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Party Pixs: Gross Mc Cleaf’s Interesting Collab

Last week Rebecca Segall, Owner and Director of Gross McCleaf Gallery (127 S 16th St) hosted a cocktail party celebrating the collaboration of artist Thomas Paul Raggio and CMMP. Thomas Paul Raggio’s solo exhibit will be on display featuring CMMP garments highlighting the lining collab.

Seasonally, CMMP partners with a US-based contemporary artist to design exclusive linings for our blazers and suits. For SS22 we decided to partner with Thomas Paul Raggio, a philly-based contemporary artist and fine art lecturer. His use of color and clean geometric images are the perfect contrast to our suiting. (note the lining of the coat which matches Raggio’s painting above the jacket.)

Artist Tom Raggio and Nadine Raggio

Thomas Paul Raggio: In The Valley

I contemplate every color, mark, and placement of the line to formulate what I call rhythmic velocities: relationships of color and motion that give life to the composition, creating a heartbeat. I am interested in the duality of math and design: through repetition, a line made of color becomes a rhythmic pattern. This concept is found when composing music, organic landscapes and architectural structures. By referencing these sources, my abstractions transcend their formal components, reaching beyond a minimalist canon.” – Thomas Paul Raggio

Gross McCleaf Gallery Team: David Heshmatpour, Emma Rose Cook, Rebecca Segall, and Morgan Hobbs
Vicky Leno, Kristin Camel and Vanessa Daboli
Rachel Zimmerman, Artistic and Executive Director of InLiquid and Chris Poehlmand, owner at CPLIGHTING
Sabir Peele wearing a sports suit ironically on brand.
JP Calabro and Robert Robinson

Gross McCleaf Gallery has been an esteemed fixture on Philly’s gallery scene for more than 50 years, but with the recent retirement of longtime owner Sharon Ewing and the new ownership under PAFA graduate Rebecca Segall, the contemporary gallery is prepared to take on the next half-century with a refreshed—and decidedly modernday— perspective * source. Look for more exciting exhibition openings, and receptions.


Friday Happy Hours at the Kimmel

Fridays are going to be a little happier this spring since the Kimmel Cultural Center launched their Happy Hour Sessions last Friday. The meet up, mix, and mingle event is free with live entertainment from an eclectic roster of top-shelf DJs, bands, and emcees. Upcoming dates include March 18, April 15, May 6 and 20, from 4 to 7 p.m

Nightlife meets….something new! It’s a free concert and a party – all powered by the brightest talent the region has to offer. From bebop to hip-hop, neo-soul to salsa, the music doesn’t stop!

Tomorrow stop by for the fun with Happy Hour at the Kimmel featuring SNACKTIME PHILLY and K Y O N. Registration is optional, but strongly recommended. By registering to this event you will receive event invitations and exclusive offers to performances on the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

Around Town With HughE, cool, Philadelphia, Philly To Do, Uncategorized

Museum of Illusions is Spectacular

Stacy Stec, Marketing Manager at LOL Entertainment (the parent company of Museum of Illusions) , Job Itzkowitz, executive director of Old City District, Rob Cooper, CEO of LOL Entertainment, ,Sheila Hess, City Representative for the City of Philadelphia and
Jason Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer at LOL Entertainment

A magical mystery museum opened this past weekend in Old City, the new 5000 square foot Museum of Illusions officially opened at 4th and Market ; it boasts 80+ visual and educational exhibits featuring holograms, stereo-grams, optical illusions, immersive rooms and special Philly installations unique to this location.

Jonathan Benjamin. Chief Executive Officer at Museum of Illusions, Councilman Mark Squilla and Jason Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer at LOL Ente

“We are very excited to be bringing the Museum of Illusions to Philadelphia and happy to be able to provide the city with such an engaging and exciting new museum concept,” said Rob Cooper, Philadelphia native and founder of LOL Entertainment, the parent company of the Museum of Illusions Philadelphia. “We are confident that people of all ages will love seeing and experiencing the Museum’s unique illusions and exhibits.”

