Friday, November 4, 2011



Celebrity Hair Stylist and Nbeauty Inc. salon owner, Naeemah Johnson, had the honor and privilege of extending her sought after hair care services at the BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011 televised special held at the historic Paradise Theater in Bronx, NY.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011 will premiere on BET on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 8 P.M. Naeemah styled actress/activist/wife of Sen Vincent Hughes - Sheryl Lee Ralph’s sexy wavy hair, by creating a deep side part, and used a barrel curling iron to create a halo of waves that were draped away from the actress’ face. The re-vamped look was heavily inspired by Farrah Fawcett’s 70's glam.

Bradley Cooper pulling double duty yesterday. During the day he was back out on the Upper Darby streets, then last night he was filming interiors in a diner. Deets coming soon. Looks like Chris Tucker is gone already, no sign of Robert Deniro or Julia Stiles, and BC is still wearing that ugly trash bag running suit.

Philly Film Girl is back from fun in the sun and hiding near the set to bring us up to date on the different locations Bradley's character is running in the trash bag.

I was surprised as many of you were that it snowed last Saturday, but oh my the rarity of snow while the leaves were still on the trees I knew I'd be waking up early to head out to some of the most beautiful country scenes I know, in Lancaster, Pa.
It's beautiful to be unique
It's almost like a Christmas card
I saw a lot of this, thankfully not in the road too many times.It's almost like he's saying, oh no here comes that HughE Dillon again, he's so fascinated with our lives.
I was all happy shooting them without their knowledge, but then dad turned around and I pretended I was on the phone cause I don't want them to know I am stealing their souls.
And of course you know I love photographing the Amish. It's completely oposite of what I normally am attracted to like the restaurant scene, crazy nightlife, galas, social activity, fame whores, action, design, socialites, noise complication, confident people, fashion, drama, Philly, people.
Amish Snow women. Thanks to my advertisers this week: Secrets Limo ; CTO Entertainment;
Recess Lounge; Teuscher Chocolates; The Shops at Liberty Place; Del Frisco's - Book your holiday party now, and get $100 gift certificate with every booking. The LAB; Anne Nikolaus Stella Dot Jewelery. ; Christopher Gabello Studios ; Woodford Reserve; The Sporting Club (I've started training with Cliff there.) The Roaring 20's Comes Alive at the Arts Ballroom 11/10/11; Asante Samuel Poker Event at Whisper 11/15/11;
Jimmy Rollins Havana Nights 11/14/11; Phila Art Museum Craft Show 11/10/11 - 11/13/11
Cocktails and Crafts: Event for a No Kill City 12/2/11 Fleming's Prime Rib Steakhouse

Some of the most beautiful trees on country roads are at the curve of the road
OMG blown up this is one of my favorite photos event. 6 girls on bikes. I was traveling on old Lancaster Pike in the opposite direction, and spotted them. I had to make a K turn somewhere passed them, hoping they didn't turn down a side street. I finally caught up with them, but then knew I needed a side street or commercial driveway to get the shot, plus remember I didn't want them to see me so I had to use my long lens too. Finally another mile up the road I found the perfect spot, and this is the shot I got.
Then I continued down the side street and drove among the Amish farms. I remember in college I did a paper on the Amish in Maryland, and became friendly with a family. They never wanted their photo taken and I respected that, but my fascination never waned and now every 4 - 6 months I travel to Lancaster to photograph the wonders of their world.
oh and I came across several long distance bike riders too.
I think this is my favorite shot. I love how the snow fell in between the crops and made the design
Amish snowmen. I had passed an Amish snowman with a straw hat earlier in the day, but it was in the shadows and the shot didn't come out.colorful
or BW. What do you think?
Check out my Philly Mag Column today: Last Nights Phila Zoo Gala:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Darlene Love Rocks The Drexel University College of Medicine's Black Tie/White Coat Ball

A little PhillyChitChatter first:

World renowned Chef Gordan Ramsey from Kitchen Nightmares is filming at Chiarellas in South Philly today. Oh boy are they not in for a treat from that tyrant.

