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April 2010



The building that houses Budukhan wants to put a cell phone dish on it’s roof. Instead of saying 15 feet high the zoning board notice describes it as 182.8 inches. Dark Fields was filming at Butcher & Singer last week. I was tipped off that Robert DeNiro would arrive at wardrobe at 3PM, unpredictable he came early and left by 2.30PM. I don’t expect to see him too much on the street next week either. All his scenes are being shot in the hotel where he is staying. The shooting is centered around what is supposed to be his office, so they are just using a meeting room that has windows. The Tribeca Film Festival is over on Saturday, so I predict he will be in Philly on Sunday. Maybe he will go out to dinner. Tips appreciated at thanks
There’s a crossing guard at City Hall now. I wish instead they would come to my car accident. For now on if you have a car accident police will only be dispatched if there are injuries. I guess that’s more good news for people who drive around without insurance or that are under the influence.
Jen Carroll the hottest chef in town. I have to tip my hat to the Where Magazine folks. I’ve been reading the mag for at least 10 years, and this past year is the best ever. For years they just used canned shots of Philly taken by one of the tourist offices, but now they have stepped up their game in the editorial department come up with some great concepts, and subjects. And it’s not too bad that they hired Christopher Gabello to take real photos of real Philadelphian’s and important tourism shots.
I hope we’re not returning to the Goode years, that weren’t so good when people parked their cars in the center of Broad Street and on City Hall’s curtain.
Hmm Chocolate Mousse at Del Frisco’s, it’s on their new Phillie’s Early Bird Special Menu
Bravo Philadelphia Art Museum for your beautiful parking garage. BUT YOU (The CITY) suck with your parking fees. $5 for Art Museum Members, $10 for people going to the art museum, $26 for all others. You use Fairmount Park land, you remove at least 80 parking spots that used to be on the backside of your lot, then you charge $26 to people that are going to enjoy the park. (BTW half these cars in this pix backed the hell up after they saw the fees, later in the day you were smart enough to place the sign at the top of the driveway) #FAIL
That being said, take public transportation to enjoy the park (PHLASH begins May 1), it is spectacular, beautiful and should be a must stop at least once a week.
I though Mayor Nutter changed his stance on skateboarders at Love Park. Still I would rather have this police officer come to my car accident especially if I have to deal with an irate other driver.
Birthday day at the firm this week. D&D is trying to get rid of their Halloween containers, I guess.
Costumes from Dark Fields. Bradley Cooper is being very uncooperative posing for photos for fans and paparazzi, but in NYC last Sunday he posed up a storm w/Renee as they went out to dinner. What is up with that? Many of us paps don’t even bother with him anymore, which means no press for Philly on a national level.
Zarwin Baum’s Stacey Kracher and I have the same items in our offices. Thanks to Zarwin Baum for hiring me to cover their anniversary party. About once a week someone hires me and I appreciate it, especially since I don’t have advertisements on my blog. (When you hire me, then you own the photos and can distribute them to mags etc. Soon though I’m going to set up a photo buying opportunity since so many people want me to send them photos. I really, really don’t have time.)
I guess people don’t read anymore “Keep off the Grass” sign at Rittenhouse Square.
Chris Jazz House has Crawfish. So does the Oyster House down the street, but that place is always packed so I don’t need to give them any props. Chris’ Jazz needs a PR person.
Monica Glass at 10 Arts makes a mean dessert.
earlier in the night I ate at 1682 at the Palomar. Korean Ribs and Cole Slaw. Delicious. I ate at their outdoor tables, there’s a slight slant on the sidewalk so hold onto your glass of wine. As the nite wore on and people got tipsy, I was serenaded by broken glass.
I’m not killing myself for Bradley Cooper shots anymore, but I do love shooting the film sets.
I’d rather shoot Swann Fountain
Variety of chicken wings at Urban Saloon
They do not know how to cook Edamame though
Phanatics Jamyra and Melony. I’m enjoying tracking down all the Phanatics in town
Cari Feiler Bener’s brother wrote a book. Go see him at Barnes & Noble Thursday 5/13
5/1/10 I am starting my diet again. I have definitely grieved over my sister with entirely too many desserts. Now I feel like I’m dying. I’m cutting back on covering so many events, and going to the gym/Fusion Cross Training/ riding my bike instead.


