Friday, March 6, 2009

Philadelphian's Helen Bruner & Terry Jones AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS

I first wrote about these two girls at the BJ Listening party a couple months back when they told us about their Grammy nomination. So Philly was represented at the 2009 Grammy's with nominated writer Helen Bruner, co-writer nominated Terry Jones of Philadelphia, and Jimmy Jam. Producers, songwriters and Grammy® nominated artist Helen Bruner & Terry Jones own and operate Phil’erzy Productions.There's is a unique story which you should hear about:

Guest, Lauren Hart, Attorney's Justin Wineburgh and Lori Landew both of Cozen O'Connor law firm in Philadelphia.
Thanks to Justin for the photos.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Nicole Miller and The Bellevue Gets Engaged - Bridal Show & Photos

The most sophisticated and elegant bridal event of the year will be held at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, on the 19th Floor, Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 12 to 4 p.m. Internationally recognized designer, Nicole Miller, will be available to meet with brides as she will make a very special personal appearance at the event. In conjunction with Philadelphia Wedding, the city’s top bridal publication, The Bellevue Gets Engaged will provide brides-to-be with the opportunity to discuss their special day with top wedding professionals, while discovering the latest in bridal fashions, trends and décor.

Quickly ran into a friendly face Denita Newborn, CMP and her cohort Will Steigerwald, who were on hand to assist in any questions a bride may have about a Williams-Sonoma registry.The Landmark Building and its Luxury Merchants Bring the best of bridal to Philadelphia’s Newly Engaged
The bride of the year, Sabrina Tamburino and mom Carol. The big secret is where is the wedding going to be, so many choices, but a little birdy told me the papers are almost signed, sealed and delivered.
A few of main line's finest drove in to enjoy the festivities - Bonnie Young, Marcia Rubin and Andy Krakaver. Andy and Bonnie are familiar with the NY Social Diaries were thrilled that I was chronicling the lives of Philadelphian's like Patrick McMullin covers NYC. I told them that a couple of my friends in NY call me HughE McPhilly in his honor.
Thomas Westerfen, Sherrin Thomas and Stephanie Willis enjoy the day
Carrie Denny and her Bride's Instruction Manual
In conjunction with Philadelphia Wedding, the city’s top bridal publication, The Bellevue Gets Engaged will provide brides-to-be with the opportunity to discuss their special day with top wedding professionals, while discovering the latest in bridal fashions, trends and décor. The Philadelphia Wedding magazine provided a nice photo of the guests to keep as a memory of the day.

Classic Cake, love them, miss them in Center City. I hear they have a new location over in Cherry Hill in the Short Hill's Farm shopping center. When I grew up in Cherry Hill there really was a Short Hill Farm. Chef Robert Bennet, Kathy Bell and Christine Tallman were on hand to dole out the servings and talk to the brides about their delicious cakes.OMG I have a VIP seat, just like society photographer Patrick McMullin would have. I was very honored, but gave my seat away (& the one next to me as I knew that my friend Nicole Cashman was busy with her event at the Loews. I hear it was a grand success), to a nice young lady and her mom. How sweet is Dawn Timiney taking daughter Oma to see the show. I don't know how Dan Gross missed focusing on this hot mama, seriously?
Eirene Mirones and Nick Buzzell check out the the perfect diamond at Tiffany & Co. Which by the way held the earlier VIP Breakfast at Tiffany's for the VIP. I was invited, but opted to do a few things at home as this was a long day ending with the VIP Flower Show Gala in the evening, but I hear the breakfast was very nice as you can imagine.
Joy Zobel, who is 3 kids shy of the Octomom after she marries her soulmate in the Summer came with her friend Kim Wassinger who reads Philly Chit Chat. I have to mention that Joy was walking out with a huge cake box which was provided by Classic Cake's with lots of samples for the family. Classic Cake's kept trying to give me one of those pizza size boxes, but I don't think it was on my Nutri-system plan.
Nicole Miller and Mary Dougherty of the Phila Nicole Miller store stop by the cake room for a treat. Nicole age already. She always looks so fabulous.
Young Socialites Rachel Rossitto, Linda Swain, Janey Evett
Socialites Randi Edelman, Tracy Seng and Jamie Wenger
Missing from the social scene of late, but making a grand comeback - Where Publisher Laura Burkhardt with Dawn and Oma Timiney. Welcome back Laura, love the green scarf spring is really just around the corner. (Remember Spring Forward this Saturday night)
Three rooms of fun, and finally at 2PM the fashion show was to begin. EBE Entertainment, a five-star entertainment company, will jump start the crowd and provide live band performances throughout the afternoon.Does Kelly Boyd have a double or is that her being seraded?TV Host Linda Swain (Look for Linda's new syndicated show to begin airing in April. Although she was mum on a few things, I bet mommies are in the mix), travel expert Ian Swain,Table 31's Lauren D'Orsio, Phila Style Mag Publisher John Colabelli, Mary Dougherty, Happy Birthday Olivia Nutter, First Lady Lisa Nutter, Mayor Nutter and Nicole MillerHere comes the bride

