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This Is Us Films in Philly; Queer Eye Guy and Jason Segal Spotted – Yes they’re still here!!

Hey readers, you’re used to me doing my gossip column on Sunday’s but I’ve been slammed with work so I’m going to give you a whole bunch of chitchat to love today.

Unless you live under a rock, you at least know about the huge hit on NBC >> This is Us, which tells the story of the Pearson family in present, future and past tense, a momentous feat and great character development way to tell a story. The series is based in Pittsburgh where the main characters and their parents were born and raised. As adults, Kate lives in Los Angeles, Randall and his family are in New Jersey (and later Philadelphia) Kevin relocates from Los Angeles to New York City and back again.

Last year ‘This Is Us’ filmed scenes with Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin Pearson, at WHYY studios with Terry Gross. He was being interviewed by Gross. Here are a few of my photos from the shoot in the Inky last year. Well they’re back again this year to film a few scenes, but this time because one of the Pearsons moves to town. On Sunday (I tweeted on Sunday how sad I was to miss shooting them, but I was going to the Eagles game!!) but on Monday I was able to shoot them as they filmed scenes which will be shown in the 4th season which debuts Tuesday, September 24th on NBC. The first episode will likely kick off with The Big Three’s birthday says Good Housekeeping (just as it has in prior seasons) SPOILER ALERT, if you don’t want to know where and what Randall Pearson’s family does next, don’t read any further.

One of the biggest spoiler alerts was watching the trailer for the upcoming season. So many intriguing stories, and say what M. Night Shyamalan is joining the cast? I think I know why, and if you want to know click on the YouTube link as someone chitchats about it in the comments. OK let’s see what happened when This is Us came to town to film Sunday & Monday.

Randall Peason’s family is moving to Philadelphia, which we found out last season when Randall won a City Council seat in our City in the 12th District. (It’s a fictional show, just like Philly having a 12th District, we only have 10) The 12th District, where Randall lives, seems to be the Spring Garden area as that is where they filmed on Sunday, primarily in the 2000 block of Spring Garden. The entire family of actors Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi with their TV kids were spotted walking along Spring Garden Street. Then filming at the Philadelphia Art Museum early Monday morning they were there as well. At one point as noted by Chef Cherryl reports Randall Pearson runs up the Rocky Stairs, which is a regular exercise routine in Philly. In this photo you can also see the Pearson family in pink and green. Philly we’re gonna have a whole new bunch of fans to see the Philadelphia Art Museum and Rocky Steps.

Monday afternoon Lyric Ross, who plays Déjà , a foster kid who was taken in by Randall and Beth Pearson, filmed on South Street. First near the Headhouse on 2nd Street. Then she and her friend grabbed a Rita’s Gelato in the 300 block of South Street, before heading to the Magic Garden at 10th and South. The scene looks to be a fall after school moment as both kids in the scene are wearing warm clothing, and carrying backpacks, but as a Philadelphian every season is the perfect season for a Rita’s treat. (I was kinda bummed I didn’t have my long lens when I got the tip about This is Us filming on South Street, as I was returning from Dr J’s Golf Classic in Atlantic City and I didn’t need it. But still happy about these shots.

UPDATE: WXTU’s Nicole Michalik (3pm to 7PM) has a story on their website about Sterling K Brown at the Art Museum and how this photo came about. Head on over to WXTU

Thanks Leah Ben who tipped me off to Bobby Berk, the interior guy from Queer Eye, filming a Rachel Ray segment at Washington Square last week. The guys are nearly done filming the season 5 of the popular Netflix series.

Actory/Director/Writer Jason Segel who’s been working on the AMC TV series Dispatches From Elsewhere has been filming all over town, and in the burbs. One of them more interesting shoots occurred at the Tower Theater right before Labor Day. An overnight shoot had an audience who was listening to cult leader Octavio eschew his spiel, combat protestors with nerf objects. I hear it was a wild shoot. This series shoots here through November. It premieres on AMC TV in the first quarter of 2020. Jason Segal was roaming around Old City, which seems to be the hot spot to live while filming in Philly, the Queer Eye guys are always spotted in the area as well, anyway Jason stopped in everyone’s favorite women’s shop The Geisha House 149 N 3rd St. Later this week I’ll write about my first trip to see the Eagles play at the Linc, I hear I’m a good luck charm now. #comebackkid; also the 2nd half of my LBWkdn trip, Dr. J Gala & Golf, and more PhillyGossip. Have a great day!!