I had a ball

Job Itzkowitz, executive director of Old City District is just hanging around in the Anti-Gravity Room

Michael Newmuis, COS Visit Philly “climbs” a Philadelphia row home at the Museum of Illusions.

The Museum of Illusions MOI is for all ages and offers visual and educational exhibits designed to tease the senses. Visitors will learn about vision, perception, and the human brain and experience firsthand the science of how the eyes can trick the mind.

Janelle Burrell the morning and noon co-anchor of CBS3 Eyewitness News hung out for a bit.

We weren’t sure how this exhibit worked, until Ray suddenly ran into the adjoining room and crawled through a tunnel popping up for a feast for our eyes.

They have a cool gift shop too

Don’t take my word for it Metro Philly WHYY and then head to the MOI website


St. Patrick’s Day Festivities at Rivers Casino

Top of the Morning To Youse My Friend…. St. Patrick’s Day is this week and the celebrations are underway at River’s Casino Philadelphia. There’s plenty to do, see, and enjoy on the property to celebrate.

The Young Dubliners (sometimes shortened to the Young Dubs) will get you in the mood as they perform Wednesday March 16 at the Event Center. The Young Dubliners is an Irish rock band formed in Los Angeles. Purchase your tickets in advance starting at $25 and enjoy a bar and live entertainment! states, “Their live shows a jam-like appeal, similar to the vibes of Phish and the Dave Matthews Band.”

Stop by Jack’s Bar + Grill for special St. Patrick’s Day Specials all month long: Irish Nachos $10 Guinness Burger $11 Shepherd’s Pie Soup $6 Corned Beef Reuben $12 Draft Green Beer $4 Guinness Bottles $4

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness in the Sportsbook at Rivers Casino Philadelphia

The BetRivers Sportsbook will feature college basketball jersey drawings during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Guests who place wagers of $50 or more on college basketball will be entered into drawings to win old-school NCAA jerseys including James Harden’s Arizona State jersey.

On the screens you’ll find Flyers 7:00pm vs. Nashville, March Madness first round: 16 games .

Trae Young Oklahoma jersey drawing will occur.

Sportsbook Drink Specials Celebrating St Patrick’s Day All Month Long inlcude Draft Green Beer $5 and Guinness Bottles $4

Pick Up Your Free Swag at Jack’s Bar + Grill

Jack’s Free Swag include beads, hats, T-shirts, and Souvenir mugs

Sportsbook – James Harden Jersey Giveaway

On The Screens: Sixers 7:00pm vs. Dallas; Flyers 7:00pm @ Ottawa; March Madness first round: 16 games

the only photo I took, the others were provided

March 18th and every Friday and Saturday in March
Pot O’ Gold Celebration Promo 8PM + 10PM

Saturday March 19 – Evolution X, 8PM – 12AM, Jack’s Bar + Grill

Sportsbook – Jersey Giveaway Kevin Durant Texas

On The Screens: UFC Fight Night: prelims begin at 1:00pm; March Madness second round: 8 games

March 20, 2022 – Sportsbook – Jersey Giveaway Kawhi Leonard San Diego

On The Screens: Sixers 8:30pm vs. Toronto; Flyers 2:00pm vs. NY Islanders; March Madness second round: 8 games

Hope to see you there. St. Patrick’s Day Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Guests must be at least 21 years old to wager, and no one under 21 is permitted on the Rivers Casino Philadelphia’s gaming floor. Responsible Gambling


Galentine’s Day at Autograph Brasserie

Galentine’s Day was celebrated at both Autograph Brasserie in Wayne and Louie Louie in University City, both part of the Fearless Restaurants group, are throwing events with cocktails, shopping and giveaways.

