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Andre 3000, Dispatches From Elsewhere Starts Filming, Frankie Ann’s Closes; Dining out for Dogs

Andre 3000 is the new Jason Segal. Remember the actor turned writer, turned director has been spotted every where in June. Well now so has Andre 3000. He’s in town to star in Segel’s AMC TV series Dispatches from Elsewhere, which I told you about last Spring. I’m here to tell you the time is now as the movie films it’s first scenes with full cast – Sally Field, Richard E Grant and Eve Lindley begins today.

WHITE DOG CAFE & WMMR’S PRESTON AND STEVE TO HOST THIRD DINING OUT FOR THE DOGS TO BENEFIT ALPHA BRAVO CANINE

The White Dog Cafe and WMMR’s Preston and Steve will host the third annual Dining Out for the Dogs Monday August 19, 2019 starting at 5pm to raise funds for Alpha Bravo Canine, which provides trained service dogs to U.S military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat related disabilities.

The White Dog Cafe and WMMR’s Preston and Steve will host the second annual Dining Out for the Dogs on Monday August 19, 2019 starting at 5pm to raise funds for Alpha Bravo Canine, which provides trained service dogs to U.S military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat-related disabilities. WMMR, BEN FM, WMGK, WXTU and WIP on-air personalities will be at each of the three White Dog Cafe locations (Wayne Haverford and University City) dining with guests and hosting drawings for prizes including the opportunity for a commissioned 30” by 40” pet portrait (valued at $2650), by artist Jay McClellan, who’s artwork adorns the walls of the White Dog Cafe locations. Raffle tickets for $20 are available now through August 19, 2019 at all three locations for the Jay McClellan portrait. The drawing will take place August 20, 2019 and guests will be notified by email/phone.

There will also be puppy-kissing booths at each location where guests can make a donation to cuddle and kiss one of the Alpha Bravo Canine puppies! Guests can also donate $25 and book a VIP table (very important puppy) where they are guaranteed outdoor seating for the event with their pup (based on availability – at Haverford and U City only).  Guests can enjoy our the new signature Barc Echo cocktail with a portion of the proceeds going too Alpha Bravo Canine now through August 20, 2019.

We hardly knew you, Frankie Ann’s, formerly Rembrant’s in Fairmount has closed. The eatery located at 741 N. 23rd St. was open just about a year, but never took hold. Recently they filed for a variance to have a roof deck and faced opposition from the neighborhood.

But that wasn’t their only problem, their food was never above bar standard. I had the worse nachos in my life there last month. Marilyn and I were just shocked, as we’re big nacho fans. I didn’t post it because I could tell they were hurting, and didn’t want to be the last person to put a nail in the coffin. I had met the owner last year and he was super nice guy, plus he named the place after his wife, I really wanted it to succeed, but you have to have good food. We now have two iconic Fairmount restaurants looking for new operators – The London Grill and the former Rembrandt’s.

I always tell my readers if they want to meet new people to check out a meetup.com group of their interest. It’s a no pressure way to meet people, folks who have similar interests as you, maybe a future BFF or spouse. I went to the Fairmount Photo Club on Saturday. I learned a few things, you don’t have to be from Fairmount, there were people from all over Philly, the burbs and even SNJ there. Plus you don’t have to own a camera, some people used their phones, like the guy there 2nd from the right. So join us next time of check out one of the other 1000s of groups to find your interest.

Monday a new advertiser started with PhillyChitChat – Maria Quattrone, real estate expert CEO of RE/MAX @ HOME – Philadelphia. Check out this featured listing at 730 Fitzwater.

Ghetto Cowboy starring the sexist man alive – Idris Elba – will begin filming in North Philly in August for a month. They’re looking for cast and crew.
Grab an August issue of Vanity Fair as Idris Elba is on the cover, with a great story inside to familiar your self with the man.

I caught Patti LaBelle at Parx Casino’s Xcite Center on Friday. She was flawless as can be, performing a 90 minute set on stage as if she were 40 years younger. The godmother of soul is 75 years young she told the crowd. Have you been to the Xcite Center yet. It’s an intimate setting with about 5,000 comfortable seats, everyone with a decent view. There are still tickets left for Cheech & Chong, Air Supply, JB Smooth and Jethro Tull.

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Nuisance 7-11 Closes; 6ABC Wedding, Jillian and Jessica Out and About, Best People Watching

Relax it’s only Sunday, but if you’re looking for something to do I have a suggestion the annual La Festa Street Festival on East Passyunk from 11am to 7pm. I’ll be shooting the event between 1PM and 330PM, you can find me at the spaghetti eating contest at 3PM. Bon Appétit!!