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What did the Rolling Stones Do while in Philly for nearly a WEEK! Plus Queer Eye Guys are everywhere, Sally Field is Finally Here.

OK I promised my sources I wouldn’t publish stories on the Stones until after they check out of their hotel as it seems everyone reads PhillyChitChat and they already had fans hanging outside the Rittenhouse Hotel all week, which is why I am publishing this at 4pm. If you’re a celebrity you don’t have to check out by noon.

(Photo: Derek Heidel)
The Rolling Stones plane landed Sunday July 21, with a lot of their family in tow. Most of the band headed to the Rittenhouse Hotel where they occupied nearly an entire floor, including managers, nannies, handlers and more bodyguards than you could count. The more recognizable folks like Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger would take the stairs, or service elevators to travel between the floors, often leaving through the little used garage to head out to tour Philadelphia as Charlie Watts did when he headed snuck away to hear music at a local club, or as Mick said during the concert on Tuesday, dodge potholes on his way to Wawa’s.

While Mick was in town he got a lot of food satisfaction, often ordering from local restaurants to deliver, head out to dinner with family members, or order room service from the hotel. He was spotted at dining out twice. Monday night a reader of mine sent me this photo of Mick Jagger, 76 dining with his 32 year old girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, a ballerina with the American Ballet Theater at Stephen Starr’s Talula’s Garden across from Washington Square. This is a favorite spot of Beyonce and Jay-z’s when they come to town. Tuesday after the concert at the Linc, most of the band members were spotted at Scarpetta, the restaurant inside the Rittenhouse Hotel, except for Keith Richards and Mick . Last night (Wednesday) the entire band except Keith Richards, dined at Morimoto, another Starr Restaurant.

Ronnie Wood, 72 and his wife Sally Humphries, 39 headed there from their hotel The Logan to join the band about 10PM. There’s no beef between the Stones and Ronnie, it’s just a personal preference that Wood like’s the Logan. Ronnie was super friendly at the hotel, and signed and posed for fans.

Before dinner Mick Jagger headed to the Barnes Museum for a private tour about 5:30pm. Jagger’s seventh child, Lucas Maurice Morad Jagger, age 20 accompanied him. Mick posed for a photo with staff, but I guess his son Lucas was camera shy. Then he went back to the Rittenhouse around 7PM, before heading out to dinner for a 10PM reservation dinner with the band and managers. On this particular night, the caravan of cars were less than the normal 10 car detail that followed them to the restaurant, and as elusive as ever Mick went in the backdoor while the others used the front door. Unfortunately for the fans that waited outside the Rittenhouse Hotel all week, no one got any autographs or photos.

There’s been few sightings of the fab 5 in Philadelphia, than Jason Segel or even Mick Jagger, but in the past two days we’ve had 3 sightings. Tan Francis was out and about with his beau in Old City, while Queer Eye food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski was spotted filming a segment for the show Wednesday afternoon at the the popular Queen Village restaurant Cry Baby. The restaurant was full of locals acting as extras, who dined along side them. No word on what they ate as everything is top secret, but I hear the pasta is good. In this photo is owner Bridget Foy. and her parents Bernadette and John. Antoni spent the weekend with his BFF Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid at their mother’s Yolanda Hadid’s farm in New Hope, who’s neighbor is Zac Posen, his family owns a farm in Bucks County as well.

Earlier this week Queer Eye filmed at The Duke Barber Company at 1530 Locust St, with the shows hairdresser Jonathan van Ness.

