Friday, November 19, 2010

Which Phillies Player is doing the honor of Unveiling the MACY’S CENTER CITY CHRISTMAS WINDOWS SAT 11/20 1PM

Diamonds & Denim with Cole Hamels & The Phillies Team last August is where the Ryan And Sarah Madson photo came from

Tickets for this years
Diamonds & Denim event Here



WHO: Macy’s Center City rings in the spirit of the season with their Christmas window unveiling and other spectacular events for the entire family. Join Major League Baseball player Ryan Madson** and his family, Radio Disney artist Josh Golden, and some very special children from Make-a-Wish as they kick off the festivities on Market Street with Jolly Old St. Nick himself!

(**I do have to say how odd the call him the
Major League Baseball player in the press release and not Phillie's Relief Pitcher?)
WHAT: Macy’s Christmas Window Unveiling – 1 PM
This year’s windows bring to life the animated CBS television special, “Yes Virginia…," and tell the inspiring true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, a little girl who chose to believe in Santa Claus.

The magic continues inside on the 3rd floor after the window unveiling. Bring your camera for the exclusive opportunity to have pictures taken with the Macy’s Polar Bear, Percy the Penguin, Mad Dog from the Philadelphia Wings and the Phillie Phanatic. (Phanatic with Erin Elmore at the Best of Philly Magazine 2009)

Exclusive Sneak Peek of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol- 1:15 PM
Customers who make a purchase of $50 or more in Women’s will receive a pair of tickets to the show’s upcoming engagement at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Musical performance by Radio Disney artist, Josh Golden**—Grand Court, 1:30 PM (oh I thought is said Groban and I was so there. But don't let it stop you.)

Customers who make any $50 purchase during the event will receive Josh’s self-titled debut album, which he will autograph.

Holiday Performance by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale—Grand Court, 2:30 PM

WHERE: Macy’s Center City
1300 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

Christmas Window Unveiling @ 1 PM
Press check-in: 12:30PM
Market Street Entrance
This is his Wikipedia page. Just an odd pix with a glove on his head, just sayin.


A whole week has nearly gone by and I haven't had a moment to list last weeks notable sightings (specifically Saturday, as I will do a fun DeVito, Danza, It's Always Sunny engagement in the GPFO Party wrap up.) First up Monica Devlin celebrated her Bday at Recess with good friends including Sullivan Steak's Shang Skipper and Parx's casino executive Vatche Manoukian
The place was rocking. I thought when Whisper opened this place would suffer, I was wrong.
Last Saturday night at Recess a few Flyers partied inside including Jeff Carter, who came with a few Florida Panthers who the Flyers had just beaten a few hours earlier, 5-2. My source didn't know know the names but said it was all the starting players, about 6 of them.

The club was at full capacity when I arrived, and many of these people who wanted to enjoy Recess were left out on the sidewalk because like a roach motel the folks went in and didn't come out so there was no room at the inn. Check out Recess. It's a boxy room, everyone is dancing and having a good time. 125 s. 2nd Street (BTW Old City at 1:30AM is similar to what Philly Mag describe, it's a mess, drunk people throwing up, fighting and fisting cars ie punching them)

Whisper was packed as GN Kang and I arrived around Midnite to shake a tail feather on the dance floor. Thanks to The Mayor, Drew Cabello for taking care of us and making sure we had everything we needed. We just needed some space cause the place was so packed.
Upstairs I found my friends John Clarke, newlyweds Ali and Dave Warren.
Whisper, get there early and stay late. It's really a great club that has it all.
Deal of the night. The above bottle of Fiji water is only $5 for about 5 glasses of H20. I don't drink so this was perfect. Especially for the E peeps, which there seemed to be a lot of them dancing as boys were grinding with girls, and boys were dancing with boys. Boy things have changed since I was a kid, when the only boys dancing with boys occurred in a gay club. More power to you baby.

