Friday, March 23, 2012

Thousands Walk in Solidarity in Philly in the Million Hoodie March in honor of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin

The slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a Florida high school student who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, has captured national attention as well as here in Philadelphia.
Tonight Carmena Ayo-Davies, 28 and Jason Moody, 32, of the OnTheCornerstone, an online radio station and community-organizing group helped organize the the march that kicked off at 30th Street Station at 7:17 p.m., the time when police found Martin's body at the scene in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26.
The march proceeded down Market Street where I caught up with it at 18th and walk with the the marchers, young, old, black, white, gay and straight all with one thing on their mind
justice for 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin and the end to racial profiling.

Earlier today, President Barack Obama discussed the killing in personal terms. Obama said that he hoped authorities would get to the bottom of the case and added: “If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon.” The Justice Department and the FBI are investigating the killing as a civil-rights matter. (source)

"Please Don't Shoot Me I have a Bright Future"

Ayla Brown hanging out at the Sixers Game with Will Smit

The Voice of the 76ers & American Idol Finalist Ayla Brown hanging with Sixers CEO Adam Aron and Will Smith at Wednesday night's game against the New York Knicks. (That's Spike Lee on the left, texting.) On Thursday, Ayla Brown will be performed for children at Ryan's Seacrest's "THE VOICE" studio at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia(CHOP).

Photo credit: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images

Academy of Natural Sciences Celebrates It's Bicentennial

On March 21, 1812, seven amateur naturalists created what is now the nation's oldest natural history museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Two centuries last, we celebrate 200 years of history, exploration, and scientific discovery. Dawn Timmeney, NBC10 anchor and Mistress of Ceremonies.

The Academy of Natural Sciences Announces Monthly Discount Days in Honor of Its Bicentennial

PHILADELPHIA (March 22, 2012) – The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University today announced special monthly discount days in honor of its yearlong Bicentennial. In honor of the founding on March 21st each upcoming 21st of the month:

On the 21st of each month, the Academy will offer two-for-the price-of-one admission. The discount offer begins April 21 and ends March 21, 2013. Regular admission is $15 for adults; $13 for children 3 through 12, seniors, college students, and military personnel; and free for members and children under 3.

Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Mayor Michael Nutter. Peck presents Nutter with a book he co-authored on art and artifacts. At one point Dr. Peck hands Mayor Nutter a box for his daughter Olivia to collect species from Fairmount Park for her insect collection that he's sure she has. Nutter says I can't wait to see the look on her face when he gives it to her. But he did add some of their families favorite times have been spent spending a day a the museum. They really love all the exhibits.
John A Fry, President, Drexel University and George W. Gephart, Jr., serves as President & CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

On March 24, the Academy will kick off a yearlong celebration featuring:

· A major new exhibition called The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery.

· New behind-the-scenes tours of its world-renowned collections of 18 million animals and plants.

· Publication of the first complete history of the Academy, A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science, by Academy Curator of Art and Artifacts Robert McCracken Peck and historical biographer Patricia Tyson Stroud.

· Bicentennial Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, with fun hands-on activities, music, games, crafts, an amazing multimedia light show and, of course, birthday cake.

· Monthly themed museum programs and giveaways.

For a complete schedule of events, programs and tours, visit Papadakis, Committee Member, Stephen Sheller, Board Member and Sandy Sheller.

Tom and Ellie Elkinton. Ellie was recently honored by Chorus America. For Ellie Elkinton, choral singing has always been a part of who she is. “It’s hard to imagine life without choral singing," she says. "It’s deep in my soul.” A lifelong alto, Ellie sings with Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and currently serves as chairman of the board of directors.
Harvey Forman, Partner at Blank Rome, Carl Cutler, Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman and Carol Cutler.EVERY NIGHT UNTIL TUESDAY: An entertaining five-minute multimedia light show with animated lasers will light up the front of the building with the fascinating story of the Academy's world-renowned collections. Every 30 minutes from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. (Photo:ANS)

EVENT: Flyers MAX TALBOT SIGNING MARCH 27 5pm The Sports Cave Center City Tixs $30 Get Anything Signed

The Sports Cave is a family owned and operated retail store located in the Shops of Liberty Place in Center City, Philadelphia. We now offer authentic sports memorabilia, vintage posters, stadium panoramics, books, and many other gifts for the bar or “cave.” We also offer special services like custom framing, appraisals of memorabilia, player signings, and much more.
heck the announcements page to learn about upcoming events and specials.

Check Us Out!

John Panichello, Joe Panichello, and Frank Luisi
Owners, Man Cave

Event: DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN Comes to the Prince Theater April 18 - May 13

Philadelphia Loves CAVEMAN!


Broadway’s Smash Comedy about Men and Women

Returns to Philly at the Prince Music Theater

For 4 Weeks Only, Starting Wednesday April 18

Philadelphia, PA (March 6, 2012) -- DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN -- the longest-running solo show in Broadway history --- returns to Philadelphia for its first extended run since 2006. Appearing more than 500 times in this role from coast to coast, the star of this one-man show is local comic actor Vince Valentine. CAVEMAN begins a four-week run in the Independence Black Box Theater at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street in Center City on Wednesday, April 18 with performances scheduled through May 13, 2012. DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN, a world-wide phenomenon enjoyed by millions in more than 45 countries and in 18 different languages, will win the hearts of Philadelphia audiences once again!

