Friday, August 12, 2011

The Hamels Foundation Diamond and Denim Event August 11, 2011 Concert with Martina McBride

Here are the Photos & Chatter from the event.

Here's my appearance on the Fox 29 Philadelphia this morning.

Photos and more stories coming up on Monday. Check out PhillyMag today for a photo on
the Red Carpet.

News Restaurants; Random Shots of Interest, no really I think you'll like them

Cafe Loftus had a make over
painted and new awnings
gone are the cocktail tables and now communal tables, a smaller counter and it's much roomier. 136 South 15th Street
Click on this to get the details. So funny the chick in the window. This doggie treat truck is usually in South Jersey, but I guess it trekked over here to attend a doggie festival or something.
If you're familiar with the Standard Hotel in NYC, it looks like the building they are building at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge is going to be very similar.
This bus depot in Chinatown
is going to
become Soho Noodle House soon. Hmm I wonder if it will still operate as a bus depot, it's not like people were waiting inside, they just picked up tickets and went curbside.
Just a fun picture. I gave him a buck. It used to be my tradition to give everyone a buck when I first moved to town, but now there's a musician on every corner. i'd go broke.
Matthew Izzo mans his store at 111 S 12th St. Philadelphia, PA 19107. You need to check out his shop. They also sell Nigel Richard's line of 611 clothing.
Kobe Hot Dog at Sampan. I know I was just there last week, but I went back. Any suggestions of new restaurants I should try out?
Oh Falafel House on Chestnut is getting a liquor license. I have no idea why since they close every night by 8PM. Seems silly especially since they open at
but maybe they really are going to open at 10PM according to this sign on their door?
It's just fun...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Q&A in Philly & Video - The Help - Kathryn Stockett - Another Appearance of mine on Fox 29

The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. It is about African American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s. The novel is told from the point of view of three narrators: Aibileen Clark, a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children, and who has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson, an African-American maid whose back-talk towards her employers results in her having to frequently change jobs, exacerbating her desperate need for work as well as her family's struggle with money; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a young white woman and recent college graduate who, after moving back home, discovers that a maid that helped raise her since childhood has abruptly disappeared and her attempts to find her have come to naught.This past weekend, the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) finished up a week long convention in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. over 3,000 journalists from around the country met at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for confrences, workshops and mentoring. On Saturday the NABJ held a mini film festival which including a Q&A with Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr, and director Anthony Hemingway for the movie "Red Tails" about the Tuskegee soldiers from WWII, by George Lucas; coming out January 20, 2012. There was also a screening of the movie "The Help" written by Kathryn Stockett and starring Viola Davis, which comes out Friday August 10, 2010. There was a panel discussion with over 800 attendees that saw the film.
Tate Taylor, Director/Screenwriter
Kathryn Stockett, Author
Actress Octavia Spencer
Viola Davis, Academy-Award© Nominated Actress and
Tamron Hall, MSNBC
Viola Davis, Academy-Award© Nominated Actress discusses how difficult it is to be a black actress in Hollywood and how she is trying to make a difference.

Viola seemed distant, but now that I read today's NY Daily News I understand why. She's in the middle of adopting "We don't have any children [together], but we're about to adopt a baby," Tennon spilled to E! News at the Beverly Hills premiere of Davis' new film, "The Help."

The crowd wants to meet Kathyrn Stockett and Actress Octavia Spencer.

Kathryn Stockett answers a question on why her book isn't eligible for a Pulitzer, is hysterical.

My 4th appearance on Fox 29 Philadelphia. I think I'm getting better. I cover Red Tails and The Help, although I think I could have explained it a bit better.

I still have a little more practicing in the mirror, and some of my peeps on TV are helping me out.
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QFest Wrap Up 2011: Mixto, Michael Musto and Pierre Robert, sounds like a winner

Another spectacular year for QFest wrapped up in July. (I'm running a little behind with some of my postings though)
Two Sunday's in a row there were VIP Brunches held at Mixto with actors, directors and worker bees at TLA as well as the QFest staff. Above is Carol Coombes, Managing Director of Philadelphia QFest, , Mickey Boardman, Paper Mag, Thom Cardwell, Development Director of QFest and Michael Musto, Village Voice
The closing night party at Trust

Stephen Carlino and Dennis Fee. This duo is buying up Camac Street. They own Tavern on Camac, and this past year they bought Uncles.
Vitamin Zero snappers
Pearl the oldest volunteer in all the land. I think she's been volunteering for the film festivals for all 17 years
The Breaking Glass crew

