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February 2015


First Look U-Bahn (don’t call it a basement bar) Hosts The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Our Night Out Party

The team behind Brü Craft and Wurst keep the German vibe going at their subterranean bar U-Bahn, set to open officially next week, but Tuesday night

the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund hosted its successful monthly OurNightOut networking mixer at the industrial the 3,300 square foot space

 which includes
two bars and a kitchen. U-Bahn will offer local beers and food
including cured meats, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.
 It might be winter, but I’m wearing a t-shirt cause I look good
 Photos provided by Aversa Pr. I was supposed to be at this event but my photo exhibit was postponed from January to Feb on this Tues. I’ll write more about that great event on Tuesday.
 I love this trend of classic video games in a bar. Get off your phone and play some pacman!!
 Hey are they TV’s
 Hey Mr DJ put a record on.
I think this is going to be a pretty big deal, it’s like a subterranean beer garden
Hey Jim Donovan from CBS3!!
The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
Heroes Luncheon is Sunday, April 12, 2015 12:30pm to 3:00pm at Hotel Monaco.

One Shots: Fav Pixs From the Week (Not Published) – Insider Scoop

Every once in a while I shoot photos that never see the light of day on Twitter, FB, Instagram, or in one of the media outlets where I peddle them. For the media shots, I might see something that is “newsworthy” send it to an outlet, but in the end they’re not run for what ever reason.

For example this was going to run in Philly Daily News’ Molly Eichel’s column Philly Gossip last Thursday, but I bumped my own photo when I photographed Sly Stallone on set Wednesday day. Probably because there’s a chance in my career I will shoot Jen Frederick (r) and Alex Holley (l) again, not such a big chance I’m going to shoot them in a dragon outfit, but nonetheless Stallone comes through town but once a decade or so.
Thanks to Michelle Lenard, The Hat Lady for hosting us at Yangming once again for the Chinese New Year. Michael M. Wei, owner (2nd from right) 

The crew at dinner at Yangming.
Saturday night we had that nice snowfall, the Schuylkill is frozen. Made for a nice photo.

 Philadelphia Fashion Week held their “Ready To Wear Runway Show” Friday night February 20, 2015 at Crane Arts Center. The majority of the photos ran in my new photo column on Fox 29 Philadelphia, but I pulled out a few highlights of the very stylish crowd that showed up to watch the show.

 I wish the press knew the line up of the fashion when it walks the runway cause they were out of order on the list featured on the website. I’d love to tell you where to get this hot shirt, on this hot guy. (I know people get mad when I’m critical, but this is something so many shows forget to do.)
Raheem Brock receives Phila Fashion Week’s 2015 Man of Style Award from Philadelphia Fashion founders Kerry Scott and Kevin Parker
  Check out the rest of the photos HERE
Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown campaign kick-off event at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church (2251 N. 54th Street, Philadelphia) brought out Sen Vincent Hughes, Councilman Curtis Jones. Bill Greenly and Council President Darrell Clarke, as well as Sen Larry Farnese. I’m a big supporter of hers.
 While in the neighborhood I checked out the Ice House, which has since been torn down. Check out the artist on the right sketching the former Locust Street Medical Center that caught fire last week.
 Saturday night I caught Danielle Hankin (l) sledding down the Art Museum Steps in full Versace. After she finished this guy went down. Crazy. These are the legendary stories that will live on, like when I video’d the car driving down the Art Museum Steps..


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Phila Area: Student of the Year Grand Finale

The Student of the Year Grand Finale. The event was held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the
Four Seasons Hotel. The winner of the fundraising competition was Mark Rodgers of Springfield High School raising $61,000 for our mission. Collectively,
the nine candidates raised $150,000 over the course of seven weeks.

 Student of the Year candidate, Hailey Marcus with her father David, mother Kim, and brother Dylan.
 What is entailed is the students compete with each other to raise the most money by doing bake sales, car washes and other clever marketing endeavors. It’s a very creative way to raise funds for a charity.
 Brett Victor with his wife, Courtney
 Brett Victor with Student of the Year candidate, Reid Kleinman
 Student of the Year candidate, Laura Packer, and her mother, Barbara Meriwether
 Debra Fein and Ashley Markowich
 The 2015 Student of the Year – Mark Rodgers
Student of the Year candidates: Mark Rodgers of Springfield High
School; Reid Kleinman of William Penn Charter; Sarah Buffaloboy of
Collingswood High School; Laura Packer of Radnor High School; and Peter
Ditzler of
Methacton High School 
Up next for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Congrats to Molly Eichel Who’s Heading to the Philadelphia Inquirer and welcome….

