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January 2013


Albrecht Events hosted A Saks Fifth Avenue Soiree for Women

Last week Albrecht Events hosted an intimate gathering of women business professionals, to network as well

 as for a demo at Saks Fifth Avenue, Philadelphia featuring Laura Mercier products.
 Mariya Brewer, Ashley Albrecht, and Janice Telstar. 
 Janice Telstar, Marie Tosto, and Caryn Taylor
  Deanna Lewis and Rory Paolantonio.
 Mariya Brewer and Jen McConnell.
Albrecht Events is a Philadelphia based, forward thinking events
management firm that specializes in destination management services,
corporate events, conventions, and meetings. We go to great lengths to
provide creative and resourceful solutions.

 Ashley Albrecht, Lauren Barnes, and Jen McConnell.
 Crista Romano and Liz Jenkins
 Leslie Nemirovsky, Randi Edeleman, and Katie Nemirovsky.
Caryn Taylor and Marie Tosto
If interested in our services, please email us at or call us at 215-699-3784.

Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting this for


Valentine’s Nay! Here’s Something Exciting for You and Your Girlfriends to do on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Nay!

Botox, Blowouts & Bourbon Cocktails Highlight A Soiree for
Philadelphians who would rather Treat Themselves this Valentine’s Day

Who: A few hundred Philadelphians excited to invest in beautifying themselves this Valentine’s Day

What: A Valentine’s Day party for those excited to treat themselves during the Hallmark holiday dedicated to love and romance

Where: Architeqt Salon & Gallery, located at 265 S. 10th Street

When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Philadelphia’s About Face Skin Care and Architeqt Salon & Gallery
are teaming up to throw a Valentine’s Day party for those looking to
invest in looking better this Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Nay! an
anti-Valentine’s Day party, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday,
February 14th at Architeqt Salon & Gallery, and includes blowouts,
Botox treatments, champagne and cherry bourbon cocktails along with a
host of other treats.

“We wanted to create an event for Philadelphians who would rather invest
in themselves than spend money on the usual flowers, chocolate or
crowded restaurant experiences,” said About Face Skin Care’s Naomi
Fenlin. “This party is for everyone who wants to take steps toward
looking and feeling better this Valentine’s Day.

Reserve your space at this event by calling About Face Skin Care at 215.923.5001. Architeqt Salon & Gallery is located at 265 S. 10th Street. Learn more about Architeqt by visiting Learn more about About Face Skin Care by visiting
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Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos when they suited up to play soccer with Olympic star Carli Lloyd

Check out Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos when they suited up to play soccer with Olympic star Carli Lloyd for a segment “Cruisin with a Brusin” for the Comcast Sports Channel’s Great Sports Debate

Read my PhillyMag column to see what happened to the girls during their segment.


Videos: The Philadelphia Soul 2013 Dance Team Tryouts

My PhillyMag column with pixs & stories can be read by clicking here, but before you go check out these videos of last nights final cut for the 2013 Philadelphia Soul Football Dance Team.
(PS if you’re looking for Gorgeous, it will be on here tomorrow. Thanks.)

The Arena Football League’s American Conference Champion Philadelphia
Soul and Pennsylvania’s No. 1 casino, Parx Casino jointly announce a
multi-year partnership beginning with the upcoming 2013 season. Last
night they unveiled their new logo at Parx Casino in the 360 Lounge, as
well as held final auditions for the 2013 Soulmates Dance Team Finals.
Greeting the guests from the stage in 360 was John Adams Vice
President/COO (l) Philadelphia Soul, looking on is Cosmo DeNicola,
Philadelphia Soul owner and Marc Oppenheimer, chief marketing officer
for Parx

Robyn Colajezzi, Soul Football, Michelle Sanginiti and Mary Sanginiti flank the 2008 Arena Bowl Championship Trophy

 Before the Soul mates Dance Team Finals began, Parx Casino their was a
VIP Party Chef Frank Berko, Cheg Nicholas Meenan, and Chef Ron Tridente
served up Peking Duck, Crab Cakes and coconut shrimp.

 Melissa Clayboss, The Daily grind Fitness and Tami Sortman, Lundy Law

The whole squad routine

The chosen 20
My PhillyMag column with pixs & stories can be read by clicking here,



PHILADELPHIA, PA –  Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley will host the
6th “Puppy Love Valentines Party,” on Tuesday, February  12, 2013 at
the 23rd Street Armory (22 S. 23rd Street).  This popular Valentine’s
themed bash returns to celebrate the one you truly love, your pooch.
Ardent animal lovers and upscale comfort food fans will enjoy a night
on the town with their dogs.  Evening highlights will include
cocktails, appetizers by Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley, sweet
treats by Ms. Goody Cupcake, silent auction items, live music,
dancing, puppy photo booth, red carpet, doggie swag bags and homeless
pets available for adoption. Tickets are on sale now for $40 at  Puppy Love is
open to those 21 and up.  ALL funds raised will be donated to the
Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSCPA).
  For more information, call (215) 922-6500 or visit .

