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April 2018


Sunday ChitChat: Creed 2, Two More Films PhillyWood, Leon Johnson Draft Pick

Sunday ChitChat: Creed 2, Draft Choice, Engaged & Charitable


Good Sunday, I had a few precious moments to walk around my neighborhood on Friday between events to check out the latest movie set of CREED 2, which was filming in my neighborhood of Fairmount. I came across this beautiful street adjacent to the Eastern State Penitentiary –  Beechwood St. in full cherry blossom bloom. Spring has sprung, altho not today. So bundle up and head to East Passyunak Avenue for Flavors on the Avenue today, and a cute craft show.

Speaking of Creed 2, filming commenced at Eastern State Penitentiary just after sunset. Inside the historic, haunted prison, space was created into a Russian disco complete with the co-star of the movie – snow painted on the ground.

Filming ran until the wee hours of the morning with the Drago father/son Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu partaking in the scene- A dim light was shining over the set, which I could see from my balcony.
Michael B Jordan was spotted at PHL in the afternoon grabbing a plane outta here for the weekend.

Did you know there are actually THREE FILMS shooting in Philly right now. One stars Sarah Megan Thomas, born right here in Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA. Megan has filmed two other notable movies in our area “Backwards”, with James Van Der Beek . Then there was the successful women empowerment movie “Equity” starring Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, and Alysia Reiner. Now filming what is currently titled: Untitled Female Driven WW II Spy Thriller, which just spent a week filming at the Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square.

Also in town filming is “The Nomads” about an inner city Rugby team.
Star sighting: Tate Donovan was spotted Hop Sing Laundry on Wednesday night. He’s in town filming The Nomads directed by Brandon Eric Kamin and co-starring Tika Sumpter

Congrats Temple U football standout Leon Johnson on being picked up by the Denver Broncos

Earlier this week Leon Johnson took a group of students from Roxborough to the NFL Experience in NYC as part of the Fund for Philly Schools program


Creed 2 Update, Biden Gives Good Face and Hello Riley Rado-Kaplan

Creed 2 Update, Biden Gives Good Face and Hello Riley Rado-Kaplan

Hello PhillyChitChat readers, what a week. We are in the middle of a very busy Social Season. On Sunday I will post links to where all the photos went in my various media outlets. In the meantime here’s a little Philly Chit Chat Gossip

Congrats to our good friends the Kaplan’s as their grandson is born –

Baby:  Riley Rado-Kaplan
Born:  4/5/2018
Weight:  4lbs, 10oz.
Health: Wonderful (even though 4 weeks early and small)
Despite “peanut” size, has big feet, big hands and lots of dark hair (just like the father)
Father: Stuart Kaplan, 36 yrs old
Mother: Sarah Rado, 33 yrs old
Grandparents: (Absolutely Thrilled!!!) Harold and Carol Kaplan
Mother, Father and Riley are all doing well.  Grandparents are ecstatic!!

Speaking of chips off the old block, Sylvester Stallone welcomed daughter Sistine Stallone to Philly last week and gave her a tour of his old stomping grounds the Italian Market, as well as stop at the Rocky Statue to the delight of tourist. I suspect he’ll be stopping there again soon to film scenes. Tonight Creed 2 is filming at Eastern State Prison, as well as Rembrant’s nearby – it’s a Russian nightclub scene, look for the painted snow on the grass again.  Rocky won’t be nearby though, he’s off this week and part of next week – do expect to see Michael B Jordan and Tessa Thompson though.

Last night Creed 2 and Michael B Jordan filmed at Max’s Cheese Steak in North Philly. And by last night I mean all night long until this morning they were filming scenes inside and outside the famed spot. Kevin Hart may have made a cameo in the film as well since there’s a mural of his face on the front of the building at the 2nd floor level

Speaking of faces Joe Biden was in town on Tuesday night. The former Vice President  was honored at the Only In America Gala supporting the National Museum of American Jewish History at the Bellevue! At the event The Palm Philadelphia General Manager Julie Sloviter and former PREIT Executive Chairman Ron Rubin presented Joe Biden with his framed Palm caricature. (Photo Credit The Palm)

Guests also enjoyed music from Idina Menzel and students from the Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP).They sang her big hit “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. She also sang Defying Gravity, from Wicked. Check back on Sunday for links to this event as well as the half dozen parties PhillyChitChat *the whole team, shot this week. Thanks, don’t forget your umbrella!! Best wishes HughE


Pixs: Spring 2018 Launch Party for This is it with Cheldin Barlatt Rumer

Friday night Manyunk rolled out the red carpet on Friday night for the Spring 2018 Launch Party for This is it with Cheldin Barlatt Rumer which was held at One Nickel CoWorking – The Nickels Building (


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Nyzia Easterling, Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, Evangelista Batista,  and Asia Anderson.

