The Society Event of the Season – The Academy Ball – What to Wear

The Society Event of the Season – The Academy Ball

The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates Academy of Music 160th Anniversary with Grand Concert and Ball on January 28, 2017 – As in 2016, the Philadelphia Orchestra welcomes Martin Short as the special guest for the Academy of Music 160th
Anniversary Concert and Ball on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Originally slated as the featured guest for the  2016 Concert, which was cancelled due to an emergency shutdown by Winter Storm Jonas in the Philadelphia area, the multi-talented Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedian, writer, singer, and actor will join The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin for an extraordinary evening of food, friends, music, dancing, and an exploration of the “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street.”

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The dress for the event is white tails for the guys


And gorgeous ball gowns for the ladies. Many of the local stores have sales in January to attract the last minute buyers of the gowns including Nicole Miller, Sophy Curson, in Center City as well as Neiman Marcus and Touche Accessories (LL across from Macy’s) at the King of Prussia Mall. They often keep track of which lady buys which gown so there’s not an embarrassment of duplicity at the grand gala.


The academy gala has always been a high society, star studded event where song and dance man Danny Kaye, classical artists like singer Marian Anderson, Isaac Stern, Dinah Shore who attended in 1957. To Sting, Rod Stewart, The Bacon Brothers, Billy Joel, Jill Scott, more recently singer/actor Hugh Jackman and actor Al Pacino, who did a dramatic reading two years ago to the delight of the audience who wondered what was the famed Scarface going to do to entertain.


The 150th anniversary (2007) was further glamorized by royal visitors — Prince Charles and his wife Camilla — who attended at the invitation of Lee Annenberg, who was being honored for a major gift to restore the ballroom. Annenberg’s husband Walter Annenberg knew the prince from his time as British ambassador. Crowds lined the streets hoping for a glimpse. (Source) Unfortunately for me I had the flu that night and missed it. I was really unhappy.


After the concert, the crowd walks a block up Broad Street to the Hyatt at the Bellevue, where the guests take over the entire building, for dinner and dancing into the wee hours of the morning. It’s a long beautiful night.


Concert-only tickets, priced at $75, are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215.893.1999 or
by visiting Tickets

Academy of Music 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball
January 28, 2017, at 7:30 PM – Saturday evening – Academy of Music
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Martin Short Special Guest

The tickets to the Ball are $1,000

The event is an important part of keeping the academy, a National Historic Landmark, alive. It funds improvement and maintenance projects. Gala proceeds have funded a new main house curtain, conservation of the ceiling murals and wood sculptures, the chandelier, the HVAC system, and the restoration of the main lobby, Ballroom, the roof and grand staircase to their former splendor.


Pat Nogar’s Exquisite Annual 12th Day of Christmas Ladies Tea

All week I’ve seen these exquisite photos pop up online of this beautiful party by Pat Nogar, from the TV show “Living Well with Pat Nogar”. Just as with my friend Bob’s most beautifully decorated interior for Christmas, I decided to run photos from a post Karen Toole-Ebbert  did here at PhillyChitChat


My dear friend Patricia Nogar has outdone herself again! I didn’t think it was possible. Her Annual 12th Day of Christmas Ladies Tea was a smashing success. The theme was The Nutcracker. Everyone showed up either dressed in character or in the attire of a lady attending the opera. So much fun, delicious food and amazing women! We were all truly Living Well with Pat Nogar yesterday and here are the pics to prove it! (photo credit Lee Cohen, Zoya Egan, Pat Nogar and others) – Karen Toole-Ebbert

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Nicole Kidman Comes to Philly Wood To Film a Movie in February

Nicole Kidman Comes to PhillyWood To Film in February

In October I told you that Philadelphia will be the primary filming location for The Weinstein Company’s The Untouchables, directed by Neil Burger, who also directed Limitless in Philadelphia, written by Jon Hartmere and executive produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Cranston was in town in October for meetings regarding the movie

The Untouchables will star Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Philadelphia native, powerhouse comedian Kevin Hart in the US remake of the French comedy, The Intouchables.


I just learned today Nicole Kidman has been added to the cast, along with Amara Karan ; I checked the IMDB status of the movie and it had been updated. Yeah, now this will get me out in the freezing cold (although I would have still headed out for Hart/Cranston, this just makes it that much better. It’ll be good to finally photograph another film set, and how wonderful it’ll be to have our film production crews back to work. Thanks definitely goes to the hard working Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Sharon Pinkenson.


Filming is to begin in February I’ve been told, with shooting to be done at Sun Center Studios as well as several scenes shot in Center City.


