Friday, March 2, 2012

First Look: XFINITY Live!, Philadelphia

XFINITY Live!, the new entertainment destination in Philadelphia being built near the Wells Fargo Center. The Linc is on the left, Xfinity Live on the rightThe front door
Last night XFINITY Live!, Philadelphia hosted a Korbel Champagne and Hard Hat VIP party last night for a handful of peoplea few peeps on the tour.
As you can see the venue is coming together nicely. This is the Philly Marketplace, which will serve as the heart of the venue and act as a central gathering place for group. It’s here you’ll find the Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co., Chickie’s & Pete’s, and Nick’s Roast Beef. It will also feature a VIP lounge, custom draft tables, a raw bar, and world class sports viewing.
on the right will be the the Broad Street Bullies Pub. The Broad Street Bullies, a "timeless neighborhood pub featuring authentic memorabilia from the legendary Broad Street Bullies team of the 1970’s." The space is a classic tavern-meets-gastro pub, specializing in gourmet burgers and classic pub fare as well as an expansive variety of beer including 48 drafts on tap.
love the wall covering like the Flyers wall paper.
people in the stands
The Victory Beer Hall. It’s going to feature beer hall-style tables, a stage for live indoor entertainment ...
I'm gonna guess this is the private VIP area as it overlooks the complex and there's
an unobstructed view of the 32-foot diagonal, 6-mm, $1-million Sony LED High-Def screen. Cordish Company is the developer on the project, slated to open in March 2012. It includes the NBC Sports Arena. XFINITY Live will also include the NBC Sports Fantasy Board to provide up-to-the-minute stats for fantasy sports leagues; the Comcast SportsNet Ticker, over 100 feet of LED ribbon in the Philly MarketPlace showing live sports scores and top news; and the Comcast SportsNet Interactive Zone, featuring fan camera, photo green screen, and interactive games.
XFINITY Live!, Philadelphia: It's a destination you're gonna wanna visit often. There's free parking on nights when there are no games. Check out my Philly Mag column for more info and a few pixs of peeps that came to the party.
Thanks to my sponsors who keep me clothed in those nice black outfits you see me sporting. Make this weekend special, pick up some new threads & new shoes at the Shops of Liberty Place, rent a limo to take you to dinner at Del Frisco's while enjoying a glass of Korbel. nibble on the best chocolates from Teuchsers Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Then head over to Philly's favorite playground Recess for some late night dancing. For your next party think about hiring a band or DJ from CTO Entertainment be sure to stop by the Cool Pix Photo Booth. Stop off at your full service attorney's office Zarwin Baum before you take the plunge. On Monday hit the gym, The Sporting Club, and call The Lab for marketing advice. Pick up your tickets for Philly's most outrageously fun cake decorating contest, where you get to eat as much wedding cake as possible & bring some home. Let Them Eat Cake. on April 2nd. I suggest you bring your own container cause there is only so much cake you can eat, really, I learned that the first year I went. Have a great weekend.

Flower Show App - Girls Night Out - Plus Other Listings

Let the App be Your Guide

Download the NEW Flower Show Mobile App Before you Visit the Show March 4

Science and technology have come a long way since 1829, when the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society held the first American flower show. For the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” technological components will play an exciting new role in exhibits and in the way visitors experience the Show.

Before guests arrive at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, they will be able to prepare for their visit on a new mobile application. Experience the Flower Show as never before with the Flower Show App which is now available on smartphones, tablets and any device that has Internet connectivity. It also allow visitors to find out everything that is happening at the Show, from exhibitor information, to Marketplace shopping, to the schedule of lectures, demonstrations and performances, all in one easy-to-navigate interface. Guests will even be able to participate in the real-time voting on the design competitions at the Designer’s Studio.

Download the App today so you can:

  • Browse the list of presentations and bookmark the ones you want to attend
  • Navigate the Show floor with detailed maps
  • Test your skills with Flower Show trivia
  • Rate the exhibits and leave feedback
  • Find parking lots, local restaurants, and other tools to plan your trip

**Compatible with most mobile devices (including the iPhone, iPad, and Android), the Flower Show App will maximize your Flower Show experience. And it's free!

