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April 2011


ARROW SWIM CLUB IS READY FOR THEIR CLOSE UP with Parties ++ Debunk some myths

About two months ago and with much fan fare Arrow Swim Club held it’s sneak preview party (for the May 15 Grand Opening)at Tendenza, another new hot spot in the Northern Liberties/Piazza neighborhood. The Piazza as you know, is Bart Blatstein’s innovated new living district. He built houses around a central courtyard, a main street living concept with businesses and restaurants to sustain it’s tenants. A lot of naysayers did not embrace his vision, some of the locals looked down on it. But when it opened it was a success, people loved living in the modern apartments over looking a very active central courtyard, whose TV or festivals would drive others crazy. Now a pool joins the neighborhood. You would think it would have been welcomed with open arms, but the marketing was put together quickly this past winter and the message was misunderstood. The message most people heard was it was going to be a “velvet rope” atmosphere and you would have to pass a scrutinized membership form. That is not the case, the membership form was basically on par with any agreement you would sign for a car, a cell phone, an apartment and the Lombard Swim Club. I think what got lost in translation, as it was on me, did the membership form represent a sorta judging on whether we were good enough to be a member. I’ve talked to Nicole Cashman, and the membership form was really about safety, to assure that you could leave your stuff unattended to jump in the pool and not have to worry that someone walked off with it. It was a credit check, something everyone does when you apply for a service, even when you apply for a job they check your credit. The Lombard Swim Club and the Arrow Swim are on par with each other except for the location, parking and it’s for adults 21 and older. Both clubs have similar fees and membership forms. The pool is almost ready to open with it’s Free Yoga on the weekends, Movie Nights, Cocktail Parties, season running til mid October. On warm days you can swim a pool as the leaves are changing. A friend of mine told me that since she’s pregnant she can’t really lay out, although she’d like to swim, I told her about the overhang and that you can place your chair under there and then go for a dip. I hear that the upper deck with the lounge chairs have been extended to go halfway around the pool area. The Cabana’s can now be rented for half days too.

Who are the members, people who want great service, a clean pool, fun activities and to know that the spot they’re laying on wasn’t just pooper scooped an hour earlier. Thomas Finnegan and Lex Wainwright told me at the party they were joining.
Kathy Jacobsen and Stacey Applestein might be happy to hear that Arrow Swim Club relaxed their guest policy to 5 visits per one guest per season (the same as Lombard Swim Club) – Meaning if your spouse doesn’t join, he can come with you up to 5xs that season.
$20.00 per guest per visit (Mon-Thurs, all seasons)
$30.00 per guest per visit (Fri-Sun, May to June 1; September 6 to October 16)
$40.00 per guest per visit (Fri-Sun & holidays)

The above photo is from Streets Dept who snuck in and got a few photos. He’s not a big fan of the pool basically for the price, but everyone I’ve talked to thinks the price is fine. A trip to the beach for a weekend is $1,000. Broken down it’s about $5 a day to go to the pool. Have you seen the menu it’s not gouging as he feared: menu on Grub Street Philly
It’s a great place to bring clients too to discuss business as you eat by the cabana bar over looking the pool. And then there’s the Chenango restaurant and fire pit lounge. Their hours are later than the pools and anyone can enjoy those places.
And Top Cheftestant Jen Carroll’s joining with beau Mark. It’s gonna be a great summer. Malloy on Philadelphia says it best “I think its safe to say anyone who moved into NoLibs these last few years (including many/most renters) can afford a $1000 fee for a cool place to go (daily if they wish) … People spend more than that on cigarettes! I think Cashman knows the city well…Id bet on her vision.”


