Friday, August 15, 2008

PHILADELPHIA CITY PLANNING DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED re: OMG my good friend Architect Alan Greenberger - Congratulations

I'm always writing on Philly Chit Chat about my good friend Greta Greenberger, who has been the Director of City Hall Tours for the past 15 years. We've been friends for just about 12 years, and if you are a regular reader of my blog, you know she is my #1 Philadelphia Icon Hero. The tour programed wouldn't have survived the Street regime if Greta wasn't so dedicated to keeping it running, ok enough about that tyrant.
The good news out of City Hall today is that at a 10:30AM press conference it will be announced that Greta's husband, Alan Greenberger will become Philadelphia's City Planner. OMG, as a friend I am ecstatic, as a volunteer architectural tour guide for many years, I am ecstatic, Alan loves the City of Philadelphia, and he is a preservationist, he has a vision for the City and I know he will do many wonderful things to pull this City further into the 21st Century.

Bio 8/11/12: Alan Greenberger, AIA is a Principal at MGA Partners, where he directs many of the firm's architectural, urban design and planning projects. Mr. Greenberger is the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of the Design Advocacy Group. He is a Visiting Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Department of City Planning and an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the Drexel University Department of Architecture. He's worked there for over 30 years, but after October he won't be there anymore. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Greenberger came to Philadelphia in 1974 to work for Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, one of the leading local firms at the time. He later formed the spin-off known as MGA Partners.


We all love the Calder sculptures and Alan worked hard to get the Calder Museum built, but in the end the Calder's wanted to keep their sculptures in their family
( Alan Greenberger on creating a Design Advocacy Committee like Boston has: “You want to create such a credible operation, thoughtful, substantive, stocked with people who have such clear expertise, that their recommendations are taken very seriously[.]"

In fact, Greenberger is already pioneering this model here in Philadelphia. With fellow DAG members, he’s performed design reviews for major housing projects along the Delaware River in Tacony and in Old City.

Greenberger says the current patchwork system of design review is untenable.

“Sometimes I think maybe this crazy system is okay,” he said. “But really it’s not okay. It’s a sort of sickness we all learned to live with… And I’ve talked to a number of developers who won’t develop in Philadelphia because it’s nuts. Our kind of craziness puts out a message that the city does not have its act together.” Sunshine is on Greta's shoulder, really Sunshine is her name.

If Philadelphia is ever going to successfully develop the rest of its waterfront, the city needs to quickly create a broad master plan that includes a contiguous public promenade along the river's edge, protected sight lines, and incentives for private interests to improve public space.
These are minimal goals for any good waterfront plan, says Alan Greenberger, cofounder of the Design Advocacy Group, a volunteer organization made up of architects, city planners and developers.

Congratulations Alan, but don't tread on my territory and think you're gonna get to eat lunch with my best girlfriend everyday just because you'll be working across the street now!!
Congratulations Alan, I am so excited to know the City will finally have a concrete direction. I hope this doesn't mean you won't be able to make it to my annual July 4th Party. You're dance card is about to become full. UPDATE: Great write up and video at : Scary vid of me in background, need to continue my diet.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE gym - THE IROQUOIS the $10 Million Playground

I was I was walking home from work and I saw this sight and I thought, oh good I'll shoot this idiot breaking his neck.
Because my other thought was this thing cost $10 million bucks and you are treating it like a jungle gym.
I wonder what Mark di Suvero would think of the people that climb all over his sculpture?
Eventually the guy moved over to a place where I thought he was going to slide down. I notice the graffiti on the sculpture and thought I had heard they covered the sculpture in Anti-graffiti paint? Guess not!

