The Philadelphia Industry Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival: Celeb Sightings

Star-gazing, film watching and partying hearty go hand in hand at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah where a few Philly folks are in town trying to lure movie makers to PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Industry Lounge, presented by local financial services firm Janney Montgomery Scott, and coordinated by the Cashman & Associates PR and special events firm, was also comprised of Greater Philadelphia Film Office reps pitching Philly as a shooting location to filmmakers. It featured swag bags from Mitchell & Ness, 611 Lifestyle, Denim Habit, Xfinity, Fox Rothschild, and the Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance. Laura Prepon is loving her gift from Denim Habit!Actress Andi McDowell wearing 611 Lifestyle flannelWOGL’s Valerie Knight at the Philadelphia Lounge

Ben Lyons of E! signing the LOVE statue in the Philadelphia Industry Lounge at Sundance

The Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers
(GPF), a program of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO), invites you to an unstaged reading of Philadelphia native Anthony Stitt’s 2011 “Shoot in Philadelphia” Grand Prize Winning screenplay, The Sneaker Man. Join us on Monday, February 6th as celebrated local actors bring The Sneaker Man to life at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Screenwriter Anthony Stitt, SIP Coordinator Brian Wade, and GPF Director Joan Bressler will also be on hand to discuss The Sneaker Man and give you the inside scoop on how your script can be an SIP winner in Fall 2012. WHAT: A professional reading of the 2011 “Shoot in
Philadelphia” Grand Prize Winner for Best Feature-Length Screenplay
The Sneaker Man by Anthony Stitt DATE + TIME: Monday, February 6th, 2012
7pm WHERE: Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 COST: FREE!


How do you get PhillyChitChat to cover your event?

All you have to do is invite me. Whether it’s a girls night out, birthday party at a restaurant, charity event, etc just send me the date (at least 2 weeks in advance – email me Buzz, I don’t always see the FB invites) and I will try and stop by. If you want a guarantee that I will stop by you can hire me. When you hire me not only do I stop by and write your event up on PhillyChitChat, but you get to keep all the photos I take to use as you please. (Alexander Hankins and Ilana Waber celebrate her birthday at Whisper)You don’t have to be a celebrity, I do like photographing celebrities, but my mainstay is regular peeps like you and me. Even if your having a party at a business, I will come by and photograph it.
If you’re my advertiser you get a live link, like Recess, but not like Whisper above. I think I do a fair job at covering all businesses, whether they advertise with me or not. If someone hires me for an event, they also get live links. The only thing I am partial too is covering stories in Center City preferably restaurants, event space or clubs.I will go out to Jersey or the Main Line, but it has to be pretty exciting like The Radnor Hunt, the Food and Wine event in Atlantic City an envelope stuffing event for charity or if you have someone named Hamilton on your guest list.
I love covering news events, press conferences of interest. promotions, debuts, opening nights. It was a huge honor to meet Martin Luther King III as he promoted his new network Bounce here in Philly last month. Melanie Johnson is giving MLK III a citation from the City, as Chase Lenfest looks on. Lenfest Media is broadcasting Bounce TV (, the country’s first and fast-growing over-the-air broadcast television network for African-Americans. I try and give live links to charities and random things. I guess you could say I am creating the rules as I go, but it is a business, as well as a community service so I try and stay true to my mission. So drop me a line, write me for my photography rates and/or advertise with me. I get over 120,000 readers a month, see my stats here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