Then today koryaversa spotted Queer Eye’s Jonathan in No Libs at the Philadelphia Barber Company ( 1106 N Front St)! When you stop for a quick hair cut and @jvn stops by to say hi! He was so nice and said he liked my beard! I heard he stopped into Love and Honey nearby for lunch (1100 No Front Street) where he ordered chicken fingers, spicy slaw, cornbread with honey and 2 cookies. Sounds delicious.

Dispatches from Elsewhere is filming at 2nd and Market again tonight, inside Stephen Starr’s Continental restaurant. In tonight’s scene will be Jason Segel, Sally Field, who was seen walking down Chestnut Street yesterday carrying a Whole Foods bag, and Andre 3000.

Andre was spotted playing his flute at a Starbucks in Old City. On that note I’m off to get ready for the Philly Style Magazine party. Check back with me Monday for all the glitz and glamour as the magazine celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary!! In the meantime check out Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins Hosts Hennessy Paradis Imperial Tasting At Damari Saville with friends. See which team mate was there. https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/category/hughe-dillon/#.XToYXWFiu5U.twitter

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OLD CITY FEST ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016 Returns to the Neighborhood Sunday

Good news – it looks like Hurricane Matthew is heading out to sea and Old City Fest will be going off without a hitch on Sunday.

 

 

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OLD CITY DISTRICT CELEBRATES ART AND DESIGN, FOOD AND FASHION, CREATIVITY AND CULTURE AT OLD CITY FEST ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016

Philadelphia, PA — Old City District presents Old City Fest on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, along N. 3rd Street (from Market to Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th). Activities will include a festival stage with live music, two runway fashion shows, a family fun zone, pop-up street performances and a wide array of food, beverages, art, craft and retail shopping, with 100+ Old City vendors participating. Admission is free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go

 

“Old City Fest highlights our region’s premier arts and design district, showcasing local designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers, galleries, theater, culture, history and architecture,” said Old City District’s Executive Director, Job Itzkowitz. “Old City Fest was designed to be different.

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The city has tons of amazing neighborhood-based festivals with food, drink and music. We wanted to take that one step farther and celebrate all that makes America’s most historic square mile unique. We curated the event to give Old City’s merchants, artists, makers and creative community a platform to shine for the region.”

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Philadelphia Independents is sponsoring Independents Row, a special designated area featuring selected artists and makers. Meet the makers and peruse their handmade goods along 3rd Street in front of 35 N. 3rd Street. Independents Row will include:

As the Crow Flies
Betsy Ann Paper
Britta Keenan
The Golden Hen
Mason Made
The Nautical Rose
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Pink Hammers (Family Fun Zone)
Saffron Creations
Sarah Draws Things
Stanley, Chester & Albert
Stitch Prism
Sweet Mama Lew (Family Fun Zone)
Threet Ceramics
Tim Eads
The Tin Goat

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Old City District presents Old City Fest on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, along N. 3rd Street (from Market to Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th). Activities will include a festival stage with live music, two runway fashion shows, a family fun zone, pop-up street performances and a wide array of food, beverages, art, craft and retail shopping, with 100+ Old City vendors participating. Admission is free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. For more info, visit oldcitydistrict.org, tweet @OldCityDistrict or call (215) 592-7929. Old City Fest is produced by Old City District with support from major sponsors Bridge, Colonial Penn, Comcast, Mighty Engine, MRP Realty, Where Magazine, Xfinity, Yelp, plus other sponsors and contributors.

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OLD CITY FASHION SHOW

Old City Fest will host two fashion shows (2:00pm and 3:30pm) beneath the fall foliage of 3rd and Cherry Streets in front of MADE Institute’s Design Studio to highlight the innovation and sophistication that is Old City Fashion. Reannin Celins, from Smak Parlou and Instagram Style Blogger, will serve as emcee. Our first show will feature one of a kind, handmade work from MADE Institute’s current students and members of their Designer Development Program, including Tienel and Harx Four. Wilhelmina models will take the stage once again in the afternoon to share new fall styles from local boutiques and design collectives that celebrate Independent Designers and Diversity through fashion. These boutiques include Smak Parlour, Fason De Viv and shared space boutique, 323 Arch Street Fashion Collective, who will be represented by the brands LELE and National Picnic. The show will be set to music mixed by Cosmo Baker of Philadelphia’s Scratch Academy. Hair and makeup will be provided by Old City’s own Lakshmi Hair Studio. Whether your taste is contemporary, edgy, glam, or bohemian, these shows will not disappoint!