Diona Murray and Shirleen Beard

Nate Parker, Wahida Mohammed, and Isaiah Dupree

Dejah Davis and Aziah Thompson

Suzanne Taylor, Majet Reyes, and Brenda Kiss

Cheldin Barlatt Rumer and Taquan Allen.

Taquan Allen, Kianna Papaleo, Lady Delrio, and Francisco Sandoval


Theresa Iannacone and Najah Haskins

Kayla Schwartz, Brian Liebesman, and Debra Walker.

DJ George Marable

Suzanne Taylor, Majet Reyes, and Brenda Kiss

Asia Anderson and Jim Bauer.

Michelle Dunk, Jennifer Robinson, and Weatta Frazier Collins

 Dejah Davis

Aziah Thompson


Fun Events Happening This Weekend -I’ll be at Flavors on East Passyunk


Three Fun Events This Weekend -I’ll be at Flavors on East Passyunk

East Passyunk Avenue presents its second annual Flavors on the Avenue street festival featuring five blocks and six hours of food, drink, music, shopping and free family fun.


East Passyunk Avenue presents its second annual Flavors on the Avenue street festival featuring five blocks and six hours of food, drink, music, shopping and free family fun.


More than two dozen of the region’s best restaurants will fire up street food, small plates, signature dishes out in the street, on Philadelphia’s restaurant row. Look for some of Philadelphia’s biggest culinary names (Chefs Nick Elmi, Joncarl Lachman, Lee Styer, Christopher Kearse) to serve right outside their front doors.

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District presents Flavors on the Avenue street festival on Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The city’s first big restaurant festival of the spring will feature five blocks of street food, seasonal sips, craft beer, live music, sidewalk sales and free family fun – from Broad to Dickinson streets.  Over twenty-four award-winning restaurants, cafes and bars will bring their signature cuisine outside under the blue skies. Craft beer, signature cocktails and wine will pour from select restaurants out on the street, as well as inside the new Founders Brewing Co. Tasting Tent. East Passyunk Flavors on the Avenue is free to attend and open to all ages. Food will be specially priced between $3.00 and $6.00 (average) and be pay-as-you-go from individual restaurants.

Flavors on the Avenue is East Passyunk’s signature food festival and our largest event of the year,” said Executive Director Pam Zenzola. “We invite the region to come hungry and experience the culinary talents of Philadelphia’s top chefs and restaurants. Flavors on the Avenue also showcases the diversity of our constantly growing food scene – with everything from old school gravy joints to new up-and-comers like Barcelona Wine Bar, Pistola’s Del Sur and Redcrest Fried Chicken. Bring the whole family for a full day of food and drink, plus music, activities, arts and shopping. See you on the Avenue!”
Ardmore Antique and Vintage Market returns to Rittenhouse Place at Lancaster Avenue on Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Ardmore Initiative, in partnership with Phila. FleaMarkets, is proud to bring back this bi-annual event that includes antique vendors from the tri-state area featuring a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, vintage and estate jewelry, clothing and accessories, antique furniture, vintage home furnishings, lighting, glassware, pottery, primitives, and much more.

New for this year, look for free family fun activities, crafts, music and the grand opening of Common Space. View vendors

Free to attend and open to the public. Rain date: Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Fresh off the success of the inaugural Philadelphia Beard Festival (PBF) last April, and adding
title sponsor WAHL, the Philadelphia Beard Festival looks to continue its growth in year two. This year the festival
is being held on Sunday, April 29th from noon to 6 pm at the The Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties. Beyond the epic beard contest sponsored by WAHL that judges contestants in 12 different facial hair categories, there will be last years hit Bearded Speed Dating for those lovers of bearded gentleman. Beyond just “The beards” the festival will entertain guests with AXE throwing from Bury the Hatchet, local craft beers, whiskey & spirit
tastings, a mobile cigar lounge from The Traveling Tobacconist, outdoor games, LIVE acoustic music from local
favorites Tino & Ashley, food trucks, beard product vendors and more. You can purchase reduced tickets in advance
at their website or just pay at the door the day of the festival.

