Thursday, December 25, 2008

EARTHA KITT DEAD ON CHRISTMAS 2008 original singer of "Santa Baby"

In Feb 2006 I saw Eartha at an event on Broadway. When she exited the stage door I told Eartha I professed my love of her talent, thank her for coming to Philly and that I had seen her a show in a show at the Society Hill Sheraton in 1992, "It was a memorable night." She purred where have you been for the past 10 years? (I snapped the picture at that moment)
Her first album, "RCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt," came out in 1954, featuring such songs as "I Want to Be Evil,""C'est Si Bon" and the saucy gold digger's theme song "Santa Baby," which is revived on radio each Christmas. (Here she is in 2006 performing at Washington DC's lighting of the Christmas Tree)

WHAT IS OPEN IN PHILADELPHIA ON DECEMBER 26 12/26/08

CITY HALL TOURS ARE OPEN 9:30AM t0 4:30PM for observation tower go to Rm 121; Plus they have a visitors center, Obama merchandise too.

Independence Hall, Visitor Center at 5th and Market Street, and all the museums in the City are open. Don't forget to visit Macy's and see the Light Show and Dicken's Village, go to the Reading Terminal and enjoy lunch, visit the Comcast Center building at 17th and JFK and see their Holiday Light Show.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Yakitori Boy, Sushi, Friends, Christmas Eve Eve & Karaoke does it get any better?

The Eve of Christmas Eve brought me to the front door of one Nina Tinari, where I was greeted by both the lovely Nina and her sister Mia. The invite came late last week from Mia, who had was just finishing her finals at Law School and she was looking for a release, and it came in a big way. First up, cocktails at Nina's at 6:30PM, which included a generous spread. Mia is relaxing on her David's lap, her fiance's. The engagement happened in Memphis Tenn a few months back. The waiter brought over the first course, which was cooling under one of the stainless steel lid's. When the plate was revealed, so was the ring. Very romantic and memorable.Nina and Diane hanging out with their favorite toys. Will someone please get a tree topper for that tree. Of course Nina is way ahead of the game than I am, my tree is still in the box. I hope to have it up by New Years. (Oh and btw, if you were expecting a card from me this year, I just didn't have time. See end of blog for note)
A few folks were in on the festivities. Jimmy Contreas, Diane Johnson, Mia Tinari, Nina Tinari (this month's it girl, and a finalist in the year end contest which will be determined by your votes), and Dave (Diane, Dave and Mia all went to undergrad together, although Diane and Mia were not in the same grade, neither were Mia and Dave, but Diane and Dave were in the same grade, get it, and this is before I even had one cocktail)
Nina's got a rockin' view of Rittenhouse Square. Would love to see this with snow! Got my digits?

On my way out the door I snapped this little nugget of Nina playing soccer in college. Sexy and sporty, can you stand it?It was then off toYakitori Boy for KARAOKE and sushi!! Yummy and Yuck, Karaoke. The last time I did Karaoke I cleared a room. AJ, Diane, Nina, Jimmy, Mia and DaveBut I was game. I do have to say Karaoke is like a juke box in a country bar, most of the songs are down right depressing.
Today is gonna be the day
That they're gonna throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you gotta do
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do about you now
People are talkin, talking 'bout people
I hear them whisper, you won't believe it
They think we're lovers kept under covers
I just ignore it, but they keep saying
We laugh just a little too loud
We stand just a little too close
We stare just a little too long
Maybe they're seeing, something we don't, Darlin'

Christian DiCicco and Diane Johnson?
I love the City Skyline through the window. I love living in this city, this night, Philly Chit Chat - A Social Diary. I recently read that one of the local Mainline newspaper laid off it's long time Social columnist and photographer. Not a good sign of things to come for local social people coverage, especially the charity events that I so love to cover and promote through PCC.
Dinner, yum. Do you think that Jeremy Priven really got mercury poisoning from eating sushi everyday for two years and that's why he had to drop out of the grueling 8 shows a week play on Braodway this week?Let's dance put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let's dance to the song
They're playin' on the radio
Let's sway
While color lights up your face
Let's sway
Sway through the crowd to an empty space
Poor Matt discovers that the black bowl is the discarded shoots from the edamame.


Did I mention that Mattthew Vlahos joined us for some frolick (OK I didn't take this photo)Dave, Mia, Nina and AJ

Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin'
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart

Diane, Christian, Jimmy, and Susan. I don't know who the thumb sucker is. (Diane introduced Matt and Jimmy, Jimmy introduced Diane to Christian. They say meeting mates through friends is the way to go. Is there anyone you want to meet that you read about here on PhillyChitChat, maybe we can arrange that; Maybe a PCC singles night)
I got chills.
They're multiplyin'.
And I'm losin' control.
'Cause the power
you're supplyin',
it's electrifyin'!

