Saturday, October 18, 2008



Phillies Rally @Liberty Shops Tues 1pm. There will be ballgirls and rally towels. Sponsored by a radio station

Friday, October 17, 2008


Guess who's turning 25 this year, Jane Golden, Mayor Nutter and a Bank of America Representative
Last Friday they held a press conference to announce the many special programs that would help celebrate their quarter century in beautifying the City which helped cut back on graffetti and instead channeled "taggers" artistry into something we can all understand. Here's the stepped back scene of the press conference; I would say pretty impressive to get this much media to cover the event.
At the event it was announced that a stretch of No. Broad Street also known as the "Avenue of the Arts" will be known as Mural Arts Way too. In the evening I was able to stop by the Mural Arts Gala, before I hit the Cashman & Assoc. 7th Anniversary party, that some of you have asked me about. Look for those photos on Tuesday.

The gala was held in my new favorite events space - City Hall Courtyard. It was a beautiful October night and the setting sun through the archway made for a pretty picture. Here we are looking down West Market StreetIt was a festive evening with patrons of the mural arts in attendence including Walter Edwards, Mel Buckman and Lee Gutman (I didn't even have to encourage the hat wearing, he had it on)
Also Susan Gill, Sandra Westray, Stephani Sheocs and Ruth Glvos
Henri David wouldn't tell me what fabulous costumes he will be wearing for his 40th Anniversary Halloween Bash at the Sheraton Center City on FRIDAY 10/31/08. The reason I bold FRIDAY is, every year I go no matter what day Halloween falls on, and usually just go to work bleary eyed the next day, just like every day now that I think of it, but this year because its on a Friday I get to sleep in the next day, plus it's going to draw a much larger crowd and more fabulous people in costumes for me to photograph. With him is his partner Paul Struck, who always, always out does everyone at the Ball in his costume. I love how Paul has the party hat on his shoulder, how's it stay on?
The Mural Arts program founded by this special lady right here, Jane Golden.
Join the Mural Arts Program to commemorate a quarter century of mural-making, art education, and prevention and rehabilitation with a 13-month anniversary celebration - October 2008 through October 2009 - beginning and ending with Mural Arts Month! Isn't this space Phabulous!Founded in 1984, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the nation's largest public arts initiative of its kind. After 25 years of life-changing and internationally acclaimed accomplishments, the City of Philadelphia cannot imagine a world without the Mural Arts Program. Philadelphia's murals are as unique and defining to the city as the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin and cheesesteaks. (from the Mural arts webpage)
Judie Gilmore, Ryan Derfler, Jennifer McCreary and Bill Gehrman, who helped oversee gay and lesbian marketing at the PCVB and now has his hands in so many Philly projects to assist them in success.
Like this task he performed at the press conference and it wasn't staring at the model being photographed in the archway of City HallIt was the all important task of stopping traffic so they didn't walk into the press conference being held at the end of the hall. Imagine the stress of stopping someone and telling them they have to take the long way instead of the short cut. You'd better have a thick skin to do that. (it's these details that when taken care of, contribute to a successful event)
Back to the evening here we find Cara Cox, Ali Cody and Alex Pelt ( Design for Social Impact )Cari Feiler Bender and a future muralist, famous NYC artist who is going to do something spectacular in the City in 2009, but I have been sworn to secrecy on even his name.
My good friend as many of you know, City Hall Tour Director Greta Greenberger, Director of Fairmount Parks, Mark Focht , our new City Planning Director, Alan Greenberger and PR/Events for the Phila Zoo Karen Spiro.
Helen Baron and Sandra Jesse are big supporters of the mural arts program.
Located in the exact geographical center of William Penn's original Philadelphia city plan, the courtyard is where Market Street, Philadelphia's main East-West thoroughfare, intersects Broad Street, the main North-South city artery. A huge compass with the original city map depicted in its center, has recently been repainted with the most vibrant grays and off grays, to give visitors a visual orientation to the city and the building.
Bookending Pearl Cartel is Robert and Ruth Gales enjoying the festivities. As some of you may know Pearl is probably one of the most prolific volunteers in the City. She can be seen during either Phila Film Festivals, many City Hall events, lots of charity events, she used to volunteer as an usher at many of our famed theaters and more recently can be found at the Obama campaign headquarters.
Jane Golden and Michael Nutter share the duties in blowing out the candles on the cake, which was cleverly designed by Shop Rite. Join the Mural Arts Program to commemorate a quarter century of mural-making, art education, and prevention and rehabilitation with a 13-month anniversary celebration - October 2008 through October 2009 - beginning and ending with Mural Arts Month! In Fact Join my BF Mike T. and I on the 12:30PM
Mural Arts Tour Tour which departs from the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets at 12:30PM and costs only $25 for the 2 hour tour.
My "On The Scene" Photo Column in the Philadelphia Metro

