Friday, October 22, 2010

Geena Davis, Jane Seymour, M Night, and Madeline Albright in Philly last night - My Philly Mag Column - Erica Domesek

Geena Davis, Jane Seymour, M Night, and Madeline Albright in Philly last night.

Erica Domesek was in town last week.

Milligan & Company Celebrates 25th Anniversary - that reminds me tax season is right around the corner

This was an event I was invited to cover, but I had a conflict. On occasion I can run other peoples photos since I like to put a lot of content on my column and run out of events to put on PCC. These photos were taken by my friend Photo: Chris Santaniello/ MetroPhillyPhoto , but I will add content to keep it interesting and not like a photo album of sorts. I promise to only run other people's photos at the most 2xs a week.

Milligan is well known as one of the country’s largest minority and veteran-owned accounting firms, with five regional offices.

Milligan staff Angela Lee, Jovan Goldstein, Diane King and Jim Buckley “Historically, blacks have one of the lowest levels of representation in the accounting industry: about three percent,” noted Jovan Goldstein, Partner in Milligan’s Audit Practice. “That has posed challenges for young black accountants, but it has also given our firm a unique position. Milligan has become a firm of choice for many large organizations that embrace supplier diversity and quality services.”
Milligan staff Robin Holland, CPA and Milligan & Co’s Audit Manager, with Tim Roseboro, The Reinvestment Fund, in the Independence Seaport Museum lobby.
Bill Walsh, Director at Congressman Joe Sestak’s office, presenting a Congressional Recognition certificate to Milligan & Company partners Denise Bailey, John Milligan and Jovan Goldstein. Remember to vote on Nov 2.
Bruce Cohen, a former PwC partner and John Milligan’s mentor, with John Milligan, Milligan & Company’s Managing Partner. John Milligan has been a selfless contributor to the region’s nonprofits. In addition to founding and serving as board chair of the Greater Philadelphia Minority Business Strategic Alliance, he is board treasurer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Last year, he was a recipient of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s inaugural Minority Business Leaders award.
Milligan partners Denise Bailey, John Milligan and Jovan Goldstein being presented with a Citation from Philadelphia Councilman at Large Frank Rizzo.



PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Tuesday, November 2 beginning at 2:30 pm, modern Mexican restaurant
and bar Distrito (3945 Chestnut Street, 215-222-1657) will host a festive Day of the Dead Celebration. Featuring
two floors of fun, including DJs, face painters, affordable street food snacks and a special Herradura tequila dinner,
it will be a vibrant celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday.
“We look forward to hosting a lively party to honor Mexico’s cultural heritage – and enjoy some great food
and drink,” says owner Chef Jose Garces. “From cocktails and nibbles to a sit-down tequila pairing dinner, we’ve
got a variety of ways to enjoy the day.”
Day of the Dead specials will be offered on both floors. Downstairs at The Cantina, the celebration will
include street food specials such as: Esquites, sweet corn with queso fresco and chipotle mayo ($3); Nachos
Ignacio, with black beans, poblano, queso mixto and pickled jalapenos ($7); and assorted Alambres, or skewers,
including hanger steak, shrimp and chicken ($6 to $7). Cans of Tecate and Modelo Especial will be available for $2
each, Dos Equis Amber and Lager will be offered as $4 draughts and specialty cocktails will be priced at $5. At 9
p.m., two DJs will spin and face painters will adorn revelers faces with “Day of the Dead” skulls.
Beginning at 8 pm, Distrito will offer a Day of the Day Herradura Tequila Dinner in their private dining
room. Space is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. The dinner, which will cost $65 per person not
including tax or gratituty, will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by a delectable menu paired with tequilas
including: Warm Lobster Cappucino with guajillos; Hiramasa Ceviche with blood ornage segments, radish,
lime, jalapenos and micro arugula; Red Chile and Pork Tamale with Oaxacan black mole; Braised Goat with
smoked bacon black beans and citrus salad; and Chocolate Flan.
A portion of the proceeds from the Day of the Day celebration will benefit Puentes de Salud. Puentes de
Salud is a non-profit organization that promotes the well-being of Philadelphia’s Latinos through low-cost, high-
quality health care, community development and innovative education programs which reflect evolving partnerships
among individuals, community organizations, and academic institutions.

Distrito’s menu of fresh interpretations of classic Mexican fare, striking décor including a hot pink and
bright green color scheme, a wall constructed from over 600 colorful, campy masks of lucha libre and a booth crafted
from a Volkswagen Beetle, has been featuring in Food & Wine, GQ, Glamour and Bon Appetit which noted, “the
menu is pitch perfect.” In its annual “Best of” issues, Philadelphia Magazine voted Distrito “Modern Mexican
2010” and “Best Restaurant 2009.” Distrito and was included on Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List 2009 as one of
the world’s top 50 restaurants. In 2008, Esquire magazine named Distrito among the best new restaurants in the
country, while locally, The Philadelphia Inquirer named them best overall new restaurant of 2008.
Distrito is located at 3945 Chestnut Street, in West Philadelphia’s bustling University City neighborhood.
It is open for dinner seven days a week, starting a 5 p.m. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, and a weekend

brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (215)
222-1657 or visit

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Chamber Orchestra Opening Night Pre-Concert Party

(On occasion I will run photos provided to me, especially on days when I have the column of course that's not today.)