There’s one less place to grab a slurpee this summer as the packed, but often troubled 7-11 store across from Love Park has closed. Super convenient for grab and go items, especially since the closest Wawa can’t be found for blocks. It’s actually perfect for a Wawa since they already handle massive crowds at their Broad and Walnut, and 20th and Market Stores. If you need your Slurpee fix, especially on 7/11 Slurpee Day, when they give away free Slurpee’s, you can find one at 1319 Market Street, or 1835 Arch Street. Customers can stop into their local 7-Eleven between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. local time to receive a small Slurpee for free.
Congrats are in order for 6ABC producer Jessica Gonzalez who married the love of her life yesterday Andrew H, in Montauk, New York, her happy place. Many of her co-workers went to the chapel including Brian & Mara Taff, Alicia Vitarelli, Sharrie Williams, Matt Pellman, as well as a few alumni’s Kenneth Moton, who is now a correspondent for ABC News and Shirleen Allicot who now co-anchors Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon in ABC7 in NYC.
Last night I did a radio segment for Style Club Radio, 1210 WHPT at 11pm, with Josh DeMarco is Philadelphia’s NEW on-air hub/mecca of style and fashion and co-hosted by Creative Director and Fashion designer Steveala Sanchez, and Michelle Miller. Then we all headed to Stratus Lounge to catch Quest Love spin at the Roots Picnic After Party. It was a no cell phones, social media party but I was able to get this one shot at a point where everyone seemed to whip out their phones to capture the legend behind the turntable. Quest Love will be spinning once again tonight, at an all age party on the Moshulu at 6PM. Tickets are only $15. This time they’ll be securing your phone in a sealed envelope. Just don’t open it on deck. (Info)
Congrats to Pearl Properties their news place , The Harper, is 100 Percent Leased on opening day June 1.
Two beautiful reporters walk into a bar, well in this case a popular restaurant Double Knot. Jessica Boyington grabbed dinner with former co-worker Jillian Mele on Friday night at the Center City hot spot. The two former traffic gals from NBC10 had a lot of catching up to do now that Jessica has popped up as a general entertainment reporter at 6ABC. Jillian is now on Fox & Friends in NYC, on an early morning shift, so both noted in their social media posts how unusual it was for Jillian to be noshing on a Friday night. Last week 007 Pierce Brosnan was in town, well he flew into town, drove to Dickinson University to give the Commencement Speech then grabbed dinner at Estia Taverna in Radnor, before running into real estate celebrity to the stars – Melissa Leonard at PHL as they were both flying out.
Last night I spotted Harvey Welker, Julie Welker, a Fairmount real estate agent and most notably known as NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker ‘s parents at Capital Grille in Center City. Mike and I were there celebrating Stacy Kracher’s birthday, and the impending birth of her and Brandon Morrison’s baby due 7/20. Their sidewalk cafe is now open.
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, a stop by Dilworth Park. The water park was packed yesterday with kids cooling off, parents chatting with friends, and folks just enjoying the day. Every day there’s something going on at the park, located on the west side of City Hall. Check their website for info.
Another great place to people watch, Fairmount Park. I caught this mama groundhog sunning on a sign. Nearby were her cute babies. It was adorable. I recently aquired a new lens 150mm to 600mm to further expand my bird watching captures. So it was fun to see this yesterday on my way to photograph the 13th Annual Independence Dragon Boat Regatta. Check out the photos here on CBS3Philly, as well as many other parties I photographed this week.
Have a great day!!
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ChitChat: Brooke Shields, hope chest on the move, Lê, K’Far

Happy Memorial Day Weekend. I hope you have a wonderful time with friends, family, sunshine and making memories, good memories. Also be good to yourself, we’re all vulnerable to FOMO, and loneliness. If you’re having a BBQ, or you want to connect with people have a party, get together, call that person you promised to get together with, invite someone over you know is alone this weekend…and best of all I’m going to give you some chit chat for discuss this weekend.

Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary to this guy, and Happy 25 Years since our first date!!
It was a long engagement!! I always forget Mike is 5 years younger than me, cause he’s a lot more grown up. Without him there would be no PhillyChitChat. I’d still be working as a paralegal for some lucky law firm.
If you thought you saw Brooke Shields at the Radnor Hunt Races on Saturday, you did. Several people told me they saw her and after a little digging I was able to find this photo of Brooke having dinner with friends Lisa Natalizio Booth and Maria at Limoncello in West Chester Monday night. There’s a good chance that was her at the Radnor Hunt Races on Saturday. Brooke also appeared on QVC on Tuesday.