4th Annual Utley All Star Animals 4.28.11

Philadelphia Phillies’ second baseman, Chase Utley and his wife, Jennifer Utley hosted the 4th Annual Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night to raise funds for the Pennsylvania SPCA’s efforts to fight animal cruelty at the Electric Factory on 7th Ave near Callowhill.
The red carpet for the Utley event started at 6:30PM, but I had another event I wanted to shoot first which I will write about next week.
To see this guy protesting that Chase wasn’t living up to the Utley Foundation Mission, which is “Our mission is to educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering.” The guy went on to say that last year Chase served a vegetarian meal, this year it he was serving chicken. “Do you know how inhumane it is for chicken’s to die for dinner.” He told me. I was kinda shocked I would have thought Chase would serve steak. I was surprised that someone would protest an organization that was doing good by animals and making a difference in saving so many lives by promoting the adoption of dogs & cats from kennels instead of having them bred or buying at a pet store. As well as the awareness of dog fighting as being unacceptable. I can’t stand protesters that throw the baby out with the bath water. (UPDATE: I’ve heard from one of my vegan readers who is upset with my remarks: I’m sorry I just think it’s ridiculous to protest someone who is making a real difference in the world of protecting animals, even if it doesn’t go all the way to the point that agrees with vegan-ism. He has a right to protest, but I am happy that someone as recognizable as the Utley’s put themselves out there to support this important cause.) A whole lotta people supporting a good cause at the Electric Factory
CBS3’s Susan Barnett and Michael Barkann from Comcast Sports do the MC honors.
One of the Russian roulette tables near the red carpet. I later found out that my friend Jill Rizen was one of the big winners of the night. Congrats. Stephenie and Kyle Kendrick. It’s great to see them back in the City. Both are very excited for their first child to be born in September. So nice those two. (Later that evening I ran into them [& the Hamels] at Table 31 with my buddy G-N Kang.)I really didn’t have a very good spot on the red carpet, because I arrived late all the press was already in position, – Béke Beau did Jen’s make up. and then I was also trying to monitor who was walking behind me so that I could catch a photo of one of my peeps like…Jimmy Kazanjian and Lisa Gaudio Kazanjian who came close enough to the Red Carpet for me to get a shot of them. We weren’t allowed to wander through the crowd like we were two years ago. (I didn’t go last year)
Ryan Howard and fiance Krystle Campbell. They just got engaged and are glowing.Jesse Rendell and his dad, Gov Ed Rendell with Jen & Chase Utley. (Not in the photo is Beka Rendell.)
Jimmy and Johari Smith with The Utley’s
At the end of the “official” red carpet, er black carpet I was able to round up a few peeps standing nearby like Adam Spivak and Karen SajdaAnnette and Perry Swartz were excitied to mingle with the players

Michelle Helfrich and Kathy Kittle; I wonder if Michelle is related to Andrea Helfrich who was just Miss Philadelphia?
Jess and Jake
Allison and Aaron Greenfield. Looks like there was more than one lady in the house expecting a little one this year.Cole Hamels signs for a fan with GN Kang & Heidi Hamels looking on. (If Michael Klein was still doing his column, this is the shot that would have gone in it.)
And on my way out I caught Don and Renee Freeman, with Lauren O’Dorisio and Philadelphia Style Magazine Publisher John Colabelli strolling in. For more info on the Utley Foundation contact them here. (PS I’ll be away from my computer all day so I won’t be able to publish any comments. Happy Royal Wedding Day!)


Tuscaloosa Tornado Videos, Including The Birth of the Twister – Unbelievably Tragic

Tuscaloosa Tornado Videos, Including The Birth of the Twister – Unbelievably Tragic

@ Tuscaloosa Mayor: “When I say ‘catastrophic’, I mean we have parts of the city that have literally been obliterated.”

This seems to show the birth of the Tuscaloosa tornado

This is the most amazing video, although at great risk as the videographer films the twister as it passes within a few hundred yards. He shoots it as it approaches then positions his car so it doesn’t flip, and films it as it goes by and hail cracks his windshield.

Please, help us with RT: TORNADO RELIEF FOR TUSCALOOSA, AL. Please donate now:

@ Destroyed home on Hargrove Rd in Tuscaloosa, AL from today’s tornado. The flag that survived is from WWII

4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo.

Live TV coverage

Tornadoes in Alabama have caused at least 64 mortalities. Debris from Tuscaloosa was found 150 miles away in Gadsden.

@ This picture from tuscaloosa is touching
The latest news. It’s very unusual for a tornado to go through a major metropolitan city.


