Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Be Social: Charity and Notable Events in Philly, Plus #PCCBuzz

Be Social - Every Sunday I'll post upcoming events that have been sent to me that I think you'd be interested in attending, but since I'm creating this new "column" I want to play catch up. Often I put these events on on twitter, not so much on my other social media outlets. Nearly every time I photograph an event, a reader will ask "I wish I knew about this event." I've always wanted to add these to my "public calendar" but doing that is too time consuming. So they're here for you to put on your calendar.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter @iphillychitchat (#PCCBuzz), Instagram and Facebook: PhillyChitChat where I will post various events daily.

The Philly Social Scene is underway, whether it's a grand gala, a trunk show, Forbes 30 under 30 I'll fill you in, and in most cases will have photos and info from the event. Next to the events where I know I'll be shooting I will say Smile, I'll be here shooting.
but that doesn't mean I won't be at the other events it all depends on my client event schedule.


10/9/15 - “Barcelona on Broad” Gala - The Pa Ballet Gala  - Pennsylvania Ballet Kicks off Artistic Director Angel Corella’s First Full   Season with “Barcelona on Broad” Gala - Smile, I'll be here shooting. (before 9PM)

10/9/15 - MANNA 25th Anniversary Celebration at the 23rd Street Armory, for an incredible night of celebration honoring our past 25 years and sharing our exciting future. Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton will help MANNA honor Steven Korman, Founder of Korman Communities, for his tireless efforts and deep commitment to MANNA's mission. Smile, I'll be here shooting. (After 9PM)


 @bbbs_sepa ‪#‎bigbrothersbigsisters‬ turns 100 years old and we are going to do it BIG #101315! You must get your tickets for the ‪#‎bignightout‬. - Smile, I'll be here shooting.

Event Highlights:
• Celebrity Emcees Marlon Wayans & Mo’ne Davis
• Performances by Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins, Macy Gray & Shontelle
• 1,200 Guests Brought Together for an Epic Centennial Celebration
• Live Concert & Awards Ceremony produced by Live Nation
• VIP & Gala ReceptionOur Award Honorees:
• The Corporate Partner of the Century Award: Comcast NBCUniversal
• The Humanitarian Award: The Bentley Family
• The Charles Edwin Fox Memorial Service Award: Wilson Goode, Sr. D. Min
• The Community Service Award: Fox Rothschild
• Big Brother of the Century Award Finalists: Lee Fisher, Tom McElvogue, Doug Tolbert
• Big Sister of the Century Award Finalists: Angela Soto-Hamlin, Joan Tishgart, Kris Townsend

Congrats to PGN founder Mark Segal, legendary Gay Rights Advocate, on his new book "And Then I Danced" which publishes today. You can pick it up on Amazon, and book stores like Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square, where he will be doing a signing next week. He's having a private book party Wednesday that I will be photographing, so check out those photos in Philly Mag on Thursday.

Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square Wednesday October 14, 2015 7:00 PM

Because of activists like Mark Segal, whose life work is dramatically detailed in this poignant and important memoir, today there are openly LGBT people working in the White House and throughout corporate America. 

 Fashion Under the Shambles 2015 South Street Headhouse District Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) Philadelphia, PA Smile, I'll be here shooting.

Great Networking and lecture event. 10/15/15
Join us for a conversation, in partnership with the Arts + Business Council, with pioneers from the worlds of arts and technology: prolific street artist and activist Shepard Fairey (Photo by Jon Furlong. Courtesy of Shepard Fairey.), and co-founding entrepreneur of Android and Google Ventures lead Rich Miner. Tickets and Info:
(I highly recommend attending this event, if not only for the fascinating Shepard Fairey, but the Arts & Business council is a great networking event)
Smile, I'll be here shooting.
Oct 16, 2015 6:00 PM - Oct 16, 2015 10:00 PM

You’re invited to PHeaSt, the region's most delicious event! PHS’s one-of-a-kind celebration to benefit the City Harvest program, PHeaSt pairs local growers and top-tier regional chefs for an extraordinary garden-to-table dining experience. Sample garden-fresh dishes from the region's finest restaurants, sip playful cocktails and craft beers, and get gardening tips from growers.


Smile, I'll be here shooting.


