Patrick O’Connor has lately been a man under fire. The vice-chairman of the Philadelphia-based, 22-city law firm Cozen O’Connor, is also the chairman of the board of trustees at Temple University. And Temple’s board had, in recent weeks, come under extreme pressure to sever its ties with longtime trustee and face-of-Temple Bill Cosby, until Cosby resigned last week. So it’s understandable that O’Connor was a bit gruff when we got him on the phone the other day. Read more »
It’s official: For the first time since 2005, when then-Montgomery County district attorney Bruce Castor declined to file criminal charges against him, a law enforcement agency has publicly launched an investigation into allegations against Bill Cosby, who has been accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, or molestation by more than 20 women. Read more »
In a region overrun with Italian restaurants, this trendy goombah-and-gravy joint from Philly expat and Florida/Vegas restaurateur Steve Martorano is one of the best and most fun, even if it is majorly gimmicky. You won’t find anything here that needs explanation. The Famous Meatball & Salad is exactly what it sounds like. There’s chicken cutlet parmigiana, spaghetti pescatore and Sunday gravy. It’s like dinner at your grandma’s, only with tight-dressed hostesses, Italian gangster movies on the flat-screens, a maître d’ who’ll jokingly tell you you’ll be sleeping with the fishes if you don’t watch it, and a bumping, liquor-fueled dance party that erupts late in the evenings and on weekends. So, actually, not really like dinner at Grandma’s at all, unless we had very different grandmas.
Well, what do you know? After barely responding to the multitude of women who have come forward to publicly accuse him of rape, sexual assault, or molestation, Bill Cosby has fired back — and very quickly — at Judy Huth, the woman who sued him earlier this week in California, alleging that he committed “childhood sexual abuse” against her at the Playboy Mansion in 1975, when she was 15. Read more »
The Sincerity Project
Of all of the fledgling theater companies in Philadelphia right now, the ensemble-based and movement-oriented Team Sunshine Performance Corporation is the most promising. Its summer co-production of Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine and 100-person sword-bearing army in Clark Park drew rave reviews. Now they’re back with this years-in-development play about the growing pains faced by millennials. Look for an onstage choir, a little nudity, and a bunch of 20-somethings baring their souls and questioning what it means to get older. Well, a little bit older, anyway.
Arden Theatre Company
Matt Decker directs just six actors in the Dickens play that features 40 characters.
For years, Alex Plotkin’s Chops steakhouse in Bala Cynwyd was an exercise in mediocrity. It didn’t have to be great, because it was the only place to get a rib eye and filet in the eastern half of the Main Line. But once Plotkin moved the operation to the old Table 31 space inside the Comcast Center — the most important corporate headquarters in Philadelphia — he needed to step up his game. Fortunately, he has. The kitchen delivers pristine cuts from Creekstone Farms and Gachot & Gachot, and a stellar shrimp cocktail and sides (though we are so over lobster macaroni and cheese). And if you think steaks and shrimp are hard to screw up, you obviously haven’t been to Del Frisco’s or Ocean Prime.
1701 JFK Boulevard
Originally published in the December, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine
As of Tuesday night, the number of women publicly accusing Bill Cosby of rape, sexual assault or molestation officially topped 20, with Judy Huth of Riverside, California, filing a lawsuit against the comedian in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accusing him of, among other things, sexual battery. Read more »
Just over three years after the death of Philadelphia boxing great Joe Frazier, his 30-year-old granddaughter could be in a heap of trouble with the feds. Tamyra Frazier of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, has been charged with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy, and a bench warrant has been issued for her arrest.
According to an indictment filed in Philadelphia’s U.S. District Court by U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, Frazier used her position as an employee at Beneficial Bank in Jenkintown to provide personal and account information of bank customers to members of an identity theft ring.