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ARROW SWIM CLUB is NO MORE but

I hear that Brian Nagele ( & friends) are wading into the pool of a takeover of the management of what will shortly be known as formerly the Arrow Swim Club, 1031 Germantown Avenue. The founder and president of Cities 2 Night and operating Philly2Night.com here in Philly, will be managing and re-branding the complex. Their target audience will now be more in align with the neighborhood, and the management will institute a new fee structuring for memberships, making it more affordable.Last year the Northern Liberties swim club kicked off with a big splash, and although it was a success, there were still groans from people who couldn’t afford the steep price ($1,000) for a 6 month membership, especially with the uncertainty of the weather if they could only use the pool on the weekends.A little bit about Brian: What an entrepreneur this guy is; after making a huge splash with the party promoting business Philly2Night, he then decided to go in a new direction. Last summer he took over the Italian restaurant, Appoliniare at Developer Bart Blatstein‘s Piazza, and opened King’s Oak, a grill and bar. I love their wings.

Recently, Brian was part of the team that threw a very successful New Year’s Eve Party at the Piazza, where the entire complex was tented and over 4,000 people attended. (I didn’t go cause I traditionally stay home with my long time friends who I sometimes neglect throughout the year.)

No doubt with his combined business talents he’s going to infuse new life into the Arrow Swim Club complex this summer, including throwing the DJ themed parties which really took off mid-summer and opened the pool up to the masses with admission as low as $10.Everyone had a lot of fun at these parties, some were held in the evening, dancing occurred, spirits included beer, wine and Korbel champagne was served. The Three Nerds had industry nights on Tuesday’s. I chatted with a lot of the guests, the one complaint I heard constantly was “I wish I could afford to belong to the swim club.” Well no doubt now you will be able to afford it with the revised price structuring. No diving please!!A source associated with the company didn’t know the new name of the pool complex, but did mention that the restaurant is going to be called Yellow Fin Grill. (How cute.)
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr
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FACEBOOK FRIDAY: Happy Birthday Wishes To Sabrina, DJ Johnny Looch and DJ Royale

Friday’s, I thought I would do something fun on today, sometimes I’ll do fashion Friday, and sometimes I will scour Facebook of my FB friends, and do FB Fridays. Since Thursday’s has become the new Saturday night, more times than not I’ll have a column on the PhillyMag site under The Philly Post under The Scene section, ok will you able to follow that. Plus there will be a link at the bottom of this entry to that column. (I’ve seen some cute pictures of cat’s lately, could you send me pictures of yours, or how about some pet’s and I’ll put them up sometime this month. Thanks.)
Happy Birthday Sabrina Tamburino-Thorne. If you’re looking at this photo it means I didn’t make it to your bday party last night. I couldn’t re-arrange my schedule, but I know it was fabulous as you are. Happy Birthday to another PCC girl, Erin Elmore who’s birthday is at the end of the month. Erin’s been jet setting all over the country with her new hot beau (Craig Spitzer), and won’t be having a party this year. Completing this pix is Megan Heaton and Jason.

Carmena Ayo-Davies – Get Foxy Brown revisited
Happy Birthday DJ Johnny Looch. Hope it was great. Sorry I couldn’t make it to Table 31 last nite to help you celebrate.
Sabrina T S bday cake, Fabulous!!
Happy Birthday DJ Royale, Whisper, Official After Party for Hair O Dog tomorrow nite. I’ll be there, smile for my camera.
Congrats to Luke and Kayce Thomas
Congrats to Tony Luke. He looks fabulous with all his weight loss, and he has a new product coming on the line.
hmm I don’t know what I think of this
17 Days of Fashion is having a gala March 3. Check out today’s Philly Mag column here. You’ll see one of the places I was at last night…. http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2012/01/13/hughe-dillon-keith-leapharts-replica-celebrates-launch/

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ART THAT SOMEONE’S GRANDMA CREATED BUT IS NSFW

I live at the Philadelphian with a lot of talented grannies & bubby’s , but don’t take my word for it check their work out at our yearly art show. Earlier this year they held a beautiful art show for the residents and their friends.









OK a few that aren’t grannies – sisters Venetia Bebi and Anthee Bebi
a grandpa


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Audrey Gomberg, inspired me in 2007 to focus on charities as a way to give back via my blog.