Pink Tide Ball - The Susan Komen Gala

6:00 PM - Main Event

8:30 PM - Young Professionals 

Party Vie by Cescaphé Event Group 600 N. Broad Street,

Smile, I'll be here shooting.
6:00 PM - Main Event
8:30 PM - Young Professionals Party
Vie by Cescaphé Event Group 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia Call for tickets/tables: 215-238-8900 - See more at: https://komenphiladelphia.org/events/ptb/#sthash.wGxvVLVg.dpuf

Monday, October 5, 2015

Weddings and Movie Happenings in Philly

Congrats to Michelle Cassidy and Art Etchells

Rosemary Connors and Ben Cross
Tomorrow I'll have photos of the two weddings I did attend. Crazy busy wedding weekend it was. So happy for all my friends.
 M. Night Shyamalan has tapped Heery's Casting to find extras to appear in his new "untitled movie." One name that is connected with the project, James McAvoy, most notable for X-Men: Days of Future Past. He's going to take over the role previously being eyed by Joaquin Phoenix.  Jason Blum, who paired with the director on Universal’s recent horror film The Visit, is producing the project. Marc Bienstock also produces, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers. The production office opened in Philly last week, and things are underway for another great success, after the sleeper hit Wayward Pines this past summer starring Matt Dillon.

Local guy Derek Michael got a great selfie with Shania Twain when she appeared in Bethlehem last week.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Hall and Oates at The Fillmore Philadelphia Last Night - Who else was there, What's it look like inside

Hall and Oates makes a triumphant return to Philadelphia to christen The Fillmore Philadelphia
Last night Fillmore Philadelphia opened in Fishtown, adding another music venue to the list of others that have popped up over the past few years. The Fillmore Philadelphia is located at 1000 Frankford Avenue at the site of a defunct, 100-year-old World War II munitions. Live Nation's House of Blues Entertainment (HoBE) division will run the new venue which can hold 2500 in the main concert room with a 450 seat venue called the Foundry on a 2nd floor, where smaller acts will perform. Remember that time when House of Blues was eyeing the building where Del Frisco's is now located?
The founder of the first Filmore David Graham's former wife  Bonnie MacLean and son David Graham Jr. were on hand to see the opening of Filmore Philadelphia and sign posters which were given out to patrons later.
 The 2nd floor Foundry nightclub, music venue. This is where 450 guests will sit to enjoy spirits and snacks while enjoying smaller bands and DJs.
 Dave Fisher, SVP Business Development at Core Realty (they own the property the Fillmore sits on), Carol Tinari, Nino Tinari and Mia Tinari Fisher.
 The Foundry
 Downstairs there a cool Filmore Philadelphia souvenir shop
 Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari. Nina is the executive director of the Marian Anderson Awards, which is coming up November 10. See you there.
The Fillmore Philadelphia was quite the place to be last night. Lots of Philly's tastemakers and shakers were there like Kim Garzone and Puri Garzone, Public House Holdings. Nearby I saw Steve and Tamar Olitksy, Drew Milstein, Brent Celek, Aly Bly, Kristin Detterline, Marisa Magnatta, Nicole Michalik, Matt Cord and these folks
Mandy Blumenthal   - Happy Happy Birthday month
 Chris Murphy, Fox 29, Jeff Gordan, Live Nation and Mike Jerrick, Fox 29
 Photographers at the ready: Ricky Fitchett Sr., Bill McCay and Michael Hammie
 Hall and Oates TShirts for sale
 Amy Ridall and Cindy Webster

 Mayor Nutter at the opening of Fillmore Philadelphia. He announced that he gave Hall and Oates two miniture Philadelphia Liberty Bells
 Joseph Donahue, Ewing Cole, (They did the interior design inside the Fillmore), Theresa Donahue and Kenny Endt.
 Hall and Oates christen the stage at Fillmore Philadelphia, performing their many favorite hits like Maneater, Rich Girl and my favorite Out of Touch.
I completely forgot to go upstairs as I was grooving with Aly, Steve, Tamar and Drew downstairs. I saw this on Marisa Magnatta's page and you can really appreciate the crowd and the awesome chandeliers, which are trademarks of all the Fillmores along with the red curtains along the wall and on the stage.

