While You Were on Vacation, the Pennsylvania Ballet Got a Sick Burn on the Eagles

Photo: Pennsylvania Ballet Facebook page.

Photo: Pennsylvania Ballet Facebook page.

Memo from the Pennsylvania Ballet to the Philadelphia Eagles: Man up.

The Eagles’ season of turmoil ended — thankfully — on Sunday afternoon with a win over the Giants, but not before Coach Chip Kelly was fired, and also not before taking a really sick burn from the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Here’s the message the ballet — which is under new artistic direction by famed dancer Angel Correa this season — sent out on Facebook on Wednesday: Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: When Culture Pays Off

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Chris Maragos started laughing, leaving the reporter before him baffled. The Eagles had just come off of a shocking win over the Patriots, and a horde of reporters left the man who blocked a punt alone in front of his locker.

A new reporter stepped in, and asked the question that would elicit laughter: How did you beat one of the best teams in the NFL, after being blown out by the Lions and Buccaneers?

“I know it’s like a code word now,” Maragos said, now calm in his words, “but we really have a great culture. Guys care for each other. The coaches care for the players; the players care for the coaches. And we kept trusting the process. I think we have a really resilient group.” Read more »

Philadelphia FIGHT 25th Anniversary

Rep. Dwight Evans, Greg Louganis, Olympic diver, LGBT-rights activist and author, Jane Shullm Philadelphia FIGHT's Executive Director and Mayor elect Jim Kenney.

Rep. Dwight Evans, Greg Louganis, Olympic diver, LGBT-rights activist and author, Jane Shullm Philadelphia FIGHT’s Executive Director and Mayor elect Jim Kenney.

Philadelphia FIGHT’s 25th anniversary celebration was held Thursday night at the Loews Hotel. Founded in 1990 as a small HIV research project, FIGHT is now the largest and most comprehensive AIDS Service Organization in Philadelphia. The evening marked a quarter-century of providing vital programs and services to members of the community at need.

Lifetime Achievement Honoree Greg Louganis was on hand to greet the guests and pose for photos. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney stopped by to honor the organization for being a trailblazer in the field. Cherri Gregg, CBSRadio, emceed the event.

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Career Wardrobe’s 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Show


Career Wardrobe’s 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Show was held Sunday afternoon at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The annual event welcomed women from across generations to support Career Wardrobe while enjoying an afternoon spent together enjoying tea, tea sandwiches, desserts and a fashion show featuring clothes from The Wardrobe Boutique (19th and Spring Garden streets) and Revivals Boutique (Narberth).

There was also bidding on fun items in the silent auction, raffles, empowering speeches and then shopping at a pop-up boutique for fabulous fashions as well as discounted designer shoes. The Career Wardrobe has outfitted nearly 70,000 women since December 1995. They provide dressing consults, resumé review and interview coaching, as well as lessons in beauty basics to women trying to get back into the workforce.

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Hope Gala at the Crystal Tea Room

Shawn Standen, Stephanie Lee, Thomas McCann and Megan Yarnall

Shawn Standen, Stephanie Lee, Thomas McCann and Megan Yarnall.

On Saturday, Devereux — a leading national nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization — hosted its annual Hope Gala at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia with the theme “Into the Woods,” making a mystical Halloween evening.

The event was a masquerade black tie ball, but if you didn’t have a mask you could have it painted on by Cait’s Faces, and many people did. Proceeds from the Hope Gala benefits Devereux’s programs which serve more than 3,500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges in southeastern Pennsylvania. The black-tie event included a cocktail reception and a sit-down, buffet dinner by the Finley Catering. After dinner the young friends of Devereux enjoyed an “Enchanted Forrest” afterparty with DJ Jasmine Chess. The gala’s decorations were amazing, with trees, weeping willows and the most magnificent table decorations by Hoffman Design Group, Inc.

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Eat, Drink, Dance and Cure Cancer

Peter Dilsheimer and Madison Alig with Jaclyn Osterstock and Derek Jameson

Peter Dilsheimer and Madison Alig, with Jaclyn Osterstock and Derek Jameson.

