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Q&A: Friday Saturday Sunday Owners on Marriage, QR Code Menus, Pineapple Pizza

Friday Saturday Sunday was one of Philadelphia’s longest-running restaurants — a classic Rittenhouse stop for martinis, mushroom soup and chicken Dijon for more than 40 […]

City Life

Philly’s Own Kate Flannery Reflects on The Office, 10 Years Later

The daughter of a Philadelphia bar owner, Kate Flannery went from flunking auditions for Philly TV shows Al Alberts Showcase and Chief Halftown and pretty […]

City Life

Q&A: Patti LaBelle Talks Doja Cat, Her Shih Tzu and Living on the Main Line

On March 11th, the larger-than-life icon Patti LaBelle brings her new show to Caesars Atlantic City before appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s That’s My Jam a […]

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Q&A: Gisele Fetterman Talks Her Thrift-Store Wardrobe, Scrabble and Her New Oculus

Gisele Fetterman was born in Brazil. Her mom brought her and her brother to Queens, where she remained undocumented for more than a decade. Today, […]

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Q&A: Merrill Reese Picks the Best Eagles Ever and Talks Our Super Bowl Chances

Since 1977, Merrill Reese has been the play-by-play announcer for all Eagles games on WIP radio. He’s as much a part of the team’s legacy […]

gloria allred, quinta brunson, ryan long, brittany lynn, patty jackson, and yannick nezet seguin were among my favorite Philly Mag interviews of 2022
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My 20 Best Philly Mag Interviews of 2022

I do a lot of interviews for Philly Mag. In fact, I do two each month in the print issue — one that opens the […]

Luckiest Girl Alive author Jessica Knoll
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From the Main Line to Hollywood, a Q&A with Luckiest Girl Alive’s Jessica Knoll

In 2015, Shipley alum Jessica Knoll released her debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, which went on to sell well over one million copies and this […]

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Buzz Bissinger on Why He Refuses to Teach His Book Friday Night Lights at Penn

There are few men we could interview in this space who could talk about their Gucci leather addiction, winning a Pulitzer at the Inquirer, their […]

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Helen Gym Is Ready for Battle Over Roe, the Sixers and More

She started out as a journalist and then a teacher before becoming a community organizer and an activist. Now, City Councilmember Helen Gym is, perhaps, […]

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Pierre Robert’s Long, Strange Trip: 40 Years on the Air in Philly

When Pierre Robert took a job at WMMR in 1981, he had no idea that he’d hit retirement age at the same station, playing some […]

nick stuccio fringe festival
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Nick Stuccio on the Good, the Bad, and the Very Tense Moments in Philadelphia Fringe Festival History

After stumbling into ballet in college — initially to meet ballerinas — Nick Stuccio came to Philly and joined the Pennsylvania Ballet. Then he left […]

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Sonia Sanchez Still Has Work to Do

From a childhood spent in Jim Crow Birmingham to a rise as an activist in Malcolm X’s Harlem to a long legacy in the Black […]

Lamar Gore John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
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Lamar Gore on Helping Nature Through Climate Change, a Pandemic and Racial Inequity

As we’ve all been seeking safe, socially distanced outdoor activities during the pandemic, many Philadelphians have discovered John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, those 1,000 acres […]