â¤ One for the good:
Jazzy chanteuse Mary Ellen Desmond
hosts her seventh annual Comfort & Joy
holiday concert on Sun., Dec. 12, at 4 p.m., with her pals Tom Lawton, Larry Mckenna, Lee Smith and Dan Monaghan
at the Church of St. Luke & The Epiphany
on South 13th. The $20 benefit and light reception supports those affected by HIV/AIDS. And what a show Desmond sweetly puts on.
â¤ One for the bad:
I knew no good was afoot when I spied Adsum
co-owner A. Kar Vivekananthan's
Tweets about buying up the last of the caffeinated malt-booze punch Four Loko. But I figure, I remember when Quaaludes became rare. I still have Lemons stockpiled. Anyway, he got the lock-stock-and-barrel of F-Loko
for his pal/chef/partner Matt Levin's
Dec. 13 Four Loko Dinner at Adsum, with everything inspired on the taurine and guarana tip. Two seatings. Stay for both. Ask Kar if he stashed any for the future
â¤ What kind of name for a British-y gastropub is The Dandelion
anyway? Apparently a veddy, veddy good one it's what Stephen Starr
is naming his due-by-Christmas resto at 18th
â¤ Is Jamie Lokoff's
coffeehouse/bar/live music venue on the southwest corner of 11th and Chestnut looking at sooner in 2011 than later? Much sooner. Is it possible that outside bookers are looking in and booking? Stay tuned.
â¤ Icepacked tipped it to you first: that once Heshey Schlachterman
shed his dress-wearing partner for their long-in-the-oven Dobbs
(Third and South) live rawk bar renewal venture and brought in the supposed NYC investors, their liquor license would be a piece of Four Loko-filled cake. Well, the license is in. And "The Legendary Dobbs"
should be open, rocking and selling booze Dec. 18.
â¤ George Manney
a while ago to remind the kids about a time when getting L&I licenses on the block wasn't a prob.
â¤ Speaking of movies, Andrew Jeffery Wright
of Space 1026
fame made this
mini-horror film that also manages to double as a commercial for a T-shirt just in time for the Space 1026
auction at 7 p.m., tonight (Dec. 10).
â¤ Atsa some spicy meataball: The long-awaited Marabella Meatball Co.
on 12th and Walnut should be open by the time you read this.
|Photo | Scott Weiner
To celebrate Nicole Cashman's
PR company, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary (to say nothing of her new hire, Premiere-ex Michael Steinberg
), AND the fact that her client realtor/DJ Nigel Richards
(pictured left with Cashman and me) is debuting his 611lifestyle.com with a pop-up shop on 18th and Walnut Street this weekend (see ICEPACK in print for details
), I have a shot of those two in less happy times: hanging with me at the Greater Philly Film Office's
anniversary. â¤ Since I was the first journo to drop the date and the location, allow me to be the first to wish Philly bon vivant Harry Jay Katz
and his new bride Debra Renee Cruz
the best after they got hitched this weekend by the Hon. James DeLeon
at the Katz/Cruz estate. â¤ Porn babe Gina Lynn
was a celebrity bartender at South Philly Bar & Grill
where she and her gal-pals did double duty repping her clothing line, Skin
. â¤ We spied spiky-haired Fox 29 morning host Mike Jerrick
at last weekend's Dukes of September WMGK holiday show (Scaggs/Fagen/McDonald) chatting with an attractive young African-American woman. If she wasn't his date â vavavava voom â she should be somebody's. â¤ Phillies pitching legend Steve Carlton
had dinner at Davio's
on 17th. I hear he likes meat and greens, filet mignon and asparagus. â¤ Not only did we check out comic/actor Dennis Leary
signing his new book Suck on This Year
at our fave NJ book shop, Bookends
in Ridgewood. He and we got a visit from actor Vincent Curatola
("Johnny Sack" from The Sopranos
â¤ Tawwwking ba-da-bing, while Jersey Shore
star Vinny Guadagnino
did it up at a Q102
party at the Roxxy
over the weekend, ex-Jersey Shore
babe Angelina Pivarnick
got tagged with a simple assault complaint in Atlantic City when a young woman was allegedly attacked trying to photograph Pivarnick at the Casbah at Trump Taj Mahal Casino
. This was before the Damon Feldman
celebrity boxing match between her and VH1's Kerry Schwartz
. "I just want you to know the truth," says Feldman, co-owner of Big Bang Celebrity Wrestling Federation
. "Angelina was not allowed back in the arena because she started a brawl before her match as she was evicted out of the casino. We lost a lot of money and we are in a terrible situation right now because of her un-professionalism. She showed up at the arena 30 minutes before her wrestling match, she was involved with an altercation with a woman outside of the club and security evicted her out of casino. We are very upset with her behavior as she said that our business is for C-listers, and she is an A-lister. She said she would not go into the event if she could not get her friends who where underage to watch her do the match. So there you have it, we are pursuing legal action against Angelina as I will leave it at that."
â¤ The godhead of local space music, Chuck Van Zyl
, will appear at Germ
on Dec 10. And the skies parted...
â¤ Everybody yelped when they saw design marvel Jonathan Adler
in town in September and now we know why: he's opening his new boutique in Old City at the ex-location of Foster's Homeware
at 33 N. Third St., Dec 15. Adler will be there and maybe he'll bring his long-time partner Simon Doonan
, creative director at Barney's
â¤ All Garces, all the time: after having beaten Mike Lata
of FIG during Dec. 5's Food Network's Iron Chef America
challenge (the "Battle Sparkling Wine" meal that you can now get at JG Domestic
at the Cira Center) and bringing his executive chefs to the James Beard House
in New York City on Dec. 6 (where he gave his crew all the credit for the meal, painting himself as the brains behind the stove), Jose Garces
is at it again. RIGHT NOW, he is with the crew of the Food Network's Meat & Potatoes at Village Whiskey making hamburgers after hitting up Garces Trading Company
this morning where his experts ground up the meat.
â¤ A small slew a smew of Philadelphia artists just got named USA Knight Fellows
and will receive an unrestricted $50,000 grant from United States Artists (USA), part of a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
to USA, a national grant-making and advocacy organization. Hey, Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, Dan Rothenberg and Dito van Reigersberg
of Pig Iron Theatre Co.
, and furniture designer Matthias Pliessnig
: The Piggies can help me re-do my deck and Matthias can help me do it up with tony deck chairs. Ta veddy moooooch.
|Photo | Scott Weiner
|Vincent Curatola & Denis Leary