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Ben Simmons and Kendall Jenner Celebrate The New Year in Philly, Then Go To Target

Happy New Year!! It’s Thursday in case your confused. Sorry I have been absent. My laptop melted because one of those darn batteries, so yes that is still happening. I was without my own computer for a few weeks, which was ok as I came down with the flu. I didn’t get the shot this year, I just never found the time to get it. Big mistake which won’t happen again. In fact you can get your flu shot even after you have the flu. So as soon as I am completely better I will be getting the flu shot.

Shortly before Christmas I shared a tip with one of my ardent tipster, and then completely forgot about it til

yesterday when TMZ published a report about where Kendall and Ben Simmons rang in the New Year at Attico with his friends and family. BTW while Ben was returning from the Indiana game, his family was enjoying dinner at The Palm.

On New Year’s Day while the rest of Philadelphia was enjoying the Mummers, Ben & Kendall were spotted at Target in Mt. Laurel as Ben recently bought a new pad in Moorestown. (I’m going to miss those City sightings) . (Above photo sent to me from an anonymous reader)

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Before heading to nearby Wegmans in Mt. Laure to do a little grocery shopping, where Kendall posed with a few fans including the lucky lady above. Seems Kendall and Ben were shopping for cake supplies for a sweet treat. I’ve updated reporting on my blog. A reader on Instagram informs me that Ben Simmons has moved out of the City and after a careful inspection of the Wegmans ceiling I can confirm that store is in Mt. Laurel.

II was at a party at the Ritz Residences, about 2 floors below where Ben Simmons still owns a pad. Legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins and I were hoping we’d run into them in the elevator to invite the to the Solomons as we took it a few times to check out the parade, and grab coffee from the 2nd floor. Bernard tells me that his participating in a documentary which is currently being filmed about his life. It’s a fascinating, triumph of a story. To see photos from yesterday’s Mummers Parade check out my columns in CBSPhilly and Philly Business Journal. See you tomorrow.

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Inbox: John Lithgow to Join Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra as Special Guest for the Academy of Music 163rd Anniversary Concert and Ball

For decades the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball has been among Philadelphia’s most highly anticipated charity events. On Saturday, January 25, 2020, acclaimed performer John Lithgow will join Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra to celebrate the 163rd anniversary of the Academy of Music, a national historic landmark of the Orchestra and the place where the famous “Philadelphia Sound” was created. A dynamic performer of the stage and screen, Lithgow has collaborated with orchestras as well as ballet and theater companies, sharing a deep commitment to the performing arts.


A photo I took of John Lithgow when he appeared in a “Carnival of the Animals” with the PA Ballet in 2008 at the Academy of Music.

“After all these years, the Academy of Music still inspires the most beautiful music,“ said Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “I am thrilled that the Orchestra is returning to the Academy in January for our first subscription concerts since 2001, as well as the Anniversary Concert with John Lithgow, one of the great performers of our time. It will be an unforgettable evening in celebration of a true jewel of our city and our nation.”

“We are looking forward to a magical Anniversary Concert and Ball, which will turn the spotlight on our beloved Academy of Music,” said Caroline B. Rogers, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Music. “The theme of this year’s event is ‘Grand Traditions, New Generations,’ which speaks to our mission to uphold the rich history of the Academy so that it may be enjoyed by future audiences for years and years to come. We hope that guests will be reminded not only of the building’s beauty and charm, but also of the need for its care and attention.”

 

“As stewards of this treasured icon, it is essential that we preserve and enhance the Academy for future generations,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra. “On this spectacular evening when we celebrate the building we love and cherish so deeply, may we also be reminded of the vital role the Academy plays in our lives all year long, and of the role we play in ensuring this beacon of our community continues to shine.”

The Anniversary Concert and Ball benefits the Academy of Music Restoration Fund and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Concert and Ball tickets are available at www.theacademyball.org or by calling the Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office at 215.893.1978. Concert-only tickets, priced at $75.00, can be purchased at www.theacademyball.org or by calling 215.893.1999.

