Screening of The Maestro at Curtis Institute

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Friends, supporters and patrons of the arts gathered at the Curtis Institute of Music on Saturday night for the screening of Maestro, an intimate, unprecedented glimpse into the life of a renowned conductor and a vibrant, contemporary portrait of the world of classical music. For two years a film crew followed Grammy award-winning conductor and Curtis alum Paavo Jarvi, violinists Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn, as well as an array of other musicians to show the importance of classical music and music education.

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Lobbyist Holly Kinser’s Birthday Party

Annie McCormick, and Monica Malpass of 6ABC with Stacey Jorgensen, center

On Friday night at Stratus Lounge at the Hotel Monaco Holly Kinser celebrated her 50th birthday and marked 25 years as a lobbyist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Many notable political figures, including former Pennsylvania Governor and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, Mayor Michael Nutter and two 2015 mayoral hopefuls, Anthony Williams and Doug Oliver, were on hand to celebrate with her, as well as friends in the hospitality field like Angela Val, Mickey Rowley.

Longtime friends Mia McDonald, Nina Tinari and Peter Longstreth also turned out to help the beautiful, vivacious blonde celebrate her milestones. In lieu of gifts they were asked to make a donation to the Philadelphia Children’s First Fund for the School District of Philadelphia or the Arden Theatre Company.

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Mitchell & Ness Holiday Party

Nicholas Valentino, Melissa Leonard, Jen Sherlock, and Grace Flanigan

Mitchell & Ness held their Holiday Party on Friday December 19th at their flagship store located in Center City. Guests enjoyed lite bites, specialty drinks and a mind blowing 50 percent off everything in the store. Entertainment was provided by DJ Dilemma, and he did a great job mixing old school with modern vibes, as guests enjoyed dancing with their packages at their feet. I spotted a few boldfaced names in the crowd including former cruiserweight Simon ‘One Punch’ Carr, rapper Chill Moody, rapper Trinidad James, actor Luis Da Silva Jr, Philadelphia Union players Sébastien Le Toux and Ford Gaitley, Nicolaus Valentino of Live Nation, Jen Abrams, Jonathan Yuska (head of Mitchell and Ness) and Brittney Barkley — wife of Eagles player Matt Barkley. (They just announced they’re having a baby in the spring, congrats!) Happy Holidays!! See you next year. HughE

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White Christmas at Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery

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Vicki and Chris Le Vine, along with The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF), hosted the Fifth Annual White Christmas at Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery (50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, PA) on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The festive old fashioned piano party and cabaret featured performances by Broadway’s brightest stars (some of who took the night off from Broadway to be there.) and talented Philadelphia area BDF students (who have dreams of reaching Broadway one day.) Each year hundreds of students received valuable musical theatre training through BDF programs offered in partnership with Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The BDF program is also offered in other cities around the country, but the Philadelphia program is the largest.

The evening was directed by Craig D’Amico (Fiddler on the Roof), with musical direction by Dave Barrus (Les Miserables), and choreography by Greg Graham (Billy Elliot). Featured performers included Leslie Odom, Jr. (Smash), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), Luke Hawkins (West Side Story), Donnie Kehr (Jersey Boys), Ginna Le Vine, Jen Perry (Kinky Boots), Ryann Redmond (If/Then), and Noah Rickettes (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical).

The Broadway Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, mentoring and providing career opportunities to the next generation of musical theater performers. Intensive programs are offered nationally throughout the year, led by an exceptional faculty of high-profile Broadway professionals. BDF offers significant scholarships to hundreds of participants each year, ensuring that all qualified students are able to realize their Broadway dreams regardless of their financial status.

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Should You Sign a Prenup? This Guide Will Help You Decide

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Prenups are (obviously) not one of the more romantic topics we discuss here on the blog, but they are nonetheless an important aspect of tying the knot. Whether you and your to-be plan to sign one is completely up to the two of you, but either way, it’s beneficial to at least have an understanding of what these pre-marriage agreements entail.

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Palladino’s Restaurant Opening

Kristina Jenkins, Michelle Cassidy and Madison Alpern

Last night Chef Luke Palladino celebrated the opening of his new restaurant, Palladino’s, on Philly’s latest restaurant row — East Passyunk Avenue — with a VIP Party including Mike Jerrick, Pat Ciarrocchi, Barbara Rittenhouse, Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin and his wife Karen, Councilman Mark Squilla and wife Brigid, and Cory Wade (America’s Next Top Model) in attendance.