Plus a lot of other Nights Out at the Flower Show

To find out more Philadelphia Flower Show Attractions please visit

Flower Show Hours:
Sunday, March 4; 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
Monday – Friday, March 5-9: 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 10; 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 11; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

For information and to purchase tickets for the Flower Show, visit

FYI – The most affordable parking near the Pennsylvania Convention Center is at the Gallery. (44 N. 10th Street ~ between Arch & Filbert Sts. on 10th Street)

This post is brought to you with support of the Philadelphia International Flower show. Find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @PhilaFlowerShow

Maggie Anderson Our Black Year Panel Discussion at the African American Museum

Author Maggie Anderson who wrote the book "Our Black Year: One Family's Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy", which chronicled her family's life for one year buying only black. Signing and Panel Discussion at the
African American Museum
Maggie and John Anderson were successful African American professionals raising two daughters in a tony suburb of Chicago. But they felt uneasy over their good fortune. Most African Americans live in economically starved neighborhoods. Black wealth is about one tenth of white wealth, and black businesses lag behind businesses of all other racial groups in every measure of success. One problem is that black consumers--unlike consumers of other ethnicities-- choose not to support black-owned businesses. At the same time, most of the businesses in their communities are owned by outsiders.
On January 1, 2009 the Andersons embarked on a year-long public pledge to "buy black." They thought that by taking a stand, the black community would be mobilized to exert its economic might. They thought that by exposing the issues, Americans of all races would see that economically empowering black neighborhoods benefits society as a whole. Instead, blacks refused to support their own, and others condemned their experiment. Drawing on economic research and social history as well as her personal story, Maggie Anderson shows why the black economy continues to suffer and issues a call to action to all of us to do our part to reverse this trend. (amazon)
After wards there was a very informative panel discussion with five black owned business people to discuss ways that the black community can support each other.

Above: moderated by A. Bruce Crawley, President and CEO of Millennium 3
Management, Inc., on the topic of supporting fellow African American businesses.
Along with Anderson, panelists include Steven Bradley, President & CEO of Bradley &
Bradley Associates, Inc. and Chairman of the African American Chamber of Commerce
PA, NJ & DE, Steve Davis, President & CEO of Omega Optical and Megan R. Smith, President of Brownstone PR and Patricia Coulter, President & CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia.African Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population but represent
anywhere from 25-40 percent of the consumer base for grocery stores, fast food
restaurants, athletic apparel, and toy stores. Anderson urges black America to move back to the neighborhoods, it's your duty to help the community.Patricia Coulter, (left) President & CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia. Did you know that in the Asian community a dollar circulates among local shop owners, banks, and business professionals for up to 28 days before it is spent with outsiders. In the Jewish community, a dollar circulates for 19 days. In the African
American community a dollar is gone within 6 hours. Maggie Anderson (right) invest in a black bank: United Bank. Education is the key to the children learning to buy from the community.
Steve Davis, President & CEO of Omega Optical (I bought my glasses from Omega Optical. They're snazzy.) Steve discussed how many of his workers are people you see in the community, maybe you know them from church. He discussed his investments in the community and the charity work the store does.
Patricia Coulter, (left) President & CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia. You need to find out what kind of investment is a company making in your community. If I go to a dress shop I want to know where are the black designers, if they don't have any walk out. If we use our dollars as power, as a statement, people will listen. Anderson (right) says she no longer buys Polo to wear, and she won't drink Hennessy, a favorite of Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy and Kanye West.
Kimberely Highsmith, B-Mor Technologies asked how do we get the word out. Most of her clients are not from the black community? The panel responded education of the kids, church, community groups and social media. Plus we need to encourage the black community to open stores, to start companies, to not be reliant to be the worker but to be the boss too.
Robert W. Bogle is president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Tribune (seated) and standing E. Steven Collins. Others spotted in the crowd Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown, Baba Taiye Renfrow, Tracy Davis, Dwight Evans, and many more notable peeps.
Harold Epps, President and CEO at PRWT Services, Inc. put it best: Take $2,000 that you would normally spend, just spend it in the community. Invest in the community.
LinkThere was a cocktail hour beforehand and I photographed a few people.
Dr. Joi Spraggins and Chris Lewis
Carlton Langley, and Karla Trotman
Mariska Bogle looking stylish as usual. Megan Smith, Brownstone PR said that the event was a fantastic opportunity for the African American American Chamber of Commerce, PA,NJ,DE, PRWT Services, the Urban League of Philadelphia, NAMD and the African American Museum of Philadelphia to come together around an issue that is of great importance to our communities: the extreme need for African Americans to support and champion African American owned businesses and organizations. It goes beyond simply 'buying Black'; rather, this conversation spoke to the need for a strategic effort to effectively recycle the dollars in our community.
Check out: Author Maggie Anderson of "Our Black Year" on w/ on 2/27/12

Can you believe the Kimmel Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary already, wow that went fast.

The Kimmel Center is 10 Year's Old this Year. They've already started celebrating with lots of free events, and reasonably priced events. A few weeks back they had an event with Kevin Bacon.. Philadelphia-born actor Kevin Bacon made an appearance at the Kimmel Center’s 10th Anniversary special event,”Clips and Conversation with Kevin Bacon,” Wednesday, February 15, 7:30-9 p.m. in the Perelman Theater.
Kevin Bacon and event host Inquirer Film Critic Carrie Rickey.
Kevin Bacon was on hand as speaker and guest of honor. He is pictured here with Kimmel Center Chairman Paul Tufano and President Anne Ewers.
Nick Mcilwain from the Preston and Steve show and Melissa Hilbert.

