Karen, started The Moyer Foundation in 2000, the organization has grown to host nearly 100 free camps in more than 50 locations nationwide serving more than 4,000 children and teens annually.



Honorable Ed Rendell with Shane’s parents.


Wil Block and Rebecca Rosenberg


World Series Champion Jamie Moyer warm’s up before pitching to guests and Shane Victorino in the netted batting cage inside the Crystal Tea Room.





a unique highlight will include Jamie Moyer pitching in an on-site batting cage to event guests.

Jamie Moyer pitching at the Jamie Moyer Gala last night. Yes they had a batting cage inside Crystal Tea Room

A video posted by Philly ChitChat (@phillychitchat) on


After the event was over Shane Victorino was coaching his son Kingston, age 6, on how to hit a baseball. Seriously the cutest thing you’re going to see today.








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Philly Gossip: Philly Fights Cancer, JHud Misses Cue To Go On, Lionel Takes Her Place, Details

Philly Gossip: Philly Fights Cancer, JHud Misses Cue To Go On, Lionel Takes Her Place, Details

Saturday night I covered The Abramson Cancer Center presents Philly Fights Cancer Round 2, benefiting translational research and clinical trials, held at The Legacy Tennis Courts on Ridge Avenue. I still don’t know why they retired the name the Arthur Ashe Tennis Courts, but that’s another story. WHAT an amazing night, event, the guest list, the glamour, A List celebrities, creative food, action, it was all the elements a society photographer wants to capture and share with his audience.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the color is pink. BTW the only drawback about this event is it was on the same night as The Pink Tie Gala (Susan Komen’s fundraiser), that
just shouldn’t be. I couldn’t make both, because I needed to be there for the cocktail party when I get most of my photos for columns, and I have to be there for the entertainment to complete the story of the night, and well I love Lionel Richie and Jennifer Hudson.


Brian Kappra, owner of Evantine Design, and his team did a spectacular job at creating a comfortable, eye catching magnificent space for 1300 guests


to wow over


Brian Toner, owner of Eventions Productions created the light scapes that lit up the rooms


Guests transitioning from the cocktail party to the sit down dinner. I spotted Madlyn Abramson. I jetted over there and then put together the best shot of the night,


Sharyn Berman Honoree, Philly Fights Cancer,  Madlyn Abramson, Amy Gutmann, PhD, Leonard Abramson, Dr. Kristy L. Weber, MD and John H. Glick, MD Honoree, Philly Fights Cancer, Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Professor of Clinical Oncology.


Brûlée Catering created the menu for the night.


I loved their presentation of the hordouveres during the cocktail hour. A real art .


During the cocktail party, there was also a VIP cocktail reception where sponsors, and higher price ticket holders were able to meet and greet Jennifer Hudson and comedian Tig Notaro. Just before Jennifer left to go back to her hotel to change for the evening, which was slightly mind bogling since the traffic on Kelly Drive was a hot mess getting there just from my house across from the Art Museum. (Jen was staying at the Ritz), I grab Nicole Cashman and asked her to pose for a shot with Jen.

Jennifer Hudson and Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Assocs. They did the media and publicity for Philly Fights Cancer.


Dinner is served. I believe it was a roast, and it was delicious.


I gave my dessert away, but not before I got this nice shot of the chocolate bomb.


Comedian Tig Notaro after performing for 15 minutes she told the audience that her set was to go longer than planned, oh good they’re giving her a chance to be funny


Then it was time for the entertainment JHud was supposed to go on first, but didn’t make it back in time getting caught up in Center City Traffic and the regular Saturday night
traffic mayhem that happens downtown. So Lionel Richie, who literally just landed at Phila Airport at 9PM, took to the stage at 10:15 and wowed the crowd. He sangs a lot of his biggest hits, people were slow dancing to Endless Love, Once Twice Three Times a Lady, and then dancing in the aisle for BrickHouse, All Night Long and Dancing on the Ceiling.


At one point Lionel called guests to join him on stage and they were more than happy too.


Then Lionel held his meet and greet, at the same time as Jennifer going on.


But I ran back and forth for a bit to capture both


While singing Jennifer Hudson went into the audience up close and personal. Even mid song she would pose with guests.


She did a heart-wrenching gospel song, plus a wonderful version of Leonard Cohn’s “Hallelujah”.