On the Mainline: Daylesford Crossing Senior Living Opens and I can't wait to be a senior

Daylesford Crossing Senior Living opened this past summer on the site of the popular Jim Duffy's restaurant in Paoli. The restaurant was a popular hot spot for the well to do on the Mainline, as well as the celebrated in Philadelphia and the world. Shuttered in 2006, the property remained unchanged until 2012 when Sage Senior Living acquired the property.
The grand opening party was held on Tuesday September 29, 2015 to great fanfare. Residents, their families, elected officials, with Paoli and Malvern Business associates
attended the party which was catered by their in house chef Frank De Benedetto, who uses the Sous-vide method of cooking meals for the residents (Sous vide means "under vacuum" and involves preparing food under tightly controlled temperature, vacuum sealing it, and then cooking it very slowly. The result is intense flavors and amazing texture.).  
Daylesford Crossing offers 78 rentals with 64 personal care apartments and 14 specialized memory care apartments; they have studios, one and two bedroom apartments and a milkshake machine.  Daylesford has named their café after Duffy’s, and holds a happy hour there every afternoon.
 Joan Sobel, Jeff Sobel and Peg Doyle
Donna Ferrazzi, Daylesford Crossing and Paul Duffy, Duffy's catering. He owned the restaurant that was on this spot for nearly 18 years.

 In the stairwell was a gorgeous living wall of plants

 There's an exercise room, it's across from the train station, there's parking, and the best part is they have folks to help you navigate the medical system and cut through the red tape.

   Kathleen Douglass, GM Daylesford Crossing, Sherri Laughlin and Nicole Absar, MD
 Quinn deMenna, Alberto & Associates, Evan Irving and Angelo Alberto
 Centerpieces on the tables consisted of residents family photos
 Jeff Silver, Jose Chora, Chora Leone Gallery (he did the metal sculture which is located in the garden and on the walls in the building) and Judy Chora

 Chora scupltures
 A Jr one bedroom

 John Hayes, Blackney Hayes Architects, Megan Hayes, Amanda Brahler with  Mike Andress, Director of Development of Daylesford Crossing.
 Duffy's Cafe
 Diane Pancous, Joni Barnes and  Sanja Kunsupada, Executive Director at Daylesford Crossing.
 Debbie Shulski and Denise Yarnoff in a one bedroom unit at Daylesford Crossing. There are also studios and jr. one bedrooms for lease.

 Kelly Andress, President Daylesford Crossing with Peter MacDonald and Lorraine MacDonald.
 Sean Moir, Trip Lukens, Kristen Mayock, John Dibuonavanturo, Mike Heaberg and Paul Olsen all Tredyffrin Township Supervisors

Thursday, October 1, 2015

FAB Friends Try out The Sculpt Fitness Studio Megaformer

Last week I was invited to check out Sculpt Fitness Studio with a few of my friends. I decided to watch and shoot them as they did their 50-minute Megaformer workout involving.

The workout uses constant tension and full-body controlled movements all done on the Megaformer machine.

Clients work each muscle group slowly to fatigue with almost no impact on the joints or spine, strictly focusing on the muscles themselves
Stephanie Tolar, owner of Sculpt Fitness Studio, understands that their small classes can be intimidating, especially for those new to the Megaformer machine. That’s why Sculpt Fitness studio offers a Megaformer 101 introductory class for those who want to get comfortable with the machine before jumping into a 50-minute class.

Sculpt Fitness Studio offers clients something this city has been waiting for, personalized interaction and attention in a beautiful studio setting. “Instead of being one of 50 you are one of 10.”
“People in Philadelphia who are looking for something different to take their workout up a notch, Sculpt Fitness Studio is it.”
Sculpt Fitness Studio in Northern Liberties is the only place in center city that you  can get the Megaformer workout and Tolar has plans for expansion in the future. Sculpt's Northern Liberties location is inside The Piazza with free parking behind   the studio.
“The best way to describe the workout is a Total Gym with the intensity turned  way up. The Lagree Fitness Method and machines are in a class by itself now   used by celebrities from Sofia Vergara to Michelle Obama. Keep an eye on their October schedule as they plan to launch a few new class  options in addition to the Megaformer 101 class. The First Class is $15, each additional class $25 or less with packages.
Welcome Sculpt Fitness Studio to Philly Chit Chat as an advertiser.