The biggest celebrity sighting of all was Barbra Streisand. Tune into NBC Non-Stop Channel 248 this week to get the inside scoop on where Babs went when she was in Philly for the opening of the National Jewish History Museum. Look for the grand opening 11/26/10. Don't miss it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


After leaving Mitchell & Ness I ran over to Broad Street to catch the filming of Safe with Jason Statham, except he wasn't in this scene. Cool though as it was a gun battle that occured on the steps of the Bellevue (Park Hyatt) hotel office building.I know that some people are p/o that this film isn't set in Philly, but to me how great is it that we are able to entice a movie production out of NYC with the great Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit, where our economy is boosted by the production being filmed here in Philly.

The next scene would be one of the many car chases to be filmed,
but I was tired and it was 11PM so I left. Tonight though I will be right back out there to catch the action.


Executive Summary: See what happens, when timely breaking news occurs it pushes back my best laid out plans of which stories I am going to post. Now it's been a bit and no one has reported extensively on some of the celeb sightings that have occurred in the past week, so I am just going to keep them for the NBC Non-Stop channel 248 The Scene with Justin Pizzi 9:30PM everynight. You'll find out about the "The Taxi" reunion with DeVito and Danza and were they broke bread, where they stayed, where they partied. As well as The Always Sunny Folks and what they did while they were here in Philly and not celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the GPFO and a whole bunch of tidbits on the filming of Safe and what the celebs do on their downtime. For now check out this banging blast of a time at the VIP opening of the new Mitchell & Ness store in Center City. HughE 2030 was a crazy name I came up with years ago. It was the year I was hoping to retire and live in the Keys drinking long island ice teas.

Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co., is a sports apparel company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mitchell & Ness was established in 1904, and is the oldest sporting goods company in Philadelphia. By license agreements with Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, and the Collegiate Licensing Company they are makers of authentic vintage sports jerseys, jackets, hats, and wool-felt historic pennants. The retail store is a landmark destination for professional athletes, sportscasters, and celebrities who visit the city. The store is located at 1318 Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia and the new store with serious vintage
Last night was a private Grand Opening of the new store at 1201 Chestnut Street. The old store will close it's doors after the holidays.

By the time I got there after attending an earlier event, it was packed with a few of the usual suspects, and many more fun Philadelphian's like the Mayor, Philly Gossip columnist Dan Gross, guest who looks familiar and Michael Barkann, Comcast Sports

Mayor Michael Nutter, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Sean Mckinney, President of Mitchell and Ness.

To the DJ both were both DJ Jazzy Jeff and the mayor rapped it out. the last time he rapped this song it was with ?uest Love. (And Chris Gabello tells me the Mayor appeared with the Sugar Hill gang once too.)

Where Magazine Account Executive, Kari Oriolo and publisher Laura Burkhardt
Sabrina Tamburino, Kristen Foote, Jill Rizen, and Michelle Ranieri before they hit the dance floor with PR for the opening Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Assocs. Nicole and the whole Cashman crew ended up hitting the dance floor later that night – DJ Jazzy Jeff didn’t leave until week after 10:30 and the party was supposed to end at 10!

Nicole Manno, Johanna Stull, and Sondra Murphy

Best dance party tonight!!! Omg DJ jazz Jeff was Bangin out the $hit of all old school. Love that, everyone there knows what I mean - Sabrina Tamburino

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Joe Piscopo snuck into town last night for Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hosts 2nd Annual Men’s Event

Executive Summary: Opps I'm gonna change up my posting schedule because last night I went out to an event that seemed a bit under the radar. I accidentally came across this event a couple weeks back, wasn't sure how it would fit into my schedule because I am booked for the rest of the week and I knew I needed a night off. But I changed my mind as it happens often. First I ran by the Safe set and they were setting up the scene. Thought I would go back because I really wanted to see Jason Statham get thrown threw the doors at the Bellevue, but it rained and I called it an early night. Anyway, tomorrow look for the GPFO party, then Friday the Jewish History Museum Gala. So that means if you are in any of those pixs, I haven't looked at them yet and won't be doing any administration stuff on them until that point. Also all the pixs I took this week will be put in a folder for your purchase by Monday. I will publish the link on that day. In this entry look for Joe Piscopo, Brian Tierney and Kenny Gamble gets a street named after him. Thanks HughE

Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hosts 2nd Annual Men’s Event was held at the Prime Rib inside the Warwick Hotel last night. (And I still haven't had a dinner there. I was at the bar the night before and ran into a slew of people out for the night, like Laura Burkhardt (who I was meeting), Keren Ini, at other tables were Harriet Lessey, Jim Werner, Phyllis Halpern, Patrick Mullen and Meryl Levitz.)