Thursday, October 16, 2008

SAVE THE DAIQUIRI Shouts the RUM BAR (Lounge & Restaurant)

Thanks to many years of degradation one of the worlds most famous and influential cocktails, the daiquiri has become lost and buried by frozen faux fruit concoctions. So Philadelphia's Rum Bar wants to celebrate the original daiquiri, which even predates the strawberry smoothie at Amazon Juice or my favorite place Jamba Juice. Last night The Rum Bar threw a little soiree to bring attention to this almost extinct drink by gathering the concierge of the city together to celebrate and drink a few as well as try out some of the new menu items that can be found there. (I serious love the music on the Rum Bar website, so mysterious)
Bernadette Dolan and that wild and crazy PR guy Tom Stanley (You know he just went crazy when the Philles won)
Kevin Logan of Smart Sports and Laura Burkhardt negotiate a deal on a scooter. Unfortunately I missed Laura riding up to The Rum Bar wrapping her legs around Kevin as he navigated the "Streets of Philadelphia" (I love Springsteen). Girls I didn't see a ring on his finger, so he must be single; maybe if you stop by Smart Sports he'll take you for a test ride, or better yet you can take him for a test ride, if you really want to save money in these trouble times, a scooter will help you get there faster than a car and they are only about $3,000
Punch Media's James Zeleniak and Meredith Lindemon - Daily Candy Philadelphia (who's favorite candy is gumballs [mine too])
I think it's Laura's business card?

James Zeleniak and David Wagaman of a little Chilean Sea Bass that Executive Chef Patricia Paler prepared is Harriet Ayers (which reminds me did you see Obama kick some butt last night?), also Louise Castellauo, Cheryl Fasset and Where Magazine's Zelinda O'Hara
Owner Adam Kanter is joined by concierge's John LeCompte (Park Hyatt) and Charles Gordy (Rittenhouse Hotel). Two guys that work with the well heeled visiting our fair city assisting them in any need, in the wish to make their stay a pleasant one.
Gift bags!! Sponsored by Lisa M Reisman Gallery

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Madonna and Guy Ritchie to announce divorce re: I finally photographed Madonna a few weeks back

A few weeks back I took this photo of Madonna going to the Kaballah Center on Rosh Hashanah in NYC. I have had many opportunities to photograph Madonna over the years, but I am not one to hang out by someone's house and I didn't want to go to the Kaballah Center. (I did see her in concert 5 times)

But when I heard that it was at the Kaballah Center she preferred to be photographed, as it gives them publicity and she usually allowed herself to be shot there, I changed my mind. When I was in NYC a couple weeks back, someone told me she was in town; I mentioned it to another photographer that she would probably go to services the next morning, and we went the next day. After about 3 hrs he began to doubt my hunch, but then her cars pulled up.
This is my favorite photo from my series. I love the eye contact she and David have. That's the bodyguard behind them.

Sandra Bernhard was there too; her daughter is the spitting image of her mom. One congregant told me that Sandra and Madonna sat next to each other and their kids sat next to them.After waiting an additional 2 hrs for her to exit, another photographer came along 15 minutes before she left the Kaballah Center. He chose a spot closer to the door, I thought it would be too crowded as she left and I went closer to the entrance of the SUV. I was wrong, she wanted to be photographed and her bodyguards walked a few steps in front of her and Luis got this excellent shot. It was near the car that the people were close to her as she handed off the baby to them so they could strap him in. Bummer! But there will be another time, now with the news that Madonna and Guy Ritchie are divorcing, no doubt Madonna will be all over Manhattan the next few years where she resides, and isn't that where A-rod lives?