As I reported last week actor Jason Segal is in town to prepare for the AMC TV Series shooting a 10-episode, hour-long series called “Dispatches from Elsewhere” here in Philadelphia. Production starts in July and will continue through November. Like all of us he appreciates that Philly is a foodie town and has been spotted at a lot of eateries: Destination Dogs, Whole Foods on South Street, a.kitchen, The Dandelion, Butcher & Singer. Thanks for the shout out Nick Vadala from Philly.com

This week there have been quite a few news women in the news. Biggest story Monica Malpass leaving 6ABC, and Alicia Vitarelli is back on set.

Cook & Solo

Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s upcoming all-day cafe in the Harper now has a name on the wall and a beautiful courtyard being built. James Beard Award winner Camille Cogswell will head up K’Far, an all-day bakery and cafe located within the luxe new development in Rittenhouse ~ @pearlpropertiesphilly The Harper . The refurbished large beam you see here is art, it used to hold up ceiling in Boyd’s Theater auditorium, which formerly was on this site. Thank you @pearlpropertiesphilly for preserving it!! The Harper opens on June 1

Last month the dress shop ellelauri, located next to The Harper moved to Mount Airy. Moving in it’s space is hope chest, another “clothing store” that likes to use small letters as the name of their store. Currently located at 1937 Chestnut St. they’ll be moving to 114 S 19th St this summer.

Starbucks at Dilworth Park has opened. They offer all the products you’d find at any of their stores including sandwiches, cake pops and coffee of every flavor. Check out the Center City District calendar for all the great events happening at Dilworth Park this summer.

This was from my Instagram Post Wednesday Night:
Congrats on 7 years @hopsinglaundromat on the 7th Anniversary Of @hopsinglaundry . Le announced at party the sandwich shop is opening soon AND he’s taking over Vesper Bar @RittenhouseRow ‬. I noticed that the bartenders all wore black gloves, I’m told that it keeps their hands clean, protected and sticky free while they mix and make cocktails. Michael Klein reports that DiBruno Brothers on Chestnut Street have a wine bar and cafe in the works.
Philly’s best outdoor venue for drinking, dining
and entertainment . The Deck on the Moshulu is open Now thru September.
#SaveTheDatePHL June 2 – Sundae w. Questlove
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We’re rolling right into our sweet 16 with another summer of family friendly dance parties 🙂 As always we kick off the season with Questlove of The legendary Roots Crew!  Please note* No cell phones, or social media! Phones will be placed in a sealed envelope that you keep with you, just like we did last year! ALL AGES x KIDS ARE FREE X RAIN OR SHINE! Buy Tickets Here
This past weekend I headed to Jersey to check out Palmyra Cove Nature Center.

It’s about a 25 minutes drive from Center City, where you can have a picnic, fish or walk about on trails exploring nature. There’s free parking, and a great visitor center with restrooms and nature exhibits. Have a great weekend…. Follow me on Social Media for the latest news you can use… I don’t always cross promote so you might need to follow me on all three: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

Enjoy your sunrises and sunsets this weekend!!!
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Jessica Boyington Gets A job, #BENDALL ON?, Sally Field Films in Philly

Hey Friyay is here and finally a spot of sunshine to get us through the weekend. Saturday is going to be something else in Philly, so much going on – The Italian Market Festival, The Rittenhouse Square Festival, The Stotesbury Regatta, Penn Graduation, the Joe Biden Rally on the Art Museum Steps. My advice, don’t drive, take public transportation – act like the Pope is here again.

Congrats to Jessica Boyington, who abruptly disappeared from the airwaves doing traffic for 4 years at NBC10 Philadelphia in early February. Today she popped up on 6ABC, not doing traffic but as a special features reporter. Today she talked about events happening this weekend. Jessica Philly missed you, we’re glad you’re back.

Are they , aren’t they. I’ve been quoted in the media on both sides. But according to the June edition of Vogue Australia, Kendall Jenner  Kendall Jenner chats about dating Ben Simmons, who hails from Australia. Kendall was spotted on video watching the Sixers playoff game at her friends house, cheering Ben Simmons on when he had the ball and made a basket. I saw the video and capture a blah screenshot, which is why it’s not on this post.

Posing for the magazine’s cover, Kendall hinted in the interview that she’d possibly like to get engaged to Ben ‘one day’.  

The interview was done about a month ago, and since both of them are low profile peeps, we’ll just have to wait. Although I have seen video of her watching the last Sixer’s playoff game against Toronto. BUT I’m sure the rumor of her hanging out with ex-boyfriend Harry Styles, is just that, a rumor. I don’t think she’s his type anymore. I believe he’s going the way of George Michael, right now bi sexual, and at some point he’ll come out.