Next week (10/24) will be 8 years since her family was killed. She’s been saying on her social media  that this period is hard for her.
She did a medley of Whitney Houston songs, and her signature song, saying I wouldn’t be here without this song,
“And I Am Telling You” XOXO Jennifer. Wish she had sung my fav song, her original Spotlight


Then it was the afterpart at 1130PM. A young friends event.


There was “gambling” with proceeds going to the charity.




Specialty Cocktails at the after party


Guests at the afterparty cash their chips in to buy these items


Dessert at the after party


Brian Toner, Eventions, Brian Kappra, Evantine, and Paul Toner


A few press clippings placed


So bummed I had a cold and couldn’t get into the station to chat about the party, the stories and the WOW factor


Love this photo of Jen singing to a party guest


So grateful the media picks up the photos which helps get the word out on the charity.


Philly Mag online. Pixs will be in December issue as well.

Look for photos to pop up in Liberty City Press next week.


Pixs of Opening Party of Bill Graham Exhibit at NMAJH – Tonight See Larry Magid

Last month the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) opened up an important exhibition to celebrate the legacy of rock impresario Bill Graham (1993–1991) and the talent he fostered, especially the Grateful Dead.  I ran photos in Metro Philly, and another column will run in the print issue of Philly Mag, but i wanted to tell you about some of the programing that will be presented in conjunction with this exhibit. Plus the exhibit is AMAZING, go see it!!


The Ardmore Music Hall (AMH) and the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) have come together to celebrate the legacy of rock impresario Bill Graham (1993–1991) and the talent he fostered, especially the Grateful Dead. In conjunction with NMAJH’s current exhibition, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, AMH will present an afternoon “sneak peek” series at NMAJH featuring artists scheduled to perform at AMH’s venue in the evenings. The two events in the series will take place on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, November 11 at 2 pm.


Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Bill Graham played a pivotal role in the careers of iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones. After escaping Nazi Germany and immigrating to the United States as a 10-year-old, Graham found himself at the right place and the right time during rock & roll’s most transformative years. His ingenuity and passion propelled his message of the rock & roll movement from coast to coast. In the ’60s he took over the lease on San Francisco’s famed Fillmore Auditorium, where he produced groundbreaking shows throughout the decade—including sold-out concerts by the Grateful Dead, Cream, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and the Doors, before going on to present pivotal shows by Jimi Hendrix; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Bob Dylan; and The Band at his venues in San Francisco and New York City.


On Thursday, October 27 at 2 pm, NMAJH will host the first event in the afternoon sneak peek series. Titled “Growing Up Grateful Dead,” the program will feature Grahame Lesh, the son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Grahame will perform a short acoustic set and share stories of growing up around the band and how Bill Graham impacted his life. Tickets for the afternoon program can be found here ($10 or free for NMAJH and AMH members). Later that evening, Grahame will perform with country-rock band Midnight North at AMH, also featuring the John Kadlecik Band. Kadlecik, often referred to as “John K,” is best known for being a guitar-slinging side to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur, as well as being a co-founder of the group Dark Star Orchestra. Tickets for this show can be found here


NMAJH will host the second event of the afternoon sneak peek series on Friday, November 11 at 2 pm, titled “All Access: Working with the Grateful Dead.” It will feature the longtime publicist for the Grateful Dead, Dennis McNally, and his wife, Susana Millman, photographer for the Grateful Dead. McNally and Millman will tell stories from onstage, offstage, and backstage with the Dead from 1984 to 1995. Tickets for the November 11th program can be purchased here ($10 or free for NMAJH and AMH members).


Later that evening, McNally and Millman will participate in a fan Q&A at AMH to celebrate Millman’s book release of Alive with The Dead: A Fly on the Wall with a Camera. Audience members will be able to purchase this 256-page large format coffee table book that features exclusive photos from the Dead’s best years. Box Of Rain (’68-’74 Dead tribute) will perform alongside beloved Main Line-based Neil Young tribute band Broken Arrow that night as well. Tickets for this special evening can be found here.


AMH and NMAJH are thrilled to collaborate on the afternoon sneak peek series tied to the Bill Graham exhibition.


Through his success with The Fillmore and his ability to recognize key up and coming talent, Graham created the blueprint for future concert promoters and venue managers. “I’m honored to play some small part in the continuing legacy of Bill Graham. Ardmore Music Hall is the headquarters for ‘Deadheads’ in the Philly area, and working with folks like Grahame Lesh and Dennis McNally, Bill Kreutzmann and John Kadlecik and Melvin Seals, gives a small glimpse into the life of a legendary figure who helped shape the concert industry,” says Chris Perella, Co-owner and Talent Buyer at AMH. “I probably wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for Bill Graham, and the opportunity to partner with NMAJH to pay homage and connect these dots is very exciting.”