(OK I cleared another room)
Just a small town girl, livin in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin anywhere
Just a city boy, born and raised in south detroit
He took the midnight train goin anywhere

Don't stop believin'
Hold on to the feelin'
But being with friends who are wild, crazy, and not afraid to sing in public made the night f'ing awesome. And I highly recommend Yakitori Boy for KARAOKE and sushi and I look forward to going there again.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANAKAH, HAPPY KWANZA, HAPPY HOLIDAYS and Happy Mother Earth. I am taking the next 4 days off. Thanks for your readership.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

DAROFF DESIGNS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY hosted by Karen Daroff and James Rappoport

Baby it's cold outside, and a few weeks back Interior Designer Karen Daroff and Architect James Rappoport invited me in to cover their annual holiday party
Their's is a unique house set in the woods inside the Wissahickon Park. Nestle on the side of a hill, the house was designed by husband James Rappoport, Vice President of Daroff Design, while Karen designed the interior of the home. The house was featured in Phila Style Mag Spring 2001 and you can read about it here.Besides their fabulous house, the Daroff Design firm is responsible for many of the beautiful interiors in our City like the Loews Hotel, The Marriott, The Rittenhouse, The Comcast Building, Harrah's AC, and a little further in NYC my favorite restaurant Mars 2112 and then there's the renovation of the Cotemporary hotel in Disney. So a lot of places where I loved the interior turned out to be Daroff designs. Here's their kitchen. This sofa faces a fireplace that divides the kitchen from dining area, cozy.Helping to plan and execute the party were Monique Curry and Samantha Brodsky, Karen's right and left hands. The girls were dressed to the nines and ready to get the party started.
For me this was the type of party I always wanted to photograph, to reach a point where people knew me and trusted me enough that I would do a good job and be professional as the people invited to this party were some of the power brokers in Philadelphia, the people behind the scenes and out front that make up the decisions that drive our City into the future.
Developer Bart Blatstein (responsible for the transformation of the Riverview Plaza and the transformation of Northern Liberties), attorney Jim Schwartzman - As published in Philadelphia magazine, Jim was recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 by being selected by his peers as among the top 5 percent of lawyers in the Commonwealth; and former mayoral candidate Tom Knox (Knox is a self-made millionaire businessman who grew up in Philadelphia) Word on the street is that Tom may throw his hat into the gubernatorial race in 2010.
Parking magnate and Koi farm owner, Joseph Zuritsky and wife Renee with Jeweler Craig Drake and his wife Tania. Recently the Drake's opened their homes for a charity house tour and according to the Phila Inquirer "Jewelry manufacturer and antiques buff Craig Drake and his wife, Tania, should be bathed with praise, because they have managed to bring an outdoor feeling to a very indoor activity. The house, on Spruce Street, has a huge balcony, decorated with Southwest-style plantings, overlooking South Philadelphia." Lots of delicious shrimp were on ice. Food was provided by Melissa Branson of Uncommon Taste
Jim Tirchon with wife Stephanie Stahl and Lisa Roberts
Carol Saline greets Karen Daroff as Helene Batoff looks on

Hmm crab claws
Barbara Tiffany and Paul Bagga. You remember Paul Bagga who with his wife Kushia, welcomed us into his home last year to see a climate control presentation by one of Al Gore's trained representatives.WolfBlock attorney Jerome J. Shestack and his wife, Marciarose enjoyed catching up with old friends. Marciarose was the first woman anchor person in prime time in a major media market. I was so excited to photograph her and meet her as I have long known who she was. Some of you know I talk about my friend Greta Greenberger; she and Marciarose are friends, and every other July 4th Greta & Alan either come to my home to see the fireworks, or to Marciarose's condo just down the block. As gracious as ever Marciarose invited me to see next year's fireworks from her balcony. I might take her up on it, she probably serves better food than I do.
Talk about spread, wow this spread was delicious. The caterers name is Melissa Brannon and she is the owner of Uncommon Taste
Oh but the women to the left is the owner of the caterering company, anyone know who she is?
Architect James Rappaport with Jim and Nancy Schwartzman
Susan Jacobsen, Michael Golden, Dorothy Binswanger and Karen Burcholtz
Elaine Levitt with Marciarose Shestack
Lisa Brown and Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds-Brown
Guests Derrick Pitts with Kent and Sylvia LeslieCraig Drake, Patricia and Christopher DiGeorge and Tania Drake
Hon Marjorie Rendell and Gov Rendell greet Monique Curry and Samantha Brodsky
Barbara Sylk chats with Tania Drake, Diane Semingson, and Patricia DiGeorge
GPFO Director, Sharon Pinkenson, Gov Edward Rendell and our hostess Karen DaroffRenee and Don Freeman of Freeman Interiors It was fun chatting with them, especially since I had just photographed them on Halloween night at the "Give the Shirt off Your Back" charity event at the Rittenhouse. I haven't really written about it here as I was hired by Philadelphia Magazine and the photos belong to them, and have been on their website, but now I just got word that they will be in January's magazine. SO if you are following along from last year's resolutions, being published in Philly Magazine was on the list.
Paul Rathblott and wife Carol Saline (she doesn't look any different than when I used to see her around the neighborhood when I was growing up in Cherry Hill and went to school with her daughter Sharon.)
A great night was had by all, I mean look at this photo these women look terrific, this was the last picture of the night I took after all the guests had left. Monique Curry, Karen Daroff and Samantha Brodsky had a terrific party and everyone really enjoyed themselves.