Kimmel Center PR Director Dafni Comerota with Kevin Bacon.
Christine Tufano, Kevin Bacon, Paul Tufano. William Shatner’s One Man Show SHATNER'S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT Beams into Philadelphia March 13
Joan Roebuck-Carter, Tim Reese, Sara Lomax Reese. Just in time for St Patrick's Day:

Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains Celebrate 50th Anniversary Tour with Philadelphia Performance, March 9

Friends of the Kimmel Center Real Estate Magnate Ron Rubin, Judee Von Seldeneck, and Marcia Rubin.
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I was double book this day (It was the opening of Bruce Springsteen exhibit), so my 2nd shooter Mike Hirata went on behalf of (Although I did stop in for the part of Kevin Bacon on stage for a shot for my Philly Mag.)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Caleb Hamels Loves Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Especially When it's for Charity

The Hamels Foundation partner-up with Krispy Kreme to give back to the Community

Zarwin Baum and Center City Proprietors Host ‘Channeling Your Inner Sport: Athlete to Executive’

Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C. and Center City Proprietors hosted ‘Channeling Your Inner Sport: Athlete to Executive’ – a discussion with former athletes turned business leaders on how they applied their sports background to running a successful business, and the overall impact the knowledge they learned on the field applies to the workplace.
Greeting the nearly 200 people who came out to the event, Mitchell Kaplan, Managing Shareholder of Zarwin Baum, with Arthur Fennell, Executive Producer and anchor, Comcast Network, and Peter A. Luukko President and Chief Operating Officer of Comcast-Spectacor looking on.
Linda Karp,(center) President, Center City Proprietors discusses her organization, and how wonderful it is going to be to hear how the athletes transformed their lives from field to boardroom. Peter A. Luukko stressed education, plus agreed that athletes should be involved in their negotiations and day to day operation of their business. That when when they are employed after hanging up their uniforms, they have marketable skills that may give them an advantage in the market place.Don Seleski, Ray Pennacchia, Senior Vice President at NovaCare Rehabilitation, Gary DeVito, Tom Mullin and Peter Lukko

Zarwin Shareholder Gary DeVito will appear on CN8, Comcast Network, Art Fennell Reports on Friday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 6, both at 5:30 pm. The topic will be 'Athletes to Executives' featuring Gary and Reggie Wilkes, Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor, The Wilkes Group (1981 NFC-Champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons)

Mitchell Kaplan, Managing Shareholder at Zarwin Baum, Donald "Big Bird" Saleski, Owner, PRN Professional Receivable Network (Former Flyers), Peter A. Luukko is President and Chief Operating Officer of Comcast-Spectacor (Former Flyers), John Spagnola (Former Eagles Player), Managing Director, The PFM Group, Arthur Fennell, Executive Producer and anchor, Comcast Network, Gary A. DeVito is a shareholder with Zarwin Baum and leads the commercial litigation department
Former Flyers Donald "Big Bird" Saleski, Owner, PRN Professional Receivable Network signs an autograph for a fan.
Food was by B*Smith Catering. Always delicious.Linda Karp, President/Creative Director at Karp Marketing and Norman Zarwin Chairman at Zarwin, Baum
Noah S. Shapiro is a member of the insurance casualty defense team, Patricia W. Holden is an associate in the Zarwin Baum insurance defense group,Charles Holmgren is an associate in Zarwin Baum's Insurance Defense Litigation Department and Brendan Lamanna is an associate in Zarwin Baum's insurance defense group
Reina Wilkes, Director of School Operations at KIPP Philadelphia Schools and Lily Stone
The Girls: Stacey Kracher, Aida Strata and Anne Nikolaus

PECO concludes African American History Month celebration with renowned actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph and Regina Taylor

PECO’s celebration of African American History Month concluded this week with a star-studded event at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts featuring two award-winning African American actresses - singer Sheryl Lee Ralph and director Regina Taylor – for a program titled “The Power of Progress: Historical Images of African Americans in Film, Television and Theatre.” Hosted by Comcast Network’s Emmy-award-winning television journalist Arthur Fennell, Ralph and Taylor spoke on how African Americans are represented on stage and screen, including the history and origins of stereotypical images.
(L-R) Monica Wrenn, Sharon Simpson, Mellanie Lassiter, Emmett Vaughn, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Romulo Diaz, Jr., Art Fennell, Sabrina Brooks, Regina Taylor, Ronald Bradley, and Craig Adams.

Sponsored by PECO’s employee network group, Exelon African American Members Association (EAAMA), the event included a viewing of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit exhibit. Immediately following the program, Ralph signed copies of her book Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl.
“The Power of Progress: Historical Images of African Americans in Film, Television and Theatre” was the culminating event for PECO’s celebration of African American History Month.