Friday, November 5, 2010


Since we're on the subject, I saw this one today too.

Marcie and Val rack up big prizes at the Purple Dish last night, Flyers Streak Continues & they stop by Lago's for Charity

Today's Philly Mag Column

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown says IT GETS BETTER

I'm a big fan of

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

Now even more
ALSO coming up:
Councilwoman Reynolds-Brown sponsors ‘Knit-In’
Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown will sponsor a day of knitting and crocheting to make mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for children in Philadelphia’s homeless shelters on Wednesday, November 10th at City Hall, Room 401, 4th Floor, in Philadelphia.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. To RSVP and for additional information call Eilene Frierson at 215-686-3438 or email her here.
Those unable to participate are invited to bring their knits to councilwoman’s office in Room 581 City Hall at any time.

PROJECT 21 - 'Between The Lines': The Unloved...'Randy Louis Swiren' On The Red Carpet with other contributors.

Project 21 Film Festival...Red Carpet..Hollywood in Philly...Sun Oct 3rd....International House...Featuring 'Between The Lines': The Unloved...'Randy Louis Swiren' as TV Host 'Wallace Bryant'... festival co-director, and Randy Swiren, whose "Between the Lines: The Unloved" was one of the many shorts shown at the festival, held at International House.

I didn't have a chance to cover this event, but it looks interesting. If your a film maker you may want to check it out next year.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

'Cleo-cat-ra' & 'Bark' Antony Pet Costume Contest! at the Franklin Institute - Plus The Bad Dog Ball Info

On Saturday I ran over to catch the 'Cleo-cat-ra' & 'Bark' Antony Pet Costume Contest! (Except I was too late as I was photographing SAFE car chases, but the Franklin Institute provided these snaps)

Calling all pet owners and Ancient Egyptian fanatics! Dress your pet in head-to-paw ancient Egyptian gear and head over to the Franklin Institute for a chance to win one of two cash prizes or Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt tickets! All pets are welcome and will be judged on the originality and creativity of their costumes! The event takes place Saturday, October 30 from 1-3pm at the Franklin institute, 20th Street & Ben Franklin Parkway. Grand prize is $500, second place is $250 and third place winners receive 2 tickets to the Cleopatra exhibit. See you and Fido there!

Congratulations!! - Do you like to party with your pet?
The Bad Dog Ball is a young professionals’ cocktail party and fundraiser held on the same night as the Good Dog Gala at the gorgeous Loews Philadelphia hotel. Hosted by the Young Friends of the Pennsylvania SPCA, the Ball introduces philanthropic young professionals to the lifesaving work of the organization at a party featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a live DJ, dancing, photo ops, raffle prizes and more. The best part is, guests can party the night away with their four-legged friends! Dogs (good and bad) are welcome to attend. The Bad Dog Ball also doubles as the “after-party with attitude” for the more formal Good Dog Gala.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Give The Shirt off Your Back, Socialites, Jamie Apody, Nigel Richards in a Black Tie, Wendy Rosen & Allan Domb

Paul Coleman and ABC6's Jamie Apody met at Mid-Town Continental


Hale Building (a.k.a. Lucas Building or Keystone National Bank), 1326-28 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1887, expanded 1892, altered). Now Penfield Building.[19] The Hale Building - Juniper and Chestnut This fabulous Victorian edifice was built in the 1883 by Willis Gaylord Hale, one of the finest architects in Philadelphia in the late 19th century.

Originally born in Seneca, New York, Willis Hale moved to Philadelphia in 1876 and worked on over a hundred buildings in Philadelphia, including the magnificent external link Divine Lorraine, which now lies vacant on North Broad.

Unfortunately for Hale, tastes changed quickly in nineteenth century Philadelphia. By 1893, Architectural Record had denounced the Hale building as an "architectural aberration" and a "restless jumble". Willis Hale died penniless in 1907. (SOURCE)Looks like all the talk about it being restored and put into a functional use might be true
I took these pictures Tuesday 11/2/10. According to Plan Philly it's scheduled to become a hotel.


The Tamburino/Thorne Anniversary Celebration on Halloween Eve

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Johnny Drama's Kevin Dillon from Entourage Hitting Parx's Casino Friday Night - Here are the details


Actor Kevin Dillon aka Johnny Drama hosting launch event for state-of-the-art poker room, the latest addition to Parx® exciting live table games offerings. Poker table room will be largest in Pennsylvania after renovation


Parx Casino

Parx East Building (adjacent to main casino where horseracing takes place)

2999 Street Road

Bensalem, PA 19020

Located at exit 37 off I-95, or exit 351 off the PA Turnpike!/video/video.php?v=1676859359011

When (Pending Pa. control board approval):

Friday, November 5, 2010

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM


Parx Casino®, largest and most impressive gaming facility in Pennsylvania, is owned and operated by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc. Conveniently located 20 minutes north of center city Philadelphia, I-95 exit 37or PA Turnpike exit 351onto Street Road in Bensalem, the 260,000 square foot casino features 3,500 slot machines; 57 live table games; 24 poker tables; 170 electronic table games; Parx Grill, an upscale signature steakhouse; Foodies food court; Chickie’s & Pete’s, 360 bar and nightclub; Jax sports bar, and parking for over 5,000 cars. For more information on Parx Casino® visit

“Our new, sleek poker room solidifies Parx position as one of the top casino destinations on
the East Coast,” says Bob Green, Chairman of Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment,
Inc. “We’re proud to have the best in gaming including poker, tables, slots, as well as quality
customer attention and superior amenities for all guests.”

