Saturday, October 13, 2012



WHO:              Frank “The Animal” Bialowas
                        Todd Fedoruk
                        Brian Propp
                        Ray Allison
                        Bob “Hound” Kelly
                        Andre Faust
                        Joe Watson

DATE:            Saturday, October 13 at 2:30 p.m.

PLACE:          Northeast Flyers Skate Zone
                        10990 Decatur Rd.,
Philadelphia, PA 19154

DETAILS:    Flyers Alumni face-off against members of the Police Athletic league during a charity hockey game. Dating back to 1987, Flyers Alumni have raised over $1 million for charity playing in charity hockey games all over the Philadelphia region.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Silver Linings Playbook Official Trailer 2 - Plus Phila Film Society Schedule

The second official trailer for "The Silver Linings Playbook" starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Stiles and Robert DeNiro. After spending four years in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. This is the film that will be opening the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival | October 18-28, 2012

Word on the street is Bradley Cooper will be nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

My wrap up coverage of Silver Linings Playbook filming in Philly
You'll see the house, neighborhood, and the Ben where the dance is held.

21st Philadelphia Film Festival | October 18-28, 2012

The Best Film from Around the World in Philadelphia!
Each October the Philadelphia Film Society presents the Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF). Now in its 21st year, Philadelphia's largest film festival unites talented filmmakers and dedicated film lovers for eleven days of world-class cinema.
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Memoriam: My friend Elkan Katz & former boss Joanne Zack

Elkan and I worked together for nearly 20 years at Kohn, Swift & Graf.  He was one of a kind, and I know people say that, but he was. A true family man, married to his wife Linda for 47 years, and just ask him about his daughter Rachel and his eyes would light up and stories of pride would roll out of his mouth. I definitely feel I watched Rachel grow up through his stories.  He was thrilled to see his daughter get married, and then to become a grandfather.  He was adventurous. For his 50th he and friends biked across Europe, then for his 60th he did it again. I loved when I would run into him all over town as he rode his bike. He loved The Reading Terminal Market and his Fitler Square neighborhood. He loved a spirited conversation,  especially about politics. He was inquisitive, opinionated, but not in a way you weren't drawn in to his way of thinking. I loved that in his house he had a giant board with interesting newspaper clippings. I loved how he worked part time to care for his daughter as she grew up, as Linda had a job that would make a difference in the world he would say.

Nearly every morning Elkan would stop by my desk and we would talk about life, politics, the latest photos we had taken. He would tell me about the letters he wrote to the Editors that week, and which were published. No doubt the Philadelphia Inquirer has a folder on him. His letters were always well thought out and intriguing, although he could be a little stubborn sometimes you'd never know it as he was such a warm and caring guy.

From Elkan's blog 9/2/11 -

" In 1976, after Jimmy Carter and Fritz Mondale won the election, the Philly Daily News had the headline,"It's Grits and Fritz."  After Carter announced his lousy choices for his cabinet a month or so later, I wrote to the editor suggesting that their next headline should be, "It's Grits, Fritz and Shits."

Other times, especially in the afternoon, I would go into his office and look at his gigantic map of Martha's Vineyard and ask him about the different areas of the island. He'd tell me fun stories, and I'd miss him when he would take his three week vacation to the Cape every August.

I saw him a few months after I left Kohn, Swift. It was a random chance meeting. It was Easter (4/24/11), I had just gone to the Easter Parade on South Street and was running late to go to my sisters for the day. I ran into Linda Katz at 18th & Walnut. She said Elkan is in the park (Rittenhouse Square), he needs to tell you something.  He loved sitting in the park. For his 60th birthday his family bought him the bench, and I would catch him sitting on it. When it was occupied, he would sit as close to it and then wait for it to open.

We often planned to sit at the bench again, and as is the case I was always too busy. We did chat briefly a month ago, but I had no idea how close the time would come that our plans to sit in the park would never happen. 

I think I'll go sit on his bench, think about my friend and say a prayer for his family.

"If you walk diagonally through the park from 18th & Walnut and take the right side of the diagonal towards the center, I'm the 5th bench on the right side, next to a trash can."

Elkan kept a blog for the past year or so (he was one of my biggest fans and always encouraged me and sent me notes.), and I would catch up on his blog every couple weeks or so... I guess I missed September. That sucks, but Elkan would understand, he had a well of compassion and understanding. Elkan's Blog

Elkan's Obituary

  Earlier this week another attorney I worked with at Kohn, Swift & Graf died. 