The Hair O Dog: Fashion Do’s, Don’t & Favorite Pictures

Last week in my Philly Mag column I touched on the fashion at the Hair O Dog, but today we’re going to take a closer look.
Many regard the Hair O Dog as the first big event of the 2012 social season. For some people this is the only event they will attend all year long as it has all the aspects of a great event. For the price of a ticket from $95 to $165+ guests were transformed into a fantasy night that only Cinderella could imagine. The dress was on a higher scale than most other public gala’s except perhaps the Academy Ball, which is this Saturday so look for those shots in Philly Mag next Monday.Lauren Pipari, Erica Soltoff and Jennifer Sherlock, Jenna Communications, Hair O Dog, created by Rob Molinaro (left) and Dan Cronin of Chorus Communications,
This year there are two charities that will benefit from the nights gala; THE GARDEN OF REFLECTION; Pennsylvania’s Official 9-11 Memorial, and FRIENDS ARE BY YOUR SIDE. Founded by celebrity stylist Martino Cartier, owner of Martino Cartier Salons, FRIENDS ARE BY YOUR SIDE is a network of salon owners and beauty industry experts united in a mission to ease the stress and pain felt by women battling cancer. With Rob – Carmen Tomassetti, CTO Entertainment and Dr. Erin Pusz.
Founded by celebrity stylist Martino Cartier, owner of Martino Cartier Salons, FRIENDS ARE BY YOUR SIDE is a network of salon owners and beauty industry experts united in a mission to ease the stress and pain felt by women battling cancer. Christine Jock was named “Queen O’ the Dog,” due to her battle against an aggressive form of Breast Cancer, causing her to undergo a double Mastectomy during her thirties as a single parent. Friends who nominated her after watching a local news broadcast said Christine did not allow her ongoing complications after the surgery deflate her self-esteem. Looking great with her lavish custom-made gown designed for her from the Aci Nae Boutique and a Skin Palette spray tan, Christine was escorted to the gala by Michael Camacho.

Vroommmm Jewelz Entertainment entices the nightlife industry with astonishing performances and displays.
Natalie Morroni and Dan Morroni. I noticed more and more dresses are getting fringy at the bottom.Wowsi: T.J. Gersh, Partner at 3 Nerds llc and Nicole Gaugler. Another beautiful purple dress. Very elegant. The one shoulder dress is still a hot number after coming in style about 3 years ago.
Willie Magum, RN and Alicia Mitchell are lounging in the Cheerleaders VIP Room
First timers: Melissa Cox and Jessica Berry, read PhillyChitChat to see what they should wear.
Sizzling: Mackenzie Parker and Kristin Conrad, Capital Wine & Spirits
Super niceKristin Munro, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Liz Umbro, Jacklin Rhoads, Cashman & Assocs. and singer, actress Alexa Darrow.
I’m curious about the shoes, is she color blocking?
The girl on the right got that dress at H&M. Cute
Super. Very apropos for a Black Tie event
Beth Capelli and Yvonne Baird; short and sassy, but you wouldn’t catch this style at the Academy Ball
I like her “quilt” bag. Shout out to Shawn Murray Owner at Twenty-Two Gallery
Coming up in May SAVE THE DATE for “Donors are Heroes” Friday April 27th, 2012
Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia. Above left, Tina Lamsback is co-chair of the event, and Kat Hinkel
Love their look Bubba Leyendecker and Erica LeyendeckerFox 29’s Karen Hepp, Camille Cwienkala (director of operations, LNS), and Lauren Richmond, Esq
Makeup artist Robin Lynette with former Power 99 DJ personality Shamara, very sharp.
so very cute
Tommy Domalski and Amber-Joi Watkins – seems naked without her sashKorbel a sponsor of the event. Also advertises on PhillyChitChat.Sometimes I just throw people together if they are in the vicinity, like Monica Mullett and Janae DiDonato of Aci Nae dress store, East Passyunk and Rich Paelinit, David Kleinmen, who were attending their first big event since turning 21 last year, they said.
Sexy singles: Matthew Nadu and Kate Beaver
Erin Como and Danny Schuyler
The Bonnie & Clyde look with Sean Edwards and Kelly Ganczarz
They may be shy, but his tie matches her drawers
Buffy Morgan, Chorus Communications and fiance Ioanis Harakidas. I wish you could see Buffy’s shoes, so hot in purple with fringe on the ankle straps.Vivien Camille, Marketing for Cheerleaders
uggs?The Three Nerds Ryan Dorsey, tanned Zach Seidman, T.J. Gersh and Marc Mattera

The lady in Red
Get down on it…
Classy: Jillian Mele and Erin Como outside of G Lounge, where the official After Party was held.
So cute gal I saw in G Lounge. She had a Scottish accent.
Gervase Peterson and his son, Donelle, chillaxin at the G Lounge. These days Gervase is part owner of Burnz, cigar lounge in Lawnside. Check it out.