Jennifer Miller, of Radnor, Lisa DiLello, of Wayne, Sandi Woods, Sarah Henry, Melanie Britton, Jeanine Robinson, of Radnor
Stacey Halstead, Jennifer Keener, of KOP, and Laura Scalise
Jeremy Gibson of Gladwyne, and Shelly Furman, of Bryn Mawr
Amy Fink , Merion Station, and Kimby Kimmel, Radnor selling pieces from Ilyan Jewelry
Kathy Romano, Preston & Steve Show was on hand selling her jewelry The Kathy Romano Collection and Megan Hutchinsonm,
Roman Anthony Barksdale and Cameron Murray
Stephanie Moyer, Devon and Nancy Ahlum, West Chester
Ava Myers, Berwyn and Darci Henry, Malvern

Join Fearless Beverage Director and Sommelier, Michele Gargiulo for an educational wine tasting with horsoeuvres at 6pm. INFO


Spotted Rupert Grint, David Boreanaz, Jabari Banks, Chapman Supports CHOP

I’m back. Mike and I enjoyed a quick trip to Florida last week. We headed to my favorite national park, the Everglades. I’ve probably been there about 20 times. Life is getting back to normal. I am getting booked up, and I am very excited about it. I realized over these past two years that I love my job. I love Philadelphia, the people, what happens here, the events and I love to share all of it with like minded people. Let’s see who’s been where, what’s been happening and what’s on social media you might not have seen.

Spotted at Minella’s Diner in Wayne, Rupert Gilbert in town to film M Night Shyamalan’s Servant. He was nice enough to pose with the owners on his way out.

A few days earlier Friday March 4, David Boreanaz dined with his dad former 6ABC’s Dave Roberts and soon to be retired Jim Gardner. The night before Boreanaz took in James Harden’s first home game with the Sixers.

Speaking of Sixers, it was a packed house with celebrities last Thursday as Will Smith’s sister Ellen was there. She spotted Jabari Banks, and Morgan Cooper, of Bel-Air on Peacock (re-imagination of the beloved sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” set in modern-day America through a new, dramatic take on Will Smith’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel Air.) and Philly Freeway

Bruce Crews, Warren Crooks, Andrianna Acosta, Philly Pr Girl, Anthony Tigano, Kevin Lambert, Elizabeth Ward (CHOP), Michael Chapman, Tony Woods and Lincoln Overholtzer

Friday I photographed a check presentation at Chapman Auto Stores.

“On behalf of Chapman Auto Stores we are proud to continue our support with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Here are some stories from people close to Chapman:

1. Joe Casey has been at Chapman for 32 years. When his son was born with half of a heart the team at CHOP was there and continued to care for him throughout his life. If it werent for them Joe Jr. would not be here today

2. The Fitzgeralds: (Friends and Customers of Chapman family)
At just 7 weeks old, the amazing team at CHOP repaired multiple defects in Sloane’s heart – and gave her the most incredible care.  We are forever grateful to all of our Heart Heroes

Thankful to partner with Andrianna & the incredible team @philly_pr_girl to hear her story & be able to support such a great cardiac unit close to home

We are proud to support charitable organizations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey!”

Thanks to an anonymous reader who sent this to me

Support Me In Raising Money As I Dance for Character at CITRS – 3/19/22

Help Me Dance My Way to A Lot of Fun, I love to dance but I have to say learning professional dancing is not an easy feat. Fun though.

I’m super excited to participate in the Dance for Character presented by CITRs charity event on March 19. I’ve worked with the folks at CITRs over the years, learned about their program, which is very unique. They have programs to re invigorate teachers suffering burnout. The workshops tap into the reasons they chose this field. It also helps them with the tools they need to convey to the students to help them build character to grow into productive adults. You can learn about their programs here

You could attend the event and cheer moi and my fellow dancers on to victory, or just fun.

You could attend the event, or vote for me with a donation HERE



Main Line Today Restaurant Week Kick Off Party

Sam Geiger, Tori Bissonnette and Kim O’Connell

We are midway through Main Line Today and Today Media delicious and cost savings 2022 Main Line Today Restaurant Week which runs hrough March 6th, 2022. The 14-day culinary celebration brings together and showcases the talents of top chefs, restaurants and purveyors in Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties. Where you going to dinner tonight?