Tahara and Bonita get engaged at QFest Closing Night Party
Pierre Robert announces the winners of the festival, with Claire Brown Kohler, co-owner of TLA Videos.
Join the hottest guys in the region as they descend to Voyeur Nightclub in August 12, 2011 for an all "Boys of Summer" night swimsuit party. Live performances on stage, a hot body contest with great prizes and our hot Lifeguards will be on hand to help you enjoy the party.
My friend Marty gets a refreshment. Marty was laid off of his chemist job this year when his company moved to North Jersey. He's taking the time to travel the world, and is currently bird watching in Belize. So jealous. If only I could get my time management down maybe I would go somewhere where the birds are singing.
And we all lived happily ever after...See you next Year.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

2011 FEASTIVAL Pre-Party at Percy Street BBQ

This entry also goes along with the entry that was published on Philly Mag yesterday. check for the link at the bottom. There was so much fun to chat about.
Nothing represents Philadelphia’s dynamic and innovative arts scene better than the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe. Each year during its 16-day Festival, Live Arts brings the most cutting-edge artistic performances from around the globe to Philadelphia, and on its “fringe,” local artists infuse the city with their own wild creativity.

Last year, for the first time ever, Philadelphia’s hottest arts festival joined forces with the city’s world-class restaurants for an unforgettable evening that proved to be the party of the year – FEASTIVAL, a benefit for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe. Above: Feastival host Audrey Claire Taichman, with event co-chair Tony Forte, and Nick Stuccio, producing director of the festival. learn more> (Source)

Lindsay Piecyk, Anneliese Van Arsdale and Randyl Case above man the door

Tonight's event was held for the sponsors, media and friends of the Feastival. Besides the mingling and enjoying each others company, it's a rally to drum up support in an effort to sell tickets, buy ads for the book that is distributed to the 500+ people that will descend on Pier 9 September 14, 2011 for this worthwhile event.

Marie Hill and John Bell, Janis Dental Media. Shhh they're doing something with Project 21, but it's a big secret. (I heard the deets and it sounds great.)
Philly Mag Food Editor Jason Sheehan, Philly Mag Foobooz Arthur Etchells and Jackie Baik, Cook. Online enrollment for Cook begins today: Jake Dreyfus and Joel Frisch tell me they are hosting a nationwide contest in search of the "Craziest Work Schedule in America." We have all seen the crazy, messy, paper schedules with scribbles and crossouts - now let's see who's is the craziest! The press release is below and there are more details at Forte, Michael Braunstein and Sara Hafner. Congratulations to Michael Braunstein as he takes on the role of Local Sales Manager at KYW Newsradio 1060, the Delaware Valley’s only all news radio station for 46 years!
Sharon Tate, Cathy Cosgrove, Michael Solmonov, Cathy Kaman, Leigh Ann Werynski. Solo is on board with Nutrisystem's Culinary Council. (I once did Nutri-System. It was good, now it must really be delicious. hmm)
Steve Cook and Tom Jordan. Cook + Solo is a Philadelphia restaurant group founded by Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Percy Street BBQ)
Dr. Steven Larson, Assistant Dean for Global Health Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a physician who focuses on the social support of immigrants and under-served populations in hopes of improving their health outcomes. Currently he is working on a project that Audrey Taichman is involved with which is Dr. Larson has focused his efforts on Puentes de Salud, a free clinic in south Philadelphia he founded in 2002 to address the needs of a rapidly growing Latino population. and Dr Olan Soremekun, Asst. Prof, Dept of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Patty Leswing, WHYY, Megan Wendell, Canary Promotion and Jill Ivey, Key I was so distracted taking pictures I forgot to say hi to Megan and Jill - Hi!
Scott Barnes and Randi Sirkin. Director Creative Services at Starr Restaurants. Scott tells me he spends three days in NYC working on the expansion of Starr catering in NYC. First upMarc Chaikin and Sandy Betner. Chaikin Power Tools has a free ground-breaking iPhone app. Check it out on his site here
The Gloss PR women Ilana Waber and principle Corie Moskow.
Philadelphia Daily News Laurie Conrad and Brian Gensler
Passionate dancer Karl Schappell now assists other artists as a curator with The Field, and as an artist with the nEW Festival.

Philadelphia Magazine is also on board as FEASTIVAL’s Media Partner and spotted at the party were Executive Tom McGrath and David Lipson, Philadelphia magazine/Metrocorp president. , which I just returned to last week with a column once a week, and 2 - 3 "One Shots" through out the week. I'm really excited about the "One Shots", whether it's a celebrity, Philly Phamous or you, you'll find those shots on at random times through out the week. Plus check out my Feastival column in (You Know I Threw up some of the best shots there) PhillyMag yesterday. And on Friday check back to see The Hamels Foundation Diamonds and Denim shots, as well as tune into Fox 29 Good Day after 9:30AM to see me recap the night with Mike Jerrick and Shenielle Jones.