Unfortunately this art show is only opened to residents of the Philadelphian. We are so luck to be living in a building that has talented artists, social groups, book clubs, plus a restaurant (our own Little Pete’s,) dry cleaners, Dr’s offices, supermarket, movie nights and so much more. Check us out here.
Definitely my favorite piece on the right

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FINALLY THE 2012 SOCIAL SCENE HEATS UP, AND Sandra Bernhard Mellows The Fuck Out

After a very, very slow start to the 2012 social season, my minds been blank, even though my to do lists are full, these pages of PhillyChitChat have been bare, even though I have had stories over on Philly Mag’s The Post Blog, hope you’re reading me over there too. I know so bizarre competing with myself, but I am really branding that column, and the “One Shots” as one thing, and here on PhillyChitChat as something else and my appearances on Fox 29 completely different. (I know how much you missed my ramblings, I read your emails too.) OK the 2012 Social Diary is starting to look up starting tonight as there are at least 6 events. (since it’s slow I’ve been shooting the views from my window.)Two of them I am a hired gun so I will be hitting them first (one just booked yesterday and is at 9PM tonight), hopefully I will swing by the at least one additional one afterwards. Sometimes if you want me at your event, and guaranteed coverage on PCC, you have to book me (or you could be an advertiser they take precedence on other nights.) Email Me for rates: Buzz @ PhillyChitChat.com to book me for your next gig.

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Comedian, Mensa member, brilliant (our generations Fanny Brice) Sandra Bernhard is in town with her show, “I Love Me, Don’t You?”, at the Painted Bride Arts Center, (230 Vine St., 215-925-9914) through Saturday. I wasn’t eager to go, I was never a big fan of her live stand up as she was always a confrontational comedian, in your face, a gotcha on the spot, which made me uncomfortable most of the time (like David Letterman’s interactions with her), but I always loved her on his show and when ever she was interviewed. I’m sure it’s just me.

Above is a clip from David Letterman that is a Bernhard hoot.

Now as the “Philadelphia Paparazzi” and social gossiper, I am interested that she is in town, and what she is doing in town when she’s not on stage to bring it to you, because she is a star. Tuesday afternoon I was tipped off that she was eating at Square 1682 for lunch. I decided not to wait outside to shoot her as I knew I would see her that evening, and I would just incorporate the story. I did decide to tweet that she had eaten lunch there earlier in the day, and she tweeted me back to see if I had been sitting nearby. They say that’s like the equivalent to an autograph these days, so check that off on my bucket list, along with the time Jane Fonda said those nice things about my work. Oh which reminds me I had photographed Bernhard in NYC once too. I was waiting outside the Kabbalah Center for Madonna, as she had just announced her divorce from Guy Ritchie. (I’m not a fan of hanging outside of places of worship, or peoples homes as you know to do my work.)Also going to services, Bernhard and her adorable little gal Cicely. So cute. Click on the pix to enlarge it. I heard the two ladies didn’t acknowledge each other, which is sad cause these two used to be tight. But you know Madonna, when she’s done with you, she’s done with you.
No doubt Sandra must be tired about answering questions about Madonna and their friendship.Sheri Lebeau and Laura Goldman, Chutzpah Magazine on the blue carpet at the Palomar Tuesday night for the opening party meet and greet.After photographing her party on Tuesday night, and then writing up my column for Philly Mag I though, I’d like to go check out the show.So off we went, Mike and I. He wanted to sit down in front, but I prefer the back row. There was a nice crowd, and we even saw a few folks we knew, straight people to boot.
Like Rich Wolf, and Susan Helfrich; and sitting in front of us was Marlo Polonsky.
I couldn’t tape during the show, but it was good, very tame, PG with a few fucks thrown in. I don’t know if it was tame because of the weather, or that the guitar players parents were in the room, but it was nothing like I remembered in years gone by, like when she was at Gay Pride about 8 years ago and was not funny at all. Last night though, she was funny, entertaining and she’s so damn smart, it’s like listening to Camilia Paglia but I can follow along with Sandra. The show runs a little over an hour, then Sandy has a meet and greet in the lobby. I wish I had a picture of her in her Moschino dress, it was hot, she is hot, she has an incredible body, and legs to die for. She’s all that and 56. (Happily betrothed with a gal for 11 years too.)Now I’m shooting this rug on stage cause I had heard from friends that Sandy was wicked in her humor of the rug that used to grace the stage. I tweeted about it last night, saying I bet the folks at the Painted Bride were offended and or hurt that maybe she didn’t do right by their guest. Someone wrote me that no I’m sure they knew it was part of her shtick. Well guess what they went out and bought a new rug. The MC mentioned in her opening remarks that she hoped that Sandra would say something about the lobby because she would love it if the management spruced that room up next.
I chatted with Sandy when she signed my CD, which I will eventually donate to Gilda’s Club of SJ for a silent auction. Anyway, I’m in love, she is so sweet and endearing. I asked her what she was going to do while she was in Philly. She told me she was just going to take it easy, she’s a little vaklemped, and has a little cold. But she’s been here before, and loves the City. Welcome Back. Go see her through Saturday, you’ll have a good time, laugh a little and sing a long and enjoy yourself.