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Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 14th Annual Red Tie Gala Was Heartfelt

Clayton Bridges, Deborah Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Joseph Chirichella, President and CEO and Joseph Manni, Treasurer, Deborah Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 14th Annual Red Tie Gala was held Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. The Gala, emceed by 6ABC News Anchor Rick Williams, included a cocktail reception and silent auction, lavish dinner, dancing to music provided by CTO Tribeca, and special entertainment.

Tickets were $325.00 per person and proceeds of the evening benefit Deborah Heart and Lung Center which in over 90 years has never billed a patient, and is recognized as one of the top specialty hospitals that has provided heart, lung, and vascular care to all, regardless of their ability to pay.

Drew Berrnan and Ryan Manni

Deborah Heart and Lung Center is now a clinical affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, further elevating cardiovascular care for patients in the region.

Cleveland Clinic heart program is U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 ranked program for cardiology and heart surgery for the past 25 years. (Source)

At the gala it was announced that Deborah Heart and Lung Center received a $5 million gift from Gregory Olsen, PhD., to Deborah100: The Campaign.  It is the largest single gift by an individual to Deborah in its 97-year history, and ranks among the largest gifts ever made to a New Jersey hospital. The funds will go to Deborah100: The Campaign, a multiyear initiate to add new patient floors all with private inpatient suits to the Browns Mills-based specialty cardiac, pulmonary and vascular hospital.

“Deborah has long stood at the forefront of ground-breaking medical care,” Joseph Chirichella, CEO and president of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, said. “But we have also stood for compassion and kindness through our philosophy that ‘there’s no price on life’. We are thankful for Dr. Olsen’s gift that will further elevate our care in the region.” Stay tuned for an announcement for Deborah’s Deborah’s 100th Anniversary.

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The Barnes Art Ball, Dressing For Art and Fundraising

Guests roam the gallery of the new exhibit “30 Americans ” which runs 10/27 – 1/12/20. Paintings, sculpture, and photography by influential contemporary African American artists at the 2019 Barnes Art Ball on October 25, 2019.

One of the most exquisite gala’s to attend in Philadelphia is the Barnes Art Ball held every fall. The Barnes Foundation honored the trendsetters of yesterday and today at the 2019 Barnes Art Ball, Friday, Oct. 25 at the Barnes. They celebrated Henri Matisse’s 150th birthday and previewed the contemporary art exhibition “30 Americans.” The preview included paintings, sculptures, and photography by influential contemporary Africans American artists

Allan Greaves, Kathleen Green, Natalie Wiltshire and Larry Wiltshire

Dress to impress was cocktail chic with an artistic flair for the $500 ticketed gala, which is the major fundraiser for the museum.

Britnay Webb, Rebecca Segall and Greg Segall

Philanthropists and art supporters in attendance included: John J. Aglialoro, Cathy Hughes, Aileen K. Roberts, Brenda A. Thompson, PhD, Anne F. Hamilton, Alexandra Bauer Crouch, Martha Cyphers, Marianne Dean, Kristin Detterline, Lynne K. Honickman, Mariska Bogle, Rachel Luber Cevera, Ellen Churchill, John McFadden, Samuel R. Kapp, as well as many more people who sustain the arts. Thank you to Jane Korman, who was on the committee and assisted so much before her untimely death. She will be missed. She was always so kind to me as well.

Terra Mone’, Ellen Churchill, Nancy Amoroso and Lisa Blanc
Hon. Bruce Kauffman and Carol Kauffman
Marcia Dix, Valerie Gay and Maria Wing

The Barnes is open through the holidays except Christmas and New Year’s Day. Then on 1/5/20 it’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes! See our collection, join us for family activities, and catch the final days of 30 Americans.

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Sylvester Stallone Films on his Steps; Malcolm Jenkins Gives

Monday, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) and its team of volunteers packed and distributed dinner baskets and for gifts families in Philadelphia and Camden at its 8th annual Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise event held at the Ford Police Athletic League at 631 Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia PA., before heading out to drop off the baskets to the families.

280 families were pre-identified by 27 (which is Malcolm’s jersey number too) community partner organizations in each city to receive holiday dinner baskets and experience the joy of the holidays.

