ChitChat: Engaged, Babies, Ocean 8, Keenan and Shawn Wayans

ChitChat: Engaged, Babies, Ocean 8, Keenan and Shawn Wayans

Hey Chit Chat Peeps, sorry about yesterday. Sorry I keep apologizing about missing posts on Chit Chat. Even though they might not appear here, everyday I have columns on other outlets and stories on Fox 29 and/or CBSPhilly. Years ago I could do it all, but in the last year or so I started enjoying sleep.

Oh my dark roots Reese Witherspoon is bringing back Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3, and they already have an opening day VDay 2020

You don’t have to wait that long for another women empowering movie – Ocean’s 8 opens today with a stellar cast which includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway and Rhianna to name a few. I caught a preview on Monday night, and it was funny, clever and far fetched but enjoyable. Before heading over to the Prince Theater, I capture a few inspiring Philly women at an intimate cocktail party held by Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse. Spotted there this week: Malcolm Jenkins Wednesday night (on his way out he posed for a fan when asked), as well as Geno Vento and friends after they caught a screening on the film Gotti with John Travolta. I’ll have more on the movie and Travolta in town on Sunday’s ChitChat.
Congrats to Lauren Bushby and Johnny Oakes on their engagement

Congrats Amber Joi and Tommy on the birth of their beautiful baby girl – Celine!!

Finished: I love PhillyWord Art. These guys are so talented and clever. They create art using words associated with events, places and memories. Here’s Citizen Bank Park word are with the names of every Phillies player EVER, handwritten. THAT is crazy, & clever. Check them out here.

Heartbroken and Finished

 Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, is ending it’s Bastille Day. This year is their 24th and final Bastille Day celebration with a monumental farewell tour, to be held Saturday, July 14, 2018. A spokesperson says “As sad as we are to see it go, Bastille Day is extremely resource-intensive, and we have a bold new vision for our organization that requires we make some tough sacrifices.”

For one final time, the Bearded Ladies will perform a drag cabaret reenactment of the French Revolution, and 2,000 butterscotch krimpets will rain down from the penitentiary’s towers as Marie Antoinette delivers her infamous line: “Let them eat Tastykake!”

Over the years, Bastille Day has morphed and shifted into the over-the-top, sharp, silly musical performance that Philadelphians know and love today. Our first Bastille Day took place in 1995. The main event that year was under a tent in the abandoned lot to the west of the penitentiary, and attendees witnessed a short theatrical performance about the nature of liberty.

Some aspects of our modern, beloved event were already in place. Terry McNally (co-owner of London Grill and Paris Wine Bar) played the Queen, and has reprised her role every year since. The Tastykake-throwing tradition was born and quickly took hold. (I would like to add that was my doing, I knew Charles Pizzi, then president of Tastykake and appealed to him when I heard they were saying “Let Them Eat Tastykake”, but they were really throwing Twinkies cause they could get them donated, and also buy them cheaper.)

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it for the last one, I am participating in the Cabot Cheese Bad Beat for Hunger on the same day. But please go and take photos. I can’t wait to see them. Remember it’s FREE and on July 14 across from Eastern State Prison.

Billie Jean King was in town recently to promote the Philadelphia Freedoms Tennis Season coming up next month. Thanks to Chatterblast’s David Schimpf  for this great shot. I had seen Billie Jean at WOGL in the morning, but didn’t make it to this spot in time.

TONIGHT you can see Keenan and Shawn Wayans, Tommy Davidson and David Alan Grier in the “Off Color” stand up comedy tour at Parx Casino!

8 p.m. Friday, Xcite Center at Parx Casino, 2999 Street Road Bensalem, PA
Tickets: $45-$89
Information: 1-888-LUV-PARX, www.axs.com


Fun happening in a few weeks, with discount tickets on sale now.

CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC @KimmelCenter Merriam Theater (250 S. Broad St, Philadelphia PA, 19102)
Dates & Times:
6/20 – 7:30 PM
6/21 – 7:30 PM
6/22 – 7:30 PM
6/23 – 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
6/24 – 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM
DISCOUNT CODE: trick25 $25 tickets