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Linda Creed Foundation Annual Gala

Today’s event is the Linda Creed Foundation Annual Luncheon. It was held early in December, but I am just getting to it today:

Every year the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation provides over 325 mammograms and 200 diagnostic tests, breast health information to over 5,000 women, field numerous calls every week to women who have just “found” a lump, and help women and their families survive the financial crunch that often comes with cancer treatment. Do this, we depend on you. More than 75% of our income comes from individuals. Your gift of $50, $100, $1,000 or more helps make it possible. Janet Genardi on behalf of Genardi’s Supermarket donated $107, 000 to LC Foundation. Please help out the Linda Creed Foundation, keep the money local and for the people suffering from this terrible disease that might not be so fortunate to have health insurance. (source)Patricia Donnelly, Angela Micugi and Dotti O’Donnell
Susan Momenee-Cush, Annie Kilbride, Kate Kavanagh, Michelle Yeager and Susan Steinmetz
I’m a big fan of Philadelphia born Linda Creed as she wrote some of my favorite songs. She lost her battle with breast cancer in 1987, just as one of her biggest songs was to hit number 1 for the first time, after it was remade by Whitney Houston.

I really love attending, and volunteering for this organization. It’s mission is similar to my charity Gilda’s Club, as it assists women who are under insured or uninsured with everyday needs, as well as mammograms and counseling. Mary Spotswood – Spirit of Hope Award

There was also a fashion show, but it the ladies who lunch kinda fashion show, where you’re eating lunch and the model walks through the sea of tables, and you look up from your salad and think “that would like nice on me.” Oh she’s a mother with 7 kids, she looks good, or I remember when she was on TV. (Unfortunately for me I can’t find my patron book so I really can’t remember who she is. Do you know who she is?)
The whole kitten caboodle of mommies, wives, students and women models that took part in the event. I did much better during my segment that was shown on Fox 29 in early December.
Lake Naomi Breast Cancer Rally Committee received The Angel Award. Linda Brownstein, founder of Linda Creed Foundation, representative from Lake Naomi Breast Cancer Rally, Donna Duncan, Executive Director of Linda Creed Foundation.
Shirlee Kaplan with the 2011 recipient of The Gene Kaplan Award
Committee member Patty Friel; Kathy Lentini, immediate past president of Linda Creed, and Linda Camerota.

The 50/50 was a huge success with over $800 being raised with a split between the winner and the charity.
See you next year Saturday December 1, 2012

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AMADA HELPS FISH OUT AS THEY FIND THEIR SEA LEGS

On opening night I popped into the newly relocated Fish (1234 Locust St) to support my friends and have a bite to eat.
It was about 830PM, and there was still a decent amount of folks enjoying the first night too, so I sat at the Oyster Bar, where I would have sat anyway cause I know nothing about Oysters.
Chuck shucks and is a connoisseur at the Oyster Bar. I had no idea oysters had different flavors. I definitely need more training there. Monica Glass, as you may recall I mentioned last month in my Philly Mag column, is the new pastry chef at Fish. She is also learning to shuck, which she is excited about.
After a few delicious oysters I dug into the menu. There were lots of items to choose from so I order some Skate Chips to hold me over while I checked it out. Finally settling on the Roasted Baby Red Beets, (Chicken Liver Mouse, Crispy Chicken Skin, Pear Mostarda and Charred Romaine). Then Chuck told me the origin of the salad. Chef/Owner Mike Stollenwerk and his wife Marilyn were on vacation. It was like that 80’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial

He was having the beet salad, and she was having chicken liver mouse something. After tasting each others dish, Mike had an a-ha moment. It was a good decision. It was really good. I loved the presentation too on the slates, but use you knife to scoop all the morsels since there’s not a side to the dish.
Next I had the Cobia Fish, which I had never even heard about before. It too was really delicious. I chatted with Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig Leban about the fish on his weekly chat Tuesday at Philly.com at 2pm

Then Monica Glass showed me the dessert menu and I wanted everything, but settled on the Warm Chestnut Cake, with lots of surprises and homemade vanilla ice cream, which was delicious. Monica told me that their ice cream machine hasn’t been delivered yet, so she and Chuck have been running over to Amada in the morning to make some. Now that’s why is Philadelphia’s restaurant community is so wonderful, it’s about relationships and and helping each other in need. So nice I’m giving them a link for that.
Next on my bucket list Scallops (I photographed a guy sitting next to me, Bill Doyle’s dish, GO2GUY LLC. He was nice enough, thanks.)
Then Bill had the Octopus, (He loved it and the presentation.) and you know that is my signature go to dish. I’ll be back, and soon. I’m kinda hungry right now?

