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September 2015


Final Favorite Pope Photos that weren’t Put on Social Media

A few of my favorite photos from the pope weekend
Ospreys and the Pope’s helicopter flying over the City
A rainbow appears over the Parkway
Leaders of the World Meeting of Families and Mayor Nutter
A gift for his holiness
Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts helps families paint
Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director, World Meeting of Families and Mayor Michael Nutter cutting the ribbon for the World Meeting of Families Film Festival at the Kimmel Center.

One of my fav shots. These football players were playing ball when this kid sad “Priests dont play football.” The priest on the left got down to his level and connected the love of football with the love of Jesus Christ and team spirit. It was really cute.
A child at the Knotted Grotto at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul

Openly gay Judge Dan Anders outside St. John’s where St. Maria Goretti relics were on display
Mark Wahlberg arrives at the Kimmel Center for the World Meeting of Families Film Festival showing of Invincible the story of Vince Papale
Mark Wahlberg and Vince Papale introduce the Invincible where Wahlberg played Papale during the years he played on the Philadelphia Eagles
Pope Francis says mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul Saturday morning.

A family during the “sign of peace”
Philly Metro September 29, 2015

A nun watching the mass on a closed circuit tv in the Basilica. It was sad that the nuns were relegated to the sides of the church,
 whereas the Priest, Deacons and VIPs sat in the center pews.

Waiting for the Pope Mobile Parade

It was a long wait
and dark when he finally made is rounds
Logan Cafe at Sister’s Cities did a brisk business. Sweetbox cupcakes didn’t mark up their tweets from their normal prices, which was sweet.
The Pope during the concert Saturday night.

Sunday locking up the bikes in Fairmount
There’s Adam Josephs from 6ABC
The flock

Pouring into the grounds

Spring Garden

Running late, Kory and I took a pedicab. This guy had his work cut out for him. He was from Pittsburgh, Pa and his company set up business in Philly. Where were the Philly pedicabs, did they go on a #popecation like the rest of the residents?
We’re from Michigan and are popped

Comcast simulcast

Top of the Tower

Pilgrims invited to the Top of the Tower to enjoy the view of the mass, a bite to eat and a place to sit.

Metro Philly Monday September27, 2015. A few people took this photo to task saying it shows that 800ks didn’t attend.

What they didn’t understand was no one was allowed to stand in the street below 20th Street.

Where were the people, sadly thousands of people were standing in line to get onto the Parkway,

as well as watching Jumbotrons all over the City.

Back to the mass, here are priests giving communion to the masses watching a jumbotron at 17th and the Parkway
Ironic some of the folks who complained Philly would be shut roads down, now want to do something like that once a year. Great idea, but what about someone who goes into labor?

 I’ll miss the sounds of silence

Photos taken at the Top of the Tower

I headed to Whole Foods for dinner with my friend Kristen Johanson, KYW106 to recap the weekend and saw these pilgrims.

Sisters City Park Monday afternoon. The Melendez family from Mexico take one last photo before heading home.

The End
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Philadelphia Magazine


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Madonna at Wells Fargo – The Pope Has A Crush On Me, While Complaining Philly Fans Didn’t Adore Her Enough

Thanks to Marilyn Russell and Live Nation for the invite to see my 4th Madonna concert. It’s always an experience. I remember going to my first Madonna concert in 1986, The Virgin Tour. Always controversial that Madonna.

 She had just come off of the MTV Music Awards and at that time the most controversial thing ever done, rolling around on the stage in a virginal white wedding dress. That act made headlines around the world. Of course she would go on to out do, and out rage people for the rest of her career. But more on that later…

I think it started with Madonna that fans dressed as their favorite artist while attending their concert. It wasn’t as Halloweeny as last night seemed to be, maybe because the garb worn isn’t something someone would wear everyday. Back in 1985 Madonna influenced a lot of kids to wear ripped shirts, large crucifixes and an armful of black rubber bracelets. I remember getting a warning at my job as a busboy at Winston’s for wearing them. They made me take on 20 but allowed me to wear a conservative 5.  Above is Marilyn Russell with a few fans. i saw several Pope’s in the crowd so maybe we have that to look forward to this weekend.

Rebel Heart is on sale now, it’s a good buy. It’s no Like A Prayer, but then again it’s no Bedtime Story either – Thank GOD!
These two are magnificent.

Congrats to these fans who won tickets from BenFM 95.7
I ran into my bud Jenny DeHuff, Philly Daily News Gossip Girl. I also saw Victor Firillo from PhillyMag and

Marisa Magnatta, and her dad. It was Marisa and Marilyn’s first time seeing Madonna. I don’t think it was her Uncle George’s first time. He knew all the Madonna songs, and was dancing along with the rest of us.

Then her Madgesty took the stage at 945PM, YES 945PM. Geez girl. Anyway Madonna at 57 with her 13th Studio album still packs them in at the Wells Fargo
Looking flawless at 57, with moves of a 20 year old. Amazing body, and her voice is mature and smooth. Not like in her first tour where you could hear her speaking voice.

Definitely my favorite outfit of the night singing Like a Virgin of course.

The Beyonce effect.