Fan photo of Harry Styles and Xander Ritz at Baskin Robbins in Wayne in 2015

I found this blind item linking to my blog last week
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MET GALA: I’m not sure where the long time boyfriend of the foreign born closeted former A+ list boy bander was last night. That being said, our boy bander was having lots of fun with lots of different guys. Harry Styles (“One Direction”) (Lacrosse player Xander Ritz) or (Nick Grimshaw) (Harry Styles claps along to Cher, drops the F-bomb and displays his dance moves as he enjoys a VERY raucous night at the Met Gala) >>>> (#HarryStyles and his new BFF Xander Ritz Hung out in the Latter’s Hometown Since Sunday) (Nick Grimshaw speaks out over Harry Styles relationship rumours)

It’s gonna be a beautiful weekend. Let’s go check out Open Houses with Allan Domb.
Jason Segal – IMDB Photo

‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’: Richard E. Grant, Sally Field & Eve Lindley To Star In Jason Segel’s AMC Anthology Series is schedule to film in Philly this summer, through November. Jason Segal, who is also starring in the TV series, is also producing and has been spotted around town this week. Wednesday night around midnight, he was spotted at Franklin Fountain in Old City. My friend tells me people recognized him, and he was very friendly. When he left he “High Fived” everyone. Last night he was spotted eating at a.kitchen across from Rittenhouse Square, outside where he posed for fans, before strolling along 18th towards Chestnut Streets about 8PM where another reader recognized him and chatted a bit about Philly hot spots, and AllBirds shoes. Don’t expect to see Sally Field, Richard Grant or Eve Lindley until after July 4th, when filming is scheduled to begin. For casting information head on over to Heery-Loftus Casting, who does the majority of casting for films that come to Philly. (Deadline)

Presidential candidate Cory Booker was in town for a fundraiser at Maison 208 last night, where Micah Mahjoubian snagged a photo with him.

Have a great weekend…..wear your hat and sunblock.

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Party Links to Pixs and A Fond Farewell to Lucy Noland

The light is at the end of the tunnel, another week of double duty events, then Memorial Day and it slows down for the Spring Social Season. What a ride. Let’s review a few events I covered with links to where they were published as many of you would like to find your photo, see what folks wore to events and general chit chat here on the blog about decor and details. Next to the parties I have links to which media outlets they appear in; some of these events will be submitted for consideration in Philly Mag as well.

Jefferson Celebration of Innovation – Cocktail Reception, Innovation Exhibition and Awards Ceremony. This event appeared on ChitChat yesterday. It was a great event, the talent graduating from the school formerly known as Textiles, then Philadelphia University, now Jefferson University is really going to change the world. I love Jefferson’s president Steve Klasko, he’s a real visionary. He’s cobbled together a network of hospitals, and institutions in the name of curing the world.
In previous years it was a sit down dinner at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City. This year they decided to have it on their East Falls campus, in the basketball auditorium, within walking distance for the students, free parking for the guests. They did a great job with decor, draping the large space, and dividing it into two distinct areas, one of the cocktail party the other for a sit down program. If you missed yesterday’s column on the student innovation projects check them out HERE.

The 2019 BLOCS Gala for Catholic Education is held to raise funds for scholarships to ensure every child, regardless of religious beliefs or sociology-economic status, has equal access to a quality education. For forty years they have been committed to ensuring low-income families to have access to a high quality, vales based education in Catholic schools, and to equip and empower them to pursue their highest potential. Photos for this event appeared in Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly

The event was held at Cescaphe’s The Waterworks. The cocktail party took place under the Grand Pavilion; the dinner under a tent at The Mill House which was beautifully decorated by Beautiful Blooms, owned by Cescaphe.

West Laurel Hill presented a one-of-a-kind featured where Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, Sterling Baca , Lillian DiPiazza, Yuka Iseda, and Aleksey Babayev, performed excerpts from Romeo & Juliet and Giselle at the historic landmark on Sunday May 5, in celebration of the cemetery’s 150th anniversary.  . Also in the photo: Deborah Cassidy and Joanie Sweeney of West Laurel Hill (l) and on right Nancy Goldenberg, President of
West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home and Laurel Hill Cemetery . Angel Corella, Artistic Director of the Pa Ballet, and Shelly Power, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Ballet. See additional stories and photos: Philly Voice. West Laurel Hill Cemetery is more than just a final resting place, they hold events in their conservatory, and give tours of the cemetery. It’s also an Arboretum. I like to bird watch there as well. Follow them on Twitter

Susan Russell, Michele Schaffer, and Lucy Noland, with American Humane Hero Therapy Dog of the year Aladdin. (Photo: Mike Hirata)

On sad news Lucy Noland announced on her FB page that she would be leaving Fox 29 as of May 30. No mention of what’s next for her, but where ever she goes they’ll be lucky to have her. I’ve always enjoyed her frank delivery of the news, as if she were one of us, speaking to us with empathy as sometimes the news was hard to swallow. It was nice getting to know her personally on Thanksgiving Day at Manna, or ever spring at the No Dog Gets Left Behind Gala. Here’s her complete message.