Tails will be wagging over the delicious lineup of comfort food
presented by  Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley, including Crab Cake
Sliders, BBQ Chicken Salad Sliders, Mini Veggie Burgers and Roasted
Red Pepper Hummus with Pita. At the bar, guests will enjoy Absolut,
Jameson and Malibu cocktails, craft beer from Brooklyn Brewery, Yards
Brewing Co. and Stoudts Brewery, and a selection of wine by the glass.
 All food and drink is included in the low ticket prize.  For a
perfect end to the night, Ms Goody Cupcake (1838 East Passyunk Avenue)
will tempt taste buds with Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes for
humans and Banana Mutt Muffins for their four-legged friends.

Other evening highlights will include dancing and acoustic love songs
by Jon Hagen Band, 30+ silent auction items, a pet photo booth and
doggie swag bags.  Emmy winner and host of the soon to debut ‘Pets
with Papadakis,’ Maria Papadakis will serve as master of ceremonies
and hostess of the doggie red carpet.

For those without a date, the PSPCA will match guests with eligible
‘bachelor and bachelorette’ dogs looking for a home.  They will also
present a Kitty Korner for those that prefer to flirt with feline
adoptables. Finally, an animal behaviorist will provide consultations
at a special “Dog House.”

Puppy Love Valentines Party returns in 2013 after taking a “cat nap”
in 2012 when the event outgrew the former space. Since its inception
in 2006, the event has attracted 1,000+ attendees and raised nearly
$30,000 in ticket sales and in-kind donations.  Susan Schlisman, owner
of Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley, created the event to raise funds
for local animal shelters.  Schlisman is a lifelong animal lover and
advocate, and past PSPCA volunteer, who will attend this year with her
Yorkie Sayde.

Recommended attire for Puppy Love is dog park finest, ie. mart casual.
Tickets are on sale now for $40 at  Puppy Love is
open to those 21 and up.  ALL funds raised will be donated to the
Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSCPA).
  For more information, call (215) 922-6500, visit, and follow @smokinbettys and @devilsalley215 on

Smokin’ Betty’s offers upscale American comfort food complimented by
16 rotating craft drafts, house crafted cocktails and daily menu
additions paired with weekend brunch and daily happy hour. One of
Philly’s favorite spots for burgers and BBQ ribs, Betty’s strives to
push the envelope of “comfort food” and preparing plates that would
truly make your Mama proud.

Smokin’ Betty’s is located in the heart of trendy Midtown Village and
Center City District, located just three blocks from the Pennsylvania
Convention Center, across the street from Jefferson Hospital and
around the corner from two of Philadelphia’s most historic theater
districts. With close proximity to public transportation, major
highways, rail lines, and parking it’s never been easier to visit!

Devil’s Alley, located just off Rittenhouse Square,  bridges the gap
between American comfort cuisine and a backyard barbecue, allowing for
a delicious lunch, fun dinner or late night bite complimented by
liquors from around the world, eight seasonal local drafts and
addictive signature cocktails.  Flames from the open kitchen sear
classics from slow-smoked ribs to spice-rubbed ribeyes.  Ingredients
are of the highest quality, with local produce and high end meats.
Service is prompt, knowledgeable and fun with attention to every
detail of the dining experience.


Todd Herremans and Brent Celek bar 879 No More – Now There’s a Restaurant in the Works

Sorry you Gorgeous fans, I will write up Sunday’s event tomorrow. Today I worked on a column in on The 109th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Awards Dinner, and now I have to run out for another gig.
Back in 2011 two of our favorite Philadelphia Eagles, Todd Herremans and Brent Celek were tired of going to other peoples bars and decided to open up one that fit their specifications which they called 879, (which is a combination of their jersey numbers) in 2010. I was there for their 2nd grand opening in 2012 (PhillyChitChat was there)

I ran into Todd Herremans with with his lovely lady Elizabeth Dee (wearing Helmut Lang,) last night at The 109th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Awards Dinner, which was held at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill (He was honored with the “Good Guy Award” for his philanthropic deeds in his community in Michigan where he grew up (read all about it in my column link below). He returns there in a few weeks, so look for some fun ice fishing tweets like last year.) It’s a new day as the bff’s (Todd & Brent) have closed 879. They plan on opening a restaurant in the same space in late Spring. Look for a bistro, which is a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting. As of last night Todd didn’t know what the name of the restaurant would be, and I vaguely remember chatting with Brent when they came up with the 879 name and the signage, so this time I’m suggesting:
Bistro 879
 Their Twitter account remains active so look for updates here.