Today is my friend Molly Eichel’s last day writing the Philadelphia Daily News Philly Gossip Column, she’s heading to the Philadelphia Inquirer to be the assistant features editor. Eichel was at the helm of the widely read column since February 2013 when the prolific, sometimes infamous Dan Gross took a buy out during one of the previous owner, Interstate Media’s downsizing of the paper. 

Eichel had been a features writer, and brought that talent to the column, as she often wrote long form, in depth, interesting articles on her subjects instead of reporting on bad behavior and divorces. During her tenure she’s broken lots of stories on celebrities and Philly notables, including the recent news on Kaci McDonnell’s split with fiance Aaron Murry and Nicki Minaj partying with Meek Mill at 1825 Nightclub. Often people thought Molly and I were competitors as I chat about gossip here on the blog and on my twitter account, but we were actually comrade’s, covering stories, often different ones, occasionally the same ones, but always from different angles, sometimes sourcing each other. Aditi Roy Moves West.

And during her entire tenure my celebrity/notable photos have appeared in her column a few times a month. 
We do as you know, work for the same media outlet, Interstate General Media, LLC (I’m a freelance contributor.) With my own column, and my photos appear in the Phila Inquirer. Just last week I had a photo in the weekend section in an A.D. Amorosi article about Gene London at the Flower Show next week.

Congrats to  Jenny DeHuff (l) who is taking over the Philly Gossip column, here with Molly Eichel (r) Sunday night at the, Philly Inquirer and Philly Daily News Oscar Viewing Party at the 
Hard Rock Cafe last Sunday night. Jenny has been covering the City Hall/Political beat and tells me she’s excited to cover the social beat as well. I for one am so excited to read her take on what’s new and exciting in the world of happening in Philly, especial the political angle. Not since Mary Patel gave up her political column in the City Paper, and moved to Hollywood, has anyone really covered the political going ons , parties and gossip. That is sorely missing in the City. So bring it on. Congrats again to both Jenny and Molly.  Jenny’s Column starts Monday.
 As Molly says in her last column today:
You should hit her up with any and all juicy tidbits. Email her at, give her a call at 215-854-5917 or follow her on Twitter, @PhillyGossipDN.
Read Molly’s last column here:


Woof Woof Wednesday #WoofWoofWednesday

it’s back. A few people have asked me where diD Woof Woof Wednesday go, and I had no good excuse on why I stopped doing it. So it’s back here goes. Woof. I scour my SM for the cutest dog and sometimes cats, rabbits, horses etc to showcase every Wednesday. Plus since I don’t have a pet i get to relish in all their cuteness too.


Party Pixs & Food: Me “N” Mo Meatballs and More on South Street

Earlier this year a new eatery opened on South Street called

Me “N “Moe Meatballs and more. A delicious little spot at  214 South St. Earlier this month they held a grand opening party, with friends, family and media to try out the balls, as well as delicious side dishes.
The cozy little joint on South Street has several different varieties
of meatballs on the menu including buffalo, beef and pork and the
surprising and delicious, vegetarian one. It was sweet and tasty.  


Meatballs and Sauce – $8.00  (Four balls served with choice of sauce
and homemade focaccia. No mix/match.)    Pick your meatball   Daily     1
Spicy Pork   2 Beef  3 Lamb  4 Chicken  5 Veggie     Specials     6
Buffalo Chicken  7 Hong Kong    Pick your sauce   Daily     1 Marinara  2
Hot Meat Sauce  3 Mushroom Cream Sauce  4 Sauce A La Vodka  5 Pesto  6
Barolla Rosemary  Sage Reduction     Specials     6 Buffalo Wing  7
Ginger Soy Reduction      


Here are a few of the side dishes served at the party. They are $5 each and can be eaten with the meatballs or not.

Homemade Spaghetti

Homemade Gnocchi
Homemade Lasagna
Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Fries
Arugula with Fruit
Grilled Roasted Vegetables
Mixed Greens
Seasonal Sauteed Greens
Iceberg Wedge
(with Gorgonzola, Blue Cheese and Bacon)
+ Specials

Me N Mo Meatballs (214 South ) Chef Sandro Frusone and Sandro Frusone, co-owner with Natalie Guercio of
VH1’s “Mob Wives” at the opening party. Natalie is holding the popular
buffalo chicken meatballs and the spicy pork meatballs.

Al Lee, Jessica Lopez and Amy Gordon

Shelly Hoffman, Cassie Hepler and Elspeth Misiaszek
Melody Roy, Evon Burton and Kristen Johanson

 Michelle Lenard – The Hat Lady

He’s got the Midas touch.