Visitors to Parx East are mere steps from the 260,000 square foot central casino building which
boasts 3,500 of the most popular slot machines, 57 live tables, and an exciting array of dining,
entertainment, sports bars and a nightclub.

The addition of poker has spurred over 200 new employment opportunities at Parx. Subsequent
phases of expansion, under current development, will incorporate new live table games such
as pai-gow, pai-gow tiles, and mini-baccarat creating even more jobs for the local and regional

STEPHEN STARR'S GRANITE HILL Special Event Monday Night w/Philly's Sweethearts Aditi Roy, Lesley Van Arsdale and Me

The genius of Stephen Starr spreads. Last night I went to a Press/VIP event at the new Stephen Starr restaurant Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia, PAThe evening began with a cocktail party in the cafeteria, which is also run by Stephen Starr. In Fact Stephen Starr is dominating the food industry in Fairmount Park, as the Horticultural Center has a new partnership with Steven Starr and Starr Restaurants Catering Group to be the facility's exclusive caterer. (The design of this sign looks familiar, can you recall where else you've seen it?)
Donna Coghlan, Advanced Staging Productions, Ken Alan, MidAtlantic Events Magazine, and Brooke Hartka, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine.
Gail M. Harrity, President and COO, Marilyn Phister, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Executive Producer 6ABC Wendy Daughenbaugh, Nikki Hawkins, 6ABC Producer.
Artist Noel G. Miles and author Thom Nickels are collaborating on a book about the buildings in Philadelphia. About 10 years ago Noel did a beautiful book on Philadelphia City Hall, which had a limited run. The City had commissioned the book, and when the Street administration ended so did the run. Recently Thom Nickels has been promoting his latest book Spore. If you look in the margin of this blog you will see the information on his latest reading/signing this Friday.
Always fun to see my friends Aditi Roy and Lesley van Arsdale. Lesley and her husband Mike, as you know just had a baby boy Grayson. She showed me the most adorable picture of him in his Halloween costume, a pumpkin. Look for a holiday return to the anchor seat for her. (I wanted to take a picture of her picture, but I restrained myself.)
Timothy Rub, Art Director of the Philadelphia Art Museum greets the guests. First off he tells the group that always a perfectionist, Stephen Starr just told him the lights were too low, and they need to upgrade them - LOL. So all you interior designers get on the phone and call Tim today.
Which included Stephen Starr (so you know this was a big ta do if he was in the audience.) Starr said he is getting his English Pub ready which will be located at 18th and Sansom Streets. Says he's working on perfecting the Plum Pudding this week. Sounds delish and warm for the winter.
Am I at the right table? Maybe now that I have a blog, a column and am on TV I get to sit next to the Director of the Art Museum and right next to Aditi Roy? Or maybe I just sat at the table with a great overall view of the room and wasn't thinking.
Our menu for the evening
Salad was delicious, frisee, roasted golden beets, apple, pecans, walnuts and ricotta salata
I had the Potato-Fried Chicken Schnitzel, which was delicious and makes my mouth water as I write this. Mike, yes the elusive Mike went with me, had the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. I would have a picture, but when I got up to shoot the director, the president and Stephen Starr, then returned to the table, Mike had finished it off. Crab cakes are his favorite.
Erin Swanson, Anthony Sica, City Paper/Meal Ticket and Barry Eichner,
(I usually rave about my Lumnix, it takes good food & daylight pixs, but the reviews are right, low light inside, not too much.)
K Miller and sister Kristin Detterline-Munro, Phila Style Magazine
My table mates, Timothy Rub, Art Director of the Philadelphia Art Museum, Edward J. Sozanski Philadelphia Inquirer, an art critic at the Inky since 1982 and Marilyn Pritchard, an artist in the discipline of pottery.
Mike had the S'Mores. Not only delicious, or AWESOME as he said, in fact that was his description for the whole meal, anyway the S'Mores were not only delicious, but fun to eat, he said. (The Yelpers seem to like it too.)
I had the fall Crumble, which was Awesome. Again just a really unique concept, especially the topping of the sugar maple Leaf.
There's also an adjoining dining room for private events. The restaurant is opened to the general public, without the museum's entrance fee. It's best to enter via the west side of the building.

From Open Table:
  • Price: $30 and under
  • Website:
  • Phone: (215) 684-7990
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday: 11:00am – 3:30pm
    Dinner: Friday: 5:00pm - 7:30pm, Sunday Champagne Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm (starting in mid-September).

An Upcoming event at the Art Museum, as well as at Granite Hill

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6 pm at the Van Pelt Auditorium

VIP Reception to follow at Stephen Starr’s Granite Hill Restaurant

WHAT: Screening of The Olmsted Legacy and VIP Reception
WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
TICKETS: $15 for the screening, $100 for screening and VIP Reception
Reservations are required. To reserve your tickets online, please click here. For additional information, please contact Michelle Nicoletto at
215-988-8762 or

With grateful appreciation to The Speedwell Foundation and RedFields to GreenFields Initiative for their generous support of this program.