|credit Scott Weiner
|Harry Jay Katz and Debra Cruz.
Just in time for Christmas: XIPWIRE Inc.
and Gyro Advertising
, two Philly-ians, start the "Hero or Anarchist"
ad campaign that'll run through January 2011. The Philly-based on-line and mobile payment firm XIPWIRE calls itself a secure service through which to donate to WikiLeaks
, this while other electronic payment providers have ceased. "Our motivation is really simple," writes XIPWIRE founder Sharif Alexandre
in the company's promotional notes. "While people may or may not agree with WikiLeaks, we feel that the recent decisions made by companies to refuse to process donations on their behalf effectively silences voices in this democracy. In fact, it was the Citizens United
case that basically equated donations with our first amendment right to free speech. If the Supreme Court ruled that government doesn't have the power to regulate that form of speech then we feel corporations shouldn't have that power either." Yay you.
Is Dec. 29 the day of infamy and plum pudding for Stephen Starr'
s The Dandelion
. Or will it simply have to wait until Jan. 3 or 4 as is currently being discussed?
It hasn't been announced yet but Atlantic Records
(who just bought up Roadrunner Records
) and Rolling Stone
magazine will start a contest come January 2011 where they roam the country, sign eight artists and run cover-worthy features in the mag. My sources told me that one of the first artists being looked at for the Atlantic signing is Locust Gap, PA-to-Philly transplant Thom McCarthy
, the folksy soul man behind I Lost Half of My Album & My Favorite Hat in the '92 Flood
|credit Scott Weiner
I never saw so many mentions of Jamie Foxx
not singing, not acting as I have this week. There was the eat-a-thon/hang at R2L
, his visit to Daniel Stern
's place, the Lakers
game, then the visit to Vault
for a listening party. Suddenly, Foxx's lobster mac-n-cheese was big on the local blogging menu. The CD he was promoting (Best Night of My Life)
and the charity he was here for (Joy to the World
) was good too. Kate Gosselin
and her brood were spotted racing Rocky
-like up the steps of the Philly Art Museum
cameras in tow after attending a Flyers
game. Before hitting a screening at International House
, karate expert/actor/director Crispin Glover
was spotted at the Art Museum area Whole Foods
. Isn't this the same Whole Foods where Michael Cera
went during the Scott Pilgrim
junket? Get your ass to South Street, punks. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
did a pre-holiday meet and greet at Sizzle Tans
in NJ over the weekend and got something like $11,000 for an hour's appearance. Fantastic. The next run of Jersey Shore
starts Jan. 6 and Sammi "the Sweetheart" Giancola
and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro
will appear at every racist's fave hang, McFadden's
on N. Third, Jan. 22. Ugh. Danny DeVito
and wife Rhea Perlman
ate at Davio's
and no bottles of Limoncello were harmed. It wasn't as much ladies-filled fun as the Trey Songz
event at Sigma
the day previous, but Keri Hilson
did a listening session for her new CD No Boys Allowed
at Sigma Sound. Tim Gunn
of Project Runway
ran nattily around the Cleopatra
exhibition at the Franklin Institute
with writer Ada Calhoun
, with whom he is authoring a book on costume design for 2012. We're glad we snapped Harry Jay Katz
and his new missus Debra Cruz
on the day of their wedding two weeks ago. Katz writes: "Debra had a stroke on our wedding day and spent the next four days in Lankenau Hospital
it was more expensive than The Four Seasons. I must have a crippling affect on women." Luckily the new missus is doing better. "She's 100% fine and dandy now thanks to the marvels of modern science." Now get thee to honeymoon. The Mayor
, Bob Brady
bosses, emcee Eddie Bruce
and members of the Fralinger String Band
and Fancy Brigade Association
announced that for 2011's New Year Day parade, the focus is family (face painting, craft booths at the Kimmel
), better sightlines on Broad Street (more bleachers), there would be DJs summarily positioned along the route (?!) and that nationally people had better start respecting the Mummers parade like the do Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Damn straight.
A quick farewell to Trudy Pitts
, the Philly jazz scene legend and mistress of the local Hammond B3 organ sound who passed this week at age 78. Growing up, hearing her name in tandem with that of her husband, Mr. C
(drummer Bill Carney
) always brought a smile. Only hearing their music was better.