Chef Christina Wilson joins the Mercato team now headed up by Varga Bar’s Chef Evan Turney

Philadelphia Restaurant Week Restaurant in the Spotlight:

Christina Wilson joined the Mercato team as the Chef de Cuisine in the fall of 2011. Christina joined the kitchen from Mercato’s neighbor, Lolita, where she served as the Chef de Cuisine for over two years.

Evan Turney is now serving as Executive Chef in both Mercato and Varga Bar, where he is partial owner. Evan served as Exec. Chef when the restaurant opened in 2005, and now he is back again. Some of the dishes are still on the menu due to their popularity, like the lobster and shrimp pyramid pasta. Christina and Evan are tweaking a couple dishes, including adding a little bit of spice as you will see.
The restaurant’s space, formerly a dilapidated local market, where I bought my newspaper ever day when I lived at 13th & Spruce, was transformed in the early 2000s when owner George Anni had a vision for a fresh market Italian BYOB. It became Mercato in 2005.

Mercato doesn’t take reservations, so get there early and expect lines on the weekend. My friends usually put their names in then head over to Valanni for a cocktail. Mercato is a BYOB & takes cash only, but that’s not a deterrent as the food is well worth it.

This week, Mercato will debut its new Winter menu as well as participate in Restaurant Week —grab a bottle of wine and come in to try the items yourself! Look I found Ryan from 10 Arts there too. Lot’s of fun stuff going on in the kitchen at Mercato.

On 2/5/11 watch Super Bowl XLVI at Varga Bar (941 Spruce St.), which will again host a chicken wing competition lovingly dubbed Super Fowl Sunday II.


Breaking It Down: The Flyers Wives Fashion Show & Salty Balls

The Rest of the Story: The Flyers Wives Fashion Show not only benefited the Comcast Spectacor Charities, but was also to debut the Nicole Miller’s new clothing line, Artelier, from her Spring 2012 collection. The event was held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, where a Nicole Miller store is located, owned by Mary Dougherty. Which no doubt made it convenient to get the clothes transported easily, and to clad the “models” and VIP guests in Nicole Miller clothing. It’s a great marketing tool, and one that is used during the fashion shows in NYC.

Alla Pasternack wearing Stella McCartney, Meredith Hoffman, Stephanie Bachmen, and Michele Seidman.
Lianda Swain, Reiki Practitioner & Life Coach at Lianda’s Natural Sense with dad Ian Swain. Those Swain’s are entrepreneurs go getters.and easy on the eyes. Here’s Lianda and her look a like mom Linda Swain, with Fox 29’s Good Day anchor Mike Jerrick. (No only is Mike Jerrick a fun guy, great ad-libber, but he’s got his finger on the pulse of the pop culture nations. When he did that mocking of the Kardashians back in the summer, he realized that their 15 minutes was up, as it was only a short time after that when the rest of the country got a clue.)
Jim Werner, Angela Val, Tina Wells and Rich Castor and Mary Perenti. Committee member for the nights event

