Bon Jovi Tour
Backstage at the Wells Fargo Center: drummer Tico Torres, Global Spectrum's Matt Homan, general manager at WFC; Meghan Carrigan, marketing manager; and Ashely Vanett, event manager; Jon Bon Jovi, GS COO John Page; and keyboardist David Bryan.
Sally Eckhoff on her way to fucking art, before dancing. Photo courtesy the author
Backstage at Wells Fargo Center with marketing manager Georgiann Michels, Josh Groban, event manager Ben Rowe and event manager intern Connor Vanin. Photo courtesy Rebecca Goodman.
Neil H. Shah, COO Hersha Hospitality Trust; Margo Margolis, professor and chair department of painting; Kaitlin McDonough, first year MFA student at the Independent Hotel opening.
Seneca Weintraut, artist and first year MFA student; Margo Margolis, professor and chair department of painting, drawing and sculpture; Sunanda Ghosh, director of development, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program at the Independent Hotel opening.
Tiffany Livingston, second year MFA student, standing in front of her painting “Passive Magic” at the Independent Hotel opening.
Kate Nash visits Radio 104.5 performance Theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on November 7, 2013Scott Weiner 2013.
Lee Dewyze visits Radio 104.5 performance Theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on November 7, 2013Scott Weiner 2013.
HELLOGOODBYE visit Radio 104.5 performance Theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on November 8, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013.
Andy Goldman, Board Chair and Barry Morrison, Regional Director pictured awarding ADL’s Americanism Award to Michael Carbone, Regional President, Metro PA-NJ Market, TD Bank at The Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, Pa on November 12, 2013 ©Scott Weiner.
Sophie Nelisse pictured at the Q&A screening of The Book Thief at the Ritz Five in Philadelphia, Pa on November 12, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Author Markus Zusak, director Brian Percival, actress Sophie Nelisse and producer Karen Rosenfelt pictured at the Q&A screening of The Book Thief at the Ritz Five in Philadelphia, Pa on November 12, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Author Markus Zusak, director Brian Percival and actress Sophie Nelisse pictured at Masterman School for a Q&A and book signing for The Book Thief in Philadelphia, Pa on November 13, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
To start, I want to give a shout to anyone and everyone who has given me a hand (photos, my next drink) while my father, the legendary Saint-Alfonso's-Pancake-Breakfast-Where-I-Stole-the-Mar-Juh-reen (courtesy Frank Zappa) while his knee and hip is mending. You guys are peaches.
Fuck Art Let’s Dance isn’t just a damn good slogan for a weekend. It happens to be Philadelphia authoress Sally Eckhoff’s mantra, as well as the name of her new East Village NYC memoir for which she’ll host an old school beatnik party at Connie’s Ric Rac on Sun., Nov. 17, with food, beer, readings, bands and fucked art. The newly-released paperback looks at that town’s painting scene between 1977-1988 of which she (and me, quite frankly) were a part. “There are lots of memoirs out there but not enough books of any kind about painters, so I did this,” says Eckhoff, a one-time Village Voice scribe and painter (she co-founded Painting Space 122 Association). “The idea behind the book started with a nagging question about the past, something I couldn't understand that nobody could explain. Why did Terrence disappear?” If you want to find out who Terrence is, you’ll read the book, a bracing personal history of never-to-be-forgotten art spaces like Great Gildersleeves, Tier 3 and beyond. “When I looked back, the picture that came into my mind was of the museum steps. And I knew how badly I wanted to go back. The longing was so much stronger than the disappointment. And it still is.”
Having spent some time sniffing around the Kimmel’s SEI Innovation Studio of late, I can state that the K-Center’s boutique culinary experience, Jose Garces’ Volver, doesn’t look or sound as if fit will be ready until January. That’s cool. We’ll settle for Garces’ Rosa Blanca Cuban diner on Chestnut at 7th which should be opening during the first week of December.
Let’s say you’re doing a tribute to a band’s crowning moment, and one of the member’s of said giant decides they’d like to come along for the ride? That’s what’s up when The Band’s organist Garth Hudson joins the cast of Nov. 30’s The Last Waltz Philly, a benefit for Philadelphia School Children at the Troc. The gig was put together by Fergie’s’ Fergus Carey, Bonfire Booking’s Bryan Dilworth, chamber-folkie Andrew Lipke, and producer Kevin Hanson with the likes of Ali Wadsworth, Toy Soldiers and more covering tracks from the Americana legends Martin Scorsese-directed film soundtrack. Concert goers who donate $100 for a VIP ticket will meet with Hudson (hey, it’s cheaper than spending $1,000 to meet Miley Cyrus in April).
