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Hughe Around Town: Comcast is Lit, Eagles Rally, Anita Oh Hosts, Plus More Gossip

Hughe Around Town: Comcast is Lit, Eagles Rally, Anita Oh Hosts

It’s Thursday already, this week is flying by probably because we are all so excited about the Eagles vs Saints game on Sunday. Let’s see what’s around town…

Comcast is LIT, the Lateran that is. Last year it looked like it was lit, but that was just the construction lights. Now it’s really lit although I did think they were going to wait until the Four Seasons opened later this year. We’ll take it, looks good. I wonder what it’s like for those who live a little closer, is the light so bright. I’ll find out. It is beautiful though. AND BTW the light will always remain white as neither Comcast building ever opted for the color lights as per Brian Roberts requests, I asked. Maybe he always knew he would live in the tower and only like cool white lights. Speaking of Comcast, the Philadelphia Eagles pep rally will be held this Friday 1/11/19 outside on the Comcast Center Plaza. Eagles HQ will be there from 11am-2pm to celebrate the Eagles’ playoff run and get everyone excited for the game this weekend against the Saints. The event is open to the public and will feature fun photo opportunities with Eagles alum, Eagles cheerleaders, Swoop (the Eagles’ mascot), helmet golf carts and awesome oversized BIRDS letters. The rally will also include performances by the Eagles drumline and pep band. They’ll have some swag giveaways and raffles for jerseys, footballs, etc.


Also on Friday, former CBSPhilly reporter, turned law student, Anita Oh will be hosting a reception after the 6th annual flag raising ceremony for Korean American Day 2019, at Philadelphia City Hall. Councilman David Oh will be doing the honors at 10AM with the reception to follow right afterwards.


Next week Chris Jazz Café is hosting a pay-what-you-want Tacos & Tequila fundraising dinner with the owners of South Philly Barbacoa, Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez, who gained national attention for both their critically acclaimed fare and their immigrant rights activism, on Thursday, January 17th from 6 to 10 p.m. It will be an evening of tacos, tequila and Latin jazz, with more than half a dozen local chefs volunteering their culinary chops, all for a worthy cause.  “When my chef, Jhonny Rincon, suggested the idea of a collaboration dinner with South Philly Barbacoa to raise awareness about the plight of undocumented workers, I thought it was a noble idea,” said Chris’ Jazz Café’s Chef/Owner Mark DeNinno. “It is an issue close to Jhonny’s heart, as he is friends with both Ben and Cristina. Initially, it was just supposed to be our two restaurants, but when word spread of our fundraiser, several other local chefs who are active in this arena, decided to jump in. It’s going to be a fantastic evening with delicious food and superb live music from Conjunto — a Philadelphia based band that performs the music of Pre-Revolutionary Cuba.

Tickets are $10, which will go to the band. Donation for the dinner is pay-what-you-want. Chris’ regular menu will not be available that evening. Tickets are available at the door or online at: https://www-chrisjazzcafe-com.seatengine.com/events/28010

Shortly before New Year’s I stopped in Reading Terminal to people watch, which I love to do in my free time. I ran into Gunnar Montana (who had a huge successful year with shows in Philly and in NYC. Next, 2019) and Mike DelBene, Mann Music Center. They’re gearing up for great musical acts at the iconic Fairmount Park amphitheater.  This week the Reading Terminal has been in the news as it was ranked No. 1 on a list of the country’s five best farmers markets this year. While I was at the market last week, I ran into someone that told me the Market had a record 10 million visitors in 2018. WOW, I knew it was sometimes difficult to navigate, but I had no idea it attracted such a large crowd.  Come out and celebrate at the Reading Terminal with their annual fundraiser “Party at the Market” on February 23, for once I don’t have a conflict as Cheers for Chops moved their date up a week to March 3.

Last week I stopped by Jenna Communications Year End Party at Sofitel Hotel. All the lovelies were in attendance as well as man about town Greg Basile.


Tuesday I attended Jennifer Logue’s Newsmakers Roundtable where Kristin Detterline, Philly Style Magazines editor of 10 years, spoke about her career. It was very informative. She also chatted about the kinds of stories PSM is looking to be pitched and how to pitch to her and her team. Just write her, but include FABULOUS photos of whatever you are talking about.Newsmakers Roundtable happens the first Tuesday of every month at the Pyramid Club. For $25 you get lunch and a tasty talk. Speaking of Tasty Talks, Michelle Leonard was in attendance as she often is at this interesting gatherings. She hosts Tasty Talks, which is held at Yangming’s on the Mainline. Similar in nature, her chit chat’s are with newsmakers as well. Lunch is served, with dessert for $20, although I’m always trying to get her to raise the price. $5 of the price goes to the charity of the speakers choice. The next Tasty Talks is 1/30/19 with Quincy Harris, Fox 29, speaking.


Hey ladies headed into DelFrisco’s Grille on Broad Street. I love that you are fashion forward on a Tuesday night. Those boots are made for walking, right into the latest steakhouse to open in Philly.  Remember to follow me on twitter and instagram, the links are at the top of the page on the right, and I’ll see you tomorrow. I’m shooting a favorite celebrity in town tonight and will have all the details Friday here on Philly Chit Chat. Have a great day!!