Earlier this month, I wrote in Icepack that the much venerated Fork in Old City was turning its neighboring shoppe Fork, Etc. in to an entirely new, redesigned and separate space that would still remain connected to the Ellen Yin-owned/Eli Kulp chef-ed Fork, just-cuz. This week, the Yin/Kulp tag-team announced its name, High Street on Market, and the closing date for Fork, Etc.: this Friday. The order at High Street is the lite-bites and pasta menu I wrote about on Aug. 1, along with sammiches, the usual craft-cocktail/beer axis and dedication to the locally grown and the luxurious. Looks likeit will open in September with a re-design from some of the same folk (rumor alert) currently working at the Cira Center.
Then there’s Joan Shepp, the mod gal fashion retailer who, after much speculation as to where she’d land after leaving her 17th and Walnut shoppe (new condos forced the move) will hit the Wells Fargo Building on Broad by September’s end with a mega-opening bash in October. Thank local blogger/local ABC national correspondent Laura Goldman for yesterday’s tip/tweet as well as being in the right place at the right time (at Shepp’s store, complimenting her friend on a gorgeous, nearly thousand dollar purchase). And Joan, that was me who phoned your house two weeks ago from a private number to ask. I shoulda bought that gown. Maybe Bloomingdale’s and Post Brothers will fill that spot at Broad Street’s Atlantic Building, a space that was looking to go mostly residential, like I wrote months ago?
Philly-sometime-maybe-dweller Diplo has a new video with his dancehall outfit, Major Lazer, out this week. The track is “Scare Me” with the dude from the Old Spice commercials who dresses like a half-horse, Terry Crews. The video also stars Blake Anderson from Workaholics and Nick Kroll from The League.
Hey laaaaaaaaadies! Goldie Hawn and Hilary Rodham Clinton go back to back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. While Mrs. Clinton is the keynote speaker for the Conference for Women on Nov. 1, Ms. Hawn does a similar job for the Women’s Health Conference on Nov. 2.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment just announced that it will release the Blu-ray of the Philly-paired Will Smith and M. Night Shyamalan disaster film (disaster in that it tanked and was terrible) After Earth with the usual bells, whistles and extra featurettes on Oct. 8. If it can explain the whole frigging plot and the business plan as to who thought this was a good idea to fund, I’ll bite.
Mamma mia: The much loved but faded Italian ristorante Ma Ma Yolanda’s on S. Eigth Street has been emptying the property for the last several weeks with its people looking to re-configure and re-conceptualize. Does that mean Ma Ma has left the building or that its address won’t serve Italian fare? No one was saying.
SportsRadio 94WIP will broadcast a “Tribute to Charlie Manuel” with Michael Barkann, Ike Reese, Anthony Gargano, Glen Macnow and the ex-Phillies coach in-person. Fans and friends from Phillies Nation will host a party for Manuel at the Field House on Filbert Street at 5 p.m., Friday.
September’s Toronto International Film Fest has become a real Philly wing ding. Not only will the late Cory Monteith’s filmed-in-Philly McCannick screen there, the Ron Howard-directed Made in America focused on Jay Z’s 2012 Budweiser-soaked bash on the Ben Franklin Parkway debuts at the 11-day festival, starting Sept. 8.
Congrats to ex-CP scribe Drew Lazor for nailing a deal with Chronicle Publishing to write a book with Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz about nu-German cooking with Mrs. Nolen (Jessica) contributing dessert recipes.
WHOWHATWHERE: The On Location series film crew started its docu-reality show this week with a thorough, several-day shoot throughout the Italian Market, beginning at the corner of Ninth and Washington. Before they commenced their twin-banjo, sold out Tin Angel show last week, Valerie June and Tall Tall Trees supped downstairs at Serrano. A chatty Tony Lucca from NBC’s The Voice also dined at Serrano right before his show at Tin Angel. South Philly’s Amber Rose brought MC/Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa back to PA for their official wedding last weekend. Mazel tov. Here’s a YouTube vid of Rose twerking before the ceremony, which is weird because that’s the same thing I did before I got married. Upper Darby’s Todd Rundgren not only played the Philadelphia Folk Fest last weekend. He joined forces with David Uosikkinen’s team of Philly’s finest, In The Pocket, for several tunes. There’s a photo below and a video of the historic session to boot. Busta Rhymes stopped by Geno’s Steaks on with DJ Scratch and a huge-ish entourage around 2 a.m. on Monday night after hanging at Whisper. One-time Eagle/always invincible Vince Papale stopped by Geno’s the next day for cheesesteaks with a friend. Tween pop hero Jesse McCartney beat the lot of them to the punch at Geno’s, stopping by after his Susquehanna Center gig with the Backstreet Boys, Saturday night. McCartney also stopped by the Clear Channel Radio Empire (Q102 FM) while he was in town. Other artists who made their way to Bala Cynwd this week were Tamar Braxton (WDAS), Little Comets (Radio 104.5), the VH-1 sensation Parachute (MIX 106.1) and Love and Hip Hop star/Atlantic label songstress K Michelle (Power 99). While president of the Jewish Federation Of Philadelphia Sherrie Savett hung out with Phillie Phanatic after throwing out the first pitch during Jewish Heritage Night at Citizens Bank Park, FMQB publisher/philanthropist Kal Rudman, Philly Police Commissioner and the folk behind SangKee Restaurant like Michael Chow served gourmet meals to Philly’s finest at the ball park during the Phillies-Cubs businessman’s special game. And give it up for late great Phillies pitcher Tug McGraw’s kid. Tim McGraw’s new hit “Highway Don’t Care” stars local native Taylor Swift, and American Idol Keith Urban on guitar (he’ll be here in September) and is his 34th number one charting song.
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