From Green To Gay The Hotel Palomar Hosts Another Great Event

Last week we were at the Hotel Palomar for their Green Happy Hour, this week they hosted the VIP Kick Off Party for Equality Forum. Started in 1993, Equality Forum is a seven day celebration of international gay culture, educational seminars, discussion, parties and fun.
What the Tech? Vince Lattanzio, of NBC Philadelphia, Erin Como, Jillian Mele, traffic and The Ten Show cohost, and Chris Blackman, Vice President of News, NBC 10. NBC10 has been a consist sponsor of Equality Forum for the past 19 years.
Rosemary Connors was also on hand. Here she chats with another fav at NBC10, Eight-time Emmy award-winning journalist Lu Ann Cahn. Lu Ann does investigative reporting as well as is a co-host of The Ten Show with Bill Henley. So these days you get three personalities, three views, three times more fun.
Art and Stevie Martin-Chester have gone to Equality Forum for the past 19 years.
Kim Zachery, Erin Como, Francesco Vuono and LuAnn Cahn. Francesco is an Assignment Editor at LNS – Local News Service, is a new organization where several of the broadcast stations share news stories, and camera people. For example a Fox 29 camera person filmed the event and the clip could be seen on CBS3, NBC10 and on Fox 29. (Update: they don’t share reporters.)
Malcolm Lazin’s Equality Forum presents its Distinguished Service Award to Governor Ed Rendell. Rendell was grateful for the years of support the GLBT community gave him over the years, and told various funny stories of his campaign bar hops on election eve. He also mention that every time he would run into Malcom he would hit him up for money for his campaigns. This time the shoe is on the other foot and Malcom is running a campaign to be the first gay man on City Council. Ed is going to donate money to his campaign. (Above Ed & Chelsea work the gay bars before the 2008 primaries)
Mike LaMonaca and Steve McCann, Philly Gay Calendar
Heather Coutts, Kelly Burkhardt, Gloria Casarez and Terrill Thompson
Mr. Philadelphia Dashiell Sears openly gay gymnast from Temple University and Donald Carter openly gay republican who once appeared on Bill Mahr.
Ted Martin, Executive director of Equality PA and Drew Fennell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware was happy to report that the Delaware civil unions law heads to governor for signature
Mickey Rowley, James Conway, Thom Cardwell and Mel Heifetz.
Rick Naughton, Geoffrey Jackson, Sr. Brand Manager at Campbell Soup Co (Soup is good food, ya know) and Jason Lewis; can you tell which two guys have been dating for over a year. I think they are beginning to look a like, a little don’t you think? Check out the schedule for all the events going on related to the Equality Forum all the way up to the fabulous festival at the Piazza on Sunday, including the very gay brunch at PYT!


Free Photo’s Did I take your picture in 2010 or March 2011 here are pixs for you

I’m doing a little spring cleaning and want to delete some of my photos from last year. I usually charge $7, but for the next week you can take off as many email sized photos for free.

Happy hunting….


Want to be in the PIFA Dance Flash Mob on April 30!! Also Gavin McKay takes a Flying Leap at The PIFA Circus

Yesterday on NBC 10’s The Ten Show, Justin Pizzi did a segment form the Flying Circus which is part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) Philadelphia attractions. As you know Justin just finished having surgery so he tapped our friend and trainer Gavin McCay to fill in for him. Gavin is the connector for Justin and I as we met when I participating in the NBC Philadelphia’s “Be a Ten in Ten Weeks” program at Gavin’s gym Fusion Fitness at 12th & Sansom Streets. here’s the ten Show clip can still get lessons and participate in the Flying Circus until Sunday May 1. Can you believe PIFA is almost over, wow. Get info on the Flying Circus here

PIFA Dance Flash Mob on April 30!!

  • The instructional video is posted on YouTube:
  • The email account for those interested in getting specific information about participating in the dance is Date/Time: April 30 @ 1:45pm
  • Place: PIFA Street Fair, in front of the Sansom Street Stage
  • Rehearsal: April 30 @11:00am in the Kimmel Center Parking Garage

As part of its 35th Anniversary, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) returns to its roots, offering a weekend of legendary and emerging jazz artists tied into this year’s PIFA theme. Early Parisian jazz was reminiscent of New Orleans traditions, and will be captured with outdoor performances, headline acts, strolling musicians, and performances with select artist arrangements of Sidney Bechet’s work. AAMP will also reintroduce a signature event, Jazz ‘til Sunrise, beginning 10:30p Saturday night and concluding 5a Sunday morning, on two stages with continuous jazz being played. Friday Night: Last Party in Paris at Kimmel Center on Friday night

Saturday Parisian Street Fair This is going to be one event not to be missed and very memorablePIFA Facebook The Flying Circus still has openings this week, although very few remain for Saturday. Then the whole act moves back to their Bucks County location.