Guests were greeted by a 50-foot-long red carpet, where they posed for photos before entering the upscale Italian restaurant with bar, open kitchen and a dining room with 80. They enjoyed tastes from his extensive menu as well as specialty drinks by Punzone Vodka. The kitchen features a wood-fired grill where they prepare steaks, fish, and chops, as well as an Italian oven that will be used exclusively to bake focaccia. The official opening of the restaurant is tonight, but is sold out. Palladino’s is located a stone’s throw from Broad Street, at 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue.

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“Toys for Tots” Party at Chima

Kristin Pultro, Nick Albater and Amanda Giddings,

Last night the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. and Philadelphia Eagle Jeremy Maclin – along with his foundation JMac Gives Back – teamed up to collect more than 600 toys for Little Smiles Pa. In an evening filled with holiday cheer, city leaders and business executives from across the region gathered at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Center City. During the evening the Eagles’ “Green Magic” bus arrived with a donation of 300 toys, which Zarwin Baum and Maclin will deliver to Shriners Hospital for Children on Thursday. The remaining toys will be distributed by Little Smiles Pa. to other area hospitals.

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Malcolm Jenkins’ Blitz, Bow-Ties and Bourbon

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Philadelphia Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins hosted Blitz, Bow-Ties & Bourbon on Monday night at Union Trust Finley Catering, a fundraiser for his non-profit, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF). Many of Jenkins teammates came out to support his first area fundraiser, including Jeremy Maclin, Connor Barwin and Brandon Boykin. Many of the guests attending adhered to the dress code and wore bow ties, including some from Jenkins own line, Rock Avenue Bow Ties.

The evening began with a VIP cocktail party in the mezzanine where guests enjoyed food tastings from Treemont, and Bank and Bourbon as well as treats from Chip Roman’s candy line Tradestone Confections where the artisan chocolates were paired with various bourbons.

Brian Bevilacqua, a bourbon master at Bank & Bourbon, chatted about the various bourbons on the market with the guests. At 6:30, more guests arrived to enjoy the festivities, bid on the silent auction, enjoy a delicious spread by Finley Catering as well as small plates from Sbraga, and The Farm and the Fisherman. Comedian/magician Darrell Fisher was on hand as entertainment as well as auctioneer, successfully selling a trip to Mexico for $6,000, a Tiger Woods signed golf club and original paintings.

Malcolm Jenkins and his mom, Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, President, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, thanked the guests for coming, and told them the money raised at the event would go to expand the foundation’s programming to support youth in the Great Philadelphia area. The foundation has existing programs in New Jersey, Columbus, Ohio, and New Orleans. After the program, guests enjoyed the sounds of Valarie Adams & the Dimensions and packed the dance floor as dessert and coffee were served.

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Children’s Crisis Treatment Center’s 14th Annual Roundup

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You might have thought the rodeo was in town had you passed the Franklin Institute on Friday night. The Children’s Crisis Treatment Center held its 14th annual Roundup to raise much needed funds for CCTC’s efforts to assist Philadelphia children and their families who are coping with the impact of behavioral health issues, traumatic events and other challenges that affect childhood development.

This year’s event chairs for the western-themed event were Lavinia and Michael Smerconish, who honored Andrea and Warren Kantor. Guests were asked to leave their tuxedos and gowns at home, and instead encouraged to wear their their best cowboy and cowgirl apparel (which many of them did) for a night of cocktails, delicious cuisine from Frog Commissary, and dancing to the tunes of EBE Entertainment. There was also an extensive silent auction with sports tickets, vacations and theater outings.

Did I mention the mechanical bull? That was a very popular spot all evening.

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12th Annual In Fashion! Luncheon and Fashion Show

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Norisol Ferrari and Tony Alcindor.

Last week, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) hosted the 12th Annual “In Fashion!” Luncheon & Fashion Show at Saks Fifth Avenue on City Avenue. Nearly 100 ladies lunched, mingled and checked out fashions featuring special guest designer Norisol Ferrari.

New York-raised Ferrari popped onto the NY fashion scene about three years ago, and draws on her Venezuelan roots to bring a world culture experience to all of her cutting-edge designs, many of which were inspired by icons Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth.

The day started with cocktails and conversations at 11 a.m. At noon, guests sat down for lunch and enjoyed a fashion show featuring Norisol’s designs modeled by local cancer survivors and professional models. There was a silent auction, and there was shopping, as Saks generously donated a portion of all sales during the event to the Cancer Support Community and local families living with cancer. Co-chairs for the luncheon were Lydie Szabo Brown and Wendy H. Rosen.

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