Valanni Fall Fashion Show with style icon Brini Maxwell

I stopped by Kimberly's Boutique last night to catch up on a few things with owner Jimmy Contreras and my facebook friend Lauren Jacobsen. Tomorrow night we're going to the 2nd Annual Celebrity Casino Night that benefits Variety - The Children's Charity. It's at Jason Matthew Salon beginning at 6PM until cashout or when I leave as I have a debate party to attend, and I do hope to catch the Philles game.
Star Anise Schultz was in for her fitting as she is participating in the Valanni Fall Fashion show being held tomorrow night, Thursday 10/16/08. She will be modeling clothes that can be bought at [insert plug] Kimberly Boutique - Where Style Begins 123 South 16th Street, Philadelphia PA 19102 215.564.1066. Star is styling a Jerry Han top with Alice + Olivia pants. I like it, and of course Lauren is helping Star accesorize 'cause that is one of her talents.
I do like the accesories. Laura Burkhart has this fabulous, well it's says "Fabulous" necklace that she got here a bit back. Now Star is rockin' it with a Tibi green dress. If there's something Kimberly does excellent, it's the Tibi dress.
So Thursday if you are out and check out "Big Time" will feature more than two dozen looks from Kimberly Boutique, Monaco, Bus Stop, Un de Six, Crash Bang Boom and Zivile Pupinyte with hair done by Ettore.
Valanni – the medi-latin restaurant located at 1229 Spruce Street; Show starts at 10PM. Specialty drinks will be served.

MANNA'S PIE IN THE SKY CAMPAIGN 2008 re: hmm hmm good pies

Beginning October 14, residents in the Delaware Valley can kick off their holiday season right with a heart-warming Philadelphia tradition – a gourmet MANNA pie. Marking its 12th consecutive year, the Pie in the Sky is MANNA's largest fundraiser with a goal of selling 14,000 pies. From now until November 19, a selection of five gourmet pies will be on sale for $25 each, with all proceeds benefiting MANNA's mission – to deliver nourishment to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Delaware Valley.
Pie in the Sky embodies the spirit of MANNA's services. Each holiday meal is lovingly prepared and delivered to MANNA meal clients on Thanksgiving Day by MANNA's highly dedicated volunteers. Pie in the Sky makes a substantial difference in the lives of MANNA's clients nourishing both the body and soul during the holiday season. (I forgot my pad, so the only person I know in this photo is Jimmy)
For only $25, you can provide a MANNA client with three nutritional meals and in return take home a delicious Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin, or Sweet Potato pie. For $35, you can select the new SkyPie, a little bit of gourmet heaven with a rich dark chocolate ganache atop a creamy cheese cake center. Through Wednesday, November 19 MANNA
$25-$35 to buy pie = Call 866-759-7437 to order
p/u on Tuesday 11/25/08
Helping out with this years pie promotion are the folks over at Commerce Bank. Big surprise for me as I ran into someon I went to high school with eons ago in NJ, Rob Chandler (on left). I remember Rob as the Alex Keaton kinda guy in high school, very level headed, street smart and intellectual. It was fun to go down memory lane with him. We even chatted about the few that have passed away too soon, and I remembered another one Bill DeFeo, who I grew up with in Audubon til I was 9 and moved to Cherry Hill. It's always sad when a life is cut short, but with your help, the help of Rob, and all the volunteers we can save some lives this year by buy a Pie in the Sky from Manna.
I can't get away with anything. I read this on Twitter tonight:
MANNANourishes @iPhillyChitChat Heard you were at the Pie tasting today sorry to have missed you! @MANNANourishes I already put in orders for the Cheesecake and Apple pies with @JimmyStyle who is a Pie Captain; they were delicious!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


(There are 3 entries today, I took last night off from event coverage)

Every year after the first cold front passes I travel to Stone Harbor to witness the thousands of migrating monarchs. My parents owned a house 3rd from the left from 1978 til 2003. Sometimes I miss having a house down the shore, but not the summer months with the crowds, although my younger sisters would disagree, they had a ball. On Saturday I went with my friend Bob and BF Mike. I guess at some point this year they put a bench on the SH beach at the point. Now how long is that going to last there? It wasn't even high tide yet?
First we stopped off at the Wetlands Institute across the bay from where I lived (in the summer)

Did I mention I was going on a diet?Sometimes the seagull's just do the right thing and fly into your frame...
Sadly it didn't seem cold enough for the butterflies to come down from Canada on their journey to Mexico. Maybe after Thursday or next week. It really is an amazing site to see them fly along the beach sometimes numbering in the thousands. But I did see an amazing sunset Saturday night.
Now I can see some of you are looking for the Cashman's 7th Anniversary Party, which I photographed Friday night. Those photos won't be ready until later in the week. I will also be covering a few other events, don't forget to check the Philly Chit Chat calender to see what might be around that interests you!