First Friday in Old City, Saturday end of Daylight Savings, Sunday 5th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut FDR Park 10AM

Bam Margera and friends were spotted Tuesday night at Kung Fu Necktie for The Sounds after party. It's Missy's favorite band Sarah Doheny tells me.

Michael Vick, Kiajfa Frink, Joselio Hansen, deejay aktive, Carmena Ayo-Davies, Todd Herremons, and Amani H all took in the Jay-Z and Kanye West concert last night.


More than 900 people danced the night away to the music of 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love at Drexel University College of Medicine's Black Tie/White Coat Ball. The event, held Saturday, October 22 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, raised $717,250 for research into the prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders.
Gayle Pearce and Deanna Philpopt
Romy Diaz, vice president of External Affairs Liz Murphy and Dennis Jame
Drexel president John A. Fry; The event honored two of Philadelphia's outstanding civic leaders: Nicholas DeBenedictis, chairman, president and CEO of Aqua America, Inc.; and Manuel "Manny" Stamatakis, president and CEO of Capital Management Enterprises and immediate past chairman of Drexel University College of Medicine and Mayor Nutter
Dr David Tabby, MD, practices neurology and Dr. Erika Levine, MD, Haddonfield, NJ, Dermatology
Janet E. Guthart, Assistant Vice President, Protocol and Special Events, former first lady of Drexel Eliana Papadakis, Maria Papadakis and James d. Schultz first executive deputy general counsel to Governor Corbett. The Papadakis' women are chairing an event in this very room on 11/3/11 The Philadelphia Zoo's 2011 Global Conservation Gala
Tickets are $150 and up starting with special young friend price. And $350 for a regular ticket.
Tonight's honorees' Nicholas DeBenedictis and Manuel "Manny" Stamatakis, (center) played a key role in the formation of the medical school 13 years ago. A portrait of Manny was unveiled and will be installed at the Queen Lane campus.
U.S. Rep. Robert Brady and wife Deb had a front row seat
For the Darlene Love concert which capped off the evening.


The Action Aids held it's 25th Anniversary Gala at Stephen Starr's The Arts Ballroom at 1324 Locust St with it's Tiffany blue painting and Swarovski Crystal Chandeliers, a week ago Saturday as leaders, volunteers and community members came together to mingle and celebrate 25 years of making a difference in peoples lives. Above Ann Bicksecker and Deborah Wagner check out the silent auction items.
Kevin Burns, Executive Director, Action AIDS, Three Friends for Life awards were handed out at the event to Bob Schoenberg, the first president of the ActionAIDS’s board and current director of the University of Pennsylvania’s LGBT Center; Rich Lampkins, Director of Administration at Multifamily Management of Philadelphia, LLC Anna Forbes, the first staff member to ever work with clients during the early years of the crisis and Rev. Jim Littrell, the first director of ActionAIDS;
The Arts Ballroom was really beautiful, the first of it's kind that I can recall in Center City that is not connected to a hotel, but a stand a lone events space similar to Cescaphe Ballroom in Northern Liberties.
Executive Director Kevin Burns notes Action AIDS first helped “people die with dignity” but is “now helping people to live with the HIV disease.” To his left is Mayor Michael Nutter who read a commendation from the City on behalf of Actions AIDS 25th Anniversary.
Although equality in access to care remains an Action AIDS focus, its mission also encompasses housing and quality-of-life issues. And, while its roots are in the gay community, the organization inclusively serves marginalized populations across lines of sexuality, gender, ethnicity, and age.
David McElroy, Elizabeth Schaaf, Blair and Paul Pallas. In a years time David and Biz will be in wedded bliss, without any help from Tough Love's Steve Ward.
Jim Lonsdale, Patrick Neiland, Don Tobias and Tim
Ennes Littrell, former executive director of ActionAIDS, Henry Bernstein and Ken Kleinman
Ed Hermance, owner of Giovanni's Room: the world's oldest LGBTQ bookstore. The store now has had its place in history officially recognized by the state of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission honored the Philadelphia bookstore on October 9 with a state historical marker commemorating its role as a “refuge and cultural center” during the birth of the modern lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement.Bruce Yelk and Brian Goldthorpe, are two guys who are doing big things in the community. Check out for events coming up that might interest you.
Natalie Hope McDonald and Meg Rider, Magee Rehab. Natalie is a freelance writer, editor and photographer based in Philadelphia with 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. She is also the editor of the G Philly. an online magazine by Philadelphia Magazine.
Chris Bartlett, executive director of the William Way Center, addresses the crowd, praising the work of leaders and volunteers at ActionAIDS over the past quarter century.
Robert Ferrier, Xiaowen Tang, Judge Dan Anders and Anh Dang greet Mayor Nutter as Michael Byrne, Director of Development, looks on.