But there was no public bar meetings on this night as the managing partner Garth Weldon closed the restaurant for the well attended event.
I ran into Philadelphia Style Magazine publisher John Collabelli running out the door to catch a train to NYC for business, but was stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader beauties leaving for the night, which told me I must have missed the cocktail party. Ali Smith and Devan West.
Inside near the silent auction area I ran into Max Frankel and Linda Frankel
I love those silent auction items, usually consisting of sports paraphernalia especially with this much testosterone in one room, but there were some fun things too like dinner with the mayor, spend a morning at the studio with Preston and Steve

and operate the da Vinci surgical robot at Jefferson Hospital

Stacey Kracher, Gary DeVito and artist Ellen Rohlfing (Ck out her facebook fanpage) Mayor Nutter also stopped by and greeted every person sitting at the tables. He knows how to work a room.
Dr. Leonard G. Gomella and colleagues conducted a landmark international
randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group multi-center
clinical trial to determine whether dutasteride reduces the risk of incident
prostate cancer, as detected on biopsy, among men who are at increased risk for
the disease. Over the course of the 4-year study period, dutasteride reduced
the risk of incident prostate cancer detected on biopsy and improved the
outcomes related to benign prostatic hyperplasia. These results were published
in the New England Journal of Medicine on April 1, 2010 ( Pubmed Abstract ).

Kenneth Boone

Trustee, Thomas Jefferson University greets the guestsThanks Mr Frankel for his generous support to the organizationThe 2010 Men's Event Co-Chairs, including Richard Pestell, M.D., Ph.D. (above), Director, Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson; Leonard Gomella, M.D., Chair, Department of Urology at Thomas Jefferson University

Brian Tierney was on hand, he looks so troubled considering it was just announced this week that he will become chief executive at Realtime Media and also take the post at Brian Public Relations and Brian Communications, his new start up companies. (Source)
Actor & Comedian Joe Piscopo stopped by to entertain the crowd for about 30 minutes with song, impressions and a heartfelt thanks as he is a survivor of thyroid cancer.

Joe was great, he later sang 3 Frank Sinatra songs, and then got off before dinner was served. On his way out he posed for more than a few photos including this one with Amanda Murphy. BTW Amanda is helping spearhead a Trevor Project event in Philly on December 3, "It Get's Better" Happy Hour from 7PM to 11PM at Q on 13th and Locust

Each year nearly 218,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, meaning one in six men will be diagnosed with this disease in his lifetime. Philadelphia is particularly hard hit with prostate cancer. For fifteen years, the Jefferson Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Cancer Clinic at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson has been providing comprehensive cancer care through its team of urologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and experts in integrative medicine.
At this year’s event, Mr. Kenneth Gamble will be awarded the inaugural ‘Man of the Year’ award for his humanitarian and civic efforts including his longstanding support of cancer research and his leadership in the African American community, a group hard hit by prostate cancer. Mr. Gamble is best known as a world-renowned Grammy winning lyricist, composer, producer and one of the architects of what is referred to as "The Sound of Philadelphia". Today Mayor Nutter presents the liberty bell and citation at street naming ceremony for Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff of the “Sound of Philadelphia” at The Sound of Philadelphia Souvenir Shop and Experience, 309 S. Broad Street NOON. The honorary street named after Gamble and Huff will be between Pine and Spruce on Broad.


A number of Philadelphia roads are blocked off to traffic because of the marathon on Sunday. Runners start off at 21st Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway, and make their way down to Old City in this 26.2 mile race.