Other events coming to The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons

Craft Hospitality is bringing the popular Margarita Rumble to Philly.  Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Join as 15 of the best bars and restaurants compete for the title of the Best Margarita in Philly. Kicking off at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, dozens of mixologists will shake it up while you sample the best margaritas, and vote for your favorite! A DJ will keep you bamba’ing through the evening. Partygoers have three afternoon sessions to choose from when buying VIP or general admission tickets. VIP admission means early access one hour before the fiesta really kicks off!

Use code fiesta, to get $16 off!


Spring Makers’ Market and Local Libations Garden
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00am to 6:00pm
The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons (1001 N. 2nd Street)
Presented by The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons




PRDC Properties with Space & Company Host Liberty Square Showing

PRDC Properties with Space & Company Host Liberty Square Showing

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 PRDC Properties, in partnership with Space & Company hosted a twilight event to celebrate the opening of Liberty Square’s model home.  Invited realtors, brokers and press were treated to cocktails, canapés and tours of the newly completed townhome.

Liberty Square- an architecturally significant 43-unit townhome community in one of Philadelphia’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Located at the intersection of 5th and Wallace Streets,

Liberty Square is a seamless blend of comfort, innovation and luxury living in the heart of Northern Liberties.


Shimi Zakin, Atrium Design Group and Mark Kane, SVP, Senior Relationship Manager and Team Leader at Republic Bank – Philadelphia & South Jersey

Designed by renowned architect Shimi Zakin of Atrium Design Group, these townhomes feature +/- 3,100 square feet of ingeniously designed space with three and four-bedroom open floor plans, one-two car garages and finished basements.  Home highlights include gourmet kitchens appointed with PorcelanosaÒ cabinetry and upgraded Bosch appliances;  luxurious master bath complete with oversized shower, designer tile and elegant freestanding tub; Juliet balconies and rooftop terraces offering breathtaking views of Philadelphia’s evolving skyline.

Michelle Burns Mchugh, Coldwell Bankers and Julie Welker, Coldwell Banker

PRDC Properties is a full-service real estate developer and builder specializing in the transformation of underutilized real estate into vibrant resident and commercial communities across the region.

To learn more, visit

Christina Henck , Marianne Scott and Laila Reilly



David Perlman, President PRDC Properties  and Brandon Morrison, PRDC Properties

Liberty Square pricing begins at $724,900.  Phase one homes are scheduled for June 2018 delivery with phase two completed by August 2018.  Additional details can be found online at


Creed 2: Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us – Returns and More from the Set

Creed 2: Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us – Returns and More from the Set of Creed 2

It’s Friday, do the Friday dance as we say on WOGL every Friday morning after I deliver the breakfast buzz. Today on air we talked about what happened on the set of Creed 2 this week. In case you missed it I’ll go over it again with you:

Earlier this week Creed 2 filmed a few scenes in South Philly at 19th and Porter. The scene had Rocky Balboa arriving in a Vancouver, yes Vancouver, in a Vancouver cab to visit his son Robert Balboa Jr. and his family who now live in the Canadian city.

Better known to this generation as Jack Pearson in the very popular “This Is Us”, Milo Ventimiglia  played Rocky’s son in the 2006 Rocky Balboa. The original actor who played Rocky’s son, was Sly Stallone’s own son Sage Stallone
who passed away in 2012. Milo Ventimiglia was also on The Gilmore Girls series in the 00s.
So Philly not only did Jason Kelce get married this past week, but Jack Pearson SLEPT here.

Tuesday Rocky headed to the Laurel Hill Cemetery to visit his corner man and best friend Paulie, who has died in the movie in 2012 the tombstone says (In real life Burt Young is alive and well), and his wife Adrian Balboa.  Shortly after Rocky look a like Mike Kunda took this shot, the ground around the tombstones were painted with “white snow” to create a winter scene.

In a sense Creed 2 is tugging at our old school Rocky heartstrings with cameos with Brigitte Nielsen, Milo Ventimiglia in the flesh, and Paulie and Adrian in the spirit. BTW Brigitte and Milo are not listed on the official Creed II IMDB

Wednesday Creed 2 filmed inside The Linc, home of the Superbowl Champions – The Phila Eagles, the scene was a Russian fight held in Moscow. Actors and extras were dressed in very heavy winter clothing, which wasn’t a stretch for us here in Philly during the Winter of 2017 which refuses to end. While on site Sylvester Stallone grabbed a shot with the Lombardi Trophy. They’re back in Sun Center Studios for the next 3 days  to finish us a few fight scenes there with extras sitting in the “stadium”, then I hear in the Art Museum area. Stay tuned. Follow me on Instagram for the latest


Home at last !!!