Aisling Hall breaks away from Skyrim to enjoy a night out. It’s nice to see the Flyers Wives out. It doesn’t happen much because most of them are home raising kids, unlike the youngish Phillies players, the hockey players tend to be in their late 20s or early 30s. They are settled.Colette Gabriel, Stephanie Palladino, Juliette Gabriel, Crazy Susan’s Cookie’s – Susan Adair, and Linda Brand.Steven Lagos and Rakia Reynolds – co chair of the Young Friends Event. Honestly I love photographing her as she always brings the style.
A stylish duo: Nicole Rossi, uwishunu writer and Adam Hymans, Donor Engagement Officer at The Philadelphia Foundation, and celebrating a year of bliss with the adorable Kilian Kröll.
The Palm Restaurant: Danielle Grimm and Jim Haney. The Palm was always a place I went to on a special occasion, but in the past few years I find it to be more of a place I enjoy going for the food, as well as to enjoy impeccable service, a delicious meal and of course I want to see who’s there in person and on The Wall. I don’t always have to hit the dining room for a delicious meal, they have a very affordable Happy Hour, I like the late night HH and go to enjoy bites, spirits and again to see who’s there. Times: Philadelphia – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM – Close Henry A. Davidsen founder and President Brian Lipstein (I’m always confused when I see him, thinking his name should be Henry cause that’s the name of his company.)
Barbs HD Motorcycle was up for a raffle. The ultimate fan swag as it is signed by all the Philadelphia Flyers.
Or you could bid on silent auction swag. Which for me that night was out of my league cause the bids were upwards of $500 for most signed Flyers souvenirs
Amy Stratton, GM of The Sporting Club, WANTS YOUR BODY FOR Fight Night at the Sporting Club march 24, 2012 for charity. We especially need a VIP person for the #1 Card. Are you a former Bachelor? Do you want to kick the ass of a former Survivor, or vice versa? Give her a ring. Free membership and training for 2 months.Shallyn Hatcher, Heather Hatcher, and Taylor Jacobs
LAGOS has a Flyers pendant.
The Flyers Wives event was a huge success. Very laid back, not pretentious, and the players mingled with the guests, posed for pictures and for the most part they were left alone. Sorry I didn’t know this was from Barb’s Harley -Davidson when I wrote about this on Philly Mag or mentioned it on Fox 29. – Barb’s Harley autographed beach cruiser just went for $5000! It’s sock season and Max Talbot goes all out with his Flyers orange socks, velvet sports coat and bow tie (which you can see here over at the 700 Level) This was one party that was hard to crash if you weren’t on the list. There were checkers all over the place, and if you were wandering around without your visible wrist band you were stopped and escorted out. There was a 5PM VIP VIP party (Flyers, sponsors etc) (It was a fashion show, I’m so much more interested in who is sitting in the front row then getting posed photos.) 6PM brought in the VIP tickets $300
My Nicole Miller Contest Winners: Dr. Diane O’Mara and Ms Suzanne Glass
“Suzanne and I had a fabulous time. We saw so many people we knew as well!!! Can’t wait to go next year. Thanks for the opportunity to attend this year. You looked great on [Fox29’s Good Day] morning on the news… nice job!”
Dana Spain and Carol Drumstas, Brown & Forman, who also supplied “The Little Black Dress” wine
The Young Friends Ticket was $100. The doors opened for them at 7:15PM and allowed them to mingle at the VIP party downstairs. When the fashion show started their seats were upstairs. After the show, it was back downstairs to mingle. That was a great deal.
Auctioning a $10,000 bracelet from Lagos. Amazing!!! Mike Jerrick, Mary Dougherty, Steven Lagos, Sheinelle Jones is co-host of “Good Day”, and model with the bracelet.
The Palm Restaurant donated a face on the wall of the restaurant. It went for $2500.

Front row and center Fred and Irene Schabel. Irene won the beach bike.
Thankfully the names of the peeps were on the seats. So before they were filled I scanned them all to see who I wanted to shoot before the event began. It was fairly easy since the Flyers were sitting in the front row. But then it turned out I had didn’t have enough time to really name them all before my media outlets published 7 hrs after I got home.

