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October 2007


The Cocktail Party of the Opening of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre

It was a thrill for me to meet/photograph Edward Albee.

A local celebrity Henri David and his partner with Suzanne Roberts. For the past 30 years Henri David throws the biggest party in all of Philadelphia, The Henri David Ball. Stay tune on Thursday to see the shots that I take at that decadent gathering.
I went to elementary school with my favorite Philadelphia Magazine writer’s Carol Saline’s daughter. Here she is talking to Nathan Lane. Carol also wrote the “Sisters” “Mothers & Daughters” photo books that were popular in the 80s & 90s (
An awkward looking picture. Doris Roberts, Terrence McNally, Richard Thomas next to Carl Dranoff and his wife. They built the condo that is above the theater.
Former Rendell Chief of Staff Democrat David Cohen and Governor for a minute Republican Mark Schweiker

Richard (John boy) Thomas and Nathan Lane
Everbody loves Doris, and nobody would leave her alone all night The lovely Lucie Arnez – This shot was bought by the Philadelphia Inquirer and appeared in it today:
HUGHE DILLON / For The Inquirer
Channeling Callas: Actress Lucie Arnaz went sans script for her turn as the famed opera star Maria Callas in “Master Class” at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre opening.
Nathan Lane tells a story, and gets his own punchline Dan Gross’ reported in his column this nugget: “You’re the third person who said they built this place,” said Nathan Lane to developer Carl Dranoff Monday night at the opening of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in the Symphony House (Broad & Pine), which Dranoff Properties did build. (In a further effort to cross brand, please check out my other blog for photos of Terrence McNally christening the Suzanne Roberts stage ) I am off to NYC for a few events and probably wont be posting again til Tuesday.



First I want to thank my faithful readers for checking in each day; sorry for the delay, I just got new carpeting and paint and the computer has been down. That hasn’t stopped me from attending a few events. On Monday Philadelphia rolled out the red carpet, for a huge event with the opening of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre Gala. Here is Suzanne and Ralph Roberts (I thought it would be rude for me to ask him to subsidize my Comcast Cable bill, but I should have thanked him for adding William Penn to the top of the new Comcast Building)Suzanne is grateful to him too First Lady Midge, not one for posing, she’s a dignified judge. She looks terrific. No sign of the gov, I guess he was still nursing the Eagles loss from Sunday

Hmm guess I could have photo shopped this lighter, the Channel 3 crew, Larry, Alycia and Kathy Orr

The Plays and Players Company crew, Ira Lubert (left), Sara Garonzik, the theater company’s producing artistic director, and Jerry Riesenbach, president of the company’s board.

Philly is styling it on the red carpet
Many of Philadelphia’s Phasionable of the Social Set made an appearance at the Gala. (Why doesn’t Philly have a social calendar like NYC)And then the party continued inside (I find that the Red Carpet events in Philly, much nicer to the paparazzi’s than NYC. This week alone I have been fed twice, given gift bags and at this event had a chance to see the tribute show to Terrence McNally (on right). Thank you Philadelphia, I’m glad I moved back. And thanks to Debbie and crew at the Gala. Tomorrow I am going to NYC for a few events, so I will have to continue Monday with the shots from the cocktail party, show and after party.


Lorraine Bracco, actress and proprietor of Bracco Wines in Center City, Philadelphia Friday 5 – 7PM

Lorraine Bracco, actress and proprietor of Bracco Wines, will pour four Italian wines for tasting and sign bottles for customers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Premium Collection Wine & Spirits store, 1218 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.

Bracco, best known for her portrayal of Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series, “The Sopranos,” two years ago launched Bracco Wines, which selects and imports vintages from acclaimed wine regions across Italy. UPDATE OF THE SIGNING: I don’t know if Dr. Melfi was surprised about the amazing turnout of press to cover her at the signing, or by this guys flash umbrella that was more than adequate to cover anyone in a rainstorm, and quite often blocked my shots, but check out the shot of Lorraine when she first eyes the crowd. It’s a keeper…
Always the professional Lorraine Bracco poses for the press holding her signature wine. I really should have bought one, I think it would make a great gift.It was just about a year ago from today that I saw Lorraine Bracco ride a segway at the DGA awards and fall on her arse and then 18 months ago when I saw her at a Soprano event where she refused to pose for me. What a difference a year and a City make. Sure she is hawking something, but I find that celebrities are just a little more friendly when they come to Philadelphia. Check out these incidences at and do a search on Bracco or Soprano. And remember to visit my sponser Nirmada to see great interior designs: MY ONE AND ONLY SPONSOR


EVE returns to her hometown for a Red Carpet Event – Thursday October 18

Philadelphia born and raised hip hop superstar EVE returns to her hometown for a Red Carpet New Album Promotion Party and Live Performance at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street. The Power 99 Power House Pre-party Special Event will take place Thursday, October 18 from 9-2 a.m. This event is produced by the parents of EVE, Julie & Ron Wilch of Wilch & Wilch Event Management. Tickets are $35 and available at

I caught Eve during Fashion Week in NYC last month (not see in this shot, her lovely alcohol ankle bracelet that she had removed the next day as she finished probation)



I love it when people come up with cool names using the PH from Philly, like Phillies Phan and MY FAVORITE PHILEBRITY, now there’s a new magazine and website called Phlare. Ok I wish I came up with it. Phlare magazine is for Professional Women in Philly. – OK I went to NYC to shoot an event, so this is all I will be writing today.



No, it’s not a new building

it’s a make-over of an old building. On my way to work this week I noticed a Zoning Sign on McCormick and Schmidt’s “decorative” window, located at One South Broad otherwise known as the PNB Building.
Not being satisfied with the signs that flank the entrances to the building Wachovia has something else in mindthats right, “remove the existing Four Signs that are on top of the building, replacing them with Two Worded Signs and Two Logo Signs that represent the existing bank inside the building”

Didn’t they try and do this before and it was struck down by the Historic Commission. Maybe they think Mayor Street could do some of his trickery right before he exits the Office.

The Hearing is October 23, 2007 at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor, Room 18002

(Don’t miss my Anna Kournikova shots from the other day at: and heck, visit my friend Kati’s new web site, she’s just as hot as Anna K, but could do a number on your place. NIRMADA: Interior Architectural and Design


Anna Kournikova to Start Your Day!!

Music superstar Elton John and long-time friend Billie Jean King hosted the 15th annual Advanta World TeamTennis Smash Hits, at Villanova University last night. It was a special night of tennis featuring Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, Patrick McEnroe and Anna Kournikova. Inrique Ingleses was no where to be found

Elton John, Anna Kournikova and Lindsay Daveport

Anna serves

Anna signs

a few more pixs at Please visit our sponser: Nirmada Interior Designs, not only is Kati as visually as stunning as Anna K, but she’s amazingly talented too:


SEPTA False Advertising…

SEPTA decided that they could make some money by selling the front of their building like they sell on the outsides of the busses. The zoning commission granted them the right to do so (idiots). Dunkin Donuts took the offer, unfortunately too many people are looking for coffee and a donut there to no avail… Source of confusion…
Solution in lobby
Thanks Mary Anne Eves and Michael Szilagyi