24 Great Photos From Philly Naked Bike Ride

Philly Naked Bike Ride

Photo by Mike Toub.

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.

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Plans to Shoot Three Seconds Have Been Scrapped

Maggie Gyllenhaal | Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com

Maggie Gyllenhaal | Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com

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.”

ORIGINAL: Philly paparazzo HughE Dillon reports on PhillyChitChat.com that plans to shoot A-list indie flick Three Seconds in Philadelphia have been scrapped.

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!)

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Divas Pack Dell Music Center for a Powerhouse Concert for AIDS

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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 Rain, Diner en Blanc Drew a Festive Crowd to the Navy Yard

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:



 

 

PHOTOS: A Gay Ol’ Time Was Had at Jazz Age on the Delaware

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.



SPOTTED: Orange Is the New Black‘s Alysia Reiner Dining at Talula’s Garden

Photo by HughE Dillon

L-R: Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, Samuel Roukin and Roe Hartrampf

The cast of Equity arrived in Philly last week to begin filming a movie about women on Wall Street.  Equity is the brainchild of Sarah Megan Thomas and Haverford native and Orange Is the New Black prison maven Alysia Reiner, and is the first film produced through their production company Broad Street Pictures.

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PHOTOS: Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off at Headhouse



The 4th annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off was held this weekend at the Shambles in Headhouse Square. The day found hot dog enthusiasts from restaurants across the city bringing their best and most-inventive frank recipes to the table for a panel of celebrity judges to taste and dole out awards. Here’s how the prizes panned out:

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Vertical Block Party at Avenir

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Last night I went to a Vertical Block Party in the new building on Chestnut and 15th – the Avenir. The building features sleek apartments — ranging from “flats” (just 300 square feet) and studios to one- and two-bedroom (835 square feet) units — as well as amenities like a screening room, a community room and a state-of-the-art exercise facility, as well as several “Think Rooms” for studying or for zen moments I imagine.

The party was open to influencers, and business leaders who enjoyed local bites and spirits. Avenir promotes itself as “micro living” at it’s best, but it didn’t feel claustrophobic, and 300 square feet didn’t seem as small as that number. (Be forewarned, micro living doesn’t mean micro rents.)

The location of Avenir is sweet, across from City Hall and Dilworth Park, near public transportation and a few blocks from the mega chic shopping on Walnut Street as well as a stones throw from the Shops of Liberty, where it was just announced the new Bloomingdale’s Outlet will be opening.

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Edith Piaf, The Pope and a Human Tastykake Celebrate Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

It’s one of Philly’s most treasured traditions: Thousands storm Eastern State Penitentiary on Bastille Day to reenact the great French Revolution with a cast of characters that run the gamut from folks who were actually there (Hello, Marie Antoinette) to those who had a hand in French and even Philly culture through the ages, like Edith Piaf, a baguette and a Tastykake. It’s organized in part by local performance troupe the Bearded Ladies, the founder of which traditionally dresses up as the Little Sparrow herself, Piaf. There are performances, rally cries, heads saved from guillotines and eventually—the moment everyone waits for—the proclamation to “Let them eat Tastykakes!” that triggers a storm of the local-made treats being hurled over the prison walls into the hands of the hungry, drunk crowd.

As always, the celebration ends with a poignant message. Last year, a statement was made about same-sex marriage in Philadelphia. This year, the performers brought out signs reading things like “#BlackLivesMatter” and “Power to Syria.” HughE Dillon was there this Saturday for the 21st annual event, where he got shots of all the players, including a black Pope. Check them out below:



PHOTO: Mayor Nutter Poses With Jimmy Carter at the Free Library

Jimmy Carter and Mayor Michael Nutter

Jimmy Carter poses with Mayor Michael Nutter, just back from a diplomacy trip to Mexico. The Mayor stopped by the Free Library to welcome the former president, who was on hand to sign his new book, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninetyfor hundreds of people who waited in line to meet him.

Carter’s faith and spirituality are heavily talked about in the memoir. One such belief that made headlines this week came from Huffington Post interview in which the former president revealed that even though he believes Jesus Christ would approve of same-sex marriage, we should respect churches that don’t share the same belief. He said the couple should just find a church that did agree or get married at the court house.

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