Then I was thinking, he's going to slide down on his stomach, that is crazy
but it turns out he was smarter than that and walked down the sides using the rubber souls on his shoes
Don't try this at home, or if you do please call me I want to photograph you possibly breaking your neck, maybe I just have become a little less adventurous since the last birthday?
Check out this you tube video where a few people use the sculpture for somthing I am sure Mark di Suvero didn't intend, but it does look like fun. (PS Tomorrow I will be breaking big and exciting news for Philadelphia, but I promised my source I wouldn't post it til after 10AM)

Philadelphia Fringe Festival is coming re: See FOOT LOCKER or one hundreds of performances, support Philadelphia Arts

If you ask what's new and exciting in the arts, the Seventh annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival, starting what seems to be somewhat early on August 29 and ending September 13, has at least a hundred different answers.
Monday night I was invited to Plays & Players to watch 8 previews of snippets from the upcoming festival. The room was packed, they were expecting maybe 50 people, but over 100 showed up. Hosted by the very funny duo Owen Timoney & Shoshi Hill from Madcap Theater Company
Putting together a Fridge show isn’t easy; there are many considerations to keep in mind when coordinating a production such as finding a show, selecting the right festivals, publicity, budget, travel and accommodations, ticket sales, and the list goes on. Daniel Student
Artistic Associate Strategic Planning & Action Committee for the Plays & Players greets the crowd
One of the first "The Play about the Coach" was an interesting character study of a coach during the NCAA Championship game. It was intense, and as a voyeur, interesting to see life from his point of view.
Mike and I loved, loved, loved this play as it's so autobiographical: "My Inner Child Needs A Babysitter. I don't want to spoil it, but it was hysterical.
We also loved FOOT LOCKER, a cabaret show and 2008 Philly Fringe event, starring Keith Kaczorowski and Tom Wilson Weinberg, comes to The Willie Way Cabaret, 1315 Spruce Street, on Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, performances at 7 and 9 PM each night.

Kaczorowski and Weinberg last appeared together in The Keith & Tom Show. Now they return to the cabaret stage with a new show for Philly Fringe.

Every composer has a trunk, a foot locker full of gems scrapped at dress rehearsal, novelty numbers that ended up on the cutting room floor, romantic ballads for lovable villains and character songs for characters who went missing. I don't say all this just because, FOOT LOCKER is produced by friend David Perkiss. No if it sucked I probably would have just said how terrible the photo came out and I had nothing to write about, and even though the photo does lack, I the show was excellent, and Keith has a flawless voice and connects well with the audience.

Tickets are $15 and available at The Fringe Box Office, 215-413-1318 or The Fringe offers a $10 ticket to anyone under 25.Plays: 9/12 & 9/13 (Which is great as I get back from the NY Fashion show on 9/13 so I can catch it)

After the preview, their was a bar and snacks.
as well as a rather loud band for our entertainment.In a side room were volunteers from each play to sell you advance tickets for their perspective shows.

It's a great idea to have these previews as for me out of the eight there are only about 4 that I want to see. I saved some money. Two of them are pictured here...
The good news is you can catch a preview at Plays & Players
Mondays, August 18 and 25 at 8PM
Click here to purchase tickets for the Philly Fringe Preview

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

?UEST Quest Love’s NIKE AIR FORCE 1 ONE The Philadelphia Stop

Last week a bunch of what I thought were crazy folks laid out up to 45hrs to get a hold of a pair of sneakers for $235; ?uestlove was very generous in making sure his sneakerhead supporters were very comfortable, throughout the day he had brought them boxes of donuts as well as bottled water and even signed autographs and took pictures.
?UEST Quest Love’s NIKE AIR FORCE 1 ONE sneakers
there were some legitimate crazies as this girl wanted ?uest to sign her passport. At first he refused, but she was persistent and he gave in.
The people who waited in line were led in in groups of 7. Here is an UBIQ employee bringing the troops in, he is wearing a shirt that was free to all who attended.
The First Diehard Camper is Finally Permitted To Buy His Pairs and greet ?uest, Edie Ortiz waited in line for over 40hrs and got the first golden pair ltd ltd edition. There were only 8 to give away at this store and it entitled the sneakerhead to two tickets to a Roots concerts, and I believe a second pair of the regular red toed shoes, as a lot of these folks seemed to have two boxes. Since Eddie had a broken foot and had to manage his crutches I helped him put his shoes back in his bag.

