Fashion at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 5th Annual Red and White Gala

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 5th Annual Red and White Gala

Last last month the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 5th Annual  Red and White Gala took place at The Marriott Downtown drawing nearly 700 guests, and selling out one of the most talked about events of the season.

Ellen Rubesin, LLS Executive Director

The event raises money for breakthrough therapies and patient services funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS). The event also boasted an Audi car raffle featuring the all-new a 2018 Audi A4 Sedan Quarto (MRSP: $43,595). The vehicle was generously donated, and LLS received 100 percent of the ticket sales.

The evening began with a cocktail party while guests checked out silent auction items ranging from trips, to experiences to sports outings. Afterwards guests headed into the ballroom for dinner and dancing, after a tribute honoring Wawa and their commitment to supporting LLS’s mission.


Maxx Hofmann and Kelsey Laux
(No relation to my cousin Joe Laux she tells me)


Gorgeous couple and dress: Matt Carideo and Lisa Eichenbaum

Classy, chic and fashionable: Nicole Johnson and Kathleen Kenneally

Shawn Pressley and Courtney Pressley

Francis Gallagher, greets Mark Pennington as Christopher Morris and Mary Pennington look on.


Len and Nancy Amoroso

Chris Lynch, Terry Lynch, Zach Hangey and Michelle Hangey

Table settings and flowers by Beautiful Blooms

The MC for the evening Matt Pellman |



Greg Seitter and Marcello Luzi


2018 Fairmount Park Road Closures – Kelly Drive, MLK Drive and The Parkway

2018 Fairmount Park Road Closures – Kelly Drive, MLK Drive and The Parkway


Come on Spring, this is a sure sign when Philadelphia Parks & Recreation releases the road closure schedule for the year. First and most important beginning this weekend, the first full weekend of April, MKL Drive will close for recreational use.  The full length is closed from Eakins Oval to Falls Bridge from 7AM to Noon. Then from Sweetbriar to Falls Bridge Noon to 5PM – Saturday and Sunday.

Kelly Drive Events

MLK Events
Parkway Events – Made in America is not confirmed yet.
Check out Phila Parks & Recreation for an up to date complete listing of road closures
When it goes live it will be under press releases. I’ll update my site with the link.


Creed 2 News, Koreana Food Coming to Center City and more Chit Chat


Creed 2 News, Koreana Food Coming to Center City and more Chit Chat

Warm welcome to spring, sure signs of it in Philly, Logan Fountain has been turned on, Rittenhouse Square packed at lunch time and in the evening Rittenhouse restaurant row packed with people eating al fresco.  Hope to see everyone on Easter Sunday for the South Street promenade which begins at 12:30PM at Passyunk and South Streets.
Michael B Jordan was spotted running the Schuylkill River Banks Boardwalk last week.

Creed 2 starts principle filming Monday April 2 at Sun Center Studios in Aston, Pa with a cast of thousands of extras. I think they’re filming the finale fight first, not only because of the huge amount of extras on set, but because the actors have been working out and pumping up for the past three weeks at the Sporting Club where they also have a boxing ring. The kind of training they’re doing isn’t the kind of training you can do while you’re filming a movie.

They’ll be at Sun Center Studios until the the middle of the third week of April filming, but may pop out to do occasional filming around town during those three weeks. After April 15 look for more filming in and around Philadelphia. You might have a chance to see them as we all did during the first Creed. Look for Creed 2 to come out November 2018.

David Whitaker, Choose Chicago, Ellen Yin (Outstanding Restaurateur), Clare Reichenbach, James Beard Foundation, Michael Solomonov (Outstanding Service Zahav) and Rising Star Chef of the Year Camille Cogswell, Zahav

On Wednesday the cast of Creed 2 including Dolph Lundgren, Michael B Jordan and Tessa Thompson had dinner at Zahav, in old city, the restaurant by Michael Solomonov or Solo as his friends call him. It’s so good there. The restaurant just got a James Beard Award Nomination for best service. James Beard Awards are like the Oscars for Food. I covered the nominations last week, which were held here in Philly, hosted by Visit Philly and held at Parc restaurant. Also nominated was Ellen Yin, of High Street & for best restaurateur.  Rich Landau, chef/partner with his wife, Kate Jacoby, of Vedge restaurant who was nominated for best chef in the mid-Atlantic region.