Flyers WivesTina and Caroline Bolletino hang out with Ilya Bryzgalov. Having shot Ilya last year at the Betsy Ross House when he toured it with his wife, I knew that he was a huge twitterer and would be chronicling his wife of the catwalk. I decided to position myself across from him to catch him in action.
and got one of the most talked about pictures of the night. You can just see how proud he is of his wife. Zyjenia Bryzgalov
Who’d I spot at the event: Front Row: Carl and Karen Buchholz, Ian Swain, Lisa Nutter, else where Mariska Bogle, Lynsie Solomon, Michelle and Bruce Shannon, Carol Tamburino, Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Lauren O’Dorisio (Happy Birthday today), Jon Christopher, Caitlyn Joyce (sorry I didn’t have a minute to chat.) and one of the producers of the event Mia Christine Colona. great job.
HOT LEGS Lauren Pronger. Scott Hartnell has to cool himself down with a cold one
Mike Jerrick and his biggest fan, Rosalie!The paparazzi train their camera’s on a model. In actuality these peeps really are considered fashion photographers, or event photographers. They look down on that word paparazzi as it has such a negative connotation, although just like any word or title there are extremes. I don’t mind being called a paparazzo or the misused term paparazzi (which I embrace, paparazzo is so boring and singular. Just don’t call me a journalist, I’m a social diarist, or a event chronicler.) cause it defines the kind of shots I’m looking for, quick, exciting, and one that says a thousand words.

Pamcakes. I didn’t have any, they look delicious though. Til next year. So excited. This was an awesome event. MKDA did a great job on the execution and the guest list, plus selling the tickets, The Hyatt, and CTO Entertainment did an excellent job with the music and the lights. Everyone loved DJ Bizz (CTO Entertainment) so much so that I got requests for his song list, and am waiting for it. Check out some great videos of the event over on Crossing Broad. Bromance in the making?
Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux. Salty Balls!!Michael D’Antuono Maui’s Doghouse in Wildwood specializes in Salty Balls, according to the NY Times. with Jim Werner, Angela Val and Tina Wells. Maui’s Doghouse is opening in the Bellevue Food Court today.

Have an awesome weekend. See you next week for 5 more days of fun events.



Catch Me on Fox 29 Good Day Philly this morning at 9:30AM to see who else rode this bike on stage last night. Front row right: Carl Buchholz, Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Linda and Ian Swain, First Lady Lisa Nutter check out Fox 29’s morning co-hosts Mike Jerrick and Sheinelle Jones MC the event at the Bellevue last night.
Fox 29’s morning co-hosts Mike Jerrick and Sheinelle Jones get sandwiched by, who the heck are these Flyers. I really have to watch me some sports. Tomorrow or Monday I will put up a few of the non-Flyer folks and chat a little about them. But for now check out my column at Philly Mag’s Philly Post HERE. (again it should be live about 1030AM)I spotted some of my advertisers at the event: Little Black Dress Wine’s was served, and CTO provided the music and Teuscher’s Chocolate was in the house.


The re-launch of Theatre Confetti Party – Martha Undressed Production 2/2/12

Last week was the re-launch of Theatre Confetti (formerlyNice People Theatre) Sponsored by the Wyncote Foundation, and held at the Underground Arts at the Wolf Building in the Loft District.
The brainchild of Nicole Paloux of Red Balloon PR and Bi Jean Ngo, Theatre Confetti is a pop-up theatre and will put on shows and art performances all over the City. First up Martha Undressed – a Theatre Confetti Production which will be staged at the Sofitel in Center City on February 2. Tixs here.

Enjoying the nights festivities were Kristina Jenkins, Where Magazine editor and Brett Coppol, Where Magazine’s sales team
The Taco Loco Food Truck was there selling tacos and unusually flavored cupcakes that aren’t typically on the menu from Brown Betty Dessert Boutique.

Rue La La’s Justin Fine with Blair DonovanTheatre Confetti will put on at least two thought provoking production a year.
Fred Katzm board members and owner of Katz Frantz and Co. and Michael Katz
Actors Davon Williams and Anjoli Santiago
uwishunu’s Nicole Rossi and friendThe interior was transformed into a unique theatrical experience, with help from Crème Design, interior designer of Jose Garces‘ restaurants.