Cocktail at Amis
Peg DeGrassa and Marguerite DeGrassa
Nate Weaver and Taylor Brooke
Pat Druhan, Director, Montco Hunger Solutions at SHARE Food Program and Liz Peteran, Montco Anti Hunger Network

“Thank you to Main Line Today magazine for including the Chester County Food Bank as part of Restaurant Week,” said Chester County Food Bank CEO Andrea Youndt. “This partnership helps to bring awareness to the Chester County Food Bank and its mission to ensure access to real, healthy food. We hope that as people dine to support our local restaurants, they will also consider supporting hunger relief efforts in their community.”

Anne Shuniak, West Chester and Michelle Stewart
Graham Major and Fred Worthington both of Manatawny Still Works

Main Line Today Restaurant Week is supported by sponsors Firstrust Bank, Comcast Business, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Visit Delco, PA, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, Chester County Chamber of Business & Tourism, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, and partnering with Metro US, Yelp Philly, Philly Chit Chat and Aversa PR.

Carol Henderson, Marketing Director · Main Line Today and Marie Edwards, Associate Publisher Mainline Today

Main Line Today Restaurant Week is supported by sponsors Firstrust Bank, Comcast Business, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Visit Delco, PA, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, Chester County Chamber of Business & Tourism, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, and partnering with Metro US, Yelp Philly, Philly Chit Chat and Aversa PR.

The list for 2022 Main Line Restaurants includes the following participants:

333 Belrose Bar & Grill
333 Belrose Lane, Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 293-1000

Alessandro’s Wood Fired Italian & Bar
133 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
(484) 580-6786

Amis Trattoria
138 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 140, Devon, PA 19333
(610) 590-4782

Antica Italian Restaurant & Bar
1623 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
(484) 770-8631

Avola Kitchen & Bar
625 N. Morehall Road, Unit 5, Malvern, PA 19355
(484) 328-8584

Autograph Brasserie
503 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne PA 19087

Azie in Media
217 West State Street
Media, PA 19063

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
200 Main St., King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 337-4810

1243 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063
(484) 444-0850

Estia Taverna
222 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, PA 19087
(484) 581-7142

Founding Farmers
255 Main St., King of Prussia, PA 19406
(484) 808-4008

Fox and Hounds Pub at the Desmond
16 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern, PA 19355
(610) 251-9229

Fox Barn at Twenty9
16 Great Valley Parkway
Malvern, PA 19335
(610) 999-8410

The Greystone Oyster Bar
7. N. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380

Jasper’s Backyard
101 E. 7th Ave.
Conshohocken, PA 19428
(610) 897-8212

9. N. Walnut Street
West Chester, PA

Lola’s Garden
51 St. George Road, Ardmore, PA 19003
(484) 412-8011

Mikado Thai Pepper
64 E. Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
Walk in

Pizzeria Vetri, King of Prussia
150 Main Street
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Reservations: Walk in only

200 Chestnut St., Downingtown, PA 19335
(610) 873-0405

139 East Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087

112 W. State St., Media, PA 19063
(610) 263-7832

Ryan Christopher’s BYOB
245 Woodbine Avenue
Narberth, PA 19072

100 Gulph Mills Road, Gulph Mills, PA 19807
(610) 520-1200

Terrain Café
138 Lancaster Ave., #110, Devon, PA 19333
(610) 590-4671

The Blue Elephant
152 E. High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
(484) 949-9084

Verbena BYOB
102 E. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348
(484) 732-7932

Village Vine, Wine Bar and Bistro
6 Park Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081
(484) 471-3997


Lana Waibel Dentistry Redefining Dentistry

Waibel Dentistry is redefining dentistry in Philadelphia. With cutting edge technology and spa-like amenities, it is clear why patients are traveling from all over the region for this destination dental experience. Their new office space in Ambler at 545 N Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002, built during Covid, is both modern and luxurious with state-of-the-art technology that is second to none.