 

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There are lots of fun family events.

FAMILY FUN ZONE

The family fun zone will feature performances from the Give & Take Jugglers, Philadelphia Dance Academy, Music Monkey Jungle and many more. AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, the historic division of Mars Chocolate, will present the history and preparation of colonial chocolate at the Betsy Ross House. Stop by to experience chocolate the same way that 18th century chocolate maker, Mary Crathorne, did! Check in as special guests will visiting throughout the day. You might recognize some of America’s most famous neighbors!

12:00pm – Gymnastics presentation by students from Relentless Fitness
1:00pm – Arden Drama School
2:00pm – Pirates of Fortune’s Folly Stunt Show SpectaculARRRR!
3:00pm – Philadelphia Dance Academy
4:00pm – Music Monkey Jungle
5:00pm – Give & Take Jugglers

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From its historic past to its artful present to its tech future, Old City is the place to be! Look for vibrant and diverse offerings that make the neighborhood the historic gem of Philadelphia. Old City staples lining the streets will include Buddakan, Continental, Cuba Libre, Franklin Fountain, Old City Coffee, Sassafras, Center for Art in Wood, Clay Studio, Smak Parlour, and Third Street Habit. Start-ups and newer businesses including Conversion, The Little Lion, People Prints and Select Shop 215 are just some of the more than 100 vendors. Mark your calendar, tell your friends and come prepared for a festival unlike any other. For a full list of activities, vendors, schedules and other information, see below or visit oldcitydistrict.org.

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The lineup of Old City restaurants showcases the wide variety of styles and flavors while highlighting some of the best food and drinks. With more than two dozen food vendors setting up shop for the festival there is something for everyone. (*New to Old City Fest for 2016.)

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE

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Old City Fest will feature live performances from Worldtown Soundsystem, DJ D-ILL, Ernest Stuart and Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio on the main stage located at 4th and Arch Streets throughout the day. Plus, look out for Almanac Dance Circus Theatre and other pop-up performances throughout the festival footprint!

* Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio – 12:30pm

Hannah Taylor was born a little orphan girl to a black bear in the Upstate New York woods. She was raised on blackberries and moonshine. As an adult, following her stint as Aretha Franklin’s backup singer, she ventured to Philadelphia and fell in love with our city. Rockabilly, country and rock fans alike agree… Despite a lack of male pompadours, the band knows how to keep the dance floor hopping and the drinks flowing.

* Ernest Stuart – 2:00pm

Philadelphia native Ernest Stuart is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Center City Jazz Festival. Stuart is a graduate of Temple University where he earned a B.A. in Jazz Performance. While attending Temple University Ernest Stuart became known as a versatile trombonist who could play various styles of music from jazz, salsa, R&B, neo-soul to hip-hop.

* DJ D-ILL – 3:30pm

Dylan Curtis, a.k.a., DJ D-ILL was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of nine, D-ILL began to take an interest in DJ’ing.  His previous DJ engagements include; White House’s fifth annual Kids’ “State Dinner”, Host/DJ for Kid Zone at WAWA Welcome America Philadelphia on July 3rd & 4th, opening DJ for Andy Mineo Youth Concert, being host DJ for the 2016 DJ Independence Day and the 2016 Jubilee concert series, featured DJ for BoomBox Life on WildFire Internet Radio and Al Black’s Show on Blazin267 Internet radio, and performing at the Philly Hip Hop Indie Awards.

* Worldtown Sound System – 5:00pm

Worldtown Soundsystem is a unique, high-energy live music experience uniting the spheres of electronic dance music and world rhythms with live, organic instruments. Performing soulful, energizing house music compositions while showcasing influences from Afrobeat, Latin rhythms and classic funk, this electrifying 10-piece band boasts a seasoned cast of musicians from around the globe.