Madonna sucks. If she mentioned one more time how the Philly fans were unenthusiastic, then she doesn’t understand her fan base and our week. Most of us could have gone on a 4 day vacation and eaten the cost of her ticket, as some people obviously did. All of us have Pope fatigue. 

Vintage Madonna. She sang one of two of my favorite songs:
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore and Deeper and Deeper. My party songs of the 80s. The first was for my pity party, the 2nd for my getting turnt up party. She also did amazing reworks of True Blue, Lucky Star, Like A Virgin, Vogue and Material Girl. Better than on any other tour. Now for the not so hot.

Madonna sex on the last supper alter, it’s controversial like you like it, but why do you have to sing “Jesus Loves My Pussy Best!” I feel like I need to be immersed in Holy Water after hearing this song a 2nd time. I never downloaded it after hearing it the first time. Why can’t you just rely on your talent and other nice songs like True Blue, Cherish or even Like A Pray. It’s sad you think it’s ok to sing those words considering you take your religion so seriously. Glad your proud of your excommunication from the Church. We don;t need the Church to validate us as good people, but common decency goes a long way.

Madonna surprisingly sings La Vie en Rose at her concert. Kinda redundant since that’s the song Lady Gaga has been singing on her last tour this past summer, where she dedicates it to her parents and sister.

I found a video on Youtube comparing the two. Why Madonna would sing this song is baffling. She is obviously obsessed with Lady Gaga. It doesn’t make me love her less, it just is disappointing. I know a million other singers have sung this tune, Grace Jones being the best besides Edith Piaf, it’s just right after Lady Gaga popularized it. That’s a shot across the bow.

The seats were fabulous. The problem with the Rebel Heart concert was she used too many elements and themes from the Like A Prayer tour. It’s been done Madonna, the beds, the masturbation, the sex with religious objects, you are better than this. Love your biggest fan, no really I am but we’re all flawed. And that Jesus comment, I feel she used that because all the rappers have the market on offensive words. Madonna needed to one up them. She’s an Icon, this just soils her.

As for the Pope, he followed her to NYC and now he’ll be in Philly this weekend. He’s obsessed with her. She did say he’s the nicest Pope yet.

On a lighter note, sorry my pixs aren’t pristine.  I must read my new phone’s instructions for better photos. Mike has and his photos are amazing. Happy Pope Weekend.


Mark Wahlberg in Philly: Rumors: Wahlburgers Found a Home; Marky Mark Walks the Red Carpet at World Meeting of Families Film Festival. Confirmed: He Still Works Out

I’ve been told that Wahlburgers, the burger chain owned by Chef Paul Wahlberg in partnership with celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie has found a home in Philly, but not in the Rittenhouse Square area like it had been written last year, but in the simmering Northern Liberties The Piazza. (location of my advertiser Sculpt Fitness Studio – Free Parking)

The new location, was the now closed, but very popular Darlings, which shuttered it’s doors earlier this year in March. 
This is the interior of Darlings
and the interior of  a typical Wahlburgers. 
Mark Wahlberg is in town this week to prepare for Saturday’s  Festival of Families, held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, 
which is in conjunction of the World Meeting of Families which kicked off in Philadelphia yesterday. Check out my photos in Philly Mag’s A&E section. 
The Art Museum last night.

Last night I got a tip that actor Mark Wahlberg was seen driving up Walnut Street in a White Jeep near 18th; was he trying out the Pope Mobile, as it’s rumored the Pope’s mode of vehicle for the parade is a white jeep. I was wondering why he was in town so early for a Saturday event. I hear today he went to check out the property for Wahlburgers. The move from Rittenhouse Square to Northern Liberties was prompted by the over saturation of burger places near the square, like Good Burgers, Five Burgers, 500F burgers and Shake Shack.
Dave Magrogan, Mark Wahlberg, DJ Chris Booker at ‘Toys for Tots’ party at Kildare’s pub in Old City. (Yeah that long ago, 2007)
Whalberg is very familiar with Philadelphia, having filmed 3 movies in the area, Invincible , The Happening, and 10th and Wolf 