On Monday, September 27th, The Chamber Orchestra opened their season with new Music Director Dirk Brossé with a performance at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Afterward a VIP reception was held upstairs in the Hamilton Garden.

Dirk Brosse and Judge Rendell
Many great composers of the past, especially during the Baroque and Classical periods, wrote for orchestra with a chamber orchestra in mind. This included composers such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and their contemporaries.

Cliff Cohn, Gabriela Martinez, Harvey Magarick

The next Chamber Orchestra concerts will be:

Sunday, November 14th @ 2:30pm – Perelman Theatre, Kimmel Center

Monday, November 15th @ 7:30pm – Perelman Theatre, Kimmel Center

Tuesday, November 16th @ 7:30pm – Baptist Temple at Temple University

They will be performing Barber, Puccini and Tchaikovsky

Frieda Claes, new Music Director Dirk Brossé, The Honorable Belgian Minister of State Willy Claes, Gabriella Martinez, Peter Gistelinck, Judith Meyer. Dirk Brossé, born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1960, is a multi-faceted composer and a respected conductor on the international music scene. Their 63rd Anniversary Concert is "Singing City: The French Muse" held Saturday, April 30, 2011 · 8:00 pm during the Philadelphia International Festival for the Arts.
Photography by Matt Romano

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


My Philly Mag Column today.


Were you at Whisper and didn't see your photo posted. Review it here and if you want to buy it it'll only cost you $7


I wrote about the Voodoo prom at, but thought I would throw a few pictures up here and note interesting Halloween events you might not know about...

Penn Museum Young Friends' Halloween Event "Vampires, Demons, and Mystical Creatures in the Ancient World"
Thursday, October 21, 6:15 pm

Historic Stenton presents
Saturday, October 30th, noon to 4:00 p.m.
Free, reservations requested, call
4601 North 18th Street (the corner of 18th and Windrim Avenue), just 4 blocks east of Wayne Junction.

The Gazela and Big Time, Small Time present
Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st from 4:00 -6:00 p.m.
Ages 5 and up

Saturday, October 23, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
215 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Open to the public. Included is the tour, a custom pint glass and hors d'oeuvres.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at:
or by calling Sarah J. Bonnice at 610-668-4258 or email

Laurel Hill Cemetery and the Friends of Laurel Hill present
Thursday, October 28
Seatings are at 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia
$50 per person. This event is restricted to those aged 21 and older.
Reservations must be made in advance. Payments accepted via cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or
checks payable to the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery may be mailed to
3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132
Phone (215) 228-8200 or email
For additional information, visit

Laurel Hill Cemetery and the Friends of Laurel Hill present
Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30
Hour-long tours will depart approximately every half-hour beginning at 7:00 p.m., and continuing until 9:30 p.m.
$20/person; $15/members, students and seniors

This program is not recommended for children ages 12 and younger.
Advance reservations for groups of 10 or more are requested
phone (215) 228-8200, website
Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia

The Gazela and Revival Burlesque present
Wednesday, October 27th-Sunday, October 31
Tours will begin every twenty minutes between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Each tour is 40 minutes long.
Tickets are $20/person available online at
NOTE: No one under 18 years old will be admitted.




Join THE ZOO in celebrating with a masquerade party for the entire family featuring Zoo-wide trick- or- treating, spooky storytelling, meet and greets and more!

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, October 23rd & 24th

The Zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $18.00 for adults, and $15.00 for kids aged 2 through 11. Family memberships start at just $99 and Zoo members receive free admission and parking all year long.

Hollywood Halloween Party, Philly's Elite Red Carpet Costume Party
Saturday, October 30 at 9:00pm
Location: South Philly Bar and Grill
The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret and Johnny Showcase & The Lefty Lucy Cabaret together in one night!
Saturday, October 30 at 9:00pm - October 31 at 2:00am
200 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA
Go to the ticketing website for all the details... Tickets are on sale now.

Tavern On Broad - 200 South Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19102 view map

Saturday, Oct 30, 2010 8:00 PM view event on facebook » Now in its sixth year, Vampires + Vixens is Philadelphia's most exclusive Halloween event. This year, we are bringing you another 6-hour blow-out costume extravaganza!

Halloween Party

On Saturday, Oct. 30, TRUST (Old City) will host a costume party from 9pm until 2am with an open bar and light fare. The night will include a DJ, photo booth, “living bars” pouring cocktails and several movie screens projecting Halloween classics. Tickets are $40/person and should be purchased in advance.