The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus perform a special number for the occasion.

The next big event to be held at The Arts Ballroom is a throwback to the

ROARING! A 1920s Event
Features Flappers, Jazz, Art and High Spirits

Dalet Gallery & Noel Zayas Events salutes the 1920s with a lavish Prohibition-era social event at the Arts Ballroom, located at 1324 Locust Street, on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Avenue of the Arts, Inc., (AAI), supporting the growth and development of the Avenue of the Arts.

It's the perfect venue for such an event as there is an air of sophisticated speakeasy atmosphere.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Event: The Roaring 20s Come Alive at the Arts Ballroom 11/10/11

The Roaring 20s Come Alive at the Arts Ballroom

ROARING! A 1920s Event
Features Flappers, Jazz, Art and High Spirits

Dalet Gallery salutes the 1920s with a lavish Prohibition-era social event at the Arts Ballroom, located at 1324 Locust Street, on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Avenue of the Arts, Inc., (AAI), supporting the growth and development of the Avenue of the Arts.

Dalet Gallery is located in Old City. Gallery Director Irena Gobernik is thrilled to launch a series of fashion, art and lifestyle events with ROARING! “We chose the Arts Ballroom as our venue because of its energy and vibe – its rich history and close proximity to the Avenue of the Arts,” Gobernik said. “We chose Noel Zayas Events to produce this tribute to the 1920s because of the firm’s stellar reputation to deliver over-the-top events and Zayas’ ability to meet our vision.”

The Arts Ballroom is located in the Arts Condominium, which is the former site of the Hotel Sylvania, which, during Prohibition was a haunt for City Planners Philadelphia wise-guys alike. Today, the Arts Ballroom is Philadelphia’s premiere special events venue located adjacent to the Avenue of the Arts. Stepping into the ballroom, guests are transported into an elegant space with Tiffany blue walls and Swavorski crystals adorning the grand chandeliers.

Jessie Holeva, a local fashion expert and media personality, will host ROARING! A 1920s Event. The entertainment for the evening will include performances by celebrated cabaret singers Karen Gross and Anne Ellithorpe accompanied by New York City Cabaret Icon Rick Jensen playing on a Cunningham piano; and a 1920s inspired fashion show by designer Priscilla Costa and Les Richards.

Entertainment will also include performances by the Uptown All Stars Jazz Band, songstress Maci Miller, WB and CBS 3 on-air personality Kharisma McIlwaine as well as Josephine Baker Tribute dance performance by the University of the Arts. Rounding out the evening will be world music by DJ Rahsaan (AfroTaino Productions)

Tickets are available online at $120 VIP Ticket: Includes admission and pre-party cocktail reception from 7:00 – 9 p.m., with open bar and light fare dinner by Il Portico Ristorante. $35 General Ticket: Includes admission from 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. For more information, please call 215-554-6808.

Dalet Gallery strives to contribute to contemporary dialog in a multi-faceted and playful way that emphasizes and explores channels of communication between artists and viewers. Our focus spreads across mediums, from painting, sculpture, and photography, to interactive and installation work. What interests us is the exploration of contemporary questions through a personal, originally presented narrative. Dalet Gallery is located at 141 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Noel Zayas Events is a full-service event production, marketing and public relations firm located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. NZE specializes in building visibility for arts and entertainment organizations, restaurants and venues.