The wildly popular comedy about men and women written by Rob Becker, DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. The show presents the common themes in relationships that bring insight and humor to everyday situations. While timeless observations about gender differences drive the humor, Valentine’s up-to-the-minute references to Facebook, Google and the GPS prove that the theme can be endlessly updated, keeping the show fresh and contemporary for both return audiences and first-time attendees.

Receiving raves throughout the country, here is a sampling of critic’s comments:

· The “outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap” (Chicago Sun-Times)

· DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN “a comic phenomenon!” (New York Times)

· “Hysterically Funny! Couples who were seen arguing before the show, stroll out into the night holding hands.”

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN is presented at the Independence Black Box Theater at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN plays in their black box theater on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.95. For ticket information, call 215-569-9700 or visit


Written by Rob Becker • Starring Vince Valentine

Independence Black Box Theater at the Prince Music Theater

1412 Chestnut Street


Show Times

April 18 – May 13, 2012

Wednesday - Friday 7:30 pm

Saturday 5 pm and 8 pm

Sunday 7 pm

Tickets are $39.50


Call 215-569-9700 -

Don't Take My Word For It, check out these Reviews

Thursday, March 22, 2012

IT'S A WRAP: DO NO HARM Films Epic Scene at Independence Memorial Hospital Last Night

For the past month or so I've been chasing down the actors from the TV movie "Do No Harm" here in Philly. Sure I knew which hotel they were staying at, but I really wanted to get shots on the set. They've been shooting mostly interior shots, which made me think the setting of the show was in NYC. The TV pilot is about a brilliant neurosurgeon who has to battle his own alter-ego so that he can live a normal life, so whether I caught up with the set in Rittenhouse, or on Market Street, there were always scrubs around.
Yesterday Phylicia "Mrs Huxtable" Rashad and Steven Pasquale filmed several scenes at One South Broad Street in the offices of Electronic Ink, an international business system design consultancy, which also has cool, contemporary offices which yesterday doubled as Rashad's and Pasquale's doctor offices. Finally I caught up with them filming on North Broad Street last night.
and I'm happy to report that the movie is based in Philadelphia, yeah. Philly on the big screen. That's actor Steven Pasquale getting in the cab. Right before he climb in he says to no one in particular "I'm tired of this place and want out of her." You might recognize his handsome face from FX's "Rescue Me" which he co-starred in for 6 seasons, ending in 2011. He's originally from our neck of the woods, Hershey, Pa and Graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School, in Harrisburg, PA. Another guy I ran into from our neck of the woods, but not in the movie
Jackass' Chris Raab has a few movies in the works, but last night I found him working as a PA on the set of "Do No Harm". Who else would have better knowledge than Raab Himself who better than a member of the Camp Kill Yourself Crew (referred to as The CKY Crew) as part of the group of friends or relatives centered around Bam Margera, many of whom are from or located in and around West Chester, Pennsylvania. Some members of the crew are skateboarders, while others are involved either on-camera or behind-the scenes in Margera's various projects such as the CKY Videos, Jackass, Viva La Bam, Haggard: The Movie, Bam's Unholy Union and Radio Bam.and another Philly peep Ashley"PhillyFilmGirl" Sindaco in brown jacket.But Ashley wants you to know she didn't tip me off, and she didn't. When I was over at One South Broad, earlier in the day, I saw a crew member look at the Set List for the day. And I just photographed it and enlarged it to read it. That's how I knew.

Shooting at night is difficult, especially since I didn't have my super dooper awesome camera as I had just shot a black tie gala earlier in the evening, and well I have a favorite camera for that. Anyway, about are the two stand ins for Alana de la Garza and Steven Pasquale who will be filming a scene where they are crossing the street and fighting at the same time.Steven Pasquale and Alana de la Garza , did I mention that the Pennsylvania Convention Center was now going to be Independence Memorial Hospital, well just for last night. It's amazing how much direction goes into crossing the street. The actors were very in tune with what director Michael Mayer had to say.
Steven and Deena do their own stunts, as this car really comes close to hitting them. I was shocked at how close. Alana de la Garza was on CSI: Miami and Law & Order. Between scenes the two actors were cute and laughing between scenes.Here it is from another angle. The TV movie wraps up filming today and then is set to be carried by NBC as long as advertisers want to invest in it, which will be decided in a few weeks in NYC when the networks showcase their new shows for the fall at the "Upfronts." The Upfronts are where advertisers check out the networks shows for the next TV season, and then decide which shows they are going to invest in. This happens the 3rd week of May. I've always thought of running tours up to NYC to see celebs, this is a great time since they are everywhere, as the networks bring in the star power to convince the advertisers. Who wants to go?You can catch the last scene filming in the Rittenhouse Square area today. Hopefully it's outside and I'll get a shot of Mrs Huxable. Nonetheless, Colin Farrell, as I mentioned yesterday, is on board for his film is about to film in April. It's set in NYC, but don't despair, they're filming it here so they'll be lots of sightings, I hope. Also watch me on Fox 29 Good Day on Monday where I plan to chat about a few of the scenes from this movie, I have video, and upcoming movie news I just heard about.