 Here comes the meatballs….

Patrick Mullin and Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine

Councilman Mark Squilla (he loved the meatballs, and you know with a name like Squilla he knows his way around a meatball or two) and Sandro Frusone

There was a nice mix of friends, family and press for the opening night party. So many folks RSVP for the party, they held two sessions for the meatball loving guests.


Lenny Dykstra & Mitch Williams to Duke It Out at The 2nd Annual Philly Sports Roast

Remember last year’s event at the 1st Annual Sports Roast with Terrell Owens…. 

Get ready for the fireworks when former PHILLIES Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams return 
to the City of Brotherly Love as the featured guests of the The 2nd Annual Philly Sports Roast Thursday, April 23 at The ELECTRIC FACTORY!

There is no love lost between former teammates. For 22 years they’ve
taunted and sniped at each other in press and social media. Lenny blamed
Mitch for single-handedly blowing the PHILLIES ’93 World Series loss.
Mitch responded with threats of bodily harm and calling Lenny a
low-life. And they both may be half right.
On April 23 they meet face-to-face for the first time since the start of their highly public feud. 
Now hosts Joe Conklin, Al Morganti and an A-list line-up of Philly notables are putting all that bad blood to good use!
This highly anticipated
follow-up to last year’s hugely successful Terrell Owens Roast promises
an unscripted, hilariously explicit evening with high-profile sports
celebrities, media personalities and top socialites that will raise the
roof of Philadelphia’s iconic main stage concert hall!
The Philly Sports Roast is presented by Philly’s own funnyman and
impressionist extraordinaire Joe Conklin and on-air sports savant and
Wing Bowl creator Al Morganti.
“Think of this as a Double Roast,” explains Conklin. “The Dude and Mitchie-Poo, each one a party all by themselves. Put them together and you’ve got the Royal Rumble!”
The always reserved Morganti put it more succinctly. “We’ve got no
F***ing idea what’s gonna happen but its going to be funny and good time
for everyone.” 

Join Joe Conklin, Al Morganti, Joe Matarese, Rhea Hughes, Tony Bruno,
Big Daddy Graham, Stu Bykosky, Leslie Guedell 
and many more…for the epic 
“The 2nd Annual Philly Sports Roast”


VIP Reception & Admission $150 
Corporate Tables 8 Seats – $1950.00
Buy Tickets 

Christian Rudder Chats OK Cupid & Data in A Continueing Series Sponsored by The Arts + Business Council

On the morning of February 10th the
Arts + Business Council hosted OkCupid Co-Founder and President
Christian Rudder
at Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory
Charter School. Rudder discussed his innovative approach to researching
data through the lens of a demographer.

Steven Haas, Esq. Co-Chair, Corporate Practice Group, Cozen O’Connor, Zack Seward, Editor-in-Chief,,
OkCupid Co-Founder and President Christian Rudder and Karin Copeland, Executive Director of
Arts + Business Council
 Before Rudder spoke to a general admission crowd a VIP/Sponsor breakfast was held.

  Title Sponsor – Cozen O’Connor
Co-Sponsors – CapTech Ventures, Inc., Comcast Business, Independence Blue Cross, KPMG, Safeguard Scientifics, University City Science Center
Media Partner –
Host Sponsor: String Theory Schools
In Partnership with: Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Services provided by: Yorn
 Karin Copeland, Executive Director of
Arts + Business Council

 Christian Rudder Chats OK Cupid and how data plays a key role in determining how romantic matches are made in the dating world. It was quite fascinating, and surprising to those in attendance, especially the singles looking for love that other OK Cupid members vote on your photo on a scale from 1 – 5 how hot or not you are. If you consistently are voted a 1 or 2, then you will never be in the category to meet a 5. Rudder also went on to discuss how men prioritize a women’s look higher than all other qualities, where women are looking for much more than just a pretty face. 
Another clue to being match up with more potential soul mates: Read Your OK Cupid mail. If you’re not opening those emails than OK Cupid may think you’re not as interesting as you think you are. PS THERE’s nothing they can do from preventing the sender from seeing you open the email. He says they understand that that is why some people are reluctant to open the emails, but it is a double edge sword. Data it helps run the site for matches, and it helps raise your status for the potential white picket fence and 2.5 kids.
OkCupid’s Christian Rudder speaks during a Q&A session with’s Zack Seward.
Rudder is currently on tour promoting his book, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When No One’s Looking)

Then audience members heard from a
panel of local data experts who dive into data on a daily basis to learn
more about their customers and practices. Panelists included moderator
Vicki Boykis, Data Scientist, eMoneyAdvisor LLC;
Todd Homa, Data Architect & Sr. Manager, CapTech; Gary Kurtzman,
, Managing Director, Safeguard Scientifics; and Somesh Nigam, Ph.D.,
Sr. VP and Chief Informatics Officer, Independence Blue Cross.

