Friday, September 17, 2010

TODAY'S PHILLY MAG POST: Grand Opening of Lumiere & 1 yr Anniv Recess: Plus Jimmy Rollins, Oprah & friends




Pitts brings telescope to 2nd & Chestnut and

invites public to view Jupiter and the Moon!

WHAT: The Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts is bringing his best telescope to 2nd & Chestnut Streets in Old City this Saturday night to show - anyone who wants to see – Jupiter and the Moon! The weather should be perfect, the stars very visible - and Pitts has scouted an ideal location!

Pitts will be set-up at the corner of 2nd & Chestnut with his telescope positioned for perfect viewing. Anyone is welcome to take a look! There will even be some random astro-trivia and some small prizes.

WHEN: TOMORROW! Saturday, September 18 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm

WHERE: 2nd & Chestnut Streets

Philadelphia, PA

DETAILS: Saturday is International View the Moon Night, the first annual event dedicated to sharing the excitement of lunar science and exploration.

Meet some BIG STARS on the second Thursday of each month at The Franklin Institute!

Night Skies in the Observatory hosted by Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts

Every second Thursday of each month the Joel N. Bloom Observatory is open late to the public and offers 5

different telescopes to view celestial objects in the sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and - if conditions are

right - a galaxy or two. The evening includes a Fels Planetarium show and a lecture or presentation

(appropriate for all ages) on an astronomical or space science topic. The Observatory is staffed with

knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided. The event is held from 6-9pm and admission is

$5.00. Members are free.


Info Here:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hero Thrill Show Saturday Sept. 18, from 11:30 to 4 p.m.

Hero Thrill Show is a day of fun and fund raising to benefit the education of families of deceased police and fire heroes
WHO: Scheduled: 2010 Thrill Show Grand Marshal U.S, Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.; Mayor Michael Nutter; Hero Thrill Show organizer and attorney, James “Jimmy” Binns, Philadelphia police and fire patron and humanitarian; Everett Gillison, Deputy of Public Safety; Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey; Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers; John McNesby, President, Lodge 5/Fraternal Order of Police; Bill Gault, President of Local 22/ Firefighters Union; Recipients/family members of a deceased police officers and firefighters; WOGL Radio personality Bob Pantano; Youth organizer and WIP Radio host Sonny Hill; Ring announcer Nino Del Buono; Philadelphia Police Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team; Fraternal Order of Police; patrons of the City’s police and fire departments; Youth basketball organizer and radio host Sonny Hill; pro athletes Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Raul Abanez, Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala.

WHAT: 2010 Philadelphia Hero Thrill Show

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 18, from 11:30 to 4 p.m.
(Official Kick-Off Ceremony at noon with great audio and visuals)
Rain Date: Sunday, September 19, 2010

Kick-Off Program with grand entrance by Police Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team, Police Strike Force Bicycle Stunt Team and Thrill Show grand marshal arrives in 2010 luxury vehicle near main staging area; announcement of college scholarships of family members of deceased police officer and firefighter. Corporate sponsor presentation of checks to scholarship program.

WHERE: Outside the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
(parking area just south of the former Spectrum) in South Philadelphia

The Calderwood Gallery and Where Magazine welcome new editor Kristina Jenkins to Philadelphia

The Calderwood Gallery (1622 Spruce Street)
inventory was created by the superb designers whose names are the hallmarks of high-style French furniture from the first half of the 20th Century. Tuesday night Gary and Janet Calderwood hosted Where Magazine's party to introduce their new editor.

Publisher Laura Burkhardt did the honors, here with the new editor: Kristina Jenkins. Kristina was the editor for Where Magazine in the Southwest, covering Phoenix, Tucson and Denver, but wanted a change of scenery and moved East with her husband to take the position left vacant when Karen Gross left to follow her dreams in music.
Lori Klein Brennan, Thom Cardwell, Cari and Patti Klein. Patti and I just enjoyed a delicious lunch at Le Bec Fin. I hadn't eaten there since I was a kid with my parents. The food was delicious and they have a very reasonable lunch, five-course menu for $55 or a three-course menu option priced at $35.
Where Magazine's Kari Oriolo with James Zeleniak, Punch Media PR
Gary and Janet Calderwood chat with a friend about the new things they've done with Calderwood, including combining their son's collection, Calderwood 2, which he manages on the 2nd floor.
guest looks at glam photos from the 1930's of movie stars like Lucille Ball, Greta Garbo, Betty Grable

Whereas Calderwood Gallery is high-style French furniture from the first half of the 20th Century. Specializing in French Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Modernist and Forties design; Calderwood 2, run by son Christopher (get it the 2 stands for a couple things) is Design in the time of mod, pop, op, fab and glam
Joan Manuel Rivera and Mark Beyerle of Specialty USA, which runs tours of the City including the Philadelphia Movie Tours.
Rich Rubin and Molly O'Shea, Phila Convention Center
Janice Burnett and Beverly Hale, Best Western Philadelphia
Thanks to Janet and Gary Calderwood, Where Magazine and all the other sponsors for a wonderful party welcoming Kristina Jenkins to Philadelphia.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


the link to my column is at the bottom, but enjoy the pics and videos I took last night with my little but powerful Lumix camera with the 12x zoom & excellent HD video. I think you're gonna wanna buy it. It's $360
Rachel Moore, Maria Papadakis and Mike Toub and I went to the Monster Ball last night thanks to Sarena Snider.

Welcome to the Philly Monster Ball

Rachel, Ashley Vanett and Maria

Gaga and Virgin Mobile grants a fans wish to move up closer to the stage, met her after the show, and they donating $20,000 to GLBT charity

Rachel Moore and Maria Papadakis

Chats about Gay Rights, Talks about her Tweet with Sen Reid

Check out the fan photos & more on

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Random Shots Today cause I was out all night shooting Bill Clinton and Tony Blair & then needed to process them

Did public money go into building the Philadelphia Art Museum garage? Then why does the public have to pay so much for parking? $26 as opposed to $10 for a member. Also mr garage you took about 100 parking spaces away to build your driveway.
Comcast, what a beautiful building
Dinner is $.50 more and they add chips
What is happening to the Fairmount Park picnic tables?
I think the PPA should give Roxy a ticket for their movie stand taking up a scooter space
Sestak's campaign office

My friends kids list their dead animals on the door jam of their house

One turret down, another to go.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Bra Whisperer, KOP Fashion Night Out, Young Friends of the Art Museum Party, What's Kendra Up To? Philly Peeps at New York Fashion Week

The Sights of the 25th Annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

The 25th Annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival: Jim McMillian Vietnam Vet Author signs his book at the festival

Real Jellyfish paper weights
Henry and Mike, missing Chip
Pig Tail Turner and rifle lighters.

People were walking around with this coconut drinking container. For $15 you could get refills all day. Of course there was always this long line you had to endure.
Do you see the straw?

It was a great day with great friends. Then we had dinner at this new restaurant called Bull Durham BBQ