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.
Thanks, and thanks for supporting me here, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I love doing this.


Bloomingdales Spring Presentation and details on The Makeup Date

Bloomingdales Spring Presentation with Dressing Jane


Celebrating Spring Time week, Bloomingdales held an intimate gathering of friends for a peek at some of their most popular looks of the season.

Curated by Dressing Jane’s Alisa Frederico, the fun brunch at Bloomies took place early Saturday morning, and again in the afternoon at the King of Prussia mall.

All the looks featured are available at Bloomingdale’s

Kristen Rodgers Sports Anchor/Reporter for FOX29 Philly was spotted at the presentation, wearing her Guinness green for St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday you can be a part of Bloomingdale’s spring trends event just head over to Bloomingdales Willow Grove 10AM to 4 PM. You’ll have a chance to meet with Alisa Frederico, Dressing Jane as well as the many talented cosmetic ladies who will show you the latest tips and tricks to prepare you for a night out, or just to be. So ladies, set your alarm clocks for breakfast & an exclusive experience at Bloomingdale’s featuring the spring’s best new beauty trends! Afterwards, get glammed up at your one-on-one makeup session with an expert artist. RSVP, there’s a $25 reservation fee which will be credited to the beauty purchase of your choice. Plus all guests receive a cosmetics purse just for attending.




Women’s Theatre Mixer & Small Mouth Sounds Opening

Last week the Philadelphia Theatre Company hosted


Paige Price (Producing Artistic Director), Marilyn Russell, WOGL and Emily Zeck (Managing Director)

Ellevate, FemCity Philadelphia, Les Dames d’Escoffier and The Walnut Club at The Suzanne Roberts Theater to meet two of the region’s newest top arts and theatre leaders, Producing Artistic Director Paige Price and Managing Director Emily Zeck and hear about the PTC’s remarkable season focusing on women.

Following the reception, guests headed into the local theater to watch acclaimed run in New York City, Small Mouth Sounds, a unique and compassionate new play written by Bess Wohl (Pretty Filthy) and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. The New York Times, New York Magazine, AND Time Out NY Critics’ Pick is coming to Philadelphia for the first time! In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Be ready to take a deep breath. (PTC)

The show runs through April 1

I see Philadelphia as a hotbed of opportunity for generating really important work in such a culturally rich city and I am eager to dive into the theatre community with its wealth of talented actors and artists. (Playbill)

Small Mouth Sounds asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. In this compassionate and witty new play, six wildly dissimilar runaways from city life embark on a week-long silent retreat. In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, they attempt to abandon technology, observe a vow of silence, and tamp down their natural cravings while being guided by an unseen guru who challenges them to confront internal demons and seek peace.

Written by Drama Desk Award-winner Bess Wohl and directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel ChavkinSmall Mouth Sounds is a cleverly conceived and sharp observation of the pursuit of wellness and the achingly human, and often frustrating, need to connect.

With a sold out run at Ars Nova, The New York Times called Small Mouth Sounds “an enchanting new play… as funny as it is quietly moving… a model of ingenuity” and the show was chosen as a “Best Of” Theater Pick in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, and many more.

After the reception I headed downstairs to meet a few of the guests headed to see the show

Performances of Small Mouth Sounds CANCELLED due to poor weather conditions

Due to unsafe weather conditions, school closings, and transportation challenges, we must cancel the following performances of Small Mouth Sounds:

Tuesday, March 20 @ 7pm, Wednesday, March 21 @ 1pm, Wednesday, March 21 @ 7pm

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Box Office at 215.985.0420. The performance of Small Mouth Sounds on Thursday, March 22 @ 8pm and those thereafter will run as scheduled.

Thank you!

