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March 2011

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Chase Utley and Jennifer Utley are joining forces with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Friday April 1 is a City Wide Holiday as it’s the Phillies Opening Day. I remember my dad taking me to every opening day when I was a kid. It’s a thrill. I’ll be doing the tailgate parties even if it snows, as I have a “Situation” to photograph that afternoon. Today I went back to elementary school for an assembly with Philadelphia Phillies’ second baseman, Chase Utley and his wife Jennifer Utley (Utley Foundstion) who are joining forces with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to promote the proper care and treatment of animals in the heart of the community at the Anna B. Elementary School.
The kids of Anna B Pratt had a traumatic experience with dog fighting in their neighborhood, especially at the school. Every Monday morning the kids would tell their teachers of the horrific events that unfolded in the parking lot of their beloved school on the weekends. It seems that some of the people in the neighborhood would hold dog fighting matches there. Often the kids would have to walk over remnants of the losers from these fights and the cats that were used for food. the “dog owners” were using the outside stairwells as dog houses in between the days when there were no fights.
The administrators, kids and the community wanted to take the parking lot back, to make it a safe place for the kids. So they locked the gates to prevent cars from driving in and creating “a lit area with their car headlights to form these dog fighting rings,” and they had the police increase patrols on the weekends. The dog fights ended and now the school is doing a serious push so the kids will understand that dog fighting is not acceptable.
Prior to the paint day, the Utley Foundation and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program invited students of Anna B. Pratt Elementary School to participate in poster, essay, and photo contests. The children were asked to express feelings and share personal stories about family pets or animals in their community. Winners from each contest were awarded a personal portrait on the “Kindness to Animals” themed mural.
Who needs Brad and Angelina when we have Chase and Jen to make a difference in the world. Principle Denise Young, Jen and Chase Utley, Deborah Forgione and Mural Arts Director Jane Golden.

Mural Arts Director Jane Golden discusses the mural that the kids are helping to create along with the Utley’s to go on a wall across the street from the school. She told the kids that the mural was very special to her too as she has two rescued pets a cat, Mazy, and a dog Ruby.
It’s great to see these two again. Jen told me she just got back from California yesterday, and was excited for the upcoming Phillies season. Chase said he’s working hard to get ready to hit the field.There was also a Q&A session with the SPCA. SO funny a little girl wanted to know how kittens were born. The women said they come from the same place as puppies and all of us: our mommies. So cute.
A youngster gives Jen roses and a huge, and I mean huge dog bone for their rescued pit bull Jack. I told the story of how Jen and Chase came to obtain Jack last year, but the most important part of the story is that Chase didn’t like Jack’s given name and renamed him after Jack in the Box. which is a fast food restaurant in California where the two are from.
Chase Utley and Jennifer Utley greets Maurice Parker who created the winning poster for today’s events.
I swear I overheard Jen say “But Chase, Jack will love this little muffin, and Jane has a dog and cat!”
I love this shot of Chase chatting with the kids with Jen looking on.Shardy Brown-Lamar and Brianna Burton help begin painting the “Kindness to Animals” mural created by artist Willis Humphrey. The mural begins on a paint-by-numbers system using parachute cloth. The final wall mural will be mounted on a wall and dedicated at its permanent location at 22nd and Dauphin Streets on June 7th. Other students were creating posters to promote animal adoption to be hung at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Mural artist Willis Humphrey, Jane Golden and the kids of Anna B Pratt
After Chase signed this kids arm, I heard him say I’m not going to wash it until I am old enough to get a tattoo – LOL (PS Jody Shaw, of Audubon NJ, I forgot to get Chase to sign a baseball for your charity, I know you are wondering that right now. I’ll see them again next week. I’m sure it won’t be a problem)

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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) Blogger Shoot & Recomended Events

If I were a guessing guy I would think Natalie Portman is staying in the Washington Square area. She had dinner at Zahav on Tuesday night near 2nd Street (Thanks to my tipster, but I was hanging with Jen Carroll & gang and couldn’t get away to photograph her.) Today Twitter was a buzz with Portman sightings. She walked down Pine Street stopped in Good Karma before heading over to Art of Age with her dog and bright pink scarf. Yesterday I wrote that she’s in town with her fiance/baby daddy choreographer of Black Swan, Benjamin Millepied, who is working on “Building on Balanchine,” with the Pennsylvania Ballet as part of Philadelphia International of the Arts (PIFA). The piece debuts April 14 to 17 at the Merriam Theatre. She is a bit pregnant, but if I were a betting man she’ll sneak into one of the performances. And now for a whole bunch of PIFA wonderful