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RAW ARTIST PHILADELPHIA – See. Be Seen. Exhibit. Your Talent. Meet The Next Amy Winehouse sans drugs, Taragirl

RAW: Natural Born Artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists is having their first event of the season on February 2, 2012 at G Lounge
Hosts Erin Como and Fred Calang guide you along on a magical mystery tour of local talent, fashion, art and art performance monthly at G Lounge.

Incubator is a word that is being thrown around a lot lately, but that’s exactly what Raw Philly is.
RAW: Natural Born Artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists.
Our mission is to provide artists of all creative genres with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire, cultivate, and advance their art to the next level; independent of agencies and the like.At the forefront of this mission is our eclectic artist showcase featuring talent from all genres, including: film, fashion, music, art, makeup, hair & makeup design, and performing art.
Week after week a great group of people came out to support their friends, and to check out the scene.
What’s he looking at?
Was it the back of the dress?
How about these shoes?
You can buy art from artists just starting out
I always thought the “dance floor” at G Lounge would be a good runway.
I’m in love with a girl named Tara Girl, who debut her new single “Can’t Let Go’. It’s infectious, catching and enjoyable. On the right is my former co-worker, single, eligible, great guy Grayson Papa. (His day job is Sr. Paralegal at Kohn Swift & Graf.)

Someone sign this girl, promote her and get her on her way. She’s got some real talent here.

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Win a Pair of Tickets to The Flyers Wives Fashion Show or Purchase Tickets Here

GET AN EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW NICOLE MILLER ARTELIER COLLECTION FOR SPRING! Plus a SALE

Young Friends Pre-Sale Party on Thursday 5PM – 8PM at both the Philadelphia and Manayunk Nicole Miller Stores.**************
The Flyers, Comcast Spectacor, and MKDA present the Inaugural Flyers Wives Fashion Show chaired by Lauren and Chris Pronger and hosted by FOX29’s Mike Jerrick and Sheinelle Jones.

The event will be Wednesday, January 18th 6-9pm in The Grand Ballroom at The Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s fashionable elite and sports fans will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails as they watch their favorite Philadelphia Flyers Wives work the runway. The event will also feature the once in a lifetime opportunity to score unbelievable live and silent auction items with all proceeds donated to Comcast-Spectacor Charities. Comcast-Spectacor Charities raises funds through assets (The Philadelphia Flyers and their families) and memorabilia. Comcast-Spectacor Charities donates to 150 charities in a given year, many of which depend on this funding, and has raised and contributed nearly $23 million to hundreds of much needed causes and deserving non-profit organizations, all which are located in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information please visit: www.comcastspectacorfoundation.org
Ticket Prices: $300 per ticket. $500 per couple. $100 Young Friends
Click here to purchase your tickets today.

To enter the contest to win a pair of General Admission tickets ($500 value) to the Flyer’s Wives Fashion Show, just email me or twitter me ( ) which designer dress did Anne Nikolaus wear to her birthday party on Saturday night. I wrote about it on Monday. (And thank you to Mary Dougherty, and Nicole Miller Philadelphia for your generous donation of these tickets to be given away.) Also the Nicole Miller once a year sale begins on 1/15/12, just in time for you to pick up something special to wear to the event.

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DINIC’S DEMOLISHED AS “OUR NIGHT OUT” TAKES OVER THE Reading Terminal