VH1 “Tough Love Couples” Screening at Del Frisco’s

A few weeks back I attended the VH1 “Tough Love Couples” Screening at Del Frisco’s
Speaking of Del Frisco’s I was there Monday night and tried out their new price fixed (early bird btwn 4PM + 6PM) menu 3 courses for only $35. If you need to leave work early, trust me it’s worth it, in fact it’s a huge bargain, especially the chocolate mousse for dessert.
On a Sunday night, Del Frisco’s held a party/screening for Tough Love Couples in their Vault for friends, family and fans
Here’s host Steve Ward with his family, Dad, sister Monica Ward, Del Frisco’s GM Rich Furino (his day off) and mom, hostess of Tough Love Couples, JoAnn Ward.
2 weeks ago on my Philly Magazine column I mentioned that 3 of these couples tied the knot as a result of the TV Show, which by the way brought together 6 couples that were together for a period of time, but for some reason one of the duo was unable to commit to marriage. Thiswas boot camp for love and marriage. Here’s Steve Ward with some of the ladies.
Speaking of love, the latest couple to fall in like is Dana Spain and Michael Piszek

with Aly Green

Steve Ward, JoAnne and fans
Aly Green, Jason Dills, Bacherlorette contestant Craig Robinson and ABC6’s FYI Philly Nikki Hawkins
Steve Ward addresses the crowd
hmm is that a happy couple dead ahead?
Mario, a former bar bouncer who proudly recounts his party-life past, says he loves Christina. But he takes way too long to answer when Ward asks if he will give up other women forever. What do you think, did they get married?
Check out my column in Philly Mag today:


Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, PC 50th Anniversary Party

In recognition of its 50th anniversary, Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, one of Philadelphia’s longest standing full-service law firms, held a special cocktail reception at the their new offices in Center City. More than 100 guests, employees, as well as community and business leaders, and friends of the firm were in attendance at the event, including some who have been with the Firm since inception.
Even Mayor Nutter took time out of his busy schedule to stop by to make a few congratulatory remarks. Here he is with Zarwin Baum founders Norman Zarwin (right) and Harris Baum.
Harris Baum addresses the crowd
Charlotte Kate bonded with Audrey Morak as Charlotte, now retired, used to be Harris Baum’s secretary. That position is held by Audrey today.
Mitchell Kaplan proudly shows Marketing Director Stacey Kracher the Citation from the Pa Senate presented by
Sen Larry Farnese, here with Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown
Steve Schaefer, Billy Nigro, Stacey Kracher and Mike Quick
Founded in 1960 and currently maintains offices in Philadelphia and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Marlton and Jersey City, New Jersey. The Firm is listed by Martindale-Hubbell as a preeminent law firm in the United States as well as being listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorney’s and many of the Firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion as Pennsylvania and New Jersey “Super Lawyers”. In addition, its members are leaders in a wide variety of civic and philanthropic organizations.
Anna Kerney, Nancy Landy, Joe Toddy and Nicole Rocco have a blast
Patricia Holden will speak at the National Business Institute seminar about ‘Key Issues and Case Law Update’ on April 29 in Philadelphia. Details available at Jim and Debbie Rose
Jean Coney, Harriet Lessey, Jill Fisher and Stacey Kracher
Barbara Chadwin, Harris Baum, Norman and Marlene Zarwin
Friends for 40 years, co-worker too Andrea Mace and Amy Moskauski
Harriet Lessey cuts the rug with Ken Fleisher. In another life Harriet was a columnist that I read faithfully called Buzz, which was in the Philly Daily News and covered news, biz items and interesting people (sounds familar); For the past decade has had a PR company called Buzz Communications and Zarwin is one of her clients.
The Team at Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy – Happy Anniversary!!!


Gregg Kravitz to Debate Babette Josephs

Gregg Kravitz to Debate Opponent Thursday, April 29
(Bummer most of the GLBT community will either be participating in “Dining out for Life” or at the
CCBO Northeast Regional Summit Welcome Reception hosted by the Independent Business Association. The picture below was taken last week at their monthly reception where GLBT biz peeps get together to network.)