Oh I just love this photo of Heidi and Cole Hamels with Jimmy Rollins giving me a great shot. I have another fun one with Charlie Manuel & Ruban in it in my Philly.Com column today with news of the new baby that Heidi & Cole Hamels adopting a baby girl on Christmas Eve, Reeve. Keep checking the site til the column appears. Lots of fun stuff in there, especially about The Hamels. I spoke with Johari Rollins and she tells me that Jimmy is excited about going to Spring Training, but first he’s heading out on the road as he was selected for the Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.  Team USA will gather at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick complex
in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 1 and open its leg of the tournament
against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix on March 8. Canada and Italy
are the other two teams in its bracket. The final is scheduled to be
played at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on March 19.

 Kerry O’Connor, Pens & Lens  & The Weekly Press, wearing Bernie Parents 1974 Stanley Cup Champion Ring. Bernie said it was the first time in 40 years any one asked to wear it. Now let’s not start a trend. Wait, 40 years? Holy cow just about. Hi Maria Papadakis’ photo bombing the photo.


Devotion Nightclub (Formerly Shampoo) Grand Opening with SuperStar

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, folks: Devotion has opened and it’s Philadelphia’s newest dance club. For years you knew it as Shampoo, the cavernous, but music pumping dance hall which attracted folks from the tri-state area. I spent many a Friday night dancing the night away. Remember those crazy foam parties. Who ever thought that up? Of course it was really a ploy just to get everyone naked, and well it was fun for the most part, I think. I can’t remember.  Anyway those days are behind us and now as SuperStar  is a new monthly LGBT night The party, co-produced by Bruce Yelk, SuperStar will be similar to FriGay’s, Shampoo’s LGBT event.

  Superstar hosts Noel Zayas and Bruce Yelk

Look for the new club to have new furniture, bar tops, finishes, and an updated projection system to make each of the parties promoted there something special.

Neon Hitch is a British singer and songwriter
Neon Hitch is a British singer and songwriter
Fuego Dance Company
DJ Tall Matt

 Aeryanah Von Moi

LarryEmeigh and Ryan Lemek
DJ Joe Gauthreaux
Kurt Souder and Michael Shannon
Scott Barnes (looking hot in his 611 T-Shirt) and Noel Zayas 
PS I see that Devotion Vodka might have had an influence in the naming of the club, like I mentioned last night. As there was an hour open bar with Devotion Vodka. I say not a coincidence. 
(Sponsored –  Photographer Patrick Hagerty)


Saturday night was a magical night, a memory I will cherish forever. I have some pretty terrific friends, and it was so nice to spend an enchanted evening with them. Here are a few cell phone pixs I took of the evening with a link to my column at PhillyMag at the end, or you can go see the shots now HERE>
Please LIKE the Page over at PhillyMag, everytime I check it out I silently say “YOU like me, You Really Like Me!” The stories on PhillyMag you won’t read anywhere else. The article took me about 12 hours to write so I hope you enjoy it. It’s always been the most beautiful event in the City, but to spend it with the people on this page really made it special. These peeps have my back. (Missing: Kristyn Aldrich and Maria Papadakis)

 Marisa Magnatta, Vasiliki Tsiouris, Moi (I finally look like my caricature on PhillyMag), Christie Honigman and Katie English.

 Teresa Nino – She wasnt in the room when we took the above shot.

 Stunning: Jaclyn Foglietta and Jeffrey Flynn

  One of the reasons these early shots are from my phone, is I forgot my memory card. As if Mike Toub wasn’t already the best Life Partner in the world, he had driven me to the AKA for the pre-pre party, was waiting outside and did me a huge favor and ran home to get my memory card. The part that makes him super special is he had to go in my cluttered office and figure out where I put them. Love that guy. (Hey can we get gay marriage in Pa soon, we really want to get married here and not in NY or NJ)
 Tania and Marc Schade
Lynsie Solomon and Evan Solomon



 Teresa Nino and Moi


Dana and Ron Donatucci

 I’ve lost 10lbs in 20 days since I gave up sugar, candy, cookies, cakes & the bread basket. So don’t even offer me any. Thanks.
There’s a no photo rule after dinner is served, so I put my camera to bed and I danced the night away. Eddie Bruce and his band (CTO Artist) kept me on the dance floor for two hours straight. Thanks to Adrienne Simpson (r) for being an awesome partner, as well as Mrs Joan Spain, Renee Freeman and Tony Frick

As is with tradition we all headed over to the Union League for light snacks and recapping of the night. Oh what a beautiful night. But wait go check out my column in PhillyMag to see the who, what, when and wear of the evening. AND great stories, tidbits and an engagement.
Sorry I couldn’t get all of you in the column. But who knows where those photos might show up.