I see PhillyVoice wrote about the title of the film being changed, and I hadn’t seen it before now (1030PM) . (Source)

Deadline Magazine had a story in yesterday’s post that Kidman was in talks to do the movie, but now that it’s been added to her official IMDB page, I’d say it was a done deal.  Here’s a synopsis of the movie.

A fresh take on the original concept, The Intouchables script is by Jon Hartmere. The original French language film grossed $416 million overseas, and $10 million domestic. Pic told the true story of an aristocrat (Francois Cluzet) who, after being paralyzed in a hang-gliding accident, hires a young man (Omar Sy) from the projects to be his caretaker. The original film was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Kidman would play the role of Yvonne, played in the original by Anne Le Ny, while Karan will play Maggie, the role that Audrey Fleurot played in the original.

CAA and Media Talent rep Kidman, UTA, Principal Entertainment and United Agents rep Karan. (Deadline)



HOD Hot Fashions and Links

Hair O’ The Dog 2016 – Philly’s Most Glamorous Bash took place this past weekend, and despite the snow earlier in the day fashionable folks, headed to Philly’s newest musical venue – The Fillmore!


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But inside was some hot fashions, despite Kate Beaver skipping the event for the first time in years.

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Dim Sum House Celebrates Grand Opening with Free Soup Dumplings

Dim Sum House, by Jane G’s, will officially open this Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in University City.


This expansive and stylish new new 6,000 square foot restaurant, bar and lounge will be one of the largest openings of the new year – with seating capacity at over 225 people in five different dining and party spaces. The menu will focus on all-day, every-day (even late night) dim sum in two styles: Shanghai and Cantonese. Three chefs have been brought in – including two directly from China – to showcase their expertise in both styles, as well as in noodles, fried rice, chef specialties and familiar favorites. At the bar, look for 15 draft and bottle beers, specialty signature cocktails, and a full line of spirits and wine.

For grand opening, they will give away FREE soup dumplings on Wednesday from 12-2pm. Then at 7pm, they will kick-off a grand opening party with the Lion dance, firecrackers, DJ, live music, food sampling and drink specials.
Jane Guo and Jackson Fu announce the grand opening of Dim Sum House by Jane G’s at 3939 Chestnut Street in University City this Wednesday, January 11, 2017. This expansive and stylish Old Shanghai inspired restaurant, bar and lounge features 6,000 square foot of space and will seat over 225 people in five unique dining spaces. Three talented chefs will show off their expertise in the kitchen with a menu that focuses on two authentic styles of Chinese dim sum (Shanghai and Cantonese), plus fried rice, noodles, chef specialties and familiar Chinese favorites. At the bar, look for a full line of spirits, 19 beers, 10 signature cocktails, and wine by the glass and bottle. The restaurant is located on the second floor, with the entrance found between 39th and 40th streets on Chestnut.


Grand opening festivities on Wednesday include free soup dumplings from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, plus a grand opening party at 7:00pm with the Lion dance, firecrackers, live music, DJ, food sampling and drink specials.

Dim Sum House is owned by a family familiar to the region’s culinary scene. President Jane Guo also owns Jane G’s two-bell reviewed restaurant at 1930 Chestnut St. Partner/General Manager Jackson Fu has been involved with Jane G’s and his families restaurants for decades. His wife owns Dim Sum Garden in Chinatown.


Dim Sum House will focus on Shanghai and Cantonese dim sum every day, all day (even late night),” said Fu. “We aim to impress guests with our menu, size and design. We want to provide an A+ experience without the stuffiness of a super high-end restaurant. We also want to surprise guests with fair prices. Our focus will be to push for sharing, affordability, and of course, quality.”

Opening services include lunch, dinner, late night and bar service. Opening hours are Monday through Friday, from 11:30am to 2:00am, and Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00am to 2:00am. Full kitchen service stops 10:00pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. A starter late night menu is available from 10:00pm to 2:00am nightly, with a full late night menu to launch later in winter. Delivery service and catering will also launch starting in February.


Dim Sum House celebrates grand opening day on Wednesday, January 11, 2016 with festivities starting at Noon. From Noon to 2:00pm, enjoy free soup dumplings in the dining room (one order per person, dine-in only).


At 7:00pm, the grand opening party will kick-off with the Lion Dance and firecrackers outside at the main entrance. Inside look for free menu samplings throughout the night, discounted drinks ($3-5 for beer, wine and select cocktails), live music and a DJ. Admission is free. 21 and up to drink, with identification. Reservations for tables are available now by calling (215) 921-5377.

I ate there last Friday and it was delicious, plus very reasonable.