A post shared by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on

Yesterday Stallone stopped by the Academy of Natural Sciences to the delight of parents, the kids were fascinated by the dinosaurs


BVTLive who did the ceremony music

Speaking of the Eagles – Monday I did social media around Jason Kelce’s wedding to Kylie McDevitt at the Logan Hotel (I didn’t have time for a proper post). IT BLEW UP, as the day went on I added vendors and additional info to my post on Instagram, and Twitter to the point where nearly all the media in Philly began writing about it, with proper credit to moi which I really appreciate. In hindsight I wish I had done a blog post as my personal SM posts garnered over 100ks views. It’s great I love that everyone was excited about their wedding. I reached out to the official photographer and connected her with the media including Philadelphia Magazine. Here’s the result of PM’s write up which is really indepth – JASON AND KYLIE WEDDING

I have tried to track down the original photographers of the photos that appear on PCC, but I couldn’t find them all as others have posted them on message boards without credit. If one of these shots is yours and you can prove it, I would be happy to give you credit.


Free Services for Grand Opening of South Philly Community Acupuncture

Free Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga and More for Grand Opening of South Philly Community Acupuncture

South Philly Community Acupuncture announces the grand opening of their third location at 519 S. 9th Street inside the Healing Arts Collective.


Adrian King, Healing Arts Collective and Lauren Buckley, South Philly Community Acupuncture

Owner Lauren O. Buckley, LAc, MSOM was one of the region’s pioneers in acupuncture that is responsible for acupuncture gaining in popularity and becoming more mainstream in recent years. She has an almost cult-like following of loyal patients and customers at her existing two locations – seeing more than 150 people per week. The new location will aim to double that number in year one.

This weekend, to celebrate the third new location off of South Street – AND to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of the Healing Arts Collective – SPCA and HAC will host a special Grand Opening Wellness Day and Open House on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. The public is invited to come out for free services all afternoon – including free community acupuncture, massage, bodywork, sound healing, Reiki, yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, meditation and more.

On top of free services guests will enjoy healthy snacks from Fuel and P’unk Burger, plus other restaurants and places in the neighborhood – plus fresh juices, wine, lemonade and other sips.

Healing Arts Collective, as mentioned, celebrates its third anniversary.  Healing Arts Collective is owned and operated by health and wellness professionals, practicing a wide range of therapeutic modalities all under one roof and operating as a health and wellness community or village. With the addition of South Philly Community Acupuncture, owner Adrian’s vision for this healing and wellness community comes full circle.

The Grand Opening Wellness Day this weekend on Saturday, April 21st, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm is free and open to the public, no registration required. The line-up for Saturday’s free events and workshops is as follows:

– Adrian King – Myofascial Release – 1:30-2:30pm
– Paul Millwood – Integrative Massage –  12-4pm
– Lauren Newmyer – Thai Massage – 12-4pm
– Douglas Garcia – Integrative Massage – 12-4pm
– Victoria Powell – Reiki – 12-4pm
– Jennifer Binford Johnson – 30min Gyrotonic sessions 1:00-4pm

– Lori Hedrick – Kundalini Yoga – 12:30-1:15pm
– Gail Kotel – Stump the PT: Q&A session, and Pilates Demo – 1:15-2:00pm
– Amy Edlestein – Mindfulness Meditation – 2:15 – 3:00pm
– Iron Gump w/ Adrian King – Sound Journey – 3:15 – 4:00pm

– Haylee Warner – Gemerosity – Vendor (gemstone jewelry)
– Art opening by artist Eddy Rhenals

All workshops and services are complimentary and will last between 15 and 20 minutes. Guests are encouraged to sign-up for time slots when they arrive. Guests are invited to enjoy one or more services as time allows, plus tours of the building, sips and snacks. Thank you to P’unk Burger on East Passyunk who will be provided Pulled Portobello Organic Vegan Sliders and Fuel who will be provided salads, snacks and fresh juices. Other refreshments and bites will also be available.

For questions or more information, please call 215-279-3932.


Photos: Cancer Support Community 4 th Annual Monte Carlo Night

Photos: Cancer Support Community 4 th Annual Monte Carlo Night

Approximately 200 guests came out and tried their luck at Cancer Support Community Greater
Philadelphia’s 4 th Annual Monte Carlo Night on Friday, April 13th. Guests enjoyed food, drinks, music and
the very energetic MC! Players tried their hand at games such as Black Jack, Craps, Double Roulette,
Three Card Poker and many more.