ABOUT OLD CITY DISTRICT

The Old City District is a special services district, managed by a board of directors drawn from area commercial property owners, business people and civic organizations.  Located in the most historic square mile of the United States, Old City is a unique blend of historic influence and modern lifestyles. Old City has reinvented itself from foundries, factories and warehouse spaces into the residential, retail, dining and cultural destination of the city with art galleries, restaurants, and upscale retail boutiques and historic tours. www.oldcitydistrict.org.

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Party Pixs: 10th Year Anniversary Party at Positano Coast in Old City

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti (212 Walnut St.) celebrated their 10th anniversary Wednesday night and invited 500 of their closest friends to the popular Italian/Seafood restaurant bar.

Rosita Lamberti, Operations Manager for Lamberti Restaurants with Amina Wirjosemito and Meredith Bloom at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
John Hoffman and Adrian Jimene at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015. Congrats to Adrian who recently got engaged to his girlfriend in San Francisco. Sad for them though, when they went to Best Buys to pick up a romantic CD, their car was broken into and a bag containing the ring (which hadn’t been given to her yet, and the camera was stolen.) She couldn’t understand why he was so upset over the camera being stolen, until he told her what he was planning to do the next day at Big Sur.
Alyssa Colston, Jessica Lopez and Jade Barnes at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Alex Holley, Samantha Scott and Jasmine Ingram at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
There was live entertainment including a DJ. Plus 5 food stations for guests to enjoy.
Ian M Crumm and Mollie Snyder kicking it up a notch, the dynamic duo has launched a travel fashion blog called WearWeWent
Mary Kay Raschella, Lindsay Fravitz and Kacie Kelley at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015. Not much on the scene anymore, these ladies have moved comfortably into their careers, and Kacie married and has a cute kid. An hour later their old friend 
 (Moi, Craig Robinson and Aly at Delfrisco’s on Thurs night)
Aly Green, who had moved to LA 3 years ago, popped in to surprise the trio as she was in town visiting her sister at her new store Boutique W on East Passyunk.
There was dancing
and the usual suspects kicking up their heels like Alisa Martino (who’s friends surprised her with a birthday cake to celebrate her big day TODAY), Jill Rizen, Marilyn Kellmer, Erin Elmore and her sister Ashley Elmore. Both Elmore girls, reality shot personalities, blasted on to the social circle in Philly about 7 years ago. These days their lives are full being moms and married to great guys.

Kat Kinslow and Lyn Grams at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Mario prepping the clams for guests
Barbara Abrahams, Little Pete and Judi Shoulson at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015. Little Pete tells me that there are two more years left on his 20 year lease on his 17th Street eatery, after that the wrecking ball will make way for a 300-room hotel .
John Clark, Comcast Sports and Steve Bucci at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Marlena Mattei and Yash Malvi at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Guests at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Zack Katz, Lindsay Toh, Michael Marino and Gabriella Esser at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Christie Walsh and Dottie Walsh at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Alicia DiMichele and Marueen Besere at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Be kind and buy Al For’s photos. Don’t just lift them. This is how he makes his living.
Mark Longori and Mellissa Hinger at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.

The very fashionable Matthew Schuyler, Lauren DiMassimo and King Malachi at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Mike Jerrick, Kharisma McIlwaine and Alloyius McIlwaine at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Marco Iannuzzi (co-owner of my favorite pizza place in Philly, Luigi’s in Fairmount. They’re also opening one in the 700 block of Chestnut St) and Melanie Monturano at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.

Christopher Lorenc and Rachel Ortiga at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.

Amber and Pedro Gomes at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015. Coming up on 2 years since their wedding, the stylish duo is heading for Italy and the Positano Coast. Can’t wait to see those photos. Congratulations to Positano Coast. It’s a delicious restaurant, that then transforms itself into a hot night life spot. And who doesn’t love when the windows are thrown open letting the cool breeze in. Plus there’s a little terrace with couches for intimate chats.