On my way to Malcolm Jenkins event I passed by the Art Museum, which is conveniently located across the street from where I live. I noticed filming happening on the steps, stopped at the traffic light took the shot on the left, with a bunch of little Rocky’s on the step and trailers in the Oval. After I posted it mentioning I thought it was a commercial filming, the tips started coming in….

Someone directed me to this post by Sylvester Stallone who said he was doing something special at the Art Museum and we’d see it soon. When I finished my errands, about 4pm I saw they were still filming at the Steps so I went to the Oval to see what I could shoot.

It turns out it’s a Super Bowl commercial starring Sylvester Stallone and hundreds of Rocky extras.

Actor Comedian Chris Rock will be in this scene

This is Chris Rock’s body double running up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum which was the last scene they filmed for the commercial before wrapping for the day. Stay tuned to see 2020 Super Bowl

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Guess Who’s Back: Kendall Jenner, Ryan Phillipe and Christmas Parties

So many parties so little time, basically just a week before the holidays, and then OMG Kendall Jenner pops into town. She was first spotted Monday night at a game, no photos so I was wondering was it true. Then some of my do or die true tipsters told me it was true and started to send me evidence she was at Ben’s condo.

Kendall did an Instagram Story that set the internet on fire as she was eating cookies off a plate that Ben Simmons uses which was all the proof I needed to declare the duo is back on.

The next day, Monday 12/9 she was spotted at PHL flying back to LA,

as she was scheduled to appear on Late, Late Night with substitute co-host Harry Styles, who is no stranger to dating someone the Philadelphia region.

Before you knew it, she was back in town to see her on again, off again beau Ben Simmons play with the Sixers on Friday night, and my winter just got so much better. (Sent to me by Eye_Ballv on Instagram)

Thanks to my reader friend Will Helm, who first tipped me off to Kendall in town. He sent me photos and a video, which he didn’t even post himself. That was so nice of him, and I really appreciate it. AFTER THE GAME the newly re-coupled couple was spotted headed for a late nite supper at Double Knot in Midtown Village late Friday night. ** Recently it came out that Ben was interested in another beauty, when Kendall realized she just couldn’t bare seeing him with another. Neither one had unfollowed the other on Social Media, which is the death knell of any relationship these days. In fact Ben liked an instagram post Kendall made in June and it made the news as we’re all hopeful for a reunion especially moi in Philly cause it’s the slow social season and I need something to do with my new 650mm lens besides bird watching.

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Delaware native, actor Ryan Phillippe was in town last week. On Thursday he spoke at the Travis Manion Gala held at the Union League. After the gala he and friends were spotted nearby at Tavern on Broad Street. Saturday he headed to the Army-Navy Football game with family and friends and was snapped celebrating in the Linc Financial Field parking lot. Another great organization Ryan supports is The Innocence Project , PhillyChitChat just photographed the Pa Chapter last month at the Constitution Center.

Friday I attended the annual Vince Fumo Christmas Party, it was fabulous as usual. This year Vince had a carolers singing by the always beautifully decorated tree.

Plus his nephew in law who married Vince’s niece in Jamaica this past year, flew in the wedding singer Vince liked so much to entertain at the party – Grady Brissett . Spotted in the crowd Hacina Saadi, Mike Jerrick, Ann Catania, Bob Brady, Laverne Lee-Tanner, Carol Tamburino and Gino Cortopassi (who played Christmas songs, and sang as well), Larry and Cindy Wanerman and so many more fun people.

Then we headed to Jaimi and Ron Blackburn’s house for their annual holiday gathering. It was nice to let down my hair and chitchat with friends. OK it’s off to the shopping mall for me to get some last minute Christmas gifts. Have happy and calm days leading up to next weeks holiday. What’s everyone doing for the New Years? I’m thinking about dining on the Moshulu and seeing the fireworks from there.

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Phila Christmas Village German Weekend in Photos

This weekend our favorite Philly Christmas stop Christmas Village celebrates it’s heritage with song and dance. Here’s what I saw yesterday.