They include:

Spectators are encouraged to find a location to watch the marathon early.

The following street closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 20:

· Eakins Oval/Parkway Art Museum to 22nd Street

· Ben Franklin Parkway 22nd Street to 16th Street

· Martin Luther King Drive to Montgomery Drive

The following streets will begin to close at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 21, and will open back up as runners pass through. All race routes will be open after 4 p.m.

· 21st Street from Spring Garden Street to Arch Street

· 22nd Street from Spring Garden Street to Arch Street

· Eakins Oval/Parkway Art Museum to 22nd

· Ben Franklin Parkway 22nd St to 16th St.

· Arch Street 16th Street to 4th Street

· 4th Street Arch Street to Race Street

· Race Street 4th Street to Columbus Blvd

· Columbus Blvd. (S/B lanes) Vine to Washington Ave.

· S/B I-95 at Washington Avenue

· Washington Ave. Columbus to Front Street

· Front Street Washington to South Street

· West on South Street to 6th Street

· 6th Street to Chestnut Street

· West on Chestnut Street to 34th Street

· North on 34th Street across Girard Ave on Lansdowne Drive

· West on Lansdowne Drive to South Concourse Drive

· West on South Concourse Drive to Avenue of the Republic

· East on Avenue of the Republic to Centennial Circle

· Old Lansdowne Drive to the Sweetbriar Loop

· East on Black Road to MLK Drive

· North on MLK Drive to Montgomery, then to Eakins Oval

· North on Kelly Drive to The Falls Bridge

· The Falls Bridge to Martin Luther King Drive

· North on Kelly Drive to Ridge Avenue

· Ridge Avenue to Main Street

· Main Street Ridge Avenue to Green Lane

· Main Street Ridge Avenue to Calumet Street

· Ridge Avenue Calumet Street to Kelly Drive

Expect significant delays when trying to cross roads on or adjacent to the course. Police will allow traffic through intersections with the course, when possible, depending on the flow of runners.

Karen Gross presents "Sex & the Single Singer": 5th Anniversary Performance and Party this Friday 11/20

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Michael Godard

I usually just do upcoming celebrity/notable events, but I love this pix and and wording used for the pitch.

Michael Godard will be holding an in store appearance at the Oh My Godard Art Gallery, located at the Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean #1132 on December 4, 2010 and December 5, 2010. Godard will meet and greet fans, sign art, and create original works.

About Michael Godard:

Michael Godard did not fully penetrate the art scene until adulthood. He attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas for Fine Arts and later studied at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Initially, Godard struggled with his craft, but decided to create his own artistic rules. Sadly, Michael found his niche in the hospital… sketching lighthearted pictures of olives for his daughter with cancer. 16 year-old Paige Godard passed away in 2006, but Godard is inspired by her memory, hoping to bring a little happiness into the lives of others. For more information visit

FREE GIRLS NIGHT OUT cocktail party EVENT TONIGHT: Marie Claire magazine Philadelphia - Le Meridian Hotel.

Who wants to go to a fun cocktail party, with free liquor and bites. I would if I wasn't going to stalk Jason Statham all night long.
Please RSVP them and since this is supposed to be a non-transferable invite tell them you saw it on PhillyChitChat for your invite. Click on pix for the larger size and email address.

Danny DeVito, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Tony Danza, and Rebecca Creskoff at Sun Studio's GPFO Sceen play panel

Executive Summary: Thanks for stopping by. Expect at least 1 entry a day from, but sometime's there might be 2 or 3. When I did my column it usually took me about 4 hrs to write and consisted of a lot of info, I don't expect that volume of info to change so I need to do a few entries a day for a bit.One of today's entry is about the star studded panel who gathered Sunday in the name of the GPFO's 25th Anniversary at the Rotwitt's Sun Center Studio's in Aston. I first introduced you to Jeff Rotwitt in in the spring when I met him at a Mary Patel cocktail gathering. Adam Rotwitt we first met at the Strongbox opening in 2009. The Sun Center Studio's are beautiful and I will have deets on the amazing party tomorrow. (This is where I could use an editor to trim this back, but not change my thoughts.)

