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PhillyChitChat The Buzz: New Condo for Center City, Tyne Daly, Wanda Sykes, DeSean Jackson, Kijafa’s South St Jewelery Store, Patty Jackson

If I were nursing a broken heart this would be my song of choice to drink by, heavily. Sorta like Tom & Lynette Scavo. That was heartbreaking.

Adele @ Electric Factory, Philadelphia 5/13/11 – Someone Like You

Friday night I attended a few events (including the opening night of Arrow Swim Club check out the pixs here) and at the last minute was invited to see Adele at the Electric Factory, but it just didn’t work out for me. But I did find this fun video of the night. I love what happens at minute 4. In the audience that night was half of Center City as the clubs were empty til after 11:30PM, in addition to M. Night Shyamalan, Wanda Sykes stepped out with her wife, Alex first going to dined at Mark Vetri’s Amis (412 S. 13th) for dinner before the Adele show.

Famed attorney Gloria Allred, daughter CBS Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom were in town for Lisa’s daughter Sarah’s graduation from University of Pennsylvania. Allred graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. The family had dinner at Horizons, a modern Vegan Cuisine & Cocktails in Philadelphia by Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Lisa Bloom and daughter Sarah are both vegan. Gloria Allred grew up in Philadelphia, graduating from Girl’s High School, which is now Masterman High School at 17th & Spring Garden.

At 18th and Arch streets sits the lot for The American Commerce Center an ambition project that I hope will someday be built. In the meantime across the street at 19th and Arch, a zoning sign just went up touting a more doable plan to build a 14 story condo with 236 residences, 131 parking spaces and 79 bike spaces. The first floor will contain a restaurant and retail area, with 2 loading zones.
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The original Wonder Women Lynda Carter will be signing her new CD “Crazy Little Things” Tuesday at Barnes & Noble at 7PM in Rittenhouse Square. I’ll be attending the Rittenhouse Row Pre-Festival Party at the Ritz Carlton. You can still buy tickets here.

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Last week I mentioned I would be attending the Desean Jackson Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer at the Waterworks. The set up wasn’t as easy as it was last year where the press could go in and cover the cocktail party so I don’t have a lot of folks as I my time constraint didn’t allow me to wait for the awards ceremony 2 hours later when the media was allowed in. Last week I mentioned that a good friend of mine was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, which was devastating. I am now working with PanCan in Philadelphia especially promoting their event June 25, at the Hilton Phila City Ave.

One of the honorees of the night was my friend WDAS DJ extraordinaire Patty Jackson. A women I truly admire, respect and is a beam of light where every she goes. It’s obvious why she was honored. With her is Don Wiggins, Dir./Local Sales for Urban AC WDAS

/PHILADELPHIA and Bill Ingram.

Michael Vick and Kijafa Frink. I think this was the first time I photographed Vick since the time I photographed them at a pre arranged photo after they had dinner at Union Trust restaurant the day after he arrived in Philadelphia to play for the Eagles in 2009? Kijafa is wearing jewelery from her PNKElephant.com line of jewelry. Finally you will be able to see this jewelery in person when Kijafa’s store opens up at 504 South Street.

Another honoree for the evening was Renee ChenaultFattah, Chaka Fattah and Renee’s assistant who’s name escaped me. The step and repeat was set up for the inhouse video company and it was nearly impossible to get a straight on photo with all the wires and equipment. So I settled for folks not on the purple carpet.
Brian Lipstein, Henry A Davidson, Tailor, with Emily Phung of Volat. She tells me that Wednesday she will be part of the crew celebrating with the CAST & CREW of GAME OVER
at our All-Ages at their TRAILER LAUNCH / COSTUME PARTY at Chubby Balboas Sports Bar and Grill. Game Over was filmed this past spring at Sun City Studios out in West Chester.
6ABC’s Shirleen Allicot and Nikki Hawkins, 6ABC’s FYI Producer looking beautiful as usual. Shirleen is celebrating her year anniversary on air here in Philly this month.

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Philadelphia Theatre Company will conclude its 35th Anniversary season celebration with a Gala honoring long-time board member Kenneth S. Kaiserman of Kaiserman Company, Inc. and PTC Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik on Monday, June 6 at 6PM in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The evening will feature appearances by multiple Tony and Emmy award winner Tyne Daly, star of the upcoming revival of Terrence McNally’s Master Class on Broadway, Broadway and film star Kathleen Turner who starred in PTC’s world premiere of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass of Molly Ivins; Tony Award winner and frequent PTC performer John Glover; and Quentin Darrington, star of the recent revival of Ragtime. The evening will be hosted by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.highlight of the Gala will be the announcement of the establishment of the Terrence McNally New Play Award presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company annually starting in 2012 in honor of great American playwright, Terrence McNally. Above McNally blesses the PTC’s new stage at the Suzanne Roberts Theater in 2008. For information and tickets, call 215-985-1400, ext. 110.