and he screened his movie Broken City at the Prince Theater
Yes that was working out this morning.
 This morning I tweeted there was a Mark Wahlberg sighting at the Sporting Club over at the Bellevue.  Gov Rendell was working out nearby, no word on if either gave fitness tips to each other.
Will Marky Mark Walk The Red Carpet Friday night: Vince Papale is hosting a screening of Invincible (2006) PG, 105 minutes as part of the World Meeting of Families Film Festival. Confirmed for the screening Vince Papale, and Tony Luke Jr. Not confirmed but rumored to be there Mark Wahlberg, and now that we know he’s in town, why not.
Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia, who overcame long odds to play for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear & Elizabeth Banks. 
   Sharon Pinkenson,     Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office,   Gerard P. Cuddy,  President & CEO, Beneficial Bank,  Donna Crilley Farrell,   Executive Director, World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015  and Mayor Michael A. Nutter   at the ribbon cutting of the film festival yesterday afternoon.
One of the first movies to open at the World Meeting of Families Film Festival – Mighty Macs. Tim Chambers, writer director of Mighty Macs (3rd from right) and John Chambers, producer with
Cathy Rush (r) and other basketball players from the The Mighty Macs movie about the 1971 Immaculata College women’s basketball team that went on to win a championship.
There’s an impressive list of films at the festival, and celebrities walking the red carpet including M. Night Shyamalan on Thursday Night. 
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
    • “Urban Trinity” Red Carpet and Premiere (78 minutes, filmed in Philadelphia)
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Opening remarks from:
  • Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director, World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015
Remarks following the premiere:
  • Sam Katz,
Executive Producer, “Urban Trinity”
historical documentary traces the narrative of the many immigrant
groups who came to Philadelphia and whose common bond was their
Catholicism. The story arcs from the earliest times through the more
modern stresses of a changing Philadelphia.
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
    • “Wide Awake” Red Carpet and Screening (88 minutes, filmed in Philadelphia)
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Opening remarks from:
  • Sharon Pinkenson,
Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • M. Night Shyamalan,
Writer and Director, “Wide Awake”
and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Joseph Cross, Rosie
O’Donnell and Dana Delany, this film tells the story of a 10-year-old boy who goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.
  • Friday, September 25, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    • “The Sound of Music” Sing-A-Long-A (230 minutes)
Pennsylvania Convention Center Terrace Ballroom, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
Hosted by:
  • Diane Heery,
Casting Director, Heery Casting
  • Patrick McDade,
Actor, Producing Partner, Sunshine Productions
This special screening is a family-friendly addition to the Film Festival, hosted by two of Philadelphia’s veteran actors and producers.
  • Friday, September 25, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
    • “Invincible” Red Carpet and Screening (105 minutes, filmed in Philadelphia)
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Opening remarks from:
  • Sharon Pinkenson,
Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • Gerard P. Cuddy,
President & CEO, Beneficial Bank
  • Vince Papale
Former Philadelphia Eagle

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear and Elizabeth Banks, this film is based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. Vince Papale, Tony Luke, Jr. and Walter Thurmond will be attending the Red Carpet, Screening and are available for interviews.


All photos containing people in them were taken by me except the one autographed.


Bill Murray In Philly For His Son Luke’s Wedding to a Philly Girl #Emmys2015 #SNL #Philly

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I started getting texts and tweets from people Friday night. The first one was where he was eating dinner, but you know it is the very busy social season and I couldn’t get away to greet Bill. 

My bud Larry Giuffra texted me to say that he saw Murray in the Rittenhouse Sq area, I knew for sure Bill was here but why?  

When I got home from the Franklin Institute’s Vatican Splendor Gala I jumped on the internet and started to do some research. Thanks to the guy who DM’d me with the answer.

The next morning I tweeted  @iPhillyChitChat Bill Murray was spotted at Oscar’s Tavern the night before, and cringed when I saw I made an era in saying “why is he hear?” instead of here. Then the Philly Voice picked up my tweet, which is awesome except for that mistake – ugh. Twitter edit button please. But the tips started flowing in.

Bill was here to attend the wedding of his son Luke Murray (assistant coach of Xavier University), who was marrying Philly hometown girl

Kara Cassidy, former Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach University of Pennsylvania 2009 – August 2013 (4 years) and South Philly native and now working for ADP.

Basketball runs in her family, her dad Fran Cassidy is Vice President, Premium Seating at Comcast-Spectacor

How’d They Met: They met on a plane to Italy, his team was playing in Europe, she was going to recruit academic basketball Europeans. How random was that.

Before Murray headed over to Oscar’s for a nightcap, he attended the rehearsal dinner at the Acorn Club (actual set up before the dinner). Traditionally the grooms parents pay for the meal, and they did. I hear Bill was very generous with gifts for the wedding couple helping out with the most beautiful wedding to hit the Bellevue since Sabrina Tamburino Thorne‘s. He also paid for all the groomsman’s tuxes and rented out the 27th floor at the Bellevue Hyatt for bridal party preparations and rooms for the guests to stay.

Walking down the aisle St. Monica’s Church in South Philly Bill Murray, with his mom Lucille Murray, and former wife Mickey Kelly, mother of Luke Saturday around 3PM.

Bill Murray stopped by The Palm restaurant at the Bellevue on his way to the reception.

Uncles Joel Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray with the groom, Luke Murray with a few SNL writers Friday night.

Bill Murray on the right dancing to the introduction of the bride and groom song “Feels So Close” by Black Eyed Peas (Which was Tamburino/Thorne introduction song too), at the Bellevue Hyatt. Congrats to the Murray’s and the Cassidy’s, looks like it was an awesome time!!

 The name of the band at the Murray wedding:

Chevis Entertainment headed by Chevy Chevis (l), pretty ironic I’d say. They’re from NYC and the biz address – Rockefeller Center.

At one point Bill Murray jumped up on stage and rocked out with the band. One guest told me it was the best band she’d ever heard, and the Murray’s really know how to party. I say girl, they’re Irish, we know how to party.

Can we talk about this awesome dance floor installed at the Bellevue for the wedding.. It was placed on top of the wooden one that’s normally used.

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