Roberts honors area 'All-Star'
Julia Roberts will pay tribute to Marci Schankweiler, the local woman behind the Crossing the Finish Line charity, during tomorrow's All-Star Game. One community hero from each city represented by an MLB team will be honored at the game by celebrities such as Ben Affleck, Sheryl Crow, Harrison Ford, Salma Hayek, Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron as part of People magazine's "All-Stars Among Us" campaign.
Schankweiler, who represents the Phillies, founded Crossing the Finish Line after losing her husband to testicular cancer. The organization sends young-adult cancer patients and their families on all-expense-paid respite vacations. For more info on the organization, visit crossingthefinishline.org.
In other Phillies news . . .
* Outfielder Shane Victorino surprised the kids at Variety Club's Camp Sunshine on Friday morning, staying for an hour to play Wiffle ball, pose for pictures and sign autographs for the happy campers.
* Just an FYI, Jen Utley and Julia Werth, wives of Chase and Jayson, sit together in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park for most home games, and you may have even seen them together for the Phillies/Reds series this weekend, despite any ridiculous rumors you may have heard recently.
Out and about
* Funnyman Aziz Ansari hit Kung Fu Necktie (1248 N. Front) and later Voyeur (1221 St. James) for drinks after his sold-out Thursday show at the Tower Theater. The "Parks & Recreation" actor was accompanied by his agent Mike Berkowitz, "SNL" writer Hannibal Buress and Live Nation talent buyer Stacie George. Ansari's pal, actor Jesse Eisenberg, was at the show but didn't go out with the gang.
* Flyers center Jeff Carter, who recently bought a place in Sea Isle, was at the Princeton in Avalon on Friday night. Also in Avalon on Friday were Jon Gosselin and his girlfriend Ellen Ross, who went for dinner at Luigi's at the Golden Inn on Friday. The former Berks County baby daddy went for garlic crabs with corn and potatoes, and Ross had the linguine with white clam sauce.
Shows seek skanks and studs
"The Bad Girls Club" is seeking naughty ladies for the next season of the Oxygen series in an open call from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 24 at Buffalo Billiards (118 Chestnut). Oxygen is also looking for dudes for its "Love Games" series in which they compete for the affections of former "Bad Girls Club" stars. Applicants are asked to bring a recent picture of themselves (which will not be returned) and photo ID. You must be 21+ to audition.
Cheap Trick and film at Piazza
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson will sign autographs before introducing a free screening of the band's concert film "Live at Budokan" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Piazza at Schmidts. The event is presented by 102.9 WMGK and the Philadelphia Film Society. WMGK will provide fans an item to have signed, but the guys will not surrender to any requests to sign memorabilia, even if you appeal to the dream police. The band plays the Mann Center on Friday with Squeeze.
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