Reading is fundamental. Celebrity is fundamental, too — even the famous-for-Philly kind that drives locals to step-and-repeat banners and red carpets in search of flashbulbs popping in the darkness. So, what could be more fun than a gathering of area celebs speed-reading Dr. Seuss’ most colorful, tongue-twisting verses for charity? Literacy nonprofit organization First Book: Philadelphia is hosting its third annual Speed Read competition Nov. 7 at the Union League to hook up low-income families and schools with cash to buy kids their first books. Emcee and hosting duties will be provided by Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord, WMGK’s Debbi Calton and WXPN/Kids Corner’s Kathy O’Connell while TV types (Howard Eskin, Alicia Vitarelli, Jennaphr Frederick), theater people (Glen Knapp, Young Playwrights) and other notable readers will tackle Oh Say Can You Say? and other Seuss classics, as quickly as their tongues can carry them.
Here’s a rumor about Rumor, Sansom Street’s nightclub for lovers of uncensored Jersey Shore DVDs: Word has it that its after-hours license may move before year’s end, possibly to one of its owners’ other assets. Some portion of Rumor’s ownership has a piece of Soundgarden Hall — an 18-plus space that we hear just got a liquor license. There’s word, too, that another club entrepreneur is looking to open something big downtown. Could this have something to do with the rumored after-hours switcheroo? Mind you, the rumor came separately from two rival club operators, so this could be wishful thinking on their parts.
Last week we reported that Kevin Hart gifted 500 computers to the School District and the Philly Parks and Recreation Department. Now comes news that the comic’s most recent film Let Me Explain hit Blu-Ray and DVD shelves, with its soundtrack out next week. There’s no better hype for a film than a good deed. While Hart was in town, he stopped by Katt Williams’ comic-concert at the Liacouras Center on Temple’s campus.
I love the Gershman Y’s annual LatkePalooza and its local chef celebration of the little potato pancake as much as the next guy, but wouldn’t the spirit of competition heat things up? Yep. That’s why this year’s edition (Dec. 2, at Vie, 600 N. Broad St.) features a panel of judges — led by the Jewish Exponent’s Greg Salisbury and Philly cookbook author Hope Cohen — to assess the goods in matters of crispness and originality.
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