Milk House closed 2 weeks ago as I reported on Chit Chat; Yesterday I noticed a new sign on the window:
Seems Koreana Food is moving in. They currently have a place in University City.

Koreana Food offers a wide variety of traditional Korean Food.Yes 1818 Market Street did get a new sign. Sleek, modern and colorful.


Real Estate I Shot: 402 Joseph St, Norristown, PA 19403

Real Estate I Shot: 402 Joseph St, Norristown, PA 19403 For Sale

Michelle Leonard, realtor to the stars and regular folks like us, hired me to shoot another home for her. Congrats to her 2 weeks ago she sold a million dollar beauty which I had photographed as well.


The home is at 402 Joseph St, Norristown, PA 19403

3 beds3 baths2,755 sqft – look there’s my head in the mirror, lol

OK this bathroom is back to the future fun, imagine all the stories you’ll remember from granma’s house and her nostalgic wallpaper.
Definitely keep a shot of this in your house before you renovate
This backyard is memorable, not only is it huge, but on this particular date it was muddy for moi and Mike was none to happy when I didn’t kick it off before heading into our house.
Fortunately for us I shot the backyard before I headed into this house. Love this foyer. There is actually 3 entrances to the house, this was one of them.
Holy cow another bathroom
This is definitely my favorite view of the family room/dining area. I can hear Carol and Mike now “Alice is dinner ready, where are the kids?
Great light flows into this room
That fridge is a bucket list for me

Then back to the future with the wall oven. This was definitely a high line item in the 70s.
One of my favorite bedrooms, with lots of light and closet space.

Laundry rooms near the side door are the best. I can hear my mom now, put your gym clothes in the washer…leave your shoes here. Wash your hands at the utility sink.
Another view of the living/dining rooms and a shot of the upstairs hallwayLucky parents their kids will never have the joy of sneaking out in the middle of the night to go play with friends with these safely conscious windows.

Check out the complete listing here:

You will love this 70’s style colonial on treeline street in the Halford tract.New carpet in Living Room Dining Room and stairs to 2nd floor. The Foyer, Study Living Room and Dining Room are freshly painted, windows and sliders in great room are less than 2 years old. Rear yard is fenced.

Call Michelle Leonard

Hire Me To Shoot Your Real Estate, and I’ll promote it on Philly Chit Chat as well.


Malcolm Jenkins And Whitney Thomas Celebrate Terrace Daniels’ BoConcepts

Malcolm Jenkins And Whitney Thomas Celebrate Terrace Daniels’ BoConcepts

Earlier this month Whitney Thomas and Malcolm Jenkins celebrated their collaboration with Terrace Daniels and his modern furniture store – BoConcepts at 1719 Chestnut St with a fun, fashionable pop up party.

There were all these fun “conversation starters” in piles, to encourage people to chat. What a great idea, and a super nice gesture to mix and mingle.
Welcome back to Replica Creative Larry Griffin, here with everyone’s best friend Kristyn Aldrich.
Morrisa Jenkins
Happy Birthday

Derek Green
Al Butler, Leon Johnson, and Jennifer George
Check out an interesting article on Terrace and BoConcept on Philly Trib


ChitChat: The Pod Hotel to Open in Center City

ChitChat: The Pod Hotel to Open in Center City


About a year or so ago a slither of a building was torn down on 19th Street (31 South 19th Street, ) with lots of speculation on what would be going in this spot, which is south of Market Street. Today a friend tipped me off that a cool hotel that I’ve stayed at in NYC would be built there – Pod, not to be confused with the sushi restaurant of the same name. With a little internet sleuthing I discovered a few articles on the new, exciting modern sleek new hotel – the POD Hotel where I’ve stayed in NYC and they are so cool.