Arts Ballroom is Philadelphia's premiere special events venue located directly off the Avenue of the Arts, where cultural sophistication and diversity meet the richness of tradition and history. Positioned on the ground level of the Arts Condominium, this Art Deco inspired building was the former site of the Hotel Sylvania. Boasting a two-story Grand Hall, mirrored Sylvania Ballroom, and Mezzanine, Arts Ballroom offers both historical distinction and contemporary style for events from 100-400 guests. Arts Ballroom is located at 1324 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. More online information can be found at

The Avenue of the Arts, Inc. (AAI) is an independent non-profit organization created in 1993 to coordinate and oversee the growth and development of the Avenue of the Arts. The geographic boundaries for the Avenue of the Arts are Broad Street, one block east and west, from Washington Avenue on the south to Glenwood Avenue on the north. AAI works closely with district businesses, arts and entertainment entities to promote the district as a center for tourism and commercial activities.


Zarwin Baum Welcomes New Shareholders to the Firm at a Cocktail Party

Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer, Toddy, P.C. hosted a party to welcome the new shareholders to the Firm. Star marketing coordinator Monique Andes always has a cheery smile to check the guests off the list, and give them information. The Zarwin cocktail parties are always attended by a wide variety of interesting people in the business and political field.
Gary DeVito welcomes the guests to the cocktail party. Congratulations to Gary who was just appointed to the Marian Anderson Award Board of Directors.
And introduces the new Shareholder's Paul W. Baskowsky, James Pearl and Neil Rubin . These three attorney's and Of counsel attorney Howard Rubin will operate the Firm's Business Practice Group. The move comes only a few months after the Philadelphia office brought on land-use attorney Darwin Beauvais
Darwin Beauvais, these days if there seems to be a lot less of Darwin, you're right. He's participating in Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Office Challenge with a few other Zarwin coworkers, and I have to say he's a winner no matter what happens cause he looks great. The awards ceremony is coming up in 2 weeks and I will keep you informed on who the winners are.
Russ Menk, Vice President Legend Properties, David Soens, managing partner of U-Go Stations, and Shariff Street, Zarwin Baum Miriam Jacobson, Carla Zighelboim, Director of Communications and Marketing at Germantown Academy and Ann Pearl, Attorney at Law. It was nice to catch up with Miriam as we used to be neighbors.
Zarwin Baum: Tony Twardowski, shareholder, Gary DeVito, shareholder, Ted Schaer, shareholder, and Mitchell Kaplan, managing shareholder. On October 24, 2011, Anthony Twardowski and Philip Magen concluded a settlement on behalf of one of the firm’s banking clients, securing for the bank a multi-million dollar recovery from the insurance company that issued its financial institution bond.
Manny Bernstein, legendary Philadelphia litigator Jimmy Binns (you should see his cool business card.), Barbara Capelli, and Chris McDermott. Barbara currently runs her own financial business, is the Gloucester County NJ Republican Executive Committee vice-chairwoman. A mother of three teenagers, she's also running for a seat on the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders on November 8. Busy lady.
Perry Kaplan, Analyst at Studley (his dad is Mitchell) Barbara Wolf, Robert Goodwin and Mitchell Kaplan
Joseph Beller, Offit Kurman and Christian DiCicco, Esquire
Entertainment was provided by CTO Entertainment
Stacey Kracher, Zarwin's PR expert and Aida Sparta
Beth Hyde, Thor Booker and Carolyn Quelly, Entrepreneur & International Business Manager. Thor is looking forward to the appearance of Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy, a man of formidable brilliance, at the Phila Public Library on Dec 1.Joe Cahill, Cary Simons, Mary Pat Kessler, and Bruce Shelly
Stephanie Rybczyk and Heather Heo (An hour after this shot, Heather found her way in front of my lens at The Young Friends of the Academy Ball Monster Ball, and she had changed as I wrote in my PhillyMag column.)