This lady walked out and the place went wild. Is it because we are tired of the boring, wear once bridesmaids dresses, I think so.
nice, short dress, very modern, not sure if Grandmom's gonna approve though

This shot made Tuesday's Inquirer in Michael Klein's column. I cropped it tighter for the drama of it all.lovely manageable train
SJP wore black on her wedding day, and she regrets it. Google it you will see. I guess it's for the winter wedding.
People breath's were taking away for this, and were speechless. I thought it was because they thought it was a tad ugly or heavy looking. Well I guess I don't know anything, everyone I talked to LOVED this dress, The Inquirer's Elizabeth Wellington's job is safe from me.

The show was fabulous, beautiful, perfect for the Bellevue. I can't imagine a classier place to hold such a classy show.Bravo Nicole Miller and Mary Dougherty. Look at that standing room crowd.
Drexel Intern's, grad's volunteers and friends. Bianca Buchanan, Bridget McCafery, Anna Souers, Monique Kodor, Kelli Heilnman, Laura Halper, and Katie Cohen
Eagles Cheerleaders Janette Repsch and Caroline Blake; good friends and finance's with similar tastes as they have matching engagement rings bought days apart.
Thanks as always to all the sponsors that partook in this grand event. I am not kidding you, this was first class. Who was the event planner, it was just amazing and run very smoothly. The food was delicious and everyone was very happy and enjoyed themselves. Bellevue merchants Williams-Sonoma, Tiffany & Co., Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, Origins, Pierre & Carlo, and Vigant will showcase their services for the bride and groom. Ann’s Cake Pan, Classic Cake Company and Truli Confectionary Arts. Mid Atlantic Limousine; additional sponsors include EBE Entertainment, Crane & Co and The Papery for all invitations and paper products as well as Susan Beard Design for one of a kind photography and waxworks. Video One Productions.

This Gift Bag can be yours if you are the 10th person to sign up as of 3AM (which is the pitiful time right now. hope I don't have too many bags for my 8:30AM interview for a TV piece) for the Feedburner subscriber service (at the top on the right) Hint it might be helpful if you or someone close to you is getting married as all the gifts are geared to a wedding (must be able to pick bag up in Center City).
And if you are already signed up, tell me your email, you will be get TWO tickets for the upcoming event called 'Let Them Eat Cake
Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7:00 PM. Loews Hotel Philadelphia (not eligible if I know you personally as I will bring those two people as a guest)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Almost two years ago I was invited by Mark Webber to photograph a scene from his upcoming movie Explicit Ills which was filmed in and around Philadelphia in the summer of 2007.
On IMDB an actor stated: I was a Day Player in the film...the crew and cast were wonderful....I felt I was part of a groundbreaking film in Philadelphia. Mark Webber is a Genius..he is a great person to work with...I met Rosario Dawson during the last scene..(the March)...she is a beautiful person..all in all..I am very proud to be part of this project..
Philly favorite actor Mark Webber's much talked about film, Explicit Ills, opens in NYC this Friday, March 6, and opens here March 13 at the Ritz at the Bourse. Mark Webber will be at the screening in NYC and in Philly. Mark wrote the screen play and directed this poignant film on poverty in Philadelphia and he will attend the Philly screening. Mark won best screenplay for Explicit Ills at last year's South by Southwest film festival and has been compared to a young Robert Altman in his directorial debut. Mark and Mary Patel teamed up almost two years ago for a film project that will be starting this summer,, when they met at Mary's loft in Old City in 2007 when Mark received the Rising Star Award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and Mary hosted his party. Below is a photo of the two friends together at Sundance this past January. (photo from Mary Patel's collection)
Contracts are signed, and actors are cast for the project which will be directed by Webber and star Kevin Spacey and Ethan Hawke.