Democratic candidate for the 182d state legislative seat, Gregg Kravitz, will debate incumbent opponent, Babette Josephs, who last week was named the Huffington Post’s “Most Disappointing Democrat of the Week” due to her comments about Kravitz.
The Candidate Forum, hosted by the Center City Resident’s Association and moderated by Center City District President Paul Levy, marks the first time the candidates have shared a stage and discussed the issues. The event is open to the public and members of the media will have the opportunity to question the candidates during a 20 minute audience participation segment.
The candidates will be available for further questions following the formal portion of the debate.
Please join the candidates for this important forum:
WHEN: Thursday, April 29; 7pm – 9pm
WHERE: Gershman Y 401 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
CONTACT: Jared Klein,, 215-839-9835
*For those of you who have questions about Rep. Josephs’ comments and the events of last week, please see Gregg’s official response at

Hughe’s Note: When I first met Gregg Kravitz at the Zarwin NCAA Party, he declared himself to be bisexual. I don’t often here that term used with men. He said he wasn’t currently dating anyone just focusing on his run for office. Then last week when he spoke to the IBA he declared nothing, but to say it will be good to have a friend representing the GLBT at the table. That was the day before Babette’s remarks hit the airway. Interesting enough I hear it was he who got the word out there all the way into the Huffington Post. Kudo’s for PR & Marketing. That’s the way to pitch.


ALBERT K SIMMONS AT THE TURN OF HIS HALF CENTURY, a life full of love and friendship.

On April 17, 2010 Albert Simmons was in for the surprise of his life beyond these doors at
Le Castagne, 1920 chestnut street.

His wife, Dr. Jennifer Simmons was able to pull off a fantastic 50th Birthday Party with about 80 of his closest friends.
for a sit down dinner, and later dancing.
The guests began arriving about 8PM, hitting the open bar and noshing. I was wondering how were they going to bring him in without seeing everyone.
Around 8:30PM the crowd was in place, the limo arrived
Cori Moskow and friends entered first with friends Kenny and Evan right behind her
and sure enough Albert was DUMBFOUNDED. IT was classic and I wish I had video taped it. I love a good surprise. Albert stood in the doorway for a good 30 seconds, before
becoming overwhelmed with joy at the sight of his father, Dr. Bernard Simmons . It was all I could do to burst out crying myself, not even knowing the complete story at that time.
So through out the night, when ever I got a glimpse of moments, I captured them. There is of course so many memories that occur between a parent and a child, but they are always magnified when unexpected moments, and time come our way. In the bottom left is Bart Blattstein, who is married to Albert’s sister “Jilly from Philly” someone called her.
Cori & Evan Moskow
Albert spent a good time greeting his friends including Mitch and Roberta Kurlander, Bruce Grossman, Theresa and Dan Vickery, Brian and Debbie Gault,

Lex Litman and his wife
Lauren Kline and Patti Toll Silverman
Jennifer was MC for a great “This is Your Life” segment where many of Albert’s friends, new and old paid tribute. This guy has lived, but the most poignant moments definitely came when his dad spoke.

Having been recently ill, the doctor warned the elder Simmons against flying, but he wouldn’t hear of it and flew from Florida to Philly with his wife of 16 years, to surprise his son.
But the majority of the evening was spent with belly laughs, memories of great times, adventures and hair jell. I mean geez at age 50 this guy has a few years on me and has a head of hair where I feel every rain drop.
One of my favorite moments of the night was when his friend super imposed his face on to many iconic characters and did a slide show of them. Who knew Alby, that’s what his really close friend Kenny called him, was in the Godfather.
and the Hangover? Plus he was in the Olympics with Carl Lewis and used to play pro-ice hockey. Crazy stuff, it was great.
His friend Steven Mezrow wrote a song to the tune of “Hotel California” about their trip to Nova Scotia, which was just hysterical. These people need to get a variety show. So talented wasted as attorney’s and business men.

Rosalita Jump A Little Higher
Then it was BFF Kenny’s turn to roast Alby.
Of course the wives of both men have had to endure their bromance for years.
the last shot as I headed out for the night, the dance floor was still humming, drinks were still flowing and memories were still being made. But there were a few pictures that I believe summed up the night as follows.

Albert’s girls did the most hysterical roast on their father asking the question “Is he Gay or Straight?” Seems Albert is very fond of pink shirts, Audi Convertibles, Bath robes and well is sensitive. What do they call that?
Like the stars that shine
Way up in the sky
Our love will live forever
Live forever..
Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me and then
Spin me around till I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure I was loved
Happy 50th Birthday Albert!!