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Cher Shops, Spielberg, A New Eatery and Adele’s Next Song

Metriologist Lauren Casey noted over the weekend that the Swann Fountain was on, winter is over. Finally we are getting the spring we’ve wanted in the past couple years. The weather has been so beautiful and as have the flowers and trees. Hope you had a great weekend.

Saturday night Kory and I caught Cher at the Wells Fargo Center. The show was perfection, a well tuned bio of Cher’s successful musical career. The only disappointment was she never swayed from the script which she does in every City. She didn’t don a Sixers jersey, or even give a shout out to Philly, but she did get us on our feet and reliving the memories our lives through music. Philly Gossip: Before Saturday’s concert she checked into the Ritz Carlton early Friday morning, and her longtime BFF Paulette headed to fashion icon Joan Shepp’s Chestnut Street shopto pick out some clothing for an in room fashion show, says my spy who was shopping near by. The next day Cher signed autographs for fans after checking out on before heading to Wells Fargo for soundcheck. There are no photos as she wasn’t camera ready she told them, but I was told she looked stunning, and smelled wonderful. What did your granny do Saturday night?

Nile Rodgers gave a shout out to WDAS, who he said was the first radio station in the country to play a Le Chic song, launching his career. Nile went on to write songs for Will Smith “Get Jiggy With It”, Sister’s Sledge “We Are Family”, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Pharrell’s “Get Lucky,” and Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out,” all songs he and Chic performed Saturday night to a delightful crowd.

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Wednesday I got a tip that Comcast President Brian Roberts and Stephen Spielberg were eating lunch at Parc in a window seat facing Rittenhouse Square. Later that evening he appeared at a Q&A at the Comcast Technology Center to discuss a collaboration he did with Comcast, with the Sphere which is in the lobby of the latest Comcast building. Go see it, it’s open now and is really fantastic.

Speaking of lobby’s have you seen the new lobby at the Wanamaker Building. So beautiful. They did a good job, especially in the Passero’s Coffee Roasters lobby located right outside Macy’s Center City.

Scott Weiner took this shot of Charles P. Pizzi at the Philadelphia Police Foundation’s A Night for Blue fund-raiser prior to Pizzi being presented with nonprofit’s Founder’s Award at Ballroom at the Franklin. Motorcycle on which Pizzi is sitting was one of 14 to have been purchased by the Foundation for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Highway Patrol Division. Funds raised at the event will go to fund equipment, training, programs and technology that are not included in the city’s current budget.
Restaurateur Brian Calhoun opens his Japanese-style grilling with Bincho at 228 South Street South Street today.

On a sad note, Adele and Husband Simon Konecki Split After More Than 7 Years Together. On a bright note, the world is anticipating for her next song.

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Mini Wawa, Spotted Justin Timberlake, The Crystal Tea Room, Congrats Dones!!

Good day Sunday. Probably the last day to really enjoy the Cherry Trees in full bloom. I noticed that it was a shot blast of color and the trees outside my window have gone green. They’re so good knowing the time of the trees. Here’s some info.

In October I broke the story that Wawa was going to open near 16th and Chestnut Streets, and last week they officially announced it, with a twist. It’s going to be a mini Wawa, with a Take Out Window facing 16th Street for pre-orders. What a great idea especially for those running late for work. Read all about the new mini mart Wawa at Philly Mag.

Justin Timberlake at Wells Fargo last weekend, grabbed Alicia Conron’s friends cell phone and took a selfie of the gang. Unlike other times he’s played her, he didn’t stay over, just drove down and back from NYC.

Congratulations Emily Costa Dones, community relations at Sugarhouse and Jose Dones, Phila Police Officer who were married Friday night, and then celebrated with friends at The Lucy.

Michelle Miller spotted Brian Posehn at the Reading Terminal Market earlier this week. On April 11 he appeared at local comedy club Helium. Last month Michelle and her husband Josh DeMarco launched
a new and exciting talk radio show hybrid with social media-tv concept covering lifestyle in the Delaware Valley called Style Club Radio which airs every Saturday on Entercom’s 1210 WPHT and as a podcast on Radio.com and now a YouTube . I made an appearance last week. Check out the latest shows HERE .