The Wistar Ambassadors hosted Eat, Drink, Dance and Cure Cancer last Friday night at Loews Hotel on the 33rd floor. The Wistar Ambassadors are a group of young residents of the Philadelphia region, between the ages of 25 and 40 years old, who want to learn more about the bold new advances in cancer research at The Wistar Institute — and find new ways of raising local and national awareness of these efforts.

There were several scientists on hand, easily recognized in their lab coats, to chat about the latest research Wistar. Guests enjoyed light bites, bid on silent auction items such as trips, clothing and other experiences, and danced to the tunes of Dj Adrian Hardy. This Friday, Wistar Institute honors Dr. Russel E. Kaufman for his contributions as President and CEO of The Wistar Institute for the last 12 years.

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Susan Komen Breast Cancer Pink Tide Ball

Bill Culp, Karen Lynch and Allyson Lynch. The Lynch's are mother daughter breast cancer survivors and were thrilled to be able to attend the Pink Tide Gala together.

Bill Culp, Karen Lynch and Allyson Lynch. The Lynch’s are mother daughter breast cancer survivors and were thrilled to be able to attend the Pink Tide Gala together.

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia presented its 14th annual Pink Tie Ball, this year at Vie. The theme was Pink Tide Ball, and the event space was magnificently decorated by Scott Rothenberger’s PLACE with lots of sea creatures, trees, and jelly fish at every corner to the delight of guests. The event attracted nearly 650 of the community’s most avid breast cancer supporters to further help Komen Philadelphia save lives and advance research.

The evening started out with a cocktail party, where guests dined on all the delicious Cescaphe delights including seafood, pasta and salad. Then they headed into the main event space for dinner and the program. There were two award winners: ShopRite Supermarkets, which received the “Friend in the Fight” award for supporting Komen events and the company’s employee-friendly medical benefits package; American Association for Cancer Research, which received the “Beacon of Hope” award.

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Philadelphia Orchestra’s Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Piano Virtuoso Daniil Trifonov

Photo by Jan Reagan

Photo by Jan Reagan

Sure, last week was busy for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the maestro of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He opened the Metropolitan Opera’s season in New York City on Monday, conducting Verdi’s Otello (read our review here). He also conducted the Fabulous Philadelphians for the World Meeting of Families’ concert and mass with Pope Francis. But that was last week. 

This week has a whole new focus. Tomorrow night kicks off the Orchestra season with a gala concert with selections from Disney’s Fantasia. But, the first program of the season — running Thursday through Sunday — features virtuosic 24-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, performing “Piano Concerto No. 4” by one of his musical idols, fellow countryman Sergei Rachmaninoff. 

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The Walnut Club Launch Party

Jess Chang, Giula Valtieri and Alina Alter

Tuesday night was the launch of The Walnut Club at Positano Coast in Old City where they served some of their most popular dishes, along with specialty cocktails and beer. The Walnut Club is a new networking club which introduces ambitious women to the best people, resources and events for advancing, connecting and playing in Philadelphia. Many of Philly’s movers and shakers, turned out to learn about the club from founder Marla McDermott, who you might know from her business “I Heart PHL.”, she certainly does and that’s why she wants to take the guess work out of who women should network with to create the business they want to have. Check out to see if it’s a fit for you.

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Blackness Isn’t Transferable

Dylann Roof, left. Rachel Dolezal, right. (Dolezal photo: AP)

Dylann Roof, left. Rachel Dolezal, right. (Dolezal photo: AP)

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — the day Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the news that slavery ended … some two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had legally, but not actually, freed slaves across the South.

On June 17, 2015, a terrorist named Dylann Roof walked into Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church, and opened fire, killing nine congregants he’d been praying with during the prior hour. Despite the end of the enslavement period and the current state of the Union, a Confederate flag still flies at full mast outside South Carolina’s state house, undisturbed.

All this, after two weeks of talking about an imposter. Read more »

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