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Join the Moment. Over 135 Events, 1500 Artists, One Festival. Join for a new moment of innovation, collaboration and creativity. Featuring events, performances and creative experiences form Philadelphia and around the world. A convergence of art, ideas and inspiration that hasn’t been seen since a century ago in Paris. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Grounded Aerial, Les Nubians, Sharp Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Campagnie Trans Expresse, ?uestlove among many other will gather during this 25 days of celebration to Art.

Next Week Kicks off One Hell Of A Party In Philadelphia. Every single day I will be covering events and talking about which events you should go to. This is going to be the Super Bowl of Arts, Culture and Fun. Philadelphia International of the Arts (PIFA) has reached out to about 30 bloggers from the Philadelphia area, and one from DC, to blog about the different activities from their perspective. I’m going to be focusing on events, and of course all the colorful people that cross my lens. I hope you will be one of them…A few of the bloggers: http://www.carlosmeliablog.com http://www.frugalphillymom.com/ Laiya St Clair ; Babylon Cartel



Fly City – Outdoor Flying Trapeze Lessons and says “Get ready to to soar during “Fly City!” Fly 25 feet above Broad Street, with City Hall and the Avenue of the Arts at your feet. Fly City’s two-hour outdoor flying trapeze lessons are presented by Fly School Circus Arts and Philadelphia School of Circus Arts during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Take-off begins on April 7 and runs until May 1, at 9:00am, 11:30am, 4:30pm and 7pm daily. “Like” FSCA” and “PSCA” on Facebook for updates.

Fly City – Outdoor Flying Trapeze Lessons

Thursday, April 7 at 9:00am

Location: University of the Arts lot, between Spruce and Pine streets



One of the events I am looking forward to is attending the Opening Night Gala: It’s there that the culinary component of the festival will kick off with the presentation of the Culinary Visionary Award to Chef Georges Perrier. He is being honored for his contribution to the culinary culture of Philadelphia and his accomplishments as a regional member of the Maitres Cusiniers de France (Master Chefs of France). As part of the celebration he will be hosting 2 star Michelin Award Chef Mathieu Viannay of La Mere Brazier from Lyon, France, chef’s hometown, to prepare a special menu at Le Bec-Fin from April 13th-April 15th. Served that evening along with the regular a la carte menu will be an innovative menu using the talents of both Chef Viannay and of the extraordinary Le Bec-Fin kitchen staff.

Perrier says, “I am overwhelmed with both of these distinctions. It is a great honor to be recognized by my fellow Chefs and the City of Philadelphia. I am proud to be so celebrated and be a part of the outstanding culinary talent we have here in this City.”

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a founding resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, announces the final concert program of its 2010-2011 concert season. The Orchestra will perform L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) on April 9, 10 and 11. The April 10 & 11 performances will feature life-size puppets and actors directed by Robert Smythe, founder and Artistic Director of Mum Puppettheatre.

This is so cool, performance art, skill and grace.

Une Petit Soiree

Grounded Aerial Performance by Karen Fuhrman and Benjamin Oyzon

The National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch Street Event: Spring Fling: Freedom of Expression through the Arts Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17, 2011 Thursday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Event Admission: FREE with museum admission The Center will host a Spring Fling festival for all ages, in conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Incorporating film, dance, music, and the visual arts, the Spring Fling will explore freedom of expression using Parisian and American art forms of the early 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors will have the opportunity to create Parisian murals alongside professional chalk artists, and participate in interactive programs. Visitors also can enjoy live performances by the Luke Carlos O’Reilly Jazz Trio, Enchanté Cabaret, Blind Date Duet, the West Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Irish Music Quartet, and attend film screenings of A Letter to Elia, Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, 1000 Journals, and Soundtrack for a Revolution. In addition, children and their families can celebrate artistic freedom of expression by creating thaumatropes – optical toys that were popular in Victorian times – featuring dancers and musicians. Visitors also can celebrate the “City of Light” by creating model Eiffel Towers, miniature Statues of Liberty, and “Lady Liberty” tiaras.