Dreamers and Doers: Larry Magid

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6 – 7 pm Meet-and-greet reception*
7 – 8 pm Program

Join Larry Magid, legendary concert and tour promoter and Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, as he shares personal insights into his six decades in the music industry.

His career began on the street corners of West Philadelphia and summers down the shore, grew into Live Aid, Live 8, and iconic venues – the Spectrum, Tower Theater, TLA, Bijou Café, and the world famous Electric Factory  – and is still going strong today, complete with a host of Broadway producing credits that include a Tony Award for Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays.

In an onstage conversation with WHYY Arts and Culture reporter Peter Crimmins, Larry will talk about working with an incredible roster of artists and musicians from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Bette Midler and David Bowie, and offer an introspective look at the intersections of Jewish identity, rock and roll, and show business in his own life, and how growing up as second generation American instilled in him the drive and entrepreneurial spirit to pursue his passion and leave his mark on concert and theater history.

Media sponsor: WHYY
In conjunction with the special exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.
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Philly Mag’s Design Home 2016 Returns to Center City

Philly Mag’s Design Home 2016 Returns to Center City

Good Monday. Hope you had an amazing weekend. Every once in a blue moon I lose my notebook, and this is one of those times. My notebook is probably on some food counter in Philadelphia next to my credit card, which went missing the same night. It’s ok we don’t have names of attendees as this column is more visual, the notable or celebrity as you will is the house. I’m going to show you a little bit about the Philadelphia Magazine’s Design Home® , but I don’t want to spoil it for you.


Shining brighter than the house is the women who works tirelessly to execute the production of the project and that’s
Sherry Litwer, Design Home Project Manager



Philadelphia Magazine (I have an online column and in the magazine column at PhillyMag) has been building homes in the greater Philadelphia area for 13 years. A showcase for high-end home building and decorating, the magazine has built multi-million-dollar homes in Delaware, New Jersey and many other locations around the greater Philadelphia area. Design Home® 2016 is a symbiosis of old and new. For the first time in 13 years, Design Home® returns to the City of Brotherly Love, located in an uber-luxurious townhouse development in Philadelphia’s historic Society Hill. Get your exclusive look at Philadelphia magazine’s 2016 Design Home® with 100% of the proceeds benefiting MANNA. Tours run from 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. TICKETS HERE

OK now if you want to see some of the home proceed, but it doesn’t do it any justice. See it in person.



MANNA Executive Director Susan Daugherty and Sherry Litwer, Design Home Project Manager




On Thursday night a VIP reception was held for sponsors, designers and guests.


Catering was by Manna as well as DiBruno’shd1_3416-custom

Real Estate Legends of Philly:

Mike McCann, Jim Onesh and Hercules Grigos,




Rob Saxon of Manna tells me that the 20th Annual Pie in the Sky has begun! Let’s all get our Thanksgiving Day Pies here.


There’s an elevator that travels to all 5 floors of the house, behind this wine cooler


A bathroom with a view





Babette Murphy and Jennifer DiBlassi, both of Marvin Windows


Home office



I think there’s a bathroom for every bedroom.




There’s definitely a view with every bathroom


The crew from WPL Interior Design
Principles Walter Peterson and Marcello Luzi
WPL Interior Design is an award-winning interior design firm based in the Philadelphia area with projects ranging in scope from small scale residential to large estates and commercial projects.

Built by U.S. Construction, designed by JKRP Architects and outfitted by WPL Interior Design, this year’s Design Home is a testament of quality work, creative and functional design.



Grab the girls and join us on October 25th from 6pm-8pm for a ladies night at Design Home® 2016. Enjoy a night out complete with cocktails, tips on decorating & entertaining for the holidays, mini makeovers, lite bites, photo ops and lots more! At the same time, get a sneak peek of this year’s Design Home® and see what modern, luxurious living looks like!


The Manna Gals


The Bermans: Howard, Barbara and Connie







You could be here right now, or moved in by the new year.
Go check out the Philadelphia Design Home

through November 6

In the meantime, I’ll be in bed. You, you should call out of work sick and go see the Philadelphia Design Home, and then bum around the City.
This weather certainly won’t last.