Friday, November 6, 2009

Jimmy Style's Monthly Artist Series: Nov Kayte Terry "Applique Your Way"

Despite obstacles like the SEPTA Strike, and the Phillies game, a few of us were game to check out the preview/press party of Kayte Terry's new book "Applique Your Way" at JimmyStyle on East Passyunk on Wednesday. But the general public is invited to participate in a demonstration, and then a meet and greet tomorrow, Saturday 11/07/09 at Noon.Kayte Terry, who sees potential in everything – in scraps of fabric, old clothes, even kitchen aprons. And on Saturday the 7th, Kayte will be teaching a workshop (with a little help from her mom, Patty) and signing copies of her latest book, "Applique Your Way."

Kayte Terry is a a crafty dynamo and the brains and brawn behind Love Forever.
As a kid, she and her mom were always making costumes, baking cookies and constructing elaborate dioramas. Kayte continues to believe in the transformative power inherent in making things. In crafting, we are rejecting the consumerist, pre-fab culture we live in and hopefully making our worlds a little bit more beautiful and fulfilling.

Melony Roy and Jamyra Perry check out the wares. Melony works for KYW radio, and has a podcast, and Jamyra is the producer for the Valerie Knight show on WOGL. Oldies but goodies.

The new Deputy Editor of Philadelphia Style Magazine, Kristin Munroe and Matthew Vlahos, Principal at Matthew Vlahos Public Relations The hysterical Lauren McCutcheon, who's taking over for Jay Leno in the near future because she's 100 times funnier. With her is her friend Barbara Botting, Minnie Pearl is to price tags as Barbara is to side sitting hats. Barbara's a stylist and her work can be found
among places like Philadelphia Magazines Home PURE INSPIRATION is one of my favs.
Applique refers a needlework technique in which pieces of fabric, embroidery, or other materials are sewn onto another piece of fabric to create designs, patterns or pictures.[1] It is particularly suitable for work which is to be seen from a distance, such as in banner-making. A famous example of applique is the Hastings Embroidery.
GPMC Jeff Guaracino, Jimmy "Style" Contreras and legendary editor of the Philadelphia Gay news Mark Segal. He's been a force in the gay community for the past 35 years. President Obama has his number.
I remember a few years back when pottery became all the rage and stores began popping up all over the place, I think Applique can find it's way to a corner store near you, or perhaps if they moved one of the kiln's over they can put a table in there? But as for now:

Kayte & hubby Adam Louie

Noon - 1pm
A hands-on demo with Kayte
$22 includes a kit with materials for three woodland animal-inspired felt ornaments
Space is limited. Reserve by calling 267-239-0598 or

1pm - 3pm
Let Kayte personalize your copy of "Applique Your Way." (Available at JimmyStyle for $19.95.)
Thanks to Paradiso Restaurant for the delicious treats.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


News Release: Spectrum Souvenir Seats Available to Own Beginning on November 9



Comcast-Spectacor will begin taking orders for fans wishing to own souvenir seats from the Spectrum on Monday, November 9 at 10 a.m., exclusively through or by phone at 215-952-5691.

A pair of seats can be reserved for $395 while a single seat can be reserved for $295. The Spectrum folding chairs will also be available for $195. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation.

“The Spectrum is a very special place for so many millions of people,” said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider. “I know how passionate people are about the Spectrum and we’re excited to offer our fans a chance to now own Spectrum seats.”

“The Spectrum will live forever,” added Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “Our fans can keep the Spectrum going in their home, their office, or any other place they would like by owning the actual seats from the Spectrum.”

Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers season ticket holders, Wachovia Center premium seat customers, and members of the Flyers and Sixers email clubs, Wachovia Complex Cyber Club and the email club will have priority in purchasing souvenir seats from the Spectrum. These priority customers will be notified in advance by email.

Archer Seating Clearinghouse of Vineland, NJ, is working with Comcast-Spectacor on processing the sale of the seats. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no guarantees on specific seat location requests. Seats will be available for pick-up at the Spectrum beginning on Monday, November 30. Customers can select their pick-up date and time when ordering.