Joanne Zack  passed away from Breast Cancer on October 4th 2012. In 2007, she left to form a firm with Mike Boni, who also had been at Kohn Swift.
"She was a lead attorney representing authors worldwide in landmark copyright litigation against Google. Joanne had a life-long dedication to human dignity and social justice and was named to the Pro Bono Roll of Honor in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Joanne is survived by her husband, Michael Hartung, and her children, Benjamin and Claire Hartung."
She was a brilliant attorney, a devoted wife and mother. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Atmosphere PIXS & Link To Philly Mag: Garces Family Foundation Gala at Kimmel Center

 Puentes de Salud is an organization that has long been committed to the wellness of Philadelphia’s immigrant community. The funds raised at last night’s event will be used to build a community center to house the many services that Puentes de Salud provides.

 Most people I asked loved Amada the best with J.G. DOMESTIC coming in 2nd.
 Chefs on the hors d'oeuvres line
 The new Dorrance H. Hamilton Rooftop Garden
 This was everyone's favorite dish: hmmm good Perre Calmels, Bibou - Venison Pithiviers
With Michael Solomonov's Halibut in Brik, Artichoke, Tomato and Black Harissa coming in 2nd

The Commonwealth Plaza. I loved how the VIP Dinner was going on upstairs, but a hot party was happening here. 
 Both parties commingled after 9:30PM into a big dance party.
Amazing job by Corie Moskow & her team at Gloss PR (none are pictured in this shot)
 "Last fall, Jonathan Adams, one of Philadelphia's best chefs, and Damien Pileggi, an artisanal coffee expert, launched Rival Bros Coffee. (FooBooz)
Check out the social aspect of the night 9w/lots of tidbits & gossip) at Philly Mag in my column in The Philly Post under The Scene.

Original Supremes' Mary Wilson Wants You To "Come See About Me" and her Collection in Philadelphia

Before Destiny's Child, there was another girl group that reigned supreme.

 The Supremes was an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s

PNC Bank regional president Bill Mills escorts original Supremes' Mary Wilson, who is partnering with the African American Museum of Philadelphia to present "Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection" which will feature more than 30 of the Supremes glorious gowns, videos, images and artifacts that tell of the meteoric rise of one of the most famous American groups of all time. A collection that Mary has had stored at her house she said, she received most of the groups clothing as she was the last Supreme in the group.
The exhibit is made possibly by a PNC Arts Alive Grant, a five year, $5 million initiative through the PNC foundation. Not only were the Supremes' talented and beautiful, but they were fashionable too. Their gowns were made with fabric, beads and sequins from designers such as Bob Mackie, Michael Travis and Pat Campano.

Thanks Jerry Blavat for his support over the years, and discusses the Supremes' beginning. The Geator mentioned a concert would be held at the Kimmel Center in January to celebrate the exhibit. Promises that Darlene Love would be in attendance as well as a few other surprises.

William Mills, President of PNC Bank, Ramona Riscoe Benson, The African American Museum, Famed DJ Jerry Jerry Blavat and Mary Wilson, Mayor Michael Nutter . The Mayor got a little choked up when he talked about what an honor it was to meet Mary Wilson, as she and the Supremes busted the door wide open so that people like him could excel in life.
Mary Wilson graces us with a song

Mary is excited to see one of her early albums, which had been in award winning make-up artist About Phace's Ursula Augustine collection since she was a kid. The Supremes' were role models for me, Ursula told me. They were the first African American women I saw on TV that were beautiful and showed me how make-up could be used to accentuate our beauty.

Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection will run from January 25th to June 30th, 2013.

Susie Celek & Julie Dorenbos Join Forces with VOLT Salon

Coming to the Bellevue Philadelphia in November 2012.


Brand new, state-of-art, full service Salon! Inspirational design created by nationally recognized Interior Designer, FLOSS BARBER. World renowned hair designers, nail technicians and make-up artists. Superior service offerings; including satellite location for

SUSIE CELEK & JULIE DORENBOS' Best of Philadelphia SKIN PALETTE! Glamorous spray tanning and body treatment rooms; fashioned by RHONDA CLARK CARLSON of RCC Design Group. Be warned Philadelphia… VOLT SALON will transfigure your beauty expectations!

Ph: (215) 985-4141
Address: 200 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Xfinity Live doesn't want you to forget about the Flyers' so they're having a few events to keep it going


Philadelphia, PA – October 10, 2012 – XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, the dining and entertainment district located on the former site of the Spectrum, will literally roll out the orange carpet to celebrate hockey by showing the HBO Sports documentary Broad Street Bullies, Classic Flyers Games and hosting an EA Sports NHL 13 videogame tournament.