ARTHUR KADE has something to say, and so do I

As most of you know I have had a few "It Girls" over the past 18 months, and never really mentioned an "IT Guy" but that would be model/actor/friend to many Arthur Kadyshe. AK has made some waves lately, first quitting his comfortable six figure job, to follow his dream of acting in NYC. A bit crazy no doubt in this depressing economy, but his clock is ticking and he's one brave soul to chase his dream, and guess what he takes us along in his new blog ; to me it reads like a Jacqueline Sussan novel.(another Philadelphian who followed her dream to NYC; did you know her father was a portrait painter and did at least 4 of the Mayor's portraits that are currently hanging in City Hall) So relax, suspend your reality and check out ArthurKade Here are a few things that might interest you in Philly lately: Philadelphia. Man-about-town Thom Cardwell will launch “Thom's Guides” in The Legal Intelligencer (TLI), appearing every Thursday, beginning 3/5/09. He'll rotate the focus of the guides, in a three-week cycle, on food, restaurants & chefs; arts & entertainment; and travel & leisure. CHARITY Events to Attend: Have I mentioned the PhillyChitChat conflict calendar I am trying to create (click on calendar up there on the right hand side of header) Both of these events are on Saturday Night: The National Kidney Foundation Delaware Valley Hosts the 25th Annual Kidney Ball on March 7 at the Park Hyatt to Commence Kidney Month. Cocktail hr begins at 7PM, dinner to follow. To learn more about the event and/or the Foundation, visit or call 215-923-8611. THE RED BALL On Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter will host The Red Ball 2009 at the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park (PCC will be here). VIP tickets are $275, Main Event tickets are $175, and Young Friends tickets, for guests 30 and under, are $125. For more information about The Red Ball or to purchase tickets online, visit or call 215-299-5491 and ask for The Red Ball.
Had dinner at Morton's tonight. I asked someone point blank what's the story as the rumor is your closing. The guy assured me that Morton's Philadelphia is not closing, but there are big plans in the work. So stay tuned. Have you ever read, well you should it's delicious.
One last thing, I can't believe that it's this time again:
DAY LIGHT SAVING TIME THIS SATURDAY. Change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke detector and C02 alarms.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Philadelphia Tribune's annual list of the City's "Most Influential" African Americans Gala

The Philadelphia Tribune's annual list of the City's "Most Influential" African Americans was announced to the public and published Sunday in the Tribune to pick up a copy today.
The front line who works hard to get the guests in to begin enjoying the festivitiesWhere Magazine publisher Laura Burkhardt and Philadelphia Tribune writer Bobbi Booker. Thanks to Bobbi for her words that make the blog today. Mariska K. Bogle greets the crowd and introduces her fatherMore than 350 of Philadelphia’s elected and government officials, educators, business people, community activists and labor leaders gathered Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for The Philadelphia Tribune’s reception announcing its annual list of the City’s Most Influential African Americans "You have come to pay tribute to those African Americans who make it work, not just for the African-American community, but for our community,” said Tribune President and CEO Robert W. Bogle.
Bill Green, Faatimah and Kenny Gamble and guestsIn addition to the list of most influential, the Tribune also published a list of 10 People Under 40 to Watch in 2009, 75 African-American Leaders, and 42 Movers & Shakers who demonstrate leadership beyond their positions. “This category identifies people who make things happen in this region beyond their individual title or position,” explained Tribune Magazine Editor Shonda McClain. “Their contributions have had a positive impact on our community and on our future generations.”
Lynne Abraham greets guests
Among the honored were education leaders: School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman and School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn; business people: A. Bruce Crawley, president, Millennium 3 Management Inc. and founder, Philadelphia African American Chamber of Commerce and Ahmeenah Young, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority; one appointed government official: Carl Greene, executive director, Philadelphia Housing Authority; community and civic leaders: J. Whyatt Mondesire, president, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania NAACP, and Sharmain Matlock-Turner, president and executive director, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.
Greater Philadelphia Film Office's Najwa Nicole Ross and Gar. Multicultural Affairs Director, Nicole Ross works in collaboration with the Philadelphia Film Festival/ CineFest (March 26-April 6, 2009) to launch a new program sidebar titled: Fade to Black: Perspectives in Black Cinema. This new sidebar will introduce fourteen programs – including feature length films as well as shorts – to be screened during the festival in venues throughout Philadelphia . The thematic criteria for films in this program is capturing a unique facet of the black experience – be it rural or urban, USA or international, current or historical, documentary or fiction.Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds-Brown
Orien Reid and her husband attended. I WAS THRILLED TO MEET HER as I grew up watching her segments, and she always had such a sunny and happy disposition.