This is the shot that appeared in Michael Klein's Inqlings in the Phila Inquirer. I knew when I shot it it was perfect because of their eye contact, smiles and the signed box. You know a picture tells a thousand words kinda thing.

I read on a Sneaker message board that UBIQ had a little problem with the stock of these shoes, as they were supposed to have 96 pairs to give away, but only about 60 came in: "UBIQ apologizes for the whole “stock” issue. It was a rush delivery to the store so we didn’t receive the whole 90 pairs + that we were suppose to get. " I wonder if they gave rainchecks, I am gonna run over and see if they have any shoes that came in this weeks shipment.
But it seemed like they had a lot of Gold Toed shoes as my head was spinning they seemed to be in the first couple boxes that were opened. ?uest seemed surprised too, stating "Didn't you mix them up?" But how would UBIQ know where the golden toes were, all the boxes were sealed upon arrival.?uest give some love

Marsha Ambrosius from the group Floerty and Frank Knuckles from The Roots
Go Obama!!
Here's a good recap of photos:

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

PHILADELPHIA STYLE MAGAZINE White hot Summer Party re: Mojitos & Photos

How excited was I when I got an invitation from John M. Colabelli, publisher of Philadelphia Style Magazine to celebrate the Bacardi Mojito, Then I read OMG it's a White Party. Now I know about White Parties as P Daddy Diddy Puff has one every July 4th in the Hampton's and I always enjoy checking out the photos from that event.

For me it immediately instilled fear and loathing as I don't look so hot in white. As I am just getting my Nutrisystem diet under way (have you seen Perez Hilton, that boy has lost 30lbs) I thought no way am I going to look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy
But then better heads prevailed as some of my friends had been invited too and told me I had to go; then PR Style Diva (as I call her) Sarah Doheny sent me a message saying she heard I wasn't going, she was disappointed especially since I "had to see her couture Ostrich dress" she had made for the event, (she told me ostrich's were not harmed in the process, but I thought for sure a few of them must be cold now) Below is Sarah and most beautiful and classy dress I have seen in awhile (& I have shot NYC Fashion Week for 3 seasons). Sarah knows how to turn it out and kick a party up a notch or two. With her is her long time beau John Soden. I was glad I went as the party really was fun, most guests got into the spirit decked out in their white outfits.

Erin Elmore and Dr. Shareef Jandali simply forgot they told me. But they were in good company as there were a few others, and heck they are so fun I'm glad they stayed.These girls are all good friends, each with their own personality and style. Michelle Ranieri with Fuji Water, Elaine Grabar, Aida Mancini, Jill Rizen, Marisa Stevens and Kimmi Ragone

Darby Kline and Peter Kubilus (Architectural Photographer ) enjoying fashion photographer Michael Spain-Smith's deck at sunset; everyone enjoyed their Bacardi Mojito. I I should have asked what the green leaves were, probably mint, what do you think?
Making the scene and lately the social columns, Jessiah Styles and his lovely wife Janita "Applebaum" Styles. It was just last week that they were partying with CSI: NY 's Hill Harper at G Lounge, and a few weeks before I snapped Snoop Dogg when I attended Jessiah's party in the Mogul room at the same location. I still need to write about the Snoop Dogg event, because there's more to it then what was in the Inquirer where my photo appeared.