Join us for the 4th Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction at the historic First Troop Armory on Friday, May 3rd to support local veterans!

Last night I photographed The Little Smiles Stars Balls 2019. What an amazing, moving event where kids who are fighting chronic illnesses are pampered and treated as stars for an evening gala raising funds for Little Smiles mission. MY jaw dropped when I saw the Crystal Tea Room (Finley Catering) cocktail area, it was completely renovated, looking nothing like what it had been only a month before. It’s beautiful. The other space was gorgeous too, but always bottle necked during a packed cocktail hour.

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Philly Gossip, Philly Jesus, Philly’s Eve, Phillies Bryce Harper and Queer Eye in Philly

Spring has sprung

What a gorgeous weekend. You have got to set away from the computer, the phone, Real Housewives and go outside and enjoy today. One of the best places to see the Cherry Trees today is at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia in Fairmount Park, or taking a walk along Locust Street where the cherry trees in the St. Marks garden are blooming, then head to Rittenhouse Square as the trees are bursting with colors.

Over the past year something’s been missing in Philadelphia, especially near City Hall and that something was Philly Jesus. He just disappeared after being such a fixture in our area for the previous 4 years. Yesterday while I was watching the folks run through the fountain, and mist, by the way the mist is back, Michael Grant, aka Philly Jesus walked up to me to say hello. He was dressed in civilian clothes, and was beaming ear to ear. He told me that he had stepped back for nearly a year, Philly Jesus had become a heavy burden. He had to reflect on the message he was putting out there in the name of Jesus. There was a miss step, and a backlash from people who were opened to his message. He made a judgement, instead of a sharing a message of love. He is human, and as humans we make mistakes –

Proverbs 24:16 For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

In the 10 months since he stepped back, his father has died, which if anyone has lost a parent, you know what a life changing experience that is; plus he’s fallen in love, in love with a girl that met him while he was dressed as Philly Jesus. They’re ready to settle down, and start a family. But don’t think he isn’t going to spread the word of Jesus, he is still steep in his faith and wants the world to know Jesus loves them. Michael Grant loves them, his message has always been about love for each other, but know we are all human and we sometimes stray from the path of compassion.

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Philly Jesus interview at Dilworth Park

As a sober person, and Michael is also sober having gone through Gaudenzia, an organization I work with, I understand his transformation, his spirituality. He told me during the program he took Bible study, and it changed him. He also told me he has been saved from heroin, drug addiction and a life of crime which goes hand in hand with hopelessness. It’s a profound transformation when anyone can escape the evil horror of addiction. I completely understand as someone who has escaped that hell, and became spiritual. To hear more about what Philly Jesus – Michael Grant is doing follow him on Instagram.

What happens when Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Jake Arietta and other Phillies team members and their wives/girlfriends exit Harp & Crown after dinner on a Thursday night? Sam Zeff gets to check off #selfie with #bryceharper


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The Shazza Shop tagged me in an Instagram post to tell me that Netflik’s Queer Eye will be filming in the Philly area from June through September.
“this is not a drill! @queereye casting just popped in the shop. they will be filming in philly + burbs (within an hour) from june through september. to nominate a hero, send an email to QECASTING@ITV.COM. spread the word. so exciting for the city! #queereye#yay”
_ Ok now I’m really looking forward to summer. Can we get them for the Gay Pride Parade in June? If you spot someone tell us, and I’ll tell you. BTW an original Queer Eye guy Carson Kressley will once again lead the judging panel for the fabulous Ladies Hat Day Contest at the Devon Horse Show May 29, 2019.

If you follow me at Social Media you know yesterday I covered the WDAS Women of Excellence Awards. Philly’s own Eve was honored a long with a host of beautiful Queens. I’ll have those photos up later this week. Last night her family hosted a party for family and friends at her dad, Ron Wilch’s shop, The Wardrobe Clinic in Center City. Spotted at the party was Marcus Allen, executive director of Big Brother Big Sister (above with his daughter Lainey), Thanuju Hamilton (no doubt taking a 1000 selfies) and Quincy Harris, tune into The Q Show on Monday for details. On Wednesday out own CBS3Philly’s Ukee Washington will be on The Talk, where Eve is one of the co-hosts. I honestly love that show and watch it every day. Those gals really get along, and have informative conversations.

Louie Louie’s patio is open today for BRUNCH, and Dinner. Next week Fearless Women’s Network is having an event your should attend.
Mind, Body, Brunch! Enjoy a Buti Yoga Class, Mindful Communication and brunch at Louie Louie Saturday 4/13 10am to 1PM !