They’re great for budget, no frills stays in the City, (Currently in NYC and DC)

with micro, but very functional and fun rooms.

(Can you imagine if you’re not specific with a cab driver “Take me to Pod” and they take you to the incorrect one; it reminds me of when there were two Bookbinders in the City)

Check out (Philadelphia Speaks) 

AND for a great behind the scenes, in-depth article where the story was “rumored”  read Sandy Smith’s

Is There a Big Hotel in the Works on 19th Street? over at Philly Mag

The story broke on Commercial Observer

Last year Pod Chinatown in DC, and the DC Business Journal covered it in detail.


Zarwin Baum’s 17th March Madness Party was Thrilling for Villanova

Zarwin Baum’s 17th March Madness Party was Thrilling for Villanova

We’re dong was Zarwin Baum’s 17th Annual March Madness , this year they held it again at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City with nearly 1200 people in attendance over the 9 hour NCAA watch party.


There was a steady stream of folks in attendance, but the guest count really ramped up towards the 5PM hour when Villanova was scheduled to play. (Villanova is now in the Final Four, playing Kansas on March 31)

Former Temple football great, and NFL bound Leon Johnson with Jennifer George, entertainment agent

Smith’s Catering had a room for fun, food, and spirits
Philabundence – PK Catering
The Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is a 14-week culinary vocational training program which has been transforming the lives of low-income women and men since 2000. Students who are accepted into the 500-hour program will;

Aaron Raysor alway sports the best glasses
Orange Cryo was on hand giving frozen facials

Smiths had a sweet set up

Carl Scaramuzza, President Credit Blue Print with Melissa Leonard
The Mad Rex team

Seriously love this sign, everyone should use this slogan when you have a candy bar
Sweet candy bar. These ladies put it together, then police it so I don’t overdose on sugar
Perry Milou contributed fantastic artwork to the silent auction

Gary DeVito, Zarwin Baum and James Molinari, Zarwin Baum  Where the stars work out
Scarpetta, where the stars dine
Howard Eskin makes an appearance
Mitchell Kaplan, Zarwin Baum, Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown and Sen. Anthony Williams

This year’s proceeds from the silent auction, and donations went to Philabundance

Ashley Dunek, Philly Mag Magazine in the house

Check out these links to see where additional photos were placed.


Philly Current Magazine Celebrates People in Philly

Philly Current Magazine celebrated another fabulous year celebrating fabulous folks making a difference in Philadelphia with

(Can you spot my name?)

The Philly Current Picks Issue. The party took place at the new Concourse Dance Bar at 1635 Market Street.


You know the club that everyone’s talking about with the ball pit pool.

Lily Cope and Anna Clemancy – Best Place to Feel Like A Lumberjack – Urban Axes

Walter Robinson, Esq., Jennifer Robinson (Best Networker), Chris Drucquer, Owner – CertaPro Painters of the Main Line and Jennifer Sharp

Tony Luke, Jr (most courageous for his #BrownAndWhite campaign), Robin Austin and Tony Bruno, Jr.
Kristen Rodgers, – Best Newcomer as the new Fox 29’s sports reporter, Alex Holley, Fox 29, Eddie Keels – man with a million friends, founder of Philly Current Magazine, Chelsey Scalese and Matt Cord – the man with many jobs, he’s on BenFM’s morning show and he’s the announcer for the Sixers.
John Vesper, Bill Vesper – The Vesper Brothers who served delicious pizza and pasta with Geno Vento, Geno’s Steaks
Davida Janae and Kamille Watson
Cover guy Osayi Osunde with Eddie Keels, Philly Current
Chef Chris Kearse – senselessly sensational and Camila Reel enjoying the ball pit
Barrett Marshall, Staff Attorney, Housing Unit – ‎Community Legal Services and Amber Hikes, executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia
Alex Holley, Kristen Rodgers and Lauren Johnson – Fox 29 Angels
Jamyra Perry, Melony Roy, KYW1060, Michelle “The Hat Lady” Leonard – Best Realtor and