I don't know if this was the normal set up for the DJ or something Philly Style Mag, Client Relations director, party coordinator Martyna Sliwinska cooked up because it was a smokin area for the DJ. Also interesting to see that no matter how crowded the room became, no one invaded this space.
What's a party without the Nicole Miller Girls. There's only two so far tonight, Jillian and Kari. Eww I do believe I ID'd Jillian incorrectly in our first photo meeting, and called her Erin with the chocolate cigar. Hope I caught that correction before it went to publication. If not you read it here first, I goofed. But now that I have photographed her 3xs that won't happen again. Michael Spain-Smith's studio was done up in themed decoration. In the center of this photo is the guy who founded Philadelphia Style Magazine and this year sold it to Niche Publication, John M. Colabelli, Publisher. I remember when that sale occurred, I was very impressed that he and the staff were kept on to run the magazine, and to adapt to the Niche already established working model. As you know I am a great fan of Ocean Drive, Gotham and the Hampton magazines. That night I picked up Vegas, LA Confidential and Washington Files (gotta love those names) magazines to review to improve my writing and style.
The newlyweds, seriously talk about beautiful people with sex appeal that lights up the room when they walk in, Carrie Nork Minelli and Dino Minelli. They tell me the Inquirer wedding section has done a story on them which should appear in mid September. I will keep you informed as I am totally on it, I want to know how they met. My second blog was called "How They Met" but it was impossible to keep on top of it and do a good job on Philly Chit Chat. ( )
Equally beautiful Nicole Cashman (The Cashman of Cashman & Associates) and Attorney Justin Wineburgh. Secretly I call them the Charlies Angel PR firm; they do the job well while still looking so beautiful. Nicole was only there for a hot minute as she was working late, but she looked fabulous and accessorized her outfit with an Oscar de la Renta purse.

Kaycee Cashman cut her hair a few weeks back and it looks wonderful highlighting her sparkling eyes and her long neck. She tells me that she loves her new look and was glad she took the plunge. With her is Chima Marketing Director Vinnie Dinatale and Tom Harris.
Michelle Miller, Aaron Clarke Karin Annerhed and Vince Harris enjoying their Bacardi Mojito's
Michael Bonner, ? Jacoby (glad I have them write their own names, I can't take the blame for missing his) and Richard Ross.
PR Sheryl Raskin ( ), PR Meredith Trotter (congratulations on the upcoming little one) and vixen Carrie Nork. Sometimes PR people are invited to these events to thank them for coordinating other events for the host, or maybe referring clients. It's a nice time to see the people that you may normally only see out in the field. I know when I am at these events, I could just relax, and I do, but I also like to capture the moments for you.
Hayden Panittiere, ok not, but Lauren Pappas is an actress/model and every bit as beautiful as Hayden, with her is an equally stylish PR guy Anthony DiMeo III, President & CEO of RENAMITY Public Relations & Special Events:

The effervescent Susan Helfrich and Richard Wolff.
Karen, who looks fabulous, but unfortunately I only took this one shot, Red Tettemer's spinster PR Matt Vlahos and Celebrity Cruising Susan Helfrich

Actress Naina Michaud, I know your thinking another actress with a house arrest ankle bracelet, me too. So I got a closer look and noticed that it was a little ankle purse. Naina tells me it’s a runner’s purse and is usually attached to ones arm, but she tans quickly and as an actress/model doesn’t want that tan line.
WXPN’s Patti Singer, Donna Coghlan and Donna Govberg. Patti is a talented photographer who’s work can be seen here: Donna Coghlan is always so generous to me, introducing me to people of interest, besides being a generally nice person.
It was fun looking at all the Philly Style Magazine's on the wall. Michael Spain-Smith took alot of the cover shots.
Nicole Miller's Carly Walko, John M. Colabelli and Lauren O'Dorisio (Lauren call me, I want to get Pearl in the paper, you don't want me shooting all my celebrities at G lounge and getting them press all the time, do you? )

It's time to go with a wave from Erin Elmore. Erin is involved with "Hold the Door" A non-profit agency inspired by the acts of courageousness on 9/11, dedicated in empowering people to overcome adversity and achieve their dreams. They are having a golf outing on 9/8/08 and are looking for donations for their silent auction.

And let's have one last look at that stunning dress PR Style Diva Sarah Doheny is wearing. I challenge anyone in the sound of my voice to beat this dress in the coming season. It's just flawless, don't you think?Thanks Philly Style Magazine and Bacardi Mojito for a fabulous party!!