Midnight Red visit Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on September 11, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Justin Furstenfeld visits Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on September 11, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Christina Milian pictured signing pre-purchased bottles of Viva Diva Strawberry Moscato Sparkling Wine at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Philadelphia, Pa on September 13, 2013 © Scott Weiner 2013
Lord Huron visit Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on September 17, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Liam Neeson pictured with Stephen Smith, executive director of USC Shoah Foundation and Steve Cozen, chair of event at the 20th AnniversaryCommemorative Screening of Schindler's List yo benefit the USC Shoah Foundation at the Prince Music Theater in Phila
White Denim visit Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on September 11, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
The Unlikely Candidates pictured at Radio 104.5 last annual Summer Block Party at The Piazza at Schmidts in Philadelphia, Pa on September 14, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
American Authors pictured at Radio 104.5 last annual Summer Block Party at The Piazza at Schmidts in Philadelphia, Pa on September 14, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
The Airborne Toxic Event pictured at Radio 104.5 last annual Summer Block Party at The Piazza at Schmidts in Philadelphia, Pa on September 14, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Liam Neeson pictured with Schindler's list survivor, Rena Finder at the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Screening of Schindler's List yo benefit the USC Shoah Foundation at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, Pa on September 13, 2013 ***EXCLUSIVE H
Kal Rudman taping "Seth Speaks" on Sirius XM, while he reunites with Cousin Brucie and Steve Leeds. Photo courtesy Randex Communications.
Kal Rudman taping "Seth Speaks" on Sirius XM, while he reunites with Peter Asher. Photo courtesy Randex Communications
Kal Rudman taping "Seth Speaks" on Sirius XM, while he reunites with Cousin Brucie. Photo courtesy Randex Communications
Last time I crawled down Rittenhouse Row, Tequila’s had a party unveiling its new agave goods, and I’m pretty certain that my pal Brett and I had to crawl home. Ah, that’s so long ago. Tonight, Sept. 19, we’ll crawl along the avenue on soberer, more sartorially apt terms, when the Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Gathering starts at 6 p.m. with booze breaks at shops such as Duke & Winston, Juicy Couture, Les Richards, Knit Wit, NINOBrand and so many more.
My new best bud is Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. The always caustic toast of the most recent Made in America fest (NOT) has nothing but lousy things to say about his host Jay Z, the festival’s security and worst of all, Hova’s “promotional tool” complimentary bottles of champagne. Pitchfork has video as well as a funny summation of Homme’s comments here.
So every blogger in town seems to be tripping over themselves in regard to the new Philly link of the chain restaurant, Ocean Prime, which opened ceremoniously last week. You know me? I’m all for fun décor and franchise boss Cameron Mitchell got that right when it came to the 18th OP, along 15th Street. They’ve expanded what used to Roy’s (with Rumor, my least favorite club in the city, below it) into a shipboard’s romance worth of design elements, very old-world-tony-supper-club-aboard-the-Queen-Mary vibe (save for the horrendous television screening sports at the bar), lots of glass, generously sized and handsome booths. The acoustics are fakakta — you can’t hear your dining party, be they far away or up-close-and-personal — but that’s a minor compliant. Talk louder, right. What bugged me about Ocean Prime was, even for a chain steak house/big fishery, chef Sonny Pache’s menu was un-extraordinary, as well as cold in some instances — my pal’s mussels and his lobster both had to be sent back. Is this the stuff of a major restaurant opening? Or ready to open. I think not. (They do have nice self-shoeshine stuff in the men’s room.) Maybe next time.
Get out your red stripes and your bow tie and head to the Union League where Phillie Cole Hamels is receiving the Jamie Moyer Legends Award named after the pitcher and co-author (with the happily testicular Larry Platt)of Just Tell Me I Can't: How Jamie Moyer Defied the Radar Gun and Defeated Time. Damn good book, gents, by the way.
They’re moody, they’re mad, and they’ve got a new album to prove it: Philadelphia own Buried Beds (hey where you been so long?) finally have a new album out this week, the bleak-yet-buoyant In Spirit, and have already scheduled the requisite Boot & Saddle release gig for Oct. 10.
If King Britt tweets it, it must be good: My neighbor, fashion photographer Pier Nicola D’Amico just dropped an historical photo link Glam Rock and New Wave: The Lost Archive that includes more memories in one glance than I can say. Surprisingly emotional, funny, disgust-inducing — there are some folks I figured I’d never have to look at again — and daunting. Good work.
Philly by way of Southern New Jersey and Guatemala, nu-folk chanteuse Dawn Hiatt drops her new album this week, The Walking Hours which she recorded at Turtle Studios, and bring her songs of family, faith and love to a release jam at World Café Live Sept 22.
Tommy Up might get the hype and The Chew for his noodle burgers but Cheu Noodle Bar is getting all the weirdness, as they’ll act out their tribute to McDonald’s on Sept. 24 with a once-in-a-lifetime McMenu starting at 6 p.m.
WHOWHATWHERE: When actor Liam Neeson hit up Philly for the Prince Music Theater’s 20th anniversary screening of Schindler’s List to benefit the USC Shoah Foundation, he hooked up with genuine Schindler's list survivor, Rena Finder as well as executive director of USC Shoah Foundation Stephen Smith and chair of the event Steve Cozen. An emotional time was had by all. Friday Morning Quarterback music trade publisher and philanthropist Kal Rudman taped an episode of “Seth Speaks,” Seth Rudetsky’s popular Sirius XM Stars Broadway show, where he told old fun stories about bringing Ringo Starr onto the Merv Griffin Show and such. When the Philly/Jersey based Rudman was in Sirius’ lobby, he ran into Cousin Brucie, producer Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon) and Sirius VP Steve Leeds, who professed to Kal that he was his mentor. Speaking of radio, the studios at 104.5 — in and outside — were the place to be this week, as Justin Furstenfeld, Lord Huron, White Denim and Midnight Red visited the Bala studios with American Authors, Airborne Toxic Event and The Unlikely Candidates hitting up the last annual Summer Block Party at The Piazza at Schmidts before the chill settles in. Dancer and singer Christina Milian signed bottles of Viva Diva Strawberry Moscato Sparkling Wine at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Philly. Man, is she old enough for that? Jon Stewart’s sub-in, standup comic John Oliver, was seen skulking around Pub & Kitchen last weekend. No word on what he ate or whether or not he was a stitch.
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