Meghan Kery and Justin Tyner, Best Stain Glass

Sheila Hess, City Rep, Jordan Parenti, Visit Philly and Jennifer Bishop, Visit Philly

Brandon Szeker and Aneesa Ferreira

Dr. Nina Radcliff and  Alloyius McIlwaine, artist

Subscribe to Philly Current today…

The headliner for Tasty Talk on March 28 is plugged-in publisher, brand marketer and graphic designer Eddie Keels. Eddie’s up and coming magazine “PC,” or Philly Current Magazine, presents Philadelphia in a whole new way. Just $20 ($25 at the door) covers hors d’ oeuvres, a communal lunch, dessert, tax and tip – and all profits benefit The Child Life Department at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).


Dolph Lundgren, Shania Twain, Monique Braxton and more Philly Gossip

Dolph Lundgren, Shania Twain, Monique Braxton and more Philly Gossip

Welcome to Spring, I hear it’s snowing again in the Western Suburbs today. I do hope all this late season snow doesn’t affect the cherry trees which are just starting to bud like the ones along the Schuylkill River Thursday, as collegiate scullers practiced, brrrrr

Dolph Lundgren and Michael B Jordon were spotted at Scarpetta on Rittenhouse Square last Tuesday. Earlier in the week Dolph posed with a young fan at the Logan Hotel.

Perhaps they were both attending the Logan Hotels’s new Once Upon A Time, once a month (4th Sunday) on Sunday’s children’s reading
hour with “James Logan” himself. Milk and cookies were on the hours.

Spotted: Shania Twain was seen a few times since October at Vedge, she told fans that spotted her that she has friends in Philly and comes here quite often.  I know where I’m going to eat late night July 12.


While walking through Rittenhouse Square the other night, I noticed the top of the police “station” was newly lit. Nice job.
Saturday night in Philly was hopping. There was the Red Ball (Red Cross), The Red & White Gala (LLS), Black Tie Gay Bingo and 2018 Philadelphia UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball|UNCF, where The Today Show’s Sheinelle Jones was honored with the Legacy Award. As some of you know, I was on air at Fox 29 from 2011 – 2017, four of those years I would do celebrity gossip and scene chat on Good Day with Sheinelle and Mike Jerrick (who returns to Good Day Monday). I was so happy to hang with them last night, and I’m so grateful to both of them for all their mentor-ship. Also close by was Tori Williams, producer from Fox 29 and good friend of Sheinelle’s; plus Monique Braxton, formerly of NBC10 Philadelphia. She’s recently retired to care for her family, especially dad in his 90s.  I’ll have the photos posted this week from these events and will share the links with you.

No color ever looked so appropriate on these ladies at The Red Ball

In the meantime have a great day, and go and make some memories.



Photos: Winter Storm Toby, the Fourth Nor’easter in Philly

Photos: Winter Storm Toby, the Fourth Nor’easter in Philly

Baby it’s cold outside, still despite the calendar saying spring

‘Playing Angels’ by Carl Milles everyone’s favorite art work along Kelly Drive, although I love Remington too.
If there wasn’t a car behind me I would have gotten that shot in the snow, it was beautiful
Moore College of Art
City Workers kicked azz yesterday, as well as did many folks keeping the sidewalks free of snow

I traveled around the City a lot yesterday, and the streets in Center City were relatively clear for the most part. Great job City of Philly, I purposely didn’t post photos of the clear streets as to not encourage others to follow my lead of “out on the streets.”

Lemon Hill, the best kept secret for sledding

MLK Drive
Falls BridgeI’ve envisioned this shot for years.
I’m pretty happy with the results so I’m picking it as my favorite photo of the FourEaster!!
At some point I will sell these as prints or in a book as so many people ask me for them.
I have no idea how to go about that, but will look into it.
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