Say this for Hall & Oates—they are nothing if not punctual. Last night’s curtain-raising show at the new Fillmore Philadelphia was set to start at 8pm, and I was still exploring the new venue when Michael Nutter introduced the hometown duo on stage. But no one in the sold-out crowd was there for the mayor, and really, the night felt more like a grand opening featuring a special musical guest than a Hall & Oates concert. The music was what you’d expect from two guys in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, who both gave requisite props to their hometown. But the star of the show was the Fillmore itself.
The gossip mills were right on the money last night. Mark Wahlberg did show up on the red carpet for the screening of Eagles-inspired flick Invincible at the Kimmel Center. The film closed out the weeklong Festival of Families Film Festival hosted by Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Local paparazzo HughE Dillon got this great shot of him with former Eagle Vince Papale (left, whom Wahlberg portrays in the film) and comedian Michael Blackson.
Local chatterboxes are buzzing that Mark Wahlberg will appear on the red carpet tonight prior to the screening of his 2006 film Invincible during the World Meeting of Families Film Festival. The film stars Wahlberg as a 30-year-old South Philadelphia bartender who beats the odds to play for the Eagles in 1976.
It wasn’t Groundhog Day, but Bill Murray was popping up all over the place in Philadelphia this weekend. On PhillyChitChat.com, photographer HughE Dillon reports that he was in town to celebrate the wedding of his son, Xavier University Assistant Coach Luke Murray, to South Philly native Kara Cassidy.
The sightings began on Friday night, when locals starting tweeting that they were seeing Murray in the Rittenhouse Square area and then at Oscar’s Tavern at around 1 am Saturday morning.
More reasons to love Bill Murray: he was at Oscar's Tavern at 1 AM last night https://t.co/BV7XG8ikln
— Billy Penn (@billy_penn) September 19, 2015
Bill Murray is currently at a dive bar in Philadelphia. I can die happy now.
— Kate Lynn Stevenson (@imnotkatelynn) September 19, 2015
Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation‘s first major initiative in Philadelphia was dedicated yesterday afternoon in Point Breeze. The new Ralph Brooks Park at 20th and Tasker streets was a collaborative project with urban development non-profit Urban Roots, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Mural Arts and many more. The area now boasts a full-size basketball court, a state-of-the-art playground, a community garden that will produce fresh vegetables for the neighborhood, and a fresh new work from “Love Letters” muralist Steve Powers.
Philadelphia paparazzo HughE Dillon was all set up at the Art Museum on Saturday to snap the 2015 Philly Naked Bike Ride, when word got around that the route had changed. The in-the-buff bikers wouldn’t be passing by the Art Museum, after all, leaving HughE twiddling his lens.
Thankfully his husband, Mike Toub, was walking around Center City when the horde came buzzing around Rittenhouse. So, like a good hubby, he pulled out his camera to get some shots, later heading to the Gayborhood to snap a few more.
UPDATE [2:29 pm, 8/25/2015]: An earlier version of this story said Three Seconds will shoot in the Pittsburgh area, but that isn’t so, according to Greater Philadelphia Film Office Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson. She emailed to say the project has been completely scrapped and it “will not shoot anywhere.”
The film, directed by Otto Bathurst, was set to begin filming in Philadelphia on Sunday. It stars Luke Evans, David Oyelowo, Josh Brolin, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Olivia Munn. According to Dillon, the crew had already opened production offices, scouted locations, and the cast had moved into apartments they would stay in throughout the duration of the shoot. (I actually saw Maggie Gyllenhaal riding through town on her bike one day!)
Sheryl Lee Ralph is working hard to spread the important message of HIV/AIDS awareness through her DIVAS (Divinely Inspired Victoriously AWARE) Simply Singing concert. The 25th annual benefit show, which claims to be the longest, consecutive-running musical AIDS benefit in the country, played Saturday night to a packed house at the Dell Music Center.
The show featured soul-stirring performances by some of the most talented women in entertainment, including Faith Evans, A’ngela Winbush, Meli’sa Morgan, Monifah, Candace Benson, Philly’s Carol Riddick and more. The event featured on-site testing and testimonies of those who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, including Revevernd Rae Lewis Thorton, an Emmy Award-winning activist who has lived with HIV/AIDS for over two decades.
Check out my photos of the evening below:
Despite the poorly timed rain, 4,500 game Philadelphians dressed in white scurried to the Navy Yard for the fourth annual Diner en Blanc. If one thing can be said about the drizzle, it at least gave participants an excuse to add a whimsical touch to their monochromatic ensembles: the white umbrella.
Society snapper HughE Dillon was there to capture the experience, which, besides dinner, included live music, a performance by Martha Graham Cracker (who was decked out in a slinky white number à la Marilyn Monroe in Seven Year Itch) and dancing. Check out his photos below:
On Saturday, locals slipped into flapper garb and made their way to Glen Foerd Mansion, where there was a 20s-inspired bash held on the lawn of what claims to be the last Gilded Age mansion on the Delaware River. The day’s activities centered around a picnic on the grounds of the home, with jazz performances by The Gin Canaries and Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, and food and drink from Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods and Catering, Art in the Age and Hendrick’s.
Here’s a collection of mostly action shots from the day–folks doing the Charleston, bands playing jazzy tunes and scenes from the grounds, where guests spread blankets for a picnic and a game of backgammon. You might want to flip through the photos while listening to this.