E! will be all over the couple's new Hamels Foundation work, focused on inner-city schools in the United States and awareness-raising about HIV and AIDS in Malawi, plus their efforts to adopt a child from Ethiopia.
Singing for Kalas
Entertainer Eddie Bruce
got the nod to sing "High Hopes" at yesterday's memorial tribute to Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas
. They met in 1981 when Bruce started hosting Dancin' on Air
on the Phillies' station, WPHL-TV. Bruce recalled his band's playing at the station Christmas party one year, and Kalas' leading the crowd in "Silent Night."
"I think that's why we always hit it off," Bruce said. "We always wanted to do what the other person did. Harry always wanted to be a singer. He sang any chance he got. I wanted to do play-by-play for the Phillies."
Singing "High Hopes" was tough yesterday, Bruce said. "It didn't matter what was going on in his life, whether the Phillies were 40-80 or whatever. He had to go out and make it the best and do a good job."
The show must go on, in other words. Last night, Bruce had a wedding to do.
And the award goes to . . .
This year's recipients of the Philadelphia Award, praising good citizenship, will be Marguerite and H. Fitzgerald "Gerry" Lenfest
. The cable pioneers, who live modestly in Huntingdon Valley, will pick up the prize in a ceremony May 13 at the Art Museum. The Lenfests' ties run deep to such organizations as the Art Museum, the Kimmel Center, and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Rock Rose on the market
To say one of the area's premier party venues just went on the market does not do justice to Rock Rose. Or to the house's owners.
More than the site of countless society fund-raisers, the home - whose driveway sign politely reads "Drive slowly. Make no dust please" - is where philanthropists Suzanne and Norman Cohn raised five children.
Main Line agents last week took a private tour of the estate, on 5.4 acres near Cabrini College in Radnor and offered at $7.5 million. The main house, built in 1912 and restored after the Cohns bought it in 1974, is a gilt-y pleasure: 14,000 square feet of Old World styling, with seven bedrooms, eight full baths (the two-room guest suite has two bathrooms), a kitchen better than most restaurants', and private gardens.
Cohn, a businessman, started selling part of his wine collection two years ago, explaining it had gotten out of hand. (That's part as in 6,000 bottles, and some of the proceeds went to charity.) The Cohns don't want to talk about the offering or what's next for them.
Chefs Jeremy Duclut
of Georges' in Wayne and Peter Karapanagiotis
of Privé in Old City taped appearances last week on the Food Network cook-off series Chopped
. Premise: Host Ted Allen
challenges four chefs to cook three-course meals. One chef gets chopped after each course is judged. No telecast dates have been set, and it's a closely held secret whether Duclut or Karapanagiotis is a choppee.
Chef Luke Palladino, whose empire includes Specchio and Ombra at the Borgata in Atlantic City, is taking over the building at 114 S. 12th St., which until recently housed Les Bons Temps. (You may remember it as TPDS, Odeon, or Bistro Bix.) Palladino plans an Italian wine bar/restaurant but does not yet have a name. His partner is Philly-born Eddie Bianchini, former owner of Hotel les Muscadins in Mougins, France, and the Lenox Room in New York. They're aiming to open in two months. Les Bons Temps opened a year ago in a partnership between chef John Mims and investor Howard Taylor, who also had Carmine's Creole Cafe in Bryn Mawr. Mims left both restaurants in the summer. In January, after Mims opened Mims Food + Drink in Wayne, Taylor won an injunction forcing Mims out of Wayne because of a noncompetition clause in his employment contract. Mims now owns Daddy Mims and Johnny's New Orleans Pizza Kitchen in Phoenixville.
Spreading the gospel, you might say: Lonnie Hunter
, whose midday show airs on WPPZ (103.9), starts simulcasting tomorrow at a "Praise" station in Charlotte, N.C.
Wired 96.5's Kannon is now assistant program director of Wired and sister station WXTU (92.5), while Greg "Millhouse" Laventure is WXTU's programming coordinator. Razz of WXTU has added the title music director.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the bizarro adaptation of the Jane Austen classic by humorist Seth Grahame-Smith, is the first New York Times best seller for Philly's Quirk Books. The book debuts today at No. 3 on the trade paperback fiction list.
WUSL (Power 99) is importing both L.A.-based morning host Big Boy and actor-performer Jamie Foxx to tape a show Wednesday night at a Center City club. The engagement, open only to contest winners, will include a Q&A (Foxx is talking up The Soloist) followed by a performance by Foxx.
Briefly noted Tonight Show
bandleader Kevin Eubanks
will play the national anthem for the 76ers next Sunday before Game 4 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic at the Wachovia Center.
The race has begun to sell Fast Dreams, a feature-length documentary from Belvedere Entertainment profiling teen race-car drivers in their quest to make it to NASCAR and Formula One. Local director Nick Briscoe's film, screened for a group of movie-industry types Thursday at film outfit Shooters Post & Transfer, was shot over nine months and primarily focuses on two phenoms: Gabriel Chaves, 15, of Florida, and Jeff Oleen, 19, of Maryland.
Wynnewood's Patti LaBelle will join Quincy Jones as an inductee into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame during the 75th anniversary of the Harlem landmark on June 8.
Bill Wine, the La Salle professor and KYW film critic, has written bios of actors Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek aimed at teens and tweens for Mason Crest Publishers. Wine says he had to tone down what could have been PG- or R-rated fare for his audience: "Let's just say that where sex, drugs, and rock and roll were concerned, I tried to concentrate on the latter. That is, Curly got more attention than Moe and Larry, if you know what I mean." No, but OK.
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