All events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events listed below:

Thursday, October 11
Showing of HBO Sports documentary Broad Street Bullies beginning at 7 p.m.
Broad Street Bullies Joe Watson, Bob “Hound” Kelly and Gary Dornhoefer will walk the orange carpet, greet Flyers fans and sign autographs prior to the showing of HBO Sports documentary Broad Street Bullies featured on the NBC Sports 32-ft screen. Flyers Season Ticket Holders will have access to the VIP Lounge (space is limited) during the showing. Drink specials include half priced drafts and $5 glasses of wine from 6 until 8 p.m. (Happy Hour) as well as $1 drafts and cocktails (Ladies Night Out) from 9 p.m. until close.

WXTU presents country artist and American Idol Finalist Casey James to perform on the Victory Beer Hall stage beginning at 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 18
Showing of Flyers vs. Rangers Classic Game 3 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Final beginning at 7 p.m.
Flyers fans are invited to watch this Flyers classic game with Flyers Broadcasters and Alumni. Drink specials include half priced drafts and $5 glasses of wine from 6 until 8 p.m. (Happy Hour) as well as $1 drafts and cocktails (Ladies Night Out) from 9 p.m. until close.

Saturday, October 20
EA Sports NHL 13 Videogame Tournament beginning at 6 p.m.
Flyers fans are encouraged to take part in an EA Sports NHL 13 Videogame Tournament taking place on the NBC Sports 32-ft. screen. Flyers prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. All fans wearing Flyers gear can enjoy specialty priced Flyers drinks from 6 until 8 p.m.

Within the first six months of XFINITY Live! opening its doors, it has become as synonymous with the city of Philadelphia as the Philly cheese steak and rocky statue. Featuring a 32 ft. LED screen in the venue’s NBC Sports Arena, XFINITY Live! is able to give Philly’s sports fans an unparalleled sports viewing experience. Known as Philly’s fourth stadium for all Philly’s away games, XFINITY Live! has quickly become the paramount  place to watch Philly sporting events as it epitomizes the growth of South Philadelphia as Philly's sports home.
XFINITY Live! Philadelphia is a dining and entertainment district centered in the heart of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The one-of-a-kind venue features over a dozen restaurant and entertainment choices, including six main venues: Broad Street Bullies Pub, PBR Bar & Grill (Professional Bull Riders), Philly MarketPlace, Spectrum Grill, Victory Beer Hall and the first-ever NBC Sports Arena. XFINITY Live! is a joint partnership between Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor and Baltimore-based The Cordish Companies.

Barbra Streisand, Jason Gould & Andrew McCarthy In Philly Oh My!!

Papa can you hear me? Barbra Streisand waves to Jacob Porter as she leaves the Four Seasons Hotel Monday night around 6PM for her concert at the Wells Fargo Center.
Thanks to
Jacob Porter for this shot he sent me on Monday. Babs was in town since October 3 rehearsing at  Temple's Liacouras Center. On Friday she gave a special dress performance for 500 people. In the audience was Nichole Maurer from Philly Style Mag who told me the rehearsal began at 130 and ended about 530.  She said it was much fun to watch Barbra perform, while also tweaking the performance. Stopping sometimes in mid song when things didn't go right, or if she missed a word.  Also in the audience was "Carole Radziwill of Real Housewives of New York City, former "Biggest Loser" host Caroline Rhea, who described Streisand as "phenomenal," and Pat Ciarocchi of CBS were some of the invited guests." (says Laura Goldman on her blog Naked Philadelphian

While in town Barbra barely left the Four Seasons hotel except to go rehearse. Surprisingly she didn't stop by R2L this time to visit her favorite table, #94, the one I dubbed the Barbra Streisand table as she had dinner there last year while in town for the opening of The National Museum of American Jewish History. Opting instead to order room service and eating the foods she packed, in preparation for her upcoming tour.  She did sign for fans outside the Liacoura Center on Friday. She checked out of the hotel yesterday afternoon.

The GRAMMY® Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who sang with Barbra toured the City on Friday. They stayed at the Sofitel Hotel for the weekend.

Where has Jason Gould been hiding. His voice is like butter.

 Last week I did catch up with another favorite of my childhood, Andrew McCarthy, who stopped by The Philadelphia Public Library on his book tour "The Longest Way Home." The Geographical Society of Philadelphia presents WHYY’s Patrick Stoner, host of Flicks and Quick Pics, in conversation with McCarthy, dissecting his forthcoming memoir The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, in which he relates how his travel experiences helped him become the man he wanted to be.
 But first there was a meet and greet dinner for him at the Rose Tattoo with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia members. Above Andrew McCarthy and Patrick Stoner. Andrew told me it was good to be back in Philly. He had spent the day wandering around Chinatown and unlike Babs just randomly chose the foods he was going to eat throwing caution to the wind that it wouldn't cause ill during his tour. He said he's been to Philly many times, and had already had a cheesesteak. His first one was during the months he filmed Mannequin with Kim Catrall in 1987.
 Kimberly and Erica were excited to meet Baine. I think I can see a little Molly Ringwold style on Erica.
 A Molly Ringwold lookalike Rachel, with fellow members Teresa and Janet.
 Nancy Arndt, Barbara Hoven and Caroline Cuthbert
 Since 1891, the Geographical Society has supported world exploration and presented programs focused on travel, adventure, science and history. You too can enjoy films, internationally themed events and illustrated talks with professional filmmakers, photographers, authors, explorers, scientists and scholars.