All night players were able to scope out the prizes they were hoping
to win such as Disney Hopper Passes, a 2010 Stanley Cup Chris Pronger jersey and a two night stay in Las
Vegas. Monte Monte Monte

While taking a break from all of the games and fun guests were able to have a chance for a photo
op both by Tara Lessard and her crew from Freedom G Photography and a photo booth! CSCGP was able
to surpass their fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of those who attended!


PIFA Patron Party on Tuesday, April 10 & Info on Events

PIFA Patron Party on Tuesday, April 10

says the website, and having been to the previous 3 I have to agree. PIFA 2018 Schedule of Events – MAY 31 to JUN 10

Last week they had the sponsor party at the Comcast Center. I couldn’t make it as I was shooting the Sidney Kimmel’s Men’s Event at Prime Rib, but they were nice enough to send me a few pixs. I’ll be shooting their gala coming up in May.
The Kimmel Center also announced the centerpiece of PIFA 2018 – the return of Transe Express, the French performance troupe that PIFA lovers will remember from their amazing spectacle during the 2011 Festival when more than 200,000 visitors packed the Avenue of the Arts to witness the ‘jaw-dropping sensation.’ The group will bring the World Premiere of Crystal Palace – a 30-foot human chandelier with more than 50 live performers and dancers. Crystal Palace will be a full, 90-minute performance that artistically recreates the history of dance – from The Waltz and Tango, to the Charleston, the Swing and Disco – through air acrobats and integrated dance groups.


Dilworth Park

June 3, attend anytime between 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

A new landmark for Philadelphia – built by Philadelphians! The public will help build the fantastical, epic, temporary People’s Tower and watch in amazement as it soars above Dilworth Park. The People’s Tower will stand overnight and be demolished at 7:00 p.m. the following day. For previous examples of Olivier Grossetête’s work, visit

Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden

June 4, 2:00 p.m.

Hear a panel of star-studded public artists, place makers, and arts administrators discuss what exactly is public space, and what it means to create art within it. Learn how public art is different from art presented in a traditional theater, and how it connects an audience.

Panelists include:

Jane Golden – Founder and Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Robert van Leer – Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning, The Kennedy Center

Rachel Chanoff – Director, THE OFFICE performing arts + film

Linda diPietro – Artistic Director Indisciplinarte, Terni Festival (Terni, Italy)

Pierre Sauvageot – Director of Lieux Publics (Marseilles, France)

Werner Schrempf – Artistic Director, La Strada (Graz, Austria)

Anna Anderegg – Founder and Choreographer, Asphalt Piloten (Berlin, Germany)

Olivier Grossetête – Installation Artist (France)

Jay Wahl – Artistic Director, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

PIFA 2018 Schedule of Events – MAY 31 to JUN 10


Photos: The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center 2018 Men’s Event

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center 2018 Men’s Event


About 150 people joined Dr Karen E. Knudsen, Director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Leonard Gomella, M.D., Chair, Department of Urology at Jefferson at the 2018 Men’s Event at the Prime Rib in Center City.

Joe Weiss, Cheryl Bohm, Justin Wineburgh and Sean Grace

Co-Chairs Joseph Weiss, Chairman of international design firm Electronic Ink and Chair of Kimmel Cancer Center Advisory Board at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Kent Gushner – President – Boyds Philadelphia clothing store greeted guests and welcomed them for an evening of cocktails, casino games, sit down dinner, and entertainment by Comedy Central comedian Aaron Berg who kept the crowd in stitches with medical and current event  jokes .

Jermaine Millhouse, Russell Fletcher and Tetyana Fletcher

Stephen Smith, Susan Fixler, Ocean Resort Hotel and Casino, Tara Barbera Ocean Resort Hotel and Casino and Peter Ciccone, Ocean Resort Casino. Ocean Resort Casino is the new name for Revel Casino. Look for it to open before July 4.

Persis Rice and Margaret Fala both of Jefferson Hospital

Andrew Flanagan and Jonathan Agree both of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Additional funds were raised by selling this dandy derby hats.

John Sacks and Evan Solomon try out the craps table. Guests who won the most “money” while gambling, were eligible for raffle items

Janet Guthart, Associate Vice President Office of Protocol, Special Events and Stewardship – ‎Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Aaron Berg, Comedy Central Comedian, and David Brownstein, Senior Director of Protocol and Special Events – ‎Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

Phanerrica Muhammad and Eric Gray

The evening raised more than $100,000 to build awareness about prostate cancer and benefit research at Jefferson’s National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center.