Family Day

Sunday, Oct. 31 will be Family Day and include hands-on activities at TRUST as well free trick-or-treating with Old City retailers. The activities at TRUST – children’s and pet costume contests and crafts like trick-or-treat bag decorating begin at 10am and cost $20/child. Classic candies from Franklin Fountain and refreshments from local restaurants will also be offered.Fort Mifflin on the Delaware presents
October 21, 22, and 29
Fort Mifflin Rd & Hog Island Rd, Philadelphia
Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and leave every 30 minutes. Tours last roughly one hour. Last tour is at 10:00 p.m.
Adults: $20, Children 12 and under: $15.
Please call 215-685-4167 for more info or visit
October 23, 2010
Join Us THIS SATURDAY for the first annual Fort Mifflin Haunt Fest 2010 -- "Philadelphia's Only REAL Haunted Experience!" In this Talk Philly segment Ukee Washington interviews Medium Marisa Pell of Connection Beyond, Susan Bove of SJPR and Rich Braconi Jr. -- Professional Reader. 9PM Adults Only

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the GLBTQ kids who committed suicide

On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the kids who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and/or at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag. The Freedom Pages, along with Tabu Sports Bar & Lounge is throwing a EVENT PURPLE. This is a FUNDRAISER for The Attic—the ONLY LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning) Youth Center located in Philly.

Date: Wednesday, October 20

Location: TABU @ 200 S. 12th St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

Time: 7-10 pm

Specifics: $5 donation at the door get you 1 Free Drink Ticket OR $25 donation gets you OPEN BAR from 7-10 pm with $10 donated to The Attic

Special Drag performances by Isis and Alexis

"Fix This Kitchen.” with Chef Georges Perrier with wife Andrea in attendence (Who knew he was married, not I?)

IKEA, the Life Improvement Store, is a proud sponsor of the new A&E Network series "Fix This Kitchen.” The six episode, half-hour kitchen makeover series will air Saturdays beginning October 16th at 10:00am ET/PT as part of A&E’s Saturday morning lineup, The Big Fix. This event was on Friday 10/15, so it was too late to promote the TV show the very next day, but I was there to cover the excitement of the next day's showing.
Each episode will feature a world-famous celebrity chef, as
well as IKEA products and solutions integrated into the renovated kitchen design.

Each week on “Fix This Kitchen,” the worlds’ most recognizable celebrity chefs (Lidia Bastianich, Georges Perrier [above], Marcus Samuelsson, Charlie Trotter, Ming Tsai, and Graham Elliot Bowles) team up with show host and accomplished designer Nicole Facciuto and conspiring family members to surprise frustrated household cooks with a complete kitchen makeover. Using IKEA products, the team transforms the homeowners’ outdated and inadequate kitchens into eye-catching, functional spaces worthy of a gourmet chef.

Rachel Shiel, Angela Adams, Lisa Christiansen, Kelly Niszczak, and Janice Simonsen, all from Ikea.
Chef Georges Perrier and Janice Simonsen
Patti Klein, Georges Perrier and Jennifer Braxton, Local Marketing Manager of Ikea. I bet a lot of people ask her if she's related to Toni Braxton?
Chet Fenster, Managing Partner, Director of Content Creation, MEC Entertainment; Jennifer Pechenik, Tim Jones, and Nicole Bradley

George Ushkowitz, Amy Ushkowitz, Chef Georges Perrier and wife Andrea Perrier and Kelly Macleod.
Laura Burkardt, Patti Klein and Kristina Jenkins
The first "Fix This Kitchen" episode was on October 16th as Georges Perrier will helped created a dream kitchen in the home of the winning candidate. Brian and Shawna Clark of Northeast Philadelphia who were selected from hundreds of applicants to receive a dream kitchen created by their choice of a local celebrity chef. Participants were matched with a local chef based on a series of questions they were asked including favorite restaurant and favorite Chef from their home city. The Clarks responded Le Bec-Fin and Chef Perrier so a match was made.

Monday, October 18, 2010

BETHENNY FRANKEL "LET'S PUT ON A SHOW" and earn some dough 1/21/11 Merriam Theater Philadelphia

Skinnygirl Night Out…a conversation with


at Merriam Theater, Jan. 21

OCTOBER 18, 2010

Best-selling Author and Television Star Comes to Philadelphia

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, Oct. 22 at 10am!

Presented in Association with Mills Entertainment

Bethenny Frankel, best-selling author and star of The Real Housewives of New York and Bethenny Getting Married?, comes to Philadelphia for an evening of sass and fabulous fun at the Merriam Theater on Friday, January 21, 2010 at 8pm. America’s favorite “skinnygirl” will dish on life, her work, and her passion for living healthy and living well. Throw on your best pumps for a hilarious and unpredictable evening with Bethenny Frankel!

Tickets go on-sale Friday, October 22nd at 10am, and are available for $10, $25, $35 by calling 215.893.1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office located at Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (open daily from 10am to 6pm, later on performance evenings). A limited number of VIP tickets ($75) will be available that include a post-show meet and greet with Bethenny.



Today's Sunrise from my balcony looking east.
Looking towards the City
Each year butterflies migrate to South America along the eastern coast of often stopping or congregating in Stone Harbor before they cross the wide Herford Inlet towards Wildwood.
If you look closely you can see dragon flies on the branches

As night falls the butterflies gather in pine trees to rest as they don't fly in the dark
silhouette of butterflies
Although the last two weeks were prime butterfly watching season, you may still see nearly a thousand a day for the next 10 days migrate along the shore. I recommend watching them at the Stone Harbor Point near 126th Street.