A couple events coming up connected to “Small Mouth Sounds”

Meet The Artists Talkback

Friday, March 23, post-show

Join us after the show for an onstage Q&A session with the cast of Small Mouth Sounds! (Approx. 30 minutes)   Theatrical Trainer Wellness Fair

Friday, March 30, 7pm and Saturday, March 31, 1pm

Theatrical Trainer is built upon the notion that wellness for the creative individual is a full picture, through mind, body and nutrition. You don’t just need to be a professional artist, but if you are creative by nature and looking to incorporate a healthier approach to your personal life, we are your first step!


Photos: 12 Sleek, New Fishtown Village Townhouses Debut

Photos: 12 Sleek, New Fishtown Village Townhouses Debut

12 new contemporary Fishtown townhouses brought to you by Adams Group Market were recently completed called Fishtown Village. Mike Hirata trekked through the snow recently to photograph their brokers and guests party. The photos of people are by Mike, and the photos of the property were provided by the client.

The new construction includes parking, modern features, a spacious layout, roof decks with bridge, skyline and river views are just a few of the stunning features these homes offer.

Skylar Young and Julia Quinn of Stateside Vodka

The 1st floor has 10 ft ceilings and features a state of the art kitchen, a spacious family room and a separate dining area.

Sean Adams, The Adams Group, Keith Adams, Tyler Adams, and Daniel McDade

The roof deck combines amazing views of the skyline, bridge and river! 1 and 2-car parking available. Approved 10-year tax abatement!

The 2nd floor features 2 large bedrooms, 2 full baths and an ideally situated laundry room with cabinetry. The 3rd floor features a master suite with a Juliet balcony, walk-in closet, an extra sitting area and a spa-like master bath.

The finished lower level with 9 ft+ ceilings and a powder room adds additional sqft and is perfect for a 2nd living area/media room.

Danielle DeLuca, Revint Solutions and Aldo DeLuca, Turbon Group of Quantum Telecom, Inc.

 Larry Benjamin, Philadelphia novelist and Stanley Willauer, Interior Designer

Connor Winther, Epocrates Sales Executive-Pharmaceutical Partnerships at athenahealthand Nashira Wynn, Director Of Business Development at The Adams Group at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

Check out more info HERE




Photos: Sharp Financial Group Appreciates Their Clients

The Sharp Financial Group held their annual Client Appreciation Party last month at the Union League of Philadelphia. The Sharp Financial Group is a robust full-service financial-services firm which provides complementary accounting, tax, consulting, and wealth-planning services to meet any demands you or your business may have—regardless of the complexity.

Michael H. Sharp founded Sharp & Associates, LLC in 1993. Mike has worked in public accounting for over 25 years, and is highly skilled in providing financial and tax-advisory services.

There was entertainment by Comedy Sportz

Frank Sinatra escorted Marilyn Monroe to the event

Marilyn convinced us that diamonds are a girls best friend, as well as good investment advice

There was a great photo booth

Denise Fike was on hand to do fashion illustrations

Elysa Boyle and Joe Boyle

Joe Boyle, Bruce Reavis, Edward Mack, Craig Sharp and Mike Sharp

David Ross and Teresa Polly

Nancy Abel, Emilio Mastrocola and Wendy Mastrocola


Kathy Edel, Lou Dottoli and Rebecca Edel

Rick Barret, Ken Barrett and Gervase Peterson

Rani Hershgordon, Context Business Lending, LLC and Hal Hershgordon, YBI Financial Advisors

Tara Haurin and John Haurin

Elise Concepcion and Cindy Fetterman

Sonja Foster Storch and Paul Butler

Eddie Bruce Orchestra kept the floor grooving through out the party


Milk House Closes; Chris Long Says Goodbye and Dad Says Hello from the Grave

Sunday Philly Chit Chat: Milk House Closes; Chris Long Says Goodbye and Dad Says Hello from the Grave

Good usurious Sunday, today is going to be a bit warmer and very sunny, but don’t get to used to it event though Tuesday is the first day of Spring, it’s going to be winter weather through Thursday. Let’s get to chit chat

Milk House on 19th Street closed yesterday.  You’re going to have to head over to the Milk House locations at Suburban Station and 30th Street Stations to get your Milk House grilled cheese and delicious tomato soup fix. Friends tell me that Milk House on 19th will become a Korean take out restaurant, opening before the summer heat hits 90F.