Christmas Village Schedule

Sunday, Dec 15th 2019

Opening Hours

11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Stage Schedule:

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Plans to Sand

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Rusty and Jan

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Holy Ghost Church Choir

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Project Philly

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: German Games

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: German Games

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: The MaST Community Charter School Ensemble

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: The MaST Community Charter School Ensemble

Special Events, Appearances and Offers:

Santa will be at the market to take pictures! Meet him at the Santa’s House during our opening hours.

3:00 pm – 5:00pm: The first ever German Games! Compete as a team or lone warrior in three exciting categories: Beer Stein Holding, Bratwurst Eating Contest and a Christmas Costume Contest.
Interested? Sign up now by sending an Email to Marvin at event@philachristmas.com.

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About Last Night: What’s Popping in Philly

About Last Night: What’s Popping in Philly
Hope everyone is having a great week.
Hanukkah and Christmas are closing in and there’s so much to do. Over the past week I’ve discovered a few cute shops you might like, and things you might want to do.
Congrats to my friend WOGL’s Marilyn Russell (center, standing) who held her annual Remarkable Women event on Tuesday at the Downtown Club. This year’s 98.1 WOGL Remarkable Woman of the Year is World Cup champion Julie Ertz. She was honored for her charitable work with the Ertz Family Foundation as well as her accomplishments on the soccer field. Check out additional photos at CBSPhilly.

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia celebrates this holiday season with a calendar full of exclusive experiences and adds a special twist to classic traditions. To make a reservation or for info, please call The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia at 215-523-8000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/philadelphia.

The Made in Philadelphia 
Holiday Market has once again transform Dilworth Park into a holiday shopping wonderland from Saturday, November 23, 2019 to January 1, 2020. Over 50 artisans, designers, crafters and confectioneries from the greater Philadelphia region offer decorations, gifts and holiday foods inside white, festively lit tents topped with original Herrnhut Stars. Also head on over to Christmas Village this weekend for German Weekend. there’s going to be a a beer stein holding competition, the Bratwurst eating contest, a Christmas costume contest and lots of entertainment!!
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New retail partners include:
 Aurora Grace Chocolates – including candles
 Endeavor Athletic
 Franklin & Whitman – plant-based and cruelty-free skincare, hair care, men’s grooming, and pet products
 Paper On Pine –
 Remark Glass – handblown, sustainablyrecycled glass barware and décor.
 Stover Ceramics -wheel-thrown and handcrafted pottery and custom-made pieces locally crafted in the Philadelphia area.
 Campus Artists & Makers
 Comcast NBCUniversal Store – Memorabilia from SNL, This is Us, The Top Chef and lots of other great merchandise from favorite shows.

Also popping up in the Comcast Concourse is Tired Hands Brewing Company which opened their seasonal space earlier this month. The award-winning, PA-based brewery will offer local, small batched beers to-go, tastings and an eclectic array of merchandise.

Movie Review:

A Marriage Story on @netflix#NotAChristmasMovie is hard to watch. It’s good, great acting but it’s about a divorce and it’s painful. It’s Kramer vs Kramer for this generation. The star power in this movie made me not look away except when I grabbed tissues. #MovieReview

Finally luck Friday, 13th at 6pm join in the caroling at Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square followed by a signing with Renae Baker, author of Defeating Scrooge. Plus B&N offers gift wrapping of items where ever you’ve bought your gift for a donation for the charity doing the wrapping in the vestibule.

I found this cute little shop, which houses independent artists wares, Plants 🌱 Gifts 🛍 Handmade gifts in Rittenhouse Square at 229 S. 20th Street
Pop-up Shop Located inside of the Lil’ Pop Shop www.shop-pomelo.com

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Philadelphia Style Magazine Holiday Soiree 2019

On December 8, 2019, Philadelphia Style Magazine celebrated the holiday season with a fun-filled evening at Aqimero in Center City. Guest dined on fare from Aqimero along with specialty cocktails such as the “Clausmopolitan” and “Kris Kringle” from Campari America Portfolio, Landmark Overlook Wine and FIJI Water which were dotted through out the venue for convenient consumption. Entertainment was provided by CTO Music Artists and Jewelz Entertainment.