Miley Cyrus’ Philly Producers Get Caught Up in Chris Brown/Frank Ocean Parking Spot Fight

You’ve probably heard by now that bad boy Chris Brown has gotten into another dust up, this time it was Frank Ocean, and TMZ says it was over a parking spot.

Well what I know is all hell broke loose:  Chris Brown was at Westlake Studio in the L.A. area listening to one of the
artists he represents. The sources say as Chris went to leave, Frank
and his crew blocked Chris from leaving. The sources say Frank
said, “This is my studio, this is my parking spot.”  Caught up in the all out brawl were Philly music producers  Ronny FLIP Colson (above left with Pop Wansel ‏ [r])and Trunie Wreck who were working alongside Pop Wansel in the same building. (I first met them last month when they were working on Miley Cyrus’ new CD at Sigma Sound. Now they’ve moved the production out to LA to put the finishes touches on the new CD which should drop this spring. (& working on other projects) Ronny FLIP Colson has a mix tape coming out soon called SourDonuts

anyway… I saw this tweet and reached out to the guys for a statement.


What a great night! Chris Brown and Frank Ocean fight at the studio and and get handcuffed for it!! Lmaoooo!!
Seems everything was cool until Frank Ocean’s guy.
Yo funny shit is I tried to dip soon as I seen the cops til frank man pointed me out I got handled like an animal
I asked Flippa what happened and he said he and his brother just went outside for some air and the next thing you know they were caught up in this bust up and the cops put them in handcuffs, and gave them a banana for some odd reason. Flippa didn’t want to go into detail on why he thought the LAPD did that, you don’t mess around with those guys. (our conversation was longer than the above tweet, that was just the first contact)

I ain’t mad @ em though I just really don’t fuck with LAPD
I think Frank Ocean owes an apology to these guys who were obviously just getting some air. 
I learned a new term, one which is “leaking”, which means
bleeding. Seems Frank Ocean cut his finger and there was blood places.
Frank later tweeted that he’s only going to be able to use two fingers
to play during the Grammy’s on February 10. I heard sauce used a couple times in their tweets, but I still can’t figure out that term. Anyone?
But the dope part bout this whole situation was that squally didn’t care bout the weed..I love LA..

(reminds me of one of my favorite songs.)


Snowy Friday Surprises & Santa Hats

Finally snow. If there’s anything a photographer loves it’s the falling snow, then right after that we want virgin snow ie no yellow snow or footprints

 I went to the Bellevue yesterday to grab some lunch, when I came out at 4PM it had begun to snow and the streets were covered all ready. I was pleasantly surprised.


 I ran over to the Shops at Liberty Place to pick up my tails for tonight’s Academy Ball, and saw this young lady slip on the snow. Chivarly is not dead as her boyfriend lifted her up in his arms to finish carrying her across the street.

Then I met up with my friend fashion blogger/stylist Ian Michael Crumm to explore the city in snow with our cameras. After we grabbed a bite to eat we headed out to my favorite spot, Rittenhouse Sq. (arggh footprints all over) Oh well the trees were still full of the fluffy stuff, the sidewalk was wet, people filled the park and it was great.
In theory I love this shot on the phone, but do you think it’s too blurry?

This is my favorite spot in Rittenhouse Square, the Tribute to Love Statue.

  In past year’s I have festoned it with Santa hat’s and sent them out as Christmas cards.

Actually nothing was sacred in that park that day. I never liked the shot of the Lion with the hat on, and well it was too icy in the fountain for me to decorated the Duck Lady.

 City Lights. I never get tired of shooting the Square.

Then we headed home. Couldn’t believe the snow at the Rodin Museum remained virtially untouched on the grounds on the museum and I was able to get some great shots. Check out this new application that just came out. It’s going to revolutionize Social Media. This I can handle.

It’s only available for IPhone now, and Mike tells me that in a month or so it will be available for Adnroid phones. OK so IPhone wins this round, but can they swap out a battery like I can? 
 Ian and I experimented with the new medium. He had a great idea to capture,
we didn’t realize it had volume though. Now we do.
Check out the shot I took of  Ian Michael Crumm on the steps of the Rodin.