Thanks for checking out this weeks Philly Gossip – HughE Around Town. See you tomorrow, or on social media all day long.

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Spotted: Oprah, Harry Styles, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Jennifer Lopez Works Out in Philly, A Rod Tours NoLibs

Hey there Sunday readers, hope you had a fantastic Saturday. What a beautiful day, and a taste of spring. It’s Sunday and here at Philly Chit Chat that means one thing time for a little Philly Gossip.


Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were in town Sunday to attend the Phillies game last night as A Rod is an announcer with ESPN.  Before the game J Lo went to the new Sweat Gym at Broad and Chestnut to do a quick work before the game. Her trainer Lauren Findley @laurenlf posted a photo of them after working out.  J Lo is wearing Niyama Sol her new leggings design, under $100 a pair she says it will show your butt the way you want it to be seen. What did former Yankee Alex Rodriguez do, I hear he headed to NoLibs to check out his new boutique studio TruFusion which is under construction at 1150 N. American Street (right down the street from the Piazza). The Las Vegas gym expects to open the first of many in our area this summer. No doubt next time J Lo is in town she’ll be working out there.

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Right after the game they were escorted by a bevy of security, where J Lo slid into the waiting SUV, while A Rod signed for fans before making his exit. I hear they headed for the Walt Whitman bridge back to Manhattan.

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Thanks to so many tipsters who told me that Oprah and Gayle King were spotted at the Reeds Hotel (Reeds at Shelter Haven) in Stone Harbor, NJ Saturday. They’re no strangers to the Jersey shore and periodically pop up as Oprah’s fiance, Stedman Graham is from nearby Whitesboro. In the 90s Oprah and Stedman even rented a house for the summer on 112th Street near the point, my mom would see Oprah running early in the morning and they’d just wave to each other from familiarity of a daily routine. Oprah posing with high school sweethearts Sara Paton and Wesley Krempel who tied the knot in Stone Harbor at the Reeds.

Gayle King was in Stone Harbor with her kids Will Bumpus, Jr and Kirby Bumpus and posted yesterday.

In recent years when Oprah and friends have come to town they stay at the Reeds or in Cape May. Last September they celebrated Labor day in Stedman’s hometown at the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, N.J. 30th reunion. Just a few weeks ago Nick Vadala, at Philly.com reported Oprah, Gayle King and Stedman Graham were spotting dining in Cape May, where the trio enjoyed several dishes from the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel in town. In 2013 They stayed at Congress Hall and Oprah told her fans they were getting ready for India Arie on Super Soul Sunday.

Unfortunately this visit wasn’t for something on a happier note. They were hear to attend Stedman’s brother’s funeral . James Owen Graham was born in Cape May Court House, N.J. on September 4, 1956 to Stedman Worth and Mary Jacobs Graham. Affectionately known as Jimmy, he passed away peacefully in the early morning of March 24, 2019 at Cape Regional Medical Center. He was sent home yesterday at a beautiful mass in their hometown church Christ Gospel Love Center. 2209 Route 9 South, Whitesboro, N.J. 08252 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, P.O. Box 412, Whitesboro, N.J. 08252 and Caring for Kids, 31 East Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.

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Folks are on the look out for Harry Styles who was snapped at the Philly Airport last night. Is he here to visit his friend Xander Ritz, who grew up on the Mainline.

Spotted dining at Estia was Bryce Harper’s grandparents the night before his debut at the Phillies Opening Game.

Friday night Aaron Nola celebrated the Phillies win with dinner at Capital Grille with his family.


Photo by Shira Yudkoff

THE PUBLIC, written and directed by Emilio Estevez, which opens to the public today, had a fundraising screening Thursday night at the Philadelphia Film Society on Chestnut Street in Center City benefiting the Mental Health Partners of Philadelphia.   The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. Before the screening there was a VIP reception where Emilio Estevez, and Alec Baldwin mingled and posed with film goers. In this photo is taken by Shira Yudkoff
Emilio Estevez, and Alec Baldwin with  Dr. Adriana Torres-O’Connor President, CEO of Mental Health Partners, and husband Kerry O’Connor.  Friday morning Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria were turning heads as they walked up Walnut Street before returning to their hotel at the Union League. (Yes there are hotel rooms in the Union League.)

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Cinder Blume’s, Jessica Boyington, Preakness at Piazza is no More,

Happy Spring, last year it snowed. Today we’re getting an epic rainstorm. It’s Thursday, let’s gossip….