John Colabelli, Publisher of Philly Style Magazine with the festive couple Denise Homich and John Contessa. Music and friends were on the agenda for these two. One of the highlights was attending to the 50th Anniversary of “The Beatles” White Album! At the Vault.. Berlin NJ last month.
The Grinch with Will Ball and Amanda Cheney. The duo just returned from a lifetime memory trip to London, tracing the steps of Harry Potter and visiting Big Ben. Although Ben was in scaffolding Will said it was still magnificent and could cross it off his bucket list of places to visit.
Mat Warner, Jet setting Melissa Leonard enjoyed a particular festive year from trips to Dubai, to the Super Bowl to Sweden with the kids, it’s anyone’s guess what’s on her agenda for 2020 as she likes to surround herself with winners like Phila Eagles connected Lynette Camacho, who is always raising money for some good cause and Dave Spadaro, Phila Eagles Insider who fills us in on the what what, and who’s who of the Eagles.
The Stylish Bunch: Mimi Janosy, Carmen Tomasetti, Phil Kramer, and Lauren Carey, photographer who had a lovely floral step and repeat at the party.

Phil Kramer took the great shot of Kory and I for the October issue of Philly Style Mag, and Mimi Janosy styled the shot, posing Kory and I just right as the photo came out so well.

Don Freeman and Renee Freeman, Freeman Interiors with Kristin Detterline, editor of Phila Style Magazine
Childhood friends, and now working on projects bringing tourists to Pennsylvania: Edward Harris, The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board and Justin Pizzi, Vice President of Strategic Implementation at Visit Philadelphia
Artist Dori Desautel Broudy who’s work will be popping up at Bearings Coffee in Old City on 12/21

Happy Holidays from this gang to yours….

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Kate Winslet Shops, Are Ben & Kendall BenDall Again? Wedding Bells!!

What a weekend. So many parties. I need more time. Next year we lose another day as TG is late again. Can we put up all the Christmas Trees before Thanksgiving. Let’s see what’s happening in town…

Kate Winslet and family are enjoying Philadelphia as she continues to film the HBO series Mare of Easttown in the Philly burbs. They’ve been spotted at Christmas Village, as well as grabbing food from Hip City Veg and dining at Vedge. Both Kate Winslet and her husband Ned Rocknroll, are vegetarian and have told a friend that they are thrilled that Philadelphia has so many vegetarian and vegan options. Over the weekend Kate was spotted shopping at Bulk Vintage Wholesale which held their public sale last weekend. A rep told me that the Mare of Easttown costume department buy for the show there, and Kate liked the clothes used on set that she decided to stop by herself and get a few things. The next public sale is Jan 4-5-6 from 12p-6p. bulkvintage.com

Last night my phone BLEW up from readers and Bendall fans if I knew anything about Kendall being at Ben Simmon’s Sixers game last night. I have not heard anything concrete, but I did some research and found a couple reputable, reasonable posts including a shot of Christmas cookies on Kendall’s Insta stories, with the plate sitting on Ben’s often photographed couch, this could be the start of something re-new…

And now this shows up on Twitter from a new sighting. The social season is slowing down, and I’m looking forward to a few new paparazzi shots of Kate Winslet and Kendall around town.

Congrats to Leigh Lesniak and NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal who tied the knot over the weekend at Barn on Bridge in Collegeville, PA. Several of his NBC10 colleagues were in attendance, but not the person you’re all wondering about as it was an intimate occasion with close family and friends. .

Congrats to Jan and Dan McQuade on their recent nuptials at Vaux Studios on Spruce Street. Afterwards the couple and headed to Morning Glory for a celebration brunch with friends before ending the day at Oscars. I like those two, this is the best of Philly weddings.

Catch you tomorrow for who wore what at the Philly Style Magazine party last night. It was festive and fun as usual. If I photographed you this past week make sure to check CBSPhilly and Philly Style for photos.