Gavin and Mark Kelly from Flying Circus.

  • Why don’t you check in at Four Square
  • By ‘checking in’ we mean going to the Kimmel Center and going directly under the Eiffel Tower and checking in.

Oooh la la! In honor of the last week of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the 4sq mayor of the PIFA Eiffel Tower at noon on Saturday, April 30 wins a $100.00 Maggiano’s gift certificate! And it should be easy – since there are dozens of free events happening in the Plaza this week. Come out and check-in!

For more information on what’s happening in the plaza daily, check Good luck!

Winners will be notified on Monday, May 2 via


Tina Fey Interview by Authors @ Google

Authors@Google: Tina Fey

Think the Actors Studio at Google. Fun interview of Tina Fey by Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt for a fireside chat about her new book, Bossypants.

This event took place on April 20th, 2011 at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.


PhillyChitChatter: Elizabeth Berkley B&N Book Signing Photos, Where did the Flyers Celebrate? Flyers Party and Time Capsule Uncovered at City Hall

Elizabeth Berkley (Jesse Spano on Saved By The Bell and Nomi Malone in the cult-classic Showgirls) visited the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble last night chatting about her new book “Ask Elizabeth”.
Elizabeth told the small crowd that she began working on this project about 5 years ago mentoring young girls with her ‘Ask Elizabeth’ workshops, after her husband, Greg Lauren, commented on the number of girls who came to her asking for advice and joked that she should have her own column, she decided to take action and created her own website to help teen girls. The website, which she facilitates herself is a self-esteem program called Ask-Elizabeth. She regularly meets with young girls to discuss different issues and topics and to help them with any problems that they are going through and speaks of her own troubles in the past. She spoke earlier in the day at a North Penn High school assembly of over 500 young women.
Styling the Louboutins

Earlier in the day I stopped by the City Hall Tour Office room. As you may know I have been preparing to take on my volunteer tour guide position (once a week) which should begin May 3 if I get it all memorized. Greta Greenberger showed me a beam from a window on the 7th floor. It’s a signature of a guy and it’s signed 7/9/90 as in 1890. She tells me it has to be returned when they install the new windows next week.
A new Japanese Restaurant is opening near 18th on chestnut. This was the former uptown Robin’s Books store. Then it was something else and now that huge sign says it’s going to be a Japaneses restaurant.
If you’re doing cocaine, and need some money, University Penn is conducting research on cocaine users and will compensate you for your time. Let’s hope it’s not one of those police stings. (Shot at 18th & Walnut)

The Flyers headed to the Happy Rooster for food and fun to celebrate their big game over Buffalo last night.


GOING TO THE CHAPEL: “Prince William” and “Kate Middleton” Look-Alikes Take the Plunge at Parx Casino Friday


Friday AM when you wake up you can do something different than catch the constant

Of rerun of the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton

You can see a live re-enactment of the wedding at Parx casino’s with real live and in person “Prince William” and “Kate Middleton” lookalikes willing to take the plunge. Toast the new couple, snap a picture, tell all your friends that you were at the wedding of the century. Then try your luck on one of the slot machines or card tables. (Maybe I’ll win back some of that money I’ve donated to the Sex and the City machine) Friday, April 29, 2011 WHAT: In celebration of the Royal Wedding, Parx Casino will host its own monumental event with TWO ‘Royal Wedding Celebrations’ throughout the day; featuring “Prince William” and “Kate Middleton”, along with trumpeters and other live entertainment to welcome local couples as they renew their wedding vows. **PLUS—a special SURPRISE experience that’s certain to WOW spectators!!** WHO: Parx Casino, Prince William and Kate Middleton Impersonators, Trumpeters, Parkettes, Various Entertainers and MORE!
WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2011 MORNING: 8:00 AM– Wedding vow renewal and entertainment session #1
EVENING: 7:00 PM- Wedding vow renewal and entertainment session #2 WHERE: PARX CASINO 2999 Street Road Bensalem, PA 19020 Located at exit 37 off I-95, or exit 351 off the PA Turnpike