To see the other/and all entries on, please click on the tab HOME and the last 2 - 4 will appear in date order. On the right you can find archives to see past entries.


The Greater Philadelphia Film Office celebrated it's 25th Anniversary last weekend. First up a star studded evening at the 13-acre Wynnewood estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg Wynnwood, Pa now home of Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff and Christina Lurie. On the invite actors Danny DeVito, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Tony Danza, and Rebecca Creskoff.

On Sunday The Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) commemorated a quarter century of remarkable accomplishments with a full day of exciting events highlighting the region’s film and television professionals. The day started with several screenwriting panels and seminars culminated in a press conference revealing the winners of the 2010 “Shoot in Philadelphia” (SIP) Screenwriting Awards.

Philadelphia sweethearts: Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson. It was a lot of fun to be there, very informative, advice that can be used in any field. One of which building relationships is important. Relationships carry on even when a project falls through, plus you never know when a relationship is going to help you out in the future. I strongly believe that and it's one of the reasons I like to cover all kinds of events, besides finding some of them really fascinating, they're also important for relationship building, as someone (a bold named person) told me just yesterday "You never know when a person who's not a bold name, will become one and with a relationship in place your set."The panel included Leslie Greif, Mark Danny DeVito, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Rosenthal, Ernie Vecchione, Jules Lichtman, Actress Rebecca Creskoff, Derek Dressler, Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director GPFO, Tony Danza, and Jeffrey D. Erb is the CEO of Feverpitch Pictures and co-president of Framelight Productions.

Discusses the various forms of a reality show with Leslie Greif, Tony Danza and Rebecca Creskoff

How did It's Sunny in Philadelphia come about?
The event concluded with a press conference announcing the winners of four awards, including Best Feature-length Screenplay, a grand prize award that fetched screenwriter Tim Turner $10,000 for his screenplay “Sweet Jane.” Later he quipped that the weeping women in the audience was his very excited Italian mom.

Philebrity has a nice recap of the somewhat reality show "Teach". Seems they had time over the weekend to catch the show, I didn't even realize it started yet. I'd better check my local listings.

Leslie Greif (left) is one the most prolific writer/director/producers in the business, and has worked on motion pictures and television projects in virtually every genre over the past 25 years. Greif is co-creator and executive producer of Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels, now entering it’s fifth season on the A&E network. He was one of the original "Sweathogs" on Welcome Back Kotter, which probably inspired him to help develop the Tony Danza vehicle "Teacher".
Ernie Vecchione, Jules Lichtman,

Happy Birthday Danny DeVito tomorrow

When Danny DeVito met Kaitlin Olson he complimented her breasts in a pervy way for about 5 mins, did the scene and not until after wards did he tell her he was getting prepared to become that character.
Dena Robbins and Joan Bressler , both of the GPFO. This event is Joan's baby and she puts in a lot of hard work for an entire year to make it the success it is today. Well done Joan, the event was fantastic, informative and well attended.

Shoot in Philadelphia” (SIP), sponsored by GPFO, is a worldwide competition open to screenwriters who submit a feature-length screenplay or an original TV pilot length screenplay to be shot in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Center City is going to seem like a battle zone as the movie Safe will be filming car chases with gun fire over the next 3 nights on Broad Street between Locust and Chestnut Streets. As I reported last week in former Philly Mag column, and on PhillyChitChat the first nights filming will take place inside the Bellevue lobby, and at some point Stratham gets thrown through the lobby's new "breakaway" doors.

It sounds like they're going to allow the public to watch from a safe distance, but don't plan to park anywhere near the epic center as the movie trucks will be using the most prime parking spaces near the Bellevue. Plus Broad Street will be closed to vehicular traffic Wed thru Fri nights.Click to make larger

Filming will be before and after midnite. My source tells me they break for dinner at 12:30AM until 2AM If you see me out there say hi, and maybe you'll be on