In addition to owning seats from the Spectrum, fans can also purchase the complete photographic history of the Spectrum entitled “God Bless the Spectrum” for $24.95 or a piece of the basketball court for $76 (3-inch by 5-inch piece) or $176 (10-inch by 10-inch) at

Demolition of the Spectrum, which is expected in the spring, will make way for Philly Live, a spectacular new retail, restaurant, and entertainment district. Cordish Company, of Baltimore, MD, a world-renowned developer of similar projects throughout North America, is partnering with Comcast-Spectacor in Philly Live.

Comcast-Spectacor Foundation (, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor, is committed to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia Region through contributions, donations, player appearances, and random gifts of kindness on behalf of the company's entities. Since its inception, the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation has contributed more than $20 million to charity. Comcast-Spectacor is a member of the Comcast Family of Companies.

Comcast-Spectacor ( is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), two arenas in South Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum, four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 80 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; and 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.


I did touch on earlier this week that Glee was at Midtown Continental last Friday night. They were in town to sing The National Anthem at the World Series Game. I've never seen the show before, but when I heard they were coming to town I started studying their faces and watching YOUTUBE clips so I would know something about my subjects. So when I got the Twitter tip I scoured the restaurant and found Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer eating, so when they walked out I asked for a photo and Cory put the crew together for a couple of shots.A couple weeks back "As The World Turns" shot a scene outside of City Hall. Maura West, Jon Lindstrom and Cady McClain. Cady was on All My Children for 10 years playing Dixie.
Samantha Ronson at Tavern on Broad Street
Happy Birthday to Stewart Bradley last Monday
Laiya St. Clair at a Planned Parenthood Halloween Party. This weekend is the 21st annual Choice Event and Auction on Saturday, November 7, 2009 Tickets are available for purchase at 215-351-5530.
Top Model Aminat Ayinde and Michelle Miller of
Stylist Michelle Miller, Former 2nd runner up "Top Model" season 12 Aminat Ayinde and Stylist Arnold Milfort preparing for the photoshoot for AC Luxury Magazine at Del Frisco's Philadelphia.
Top Model Aminat Ayinde and Philadelphia Eagles Todd Herremans. If you caught Sunday's early edition you would have seen this shot in Michael Klein's column.
A Rod arrives at the Four Seasons last week
Amber Rose parties with her friend stylist Congo Green for his birthday Friday (Oct 23) at Philadelphia's Spaghetti Warehouse. At first the description was she was partying with her "Stylist", but Amber is very adamant that she does her own styling, so I had them correct it. I had to keep a lid on this until it appeared in Michael Klein's column last Sunday. She was super nice in person, and very hot. This shot is with Congo's cousin.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Jason and Casey's Engagement Party at Parc

Love can not be legislated thankfully. The other night, after leaving Sabrina & Steve's wedding, I stopped by the happy celebration of Jason and Casey's Engagement Party at Parc Condos on Rittenhouse Square.
Jason and Casey have been together about a year and there are no obstacles in their love and commitment to each other that they can't overcome. It's really refreshing, because when I came out, way back when, the idea of gay marriage was not on the table as we were still trying to erase the pre-1980's laws that put us in the category of mental illness. Now that's crazy!!

Fast forward to 2009 and a roomful of friends mostly straight that are standing shoulder to shoulder supporting these two in their lives. It's a beautiful thing.

Two of their biggest supporters have to be BFF's Andrew Rosenthal and Elise Gilbert. Friends with Casey from U of Penn, the couple often double date. In fact this party was hosted by Andrew, Elise
and another huge supporter and BFF is Matt. Ladies Matt is single and he prepared the entire menu. Matt has worked for a local production company, and just finished producing a show called "Married in Manhattan." If you're not quick enough, I'm gonna fix him up with cousin Jess. Andrew J. Rosenthal is a founder of, a set of tools for measuring and increasing one's happiness, backed by the science of positive psychology. He works with leading researchers to "go beyond the books" and develop online exercises for (They're all entirely too smart for my brain to handle.) Both are on the Penn Alumni Board and I'd like to say that is how I met them, but it's not.
Jason and I Casey met through a mutual friend Sharon Gerber from Penn who now goes to Temple Med School with Jason. They went to Mercato on their first date and it was love at first bite. Jason is an accomplished ski racer and Casey’s from a world class ski resort so that was one of the first signs that we were meant to be together. Two friends enjoying themselves at the festivities.
Like two lesbians getting a cat and moving in together after the first date, sure enough Casey was moving his stuff over bit by bit until after a few weeks I was all moved in. We even rescued a cat at Outfest’s PSPCA animal truck after Jason finished volunteering at the Mazoni center last October!

