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July 2015


Party Pics: Philadelphia Magazine hosts ‘Uncorked’ at the Shambles in Headhouse Square

It was hot as hell, but that didn’t keep the wine affectionatos from coming out to mingle, mix and enjoy delicious food and great spirits at the Philadelphia Magazine ‘Uncorked’ at the Shambles in Headhouse Square on Tuesday night.

”Uncorked” featured more than 200 wines, cocktails

Philadelphia magazine
is lifestyle content for better living in the Philadelphia region. The
brand has an authentic and authoritative voice that gets to the heart of
what matters. The content is always smart and stylish, funny and
pugnacious says our website – I work there, in fact today is my 4th anniversary there. Yeah!! Read my column online – The Scene

Guests enjoyed samplings from many of Society Hill restaurants and enjoyed
live music, outdoor games, local vendors and boutiques. 

There was even a Fine Wine
& Good Spirits Store was on-site where guests could purchase a
bottle of their favorite wine from the evening.

Joann Giangiulio, Kevin Cornell, Amanda McFaul and Maureen Marinucci
Julian Prince and Mandy Faust
Dena Hillson and Samantha Tempesta
Jeremy  Swinter and Lita Savagno

Widell Design and Liberty Events were responsible for the planning and execution of the event.

Chelle Buffone enjoying a bite

Deborah Crinigan, Patrick Portner, Tom Zerone and Heather Cini
Patrick Wirt, Cody Trahan, Joe Ribecchi and Steve Schnieder with that unfortunate lamp post on his head, but Joe had his eyes shut in the other photo, I didn’t notice as I had sweat in my eyes.
Tammy Stewart and Daniel Palermo
Dr. Thanuja Hamilton and David Weiss

NEXT UP FOR PHILLY MAG, their Best of Philly Mag Party with my buds from the new movie Equity in attendance as our guests!!


#KnockKnockLive Brings Cheetah’s Adrienne Bailon and ‘Teen Wolf’ Star Tyler Posey to Philly

Last night I got a tip that there was something filming in the Francisville section of Fairmount.

 I went over and checked it out, I saw they lit up the street, but didn’t see a camera crew.
 I checked out this notification and it said that the Dick Clarke Production Company was filming on this block, and basically this sign said if you’re on this street you are giving your consent to be on TV. 
I ran into a couple neighbors and a production guy who filled me in that this was the new TV Show on Fox called Knock Knock Live and it was happening right now at 9:15PM

   The premise is a celebrity will knock on your door and award you prize money to make your life easier or for you to succeed in your dreams. Last night Adrienne Bailon (Cheetah Girls and The Talk) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf)

surprised Rashuan Williams, a community activist, with

 $25,000 to renovate his home, and another $25,000 to help him with his community work. They found him because one of his mentor’s nominated him. The crew knocked on his door about 9PM then filmed his surprise live on TV.  

His mentor was in LA with  Ryan Seacrest the host of the show, who explained why Rashuan was deserving of the acknowledgement.

Here’s RashuanWilliams being interviewed by Fox 29 on his new found fortune.

 Then Adrienne Bailon and Tyler Posey went down the street to “surprise” two more neighbors with neighbors in tow, it’s TV some of the neighbors in tow were “actors” hired to make sure there was a nice, obedient crowd, meaning no yahoos trying to get on TV or manhandling the co-hosts. You want a crowd, it’s a nice touch.

 Adrienne Bailon and Tyler Posey went to each of the doors and had the neighbors open the gold suitcase, see the gold suitcase. They had to choose from two foreign currencies, Katzastan and Costa Rica to see their prize money.

 Here’s the filming in the Kleppel house. It was great when the real neighbors started to gather and were excited this was happening in the neighborhood. It was so fun when the guys saw Adrienne, they were so excited.
Jarrett and Hillary Kleppel picked Kazakhstan currency which was $1800. Rashuan was nominated by a friend and the folks at Knock Knock Live felt he was deserving. Then a week ago the producers walked up and down the street vetting others to see who might need some extra cash. They asked a few questions then made sure it was ok to film inside your house. They told the Kleppel’s they needed to be home between 9 & 10PM but nothing else and they didn’t know what time they’d be knocking on the door. I had no idea what was going on and you’ll see in my instagram video cause the crew knocked on the door next to where I was standing. I had a little cameo I imagine.

A video posted by Philly ChitChat (@phillychitchat) on Jul 28, 2015 at 6:49pm PDT

 The family up the street picked Costa Rica currency and that equaled $5,000

 At the end of the show the actors and the neighbors gathered in the street and cheered. I wish I had taped the show I would have loved to check it out. Next week.

 When the show went off the air Adrienne Bailon posed with the fans
for about 10 minutes.

Read more about Rashaun here and check out the video below for his surprise

How you can be on Knock Knock Live, apply or nominated someone.


#Eagles Mural Dediction: Philadelphia Eagles and City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

In 2014, the Philadelphia Eagles and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program collaborated with Eagles
season ticket members to create the “Our City, Our Team” mural that
runs the entire length of the buildings along Darien Street across
from Lincoln Financial Field. 
Phillip Adams and Jonathan Laidacker, lead muralists, City of Philadelphia Mural

Arts Program

Over the course of four community paint days last November, the mural was brought to life with the help of Eagles
players, staff, season ticket members and lead artists Philip Adams and
Jonathan Laidacker. Hundreds of painters of all abilities
and ages came together to put their own personal touch on the creation
by painting sections of parachute cloth in Lincoln Financial Field’s SCA
Club that eventually became the enormous mural.

The mural was designed not to honor particular
players or historic moments, but to capture the unique relationship that
exists between the city, the team and its fans. 
Lincoln Financial Field’s L Lot (located on Darien Street across from the mural)
The project was completed earlier this month after
688 five-by-five sections were applied to the wall and then touched up
by the artists from the Mural Arts Program. Altogether, more than 2,900
man hours and 386 gallons of paint were devoted
to the project that currently stands as the second-largest mural in the
city of Philadelphia and the fifth-largest in the nation.
Swoop even joined in on the fun with Earl Wolff , Riley Cooper and fans.

On Thursday, July 23, a dedication event was
held to celebrate the completion of the 17,000 square-foot mural. Season
ticket members who participated in the paint days are invited to join Eagles staff, representatives of Mural Arts,
and the mural artists to dedicate the mural and enjoy a tailgating experience in the parking lot of Lincoln Financial Field.
Season Ticket Members gather around the #OurCityOurTeam Mural 

Great souvenirs

These folks are pointing to their likeness in the mural

About Mural Arts

The Mural Arts Program is the nation’s largest
public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For
nearly 30 years, the Mural Arts Program has united artists and
communities through a collaborative process, rooted in
the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public
spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50 to 100
mural and public art projects each year, including a restoration
program that maintains the collection. The murals
also create unique project-based learning opportunities for thousands
of youth and adults in the Art Education for Youth, Restorative Justice
and Behavioral Health programs. The Mural Arts Program has created more
than 3,600 murals and works of public art,
earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”
Each year, 14,000 residents and visitors tour the Mural Arts Program’s
outdoor art gallery, which has become part of Philadelphia’s civic
landscape and a source of pride and inspiration.
For further information, please visit