Seems like Eagles player Chris Long is saying good bye too – to twitter. He left this message on Friday. Whether he met just for the weekend or forever I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but


don’t fret we always have his fans keeping us informed on what he’s up to. Thanks John Cooke @CookeCapeMay of Cape May for sending me this tip. I did a little research


and saw that Chris Long has not given up on his instagram account. Seems he attended a wedding at Congress Hall in Cape May yesterday with his dad Howie Long, and other family members.  Although the wedding reception took place inside, the photos took place outside with the scenic hotel in the background. The wedding party nearly frozen in time. After the reception that night, guests headed to The Boiler Room at the hotel, and enjoyed Irish tunes by John Byrne who played Tir na Nog Irish Bar & Grill, Philadelphia earlier in the week

where he posed with Rocky as well. You know who was with Rocky this week, right?

Look who had a going away lunch at Penrose Diner last week. Jason Kelce and Connor Barwin feted Beau Allen who was just picked up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Pix by SouthPhillyReview)
Now could someone go in the parking lot and find my wedding ring. I had a snowball fight with Kory Aversa last year there and it flew off. Yes my wedding ring the one blessed by the Pope, yikes right.

I took this last week as I had never seen the Studebaker sign before. In today’s inky Inga Saffon has a nifty article about it.


Every St. Patricks Day I publish the article about how my dad, who died in 2004, spoke to our family from the grave, in 2005.

Have a great day, see you here tomorrow!!



CREED II News – Dolph Lundgren & Michael B Jordan; Jon Dorenbos & Doug Pederson

CREED II News – Dolph Lundgren & Michael B Jordan; Jon Dorenbos & Doug Pederson

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. If you didn’t catch my celebrity segment on WOGL this morning, here’s what I chatted about at 8AM. Yesterday I photographed the 17th Annual Zarwin Baum March Madness party. On my way to the event I noticed

there was snow near the Rocky statue. Now I pass the Rocky statue everyday since I live across the street, and I know all that snow melted from last week so it was perplexing, I took this shot but didn’t post it cause the next minute I knew I was in the midst of the NCAA party time at the Crystal Tea Room.

Then last night someone sent me a tip that Dolph Lundgren was spotted by the Rocky statue. I heard he flew in on Tuesday night, even though principle filming wasn’t to start until April, I guess they wanted to film this “winter scene” in the winter before the buds started sprouting on the trees. Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu (who plays his son, who is poised to fight Michael B Jordan’s character Adonis Creed)  filmed scenes at Rocky Statue and on the ‘Rocky Steps’ at The Philadelphia Museum of Art around 3PM yesterday
It was a thrill for one tourist Mrs. Fiorini from Houston, Tx who spent the day visiting Independence Hall then catching Creed II filming
Michael B Jordan, who arrived in Philly a few weeks back in preparation of filming Creed II, is currently starring in Black Panther which just past the billion gross reciepts, was spotted again at the Sixers Training facility. In Creed II he plays Adonis Creed, Apollo Creed’s son, who was killed by Dolph Lundgren character Ivan Drago . Jordan wasn’t on the set yesterday, but was seen in Center City Wednesday at Butcher & Singer. Last night he was spotted at Vetri Pizzeria.
Wednesday Jon Dorenbos performed at the Paradigm Awards honoring Wendy Hamilton night he performed his first of two shows at Sugarhouse Casino. The crowd welcomed him with a standing ovation. Later in the set coach Doug Petersen joined him on stage for a magic trick.

Congrats Gabbi Townsend on your new job with Soul Football

Check out TMZ for a video of Creed II filming at the top of the Art Museum Steps