Christian Rudder is touring the country promoting his book, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When No One’s Looking)

 The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC)
strengthens the creative sector, including arts, culture and for-profit
creative businesses, by engaging the business, legal & technology
communities, providing capacity-building services, and serving as a
thought leader and a convener. ABC, with the support of the Greater
Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is uniquely positioned to actively
connect the creative sector with the business, legal and technology

They have great networking events, innovated speaker series and educational programs that you will enjoy.

Link to the full event descriptions below: 

BREAKING NEWS re: Creed Movie – Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallones – SPOILER ALERT

Last week I was on the set of the movie Creed (Rocky 7), which has been filming in the Philadelphia area since January 26, 2015.

Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) has been out and about at several restaurants, ie Estia, D’Angelo’s, Le Virtue and Primo’s Hoagies, and on set, but the only sighting we’ve had of Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Creed) was a tip that he was at Fox and the Hound early in January. Last week he spent the day on the set of Adrian’s Restaurant, (Victor’s Cafe) in South Philadelphia at 13th and Dickenson. 

Adrian’s restaurant, otherwise known as Victor’s Cafe in South Philly. Now destined to be a bigger attraction with the internet blowing the site up.

 Creed will follow the son of Apollo Creed, yes son, early published reports said that it was Apollo Creed’s grandson, but the script was rewritten in January to make Jordon his son instead, and it makes sense. Update: Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight
champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born.  Still, there’s no
denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia,
the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with
a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Apollo Creed died in 1985 when he was 43, his son can be no younger than 29. I first broke this story on Fox 29 last Tuesday about the change in the script. I thought something was up since they only cast Phylicia Rashad as Apollo Creed’s widow, and no one as Adonis’ parents. (Creed’s new re-write isn’t even updated on IMDB yet, so this is sizzling hot news.)

is set to reprise his Rocky Balboa role, acting as the younger Creed’s
reluctant trainer as he follows in his father’s footsteps to get in the ring. Even as he fights his own battle as rumor has it he has cancer.
Did you know Rocky was 31 years old when he fought Apollo Creed, so it’s not far fetch that Adonis would have his first major fight at age 30 ish.
 Thanks to Green Eggs Cafe for letting me hang in their eatery for a couple hour to capture these photos, which appeared in Philly Mag, Philly Daily Newspaper and Philly Metro newspaper. Chris Murphy from Fox 29 and I filmed live segments of the action from inside of the cafe, getting the first shots of Stallone and Jordon for Good Day Philadelphia. (I’m on Fox 29 today at 8:30AM chatting about my favorite celebrity photos I’ve taken in the last 7 years.)
Directed by Ryan Coogler (center), the film is also produced by Stallone (r) along
with Robert Chartoff, Kevin King Templeton, and Irwin Winkler. Nicolas
Stern is executive producer. Creed was co-written by Aaron Covington and
 Although it was a bright sunny day last Tuesday.
It was freezing out. Another theory has Adonis Creed being born after Apollo Creed dies, at the time Apollo Creed’s widow is 37 years old so it’s possible.
The scene I saw them rehearse, and then film for 3 hrs, consisted of Stallone unloading produce from a van and handing it off to a worker to bring into the basement of the eatery named after his deceased wife. (See the microphone about the actors head. It was important to me to get the name of the restaurant in this shot.) I bet the legs of those extras were pained the next day as they were actually walking up and down the basement steps all day.

Last Friday Creed filmed in the former Shampoo night club until the early evening.

This week the movie moves to Aston, PA with a cast of thousands of extras to film a major fight between Adonis Creed and his nemesis, Liverpool boxer and staunch Everton soccer fan Tony Bellew (Monday at PPL Park) who plays Pretty Boy Porter – the nemesis of Apollo Creed’s son.


 A few weeks ago Stallone appeared with Bellew at an Everton soccer game in Liverpool, England. He filmed the fans during half time, which will be edited into the scenes filmed this week at SunCenter studios. He had them cheer wildly and then filmed them, very clever to get all those real Everton fans in the boxing movie. Here is a story and clip from the January filming at Everton, and includes what sounds like a theme song to be included in the movie.

You have to strain a little to hear it but it’s there. Creed is schedule to open on Thanksgiving 2015. (Did you know that the original Rocky opened on Thanksgiving 1976)