Last night I headed over to the Reading Terminal Market for the monthly social networking party for members of the LGBT and allied communities, their friends, and colleagues called “Our Night Out”. Before I headed into the party I checked out some of the improvements like their new Demonstration Kitchen located in the back of the market, near where the Rick Nichol’s Room will be located, the bathrooms and below the offices which you can finally see after decades of being hidden by walls and the guts of the building.Yesterday was a big day for Dinic’s as they opened in the old Harry Och’s spot, which is twice the size of their old stall, has more seating and will ease the congestion of the market as the line can be managed more easily. As of last night around 7PM, the old space was being dismantled so that Spataro’s, which is located across the aisle (see American flag and Cash Only sign) can move into the spot. Moving into their spot is Flying Monkey, which will finally relieve the market of that ugly, awkward stand blocking the flow of traffic. More tables and chairs will be added there, which will also attract folks to
Molly Malloy’s where the event was held last night (the new Gastro Pub the Iovine Brothers are opened in the market replacing the long standing Beer Garden, named after their mother. ) Above Vinnie Iovine and Challie Gangloff tell me the place is doing well, and I’ll tell you it’s beautiful. They gutted the entire very dated beer garden and created a comfortable, pub with lots of tables inside the space. (I didn’t have anything to eat as I was saving myself for Fish afterwards, but the food looks delicious.)
The party was in full swing when I swung by. They don’t seem to have a website, but you can drop them an email if you want to be added to the invite list here: OurNightOutPhilly@gmail.com
I ran into Dennis Nguyen and David Enpoque enjoying a cocktail at the bar. I asked the boys if they had any warm weather plans for the winter, Dennis tells me he’s headed to Miami for the Winter Party. David plans to strategically locate mirrors with sun lamps to make his abode feel like he’s in Miami.
Sandy Smith, Steve McCann and Rob Wright. A few years back Steve created a great sight called Philly Gay Calendar, which lists most of the GLBTQ events going on in the City.
Danielle Cosica, Tyler Michael and Shaun Michael <<< they’re not brothers, not married by both have the same middle name. It’s like the new promise ring in this economy. Coming up Danielle is planning to go to the Finger Lakes to take a wine tour, Tyler’s new year’s resolution is to work out a the gym more, he’s disappointing that he’s slacked off, hmmm wish I had his metabolism and Shaun doesn’t think he’ll have trouble staying warm this winter.
Jeffrey Cos, Colin Likens, Gene Buckley, Paul Steinke, General Manager of the Reading Terminal Market and Jim Peary. Paul is looking forward to a Mexico vacation in March. Just started to do research on it, and is open for suggestions.
Colin Likens, Stormy Lundy, Director of Special Events & Catering at Reading Terminal Market Corp, Chris Cordone, and Bruce Bonner.

Not in any particular order as there was a bit of round robin going on. Lisa Greene, Tracie Palmer, Nellie Fitzpatrick, Melissa Bridge, Jackie Blue (Congratulations Beyonce & Jay on Blu Ivy’s birth), Hope Adams, Gretta Pforzjrif, Allison SacksBob Hotes, Michael Conti, and Mark Mitchell
DJ Carl Michaels aka Karl Michelfelder, Bob Atkinson, Domenic Gallelli, and Jeff Shoblin.
Dominic wears many hats, co-founder of Optimal Sport with Bob Atkinson, as well as the owner of Prodigal Private Security (which secures a lot of the events I attend), and has been involved with various philanthropic endeavors including the Sapphire Fund, which this year is having a fabulous ball, The Sapphire Ball, at the Franklin Institute. A dressy affair, with where guests can wear masks. Kinda reminds me of Truman Copote’s fabulous soiree in the 1960’s at the height of proper society in NYC, The Sapphire Fund was established in 2002 to support the efforts of organizations contributing to the health and well-being of Philadelphia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community and those who support them. It’s the same night as the Academy Ball so I will be juggles balls sorta speak.
Speaking of fun events, and one where I don’t have a conflict, Valentine to the Market’s gala fundraiser is fast approaching on Saturday February 25, 2012. You’ll recall what fun we had last year.
Pick up tickets for this year’s event, the 120th anniversary of the market too, here.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS ALRIGHT ALRIGHT – THE SPORTING CLUB STARTS TRAINING

Hey Philly! Looking for a fun & creative way to get in shape? Join Butch Dougherty of Iovine Brothers Produce and participate in Fight Night 3 at the Sporting Club At The Bellevue … This boxing program will have you lean & mean in eight weeks! Have fun getting healthy!Clif Johnson’s my trainer too. Now that I am committed, I will be more committed to getting in shape. Weight Watchers and The Sporting Club are my Happy Hour for now on. I’ll be posting my progress and funny tidbits on my path to healthy eating, living and a longer life. So just think of me as PhillyChitChat gets Philly Fit Fab too. Here’s something to ponder, I was looking for jeans on the big and tall men’s store. My pet peeve is they don’t show big guys in the adverts so I can see what I might look like in a shirt or say these snazzy jeans. (OK it might actually be a scary thought I know.) The size chart starts with 44, this guy didn’t even break the middle age number yet.