3RD Annual Red Carpet Scholarship Fashion Design Competition

Last week I attended The Third Annual Red Carpet Scholarship Fashion Design Competition, presented by the Fashion Group® of Philadelphia Educational Foundation, Inc at The Chestnut Club. I am so excited I got to attend and witness the next generation of designers. So much energy, and vision, some of which left me in the dark as it was a bit edgy for my taste, but none the less exciting. The competition pits tops student designers against each other from six schools in the area. Each student competes with another student from their school. (I thought the Chestnut Club was a great space, but it was a tad warm with all the lights. Maybe they’re in a building like mine that hasn’t switched over to AC yet?)The Chestnut Club is one of the newest event venues in the City housed in one of the oldest theater’s in Philadelphia, the former Arcadia Theater which still retains it’s beautiful ornate ceiling and charm.
Students, representing six area Design Schools, Albright College (winner Rachel Garren), The Art Institute of Philadelphia (Keith Wiggins), The University of Delaware (Lisett Ffolkes), Drexel University (Anthony P. Noce III), Moore College of Art & Design (Dominiqu Streater), and Philadelphia University (Jillian Garvey), competed before a panel of judges. The judges included Cliff Boone, Design Director-Evening for Adrianna Papell, New York City, Nicole A. Cashman, President and CEO of Cashman & Associates, Sarah Schaffer, Philadelphia Style & Capitol File magazine editor, Joan Shepp, President of her namesake Walnut Street store, Joan Shepp/Suelle Corporation, Sarah Van Aken, CEO and Designer of S.V.A. Holdings Corporation, and Susanna P. Whitehill, Member of the F.G.I. Board of Directors and Owner of Susanna’s Selections for Jewelry, Handbags and Accessories.
Our host for the evening was Emmy Award winning Linda Swain who produces hosts and produces “Moms on the Move”.
The designer of this dress is the student standing

I love how this designer seems to really be scrutinizing her dress as it makes it way down the runway. Sitting in the Front Row is the Art Institute’s Fashion Design professor Emil DeJohn
Will Ball and Luba from the Philadelphia Wilhelmina office are in the Front RowRemember when I had to buy that Ring Flash for Pamela Anderson, so glad I got a smaller one than this guy on the right.
A few of the designers the two guys are Donte Livingston and Keith Wiggins from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. I remember them from the time Andre Leon Tally came to town to speak to their school.
Donte Livingston’s design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia
Drexel University design students Clair Housh, Anthony P. Noce III and Margot Snyder
winner from Moore College of Arts – Dominique Streater design
Philadelphia University – Jillian Garvey design
University of Delaware – Designer Lisette Ffolkes
A winner from The Art Institute of Philadelphia – Keith Wiggins design.
Albright College – Designer Rachel Garran
to see the Drexel University winner check out my column on which should be live about 1130AM.


VARIETY CELEBRITY BARTENDER W/CBS3’s Doug K, 6ABC’s Ali Gormon & others at Public House

On Christmas Eve in 1927, a baby was left on the doorstep of a theater company with a note attached reading: “Please take care of my baby, her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her, I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show business and I pray to God that you will look after her.”
-A Heart-Broken Mother
As a result, Variety Club International (now Variety – The Children’s Charity) was founded by the eleven entertainers who discovered Baby Catherine. Its sole purpose was to help the less fortunate and to lend a hand to various civic and charitable organizations. Variety is a not-for-profit organization that takes pride in providing programs and services to special-needs children.

CBS3’s Doug Kammerer (who is now doing the morning weather and getting used to waking up at 4 a.m.) and Temple men’s basketball coach Fran DunphyCheryl Fairweather, Lingerie Football League (I would give u the link but the website has an obnoxious video on it with yelling) and 6ABC’s Ali Gorman
6ABC’s Mara Webb measures up to NBC10’s John Clark’s raffle tickets
6ABC’s Mara Webb, Jeff Skversky – Action News Sports Reporter / Anchor , CBS3’s Meteorologist Doug Kammerer joined CBS 3’s Eyewitness News Weather team in August, 2007, John Clark joined the NBC 10 News team in September of 2001 as a Weekend Sports Anchor.
Ashley Allphin and Amber Goins
Kim Finnerty, Jeff Barter, Shanna Mellor and Jane Nickel
Jeff Shiffner, Brian Grandieri, Mara Webb and Mark Zoller (Mara was so excited that she was amongst taller guys than her. My guess is they’re on the basketball team?)
Do these girls practice posing, they seem to have that hand on hip thing down? Stacey Kracher and Anne Nikolaus
Lauren Labella and Donna Ferry, from the Philadelphia Passion Lingerie Football League team, are pictured below with Russell Ohneck. Lauren and Donna made the Pro Team, which is the equivalent to the All Stars, and will head to Monterrey, Mexico on June 10th to go up against the league’s west coast players. The next LFL season kicks off toward the end of summer, and after playing their home games at Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton this past season, the Passion will now be at the Wachovia Center.