But look the Cherry Trees are starting to bloom at the Art Museum

There’s a New Kid On The Block

Speaking about bloom, a few weeks ago I wrote about one of my favorite places to grab a cider and a pizza, Cinder Copper & Lace closing for renovations, and posted a few pixs which looked like they were changing their name and concept. I just received a press release from Kory Aversa, Aversa PR and it’s true. ” From the heat of the glowing embers will rise up a stylish and colorful bar and restaurant that is designed to be light, fun, casual and yet sophisticated. Blume will open in approximately three to five weeks, and launch with lunch and dinner service seven days a week. Look for boozy brunch, happy hour and late night menus to follow later in spring.” “Craft Concepts Group is excited to announce our newest food and drink concept, Blume, at 1500 Locust Street,” said Teddy Sourias. “We are aiming to create a fun, light, energetic and comfortable concept – that also puts the focus on cocktails and natural wine, which is new for us as a company. – Congrats to them. Looks like it will be Rosé All Day at Blume.

STOP THE TRAFFIC
Speaking of rose, my friend Erin Como posted this photo over the weekend of her at a Wawa, near where she lives in DC. I noted everyone’s favorite traffic gal Jessica Boyington like it. Why that is significant is everyone has been writing me to ask what Jessica is up to, and why she isn’t on NBC10 anymore. I am in the dark as much as you, but I did find this article published by Nick Vadala , at Philly.com. I’m sure Jessica would love to hear from you, and although her social media has been silent since 2/7/19, she’s still active on it.

A Rose By Any Other Name

Another popular eating spot underwent a refresh this winter – Rouge. I stopped by earlier this week to see the unveil and it’s beautiful. The bar has been relocated to the wall where a banquette used to be, which allowed Rob Waserman to add 20 additional seats for dining. The menu and cocktails are new as well; the only item that came over from the old menu was Rouge’s very popular burger. I loved the new carpet as well, with it’s vines and rose colored butterflies.
Spotted Around Town

Speaking of dining out Julianne Moore was spotted at Parc on Monday night, she’s in town promoting her new movie “Gloria Bell” which is getting rave reviews. Tyler Perry dined at Scarpetta, he’s in town appearing in Tyler Perrys Madeas Farewell which is at The Met this week. Dolph Lundgren in town for an autograph session, was spotted there the week before. Last week Desean Jackson celebrated his new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles with a steak at Capital Grille. Soon the eatery, which is celebrating 17 years at Broad and Chestnut, will be opening their sidewalk dining area.

I’m Not Horsing Around

I chatted with the organizers of Preakness on the Piazza, a popular event which took place annually for 6 years at the Piazza in Northern Liberties on the 3rd Saturday of May, and benefited the National Multiple Sclerosis Society . The event attracted a millennial crowd dressed in their Derby finest. Despite the rain that seemed to fall every year, the event was always packed and raised nearly $100,000 every year for MS. Geoff Gross, the co-founder of Preakness at the Piazza, tells me he wants to do something different this year, which would still benefit MS, perhaps in the Fall so stay tuned. But don’t fret I have alternatives where you can still wear your bonnets and springtime outfits.

Bow Ties, Big Hats & Bourbon: A Kentucky Derby Party head on over to West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home on May 4th for their annual Kentucky Derby Party. Proceeds from the event will benefit Gateway HorseWorks, a nonprofit which offers transformative Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Services to children, adults, and families in a healing, farm-based environment. (INFO) Also check out other events West Laurel Hill will be having this year to celebrate their 150th Anniversary.

If you’re looking to party on Preakness Day, celebrate 89 years of horseracing on the Main Line. With everything from amazing tailgates, fancy hats and bow ties to the parade of antique carriages and thoroughbreds racing for the finish, Radnor Hunt Races is a day filled with elegance, excitement and fun. I’ve attended for the past 8 years, and it really is fun, it was odd, even though it seemed to rain on the Preakness on the Piazza in the evening, it was often dry at the Radnor Hunt Races held during the day. The event is held rain or shine, and last year everyone looked very fashionable in their boots. Check out the photos here.

Another event happening on Preakness day, is right here in our own back yard – The Rittenhouse Row Festival. Who says you can’t wear your Derby finest to stroll Philly’s Rodeo Drive. Don’t forget this Saturday is the annual
Rittenhouse Row Spring Fashion Crawl 1-4.
Fashion is always in bloom! Jason Matthew Salon, along with numerous Rittenhouse Row retailers, will host simultaneous in-store parties with cocktails and special drinks from our best mixologists. Think First Friday, but on Saturday, and shopping for clothes for spring… See you back here on Friday for more PhillyChitChat, and if I’ve photographed you this week I will post the links from all the parties on Saturday as I do every week. Don’t forget your umbrella today….