After graduating at the top of her class from Temple University’s School of Dentistry, Dr.
Lana Waibel set out to open a practice unlike any other. With her talent in General
Dentistry and her passion for Cosmetic Dentistry, she has created the ultimate luxury
dental experience where the level of care and thoughtful attention to detail are

Dr. Waibel is regarded as one of the area’s top providers and is partnered with one of
the country’s most renowned ceramists to create porcelain veneers. Together, they
produce results for patients that are truly a work of art.

As an expert in vascular structure of the head and neck, Dr. Waibel also offers Botox
injections to patients for both cosmetic and medical reasons.

Christie Mandia is a patient of Dr. Waibel

With every new patient, Dr. Waibel donates to Welcoming The Stranger, a charity very
close to her heart, as the non-profit helped her get acclimated to the United States by
teaching her important language and life skills when she first moved here.


Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, Celebrates 1st Anniversary in South Philly

The Cordish Companies celebrated the first anniversary of Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, last week. The festivities included an official proclamation from the City of Philadelphia presented by Sheila Hess, City Representative, declaring the anniversary date of February 11 as Live! Day. On hand for the celebrations were Cordish Chairman David Cordish, (center)
The celebration also featured special appearances by former Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and magician Jon Dorenbos (right of the cake), and Mummers champions, the South Philadelphia String Band.

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, which represents an investment of more than $700 million, was pleased to announce contributions of more than $325 million to the local and state economies during its first year of operation, including:

  • More than $91 million in taxes to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Team Members were compensated with $51.9 million in wages
  • The opening of the facility created over 1,300 new, permanent jobs, with over 54% of Team Members residing in the City of Philadelphia.
  • Local businesses have also benefited, with Live! spending over $100 million with local, minority- and women-owned businesses.
  • Guests were also on the winning side with more than $81.7 million in total jackpot payouts. Live! continues to invest in facility upgrades and is constantly incorporating customer feedback to ensure the casino has the newest, most exciting games.

Guests enjoyed lunch, cocktails and catching up before the speeches and proclamation ceremony.

The Cordish Companies has long embraced a culture of giving and community service and their entry into the Philadelphia market was no exception. Charitable organizations across the Greater Philadelphia region received more than $454,000 in contributions through cash donations and in-kind support, with Team Members volunteering over 500 hours of community service.

Among the many beneficiaries were Philabundance (Loree Jones, executive director of Philabundance was on hand – right), American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, Jaws Youth Playbook, Darren Daulton Foundation, the Delaware Valley and Southeast Youth Athletic Leagues, and more.

During its inaugural year, the property was awarded the prestigious ‘Best Overall Gaming Resort in Pennsylvania’ by Casino Player Magazine readers, and received top accolades by USA Today readers, naming the Live! Rewards customer loyalty program and the award-winning steakhouse The Prime Rib as one of the Top 5 in the country for Best Players Club and Best Casino Restaurant in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Jon Dorenbos, Sheila Hess, City Rep and Cordish Chairman David Cordish,

This past year: Live Casino was Voted Best Overall Gaming Resort in Pennsylvania by Casino Player Magazine, Live! Conveniently located off I-95 and I-76, the facility features more than 200 luxury hotel rooms that are Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED™ with Forbes Travel Guide, a FanDuel® Sportsbook and Lounge, over 2,100 slots and electronic table games, and 150 live action table games, including a dedicated poker room. Head over to Live Casino to learn more about the property, and the delicious restaurants, ones I frequent often, especially Luk Fu, serving authentic Asian cuisine, which is open late night serving food til 2am. I’ve been there at midnight, it’s lively. As well as the 10th Street Market, a unique food hall featuring Guy Fieri’s Taco Joint and Guy’s Burger Joint; Philadelphia-favorites Lorenzo and Sons Pizza, Termini Bros. Bakery and Sang Kee Noodle Bar & Kitchen. INFO