Being it was Halloween Maria Papadakis and Jaclyn O'Connor dressed the part. Ironically Maria's mom was over at the Tamburino/Thorne reception, but I don't believe I caught her on my camera.
Rocking the faux hawk Dan Doyon and Lauren Cantell
Jonathan Dunn and Sandra Krithamer
Michael "can you read my handwriting" "probably not" Durkeihemier and Paula Aranda. Graduating students at U of Penn 2010
Kwin Haddix, Whitney Cox, Rino Edi, Yash Joshi and Whitney Alexander
Sandra Krauthamer and Suzi Stein practice their stance. What do you think of the elbow on the hip move?
Matt was able to secure this delicious, 3 story cake for us all to enjoy. (Girls he cooks, not this cake though!!)
The first night we were in Miami we went for a 2am swim in the eighty degree water (I guess they didn't see Jaws.) Jason got down on one knee in the waves, and then I did too because I wanted to be the first to ask (hmm this could be a problem in the future when they both want to get the front seat.) But he made me stand up and asked me to be his husband as he put a plastic wine wrapper on my finger. We are especially thankful to Matt Carter, who in his limited spare time as a TV producer, managed to cook a gigantic delectable Mediterranean feast where even the mayonnaise used as an ingredient was made from scratch (see girls I told you) and Andrew Rosenthal, who, in his limited time as an executive VP for the startup, president of the board of the Penn Alumni club, a board member of countless other philly institutions such as Project HOME, Young Friends of the Mural Arts Foundation, Young Friends of the Philadelphia Art Museum etc, was able to coordinate all logistics and organize the event . (People say I lead an exhaustive schedule; and Andrew manage to get World Series tickets to 3 of the games on a whim, now that is smart.)
Sometime soon a new generation will take over, and states like Maine won't be outlawing gay marraige like they did yesterday.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


(To see the Thorne/Tamburino Photos Mentioned in The Inquirer Scroll Down to Monday's Entry)

Henri David greets people to his 100th Ball. The ball was nicely attended, not the crush I was expecting which was great considering I had covered the Tamburino/Thorne wedding during the day. See Monday's entry, a record 7000 hits visited PCC on Monday.
There were still some outrageous costumes like these two acting out a make-out session in the back sit of a 57 Chevy
I think these two just pulled something out of their fetish closet
Couples are always dressing alike, although these two are just friends. One of them has a wife and kids. The guy on the left, David Persica, world famous tap dancer residing here in Philadelphia. He has a show at the Painted Bride on 11/21
Don & Renee Freeman with friends from I think Oregon.
Gov Rendell and the Wizard of OZ crew. Earlier in the day we saw Ed at Sabrina & Steve's wedding.
Now this is frightening
Celeb judge of the night, Mike Strug & wife. Hey Mike where's your costume?

Tom & Carrie. Tom is with Invincible Pictures you'll recall he was the director in the rapper Azizz video "Let's Go, Let's Go." Stay tuned, he has some big things coming up in the future.
Henri's beau is 2nd from left and he gets into the spirit just as much
the dancing boys spread cheer thru the crowd
My long time friend Eric Laumer and his long ago roommate Will, and their friend. Nice costumes.
Impressive Centaurus and bee
Divine and she looks like a Million Bucks
Amazing, how did this guy carry his urinal around

Hot Mess!!Lucy & friend
The two Tim's made it out. Looking good. Thank god Tim 1 retired that Zero costume.
Of course I was a paparazzi again this year so do I have room to talk? Mike's an Unidentifying Frying ObjectI Love Lucy with Tim2
Racer Rich and Susan Helfrich looking very hot. Rich's new film company is really thriving. Amazing how many people I know in the film business.
The big winner for most scary
For Best Celeb look a like
There were too many Swine Flu's despite Mike not finding any pig's noses. I didn't see any Jon & Kate's Thank God. Check out the slide show for a few others. Tomorrow I will return to the social coverage as you know moi is of course a week behind now. Go Phillies!!