Béke Beau and Christopher Carlson. Béke, a make-up artist, just put on a terrific presentation for the Greater Philadelphia Association of Bridal Consultants meeting last night at The Union League. I hear it went well. no actors were hurt during this performance art
Hyatt Bellevue’s GM Jeff Miller and Eddie Dseguera. There was a pop-up open bar hosted by Rolling Barrel Events
Nicole Paloux with her parents Marci Blicher and Bert Blicher.
Last year they produced the successful, and controversial production “Love Jerry” at the Latvian Society
Jeanine Beverly, Neal Beverly, and Liz Mann

Theatre Confetti Directors Bi Jean Ngo and Nicole Paloux with board member Vincent Vienne. Vincent is also the GM of Sofitel where Theatre Confetti’s next production will be staged

Philadelphia’s favorite drag queen cabaret
stripped down to the bare necessities and unplugged:
The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret
Martha Undressed
Thanks to Mike Hirata Photography


BusyBee Interior Design making a Difference with their Gift of Life save a life Event

Blood cancer kills more children in the US than any other disease, and is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. Many blood cancer patients might be cured with a bone marrow transplant if they can find a matching donor. South Street’s BusyBee Interior Design is partnering with DKMS Americas for their “Give the Gift of Life” swab event. Nearly 300,000 people, 20,000 of them small children are affected by leukemia every year. BusyBee Founder Anna Powers is among those who successfully beat the disease and has committed 25% of the shop’s net proceeds on January 28 to DKMS to help support its efforts to register donors. The fee for registering each donor is $65 to the group’s Be The Match Registry, a cost that DKMS absorbs completely. The registry is the world’s largest with 2.9 million registered donors, yet only 40% of patients will find a match. Minorities are least likely to get a diagnosis, but are more likely to die from leukemia due to the lack of donors. To date, more than 27,000 DKMS donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow.

Head over to BusyBee on January 28 from noon to 6pm to get swabbed yourself.


Philadelphia Flower Show on Saturday Night Live

Flower Show on Saturday Night Live snlscreen.jpg PHILADELPHIA – In case you missed it, the Flower Show received a shout-out on Saturday Night Live during a skit about the outrageous, envelope-pushing comedian Ricky Gervais. See “Ricky” (played by Jason Sudeikis) ridicule an unsuspecting plant in the clip here. Please note: this video contains content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Regardless of Ricky, the 2012 Flower Show is an event that can’t be missed. Visit for information on special events, discount tickets, gardening presentations, and more!The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” will be presented March 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Revenues from the Flower Show benefit the year-round work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and this year will support City Harvest, the innovative program that brings together a network of urban farmers, provides green job training, and grows fresh produce for more than 1,000 families in need each week. For behind-the-scenes stories and previews of the Show, visit the Flower Show Blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.


Best Dressed at Hair O Dog Saturday Night & Philly Mag Column on Event

Today I have a column on The Philly Post at Philly Mag, and it should be live about 11AM. In the meantime here are a few of my picks for Best Dressed. Later this week I will put up a few more pixs of best dressed on Philly Chit Chat and on Thursday check out Good Day Philly for my thoughts on Hair O Dog. Hair O Dog, created by Rob Molinaro and Dan Cronin (center) of Chorus Communications with Senator Larry Farness with Jin Hee Park
These two ladies had a great deal to do with what was a truly successful event on Saturday night, The 18th Annual Hair O Dog at the Westin Hotel. Jennifer Sherlock, President at Jenna Communications, LLC and Buffy Morgan, Director of Marketing at Chorus Communications
and Director Of Marketing at Metrospect Events Designer Creg Oosterhart and David Hall (Director of Catering at The Loews), looking good and feeling very charitable. Check out what they went home with at the end of the night. Check out my Philly Mag column (Also Monday I had a nice pix of Vice President Biden visiting Philly) for more pixs and stories.