You say you like taxidermy, but don’t want the unsightly fur and sad eyes staring down at you? Philly-ter-mist Beth Beverly from AMC TV’s Immortalized judges the Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy competition Nov. 16 at Junogi Art & Performance House (1227 N. Fourth) with photographer/sculptor/CP contributor Adam Wallacavage and fashion designer Autumn Kietponglert (from Bravo's awful Styled to Rock show) in on the fun.
Ooh, speaking of reality television, VH-1’s Mob Wives has a new name, Mob Wives: New Blood, and, uh, new local blood with the arrival of Philly’s Alicia DiMichele and Natalie Guercio into the family. The Gravano gal is out, and Guercio (who owns the Carto Funeral Home, in South Philadelphia) and DiMichele (whose husband is Eddie “Tall Guy” Garofalo, and whose father-in-law Ed Garofolo Sr. was killed by order of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano) make nice additions to the cast. If Big Ang likes them, I like them.
This Fri., Nov. 15, catch WMMR’s Jacky BamBam hosting the truly rare showcase with Runaways singer Cherie Currie at the Barbary. Why? The cocks-combed coifs and the hairspray alone make it a must, to say nothing of Currie’s glam-punk pedigree. BamBam, meanwhile, is all over the new issue of NJ’s Friday Morning Quarterback.
You know that I know that you know that Steve Wynn has pulled out of Philly’s casino stakes, for the second time. What I wanted to know was what top-ranking contender Bart Blatstein (yes, I’ve perused the studies and they all show his casino location and ideals to be the very highest rated in every category) thought of his competitor’s leaving the race. “I was somewhat surprised,” says Blatstein, while running around NYC on business. To this reporter, Wynn is a bit of a dilettante who expected to be given carte blanche with every breath. Sorry, Charlie.
WHOWHATWHERE: Up until this week, the cast of the Philly-filming Franny hasn’t been spotted at any of our fine dineries. Shame, that. Thankfully though, they broke their fast with the handsome young Theo James spotted at Alma de Cuba, and the handsome… hmm… kinda-older Richard Gere stopping by Morimoto, so it looks like its Starr Restaurants for that crew. (Gere and Dakota Fanning did meet at Dandelion before filming commenced. Dag.) Jane “Pixanne” Norman and songstress Peggy King stopped by the All-Star Jazz Trio’s debut Wednesday gig at Square on Square last night. The crew of The Book Thief — author Markus Zusak, director Brian Percival, producer Karen Rosenfelt, actress Sophie Nelisse — ran around Philly this week like it was nobody’s business with stops at Masterman School and the Ritz Five for QAs and book thieving. I mean, signing. Michael Carbone of TD Bank fame got the ADL’s Americanism Award during a swell ceremony at The Crystal Tea Room. The Wells Fargo Center’s backstage area had two sweet meet-greet sessions in the last week-or-so. The Bon Jovi crew met with the W-Argo’s GM Matt Homan, along with several additional top-tier management staff, just like Josh Groban did mere days before that. The Head and the Heart may have been all-up in Union Transfer’s grill during its two-gig stand, but they also got to go to a Philadelphia Flyers’ game, and even heard their hit, “Shake” played through the Fargo’s loudspeakers. Not to be confused with Union Transfer, last week’s Union League Celebrity Reader event with First Book designed to raise needed cash for underserved local scholars, did indeed gather notable troops and desired funds in sporting Howard Eskin, radio-centric hosts Debbi Calton and Kathy O’Connell, and some fine a capella crooning from Temple U’s The Broad Street Line. Speaking of Temple, its Tyler School of Art just hooked up with the Independent Hotel for a partnered-up rotating art program which made its debut the other night with members of the Mural Arts Program, artists such as Kaitlin McDonough, Tiffany Livingston and Seneca Weintraut, along with several of their professors. When he wasn’t being hydraulically lifted into space, Justin Timberlake made a pit stop at Mitchell & Ness for hats (rather than his usual suit and tie) while on break from his Wells Fargo gig on Sunday. HELLOGOODBYE, American Idol Lee Dewyze, and Kate Nash all hit up Radio 104.5 FM’s performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, this week. Lastly, while you’re not busy looking at all those goofy American Hustle promos of his, consider the fact that Bradley Cooper looks for any opportunity to return home. This past weekend, he and his bud Brian Klugman (I interviewed the pair when they stopped by The Prince last year for their film, The Words) hung out at their 20-year high-school reunion of Germantown Academy at MaGerks in Fort Washington, PA. Niiiice.
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