Andrew McCarthy and Chris Cordone. What I took away from his presentation at the library was that McCarthy's book is about his travels around the world, where he could basically escape from his celebrity, and become normal.  He enjoys interacting with people where only directions or the beauty of the place or day matter, not his celebrity.  He still is in the business, directing and participating in theater and television.  He's very Blaine, with his laissez faire attitude, trying to discover what is right for him, what is the world's message, what is his direction.  I'm sure now more than ever as he's about to turn 50 on November 29 of this year.
 Stephanie had Andrew sign three printed out photos. One for her, one for a friend and another for a friends 40th Birthday, which was signed "Love Blaine". So fun!

Southern Wine & Spirits - McGillin's - A Not So Tall Tale of A Chance Meeting

Every year I would hear about this event where 1000 - 1500 restaurant & bar movers and shakers would attend to try out the new liquors being offered by Southern Wine & Spirits brands. For the past few years the event has been held at the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at the Bellevue.

 Brad Waxman (r) is a veteran of 32 years in the wine and spirits industry. Mr. Waxman started his career with Superior Wine & Spirits of Pennsylvania in 1977. In January 1999, he joined Southern Wine and Spirits of Pennsylvania as General Manager of the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Division.  In January 2002, he was named Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager of Southern Wine and Spirits of Pennsylvania. In January 2008, Mr. Waxman was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President / General Manager. Above with his son Alex Waxman, who also works for Southern Wine & Spirits.
 Red Schiller, State Account Manager - PA at Beam Inc Sharon Phillips Waxman, SPW Productions, Plus is the President of the International Special Events Society (ISES) New Jersey South. Don Tierney, Division Vice President at Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Chuck Silio, executive vice president, wine manager, has been with Southern Wine and Spirits of Pennsylvania for 27 years and Joe Caka, Southern Wine & Spirits
 Mary Becht and Zach Seidman, GM Craft & Claw. Zach tells me the place has gotten a great start. I can't wait to have a chance to go check it out. It's the old Mad River at 126 Chestnut Stree. YELP of course is right on top of things yelping it up.
 Tom Jordan and Terry Fitzgerald. It's a great night to catch up on old friends and clients.
This was a free event. I always wondered how many people could crash this event, although we all had to wear wristbands to allow us in the various rooms. I think if I were a drinker and not a blogger, and I had well you know, I would go out and buy a lot of wristbands. Do people still try and crash parties these days? I know when I lived in NYC it was a sport, especially the celebrity parties.
 Joanne Donahoe and Patrick Donohoe

Sharon Phillips Waxman and Moi

Gaby Gock, GM McGillin's, Chris Mullins, McGillin's,, with Megan Woody, Megan's great grandmother was Mercedes McGillin Hooper who sold McGillin's to sold it to brothers and experienced barkeeps, Henry Spaniak and Joe Shepaniak in 1958 (who spelled their last names differently, odd.) Keeping it in the family, Henry’s daughter, Mary Ellen Spaniak Mullins and her husband, Chris Mullins have run the restaurant since 1993. Mary Ellen and Chris’ son, Christopher, Jr. (Henry’s grandson), recently joined the business.Gaby knew Megan and by chance they ran into her at the event, and by chance I was standing there and got this photo. Valerie Bryant (r) (Source)
 Sharon Phillips Waxman and John Colabelli 
 Daniel Keo and Marc Ferra

 Random happy peeps

I want to thank Southern Wine & Spirits for providing the liquor to my 5th Anniversary Party held at Reserve via rep Christal Watkins in September. We raised nearly 3,000 for Gilda's Club of SJ.
Kristyn Aldrich, Vincent and Adrienne Diaz

I then headed for dinner with Chris, and Gabby. We met up with Bill Gerhman at The Dandelion Pub. I had only had lunch there once before with Michael Klein a few years back. I have baggage, it was there he gave me the Dear John news that at some point soon he would be bagging his column to focus on food. You know from 2007 - 2010 my photos appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer. 
Anyway the food and company were delicious last night.