This feature is brought to you with the support of PIFA (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts). If you’re interested in the events, and want to help ensure that PIFA becomes an annual event please Like their Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter!

(Photo Credit: George Widman photographer)




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MLB WORLD SERIES CHAMPION Jamie Moyer joins ESPN for 2011

Jamie Moyer, a 2008 World Series Champion & co-founder of The Moyer Foundation, and ESPN, Inc. today announced that the veteran pitcher has joined ESPN as a Major League Baseball (MLB) analyst for the network. Moyer will make his debut on Thursday, March 31 on the Midnight EST edition of “Baseball Tonight.”

Moyer played 24 MLB seasons. As a member of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, he became the oldest pitcher in baseball history to throw a shutout when, at 47 years, 170 days old, he turned in a scoreless, two-hit performance against Atlanta (5/7/10). Moyer made 19 starts in 2010 before sustaining a season-ending injury. He underwent surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament, also known as Tommy John surgery, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation with intentions to return to the mound in 2012.

In 2008, Moyer helped the Phillies capture their first World Series Championship in 28 years. He started 33 games that season, pitching 196-1/3 innings and compiling a 16-7 record. Moyer’s victories led the Phillies’ pitching staff, while his 3.71 ERA was second only to Cole Hamels (3.09), who was 21 years his junior.
“Baseball has been a significant part of my life for the majority of my 48 years on this earth, so I appreciate this opportunity with ESPN and look forward to being a part of the ‘Baseball Tonight’ team,” stated Moyer. “Not being in a uniform this season as I go through my rehab is an unfamiliar situation for me, so I’m excited to stay connected to the game and offer baseball fans my perspective on the sport that I truly love.”

“Baseball Tonight” has become fans one stop for all the day’s events in MLB. Each night, the show provides the latest news about the game, both on and off of the diamond, previews and recaps games during the season and features analysis from a number of experts, which now includes Moyer. The show first aired on ESPN in 1990.

Karen and Jamie Moyer with Jimmy and Johari Rollins at their benefit for The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin™ program – the largest national bereavement camp in the country for grieving children and teens – in Philadelphia and nationwide last December.


It was there that Jamie the 48-year-old lefty, who pitched for the Phillies the past 4 1/2 years, had Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow in December after injuring it while he was playing ball in Korea. In the meantime, the 24-year major league veteran will serve as a commentator on “Baseball Tonight.”, but hoped to return to the Phillies in 2012.

Moyer played 24 MLB seasons. As a member of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, he became the oldest pitcher in baseball history to throw a shutout when, at 47 years, 170 days old, he turned in a scoreless, two-hit performance against Atlanta (5/7/10). Moyer made 19 starts in 2010 before sustaining a season-ending injury. He underwent surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament, also known as Tommy John surgery, and is currently undergoing rehabilitation with intentions to return to the mound in 2012.

In 2008, Moyer helped the Phillies capture their first World Series Championship in 28 years. He started 33 games that season, pitching 196-1/3 innings and compiling a 16-7 record. Moyer’s victories led the Phillies’ pitching staff, while his 3.71 ERA was second only to Cole Hamels (3.09), who was 21 years his junior.

Moyer joined the Phillies in 2006 after spending 10 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, where he remains the team’s all-time leader in wins (145). Over a career that spanned more than two decades in MLB, he also pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. Moyer began his career with the Cubs in 1986 and twice finished in the top five in voting for the Cy Young Award while with Seattle (2001 & 2003). He is also a member of an exclusive group that includes Randy Johnson, Warren Spahn and Cy Young as the only pitchers to have won 20 games at least twice after the age of 38. In 24 MLB seasons, Moyer earned 267 victories, recorded 4,020.1 innings pitched and collected 2,405 strikeouts.

Away from the field, the father of eight is an active philanthropist. He and his wife, Karen, founded The Moyer Foundation (www.moyerfoundation.org) in 2000 and the nonprofit is dedicated to empowering children in distress by providing education and support to help them live a healthy, inspired life. With the community’s support, The Moyer Foundation has raised more than $20 million to assist over 225 different programs that directly serve the needs of children in distress.