Dan Gross: Finkelstein a Wing Bowl guest

Posted: February 03, 2010

SUSAN FINKELSTEIN does not encourage women to make any type of suggestive offers for tickets to the sold-out 610-WIP Wing Bowl 18 Friday at the Wachovia Center.

"Although it depends how passionate they are about Wing Bowl," says Finkelstein, the local woman who faces trial for allegedly offering sex to an undercover Bensalem police officer in exchange for World Series tickets.

She's now a part of Wing Bowl, and will be dressed as a "sexy leopard" on the ark float of contestant Hungry Hungry Hebrew, aka attorney Adam Taxin. Taxin befriended Finkelstein after interviewing her for a piece for a local paper that was never published.

Finkelstein, an unemployed public-relations professional who lives with her husband in West Philly, faces trial Feb. 24 in Doylestown on a charge of attempting to commit prostitution. Her October arrest made international headlines but didn't stop her and her husband, Jack LaVoy, from attending games at Citizens Bank Park and Yankee Stadium.

* Meanwhile, Wing Bowl co-creator Al Morganti has picked returning champion Jonathan "Super" Squibb as 2-1 favorite to win on Friday. He rose from anonymity to take last year's crown. Richard "Not Rich" Razzi has 3-1 odds and the Mouth of the South, born Clinton Brooks Jr., is the third favorite, at 5-1 odds, according to Morganti's annual handicapping.

And speaking of WIP . . .

Overnight host Big Daddy Graham has a $1,600 dentist bill to prove it wasn't part of his act when three of his teeth fell out while he performed Saturday at the Sellersville Theater. Graham's daughter Ava came out from backstage to help him find the teeth, which landed on a rug. After the show, fans told Graham they thought it was part of his routine because the theater DJ, Dan Faga, had the mind to play "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," as Graham left the stage. Cherry Hill dentist Dr. Craig Donn put the chompers back in the comic's mouth Monday.

Out and about

"GoodFellas" star Paul Sorvino dined at Tutti Toscani (1491 Brace) in Cherry Hill Sunday where he went for an antipasto with mozarella, eggplant parm with penne and a cannoli with cherry Amaretto sorbet for desert, washed down with espresso and limoncello.

* Former Sixers coach Tony DiLeo waited patiently in a long line for a few dollar dogs Saturday night at the Liacouras Center, where Temple took on La Salle. DiLeo's son T.J. DiLeo, a Temple freshman, plays guard.

* The snow didn't keep fans of "The Hills" from showing up Saturday night at Dusk inside Caesars in Atlantic City where Stacie Hall was hosting the party. She sipped Grey Goose and soda and danced with friends.

* Chase Sapphire SM and Sundance Channel are bringing "Blue Velvet" babe Isabella Rossellini to town Thursday for a private event at Stephen Starr's Tangerine (232 Chestnut). Guests at the private party will wine and dine while they watch "Big Night," the 1996 film in which she co-starred.

* Sean Landeta, the ex-Eagles punter who won two Super Bowl rings with the Giants, and guests will watch the big game at Atlantic City's Showboat. Landeta invited pal New York publicist Sy Presten and wife Joanne, to join him and his wife, Donna, who hails from Philadelphia.

Arts festival in store for 2011

The Kimmel Center is the home base of the just-announced Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts taking place April 7 to May 1, 2011. Yes, 2011. The Roots, Philly hip-hop heroes, will perform with a French chanteuse at PIFA.

Info at pifa.org.

CNN host lunches w/lawyers

CNN's John King will deliver the keynote address at the Philadelphia Bar Association's quarterly meeting and luncheon on March 17. About 500 attorneys, judges and city officials are expected to attend the event at the Grand Ballroom of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Tickets are $55 for PBA members and $60 for the public, available at philadelphiabar.org.

An all-natural memory boost

Want to improve your memory? Business-skills trainer Ellen Engel hosts a memory-power seminar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Temple University's Student Activities Center. For tickets or info call 215-668-8171.

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