Friday, August 24, 2007

You no Longer have to KNOCK, it's open, really

Bill Wood or as he is known in the GAYborhood, Woody, and his brother Steve (& their spouses), have finally opened their global restaurant-lounge. KNOCK whose name takes its inspiration from an Irish town, will occupy the northeast corner of 12th and Locust Streets, in the ground floor space that has housed a series of short-lived eateries (Lula, Sukothai, Cafe Cosmo and the longest tenant at 5 years, Pamplona, a branch of Dmitri's).

When I spoke to Bill Wood, earlier this week, he told me that he wanted to do some things that would break the curse that seems to have occurred at the corner of 12th and Locust Streets, in addition to really wanting to do something special to the space and for the community. Trust me, he has, it's amazing, down to the detail on the floor, the bar, lighting, linens, hearth (yes its true) and it's very stylish "Green" bathrooms (Hopefully he didn't have a problem with the plumbing unions that the Comcast Building did). The rumors are true the new place does have a piano, but its just for show strategically placed as you sweep into the foyer to request a table.

And as soon as I walked in the place it felt like home again, the feel, the atmosphere, seeing Bill Wood and some familiar faces. Woody's was always one of those places that closely reminded my friends and I of TV show Cheers; they always knew our name, it was always a safe warm atmosphere and everyone was family, (& who can forget those free pour drinks.) It's great to see Woody back in the neighborhood, to see old friends again, make new ones, and enjoy a good meal by Chef Stephen Huey. Pictured above Thom Cardwell and James Duggan of BUCKmonkey, Bill Wood, his Partner Lee Mallon, Partners David White and James McManaman of Absolute Abstract.
All the art work at Knock is from Absolute Abstract located at 141 S. 13th Street, in the newly created Midtown section of Center City I have only showcased a small part of the restaurant, as you will want to stop by not only for a delicious meal, but to take in the beautiful design of, damn I failed to get the name of the interior designer, I will get it because everyone will want a piece of them after seeing KNOCK. The hours will be limited at first, Dinner being served 5 – 9, Sat & Sun Brunch 11 – 2. Eventually KNOCK will be opened for Lunch and Dinner beginning everyday at 11AM KNOCK 225 South 12th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 215.925.1166

Thursday, August 23, 2007

So you've always wanted see New Jersey bred Kelly Ripa first thing in the morning

So you've always wanted see New Jersey bred Kelly Ripa first thing in the morning, you can, you could either hang out at the WABC stage door or you could buy an apartment in her building. According to , her current neighbor Lenny Kravitz has put his apartment up for sale.

This spectacular duplex PH loft with 6000 SF of interior space and 3000 SF of outdoor space has been newly redesigned and renovated with no expense spared to create the most luxurious and important property downtown. The 1st level contains a grand entrance area w/ 2 powder rms, living rm w/ marble FPL, a large terrace w/ a WBF, Din Rm, Media Rm w/ full bth, and a gourmet state-of- the- art kitchen w/ bth. A suspended glass staircase leads to the 2nd level which features the Mstr BR w/ a sitting area, a huge Mstr Bth and 3 addtl. BRs each w/ their own bath. Another glass staircase leads to an enormous roof deck w/ a built in barbecue. There are two large outfitted storage rooms that are included in the sale.This loft is for the Connoisseur of First Class Luxury Living and Ultimate Entertaining. Only $19 Million

Anthony Fedorov @ Golden Gates PA - 9/6/2007

Anthony Fedorov, of American Idol fame, currently appearing Off-Broadway in the Fantastiks, will be coming to Philadelphia with his band on 9/6/07 (I photographed him Sunday at the Grease opening on Broadway)

Anthony Fedorov @ Golden Gates PA - 9/6/2007
Back to Broadway Event Calendar
Anthony Fedorov will perform at the Golden Gates Club in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 PM, accompanied by his band.
The Golden Gates club is located at 11058 Rennard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19116. Meet and greet will be held before the show, so please arrive one hour prior to showtime. Parking is free, but the event is cash only.
Anthony Fedorov, who most recently starred in the off-Broadway production of the Fantasticks, will perform songs from his upcoming album, as well as some covers.
To buy tickets or for more information, go to this website: Tickets are $30 each.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Most US adults in the dark about world politics

Two-thirds of US adults admit to being in the dark about political issues outside the United States, and only a third are well-versed in US politics, the results of a poll published Tuesday showed. (Wouldn’t that be 2/3 not knowledgeable of foreign politics, and 2/3 not interested in domestic politics? or is my math screwed up?)
Candidates in the US presidential primaries "may have their work cut out for them as they work to get people interested in the election," wrote the Harris Poll group, which surveyed 2,225 adults between July 6 and 13 for the poll.
A separate survey gave New York Senator Hillary Clinton a healthy lead over her main rival Barack Obama for the Democratic primary race.
More than 40 percent of those who would vote in a Democratic primary or caucus would vote for Clinton while 27 percent said they would vote for Obama, the poll showed.
In the Republican race for the candidacy, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has a three-percentage point lead over ex-senator Fred Thompson, who hasn't yet declared that he is running, that poll, which surveyed 2,870 adults in the first week of August, showed.
Global political knowledge was miniscule, with just three percent of women and 14 percent of men saying they are extremely knowledgeable on world politics.
One reason for the knowledge gap is lack of interest, according to the poll. (Photo of LL by me)

A Gentle Soaking Rain in Philadelphia

A Marathon Rain - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (?)
According to

A gentle soaking rain fell throughout much of the region yesterday afternoon, last night [and today]. In some places, over an inch of rain fell, which is welcome news considering the rainfall deficit we've been dealing with. Philadelphia received 0.66" of rain as of 4 AM this morning, the largest rain event in about a month in this area. Northeast Philadelphia received 1.10" of rain.

I would have cropped this photo or spiffied it up, but I just got the new Vista system and it didn't support my JASC Photopaint version, and I have been meaning to graduate or grudgely accept the fact that I should be doing photoshop at this point in my life, so you get nothing but virgin shots until I learn all these new applications. Well that explains why there wasn't a post on Monday. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Phillywood is on it's way, I hope we don't regret it!

Now that Phillywood might become a reality, what's the chance that the powers to be will be detering to the almighty buck instead of the tax paying this film business likely to be a nightmare like what happen to this guy in San Francisco:

Sunday, August 19, 2007

I'm in NYC covering the Opening of Grease on Broadway

so I won't be posting on Monday as I get back a little late. But there should be a posting on